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Irksome Power Outages

State government must invest in power distribution network EVEN though the monsoon is expected to arrive in Goa in two days, the electricity department has not completed its pre-monsoon maintenance works in several parts of the state. Several areas including Panaji have been facing power disruptions due to the department’s failure to complete pre-monsoon works. Though there were shutdowns for …

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Goans In Drug Trade

State must mount a sustained campaign to wean Goans away ALTHOUGH drug trade in Goa is an illicit business in which Indians as well as foreigners have been involved, it is the growing involvement of a considerable number of Goans that is causing concern. The data released by the Goa police for the first five months of 2019 has revealed …

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People’s Health At Risk

THE Goa government has taken Goans for granted as far as fish quality is concerned.  It was a year ago when major issues arose over fish brought from other states not being fit for human consumption, but the government has done nothing to guarantee the standards of the consignments coming daily. The state health ministry has been in the denial …

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Saving Coastal Goa

The state must quickly finalise its coastal zone management plan The National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) has proposed a 100-metre buffer line from the high tide line (HTL) to landward side in its latest draft coastal zone management plan. The buffer line will allow, between 100 metres and 200 metres from the HTL along the seafront, construction or …

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Job-Skill Mismatch

Skilling is important to get more Goans employed in private sector The state government has formed a special taskforce to formulate a policy for helping Goans get employment in the private sector. In doing so the government has taken the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the Small Scale Industries Association, the Tours and Travels Association of Goa, hotel associations …

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Talking Drivers

No fear of police among those talking on phone while driving A bus driver was penalized on Tuesday by the traffic police for using mobile while driving. The driver was caught by an alert passenger on video, a video which reached former MLA Sidharth Kunkalienkar who forwarded it to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant who directed the police to act swiftly. …

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Forts Turn Prisons

Akhilesh and Mayawati must  broaden their political base THE break-up of the alliance between the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh is yet another sign of utter confusion caused by the massive victory of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the recent Lok Sabha elections. Both the parties fought the elections together with the …

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Saving GoaMiles

Goa must have more app-based taxi services What started as a minor quarrel over operations of the app-based taxi aggregator GoaMiles is developing into a battle between the government and a few blinkered politicians. It all began when a mob of private taxi drivers led by Benaulim legislator Churchill Alemao objected to parking of GoaMiles taxis in the compound of …

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Waste As Calamity

Those responsible for Sonsoddo fire must be severely punished IT has been a week since the fire started raging at Sonsoddo garbage dump, on the outskirts of Margao. After all attempts, including conventional method of spraying water and specialized methods like spraying of chemical (Renerzyne + enzyme) failed, the authorities were advised by experts to start dumping of mud to …

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Pay Parking in Panaji

CCP should ensure that its move does not fail to achieve goal MAYOR of Panaji Uday Madkaikar has announced that city’s 18th June Road (from Caculo Island till Captain of Ports building) will be turned into a pay parking zone for two-wheelers and four-wheelers with immediate effect so as to decongest the road. The idea behind converting the road into …

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