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Sal villagers ‘deprived’ of water for three days

Bicholim: Angry at the PWD for “depriving” them water since last three days, Sal villagers in Bicholim taluka have planned a ghagar (water pot) morcha on Thursday to the PWD office at Bicholim. Social worker and Congress leader Meghshyam Raut said that he would lead the morcha. Claiming that the …

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Bicholim MLA clarifies stand on road widening

Bicholim: Rebutting allegations by the opposition councillors, Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar and the ruling members of Bicholim Municipal Council have stated they are in support of 15-mts widening of road from Mulgao to Bicholim and not for 30-mts road. Addressing a press conference here in the city, ten councillors and …

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Transport Dept allows ads on commercial vehicles with conditions

Panjim: The Transport Department has allowed advertisements on commercial vehicles subject to compulsory compliance of various conditions including installation of digital meters with GPS. The advertisements, as per a circular issued by the department on Tuesday, should not cover more than 75 percent of the space on the vehicle. “Only …

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Major furore as circular asks that files be sent to Power Minister

Panjim: Amidst uncertainty over Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s health, the government issued a circular which directed that all official correspondence be addressed and diverted to the Power Minister, a move which kicked up a major controversy. A circular dated November 13, 2018 signed by Under Secretary GA-I states, “All Secretaries/Additional …

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Election of GBOA chief challenged

Vasco: The dispute within the Goa Barge Owners Association (GBOA) has now escalated in to a court battle with a case against the present committee challenging the election of GBOA president and praying for election directives in the matter. The case has been filed by Osric Cabral, a barge owner, …

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BJP chief assures solution in 15 days

Ponda: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Vinay Tendulkar has assured mining dependents of coming out with a proper solution to the mining issue within 15 days. The assurance was made by Tendulkar following a morcha by thousands of mining dependents to his residence at Khadpabandh-Ponda on Wednesday. Demanding proper assurance …

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Minister lays foundation for reconstruction of Margao ITI

Margao: Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardessai on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for the first phase of demolition and reconstruction of Margao Government Industrial Technical Institute at Borda and said the building would be ready in a year. In the first phase a new building with basement that …

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DHS Environment and Pollution lab short staffed

Panjim: The Environment and Pollution laboratory in the Directorate of Health Services, Panjim appears to be plagued with staff shortage. This crucial department of the DHE is responsible for testing the quality of well water. People from across Goa visit the department with gallons of well water to check if …

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Thumbs down for Café Bhonsle Square pedestrianisation plan

Panaji: City traders on Wednesday opposed pedestrianisation of Café Bhonsle Square and instead asked for introduction of mass transport system stating that private vehicles were the root cause of traffic congestion and parking in the city. Traders pointed out that beautification and pedestrianisation plan would affect their business and submitted …

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Pratima desires to contest LS election

Panjim: Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee president Pratima Coutinho on Wednesday stated that the party should consider women as candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Addressing media persons, Coutinho expressed her desire to contest the Lok Sabha election from South Goa if given the opportunity. “I feel that women …

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