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Waste menace: consent to operate must for railway stations

Panaji: The principal bench of National Green Tribunal  has made all railway stations across the country to compulsorily obtain consent to operate from state pollution control boards as several activities of railway establishments have potential of causing pollution which attracts provisions of the Water Act, the Air Act and the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. Presently, none of the stations obtains …

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India safest country for minorities in world, says BJP’s Shahnawaz

Panaji: BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain alleged that the Congress party was behind the incidents in Jamia Millia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University and added that Congress members camouflage themselves and participate in such protests. Addressing media on Wednesday in Panaji, the BJP leader said that the Congress, that has been facing defeats in the elections, is misleading the …

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SOTTO: lab for cross-matching of tissues, organs inaugurated

Panaji: Following the setting up of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) laboratory and a web portal, the stage has been set for formal functioning of State Organ and Tissue Transplantation Organisation (SOTTO) at the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim. HLA laboratory and the web portal are two essential requirements to facilitate the deceased donor transplant programme. HLA laboratory is needed …

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Four members of rock band held for ‘insulting Hindu religion

Panaji: Four members of ‘Dastaan Live’, an art-rock band, were arrested by the Panaji police on charges of alleged acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. They were later released on conditional bail, the police said. The band had performed on Tuesday night at the DB ground, Campal-Panaji at the ongoing …

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Road safety council to analyse fatal accidents to take corrective steps

Panaji: The district road safety council meeting chaired by district collector R Menaka, on Wednesday, decided to select five fatal accident cases that occurred in different talukas of the state to analyse the cause of fatalities and take corrective measures. The council wants to study the reasons for repeated road accidents and rectify it with an aim to reduce road …

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Thousands converge in city to oppose CAA

Panaji: Thousands of Goans on Wednesday expressed opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and pledged to oppose its implementation in the state, terming it unconstitutional. Gathered at Azad Maidan in the city in protest, they said, in Goa, politics of ‘minority- majority’ will not work and asked the government not to play with the sentiments of Goans. They challenged …

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Panaji CA comes to aid of Bethoda woman who lost savings due to demonetisation

Ponda: An elderly woman from Bethoda, who had lost all hope after realising that currency notes she had, amounting to some thousands, were of no value due to demonetisation, has heaved a sigh of relief after a chartered accountant came to her ‘rescue’. V B Prabhu Verlekar, a chartered accountant from Panaji, recently donated a sum of Rs 52,000 to …

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S Goa district hospital opening to miss another deadline

Margao: The much-awaited South Goa district hospital has got yet another date of completion as the initial plan of phase-wise handing over by end of December has been dropped and it will be now handed over to the directorate of Health Services by January 31, 2020. According to Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC), 95 per cent of the work …

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2 Kerala drug peddlers land in police net

Panaji: Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Goa police have arrested two persons, both residents of Kerala and seized drugs worth around Rs 2.5 lakh during a raid conducted at a location in Anjuna on Tuesday night. The accused have been identified as Mohammad Rafi (24) and Shanoob K H (23). Police have seized 48 square shaped papers suspected to be …

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Illegal sand mining: HC orders strict check

Panaji: High Court of Bombay at Goa on Wednesday in a case related to illegal sand mining has directed the state and its various departments to undertake regular patrolling through flying squads at all stretches of rivers.  The High Court Division Bench comprising of Justice M S Sonak and Justice M S Jawalkar said that such patrolling shall not be …

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