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Charter flights from Russia to double this season

BY ABDUL RAUF BEIG | NT

PANAJI: Even as the state prepares to celebrate the World Tourism Day, the state tourism authorities and the tourism industry have a reason to smile as the indications have emerged that the arrival of foreign tourists could set a new record in the upcoming season.

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‘Goa hub for Indo-Portuguese speaking countries’ trade’

BY RAMNATH N PAI RAIKAR | NT

PANAJI: The Ambassador of Portugal to India, Dr Luis Filipe de Castro Mendes on Saturday said that Goa could become a hub for establishing and strengthening economic relations between not only India and Portugal, but India and other Portuguese speaking countries like Brazil in South America, Angola and Mozambique in Africa and Macao in the East.

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Goa faces problem of corrosion due to sea: Governor

PANAJI: The Governor, Dr S S Sidhu said coastal areas like Goa exposed to the influence of sea and therefore face a peculiar problem of corrosion. He appealed to experts to find acceptable solutions to this problem so that the construction industry and in turn people of Goa along with those living in coastal areas in the world, could benefit from such knowledge.

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Students called upon to imbibe leadership qualities

MARGAO: As many as 180 Bharat scouts and guides from 18 schools of Salcette taluka converged at Majorda for a 3-day patrol leaders leadership camp, which was coordinated by the district commissioner, Mr Mario Pereira, secretary, Ms Regina Faleiro, guides captain, Rita, organising secretary, Mr Russel Coutinho, treasurer, Mr Mariano Valadares, joint secretaries, Ms Bertyle, Ms Valanka and
Mr Vishal.

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GSHCL introduces local vegetables in markets

BY MICHAEL FISHER | NT

PANAJI: Locally grown vegetables and fruits supplied by local farmers have started entering the markets, and consumers can expect the best quality fruits and vegetables in the coming months, said a senior official of the Goa State Horticulture Corporation Ltd (GSHCL).

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Ayodhya: religious leaders appeal for peace in state

PANAJI: With the Allahabad High Court set to deliver its judgement in the title suit of the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid case sooner than later, the religious leaders of different communities and others in the state have appealed for peace and calm.

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Mental torture led to suicide: victim’s brother

PANAJI: Mr Sandesh Gawade, the brother of 35-year-old Raghavi Raghuvir Wadekar, who, along with her child, was found charred to death at Chorao, has lodged a complaint with the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), that his sister was mentally tortured and physically harassed, that it led to her committing suicide.

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Recent religious fests not to get CCP nod

PANAJI: The meeting of the councillors of the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) held on Friday decided to refuse permission to all the religious activities/ functions/ prayers recently introduced in the city, and conducted by erecting temporary sheds along roadside by various communities, in view of a related Supreme Court judgment.

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Declare ward reservations immediately: BJP

PANAJI: The state legislative wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, on Friday, demanded that the government immediately declare the wards of various municipal areas around the state, as per the existing reservations for candidates including 33 per cent reservation for women candidates and 19.5 per cent reservation for OBC candidates, in view of the municipal elections scheduled next month.

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