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COVID casts a shadow over IFFI

Panaji: Following the cancellation of the Cannes Film Festival 2020 and two-month postponement of the 93rd Academy Awards function due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, now all indications point out that this year, Goa may not host the International Film Festival of India, which it has organised  in collaboration with the central government in the last 16 years.  Coming …

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St Cruz, Merces VPs turn down demand for another lockdown

Santa Cruz/Merces: Village panchayats of Santa Cruz and Merces have turned down the demand for a lockdown “as inhabitants would be left jobless and they would lose their source of livelihood.” Santa Cruz sarpanch Prasad Babli Naik said that the village panchayat cannot impose a lockdown on its people as they would face grave problems in reaching the places of …

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Rising cases keep Chimbel on the edge

Chimbel: With COVID-19 cases rising in its vicinity, some residents of Chimbel are calling for another lockdown. It is said that 14 COVID-19 positive cases have been detected within 100-metre area which is away from Indira Nagar and all of them were home quarantined by the authorities. It is alleged that the village panchayat sarpanch Chandrakant Kunkolkar had imposed lockdown …

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No power with panchayats to impose lockdown: Sardinha

Margao: Stating that panchayat-imposed lockdowns were not legal, South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha on Wednesday said that people should voluntarily opt to stay indoors and not move about unnecessarily so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Coming down heavily on the government, Sardinha said that it had not planned for the control of the virus and questioned the state’s …

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Reginaldo for ramping up COVID-19 testing

Margao: Disturbed over the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases in areas of Curtorim, local legislator Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco on Wednesday demanded that the government ramp up the testing facilities so as to allay the people’s fear. Till date, there are in all 6 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases reported in Curtorim constituency areas. Speaking to this daily, Lourenco said, “I will be meeting the Raia and the Curtorim panchayat members on Thursday to decide on …

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Cruise liner to bring back 1,450 seafarers today

Vasco: All arrangements have been made by Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) in coordination with the state government to welcome Celebrity Infinity cruise liner which will arrive at the international cruise terminal of MPT at Mormugao Harbour on Thursday carrying around 1,450 Goan seafarers who were stranded in various parts of the world. As per information from traffic manager in-charge of …

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Khaunte urges CM for lockdown in Porvorim locality

Panaji: Hours after a 70-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 at a locality in Porvorim constituency on Wednesday, the local MLA Rohan Khaunte wrote to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant urging him to consider imposing lockdown in the particular area. Khaunte claimed that the new case at ‘Paithona, Salvador Do Mundo’ has caused chaos and panic among the residents in his …

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New Vaddem man is 7th family member to test positive

Vasco: A new COVID-19 positive case was reported in New Vaddem on Wednesday, taking the toll of Covid cases in New Vaddem areas to 11. As per information, the person who has been tested positive at sub-district hospital Chicalim is an employee of Goa Dental College, Bambolim. He is also an ex-army personnel. Earlier, his six family members including two …

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Repatriating seafarers: GSAI urges govt to follow IMO protocols

Margao: The Goan Seamen Association of India (GSAI) has urged the central government to follow the protocols set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in addition to the International Labour Organisation in bringing back stranded seafarers from across the world.  “Though India is a key supplier of crew to the global shipping industry, it is all about execution of protocols …

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Tar balls continue to defile beaches

Margao: Deposits of tar balls along South Goa’s coast have continued to increase as larger stretches of the beaches wear a black layer of oily substance. The phenomenon of tar balls has become synonymous with pre-monsoon season as they make appearance. Last month, locals and beach goers had noticed black oily substance floating in the water at certain places. Later, …

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