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Heralding A New Beginning For Kashmiris

DEEPIKA BHAN The end of Article 370 heralds a new beginning for many Kashmiris, despite the doom and gloom in some quarters over its revocation. Now Kashmiris will not require any certificate to prove they are Kashmiris. This demise has given freedom from bondage, freedom from having to live with a stamp and, above all, freedom to exercise the right …

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Dogs Invading Dabolim Airport

MICHAEL VAZ, Merces It was reported that on Tuesday some stray dogs were spotted on one of the runways of the state’s international airport at Dabolim, when the pilot in a bid to avoid collision with the canines applied full brakes and allegedly averted a mishap. The menace of stray dogs has proliferated in Goa to this stage with relentless …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Improve Drainage System To Control Flooding The occurrence of heavy downpours in Goa may be attributed to the fact that there was a longer sustained spell of relatively higher temperatures in summer and late arrival of rains thus leading to excess evaporation and, therefore, formation of rain clouds as also concentration of rain-bearing clouds over Goa resulting in torrential rains. …

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Avenues Of Growth For J&K People

AMIT KAPOOR The special status of Jammu and Kashmir has been revoked and the state has been bifurcated into two Union territories. Those are the facts. Much has been discussed and debated over these decisions. But it is time to consider its future implications now. Altering the long-held governance structure was just the beginning to resolving the long-standing Kashmir problem. …

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Increasing Strength Of SC Judges

GANAPATHI BHAT, AKOLA It feels good to know that the Supreme Court (SC) judges’ sanctioned strength will increase to 33 from the present 30. Successive Chief Justices have advocated for more and more judges. Recently, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had lamented about his inability to form constitutional benches to settle fundamental and vexed questions of law due to shortage of …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Adequately Compensate Farmers Suffering Losses It is understood that almost 1,200 hectares of crops belonging to 2,800 farmers of Bardez, Bicholim and Pernem talukas were destroyed due to the incessant rain and recent flooding. Preliminary findings have revealed that almost every crop in the three talukas has been destroyed and the financial loss is reportedly to the tune of Rs …

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Time Will Tell If Peace Prevails In J&K

RAJDEEP SARDESAI In an impassioned speech in the Lok Sabha during the Article 370 debate, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor – who purely on his parliamentary skills should be Congress’ leader in the House instead of the bumbling Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary – warned that the step to remove special status for Jammu and Kashmir was the ‘political equivalent’ of demonetisation (DeMo). …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Amendment To Change of Name Act A Right Move The passing of the amendment to the Goa Change of Name and Surname Act by the legislature was the need of the day. We have heard people saying that in Goa you can get anything, anytime for a price – second ration card, second voters card, residence certificate, NOC etc. As …

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On Squabbles Dominating Gram Sabhas

PACHU MENON, MARGAO The news that the Sangolda gram sabha was called off due to a fight between two families in the panchayat hall over alleged dispute on paddy fields on Sunday last should compel the government to have second thoughts over the efficacy of a medium that exemplifies the vibrancy of grassroots governance, which has a stellar role to …

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Nature Lover Modi Must Scrap Mopa Airport

ELVIDIO MIRANDA, PANAJI A high-profile public relations exercise by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Corbett National Park that was showcased and televised in 180 countries eulogising Indian nature and wildlife under the aegis of National Geographic has portrayed the Prime Minister as a lover of nature and wildlife. If the Prime Minister’s public relations exercise was from the heart, …

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