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City traders say plastic carry bag alternatives serve limited purpose

NT NETWORK Panaji On the issue of plastic carry bags, city traders say that use of plastic may have been promoting serious carcinogenesis, “but it has come to stay in our lives”. While the ban on use of plastic carry bags has been in force in the city, it is still in use for being convenient to both the business …

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Process of handing over land underway, CM says on Colva police station status

NT NETWORK Margao The new police station at Colva has been a long pending demand of the constituency and according to the Chief Minister, there is currently no time frame for its construction. In a reply to a question at the ongoing Assembly session, Chief Minister and Home Minister Pramod Sawant said that the process of handing over possession of …

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Govt asked to establish Goa Protection of River Authority

NT NETWORK Panaji Stressing on the need to protect Goan rivers from pollution, the former chief minister and Congress MLA from Navelim, Luizinho Faleiro, on Tuesday, urged the government to establish Goa Protection of River Authority (GPRA), an autonomous body, to protect and enhance the river aquatic biodiversity.  “We treat our rivers as our mother and Goddess, if we can’t …

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MoEF&CC issues guidelines for ‘updating’ CZMP

NT NETWORK Panaji The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has issued guidelines for updating of Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP), prepared as per CRZ notification, 2011 to align it with new CRZ notification, 2019. The Ministry has mandated that the CZMP be made ready in six months, but it is unlikely for the state to prepare it …

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Cancellation of presentations on draft CZMPs demanded

NT NETWORK Panaji Terming the notice published, on July 12, by the Department of Environment announcing taluka-level presentations to explain the CZMP maps and plans starting from Pernem on July 19 and ending at Mormugao on August 9 as unprecedented and highly irregular, Citizens for Coastal Communities (CCC) has said that it not only reveals the department’s ignorance over procedures …

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There is zero tolerance policy towards drugs trade: CM

NT NETWORK Panaji Stating that the government has adopted zero tolerance policy against drug trafficking, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said the cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act are booked on development, and are kept as secret information. More than 2,000 cases involving drugs have been registered by the police, Sawant told the state legislative assembly, …

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Downpour brings down deficit to nil

NT NETWORK Panaji Heavy rains lashed the state on Tuesday, bringing down the rainfall deficit to nil. The state received one per cent more rainfall than the normal in the last 24 hours. The season’s rainfall in the state has already crossed halfway mark of the normal rainfall, official data shows. IMD sources said the state has received 1456mm rainfall …

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Goa has 158 operable iron ore leases

NT NETWORK Panaji The state has 158 iron ore mining leases which are operable as the leases extend up to March 31 2020, said the government on Tuesday. Divulging the information on the floor of the assembly, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who is also the Minister for Mines and Geology, said that although the 158 leases are valid and not …

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Khaunte corners govt on memorial to Parrikar

NT NETWORK Panaji Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte on Tuesday offered to raise funds from the people for constructing a ‘samadhi’ at Miramar to former chief minister the late Manohar Parrikar. “Parrikar was remembered in the House today on the occasions of Guru Purnima. If you have the same respect for him which you had when he (Parrikar) was here then …

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Govt sticks to traffic sentinel scheme

NT NETWORK Panaji The government on Tuesday stated that although the traffic sentinel scheme of the police department presently operational in Goa, will continue in the future, it is ready to consider setting up a House committee to review the same. Coming out with this information in the state legislative assembly, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that a total of …

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