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Reining In Greed

Goans must check RBI site ‘Sachet’and not fall for fantastic returns Every few days we hear of one or more Goans being cheated by conmen who succeed in persuading them to invest in this or that fund for an unbelievable rate of return. Before they realise they are being conned it is too late. The police have not been very …

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No Tourism Roadmap

Need for government to sincerely engage with tourism stakeholders Concerned over fall in foreign tourist arrivals, the Goa tourism industry stakeholders are disappointed by the lack of government efforts to improve international flight connectivity to the state. As arrivals in the ongoing season are hit by insufficient landing slots to foreign airlines at the Goa international airport at Dabolim, the …

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Motorist, Save Yourself

Politicians, policemen and motorists must commit to adherence to traffic rules Despite the traffic police claiming to have penalised an increasing number of people, traffic violations continue to rise. The traffic police launched a special drive against drunk driving/riding and triple seat riding. In the last 45 days, the traffic police booked around 970 motorists for riding/driving under the influence …

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Water Transport Roadmap

State must grab the new opportunity to develop robust water transport India’s first concrete floating jetty was inaugurated on the River Mandovi last week by Union Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya. There are plans for installing three more  jetties in other parts of the state over the next four months. These floating concrete jetties are expected to revolutionise …

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Battle For Mhadei

Goa needs to make a strong case to win Mhadei case in apex court THE Supreme Court’s nod to the notification of the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal award does not mean an approval for execution of the award. The court did it at the prayer of Karnataka. Goa and Maharashtra did not object to it, because notification of the award …

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Stakes In ZP Poll

Zilla panchayat elections are going to be first test for crossover MLAs BOTH the BJP and the Congress have a major stake in the upcoming elections to zilla panchayats in Goa. Although zilla panchayats in Goa, sandwiched between the state legislature and the gram panchayats,  have been struggling for relevance, the political parties have always found them relevant at least …

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Beach Picnic Zones

Issues tourism department must resolve before creating drinking enclosures TOURISM Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said to the media on Tuesday that his department was considering setting up ‘picnic zones’ on beaches where tourists and locals will be allowed to drink. As of now, people are allowed to drink in the shacks. They are not allowed to drink anywhere else on a …

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Women On March

Permanent commission to women will establish gender equality in armed forces THE Supreme Court’s order allowing women the right to permanent commission in the armed forces is a major milestone on India’s road to gender equality. Women were hitherto recruited to short service commission. Appointed as a short service commissioned officer, a woman could work up to 5 years which …

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AAP’s Delhi Template

AAP’s strategy for Delhi elections was based on specific factors FOLLOWING yet another massive mandate, Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in as Chief Minister of Delhi on Sunday for the third time in a row. The AAP overcame an extremely tough challenge posed by the Bharatiya Janata Party that rallied all its Union ministers, chief ministers and MPs under the leadership …

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Unwarranted Section 144

North Goa Collector must review and withdraw prohibitory orders Citing intelligence inputs of possible terror threat along the western coast of India and anti-social elements committing crime in Goa, North Goa district collector R Menaka has imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code for 60 days which will last till April 10. Paradoxically, the state police have expressed ignorance …

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