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Too Early to Give Up

The admission by the German Chancellor, Dr Angela Merkel, that attempts to create a multi-cultural society had failed will have ominous consequences for the nation which has a huge number of immigrants.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Change Bank Lending Rules
THE other day I happened to take an enterprising vegetable vendor to one of the leading nationalised banks in Panaji. The vendor wanted to take out loans for two vehicles–one a delivery van for local delivery to hotels in North Goa which form the majority of his clientele and another bigger vehicle to directly bring vegetables in bulk from Belgaum and/or Hubli/Dharwad.

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Secular Bridge is Falling Down

BY ARUN SINHA
ONE of the reasons why ultraliberals want the Ayodhya verdict to go into the Supreme Court is that the another five-ten years it might take to resolve can help to bring down further the religious fever that has already shown alleviation in the nation’s response to the High Court order.

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Kalmadi’s Nightmare

For Mr Suresh Kalmadi, the Chairman of the Organising Committee (OC) of the Commonwealth Games 2010, the nightmare has just begun. The first indication that his head was on the block came when the PMO did not invite him to the function held to felicitate India’s medal winners.

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Unclaimed Ration Cards

The admission of  the state director of civil supplies and consumer affairs, Mr Gurudas Pilernkar that about 80,000 ration cards are lying unclaimed with the 11 mamlatdars comes as a shock.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Brand Goa Basics
WITH reference to the recent deliberations on ‘Brand Goa’ at the International Travel Mart (ITM) Goa, I must say that ‘Brand Goa’ already had its main/basic strengths for a long time; its clean environment, un-contaminated water/land/air, general cleanliness of the state, peaceful living, low rate of crime, manageable demographics, greenery and most importantly; its very own people having general distinct macro personality/flavour and way of life (who are now being reduced to a minority in their own state).

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Real Issues in Valpoi Elections

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT
THE 17920 voters in Valpoi assembly constituency in Sattari taluka would cast their ballots on Monday in 27 polling booths in a byelection which nobody wanted.

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Goa’s Upmarket Hunt

ONE of the many suggestions that emerged from the seminar at the International Travel Mart (ITM) which ended on Saturday was that the state needs to create top-end infrastructure in order to draw high-spending tourists.

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A Civilised Force

BY punishing 104 of its personnel for human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army has sought to reinforce its reputation as a disciplined force. Of this number, 39 were officers, nine were JCO and the remaining from other ranks.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Poor Fire and Safety Precautions
THE Goa Shopping Festival, currently on-going at Ravindra Bhavan-Margao is a disaster waiting to happen. The entire shopping area has been covered with cloth awnings on the ceiling and on the sides as well.

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