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Of faith and fire

Marking the end of the Shigmotsav festivities, the festival of ‘Topshyo’ (literally translating to stick) was celebrated with great fervour at Fatorpa. The festival begins in the afternoon with devotees – comprising mostly men – gathering around the Shri Shantadurga Fatarpekarin temple where the palkhi of Goddess Shantadurga is taken out for procession. As part of the procession, along with …

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The coronavirus test

Danuska Da Gama | NT BUZZ The number of coronavirus cases is slowly increasing in the country, with the virus so far claiming three casualties. And with Goa being a frequented tourist destination, people are worried. Thus, as part of precautionary and preventive measures, regular classes have been cancelled for school and college. A new circular further mentions that examinations …

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Yet another suspected case in Goa

Panaji: Even as the 36-year-old man, who was being treated in the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) at Bambolim as a suspected case of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection has tested negative, a 60-year-old British woman was quarantined in the state-run hospital on Monday after she showed symptoms of the dreaded virus. State epidemiologist Dr Utkarsh Betodkar, speaking to ‘The Navhind …

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No May deadline to cancel Tokyo Olympics: IOC

Sydney: The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics said there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak. John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week …

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Tips to stay safe during corona outbreak

The number of coronavirus cases across the world continues to go up with each day which is something to worry about. General physician, Alan John says that though this virus COVID-19, is similar to any of the respiratory viruses like SARS, MERS, etc, and the mortality rate is not very high, the lung lesion left by this viral infection in …

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Long live tradition

In the midst of the Shigmo festivities, devotees of all faiths came together to celebrate the traditional ‘sotreo’ festival of Cuncolim. The festival is celebrated not only to welcome the goddess Shantadurga Kunkalikarin to Cuncolim (where her temple was originally located), but also to celebrate the victory of devotees against the Portuguese who attempted to convert the temple there. Cuncolim …

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Lenten recollection

An all-Goa deanery retreat was organised at the Diocesan Retreat Centre, Old Goa. As part of the retreat, youth engaged in praise and worship, way of the cross, confessions and a Eucharistic celebration celebrated by Fr Valentine. In his homily, he urged the youth to be good Samaritans in their life and the lives of others. He encouraged them to …

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Don’t play politics on COVID-19: CM to Congress

Mapusa: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday said that despite taking various measures against coronavirus (COVID-19), the Congress in the state is playing politics over the issue. “Congress needs to know that it should not play politics on coronavirus. Everyone should stand united with the government,” Sawant said while addressing a corner meeting at Verla-Canca on Sunday evening. Lashing out …

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Priest dies in Valpoi hit-and-run mishap

Valpoi: Fr Daniel Alfonso (59), a parish priest from Valpoi, succumbed to the injuries he had sustained in a hit-and-run case, while undergoing treatment at the Goa Medical College (GMC) and Hospital, Bambolim.   As per available information, Fr Alfonso had attended a funeral in Valpoi, and at 6 pm, he was going towards Advoi on his motorbike, but was …

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Stay at home and enjoy family time: Messi’s advice to people

Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi has called for people to “stay at home” and heed the advice of authorities in a bid to counter the coronavirus epidemic. The Barcelona and Argentina forward’s message came as the global death toll from the outbreak surpassed 5,000 on Saturday. Messi said he is currently spending time with his family after the suspension of all …

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