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Goa CM Manohar Parrikar Passes Away, State To Observe Seven-Day Mourning Period

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| March 18 , 2019 , 10:16 IST

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, a former defense minister who had been battling a pancreatic ailment for over a year, passed away at 63 on Sunday evening.

He attended office almost to the last day and recently presented the state budget, embodying a no-nonsense approach that was his hallmark.

A day after chief minister Manohar Parrikar's death, Goa announced seven days of State Mourning. High Court of Bombay at Goa and District Courts in the state will also remain closed today.

As a mark of respect to Goa chief minister, the state government said that all government offices, local-autonomous bodies, public sector undertakings and educational institutions will remain shut on Monday.

In a statement, the government also said that a seven-day State Mourning will be observed throughout Goa from 18 March-24 March, both days inclusive. "During the period, the National Flag will fly at half-mast on all the (official) buildings across Goa and there'll be no official entertainment," the statement said.

The Union Cabinet will meet at 10 am today to condole the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. A two-minute silence will be observed in his memory and a resolution would also be passed hailing Parrikar's contribution as a public figure, official sources said.

According to the reports, party members are prepping to take the mortal remains of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to the BJP headquarters where the former defence minister will be kept for a while after which he will be taken to Kala Academy. Mortal remains will lie in state for public homage till 4 pm after which the Goa chief minister embarks on his last journey.