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Facebook helped us crack Irish woman’s murder case: Goa Police
Mon, Mar 20, 2017

“The British national then recalled some common friends and started hunting for her photograph on Facebook, and finally after a few attempts zeroed in on her profile.”

Back in Panaji, party leaders blame delay by Digvijaya Singh
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

“Our general secretary (Singh) said there was no need to give a letter, because, as the single largest party, the Governor would call us.” Faleiro said

Goa Assembly: Parrikar govt wins floor test, one Cong MLA goes missing, later quits 
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

At the Chief Minister’s office, Parrikar was far more relaxed as he referred to a local dish, which uses all kinds of vegetables, to say that his government will be like the “Khandthi, only richer”.

Lethargy of Digvijaya Singh, central observers was shocking, says Goa MLA who quit Congress
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Naming AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh was the reason for the “disgusting failure of the Congress in Goa”, said Rane.

How Goa Forward scored with back pass
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Hours after the results were announced, Sardesai, 47, whose party won three of four constituencies it contested, became the state’s most talked-about man.

Manohar Parrikar back in Goa saddle, ordered to prove majority in House Thursday
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

The Congress, which won 17 seats in the 40-member Assembly, had approached the Supreme Court to stall the swearing-in but got no reprieve.

Congress makes last-ditch effort to postpone swearing-in ceremony of Parrikar, says ‘we have majority’
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

“She should have invited us as per the convention and procedure of the Constitution and now this is inviting us in deference of the Supreme Court order,” Luizinho said.

Governor appointed Manohar Parrikar as CM without giving us a hearing, says Digvijay Singh
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

"We had also sent a letter to the Governor's office on the night of March 12 saying we need an appointment to stake claim."

Goa elections 2017: BJP swearing-in today, Congress dials smaller allies
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

On Monday, Parrikar set the stage for his return as Chief Minister by resigning as Union Defence Minister — Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will take additional charge of the portfolio.

Fish curry over butter chicken: How Goa Forward scored with a back pass to BJP
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Parrikar — a reluctant defence minister and called the “weekend Chief Minister”, whose famous remark of preferring fish curry to butter chicken was seen as indication of him wanting to return to Panaji — desperately needed those coconuts to return to power.

Congress cries foul as Goa slips out, Manohar Parrikar invited to form BJP-led coalition govt
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

The party, which won 13 seats in the Goa Assembly, pipped the Congress to the post by submitting a list of 21 MLAs and staking claim to form the government.

Goa election results 2017: BJP CM among losers as Congress sees chance in hung House
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

The Congress’s tally of 17 includes six seats that it wrested back from the BJP — Mandrem, Tivim, St Cruz, St Andre, Siroda and Cuncolim.

Goa election results: Behind AAP loss- ignored faultlines, outsider tag
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

After Saturday’s results, in which AAP failed to secure even one of the 40 seats it contested, the party might have to now examine the faultlines they ignored.

Goa election results: Citing vote share, Manohar Parrikar blames ‘luck’
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

“The mandate is fractured, Our vote share was five per cent more than (Congress). It’s luck factor that we didn’t manage more seats,” he said.

Goa election results: CM among losers as Congress sees chance in hung state
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

The first indications of the BJP losing Goa were evident one hour into counting, with CM Laxmikant Parsekar trailing Dayanand Sopte of the Congress.

Goa Elections 2017: Eyeing victory today, Goa BJP pushing for Manohar Parrikar’s return
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Party sources told The Indian Express that leaders at the meeting would look at ways to bring Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar back as chief minister.

Manohar Parrikar hint: Prefer Goan food
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

With 17 political parties and 251 candidates, including 58 Independents, in fray for the 40-seat Assembly, this is the toughest political fight Goa has seen.

Pink teddies, pens for first-timers: Identity, issues talk of Goa youth
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

Goa had 32,354 first-time voters this time, including 18,172 women, and the electoral office had mapped details of 327 of the latter who were to cast their votes in 40 model booths

Puducherry record beaten, Goa on a high
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

Officials in the electoral office gave credit to programmes they undertook before the polls - and also said that social media helped raise voter awareness.

As Goa votes today, teddies for first-time female voters in model booths
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

One booth in every constituency, attended by women staffers, has been marked as “model booth” and it will hand out a pink teddy bear to every first-time female voter who votes there.

New alliances, rebels and AAP throw Goa contest wide open
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

In a state familiar with hung assemblies and President’s rule, Saturday's assembly election looks close to call with traditional allies now split, and new players on the field.

Scams to vikas to fish: Goans have to choose their final 40 on Feb 4
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

With traditional allies splitting to present a different scenario this time, the state’s 11,10,884 voters will pick the final 40 from the 251 candidates in the fray.

Need Manohar Parrikar in Delhi but can consider: Amit Shah
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

So far, the entire BJP campaign had sought to project Parrikar as someone who would oversee functioning of the Goa government.

In Delhi I am defence minister, in Goa I am leader of the state: Manohar Parrikar
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Amid speculation whether a BJP victory might bring the former chief minister back to Goa, the defence minister has missed Delhi events.

We won’t give Goa a dictator: Rahul Gandhi
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

While Rahul took a dig at the BJP’s style of functioning, and “lies” woven by Prime Minister Modi, not once was AAP mentioned.

Goa poll office readies for polls, armed with big data on voters
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Goa, a small state with only two Lok Sabha seats and 40 assembly seats, has been very aggressive with its electoral systems

Give majority, will give comfortable Goa: PM Modi
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

At 31 minutes, this was perhaps Prime Minister Modi’s shortest election speech this season —- he asked the crowd to vote for stability, for good governance, and appealed them to give the BJP a “comfortable” majority.

Guided by trained doctors, BJP and Congress diagnose Goa: Go micro, win macro
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

The BJP is contesting 36 seats, but the booth management covers entire Goa.

Thank you for giving us Manohar Parrikar, Smriti Irani tells Goa
Fri, Jan 27, 2017

I am proud I am standing in his karmabhoomi today. Manohar Parrikar’s Goa. He came from Goa to Delhi. In Delhi, he ensured that when a neighbouring country like Pakistan attacks, we are in a position to reply,” Smriti Irani said.

Excise: battle against chloral laced toddy and a new interface
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

While the “input” is still being worked on— with the department hunting for the factory— the raid is being now viewed as a success of two initiatives.

Meet Mandakini Khamkar, Mumbai police’s shooting star 
Tue, Dec 20, 2016

Her male colleagues call it an ‘irony’ — having a woman represent the force in a sport involving bullets and trigger.

Prevention of Atrocities Act: No chargesheets in 165 cases, including rape and murder
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

A total of 694 cases as of December 2016 stands pending at various stages.

Currency pullback: Deal talks go quieter as cash dries up
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

The first month of demonitisation announcement saw a common theme running across the country, so far, as the real estate sector is concerned.

Maharashtra: 39 per cent decline in stamp duty revenue from Mumbai
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

The decline has been very pronounced in Mumbai — one of the top realty markets in the country — at 39 per cent for registration of properties compared to 29.9 per cent across the state in eight registration circles.

According to Maharashtra police report only 6 per cent cases false, with malice
Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Of the total 889 acquittals between 2014 and 2016, at least one in every four acquittals reflects a hostile complainant.

Maharashtra police report challenges Maratha claim: Hostile witnesses behind most acquittals under SC/ST Act
Tue, Dec 06, 2016

Of the total 889 acquittals statewide between 2014 and 2016, at least one of every four acquittals reflects a hostile complainant.