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15 more Ponda cops are COVID positive

NT NETWORK Ponda A day after three cops of the Ponda police station tested positive for coronavirus, 15 more police personnel of the same station tested positive on Thursday, taking the total number of cases to 18. Throat swab samples of some other 150 people from the force came negative. It must be noted here that five residents of Ponda …

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Two COVID cases in Camrabhat family

NT NETWORK Taleigao Health workers on Thursday took throat swab samples of 79 people as the COVID pandemic is raising its ugly head at Camrabhat, which is a densely populated slum in Taleigao on the outskirts of the state capital. City mayor Uday Madkaikar told this daily that the people who underwent the COVID test included those who attended a …

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Three members of BJP MLA’s family test positive for virus

NT NETWORK Margao Days after BJP’s Cuncolim MLA Clafasio Dias tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic, three members of his family also tested positive for the virus on Thursday. However, MLA’s staffers and supporters tested negative for the disease.  Late Tuesday evening, news emerged that the MLA, who had overseen sanitisation work at Buring in Balli and Cuncolim after positive …

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Stakeholders dismayed by tourism reopening

NT NETWORK Calangute People living along the North Goa coastal belt and tourism stakeholders have given a big thumbs-down to the government’s move to reopen the tourism industry. They opined that there could be more spikes in COVID positive cases once visitors start thronging this tourist heaven in the country. Moreover there is confusion over the issuance of standard operating …

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A half-hearted attempt at tourism resumption

NT NETWORK Panaji Domestic tourism in the state made a feeble start on Thursday after a hiatus of more than three months with the first lot of 250 hotels given permission to operate by the government doing a half-hearted job of the re-opening. Hotels opened but did not admit guests although they are permitted to accept bookings from day 1. …

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Finally, Salcete VP members to get their pending salaries

NT NETWORK Margao After a long wait, finally the director of  panchayats,  Narayan  Gad, on Moday, has issued an order releasing the  pending salaries of the  panchayat members of  Salcete taluka. These panchayat members were not paid their salaries  since October 2019. The recent order will give them some relief as they would be paid  salaries from October  to March. …

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Traffic cell identifies 198 vehicles ‘lying idle’ in city

NT NETWORK Panaji In yet another drive against abandoned vehicles in the city, the Panaji traffic cell has identified 198 vehicles which have been lying idle at the same parking spots for a quite some time. Last year, the traffic police had identified 281 abandoned vehicles and after going through a procedure so far over 150 vehicles have been towed …

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Sudin urges govt to ‘revive’ Sanjivani using central grants

NT NETWORK Ponda Stating that ‘confusing statements’ were issued by the Co-operation Minister Govind Gaude over Sanjivani sugar factory, former deputy chief minister Sudin Dhavalikar, on Thursday, urged the state government to bring the sugar factory under agriculture department, and revive it using central government grants of Rs 60 crore. Dhavalikar made this statement during a press briefing in Ponda. …

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WHO endorses Molbio’s TrueNat testing for TB

NT NETWORK Margao The World Health Organisation (WHO) has endorsed Goa-based Molbio Diagnostic’s rapid molecular TrueNat testing for initial diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) and detection of rifampicin resistance. Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Molbio Diagnostics and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR),  on Thursday, announced that the WHO has now endorsed three of their rapid molecular Truenat™ assays for initial …

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Alina disapproves of cabinet nod for SWR track doubling

NT NETWORK Vasco Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha, on Thursday, came down heavily on the state government for approving the  track doubling project of  South Western Railway (SWR) in the cabinet, without consulting her. Saldanha was disturbed after some representatives of the state government, SWR and PWD visited the Cansaulim railway station to inspect the site for proposed doubling of the …

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