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As Barricades To Women Entry Tumble At Sabarimala

THE Travancore Devosam Board that controls Kerala’s Sabarimala temple surprised the nation when it told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it supports the entry of women of all ages at the famous hill shrine. The board has opposed any review of the top court’s September order that opened the temple doors to menstruating women between the ages of 10 …

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A New Ray Of Hope For Mining Dependants

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance to the Goan delegation on Wednesday that he would look into the matter relating to the mining crisis offers a new ray of hope. Though the Prime Minister did not say specifically what steps his government is going to take nor did he set any time frame to resolve the crisis, the mining industry and …

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BJP’s Dilemma Over Mandrem And Shiroda

SPECULATIONS are sprouting like wild weeds over the delay in announcement of the schedule for by-polls in the Mandrem and Shiroda constituencies. Nearly four months have passed since two Congress legislators Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar resigned their seats in the state Assembly to join the BJP. The new MLAs from the constituencies have to take oath by mid-April. One …

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How Govt Indirectly Helps Illegal Fishing

HAVING failed the ramponkars (traditional fishermen) umpteen times on one pretext or the other during the past years, the fisheries department has given them yet another assurance to crack down on illegal fishing in the River Zuari. The state police and even the coastal police have been indifferent to the ramponkars’ complaints. Why are the fisheries department and the police …

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Misuse Of Public Money By Tourism Department 

THE public accounts committee (PAC) of the Goa Assembly has found that the participation of the tourism department and the Goa Tourism Development Corporation in international and domestic travel shows and hosting of road shows worldwide have not resulted in corresponding increase in tourist footfalls.

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An Extra Burden On Power Consumers

The government has proposed to levy a public lighting duty of five and eight paise per unit on power consumers in the domestic and commercial sectors, respectively.

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Union Budget Is More Politics Than Economics

The 2019-2020 ‘interim’ Union budget has obviously to do more with politics than economics, as the elections to the Lok Sabha are just a few months away. This is the most populist of the five budgets the Modi government has presented. It is a please-all budget, especially targeting farmers, unorganised workers and the lower middle class, the three sections that …

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Taking Steps To Reduce Maternal Mortality Rate

Goa boasts of excellent health parameters. However, the Economic Survey 2018-19 has indicated two negative aspects in health care: There has been nearly threefold increase in maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the year 2018. Goa has recorded a maternal mortality rate of 123 per lakh of live births in 2018 (till November) as against 44 per lakh of live births …

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A Clean Goa Still A Distant Dream

Governor Mridula Sinha told the Assembly on Wednesday that the state government was committed to make Goa open defecation free (ODF) by October 2 this year. She said her government has completed four schemes under integrated development of major towns and also started awareness drive to educate public on the need for having toilets. But that, we suppose, is not …

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