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Khaunte refutes ‘assault’ charge

Panaji: Refuting the allegations that he ‘assaulted’ BJP spokesperson Premanand Mhambre, Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte on Thursday said that the move to target him will backfire and cost the government and the BJP heavily. “We are not the people who will get scared of arrests. I want to send a clear message to the government that I will not tolerate and …

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Oppn condemns Khaunte’s arrest

Panaji: The united Opposition on Thursday repeatedly stormed into the well of the state legislative assembly raising slogans such as “Shame, shame” and “We want justice” while condemning the midnight arrest of Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte, thus forcing Speaker Rajesh Patnekar to continuously adjourn the House. This resulted in no legislative work being carried out during the entire morning session …

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Real estate industry ‘disappointed’

Panaji: The Goan real estate industry, on Thursday, expressed dissatisfaction over the State Budget 2020-21. According to Nilesh Salkar, president of CREDAI-Goa, “The industry is really disappointed.” Salkar said, “The real estate sector is the favourite whipping boy of all governments. Instead of easing the pressure on the sector, the government is trying to dig our grave.” The Budget proposes …

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Liquor retailers: excise duty hike is ‘going to be counter-productive’

Panaji: Members of the liquor retail industry in the state, on Thursday, gave sharp thumbs down to the government’s proposal to increase excise duties on all wines, beer, IMFL, country liquor, foreign liquor, and other alcoholic beverages sold in local shops.  The increase in excise duty ranges from Rs 5 per bulk litre to Rs 1,000 per bulk litre for …

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GMOEA makes strong plea for immediate mining resumption

Panaji: With the Supreme Court order on Goa mining industry closure completing two years on February 7 2020, the Goa Mineral Ore Exporters’ Association (GMOEA), on Thursday, made a strong plea for immediate resumption of  mining. According to the iron ore exporters body the accumulated revenue loss to the nation’s economy now stands at Rs 7,000 crore with two long …

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Candola locals against inclusion of village in urban areas

Margao: The villagers of Candola panchayat up the ante against the government’s notification declaring 56 villages as urban areas, the villagers submitted on Thursday a memorandum to the panchayat objecting to the inclusion of Betki-Candola panchayat in Quepem taluka as an urban area. The villagers also asked the panchayat to make its stand clear on the issue and call for …

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Ruling party has murdered democracy: Cong

Panaji: The Congress spokesperson Amarnath Panjikar while condemning both the incidents, arrest of Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte and the removal of opposition MLAs from the Assembly, said that the ruling party has allegedly murdered democracy in Goa. Addressing the media, Panjikar along with Swati Kerkar, Anand Naik and Urfan Mulla, said, Khaunte must have realised that he committed a mistake …

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MNSS meeting elects two presidents for Shigmotsav celebration

Vasco: The annual general body meeting of Murgao Nagrik Shigmotsav Samitti (MNSS) concluded with commotion on Thursday evening, forcing the Mormugao municipal council chairperson Nandadeep Raut to declare two presidents of MNSS namely Shekhar Khadapkar and Deepak Naik to celebrate this year’s Shigmotsav celebration. The annual general body meeting of MNSS was convened by the MMC chief officer Gaurish Shankwalkar …

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Colva VP to appeal GSPCB order on garbage generated at Fama fair

NT NETWORK Colva The village panchayat of Colva has maintained that they had collected garbage generated at the Fama feast despite being served a notice and penalties totalling Rs 10 lakh by the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB). The panchayat said they aim to appeal the order. The GSPCB in two separate orders said it had found no solid …

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Crocodile rescued at Mardol

NT NETWORK Ponda Animal rescue squad (ARS), led by Charan Desai, rescued a male crocodile, measuring 12 feet in length, from a rivulet at Mardol after it got trapped in a cable snare allegedly laid to poach wild boar. As per information, locals spotted the crocodile trapped in the rivulet near Marcaim road on Tuesday evening and soon contacted the …

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