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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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PWD Minister blames NHAI

Ponda: Reacting to the Curti Khandepar retaining wall collapse incident, which has damaged two major water pipelines, PWD Minister Deepak Pauskar Sunday blamed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for their negligence. Despite several requests and correspondence from the PWD’s water section, the NHAI ignored the requests to shift the water pipelines from one side of the national highway …

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Iva’s removal as FDA designated officer: plaint filed against health dept

Panaji: A complaint has been lodged with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) against the state’s health department for ‘illegally’ divesting Iva Fernandes of her powers as the South Goa designated officer of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). Highly placed sources in the health department said that the complaint has been addressed to the chief executive …

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Goa’s auto sales in the slow lane

Shoma Patnaik | NT Panaji: With demand at a low level, the state’s normally buoyant automobile business has currently hit the brake pedal in sales. President of Goa Automobile Dealers Association (GADA) Prashant Joshi, speaking to this daily Thursday, said that most local dealers are doing badly, thanks to the slowdown in car and two-wheeler sales. He said that the …

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Draft CZMP shows Carmona’s cultivable fields as mangroves

Diana Fernandes | NT Carmona: Carmona is one of South Goa’s villages that have a presence of not only the sea on one side, but also a river on the other besides fields and water bodies. However, the villagers of this village are upset over these crucial features of their village either missing or marked incorrectly on the draft Coastal …

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S Goa District Hospital to be ready by November: CM

Margao: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Sunday said that the South Goa District Hospital would be ready for functioning by November. Sawant, who was in Margao on Sunday, said this after paying a surprise visit to the Hospicio Hospital to get a firsthand account of the hospital administration. Sawant took stock of the entire hospital by visiting the casualty wards, the …

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‘Grievance cell will address DDSSY issues’

Margao: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant assured that the issues related to the government’s health scheme Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY) would be resolved with the launch of a grievance cell. “It has been brought to my notice that there are many problems faced by people with regard to DDSSY. We will give instructions to ensure that all the empanelled …

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Colvale locals seek inquiry into change of surnames by migrants in village

Mapusa: Colvale villagers on Sunday demanded an inquiry into the issue of change of surnames by migrants staying in the village. They also demanded that the panchayat should stop issuing caste certificate without verifying facts and that flood-affected families be compensated through panchayat under natural calamity funds. During the ordinary gram sabha, presided over by sarpanch Nityanand Kandolkar in the …

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