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Govt mulls forming third district of Goa

Curchorem: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said the government is considering forming third district in the state, factoring in the rising   population and the need for overall development. Speaking after inaugurating the newly-constructed administrative building at Dharbandora, Sawant said that Dharbandora town will metamorphose into a city in the next five years as Dharbandora taluka will come under the …

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Portugal President to arrive in state today

Panaji: Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who is on an official visit to India, will arrive in Goa on Saturday. During his two-day visit to the state, a memorandum of understanding on water and sewage management will be signed between the Portuguese government and the state public works department. Minister for Public Works Deepak Pauskar told ‘The Navhind Times’ …

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State goes for another loan of Rs 100 crore

Panaji: The state government has decided to go for another borrowing of Rs 100 crore through the sale of stock (securities) of 10-year tenure. The Rs 100-crore loan will take state government’s borrowings for the current fiscal to Rs 2,200 crore against the borrowing limit of Rs 2,600 crore for the financial year 2019-20. A notification issued by the finance …

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Pitch for rollback in price hike of Feni and port wine

Panaji: Minister for Waste Management and Ports Michael Lobo on Friday said that he will request Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to bring down the hike in the prices of Feni and port wine, the traditional Goan drinks. Sawant, presenting his maiden budget earlier this month, had announced a hike in excise duties and fee on the sale of liquor, with …

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Govt alerts hotels on coronavirus scare

Panaji: Stating that arrival of tourists in the state must have been certainly affected due to the coronavirus scare, but cannot be quantified, director of tourism Menino D’Souza on Friday said the tourism department has already sent advisories on the disease to hotels in the state. “The hotels have been told to report to the departments of tourism and health, …

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MGP wants ZP polls ‘rescheduled’

Panaji: A senior leader of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) Ramkrishna Dhavalikar, on Friday, demanded with the state government to reschedule the Zilla Panchayat (ZP) elections, in view of the ‘examination season’ which will be over only by April 20. Dhavalikar said that keeping the interest of students in mind, the crucial examination season should be taken into consideration and not …

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Bad loans: credit co-op societies asked to devise OTS scheme

Panaji: In order to speed up the loan recovery and also to provide a relief to the affected borrowers, the department of co-operation has issued guidelines to all the credit co-operative societies (other than banks) directing them to devise a One Time Settlement (OTS) Scheme for their borrowers. The notification issued by the department states that on scrutiny of functioning …

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Cashew, other plantations gutted in fire at Nadora

Mapusa: Around 20 hectares of cashew and other plantations were gutted in a fire in Nadora village, resulting in 10 farmers suffering a loss between Rs 25-30 lakh. The farmers suspect a foul play behind the incident and have demanded the government to look into it and provide them compensation. After flooding, then bison attack and now the fire incident …

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Mormugao civic body passes surplus budget of Rs 3.57 cr

Vasco: Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) passed a surplus budget of Rs 3.57 crore for the financial year 2020-21 during the council meeting held on Friday. Interestingly, the opposition councillors boycotted the meeting alleging mismanagement in the budgetary provisions by the ruling council. MMC chairperson Nandadeep Raut presented the budget for the financial year 2020-21. He disclosed that the budget is …

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A tactic to lure Karachi Goans back to their roots

ROQUE DIAS | NT Margao   The state government has started making the most of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act by exploring to step up pressure on Pakistani citizens of Goan origin to obtain Indian citizenship. And tool is the properties of these ‘Karachi Goans’, which have been declared as ‘enemy properties’. The office of the South Goa district collector has directed …

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