Due to Parrikar’s illness Goa’s budget session to be cut short

Goa’s Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo on Sunday informed that state’s budget session will be cut short to three days from the earlier planned a-month-and-a-half. The curtailment was due to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s illness, he added. Parrikar is currently being treated at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai for a pancreatic ailment since February 15. South Goa…

Goa government asked to submit report on impact of SC’s mining order by the PMO

illegal mining

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar informed on Tuesday that the Goa government has been asked by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to send a detailed report on the possible economic impact of the Supreme Court (SC) cancelling 88 mining leases. The SC in its February 7 ruling had asked the state government to cancel the renewed mining…

Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate to head the Greater Panaji PDA

The Goa government has choosen former Santa Cruz MLA Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate to be the chairman of the Greater Panaji Planning and Development Authority (PDA). It has also finalised the constitution of the PDA and will notify the appointments in the coming days. Sources have informed that the constitution was decided by the Town and…

Small section of tourists ‘scum of the earth’; Vijai Sardesai

Vijay Sardesai, scum of the earth remark

After facing much flak for terming the domestic tourists visiting Goa as the “scum of the earth”, Goa Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai on Saturday released a video message online clarifying that he was critical of only a section of tourists visiting Goa. The Fatorda MLA stated that he was quoted out of context. “I had not…

Fire breaks out at the Kadamba bus stand in Panaji in the early morning

As per reports a major fire engulfed the Kadamba bus stand in Panaji on Monday morning. Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services had pressed at least 10 to 12 fire tender vehicles to deal with the fire. Transport Director Nikhil Dessai informed reporters that two major sections of the RTO office that dealt with enforcement and registration of vehicles…

No filtered water, no activities or outdoor sports at the ‘Apna Ghar’, highlights a report

apna ghar

Goa State Commission for Protection of Children’s Rights has come out with a report on the state’s only juvenile home. The report highlights a sorry state of affairs at the state-run ‘Apna Ghar’, even the basic amenity of clean drinking water is not available for the children. “Children do not have filtered water. They are drinking tap…

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