Everything you need to know about Panaji Ho: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Everything you need to know about Panaji Ho: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Panaji, May 25 (IANS) Goa has received a pat on the back from Russian Ambassador Alexander M. Kadakin for banning consumption of hard liquor on the state's beaches. He said it will "help save" Russian lives.
Panaji, May 24 (IANS) One of the world's biggest cruise liners, Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas, Friday arrived at Mormugao port in Goa, which has plans of promoting the state as a destination for lucrative ocean cruise market.
Panaji, May 24 (IANS) Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin Friday said he had been misquoted by a section of media, which Friday said that a miffed Russia may stop arms sales to India, in light of the latter looking to the US for defence technology and equipment purchases.
Panaji, May 24 (IANS) A slew of illegal land deals involving its nationals was one of the reasons why Russia decided to start a consular office in Goa, which hosted 1.5 lakh Russian tourists this season, Ambassador Alexander Kadakin said Friday.
Panaji, May 24 (IANS) Nuclear power is the future of energy for India, said Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin, contending that even if the country buys all the oil in the world, it will not be sufficient for its energy requirements in the near future.
Panaji (Goa), May 24 (ANI): Surfers from across the country are competing for top honours at a national surfing competition here.
Panaji, May 24 (IANS) The border problem between India and China is a colonial heritage and Russia is glad that both countries could diplomatically resolve it, Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin said Saturday.
Panaji, May 24 (IANS) Long-delayed aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is undergoing trials and could be in India by December, Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin said Friday.
Panaji, May 24 (IANS) Holding a fig leaf to protect its shrinking identity, Goa wants to roll out a red carpet for a Rs.25,000 crore investment it needs to set its industrial ambitions in order.
Panaji, May 24 (IANS) The production at Yamaha Motor's new manufacturing unit in Chennai will be operational by the second half of 2014, Hiroyuki Suzuki, chief executive and managing director of India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd, said Friday.
Panaji, May 22 (IANS) Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in June to press for special status for Goa and demand a special package for the people affected by the mining ban in the state, it was announced here Wednesday.
Panaji, May 22 (ANI): India today successfully test fired the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Navy's latest guided missile frigate INS Tarkash off the coast of Goa.
Panaji, May 22 (IANS) The anti-incumbency factor could affect the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, a Congress MP and former Goa chief minister Francisco Sardinha said Wednesday.
Panaji, May 21 (IANS) A land record portal developed by the Goa government has won an international award for making e-governance concepts people-friendly and accessible, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Tuesday.
Panaji, May 21 (IANS) The Goa Medical College (GMC), the state's top health facility, regularly faces water shortage because people steal taps installed in the hospital premises, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Tuesday.
Panaji, May 21 (IANS) The Goa government will complain to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about some Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers indulging in "politics", said Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Tuesday while accusing a central officer of trying to intimidate state bureaucracy.
Panaji, May 20 (IANS) Russian authorities are keen on an image make-over for Russians in Goa, an official said here Monday after they have been in news for all the wrong reasons, ranging from mafia links, drugs and conflicts with locals.
Panaji, May 20 (IANS) The number of Russian tourists to Goa could soon touch 200,000 annually, newly-appointed Russian honorary consul in Goa Victor Albuquerque said Monday.
Panaji, May 20 (IANS) The Russian mafia could be operating in Goa, just as the Indian tourism mafia could be operating in Pakistan, said Russia's newly-appointed honorary consul Victor Albuquerque here Monday.
Panaji, May 18 (IANS) Animal conservationists have hailed the central government's decision to ban dolphineriums in India, even as several states had been gearing up for parks and zoos with captive dolphins as the star attraction.
Panaji, May 18 (IANS) Prison authorities Saturday ordered a probe into a clash between inmates that left three under-trials injured in a Goa jail late Friday.
Panaji, May 17 (IANS) Goa has the highest rate of diabetes in the country among people over 40 years of age, a doctor said Friday.
Panaji, May 17 (IANS) When Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar travels to Israel next month, he will be hoping to persuade its tour and travel companies to add the popular beach tourism-oriented state to their itineraries.
Panaji, May 16 (IANS) Bogus ration cards, a fact which has been acknowledged by Goa's civil supplies ministry, are being used to acquire Aadhar cards in the state, a civil society group claimed Thursday.
Panaji, May 16 (IANS) A record 2.7 million tourists landed in Goa last year, the tourism department has said.
Panaji, May 15 (IANS) Officials of the anti-graft wing of Goa Police are in Kerala to probe the assets of Congress legislator Chandrakant Kavlekar who allegedly bought properties worth over Rs.5 crore in that state, an official said Wednesday.
Panaji, May 14 (IANS) Folks living in rural Goa as well as scheduled castes (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST) population account for higher sex ratio than the urban population in the state, the primary census data for 2011 released here Tuesday shows.
Panaji, May 14 (IANS) Goa is rapidly going urban and people living in the state's "sucegado rurales (contented rural folk)" are rapidly making a beeline for the cities, according to the 2011 census data.
Panaji, May 13 (IANS) Reaching out to transporters who have enforced a virtual indefinite embargo on Goa over a controversial "entry fee" from the wee hours of Monday, the government promised to issue concessional passes for regular goods carriers.
Panaji, May 13 (IANS) Inter-state goods and passenger vehicles have stopped rolling into Goa from Monday to protest a Goa government decision to impose a hefty fee for entering the state.
Panaji, May 11 (ANI): Defence Minister A K Antony commissioned fighter aircraft MiG-29 K Black Panther squadron into the Indian Navy here in Panaji.
Panaji, May 11 (IANS) Goa will host the forthcoming Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national executive where the party's roadmap for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls will be discussed, a BJP leader said Saturday.
Panaji, May 11 (IANS) Encroachments, rapid erosion, garbage and over-exploitation had cast a dark shadow over the future of Baga beach, one of Goa's best known and visited by thousands. With the state government finally sanctioning a multi-crore restoration and revitalisation plan, and promising to implement it in six months, it will go a long way in enhancing local infrastructure for tourism on which the state economy so much depends.
Panaji, May 11 (IANS) After the Friday hike in fuel prices by the central government, petrol is now cheaper than diesel in this western Indian state, known for cheap liqour.
Panaji, May 9 (IANS) Crimes against children in Goa will soon be tried by a specially designated judge everyday, according to Goa State Commission Protection of Children's Rights (GSCPCR) chairperson Sameera Kazi.
Panaji, May 8 (IANS) The economic slump caused by the mining ban in Goa has forced Audi to change tack as far as sales strategy in the state is concerned, a top official said Wednesday.
Panaji, May 7 (IANS) Anti-narcotics sleuths Tuesday arrested a minor boy and seized from him nearly half a kilogram of hashish (charas) worth Rs.70,000 in the international market.
Panaji, May 7 (IANS) No cartoonist would dare sketch Manmohan Singh as Superman with a halo on his head during the economist's second term as prime minister, says cartoonist-cum-editor Ravi Shankar, one of the few such in India.
Panaji, May 4 (IANS) A trust headed by a Goa cabinet minister has been issued a notice by the state Human Right's Commission for funding a poetry book, in which a poem has been called derogatory to Goa's tribal community.
Panaji, May 4 (IANS) Pakistan-sponsored terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba has trained militants even in Chechnya, from where the Tsarnaev brothers who have been accused in the Boston marathon bombings hail, former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) official Amber Sen said Saturday.
Panaji, May 4 (IANS) Pakistan-sponsored terror outfits Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) could achieve the status of Hamas and Hezbollah, powerful long-standing extremist groups based in Palestine and Lebanon respectively, according to a former Indian security official.
Panaji, May 4 (IANS) A parliamentary committee may have asked the central government to hold back the setting up of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), but a former RAW chief insists that India does not need such an apparatus.
Panaji, May 4 (IANS) The Indian state appeared to have "over-reacted" over the death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan, a former top spy said Saturday.
Panaji, May 4 (IANS) The Indian media could learn from the Boston bombing when the public and security agencies helped to close down the American city after the terror attack, a former RAW official said Saturday.
Panaji, May 4 (IANS) Tired of being squeezed in and out of buses, which even the proverbial packed sardines would tend to avoid, Clara D'Souza is waiting for an extended miracle from Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar - more ladies' specials.
Panaji, May 4 (IANS) Sarcasm appears to be the latest weapon in the Congress's fast-depleting arsenal, when it comes to taking on Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's juggernaut in Goa.
Panaji, May 2 (IANS) Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Goa are "out of question" now, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Thursday, adding that over 38 lakh square metres of land given to seven SEZ promoters would be taken back.
Panaji, May 2 (IANS) Imagine what would have happened if Ajmal Kasab, the ruthless foot-soldier of the 26/11 terror strikes, had chosen Goa instead of Mumbai as his terror target, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Thursday.
Panaji, May 2 (IANS) The Goa legislative assembly condoled the death of Sarabjit Singh, death row prisoner in a Pakistani jail, who died Thursday of wounds sustained in a brutal attack in a Lahore jail.
Panaji, May 2 (IANS) Come July, Goa could just be the toast of the season for gay Indians.
Panaji, May 1 (IANS) Kingfisher and Budweiser beer sold in glass bottles may be off counters in Goa by next week, the state's only liquor trading body warned Wednesday.
Panaji, May 1 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar from the Bharatiya Janata party is using the state vigilance department as his "personal army" to settle political scores with the opposition, the Congress alleged Wednesday.
Panaji, April 30 (IANS) It was an invasion even the seasoned, battle-scarred Manohar Parrikar was not prepared for and could not fend off himself. Exasperated, the Goa chief minister called for ushers to beat off the surprise attack.
Panaji, April 30 (IANS) Parents of seven-year-old rape victim in Goa were responsible for police failure to investigate the case and arrest the culprit, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Carlos Almeida said Tuesday.
Panaji, April 30 (IANS) Goa's Leader of Opposition Pratapsing Rane is scared of visiting Calangute, one of the top beach destinations in the country, as it is "unsafe".
Panaji, April 30 (IANS) The 2009 rape case of a minor German girl, involving the son of the then Congress minister, could have been sabotaged, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Tuesday.
Panaji, April 29 (IANS) Bull-fighting or dhirio, a sport in Goa where two muscular bovines brutallyb head-butt each other to the cheers of thousands of spectators, should be revived, a BJP legislator demanded Monday.
Panaji, April 29 (IANS) Waterfalls, dams, lakes, temples and wildlife sanctuaries are being upgraded in a bid to diversify Goa's tourism bouquet, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said Monday.
Panaji, April 29 (IANS) Heli-tourism isn't the only innovation Goa tourism officials are working actively on. Amphibian planes and floating hotels too are being planned to woo vacationers.
Panaji, April 26 (IANS) The Goa government will work out a compensation package for 29 fishermen -- of whom five are missing and one is dead -- involved in a mid-sea collision with an Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ship, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said here Friday.
Panaji, April 26 (IANS) Shop in Goa and don't pay any value added tax (VAT) on purchases from October. That's the incentive that the government in this tourism-oriented state is offering to foreign tourists in a bid to make Goa a premium shopping destination like Dubai.
Panaji, April 26 (ANI): The Department of Tourism in Goa has banned drinking and carrying of liquor bottles on beaches in the state.
Panaji, April 26 (IANS) Surya Namaskar is a good exercise but a dubious non-government organisation (NGO) is trying to start a communal controversy by claiming that it is against a minority religion, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Friday.
Panaji, April 26 (IANS) Ancestral land sold by Goan expatriates could have led to Goa's real estate rush, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Friday.
Panaji, April 26 (IANS) Leader of Opposition in Goa's assembly Pratapsing Rane Friday demanded that all cattle in the state be vaccinated "on war footing" to keep foot and mouth disease and other infections at bay.
Panaji/New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) A Congress MP Thursday trained his guns on a Supreme Court-appointed committee and a retired apex court judge for the "fate" of workers rendered unemployed by the mining ban in Goa.
Panaji, April 25 (IANS) Six fishermen are missing after a trawler collided presumably with a merchant ship on the deep seas off the coast of Canacona sub-district, in south Goa, police said Thursday.
Panaji, April 25 (IANS) With beef in Goa in acute short supply following a high court ban, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government assured the state assembly Thursday that it would request the court to allow slaughter of bulls and male buffaloes at the state-run meat complex.
Panaji, April 24 (IANS) If you are planning to fly down to Goa for a holiday this weekend, just re-check your flight plan as the state's only landing strip at Dabolim will be undergoing pre-monsoon maintenance work for three days, an official said Wednesday.
Panaji, April 24 (IANS) Chartered accountants have been roped in to assess the fiscal extent of Goa's iron ore mining scam, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said here Wednesday.
Panaji, April 24 (IANS) Drinking an ice-cold beer from that frosted green pint glass bottle may soon be a crime on Goa's beaches, a senior police officer said Wednesday.
Panaji, April 23 (IANS) Goa's BJP Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar quoted from the Bible Tuesday to explain the delay behind the appointment of the state's chief information commissioner (CIC).
Panaji, April 23 (IANS) In a significant climb-down, the BJP's Goa government Tuesday deleted a controversial clause from the state Lokayukta Bill which imposed a fine up to Rs.10 lakh and imprisonment up to six months for dubious complaints.
Panaji, April 23 (IANS) The Goa assembly witnessed an unusual disruption during the budget session sitting Tuesday when a legislator almost fell off as his chair gave way under his weight.
Panaji, April 22 (IANS) For couples who love the Goa monsoon, the tourism authorities here have now offered a "beach-bumming" experience in the rain.
Panaji, April 20 (IANS) After years of constantly rejecting the notion that Goa's forests are home to tigers, forest officials this week finally admitted to seeing the striped beast for the first time. Camera's equipped with motion sensors laid out at strategic locations in the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, 70 kms from here, captured a full grown tiger near a spot where it had slain a wild boar.
Panaji, April 19 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar does not believe that Russian and Israeli mafias operate in Goa, but Mumbai police are sure of it, Wikileaks has claimed citing a recently declassified US diplomatic cable.
Panaji, April 18 (IANS) In a setback to the Goa government, Governor B.V. Wanchoo Thursday returned the Goa Lokayukta Bill asking it to reconsider two controversial amended clauses which activist Arvind Kejriwal had criticised.
Panaji, April 18 (IANS) Both the Congress and the BJP were equally responsible for promoting casinos in Goa, although both parties opposed these when in opposition, a recently declassified US diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks claims.
Panaji, April 16 (IANS) With the facade of a century-old church looming in the background, Goa will celebrate a four-day heritage festival from Thursday with trademark beef, pork, fish-based cuisine, handicrafts and cultural performances showcasing the state's culture and traditions.
Panaji, April 16 (IANS) No foreign mafia exists in Goa, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the legislative assembly Tuesday adding that foreigners in Goa were under "unobtrusive" surveillance.
Panaji, April 15 (IANS) Goa lawmakers were Monday up in arms against taxi drivers after a legislator was intimidated for raising in the assembly the issue of cabbies fleecing tourists. The chief minister has ordered a probe.
Panaji, April 15 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Monday his government will not permit Playboy club to open in Goa as a beach shack.
Panaji, April 15 (IANS) Entering Goa just got even more expensive. Visitors driving to Goa by road, on anything other than a two-wheeler, will be charged toll upwards of Rs.100, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said at a press conference Monday.
Panaji, April 14 (IANS) The Goa Church Sunday refuted claims by a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader that she had met the Archbishop of Goa in a minority outreach exercise ahead of the March 2012 polls.
Panaji, April 12 (IANS) More than a 100 years after the Titanic sank, the overtly rich and elaborate cuisine served to the high and mighty onboard the ill-fated vessel continues to make waves.
Panaji, April 12 (IANS) A dark simmering Zuari river, its rippling waves luminescent in the moonlight and a kayak cutting through the current is what Goa has in store for tourists this month.
Panaji, April 12 (IANS) Highway patrols will soon be introduced to keep an eye on those who dump garbage along roads in Goa, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Friday.
Panaji, April 10 (IANS) A women's group Wednesday joined the protest against a proposed Playboy club in Goa, the controversies surrounding which have already created a rift in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Panaji, April 10 (IANS) BJP's Goa "social engineering experiment" during the March 2012 polls, in which tickets were distributed to Catholics, would be replicated elsewhere, party secretary in charge of Goa, Arti Mehra, said Wednesday.
Panaji, April 10 (IANS) Playboy clubs are in no way in sync with Goa's culture and the BJP will urge its government not to let one open here, a top party official said Wednesday.
Panaji, April 9 (IANS) Mining in Goa should be nationalised, if needed, to tide over the "crisis" which has resulted from the Supreme Court-enforced ban on the industry, said legislators from both ruling and opposition said during a house debate Tuesday.
Panaji, April 9 (IANS) Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar Tuesday promised action against Saif Ali Khan-starrer film "Go Goa Gone" after a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator said it promoted smoking and showed Goa in bad light.
Panaji, April 9 (IANS) Even as the Congress party has launched an all out attack on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, a Congress legislator from Goa Tuesday it was a "vibrant state".
Panaji, April 9 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Tuesday dodged a query from a legislator who asked if US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officials are in the state to probe casinos and their alleged links to terrorist activities.
Panaji, April 9 (IANS) Goa has reported an increase in registration of sex crimes against minors due to the nationwide publicity and awareness created by the Nirbhaya case, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Tuesday.
Panaji, April 8 (IANS) It is OK to slap government officials who do not work efficiently, according to Goa Civil Supplies Minister Dayanand Mandrekar.
Panaji, April 8 (IANS) Sari-clad Playboy bunnies are giving Goa's ruling BJP sleepless nights, as a party legislator has alleged that the government is encouraging prostitution in the state.
Panaji, April 8 (IANS) The six Goa legislators who rode on their motorcycles into the assembly complex without wearing helmets Friday have been fined for violating traffic rules, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Monday.
Panaji, April 8 (IANS) The Goa government's decision to go ahead with a controversial golf course project in Terekhol village, 70 km north of here, has triggered a controversy of sorts in media circles here.