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Atanasio Monserrate shows victory sign after winning the Panaji assembly bypoll in May.(ANI FILE PHOTO)

Goan lawmaker Atanasio Monserrate to face trial for rape

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2019 09:07 PM IST
Goan lawmaker Atanasio Monserrate had earlier petitioned the court for dropping of charges and discharge in the matter, but his request was dismissed.
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The 20 year old industry isn’t just a big draw for thousands for tourists but contributes more than Rs 400-crore to the state coffers in licence fees and around Rs 90 crore per year as State GST.(HT PHOTO.)
The 20 year old industry isn’t just a big draw for thousands for tourists but contributes more than Rs 400-crore to the state coffers in licence fees and around Rs 90 crore per year as State GST.(HT PHOTO.)

Protests erupt in Goa as MLA’s 100-day deadline to remove casinos ends

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 07:02 PM IST
Valmiki Naik, who led the protest against the casinos on Friday evening accused the Panaji MLA of never being serious about his assurance and demanded the removal of casinos from Goa altogether.
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Goa’s offshore casinos operate out of ships anchored in the Mandovi river that flows past Panaji.(HT PHOTO)
Goa’s offshore casinos operate out of ships anchored in the Mandovi river that flows past Panaji.(HT PHOTO)

‘Goans to be banned from casinos soon’, says chief minister Pramod Sawant

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2019 10:37 PM IST
There has been a longstanding demand in Goa to ban locals from casinos but despite assurances by previous chief ministers of such a step, no ban has ever been imposed.
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Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at a ‘Save Democracy’ protest in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sonu Mehta/HT)
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at a ‘Save Democracy’ protest in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sonu Mehta/HT)

Analysis | Loss of Goa bypolls planted the seeds of current turmoil

By Gerard de Souza | Panaji
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2019 07:40 AM IST
Sensing disaffection in the Congress ranks and eager to shake off its own dependence on allies, the Bharatiya Janata Party began working on inducing defections, BJP leaders privy to the developments said on condition of anonymity.
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Congress' Atanasio Monserrate shows victory sign as he wonthe Panaji assembly seat for which bypoll was held on April 23.(ANI)
Congress' Atanasio Monserrate shows victory sign as he wonthe Panaji assembly seat for which bypoll was held on April 23.(ANI)

BJP set to win three bypolls in Goa, but loses Parrikar’s Panaji seat to Congress

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 03:24 PM IST
The four assembly by-polls -- one-tenth of the strength of the 40 member Goa assembly -- could either strengthen the hands of the newly-chosen Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant or sound the death knell of his government.
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The BJP’s move of picking Kuncalienkar in place of Parrikar’s son, Utpal, has caused some resentment.(HT Photo)
The BJP’s move of picking Kuncalienkar in place of Parrikar’s son, Utpal, has caused some resentment.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: It’s BJP vs former RSS functionary in Panaji bypoll

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, PANAJI
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2019 07:02 PM IST
“Velingkar commands huge respect among the BJP workers and will make deep inroads into the BJP vote share and damage the BJP,” said political commentator Pandurang Gaonkar.
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The minor girl who had accused former Goa minister Atanasio Monserrate of buying her from her mother, drugging and raping her has been missing from the private facility where she was housed since April 28, police said.(Hindustan Times)
The minor girl who had accused former Goa minister Atanasio Monserrate of buying her from her mother, drugging and raping her has been missing from the private facility where she was housed since April 28, police said.(Hindustan Times)

Girl who accused Goa ex-minister of rape goes ‘missing’

By HT Correspondent | Panaji
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2019 12:00 AM IST
Police inspector Sandesh Chodankar said the nuns at the home had filed a missing complaint on May 10.
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