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With the monsoons in full swing, nature is at its prettiest. And what better way to experience this than through treks around Goa? In this same spirit, The Youth Hostels Association of India, Margao Unit will organise a one day monsoon trek to Sul Solo Waterfall in Sattari Taluka on August 11. The main purpose of the programme is to …

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Formalin-free mushrooms

Miguel Braganza The fishing ban is over but Shravan has begun and so there are many who depend on non-meat protein till Ganesh Chaturthi that is still a month away. The formalin scare is still present at the back of the mind and absolutely no one would like to find traces of formalin in their mushrooms. With the collection of …

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Heralding a bountiful harvest

The annual ‘Konnsachem Fest’ was celebrated at Our Lady of Snows Church, Raia with great fervour in Raia, Rachol and the nearby villages. Celebrated at the beginning of the harvest season in Goa, the ‘Konnsachem fest’ is a thanksgiving ritual wherein devotees pray for a fruitful harvest and God’s continued blessings. As per tradition, parish priest Fr Conceicao Dsilva blessed …

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Fitness first

The Verna Police Station inaugurated India’s first police and community gymnasium, courtesy of Verna Industries Association; Malcolm Rodrigues from Training Room Gym; children of Marina English High School, Verna; friends from the Verna Police community and the support of police inspector Sandesh Chodankar and the Verna Police ‘Crocs and Cops’ community policing unit. The facility will offer cross-fit, yoga and meditation services. …

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Guptaji makes his way to Goa

As part of his 2019 global city tour, stand up comedian Appurv Gupta also known as ‘Guptaji’ performed in Goa.  Speaking about his experience in the state, the Delhi-based engineer turned stand up comedian said: “I enjoyed the serenity. Monsoon in Goa is a true bliss. Goa inspired me to create different kinds of topics for my upcoming gig tours.” Gupta is a …

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Vanamahotsav at Kalem

Samrat Sports Club in association with the village panchayat, Kalem hosted Vanamahotsav at the Kalem village. On the occasion, various sessions on ‘Segregation of Garbage, Water Conservation,’ etc were organised. These sessions were conducted by Vishwanath Swar, Jayant Kudchadker, Avinash Singh of Neharu Yuva Kendra and Vibhav Pai Angle. A short skit on ‘Eve teasing’ was also presented on this occasion. Sarpanch …

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Strategy for electric vehicles chalked out, says NITI Aayog

The government has a game plan in place for electric vehicles (EV) and components such as batteries that will ensure clean cities, reduce imports and utilise solar power, said Amitabh Kant, chief executive officer, NITI Aayog, recently. He said domestic battery manufacturing for EVs provides a “massive market opportunity”, and also quickens the transition to environment-friendly transport, which is vital …

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Domestic savings down to decade low: Data

Household-sector savings, the biggest source of investment for the economy, have “worryingly” dipped to a decadal low, while retail loans to the sector are growing annually in double digits, pointing to profligate consumption by households, economists have warned. Financial liabilities of households are mounting, which is not a good sign, experts say. The country’s savings rate, or the share of …

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Bloom bags the best concept hotel award

The Bloom Hotel Group won the best conceptualised hotel award at Today’s Traveller Awards 2019 held in New Delhi. The award was presented by Prahlad Singh Patel, minister of culture and tourism.  Expressing delight at the citation, Tom Welbury, vice president strategy, Bloom Hotels, said, “The award is a great testament to Bloom being the pace setter.  This has been …

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The tide is turning in world economic activity

By Tensing Rodrigues The tide is turning, and faster than we expected. The centre of economic gravity is shifting out of North America and West Europe to Asia. “The future is Asian,” asserts Parag Khanna, an international bestselling author of six books and the founder and managing partner of FutureMap in Singapore, a strategic advisory firm. Global economists have been …

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