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Non restoration of roads irks Ponda residents

Ponda: Though pre-monsoon showers have started lashing Ponda, there is no sign of restoration of roads dug up for sewerage work. The confusion created at Curti bypass road is still in a mess resulting in many accidents. The Ponda Vikas Samiti (PVS) have threatened to protest by taking to the streets if the roads are not restored before the onset …

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Bio toilet installed at Nerul church

Nerul: The first bio-digester toilet in Goa was installed at Our Lady of Remedies Church at Nerul sponsored by Science and Technology Mumbai and inaugurated by Housing Minister Jayesh Salgaonkar at Nerul. The Minister for Housing Jayesh Salgaonkar said that the toilet is the need of the hour as ground water is being contaminated due to soak pits. Salgaonkar said …

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Quota for economically weak: no clarity on who will benefit

ABDUL WAHAB KHAN | NT Panaji: Though the state cabinet has cleared ten per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections (EWS) of the general category in education and government jobs, there is, however, no clarity on the eligible beneficiaries. According to the office memorandum issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, every state has to draw …

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Scope for fish vehicles to bypass Patradevi check-post

BHIVA P PARAB | NT Panaji: Following the public outcry over the formalin-in-fish issue, the state government has come up with a proposal to set up Quality Council of India’s (QCI) fish-testing laboratories at the border check-posts – one in South Goa and another at the Patradevi border in North Goa. However, there are several other routes apart from the Patradevi …

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No FDA checks at Polem

B D’COSTA | NT Canacona : With the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) yet to commence checking of the fish arriving in Goa for chemical preservatives, it is ‘free entry’ for more than ten trucks that enter the state through the Polem check-post in South Goa on a daily basis.  Seafood is a major part of the staple diet of Goa …

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Many IT companies express desire to open shop in Goa

Panaji: Contrary to fears of the state receiving cold shoulder from investors, a senior government official on Wednesday said that several potential investors are ready to invest in the information technology (IT) industry.  Speaking to this daily, managing director of Infotech Corporation of Goa (ITG) Pravin Volvotkar said that many companies are interested in setting up offices in the proposed …

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Speaker is constitutional authority, Lobo says in HC

Panaji: In a petition filed before the High Court of Bombay at Goa pleading to disqualify former MGP MLAs Manohar ‘Babu’ Ajgaonkar and Deepak Pauskar for merging a splinter group of the party into BJP, then acting Speaker Michael Lobo filed his say before the court on Wednesday. Lobo stated before the court that Speaker is a constitutional authority and …

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Repair works of over 300 govt schools completed

Panaji: The state government has set a target to complete the work of repairs, upgradation and maintenance of the government schools, high schools and higher secondary school buildings by 2022. The government has taken up work of repairs and maintenance of school buildings through Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC). According to GSIDC, as on date, the work of repairs …

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Strictly follow guidelines for safe transportation of children, schools told

Panaji: The directorate of education has issued a circular issuing guidelines regarding school bus safety and three-wheelers used for transporting students, to be followed by all the institutions and has further given instructions to educate parents during the Parent-Teachers Association meetings to restrain students, who are under-aged from driving/ riding two-wheelers. “You are now required to send the compliance of …

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Strictly follow guidelines for safe transportation of children, schools told

Panaji: The directorate of education has issued a circular issuing guidelines regarding school bus safety and three-wheelers used for transporting students, to be followed by all the institutions and has further given instructions to educate parents during the Parent-Teachers Association meetings to restrain students, who are under-aged from driving/ riding two-wheelers. “You are now required to send the compliance of …

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