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Partagal Swami directs temples to cancel festivals, rituals till Dec 2020

Panaji: Shrimad Vidyadhiraj Teerth Shripad Vader Swami of Shree Samsthan Gokarn Partagalli Jeevonttam Mutt has issued guidelines to ‘Saraswat Samaj Devasthans’ (temples of Saraswat community) affiliated to the Mutt, directing them to cancel all scheduled festivals, religious rituals and Annasantarpana (distributing provision or food) until December 2020. The dictum signed by the chairman of the central Mutt committee, Shrinivas Dempo, …

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PWD contractors in distress over pending bills amounting to Rs 250 cr

Panaji: PWD contractors are in distress due to pending bills, which have not been paid for the last four-five months, for various works. As per available information, various contractors have raised over Rs 250 crore bills of works that have been executed by them under various divisions, before the public works department. Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’ the contractors stated …

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Lockdown leaves rickshaw operators, ‘pilots’ without any income source

Panaji: The very survival of motorcycle pilots and rickshaw operators are threatened due to COVID-19 as they have to fend for themselves alone with neither local customers nor tourists to board their vehicles as well as no relief package to help them to sustain the lockdown. While speaking to this daily, they felt that the government should provide some kind …

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SGPDA will not fall prey to threatening tactics of wholesale fish traders: D’Sa

Margao: The  Nuvem legislator and chairman of the  South Goa Planning  and Development  Authority (SGPDA)  Wilfred  D’Sa on Thursday  said that SGPDA  will not fall prey to the threatening tactics  of the wholesale fish traders and that it would not open the wholesale fish market so soon. Speaking to this daily, D’Sa said, “We are not going to fall prey to the threatening tactics of the wholesale …

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Garbage treatment plants to come up in Chicalim, Sancoale

Vasco: The Minister for Panchayati Raj Mauvin Godinho, on Wednesday, said that Rs 15 crore, which was sanctioned by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to set up garbage treatment plant under its CSR initiative, will be utilised for setting up two modern garbage treatment plants, in Chicalim and  Sancoale, which comes under the flying path of Dabolim airport. Godinho …

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COVID negative certificate must for people coming to Goa

NT NETWORK Panaji The state government on Wednesday modified its standard operating procedure  for the people entering the state, making it mandatory for them to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate or get themselves tested for the deadly virus. Also, the government  has done away with the option of 14-day home quarantine.  Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told reporters that the state …

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9 more COVID patients recover in state

NT NETWORK Panaji The active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the state have  come down  to 31, as nine more  COVID patients recovered from the disease on Wednesday. However, the state  recorded a  new confirmed case of the dreaded virus. Health secretary Nila Mohanan told a press conference in Panaji that all the nine ‘recovered’ patients were discharged from the Margao-based …

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Sawant writes to Centre on Goans stuck abroad

NT NETWORK Panaji The state government has written to the Union civil aviation ministry and the ministry of external affairs requesting them to arrange special flights for repatriation of Goans stranded in other countries. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said that he is in constant touch with the ministries of civil aviation and  external affairs pushing for  repatriation of …

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Goa to scale up COVID testing capacity

NT NETWORK Panaji Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said  the state’s testing capacity for the COVID-19 pandemic is around 1,000 samples per day. He told reporters that when standard operating procedures were announced on May 23 it  had  been expected that  4,000 people would arrive in the state every  day. Hence  three options had been  given to the people …

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Panel’s mantra of ease of doing business

NT NETWORK Panaji With the tight financial position of the state practically ruling out any kind of relief package, the economic revival committee in its final meeting with the government has advised ease of doing business as the only possible way of restarting trade and industry amid the COVID pandemic chaos. In a frank dialogue with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant …

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