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The coronavirus bitter pill for Goan industry

In Feb 2020 when news of coronavirus disease in Wuhan, China came to light few realized how powerful the illness would be. Today the illness is on everybody’s mind.  With fresh outbreaks across the country and surge in illness related deaths across the world coronavirus is getting bigger by the day. The economic repercussion of the dreaded infection is no …

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SBI- Goa gets moving on the road towards digital banking

State Bank of India, Goa, flagged off Digital Yaans during the 108th State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) meeting held on March 12. The flag-off of the Digital Yaans (vans) was in the presence of Parimal Roy, chief secretary, Goa, KV Haridas, deputy managing director, SBI,  Sanjay Kumar general manager, SBI, Sanjay, secretary revenue,  Nampoothri, general manager, RBI- Goa,  Kamakshi Pai, …

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Thermal scanners required at 4 major bus stands in state: Carlos

NT NETWORK Vasco As a part of preventive measures against  novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd (KTC) has started disinfection drive for its all buses which are operating on various routes on Saturday. The disinfection drive was launched at Vasco KTC bus stand in the presence of KTCL chairman and Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida, vice chairman Deepak …

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Tourism in Calangute-Candolim coastal belt badly hit

JOSEPH PINTO | NT Calangute Tourism in the beach belt of Calangute and Candolim has been badly affected this year, following drastic drop in tourist inflow, and so the stakeholders are worried about the repayment of the loans taken to run their businesses. And, they are keeping their fingers crossed over COVID-19 scare with the Centre suspending all tourist visas …

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Don’t panic over coronavirus, faithful urged

NT NETWORK Panaji Global concerns over coronavirus were echoed in the Bom Jesus Basilica at Old Goa when Fr Sebastiao Mascarenhas, Superior General of the Society of the Missionaries of St Francis Xavier (Society of Pilar), exhorted the congregation on Thursday not to fall prey to fear and panic, but to pray and believe in God’s grace to save them …

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Hopes on ‘Vivad se Vishwas’ scheme for increasing direct tax collections

NT NETWORK Panaji With several litigious cases of income tax pending in the state, local officials of the income tax department are pinning hopes on the ‘Vivad se Vishwas’ scheme for increasing direct tax collections to the government. On Friday, B V Gopinath, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, revealed that the state has several disputed tax cases from individuals, businessmen …

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CM says PM assured to protect Goa’s interest in Mhadei tangle

NT NETWORK Panaji Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured the state of protecting Goa’s interest vis-à-vis decades-old Mhadei water dispute. Sawant called on the Prime Minister in New Delhi on Thursday, urging Modi “not to grant permission to any proposal of Karnataka on the Kalasa-Banduri project across the Mhadei river”. Speaking to …

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Visa suspension to spell doom to Goa’s ongoing tourist season

NT NETWORK Panaji With the Centre suspending  all tourist visas till April 15 to contain the spread of the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19), the state’s tourist season that usually lasts until mid-May is expected to wrap up early. Local industry stakeholders on Thursday said that they are looking at a premature end to the foreign tourism season that normally extends from …

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Holi celebrated with fervour across state

NT NETWORK Mapusa/Vasco  Holi was celebrated across Mapusa and surrounding areas with pomp and gaiety, exchanging colours by children, youth, women and senior citizens on Tuesday. The celebration was added with a rain dance where people danced to various songs. Drenched in a riot of colours, Holi revelers were seen moving around in jeeps and motorcycles around the town, celebrating …

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Five Goan sailors stranded on virus-hit US ship

JOAO SOUSA M | NT Margao Anxiety has struck families of five Goan crewmembers of the coronavirus-hit ‘Grand Princess’ cruise ship, which is set to dock at the port of Oakland, California in United States.  There are nearly 4000 passengers and crewmembers, including five Goans, onboard the cruise ship. There are 21 people, including 19 crewmembers and two passengers of …

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