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Congress, BJP spar over Mallya; Rahul seeks Jaitley's resignation

A fresh war of words broke out between the BJP and Congress over Vijay Mallya on Thursday with Congress President Rahul Gandhi seeking Finance Minister Arun Jaitleys resignation over "free passage" given to the fugitive businessman and the BJP hitting out by alleging that UPA government gave "sweet deals" to him.
 
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A fresh war of words broke out between the BJP and Congress over Vijay Mallya on Thursday with Congress President Rahul Gandhi seeking Finance Minister Arun Jaitleys resignation over "free passage" given to the fugitive businessman and the BJP hitting out by alleging that UPA government gave "sweet deals" to him and that Gandhi family "partially owned the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines through proxy".
 
The ruling party rejected the demand for Jailtley's resignation and instead sought to turn the tables on the Congress by asking Gandhi to quit in view of his involvement in National Herald case. 
 
The day saw two press conferences each by the Congress and BJP with Gandhi coming to party's central office to attack Jaitley. 
 
It came a day after Mallya said he had met Jaitley and the Union Minister rubbished the claim, saying there was no formal meeting.
 
Gandhi accused Jaitely of "colluding" with Mallya who is facing charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore.
 
He asked why Jaitley did not inform the investigating agencies about Mallya's plans to leave India.
 
"There is a clear-cut collusion. He (Jaitley) should have confessed (about the meeting) and he should resign. The Finance Minister talks to an absconder (Mallya) and the absconder tells the Finance Minister that I am going to London. The Finance Minister neither told the CBI, the ED or the police, why?
 
"He was given a free passage to leave the country by the Finance Minister. There was a lookout notice against Mallya which was diluted to an inform notice. Who changed it? This can be done only by one who controls the CBI," he alleged. 
 
Gandhi also demanded to know if the decision was taken by Jaitley himself or the "order came from the top".
 
"The Finance Minister has colluded with a criminal running away from the country. He was told by the criminal that he is going to run away but the Finance Minister did nothing. The government is lying on Rafale, they are lying on Mallya".
 
At the media conference, Congress MP P.L. Punia claimed he was an eyewitness to the meeting between Jaitley and Mallya in the Central Hall of Parliament a day before the businessman fled the country on March 2, 2016. 
 
Punia claimed the meeting between Jaitley and Mallya lasted 15-20 minutes and asked if Mallya had taken permission from Jaitley about his planned flight abroad.
 
Hitting out at the Congress, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged that there were documents that show how RBI and UPA under Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh had given sweet deals to Kingfisher Airlines.
 
"And it appears through these chain of documents that Kingfisher Airlines was owned not by Mallya but by the Gandhi family through proxy," he alleged showing the letters written by RBI to SBI requesting for the restructuring of the loans of Kingfisher Airline
 
The accuracy of the documents could not be ascertained. There was no immediate response from Rahul Gandhi's office.
 
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Patra also alleged that the party has enough evidence which shows that Rahul Gandhi was "using black money" and the Gandhi family was helping Mallya with sweet deals. 
 
He claimed that Rahul Gandhi travelled free in Kingfisher Airlines, which was once owned by Mallya.
 
"Rahul Gandhi took one crore loan from a shell company, we have the confession of the company director," Patra alleged. 
 
At another press conference, Congress Communications In-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala posed specific questions to the Modi government. 
 
"Why was no action taken against Vijay Mallya for bank fraud despite registration of an FIR by CBI on July 29, 2015? Who asked CBI to change its look-out notice of October 16, 2015 into a mere 'inform notice' on November 23, 2015? Who directed the banks to delay filing of the case in the Supreme Court," he asked.
 
Earlier in the day, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters that all the allegations against Jaitley were "false". 
 
"All these remarks are being made after Rahul Gandhi's London visit. Is there anything common between them (Mallya and Rahul Gandhi)?" he asked. 
 
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, who addressed a press conference at the BJP headquarters, said Rahul Gandhi was "facing serious criminal charges" and that he "should first resign."
 
"Those who took loans from hawala companies and accumulated wealth by taking government land free of cost or at lower rate from National Herald and whose case was rejected by Delhi High Court, should resign first," he said. 
 
He also dismissed the claims of Punia about Mallya meeting Jaitley in the Central Hall of Parliament. 
 
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Manohar Parrikar, being treated for cancer, returns from US

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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday returned from the US two days ahead of schedule, and headed for his private residence near here.
 
Parrikar, who is being treated abroad for advanced pancreatic cancer, had gone to the US on August 30, the third time in six months.
 
The Chief Minister arrived at the Dabolim International Airport around 5.30 p.m. and did not speak to the media gathered outside.
 
Parrikar's early return coincides with murmurs about the possibility of some Congress MLAs joining the ruling party ranks. The Congress has however dismissed media reports to this effect and blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party's "fake news factory".
 
Parrikar's absence from Goa has attracted flak from the opposition that claims that governance has come to a standstill in the coastal state.
 
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Parrikar heads to US for treatment

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Amid demands for dismissal of his government by the opposition and confusion in the state BJP ranks over leadership issues, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar left for the US from Mumbai early on Thursday for treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer.
 
"The Chief Minister left by a 1.30 a.m. flight. He is expected to be back in a week's time," sources close to Parrikar said.
 
Parrikar was admitted to Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital last week, hours after he returned to Goa from a New York medical facility, following a second round of treatment abroad.
 
The Congress in the state has appealed to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to dismiss the BJP-led coalition government in the coastal state due to the severe health crisis that has hit the state cabinet. 
 
Four out of the 12 cabinet ministers including Parrikar, have been suffering from serious ailments, which has forced them to abstain from discharging their official duty to full capacity.
 
On Wednesday, there was confusion in the ranks of the Bharatiya Janata Party, as well as alliance partners, over facilitating an "alternative arrangement" in the absence of Parrikar.
 
While Union Minister of the State for AYUSH and North Goa MP Shripad Naik told reporters on Wednesday, that he would be meeting party chief Amit Shah along with the members of its state core committee to form an alternative arrangement, some members of the committee later said that there were no such plans on the anvil.
 
The Chief Minister's Office was later forced to issue a statement saying Parrikar himself would be overseeing functioning of the coalition government from the US.
 
Parrikar was diagnosed in February and was treated in a New York medical facility from March to June. On August 10, Parrikar had again left for the US for review of his treatment.
 
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Sex crimes, rapes have to end: Modi

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Breaking his silence over the brutal cases of rapes in various parts of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the narrow mentality towards women has to end and justice must prevail.
 
"We have to free our society and country from this disgusting mentality of rape," Modi said in his Independence Day address from the the Red Fort.
 
"In Madhya Pradesh a rapist was hanged by a fast track court. People should know this. Rule of law is supreme and no one can take the law in their hands," he said.
 
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President Kovind to visit Goa on July 7-8

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President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Goa on July 7-8, during which he will address the 30th annual convocation of the Goa University tomorrow.
 
This will be his first visit to Goa as the President, an official press release said.
 
The release said that Mr. Kovind will also attend a civic reception hosted by the State Government in his honour tomorrow evening.
 
On July 8, the President will visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Old Goa, and Shri Mangueshi Temple in Mardol, before returning to Delhi.
 
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Seychelles President Danny Faure arrives in Ahmedabad at start of six-day visit to India

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Seychelles President Danny Faure arrived in Ahmedabad on Friday evening at the start of a six-day state visit to India.
 
He is accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising two Cabinet Ministers, four Secretaries of State and other senior officials of the Government of Seychelles. A business delegation will also be accompanying him on the visit. 
 
In Ahmedabad, Mr. Faure will visit the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, the Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram and the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University before meeting the Governor of the state today.
 
Later in the day, he will reach Goa, where he will have a meeting with the Governor tomorrow before emplaning for Delhi.
 
In Delhi, Mr. Faure will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday morning. This will be followed by a visit to Rajghat to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. 
 
His official engagements include meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind, delegation level talks with the Prime Minister, calls by the Vice-President and the External Affairs Minister, and an address to the India-Seychelles Business Forum.  President Kovind will host a State Banquet in honour of the visiting dignitary. 
 
On Tuesday, Mr. Faure will travel to Dehradun, Uttarakhand, where he will meet the Governor on that day and visit the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy on the next day before returning to Delhi and  then flying back home.
 
"The State Visit of President Faure is part of regular high level exchanges between India and Seychelles, and will accord an opportunity to review our wide-ranging bilateral cooperation including in the fields of defence and security and development partnership," the release added.
 
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IndiGo launches flights from Lucknow to Pune and Goa

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Low-cost carrier IndiGo has announced its maiden flights from Lucknow to Pune and Goa, effective July 2018, becoming the first airline to launch  services on these sectors.
 
A press release from the airline said it would operate daily non-stop flights on the Lucknow-Goa-Lucknow and Lucknow-Pune-Lucknow routes.
 
IndiGo’s average daily departures will now be 25 flights out of Lucknow to 13 destinations, it said.
 
The release said the new flights are designed to cater to business and leisure travellers who are constantly on the lookout for new and affordable flying options. 
 
Mr Sanjay Kumar, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, “We are pleased to announce the launch of these two sectors from Lucknow, which will further provide more flexibility of choice to our customers. Lucknow continues to hold immense potential for IndiGo and we are indeed happy to be the first airline to operate maiden flights between Lucknow-Goa-Lucknow and Lucknow-Pune-Lucknow. We are providing affordable fares on these new routes for 6E travelers. It is our constant endeavour to provide the best travel experience to our customers, as IndiGo continues to offer them on-time, courteous and hassle-free service and an affordable flying experience always.”
 
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Two Tamil Nadu tourists drown off Goa beaches while clicking selfies

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Two tourists from Tamil Nadu drowned in two separate incidents while clicking selfies at popular Goa beaches, police said on Sunday.
 
According to Police Inspector Jivba Dalvi, Dinesh Kumar Ranganathan, 28, from Vellore in Tamil Nadu drowned when he was clicking selfies along with two other tourists near a rocky stretch located adjoining a creek, which empties into the sea at Baga beach in North Goa.
 
"Two of them managed to come out after a heavy wave pulled all of them into the sea. However, the third, Dinesh, drowned. His body was fished out later," the official said, adding that the incident occurred late on Sunday.
 
The other incident also occurred near a rocky outcrop at Sinquerim beach, also located in North Goa, when a wave pulled Sasikumar Vasan, 33, also a native of Tamil Nadu, into the sea, resulting in his drowning.
 
Post-mortem examinations in both cases have been conducted and the bodies will be handed over to their relatives soon, the police official said.
 
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After three-month absence, Parrikar back in Goa

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at a meeting with senior officials at his residence in Panaji on March 5, 2018.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at a meeting with senior officials at his residence in Panaji on March 5, 2018.
After three months of treatment in a US hospital for advanced pancreatic cancer, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar returned to the state on Thursday.
 
Parrikar, accompanied by members of his family, a medical team and officials of the Chief Minister's Office, flew from US to Mumbai, before arriving in Goa on Thursday evening amid heavy police security.
 
A visibly-thin Parrikar, who walked out of the terminal building at the Dabolim International Airport wearing a blue shirt, was welcomed by Health Minister Vishwajit Rane and Director General of Police Muktesh Chander, among other Goa government officials and state BJP office bearers. 
 
He then headed for his private residence near here.
 
Bharatiya Janata Party sources said, that Parrikar may cancel the meeting of his council of ministers, which was scheduled to be held on Friday.
 
"The Chief Minister is tired after the visit. The cabinet meeting which was scheduled to be held at his private residence, may be rescheduled," a senior BJP functionary said.
 
Parrikar was shifted to the US in March this year, after being diagnosed for advanced pancreatic cancer. He was first admitted to the Lilawati Hospital in Mumbai in February, after he complained of stomach pain.
 
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Parrikar back in India, to reach Goa in evening

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at a meeting with senior officials at his residence in Panaji on March 5, 2018.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at a meeting with senior officials at his residence in Panaji on March 5, 2018.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was being treated in a US hospital for advanced pancreatic cancer since more than three months now, returned to India on Thursday afternoon and is expected to arrive in Goa later this evening, a BJP leader said.
 
Parrikar, accompanied by members of his family, a medical team and officials of the Chief Minister's Office, flew from the US to Mumbai, from where he will be taking a connecting flight to Goa, a party official said.
 
Additional police personnel have been deployed at Dabolim International Airport ahead of the Chief Minister's return.
 
Parrikar is expected to chair a meeting of the state's council of ministers on Friday.
 
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Former Goa Congress chief Shantaram Naik dead at 76

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Shantaram Naik (File photo: IANS)
Shantaram Naik (File photo: IANS)
Former Goa Congress President and two-time Rajya Sabha MP, Shantaram Naik, died of a massive heart attack on Saturday, a party leader said. He was 76.
 
Girish Chodankar, who replaced Naik, as state Congress president in April told IANS from Panaji: "Naik passed away around 6.30 a.m."
 
"He complained of chest pain, after which he was rushed to a private hospital in Margao town," Chodankar said. He was declared brought dead at the Trimurti hospital.
 
Naik's last rites would take place on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. at his native village Cuncolim in south Goa, he added.
 
Congress President Rahul Gandhi condoling the death, said: "I'm sorry to hear about the passing away of Shri Shantaram Naik, former Goa Congress Chief, MP and senior Congress leader, who played an important role in the battle for Goa's statehood. 
 
"My condolences to his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace," Gandhi tweeted.
 
Naik, who headed the Goa Congress until recently, represented the state in Rajya Sabha for two consecutive terms -- from 2005 to 2011 and from 2011 to 2017. 
 
Beginning his political career in 1967, Naik joined the Congress as a party worker and successfully contested the North Goa Lok Sabha seat in 1984.
 
He was also instrumental in the passage of the bill that led to Goa's statehood on May 30, 1987.
 
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Delhi minor dies in Goa hotel swimming pool, management booked

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A nine-year-old boy from Delhi has drowned in a hotel swimming pool at the popular Calangute beach village, a police official said on Thursday.
 
The incident occurred late on Wednesday night, said Jivba Dalvi, the Officer In-charge of the Calangute Police Station, adding that the victim was holidaying in Goa along with his parents.
 
"We have booked and lodged a case against the resort management under Section 304-A (negligence) of the Indian Penal Code for their negligent manner in maintaining the swimming pool by not providing any pool attendant or life guard there," Dalvi told reporters here.
 
The boy had wandered into the pool, without the knowledge of his parents, he said.
 
The body was handed over to the parents on Thursday, after the post-mortem examination was conducted, Dalvi said ruling out any foul play.
 
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Rise likely in levels of rivers in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala due to heavy rainfall

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The Ministry of Water Resources has said there is a likelihood of a rapid rise in water levels in various river basins such as west-flowing rivers between Tapi and Tadri, Godavari and its tributaries near the west coast, Krishna and its tributaries near west coast, Cauvery and its tributaries near west coast as well as in west-flowing rivers between Tadri and Kanyakumari because of the heavy rainfall forecast for the region.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a forecast yesterday saying that heavy to very heavy rainfall was likely at a few places with extremely heavy fall at isolated places over Konkan and Goa, Madhya Maharashtra during June 7 to 12. It said heavy to very heavy rainfall was also likely to occur over Coastal Karnataka today and throughout Karnataka during June 9-11. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is also likely to occur at isolated places over Kerala during June 9-10.
 
Due to the forecast of very heavy rains in and around Mumbai and advance of Southwest monsoon causing tidal waves, there is likelihood of inundation in some of the heavy rainfall affected urban areas of Mumbai city, a press release from the Ministry said.
 
Rivers having source in the Western Ghats and flowing into the Arabian Sea may witness flash floods in association with the forecasted rainfall. Since most of the rivers are dry, necessary precautions to control the activities along the river bed may be taken as flow may increase suddenly, drowning men and materials, it said.
 
Due to the expected rainfall, River Damanganga and its tributaries are expected to rise in Nasik district of Maharashtra, Valsad district of Gujarat and Daman district in the  Union Territory of Daman and Diu, it said.
 
River Godavari is likely to rise in upstream reaches in the district of Nasik, Ahmednagar and Aurangabad. River Krishna and its tributaries are likely to rise in upstream districts of Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Pune, Sholapur in Maharashtra as well as in Bagalkote, Vijayapura and Kalaburagi districts on Krishna and in Chikmagaluru, Shivamogga and Bellari districts on river Tungabhadra in Karnataka. 
 
Since almost all the dams are in very low level, this rain may give inflows into various upstream reservoirs, the release said.
 
Rivers flowing west into the Arabian Sea south of Tapi in Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka are also likely to rise and inundate areas in Raigad, Thane, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra and in Uttara Kannada, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts in Karnataka. Traffic along the old road and rail bridges in Konkan Railway along these river reaches have to be regulated accordingly, it said.
 
River Cauvery and its tributaries in upstream reaches in Kodagu, Chikmagaluru, Hassan and Mysuru districts of Karnataka and Wayanad district of Kerala are likely to rise in association with the rainfall. 
 
However, as the dams in the basins have sufficient storage, the expected rainfall may give some inflows into these reservoirs depending on the severity of the rainfall, the release added.
 
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Goa Minister Madkaikar suffers brain stroke, undergoes surgery in Mumbai

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Goa Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar underwent a surgery on Tuesday in Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital after he suffered a brain stroke, state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said.
 
"Madkaikar has suffered a brain stroke. I am going to see him accompanied by the Medical Superintendent of the Goa Medical College so he can co-ordinate. His surgery was conducted today morning," Rane told IANS.
 
Madkaikar had been in the firing line over the last few weeks over massive power cuts across the coastal state.
 
On Sunday, Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress leaders had complained that several areas in North Goa had suffered blackouts for hours after the power department shut off electricity to relocate high tension transmission lines from near a real estate plot to favour a builder.
 
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar spoke to Madkaikar late Monday, asking the Minister to ensure that power failures should be curtailed to less than one hour.
 
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Goa minister suffers stroke, admitted to Mumbai hospital

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Goa Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar has been admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in Mumbai after he suffered a stroke on Tuesday, a BJP official said here.
 
"The minister, who was in Mumbai since Monday, has suffered a stroke and he has shifted to the Kokilaben hospital for treatment," the official said.
 
The party is expected to issue an official statement soon.
 
Madkaikar had been in the firing line over the last few weeks over massive power cuts across the state. 
 
On Sunday, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress leaders had protested, complaining that several areas in North Goa had suffered blackouts for hours after the power department shut off electricity to relocate high tension transmission lines from near a real estate plot to favour a builder.
 
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had spoken to Madkaikar late Monday, asking the minister to ensure that power failures should be curtailed to less than one hour.
 
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Governor an important link in the federal structure, says Kovind

 
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President Ram Nath Kovind today said as per the Constitution, the Governor occupies an exalted place in the scheme of governance as a mentor and guide to the state government and an important link in the federal structure.
 
Delivering the inaugural address at the two-day Conference of Governors and Lt. Governors at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mr Kovind said, “The people of the state view the office of the Governor and the Raj Bhavan as a fount of ideas and values.
 
He said in the previous conference, various issues related to infrastructure, public services, higher education in the States and skill development were discussed and extremely useful and valuable suggestions were received.
 
A Committee of Governors constituted at that meeting had submitted its report in January. The report envisages the role of Governors as “Change Agents” in society, he added.
 
Mr Kovind said that, while drafting the agenda for the Conference, the central focus has been to sensitise the participants to the programmes being implemented for the benefit of those citizens who have been left behind in the development journey.
 
“As many as 115 Aspirational Districts, across various states, have committed themselves to speedy development. There will be a presentation and discussion on the schemes being implemented in these districts. Understanding this background will help you guide a spectrum of stakeholders in their efforts to work for the welfare of the poor, women, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, farmers and young people.
 
“There are approximately 100 million people in our country who belong to the Scheduled Tribes. A majority of this population lives in regions that are covered under the Fifth and Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India. As Governors, you can help in the shaping of a roadmap for the betterment of lives of our fellow citizens, who have not benefited as much as expected from our development journey,” Mr Kovind said.
 
Referring to the youth, he pointed out that 69% of all universities were under the purview of state governments. About 94% of students enrolled for higher education study in these universities. Governors are the Chancellors of most of these universities.
 
In their capacity as Chancellors of state universities, it is for them to provide the necessary impetus and inspiration to these institutions and to enhance the level of scholarship. With the instruments of their office and with their rich experience in public life, Governors are ideally equipped for this responsibility, he said.
 
The President said the Governors can help ensure that admissions of students and appointments of teachers in state universities are completed well in time and in a transparent manner. They can also help ensure that examinations, declaration of results and convocations take place as scheduled. It is for them to inspire state universities to maintain this discipline and integrity.
 
The Conference will discuss important thematic issues in various sessions which include briefings and presentations on flagship programmes of the Government and on internal security; higher education in state universities and skill development for employability; steps taken on the report of Committee of Governors, constituted during the 48th Conference of Governors; and commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
 
A special session on Union Territories will also be held on June 5 at which Lt. Governors/Administrators of Union Territories will discuss the status of implementation of various flagship programmes.
 
Apart from the Governors and Lt. Governors of all States and Union Territories, the Vice-President, Prime Minister, Union Ministers of Home Affairs, External Affairs, Human Resource Development, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Minister of State for Culture and the Vice-Chairman and CEO of NITI Aayog and other senior officials from various Ministries are participating in the Conference.
 
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Election defeats have hit BJP, may look for new allies: Naqvi

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Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi admitted on Sunday that recent electoral reverses have affected the BJP and that it will look for new allies if needed ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
 
Asked whether the Bharatiya Janata Party would need the support of allies, especially regional outfits, for the general elections, Naqvi said the BJP was committed to alliance partners right from the tenure of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
 
"We are completely committed to the federal system. Therefore we would like our allies to stay with us. If we need more allies, we will look for new allies. We have not put up a 'no entry' sign," Naqvi said.
 
He said that the allies who had left the ruling National Democratic Alliance in recent times could also return to the fold.
 
On the defeat of BJP candidates in recently by-elections in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states, Naqvi said: "If I say that the by-election defeat has not impacted us, it would be wrong."
 
But the losses would help the BJP to deal with the "unholy and anarchist" alliances more strongly and effectively, he added.
 
"When you are on the battlefield and you understand the tactics and strategy of your opponents, it is easier to contest. We have the experience (of bypolls) now and it will make it easier for us (to strategise and win)."
 
The Union Minister, who was in Goa for the 'Transforming India' campaign, also expressed concern about the farmers' agitations across the country, saying there were issues related to the agriculture sector which needed to be addressed.
 
"We have to address and solve the issues. Therefore, we cannot say that in four years we will solve all the past problems. Yes, still some challenges are there. But we will correct the challenges and solve the problems," Naqvi said.
 
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Air India Goa flight makes emergency landing in Mumbai

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An Air India flight from Goa made an emergency landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport here on Monday following a hydraulic failure, official sources said.
 
The flight AI-662 managed to land safely at 9.18 p.m. on the main runway which was closed for all other operations.
 
All flight operations were diverted to the secondary runway for around half an hour as the passengers were evacuated from the aircraft.
 
There are no reports any injuries to the passengers or the crew on board.
 
Normal flight operations resumed on the main runway by 9.40 p.m.
 
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INSV Tarini, with all women-crew, completes historic circumnavigation

 
INSV Tarini withh all-women crew completes global circumnavigation
 
 
Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini, with an all-women crew, entered Goa harbour and came alongside the INS Mandovi jetty today to complete a historic global circumnavigation voyage.
 
This was the first ever attempt to circumnavigate the globe by an Indian all-women crew.
 
The crew was received at the jetty by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who had also flagged them off on the journey on September 10, 2017.
 
Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral A R Karve, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, senior officers and enthusiastic members from the naval community both serving and retired, as well as civilians were present at the Naval Boat Pool to welcome INSV Tarini.
 
It was a poignant moment for the “Navika Sagar Parikrama” team which included a number of naval personnel who worked behind the scenes from the time of origination of the idea of circumnavigation by an all- women crew, right through the planning, implementation and training till the successful execution of the voyage. 
 
The women crew themselves were ecstatic on completion of the voyage. Speaking at the occasion, the skipper, Lt Commander Vartika Joshi said, “We knew at the very start of this voyage that we had a daunting task ahead. However, the many challenges we encountered brought in a new found strength from within, which we ourselves never knew we were capable of. Our close bonding helped us overcome those difficult times.”
 
It was also a time for happy reunion of the crew with their families after a period of over eight and a half months.
 
Apart from Lt Cdr Joshi, the crew comprised Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Sitharaman said she felt humbled by the achievement of the crew.
 
"It’s not the girls achieving, it’s the youngsters from India achieving. The women of this country have shown that it is possible for the youngsters, if they want to do something, that they can indeed do it, by showing commitment, grit and dedication," she said.
 
Admiral Lanba said, “The grit and determination displayed by these young women officers would definitely encourage future generations to take on daunting challenges and strive for success."
 
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During her 254-day voyage, the vessel covered over 22,000 nautical miles, visiting five countries – Australia, New Zealand, Falkland Islands (UK), South Africa and Mauritius. In each of these countries the crew received a rousing welcome both from the Indian diaspora as also from the local community. 
 
During the course of her voyage, the vessel has met all criteria of circumnavigation -- crossing the Equator twice, crossing all longitudes, as also the three great capes (Cape Leeuwin, Cape Horn and Cape of Good Hope). The expedition was covered in six legs, with halts at five ports: Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), Cape Town (South Africa) and Port Louis (Mauritius).
 
The crew and the vessel encountered rough seas on numerous occasions during the voyage. The extremely cold climate coupled with stormy weather conditions especially in the Southern Ocean made their highly daunting and challenging. The vessel also witnessed winds in excess of 60 knots and waves up to 7 meters high, whilst crossing the Pacific Ocean. 
 
The indigenously-built INSV Tarini is a 56-foot sailing vessel, which was inducted in the Indian Navy in February 2017, and has showcased the ‘Make in India’ initiative on the international forum.
 
The crew also collated and updated meteorological, ocean and wave data on a regular basis for accurate weather forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD), as also monitored and reported marine pollution on the high seas. They interacted extensively with the local populace, especially children, during the port halts to promote ocean sailing and the spirit of adventure.
 
The women officers will be proceeding to New Delhi shortly, where they will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
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Invite us to form government, Congress tells Goa Governor

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The Congress in Goa on Thursday demanded that Governor Mridula Sinha follow in the footsteps of her Karnataka couterpart Vajubhai Vala and invite the Congress, which emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly after the 2017 elections, to form the government in the coastal state.
 
"If the Karnataka Governor can invite the Bharatiya Janata Party, the single largest party to form the government, why can't the Goa Governor invite the Congress, the single largest party in Goa, to form the government here? Why two critieria for two states? Why double standards?
 
"We request Her Excellency to follow big brother Karnataka Governor and invite the Congress to form the Goa government to recitfy a wrong," Congress state President Girish Chodankar told reporters.
 
The BJP's Goa unit dismissed the Congress demand as an "act of frustration".
 
"The BJP alliance in Goa has an absolute majority. The Congress is frustrated because the party is being wiped out in India. Therefore, they are making wild allegations," BJP state General Secretary Sadanand Shet Tanavade told reporters here.
 
The BJP won 13 seats in 2017, compared with 17 of the Congress.
 
However, after swift political manoeuvering, the BJP staked claim to power with two regional parties and independent MlAs and formed a coalition government after getting the nod from Sinha.
 
In Karnataka, BJP's B.S. Yeddyurappa was sworn in as Chief Minister by Governor Vala on Thursday morning, despite protests from the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular, which formed a post-poll coalition to bid for power in the southern state.
 
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Cargo hubs to be developed at new airport in Mopa, Goa

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A joint team of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Commerce Logistics Department will visit Goa on May 7-8 to facilitate the development of cargo hubs at the new airport to be constructed at Mopa in Goa. 
 
The team will meet Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries to work together in order to leverage the advantages the State offers in terms of connectivity to the coastal belt of Western India, an official press release said.
 
The four coastal states in the western part of the country -- Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa -- will benefit greatly from the biggest airport, after Mumbai,to be constructed in Mopa.
 
Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu had announced last week that Goa will become a logistics hub of India after a second airport becomes functional in 2020 in the state. 
 
The two airports in Goa, at Dabolim and Mopa, will help position the State as a logistic hub, he said.
 
Mopa airport will have  capacity to handle 30 million passengers annually as well as cargo. The Minister stated that the cargo policy to be announced by the Government of India will help to contribute 40 % of India’s GDP from global trading. 
 
Dabolim airport will also be upgraded with an investment of about 600 crores, the release added.
 
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India, US hold third round of Maritime Security Dialogue in Goa

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India  and the United Stated discussed developments in the maritime domain in the Indo-Pacific Region and exchanged views on ways to further strengthen bilateral maritime security cooperation at the third round of their Maritime Security Dialogue held on April 30-May 1 in Goa.
 
The two sides also reviewed the implementation of the decisions taken during the previous Maritime Security Dialogues, a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said.
 
The Indian delegation to the dialogue was led jointly by Dr. Pankaj Sharma, Joint Secretary (D&ISA), Mr. Munu Mahawar, Joint Secretary (AMS), Ministry of External Affairs and Ms. Richa Misra, Joint Secretary (Navy), Ministry of Defence.
 
Mr. David Helvey, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs and Mr. Daniel Rosenblum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs led the US side. 
 
The next round of the Dialogue will be held in the US on mutually convenient dates, the release added.
 
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Girish Chodankar appointed as president of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi today appointed Mr. Girish Chodankar as the new president of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee with immediate effect.
 
"The part appreciates the hard work and contribution of Shri Shantaram Naik, who will be stepping down from his responsibility of PCC President of Goa," a press release issued by AICC General Secretary Ashok Gehlot said.
 
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Cabinet approves MoU on cooperation in regulation of medical products for human use in BRICS countries

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The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of regulation of medical products for human use among the medicine regulatory agencies of the BRICS countries.
 
The MoU would facilitate better understanding about the regulatory aspects between the parties and could help in increasing India’s export of medical products to BRICS countries, an official press release said.
 
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Martin's Corner: The little store that became a local legend

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(This is the second of two exclusive extracts from "Secret Sauce", an in-depth look at 40 of India's most iconic and successful restaurants, not just as landmarks and must-visit destinations but also as businesses that have stood the test of time and upheld their standards of dining and culinary excellence. From a 100-year-old no-frills eatery in Bengaluru to an award-winning dine-out venue in Delhi, from inventive cafes to nationwide chains that have scaled admirably, this book is a sumptuous treat for aspiring food entrepreneurs, foodies, and anyone interested in the success secrets and inner workings of the restaurant business in India. The extracts are reproduced with permission from the publisher, Harper Business.)
 
The parking attendants at Martin's Corner usually have an extra duty to perform. Often they are summoned by diners who want to be photographed at the entrance to the restaurant, ensuring the signage is very much in the frame. To "check in to" Martin's Instagram images of its famous prawn balchao or post photos clicked outside this restaurant is to announce that you have dined at one of south Goa's most famous landmarks.
 
Martin's didn't begin life as the large 280-seater that it now is, occupying the ancestral home of the owners and spreading out as a stylishly designed expansion into what was originally the front yard. It was, as the name suggests, a humble grocery store at the corner of a home in the sleepy village of Betalbatim, lazing amidst coconut groves and jack trees. The home belonged to Martin Pereira who, in 1986, retired from the Mormugao Port Trust and wanted to find an avenue of income which would also keep him occupied. His wife, Carafina, who still heads the kitchen at the restaurant, told us: "He gave me Rs 5,000 and asked me to do something with it. That was our entire initial investment."
 
She opened a little grocery store and, being a keen cook, started serving a few Goan dishes like sausage bread and sorpotel. "There was just one table," remembers Carafina Pereira. The taste of the food won the locals over and slowly, customers began to trickle in. Also, fortuitously for the Pereiras, the Majorda Beach Resort opened nearby and their staff came to Martin's Corner for their meals after their shifts, compelling the owners to keep the place open till 2 a.m. Word of mouth saw even the taxi drivers come by and, later, they began bringing over tourists for an authentic taste of Goan food at great prices.
 
As the business grew, the Pereiras decided to convert their sprawling home into a proper restaurant, moving across the road, where they now live in three swank bungalows, and also start a hotel. Carafina still keeps a room in the ancestral home for herself and rests there in between her kitchen duties.
 
The conversion of the home to the restaurant has been done most tastefully, with the use of wood and earth, reflecting the earthiness of the locale and the cuisine.
 
Carafina's home-style food, created with stone-ground masalas, fresh seafood, beef and pork may have brought in the crowds, but Martin's Corner's big boom was yet to come.
 
Some time in 1990, Sachin Tendulkar mentioned on a TV programme that Martin's Corner was one of his favourite restaurants anywhere in the world. While big brands paid crores to India's much idolised cricketers to endorse them, one statement had done the trick for Martin's. The trickle of customers that had become a steady flow suddenly became a deluge. Celebrities came by the hordes -- Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Ravi Shastri and a host of others.
 
Sachin Tendulkar's appreciation of Martin's Corner was not a fleeting thing. He so loved the food that when he launched the now-defunct Tendulkar's restaurant in partnership with Sanjay Narang in Mumbai, he introduced the Martin's Corner king crab masala fry on the menu and gave credit to the original. His chefs trained at Martin's Corner as well. Even now, whenever Tendulkar -- whose in-laws have a holiday home in Goa -- comes to dine, he carries away masalas for Goan classics.
 
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Martin's Corner may attract celebrity clientele and a huge number of tourists -- most travel guides list it as a must-visit in Goa -- but it also ensures locals are catered to. Therefore, the restaurant is protected from the vagaries that businesses dependent only on in-season tourists are. Martin's, in fact, is shut only on one day of the year, Good Friday. On other days, there are waiting crowds to fill the 280 seats in this huge restaurant. Customers spend an average of Rs 700-800 per head. So, do the math.
 
Keeping the business that their parents built intact and growing it are the three brothers, Pobre, Bonny and Jose. They tell us the expansions have been funded mostly from revenues and the occasional bank loan. All decisions regarding expansions and operations are taken by the three brothers in consultation with their mother. She is the axis around which the business of Martin's Corner revolves.
 
She asks nothing more of them than that they remain together always. In fact, the three brothers almost always have lunch together at the restaurant. They say they have refused various offers to start branches in Goa and outside mainly because it would mean one of them would have to go away and manage the new restaurant -- and their mother doesn't want them ever to be separated. Obedient sons that they are, they have complied.
 
From this tightly-knit family has come one of Goa's most popular restaurants and a business that's a big revenue earner. But in their shorts and tees and with their unassuming air, Bonny, Jose and Pobre look nothing like suave restaurateurs. One of them goes to the market every day to choose the fish that will go into the shark ambotik, the prawn curry and the mussels masala rava fry -- all star dishes on the menu. They themselves source the toddy that is allowed to ferment in massive vats to become vinegar, a key ingredient in Goan cuisine. Carafina is finicky when she buys chillies from the same supplier in Margao market season after season.
 
Goan food is at the heart of this menu, but it's also scattered, somewhat incongruously from a purists' point of view, with chicken manchurian, harabara kebab and beef stroganoff. It was only 10 years ago that the menu went multi-cuisine, mainly to cater to the swelling throng of tourists. But Carafina is clear that Goan food is their signature. Sitting there, in a niche -- she is apparently not too fond of the attention -- this tough woman, now sixty-nine, who has helmed a restaurant for nearly three decades, has a serenity about her. Her day begins at 7.30 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m. "I love it," she says.
 
Outside, there's live music, a group of tourists celebrating a birthday with lobster and towers of beer, locals drinking coco loco, a feni cocktail, and tucking into their beef assad and the happy buzz that is unique to successful restaurants. It's easy to tell why Sachin Tendulkar loves this place and its king crab masala fry.
 
(Jayanth Narayanan is an entrepreneur and restaurateur. Priya Bala is a food writer and critic with several years of experience in studying restaurants. In 2016, they co-authored "Start Up Your Restaurant: The Definitive Guide for Anyone Who Dreams of Running Their Own Restaurant".)IA
 
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