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HC notice to govt on SIC selection

PANAJI: The high court of Bombay at Goa issued a notice to the state government on a petition filed by social activist Aires Rodrigues challenging the selection of journalist Sandesh Prabhudessai as state information commissioner (SIC).

MARGAO: Minister for panchayats Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday called upon village panchayats to check the rise in illegal constructions in the rural areas, even as he advocated the need for regularization of illegal constructions on community lands.

PANAJI: The Right to Information (RTI) forum workshop held for students to encourage transparency and youth participation on Tuesday, took an interesting twist when some of the students, keen on knowing the ground realities of accessing all the state government websites came up with many questions putting the government in an embarrassing situation.

VASCO: Though the saptah fair commenced on Tuesday after a delay of one day, around 300 traditional vendors returned with their material to their hometowns and others parts of the state they had come from.

PANAJI: Mayor Surendra Furtado has written to chief minister Manohar Parrikar, asking for his support to shift all government offices out of Panaji to Patto plaza, in a bid to reduce parking hassles within the city.

PANAJI: From lurking around the passport office, the touts have now moved their operations online. Promising to fill up application forms and book speedy appointments, these so called 'passport agents' make a commission of 300 to 500 per application.

MARGAO: "It's a well-planned conspiracy aimed at stifling the voice of the tiatrists. In my tiatr I have portrayed the ills of the government and its policies and that has not gone down well with a section of politicians. And with the kind of good response the tiatr is receiving from the tiatr lovers, they are afraid that my tiatr will cause damage to their political prospects ahead of the Loksabha elections."

PANAJI: Social activist Aires Rodrigues moved the high court of Bombay at Goa seeking a direction to the state government to restrain it from appointing journalist Sandesh Prabhudesai as state information commissioner (SIC). The matter is likely to come up before the high court on August 13, Rodrigues told TOI.

I will oppose dance bars: Lobo

PANAJI: Differing from party spokesperson Wilfred Mesquita's statement on dance bars, Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said that he will oppose dance bars if permissions are given by the government even as he refused to comment on the senior leader's comment.

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