Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said the crucial three ‘M’s — Mining, Mopa and Mhadei — will remain priority issues for the state government. Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Sawant also said that he had referred about the issue of lifting of the mining ban in Goa, in the meeting of all Chief Ministers at the Niti Aayog on Saturday, which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “At Niti Aayog, I have specially raised the issue and the Prime Minister in his speech has also made a specific reference to Goa mining. We will come to a conclusion and resolve the issue, I am confident. We have to do it because many jobs have been lost,” Sawant told reporters. Mining in Goa has been banned by a Supreme Court order last year. In his Lok Sabha election campaign Modi had said that the National Democratic Alliance government would look a judicially viable route to restart mining in Goa. Sawant also said that finishing the upcoming Mopa International Airport located in North Goa’s Pernem sub-district was also a priority for his government. The greenfield airport is expected to handle 30 million passenger traffic when it is fully operational. The first phase of the airport is expected to be completed in 2020. Sawant’s third ‘M’ refers to the Mhadei river, also known as the Mandovi in certain parts of Goa, the waters of which, are the cause of a prolonged dispute between Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Sawant said that fully resolving the issue remains a priority for his government.
April auto sales fall compared with year ago after record first quarter RICHMOND HILL, Ont. – After a record-breaking first quarter, monthly new auto sales in Canada fell compared with a year ago for the first time this year in April.DesRosiers Automotive Reports says overall sales fell 1.6 per cent, as 197,203 vehicles rolled off lots last month compared with a year ago when April sales totalled a record 200,384.The consulting firms says passenger car sales retreated 8.7 per cent last month while light truck sales increased 2.5 per cent.But for the first four months of the year, total sales — at 618,721 units — still remained 2.5 per cent above the 603,364 sold by the end of April 2016.Thirteen out of the 26 brands reported lower year-over-year sales in April, including Toyota, which sold 9.9 per cent fewer vehicles last month, followed by FCA which slipped 9.1 per cent and Nissan which fell 8.1 per cent.Among the brands gaining ground, growth was led by Jaguar, Maserati and General Motors, which increased 16.4 per cent.General Motors also topped the sales charts for April with 30,948 vehicles sold, followed by Ford and FCA with 30,385 and 27,373 units, respectively. by The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2017 2:24 pm MDT Last Updated May 2, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
A MAN WHO customers tackled in a pub robbery in Drogheda last night is to appear in court tomorrow morning.Gardai arrested the 21-year-old man at the pub on Marsh Road last night.Armed robberyAt around 8.15pm two men armed with a knife and a shotgun entered the premises and held up staff.However, customers managed to overpower one man, while the other fled the scene.A 21-year-old male is being detained at Drogheda Garda Station in relation to the armed robbery and is scheduled to appear before a special sitting of Dundalk District Court tomorrow morning at 10am charged in connection with the robbery.Related: Man arrested after customers foil armed pub robbery>