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Return Of Farmers

Fallow fields in mining belt now produce vegetables FARMERS in the mining belt who had given up cultivation to make a living from mining are returning to the fields. It is largely attributed to the uncertainty of resumption of mining that has been shut down for a few years. The Goa State Horticulture Corporation (GSHC), which has been encouraging farmers …

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Politicians And Drugs

It helps nobody to pretend there is no drug problem in Anjuna ABOUT 200 cases were registered and over 200 persons arrested on charges of drug peddling by Goa’s law enforcement officials mostly in the coastal belt this year, yet former minister Dayanand Mandrekar says “there are no drugs in Anjuna.” Mandrekar, who earlier represented Siolim, of which Anjuna is …

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Return Of Vibhishana

Things not going right for BJP in Maharashtra THE high political drama that began in Maharashtra early morning last Saturday with the swearing in of Devendra Fadnavis as the Chief Minister for the second term ended on Tuesday afternoon with his resignation. His resignation came as a huge embarrassment for the BJP top leadership, which has effectively come to mean …

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Bringing More Tourists

Goa is still struggling to find ways of bringing more charters from UK SINCE the collapse of Thomas Cook-UK there has been no replacement to bring in charters from the United Kingdom to Goa. The peak tourist season is now only a couple of weeks away. Soon after Thomas Cook-UK stopped operations Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had promised to get …

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Muslims Equal Partners

Seeking a review of Ayodhya verdict could revive communal bitterness In India everyone is free to challenge a court decision, including a decision by the Supreme Court, so neither the All India Muslim Personal Law Board nor the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind could be assailed for deciding to file a petition seeking a review of the verdict in the Ayodhya case. The Supreme …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Make Registration For Cattle Mandatory It is understood that stray cattle was blamed for the fatal accident in Vasco which claimed the life of a well-known tiatrist. The focus of attention has now shifted towards the stray cattle moving all over Vasco city and Mormugao Municipal Council  has been taking steps to tackle the problem. It is baffling to note …

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A Plastic Free India

Finding cheap and easily available alternative to plastic is key The report that 40 per cent of India’s plastic waste generated remains uncollected and found littered around has come as yet another evidence of the various agencies still struggling to make the Swachh Bharat Mission a success. Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar informed the Lok …

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From Russia To Goa

Build Russia-Goa economic ties to contain Russian criminality IT is pleasing to hear Russia expressing interest in exploring investment opportunities in Goa. Russia has a long history of economic relationship with India since the Soviet Union days, but the same has not found reflection in Goa. During a meeting with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Russian ambassador to India Nikolai Kudashev …

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God Help GIDC

GIDC has no money to develop old and new industrial estates The Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) has not been able to undertake or complete some of its projects due to financial crisis. Industrial estates at Panchawadi in Ponda and Latambarcem in Bicholim have been hanging fire for years together. The two industrial estates were announced seven years ago, but …

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A Task For Goa BJP

Karnataka must get only drinking water from Kalasi-Banduri project The much-awaited response of Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar to the letter of Goa’s Chief Minister Pramod Sawant seeking to restrain Karnataka from going ahead with the Kalasa-Banduri project, which is aimed at diverting water from the Mhadei basin to the Malprabha basin, did not contain …

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