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In an attempt to benefit the children with special needs, the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has decided to implement a 50% reduction in the examination fees for them. Reportedly, a circular issued by the secretary of the Goa Board stated that the examination fee shall be decreased to 50% of its current value for all the specially-abled children who will sit for their class 10th or 12th board examination through an accredited secondary or higher secondary school.

No practical examinations fees for examinees with special needs

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The amended fee amount stands at ₹ 525 for students who deposit within the stipulated time while it would be ₹ 1,025 if the late fee is added. These students will also be exempted from paying the fee for practical examination. Additionally, a reduced fee of ₹ 300 would be charged for providing the statement of marks and the passing certificate.

The board's resolve attempts to grant an advantage to the kids with special needs. Though the decision regarding the concessions was taken by the Goa Board's executive council in January last year, it is being extended to the students from the forthcoming board examination.

Not the first benefit scheme of the state board

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As practised by all other boards of education, the Goa board also provides other relaxations to these students appearing for 10th and 12th examinations. Facilities like the help of a scribe are provided based on the nature and extent of disability.

The latest intervention is not the first of its kind in Goa. Since 2005, the Goa Board has kept a separate set of provisions for children with special needs. The scheme that underwent revisions in 2008 and later in 2018 is targeted towards providing financial aids to regular schools for establishing resource rooms and executing all-encompassing methods of education. Also, allowances are offered to the parents of these children for being able to avail facilities like physiotherapy.

Goa has kicked off its inoculation drive in tandem with the nationwide immunisation drive. With seven vaccine centres across the state, the immunity drive aims to jab about 700 beneficiaries on the first day of phase 1. According to Goa's mapping and registration process, about 19,000 frontline COVID warriors have applied to receive the booster shot, out of which, around 11,000 people have been shortlisted by state authorities as phase 1 beneficiaries.

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After 23,500 vaccine doses reached the state capital from Mumbai on Wednesday, Goa is getting ready to start the first COVID-19 immunization drive. A stock of 2,350 vials currently placed in the secured cold storage, would be delivered to the assigned inoculation centres 24 hours before the launch of the maiden activity. The Chief Minister announced that a total of 19,000 employees of government and private healthcare facilities were categorised for the first phase of the vaccination.

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The Chief Minister of Goa has announced a plan to establish a 'State Migrant Workers Cell', with an objective to record and assimilate information related to migrants in the coastal state. The project also attempts to reduce the crime rate in the territory. Also aimed at including the migrants in the net of government benefit schemes, the database would include parameters ranging from the socio-demographic information of the migrants to their relocation patterns.

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The municipal authority of Mumbai, BMC has received its first consignment of the 'Covishield' vaccine form the Pune-based Serum Institute of India. As per reports, over 1.39 lakh shots of the coronavirus vaccine arrived in the city in a special vehicle of the BMC, early on Wednesday morning. The BMC has notified that the first batch of vaccine vials will be transported to the designated 72 vaccination centres, across the city, to prepare them ahead of the nationwide inoculation drive which is set to being on January 16.

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Goa has prohibited the entry of live poultry from the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka amid rising cases of bird-flu in several states in the country. The Chief Minister has issued these orders as precautionary measures in a bid to break the chain of infection and keep the coastal state free from the infectious flu. The state has also imposed a similar ban on the entry of other birds from these state, informed the Chief Minister. Unlike Maharashtra, the state of Karnataka has not reported cases of bird flu but a ban has been imposed to steer clear of troubles, in the backdrop of the already plaguing coronavirus.

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Ahead of the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination in the country, major states have already undertaken various necessary preparations, including the identification of vaccination sites and registration of healthcare and other frontline workers. On similar lines, the Goa government has marked 8 hospitals for the first phase of the COVID-19 immunization process and around 19,000 health workers will be a part of the drive.

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Till now, driving down to Sindhudurg on Maharashtra's Konkan coast signified approximately an eight-hour-long journey from Mumbai or Pune. But now it is being assumed that the newly established Sindhudurg Airport at Chipi-Parule will become operational on January 26, which will cut down on travel time and boost tourism in the Sindhudurg district while lightening the tourist load on Goa.
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Earlier, the tourism department of Goa had made amendments in the tourism act which prohibits the consumption of alcohol and cooking at public places. Now to reinstate the same, the concerned authorities have started installing signboards at beaches across the state, proclaiming the dos and don'ts. The list further includes restrictions on nudity, spitting, littering, smoking, cooking food in the open and so on. As per the signs, anyone found drinking on the beach will be slapped with a fine of ₹2,000 while any group caught doing so, will have to shell out ₹10,000.

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Goa's Aguada Fort always finds itself on travellers' list of 'must-visit places' given its Dil Chahta Hai fame and soon, the tourists will have yet another reason to visit this famous point in the coastal state. As per the statement of Goa's Chief Minister, this vacant cell built on the principles of the Portuguese school of architecture will be revamped into a museum by March 2021. Testifying the state's struggle for liberation, this prison-museum is being developed at an estimated cost of ₹22 crores, under the Centre's 'Swadesh Darshan Scheme'.

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