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SC directs joint committee to find factual position on diversion of Mahadayi river


The Supreme Court has directed the joint monitoring committee of superintending engineers of the states of Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra to find the factual position on diversion of waters of the Mahadayi river.

The apex court which yesterday heard the special leave petitions of the states on the tribunal award on the river sharing dispute between Karnataka and Goa said that it would hear the petitions for a final order in April this year.

In a Press statement in Bengaluru, Karnataka Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi said that the monitoring committee should visit the river sites and submit a report before the next hearing. 

All three SLPs filed by the States of Maharastra, Karnataka and Goa were listed before the  Supreme Court today. Apart from the SLPs, the Contempt Petition 724/2020 filed by the State of Goa also listed yesterday. Mr Prabhuling K Navadgi, Advocate General, Mr Mohan V Katarki, Sr. Advocate and other counsel appeared for the State of Karnataka. The Counsel for the State of Goa pressed for the hearing of the Contempt petition alleging that the State of Karnataka has diverted the water to Malaprabha river and water is not flowing to the territory of Goa, which allegation is strongly opposed by the Ld.AG for Karnataka. The Supreme Court did not issue a notice in the Contempt Petition but directed the three  State Governments to nominate one SE to conduct a joint inspection and report to the Hon'ble Supreme Court.

The SLPs will be listed for a final hearing in April 2021 before which all party States shall file their written submissions in one compilation book.

The advocate appearing for the state of Goa pressed a contempt petition and alleged that there has been a breach of the order dated 02/03/2020 passed in the special leave petition 19312/2019 as water is prevented from flowing to Goa by removing the vaults erected pursuant to the orders of the MWDT. In order to ascertain the factual position the Hon’ble Supreme Court directed the joint monitoring committee appointed by the MWDT to implement the order dated 17.04.2014 passed by MWDT to conduct a joint inspection to ascertain whether there is a diversion of water by removing the vaults. 

Therefore action will have to be now taken to convene the meeting of the joint monitoring committee of the three superintending engineers of the State of Karnataka, the State of Goa and the State of Maharashtra constituted by the honourable tribunal to implement the order dated 17th April 2014. The said joint monitoring committee is directed to inspect the place and file a report. The case is now ordered to be called in April 2020.

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51st edition of International Film Festival of India postponed

The 51st Edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) scheduled to be held at Goa from November 20th to 28th this year has been postponed to January next year. 

The decision has been arrived at after the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar discussed the issue with Goa Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant, according to an official release issued today. 

It has also been jointly decided to hold the festival from January 16th to 24th next year at Goa as per the International Film Festival guidelines and protocols.  

The festival will be conducted in Virtual and Physical format. All COVID-19 related protocols will be strictly enforced as per the festivals convened recently in the International Film Festival circuit, the release said.

#PrakashJavadekar #COVID19 #PramodSawant #IFFI #Goa

KSRTC starts inter-state operations

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will start operations for the state of Goa from tomorrow (September 7th).

The services will be operated from Bengaluru, Mysuru and various other places of Karnataka keeping in view the density of the passengers, said a KSRTC press release issued today. 

It is mandatory for the passengers to wear masks. 

The services were stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

#KSRTC #Karnataka #Goa

Goa govt takes a step to appreciate Plasma donors

Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane today announced that those who have volunteered to donate Plasma will be provided with one year of free medical treatment.

The Minister tweeted, "To appreciate the simple act of kindness of those who have volunteered to donate Plasma, we will be providing them with one year of free medical treatment and complimentary health check-up for the donor and his family."

#Plasma #VishwajitRane #Goa

Goa CM Pramod Sawant tests positive for COVID-19

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant informed today that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Informing the same through a tweet, Mr Sawant said, "I wish to inform all that I have been detected COVID19 positive. I am asymptomatic and hence have opted for home isolation. I shall continue to discharge my duties working from home. Those who have come in my close contact are advised to take the necessary precautions."

#COVID19 #PramodSawant #Goa

Satya Pal Malik appointed as Governor of Megahalaya

President Ram Nath Kovind today announced the appointment of Goa Governor Satya Pal Malik as Governor of Meghalaya.

The President also announced that Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari will discharge the functions of the Governor of Goa in addition to his own duties.

#BhagatSinghKoshyari #Maharashtra #SatyaPalMalik #Goa #Meghalaya

Goa Police bust rave party, seize narcotic drugs worth Rs 9 lakh

The Crime Branch of Goa Police late on Saturday night busted a rave party in Anjuna and seized narcotic drugs worth Rs 9 lakh. They also arrested 23 persons, including three foreign nationals. 

#GoaPolice #Goa #RaveParty

2019 General Elections Results - Goa

Total Seats - 2

Bharatiya Janata Party - 1 (North Goa)
Indian National Congress - 1 (South Goa)

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