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No One In A Hurry To Shift Offshore Casinos

Once again, the state government has given a go-by to its promise of shifting the offshore casinos on the river Mandovi. It has granted them yet another six-month extension. Of course, the phrasing of the cabinet decision on extension sounds quite stern: the casino operators will have to give an unconditional undertaking that they will shift their vessels whenever an …

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Keeping Fingers Crossed Till Evening Of May 23

With the Election Commission of India announcing the schedule for the general elections to the Lok Sabha, the stage has been set for competition among parties to win the favour of the electorate. Voters would have to choose their representatives from among the two main national combinations, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the …

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No Congress Roadmap For Restart Of Mining

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has promised that his party will restart ‘sustainable mining’ in Goa if it was voted to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He gave this assurance to his party workers at a convention on Friday and to the delegation of mining dependants whom he met on Saturday. Though he made the promise he did not …

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No Graveyard For Muslims Of Margao

YET another decision of the government to allot a piece of land for a new graveyard for Muslims of Margao and vicinity is facing opposition from a section of locals in Shirvodem. Barely three days after Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai announced that kabrastan (graveyard) would be built in Shirvodem bordering Margao and Navelim constituencies at a cost …

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When Panchayats Themselves Flout Waste Disposal Rules

THE Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has decided to act against the Arambol panchayat for its failure to dispose of solid waste according to the Solid Waste Management Rules and gross violation of environmental norms.

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Making Land Acquisition Easier For Large Projects

FINALLY the state government has framed and notified the draft rules under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Act, asking the citizens to submit their suggestions within 15 days. It is deplorable that the government took more than five years to frame the draft rules.

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The Spectre Of No-Deal Brexit

 AMIT KAPOOR   AS the March 29 cut-off date for Britain’s exit from the European Union nears, there seems to be no consensus among its politicians on a withdrawal agreement.

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Making Up For Neglect Of GMC Authorities

The bad news is finally in: the Goa Medical College has been denied permission to convert postgraduate diploma seats to degree seats. On Thursday the Medical Council of India released the list of medical colleges that have been allowed to upgrade PG diploma courses to degree courses. Those colleges got it because they positively and quickly responded to the upgradation …

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