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IT manufacturing industry could be Goa's future

Panaji, Feb 20 (IANS) A non-polluting information technology (IT) manufacturing industry could well be the answer to Goa's woes after the dire straits the state's ban-hit mining industry is in.

 
'IT imports will be worth $400 billion in 2020'

Panaji, Feb 20 (IANS) India's information technology (IT) imports will be worth $400 billion by the year 2020, much more than the country's oil imports, a top industry honcho said Wednesday.

 
Auction Goa iron ore like telecom spectrum: Congress

Panaji, Feb 19 (IANS) Goa's 96 iron ore mining leases should be auctioned instead of being merely renewed, in the spirit of an apex court judgment in the 2G spectrum scam trial which makes a case for auctioning of national resources, the Congress demanded Tuesday.

 
'Tourists with less clothes blind Goa visitors'

Panaji, Feb 19 (IANS) Foreign tourists wearing "less clothes" at Goa beaches often blind visitors coming to the state, as they cannot see anything else, a witty Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Tuesday.

 
Goa CM can't handle his e-waste

Panaji, Feb 19 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Tuesday said he does not know how to handle the e-waste he generates.

 
Former convict accuses Goa jail staff of misappropriation

Panaji, Feb 18 (IANS) The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has issued notice to the authorities of Goa's central jail after a former convict accused them of misappropriating money meant to be deposited in the compensation fund for the victims' families.

 
Goa's Portuguese Games expose strife in state BJP

Panaji, Feb 18 (IANS) The inclusion of two tainted Commonwealth Games (CWG) officials in the organising committee for the upcoming Portuguese Commonwealth Games in Goa has exposed the strife in the state's ruling BJP.

 
'Google, GPS cannot track illegal mining'

Panaji, Feb 16 (IANS) Google satellite imaging and global positioning systems (GPS) are flawed when it comes to monitoring illegal mining and encroachment of forest land by mining companies, the Goa government has told the Supreme Court.

 
Goa says mining should be allowed below water table

Panaji, Feb 16 (IANS) Mining in Goa should be continued, even if excavation operations are carried out below the water table, the Goa government has said in its affidavit before the Supreme Court.

 
Goa mulls ban on fresh mining activity

Panaji, Feb 16 (IANS) The Goa government is thinking of banning all fresh excavation of iron ore in the state, a top mining official has said in his affidavit filed before the Supreme Court of India.

 
Funds for Portuguese commonwealth games missing: Parrikar

Panaji, Feb 16 (IANS) Rs.78 crore central government funds meant for hosting the Portuguese Commonwealth Games in Goa this year have "disappeared", Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Saturday.

 
Goa BJP demands CBI probe in construction of Maharashtra dam

Panaji, Feb 15 (IANS) Goa's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded a CBI probe into the construction of Maharashtra's Tillari canal network, which in the last few weeks has seen several breakages.

 
Goa BJP shuns delegation to PM on mining ban

Panaji, Feb 15 (IANS) The Goa BJP refused to be part of a Sharad Pawar-led delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's office to resolve the state's mining crisis, the BJP state president said Friday.

 
Leopard attacks sentry at Goa naval air base

Panaji, Feb 15 (IANS) Goa's INS Hansa naval air base has been put on alert after a leopard attacked an Indian Navy sentry, an official said Friday.

 
Sharad Pawar to meet PM over Goa mining ban

Panaji, Feb 14 (IANS) Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar will discuss "ways and means" to "resolve" the issue of Goa mining ban with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Feb 18, a party official said here Thursday.

 
Konkan Railway starts on-board shopping

Panaji, Feb 14 (IANS) Konkan Railway Thursday started on-board shopping in select trains, offering a variety of goods at "most competitive rates".

 
Sri Lankan cricket team to play in Goa Premier League

Panaji, Feb 13 (IANS) Three outstation cricket teams, including a Sri Lankan outfit, will be the highlight of the Goa Professional League (GPL) which will kick off here Feb 23, the organiser said.

 
Goa's rogue taxis: Can they be reined?

Panaji, Feb 13 (IANS) The Joshi family from Pune had only heard about the Goa carnival. But when they actually came to Goa last week to see one, all they animatedly discussed during the colourful parade was the Rs.2,000 they paid the cabbie for the ride from Calangute to Panaji - just 18 km.

 
Raped Goa minor's father wants school officials booked

Panaji, Feb 12 (IANS) The father of a seven-year-old girl who was raped in a school toilet here last month has demanded the arrest of school officials for destroying evidence after the tragedy.

 
Mining by private sector behind corruption: Prashant Bhushan

Panaji, Feb 10 (IANS) Transferring mineral resources into private hands has caused an "explosion of corruption" across the country, lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan said Sunday.

 
'2013 Delhi polls test for Aam Aadmi Party'

Panaji, Feb 10 (IANS) The 2013 Delhi legislative assembly elections will be a test case for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), before the new political outfit sets its eyes on the rest of the country, party co-founder Prashant Bhushan said Sunday.

 
Kejriwal calls Goa's amended Lokayukta law 'stupid'

Panaji, Feb 8 (IANS) Anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal Friday launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar calling his controversial amendments to the Lokayukta law "stupid".

 
Senior citizens allocated seats for Goa Carnival

Panaji, Feb 8 (IANS) Organisers of this year's Goa Carnival have allocated 1,000 seats to senior citizens for watching the parade during the five-day Iberian-inspired fiesta here.

 
12 percent of Goa under Lokayukta scanner: CM

Panaji, Feb 6 (IANS) Over 12 percent of Goa's population will come under the Lokayukta scanner, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Wednesday.

 
Will re-look Rs.1 mn fine for false Lokayukta complaints: BJP

Panaji, Feb 5 (IANS) Goa's ruling BJP Tuesday promised a rethink on a controversial amendment to the Lokayukta law fixing a Rs.1 million fine for false complaints, admitting that public outcry against the provision needed to be heeded.

 
Goa to dance to samba beat this carnival

Panaji, Feb 5 (IANS) A quaint garden named after a 16th century Portuguese Jewish physician and naturalist Garcia de Orta will host one of the Goa carnival's biggest samba parties this year.

 
Chain snatchers strike Goa's tourist belt

Panaji, Feb 4 (IANS) Chain snatchers are back in business in Goa where four such incidents have been reported at the coastal police stations in the last few weeks, police said Monday.

 
Pawar speaks up for banned mining industry in Goa

Panaji, Feb 4 (IANS) Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar Monday came out openly in support of the banned mining industry in Goa.

 
Goa must check tourists harming environment: Pachauri

Panaji, Feb 3 (IANS) Goa has to enforce the rule of law especially to preserve its eco-system from the rapacious hordes of tourists who hit its shores by hundreds of thousands annually, Nobel prize winner R.K. Pachauri said Sunday.

 
Another paedophile strikes in Goa, arrested

Panaji, Feb 3 (IANS) Less than three weeks after a paedophile lured a seven-year-old girl to a Goa school toilet and raped her, another paedophile has been arrested for molesting over several months four minor girls from Margao, police said Sunday.

 
Goa activists against Lokayukta Act amendments

Panaji, Feb 2 (IANS) Activists Saturday asked the Goa governor to seek an explanation from a former judge likely to be state's first Lokayukta on why he suggested "anti-people" amendments in the Lokayukta Act, which allegedly would not curb graft.

 
Garbage will kill Goa's golden goose: Tourism official

Panaji, Feb 2 (IANS) Accumulating and untreated garbage is going to kill Goa's golden goose, a top official of a leading tourism and travel body said Saturday.

 
IAC takes on Parrikar for 'insulting' Justice

Panaji, Feb 2 (IANS) Taking on Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for trying to "slight" Justice (retd) N. Santosh Hegde's credibility, India Against Corruption (IAC) said Saturday those who criticise the former Karnataka lokayukta "should have the stature to sit at his feet".

 
Goa to set up cell to monitor sex crimes

Panaji, Feb 1 (IANS) Concerned over crimes against women, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Friday said the state has evolved a special set-up to monitor the trials of cases of sex crimes.

 
Apologise for criticising Lokayukta law, Parrikar to Hegde

Panaji, Feb 1 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Friday asked for an apology from Justice Santosh Hegde for the former Karnataka lokayukta's criticism of controversial amendments to Goa's Lokayukta law.

 
Goa electronic music festival to have a ball

Panaji, Feb 1 (IANS) After Sunburn, the Nokia India festival and the Barefoot festival, Goa's music scene will have a ball this February with a blend of beach soccer and electronic music.

 
Navy harassing Goa fishermen, CM to personally visit site

Panaji, Feb 1 (IANS) Chief minister Manohar Parrikar will personally visit a fishing beach village to probe allegations by fishermen of harassment by naval officers, he told the Goa assembly Friday.

 
Goa to crack down on cab services run by foreigners

Panaji, Feb 1 (IANS) The Goa government will crackdown on taxi operations illegally run by foreign nationals, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Friday.

 
Goa mining scam worth only Rs.5,000 crore not Rs.35,000 crore: Parrikar

Panaji, Jan 31 (IANS) The mining scam in Goa is only worth Rs.5,000 crore and not Rs.35,000 crore as estimated by the Justice M.B. Shah commission, chief minister Manohar Parrikar told the Goa legislative assembly Thursday.

 
After minor's rape, headmistress ordered clean-up: Goa CM

Panaji, Jan 31 (IANS) In a shocking disclosure, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Goa legislative assembly Thursday that a school headmistress oversaw the washing and cleaning of the private parts of the seven-year-old rape victim.

 
Goa plans ban on plastic

Panaji, Jan 31 (IANS) The Goa government plans to phase out plastic which is plaguing the state's beaches and adding to the garbage menace, Forest Minister Alina Saldanha said Thursday.

 
Goa casinos net Rs.102 crore in 20 months

Panaji, Jan 31 (IANS) Goa's casinos have netted a whopping Rs.102 crore in revenue collections in the last 20 months, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the state legislative assembly Thursday.

 
Parrikar justifies Lokayukta bill amendments

Panaji, Jan 30 (IANS) Amid protests over the move, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Wednesday said his amendments to the Lokayukta bill in Goa were to keep "hostile" governors like H.R. Bharadwaj at bay, who act at the "behest" of the central government.

 
Goa Lokayukta minus sharp teeth, say activists

Panaji, Jan 30 (IANS) Wobbly dentures and not sharp teeth is what Goa's much-hyped Lokayukta appears to be having, political activists say criticising the recently amended public ombudsman bill tabled in the state assembly.

 
Mining lobby attacks Goa governor for ignoring their plight

Panaji, Jan 30 (IANS) The mining lobby Wednesday attacked Goa Governor Bharat Veer Wanchoo, calling him an "agent" of the central government and accusing him of being callous to those affected by the ban on iron ore mining in Goa.

 
Farhan Akhtar to groove for Goa Carnival

Panaji, Jan 29 (IANS) Bollywood actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar will swing and sing to the Goa Carnival mood, when the festival week opens up on the streets here next month.

 
Goa to give financial help to the mining ban hit

Panaji, Jan 28 (IANS) The Goa government is working on a financial package for people in the state's mining belt who have lost jobs or ancillary businesses following the ban on iron ore mining, Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo announced Monday.

 
Fish gets dearer as trawler owners strike work in Goa

Panaji, Jan 28 (IANS) Buying fish for the rice plate has got dearer for Goans with prices escalating sharply due a strike by trawler owners.

 
Mobile jammers, CCTVs, barbed wires at Goa schools

Panaji, Jan 27 (IANS) From mobile jammers to CCTV cameras to barbed wires, Goa's schools are taking no chances ever since the spine-chilling rape of a seven-year-old girl in a school toilet Jan 15 shocked the state.

 
HD screens and iPads: Goa assembly to go paperless

Panaji, Jan 27 (IANS) When the Goa assembly convenes Monday, the reams of cyclostyled paper with questions and answers and other text, a common sight in every state legislature, will hardly be seen. High definition (HD) screens will take their place, functioning in the manner of a TV prompter.

 

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