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Casinos play big role in promoting Goa tourism: Sanjay Dutt

Panaji: Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt believes that casinos play a big role in promoting tourism in Goa. “It’s very important I think. It (casinos) plays a big role in tourism. People go to Macau, they go to Vegas, but it is beautiful to see something like this in India,” Dutt said on Saturday while launching ‘Big […]

After Sri Lanka attacks, Goa starts beach patrolling

Panaji: After the terror attacks in Sri Lanka, Goa Police has started special beach patrols, with armed policemen astride motorcycles who will patrol the beach belt to ward off threats from potential attacks, an official said on Wednesday. “The South Goa district police have stared special motor-cycle patrols in all our beach areas to ward off […]

Bepanaah Star Jennifer Winget Screams, Enjoy!

Small screen star Jennifer Winget is giving us the right ‘Weekend Feels’ with her recent Instagram posts. The star has been travelling to places after the recent wrap of her serial, ‘Bepanaah’. From Kashmir, England to Goa, we get to eye all the fun she is having on her vacays which give us major holiday […]

Youth arrested for asking Minister about unemployment

Panaji: A youth was arrested in North Goa’s Valpoi constituency soon after he questioned Vishwajit Rane, an MLA and the coastal state’s Health Minister, about unemployment. The incident took place on Thursday night during a meeting held to discuss the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) North Goa Lok Sabha candidate Shripad Naik’s campaign. Gaonkar had asked […]

Casinos irrespective, Goan males still prefer lottery, matka: Study

Panaji: Government lotteries and matka, an illegal daily lottery racket, beats casinos in terms of popularity among Goa’s adult male gamblers, a study has revealed. The study, published in the latest edition of the Asian Journal of Psychiatry, also establishes a linkage between tobacco-use, alcohol use disorders to gamblers’ addiction for matka. The study conducted […]

Separated from kid, Polish woman seeks Sushma's help

Panaji: Separated due to visa-related discrepancies from her 11-year-old daughter who is currently under care of temporary guardians in Goa, a 42-year-old Polish single mother stranded in Thailand, has now reached out to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Twitter for help in desperation. Marta Kotlarska, a Polish artist and photographer who is on a […]

EC probes use of Parrikar's ashes for poll campaign

Panaji: The Goa Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Thursday asked collectors to probe and send a detailed report into a series of ceremonies held by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to immerse the ashes of late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in rivers across the state’s 40 constituencies. The direction from the CEO, Kunal, follows a […]

Pramod Sawant to be new Goa CM

Panaji: BJP’s Pramod Sawant will be the new chief minister of Goa, party sources said Monday. Two MLAs from the BJP alliance partners will be made deputy chief ministers as part of the compromise reached with allies, they said. The BJP managed to break the deadlock in Goa, offering key allies their pound of flesh, […]

New Goa government delayed as allies yet to agree on CM

Panaji: The swearing-in of a new BJP-led government in Goa has been delayed as potential allies appear to have, for now, baulked at its attempts to nominate Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant for the Chief Minister’s post. After stating earlier on Monday that the new Chief Minister would be sworn in soon after 3 p.m., state […]

Goa CM Parrikar no more after long battle with cancer

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away at his private residence here on Sunday evening after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 63. The condition of Parrikar, diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February last year and in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since then, had […]

Ranji Trophy: Odisha finish campaign on high note

Bhubaneswar: Odisha finished off their campaign in the on-going Ranji Trophy season on a high note after registering a comprehensive win against Goa in the Round IX – Elite Group C match played at the Vikash Cricket Ground in Bhubaneswsar. Odisha team put up brilliant performance both with bat and the ball and thrashed Goa […]

GST, poor planning, high costs dampen Goa's New Year party

Panaji: Heavy taxation post GST, infrastructure shortcomings, expensive tariffs and poor planning have resulted in a drop in tourist arrivals in Goa, according to Savio Messias, president of the state’s top body travel and tourism industry stakeholders. Messias, whose organisation, the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, is one of the oldest travel and industry […]

Rahul Gandhi praises 'Gandhigiri' by Goa Congress leader

Panaji: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday slammed the BJP for what he described as an orchestrated attack on his party workers at a demonstration organised here by the state BJP to protest against his allegations of irregularities in the Rafale fighter jet deal. In his message shared on Facebook, Gandhi also said that he […]

212 films from 68 countries to be screened at Goa's IFFI 2018

Panaji: The upcoming International Film Festival of India, scheduled to be held in Goa, will be screening 212 films from 68 countries, an organiser said on Friday. The festival will open with Julien Landais’ film “The Aspern Papers” which is based on a novel written by acclaimed writer Henry James. The star cast including Jonathan […]

Fish import ban will be an irritant to Goa's travel & tourism: Trade body

Panaji: The six-month ban on import of fish, due to the scare involving use of formalin to preserve fish being sold in Goa, is a “irritant” to the travel and tourism industry in Goa, said Savio Messias, head of the state’s leading travel and tourism body, on Tuesday. The president of the Travel and Tourism […]

Goa tourists alert: Beaches to open for swimming on Nov 1

Panaji: Weeks after the seas off Goa’s beaches were rendered “unsafe”, the popular haunts will formally open for swimming from November 1 with 24 ‘no-selfie’ zones, a state agency said here on Wednesday. With Monsoon waning and post-monsoon showers receding, state appointed Drishti Lifesaving lifeguard agency, has started the process of setting up safe swim-zones […]

Eating formalin-laced fish does not cause cancer: Goa Cancer Society

Panaji: Even as the controversy surrounding the use of formalin in fish sold in Goa continues to rage in the coastal state, a senior official of the Goa Cancer Society on Tuesday said eating formalin-laced fish does not cause cancer. Addressing a press conference here, Joint Secretary of the Society Dr. Shekhar Salkar said eating […]

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'No positivity' about Parrikar's health: Goa Dy Speaker

Panaji: There is “no positivity” about health condition of ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently admitted in the AIIMS in New Delhi, BJP MLA and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo said on Friday. Lobo, who is considered close to Parrikar in political circles here, said the former Defence Minister’s hearing faculties have also […]

Formalin-in-fish controversy re-erupts in Goa

Panaji: Amid the ongoing tussle between the Congress and the ruling BJP-led coalition government in Goa, the formalin-in-fish controversy raised its head again on Saturday, after Congress leaders, armed with testing kits, visited a popular fish market in South Goa and claimed that the fish sold there was still being contaminated with formalin. Reacting to […]

BJP team meets Goa MLAs over leadership, no consensus yet

Panaji: The BJP central leadership’s attempts to form a consensus between party MLAs and alliance partners in Goa over alternate leadership due to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s illness remained inconclusive on Sunday. Allocation of portfolios held by Parrikar could take place in the next few days, a ruling alliance Minister said. Emerging out of a […]

Odia youths taken ill upon arrival from Goa: Health Minister rules out Nipah virus

Bhubaneswar: With eight persons getting admitted to SCB medical in Cuttack after being afflicted by a ‘mysterious’ ailment upon arrival from Goa and subsequent return of 12 more persons from Goa yesterday triggering panic; Health Minister Pratap Jena today ruled out Nipah virus scare. The minister said that is only a hearsay that the eight […]

Two Odia workers succumb to unknown disease in Goa, 8 others admitted to SCB

Balasore: Eight youths from Balasore suffering from an unknown disease were today admitted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) in Cuttack after two of their mates succumbed to the disease at Goa last week. All of them hailing from Nimatpur in Bhograi area of the district were employed at a restaurant in Goa, […]

Goa lifeguards instructed to take special care of women beachgoers

Panaji: Identifying differences in behavioural patterns of foreign and domestic tourists, the need for politeness while addressing erring sea bathers and taking special care of women beachgoers are some of the takeaways from a training module booklet developed for Goa’s lifeguards. The training module has been developed as part of the skill development programme for […]

Goa Governor to discuss ways to curb 'sex tourism'

Panaji: Concerned over websites providing escort and sexual services using college students, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha has called a meeting of top officials in the state, including the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, to crack down on the menace of “sex tourism”. A Raj Bhavan spokesperson said the meeting had been called following […]

Not correct to speculate on Parrikar's health: BJP

Panaji: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Goa unit on Sunday said it was incorrect to speculate about the health condition of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Parrikar, after one public appearance since February 15, has been hospitalised and is under medical care for ailments ranging from mild pancreatitis, dehydration and low blood pressure, according to official […]