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From RM to CM: Parrikar trades Tejas for tomatoes, surgical strikes for papad dough

Panaji, Aug 20 (IANS) Until some months ago, as Raksha Mantri, Manohar Parrikar, with his trademark fidgety eloquence, could explain the flaws in the LCA Tejas or confidently hold fort on the now-fabled surgical strikes against Pakistan. However, Parrikar appears to have re-adapted to his role as Chief Minister of India's smallest state, Goa, and in the course of his relatively subdued c...

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Critical Saamna editorial based on 'fake news': Parrikar

Panaji, Aug 20 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna editorial which criticised him for his readiness to move back to the Defence Ministry, in case he lost the August 23 Panaji by-poll, was based on fake news. In an interaction with students late on Saturday here, Parrikar said the Congress dirty tricks department was behind the fake news con...

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AC jackets for Indian Special Forces soon: Parrikar

Panaji, Aug 20 (IANS) Trials for introducing air-conditioned jackets for the Indian Special Forces soldiers are on, former Defence Minister and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said. In a Special Forces operation, there is extensive exercise. Body heats up, he (soldier) is very uncomfortable. At that time if he has an air conditioned jacket, he is more comfortable. Trial is on, Pa...

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My health is perfect, vested interests spreading rumours: Parrikar

Panaji, Aug 20 (IANS) Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that vested interests were spreading rumours about his health, ahead of the August 23 by-polls. He also said that an angioplasty procedure, which he underwent recently to treat a minor block, was being blown out of proportion. I went for a routine check-up. I had done an angioplasty around 8-10 years back. So I just went for a ro...

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'Democracy under threat from pseudo-nationalism, right-wing fanaticism'

Panaji, Aug 19 (IANS) Indian democracy is under threat from pseudo-nationalism and right-wing fanaticism masquerading as nationalism, a column published in Renovacao, a Goa Church periodical, has said. Quo Vadis India? by Father Savio Fernandes in the latest edition of the pastoral bulletin of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, also bemoans efforts to make India a Hindu Rashtra by 2020 a...

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Church article is 'hyperbole', will quit NDA if fascism crops up: Goa Minister

Panaji, Aug 18 (IANS) Dismissing as hyperbole an article published in a Church-run magazine which claimed a Nazi-like atmosphere had emerged in contemporary India, Goa Minister Vijai Sardesai on Friday said that there was no Swastika-like spectre looming over Goa. He also said that if a fascism-like situation arises in the coastal state and India, he would part ways with the BJP. ...

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'For insulting PM, Parrikar should lose Goa by-polls'

Mumbai, Aug 18 (IANS) Accusing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of insulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, NDA-ally Shiv Sena on Friday prayed for his defeat in the upcoming assembly by-poll which he is contesting. It also took strong umbrage at Parrikar's reported statement that he cared less if he loses the August 23 by-poll in Panaji assembly constituency, for he would return to th...

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Blue Whale challenge: Goa Police issues advisory for parents

Panaji, Aug 18 (IANS) The suicides of two youngsters in Kerala and Maharashtra while playing the Blue Whale challenge, has forced the Goa Police to issue a formal advisory to parents on safeguarding their wards from playing the online game. The advisory released by the Crime Branch late on Thursday, asked parents to install parental control software in computers and mobile phones used by...

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Goa's Catholics not apprehensive about beef ban: Parrikar

Panaji, Aug 17 (IANS) Goan Catholics are not apprehensive about the beef ban issue in the state's Goan context, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday. He was responding to a query if in course of his campaign for the Panaji by-poll, Catholic voters had expressed their grievances about the beef ban narrative at the national level. Nothing is coming through. Those who ha...

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Goa Church magazine likens contemporary India to Nazi Germany

Panaji, Aug 17 (IANS) An article published in a magazine run by the Goa Church has likened the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) rule in India to Nazi Germany and claimed that a state of constitutional holocaust prevails in the country. The article, written by a city lawyer Dr. F.E. Noronha, which appeared in Renovacao -- a pastoral bulletin of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman -- urged ...

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BJP complains to EC, police against 'fake' news on Parrikar

Panaji, Aug 17 (IANS) The Goa BJP on Thursday complained to the EC and state police against unknown persons for propagating fake news that cited Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar as purportedly having said that he would return as Defence Minister if he loses the Panaji assembly by-poll. An attempt has been made by circulating distorted and false news item on social media like Facebook, Wha...

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HC questions AAI on allowing Amit Shah's airport meeting

Panaji, Aug 16 (IANS) The Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday questioned the Airports Authority of India over its decision to allow a public meeting of BJP president Amit Shah on the premises of Dabolim International Airport in Goa. A division bench of Justices G.S. Patel and Nutan Sardessai was hearing a petition filed by city lawyer-activist Aires Rodrigues, who had alle...

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After JHMS, more films to be shot in Portugal: Ambassador

Panaji, Aug 16 (IANS) After the Shah Rukh Khan-Anushka Sharma starrer Jab Harry Met Sejal, more Bollywood films are scheduled to be shot in Portugal, Indian Ambassador to Portugal Nandini Singla said here on Wednesday, pushing for a more productive relationship between the two countries. The India-Portuguese relationship is going through a golden moment thanks to the fact that the Prime ...

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Owners of two Goa beach shacks arrested on drug charges

Panaji, Aug 15 (IANS) Owners of two popular beach shacks in North Goa's Anjuna village were arrested on Tuesday after a police raid found waiters and patrons at the establishments in possession of drugs, said police. Superintendent of Police (North Goa) Chandan Choudhury confirmed the arrests of Edwin Nunes, owner of Curlies shack, and Rohan Shetty of Club Nyex -- both cafes located in A...

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Police directed to crack down on rave parties: Goa CM

Panaji, Aug 15 (IANS) The police have been directed to launch a crackdown on rave parties and late night music events held in remote areas of Goa, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday, adding that frustration and lack of direction among youth was leading to increasing drug proliferation in the state. Parrikar, in his Independence Day speech here, also declared that Goa would b...

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Police directed to crackdown on rave parties: Goa CM

Panaji, Aug 15 (IANS) Goa Police have been directed to launch a crackdown on rave parties and late night music events which are held in remote areas of the state, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday. Late night rave parties are illegal and it is where drugs are consumed and distributed. Rave parties on beaches or remote areas should be totally stopped, Parrikar told the media...

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Sonu, Monu, Giru and Parrikar's Panaji by-poll campaign

Panaji, Aug 15 (IANS) Sarcastic songs, fashioned after RJ Malishka's now viral Sonu song, appear to have taken centrestage in the Panaji by-poll campaign, where Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is trying to book a passage to the state assembly. Parrikar, who was the country's Defence Minister for three years before returning to state politics in March after the elections, now has to deal ...

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Parrikar likened to Ravana for 'misrule', 'selfish politics'

Panaji, Aug 14 (IANS) Likening Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to the mythical demon king Ravana, former state RSS chief Subhash Velingkar on Monday said Goa was de-nationalised far more under the Parrikar-led BJP regime over five years than during 451 years of Portuguese colonial regime. In a video address uploaded on social media on Monday, Velingkar made an appeal to the voters of Pan...

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Disrobing of women on funeral pyre violates human rights

Panaji, Aug 14 (IANS) Terming the disrobing of deceased women a human rights violation, the Goa State Human Rights Commission on Monday said that all panchayat and municipal agencies should ensure that the practice is prevented. Disrobing the deceased woman in the crematorium certainly amounts to violation of basic human rights of the women which is required to be prevented by the concer...

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Goa party over: No loud music after 10 p.m.

Panaji, Aug 14 (IANS) No music events or rave parties will be allowed in North Goa's popular beach-belt after 10 p.m., police said on Monday, claiming drugs are being sold at late night music events in the state. Speaking to reporters after a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Superintendent of Police (North Goa) Chandan Choudhury said a large number of young ...

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