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Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Mayura Janwalkar


Facing backlash, Goa CM says will drop ‘Bhumiputra’ from new Bill
Wed, Aug 04, 2021

“The sentiments of many people are attached to the word Bhumiputra and the government is ready to drop this word [from the Bill]. I assure you that we will drop the word Bhumiputra from the Bill. It is possible to name it Goa Bhumi Adhikarini Bill,” Sawant said.

Explained: Who is a Bhumiputra in Goa, and why is Opposition objecting to new law?
Tue, Aug 03, 2021

The Goa Assembly has passed the Goa Bhumiputra Adhikarini Bill, 2021 recognising anyone living in the state for 30 years or more as a 'Bhumiputra (son of the soil)'. What are the provisions of the Bill, and why is the Opposition objecting?

No deaths due to oxygen shortage, says Goa Health Minister Rane; Assembly session concludes without debate on Covid-19
Sat, Jul 31, 2021

Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane had in May stoked a controversy after he claimed that a drop in oxygen levels in the Covid-19 ward of the government-run Goa Medical College (GMC) in the early hours of the day had led to deaths of several Covid patients.

Goa: Oppn attacks govt over railway double-tracking, environmental issues; CM says will file say on CEC report in SC
Thu, Jul 29, 2021

Pramod Sawant said that the land acquisition for the double-tracking project was being carried out by the Centre and the state government was only facilitating it.

Cong has agreed to alliance for Goa polls: GFP chief
Wed, Jul 28, 2021

The Congress leadership in the state, however, said they were not aware of such a decision taken by the party high command.

Free electricity? Delhi, Goa power ministers debate the policy
Tue, Jul 27, 2021

BJP's Nilesh Cabral, power minister of Goa, and AAP's Satyendar Jain, power minister of Delhi, made their cases for or against the AAP's poll promise of free power up to 300 units per household per month in the state.

Incessant rain triggers Goa’s worst floods in decades; property worth crores damaged
Sat, Jul 24, 2021

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the state was seeing flooding of this magnitude for the first time. No casualty was reported despite the vast destruction, he said.

Over 74,000 trees lost in Goa as authorities ignored duty: HC
Thu, Jul 22, 2021

The court observed that according to the information furnished by the Goa government, there were orders to re-plant only 13,875 trees while permissions were given to fell 88,978 trees.

Supreme Court dismisses Goa government’s plea against 2018 order cancelling mining leases in State
Wed, Jul 21, 2021

The apex court observed that Goa government had filed four review petitions after a delay of 650 days and Vedanta Limited had filed its petitions after a delay of 907 days.

Church in Goa flags environment preservation as ’emergency before humankind’
Wed, Jul 21, 2021

Archbishop Ferrao’s message comes at a time when Goa is faced with a number of issues with environment conservation.

400 yrs later, Georgia saint-queen returns home — from Goa church
Sun, Jul 11, 2021

The relics of Queen Ketevan, revered as Ketevan the Martyr, had been taken to Goa where they remained hidden in a church complex until their discovery in 2005.

Coastal Zone Management Plan public hearing stretches past midnight in Goa
Fri, Jul 09, 2021

The National Green Tribunal had, last month, ordered the Goa government to hold fresh public hearings after the Goa Foundation had moved the NGT against the alleged deficiencies in the conduct of public hearings held by the state government on March 7.

Goa: Restaurants, bars allowed to reopen at half capacity
Sun, Jul 04, 2021

The Goa government has extended curfew in the state till July 12, but has allowed relaxations.

Goa may allow entry to fully vaccinated people without negative test report
Fri, Jul 02, 2021

Earlier this week, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had said that the government is planning to allow entry of fully vaccinated persons into Goa. He, however, said that at this stage this pertained to those coming into Goa for business and not for tourism.

In Goa, activists, environmentalists, oppose railway move to acquire land for infra
Tue, Jun 29, 2021

The doubling of the railway line is one of the three projects in Goa that have met with opposition from environmentalists and locals who shaped the ‘Save Mollem’ movement since November 2020.

Serious oxygen supply issues at Goa hospital in May: HC
Tue, Jun 29, 2021

Disposing of all but one PIL filed by the South Goa Advocates Association related to Covid-19 management, a division bench of Justices M S Sonak and M S Jawalkar said it was neither possible nor advisable for the court to micromanage issues related to Covid-19.

Probe into deaths due to lack of oxygen will demoralise staff: Goa
Tue, Jun 22, 2021

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had stoked a controversy when he claimed on May 11 that 26 people had died in the early hours of that day in Goa Medical College and Hospital due to drop in oxygen levels and sought a High Court inquiry into the matter.

Goa: Petitioners suggest commission to identify oxygen deaths
Tue, Jun 15, 2021

The state government is expected to file its reply to the 30-page chart of suggestions made by the petitioners. The court will hear the case further on June 17.

Goa to act against pvt hospitals for not reporting 67 Covid deaths
Tue, Jun 08, 2021

The lapse came to light while the health department was reviewing data related to Covid-19 in which some hospitals had reported no deaths.

Proposal of premarital counselling for couples: After plan scrapped, Goa minister to approach CM with more data
Sun, Jun 06, 2021

Cabral now plans to approach Chief Minister Pramod Sawant with more data to get him to consider the proposal again.

Tarun Tejpal acquittal: Goa says order ‘coloured by prejudice, patriarchy’
Wed, Jun 02, 2021

High Court of Bombay expected to hear amended appeal on Wednesday

‘Rise in divorces’, Goa to start premarital counselling
Tue, Jun 01, 2021

The Department of Registration will carry out the programme in the 15 days between registration and solemnisation of marriages.

Tejpal case: Goa court cites chats, photos, puts question marks on woman
Sat, May 29, 2021

In a 527-page judgment, Additional Sessions Judge Kshama Joshi, has cited the woman’s sexual relationships in the past, her views on consensual sex, drinking, smoking, among other things.

Tarun Tejpal verdict astonishing, erroneous, says Goa, seeks early appeal hearing
Fri, May 28, 2021

The state government Thursday pushed for its early hearing, saying “we owe it to our girls” and that the acquittal order is “erroneous in law” and “unsustainable”.

Acquitting Tejpal, court: Woman did not behave like sexual assault victim
Wed, May 26, 2021

Ruling there was no medical evidence and there were “facts” that “create doubt on (her) truthfulness,” the court said the woman’s messages to the accused “clearly establish” that she was neither “traumatised nor terrified” and this “completely belies” the prosecution's case.