Local Goa News

Monday, September 26, 2016

BBSM shortlists 13 candidates for Goa polls

The Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) has shortlisted 13 candidates for the Goa Assembly polls due next year, but has not revealed the names while awaiting response to a proposal for alliance with MGP.

The BBSM, led by rebel RSS leader Subhash Velingkar, has set a deadline of September 30 for the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) to respond to their proposal for a tie up, while the manch will announce its political plans on October 2.

Untrustworthy witnesses, use of drugs and inaction by police

PANAJI: In a judgment that captures the nightlife of Goa where drugs are openly consumed and the offenders escape liability, the Goa children's court has observed that 'Luis Shack's' owner Luis Coutinho has deposed in a manner to save him from criminal action under the NDPS Act in the Scarlett case.

What transpired in the 90 mins before Scarlett died?

Panaji: The CBI case against the accused in the Scarlett Keeling death case did not hold water before the Goa Children's court as the prosecution primarily did not give evidence as to what actually happened to the victim in the hour-and-half before her death in the early hours on February 18, 2008.
On the day of the incident, Scarlett was seen alive at 4.30am. Her body was found on the Anjuna beach between 6-6.30am.

Potential bidders shown around Kingfisher Villa

PANAJI: A team of officials of the SBICAP (State Bank of India Capital Markets) Trustee Company Ltd, the subsidiary of State Bank of India (SBI), on Monday, commenced the exercise to auction Vijay Mallya’s residence – Kingfisher Villa, under high security.

Relieved of state duties, Elvis Gomes weighing options including AAP entry

PANAJI: The government has accepted senior officer of Goa Civil Services Elvis Gomes’ notice for voluntary retirement. Gomes, who stands relieved from service immediately, said that the option of being the face of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Goa is one of the many open to him.
Speaking to this daily, Gomes, who had tendered the notice seeking voluntary retirement on June 28 earlier this year, said that deterioration in the system was the reason for him to seek the VRS.

Digvijay deflects casino issue to people’s court

Doesn’t endorse Luizinho’s direct stand of moving casinos out of Goa waters

PANJIM: Days after the State Congress leadership resolved to remove offshore casinos from the State, the party still appears to be uncertain on its stand on the issue. Congress has now announced that the “people will decide what its stand should be” on the issue.

After Scarlett, now this: CBI submits closure report in Denyse Sweeny case

Sweeney, another British girl was found dead in a Vagator nightclub in April 2010; Agency cites lack of evidence as reason for closing probe; Case had been transferred to CBI in January this year

PANJIM: Just days after two persons were acquitted in the high-profile death case of British teenager Scarlett Keeling, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has submitted a closure report in yet another suspicious death of a British national it was investigating.

HC admits PIL challenging offshore casino operations

PANJIM: The High Court of Bombay at Goa on Monday admitted a PIL filed by social activist Kashinath Shetye challenging the operation of offshore casinos in River Mandovi.

Sushma Swaraj's message at UNGA: India will continue to isolate Pakistan

"People living in glass houses should not throw stones," said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday. It was aimed directly at Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

16 websites of state govt hacked

PANAJI  : Even as at least 16 websites of various departments of the state government were hacked allegedly by the Pakistan-based hackers at the beginning of this month, no complaint has been lodged till date with the cyber crime police station, displaying an irresponsible attitude on the part of these departments.
Ironically, the website of Goa police is also down, albeit informing that it is closed due to some technical issues.

Colva gives nod for 2 mobile towers after CM’s warning

CARMONA/COLVA: In the backdrop of the warning issued by the Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar asking the village panchayats not to oppose setting up of mobile towers in view of the upcoming BRICS Summit, Colva gram sabha has granted NOC to only two out of the proposed five towers but only away from residential areas while Carmona gram sabha wants the sites identified.

Mayem outfit to contest against BJP

BICHOLIM: Mayem Matadar Sangh Vikas Manch, a newly-formed organisation, has expressed its desire to field its candidate in Mayem against BJP.
Addressing a press conference, president Rajesh Kalangutkar said, "We had started this organisation for the development of the constituency and after talking to the public it was felt that there should be a political cell for the organization.”

Village in Quepem taluka is cut off from rest of Goa

PANJIM: Despite tall claims of connecting India, Digital India and smart cities mushrooming accross the country, the Kajugottow-Corla village, which is in Quepem taluka, is still not connected with the rest of Goa even after 55 years of the state's liberation. Thanks to the authorities, this village doesn't have an approach road and no water supply.

NCP rolls out 2017 assembly election campaign in Vasco

Vasco: Goa desk in-charge and Rajya Sabha member of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Praful Patel, while holding a worker's convention meet in Vasco, declared on Sunday that the NCP has started its election campaign in Goa from the port town.
Patel made it clear that the NCP is ready to merge with all secular parties to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)in Goa.

Rainy weekend reduces deficit to 0

Panaji: With a late surge in rain activity in the monsoon's last fortnight and September's wettest (two day) spell on Saturday and Sunday, the seasonal total is just 1.6 inch short of the normal mark of 2971.8 (117 inches).