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MGP Opposes Instruction In English

The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) has strongly opposed any move by the government to provide grants to primary schools imparting education in English medium. Briefing media persons, MGP Working President Narayan Sawant asserted that elementary education has to be in the mother tongue.
While clarifying that the MGP is not against English language per se, he said education at later stage could be in English as is the practice at the moment.

GBA Objects To CM’s Assurance on RP2021

The Goa Bachao Abhiyan that spearheaded the movement to scrap Goa Regional Plan 2011 and participated in the preparation of Goa Regional Plan 2021 and subsequently raised objections to the notified plans of two talukas, has taken strong exception to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s assurance that “genuine mistakes” in the notified plans would be corrected.
It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had assured the Goa Legislative Assembly that “genuine mistakes” in the notified plans would be corrected, after he was cornered from all quarters over the mistakes in the notified plans for the talukas of Pernem and Canacona.

Orissa Native Succumbs To Burn Injuries

Gariba Ishwar Andrap, the 23 year old native of Orissa who was admitted to Goa Medical College, succumbed to burn injuries thus turning out to be a tragic victim of a love gone sour for no fault of his.
Gariba who used to live with his wife at the 20 point housing colony at Verna had given shelter to a girl from his native village. The girl was being wooed by one Ratnakar Laxman Dubdali also from Orissa and whose earlier marriage had broken down.

Earthen Hands Underway

Earthen Hands – a show organized by Goa Handicrafts Rural and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation (GHRSSIDC) is currently underway at the Don Bosco Oratory Hall, Panjim. The show is a business to business (B2B) activity cum retail exhibition.
This show will provide an opportunity to handicraft buyers and exporters to directly interact with artisans not only from the state but also from different parts of the country. Different activities like workshops and seminars have also been organized.

Gatifloxacin And Tegaserod Banned, Pharmacists Not Informed

The Central Government has banned manufacture, sale and distribution of drug gatifloxacin formulation and drug tegaserod in the state.
Drug gatifloxacin which comes in the form of eye drops, tablets and also injections is widely used to treat different types of bacterial infections, while drug tegaserod which comes mainly in the form of tablets, is used for to treat irritable bowel syndrome and chronic constipation. These drugs have to be used only on prescription by the doctors.
Since March 2007 US has already banned tegaserod drug which was manufactured by Novartis and sold under the brand name Zelnorm due to increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Sewerage Plants Must For Big Housing Complex

Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar on Friday moved a bill in the Legislative Assembly seeking to amend the Goa Town and Country Planning Bill to make it mandatory for multi-dwelling units having 100 and more flats to have its own independent sewerage treatment plant.

Govt Withdraws Water Tank Scheme

PWD Minister Churchill Alemao was forced to withdraw the ‘Water Tank Scheme’ following a concerted attack by the Opposition led by Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar and BJP MLA representing Fatorda constituency Damodar Naik. And even as he said the scheme would be reformulated, Chief Minster Digambar Kamat exonerated Churchill of any wrongdoing arguing that the steps were taken in the interest of the suffering people.

Britona Not Scrap Yard For River Princess: Nilkant

Tourism Minister Nilkant Halarnkar assured the House on Friday that the Britona jetty will not be used as a scrap yard to store the scrap from River Princess which is currently being broken down.
Replying to a calling attention motion tabled by Congress MLA Dayanand Narvekar representing the Aldona constituency, he said the scrap will be kept at Britona only to assess its value before it is disposed off. He pointed out that the scrap has to be kept at a Customs designated Point so that the scrap can be valued as the government has to pay the Customs duty on it.

Joaquim Promises Incinerator for Panjim Crematorium

Following an assurance by Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao that the government would install an incinerator at the Hindu crematorium in Panjim, Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar withdrew his private member’s resolution that was tabled in the Goa Legislative Assembly on Friday.

Communidade Committee Threatens To Haul Govt For Contempt

The Standing Committee of South Goa Communidades threatened to haul the government for contempt of court for its failure to implement the Supreme Court order pronounced in January this year directing the government to clear encroachments on government and land held in common.
Interpreting the “land held in common” to be Communidade land as it is used for the benefit of the public in general, the Standing Committee regretted that the Goa government had not taken any step to implement the Supreme Court order.