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Irate Chandor villagers boo Clafasio out of gram sabha

Margao: Cuncolim MLA Clafasio Dias on Sunday had to make an unceremonious exit from Chandor gram sabha venue after he was booed by locals. This was the first visit of the MLA after he had switched loyalty from the Congress to the BJP. After having to wait for a while as the villagers were discussing the market issue, the MLA finally …

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Draft CZMP raises hackles in Betalbatim

DIANA FERNANDES | NT Betalbatim : The Coastal Regulatory Zone Notification 2011 was praised for being inclusive and protective towards traditional fishermen and   traditional occupations carried out along the river and seaside. However, Betalbatim villagers maintained that fishing activities and the  traditional occupations are not reflecting in the draft coastal zone management plan, which has been a bone of contention …

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Govt fails to act against flourishing farmhouses

Panaji: The assurance of the government, during the 2013 monsoon session of the state legislative assembly, to check the legal status of all the farmhouses in Goa and amend the related legislation accordingly, remains yet to be implemented, which in turn allows the non-Goans to purchase land here and construct farmhouses, ignoring the conditions laid down by the related legislation, …

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Church opposes Bainguinim plant

Panaji: The Church in Goa on Sunday, yet again, explicitly made known its objection to the proposed garbage treatment plant at Bainguinim at the environmental public hearing held at Old Goa. A press statement issued by the church body Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media said that there have been some media reports falsely stating that the Church has no …

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Clamour grows against Bainguinim waste plant

Old Goa: Upping their ante against setting up of integrated sanitary landfill and solid waste management plant on the Kadamba Plateau at Bainguinim, the people attending a public hearing on Sunday said the proposed plant in the vicinity of the world heritage site, Old Goa, will prove to be a health hazard to the residents and destructive to environment. The …

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Audit report exposes GTDC’s negligence

NT NETWORK Panaji Decades after 17 properties were transferred by the state government to the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), the tourism body has failed to execute the transfer of ownership in the revenue records. “Out of 32 landed properties transferred by the Goa government to the Corporation from 1997 to 2006, transfer of ownership of 17 properties is yet …

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Tourism dept spends whopping Rs 20.10 crore on junkets

NT NETWORK Panaji The recent tall claims of Minister for Tourism Manohar ‘Babu’ Ajgaonkar in the state legislative assembly as regards curtailing the expenses of his department on the tourism promotional activities by curbing the participation of the department in road shows has turned out to be false and misleading, going by the huge amount of Rs 20.10 crore spent …

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‘GTDC’s hotel software mismanaged’

NT NETWORK Panaji Grave concerns have been raised over the ‘risk’ of revenue loss to the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) due to the mismanagement of the hotel management software in its residencies across the state. “Tariff amounts appearing in the hotel management software can be changed by any employee since access control rights are not allotted on the basis …

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Salcete residents force Cabral to beat a hasty retreat

NT NETWORK  Margao Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral had to beat a hasty retreat from the site of presentation on the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) held for Salcete taluka in Margao on Saturday after the audience booed him and did not allow him to speak. They demanded that the draft CZMP be scrapped outright. A crowd of nearly 600 …

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Future uncertain as teen awaits ‘maintenance’ from estranged father

Abdul Wahab Khan | NT Panaji A 16-year-old girl, who has been awarded maintenance order by the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR) has been waiting for the past four months for its execution thereby putting her education plan into uncertainty. The GSCPCR has ordered the teenager’s estranged father to pay her Rs 7,000 per month so …

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