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NGT again keeps in abeyance order on GCZMA to pay `1 cr fine

Panaji: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has for the second time kept in abeyance its order to Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) to pay fine of Rs 1 crore it had slapped for non-compliance with the directions against illegal structures built at turtle-nesting sites in Morjim, Mandrem, Agonda and Galgibaga. The tribunal had earlier suspended the order for payment …

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N Goa Collector to examine ‘influx’ of labour class people

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday informed the state legislative assembly that he has already directed the North Goa Collector to examine the arrival of large number of labour class people in Goa on July 22. The Chief Minister also stated that he has also asked the Labour Commissioner to come out with the list of companies in Goa …

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Vishwajit: govt may re-appoint Iva as FDA S Goa designated officer

Panaji: Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Wednesday said that he will consider the request made by Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao for the re-appointment of Iva Fernandes as the South Goa designated officer of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). A year after Fernandes ‘confirmed’ the presence of ‘formalin’ a cancer-causing agent, in the fish imported from the neighbouring states, she has …

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Cabral assures fresh CZMP in consultation with stakeholders

Panaji: Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral on Tuesday said that his department will prepare a fresh Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) 2011 for the entire state of Goa. “My department will prepare our own plan for Goa by consulting all the stakeholders including the local bodies. The plan will basically serve as the base plan that will be given to the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM). We will ask the …

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Police have failed to track drug suppliers, admits CM

Panaji: The government on Tuesday admitted in the state legislative assembly that the police department has failed to identify and nab the main supplier of drugs to Goa, further assuring that if anyone in the police department is having a nexus with the drug trade in the state, due action would be taken against such a person. Replying to a …

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State govt to encourage organic farming

Panaji: Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar, who also holds the Agriculture portfolio, on Tuesday said in the state assembly that the government will encourage organic farming in the state. He also said that the central government has made a provision of Rs 50 crore for three years to promote organic clusters. Replying to the demands on agriculture department, the …

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‘Many local youth involved in drug trade’

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that local youth in the age group of 20 to 35 years are involved in drug trade and many of them have been also convicted. Sawant also maintained that parents, education department and educational institutions should all look at this alarming scenario with due seriousness. He further said that if anyone is …

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Draft CZMP will adversely affect 600 Chandor residents

JOAO SOUSA M | NT Margao: Even as Chandor village is known for its rich heritage, including heritage homes, the controversial draft coastal zone management plan (CZMP), in its original form, could spell doom for the village, as it threatens to displace two entire wards of the village while also casting its spell on several heritage structures. The plan prepared by …

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Board to be constituted under Smart City Mission for Panaji

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, on Tuesday, stated that he would constitute a Board under the Smart City Mission for Panaji city, within 8 days, just as the city MLA, Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate said that he as well as the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) had been kept in a total darkness by the Imagine Panaji Smart City …

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No permission given to ‘Watermark’: govt

Panaji: Stating that no permission has been given to the floating restaurant ‘Watermark’ anchored in River Mandovi, the government, on Tuesday, indicated that the particular restaurant was running illegally without the approval of any authority. “However, permission was granted only for floating pontoon by Captain of Ports,” informed the Minister for Ports Michael Lobo, in a written reply to the …

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