Goans send relief materials to flood-hit victims in southern state

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PANAJI: Goans, cutting across community lines, have come forth to reach out to victims in flood-hit Kerala. Two naval trucks filled with relief material, comprising packaged food, clothes, blankets, drinking water, toiletries and sanitary napkins were sent to the naval base in Karwar on Sunday morning, from where they were loaded into a ship that sailed for Kerala, said a Navy spokesperson. The Goa unit of the All India Malayalee Association took the initiative to collect the items and requested the Navy to help transport them to the flood-ravaged state.…

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Goa’s dubious distinction: No verified ODF village

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PANAJI: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s target to make Goa open defecation-free (ODF) before this year-end is a daunting one. That’s because since 2015-16, Goa hasn’t had a single village verified as ODF. Goa shares this dubious distinction with just one state and two Union territories-Tripura, Puducherry and Lakshadweep. ODF is defined as the termination of faecal-oral transmission, defined by no visible faeces found in the village and the use of safe methods by each household to treat the waste. The Union ministry of drinking water and sanitation’s Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin…

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Plastic washes ashore Colva beach

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COLVA: A walk along the shore from Benaulim to Colva is reminiscent of Mumbai’s Versova and Juhu beaches. The entire 4km stretch is littered with plastic bags, glass, styrofoam, nylon ropes and scraps of of fishing nets. This year’s theme for World Environment Day was ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. This does not appear to have seeped down the thought process of locals and tourists. Even though the Goa government has engaged the services of beach cleaning companies, the evidence onshore prompts visitors to question whether waste is being cleared at all.…

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‘Fine those who violate traffic rules’

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PANAJI: The issue of lane-cutting on the Cortalim-Agasaim stretch was raised at the meeting of the sub-committee on road safety and traffic management of the North Goa district consumer protection council in North Goa on Thursday. With nightmarish traffic jams on either side of the Zuari bridge only getting worse with each passing day, members of the consumer forum during a meeting with traffic police, demanded that they install CCTV cameras and fine those who break queues and aggravate the traffic situation. Installing boards warning people that they’re under CCTV…

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Only seven takers for mining engineering in 2018

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PANAJI: In the final round of admission to the mining engineering programme at Goa Engineering College (GEC), Farmagudi, on August 15, only seven of the 30 seats on offer have been taken up. In the previous round, 50% of the seats had been taken up. However, it appears that most students have vacated the seats after obtaining admission to other ‘better’ engineering streams, officials said. Seats in the second year of the mining engineering degree programme, which similarly went vacant last year, were made available for direct admissions. Students who…

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60,000 bio-toilets to help make state open defecation free

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PANAJI: In line with chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s target to make Goa open defecation free (ODF) by December 2019, the Goa waste management corporation (GWMC) plans to supply 60,000 bio-toilets to eligible households, and has invited bidders to supply and install the units. Bidders will have to employ technology from the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO to build the bio-toilets and these have to be supplied within 90 days of winning the bid. The bio-toilets are modular and are designed keeping in mind requirements of Indian sanitary practices. The…

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On an average, seven trees cut everyday in Goa

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PANAJI : As many as seven trees are being cut everyday on an average in the state, as per statistics provided by the forest department. Since June 30, 2017, the government has received 2,889 applications of which the forest department granted permission to cut 2,524 tress. Of the 2,524 trees that were granted permission to be cut, 1,041 (1,304 applications were received) were in North Goa, while 1,483 trees (1,585 applications were submited) were in South Goa. More than 20 applications were rejected by the forest department, of which at…

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Government chalks out management plan to tackle traffic congestion

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PANAJI: In view of the worsening traffic scenario along the Cortalim-Agasaim stretch, chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently in the United States for treatment, on Friday directed the public works department (PWD) to construct a slipway from Cortalim junction for traffic proceeding towards Margao. Two IRB platoons deployed to regulate traffic He also directed Goa police to deploy additional personnel to ease traffic flow which has witnessed severe bottlenecks during the last two weeks. As per Parrikar’s instructions, chief secretary Dharmesh Sharma, director general of police (DGP) Muktesh Chander,…

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