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  • Goa Deputy CM apologises for 'Hindu nation' remark Yesterday

    Panaji: Goa's Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza on Monday apologized for his comment that India was already a Hindu nation. "My opinion could be wrong for others. I accept it. I don't say it is the most correct opinion. You might say I am wrong. If anyone's sentiment is hurt, I...
  • Goa minister backs brother Dipak on 'Hindu state under Modi' remark 3 days ago

    Panaji: Controversial Goa minister Sudin Dhavalikar on Saturday came out in support of his colleague and Cooperation minister Dipak Dhavalikar, who had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will develop India into a Hindu nation. "What he said was his personal opinion but I also agree with what he says. By...
  • India is a Hindu nation, I am a Christian Hindu, says Goa Deputy CM 4 days ago

    Panaji: There is no stopping Goa ministers who have been sparking controversies with their statements for the past few days. Now, Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza has backed minister Deepak Dhavalikar's views on 'Hindu nation'. "India is a Hindu nation, it's Hindustan, all Indians in Hindustan are Hindu. I am...
  • If everyone supports Modi, India will become a Hindu nation: Goa minister 4 days ago

    Panaji: Triggering a controversy, Goa minister Deepak Dhavlikar has said, "I am confident that under the leadership of Modiji, India will develop into a Hindu nation. Prime Minister will work in this regard is what I feel," he said. He made the statement on the floor of the Assembly on Thursday....
  • News 360: Goa ministers spent over Rs 13 crore on foreign tours in 2 years 6 days ago

    Three Goa ministers and four legislators have spent a whooping Rs 13.24 crore in two years on foreign trips. The travels were made in the name of promoting tourism. ...
  • Goa ministers went on foreign trips at state expense, spent Rs 13 cr in two years 1 week ago

    Panaji: Three Goa ministers and four legislators have spent a whooping Rs 13.24 crore in two years on foreign trips. The travels were made in the name of promoting tourism. The information has been cited in a report tabled in the state Assembly which also mentions that Goa Tourism Minister Dilip...
  • Police complaint against Swamy for anti-Church comments July 18, 2014

    Panaji: A police complaint was filed on Friday accusing BJP leader Subramanian Swamy of "attempting to create and promote enmity against the Catholic Church" by posting on his Facebook page that the Church in Goa does not love HIV positive children. The complaint was filed by Congress spokesperson Durgadas Kamat. "The said...
  • After bikinis, mini-skirts and pubs, spas in Goa on moral radar July 16, 2014

    Panaji: After bikinis, mini-skirts and pubs, spas and salons in coastal Goa now find themselves under the scanner of the politico-moral police who are out to take the fun out of the state that is one of India's top tourist draws for its many attractions. Accused by government agencies, right-wing politicians...
  • Excess of pub culture is not good: BJP's Goa Mahila Morcha July 15, 2014

    Panaji: BJP's Goa Mahila Morcha has said "excess of pub culture is not good," days after state Cabinet minister Sudin Dhavalikar spoke against the pub culture. "Anything that is in excess is not good. Even pub culture should not be in excess," Vaidehi Naik, the party's Goa Mahila Morcha member told...
  • Competitors indulging in flesh trade leave Goa spas worried July 15, 2014

    Panaji: Salon and spa owners in Goa are facing prospects of a shutdown due to increasing presence of dubious and unregistered competitors which are doubling up as prostitution dens in the state. "Unfortunately, salons and spas have become the favourite disguise for brothels and other illicit activities. The establishment of a...
  • First stop casinos if against pub culture: Congress to BJP July 14, 2014

    Panaji: If pub culture was destroying Goa, then why doesn't the BJP government in the state act against casinos too, the Congress asked on Monday. Congress said the tirade against pub culture by ruling politicians would damage the tourist state's reputation across the world. Congress spokesperson Durgadas Kamat accused the Bharatiya Janata...
  • Goa's pub culure: Minister shouldn't make such comments, says NCW July 13, 2014

    National Commission for Women chairperson Mamta Sharma hit out at Union Minister of State for Tourism Shripad Naik for his remarks on pub culture. Sharma said, "The Tourism Minister shouldn't be making such narrow-minded comments. Goa attracts so many foreign tourists and it doesn't make sense to end pub culture...
  • After Dhavalikar, Union Tourism Minister criticises Goa's pub culture July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: After Goa Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, it is Union Minister of State for Tourism, Shripad Naik who has given a thumbs down to the pub culture in Goa. Naik, a BJP leader, said that the central government could intervene if there was any kind of 'violation of Indian culture'. "We...
  • Margaret Alva sworn in as Goa governor July 12, 2014

    Panaji: Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva was on Saturday sworn in as the new governor of Goa. Bombay High Court Chief Justice Mohit Shah administered the oath of office to Alva, a veteran Congress leader, who is holding temporary charge as Goa governor following the resignation of BV Wanchoo last week. The oath-taking...
  • While ministers indulge in moral policing, locals want them to accept both sides of Goa July 12, 2014

    Panaji: Goa may be one India's popular tourist haven, but of late, the state has been more in the news for attempts at moral policing by its ministers who have spoken out against the pub culture in the state. CNN-IBN spoke to some locals to get a sense of what...
  • Margaret Alva to be sworn in as Goa Governor on Saturday July 11, 2014

    Panaji: Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva would be sworn-in as Governor of Goa on Saturday after predecessor BV Wanchoo resigned last week. Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Mohit Shantilal Shah will administer the oath of office to the Governor at Durbar hall of the Raj Bhavan at 6 pm tomorrow,...
  • NRI booked for posting Goa minister's picture in bikini on Facebook July 9, 2014

    Panaji: A US-based NRI has been booked for allegedly posting a morphed picture of Goa's PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar in a bikini on social networking site Facebook. Dhavalikar had recently stoked a controversy by saying that "wearing bikinis should be banned on Goa's beaches." Later, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had...
  • Goa ministers, MLAs go ahead with Brazil junket on tax payers' money July 6, 2014

    Panaji: Despite the widespread criticism and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar officially announcing the cancellation of the junket to FIFA World Cup, two state ministers and four MLAs have gone ahead with the trip on tax payers' money and are currently in Brazil. The trip to Brazil by the six leaders...
  • Three teens, two minors held with ganja July 5, 2014

    Panaji: Three teenaged boys were arrested and two minor boys detained in Panaji for consuming ganja and possessing 0.6 gms of the drug. Police said these five were smoking using a plastic bottle for a homemade, improvised "hukkah" when they were nabbed by the police on Friday. Those arrested have been identified...
  • Goa Governor BV Wanchoo resigns July 4, 2014

    Panaji: Goa Governor BV Wanchoo stepped down on Friday. Wanchoo is the fifth governor to quit after the BJP government came to power at the Centre. Wanchoo on Friday also gave his statement to the CBI in connection with the alleged bribery scandal in the VVIP helicopter deal. The governor...
  • Wear loin cloth if against Westernism: Designer to Goa Minister July 4, 2014

    Panaji: The controversy over a Goa Cabinet Minister's demand to ban mini-skirts and bikinis in order to "protect Goan culture" refuses to die down, with ace fashion designer Wendell Rodricks asking him to to wear a loin cloth to work, skip chillies, tomatoes, potatoes, and stop using a table and...
  • CBI quizzes Goa Governor as a witness in AgustaWestland chopper deal July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Goa Governor BV Wangchoo is being questioned as witness by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the AgustaWestland hulti crore helicopter scam. Wangchoo was serving as chief of the Special Protection Group at the time of the deal. He is believed to have been involved in...
  • CBI to quiz Goa Governor in the AgustaWestland scam July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: After former West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will now be questioning Goa Governor BV Wangchoo. A team of the CBI is in Goa to question him. Wangchoo was serving as chief of the Special Protection Group at the time of the deal....
  • Vedanta hopes to start mining in Goa in the later half of 2014 July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Metal and mining major Vedanta Resources hopes to start iron ore production from its mines in Goa in the second half of this financial year. "We are engaging with the state government and the Ministry of Environment and Forest to gain approvals for starting mining on our leases in...
  • Been seeing bikinis since childhood, nothing indecent about them: Goa CM July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that bikinis should not lead to public indecency, he has now clarified that bikinis are not indecent but should only be restricted to swimming. "There is no indecency about bikinis. I have been seeing bikinis in Goa since my...
  • Goa: Neighbours abuse, strip woman; stuff her private parts with chilly powder July 3, 2014

    Panaji: In shocking news from Goa, a 33-year-old woman was allegedly abused, stripped and stuffed with chilly powder in her private parts by her neighbours. The incident allegedly took place on June 22 and 26. The woman claims that on the first day she had registered a complaint with the Mapusa...
  • Minister's moral policing: Should alcohol & bikinis be banned in Goa? July 2, 2014

    Goa PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, who had triggered a debate on Monday by saying that women visiting pubs in short dresses was against the Indian culture, now wants bikini banned on the beaches of Goa. CNN-IBN takes calls of people from across the country and takes their views on Goa...
  • Goa CM defends PWD minister, says bikinis fine on beach, not in temples July 2, 2014

    Panaji, Goa: In a defence of Goa PWD minister Sudin Dhavalikar's comment made on Tuesday that there should be a ban on women going to pubs in short dresses, the Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar took a stance in favour of Dhavalikar, saying that the media is deliberately twisting Dhavalikar's...
  • 'For rape I face 1 inspector, to set up a small-scale industry, I face 26' Parrikar recalls IIM professor's remark July 2, 2014

    Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar could land into a potential controversy for recalling a remark on red tapism. Addressing the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry's annual general body meeting on Saturday, Parrikar said, "An IIM professor told me that a student of his told him during an...
  • While commenting on red tape, Parrikar wades into controversy July 2, 2014

    Panaji: While talking about the red tape faced by those who want to start a new factory, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar recounted a potentially controversial remark during a speech over the week-end. "An IIM professor told me that a student of his told him during an interaction, 'If I...