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Rethinking Development as Mopa Gets Ready

THOUGH the construction work on the Mopa international airport has been put on hold owing to the election code of conduct, the authorities have assured it would be operational as scheduled by May 2020. GMR, the company assigned the project, also says it will be on schedule.

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No Reprieve From Mining Trucks

The dedicated mining transport corridor project has hit roadblocks. The corridor was aimed at facilitating smooth movement of mining trucks and preventing accidents causing human deaths and reducing ore dust pollution in the villages of South Goa’s hinterland.

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Dealing With The Drunk In Public Places

More than six months ago the Goa Assembly passed an amendment to the Goa Excise Duty Act to declare ‘no alcohol consumption zones’ to contain the nuisance of alcohol drinking in public places. The amendment empowered the government to impose a fine from Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000 on anyone found guilty of drinking in a ‘no alcohol consumption zone.’ …

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Prevalence of Corporal Punishment in Schools

The sentencing of a Panaji schoolteacher for physically abusing a two-and-a-half-year-old pupil to one year of simple imprisonment and fine of Rs 1 lakh by the Children’s Court of Goa has once again brought into focus the abominable persistence of corporal punishment in the schools in the state. The state education department has recorded only two incidents of corporal punishment …

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Making Goa’s Beaches Orderly And Decent

The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has finally approved the beach-carrying capacity report and sand dune mapping by the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) for implementation. The much- awaited report would serve as guidelines for policy making about beaches. The NCSCM has recommended that only 33 per cent of the beach area can be made available for …

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Best Course in TN Is a Floor Test

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Khazgham (AIADMK) has plunged into a leadership crisis, with Chief Minister O Panneerselvam deciding to oppose K V Sasikala, a long-time friend of the late Jayalalithaa, who has staked claim to the state’s highest executive office.

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No More Questions Over Dual Citizenship

THE Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) recently withdrew its earlier order by which Caetano Silva, former Benaulim MLA, was declared a Portuguese national. Silva had challenged the MHA order of November 20, 2013 declaring him a Portuguese national.

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Relocate Highway Liquor Vendors Facing Closure

WITH the prospect of closure of their liquor selling businesses from April 1 looming large, members of the newly formed Goa Highway Affected Liquor Vendor Association have sought changes to liquor licence titles and denotification of national and state highways to overcome the crisis arising out of the Supreme Court order.

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