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FM asks CM to put forward tourism plans

Panaji: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has assured the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant that the central government will consider the proposals of the state government such as adventure tourism-related projects and others so that the state can generate revenue. On Friday, Sawant called on Sitharaman in New Delhi and congratulated her for successfully holding the 37th meeting of Goods and Services Tax …

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Tourist dies in lightning strike at Candolim

Mapusa: In a freak accident, a tourist from Delhi died after lightning struck him while he was at the Candolim beach along with his wife and others. Following the incident, the wife who is pregnant was in shock and had to be administered medical aid. The deceased is identified as Chaitanya Nagpal aged 35 years from South Delhi. According to …

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Finance dept gives thumbs down to 50% road tax cut

Panaji: The finance department has raised objection to the transport department’s 50 per cent reduction in road tax on all types of vehicles for three months as “it is not advisable to take such a decision in current financial position of the state.” Sources told this daily that the proposal moved by the Transport department has no details such as …

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BJP weighing options to elect new state chief

Panaji: State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is facing a peculiar situation pertaining to election of its new president, as part of its ongoing organisational restructuring, whether to go for young blood or an experienced veteran. The new president, incidentally will have to handle diverse colliding forces within the BJP state unit, which include displeased seniors and imported …

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Govt mulling minor repairs to KA auditorium

Panaji: Stating that the major repairs of the Kala Academy Complex would need a minimum fund of Rs 7 crore, Minister for Art and Culture Govind Gaude on Friday said that it would however be difficult to carry out the repairs of such a magnitude within a period of 40 days, before the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) begins.  …

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Power supply arrears pegged at Rs 350 cr

Panaji: Various government departments collectively owe the electricity department dues of Rs 145 crore, with the total overall un-cleared power dues presently standing at Rs 350 crore, Minister for Power Nilesh Cabral revealed on Friday. Cabral also added that that the electricity department has started the process of recovering the dues. The Minister for Power, informally interacting with the reporters …

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Sea, space, cyber to pose serious threats: NSA

Panaji: Stating that in times to come sea, space and cyber is going to offer great opportunities, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Friday said that these three areas will also represent ‘serious threats’. Addressing the gathering at the inaugural function of the second Goa Maritime Conclave held at a starred hotel in Sinquerim, Doval stressed on the need …

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Naval chief draws attention to piracy, drugs, human trafficking

Panaji: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh on Friday said that piracy, drugs, and human trafficking are challenges faced in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Interacting with media persons on the sidelines of the inaugural function of second Goa Maritime Conclave held at a starred hotel in Sinquerim, the Naval Chief said that the disaster taking place due to …

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Govt to insist on registration of industrial units under Factories Act

Panaji: The state government has decided to insist on registration of all the industrial units having a workforce of over nine with the Inspectorate of Factories and Boilers, under the Factories Act, 1948. The inter-departmental joint meeting chaired by the Deputy Chief Minister and the Minister for Factories and Boilers Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar was held on Friday at the Secretariat. …

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KTC’s revenue deficit stands at Rs 9.54 cr

Vasco: Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd (KTC) has ‘shown’ a revenue  deficit of Rs 9.54 crore for the financial year 2018-19. Addressing a press conference in Vasco, on Friday, on  commemoration of 39th anniversary of KTC, which is scheduled on October 8, on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra, the KTC chairman Carlos Almeida along with its managing director Venancio Furtado, board …

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