Local Goa News

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

AAP dares Modi to audit politicos’ assets

Margao: Former law minister of Delhi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti, on Wednesday, challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to conduct an audit of politicians’ assets, prior to their election as a representative in comparison to their present wealth.
Bharti sought that this unaccounted wealth be immediately seized and the politician be jailed.
Addressing an AAP public meeting in Velim, Bharti said citizens are eagerly waiting for the 15 lakh in their bank accounts, as promised by Modi in his election campaign in 2014.

Mintoo’s Goa links escaped probe

PANAJI/PONDA: Security agencies at the central level and in the state never probed the Goa connection of the Khalistani terrorist Harminder Singh Mintoo, who had been arrested by the Punjab police two years ago.
Sources said that it is only after the jailbreak and the subsequent recapture of Mintoo earlier this week in Delhi that the Goa police began a probe to ascertain his Goa links.
Mintoo did not come under the radar of security agencies perhaps because he did not disclose his Goa connection to the police in Punjab at the time of his arrest two years back, said a senior officer on condition of anonymity.

Cong workers rally in Calangute against BJP ‘U-turns’

CALANGUTE: In a show of strength, a large number of people from Calangute led by ex-MLA Agnelo Fernandes and deputy sarpanch of Calangute Joseph Sequeira took part in the Janajagruti Yatra which passed through the Calangute constituency on Wednesday.
Earlier, Congress workers gathered near the Arpora bridge. The yatra started at around 3 pm with many Congress supporters donning T-shirts sponsored by Joseph Sequeira and culminated near the Nerul bridge where a meeting was held and the leaders addressed before moving into Saligao constituency.

Bypass work: Navelim farmers claim no compensation received

NAVELIM: The ongoing work of the western bypass has hit a new controversy with Navelim farmers making claims of not getting compensation and the locals alleging that the PWD has encroached upon their properties to carry out landfilling. However, the work is likely to commence today.
In a day of high drama, the villagers stopped the trucks engaged in dumping mud and called the sarpanch Frank Fernandes at the site. The police also arrived on the scene. However, the villagers, who demanded documents from officials related to landfilling, informed that the contractor called the police after they stopped the trucks.
The police asked the contractor to stop the work till the ongoing issue was resolved.

Govt, banks gear up to make Goa go cashless

Three pronged strategy worked out; info kiosks will instruct people on cashless transactions

PANJIM: “The State of Goa has been chosen to be developed as a model State for evolving into a cashless economy by December 31, 2016,” Chief Secretary R K Srivastava, said on Wednesday, addressing heads of various government departments, corporations, autonomous bodies, government secretaries and bank officials.

Lokayukta warns it will publish MLA names for failure to submit financial details

PANJIM: The Goa Lokayukta on Wednesday warned six MLAs that it would publicise their names in newspapers and take action in accordance with the law on those who have failed to submit details of their assets and liabilities by June 30, which was mandatory as per the ombudsman body’s act (Goa Lokayukta Act).
According to a statement issued by the Institution of the Lokayukta, Francisco Xavier Pacheco (Nuvem), Benjamin Silva (Velim), Atanasio Monserrate (St Cruz), Jennifer Monserrate (Taleigao), Chandrakant Kavalekar (Quepem) and Vishnu Surya Wagh (St Andre) have failed to submit details of their assets and liabilities.

Govt finally issues order to implement 7th pay proposals

PANJIM: The Government on Wednesday finally issued the order for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

PANJIM: The Government on Wednesday finally issued the order for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. However, the order does not cover judicial and non-judicial office employees functioning in the courts whose pay is governed by orders issued by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice.

RBI, banks take steps to save payday blues

Finance ministry and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) are keeping a close watch as the payday approaches. Viewing the first week of the month as salary time, the central bank has released less cash in the past two days to ensure larger availability from December 1, sources said.

Companies are looking for creative ways to help employees not stand in queues for getting their monthly salaries. The demand for cash cards has gone up by hundreds of thousands.

Monday, November 28, 2016

BJP’s Catholic MLAs asked to clarify stand on I-T notice

MARGAO/PANAJI: Monday saw widespread condemnation of the notice sent by the Income Tax department to the Goa Church authorities for submission of the now-defunct 500 and 1,000 currency notes.
Nuvem MLA Francisco Pacheco alias Mickky on Monday hit out at the BJP government over the demonetization issue and subsequent notices issued by the income tax department to the Church. While he termed the scrapping of the high denomination notes as "dictatorship", he said that the I-T notices reeked of communalism.

Subhash Velingkar urges voters to reject BJP

MARGAO: Former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar has recently exhorted all BJP workers who support the medium of instruction (MoI) in mother tongue to switch over to the Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM), the political outfit launched by the Bhartiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM).
Speaking at the party’s women convention held at Lohia maidan, Margao, Velingkar urged BJP workers not to side with “evil forces” who have committed ‘ matrudroha ’ (treachery against one’s mother). He presented before them the ideals of the mythological characters of Yuyutsu and Vibhishan to drive home his point.

Ashok Naik exits BJP after 25 yrs

PANAJI: Former mayor of Panaji and president of BJP Panaji mandal Ashok Naik resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday.
Naik, who was known for his sincerity in public life, was with the BJP for 25 years. He said he felt completely let down by the BJP over the demand for Marathi to be given official language status.

More mining companies get consent

Panaji: Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB) on Monday granted four more mining companies with a combined iron ore extraction limit of 0.78 million tonnes consent to operate, taking the total ore extraction limit in the state to 16 million tonnes.
The consent granted under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, is valid for a period of one year.

Pacheco hits out at Centre over I-T notice to Church

MARGAO: Criticising the central government over ‘Income  Tax  department officials targeting the  Church in state,’ Nuvem MLA Francis Xavier Pacheco, on Monday, said that the BJP is moving ahead with the only one agenda of Hindutva, and termed it as a major roadblock for the progress of the nation.
Addressing the media, Pacheco said, “I want to know  why only  the Church is targeted by the I-T department, and not other religious institutions. Other religious institutions in Goa are too collecting a lot of money during their  religious activities.’’

Switchover to cashless economy will be slow: banks

PANAJI: There has been a spurt in net banking, online transfer of funds and sale of swipe machines after the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.  But bankers have opined that a ‘cashless economy’ as foreseen by the government will take its time.
Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, several bank officials said the move towards cashless economy can only be a “gradual process” and cannot happen “overnight”.

Daughter grabs Golden Peacock

PANAJI: The Iranian film, ‘Daughter’ – the story of a girl who is exasperated by her father’s authoritarian behaviour – directed by Reza Mirkarimi won the prestigious Golden Peacock award and a cash prize of Rs 40 lakh in the International Competition section at the 47th International Film Festival of India, which concluded in the city on Monday.