Sunday , 21 October 2018


Lowering Tensions On Mhadei Sharing 

THE Karnataka government has denied any violation of the Supreme Court order on maintaining status quo on diversion of water from the Mhadei basin. A letter written by Karnataka chief secretary to her Goa counterpart states that her state was only clearing the debris generated from the earlier work at the Kalsa-Bhanduri canal at Kankumbi. Karnataka, she says, has not ... Read More »

New Means Needed To Deal with Strays

Stray animals continue to squat and walk merrily on the roads, posing a risk to motorists and two-wheeler riders. Stray cattle were the cause of at least 30 accidents across the state between 2014 and 2017. At least seven people died in road accidents between 2013 and 2016 in such accidents. Scores of casualties caused by stray cattle go unreported ... Read More »

Taming Goa’s Wild Taxis

The strike by Goa’s tourist taxi owners has been called off following an assurance by the state government to move the Supreme Court for an exemption of the state taxis from installation of speed governors. Please like & share: Read More »

Setting Off Fire Alarms For High-Rise Residents

In a horrifying discovery the fire department has found that 90 per cent of the residential and commercial buildings in Panaji are fire unsafe. The department inspected 233 high-rise buildings (above 15 metres in height) and found 208 of them were flouting fire safety norms. The societies of the 25 buildings that had complied with the fire safety norms need ... Read More »

Regulating Taxi Business In Goa

Goa’s taxi operators have called for a daylong strike on Friday to oppose installation of fare meters and speed-limiting devices in their taxis. Friday’s strike would be one of the several strikes taxi operators have resorted to in order to pressurise the government to withdraw the mandatory requirements. However, it is time the state government put its foot down. The ... Read More »

Judges Must Put Aside Their Political Leanings

Although the Bar Council of India chairman Manan Mishra claims the matter raised at a press conference five days ago by the four seniormost Supreme Court judges – Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph – about the “Supreme Court administration” being “not in order” has been laid to rest, there is no clear evidence of a ... Read More »

BSNL Chases Customers At Its Own Low Speed

The government-owned BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) has been directed by the North Goa District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum to pay a lump sum compensation of Rs 50,000 to the retired judge of the Bombay High Court N A Britto for providing him deficient international roaming services and  making him suffer as a result mental trauma, hardship and inconvenience. Please ... Read More »

No-one Fighting Anymore To Preserve Goan Identity 

The state observes today as ‘Asmitai Dis’.  It was on January 16, 1967 that Goans were asked to vote in an opinion poll to decide whether they wanted Goa to continue as a Union Territory combined with Daman and Diu or merge with the state of Maharashtra. Please like & share: Read More »

Tribunal Alone Can Settle Mhadei Dispute

Despite directives from the Mhadei Inter-State River Disputes Tribunal and the Supreme Court, the Karnataka government has restarted the work on the Kalsa-Bhanduri canal to divert water from the Mhadei river. Please like & share: Read More »

Instill Fear Of Transfer Among Municipal Staff

THERE has to be a common cadre for the staff of the municipal councils in the state for their effective, efficient and corruption-free functioning. But the cadre has been eluding the councils, thanks to absence of consensus on the rules. Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza says some legislators, ward councillors and staff representatives have been raising objections to it. The ... Read More »