Lessons not learnt from Sonshi episode, will make us pay in the future

Sonshi, Goa: A decade-long protest against the iron ore mining dust pollution is once again making headlines at local as well as national levels. Sonshi village, tucked between Digne and Honda villages in Sattari taluka is currently in the news, with villagers there holding a strong protest against the pollution due to the non-stop movement of trucks loaded with…

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Notices served to mining lease holders in Sonshi matter, Govt tells Court

The show cause notices have been issued to the iron ore mining lease operators at Sonshi village, seeking their reply on the violations of pollution norms, the State Government informed the High Court on Thursday. The Bombay High Court at Goa had last week took suo motu cognizance of the media reports on Sonshi village which is adversely affected…

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Poor response for e-auction of iron ore

After initially ruling the international markets like China with its low grade iron ore supply, Goa, today is finding it difficult to attract buyers for purchase of ore through e-auction. The e-auction process that commenced in February 2014, till date has received very poor response, with Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG) struggling to sell 15.5 million tons…

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Panchayat buildings will be rebuilt in Goa

Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) has decided to take up the renovation or reconstruction of panchayat buildings located across the State. GSIDC, which met recently under chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, has resolved to survey the structures of all the panchayat buildings in the State. “The entire report would be ready within two months after that we will take…

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Goa govt not keen on Kanda’s off shore casinos

It might not be a smooth sailing for off-shore casino vessel owned by Haryana’s controversial politician Gopal Kanda’s company Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited. The State Home Department and the Ports Administration are not too keen to allow its operations in Mandovi River, overlooking the Panaji city. Secretariat sources confirm that Home Department has moved a file to chief minister’s…

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Coconut will be reclassified as tree during next session

Then Laxmikant Parsekar led government’s act of amending the tree act classifying Coconut as a palm and not tree would be re-amended during the next Goa Legislative Assembly session, the minister said today. “In the next assembly session, we will re-amend Goa Preservation of Trees Act restoring the tree status to Coconut tree. We will rescind the amendment done by…

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Sagar Kavach’ drill stuns MMC

The staff of Margao Muinicipal Council was caught by surprise when, as a part of the ‘Sagar Kavach’ mock drill a fax claiming there was bomb in the building was received. The fax was received by a female employee of the MMC. “I received a fax, after which we asked the people to vacate the premises,” said the female employee. Speaking…

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Goa gearing up for Grape Escapade 2017

Department of Tourism, Govt of Goa and Goa Tourism Development Corporation has set the stage for “Grape Escapade 2017”, Goa’s premier wine, food and lifestyle festival organised annually in the state of Goa.  The event will begin on 27 April and conclude on 30 April from 6 pm onwards at D.B Bandodkar Ground, Campal, Panaji, Goa. Like every year, this…

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Teenage girl dies in swimming pool

A 17-year-old girl from Tumkur in Karnataka drowned in the swimming pool of a hotel near Colva beach in South Goa district today. The incident happened this morning when the girl and her two sisters entered the pool for a swim. “Zeba Sayyed (17) drowned, while her younger sisters — Javeria Sayyed and Umraz Suda – were rescued by the people…

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E-auctioning of iron ore on this Friday

After a gap of almost five months, the Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG) has recommenced the iron ore e-auction process, with total 2.1 million tons of ore quantity being offered for auction on Friday. This is going to be the 19th phase of e-auction, which been done under the supervision of metal scrap trading corporation (MSTC). As per the…

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