As the stink rises, IIT Goa steps in to take out trash

Panaji: The Goa government has long been struggling to find a sustainable solution to its rising garbage menace with a floating population of tourists twice the size of the state’s population, in addition to local residents generating tonnes of waste each day. IIT Goa has now decided to step in and help find a technological solution to the problem. One of the solutions to be considered by the IIT is the possibility of creating a cost-effective machine that can separate organic waste from inorganic waste at a fast pace and…

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‘Fill up potholes at bridges for smooth traffic’

Panaji: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday reviewed the traffic management scenario at Mandovi and Zuari bridges. He has instructed officials to ensure smooth traffic movement at both bridges. The meeting was attended by officials of Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC), traffic cell and Goa police, and also contractors. Sources said that Parrikar has given instructions to fill up all the potholes at Mandovi and Zuari bridges to ensure that there are no traffic jams. Parrikar also asked the authorities concerned to clear the debris near the bridges to…

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Monsoon sets in, but Quepem roads still faulty

Quepem: Former chairperson of Quepem municipal council Filu D’Costa on Tuesday slammed the public works department (PWD) for not fulfilling its assurance to repair all roads in Quepem with a week. Local MLA and leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar had a week ago called a meeting at the QMC hall to discuss monsoon preparedness. It was attended by deputy collector Rohit Kadam, deputy superintendent of police (DySP) Raju Raut Dessai, mamlatdar Pratap Gaonkar, QMC councillors and government officials. PWD executive engineer Sunil Karekar, who is in charge of the work,…

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Call on fate of RP 2021 to be taken in monsoon session

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PANAJI: Town and country planning (TCP) minister Vijai Sardesai, on Saturday said a decision on the fate of the Regional Plan (RP) 2021 would be taken at the monsoon session of the legislative assembly. The RP is a land use roadmap aimed at regulating development in the state. Sardesai told STOI that he would not comment on RP 2021 henceforth, and would let the House decide. “First, let’s see what the sentiment of the House is, and then we’ll take a call on what needs to be done about the…

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Betalbatim gangrape: Cops await lab report

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COLVA: Investigation into the gangrape of a 20-year-old girl at Betalbatim is almost complete and the police are awaiting the forensic laboratory report from Hyderabad to file a chargesheet. Colva police inspector Filomeno Costa said that all the statements have been recorded and the chargesheet will be filed within a fortnight once the analysis is received. A 2018 ordinance makes it mandatory for the police to complete the investigation into rape cases within a period of two months. Superintendent of police Arvind Gawas, who is undergoing training at Hyderabad, informed…

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Monsoon weakens, moderate rain likely for next few days

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PANAJI: After a four-day rain spell, which raised the surplus to 31%, the southwest monsoon weakened over Goa on Friday. Now, only light to moderate rain is expected over the next five days. The quantum of rain during the last 24 hours till Friday morning reduced drastically, as only Pernem recorded rainfall of 74.6mm, while Quepem and Canacona recorded a moderate 24mm and 11.4mm respectively. The other 10 centres logged rainfall below 10mm. The India Meteorological Department (IMD), Panaji, has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall only in isolated places…

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Mango production for 2018 sees fall

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PANAJI: The financial year 2016-17 saw some of its highest mango yields in recent years with a production of 9,545 tonnes being reported by the state’s agriculture department. However, this season, the overall mango produce is expected to reap poor results with farmers in various parts of the state reporting nearly 20% lesser crop compared to last year. They have attributed the reasons for the same to climatic conditions that led to late fruiting of the crop. “Figures, so far, indicate there has been only about 60-70% yield, but most…

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Goa govt increases work hours for college teaching staff

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PANAJI: The state government has increased the working hours for government college teaching faculties from 30 hours to 40 hours per week from this academic year to improve the overall teaching standards in government colleges and bring about discipline. The circular issued by Diwan Rane, under secretary (higher education) stated that the University Grants Commission (UGC) regulation on minimum qualification for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges and measures for the maintenance of standards in higher education 2010, states that, “The workload of the teachers…

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Doubts over Parrikar’s fitness: Congress

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PANAJI: A medical team should certify if chief minister Manohar Parrikar is capable of handling the responsibilities of the post and the 20-odd portfolios that he holds, the Congress said on Friday. Expressing doubts over Parrikar’s health, Congress said that the former was unable to work for more than five hours at a stretch and decision on crucial issues are getting delayed. “There is still no governance even after the chief minister has returned. We can’t wait for the entire term saying that he is not well,” Goa Pradesh Congress…

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New blood testing machines procured

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PANAJI: Villagers need not visit a city hospital or a nearest clinic to get a blood test done. The i-stat machine, which can quickly check 28 parameters of blood, would be made available even to the sub health centres, said health minister Vishwajit Rane on Friday. The i-stat machines, Rane said, will be installed at primary health centres, urban health centres and community health centres with an aim to bring health facilities closer to people. This is a revolutionary step by the government, Rane said. The staff attached to directorate…

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