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Chant Vedic mantra to get a better crop: Goa govt scheme for farmers

A “vedic” technique which requires a farmer to sit, meditate and channel “cosmic energy” by chanting “Om rom jum sah” for at least 20 minutes a day for better yields, got the backing of Goa Agriculture Minister Vijay Sardesai Tuesday after he inaugurated a pilot project at a field, close …

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Cong flays govt on CRZ notification

Panaji: The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) came down heavily against the government for not taking into confidence the stakeholders on the draft CRZ notification. It stated that a public hearing should have been held on the issue as people had raised several concerns. Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar …

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Bank ordered to compensate customer over stolen ATM

Margao: The Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum of South Goa has asked a bank to repay amount and compensate a customer over Rs 19,000 after it failed to block a stolen ATM card. While travelling in a bus, the complainant Maria Foulds had lost her purse that contained three debit cards …

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SSC supplementary exam sees dip in passing percentage

Panjim: Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBSHSE) on Tuesday declared the results of SSC examination (supplementary) with an overall pass percentage of 40.96. The number of candidates registered for the supplementary exam was 1,633, of which all appeared and 668 passed. Speaking to Herald, GBSHSE Chairman, Ramakrishna …

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Aadhaar correction camps witness chaotic scenes

Ponda: The Aadhaar Card rectification programme is witnessing chaotic scenes in Ponda panchayats as the Aadhaar teams spend only two days in each panchayat to rectify the cards. According to local officials, there are over a thousand cardholders in each panchayat wanting to rectify their cards, the teams are able …

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Tree crashes on house at Guirim; Firemen keep off fearing danger

Mapusa: Rajaram Kumbhar (55) suffered head injuries after a huge mango tree from his own property came down crashing on his house at St Anthony Waddo, Guirim (close to Mapusa), on Monday late evening. However, the other members of his family to escape unhurt. The fire department has estimated the …

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Azgaonkar’s outburst on drugs raises a little storm

Panjim: Tourism Minister Manohar (Babu) Azgaonkar’s outburst on the availability of drugs in the northern belt and slamming police’s inaction to crack it down has sparked a debate in the State. His dramatic reaction on Monday revealing to the media about his tip-off to the police on drug activity, comes …

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Safe sunset years a distant dream for Goans

Panaji: The recent case of an elderly couple being robbed at knifepoint at Guirdolim has brought the focus back on the issue of safety of senior citizens in Goa, which has the second highest proportion of senior citizen population in the country. Senior citizens said interaction with police has been …

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