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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 …

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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 …

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Finding The Ideal Bag To Carry Fish

THE Corporation of the City of Panaji has decided to ban use of plastics entirely in the city from October 2. Even plastic bags above 50 microns would not be allowed. One of the main reasons for enforcing the ban, they say, is choking of gutters and drains during monsoon, causing waterlogging. Already a CCP ban on plastic bags below …

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Parents Must Make Their Children Mentally Healthy

ONE in eight children of Goa aged 2-9 suffers from one of the many neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs), a study of children in five states has found. Children from 25 villages of Goa were screened for nine childhood disabilities – vision impairment, epilepsy, neuromotor impairments including cerebral palsy, hearing impairment, speech and language disorders, autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability. Two …

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Despite US Jolt, Pakistan To Continue Backing Taliban

THE US has cancelled $300 million in aid to Pakistan over its failure to take decisive action against terrorists. The cancelled aid was a part of the Coalition Support Funds (CSF) which the US defence ministry provides Pakistan by way of reimbursements for expenses incurred in fighting terror. The US created CSF to help Pakistani army put down terrorist groups …

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Modi’s Brahmastra Failed To Slay Black Demon

More than 99 per cent of the demonetized 500- and 1000-rupee notes returned to the banks, according to the Reserve Bank of India, which confirms the failure of demonetization which was billed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the only way to bring out the black money which was growing like a cancer in the body of the Indian economy. …

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Tackling Root Causes Of Ferment At The Grassroots

Reiterating the importance of diverse views in a democracy, the Supreme Court has ordered that the five rights activists arrested by the Pune police for suspected links with Maoists be not taken in police custody or to jail but be kept under house arrest till September 6. The court observed, “Dissent is the safety valve of democracy… if it is …

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Mastering The Art Of Creating Good Citizens

Finding that teachers were not enthusiastic about imparting the newly-introduced subjects of yoga education, value education and civic sense, the state education department has decided to conduct a week-long drive to raise teachers’ awareness about them, especially teachers of primary schools. These subjects were introduced in schools with an aim to change the outlook of the future generation and bring …

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