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Goa minister uses expletive, says river water being diverted
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

“Karnataka is trying to destroy Goa’s identity by diverting Mahadeyi water. We will not let them succeed,” Palienkar said

In unquiet waters of the Mahadayi, a new political churn
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

The Indian Express recalls an old Karnataka-Goa dispute, which is hotting again as a key state election nears

Gross breach, so ending JSW coal ops at Goa port: Pollution control board
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

Goa State Pollution Control Board also pulled up the Mormugao Port Trust for importing coal through mooring dolphins without consent to operate and with no pollution control measures at sea.

Goa meat traders on strike from today, demands a check on vigilantism
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

Given that consumption of meat is higher in the winter months when large number of tourists descend on Goa, meat supplies are expected to be badly hit.

Political row erupts as Goa CM Parrikar writes to Karnataka BJP chief: Can give Mahadayi water for drinking needs
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

Parrikar’s letter, widely seen as a gambit to help BJP in Karnataka Assembly elections next year, has sparked a political row.

Bombay High Court dismisses Tarun Tejpal plea to quash rape charge, discard trial
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Tarun Tejpal’s lawyer had also shown the footage to the judge for the first time, stating that the trial court had ignored to record this detail before and while framing charges against him.

Coal burying Goa: State House resolves to crack down on coal dust pollution
Sat, Dec 16, 2017

Coal burying Goa: Manohar Parrikar assured his government will “conduct an independent health study” and that no proposals for expansion of existing berths or new berths will be allowed.

Was given apology draft, asked to sign, claims Tarun Tejpal
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Tejpal was charged by a district court in Mapusa under IPC sections 354-A (sexual harassment), 376 (rape), 376(2)(k) (rape of a woman by a person being in position of control or dominance over the woman).

Manohar Parrikar backs MoU with Centre as Opposition, citizens protest river ‘nationalisation’
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Parrikar had called for an interaction of both ruling and opposition legislators and representatives of NGOs to discuss the future of Goa’s rivers once the memorandum is passed

Cyclone Ockhi’s gone but not the fear as boats wait in huddle
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

For over 4,000 fishermen taking refuge at Devgad’s natural harbour in coastal Maharashtra, December 2017 will forever be the month when a chillingly familiar eastern cyclone crossed over to the western shore, hundreds of miles from their villages in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Coal burying Goa: Pollution watchdog asks JSW why it had distorted facts, issues stern warning
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

In a seven-part investigation into the transport of coal by rail, road and water across Goa, The Indian Express had found that JSW Group has been exceeding its import capacity since 2012, getting 10.11 million tonnes in 2016-2017 alone.

International Film Festival of India 2017: Still in the Queue
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Sanal Sasidharan, the director of S Durga, writes to IFFI requesting a screening date for his film

IFFI row: Artists face adverse situation, can’t stop work, says Majid Majidi
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Majidi said, “Artists face these kind of situations because of the talent and desire they have. That extends to filmmakers too. They should not stop innovation in their work because of adverse conditions.”

Goa govt against coal berth plans at port, says CM Manohar Parrikar
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Parrikar told reporters that readings from two air pollution monitors around Vasco city, near the port, show that they are between “good” and “moderately polluted”.

Coal burying Goa: Green committee cites pollution fears to stall JSW’s Goa port plan
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

In its meeting, the EAC noted that air quality monitoring reports of the Goa State Pollution Control Board indicate that “particulate matter is exceeding the prescribed limits for the present handling capacities” at the port.

Coal burying Goa: Government asks for air monitors at ports
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal had said that the Railways has started exploring a design change in its rolling stock to see if coal and other minerals can be carried in covered wagons instead of open ones to prevent coal dust from contaminating the environment.

Coal burying Goa: After road and rail, river at risk as coal floats by
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Marine life, village farms in danger; terminals planned on Zuari, Mandovi

Coal burying Goa: Cleaning Goa, the legal fight so far
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Deepening of Mormugao Port channel had begun without Environmental Clearance, public hearing had been bypassed. The National Green Tribunal decried the ‘arbitrariness’, and ruled that the Environmental Protection Act and EIA Notification had been violated.

Coal Burying Goa: Lives touched by coal
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

Mormugao Port’s race to meet its coal targets, say Goans, has bypassed environmental concerns and their very way of life. From Vasco in the far west to Anmod on the Karnataka border, Smita Nair and photographer Amit Chakravarty traverse the coal trail to tell the stories

Coal burying Goa: Danger ahead, new coal corridor is coming up
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

Coal Burying Goa: New 4-lane road for coal in the works, avoids towns but ignores warnings to slice through hillocks, forest, wetlands and paddy fields

Coal Burying Goa: All along the road route, the black dust settles
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

If freight trains travel through the day, the night belongs to coal-laden trucks on highways that split the state — with few regulatory checks along the way.

Coal Burying Goa: What the toxic train leaves in its wake
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

3,800 tonnes of coal per train, an average of 9 trains every day — The Indian Express tracks their trail across Goa and what they leave behind.

Coal on move, 25 tonnes a minute, is choking Goa, more is on the way
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Jindal, Adani, Vedanta are Big Three who transport coal from Mormugao Port. Over four months, Indian Express tracks three key routes to find a trail of health hazards, environmental damage.

Cargo ferry services small and big, plying across India
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Once fully operational, the ferry is expected to bring down the travel time between Ghogha and Dahej, 340 km by road, from seven hours to two-and-a-half.

No govt role in FIR against Dalit poet: Goa CM Manohar Parrikar
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

On Friday, Parrikar accused a section of the media of trying to give the issue a “different colour”.

In picture-postcard Goa, Wagh’s Dalit poetry challenges upper-castes
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Wagh’s poetry, written with all the angst of a class oppressed in his “chosen” dialect of Konkani, calls for the restitution of an older order, a culture where nature and not stone idols was worshipped, before the forced appropriation of land, natural resources and culture took place

Awarded, then trashed: Goa poet hounded for questioning Brahmins
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

The Goa Police will now approach “several experts” and the office of the Directorate of Official Language to “probe” the etymology of the “abuses and explicit language” used in the poems.

In incessant strife and discord, Goa a mostly liberal land, kind and gentle
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Thus wrote Justice Gautam Patel scrapping the Centre’s move to shift NGT’s bench from Pune to Delhi.

Musings on the Mahatma
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

An exhibition explores Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas in order to understand their relevance today

Tarun Tejpal charged with rape by Goa trial court
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

This is also the first case in Goa where a person has been booked on rape charges, where the accused is a person in position of trust and held official authority over the victim.

Bombay HC refuses to stay framing of charges against Tarun Tejpal
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Aman Lekhi, senior counsel from New Delhi appearing for Tejpal, argued that the fight is “asymmetrical”, and made a case that the “state has aligned with the victim, while the reputation of the accused is being systematically destroyed”.

Goa HC allows framing of charges in Tarun Tejpal rape case on Sep 28
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

With Tejpal having exhausted probably his last remedy, the stage is now set for the formal framing of charges on September 28.

Gauri Lankesh killing: 4 murders, 2 suspected firearms and a forensic effort to join the dots
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

As Karnataka police investigate if Gauri Lankesh murder has any connection to three previous murders, The Indian Express explains the science behind the study of bullets fired, cartridges left behind, and wounds

Its beaches under watch, Goa pores over world laws on drinking
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

“The maximum deaths in the past few years were not after sunset, but between 12 and 3 in the afternoon,” says a senior official at the Goa Secretariat, now tasked with helping the government form rules for drinking in public places.

Can’t have single solution for all of India: Goa CM Manohar Parrikar
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Parrikar pointed to the Supreme Court order banning sale of liquor with 500 metres of national highways as an example of a law made with good intention but which had to be tweaked given the ground situation in different states.

‘Drug mafia threat’: Goa ministe Vinod Palienkar seeks frisking of tourists
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Parrikar also said that calling the minister’s fears as speculation would be wrong, and that the people trailing Palienkar “may have wanted to talk to him, or maybe they were a threat, since the minister thinks he raised the (drugs) issue”.