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BJP has no ground to talk about Monserrate’s criminal record: Cong

Panaji: Congress party, on Friday, said that the BJP has no ground to talk about the criminal record of the Congress candidate for Panaji bypoll Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate as “they had accepted him in the coalition government with his past criminal record.” “Didn’t they approve of Monserrate as a clean person before the former chief minister Manohar Parrikar made him …

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State puts its foot down on 69 villages as ESAs

Panaji: The state government is firm on its decision to allow only 707 sq km as eco-sensitive area  in the Western Ghats covering 69 villages as against 99 villages covering an area of 1461 sq km, which was recommended by K Kasturirangan-led high-level working group. But the state has not yet prepared its  final proposal giving  justification for the demarcation …

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Over 22,000 voters in Panaji

Panaji: Over 22,000 voters are eligible to cast their votes to decide the fate of the six candidates fighting  the May 19 Panaji bypoll. As per the figures provided by the office of the chief electoral officer, the total numbers of eligible voters are 22,482, which include 10,697 male and 11,785 female electors. There are 131 persons with disabilities who …

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GSM vows to remove casino vessels from Mandovi

Panaji: The Goa Suraksha Manch on Friday released its manifesto for the poll-bound Panaji assembly segment, assuring to remove casino vessels from the Mandovi river and shift them to the Arabian Sea. GSM president and its candidate for the bypoll Subhash Velingkar, who released the document along with other party functionaries, promised not to betray the voters, who have reposed …

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Industrial units in Salcete not adhering to fire safety norms

Margao: Stating that many industrial units in Salcete taluka are presently not adhering to fire safety guidelines, the fire department has claimed that major blazes can be averted if the units follow guidelines and make available independent power supply to the hydrant systems in place. The taluka has witnessed major fires that even swept some units in two industrial estates. …

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BJP’s blueprint for Panaji’s makeover

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday released the BJP manifesto for the poll-bound Panaji assembly segment, promising relocation of government offices, a  ‘central spine road’ connecting Rua de Ourem, Mala, Bhatlem,  Taleigao and Dona Paula and a four-lane road connecting St Inez to Caranzalem so as to ease traffic congestion in the state capital. The manifesto was released at …

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Govt mulls tapping mines not covered by SC order

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said that his government has already begun process to tap the iron ore mines which do not come  under the ambit of the Supreme Court’s February 7, 2018 order. Out of the 300-odd mining leases in Goa, 88 leases have been in a legal obstacle after the SC ruling  quashed their second renewal …

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Tobacco seized from vehicle carrying milk into Colvale jail

Mapusa: Two packets containing 1 kg tobacco allegedly being taken into the modern central jail premises at Colvale was seized at the entry gate on Thursday morning. According to information, the tobacco was confiscated from a vehicle carrying milk stock for the jail inmates. During a check by IRB personnel found, two packets each of half kg tobacco were found …

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Casino operators dithering on furnishing information

Panaji: Government agencies have not yet received response from casino operators which are on the radar for their possible involvement in international money laundering racket. Almost a month back, the casino operators were asked to furnish information pertaining to certain transactions and records, informed sources. However, it appears that the casino operators are sleeping over the issue and have not …

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Sidharth favoured over Utpal to avoid ‘family raj’ tag: Mauvin

Panaji: Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho on Thursday said that the adverse media reports on ‘promoting family raj’ could be one of the factors that led to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) denying Panaji by-poll ticket to Utpal Parrikar, the elder son of the former chief minister late Manohar Parrikar. “Every print and electronic media wrote on that so perhaps that could …

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