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Sea plane services in Goa soon

Panaji: Goa government will conduct trials of the sea plane project in river Mandovi here on June 15, State Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said today. "The trials will be held in river Mandovi on June 15, and if they are successful, the seaplane would fly in Goa from July month onwards," Parulekar told PTI. He said the state government has not invested anything in the project.

Mumbai-based Martime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt Ltd (Mehair) would be running these services in the state. The planes would be based at Dabolim airport, which is a part of Indian Navy's INS Hansa base. The minister said the tourists opting for the services can fly directly from the airport to the hotel. "You can reach in seven minutes to Panaji.

Those who don't want to get caught in the traffic will opt for seaplane," he said. The state government has designated places like Miramar, Dona Paula, Coco Beach and Chapora, all in North Goa, for landing of the plane. Parulekar said the company will initially have eight-seater plane, followed by 16 and 20 seaters, considering the viability of the project. PTI

Uaccounted cash case: IT grants week's time to NCP file reply Mumbai, May 30 (PTI) The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today filed its reply before the Income Tax authorities here two weeks after a notice was issued to them seeking an explanation over the cash deposit of more than Rs 34 crore in the party's account without any depositor details like the PAN number. However, dissatisfied with the "vague" reply, IT officials have granted one more week time to the party to file a clear response in the matter. "The NCP filed their reply but it was very vague...there was no information about the deposit of money to the bank account. We were not satisfied with their reply and have given one week's additional time to them," official sources said.

Sources in the income tax department said that NCP, in its reply said that they have raised the money by distributing coupons of different denominations across Maharashtra but it lacked clarity following which it was directed to explain the details about the publisher of the coupon and also given a questionnaire that the party needs to answer. Though NCP has sought time from IT authorities' till June 20 for their next reply, the sleuths have refused such a long time and asked them to file their response by next week.

Two weeks ago, the IT's investigation unit had summoned the party and asked them to provide documents and relevant details to it after tax men detected the movement of funds in the NCP account in the Bank of Maharashtra Nariman Point branch between April 1, 2013-April 21, 2014. The I-T raised a query as none of the deposits prima facie reflect the Know Your Customer (KYC) details required for such cash deposits, like Permanent Account Number (PAN) or other banking details of the depositors, sources added

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