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Crops on 1,928 hectare area damaged in state

Panaji: A report submitted by the agriculture department to the government has revealed that crops on 1,928 hectare area have been damaged, and 6,636 farmers have been affected in the state, due to flooding, which occurred in the first week of this month. And, the total loss due to the crop damage is estimated to be around Rs 8.92 crore. …

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PWD to put in place ‘alternative water supply arrangement’ in all talukas

Ponda: In the backdrop of Curti-Khandepar incident, which has left the entire Tiswadi and parts of Ponda taluka dry for the last five days, PWD has decided to make alternative arrangement of water supply in all the talukas of Goa. This was informed by PWD Minister Deepak Pauskar, on Tuesday, following the inspection of ongoing work of water pipeline restoration. …

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Goan residents to get preference in setting up stalls at Ashtami fair

Panaji: Residents of Goa will be given preference in setting up stalls at the forthcoming Ashtami furniture fair scheduled to begin in the city from Friday. The Corporation of City of Panaji has given application forms to those desirous of setting up stalls at  the traditional Ashtami  fair in the city, and the scrutiny is slated for tomorrow (Wednesday), stated …

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Iva’s removal as designated FDA officer ‘violates’ FSS Act

Panaji: Divesting Iva Fernandes of her powers by the health department as South Goa designated officer of the Food and Drugs Department (FDA) without citing any reasons could be in violation of the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006. Section 88 of the FSS Act clearly mentions about ‘protection of action taken in good faith’ wherein, it has been …

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Eight trucks impounded for illegal sand transportation

Mapusa: Eight trucks were impounded early morning on Tuesday for being involved in the illegal transportation of sand at Karaswada and Tuem. Out of the eight trucks, seven were impounded at Karaswada while one was impounded at Tuem by a raiding team. According to the Mapusa police, on Tuesday morning, seven trucks were impounded at Karaswada while they were “transporting …

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Shripad: ‘neglect’ led to water crisis

Panaji: Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, on Tuesday, said that neglecting maintenance of waterlines led to water crisis in the two talukas. The Minister described the water crisis situation as a severe, which was never experienced in the past. Addressing a press conference here while announcing the three-day special recruitment drive being organised for Goans by Indian …

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Cabral: govt will seek 3-month extension from NGT for finalising draft CZMP

Panaji: Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral, on Tuesday, said that the state government will request the National Green Tribunal to grant extension of three months to finalise draft Coastal Zone Management Plan of Goa. The NGT has set a deadline of August 31 for submitting CZMP. Speaking to the media, Cabral said that the government will write to the NGT to …

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Transport dept to make police verification mandatory for issuance of driving licences

Vasco: The Minister for Transport Mauvin Godinho has said that the transport department will make police verification mandatory for issuing driving licenses in order to bring in discipline and also to give preference to locals in the transport sector. Godinho was speaking to the media after holding a meeting of the airport advisory committee involving stakeholders to resolve various issues …

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MMC to crackdown on house tax defaulters

Margao: The chief officer of the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) Siddhivinayak Naik on Tuesday said that the MMC is all set to disconnect the electricity and water connection of Margao citizens who have failed to pay the arrears of Rs 25,000 and above. Speaking to the media, Naik said, “The citizens of Margao are not paying the house tax regularly. …

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21-yr-old held for rape

Panaji: Police have arrested Anil Chalwadi (21) on charges of allegedly raping a woman (22) at Dona Paula. Police said that the complaint was filed by the rape survivor. The survivor is known to the accused since the last couple of years while they were studying informed police. The incident occurred on August 18 at Dona Paula. The accused is …

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