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MoI To Be Resolved By 20th May

With the All India Congress Committee emissary Jagmeet Singh Brar convinced about the demand for recognition of English as a medium of instruction at primary school level, the issue is expected to be resolved by 20th May revealed various persons in the Congress hierarchy in Goa.
Besides a number of legislators, even the party organization has reportedly argued in favour of English as a medium of instruction and even Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has now been turned around to support the demand on grounds that it would snowball into a major issue affecting the party’s prospects at the fast approaching assembly elections.

HC Dismisses Plea On Drug Cases

The Bombay High Court at Goa has disposed off the petition filed by the National Students Union of India (NSUI) seeking a direction that the police-drug dealer nexus cases be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as the cases have already been transferred to that agency.
The division bench comprising of Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice F M Reis pronounced their order after CBI counsel Carlos Ferreira stated that the notification authorizing the CBI to take over the cases will be issued shortly.

NIA Opposes Blast Accused’s Plea

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has strongly opposed Margao bomb blast accused Dhananjay Asthekar’s plea seeking permission to answer his engineering examinations in Kolhapur stating that it is too risky.
Besides, Special Public Prosecutor S B Faria argued that the accused has been in judicial custody for offences of a serious nature attracting death

Mining Firms Asked To Submit Data

The 89 mining lease holders in Goa have been asked to provide details of the ore extracted by them and the amount of rejects lying on the site to the Department of Mines and Geology by 25th May.
The direction has come in the wake of Public Accounts Committee’s observation that eight mines have already exceeded the limit of ore they were permitted to extract and the Department found itself in an embarrassing position of not having the relevant data.

Mines Threatened With Cancellation Of Permits

At a high level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava, it was decided to act stringently against mining firms indulging or abetting illegal activities including cancellation of their permits. While such firms will be given a warning first, repetition of the transgression will result in cancellation of permits.
It was pointed out that despite several warnings, illegalities and particularly overloading of trucks, continued unabated and hence it was decided to act very strictly on this matter.

Sustainable Tourism development is a must!

Where do you draw the line of support between a project of socio-economic-tourism potential vis-à-vis an agitation to save the agricultural land of landlords and tenants (who have themselves willfully agreed to the purchase of their land) by a renowned player in the tourism and hospitality space who intends to redefine the tourism potential of Goa with their tourism initiative.

Quepem Police Book Case Against Mining Security

Quepem police have registered a case against unknown security personnel of the mining firm in connection with the abduction of journalist Gary Azavedo.
The case is registered under Sections 323, 427, 342 and 506 read with Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code.
The unknown security personnel have been accused of causing hurt, mischief, wrongfully confining a person and using criminal intimidation and if convicted will attract imprisonment ranging from one year to two years.

River Princess Cutting: 40% Complete

Around 40 per cent of the work of cutting the River Princess has been completed announced Tourism Director Swapnil Naik.
He said that most of the work on the vessel above sea level was completed and the work on cutting the vessel lying under water will be taken up shortly.
While the work of cutting the vessel has been progressing smoothly, the disposal of the resultant scrap is proving to be a little sticky.