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Follow the Haryana Model

THERE are good enough hints that the Goa government might follow the Haryana model for determining compensation to families whose land is acquired for private or public projects, displacing them from their home and livelihood properties such as agricultural fields. Opposition to land acquisition in the state has become very common, involving almost all private or public projects.

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No Premature Statement

THE Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mr Omar Abdullah has made a statement that his government was working for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the state.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Overcharging by Sulabh Attendant
THIS happened on a recent field-cum-fun trip visit to Colva beach on December 4, organised for students of Std VI of Sharada Mandir School. The person in-charge of the Sulabh toilets at the beach not only demanded Rs 5 for the use of the urinals but also behaved very rudely with us.

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Renationalisation in a Flat World-III

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT

IT is a myth that the Portuguese had a civilising influence in Goa. Civilisation is not just material wealth, monuments, architecture, drinks and dress. Were the people of Goa living in the dark ages before the Portuguese conquest?

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Combating Juvenile Delinquency

THERE is a growing concern among state’s police officers over the rise in juvenile delinquency. There cannot be two opinions about it. One of the reasons the police officers feel is contributing to the problem is the ‘leniency’ with which juvenile delinquents are treated under the existing system.

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A Growing List

FRANCE has joined a growing list of important nations backing India’s case for membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The Hillary Clinton unofficial message about India overdoing its self-promotion for UNSC seat revealed on WikiLeaks website notwithstanding, the US is most likely going to support it.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

An Enlightened Citizenry

GOA is undergoing a critical phase of development. Since Goa has been blessed with intellectuals and visionaries, our development must be the paradigm which we all envision. Our politicians and religious leaders must try to faithfully lead us.

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Afghan Quagmire: War Without End

By INDER MALHOTRA

SINCE the Lisbon summit of the 28 NATO countries over a week ago, there has been a flurry of optimistic reports in the United States media about the war in Afghanistan, now in its ninth year. However, according to the best informed observers of the fighting in that rugged country, the ground reality offers little room for comfort. Evidence to support this melancholy conclusion is ample.

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No Need to Fear Musharraf

LOVE him or hate him, one has to admit the former Pakistani president, Mr Pervez Musharraf’s actions are as interesting as they are disturbing. He was at the helm of affairs from 1999, when he ousted Mr Nawaz Sharif, until 2008, arguably the most difficult phase in the history of Pakistan.

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Black to White

THE nod given by the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat to grant numbers to illegal houses in Margao will have repercussions. In the short term, those who erected these constructions will benefit, but in the long run it could embolden others to follow the same route.

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