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Khotigao-Nadke tribals decide not to participate in ZP elections

Canacona: The dwellers of Khotigao-Nadke-Keri hamlets have unitedly resolved not to partake in the upcoming Zilla Panchayat elections in opposition to the basic rights denied to them since generations.  The three hamlets within the forested area have no motorable roads, no electricity, albeit have a primary school in the vicinity.  “Even though we are known as inhabitants of the state, …

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Opposition MLAs removed from House over protest in Well

Panaji: In probably a first in the Goa legislative assembly, the ten united Opposition MLAs were forcibly removed from the House by marshals on Thursday following an order of Speaker Rajesh Patnekar while Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was delivering his maiden budget speech in the assembly hall. Patnekar ordered the removal of the Opposition MLAs, as they continued to gather …

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GCCI upset over higher excise duty on liquor

Panaji: Reacting to the state budget for the financial year 2020-21, presented by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on Thursday gave its nod of approval to proposals relating to information technology (IT) incubators and skill development centres aimed at providing skills for employment at the Mopa airport but said that it disagreed with higher excise duty on liquor. …

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Mining likely to bring in Rs 500 cr: CM

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said that once the Mopa International Airport is ready, it will create 25,000 jobs by 2022. He also said that the government is expecting revenue of Rs 500 crore from mining, for the financial year 2020-21. Addressing media in the presence of Finance Secretary Daulat Hawaldar, after presenting the annual statement in the …

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Revenue surplus budget for Goa

PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday presented the budget for 2020-21 with a revenue surplus of Rs 353.61 crore and outlay of Rs 21,056.35 crore in the Goa legislative assembly. Presenting his maiden budget, Sawant, who also holds the finance portfolio, prioritised resumption of mining, development of hinterland tourism, medical tourism, adventure tourism and eco-tourism and an improvement in the ease …

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Khaunte held for manhandling BJP spokesperson; gets bail

Panaji: The Porvorim police arrested Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte in the wee hours of Thursday for alleged wrongful restraint and manhandling of BJP Goa unit spokesperson Premanand Mhambre. Khaunte was subsequently released on bail. The alleged incident had occurred in the assembly complex on Wednesday evening and a related complaint was lodged before the Speaker of the Goa legislative assembly …

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Consent based on police report: Speaker

Panaji: Speaker of the state legislative assembly Rajesh Patnekar on Thursday said that he gave his consent to arrest Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte only after he received a ‘report’ from the Porvorim police. “Police submitted the report of the incident (involving Khaunte and BJP spokesperson Premanand Mhambre) and they spelled out what actually happened and that they wanted to arrest him …

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Khaunte refutes ‘assault’ charge

Panaji: Refuting the allegations that he ‘assaulted’ BJP spokesperson Premanand Mhambre, Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte on Thursday said that the move to target him will backfire and cost the government and the BJP heavily. “We are not the people who will get scared of arrests. I want to send a clear message to the government that I will not tolerate and …

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Oppn condemns Khaunte’s arrest

Panaji: The united Opposition on Thursday repeatedly stormed into the well of the state legislative assembly raising slogans such as “Shame, shame” and “We want justice” while condemning the midnight arrest of Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte, thus forcing Speaker Rajesh Patnekar to continuously adjourn the House. This resulted in no legislative work being carried out during the entire morning session …

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Real estate industry ‘disappointed’

Panaji: The Goan real estate industry, on Thursday, expressed dissatisfaction over the State Budget 2020-21. According to Nilesh Salkar, president of CREDAI-Goa, “The industry is really disappointed.” Salkar said, “The real estate sector is the favourite whipping boy of all governments. Instead of easing the pressure on the sector, the government is trying to dig our grave.” The Budget proposes …

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