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Panaji, The Congress in Goa on Sunday took potshots at Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for spending time in the state, meeting party workers, even as border tensions between India and Pakistan simmer. 8815833974_a3338e3d64_o

In a statement issued here, the party’s state unit said that Parrikar, a former Goa chief minister, was “busy participating in a ‘mahasampark abhiyaan’ in Goa” even though “six ceasefire violations have taken place on the border since July 15”.

“We demand that at this juncture, the defense minister should show more concern towards national security and jawans rather than the ‘mahasampark abhiyan’ in the state,” Goa Congress secretary Durgadas Kamat said in the statement.

“We condemn the attitude of Parrikar, who seems more interested in playing Goa’s weekend chief minister.”

The “mahasampark abhiyaan” is a nationwide campaign by the Bharatiya Janata Party to reach out to the party’s cadre. Parrikar has been participating in the campaign since Saturday.

The defense minister has also been criticized by the opposition in the past for camping in Goa over extended weekends.

“Six ceasefire violations have taken place since July 15, 2015, killing two and injuring 15,” the Congress statement said.

(IANS)

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Goa Police Ensures Strict Monitoring of Cash Transactions at Goa Casinos Ahead of Polls

Elections to Goa's two Lok Sabha constituencies and bypolls to three assembly seats will be held on April 23, the Election Commission announced on Sunday

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With the Model Code of Conduct in place for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and assembly bypolls, the Goa Police on Sunday said that they will be strictly monitoring gambling operations in the coastal state, including in casinos.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajesh Kumar said that there would be strict vigil of cash transactions at Goa’s casinos, which have been accused of money laundering by the Opposition and civil society.

“… we have laid more emphasis on cracking down on crimes like matka, gambling, narcotics…” he told reporters here.

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He also said that casino operators will have to ensure their patrons have a PAN card, especially while making cash transactions.

“There are laid-down guidelines for casinos… If someone is going with cash, he should have a PAN card and whether the PAN card is being recorded there (at the casino’s end). Whatever norms there are will be enforced,” he added.

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There are six offshore casinos and about nine onshore casinos operating from the state’s numerous coastal resorts.

Elections to Goa’s two Lok Sabha constituencies and bypolls to three assembly seats will be held on April 23, the Election Commission announced on Sunday. (IANS)