Chief minister Manohar Parrikar expressed helplessness over the illegal stay of foreigners as the law did not give the state too many powers, either in controlling their entry or in forcing their deportation or detention by police.
Over 79,000 Russian tourists landed in Goa in the first half of 2014, followed by the British (70,351), according to statistics tabled in the state legislative assembly Tuesday.
It appears that the Goa tourism ministry has cancelled its Rs.4 crore junket to Spain which was avowedly aimed at promoting religious tourism, though the Goa Tourism Minister claims that there was so such proposal put up to or by the Tourism Department.
An inquiry against a police sub-inspector, who refused to register a case of rape of a 10-year-old girl by her father last week saying it was a “family matter”, is nearing completion, a senior officer said Monday.
In what many in the Opposition and some in the BJP-ruling government itself are terming as a ‘stifling of the Freedom of Expression & Speech’ – a government promoted culture centre – Ravindra Bhavan has issued a circular which reads the following, “No criticism of the government ministers, MLAs, VIPS shall be made during the onstage performance at the Ravindra Bhavan in Margao; future booking of the auditorium or other facilities at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, may not be allowed.”
While massage parlors have been mushrooming across Goa even after a government, Goa Health Minister revealed shocking details that in the state there is only one registered massage parlor while 30 registered Spas.
In a major initiative to reach-out to the growing number of foreign and domestic tourist coming to Goa, the North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association (NGTTOA) will launch its website by September to enable tourists to check fares for fixed distances and also to book a taxi, according to their president Ravindra Vengurlekar.
Yet another minor child made a victim of the heinous crime of rape in Goa. This time a 32-year old father rapes his ten-year old daughter and even films the act on his mobile camera.
Bowling a googly to the Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government on the ‘Special Status’, Goa’s Independent legislator Vijay Sardesai today suggested that all the 40 MLAs in the state should resign, to press the demand for special status for the state.
Goans for Dabolim Only (GFDO) has condemned former Congress chief minister Pratapsingh Rane for his actions that began the ground work on the proposed Mopa airport and blamed him for most of the problems plaguing Goa’.