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Renowned Goan historian Percival passes away at 96

Panaji: Percival Noronha, a reputed historian and chronicler of the Goan past, passed away Monday morning, at Verna. He was 96 and a bachelor. The date of funeral will be announced later. Noronha, a former government class I officer, was also the founder of the Goa Chapter of the Indian Heritage Society as well as Association of Friends of Astronomy …

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PWD engages 30 tankers to supply water to Panjimites

Panaji: Highly placed sources said that the public works department (PWD) has engaged 30 water tankers including private tankers to provide water to the residents of Panaji city. According to the sources, the department has roped in private water tankers from other parts of the state along with PWD tankers to provide water in the capital city. The residents of …

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Percival: an encyclopedia of Portuguese history of Goa

By Prajal Sakhardande Percival Noronha, a walking talking encyclopedia of Portuguese history of Goa, has passed away. Percival, to us, was a ready reckoner on Panaji’s and Old Goa’s history in specific. And that is lost now. He was not a trained historian in the academic sense yet his deep interest and involvement in the tourism sector made him a master of the …

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Suspected dengue death: Carlos seeks action against illegal sewage discharge

Vasco: Raising concern over the death of a youth from Vollant from suspected dengue fever, Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida on Monday issued 10-day ultimatum to the health authorities to put in place proper healthcare facilities at the sub-district hospital at Chicalim. Malcom Dias aged 22 from Vollant had succumbed to suspected dengue fever while undergoing treatment at Goa Medical College …

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Collector says there is no ‘water crisis’ response plan with govt

Panaji: The lack of preparedness on the part of the Public Works Department came to the fore as it failed in dealing with the ‘worsening’ water crisis in the city and surrounding villages. The government seemed to neither have any crisis plan for the water supply nor there exists a proper infrastructure for making an alternative arrangement. The ground reality …

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GPYCC members gherao PWD’s principal chief engineer

Panaji: Goa Pradesh Youth Congress Committee (GPYCC) members, on Monday, gheraoed the principal chief engineer of PWD Uttam Parsekar at his chamber at Altinho, Panaji, in protest against the ongoing water crisis in Tiswadi and Ponda talukas. The Congress workers came with the empty buckets and water bottles as a mark of protest over the mismanagement on the part of …

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Curtorim villagers oppose ‘move’ to set up IRB camp

Margao: Curtorim villagers during its gram sabha on Sunday strongly opposed the ‘move’ of the government to set up Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) camp on one lakh square metre of land belonging to the Leprosy Hospital in the village. There is a huge land approximately around 3 lakh square metre belonging to the Leprosy Hospital; the hospital building has collapsed after the services there were stopped …

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CZMP: Loutolim VP resolves to seek experts help

Margao: The village panchayat of Loutolim on Sunday during its ordinary gram sabha unanimously resolved to urge the Ministry of Environment to depute its expert from National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) or other competent officials to guide the panchayat body in preparing the village CZMP. Members of the gram sabha further said that the village resource persons and …

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Sal women’s group emerges winners

Vasco: Shree Bhumika Mahadev Karveshwar Mahila Bhajan Mandal of Sal, Bicholim, emerged champions at the All Goa late Sabaji (Dada) Revankar Women’s Bhajan Competition, organised by Shree Tirupati Balaji Sangeet Sanskrutik Sanstha of Headland Sada, Mormugao, recently. The competition had the participation of 23 bhajan troupes. The second prize was bagged by Shree Bhavikadevi Bhajan Mandal (Diwar), third prize by …

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Water supply to resume tomorrow

Ponda: Following inspection of the retaining wall construction for water pipeline laying work at Curti Khandepar on Sunday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that water supply to the affected areas of Tiswadi and Ponda talukas will be resumed by Tuesday. “Though we had said water supply will be resumed by Monday, it may be delayed further by a day considering …

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