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Lean Wallets

Middle class Indians have less earnings and cannot buy cars or two-wheelers Both the Goa government and the Goa Automobile Dealers Association have expressed happiness over appreciable rise in automobile sales following government reduction of registration fee for new vehicles (road tax) by 50 per cent for three months. If it is really so, the association would most likely come …

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Porous Colvale Jail

Miserable state of security in a high security prison Following the biggest-ever seizure of banned goods in the Colvale central jail, the state government has ordered a probe to find out how they reached inside the jail and fix responsibility. A discreet raid was carried out last week which resulted in seizure of 67 mobile phones, 200 bidi packets and …

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Nonfunctional GCZMA

Bureaucrats at ministry of environment leave Goa without a coastal regulator The state government has been put in an unpleasant situation with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) failing to approve the new panel of the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA). The state government had recommended the names of chairman, member secretary and expert members and …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Regional Manifesto Needed The results of the recently concluded assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana turned out to be a low-key affair owing to the parties inability to gain a single majority to form the government. The outcome of the elections created a damp squib amongst the voters amidst the possibility of a hung assembly in both the states. The election …

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When Tragedy Loomed

MPT must not let dangerous vessels drift in Goan waters in the future The unmanned vessel, MV Nu Shi Nalini, carrying naphtha, which drifted from the Mormugao port and got stuck in a rocky part of the sea close to the Dona Paula jetty, actually carries a story of gross irresponsibility of the owners of the vessel, the Mormugao Port …

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56″Chest, 0.56″Bellies

BJP must unwind hyper-nationalism and focus on economic recovery  Truly it is hard to predict results in a democratic election. The BJP could not have imagined that its numbers would fall in Maharashtra and Haryana in an environment when the opposition was in abject disarray. The Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party and other parties in the opposition did not even …

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A Challenge To Goa

State must force MoEF&CC to withdraw approval to Kalasa-Banduri project Goa’s battle for the Mhadei is not yet over. The central government has taken a decision which goes against the interests of Goa. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has granted environmental clearance for the Kalasa-Banduri project by which Karnataka plans to divert water from the Mhadei basin …

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Unconstructed Lives

Law assures construction workers benefits, state govt denies them Construction workers, who are largely daily-wage workers hired by contractors in groups from other states, may at last hope to get benefits of state government welfare schemes. Over a decade after it was formed the Goa Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board has decided to get construction workers registered with …

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unemployable goans

Education should be redesigned to make it employment-oriented Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s call for making education job-oriented needs to be followed up with action by officers of education department and the Goa University. Sawant’s lament that education is more about learning-based projects than project-based learning is an echo of what has been talked about for a long time. It is …

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Local Drug Peddlers

Police protection encourages Goans to join drug trade The fear that if drug trade is not controlled in the state more and more Goans would get sucked into it is coming to be true. According to the latest data released by the state police, Goans account for 36 per cent of those arrested this year by law enforcement officials in …

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