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Rough sea washes up jellyfish, trash on South Goa beaches

NT NETWORK Margao With rough sea conditions prevailing, South Goa beaches witnessed seasonal appearance of the Blue Button jellyfish and large amounts of garbage, while many fishermen stayed clear of venturing into the sea on Monday. Sightings of the blue-coloured jellyfish were reported as early as last week. Drishti lifeguard services had issued a statement informing of the jelly fish …

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Ponda arecanut farmers hit as rains cause nut dropping

NIRGOSH GAUDE | NT Ponda The arecanut farmers across Ponda taluka have suffered major losses owing to damage to arecanut crop due to heavy rains this season. Arecanuts have fallen prematurely in almost all farms across the taluka, it is learnt. According to Ponda zonal agriculture officer (ZAO) Pradnya Priolkar, so far around 76 farmers from various parts of Ponda …

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Valpoi locals irked over inaction against stray dog menace

NT NETWORK Valpoi The stray dog menace has witnessed a drastic rise over the years in Valpoi. Residents in most parts of the town have been complaining about presence of stray dogs in their respective areas and have accused the authorities of playing with the lives of the common man by not taking any concrete steps. “I feel scared while …

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Govt will take stakeholders including comunidade into confidence: Mauvin

NT NETWORK Vasco Minister for Transport and Panchayats Mauvin Godinho has said that the state government will take into confidence all stakeholders, including comunidade authorities, while legalising houses on comunidade land all over the state. He was speaking to media on the sidelines of a site inspection of Vaddem lake, carried out in the presence of Mormugao Municipal Council chairperson …

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Sardinha inspects Margao rail station, to take up issues with Goyal

NT NETWORK Margao South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha inspected the Margao railway station on Sunday along with officials of the Konkan Railway to check on amenities being provided to passengers travelling by trains. During his interaction with the railway officials, the MP drew the attention to providing clean and hygienic toilets at the station premises, even offering to spend funds …

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4,144 houses in Ponda lack toilet

NIRGOSH GAUDE | NT Ponda: Even though Goa was officially declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) on Saturday, around 4,144 households in Ponda taluka alone still await a toilet facility. These households have applied for a toilet under the state government’s scheme of bio-digester toilets. Interestingly, around 75 applications for community toilets too lie pending, with residents awaiting the toilets promised …

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Stray dog on Dabolim runway forces flight to abort take-off

Vasco: Barely 19 days after pilots of a Goa-bound Mumbai Air India flight aborted landing at the Dabolim airport runway due to the sighting of stray dogs on the runway, yet another incident of a stray dog entering the runway was reported on Sunday forcing a Delhi-bound Air Asia flight to abort its take-off. Sources at the Airports Authority of …

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Drastic reduction in frog poaching cases in Salcete

DIANA FERNANDES | NT Margao: The start of the monsoon brings with it the sound of croaking frogs and with it, the frog poachers. But since 2016, an increase in the forest personnel patrolling the Salcete taluka has led to a drastic reduction in the number of frog poaching incidents and cases against the Indian Bullfrog. When in the past …

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Congress demands resignation of Ajgaonkar

Panaji: The president of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee Girish Chodankar, on Sunday, demanded resignation of  Manohar alias Babu Ajgaonkar as Sports Minister by owning moral responsibility for his failure to hold National Games in time, and so bringing a bad name to the state. “The shameful act of Goa government to beg with the Indian Olympic Association (IOC) to once …

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Governor, CM, Archbishop extend Chaturthi greetings

Panaji : The Governor Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat and Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao have conveyed greetings and good wishes to the people of Goa on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. The Governor Sinha says that “Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most resplendent festivals celebrated with the same fervour all over India. Lord Ganesh is …

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