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How Best To Administer GMC

The government decision to appoint an IAS officer as GMC administrator comes in the wake of widespread criticism of the functioning of the GMC. The administrator is expected to establish better coordination between GMC and health ministry.

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Making Quality Greens Available, And Cheap

The Goa State Horticulture Development Corporation (GSHDC) plans to set up air-conditioned supermarkets to sell vegetables, fruits and other farm produce at Panaji, Mapusa, Margao, Vasco, Ponda and Curchorem. These will be the first of their kind in the state. The first supermarket is to come up at Altinho in Panaji in about three months’ time. The supermarkets will sell …

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A State Waiting For A Lokayukta

Are we really going to have a Lokayukta in Goa at last? Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar promised on Sunday the state would have one by the end of April. He said he was in discussion with Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court D H Waghela and Leader of Opposition Pratapsingh Rane regarding the appointment. He won’t disclose the name …

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A Rescue System for Ferryboat Commuters

Commuters on a ferryboat plying between Chorao and Pomburpa had a harrowing experience for nearly three hours last Thursday as its engine failed after it got entangled in a stray rope, causing the vessel to drift. No rescue team came for three hours.

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Traffic Signals Top Priority for Goa

Taking note of 25 per cent increase in road accidents in the year 2015 as compared to the year before, Transport Minister Ramkrishna Dhavlikar says the solution lies in widening of roads – national highways, state highways and other roads (including major district roads).

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Developing Goa With A Good RP 2021

DEPUTY Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, who is also Town and Country Planning Minister, has announced that the government would try to finalise the Regional Plan 2021 by December 2016. Hopefully, he keeps his promise as finalisation of the Regional Plan is essential for planned development and curbing abuse and overuse of land. The RP 2021 rolled out by the previous …

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Planned Development Around Mopa Airport

THE Town and Country Planning Board has decided to set up a special authority called Mopa Airport Planning Area Authority to take care of the specific requirements in terms of floor area ratio (FAR), height restrictions for buildings, and so on in the area earmarked for the Mopa International Greenfield Airport project as well as its surrounding region.

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Dearth of Qualified University Teachers

THE lament of Prof V P Kamat, who just relinquished the post of the registrar of the Goa University, that the university has been facing difficulty in getting the right candidates for various faculties deserves attention of all stakeholders in higher education. The absence of qualified teachers could have a bearing on the quality of students passing out from the …

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Problems That Plague GMC

The perennial water shortage has come to haunt the Goa Medical College and Hospital yet again with wards facing acute shortage and operations being postponed for want of it. The problem gets worse with frequent power outages, causing hospital laundry not to function to its capacity leading to shortage of washed and sterilised linen forcing the authorities to put off …

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Rethinking Taxi Scene in Goa

THE 15,000-odd tourist taxis went off roads on Monday demanding a ban on rent-a-car, private taxis and related businesses and their strike has been extended by two more days. Tourist taxi operators allege that the government was allowing private taxi operators a “backdoor entry” which would kill their business.

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