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A Dwarfed Kashmir

Modi government shouldn’t have taken away statehood of Jammu and Kashmir V   ERY early during his second tenure Prime Minister Narendra Modi has fulfilled one of the oldest, strongest and deepest wishes of the RSS and the BJP to take away the ‘special status’ of Jammu and Kashmir among states guaranteed by Article 370 and Article 35A of the Constitution. …

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Hurdles Before Women

No infrastructure in Goa to support women employees who want to work night shifts The state Assembly passed an amendment to Section 66 of the Factories Act 1948 last week paving the way for deployment of women in night shift (between 7 pm and 6 am). The government made the amendment ostensibly with a view to give ‘equal opportunities’ to …

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Writing On Wall

Goa’s private taxi owners have to join app-based service today or tomorrow Private taxis went on an unannounced strike on Friday to pressurize the state government to shut down GoaMiles, the app-based taxi aggregator operating for the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC). The strike took tourists and Goans arriving by flights, trains and buses by surprise and put them to …

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Owner Of Kashmir

Pakistan holds the key to open the lock of negotiating room There was a major controversy triggered recently by US President Donald Trump’s ‘disclosure’ that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him, when they met at an international conference, if he could mediate in the Kashmir dispute. The controversy has died down, with New Delhi denying Modi ever made such a …

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SC Has Mine Key

State must approach apex court with all the answers they may want Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s assurance that the state government would once again approach the central government for finding a way out to lift the mining shutdown has failed to rouse any hope for restart of mining. The Opposition ridiculed the many trips the leaders of the state government …

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Waste Mismanagement

Government and people must have a give and take on waste treatment plants No solution seems to be in sight to the problem of solid waste disposal in the state. The mass of solid waste generated has been increasing but local people have been opposing setting up of waste treatment facilities at whichever site the government selects. It is sad …

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Wanted: A New CZMP

The state government must have realized by now the intensity of opposition to the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP). Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral has faced a chorus of people to scrap CZMP 2011 in several places. So strong is the reaction of the people to the imbalances and flaws in the CZMP that last weekend Cabral was forced to …

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Filling Job-Skill Gap

Govt must focus on skilling Goans to match requirements of industry The clamour for reserving 80 per cent jobs by law for locals in the private sector did not cut ice with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant who firmly ruled it out. Sawant said that enacting such a law would be unconstitutional. Legislators cutting across party lines had  demanded a law …

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Opaque High Masts

Mess in top echelons in tourism department needs cleaning up All does not appear to be well in the functioning of the state tourism department. Following reports of alleged acts of nepotism and favouritism in the top echelons of the department has come the revelation that the bosses of the department have messed up with the centrally sponsored Swadesh Darshan …

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Nabbing Drug Suppliers

Top police bosses must take it up as a professional challenge CHIEF Minister Pramod Sawant’s candid statement that the Goa police have failed to get the suppliers of narcotic drugs to the state in their net has only given official credence to what was publicly obvious. The one reason why drug trade has been rising in the state is that …

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