Sunday , 19 May 2019


Hoping Imran Will Break The Deadlock

MINISTER of State for External Affairs V K Singh on Monday said the Army still rules Pakistan despite Imran Khan’s election as the new Prime Minister. Read More »

No Deterrence Yet To High-Profile Frauds

AMIDST allegations of soft pedalling of cases involving Vijay Mallya, Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi, the Central Bureau of Investigation is likely to file the second chargesheet in the scam involving Mallya. The CBI had filed a chargesheet against Mallya last year in connection with Rs 900-crore loan sanctioned by Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) in which senior officials ... Read More »

No Full Assurance About Fish Safety

The directorate of the food and drug administration (FDA) of Goa, and the department of health under which it functions, have failed to fully dispel people’s doubts about the safety of the fish imported from other states. The tests the health department was forced to make the FDA do for over a month at the two interstate border checkposts were ... Read More »

Power Theft In Goa Has Developed Into An Art

Power consumers in the state have been warned by the electricity department to get the excess load drawn by them regularised within the next 30 days. Failure to do so would lead to action being initiated under Section 10 of the Electricity Act which deals with unauthorised use/theft of electricity. The department says overdrawing of power by consumers causes tripping. ... Read More »

Upgrade ITI Courses For Better Placement

The decision of the managing committee of the Panaji ITI (Industrial Training Institute) to tie up with private companies for apprenticing students has resulted in 100 per cent placement of their alumni. The Panaji ITI signed an agreement with Hyundai two years ago and is in process of signing one with Siemens and another with a five star hotel for ... Read More »

Arrest Rise Of Cancer In Goa

Cancer has emerged as one of the major killer diseases in the state, claiming close to 1,000 lives annually for the last three years. The doctors at the Goa Medical College Hospital and other hospitals handling cancer cases attributed 30 per cent of all cancer cases to the lethal combination of alcohol and tobacco. Breast cancer comes second with 23 ... Read More »

Allaying Fears Of Chimbel People Over IT Project

At the Chimbel gram sabha on Sunday, a demand was made by some members that the government release a white paper on the Information Technology Park proposed in the village. They expressed fears that the IT park, which is to be set up in a 6 lakh square metre area, would “destroy natural resources including a lake,” which supplied water ... Read More »

Not All GST Collected From People Goes To Treasury

The State Goods and Services Tax (GST) Department has found that nearly 20 per cent of the state’s businesses including hotels have failed to deposit GST in government treasury. That shows that though tax compliance has become much better under the GST regime than it was under the Value Added Tax (VAT) system, there are still a large number of ... Read More »

Do Not Buy Ganesh Idol Made Of Plaster Of Paris

THE Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has found that some local artisans still use plaster of Paris (PoP) to make Ganesh idols despite the ban. Over past two years, the GSPCB collected 143 clay samples from artisans engaged in making Ganesh idols and found that there was higher concentration of calcium sulphate (which is used to make PoP) in ... Read More »

Lingering Doubts About Checks On Imported Fish

THE doubts about the efficacy of tests by the director of food and drug administration for checking the fish imported from other states for formalin and ammonia have only been reinforced by the FDA drafting unqualified officials for the job. Checks to detect formalin and ammonia are specialised jobs; they need to be performed by competent and qualified persons. Over ... Read More »