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Sattari fair price shop owners demand over Rs 20,000 per month to meet PDS expenses

NT NETWORK VALPOI: Fair price shop owners from Sattari have demanded a monthly payment of over Rs 20,000 to meet the expenses that they incur in supplying food grain and other items to the beneficiaries under the public distribution system (PDS). At an emergency meet held here on Sunday, the Sattari taluka fair price shop owners association decided to place …

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Tousif’s tiatr unfolds peacefully under police protection

MARGAO: Public pressure forced a reluctant Tousif de Navelim, director of the controversial tiatr ‘Akantvadi Goeant Naka,’ to change his mind and stage his drama on Saturday at the Gomant Vidya Niketan hall in Margao under police protection, but not before another drama of sorts unfolded outside and in the venue hall. Even though Tousif had earlier decided not to …

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PASSENGERS PACKED LIKE SARDINES AS OFFICIALS LOOK THE OTHER WAY

PANAJI: The buses plying in the city and the surrounding areas remain overcrowded. Children and women being crammed in buses, besides the people travelling on the footboards of buses are common sights. The city bus operators continue to violate the rules laid due to the negligent attitude on the part of the traffic police and RTO officials. They could be …

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Pak wants level-playing field to promote trade ties with India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan Friday sought to link the grant of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) issue with market access saying it wants level-playing field to promote trade ties with India, which maintains that it has already taken the first step to enhance the commerce and now it was Islamabad’s turn to reciprocate. “Pakistan wants a level-playing field for promoting and further …

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DONA PAULA, DARK and DISMAL

DONA PAULA: Dona Paula which was once serene and scenic is no more so. The location, which is in a dismal state, plunges into darkness after dusk as the lights there have become non-functional. The place bears the haunted appearance as the night takes over. The high mast lamp erected at the foot of the statue of Dona Paula has …

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Kohli takes oath as Goa Governor

PANAJI: Governor of Gujarat Om Prakash Kohli was sworn-in by Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Mohit Shah as the eighteenth Governor of Goa on Thursday, at a short but well-attended ceremony, at the Durbar Hall of the Raj Bhavan. Kohli, 78, has been given additional charge as the Governor of Goa by President Pranab Mukherjee after the term of …

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Ponda market vendors observe bandh to protest ‘sopo tender scam’ 

PONDA: The vendors from Ponda markets on Wednesday observed a complete bandh in protest against hike in sopo rates by Ponda Municipal Council and demanded a vigilance inquiry into alleged corruption by PMC in awarding the sopo tender, which they said was a major scam. Along with vegetable and fruit vendors, the fish market vendors also observed the bandh. The …

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THERE’S NO STOPPING UNAUTHORISED BUS STOPS

PANAJI: Fines imposed on buses for unauthorised stops seems to have had limited impact on city bus operators. Even though the North Goa Collector had notified 162 bus stops across the city and its surrounding areas on August 7 last year, city buses continue to resort to unauthorised halting. It is also learnt that authorities have failed to keep a …

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Modi govt plans to decriminalise attempt to commit suicide

NEW DELHI: The government is planning to decriminalise attempt to commit suicide by repealing Section 309 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), which makes the act punishable with a jail term of up to one year and fine. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told the Lok Sabha Tuesday that discussions in this regard are on. In a written reply, …

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