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End Misuse of Law

Convicts should not have liberty to play with law to their advantage Even as the date for hanging of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya rape case nears, one of the convicts Mukesh Kumar Singh has made what many see as last-ditch attempt to escape the gallows. Singh, whose execution by hanging is slated for February 1, has challenged the …

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Allay Fears Over CAA

Help people to get documents to prove their Indian citizenship THAT there are apprehensions about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Population Register and National Register of Citizens was evident from the large turnout at the Church-backed protest meet in Margao a few days ago. That people from different sections of society participated in the protest should make the state …

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Value Adding To Tourism

New attractions needed to increase tourist arrivals TAKING note of tourists curtailing their stay in Goa to just 2-3 days, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has promised to announce a tourism policy soon in order to tempt tourists to prolong their stay. Sawant said that the policy would be unveiled before the next tourist season that is still nine months away. …

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Fight Cancer At Home

Parents must have healthy lifestyle to protect their children from cancer ON one hand, several breakthroughs in treatment of different types of cancer have been achieved, and on the other, newer threats have emerged.  Dr Mohandas Mallath, an eminent oncologist has warned that a new carcinogen might soon afflict youth due to their sedentary lifestyle. Dr Mallath, who is a …

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No Double Standards

State govt must order investigation into mining lease renewals case THE Lokayukta has found the renewal of Goa’s 88 mining leases in 2014-15 against the law and asked the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) to register first information report against former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, former mines secretary Pawan Kumar Sain and former director of mining and geology department Prasanna Acharya …

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On Tourist Arrivals

No scientific way of knowing exact number of tourists coming to Goa THE Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has disputed the tourism department’s data on tourist footfalls in the state and claimed that it was ‘inaccurate’. Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar recently claimed that the number of tourist arrivals in 2018 saw an increase of 2.95 percent over 2017. …

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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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