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Goa’s Google-Powered Long Jump in Digital Pit

CHIEF Minister Laxmikant Parsekar’s statement that Goa should be known as an IT state instead of a tourist state might not be very appropriate, as the statement makes IT and tourism contradictory to or incompatible with each other. It is not that when Goa develops as a digital state, tourism will pale into insignificance. When IT develops it will encompass …

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Where the State Proves Itself the Ultimate Fool

THE living conditions in the protective home for women run by the directorate of women and child development at Merces are appalling. A report in this newspaper in this regard has been taken up suo moto by the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court as a public interest litigation case. The two-floor protective home has been crying for repairs. …

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Little Hope for New Initiative on Kashmir

THE central government is making a new bid to defuse the hostile situation in Kashmir. Young persons have been pelting stones at police and paramilitary forces in Srinagar, and around 70 people have died and over 11,000 been injured in violent clashes between protesters and security forces in the past few months. Many of them were injured in the eye …

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Make a ‘No Helmet, No Petrol’ Rule  

  Kerala and Maharashtra have made a rule: ‘No helmet, no petrol.’ Petrol is refused to the two-wheeler riders who turn up at the petrol stations without helmets. Kerala has also announced rewards for obeying the rule, which bring in certain litres of petrol. Goa needs to come out with such innovative ideas. In last three years, nearly 200 people …

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Government’s Image In Beach Mirrors

The state-level monitoring committee for beach cleaning works on Thursday decided to cancel the beach cleaning contract awarded to M/s Bhumika Clean Tech Services Pvt Ltd and M/s Ram Cleansers and Developers Pvt Ltd  for North Goa and South Goa, respectively. Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar announced the works would be retendered and the government would employ professional agencies for beach …

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Absence of Security In Protective Home

The escape of nine women from the protective home of the women and child development (WCD) department at Merces early this week is not the first escape and is not going to be the last escape of inmates from there. The vigilance and security at the home has been miserably inadequate.

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Guarantee Sarpanchas A Five-Year Term

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has called upon political scientists to undertake research on the trends of gram sabhas being “hijacked’ by a few people and no sarpanch completing a full five-year term. There is no denying that the grassroots-level institutions have become a playground of budding and established politicians whose main concern is grabbing of power. Hence, the loyalties often …

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Reading the Message From Arvind Kejriwal

FROM the frequent trips Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been taking to Goa his intention seems to be clear: The AAP must establish itself firmly in the state’s political landscape. 

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BJP Sounds Bugle For Goa Battle 2017

Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah’s address to party cadres last week at a conclave in Panaji suggested the beginning of the BJP campaign for the forthcoming Assembly elections. Shah’s reference that the party regarded Goa as a lucky mascot, because its national executive committee’s meet in Panaji had laid the foundation for the victory of 2014, was partly …

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Newer Attractions Must To Boost Goa Tourism

The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has set in motion the process for setting up the state’s first nature-based theme park at the Mayem lake with a 20-room, 3-star or higher category hotel. The theme park is proposed to be set up in a huge area of 1.76 lakh square metres on design-build-finance-operate-transfer basis. The proposed hotel cum theme park …

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