Friday , 26 April 2019


Why Goa’s Farmers Shun Crop Insurance

The much-publicised Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana has failed to elicit response from Goa’s farmers. The number of farmers seeking benefit under the scheme has been dwindling since it was launched on February 18, 2016. In 2016, 744 farmers sought insurance protection under the scheme; in 2017, their number came down to 537. In the current year the number is ... Read More »

Injecting Fear Of Law Among Traffic Violators

The state transport department seems to have taken the directives of the Supreme Court monitoring committee on road safety seriously. The department has asked motor vehicle inspectors to strictly enforce road safety rules. Each one has been asked to file reports of checking a hundred vehicles including cases of violations and discrepancies, such as red light jumping, drunk driving, over-speeding, ... Read More »

Fish Traders Without A Business Address

The doubts about the morality and efficacy of the food and drugs administration (FDA) triggered by the fear of formalin in fish are only getting more and more serious. In the latest unethical FDA action that has come to light, it has issued registration certificates to 10 fish traders from South Goa on the same day (September 14, 2018) and ... Read More »

Obstacles To Making Of Anti-BJP Grand Alliance

BAHUJAN Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has announced that her party will not partner with the Congress party ‘at any cost’ for the upcoming Assembly polls in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Mayawati’s announcement has dealt a blow to the opposition’s efforts to stitch a united front against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. It would definitely give the BJP a breather, ... Read More »

Govt Plays Roulette With Offshore Casinos

THE state government has given yet another six-month extension to the operation of the five casinos in the River Mandovi. This is the seventh extension granted to the offshore casinos since March 2016 and is unlikely to be the last one. The government had promised to shift them elsewhere but five years down the line the government has not been ... Read More »

Need For Statewide Ban On Plastic Bags

THE Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) is enforcing a yet another ban on use of plastic in the capital city. The effect of the ban was visible in the city market with none of the businesses dispensing goods in plastic bags. Unlike the past drives against plastic, this drive has some force because the CCP officials gave enough ... Read More »

Anatomy Of Ayushman Bharat

T M THOMAS ISAAC   AYUSHMAN Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, described by many as the world’s  largest social health insurance programme, has been launched on September 23. Some have even suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for this historic initiative to transform the healthcare system of the world’s second largest ... Read More »

A Multi Organ Failure Caused Januz Mix-Up 

THE Goa Medical College and Hospital faces family and social ire for disposing the body of Januz Gonsalves, a youth from Aldona who died of unnatural cause on September 23. Please like & share: Read More »

Reform University Syllabi To Make Graduates Employable

VICE-PRESIDENT M Venkaiah Naidu’s call for revamping higher education by introducing skill-centric academic courses to make graduates self-employed and job-ready echoes a long-felt need. Addressing the fourth convocation of the National Institute of Technology-Goa recently, Please like & share: Read More »