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Youth Below 21 Years Banned From Casinos

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today assured the House that the government will bring about a legislation within two months banning the entry of youth below the age of 21 years into casinos.
It may be recalled that the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party had tabled a Private Member’s Bill seeking a ban on locals from the casinos operating in the State on grounds that its destroys not only the social fabric of the state but also ruins families as youngsters get addicted to gambling.

Mauvin Accuses Navy Of Grabbing Land

Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho accused the Indian Navy of holding land around the Dabolim airport that actually does not belong to them thereby affecting the expansion of the airport.
He pointed out that the Indian Navy has not yet handed over 2.5 acres of land as promised to the Airport Authorities of India (AAI). The land was required by AAI for expansion of the airport and though the Navy had agreed to hand over this land, it has failed to do so till date, he said.

Khariwado Demolition Begins, Vasco Bandh Partial

The demolition of 70 structures at Khariwado began on Thursday morning in the presence of a strong police force that acted as a deterrent to any untoward incident. The Vasco bandh called for by residents of Khariwado evoked partial response as many of the establishments refused to down their shutters.
Although initially, 87 structures were identified to be demolished, owners of 17 of them including Clemente D’Souza who is the brother of Revenue Minister Philip D’Souza managed to get a stay from the Administrative Tribunal on 29th March.

Travel Expose: Lies exposed on air travel plans

Both the Chief Secretary and Minister for Tourism, Goa has on the tourism expose issue stated categorically that they have travelled by economy class and within the government stipulated norms. GoaChronicle.com exposes these lies…

Tourism Minister Speaks On US Trip

Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar while admitting that he does not really know whether Rajesh Kale was officially part of the team that went to USA to promote Goa as a tourist destination, however asserted that he not breached any protocol or did anything inappropriate.
Speaking to Goa Chronicle.com, he said that he travelled economy class to USA and back and that he stayed in hotels as permitted by the rules. “Even when we travel to Delhi if there is no place in Goa Sadan, ministers stay in five star hotels and that is what I did in USA,” he said.

30 % Housing Board Plots For Villagers

Housing Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar on Wednesday assured the Legislative Assembly that 30 per cent of the plots in Housing Board colonies will be reserved for locals from the village where the colony is being set up.
The assurance came in reply to Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Mahadev Naik representing the Shiroda constituency pointing out that the people were opposed to setting up a housing colony in the village as it was very close to a church and the people feared that the colony would disturb the religious activities.

Khariwado Demolitions Today

Even as the demolition of houses at Khariwado in Vasco was deferred for Thursday due to inadequate police force, the administration has invoked Section 144 around the area for the next three days to enable them to fulfill the court order.
Deputy Collector (Mormugao) Levinson Martins said Section 144 has been imposed to prevent gatherings of anti-social elements who may incite others to create a law and order situation.
Section 144 has been imposed along the stretch of road from T B Cunha Chowk to the crematorium at Khariwado for 50 mts on both sides of the road.

Bill To Regulate Eco-Tourism

Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar on Wednesday, introduced the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade (Amendment) Bill that provides for registration of all eco-tourism activities in the State including water sports and spice farms.
The bill seeks to regulate these activities and also provides for imposing fines on those found violating the provisions of the law.

Mauvin Calls For Mundkarial Rights To Communidade Encroachers

Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho, on Wednesday called for declaring encroachers on Commnidade land for more than 40 years as mundkars of the property and argued that this will help curb encroachment on government and Communidade land.
Pointing out that encroachment on private, Communidade and even government land has increased in the last few years, he said by conferring mundkarial rights on those occupying the lands for 40 years, will help identify others who can then be evicted from the land.

Filipe Assures Relief From Wild Animals To Farmers

Taking cognizance of growing number of wild animals destroying plantations, Minister for Forests Filipe Neri Rodrigues assured the Legislative Assembly that his department will come out with schemes to protect cultivations.
While disclosing that a pilot project will be taken up in Pernem taluka, he said solar or electric fencing around cultivations, construction of trenches or walls are some of the measures proposed and added that besides undertaking a feasibility study, locals will also be taken into confidence before implementing these schemes.