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Is India really Independent?

 
/ August 15, 2015

“Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge… At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.” – Jawaharlal Nehru On 15th August 2015, India celebrates 69th year of...

Court issues interim stay order on golf course

 
/ July 31, 2015

While this interim stay has brought much needed relief to the residents of Tiracol, the Court’s additional ruling allows Leading Hotels Ltd. to build two model villas in an area of little over 700 square metres, with a clear specification that “the nature of the land was not to be...

Live Happy, Live Clean: Goa’s Residents Pitch in to Clean Up

 
/ July 8, 2015

Assagao, Goa | Sulochana Pednekar For over a year now, Felli Gomes and the Live Happy Team have been organising regular clean up walks on sunday mornings to get rid of the various dumpsites that have formed along the neighbourhoods of Assagao and Mapusa in Goa. With little interest from...

Garbage and Goa: Mapusa Gets its Act Together

 
/ July 7, 2015

Mapusa, Goa | Sulochana Pednekar The bustling city of Mapusa in Goa generates about 15-16 tonnes of waste a day, which mostly end up at the giant landfill in neighbouring Assagaon. Mapusa Municipal Corporation started a door to door garbage collection scheme of segregated wet and dry waste. This was...

Siolim Locals Infuriated By Teso Waterfront’s Blatant Legal Violations

 
/ March 21, 2015

The meandering Chapora River, the site of pink and purple sunsets and swaying coconut trees, has become a hotbed of arguments and grievances over the past few years. Local residents of Siolim Vaddy in Goa are infuriated by the multiple inconveniences being caused by Teso Waterfront, a river facing resort...

Reserved: Ladies Seat

 
/ November 17, 2014

Last year on International Women’s Day, the government’s transport department increased the number of seats reserved for women in local buses from 4 to 8. However, not much has changed. “Women still have to stand, be pushed around and get groped while men sit back and relax”, says Community Correspondent...

Recycling Goa

 
/ June 30, 2014

VV-Correspondent Sulochana Pednekar films “The Sustainable Green Company” in Betki, Ponda, Goa.  Ajay Gramopadhyay started the company manufacturing eco-friendly, recyclable, biodegradable, products to help reduce garbage and motivate others to recycle.    He explains how, “We take waste paper and make pulp out of it which is molded into the...

Garbage is a major problem in Goa

 
/ June 30, 2014

Garbage is a major problem in Goa.  However, school children of Aldona village are making a conscious environmental effort to find recyclable solutions to it.  The Garbage Management Program was introduced by the Lion’s Club Aldona, which uses programs already in place in Canada and Ireland and brings them to...