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Stopping Sexual Abuse in Religious Institutions

The number of cases of men of religion allegedly involved in cases of sex abuse continues to mount. The latest case of alleged sexual harassment has been levelled against two members of the Catholic Church in Shillong by Khasi art and communications consultant Mary Therese Kurkalang. The church body in Meghalaya, Congregation of Christian Brothers, has started a probe into …

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Set Up World Class Food Testing Lab At Earliest

Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced a proposal for setting up of a world class laboratory to test food quality in Goa by the Export Inspection Agency (EIA) and the Quality Council of India (QCI), both agencies of the government of India. Goans have been concerned over toxic chemicals in fish for several months. There are revelations of toxic …

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Corruption Virus Grips CBI High Command

The CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) faces a kind of internal crisis it has never done before. It has booked its second-in-command, special director Rakesh Asthana, on allegations of receiving bribe from meat exporter Moin Qureshi who is being probed by him. Bewilderingly, the same charge was levelled by Asthana against his boss, CBI director Alok Verma, in his complaint …

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BJP Becomes A Party With No Difference

THE Bharatiya Janata Party has warded off the threat to the continuance of its government in Goa by poaching two MLAs from the Congress, Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte. Though the two do not immediately add to the BJP numbers in the Assembly, for they have resigned as MLAs and will need to get re-elected, their switch has thwarted Congress …

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Second Defeat For Congress In Goa

THE Congress has once again been trumped by the Bharatiya Janata Party in Goa. Though local Congress leaders knew that the BJP was making attempts to poach ‘vulnerable’ MLAs of the party to reduce its strength in the Assembly, they had no plans ready for ‘protecting’ them from poaching.

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Tinsukia Is A Reminder To Every Armyman

SEVEN armymen, including a major general, have been held guilty by an army court of staging a fake encounter 24 years ago in the Tinsukia district of Assam and sentenced to life imprisonment. The court martial has done justice to the deceased and their families. The seven convicted armymen had picked up nine members of the All Assam Students’ Union …

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Protecting M J Akbar May Prove Costly To BJP

WE are not sure what price the Modi-led BJP may have to pay, zero or more, at the next elections to the Lok Sabha on the M J Akbar issue. Electoral price is yet unknown, but what seems clear is that the Modi government has already paid a heavy moral price for it. Akbar is a minister, and the government …

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How To Turn Lameduck FDA To A Watchdog

AFTER repeatedly claiming that the fish imported from other states was free from formalin, the Goa government has decided to ban import of fish within eight days! Surprisingly the decision was announced by Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai and not Health Minister Vishwajit Rane who heads the food and drugs administration (FDA) that is responsible for making food …

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