3.24 million tons of ore identified for e-auction on May 4 & 5

In a bid to clear the 15 million tons of ore stacked since 2011 before the new mining season in October, the Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG) have scheduled e-auction of over three million tons of iron ore on May 4 and 5. On May 4, approximately 1.63 million tons of ore has been identified for e-auction….

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HERITAGE BEING IGNORED

Goa: All the heritage structures of Margao have been standing in the historic town holding a profound history of the changes Margao has seen till date. From Camara, to the class A civic body, the Camara and the Communidade building has seen the town rise and these structures hold stories within which not many know about. The Margao Municipal Council…

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The Cool Camps Of Hot Summer

Goa: Summer holidays are here. Gone are those days when children ran to their ancestral houses in the villages or the maternal uncle’s house. Times have changed and so have the concepts of holidays. It is time for summer camps. Nowadays summer camps are much awaited programs for kids as well as parents. A joyous ride for the kids and…

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SMUGGLED CIGARETTES IN COASTAL BELT, LOSSES TO THE TUNE OF CRORES

Goa: A massive racket of sale of illegally imported and non tax paid contraband cigarettes has spread its roots across Goa, now threatening the coast and the towns. Margao town is severely affected, as many college students have shifted to cheaper contraband cigarettes over the legal branded ones, increasing the vulnerability to the problem even more. The contraband cigarettes not…

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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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