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Migrants violate social distancing norm in Margao

Margao: Around 500 migrants Tuesday morning queued at the Margao municipal council (MMC) help counter, set up in the commercial town’s municipal garden to help the migrants complete the process for travel to their respective home states. The migrants, standing behind one another in a serpentine queue on the footpath encircling the garden were seen openly violating the social distancing norms. …

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Pre-monsoon works will be largely affected: city Mayor

Panaji: The movement of migrant workers to their native states in view of the countrywide lockdown is likely to have a huge impact on Goa’s economy. Addressing media on Tuesday, city Mayor Uday Madkaikar said if the migrants start moving out of Goa in large numbers, many sectors in the state would be affected. With monsoon approaching soon, many people …

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Pneumonia death rate higher in rural Goa

Panaji: Pneumonia has consistently been claiming nearly 400 lives every year and the government data of medically certified death cases of the disease has revealed that the pneumonia death rate was higher in rural areas of the state. According to the World Health Organisation, ‘pneumonia is a form of acute respiratory infection that affects the lungs. The lungs are made …

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Don’t unnecessarily create trouble by flouting norms, police to citizens

Panaji: Goa police have advised people not to gather unnecessarily or hold protests as apart from increasing the workload of police, it will also divert the effort of the police away from fighting COVID-19. According to the police, as per the Government of India directions, several activities including cultural, religious and political still continue to be prohibited. However, it has …

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No taking walks, jogging beyond 7 pm

Panaji: With relaxation of the lockdown restrictions, people can now go out for a walk or jogging but not between 7 pm and 7 am of the next day. People going for a walk or jogging will have to wear face mask, observe social distancing and should not go out in groups, said a police officer. However, police have advised …

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Proposal over 12-hr shift sent to CM

Panaji: The Inspectorate of Factories and Boilers of Government of Goa has proposed an amendment to the Section 65 (2) of the Factories Act, 1948, extending working hours of the workers of the factories in the state to 12 hours a day. The proposal states that maximum working hours per week shall be 60 hours, which means that if workers …

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Goa Board firm on SSC exams but decision hinges on Centre

Panaji: The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education on Tuesday stated that it is firm on conducting the SSC examination, which has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, unless the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development says otherwise. The Goa Board also maintained that it is not in favour of promoting SSC students to class XI on …

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Margao shopkeepers warned over social distancing

Margao: Owners of shops in Margao market where social distancing norms were thrown to the winds have been warned of closure by the Margao Municipal Council (MMC). A team of Margao civic body led by its chairperson Pooja Naik along with the chief officer and councillors on Tuesday inspected the new market and Gandhi market. “While most of the shopkeepers …

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Ray of hope for Sattari distillers as liquor sale restarts

Abdulla Khan | NT Valpoi: With the state government giving a green signal for sale of liquor with conditions in accordance with the order of Union Ministry of Home Affairs, local distillers making feni or urrack from cashew apples have heaved a sigh of relief. The lockdown that coincided with the peak season for plucking of cashew fruits and starting …

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Agrawal Samaj donates Rs 23.25 lakh for COVID-19 relief

Panaji: Agrawal Samaj’s Goa community has come out in support of the fight against COVID-19 and is providing relief. Members of the community have also decided to contribute in combine some amount through Agrawal Samaj, Goa towards PM Cares Fund and CM COVID Fund. Cheques of Rs 23,25,001 in favour of PM CARES Fund and CM COVID Fund were collected …

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