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REUTERS
November 7, 2010
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REUTERS
November 7, 2010

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— the ‘wearing blinkers’ statement by the prime minister that he sees ‘no corruption’ taking place and how this shows he is out of touch with the situation. People say he should take a reality check with one on one meetings with those who come with the intention of investing in the country, then he will ‘see’ the ‘under the table’ transactions that take place to grease the itchy palms of government minions before any project of any kind gets sanctioned.
— the change in the lowering the flag ceremony at the border between two countries and how the show of animosity has been replaced with smiles and gestures of friendship. People say while this is good for promoting peace and harmony it was not the hostile actions of the soldiers which drew spectators but the showmanship with which they acted them out to the crowds amusement and not everyone is happy with the end result so a fallout in attendance is expected.
— the fact that a senator of the ruling party has begun to level and develop land said to belong to the CDA but is being claimed by him as his family’s heredity property. People say if the capital development body has proof of the ownership it must be made public, otherwise this land will be grabbed and swallowed hook, line and sinker then it will be too late to do anything, as legislation in our country never solves any problems.
— the negative accusations levelled against the country by different global organisations that say they show the manner in which governments are run and whether they do it in a transparent fashion or not and how everyone gets worked up when they announce their findings. People say one organisation removed its funding source when questioned about where it came from, so something appears not quite right about the set-up and there should be some kind of system to ensure credibility.
— the sorry sate of affairs concerning ‘handing over’ to private developers — — the National Park Area

because the development authority of the capital says it has no monetary resources. People say this will result in the same kind of haphazard construction that has taken place in two other suburbs of the capital, with the rich and influential trampling others rights and bypassing regulations to gain maximum profit at the cost of its beauty and environment.
— the letter supposedly sent to the Ministry of Religious Affairs by a princely person regarding accommodation arrangements made for pilgrims and the confusion it has caused in government circles with denials flying back and forth. People say such letters are sent through a country’s emissary or the envoy, who represents its interest in another land and if this one came through other sources it is certainly fake, so why such a fuss is being created before its verification is perplexing.
— the prompt action taken by the government to remove the director of an investigative agency and how it makes you think that ‘kuch daal main kala hai.’ People say it makes for suspicion when an officer is removed from his post just before he is about to take action against the corrupt head of a national organisation who has powerful connections and no matter the excuses presented by his cronies the axiom ‘where there’s smoke there’s fire’ comes to mind. — I.H.

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