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A man takes a selfie in front of a heap of garbage on the shores the Arabian Sea in Mumbai.(AP file)

Marine plastic pollution: Panaji, Mumbai, Kochi to link with UK towns

By Prasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 05:25 PM IST
Bangor, a town 20 km north-east of Belfast in Northern Ireland, has been chosen to twin with Panaji in Goa, while Glasgow in Scotland is to be similarly linked with Mumbai, and Aberystwyth in Wales is proposed to be twinned with Kochi.
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Goa CM launches helpline for women in distress(Twitter/anilmishjourno)
Goa CM launches helpline for women in distress(Twitter/anilmishjourno)

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant launches a Whatsapp helpline for women in distress

By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | Panaji (Goa) [India]
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 10:28 AM IST
In an additional measure of safety for women in the state, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant along with Goa Police launched an exclusive Whatsapp helpline number which ‘will be functional round the clock at the State Police Control Room, Panaji to redress grievances of women in distress’
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Prior to this the state had only one dedicated hospital for Covid-19 with a capacity of 220 beds. The hospital soon filled up prompting the decision of the state government to set up care centres for asymptomatic patients.(ANI PHOTO.)
Prior to this the state had only one dedicated hospital for Covid-19 with a capacity of 220 beds. The hospital soon filled up prompting the decision of the state government to set up care centres for asymptomatic patients.(ANI PHOTO.)

Goa registers 506 new Covid-19 patients in a day, the highest surge so far

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 11:23 PM IST
The state administration has now announced the setting up of a new dedicated Covid-19 hospital in the state and has promised better treatment protocols as the numbers have taken a decisive turn for the worse.
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Dr Edwin Gomes helped set up the state’s dedicated Covid-19 facility at the ESI Hospital in Margao in South Goa.(Twitter/@DrPramodPSawant)
Dr Edwin Gomes helped set up the state’s dedicated Covid-19 facility at the ESI Hospital in Margao in South Goa.(Twitter/@DrPramodPSawant)

Goa’s hero doctor, govt spar over time off during Covid-19; court seeks amicable solution

By Gerard de Souza | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 01:06 PM IST
Dr Gomes returned home on July 4 after completing 98 days of uninterrupted duty. He was given a hero’s welcome by the locals near his home on the outskirts of Panaji.
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Operation Vande Bharat mission’s Goa leg has left a lot to be desired(PTI (Representative image))
Operation Vande Bharat mission’s Goa leg has left a lot to be desired(PTI (Representative image))

Fed up of waiting, Goans stranded abroad arrange own flights home

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2020 05:52 PM IST
Over 160 stranded Goans in Kuwait chartered an IndiGo flight that brought them back to their home state on June 26.
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The school management is considering its future course of action while announcing the suspension of all online classes for now.(Representative image)
The school management is considering its future course of action while announcing the suspension of all online classes for now.(Representative image)

Goa Police registers FIR after school says morphed images of its teachers were posted on social media

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2020 06:36 PM IST
“We have received a complaint on Thursday from a school in Panaji, alleging that during an online class, images were captured and morphed and uploaded on a social media platform accompanied by derogatory remarks,” Pankaj Kumar, superintendent of police (SP), Crime Branch, Goa, told media persons on Friday.
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Image for representation.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Image for representation.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Goa ‘gangsters’ attack rival, end up shooting one of their own; 9 held

By Gerard de Souza | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2020 12:38 PM IST
According to the police, a group of people attacked the house of one Imran Bepari at around 3 am on Saturday and began firing rounds.
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MoS for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Yesso Naik said the International Yoga Day function, which was scheduled to be held in Leh on Sunday, was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has made social distancing a necessity.(PTI)
MoS for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Yesso Naik said the International Yoga Day function, which was scheduled to be held in Leh on Sunday, was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has made social distancing a necessity.(PTI)

Yoga practitioners have less chances of getting Covid-19: Shripad Naik

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Panaji
PUBLISHED ON JUN 21, 2020 12:20 PM IST
Talking to PTI on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga, Naik also said the propagation of yoga across the country and the world during the Narendra Modi-led regime has helped in the fight against Covid-19.
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A group of seven activists has claimed that funds meant for constructions workers under Goa Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Scheme are going to bogus beneficiaries.(Representative Photo/HT)
A group of seven activists has claimed that funds meant for constructions workers under Goa Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Scheme are going to bogus beneficiaries.(Representative Photo/HT)

Goa activists allege scam in scheme meant for construction workers, demand probe

By Gerard de Souza | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 07:49 AM IST
The activists claim that they do not know the total number of bogus beneficiaries registered under the scheme but said that an inquiry into the matter would reveal the true extent of the scam.
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Panaji Mayor Uday Madkaika has come under flak for buying a new car despite the Chief Minister saying no new cars would be allowed to be purchased.(HT PHOTO)
Panaji Mayor Uday Madkaika has come under flak for buying a new car despite the Chief Minister saying no new cars would be allowed to be purchased.(HT PHOTO)

Panaji mayor sparks outrage after he buys new car amid lockdown

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2020 09:40 PM IST
The mayor claimed that the vehicle was booked earlier and had been delivered on Monday.
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The incident took place at Benaulim village in South Goa.(Representative)
The incident took place at Benaulim village in South Goa.(Representative)

22-year-old woman found dead in Goa, ‘male friend’ arrested

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 12:28 PM IST
The incident took place on Friday and the accused, Melbourn Fernandes (24), was arrested within hours, a police official said.
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Goa has six active Covid-19 patients with one 55-year-old patient having recovered from the disease while all the others are stable. (Image used for representation).(FILE PHOTO.)
Goa has six active Covid-19 patients with one 55-year-old patient having recovered from the disease while all the others are stable. (Image used for representation).(FILE PHOTO.)

Goa rolls out Ayurvedic treatment for Covid-19 patients

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2020 11:48 PM IST
Sawant has however denied claims that Ayurveda can cure Covid19 as claimed by the Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik, but said that while there is no cure for the disease, the Ayurvedic treatment will only help build immunity to fight coronavirus.
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As per a senior police official, the two accused have been booked under charges of rape, murder and destruction of evidence.(HT Photo)
As per a senior police official, the two accused have been booked under charges of rape, murder and destruction of evidence.(HT Photo)

Odisha man held for rape, murder of woman in Goa

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2020 01:51 PM IST
The decomposed body of the woman, who also hailed from Odisha, was found at a forest area in Porvorim near Panaji on February 10.
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The arrested minor, who has allegedly confessed to the crime has been remanded to the state protective home for delinquent children.(HT File Photo (Representative Image))
The arrested minor, who has allegedly confessed to the crime has been remanded to the state protective home for delinquent children.(HT File Photo (Representative Image))

Odisha woman raped in Goa, teen arrested: Cops

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2020 07:28 PM IST
The victim’s body was found on February 11, dumped in an isolated place and was noticed by construction workers who informed the police.
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People gather to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
People gather to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Goa House adopts resolution lauding PM for CAA move

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2020 01:09 AM IST
In the 40-member assembly, the ruling BJP has 27 MLAs, besides two Independent legislators who support the government. NCP’s Churchil Alemao, who supports the government, was absent.
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The attack on the Afghani student, Matiulla Aria, at Goa University puts a question mark on the security of the foreign students who come to study in the Nation State.(Representative image)
The attack on the Afghani student, Matiulla Aria, at Goa University puts a question mark on the security of the foreign students who come to study in the Nation State.(Representative image)

Afghan student stabbed at Goa University, 1 arrested

By Asian News International | Panaji
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2020 01:27 PM IST
The victim, identified as Matiulla Aria, is recuperating at a hospital in Panaji.
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Tender coconut and cashew sukke at Goa Portuguesa. Even a regular fish curry tastes different, when done in the Hindu style, because of the different spice mix.
Tender coconut and cashew sukke at Goa Portuguesa. Even a regular fish curry tastes different, when done in the Hindu style, because of the different spice mix.

A tour of Hindu Goan cuisine, with Kunal Vijayakar

By Kunal Vijayakar | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2019 09:10 PM IST
It’s not easy, but it’s worth the effort, to try and find places where you can explore this vast and very different world.
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The grounded ship Nu Shi Nalini(HT Photo)
The grounded ship Nu Shi Nalini(HT Photo)

Dutch salvagers chosen for chemical tanker grounded off Goa

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 12:16 PM IST
The stricken ship Nu Shi Nalini -- a chemical tanker loaded with 2,500 tons of naphtha -- which broke loose from its anchor during the squally weather that accompanied the Cyclone Kyarr on October 25, and ran aground on the rocky shoreline off Dona Paula, a sea facing locality of the capital city Panaji, has remained there for the past 21 days.
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With Squirrel by Navjot Altaf
With Squirrel by Navjot Altaf

Art: Inside the mind of an artist

By Arti Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2019 10:52 PM IST
How ideas shape themselves into sculptures has always been a mystery. Not any more!
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Dipika Sharma, a digital marketing manager from Noida, conducts healing forest walks in and around Delhi.
Dipika Sharma, a digital marketing manager from Noida, conducts healing forest walks in and around Delhi.

Forest Bathing: Where nature becomes your therapist

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2019 06:17 PM IST
To try the Japanese concept, pick a spot of unadulterated nature and just soak it in
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Agencies involved in salvaging the grounded 11,000-tonne chemical tanker Nu Shi Nalini off Goa will resume their attempt after a specialised towing vessel from Mumbai reaches the state
Agencies involved in salvaging the grounded 11,000-tonne chemical tanker Nu Shi Nalini off Goa will resume their attempt after a specialised towing vessel from Mumbai reaches the state

Rescuers wait for special vessel as efforts to tug tanker grounded off Goa remain fruitless

By Gerard de Souza | Panaji, Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 28, 2019 11:46 PM IST
The Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard have been trying to free Nu Shi Nalini since she broke loose on Thursday in the gusty winds that accompanied Cyclone Kyarr, sparking fears of an oil spill.
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Strong winds due to Cyclone Kyarr uprooted trees in Goa on Friday, damaging vehicles.(ANI)
Strong winds due to Cyclone Kyarr uprooted trees in Goa on Friday, damaging vehicles.(ANI)

Heavy rain lashes Goa; 4K stranded

By Gerard de Souza, Shrinivas Deshpande and Agencies | Panaji/Pune
PUBLISHED ON OCT 26, 2019 03:58 AM IST
Across Goa, power lines snapped, trees were uprooted including along the capital city’s arterial Dayanand Bandodkar Marg,and the police were pressed in to rescue those marooned in low-lying areas of the state.
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The weather along the coast has led to extremely rough sea conditions and tourists have been asked to avoid visiting the beaches, much less venturing into the sea.(ANI)
The weather along the coast has led to extremely rough sea conditions and tourists have been asked to avoid visiting the beaches, much less venturing into the sea.(ANI)

Cyclone Kyarr batters Goa, disrupts normal life

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2019 02:23 PM IST
More than 200 fishing boats and trawlers from various parts of the west coast including Maharashtra and Gujarat have sought refuge in Goa while one trawler capsized necessitating the rescue of four crew while a fifth person is still missing.
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The all-powerful GST Council on Friday more than doubled the tax on caffeinated beverages to 40 per cent and slashed the rate on hotel room tariffs.(ANI Photo)
The all-powerful GST Council on Friday more than doubled the tax on caffeinated beverages to 40 per cent and slashed the rate on hotel room tariffs.(ANI Photo)

GST Council hikes tax on caffeinated beverages, cuts rates on hotel tariffs

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 02:43 PM IST
Briefing reporters after a meeting of the panel, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the GST on caffeinated beverages has been hiked to 28 per cent plus additional cess of 12 per cent as against the current rate of 18 per cent.
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After failing to meet the officers concerned, Congress workers recited the traditional `arati’ in the office, he said.(HT image)
After failing to meet the officers concerned, Congress workers recited the traditional `arati’ in the office, he said.(HT image)

Congress workers sing `arati’ at electricity office to decry power cuts

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2019 06:49 PM IST
Varad Mardolkar, chief of the state Youth Congress, and others staged the unique protest.
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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 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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Kunkolienkar and Velingkar were amongst the early voters who exercised their franchise at their respective booths.(HT Photo)
Kunkolienkar and Velingkar were amongst the early voters who exercised their franchise at their respective booths.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Voting begins for Panaji Assembly bypoll

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2019 08:15 AM IST
As many as 22,482 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the constituency which covers areas including the state capital and has 30 polling stations.
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The BJP is facing a contest to retain the state capital which it has won continuously since 1994 as several factors have gone against it this time.(HT PHOTO)
The BJP is facing a contest to retain the state capital which it has won continuously since 1994 as several factors have gone against it this time.(HT PHOTO)

‘Goa’s MLAs defect from parties often, makes governing state difficult’: Gadkari

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2019 12:12 AM IST
After a decade of relative political stability between 2007 and 2017, Goa has seen four MLAs defect, all to the BJP with two MLAs each from the Congress and BJP’s one time ally the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party joining the BJP.
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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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