Tuesday , 21 May 2019



Shore Up Traffic Sentinel Scheme THE Bureau of Police Research and Development, which comes under the Union ministry of home affairs, has been keen on replicating Goa’s controversial traffic sentinel scheme at the national level. It is pertinent to note here that the Delhi traffic police had in 2015 introduced a traffic sentinel scheme as an empowering tool for the ... Read More »

‘Didigiri’ in Kolkata

MICHAEL VAZ, MERCES INDIAN states enjoy powers within our federalism system enshrined in the Constitution. However, the Centre is supreme and maintains authority over the states. When the order of the day is cooperation and mutual trust and understanding between the Centre and the states then governance is smooth. But when there is Centre-state confrontation then lawlessness is the result. ... Read More »

High On Populism, Low On Economics

R K PATTNAIK PRESENTING the interim Union budget 2019-20, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal categorically mentioned that this is not an interim budget but a medium of the country’s developmental journey. In saying so, he has broken the convention, sanctity and integrity of an interim budget and stretched the boundaries to make what essentially are a series of political announcements keeping ... Read More »

What Ails Goa’s Panchayats

PACHU MENON, MARGAO THE news that the state government is finalising the proposal to hike the salaries of all elected representatives of village panchayats as well as zilla panchayat members by 50  per cent should rejuvenate the spirits of the harried lot who have always felt that they deserve a better deal as they handle an increased workload in performing ... Read More »


Defending Traffic Sentinel Scheme IT is heartening to  see Director General of Police  Dr Muktesh Chander putting his foot down on the traffic sentinel scheme,  which is being vehemently opposed by politicians and  lawbreakers. The argument that the sentinels taking photographs of girls and women violating traffic rules could use the photographs for nefarious activities  is laughable. Our politicians want ... Read More »


Beautify Garbage ‘Black Spots’ AS part of the door-to-door collection of garbage, the authorities concerned have removed most of the garbage bins which had been placed along the roadside in cities and villages. Read More »

Waking Up To Major Water Crisis

AJIT RANADE WE are still three months away from the national elections. Pundits say that elections are always about the economy. Read More »


A Please-all Budget There is rarely a budget that can please one and all particular in a country like ours with so much of diversity. Nonetheless, if there is one that has endeavoured to do so it is the 2019 interim budget presented by the Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on February 1. Read More »

Budget: Reforms Gone With The Wind

D M DESHPANDE By definition, Vote on Account or the interim budget as it is also referred to, is a truncated budget; a vote in the form of consent from the Parliament to spend for the 3 or 4 months of the next fiscal year. The arrangement is temporary because the new government will be in place within a short ... Read More »


Need For Constitutional Framework to Indict CVC It has been reported that there is no constitutional framework wherein the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) can himself be proceeded against for corruption. A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court to set up a mechanism for this. Such a procedure is more than a necessity, as the present ... Read More »