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Elderly man from Porvorim tests positive

Panaji: A 70-year-old man from Porvorim has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Wednesday. As per the directorate of health services, this is an ‘isolated case’, where there is no clear link and the source of the virus is not known. The department has begun contact tracing and is investigating to ascertain the source of the virus. …

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Lokayukta seeks ACB probe into profligacy on ‘governance expert’

Panaji: State Lokayukta P K Misra has sought a probe by the anti-corruption branch  over the appointment and  Rs 21.16 lakh expended on Sumit Singh, who was appointed as a ‘governance expert’ for replicating the Jodhpur model of ‘smart colony, smart wards’ in Goa under the Swachh Bharat Mission. The  Lokayukta  has asked the anti-corruption branch  to inquire into role …

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Delay over supplementary exams puts students in a fix

Panaji: The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education on Wednesday said that it has sent a proposal to the state government as regards giving a green signal to secondary and higher secondary schools in Goa to immediately conduct the supplementary examinations for the Class IX and Class XI students, respectively. Goa Board secretary Bhagirath Shetye said that these …

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COVID casts a shadow over IFFI

Panaji: Following the cancellation of the Cannes Film Festival 2020 and two-month postponement of the 93rd Academy Awards function due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, now all indications point out that this year, Goa may not host the International Film Festival of India, which it has organised  in collaboration with the central government in the last 16 years.  Coming …

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St Cruz, Merces VPs turn down demand for another lockdown

Santa Cruz/Merces: Village panchayats of Santa Cruz and Merces have turned down the demand for a lockdown “as inhabitants would be left jobless and they would lose their source of livelihood.” Santa Cruz sarpanch Prasad Babli Naik said that the village panchayat cannot impose a lockdown on its people as they would face grave problems in reaching the places of …

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Rising cases keep Chimbel on the edge

Chimbel: With COVID-19 cases rising in its vicinity, some residents of Chimbel are calling for another lockdown. It is said that 14 COVID-19 positive cases have been detected within 100-metre area which is away from Indira Nagar and all of them were home quarantined by the authorities. It is alleged that the village panchayat sarpanch Chandrakant Kunkolkar had imposed lockdown …

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No power with panchayats to impose lockdown: Sardinha

Margao: Stating that panchayat-imposed lockdowns were not legal, South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha on Wednesday said that people should voluntarily opt to stay indoors and not move about unnecessarily so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Coming down heavily on the government, Sardinha said that it had not planned for the control of the virus and questioned the state’s …

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Reginaldo for ramping up COVID-19 testing

Margao: Disturbed over the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases in areas of Curtorim, local legislator Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco on Wednesday demanded that the government ramp up the testing facilities so as to allay the people’s fear. Till date, there are in all 6 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases reported in Curtorim constituency areas. Speaking to this daily, Lourenco said, “I will be meeting the Raia and the Curtorim panchayat members on Thursday to decide on …

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Cruise liner to bring back 1,450 seafarers today

Vasco: All arrangements have been made by Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) in coordination with the state government to welcome Celebrity Infinity cruise liner which will arrive at the international cruise terminal of MPT at Mormugao Harbour on Thursday carrying around 1,450 Goan seafarers who were stranded in various parts of the world. As per information from traffic manager in-charge of …

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Khaunte urges CM for lockdown in Porvorim locality

Panaji: Hours after a 70-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 at a locality in Porvorim constituency on Wednesday, the local MLA Rohan Khaunte wrote to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant urging him to consider imposing lockdown in the particular area. Khaunte claimed that the new case at ‘Paithona, Salvador Do Mundo’ has caused chaos and panic among the residents in his …

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