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On Squabbles Dominating Gram Sabhas

PACHU MENON, MARGAO The news that the Sangolda gram sabha was called off due to a fight between two families in the panchayat hall over alleged dispute on paddy fields on Sunday last should compel the government to have second thoughts over the efficacy of a medium that exemplifies the vibrancy of grassroots governance, which has a stellar role to …

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Nature Lover Modi Must Scrap Mopa Airport

ELVIDIO MIRANDA, PANAJI A high-profile public relations exercise by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Corbett National Park that was showcased and televised in 180 countries eulogising Indian nature and wildlife under the aegis of National Geographic has portrayed the Prime Minister as a lover of nature and wildlife. If the Prime Minister’s public relations exercise was from the heart, …

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How Modi Timed Kashmir Bifurcation

DEEPIKA BHAN The question is why did Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose now to do what he has done with Article 370? There was no big election in sight so as to create a buildup for electoral gain. Neither was there any major crisis or any embarrassing situation for the government to find succour in Kashmir. Perhaps, this was the …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Repair Vasco Roads On Priority Vasco recently celebrated its traditional 120th Saptah festival, one of the most popular festivals in Goa. However, it’s surprising that inspite of the rainy season and the said festival, the authorities in Vasco have not been concerned about the road situation in the city. The roads that lead to the main town, especially the F …

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Ban On Plastic From January 2020

JOHN ERIC GOMES, Porvorim This movement is degenerating into a hate or ban plastic crusade with world media patronage emotionally controlling people with false narratives and insufficient holistic knowledge to brand all  plastic manufacturers and users as polluters! Today plastics play an indispensible part in many industrial processes and countries’ economies and perhaps with some exceptions, modern life cannot do …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Politics Of Favouritism In Relief Is the BJP indulging in politics of favouritism, partisanship even while distributing funds to flood-affected states? The answer seems to be in the affirmative going by the BJP’s recent approach to the flood-affected states. Last year the Centre released Rs 3,000 crore as relief package to Kerala, which witnessed Rs 10,000 crore losses due to …

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Media Blackout Separates J&K From India

Jagdish Rattanani The official narrative on why Article 370 had to go is fairly simple (and actually simplistic) — this is the article that stood in the way of the full and proper integration of Jammu & Kashmir with India. Now that the deed is done, and 370 is no more in force, what we must not refuse to see …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Roads Cannot Take Any More Load It refers to media-reports that central government is not inclined to cut GST-rate in cars despite being worried about steep fall in car-demand leading to shutting down of many car-showrooms and decreasing production of cars by manufacturers. Evidently any cut in GST-rate for cars will open flood-gate for such demands on other commodities.  Central …

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Why Muslims Need A Better Social Deal

Blood and genes from central Asia, middle east, Arabian Peninsula, horn of Africa flows in Goa and has historically become part of the rich and diverse genetic pool Nandkumar M Kamat This article on Bakri Id day is aimed to negate and neutralize Islamophobia and address the genuine aspirations of my Muslim friends who never fail to recognise any good …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Cabbies Must Change With Times WITH the revocation of Article 370 and Article 35A, Jammu and Kashmir lost its special status. Ironically, ‘special status’ is still to be found in Goa – applicable to taxi drivers only! This special status is not to be found anywhere else in the country. The cabbies don’t ply by fare meter; they don’t allow …

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