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Sustaining KTC

For the Kadamba Transport Corporation, the inter-state bus operation has not been a significant profit earning proposition, and this is the reason why the KTC has refrained from adding more buses to its present fleet.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Land for Kabrastan-I
THIS is in reference to the letter, ‘Use Existing Land for Kabrastan’ by Mr Luis Fernandes (NT, July 9). The writer may be aware that, by and large, Muslims constitute over one-fourth of the world’s total population and Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world!

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Neglect of Archaeological Heritage-II

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT

THE Government of Goa had no problem in shelving the March 2001 report of the committee on preservation and maintenance of cultural heritage. The report had recommended a charter for the conservation of places of cultural heritage value.

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Faster Justice

THE courts should have a transparent and accountable functioning as well as code of conduct and evolve the mechanism to frustrate the dilatory tactics which is the main reason for mounting of the pending cases.

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Zardari’s Double Face

MUST ahead of the External Affairs Minister, Mr S M Krishna’s visit to Pakistan to restart the dialogue process, the Pakistan President, Mr Asif Ali Zardari has struck a discordant note. Even after being aware that the progress of peace process is linked to handing over the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks, he ruled out their extradition to India.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Bharat Bandh

The congress-led UPA was made to bite the dust amidst the solidarity shown by the opposition parties in calling for a Bharat bandh in protest against the fuel price hike and the people across the country cutting across all barriers, supporting it fully to stamp their vehement opposition against the absolute insensitivity of the government in controlling the prices of essential commodities.

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Kashmir Initiative needs Consensus

BY INDER MALHOTRA
INITIAL signs of a slow return of normalcy to the deeply disturbed parts of the Kashmir valley over the weekend were obviously misleading, as the subsequent grim events, including the need to seek the Army’s help, underscore.

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Why Lands are Fallow

IT is encouraging to know that the Goa government has finally realised the need for bringing fallow land under cultivation to revitalise agriculture. But the worrying aspect of the move is to deny the tillers the right to land.

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Pawar and Prices

THE Agriculture Minister and NCP chief, Mr Sharad Pawar is not known to act on impulses. His request to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh to relieve him of some ministerial responsibilities–consumer affairs and food and public distribution–points to his uneasy relations with the Congress.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Bandh Compensation Fund
BANDHS can be justified only if they are voluntary and non-violent. The recent bandh was neither. If the people were assured of safe and sure transport, very few would have remained indoors. Hence the bandh cannot be considered voluntary.

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