Thursday, July 31, 2014


Goa is ‘Special’, its politicians are not

It took one “reply” from the Rajya Sabha to deal a telling blow- and hopefully not a final one - to Goa’s aspirations of seeking a unique place for itself, for nothing else but to preserve its identity, culture and language, within the parameters of the Indian union. Rajya Sabha member Shantaram Naik was told that the demand is not ‘justifiable’ More

Bravo: The Cong takes on Rane, and not Parrikar

The already divided Congress is hacking away at its roots. At a time when any other opposition party would have capitalized on the growing unrest with the Parrikar government for his delay in finalizing the Regional Plan, the Congress has opened up a sideshow against PratapSingh Rane on Mopa. More

House committee on RP is a time buying tactic

The formation of a House Committee to look into the finalization of the Regional Plan may appear to be the first proactive sign of giving a thought to the most contentious issue that the Chief Minister faces, but the apprehension is that this could turn out to be another tactic to drag the issue further. More

Shift IFFI out of Panjim city

The news that Goa was declared a permanent venue for the International Film Festival of India received a lukewarm response from most people in the State, except for a few film enthusiasts. More

The Dhavalikars have made Goa just another place

In one stroke the Dhavalikar brothers have pushed Goa to the brink of a massive image and perception dent from a liberal, cosmopolitan international destination, the world came to. More

Those who hire labour should provide housing

Wednesday’s articulation of the migrant issue by, Karnataka Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande, calling on Goa government to legitimize illegalities and rehabilitate the illegal occupants of Baina slums is both shocking and amusing and does not augur well for Goa. More

It’s our privilege to demand accountability from our Govt

The Chief Minister announced on Wednesday that the Tourism Departments reply on the amount it spent in the last two years on trips by Ministers, MLAs and officials was erroneous. More

Goa’s system protects drunk drivers

It's getting close to four days since an employee of a private hospital knocked down two young men after driving drunk. It's just sheer providence that the two boys are not dead and God forbid, if they were, the deaths would have merely added to the growing number of accidental deaths on Goa’s roads. More

Unthinkable hara-kiri on RP and SEZs

Manohar Parrikar has done the unthinkable. In a span of 24 hours he has managed to reopen wounds and touch the rawest nerves of a large section of Goa, by making two contentious announcements on two issues, one of which was a catalyst in leapfrogging him to power. And more than the substance of his decisions, his style of putting them across has done the damage. More

These issues can’t wait Mr Parrikar

With the Parrikar government about to reach its half way back of two and a half years in government in September, this July-August budget session is appraisal time. More

Report, root out corruption from public life

The arrest of Sancoale Sarpanch for allegedly demanding a bribe, is a symptom of the sordid underbelly of local governments in Goa. The accused was apprehended when a courageous businessman, More

There will be Bainas everywhere if we don’t manage labour

The pictures that are emerging from the debris of Baina, where 66 families are now one with nature, are cruel, with the sky as their roof and beach their kitchen and toilet. Beyond their destruction lies the sea, angrily lashing against the remaining homes ready to swallow and consume them. More

The CM’s Regional Plan bluff has to be called now

When a Chief Minister of a state promises, it becomes policy. It doesn’t quite matter if it’s a remark on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting, a formal press conference of for that matter even informal chats with the knowledge and intention that the conversation will be reported. On the issue of the Regional Plan of Goa, every such comment made by Chief Minister Parrikar including commitments made by him or on his behalf on the Regional Plan, has been nullified by consistent inaction on an issue which is fundamental to the development template of Goa. More

Absenteeism betrays VI pay commitments of civil servants

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit to government offices in Mapusa exposed the sorry state of Goa’s bureaucracy in terms of service delivery, and poor responsiveness and accountability towards citizens, who routinely labour it out at government offices. The Chief Minister has warned of stringent action against absentee staff, beginning with issuing of memoranda and giving ‘break-in-service’ for repeat absenteeism. More

There’s been a criminal neglect in managing mining loans

Every war accounts for widespread collateral damage. So does a natural calamity. In both the victims are not quite the stake holders but those on the periphery, including those who pass by. But in a man-made calamity like the greed induced rampant mining followed by a complete wipe out of the sector, the sufferers of collateral damage are those who made the wheels of the sector run, the owners of transport vehicles and machinery. More

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