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Fiscal Federalism In Low Spirits

JAGDISH RATTANANI & R K PATTNAIK IT is a commentary on the deep political divide in the nation and its impact on the spirit of federalism that a full-fledged war of words has erupted on just the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission. The commission has been tasked with (among other things) recommending distribution of the net proceeds …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Development Is Inevitable ALL political parties and a majority of Goans support development projects which improve  infrastructure and  generate employment opportunities for the people of Goa. The international airport coming up at  Mopa in Pernem taluka  will boost up tourism, and could be a major hub for  cargo transportation. The government should  focus on bringing  non-polluting industrial units so that   …

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Turnaround Moment For Saina Nehwal

GANAPATHI  BHAT AKOLA SAINA Nehwal, almost written off as a spent force, has made a  spectacular turnaround to her career by bagging  a gold  medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games – her second all-time  individual medal at the Games.  The final was expected to be an evenly matched affair considering Saina’s superior record against her compatriot P V Sindhu.  As …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Locals Bypassed For Job Vacancies The government ruckus over the participation of various industrial establishments that have set shop in the state in a recent recruitment drive in Sawantwadi, Maharashtra,

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Need For Transparency In Political Funding

BINAYAK DATTA In her ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Ayn Rand says “Money is the scourge of the men who attempt to reverse the law of causality – the men who seek to replace the mind by seizing the product of the mind.” Earlier this week, I saw the two biggest political parties, the BJP and the Congress, finally file their financials with …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Goans Bypassed On Organ Donation: Govt At Fault I felt saddened to read your front-page reportage, ‘Goans bypassed on organ donation’ (NT, April 10). It is a shame that “kidneys retrieved from a brain dead patient in Goa were donated to people outside state” buffeted by a multi-million dollar publicity stunt. Certain questions come to my mind. “Who was this …

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CCP Must Crack Down On Illegal Occupants In Market

ROSARIO MENEZES, VASCO The mayor of Panaji in a press conference has taken credit for the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) collecting Rs 31 lakh in the form of house tax and Rs 64,000 from commercial establishments from the beginning of the financial year. While it is commendable that the CCP has made efforts to collect taxes due …

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The Irani Way to Control Media

Rajdeep Sardesai Smriti Irani has an uncanny knack of  giving it back as good as she gets. Last month, in Parliament’s central hall as her fellow-MPs gathered around to wish her on her birthday, I too stepped up with a mischievous smile: ‘Happy birthday ma’am. I won’t of course ask your age today!’ Pat came the reply: ‘thanks, but don’t …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Funds Meant For ‘Environmental’ Protection The Supreme Court (SC) has come down heavily on the government for diverting funds meant for environmental protection. 

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