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Register Luxury Car In Puducherry, Drive In Goa

A rising number of affluent Goans are getting their high-end cars registered in Puducherry. Goan bus operators are getting their buses registered in Arunachal Pradesh. Both do it to pay lower taxes. While the tax rates in Goa constitute 12 to 21 per cent of the cost of vehicles, in Puducherry and Arunachal Pradesh they are minimal. A vehicle costing …

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How Goan Society Is Getting Criminalized

It was always feared that one of the negative effects of tourist growth will be involvement of Goans in drugs. The fears are coming true. One in three persons held by anti-narcotic officials now happens to be a Goan.

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No Checks On Private Water Tankers In Goa

Goa needs about 400 million litres of potable water daily. Potable water is supplied by the public works department through a network of pipelines. However, there is often inadequate water supply to some areas or buildings due to breakdown of supply lines or low pressure. Under such situation, hotels, restaurants, factories, commercial buildings and residential buildings are forced to get …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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