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Cops turn to songs to spread COVID-19 awareness

Margao: As part of sensitising the public about COVID-19, Fatorda police personnel performed live on songs near the Gogol traffic circle on Saturday night. Senior police officers also delivered talks on COVID-19 on the occasion. Till date, South Goa police have performed in over 100 live programmes in its jurisdiction. Inspector General of Police Jaspal Singh, Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajesh Kumar, South Goa Superintendent of Police …

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Women SHGs urge govt to waive off loans

Sankhali: Women self-help groups registered under the National Rural Livelihoods Mission have urged the state government to waive off their loans as they are facing a financial crisis in view of the lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing a press conference at Bicholim, president of Sri Taleshwar self-help group Mayem Kajal Karbotkar along with others, said that presently …

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12-hour shift for Goa’s factories in the works

Panaji: Factory timings in the state are soon to get longer as the government is expected to extend  working hours on the shop floor for the local industry to function longer hours during the ongoing lockdown.   A senior official in the government on Monday revealed that an amendment in the State Factory Rules to permit extension in the working hours …

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Study begins to help draw economic revival plan for local bodies

Panaji: The directorate of higher education and the Goa Institute of Public Administration and Rural Development have begun a study in rural and urban areas of the state to work out an economic revival plan for local bodies. The revival plan aims at making village panchayats and municipalities   self-sustainable post the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had wide-ranging impact on the …

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Govt urged to use barges to get essentials from outside Goa

Panaji: The Goa Barge Owners Association on Monday urged government to use their vessels to bring in vegetables and essentials for Goa from the neighbouring states. “A barge has a capacity to transport 2,000 tonne of food grains from other states and that too at half the cost, which will enable the government to get around the need for operating …

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80,000 migrants want to leave Goa, says CM

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that so far 80,000 migrant labourers have registered with panchayats and municipalities seeking permission to return to their native states, and that the state government is deciding on protocol for their repatriation. Addressing media persons through a web conference, Sawant expressed apprehensions that if all migrants leave the state then there could …

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Race against time for migrant labourers to quit Goa

Panaji: Thousands of migrant labourers working in different sectors in Goa have been queuing up before government offices to submit application forms so as to seek permission to leave the state owing to the nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These migrants have lived in the outskirts of the state capital and various other places in …

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Shack worker murdered in Calangute; 13 held

Calangute: The Calangute police, on Monday, informed that they have arrested thirteen persons in connection with the murder of Shamshad Khan Malik (30), a resident of Uttar Pradesh. “Shamshad lost his life over a Rs 2,500 mobile phone after he was assaulted by a group of 15 to 17 drug addicts with iron pipes, iron rods and dandas. Head injuries …

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Mapusa market reopens

Mapusa: Officials of Mapusa Municipal Council besides officer bearers of Mapusa Merchant Association (MMA) were on their toes on Monday at the municipal market to ensure that the guidelines were strictly followed. Finally, after a gap of over 40 days, 50 per cent of shops in Mapusa municipal market opened for general public on Monday. Initially little chaos was witnessed …

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Police urge public to wear face mask, observe social distancing

Panaji: In view of the 3rd phase of the lockdown, Goa police have issued advisory requesting public to wear face mask, observe social distancing and to stay indoors between 7 pm to 7 am. The advisory has been issued based on the directions given by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). SP Shobhit Saksena has urged public to cooperate and follow …

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