Marine debris damaging coral reefs: NIO scientist

Panaji - The increasing amount of marine debris like plastic, glass, rubber and others break or damage reef, a senior scientist said here.

"Marine debris like plastic, glass, metal, rubber abandoned fishing nets and other gear often get entangle and kill reef organisms and break or damage them," said Dr Mahua Saha, senior Scientist from National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) addressing representatives of SAARC nations during a workshop held at Port Blair, Andaman.

She said the reefs in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are particularly prone to accumulation of marine debris because of their central location in the North Pacific Gyre.

Laxmikant Parsekar to be next Goa CM

Laxmikant ParsekarPanaji, Nov 8 : Putting an end to all speculations, Goa Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar was on Saturday elected as the new chief minister of the state.

A decision in this regard came after the BJP legislative meeting here, where all the MLAs unanimously decided to select Parsekar for the top post.

BJP general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy after the meeting told mediapersons that Parsekar's name was proposed by outgoing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and seconded by Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza.

'Many species adding to Western Ghats' bio-diversity still unknown'

bio diversityPanaji: Several species which exist in the Western Ghats of Goa are yet to be identified, though every year, new species are discovered by wildlife experts, a senior forest official said here on Friday.

"Not only that the biodiversity of the Ghats is second to none, so many species which are not discovered till now exist here. We have discovered caecilians which were hitherto unknown," Chief Wildlife Warden Richard D'Souza told reporters today.

He said that several of species which exist in the Western Ghats contributing to bio-diversity are yet to be known.

Farhan was impressed with 'Porbazaar' script: Director

Farhan was impressedPanaji: Actress-director Manava Naik says Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar, who will be seen in a special appearance in Marathi film 'Porbazaar', agreed to be a part of the movie just after reading the script.

Manava is making her debut as a director with the film, which deals with child trafficking. "We needed somebody who is a thinker. We needed an actor who spreads social awareness. We were looking for someone more than just an actor.

Mining to resume in Goa by year-end: Manohar Parrikar

Manohar ParrikarPanaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said that the mining industry will resume operations by this year-end, thereby restarting the economic activity in the iron ore rich belts of the state.

"State government has already started the process to resume mining activity in the state. Mining has been an important issue before the government. It will start before this year end," Parrikar said addressing the gathering after hoisting national flag on 68th Independence Day.

Every village in Goa has HIV patient, says minister

Laxmikant-ParsekarPanaji: Goa does not have a single village unaffected with HIV, state Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Monday.

"There are 15,000 people affected with HIV, which means that one per cent of people in the state are affected with it. There is not a single village in the state which has no person affected with HIV," Parsekar told the Legislative Assembly here.

He was responding to a question tabled by BJP legislator Nilesh Cabral, about HIV cases in Goa.

People's expectations rise after national award: Nagraj

Nagraj ManjulePanaj: National award-winning director Nagraj Manjule says he is unaffected by the pressure of rise in people`s expectations after winning the coveted trophy.

"After winning the national award people`s expectations from me, as a filmmaker, may have gone up but I don`t take pressure of it. "I will keep on working. I know my limits," Manjule, who won the Indira Gandhi award for best first film of a director this year for his Marathi movie `Fandry`, said.

Goa mining stakeholders want early resumption of operations

Goa miningPanaji: The drafting of a new mining policy, which is mandatory to resume iron ore extraction and exports from Goa, should be expedited so that the key industry gets back on its feet, according to stake-holders.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had earlier said the policy would be drafted by June-end but the stakeholders feel the government should fast-track the process so that the mining industry, which has been reeling under a Supreme Court ban for last two years, can resume operations.

Rise in sea level doubled in three decades, say researchers

Rise-in-sea-levelPanaji: The rise of sea level in the world is around three millimetres per year, which is double the rate three decades ago, a senior scientist said here today.

"The rise in sea level was 1.8 millimetre three decades ago, but it has now increased to three millimetres per year, due to various factors," National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) researcher A S Unnikrishnan said at an event organised to celebrate World Environment Day here.

He said that studies are still on to ascertain the reason behind the rise in sea level, whether it is natural variability or it is due to global warming.

Goa to start sea plane service by July: Tourism minister

Goa to start sea plane service by July: Tourism ministerPanaji, May 30 - Goa is all set launch its tourism-oriented sea plane service by July, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said.

Proposals involving a revolving restaurant and ropeway running across state capital Panaji to a renovated fort located on the opposite bank were also cleared by the tourism taskforce at a meeting held Wednesday, Parulekar added.

Goa sees long queues at its poll booths

Goa sees long queues at its poll boothsPanaji, April 12 - Long queues formed Saturday at polling stations across Goa where balloting is being held in both its Lok Sabha constituencies.

Nearly 13 percent of Goa's 1,057,499 voters cast ballot within the first two hours since polling started at 7 a. m., officials said.

Nearly 65,000 people cast their ballot for the North Goa seat by 8.45 a. m., according to poll officials. In South Goa, 65,364 votes were cast.

All the four key contestants cast their ballot within half an hour of the booths' opening.

Goa flays central government over mining

Goa flays central government over miningPanaji, March 3 - Goa Governor B. V. Wanchoo Monday lashed out at the central government for not bailing out the cash-strapped state government which is grappling with the mining ban.

Wanchoo told the state assembly on the first day of the budget session that repeated requests to the central government for financial assistance and a bailout for people living in mining areas had fallen on deaf ears.

Narendra Modi to address rally in Goa

Narendra-ModiPanaji, Jan 12 : Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is going to address 'Vijay Sankalp' rally in Goa on Sunday.

Modi is expected to talk about several key issues including mining ban.

The rally will be held at 4pm today.

A fee of Rs 5 is being charged from people who are planning to attend the rally.

Rajnath Singh and a few other senior BJP leaders will be present at the meeting. (ANI)

Tehelka sexual assault case: Tejpal's custody extended

Tarun-TejpalPanaji, Dec 11 : A metropolitan court in Panaji, Goa on Wednesday, placed rape accused Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal in judicial custody for twelve days.

The custodial order was given after Tejpal was produced before the court on expiry of his extended police custody of four days today.

Tejpal's defense lawyer did not seek further police custody, but pleaded for a separate cell to be given to his client while he was in judicial custody.

He claimed that there were safety and security concerns, as Tejpal has antagonized people while being an investigative journalist for almost two decades.

Reliance Life to launch 25 products, targets Rs.4,000 crore premium

Reliance-Life-InsurancePanaji (Goa), Dec 5 : The Reliance Life Insurance Company will launch 25 new policies starting January next year and file more products for approval with the regulator, and close the fiscal with a total premium of around Rs. 4,000 crore, a top company official said Thursday.

He said the company would focus on increasing agents' productivity, persistency of its existing policies, launch of new products, and expansion of its new face-to-face channel, among others.

Tejpal undergoes medical tests

Tarun-TejpalPanaji, Dec 2 : After being interrogated here for several hours Sunday, Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, who is accused of sexual assaulting a junior colleague, Monday underwent mandatory medical examinations, which included potency and blood tests.

Police sources said while the potency test was necessary to establish whether the accused was physically capable of the rape he is accused of, the blood tests and other medical examinations are mandatory every two days when an accused is in police custody.

Tejpal was taken to Goa Medical College near Panaji for the potency test before being taken for other tests, the sources added.

Tejpal seeks two days time to reach Goa

Tarun-TejpalPanaji, Nov 28 : Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal has sought two more days to appear before the Goa Police, police sources said Thursday.

Tejpal has sent a letter to Crime Branch police inspector Sunita Sawant saying he needed more time to respond to the police summons to appear by 3 p. m. Thursday.

Tejpal has also referred to his plea for anticipatory bail in the Delhi High Court, police sources said.

Tejpal has, however, promised to co-operate with police who are investigating charges that he sexually assaulted a junior colleague at a hotel in Goa this month.(IANS)

Indian actors reluctant to head West

Jai-KhannaPanaji, Nov 23 : India has very good talent that can do well in Hollywood, but many actors are reluctant to shift because of lifestyle issues, talent hunters said here Saturday.

“It is also a question of lifestyle,” Jai Khanna, a 15-year veteran at the Brillstein Entertainment Partners, said at the Film Bazar at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here.

Indian actors are aware that they won’t get in the West the lifestyle they are used to here, Khanna said.

Tejpal case: No CCTV footage from hotel elevator

Tarun-TejpalPanaji, Nov 23 : In what could be a setback for the sexual assault probe against Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, police said Saturday CCTV cameras were not installed in the hotel elevator where Tejpal is alleged to have sexually assaulted his junior colleague twice.

"There are no CCTVs in the elevator," Deputy Inspector General of Police O. P. Mishra told reporters at a press conference at the police headquarters.

Getting Sarandon, Majidi shows India's soft power

Majid-Majidi-Susan-SarandonPanaji, Nov 20 : Getting American actress Susan Sarandon and Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi together on stage is a testimonial to India's strength as a "soft power", union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari said Wednesday.

Tewari was addressing a press conference in Panaji a few hours before the inauguration of the 44th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

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