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Goa CM Manohar Parrikar hospitalised

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was hospitalised late on Sunday, after he complained of dehydration and low blood pressure. In a statement issued here, the Chief Minister’s Office said that Parrikar was admitted to the Goa Medical College near here. “The Chief Minister had dehydration and was advised to get himself admitted to the […]

SC cancels 88 mining leases in Goa

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday cancelled 88 mining leases in Goa that were renewed by the state government in 2015 just before the Mines and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act mandated the auction of mining leases. Cancelling the leases that were renewed for 20 years from 2007, a bench of Justice Madan B. […]

None of the districts in Goa is open defecation-free

New Delhi: Goa is often projected as one of the most favoured destinations for foreign tourists, but none of its districts has been declared open defecation-free (ODF) under the government’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission launched over three years ago. The western coastal state, along with Bihar and Manipur, does not have a single district which […]

Prafulla Mallick to attend mining ministers' meet in Goa today

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick will attend the meeting of Mines Ministers at Panaji in Goa today. Ministers of around 21 mineral-rich States are scheduled to congregate there to discuss various issues related to mining. The meeting which will be chaired by Union Minister of Mines Narendra Singh Tomar will would provide an appropriate […]

MiG skids, catches fire in Goa; runway shut

Panaji: A MiG-29K aircraft caught fire after it skidded off the runway in Goa’s Dabolim International Airport on Wednesday, after which the runway was closed for an hour, a senior airport official said. A statement from the Defence Ministry spokesperson said the incident occurred when the fighter jet, manned by an trainee pilot, skidded. Goa […]

Jan 2 Supermoon, the biggest of 2018

New Delhi:  The first supermoon of the year 2018 on January 2 will be the biggest of the year. According to NASA, a supermoon is a lunar phenomenon that occurs when a full moon is at its closest point to earth. This makes the moon appear up to 14 per cent larger and 30 per […]

Crackdown on nomads, hawkers on Goa beaches

Panaji: The movement of nomads, vagabonds and hawkers will be restricted on Goa’s beaches so that tourists are not disturbed, the government said on Wednesday. Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told the Assembly that Lamanis, members of a nomadic tribe, harass tourists who frequent coastal regions. “Any person who disturbs the tourists and hampers tourism will […]

No child's play: Condom ads banned from 6 am to 10 pm

New Delhi: The government on Monday strictly asked TV channels not to air advertisements selling and promoting condoms because these are “indecent especially for children” and can create “unhealthy practices” among them. “It has been brought to the notice of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting that some channels carry advertisements of condoms repeatedly which […]

Comedy queen Bharti finally gets hitched with Haarsh Limbachiyaa

Goa/Bhubaneswar: ‘Finally hitched!’ was the phrase displayed on the Instagram and twitter handle of comedy queen Bharti Singh after she tied the nuptial knot with Haarsh Limbachiyaa in presence of family and friends in Goa. After yesterday’s Mehendi ceremony and cocktail party, the couple were ready for their big day. While Bharti was seen sporting […]

Shraddha Kapoor gets youth icon tag at IFFI

Panaji: Actress Shraddha Kapoor on Tuesday was felicitated with Youth Icon of NextGen of Indian Cinema accolade at the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here. Ace filmmaker Subhash Ghai gave away the honour to the actress, who joined the movie mela to inaugurate Bioscope Village — a part of ongoing IFFI. “I have […]

Navy withdraws move to close Goa airport for maintenance

Panaji: Following talks with state government officials and travel and tourism industry stakeholders, the Indian Navy on Thursday called off its move to shut Dabolim airport in South Goa for civilian traffic for runway maintenance during weekends. A Navy statement on Thursday said that future closure of the Dabolim International Airport — managed by the […]

42 tourists rescued after cruise boat, casino vessel collide

Panaji: Forty two tourists were rescued from a small cruise boat in the Mandovi river here late on Saturday, after it lost control and hit a nearby offshore casino vessel, police said. A spokesperson for Goa Police described the incident as “minor” and that no one was reported injured. “All 42 tourists were rescued by marine […]

6 naval personnel detained for 'drunken' squabble in Goa

Panaji: Six Indian Navy personnel have been detained in a town 35 kms from here, for creating nuisance allegedly under the influence of alcohol at a bar and restaurant late on Thursday. Police said, that the six persons, attached to INS Gomati, a Godavari class guided missile frigate, were detained by personnel attached to the […]

Goa to host 36th National Games, says minister

Panaji: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Wednesday formally awarded to Goa the rights to host the 36th National Games, the coastal state’s Sports Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said. Ajgaonkar said that IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, in a letter to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday, had formally conferred the rights to the state to […]

Goa government hikes VAT on petrol by two per cent

Panaji: The Goa government has hiked VAT on petrol by two per cent taking the price of the fuel to Rs 63.43 per litre, a spokesperson said on Saturday. The Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol has been hiked from the existing 15 per cent to 17 per cent. “Even after such increase, petrol would still […]

'Ban Sunny Leone's condom ads on buses'

Panaji: A Goa legislator on Tuesday demanded a ban on condom advertisements, featuring actress Sunny Leone, on buses operated by the state transport corporation, saying it “shames us”. “These ads should not be displayed. It shames us,” Congress MLA from St. Andre Francis Silveira said in the Goa legislative assembly. Silveira first asked Speaker Pramod […]

Woman rescued from locked room after 15 years in Goa

Panaji: In a heart-wrenching incident, a middle-aged woman believed to be in her late-forties, was rescued on Tuesday after nearly 15 years from a locked room of her maternal house in North Goa’s Candolim village. Superintendent of Police (Crime) Karthik Kashyap told reporters here that the woman, identified as Sunita Verlekar, was rescued with the […]

80.33 per cent voting in Goa panchayat polls

Panaji: A total of 80.33 per cent voters cast their ballot in the Goa village panchayat elections held on Sunday, State Election Commissioner R.K. Srivastava said late on Sunday. The final polling percentage was released by the top official late on Sunday night, after polling ended as late as 8 p.m. in some polling booths. […]

Voting underway for Goa panchayat polls

Panaji: Voting for the 186 panchayats in Goa is underway on Sunday, with nearly 7.49 lakh voters eligible to cast their ballot in the coastal state. The results will be declared on June 13, according to Durga Prasad, officer on special duty to the State Election Commission “In total, 5,297 candidates are contesting in 1,450 […]

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One dies, 35 rescued after Goa bridge collapse

Panaji: At least one person was killed, while 35 others were rescued after a foot bridge on Sanvordem river collapsed in south Goa’s Curchorem town, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said. The exact number of persons missing was still not known five hours after the accident, even as one body has been fished out of the river. […]

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Aadhar mandatory for online certificates: Parrikar

Panaji: Aadhar card is mandatory to apply for government-issued certificates online through a newly launched government portal, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters after launching a new revenue department website, which facilitates online procurement of residence and income certificates and registration of property, Parrikar said those without an Aadhar card […]

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Digvijaya Singh removed as Goa, Karnataka in-charge

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday replaced General Secretary Digvijaya Singh as in-charge of poll-bound Karnataka as well as Goa, where it failed to form government despite emerging as the single-largest party. The charge of Karnataka has been given to party MP K.C. Venugopal, who has been appointed a General Secretary while Chella Kumar has […]

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Need to ban Lamanis from Goa: Tourism minister

Panaji: Tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said that Lamanis, members of a nomadic tribe mostly hailing from Karnataka, should be banned from Goa because they besmirch the reputation of Goa and don’t fit in the coastal state’s culture. Speaking to IANS on Monday, Ajgaonkar also said that police inspectors in whose jurisdiction drugs are sold, should […]

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Old Goa Church complex needs to be preserved better: Goa Portuguese consul

Panaji: The Portuguese consulate in Goa is in the process of cobbling together a network of government and civilian agencies to spruce up and preserve the iconic Old Goa Church complex that is currently plagued by poor garbage management and ringed by unkempt shanties selling souvenirs to tourists. Speaking to IANS on the sidelines of […]

President accepts Parrikar's resignation, Jaitley given additional charge of defence

New Delhi: The decks were cleared for Manohar Parrikar to take over as Goa Chief Minister with President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday accepting his resignation as Defence Minister and assigning additional charge of the ministry to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. “The President has accepted Manohar Parrikar’s resignation from the council of ministers with immediate effect under […]