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Monsoon session begins on stormy note

Panaji: The first day of the monsoon session of the state legislative assembly was washed out, with the Opposition Congress party disrupting the proceedings and forcing Speaker Pramod Sawant to adjourn the House five times, over the issue of the formalin-preserved fish imported from other states being sold in Goan …

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South Goa taximen object to doing away of commercial licences

Cavelossim: Members of the South Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association (SGTTOA) on Thursday held an urgent meeting against the central ministry’s decision to do away with commercial licences for driving taxis. During the meeting, it was resolved to object the decision and will instead take the matter to court. Speaking …

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Retrenchment of Chowgule mining workers struck down

Margao: The aggrieved workers of the Chowgule mining company employed at Costi mines can breathe a sigh of relief after the Union Labour Secretary struck down retrenchment of 345 workers of the company. The company had retrenched the workers immediately after the stoppage of mining operations in Goa. Thereafter, the …

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AC gas leakage scare in Assembly

Panjim: Speaker Pramod Sawant and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo confirmed there was leakage in AC plant which was addressed to immediately by technicians. As such, the ongoing assembly session was not affected, they said.According to Fire Brigade control room there was leakage in one of the valves of the cylinder …

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Ponda transporters to support nationwide strike tomorrow

Ponda: Ponda Goods Transport Association (PGTA) has extended their support to the nationwide chakka jam (strike) of transporters and has decided to keep all their vehicles off road on July 20. “Around 400 transporters in the state will keep their vehicles off road and cancel all their bookings to support …

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SIT questions ore exporters, traders in mining scam case

Panjim: A day after mining trader Prasanna Ghotge was interrogated, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) quizzed several exporters and traders in connection with the ongoing investigation into the mining scam till Wednesday. “Many exporters and traders are being interrogated. More will be summoned soon,” an officer said. The questioning pertains …

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Bhirondem villagers confront power engineer over blackout

Valpoi: Around 50 Bhirondem villagers headed by Sarpanch Nitin Shivdekar led a morcha to Valpoi Electricity Department, on Wednesday, and confronted the Assistance Engineer for the power blackout in the village for the last ten days. The villagers said that for the last ten days there was no power supply …

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GSIDC projects suffer due to lack of funds

Margao: Almost all projects under construction by the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) have been delayed due to lack of funds. GSIDC sources revealed that projects are being inaugurated without adequate funding. Most projects such as the Rs 41 crore grade separator at Dabolim, Rs 4.5 crore Cortalim market, …

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