Goa

3 of a family sentenced to 3 years in prison for torturing minor help

3 of a family sentenced to 3 years in prison for torturing minor help

PANAJI: The Goa children’s court on Monday sentenced three members of a Porvorim-based family to three years’ simple imprisonment for employing a 12-year-old girl as a housemaid and for also causing hurt to her. The accused Audumbar Pednekar, his wife Meenaxi Pednekar, and Rekha Vaghela, had allegedly harassed the young girl. President of …

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Furore ends as Church, Goa agree on monument scheme

Furore ends as Church, Goa agree on monument scheme

PANAJI: The state government on Monday decided to support the Union ministry of tourism’s contentious ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme since the scheme would rope in private funds to help maintain and promote Goa’s heritage sites. The decision was taken at a meeting of all stakeholders chaired by archives and archaeology …

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CAG pulls up state for comunidade land misuse

CAG pulls up state for comunidade land misuse

PANAJI: Illegal constructions in swathes of comunidade lands for decades have caused much heartburn among its components. The state is statutorily the guardian of this age-old institution, but they blame the political class and the managing committees for pushing it to the brink of ruin. A few comunidade members are in a …

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HC: Disregard of Goans by state pains our conscience

HC: Disregard of Goans by state pains our conscience

PANAJI: In a major blow to the mining companies in the state, the high court of Bombay at Goa on Friday set aside the state government’s decision to permit transportation of royalty-paid iron ore after March 15 and ruled that excavations could not have continued “even for a second” after the Supreme Courtcancelled …

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KR cancels, reschedules trains for upkeep work

KR cancels, reschedules trains for upkeep work

MARGAO: Konkan Railway will undertake the upkeep and upgradation work of its bridges over River Zuari and River Mandovi between May 4 and 28. As a result, several trains along this route have been cancelled, some partially cancelled while few will be regulated at various stations during the period, says …

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Goa seeks time till October 30 to prepare coastal management plan

Goa seeks time till October 30 to prepare coastal management plan

PANAJI: The implementation of the coastal zone management plan (CZMP) for Goa is likely to be delayed further, as the state has sought an extension till October 30 to finalize the plan. In November 2017, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench, headed by chairperson, Justice Swatanter Kumar, had set a deadline of …

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New Mandovi bridge may be inaugurated by October

New Mandovi bridge may be inaugurated by October

PANAJI: The cable-stayed bridge over the Mandovi, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi was expected to inaugurate in August, is unlikely to be ready by then. Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation officials are now hinting that the bridge could be inaugurated in October. With the monsoon just a month away and nearly 30% of …

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After furore, Vijai Sardesai orders probe into land conversions

After furore, Vijai Sardesai orders probe into land conversions

PANAJI: Town and country planning minister Vijai Sardesai on Monday ordered an inquiry into land conversions in the state. His decision comes in the wake of allegations against politicians and the Church during and after a huge public protest at Lohia Maidan on Friday. Sardesai said that based on the inquiry report, the government would take …

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MPT tightens belt after coal, iron ore stoppage

MPT tightens belt after coal, iron ore stoppage

PANAJI: With revenue sources drying up, Mormugao Port Trust is looking for ways to reduce its operational costs. After already freezing payment of allowances, the port management has now decided to initiate “stringent austeritymeasures” to cut down on expenditure. Battling court directives and a clampdown on expansion plans, MPT is struggling to meet …

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Fomento Group to file review petition in SC

Fomento Group to file review petition in SC

PANAJI: The Fomento Group, which recently asked its management employees to resign, is likely to move the Supreme Court this week to file a review petition against the order of quashing the renewal of 88 mining leases on February 7, 2018. A senior management officer of the group told TOI the company has …

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