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Gau Rakshaks Must Fight Law Enforcers

RASHTRIYA Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement on Tuesday that ‘gau rakshaks’ (cow protectors) should not be equated with anti-social elements seems to contradict Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement about two months ago asking state governments to prepare dossiers on gau rakshaks as “80 per cent of them do illegal activities by night and become cow protectors by day.”

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Time to Get Tough On Plastic Sellers

THE state authorities have now made it mandatory for the wholesalers and retailers of plastic carry bags to register themselves with local bodies and get a certificate from them confirming that they were selling plastic bags with thickness below 50 microns.

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Ugly Spots on Face Of Beautiful Goa 

HAVING failed to effectively manage different types of waste – solid, electronic, biomedical and hazardous –   through different agencies, the state government has decided to form Goa Waste Management Corporation as a single agency for the purpose.

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Striking a Balance In Human-Animal Conflict

The Goa government plans to approach the Centre to declare some animals like monkeys and wild boars as vermin because they have been causing extensive damage to crops. Monkeys also cause spread of Kyasanur Forest Disease which has affected hundreds of people and claimed nearly a dozen lives.

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Sham of Private Security In Crowded Places

In a week from now the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa would assemble in the state for BRICS Summit. The central and state forces are supposed to have taken all security measures, especially in view of the India-Pakistan tensions, and the announcements by certain Pakistan-based terror groups to avenge India’s surgical strikes.

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Toilets for Everyone With Running Water

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has promised to make Goa open-defecation free. That would make it the first state to do so and enhance its appeal as a tourist destination. Above all, it will protect people from diseases as human faeces carry a large number of viruses, bacteria and parasite cysts.

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China Runs with Hare And Hunts with Hound

The Brics Summit in Goa on October 15-16 may turn out to be significant for, among other decisions and resolutions, a conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the blocking by China of India’s cause before the UN Security Council sanctions committee to designate Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist.

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Division in Congress On Poll Alliance in Goa  

With elections to the Goa Assembly a few months away, the Congress party, rather than looking united, appears to be divided. For instance, the local leadership is against alliance with any party or group but All India Congress Committee general secretary Digvijay Singh favours alliance.

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