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A Cause Of Jubilation And Anxiety For BJP

THE BJP winning Gujarat despite being in power for 22 years, successfully swimming against the heavy currents of anti-incumbency, is indeed an admirable feat. Voters usually do not give a party more than two terms, often only one, before they replace it with another. It has been true of most states like Gujarat that are known as bipolar because the …

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EDMs: The Good, Bad And The Ugly

The organizers of the two EDM (electronic, dance and music) festivals – Sunburn and Supersonic – in the past owe the Goa government Rs 8.5 crore. Sunburn was held for nine years and Supersonic for three years in December to draw huge crowds over Christmas and New year; however, their organizers have failed to pay the money due to the …

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No Surplus Of Infrastructure For Building Mega Projects

TOWN and Country Planning Minister Vijay Sardessai has urged the people, particularly of Salcete taluka, “not to object to every developmental project” in their areas. People residing in various parts of the state have been opposing projects on one ground or another. Some of the projects had to be abandoned in advanced stages following opposition from the locals. Locals often …

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A Case Of Corporate Social Irresponsibility

The findings of the Goa State Pollution Control Board that South West Port Ltd (SWPL) of Jindal group had handled excess coal/coke at berths of Mormugao Port Trust harbour since 2012 in violation of the consent orders issued by the board have lent credence to the claims of the citizens of Vasco that they have been facing excessive air pollution …

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Building A Sustainable Disaster Response System

THE surge in seawater that sent waters overflowing on the beaches of Goa recently has woken up the state government to the need for a disaster management plan. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has announced that he would take steps to see that a disaster management system is in place. Goa had been so far seen as safe from severe meteorological …

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Fearlessly Growing Cannabis In Candolim

The discovery of cannabis plants being grown in a wado in Candolim has set the alarm bells ringing. It at once shows the pervasiveness of drugs in Goa and the growing boldness of those in the business of producing and supplying it. Cannabis, which is known by various names such as weed, pot, hashish and marijuana, has been brought for …

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