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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

True Essence of Christmas
CHRISTMAS is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ but the media has misinterpreted it as the feast of the “fat man” from the North Pole, i.e. Santa Claus, giving a wrong meaning to the saint, St Nicholas, the bishop of Myra who helped the poor.

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Failure of Cancun Climate Summit

By Praful Bidwai

Come international agreements are so ineffectual or unequal that the world would be better off without them — witness last year’s disastrous Copenhagen Accord on climate change. Collusively agreed first between the United States and BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China), and later with 20-odd states, it reversed major gains from the global climate negotiations.

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Downplaying Risks

WHEN the Home Minister, Mr Ravi Naik said there is no drug mafia in the state he probably had a point. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function held to inaugurate an 80-bedded barrack for policemen in the city he asserted that the backbone of the drug trade had been broken leaving only petty narcotic sellers.

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Russian Connection

The visit of Russian President, Mr Dmitry Medvedev might not have witnessed the media hype that surrounded President Barack Obama’s trip, but in terms of agreements inked it is more significant. The two countries agreed to double trade to $20 billion by 2015.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Skyrocketing Onion Prices - I

The onion prices have more than doubled in a matter of a few days and are likely to touch ` 100 per kilo. Not only onion prices but prices of other vegetables are also spiralling out of control.

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India’s Congress on a Sticky Wicket

BY KULDIP NAYAR
WHEN the efficacy of the parliamentary system is doubted in a democratic polity, the finger may well be pointed at governance. The rulers make a mess of things and blame the system. This is what has been happening in India which, otherwise, remains an open society.

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Manmohan’s Offer

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh has decided to step up his defence in the 2G scam, touted as the biggest scandal since independence. Speaking at the concluding session of the Congress plenary, Dr Singh announced that he was willing to personally appear before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee for questioning.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Deteriorating Benaulim
FOR so many decades now, Benaulim has elected (and re-elected) MLAs who have only made the constituency worse.

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Immaturity of India’s ‘Future PM’

BY KEDAR NATH PANDEY

THE BJP can cry itself hoarse against the indiscretion of Mr Rahul Gandhi but the Congress’s Prince Charming is determined to go down that low road of cheap opportunism to try and claim the prime ministerial ‘gaddi’.

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