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AAP to back its volunteers in Goa panchayat polls

Panaji, May 27 (IANS) After being routed in the February 4 assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party in Goa has resolved to back its volunteers in at least 15 per cent of the 1,522 seats up for grabs in the upcoming village panchayat polls. Party spokesperson Ashley do Rosario told reporters in Panaji that the party, which did not win a single seat in the assembly elections, will back its ...

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Foreign drug traders getting SIMs with forged documents: Goa DGP

Panaji, May 26 (IANS) Several foreigners indulging in drug-trade and financial fraud in Goa have been using SIM cards obtained through forged photos and identification documents, Director General of Police Muktesh Chander said on Friday. In 2016-17, there were 15 cases where criminals have obtained SIM cards through deceit. Forged photos and details were submitted to obtain SIM cards by ...

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Will scale up Congress footprint on social media: Ramya

Panaji, May 26 (IANS) The Congress footprint on the social media will be scaled up as there is a need to counter BJP online propaganda, the opposition party's newly appointed social media chief Ramya Divyaspandana said on Friday. Scale up for sure. Get more voices. And, of course, put truth against lies. We are going to do it anyhow, Ramya said when asked about her future plans. ...

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Parrikar to lunch with tribals, cow-herders

Panaji, May 26 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and other top functionaries of the party here will visit the homes of Scheduled Tribes members and nomadic cow-herders and have lunch with them, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's completion of three years in office. Bharatiya Janata Party's Goa unit President Vinay Tendulkar told a press conference in Panaji that the house...

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Indonesian cigarettes worth Rs 50 lakh seized

Panaji, May 26 (IANS) Indonesian cigarettes worth Rs 50.40 lakh were seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence in Goa, an official said on Friday. According to the agency's Assistant Director (Goa) Lector Mascarenhas, the consignment of 2,100 cartons of Gudang Garag cigarettes were brought into India from Dubai. The consignment was stored in the unaccompanied baggage ce...

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Goa BJP cites fodder scam to justify mining scam probe delay

Panaji, May 26 (IANS) On the backfoot over delay in action against Goa's mine-owners accused of partly orchestrating a Rs 35,000-crore illegal mining scam, state BJP President Vinay Tendulkar on Friday justified the delay using Laloo Prasad's fodder scam case as defence. Asked to respond to allegations by the Congress that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was shielding errant mine-owners...

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Goa BJP slams Congress' 'suitcase' remark about Gadkari

Panaji, May 24 (IANS) The Goa unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday slammed the Congress for casting aspersions on Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who was instrumental in putting together a BJP-led coalition government in the state. In a statement issued here, BJP General Secretary Hemant Golatkar said the charges levelled by All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary Girish C...

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Indian Navy saves Maldivian ship, crew

Panaji, May 24 (IANS) The Indian Navy has rescued six crew of a Maldivian ship which was adrift in the high seas for five days after propulsion failure, official sources said on Wednesday. The rescued 'MV Maria 3' crew included nationals of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives and also a woman. The ship has since been towed back to Male. The Indian Navy statement said the ship left...

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Gadkari's 'mard' comment insulting to his women cabinet colleagues: Congress

Panaji, May 23 (IANS) The Congress has objected to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's macho assertion last week, where the senior BJP leader said he is a 'mard' (man) and openly put together the political jigsaw to form a government in Goa in March. Gadkari's mard comment is insulting to his women colleagues in the cabinet. When Gadkari says that he is a mard and therefore he was able to pul...

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Goa to take up taxi fares issue next month

Panaji, May 23 (IANS) The Goa government will take up the contentious issue of fixing taxi fares in the coastal state in June, as an official on Tuesday ruled out being in touch with app-based Ola to restart its cab operations. The senior Transport Department official said there was a need to balance the interests of customers/tourists, who are otherwise routinely charged exorbitant fare...

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BCom students to be roped in for Goa GST outreach exercise: Parrikar

Panaji, May 23 (IANS) Students from the Commerce stream will be recruited by the Goa government to assist in filing of GST forms by traders, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday. Parrikar, while addressing a workshop here for legislators on the modalities of the Goods and Services Tax, said a team of chartered accountants and experts would be appointed in every taluka (sub-dis...

4 days ago
Parrikar orders closure of old, unused bridges in Goa

Panaji, May 22 (IANS) Days after three persons died when a foot-bridge collapsed in South Goa, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday ordered the closure and barricading of all old, unused bridges in the state, as well as their safety audit. As a measure of public safety, in the first instance and on an urgent basis, all old unused bridges are required to be barricaded... Status repor...

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Goa Tourism Minister welcomes Tejas Express initiative

Panaji, May 22 (IANS) Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has welcomed the introduction of the semi-high speed Mumbai-Goa Tejas express, which is likely to reach Goa's Karmali station in a few hours on its maiden journey. We welcome it. We are (also) hopeful that the Railway Ministry will give special attention to the urgent need for up-gradation of railway stations and improve facili...

4 days ago
Judiciary's small bracketed solutions 'biggest problem': Parrikar

Panaji, May 22 (IANS) A judicial system, which tries to find small, bracketed solution for a multi-cultural and multi-situational country like India, is the biggest problem, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday. The moment there was a lot of destruction, we made laws, we went for regulatory authorities and we went for judicial systems which tries to find one square brackete...

4 days ago
Goa to ban plastic at Dudhsagar waterfalls

Panaji, May 22 (IANS) Goa may put a cap on the number of tourists visiting the popular Dudhsagar waterfalls, while also banning use of plastic at the popular tourist site, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday. Goa is good for tourism, but I will assure you that we will not damage environment, Parrikar said, while speaking at a function organised to mark International Day for Bi...

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No fear of oil spill, Goa port authority assures CM

Panaji, May 22 (IANS) Under pressure from civil society groups to act against officials of the Western Shipyard India Limited (WISL), after a dry dock partially sank last week sparking fears of an oil spill, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that all efforts are being made to prevent a potential leakage of oil. Mormugao Port Trust Chairman has submitted that there is no ...

6 days ago
Goa government hiding facts in foot bridge collapse: AAP

Panaji, May 20 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday accused the Goa government of hiding facts in the collapse of the foot bridge in south Goa's Curchorem area and demanded it come out with details about the persons still missing after the tragedy. We demand the government shun its apparent anxiety to hide facts about the disaster and be more forthcoming on details like the official es...

7 days ago
Portuguese-era bridges will be audited: Goa PWD Minister

Panaji, May 19 (IANS) Goa's Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar on Friday said all Portuguese-era bridges will be audited for their load-bearing capacity. Dhavalikar's announcement come a day after three persons were killed when a dilapidated foot overbridge on the Sanvordem river in Curchorem village collapsed. We will have to do an audit to ensure that such incide...

7 days ago
Goa bridge collapse toll rises to three

Panaji, May 19 (IANS) The body of one more person was fished out of the Sanvordem river in South Goa on Friday, following the collapse of a dilapidated foot-bridge late on Thursday, taking the death toll to three. District administration officials told IANS that a third body was fished out on Friday afternoon. The deceased has been identified as Santosh Wandal, 26, an official supervisi...

7 days ago
Goa bridge collapse toll rises to two, one missing

Panaji, May 19 (IANS) Two persons were drowned and one reported missing after a dilapidated foot bridge collapsed into a river in south Goa, officials said on Friday. Two bodies have been recovered till 1 p.m. on Friday. Only one person is missing, South Goa District Collector Swapnil Naik told IANS, nearly 18 hours after the mishap late on Thursday evening. The body of Prakash E...

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