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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Tawadkar evokes mixed response on development

CANACONA: Following a survey in the different pockets and corners of Canacona taluka, a mixed response was gathered as regards the developmental activities carried out in the taluka from 2012 onwards till date.
Ramesh Tawadkar was elected as Canacona MLA during the 2012 assembly elections after he contested on BJP ticket.

Govt has granted 1,368 liquor licences since coming to power

10,911 valid licences in the State; Bardez has the highest number of liquor licences

PANJIM: The BJP-led government has granted 1,368 liquor licences in the State in the last four-and-half years while it has suspended 293 licences since April 2012.
This information was provided on the Floor of the House during the ongoing session of the State Assembly by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, who is also Minister for Excise. There are 10,911 valid licences in the State.

Now, Cabinet nod needed for land conversion under IP Act

Conversion of land between 15,000 & 25,000 sq mts would require chief minister’s permission

PANJIM: The State Cabinet’s approval is now mandatory for declaring or converting land above 25,000 sq mtrs as Investment Promotion Area under the Investment Promotion Act.
The State government on Thursday notified the rules under the Goa Investment Promotion Act, 2014. The rules are drafted under sub-section (1) and (2) of Section 24 of the Act.

23-year old Dutch national dies during rain marathon

PANAJI: The second edition of the Rotary Rain Run ended tragically for a 23-year-old Dutch girl who collapsed and died during marathon at the GMC Athletic Stadium at Bambolim on Sunday. Rotary Rain Run was organized by Rotary Club of Porvorim in support of women's health and education and began at 5:30 am.

Police statistics: No politician convicted in any case for last 18 years

Panaji: Not a single politician in the state has been convicted in the last 18 years, while cases against them are still pending in the courts, as per police statistics. Many cases have been withdrawn and in some cases, the accused have been discharged.

Ban ends, but fishing may not start today

Panaji: The mandatory 61-day fishing ban in the state came to an end on Sunday as the fishing season commences on August 1, yet the people may have to wait longer for a fresh catch.
With unfavourable weather conditions and the arrival of crew members having delayed, fishermen in the state are not likely to venture out for fishing in the state on Monday.

Cops get clean chit in fishing protest case

Panaji: South Goa collector Swapnil Naik's report, on the agitation against fishing trawlers' use of LED lights held earlier on May 12, has not substantiated the allegations of police lathi-charge on protesting fishermen.
The fishermen were demanding a ban on fishing with the help of LED lights which attract a large number of fish due to their powerful glow underwater, saying it would lead to a fish famine in Goa waters.

Kashmir unrest: It's clear that velvet glove will stay, but may now be used with steely resolve

Efforts to control the situation in Kashmir appear to be going into a new phase. At the beginning of the fourth week after militant commander Burhan Wani was killed, a top functionary of the state government spoke of the need to take some tough steps even while remaining sensitive and restrained to the extent possible. The replacement of the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, last week points towards this new phase.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Govt under fire over transfer of building to BJP MLA’s NGO

PANAJI: The Opposition MLAs on Friday cornered the government for violating guidelines of the Central Vigilance Commission and handing over the building of the old primary health centre at Sankhali to a non-government organisation, SAI Life Care, with  Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Pramod Sawant as its chairman, for running the Sai Nursing Institute, without carrying out the mandatory auction/ tendering exercise.

Quashing of Goa’s civil service seniority list casts doubt on Arun Desai’s ‘IAS’ status

Govt unlikely to challenge HC order quashing seniority list which pitch-forked Desai from number 5 to 2 on Goa’s list of state officers; new ranking got Desai IAS rank

PANJIM: Following the High Court order quashing the seniority list of Grade I officers of the Goa Civil Services, the fate of officer Arun Desai, hangs in balance. In a major setback to the State government, the High Court of Bombay at Goa last week quashed and set aside a controversial Goa civil service seniority list released by the government in 2015.

Goa Dairy chief ‘doesn’t fear’ SUMUL

PONDA: Madha Sahakari was elected unopposed as the chairman of Goa Dairy, on Friday.
After his election, Sahakari said that he is neither scared of SUMUL entry nor worried about the competition it poses.

Zico is back with FC Goa for third edition of Indian Super League

Panaji: FC Goa heaved a huge sigh of relief after Brazilian legend Zico confirmed that he would return to India for a third stint with FC Goa in the Indian Super League.

Zenito gets 3 yr RI in 2009 gang war case

MAPUSA : The additional sessions court at Mapusa on Friday sentenced history-sheeter Zenito Cardozo to three years of imprisonment for attacking two persons. The gruesome incident that took place at Siridao beach in 2009 saw two being killed.

No time frame fixed to complete RP 2021: DyCM

Porvorim: The government has not fixed any timeframe to complete Regional Plan (RP) 2021 though it had given different deadlines in the past, said deputy chief minister and town and country planning (TCP) minister, Francis D'Souza, in a written reply during Question Hour in the assembly on Friday.

Soon, a coconut board for state

PORVORIM: Agriculture minister Ramesh Tawadkar on Friday said his ministry was in the process of forming a coconut development board on the lines of the one in Kerala. The draft is being readied.

Goa’s fish catch goes down

PORVORIM: A shortfall in marine fish catch has been observed from July 2015 to June 2016 as the catch of oil sardines has reduced, fisheries minister Avertano Furtado told the assembly on Friday.

‘E-conmerce’ startup: Their talk is smooth as honey, but they’re coming for your money

Panaji : Goan women watch out, smooth-talking cyber scamsters are increasingly targeting single women with the aim of cheating them out of large sums of money. The modus operandi that sees these conmen gaining the confidence of gullible women on social networking sites has seen 40 women cheated out of a total sum of 1.10crore

SAARC meet: Rajnath Singh’s visit to Pakistan should be treated as a routine affair

Having covered four South Asian Association Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summits as a journalist, let me make it clear that SAARC meetings usually do not make news for their deliberations as a regional organisation, but for the side-events when the leaders meet (or do not meet) bilaterally. And this has been all the more so when Indian and Pakistani leaders meet or do not meet on the sidelines of the SAARC meetings.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Oppn alleges scam in Goa State Co-operative Bank

PANAJI: Alleging a scam in the tendering process pertaining to the accounts software of the Goa State Co-operative Bank Ltd, which could result in lack of security to banking transactions, the Opposition benches in the state legislative assembly on Thursday said that balance sheets could be wiped out, non-performing assets disappear and a breach could take place during the electronic transfer of money, just as the government assured to carry out a departmental inquiry into the same, through the registrar of co-operative societies.

Government helpless in stopping casinos: CM

Says law can be amended to restrict casinos to 2 km away from the coast; revenue from casinos helped tide over cash crisis

PORVORIM: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar informed the Legislative Assembly on Thursday that the government is helpless in stopping casinos but the law can be amended to restrict casinos to two kilometres away from the coast.

Kannadigas should know it is a legal decision: CM

Bus services suspended as precautionary measure as sporadic violence erupted following Mhadei order; CM says if K’taka wants they can challenge the order

PANJIM: In the wake of sporadic incidents of violence in the border areas of Karnataka following the interim verdict on the Mhadei water dispute, Goa government as precautionary measure suspended operations of its inter-state buses for two days.

Oppn stages walkout over casino issue

Porvorim: Opposition on Thursday staged a walkout from the state assembly session after chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar declined to answer questions on the government's future plans for casinos.
The fourth day of the monsoon session saw extensive debate with MLAs across party lines denouncing the presence of casinos in the state.

Govt buses go 25km to get kids to city schools

Panaji : The Right to Education Act, 2009, may speak of the benefits of children studying in schools in their neighbourhood, but the Goa government does not seem to endorse this principle.

Woman takes ill on board flight, dies

Panaji/Vasco: Oman Air flight 251, en route to Chennai, was forced to make an emergency landing at the Goa international airport, Dabolim, on Thursday, after a female passenger fell ill on board. The Muscat-Chennai flight was given priority landing at the naval controlled airbase and the woman was rushed to Chicalim's Cottage Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.

Sunni-Sufi demand for ban on Zakir Naik: A call for counter-extremism or sectarian slugfest

As awaited, the apex body of Sunni-Sufi Muslims in India, All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) has come to the fore, after a prolonged pause, calling for action against Zakir Naik, the controversial Salafist-Islamist preacher for his sermons that peddled hatred and religious extremism.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

State ready to implement VIIth Pay Commission: CM

PANAJI: Stating that the financial health of the state is not precarious since the government has never crossed the permissible limits as regards seeking advances and borrowings, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday assured the House that his government is fully geared up for implementing the VIIth Pay Commission, which would put an additional burden of Rs 72 crore on the government exchequer.

Let parents decide on MOI, says Cabral

PANAJI: Urging the government to let the parents decide the Medium of Instruction (MoI) in which their wards should study, Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral on Wednesday said that the decision should not be taken by politicians.

Bengre had wanted to kill Karbatkar’s friend in jail

CB, IGP clueless on motive behind killing; nexus between prison officials & criminals in Colvale jail revealed

PANJIM: Over 24 hours after gangster Ashpaq Bengre was killed in Colvale Jail, Crime Branch and Inspector General of Prisons, are yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder. Initial investigations by CB reveal a nexus between criminals and prison officials.

Goa wins battle for Mother Mhadei from jaws of defeat

Tribunal rejects Karnataka plea to divert 7.56 TMC of water from Mhadei basin to Malaprabha river; points out to several discrepancies in Karnataka’s application

PANJIM: The Mhadei Water Dispute Tribunal on Wednesday rejected Karnataka’s interim application to allow them to divert 7.56 TMC of water from the Mhadei basin to Malaprabha River.

10 schools for WiFi pilot project

Panaji: Two years after the Bharatiya Janta Party-led government proposed to link government institutions with WiFi connectivity, the government has prepared a list of 10 schools for the pilot project. The list includes six government-run institutions and four private schools, including Harmal Panchakroshi higher secondary school, run by a trust headed by chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

200 evacuated from GU science block

Panaji: More than 200 people including students and faculty members had to be evacuated from the new science block at Goa University on Wednesday evening, after a platform containing a rack of chemical bottles collapsed, breaking the bottles, which led to mixing of the chemicals and forming toxic hydrochloric acid (HCL) fumes.

Govt under fire for liquor nods to foreigners

Porvorim : Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar during Wednesday's session of the assembly, was cornered by the opposition and as well as BJP MLA Michael Lobo over liquor licences issued to foreigners in these last four years.

If you have the money, there’s all kinds of un-official ‘help’ at GMC

Panaji : For more than ten years now, Zohra (name changed), 55, follows the same ritual every evening. She scans the beds in the women's wards of different departments at Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital at Bambolim.

TAG finds the answer to tiatr’s ‘personal’ problem

Margao: Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) at a meeting convened of the Tiatr fraternity, on Wednesday, unanimously resolved to take immediate measures to halt outbreaks of personal skirmishes amongst the fraternity on the Konkani stage.

Chinese troops found 'camping' in Chamoli, Uttarakhand

New Delhi: Chinese troops recently violated the border in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand area and were seen camping along with arms despite the two nations having agreed to keep it a demilitarised area.
While Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat termed the development as "something to worry about" hoping that Centre will pay heed to his request for increased vigil, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said ITBP had been asked to look into the matter.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Goa should not be known as casino destination: Wagh

PANAJI: The ruling benches, on Tuesday, joined the opposition in its ‘fight’ against the casino industry in the state, and condemned the government for not fulfilling its poll promise of getting rid of the casino industry.
Deputy Speaker and St Andre MLA Vishnu Surya Wagh opposing the casinos said that Goa should not be known as casino destination.

Legislators raise issue of parking at malls, showrooms

PANAJI: The legislators, on Tuesday, demanded that all the commercial establishments along the national highways and major roads should allow free parking space to its customers.
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that amendments to the concerned regulations will be brought to solve the issue.

‘Forensic lab will be fully functional once scientific staff is recruited’

PANAJI: Informing that no scientific staff has been recruited at the Forensic Science Laboratory located at Verna since 2008 when the project was completed under Modernization of Police Fund, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, on Tuesday, informed the state legislative assembly, through a written reply that the laboratory would be fully functional for analysis of crime exhibits related to chemical, biological and physical sciences, once the scientific staff is recruited and other required hi-end equipments, low cost equipments, chemicals and glassware are procured.

Gangster Bengre killed in Colvale jail

Fellow inmate Kurbatkar identified as accused; incident recorded on CCTV

PANJIM: Notorious gangster Ashpaq Ubbass Bengre who was charged in several cases of murder, attempts to murder, extortion, threatening and drug peddling, was killed by a fellow inmate at Colvale Jail on Tuesday morning when he was being taken to court.

Govt employees' children should study in govt primary schools: Wagh

PORVORIM: Deputy Speaker Vishnu Surya Wagh on Tuesday said that government should make it compulsory for all its employees and teachers to admit their children to government primary schools (GPS) and not in private primary schools in a bid to improve their standard.

98 of 253 drug cases involve foreigners

PORVORIM: The number of foreign nationals involved in drug cases in Goa is quite high with a majority being Nigerian nationals. Of the total 253 drug cases reported in the state since 2012-13, 98 were foreign nationals.

Iron out land acquisition laws: Speaker to govt

Speaker Anant Shet has requested the government to smoothen land acquisition laws and end problems related to land acquisitions. The speaker made the statement during Question Hour after some members pointed out about delayed projects.

Govt bent on solving students’ issues: CM

Porvorim: Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, on Tuesday, assured the house that the government is committed to solve issues faced by the students of Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Panaji, with the cooperation of the Goa University (GU).

It's APJ Abdul Kalam's first death anniversary, but his ideas must live on

Indian politicians excel in singing paeans to the dead. Their histrionics and hysterics can even wake up the dead. And they did a terrific job of it even in the case of APJ Abdul Kalam on 27 July last year.
“Bharat lost its ratna,” lamented Narendra Modi.

Monday, July 25, 2016

BJP lashes out at MGP for ‘double standards’ on MOI

PANAJI: State president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vinay Tendulkar will soon call on the president of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) Pandurang ‘Deepak’ Dhavalikar to express his displeasure over the support of MGP to the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), especially as the BBSM, in its meetings is appealing to the Goan public to defeat the BJP in the forthcoming state assembly election.

66% unanswered questions: CM assures Vijai of probe

PANAJI: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, on the opening day of the monsoon session of the state legislative assembly, took a serious note of the scenario, wherein the legislators did not get replies to their questions as posed to various ministers, just as the independent MLA from Fatorda Vijai Sardesai moved a Breach of Privilege against the respective ministers, stating that at least 66 per cent of the questions – starred and unstarred – asked by various legislators have remained unanswered.

Goa makes strong case against Mhadei water diversion; Karnataka on back foot

SAKHALI: Goa’s counsel put up a stiff opposition to Karnataka team before Mhadei Water Disputes Tribunal and destroyed every single proposition of senior counsel for Karnataka Fali Nariman.

Nigerian 'student' in Goa held with 6 kg ganja

MAPUSA: A Nigerian national claiming to be the student of an architecture college in Hyderabad in India was arrested in Goa in passion of illegal drugs worth over Rs 3. 5 lakhs in the international market. The raid was conducted by Mapusa police acting on the specific tipoff by PI Tushar Lotlikar on late Sunday night.

Board to recruit govt staff, says CM

PORVORIM: The Goa government will constitute a staff selection board to conduct recruitment for all common posts of government departments. The proposal for formation of staff selection board will be placed before the Goa cabinet in a week or two. A bill will be tabled in the ongoing session of the assembly.

Nigerian nabbed for possessing ganja worth over 3.6lac

Mapusa: A Nigerian national claiming to be the student of an architecture college in Hyderabad in India was arrested in Goa for possessing illegal drugs worth over 3.6lakh. The raid was conducted by Mapusa police acting on the specific tip-off by PI Tushar Lotlikar late on Sunday night.

Vasco man found with narcotic substance

Margao: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Monday arrested a 22-year old man found to be in possession of a narcotic substance at the Margao railway station.

Zakir Naik says Indian media doctored his statements, Modi govt hasn't 'bothered' him so far

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik in an interview to India Today TV in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, alleged on Monday that the Indian media had doctored his statements and the Modi government had not "bothered" him till now.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

MGP extends support to BBSM agitation

PONDA: The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) on Sunday declared their open support to Bhartiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) over the issue of grants being given to English medium primary schools by BJP.
Bharatiya Janata Party in spite of the promises made during the 2012 assembly election and also after actively participating in the agitation along with BBSM against the then Congress government led by Digamber Kamat has continued providing grants to English medium primary schools.

Battle for Mhadei river water at crucial stage

SANKHALI: The crucial final round of hearing by the Mhadei Water Disputes Tribunal on the contentious issue will begin on Monday.
The hearing is very crucial for Goa as the river is lifeline of the state and any diversion of the river water will be detrimental to Goa’s water needs during non-monsoon months.

3 schools closed down in Canacona

CANACONA: Three government primary schools, including a lone Konkani medium one, have been closed town this academic year due to lack of students, in Canacona taluka.

Crime branch to probe party at Aguada jail

Panaji: Crime branch of Goa police will soon start investigating the complaint about seven murder convicts celebrating a birthday at old central jail in Aguada on Saturday.

Govt braces itself as monsoon session begins

PANAJI: It's expected to see a few sparks fly between the treasury bench and the opposition, comprising independent MLAs, in the monsoon assembly session when it starts on Monday with the Goa assembly elections 2017 on everyone's mind.

Seasonal rainfall in state touches 80-inch mark

PANAJI: Heavy rains lashed the state on Sunday due to a feeble offshore trough extending from Kerala to Konkan coast, as the total seasonal rainfall touched 2,032.2mm (80.0 inches) on Sunday morning.

Temple donations stolen in Agonda

Panaji: A theft was reported on Sunday at Agondeshwar Temple at Agonda, Canacona, where unidentified thieves broke through the main door and ran off with contents of the temple donation box.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Police to oppose simultaneous organisation of EDMs in North Goa

PANAJI: Like in the previous year, this year too, the Goa police department will raise its objection to the holding of two mega Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festivals in North Goa simultaneously. The EDMs are normally held in the state in the last week of December.

333 foreigners facing criminal cases in Goa go underground

PANAJI: A total of 333 foreign nationals arrested in connection with various crimes in Goa and who are out on bail have reportedly gone underground or are untraceable. Of these, 208 are Nigerian nationals.

Complaint against religious sect for disturbing classes

Panaji: Bharatiya Sanskruti Raksha Samiti (BSRS) has filed a complaint with the director of education against a Siolim-based religious sect for holding prayers in the proximity of a government primary school, while classes are in progress.

Under-probe CCP dealing clerk transferred

Panaji: The Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) has transferred the dealing clerk Narayan Kavlekar to the front desk to collect civic charges, document official correspondence and accept Right to Information (RTI) petitions after a probe was initiated against him. Kavlekar is being probed for his alleged role in facilitating financial irregularities that caused revenue loss and his transfer comes after several councilors called for his removal on the grounds that he could tamper with evidence.

Yellow fever: Goa catches the Pokemon bug

Panaji : A recent change in the local boys' riding habits had surprised Tonca resident Kiran Saxena quite a bit. Instead of zipping past recklessly, they've been crawling by at 20km/hour with their smartphones in hand. Little did she realise that they have been bitten by the latest bug in town and were catching Bulbasaurs, Ekans and Zubats on their phones, with the Pokemon Go fever having spread to Goa.

Naka pao: After hike, Goans veer away from bread

Panaji: Despite the All Goa Bakers' Association putting on hold the hike in the prices of the humble pao, a few bakers have gone ahead and increased the price to Rs 5, much to the consternation of consumers.

Airfares to Goa soar as Aug 15 nears

Panaji : With independence day falling on a Monday this year, airline companies, having already smelt the approaching extended weekend, have started to soaring ticket prices to Goa. Flying into Goa from metros like Mumbai and Bengaluru on the Friday preceding August 15 is going to be three times costlier.

Furious rains continue to pound Goa; unlikely to stop anytime soon

Panaji: A feeble offshore trough extending at mean sea level from south Maharashtra coast to the Kerala coast has sustained the monsoon activity during the last few days, raising the seasonal total to 1,821.3mm (71.7 inches) and the surplus to 13%.

Rahul Gandhi vs RSS: Catch-22 situation for Congress leader and it's of his own making

The innumerable parodies, spoofs, stand-up comedy spots etc over the last five years stand as testimony to the fact that Rahul Gandhi's way of thinking has become a national joke.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

12 Bills to be tabled in Assembly’s monsoon session

PANAJI: The government will introduce 12 Bills during the 15-day monsoon session of the state legislative assembly, which is slated to commence from July 25, including Goa Waste Management Corporation Bill, which will deal with the formation

No alliance on grand alliance within Goa Congress

GPCC and CLP do not see eye-to-eye on forming a grand alliance; Pradesh committee makes it clear that decision cannot be taken by legislative party alone

27,000 Goans with both Portuguese and Indian passports to be struck off poll rolls

Electoral office to delete names of Goans who have obtained Portuguese passports; 10,000 names already deleted for holding Portuguese nationality

Half-empty stadium greets Premier Futsal in Goa as Ronaldinho’s absence shows

Mapusa: Premier Futsal's Goa adventure wasn't really as exciting as many, including the organizers, would have hoped.

Man held for raping minor girl

Panaji: A 35-year-old man was arrested by the Old Goa police on Tuesday for allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl at his residence.

State asks Lokayukta to vacate order

Panaji: The state tourism department on Tuesday filed an application before the Lokayukta to cancel its July 6 order directing it to stop payments to companies cleaning Goa's beaches till further orders in an alleged multi-crore beach cleaning scam. The matter has been adjourned till August 2.

JNU's Varun Sahni named GU's new VC

Panaji: Varun Sahni, professor and chairperson, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, will be appointed the new Goa University vice-chancellor, the chancellor's office has informed the varsity on Tuesday afternoon.

Yusuf al-Hindi: The mysterious Islamic State recruiter in India who's got intel agencies worried

Six suspected Islamic State operatives were allegedly conspiring to carry out terror activities in the national capital and adjoining regions during the Ardh Kumbh in Haridwar to terrorise people, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) told a special court on Monday, reports said.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Upbeat BBSM enrols 700 cadres on Sunday mega show

Will intensify movement further by enrolling 2 lakh ‘protectors’ of language between July 21 & Aug-end

BBSM activists take oath to protect mother tongue

Panaji: Over 700 workers of the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) on Sunday took an oath 'for the protection of the mother tongue.'

One booked in molestation case

PANAJI: Panaji town police, on Sunday, informed that a molestation case has been filed against Babuli Ghanekar, a resident of Shankarwadi-Taleigao, based on a complaint lodged by Richa Bhat and Medha Pai.
The police sub inspector, Utkrant Rao Dessai is investigating the case.

Govt distributing LED bulbs to cover up its failure: Raia villagers

MARGAO: The Raia villagers have alleged that distribution of LED bulbs by the government is an attempt to cover up its failure to provide uninterrupted power to the people.

Get rid of no-detention in schools: CM

PANJIM: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has made a strong pitch to scrap the no detention policy, implemented as part of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) under the RTE Act in 2010 and suggested to instead reintroduce regular exams for the students to better their academic performance.

Kejriwal pokes holes in Goa govt’s ‘achievements’

Panaji: As the Aam Aadmi Party prepared for the 2017 state assembly elections, Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party supremo, Arvind Kejriwal continued to put pressure on the Laxmikant Parsekar government.
Speaking during a special public interaction

Chicalim locals oppose casinos shifting to Zuari

Vasco: The Chicalim Action Committee (CAC) on Sunday held a public meeting opposing the BJP government's proposal to shift casinos to Zuari waters.

Goan joins Intel's elite Indian developer club

Panaji: In a fitting recognition of the state's potential as a hub for innovation, a Goan techie, Prajyot Mainkar, has been identified by Intel Corporation as an innovator worthy to mentor other software developers and to showcase innovative solutions.

Suicide bombing is haram in Islam: Only Salafist ideologues like Zakir Naik view it as a war tactic

When the global influential preachers like Zakir Naik are still hell-bent on the rationalisation of suicide bombing — the gravest terror tool today — declaring it permissible as ‘a war tactic’, boldly quoting their theological ideologues, there is no point in our run-of-the-mill condemnation of the terror-playing havoc across the globe.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Users take a dim view of free LED bulbs

PANAJI: After stakeholders in Goa’s electrical goods industry expressed doubts on the quality of the free LED bulbs distributed by the government, people who received the bulbs are also complaining about it.

Karnataka has destroyed Western Ghats ecological balance: Goa

Blames neighbouring State for violating laws and environmental destruction with construction on Mhadei

PANJIM: Blaming Karnataka for the total mismanagement of its water resources, Goa has said that the neighbouring State has committed massive environmental destruction by the construction of the Mhadei dam.

Panel’s report awaited before deciding on MOI: Parsekar

Panaji: Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Friday said his government would take a decision on the medium of instruction (MoI) imbroglio after considering the recommendations of the 17-member advisory committee.

Cansaulim opposes doubling rail tracks

Cansaulim: Villagers from Cansaulim have opposed the doubling of the railway track, which passes through their village, citing reasons, especially a threat to their houses, some of which are heritage houses situated along the tracks.

Wide angle: Why it's wrong to view young Kashmiris through Pakistani prism

Slogans were raised at various stages last Saturday while the body of the slain militant commander Burhan Wani lay in Tral’s sprawling Idgah – before the burial late that afternoon. According to a reporter who was present, there was a lusty response to several of the slogans, but very few of the tens of thousands present responded when pro-Pakistan slogans were raised. According to the eyewitness, a few more responded, but desultorily, when the sloganeer taunted the crowd.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Top editors, publisher of English daily booked

PANAJI: Crime Branch police has registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Herald editor-in-chief Raul Fernandes, group editor Sujay Gupta, printer and publisher of Herald Vinayak Pai Bir under the gambling act and criminal conspiracy (120-B IPC).

Is Sattari’s Baba going the saffron way?

Congress leaders say Vishwajit has a secret deal with BJP; Madkaikar dubs him as power hungry; Office bearers say Congress should not fall prey to his blackmailing tactics

Arlekar returns: Forest minister hell bent on shifting casino vessel from Chorao

Says inspections by his dept have found the vessel to be around 220 mts from bird sanctuary; Asserts it will have an adverse effect on avian life

‘Peddlers prowl around Vasco schools, colleges’

Vasco: Drugs has become an issue in Vasco too. MLA Carlos Almeida said that he has received information that drug dealers from even as far as Calangute have been supplying Drugs outside school and college campuses, while police have turned a blind eye to it.

MOI panel members named without their consent: BBSM

PANAJI : The BBSM members on Thursday said the government had not sought consent of any of the 17 members before announcing their names as part of the committee. Two members of the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), Anil Samant and Madhav Kamat, were named this week by the state government to be on a 17-member advisory committee on the medium of instruction (MoI) issue.

60% of Nigerians’ drug clients are Goan

PANAJI: The arrest of two Nigerians, allegedly for drug possession, by Porvorim police on Monday night opened a Pandora's Box. Police have come in possession of a long list of call details of the two accused bearing phone numbers of their regular buyers, which has revealed that the majority of the people purchasing drugs from them, around 60%, are locals.

Goa to be Indian Navy’s home for ocean sailing

PANAJI: Taking a cue from the foreign armed forces, who often compete at international games, the Indian Navy has started a four-year campaign to build a naval sailing team that will aim to compete and win a medal in four classes of the sailing competition at the 2018 Asian Games and 2020 Olympic games.

Over 146 Indians evacuated from South Sudan to reach Delhi on 15 July

New Delhi: India on Thursday evacuated more than 146 of its nationals, stranded in war-torn South Sudan's capital city Juba, who will reach Delhi on Friday after a halt in Thiruvananthapuram.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Complaint against newspaper, its TV channel for alleged gambling racket

PANAJI: A South Goa-based advocate has filed one more complaint against an English newspaper (not ‘The Navhind Times’) and its subsidiary, a local cable TV news channel for allegedly running a gambling racket under the garb of housie.

BBSM dubs MoI panel as election stunt by govt

PANJIM: Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) has termed the decision to appoint a committee for making recommendations on the Medium of Instruction (MoI) as a “time bargaining technique and election stunt”.

FORCE rejects advisory panel on MoI

PANJIM: Criticising the BJP-led government for trying to fool the people of Goa on the contentious issue of Medium of Instruction (MoI), the Forum for Rights of Children to Education (FORCE) rejected the government appointed 17-member advisory committee to revisit the issue.

No free lunch: Illegal to legal houses will cost money

20 days after announcement, no rules for regularisation framed, 100 square metre house to cost approx Rs 1 lakh to regularise

Met dept: Monsoon to weaken next week

Panaji: With the axis of the monsoon trough likely to shift northwards close to the foothills of the Himalayas during the next 48 hours, rainfall activity is likely to reduce over the next week.

BJP maintains poker face, refutes independent MLAs allegations

Panaji :The BJP-led government's latest 'Jyotirmay' scheme, under which three free LED bulbs are being distributed to citizens, has become a fresh bone of contention between the government and opposition MLAs.

Maharashtra: Owaisi men can't contest civic polls under AIMIM banner

In a major jolt to the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) before the municipal elections due next year, the State Election Commission (SEC) has cancelled the registration of 191 unrecognised political parties including the outfit led by Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Govt forms panel on grants to English primary schools

PANAJI: The government on Tuesday constituted a 17-member committee headed by director of higher education Bhaskar Naik for the purpose of advising on the issue of giving government financial grants to 135 English medium primary schools in Goa.

Govt cannot dump decision of shifting casions arbitrarily: Alina

Says State must take views of concerned panchayats seriously; Do not take Mandovi river pollution to Zuari

MoI decision further delayed as govt appoints committee

Bhaskar Nayak to head advisory committee on MoI; panel to study system of grants to government aided schools for primary education

Government will now provide food bandobust staff

Panaji: Goa chief secretary R K Srivastava has informed the Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) that the government has complied with the commission's recommendations that police personnel posted for bandobust duty during legislative assembly sessions be provided meals/food packets in the future and that adequate number of mobile toilets be made available for them in the future wherever regular toilet facilities are not available.

‘Regaining lost markets for Goan ore top priority’

C hief executive officer of Vedanta Limited (formerly known as Sesa Sterlite) Tom Albanese, told TOI that the company's top priority is to regain the lost markets for Goan iron ore. Vedanta has operations across iron ore, zinc, lead, silver, oil and gas, copper, aluminium and commercial gas.

20 govt schools shut per yr in last decade

PANAJI: The incidence of government primary schools shutting down for want of students is increasing alarmingly in Goa . Any time now, the state government will issue an order to declare 16 more closed, this after not a single student turned up at their doorstep in the first month of the new academic year 2016-17.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Retd teacher falls prey to lottery scam; loses Rs 17 lakh

PANAJI: A retired high school teacher (VRS) from South Goa lost around Rs 17 lakh to a lottery scam. The victim in her 50’s had received an SMS informing that she had won 4 lakh (British pounds) in a ‘2006 lucky promo’ lottery draw.

Pay & Park has no bite, only bark

Two months after the pay-parking system was introduced in Panjim, there is not much change apparent on the streets; the system, detractors say, is faulty and not people-friendly

Vedanta inks MoU with South African cos on underground mining technology

Panaji: Vedanta Limited today announced that it had signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with South African companies for the development and supply of equipment, and the transfer of technology, with the aim of improving safety and productivity at the mechanised underground mines of Vedanta's subsidiary, Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL).

Premier Futsal hits back at AIFF for spreading rumours

Panaji: Six of the eight franchise owners are still unknown; venues remain undecided, fixtures are not announced and apart from three marquee players - one of whom has already opted out - there is no word on the big names that the organizers of Premier Futsal were peddling around.

HC adjourns illegal structure ordinance case

Panaji: The high court of Bombay on Monday appointed an advocate as an amicus curiae to assist it in the public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a stay on the Goa Regularization of Unauthorized Construction Ordinance, 2016, promulgated by the governor to regularize unauthorized structures constructed before February 28, 2014.

Mahagatbandhan divides Congress

Panaji: With around six months left before the poll bugle blows, all does not seem well in the Congress state unit, with party differences coming out in the open, very often with embarrassing results. Congress Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik, a veteran leader, on Monday recommended a secular alliance for the 2017 state assembly elections, but the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) ridiculed his opinion on the grounds that Naik was "unwell".

Angry locals stop LED bulb distribution at Sal

Bicholim: A group of around 60-70 locals from Sal, Bicholim, stopped the LED bulb distribution programme organized by BJP in protest against the electricity department due to frequent power cuts suffered by the village for a long time.

ISIS suspect was sending encrypted emails to handler Shafi Armar

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday revealed that Ibrahim Yazdani, the Hyderabad youth arrested for his alleged links to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, was sending encrypted emails to his Syria-based handler through a website that specialises in security and privacy of users. The probe agency further revealed details on purchases made by the other accused arrested by the agency earlier this month.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

'Clean sweep' by Lokayukta

Directions to cease further payments to beach cleaning contractors
* Complaints filed by Adv Aires Rodrigues seeks registration of an FIR against Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar and others

RSS does not run schools, says Velingkar

Rubbishing statements made by the Forum for Rights of Childrens’ Education (FORCE) leader Savio Lopes, Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch leader, Subhash Velingkar, clarified that

‘Special offshore casino zone’ could be in sight

PANAJI : As the government remains in a fix about relocating the offshore casinos from the Mandovi, a member of the Chowgule family has proposed a long stretch  of  land along Zuari river   near Chicalim,   and owned by them, as a ‘prospective site’ to establish a condominium of ‘special offshore casino zone’.

Police rescue 500 girls in 5 years from flesh trade

Panaji: Over the last five years, Goa police rescued around 500 girls in the state, trafficked from across the country, including some foreign nationals. Going by statistics, Goa police rescued the maximum number of trafficked victims from Maharashtra and West Bengal.

CM confronts BBSM protestors in Bicholim

Bicholim: Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar had a confrontation with Bhartiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) activists on Sunday, after they repeatedly interrupted his speech at an event in Bicholim with loud slogans demanding cancellation of grants to Englism medium primary schools.

Parrikar’s visit to Valmiki’s father raises eyebrows

Panaji: Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday met Datta Naik, father of secretary, AAP, Goa, Valmiki Naik, but when reporters tried to ask questions about his visit, Valmiki left the press conference in a huff.

Seamen, families lack a redressal system support

Colva: Seamen working onboard ships are often faced with a grave crisis in the deep seas, but they and even their kin back home sorely lack a redressal mechanism or support system to turn to in distress, sources said.

Violence over Burhan Wani: Jammu and Kashmir govt hasn't learnt from past

The fiasco in Kashmir on Saturday is comparable to the one on 11 August, 2008. Then too, the administration had underestimated the likely response to the 'Muzaffarabad chalo' call which separatists had given. In the run up, a senior police officer got an agreement from a top Hurriyat leader and smugly told his bosses that all would be well. Instead, all hell broke loose that morning.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Telecom scam: Congress’ Rs 45,000-crore CAG bomb is a GST spoiler

The Narendra Modi government’s involvement in the ‘Rs 45,000-crore telecom scam’ — the charge raised by the Congress party on Friday — is prima facie, far from a scam.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

BBSM members protested outside CM’s Birthday Venue

BBSM members protested outside CM’s Birthday Venue

BJP will contest 2017 polls under Parsekar’s leadership: Parrikar

PANAJI: Indicating that he is not coming back to Goan politics, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday solicited public support for Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar to lead the Bharatiya Janata Party to victory, at the forthcoming assembly election in the state. “My political source of energy is however Goa,” he added.

Sakhali chief officer booked for offering bribe

PANAJI: The anti-corruption branch of the vigilance department has filed a FIR against the chief officer of Sakhali Municipal Council, Shripad Arlekar, following a complaint by councillor Damodar Ghadi, that he was offered a 5 lakh bribe to sign the no-confidence motion against the chairperson Dharmesh Saglani.

Is Siolim jetty a gift to the casino lobby?

Locals allege WRD Minister Dayanand Mandrekar took permission for beautification of riverfront and repair of bundh but started work on jetty instead

Valmiki feels Goa BJP MLAs will lose to an AAP wave next polls

Panaji: Goa Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) secretary Valmiki Naik said that it will be the first and last term of Panaji MLA Siddharth Kunkolienker, adding that, "everyone from chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar in Mandrem, Shubash Phaldessai in Sanguem, Ramesh Tawadkar in Canacona, Vishwajeet Rane in Valpoi, Babush in Taleigao and Digambar Kamat in Margao will lose to an AAP wave" the kind seen in Delhi.

Govt gets notice over casino licence

Panaji: The high court of Bombay at Goa, on Tuesday, issued a notice to the government in connection with a petition filed by an NGO, GenNext, seeking a directive to the state government not to issue a casino licence to a 5-star hotel.

Collectors to decide on issues of dual citizenship

PANAJI: A notification appointing district collectors as designated authorities to decide on individual applications of Portuguese citizenship issues will be out in two weeks after which people who have registered their births in Portugal can approach them with their cases.

Charts: PM Modi has picked up star performers and PP Chaudhary is indeed one

The cabinet expansion of the Narendra Modi government has finally happened. And there have been intense speculation as to whether the exercise has been done with an eye on the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh elections.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Flesh trade: Delhi not just transit point but emerging source area

PANAJI: The national capital Delhi is slowly emerging as a source area for human traffickers wherein women are trafficked to Goa for prostitution.
A data compiled by NGO Anyay Rahit Zindagi (ARZ) reveals that vulnerable girls from Delhi are lured to Goa in the name of better employment opportunities and are commercially sexually exploited (CSE).

Tigur species under threat from African catfish

Panaji : The local aquatic ecosystem is increasingly facing threat due to the uncharted growth of invasive fish species, especially African sharptooth catfish. The situation is further precipitated due to general ignorance about the menace posed by the fish species and its resemblance to Goa's tigur species.

Govt may give more time to Mopa airport RFP bidders

Panaji: The state government is comtemplating an extension to bidders for the submission of request for proposal (RFP) to construct the greenfield international airport at Mopa. With the last date for submitting RFP being July 11, only two of the five bidders have shown interest in participating.

State to set up two offices to decide dual citizenship issue

Panaji: The state government on Monday recommended that two offices of "authority" be set up to decide on complaints pertaining to dual citizenship.

Now, pontoon pieces cause pain for locals

Cansaulim: The last portion of the grounded pontoon at Arossim beach had been pulled out on June 25, 2016, but the villagers and others are disappointed, as the scrap is still piled up all over the beach.
The pontoon used for a beach party had grounded on Arossim beach nearly three months ago. The village fishermen and water sports operators complained of obstruction to their activities.
The villagers alleged that the rusty material poses a hazard to the residents. "The pieces are lying all over the beach and the scrap has also damaged the sand dunes," a villager said.
The ship breakers had also dug a pit-like a pond, which was left unattended for many days, but was only covered on Monday.
"The anchors are yet to retrieved from the seabed and these will create problems for fishermen. The pontoon owner has not yet been booked,"Simoes said. The ship breaker had assured South Goa collector Swapnil Naik to shift the scrap last week.
"We had asked him to shift it simultaneously during the scrapping of vessel, but he states that he has not been able to find a place on lease for storing the scrap," Naik said.
While the collector's office is contemplating further action, the charterer is also trying to shift it directly from the site.

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A birthday bash to put Parsekar in election mode

Panaji: With a few months ahead for the assembly election, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to take political mileage out of chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar's birthday by holding a grand celebration at Taleigao on Tuesday.

Now, net your kharem at the click of a mouse

Panaji : With the range of food products being sold online only increasing, how could local Goan produce be left behind? Goan dry fish, known as kharem , is now just a click away.

Terror threat from Bangladesh is real and porous borders with India problematic

Border security has been beefed up in the five frontier states sharing the international boundary with Bangladesh, after terror attacks that took place in Dhaka on Saturday. Following a high alert issued by the Home Ministry to the Border Security Forces and other security agencies, the state governments of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram and West Bengal initiated preventive steps to check ‘Jihadi’ activities.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Coast Guard, MPT take steps to contain potential oil spill around cruise liner

VASCO: Indian Coast Guard and Mormugao Port Trust on Sunday started ‘booming operation’ around the cruise liner ‘Qing’ at Western India Shipyard Ltd (WISL) to prevent potential oil spill from spreading in the sea.

Benaulim opposes ordinance for regularising illegal structures

MARGAO: The adjourned gram sabha of Benaulim held on Sunday unanimously opposed the ordinance of the government seeking to regularise illegal constructions.
The members also took the panchayat to task for not taking adequate steps to demolish all the illegal structures at Tolleabhand area.

Petitioner reveals more in CM bro-in-law case

PANJIM: The Maharshi Badri Pharmaceuticals company had not only paid Rs 1 lakh as bribe to Chief Minister’s brother-in-law Ghanshyam Malvankar who was field officer in Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) but had also paid almost Rs 5 lakh to get possession of plots in Tuem industrial estate.

Lot to worry: Schools using pupils for lotteries get notice

Panaji: The directorate of education (DoE) has issued a notice to the Rosary School of Miramar, after social activist Aires Rodrigues filed a complaint against the school management's head and former Panaji mayor Tony Rodrigues, alleging that students were being used to sell lotteries and collect money for the school.

90 pc of constructions in Goa unauthorised: Chief Minister

Panaji, Jul 3 In a shocking revelation, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today said 90 per cent of total constructions in the coastal state are "illegal" and people staying in them live under constant fear of demolition.

‘Electronic system to track projects soon’

Panaji: Lamenting the tendency to use rules as a tool to stymie industrial projects, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that he has plans to implement an electronic project tracking system for the investment promotion and facilitation board to get a real-time status report on cleared projects.

Banned in more than 20 countries, practice of triple talaq continues to prevail in India

Mumbai: Just hours after Shagufta Sayyd was married, her new husband told her he was having a relationship with another woman.
He was clear the two would have no future, the 21-year-old Sayyd said. He was only marrying her to please his mother.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Each household to get 3 LED bulbs free

PANAJI: Government has decided to illuminate the households in the state by providing three light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs free of cost under the ‘Jyotirmay Goa’ scheme.

Committee led by Bhembre to decide BBSM’s political strategy

PANJIM: Taking its campaign against the Goa government further, Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) is set to form a committee headed by Uday Bhembre to decide its future political strategy.

June showers excess rains over Goa

PANJIM: As the country reels under a rainfall deficit, Goa turned out to be an exception as in the first month of the monsoon the State received nearly 30 percent excess rainfall.

No variants and change in pao prices till July 24

Panaji/Margao : The price of pao will remain unchanged at 3, president of the All Goa Bakers Association (AGBA) Agapito Menezes said even as the All Goa Bakers and Confectioners' Association (AGBCA) made available two variants of pao to consumers on Friday in some parts of South Goa.

Goa chief minister asks mine owners to construct mining corridor

Panaji: Talking tough, the chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar has asked the mine owners to construct the mining corridor, dedicated for ore transporting.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Malvakar case: Let law take its course, says Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar

Panaji: Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, on Friday, defended the re-instatement of his brother-in-law Dilip Malvakar, a Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) field officer, who was allegedly caught red-handed while accepting a bribe by the officials of anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of directorate of vigilance, a few months ago.

Unravelling MTCR: What lies ahead for India in the elite club

On 27 June, 2016, the Ministry of External Affairs announced that India had joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as the 35th member, after receiving the decision of the MTCR Point of Contact in Paris. The information about ‘accession to the regime’ came through three embassies — the Embassies of France, The Netherlands and Luxembourg based in New Delhi.