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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 …

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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 …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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.

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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 …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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 …

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