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Educating All

On April 1, the UPA government announced fulfillment of the pledge made to the country by the past political executives of giving all the children the right to elementary education.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Indecisive Goa Government
CONSIDERING the number of agitations that have been conducted recently in Goa, it seems like Goans have taken to protesting against anything and everything that concerns development in the state.

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Armed Forces and Human Rights

BY SANCHET BARUA
TEN years ago, Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila began a ‘fast-unto-death’, protesting against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
Among other things, this controversial legislation empowers Army personnel, down to non-commissioned officers, to use force after giving due warning, ‘even to the causing of death’, if they are convinced that it is necessary to do so for the ‘maintenance of public order’.

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Only Technically Correct

The Supreme Court’s decision that the Bihar government had no competence to challenge the acquittal of Mr Lalu Prasad and Ms Rabri Devi in the disproportionate assets case may be legally and technically a correct order, but it in no way affects the merit of the case.

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Overtaxed City

Nothing could illustrate the political and administrative incompetence and bankruptcy of the Corporation of the City of Panaji than its decision to hike the taxes ranging from 100 per cent to 5000 per cent.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Scourge of Honour Killings
A HARYANA court has set a good precedent by awarding death sentence to five persons involved in the brutal murder of a young couple for marrying against the wishes of their community. The killers were none other than the close relatives of the girl–her brother, two uncles and two cousins.

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BJP’s Problems are not Over

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

S the Bharatiya Janata Party obsessed with proving that it is the sectarian, confrontationist oddball of Indian politics? Recent developments suggest so. Take Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi’s behaviour.

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Innocent Victims of Jihad

A DAY after the jihadi attack in Moscow’s metro in which 39 people were killed on Monday, the Russian Prime Minister, Mr Vladimir Putin, who many Russians say is the country’s paramount leader despite stepping down as Kremlin chief in May 2008, has called upon the security forces to scrape the culprits "from the bottom of the sewers" and expose them.

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Liberating the Ganga

EVER the past few decades, the central and state governments concerned have initiated some positive steps to protect and preserve the fragile ecology in the Himalayas and also allow unchecked flow of the river Bhagirathi till it reaches the plains as River Ganga; one more step recently was the decision to shelve two mega hydroelectric projects, the 381-MW Bhaironghati and 480-MW Pala-Maneri.

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