The Elusive Blue Flag

FAILURE to get the much-coveted Blue Flag certification for even one of Goa’s beaches is undoubtedly a big embarrassment and blow for the tourism department. Hopefully, it will serve as an eye-opener to our negligence in preserving the pristine beauty of our golden beaches. That eight other beaches in neighbouring states have achieved the Blue Flag certification is another reason to hang our heads in shame. Crores of rupees have been spent by the tourism department on beach-cleaning contracts. Yet, what we see around is garbage and debris at our beaches; plastic and beer cans left behind by tourists, garlands of dried flowers floating on the waters, and stray dogs attacking tourists. With 33 criteria to be fulfilled before Blue Flag certification, the task before us is Herculean. It is time to wake up and face the challenges if we are sincere in saving our beaches.


Cricket Fans Turning Maniacs

CRICKET is one of the most popular games in lndia, a religion to many cricket fans. But these fans should bear in mind that cricket is a team game and only one team can win on any given day. While it is quite normal for supporters to get disappointed at the defeat of their favourite team and also criticise the performance of the players, resorting to trolling and abuse of the players’ wives, who have nothing to do with cricket, is not in order. Not only wives, the hate now seems to be spreading to their innocent children. The latest disturbing news is the trolling of veteran cricketer M S Dhoni after CSK team lost a match in the ongoing IPL tournament. Some fans tweeted and posted messages in Facebook threatening to physically harm and violate Dhoni’s six-year-old daughter. The language and expletives used are unprintable. This is definitely crossing the line, and cannot be tolerated. At a time when the nation is grappling with crimes against women, such threats cannot be taken lightly. These elements should be hunted down and punished severely. The time to treat them with kid gloves is over.


COVID Norms And Theatres

CINEMA halls all over the country are starting reopening,   calling for people to keep to the social distancing norm. There should be touch-free sanitisers at the entry and exit points as well as common areas within the premises. Respiratory etiquettes should also be strictly followed. This involves the strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing with a tissue or handkerchief or flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues properly. The use of face masks must be mandatory. Spitting should also be strictly prohibited.