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Small hoteliers say they are heading for a ‘full-blown crisis’

NT NETWORK Panaji While the tourism and hospitality industry in the state expects to be badly hit by the collapse of Thomas Cook (UK), small hoteliers, on Friday, said that they are heading for a full-blown crisis in occupancy vis-à-vis the bigger hotels. Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times,’ Serafino Cotta, president of Goa Small and Medium Hoteliers Association (GSMHA) said …

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MMC to seek reduction in arbitration amount

NT NETWORK Margao The Margao Municipal Council (MMC), during its emergency meeting held, on Friday, decided to appeal to District and Sessions Court to reduce the arbitration amount to Rs 25,000 per week from Rs 1 lakh a day being paid to Fomento Green towards operation cost following the dispute over Sonsoddo garbage treatment. It was also decided that the …

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Lobo: Bardez Bhavan proposal sent to Chief Minister

NT NETWORK Mapusa Minister for Waste Management Michael Lobo on Friday said that proposal regarding Bardez Bhavan has been submitted to the Chief Minister, who wants it to be taken up on priority. Replying to a question on casinos, Lobo said that no casino will be shifted to Calangute. “We are not bringing any casino on land in Calangute neither …

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Goenkar making global movie on Abbé Faria

RAMNATH N PAI RAIKAR Goa experienced the resurrection of the locally produced movies, during the beginning of this century, and the state is now all set to witness a locally rooted movie taking this movement to another level. Gurudas Kamat, the well-known documentary maker and photographer, is planning a film based on Abbé Faria, the Goan Catholic monk, who pioneered …

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Ban on single-use plastic notified

NT NETWORK Panaji The state government has notified the Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) (Amendment) Act, 2019, banning the sale and use of single-use plastic and thermocol,  including non-woven bags,  polyethylene plastic bags, disposable thermocol/styrofoam tea cups, plates and straws. The amended act has also banned dumping of plastic waste in public places as well as burning of waste in open …

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Goa allotted coal block in MP

NT NETWORK Panaji The Union coal ministry has allotted a coal block in Dongari Tal in Madhya Pradesh to the state government-run Goa Industrial Development Corporation. This particular coal block has been allocated to the GIDC from the fifth ‘tranche’ of the allotment of the coal ministry. The coal mines have been allotted to the state governments for sale of …

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Hike in pao price kept on hold

NT NETWORK| Margao/Panaji Pao-loving Goans can breathe easy for now as the All-Goa Bakers and Confectioners Association on Friday decided to keep on hold the one-rupee hike of the bread price. Recently the association had said the price of a pao would increase from Rs 4 to Rs 5 beginning October 10. However, association president Peter Fernandes told reporters on …

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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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