Local Goa News

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Goa CM toils to win Mandrem as odds stack up against him

MANDREM: The fight for Mandrem is become more interesting and intense as February 4 draws closer. While elections in this North Goa constituency have always been fascinating, anxieties have peaked this time around, as chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar labours to retain his position and his detractors work to defeat him.

Velingkar rules out post-poll coalition between MGP & BJP

Panaji: Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) will not join forces with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) post the February 4 elections, Subhash Velingkar of the breakaway Goa RSS prant and convenor of Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) said on Thursday.

Goa polls: Congress points to 27 scams since 2012

PANAJI: Listing out 27 'scams' perpetrated under the current BJP government in the state, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee on Thursday promised to investigate the BJP's "crony capitalism" on priority basis, if elected to power. Making a last ditch attempt to swing undecided voters, as campaigning drew to a close, AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh said the Congress had sufficient evidence to prove the scams and dared the BJP to file a defamation suit against him, if the allegations were wrong.

I-T raids on Babush aides ahead of battle for Panaji

Panaji: In a major development before the state goes to polls on Saturday, I-T department on Thursday conducted searches at the premises of former St Cruz MLA Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monseratte’s close aides and found property documents worth crores of rupees.
The I-T sleuths conducted searches at around three different places across Taleigao and Caranzalem. The search operations begun at around 8am and continued till late night. More than 40 I-T officers from Goa and Karnataka were part of the searches.

Parties on a knife-edge as uncertainty prevails

Panaji: Elections have rarely been so unpredictable in Goa. Absence of alliance with national parties, no major election issue and a large number of candidates per constituency seem to have left the electorate confused, say political analysts.

BJP govt involved in crony capitalism: Digvijay

AICC General Secretary accuses BJP ministers of involvement in series of ‘scams’
PANJIM: On the eve of polling day, AICC General Secretary in Charge of Goa, Digvijay Singh upped the ante against the ruling BJP with  a tirade of scam charges.

15 lakh netted in raids of BJP karyakartas houses

PANJIM: In a late night raid the Flying Squad raided the house of BJP karyakartas and seized Rs 15 lakh in cash.
According to sources cash was seized from the house of Rajkumar Desai, Vice-President of Porvorim BJP mandal and ex-chairperson of Goa State Co-operative Bank. Sources said the house of another worker was also raided.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

BJP dares MGP to win Ponda seat

Ponda: Welcoming the party's decision to sack Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leaders Ramkrishna Dhavalikar alias Sudin and Pandurang Dhavalikar alias Deepak from the cabinet, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Ponda block has dared the MGP to win the Ponda seat without an alliance.

Real estate prices in Goa unlikely to fall, say builders

Panaji: After the demonetization announcement and with the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) waiting in the wings to make an entrance, numerous aspiring home seekers across the state are stuck in a dilemma. Conflicting views and statements that the cost of real estate will fall drastically has made first times purchasers wonder whether to put the money down or whether to wait for prices to come within their comfort zone.
The real estate sector however finds no reason for prices to fall, especially for reputed projects.
"I don't expect prices to come down substantially in low income and middle income housing," director of Kamat Infra Tech Bharat Kamat says.

Goa left out of All India football federation for first time since 1984

PANAJI: As if Goa's top clubs - Salgaocar FC, Dempo Sports Club and Sporting Clube de Goa - pulling out of the I-League in protest against AIFF's proposed restructuring of Indian football was not enough, Goan football has been left to swallow another bitter pill: the state will not have a representative in the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for the first time since 1984.
The AIFF has finalised its executive committee for 2016-2020, officially confirming that its relationship with Goa is now beyond repair.

BJP wants polls before Feb 25; MGP in favour of early polls

Congress ready for polls, whenever announced, but wants voting rights for those who have registered their births in Portugal

PANJIM: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday recommended that the forthcoming Goa polls should be held before the Carnival festivities which begin from February 25 and the scheduled Board examinations in March.

GSM tells MGP to decide on alliance within 2 days

PANJIM: Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) has decided not to wait for Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) more than 2–3 days due to the change in the political scenario.

Speaking to Herald, GSM President Anand Shirodkar said that if MGP wants to strike the alliance they have to do it before December 17.
“We have already conveyed the decision to MGP central committee that we will wait for another 2 – 3 days if MGP clears the move on alliance”, Shirodkar said.

MGP dares BJP to display its strength

Questions the rationale behind saffron party’s decision to hold its Dec 17 Vijay Sankalp meeting in a small hall at Curti

PONDA: Questioning the rationale behind Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) decision to hold its December 17 Vijay Sankalp meeting in a small hall at Curti, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) dared the saffron party to show its strength by holding the same at an open ground.

Reveal identity of MLAs who are upset with me, CM dares Sudin

Says will dig into the files of PWD and Transport as there are allegations of massive corruption

PANJIM: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has dared ex-PWD minister Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavaikar to reveal identity of the 14 BJP legislators who are upset with his leadership.
“Let him reveal the names of the BJP MLAs who are not happy with my leadership. He (Sudin) is up to creating confusion within the party but he won’t succeed. He can try this trick on the Congress,” the CM shot back at the former MGP minister’s claim soon after his removal from the cabinet.

Bizman tricked and robbed of Rs 34 lakh in new notes

PANAJI: The Saligao police have registered a first information report  on charges of robbery against four persons for allegedly hoodwinking a businessman and running away with cash in new currency notes amounting to Rs 34 lakh.
The businessman was to exchange the cash against the demonetised currency notes with the accused on December 12  for a commission, the police have said.