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Jan 31 is new deadline for govt to submit draft CZMP

Panaji: The principal bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) has granted another three months’ extension to the state government to submit the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) to the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM). The new deadline for submitting the draft CZMP is January 31, 2020, and failure to do so will result in deduction from the …

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Ministers express solidarity with CM on crucial issues

Panaji: Even as the state government is facing rising criticism over various issues including Mhadei, the cabinet colleagues on Wednesday expressed solidarity with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant in a show of unity. At a joint press briefing after a cabinet meeting, the ministers said that Sawant is an able leader and running the government with all sincerity and commitment despite …

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Farmers return to fields in mining belt

SHOMA PATNAIK | NT Panaji: With iron ore mining industry in the state closed, mining areas are witnessing the return of farmers to the fields, according to the Goa State Horticulture Corporation (GSHC). As such, the Corporation is anticipating a significant increase in vegetable cultivation due to the trend.  Speaking to this daily on Wednesday, managing director of GSHC Sandeep …

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Police harassing party workers, claims Cong

Panaji: The Congress party on Wednesday accused the criminal investigation department (CID) of Goa Police of harassing its office bearers from North Goa by making ‘unnecessary’ phone calls and seeking ‘unwarranted’ personal details of Congress block presidents. Addressing a press conference in Panaji, along with Bicholim block president Meghashyam Raut, North Goa district president of the party Vijay Bhike played …

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Govt releases Rs 300 cr for PWD works

PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said that the government has sanctioned Rs 300 crore to the public works department (PWD) and the funds will be utilised to carry out developmental works in all 40 constituencies. Stating that there was some technical issue in releasing the funds, Sawant said that the issue has now been resolved and the amount …

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Curtains to come down on IFFI today

Panaji : Curtains will come down on the nine-day golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on November 28, at a glittering ceremony to be held at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee stadium. Georges Dupont, the Director General of the International Council for Film Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) has announced the ICFT-UNESCO Fellini Medal to the …

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Water bell to ring in all Goa schools

Panaji: Taking a cue from the department of education of the Karnataka government, the state government has decided to provide a two-minute mandatory water break for school students, in view of their health. “It has been observed that students in school do not drink sufficient water, which results in dehydration, which, in turn, may have long-lasting effects on their health,” …

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NGT sets Mar 31 deadline for notifying ESAs in Western Ghats

Panaji: Principal bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to issue final notification identifying the eco-sensitive areas (ESAs) in the Western Ghats by March 31, 2020. The five members’ bench headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the ministry to submit the compliance report by April 5 and adjourned the matter …

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Panaji ferry ramp getting Rs 2-cr worth revamp

Panaji: The state government has taken up the work of upgradation and beautification of the Panaji ferry ramp at an estimated cost of around Rs 2 crore. The work includes widening of the two existing ferry ramps, creation of parking space, two new gates for entry and exit and the illumination of the ramp area. Speaking to this daily, a …

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Drive stepped up against Margao traders evading municipal tax payment

Margao: Margao Municipal Council (MMC) has intensified its drive against business establishments evading payment of municipal tax as well as those putting up advertisements without permission. In a notice on Wednesday, chief officer Siddhivinayak Naik and MMC chairperson Pooja Naik directed a stop to the practice or face removal of the advertisement boards and fines. “… Attention of general public, …

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