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Miguel Braganza The season of Carnival, Shigmo and urrak is here. The exotic Brazilian cashew, Anacardium occidentale, is now as inseparable from the culture and image of Goa as is the coconut. The cashew was introduced from Brazil to India for soil conservation. Locals used its juice for distilling feni that gave Goa its first Geographical Indication (GI). The tourism …

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Long live tradition

In the midst of the Shigmo festivities, devotees of all faiths came together to celebrate the traditional ‘sotreo’ festival of Cuncolim. The festival is celebrated not only to welcome the goddess Shantadurga Kunkalikarin to Cuncolim (where her temple was originally located), but also to celebrate the victory of devotees against the Portuguese who attempted to convert the temple there. Cuncolim …

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Lenten recollection

An all-Goa deanery retreat was organised at the Diocesan Retreat Centre, Old Goa. As part of the retreat, youth engaged in praise and worship, way of the cross, confessions and a Eucharistic celebration celebrated by Fr Valentine. In his homily, he urged the youth to be good Samaritans in their life and the lives of others. He encouraged them to …

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The coronavirus bitter pill for Goan industry

In Feb 2020 when news of coronavirus disease in Wuhan, China came to light few realized how powerful the illness would be. Today the illness is on everybody’s mind.  With fresh outbreaks across the country and surge in illness related deaths across the world coronavirus is getting bigger by the day. The economic repercussion of the dreaded infection is no …

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Government approves tax reimbursement scheme for exporters

With a view to boost the country’s dwindling outbound shipments, the government on March 13, approved a scheme for reimbursement of taxes and duties to exporters.   The decision to approve the Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP) scheme was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The scheme is expected to cost …

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‘Use technology to create a great consumer experience’

The Institute of Management and Accounts (IMA), is a worldwide association of finance and accounting professionals. Here Jeffrey Thomson, president and chief executive officer (CEO), IMA in an exclusive interview with Sudesh Bhosle, says that, he does not expect a rescission in 2020 and growth in global gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to be around three per cent as …

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Blood bath and carnage of the worst type in markets

By DM Deshpande It has been an unforgettable week for investors worldwide. Coronavirus has resulted in an unprecedented sell off that has resulted in a free fall of security prices almost all over the globe.       In India the story is no different; it started with black Monday, the first day of the week. Investors lost around Rs 6 lakh …

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Budget 2020- No Big Bang

By Tensing Rodrigues No big bang, says an expert about Budget 2020. Today let us analyse the reactions to the budget by various commentators. Let us omit the comments by politicians including previous Finance Ministers for however expert and experienced they may be they cannot speak their mind.   We begin with Nikhil Vadia, a CA who has been filing …

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SBI- Goa gets moving on the road towards digital banking

State Bank of India, Goa, flagged off Digital Yaans during the 108th State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) meeting held on March 12. The flag-off of the Digital Yaans (vans) was in the presence of Parimal Roy, chief secretary, Goa, KV Haridas, deputy managing director, SBI,  Sanjay Kumar general manager, SBI, Sanjay, secretary revenue,  Nampoothri, general manager, RBI- Goa,  Kamakshi Pai, …

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Alila Diwa completes first decade in Goan hospitality industry

South Goa based Alila Diwa launched a new event space Udeta recently to mark the completion of its 10th anniversary.  The new event venue is pitched at wedding and MICE guests.   Speaking on the completion of 10 years, Suveer Sodhi, general manager, said, “We are delighted to celebrate the completion of an exciting decade and are gearing up for many …

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