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Selection On Merit

Technical jobs too must be under Staff Selection Commission purview NOW, recruitments to non-technical group ‘C’ posts in government departments would be done by the Goa Staff Selection Commission. Earlier, the government had announced formation of a staff selection commission to make selections through examinations for the positions vacant in various departments. A bill was passed by the Assembly allowing …

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Taming Goa’s Taximen

High Court driving state govt to make a choice THE Bombay High Court, taking serious note of the Goa government’s failure to keep their promise to have digital meters installed on all tourist taxis by August 1, 2019, has issued a notice to them asking why they should not be proceeded against for contempt of court. A division bench comprising …

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An Untapped Goldmine

Goa must follow the model of small nations like Singapore GOA needs to attract investments to create jobs and improve public finance. The three-day Vibrant Goa Global Expo and Summit beginning October 17 at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee indoor stadium in Taleigao is aimed at showcasing Goa’s potential and luring investors to exploit it. It will provide opportunities for Goan …

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Message From Saligao

No public cooperation for waste management devoid of norms ON Sunday, several agitated residents of Saligao prevented 14 trucks loaded with wet garbage from entering the solid waste treatment plant located in the village, alleging that the plant was not following the norms laid down for waste transportation and carrying waste in open trucks without leachate trays, spilling waste and …

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Save Nauxi Fishermen

Goa must protect local livelihoods while promoting tourism projects With the opposition by local fishermen to the proposed marina at Nauxi growing stronger Fisheries Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues has agreed to convey their concerns to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. The local fishermen have been raising objections to it since the project was approved four years ago. After initial steps, there …

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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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