Local Goa News

Sunday, August 28, 2016

17-yr-old boy comes under bus, dies

SANKHALI: A 17-year-old boy from Kasarpal-Bicholim died after he was crushed under the rear wheels of a passenger bus at Kasarpal-Bicholim on Sunday afternoon.
According to Bicholim police, the deceased is identified as Ajinkya alias Fati Ghadi, who was a student of Keshav Sewa Sadhana’s special school for children at Vathadev-Bicholim.

NSUI to hold march to GU today; demands re-poll

PANJIM: The Congress-backed National Students Union of India (NSUI) Goa unit will hold a march to the Goa University on Monday demanding re-election of the council, which is now ruled by BJP Yova Morcha.
NSUI state president Ahraz Mulla said that members will march to the Goa University seeking action against BJPYM members and re-election of the council.

The Dirty Picture: Pimps arrest opens up a Pandora’s Box

Panaji: Goa with its sandy beaches, green vistas and unique architecture has increasingly provided a picturesque backdrop for Bollywood and other regional productions, but on the flip side, cases of actors and struggling starlets being caught in the web of sleaze are also slowly rising.
From the reel life to the harsh reality of some characters from the film industry trying to make quick bucks through various sex rackets to sustain their luxurious living has been exposed with several cases coming to light in police raids in Goa.

14 arrested in prostitution cum road robbery case

Ponda: Pursuing investigation in the Bhoma road robbery case, which later turned out to be a prostitution racket involving a minor girl, Ponda police booked fourteen people including two women on Tuesday evening. The arrested have allegedly been operating an interstate racket from Maharashtra and Goa for a long time.

CM visits ailing Wagh in Mumbai

PANAJI: Ailing deputy speaker Vishnu Wagh's health has shown further improvement as of Sunday, his close associates said. Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar visited Wagh on Sunday at Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai where he is undergoing treatment. Wagh though continues to be on a ventilator.

Bouncer held for raping minor

PANAJI: Farooq Panwale, 23, a resident of Porvorim, who works as a bouncer has been arrested by Porvorim police station in an alleged rape case of a minor.
The incident came to light when the 17-year-old girl left her house without informing anybody at home as she got pregnant from a rape incident.

Goa Forward launches ‘Mission Bardez’

MAPUSA: Regional political outfit Goa Forward has decided to launch 'Mission Bardez' and contest and win five seats in Bardez. Bardez is the strong hold of BJP having six out of seven MLAs and has also retained its supremacy in the taluka by winning seven of nine seats from the taluka in the ZP elections.

Seasonal rain deficit down to 1%

Panaji: With just over a month more for the monsoon season to end, the total is slowly crawling towards the normal mark, but a trend of light to moderate rainfall continued almost throughout August.
The total seasonal touched 2,626.9mm (103.4 inches) on Sunday morning while the normal for the entire season at this stage should be 2651.9mm (104.4 inches), a negligible deficit of just 1%.

Marriage breakdown higher among Christians in state

Panaji: Goa may truly be the heaven where marriages are made to last an eternity, with divorce and separation rates among the lowest in the country. But an analysis of the overall figures, from the latest Census 2011 data, show that with a divorce rate of 0.13% and a separation rate of 0.25%, the occurence of breakdown of a marriage is relatively higher among Christians in Goa.

Kashmir unrest: Night vigils common as security forces launch crackdown

On a dimly-lit road in the restive area of Tahab at Pulwama in Kashmir, young boys hurled stones at the security force personnel. The forces retaliated with teargas shells and tried to chase them away, but the boys held their positions.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Advertising fraud: probe reveals well-planned strategy

PANAJI: The ‘All Brand Promotion’ firm, which reportedly duped several people, was actually a well-planned strategy by an interstate racket, the police probe has revealed. So far it has come to light that over 450 people have been reportedly cheated to the tune of around Rs 1.26 crore.

Rs 329 crore power dept ‘scam’ comes to light

PANAJI: Bharatiya Janata Party-led state government is faced by yet another accusation of alleged scam to the tune of Rs 329 crore as a complaint has been filed before the Lokayukta against the Power Minister Milind Naik and other government officials in two tender awarding processes.

Is Konkani one of the 7k languages under threat?

Mangaluru: "According to a Unesco report, if efforts are not made, half of the 7,000-plus languages spoken today across the globe will vanish by end of 2100. This, in turn, will kill the rich heritage and culture associated with these languages," said J R Lobo, MLA, Mangaluru City south, in his keynote address at the inauguration of a two-day national seminar on 'Konkani speaking people of coastal Karnataka and their Anglo-Portuguese connection', recently in Mangaluru.

Transgender population in Goa to be assessed

PANAJI: The department of social welfare will shortly conduct a survey to assess the transgender population in the state. The survey will be conducted in three months and a questionnaire is presently being finalized.
While the Goa State AIDS Control Society (GSACS) has about 50 transgenders registered with it, the exact number of transgenders residing in Goa is not known.

Vasco witnesses yet another gang scuffle

VASCO: A gang fight was reported in Vasco, on Friday, this time between groups from Baina and Mangor. This is the second such scuffle reported within the last 10 days.
On Friday evening, an argument broke between a couple of members from the two groups in Baina. The pretext was that one overtook the car of another. The matter soon turned physical. When the Baina gang subsequently approached Tanya hotel in Vasco, they were intercepted by a gang from Mangor and assaulted. Vasco police later detained the youth.