Friday , 18 January 2019


Eliminating Matka Is Beyond Powers Of SIT

The state government has finally constituted a four-member special investigation team (SIT) to probe cases of matka gambling, betting and business. The SIT will be headed by Superintendent of Police Bossuet Silva and monitored by Justice A P Lawande, a former judge of the Bombay High Court at Goa. Justice Lawande would guide the SIT in carrying out the investigation ... Read More »

A 20th Century Idea Of Sudin Dhavlikar

River Navigation Minister Sudin Dhavlikar’s idea of constructing a cable-stayed pedestrian bridge between Panaji and Betim to replace the ferry service on the route seems to be riddled with problems. The idea has occurred to him after the recent breakdown of a ferryboat on the route that made passengers suffer for hours. Instead of taking measures that do not allow ... Read More »

A Separate Goa Cadre For Better Governance

Goa is likely to have a separate cadre of All India Services soon. The state government is going to press for a separate cadre at the meeting of the Joint Cadre Authority (JCA) in New Delhi on November 6. Please like & share: Read More »

Goa Must Boost Its Marine Export

Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar would like a ban imposed on marine product export from Goa in order to make fish cheaper for Goans. His idea is more a rhetoric for the consumption of Goans than churning of any serious proposal to ban marine product export. First of all, he will have to examine whether a state can impose a state-specific ... Read More »

Dangerous Deficiencies In Motor Driving Schools

AN investigation by a team of officials from the office of the Lokayukta into the functioning of motor driving schools in Tiswadi taluka has found serious defects in their operations. Please like & share: Read More »

At God’s Mercy On Goa Ferryboat

AROUND 120 ferry passengers commuting between Panaji and Betim experienced a nightmarish situation on Thursday evening after the ferryboat in which they were crossing the River Mandovi developed a technical snag and drifted toward the Arabian Sea. While 90 of the passengers were rescued after more than an hour, 35 others who had their vehicles on board had to stay ... Read More »

Making Fish Cheaper For Goan Consumers

FISHERIES Minister Vinod Palyekar is considering transfer of a part of the fuel subsidy given to trawler owners to consumers to make fish available at cheaper rates.  The government is driven to think of that as, though a total subsidy of more than Rs 100 crore has been released to trawler owners in the last five years, fish prices have ... Read More »

A Dogfight Over Bones Of Power

All does not appear to be well within the ruling state coalition, particularly between the two junior partners, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP). Please like & share: Read More »

Land Conversions And Threat To Goan Identity

Town and Country Planning Minister Vijay Sardessai says land dealers, mostly from other states, are buying agricultural land in lakhs of square metres in Goa’s villages and getting them illegally converted in collusion with officials of his department. Please like & share: Read More »

Protecting The Elderly From Family Violence

A report published in this newspaper on Monday presents an alarming picture of violence against the elderly in Salcete. This is something generally not talked about at social gatherings, public meetings or in the media.  The elderly are subjected to violence for not giving away property or money to the younger persons in the family as they dictate them to do. ... Read More »