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India monitoring costs of importing non-Iranian oil

IANS New Delhi The finance ministry is closely watching the economic costs of oil imports from other alternative markets like Iraq and Saudi Arabia, following the United States’ withdrawal earlier this month of the waiver granted last year to some countries by the US on its Iran sanctions. Following the withdrawal of the US waiver, India has stopped contracting oil …

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Jallianwala massacre changed Gandhi from ‘Empire loyalist’ to opponent of British: book

IANS New Delhi Mahatma Gandhi’s maiden visit to Punjab in the aftermath of Jallianwala Bagh massacre changed him from an ‘Empire loyalist’ to the “implacable opponent” of the British rule, contends a book published on the occasion of the centenary anniversary of the incident. The book named ‘Martyrdom to Freedom’, which is edited by Rajesh Ramachandran, editor of Tribune, has …

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SC refuses to hear Cong MP’s plea seeking action against Modi, Shah

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court Wednesday refused to hear Congress MP Sushmita Dev’s plea seeking action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for alleged poll code violations. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta, however, gave Dev the liberty to file a fresh plea against various Election Commission (EC) orders rejecting …

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Work on remaining stretch of 4-lane highway going on at slow pace

NT NETWORK Vasco The work on the remaining stretch of the four lane highway (NH17B) including the construction work of the elevated road-cum-flyover-cum-rail over bridge from Varunapuri-Mangor Hill to gate no 9 of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) is going on at a slow pace. And, this is allegedly due to the non-payment of bills to the Gammon India Pvt Ltd, which …

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GMC fails to get nod for ‘upgradation’ of PG diploma courses

NT NETWORK Panaji The Goa Medical College authorities have ruled out the possibility of getting approval for the upgradation of postgraduate diploma courses to postgraduate degree courses. “The Medical Council of India has rejected our plea as the GMC exhausted the stipulated time to submit the application for all 26 seats to the Union Health Ministry which include 22 recognised …

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Altinho still not ‘open defecation free’

NT NETWORK Panaji Altinho was once known as the ‘paradise’ of Panaji; most of the residents here are highly qualified and affluent. Members of business community from all over Goa have settled here. The area also houses quarters for bureaucrats. As the top bureaucrats and Chief Minister are residing here, the residents of the area neither have water problem nor …

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Collector orders temporary diversion of traffic coming from Old Goa

NT NETWORK Panaji The North Goa District Collector and District Magistrate R Menaka has ordered diversion of traffic coming from Old Goa to Panaji for six days, beginning Wednesday, for the laying of high tension cable from Chorao ferry point to Balbhim Maharudra temple under the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd. The traffic proceeding from Old Goa to Panaji …

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Power crisis: official points fingers at poor infra, growing demand

NT NETWORK Panaji Power distribution infrastructure in the state has not kept pace with the demand, said a senior official of the electricity department on Wednesday, following widespread complaints from residents of frequent power cuts and load shedding. Expressing helplessness at the anger and frustration over the frequent load-shedding and voltage fluctuations, Reshma Mathew, chief electrical engineer, disclosed that the …

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Sudin challenges Pauskar to probe PWD works

NT NETWORK Panaji Stating that as Minister for Public Works he has done everything as per business rules and official circulars of the government including the finance department, former deputy chief minister and senior MGP leader Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar advised the current PWD Minister Deepak Pauskar to initiate an inquiry after properly studying business rules. It may recalled that the …

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Rape case against Babush: framing of charges on June 3

NT NETWORK Panaji The Panaji Session’s Court will hear on June 3 the matter related to the alleged rape of a girl by Panaji Congress by-poll candidate Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate in the year 2016 and decide about framing or dropping of the charges against him. Stating that the girl had changed her statement six times, the defence counsel advocate Damodar …

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