1. Italian marines granted bail

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    The two Italian marines, accused of killing two Kerala fishermen, have been granted bail by the Kerala High court on surety of Rs 1 crore each. Two Indians need to give guarantee and the marines have been ordered not to leave Kerala Kochi without the permission of the court. They...
  2. Is India hostage to Maoists?

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    The first collector of the newly-formed district of Sukma, Alex Paul Menon, clearly hadn’t read how his senior in the IAS, Vineel Krishna in Malkangiri district of Odisha was kidnapped last year. Following pretty much the same pattern of sending Maoists dressed as villagers, Alex, a 2006 batch IAS officer,...
  3. Do journalists sleep with the `enemy’?

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    Sampad Mahapatra was heading back from the jungle when we spoke. The `long’ phone conversation, however had to be split into four parts, thanks to the cellphone signals that kept dropping. My former colleague in NDTV, Odisha, Sampad was returning to Bhubaneswar after one of the most adventurous and dramatic...
  4. Try Kerala Police `danda’ on Italian cowboys

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    The two trigger-happy Italian Marines who shot dead two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast need to be tried under our laws. And it is good to hear that our government has decided to let the “law take its own course”.  While the phrase has been debased since it was...