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Hill-cutting for four-laning of NH-17 opposed

PANAJI: The Guild of Active Members for Action and Review (GOAMAR) on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest, Chief Minister, Secretary and the project director of National Highway Authority of India against hill-cutting and filling of low-lying areas of the sea bed for four-laning National Highway-17 at Bogda/Sada, Mormugao.

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Four booked for robbing truck driver of Rs 5,000

PONDA: The Ponda police on Wednesday arrested four youths, one from Caranzalem and three from Priol, Ponda for allegedly robbing a truck driver of ` 5,000 along Kundaim highway near the petrol pump in the wee hours.

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Churchill stresses on need to maintain ecological balance

MARGAO: The Minister for Science and Technology, Mr Churchill Alemao, highlighted the importance of environment protection and stressed the need to use the latest technology in improving environment sustainability and performance for betterment of the future generations.

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House committee wants LMVs registered in Goa exempted from NH toll

PANAJI: The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat has said that there is a consensus among members of the sub-committee of the state assembly, formed to discuss the National Highways and issues related to them, that the state should seek exemption from payment of toll by the light motor vehicles registered in Goa.

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Liquor firm fined Rs 1.40 cr for misusing export permit; licences cancelled

PANAJI: The Excise Department has cancelled all the licences of M/s Tetra Queen, a Molem-based firm where liquor of various types was produced, for misusing the licences and diverting the alcohol. The Excise Department has also imposed a fine to the tune of Rs 1.40 crore on the firm’s management.

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Officials should provide prompt service to people, says Kamat

PANAJI: The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat has said that the state officials should work hard to provide prompt service to the people, even as he said that just adding new services or technologies was not enough and stressed that the government officials would have to ensure that the new services worked efficiently at all times.

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Pilerne forum demands scrapping of eco-tourism zones in RP 2021

PANAJI: A number of NGOs and village groups under the umbrella of Pilerne Citizens’ Forum presented a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat, on December 13, pointing out various discrepancies in the notified Regional Plan 2021 for Pernem and Canacona talukas.

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SVM wants industrial estates brought under panchayats

MARGAO: The SEZ Virodhi Manch (SVM), on Tuesday, condemned the statement of the Goa Industrial Development Corporation chairman, Mr Chandrakant Kavlekar that it was the central government’s policy to encourage SEZs that was supported by the state government so the lands were allotted for SEZs.

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Concession agreement has to be foolproof: ex-MMC chief

MARGAO: The ex-chairperson of the Margao Municipal Council, Mr Savio Coutinho has requested the MMC to furnish him a copy of the draft concession agreement on the Sonsoddo project under the RTI Act, in a letter written on Tuesday.

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