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    The fight for Panaji

    WITH UNION Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar all set to vacate his seat as the representative of the Panaji assembly constituency, the focus has shifted to who will be the next member of the Legislative Assembly from the capital city. Manohar Parrikar, on his part, has assured that the BJP candidate will be as good as or even better than him. He assured that the BJP nominee for contesting the Panaji legislative seat will be as approachable and result-oriented as four-term representative, Manohar Parrikar. But whosoever is chosen by the Bharatiya Janata Party and Manohar Parrikar himself to succeed him will have a very tough task fitting the shoes of the former chief minister.

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    IFFI one more time!

    IT’S THAT time of the year again, my dears, when the akash neems are blooming all over Panaji town as if to welcome IFFI in town. I’m an ardent IFFI-goer and this will be the 11th time around for me to decide every morning whether to run away and see a film or to report to office to….er…work for a living! Films by the masters are one of life’s liberal educations (like the kind of books we read, or music we listen to, or travel, paintings, the performing arts, etc, all education for the soul!) and IFFI arrives like a bouquet of multi-hued `roses’ (attached thorns) presenting themselves daily for 11 days in the form of a schedule of films to see or not to see…which which film to see and which to avoid, skip, ignore.

    Mining industry orphaned as Parrikar babus shift

    AND A few more stray thoughts and a few more observations for yet another Saturday. For a Saturday following the week when hopes of early resumption of mining activity receded with not only Manohar Parrikar, but even the mining secretary being shifted to New Delhi. For a Saturday following the week when it was clear that the hand on the steering wheel of the Laxmikant Parsekar government is still that of former chief minister, Manohar Parrikar. For a Saturday following the week when the GPCC president, Luizinho Faleiro, claimed that the navy itself had voluntarily offered to shift from Dabolim to the Anjediva islands if not to Karwar way back in the 80s. For a Saturday following the week when the future of Parrikar’s ambitious Rs 25,000 crore investment plan was looking very bleak. For a Saturday following the week when the Directorate of Fire Services revealed that over 80% of the high rise buildings in the state did not have the infrastructure to deal with fire hazards.

    New amendment bill proposes auctioning of leases

    The Union Ministry of Mines has uploaded a revised version of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (Amendment) Bill, 2014. Some of the features of this new bill are explained here.


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    Stray Thoughts

    Mining industry orphaned as Parrikar babus shift

    AND A few more stray thoughts and a few more observations for yet another Saturday. For a Saturday following the week when hopes of early resumption of mining activity receded with not only Manohar Parrikar, but even the mining secretary being shifted to New Delhi. For a Saturday following the week when it was clear that the hand on the steering wheel of the Laxmikant Parsekar government is still that of former chief minister, Manohar Parrikar. For a Saturday following the week when the GPCC president, Luizinho Faleiro, claimed that the navy itself had voluntarily offered to shift from Dabolim to the Anjediva islands if not to Karwar way back in the 80s. For a Saturday following the week when the future of Parrikar’s ambitious Rs 25,000 crore investment plan was looking very bleak. For a Saturday following the week when the Directorate of Fire Services revealed that over 80% of the high rise buildings in the state did not have the infrastructure to deal with fire hazards.

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    IFFI one more time!

    IT’S THAT time of the year again, my dears, when the akash neems are blooming all over Panaji town as if to welcome IFFI in town. I’m an ardent IFFI-goer and this will be the 11th time around for me to decide every morning whether to run away and see a film or to report to office to….er…work for a living! Films by the masters are one of life’s liberal educations (like the kind of books we read, or music we listen to, or travel, paintings, the performing arts, etc, all education for the soul!) and IFFI arrives like a bouquet of multi-hued `roses’ (attached thorns) presenting themselves daily for 11 days in the form of a schedule of films to see or not to see…which which film to see and which to avoid, skip, ignore.

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    Why there is need to be wary of a “strong leader”

    Reproduced below are excerpts from an interview with emeritus professor of politics at Oxford, ARCHIBALD HAWORTH BROWN, in which he spoke of the importance of dissenting voices.

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    The Three Beatinhas of Belem

    Marcelina, Carmelina and Natalina tormented successive chaplains in Belem. How could they be stopped?