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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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Adding Value To Tourism

Goa must improve infrastructure to attract more foreign and domestic tourists THE state tourism department has decided to concentrate on promoting Goa among domestic tourists. This is not a shift from focus on promoting Goa as a tourist destination overseas, because charter tourists and individual foreign travellers make a good number of tourist arrivals in the state. However, it shows …

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Taximen’s Only Option

Private taxis must go on app to adapt to the global trend The state government’s tough stand on the taxi union demands has worked: they have called off the strike. From the very beginning Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had firmly turned down the demand of taxi operators to scrap GoaMiles, terming it “illogical.” For the first time the state government …

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Survival Of Congress

Party must elect a good non-Gandhi leader who can inspire its supporters The Congress party has been ‘headless’ for nearly two and half months following the resignation of Rahul Gandhi on May 25. He quit his post following the massive renewal of the mandate of Narendra Modi, telling his party men to elect a non-Gandhi president – a decision no …

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Dragon Of Cancer

Goa must have its own world class cancer treatment and research centre soonest Detection of more than a thousand new cancer cases by the oncology department of the Goa Medical College and Hospital in less than a year is alarming. On an average at least three cancer cases have been detected by the department since it started functioning on September …

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