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Politicians, policemen named in FIR against matka gambling in Goa

The Goa Police Crime Branch has filed an FIR against Goa politicians, police officials, two newspapers and over 1,100 matka gambling bookies and masterminds of a gambling operation based in Gujarat.

Goa ex-CM, top official get bail in Louis Berger case
Goa ex-CM, top official get bail in Louis Berger case

Former Goa chief minister Churchill Alemao and former project director of the compromised JICA funded project Anand Wachasundar were granted bail by a special court here on Monday in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case.

Girl drugged, raped in Goa: Police

A 20-year-old girl from Raigad district of Maharashtra was allegedly drugged and raped by an acquaintance in North Goa's Anjuna village near here, police said on Wednesday.

Louis Berger bribery case: Goa govt moves HC against Digambar Kamat's bail

Goa government on Monday contended before the Goa bench of Bombay High Court here that the lower court erred in granting pre-arrest bail to former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in the Louis Berger bribery case.

Louis Berger case: Alemao Churchill applies for fresh bail

Former Goa minister Churchill Alemao has filed a fresh bail application before the special court in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case.

Goa: Ramnathi villagers seek ban on Sanatan Sanstha

Locals of Ramnathi in North Goa district where the Sanatan Sanstha is headquartered, have demanded a ban on the right-wing outfit and urged the state government to ensure that its ashram is shifted out of their village failing which they would intensify their agitation against them and their 'sadhaks' (seekers).

Goa Speaker Rajendra Arlekar to be made Cabinet Minister

Goa Legislative Assembly Speaker Rajendra Arlekar will be inducted into state Cabinet by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

Goa Police seek narco tests on Kamat, Alemao in graft case

Goa Police Crime Branch has sought to conduct narco-analysis test on former chief minister Digambar Kamat and the then PWD minister Churchill Alemao in the Louis Berger bribery case, an official said on Wednesday.

Louis Berger bribery case: CBI chargesheet names Alemao as accused

Filing the chargesheet in the Louis Berger bribery case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had named former Goa PWD minister Churchill Alemao as an accused. Former CM Digambar Kamat has also been named but only as an suspect.

Goa CM says no ban on Sanatan Sanstha, rejects Congress' demand
Goa CM says no ban on Sanatan Sanstha, rejects Congress' demand

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday ruled out banning right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha – a demand made by the Congress leaders of the state.

Louis Berger case: Crime Branch to file chargesheet on September 28

Goa Crime Branch will file the chargesheet in the Louis Berger bribery case on September 28, naming former minister Churchill Alemao and others as "accused", while ex-Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat's name will be added as an accused in the supplementary chargesheet.

BJP MLA compares Sanatan ​Sanstha with SIMI, seeks ban for "spreading terror"

A BJP MLA on Tuesday sought a ban on Sanatan Sanstha, whose member was arrested in connection with the murder of Left leader Govind Pansare, for "creating terror" like Students and Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

Goa govt extends ban on Sri Ram Sene chief Muthalik

The Goa government has extended the ban on controversial Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik till January 14, 2016.

Pansare murder suspect knew Goa blast mastermind: Police

Hindu right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha member Rudra Patil, a suspect in leftist Govind Pansare`s murder, was in regular touch with the mastermind of the 2009 Goa bomb blast, police said.

Sanatan Sanstha claims it's a 'soft target'

 Right wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha, which is again in focus after a man allegedly having links with it was arrested in connection with the murder of rationalist Govind Pansare, has claimed that it was being wrongly targeted as it did not have any political backing.

Goans gear up to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

Goans across the state have geared up to celebrate the ten-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival as cities wore a deserted look while villages bustled with people returning home during holidays to attend the revelry.

Mining scam: Search held at office of ex-Goa CM's close aide

Sleuths on Wednesday conducted a search at the office of a realtor known to be a close aide of former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat in connection with the mining scam.

Goa Congress files complains against Mahesh Sharma 'hate speech'

The Congress in Goa has filed a police complaint against union Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma for allegedly delivering a hate speech against minority religions, a party leader said on Wednesday.

PMO takes cognisance of complaint about money laundering in Goa

The PMO has asked the finance ministry to take "appropriate action" in the light of a complaint by a Goa-based anti-corruption NGO, which reported about linkages between a Goa-based hawala operator and the local casino industry.

Cong MLA Kavlekar's assets to be evaluated by CA: Goa ACB

Goa Police's Anti-Corruption Bureau has decided to rope in a chartered accountant to calculate the total assets of Congress legislator Chandrakant Kavlekar, who is under the scanner for allegedly having disproportionate wealth.

CBI raids residence of Goa's Chief Passport Officer

The CBI raided the residence of the Chief Passport Officer in Verna village as part of a probe into the issuance of dual passports to a few individuals in Goa, an official said on Thursday.

Goa governor sends back legislator's mercy plea for review

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday returned to the state cabinet for review a mercy petition signed by it for pardoning a convicted legislator, an official said.

Goa girl champ who doesn't know she quizzed PM Modi

 Olympic gold medal winner and intellectually-disabled Sonia Yellappa Patil, who got Prime Minister Narendra Modi talking about his love for swimming, gymming over video conference, is still unaware she quizzed the prime minister.

Cabinet expansion in Goa after Ganesh festival

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar Saturday said the state cabinet's expansion and reshuffle had been postponed and would be held after the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

Ten students injured in stampede in Goa school

At least ten students studying in fifth and sixth standard were on Saturday injured in a stampede at a school near Vasco town here, the school authorities said.

Louis Berger case: ED quizzes former top executive

The Enforcement Directorate, probing the money laundering angle in the Louis Berger bribery case, Friday quizzed its former vice president Satyakam Mohanty.

Louis Berger probe: ED issues summons to company officials

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday issued summons to seven people, including three former Louis Berger officials and an alleged hawala operator.

Former Goa CM Wilfred De Souza passes away

Former Goa chief minister Wilfred De Souza, who held the post three times, passed away on Friday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 88.

Goa miners grapple with high taxation, lower ore prices

The mining industry, which is all set to resume operations in Goa, finds itself in a tight spot as it faces the twin problem of a huge tax load and softer iron ore prices in the global market.

Bribery case: NBW likely against ex-Louis Berger official

The Goa Police is likely to issue a non-bailable arrest warrant against former Louis Berger official James McClung, who had revealed that bribe was paid to win a consultancy contract in Goa.