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No More Welcome To Encroachers

ENCROACHMENTS on the properties of the state government, local bodies and comunidades have been going on in the state for a long time. A classic example has come to light in the Margao municipal area where 50 per cent of 23 open spaces ‘gifted’ to the municipal council by builders way back in the mid-1980s for creation of recreational facilities …

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A Corporation That Failed Goan Artisans

THE Goa Handicrafts Rural and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation (GHRSSIDC) has been a poor performer in promoting and selling handicraft items made by Goan artisans. The latest example of its failure is this: It converted one of its vehicles into a mobile emporium – called Handimobile – and gave its driver the responsibility to sell handicrafts made of clay, …

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How Goa Can Gain Most From GST

THE goods and services tax (GST), a bill regarding which the Goa Assembly passed on Tuesday, is going to increase the revenue of the state. Goa will benefit as it is a consumer state. The taxation in this country so far has been based on production, not on consumption: the GST makes taxation based on consumption. So in whichever state …

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Make Women Feel Secure At All Places

LAST week, full justice to two victims of brutal rape was delivered: one by the Supreme Court, another by the Mumbai High Court. The Supreme Court upheld the Delhi High Court’s verdict of capital punishment to four rapists in the Nirbhaya case; the Mumbai High Court upheld the lower court’s verdict of life imprisonment to the accused in the Bilkis …

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Why Panaji Slipped In Ranking On Cleanliness

The results of the nationwide ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ (Cleanliness Survey-2017) are out, with Indore in Madhya Pradesh emerging as the cleanest city in the country and Gonda in Uttar Pradesh as the dirtiest. Surprisingly, Panaji, the capital city of Goa,

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Weak Pillars Of Edifices Of Mother Tongues

The Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), which has been accusing the BJP of not fulfilling the promises it made to the people in the 2012 elections regarding medium of instruction, has broadened its charge to include neglect of education. It has cited the instance of the government failure to fill the vacancies in the posts of principals and teachers in …

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Compelling Drivers To Follow Rules

The state transport department officials need to show no leniency in taking action against those found to have violated the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act. Of the 2,954 persons who were caught for violating the laws between October 2016 and March 2017 the department suspended the licences of only 566 drivers. The low suspension rate goes against the order …

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Strictly Regulating Organ Transplant

Organ transplant is big business and naturally a prize sector for commercially run hospitals. The Manohar Parrikar government must not give permission to any private hospital until they fulfill all the standards and requirements for their eligibility.

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