Wednesday , 22 May 2019


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 »

Refuting Allegations Of Bhagwat

MICHAEL VAZ, MERCES In a religious meet ‘Dharam Sansad’ called by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Prayagraj, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has accused the democratically elected government in Kerala alleging that it is persecuting the devotees of Lord Ayyappa at the Sabarimala shrine exceeding the judicial mandate. This is a wild accusation since the Kerala government is only implementing ... Read More »

Realty Sector’s High Hopes From Budget

VINOD BEHL In a way, this year’s interim budget, the last from the present National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government before the Lok Sabha elections, is set against a similar backdrop as its first (albeit not full) budget of 2014-15 when the real estate sector was reeling under a major financial crisis. As such, it is expected of the February 1 ... Read More »


Atal Setu Will Ease Traffic According to the latest survey reports, more than 80,000 new vehicles are being added every year to the staggering numbers already in existence on Goa roads, taking the total number to around 14 lakh vehicles, which is almost equal to the population of this tiny state. The inevitable result of this monumental rise in numbers ... Read More »

When Political Rivalry Is Carried To Unhealthy End

PACHU MENON, MARGAO If the praises heaped on Rahul Gandhi by Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo and Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai for his humane gesture in visiting ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is anything to go by, we are about to witness a new chapter in statesmanship in Indian politics where animosities and personal tiffs between leaders will ... Read More »

George’s Journey From Firebrand Activist To Defence Minister

GANAPATHI BHAT, AKOLA Crumpled attire, uncombed hair, enigmatic emotions summed only one side of the man. A man who spoke ten languages and won seven Lok Sabha elections away from his home town Mangaluru in distant Bihar could not have been just a leader.  He was a trade union activist who was adored by workers. In the late 60s, the ... Read More »

2019: Priyanka May End Up Helping BJP

RAJDEEP SARDESAI This is the season for opinion polls with hyper-ventilating television anchors throwing a volley of numbers at dazed viewers with an authority that at times belies the spotty track record of many pollsters. And yet, in the absence of other more credible measurement tools for examining voter behaviour, T-20 style television forecasts are what we must turn to ... Read More »


On Traffic Sentinel Scheme The traffic sentinel scheme by itself is a good measure, which has since its inception been able to reduce traffic offences to a certain extent as evidenced by the recent reports of the traffic cell. Citizens are aware that besides the police there are individuals, who can now report traffic offences that can result in penal ... Read More »


Medical Care Of Stray Animals In a bizarre incident several dogs and some cats were found dead near Santrem beach at Chicolna in Bogmalo and animal lovers suspect foul play in the death of the stray animals. Read More »