The panchayats in Goa are so obsessed with their own agenda and interests that they are prepared to go against the directives of the Panchayati Raj Act. Else, there was no tenable reason for 11 panchayats including Taleigao, Merces, St Cruz and Chimbel not holding their gram sabhas in April which is mandatory according to the PR Act.Read More »
Frequent Power Failures
Power failures have become an everyday affair in Mapusa city, inconveniencing its citizens. With the temperatures soaring high, it becomes difficult to stay in the house without either the fan or the air conditioner on.
BY RAVINDRA SHUKLA
THE Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram’s remark that “something went wrong,” during the anti-Naxal operation in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh is an admission that the flawed plan drawn up by the home ministry, the so-called ‘Action Plan’ created in October 2009, for the anti-Naxal offensive in the country needs to be revisited.
THE statement of the central mines ministry that operation of illegal mining is comparatively less in Goa in comparison to states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and others and that only nine cases were detected in 2009 is unconvincing.Read More »
THE second secretary to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, Ms Madhuri Gupta could not be bracketed with the famous women spies Mata Hari and Virginia Hall, because she allegedly operated for her lover.Read More »
Promote Local Games-I
THE recent controversy regarding the concluded matches of the Indian Premier League has put India to shame. There is a need for the concerned authorities to ban the Indian Premier League completely and instead promote the Indian games played in the country–matches like Ranji Trophy etc.
BY INDRANIL BANERJEA
RETRO is in. Not just in clothes and cars and music, old styles are back in fashion in politics and governance as well. Even silly, savage styles that had been discarded generations ago only to make reappearance like wooden clogs that you love to flaunt but can’t walk in.
THE Goa State Agriculture Marketing Board is keen to have an agri-mall on the lines of terminal markets. As it will enable consumers and producers make direct contact, it should facilitate the development of products that are closely aligned with consumer tastes and demands.Read More »
THE time and place chosen by the Mamnmohan Singh government to reject the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the IPL muddle and phone tapping allegations are quite interesting.Read More »
Invading People’s Privacy
THE parliament has been rocked under allegations of phone tapping of political leaders. Though the UPA government at the Centre has vehemently denied that it has not authorised such activity, the very fact that such an unwarranted act has been brought to the surface, reflects poorly on a country that boasts of parliamentary democracy, wherein the right to privacy is unquestionably guaranteed.