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Our Hanuman-like ECI

FOLLOWING directions from the Supreme Court the Election Commission of India appears to have found its lost powers in curbing hate speeches and indecent language in the election campaign. The ECI acted against leaders of various political parties within hours of the Supreme Court directive.

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Restore Faith in EVMs

Electoral process has to Be fair and transparent A controversy has erupted once again over the efficacy of EVMs (electronic voting machines). Complaints have been pouring in from across the country that a number of EVMs malfunctioned during the first phase of polling in the Lok Sabha elections. There have also been complaints that votes cast in favour of candidates …

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Party Of Opportunism

POLITICIANS love to justify their opportunism on the basis of the cardinal Machiavellian principle: “There are no permanent friends or enemies in politics.”

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Goa Stays Unclean

Civic bodies and panchayats not Keen on waste management The North Goa district administration has started proceedings against the Taleigao panchayat to recover the fine of Rs 25,000 imposed on them in March 2017 by the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB). The panchayat was fined on GSPCB finding a case of burning of mixed waste at a dumpsite on …

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No Mining Roadmap

Goa expected a concrete Proposal from PM Modi In his Wednesday election speech at Panaji Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to Goans that his next government and the state government will try to “remove the obstacles” on the way of resumption of mining. He did not give any concrete proposal for mining resumption as the mining dependants observing a protest …

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Inducements to Voters

Officials must track down those who paid for liquor seized Since the model code of conduct came into effect in the state the law enforcement agencies have made 123 seizures of liquor. The value of 12,340 litres of seized liquor is close to Rs 3 crore. It is very significant to note that more than half of the liquor valued …

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A Doctor’s Retirement

Poll officials must check if extension to Azgaonkar violated model code There is a controversy over the Goa government’s decision to extend the retirement age of doctors employed under the Employees State Insurance (ESI) scheme from 60 years to 62 years. This is because among the beneficiaries of the order is Dr Shrikant Azgaonkar, the brother of Deputy Chief Minister …

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ECI must not let off Code violators lightly

When will political parties and their candidates and their followers learn to be decent and ethical? Violations of the Model Code of Conduct that came into force with the announcement of the Lok Sabha by the Election Commission of India are large in number.

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