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GPSC exams may be held in Konkani along with English

Panaji: The government is mulling over conduct of the Goa Public Service Commission (GPSC) examinations in Konkani language along with English, so as to provide a level-playing field to the candidates from all backgrounds, especially those who are weak in English. Coming out with this information, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that his government is considering an anthem …

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Govt to undertake first ever khazan land survey

ROQUE DIAS | NT Margao: In order to revive the khazan lands in the state, the department of agriculture will start the first ever khazan land survey in the next couple of months. Director of Agriculture Madhav Kelkar Tuesday confirmed that his department has taken a firm decision to start survey on khazan lands in the state to help revive the state’s khazans – a traditional form of agro-aqua culture …

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Crops on 1,928 hectare area damaged in state

Panaji: A report submitted by the agriculture department to the government has revealed that crops on 1,928 hectare area have been damaged, and 6,636 farmers have been affected in the state, due to flooding, which occurred in the first week of this month. And, the total loss due to the crop damage is estimated to be around Rs 8.92 crore. …

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PWD to put in place ‘alternative water supply arrangement’ in all talukas

Ponda: In the backdrop of Curti-Khandepar incident, which has left the entire Tiswadi and parts of Ponda taluka dry for the last five days, PWD has decided to make alternative arrangement of water supply in all the talukas of Goa. This was informed by PWD Minister Deepak Pauskar, on Tuesday, following the inspection of ongoing work of water pipeline restoration. …

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Goan residents to get preference in setting up stalls at Ashtami fair

Panaji: Residents of Goa will be given preference in setting up stalls at the forthcoming Ashtami furniture fair scheduled to begin in the city from Friday. The Corporation of City of Panaji has given application forms to those desirous of setting up stalls at  the traditional Ashtami  fair in the city, and the scrutiny is slated for tomorrow (Wednesday), stated …

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Iva’s removal as designated FDA officer ‘violates’ FSS Act

Panaji: Divesting Iva Fernandes of her powers by the health department as South Goa designated officer of the Food and Drugs Department (FDA) without citing any reasons could be in violation of the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006. Section 88 of the FSS Act clearly mentions about ‘protection of action taken in good faith’ wherein, it has been …

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Eight trucks impounded for illegal sand transportation

Mapusa: Eight trucks were impounded early morning on Tuesday for being involved in the illegal transportation of sand at Karaswada and Tuem. Out of the eight trucks, seven were impounded at Karaswada while one was impounded at Tuem by a raiding team. According to the Mapusa police, on Tuesday morning, seven trucks were impounded at Karaswada while they were “transporting …

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Shripad: ‘neglect’ led to water crisis

Panaji: Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, on Tuesday, said that neglecting maintenance of waterlines led to water crisis in the two talukas. The Minister described the water crisis situation as a severe, which was never experienced in the past. Addressing a press conference here while announcing the three-day special recruitment drive being organised for Goans by Indian …

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Cabral: govt will seek 3-month extension from NGT for finalising draft CZMP

Panaji: Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral, on Tuesday, said that the state government will request the National Green Tribunal to grant extension of three months to finalise draft Coastal Zone Management Plan of Goa. The NGT has set a deadline of August 31 for submitting CZMP. Speaking to the media, Cabral said that the government will write to the NGT to …

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Transport dept to make police verification mandatory for issuance of driving licences

Vasco: The Minister for Transport Mauvin Godinho has said that the transport department will make police verification mandatory for issuing driving licenses in order to bring in discipline and also to give preference to locals in the transport sector. Godinho was speaking to the media after holding a meeting of the airport advisory committee involving stakeholders to resolve various issues …

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