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Beating the lockdown blues in style

ANNA FERNANDES | NT BUZZ A few months ago, the world as we know it was brought to a halt. And like many of us, for Charmaine Zuzarte adjusting to the new normal proved to be challenging. But as the days went by, it got easier. “I definitely miss my travel plans, being able to unwind by going out for …

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In the spirit of brotherhood

With the lockdown in force, Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations were a low-key affair. However, Muslim youth from Keri came forward in festive spirit to provide food to stranded migrant workers (until the transit process was done) on their way to Karnataka and other places through the Keri checkpoint and offer packed food to all front warriors deployed at Keri and Morle Sattari. …

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The gift of graft

Miguel Braganza The technique of wedge grafting on the epicotyl of the mango stone or cashew seed has revolutionised grafting in these two major crops of the Konkan region, including Goa. Inarching and in situ softwood grafting are now past tense and epicotyl grafting has become the new norm, rather than the exception. Since this grafting is done before the …

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Being the solution

Amid the lockdown, three youngsters, Nikhil Haldankar, Pradosh Volvoikar and Alex Borges came up with an innovative contest for the general public called ‘CM in Action’. The idea behind this contest was to invite creative suggestions to combat the coronavirus and bring about awareness among the general public. To take part in this contest, the contestants had to fill up …

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Pandemic impacts mango business adversely in state

Pandemic imposed lockdown impacted the mango business in the state this year  on top of a poor season with trees bearing less fruit. The low yield is due to unfavourable climatic conditions according to farmers. They said that, production of the mangoes decreased and together with it the lucrative local business of mangoes. A farmer pointed out that, during the …

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Institutional investment in real estate fell 12% in 2019-20: Report

“The US-based property consultant Vestian attributed the decline largely to the tight economic situation during the year and the uncertainty brought forth by the Covid-19 crisis in the last quarter of the year.” Institutional investment in Indian real estate fell 12 per cent to US $ 4.48 billion (around Rs 33,800 crore) in 2019-20 on lower economic growth and uncertainty …

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Goan industry allowed self-certification of labour laws

Continuing with measures to promote ease of doing business in the state, the government is allowed companies to self-certify their compliances with labour laws.   The Self Certification Scheme is launched for the factories, shops and commercial establishments in the state. It aims at liberalizing the enforcement of labour laws towards labour reforms. The objectives of the scheme is to …

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Robust response to Parivartan Karo Na contest

Goans responded enthusiastically to the Parivartan Karo Na contest aimed at encouraging residents to rebound from the lockdown, reports Team B&C In the midst of the coronavirus ordered lockdown,  the GDP Foundation and three local startups Demerg Systems, Internship Station and Goa Bylane, teamed up to conduct an unusual contest Parivartan Karo Na contest. The competition aimed at encouraging Goans …

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What does the rating downgrade mean to India?

By DM Deshpande The Moody’s Investor Services have downgraded India’s sovereign rating by a notch to Baa3 citing several concerns that have hit the economy. This downgrade was expected since the other two major agencies, Fitch and Standard & Poors had already given their verdict on similar lines.    It can be seen and perhaps is after all an alignment …

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What does the rating downgrade mean to India?

By DM Deshpande The Moody’s Investor Services have downgraded India’s sovereign rating by a notch to Baa3 citing several concerns that have hit the economy. This downgrade was expected since the other two major agencies, Fitch and Standard & Poors had already given their verdict on similar lines.    It can be seen and perhaps is after all an alignment …

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