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munal amity between the tribals and the Bengalis without which its developmental work will be jeopardised. As the recent killings in Bagafa and Kaityabari show, the reactionary forces which have failed to secure a majority in the election will try their level best both inside and outside the ADC, through foul means and fair, to prevent the LDF majority in the newly-elected ADC from operating in a normal atmosphere to redeem its election pledges. In the final analysis, the record of performance of the newly-elected ADC will determine, to a large extent, how successful Tripura is going to be IN spite of all talk of exposing the local computer industry to import competition, government policy on computers continues to be swayed by the short-term interests of assemblers. In November last year, the industry's cost structure was lowered significantly when customs duty on peripheral components was reduced to just six per cent (complete peripherals attract duty at 60 per cent in most cases). Since the major cost element in the manufacture of computers is peripherals, it was expected that costs would come down and the benefit would be passed on to consumers, lb ensure this, it was declared that computer imports would be put on OGL so that the industry faced import competition.

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