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Growing Distress In Rural India

BACK to back drought has brought about an agricultural distress across the country which is marked by lower incomes to farmers and lower wages to farm labourers. Between April 2014 and February 2015, the value of India’s farm exports dropped nearly 3%. This August tractor sales were down 23%. Rural wages rose at a slower 4.6% pace in a 12-month …

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Breathing Air Into A Gas Chamber

THE Delhi government on Sunday said beginning January 1, 2016 odd-numbered vehicles will be allowed to ply on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while even-numbered vehicles will run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The odd-Even formula will also be applicable to ministers and officers. This decision exempts CNG-driven buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws, though vehicles entering Delhi from other states fall under …

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Onus On Parsekar To Deliver Goods

Bharatiya Janata Party state president Vinay Tendulkar’s announcement that the party would fight the next Assembly elections under Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar’s leadership does have certain implications hard to ignore. Why was the announcement made so early? Is it to scuttle any potential threat to his leadership?

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Ensuring Adequate Water Supply

The state received deficient rainfall this year, and there might not be enough water to meet requirement in summer months. The shortfall in treated water supply is normally observed during the summer months but since the state received lesser rainfall than normal this year the water supply could take a bigger hit unlike in the previous years. Currently, parts of …

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No Space in India For Islamic State

The Islamic State has declared its intention to expand its violent activities to India and Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the neighbourhood. There is nothing new in it as Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi, the self-styled caliph of the terrorist group had recently claimed that India and the neighbouring countries belong to the “global caliphate” Islamic State was fighting for. However, its …

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Cracking the Whip For Swachh Goa

Policies, programmes, homilies and speeches on Swachh Bharat notwithstanding solid waste management in Goa continues to be a problem without any solution in sight. Road edges even in the capital city are littered with waste. The failure to take care of the solid waste, particularly plastic, prompted the High Court of Bombay at Goa to issue directives to government to …

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India’s Shift To Clean Energy

Airing his views coinciding with the global meet on climate change in Paris Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated India’s stand: the developed countries, which made astounding economic progress using fossil fuels that are blamed for global warming, should not expect developing countries like India to start cutting down on use of fossil fuels right away at par with them. The …

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Developing Goa As Knowledge Economy

The state government, which often gets stuck on development projects owing to resistance by one civil society or citizen group or another, has received another setback as the Chimbel gram sabha has rejected all the four projects proposed by it in the village – IT habitat, AYUSH research centre, ESI hospital and biomedical waste plant.

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Finalise RP 2021 Without Delay

After a delay of over three and half years the government is going to put finalising of the Regional Plan 2021 in process. It will keep open RP land use plan for public suggestions and objections from December first week, followed by public hearings at the taluka levels before the plan is finalized after taking into consideration the inputs received …

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Goa Needs A Power Corporation

POWER outages continue in Goa. A major reason is ageing power conductors, transformers and substations.  Norms require electric lines and transformers to be changed every year and not followed for over 30 years leading to power lines tripping and transformers failing too often.

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