Tuesday , 26 March 2019



Shifting Sands Of Land Illegalities THE news headlines ‘14 politicians named for illegal land conversions’ (NT, April 28, 2018) has come like a bolt from the blue. Besides opening up a can of worms, the expose has also tarnished the image of some of our respected politicians and ministers and betrayed the trust and confidence the people of Goa had ... Read More »

The Plight Of Mother Ganga

DEBAPRIYA MUKHERJEE, KOLKATA GANGA, the largest river in India and worshipped as ‘holy mother’, is severely polluted with human waste and industrial contaminants. This river provides water to about 40 per cent of India’s population across 11 states. It is considered to be the fifth most polluted river of the world.  One of the key promises made by Prime Minister ... Read More »

Unenviable Challenges Before Yechury

AMULYA GANGULI GIVEN the weakened position of the Communist Party of India-Marxist at the national level, the uneasy truce between its two factions led, respectively, by the present and former general secretaries, will be of interest mainly to the party faithful. What the other political parties will be looking at is the kind of ‘understanding’, as mandated by the party ... Read More »


Secularism Basic To Constitution THIS refers to Pachu Menon’s letter, ‘Obsession with holy men and spiritual gurus’ (NT, April 30, 2018). It is because of the secular nature of our Constitution that has made the conviction of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu possible.  It is perfectly constitutional if Ram occupies our private space but it will be against the spirit of ... Read More »

Cash In On Push For Cashless Economy

PACHU MENON, MARGAO FOR a nation very keen on going cashless at the earliest, the reluctance shown by many a shopkeeper to accept ‘plastic money’ for sales made is indeed baffling. For that matter, attempts at rebuffing the use of credit and debit cards in the market appear to be scaling a new pitch with vendors showing a distinct propensity ... Read More »

The Thoughtless Fiat Of Kiran Bedi

JAGDISH RATTANANI LIEUTENANT Governor of Puducherry Dr Kiran Bedi has been correctly slammed for her diktat that distribution of free rice to the poor in Puducherry will be conditional upon villages being certified free of open defecation and free of “strewn garbage and plastic”.  The wild order, announced on her Twitter handle and spelt out in a letter to the ... Read More »


Accountability On Mining Mess THE article ‘Current mining mess and the way forward’ by Bhaskar Assoldekar (B&C, NT, April 9, 2018) gave good glimpses into the history of iron ore mining in the state. The hopeless and desperate situation we find ourselves today is because of the insatiable greed of mining leaseholders, who indulged in illegal and uncontrolled mining from ... Read More »

Regulate Water Supply To Tiswadi, Ponda Talukas

ELVIDIO MIRANDA, PANAJI IT has been reported that the water level in the Opa reservoir, which is a lifeline  for Panaji, Taleigao, Ribandar and Bambolim as well as the entire  Ponda taluka,  has reached the level of 2.29m, as against   the normal level of 2.45m. Considering the declining water level, it would be prudent to regulate water supply from the ... Read More »

Social Pathology Of Higher Education

Nandkumar M Kamat Goa is reluctant to study the social pathology of higher education because people get carried away with results, percentages, marks and grades. Goa has excelled in contributing armies of students who have excelled in answering countless examinations based mostly on direct questions. Earlier they used to memorize from books or notes. Now its digital reading despite strain ... Read More »

Kim-Moon Meet Beckons A New Era Of Peace

MICHAEL VAZ, Merces Needless to say that during most part of the last year, the world was kept busy watching the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sparing no moment in missile launching and testing of nuclear weapons and engaging in war of words with world leaders that even fuelled the dangers of an imminent third world war and that too ... Read More »