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Goa CM: Nigerians Lead List of Foreigners Overstaying in Goa, Followed by Tanzanians, Russians

While 86 Nigerians had been arrested by the police across Goa from 2006-09, Tanzanians came in next at 17, while 13 Russians were also apprehended

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Pramod Sawant said that apart from Nigerians and Tanzanians, Russians represented the third highest contingent of over-stayers. Wikimedia Commons

Nigerians top the list of foreign nationals who have overstayed in Goa, followed by Tanzanians, over the last three years, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told the state Assembly on Tuesday.

In a written reply tabled during the ongoing monsoon session of the Assembly, Sawant said that apart from Nigerians and Tanzanians, Russians represented the third highest contingent of over-stayers who had been booked by the police under the Passport Act and the Foreigners Act. While 86 Nigerians had been arrested by the police across Goa from 2006-09, Tanzanians came in next at 17, while 13 Russians were also apprehended.

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Among persons of other nationalities who were arrested for overstaying include those from Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Germany, and Sweden. Overstaying by foreigners in Goa has been a consistent red flag for the Home Ministry which earlier this year started a special detention centre which serves as a transit incarceration facility where overstaying foreign nationals are lodged before they are deported. (IANS)

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Goa Tourism to Ban Single-Use Plastic Items

This has been vetted by the Law Department and elected to the place before legislative assembly in this session

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The Department of Environment has proposed an amendment to Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, for banning single use of plastic. Pixabay

The state government is looking to amend the Goa Non Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, for banning single use of plastic in the coastal state, Goa Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral told the legislative Assembly on Thursday.

“The Department of Environment has proposed an amendment to Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, for banning single use of plastic. This has been vetted by the Law Department and elected to the place before legislative assembly in this session,” Cabral said, in his written reply tabled during the ongoing monsoon session of the House.

Cabral was responding to a question from BJP MLA Nilkanth Halarnkar.

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The state government is looking to amend the Goa Non Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, for banning single use of plastic in the coastal state. Pixabay

Goa has been battling the issue of garbage strewn in public areas, including its beaches, due to the paucity of garbage management mechanisms. Travel and tourism industry stakeholders have complained to the Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar, claiming the burgeoning garbage menace was discouraging tourists from visiting Goa.

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Goa is one of the most popular beach tourism destinations in the country. (IANS)