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CM promises measures to prevent waterlogging

Panaji: Stating that the state government will adopt long-term measures to prevent flooding in the future, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday assured the assembly that the public works department (PWD) and water resources department (WRD) will be entrusted with the responsibility to clear waterlogging across Goa as an interim measure. He said that in order to provide immediate relief …

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School managements to take care of students’ security

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, in a written reply to the state legislative assembly, informed that the management and heads of schools have been advised to devise their own methodology for the safety and security of the students keeping in mind the local and special situation of the school. “The guidelines to safeguard children including girls, in the school have …

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Iva, who ‘confirmed’ formalin in fish, relieved of duty as FDA S Goa designated officer

Panaji: A year after the lady officer Iva Fernandes ‘confirmed’ the presence of ‘formalin’, a cancer-causing agent, in the fish imported from the neighbouring states, she has been relieved by the health department of her responsibilities as the South Goa designated officer of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). In an order dated July 17, 2019, issued by Secretary Health J …

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Ajgaonkar says beach cleaning will remain with tourism dept

Panaji: Deputy Chief Minister Manohar ‘Babu’ Ajgaonkar, who holds the Tourism portfolio, said that beach cleaning is his right and he will not hand it over to any other department. Replying on demands of tourism department in the state assembly on Monday, Ajgoankar categorically stated that other waste can be handled by the newly formed waste management department but the …

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Goa receives 2% surplus rain

Panaji: Over a month into this year’s southwest monsoon, the state has now received two per cent excess rainfall so far as per the data released by India Meteorological Department (IMD). Between June 1 and July 22, the state normally should receive 1,652 mm of rainfall. This year, with the monsoon unusually active, the state has received 1,679 mm of …

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India begins journey to Moon’s South Pole

Sriharikota: Aiming to take a “billion dreams to the moon”, India on Monday successfully launched its second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 on board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport here to explore the uncharted south pole of the celestial body by landing a rover. The geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here into cloudy …

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Trump offers to mediate on Kashmir issue

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Monday offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue as he met Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House for the first time. Trump said that he is ready to help, if the two countries ask. “If I can help, I would love to be a mediator,” Trump said in …

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CM: regular checks are being conducted to inspect food quality

Panaji: The government has appointed nutrition experts to check the quality and quantity of mid-day meals to the school students by carrying out sensory analysis as well as nutritive assessment of these daily meals. Coming out with this written information, in the State Legislative Assembly, on Monday, the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that on instances when the mid-day meal …

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Will have to seek funds from Centre to undertake desilting of rivers: Sawant

Panaji: Stating that the state government doesn’t have enough funds to develop the state rivers, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, on Monday, said that the state government will have to seek funds from the central government to undertake the work of desilting of the rivers. “If we have to undertake the work under the National Waterways Act for navigation and development …

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Govt not inclined towards closing its schools: Sawant

Panaji: Stating that the government is not inclined towards closing its schools, the Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant, on Monday, said that there is, however, dearth of teachers in schools, especially, in government primary schools. “We have finalised 182 primary teachers, however, the related file has gone to various departments for roster management, as regards reservation quota pertaining to ex-servicemen, freedom …

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