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Vishwajeet kicks off poll campaign

VALPOI: The Health Minister, Mr Vishwajeet Rane and Congress candidate kicked off the election campaign for the by-poll on Wednesday by performing a religious ritual at Karazol temple  and then addressing the people from Karanzol and Kumtal in Sattari. 

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Govt offers to establish 2 permanent chairs at GU

PANAJI: Expressing satisfaction that the Goa University, within 25 years of its establishment has achieved 35th position at the all India ranking of top 50 universities in the country, the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat on Wednesday said that his government would be more than happy to co-operate with the Goa University in exploring the possibility of establishing a permanent Chair at the university in memory of the Goan poet, Bakibab Borkar, in comparative literature and poetics, as well as another Research Chair in memory of the first chief minister of Goa, Dayanand Bandodkar, in political economy.

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Mickky’s bail plea in SC likely to come up for hearing today

PANAJI: Special Leave Petitions have been filed by the former minister for tourism, Francisco Pacheco alias Mickky and his former officer on special duty, Lyndon Monteiro before the Supreme Court of India challenging the order passed by the High Court of Bombay at Goa, whereby the High Court had rejected the applications for anticipatory bail filed by Mickky and Lyndon.

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Wildlife division split for better management of sanctuaries

PANAJI: In an attempt to ensure better administration and management of wildlife and eco-tourism in the notified sanctuaries in the state, the government has bifurcated the state level wildlife and eco-tourism division of the forest department into two and formed the wildlife and eco-tourism division (North) and the wildlife and eco-tourism division (South).

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BJP to seek support from non-Cong parties for July 5 bandh

PANAJI: The state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, in the backdrop of the July 5 nationwide bandh call given by the party against the rise in the prices of the petroleum products, will hold two related public awareness meetings addressed by its senior national leader, Mr Gopinath Munde on July 1, at Sirsat hall, Mapusa at 4.30 p.m and at Vishwa Hindu Parishad hall, Khadapabandh, Ponda, at 6 p.m.

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Funds crunch leads to non-disbursal of pay arrears

PANAJI: The state government is yet to disburse the first installment of the sixth pay arrears, out of the 60 per cent dues, to the teaching and non-teaching staff of non-government aided high schools of central education zone and north education zone due to non-availability of sufficient funds.

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300 Voilem Bhat, Bamon Bhat residents protest no-trust move

PANAJI: With just few days left for the crucial no-confidence motion against the Merces sarpanch, Mr Prakash Naik and his deputy sarpanch, Ms Yogita Kavlekar, around 300 villagers from Voilem Bhat and Bamon Bhat met at Bamon Bhat on Tuesday evening to condemn the action of the three ruling panchas, who have joined hands with three opposition panchas to unseat them.

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Mopa residents decry ‘meagre’ rate offered for land

PERNEM: The villagers of Mopa have received notices quoting the rates that they will be paid for their land, which will be acquired for the Mopa international airport project, and after seeing the meagre rates, they are up in arms and are demanding more money for their land.

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