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Arrest Economic Downturn

Spending must increase to accelerate economic growth ALTHOUGH the stock market has been hitting new highs in the hope of a recovery, there are no signs of the economy improving yet.  India’s GDP fell to 4.5% for the July-September 2019 quarter, down from 5% in the preceding quarter and 7% for the corresponding period of 2018. Economists polled by an …

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Close Contest For ZPs

EC officials must remain vigilant as much is at stake in ZP elections THE zilla panchayat elections slated for March 15 will be the fifth election since the zilla panchayats came into being in the state two decades ago. As in 2015, the ZP elections would be held on party lines. In 2015, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its …

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Mopa Back On Runway

Let govt and concessionaire leave no room for objections On Thursday the Supreme Court lifted the suspension of environment clearance (EC) to the Mopa airport project and allowed resumption of its work. The concessionaire, GMR Goa International Airport Limited promised to the bench that in the event of the court sustaining the EC for the project it will stand committed …

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For Better Panchayats

Govt must improve panchayats, not appropriate their powers Following objections from several quarters, the state government has withdrawn the January 7 circular which made it mandatory for village panchayat secretaries to route all applications for construction licences and occupancy certificates for buildings with more than four dwellings and more than 200 metres of commercial spaces to the respective block development …

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A Mountain Of Manure

CCP must sell compost from its waste facility to farmers The huge fire that broke out at the organic waste treatment facility in Panaji has exposed chinks in the armour of the Corporation of the City of Panaji in dealing with fire hazards. The absence of safety measures at the facility was appalling. Luckily the incident took place when there …

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Let Tigers Roar

Administration would be stronger in Mhadei Sanctuary as a tiger reserve The state forest department has decided to launch an awareness campaign among the people living inside the area of the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in order to avoid human-animal conflict. The decision comes in the wake of the criticism of the department over the recent killing of four tigers in …

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CAA And Ethnic Cultures

Not only Assam, all ethnic cultures must be safeguarded from CAA Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance to the people of the North East in a public speech on Sunday that the rules of the Citizenship Amendment Act would provide them protection has failed to cut much ice among the Assamese and others who want the repealing of the Act itself. …

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Support Pay Parking

Motorists must appreciate that pay parking is in everyone’s interest WITH the notification of rates to be charged for pay parking, the Corporation of the City of Panaji has moved closer to implementing its decision on pay parking in the capital. Pay parking is a long-felt need not only in Panaji but in other towns of the state to prevent …

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Internet Lockdowns Are A Blot On India

If the police are enabled technologically and statutorily to find the perpetrator, there is a much lower chance they would resort to shutting down the internet Ganga Narayan Rath THE internet has become an inextricable part of life. The recent shutdown of the internet in various parts of India has generated a lot of debate. Most commentators have criticised the …

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Weaning Away Goans

A special campaign is needed to protect Goans from drug trade THE number of Goans held for drug trafficking reached an all-time high in the year 2019. According to the figures released by the state police, 76 Goans were among 243 people arrested for involvement in drug trade during the year. The number of Goans held in drug trade has …

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