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Mhadei water diversion will directly affect 3,600 farmers

Soiru Velip | NT Uste-Sattari The Mhadei river valley is one of the few surviving pockets that have rich biodiversity leading to prosperity in the villages situated along the river banks in Sattari taluka in North Goa. However, all this is at stake due to the constant attempts being made by the Karnataka government to divert water from the basin …

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Security beefed up at Dabolim

NT NETWORK Vasco Security in and around the Dabolim airport was intensified on Monday following detection of a ‘live’ explosive device at the Mangaluru airport in Karnataka. According to sources, the security agencies including the central industrial security force and intelligence agencies have beefed up security around the Dabolim airport after components of low-intensity improvised explosive device (IED) were found …

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Special team to inspect all state casinos

NT NETWORK Panaji The state government has constituted a special inspection team to check the carrying capacity of the offshore casino vessels as per a provision of the Goa Gambling Act. The team also has the mandate to carry out inspections of onshore casinos operating in star hotels in the state. The team will be headed by the Under Secretary …

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Audio of Milind’s tiff with Vasco councillor goes viral

NT NETWORK Vasco Mormugao MLA Milind Naik, who is also the Urban Development Minister, was allegedly involved in an argument with the deputy chairperson of Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) Reema Sonurlekar over the issue of allocation of labourers. An audio of the alleged incident has gone viral. Speaking to this daily, Sonurlekar said that the Urban Development Minister called her …

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Loans over Rs 5 cr: RBI mandates co-op banks to register quarterly info

NT NETWORK Panaji Cooperative banks in the state will now have to submit quarterly information on large advances to a central registry in compliance with a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) directive aimed at monitoring credit exposure of primary urban banks. Reporting of advances to the central registry of information on large credits (CRILC) set up by the RBI is …

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Mauvin’s brother files for anticipatory bail

NT NETWORK Panaji Wilson Godinho, one of the two persons booked by the Old Goa police for alleged abetment of suicide of former sarpanch of Merces Prakash Naik, has approached the District and Sessions Court, Panaji seeking anticipatory bail. Police have filed its say opposing the anticipatory bail of Godinho. The matter will come up for hearing on Tuesday. On …

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Merces panch’s death: Sudin blames land mafia

NT NETWORK Panaji Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader and former PWD minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar on Monday sought the resignation of cabinet minister Mauvin Godinho after his brother’s name was mentioned in a suicide message left behind by Merces panch Prakash Naik. The former minister blamed the land mafia for the death of Naik, who was a property dealer. “I …

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River Talpona not in list of polluted rivers anymore

NT NETWORK Panaji The River Rejuvenation Committee (RRC-Goa) headed by Chief Secretary Parimal Rai has decided to delist River Talpona flowing in Canacona from its 11 polluted river stretches after over a year of study and serious pollution abatement intervention. Delisting is done when “all pollution abatement goals have been achieved” and “no further intervention is required to protect human …

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TTAG contests dept claims on tourist footfall

NT NETWORK Panaji Terming the state tourism department’s statistics on tourist footfalls ‘inaccurate’, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), the apex body representing the hotel and travel trade in Goa, has rejected the claims of the tourism department that there is an increase in tourist arrivals by 2.95 per cent in 2018 as compared to the footfalls in 2017. …

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Cane farmers resume agitation against price hike in cattle feed

NT NETWORK Ponda Bearing no fruit in the meeting with the administrator, Goa Dairy farmers once again started their agitation on Monday demanding a rollback in the cattle feed price hike. Around 200 farmers had taken part in the protest, who continued their agitation until late evening outside the Dairy’s administrative building gate at Curti, after their meeting with the …

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