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Thursday, November 08, 2007


Goa is the smallest state of the Indian Union. Situated between Karnataka and Maharashtra, Goa is bounded on the north by the Terekhol river, surrounded on the south and east by Karnataka while on the west is the Arabian Sea. 

Paddy is the main agricultural crop, followed by ragi, cashew and coconut.  The state has a rich forest cover.  Fishing sustains a work force of 40,000 people.  Goa has rich iron ore and manganese deposits.   

Goa is linked with Mumbai, Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram through the Konkan railway.  The chief port of Goa is at Mormugao. 

On its eastern sector Goa’s terrain is hilly forming the northern edge of the Sahyadri mountain ranges. The major west-flowing rivers that pass through the territory are: Mandovi, Zuari, Terekhol, Chapora and Betul.

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The total navigable length of these rivers, which form the waterways by which Goa’s main export commodity iron and manganese ore in transported to the Marmagao harbor, is 253 km. The Marmagao harbor is virtually the confluence of the Mandovi and Zuari rivers. 

Old Goa has the Basilica of Bom Jesus, where the casket containing the incorruptible body of St. Francis Xavier, the Apostle of Goa, is housed. Other famous shrines are the Se Cathedral and the Assissi Church. A few km away is Ponda, where the Mangueshi Siva Temple, the Santha Durga Temple and the Nagueshi Temple are situated. Dona Paula, overlooking the confluence of the Mandovi river, (in Panaji), the Aravelam waterfalls, the Mayem Lake, the Dudsagar waterfalls, the Bondla sanctuary, the Mormugao harbour and the Aguada Fort are some of the other tourist attractions.


The Rs 1200-cr line, to run between Mallapuran and Uppal, has been cleared in principle by the Andhra Pradesh government, and an engineering survey for the project is currently on, KRC Managing Director K K Gokhale said. (Rly To Give Funds For Goa Skybus Project , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Jan 18, 2006)

The Goa Government has decided to encourage panchayats and educational institutions to take up plantation of jatropha trees in a big way as Government intended to promote it as an alternative fuel. (Goa To Encourage Planting Of Jatropha For Bio-Diesel , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Jan 18, 2006)

It has once more denied him the licence. South Goa district magistrate J B Singh confirmed Mr Pacheco’s application for a gun licence has been pending before him from 2002. (Aggressive’ Goa Minister Refused Gun Licence, Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Jan 13, 2006)

Goa needs to be more sensitive to the likely impact of the World Trade Organisation agreements in the areas of tourism and biodiversity. (Wto Norms May Affect Tourism In Goa, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Dec 28, 2005)

Serious cinema will once again be overshadowed by Bollywood hype and hoopla at the International Film Festival of India, and the Goa government will foot a bill of Rs 7 crore for this extravaganza. (Goa Set For Rs 7-Crore Iffi Extravaganza, Deccan Herald, DEVIKA SEQUEIRA , Nov 24, 2005)

Get a glimpse of its unique grandeur and authentic form ... in "Ancestral Goa". (Goa Original , Hindu, Prakash Kamat, Nov 06, 2005)

Tourism Department asked to study the facilities required 29 deaths due to drowning at beaches reported so far this year Number of lifeguards at beaches to be increased Village panchayats told to impound stray cattle and dogs on beaches (Goa To Make Beaches Tourist Friendly , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 04, 2005)

Administration ensuring that infrastructure, software, database and forms are in place Journalists, social organisations led struggle for Act to get access to information (Goa Getting Set To Implement Right To Information Act , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 06, 2005)

At a time when Goa is gearing for a big season ahead, the oily substances and oil balls continue to threaten its beach belt in the south part of the State. (A Threat To Beach Tourism, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 17, 2005)

The Kenilworth Beach Resort and Spa, Goa, makes sure that this monsoon doesn't dampen your spirits. (Monsoon Magic At Kenilworth Resort, Goa, Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 11, 2005)

M.V. River Princess is an eyesore Five years after it ran aground, the ship endangers tourism Previous Government gave removal work to a U.K.-based company NISD officials to submit report on floating new tenders for its removal (Goa Seeks Central Aid To Remove Ship, Hindu, Prakash Kamat, Aug 29, 2005)

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s observations at the All-India Governors’ Conference on the Governors’ role assume significance in the wake of the controversial role of the Governors of Goa, (Partisan Governors Won’T Preserve Dharma, Tribune, A.N. Barowalia, Aug 21, 2005)

Fed up of over-populated beaches in Goa? Try Ganapatipule instead. It's cheap and you get the authentic local flavour (Languid Waves, Gorgeous Sea, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Jul 27, 2005)

Goa’s properties market is booming, not thanks to Gulf remittances but a liberalised FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act) and the dual citizenship to persons of India origin (PIO). (Goa Now A Global Property Hotspot , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Jul 17, 2005)

How do movie actors whose careers are sagging pay their bills? Pick up a little Bangla and hit the jatra trail. Jatras, melodramatic plays that travel from place to place in the hinterland of Bengal, are hugely popular and pay very well for yesteryear's.. (From Bollywood To Banglawood, Times of India, Editorial, The Times of India, Jul 01, 2005)

Rattled by rumours of more desertions, BJP leader Parrikar has moved his flock of 16 MLAs for safekeeping to the IT city. (Bjp Takes Goa Flock On Bangalore ‘holiday’ , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Jul 01, 2005)


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