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Motionless Transport Directorate of Goa

THE transport directorate of Goa, which has been given the responsibility of reducing the number of road accidents in the state gradually to a minimum in a phased safety enforcement programme, has been found sleeping on the job. In April 2014, the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety headed by retired Supreme Court judge K S Radhakrishnan issued guidelines to …

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Abolish Film Censor Board

SHYAM Benegal’s appointment as the chairperson of a committee to recommend a holistic framework for the country’s film censor board and to suggest changes in the Cinematograph Act, so that artistic creativity and freedom are not curtailed should not be seen merely as a slap in the face of the current board chairman Pahlaj Nihalani, though it can hardly be …

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Good Terrorists In the Eyes of Pak

RESIDENTS of the town of Pathankot on Sunday burnt an effigy of Pakistan in loud protest against the terror attack on the local Air Force base. They raised anti-Pakistan slogans close to the Air Force station, holding the country responsible for continued terror attacks in Punjab. And you could not but sympathise with them. As the surviving terrorists fired guns …

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Addressing Anger Of Kashmiri Youth

A flag with ISIS written on it surfaced near Jamia Masjid at Srinagar on Friday where young Kashmiris flung stones at the security forces. This was not the first time stone-pelting youth have displayed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also called Islamic State, in Jammu and Kashmir. The first time they waved ISIS flag was in 2014 during …

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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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