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Accountability for Potholes

Govt should ensure that quality of works is not compromised The state government does not appear to be serious about making roads smooth by filling potholes in the roads. Patchworks to fill potholes are washed away with the first shower of the monsoon making negotiating them difficult. Very few roads are free from potholes and waterlogging. The state government has …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Repairs of Goa’s Potholed Roads With reference to the news report ‘All Goa roads to be cleared of potholes’ (NT June 30), I would like to comment as follows: The term ‘pothole’ is too innocuous a word to describe the pathetic state of roads in Goa today, which are in a dilapidated condition, riddled by potholes and large craters that …

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Govt examining EC’s proposal to put a cap on party’s poll expenditure: Prasad

PTI New Delhi An Election Commission proposal to put a ceiling on expenditure incurred by political parties. During polls on the lines of candidates is under examination of the government, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. In a written response, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the poll watchdog has proposed that there should be a ceiling on party’s expenditure …

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The art of the craft

NT BUZZ As part of the weekly MOG Sunday programme, founder of  Dastkari Haat Samiti,  Jaya Jaitly will give a talk on ‘The Future of Handicrafts’, on July 7, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Museum of Goa, Pilerne. The former president of Samata Party, Jaitly has been involved in promoting India’s crafts and textiles industries for over 40 years. …

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PM meets over 40 BJP MPs from other backward classes

PTI New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday met over 40 BJP MPs from other backward classes at his official residence, sources said. This was the first of a series of meetings scheduled between Modi and BJP MPs at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. On Thursday, he is scheduled to meet MPs from scheduled castes, they said. There was no specific …

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China, UK in war of words over protests in Hong Kong

PTI Beijing China on Wednesday lodged a diplomatic protest with the UK over Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s remarks on the unprecedented pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, asserting that he was basking in the glory of “faded British colonialism” and “obsessed” with lecturing others.  UK Foreign Secretary Hunt has been expressing strong support to the demonstrators in the former British colony …

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Govt hikes paddy MSP by `65 per qtl for 2019-20

PTI New Delhi The Centre Wednesday hiked the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy marginally by Rs 65/quintal to Rs 1,815 for the 2019-20 crop year, while rates for oilseeds, pulses and other cereals were raised substantially. The decision, taken by the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will help farmers take a call on which kharif (summer) crop …

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Movie on Sikh’s struggle to follow his faith bags award in US

PTI Washington A short film based on the real-life of an eminent Indian-American Sikh, whose campaign forced the US authorities to change their policy towards turban, has won ‘Short of the Year’ award at a prestigious film festival that showcases independent films from around the world. Directed by Jenna Ruiz, the movie titled SINGH was chosen among 100 films submitted …

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Time For Modi To Revive Investment Cycle

RAJDEEP SARDESAI Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a well-deserved reputation for throwing up catchy phrases and acronyms which is why his economic policies have often been loosely branded as ‘Modi-nomics’. And yet, now in his sixth year in power and as his government prepares for a seventh budget (including one interim budget), the question could well be asked: what really …

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Young scientists concerned about ‘brain drain’

PTI Lindau (Germany) As a large number of qualified Indians continue to go abroad for better opportunities, the country’s generation-next scientists have urged the government to take immediate steps to stop this ‘brain drain’. Scientists also said that increasing funding for research could help curb this phenomenon and hoped that the Narendra Modi government’s budget on Friday will take steps …

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