Thursday , 24 January 2019


Protect Dignity Of Villagers Of Surla

AFTER suffering for long, the residents of Surla, a village in the Sattari taluka bordering Karnataka, have demanded closure of all the 13 bars or liquor vends operating around their village owing to the nuisance caused by the clients of the bars, mostly tourists. A resolution seeking closing down of bars was taken at a largely attended meeting of the ... Read More »

Investigate Charges Of Corruption In PWD

HARDLY had the harsh words and sarcasm between Michael Lobo, the Deputy Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly, and Francis D’Souza, the Urban Development Minister, ended following the intervention of  Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has a venomous war of words erupted between Govind Gaude, the Art and Culture Minister and defenders of Ramkrishna Dhavlikar, the Public Works Department Minister. In ... Read More »

Finding A Balance Between English And Mother Tongues

There is a justified demand for re-enumeration of census data on mother tongue. The Census 2011 data released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner has revealed that 22.56 lakh people in the country have recorded Konkani to be their first language or mother tongue. The figures indicate a drop by 2.32 lakh as compared to Census 2001. The sharp ... Read More »

No End of Obstruction To AAP Govt In Delhi

A FIVE-MEMBER Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously held that the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi has to act according to the advice of the cabinet of the government of the Union Territory. The bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, decided that the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi had no “independent decision-making power.” His status was not that ... Read More »

Protecting Coastal Zone Without Engaging GCZMA

In what appears to be a clever undermining of the cause of coast protection, the state department of environment has sent suggestions on the draft Coastal Regulations Zone notification 2018 to the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) without consulting the main coastal environment protection agency in the state, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA). Director ... Read More »

Child Is Going To Be The Father Of Man

Goa is set to be the first state to introduce the subject of ‘civic engagement’ in schools from August 1 for students from Class III to Class IX. A syllabus is already prepared which would cover topics like road safety, waste management and hygiene. The State Road Safety Council’s decision to introduce the novel subject is laudable. The subject would ... Read More »

Agricultural Revival In Goa Is Doable

Former chief minister and Congress MLA from Navelim Luizinho Faleiro has proposed a law for conservation of agricultural land by preventing sale of agricultural land to non-agriculturists. Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte has promised that the government would prohibit sale of agricultural land to non-agriculturists and introduce a bill for the purpose in the monsoon session of the Assembly due to ... Read More »

Give Police Free Hand To Eliminate Matka

The state witnessed one of the biggest raids on matka gambling activities over the weekend. The district investigation unit of the North Goa police headed by Superintendent of Police Chandan Chowdhary seized over Rs 59 lakh and arrested 11 persons from Morjim village in Pernem taluka in the raid, which appeared to have been kept a well-guarded secret till the ... Read More »

Road Tax Evasion By Owners Of Top-End Cars

SCORES of high-end cars owned by Goans have been registered in other states to avoid payment of higher road tax in the state. Though the transport department has sought to proceed against them, the government is yet to give its nod for them to go ahead. The transport department, which sent the file seeking approval of action from government about ... Read More »