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High-end ropeway project in Goa to promote tourism

Panaji, July 25 (IANS) Goa Tourism has tied up with a private operator to provide ropeway, zip-line and sky diving services near the state capital, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told the state assembly on Tuesday. Ajgaonkar said the state-of-the-art project will incorporate international ropeway systems and also have recreation and entertainment tourism activities such as a 4D aquar...

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Goa's new airport to be commissioned by May 2020: Parrikar

Panaji, July 25 (IANS) The first phase of Goa's upcoming Mopa international airport will be operational by May 2020, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the state assembly on Tuesday. GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL) has already started pre-construction work and, as per concession agreement, the first phase of the project is likely to be commissioned by May 2020, Parrikar s...

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Goa to bring out scheme to support non-milk yielding cows: Parrikar

Panaji, July 25 (IANS) Maintaining that the BJP-led coalition government stood by the existing ban on cow slaughter in the state, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said he was working on a scheme which would help dairy farmers maintain cows which are beyond the milk-yielding age, up till their death. My government believes in ban on cow slaughter. I'm also aware of the probl...

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Navy will use Vasco airport more in future: Parrikar

Panaji, July 24 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said the Indian Navy will make more use of Goa's only airport for military purposes in the coming years. Pointing to the need for Goa's upcoming second airport at Mopa, Parrikar told the assembly that the Dabolim international airport, which operates from a naval base in Vasco, would remain operational even after the Mo...

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Goans to be barred from casinos, cap on industry soon: Parrikar

Panaji, July 24 (IANS) Questioned repeatedly over the BJP-led Goa government's alleged proximity to the casino lobby in the state, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said a new policy will soon cap the number of casinos in a particular area. He also said that Goans will be barred from visiting the gaming areas. Replying to a debate in the state assembly on Home Ministry-related is...

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Tourists harassed by traffic police: Goa Deputy Speaker

Panaji, July 24 (IANS) Goa Assembly Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo on Monday accused the traffic police of harassing tourists in the state, especially in its coastal belt. Domestic tourists, especially honeymooning couples, are routinely harassed by the traffic police, Lobo told the assembly during a discussion on the Home Department's functioning. Indian as well as foreign tourists...

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Will act against policemen found with beer bottles: Parrikar

Panaji, July 24 (IANS) Two days after police personnel in an official patrol car were found with beer bottles, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that strict action would be taken against the three. Parrikar added that the BJP-led coalition government would have no tolerance for policemen drinking on duty. Police cannot do this and if someone is caught doing this ...

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Goa BJP chief wins state RS polls

Panaji, July 21 (IANS) BJP's Goa state President Vinay Tendulkar on Friday won the election for the state's lone Rajya Sabha seat, defeating his Congress rival and counterpart Shantaram Naik by a margin of six votes. The polling was held at the state assembly earlier on Friday. With Tendulkar's victory, this is the first time that all the three parliamentary seats in the state ar...

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Police do not evoke fear today: Parrikar

Panaji, July 21 (IANS) Police evoke no fear today, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday, claiming that when he was young he would even avoid walking on the same footpath which passed by a police station. Today there is no fear of police. I used to be scared of police and walk on the other side of the road to avoid the police station, Parrikar told the Goa legislative assemb...

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Goa proved lucky for Kovind: Parrikar

Panaji, July 21 (IANS) The Goa Assembly on Friday passed a motion congratulating Ram Nath Kovind on his election as the next President of India, with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar claiming that Goa is lucky for everyone. Parrikar said that when Kovind, a native of Uttar Pradesh, came to Goa to campaign for the election he informed National Democratic Alliance legislators that not only ...

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Voting concludes in Goa RS election

Panaji, July 21 (IANS) All 38 MLAs in the Goa assembly on Friday voted for the lone Rajya Sabha seat which falls vacant on July 28. Bharatiya Janata Party state President Vinay Tendulkar and Congress Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik are the only two contestants. Goa has a 40-member assembly and it has 38 members, with two by-polls due in August. BJP legislator Francis D'Souz...

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Congress leader asks Goa BJP MLAs to adopt 15 cows each

Panaji, July 20 (IANS) Congress leader Pratapsingh Rane on Thursday asked all BJP MLAs to adopt 15 cows so that they understand the woes of a cattle farmer while also coming to the rescue of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar over his remarks on beef. While speaking during a budget-related discussion in the ongoing monsoon session of the Goa Legislative Assembly, Rane said it was becoming d...

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Parrikar takes dig at Congress over cross-voting

Panaji, July 20 (IANS) As many as four elected representatives of the Congress party may have cross-voted in favour of NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, who eventually won the election with a handsome margin. Kovind polled 500 votes as compared to 220 polled by Meira Kumar in Goa, with the former garnering 69.4 per cent of the votes. One vote each from both the Congress and the B...

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Planning to auction Goa mining leases: Parrikar

Panaji, July 20 (IANS) The Goa government is planning to auction mining leases which are due to expire in 2020, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the state legislative assembly on Thursday. Parrikar, also the Minister of Mines and Geology, said that there are 277 valid iron ore mining leases in the state. So far 89 mining leases are renewed and 188 leases have got benefit of d...

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Goa Minister hopes Sanskrit students will fill shortage of 'bhats'

Panaji, July 20 (IANS) Goa's caste fault-lines surfaced during a congratulatory motion in the state assembly on Thursday, when Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar claimed that 'bhats' (Hindu priests) in the state do not visit people from lower castes. Azgaonkar, who is elected to the state legislature from Pernem, the only assembly constituency in Goa which is reserved for the Scheduled...

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Nothing is perfect immediately, take GST's example: Parrikar

Panaji, July 19 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, cornered by the Opposition in the assembly over a controversial order, on Wednesday cited the example of the GST to illustrate how legislations sometimes are not perfect in the immediate sense. The Opposition was forcing him to tweak a recent government order that disallows government employees to attend public grievances meetin...

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No crime rate increase in Goa due to casino industry: Parrikar

Panaji, July 19 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday asserted that there was no co-relation between the casino industry and the coastal state's crime rate. He also informed the Goa legislative assembly that revenue earned from the casino industry had doubled over the last two fiscals. To a question by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, who asked if the ...

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Sadhvi's 'hang beef-eaters' remark has no religious issue: Parrikar

Panaji, July 19 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday told the state assembly that Sadhvi Saraswati's controversial speech in Goa last month, where she said that beef-eaters should be hanged in public, did not contain any religious sentiment. In his written reply tabled on Wednesday during the ongoing monsoon session of the state assembly, Parrikar said that no FIRs wer...

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Israeli prisoners brainwashed Goa's serial desecrator: Parrikar

Panaji, July 19 (IANS) Fifty-year-old Francis Pereira, who is being probed for desecrating scores of religious icons, was brainwashed when he was lodged in Goa's Central Jail by Israeli inmates, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday. The Chief Minister told the Goa Assembly that Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and Veerappan were Pereira's idols. After contesting elect...

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Tourists in Goa warned of toxic 'bluebottles' near beaches

Panaji, July 18 (IANS) The beach-bound tourists in Goa, especially who love to wade into the sea, have been advised to steer clear of 'Portuguese-man-of-war', the toxic, jelly-like organisms known to sting humans on contact. The warning was issued after Drishti Lifesaving, a Goa government appointed lifeguard service, spotted a cluster of Portuguese-man-of-war, a jelly-like marine organi...

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