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Odds In Goa Bypolls BJP Must Surmount

The pre-election scene in the two Assembly constituencies Mandrem and Shiroda, where bypolls are going to be held soon to fill the vacancies caused by the resignation of two Congress MLAs Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar who joined the BJP, is getting more and more engaging. Both the BJP and the Congress have begun preparations for the contests. It is …

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Disconnect Between Tourism Minister And Stakeholders

The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), the apex body of the stakeholders in the tourism industry, has blamed the government for fall in domestic and international tourist arrivals in the state in the current season, which it describes as the worst season ever. The figures provided by the immigration department at the Dabolim airport shows a drop of …

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Dhavalikar’s Belated Stroke Of Wisdom

AT last Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar has realized his folly of forcing lakhs of people who travel daily between Panaji and Margao through a thoughtless diversion that would have made their journey hell for over a year.  He has decided to build a diversion road between the Cortalim junction and Verna. It will be 3.5-km long and run …

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No One Has Key To Unlock Goa’s Mines

An early resumption of mining in the state has begun to sound more like an illusion than reality. The mining dependants have been knocking every door – and receiving words of deep sympathy, but only words of deep sympathies. They held protests in Goa; they held protests in Delhi; they are threatening to hold protests again in Goa. The latest …

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Alliances In The Era Of Papad-Thin Loyalty

WITH the Lok Sabha elections a few months away the two principal parties, the BJP and the Congress, are working overtime to stitch up or consolidate alliances. Though the opposition parties have been talking of the need to defeat the National Democratic Alliance they have not been able to come together under one banner. The BJP has problems with a …

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Brazen Moves By MGP On Coalition Chessboard

In a brazen violation of coalition dharma Pandurang Dhavlikar, president of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) has proclaimed himself as party candidate for the upcoming by-election in the Shiroda Assembly constituency.

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A Mimic Who Wants To Be CM Of Goa

The release of an audio clip in which Health Minister Vishwajit Rane purportedly can be heard claiming that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told ministers at a recent cabinet meeting that he had the Rafale file in his bedroom has put Rane and the ruling BJP in an embarrassing position. Though Rane held a press conference to tell the world it …

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Diversion From Road To Sustainable Development

The Union government recently approved draft coastal regulation zone notification, 2018, permitting various activities which were banned in the earlier notifications. The thrust of the notification is on tourism promotion. The Centre has reduced no development zone from 200 metres from the high tide line to just 50 metres. For islands, no development zone has been reduced to a mere …

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