Panaji News

Goa CM Pramod Sawant meets Tata chief, discusses investment
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

PANAJI: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said that collaboration and investment by industry conglomerates like Tata Sons will offer great opportunities for Goa. Sawant on Saturday met Tata Sons group chairman N Chandrasekaran, Noel Tata and other CEOs, to boost investment in Goa. Industries minister Mauvin Godinho and chief secretary Puneet Kumar Goel were also present at the meeting. Goa Small Industries Association (GSIA) played a key role in arranging this meeting, with a clear agenda of inviting the mother industry to boost MSME growth, Sawant said. The chief minister said that opportunities in all sectors like IT, aviation manufacturing, retail, hospitality, training centres for hospitality, and soft skills were discussed at the meeting. “Goa possesses immense potential in industry development and employment generation,” Sawant said. The CMO said that Chandrasekaran promised to immediately plan an internal meeting with their top CEOs to promote new businesses in Goa. Jobs in retail, IT, hospitality discussedSawant said opportunities in sectors like IT, aviation manufacturing, retail, hospitality, training centres for hospitality, and soft skills were discussed. “Goa possesses immense potential in industry development and employment generation,” Sawant said. The CMO said Chandrasekaran promised to immediately plan an internal meeting with their top CEOs to promote new businesses in Goa.

Goa CM Pramod Sawant meets Tata chief, discusses investment
  • Goa CM meets Tata chief, discusses investment in state
  • Times of India

    PANAJI: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said that collaboration and investment by industry conglomerates like Tata Sons will offer great opportunities for Goa. Sawant on Saturday met Tata Sons group chairman N Chandrasekaran, Noel Tata and other CEOs, to boost investment in Goa. Industries minister Mauvin Godinho and chief secretary Puneet Kumar Goel were also present at the meeting. Goa Small Industries Association (GSIA) played a key role in arranging this meeting, with a clear agenda of inviting the mother industry to boost MSME growth, Sawant said. The chief minister said that opportunities in all sectors like IT, aviation manufacturing, retail, hospitality, training centres for hospitality, and soft skills were discussed at the meeting. “Goa possesses immense potential in industry development and employment generation,” Sawant said. The CMO said that Chandrasekaran promised to immediately plan an internal meeting with their top CEOs to promote new businesses in Goa.

More schemes if salt production is under agri
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Panaji: Agriculture minister Ravi Naik on Thursday said that if the industries department permits, he is ready to bring salt production under the agriculture department to enable traditional salt producers to avail of various government schemes. Salt production presently falls within the ambit of the industries department. Naik said he would speak to industries minister Mauvin Godinho in this regard and about the issues salt producers face. Regarding damage to crops due to unseasonal rain, the agriculture minister said he has asked officials to assess the damage and ensure that farmers are compensated for the losses. He also said some MLAs have made representations to him about crop loss, and added that it is the state’s duty to help farmers.

More schemes if salt production is under agri
  • 'Will move salt production to agriculture dept if industries dept agrees'
  • Times of India

    PANAJI: Agriculture minister Ravi Naik on Thursday said that if the industries department permits, he is ready to bring salt production under the agriculture department to enable traditional salt producers to avail of various government schemes. Salt production presently falls within the ambit of the industries department. Naik said he would speak to industries minister Mauvin Godinho in this regard and about the issues salt producers in Pernem, Tiswadi and other talukas face. Regarding damage to crops due to unseasonal rain, the agriculture minister said he has asked officials of his department to assess the damage and assure that farmers will be given compensation as per the losses. He also said some MLAs have already made representations to him about crop loss and added that it is the state’s duty to help traditional farmers.

Will focus on infra at industrial estates
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Panaji: Given that the monsoon season is around the corner, the Goa Industrial Development Corporation can do little to improve the infrastructure at the 20 industrial estates in Goa, said GIDC chairman Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco. Assuring industrialists that the GIDC remains focused on strengthening infrastructure, Lourenco said that it would take another six months to repair the roads and ensure adequate water supply to all units. While he did not directly name his predecessor Glen Ticlo, he did say that Goa’s industrial estates have taken a beating while the GIDC’s finances are also depleted. “Some of the industrial estates don’t even have proper water or roads,” Lourenco said. He said that the GIDC’s financial situation is bad because of the loan taken by the corporation to buy back the SEZ land. “We will see that we bring some industries to Goa this time. If everything goes well, then in six months we will show results. You have to ruffle some feathers to get the required results. By next week our proposals will be going based on what every industrial estate requires,” he said. He said that instead of focusing on allotting industrial plots, he wants to focus on improving basic infrastructure so that Goa can attract new manufacturing units. “If there is no infrastructure, then industries will not come,” said Lourenco. He has also directed the GIDC officials to clear all pending applications within eight days and also said that any allegations of corruption will be severely dealt with.

Will focus on infra at industrial estates
Atal Setu report: IIT-Madras seeks more core samples
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Panaji: IIT-Madras, which has been roped in by the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) to study the defects in the 5.1-km long cable-stayed Atal Setu, has requested for four additional core samples. GSIDC will extract the 100mm core samples from the bridge’s tarmac and send them to Chennai for analysis. The corporation’s officials expect IIT-Madras to submit the preliminary report by May-end. Unable to prevent the frequent potholes on the Atal Setu, the state government had turned to IIT-Madras in July last year for answers. Chief minister Pramod Sawant had said that the institute would study the reason why the bitumen fails to adhere with the span of the bridge, after which L&T — the company that constructed the bridge — will be asked to take corrective measures. While the GSIDC has started interim repairs on the bridge, a permanent solution will be possible only after IIT Madras submits its report and findings. Potholes have become a common occurrence on the bridge, which has been built at a cost of Rs 581 crore. Though inaugurated in January 2019, the Atal Setu remains incomplete and the GSIDC has yet to issue a completion certificate to L&T. With a five-year defect liability period mentioned in the contract, L&T has been repairing the Atal Setu without any cost to the exchequer. Recently, at least six vehicles were damaged in accidents on the Atal Setu because of the potholes that mar the bridge. Given the spate of accidents, it is no surprise that some motorists have decided to avoid the bridge. Panaji resident Arun Baba Naik recently took to social media to announce that he would no longer use the bridge for his commute to Mapusa. “Looking at two accidents in two days on Atal Setu, I have decided not to use this bridge to go or come back from Mapusa,” said Naik.

Atal Setu report: IIT-Madras seeks more core samples
Min: SC order on reservation likely to delay pyat polls
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Panaji: Panchayats minister Mauvin Godinho on Thursday said that panchayat elections may be delayed as the Supreme Court has said that either the OBC reservations be carried out as per the data obtained from the OBC commission or else there should be no reservation in the category for the poll. Godinho said that the term of the present panchayats ends on June 19. He said that the state government has handed over the delimitation of wards and reservation of wards to the State Election Commission . “With reservation of wards coming in, there are more complaints. What has impacted the finalisation of reservation of wards is the Supreme Court directive stating that the state OBC commission has to have a say in formulating the number of OBC candidates on the basis of the actual OBC population in those particular wards and areas,” he said. Godinho said that if such an exercise is not conducted, the election should be conducted considering the ward as a general ward. “I have to place all these matters before the CM and cabinet to take a decision on the issue. Looking at this particular scenario, naturally a little more time will be needed. We will perhaps have to realign the timing of the election to meet what the SC has mandated in its order,” the panchayats minister said. “If we go ahead with the reservation and somebody approaches the court and says that this has not been done as per the wishes of the OBC commission or the procedure laid down by the SC, we could be found wanting.”

Min: SC order on reservation likely to delay pyat polls
I-T officer denied bail in sexual harassment case
Navhind Times | 2 weeks ago
Navhind Times
2 weeks ago

Staff ReporterPanajiThe District and Sessions Court, Panaji has rejected the anticipatory bail of the third accused Maninder Singh Attri, inspector from the income tax department, Panaji in connection with alleged sexual harassment of a womanemployee. Earlier the court had granted conditional anticipatory bail to the two other accused Aditya Verma and Deepak Kumar, both inspectors from the incometax department.Last week the Panaji police had registered an FIR against the three inspectors for allegedly sexually harassing, stalking and outraging modesty of the woman employee.Following the complaint lodged with the police, an offence was registered under Sections 354, 354-A, 354-D, 509 and 506 (ii) of the Indian Penal Code. Referring to the complaint, the police had said

I-T officer denied bail in sexual harassment case
  • Sexual harassment case: 3  I-T officers file anticipatory bail pleas
  • Navhind Times

    Panaji: The three inspectors from the income tax department Panaji, Maninder Singh Attri, Aditya Verma and Deepak Kumar have filed anticipatory bail applications before the District and Sessions Court, Panaji in connection with the case of alleged sexual harassment of a woman employee.The matter is likely to come up for hearing on Tuesday at 10 a.m.The police had registered an FIR against the three inspectors for allegedly sexually harassing, stalking and outraging modesty of the woman employee.In connection with the ongoing probe, the police had sought CCTV footage from the office of the Income-tax department located at Patto-Panaji.

Active Covid tally at 67 cases in Goa
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Panaji: Goa’s tally of active Covid-19 cases is at 67 with eight new cases and eight recoveries on Wednesday. A total of 567 samples were tested with a case positivity rate of 1.4%. There were nil hospitalisations and nil deaths and the state’s recovery rate is at 98.4%. On Tuesday the directorate of health services appealed to people to wear masks and complete their vaccination in preparation of a possible fourth wave.

Active Covid tally at 67 cases in Goa
  • 12 new Covid cases, positivity at 1.8%
  • Times of India

    Panaji: Goa reported 12 new Covid-19 cases on Monday. All 12 opted for home isolation. There were nil hospitalisations and nil deaths. A total pf 659 cases were tested, with a case positivity rate of 1.8%. The active count has risen to 56. tnn

  • Goa: 12 new Covid cases, active tally at 56
  • Times of India

    Panaji: Goa reported 12 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, taking the active tally to 56. There were no deaths and nil hospitalisations reported. A total of 659 samples were tested with a case positivity rate of 1.8%. Six persons recovered over the past 24 hours. The recovery rate standa at 98.4%. Over 2.4 lakh persons have tested positive, 31,420 hospitalised and 3,832 died since the beginning of the pandemic in the state.

  • Goa: 4 new Covid cases, zero deaths on Friday
  • Times of India

    PANAJI: Goa reported four new cases on Friday and nil deaths and hospitalisations. A total of 691 samples were tested and the case positivity stood at 0.58%. The weekly district positivity rate was above one percent for both districts. Between April 29 and May 5, case positivity was 1.81% for South Goa and 1.4% for N Goa where majority of the tests were RT-PCR tests. On Friday, active cases were at 50.

Parts of Goa receive rain after Cyclone Asani
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Panaji: Parts of Goa received light to moderate rainfall late evening on Wednesday as a ripple effect of Cyclone Asani in the Bay of Bengal. The India meteorological department (IMD) earlier forecast scattered light rainfall activity over the state for May 11. “The trough was passing close to the eastern coast of the country, and its movement has caused wind patterns to change over Goa. The lower levels of the atmosphere were getting westerly moisture incursion, whereas the middle troposphere was getting moisture from the eye of the cyclone as well, leading to the light rainfall activity over Goa,” IMD scientist, Rahul M said. There were no instances of lightning or significant windspeeds that could have damaging effects that were reported. The system is slowly moving away, as a result of which, the windspeed is expected to weaken, IMD said. “The light rainfall activity will continue for two more days owing to the ongoing phenomenon,” Rahul said. The maximum temperature recorded on Wednesday was 32.6C, thus showing a fall from the past 24 hours. On Tuesday, IMD had recorded maximum temperature of 33.2C. There is no drastic fall in maximum temperatures expected beyond this, IMD said.

Parts of Goa receive rain after Cyclone Asani
  • Goa: Cyclone Asani to bring light rain from tomorrow
  • Times of India

    Panaji: No direct or severe weather impact of the cyclonic storm Asani is expected over Goa, the India meteorological department’s (IMD) current observation reveals. The presence and movement of cyclone Asani may result in light rain over the south western coast of the country in the next four to five days. The deep depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal is likely to move northwestwards and intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over east central Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours. It is very likely to continue to move Northwestwards till May 10 and reach Westcentral and adjoining Northwest Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts. Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve north-northeastwards and move towards Northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast,” the IMD forecast reads. The Bay of Bengal will see a change in wind patterns as a result of which the IMD has issued fishermen’s warnings for five days in the region. “Only a slight change in lower level winds is expected. Due to the winds being westerly at the lower level, there will be moisture incursion over Goa along with cloud formation. As a result, isolated light rain is expected from May 10 onwards,” IMD Goa scientist, Rahul M said. The rain-like conditions along with cloudy skies are expected to prevail for four to five days from then. Changes in temperatures are also very likely. “A fall in maximum temperature is expected from May 10, based on latest observations and numerical weather prediction outputs,” Rahul M said. No warning has been issued for fishermen for the Arabian Sea or the Goa region.

Finally, state gains self-sufficiency in genome testing
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Panaji: Goa’s first genome sequencing laboratory has become functional at the North Goa district hospital, director of health services Dr Geeta Kakodkar said. With it, the state no longer has to send samples to laboratories in other states for testing from now on. “In the event of a fourth wave, we will immediately know which variant we are dealing with, or whether the variant has changed, and accordingly tweak protocol and treatment,” Kakodkar said. Besides this, infrastructure such as testing facilities and LMO oxygen tanks are in place, she said. Asked about the laboratory’s capacity, state epidemiologist Dr Utkarsh Betodkar said that only a few samples from those that test positive will be sent for testing to determine the variant. “It’s not a 24-hour laboratory. It takes three to seven days to run the entire test, and that’s why our results were getting delayed at NIV Pune. Some percentage of the positive samples are sent. If there’s an outbreak or clusters then the major samples will be taken from these,” Betodkar said. The strain presently in circulation is the Omicron 2 variant - BA.2 variant. All the samples will be tested at the state laboratory and a few may be sent to NIV Pune, which is the hub laboratory for Goa, for quality check, he added. Asked whether the laboratory will accept samples from other states for testing, Kakodkar said that since the facility has just started functioning, the DHS is yet to decide on that.

Finally, state gains self-sufficiency in genome testing