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Taxis stay off roads, KTC buses save the day

NT NETWORK Panaji Several hundreds of tourist taxis stayed off the roads in the state on Friday, as  cabbies intensified their agitation against the government’s taxi hailing app GoaMiles. The taxi operators, who have been persistently  demanding scrapping of GoaMiles, said that they will  continue their agitation for indefinite period until their single-point demand is not fulfilled. To mitigate the …

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Govt to fill 742 vacancies in health dept

NT NETWORK Panaji Health Minister Vishwajit Rane told the state legislative assembly that the government will fill all 742 vacancies at the directorate of health services, at the earliest. Replying to a question from  Shiroda MLA Subhash Shirodkar, Rane said  that there are 139 category A vacancies in the directorate, while the number of vacancies available under category B and …

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CM rejects demand to allot housing plots for MLAs

NT NETWORK Panaji Rejecting the demand for allotment of housing plots to MLAs, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday assured the state legislative Assembly to ‘consider’ providing hostel facility for the MLAs on the outskirts of Porvorim constituency. “Forget about plots for the MLAs, the government doesn’t have land to execute its own projects to house government departments. Our departments …

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Amendment to Irrigation Act in the offing to protect lakes

NT NETWORK Panaji The state government on Friday assured the state legislative assembly to amend the irrigation Act to declare areas along lakes across Goa as ‘no-development zone’ and to prevent rivers from getting polluted. “We have started the process to identify bigger lakes and we will declare the lakes as no-development zone. We will bring in amendments to the …

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Like other talukas, Ponda too turns its back on draft CZMP

NT NETWORK   Ponda Like other talukas, in Ponda too, Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral had to face resentment of the people at the venue of public consultation and presentation on the draft coastal zone management plan (CZMP) held at Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir in Ponda on Friday. The people gathered at the venue booed him, chanted slogans and did not allow …

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Goa has become rabies-free: CM

NT NETWORK Panaji Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday informed the state legislative assembly that Goa has become a rabies-free state as the rate of deaths by way of this disease has come down to zero. The Chief Minister also said that the people should not ignore bites from cats and should go for anti-rabies vaccination after suffering bites from …

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Filipe for law to regulate fishing industry

NT NETWORK Panaji Fisheries Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues on Friday said that the middle men, who are involved in fishing business, henceforth, will have to register with the department. Replying on demand, the Minister admitted that there are huge irregularities going on in the fishing sector due to which fish is reaching Goans at higher prices.  “At present there is …

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School education system to be overhauled: CM

NT NETWORK Panaji Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said that school education system will be overhauled in the state once the proposed national education policy comes into force from next year. Replying on demands of education on Thursday in the state legislative assembly, Sawant said that once national education policy come into force there will be revamp in the …

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ODF status declaration may come by August 31

NT NETWORK Panaji Stating that the government is proposing to come out with official announcement making Goa a open defecation free state by August 31, 2019, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday maintained in the state legislative assembly that the ‘Sulabh Shauchalaya’ toilets failed in Goa as people got them free from government, and had no sense of belongingness for …

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Sawant on Indian panel for visit to Russian city

NT NETWORK Panaji Chief Minister Pramod Sawant will be part of the high-level delegation of the central government led by Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, which will visit the Russian city Vladivostok, later this month. The delegation will leave on August 12 and during the visit, India-Russia cooperation in various sectors will be on its agenda for …

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