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Educating Drivers

Speedy penalization alone can prove deterrent to traffic rule violators Over 4,100 motorists have been penalized by the Panaji traffic cell for violations ranging from obstructive parking to parking in prohibited spots. Among those who were booked were drivers of 30-odd government vehicles, which suggested that the police have shown a fair hand in dealing with violators. It is not …

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Unregulated Businesses

Bring illegal tourism businesses under the ambit of law The state government’s decision to set up a task force to regulate the multitude of unlicensed business establishments in the tourism sector is a right step. It is necessary to bring them all under the ambit of law in order to prevent them from eating into the business of licensed establishments …

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Forest Dwellers’ Rights

Delay in giving rights to tribals and others to forest land is injustice More than a decade after the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act came into effect, the tribals and other forest dwellers are yet to get the benefits promised by it. It has come to light that Goa was lagging far behind is …

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Overpowering Aedes

Govt, local bodies and people must prevent breeding of dengue mosquito Alarmed by four deaths from dengue in the state so far since January this year, compared to just one death last year, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has blamed lack of a coordinated approach to fight the disease. Between January and September this year, the state recorded 1,468 suspected cases …

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Saving River Sal

Locals must support dredging for better water quality and marine life The Sal River faces a serious threat to survival. Years have been wasted in debating on how to save it.  Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has expressed serious concern: the presence of E-coli in the river has reached a dangerous level. The river has to be dredged at the earliest …

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Tampering With CRZ

There is enough land for industry and commerce across the state THE Goa government is pleading with the central authorities for relaxations on coastal regulation zone restrictions on the ground that the state has no more than 250 sq km of area for industrial and commercial development. The implication is that if some of the land locked under CRZ is …

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Not Really ODF

Goa must provide toilets to all households that need them IN spite of its failure to deliver on its promise after several extensions of deadline to provide all individual households without toilets with toilets, the state government declared Goa to be open defecation free on August 31. The state government came up with a novel idea to meet the criteria …

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For A Plastic-Free Goa

Government must provide Goans with biodegradable alternatives to plastics GOA has banned use of single-use plastics. It is a ban without a wide range of satisfactory alternatives, which clearly means that people would be compelled to violate the ban, no matter how agreeing they are with the government’s objective of replacing plastics with biodegradable materials in manufacture and packaging. We …

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Poor Road Conditions

No accountability of road contractors and engineers who certify their works THE High Court of Bombay at Goa has directed the state government to file an affidavit on steps taken to repair the pothole-ridden roads in the state. The plea of the government that potholes could not be repaired owing to continuous rains is untenable. That covers up the main …

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Saving Cooperative Banks

There is need for stringent RBI regulation of cooperative banks AN increasing number of cooperative banks are being placed under severe restrictions by the Reserve Bank of India. The restrictions are imposed after it comes to the notice of the RBI that a particular cooperative bank has not maintained transparency and flouted several norms in their operations, leading to huge …

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