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Rethinking Taxi Scene in Goa

THE 15,000-odd tourist taxis went off roads on Monday demanding a ban on rent-a-car, private taxis and related businesses and their strike has been extended by two more days. Tourist taxi operators allege that the government was allowing private taxi operators a “backdoor entry” which would kill their business.

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A Step Forward In Vocational Education

The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has decided to grant equivalence of secondary and higher secondary school certificate to two-year courses of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) for eighth and tenth standard students conducted by the department of craftsmen training.

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Nursing GMC Back To Good Health

The state government has decided to appoint a single member fact-finding committee to inquire into the functioning of the Goa Medical College, which has some of the top-notch facilities but faces allegations of indifference, impropriety and irregularity in administrative decision making.

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Top Cops Must Curb Petty Corruption

Recently a top police official on transfer from Goa expressed happiness that there were no ‘major’ cases of corruption reported in the department. However, that did not mean corruption had been eliminated from the police department. He provided evidence of it himself when he admitted presence of some officials of dubious integrity who had been shunted to non-significant posts. Besides, …

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Mines Auction: Govt Must Protect Locals

The mining industry will see a total change in scenario with the state government deciding to implement the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act (MMDR), 2015 for auction of mines. The mine leases renewed through the Goa Grant of Mining Lease Policy 2014 just before the central amendment came into force would be auctioned from 2027 when the …

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Casinos Are Here To Stay

With the state government extending the deadline for their relocation, the four floating casino vessels will remain on the River Mandovi for yet another year, marking the non-fulfilment of the BJP poll promise. Before the last Assembly election, the BJP had aggressively joined the voices and banners that were raised for the removal of the floating casino vessels from River …

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Save Young Goans From Drug Trade

According to the statistics released by the state police department for the period from 2013 to 2015, 52 of the 191 people arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act or around 27 per cent were Goans. This should send alarm bells ringing to the state authorities.

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Reaching Benefits To Accident Victims

ON an average annually in Goa 300 people die and hundred others are injured, with quite a few among them maimed for life, but there have been virtually no takers for the ‘Modified Goa State Interim Compensation to Road Accident Victims Scheme’ which has been in existence since 2010. The scheme was launched by the transport department to help families …

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Fewer Spouses Walk That Extra Mile

THE number of divorces in Goa or India is not very high. Traditional values still continue to reign in the marital world of Indians, ensuring continuity of man-wife partnership. However, divorce is becoming a more and more common phenomenon.

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Setting Panchayat Records Straight

MANY gram panchayats in the state, whose accounts were found by auditors to have anomalies, have been unable to resolve them for decades. According to the Panchayati Raj Act, the shortcomings noted by auditors have to be rectified by panchayats under the guidance of the chief executive officers of the two zilla panchayats in consultation with the auditors, but under …

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