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Averting local transmission of COVID is challenge at hand: govt

Panaji: Raising concerns over the possibility of a further rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, health secretary Nila Mohanan on Wednesday said that preventing local transmission of the dreaded virus is the next challenge before the government. “The next challenge is not community transmission; the next challenge is local transmission. There are three levels. The first  one is what …

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Frontline workers to get face shields

Panaji: The state government has decided to provide ‘face shields’ to frontline workers who are playing a major role in preventing, containing and managing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. The government has already placed an order for 1000 face shields for frontline warriors in both the districts. “To ensure the safety of all the staff including …

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Bed strength at COVID Hospital stands at 200

Margao: The Margao-based designated COVID-19 Hospital has increased the bed strength to 200 on Wednesday, factoring in the surge  in COVID positive cases in the state. The hospital had seen  an increase  in the bed strength  from 60 to 170, which further went up to 200 on Wednesday evening. However,  despite the  increase in the number of beds, the hospital …

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Goa sees 4 more COVID positive cases

Panaji: Four more persons tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, taking the total number of active cases to 43 in the state. Till date, Goa has seen 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which seven patients have recovered from the disease. Health secretary Nila Mohanan told  a press conference in Panaji  that two of the four people  who …

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416 sailors come back home

Vasco : Three passenger relief flights arrived at the Dabolim airport from Italy on Wednesday, carrying 416 stranded Indian seafarers. Airport director Gagan Malik said that first Neos flight with 168 seafarers (of which 160 were Goans), landed at the Dabolim airport  at around 10.20 am. Of the 168  sailors that came in the first fight, 120 seafarers were taken   …

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SSC exam: Goa Board puts in place safety measures

Panaji: Following green signal from the High Court of Bombay at Goa for conduct of SSC examination, the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has put in place all safety measures for the 19,680 students appearing for this exam, including 9,890 girls and 9,790 boys. The SSC exam will be conducted at 29 centres and 173 sub-centres. The …

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HC permits state govt to conduct SSC exam

Panaji: In a  relief to the students appearing for the SSC examination, the High Court of Bombay at Goa on Wednesday permitted the state government to conduct the SSC examination from Thursday. The Court told the state government to take due precautions and to make necessary arrangements with reference to social distancing, travel etc.  The Court had asked the central government and …

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BJP: govt has extended all support to Goa Board for conducting SSC exam

Panaji: Stating that its government has extended all support to the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education for conducting the SSC examination from May 21, the Bharatiya Janata Party, on Wednesday, said that possibility of any untoward incident vis-à-vis Corona transmission during this examination should be left to God. The state spokesperson of the BJP, Sidharth Kunkalienkar, addressing …

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3,100 migrants leave state through 4 trains

Margao: Migrants leaving the state of Goa  to their home states continued on  Wednesday with  as many as 3,100 leaving Goa through four different trains that departed from the Margao station. As many as  58 passengers alighted from the two  Rajdhani Express – Delhi-Thiruvanananthapuram and  Thiruvananthapuram to  Delhi. All these passengers were  taken for  rapid testing for  COVID 19  infection at …

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ECLGS for MSME sector: banks await RBI guidelines

Panaji: While a hefty loan package worth Rs 3 lakh crore has been announced for the micro small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector under the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS),  industrial units in the state that are planning to seek funding assistance will have to wait for a couple of days before they could avail the scheme. On Wednesday, …

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