Goa News

BJP manifesto promises 'smart' Panaji; silent on casinos

The ruling BJP on Saturday promised to turn the state capital into 'a smart city', but its manifesto for the February 13 assembly by-election is mum on the controversial issue of shifting of the off-shore casinos.

Goa Congress throws ''five question'' challenge to BJP

Taking a cue from the "five questions" strategy adopted by the BJP to corner the AAP ahead of the February 07 Delhi polls, the Congress here on Saturday adopted this to question Goa`s BJP-led coalition government.

I stopped mining in Goa: Jayanthi ​Natarajan
I stopped mining in Goa: Jayanthi ​Natarajan

 After former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, former union minister for environment and forests in the erstwhile UPA government Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday became the second senior politician to claim credit for the closure of Goa's tainted, multi-billon dollar iron ore mining industry.

'Natarajan-Gandhi tussle delayed mining resumption in Goa'

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar Friday said that the Natarajan-Gandhi tussle could have resulted in the prolonged delay in resolving Goa`s iron ore mining sector crisis.

Panaji by-poll: Another IITian challenges Parrikar's bastion

The Goan capital seems to have become an electoral hunting ground for IIT-Bombay alumni.

Goa: Congress skips offshore casinos' issue in bypoll manifesto

Even as Congress has said that it would hold a march to demand shifting the offshore casinos from Mandovi river here, the party's manifesto for the Panaji bye-election does not have any mention of it.

Onus on citizens to make India great: Goa CM

 Every Indian citizen has to commit himself to make India the world's greatest country, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said after hoisting the national tricolour in Panaji Monday.

Guv warns against onslaught of "social diseases" in Goa

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Monday warned people against the onslaught of certain "social diseases" in the coastal state brought in by tourists and asked citizens to exercise caution against the possible excesses of their culture.

Vajpayee comes within ambit of Parrikar's 'compromise' charge: Congress MP

 Former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee comes within the ambit of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar`s charge that some former PMs had compromised "deep assets of national security", Goa`s lone Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik of the Congress said here Saturday.

Goa BJP leader Vishnu Wagh fulminates against Parrikar

 Goa MLA and BJP leader Vishnu Surya Wagh on Friday accused Defence Minister and former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of using him during the election campaign and discarding later.

Can't hold wine festival in Goa on Republic Day: NGT

The four-day Grape Escapade, an annual wine and lifestyle festival that was to begin Friday, has been truncated to three days by the National Green Tribunal as Republic Day will be a `dry day`.

Goa issues swine flu advisory after two suspect cases

Two days after the Goa health minister officially revealed the presence of suspected swine flu-afflicted patients in the state, health authorities Friday issued an advisory asking people to take basic precautions against the infection.

Youth held for hoax call of terror attack on Obama

A 19-year-old youth from Goa has been arrested for making a hoax call to Delhi Police warning them of a terror attack on US President Barack Obama.

19-year-old arrested in Goa for R-Day terror hoax

A 19-year-old boy was arrested in Goa Wednesday for making a hoax phone call to Delhi Police and warning of an attempt to disrupt the Republic Day parade where US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest.

Conversions violate freedom of religion: Faleiro

Senior Congress leader Eduardo Faleiro has said conversions should be stopped in the country as such activities violate the freedom of religion.

Sene chief Muthalik seeks permission to visit Goa in Feb

Right-wing outfit Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik, who has been banned from entering Goa, has sought permission from the state administration to visit the state for 10 days in February.

Goa to host Indo-Russian musical festival 'ZimaFest'

Bringing together the music of two worlds, Goa will host 'ZimaFest' - India's newest live musical festival that will witness a confluence of Russian and Indian music at Candolim beach.

Defence Minister Parrikar commissions four Coast Guard ships

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday commissioned four Indian Coast Guard (ICG) vessels at port town of Vasco in Goa, which will be mainly used for patrolling and interception.

Goa BJP meeting to decide future strategy

BJP's Goa unit will hold a 'Chintan Baithak' on Monday to review the performance of its government led by Laxmikant Parsekar and decide strategy for the 2017 state Assembly polls.

Goa's reputation unaffected by controversies: Minister

Controversies triggered by local politicians over banning bikinis, Hindu nation conspiracies, anti-gay sentiments etc have failed to affect Goa`s reputation as a prime tourist destination, state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said here on Saturday.

Goa minister blames Putin for drop in Russian tourists

Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar on Saturday said the steep fall in the number of Russian tourists visiting the state this season is due to Russian President Vladimir Putin`s guidelines to them.

Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar denies occupying two houses

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar Friday denied reports suggesting that he occupies two government houses and lashed out at the national media for blowing the issue out of proportion.

Goa leaders trying to sabotage Isha Mantry probe: Congress

Politicians have tried to sabotage the forensic investigation into the death of Bollywood designer Isha Mantry, who died of a suspected drug overdose at a dance music festival in Goa in December, the Congress said Thursday.

Goa LGBT row: Opposition demands minister's removal

The opposition Wednesday stepped up pressure on the BJP-led Goa government, demanding the resignation and an apology from Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar for his plans to set up camps to "cure" LGBT youth.

Baba Ramdev's yoga expertise to be used to treat LGBT youth: Goa minister

Goa's Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar has been quoted in the The New York Times as saying that homosexuality was a "big problem" and that his government would set up "camps" to treat the LGBT youth.

Delhi poll results might influence Panaji by-polls: Congress

The Congress party in Goa has written to the Election Commission of India (ECI) seeking to reschedule the proposed Panaji by-election and schedule it along with Delhi elections.

Minister's LGBT comment came from ignorance: Goa CM

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar Tuesday said alternative sexual orientation was a "natural thing" and there was no question of setting up centres in the state to "cure" LGBT youth with medicine and training.

Goa minister takes U-turn after facing flak for LGBT remarks
Goa minister takes U-turn after facing flak for LGBT remarks

Panaji: After his controversial remarks over the LGBT community drew flak, Goa minister Ramesh Tawadkar on Tuesday did a U-turn over the issue saying he was misunderstood and misquoted on the issue.

Cong veteran Rane contradicts party, wants Land Plan notified

Even as Congress is mulling a multi-prong strategy to "expose" the BJP-led Goa government, the Leader of Opposition Pratapsingh Rane on Monday termed Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar as a "nice person" and asked him to go ahead with notifying the Land Use Plan.

Goa govt plans centres to make LGBT youths 'normal'
Goa govt plans centres to make LGBT youths 'normal'

Panaji: The Goa government is contemplating to set up centres on the line of Alcoholic Anonymous for LGBT youth, where they will be trained and administered medicine in order to make them "normal", state Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar said Monday.