Panaji, May 20 (IANS) Russian authorities are keen on an image make-over for Russians in Goa, an official said here Monday after they have been in news for all the wrong reasons, ranging from mafia links, drugs and conflicts with locals. The number of Russian tourist arrivals in Goa could soon touch 200,000 annually, the newly-appointed Russian honorary consul in Goa, Victor Albuquerque, told reporters.
Panaji, May 20 (IANS) The Russian mafia could be operating in Goa, just as the Indian tourism mafia could be operating in Pakistan, said Russia's newly-appointed honorary consul Victor Albuquerque here Monday. Albuquerque, a reputed businessman in Goa was speaking to reporters in his first media conference after being appointed honorary consul a couple of months ago.
Panaji, May 20 (IANS) The number of Russian tourists to Goa could soon touch 200,000 annually, newly-appointed Russian honorary consul in Goa Victor Albuquerque said Monday. Albuquerque, a reputed businessman in Goa, was speaking to reporters in his first media conference after being appointed a couple of months ago to act as a first point of assistance to the thousands of Russian tourists who have been flocking to Goa. "We are somewhere at the top of the charter tourism curve.
Panaji, May 18 (IANS) Animal conservationists have hailed the central government's decision to ban dolphineriums in India, even as several states had been gearing up for parks and zoos with captive dolphins as the star attraction. In a statement issued here Saturday, the Federation for Indian Animals Protection Organisations (FIAPO), an NGO which has been campaigning against captivity of dolphins, said that the circular issued by Central Zoo Authority of India (CZAI), was a victory for the endangered marine mammals. "It is a huge victory for the dolphins.
Panaji, May 18 (IANS) A trial court in Goa Saturday sent a 39-year-old truck driver to nine days of police remand for molesting a five-year-old girl. The incident took place Friday when a naval officer had engaged the accused, Sudesh Parab, to transport his luggage out of his house at the Naval Officers' Residential Area (NOFRA) in Dabolim, 30 km from here.
Panaji, May 18 (IANS) Ecologist Madhav Gadgil has picked holes in former ISRO head K. Kasturirangan's high-level working group (HLWG) report on the environmentally sensitive Western Ghats, saying it endorses "exploitation" of the region's natural resources
Panaji, May 18 (IANS) Prison authorities Saturday ordered a probe into a clash between inmates that left three under-trials injured in a Goa jail late Friday. A spokesperson for the Aguada Central Jail, about 20 km from here, said that Syron Rodrigues, Amog Naik and Amay Shirodkar, who are undergoing trial in separate murder cases, were taken to a primary health centre for treatment and then taken back to the jail
Panaji, May 17 (IANS) Goa has the highest rate of diabetes in the country among people over 40 years of age, a doctor said Friday. Dr.
Panaji, May 17 (IANS) When Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar travels to Israel next month, he will be hoping to persuade its tour and travel companies to add the popular beach tourism-oriented state to their itineraries. "We are going to be speaking to the tour operators there and asking them to work out a few chartered flights from Israel to Goa. There is much we have to offer," Parulekar told IANS.
Panaji, May 16 (IANS) Bogus ration cards, a fact which has been acknowledged by Goa's civil supplies ministry, are being used to acquire Aadhar cards in the state, a civil society group claimed Thursday. "Bogus ration cards are being used as identity proofs, especially in slum areas, to get Aadhar cards. This will reduce the social security number exercise to a farce," Yatish Naik, a spokesperson of the Pilerne Citizens Forum (PCF) told reporters here