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Rural schools in Goa report a high attendance rate as physical classes resume after 8 months

With the permission of the state, all schools and educational institutions in Goa resumed physical classes for class X and XII, November 21 onwards and the strength of the institutions in rural Goa, witnessed a major improvement in just a week's time. This rapidly normalizing attendance rate in the rural schools have been largely pegged to the lack of digital infrastructure, that were creating problems for the pupils to stream online classes on a regular basis. By consequence, several village schools in the state have taken a decision to discontinue offline classes, embracing classroom-teaching for the sessions of classes X and XII.

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Tourists in Goa to be photographed & fined upon flouting the face mask rule

Cracking the whip on tourists who aren't adhering to the issued COVID protocol of wearing a face mask and argue against civic authorities, the mayor of Panjim stated on Monday, that police will henceforth accompany officials enforcing the norm. The errant tourists will be photographed and fined. The mayor added that the decision was taken after reports, that certain tourists became abusive towards the Panaji Municipal Corporation officials, especially those visiting the iconic Immaculate Conception Church in the state capital.

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With stringent SOPs in place, cinema halls, pools & gatherings can now resume in Goa

In an order issued in Goa on Saturday, the authorities have permitted all cinema halls, swimming pools, gatherings for religious, social, cultural, educational, entertainment and sports events to resume, under the strict surveillance of a preventive standard operating procedure. The directive details that all swimming pools can operate for training and sports purposes, whereas, cinema halls and all other events in Goa will function at half the potential capacity of the venue.

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Ahead of the peak tourism season, Goa Police prepares for a tourist surge amid covid-19 fears

Ahead of the peak tourism season in Goa, the police personnel of the state are gearing up for a surge in tourists, Director General of Police, Mukesh Kumar Meena stated on Saturday. He further added that preparing for the crowds, especially in wake of the pandemic was a challenge for the security force and approximately 900 police personnel had tested positive for covid-19, ever since the outbreak earlier this year. "I could see on beaches, the crowd has increased and hotels too are seeing more and more bookings. It will be a challenging task," Meena said, when asked about the police preparedness for tourists during the peak tourism season.

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Mumbai-based George Dsouza invents a pollution-free e-bike in Goa worth ₹12,000

The lockdown has given birth to many game changers, who have come up with innovations and reinventions to adapt to the new normal. On a similar note, Mumbai-based George Dsouza has invented an eco-friendly electric bike in Goa with limited resources and a vision to do something substantial in life, which would also benefit his immediate environment. The bike, Genesis, is worth ₹12,000 and it will significantly reduce pollution which is the absolute need of the hour.

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