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MMC upbraids SGPDA on waste segregation NT NETWORK Margao Chief officer of the Margao municipal council Siddivinayak Naik  on  Monday dashed a letter to the  member  secretary  of the  South Goa Planning and  Development Authority, asking the body  to release  only segregated waste from its markets. Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times, Naik said, “I have emailed a letter to the …

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Court orders framing of charges against Babush

NT NETWORK Panaji The district and sessions court, Panaji, on Monday ordered framing of charges on June 12 against Panaji MLA Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate in the alleged 2016 minor girl rape case. Public prosecutor Roy D’Souza confirmed that the court ordered the framing of charges against Monserrate. “On June 12, the charges will be framed against Babush under Section 376 …

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2 Congress MLAs rally behind Colva cabbies

NT NETWORK Margao Jumping on the bandwagon, the Congress party on Monday extended its support to Colva’s  private taxi operators, who  have crossed swords with the cabbies operating under GTDC’s  GoaMiles app-based taxi service. The local private taxi operators forced a daylong Colva bandh over the  tussle for the taxi pie. They said  the bandh was held to save the …

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GoaMiles cabbies to get police protection

NT NETWORK Panaji Days after GoaMiles taxi drivers were allegedly assaulted by private cab operators at the Colva Residency, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said  the government will provide security to drivers operating under the app-based taxi service of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation. “GoaMiles has been a government’s initiative.  The government has assured to give them (drivers) protection. …

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Panaji set to get first compact sub-station under Smart Cities Mission

NT NETWORK Panaji The first Compact Sub Station (CSS) in the city, under the Smart Cities Mission will be commissioned later this week, which will replace the old, dilapidated transformer. The Smart Cities Mission proposes replacement of 26 such transformers in Panaji, and 10 in Ribandar including four located near the Old Goa Institute of Management, Michelle Hotel, Patto area …

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Babush, CCP Mayor, ex-Mayor get anticipatory bail

NT NETWORK Panaji The District and Sessions Court, Panaji has granted conditional anticipatory bail to Panaji MLA Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate, Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) Mayor Uday Madkaikar and former mayor Yatin Parekh in connection with the case of alleged outraging of modesty of a woman. Babush, Madkaikar and Parekh have been directed to appear before the investigating …

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Suggest alternative to Chandor SH: govt asks PWD

NT NETWORK Panaji The state government on Monday asked the Public Works Department (PWD) to suggest an alternate route to de-notify the state highway road 8 which passes through Chandor village in South Goa. Principal chief engineer of the PWD has sought one week’s time to give his suggestions to the government. “We had discussed the issue before but from …

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5-km stretch of Assonora river water non-potable

NT NETWORK Panaji A 5-km stretch of river Assonora, which is the main source of drinking water for many residents, is not even fit for drinking due to fecal pollution. The situation is worse during pre-monsoon (January-May) and monsoon (June-September) wherein the Total Coliform exceeds the desired level of 5000 MPN/ 100 ml two to five times in the five …

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Cabbies for re-introduction of badges, 25-yr domicile rule

NT NETWORK Margao Taxi operators on Monday demanded that the government re-introduce the badge system and increase the domicile for obtaining taxi badges “which was discontinued to accommodate the app-based taxi operators.” Taxi operators said that while they earlier had to run from pillar to post to get the badge it ensured that entry of non-Goans was kept away from …

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Churchill threatens agitation against GoaMiles taxis

NT NETWORK Margao Raising the ante against the app-based taxi service, Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao on Monday warned that he would lead the taxi operators on to the streets if the government fails to discontinue GoaMiles taxi operators from coastal areas. He also charged that there is a scam in the functioning of the app-based taxi service. Addressing media persons, …

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