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Tampering With CRZ

There is enough land for industry and commerce across the state THE Goa government is pleading with the central authorities for relaxations on coastal regulation zone restrictions on the ground that the state has no more than 250 sq km of area for industrial and commercial development. The implication is that if some of the land locked under CRZ is …

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Not Really ODF

Goa must provide toilets to all households that need them IN spite of its failure to deliver on its promise after several extensions of deadline to provide all individual households without toilets with toilets, the state government declared Goa to be open defecation free on August 31. The state government came up with a novel idea to meet the criteria …

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For A Plastic-Free Goa

Government must provide Goans with biodegradable alternatives to plastics GOA has banned use of single-use plastics. It is a ban without a wide range of satisfactory alternatives, which clearly means that people would be compelled to violate the ban, no matter how agreeing they are with the government’s objective of replacing plastics with biodegradable materials in manufacture and packaging. We …

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Poor Road Conditions

No accountability of road contractors and engineers who certify their works THE High Court of Bombay at Goa has directed the state government to file an affidavit on steps taken to repair the pothole-ridden roads in the state. The plea of the government that potholes could not be repaired owing to continuous rains is untenable. That covers up the main …

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Saving Cooperative Banks

There is need for stringent RBI regulation of cooperative banks AN increasing number of cooperative banks are being placed under severe restrictions by the Reserve Bank of India. The restrictions are imposed after it comes to the notice of the RBI that a particular cooperative bank has not maintained transparency and flouted several norms in their operations, leading to huge …

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Showcase Heritage

Whatever Goa earns from tourism is nothing but gifts from God The sudden collapse of British travel and leisure company Thomas Cook has hit Goa’s hospitality industry — five star hotels, small hotels, restaurants, transport and other trades. Thomas Cook-UK was one of the key agencies engaged in bringing charters to Goa. The president of Goa Small and Medium Hoteliers …

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Let Blue Flags Fly

Blue Flag certification would enhance the natural beauty of Goa’s beaches The Goa government faces a nearly impossible task of identifying ten more beaches for the Blue Flag certification programme within less than a week. The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change had asked all coastal states to select ten more beaches for the programme for drawing a national …

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A Non-Digital Goa

Digital transformation must be taken up as a top priority by government Though Goans have been complaining of it, the confirmation that the digital transformation in the state has been lagging far behind other states came last week from Science and Technology Minister Michael Lobo. As a matter of fact, Lobo was more forthright than the citizens as the citizens …

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Reduce Road Casualties

Government must address lax enforcement, poor road quality and slow pothole repairs GOA has registered a jump in the number of deaths in road accidents in the first eight months of the current year. According to police data, 191 persons lost their lives in nearly 2,300 road accidents between January 1 and August 31. The percentage of deaths is 13 …

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Goa Yet To Be ODF

Government must admit its failure and rectify its mistakes to make Goa ODF PANAJI mayor Uday Madkaikar has alleged that government officials used deceit to bring civic bodies and panchayats ‘on board’ to declare Goa open defecation free. He accused them of getting corporators to give certificates that their wards were OPF on the promise that construction of toilets in …

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