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A Risky Venture

India should not be in a hurry to develop a COVID-19 vaccine THE Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recently directed a company called Bharat Biotech to fast track the development of Covaxin, an indigenous vaccine to fight the coronavirus. The bewildering part of the ICMR plan was to launch the vaccine by August 15, which had obvious political connotations. …

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Not Under Control

Generals fighting COVID must stop new annexations Even as the COVID graph goes upward and upward every day in the state, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant claims the situation is under control! If something were in control it would not be going out of control, would it? To the average Goan, it defies common sense to say that the situation is …

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Hotels’ Responsibility

Hotel managements must allow no room for spread of the virus The reopening of hotel and tourism businesses proved to be a non-starter, at least on day one. The government allowed hotels to open on July 1 after three months of closure in the wake of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many hoteliers preferred not to be in a …

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The Underfed Poor

States must provide food to the suffering population The latest data released by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has shown that only 13 percent of free food grains allocated for migrant workers under the Atmanirbhar Bharat package has actually reached them during May and June. Only a little over 2.13 crore people have benefitted so far …

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Violation Of Quarantine

Stricter surveillance needed on persons in home isolation The state government’s surveillance on persons under home quarantine does not seem to be very effective, as some ground reports suggest. Elected representatives in panchayats complain that considering the workload on them it was difficult to maintain a vigil on persons under home quarantine on a constant basis. It was in order …

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Creating Right Skills

Vocational courses must meet the demand of the evolving employment scenario Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has promised to focus on expanding and adding value to vocational education, and we hope the state government pursues this goal sincerely as the fast changing local and global employment scenario demands more and more appropriately skilled manpower. The Sawant government has decided to create …

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Goa’s Second Hotspot

Moti Dongor poses bigger challenge to the authorities Moti Dongor, a slum-like area in Margao, is the next coronavirus hotspot after Mangor Hill in the state. In just over 24 hours in the area more than a dozen people were found to have coronavirus that has affected nearly 1,200 people in the state and claimed three lives. The first five …

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Admission At Last

A different strategy needed to combat community transmission After living in a denial mode for several weeks, the state government finally admitted Goa was witnessing community transmission. The director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Dr Randeep Guleria had described the outbreak in many parts of the country as “local community transmission”. His argument was fallacious: he said …

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Return Of Migrants

A state facing community transmission of coronavirus should not make it worse W HILE the prolonged lockdown led to the flight of migrant labourers from the state in the past weeks, the opening up of business activities with the relaxation of the lockdown has encouraged some of them to return, though it cannot be said yet to be a return en …

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Reopening Hotels

Government cannot afford to please all in hour of crisis The Goa Hotels and Restaurants Association has sought full reopening of the hotel and tourism related businesses from July 1. Over 230 hotel owners have sought nod from the government to restart their business, saying  they have been anxiously waiting for approval.  The bars and restaurants have been closed in …

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