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No One Has Key To Unlock Goa’s Mines

An early resumption of mining in the state has begun to sound more like an illusion than reality. The mining dependants have been knocking every door – and receiving words of deep sympathy, but only words of deep sympathies. They held protests in Goa; they held protests in Delhi; they are threatening to hold protests again in Goa. The latest …

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Alliances In The Era Of Papad-Thin Loyalty

WITH the Lok Sabha elections a few months away the two principal parties, the BJP and the Congress, are working overtime to stitch up or consolidate alliances. Though the opposition parties have been talking of the need to defeat the National Democratic Alliance they have not been able to come together under one banner. The BJP has problems with a …

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Brazen Moves By MGP On Coalition Chessboard

In a brazen violation of coalition dharma Pandurang Dhavlikar, president of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) has proclaimed himself as party candidate for the upcoming by-election in the Shiroda Assembly constituency.

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A Mimic Who Wants To Be CM Of Goa

The release of an audio clip in which Health Minister Vishwajit Rane purportedly can be heard claiming that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told ministers at a recent cabinet meeting that he had the Rafale file in his bedroom has put Rane and the ruling BJP in an embarrassing position. Though Rane held a press conference to tell the world it …

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Diversion From Road To Sustainable Development

The Union government recently approved draft coastal regulation zone notification, 2018, permitting various activities which were banned in the earlier notifications. The thrust of the notification is on tourism promotion. The Centre has reduced no development zone from 200 metres from the high tide line to just 50 metres. For islands, no development zone has been reduced to a mere …

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Six Sure Ways To Reduce Graft In Government

Adding to the mechanisms to fight corruption already in place, the state government has amended the Goa Government Employees (Redressal of Grievances Forum) Scheme, 2001 to grant more powers to the ombudsman to inquire into any allegation of corruption or misconduct against any government employee under the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964. The 2001 scheme had made provision for …

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Improve Quality Of Policing In State

The state police has been found wanting in maintaining law and order on several occasions. The latest incident was at Shiroda where a businessman was forced to close down his business by a big mob on a mere suspicion.

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Make A Service Road For Zuari Diversion

A high-level meeting of the state government failed to arrive at a decision on the issue of diversion of vehicular traffic on the Cortalim-Verna stretch. The contractor of the new eight-lane bridge over the River Zuari has sought closure of 3.5-k stretch of the Panaji-Margao road for at least a year. This involves diversion of traffic via the Sancoale-Chicalim-Airport route. …

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