Goa News

Won't pardon Louis Berger bribery accused: Parsekar

 Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday said those involved in the US firm Louis Berger bribery scandal will not get any pardon from his government.

No suitable candidate for Goa Lokayukta: CM

 The Goa Lokayukta's post is lying vacant because of the lack of a suitable candidate, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Wednesday.

Rs 1.58-cr earmarked to guard Goa waters from mechanised fishing

 The Goa government has earmarked Rs 1.58 crore this year to preserve marine wealth including fisheries from mechanised trawling during the annual fishing ban.

Goa: Congress seeks status of JICA project

Even as former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat is to be questioned on Wednesday by Crime Branch in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case, Congress on Wednesday sought to know the details about the "JICA case" which is currently in the news.

Goa govt to provide aid to villages hit by mining closure

Goa government has decided to provide financial assistance to those village panchayats in the state that witnessed a drop in their revenues due to closure of mining industry around three years back.

State borrowings well within limit, Laxmikant Parsekar tells Goa House

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday said the state has been borrowing within the limits as against the picture projected by the Opposition that the government is heading towards a big debt trap.

Bribery case: Ex-Goa minister Alemao appears for questioning again

Former Goa PWD minister Churchill Alemao Wednesday appeared before the Crime Branch again in connection with Louis Berger bribery case, a day after the sleuths questioned him for over seven hours.

Mining in Goa to resume in October: CM

Mining may resume in Goa in October after a gap of nearly three years, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar told the legislative assembly on Wednesday.

Louis Berger probe: Former Goa CM appears before crime branch
Louis Berger probe: Former Goa CM appears before crime branch

Former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat on Wednesday appeared before the state police crime branch in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case.

Bribery case: Ex-Goa CM Kamat to appear before crime branch today
Bribery case: Ex-Goa CM Kamat to appear before crime branch today

Former Goa chief minister Digamber Kamat would appear before the crime branch today in connection with Louis Berger bribery case.

Louis Berger probe: Alemao appears before crime branch

Former Public Works Department minister Churchill Alemao on Tuesday appeared before the Goa Police crime branch in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case.

Goa Assembly condoles death of former Prez APJ Abdul Kalam

Goa Legislative Assembly on Tuesday paid rich tributes to former President APJ Abdul Kalam and the House was adjourned after adopting a condolence motion.

Bribery case: Ex-Goa min Alemao appears before Crime Branch
Bribery case: Ex-Goa min Alemao appears before Crime Branch

Former Goa Public Works Minister Churchill Alemao today appeared before Crime branch sleuths here for questioning in connection with the bribery case involving US management consultancy firm Louis Berger.

Louis Berger scam: Goa CM agrees to CBI probe

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday agreed to ruling legislators` demand for ensuring a CBI probe into the Louis Berger international bribery scam.

Goa CM wants Indian judiciary to emulate US courts

Lauding the US judiciary for its ruling on the Louis Berger international bribery scam, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday asked the Indian judiciary to "incorporate" such an approach.

Louis Berger case figures in Goa House; BJP corners Congress

Ruling coalition members in Goa Assembly on Monday targeted opposition Congress over the Louis Berger bribery scam, which allegedly involves a former minister of the party.

Goa: BJP legislator demands parole for Pacheco

 BJP MLA Michael Lobo on Monday demanded that imprisoned Goa Vikas Party (GVP) legislator Fransisco Miccky Pacheco should be granted parole by the state government to allow him to participate in the ongoing Legislative Assembly session.

Opposition MLAs marshalled out of Goa assembly

Dramatic scenes were witnessed on the first day of the Goa assembly's monsoon session on Monday with Speaker Rajendra Arlekar ordering marshals to escort opposition MLAs out of the house after they sought resignation of Industries Minister Mahadev Naik for cheating.

Goa Legislative Assembly session begins Monday

A fortnight-long session of Goa Legislative Assembly will start on Monday with the opposition planning to corner the BJP-led government on allegations of financial misdemeanor against the industries minister.

Louis Berger bribery case: Goa water proj director suspended

Goa government on Saturday suspended project director A Wachasunder who was heading the Water augmentation and sewerage line project which has run into controversy over bribery charges.

Goa MP Shantaram Naik accuses Defence Ministry of land grab

Goa`s lone Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik on Saturday accused the defence ministry of trying to "grab" six lakh sq metres of land in a village for setting up a permanent venue for Defence Expo and Aero India shows.

'Manohar Parrikar may have revealed names in Louis Berger case'

BJP legislator Subhash Phaldesai has claimed that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar might have revealed to investigators the names of two ministers allegedly involved in the USD 976,630 Louis Berger international bribery scam.

Louis Berger graft case: Bribe was paid, says Goa Police

 Goa Police on Wednesday said prima facie it has come to light that "bribe was paid" by a US firm for a water developmental project in the state.

I have not even heard of US company Louis Berger: Churchill Alemao

Former Congress Minister Churchill Alemao has denied involvement in the bribery scandal related to US firm Louis Berger, while the Congress on Tuesday demanded filing of an FIR against those linked to the case.

Goa Crime Branch files FIR in Louis Berger bribery case
Goa Crime Branch files FIR in Louis Berger bribery case

The Crime Branch of the Goa Police began its probe into the alleged payment of USD 976,630 in bribes to a state minister and officials by an international consultancy firm, media reports said on Tuesday.

Bribery case: BJP demands CBI probe, Kamat denies wrongdoing

The ruling BJP in Goa on Monday sought a CBI probe into the bribery case involving a US firm even as former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, who headed the Congress government in the state when the alleged pay off was made, denied intervention of any of his ministers in clearing the project in question.

US bribery case: Ex-Goa CM Kamat rules out involvement of his ministers

Former Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, who headed the government during the alleged bribery case involving a US firm in 2009, has ruled out involvement of any of his ministers.

US bribery case: Two former ministers may be involved, says Parrikar

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday hinted that two former ministers might be involved in the alleged bribery case involving a US firm over a water developmental scheme in the state.

Goa govt to conduct audit of buildings over 3-decade old

In a move which could have an impact on Portuguese-era mansions in the state, the Goa government on Friday decided to conduct audit of buildings that are more than 30 years old and make it mandatory for these structures to provide stability certificate every five years.

Government wants foolproof coastal security system: Rajnath Singh

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government wants to ensure a foolproof coastal security system for the country, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Monday.