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Cutbona fishermen seek ‘removal’ of Sal river sand bar

MARGAO: Fishermen and boat owners, operating from Cutbona fishing jetty, met Fisheries Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues and sought his help in dredging a part of the River Sal where a sand bar is proving to be a hurdle for their boats while venturing into the sea. Speaking to the media after meeting the fishermen, Rodrigues said he has directed his …

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Plan for ‘converting’ Chandor’s SH8 to MDR will be taken forward: Clafacio

Margao: Cuncolim MLA Clafacio Dias, on Saturday, said that the plan to convert Chandor’s State Highway 8 (SH8) into a Major District Road (MDR) would be taken forward, and added that the Chief Minister would ask the PWD engineers to finalise the details. Speaking to the media in Margao, Dias said that he would go ahead with the demands of …

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3 held for thefts at sugar factory in Dharbandora

Ponda: After repeated thefts in the Sanjivani Sugar Factory at Dharbandora, workers of the factory finally caught hold of three accused involved in the theft on Saturday night, when the accused attempted their third theft attempt in the factory. The accused were caught red handed with cutting tools in the factory premises by the workers, who were on vigil after …

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Tree fall incidents keep Mapusa fire personnel on toes

Mapusa: As many as six calls relating to tree falls were received by Mapusa fire personnel on Friday which kept them on their toes. A loss of around Rs 68,000 was reported which also included damage to parked vehicles and structures. According to Mapusa fire station, the first incident happened at around 5.10 am near Bank of Baroda branch in …

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Helpline opens today for stranded tourists

NT NETWORK Margao/ Panaji  Toughening his stance on the ongoing strike by cabbies against the GoaMiles app-based taxi service, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said that a helpline will be launched on Sunday to help out the stranded tourists. Addressing a gathering at the Mahila and Nutan English High School, Margao, Sawant said, …Today taxi owners have created trouble …

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Cabbies lose business to GoaMiles drivers, KTC

NT NETWORK Panaji The strike by nearly 20,000 taxi drivers entered second day on Saturday, as their demand for scrapping  the government’s taxi hailing app GoaMiles, has not been met.  The strike however gave a push to car rental business due to demand from the tourists. Cabbies did not ply their taxis but roped in private cars and gave them …

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Panel bypassed, `10 crore splurged on tourism advts

NT NETWORK Panaji The tourism department has spent a whopping amount of Rs 10 crore on production of tourism promotional films under television campaign by sidelining the state-level marketing and promotion committee, which is the prime body to evaluate and recommend all marketing and promotion-related proposals of the department. Many of the members of the particular committee maintained that the …

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Tiswadi tears apart draft CZMP’s flaws

NT NETWORK Panaji After facing public wrath in six talukas at consultation meetings on the controversial draft CZMP, the environment department on Saturday met with similar fate at the meeting held for Tiswadi talukas, as no draft maps were shown to the traditional fishing community and  villagers. Fishermen from villages of Nauxi, Cacra, Agassaim, Neura, Golti-Navelim, St Estevam and representatives …

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Draft CZMP poses threat to granary of Salcete

ROQUE  DIAS | NT Curtorim Curtorim, the granary of Salcete or ‘Celeiro de Salcete’,   has been known for its paddy rice and vegetables. But the draft coastal zone management plan has tried to play a ‘mischief’ with the village. The draft plan has not depicted properly several tracts of khazan land that has nourished unique farming in the village and …

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Navelim VP hikes house tax after 29 years

NT NETWORK Margao With a revenue collection of taxes at only 36.26 per cent in the financial year of 2017-18, Navelim panchayat has now hiked the house tax after 29 years with a target to increase tax collection at 60 per cent for this financial year. The audit report of 2017-18 had pointed out that an outstanding balance of Rs 26.04 …

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