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Grow More Vegetables

Goan farmers must give up their obsession with paddy IT would be interesting to see how the Goa government manages to keep vegetable supplies to the state sufficient enough to keep prices under control. Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Govind Gaude has suggested to the chairman of Goa State Horticultural Corporation (GSHC) to hold meetings with farmers’ associations in …

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A Looming Disaster

Need for faster decision making on salvaging the ill-fated vessel Even as the naphtha-laden MV Nu-Shi Nalini remains grounded just a few hundred metres off the Marivel beach for the third week, the authorities appear to be at sea. When it ran aground the government promised that agencies would empty its content within two days and ensure that there was …

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Check Air Pollution

Goa must take measures to check fall in air quality A study by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago has found that Goans are losing 1.5 years of their life expectancy due to prevalence of poor air quality. The study has found that the state government has failed to meet air quality standards of 10 micrograms per …

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Draw Perfect CZMP

Goa govt must address people’s concerns regarding draft CZMP Goa is again likely to miss the November 15 deadline for finalization of Goa Coastal Zone Management Plan set by the National Green Tribunal. The state Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral has sought a meeting with Union Environment and Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar to push for amendments to the …

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Degradation Of Beaches

Take immediate steps to rejuvenate and restore their tourism appeal A World Bank financed study of the coastline in the country has revealed that Goa’s beaches have highest amount of beach debris and plastic litter. The study conducted by the ministry of environment, forest and climate change with the assistance of the Society of Integrated Coastal Management has put beach …

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Unite For Mhadei

Time for state leaders to sink differences to save Goa’s lifeline The all-party delegation led by the Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant, to New Delhi to impress upon Union Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar to withdraw “consent” given to Karnataka for diversion of water from Mhadei basin failed to get a firm assurance on their demand for …

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Handling Naphtha Safely

Transfer hazardous substance under guidance of experts The state government had promised to start the process for removal of naphtha from MV Nu Shi Nalini, which ran aground near Dona Paula, more than a week ago. The authorities still appear to be clueless when the process would begin. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has now said that experts from Directorate General …

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Margao At Risk

All houses in the city must be connected to sewerage network THE revelation that less than 20 per cent of houses and business units in Margao are connected to sewerage network is appalling. Of over 52,200 residential and commercial units in the commercial capital of the state, only 4,459 units have been connected to sewerage lines till the end of …

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Make HSRP Hassle-Free

Implementing company must be asked to open more centres, hire more hands It needed huge public resentment for the state government to act against Real Mazon India Pvt Ltd, the company entrusted with the task of fitting high security registration number plates (HSRPs) on vehicles. The government has issued a show cause notice to the company, asking why their bank …

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Lean Wallets

Middle class Indians have less earnings and cannot buy cars or two-wheelers Both the Goa government and the Goa Automobile Dealers Association have expressed happiness over appreciable rise in automobile sales following government reduction of registration fee for new vehicles (road tax) by 50 per cent for three months. If it is really so, the association would most likely come …

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