Goa News

Vajpayee comes within ambit of Parrikar's 'compromise' charge: Congress MP

 Former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee comes within the ambit of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar`s charge that some former PMs had compromised "deep assets of national security", Goa`s lone Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik of the Congress said here Saturday.

Goa BJP leader Vishnu Wagh fulminates against Parrikar

 Goa MLA and BJP leader Vishnu Surya Wagh on Friday accused Defence Minister and former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of using him during the election campaign and discarding later.

Can't hold wine festival in Goa on Republic Day: NGT

The four-day Grape Escapade, an annual wine and lifestyle festival that was to begin Friday, has been truncated to three days by the National Green Tribunal as Republic Day will be a `dry day`.

Goa issues swine flu advisory after two suspect cases

Two days after the Goa health minister officially revealed the presence of suspected swine flu-afflicted patients in the state, health authorities Friday issued an advisory asking people to take basic precautions against the infection.

Youth held for hoax call of terror attack on Obama

A 19-year-old youth from Goa has been arrested for making a hoax call to Delhi Police warning them of a terror attack on US President Barack Obama.

19-year-old arrested in Goa for R-Day terror hoax

A 19-year-old boy was arrested in Goa Wednesday for making a hoax phone call to Delhi Police and warning of an attempt to disrupt the Republic Day parade where US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest.

Conversions violate freedom of religion: Faleiro

Senior Congress leader Eduardo Faleiro has said conversions should be stopped in the country as such activities violate the freedom of religion.

Sene chief Muthalik seeks permission to visit Goa in Feb

Right-wing outfit Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik, who has been banned from entering Goa, has sought permission from the state administration to visit the state for 10 days in February.

Goa to host Indo-Russian musical festival 'ZimaFest'

Bringing together the music of two worlds, Goa will host 'ZimaFest' - India's newest live musical festival that will witness a confluence of Russian and Indian music at Candolim beach.

Defence Minister Parrikar commissions four Coast Guard ships

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday commissioned four Indian Coast Guard (ICG) vessels at port town of Vasco in Goa, which will be mainly used for patrolling and interception.

Goa BJP meeting to decide future strategy

BJP's Goa unit will hold a 'Chintan Baithak' on Monday to review the performance of its government led by Laxmikant Parsekar and decide strategy for the 2017 state Assembly polls.

Goa's reputation unaffected by controversies: Minister

Controversies triggered by local politicians over banning bikinis, Hindu nation conspiracies, anti-gay sentiments etc have failed to affect Goa`s reputation as a prime tourist destination, state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said here on Saturday.

Goa minister blames Putin for drop in Russian tourists

Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar on Saturday said the steep fall in the number of Russian tourists visiting the state this season is due to Russian President Vladimir Putin`s guidelines to them.

Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar denies occupying two houses

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar Friday denied reports suggesting that he occupies two government houses and lashed out at the national media for blowing the issue out of proportion.

Goa leaders trying to sabotage Isha Mantry probe: Congress

Politicians have tried to sabotage the forensic investigation into the death of Bollywood designer Isha Mantry, who died of a suspected drug overdose at a dance music festival in Goa in December, the Congress said Thursday.

Goa LGBT row: Opposition demands minister's removal

The opposition Wednesday stepped up pressure on the BJP-led Goa government, demanding the resignation and an apology from Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar for his plans to set up camps to "cure" LGBT youth.

Baba Ramdev's yoga expertise to be used to treat LGBT youth: Goa minister

Goa's Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar has been quoted in the The New York Times as saying that homosexuality was a "big problem" and that his government would set up "camps" to treat the LGBT youth.

Delhi poll results might influence Panaji by-polls: Congress

The Congress party in Goa has written to the Election Commission of India (ECI) seeking to reschedule the proposed Panaji by-election and schedule it along with Delhi elections.

Minister's LGBT comment came from ignorance: Goa CM

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar Tuesday said alternative sexual orientation was a "natural thing" and there was no question of setting up centres in the state to "cure" LGBT youth with medicine and training.

Goa minister takes U-turn after facing flak for LGBT remarks
Goa minister takes U-turn after facing flak for LGBT remarks

Panaji: After his controversial remarks over the LGBT community drew flak, Goa minister Ramesh Tawadkar on Tuesday did a U-turn over the issue saying he was misunderstood and misquoted on the issue.

Cong veteran Rane contradicts party, wants Land Plan notified

Even as Congress is mulling a multi-prong strategy to "expose" the BJP-led Goa government, the Leader of Opposition Pratapsingh Rane on Monday termed Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar as a "nice person" and asked him to go ahead with notifying the Land Use Plan.

Goa govt plans centres to make LGBT youths 'normal'
Goa govt plans centres to make LGBT youths 'normal'

Panaji: The Goa government is contemplating to set up centres on the line of Alcoholic Anonymous for LGBT youth, where they will be trained and administered medicine in order to make them "normal", state Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar said Monday.

RTI should be appreciated: Goa CM

Despite allegations that the Right to Information (RTI) Act was being misused for extortion and harassment, the law should be appreciated in a big way, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said Monday.

Goa govt will extend ban on Sri Ram Sene: CM Laxmikant ​Parsekar

Hours after Sri Ram Sene announced plans to start its operations in Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday said the state government will extend the ban on the controversial right-wing outfit for six months.

Goa's all-women tourist cab service hits roadblock

Panaji: India's first all-women tourism taxi service, flagged off three months ago in Goa, has hit a roadblock.

BJP fighting drug-related political wars in Goa too

Like the proxy political battle over drugs in Punjab between the Akali Dal and the BJP, in Goa too the issue of narcotics and drug peddling is fast rousing political parties out of their post-New Year stupor.

Goa Dy CM cautions Parrikar over relations with Pakistan

Panaji: As border hostilities between neighbours India and Pakistan escalate, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza has advised his former boss and now Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to "be very careful" and "not to escalate issues".

Niti Aayog will do justice to smaller states: Goa minister

 The newly formed Niti Aayog, which has replaced the Planning Commission of the Nehruvian-era, may come as a blessing in disguise for smaller states, according to Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza.

Wait for some more days for women's bill: BJP

The Narendra Modi-led government has been in power for only six months and should be given "some more days" to usher in reservation for women in parliament and legislative assemblies, BJP Mahila Morcha national president Vijaya Rahatkar said Monday.

Blaming Goa festival death on drugs not right: CM

 Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Friday criticised the opposition for pre-maturely claiming that a drug overdose led to the death of Bollywood designer Isha Mantry at a Goa music festival earlier this week.