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Goa government to crack down on foreigner’s run food outlets in coastal belt

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Panajim: While accusing the foreigners having their food business in the coastal state of paddling drugs, Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday warned strong action against them through Food and Drugs Administration Department.

Rane told reporters that team of FDA officials has been formed who is given adequate police protection to crack down on these food outlets run by the foreigners, which double up as drug dens.

He said that none of the foreigner without FDA licence, running his business in Goa, would be spared, and their premises would be sealed, forever.

The minister said that FDA which has been accused of having “not enough teeth” to act against the violators, will now step up its action. He said that the teams of FDA would span across North and South Districts of the State, especially in the coastal belt to crack down on the businesses run by foreigners.

“The police protection would be provided to the FDA teams as during the raids, the foreigners turn aggressive. We want to avoid such kind of situations and hence the team led by a Police Sub Inspector would be accompanying the FDA officials,” the minister said.

“Several foreigners are into food business in Goa. I have got to know that these outlets are doubling up as drug selling points. They have become drug paradises,” he commented during a press conference.

The minister said that besides a crack down on foreigners, FDA will continue its checking across all the segment of food industry, whether it is a five star hotel or a regular beach shack.

“FDA is going to ensure that hygiene and good safety standards are maintained. Nobody can take us for a ride,” he said.

The teams will also inspect the night clubs operating in the beach belts. “The checking will also be done in the night clubs to ensure that the food that is served there is of proper standard,” he said.

Referring to the recent issue of ban on import of fish in Goa, Rane said that the FDA might relax the ban on the small-time fishermen who are operating within 60 kms of Goa border.

“We have to go ahead of lifting the ban on these fishermen only after putting all the quality checks in place. The person who is catching fish with canoes within 60 kms of Goa might be given a relief,” he said.

“We are working on the mechanism for the relaxation. We don’t want traders to take advantage of the relaxation and illegally bring in fish,” the minister stated.

Rane also said that the state government is working to ensure that the quality testing modalities are in place at the earliest.

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CM Parrikar stuns critics, inspects bridges, holds meeting

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GOA: Stunning his critics, ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday moved out of his private residence and inspected the work of third bridge over Mandovi river in the capital city.

The CM also inspected the work on bridge over Zuari river, 15 kms away from Panaji.

Parrikar, 63, has been recuperating at his private residence near here since October 14 when he was discharged from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. This is for the first time that Parrikar has moved out of the house since his arrival from Delhi.

A senior CMO official said that the Chief minister travelled from Porvorim to Merces side inspecting the work on the bridge, which is expected to be compled next year.

This is the third bridge over River Mandovi connecting State capital to the rest of the North Goa.

Parrikar also got down from the car and discussed the progress of the bridge with the Senior officials from State run Goa Infrastructure Development Corporation and also the contractor firm Larsen and Tubro, he said.

Later, Parrikar also inspected the work on a bridge on Zuari River at Agassaim village, 15 kms away from here.

The Chief Minister also held a separate meeting with the officials over the construction of this bridge, the official said. Congress has been demanding intervention of Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to restore governance in the State.

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Dismiss Goa Governor Mridula Sinha: Congress urges President of India

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Vasco: Congress party has  demanded that President of India Ram Nath Kovind should dismiss State Governor Mridula Sinha for being silent spectator to the  mess in the State.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Girish Chodankar alleged that Governor has failed to perform her Constitutional obligations.

Chodankar was addressing party’s Jan Akrosh Rally at Vasco town this evening.

“Governor has become liability to the people of goa because she has failed to perform her constitutional obligations,” he said raising the demand for her dismissal by President of India.

“We demand that she should be dismissed by President of India for her dismal performance and inability to intervene when State is going through constitutional crisis due to ailing Chief Minister,” he said.

CM Manohar Parrikar is currently recuperating at his private residence near here since October 14 after his discharge from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Congress has petitioned thrice to the Governor staking claim to form the Government. The party has begun Jan Akrosh Rally to demand restoration of Governance.

“Government has been silent spectator for last eleven months to the happenings in Goa and she is enjoying the salary and facilities from Goa government,” Chodankar said in presence of former Chief Minister Ravi Naik and other party leaders at Vasco.

“Governor has  failed to work for Goa. She is acting like a BJP worker,” he alleged.

The Congress leader also accused other ministers in Parrikar-led cabinet of being ‘inefficient’. “These ministers listen to the dictate of Parrikar’s Personal Assistants and Personal Secretaries,” he said.

Chodankar claimed that when their (ministers’) file does not move, they issue statement of collapse of administration, but suddenly withdraw their anger when their work is done.

He said that the government departments have become hub of corruption leading to harassment to the common people.

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Separate rankings for smaller and bigger universities now

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Panaji:  The smaller universities would be separated from their bigger counterparts as far as  their ranking process is concerned, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Saturday.

Javadekar also said that the education system in the country which has implemented the system of no examination till 8th standard will enforce outcome based learning modules in the primary education so as to map the learning process of each of the student.

The minister was addressing Goa University’s Convocation at Panaji on Saturday. Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, who is also Chancellor of Goa University, was  present for the function.

Referring to the suggestion of segregating the smaller universities from their bigger counterparts, Javadekar said that there would be separate ranking for smaller universities in future.

He said that Modi-led government during last four years have been trying to give proper direction to the Educational System in the country.

“ We have been trying for last four years to give proper direction to education. Raghuram Rajan and twelve economists have given 40 page paper on critical analysis of Indian economy. In that paper, the importance of Education has also been stressed,” he said addressing the students after giving the degrees.

The minister said that the Education should not be just “input led” but also “outcome based.”

“Only the kind of infrastructure that is available in educational institution  is not important but what is critical is that how much is the outcome,” he said.

Javadekar said that the students are the barometer of the outcome of the Educational Institutes.

“We can judge it by sensing whether the students, who are passed out think only of themselves or whether they think of society also. Whether they are good citizens and whether they are inculcating the values to make society more good,”he added.

Referring to the Right to Education and system of not holding examinations till 8thstandard, Javadekar said “we need to check whether we are providing outcome based education right from the primary level.”

“We have seen that the examinations are cancelled till 8th. Such a system might spoil the education, that is why we created learning outcome, which lists what should be learnt by the  students in each standard,” the minister said.

“It would be monitored whether the learning outcome of each of the student is completed or not. That is the basis of our education,” he said adding that Quality, research and innovation is being given priority in the field of education.

Pointing out that out of 10,000 graduates who were given certificates on Saturday, 52 per cent are girls, the minister said that the essence of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao lies in such phenomenon. 

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