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Kangaroo Court

TILL a decade back "khap panchayats", the caste-based village councils with their kangaroo courts, mainly functioning in Haryana were unknown and "honour killings" were unheard of but now they have emerged as a major threat to the body politick and law of land.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Outbreak of Chikungunya

THE South West Monsoon has just about set in and there have already been about eighteen confirmed cases of Chikungunya reported in the state. It may be recalled that Goa saw an endemic of this vector-borne disease last year wherein several people were affected by the disease with symptoms of swelling of the legs and joint pains which lasts for several months.

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Terror Tops Agenda in Indo-Pak Talks

BY INDER MALHOTRA
WHAT a week it has been! There have been three major developments in the course of seven days, forcing me to abandon my normal practice of concentrating on a single subject and to discuss all three.

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No Escape for Mickky

WITH the Supreme Court rejecting the anticipatory bail plea of the state’s former tourism minister, Mr Francisco Pacheco in connection with the murder of his woman friend Nadia Torrado, all escape routes for him have been closed.

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Why Racism Persists

THE latest finding that racial violence has been spreading in Britain and around 45 per cent of the victims of racial attacks are Indians has not come as a surprise. The UK, unlike the US, never tried to assimilate migrants into the mainstream. Despite anti-discrimination legislations, the police and employers remain racist.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Frog Farming
AT the onset of every monsoon one hears of frog poaching taking place even though it is banned by law. This year too there have been many cases booked by the Forest Department for poaching of the Indian bull frog and several frogs which were saved have been released in their natural habitat.

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Mending Fences with Bangladesh

BY ARUP DE
AN interesting event took place during the recent visit to China by President Pratibha Patel that few in the media took note of. An official spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry was briefing the media, reading from a prepared text, when he suddenly flung it aside and told his stunned listeners that he would speak straight from his heart.

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Onus of Panchayats

WITH the High Court of Bombay determined to initiate contempt proceedings against the coastal panchayats failing to comply with the court’s June 23 order to complete the process of setting up garbage composting units by July 23, the directorate of panchayats has come out with the innovative idea of appointing a private contractor to collect plastic waste from the villages.

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Reform with Restraint

AFTER a week of the petrol prices being freed from the government control, the united opposition would observe a nationwide bandh on July 5 against the move. In a democratic set-up political parties are free to choose their mode of protest, but one thing is certain this would take away the focus from the real issue.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Concerns about Goa
DURING the PWD Minister, Mr Churchill Alemao’s visit to Dubai recently, I had a long discussion with him regarding genuine/critical issues facing Goa and Goans. I agreed that I send him the list of requirements/concerns that many Goans think are needed, for the preservation of Goa and our prized identity; and for our posterity.

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