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Government reviewing social welfare schemes

After dolling out over crores of rupees to nearly 3.4 lakh beneficiaries under various social welfare schemes, the BJP-led government, the architect of these schemes, has now gone for a review to oversee whether the benefits rolled out under these ambitious schemes have reached to the deserving.Interestingly, the review comes …

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SIT quizzes bizman’s kin in mining case

Panaji: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the illegal mining case, on Friday questioned Moshin Khan, the elder brother of businessman, Imran Khan who was arrested last week and subsequently released on bail.When contacted, investigation officer Dattaguru Sawant confirmed that Moshin was quizzed on Friday, and has been called again …

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DRDO’s food tech transfer finds many takers in Goa

Panaji: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) inked 29 agreements with different Goan companies to locally manufacture processed food products ranging from idli mix and snacks to packaged beverages and energy bars. 60 other Goan companies have also voiced their interest in visiting DRDO’s Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) at …

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Govt wants students to take up farming

Panaji: To try and boost Goa’s diminishing agricultural sector, the state government is now focusing on students and trying to make agriculture an attractive and viable career option. The state government has succeeded in increasing the student intake from Goa from nine to 17 at the Dr Balasaheb Sawant Krishi …

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Govt paves way for IT townships, parks

Panaji: Paving the way for setting up of startup, electronic manufacturing clusters and call centres in the state, the government notified the Goa Information Technology Development (Amendment) Act, 2017.The amendment defines the meaning of a startup, which will help eligible startups to apply for incentives, under the recently released Goa …

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Nigerian held with narcotics at Arambol

Panaji: The anti-narcotic cell (ANC) of Goa police arrested a 38-year-old Nigerian national, Chibuzu Ifaniy Chukwu, with narcotics worth Rs 1.60 lakh at Arambol on Thursday.The ANC official said the accused was arrested while he was waiting for a client. Chukwu had in his possession ganja and 30 grams of …

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From Raia to Rohingya: The Politics of Intolerance

Goa’s social harmony suffered a severe blow this week after an aggressive minority of local residents positioned themselves as adamant opponents of a proposed Muslim graveyard (kabrastan) on the Sonsoddo hillside. There are certainly some legitimate grounds for this conflagration of ire: the designated site is a last verdant patch …

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Vice-chairman of GSCB files plea for anticipatory bail

Panaji: The vice-chairman of Goa State Co-operative Bank Avelino Marcus D’Silva has approached the district and sessions court, Panaji, seeking anticipatory bail in connection with the case of alleged stalking and outraging modesty of a woman employee of the bank.The matter is likely to come up for hearing on September …

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