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Ajgaonkar hits back at Chodankar, asks him to demand Kamat’s resignation

NT NETWORK Mapusa Deputy Chief Minister and Sports Minister Manohar (Babu) Ajgaonkar on Tuesday lashed out at Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Girish Chodankar saying that the latter should first ask the Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat to resign over his failure to hold National Games when he was the chief minister. Earlier, Chodankar had said that Ajgaonkar should …

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No officer keen on taking up Serula land scam probe

NT NETWORK Panaji It has come to light that no officer in the state administration is ready to take up the herculean task of probing alleged multi-crore Serula comunidade land scam, even as the government has time and again announced that it would probe the alleged scam and, accordingly, had appointed an officer, however, inquiry could not go on for …

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Rain picks up steam in Sattari

NT NETWORK Valpoi Sattari taluka, which recently saw devastation of crops by floods, was pounded by rains on Tuesday, causing consternation among farmers.  Standing crops, including banana and areca nut plantations, on 94 hectares of land were devastated by the recent floods and storms, causing a loss of Rs 85-95 lakh to some 1,003 farmers. Most of the areas affected …

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Bank mergers don’t go down well in Goa

SHOMA PATNAIK | NT Panaji The recent bank mergers  have  not gone down well in the state, as bank unions are doubtful of the mergers benefitting either bank employees or customers. According to the United Forum of Bank Unions-Goa, which is against the mergers, there are chances of officers being shuffled to different branches or to locations once the  management …

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Only four panchayats submit their coastal plans

NT NETWORK Panaji The environment department has so far received coastal maps from four village panchayats of Cavellosim, Varca, Chicalim and Anjuna. The maps show additions and deletions, which need to be incorporated into the draft coastal zone management plan of these villages. After facing public wrath in the state against the erroneous draft CZMP, the department earlier this month …

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Downpour on the horizon

NT NETWORK Panaji The Indian meteorological department on Tuesday issued a yellow weather warning for the next four days, predicting heavy rainfall – over 110mm of downpour – at many places in the state. Yellow is the least dangerous of the weather warnings. It indicates the possibility of severe weather system over the next few days that could disrupt normal …

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Cochlear implant surgery works wonders for children

NT NETWORK Panaji The Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim recently conducted successful cochlear implant surgeries on two children who were suffering from hearing disability. A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids which make sounds louder, cochlear implants bypass the damaged hair cells of the inner ear …

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Facilities at Varca beach yet to take off

NT NETWORK Varca It has been over a month that two toilets and two changing rooms were set  up  at Pedda beach at Varca. But these facilities are yet to take off. The lock on the door of one  toilet has been broken while the door of the second toilet squarely remains locked. The toilets and changing rooms placed under …

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Steep fines to instil road sense in motorists from next week

NT NETWORK Panaji The transport department will start imple menting the amended Motor Vehicles Act from next week, imposing stiffer penalties against violations of traffic rules. The amended the Motor Vehicles Act with steeply hiked fines   for traffic rule violations came into effect from Saturday midnight. Transport director Rajendra Satardekar told ‘The Navhind Times’ that there is no need to …

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Congress throws down gauntlet to CM on ODF status

NT NETWORK Panaji The Congress on Monday termed the conferment of open defecation free status on Goa as a ‘farce’, claiming that the state government has not taken any initiative for providing toilets to households. Throwing down the gauntlet to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to ascertain the reality of ODF scenario in the state, Goa pradesh Congress committee president Girish …

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