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Fire breaks out at Ucassaim factory

NT NETWORK Mapusa A fire broke out at the factory involved in the production of acrylic glow sign boards and banners on Friday at Ucassaim. The loss due to the fire is estimated at around Rs 20-25 lakh. The exact cause of the fire is not known, however, it is suspected to have occurred due to a short circuit. According …

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Salcete VPs begin work on economic revival plan

NT NETWORK Margao The village panchayats  across Salcete’s coastal belt have begun the work on gathering and submitting information for a study for working out an economic revival plan for their villages, with a focus on agriculture, tourism and local business. The study being done by the colleges in the state under aegis of the directorate of higher education and …

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Goa sits on the COVID precipice

Panaji: The state on Thursday sat on the COVID precipice as the ‘green zone’ recorded eight new positive cases of  the deadly virus. The seven persons, who had tested positive for COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday in the preliminary test conducted at the sub-district hospital at Ponda, have also tested positive in the confirmatory tests carried  out  at the virology laboratory …

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Sailor tests positive for COVID

Panaji: A Goan seafarer, who had  tested negative for the COVID-19 pandemic in Mumbai,  was found to be  infected with the deadly  virus when his swab samples were tested in Goa on Thursday. A senior official of the health department said the sailor disembarked in Mumbai on April 30. He  underwent a COVID test; he  tested  negative for the coronavirus. …

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Writing is on the wall: risk of community transmission in Goa

Panaji: The writing is on the wall: asymptomatic persons testing positive for the COVID-19 pandemic  has posed  the risk of community transmission of the dreaded virus in Goa. Health experts warn that asymptomatic persons become ‘silent’ carriers of the virus who can, at times, recover from the disease even without any medicines. However, if the virus gets  spread through them …

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No additional COVID curbs: Sawant

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday ruled out imposing additional restrictions in the light of the state recording eight new COVID-19 positive cases. Addressing media persons through web conference, Sawant said that  all the people who have tested positive to the pandemic  came from outside the state. “There are no positive cases in Goa. All the eight are ‘imported’ …

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Water tariff hike put on hold

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said the government has decided to put on hold the hike in water tariffs,  considering the current situation that has arisen out of the  COVID-19 lockdown. The decision comes on the heels of the flak the government received from various quarters over the water tariff hike.  “To generate revenue, the government revised the …

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15 train passengers alight in Margao, raising concerns

Margao/Panaji: Fifteen  passengers, including  an employee of the railways,  alighted  at  the Margao railway station  from  the Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram special train on  Thursday, raising concerns amid reports on the state recording eight new COVID cases. The passengers were screened and  samples of their throat swabs were taken for rapid COVID testing. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant  on Thursday night  said that all …

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Industry calls for making Goa self-reliant

SHOMA PATNAIK | NT Panaji : The Goan industry on Thursday batted for preference to locals in procurement orders and bids tendered by the state so as to achieve the goals of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan launched by the Centre. Seeking reservation for Goans in government orders, industry stakeholders said that the industry would encourage local manufacturing and take  the …

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Fishermen say no to opening of SGPDA wholesale fish market

Margao: Fishermen belonging to the South Goa Mechanised Boat Owners’ Association, on Thursday, said they are against the opening of the SGPDA wholesale fish market because fish from outside the state would then be sold. Speaking to the media persons, chairman of the association Antonio Fernandes said, “many vehicles come from neighbouring states to sell fish that is not fresh.” …

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