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Votes from women, youth will be important in assembly polls: Godinho

VASCO: The deputy speaker of state Legislative Assembly, Mr Mauvin Godinho on Thursday said that contribution of women and youth will be an important factor in the forthcoming assembly elections in the state and expressed confidence of securing at least 25 to 30 seats.

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Fresh lease of life to weak Borim bridge


PONDA: After the Zuari bridge, it now seems to be the turn of the Borim bridge, which, according to sources in the government, is in need of attention as it has weakened and needs remedial action before it becomes unsafe for travel.

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Govt to ask Centre to redefine MPT’s limits

PANAJI: The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat has said that the state cabinet on Friday approved a proposal to request the Union government to alter and redefine the port limits of the Mormugao Port Trust in terms of Section 4(2), Section 4(3) and Section 5 of the Indian Ports Act, 1908 confining the area of control and operational limits of the Mormugao Port Trust.

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South Goa truckers want phase II of mining corridor first

MARGAO: The South Goa Progressive Truck Owners Association (SGTOA), on Friday, demanded that phase II of the proposed dedicated 4-lane mining corridor from Guddemal to Capxem be taken up for construction first instead of the phase I connecting Ugem to Capxem.

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Child sex ratio declines even though literacy rate increases

PANAJI: While the state’s literacy rate has shown an increase by over five per cent in the last decade from 82.01 in 2001 to 87.40 in 2011, the child sex ratio in the age group of 0 to 6 years declined from 938 in 2001 to 920
in 2011.

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BBSM to stop IFFI opening ceremony over MoI issue

PANAJI: Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), on Friday, announced that it will prevent the inauguration ceremony of the International Film Festival, threatening to bring out 15, 000 to 20,000 people to the venue, its convenor said on Friday.

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ZP members to approach govt over devolution of power

PANAJI: The North Goa Zilla Panchayat members on Friday decided to follow up with the government on the devolution of powers to the body, and if this did not work, then to approach the courts. After discussions at the AGM held at Porvorim on Friday, all members felt that they should approach the authorities once again to see if there was any progress and if nothing materialised then approach the courts again.

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Murgao HS decides to stop accepting mid-day meals

VASCO: The Murgao High School located at Headland has decided to stop accepting the mid-day meals and in turn the school authorities have requested the education department to transfer the money spent on the meals in the saving accounts of the students.

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Mining contractor’s bail cancellation case adjourned

PANAJI: The Bombay High Court at Goa on Friday adjourned the case of cancellation of bail of mining contractor Gitesh Naik to next week. Gitesh who was arrested for illegally transporting ore was released on bail by the trial court.

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