Goa News

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.

Visit places of worship for cleansing mind, soul: Goa Governor

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha has exhorted Goans to visit places of worship because these help restore one's faith in religion and help cleanse "our mind and soul", a government statement said here Tuesday.

Goa to experience normal winter this year: IMD

Goa will be witnessing a normal winter this year with temperatures soaring during the daytime but soothing in night, local Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Bird hit: AAI asks Goa govt to clean garbage heaps near airport

Days after a Delhi-bound Air India flight with 164 passengers on board had to abort its take-off due to a bird hit at Goa airport, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has asked the state government to remove garbage heaps lying around the facility.

Goa Congress accuses BJP of misusing ministry resources

The opposition Congress in Goa has accused BJP's Information and Publicity Minister Milind Naik of misusing his department for political purposes and pressurising its officials to promote events organised by the ruling party.

Nation comes first in arms deals: Manohar Parrikar

India's interests will be primary during arms purchases, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday, but added he was willing to consider "other issues", when asked about objections from the Left against military deals with Israel.

ED questions Goa miner Timblo's son in money laundering case

Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday questioned Goa-based miner Radha Timblo's son Chetan in connection with a money laundering probe against him and his mining firm.

Mining will begin in two-three months, says Goa CM

Goa's multi-million dollar iron ore mining industry will be operational within "two to three months", Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Friday after conducting his first cabinet meeting.

Goa airport gets visa-on-arrival facility for 43 countries

Panaji: The Centre has extended the visa-on-arrival facility at the Goa airport for tourists from 43 countries, which is expected to bring in 15 per cent growth in tourism during the ongoing season.

Foreign tourists will double in Goa with visa on arrival: Minister

Foreign tourists to Goa could double to one million in the next four years thanks to the newly announced visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility that would be operational from Thursday midnight at the Dabolim international airport, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said.