GSL delivers ship to Mauritius police

Vasco, Goa: The Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) delivered the second fast patrol vessel ‘MCGS Valiant’ to the Mauritius Coast Guard at a ceremony held in Vasco on Sunday, a GSL official said. The 50-metre-long vessel is primarily designed for coastal patrolling, anti-drug surveillance, and for anti-piracy operations, the official said, adding that ‘MCGS Valiant’ will also be useful in anti-smuggling and…

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NGT fails to stop the ‘Grape Escapade’

Goa: Amidst the controversy over Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) permission, the wine-cum-entertainment festival ‘Grape Escapade 2017’ is being held on the third day today. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) is of the opinion that the event, which is being held by the riverside at Campal sports ground does not require the permission. However, to rule out further controversy in…

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Various proposals to upgrade tourism infrastructure, discussed by GTDC board

Panjim, Goa: Due to the increasing demand for clean and affordable accommodation facilities for tourists visiting Goa, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has decided to renovate four of its existing residencies across the State. The residencies at Mapusa, Margao, Vasco and Calangute are proposed to get a facelift and all the required facilities. These proposals have been approved by…

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Goa to have ‘feni’ festival in future: Manohar Ajgaonkar

The four-day-long annual wine and musical extravaganza – Grape Escapade 2017 commenced last evening with Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar proposing to start a similar festival exclusively to promote Goa’s Heritage drink – Feni. “I propose to organize a Goa Heritage Spirit Festival in the near future as the government has given Feni, the heritage spirit tag to this local beverage…

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Parrikar govt to revive IPBF

The Manohar Parrikar led coalition government is all set to review the controversial Investment Promotion Board and Facilitation (IPBF) and the projects approved by it till date- as part of their common minimum programme (CMP), which is expected to be released on the Statehood Day- May 30. The Board stands non-functional since November end, 2016 as the term…

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No more power tariff hike in Goa

Stating that it does not want to over burden its consumers with power tariff hike, the Electricity Department has proposed ‘No’ further hike in its tariff for the ongoing financial year. The proposal, if approved by the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), will give major relief to nearly 6.09 lakh consumers in the State. “It is submitted that ED is…

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License renewal fee for casinos increased by 50%

The Goa government has issued a notification hiking the fee of license renewal by 50 percent for casinos in five-star hotels as well as offshore casinos. The existing fee of Rs 20 lakh per casino is now increased to Rs 30 lakh per casino. The notification has also fixed the transfer of license fee pertaining to casinos in five-star hotels…

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Support Ola, Uber in Goa: Online petition

An online petition to the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has been initiated by one Mahesh Sardesai, to support the entry of taxi aggregators OLA and UBER in Goa. “Tourism is the backbone of Goa’s economy and tourists across the world are used to services like OLA/UBER, it’s time to allow them to operate in Goa,” Sardesai says in his petition. In…

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Carrot-and-stick policy by mining department in Goa

    In an unique exercise to get hold of those involved in illegal iron ore mining activities, the Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG) has decided to reward those lease holders who reports about irregularities and illegalities of the other lessees- who on the other hand will lose out on the fresh production quota allotted. Director Mines Prasanna Acharya said that…

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