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[6 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

If you are worried about shrinking public space for smoking, move over to China. The Communist government in Gongan county in Central China has turned smoker friendly. Just to mop up more revenue. ‘Smoke or face fine’ is the decree to government employees.
More than 350 million people smoke in Gongan. One million of them die of smoking-related diseases every year.
The ‘puff more’ dictum has something to do with inter- county tax structures. Gongan cannot levy taxes on cigarettes from neighbouring Hunan province, which are preferred by the locals. Hunan cigarettes, …

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[27 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

There are no short cuts to victory over terrorism in Pakistan tribal belt with many terror outfits directly liked with ISI says, Robert Denwar, this week’s guest writer, while making out a strong case for linking any aid to Pakistan with an overhaul of the ISI and to deepening of democracy in that country. Patience, persistence and long term policy frame should be the new watch words for the West, argues the London based commentator

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[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]
Race for the top Test team still wide open

New Delhi: Put the celebrations on hold. Australia are still world number one after winning the Sydney test. But the shield of invincibility surrounding Ricky Ponting’s men has been shattered beyond repair and it has opened up a close race for the top sport in test cricket with South Africa and India in hot pursuit.
A candidate for profiles in courage, Graeme Smith led from the front as South Africa almost upset the world order. With his team staring at defeat the captain came out despite a broken finger.
Australia though hung …