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Vishwajit’s ‘statement’ was correct: FSSAI chairperson

NT NETWORK Panaji Claiming that the statement that was made by Health Minister Vishwajit Rane that the formalin found in fish was within a permissible limit was correct, the chairperson of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Rita Teotia, on Thursday, claimed that around 6,000 fish samples tested for formalin during the last two years were either …

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Salcete VPs ‘in process’ of finalising CZMPs

NT NETWORK Margao Panchayats along coastal areas of Salcete taluka have started finalising the Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMPs), as they have been asked to do so before the end of the month. Most of the panchayats had sought an extension till August 31 on the grounds that they were unable to complete the groundwork for verifying the plan. They …

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Atithi Devo Bhava loses its meaning in Goa

v ROHAN SHRIVASTAV | NT Panaji It appears that ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ has lost its meaning in Goa as a section of domestic tourists and habitual troublemakers are not making a hospitable atmosphere for the foreign tourists visiting the state. The foreign tourists are harassed in different ways: some domestic tourists ogle at women tourists in bikinis relaxing on deck-beds …

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Illegal fishing: govt hamstrung by absence of rules

NT NETWORK Panaji Although the state government has vowed to crack down on illegal fishing in the Goan waters, it has become apparent that there are no rules empowering the authorities to take action against the fishermen involved in illegal fishing. Moreover, the absence of the required rules has prevented the state government from taking action against the trawlers carrying …

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Lobo visits Sonsoddo waste plant, raises a stink over its condition

NT NETWORK  Margao   Waste Management Minister Michael Lobo on Thursday    visited the waste treatment plant at Sonsoddo, expressing his surprise over the condition of the plant.  Stating that he has never seen such a messy dump anywhere, Lobo held responsible local legislators, MMC councillors and the contractor for the mess at the plant.  “Waste is not being treated at the …

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HC adjourns hearing in beach shack policy plea

NT NETWORK Panaji The High Court of Bombay at Goa on Tuesday adjourned the hearing to next week in the case pertaining to the National Green Tribunal staying the implementation of the state beach shack policy. The High Court said that it will hear the petition on Monday. On September 13, the NGT stayed the policy till the state government …

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CCP gets a say in Smart City project

NT NETWORK Panaji Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday directed the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited that henceforth it must take the Corporation of the City of Panaji into confidence and take its prior permission while undertaking works under the Smart City mission. On Tuesday, Sawant chaired a review meeting on the Smart City project held at the Secretariat. …

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Govt asks coastal VPs, municipalities to recommend beaches for Blue Flag

NT NETWORK Panaji The state environment department has asked coastal local self-governing bodies to nominate beaches for their development under the Blue Flag certification programme. The department has written to the coastal panchayats and municipalities to recommend beaches within their jurisdiction by the end of this week to assist the department in shortlisting ten state beaches. The state government has …

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EDC withdraws from two important projects

NT NETWORK Panaji In an apparent move to avoid conflict of interest with government’s other agencies, the EDC on Tuesday decided to withdraw from two of its prominent projects – the construction of the Rs 1,200-crore convention centre planned for the IFFI at Dona Paula and the auctioning of 5 lakh sq mtr of SEZ land. The EDC’s board of …

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RBI slaps 6-month curbs on PMC Bank

NT NETWORK Panaji The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed stringent restrictions on the Mumbai-based Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Ltd (PMC Bank) under Section 35A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 with immediate effect. It restricts depositors of PMC Bank from withdrawing a sum exceeding Rs 1,000 of the total balance in every savings bank account or current …

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