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Agricultural Revival In Goa Is Doable

Former chief minister and Congress MLA from Navelim Luizinho Faleiro has proposed a law for conservation of agricultural land by preventing sale of agricultural land to non-agriculturists. Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte has promised that the government would prohibit sale of agricultural land to non-agriculturists and introduce a bill for the purpose in the monsoon session of the Assembly due to …

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Give Police Free Hand To Eliminate Matka

The state witnessed one of the biggest raids on matka gambling activities over the weekend. The district investigation unit of the North Goa police headed by Superintendent of Police Chandan Chowdhary seized over Rs 59 lakh and arrested 11 persons from Morjim village in Pernem taluka in the raid, which appeared to have been kept a well-guarded secret till the …

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Road Tax Evasion By Owners Of Top-End Cars

SCORES of high-end cars owned by Goans have been registered in other states to avoid payment of higher road tax in the state. Though the transport department has sought to proceed against them, the government is yet to give its nod for them to go ahead. The transport department, which sent the file seeking approval of action from government about …

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Riders Of Many Horses, Jockeys Of None

The bureaucracy plays the most important role in implementation of government policies and development of the state, provided the officers have responsibilities they can manage and have the right atmosphere to carry them out. It has come to light that nearly 50 per cent of Goa’s 157 civil service officers in senior and junior scales are holding additional charges of …

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Dialysis Must Go On At Hospicio Hospital

THE closure of the dialysis unit in a dilapidated building of the Hospicio Hospital, Margao after a fire broke out has brought more suffering to the patients with failed kidneys who need dialysis on a regular basis. Though the unit was made partly operational with the help of a generator on Monday after last week’s fire, on Tuesday the government …

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Helping IIT Goa Attain Excellence

Unable to locate at the two earlier proposed sites owing to opposition by locals, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Goa seems to be going ahead well at its location at the Cotarli village of the Sanguem taluka. One of the grounds of opposition at the earlier two sites was that the IIT campus would be like an island of …

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Goa In Search Of New Health Insurance Model

THE Goa government has been running the Deen Dayal Sawasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY) on its own since the refusal of the United India Insurance Company, which was awarded the contract to implement the scheme, to accept the health department terms. The scheme was launched in September 2016. The term of United India Insurance ended one year after the launch and …

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Reversing Drug Addiction Among College Students

SOUTH Goa collector Anjali Sehrawat’s decision to go to colleges in her district with police and education officials to create awareness among students of ill effects of narcotic drugs is a good beginning in the fight against rising drug addiction among college students.

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Strengthen Banks’ Internal Control Mechanism

The Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), a representative body of bank managements, has lamented the “spate of chargesheets and arrests” of bankers by investigative agencies, accusing them of “high-handedness” in alleged bank fraud cases. “To slap a criminal case against bankers for sanctioning loans is silly,” said V G Kannan, IBA CEO. Kannan should know better than anyone that investigative agencies …

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Restricting Purchase And Movement Of Cars

A lot of projects are in the pipeline to make Panaji a Smart City. However, Panaji can never be a Smart City without a smart road transport. The number of automobiles registered in the state is almost equal to the human population, an alarming fact that must be truer of the capital city than any other part of the state, …

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