INNOVATIVE AID: Twenty 108 First Responder Bike ambulances targeted to reach an injured person in the State without undue delay were launched by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on February 8, 2018. This facility will help people get immediate and primary medical response as bikes are better suited to deal with  obstacles like traffic jams and narrow roads, which are unfortunately all too common in Goa. Professional paramedics will ride these bikes and provide immediate relief, including resuscitation measures, until a full size ambulance can reach the victim


THE increase in prices of coconuts in Goa, seems not to be linked to the decline in production in the state but due to factors which are market driven.

Anywhere you go in Goa there are coconut trees aplenty so why should there be a shortage of coconuts available in Goa? I never purchased coconuts in my life as just two trees are enough to sustain four of my family members, as well as other relatives.  

It is inexplicable as to why rationing of coconuts is being conducted on the flimsy grounds that there is a shortage of coconuts in Goa. It is a fact that unaccounted for felling of coconut trees to make way for a few industries as well as for constructions perhaps has been done in Goa, but this doesn’t mean that the overall number of coconut trees in Goa has decreased considerably.

Is this a reflection of the demand in Goa for coconuts due to the tourist season in the state?  I feel that Goa has still plenty of coconut trees to be able to cater the needs of not only the locals but as well as the tourists.

In light of this situation, the Agricultural department should conduct a census to find out the number of coconut trees as well as the yield of the various types of coconut varieties available in Goa..

– Stephen Dias, Dona Paula


IF AT all, the total credit of winning the Opinion Poll for an independent Goa goes to none other than the state of Karnataka! At least 40,000 men and women were tactfully organised by the anxious members of various Kannada Sanghas, most of whom were Group A Officers, to vote against merger. Their simple logic of do or die was that the Kannadigas would be nowhere if the merger took place — they would all lose their jobs and work-contracts. The other stunning factor worth re-calling is that Bhau was not an ordinary politician; he knew quite well how not to lose his gaddi. To further elaborate, my ex-teacher and then the boss here, Prof Kumar, an ardent Kannadiga was accused of politicking and was made to face departmental enquiry, which he honourably got through. All this leads to one fact — there were so many leaders, including Maharashtrians who had bagged jobs here and did not want to lose them who all voted against merger!

    Let us now look at the issue of statues. Late Bhau Saheb was the leader of the masses from day one and it was befitting to honour his memory as the ‘Father of modern Goa’. How many more statues are we going to flood in the compact Assembly complex? How do we maintain them? How many have even seen the complex? Faithfully, I am thinking of late Mr P Kakodkar, late Mrs S Kakodkar, Mr M Ranade, Mr P Sinari, Mr E Faleiro, Mr P Rane, Mr R Naik, Mr C Alemao, Mr L Faleiro, Mr F Sardinha and so many more fancied politicians and celebrity commoners. Count the number of statues, if you can.

    Finally a request to niz Goenkars who are honest; take a visionary decision and silence the masquerading vote-bank Goenkars on this non-issue.

    Mukhyasevak bhai, let us dare to emulate our beloved pradhansevak Naren bhai and rise to honour our selfless heroes and heroines of repute, without any pressure tactics.

– Mohan Rao K, Caranzalem


WHILE Goa is currently engaged in a needless verbal warfare over installation of statues, we need to laud, salute and recognize various persons and NGO’s more particularly  the Goa Foundation led by Claude and Norma Alvares for toiling tirelessly over the years in dealing and highlighting issues concerning Goa’s environment and ecology including that illegal mining that has ravaged Goa. Their efforts are finally bearing fruit. A ray of hope for the coming generations who will now at least be able to see some remains of Goa. Our Goa, which was once the paradise of the East, now lies at crossroads for posterity.

We owe it to Goa to strengthen the hands of persons like Claude, Norma and others who are attempting to save what remains of Goa from the ruthless land sharks and the corrupt politicians.   

– Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar



INDIA has a great film culture. This is good only as long as you can dissociate fiction from reality. Dialogues thrill the public who literally live off the same.

In sports — Cricket or football for instance — there are spectators and there are players. The spectators will idolize the sportsmen or criticise them roundly, depending on their performance, attitude or utterances. The roles of the two are very clear: you do not hear the sportsmen criticise the spectators. They never ask to be excused by comparing themselves to teams from previous seasons that performed poorly. It is the current team that must perform, not former teams and not the spectators.

Likewise, in governments, there are those in power and those in the Opposition. Who needs to perform and who needs to criticize? The BJP has been in Opposition for so long they are unable to change their roles. Now as the ‘team’ in power they need to speak through their performance: but with nothing to show they only resort to ‘movie dialogues’ and excel in what they have the maximum experience in — criticising! Hearsay, rhetoric is for the gullible. Being the ruling Party now is a totally different ball game: they must play it.

Even in a crisis Maldives is moving towards China and Pakistan, not India.

Most Indians love their dialogues and doesn’t the BJP just know this!

– R Fernandes, Margao


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