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Caught in heat and dust of Goa mining zone, a school empties
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

The school sits on the edge of a road between Sonshi and Honda villages, which is used by the 900-odd trucks plying between mining dump yard on their final journey to the port at Vasco.

For one Mr Rahul Gandhi not interested in politics, can’t sacrifice my career: Breakaway Goa MLA
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

A wildlife enthusiast, Rane describes a chance meeting with actor Will Smith when they shared a camp in a range in Tanzania for a week before counting day.

“We are protesting against dust. Have you ever heard something like this?” ask agitating villagers of Sonshi
Tue, Apr 18, 2017

With most of the homes now locked, Sonshi village is now at the police station on all hours protesting.

There was lot of pressure on me in Delhi, says Parrikar
Sat, Apr 15, 2017

Parrikar said discussing issues in the media never led to solutions, but derailed execution.

Rebel Congress leaders join Goa Cabinet
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Rane, son of veteran Congress leader Pratapsinh Rane, had walked off the Assembly during the crucial floor test on March 16, helping BJP coast to a 22-16 win over Congress following an election in which the latter had emerged the single-largest party.

Man-Animal conflict: Goa village, foresters hunt ‘killer bison’
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

A bison is not known to attack unprovoked but Yenu’s neighbour Ankush Solienkar believes the bison was “in a mood for revenge, having waited it out”.

Like Vijay Mallya, buyer of his villa a man of spirits
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

Joshi admitted having some similarity in business interests with Mallya

Amit Shah wanted Goa govt formation at any cost: Nitin Gadkari
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

BJP’s two national leaders Nitin Gadkari and Amit Shah reiterated that there was nothing unconstitutional in the party’s conduct in the state.

Former Congress MLA Vishwajit Rane joins BJP in Goa
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

Rane said he would campaign against his father, Pratapsinh, and “ensure that the lotus (BJP’s poll symbol) blooms in Sattari”.

We are Goans, we can hold our drink: Tavern town
Wed, Apr 05, 2017

Except, from this week taverns like his, selling liquor for as low as Rs 20 a glass, have no customers.

To skirt Supreme Court’s liquor ban, some state highways give way
Wed, Apr 05, 2017

Some govts denotify state highways, make them ‘urban roads’ to escape the 500-metre cap, a few others work around the issue. A look at measures on ground

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.