Local Goa News

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Shiv Sena will bring a change in state politics: Thackeray

BAMBOLIM: Shiv Sena is not anti-BJP as we have alliance in Mumbai, said Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday at Bambolim.
Addressing the media, Thackeray while praising Goans said “We will fight against anti-nationals. They may be from any community,” he said, adding that Shiv Sena will bring a change in Goan politics in terms of development adding, we also met Goa prant RSS chief, Subhash Velingkar, and discussed further modalities.
Thackeray said Shiv Sena will launch its manifesto for the upcoming Goa assembly elections after Diwali during which seat-sharing with Subhash Velingkar-led Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) will also be finalised.
Thackeray said he would be visiting the coastal state again after Diwali to discuss seat-sharing and other issues with GSM.

BBSM: open for alliance with like-minded political parties

VASCO: The Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) is open for alliance with like-minded political parties except for BJP and Congress in the state for the forthcoming assembly election, said the central core committee treasurer of BBSM Subhash Dessai.
He said that BBSM would have its Chief Minister in the state after the assembly election who will fulfil the long pending demands of the organisation for primary education in mother tongue and stopping the grants of the 123 English-medium schools.
He was speaking to the media during the workers’ meeting which was held at Janata Vachanalaya hall, Vasco on Sunday.

Air crash averted at Dabolim

VASCO: Major tragedy averted when Spice Jet and GoAir flights nearly missed collision over Dabolim airspace on Saturday.
According to reports, the incident reported after the Go Air pilot allegedly changed his flight course, causing the air traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) in the planes to go off. Sources claimed that Spice Jet aircraft from Hydrabad to Goa (SG 3604) was trying to take off in the path suggested by the Air Traffic control (ATC) managed by Navy at Goa Airport, at the same time GoAir flight, which should have been in the north-west airspace, entered the north-east airspace where Spice Jet Q400 aircraft VT-SUD was present but luckily the mishap was averted.

BBSM gearing up for show of strength

The outfit to organise four meetings in November, December

PANJIM: Ahead of the ensuing 2017 State Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) is gearing up to prove its show of strength by organising four major public meetings, two each in North and South Goa between November and December, this year.

Govt staff body likely to serve 21-day strike notice

Protest against delay in implementation of 7th pay panel

PANJIM: The Goa Government Employees’ Association (GGEA) is likely to serve a 21-day strike notice on the government in the wake of delay in implementation of the VIIth Pay Commission and create awarness about the same.
The Central Working Committee of GGEA will be meeting on Monday to discuss on the pay commission and to take a stand against government’s delay in implementation.

Poll panel to use paper audit trail system for Goa elections

Bid to ensure complete transparency to voters and reduce re-polling

PANJIM: For the first time in Goa, the Chief Electoral Office (CEO) has decided to use voter verifiable paper audit trail system (VVPAT), along with electronic voting machines (EVMs), during the state assembly elections scheduled for early next year.
What is a VVPAT: Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is a method of providing feedback to voters. It’s completely an independent verification system. VVPAT is a printer-like machine attached to every EVM that allows voters to verify that their vote has been cast correctly. Once a voter presses button of his choice in the EVM, a printed paper appears containing the name of the candidate and poll symbol so that he can verify it. After the voter views the receipt it goes inside a container linked to the EVM, which can be accessed only by the polling officers. This latest system is one step further towards prevention of electoral fraud.

Jammu and Kashmir: De-radicalisation will require planning and a counter-narrative

Speaking at a recent Police Commemoration Day function, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti urged the police to try to bring youths who have fled their homes to join militancy back to the mainstream. "I request the police to try to bring them back to their homes. Instead of being killed in encounters, if it is possible to bring them back, make them a part of the mainstream, give them bats, balls and good education, instead of guns," she said. According to her, those who have taken up arms are local boys: Didn’t she miss the foreign terrorists? She stressed that ending militancy and restoring peace were a prerequisite for repealing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (Afspa) and to seek the starting of the dialogue process in the state. She said that "black laws" like Afspa would be repealed from the state when the situation improves.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Petrol crisis coming up?

Panaji : Owing to a long-pending demand for an increase in margins, petrol pump dealers all across the country started their protest on Wednesday by stopping sales from 7-7.10pm, along with switching off their lights. This 10-minute symbolic protest will continue till October 26.
Petrol pump dealers' associations across the nation have warned that if the demands are not met by October 29, dealers would not make purchase of petrol on November 3 and 4, which can cause shortage of fuel for commuters.

Sack Parulekar for Serula land grab: Congress

PANAJI: Congress has demanded sacking of tourism minister Dilip Parulekar from the cabinet with regards to the land grab case of Serula comunidade and stated that if chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar fails to meet their request within a month, then it should be construed that, "BJP prefers people who are involved in malpractices and usurping of land".

Education department for stern action against agitating Balrath employees

PANAJI: Asking the school managements to take a stern action against the agitating employees of the Balrath, Education Department has summoned the managements to take stock of the situation.
Speaking to this daily, director of education Gajanan Bhat informed that the department has issued a circular to schools informing about the decision to take stern action against the offenders.

Reprieve for Caitu as High Court sends citizenship case back to Home Ministry

Directs competent authority to decide the matter expeditiously, preferably within three months of receiving the order

PANJIM: In a major relief for Benaulim MLA Caetano (Caitu) Silva, the High Court of Bombay at Goa on Thursday set aside the order by the Ministry of Home Affairs terming Silva a Portuguese citizen.
Remanding the matter back to the competent authority, which is the Ministry of Home Affairs, the single bench of Justice CV Bhadang, asked the competent authority to rehear and decide on the matter within the next three months.

Rahul mantra for Cong: Return to power in 2017

RaGa says focus should be on contesting all 40 seats; asks leaders to resolve differences

PANJIM: Bring Congress to power in 2017 and keep personal political interests aside is what All India Congress Committee (AICC) Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has told Goa MLAs. Gandhi also asked senior party leaders to prepare to contest in all 40 Assembly constituencies.
Gandhi, who held an election review meeting with the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) and Legislative wing (CLP) members, is looking at the State Assembly election as a first step towards rejuvenating the party’s lost glory, following a series of electoral debacles in the last three years.

Parsekar seeks postponement of Mhadei meeting of Chief Ministers

Cites important pre-scheduled commitments in the State for rescheduling the meet

PANJIM: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has urged his Maharashtra counterpart to reschedule the tri-partite meeting on the Mhadei water diversion row, as he is pre-occupied with other assignments on Friday, the day the meeting had been scheduled in Mumbai.

2008 Embraer aircraft deal: CBI files FIR; names defence agent Vipin Khanna as key beneficiary

The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed an FIR into the US $208-million jet deal inked during the UPA regime, and named defence agent as key beneficiary.

Defence agent Vipin Khanna is the key beneficiary in Embraer deal. CBI has named him in the FIR, reported ANI quoting CBI.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mangroves wiped off in Saloi bund repair work

PANAJI: A project that purportedly began as bund repair in Salvador do Mundo (Saloi) in December 2014 is being converted into a motorable road, blatantly uprooting mangrove cover and disturbing the rich ecosystem of the khazan, activists alleged.