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Polling booths to be sanitised

Panaji/Margao : Amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus infection, North district Collector R Menaka has advised the retuning officers to sanitise polling booths and other equipment ahead of Sunday’s Zilla Panchayat election. The Collector has said that all the 641 polling stations in North district will be provided with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser for the use of voters before …

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Vijai wants ZP elections postponed

Margao: Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief and Fatorda legislator Vijai Sardesai Wednesday urged the State Election Commission (SEC) to postpone the Zilla Panchayat (ZP) election, scheduled to be held on Sunday, if the SEC is not prepared to prevent community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). “I appeal to the government of Goa in the interest of public health to seal the …

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Thermal screening begins at Margao railway station

Margao: In an attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus infection, the Konkan Railway Corporation (KRC) Wednesday commenced thermal screening of train passengers at the Margao station. Official of KRC Baban Ghatge said that on the first day, two thermal screening guns were used at the main entrance of the railway station. He said more devices will be procured soon. Stating …

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Flight bringing stranded Indians from Iran to land at Dabolim today

Vasco: Indians stranded in Iran, the country that has been badly affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), will be brought to Goa and quarantined in special rooms set up at the Mormugao harbour. According to sources, all preparations have been made to bring the Indians by a special flight, which is likely to land at the Dabolim airport by Thursday …

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Govt staff upset as home loan scheme comes to a halt

SOIRU VELIP | NT Panaji: The state government’s process of finalising/analysing the existing house building advance scheme has perturbed a number of employees, with the government asking the concerned banks not to sanction any loan under the scheme until further orders. On February 27, under secretary, finance (budget), Maya Pednekar sent letters to the banks, which have been sanctioning advances …

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UK woman tests negative for coronavirus

Panaji: The state health department has sent six more samples to the laboratory of the Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Mumbai, for examination for coronavirus (COVID-19). The samples include two of new suspected patients, who have been quarantined at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) after they showed symptoms of the dreaded virus, while the other four samples are …

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ZP polls: defections, CAA key issues in Salcete

Diana Fernandes | NT Margao: With the body blow dealt to the Congress party by 10 of its MLAs switching loyalties and joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) still fresh in voters’ minds, the state is going to Zilla Panchayat polls. The said defections along with the issues of Citizenship Amendment Act and unemployment may be the deciding factors in …

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Hong Kong vessel sends Khariwada into a tizzy

Vasco: Taking exception to the berthing of Hong Kong-based general cargo vessel ‘Da Hong XIA’ at berth no-11 of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), residents of Khariwada in Vasco and the vicinity have raised apprehension about spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The vessel that arrived at the port on March 16 carries some general cargo which is presently being unloaded. The …

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Public advised not to visit Mapusa municipality

Mapusa: The Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) on Wednesday issued a notice suspending public visiting hours at MMC and appealed to the public to avoid visiting the municipality in view of COVID-19 outbreak. The notice is issued as part of precautionary measures in view of COVID-19 on Wednesday by chief officer Clen Madeira.  The notice states that “All the litigants, public …

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Goa to stamp persons under home quarantine

Panaji: Following the footsteps of Maharashtra government, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Wednesday said that all people undergoing ‘home quarantine’ for suspected exposure to the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be stamped on their hand. In Maharashtra, every individual who is undergoing home quarantine is mandatorily being stamped on the left hand as a precautionary measure. “We are going to …

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