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Finding Private Forests

Private forests in the state must be identified in a fair, rational manner THE National Green Tribunal has granted six weeks more to the Goa government for completing the process of identification and demarcation of private forests in the state. Sadly, this extension would be subject to payment of Rs 50 lakh as per the order passed on October 8, …

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Return To Roots

Goa must welcome Goans returning to their motherland TWELVE persons of Goan origin holding foreign citizenship have shown desire to return to the motherland. They were born in Goa or had parents who were born in Goa. They have applied to the collector of North Goa as part of the formal procedure to acquire Indian citizenship in what could be …

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No Help For Bhima

Goa government must immediately provide her financial assistance IN what appears to be a double whammy for Bhima Gaonkar, an innocent elderly village woman from Bethoda in Ponda taluka, she has not only lost the Rs 52,000 in demonetised notes she had kept in total ignorance of deadlines for depositing them with banks but also faces the risk of being …

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A Party Out Of Tune

MGP needs to reinvent itself to attract youth to the party THE Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, the oldest political party in the state, has announced that it was going to modify its constitution for greater representation and participation of youth in the party affairs. The 55-year-old party is obviously feeling the alienation from the younger generation ageing brings. The party, which …

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Black Rage Over Rape

Police and judiciary must be equipped to fast track justice in rape cases All the four accused in the rape and murder of the Hyderabad veterinarian were shot dead by the Telangana police in the early hours of Friday while allegedly ‘trying to flee.’ The police action drew applause from sections of women, which was a reflection of their anger …

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Helping Sex Victims

One stop centre must start functioning at the earliest The ‘one stop centre’ to help women victims of sexual, domestic and other forms of violence will soon come up near the Goa Medical College at Bambolim. After some delay the department of women and child development is going to finally set up the centre with money from the Nirbhaya Fund. …

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Bleak Tourism Scene

Government and industry must partner to get more tourists Fears expressed by the tourism industry in the earlier months about possible fall in numbers of tourist arrivals even in the peak season appear to have come true. The occupancy in most hotels across the state is poorer than in the past. While 60 per cent of the hotels in North …

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Identifying Foreigners

Existing laws provide enough scope to identify foreigners Allegations of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Pakistan staying at Indira Nagar in Chimbel under the Old Goa police station were made at the gram sabha by a resident who lamented that the panchayat and the police had not taken any action to identify foreigners, though he had complained earlier about it …

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She Died A Martyr

Hyderabad female vet represented free spirit of all women of India The macabre rape and murder of the female veterinary doctor in Hyderabad has drawn familiar responses from the government, police and politicians since she lost her life at the young age of 25 for her guilt of just being born a girl. What dreams she must have dreamt of …

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Vijai Sardesai’s Daydream

He should mend his relationship with Congress for a maha alliance A day after the Maha Vikas Aghadi government comprising the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress took office in Maharashtra, Sena MP Sanjay Raut created a flutter by claiming that a similar alliance would be formed in Goa to oust the Bharatiya Janata Party government in …

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