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As leaders protest, Porvorim traffic comes to a standstill

Panaji: Hundreds of protestors including leaders from opposition parties on Friday blocked the National Highway (NH) at Porvorim for almost an hour protesting against the central government’s action of granting Environment Clearance (EC) to Karnataka for the Kalsa-Banduri project on Mhadei river. The protest resulted in a massive traffic jam on both sides of the Atal Setu between 5 pm and 6 …

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Panel set up to examine illegal mining cases

Panaji: The state government has formed a five-member committee headed by Secretary Mines to examine the matter pertaining to action against illegal mining activities and legality/sustainability of the pending prosecution in mining matter. The committee shall suggest corrective measures, if any, to be recommended to the government to avoid any lacunae in the prosecution in respect of illegal mining activities, …

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Less than 20% of households linked to Margao sewerage network

JOAO SOUSA M | NT Margao: Even as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the state government to act swiftly on untreated sewage being discharged into rivers including River Sal, less than 20 per cent of the population of Margao and Fatorda is connected to the sewerage network in the two constituencies. The Margao municipal council (MMC), consisting of …

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NGT seeks district environment plans by Dec 15

Panaji: Complying with National Green Tribunal (NGT) directions, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has prepared a model District Environment Plan (DEP) to facilitate the district magistrates of all states in preparation of district environment management plan by December 15, a deadline set by the Tribunal. The principal bench of NGT, on September 26, in Shree Nath Sharma Vs Union …

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Now, Goan widow registering sale deed need not swear declaration

ROQUE DIAS |NT Margao: Widows in Goa need not swear a declaration before Deputy Collector in order to get their sale deeds registered, as the state government has withdrawn its circulars and orders, which insisted on such a declaration. The order withdrawing the earlier five orders/circulars was issued on October 31. In her order, under secretary, revenue department Geeta Nagvenkar has said that the government has withdrawn its earlier circulars and …

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Online marriage registration system to be in place in state soon

Panaji: Minister for Law and Judiciary Nilesh Cabral, on Friday, said that the couples will not need to go to the Civil Registrar’s office for marriage registration in the future as the government is in the process of putting a system in place for online marriage registration. Cabral was speaking as the chief guest at the celebration of Registration Day …

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Modern technology could make education vastly different, Romuald had opined

Panaji: The noted Goan educationist, Fr Romuald D’Souza, who passed away Friday morning, was of the opinion that the infrastructure in Goan schools was poor and the aided schools were nearly strangled by the department of education over how to use the financial aid.  “If the aided schools were given a little more freedom to use the aid, the government …

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22 women among 33 foreigners detained since May

Panaji: The Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO), Panaji, has detained 33 foreign nationals at the detention centre, Mapusa, who were found to be staying illegally in the state, since May this year. Incidentally of those detained, 22 are women, out of which 14 are from Uganda. So far, 13 foreign nationals have been deported. Most of the foreigners who were …

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Tobacco vendors in Goa violating COTPA: survey

Panaji: A recent vendor licensing survey, conducted by Delhi-based NGO-Consumer VOICE, has revealed that tobacco vendors in Goa are violating the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003. The study found that the density of tobacco vendors in the state is too high in both commercial and residential areas and there is no record available of tobacco vendors in …

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CCP warns gadda operators of license cancellation over plastic use

Panaji: The Corporation of the City of Panaji has warned gadda operators of cancelling their license if they were found using plastic material like plastic coated paper plates, straws etc, stated CCCP Mayor Uday Madkaikar. Speaking to this daily, the Mayor stated that in surprise raids, conducted by the CCP, plastic material were seized from the gaddas operating near the …

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