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Making Road Safety A Common Mission

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has committed himself to reduce fatality in road accidents substantially within a short time. However, the government machinery is refusing to match his urgency. The Supreme Court directed every state to set up a lead agency for implementing all road safety measures by December 31, 2016, but till now the transport department, the nodal department, has …

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No End To Problem Of Water Shortage

Several parts of Goa are facing water shortage despite above normal rains last year. Among the places where people are facing water shortage are several wards of Cotigao village panchayat in Canacona taluka, with people in Baddem and Yedda facing acute water problems; Anandwadi in Shiroda constituency; Mandrem village in Pernem taluka and the Gaondongrem village panchayat. Water shortage in …

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Threat To Congress From  Congressmen In A Hurry

THOUGH the Congress put itself to public shame for its failure to form a government in the state despite emerging as the single largest party owing to factionalism, the party seems to have learnt nothing from that bizarre experience. Dissension, division, backstabbing and open defiance of the state president continue to plague the party. When the party should have been …

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No More Welcome To Encroachers

ENCROACHMENTS on the properties of the state government, local bodies and comunidades have been going on in the state for a long time. A classic example has come to light in the Margao municipal area where 50 per cent of 23 open spaces ‘gifted’ to the municipal council by builders way back in the mid-1980s for creation of recreational facilities …

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A Corporation That Failed Goan Artisans

THE Goa Handicrafts Rural and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation (GHRSSIDC) has been a poor performer in promoting and selling handicraft items made by Goan artisans. The latest example of its failure is this: It converted one of its vehicles into a mobile emporium – called Handimobile – and gave its driver the responsibility to sell handicrafts made of clay, …

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How Goa Can Gain Most From GST

THE goods and services tax (GST), a bill regarding which the Goa Assembly passed on Tuesday, is going to increase the revenue of the state. Goa will benefit as it is a consumer state. The taxation in this country so far has been based on production, not on consumption: the GST makes taxation based on consumption. So in whichever state …

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Make Women Feel Secure At All Places

LAST week, full justice to two victims of brutal rape was delivered: one by the Supreme Court, another by the Mumbai High Court. The Supreme Court upheld the Delhi High Court’s verdict of capital punishment to four rapists in the Nirbhaya case; the Mumbai High Court upheld the lower court’s verdict of life imprisonment to the accused in the Bilkis …

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Why Panaji Slipped In Ranking On Cleanliness

The results of the nationwide ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ (Cleanliness Survey-2017) are out, with Indore in Madhya Pradesh emerging as the cleanest city in the country and Gonda in Uttar Pradesh as the dirtiest. Surprisingly, Panaji, the capital city of Goa,

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Weak Pillars Of Edifices Of Mother Tongues

The Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), which has been accusing the BJP of not fulfilling the promises it made to the people in the 2012 elections regarding medium of instruction, has broadened its charge to include neglect of education. It has cited the instance of the government failure to fill the vacancies in the posts of principals and teachers in …

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