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Let Churches Reopen Only For Private Prayers ARCHBISHOP of Goa and Daman Filipe Neri Ferrão has issued a circular permitting ‘gradual reopening’ of churches. However, he has exhorted the parishes to exercise utmost caution  before taking any decision. The archbishop has laid down several conditions like extensive sanitisation, use of infrared thermometers, and strict adherence to state’s  standard operating procedures …

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A Post-COVID Macro Framework For India

SUYASH CHOUDHARY “If you’ve never stared off into the distance, then your life is a shame” Counting Crows (An American rock band) Drawing inspiration from these words, while acknowledging the somewhat self-involved generalisation embedded in them, we have been trying to assess a tentative macro framework that may apply on a more steady state basis once this growth dip and …

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Violence Worsens COVID-19 Crisis

PACHU MENON, Margao IT is difficult to imagine violence of these troubled times when the entire nation is engaged in containing the spread of coronavirus, which has assumed a rapidity that is alarming. But rear its ugly head it did, again and again! Despite the fact that countries across the world, including India and Pakistan, resorted to unprecedented lockdowns in …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Cable TV Network For Students ONLINE classes in the state may not achieve the desired results for various reasons. The main cause being poor connectivity and the fact that children of poor families most probably do not own a smartphone. In this context it is necessary to keep children connected with the studies for the new academic year by exercising …

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Vajpayee Angle To India-China Ties

SAEED NAQVI A strategy to undermine China beyond recovery has been spelt out by the closest Sinologist in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet, Ramdas Athawale, MP from Maharashtra and Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment. He exhorted the nation on a current affairs show on Wednesday that restaurants must stop serving Chinese food. The minister’s edict is at …

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Ways To Ride Out COVID Crisis

S KAMAT, ALTO ST CRUZ COVID positive cases in India have jumped from 300,000 to 400,000 in just eight days, which is shorter from the 10 days they took to jump from 200,000 to 300,000. This indicates that the rate of infection has been  on the alarming rise. So it is necessary to control the incidence of infection. The government …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Don’t Demonise Nehru BJP stalwarts and supporters have been demonising country’s first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who is the maker of modern India.  They blame him for almost every problem the country is beset with today, defending the misadventures of their most beloved poster-boy of Hindutva Narendra Modi. Well, in a way, they are shrewd. They are well aware …

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India-China Trade Under Ladakh Shadow

AJIT RANADE THE border conflict in eastern Ladakh has claimed 20 brave soldiers, killed in an unimaginably brutal way. This is the worst casualty along the India-China border in more than 50 years. At the best of times, the line of actual control, which is not an internationally recognised border, bristles with tension, needs constant vigilance and has instances of …

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The Illusion Of Online Teaching

AIRES RODRIGUES, RIBANDAR IT appears that the state government is chasing rainbows with the focus on online teaching. The required infrastructure for online classes is not in place in Goa.  Take this case: Ribandar is part of Panaji city but power supply in the suburban areas is very erratic.  The Internet connectivity is so frequently down, and when it works …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

India Can’t Lose Sight Of UNSC Dream   THE United Nations Security Council is the principal international body which oversees global peace and security.  Largely, the five permanent member nations have controlled the functioning of the council.  The  ‘veto’ power,  which  vests a member with the power of rejecting proposals and resolutions of the UNSC, has placed the  United States, the …

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