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  • Manohar Parrikar's high jump, mining ban, bikini issue kept Goa busy 6 days ago

    Panaji: While Goa remained busy during the entire year for some reason or the other, the unexpected elevation of its Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to the post of Defence Minister surprised many. Amid the discussion of ban on bikinis on the beaches, Goa's Transport Minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar hogged limelight, after he...
  • Goa: Congress asks senior leaders to make way for younger lot December 13, 2014

    Panaji: The Congress in Goa on Saturday said that its high time that senior party leaders be ready to step aside and hand over the baton to the younger generation. "We have to identify new leadership, nurture it by providing quality training and guidance and finally all the senior Congressman should...
  • Government mulling to legalise arms representatives: Manohar Parrikar December 13, 2014

    Panaji: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said the government is planning to legalise representatives of various foreign arms companies in the country, for speedy purchase of military hardware. "We will allow company representatives. They will be middlemen. When I say middlemen it doesn't mean commission agents or 'dalals'. He will...
  • Have asked legislators to repay dues incurred on Brazil junket: Goa CM December 12, 2014

    Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that he had told the legislators to pay the dues. "Not aware about 3 reminders, joined government last month," said Parsekar. ...
  • Goa Minister, 3 MLAs yet to repay Rs 12 lakh each for Brazil junket during 2014 football World Cup December 12, 2014

    Panaji: Six months after three Goa MLAs and one minister had gone on a junket to Brazil for the football World Cup, they are yet to repay their dues to the Sports Authority of Goa. Sports Authority of Goa has claimed that they have sent three reminders till now to...
  • Goa faces prospect of falling tourist arrivals December 11, 2014

    Panaji: The Crimean crisis, Russia's falling rouble and stopping of tourist charter flights from international destinations might prove to be a dampener for the much-hyped New Year party scene in Goa this time, fear tourism industry experts. While the ongoing St Francis Xavier exposition might to a certain extent off-set...
  • Welfare measures for armed forces to be fast-tracked: Manohar Parrikar November 30, 2014

    Panaji: Concerned over nearly 450 suicide cases reported in the armed forces in the last three years, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said reasons for this are being investigated and that welfare measures for personnel will be fast-tracked. "This is a man management issue which needs to be resolved in...
  • Cow and calf new residents of Goa Raj Bhavan November 21, 2014

    Panaji: After building a cow shed in Raj Bhavan complex, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha is all set to welcome the first cow and calf to the plush grounds of the estate located on the outskirts of the capital. On Wednesday, Sinha visited a cow shelter run by the Jai Sriram Gosanvardhan...
  • Manohar Parrikar travels in economy class, avoids Z security November 12, 2014

    Panaji: Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said he would use the security cover only when necessary, and avoid using the special aircraft as far as possible. "I have not taken Z security cover in Goa. I would prefer to go around with minimum security. But in Delhi while travelling...
  • Will continue to guide Goa government in policy decisions: Parrikar November 9, 2014

    Panaji: Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said he has been asked by the BJP high command to guide the Laxmikant Parsekar-led state government, even after he takes over a bigger role at the Centre. "I will always be guiding Goa government. I may not interfere with the state...
  • Laxmikant Parsekar elected unanimously by MLAs, sworn in as Goa CM November 8, 2014

    Panaji: Laxmikant Parsekar has been sworn in as the new Goa Chief Minister at Raj Bhawan at 4 PM on Saturday. Parsekar earlier held the portfolio of the state Health Minister. An elated Parsekar who has strong RSS links, said, "I am very happy to be elected as the CM". Parsekar...
  • Laxmikant Parsekar to be sworn in as Goa CM, Manohar Parrikar to join Narendra Modi's Cabinet November 8, 2014

    Panaji: Laxmikant Parsekar has been named as the next Goa Chief Minister, declared Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy. Parsekar will be sworn in at Raj Bhawan at 4 PM on Saturday. Parsekar has strong RSS links and currently holds the portfolio of the state Health Minister. Parsekar,...
  • Manohar Parrikar resigns as Goa Chief Minister November 8, 2014

    Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is tipped to become the Union Defence Minister, on Saturday tendered his resignation from the post paving way for the appointment of his successor in the state. Parrikar faxed his resignation to State Governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan this afternoon, after meeting...
  • Manohar Parrikar resigns as Goa Chief Minister, Laxmikant Parsekar likely to take the post: sources November 8, 2014

    Panaji: Manohar Parrikar resigned as Goa Chief Minister on Saturday. The 58-year-old submitted his resignation through fax to Governor Mridula Sinha. Sources have tipped that state Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar is likely to be the next CM, even as a certain section of the Goa cabinet rooted for deputy CM...
  • Ahead of Parrikar's resignation, MLAs threaten to resign if Francis D'Souza not made Goa CM November 8, 2014

    Panaji: As the race for the next Goa Chief Minister gets tougher, the rift within the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state is coming to the fore. Some MLAs have threatened to resign if Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza is not elevated after Manohar Parrikar quits as the Chief...
  • Tussle over Chief Ministerial post, a sign of internal democracy: Manohar Parrikar November 8, 2014

    In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar discussed his shift to the national capital and said that the rebellion within BJP in the state on the issue of Chief Ministership is only a sign of internal democracy in the party. ...
  • Race for Goa CM heats up, Parrikar downplays rebellion in party as 3 MLAs eye the post November 8, 2014

    Panaji: With the Union Cabinet expansion due on Sunday, Goa Chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who will be moving to the Centre to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi's team, has played down the rebellion in the party over the tussle to take his post in the state. Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza...
  • Union Cabinet expansion at 1 PM Sunday, Parrikar to resign as Goa CM on Saturday November 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Cabinet is expected to be expanded at 1 PM on Sunday. Amidst reports that Manohar Parrikar might be inducted into the Union Cabinet as the Defence Minister, he said that he will resign from the post of Goa's Chief Minister on Saturday. "I will resign tomorrow...
  • Black money trail: ED summons mining baron Radha Timblo in money laundering case on November 18 November 6, 2014

    Panaji: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday summoned mining baron Radha Timblo named in the black money case. The former director of Timblo Private Limited has been asked to be present on November 18. A senior ED official told PTI that she would have to remain present at the Central agency's...
  • RSS leaders Laxmikant Parsekar, Rajendra Arlekar in race for Goa's CM post November 6, 2014

    Panaji: Amid speculations of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar being elevated as Union minister, BJP local unit will on Thursday meet and is expected to finalise a name for state's top job. According to party sources, Parrikar who is currently in New Delhi along with Goa unit president Vinay Tendulkar...
  • Goa government suspends water sports after death of Russian tourists October 30, 2014

    Panaji: The Goa government suspended all water sports activity across the state following the fresh incident of death of three Russian nationals near here during a water sport activity being operated illegally. It was brought into notice of the government that several water sports in Goa were running illegally and an...
  • Home Ministry reviews dual citizenship issue of Goans October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The issue of dual citizenship, being faced by nearly 50,000 Goans, is likely to be settled soon with Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday issuing an order to find a lasting solution to it at the earliest. At a high-level meeting attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and...
  • Goa Congress leader sends barking dog to Bilawal over Kashmir rant October 26, 2014

    Panaji: Miffed over Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto's continuous bombast about wresting Kashmir from India, a Congress politician from Goa on Friday sent him a "barking dog" as a gift. Congress organising secretary Durgadas Kamat claimed the barking dog was a perfect gift for Bhutto because he was continuously...
  • Goa government forms committee to monitor Ebola October 24, 2014

    Panaji: The Goa government has formed a committee to monitor the state's preparedness to keep the Ebola virus at bay, a statement said. The committee comprises senior health, police, immigration officials of the state and will be chaired by the health secretary, it said. The formation of the committee assumes significance especially...
  • Russian tourist alleges molestation in Goa, first at beach, then in hospital October 24, 2014

    Panaji: A 32-year-old Russian national was allegedly molested twice over two days in Goa. She was allegedly molested first at a beach and later at Goa Medical College and Hospital in Panaji by a senior medical officer after the police referred her there for a "medical examination". The Goa state health...
  • Goa: 64-year-old man held for allegedly raping minor relative October 19, 2014

    Panaji: A 64-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping his minor niece in South Goa district, the police said on Sunday. The accused, Kondlo Vithoba Velip, living in Morpirla village of Quepem taluka, allegedly confined the 10-year-old girl in a room at a house in his neighbourhood where he raped...
  • Parliamentary panel conclaves in five star hotels must stop, says Manohar Parrikar October 15, 2014

    Panaji: The practice of parliamentary committees conducting their meetings in five star hotels and wasting public money should be stopped, said Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. "Staying in five stars by making PSUs arrange for it is not right," said Parrikar during the concluding session of the 16th All India Whips'...
  • Prostitution racket busted in Goa, 2 victims rescued October 10, 2014

    Panaji: The Goa Police Crime Branch has busted a prostitution racket, arresting five pimps and rescuing two victims, police said on Friday. One pimp Harvinder Singh from Chandigarh is aged 30 while all the others are in their 20s, police said. The other accused have been identified as Saurabh Amarnath Bajaj, 25,...
  • Wife of engineer stranded in Iran again seeks help of Goa CM October 6, 2014

    Vadodara: The wife of an Indian engineer stranded in Iran since December last year has again written to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar seeking her husband's safe return. Vadodara-resident Sanket Pandya (36) and his colleague Mohammed Hussain Khan, from Haryana, were illegally 'confined' in Iran last year following the seizure...
  • Corporates adopt monuments, cities in 'Clean India' campaign October 3, 2014

    Panaji: Corporate houses have joined hands with the Union government to keep various cities and historic monuments across the country clean, Union Tourism Minister Sripad Naik said on Friday. Naik said that corporates like ONGC have come forward to adopt twelve destinations including Taj Mahal (Agra), Lal Quila (Delhi), Purana Quila...