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Partners In Conservation

Make hunters and inhabitants in forests collaborators in wildlife conservation The human-wildlife conflict has been going on for years in Goa’s forests. However, the core issues of the conflict were never satisfactorily resolved. The forest department has finally moved a proposal to simplify the process for compensation to the farmers whose domestic animals are killed by wild animals. The department …

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Fighting China Virus

State must maintain vigilance at all levels to contain Coronavirus Alarmed by the rising number of people afflicted by novel Coronavirus (nCoV) in mainland China and fearing its spread in Goa, the state government has set up a 30-bedded quarantine ward in the Goa Medical College Hospital and an 8-bedded facility at the sub-district hospital at Chicalim. The state has …

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Growing Goa’s Economy

Focus on higher investments in sectors with high potential The chairman of the 15th Finance Commission N K Singh lamented that though Goa has a huge potential in revenue generation, it has failed to exploit it. According to him, the state needs to take a combination of measures like increasing capital expenditure and eliminating transmission and distribution losses in the …

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End Misuse of Law

Convicts should not have liberty to play with law to their advantage Even as the date for hanging of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya rape case nears, one of the convicts Mukesh Kumar Singh has made what many see as last-ditch attempt to escape the gallows. Singh, whose execution by hanging is slated for February 1, has challenged the …

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Allay Fears Over CAA

Help people to get documents to prove their Indian citizenship THAT there are apprehensions about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Population Register and National Register of Citizens was evident from the large turnout at the Church-backed protest meet in Margao a few days ago. That people from different sections of society participated in the protest should make the state …

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Value Adding To Tourism

New attractions needed to increase tourist arrivals TAKING note of tourists curtailing their stay in Goa to just 2-3 days, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has promised to announce a tourism policy soon in order to tempt tourists to prolong their stay. Sawant said that the policy would be unveiled before the next tourist season that is still nine months away. …

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Fight Cancer At Home

Parents must have healthy lifestyle to protect their children from cancer ON one hand, several breakthroughs in treatment of different types of cancer have been achieved, and on the other, newer threats have emerged.  Dr Mohandas Mallath, an eminent oncologist has warned that a new carcinogen might soon afflict youth due to their sedentary lifestyle. Dr Mallath, who is a …

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No Double Standards

State govt must order investigation into mining lease renewals case THE Lokayukta has found the renewal of Goa’s 88 mining leases in 2014-15 against the law and asked the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) to register first information report against former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, former mines secretary Pawan Kumar Sain and former director of mining and geology department Prasanna Acharya …

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On Tourist Arrivals

No scientific way of knowing exact number of tourists coming to Goa THE Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has disputed the tourism department’s data on tourist footfalls in the state and claimed that it was ‘inaccurate’. Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar recently claimed that the number of tourist arrivals in 2018 saw an increase of 2.95 percent over 2017. …

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Arrest Economic Downturn

Spending must increase to accelerate economic growth ALTHOUGH the stock market has been hitting new highs in the hope of a recovery, there are no signs of the economy improving yet.  India’s GDP fell to 4.5% for the July-September 2019 quarter, down from 5% in the preceding quarter and 7% for the corresponding period of 2018. Economists polled by an …

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