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CM: Smart City Mission board to be reconstituted

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday assured on the floor of the House that the board of director of Smart City Mission will be reconstituted under his chairmanship. Replying to concerns raised by Panaji MLA Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate over Smart City project, the Chief Minister said that as of now mainly bureaucrats were managing the affairs of the centrally …

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Incessant rain, waterlogging throw life out of gear in city

Panaji: Heavy rainfall on Monday disrupted normal life in the city with students, office goers and commuters in general facing a harrowing time. Several stretches of roads witnessed heavy waterlogging as the downpour continued throughout the day. Businesses in the city also took a hit as there was less movement of people especially those coming for shopping due to incessant …

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Govt has considered proposal over regularisation: Milind

Panaji: Urban Development Minister Milind Naik on Monday said in the state assembly that the government has considered a proposal to work out a method to regularise contract as well as daily-wage labourers working in municipalities and who have completed 8 years of service. Replying on demand, the Minister said that a decision has already been taken by the government …

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Azgaonkar: east, north portions of stadium roof not repaired since 2001

Panaji: Coming out with the clarification as regards around 300 tin sheets placed atop Jawaharlal Nehru stadium flying away on July 4, due to gusty winds, the Minister for Sports Manohar ‘Babu’ Azgaonkar said that the east and the north roof of this stadium was not repaired since 2001, in turn admitting that M/s M Venkatrao Infra Projects Pvt Ltd, …

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Cabbies threaten to surrender permits on August 8

Panaji: Refusing the government proposal to join the GoaMiles app service, the tourist taxi operators in the state on Sunday warned the government that they will surrender their taxi permits en masse to the department of transport on August 8, if their demand to scrap the app-based cab company is not fulfilled. The decision came during the ‘show of strength’ …

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Yellow and black taxi operators at Dabolim to call off strike today

Vasco: The yellow and black taxi operators attached to the Dabolim international airport are likely to call off their strike by Monday morning, following an assurance given to them by Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho to resolve their problems. The yellow and black taxi operators, under the banner of United Taximen Union (UTU), met Godinho at his office at New-Vaddem in …

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BJP backs GoaMiles but opposes entry to Uber, Ola

Panaji: Endorsing the stand of its government on the GoaMiles app issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday said that although it supports compulsory requirement for the state tourist taxi service to use application software, it does not back the operation of the app-based cabs such as Uber and Ola, in Goa. “If the government wanted to bring Uber and …

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Gusty winds blow off 300 tin sheets from refurbished Fatorda stadium

Panaji/Margao: Notwithstanding the up-gradation and refurbishment works of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda recently carried out by two agencies namely M/s M Venkatrao Infra Projects Pvt Ltd and M/s Supercons Engineers & Contractor Pvt Ltd, at the collective cost of Rs 61.50 crore, around 300 tin sheets placed atop this stadium flew away with the gusty winds Sunday morning, thus …

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Amit Shah, Gadkari to visit Goa this month

Panaji: Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah and Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will visit Goa later this month to attend events related to their respective ministries. They will also take a stock of the ongoing Sangathan Parv – the nationwide primary membership drive of the Bharatiya Janata Party – being carried out in Goa. Coming out …

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Draft CZMP fails to depict Pomburpa fishermen houses

ARPITA SRIVASTAVA | NT Mapusa: There is fear and anxiety among villagers of Pomburpa-Olaulim, who have been living on the bank of River Mapusa and mainly belong to the fishing community, with regard to the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) for the village, as it has failed to depict houses located along the river. The draft CZMP has also …

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