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Merit-Based Recruitment

All appointments to subordinate govt posts must be made by competition   Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s decision to put on hold recruitments in government departments and undertakings appears to have ruffled the feathers of his cabinet colleagues and other MLAs of the ruling camp. Sawant sent a note to Chief Secretary Parimal Rai and other secretaries asking them to immediately withdraw …

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Alternative To Mining

With mining revival uncertain, Goa must develop other industries in mining belt Reopening of mines in Goa continues to be uncertain. On Monday Union Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi was cagey and cautious in his response to a question at his press conference in Goa about when mining would resume in the state. He only gave the assurance that a ‘workable …

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Goa’s Hazardous Roads

Government agencies must stop blaming monsoon and be honest to accept the blame Every road in the state, be it national highway, state highway, main district road or village road, is riddled with cracks and potholes. The hazardous road conditions make driving difficult and are one of the main reasons for accidents. They also cause congestion as vehicles move haphazardly …

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Taming Wild Drivers

Goa must enforce high penalty regime to save human lives on roads Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that his government will consider implementing the newly amended Motor Vehicles Act providing for heavy penalties for violations only after carrying out a ‘comparative study.’ This is an indication that the high penalties–which the ministry of road transport decided to impose in …

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Interrupted Power Supply

Regular power to Goa, but distribution within state is far from being regular THE ongoing Ganesh Chathurthi celebrations in the state have been marred by frequent power outages ranging from a few minutes to several hours. The problem of power failures is not only afflicting the areas which are supplied power through overhead conductors but also the areas where people …

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Goans must not oppose education projects as they suit ecology and their temperament

A week after the state government announced allocation of 10 lakh square metre of revenue land in the Guleli village of the Sattari taluka for location of the Goa campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Prasad Gaonkar, MLA from Sanguem has urged Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and the Union ministry of human resource development (HRD) to keep the option …

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Reanimating PSU Banks

Merger alone would not make PSU banks start running again TIME will tell if the decision of the central government, announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last week, to merge 12 banks to form four entities will bear the fruits they expect it to. The problems facing the banks under question in particular and the public sector banks in …

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Deterrence To Drivers

Traffic discipline not possible without omnipresence of road law enforcers The enforcement of a higher penalty regime for traffic violations across the country is expected to be a greater deterrent to violators. The Goa transport department is going to enforce the regime from next week after Ganesh Chathurthi celebrations are over. The new regime flows from amendments to the Motor …

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ODF On Paper

Goa govt must build individual and community toilets by Oct 2 Even though reports from various parts of the state suggest that not all households that were supposed to get a toilet have got one, the state government claimed that Goa had achieved the distinction of being Open Defecation Free (ODF) on August 31. The declaration followed a direction from …

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IIT Finds A Home

Campus to trigger unending chain of businesses in backward Sattari The Indian Institute of Technology-Goa, which was declared unacceptable at two places, has at last found a home in the Guleli panchayat of the Sattari taluka. The state government has decided to give it 10 lakh square metre of land that belonged to the revenue department. The government has conveyed …

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