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‘Amateur’ water sports boat operators risk lives of tourists

JOSEPH PINTO | NT Calangute Water sports activities are a popular attraction for tourists in Goa, however, some water sports owners risk lives of tourists by hiring unlicensed operators to ride the boats to save a few thousands on salaries. Owing to this, many minor accidents have come to light involving tourists swimming in the swimming zone due to rash …

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Virnoda college students sensitised on acid attacks, trafficking

NT NETWORK Panaji The North Goa District Legal Services Authority, Panaji, organised a legal awareness programme on the subject ‘NALSA (Victims of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation) Scheme, 2015, NALSA (Legal Services to Victims of Acid Attacks) Scheme, 2016 & Fundamental Duties under the Constitution’, recently at the Sant Sohirobanath Government College of Arts and Commerce, Virnoda-Pernem. Dr Filipe Rodrigues …

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Carmona mulls over heritage tag for village

NT NETWORK Margao The villagers from Carmona, expressing concern over the protection of heritage structures in their village, have asked the panchayat to safeguard them for the future. This comes in line with the state’s decision to formulate a heritage policy. During the recently held gram sabha, the villagers informed the panchayat body of several instances where heritage structures near …

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Only around 4.5% of 2.40 lakh vehicles in Salcete fitted with HSRPs so far

NT NETWORK Margao Just around 4.5 per cent of the 2.40 lakh vehicles in Salcete have been fitted with high-security registration plates (HSRPs), in the last five months, following the commencement of the scheme.  And, the proposal to rope in private players for fitting the HSRPs is yet to get the government approval. As per information, around 19,000 vehicles have …

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Testing of grade separator at Dabolim airport taken up

NT NETWORK Vasco The static load test of the grade separator, which is nearly in the final stage of completion at the Dabolim airport, has been taken up by contractor. A source at the airport said that the static load test of the bridge or grade separator is mandatory before commencing or opening the public facility. The static load test …

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Colvale VP cracks the whip on scrapyards for polluting fields

NT NETWORK Mapusa Colvale panchayat on Thursday inspected illegal scrap yards operating in its jurisdiction and imposed fine for discharging toxic chemical water. The panchayat has also written letter to various officials seeking action. It may be recalled that during the gram sabha this Sunday, villagers had sought action against illegal scrap yards in the village. On Thursday, sarpanch Nityanand …

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SSC exams: Goa Board mulls 2 mathematics papers

NT NETWORK Panaji The academic council of the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education is considering introduction of two different mathematics papers at the SSC examination, conducted by the Goa Board. The final decision is expected to be taken by the Goa Board by the end of March 2020. The objective behind providing an option to the students …

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Digambar reiterates demand for white paper on Mhadei dispute

NT NETWORK Panaji A day after Chief Minister Pramod Sawant  rejected the united Opposition MLAs’ demand for a white paper on Mhadei issue, Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat on Thursday said that Goa will transform into a ‘desert’ if the government does not act ‘sensibly and quickly’ in the decade-old water dispute.  “The dry days in Goa have already begun with …

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Man fined for allowing minor son to ride

NT NETWORK Panaji A man and his minor son were penalised by the Panaji traffic police with Rs 1,800 fine for a number of traffic offences, after the 17-year-old son was caught riding a two-wheeler in the city on Thursday evening. Apart from not possessing a motor driving licence (MDL), the underage rider also committed traffic offences such as not …

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Goa fully equipped to scan carriers of coronavirus: Centre

NT NETWORK Panaji The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Thursday assured all possible help to the state government for prevention of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection among the people of Goa. Joint secretary of MoHFW Alok Saxena reviewed the preparedness of the state health department in tackling the deadly virus and expressed satisfaction over the precautionary measures taken …

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