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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HAL’s chopper project in Goa will be functional soon: Shripad

Vasco: Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik Sunday said that the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) proposed project in Goa of maintenance, repair and overhaul of helicopters would be functional soon. Speaking to media at the concluding programme of the training of 120 Naval NCC cadets from all over the country at the Indian Naval Watermanship Training Centre at […]

Govt tells Court it is finalising laws to deal with solid waste

Panjim: The State Government has informed the High Court of Bombay at Goa that it is in process of finalising model by-laws for dealing with solid waste management issue by the local governing bodies like municipalities and panchayats. During the hearing on suo-motu writ petition on December 5, Government also submitted that the proposed Saligao waste treatment facility capacity would […]

Anjuna police arrest Russian with e- cigarettes

Mapusa: Vasilii Karavaev (45), a Russian, was arrested on Sunday for illegal possession of e-cigarettes by Anjuna police. A team comprising Anjuna Police Station PI Suraj Gawas, PSI Vidyesh Pilgaonkar, PC Shyamsundar Parsekar, Rajesh Gokharnekar, Mahendra Mandrekar raided the Flat No. T-1, Blue Lagoon Apartment, between 5.15 pm and 6.40 pm, and caught the accused with four e-cigarettes and 46 […]

Irked over power woes, Cuncolim residents seek CM’s intervention

Margao: Complaining about the non-working streetlights and fluctuating power supply, residents of the municipal area of Cuncolim have called upon the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to provide better electricity infrastructure. During the meeting held on Saturday, residents pointed out that many streetlights in the municipal area were not working because of which major junctions were in complete darkness. Sawant along […]

Illegally extracted sand seized in raid

Bicholim: Bicholim Mamlatdar Pravinjay Pandit on Saturday raided an illegal sand extraction site at Amona in Bicholim and seized the illegally extracted sand. The raid was conducted following a complaint. The raiding party comprised of Geologist Mahesh Mayekar attached to Directorate of Mines, Circle Inspector Sahadev Mote and Amona Talathi Gaurish Naik. Later, mamlatdar directed the PWD to take possession […]

Curti rider seriously injured in road mishap

Ponda: In an accident involving two two-wheelers at Dhavali on Sunday, a 25-year-old youth from Ganganagar-Curti was left seriously injured. The injured youth identified as Govardhan Hemaji Dudi has been admitted in Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim. According to Ponda police, the accident occurred at around 5.15 pm on the Ponda-Margao main road at Dhavali near SS Samiti […]

Govt to sell onions at Rs 90/100 per kg in horticulture outlets

Panjim: In what could come as major relief from skyrocketing prices of onion, the State Horticulture Corporation is set to make onions available at a subsidised rate between Rs 90 and Rs 100 per kg, across all its outlets from Monday. Horticulture Corporation Chairman Pravin Zantye told Herald that the corporation has ordered 25 tonnes of onions from Nashik, which […]

Padma Shri Suresh Amonkar passes away at 84

Mapusa: Renowned writer, educationist, social worker, journalist and educational administrator Suresh Gundu Amonkar passed away on Sunday after a prolonged illness. He was 84. Amonkar had battled cancer, overcoming the illness three times.Goa’s Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said he was deeply saddened by the passing away of eminent educationist. “It is a great loss for our State and express my […]