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The high court on Friday dismissed Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal’s petition to postpone the trial in the alleged rape case, which is scheduled to commence from October 21 by Mapusa sessions court.

The children’s court at Panaji on Friday granted conditional bail to the 58-year-old school teacher from a village in Ponda taluka.

The state government spent Rs 3.26 crore to host the two-day GST council meeting that was held last month, said advocate and social activist Aires Rodrigues citing information obtained under RTI from the office of the commissioner of commercial taxes.

The high court of Bombay at Goa on Friday came down very heavily on the state government for promoting “monopoly” of shack operators and their children and relatives and directed the state government to invite fresh applications.

The state government is finding it difficult to revive Goa’s iron ore mining industry, which came to a grinding halt in March 2018, as the authorities have not been able to convince the Centre, Fomento Group chairman Avdhoot Timblo said.

The case of the 15-year-old girl who was forced into flesh trade played out like a sleazy movie plot. According to Vasco police sources, the accused wove an elaborate trap by pretending to be the minor’s friend, and had it not been for the educational institution’s alertness, the matter would not have come to light.

India meteorological department (IMD), Panaji has issued a yellow alert for three days up to Sunday, as heavy rainfall is very likely at isolated places in Goa, accompanied by lightning and gusty winds due to a low-pressure area over southeast Arabian sea.

The Goa children’s court has sentenced bus driver Alvar Furtado to nine days rigorous imprisonment for sexually harassing a child in 2013. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000.

Expressing concern over the shortage of sand in the state, South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha on Thursday suggested that the restrictions on sand extraction be relaxed by giving licenses for the purpose at certain locations after conducting a survey.

Vasco police arrested two men and two women on Thursday for their alleged involvement in a prostitution case of a minor girl.

Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai demanded that Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Pratapsingh Rane take up the issue of the 50% reduction in road tax and fix accountability as it would cause loss to the state exchequer.

In a bid to attract global investors and trade into Goa, the state government rolled out the red carpet at Vibrant Goa-Global Expo and Summit 2019 with chief minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday making a promise to grant all statutory approvals to foreign investors within 30 days.
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