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Soniaspeak to PM’s Discomfiture

BY KULDIP NAYAR

THE Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh and Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi burst into Indian political consciousness more or less the same time, some 15 years ago.

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A Playing Field

The Rajiv Gandhi IT Habitat in Dona Paula should have been up and working by now. Instead, it has become a playing field for personal and political interests. When the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat announced in the Assembly that his government would revive the project there was a certain amount of doubt.

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Roar of Hope

News that the number of tigers increased from 1,411 in 2006 to 1,706 last year is encouraging. It is also a signal that efforts by the central and state governments and NGO involved in preservation of wildlife have, at last, begun to bear fruit.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Public Services Guarantee Bill

IN a bid to bring about accountability in state government departments, the CM has introduced the Goa Public Service Guarantee Bill 2011.While this is a step in the right direction, the basic requirement is the will to enforce the plethora of laws already in existence.

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Factional Feuds Weakening Congress

BY SONDIP BHATTACHARYA
ARE we witnessing the beginning of the end of India’s oldest political party? Sacrilege, pure sacrilege any true-blooded party man would protest. Nothing can destroy the party, not even ten BJP’s, ten Mayawatis or a hundred Marxists, the man would foolhardily insist. There is no question of the party declining, let alone disappearing as long as the anchor of the Gandhi dynasty is there.

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Cricket Diplomacy

BY inviting the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan to witness the semi-final between India and Pakistan at Mohali, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh has shown that he has not given up on Pakistan, and emphasised that, despite setbacks, diplomatic engagement is a necessity.

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Tread Carefully

THE announcement by the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat in the Assembly that the government was willing to rectify ‘genuine mistakes’ in the notified plans of Canacona and Pernem could open a Pandora’s box.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Wanted: Bridge to Shiroda
AS per recent reports, six new bridges are proposed to be constructed at various locations in the hinterlands of Goa. Unfortunately, the long-pending demand of the people for a bridge connecting Margao and Shiroda is once again not included.

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Wikileaks: Manmohan in Trouble

BY INDER MALHOTRA

EVER since Wikileaks first made worldwide sensation by revealing millions of top-secret diplomatic cables of the United States, anything emanating from that source has been major news. It is no surprise, therefore, that countless classified US telegrams concerning India, now in the public domain thanks to the enterprise of ‘The Hindu’, have hit the scene with the force of a bombshell.

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Goa Needs IFFI

Mr Dayanand Narvekar, Congress MLA from Aldona has proven again to be one of the foremost internal critics of his party’s government. Ever since he was ousted from the cabinet, he has been unsparing.

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