Goa News

BBSM to agitate against English as medium of instruction

A forum supporting Konkani and Marathi as medium of instruction in elementary education on Tuesday announced statewide protest from Friday against Goa government's decision to continue giving grants to English medium schools.

Louis Berger case: No immediate arrests, says Goa DGP

Goa DGP TN Mohan on Tuesday ruled out any fresh arrests in the Louis Berger bribery case being probed by Crime Branch, in the backdrop of a speculation that former chief minister Digambar Kamat and ex-minister Churchill Alemao could be taken into custody.

Goans opting for Portuguese nationality cause of concern: CM Laxmikant Parsekar

 Expressing concern over increasing number of people from Goa surrendering their Indian passports to opt for Portuguese citizenship, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday said that the state government was pursuing the issue with the External Affairs Ministry.

AAP urges Goa Governor not to grant pardon to Francisco Miccky Pacheco

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday requested Goa Governor Mridula Sinha not to grant pardon to state legislator Francisco Miccky Pacheco, who is serving a six-month jail term for slapping a government employee.

Louis Berger case: Goa crime branch questions former CM Kamat

Former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat is being questioned by the state's crime branch in connection with the US firm Louis Berger bribery case.

Former Louis Berger Vice-President arrested in bribery case

Former Louis Berger Vice-President Satyakam Mohanty was on Monday arrested in connection with the pay-off scandal involving the New Jersey-based consultancy firm that is charged with bribing Indian officials to win two major water developmental projects in Goa and Guwahati, police said.

Ruckus in Goa House over felling of trees for golf project

 Noisy scenes were witnessed in the Goa Legislative Assembly on Monday after Opposition members alleged that trees were being illegally felled by promoter of an upcoming golf course project in Pernem taluka and demanded formation of a House Committee to study the matter.

School for tourism, strategic security soon: Goa CM

 The Goa government is in the process of starting a Global School of Tourism and School of Strategic and Security Studies in association with the Goa University, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar told the state assembly on Monday.

Manohar Parrikar assures Centre's help to expose scams in Goa, terms Berger bribery case "tip of the iceberg"
Manohar Parrikar assures Centre's help to expose scams in Goa, terms Berger bribery case "tip of the iceberg"

Terming the Louis Berger bribery case as just the "tip of the iceberg", Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said the Centre will extend all possible assistance to expose the "scams" during Congress rule in Goa.

Not even half of anganwadi centres have toilets

Less than fifty per cent of the Anganwadi Centers (AWCs) in the country have toilets, according to Women and Child Development Ministry.

Will get centre's help to nail Goa Congress scams: Parrikar

 Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has promised assistance from the central government to help nail scams of the erstwhile Congress-led coalition government in Goa.

Louis Berger probe: Bribes camouflaged as engineering terms

Shedding new light on the manner in which money for bribes was requisitioned in the Louis Berger case, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that a code word related to engineering was used as a camouflage for bribery demands.

Cong opposes Goa resolution to pardon jailed MLA Pacheco

Taking a strong objection to the Goa Government's resolution granting pardon to jailed MLA Francisco 'Miccky' Pacheco, Opposition Congress on Saturday demanded that similar clemency be extended to other prisoners languishing in jails.

Digvijay defends Digamber Kamat in Louis bribery case

Congress on Saturday stood by former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case, saying there is no question of his involvement the scam.

Pardoning convicted lawmakers will embolden them: GGEA

 Pardoning a convicted lawmaker`s prison sentence for assaulting a government servant may embolden elected representatives to assault government servants in the future, the Goa Government Employees Association (GGEA) has said.

'If pardoned, Pacheco can participate in Goa House proceedings'

Goa Speaker Rajendra Arlekar today said that if Governor Mridula Sinha approves the state cabinet's decision to pardon imprisoned Goa Vikas Party legislator Fransisco Miccky Pacheco then he will be allowed to participate in the proceedings in the ongoing session.

Assaulting government servant minor offence: Goa Deputy CM

Assaulting a government servant is a "minor offence", Goa`s deputy chief minister Francis D`Souza said on Friday, while justifying the adoption of a resolution by the state cabinet to "pardon" legislator Francisco Pacheco, sentenced to six months in jail for assault.

Demand for English: Parents block Goa roads, stone buses

Several parents in Goa Friday blocked the main roads and bridges across the state and allegedly pelted some buses with stones while demanding English to be made the medium of instruction and government grants for every academic year.

Goa Cabinet grants pardon to Pacheco; Governor to decide on plea

The Goa Cabinet has moved a resolution granting pardon to jailed Nuvem MLA Francisco Miccky Pacheco, who was sentenced to six months' imprisonment for slapping a government servant in 2006.

Cong MLA evicted from Goa Legislative Assembly for creating ruckus

Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco was marshalled out from the Goa Legislative Assembly today for creating ruckus by ignoring Speaker's plea to observe restraint.

Nepalese national held for making hoax call in Goa

A Nepalese national was on Thursday arrested by the Goa Police for allegedly making a hoax call about terrorists having "entered the state".

BJP government not to scrap Goa Regional Plan 2021

The Goa Government on Thursday said it was not in favour of scrapping the controversial Regional Plan 2021 though it is willing to make genuine corrections in the blueprint.

Goa's lone Konkani newspaper to shut down

Nearly 28 years after its first edition, Goa's lone Konkani daily 'Sunaparant' is heading for a closure from next month, with the management attributing the decision to escalating cost of bringing out the newspaper.

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.