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Opposition Presses on Caste Issue

The Opposition and OBC parties mounted pressure on the union government to take up the caste headcount in the second phase of the census exercise, instead of the biometric stage.

After an uproar led by the members belonging to the OBC in the Lok Sabha, leaders of BJP, SP, JD-U, RJD and BSP met finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and home minister P Chidambaram. They told the ministers that taking up caste census in the biometric stage would defeat the purpose as it would be a long-drawn process.

According to sources, the two leaders said that they will place the proposal of caste enumeration during the second phase before the Cabinet. The Opposition is confident that the government will find it difficult to turn down its demand on the premise that it cannot afford to anger ‘Backward Classes’.

Act Against Terror: Krishna Tells Pakistan

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said in the Rajya Sabha that the biggest “confidence building measure” that Islamabad can take was to prevent any future terrorist attack on India. He also asked Pakistan to take “credible and firm action” against terrorist groups, including the Jaamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), and its leaders like Hafiz Saeed.

But “unfortunately, Pakistan becomes subjective whenever we bring Saeed and others in discussion. We certainly would like Pakistan to be helpful and cooperative with India so that we can live in peace with each other,” he told the Rajya Sabha. “Terror is our core concern whenever we have talks with our counterparts in Pakistan,” he said.

Munaf to replace an overworked Ishant

Less than a week after returning from Sri Lanka, Munaf Patel is back to join his teammates for the tri-series. According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Munaf will join as an “additional member” of squad for the tri-series. Munaf’s addition to the 15-member squad that boasts of four medium-pacers indicates that not all is well with Ishant Sharma and Abhimanyu Mithun, both of whom were overworked during the three-Test series against the hosts.

Now the CWG Committee under the scanner

It’s not just the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) that is being investigated for financial irregularities. For the first time, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has named Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennel and CEO Mike Hooper, besides OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi, as party to a dubious selection process for consultants for international broadcasting rights.

Cars Replace Feet in Delhi for Queen’s Baton

When the Queen’s Baton arrives in Delhi the relay will take place in cars rather than on foot as is the norm.

To avoid undue traffic congestion on a weekday the baton arrives in the city from Haryana on September 30, which is Thursday the baton will be driven straight to the OC headquarters in Connaught Place. There will be a VIP contingent comprising political leaders and officials of the OC and IOA waiting to “welcome it”. This will be followed by a cultural programme.

IHF, IWHF to Form One Association

The merger process for the Indian Hockey Federation and its women’s counterpart was formalised on Thursday when the KPS Gill-led IHF and the Indian Women’s Hockey Federation were amalgamated into a single body following government directions for the same. With this, the new body formed — retaining the name Indian Hockey Federation — has taken the first step towards regaining national and international recognition as the sole authority to govern the sport in the country.

Home Sweet Home

‘Home is where the heart is’ a famous old saying and that couldn’t’ be furthest from the truth when you think of a Goan who leaves behind his lovely Goa to forge ahead in search of a living outside her sandy shores.  You may be able to take a Goan out of Goa, but you definitely can’t take Goa away from the heart of a true Goan, and this great pride is prevalent in almost every Goan you may meet.

The Goan community is a fun loving bunch of individuals.  They symbolise the very essence of the beautiful State.  Ask a Goan what he loves about Goa, and he’ll tell you it’s a paradise on earth, a place unlike any other in the world.  For a Goan, Goa is home, is comfort, is pride, is joy, it emotes a sense of belonging.

Nadia Dies, Micky Cries and Police Tries!

Goa entertained itself for a whole month and a half on the Nadia-Micky-Police soap opera. It undoubtedly had all the ingredients of a Bollywood potboiler – death, police chase and legal drama. The public was drawn to the case like a fish drawn to hook at the end of a fish rod line. There were Micky supporters playing the loyal brigade, while the cops playing dutiful holders of the law. Opinions on character, morality and degeneration of Goa were rampant and expressive. But what while all these shenanigans went on the true essence of the case seemed to get more diluted as the facts to case continue to remain hidden and stored amongst the main protagonist in this plot; one of whom is dead.

Women’s Rights are Human Rights

There is a general abuse of human rights all over the world. We, in Goa are not too far behind. Women’s rights are human rights.
Abuse of women’s rights begins at inception. Aborted female fetuses after sex determination tests deprive the faetice its right to be born as a female child.  Female foeticide is a common phenomenon. The disproportionate ratio of male and female speaks volumes for this. Families control the birth of female children because they believe that female children are a financial burden on the family. If the child bearing woman does not heed the demand to abort the foetus then her life in that family is hell.  If she is allowed to be born then in certain parts of India there is a practice of female infanticide. Basically a woman does not have control over her reproductive system.

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