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Smita Nair


Goa goes into huddle to find way around Karnataka slaughter law
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

With Maharashtra passing the anti-cattle slaughter act four years ago, Goa relies solely on Karnataka for bulk of its beef consumption — supplied either through transport of live buffalo and bull or carcass from the neighbouring state’s abattoirs.

Much ahead of elections, a promise: Vote for Goa Forward Party, get compulsory siesta hour
Wed, Dec 02, 2020

Speaking at a press meet, Goa Forward Party leader and former BJP ally Vijai Sardesai said that if made chief minister, he would ensure a compulsory siesta hour anytime between 2 and 4 pm.

Goa academics, authors back prof, write to Governor on ‘repression of academic freedom’
Thu, Nov 12, 2020

In a separate letter to Koshyari, Goa University teachers pointed to “safety concerns” for Singh based on hate messages she continues to receive.

FIR against Goa professor for ‘outraging religious feelings’
Tue, Nov 10, 2020

The case was filed on a complaint by Rajiv Jha, of Rashtriya Hindu Yuva Vahini's Goa unit.

FIR against Milind Soman; Poonam Pandey gets bail: ‘Freedom to express’
Sat, Nov 07, 2020

Soman, who turned 55 on Wednesday, had posted a photograph of him running nude by a beach in Goa, captioned “55 and running!” The photograph was clicked by his wife.

Complaints of sexual harassment in Goa’s Arambol beach belt, cops say taking them ‘seriously’
Wed, Nov 04, 2020

In two cases, a 78-year-old Ukrainian and a 36-year-old Belarus national, have approached Goa Police and made a complaint at the beach police outpost.

Goa law college stands by professor, tells ABVP teacher will not be sacked
Tue, Nov 03, 2020

Outsider has no locus standi to raise such objections, rules committee after probing complaint that teacher 'promotes socially hateful thoughts about a particular religion'

Goans’ Night Protest Against Infra Projects: ‘This is not the land to destroy…we do not accept pollution’
Wed, Nov 04, 2020

Earlier this week, the South Western Railway started laying tracks at a village in Goa, leading to environmentalists groups calling the midnight protest.

ABVP seeks action against Goa professor, many profs back her
Sat, Oct 24, 2020

Confirming that the letter was sent, ABVP’s Naik said, “We have evidence. In her lectures, she was teaching many anti-religious things.”

Pandemic, distress, a broken phone: How a family in Goa lost their 16-year-old son
Fri, Oct 23, 2020

The father, who drives a private bus, says his son, a Class 10 student of a government school in the village, used a smartphone to attend his online classes. On October 11, the phone screen broke, but the boy kept it to himself, telling his mother only a couple of days later.

Clerical error leaves civil, public post-holders out of grievance redressal mechanism in Goa: ex-Lokayukta
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

According to Prafulla Kumar Misra, the definition of a ‘public functionary’ — against whom a complaint of maladministration can be raised — in the Act does not include any person appointed to a civil or public service or a post in connection with the affairs of the state.

Explained: Here’s how Goa’s beach shack tourist economy works
Wed, Oct 28, 2020

The bulk of Goa’s average annual 7.8 million tourists head to the coastal belts, and beach shacks are considered to be a major attraction. This year, however, the Covid-19 pandemic presents unusual uncertainties and challenges.

Goa govt approves new tourism policy
Fri, Oct 16, 2020

With the cabinet’s approval, the next step is to have a legislation which will see the board headed by the tourism minister taking over. This means that several tourism committees will be dissolved.

Goa Lokayukta leaves a dejected man: Might as well abolish post
Wed, Oct 07, 2020

“If you ask me in one sentence my experience in dealing with these complaints as Lokayukta in Goa, I will say they should abolish the institution of Lokayukta,” Justice Prafulla Kumar Misra Misra told The Indian Express.

Goa Lokayukta: Either they (govt) do not read the Act deliberately, or advice given to them is not based on proper reading
Wed, Oct 07, 2020

Retired Justice Prafulla Kumar Misra calls for urgent interventions in giving “teeth to the institution of Lokayukta” and speaks of his disenchantment, as the state government has “till date has not executed a single Lokayukta report” he has recommended.

Rise in bookings, new rules: October is ‘litmus test’ for Goa tourism
Mon, Oct 05, 2020

The industry can also be explained through the demographics. While annual footfall is 80 lakh, only 10 to 12 lakh are foreign tourists, who usually stay through charter rates and for a longer period of minimum 14 days.

HC upholds acquittal of six accused in 2009 Goa blast
Sun, Sep 20, 2020

“Suspicion, howsoever grave, can never take place of proof which is required in such matters,” the bench said.

Elvis Gomes quits as AAP Goa convenor, says will work at grassroots level
Sat, Sep 19, 2020

Elvis Gomes' decision — which was informed to the party’s state executive committee on Thursday --- comes days after AAP's Goa unit general secretary Pradeep Padgaonkar resigned.

HC suspends bailable warrant against Tejpal rape victim by trial court
Thu, Sep 10, 2020

The warrant was issued with a bond of Rs 5,000, with sufficient sureties for the victim’s attendance in court for her cross-examination.

String of burglaries in Goa defence colony has war veterans worried
Tue, Sep 08, 2020

At least three delegations of retired defence officers have met three different sets of police officials over the decade. But residents say no patrol vehicle has been sent till date.

Goa minister Nilesh Cabral takes queries, hears concerns over webinar
Wed, Sep 02, 2020

While Cabral was “not able to fully satisfy his audience”, the panelists agreed that the initiative was a first and much needed step in engagement.

Now stable, Ayush minister returned ‘from doors of death’, says Goa health minister
Sat, Aug 22, 2020

Plasma stock dipping, state takes Shripad Naik's recovery as example, appeals for donation

Goa’s most famous banyan up again, with push from across the world — ‘she was not just a tree’
Thu, Aug 20, 2020

Several attempts later, with many ropes splintering, Goans pulling a prayer and foreigners whistling, the main hulk of the tree was pulled from the ground and made to stand again.

21 years after plea, NGT identifies 46.11 sqkm land as private forest in Goa
Thu, Aug 20, 2020

The NGT has rejected a Goa government report which had reduced the private forest cover in the state to 41.20 square kilometres. 

Over 2,600 trees felled in Goa for power project: Law loophole, afforestation delay
Fri, Aug 14, 2020

With one monsoon missed and the second almost over, the Forest Department is “closely monitoring” the afforestation.