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Developmental works worth Rs 14 lakh launched in Vasco

Vasco: Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida, launched the construction work of a retaining wall and a soak pit at the shelter of People for Animals at Shantinagar, which is estimated to cost Rs 14 lakh. Local councillor Yatin Kamurlekar, social worker Prasad Naik, Harischandra Naik, Ratnakar Kamble and officials of Animal for Shelter were present on the occasion. Carlos said that …

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Biodiversity board conducts inspection of western bypass at Benaulim

Benaulim: The Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB) held a joint inspection of the western bypass stretch passing through Benaulim on Wednesday along with four other state departments to ascertain the facts on ground and obtain suggestions. The inspection held on Wednesday saw member secretary GSBB Pradip Sarmokadam, Water Resources Department (WRD) executive engineer Ankush Gaonkar, Town and Country Planning Department’s …

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Assamese staying in Goa stage protest against CAA

Panaji: Around 400-odd people from Assam, who are living in Goa, held a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) on Saturday at Azad Maidan in Panaji. The protest continued for over two hours amidst heavy police deployment with people of Assam community belonging to different age groups were seen with placards and shouting slogans against the central government. “With …

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Multiplex renovation: award of tender for selection of operator delayed

Panaji: The award of the tender pertaining to the selection of operator for renovation/ refurbishment and operation of multiplex at the Entertainment Society of Goa complex has been delayed, just as the two multiplex giants in the country namely INOX Leisure Limited and PVR Cinemas are running neck-to-neck to take control of the four-screen cinema house. The contract between the …

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Primary teachers from govt schools to attend capacity-building workshop

Panaji: The directorate of education, the State Council of Educational Research and Training-Goa (SCERT-Goa) and the Goa Samagra Shiksha Teacher Education have jointly organised capacity building workshop/ seminar for all the primary teachers from the government as well as the government-aided schools, during the forthcoming Christmas vacation, from December 26 to December 29, in all 12 talukas of the state. …

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Tourism industry on the decline: Lobo

Panaji: Port Minister Michael Lobo on Friday admitted that the tourism industry  in the state has been on the decline as there have been  no corrective steps from the government. Speaking to  media persons, he said that he will soon write to  Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and  Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar on the worsening situation in the tourism sector. Calangute …

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Corporation still an option to resume mining

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said that all options are open before the government, including formation of a state mineral development corporation, to restart the mining activities in the state, as the mining tangle has been dragging on in  the Supreme Court. “We had been expecting relief from the Supreme Court this month. However, hearing on the mining …

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Sunburn EDM: HC insists on payment of deposit of Rs 2.25 crore

Panaji: The High Court of Bombay at Goa on Friday directed the tourism director to ensure that permissions for the Sunburn EDM festival are issued “only and only if the deposit of Rs 2.25 crore is made, and not otherwise”. Coming down heavily on the EDM organisers, the division bench of the  High Court comprising Justice M S  Sonak and …

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CBI books senior KRC official, contractor for EPF fraud

Panaji : The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered an FIR against a senior official of the Konkan Railway Corporation and a contractor for allegedly committing an EPF fraud running into over  Rs 18 lakh. The rail official has been accused of criminal conspiracy, cheating, abuse of official position by a public servant and corruption. The official has been identified …

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Sawant assures to address Sanguem locals’ problems

Panaji: Suggesting to submit the problems faced by the locals due to the eco-sensitive zone notification in writing, the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, on Friday, assured the delegation that was led by Sanguem MLA Prasad Gaonkar, and which  comprised representatives from Netravali and surrounding villages around the wildlife sanctuary that their issues will be addressed during a meeting, which would …

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