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No need to condemn Swamy's beef statement: AYUSH minister

Panaji, April 21 (IANS) Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik on Friday said that there was no need to condemn the statements made by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy and a senior VHP leader against beef-eating practice in Goa. He however also said that eating customs should not be forced on others. They are speaking in their language... Every one has their own demand, but such things cannot...

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Subsidised fish for Goans soon, says Fisheries Minister

Panaji, April 21 (IANS) Hit by rising fish prices, Goans may soon get subsidised fish thanks to a fisheries corporation which is likely to be set up under the aegis of the state Fisheries Ministry, Cabinet minister Vinod Palienkar said on Friday. Now, if you go to the market, prices of fish are so high. The common man has to buy fish at a high rate and it is not possible everyday. Theref...

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Congress protests postponement of Goa panchayat polls

Panaji, April 20 (IANS) The Goa Congress on Thursday protested against the state government decision to postpone panchayat elections in the coastal state to June. In a representation submitted to the State Election Commission, Congress state unit President Luizinho Faleiro accused the BJP-led coalition government of trying to manipulate the tenets of democracy by putting off elections.

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Mining dust eats into lives at Goa's Sonshi village

Sonshi (Goa), April 20 (IANS) Although annual school exams are around the corner, homework or preparing for the series of tests is the last thing on the mind of 10-year-old Vasudev Gawde of Sonshi village, literally a speck in North Goa's dusty mining belt. Gawde as well as more than a dozen other minors are awaiting the release of their parents from incarceration. They were among the 45...

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Will stop mining in areas if people complain of pollution: Parrikar

Panaji, April 19 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said he would stop operations in mining leases, if there are pollution-related complaints from local residents. Speaking to reporters at the secretariat here, Parrikar said his office would not be able to come to the assistance of 45 villagers from Sonshi village in north Goa's Sattari sub-district, who are incarcer...

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Media deriving pleasure in reporting on beef ban: Parrikar

Panaji, April 19 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said the media was deriving pleasure in reporting controversial statements on the beef ban. Parrikar also chided the media, claiming it was itching to ask him questions on the same issue over and over again. He also ruled out action against senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader and BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramani...

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VIP culture wrong thing, says Parrikar

Panaji, April 19 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said VIP culture in India needs to be reduced and, barring the Prime Minister and President, efforts should not be unnecessarily expended on VIP protection. Asked if the BJP-led coalition government in Goa will emulate the central government's decision to do away with red beacons, Parrikar first said, that he was no...

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Three arrested in Goa for betting on IPL match

Panaji, April 18 (IANS) Three men were arrested from a resort in Goa's Anjuna beach village in the early hours of Tuesday, for accepting bets during the match between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders, which was held in Delhi on Monday night. The arrested men has been identified as Kiransinh Vaghela, 32, and Jayant Vaghela, 33, both from Ahemadabad, and Narendra Singh of unspeci...

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Five killed in Goa road accident

Panaji, April 18 (IANS) Five persons, including two pedestrians, were killed and four others injured in a road accident near here on Monday evening, police said. The accident in Corlim village, about 10 km from here, occurred after a car, bearing Maharashtra registration, crashed into an oncoming truck after hitting two pedestrians, Superintendent of Police Kartik Kashyap told reporters....

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Goa Tourism Minister warns of action against hawkers pestering foreigners

Panaji, April 17 (IANS) Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Monday said the constant pestering of tourists by hawkers on the state's beaches has forced the state Tourism Ministry to come down on the menace. Speaking to reporters, Ajgaonkar said groups of hawkers physically grab foreign tourists and don't let go until they buy their ware. Some hawkers... what they do is... f...

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BJP, Sangh Parivar out to polarise Goa on beef issue: Faleiro

Panaji, April 17 (IANS) Statements by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy and a senior VHP official seeking ban on beef consumption in Goa are an attempt by the party to polarise the state's Hindu and Catholic communities, state Congress chief Luizinho Faleiro said on Monday. These people are making statements deliberately with a hidden agenda to polarise the people on communal lines and divide Goa...

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Mallya's iconic Kingfisher villa in Goa may be renamed

Panaji, April 17 (IANS) Formerly owned by disgraced liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the iconic Kingfisher villa in North Goa's upscale Candolim beach village may undergo a name change. Speaking to IANS during the unveiling of the three-acre property, its new owner, actor-businessman Sachiin Joshi, who is the promoter of Viiking Ventures Pvt. Ltd., said that a change of name was an eventuality...

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Parrikar: Butter chicken, fish curry and foot in the mouth

When pacing the cold, stone-lined corridors of South Block, former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar famously confessed to fantasising about Goan fish curry over butter chicken, the national capital's ubiquitous calorific treat. Back in Goa as Chief Minister, however, Parrikar's all-too-brief reminiscence on Friday, about his pressure-packed stint in Delhi and his reference to Kashmir, a...

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Parrikar denies quitting Centre over Kashmir, Opposition calls him 'bhagoda'

Panaji, April 15 (IANS) Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday denied media reports that he quit as Defence Minister due to pressure over the Kashmir issue, but Opposition parties lashed out at the BJP leader, accusing him of being anti-national and a bhagoda (deserter). All India Congress Committee Secretary Girish Chodankar said the only thing Parrikar had learnt from Pakistan, du...

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Congress condemns Parrikar's statement on discussions

Panaji, April 15 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday condemned Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's comments wherein he said that discussions, especially in media, end up derailing objectives. Parrikar is behaving like a dictator when he says that discussions are not important, in fact detrimental to achieving objectives. In a democracy, all voices need to be heard. You cannot just push thi...

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Swamy's call against beef-eating his personal stand: Goa BJP

Panaji, April 14 (IANS) Rejecting BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's call for a change in Goa's beef-eating tradition, a state party spokesperson on Friday said the statement was Swamy's personal stand and not the party's position on the issue. Asked to react to a Congress party demand asking Goa's BJP leaders to openly condemn Swamy's comments, party spokesperson Dattaprasad Naik said: I d...

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Resolving Kashmir issue is not easy: Parrikar

Panaji, April 14 (IANS) The Kashmir conundrum is not an easy issue to resolve and only a long-term policy can tackle it, Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday. Parrikar also said that there was a lot of pressure on him when he was serving as the Defence Minister in the national capital. It is not easy to resolve the Kashmir issue. There is...

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Crack down on late night parties, events: Goa DGP

Panaji, April 14 (IANS) The police is cracking down on late night parties and musical events which continue beyond the stipulated time of 10 p.m. with a heavy hand, Director General of Police Muktesh Chander said on Friday. The police have been instructed by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to strictly curb these illegalities, the top cop said while speaking to reporters here. He ...

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'Shivaji is my icon, but only worshipping not enough'

Panaji, April 14 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said that the Maratha warrior king Shivaji Maharaj is his political guru, but only worshipping such icons is not enough. If you want to know my guru, then I will point to Shivaji Maharaj. I imbibe his qualities only as much as I can, Parrikar said at the 126th birth anniversary celebrations of B.R. Ambedkar here.

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Tourists binge-drink, cause chaos: Goa Tourism minister

Panaji, April 14 (IANS) Goa's Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Friday blamed tourists for binge-drinking and causing chaos in the coastal state and destroying the region's culture. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a government event in Panaji, Ajgaonkar said that liquor and music was a part of Goan culture. The outsiders who come here, create chaos after they drink....

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