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Mopa Airport Is Being Thrust Upon Locals

ELVIDIO MIRANDA, PANAJI The Mopa airport is becoming a huge scam. About 50 per cent of the affected families have refused the meagre compensation that is being given to them. For comparison sake, a square metre of land in Panaji is valued at between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 2 lakh. Why should the locals, who are being displaced, accept …

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Don’t Measure Growth Using GDP Alone

 JAGDISH RATTANANI   In his own strident way, never giving an inch and always straining to milk dry the argument for his side, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has summed up the frivolousness of the debate on GDP growth rates.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

GPS To Track Movements Of Employees In first of its kind, Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) has reportedly decided to make use of Global Positioning System (GPS) to track the movement of its employees including the labourers (NT December 1). A GPS based tracking system in the form of an ID card or a wristband with a sensor chip embedded in …

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SFX- Altruist Saint For Hedonist Society

Nandkumar M Kamat When the feast of Saint Francis Xavier (SFX) approaches, I wonder whether the radically transformed, urbanised Goa and Goans of today deserve him, his presence and blessings. In a nutshell what SFX expected from his Asian neo-converts was a simple, god fearing lifestyle anchored in true spirituality in service of the whole mankind. Goa is part of …

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Avoid Wastage Of Power Supply

PRAVIN SARDESSAI, PONDA In Ponda streetlight fixtures working during broad daylight has become a common phenomenon. The same are not being switched off at the prescribed timing and hence it leads to wastage of the much precious energy from time-to-time. To cite some instances as on November 26, streetlights were found functional in the vicinity of Mahalaxmi temple at Talaulim …

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Attempts To Tame Financial Watchdog

BINAYAK DATTA I HAD thought the typhoon had finally blown over! I meant, the RBI versus the Union finance ministry standoff. Not quite! It is showing signs of a comeback as on this Tuesday RBI Governor Urjit Patel told a parliamentary standing committee that the current levels of reserves are necessary, viewed from international volatility and from maintaining sound credit …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

IFFI Venue Should Be Spacious As the International Film Festival of India  will complete 50  years of editions next year, the state government has assured to elevate Goa, which is the permanent venue for hosting the extravaganza, as Asia’s Cannes. The IFFI has helped put Goa prominently on the world tourism map. But the question that arises is whether Panaji …

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Obliterate All Forms Of Slavery

GANAPATHI  BHAT, AKOLA LIKE the slavery of the past, no one can deny the existence of  modern slavery. When a person is forced by intimidation to do some chores, modern slavery comes into the play.  Human trafficking, bonded labour and forced marriages are stark  examples of modern slavery. Forced or compulsory labour is all work or service which is extracted …

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A Check On Efficacy Of Modicare

FRANK F ISLAM INDIA’S public healthcare system is sick. In late September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration launched Ayushman Bharat, meaning Long Life India, to address this illness. This initiative, which has been described as the world’s biggest healthcare programme will insure more than 500 million Indian citizens who currently have no coverage. Will Modicare, as the programme has been …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Unfair Bus Fare Hike THE decision of the transport department to hike the minimum bus fare for private buses in the state from a minimum of Rs 8 to Rs 10 for the first 4 km will hit the common man badly for whom commuting by bus is the cheapest mode of transport. It may come as a surprise to …

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