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Making Panaji Smart And Self-Sustaining

A clear majority has also given responsibility to the panel led by Atanasio Monserrate, MLA to fulfill the promises made to Panaji voters. The nomenclature of the winning panel, the Panaji City Corporation Development Front, must justify its worth.

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How to Make Safe Use of LPG

Over 225 incidents of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) leaks were reported in the state in the past five years, 74 of which resulted in fire and over a dozen in blasts and human casualties. Fire service officials attribute most leaks to negligent handling of LPG by consumers. The number of leaks is under-reported as some consumers try to handle it …

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Laughing at All And Yourselves

A Supreme Court bench is currently hearing a very engaging public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a lawyer Harvinder Chowdhury seeking a ban on jokes on Sikhs and Sardars, claiming such jokes are a violation of their right to equality with fellow citizens and an attack on the dignity of the community.

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Politicians’ Inability To Govern Cricket

When the Justice Lodha committee’s highly transformative recommendations came out, it seemed very obvious that the forces and cliques that have controlled the offices of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and state cricket associations would do everything under the sun to stonewall them.

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Self-Managing Biomedical Waste

While the quantity of waste generated in patient care in hospitals and nursing homes, known as ‘biomedical waste’, is growing with the growth in healthcare facilities, Goa still does not have its own biomedical waste treatment and disposal facilities,

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Cooking Midday Meal In Centralised Kitchen

SELF Help Groups (SHGs) have declined to cook midday meals in “centralized kitchens” for schoolchildren in the state on the ground that it would not be practical for them. One of the reasons why they do not find it practical is that the persons they engage in cooking might not be willing to travel longer distances for cooking in a …

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Make Goa An Organic State

SIKKIM became the first organic state of India this year. This is the result of 12 years of determined efforts by the Sikkim government, and of course the full involvement of the farmers. Sikkim is a small state. Goa is a small state too. Why cannot Goa be the second organic state?

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Helping Farmers Manage Risks

HOW often is deep lamentation heard about farmers of our country depending on the vagaries of the monsoon! For the past two successive years we have had a bad monsoon, but this has been, more or less, a continuing story, with crops suffering owing to deficient rains or floods. Farmers lose crops in other natural calamities. They live from year …

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Changing Mindset About Sewage Treatment Plants

The phenomenal rise in residential and commercial constructions has led to a corresponding growth in solid waste and sewage generation. The state has failed to set up a robust solid waste management system. Absence of sewage lines has prompted many hoteliers and building owners to release the waste in the nearby water bodies or fields. Opposition by local people has …

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Promise Of Better Days

UNION Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s budget provides for allocations for a number of continuing and new schemes for boosting the rural economy which has been under stress owing to bad monsoon for two successive years. These measures will bear fruit if the monsoon is good this year.

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