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Safe Fish On Table

IN an effort to woo voters the Congress has released a state-specific manifesto promising, among other things, to provide Goans formalin-free fish with the help of central government agencies. This is a promise no other political party has made.

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Candidates’ Affidavits

AN analysis of the affidavits filed by the candidates contesting the elections to the two Lok Sabha seats and the by-elections to the three Assembly constituencies in the state has revealed that 6 out of 28 have grave criminal cases pending against them.

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Mayor Versus Potholes

All signs suggest Panaji is Turning into a foolish city THE mayor of Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) Uday Madkaikar has made a very big promise: the capital’s roads will be rid of all potholes once the elections are over. It is a task the citizens of Panaji and visitors to the city have been hoping for years for …

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Our Hanuman-like ECI

FOLLOWING directions from the Supreme Court the Election Commission of India appears to have found its lost powers in curbing hate speeches and indecent language in the election campaign. The ECI acted against leaders of various political parties within hours of the Supreme Court directive.

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Party Of Opportunism

POLITICIANS love to justify their opportunism on the basis of the cardinal Machiavellian principle: “There are no permanent friends or enemies in politics.”

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Goa Stays Unclean

Civic bodies and panchayats not Keen on waste management The North Goa district administration has started proceedings against the Taleigao panchayat to recover the fine of Rs 25,000 imposed on them in March 2017 by the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB). The panchayat was fined on GSPCB finding a case of burning of mixed waste at a dumpsite on …

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No Mining Roadmap

Goa expected a concrete Proposal from PM Modi In his Wednesday election speech at Panaji Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to Goans that his next government and the state government will try to “remove the obstacles” on the way of resumption of mining. He did not give any concrete proposal for mining resumption as the mining dependants observing a protest …

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Inducements to Voters

Officials must track down those who paid for liquor seized Since the model code of conduct came into effect in the state the law enforcement agencies have made 123 seizures of liquor. The value of 12,340 litres of seized liquor is close to Rs 3 crore. It is very significant to note that more than half of the liquor valued …

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A Doctor’s Retirement

Poll officials must check if extension to Azgaonkar violated model code There is a controversy over the Goa government’s decision to extend the retirement age of doctors employed under the Employees State Insurance (ESI) scheme from 60 years to 62 years. This is because among the beneficiaries of the order is Dr Shrikant Azgaonkar, the brother of Deputy Chief Minister …

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No clarity on where funds for benefits will come from

The BJP manifesto goes far beyond the Congress manifesto in distributing public money to various sections. Its bonanza heavily overshadows the Congress’s NYAY scheme which promised Rs 72,000 minimum annual income for 20 per cent of poor households.

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