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26-03-2020: 12:00

In Saligao Health Department officials from the Village Health Centre visiting homes of those who have travelled from abroad. The team is explaining symptoms, and is going round stamping the travellers who have to stay quarantined for 14 days

25-03-2020: 20:00

Mapusa police booked AP truck driver for disobeying orders


Mapusa – Mapusa police has booked AP native truck driver which had entered Mapusa on Wednesday was booked for disobeying order promulgated by public servant and for violating permit conditions. Despite ban on outside vehicle one Maharashtra bound truck not only entered state on Wednesday but has moved and reached Mapusa where it was intercepted.

According to Mapusa police a truck bearing registration number MH-040EB-5863 was caught at Dattaprasad Colony Cunchelim in Mapusa where it had come there to delivery. In this connection on state complaint of ASI Satish Naik has filed against truck driver Surnar Parmeshwar, 24 native of Andhra Pradesh who was the driver of Maharashtra registered truck bearing registration number MH-04-EB-5863 in Mapusa for disobeying order s and for being negligent and  knowing that he his likely to spread infection dangerous to life.

Police sources informed that truck entered state via Mollem and travelled to Mapusa.

In this connection Mapusa police registered offence under section 269 and 188 of Indian penal code against the accused.

Mapusa police is further investigating into the case.

25-03-2020: 19:27

Goa Dairy to start home delivery of milk through its milk booths and outlet across state

According to Goa Dairy officials Milk and other dairy products will be made available through the Milk Booths and Milk outlets authorized by Goa Dairy through the phone numbers given.

The details of the centres and their mobile numbers are  specified area wise. The Milk Booths and the Milk Outlets will delivered the Milk packets through Home delivery system by putting 2-3 authorized delivery boys. The Milk Booths and the Milk Outlets may charge a service feel delivery fee in addition to the milk price as such the maximum price of the Milk packets is also mentioned in the list.

“Presently Goa Dairy has initiated home delivery process by gearing up 34 booths in various parts of state, which will start functioning from Thursday 26th March. After taking note of the response of the same service, all other outlet and booths of dairy will be made available for home delivery service” Goa Dairy’s MD Dr. Phadte said while speaking to this daily.

Goa Dairy has around 130 authorised milk booths and outlet across state and within few days all of these will be geared up for the home delivery system of milk one by one, MD Phadte informed and added that As booths and outlet of Goa Dairy get ready for home delivery, contact details will be made available to people by Dairy on their Facebook page and on Dairys website.

Dr . Phadte also stated that Along with Milk, people can order other milk products supplied by dairy like curd, flavoured milk, ice cream and others. Based on availability of the product,  It will be made available to people with some extra charges which won’t be more then Rs2, MD Phadte said.

25-03-2020: 18:27

The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has started a helpline to enable stranded foreign / domestic tourists to contact the TTAG  if they require any help. The number is 9921003568, says a press release by TTAG president SAvio Messias

25-03-2020: 18:00

First COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra return home to warm welcome

A Pune-based couple, the first COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra, received a warm welcome from their housing society members when they arrived in the premises on Wednesday afternoon after being discharged from hospital following recovery.

25-03-2020: 16:45

Police enquiring with two wheeler and four wheeler during nakabandi for 21 days Lock down at Navelim on Wednesday

25-03-2020: 16:45

Six people shifted to rehabilitation centre at Peddem in Mapusa

Mirgant family living on proposed Mapusa bus stand site on Wednesday morning.


Mapusa : In an attempt to provide a safer shelter to those homeless and needy individuals who are living on streets, provision for rehabilitation has been made wherein around six people Wednesday were picked up and rehabilitated at Peddem.

Mapusa city has number of such cases wherein homeless and needy people who are living on streets are facing lots of difficulty due to total lockdown down since Sunday.

Hence State government has begun to rehabilitate such individuals who are homeless and needy to designated centre.

Accordingly following instruction on Wednesday, six such people who were found homeless in Mapusa were shifted to rehabilitation centre under the supervision of Bardez Deputy Collector Akshay Potekar.

Confirming the rehabilitation, Deputy collector I, Akshay Potekar said that “We have already shifted around six people who have voluntary agreed to shift to Sport authority of Goa premises at Peddem and process is underway”.

25-03-2020: 16:38

Health ministry along with Health ffficials held a meeting with 10 panchayats heads at candolim health centre.
It was decided in the meeting that bigger panchayats should have atleast 50 volunteers and smaller panchayt like,Saligao to have 30 minimum volunteers who will help the villagers in case the emergency arises. The health officials will train these volunteers to tackle any eventuality due to this Virus.

Various village groups have been passing the message through Whatsapp to collect names. A meeting in each village will be held shortly.

25-03-2020: 15:45

Panchayats swing into action, prepare list of people in need of home delivery of essential services

MARGAO: Following the Chief Minister’s announcement of providing essential commodities to the people in the state in the wake of the Corona virus lockdown, panchayats have swung into action in preparing a list of people who would be most in need of home deliveries.
Panchayat secretaries and panch members through the Block Development Officers (BDO) asked for a list with details of persons including senior citizens who were unable to move about and that would be in need of being given essential commodities.
Several panchayats have already prepared a list of people mostly comprising of senior citizens who live alone or will require items to be delivered to their door step.
In Cavelossim, the panchayat has already prepared a list of around 18 people that would be in dire need of such services. “We were informed this morning to compile a list of people along with their details so as to submit to the government so they can receive essential items like rice to their door step. Based on this we identified around 18 people who are in dire need as they are by themselves or don’t have any other person’s help,” said village sarpanch Dionizio Dias.
Other villages including Benaulim have also begun work on getting ward wise details of people in need. According to a message circulated among panchayat secretaries, the BDO has asked for a details including name, address, ward number, constituency and phone numbers of persons including senior citizens who are totally dependent on others and no one to take care of them in the house so that the government can reach them for their daily needs.
Meanwhile panchayats have also stepped up their efforts to keep the public informed of the lockdown. “We are making public announcements to inform people of the 100 percent curfew and lockdown. We are also announcing that all the markets and shops to remain closed. We are also asking villagers to remain at home and not to come outside. We have also made announcements that if anyone has come from outside the state or country or from aboard the ship, that they should report to the nearest health centre,” said Carmona sarpanch Allwyn Jorge.

25-03-2020: 15:40

Crowd gathered at North Goa Collector office for passes and obtaining permission to open grocery outlets and milk distribution

25-03-2020: 15:26

Amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and complete lockdown, the state fisheries department has asked fishermen not to venture into sea for fishing.

“In view of the prevailing situation in the country due to the health emergency posed by COVID-19 and in pursuance of the enforcement of sub section (1) of section 144 of the code of Criminal Procedure of 1973 by the government, all fishermen of the state are hereby requested not to venture into sea until further notice,” reads the communique issued late on Tuesday evening.

The department has directed all the fishermen’s societies and associations to inform their fishermen and members to follow the instructions.

25-03-2020: 14:42

VASCO- A Dornier aircraft of Indian Navy, with a team of four doctors from Goa State Health department, took off from INS Hansa to Pune on Wednesday.

The doctors team attached to Goa State Health department seen with Indian Naval officials before their departure to Pune from Indian Naval base INS Hansa on Wednesday.

The medical team led by Dr Savio Rodrigues, HOD Microbiology, Goa Medical College, will undergo training to set up a COVID test facility at Goa. A request to the Navy for providing air transport was received by Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area during the late hours of March 24. Navy immediately initiated necessary procedures and the aircraft took off in the morning today.
A few samples of COVID-19 suspects were also carried by the medical team for testing. The medical team is likely to return to Goa on March 27, post completion of the training.

25-03-2020: 14:20

PIC BY: Gandeep Sheldekar
Police clearing crowded fruits and vegetables stalls at Gandhi market Margao, vendors sold onion at 100 per KG