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07 Mar 2019 05:29am IST
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07 Mar 2019 05:29am IST

Impact of mining 


I would like to draw the attention of the concern authorities towards the major impact of mining in the south of Goa. From a primary data obtained from Sanguem Taluka a total of 204 households from the above mentioned  taluka  are in the vicinity of which iron ore mines are located. Much-highlighted opencast iron-ore mining has resulted in significant destruction of tree cover in the iron ore belts, where all vegetation is shaved off to scoop out top soil. It has affected the Selaulim dam on the Selaulim river in Sanguem taluka, which supplies drinking water to half of the state's population. It has also resulted in various respiratory problems and other health issues for the people living in the vicinity of the area. “Mining has caused irreversible damage to forests, agriculture, fisheries and water aquifers”. Hence it is a high time for the people who are in favour of mining to think wisely and act accordingly. Wake up Goans! Take the right decision and fight for your mother earth. Make Goa a healthy place to live in.

Valerie Rodrigues, Paroda

Growing unemployment?

In the run up of parliamentary elections we have two leading National parties addressing several rallies. While the ruling party is busy speaking about its success in countering cross border terrorism, the Opposition is busy launching attacks about the murky Rafale deal and how the ruling party has tried its best to help a bankrupt businessman.   

On the other hand, a central government body - National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) has come up with some startling statistics about the labour force in India. According to the survey, unemployment is the highest today as compared to the last 45 years i.e at 6.1% in 2017-18, the women folk are in their worst state today at 17.3% in 2017-18 as against 9.7% in 2004-2005.

This reminds me of the ‘Make in India’ concept that was floated in 2014, whereby India was to be a hub for manufacturing and give opportunities to our youth to use their talents. But the hard reality today is that no new companies are coming now, infact the ones which had come are closing business.

It is said that India is the next power to watch out for, the prime reason being that we have a youth population of 65%, a statistic no country can boast of. The forthcoming election will also see 8.1 crore new voters, most of whom will be looking out for jobs and new opportunities within our country.  

Here, I want to ask a basic question: can someone please show us a roadmap as to how new jobs and new opportunities will be created for the youth and what are the steps that will be taken to reduce the inflation so that even the established businesses survive the present difficult times?  

Altaf Shah, Vasco

Use of mobile phones 

In today's life mobile phones are used at a very high rate. Mobiles are very much important to our life but we should use it in proper way. Most of the people use mobile phones for good and bad. Most of the people are so much addicted to social networking sites like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram etc. and even young minds are so much addicted to these sites. Students use mobile phones for advantage and disadvantage. Advantage is that mobile phones can be used for their study purposes and disadvantage is that some use it for wrong purpose which is not useful for the young minds.

Meural Gomes, Quepem 

War should be avoided

The effects of a war can be very devastating in any given nation. Countries and states that experience or go through wars may need a lot of time to recover from its effects. The devastating effects may include death, injuries, loss of families, disruption of economic activities and emotional trauma. Though some countries may have the belief that war brings about peace, there is nothing good about war.

Children can be more affected by occurrences of wars than any other group of people. The war can be traumatising for children. Witnessing of some incidents in the event of war can have devastating effects on children. One of the major effects of war on children is the fact that children develop fear as they become traumatised by the events. Recovery may be difficult and almost impossible or may be very hard for these children. Some children may also learn negatively from war events. They end up learning and looking at violence as a way of solving issues and conflicts. The worst thing is that innocent children may become victims of war. Some may get injured in the process, worse though, some children may be killed in the wars. Education for children may also come to a standstill during the period when a country is experiencing war. Hence, disruption of learning for children is a disadvantage. The effects of war in a country also become a major blow to the economy. Hence, wars should be avoided and there should be talks of peace between the two countries.

Jubel D’Cruz, Mumbai

Cure for AIDS

For just the second time since the global epidemic began, a patient appears to have been cured of infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. A UK-based male patient’s HIV has reportedly become “undetectable” following a stem-cell transplant according to a study published in the journal “Nature”. The team was led by Professor Ravindra Gupta, an Indian-origin researcher. The first patient who was cured was from Berlin. This probably will give rise to the hope that AIDS is curable if difficult. 

However the news comes nearly 12 years after the first patient is known to have been cured, a feat that researchers have tried and failed to duplicate. In several cases the HIV came back a few months after the patient stopped taking anti-retroviral drugs. Both cures resulted from bone-marrow transplants given to infected patients. Incidentally both patients were being treated for cancer. 

However researchers are reportedly of the opinion that bone-marrow transplant is unlikely to be a realistic treatment option as it is risky with lot of side effects and there are powerful drugs now available to control HIV infection.  

It is understood that so far scientists are tracking 38 HIV-infected people who have received bone-marrow transplant and the results are awaited. Even though there have been just two reported cases of patients being cured of HIV after undergoing a bone-marrow transplant, it gives a ray of hope and a tiny window open for further research which could lead to patients being cured of AIDS.  

Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco

Sea-borne terror 


Indian Navy Chief Adm. Sunil Lanba has warned of a sea-borne terror threat like that of a 26/11 terrorist attack which was carried out by 10 seaborne terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba. These terrorists had hijacked an Indian fishing trawler to reach Mumbai and unleashed mayhem. 

So, Navy Chief’s warning of a possible attack through sea route reveals that terrorists are working round the clock in their hideouts, despite they received such a massive destruction and retribution for their misguided activities. What compounds our fear is that India will have to face a far more serious version of state-sponsored terrorism and each violence perpetrated by extremists aided and abetted by a state which seeks to destabilise India. 

On the upside of the issue is that Iran has taken a strong exception to Pakistan’s dichotomic stand on terrorism, and it will retaliate at the right time. India must tirelessly work to coordinate and prevail over the world to strategically isolate it from the world forum.

T.K. Nandanan, Kochi

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