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Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(ANI file)

Govt will encourage students to take up scientific research, studies: Goa CM

By Asian News International| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari | Panaji
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 08:49 AM IST
“Our government will take his legacy ahead and ensure that we encourage students to get involved in science learning and undertake projects that contribute to Goa’s development,” he said
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Manohar Parrikar had opposed the railway line doubling project during the UPA rule at the Centre.(Hindustan Times)
Manohar Parrikar had opposed the railway line doubling project during the UPA rule at the Centre.(Hindustan Times)

Old Parrikar video threatens to derail railway line doubling project in Goa

By Gerard de Souza | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 11:35 PM IST
Parrikar’s words have come to haunt Sawant, who has claimed that the doubling of the railway line is in the national interest and is not being done for coal transportation.
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Goa CM Pramod Sawant had made the allegations against the Independent MLA on Monday.(ANI Photo/Representative use)
Goa CM Pramod Sawant had made the allegations against the Independent MLA on Monday.(ANI Photo/Representative use)

Goa CM accuses Independent MLA of land deal ‘setting’, he withdraws support

By Gerard de Souza | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 04:19 PM IST
The MLA has challenged Sawant to prove his involvement in any land deals or ‘setting’ over land acquisition for the IIT campus.
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File photo: Former Goa CM late Manohar Parrikar.(ANI)
File photo: Former Goa CM late Manohar Parrikar.(ANI)

‘He avoided responsibility’: Goa Lokayukta faults ex-CM Parrikar for shielding cabinet colleague

By Gerard de Souza | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 11:19 PM IST
The Lokayukta also called for action against the then Superintendent of Police for “dereliction of duty”.
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Work on the samadhi is on in full swing at the Miramar beach in the state capital city.(File photo)
Work on the samadhi is on in full swing at the Miramar beach in the state capital city.(File photo)

Row over Goa govt’s decision to go ahead with Parrikar memorial despite fund crunch

By Gerard de Souza | Edited by Niyati Singh | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 11:38 PM IST
The Goa government’s decision to go ahead with the work on the samadhi for former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, despite a severe fund crunch and money needed for tackling the Covid19 pandemic.
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Manohar Parrikar was Goa’ chief minister for four times, and also served as Union minister for defence.(HT File Photo)
Manohar Parrikar was Goa’ chief minister for four times, and also served as Union minister for defence.(HT File Photo)

On Manohar Parrikar’s first death anniversary tomorrow, Goa govt plans series of programmes

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2020 06:53 PM IST
Manohar Parrikar died on March 17, 2019, after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was later posthumously awarded the Padma Bhushan earlier this year.
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The opposition parties in Goa were pressing for a ban on Goans entering Casinos in the state.(HT Photo)
The opposition parties in Goa were pressing for a ban on Goans entering Casinos in the state.(HT Photo)

Locals banned from entering Goa casinos from February

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2020 12:33 AM IST
The promise to ban Goans from entering casinos has been a long-standing one, former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had promised to do so back in 2012 and his successor Pramod Sawant reiterated the promise in August last year.
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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant arrives to attend the State Finance Ministers’ meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.(ANI photo)
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant arrives to attend the State Finance Ministers’ meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.(ANI photo)

Goa CM blames Nehru for ‘delaying’ Goa’s liberation, causes uproar

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2020 06:25 PM IST
Pramod Sawant was chosen to succeed Manohar Parrikar as chief minister in March last year despite being among the youngest BJP legislators in the Goa Legislative Assembly.
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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said late Manohar Parrikar had transferred his “josh” (spirit) to him.(@DrPramodPSawant/Twitter)
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said late Manohar Parrikar had transferred his “josh” (spirit) to him.(@DrPramodPSawant/Twitter)

Goa CM says he can work 15-16 hours a day. Explains how

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 09:17 AM IST
Parrikar, a hugely popular politician who was also Union Defence minister under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, died in March this year after battling a pancreatic ailment.
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The Supreme Court on Thursday rebuked Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the apex court his “chowkidar chor hai” remark against Modi in connection with the Rafale deal.(PTI photo)
The Supreme Court on Thursday rebuked Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the apex court his “chowkidar chor hai” remark against Modi in connection with the Rafale deal.(PTI photo)

‘Learning experience for Rahul’: Manohar Parrikar’s son on SC’s Rafale order

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 07:25 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi had claimed that Parrikar told him that he (as defence minister) was kept in the dark by prime minister Narendra Modi about changes made in the Rafale fighter aircraft deal.
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An annual ‘Manohar Parrikar Vidnyan Mahotsav’, a lecture series instituted in the memory of former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, will be organised.(PTI Photo)
An annual ‘Manohar Parrikar Vidnyan Mahotsav’, a lecture series instituted in the memory of former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, will be organised.(PTI Photo)

Goa inks MoU to start science festival dedicated to Manohar Parrikar

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2019 08:37 PM IST
According to the MoU, the Central Scientific and Industrial Research Institute (CSIR) will scout for scientists who will speak to school and college students as part of a series of scientific talks that will include issues like climate change, etc.
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Signages of the village panchayat notice which reads, “Swachhta tax/Mission Clean Parra Tax will be levied on all film shoots, photo shoots, etc. Tax will vary from individuals and commercials” went viral on Tuesday.(Photo: parrapanchayat.com)
Signages of the village panchayat notice which reads, “Swachhta tax/Mission Clean Parra Tax will be levied on all film shoots, photo shoots, etc. Tax will vary from individuals and commercials” went viral on Tuesday.(Photo: parrapanchayat.com)

Tourists will now be charged for taking photos in this Goa village

By Indo Asian News Service | Panaji
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2020 12:19 AM IST
The imposition of a fee on tourists taking a single photograph ranges from Rs 100 to Rs 500, in the guise of a ‘Swachhta tax’ by the Parra village panchayat, has been severely criticised by tourism industry stakeholders, who want the “unfair” trend to be “nipped in the bud”.
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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has assured that despite the deficit in GST revenue, Goa will bridge the gap generated currently and increase revenue.(PTI)
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has assured that despite the deficit in GST revenue, Goa will bridge the gap generated currently and increase revenue.(PTI)

Goa stares at huge losses as GST revenue deficit touches 26%

By HT Correspondent | Panaji
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2019 01:43 PM IST
The recent reductions in GST rate will cost the Goa government Rs 100 crores. Reduction in GST rates for restaurants connected with hotels will only add to the burden.
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This is how the memorial will look like once it is completed.(Twitter photo)
This is how the memorial will look like once it is completed.(Twitter photo)

Goa: Manohar Parrikar memorial foundation stone to be laid at Miramar beach

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2019 01:52 PM IST
The Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) will be executing the memorial’s work.
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Vishal Prakash(File photo)
Vishal Prakash(File photo)

Goa’s investment board CEO quits, blames govt red-tapism

By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 01:11 PM IST
Ironically, the investment promotion board, the brainchild of former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, was set up to bypass red tapism and help the state improve its ‘ease of doing business’ ranking.
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Goa government on Thursday released a media statement wishing people on the Teachers Day and mentioning the late Manohar Parrikar as the current chief minister.(PTI)
Goa government on Thursday released a media statement wishing people on the Teachers Day and mentioning the late Manohar Parrikar as the current chief minister.(PTI)

For Goa publicity department Manohar Parrikar is still Goa’s CM

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2019 07:34 AM IST
Department of Information and Publicity, in its press statement issued in the evening, wished people of Goa on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.It quoted late CM Parrikar as wishing people of the state on the occasion.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief Bipin Rawat in Pokhran.(ANI)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief Bipin Rawat in Pokhran.(ANI)

India’s no first use principle is a legacy that must be preserved

UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 06:53 PM IST
The time to abandon the NFU policy has not come yet. Instead, India should work for a global treaty on NFU that includes all the de jure and de facto nuclear weapon powers
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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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Naresh Pokhriyal(HRD minister) claims Sanskrit to be world’s only scientific language.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Naresh Pokhriyal(HRD minister) claims Sanskrit to be world’s only scientific language.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Sanskrit is the world’s only scientific language, says HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal

By Shreya Bhandary | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 06:49 AM IST
The future of working computers depends on Sanskrit because it is the only scientific language in the world. Even NASA agrees with this and has officially accepted this, said the HRD minister.
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The grant came six months after he submitted a request to then chief minister Manohar Parrikar. At the time, the GFP was an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government in the state.(REUTERS)
The grant came six months after he submitted a request to then chief minister Manohar Parrikar. At the time, the GFP was an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government in the state.(REUTERS)

Row over Goa leader’s son getting Rs 23.55L to scale Mount Everest

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 04:04 AM IST
In December 2017, the government sanctioned an amount of Rs 23.55 lakh to Rahul Prabhudesai, a mountaineer attempting to scale Mount Everest in the 2018 spring-summer mountaineering season.
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A sign shows the way to Everest Base Camp high in the Khumbu Glacier.(AFP File)
A sign shows the way to Everest Base Camp high in the Khumbu Glacier.(AFP File)

Row over Goa leader’s son getting Rs 23.55L to scale Mount Everest

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 07:55 AM IST
In December 2017, the Goa government sanctioned an amount of Rs 23.55 lakh to Rahul Prabhudesai, son of a Goa Forward Party leader and a mountaineer, attempting to scale Mount Everest in the 2018 spring-summer mountaineering season.
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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant greets former Opposition leader Chandrakant Kavlekar, who joined the BJP along with nine other Congress MLAs during the swearing-in ceremony held at Raj Bhavan on Saturday.(ANI PHOTO.)
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant greets former Opposition leader Chandrakant Kavlekar, who joined the BJP along with nine other Congress MLAs during the swearing-in ceremony held at Raj Bhavan on Saturday.(ANI PHOTO.)

Three Cong defectors named ministers in Goa cabinet rejig

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2019 01:39 AM IST
The four ministers were sworn in by Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha in a ceremony at the picturesque Raj Bhavan at Dona Paula in Panaji.
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A day after 10 Congress MLAs joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the old guard in the ruling party and those considered close to former chief minister Manohar Parrikar expressed unhappiness with the manner in which the party had been “Congressized”.((Photo courtesy: MoD spokesperson twitter handle))
A day after 10 Congress MLAs joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the old guard in the ruling party and those considered close to former chief minister Manohar Parrikar expressed unhappiness with the manner in which the party had been “Congressized”.((Photo courtesy: MoD spokesperson twitter handle))

Parrikar aides express discontent over induction of Congress leaders

By Gerard de Souza | Panaji
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2019 11:37 PM IST
“Whatever has happened is not correct. This is not according to the principles and culture of the party we have set up. We will see what can be done to rectify it. I will take it up with the party president,” Rajendra Arlekar, a former environment minister in the previous Parrikar-led government as well as Goa assembly speaker, said.
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BJP working president JP Nadda with Goa CM Pramod Sawant and 10 Congress MLAs at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
BJP working president JP Nadda with Goa CM Pramod Sawant and 10 Congress MLAs at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

10 Goa Congress dissidents join BJP, reshuffle on cards

By Kumar Uttam and Gerard de Souza | Delhi/Panaji
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 11:39 PM IST
The 10 legislators, who will not attract censure under the anti-defection law because they form two-thirds of the Congress in the state, were inducted into the BJP in the presence of working president JP Nadda and chief minister Pramod Sawant.
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Utpal Parrikar was a contender for BJP ticket for assembly by-election here following his father’s death, but the BJP did not field him.(Utpal Parrikar/Twitter)
Utpal Parrikar was a contender for BJP ticket for assembly by-election here following his father’s death, but the BJP did not field him.(Utpal Parrikar/Twitter)

BJP took different direction after father’s death: Parrikar’s son on Goa

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 04:48 PM IST
Utpal Parrikar was a contender for BJP ticket for assembly by-election here following his father’s death, but the BJP did not field him. Eventually, it was Congress’ Atanasio Monserratte who won the election in May.
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Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant at Baraulia village in Amethi on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant at Baraulia village in Amethi on Saturday. (HT Photo)

Want to work for Parrikar’s adopted village: Goa CM

By Manish Chandra Pandey | Lcuknow
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2019 12:46 PM IST
Baraulia is among the two villages in Amethi – Hariharpur being the other – that were adopted by Sawant’s predecessor late Manohar Parrikar when he had become a Rajya Sabha MP from UP soon after being named the country’s defence minister.
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Union Minister Smriti Irani(ANI file photo)
Union Minister Smriti Irani(ANI file photo)

Smriti Irani stops convoy during Amethi visit, gets ailing woman admitted to hospital

By Indo Asian News Service | Amethi
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2019 09:46 PM IST
The minister saw the ailing woman while travelling in Amethi. She stopped and inquired about her and learnt that the woman had met with an accident and was unable to walk.
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Sawant was accompanied by Irani, who is on her first planned visit to her constituency after defeating Congress President Rahul Gandhi.(PTI FILE)
Sawant was accompanied by Irani, who is on her first planned visit to her constituency after defeating Congress President Rahul Gandhi.(PTI FILE)

Smriti Irani, Goa CM Pramod Sawant visit village adopted by Manohar Parrikar in Amethi

By Press Trust of India | Amethi (UP)
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2019 02:47 PM IST
Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had adopted Barolia in 2015 as a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh.
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The Modi government faces a string of daunting challenges from reforming the security architecture and structuring the armed forces to strengthening the defence industrial base and military readiness(PTI)
The Modi government faces a string of daunting challenges from reforming the security architecture and structuring the armed forces to strengthening the defence industrial base and military readiness(PTI)

The defence policy must be prioritised

UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2019 07:30 PM IST
The government has enormous political capital to bring in defence reforms. Band-aid fixes won’t work
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The bypoll for the Panaji Assembly constituency was necessitated following the death of its MLA and Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in March, after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer.(Ajay Aggarwal/ Hindustan/ HT Photo)
The bypoll for the Panaji Assembly constituency was necessitated following the death of its MLA and Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in March, after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer.(Ajay Aggarwal/ Hindustan/ HT Photo)

Panaji Assembly bypoll: BJP loses late Manohar Parrikar’s seat to Congress

By Indo Asian News Service | Indo Asian News Service, Panaji
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 01:13 PM IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Sidharth Kuncalienkar lost to Congress’ Atanasio Monserrate by 1,758 votes. Monserrate polled 8,748 votes against Kuncalienkar’s 6,990 votes.
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