3 get bail for demanding extortion amount from Min

Panjim: The Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Panjim on Thursday granted bail to three persons, charged with attempting to extort money from PWD Minister Deepak Pauskar. Pradip Malik, Amol Swami and R Patil were arrested near PWD Minister’s official residence at Altinho on Tuesday, following a complaint by Pauskar that callers were demanding Rs 3 crore from him. In his complaint copy to the Panjim Police Station, he had alleged...
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No takers for Rs. 10 coin in South Goa

Margao: The Rs 10 coin has fallen victim to rumour mongering over the validity of the tender at least in South Goa as the shopkeepers, vendors, so also bus conductors flatly refuse to accept it saying “If I take it, no one would accept it from me.’’ “This refusal, based on rumours, is however against the RBI rules. No one can refuse it (to accept). I wonder why this is...
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Godinho’s anticipatory bail plea dismissed

Panjim: The District and Sessions Court on Thursday dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by Wilson Godinho, who has been charged with abetting suicide of Merces panch Prakash Naik. Principal Sessions Judge Irshad Agha read a one-line order in the open court dismissing Wilson’s plea. Godinho, who remained present in the court during his plea’s arguments on Tuesday, was however absent when the order dismissing his application was passed. His...
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Scooterist gets 30 days for drunken driving

Panaji: The Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Panaji has convicted and sentenced a rider to undergo simple imprisonment for a period of 30 days for riding the scooter without driving license and under influence of alcohol. The rider Abhijit Deka (27) was caught by the Panaji traffic police for riding scooter without wearing a helmet on December 18 at Dona Paula. He was also not having driving licence and was...
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St Inez waste sorting centre catches fire

Panjim: A dry waste sorting centre at St Inez caught fire on Thursday evening. Six fire tenders were pressed into service as it took nearly two hours to douse the flames. Substation fire officer Francisco Aquino, when contacted told Herald that the control room received a call at around 5:58 pm informing about the fire after which the fire tenders were rushed to douse the flames. "Two fire tenders were...
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CCP seeks Rs 500 crore package

CCP seeks Rs 500 crore package

Panjim: The Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) in its submission before the 15th Finance Commission has sought a special package of Rs 500 crore towards the development of the capital city. CCP Mayor Uday Madkaikar in a memorandum submitted to the Commission has lamented that Panjim city has hardly received any assistance from Centre in spite of making a huge economic contribution to the State and Centre by...
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Illegal sand mining has come down by almost 95%: govt tells High Court

Illegal sand mining has come down by almost 95%: govt tells High Court

Panaji: Advocate General Devidas Pangam has made a statement before the High Court of Bombay at Goa that illegal sand mining has come down by almost 95 percent. The High Court was hearing a petition on the issue of non-implementation of various directions issued by the Court in the judgment and order dated December 18, 2019, in PIL Writ Petition No 14/2018, in relation to illegal sand mining in the...
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CM dares CAA opponents for an open debate

CM dares CAA opponents for an open debate

Margao: Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant has issued a challenge to an open debate on the CAA issue for Goa while reassuring that none of the Goans will be affected by the Act. The Chief Minister said that no one has the guts to come for an open debate with him on CAA. "I can proudly say today that none of the Goans will be affected due to CAA.” "Some...
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Five injured in Nessai cylinder blast

Margao: Four tenants and the house owner were injured in a cylinder blast at Nessai near the Margao Industrial Estate, on Tuesday. The injured are undergoing treatment. Officers of Margao fire station who attended to the emergency said that cylinder blast occurred in the house of one Milagres Mascarenhas at Whadlemoll Nessai. Property worth Rs 20,000 was destroyed in the […]

Mining Co workers against machinery shifting

Bicholim: A delegation of Vedanta mining company workers on Tuesday met Speaker Rajesh Patnekar to apprise him about the move of mining company to shift the machinery elsewhere. Later, workers also submitted memorandum to Bicholim Deputy Collector Sachin Desai requesting him to look into the matter. The delegation of Vedanta mining company workers met Speaker and Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar […]

Man injured after milk supplying van overturns at Querim

Ponda: A milk supplying tempo overturned near the bus stop at Querim-Savoi Verem on Tuesday. According eyewitnesses, the vehicle overturned and crashed into a roadside house while negotiating a turn near the bus stop. Witnesses said that the house was severely damaged in the incident. Meanwhile, the house owner Pushpashil Gaude who had just then arrived at the spot suffered […]

Afghan students call it ‘hate crime’, seek police protection

Panjim: Stating that the attack on their colleague was a “result of hate crime”, the students from Afghanistan have sought police security fearing for their lives. 24-year-old Afghan student Mathihulla Aria, who was pursuing M Com course at Goa University’s (GU) Goa Business School, was stabbed by a group of four men at Dona Paula on Sunday evening. He was […]

Lokayukta recommends FIR against Parsekar, two others in illegal second renewals’ case

Panjim: In a major direction, Goa Lokayukat has recommended filing a First Information Reports (FIR) against former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and two others in the illegal second renewals granted to 88 iron ore mining leases in the State, which were quashed and set aside by the Supreme Court. Goa Lokayukat P K Misra has recommended that Anti Corruption Bureau […]

The fab four

‘Sanam’, a band of four musicians deeply revered for their renditions of old classics like ‘Lag Jaa Gale’, ‘Mere Mehboob’, ‘Dil Kya Kare’, and now making waves again with their original compositions, were recently in Goa. NT BUZZ speaks to the boys Having done a number of shows in Goa, mostly private, ‘Sanam’, a band of four talented members were […]

Mandopa SC blank Ugem Rising Club to clinch Fr Agnelo Cup

Avedem-Paroda: Mandopa SC blanked Ugem Rising Club Sanguem 3-0 to lift the 11th Fr Agnelo Cup, organised by Fr Agnel YC Paroda, at Avedem-Paroda, on Sunday. Mandopa’s Climax Lawrence was the star of the final with his dribbling, passes and shooting power. Isarael Gomes and Francisco Fernandes of Ugem missed chances in the fourth and sixth minutes. Thereafter, Mandopa’s Prestly […]