Will temporarily ban import of fish: Vijai Sardesai

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MARGAO: Minister for town and country planning Vijai Sardesai on Sunday said that the state would soon ban the import of fish from other states owing to sustained fear among the public about formalin. “This week itself, the import of fish will be banned,” he said. “The Congress has created panic in the minds of the people over the formalin issue,” he said. “Recognising this fear is the duty of the government. Until the government is in a position to bring about regulatory control over fish coming into the state,…

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To inspire students, Goa Board to upload top scorers’ answersheets on its website

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PANAJI: It was around a century ago that an examiner, correcting the answersheet of future first president of India Rajendra Prasad, remarked “examinee knows better than examiner”. This ‘model’ answersheet was then preserved as an example for other students to follow. Now, the Porvorim-based Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has similar plans. The board is set to upload on its website answersheets of top-scoring students at the Class X and XII state exams. The board hopes that these answersheets help other students to achieve the perfect score…

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Overcast conditions delay withdrawal of monsoon

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PANAJI: Three systems of cyclonic circulation are prevailing not far from the Goa region, but the India meteorological department (IMD) officials said they are not directly affecting the state’s weather. “There is only some moisture incursion,” M L Sahu, director, IMD-Panaji, said. The moisture incursion has triggered cloud formation and the sky was overcast since early morning and persisted throughout Tuesday. A cyclonic circulation over coastal Karnataka and the adjoining Arabian Sea between 3.1km and 4.5km above the mean sea level is slowly becoming less marked. The withdrawal of the…

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Voluntary group on mission to rid Goa of rabies by 2025

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PANAJI: Mission Rabies, a countrywide initiative, has set 2025 as the deadline to attain rabies-free status for Goa. Director of strategic research, Dr Andy Gibson, told reporters that the organisation, together with the government, hopes to eliminate human deaths caused due to rabies by 2020 and canine rabies cases by 2023. “If there are no rabies cases for the next two years (after 2023), Goa can apply for rabies-free status from the World Health Organisation,” he said, adding anti-rabies vaccinations will continue for seven years thereafter. This will help the…

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Upset Parsekar sees conspiracy, says keeping all options open

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PANAJI: Lashing out at the state BJP leadership over the induction of Congress Mandrem MLA Dayanand Sopte into the party fold, former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, expressing his disgruntlement over the move, said, “All options are open to me”. Parsekar told TOI that either the BJP state legislature did not brief the party central leadership correctly about Sopte’s induction or else they informed them that he (Parsekar) is not interested in contesting assembly elections. “This is a conspiracy of some party leaders,” the former Mandrem MLA said. Parsekar had lost…

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85% diagnosed with osteoporosis are women, most in early 40s

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PANAJI: Osteoporosis, the condition that causes bones to become weaker and more fragile, increasing risk of fractures, is seeing a new trend in the state. Once observed more among women in the perimenopausal and postmenopausal stage, it is now seen afflicting women in their early forties. Head of the orthopaedic department at the Goa Medical College, Dr S M Bandekar said that if they see about 100 cases of osteoporosis a month, as many as 80-85 % will be females, with most being in the younger age bracket, which is…

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