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NCSCM accommodative of Goa’s concerns on draft CZMP

NT NETWORK Panaji Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral on Wednesday said the Chennai-based National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, which prepared the controversial draft coastal zone management plan 2011 for the state, has rejected three important recommendations of the state government made for incorporating in the draft CZMP. On Tuesday, Cabral had led a state delegation and met top NCSCM officials …

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Vishwajit pitches for PPP model for health sector

NT NETWORK Panaji Pushing for a new model to run hospitals, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Wednesday said in the state legislative assembly that public-private partnership model for the health sector is the need of the hour. Replying on demands on the floor of the House, he said that everything cannot be run by the government and that certain services …

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Sudin comes clean on his illness

NT NETWORK Panaji Coming clean on his illness for the first time, Marcaim MLA Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar on Wednesday said that he was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease claiming that eating of artificially ripened fruits could be one of the reasons for the diagnosis.  “I am giving my own example: during my routine health check-up in Chennai, a small knot …

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State MSMEs are in decline, says survey

SHOMA PATNAIK | NT Panaji Reflecting the hiccups in the local economy, a recent survey on opportunity and risk in medium, small and micro enterprises has shown that overall business of Goan MSMEs has been declining as fewer units are actively seeking funds for expansion or growth. The state, which was ranked 16th in 2015-16, slipped to 20th position in …

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Disclose your plan to resume mining: Oppn

NT NETWORK Panaji Raising a grave concern over the state of Goa’s economy, members of the state legislative assembly on Tuesday asked the government to disclose its plan for resolving the mining imbroglio. “We have been hearing only stories. Many delegations have met central ministers. Now, it is high time the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant disclosed his plan to resume …

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Mining imbroglio: govt to soon file review plea in SC

NT NETWORK Panaji Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday told the state legislative assembly that the government will soon file a review writ petition before the Supreme Court on the mining imbroglio. He said that e-auctioning of five million tonne of the extracted ore will begin from August 22, which will help restart mining activities like ore transportation. Replying on …

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Illegal car parking clamped down

NT NETWORK Panaji Vowing to instill traffic sense in vehicle drivers, the Panaji traffic cell in a single day clamped over 150 vehicles and penalised the drivers for traffic violation pertaining to obstructive parking and parking in no-parking zones of the city. Even government vehicles were not spared as traffic cops clamped several government vehicles, which were found parked in …

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Over 36,000 driving licences recommended for suspension

NT NETWORK Panaji Chief Minister Pramod Sawant informed the state legislative assembly that over 36,000 driving licences have been recommended for suspension by the traffic police since 2017. During the period over Rs 21 crore has been collected by way of fines. In a written reply to the question of Margao MLA Digambar Kamat, Sawant said the number of driving …

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CM toughens stance on people opposing developmental projects

NT NETWORK Panaji Stating that the government needs to make sewerage connections compulsory for all residences in the state, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday condemned the attitude of some groups in the state, which oppose the developmental projects in the state including setting up of sewage treatment plants. Speaking in the state legislative assembly during the question hour, the …

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Draft CZMP inflames Candolim villagers

JOSEPH PINTO | NT Candolim Candolim villagers have been inflamed by the controversial draft coastal zone management plan, which has not depicted their houses, creeks, rivulets, bundhs and paddy fields of the village and surrounding areas. The villagers are up in arms against the draft plan as it has shown cultivable fields as ‘mangrove forest’. The Candolim village panchayat took …

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