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Lament Of Mormugao

Govt must sustain its belated measures to effectively contain virus in port city THE government has decided to extend the weekend lockdown in the Mormugao taluka till July 24 to contain the spread of the coronavirus. It is a welcome decision, of course, though it is debatable how the extension of weekend lockdown for merely four more days could help …

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Learning From Dharavi

Centre needs to make an effective testing and containment strategy India has not been successful in containing the coronavirus so far. From a single positive case and no death at the beginning of this year, the number of cases has soared to 10.77 lakh and the mortality to 26,816 lives. The country currently has over 3.73 lakh active cases. With …

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How To Fight COVID

Governor Malik’s plain speaking should bring corrections in government’s approach Goa’s Governor Satya Pal Malik hit the nail right on the head on Thursday when he pointed out the areas in which the state government had to improve its services and modify its approaches in order to win the battle with the coronavirus. Someone high up needed to do some …

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Three Days Won’t Suffice

To be effective, the state needs a longer lockdown and local facilities With the coronavirus spreading out of control in Goa, the state government, which had been accelerating the opening up of businesses, tourism, education and other areas, suddenly got a fright and decided to reverse its policy and impose a three-day lockdown beginning 8 p.m. on Thursday. The state …

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Politician-Criminal Nexus

Nobody in government wants to break the dangerous nexus The Supreme Court on Tuesday hinted at appointing a committee headed by a former judge to inquire into the killings of gangster Vikas Dubey and his associates in an encounter by the Uttar Pradesh police. The panel likely to be headed by a former apex court judge will also look into …

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Blaming Dead For Death

If comorbidity and not coronavirus is the main risk, let us fight it out The rising mortality from the coronavirus in the state has raised concern among Goans. The state recorded 2,583 COVID-19 cases till July 13, of whom 18 lost their lives. While only two patients lost their lives between March and June, 16 patients have died this month. …

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Disintegration Of Congress

The party must end uncertainty   of leadership in order to survive The revolt of Sachin Pilot, the deputy chief minister of Rajasthan against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot once again brought out in full public view the acute crisis the Congress party is going through. In Madhya Pradesh three months ago Jyotiraditya Scindia revolted against the then chief minister Kamal Nath, …

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Decentralise COVID Combat

Goa needs to nip the virus in the bud at small centres The rising graph of coronavirus positive cases in the state has made the government seek help from the defence forces to deal with the crisis. This is for the time that the state authorities have taken help from the defence forces in fighting any epidemic or health emergency. …

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Education Flip-Flops

State must work overtime to strengthen infrastructure for online school education THE Goa government’s approach to conduct of school education in the coronavirus time has been clumsy and lacking in competence from the very beginning. The bungling has caused much anxiety and uncertainty in the minds of teachers and students alike. First, the state government announced there would be online …

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Let Professionals Lead

Politicians and bureaucrats must leave COVID combat to health professionals THE coronavirus situation is getting more and more serious in the state with an unchecked rise in the number of positive cases every day. The curve is moving upward and upward. The state recorded 136 new COVID-19 cases on July 8, the highest so far, surpassing the previous high of …

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