• Mega-housing projects in villages faces stiff opposition

    The momentum against mega-housing projects across the State's countryside is gaining momentum with each passing day.

  • Goa flouts CRZ notifications

    Goa flouts CRZ notifications

    latest data on constructions in the Coastal Regulatory Zone (crz)- iii in Goa show that the number of structures in the coastal villages of Goa has almost doubled in the past 15 years. During

  • Work on three bridges across River Sal worth Rs 35 cr launched

    Amidst much fanfare and bouquets, PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao on Thursday launched work on three bridges across River Sal costing over Rs 35 crore in his Navelim constituency, as he hopped from vil

  • Three trucks stopped dumping waste in Loutolim

    Three trucks were stopped by locals of Loutolim after they were caught red-handed while dumping industrial waste at Devoti in Loutolim village on Thursday noon.

  • Tonca dump was never used to settle political scores: Counto

    Panjim based businessman and the Chairman and Managing Director of Alcon Enterprises, Anil Counto today said that his two acre land at Tonca which facilitated dumping of the City Corporation's solid

  • Tourism dept clears 50 encroachments off beaches

    As directed by the High Court, the Tourism Department Thursday carried out an exercise to free the Candolim-Baga beach belt of unauthorised beach beds, umbrellas and other encroachments.

  • MMC garbage site plans hits road block

    Plans by the Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) to set up a garbage disposal site has received a major setback, with the Cunchelim Communidade strongly opposing moves to acquire 32,050 sq mtrs of their la

  • Prolonged winter likely to affect mango yield

    This year's prolonged winter is likely to affect mango production in the State, according to the agriculture department.

  • Meeting to discuss petro products seepage

    Mormugao Deputy Collector Levinson Martins has convened a meeting on Thursday morning, to discuss the seepage of petroleum products into two wells at Bogmalo. Stating this, Chicolna-Bogmalo Sarpanch Laxman Kavlekar told Herald that Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) officials on Wednesday claimed they had no facilities to store the petroleum that had been pumped out of two wells at Pilmad-Bogmalo. Following a complaint by Mr Kavlekar, the deputy collector had asked IOC officials to remove the petroleum product from the two wells. IOC officials undertook the operations on Saturday, but the seepage continued to take place two days later and Mr Kavlekar alleged that a third well had been contaminated in the village. "IOC officials failed to turn up to pump out the inflammable liquid on Wednesday on grounds that they did not have facilities to store the petroleum product,' Mr Kavlekar said. The sarpanch, however, admitted that the IOC had assured to resolve the problem of storage facilities at the earliest. Mr Kavlekar has now asked IOC officials to allow them to visit all eight tanks located in the naval area, which is close to the affected wells. "I have asked IOC officials to hold a joint inspection of tanks with panchayat members, to clear our doubts on whether the petroleum has seeped from the IOC tanks or from other source,' Mr Kavlekar said.

  • Dust can kill (editorial)

    Days after the loading and unloading of coal at Berths 10 and 11 at the Mormugao Port was stopped by a series of agitations, the Goa Pollution Control Board has shown that both the suspended particulate matter (SPM) and the respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) in the area are much higher than the permissible limits. The RSPM, which can cause major health disorders, is over 60 per cent higher than the limit. Respirable suspended particulate matter (dust) is defined as particles 10 micrometres in size or smaller (PM10), which can settle in the lungs, causing serious health problems like asthma, lung cancer and heart disease. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres (PM2.5) can penetrate the gas-exchange areas of the lungs, and cause high plaque deposits in arteries, vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis, leading to heart disease. This happens even with short-term exposure at higher concentrations The very smallest particles

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