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‘Single-use plastic ban is a temporary restriction’

Panaji: Indicating that the statewide ban imposed by the government on single-use plastic from October 2 is a temporary restriction to control generation of plastic waste in Goa,  Minister for Waste Management Michael Lobo on Friday said  the one-time (single-use) plastic is banned in the state for “certain period of time”, till people realise that less than 50 microns plastic …

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Special niche at IFFI for Amori

Panaji: In commemoration of the golden jubilee year of the International Film Festival of India, the ministry of information and broadcasting has agreed to create IFFI Panorama Special Section at the annual film festival, under which ‘Amori’, the Konkani film that bagged the best Konkani film award at this year’s national film awards will be screened. The budget on the …

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Discordant voices on Nauxi marina project

Panaji: Fisheries Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues on Friday assured traditional fishermen of taking up their concerns against the proposed marina project at Nauxi with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. Addressing a public meeting at Sridao beach in St Andre constituency, Rodrigues said, “I assure you that I will definitely convey to the Chief Minister the fears and anxieties about the project. …

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Crackdown soon on illegal fishing in Zuari

Panaji: Stating that the government is committed to protect the rights of traditional fishermen, Fisheries Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues on Friday vowed to crack down on illegal fishing  in the  Zuari river in the next eight days. Addressing a public meeting held over illegal fishing in the  Zuari at Sridao beach in St Andre constituency,  Rodrigues said, “Police and the …

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City stakeholders reject draft CZMP

Panaji: The citizens of Panaji disapproved the draft coastal zone management plan (CZMP) during public consultation meet held on Friday and made a series of suggestions required in the fresh coastal plan being drawn up by the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM). The citizens and fishing community members pointed out flaws like improper demarcation of high tide lines …

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CCP Mayor firm on putting stop to renewal of casino licenses

CCP Mayor Uday Madkaikar is steadfast on putting a stop to renewal of casino licenses despite the fact that it will lead to a loss of revenue to the corporation. In an interview to Shaikh Jamaluddin, he gives more insight into his decision over casinos. Excerpts:- Q: Are you firm on the decision that you announced recently of not renewing …

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Rane: industries need to regularise services of apprentices

Panaji: With lack of skills among youth in the state being a major cause of unemployment, Vishwajit Rane, Minister for Skill Development, on Friday, asked local industries to regularise services of apprentices as a solution towards skill training. He disclosed that industry is reluctant to enroll in the government’s apprenticeship scheme and urged local units to voluntarily come forward in …

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Drive launched to create awareness among passengers on road safety

Panaji: With an aim to promote road safety and discipline, the Panaji traffic police have launched a special drive to create awareness among passengers of intra-state buses on issues of road safety. The drive will be undertaken fortnightly with focus on safety of passengers as well as adherence to traffic rules by bus drivers and conductors. On Friday, the Panaji …

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Margao UHC seeks people’s help to curb dengue menace

Margao: Stating that with a staff of only 30, it is difficult to contain the spread of dengue among Margao’s estimated one lakh population, Margao urban health centre (UHC) has said with the help of the Margao Municipal Council (MMC), it has now reached out to the general public in an appeal to help stop water stagnation that provide breeding …

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Repair of Fatorda road taken up

Margao: After much hue and cry, the work of repair of road on the national highway stretch near the Fatorda junction was started on Wednesday. Hot-mix carpet of the said road stretch that was laid recently had washed away and road users were complaining about the bad condition of the road and demanding that the government restore and repair it …

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