Tuesday , 25 September 2018


Why Matka Gambling Goes On Unchecked

AFTER a hue and cry over the increase in matka or satta gambling in the state, the crime branch, which is probing the alleged nexus of policemen, politicians and matka operators, has decided to recommend amendment to the Goa Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976 to include matka as a gambling offence. The absence of matka in the Act ... Read More »

Goa Congress Must Fight Enemies Within

WITH All India Congress Committee vice president Rahul Gandhi disfavouring alliance in Goa, the party has to prepare itself to go it alone in 2017 general elections to the State assembly. Congress state leaders have been told by him to focus on selection of nominees and the declaration of their names at the earliest to allow them enough time to ... Read More »

Why Coconut Farming Stagnates Across Goa

THE area under coconut cultivation remains stagnant at 25,800 hectares across Goa. The reasons are low wholesale prices, inadequate marketing support and dearth of pluckers. Growers complain they get wholesale price of Rs 4 per nut when the retail price ranges from Rs 12 to Rs 30. Growers also rue limited number of registered vendors through whom they have to ... Read More »

Inadequate Pay For Balrath Employees

SCHOOL students were put to inconvenience during examination time as the Gomant Balrath employees resorted to strike last week to demand better pay and working conditions. The government should have acted much earlier as the employees submitted their charter of demands in March. Balrath is aimed at providing exclusive mode of transport for students between home and school. It is ... Read More »

War Of Succession In Mulayam Dynasty

THE family feud in the Samajwadi Party reminds us of the olden times: when a monarch turned old or died there was a bitter war of succession. Please like & share: Read More »

Protect Diversity Of  Life Around You 

Even though the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 was enforced in Goa nearly 12 years ago, biodiversity management committees (BMCs) for preparation of ‘people’s biodiversity register’ (PBR) have been formed only in 105 of the 204 municipalities and panchayats, and only 10 of them have started actual work of preparing a register. PBR is aimed to have comprehensive information on availability ... Read More »

Long Wait for New Beach Shack Policy

The issue of allotment of licences for beach shacks has returned to haunt the state government after three years as it failed to make a new shack policy after the last policy lapsed in May this year. It has been nearly a month since the new tourism season began but the new shack policy is yet to get government approval. ... Read More »

The Odds Against Congress in Goa

The release of a ‘chargesheet’ against the state government by the Congress accusing the BJP of not fulfilling the promises it made to voters is suggestive of the party getting into the election mode. The Congress is hoping its electoral chances will improve if it can fan anti-incumbency sentiments by projecting that the BJP failed to bring about the “parivartan” ... Read More »

Making Goa A Global Conference Destination

The hosting of twin international events, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and BIMSET (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Economic and Technical Cooperation) summits over the weekend has raised Goa’s image as a conference destination. Heads of ten nations participated in them. The two events led to improvement in infrastructure in parts of South Goa, including mobile ... Read More »

Chinese Manufacturers Knocking at India’s Door

The joint declaration by the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa at the eighth BRICS Summit against terrorism – also called Goa Declaration – will resonate with India whose people are still seething with anger over the terror attack at Uri in Kashmir that killed eighteen army men. The declaration said, “We strongly condemn the recent several ... Read More »