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Can anyone make Goa's cabbies charge by meter? (Letter from Goa)

May 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Panaji, May 3 (IANS) When was the last time you alighted from a flight or train to Goa and paid cab fare by the meter to your hotel? Thanks to rogue cabbies, the answer has to be never.

Garbage to be off Goa's beaches by September

May 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Panaji, May 2 (IANS) Plastic, waste and other forms of garbage will be off Goa's beaches by September, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Wednesday.

One arrested for illegal mining in Goa

May 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Panaji, May 2 (IANS) One person has been arrested here for illegal mining at a site acquired by the government for building a stadium for the National Games 2014 and the Portuguese Commonwealth Games 2013.

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Goa modifies poll code to allow booze, food till late night

May 1, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Panaji, May 1 (IANS) The Goa State Election Commission (SEC), overseeing the May 16 state-wide panchayat polls has just played lifesaver to lakhs of Goans and tourists who love a late nightcap.

Now, Goa's site for National Games illegally mined

May 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Panaji, May 1 (IANS) In a shocking incident, an illegal laterite stone mine was found on the site of an upcoming national and an international games events in Goa, prompting government to launch an inquiry into it, officials said. The state has hogged headlines for rampant illegal iron-ore mining.

Rave parties back in Goa?

April 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Panaji, April 30 (IANS) Late night rave parties may again become the rage in Goa as the state government is trying to create special tourism zones where stringent sound pollution norms could be relaxed, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said here Monday.

Lokayukta to probe sensitive cases after appointment: Parrikar

April 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Panaji, April 30 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Monday said sensitive cases involving politicians and mining mafia would be handed over to the lokayukta once the ombudsman is appointed in the state.

Postpone Goa panchayat polls, says church body

April 28, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Panaji, April 28 (IANS) The Archdiocese of Goa's social wing Saturday sought the postponement of panchayat elections in the state, alleging irregularities in ward reservation and delimitation.

Goa wants 'nuke-guru' Anil Kakodkar as president

April 28, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Panaji, April 28 (IANS) Goa's top industry body, scientists and local intelligentsia are pitching hard to put a 'nuke-guru' Anil Kakodkar in the presidential race and are seeking support of all political parties in the state to back his candidature for the top constitutional slot.

Foreigner couple freed after being locked in Goa store

April 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Margao, April 28 (IANS) Goa Police have freed a foreigner couple who were locked overnight in a departmental store in Margao, 30 kms from state capital Panaji.

Foreign mafias creating socio-economic chaos in Goa: Naik

April 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Panaji, April 27 (IANS) Foreign land mafias are usurping and exploiting scarce land resources in Goa and creating "social and economic chaos", Goa's only representative in the Rajya Sabha told the upper house Friday.

Maharashtra, Andamans, keen to follow Goa's lifeguard force

April 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Panaji, April 27 (IANS) Goa's unique beach management and lifeguard services innovation has spurred other state governments in India to emulate the example, an official said here Friday.

Poll delays bonus for Goa employees, again

April 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Panaji, April 25 (IANS) Goa government employees, waiting for a one-time bonus announced to them Dec 19 last year, have again been hit by the election code of conduct jinx.

Baywatch in Goa? Little hope for now

April 25, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Panaji, April 25 (IANS) One may just have to wait for a few more years until Goa's beaches have their own avatars of Pamela Anderson-like women lifeguards.

Goa's director of prosecution booked for corruption

April 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Panaji, April 25 (IANS) The chief of Goa's prosecution department has been booked for alleged corruption and cheating just a week before she was to retire from service.

Goa hosted 2.68 million tourists in 2011-12

April 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Panaji, April 24 (IANS) Goa's beaches attracted 2.68 million tourists in the 2011-12 tourist season, which began in October and is on the wane now.

Tenders for Goa's second international airport by September

April 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Panaji, April 23 (IANS) Global tenders for Goa's second international airport will be floated within six months, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Monday.

Ban journalists from secretariat: Parrikar

April 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Panaji, April 11 (IANS) Chief minister Manohar Parrikar Wednesday banned mediapersons from the secretariat for the duration of the cabinet meeting, because he does not "like being nagged".

Tsunami scare: Tourists ordered off Goa beaches

April 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Panaji, April 11 (IANS) Fearing a tsunami, the Goa government ordered tourists off the beaches here after a massive earthquake rocked Indonesia.

Sesa Goa issued notices for violating norms

April 9, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Panaji, April 9 (IANS) The Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court Monday issued notice to top officials of Vedanta Resources-owned Sesa Goa, Goa's biggest mining company, for alleged violation of ore transportation norms.

'Social networking, Team Anna raised Goa poll percentage'

April 9, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Panaji, April 9 (IANS) Social networking sites and Team Anna were the key factors in upping Goa's voting figures from 63 percent to a stunning 82.8 percent in last month's assembly elections, Goan pop star Remo Fernandes said Monday.

Goa plans mechanism to deter petrol smugglers

April 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Panaji, April 9 (IANS) Goa will soon start monitoring petrol pumps located on its borders to deter "petrol smugglers" from spiriting away hundreds of litres of cheap petrol, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Monday said.

Parrikar inducts six new ministers in Goa

April 8, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Panaji, April 8 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar inducted six new ministers in his cabinet at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan Sunday.

Goa illegal mining scam: Panaji port to be made accountable

April 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Panaji, April 8 (IANS) A Goa government-run minor port at Panaji, which has allegedly been the clearing house for millions of tonnes of dubiously sourced iron ore, could be back in the news again.

40 mining companies in Goa issued notice

April 6, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Panaji, April 6 (IANS) Over 40 mine operating firms have been issued notice by the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) for extracting iron ore beyond the limits stipulated in the environmental clearance (EC) granted to them.

Crime nexus forces Goa children's home to ban mobile phones

April 6, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Panaji, April 6 (IANS) The embarrassed authorities of Apna Ghar, a state-run home for delinquents in Goa, have banned mobile phones on its premises after police investigations revealed that its inmates and caretakers were part of a gangster-crime nexus.

Parrikar's Lokayukta promise caught in red tape

April 5, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Panaji, April 5 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's election promise to implement the Lokayukta within hundred days of coming to power is now at the mercy of New Delhi's power corridors.

Illegal mining forces drop in ore export figures

April 5, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Panaji, April 5 (IANS) The dark clouds of illegal mining in Goa have cast a shadow on export statistics of the Mormugao Port Trust, the state's only major port. It handles nearly half of India's iron ore traffic.

Goa to attract ocean cruise liners

April 5, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Panaji, April 5 (IANS) Goa could soon be a leading ocean cruise stopover, with a dedicated berth being developed at its only major port, a senior official said Thursday.

Two detained for molesting Russian women in Goa

April 4, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Panaji, April 4 (IANS) Two Russian women were molested and robbed and their male friends beaten up late Tuesday night near Varca beach in south Goa, police said. Two suspects were detained.

Tax on gold amounts to taxing culture: Congress MP

April 4, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Panaji, April 4 (IANS) Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's move to tax gold has come in for criticism from Goa's Congress MP Shantaram Naik, who has said that a tax on gold in India amounted to a "tax on culture".

Goa government caps mining truck permits

April 4, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Panaji, April 4 (IANS) In a slew of measures to curb illegal mining, the Goa government has ordered a cap on issuing permits to trucks ferrying iron ore, after suspending nearly 500 iron ore trade licences here.

Goa cancels 450 iron ore trading licenses

April 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Panaji, April 3 (IANS) The Goa government Tuesday cancelled the licenses of nearly 450 iron ore traders registered here in a bid to check extraction and export of iron ore.

Razing of Hindu centre in Russia angers Goa

April 2, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Panaji, April 2 (IANS) The impending demolition of Russia's biggest Vedic cultural centre in St Petersburg has triggered an angry reaction in Goa.

Goa plans advisory body on Muslim, Christian issues

April 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Panaji, April 2 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government in Goa is planning to set up a minority advisory council, which will sift through the demands of Muslims and Christians, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said here Monday.

Children's home official held for burglary racket

April 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Panaji, April 1 (IANS) Police in Goa have exposed a nexus between a caretaker of a state-run children's remand home and delinquents by cracking a burglary and theft racket. The caretaker has been arrested.

Lusofonia Games in Goa in November 2013

March 31, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Panaji, March 31 (IANS) Organisers of the Lusofonia Games 2013 Saturday said the Portuguese version of the British Commonwealth Games would be held in Goa Nov 2-10, 2013.

Sloppy Goa shocks Portuguese Lusofonia Games organisers

March 30, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Panaji, March 30 (IANS) In a major embarrassment for the Goa government, the organisers of the Lusofonia Games, a multi-disciplinary sports tourney of former Portuguese-ruled colonies have expressed "shock and surprise" as virtually no infrastructure development has taken place for hosting the event next year.

'Goa cap on iron ore extraction a must'

March 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Panaji, March 30 (IANS) Capping of iron ore extraction in Goa is a must for sustainable mining and reigning in illegal mining, an official said Friday.

Debt trap: Trinamool candidate in Goa in hiding

March 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Panaji, March 30 (IANS) Hounded by creditors, a Trinamool Congress candidate who borrowed money to fund his campaign in the recently concluded Goa assembly elections is now in hiding as he fears being beaten up by recovery agents.

Goa cop arrested for molesting woman

March 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Panaji, March 29 (IANS) A Goa police constable is under arrest for allegedly molesting a woman in a drunken state, police said.

Goa, where petrol price goes south!

March 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Panaji, March 29 (IANS) Goa may now come to be known more for cheap petrol than the local drink feni.

BJP wants to deter locals from gambling

March 27, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Panaji, March 27 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Goa is mulling a Singapore-like stringent law to dissuade locals from entering offshore casinos in Goa, a party spokesperson said Tuesday.

BJP budget blows hot and cold on Goa's offshore casinos

March 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Panaji, March 27 (IANS) Once having resisted offshore casinos tooth and nail as a moralistic opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government in its budget has both slapped and caressed the increasingly powerful casino lobby in Goa.

Goa budget proposes to reduce petrol price by Rs.11 a litre

March 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Panaji, March 26 (IANS) In a step that will make petrol in Goa the cheapest in India, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Monday proposed a reduction in prices of the fuel by Rs.11 per litre in the state.

Football will be Goa's official sport: Parrikar

March 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Panaji, March 26 (IANS) Football-crazy Goa has taken the sport to a new pitch altogether.

Goa Police arrest 16 illegal miners

March 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Panaji, Mar. 26 (ANI): Goa Police have arrested 16 persons for mining iron ore illegally.

Parrikar assures crackdown on illegal mining in Goa

March 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Panaji, March 26 (IANS) Goa Chief minister Manohar Parrikar Monday promised a crackdown on illegal iron ore traders and assured the state legislative assembly that "not a rupee worth of illegal ore would be exported in the next financial year".

Goa trade body demands Rs.1,000 crore grant for state

March 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Panaji, March 24 (IANS) With an eye to tourism, Goa's apex trade body has demanded a special grant of Rs.1,000 crore from union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in his budget for the next fiscal to develop a sewage and garbage treatment plant in the state.

Goa police officer booked for dowry harassment

March 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Panaji, March 24 (IANS) In the second such case within a year, a police officer in Goa has been booked for dowry harassment.

Goa's drug mafia nexus: Swedish model's statement recorded

March 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Panaji, March 23 (IANS) After nearly three years of delay, investigating authorities have finally managed to record the statement of Swedish model Lucky Farmhouse, whose video footage uploaded on the internet had exposed the police-politician-drug mafia nexus in Goa.

Goa Tourism Minister dies of heart attack

March 21, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Panaji, Mar 21 (ANI): Goa Tourism Minister Matanhy Saldanha died following a massive heart attack at a hospital here in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Goa Tourism Minister dies of heart attack

March 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Panaji, Mar 21 (ANI): Goa Tourism Minister Matanhy Saldanha died following a massive heart attack at a hospital here in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Manohar Parrikar sworn in as Goa chief minister

March 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Panaji, Mar 9 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manohar Parrikar was sworn in as Goa's chief minister for the second time on Friday.

Manohar Parrikar to be sworn in as Goa CM today

March 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Panaji, Mar 9 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manohar Parikar will be sworn in as the chief minister of Goa here on Wednesday.

Manohar Parrikar to be sworn in as Goa CM today

March 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Panaji, Mar 9 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manohar Parikar will be sworn in as the chief minister of Goa here on Wednesday.

BJP stakes claim in Goa, to form Govt. on Mar. 9

March 7, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Panaji, Mar 7 (ANI): BJP leader Manohar Parrikar, who met Goa Governor K Sankarnarayanan at the Raj Bhavan here today to stake claim to form the next government in the state, informed that the swearing-in-ceremony will take place on Friday.

Goa polls: BJP-MGP combine to stake claim today

March 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Panaji, Mar 7 (ANI): The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP)-BJP combine will today stake claim to form a government in Goa, along with two Independent legislators.

38 percent voting recorded till noon in Goa polls (1st lead Goa polls)

March 3, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Panaji, Mar 3 (ANI): Over 38 percent voting was recorded till noon in polling for the 40-member assembly in Goa.

Goa records over 81 percent polling

March 3, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Panaji, Mar 3 (ANI): A massive turnout of voters was recorded in Goa assembly polls with over 81 percent polling on Saturday.

Voting for 40-member assembly begins in Goa

March 3, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Panaji, Mar 3 (ANI): Voting to elect a new 40-member assembly began in Goa amidst tight security this morning.

Goa records over 81 percent polling

March 3, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Panaji, Mar 3 (ANI): A massive turnout of voters was recorded in Goa assembly polls with over 81 percent polling on Saturday.

Over 70 percent polling till 4 p.m. in Goa

March 3, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Panaji, Mar 3 (ANI): Over 70 percent of polling was registered till 4 p.m. in the Goa assembly elections on Saturday.

38 percent voting recorded till noon in Goa polls (1st lead Goa polls)

March 3, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Panaji, Mar 3 (ANI): Over 38 percent voting was recorded till noon in polling for the 40-member assembly in Goa.

Voting for 40-member assembly begins in Goa

March 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Panaji, Mar 3 (ANI): Voting to elect a new 40-member assembly began in Goa amidst tight security this morning.

Nirupram holds BJP responsible for Australian missionary's killing in Orissa

March 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Panaji, Mar 1 (ANI): With just two days left for the Goa assembly polls, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupram on Thursday took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over reports of the former political outfit allotting tickets to catholic candidates, and held it responsible for the killing of Australian Christian missionary Graham Stuart Staines in Orissa.

Nirupram holds BJP responsible for Australian missionary's killing in Orissa

March 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Panaji, Mar 1 (ANI): With just two days left for the Goa assembly polls, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupram on Thursday took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over reports of the former political outfit allotting tickets to catholic candidates, and held it responsible for the killing of Australian Christian missionary Graham Stuart Staines in Orissa.

Praful Patel confident of Congress, NCP winning in Goa

February 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Panaji, Feb 29 (ANI): Union Heavy Industries Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel on Wednesday expressed confidence of making a mark in the upcoming Goa assembly elections by forming the government in the state.

Praful Patel confident of Congress, NCP winning in Goa

February 29, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Panaji, Feb 29 (ANI): Union Heavy Industries Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel on Wednesday expressed confidence of making a mark in the upcoming Goa assembly elections by forming the government in the state.

Goa polls: BJP asks EC to deploy CRPF personnel to monitor monetary transactions

February 28, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Panaji, Feb 28 (ANI): With barely a few days left for the Goa polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday appealed to the Election Commission to deploy Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel to keep an eye on monetary transactions that could take place ahead of the upcoming assembly elections.

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