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Felling of 400 trees in Sanguem to be probed

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the felling of some 400 areca nut trees at Verlem in Sanguem taluka allegedly by forest guards. The Chief Minister chaired a high-level meeting on Wednesday at the Secretariat  discussing  the matter, which  had been brought to his notice by Sanguem MLA Prasad Gaonkar. The meeting was attended by …

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Community farming taking root

SHOMA PATNAIK | NT  Panaji: With cultivators gearing for monsoon, the idea of community farming is gaining ground among local farmers.  According to the agriculture department, the state is likely to witness an increase in number of community farms in the approaching season with at least three farmer groups in the villages of Majorda, Seraulim and Luotolim ready to cultivate …

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Agalli emerging as oasis for community farming

ROQUE DIAS | NT Margao : The push for community farming by Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai has started bearing fruits as people from his Fatorda constituency have joined hands for taking up the pet initiative of the local MLA. Around 3.7 hectares of land, comprising mostly communidade land and Individual farm holdings, have been   earmarked for community farming under the …

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Boat cruises, casinos cash in on ‘confusion’ prevailing over sound permit

ABDUL WAHAB KHAN | NT Panaji: None of the boat cruises and offshore casinos operating in river Mandovi has got permission from the district collector to play loud music since January 2018 after new CRZ notification came into effect. However, confusion that is prevailing over sound permission, has given scope for the boat cruises and offshore casinos to carry on …

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Mapusa youth demand dredging of Tar river

Mapusa: Mapusa youth on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the chief officer of Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) demanding dredging of the Tar river citing concern of the residents that due to improper flow of the river, there could be an outbreak of diseases. The work on the NH17 has resulted in the main nullah of the river getting blocked and …

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Carmona VP decides not to give extension to controversial hotel

Carmona: Carmona panchayat on Wednesday decided not to allow Verda hotel to continue in the village. It was also decided that the panchayat would carry out an inspection on May 25 to check for the hotel’s compliance with a stop work order that was issued against it. Speaking to media persons after a meeting that was held in this regard, …

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CGST officer exonerated of charges of aiding smuggling

Panaji: The case filed by the directorate of revenue intelligence against Mahesh Dessai, an assistant commissioner of Central Goods and Service Tax (CGST) department, has been rejected by the Central Advisory Board of the Union Finance Ministry which has exonerated him of the charges of allegedly helping smuggling. The case against Dessai was filed following seizure of cigarettes and other …

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State rolls up its sleeves for gruelling vote count

Panaji/Margao: Vote counting on May 23 will be a gruelling task, which could spill into  the next day delaying the declaration of final poll results of  the parliamentary elections in the state. The poll result of the North Goa parliamentary seat is expected to be out by late night on May 23.  There is a possibility that counting of votes …

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Foolproof security for vote count

Panaji: Security has been beefed up at the strongrooms (where EVMs are stored) and  counting centres in Panaji and Margao, and  fourth layer of security has been added to the existing three layers. The votes polled for the parliamentary elections and the bypolls to four assembly segments will be counted on May 23. A senior police official said that in …

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What a feat! 92.47% students clear SSC exam

Panaji: The  SSC  examination conducted by the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education  recorded the  highest pass percentage of 92.47 per cent in the last five years.  There was a marginal increase of 1.29 per cent as compared to the pass percentage of 91.27 per cent recorded in 2018. Of the 18,684 students who answered the exam conducted …

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