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Open defecation-free Goa by Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Governor

Panaji, March 23 (IANS) Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Thursday said that by October 2, 2019, when the country celebrates Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, Goa may well see a complete end to open defecation. In her address to the State Legislative Assembly, Sinha also unveiled a vision for 24x7 power for the coastal state as well as housing for all. Poor sanitation further...

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AAP to get back to work in Goa from ground zero

Panaji, March 23 (IANS) After getting decimated in the February 4 state assembly elections, the AAP in Goa has now promised a comeback by building up the party again from ground zero. A statement issued by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Goa unit on Thursday said the party, which failed to win a single seat in the coastal state, will soon launch itself in mission mode to intervene, confront an...

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Congress MLAs in Goa boycott Governor's address

Panaji, March 23 (IANS) Congress legislators wore black bands and staged a walkout during Governor Mridula Sinha's address in the assembly on Thursday. They accused her of murdering democracy by not inviting the Congress, which had emerged as the single largest group in the February 4 polls, to form a government. Speaking to reporters in the assembly complex, opposition leader Ch...

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Crackdown on drugs, late parties is priority: Parrikar

Panaji, March 22 (IANS) Goa Police has been told to crack down on drugs and late night parties where drugs are sold, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday. Parrikar added that there would be no tolerance to crime against women. I have given clear instruction vis-a-vis law and order to the police that number one drugs, number two no late parties where drugs are (sold),...

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Five women in UK seek justice for slain kin in Goa

Panaji, March 22 (IANS) Even as a debate rages in Goa over the safety of foreign tourists, especially after the rape and murder of Irish tourist Danielle McLaughin, five women met over coffee in Glouchestershire county in the UK to fight for justice for their kin they have lost in the Indian state over the years. Among those present at the Boston Tea Party cafe in Cheltenham on Sunday we...

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BJP's Pramod Sawant elected Speaker of Goa assembly

Panaji, March 22 (IANS) Two-time Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Pramod Sawant was elected Speaker of the seventh Goa legislative assembly on Wednesday. Sawant, 44, who was nominated by BJP MLA Glenn Ticlo defeated the Congress nominee for the Speaker's post Aleixo Reginaldo, by a margin of 20-15 in the election conducted on the first day of the budget session of the state legislative assembl...

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Goa assembly clock running fast, Parrikar tells Speaker

Panaji, March 22 (IANS) With traffic snarls holding up legislators from making it to the Goa assembly's budget session inaugural on time, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday pointed out to newly appointed Speaker Pramod Sawant that the assembly clock was running four minutes fast. While stopping my speech, I only want to make one request. The house watch is running fast and one...

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Giving up Defence Ministry big sacrifice by Parrikar: Goa BJP

Panaji, March 21 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar made a huge sacrifice by giving up the defence portfolio and choosing to govern the state, BJP spokesperson Nilesh Cabral said on Tuesday. Reacting to Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut's charge on Monday that the BJP-led coalition government in Goa was a corrupt one, Cabral said that the Sena had been obliterated in the Februar...

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Parrikar retains Home, Finance; others get a ministry each

Panaji, March 20 (IANS) Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday retained the key portfolios of Home and Finance, and allotted one ministry each to nine other cabinet ministers. While two BJP ministers Francis D'Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar have been given the Urban Development and Power, three Goa Forward Party legislators Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Paliencar and Jayesh Salgaocar have been...

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BJP-led coalition will crumble soon: Shiv Sena

Panaji, March 20 (IANS) The BJP-led government in Goa will crumble soon, Shiv Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut said on Monday, while calling the ruling alliance of the BJP, two regional parties and two Independents a corrupt nexus. Manohar Parrikar came to Goa from the Defence Ministry to stabilise the government and stay in power. But he knows he is not on firm footing and his feet will crumb...

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Goa Governor pressurised to go against her wish: Congress leader

Panaji, March 19 (IANS) Congress Secretary Girish Chodankar on Sunday said he had the feeling that Goa Governor Mridula Sinha was pressurised to act against her wish. She seems to be a very innocent lady, a renowned writer. She has a lot of literature to her credit. She is an idealistic character. I have full respect for her. I am feeling she has been pressurised to do something against ...

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Goa BJP files police complaint against AICC Secretary

Panaji, March 17 (IANS) The Goa BJP late on Friday filed a police complaint against AICC Secretary Girish Chodankar, accusing the latter of defaming the party earlier this week by alleging that Rs 1,000 crore was spent by the BJP in Goa to lure non-Congress MLAs to join its coalition. The complaint, filed by state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Vinay Tendulkar at the Panaji polic...

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Digvijaya said letter to Goa Governor wasn't needed: Faleiro

Panaji, March 17 (IANS) Continuing with the blame game related to the Congress fiasco on forming the new government in Goa, its state unit President Luizinho Faleiro on Friday said the central leadership failed to collect signed letters of support from potential alliance partners. Faleiro said a letter about emergence of Congress as the single largest party and seeking to form a governme...

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Congress leaders to get notices for defamation: Goa BJP

Panaji, March 17 (IANS) The BJP Goa unit on Friday said it will send legal notices to Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Girish Chodankar for what it dubbed baseless defamatory statements against the ruling party and its legislators. Legal notices will be sent to Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Girish Chodankar for defamatory statements, including one that the Goa BJP spent Rs 1,...

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Proud that I've no godfather in Bollywood, says Kriti Sanon

Panaji, March 17 (IANS) In an industry where star children are lined up for their grand launch into filmdom, actress Kriti Sanon admits her ride in Bollywood would have been easier if she was from a film background, but she is proud that she doesn't have a godfather. Delhi girl Kriti, daughter of a chartered accountant and an associate professor, spoke to IANS about her journey on the si...

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Irish tourist was raped before murder in Goa: Forensic report

Panaji, March 16 (IANS) The 25-year-old Irish tourist, who was found dead at a South Goa beach village earlier this week, was raped before being murdered by a local history-sheeter, forensic examination has revealed, police said on Thursday. Speaking to reporters, Superintendent of Police (Crime) Umesh Gaonkar said that the post-mortem examination report had confirmed rape and that rape ...

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Parrikar wins trust vote, Rane quits Congress

Panaji, March 16 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday won the critical trust vote in the legislature, with 22 MLAs backing his government and the Congress getting the support of 16 legislators. In a related development, Congress MLA Vishajit Rane resigned from the party and the assembly, complaining that he was sick of the way the party was functioning in Goa. P...

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Parrikar wins trust vote in Goa, Rane quits Congress

Panaji, March 16 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday won the trust vote in the assembly, with 22 MLAs backing his government and the Congress getting the support of 16 legislators. In a related development, Congress MLA Vishajit Rane quit the party and also resigned from the assembly, saying he was disgusted with the way the Congress was functioning in Goa. Par...

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Congress scoured Goa assembly toilets to locate 'missing' MLA

Panaji, March 16 (IANS) Ironically, it was the Congress and not the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar-led government, which seemed desperate not to lose face, during the floor test in the state legislative assembly on Thursday. The principal opposition, whose actions after the March 11 vote-count have been marked by disarray and chaos, almost went into hyper-mode looking for its missing le...

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Vishwajit Rane rebels, quits Congress, assembly

Panaji, March 16 (IANS) Congress leader Vishwajit Rane on Thursday resigned from the Congress and the assembly, shortly after he went missing during a trust vote in the House, which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition won. Rane told reporters that he had submitted his resignation to the Speaker's office and it had been accepted. I have been told by my party workers and con...

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