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SC will take up Goa’s appeal: CM

NT NETWORK Panaji Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Thursday said that the Supreme Court has agreed to take up the appeal filed by the state challenging the award of the Mahadayi tribunal. “The Hon’ble Supreme Court has agreed to take up the appeal filed by the state of Goa challenging the award of Mahadayi tribunal. The matter has been fixed on …

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ZP elections: govt submits notice on reservations to SEC

NT NETWORK Panaji After much delay, the notification from the Directorate of Panchayats on the reservation of constituencies for the Zilla Panchayat (ZP) elections was finally submitted by the government to the State Election Commission (SEC) on Thursday evening. SEC Commissioner R K Srivastava confirmed that at 4.40 pm the notification was received by his office duly signed by the …

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Margao civic body takes over Sonsoddo plant

NT NETWORK Margao The Margao municipal council (MMC) took over the Sonsoddo waste treatment plant on Thursday from Soceidade de Fomento, the company that was operating the plant since the last  few years. Fomento officials had written to the MMC expressing their will to hand over the waste treatment plant to the civic body after  withdrawing an application that was filed in the sessions court in the …

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Verna waste management facility: GWMC invites bids for REIA

NT NETWORK Panaji The Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) has issued a Request For Proposal (RFP), inviting reputed private consultants to submit bids for conducting Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment  (REIA), and getting Environmental Clearance (EC) for setting up 250 tonne per day (TPD)-capacity Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility (SWMF) at Verna. A Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment (REIA) report is required …

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9 of 30 panchayats in Salcete to be served with show cause notices

NT NETWORK Margao One third of Salcete sarpanchas and deputy sarpanchas are likely to face disqualification of six years, as  nine of the 30 panchayats in the taluka will be served with show cause notices over failure to set up material recovery facility in their jurisdictions. The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court has directed the directorate of panchayats to …

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Govt has succeeded in saving Rs 86 cr by short closing ‘contract’: Cabral

NT NETWORK Panaji Power Minister Nilesh Cabral, on Thursday, said that Goa government has succeeded in saving Rs 86 crore by short closing the contract signed with the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a government of India undertaking, for 10 years for installing and maintaining of LED streetlights in the state. With this decision, henceforth the power department will carry out …

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NIO: ready to investigate reason behind ‘mysterious sound’ heard in Canacona, Quepem

NT NETWORK Panaji The mysterious loud sound heard by the residents of Canacona and Quepem on Wednesday afternoon could be either due to the cracking of the earth crust or eruption of gas activated in that area. In April 2016, a team of NIO scientists led by former chief scientist Dr Rajiv Nigam had gone to probe similar incident reported  …

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‘Post hike, state’s excise structure on liquor will still be lower than other states’

NT NETWORK Panaji Even as the government is examining the possibility of rationalising the tax rates on liquor proposed in budget 2020-21, official sources, on Thursday, pointed out that post-hike the state’s excise structure on liquor would still be lower than rival states. “Liquor retailers are making a selective comparison of states. Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) along with beer …

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Tourism dept begins clamp down on illegalities on South Goa beaches

NT NETWORK Margao The tourism department has begun its campaign to clamp down on illegalities along South Goa’s beach belt. In an instance on Wednesday morning, locals from Cavelossim with the help of department officials removed a structure that was being used for offering massage services. South Goa assistant director Dhiraj Wagle along with a team from the tourism department …

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Ball set rolling for agriculture university at Codar

NT NETWORK Margao The ball has been set rolling for the proposed agriculture university at Codar after the agriculture department acquired 5 lakh square metres of land for the project. The university has been proposed to be set up on government land at the cost of Rs 410 crore. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant earlier this month, during in his budget …

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