Friday , 19 October 2018


BJP’s Patel Dilemma

The agitation by Patels in Gujarat for reservations in education and employment might have turned peaceful, but it cannot be wished away by the BJP government led by Anandiben Patel. The Patels have been mobilized in a large number by Hardik Patel, who though only 22-year-old, appears to be politically well connected, especially with some leaders of the RSS family. ... Read More »

Onus on Karnataka

The burning of a KTC bus in Hubli might not have triggered a reaction in Goa, but if such incidents recur, it cannot be ruled out. As a neighbouring state, Karnataka has disagreements over Mhadei water sharing with Goa. It is a long-standing one between Goa and Karnataka. Please like & share: Read More »

Not Caring Enough For Ex-Servicemen

The Modi government should be under no illusion that the agitation on the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme would ebb away. The agitation has united ex-servicemen across the country, because the issue has been pending for decades despite promises by successive governments. Please like & share: Read More »

A Mouse in Laptop Given to Students

There is a popular advertisement slogan for a branded computer which says: “The Intel is inside.” For the Goa government scheme under which laptops are disbursed to higher secondary students, it can be said, “A racket is inside”. The laptops provided by the education department for higher secondary students have serious technical shortcomings: they are fitted with a below-par CPU. ... Read More »

Standing Up Against Big Cats on Mhadei

Karnataka has been playing unfair to Goa on the issue of distribution of Mhadei waters all along. Despite Goa’s opposition, it has been trying to build barrages across the Kalasa and the Bhanduri tributaries of the Mhadei river to divert 7.6 tmc (thousand million cubic) Please like & share: Read More »

No Swachhata, Only Stink

The government’s ambitious, much-hyped Swachh Bharat Mission is already going down the flush. At least an internal assessment by the Urban Development Ministry reveals the same. As many as 14 states and Union territories have not yet started construction of toilets. Please like & share: Read More »

No Sense for Gains

South Goa panchayats have been dragging their feet in cashing in on ‘manna from heaven’, literally. Local self-governing bodies in Goa are known for yielding power and clout, but when it comes to benefitting from central funds it is a sad story indeed. Please like & share: Read More »

Rein In Strays

IN Goa and in the rest of the country, the menace posed by stray animals is going out of hand. The problem has been compounded by religious beliefs and the lack of a proper waste management system.  In several states, cows are fed with reverence, which pushes up population of healthy stray cattle.  Please like & share: Read More »

Daunting Stint for ‘Mr Fix It’

WITH his proven track record of changing the fortunes of India Tourism Development Corporation and Madhya Pradesh Tourism, ‘Mr Turnaround or Mr Fix It’, Ashwani Lohani will be the new chairman and managing director of state-run Air India Ltd for three years. His LinkedIn profile describes him as “a highly decorated officer who is also known as Mr Turnaround.” Please like ... Read More »

Thorny Hurriyat Issue May Botch Up Talks

Deadlock over Kashmir separatist leaders on Friday cast a cloud of uncertainty over the much-touted NSA-level talks after India and Pakistan engaged in strong exchanges but no side was ready to give up till early Saturday. Pakistan’s announcement late on Friday that separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani would meet its National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz on Monday before his ... Read More »