Goa News

Police helpline for troubled senior citizens in Goa

An increase in the number of cases of abuse and neglect of senior citizens in Goa has forced the state police to start a special helpline for their aid in a state which is often referred to as a beach paradise and India's party capital.

Christmas to be government holiday, not Good Governance Day: CM

The Goa government will celebrate a Christmas holiday and not `Good Governance Day` as mandated by the National Democratic Alliance government for Dec 25, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said Wednesday.

Women police personnel would reduce corruption in the force: Goa CM

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday said increasing the number of women police personnel would reduce corruption in the force.

Snoop around music fests for drug deals: Goa minister tells media

Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar Tuesday promised free passes as well as authority to journalists to snoop around music festival venues for drug use, and said police were not able to tackle the drug mafia in the state.

Patrolling intensified on Goa coast ahead of New Year

The marine law enforcement agencies have intensified patrolling along the Goa coast to avoid any possible terror threat.

Re-conversion controversy won't affect Goa: Congress

The re-conversion controversy may have created "communalism hotspots" elsewhere in India, but the strategy of the "divisive forces" will fall flat in Goa, state Congress chief Luizinho Faleiro told media here Monday.

Naval light combat aircraft successfully tested

The first naval prototype of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), designed to operate from the decks of aircraft carriers, was successfully tested at a facility in Goa, the defence ministry said here Sunday.

Parrikar's high jump, mining ban, bikini issue kept Goa busy

While Goa remained busy during the entire year for some reason or the other, the unexpected elevation of its Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to the post of Defence Minister surprised many.

Special train to start between Mumbai-Goa by year end: Suresh Prabhu

A special train connecting Mumbai to Goa would start by end of this year, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said.

Govt has to make Goa drug free: Deputy CM

The government has to do better to ensure that drugs are not easily available in Goa and a lot more is to be done to make the state drug free, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza said Friday.

Goa is conversion-free: Dy CM

Panaji: Goa is a "conversion-free" state and the raging re-conversion controversy is "no big issue" here, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza said Friday.

PM Modi wishes Goa on Liberation Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wished Goa on its Liberation Day and also remembered those who sacrificed their lives to free the state from Portuguese rule.

Set up anti-narcotics task force in Goa: Congress

The Congress on Friday demanded a special anti-narcotics task force and implementation of recommendations made by legislative committee probe on the police-politician-drug mafia nexus in order to made Goa drug-free by 2016.

After Peshawar massacre, Goa Police tighten security in schools

Goa Police have started a security drive across the state's schools in the wake of the massacre of students in Pakistan's Peshawar city by terrorists on Tuesday.

'Nationalistic' conclave takes over Tejpal's Thinkfest space in Goa

A high-profile 'nationalistic' conference organised by leading a senior RSS leader, two union ministers and the National Security Advisor's son among others, appears to have replaced former Tehelka editor-in-chief and now rape accused Tarun Tejpal's Thinkfest, as a top-billing highbrow event in Goa's itinerary in the packed festive season.

Goa CM orders probe into drug nexus allegations against him

 Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar Wednesday ordered a police probe into allegations made by Congress spokespersons that he and several BJP ministers were involved in drug trade in the state.

Environmentalists shouldn't blindly oppose projects: Goa CM

Making a pitch for the proposed Greenfield International Airport project at Mopa, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday asked the environmentalists not to blindly oppose such projects.

Some tourists come to Goa only to do drugs: Laxmikant Parsekar

Acknowledging that drug menace exits in the state, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday said "some tourists come here only to do drugs".

Visa on Arrival at Goa airport to boost tourism

The Goa airport at Dabolim has issued 357 Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) within ten days of the commencement of this facility by the Centre, offering a glimmer of hope to the sagging tourism in the state, officials said on Tuesday.

Zero tolerance of graft doesn't mean no graft: Goa BJP leader

Zero tolerance to corruption does not mean ending corruption totally, Goa state BJP vice president Wilfred Mesquita said Monday.

PM Modi should ask Goa to crack down on drug abuse: Congress

Goa Congress president Luizinho Faleiro Sunday said if Prime Minister Narendra Modi is serious about cracking down on drug abuse, then he should advise the BJP-led coalition government in the state to crackdown on the rapidly worsening drug menace here.

Congress asks senior leaders to make way for younger lot

The Congress in Goa on Saturday said that its high time that senior party leaders be ready to step aside and hand over the baton to the younger generation.

Germany is flavour of the week in Goa

Organisers of a week-long Indo-German friendship bash in Goa say they are upset at recent attempts to dissuade students from learning German in schools run by the central government.

Differently-abled in Goa use social media to raise issues

Panaji: Differently-abled people in Goa are using social media applications like Whatsapp and Facebook to get together and address the issues concerning them.

Attacks on Goa BJP legislators continue, Michael Lobo latest victim

BJP's Michael Lobo is the latest addition to a mysterious spree of ruling party legislators who were at the receiving end of ugly scuffles in public over the past one year.

Opposition wants Parrikar to stop 'chilling' in Goa

After outrage on the social media, the opposition is protesting against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's presence at a book release function in Goa, hours after a major terrorist strike in Jammu and Kashmir.

Parties gear up for Panaji by-poll

Political parties have geared up for the Panaji constituency by-election with senior Congress leaders Surendra Furtado and Arthur Sequeira staking claims to contest the seat.

Goa govt ready to absorb striking guards on contract: Parsekar

The Goa government is ready to absorb hundreds of security guards, who are on a relay hunger strike for last seven days for regularisation of their jobs, into state services on a contractual basis if they call off stir and not proceed on the indefinite hunger strike from Tuesday.

After Uber rape, Goa cabbies under police scan

Police will soon conduct background checks of all taxi drivers in Goa in the aftermath of the rape of a 25-year-old business executive by a radio taxi driver in Delhi.

Move to use Hindi is an act of linguistic assertion: Goa Guv

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Friday said that use of Hindi language at administrative levels is a welcome step and should be seen as an expression of linguistic and cultural assertion.