Wednesday , 19 September 2018


Subramanian Swamy Got His Kill Anyway

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has publicly disapproved of BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy’s personal attack on Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan.  In a series of statements to the media, followed by letters to the Prime Minister, Swamy had questioned Rajan’s ability to head the nation’s central bank and to steer the country’s economy out of downswing. As ... Read More »

Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom

Goa is a popular tourist destination, but most tourists start and end their visit on the beaches. There are very few attractions away from the coast. Tourism projects are hanging fire for lack of finalization of the tourism master plan, in the making for five years. Not many eco tourism projects are making headway. Some entrepreneurs that ventured into agro ... Read More »

Helping Brexit Goans Resettle in Goa

Britain’s exit from the European Union is likely to affect thousands of Goan-origin immigrants in that country holding a Portuguese passport. It is bound to restrict immigration from Goa through the Portuguese route. A number of such Goans might have to return to Goa and face problems as they surrendered their Indian citizenship. They would not be able to enjoy ... Read More »

GST: Litmus Test For Indian Economy

BINAYAK  DATTA   THE GST is finally coming,  so it seems! However, I am not quite sure as to why the model GST bill should have waited till the eleventh hour.  This could have been done a year back,  as repeatedly pressed by the Industry. Albeit late; kudos to the government for bringing in  this bill and for asking for ... Read More »

Protecting Panaji’s Birds and Trees

DESPITE rapid growth in constructions Panaji remains rich in biodiversity, as a series of reports in this newspaper has brought out. However, neither the state government nor the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) has any records of animals or trees in the city. Please like & share: Read More »

For Good Governance In Sports Associations

GOA cricket entered the hall of shame not because of abysmal performance of the players but because of abysmal corruption of its guardians. The guardians brought it the first infamy in the 2001 Ticketgate. Then guardians wearing a different political garb took over, but their tenure too was marked by wrongdoings. Then a trio took over that allegedly misappropriated Rs ... Read More »

Guilty of Water Diversion in GMC

THE interim report of the one-person probe panel headed by N D Agrawal has confirmed media reports of gross misuse of water supplied to the Goa Medical College and Hospital. The panel found that the GMC was doing no proper water audit and allowing a large quantity of water to be diverted by construction contractors, canteen operator and people living ... Read More »

Build Toilets For Healthy Generations

OPEN defecation raises concerns about a possible outbreak of diarrhoea and other vector-borne diseases in Goa, particularly with the onset of monsoon. Mostly migrants but some Goans too who do not have private toilets use open spaces to ease themselves. Please like & share: Read More »

Health Insurance For People, Not Hospitals

Even before the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana offering health insurance cover to all Goans could be formally made operational, private hospitals, would-be partners of the scheme, want the government to modify the scheme to allow them to perform all the 447 medical or surgical procedures identified under the scheme and also increase their rates. The government has allowed 171 ... Read More »

Building Goa’s Own Thermal Power Plant

Union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal has suggested that Goa government should bid for a coal block at the next auction. A successful bidding would give the state option to set up a thermal power plant. The state depends entirely on the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and other entities for its power supply. The state could set ... Read More »