‘Government intends to provide free insulin at health centres’

PANAJI: In what could come as a major relief to persons suffering from high diabetes, the government plans to provide them with insulin at every health centre. This was announced by health minister Vishwajit Rane after inaugurating the Emergency Care Centre for Rural Medical Dispensary at Keri, Sattari on Tuesday. The government has commenced five emergency care centres at various places in the state, he said. The government aims to provide better medical facilities to citizens at the grassroots level in their vicinity so that they can avail of medical…

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Manohar Parrikar holds series of meetings, reviews Mopa project, recruitment

PANAJI: Two days after his visit to the under-construction third Mandovi bridge, chief minister Manohar Parrikar held a series of meetings at his private residence at Dona Paula on Tuesday with officials reviewing matters pertaining to employment and infrastructure. He also chaired the first meeting of the Mopa Airport Development Authority (MADA) constituted a few months ago. At the MADA meeting, the chief minister sought details of the international greenfield airport project and said that it should be completed as per schedule. Sources said that while an impression was created…

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Chill pill: Tuesday was season’s coolest day yet

PANAJI: The morning chill was sharper than usual on Tuesday as the mercury dropped nearly four degrees, from 22.1C to 18.5C, the lowest of the season so far. Scientist at the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), S D Sanap, attributed the phenomenon to easterly inland winds that bring in cold, dry air. While the temperature had dropped to 19C on November 29 and December 1, the pleasant morning chill has been disturbed by a series of fluctuations due to cyclonic circulations over the past two months. A cyclonic circulation over the…

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Government or aided, Class X, XII results show least disparity

PANAJI: Goa is one of the states in the country with the least disparity in pass percentages at Class X and XII achieved by students in government and government aided schools. Even in science stream, where the gap between students’ performance is big in government and government aided private schools, this is not the case with Goa, according to the 2015-16 report of the DISE wing of the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry. The number of students appearing from government schools in Goa for the Class XII exam may…

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High court of Bombay at Goa rejects MGP plea on Congress MLAs resignation, imposes fine

PANAJI: Expressing displeasure over the filing of a disqualification plea against two resigned Congress MLAs by the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) for “achieving political objectives”, the high court of Bombay at Goa on Monday imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh against it. Upholding the right of the legislator to resign, the court noted that the lawmaker is servant but not the slave of the people. While holding that resignation by Shiroda MLA Subhash Shirodkar and Mandrem MLA Dayanand Sopte cannot be construed as defection, a division bench of justice…

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Transport norms relaxed for small fishermen across border

PANAJI: Small traditional fishermen from Maharashtra and Karnataka, within a radius of 60km from the Goa border, got some relief with the public health department issuing an order on Monday relaxing the directorate of food and drugs administration (FDA) guidelines for fish import. They will be allowed to sell their fish to traders in Goa provided they transport their catch on light motor vehicles in insulated boxes or with adequate ice. The state government had been under intense pressure during the last two months after the FDA laid down strict…

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Mining firm stops bus service for Khazan students, blames shutdown

PONDA: Closure of mining activities in Goa, has not only affected the dependents, but also hit school going children. A mining company has stopped a bus service for school students since the beginning of the academic year and has failed to resume the service despite requests from parents to run the service. As a custom in the mining belt, mining companies use village land to dump their iron ore and they provide facilities like a bus service for school-going children and an ambulance service if somebody falls ill. A mining…

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Social media comes out in support of Manohar Parrikar, trolls his critics

PANAJI: Ailing chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s decision to make a rare public appearance and inspect the under-construction bridge over the Mandovi on Sunday sparked a debate between his detractors and supporters on social media. While some criticised the BJP for the “tamasha”, many netizens came out in support of the chief minister and trolled those who said that Parrikar was being used by the party. He has a tube inserted through his nose into his digestive tract. How inhuman to force him to continue working & do… https://t.co/Huf3BD9lOs — Omar…

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Activists raise funds to install road safety gear at Colvale, Guirim

PANAJI: Road safety activists from the Goa Road Safety Forum (GRSF) will install radium belts, reflective barricades and signage at Colvale and Guirim stretch to alert motorists commuting at night about the possible hazards and turns in areas of poor visibility. “Adequate road safety care has not been taken up by the PWD and the contractor of the ongoing roadwork at Colvale and Guirim. As per guidelines of the Indian Road Congress (IRC 55), wherever there are work zones, extra road safety must be ensured by putting barricades and signage.…

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District authority can’t grant ECs: NGT

PANAJI: National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) to keep on hold its notification that allows district environment impact assessment authority (DEIAA) to issue environmental clearance (EC) before grant of lease of minor minerals. The principal bench, New Delhi, also directed the ministry to revise the procedure related to this notification, as allowing DEIAA to issue the EC was contrary to a related Supreme Court order. The bench stated that the ministry should file a compliance report after the revision of procedure by…

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