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Projects At Will

Chief Minister must intervene to stop unfair practices in tourism department Those at the helm of affairs in the tourism department seem to care not much for accountability and transparency. They have not put in place systems for due diligence in works tendered and executed. Cases have surfaced showing that the department is getting its works tendered and executed in …

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Gangs Of Goa

A committed police action plan alone can eliminate them and make life safe With Goans shuddering in fear in the wake of two gory incidents of inter-gang violence recently in and around Panaji the state police are contemplating to take extraordinary measures including using the National Security Act (NSA) to deter such crimes. There was a brutal attack with sharp-edged …

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Fish Still Not Safe

State health ministry’s indifference to health concerns of Goan consumers FRIDAY July 12 marked the first year of the triggering of health concerns with this newspaper’s expose on formalin found in fish brought from other states to Goa. Despite a string of promises the health department has failed to guarantee safe fish for Goans. The role of the health department …

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Congressification Of BJP

Admitting Congress MLAs en masse may prove good or bad for the BJP GOAN politicians’ addiction to Aya Ram, Gaya Ram brew seems incurable. Though they say they are there for public service, they are ready to bury their ideology any moment for personal power. Ministries and PSU chairs are what they run after. On Wednesday night ten Congress MLAs …

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India’s Water Crisis

Piped water supply to every household By 2024 could prove to be pipedream A severe water crisis looms large over India. The Niti Aayog has forecast that the country could be declared ‘water stressed’ by 2020. India will be among the countries where per capita availability of water is less than 1,000 cubic metres. Despite abundant water resources India is …

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This Is Not Goa

Crime is becoming brazen with swords and masks in the state Some recent incidents of violence by criminals have sent shudder down the spine of Goans. Is this Goa?- they ask. In and around Panaji two attacks using swords have taken place in less than a month. Last Sunday members of a gang chopped off the wrist of a youth …

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Last-Mile Connectivity

Smaller vehicles will be less Expensive and more useful DESPITE being a small state with good roads connecting almost every village Goa does not have reliable public transport connectivity to the last mile. The issue has plagued the state for long and continues to be a challenging one for the government. It has affected the employment pattern as many aspirants …

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Citizens And Waste

Good waste management necessary for environment, public health and power AFTER most of their efforts to prevent dumping of solid waste by roadsides in Margao failed the Margao Municipal Council has launched an initiative to collect information of violators through photos or video recordings. The initiative is on the lines of the traffic sentinel scheme launched by the state police …

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Weak Boosters

Modi government has to turn hope for higher economic growth into reality The Union budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament on Friday was aimed at boosting investment, though populism gets a fair share of the cake. The strings of measures she announced for increasing foreign and domestic investment might ultimately be effective if they work in a …

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Regulating Goa’s Taxis

Dividing the market between GoaMiles and individual taxis is an impractical idea No immediate end appears to be in sight to the imbroglio over GoaMiles, the app-based taxi aggregator supported by GTDC. Associations representing individual taxi owners have given the government a week’s time to disband GoaMiles or face agitation. Their grouse is that GoaMiles taxis are charging fares lower …

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