TOWN PLANNING BILL MAKES WAY FOR CHANGE OF LAND USE IN GOA

AGENCIES|PANAJI Owners of 7,630 hectares of land in Goa are expected to benefit from an amendment to a town planning law that paves the way for individual change of land use in the coastal state. The Town and Country Planning Amendment Bill, 2018 was passed in the just-concluded monsoon session of the Goa assembly. The bill restores the system of approving…

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GOA GOVT TO DIGITISE ALL HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS UNDER ‘SMART CITY MISSION’: SARDESAI

AGENCIES|PANAJI Goa’s archives will now be digitised under the Centre’s ‘Smart City Mission’, minister Vijai Sardesai said. The archives, a collection of numerous historical documents and records providing information about the state, are presently housed in a Portuguese- era building in Panaji. People fear for the safety of these records due to the dilapidated condition of the building, Sardesai said. “Also, photo-copying these…

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ENSURE ZERO CASES OF VECTOR BORNE DISEASES: OFFICIAL

  MARGAO   South Goa District Additional Collector Agnelo Fernandes has called for co-ordinated efforts from the community to supplement the activities of the health authorities to show results by ensuring that there were zero cases of malaria and dengue next monsoon.   Chairing a meeting of the district level committee on vector-borne diseases consisting of medical/health and other authorities on Friday,  Fernandes urged…

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RAHUL CONCERNED OVER KERALA FLOOD, URGES CONGRESS WORKERS TO HELP

AGENCIES|NEW DELHI Congress President Rahul Gandhi today expressed concern over the flood situation in Kerala and urged party workers in the rain-battered state to help those in need. He said the unprecedented rainfall has created havoc in the southern state, destroying property and forcing thousands to abandon their houses. “Unprecedented rainfall has created havoc in Kerala, destroying property and forcing thousands to…

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GTDC COUNTERS CRT ALLEGATIONS

  AGENCIES|PANAJI   Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) on Friday took strong objections to allegations from the Centre for Responsible Tourism (CRT) against the recently launched app-based taxi service GOAMILES.   The GTDC in a statement said that the new app-based service was in the interest of Goa and the Goan taxi operators, and would appreciate the support from the taxi operators rather than them working to oppose the…

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DALAI LAMA APOLOGISES FOR REMARKS ON JAWAHARLAL NEHRU

AGENCIES|BENGALURU Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama today regretted blaming former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 and thanked him for sheltering thousands of exiled Tibetans after they fled from their motherland. “My statements (on Nehru) have created a controversy. I apologise if I said something wrong,” the 83-year-old Nobel laureate told reporters on the…

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NARAYAN BANDEKAR APPOINTED CHIEF MENTOR, Dr PRAMOD SAWANT CHIEF PATRON OF JCI WORLD CONGRESS IN GOA

AGENCIES|PANAJI   Junior Chamber International president Marc Brian Lim from the Philippines during his official review visit to Goa appointed industrialist and philanthropist Narayan Rajaram Bandekar as the chief mentor and Goa Legislative Assembly Speaker Dr Pramod Sawant as the chief patron of the JCI World Congress 2018 to be organised in Goa from October 30 to November 3, 2018.   Speaking on the…

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PARRIKAR TO LEAVE FOR USA TOMORROW, WILL RETURN ON AUGUST 17

PANAJI Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will leave for the US tomorrow for a check up of his pancreatic ailment and would return on August 17, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) informed today. The CMO in a statement released here has said that Parrikar would not be available in the State between August 10 to 17 in the State. A senior CMO official said that…

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PARTITION COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IF NEHRU WASN’T SELF-CENTERED: DALAI LAMA

AGENCIES|PANAJI “Had Jawaharlal Nehru not been self-centred, India and Pakistan would have been one country,” the Dalai Lama said on Wednesday, adding that while Nehru was gifted with experience, mistakes do occur. “Mahatma Gandhi wanted to give the prime ministership to (Mohammad Ali) Jinnah. But Nehru refused. He was self-centred. He said, ‘I wanted to be Prime Minister’. India and Pakistan…

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GOA GOVT FILES CONTEMPT PETITION AGAINST KARNATAKA OVER MHADEI ISSUE

PANAJI Goa government has filed a contempt petition in Supreme Court against Karnataka over Mhadei issue. Sidelining orders of Court Karnataka has continued its canal work at Kankumbi and diverted Mhadei riverwaters to Malprabha basin. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, WRD Minister Vinod Palyekar and WRD ministry have also written to Karnataka government about the contempt of Court orders.

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