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Ashoka pillar debate: to polish or renovate

PANAJI: The Ashoka pillar standing in the middle of the recently restored Jardim de Garcia da Orta, popularly known as Panaji municipal garden is once again at the centre of a controversy with the freedom fighters demanding its renovation, and heritage experts advising restrain.

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Election campaigning hots up in Mapusa

MAPUSA: Campaigning for the municipal elections in Mapusa seems to be hotting up with candidates making all-out efforts to reach their voters. Banners are being erected and candidates are busy opening their election offices, making promises to people, stressing on their agenda through house-to-house visits and seeking blessings.

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Two booked for assault

MARGAO: The Cuncolim police, late on Wednesday night, registered an offence against two persons, Rakesh and Raju, for assaulting Samir Singh with beer bottles.

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Valpoi by-poll counting today

PANAJI: The election authorities will on Thursday undertake counting of votes cast during the by-election to 19-Valpoi assembly constituency in the state. The counting will be held at the Goa College of Home Science from 8 a.m. onwards.

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Two-way battle on the cards in ward 9 of Bicholim

BICHOLIM: Bicholim residents are keenly awaiting an important political battle in Bicholim Municipality polls in ward 9. The ward reserved for OBC candidates will see a straight fight between the two candidates, the chairperson, Mr Rajaram alias Satish Gaonkar and ex-councillor, Mr Shashikant Naik-Halarnkar. Ward 9 is comprised of Soanr Peth, Pajwada, Bhayar alt and Antil Peth.

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450 Goans opt for Portuguese citizenship yearly

BY ABDUL RAUF BEIG | NT

PANAJI: Lure of better life and huge earnings in European nations, particularly United Kingdom, have made a considerable number of Goans acquire Portuguese passports using which they could easily travel to countries in European Union (EU) and get employment. Being a subject of the then Portuguese government, Goans are eligible for its citizenship and hence passports.

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Minor molested at Caranzalem

PANAJI: A complaint has been lodged at the Panaji town police station, informing that a nine-year-old girl was allegedly sexually molested, abused and assaulted by an unknown person at Caranzalem beach, on Tuesday.

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