Goa News

Unfair to target Parrikar over absconding ex-Minister: Goa CM

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Saturday said it was unfair to accuse Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar of harbouring controversial politician Fransisco Miccky Pacheco, who is on the run to avoid arrest in an assault case, and claimed it was a move to defame him.

Only 50 villages in Western ghat of Goa eco-sensitive: Report

In a relief to over 40 villages of Goa, the state government-appointed committee has said only 50 villages fall under eco-sensitive areas (ESA) of the Western ghats and not 99 as stated by Dr K Kasturirangan Committee.

New offshore patrol vessel built for Coast Guard launched

A 105-metre new generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), to help increase the Coast Guard's requirements for policing of the vast Indian Exclusive Economic Zone, was launched by the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) on Friday.

Searching Manohar Parrikar's house will embarrass nation: Goa govt

A Goa court has stayed a warrant issued by a lower court to search the official residence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Delhi to trace convicted former state minister Francisco 'Miccky' Pacheco as the state government held that execution of the order will be an embarrassment to the nation.

Pacheco case: Goa court stays search warrant for Manohar Parrikar's official residence

In a late development, South Goa additional District and Sessions judge P Sawaikar on Wednesday stayed the warrant issued by a trial court to search the official residence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at 10 Akbar Road in New Delhi for a former Goa minister, who has been reported missing for over a fortnight.

Probe begins in Goa on 'harassment' claims for 'anti-Modi' posts

The Goa government's department of public grievances has started looking into the harassment complaints of a shipbuilding professional Devu Chodankar, whose Facebook posts on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar created a stir last year.

Two youths die of suspected drug overdose in Goa

The death of two youths, allegedly of drug overdose, after birthday celebrations at a Goa village has generated a controversy here.

Goa police register case against absconding ex-minister Francisco Mickky Pacheco

Goa police on Monday registered a non-cognisable offence against former state minister Francisco Mickky Pacheco, who is absconding despite his conviction in a 2006 assault case.

Goa police register case against absconding ex-minister

Goa police on Monday registered a non-cognisable offence against former state minister Francisco Mickky Pacheco, who is absconding despite his conviction in a 2006 assault case.

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.