Summary of the Week – Goa News

August 15,  2016 (Monday)

Wet land authority set up in Goa

In order to better manage the wetland resource of Goa; the state government has established the Goa State Wetland Authority (GSWA). Their task would be to identify wetlands that need to be regulated, current boundaries and activities for management prudent use of wetlands. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar is the chairman of GSWA.


August 16, 2016 (Tuesday)

Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY) to be implemented from September 1

The scheme was initially to be implemented from August 15. Cards to be distributed to applicants were not ready in full quantity and hence the launch date was postponed to September 1.


August 17, 2016 (Wednesday)

Government has notified the Goa State Youth Policy, 2015

The scheme will provide grant -in-aid to youth  clubs, institutions, organisations, Non Governmental Oranisations, registered clubs, colleges, higher secondary schools. Under the scheme the government intends to provide and all round development to the youth of Goa.

The various activities the scheme may undertake

  • Career enhancement – Providing the youth with the knowledge about their desired professions and various competitive exams.
  • Value education – To create a better class of citizens.
  • Discouraging social evils and bad habits – Informing the youth of prevailing social evil and bad habits (addiction to drugs and alcohol) among the youth.
  • Life skills – To improve the quality of life.
  • Short film – Making short films.
  • Shramdaan programs – Volunteer service.


August 18,  2016 (Thursday)

Goa government to identify no-selfie zones

The state government has decided to ban selfies in a few sites. Mainly due to untoward incidents caused while taking a selfie. The actions follow after a directive was issued by the Union ministry of Tourism.

Most of the sites to be identified are frequented by the tourists as indicated by the Tourism minister of Goa Dilip Parulekar in a Times of India report. ” We will identify no-selfie zones across the state and erect signboards within such areas to warn citizens,” he said in the same report.

Five tourists from Delhi were grievously injured while taking a selfie in March this year.


August 19, 2016 (Friday)

Special assembly session likely to pass GST bill

State government may hold special assembly session at the end of August this year. It will mainly be held to ratify the constitution (122ndamendement) bill, 2014. This will enable implementation Goods and Services tax (GST). In order to implement GST across India; a minimum of 15 states need to ratify it.


August 20, 2016 (Saturday)

Goa ranks high in quality of general rural life: Survey

According to a survey conducted by Union Ministry of Rural Development, general quality of rural life in the state is said to be one of the best in the country. Goa, Kerala and North Eastern states scored well on the survey. In Goa, 20 villages from the North and South district were selected as the sample size for the survey.


August 21, 2016 (Saturday)

New deputy Mayor of London has Goan roots

Shirley Rodrigues has been appointed as the deputy mayor, environment and energy by London mayor Sadik Khan. Rodrigues was born in Nairobi in Kenya to Goan parents late George Jason Rodrigues and late Louisa Victoria Rodrigues. Her father hailed from Siolim while her mother hailed from Aldona. Her family had migrated to England from Kenya in the 1960s.

Rodrigues is said to have chosen due to her experience in senior environmental policy roles from 2005 to 2009. She also assisted in implementing London low emission zone program. At the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation she was the acting executive director for climate change .