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Disciplining Youngsters

PACHU MENON, MARGAO It is quite a fad among elders these days to attribute the rashness observed in youth to a serious lack of discipline. Even before they are on the threshold of adolescence they manage to get themselves accustomed to mannerisms that would otherwise be inviting the strictest of reprimands. The society too has come to accept the arrogance …

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Indo-Saudi Relationship: Going Beyond Oil

CAUVERY GANAPATHY Bilateral relations, where the indices of energy or economic needs and strategic considerations coincide, exhibit a robustness which usually outlives the everyday flux of international politics. India’s relations with Saudi Arabia represent such an intersection. Indo-Saudi ties presently are defined by the large Indian diaspora, the attendant remittances (11.6 per cent of total inflow in 2018), the $28 …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Repairs of Goa’s Potholed Roads With reference to the news report ‘All Goa roads to be cleared of potholes’ (NT June 30), I would like to comment as follows: The term ‘pothole’ is too innocuous a word to describe the pathetic state of roads in Goa today, which are in a dilapidated condition, riddled by potholes and large craters that …

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Time For Modi To Revive Investment Cycle

RAJDEEP SARDESAI Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a well-deserved reputation for throwing up catchy phrases and acronyms which is why his economic policies have often been loosely branded as ‘Modi-nomics’. And yet, now in his sixth year in power and as his government prepares for a seventh budget (including one interim budget), the question could well be asked: what really …

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Don’t let Cablemen Use Electricity Poles

STEPHEN DIAS, DONA PAULA Power Minister Nilesh Cabral met a delegation of cable operators to discuss their practice of tying cables to electricity poles in order to provide cable services to consumers/subscribers of cable TV in various parts of the state. The cable operators mostly route the cables over high-rises or housing societies/colonies and it becomes a nuisance because most …

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Boosting Investments Through Tax Strategy

TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE All eyes are on what policy mechanisms will the Finance Minister of India use in Budget 2019-2020, to boost consumption and investments in India. Amongst the wide variety of available strategies, a focus on utilising tax-rebate strategies such as allowing high accelerated depreciation to promote new investments in areas of the economy that require investments is one that …

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Rude MLAs Must Be Pulled Up

GANAPATHI BHAT, AKOLA Politician and power form a heady cocktail. Look at Akash Vijayvargiya, the first-time BJP legislator from Indore. The man beat a government servant doing his duty of anti-encroachment drive. A government servant follows the orders of his superior or the government higher-ups. But what did this Akash Vijayvargiya do? He came with a load of supporters, ‘warned’ …

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Water Is More Precious Than GDP

JAGDISH RATTANANI Prime Minister Narendra Modi has focused on the water crisis facing the nation in his first Mann Ki Baat of the post-election season. The Prime Minister said: “…let’s…start a mass movement for water conservation. We together should all resolve to save every drop of water and I believe that water is God’s prasad to us…” Coming amid reports …

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Take Care While Enjoying In Water

JAGAN GHANEKAR, MUMBAI After a long wait, finally it has started raining heavily and waterfalls, rivers, lakes and beaches have started overflowing at some places, which are known as tourist spots. There are a lot of visitors crowding such places now. Tourists get so carried away at these places and in their overenthusiasm, they fail to gauge the depth of …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Campaign Against Cancer This is with reference to the news item ‘Archbishop seeks support to statewide campaign against cancer’ (NT July 1). The ‘CanSurvive’ cancer awareness, prevention and assistance campaign, launched by the Church in Goa under the aegis of Caritas India, will hopefully allay the fears and bring solace to the thousands of cancer-stricken patients in Goa and their …

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