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Opaque High Masts

Mess in top echelons in tourism department needs cleaning up All does not appear to be well in the functioning of the state tourism department. Following reports of alleged acts of nepotism and favouritism in the top echelons of the department has come the revelation that the bosses of the department have messed up with the centrally sponsored Swadesh Darshan …

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Nabbing Drug Suppliers

Top police bosses must take it up as a professional challenge CHIEF Minister Pramod Sawant’s candid statement that the Goa police have failed to get the suppliers of narcotic drugs to the state in their net has only given official credence to what was publicly obvious. The one reason why drug trade has been rising in the state is that …

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Our Gorgeous Neighbour

India set to write an epic poem on Moon with other nations CHANDRAYAAN-2, India’s second mission to the Moon, is not only important to India but to the whole world. It is no doubt a yet another great feat of Indian scientific genius, yet it is but a significant contribution to the development of universal knowledge about the Moon, which …

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Remaking Coastal Whole

State cannot move without taking coastal people on board THE Goa government might not find it easy to make the people accept Coastal Zone Management Plan 2011. People from various parts of Goa have raised serious objections to CZMP 2011. They point to gross errors in the mapping of coastal land and resources by the agency that was given the …

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Winning Women’s Trust

HC order in Scarlett case restores women’s faith in Indian judiciary More than 11 years after British teenager Scarlett Keeling was sexually abused and murdered on the Anjuna beach, justice has been done to her departed soul and her family. A division bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa has sentenced Samson D’Souza, one of the two accused for …

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Celebrities And Broomsticks

Eminent personalities lack a seriouscommitment to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan It is nearly five years since Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign. The country appears to have failed to achieve the desired results, except in a few places. The campaign was led by the Prime Minister himself. Top personalities in various walks of life were seen sweeping …

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Jewels Of Roads

No one cares about giving Goans pothole-free, risk-free roads The roads of Goa are full of potholes once again with the arrival of the monsoon. All roads in even normal times have craters, but they turn more troublesome, splashy and life threatening during the monsoon. The state government seems to have lost the capacity to keep the roads level, smooth, …

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Plastics Not Leaving

Goa government must wake up and act to make the state plastic-free The much-drummed plastic ban seems to be a goal nearly abandoned by the state government. Consignments of plastic bags below 50 microns are coming illegally without any check to Goa from other states and being sold and used by traders and shopkeepers. The ban on use of plastic …

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Jobs For Voters

A subordinate staff selection board must to end recruitment without merit Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has announced that the government would shortly start the process to fill 5,000-plus vacancies in departments and corporations. These posts have been approved by the administrative reforms department and inter-departmental committee of officers. Many of these posts have been lying vacant for more than two …

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Projects At Will

Chief Minister must intervene to stop unfair practices in tourism department Those at the helm of affairs in the tourism department seem to care not much for accountability and transparency. They have not put in place systems for due diligence in works tendered and executed. Cases have surfaced showing that the department is getting its works tendered and executed in …

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