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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Menace Of Illegal Hoardings THE habit of politicians encouraging and putting up illegal hoardings/posters proliferates despite rules and even courts prohibiting the same! Desecration of private and public property and even sticking/pinning posters (trees not spared) and ugly hoardings, traffic lights not spared etc cluttering the area are ugly blocking the view and what little is left of the natural …

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Challenges Before Centre To Fund States

By Ajit Ranade FORMER Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has urged the government of India to do more to enhance the spirit of cooperative federalism. His comments were in the context of the changes made to the terms of reference to the Fifteenth Finance Commission. These changes were made in July, quite late in the tenure of the FFC, and …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Festivities Causing Havoc In Society The 11th day immersion celebrations of the Ganesh festivities has ended but not before taking a heavy toll of life of the revellers totally unprepared for such unexpected eventualities. On Saturday, every newspaper I could lay my hand upon reported of more than 30 deaths from different parts of the country. I simply cannot desist …

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The Mission Of Democratic Governance

D C PATHAK In a democratic dispensation the first duties of the elected political executive governing the nation are to bring about development of all and ensure protection of citizens from internal and external threats. The political leadership exercises the sovereign power to this end through the bureaucratic machinery — that includes the police — headed by the officers of …

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New Traffic Rules: Resistance From States

PACHU MENON, Margao The amended Motor Vehicles Act is getting murkier with every passing day. The news that the BJP-ruled Gujarat government has announced a drastic cut in the penalties for traffic violations even as the Centre is justifying the steep fine amounts under the amended Motor Vehicles Act does come as a whiff of fresh air for the public …

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Data Will Determine Economic Growth

K YATISH RAJAWAT A global undercurrent is shaping products, companies and whole swathe of markets. It is happening at a rapid pace and needs a rethink by the government, business and civil society. It is not the Internet, it is the digital footprints of consumers captured as clicks, likes, location and buys. This trove of digital data, capable of providing …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Youngsters Must Drive Cautiously I always thought that men are fast and furious and ladies are slow and cautious while driving. Whenever I saw a vehicle moving slowly and occupying the centre of the road, there was invariably a lady at the wheel. Today, men or women, everybody seems to be in a tearing hurry to reach their destination. In …

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‘Murder’ Of Narmada And A Culture

ARYAMAN JAIN In early August, as the Indian government imposed a comprehensive blockade in Kashmir, snatching its political agency, it prepared for a final solution in another valley that had been a symbol of people’s resistance to a predatory state-capitalist complex. The gates of the Sardar Sarovar were shut and the water started rising rapidly in the Narmada, washing away …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Eliminating All Single-Use Plastics Kudos to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his efforts to scrap plastics by 2022 by launching a campaign with a ban on as many as six items from October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It is a welcome step that the Modi government is set to impose a nationwide ban on plastic bags, cups …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Follow Gujarat Govt, Slash Traffic Fines The Amended Motor Vehicles Act provides for stricter punishment and steeper penalties for various traffic-related offences. Experts believe that the higher penalties will help in reducing violations of traffic rules and the number of road accidents. However, it must be said that the increase in fines for traffic rule violations is quite steep and …

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