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Russia, Goa explore possibilities for business ties

Panaji : Economic partnership between Russia and Goa received a boost on Thursday, as Russian ambassador to India Nikolai Kudashev met Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for exploring commercial ties. The meeting focused on strengthening business relations in tourism and manufacturing, specifically in aerospace, defence, IT and pharmaceutical sectors. The ambassador discussed the possibility of Russians setting up business establishments in …

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Straight fight today for MMC chairperson’s post

Margao : The Margao municipal council is all set for a straight fight for the chairperson’s post on Friday. Pooja Naik, who has been backed by the Goa Forward Party, is crossing swords with Doris Texeira, who has been backed by Margao legislator Digambar Kamat, for the post. On Thursday, Texeira filed two sets of nomination papers before chief officer …

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CM assures GMPF of meeting with PM

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday assured a delegation of the Goa Mining People’s Front of fixing an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi so that the panel can impress upon Modi to push for early resumption of mining operations in the state.   The delegation, which was led by GMPF president Puti Gaonkar, held a meeting with Sawant. Speaking …

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GU pro-chancellor move put in cold storage

Panaji: Following the strong disparagement by academicians and educationists, the state government has put in cold storage the proposal on appointing the Chief Minister as pro-chancellor of the Goa University. Replying to demands of higher education and the GU during the last assembly session, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had announced the decision on appointment of pro-chancellor for the GU. To …

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Govt pins hope on ‘LLINs’ to wipe out malaria

ROHAN SHRIVASTAV | NT Panaji: Aiming to control vector-borne diseases and eliminate malaria, the directorate of health services will soon distribute long lasting insecticidal nets – LLINs – in the malaria-prone areas of the state. The LLINs will be procured by the DHS from the central government, and the first batch of around 20,000 LLINs is expected to arrive next …

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CS-led panel to monitor ESZs around wildlife sanctuaries

Panaji: In order to monitor the compliance of the provisions of notifications declaring eco-sensitive zones (ESZs) around national park and wildlife sanctuaries in the state of Goa, the government has constituted the state-level eco-sensitive zone monitoring committee headed by the Chief Secretary. A representative of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, member secretary of Goa State Pollution Control …

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Finally, state gets Board for Wildlife

Panaji: The Goa government has constituted the State Board for Wildlife under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. According to the notification issued by the under-secretary (forest), the Forest Minister is the vice chairman of the board. Besides Poriem MLA Pratapsingh Rane, Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha, Sanguem MLA Prasad Gaonkar, the Principal Secretary (Forests), Principal Chief Conservator of …

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Govt to settle forest dwellers’ claims expeditiously: Kavlekar

Margao : The state government authorities have unanimously decided to expedite the process to settle forest dwellers’ claims under the Forest Rights Act, Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar said on Thursday. A joint meeting of government officials, Minister for Revenue Jennifer Monserrate, Minister for Tribal Welfare Govind Gaude and WRD Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues was held at the South …

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MBA: govt overlooked SC order to benefit Karnataka

Panaji: Mhadai Bachao Andolan (MBA) on Thursday claimed that it has come across startling revelations on Supreme Court order passed on August 17, 2017 which had restrained the Karnataka government from carrying out any work either on Kalsa or Bhadura project, stated Elvis Gomes. Addressing media persons in the presence of coordinator of MBA Subhash Velingkar and Pradeep Padgaonkar, Elvis …

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Congress flays SDM for ‘harsh’ conditions to release 3 partymen

Panaji: The Congress party on Thursday said that the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Vivek H P was ‘too harsh’ while laying conditions for release of three of its party men who were arrested by police for reportedly disrupting the inaugural function of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) held at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium at Taleigao. Police had …

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