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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

400 Goa RSS workers resign en masse in protest against Velingkar’s sacking

RSS Konkan leaders “held” by Goa RSS workers, resignations tendered at meeting called by Konkan ‘prant’ leaders of RSS, after Velingkar’s removal

Cujira: In a major late night development around 400 RSS volunteers resigned en masse in protest against the organisation’s decision to remove Subash Velingkar as the Goa unit chief.
The resignations were tendered at a meeting which was called by RSS' Konkan prant leaders to convey their decision to sack velingkar.

MOI: public hearing in Mapusa sees pitch for grant stoppage

MAPUSA: The advisory committee, constituted by the government to look into the issues of medium of instruction and grants to English medium primary schools, held its first public hearing in Mapusa where it saw demands for stopping grants to English medium primary schools.

‘Migrant children vulnerable to exploitation in tourism sector’

PANAJI: Migrant children, as young as four, are being pushed into exploitative situations in the tourism industry, with this vulnerability intensifying as they grow older, a report has found. The report 'Walking the Tightrope- Exploitation of Migrant Children in Tourism in Goa' by Equations, Bengaluru, in collaboration with Caritas Goa, Centre for Responsible Tourism, Child Rights Goa and Jan Ugahi, was released on Tuesday.

More govt Konkani, Marathi schools see downslide

Panaji: Government schools have been steadily losing favour with parents in Goa year after year, and the major casualty have been Konkani/Marathi primary schools, which have had to shut down for want of students.

From village school teacher to state sangh leader

His speeches on dilution of Indian culture have served as the ideal grooming tool for every single swayamsevak in Goa in the last decade or more. Inducted into the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a child, Pracharya Subhash Velingkar has touched all topics; from why Vande Mataram would be a more befitting Indian national anthem to why 'akhand bharat' should be every patriotic Indian's dream. Needless to say, Velingkar has been the most fierce voice and the face of the sangh in Goa.

Will Velingkar’s removal backfire on BJP?

Panaji: The powerful Goa state chief of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Subhash Velingkar losing his job has sent a clear message that BJP leadership can influence Sangh's decision if the situation goes against the interest of the party.

A relation in turMoIl: How BJP-RSS bond got affected

Ponda: In an unexpected move, the Goa Dairy has hiked prices of milk supplied by it by Rs 3-4 per litre, from Thursday. While Goa's standardized milk and full cream milk will be costlier by Rs 3 per litre, cow milk and toned milk will be dearer by Rs 4 per litre.

Goa Dairy hikes milk prices by Rs 3-4 a litre from Thursday

Ponda: In an unexpected move, the Goa Dairy has hiked prices of milk supplied by it by Rs 3-4 per litre, from Thursday. While Goa's standardized milk and full cream milk will be costlier by Rs 3 per litre, cow milk and toned milk will be dearer by Rs 4 per litre.

Steep hike: Petrol to get costlier by Rs 3.38 a liter, diesel up by Rs 2.67

New Delhi: Petrol price was on Wednesday hiked by a steep Rs 3.38 per litre and diesel by Rs 2.67 a litre, reversing a two-month declining trend.
Petrol will cost Rs 63.47 a litre in Delhi from midnight tonight, up from Rs 60.09 a litre, said Indian Oil Corp, the nation's largest fuel retailer.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wagh 'gradually improving, is off the ventilator'

Panaji: Deputy speaker Vishnu Surya Wagh, who is undergoing treatment at the Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai, is showing signs of improvement hospital officials said.
"He has been weaned off the ventilator. All of his other organs are functioning well. He underwent a tracheostomy on August 19. If he continues to be comfortable without the ventilator, then further treatment plan will be worked out," said director, Professional Services, Hinduja Hospital.

K’taka moves SC against Mhadei Tribunal order

In its special leave petition, the State claimed that the tribunal “grossly erred” on wastage of water going to sea

PANJIM: In an expected move, the Karnataka government has approached the Supreme Court challenging the Mhadei Water Disputes Tribunal (MWDT) order rejecting its plea to divert seven TMC of water from the Mhadei river basin to the Malaprabha reservoir due to the acute drought situation in the command area.
MWDT, whose term is been now extended by another one year, had on July 27 rejected Karnataka’s plea, while its main petition to divert 56 TMC of water from Mhadei River, filed in 2006, is still pending.

Congressmen are flirting politically with Babush, openly, for their own set goals of 2017

Expelled Monserrate set to field ‘family raj’ candidates in St Cruz and Taleigao. Wants to contest Panjim himself. Looking to poach Francis Silveira for St Andre

PANJIM: Did someone ever say Babush Monserrate is a political pariah after his expulsion from the Congress and the recent criminal case against him which hasn’t made much head way? Perish the thought. He is no pariah. He is the prince of many Congressmen who are toasting his presence and wouldn’t mind “arrangements” with the hope of a post-poll understanding and a shot at governance.

State sticks to its guns, shoots down Sunburn's application

Panaji: The state level permission committee (SLPC) on Tuesday decided not to approve the application moved by Percept Ltd to organize the electronic dance music (EDM) festival, Sunburn, from December 27 to 30 at Vagator. The final decision though will be taken by chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar.
The SLPC decided to maintain its stand that no EDM festival can be permitted during the last week of December, the festive period of Christmas and New Year. An SLPC member said that it took the said stand on the grounds that the chief minister last year while granting permission to Supersonic and Sunburn had remarked that no EDM be permitted from December 15 to January 15.

Extent of RSS support to BBSM needs to be seen, CM says sarcastically

PANAJI: Reacting to the recent announcement of the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) as regards launching a political party under its patronage to settle the medium of instruction issue, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday said that he has no inclination to underestimate any political faction. However, it remains to be seen how much support of the local Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) really exists for BBSM, which has now moved to the extreme level, and how much of it would actually remain, once the political party of BBSM emerges.

Assembly session to ratify GST today

PANAJI: The one-day session of the state legislative assembly will be held on August 31 to ratify the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Bill earlier passed by the Parliament.
Although the Bill has been cleared by both the Houses of Parliament – the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha – it needs ratification by at least half of the states in the country in order to effect a related amendment to the Constitution.

Google to transform Goa into digital state

PANAJI: Internet services giant Google will now promote digital literacy in the state and help Goa become digitally empowered by providing its services to IT start-ups and helping businesses go online apart from putting the state’s rich cultural heritage on the global map.

John Kerry sends strong message to Pak on terror; announces India, US, Afghan trilateral talks

A day after signing the landmark Logistic Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in Washington, in New Delhi, US secretary of state John Kerry and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj announced a mechanism of trilateral cooperation between India, the US and Afghanistan.

Monday, August 29, 2016

New medium: BBSM to take on BJP with a party

Panaji: Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) on Monday announced it is floating a regional political party to contest the upcoming assembly elections to defeat the BJP.
BBSM said that it will contest a minimum of 35 seats and added that it is still open to an alliance with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), provided they sever their ties with the BJP before September.
The name of BBSM's party will be announced on October 2.

36 ayurveda interns face uncertain future as provisional certificate refused

PONDA: Thirty-six Ayurveda interns of 2011-12 batch in Gomantak Ayurveda College and Research Centre (GACRC), Shiroda, who are presently doing their internship, face a bleak future with Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM) not approving the batch and refusing to award them provisional certificate even after completion of their courses and declaration of result. Goa Board of the Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy (GBISMH) has refused to issue certificates.

Gold worth Rs 65 lakh seized from toilet of Air India flight

VASCO: The air intelligence unit (AIU) of commissionerate of customs and central excise Monday early morning seized gold in the form of assorted jewelry and bars totally amounting to Rs 65 lakh, which was lying abandoned in plastic bundles in the rear toilet of Air India flight upon its landing at the Dabolim airport.
As per available information from sources in the customs, the customs sleuths rummaged the Air India flight AI-994 upon its landing at the airport and during the search of the aircraft, the sleuths found three black plastic bundles in an abandoned state in the rear toilet.

Cong to file case against Milind Naik for ‘distributing’ goodies

Vasco: The convener of Mormugao block congress committee Sankalp Amonkar said that he will file a supplementary case of corruption against local MLA and power minister Milind Naik before the Lokayukta for allegedly distributing Ganesh chaturthi goodies worth 500 each with his name printed on the goody bag.

Prep work begins for new Zuari bridge at Verna

PANAJI: Preparatory work for construction of the new eight-lane Zuari bridge has begun on ground at Verna, with construction of sheds for workers and other support structures commencing. Officials said that construction work of the actual bridge is expected to begin in October, as soon as the monsoon recedes from Goa.

‘Legalizing prostitution will protect sex workers’

Panaji: Social worker Tara Kerkar's NGO 'Savera' on Monday came out in support of any proposal to regularize prostitution, saying that while those engaged in commercial sex services receive steady financial gains, they continue to remain vulnerable otherwise to exploitation and disease.

India's major defence partner tag deepens ties with US: Carter

Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has said India's designation as a 'major defence partner' would allow the US to cooperate with it - in both strategic and technological domains - at par with its closet and most long-standing allies.

NIO finds Dholavira ‘treasure’

Panaji: In a major find through a project undertaken by the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), scientists have excavated the ancient submerged site of the Harappan port town of Dholavira which reveals to the world India's maritime history.

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.

HC hauls cops for filing FIR against Sussanne

Panaji: The high court of Bombay at Goa came down heavily on the police for exceeding powers and "destroying the freedom" of ex-wife of actor Hrithik Roshan, interior designer Sussanne Khan, by registering an FIR against her in an alleged 1.87 crore cheating case.

GMR wins bid to develop airport at Mopa

Panaji: GMR Airport Limited won the bid to build the international greenfield airport at Mopa, which is estimated to cost over 4,500 crore.
The bidder was selected based on the revenue sharing model. The company, which is already operating airports at Delhi, Hyderabad and and an airport in Philippines, beat two others by offering the highest revenue share of 36.99% to the state government. AAI offered 32.31% and Essel Infra Project Limited offered 27%.

Al Qaeda goes local, uses Tamil and Malayalam for recruitment in South India

Earlier this month, the Global Islamic Media Front, an international proscribed affiliate of the terror group al Qaeda that creates and disseminates jihadi media, formed a new branch -- GIMF Sub-continent to publish and translate the group's messages, videos and magazines in Hindi, Bengali, Urdu and Tamil. Other AQ-related media and its supporters too have begun a big propaganda drive particularly targeting Tamil and Malyalam speakers to reach out to the Muslim youth for recruitment in South India.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Panaji’s pay parking system loses its way

PANAJI: The city councillors on Thursday went defensive on the much touted pay parking system of the Corporation of the City of Panaji  by deciding to cut down the related monthly payment from the contractor to the corporation by 50 per cent that is from the existing sum of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 2.50 lakh.  
The pay parking system was implemented in the city from May 2016, and a Margao-based firm Straight Deal Services was entrusted with the task of collecting fees towards parking of vehicles in Panaji.
The system had however been implemented partly in the city.

BEACH CLEANING CONTRACT CANCELLED

PANAJI: The state-level monitoring committee for beach cleaning works on Thursday cancelled the beach cleaning contract with the companies namely M/s Bhumika Clean Tech Services Pvt Ltd and M/s Ram Cleansers and Developers Pvt Ltd, involved in the related works on beaches in North Goa and South Goa, respectively.

GU elections could indicate which way students will vote in 2017

Political parties following polls with interest; three panels, including an independent panel, contesting the nine seats on the students’ committee

PANJIM: With State Assembly polls just months away, Friday’s elections to the Goa University Students Council (GUSC) will be viewed with interest by political parties.

Cops suspect fake visa racket

DIG says 583 foreigners involved in crimes in Goa in last five years; 333 foreigners have gone underground of which 208 are Nigerians

PANJIM: Goa Police suspect a fake visa racket operating in the state that foreigners are taking benefit of to stay illegally and get involved in various crimes.

Scarlett case verdict on September 23

PANJIM: Goa Children’s Court will pronounce its verdict on the 2008 Scarlett Keeling death case on September 23. Two locals, Samson D’Souza, a barman working on a shack and another local Placido Carvalho have been accused of drugging, sexually abusing and leaving the teenage girl to die on Anjuna beach, where her bruised body was found on February 18, 2008.

‘No drinking zones’ get mixed reactions from citizens

Panaji: The recently-concluded monsoon session of the assembly saw the government introduce the Goa Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which has the provision to impose a fine of 1,000, extendable up to 10,000, on anyone found guilty of drinking in a 'no alcohol consumption zone', such as beaches, open spaces and roads. The idea is to curb public nuisances caused by drunken, rowdy behaviour and littering.
The 'no alcohol consumption zones' will be declared by the government. The list could be amended from time to time, official sources said.

Foreigners using forged travel documents: DIG

Panaji: The issue of over staying foreigners is not new to Goa. What is new though is that foreigners are using forged travel documents to stay in Goa.

Centre finds alternative in chilli-filled PAVA grenades, CRPF not keen on dumping pellet guns

Chilli-filled PAVA (Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide) grenades will replace pellet guns to control protesters in Kashmir. The Central decision, however, has not found favour with the central reserve police force (CRPF), which is in the forefront of handling the unrest in the Valley.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mapusa traffic signal ‘shut’ as seconds’ duration leads to chaos

MAPUSA: Despite fulfilling a long pending demand of installing a traffic signal in Mapusa there has been no relief to motorists. Lack of planning and coordination has resulted in putting off the traffic signal which was considered the best to regulate the traffic flow in Mapusa.

Fake Chief Secretary and equally fake doctor is real life ITI instructor

So-called Dr Henry, duped many by promising jobs; this “govt servant” has been suspended thrice and arrested four times, demanded Rs 25,000 from each ITI student promising them jobs; said their money would go towards the CM relief fund

No politicians, bureaucrats as PCB chairman: NGT

Tribunal makes knowledge, experience in environment protection mandatory for Chairman and Member Secretary of pollution boards

PANJIM: Stating that the proper constitution and functioning of the State Pollution Board (SPB) is a matter of serious concern, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday made special knowledge or practical experience in environment protection studies mandatory for the post of Chairman and Member Secretary of SPBs.

Mapusa police register FIR in duping case following JMFC order

MAPUSA: Acting on the direction of Judicial Magistrate First Class, the Mapusa police, on Wednesday, registered an FIR against three persons for allegedly duping two persons from Gujarat to the tune of Rs 8.40 lakh which was paid towards purchase of a flat at Mapusa housing board.

Final arguments commence in Scarlett case

PANAJI: Final arguments in the death case of British teenager Scarlett Keeling begun before Children's court on Wednesday and the hearing is likely to continue on Thursday.

Real estate law left hanging as Goa depts tussle

Panaji: The state government may have shown urgency to clear the Goods and Services Tax Act as quickly as possible, but the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) (RERA) Act, 2016, recently passed by parliament, has failed to attract the same attention. What's worse is that the state government appears clueless on how to implement the much needed reform that will benefit the thousands looking to purchase their own home.

Sensitive combat data of India's $3.5 billion submarine project compromised?

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar held a crisis meeting with Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and defence secretary G Mohan Kumar here on Wednesday in the wake of a massive 22,400 pages data leak on the sensitive combat capabilities of Indian Navy's latest submarine project 75I (P75I) for Scorpene class ships.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cabinet nod for GST Bill

PANJIM: The Cabinet on Tuesday granted its nod to the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill, via circulation. The government will now call for a special one-day session to pass the GST bill on August 31.
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar confirmed this to media persons and said the Bill will be passed in the Assembly by end of this month.

Scarlett’s mother returns from England looking for closure

Fiona MacKeown, the mother of British teenager Scarlett Keeling allegedly killed in Anjuna in 2008 arrives for the final hearing of the case; two local boys charged with culpable homicide in one of the most high-profile cases in India

Cong terms Kejri a ‘street side joker’

PANJIM: The Congress Party on Tuesday termed Aam aadmi Party (AAP) Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as a ‘street side joker’.
“Kejriwal is nothing beyond a joker, who is trying all cheap tricks to win people’s trust like a street side joker,” Congress spokesman Trojano D’Mello told media persons warning AAP not to play with the emotions and sentiments of the people by making vague promises.

6 foreigners rescued in sex racket escape

PANAJI: Nine women from Turkmenistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mumbai and Delhi who were rescued in a prostitution racket on Monday night escaped from the protective home at Merces. Later, the police managed to apprehend three of them within a few hours.

Now, surplus ferry to take on cruise boat avatar

PANAJI: The state's river navigation department will soon introduce a 'pleasure craft' which combines the features of a cruise ship with that of a regular ferry boat, and this will be available for use by citizens and tourists.

A game that’s taking people places

PANAJI: It's 7pm and daylight is starting to fade at Miramar Circle in Panaji. All the regular beach walkers are starting to make their way home. But one group of people stubbornly hangs on in the darkness, never looking at the sea and seemingly unconcerned about the food stalls, either. They have power banks in their pockets and stay hunched over their phones, looking up now and then to peer curiously, or sometimes, competitively, at one other.

India's Mission Kashmir: Cripple security forces, wring hands as pro-Pakistan agents take control

India is in the middle of an undeclared war over Kashmir. And we are losing the fight. Not only because we don't understand the nature of the beast, the sad truth is we are not even interested. As New Delhi alternates between hackneyed responses to an inscrutable attack and futile promises of healing touch that evoke derision in the Valley, the enemy has taken the battle right till our doorstep and like metastatic cancer, it is using our own agencies against us.

Absconding Gujarat boy found in Candolim after fortnight

PANAJI: Goa cyber crime police has traced a 17-year-old boy at Candolim who had gone missing from Gujarat.
A case of kidnapping was registered with Rander police station in Gujarat on 9th of this month and upon suspicion that the boy, an engineering (diploma) dropout could be in Goa, the Gujarat police contacted the cyber crime police for assistance.

Hoardings, banners along highways to come down

Security measures for BRICS discussed at review meeting; five air ambulances requested from Defence Ministry

PANJIM: Concerned over the security of the Heads of State and government, and the delegates, who will be arriving for the BRICS summit scheduled in Goa in October, the State government has decided to remove all hoardings and banners along the National Highways.

FC Goa yet to settle police bills of Rs 3.80 crore for ISL duty

Panaji: The office of the Superintendent of Police, South, is preparing to send a reminder to FC Goa to clear pending police security and traffic bills amounting to approximately Rs 3.80 crore.
Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar told the legislative assembly early this month that Goa Football Club Pvt Ltd - the company that owns FC Goa - has outstanding payments to the Goa Police department totalling Rs 2.31 crore. According to the data provided to the assembly, Goa Football Club Pvt Ltd have been clubbed alongside organizers of Sunburn Festival, Supersonic Festival, Prasar Bharati and Doordarshan, all of who have outstanding payments to their name.
But while Parsekar - replying to a question from former chief minister and Margao MLA Digambar Kamat - put the Rs 2.31 crore bill for police bandobast on record, there is another pending bill that has since been handed over to FC Goa.
According to documents obtained by TOI, the office of the Superintendent of Police first submitted the police security bill to FC Goa on February 8, 2016 and then submitted two other bills for traffic arrangements. Both bills were raised on July 18, 2016.
While the first bill for 2014 when the first edition of the Indian Super League was played at Fatorda was charged at Rs 55.38 lakh, the Margao police hiked traffic police personnel on duty for the second edition and have billed FC Goa for Rs 96.41 lakh.
The traffic arrangement bill for their Indian Super League (ISL) opener against Delhi Dynamos on October 4 alone cost FC Goa Rs 12.48 lakh while the bill for the final clash between FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC was pegged at Rs 14.14 lakh. Traffic arrangements for each match has cost the franchise approximately Rs 9 lakh.
Even the police bandobast has not come cheap. Every police personnel at the stadium came at a price with a police inspector (PI) charging Rs 4,000 per day for a seven-hour shift. Police sub inspectors (PSIs) cost FC Goa Rs 3,600 each while an assistant sub inspector (ASI) and head constable's price has been fixed at Rs 2,800 and Rs 2000 respectively. Each police constable -- and there were 481 of them on duty each day - have to be paid Rs 1,840.
FC Goa were first stunned by the hefty bills submitted by the police but it was not clear if they have as yet asked the chief minister - who holds the home portfolio -- to do a rethink. There is also no clarity why the police chose to submit traffic arrangements bill for 2014 a year later.
"The (FC Goa) higher-ups are speaking to the concerned authorities and we hope to sort this out soon. As you would be aware, the team underwent a transition with the owners. This is being looked into," said a senior FC Goa official.
2015
Police bandobast bill: Rs 2.02 crore
Service tax: Rs 28.39 lakh
Traffic arrangements bill: Rs 84.41 lakh
Service tax: Rs 12 lakh

TOI Goa News

Women tell Kejri to shut bars, casinos

Margao: Though Delhi chief minister and AAP national convener, Arvind Kejriwal, described the women's meet held in Margao as a "rich dialogue", he was treated to a rather discomfiting spectacle no sooner he arrived at the venue.

Commuters ‘inaugurate’ concrete road

Panaji: Fed up of being at the receiving end of two-and-a-half years of dust, traffic congestion and overall misery, commuters and residents taking matters into their own hands, decided to throw open the Miramar-Dona Paula road for traffic barely had the concretization work been completed, even as Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation continues to work on other aspects of the project.

Afghans push India for more arms, despite Pakistan's wary eye

India is set to deliver more arms to Afghanistan to help it fight Islamist militants, Kabul's envoy to New Delhi said, even if Pakistan is wary of closer military cooperation between countries lying to its east and west.

India has provided a little over $2 billion in economic assistance to Afghanistan in the last 15 years, but has been more measured in providing weapons in order to avoid a backlash from Pakistan, which sees Afghanistan as its area of influence.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

BBSM: will support like-minded candidates in 35 constituencies

VASCO: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Goa chief and co-ordinator of Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) Subhash Velingkar said that the BBSM during the forthcoming assembly election will support the like-minded candidates in 35 constituencies.

1,000 sit on hunger strike at Marcaim temple

Communities from surrounding villages join in; over 5,000 visit temple to extend moral support

PONDA: The day-long hunger strike by Marcaim villagers, demanding equal religious rights, received a shot in the arm when leaders of many Bahujan communities and kulavies joined in, on Sunday at the Navudurga temple.

Congress will win no seat in 2017 Goa assembly polls, says Kejriwal

PANAJI: Delhi chief minister and AP national convenor, Arvind Kejriwal, on Sunday said that the fight would be between the BJP and the AAP in the forthcoming Goa assembly elections. Virtually writing off the Congress, Kejriwal said that the party won't get a single seat in the 2017 elections.

Google sharpens computer skills of Goa teachers

Panaji: Goa board of secondary and higher secondary education is upgrading the computer skills of school teachers and updating them on internet safety, engaging resource persons from Google Web Ranger.
A number of Goa board's operations have gone online over the last few years, following which the need was felt to sharpen the skills of teachers in use of computers and the internet.

Wagh’s condition slowly improving: Aruna Wagh

PANAJI: The health of deputy speaker and St Andre MLA Vishnu Wagh, who is being treated at Hinduja hospital in Mumbai, is slowly improving, his wife Aruna said in a Facebook comment on Sunday.

Police under govt fire for Tawadkar chargesheet

Panaji: High-level officers of the Goa police department came under fire from the government for filling a chargesheet against sports minister Ramesh Tawadkar in an alleged rioting case without intimating the home department about the decision.

Urjit Patel as RBI chief: Why Subramanian Swamy is forced to befriend PM Modi’s pick

Subramanian Swamy and his 3-million strong Twitter army seem to have made peace with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reckoning a friend, not an adversary, in Raghuram Rajan’s successor Urjit Patel. The Twitter exchanges between the maverick BJP MP and his supporters/ followers suggest that Swamy is in approval of Patel’s appointment. This proves that Swamy’s issue with Rajan (Swamy ran a campaign against Rajan to oust him) was more on account of the fact that he was a UPA-appointee, and mainly because of that, rather than differences on the governor’s interest rate policies.

Friday, August 19, 2016

BBSM to reveal alternative for BJP in assembly polls

VASCO: Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch’s (BBSM’s) central committee member Abhay Khaunte, on Thursday, informed that BBSM will decide its future course of action and also reveal about the alternative for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state on October 2, the Gandhi Jayanti day.

Ruckus at Khobrawaddo-Calangute over ‘failure’ to implement NGT order

CALANGUTE: Calangute witnessed a ruckus on Friday, after a number of Hindu community members came out to express their displeasure over the ‘failure’ on the part of the authorities to fully implement the NGT order, pertaining to the demolition of illegal structures erected near the crematorium at Khobrawaddo and restoration of the site to its original state.

Shah, Kejriwal in Goa today to pep up parties

BJP national president to address party workers; AAP chief to hold a series of meetings

PANJIM: With the 2017 elections inching closer, BJP and AAP will have a showdown of sorts on Saturday when their leaders – Amit Shah and Arvind Kejriwal – will visit the State. While Delhi Chief Minister and AAP founder Kejriwal is on a three-day visit from August 20 to 22, BJP national President Shah will spend just a few hours in the State.

‘Vishnu Wagh’s condition stable, not improved’

Panaji: The condition of deputy speaker Vishnu Surya Wagh who is also the chairman of the Kala Academy Goa, is stable and his condition hasn't improved, the government stated in a pressnote on Friday. He is undergoing treatment at Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai.

‘One KTC bus breaks down every second day’

Panaji: In an indication of how well Kadamba buses are serviced, data shows that one Kadamba bus breaks down every second day while plying on vital routes in the state. Over a 30-month period, starting January 2014, Kadamba buses broke down on 601 occasions and met with 52 accidents while ferrying passengers.
The data was made available by Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) under information obtained right to information (RTI). Kadamba transport union officials said faulty buses and lack of quality spare parts are the reason behind the frequent breakdowns.

Rio 2016: Golden day for silver medallist PV Sindhu

With heart in their mouth and a prayer on their lips, hundreds of cheering Indian fans at the Riocentro here were eager to witness a new chapter in Indian badminton on Friday.

PV Sindhu knew she had to raise her game to come to level with World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain. The Indian did so, quite valiantly, before going down 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 after a hard-fought one-hour-20-minute encounter.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Used sanitary napkins piling up; no rules for disposal

PANAJI: Goa has not yet found a way to handle sanitary napkins and diapers, which have been piling up over the years, waiting for disposal with Panaji itself having two tonnes of them in its store.
There are no clear guidelines by which one can dispose of medical waste that is generated at home. The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) says the new rules have not prescribed proper procedure for disposal of used sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, used condoms or any material contaminated with body fluid or blood which turns hazardous if handled carelessly.

Another power scam? 20,000 electricity poles bought from private party

HC order dictating such purchases to be made only from Handicrafts Corporation violated; department officials admit that purchases made from private player at a loss to govt and gain for private player

PANJIM: The power department’s tryst with pelf, appears to continue. The Goa Electricity Department (GED) is violating guidelines in purchase of electricity poles from a private dealer instead of a government corporation.

Vasco gang war: Youth held for helping two accused escape

Vasco: Vasco police arrested 18-year-old Saroj Rohan on Thursday evening for helping two accused in the alleged gang war outside the Vasco police station on Wednesday evening escape.
At around 7pm on Thursday, Rohan was assaulted by the public near Santoshi Mata temple at New Vaddem, which led to his arrest.

Wagh flown to Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital

Panaji: Deputy speaker and St Andre MLA Vishnu Wagh, who has been on ventilator support at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC), Bambolim, since Monday night, was shifted to Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai by a special air ambulance from Dabolim airport, after doctors found that he wasn't responding to treatment.

BJP to sound 2017 poll bugle in Shah’s presence tomorrow

PANAJI: Stating that national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party Amit Shah will arrive on a one-day visit to Goa on August 20, with ‘Tonic’ for party’s booth-level workers, state party president Vinay Tendulkar on Thursday said that Shah will address a strong crowd of 10,000 BJP booth-level workers at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, the same evening.

Victoria: Will move masses for Konkani

Panaji: Condemning the resolution of giving Marathi official language status, former St Cruz MLA Victoria Fernandes lashed out at the government.
"Decades ago, we had fought for Konkani to become the official language of Goa and succeeded. Today, the current rulers want to give the title of mother tongue to Marathi. It stings that after years of struggle such issues still crop up."

‘Tackle snake bites calmly and quickly’

MARGAO: Victims often panic after being bitten by snakes, but remaining calm and following a few simple do's and dont's are critical to tackle the situation.
Charan Dessai from the NGO, 'Study and Awareness of Wildlife and Environment' (SAWE) guided about 100 participants during a 'Snake awareness and first aid on snake bites' workshop organized by the Antarang Club in Margao recently.

Rio 2016: Sensational Sindhu romps into history books

What grappler Sakshi Malik started late on Wednesday has now been taken to a higher level by another of India's proud girl child on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

Shuttler PV Sindhu thumped Japanese opponent Nozomi Okuhara 21-19 21-10 on Thursday to become the first Indian shuttler to enter an Olympic Games final. Sindhu is now assured of a silver medal at least.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Goa’s plain-clothed cops ‘back’ on the job

PANAJI: The Local Intelligence Branch (LIB) attached to state police stations may have been disbanded, but it continues to function, in different names though, even as some senior police officers refer to it as ‘an integral part’ of police investigations.
Local Intelligence Branch personnel are policemen in plain clothes, who assist the investigating officers in probes, gather intelligence and are round-the-clock on the surveillance through their network of informers, a police officer said.

Language issue not on govt’s priority list: CM

PANAJI: Stating that his government has to strike a perfect balance between taking up development of Goa and maintaining harmony among the people of the state, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that even though the language issue is not on the priority list of the government, the treasury benches have agreed to a private members’ resolution seeking official state language status for Marathi, during the recently concluded monsoon session of the state legislative assembly, since a legislator had raked up the issue, which has supporters in the state.

Bribery complaint against IGP Garg referred to Chief Secretary for action

Voice sample, on recorded tape, of bribe being demanded ‘appears to be of IGP’, says ACB

PANJIM: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has referred the complaint filed accusing Inspector General of Police Sunil Garg of demanding and accepting a bribe to the Chief Secretary for advice. The Chief Secretary, who is also the Chief Vigilance Officer, has also been informed by ACB that the voice recording which complainant Munnalal Halwai has submitted “appears to be that of IGP Garg”.

Four injured in Vasco ‘gang war’

VASCO: In an alleged gang war just outside the Vasco police station, four persons were injured late Wednesday evening.
Santana Correia from New Vaddem had come to lodge a complaint when was assaulted outside the police station at Vasco.

Growing mistrust between allies BJP & MGP

PANAJI: The friction between coalition partners Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) is all too evident. You can expect such utterances in the run-up to an important election - the Congress and NCP did that for years and yet stayed together - but the differences between two of the most natural allies have set alarm bells ringing.

Activists join forces to ‘educate Goans’ before polls

Panaji: Activists from various parts of the state have come together on a common social platform, United for Mother Goa—Goenchea Lokancho Awaaz, to rededicate themselves to the governance of Goa and work to protect it from illegalities and corrupt practices of the government.

Sahni to take over as GU VC on Aug 19

Panaji: Goa University's new vice-chancellor (VC) Varun Sahni will take over office on August 19, GU officials have confirmed.

Rio 2016: Daughter of India makes us proud on Raksha Bandhan, says Narendra Modi on Sakshi's win

Showing extraordinary fighting spirit, woman wrestler Sakshi Malik ended India's frustrating medal drought with a dramatic bronze-winning effort on day 12 of the Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The entire country is talking about her, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is proud of her. He congratulated her on Twitter saying that the whole country is rejoicing. In another tweet, Modi wrote, "On this very auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, Sakshi Malik, a daughter of India, wins a Bronze & makes all of us very proud."

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

BBSM activists show black flags at CM, Dy CM in Mapusa

MAPUSA: Supporters of Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) waved black flags at Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, Water Resources Minister Dayanand Mandrekar, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar, Aldona MLA Glen Ticlo and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo near Hanuman Natyagriha in Mapusa on Tuesday when their vehicles passed the spot.

No water supply to Tiswadi today as pipeline develops major crack

PANAJI: Residents of Tiswadi taluka will have to spend Wednesday sans water as the main pipeline supplying water to the taluka including the capital city has developed cracks.

PM to arrive on Oct 14 to host BRICS summit

PANAJI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Goa on October 14 to host the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit, a gathering of the association of five major emerging national economies in the world, to be held in South Goa on October 15 and 16.

Contract killing angle probed in Bengre case

PANJIM: Crime Branch is investigating the contract killing angle in the murder of Ashpaq Bengre at Colvale Jail though the accused Vinayak Karbhatkar admitted killing the gangster in revenge.
Crime Branch officers said the possibility of establishing this angle to the crime exists and that the contract could have been given to Karbhatkar from outside the jail.

Saligao plant has received mere 2500 tonnes of garbage in 50 days

In first 50 days of plant’s operation only 2510 tonnes of garbage received for treatment; almost 60% is from Calangute, other coastal panchayats show little or no interest; electricity generation estimated at 1 MW per day is just 0.17 MW per day

The rare stars and dolls of Satrem

Keri: For those interested in rare species of orchids, a trip to the border village Satrem, in Sattari, Goa, and its neighbouring village Parvad in Karnataka, will prove fruitful.
Ensconced deep in the scenic Sahyadri range, which is a global biodiversity hotspot that boasts of rich and varied species of orchids, are the contiguous villages of Satrem and Parvad where the beautiful and rare star and doll orchids grow.

6 years on, Goa still ‘considering’ IIIT while other states have leaped ahead

Panaji: It has taken Goa six years to 'consider' the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry's proposal to set up an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in the state.
Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said in May this year that the state is looking to establish the IIIT at the proposed electronic city in Tuem, Pernem. But, the proposal for the IIIT has been pending with Goa since 2010.

Rio 2016: Shuttler PV Sindhu stuns former World No. 1 Wang Yihan to enter semi-final

Shuttler PV Sindhu raised serious hopes of breaking India's long-awaited medal quest in the Rio Olympics by storming into the semifinals of the women's singles event with a stunning straight games win over London Games silver medallist Wang Yihan of China, here.

The two-time World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu, who came into the match with a 2-4 head-to-head record, dished out a compact game to outmanoeuvre the more experienced Wang 22-20 21-19 in a gruelling battle lasting 54 minutes.
The 21-year-old Indian now stood just a win away from assuring India an elusive medal at the Rio Olympics.

With the memorable win, Sindhu became the second Indian badminton player to reach an Olympic semifinal after Saina Nehwal achieved the feat four years ago.

Sindhu's win has overshadowed the fresh saga surrounding India's floundering campaign at the Rio Games on day 11 after World Anti-Doping Agency lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sports against the clean chit given to wrestler Narsingh Yadav by NADA in the dope scandal back home.

"WADA has appealed against the NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency) clearance in Court of Arbitration (CAS). Now the hearing is on and the IOA Secretary General (Rajeev Mehta) is there with WADA officials," Indian contingent's chef-de-mission Rakesh Gupta told PTI.

If CAS upholds WADA's appeal Narsingh, who is scheduled to fight in the 74kg freestyle category on August 19, will not only be able to take part in the Games here but could also face a career-threatening four-year ban.

Enduring a disastrous campaign thus far, the medal-less Indian contingent has been pinning its hopes mainly on shuttlers Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth, besides its wrestlers - including world championship bronze medal winner Narsingh - to end the drought before the disheartening development.

Eleven days of action have failed to bring India, that won a record six medals in London four years ago, a single podium finish and there's growing desperation to end this poor run.

India's campaign now has been reduced to three disciplines - track and field, badminton and wrestling - after the flop show put up by the contingent in other sports.

It's woes continued on day 11 today when Hardeep Singh lost 1-2 in his opening encounter against Turkey's Ildem Cenk in the Greco-Roman 98kg category.

And adding to the miserable run was the news that some of its contingent members were served only "peanuts" at a dinner party organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports here on Independence Day, after having skipped dinner at the Games Village.

Having conquered world no. 2 Yihan, India's all hopes now rests on Sindhu who will face the winners of the last quarterfinal between Japan's Akane Yamaguchi and Nozomi Okuhara on August 18 for a place in the gold medal encounter.

The lanky shuttler from Hyderabad and Srikanth, who made it to the men's singles quarters, are the only two medal contenders left in the badminton competition after the shock elimination of last Games bronze medallist and former world no. 1 Saina Nehwal two days ago.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Pakistan hackers at play; GIM website defaced twice

The homepage of Goa Institute of Management, Sakhali official website was hacked twice along with the official site of Gujarat National Law University on Sunday by one ‘Zain Haxor’ claiming to be a member of the notorious Pak Cyber Attackers.

MoI panel report will be binding on govt: CM

PANAJI: Stating that the scope of work of the 17-member committee formed by the government for the purpose of advising on the issue of giving government financial grants to 135 English medium primary schools in Goa, has been increased, and the committee would now also cover various other aspects linked to primary education in the state, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday told ‘The Navhind Times’ that the report of the committee would be binding on the government, and further form a template for primary education in the state.

The minister who wields power, but doesn’t release crucial power load applications

91 applications for the release of power pending; this includes urgent govt projects like Opa Water treatment plant and Panjim’s multi-level parking

PANJIM: Crucial projects like Opa Water Treatment Plant and the State’s first multi-level car parking facility are amongst those 91 cases whose applications for release of load are pending before the Electricity Department since 2014.

2 students drown at Mapusa spring

PANJIM: A picnic party ended on a tragic note at Khorlim, Mapusa when two schoolboys drowned in a spring. They had gone there with friends.

Living in India for 36 years not enough to get German woman citizenship

PANAJI: While Goans make a beeline for Portuguese passports in the hopes for a better future, a German woman, staying here for over 30 years now, has been running from pillar to post to obtain Indian citizenship.
Gabriele Stadtmueller, 54, has been residing in India from November 5, 1983 with multiple visa extensions. She owns a house in Assagao, purchased in 1996, after getting necessary clearances from the Reserve Bank of India. In 2011, she applied for Indian citizenship under section 6(1) of The Citizenship Act, but her plea was rejected by the additional district magistrate (ADM) on June 5, 2014.

DDSSY implementation from Sept 1, says govt

PANAJI: Implementation of the universal mediclaim scheme, the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY), which has been a source of controversy since inception, has been deferred by 15 days. The scheme will now become effective from September 1 as against the initial August 15 deadline announced by the government.

Chief secy to probe IGP case

Panaji: Chief secretary R K Srivastava will be directed to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the complaint against inspector general of police (IGP) Sunil Garg, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar told reporters on the sidelines of an Independence Day function in the city, on Monday.

Modi's Independence Day speech: Not just Pakistan, PM sent message to China

On Friday, during an all-party meeting on Kashmir, Narendra Modi had hinted at a radical shift in India's foreign policy. Firstpost had pointed out how the Prime Minister intends to fix India's biggest geopolitical failure till date by completely changing the rules of engagement with Pakistan. The bold, new strategy would include two major thrust areas. One, reclaiming India's writ over Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). Two, exposing globally Pakistan's gross human rights violations, brutalities and untold atrocities in Balochistan and PoK.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Bill passed to regularise unauthorised houses

PANAJI: The state legislative assembly on Thursday passed the bill to regularise the unauthorised houses in Goa, paving the way for the Goans who have resided under the shadow of living illegally to get their houses legalised.
Speaking during the discussion on the Goa regularisation of unauthorised construction bill, 2016, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said the government wants to relieve people off the burden of living without authorisation of the houses.

3 Nigerians used forged visas to travel to India

PANAJI: Goa police have arrested three Nigerian nationals who were found to have travelled to India using forged visas. Police also suspect that passports of the alleged accused are bogus and that it could be an organised racket.

Louis Berger’s ‘bribe payer’ McClung arrested in US, but LB hasn’t informed Goa Police

With McClung in custody, possibility of his statement and interrogation by Goa Police uncertain; LB washes its hands of saying McClung’s bribe paying was ‘personal’; Goa Crime Branch summons to McClung to any of LB’s India offices, not responded to

Konkani films now online to reach more Goans

Panaji: In what is seen as a digital revolution in the Goan entertainment area, the Goan diaspora that has little or no access to recent Konkani movies and tiatr can now enjoy Konkani movies, dramas, short films and music in the confines of their homes with the launch of Konkani entertainment website www.goenchobalcao.com by the WHN Digital.

We will probe bribery allegations against IGP, says Parsekar

Panaji: Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said he would ask for a preliminary enquiry into a complaint of bribery filed against inspector general of police (IGP) S Garg on Thursday.

Govt to expedite probe into SEZ land scam

Porvorim: Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar told the state legislative assembly that the anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the vigilance department would be asked to expedite the investigation into the SEZ land allotment scam and submit a preliminary report.

India to expose Pakistan on Kashmir; in touch with important interlocutors to put across correct picture

Apprehending that the unrest in Kashmir may turn a diplomatic headache in coming days, India has alerted its missions and is in touch with important interlocutors world over to explain the situation and highlight that unrest was not indigenous, but encouraged by Pakistan and terrorist groups.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

MGP ready to go it alone if required: Lavoo

PANJIM: Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) announced that they are ready to fight the 2017 elections alone if the need arises. Stating that they do not want a repeat of the 1999 situation, where the party had to break the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the last minute, he said MGP is preparing to fight the Assembly elections alone.

Govt does not rule out 6th offshore casino

May renew licence of former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda’s Golden Globe casino

PORVORIM: The BJP-led government has not ruled out the possibility of allowing a sixth offshore casino vessel in River Mandovi. It may consider renewing the licence of Golden Globe’s casino owned by Golden Globe Hotels Pvt Ltd (GGHPL), provided the owner deposits the pending arrears of around Rs 50 crore in the State treasury.

SC judgement throws mining ECs into question

Apex court sets aside EC granted to mining firm as procedures not followed; petitioner seeks NGT direction to close down all mines that do not have valid EC

PANJIM: In a decision that could have a major impact on the Environment Clearances (EC) granted to 40-odd iron ore mining leases in Goa, the Supreme Court last month set aside an EC granted to Talaulicar and Sons, after it found that the clearance had been granted without following due procedures, including a public hearing.

47 AAP volunteers heading towards Secretariat held at Mandovi Bridge

PANAJI: 47 volunteers of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) including its Goa secretary Valmiki Naik were on Wednesday arrested by Panaji police on charges of rioting, forming unlawful assembly and disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant at new Mandovi bridge.
According to information the AAP volunteers had planned to march from KTC bus stand to Secretariat complex to hand over a memorandum to 39 MLA’s to raise the issue of Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar who according to AAP volunteers is allegedly shielding his brother-in-law (accused in a bribery case).
The FIR was registered against AAP’s Valmiki Naik, Joe Gomes and 80 others. A complaint in this regard was lodged by the Old Goa PI Krishna Sinari, who was on bandobast duty near the bridge. All the 47 including 5 female volunteers were later released on bail.

Cyber cell in-house to monitor threats to government websites on the anvil

PANAJI: Coming out with the information that altogether 17 websites of the state government departments have been hacked since past four years, the Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, on Wednesday, informed the state legislative assembly that looking at the increase in number of cyber security threats/ concerns, the department of information technology is in process of setting up cyber cell in-house, which would monitor the cyber threats to the government websites.

Amendment to Goa Land Revenue Code introduced

Porvorim: The Goa Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in the assembly on Wednesday, seeking many changes to the 1968 legislation including increase in fees for sanads.
Deputy chief minister and revenue minister Francis D'Souza tabled the bill.

Shut all English medium schools: FORCE to BBSM

Margao: Forum for Rights of Children to Education (FORCE) on Wednesday challenged the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) to demand that the state government should shut down all English medium primary schools in Goa, as proof of their love for the unique Goan culture and official state language, Konkani.
"As they always point out to preserving Bharatiya Sankruti, they should ensure that there are no English medium primary schools in Goa," said FORCE secretary Savio Lopes.
Stating that BBSM's main intent is only to suppress the economically weaker sections of society, such as the Bahujan Samaj, by preventing them the choice of medium of instruction. While pointing out that some private primary English medium schools were being managed by the BBSM members and some of their children were being educated in such schools, Lopes stated it will not be possible for them to shut down all the primary English medium schools in the state.

Dilip Buildcon to also build Zuari bridge approach roads

Panaji: Bhopal-based firm Dilip Buildcon Limited (DBL), which bagged the work order for the construction of the new Zuari bridge, has also won the bid to build approach roads on either side of the bridge.
The construction of the approach roads are estimated at around Rs 600 crore.

Casino licence renewal only if fees are paid: CM

Panaji: Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday said that the government may consider the renewal of offshore casino licence of Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited (GGHPL) if the annual recurring fees, with penalty and interest, was paid by the company to the state treasury.

Pakistani captured by NIA reveals Islamabad's role in Burhan Wani protest

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has released a video showing Bahadur Ali who had infiltrated into India to attack security forces making startling revelations about Pakistan Army and the role of terrorist groups in fueling protests in the Valley.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

MoI committee not a delaying tactic on part of govt: CM

PORVORIM: The opposition took on the government over the medium of instruction (MoI) issue on Tuesday during discussion on education demand in the assembly.
CM Laxmikant Parsekar defended the formation of the apolitical committee to advice the government on the vexed MoI issue even as opposition members claimed that it was only a "delaying tactic" till assembly elections.

Soon, a sixth casino on the Mandovi

Panaji: There are indications that a sixth offshore casino will get the government nod, if one goes by the statement made by the state government before the high court of Bombay at Goa. Currently there are five off-shore casinos in River Mandovi. The fifth to join the fleet recently was Casino Caravela.
The state government has stated before the high court that it shall favourably consider the application for further renewal of casino licence from the year 2016 in case Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited (GGHPL) deposits the annual recurring fees. GGPHL had approached the court as the fee payable was to the tune of Rs 50 crore.

Govt corp to handle state's garbage

Porvorim: In an attempt to address the state's ubiquitous garbage issue, the government has taken a step towards dealing with the matter in a co-ordinated and effective manner. A government-run corporation will be set-up to tackle the problem.

Rise in number of drug peddlers: CM

PANAJI : There has been a rise in the number of drug peddlers in the state, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said in a written reply to a question raised by Calangute MLA Michael Lobo.
Lobo in his question had asked whether the government is aware of the increase in number of drug peddlers in the state which adversely affects the future of the youth. To this,  Parsekar, who also holds the home portfolio, replied in affirmative.

Grants will be given to English minority schools, says Parsekar

Says committee is for wider consultation; to find solution to problems of para and contract teachers

PORVORIM: Taking a dig at the Opposition MLAs for raking up the medium of instruction (MoI) issue every now and then, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar categorically stated that grants to English medium minority schools will continue.

Narcotics sold outside educational institutes, CM says in Assembly

Says drugs are sold at small kiosks or through taxi or rickshaw operators; asks police to be strict on the issue

PORVORIM: Raising serious concerns about the growing drug addiction amongst youth, especially students, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday admitted on the floor of the House that drugs are being sold outside reputed educational institutes.

Received inputs of possible terror attacks, says CM

PORVORIM: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar admitted on the Floor of the House of having received inputs of a possible terror attack on the State.
 “Inputs have been received from Central Intelligence from time to time about possible terror attacks in the State,” Parsekar told the House refusing to disclose details stating that these cannot be shared in the interest of the security of the Nation.

Temporary committee stamps CRZ clearance on Mandovi bridge project 48 hours before NGT deadline

Questions raised by GCZMA expert on reliability of NIO report which green-lighted the project kept aside

PANJIM: In a dramatic race to beat the NGT imposed deadline, a temporary committee to decide on CRZ related issues, formed since Goa has no CRZ authority, granted CRZ clearance to the third Mandovi bridge, with conditions imposed, 48 hours before the NGT’s deadline to give the CRZ clearance expired.
The Authority, headed by the Environment Secretary, held its first meeting on August 5, wherein it approved the project proposal of design and construction of bridge across river Mandovi including approaches on NH-17 between Pundalik Nagar Junction (Porvorim) to Merces Junction by GSIDC in terms of the CRZ Notification 2011.

How a phone call led to arrest of Bulandshahr gangrape accused

Hours after Salim Ali and his gang of five, allegedly gang-raped a 15-year-old minor, her mother and looted their family on a highway in Bulandshahr, the accused decided to speak to each other for one last time on their mobiles. Salim is said to have told another accomplice that they needed to disappear as the brutal incident had attracted a lot of condemnation and if caught by the police, the culprits would be in deep trouble. The phones were then switched off again, but the Uttar Pradesh Police say that the brief conversation was a window to solving the crime.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Parrikar will not contest 2017 assembly polls: BJP chief

PANAJI: Revealing that the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will not contest the forthcoming assembly polls in 2017, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Vinay Tendulkar said that the chief ministerial candidate will be decided by BJP Parliamentary Board after taking all MLAs into confidence.

Parsekar shows ‘spirit’, declares feni a ‘heritage’ product

Bill to make the brew a heritage spirit introduced; also seeks to declare certain areas as ‘no alcohol zones’; to be on equal footing as Single malt and Tequilla

PANJIM: Our very own feni, will finally get a spirited boost. The government on Monday introduced the Bill amending the Excise Act to give the traditional local brew of feni a heritage tag and also declare certain areas as ‘no alcohol zones’.

Congress MLAs hit back at Vishwajit Rane

Ridicule Valpoi MLA’s assertion that he will decide five candidates; call for restraint from such statements; asks him not to create a divide

PANJIM: A day after Valpoi MLA Vishwajit Rane shocked the party with his statements that he would decide on candidates in Valpoi, Poriem, Bicholim, Mayem and Sanquelim constituencies, without paying any heed to the GPCC, Congress MLAs have reacted strongly and said he should restrain from making such statements.

GU polls: Youth abducted to obstruct voting

QUEPEM: Goa University polls took an ugly turn on Monday, with a student of the Government College here being kidnapped, reportedly to prevent him from casting his vote to elect the university representative.
Second year BCom student, Charan Deiker, was released later in the day after voting was over.
Police swung into action soon after and arrested two other students of the college who, Deiker alleged, were the kidnappers.

Parsekar to lead party at polls: BJP chief

Panaji: Defence minister Manohar Parrikar will not contest the next assembly elections in Goa, neither will he return to state politics, BJP state president Vinay Tendulkar said on Monday. Parrikar will only campaign for the state elections, he added.

Goa ‘sold out’ over the Independence Day weekend

Panaji: Holidaying in Goa for the extended Independence Day weekend is likely to prove a costly affair. Mumbaikars, who make up the largest chunk of weekend holidayers to Goa, will be paying four times the regular fare to land in Goa on August 12 or 13.

Pre-primary school, is it really cool?

Panaji: No sooner do their children approach the 'terrible twos' than several parents scramble to send them off to school. The growth of this trend in Goa is attributed to several factors.
Some parents say they are unable to keep up with the mental and physical energy of their toddlers at home, while others point out that they need some space to resume professional life. Then there are some that worry about losing out on the admission quota of the school concerned if they choose to enrol their children any later.

Valley unrest: PM Modi may try to soothe nerves in Kashmir to end deadlock

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may soon break his silence and try applying balm on the angry and wounded psyche of Kashmir to restore peace.

The Centre, highly placed sources said, is keenly weighing the small window of reprieve it has got during one month of violent protests to bring in PM Modi to apply the much needed healing touch and thus pave the way to engage with people and initiate the dialogue process in Kashmir.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

GSIDC gets approval for continuing work on third Mandovi bridge

PANAJI: In a major relief to Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC), the environment department, which is the custodian of Coastal Regulation Zone, as the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) is yet to be reconstituted, has given clearance with stringent conditions to the ongoing construction of a third bridge across River Mandovi covering the National Highway-17 between Pundalik Nagar junction at Porvorim to the Merces junction.

Chicalim opposes casinos in Zuari

VASCO: The gram sabha members of Chicalim Panchayat unanimously resolved to oppose shifting of casinos to Chicalim Bay in River Zuari and it has been decided that the panchayat would peruse with the Goa State Biodiversity Board to get Chicalim Bay declared as biodiversity heritage site under Section 37 of the Biodiversity Act, 2002.

Survey: People want a change of guard

Panaji: Citizens of the state are eying a change in guard in the next assembly election, is what initial findings of the survey conducted by the Kautilya voters intelligence survey 2016-Goa state. The survey's initial findings will be officially released on August 13.

Goans will reduce BJP to a minority in 2017 poll: BBSM

MAPUSA: Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) a forum demanding regional languages as the medium of instruction (MoI)at its meeting in Mapusa on Saturday, strongly criticized the government and claimed that the people of Goa would teach the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a lesson and reduce it to a minority in the 2017 election if it didn't stop providing grants to English medium schools in the state.

Goa witnesses 8% surplus rainfall so far

PANAJI: With more than a month and a half left for the culmination of the monsoon, the total seasonal rainfall touched 2,384.2mm (93.8 inches), sustaining a modest surplus of 8% on Sunday morning.
Though the rainfall was rather heavy only in Sakhali, other centres recorded light to moderate rainfall. Most places in Goa are likely to witness rainfall during the next two days.

DMG probing complaint against BJP MLA

Panaji: The directorate of mines and geology (DMG) is examining a complaint pertaining to illegal mining filed against multiple persons including a BJP MLA.

PWD moots 3rd Borim bridge to keep NH, Goa linked

Ponda/Panaji: Public works department (PWD) officials tried to dispel apprehensions among the public about the stability of Borim bridge, but the government is already working on a third link spanning 7-km between Dhavali, Ponda and Angdi, Loutolim.

Goans don’t know much about AIDS, says health survey

Panaji: Knowledge about the effectiveness of contraceptives in reducing chances of being afflicted with HIV/AIDS is high among Goa's adolescent population, but comprehensive knowledge of the dreaded diseases is poor, says a report of national family health survey (NFHS) - 2015-16.
The findings of the survey released with the economic survey 2015-16 indicates that men who are aware that consistent use of condom can prevent HIV/AIDs is as high as 91.9% in urban areas and 84.7% in rural areas, and 89.2% overall.

Rio 2016: Dipa Karmakar becomes first Indian to vault into apparatus finals of artistic gymnastics

Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar scripted history as she became the first Indian to make the cut for the individual vault finals in her debut Olympic Games after finishing 8th in the qualifying round in Rio de Janeiro.

The Tripura-girl, who is the country's first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, managed to perform her much-appreciated 'Produnova' vault cleanly to secure 14.850 points after two attempts. It was a nervous wait for the Indian after that. She had ended sixth after the third of five sub-divisions.

She dropped to 8th eventually when Canadian Shallon Olsen's terrific effort of 14.950 rejigged the overall standings. But that was just about enough to secure her a place in the finals scheduled for August 14 as the top-8 made the cut for the medal round.

Dipa secured 7.000 on difficulty and 8.1 on execution in her first attempt. Her score for difficulty was a tad lower at 6.000 in the second attempt. She landed low on her Produnova vault in the first attempt, while her second vault was a 'Tsuk double full twist' with step to the side.

Three-time world all-round champion Simone Biles topped the charts with a sensational score of 16.050. The American scored a brilliant 9.700 on execution in both her attempts. North Korea's Jong Un Hong was a distant second after securing 15.683 followed by Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber (15.266).

In the other routines, Dipa secured 11.666 for her effort on the uneven bars, scoring low on difficulty but decent on execution. Later, Dipa scored 12.866 for her performance on the balance beam. The floor exercise fetched Dipa a score of 12.033, which also included a 0.300 penalty.

Dipa, the first Indian woman gymnast to win a Commonwealth Games medal, stood a poor 47th in the all-round standings with a combined score of 51.665. The eight gymnasts with the highest individual scores in each apparatus move on to compete for an individual event title in that apparatus.

The 24 men and 24 women with the highest combined individual totals move on to the all-around finals.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Many kids in Goa go missing for ‘love’

PANAJI: Though minors run away from homes due to reasons like family pressure and their difficult behaviour, the main reason for the minors fleeing their homes is love affairs.
Cases of missing children are registered as kidnapping cases and according to police, FIRs are registered following directives of the Supreme Court.

CM: all measures taken to prevent terror attacks

PANAJI: The government on Friday informed the state legislative assembly about the intelligence reports maintaining that Goa continues to remain an important target for terrorists, further stating that all precautionary measures have been taken to prevent terror attacks in the state, including monitoring telephone calls from Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the conflict zones of Syria and Iraq involving Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and keeping a watch on those, who have arrived in Goa from these zones.

Panaji market sopo collection scam will be probed: CM

PANAJI: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, on Friday, assured the state legislative assembly that crime branch of the state police would investigate the Sopo collection scam, pertaining to the Panaji municipal market, further rejecting the demand to stop the grants to the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) for collapse of its administration.

CM promises remedial classes for Class IX pupils

PORVORIM: Admitting that some students find it hard to cope with the curriculum when they reach Class IX, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, on Friday, assured that remedial teaching would be provided to students of Class IX to tackle the dropout rate.

Portuguese Civil Code replaced because of ‘social changes’

Legislature passes bill to replace Portuguese civil code as ‘Goa is a part of India’; Assembly nod for Goa Succession, Special Notaries and Inventory Proceeding Bill, 2012; House had referred bill to House Select Committee and passed in original format

Pre-1961 laws now easier to comprehend

PORVORIM: Goa Legislative Assembly, on Friday, unanimously passed a Bill consolidating the Portuguese-era civil code on the subject of succession, inventory proceedings in property matters and notary laws into one comprehensive, rational and integrated legislation.

NOC must to cut over 2 coconut trees

PANAJI: After the declassification of coconut tree in January 2016 sparked off massive public outrage, the Goa government on Friday announced that farmers seeking to cut coconut palms for either replanting or to raise a new plantation will need its approval.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

New bars only in restaurants: CM

PANAJI: The excise department has issued 7,428 licences to establish bar and restaurants in the state.
Providing the information to the legislators in the assembly on Thursday, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar stated that the alcohol outlets have added Rs 583 crore to the revenue of the state during the last two financial years. During the financial year 2014-15, the department contributed Rs 268 crore and Rs 315 crore during the year 2015-16 to the state’s revenue. “We are targeting a revenue collection of Rs 358 crore for the year 2016-17,” he added.

Amazon logs onto Goa’s fashion and Mapusa Market

Seven-member delegation from e-commerce giant meets CM, IT officials and start up captains; wants to partner the Mapusa market to sell its products online; looks at linkages with Goa’s fashion industry

PANJIM: E-commerce giant Amazon expressed its willingness to engage with start-ups in Goa. They also showed keen interest in establishing a B2B relationship with the fashion industry in Goa and Mapusa Municipal Market, which has recently gone online. Even though all steps are at a very nascent stage, they are likely to pick up speed before December.

Work on new Mandovi bridge may come to a grinding halt from Monday

Four-month deadline for CRZ clearance ends August 8; GCZMA, which gives clearance has finished its term; GSIDC Vice-Chairman promises a solution by then

PANJIM:  There are many bridges to be crossed before construction of the third Mandovi bridge can carry on. The National Green Tribunal had given Goa four months to get a Coastal Zone Regulation Clearance for the work on the Mandovi bridge to continue. The NGT while passing an interim order on April 7, had directed GSIDC, the nodal agency for construction of the bridge, to obtain fresh CRZ clearance, within four months.

7th pay salaries from Nov: CM

Porvorim: There is good news for the state's government employees with CM Laxmikant Parsekar on Thursday declaring his government's intention to adopt the 7th Pay Commision at the earliest.
Parsekar announced in the assembly that the order accepting the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission will be issued before Ganesh Chaturthi. While the revised salary will be paid from November 1, 2016, the January to December arrears will be posted in employees' General Provident Fund (GPF) and new pension fund.

No-confidence motion notice against speaker

PORVORIM: Opposition members on Thursday slapped a notice of 'no-confidence motion' against the speaker of Goa legislative assembly Anant Shet alleging that he has been behaving in a 'partisan and biased' manner.

BBSM meet at Mapusa to support MoI call

Mapusa: The Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) - a forum demanding regional languages as the medium of instruction (MoI) - has decided to hold a public meeting at Mapusa in support of their demands.
The BBSM will organize the meeting at Hanuman Natyagraha at Mapusa on Saturday evening.

Floatel set to move away from Chorao island today

Panaji: The flotilla of casinos anchored off Panaji's shores will see another addition on Friday with the Captain of Ports (CoP) directing the promoters of MV Flotel, stationed near Salim Ali bird sanctuary, to shift the vessel towards Betim.

To expose Pakistan's duplicity, Rajnath Singh’s Saarc speech was the need of the hour

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who returned to India on Thursday evening after delivering a compact speech at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) home ministers’ meeting in Islamabad, has been taken to task by some critics that by targeting Pakistan for its role in Kashmir in what is an international or regional gathering, he has weakened the growth of the regional organisation.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Electronic city, IT Park to create 20,000 jobs

PANAJI: Informing that every year, around 2,500 youth including 1,500 completing education related to information technology, would be available for employment at the proposed ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing)/ Electronic City at Tuem, and the IT Park at Chimbel, which are expected to create 15,000 to 20,000 jobs, the Chief Minister on Wednesday said that the anchor units are expected to start functioning at the ESDM/ Electronic City by March 2017.

Opposition stages walkout over ‘failure’ of e-assembly concept

PANAJI: “Exposing” the failure of the e-assembly concept, opposition MLAs on Wednesday demanded that the Speaker Anant Shet revert back to old system, wherein the legislators were provided with hard copies of answer-sheets in response to their starred and un-starred questions posed to various ministers.

All operational bridges safe in Goa: Sudin

PORVORIM:  While the Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza called for an immediate need to audit the strength of Portuguese-era bridges in the State, the Minister for Public Works Department (PWD) Ramakrishna, alias Sudin, Dhavalikar confirmed that all the bridges operational in Goa are very much safe for the commuters.

Speaker admits no-trust motion against CM Parsekar

PANAJI: Speaker Anant Shet on Wednesday admitted the 'no-confidence motion' moved by the opposition against CM Laxmikant Parsekar and his council of ministers. He did not specify when it will be taken up for discussion.

55 yrs after Liberation, 300 families in state still without power

PORVORIM: About 300-400 houses located in remote areas of the state are yet to get electricity connections said power minister Milind Naik in his reply during discussion on demands for grants to power department in the Goa assembly on Wednesday night.

When WhatsApp saved the day for KTCL buses

PANAJI: A WhatsApp alert exchanged by the staff of the Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL), after the British-era bridge across the River Savitri on the Mumbai-Goa highway collapsed on Tuesday night, ensured that other state-run buses plying on the route stayed safe.

Snags and stress trouble Goa’s major bridges

PANAJI: Three major bridges across two main rivers of Goa, all under stress for some time are examples of problems arising from construction snags and inadequate maintenance in the face of aggressive salinity conditions in Goa, sources said. The rehabilitated Mandovi bridge, 29-year-old Borim bridge and Zuari bridge at Cortalim have developed stress and are being used with restrictions to squeeze more life out of them due to their importance to the state's economy.

‘Human impacts on Mandovi bank need probe’

PANAJI: While scientists and environmentalists have already been stressing the need to conduct a detailed study to ascertain the health of river Mandovi, considered the state's lifeline, the addition of Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority's (GCZMA) expert member Antonio Mascarenhas's voice to the chorus has provided a fillip to the growing demand. Mascarenhas has also recommended that a few morphological changes in the river system be studied closely too.

BJP gets goosebumps during voting on GST

When the historic constitutional bill was finally put to vote in the Rajya Sabha, it was the treasury benches which missed the button for Ayes inviting laugher from the whole house. Seeing nine red crosses on their side of the display board, finance minister Arun Jaitley fumed back while other experienced members like Nirmala Sitharaman rushed to the back-benchers to explain the voting procedure.

Bridge on Mumbai-Goa highway collapses; 22 people and 2 buses missing

Around 22 people are missing after a British-era bridge across the Savitri River on the Mumbai-Goa highway collapsed late on Tuesday night. Two Mumbai-bound buses are among the dozen or so vehicles that are believed to have fallen into the flooded river. Over 12 hours after the mishap, the bdies of two of the victims have been recovered, officials said.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

At least 32 Goan properties sold without owners’ knowledge

PANAJI: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar informed the state legislative assembly, through a written reply on Tuesday that many-a-properties of Goans are being sold without the knowledge of the owners.
Parsekar, who also holds the Home portfolio, replying to a question from St Cruz MLA Atanasio Monserrate said that ten such cases were registered during the year 2013, 11 cases during the year 2014, another 6 cases during the year 2015, and 5 cases during the ongoing year till June 30.

Govt: casino vessels cannot be shifted to Chapora river

PANAJI: Water Resources Minister Dayananad Mandrekar, on Tuesday, ruled out the possibility of shifting the casino vessels to Chapora River, saying that the height of the bridge would not permit the navigation of these vessels.
Replying to a question raised by Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Mandrekar said that there have been speculations of the casinos being shifted from Mandovi River to Chapora.

RP before December, assures Deputy CM

PORVORIM: Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza informed the House on Tuesday that the Regional Plan will be finalised before December and that the revision is currently on.
Leader of the Opposition Pratapsingh Rane said it’s been four and a half years that the Regional Plan has not been implemented and mentioned that if illegalities are to stop, the Regional Plan is necessary.

Oppn moves no confidence motion against govt

12 MLAs sign motion demanding a detailed discussion; say proceedings of the House are being hijacked by Chief Minister and Arlekar

PANJIM: Opposition MLAs, including the Goa Vikas Party (GVP) MLA Francisco (Mickky) Pacheco, on Tuesday moved a no confidence motion against the Laxmikant Parsekar government for trying to suppress the opposition voice on the Floor of the House.

Escort services and prostitution run professionally through internet: Goa CM

PANAJI: The chief minister of Goa Laxmikant Parsekar told state Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, that escort services and prostitution are being professionally run via internet. Since 2013, he said 106 raids were conducted and FIRs filed, in a written reply to a question tabled by Margao MLA, Digambar Kamat during 'question hour' on Tuesday.

Dy CM says BJP found ‘right choice’ in Mauvin

Vasco: Deputy chief minister Francis D'Souza announced during the 57th birthday celebration of Dabolim MLA Mauvin Godinho on Tuesday evening that in Godinho, "the BJP and the people have got a perfect match".

Govt turns blind eye to GMC motor underpass

Panaji: The government's utter callousness and lack of regard for traffic sense forces hundreds of pedestrians to run the daily gauntlet of speeding traffic at the junction in front of the Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital even as the government continues to turn a blind eye to the motor underpass outside the GMC at Bambolim. Built at a cost of approximately 8.65 crore, it appears that the state government has once again poured the taxpayers' precious money down the drain.

‘State going slow on action against corrupt officials’

Porvorim: Ridiculing the BJP's slogan of 'zero tolerance to corruption', Bicholim MLA Naresh Sawal (independent) accused the government of going slow in initiating action against officials involved in graft cases even as the chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar asserted that the BJP government had booked more cases than the previous regime.

2 Anjunem dam gates opened as waters rise

Keri: As the water level of Anjunem dam reached 89.4m, the water resources department opened gate nos. 1 and 3 as a precautionary measure.

Tax Indica: Will it become a reality? Rajya Sabha to take up GST bill today

The D-day for the Indian economy falls on Wednesday (today), when the Rajya Sabha finally takes up the ambitious Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill to make India a one-tax country.

Monday, August 1, 2016

38 Goa children go missing in a year

PANAJI: Admitting that the state experiences missing of its children, Minister for Women and Child Development Dilip Parulekar on Monday informed that although the government has not appointed or proposes to appoint any panel or committee for formulating an action plan to search the missing children and their rescue, the national portal – trackthemissingchild.gov.in – is being used for tracking missing children and rescuing them.

Diabetes, hypertension on the rise among Goans

PANAJI: The performance budget report of the directorate of health services tabled in the state legislative assembly has maintained that lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are on the rise in Goa.
Informing that altogether 1,74,753 patients were screened during the year 2015-16, as against 50,108 during the year 2014-15, the report maintains that out of them a total of 9,685 patients were detected as diabetics during 2015-16, while 6,744 were found to be suffering from diabetes in 2014-15.

KYC discrepancies: mobile operators, distributors to be booked for forgery

PANAJI: Goa police has warned retailers, distributors and officials of mobile network operators of initiating strict action if discrepancies are found in the KYC (know your customer) documents.
Goa police has already registered five such cases and arrested retailers, a mobile company executive and foreign nationals. The foreign nationals were found to be using the mobile SIM card (pre-paid) issued on either forged or documents of some other persons.

It’s raining records in Goa

State, with 87 inches rain in two months, tops chart with highest rainfall; seasonal total is now 12.4 inches above normal

PANJIM: While vast areas of the country are receiving heavy rains leading to flooding, Goa, with 87 inches of rain in two months, tops the chart amongst all States.
As per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the coastal State has received almost 12 inches more rain than the normal average.

No proposal to change MoI, Parsekar tells Assembly

Says demands of FORCE and BBSM are being examined; efforts being made to promote education in regional languages

PANJIM: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday told the State Legislative Assembly that there is no proposal before the government to change the medium of instruction (MoI) policy at the primary level.

‘Drugs available in college campuses’

COLVA: Goa Pradesh Congress committee president Luizinho Faleiro hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party during the Benaulim constituency Congress committee workers meet by terming them 'merchants of dreams', alleging that "BJP sold dreams in Goa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sold dreams all over the country, but none of it have been fulfilled".

Soon, state to thrill tourists with seaplane service

PANAJI: The marine plane service, expected to attract more tourists to the state, is likely to be launched commercially in the forthcoming tourism season, after it receives all clearances and approvals. Mandovi River has already been approved as the location for the marine plane to operate.

Opposition walks out to protest ‘filibustering’

PORVORIM: Opposition members on Monday staged a walkout during question hour at the assembly. They claimed that the government didn't want the Neura land scam issue to be discussed in the House, and allowed one question to go on for 40 minutes.

Dhavalikar wants to hike water tariff

PORVORIM: PWD minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar alias Sudin, on Monday, said that the the construction of the new Zauri bridge and two approach flyovers would begin this October.

Burhan Wani successor Sabzar Ahmad Bhat remains top-rated militant for police

Militant commander, Sabzar Ahmad Bhat — who is believed to have replaced Burhan Wani as the Hizbul Mujahideen’s operational chief in Kashmir — remains one of the top-rated militants of the outfit. He had not only featured in the photos and videos that went viral on social networking sites, but his entry into militancy came through the usual route taken by militants to test the loyalties of those who join them. He had snatched a weapon from a member of the armed forces during the unrest that followed the killing of the brother of Burhan Wani in Tral, and was later trained in the forest areas before taking part in a number of militant activities.