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Taxi union’s app-based service must win people’s confidence THE North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association, one of the unions of taxi operators in the state, has decided to roll out its own taxi-hailing app which could be used by people to book taxis operated by its members. The move is apparently aimed to compete with GoaMiles, a government-operated app-based taxi …

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Goa In Shameful List

Govt must do all it needs to do to make state ODF THE state government’s promise to make Goa a model clean state has taken a severe beating with the state being placed at the bottom of the list of states under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin. According to the Union ministry of drinking water and sanitation, only 22 (just 5.87%) …

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Limits Of GU Autonomy

State government must redefine Its equation with the university THE relaxation on the 15-year domicile requirement for eligibility for appointment of teachers in the Goa University is an issue that needs to be debated dispassionately and threadbare. Some political forces have threatened to mobilize Goan youth over the issue, which is not right; they must not forget that the institution …

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Saving Western Ghats

Goa must find balance between ecology and economic progress THE state government is not willing to allow more than 707 sq km spread over 69 villages in the Western Ghats to be notified as eco-sensitive area (ESA). This is half the area recommended by the Kasturirangan panel. The panel has recommended inclusion of 1461 sq km spread over 99 villages …

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A Spark Of Hope

Move to work mining leases beyond ambit of SC order There is a spark of hope for restart of mining. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is trying to work round the Supreme Court ban to explore the possibility of starting operations on the iron ore mining leases that do not come under the ambit of the court order. Goa has 300-odd …

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Slow Public Service

Poor technology and inadequate manpower come in the way The state government’s efforts to provide time-bound services to citizens under the Public Services Act have taken a beating in the Salcete taluka owing to poor internet connectivity, shortage of computers, printers, scanners and manpower. The talathis of the taluka, who have the responsibility of completing the process for facilitating issue …

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Threat Of Extinction

Goa has been left with no option but to notify 1,471 sq km of the Western Ghats in its territory as ecologically sensitive areas (ESAs). The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has turned down the state government’s proposal for alterations on notifying the ESAs. The state had approached the MoEF&CC with a proposal that an area …

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A Common Cause

Goans must protect endangered species and eco-sensitive zones Imposition of a huge penalty by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has driven the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) to start the process of removing the 171 illegal structures along the coast.

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Tongues Of Hatred

EC looks helpless as Campaigners violate Code THE Lok Sabha elections have been marked by many violations of the Model Code of Conduct but the Election Commission of India looks helpless in checking them.

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A Thousand Azhars

Jaish-e-Mohammed will resurface in another name The designation of Masood Azhar, the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief as a global terrorist by the United Nations Security Council is not going to stop breeding of terrorism in Pakistan, of course, but it comes as a proof of the world getting more and more united and stricter on elimination of terrorism. For more than …

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