Goa

BBSM to agitate against English as medium of instruction

A forum supporting Konkani and Marathi as medium of instruction in elementary education on Tuesday announced statewide protest from Friday against Goa government's decision to continue giving grants to English medium schools.

Louis Berger case: No immediate arrests, says Goa DGP

Goa DGP TN Mohan on Tuesday ruled out any fresh arrests in the Louis Berger bribery case being probed by Crime Branch, in the backdrop of a speculation that former chief minister Digambar Kamat and ex-minister Churchill Alemao could be taken into custody.

Goans opting for Portuguese nationality cause of concern: CM Laxmikant Parsekar

 Expressing concern over increasing number of people from Goa surrendering their Indian passports to opt for Portuguese citizenship, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday said that the state government was pursuing the issue with the External Affairs Ministry.

AAP urges Goa Governor not to grant pardon to Francisco Miccky Pacheco

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday requested Goa Governor Mridula Sinha not to grant pardon to state legislator Francisco Miccky Pacheco, who is serving a six-month jail term for slapping a government employee.

Ruckus in Goa House over felling of trees for golf project

 Noisy scenes were witnessed in the Goa Legislative Assembly on Monday after Opposition members alleged that trees were being illegally felled by promoter of an upcoming golf course project in Pernem taluka and demanded formation of a House Committee to study the matter.

School for tourism, strategic security soon: Goa CM

 The Goa government is in the process of starting a Global School of Tourism and School of Strategic and Security Studies in association with the Goa University, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar told the state assembly on Monday.

Will get centre's help to nail Goa Congress scams: Parrikar

 Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has promised assistance from the central government to help nail scams of the erstwhile Congress-led coalition government in Goa.

Louis Berger probe: Bribes camouflaged as engineering terms

Shedding new light on the manner in which money for bribes was requisitioned in the Louis Berger case, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that a code word related to engineering was used as a camouflage for bribery demands.

Parrikar wants Pacheco to inform assembly of actual hiding place

 Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said he would ask convicted legislator Francisco Pacheco to formally clarify in Goa assembly that he was not hiding at his (Parrikar`s) official residence 10, Akbar Road in New Delhi while absconding for two months.

Cong opposes Goa resolution to pardon jailed MLA Pacheco

Taking a strong objection to the Goa Government's resolution granting pardon to jailed MLA Francisco 'Miccky' Pacheco, Opposition Congress on Saturday demanded that similar clemency be extended to other prisoners languishing in jails.

Pardoning convicted lawmakers will embolden them: GGEA

 Pardoning a convicted lawmaker`s prison sentence for assaulting a government servant may embolden elected representatives to assault government servants in the future, the Goa Government Employees Association (GGEA) has said.

'If pardoned, Pacheco can participate in Goa House proceedings'

Goa Speaker Rajendra Arlekar today said that if Governor Mridula Sinha approves the state cabinet's decision to pardon imprisoned Goa Vikas Party legislator Fransisco Miccky Pacheco then he will be allowed to participate in the proceedings in the ongoing session.

Assaulting government servant minor offence: Goa Deputy CM

Assaulting a government servant is a "minor offence", Goa`s deputy chief minister Francis D`Souza said on Friday, while justifying the adoption of a resolution by the state cabinet to "pardon" legislator Francisco Pacheco, sentenced to six months in jail for assault.

Demand for English: Parents block Goa roads, stone buses

Several parents in Goa Friday blocked the main roads and bridges across the state and allegedly pelted some buses with stones while demanding English to be made the medium of instruction and government grants for every academic year.

FIFA delegation visits Goa
FIFA delegation visits Goa

A two-member FIFA fact-finding team today wound up its visit to Goa after consultations with various stakeholders about developing the sport in the state.

Nepalese national held for making hoax call in Goa

A Nepalese national was on Thursday arrested by the Goa Police for allegedly making a hoax call about terrorists having "entered the state".

BJP government not to scrap Goa Regional Plan 2021

The Goa Government on Thursday said it was not in favour of scrapping the controversial Regional Plan 2021 though it is willing to make genuine corrections in the blueprint.

Goa's lone Konkani newspaper to shut down

Nearly 28 years after its first edition, Goa's lone Konkani daily 'Sunaparant' is heading for a closure from next month, with the management attributing the decision to escalating cost of bringing out the newspaper.

Wardens to keep vigil on Goa beaches
Wardens to keep vigil on Goa beaches

Tourist wardens and police have been asked to keep a watch on foreigners accompanied by children on Goa's beaches to curb paedophilia, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said on Wednesday.

Newly discovered frog species named after Goan forest officer

Wildlife researchers Wednesday announced here that a species of frog discovered in South Goa's Netravali forest sanctuary has been named after State Range Forest Officer Prakash Salelkar as 'Indirana Salelkari'.