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Civic bodies useJust a few civic bodies use govt scheme to ease stray dog issue

Panaji: Velsao beach, which is a favourite spot among picnickers, has also been attracting a lot of stray dogs owing to food visitors leave behind.

The stray dog problem in the state is not just a nuisance but can pose a potential rabies...

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Changing times changing needs

Changing times changing needs

13 May 2017 No comment

The first flush of rain invariably heralds the end of summer, but over three decades ago, the onset of the monsoon in Goa also meant it was time to stock up for the 'rainy days' ahead. The 'Purumentachem Fest' (feast of provisions or 'festa de...

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Forgotten flavour of the Vatamba

Forgotten flavour of the Vatamba

13 May 2017 No comment

Tamarind, dried kokum fruit skin, and fresh and dried bimbli, may be the most popular souring agents in Goan cuisine. But there is yet another souring agent, which is now lesser known — the vatamba fruit.

The vatamba or ottam or vat...

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Selflessly sharing shellfish by the seashore

Even before the sun makes its appearance from the East, the women of Bhattier ward in Nerul rise up and begin to hustle and bustle in the kitchen. The ungodly hour on the second Sunday of May does not deter them from singing and sharing jokes...

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BJP led coalition would complete tenure in Goa Vinay Tendulkar

PANAJI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) scoffed at the heated political discussions over the last few days that Congress is staging a comeback by overthrowing the Parrikar-led coalition government.

The party on Saturday reiterated that...

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Ready to quit as GPCC chief says Luizinho

Panaji: Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Luizinho Faleiro, on Friday, responded to calls by a section of Congress MLAs seeking his ouster from the party leadership, saying that he was ready to quit if it was in the Congress...

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Charred body of young woman found at Siolim

Mapusa: In a gruesome murder that has sent shock waves across the state, the charred remains of a woman in her 20s was found at Bamon Waddo, Siolim in North Goa on Friday morning. North Goa superintendent of police Karthik Kashyap told...

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SIT seeks custodial interrogation of Kamat in mining case

Panaji: A special investigation team (SIT) on Friday insisted custodial interrogation of former chief minister and Margao MLA Digambar Kamat in the Rs 35,000 crore illegal mining case, before a special court in Panaji. SIT also said Kamat is...

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Feni makeover Committee wants accreditation authority

Panaji: In a bid to take the local spirit to a new high, rebrand it as heritage spirit and boost its acceptance nationally and internationally, the committee constituted under the commissioner of excise Menino D'Souza, has recommended setting...

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Cong wants Rane’s ouster approaches HC

Panaji: Seeking the disqualification of health minister Vishwajit Rane from the state assembly, Congress on Friday approached the high court of Bombay at Goa with the petition that Rane be disqualified for five years.

In the writ...

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Parrikar insecure wants to muzzle media Cong

Panaji: The Congress on Friday poked fun at chief minister Manohar Parrikar saying his decision to impose curbs on the press is an "excuse to hide his insecurity".

Addressing a press conference, AICC secretary and Congress spokesperson...

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IPB to work with Invest India for more biz in Goa

Panaji: In a move that could attract bigger investment and high quality manufacturing to Goa, the investment promotion board (IPB) has been tasked with coordinating with Invest India, the national investment promotion agency set up by the Union...

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Soon GMC to have nursing superintendent

Panaji: The state government is in the process of reviving 80 nursing posts that had lapsed at the Goa Medical College (GMC), Bambolim. With Vishwajit Rane having taken over the health ministry, the government is also addressing the lack of a...

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PWD reclassifies highway stretches as district roads

Panaji: The public works department (PWD) has reclassified some sections of highways passing through the state as district roads. The move has been made to include major bypass roads as part of the national highways.

In its circular, the...

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Transport dept notifies revised fees

Panaji: The transport department on Friday issued a notification revising fees in various categories. These include fees for issue of driving licence (Rs 200), learner's licence (Rs 150), licence renewal (Rs 200).

Among the other...

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Selfies from Garbage Goa

Selfies from Garbage Goa

12 May 2017 No comment

Just below the water surface near Grande Island, opposite Dabolim airport, a carpet of trash stretches in every direction. Up on the little beach, and spread all around its picturesque vistas, the situation is even worse. A fortnight ago, I joined...

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Not too many takers for mangoes despite price dip

Panaji: Even as the last batch of mancurad mangoes are being harvested and newer varieties from neighbouring states are yet to hit the local market, prices have drastically dropped, especially for the popular mancurad variety.

A dozen of this...

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Governor for pre-marital counselling

Panaji: Governor Mridula Sinha recommended that the governments at the state and Centre make pre-marital counseling a prerequisite for marriages/marriage registration in all communities.

She made the recommendation in her report titled 'The...

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Swachh Village Abhiyan today for a cleaner Goa

Panaji: In a bid to instill patriotism and create awareness among villagers, the government has decided to observe Swachh Village Abhiyan on May 13, for a clean and green Goa.

Panchayat minister Mauvin Godinho said the initiative by the...

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First challenge is to identify body Cops

The charred remains of the woman were found at 7am at Bamon Waddo in Siolim after locals — one person out for his morning walk and another a bread vendor — found stray dogs playing with human body parts. They immediately informed...

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Activists seek inquiry into MPT dredging

Vasco: 'Goa Against Coal' (GAC), an activists' group, has demanded an inquiry into the dredging work undertaken by Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), allegeldy without any permission from the ministry for environment and forest.

President of...

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Vasco flower shop gutted loss of Rs 15L

Vasco: A flower shop was gutted in Vasco on Friday, causing a loss of nearly Rs 15 lakh. The fire even damaged the walls and ceiling.

At 5.40am, joggers noticed a woman residing in the building near St Andrew's church pointing to the...

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