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Keeping FC Goa In Winning Form

I fully endorse the views expressed by Augusto Rodrigues on FC Goa’s performance at the Indian Super League-6 (NT, December 4, 2019). What surprises me is the delayed substitution of players by coach Sergio Lobera. The moment he finds any player out of sorts he should replace him and have faith in his bench strength. Even goalkeeper Naveen Kumar should be roped in for some matches. He was in goal throughout the Super Cup which FC Goa won. It appears that Ahmed Jahou has become a ‘repeated offender’. Lobera should replace him as soon as he is shown a yellow card. Red card to him cost us the ISL-5 title. Except for a few referees, most of them either perform below par, or are biased. Since to err is human, and if players can be penalised in the same way, referees should also be brought to task. Many ISL matches have seen funny results due to the absurd decisions of the referees and linesmen. It is high time the organisers took a note and introduced video assistant referee, who could be very helpful. It would also be prudent if all the coaches make sure that their players do not argue with officials during the match. Arguments do not lead to reversal in decisions. On the contrary, they only invite cards. I wish FC Goa all the best in the ongoing edition of the ISL.


Javadekar Insincere On Mhadei 

IT is absolutely despicable and very highly condemnable at the manner in which Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has been trying to circumvent the people of Goa on the Mhadei water dispute. It is high time we let him know bluntly that we have had enough of his political chicanery. When the all-party delegation from Goa met Javadekar in Delhi on November 4, he was posed a specific question; he had categorically assured a precise response within ten days. Later, while in Goa for the IFFI inauguration, Javadekar sought more time. And   the saga of extended deadlines goes on.  For every Goan, the battle for our Mhadei is a do-or-die fight so as to ensure that every precious water drop is saved for the wellbeing of Goans. Posterity will never forgive us if we don’t fight the battle, and allow our lifeline to dry up and our ecology destroyed. The buck stops at the door of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant who has miserably failed on all fronts including the Mhadei water dispute.


Kudos To Holland Team On Nalini

THE Netherlands-based salvaging firm Marine Masters B V must be complimented for clinically refloating the grounded ship ‘Nu Shi Nalini’ and towing it to the berth 8 of the Mormugao Port Trust. The state government should organise a public felicitation for the entire team of the Marine Masters B V in recognition of its superb task. It is a lesson in professionalism for the Indian firms on how a difficult task such as this can be executed. On behalf of the people of Goa, I would like to extend the Holland team our greatest appreciation and thanks. 


ISRO Scales Great Heights

THE Indian Space Research Organisation’s workhorse rocket PSLV-C48 carrying India’s radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2BRI and nine foreign satellites blasted off successfully from the spaceport in Sriharikota on Wednesday. ISRO head Sivan dubbed the PSLV a ‘wonderful vehicle’ saying Dr Srinivasan conceptualised and configured it, while G Madhavan Nair made it operational. Also, there were a whole lot of others, including R V Perumal, Ramakrishnan and George Koshy whose rich contributions propelled the PSLV to great heights. The PSLV, often hailed as a trusted workhorse, touched a new milestone of its 50th mission when it placed earth observation satellite RISAT-2BR1 and nine other foreign satellites into orbit. The PSLV has five variants and the payload capacity was initially about 860 kg, and it went up to 1.9 tonne subsequently. It has lifted 52.7 tonne to space of which 17 per cent corresponded to customer satellites. This time the PSLV-C48 carried nine satellites  – six satellites belonging to the USA, one each from Israel,  Italy and Japan. Thus, the era has come for the Indian space agency to carry more foreign satellites into orbit thereby earning more foreign revenue for the country. It is hoped that realising the potentiality of the PSLV rocket, the ISRO will enhance its competitive efficiency and professionalism in this segment. Surely, India will become the superpower in the space technology in the years to come.


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