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Javadekar seeks 15 more days to take Mhadei call

Panaji: Union Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday sought  15 more days  to take a final call  on the Kalasa-Banduri drinking water project of Karnataka that aims to divert water of the Mhadei river. Javadekar along with  Chief Minister Pramod Sawant held discussions at a meeting with a delegation of prominent Goans aggrieved by the …

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Cash-strapped GIDC drags its feet on new industrial estates

Panaji: The cash-strapped Goa Industrial Development Corporation is seriously finding it  difficult  to set up  the proposed industrial estates. The corporation has delayed the completion of work for new  industrial estates.  It  has been going slow on plans to acquire land for the new estates. A top official revealed on Wednesday that only basic work in the long-awaited industrial estates …

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Nalini owner won’t fund ops for now

Panaji: The owner of the grounded tanker ship ‘Nu Shi Nalini’ has told the state authorities that he is bankrupt and will not able  to pay immediately for the operation to be undertaken for removing naphtha and salvaging the ship, government sources said. The naphtha-laden ship has remained grounded off the  Marivel beach at  Dona Paula since October 24. The …

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KFD cases on the decline

Panaji: The directorate of health services has disclosed that the state has recorded only 19 Kyasanur forest disease cases this year, indicating that Goa could see the back of the disease.   The DHS has attributed the decline to the intensified awareness campaign on the disease, which is also known as monkey fever.    In 2016, 285 people were diagnosed with the …

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Centre asks states to frame criteria for defining land as forest

Panaji: The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has asked all the states including Goa to frame criteria for defining any land as ‘forest’ and ‘deemed forests’ which are also like forests but are neither recorded, nor notified. The ministry has clarified that states do not need permission from the Centre for the criteria so finalised by a state to identify …

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Mhadei issue: police arrest protesters at IFFI venues

Panaji/Margao: Police on Wednesday arrested a number of persons, including Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar, who were protesting over Mhadei issue outside the IFFI venues in Panaji and Taleigao. According to information, Chodankar, Goa Pradesh Youth Congress president Varad Mardolkar, Janardhan Bhandari and 21 other Congressmen were detained for protesting outside IFFI venue in the city. Police said …

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Officials inspect ‘legacy waste’ at Mormugao plant

Vasco: Officials from Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC), Urban Development, Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) and Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) on Wednesday held a joint inspection of the garbage that has piled up at Mormugao Solid Waste Treatment Plant (MSWTP) at Headland-Sada in order to expedite the process of clearing the heaps of ‘legacy waste’ which have been lying there …

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Work on Vasco’s ultra-modern transport hub will be taken up in phases: Carlos

Vasco: Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida, who is also the chairman of Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd (KTCL), has informed that the construction work on the proposed  ultra-modern transport hub at Mundvel, Vasco will be taken up in a phased manner, and added that KTCL depot work will be completed in the first phase by August 2020. Almeida was addressing a press …

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Truck driver stabbed to death at Dhavali, cleaner injured

Ponda: In a fight between the workers of two container trucks belonging to an Uttarakhand based transport company, the cleaner of one truck stabbed the driver and cleaner of another truck on Wednesday evening at Dhavali resulting in the death of the driver, while the cleaner survived with grievous injuries.  In this case the Ponda police have managed to detain …

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Prostitution racket busted at Calangute; 2 girls rescued

Calangute : The Calangute police rescued 2 girls from prostitution and arrested a pimp Sameer at Gaurawaddo Calangute on Wednesday. Sources from the police informed that a prostitution racket was busted at Gaurawaddo Calangute and that two girl’s one from Punjab and the other from Rajasthan were rescued. The police conducted the raid after getting a tipoff that the girls …

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