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Goans Must Work To Reduce Air Pollution

The analysis of air quality index values compiled by the Goa State Pollution Control Board for 2017-18 has revealed that the air quality has been worsening in the cities and towns. The study found Vasco continuing to be the most polluted city in the state, followed by Ponda, Panaji, Mapusa and Margao. The study attributed the deterioration of the air …

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BSNL Must Catch Up With Private Operators

The government-owned telecom operator, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has announced a plan to set up 100 mobile towers by March 2019 to provide better connectivity to its customers in the state. Of the 100 towers, 35 would be set up in the rural areas and 65 in the urban areas.

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Bridling The Unbridled Motor Horses Of Goa

In order to regulate app-based taxi and other commercial transport services in the state, the transport department has decided to frame operational guidelines which every transport aggregator would have to follow. The guidelines, which are expected to come out by the end of this month, will cover safety standards, driver regulation, maximum fare pricing per km, fare calculation, ride sharing …

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The World Is Watching Trump’s Korea Initiative

US President Donald Trump has finally announced the place and date of his meeting with North Korean President Kim Jong-un: Singapore, June 12. Trump’s announcement came following a long meeting at the White House with Kim Yong-chol, the North Korean President’s right-hand man, who delivered a personal letter from him to the US President. The Trump-Kim summit will follow the …

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Need For BJP To Rethink Strategy

THE opposition parties won 11 of the 14 Assembly/Lok Sabha seats in the recent by-elections, which should make the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership rethink their electoral strategy. One of the biggest setbacks to the BJP came in the Kairana Lok Sabha constituency, which was won by the party in 2014. Four years after the election, the Modi charm seems to …

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How To Promote Exports From Goa

PROMISING to help Goan agricultural and industrial producers export their products, the state government is in the process of drawing up an export strategy. The government has given the task of devising the strategy to the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO). However, the FIEO might not find the task easy as government departments do not have any databases on …

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Growing Backlog Of Vacancies In Govt

On the one hand, the Goa government promises to create jobs for youth, and on the other, thousands of vacancies continue to remain unfilled in various state departments. There are no indications when the vacant posts would be filled up. Heads of government departments lament that vacancy backlog has been growing. There are more than 100 departments and government-run corporations. …

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