At least 2children were injured when a school bus overturned and fell into a ditch while the driver was trying to overtake another bus near Dehar in Mandi district on Friday morning.The bus with around 30 children on board was on its way from Samlog village to Vivekananda Public School in Dehar when the accident occurred in Sundernagar sub-division, 130 km from here.The injured children were rushed to Sundernagar hospital and referred to zonal hospital at Mandi after first aid. All of them are out of danger, chief Parliamentary Secretary, Sohan Lal, said.“Most of the students sustained minor injuries while half a dozen students had multiple fractures but none of them was in critical condition,” he added.The local administration has given immediate relief of Rs 5,000 to each of the seriously injured besides promising free treatment.The driver of the bus is among the injured.Eye-witnesses said that the accident took place as the driver tried to overtake another bus and it fell into ditch.The roof of the bus was torn apart in the incident and the children were resued from the opening, they said.Students from distant villages study in the school.Meanwhile, a driver working for a construction company died when his truck fell into a gorge at Nihari, 70 km from here on Theog-Hatkoti national highway, police said.The deceased was identified as Karan from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh.
Panaji: A recent notification issued by the Union Ministry for Roads, Transport, Highways and Shipping will lead to closure of 90% of the State’s liquor outlets, the Congress said on Friday. The Ministry had upgraded 21 major roads to highways in January this year in the State.Recently, the Supreme Court had recently banned bars located within 500 metres of highways. Demanding an immediate withdrawal of the Ministry’s notification, Congress Goa president Luizinho Faleiro demanded that the State government lobby aggressively with the Centre to ensure that liquor outlet and bar owners do not suffer.Speaking to reporters at the Congress State headquarters, Mr. Falerio said, “90% major roads in Goa are now State and national highways because of the notification. It will affect 7,000 to 8,000 liquor outlets in the State. This will bring misery to people and the government is simply not bothered.”However, declining to comment on any political statement, State Excise Commissioner Menino D’Souza, who is heading the special high level committee set up to identify the liquor outlets at the highways, told The Hindu on Friday, “We are going as per highway authority list submitted to us regarding four national and eight State highways.”He added, “We have identified around almost 3,200 outlets so far, of nearly 11,000 excise licence holders in the State authorised to sell liquor, within the 500 metres of highways. The final report is yet to be prepared.”Mr. Faleiro said, “Earlier, the official survey of liquor outlets revealed that around 3200-3500 outlets would be directly affected, but now the number would be much more.”He accused the Union Ministry of arbitrarily taking the decision to upgrade the major roads in the State to the status of highways. Mr. Faleiro also condemned the Central government by saying, “They cannot take decisions like this, which are not only arbitrary, and high-handed, [but] draconian. [The decision] will destroy the livelihood of 90% of the bars and restaurants of Goa.”
Pune: The Sangli police has arrested two more persons in connection with the Mhaisal illicit abortion racket, taking the number of those arrested to nine.The racket, allegedly run by a fake homeopath, Dr. Babasaheb Khidrapure, was busted last week by the police. The two arrested, identified as Yaseen Tehsildar and Satgonda Patil, are believed to be the agents who ferried pregnant women to the arrested doctor. They were picked up from Karnataka and Shirol Taluk in Kolhapur district.The racket was busted in Mhaisal village on March 5 after 19 aborted female foetuses were discovered in a sewer next to Khidrapure’s private clinic.The death of a 26-year-old lady, Swati Jamdade, who died during a botched termination of her pregnancy on March 3, blew the lid off the crime.The police have invoked the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act against the accused, including Khidrapure (prime suspect), homeopath Shrihari Ghodke, doctor Ramesh Devagirikar, pharmacist Sunil Khedkar, Khidrapure’s help Kanchan Roje, compounder Umesh Salunkhe, and Praveen Jamdade, husband of the deceased woman.Devagirikar and Khedkar were remanded to police custody till March 14 by a local court on Thursday. According to Dattatrey Shinde, Sangli Superintendent of Police, the cops are quizzing Khidrapure’s wife to ascertain his modus operandi.Mr. Shinde said, “We believe the three arrested doctors, including Khidrapure, were a giving a cut to the agents for securing patients.” Police teams are combing Belgaum and Bijapur in the neighbouring State Karnataka, and parts of Sangli and Kolhapur district, in search of more suspects.Khidrapure, who had set up his clinic nearly a decade ago, is believed to have been performing illegal abortions since 2008. A local court in Miraj has remanded him to police custody till March 17.Besides being charged under the MTP and the Bombay Nursing Home Act, he has been charged under sections 314 (death caused by act done with intent to cause miscarriage), 315 (act done with intent to prevent child being born alive), 420 (cheating) and 204 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code and the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994, among others.
A Punjab Police team has left here for Mumbai to execute an arrest warrant issued by a local court against controversial TV and cinema actor Rakhi Sawant, police said on Monday.The court issued the arrest warrant after Sawant failed to appear before it on March 9 in a case filed against her for making deragatory remarks against sage Valmiki, the author of the Ramayana which chronicles the life and times of Lord Rama.The complainants had accused Sawant of hurting religious sentiments of the Valmiki community by her remarks on a TV show.The case will be next heard on April 10.
All 30 students from Patna-based Super-30 coaching institute on Sunday cracked the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) this year.Significantly, most of the students who have got success in the IIT-JEE examination from Super 30 coaching institute are from the Bihar School Examination Board which has been under regular controversy for toppers scam and the pass percentage from last few years. This year only 35 per cent of the students had passed the Bihar board Std XII exam and had brought massive embarrassment to the state government.With this year’s hundred per cent result, Super 30 also completed its 15 years on journey sending altogether 396 students to IIT since its inception from 2002 providing free food and accommodation to the students coming from poor and underprivileged strata of the society.“Once again history repeated its success rate at Super 30 giving us reasons to be glad and feel proud…but, now time has come to make expansion of the institute…we’ll organize tests for selecting the students in different parts of the country as well and give details on the website”, Anand Kumar, founder of the Super 30 told The Hindu.Not surprisingly this year too, several students from poor families have cracked the IIT-JEE from Super 30.The story of Kelvin, son of an unemployed father, or Arbaaz Alam, son of a roadside egg seller, Arjun, a farm labourer’s son or landless farmer’s son Abhishek are similar. They all stand tall having overcome odds of poverty and deprivation to make it to IIT.“I’d heard of Super 30 almost 10 years ago and since that day I dreamt of seeing my son here to realize my dream… today my son has realized my dream just because of Super 30 and Anand Sir”, said Deepak, father of Kelvin. “Anand Sir made me feel confident about my abilities… he boosted my confidence…now, I think it is a matter of few years when my father will not have to sell eggs braving the chilly winds of winter nights”, Arbaaz said whose father sells eggs by roadside in Biharsharief of Nalanda district.Altogether 19 out 20 students from Super 30 run by Abhayanand (he goes by just one name), former state police chief and Physics teacher too have cracked the IIT-JEE from the state with good ranks. Shahsi Kumar with 298, Keshav Raj with 487, Shreyesh Raj with 562 have cleared the toughest engineering test of the country.
The Saharanpur district administration has asked the Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband to obtain permission for the use of loudspeakers in its compound by January 15, an official said.A notice has been issued to the seminary after the State government has banned the use of loudspeakers at temples, mosques and other public places without permission. The move came after the Allahabad High Court asked it to ensure proper implementation of noise pollution control rules.Also Read U.P. government issues directives on use of loudspeakers The seminary has been told that if it fails to obtain permission by the scheduled date, the equipment would be removed, the official said.Loudspeakers are used in three mosques at the seminary.Saharanpur Dy. SP Siddhartha said similar notices had been sent to all religious organisations.The Deoband said it was trying to obtain permission from the authorities concerned.
Pune: The Pune sessions court on Friday extended the police custody of fraud-accused city developer Deepak S. Kulkarni and his wife Hemanti to March 1.The builder and his wife were arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Pune police in New Delhi on February 17. However, on the first day of custody Mr. Kulkarni checked into the city’s Sassoon Hospital after developing breathing problems.He was later moved to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital for treatment. Today he was moved back to Sassoon Hospital and the medical board said his reports were normal.Given the delay in his police interrogation, the Special Public Prosecutor moved the court for extension of Mr. Kulkarni’s policecustody, which the court duly granted.Meanwhile, the Central Bank of India in a public notice issued earlier this week, announced it was putting up the land owned by Mr. Kulkarni in the Balewadi area for auction.The auction is to take place on March 6 with the reserve price pegged at ₹66.39 crore. The bank’s action comes after the Mr. Kulkarni, who had mortgaged this land, turned defaulter.The beleaguered developer, accused of cheating thousands of investors in Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur, had earlier enlisted the sympathies of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray besides meeting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar in Mumbai to seek a way out.A total five of FIRs across Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur have been lodged against the developer and his family since October 28 last year, with more than 3000 investors filing cheating complaints against Mr. Kulkarni.
Murshidabad, the district with the highest population of Muslims in West Bengal, will have a State-level University, Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said. Three other districts in north Bengal will also set up separate universities, Mr. Chatterjee said while referring to a note by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Various organisations, including the Students Islamic Organisation of India, were demanding a full scale university in the district for a long time. 70-year deprivationState president of the body said that the government’s move to set up a university in Murshidabad has “ended 70-year deprivation of Murshidabad district.” The other districts to get a university are Darjeeling, Alipurduar and Dakshin [South] Dinajpur.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday left for Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai for further treatment, and could be shifted to a health facility abroad if the doctors recommend it, a statement issued by his personal secretary Rupesh Kamat said. The ailing Chief Minister left a committee comprising Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai, Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza and Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar in charge of the administrative affairs. Before leaving, Mr. Parrikar met top ruling politicians, ministers, bureaucrats and police officers. “He told some ministers that Cabinet meetings would be conducted via videoconference,” Arts and Culture Minister Govind Gawde told reporters.“The three-member team will have the power to sanction works up to ₹5 crore, while each individual minister has been empowered to sanction work up to ₹50 lakh,” said Mr. Gawde.In a video released by the BJP on social media, Mr. Parrikar said, “The manner in which you have blessed me till now, I hope your blessings will continue and hope that you will allow me to take a few days’ holiday.” Meanwhile, the Congress found fault with the arrangement made by Mr. Parrikar. Addressing a press conference on Monday evening, Goa Pradesh Congress president Shantaram Naik said, ”We are going to have a State ruled by three chief ministers. Imagine the chaos. This is a clear violation of business rules. We wish him well in his medical treatment, but he has deserted Goa.”
The Uttar Pradesh government has constituted a high-level committee to probe into irregularities in the recruitment examination held for 68,500 assistant teachers and suspended a top official of the exam regulatory authority, officials said on Saturday.In the exam, whose results were declared in August, more than one lakh aspirants had appeared, but only 41,556 could clear it.A government spokesperson said, “In this examination, a list of 23 examinees who had not cleared the examination but were declared as qualified was obtained.”Prima facie there are serious irregularities in evaluation and declaration of results. More investigation is needed so that exemplary punishment can be given to the guilty, the spokesperson said in a statement.“Taking cognisance of irregularities in the recruitment exam held for 68,500 assistant teachers, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has constituted a high-level team. The team will probe the irregularities and submit its report in seven days,” the spokesperson said.The Chief Minister has also instructed to suspend Examination Regulatory Authority Secretary Sutta Singh.
National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah on Thursday said his party decided to joined hands with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Congress to protect the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir.At a press conference in Srinagar, the former Chief Minister asked Governor Satya Pal Malik and BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav to prove the allegations they had made against the new alliance.In an online interview, Mr. Madhav claimed that the regional parties had received “instructions from across the border.”And Mr. Malik had said the political parties in the State were indulging in “horse-trading” and money was “changing hands”.’Is the fax machine one-sided?’“The Governor while enumerating reasons to dissolve the Assembly mentioned attempts at horse- trading and money being spent. People of J&K need to know who spent the money? Where did it come from? And at whose behest MLAs were being purchased?” he said.Mr. Abdullah sought an explanation on why the fax machine at the Raj Bhawan in Srinagar was “one-sided.” “It failed to receive the PDP’s claim at forming a government but was able to send a letter on the dissolution of the Assembly. This need to be explained.”He termed the coming together of the National Conference, the Congress and the PDP a “bid to clean up the mess, striking a balance and ending uncertainty in the State. “The aim was to protect the special status of J&K, as Article 35A was coming up for hearing before the Supreme Court in January. We wanted a defence of the Article and would have dissolved the Assembly to pave the way for fresh elections,” he said.Mr. Abdullah remained non-committal on continuing his party’s alliance with the PDP. “J&K requires a genuine opposition too. We do not want to create a situation where fringe elements will fill any political vacuum,” he said.Demands apology from Ram MadhavHe asked Mr. Madhav to prove his allegation of Pakistan hand in the alliance. “Mr. Madhav, you are disrespecting sacrifices of my workers who died because they refused to dance to the tunes of Pakistan. More NC workers died than BJP workers in Kashmir. If you have evidence, place it before the public. This politics of shoot and scoot will not work, else apologise,” he said.Mr. Madhav was not upset with Pakistan “but his own failure to install a government in J&K through a backdoor,” he addedEarlier, in a series of tweets, Mr. Abdullah refuted Mr. Madhav’s allegations. “Misplaced attempts at humour won’t work. You have claimed my party has been acting at the behest of Pakistan. I dare you to prove it. Place the evidence of your allegation of NC boycott of Urban Local Bodies polls at Pakistan’s behest in the public domain. It’s an open challenge to you and your government,” he tweeted.“You have RAW, NIA and IB at your command (CBI too is your parrot) so have the guts to place evidence in the public domain. Either prove this or be man enough to apologise. Don’t practice shoot and scoot politics,” he said.The State witnessed an eventful day on Wednesday when arch rivals NC and PDP decided to join hands to stake claim to form a government, with the Congress supporting the move. However, Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the Assembly.
Stone quarry owners have twisted a Gauhati High Court order to illegally extract boulders and stones in the vicinity of Kaziranga National Park, an Assam-based environment activist has told a Supreme Court-constituted committee.In his letter to the Member Secretary of the Central Empowered Committee, Rohit Choudhury, the activist, said that the High Court had on September 25 ordered the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Karbi Anglong East Division to “relocate/ adjust” the Silimkhowa (close to Kaziranga) stone quarry to a suitable location. The court also allowed the removal of extracted stones from the area during this period.Twisting order“The court order has been misinterpreted, and instead of extracting the stones lying at the site, quarry operators are using high-impact blasting and heavy machinery in the entire Karbi Anglong Hills adjoining the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve,” Mr. Choudhury said.“The mining is being done without any environment clearance, forest clearance, or recommendation of the National Board for Wildlife. Even extraction or removal of stones lying at the site, or transportation of the same, amounts to mining,” he said.Mr. Choudhury said the illegal mining is being done with the “full knowledge” of the police and Forest Department of the Karbi Anglong district, and the stones are transported illegally on the highway skirting the Kaziranga National Park without any transit pass.The stone quarries are along the corridors of the 430 sq. km. Kaziranga National Park, which animals use to move to the safety of the Karbi Anglong Hills during high floods.Threat to habitat“Considering the importance of the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong landscape in conserving mega herbivores such as the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros, the Indian elephant, and carnivores such as the Royal Bengal Tiger, it is imperative that this landscape is given top priority for conservation and habitat restoration,” Mr. Choudhury said.“We have asked the Karbi Anglong district authority to look into the matter,” a senior forest officer said on Sunday.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday said it had tracked down the owner of the car used by the suspected Jaish-e Mohammed (JeM) suicide bomber in the February 14 attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Pulwama. Forty jawans were killed and five injured in the attack.The owner of the vehicle has since joined the terror outfit, the agency said.Terming it a “significant breakthrough in the investigation,” an NIA spokesman said they were able to piece together remnants of the vehicle. “With the support of forensic and automobile experts, the NIA has been able to identify the vehicle used for the blast,” he said. Resold seven timesThe NIA said the Maruti Suzuki Eeco vehicle, with chassis number MA3ERLF1S- OO183735 and engine number G12BN164140, was sold to Muhammad Jaleel Ahmed Haqani, a resident of Heaven Colony, Anantnag, in 2011. It subsequently changed hands seven times. The last person to own it was Sajjad Bhat, son of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, a resident of Bijbehara, Anantnag. Bhat is a student of the Siraj-ul-Uloom in Shopian. “Bhat acquired the vehicle on February 4, 2019.”Bhat’s house was raided by an NIA team and the police on February 23. “However, Sajjad was not found and has been evading arrest since then. He has reportedly now joined the JeM,” said the NIA.A photograph of Bhat holding a pistol and a gun has also emerged on social media. The unconfirmed picture names him as Hafiz Sajad Bhat alias Afzal Guru. The picture also claimed that Bhat is part of a JeM fidayeen (suicide) squad. The JeM had launched a ‘Afzal Guru Squad’ in 2014, which carried out attacks on Army installations in Uri, Pathankot and Nagrota. The photo of Sajjad Bhat released by the NIA. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement
The hopes for the Congress, which had said it would stake claim to form the government late on Sunday night, dissipated as the BJP and its two regional allies held hectic parleys through the day, and settled on Mr. Sawant’s name after a prolonged deadlock.Legislators of BJP and alliance partners will be submitting letters to the Goa Governor Mridula Sinha staking claim to form a government, Union Minister for Road Transport and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari said.”Our alliance partners and MLAs are going to meet the Governor. Signed letters establishing our majority will also be submitted to the Goa Governor,” Mr. Gadkari told media at the resort where the leader was negotiating with coalition partners.”I am going to go for swearing-in at the Raj Bhavan right now,” Mr. Sawant told the media as he was heading for Raj Bhavan.Gadkari leads teamThe negotiations with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party (GFP), headed by Mr. Gadkari, appeared to have initially hit a wall. A 3 p.m. deadline set by the BJP for the swearing-in was missed.A former Minister from the regional parties told The Hindu on condition of anonymity that the BJP was pushing for Mr. Sawant as its Chief Ministerial candidate but allies took time to endorse the name. The Congress has 14 MLAs in the 36-member House, while the BJP has 12.Congress Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar and State Congress chief Girish Chodankar too went to the Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form the government. They were however not granted an appointment by the Governor’s office.Sources said that both the MGP and GFP had sought the position of Deputy Chief Minister for their leaders Sudin Dhavalikar and Vijai Sardesai respectively.A meeting between two of the three MGP MLAs with BJP president Amit Shah led to media speculation that the regional party was set to split, with the two joining the BJP.Mr. Shah, who attended the cremation, met the allies at a city hotel.Thousands pay tributesMeanwhile, the final rites of the four-time Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister were performed at Miramar near here on Monday evening. A 21-gun salute was accorded to the BJP stalwart.Mr. Parrikar’s elder son Utpal lit the pyre at Miramar beach as thousands bid adieu to the departed leader, affectionately referred to as ‘Bhai’ across Goa.The final journey of Mr. Parrikar began from Kala Academy in the city with thousands joining the cortege.Hundreds of common people and party workers lined the street to pay tributes to the leader who died on Sunday after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer.Earlier in the day when the body wrapped in tricolour was brought from his private residence in Dona Paula to the Panaji BJP headquarters, hundreds of party workers, leaders and supporters of Mr. Parrikar became emotional.His body was later kept at the State Kala Academy for the public to pay homage.Among those who paid floral tributes were Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani, and Union Minister of State Ramdas Athawale.Mr. Shah, Mr. Gadkari, Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu, Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, BJP Chief Ministers, including Devendra Fadnavis and some of his Ministerial colleagues were present for the final rites at Miramar. Following a frenetic day of political wrangling and uncertainty, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Pramod Sawant was named on Monday as the next Chief Minister of Goa, to succeed Manohar Parrikar, who was cremated with full state honours in the presence of a galaxy of Union Ministers and thousands of his supporters.The 45-year-old Mr. Sawant, who is the Speaker of the Goa legislative assembly, will be sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister of Goa.Also Read Manohar Parrikar, the original ‘aam aadmi’
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Last week, the United States (US) submitted a document in the World Trading Organization (WTO) questioning the compatibility of India’s agricultural subsidies with the relevant provisions of the Agreement on Agriculture (AoA). The document targets the minimum support price (MSP) granted to wheat and rice, the two key food crops. The US’ contention is that the MSP of these two crops (market price support, according to AoA), are well above the limits set by the AoA.Read it at Financial Express Related Items
You never think about them as you tramp across New York City, but they are always underfoot, a silent gift from India. We’re talking, of course, of the manhole covers, a majority of which are manufactured in India. Cheap labor has ensured that the manhole cover needs of cities from New York to Los Angeles are met by foundries in India.Recently at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacobs Javits Center there was a seminar totally devoted to these hardly lovable but essential objects: The World Forum on Manhole Covers. It brought together artists, authors, experts and preservationists to discuss this 200-1b cast iron surface – there are over 600,000 manhole covers in New York.In fact Diana Stuart, who is known as New York’s Manhole Cover Lady, has written a hefty tome with 400 images, titled Designs Underfoot: The Art of Manhole Covers in New York City.Interestingly, while India has been providing these covers for the past 30 years, many manhole covers are over a hundred years old and come in a variety of designs. We may not think twice about the unusual designs underfoot, but now a number of artists are making the manhole cover a part of stylish home design. Michele Brody creates a line of lighting that transforms the mundane utility item into an illuminated Mandala. Brody brings a touch of the New York streets into her circular wall scones and ceiling fixtures encased in stainless steel or copper illumine prints and rubbings made from actual NYC manhole covers.Brody has also created the Manhole Project in which she designs special manhole covers inspired by buildings which have long since disappeared, and has them installed on city streets, in a sense creating the footprint of vanished buildings on the city. Then there’s ParkerWorks of Brooklyn where artist and blacksmith Robert Parker produces industrial tables from a rare collection of genuine NYC manhole covers. The Society for the Preservation of New York City Manhole Covers Furniture Company makes tables from manhole covers from all five boroughs, legally acquired from the city. The tables sell for $2500-$3600, determined by the age of the manhole cover. As Diana Stuart observes, “The array of designs and their cast-iron significance make these tables a priceless part of New York history.” Related Items
The annual monsoon trawling ban in Goa will come into effect from June 1. The ban will go on for 61 days, ending on July 31. The seasonal fishing holiday is meant to facilitate breeding of fish during the season.The State Fisheries Department has issued an order banning trawling through mechanised boats during the period. However, the registered motorised canoes using gill nets have been exempted.Nearly 1,500 trawlers in the coastal State would be anchored till July 31 as the annual trawling ban will be implemented along the western coast in Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka. A notification from the State asserts that the government of Goa prohibits fishing by vessels fitted with mechanical means of propulsion and by means of trawl-net and purse-seine net.“Except fishing by the registered motorised canoes using only gill nets and fitted with outboard or inboard motors of up to 10HP capacity, as a means of propulsion, along the coastal area and the territorial waters, with effect from June 1 to July 31 (both days inclusive),” the order states.The fishing ban in Goa has been enforced since 1981. During the period of ban, the fish supply to the tourist State will go down. Considering the last year’s controversy, during the ban, about formalin-laced fish imported from some of the Southern States, the Goa government will ensure import of fish from States such as Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry after taking appropriate measures to ensure that licenses of importers are strictly monitored so that fish is not laced with formalin, said a senior official of State Food and Drugs authority here on Friday, requesting anonymity.