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File photo: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI)

More join stir against IIT Goa; CM says ready for talks

PTI, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 03:40 PM IST
More join stir against Goa IIT; CM says ready for talks
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Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(ANI file)
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(ANI file)

IIT Goa project to come up, will discuss protests, says CM

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari | Panaji
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:47 AM IST
“We are ready to discuss demands of the locals. The project has not been scrapped. Formalities for construction are going on,” the CM said, who also added a police outpost was coming up in the village as part of the IIT project.
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File photo: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI)
File photo: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI)

‘Not interested’: Goa CM scuttles proposal to allow cannabis cultivation

By Gerard de Souza | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 11:59 PM IST
Speaking to the media on Wednesday evening, Sawant said that “the Goa government is not interested in going ahead with this proposal”.
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Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said the government has embarked on a mission to make Goa self-sustainable through its flagship ‘Swayampurna Goa’ programme.(PTI file photo)
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said the government has embarked on a mission to make Goa self-sustainable through its flagship ‘Swayampurna Goa’ programme.(PTI file photo)

Goa CM seeks to allay fears surrounding track-doubling project

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Panaji
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 12:14 PM IST
Several protesters blocked the railway track at Arossim village against the track-doubling project of South Western Railway, saying that the move was aimed at helping private companies to transport coal.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of Goa as the state celebrates Liberation Day.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of Goa as the state celebrates Liberation Day.(ANI)

PM Modi, CM Sawant greet people of Goa on state’s Liberation Day

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 10:05 AM IST
Goa Liberation Day is observed on December 19 every year in India and it marks the day Indian armed forces freed Goa in 1961 following 450 years of Portuguese rule.
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File photo: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI)
File photo: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI)

‘Let us shape glorious Goa,” tweets Goa CM as BJP sweeps zilla panchayat polls

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 07:20 PM IST
The BJP won 32 of the 48 seats that went to the polls winning both the district panchayats comfortably.
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Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(ANI file)
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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File photo: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI)
File photo: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI)

On Saturday, Goa to vote in elections that will test CM Sawant’s popularity

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 10:36 PM IST
The polls are seen as a massive test of Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, among other related issues.
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Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI file)
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI file)

Goa CM inaugurates Dnyanvardhini Divyang Training College for B.Ed in Special Education

By Asian News International| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari | Panaji
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 03:01 PM IST
According to the Goa government, the B.Ed Special Education is a two-year academic degree course affiliated to the Goa University and approved by the Rehabilitation Council of India.
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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 chief minister Pramod Sawant was recently in Delhi to discuss the deadlock over mining in Goa.(PTI photo)
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant was recently in Delhi to discuss the deadlock over mining in Goa.(PTI photo)

Goa govt blinks first, shows willingness to auction iron ore mines

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 02:42 PM IST
Goa CM Sawant’s announcement is a marked departure from the State government’s policy which, till date, has resisted auctions fearing it may open the gateway for entry of ‘unknown mining companies’.
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Goa Chief minister Pramod Sawant(PTI/ File photo)
Goa Chief minister Pramod Sawant(PTI/ File photo)

One time power bill settlement scheme launched in Goa

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni | Panaji
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 06:02 PM IST
Chief minister Pramod Sawant called it one of the biggest steps in the state in the last 60 years and said a similar scheme would be launched by the public works department (PWD) for water bills.
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“My concerns remain that the government of Goa may choose to move ahead with the development of highrises as close as 100 m to the UNESCO site,” Sardesai mentioned in a letter to UNESCO. (Representational Image)(Pixabay)
“My concerns remain that the government of Goa may choose to move ahead with the development of highrises as close as 100 m to the UNESCO site,” Sardesai mentioned in a letter to UNESCO. (Representational Image)(Pixabay)

Goa leader calls international cultural community for help to save UNESCO Heritage Site

By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Panaji (Goa) [India]
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 11:27 AM IST
Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai called for help from the international cultural community like UNESCO and ICOMOS to save the “future of Old Goa from the destructive policies of present the state government led by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant”.
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File photo: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI)
File photo: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI)

Goa to host year-long celebrations to mark 60 years of liberation from Portuguese rule

By Gerard de Souza | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 04:55 PM IST
The year-long celebrations will be highlighted through various programmes in Goa as well as across the country with a programme each in other states, the chief minister said.
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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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Under the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Swayampoorna Goa’ initiative, benefits of all the state and central government schemes will be brought to the doorsteps of people, chief minister Pramod Sawant said.(ANI)
Under the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Swayampoorna Goa’ initiative, benefits of all the state and central government schemes will be brought to the doorsteps of people, chief minister Pramod Sawant said.(ANI)

Citizens suggest ways to implement ‘Swayampoorna Goa’ scheme

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Panaji
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2020 10:25 AM IST
The government has been taking suggestions from people to implement the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Swayampoorna Goa’ programme, announced by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to increase economic activities and make every village in the state self-reliant.
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Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI File)
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI File)

Financial situation improving, will lift austerity measures: Goa CM Pramod Sawant

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2020 03:12 PM IST
The moratorium that included banning fresh recruitment and postponing all new projects will be lifted by the end of this month
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Vishwajit Rane was holding a press conference after a meeting with chief minister Pramod Sawant(Twitter)
Vishwajit Rane was holding a press conference after a meeting with chief minister Pramod Sawant(Twitter)

Hotels must have one isolation room, Goa to issue new SOP

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri | Panaji
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 09:01 PM IST
The state health minister assured that the coastal state will not seal its borders to keep out tourists, and A Standard Operating Procedure is to be developed to ensure all patients, whether mild, moderate, or severe, get oxygen on a timely basis
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Tourists relax at a cafe on Baga beach in Goa (REUTERS/File Photo)
Tourists relax at a cafe on Baga beach in Goa (REUTERS/File Photo)

Goa govt to issue new SOP for hotels amid tourist season, says state health minister

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Karan Manral | Panaji
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 03:48 PM IST
The govt is in the process of issuing guidelines for hotels, which will make it mandatory for them to reserve one room as an isolation room on their property, Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane told reporters after meeting CM Pramod Sawant.
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AAP MLA Raghav Chadha.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
AAP MLA Raghav Chadha.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Not interested in debate with one who’s not connected with power issue: Goa minister on AAP challenge

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 05:43 AM IST
Earlier, a war of words took place on social media between the chief ministers of Delhi and Goa on November 11-12, with Arvind Kejriwal accusing his Goan counterpart of ignoring local voices under “the Centre’s diktat”, in return being accused by Dr Pramod Sawant of doing “divisive politics”.
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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant interacting with children who asked him to stop coal import and coal dust pollution in the state.(HT PHOTO)
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant interacting with children who asked him to stop coal import and coal dust pollution in the state.(HT PHOTO)

Goa CM Pramod Sawant pledges to cut coal handling at Mormugao port by 50%

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON NOV 15, 2020 05:24 PM IST
Goa has seen intermittent protests against the state government’s plans to enhance the coal handling at the port as envisaged under the Sagarmala programme.
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The spat spilled over to Thursday when Arvind Kejriwal raised the issue of a Railway track doubling project, which will pass through Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park(HT Photo)
The spat spilled over to Thursday when Arvind Kejriwal raised the issue of a Railway track doubling project, which will pass through Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park(HT Photo)

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in war of words with Goa’s Pramod Sawant over Mollem track doubling project

By Asian News International | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 08:21 PM IST
There has been an ongoing feud in Goa between the ruling BJP and Kejriwal’s AAP over environmental issues. Their most recent spat began on Twitter on Wednesday on the issue of a Railway track doubling project through the protected areas in Mollem.
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Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI File)
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(PTI File)

Goa CM defends controversial infra projects again, disregards Kejriwal’s advice

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 03:06 PM IST
There have been midnight protests against the double-tracking of a railway line from Goa to Karnataka as well as a highway expansion and a proposed power transmission line project that will pass through Goa’s oldest wildlife sanctuary
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Protesters have been opposing a trio of projects, a double tracking of a railway line, highway expansion and power line that will all slice through the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park in the coastal state. (Photo @DrPramodPSawant)
Protesters have been opposing a trio of projects, a double tracking of a railway line, highway expansion and power line that will all slice through the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park in the coastal state. (Photo @DrPramodPSawant)

‘Worry about Delhi first’: Goa CM Pramod Sawant’s advice to Arvind Kejriwal

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 09:17 PM IST
CM Pramod Sawant said that his government was also committed to the preservation of the ecological diversity and that his discussion with the Union minister of shipping in New Delhi centred around reducing the coal being imported viat the Mormugao Port.
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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.(ANI)
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.(ANI)

Goa police lodge case after Chief Minister Pramod Sawant gets threatening SMS

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2020 11:27 PM IST
The Chief Minister’s office didn’t release the text of the message he allegedly received on his personal mobile number.
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Poonam Pandey was in Goa in September.
Poonam Pandey was in Goa in September.

Police complaint filed against Poonam Pandey for ‘obscene’ video shot in Goa

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 02:13 PM IST
A police complaint has been filed against model-actor Poonam Pandey for allegedly shooting an ‘obscene’ video in Goa. A member of the Goa Forward Party has accused the chief minister of promoting the state as a ‘porn destination’.
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The Goa government has decided to recommence classes for students of Std 10 and 12 beginning November 21, when the Diwali vacation is scheduled to end, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced on Tuesday.(ANI file)
The Goa government has decided to recommence classes for students of Std 10 and 12 beginning November 21, when the Diwali vacation is scheduled to end, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced on Tuesday.(ANI file)

Goa schools to reopen for students of classes 10 and 12 from November 21

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 06:09 PM IST
The decision was taken at a meeting of officials of the education department along with the Chief Minister who is also the education minister earlier in the day.
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As part of the unlocking process, the state government has allowed various commercial and tourism activities to resume in the state to get the economy back on track.(File Photo)
As part of the unlocking process, the state government has allowed various commercial and tourism activities to resume in the state to get the economy back on track.(File Photo)

Goa casinos to reopen from today: Know Covid-19 guidelines here

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2020 06:07 AM IST
There are six offshore casinos in Goa, boats anchored in the Mandovi river that flows by the capital city. Other casinos are located inside five star hotels. It’s a 19-year-old industry of the state.
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Goa CM Pramod Sawant.(ANI)
Goa CM Pramod Sawant.(ANI)

Even if God becomes CM he can’t give government jobs to all: Pramod Sawant

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Panaji, Goa
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 07:47 PM IST
“It is not possible to give 100 per cent government jobs to everyone. If tomorrow morning, even if God himself becomes the Chief Minister, it is not possible,” Sawant said during a web conference with village panchayat representatives here.
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Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(ANI file)
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(ANI file)

Goa CM Sawant meets villagers opposing IIT campus project

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari | Panaji
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 06:29 PM IST
Sawant assured residents of Melualim village in North Goa district that the project would be taken forward only after taking them into confidence.
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