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This Is Not Spa

No real regulation of spas and massage parlours in Goa Nobody in the state government is wondering why the number of spas and massage parlours has been increasing across the state. More than one in ten girls rescued from prostitution by the police in the last five years was from a spa and massage parlour. Are sexual services a part …

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Death Of Three Boys

human lives should also be govt’s and EDM organizers’ concern Three young persons, all from Andhra Pradesh, died suddenly inside or outside the Sunburn EDM (electronic, dance and music) festival at Vagator. Two died on the opening day, the third on the last day. There is widespread suspicion that they died from consumption of intoxicants. The government is keeping quiet …

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Centre’s Tilted Balance

Goa must wage both legal battle and political battle to save Mhadei The Goa government has been trying to convince Goans that the letters issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to Karnataka would not lead to diversion of Mhadei waters by the neighbouring state. However, Goa’s own findings say that Karnataka is engaged in diverting water …

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Go Out And Get Tourists

Government and tourism industry should stop waiting for tourists THE state tourism industry is disappointed by a considerable drop in tourist arrivals this season. However, that should not lead to paranoia of the kind the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) exhibited when filing a police complaint against a few of the activists fighting for Goa’s cause and opposing …

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Pinning The Kingpins

Police needs to remove the Goa heads of drug trade ANYONE who helps police seize drugs is eligible for a handsome reward which could be upto 10 per cent of the market value of the seizure. Despite the promise of the enormously tempting reward Goans have not been coming forward to help the state police catch drug peddlers and confiscate …

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On Restarting Mining

Too many odds against a state mineral development corporation There is a growing clamour among BJP MLAs for formation of a mineral development corporation by the state government to restart mining. They have urged Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to start the process of setting up such a corporation. Sawant has said that a corporation was one of the options being …

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Centre’s Double Game

Goa cannot remain silent as Centre favours Karnataka on Mhadei There is no use pretending that Goa is not being discriminated by the Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) with regard to use of waters of the River Mhadei by Karnataka. Barely a week after the people of Goa rejoiced at MoEF&CC’s decision to keep the consent letter …

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Emergency At PHCs

Govt needs to do much more to provide emergency care at PHCs With an aim to enhancing chances of survival of patients needing emergency health care, the state health department proposes to develop medical emergency facilities in every primary health centre (PHC). Such a facility is known as ‘triage and first responder system’ and already exists in Hospicio, the South …

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Unity In Diversity

Modi can ignore youth ferment over CAA to his political peril PRIME Minister Narendra Modi said in a speech in Delhi on Sunday that there had never been any discussion on a National Register of Citizens (NRC), except for the fact that NRC was done in Assam following Supreme Court order. Contrary to this, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and …

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Festivals Bring Tourists

Goa should host more festivals to increase tourist arrivals This season Goa has witnessed the biggest fall in tourist arrivals in a decade. According to Michael Lobo, who is Ports Minister and has deep relations with and knowledge of tourism business, occupancy of rooms in hotels even at the peak of the season was about 50 per cent as against …

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