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Goa University Must Become Competitive

S R Shetye, the outgoing Vice Chancellor of Goa University, has pointed to major issues the university faces on three different fronts – faculty, infrastructure and resources. Two years ago, the Goa University was upgraded from B to A grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC),

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Drugs in Goa Now at Doorstep

Expressing deep concerns over rising consumption of narcotic drugs by locals, Leader of Opposition Pratapsing Rane has suggested awarding death penalty to drug peddlers. He said psychotropic drugs were now available even in hinterlands, finding addicts among school students too. The situation is going to turn worse if effective steps are not taken to prevent drug peddling and addiction in …

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Way to Stop ‘Political’ Appointments

The state government proposes to set up a staff selection board for recruitment through examination of subordinate staff under C and D categories, such as junior engineers, technicians, pharmacists, accountants, different categories of clerks, stenographers and peons.

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Address Concerns Over Hazards from Tap Water

Citing presence of manganese and other heavy metals in tap water supplied to them from the Selaulim water treatment plant, the residents of Varca have demanded that the state government provide them water filters at subsidised rates to help them drink safe water.

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Where Ghosts of Vigilantism Find Their Light

THE opposition to the site of Goa’s first IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) on the Bhagwati plateau in the Loliem-Polem panchayat of Canacona taluka by a local group lacks merit. The group says locating IIT would adversely affect flora and fauna, water supply and livelihoods. Goa has a history of some non-government organizations (mostly one-man letterheads or husband-wife duo) and …

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Set Up Detention Centre For Foreigners in Goa

EVEN as Goa grapples unsuccessfully with the drug problem, facts reveal that 333 of the 583 foreign nationals arrested over the last five years, many under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, have gone missing. They appear to have taken advantage of the loopholes or delay in the criminal justice system and failure of the government to set …

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Why Congress Wants No Alliance in Goa

GRASSROOTS-level Congress workers have shot down the proposal of a few party leaders for a grand alliance for the Goa Assembly elections due in early 2017: as many as 37 of the 40 Congress block committees said no.

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Covering All Goans For Medical Insurance

THE state government has begun handing over medical insurance cards under the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY) which is targeted to provide medical treatment to 3 lakh families residing in Goa for at least five years in government and private hospitals. The scheme is linked to Aadhar card. The government claims that 99 per cent of the Goan population …

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BCCI Old Guard Shown the Door

THE Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) cannot now escape the tryst of reform. The Supreme Court has rejected the BCCI’s objections to the recommendations of the three-member panel headed by former chief justice of India R M Lodha. The bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice F M I Kalifulla has set a deadline of …

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BCCI Old Guard Shown the Door

THE Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) cannot now escape the tryst of reform. The Supreme Court has rejected the BCCI’s objections to the recommendations of the three-member panel headed by former chief justice of India R M Lodha. The bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice F M I Kalifulla has set a deadline of …

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