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Industry pins high hopes on GST meet in state

Panaji: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is arriving in the state on Thursday (today) evening for the 37th GST council meeting slated on September 20.  The GST council meeting is being held for the first time in the state and is expected to be attended by about 150 delegates comprising of tax commissioners and finance secretaries of various states as …

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Operators move HC against NGT stay on shack policy

Panaji: Shack Owners’ Welfare Society (SOWS) on Wednesday challenged before the High Court the order passed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on September 13 that imposed a stay on the implementation of beach shack policy, 2019-21. Speaking to this daily, SOWS president Cruz Cardozo said that a writ petition against the order of the green court has been filed …

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Heavy rains to lash state today, tomorrow

Panaji: With just few weeks left for the monsoon to withdraw, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall till September 20 in the state. In its weather forecast on Wednesday, the weather department has issued ‘orange alert’ with forecast of intermittent ‘heavy to very heavy’ rainfall till Friday. It has also directed authorities to be …

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Girl raped by swimming coach to depose in Goa

Mapusa: The minor girl allegedly raped by swimming coach Surajit Ganguly, and her parents have agreed to travel to Goa to record statement before local magistrate following a request by Mapusa police. The swimming coach has been arrested on charges of rape of the minor girl, who was undergoing training under him. Police source informed that the minor girl and …

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Chinchinim spring faces neglect

Joao Souza M | NT Margao: Chinchinim’s Bondekevoll spring, well-known across Salcete for its “medicinal” fresh water is under threat as the area is slowly turning into a garbage dumpsite and a hub for anti-social elements. Nestled in the hills around the famous Durga lake which is a natural habitat for several migratory birds, the spring would once draw people …

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Govt takes ordinance route to ban e-cigarettes

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday decided to ban e-cigarettes for which an ordinance was cleared making the production, import, export, transport, sale or advertisements of such “alternative” smoking devices a cognizable offence attracting jail term and fine. First-time violators will face a jail term of up to one year and a fine of Rs 1 lakh. For subsequent offences, …

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In meet with Irani, Rane seeks 2 fast-track courts for Goa

Panaji: Women and Child Development Minister Vishwajit Rane has requested the Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani to sanction two fast-track courts for the state for speedy justice in cases of child sexual abuse. Rane, who called on Irani in New Delhi on Wednesday, said that he discussed the status of various schemes including Nirbhaya Fund utilisation …

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Mapusa civic body resolves to ban single-use plastic

Mapusa : The Mapusa Municipal Council on Wednesday has unanimously resolved to ban single-use plastic such as straw, plastic disposal and carry bags within its jurisdiction. The council will write to schools, community halls, religious places, hotels informing them about the ban. The decision was taken during a special council meeting to discuss swachhata hi seva campaign on banning single-use …

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City Mayor meets Mumbai counterpart

Panaji: Corporation of the City of Panaji Mayor Uday Madkaikar met the Mayor of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), also referred to as Bombay Municipal Corporation (the civic body that governs the city of Mumbai) Vishwanath Mahadeshwar at Mumbai VT headquarters office on Wednesday. Madkaikar was with the BMC Mayor for about 30 minutes and during the meeting they had a …

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Stability test says Margao comunidade building can sustain with repairs

Margao: The decades-old Margao comunidade building can be saved with some structural changes, as per the stability test carried out of the building by Goa College of Engineering (GCE), Farmagudi-Ponda recently. The said building is presently in a bad shape. Due to leakage to the roof, the staff was shifted to the South Goa Collectorate. The stability test report prepared by the  engineering college …

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