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Rivers Getting Unsafe

Alarm bell for state authorities to save rivers from polluters STUDIES by the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) have found that waters in 11 stretches of different rivers across the state are highly polluted. Pollution largely owes itself to household sewage discharged into the rivers. A stretch of 5 kilometres of the River Sinquerim has been identified as a …

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A Great Shame

Goa must quickly tackle hurdles to become ODF by October 2 THE Swachh Bharat Mission has failed to make a smooth progress in Goa. The state government has once again extended the deadline from May 25 to June 10 for applications from house owners for installation of bio-digester toilet for their households under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) scheme. Since …

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Tigers Are Here

Recent sightings strengthen Goa’s case for a tiger reserve The sightings of two fully grown tigers, a male and a female, and two cubs, in the Bhagwan Mahaveer National Park and the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary earlier this month have brought cheers to wildlife conservationists. While a tigress and two cubs were found on the bank of a tributary of river …

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Immorality Triumphs

Voters do not care for moral questions about candidates The victory of three of the four nominees of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the by-polls to the Assembly has increased the party’s number in the House from 14 to 17, boosting the stability of the government led by it. The BJP won Mandrem, Mapusa and Shiroda, losing Panaji to the …

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Bracing for Monsoon

Slow pre-monsoon works increase risks of flooding Monsoon is round the corner but the authorities, particularly the public works and water resources departments and local self governing bodies, are still grappling with pre-monsoon works. The authorities have attributed the delay in completing the works to model code of conduct being in force. Though the state authorities were aware of the …

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Elusive Quality Power

Power department must become self-dependent and cost-efficient The electricity department has not been increasing power tariff for populist reasons. The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has warned that it could be counterproductive and harmful to the electricity department in the long run. The state has not raised power tariff for last several years and the practice is going to continue …

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Goa’s Eroding Coast

Absence of a vision to protect eco-systems of the beaches Goa’s coastline has taken all kinds of beatings. The damages to some of the beaches have been serious. In this light, a comprehensive study on erosion along the coastline of Goa by the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) could point to the government the ways in which they should move …

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Centre’s Anti-Goa Move

Centre must drop its application in Mahadayi Tribunal favouring Karnataka Goa was shocked by the news that the Union ministry of water resources has sought nine clarifications from the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal with regard to the award given by it on August 14 last year that assured Goa that the flow of water from upstream to downstream in the …

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Low Monkey Fever

Health department must never lower their guard against KFD THE detection of only 19 cases of the Kyasanur forest disease (KFD) or monkey fever in the state in the first four and half months of this year shows it is on decline. Most of the KFD cases (18 in number) this year have been detected in the Sattari taluka and …

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Cheap Public Transport

Taxi union’s app-based service must win people’s confidence THE North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association, one of the unions of taxi operators in the state, has decided to roll out its own taxi-hailing app which could be used by people to book taxis operated by its members. The move is apparently aimed to compete with GoaMiles, a government-operated app-based taxi …

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