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Why Calls from Your Cell Are Dropping

A latest survey has found that a majority of cell phone users hold telecom service providers and tower companies primarily responsible for the deteriorating quality of services, including call drops. Users have often experienced that most calls on any network aren’t completed in one go. The call is abruptly dropped and the user has to call the number again. Or …

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As We Build More School Complexes

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has reiterated his promise to build educational complexes on the outskirts of Margao, Vasco and Ponda where schools in the middle of these cities would be shifted. The beginning was made with Panaji with a school complex at Cujira, Bambolim. The idea of setting up a school complex is more than a decade and a half …

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Goa’s Message To Karnataka Farmers

The attempt on Saturday at Kanakumbi village in Belgavi district in Karnataka by a group of local farmers to open the vents of the canal, which was constructed by the Karnataka government to divert water from the Kalasa nullah to the river Malaprabha but closed at the orders of the Mahadayi River Waters Dispute Tribunal, came as a part of …

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Bugle Has Sounded For Battle for Bihar

The announcement of dates for elections to Bihar Assembly is going to accentuate the pitch in a state where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the two political heavyweights who are engaged in almost a direct contest, had already launched their campaigns. What with the announcement of a Rs 1.25 lakh crore ‘special package’ to the state …

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New Burden On Bottle-Fed KTC

The state government is considering a proposal to run buses owned by private operators on a contractual basis under which the owners could be paid a per km rate daily. The proposal was not initiated by the government but by some private bus operators who are finding running buses not very profitable, time consuming and energy sapping. Although the government …

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Monetising Gold   

The government’s Gold Monetisation Scheme should be able to attract gold ornaments that are lying in many homes and bank lockers for no purpose but occasional use during a wedding or festival. The official estimate suggests 20,000 tonnes of idle gold could be brought into the banking system.

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Rahul Gandhi Is Not There Yet

During the past three months there had been a lot of speculations about Rahul Gandhi finally taking over as Congress president. At the same time, media’s political pundits talked about a strong section of senior leaders wanting Sonia Gandhi to continue.

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Exchange of Bravado

Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif has warned India of “unbearable damage” if it tried to impose a short or long war on his country. For all we know this is sheer rhetoric, a kind of bravado army chiefs use to cheer up their boys at a gathering of importance.

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No Members for Village Development Committees 

We wonder why some NGOs make so much noise about lack of “people’s empowerment” when village panchayats in Salcete cannot find any “people” to become members of village development committees? Aren’t social activists no better than politicians they love to skin alive day in and day out – just good in words and poor in action?

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Rich Rewards of A Gandhian Mutiny

The ex-servicemen fighting for One Rank, One Pension (OROP) have called off their fast-unto-death but decided to continue their relay hunger strike “till the order to implement OROP is received in black and white.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have hoped that with his announcement on Sunday that pre-mature retirees (PMRs) would be included under the OROP scheme the ex-servicemen …

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