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No Alternative To Expanding Fiscal Deficit

Ajit Ranade Almost five weeks into the lockdown, it is clear that we are going to have a long hard summer. The economic hardships will worsen unless an urgent stimulus is unleashed. The pandemic has led to a triple whammy, of a supply, demand and financial shock. The stringent lockdown was  like a shutdown of three fourths of the economy. …

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Post Lockdown Dangers

CELSO DIAS, SALCETE We could breathe easy that lockdown helped in controlling the spread of the disease. But we will not only destroy all the sacrifices we made or the trouble we took if we are not cautious with the opening of the business and other allied activities. The first mistake is to allow barbers and saloons to open. It …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Sports Come To Standstill Everything in this world is coming to be associated with coronavirus.  Sportspersons and administrators are in a quandary.  They feel corona has thrown their professions out of gear.  More, they fear for the worst- no sports for quite some time.  Those who know the players are not getting any younger understand what that means.  There has been little …

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Fixing Medical Priorities In Lockdown 3.0

Dodul Mondal So, we have entered the third phase of nationwide lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial turbulence has now settled down to a great extent in terms of peoples’ acceptance and willingness to follow this lockdown. Apart from a few stray incidences of rule violations, India has been doing much better than many other countries in the …

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Coronavirus Battle Is Far From Won!

PACHU MENON, Margao As the nation enters the third phase of the lockdown engaged that it is in securing the entire country against the Coronavirus scourge, the news that the Centre has declared Goa a green zone may come as a congratulatory piece of news for the state government which has been relentless in its efforts to check the surge …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Gap Along Pavements Pavements serve the basic purpose of assuring safety to pedestrians. However at times we come across defects at the pavements that cause inconvenience to the public who proceed on regular basis. Even stray cattle occupy these premises thereby causing hindrance to smooth movement of pedestrians. There is an exposed gap along the pavement in the vicinity of …

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Huge Behavioural Changes Needed

M A Kalam Covid-19 is a jolt to the way we work and live. The response, what the IMF has called ‘The Great Lockdown’, was a different kind of jolt. Now, the lifting of the lockdown will be a different kind of jolt and return to normalcy won’t be seamless. As we near the end of Lockdown 2.0, the question …

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Silent Labour Day

RUI FERREIRA, PANJIM May Day is the International Labour Day which is an universal day to celebrate the strength and the dedication of the working class to form organised trade and labour unions in order to get better wages and improved working conditions. Unfortunately in India, the organised labour force is only twenty percent whilst eighty percent are still working in …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Safeguarding Rights Of Working Class Considering that in India the working class continues to be the most exploited even today, how relevant has been the persistent call for the much-needed labour reforms! The fact however remains that for a country that has been quite vociferous about safeguarding the rights of the working class, it is this very social group consisting …

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Kisan, Mazdoor’s Dignity Has To Be Restored

As much as 80 per cent is in sectors and areas where often wages are not fair, security is non-existent, safety standards are poor and labour laws are violated routinely Sudarshan Iyengar The Chicago convention in 1884 of the Federation of Organised Trades and Labour Unions resolved that ‘eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labour from and after May …

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