PANAJI: Following a direction from the ministry of home affairs (MHA), the state government constituted a state-level security committee responsible for reviewing the security plan of all religious places and other places of importance. The committee would be headed by the director general of police (DGP) or the inspector general of police (IGP) and have the superintendent of police (security) and both district superintendents of police, as members.

PANAJI: Conservation of heritage and historical monuments in the state has received a boost as the Union ministry of culture has sanctioned 1,81,75,000 for protection of 13 of them, including churches, temples, mosques and forts during the year 2013-14.

PANAJI: At the world heritage and pilgrimage site of Basilica of Bom Jesus at Old Goa, a national convention of Catholics from across the country will be held this year as a runner-up to the globally revered feast of St Francis Xavier.

PANAJI: The nine-day novena in preparation for the feast of St Francis Xavier at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, a world heritage site that attract pilgrims from across the globe, could soon get a classy French touch.

PANAJI: On a sunny Tuesday morning, as the monsoon took a brief break, small groups of tourists trickled into the Basilica of Bom Jesus - mostly off-season Indian tourists, men and women modestly dressed - at Old Goa.

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