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Yet-to-be commissioned south district hospital stares at traffic chaos

JOAO SOUSA M | NT Margao South Goa district hospital building in Margao, which is in completion stages, is likely to be commissioned later this year, however, the lack of planning could prove to be a hindrance to the movement of vehicles to and fro the hospital. As the PWD is yet to make a provision,   ‘crossing’ of vehicles on …

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Amendment to RTI was step in right direction, says SIC

Right to Information (amendment) Bill 2019 passed by the Parliament was a step in the right direction, says State Information Commissioner Juino de Souza in an interview with ‘The Navhind Times’ reporter Shaikh Jamaluddin. Following are the excerpts: Q: The recent RTI (amendment) bill, 2019 passed by Parliament had caused wide-spread criticism among stakeholders and RTI activists. What is your …

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Alina opposes double tracking of south western railway

NT NETWORK Vasco Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha along with villagers of Cansaulim, Pale, Velsao and Issorcim strongly objected the proposed double tracking of South Western Railway (SWR). Saldanha along with residents of Cortalim who reside along the existing railway track of SWR met the deputy collector and sub divisional magistrate Mormugao and cleared their stand to oppose doubling of railway …

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Vijai has no right to demand CBI probe in road works scam: Chodankar

NT NETWORK Panaji The president of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee Girish Chodankar said that the former TCP Minister has no right to demand a CBI probe into the road works scam which has resulted in potholes on all the roads of the state.  Chodankar was replying to a question posed to him by the media on the potholed roads in …

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NCSCM ‘manipulation’ of draft plan irks villagers of South Goa

NT NETWORK Margao While the government is working on a draft coastal zone management plan, the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, on Sunday, came in for a sharp criticism for creating a divide between the government and the people. A day after the government resent the ‘corrected’ CZMPs back to the villages, gross manipulation by the NCSCM has come …

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Filipe Nery steps in for saving garbage-hit Chinchinim spring

NT NETWORK Margao Water Resources Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues has asked the Chinchinim  village panchayat to file a police complaint  against the dumping of garbage near the eco-sensitive Bondkevoll spring, which is famous for its medicinal properties. Taking cognisance of a news report in ‘The Navhind Times’, Rodrigues asked the panchayat to lodge a police complaint against those who create  …

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Carmona VP undertakes e-waste collection drive

NT NETWORK Carmona In a unique initiative, the Carmona village panchayat on Sunday conducted an e-waste collection drive, gathering electrical and electronic items like  old computers, batteries and bulbs. The panchayat also decided to conduct similar drives once every six months in the village as part of the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ programme. Speaking about the initiative, village sarpanch Allwyn Jorge …

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GWMC pushes VPs on material recovery facilities

NT NETWORK Margao Managing director of the Goa Waste Management Corporation Levinson Martins on Sunday warned village panchayats that if they fail to set up ‘material recovery facilities’ in their villages then that inaction could attract High Court’s stern action. Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, Martins said  that just a few panchayats like Ambelim and Carmona have so far set …

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NGT raps Centre for not fixing responsibility on plastic producers

NT NETWORK Panaji The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has pulled up the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for a three-year delay in drawing up a national framework for recycling and disposal of the post-consumer used plastic waste by brand owners. NGT has given the Ministry time till November 30 to file compliance report on framing national framework …

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Hiring of vehicles by PWD goes unchecked

Soiru Velip | NT Panaji In what seems to be yet another scam, it has come to light that the public works department (PWD) has been hiring a number of vehicles for its divisions, sub-divisions and circle offices spending over Rs 10 crore per annum without proper check on usage of the vehicles nor are the engineers and officials made …

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