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Trapped by Law

The transfer of the police inspector, Mr Nolasco Raposa from Calangute for committing a breach of procedure in raids on alleged prostitution houses not only emphasizes the importance of following the law, but also the need to adopt a new approach to tackle prostitution.

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Not the End

If the former chief minister of Maharashtra, Mr Ashok Chavan remained in office for four extra days it is thanks to the US President, Mr Barack Obama. About 11 minutes after US Air Force One, with the Obamas on board, took off from the New Delhi airport a Congress spokesman broke the news that the chief minister’s resignation had been accepted. Simultaneously, the resignation of Mr Suresh Kalmadi from the post of secretary of the parliamentary party was also accepted.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

A Tear-filled Liberation

When there is so much to glosss over, 50 years after Goa’s Liberation why do we have to further compound our miseries? Is it not true that we are only moving backward in many senses?

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N-India: A Cloak and Dagger Story

BY KULDIP NAYAR

IT’S difficult to say what will be the verdict of history on the Indo-US nuclear pact. But one thing which cannot be denied is the untiring, relentless effort by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh. He even staked his government to get the nod of parliament.

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More than a Business Trip

THERE is no such thing as a free trip and the US President, Mr Barack Obama could not have emphasised this more when he said, "When they (American people) ask me why are you spending time in India when they are taking our jobs I want to be able to say they actually created 50,000 jobs…" Mr Obama came, spoke and got what he wanted, 10 billion dollars worth of deals that would benefit the US.

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Living beyond Means

THE Corporation of the City of Panaji took the light out of Diwali celebrations for its employees when it failed to pay them bonus. They will now have to wait until the CCP’s financial status improves, which looks very uncertain and indefinite.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Open Trench: Safety Hazard

THERE is a deep trench opposite the Elvira apartment in Vasco city which is without the mandatory covering of concrete slabs and can prove dangerous for pedestrians, especially in the darkness of the night.

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Greater Role for India in the UN

BY VINOD GROVER

SO much is made out of India’s entry into the Security Council as a non- permanent member, by an astounding majority, 187 members out of a total of 192 (including Pakistan) voting for, and mere five abstaining. One should not forget that in 1996, the last time India contested the seat, it lost to Japan, with just 2 members supporting it.

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Follow the Haryana Model

ONE of the major problems with land acquisition for public projects is not the unwillingness of owners to part with it but the price which the government is willing to pay them.

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Farce in Myanmar

THE first election in Myanmar in 20 years should not be mistaken as a step towards democracy. The elections, held under the supervision of the military junta and with rules that made it difficult for independent political parties to field candidates, was more like window dressing by an authoritarian regime.

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