Goa News

AAP to form shadow cabinet in BJP-led Goa

With the Congress proving unable to create enough space as opposition, the AAP has resolved to form a shadow cabinet to keep track of ministerial functioning in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) coalition government in Goa.

Goa CM implores against communally sensitive comments
Goa CM implores against communally sensitive comments

No one should make statements which can disturb the communal harmony in Goa said Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, even as the VHP Friday commented that it would make efforts to re-convert Goan Christians to Hinduism.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad mulls re-conversion of Christians in Goa

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) plans to re-convert Christians in Goa and is in the middle of an expansion drive in the state, a VHP leader said here Friday.

Dual citizenship of people of Goa to be resolved soon: Govt

 The dual-citizenship issue that has been haunting thousands of people of Goa for sometime now may be resolved "very soon" with the Centre on Friday saying that the matter would be sorted out without further ado.

VHP mulls re-conversion of Christians in Goa

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) plans to re-convert Christians in Goa and is in the middle of an expansion drive in the state, a VHP leader said here on Friday.

Rahul Gandhi urged to react on Mohan Bhagwat's remarks on Mother Teresa

The Youth Congress in Goa wants Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to break his silence and lend his voice to the protests against RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat`s comments against Mother Teresa.

Russians top Visa on Arrival list in Goa

Over 10,000 foreign tourists, more than half of which are Russians, availed of the newly-introduced Visa on Arrival (VOA) facility at the Dabolim international airport in Goa, the state tourism department said Monday.

Congress, NCP to boycott Goa Zilla Panchayat polls

The upcoming Zilla Panchayat elections, due in March, have run into rough weather with the two main opposition parties now vowing to boycott the polls even before the campaigning could start in the state.

BJP MLA sits on hunger strike against dance bars in Goa

Senior Goa BJP leader Michael Lobo on Monday sat on a day-long hunger strike demanding shutting down of all dance bars in the Calangute-Baga beach belt.

Man held for stealing Kokan Railway property

 A 55-year-old man from neighbouring Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra has been arrested for allegedly stealing the property of Konkan Railway, police said today.

Goa to formulate plan to check road accidents, fatalities

In order to reduce road accidents and fatalities, the Goa transport department is all set to chalk out a comprehensive plan by incorporating measures suggested by Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

BJP, MGP feud over tie-up for Goa local body polls

Goa's ruling alliance partners - BJP and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) - are at loggerheads over tie-up for the ensuing Zilla Panchayat polls.

No plan to have censor for plays, tiatr: Goa BJP

The ruling BJP in Goa on Tuesday said it has no plans to set censor board for plays and the traditional Konkani musical theatres 'tiatr'.

Panaji bypoll debacle was expected, says Congress

Goa Congress on Monday said it had expected the party's debacle in the recently-held Panaji bypoll, but claimed that it managed to retain its vote bank in the constituency, which had been favouring BJP since the last two decades.

BJP wins Panaji Assembly seat for sixth time
BJP wins Panaji Assembly seat for sixth time

The ruling BJP Monday won the Panaji Assembly constituency bypoll, retaining the seat that was held by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar since 1994.

Panaji bypoll: Candidates watch Indo-Pak match before counting

With less than 24 hours left for counting of votes for the Panaji Assembly seat by-election, the candidates tried to unwind after a hectic poll process by watching the India-Pakistan World Cup match on television.

Panaji bypoll: 32 percent voting in early hours

At least 32 percent of the voters cast their ballots within the three hours of polling in the Panaji Assembly bye-election on Friday.

Panaji to elect Parrikar's successor in bypoll on Friday

Nearly 22,000 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise on Friday in the Panaji assembly by-election which will decide the successor to BJP stalwart and former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

AAP's Somnath Bharti backs fellow IITian in Panaji bypoll

 Hoping to gain some traction from the AAP`s massive victory in the Delhi assembly election, an independent candidate, IITian Samir Kelekar, has claimed personal endorsement from AAP legislator and fellow IITian Somnath Bharti.

Parrikar fights 'proxy' war in Panaji bye-poll

For the last week and more, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has been leading a virtual proxy electoral campaign for the Panaji bye-election scheduled to be held Friday.

Goa Budget session to commence on March 23

The five-day-long budget session of Goa Legislative Assembly will begin from March 23, Speaker Rajendra Arlekar said here on Thursday.

Speakers can help strengthen democracy: Mahajan

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan Thursday asked the presiding officers of the state Legislative Assemblies and Councils to play a pivotal role in strengthening the country's democracy, which is looked upon by the world.

Panaji bypoll: No criminal record against any candidate

None of the four candidates contesting for the Panaji Assembly constituency in the bypoll has a criminal record against them, according to their affidavits as accessed by election watchdog ADR.

Delhi win will be replicated in 2017 Goa Assembly polls: AAP

The Goa unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is marching towards a landslide victory in the polls to the 70-member Delhi Assembly, Tuesday said that they are confident of repeating this feat in 2017 Goa elections.

Church security: Congress questions silence of Christian BJP MLAs

 Goa Congress on Monday condemned the recent police action in Delhi against Christians who took to streets over attacks on churches, and questioned the silence of state BJP MLAs from the minority community over the issue.

Congress accuses Parrikar of poll code violations in Goa

 Ahead of the Panaji assembly bye-election, the Congress has complained that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has allegedly violated the model code of conduct twice, which includes announcing the possible setting up of a helicopter manufacturing unit in Goa.

Goa Police still awaiting Bollywood designer's viscera report

The Goa police probe into the mysterious death of Bollywood designer Isha Mantry at an electronic dance music festival in December last year has failed to reach anywhere with the investigators still awaiting the viscera report from a Bengaluru-based forensic examination institute.

Swachh Bharat: Goa Police to give best station award

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s pet project `Swachh Bharat` campaign has inspired Goa Police to dive into the cleaning act.

Goa police 'helpline' gets no calls since inception

 Goa Police's helpline to address complaints of corruption against policemen has not received a single call since its inception three months ago, a senior police officer said.

Goa to seek faster environment clearance for mining leases

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar will request the Centre to expedite environment clearances for mining leases in the state.