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Ruling Alliance In New Avatar After Parrikar

GOA has a new chief minister. It proved quite knotty for BJP central leaders to negotiate with the Goa allies to get them to accept Pramod Sawant as successor to Manohar Parrikar.

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Removing All Doubts About EVMs

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has issued a notice to the Election Commission of India asking for its response on a plea moved by twenty one opposition parties seeking counting of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips of 50 per cent of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in each constituency before the Lok Sabha results …

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A New Ray Of Hope For Mining Industry

With the Supreme Court hinting at early hearing of the interlocutory applications challenging the Goa, Daman and Diu (abolition and declaration of mining lease) Act, 1987, a new hope appears to have been rekindled about resumption of mining in the state. A civil appeal filed in 1998 by a mining firm has been pending for more than two decades. Seeing …

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How China Indirectly Promotes Terrorism

CHINA blocked an initiative to tag Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’ by the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. The Chinese decision has disappointed India and the US, the UK, France and Germany that had backed the proposal. This is the fourth time Beijing has thwarted the move to designate Azhar a global terrorist under the 1267 …

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Election Officials Unable To Curb Overspending

The process for Lok Sabha elections and Assembly by-polls has been set in motion. Political parties and candidates are going to make all-out efforts to win whichever constituencies they are fighting for. As is known unofficially, huge amounts of money will be spent on the campaign to woo voters. As of now, the Election Commission of India had put the …

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No One In A Hurry To Shift Offshore Casinos

Once again, the state government has given a go-by to its promise of shifting the offshore casinos on the river Mandovi. It has granted them yet another six-month extension. Of course, the phrasing of the cabinet decision on extension sounds quite stern: the casino operators will have to give an unconditional undertaking that they will shift their vessels whenever an …

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Keeping Fingers Crossed Till Evening Of May 23

With the Election Commission of India announcing the schedule for the general elections to the Lok Sabha, the stage has been set for competition among parties to win the favour of the electorate. Voters would have to choose their representatives from among the two main national combinations, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the …

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No Congress Roadmap For Restart Of Mining

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has promised that his party will restart ‘sustainable mining’ in Goa if it was voted to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He gave this assurance to his party workers at a convention on Friday and to the delegation of mining dependants whom he met on Saturday. Though he made the promise he did not …

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No Graveyard For Muslims Of Margao

YET another decision of the government to allot a piece of land for a new graveyard for Muslims of Margao and vicinity is facing opposition from a section of locals in Shirvodem. Barely three days after Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai announced that kabrastan (graveyard) would be built in Shirvodem bordering Margao and Navelim constituencies at a cost …

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