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Statehood Day of Goa

  • 01 Jun 2020
  • 2 min read

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On the Statehood Day of Goa (30th May), the Prime Minister greeted the people of the state and praised the traditions and culture of the state highlighting its contributions to the national progress.

Key Points

  • Goa is located on the southwestern coast of India within the region known as the Konkan, and geographically separated from the Deccan highlands by the Western Ghats.
  • Capital: Panji
  • Official Language: Konkani
  • Borders: It is surrounded by Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south, with the Arabian Sea forming its western coast.
  • History:
    • As India gained independence on 15th August, 1947, it requested the Portugese to cede their territories. However, Portuguese refused.
    • In 1961, Indian Government launched Operation Vijay and annexed Daman and Diu, islands and Goa with the Indian mainland.
    • On 30th May, 1987, the territory was split and Goa was formed. Daman and Diu remained Union Territory.
  • Geography:
    • The highest point of Goa is Sonsogor.
    • Goa's seven major rivers are the Zuari, Mandovi, Terekhol, Chapora, Galgibag, Kumbarjua canal, Talpona and the Sal.
    • Most of Goa's soil cover is made up of laterites.
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks:


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