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Strategise to avoid debt trap: CAG advice to Goa

Panaji: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has advised the Goa government that it will have to work out a well-thought out borrowing-repayment strategy to avoid falling into a debt trap. The CAG recommended to the state government that it may consider developing a debt sustainability framework for achieving an improved long-term sustainability in fiscal deficit management and …

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CAG uncovers GIDC land scam

Panaji: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has also exposed a scam in the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), which acquired and allotted 2.24 lakh square metres of land to a company on request for manufacturing copper strips and alloys. The report states that the company utilised only 27,682 sq mt of land for a period of 17 years. …

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‘Embezzlement of funds in 13 govt offices’

Panaji: The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India for the year ended March 2018 has revealed that instances of misappropriation/suspected misappropriation of government funds to the tune of Rs 11.60 lakh have been detected in 13 state government offices that come under the revenue, registration and transport departments. The CAG report has also disclosed that in …

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Oppn demands CCTV footage of Khaunte incident

Panaji: The proceedings on the last day of the budget session in the state legislative assembly began on a stormy note on Friday, with a protest by the Opposition MLAs over the midnight arrest of Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte. Police had arrested Khaunte for allegedly threatening BJP spokesperson Premanand Mhambre. Khaunte was then taken to Porvorim police station and later …

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House passes Goa Appropriation Bill 2020

Panaji: The Goa legislative assembly on Friday passed the Goa Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2020 amounting to Rs 8,773.47 crore to meet expenditure charged on the consolidated fund of the state for five months i.e. April to August 2020. The Vote on Account Bill, moved by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, was passed unanimously in the assembly in the absence …

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MPT gears up to tackle coronavirus scare

Vasco: The Mormugao port authorities have geared up to tackle the novel coronavirus scare while handling international and domestic passengers arriving at the port by cruise liners. Speaking to this daily, Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) health officer Mangesh Patil said, “Mormugao port is all set to handle the novel coronavirus threat when cruise liners call at the port.” He said …

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Fransisco Pereira held yet again for desecrating cross

Curchorem: Curchorem police, on Friday, informed that  they have arrested a history sheeter Fransisco Xevior Pereira (58), also  known as ‘Boy,’ from Kamral, Curchorem, for desecrating a cross and damaging a plaque in Curchorem. The police said that the accused Fransisco on Friday morning first broke a cross that was erected beside the main road at Kamral, and later came …

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CM holds meeting with mining workers

Sankhali: Stating that the Supreme Court is going to hold an important hearing on mining issue on February 10, the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told the mining workers to have patience for few days in getting their issues resolved. Sawant was addressing the workers during a meeting with them at Secretariat on Friday which was also attended by Speaker Rajesh …

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S Goa coastal works likely to be completed by June

Margao: The works for developing infrastructure on South Goa’s coastal belt under the central government’s Swadesh Darshan Scheme are expected to be completed by June this year, according to a response at the Assembly session. Responding to a question by Marcaim MLA Ramakrishna Dhavalikar, Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar listed the works undertaken and completed under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme that …

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