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More than a Business Trip

THERE is no such thing as a free trip and the US President, Mr Barack Obama could not have emphasised this more when he said, "When they (American people) ask me why are you spending time in India when they are taking our jobs I want to be able to say they actually created 50,000 jobs…" Mr Obama came, spoke and got what he wanted, 10 billion dollars worth of deals that would benefit the US.

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Living beyond Means

THE Corporation of the City of Panaji took the light out of Diwali celebrations for its employees when it failed to pay them bonus. They will now have to wait until the CCP’s financial status improves, which looks very uncertain and indefinite.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Open Trench: Safety Hazard

THERE is a deep trench opposite the Elvira apartment in Vasco city which is without the mandatory covering of concrete slabs and can prove dangerous for pedestrians, especially in the darkness of the night.

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Greater Role for India in the UN

BY VINOD GROVER

SO much is made out of India’s entry into the Security Council as a non- permanent member, by an astounding majority, 187 members out of a total of 192 (including Pakistan) voting for, and mere five abstaining. One should not forget that in 1996, the last time India contested the seat, it lost to Japan, with just 2 members supporting it.

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Follow the Haryana Model

ONE of the major problems with land acquisition for public projects is not the unwillingness of owners to part with it but the price which the government is willing to pay them.

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Farce in Myanmar

THE first election in Myanmar in 20 years should not be mistaken as a step towards democracy. The elections, held under the supervision of the military junta and with rules that made it difficult for independent political parties to field candidates, was more like window dressing by an authoritarian regime.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Practice What You Preach

A KEY significance of Diwali is to celebrate the victory of light over the powers of darkness. I think the burning of the evil Narkasur is also quite significant for the battle of good vs evil.

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Welcoming President Obama-II

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT

UNLIKE his predecessors, Mr Barack Obama’s visit to India is primarily dictated by domestic economic compulsions. USA has got itself entangled in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US-sponsored global anti-terrorism campaign has come with a heavy price.

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Walking as Friends

THE visit of the US President, Mr Barack Obama to India provides a great opportunity to the two countries to forge a new relationship that would benefit both.

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Protecting Western Ghats

THE Western Ghats, the 1,600-km mountain range that runs from Gujarat to Kerala, is recognised as one of the world’s ten top bio-diversity hotspots with 1,471 species of flowering plants and 403 species of birds.

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