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Ban Culture of Tipping

ELITE urbanites in India blindly follow the Western culture of tipping, which is nothing but a bribed gift for the purpose of being treated well. Interestingly, even credit card slips have a special space to write ‘tip’ amount.

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America’s Power Game in the East

BY INDER MALHOTRA

ONLY a year ago, the United States was so enthralled by China, obviously because of its enormous economic power and fast-growing military might, that on his visit to Beijing in November 2009, President Barack Obama bent over backwards to placate his hosts.

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Loss of Public Confidence

BIG deals have a way of coming unstuck. Just when you think you have covered every possible angle and left no room for bottlenecks, out pops something that brings all your effort to naught. The South Korean steel giant Posco’s ` 50,000-crore plant in Orissa is a literally burning example.

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Waiting for Demolitions

WITH the Union Environment Minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh saying the 8,000 illegal structures in CRZ areas in Goa would have to go, the state government is left with no option but to do so.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Urban Disaster

URBAN Development Minister, Mr Joaquim Alemao has said that the government would accord priority for revenue generation projects to allow B and C class municipalities to stand on their own legs.

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Let’s Bust Other ‘Adarshes’ Too

BY RAJDEEP SARDESAI

THERE’S a story which reveals how Maharashtra, the state of the ‘Makers of Modern India’ like Phule and Ambedkar, Tilak and Gokhale, is now best known for the ‘Builders of Modern Mumbai’.

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Missing the IT Bus

The file pertaining to the Rajiv Gandhi IT Habitat must be a bulky one. It was opened by Mr Dayanand Narvekar who once officiated as the IT Minister in the Digambar Kamat government, until he lost favour and his post.

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Strange Bedfellows

Politics is indeed a game for strange bedfellows and Revenue Minister Mr Jose Philip D’Souza is quickly learning that in politics the victor of yesterday could be the vanquished of tomorrow.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

IT Habitat: Unjust Charges

LET me vividly put it this way: A housing board with an ambitious plan to provide housing for low income groups had collected an amount from the people at the time of booking.

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Insecurity in Food Security Bill

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

INDIA has missed a historic opportunity to abolish hunger through a universal public distribution system (PDS), which entitles all citizens to affordable food. The National Advisory Council (NAC), a progressive body established by the United Progressive Alliance, was to draft such a law, but has recommended a Bill which greatly reduces the public’s entitlements.

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