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China Queers India’s Pitch In Sri Lanka

AMIT DASGUPTA   MY wife and I recently visited Sri Lanka on a holiday with friends. For both of us, it was the first visit after almost 15 years. At that time, the idyllic island country was caught up in a deadly civil war that claimed countless lives and devastated the economy.

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Beware Goa’s Taxi Owners, Government Ola Is Here

IF Goa’s taxi operators would not allow private app-based private taxi aggregator services such as Ola, the state government would give them a public sector Ola! The government will start an app-based service in order to regulate their business and check their arbitrariness. The state government is gearing itself up to roll out its app-based service. The service will be …

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An Answer To Goa’s Prophets Of Doom

THE statement of the chairman of the Airport Authority of India Guruprasad Mahapatra that there was enough demand for two airports to co-exist and grow in Goa should set at rest apprehensions about Mopa taking away business from Dabolim. His statement is based on actual data. Air traffic to and from Goa has been increasing by 15 per cent on …

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Do Not Bend Rules For Private Shacks

Private shack owners have landed into existential trouble by violating rules and misrepresenting facts to the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA). Therefore the prospects of immediate demolition of most private shacks are looming large. Private shack owners probably thought there would not be physical check of the shack areas and submitted wrong plans, as a result of which proper …

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Follow Rules While Flying But Not While Driving

Gurunath Kelekar, the founder of the Movement for Amity towards Roads in Goa (MARG) is right in observing that there is no fear of police among traffic violators. Kelekar did not list the reasons, but it is easy to see why drivers do not fear traffic police. Primarily, Goa’s traffic policemen are highly unprofessional. They are in fact funny. They …

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Subsidised Coconut Scheme Without A Supply Chain

The state government’s scheme to supply coconuts to people at subsidised rates at the kiosks run and supported by the Goa State Horticulture Corporation (GSHC) appears to have hit a bottleneck. Stung by the criticism that the government was not giving consumers any relief from the rising prices of coconuts, the agriculture department launched the scheme on February 1. It …

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Turn Them Into Stone And Then Forget Them

Speaker Pramod Sawant has decided not to include in the list of business of the forthcoming session of the House any of the five private member resolutions demanding installation of statues of eminent persons in the Assembly complex.

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