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India’s Water Crisis

Piped water supply to every household By 2024 could prove to be pipedream A severe water crisis looms large over India. The Niti Aayog has forecast that the country could be declared ‘water stressed’ by 2020. India will be among the countries where per capita availability of water is less than 1,000 cubic metres. Despite abundant water resources India is …

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This Is Not Goa

Crime is becoming brazen with swords and masks in the state Some recent incidents of violence by criminals have sent shudder down the spine of Goans. Is this Goa?- they ask. In and around Panaji two attacks using swords have taken place in less than a month. Last Sunday members of a gang chopped off the wrist of a youth …

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Last-Mile Connectivity

Smaller vehicles will be less Expensive and more useful DESPITE being a small state with good roads connecting almost every village Goa does not have reliable public transport connectivity to the last mile. The issue has plagued the state for long and continues to be a challenging one for the government. It has affected the employment pattern as many aspirants …

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Citizens And Waste

Good waste management necessary for environment, public health and power AFTER most of their efforts to prevent dumping of solid waste by roadsides in Margao failed the Margao Municipal Council has launched an initiative to collect information of violators through photos or video recordings. The initiative is on the lines of the traffic sentinel scheme launched by the state police …

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Weak Boosters

Modi government has to turn hope for higher economic growth into reality The Union budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament on Friday was aimed at boosting investment, though populism gets a fair share of the cake. The strings of measures she announced for increasing foreign and domestic investment might ultimately be effective if they work in a …

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Regulating Goa’s Taxis

Dividing the market between GoaMiles and individual taxis is an impractical idea No immediate end appears to be in sight to the imbroglio over GoaMiles, the app-based taxi aggregator supported by GTDC. Associations representing individual taxi owners have given the government a week’s time to disband GoaMiles or face agitation. Their grouse is that GoaMiles taxis are charging fares lower …

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Accountability for Potholes

Govt should ensure that quality of works is not compromised The state government does not appear to be serious about making roads smooth by filling potholes in the roads. Patchworks to fill potholes are washed away with the first shower of the monsoon making negotiating them difficult. Very few roads are free from potholes and waterlogging. The state government has …

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Goans in Drug Trade

Problem cannot be wished away by denying involvement of Goans Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s statement that Goans were not involved in drug trade belies facts staring in his home department’s face. It may embolden the criminal elements in the Goan society and have a negative influence on the state police that has been combating drug trade and arresting foreigners, Indians …

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A Sustainable CZMP

Plan should serve as guide to future planning and development The state government has rejected the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) stating that it was riddled with inaccuracies and not satisfactory. The CZMP was submitted by the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) to the government two years ago. The government has sent back the plan for rectifying the …

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Women in Nightshifts

Companies and government must guarantee women safety The state government has approved an amendment to the Factories Act that will allow industries to employ women during night shifts. This amendment was long overdue and the government must be complimented for having finally taken a decision which will open avenues for women to work beyond dusk and remove the gender inequality that …

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