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Govt mulls laying alternative water pipeline network

NT NETWORK Panaji Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday directed engineers of the public works department to work out a plan within a year for laying an alternative water pipeline network so as to ensure regular water supply in all situations. Sawant warned that PWD engineers will be held accountable and action will be initiated against them if they fail …

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NGT warns against RO purifiers

NT NETWORK Panaji In a bid to regulate the use of reverse osmosis purifiers, the National Green Tribunal in a recent order has directed the Union ministry of environment and forest to prohibit the use of RO purifiers in areas where total dissolved solids (TDS) in water are below 500 mg per litre. The NGT order also has asked the …

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Margao civic body chief says ready to step down if councillors are not happy

NT NETWORK Margao In the midst of rumours that  majority of the councillors of Margao Municipal Council are trying to move a no confidence motion against the chairperson Babita Prabhudesai in her absence, Prabhudesai, on Thursday, said that “if the councillors are not happy with her performance then she is ready to step down, on October 2.” There were talks …

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State gets Rs 238.16 crore from Centre for afforestation

NT NETWORK Panaji The central government has released Rs 238.16 crore to Goa under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority. To promote afforestation and achieve green objectives of the country, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Thursday disbursed Rs 47,436 crore from the CAMPA to 27 states including Goa. The Union minister clearly …

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QCI team has established ‘identified spots’ as 100% ODF, says MMC CO

NT NETWORK Vasco The chief officer of Mormugao Municipal Council Gaurish Shankhwalkar, on Thursday, informed that the team of Quality Council of India (QCI), which conducted inspection of all ‘identified open defecation spots’ in the municipal jurisdiction, has established them to be 100 per cent ODF, and added that the report on the same will be submitted to the state …

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Sardinha holds meeting with district collector

NT NETWORK Margao Member of Parliament (MP)  South Goa,  Francisco  Sardinha, on Thursday  held a meeting with the  district Collector and other officials and discussed on a few new projects to be taken up  under the  MPLADS  in South Goa. “Today, I discussed a few of the new proposals,  including  a  playground  and sanctioning of  computers to the schools,” he …

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Schedules for summer SSC, HSSC exams announced

NT NETWORK Panaji The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has declared the schedules for its summer 2020 SSC and HSSC examinations. The SSC exam will be held from April 1 to April 22, 2020 at 28 centres across the state. The practical exam for SSC will start from February 12, 2020. The theory exam for SSC will …

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Cong: Sahni has taken ‘initiative’ to weaken GU’s autonomy

NT NETWORK Panaji The Congress party, on Thursday, opposed the proposal made by the Vice Chancellor of Goa University (GU) Varun Sahni to appoint Chief Minister Pramod Sawant as Pro-Chancellor of the university. “Instead of strengthening the autonomy of Goa University, Sahni himself has taken an initiative to weaken the autonomy by seeking political interference in the university,” said Goa …

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Vandana Rao is new education director

NT NETWORK Panaji The state government has appointed IAS officers as directors of some major departments, including education and information and technology. The personnel department issued an order on Thursday appointing newly joined IAS officer Vandana Rao as the director of education, and Ankita Anand as the director of information and technology. The government also appointed IAS officer Hemant Kumar …

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Residential college for tribal students in the pipeline: Velip

NT NETWORK Panaji The chairperson of SC/ST Commission Prakash Velip, on Thursday, revealed that Adarsh residential college for the students hailing from the tribal community is in the pipeline at Balli, Quepem. Addressing the media, Velip said that many students from the community could not get admission in colleges in the state despite of getting passing percentage, so Adarsh Krishi …

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