‘ENGLISH VINGLISH’ ACTRESS SUJATA KUMAR DEAD

AGENCIES|MUMBAI Actress Sujata Kumar, fondly remembered for playing late veteran actress Sridevis sibling in the film “English Vinglish” has died of cancer, said her sister Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, the actress-singer. Suchitra tweeted that Sujata reportedly succumbed to cancer late on Sunday. “Our beloved Sujata Kumar has passed away and moved on to a better place leaving us with an umimaginable void. She…

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CLUSTER OF VENOMOUS BLUEBOTTLE MARINE ORGANISM SPOTTED ON BAGA BEACH; WARNING ISSUED

CALANGUTE Tourists and locals in Goa have been warned to keep off the waters at the Baga beach, due to a sudden emergence of the toxic Portuguese man o’ war or blue bottle — a jellyfish-like marine organism. The blue bottles were spotted along the beach stretch frequented by thousands of tourists every day. “Drishti Marine advises locals as well as tourists…

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AGRICULTURE DEPT PLANNING TO INTRODUCE HYBRID COCONUT SEEDLINGS: SARDESAI

AGENCIES|PANAJI The Goa government is planning to procure hybrid coconut seedlings for farmers to help them tide over the decline in coconut production in the state, the Legislative Assembly was told today. “The Agriculture department is planning to bring hybrid coconut seedlings from other states in coordination with the Coconut Development Board (CDB), since the seedlings from private nurseries are sold…

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SUPREME COURT QUESTIONS CENTRE FOR NON-UTILIZATION OF RS 77,000 CR ENVIRONMENT FUNDS

AGENCIES|NEW DELHI Expressing concern over non-utilisation of Rs 77,000 crore meant for environment protection, the Supreme Court on Friday questioned Centre as to how it intends to spend the “huge amount.” A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta slammed the Centre for not utilizing the environment fund. The government collected Rs 91,000 crore as the environment fund,…

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AUSSIE MOSQUITO EXPERIMENT HELPS WIPE OUT DEADLY MOSQUITOES

AGENCIES|SYDNEY A three-month trial which successfully wiped out 80 percent of a particularly dangerous mosquito population in Australia has created quite a buzz, with scientists now believing the experiment could hold the key to combating a number of deadly diseases. “The invasive Aedes aegypti mosquito is one of the world’s most dangerous pests, capable of spreading devastating diseases like dengue, Zika…

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SCIENTISTS FROM AMERICA’S NATIONAL OCEANIC ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA)TO ARRIVE IN GOA NEXT WEEK

PANAJI A team of 20 scientists from America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will be landing in Goa next week to hold a meeting with India’s leading ocean, atmosphere, and fisheries scientists to review their collaboration in this field and decide on the future course of action. According to sources, scientists from India and the US have teamed up to…

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PLASTIC WASTE RECYCLING PROGRAMME LAUNCHED BY MINISTER FRANCIS D’SOUZA

Panaji   Goa Minister for Urban Development Francis D’Souza on Friday launched a plastic waste recycling programme in Goa that aims to collect, process and recycle used plastic. An estimated 4-5 tonne of plastic is likely to be collected every day through the project. The collected plastic will be converted into products like T-shirts, fabric, backpacks etc and the hard to recycle low-end plastics like carry-bags, laminates…

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OUR RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE IS LIMITED BY OUR CULTURAL CONDITIONING

SUUHAS TENDDULKAR     There seems to be conclusive scientific evidence that for the first time in evolutionary history, humankind may be the causative factor in the sixth round of extinction, now underway. It is quite clear that there is a great need for concerted action by society and the individuals. However, the capacity of societies and individuals to act in concert…

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GOA: GOA HOSTS ‘BHIRMUT’- DRAGONFLY PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

By Our Chief Reporter   PANAJI (GOA): A unique and first of its kind photography competition titled “Bhirmut: Dragonfly Photography Competition” highlighting the lesser known insect Odonates, that include dragonflies and damselflies was organized by Goa based organization Foundation for Environment Research and Conservation in association with Voluntary Health Association of Goa, WWF- India (Goa office)and supported by Go Green Foundation, Pune….

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GOA: FEEL LESS SAD! MORE MICROPLASTIC IN MAH AND KAR COMPARED TO GOA

By Our Chief Reporter   Panaji (Goa) The microplastics, which are one of the carrier of the pollution to the marine environment, are found more  on the beaches of Karnataka and Maharashtra compared to that of Goa, the ocean researchers have revealed. The paper detailing the research on microplastics on the coast of Maharashtra, Karnataka and…

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