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Cong threatens stir on formalin row

NT NETWORK   PANAJI The Congress party on Wednesday threatened to mobilise people and resort to agitation and hunger strike if the government fails to provide formalin-free fish to Goans. Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Goa pradesh Congress committee president Girish Chodankar said the government has continued importing fish from neighbouring states just to pander to the vested interest ... Read More »

Illegal sand mining: govt files affidavit in HC saying flying squads will be deployed

NT NETWORK PANAJI Under pressure to monitor illegal sand mining in the state, the government on Friday filed an affidavit in court that flying squads cum patrolling boats would be deployed wherever sand extraction is carried out. The affidavit, submitted by the department of mines to the High Court of Bombay in Goa, says that flying squads would be deployed ... Read More »

Sri Lanka to ban animal sacrifices at Hindu temples

PTI Colombo Animal sacrifices in Hindu temples in Sri Lanka could be banned after the Cabinet approved a proposal Wednesday to enact laws banning the “primitive” methods of worship, amid calls from the Hindu community to make the ritual a “punishable offence” in the Buddhist-majority country. The Cabinet headed by President Maithripala Sirisena  approved the proposal submitted by Resettlement, Rehabilitation, ... Read More »

Congress fears Parrikar may try to dissolve Assembly, writes to Governor

NT NETWORK PANAJI Sensing the possibility that the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar may opt for dissolution of the state Assembly, Congress on Wednesday wrote to Governor Mridula Sinha to verify veracity of the resolution recommending dissolution of the Assembly if it comes to her for consideration. “The government led by Manohar Parrikar is in minority and struggling with its allies ... Read More »

Pope summons bishops for Feb abuse prevention summit

AP Vatican City Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children — evidence that he realizes the scandal is global and that inaction threatens to undermine his legacy. Francis’ key cardinal advisers announced the decision Wednesday, a day before Francis meets with ... Read More »

UN teams given first access to Rakhine

AFP Yangon The UN began work Wednesday inside Myanmar’s violence-torn northern Rakhine state, the first time its agencies have been granted permission to operate there since more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled the area last year. The UN has been waiting for access to the epicentre of the military’s “clearance operations” against the Rohingya minority since June when its refugee ... Read More »

Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law granted parole

PTI Lahore Pakistan’s jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law were released from the high security Adiala Jail early Wednesday on parole to attend the funeral of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who died in London. Kulsoom, the wife of Sharif, died Tuesday in a London hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was 68. Her body will ... Read More »

90% Indians have toilet facility today: Modi

IANS   NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that 90 per cent of Indians have toilet facility at their homes now as his government had got 8.3 crore toilets constructed since 2014 to make the country free of open defecation. “Today, 90 per cent Indians have toilet facility, which was only 40 per cent before 2014. Over ... Read More »

FIR against Michael Lobo over alleged assault

NT NETWORK CALANGUTE Calangute police have filed an FIR against Calangute MLA Michael Lobo following a complaint from a local alleging assault on him. The complaint has been lodged by Kevin D’Sousa over the alleged incident that occurred at Calangute market on Wednesday afternoon. As per information, Kevin, who runs a business in the fish market, questioned a contractor over ... Read More »

EC may hold assembly polls in 5 states together

PTI   NEW DELHI The Election Commission is looking at the possibility of holding assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana together and the poll process in the five states could be completed by the second week of December, a senior poll panel functionary said Wednesday. Going by past poll schedules, while Chhattisgarh could have polls in ... Read More »