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Best Bet Is Lockdown

People must make small sacrifices to avert community transmission of virus AS many people are not adhering to social distancing directives, the central government has ordered states to strictly enforce lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. The new directives came to be issued a day after the nation observed “Janata Curfew”, which was a drill for people to be …

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Containing COVID-19

A longer countrywide lockdown can break the chain of virus transmission Even as the country came to a virtual standstill on Sunday as people observed ‘janata curfew’ and clapped and sounded bells to thank the health workers, policemen and media persons who are working 24×7 to prevent and treat coronavirus infections, to maintain peace and calm and to spread information, …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

On need for massive electoral reforms  This refers to the ultimate fall of Congress government in Madhya Pradesh after Jyotiraditya Scindia quit Congress with his supporting ministers and MLAs resigning from the membership of State Legislative Assembly. And, all these resigning MLAs are likely to be given party tickets by the BJP for by-polls caused by their resignation. Transportation and …

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Maintain Supply Lines

Government must take steps to keep up essential supplies WITH a view to containing the spread of coronavirus Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged Indians to observe restraint and stay at home. In an address to the nation on Thursday he asked the countrymen to observe ‘Janata curfew’ on March 22. The Janata curfew is aimed to be a dress …

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Challenges In ZP Polls

Political parties have to factor in low turnout in voting on March 22 THE polling for the 49 constituencies of the two Zilla Panchayats in the state is a couple of days away.  One seat, Sancoale, is already filled as the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate remained unopposed. Though all political parties have made efforts to woo voters to their side, …

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Gaps Open For Virus

Ways by which the govt can engage people in fight against coronavirus EVEN as the state government is busy issuing fresh directions almost every day to contain spread of coronavirus, supermarkets and pharmacies are selling two essential items that can help prevent spread of disease at exorbitant rates. Face masks and hand sanitisers are being sold at three to four …

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Porous Surveillance

Goa health department not doing enough to contain coronavirus ALTHOUGH Goa’s Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has been making announcement after announcement of ‘measures taken’ to fight coronavirus, the evidence on the ground points to several weaknesses in his war equipment. If announcements alone were to chase away the virus, Goa would have been rid of it by now. Kerala’s Health …

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Ensuring Quarantine

State government must put all air travellers in home quarantine THE state’s fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) cannot afford to have flaws, as even the slightest flaw will create room for the virus to enter and spread. It is a matter of serious concern that the health workers are finding it difficult to track some of the foreign tourists from non-endemic …

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The Noise Invasion

North and South Goa collectors must engage citizens to eliminate loud noise PEACEFUL Goan life is very frequently invaded by high levels of noise of all kinds. The police received over 1,200 complaints about loud music between October 2019 and February 2020. In addition, 1,482 motorists were booked for causing noise pollution by using modified silencers or multi-tone horns in …

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Mobilising Goans

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant needs to arouse Goans to fight for Mhadei THOUGH belated, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has started making efforts to present Goa’s case on the Mhadei water sharing with Karnataka before the central government ministers. On Thursday he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, according to him, assured him that Goa’s interest vis-à-vis the Mhadei water dispute …

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