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A Case Of Corporate Social Irresponsibility

The findings of the Goa State Pollution Control Board that South West Port Ltd (SWPL) of Jindal group had handled excess coal/coke at berths of Mormugao Port Trust harbour since 2012 in violation of the consent orders issued by the board have lent credence to the claims of the citizens of Vasco that they have been facing excessive air pollution …

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Building A Sustainable Disaster Response System

THE surge in seawater that sent waters overflowing on the beaches of Goa recently has woken up the state government to the need for a disaster management plan. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has announced that he would take steps to see that a disaster management system is in place. Goa had been so far seen as safe from severe meteorological …

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Fearlessly Growing Cannabis In Candolim

The discovery of cannabis plants being grown in a wado in Candolim has set the alarm bells ringing. It at once shows the pervasiveness of drugs in Goa and the growing boldness of those in the business of producing and supplying it. Cannabis, which is known by various names such as weed, pot, hashish and marijuana, has been brought for …

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Mortal Gods Of Electoral World

Rahul Gandhi is finally going to take over as president of the Congress party. Speculations about that had been made for years, but every time everyone thought he had come close to becoming the party chief he proved them wrong. Yet there was never any doubt that it was he who was going to be the successor to Sonia Gandhi. …

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Goa’s Ignoring Natural Calamities To Its Peril

A surge of seawater along Goa’s coast due to the cyclonic storm Ockhi that passed from Tamil Nadu to Lakshadweep caused damages to shacks on several beaches. Water entered many shacks. Tourists and locals on the beaches had to wade through water to safety. The surge started on Saturday night and continued till Sunday. Fortunately no lives were lost, but …

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Making Fish Cheaper For Goan Consumers

The threat of Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar to impose tax on vehicles transporting fish for sale outside the state sounds weird. The minister’s idea is to bring down fish prices in Goa by restricting ‘export’ of ‘fish caught within the territorial waters of the state’ to other states. There is no such levy charged by any state on export of …

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Establishing A Regime Of Fair Taxi Business

The state government has decided to implement the Bombay High Court directive making installation of digital fare meters mandatory for all taxis. The government needs to ensure that Goans as well as tourists get good modes of transport at affordable rates. There is a growing demand for lifting moratorium on rent-a-car approvals. The transport department proposes to undertake an ‘impact …

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Shutting Out Unpleasant Voices In Gram Sabhas

The Panchayati raj aims to devolve power to the people. However, in a circular issued last week, the state panchayat director has directed sarpanchas and panchayat secretaries not to allow discussion under ‘any other subject with the permission of chair’ during gram sabhas.

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Pollution-Free Goa Can Attract More Tourists

Goa can attract more tourists if it is absolutely clean. The irony so far has been that tourism growth has added to the state’s generation of waste and pollution. Tourist arrivals in Goa stood at over 63 lakh in 2016 as against only 7.75 lakh in the mid-1980s when tourism picked up in the state.

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No Control Yet On Land Conversions

While the state government has failed to finalise a Regional Plan for almost two decades, it has been very quick in setting up planning and development authorities (PDAs).  The Town and Country Planning (TCP) Board has given approval for creation of two PDAs in North Goa – first, Greater Panaji PDA, which is to be carved out of the existing …

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