A Dolphin watching trip turned tragic for a group of Russian tourists in Goa after their boat, operating without a valid licence, capsized in sea, 60 kilometres away from Panaji, in which three women drowned while their compatriots were rescued.
In tourism booklets and guides, it's packaged as paradise - a place to unwind from your worries. But under the glamorous surface and buried in numbers, Goa's suicide statistics reveal a vastly different story.
Goa state tourism director Amey Abhyankar today said the tourism department had formed flying squads which would visit the beach shacks to check whether the owners were indulging in racial discrimination.
Criticising the state government for being slack over restoration of a mining lease, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday issued a bailable arrest warrant against Goa chief secretary B. Vijayan.
Goa government has announced augmentation of its water supply capacity and also replacement of an age old pipeline criss-crossing 1000-kilometer stretch in the state to reduce the quantum of non-revenue water.
The economic slowdown in Russia has pushed the Goa tourism department to run their activities more aggressively towards the European country, besides aiming for travellers from Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a senior official said yesterday.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said in the Assembly that a committee comprising women legislators Alina Saldanha (state environment minister) and Jeniffer Monserratte (Congress MLA) and women police officers would be formed to study the issue of bogus cases filed by women against men.