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40 camera traps to trace tiger movement in Mhadei

Panaji: Following the death of four tigers, the forest department has installed 40 camera traps in the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary to trace movement of wild animals including tigers. Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden Santosh Kumar told this daily that immediately after the death of the four tigers, the department had installed 40 cameras at various …

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Congress party demands postponement of ZP election

Panaji: The Congress party on Saturday demanded that the Zilla Panchayat (ZP) elections, scheduled to be held on March 15, be postponed and powers regarding reservation of wards be vested in the State Election Commission (SEC), as assured by former chief minister Manohar Parrikar in tune with the provisions in the nation’s Constitution. “In spite of assurance by the BJP …

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CAA a threat to Goans’ future, will raise issue in Assembly: Churchill

Margao: Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao has said he would take up the issue of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as well as recent incidents regarding a credit society where hundreds of locals have lost their savings. Speaking to media persons in Margao on Saturday, Alemao said the growing concern regarding the CAA would be taken up at the next Assembly session. …

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Tiracol-Keri bridge construction gets NGT’s ‘green signal’

Panaji: After a long wait of five years, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has finally allowed construction of  the bridge connecting Tiracol to Keri, which was  halted after an NGO filed a petition alleging the construction was in violation of CRZ Notification. The court gave its nod for the construction after the party failed to prove the illegality, and asked …

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Ugandan woman held for murder of Aldona man

Calangute: Calangute police, on Saturday, informed that they have arrested Minamu Hafusa, an Ugandan national, (22), in connection with the murder of Jefrino Baretto, a resident of Aldona, who was found murdered – his head smashed with a stone, at Baga. The police informed that “the murder case could be solved in a day’s time due to the tip-off provided …

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Goa demands Rs 6,333.32 cr from 15th Finance Commission

NT NETWORK Panaji Presenting the current fiscal situation of the state and its requirement for funds before the 15th Finance Commission, the Goa government on Friday demanded a grant of Rs 6,333.32 crore in addition to the overall tax devolution. The Finance Commission, headed by chairman N K Singh, along with its members and senior officials, met Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, …

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Kavlekar seeks Rs 410 cr for organic farming

NT NETWORK Panaji Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar on Friday sought Rs 410 crore from the 15th Finance Commission for promoting organic farming, including setting up of an organic agriculture university in the state. Kavlekar, who holds the agriculture portfolio, while presenting the current status of the state agriculture sector, put forward a proposal on how the state government …

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Finance panel: to boost revenue, consider hike in liquor excise duty

NT NETWORK Panaji The 15th Finance Commission concluded its two-day visit to the state on Friday with the observation that Goa’s growth potential, although huge in terms of opportunity is yet to be achieved. Addressing the press along with panel members, N K Singh, chairman of the 15th Finance Commission, said that the state would need a combination of measures …

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Piped gas in 15,000 Goa kitchens by 2022

NT NETWORK Panaji Minister for Power and Renewable Energy Nilesh Cabral on Friday said that the first phase of connectivity of piped cooking gas, which will cover 15,000-odd households in the state, would be completed by 2022. “The project has been targeted towards provision of cleaner fuel in the form of piped cooking case, and will further receive impetus with …

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Church-backed meet wants CAA revoked

NT NETWORK  Margao The Church-backed anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest meet held in Margao on Friday demanded that the Goa Assembly pass a resolution asking the central government to immediately and unconditionally revoke the CAA and activities related to National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).  The meet, which was held at the Lohia Maidan, was attended by …

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