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Dialysis Must Go On At Hospicio Hospital

THE closure of the dialysis unit in a dilapidated building of the Hospicio Hospital, Margao after a fire broke out has brought more suffering to the patients with failed kidneys who need dialysis on a regular basis. Though the unit was made partly operational with the help of a generator on Monday after last week’s fire, on Tuesday the government …

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Helping IIT Goa Attain Excellence

Unable to locate at the two earlier proposed sites owing to opposition by locals, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Goa seems to be going ahead well at its location at the Cotarli village of the Sanguem taluka. One of the grounds of opposition at the earlier two sites was that the IIT campus would be like an island of …

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Goa In Search Of New Health Insurance Model

THE Goa government has been running the Deen Dayal Sawasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY) on its own since the refusal of the United India Insurance Company, which was awarded the contract to implement the scheme, to accept the health department terms. The scheme was launched in September 2016. The term of United India Insurance ended one year after the launch and …

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Reversing Drug Addiction Among College Students

SOUTH Goa collector Anjali Sehrawat’s decision to go to colleges in her district with police and education officials to create awareness among students of ill effects of narcotic drugs is a good beginning in the fight against rising drug addiction among college students.

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Strengthen Banks’ Internal Control Mechanism

The Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), a representative body of bank managements, has lamented the “spate of chargesheets and arrests” of bankers by investigative agencies, accusing them of “high-handedness” in alleged bank fraud cases. “To slap a criminal case against bankers for sanctioning loans is silly,” said V G Kannan, IBA CEO. Kannan should know better than anyone that investigative agencies …

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Restricting Purchase And Movement Of Cars

A lot of projects are in the pipeline to make Panaji a Smart City. However, Panaji can never be a Smart City without a smart road transport. The number of automobiles registered in the state is almost equal to the human population, an alarming fact that must be truer of the capital city than any other part of the state, …

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A Dairy That Produces Packets Of Scams

A chain of scams has unfolded in the Goa Dairy bringing more disrepute to the state’s largest milk producer. A probe conducted by the Registrar of Cooperative Societies has discovered evidence of shameless violations of laws, bylaws, government circulars and norms.

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Where North And South Poles Could Not Meet

The breakup of the BJP-PDP alliance that was running the government in Jammu and Kashmir was expected. The alliance was not working. Especially during the past one year, divergent and contrarian voices from the two parties were engaged in slanging matches in public. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party had sharp differences on almost …

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UK Must Rethink Student Visa Rules

THE UK government has made changes, applicable from July 6, to its student visa rules which are discriminatory to students from India applying for admissions in UK universities. Student visas have been granted by the UK government so far under what it calls ‘Tier 4 Visa’ category.

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