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Akhand Bharat Upto Afghanistan

Ram Madhav, BJP general secretary on lien from the RSS, whose comment that “RSS believes one day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, which for historical reasons separated only 60 years ago, will through popular goodwill come together again and an Akhand Bharat will be created” caused a great deal of embarrassment to his party and government, has realized that he had …

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Looking Beyond Mining in Goa

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s recent suggestion that Goa should look beyond mining is worth serious thought. Mining is currently mired in a complex web of environment protection litigation and falling iron ore prices in the international market.

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Funds Don’t Reach Tribes of Goa

It is a sad commentary on governance that funds allocated under the Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) in the state are not being fully utilized. According to a recent review, various departments have spent less than 14 per cent of about Rs 449-crore allocation under TSP for 2015-16 by November 2015. Departments such as tourism, labour and employment, higher education and …

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Give and Take Over MoI Issue

The fight over medium of instruction between the two sides, the Forum of Right to Children Education (FORCE) and Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch(BBSM) is getting uglier. With Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar refusing to discontinue grants to 130-odd schools (mostly run by Diocesan Society of Education) imparting primary education in English medium the fight is likely to get more intense. The …

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Rarest of Rare Juvenile Crime

THE Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill invited diverse opinions in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The bill, which was introduced in Parliament last year after public outrage because one of the offenders in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case was a few months short of 18 years of age, was passed by the Lok Sabha in …

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Right Candidates For Good Governance

THE Goa government’s decision to set up a common staff selection commission for making recruitments of government staff in Group C and Group D categories for all departments might not be to the liking of many political leaders and officers. First of all, it takes the powers of conducting the recruitment process away from individual departments. The government plans to …

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When Vehicles of Comfort Turn Dangerous

With recent measures to reduce air pollution in the national capital it is becoming clear that Delhi is going to become the city-laboratory for other cities of India for testing  pollution control strategies.

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Dealing With Possible Flood in Panaji

The recent floods in Chennai owing to excessive rain can be the ill fate of any city. It happened in Mumbai in 2005 and in Canacona in 2009. The flooding of Canacona exposed the lack of unpreparedness of the state machinery for such calamities. Scientists point out that intense rainfall in a particular city is going to become more and …

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War of Arrows In Kejriwal’s Delhi

As far as the charges against Rajender Kumar, his principal secretary are concerned, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should extend all cooperation to the investigating agency CBI. During the period 2007-14 Kumar in his various official capacities has been accused of setting up a number of companies in connivance with some local businessmen to give work contracts to them without …

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Transfers at Whims of Political Masters

The recent transfer of tourism director Ameya Abhayankar barely sounds normal as it came midway through his posting and just a few days ahead of the peak tourism season. No less abnormal is his replacement by a just promoted official Sanjeev Gauns Dessai. Dessai is the fifth director of tourism department in less than four years since the BJP government …

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