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Babush moves court seeking anticipatory bail

Panaji: Panaji MLA Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate, Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) Mayor Uday Madkaikar and former mayor Yatin Parekh have approached the District and Sessions Court, Panaji, seeking anticipatory bail in connection with the case of allegedly outraging modesty of a woman. The Panaji police on Friday had registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Monserrate, Madkaikar and …

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GEL wants Goa entrepreneurs to secure govt websites

Panaji: In a move to tighten the security of government websites, Goa Electronics Limited (GEL) has invited applications for the enlistment of local Website Development and Designing Agencies (WDDA) bidders for design, development and maintenance of various state government department websites. According to information technology (IT) department, in the last four years, as many as 20 major government websites were …

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Trough to bring light rain over Goa

Panaji: A trough is likely to bring light rainfall over coastal regions at isolated places till June 5 bringing slight relief to people from the scorching heat. The weather system over Karnataka at 1.5 to 2 km height resulting in cloud generation at the Karnataka border may bring in light rain at a few places in Goa. The India Meteorological …

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Draft National Education Policy suggests review of no-detention system

Panaji: The Draft National Education Policy 2019 released on May 31 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development states that the no-detention policy under the Right to Education Act should be reviewed. “The recent amendments to the RTE Act on continuous and comprehensive evaluation and the no-detention policy must be reviewed,” it says, pointing out, “This policy states that there …

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Panjimites unaware of Smart City concept

SHAIKH JAMALUDDIN | NT Panaji: Though the work on converting Panaji into a smart city under Smart City Mission has been going on since 2016, most of the city residents contacted by this paper said that they were not aware of what was going on and that the transformation of the city was not visible. Public awareness about the smart …

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Structural stability audit of heritage monuments underway

SOIRU VELIP | NT Panaji: The state government has begun a structural stability audit cum survey and documentation of the state-protected heritage monuments in the state. There are 51 notified heritage monuments in the state which include forts, churches, temples, caves, rock carving and British cemetery and so on. The archaeology department has proposed to carry out the structural audit …

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GMPF to seek appointments with PM, Union ministers

Panaji/Ponda : The mining dependants in the state are hopeful that the newly sworn-in Narendra Modi-led government will help in early resumption of mining in Goa.  The Goa Mining Peoples’ Front (GMPF), representing these people, has decided to seek appointments with the Prime Minister, Union Minister for Mines Pralhad Joshi, Union Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad and the Union Minister of …

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Khandepar river water found to be fit for bathing

Panaji: The state river rejuvenation committee, constituted by National Green Tribunal (NGT), has found the Khandepar river water to be absolutely fit for bathing and can be consumed after disinfection. The committee that aimed to device action plan to restore the water quality has suggested dropping the river from polluted list. Water from Khandepar has been used to fulfil the …

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Alorna fort in Pernem given a new lease of life

Panaji: Under its mission of conservation of heritage monuments, the archeology department has successfully completed restoration of the historic fort of Alorna or Halarn in Pernem located on the banks of river Chapora. This is the first historic fort which has been restored by the government. The Alorna fort, which was built by the Bhonsle kings of Sawantawadi in the …

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Govt begins using debris to douse Sonsoddo fire

Margao: After a suggestion from an expert, authorities on Friday late evening began the exercise of covering the burning Sonsoddo garbage dump with debris in order to douse the fire, which has been raging for the last five days. It is understood that the decision was arrived at during an important meeting Chief Minister Pramod Sawant held with various departments …

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