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  • 'Negro' row: Goa CM apologises, blames clerk 1 week ago

    Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday apologised for the use of word 'negro' in a written reply in the legislative assembly and blamed a clerk for it. "I was told that some national channels are broadcasting report about the mistake related to negro word. What is this madness? There...
  • Goa order banning Sri Ram Sene lacks teeth: Congress 1 week ago

    Panaji: Rajya Sabha MP and AICC Secretary Shantaram Naik on Thursday described the order banning Sri Ram Sene in Goa as 'toothless'. "The ban order imposed by the Goa Government on Sri Ram Sena is without teeth, unless the order is followed by a regular order by the Central Government under...
  • Goa government in racism row again, refers to African national as 'negro' 1 week ago

    New Delhi: The Goa government is in the news once again for using a racial offensive term while referring to Africans. In an annexure submitted to the state assembly, the term 'unknown African Negro' was was used while referring to an African national who was arrested from the beach village...
  • Goa CM Parrikar shares food plate with HIV-positive children August 17, 2014

    Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar shared a meal with HIV-positive children, to dispel the misconception that the dreaded disease is transmitted by a mere touch. The Chief Minister shared lunch on Saturday with more than 30 children at an orphanage where they are currently studying. These children were in the news...
  • Goa MLA proposes concept of bikini beach with an entry fee, faces flak August 16, 2014

    Panaji: Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MLA Lavoo Mamledar has come under fire for proposing the concept of bikini beach in Goa which will charge an entry fee. The Congress party and women's right activists have hit out at the leader for his proposal. The remarks came a month after another MLA...
  • Goa CM reaches out to people in distress August 15, 2014

    Panaji: Partnering with civil society, the Goa government is considering formation of a special cell to provide succour to people in distress, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday. "The idea may take three months to develop," he told reporters on the sidelines of the Independence Day function. The chief minister cited...
  • 'Coal issues need to be addressed for affordable power' August 1, 2014

    Panaji: Flagging off concerns about fuel shortages hurting power generation, senior executives on Friday said transportation and quality issues related to coal need to be immediately addressed for ensuring affordable electricity. "Affordable power is linked to many risk mitigation factors," Essar Energy Plc's Chief Executive Officer Sushil Maroo said on Friday....
  • Goa Deputy CM apologises for 'Hindu nation' remark July 28, 2014

    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 July 26, 2014

    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 July 25, 2014

    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 July 24, 2014

    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 July 22, 2014

    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 July 22, 2014

    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....