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Faster Justice To Women

Fast track court for sexual crimes against women is a welcome step It is heartening to note that the state government has approved setting up a fast track court to deal with the cases of sexual assault against women and children. According to Law and Judiciary Minister Nilesh Cabral, there was a proposal for setting up two special fast track …

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A Battle Half-Won

Goa must not lower its guard for protecting River Mhadei Goa has got a reprieve: the Union Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has kept in abeyance the consent granted to Karnataka’s Kalasa-Banduri project in the Belagavi district. The order from the central government came in the wake of intense pressure applied by the Pramod Sawant government and …

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Schoolchildren At Risk

Govt must bring private vehicles carrying students under regulation The state traffic police have booked cases against drivers of six vehicles for violating law by carrying a number of passengers (students) beyond the permitted capacity and endangering their lives. One of the vehicles was found carrying students twice its carrying capacity. The six vehicles had been carrying students to various …

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The Looming Tiger

Goa must tide over financial crisis with fiscal prudence With the Pramod Sawant government borrowing Rs 100 crore to Rs 200 crore every month, the state appears to be getting deeper into financial crisis. Most of the borrowings are going towards payment of salaries of government servants and managing other expenditure. The state has borrowed over Rs 2,000 crore in …

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Redefining Citizenship

Removing the fears that are fuelling the protests The country is facing protests against the recent amendment to the Citizenship Act. The protests broke out in Assam and other parts of the North East immediately after the amendment; they took place in West Bengal; and now in Delhi and UP. The Modi government pushed the amendment with the declared objective …

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Stop Illegal Fishing

Fishing may be the next industry violators of law will take over THE state government seems least bothered about it: fish prices have been going up even after fishing is going on supposedly “in full swing” after the monsoon. Even common varieties of fish are becoming unaffordable to the average Goan. If fish, which is the staple food for a …

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Party-Based ZP Polls

ZP elections should be held on party lines to ensure stability ALTHOUGH the state government has proposed to hold Zilla Panchayat elections on March 15 next year there is no clarity on whether they would be held on party lines. In 2015 the government had amended the Goa Panchayat Raj Act to provide for elections to the Zilla Panchayats on …

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Finding Private Forests

Private forests in the state must be identified in a fair, rational manner THE National Green Tribunal has granted six weeks more to the Goa government for completing the process of identification and demarcation of private forests in the state. Sadly, this extension would be subject to payment of Rs 50 lakh as per the order passed on October 8, …

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Return To Roots

Goa must welcome Goans returning to their motherland TWELVE persons of Goan origin holding foreign citizenship have shown desire to return to the motherland. They were born in Goa or had parents who were born in Goa. They have applied to the collector of North Goa as part of the formal procedure to acquire Indian citizenship in what could be …

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No Help For Bhima

Goa government must immediately provide her financial assistance IN what appears to be a double whammy for Bhima Gaonkar, an innocent elderly village woman from Bethoda in Ponda taluka, she has not only lost the Rs 52,000 in demonetised notes she had kept in total ignorance of deadlines for depositing them with banks but also faces the risk of being …

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