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Pramod Sawant’s decision to not implement a night curfew in the tourist state of Goa came on the heels of a letter to the state by the Union health ministry to lay down necessary SOPs(ANI)

Goa’s decision to not impose night curfew keeps New Year party going

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 03:42 PM IST
The beaches became choked with crowds as many night clubs also organised parties for New Year’s eve. Goa’s health minister Vishwajit Rane had said earlier that a night curfew was likely to be imposed, and that he had spoken to chief minister about the it, but ultimately no curfew was imposed.
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

Panaji | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Karan Manral
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.
Speaking about the Sunburn Festival in Goa, Health Minister, Vishwajit Rane said that anything can be organised as long as there are stringent SOPs in place(Twitter)
Speaking about the Sunburn Festival in Goa, Health Minister, Vishwajit Rane said that anything can be organised as long as there are stringent SOPs in place(Twitter)

Anything can be organised with stringent SOPs: Goa health minister on Sunburn Festival

Panaji | By Asian News International | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2020 10:20 AM IST
Vishwajit Rane said Goa’s popular Sunburn Festival can be held if SOPs are stringently followed as coronavirus cases have gone down significantly in the state
On Saturday, Goa reported 117 new Covid-19 cases, taking the count to 2,368.(Bloomberg file photo)
On Saturday, Goa reported 117 new Covid-19 cases, taking the count to 2,368.(Bloomberg file photo)

Need to sanitise buses to check Covid-19 spread: Goa health minister

Panaji | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2020 11:19 AM IST
“It is the need of the hour to fumigate bus stands and buses which are used for public transport. It will be discussed with the chief minister. Whatever activities we need to outsource to other agencies will also be discussed with the chief secretary and state health secretary,” Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane said.
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(ANI File Photo)
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant.(ANI File Photo)

Goa registers 108 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths in deadliest day yet

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 07:23 AM IST
The previous single-day spike in cases in Goa was recorded on Thursday when it recorded 95 new infections. This is the first time Goa has recorded more than a 100 cases in a single day.
As on Friday, Goa has recorded 463 cases of Covid-19, of which 69 patients have recovered so far.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
As on Friday, Goa has recorded 463 cases of Covid-19, of which 69 patients have recovered so far.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Goa government orders random testing at slums near Covid-19 hospital

Panaji | By Press Trust of India| Posted by : Jasra Afreen
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2020 03:43 PM IST
Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said people living in slum areas around ESI Hospital in Margao will be tested for coronavirus.Earlier this week, a few members of the hospital staff had tested positive for the deadly infection.
There are 1,700 to 2,000 people living inside the containment zone in Goa.(Representative Photo/AFP)
There are 1,700 to 2,000 people living inside the containment zone in Goa.(Representative Photo/AFP)

6 more Covid-19 positive cases found in Vasco da Gama containment zone, Goa’s total tally reaches 79

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 07:22 AM IST
The fresh Covid-19 positive cases come at a time when Goa was gearing up to grant further relaxations including reopening of restaurants, malls and gymnasia and allowing religious services.
A medical professional wearing PPE suit takes a swab sample from a man for Covid-19 test during lockdown.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
A medical professional wearing PPE suit takes a swab sample from a man for Covid-19 test during lockdown.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

‘11 rail passengers from Mumbai test positive for Covid-19 in Goa, active cases at 50’: State health minister

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2020 11:56 AM IST
The minister said that in the wake of the rising coronavirus cases in Goa, he will be meeting chief minister Pramod Sawant later in the day.
Migrants undergo thermal screening before boarding a special train for Madhya Pradesh at Goa’s Thivim Railway Station.(ANI)
Migrants undergo thermal screening before boarding a special train for Madhya Pradesh at Goa’s Thivim Railway Station.(ANI)

Goa holds its breath as preliminary test shows 7 people Covid-19 positive

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza | Edited by Sabir Hussain
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2020 11:41 PM IST
Goa had earlier reported seven cases of Covid-19. All of them had recovered last month.
Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane has advised against large gatherings in a bid to contain the possible spread of coronavirus(Bloomberg)
Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane has advised against large gatherings in a bid to contain the possible spread of coronavirus(Bloomberg)

Goa warns against attending large gatherings as coronavirus fear grows

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2020 09:03 PM IST
Speaking to the media, Vishwajit Rane, who had, via video conference participated in a meeting with the Union Health Minister regarding the spread of the virus, said that while there was no direct ban being issued by the state government, the people would have to take a decision.
The Goa government has moved to ban the sale of alcohol in industrial estates in the state in the interest of ‘safety of workers’(HT Photo)
The Goa government has moved to ban the sale of alcohol in industrial estates in the state in the interest of ‘safety of workers’(HT Photo)

Goa to ban the sale of liquor in industrial areas: Minister

Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2019 07:52 AM IST
The move is the latest in a crackdown on the sale of liquor in the state after the government passed a law banning the drinking in public in “tourist areas” and imposed fines ranging from Rs 2,000 to 10,000.
Rane said the government would like to assure the people of Goa that the fish sold in the state is safe and free of formalin. “There is absolutely no need to panic or to pay heed to any rumours,” he said.(PTI image)
Rane said the government would like to assure the people of Goa that the fish sold in the state is safe and free of formalin. “There is absolutely no need to panic or to pay heed to any rumours,” he said.(PTI image)

AAP claims fish imported in Goa laced with formalin; Health min denies

Panaji | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 10:05 AM IST
Rane said besides, QCI, the Goa Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) officers have tested more than 6,000 samples of fish from border points, wholesale markets as well as retail fish markets in Goa and none of the samples showed added formalin.
A French fighter jet Rafale prepares to take off.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
A French fighter jet Rafale prepares to take off.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

‘Will file a police complaint in Rafale audio tape case if Congress directs’: Girish Chodankar

Panaji | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2019 12:02 PM IST
A police complaint will be filed in the Rafale audio tape case if AICC directs us to do so, said Goa Congress Committee (GCC) president Girish Chodankar.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi speaks in the Lok Sabha during the discussion on Rafel issue at Parliament in New Delhi.(PTI photo)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi speaks in the Lok Sabha during the discussion on Rafel issue at Parliament in New Delhi.(PTI photo)

To Rahul Gandhi’s jab at PM Modi over Rafale, Arun Jaitley’s counter punch

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2019 05:21 PM IST
The Lok Sabha witnessed uproar during debate on Rafale deal after Rahul Gandhi accused the Modi government of corruption and sought to play a ‘leaked phone call’ in the House.
Congress’s Randeep S. Surjewala releasing the purported conversation on Rafale deal between Goa Minister Vishwajit Rane and another person.(Sonu Mehta)
Congress’s Randeep S. Surjewala releasing the purported conversation on Rafale deal between Goa Minister Vishwajit Rane and another person.(Sonu Mehta)

Congress sharpens attack over Rafale with a ‘leaked phone conversation’

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2019 05:21 PM IST
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala released a conversation purportedly between Goa minister Vishwajit Rane and another person in which Rane claimed that the Goa CM had the entire file and all documents related to Rafale in his bedroom.
There is a practice of offering live roosters to deities by the relatives of the patients admitted to Goa Medical College.(AFP Photo/ Representative purpose)
There is a practice of offering live roosters to deities by the relatives of the patients admitted to Goa Medical College.(AFP Photo/ Representative purpose)

Roosters offered to God in Goa hospital, minister promises crackdown

Indo Asian News Service, Panaji | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2018 05:04 PM IST
Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane says offering chicken to a deity is an outdated practice and should stop immediately.
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