Local Goa News

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.

Rs 24 lakh in new notes seized at Calangute

CALANGUTE: Busting a racket involved in exchanging currency notes, the Calangute police seized Rs 24 lakh in new notes from a gang of three people and arrested them in the wee hours of Wednesday at Gaurawaddo, Calangute.

Raids across India fetch huge black bucks; 2.25 cr seized from Bengaluru flat guarded by 2 dogs

The government's crackdown on black money continued with a series of raids all across the country on Wednesday. From Pune to Delhi, to Bengaluru to Panaji, raids conducted by the CBI, Income Tax, ED, and police officials, unearthed large sums of money all across the country.

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.