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Voyeurism case: Chargesheet may include Smriti Irani as witness

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani may be included as a witness in the trial room voyeurism case involving a Fabindia outlet, a senior police official said on Thursday.

Cops shielding ex-Goa minister in assault case: Activist

Social activist and lawyer Aires Rodrigues, whose petition led the local court to issue an arrest warrant against former minister Francisco Mickky Pacheco in a 2006 assault case, has now accused the police of "allowing the politician to abscond".

Goa: AYUSH minister clears air on his aide's sacking

 Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik has said his private secretary Nitin Sardare was asked to resign on the instruction of the party bosses.

Report fire, accidents in Goa via app

You may not need to place that frantic call in case of a fire or emergency in Goa as a new app will do the needful from now on.

Goa NCP leaders resign en masse over appointment of new state chief

Several senior leaders of Goa NCP have resigned en masse to protest against the appointment of the new state unit president, prompting the party high command to put the selection on hold.

Goa NCP rebels against appointment of 'unknown' state unit president

 Top office bearers of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Goa on Monday claimed they "did not know" their newly-appointed state president Suhas Volvoikar, and accused the party's high command of foisting a leader unknown to the state leadership.

Goa to install monitoring system to track terrorist landings

Goa is considering installing a monitoring system which will track suspicious activities off shore including possible terrorist landings and under sea movements, a government report said.

Smriti Irani-Fabindia case: Goa Police identify voyeur store worker
Smriti Irani-Fabindia case: Goa Police identify voyeur store worker

 A week after the hidden camera was detected by Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani at a Fabindia outlet near here, police on Saturday claimed to have identified the store staffer who was behind the voyeurism episode.

Goa releases action protocol for oil spill incidents

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday released a protocol prepared by the Goa State Pollution Control Board for dealing with oil spills, with action plan for all the concerned agencies including the Coast Guard and the National Institute of Oceanography.

Fabindia top brass grilled; CEO says would regain Irani's trust

 The top brass of apparel retailer Fabindia was on Friday questioned by Goa Police in the CCTV camera case even as its CEO said the company would do everything possible to restore Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani's confidence in it as a customer.

Limit usage of school/college vehicles to 8 years, suggests SITCO

South Indian Transport ministers meeting here on Friday resolved to restrict the usage age of vehicles run by educational institutes to 8 years, even as it suggested scrapping all other general vehicles which are more than 15 years old.

Fabindia's top executives appear before Goa Police

Top officials of Fabindia, including its CEO and MD, Friday appeared before Goa Police to record their statements in connection with a voyeurism case.

Gadkari criticised for 'linking rape with religion'

The Goa Congress has criticised Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's controversial comment wherein he raked up the religion of two Bangladeshis who were arrested for raping a nun in West Bengal last month.

Court orders arrest of former Goa minister Francisco Miccky Pacheco in assault case

A court on Thursday ordered the police to arrest former Goa Minister Francisco Miccky Pacheco convicted for assaulting a government official in 2006.

Voyeurism case: Goa court grants anticipatory bail to 7 Fabindia officials

A Goa court on Thursday granted interim anticipatory bail to seven officials of Fabindia, including its CEO and MD, till April 23 in connection with the voyeurism case.

'Good for Christians if Hindus avoid convent schools'

 Caitu Silva, a legislator of the ruling alliance in Goa, on Wednesday sarcastically said that if Hindus do not want to send their children to minority institution-run convent schools, then Catholic students would stand a better chance of admission.

Fabindia top executives to be quizzed on April 10: Goa Police

Goa Police will quiz two top executives of Fabindia on Friday in connection with the trial room camera episode involving its outlet at Candolim near here.

Mumbai-Goa catamaran service to be launched soon

Tired of booking expensive flight tickets to Goa? If the efforts of Goa's Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) and Mumbai Port Trust pan out, a cheap catamaran service may help to fuel Goa's tourism story further.

After bikinis, Goa minister also wants naked sages banned

 A minister in Goa who had demanded a ban on bikinis, on Tuesday came down heavily on sages walking naked on public roads. He said it was a "very bad" thing to do and a practice not in sync with the times.

Fabindia top officials shouldn't be harassed: Digvijay Singh

All India Congress Committee General Secretary Digvijay Singh Tuesday came to the defence of Fabindia management saying the top officials should not be harassed if it is someone else's mischief.

No immediate plan to fill vacancy caused by Pacheco: CM

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar Tuesday said he has no immediate plans to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Rural Development Minister Francisco Micky Pacheco, even as intense lobbying was on within the ruling coalition for the vacant berth.

Goa Minister supports wife's remarks linking rape to Western culture

Coming out in support of his wife who stoked a controversy by stating that rapes are on the rise as women are aping western culture, Goa Factories Minister Deepak Dhavalikar today said the "way people dress today, fuels incidents of rape".

Smriti Irani CCTV row: Fabindia CEO, MD fail to appear for questioning, seek more time
Smriti Irani CCTV row: Fabindia CEO, MD fail to appear for questioning, seek more time

Goa Police has summoned top officials of FabIndia for questioning in connection with the voyeurism case filed against the outlet's staff after Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani alleged last week that the store in Candolim had a CCTV camera suspiciously placed near the trial room.

CCTV row: Goa court grants anticipatory bail to Candolim Fabindia store manager
CCTV row: Goa court grants anticipatory bail to Candolim Fabindia store manager

A local court here on Monday granted anticipatory bail to manager of Fabindia store in Candolim in a case of voyeurism.

Goa minister's wife under fire for remarks linking rape to Western culture

The Congress came down heavily on Monday over comments made by the wife of a cabinet minister in Goa, who has claimed that the Western culture causes rape and implored Hindus not to send their children to convents.

Smriti Irani-Fabindia case: Goa Police to record statements of 'other victims'

Goa Police on Sunday said all the persons involved in the voyeurism case, registered following a complaint by Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, would be brought to book and "other victims" too would be called for recording their statements.

Goa Archbishop greets Christians on Easter eve

Archbishop of Goa and Daman Fr Filipe Neri Ferrao on Saturday extended greetings to Christians on the occasion of Easter tomorrow and hoped the festival will promote inter-community harmony which is essential for the nation's progress.

Voyeurism case could malign Goa's image: Former CM

 Former Chief Minister of Goa Digambar Kamat said the voyeurism case, filed against four employees of a leading apparel store after HRD minister Smriti Irani spotted a hidden camera in the store's trial room in Goa's Candolim, could malign the state's image.

Goa Governor accepts Francisco ​Pacheco's resignation

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Saturday accepted the resignation of convicted minister Francisco Pacheco, a day after he quit from the state Cabinet.

Smriti Irani camera shocker: Four Fabindia officials granted bail by Mapusa court
Smriti Irani camera shocker: Four Fabindia officials granted bail by Mapusa court

The Goa Police Crime Branch, Saturday, is likely to summon top Fabindia officials, including its managing director William Bissell, a day after Union Minister Smriti Irani raised an alarm after she spotted a hidden camera at the upmarket boutique chain at Candolim that was pointed towards the trial room she used while trying out some clothes.