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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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Faster Justice To Women

Fast track court for sexual crimes against women is a welcome step It is heartening to note that the state government has approved setting up a fast track court to deal with the cases of sexual assault against women and children. According to Law and Judiciary Minister Nilesh Cabral, there was a proposal for setting up two special fast track …

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A Battle Half-Won

Goa must not lower its guard for protecting River Mhadei Goa has got a reprieve: the Union Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has kept in abeyance the consent granted to Karnataka’s Kalasa-Banduri project in the Belagavi district. The order from the central government came in the wake of intense pressure applied by the Pramod Sawant government and …

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