The BJP has defended Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar over the issue of casinos, hailing him as "the leader who has vowed to phase out offshore casinos."
Former union commerce minister Kamal Nath had overruled his ministry's secretary and favoured denotification of three special economic zones (SEZ) in Goa in 2008, suggest recently unclassified diplomatic cables available on Wikileaks.
The Goa government plans to file a First Information Report (FIR) against 151 people including two former Goa chief ministers, the son of a former Goa home minister, several state and central government officials, besides 100-odd mining firms in connection with illegal mining.
Known for his acerbic wit, then leader of opposition and now chief minister Manohar Parrikar red-flagged the concept citing an even more compelling argument.
Outgoing Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said the ruling Congress would have done better in the Assembly polls if he had been projected as the party's face for the top post.
Brisk voting in the Goa polls today as Digamber Kamat and Manohar Parrikar vie for power in the state.
<br /><br /> The export duty was hiked from 20 percent to 30 percent from December 30, 2011 onwards, leaving the Iron Ore exporters in lurch.
Former Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar said illegal mining continues to be practiced in the state and blamed current CM and mines minister Digambar Kamat for it all.
Kamat set a record of sorts when he managed to control mining operations in the state for 12 consecutive years as the mines minister. Former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar alleges that 25 percent of the mining operations in the state are illegal.
A bishop in north Goa uses his camera to capture every illegality indulged in by the state's illegal miners.
The chickens are coming home to roost for Goa CM Digambar Kamat. The Congress high command is taking a dim view of his role in fostering Goa's illegal mining.
The PAC report speaks in detail about the illegal mining trade in Goa and points to exchequer losses on this account which could be somewhere between Rs 1,200-10,000 crore.
The Goa chief minister has been sticking to the mines portfolio through thick and thin for 12 years. Little wonder illegal mining scams are tumbling out of his cupboard. Firstpost tells you how Goa's illegal miners are also in league with Kamat.
Eight teams of Shah Commission aided by state government have launched extensive investigation illegal mining in the state.
Former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar alleges that 20 percent of the mining in the state is illegal and the money involved is no less than Rs 4,000 crore. But the man at the centre of it all is Digambar Kamat, who has been mines minister for 12 years running.