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Happy New Year For Goa’s Prisoners

Let the new year be good for prisoners too! The Goa government has plans to turn prisons into reformatory centres and provide jail inmates training in skills. Of course, its plans could go awry if wrongdoings in prisons are not checked, such as the brutal attack on the prisoners shifted from the Sada sub-jail to the Colvale jail. The Goa …

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Make Electronic Goods in Goa

The central government’s in-principle approval of the electronic city project in the Tuem village of Pernem taluka and grant of Rs 50 crore for project development might constitute a good opportunity for Goa to grab a share of the burgeoning electronic industry in the country.

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Cleansing Iraq of Islamic State Jihadists

The Islamic State (IS) has been driven out of the Ramadi city, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province bordering Syria, eight months after they seized it.  The Iraqi government forces celebrated Ramadi’s liberation by firing shots in the air and publicly slaughtering sheep – which is not surprising as the Iraqi government forces had seemed to be incapable of fighting …

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Akhand Bharat Upto Afghanistan

Ram Madhav, BJP general secretary on lien from the RSS, whose comment that “RSS believes one day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, which for historical reasons separated only 60 years ago, will through popular goodwill come together again and an Akhand Bharat will be created” caused a great deal of embarrassment to his party and government, has realized that he had …

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Looking Beyond Mining in Goa

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s recent suggestion that Goa should look beyond mining is worth serious thought. Mining is currently mired in a complex web of environment protection litigation and falling iron ore prices in the international market.

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Funds Don’t Reach Tribes of Goa

It is a sad commentary on governance that funds allocated under the Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) in the state are not being fully utilized. According to a recent review, various departments have spent less than 14 per cent of about Rs 449-crore allocation under TSP for 2015-16 by November 2015. Departments such as tourism, labour and employment, higher education and …

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Give and Take Over MoI Issue

The fight over medium of instruction between the two sides, the Forum of Right to Children Education (FORCE) and Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch(BBSM) is getting uglier. With Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar refusing to discontinue grants to 130-odd schools (mostly run by Diocesan Society of Education) imparting primary education in English medium the fight is likely to get more intense. The …

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Rarest of Rare Juvenile Crime

THE Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill invited diverse opinions in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The bill, which was introduced in Parliament last year after public outrage because one of the offenders in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case was a few months short of 18 years of age, was passed by the Lok Sabha in …

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Right Candidates For Good Governance

THE Goa government’s decision to set up a common staff selection commission for making recruitments of government staff in Group C and Group D categories for all departments might not be to the liking of many political leaders and officers. First of all, it takes the powers of conducting the recruitment process away from individual departments. The government plans to …

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When Vehicles of Comfort Turn Dangerous

With recent measures to reduce air pollution in the national capital it is becoming clear that Delhi is going to become the city-laboratory for other cities of India for testing  pollution control strategies.

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