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Sawant exhorts panchayats on ODF dream

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has sought cooperation of all the village panchayats to make Goa an open defecation free state. In a letter written on August 26 to sarpanchas of all village panchayats, Sawant said the state government has been making sincere efforts to achieve the ODF status under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) of the Union ministry of …

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State to host GST council meeting on Sept 20

Panaji: The state will host on September 20, 2019 the 37th goods and service Tax council meeting, which will be chaired by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. This will be the first outstation meeting for Sitharaman, who is the chairperson of the GST council.  The state government has already begun preparations for hosting the meeting at a Kadamba plateau-based hotel. …

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Mormugao emerging as hotbed of dengue

Vasco : Mormugao taluka  is emerging as a hotbed of dengue, as from  July 1 to August 27 over 200 people have been detected with suspected dengue fever and one of the patients died last week. Highly-placed sources said that everyday at least 10 persons  are being detected with suspected dengue (NS1 positive) at the sub-district hospital at Chicalim. From  …

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Keep ‘day biters’ at bay to keep off dengue

Panaji: Educating the people on how to keep off the vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria, the directorate of health services has warned the citizens of   ‘day biters’ – aedes aegypti mosquitoes – which are the main vectors that transmit the virus into humans causing dengue. These mosquitoes are found breeding mainly in unattended water tanks, containers and solid waste …

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Cong criticises govt for ‘dismal failure’ in fulfilling assurances

Panaji: The Congress party, on Tuesday, strongly criticised the government for its dismal failure in fulfilling the assurances given during the recently concluded monsoon session of the state Legislative Assembly, including filling of potholes on Goan roads and provision of streetlights, before the forthcoming festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. It also cautioned the government to initiate control taking measures for managing …

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Mining dependants demand Rs 25,000’ monthly package

Ponda: The mining dependants under the banner of Goa Mining Peoples’ Front (GMPF), on Tuesday, demanded a monthly package of Rs 25,000 from the  government. The GMPF also asked for Chaturthi allowance of Rs 1 lakh. The mining dependants held a meeting at Usgao. They threatened to protest outside CM’s residence before Chaturthi, if the government failed to fulfill their …

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270 penalised for ‘parking’ in areas earmarked for persons with disabilities

Panaji: The Panaji traffic police have penalized as many as 270 motorists for parking in the lots earmarked for persons (riders/drivers) with disabilities in the Panaji city, since January this year. According to the traffic police, there are 8 such reserved parking lots for drivers/riders with disabilities in the city. “We have identified more such 8 parking lots in the …

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Rs 165-cr flood damage in Goa, written to Amit Shah for aid: CM

Mapusa: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that Goa has suffered loss to the tune of Rs 165 crore in the recent flooding in different parts of the state. “I have written to the Home Minister (Amit Shah) for financial relief,” he said, while speaking at a function in Colvale, Bardez on Tuesday. He also announced that those who …

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No rain impact on prices of cereals, pulses: city traders

Panaji: Although there is no hike in prices of cereals and pulses, Goan shopkeepers and traders feel that with arrival of new stock prices could go up. However, they said that for the last three months prices of cereals and pulses have been relatively stable despite heavy rains in the past few days. Speaking to this daily, Haresh Bhobe of …

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Azgaonkar puts his foot down on GITM 2019

NT NETWORK Panaji  Ignoring the strong recommendation of the state tourism apex body, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, as regards rescheduling the date of the proposed Goa International Travel Mart 2019 (GITM 2019), Minister for Tourism Manohar ‘Babu’ Azgaonkar has instructed  department of tourism officials to go ahead with the event from October 23 to October 25, with an …

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