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Ensuring Employability

Fee reduction and upgraded courses could help attract more students  WITH the last round for admissions to degree courses in engineering ending a week ago, it has come to light that 548 seats in five engineering colleges had no takers. According to officials of directorate of technical education, almost 35 per cent of engineering seats have been left vacant, which …

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Uprightness Punished

By punishing Iva, government is violating provisions of FSSA A complaint has been lodged with the chief executive officer of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) against health department’s order of divesting Iva Fernandes as South Goa designated officer of state Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). Iva was in limelight after she led a team of state FDA …

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Dying For Water

Government abjectly failed to prevent and manage water disaster in Tiswadi and Ponda For a week, tens of thousands of families in Tiswadi and Ponda talukas have been running about madly for water. Tankers were not available to ordinary families, though they went to high officers’ homes readily; private tankers indulged in black marketing; mineral water cans were sold in …

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Farm Growth Story

Goa needs to prepare an innovative agricultural roadmap for growth Heavy rainfall witnessed in the state last fortnight not only threw normal life out of gear but also caused widespread damage to standing crops, particularly paddy. The resultant loss to agriculture due to heavy rainfall has been pegged at Rs 10 crore. Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar has said that …

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Dogs On Runway

Keeping stray dogs out of Dabolim airport is a collective responsibility In the early morning hours last Tuesday the pilot of Air India Mumbai-Goa flight (AI33) had to abort landing at the Dabolim International Airport after he noticed some stray dogs on the runway. Luckily the visibility in the periphery of the airport was far better than previous few days …

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Cleansing Goa Dairy

Loyal consumers may lose trust in Goa Dairy if corruption continues  GOA Dairy faces a serious threat of losing the trust of consumers with the disqualification of eight members of the board of directors of Goa State Co-operative Milk Producers Union by Registrar of Co-operative Societies Menino D’Souza. The disqualification followed after two inquiries established their involvement in massive irregularities …

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Muddy Water 24×7

Goa’s water treatment plants must supply clean and safe water to people The residents of Porvorim have been getting muddy water from their taps for days, and they are going to get no better water for some more days. The Porvorim residents have been finding it difficult to purify the water despite the best of their efforts. It is not …

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No Faulty Toilets

Goa government must make toilets that do not become dysfunctional The state government has set August 31 as the new target to make Goa open defecation free (ODF). The announcement was made by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant in the recently concluded Assembly session. It is surprising to note that the government has brought down the number of toilets required by …

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Unprepared For Disaster

Recent floods show Goa lacks robust disaster response services The flooding of parts of North Goa recently caught the state government sleeping. The victims found that the government was just not prepared for it. It is sheer chance that there were no major human casualties, but the credit for that should be given more to the people themselves who organised …

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Alternative To Plastic

State cannot implement plastic ban without giving people an alternative The Goa Assembly has passed yet another amendment to the Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act to ban the use of plastic carry bags to make the state plastic-free. The government has empowered itself by inserting Section 3A in the law to ban the manufacture, transport, distribution, wholesale, retail sale, usage, …

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