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Pandemic facilitates environment misery(Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


Ricardo Salles the Brazilian environment minister was recorded in April as saying Government should take advantage of Coronavirus pandemic to relax environmental regulations......hE was honest by our standards...READ

South Goa District Hospital:Pvt interests intersecting Public interests


When such a fine infrastructure was available for covid treatment at one place, the indecent hurry of shifting a part of Hospicio Hospital to the new District Hospital has raised eye brows. Shifting of the OPDs scuttled the district hospital becoming a covid hospital and care centre. The Hospicio hospital is currently functioning as operation theatres could not be shifted and it is expected that shifting of the entire hospital would take some time. Corona virus phase would pass with time and the Hospicio hospital could be shifted thereafterREAD

George Floyd issue: the tyranny of the majority


Riots and protests bring to the fore past divisions in society. They help consolidation of divisive past. Progressive thought bring in the elements of reconciliation. The participation of large white populace in the recent protests in U.S shows a new trendREAD

Covid-19 Lockdown: asking some questions?(Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


There is so much opacity with the decision making process that the country believes it is the Prime minister that takes all decisions. There is a belief that other than Home Minister, others hardly have a say. They must have even stopped thinking! Imagine we decided to lockdown those with no shelter over their heads when the infection rate was nearly 600 cases and we decided to arrange trains when the infected cases cross a lakh.READ

Tinkering with 8 hours work schedule & labour laws in pandemic times (By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


It is believed  that 12 hours work schedule and changes in labour laws shall attract companies leaving China. Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand  are seen being ahead of India India due to their regimes  not having though labour regulation. Our  hope of self reliance is sought to be baked on the backs of the working class, whose freedom and dignity is being batteredREAD

Liquor: It’s the economy stupid!(Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


The Kolhapur MP who raised the issue of revenue in the constituent assembly was not alive to see his point vindicated. Alcohol contribution to the state kitty cannot be under estimated. It is the economy that rules usREAD

History of Quarantine & significance of 40 days (By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


Why the isolation period was changed from 30 days to 40 days is a mystery . It may be that the thirty days was not effective enough at a time when there was not much of advancement of science and medicineREAD

Pandemic, stigma & the law:Lessons from history (By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


It is good to have law in place to deal with untoward incidents. Criminalizing actions may lead to and is also required to enforce sense of good conduct. But however noble the laws are, it is important that people are taken into confidence and their hearts won over. READ

When Pandemic intersects authoritarian impulses (By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


When there is decline of democracy around the globe. There could be further decline as history shows that emergency violations of civil liberties are not easily rolled backREAD

More compassion required to seafarers, NRIs & migrants (By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho)


Though it is a crisis time, the responsibility of security of non-citizens would not be taken by other countries without any bilateral arrangement. This does not fit into any area of International law. UAE and European countries cannot be expected to take care of Indian citizens who are rendered jobless. Looking after their wellbeing is India’s responsibility.READ

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Cleofato Almeida Coutinho is a senior lawyer and one of the constitutional expert in Goa. A member of Law Commission of Goa, he also teaches at Kare College of Law in Madgao.


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