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Amid criticism, Goa BJP reposes faith in Parrikar's leadership

Panaji, June 23 (IANS) Under pressure from the Congress over the ailing health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the ruling BJP in Goa on Saturday reinforced its faith in the former Defence Minister's leadership, saying the BJP leader was fully fit and handling the state administration efficiently. The Congress has no right to criticise the Chief Minister, who during his treatment stin...

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Goa hard-selling unique Sao Joao to promote tourism

Panaji, June 23 (IANS) Tourism authorities in Goa are keen on cashing in on a unique Cathokic festival in which revellers leap into wells, swollen to the brim with the monsoon showers, in honour of St. John the Baptist, who is reckoned to have leapt in his mother's womb on hearing of the arrival of Jesus Christ. The one-day festival annually held on June 24 is one of the more unique Cath...

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BJP pushing Parrikar to work despite illness: Goa Congress

Panaji, June 22 (IANS) Lashing out at the BJP for pushing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to return to office despite his illness, a top Goa Congress leader on Friday said it was a suicidal move for Parrikar. State Congress President Girish Chodankar said the administration in Goa had become sick because of Parrikar's prolonged illness. The Bharatiya Janata Party, however, r...

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Hopefully India will play in 2026 FIFA World Cup: Bhaichung

Panaji, June 22 (IANS) With FIFA expected to expand participation of Asian countries from four to eight in the football World Cup by 2026, former Indian football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Friday said, that India's best chance at making it to the mega event lay eight years down the line. 2026 is when we are hoping to get eight teams from Asia qualify for the World Cup. Now we have ...

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BJP pushing Parrikar to work despite illness: Goa Congress

Panaji, June 22 (IANS) Lashing out at the BJP for pushing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to return to office despite his illness, a top Goa Congress leader on Friday said it was a suicidal move for Parrikar. State Congress President Girish Chodankar also said that the administration in Goa had become sick because of Parrikar's prolonged illness. He said the Bharatiya Janata ...

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Goa beaches set up 'no selfie' zones

Panaji, June 22 (IANS) Amid a spate of drownings and accidents along Goa's coastline, the state's popular beaches have set up no selfie zones, an official said on Friday. The aim of setting up the adequately marked no selfie zones is to reduce the number of accidents, caused by falls from slippery and rocky areas along the coastline, which incidentally also provide a vantage point for se...

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Parrikar to meet Modi over Goa mining crisis

Panaji, June 22 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week to resolve the mining crisis in the coastal state which was triggered after the Supreme Court banned mining in all 88 operational mining leases in March. The Chief Minister will also hold a joint meeting of all mining concerned MLAs shortly to arrive at a consensus after wh...

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Cruise tourism push could boost employment in Goa

Panaji, June 21 (IANS) Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari's recent push for promotion of cruise tourism could boost employment in the sector, the promoter of a Goa-based culinary training institute has said. Addressing a press conference here, Parixit Pai Fondekar, who heads the American College of Culinary and Language Arts also said that an employment boom was expected in the cruise...

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Video of Goa Minister's 'gesture' to fisherwoman goes viral

Panaji, June 20 (IANS) A video of Goa Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai angrily gesticulating at a fisherwoman and getting into a heated argument with her went viral on the nternet on Wednesday, with social media users slamming the Minister for his action. Sardesai, however, said the conversation with the fisherwoman was deliberately and maliciously interpreted. I'm utterly sho...

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2 arrested for rash driving near Goa school

Panaji, June 20 (IANS) Two road romeos were arrested on Wednesday for creating public nuisance near a school in Goa's coastal village of Calangute, police said. Police have also proceeded to cancel the registration of their modified vehicles, which did not have number plates, police officer Jivba Dalvi told reporters. Two 'road romeos' were arrested for rash and negligent driving...

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Goa Police summons green activist Claude Alvares

Panaji, June 20 (IANS) Green activist Claude Alvares, whose petition in the Supreme Court led to the shutdown of Goa's mining industry, was on Wednesday summoned by officers of the Panaji Town Police Station in connection with an FIR filed against him. The FIR was registered last month for symbolically locking the offices of the State Mines and Geology department in the state capital.

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Tejpal to get copy of WhatsApp messages with victim

Panaji, June 20 (IANS) A court here hearing the Tehelka rape trial on Wednesday directed the state prosecution to give former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal a sequential record of WhatsApp messages exchanged between him and the woman he is accused of raping. A cloned copy of the Whatsapp messages, which will be provided to Tejpal via the state forensic department officials, is part...

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Goa government directed to submit Brics food scam report

Panaji, June 20 (IANS) The Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed that the Goa Chief Secretary's report on the alleged Rs 51 lakh Brics food scam during the 2016 international event, should be submitted to the Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC). The decision by Justices Nitin Jamdar and Prithviraj Chavan came after the state government challenged the Commission order...

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Goa government directed to submit Brics food scam report

Panaji, June 20 (IANS) The Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed that the Goa Chief Secretary's report on the alleged Rs 51 lakh Brics food scam during the 2016 international event, should be submitted to the Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC). The decision by Justices Nitim Jamdar and Prithviraj Chavan came after the state government challenged the Commission order...

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Parab not involved in ketamine trade: Goa BJP

Panaji, June 20 (IANS) Goa's BJP unit has said that Vasudev Parab, holder of a government-allotted industrial plot in the coastal state where a Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) raid unearthed a ketamine manufacturing racket, was not involved in its trade. Parab does not have one per cent, even 0.1 per cent involvement in it. He has not committed a crime. The only crime he has co...

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Congress questions Parrikar's silence over date-rape drug probe

Panaji, June 19 (IANS) The Congress in Goa on Tuesday questioned Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's silence on the issue of probing a factory, whose owner allegedly has BJP links and which was busted for illegally manufacturing date-rape drug ketamine by the DRI. Parrikar should stop being silent over the seizure of ketamine, known as a date-rape drug, from the factory owned by his party ...

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Show cause notice to ketamine manufacturing unit owner in Goa

Panaji, June 19 (IANS) The Goa State Industrial Development Corporation on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to Vasudev Parab, whose industrial unit at the Pissurlem industrial estate was raided last week by the DRI officials. During the raid, the DRI (Directorate of Revenue Intelligence) officials had seized more than 100 kg of banned ketamine drug, from the premises. We have a...

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Infection cautious Parrikar addresses first media briefing in three months

Panaji, June 18 (IANS) Strategically seated behind a stanchion barrier, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday addressed his first formal press conference in months, on his return from the US, where he was undergoing advanced treatment for pancreatic cancer. Wearing his trademark half-sleeved shirt, Parrikar, during the briefing at the State Secretariat, also explained the protoco...

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Goa, Hawaii to become sister states, MoU soon: Parrikar

Panaji, June 18 (IANS) Goa and Hawaii will soon sign a memorandum of understanding making them sister states, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday after the Cabinet formally approved the proposal. Goa is going to sign sister state agreement. The Cabinet has given approval. The process started when I was Defence Minister. (Hawaiian) Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has a ...

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Parrikar mum on Goa probing illegal drug unit

Panaji, June 18 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday refused to say if his government will launch an independent probe into an an illegal ketamine manufacturing operation recently busted by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). The raid is entirely conducted by DRI and mainly, as you are aware, it involves a number of states. So I cannot comment on things which a...

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