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A Self-Aborted Political Alignment

The political realignment announced on the eve of the budget session of the Assembly appears to have fallen apart within a week of its formation. Rather than attacking the government the group was engaged in scoring self-goals. Independent legislator from Fatorda, Vijay Sardessai accused some of the Congress legislators of hobnobbing with the BJP-led government and not doing enough to …

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Dangers Of LED-Assisted Fishing

Deep sea fishing (beyond 12 nautical miles off Goa coast) using LED technique by some Goan fishermen has driven the larger section of the state’s fishing community, traditional as well as those using mechanized fishing boats, to demand a ban on it as they fear it could cause depletion of fish.

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Safeguards For Home Buyers

IT is not only home buyers but builders too who are going to benefit from the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill which has been passed by both houses of Parliament and is set to become law. The legislation marks a major reform in the housing sector that has been pending for a long time. The very fact that the …

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A Please-All Budget In Times of Crunch

CHIEF Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has tried hard to present a please-all budget in the election year. Monthly assistance under Griha Aadhar Scheme is enhanced from Rs 1200 to Rs 1500. Pension scheme for motorcycle pilots is to be extended to rickshaw drivers.

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Coming Clean On Beach Cleaning

THE issue of beach cleaning contract was once again raised by the opposition benches on the floor of the state legislative Assembly on the opening day of the budget session, and the resultant ruckus led to two interruptions. A thorough probe is needed to pinpoint anything wrong in the contract awarded to two private firms for beach cleaning. The opposition …

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Exterminate Rats To Protect Goans

IN the last three years the state has recorded over 150 cases of leptospirosis, a disease spread by rats and other animals. This figure excludes the unreported cases. Rats are a common sight in grocery and vegetable markets and near garbage dumps where they find food and shelter in stores, drains and crevices. A pair of rats can produce 900 …

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Dealing With Wilful Defaulters

VIJAY Mallya has given enough hints that he is not coming back to India, at least for now, because the atmosphere is charged with emotions and he is being looked upon as a “criminal”. Mallya, who owes the banks over Rs 9,000 crore, has even put the blame on the banks that lent his company Kingfisher Airlines money.

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New Front With Eye On Elections

On Saturday, six MLAs belonging to different groups in the opposition in the state announced a joint strategy to mount attack on the BJP-led government in the Assembly. The three Independent MLAs, Vijay Sardessai, Rohan Khaunte and Naresh Sawal,

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No One To Catch The Flying Kingfish

Few might take the flamboyant and defaulter businessman Vijay Mallya at his word when he says, after quietly slipping out of the country, that “I fully respect and will comply with the law of the land.” Mallya has to prove it by returning to the country and facing prosecution for recovery of dues of over Rs 9,000 crore. Several banks …

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