Goa News

Goa govt tones down its dress code diktat

Goa's Art and Culture department has withdrawn its circular on dress code in office and allowed semi-formal and smart casuals for its staff in a fresh direction.

Goa minister does flip flop on LGBT cure centres

Two months after Goa Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar announced plans to establish centres to cure LGBT youth with medication, he has officially denied any such plans.

Dornier crash: Body of third officer found; flight data recorders also recovered

Rescuers on Friday recovered the missing body of Lt Abhinav Nagori from the fuselage of the crashed Dornier-228 maritime surveillance aircraft.

Goa Speaker warns MLAs against loitering in Assembly

Goa Assembly Speaker Rajendra Arlekar has warned legislators against loitering in the House and asked them to confine themselves to their designated seats until the legislative business is over.

Not a single case since public drinking ban: Goa

In the last 11 months since drinking in public places was banned in Goa, often referred to as the country's nightlife and party capital, not a single case has been booked for downing alcohol publicly.

Will quit as MLA if bribery allegations proved: Ex-Goa CM Rane

 Former Goa chief minister Pratapsingh Rane today said he would step down as an MLA if allegations that he had sought and accepted bribe to clear a file for mining activity, are proved against him during probe.

Policemen-drug dealers' link charge being probed: Goa CM

 Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar informed the Assembly that allegations of policemen having links with drug peddlers in the State and the issue was being investigated.

Navy Dornier crash: Body of woman officer found

The body of Lt. Kiran Shekhawat, who was one of the three Navy crew of the Dornier-228 maritime surveillance aircraft which crashed into the Arabian Sea near Goa, was found on Thursday, Indian Navy officials said.

Websites of 13 Goa government departments hacked: CM

 The websites of 13 government departments in Goa were hacked and are now in the process of being restored, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Thursday.

Indian village bans kissing in public

An Indian village in a western coastal state has imposed a ban on couples kissing in public, claiming the sight of such "obscene" behaviour is unwanted by local residents.

Suspicious man apprehended from Goa House complex

The ongoing Goa Legislative Assembly session witnessed high drama on Thursday  when a suspicious person was apprehended after a chase by security personnel in the House complex here.

Goa village bans kissing in public; passes resolution

A village panchayat in Goa has banned kissing in public claiming that such "obscene behaviour" by some couples create nuisance.

Dornier crash: Search on for missing Navy personnel

The search is still on for two Indian Navy personnel who went missing after the crash of a Dornier-228 maritime surveillance aircraft, an officer said on Thursday.

Some bureaucrats call Christians pig eaters: Goa legislator

Some government officials refer to Christians in a despicable manner and few bureaucrats even call them "pig-eaters", Caitu Silva, a legislator of the ruling coalition said in the state Assembly.

Goa budget: Petrol, beer, essential services to cost more

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday presented a surplus budget, which saw a slew of proposed taxes on petrol, liquor and an across-the-board increase in taxes for essential services.

'Goa legislators get salaries because of casinos'

Goa legislators get their salaries because of revenues earned by the state from the casino industry, ruling BJP legislator Kiran Kandolkar said on Wednesday, triggering an uproar in the assembly.

Goa Oppn takes on government over offshore casino issue

Opposition in the Goa Legislative Assembly on Wednesday took on Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar over the transfer of licence to an offshore casino, contradictory to the state government's policy.

Congress leader takes a dig at Goa's dress code order

 Taking a dig at Goa's Art and Culture Department's order asking its employees not to wear sleeveless clothes, jeans and T-shirts during office hours, Congress leader Alexio Reginaldo on Wednesday said people should be allowed to wear what they want.

No decision on Good Governance Day yet: Goa

Defying Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan and BJP's controversial diktat to observe Christmas (December 25) as 'Good Governance Day', the saffron party's alliance government in Goa said it has taken no specific decision on the matter.

Indian Navy's Dornier plane crashes near Goa; 2 missing, board of inquiry ordered

A Dornier surveillance aircraft of the Indian Navy with three personnel on board crashed into the Arabian sea, some 20 miles off the coast of Goa, late on Tuesday, officials said.

Goa government department bans sleeveless dresses, jeans

The Goa government's department of art and culture has banned its staffers from wearing sleeveless clothes, multi-pocket pants and jeans, the state Legislative Assembly was told on Tuesday.

Goa Speaker to issue guidelines on replies in House

Goa Assembly Speaker Rajendra Arlekar on Tuesday said he will call a meeting of Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and senior bureaucrats, after Opposition expressed apprehensions over replies on some issues tabled in the House.

Opposition criticises Goa govt's expenses on tourism events

The Opposition members in Goa Assembly Tuesday criticised the state tourism department for huge expenditure on its foreign and domestic events, without conducting a pre-audit of the expenses.

Two Goa BJP MLAs hope Manohar Parrikar will be PM

Goa Legislative Assembly on Monday passed a resolution congratulating former chief minister Manohar Parrikar who was elevated as defence minister last year, even as two BJP MLAs hoped the BJP stalwart will become prime minister in future.

Debt liabilities during previous govt were high: Goa Governor

In a veiled attack on the previous Congress-led Goa government, Governor Mridula Sinha on Monday accused it of leaving the state's finances in "stress" and "debt liability."

Goa Shipyard to tie up with foreign yards to build MCMVs

 After bagging the deal to build Mines Counter-Measures Vessels (MCMVs) for the Indian Navy, Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) has decided to tie up with the foreign yards for the technology transfer required to create these high-tech ships.

'Ghar wapsi, nun gang-rape affected Goa panchayat polls result'
'Ghar wapsi, nun gang-rape affected Goa panchayat polls result'

Ghar wapsi (homecoming), slander against Mother Teresa, attacks on minority institutions and the gang rape of a nun in West Bengal, could have resulted in the BJP-led ruling coalition performing below par in the Goa zilla panchayat polls, the convenor of a ruling coalition partner has claimed.

Coast Guard gets another offshore patrol vessel

Close on the heels of the successful launch of its first offshore patrol vessel, state-based Goa Shipyard Limited launched the second of the series of six OPVs, designed in-house and built for the Indian Coast Guard here on Saturday.

BJP-led alliance leads in Goa zilla panchayat polls

The BJP-led alliance candidates were leading in majority of the constituencies in Goa zilla panchayat polls, which are being fought on party lines.

Goa's top election official bats for paper ballot

Electronic voting machines, or EVMs, may have made the conduct of elections easy and tamper-proof, but Goa's top polling official says the use of the traditional ballot paper is both cheaper and better suited for small states.