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Truth on Trial In Louis Berger Case

More than a year after the first chargesheet was filed in the Louis Berger bribery case, the crime branch filed a supplementary chargesheet naming former chief minister Digambar Kamat as the prime conspirator.

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Unease of Doing Business in Goa

A year after the Goa Investment Promotion Board (IPB) was set up for single-window clearance for the industrial projects in Goa, the government has declared that the IPB cannot give single-window clearances to the projects and prospective entrepreneurs would have to get clearances from different authorities. The government stand follows a recent order of the Mumbai High Court saying IPB …

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Penalise Idol Makers For Using Chemicals

Despite the existence of a law that bans manufacture, transportation, stocking, selling or display of idols made of plaster of Paris (PoP), a study conducted by the Goa State Pollution Control Board found that Ganesh idols made of PoP were used and immersed in water bodies. 

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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