Tuesday , 11 December 2018
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Parking Woes Turning Roads Into War Zones

PACHU MENON, MARGAO When we speak of traffic awareness among the masses, there is a tendency to equate it with the disciplined and orderly movement of vehicles on our thoroughfares without creating any bottlenecks. Rising incidents of road fatalities has prompted authorities to enact stringent laws to make commuting a pleasant experience for the public. Using helmets and seat-belts have ... Read More »

Growth: Learning From World’s Experiments

Amit Kapoor Ten years ago, on September 15, 2008, the dream run of the world economy came undone with the collapse of Lehman Brothers, revealing a rotten scaffolding of financial skulduggery beneath. Lehman’s failure had been the inevitable fallout of a systemic economy-wide pattern of irresponsible lending financed through issuing exotic new financial instruments that had fuelled the American housing ... Read More »

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Democracy Needs Fighters All over the world, democracy seems to be throwing up dictators as heads of government who can subvert the democratic processes and do pretty much what they want like gross misuse of public funds or lording it over the cabinet or flying abroad on jaunts or treatment of personal medical problems or demanding VIP treatment., all paid ... Read More »

Traffic Awareness Among The Masses

PACHU MENON, MARGAO When we speak of traffic awareness among the masses, there is a tendency to equate it with the disciplined and orderly movement of vehicles on our thoroughfares without creating any bottlenecks. The frequent safety campaigns organised by the transport department to educate the public on the nuances of safe driving have however failed to bring about the ... Read More »

Rebuilding Environment-friendly Kodagu

SIBI ARASU Heavy, incessant rainfall is a fact of life for the people of Kodagu (the erstwhile Coorg district) in Karnataka. “For the old-timers here in Coorg, the last few months of rain was nothing new. None of us was really expecting such incredible damage to happen though,” said Pavita Subbaiah, a resident of Madikeri. Subbaiah and her husband had ... Read More »

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Supreme Court Verdict On Section 377 A Right Move In our euphoria about the Supreme Court rightly putting down Article 377 that criminalises LGBTs, we forget to ask one question. Why cannot an intimate relationship between people be called a friendship instead of as lesbians, gays or bisexuals? It cannot be so because such relationships go beyond the emotional bonds ... Read More »

Bureaucrats Must Stop Being Spineless

JOSE MARIA MIRANDA, MARGAO Panaji’s Judicial Magistrate Vijaylakshmi Shivolkar needs to be complimented and emulated by her other colleagues in the judiciary for her remarks in a matter of defamation filed by RTI activist Kashinath Shetye against MLA Nilesh Cabral, Speaker Dr Pramod Sawant, Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma and police inspector Vishwesh Karpe of Crime Branch. Shetye had been accused ... Read More »

Life Changing Verdict For LGBT Community

JAGDISH RATTANANI The Supreme Court judgment that has now decriminalised sexual acts between consenting adults of the same sex is being widely welcomed across the nation. The words of the Justices written across 495 pages are likely to be quoted again and again for the clear and forthright manner in which they offer a broad, expansive, liberal and dynamic interpretation ... Read More »

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Protests By Kerala Nuns The open protests by a group of nuns in the streets of Kochi demanding the arrest of Bishop Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese for the alleged rape of a nun between the years 2014 and 2016 is symptomatic of the widespread dissidence in the Catholic church for misdemeanours by the clergy and sexual abuse cases against them. ... Read More »

Politics in Margao Municipal Council Hampering Work

PACHU MENON, MARGAO The Margao municipal council is unique in the sense that even after all these years it continues to draw attention for issues that belie its ‘urban’ limits of governance. With all the activities centred within the premises of the building, it is difficult to comprehend the claims of development the MMC has brought to the city and ... Read More »