12th May 2013
Instructions to cyber cafés
PANAJI: The District Magistrate, North Goa Panaji has ordered the owners of cyber cafes in North Goa to maintain a register for identity of the visitor and users of such Cyber Cafes. The order prohibits the use of cyber café by unknown person and whose identity has not been established by the owner of the café. The visitor, in his own handwriting must mention name, address, telephone number and identity proof. The identity of the visitor/user shall be established through Government Identity Card only. Activity server log should be preserved in main server and its record should be preserved for at least six months. This order comes into force from May 11 and shall be effective up to July 9.
Project proposals invited from NGOs
PANJIM: The Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs has invited proposals from the State level NGOs for the Central Government Scheme of National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development. The update guidelines for grants-in-aids under the scheme are available at the website of the ministry www.yas.nic.in. Proposals are now solicited from state governments and eligible state-level NGOs for conducting programmes under Promotion of National Integration, Promotion of Adventure and Empowerment and Development of Adolescent under the NPYAD Scheme. The project proposals from State-level NGOs are to be recommended by respective State governments and should be submitted to Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs by May 21. For more details, contact Laxmidas Mangeshker on 9822484874.
No parking zone at Campal
PANJIM: The District Magistrate, North Goa District, Panjim has declared ‘No Parking’ zone on one side of the road, from Pinto Arcade to Karimabad Society, Campal and ‘Parking’ on the other side of the road, from Landscape Sea View towards Karimabad Society, Campal. He has also authorized the erection of traffic sign boards.
Restrictions during SMC polls
PANJIM: Elections to the Sankhali Municipal Council is scheduled on May 12, between 7 am and 5 pm. In view of the same commercial establishments/eateries within 100 metres radius of the following polling stations have been ordered to remain closed (from 6 am to 6 pm on May 12): Polling station No 7 at Progress High School, polling station No 4 at Multipurpose Hall, and polling station No 6 at Laxmibai G Sanzgiri Memorial New Wada.
Scholarship for OBC students
PANJIM: Saral Vidhya Sahay (stipend to OBC students) will be granted @ Rs 225 to Rs 275 per month to students studying in Std V to X depending on class of studies. The total income of parents should not exceed Rs 1,50,000 per annum. Meritorious scholarships are also awarded to OBC students as follow: Rs 800 for students studying in V to VI, Rs 900 for classes VII to VIII, Rs 1000 for IX and Rs 1500 for X. Post-Matric scholarships will be awarded to OBC students depending on type of the course pursued. The scholarship varies from Rs 160 to Rs 750 per month. The income ceiling for availing this scholarship is Rs 1 lakh. Further, grants will be provided to professional institutions to purchase books under Book Bank scheme for the benefit of OBC students. Last date for submitting applications for above schemes is September 30. For details contact Deputy Director of Social Welfare.
Notice to mariners
PANJIM: The Captain of Ports has notified that the Aguada sand bar shall remain closed for all inland traffic vessels with effect from midnight on May 21. It is also notified that the lighthouses of Malim, Campal, Tejo Front and Tejo Rear, Reis Magos and Aguada Beacon will cease to function with effect from midnight of June 1, until further notice.
Gospel concert for old age homes
PANJIM: The Goa Christian Youth Welfare Association (GCYWA) will organize a Gospel concert in aid of old age homes in Goa on May 12, from 5 pm onwards at Kala Academy’s open air auditorium. Top musicians from Goa would entertain the residents of various old age homes who are the special invitees at the function. Nuvem constituency MLA Mickky Pacheco would be the chief guest while social worker and founder of Goan Citizens Welfare Trust Michael Fernandes would be the guest of honour.
Admissions at Don Bosco College
PANJIM: An entrance test for the BCA programme at Don Bosco College in Panjim will be conducted on May 13 and admissions will start from May 14 to 16. BSW, BA (Mass Media) and BBA (Travel and Tourism) programmes admissions will commence from May 13. BBA admissions will be after the UGAT results. For the BPEd programme admissions will be after the graduation results.
Education award for Dr Rita
PANJIM: The All India Association for Christian Higher Education (AIACHE) has conferred the Dr Sam Higginbottom Award for the best principals in India 2011 on Dr Rita Paes, Principal of Nirmala Institute of Education, Goa. Dr Rita received the award on May 1, at the AIACHE Conference held at Christ University, Bangalore.
Awards for inter-caste marriage
PANJIM: Awards of Rs 1lakh will be awarded to couples for inter-caste marriage, provided either spouse belongs to Scheduled Caste. The couple should apply through respective Block Development Officer after one year but before 3 years of marriage. Income certificate is not essential.
Youth Alive programme at Pilar
PANJIM: Pilar Animation Centre will organise a spiritual programme every second Sunday of the month starting from May 12 from 10 am to 4 pm. It includes Gospel music, spiritual and social teachings. Youth are invited to join the spiritual movement. For inquiry contact 9922622782, 2218694, 2218553
Directions to hotels, guesthouses
PANJIM: The District Magistrate, North Goa Panaji has ordered the owners /management of all hotels, lodging and boarding, private guest houses, paying guest accommodation of all religious bodies, not to allow any visitor/guest to check in without providing Government Identity Proof such as Smart Card, Voter Card, Driving License, Employment Card, ATM Card or any other photo identity card. The In-charge of such accommodation shall provide all such information for inspection to the Police Authority. The order comes into force with effect from May 11 and shall be effective up to July 9.
10th May 2013
FRRO Mumbai to accept OCI applications
PANJIM: As the state has been unable to accept Overseas Citizens of India applications due to lack of infrastructure, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the FRRO Mumbai to accept and process all OCI applications from the applicants coming under the FRRO Goa so as to avoid inconvenience to applicants, Director of NRI Affairs U D Kamat said.
The state’s Bureau of Immigration has not been able to implement the OCI Scheme in Goa from April 1, 2013 due to lack of office premises, basic infrastructure and trained manpower.
The Government of India had delegated powers to FRRO Goa for granting / issuing OCI card status to eligible foreign citizens of Indian origin residing within Goa.
Auditions of Nrutya Saavishkaar-3
PANJIM: The re-auditions of Nrutya Saavishkaar – season 3 will be held on May 12, from 10am to 1pm at Shree Bhumika Devasthan Sabhagruha, Wadwad-Curca.
Nrutya Saavishkaar is an all Goa solo dance competition organized by Bhumika Youth Association in collaboration with Kala Academy. The quarter-final will be held on May 19 and the semi-final and the final on May 27.. The contest will be held in senior and junior categories. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded. Details are available with Shivendra Tari 9764633003 and Chandan Sawant 9823711466.
Restricted water supply
PANJIM: There will be restricted water supply on May 11 and 12 to areas of Mormugao and Salcete taluka due to power shutdown at Salaulim Treatment Plant by Electricity department for pre-monsoon maintenance works.
Rosary prayer service at Loutolim
PANJIM: In order to commemorate the Apparition of Virgin Mary, the Good Shepherd organization Goa is holding a Rosary prayer service near Loutolim Cross on May 13 at 8.45 am. Those interested in joining can contact 9850047533.
Support group meeting at Margao
PANJIM: Positive People Goa, an NGO working for people living and affected by HIV in Goa held its monthly support Group meeting at Margao on May 4,which was attended by seventy persons along with children. Mr Amey Hegde, a corporate trainer and motivational speaker conducted a session on ‘Attitude of Gratitude,’ which consisted of video presentation and interaction with the audience. Mr Amey urged the HIV affected persons not to worry too much for the things that they have lost/missed in their life, but instead, to be grateful for the bountiful blessings they enjoy each day.
Seminar on Portuguese literature
PANJIM: The V M Salgaoncar College of Law in association with Ismilda Research Consultancy will organise a national-level seminar on ‘Portuguese Language and Literature in Goa: Past, Present and Future,’ on May 25. The seminar will be held in the premises of V M Salgaoncar College of Law, Miramar, Panjim. Those interested in presenting research papers on the subject and those who wish to attend the seminar may contact Dr Carmo D’Souza via email@example.com or Prof Ranjana Ferrao on mobile 9422450912 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free cataract surgeries
PANJIM: Kanchi Kamakotti Peetam Charitable Trust, Goa, SMRC’s V M Salgaocar Hospital, Chicalim and V M Salgaocar & Bro Pvt Ltd in association with Sankara Eye Hospital, Coimbatore, will conduct free eye cataract surgery on May 11 and 12.
The surgery is being organized for the poor and needy patients from Chicalim, Bogmalo and Sancoale Panchayats.
It will conclude on May 13, the birth anniversary of late V M Salgaocar, founder chairman of SMRC. Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar will be the chief guest on May 13 at the concluding function of the free eye cataract surgery. About 100 patients will be operated free of cost.
Cases of cataract will be operated upon by specialists from Sankara Eye Hospital by a small incision sutureless operation with implantation of Intra-ocular-lens.
Vigil on girls in parlours
PANAJI: District Magistrate, South Goa District, Margao has ordered all the beauty parlours that when girls from outside the State are employed or engaged for the beauty parlour work, before making the appointment, the details of the girls such as their name, age, address of the native place and place from where they have presently come along with their photograph and a valid identity proof should be furnished to the nearest Police Station.
Any person contravening this order shall be punishable under Section 188 of IPC.
All the Police officers of the rank of Police Inspector and above are hereby authorized to file FIR on behalf of the State, if any person is found contravening the above order.
Steps over criminals’ movement
PANAJI: District Magistrate, South Goa district Margao has ordered that no landlords/tenants/owner/person of any house/property in the jurisdiction of South Goa, shall let/sublet/rent out any accommodation to any person unless and until or he/she has furnished the particulars of the tenants to the Police In-Charge of the concerned area. Similarly all the persons who intend to take accommodation on rent or otherwise also shall inform in writing in this regard to the In-charge of Police Station of the area. Any person dealing in property shall also inform in writing to the Police Station-In-charge of the nearest Police Station about the particulars of other tenants/purchasers.
Any person contravening this order shall be punishable under Section 188 of the IPC.
Assolna-Cavelossim ferry suspended
PANAJI: The general public is hereby informed that the ferry service at Assolna-Cavelossim ferry route will be temporarily suspended with effect from May 9, until completion of major engine repairs. Public are requested to kindly bear with inconvenience caused. Public are requested to kindly bear with inconvenience caused.
Wiseman to chair conference in France
PANJIM: Dr R G Wiseman Pinto, Professor and Head of Pathology Department, GMC and Past President of Indian Academy of Cytologists and member of the Education Committee, Membership Committee of the International Academy of Cytology has been invited as a Faculty and Chairperson at the International Conference of Cytology, organised by the International Academy of Cytology and the French Society of Clinical Cytology, to be held at Palais des Congres in Paris, France, between May 26 to 30. Dr Wiseman will also deliver a lecture and Chair the session on Advances in Cytopathology in the subcontinent.
The other faculty in this session will be professors and heads of Pathology Departments from PGIMER Chandigarh, AIIMS New Delhi, Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai, KMC Manipal and KMC Mangalore.
Dr Pinto will also chair the session on Scientific Research Papers on Cytology diagnosis along with Dr Christian Garbar, Consultant Pathologist, Cedex, Paris, France, where Research papers on Liquid Based Cytology, Synovial Cytology, Central Nervous System Cytology, CSF Cytology, Lymphoma and Ebstein Barr Virus will be presented and discussed. Dr Pinto will also present three more Scientific research papers.
Karnataka native falls to death
MARGAO: Hussain Chapparavan, a 26-year-old native of Karnataka died in a fall from a building under construction at Ambaji-Fatorda while his relative Saddam Chapparavan (25) suffered grievous injuries and was admitted to Hospicio. The incident occurred on Thursday while the duo was working on a parapet of a window on the fourth floor, which gave away and both fell. Margao PI Sudesh Naik who visited the site said that prima facie it appears to be negligence by the builder. Police have registered a case of unnatural death and further investigations are on.
‘Kidnapped’ businessman arrested
MARGAO: Margao PI Sudesh Naik informed that on May 9, at 3.30 pm, the police received a call from Sapna Kharapurkar that her husband Ballu alias Dinesh Kharapurkar, a coal businessman, had been kidnapped near Apollo Hospital, Malbhat-Margao.
The caller informed that the kidnappers came in two vehicles ~ KA-31-M-6401 and KA-31-M-7069. PI Naik immediately conducted a search and verified that Ballu had been arrested by Sirsi Circle police team headed by PI Nagesh Shetye for purchasing gold worth Rs 7 lakh, which was robbed by Firoz who was also arrested by the Karnataka police.
Police sources informed that accused Firoz, a native of Karnataka and residing at Balli, who worked as driver with Ballu, was reported missing. Incidentally, Ballu had filed a missing complaint with Quepem police. After Ballu’s arrest, Firoz who was wanted in robbery case, was also arrested by the Karnataka police who after interrogating him came in search of Ballu with a warrant and arrested him.
Clash accused denied anticipatory bail
MARGAO: The South Goa Sessions Court on Thursday rejected the anticipatory bail application moved by accused ~ Akshay Naik, Tyson Pruvedancial and Amar Khulal against whom Margao police had registered an offence under Sections 143, 147, 148, 324 and 427 of the IPC over a group clash on May 4, at Nil Kamal Bar, Margao. Akshay and Tyson who surrendered to Margao police on Thursday evening, have been arrested.
One booked under PDPP Act
MARGAO: Colva Police on a complaint from J R Gracias, Assistant Manager, Tourism Department, Panjim have registered an offence under section 3 of PDPP Act against Prakash Naik who owned a shop at Tourist Complex, Colva.
In his complaint, he alleged that Naik damaged the shop at tourist complex by digging a pit inside the verandah presumed to be for a soak pit and also removed a window of the shop.
The total damage is estimated to be Rs 80,000. Further investigation is in progress by Colva police.
One held for stabbing hotel owner
PANJIM: One person has been arrested in connection with the assault on owner of Manik Hotel, one Vithal Chopdekar, police said. A complaint had been filed by Suresh Dasharath Narvekar that on 8 May, at 8.25 pm, one Naveen Sreenivasan from St Inez, Panjim, stabbed Vithal Chopdekar owner of Manik Snacks hotel, at hotel premises, near Geeta Bakery, Panjim.
Chopdekar, a resident of Chimbel, was stabbed in the stomach after a quarrel between accused and the owner over a soft drink. Chopdekar was shifted to GMC Bambolim. The case was registered under Section 307 IPC.
Sale of Kingfisher beer to continue
PANJIM: There is good news brewing for the ‘king of good times’ as the scheduled blacklisting of selling Kingfisher beer seems to be put on the backburner.
“After positive assurances from Praveen Kerkar, distributor of Kingfisher beer in Goa to resolve our issue of empty bottles,” the Goa Liquor Traders Association (GLTA) representative told media Thursday. According to the GLTA, it has been decided to continue selling Kingfisher 650ml and 330ml bottles till further notice.
Fair: Activists knock Collector’s doors
MARGAO: City-based activists have knocked the doors of the district Collector, South seeking his intervention to shift the Holy Spirit Church feast fair from Old Market’s footpaths and roads to SGPDA market complex.
The United Goans Welfare Front has asked Collector N D Agrawal to call a joint meeting with all concerned parties and ensure that the fair is shifted to the SGPDA grounds and give a relief to the general public. The Front pointed out that the commercial business activities are being promoted in the name of Holy Spirit feast by some vested interests in the Margao Municipal Council. Activist Laurel Abranches feared that stalls will be permitted around the Colva Circle and along the Ravindra Bhavan road on the occasion of the Church feast (May 19) this year.Last year too, the activists had made a determined bid to stop the fair at the Old Market Circle, but the civic body went ahead with the permissions, creating traffic chaos on the busy road.
9th May 2013
Driver, cleaner die in truck mishap
PERNEM: A 30-year-old truck driver from Haryana and a cleaner died after the truck fell into a rivulet along the NH-17 at Nagzar-Pernem in the wee hours of Wednesday.
According to Pernem Police, the accident occurred at about 1 am when the truck driver, Ashok Kumar, and the cleaner were proceeding from Ponda to Delhi. On reaching the sloppy road near Naibag junction, the truck driver lost control over the vehicle and the truck turned turtle and landed in the rivulet.
Police said Kumar and the cleaner died on the spot. The bodies were recovered with the help of Pernem fire personnel.
Woman ends life by hanging
CANACONA: A 30-year-old woman from Mastimol-Canacona allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence on Tuesday.
According to Canacona Police, the body of Gangubai Lamani has been preserved in Hospicio morgue in Margao. PI Harish Madkaikar is investigating the case.
Goods stolen from factory
VALPOI: Goods worth Rs 29,200 were stolen from a factory at Honda.
According to Valpoi Police, the company manager complained that between 5.30 pm on May 6 and 9 am on May 7, some persons entered the factory through the open rusted shutter and stole goods worth Rs 29,200. Head Constable T V Dhuri is investigating the case.
Malpe youth killed in road mishap
PERNEM: A 24-year-old youth from Malpe-Pernem died after he was knocked down by a speeding ambulance at Malpe late Tuesday night.
According to Pernem Police, the Maharashtra-registered ambulance was proceeding from Kudal to Goa when it knocked down Vijay Malkar, who was traveling on his motorcycle in the opposite direction.
Police further informed that the grievously injured Malkar was rushed to a hospital, however, he succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital. Head Constable Pascoal Fernandes is investigating the case.
8th May 2013
Norbert’s fitness studio at Margao
PANJIM: Norbert’s Fitness Studio’s Signature fitness facility is opening in Margao on May 10. Spread over 12500 sq ft, this facility is Norbert’s Fitness Studio’s 5th branch and proclaimed by many as Goa’s best fitness properties. “This is my dream project. There was a burning desire to build a gym of such scale and class. There have been many requests from Xaxticars to open an outlet in Margao. I am now on the threshold of bringing to the people of South Goa a gym par excellence,” says Norbert, proprietor. Uncluttered equipment placement, clean and hygienic environment and well trained fitness trainers are benchmarks that Norbert’s Fitness Studio is known for. The counter is already opened for pre-inaugural offers.
Donation made to Trust
PANJIM: Rashtradharma Trust Panjim presented a fan to Asha Mahal Taleigao. Managing Trustee Rashtradharma Trust and businessman Dilip Shetye, other members of the Trust and Sucorina Vaz of Asha Mahal were present. Rashtradharma Trust undertakes programmes every year for the benefit of the old aged and persons of indigent condition.
Noite Portuguesa dine and dance
PANJIM: Indo-Portuguese Friendship Society Goa is organizing Noite Portuguesa 2013, a dine and dance event on Friday May 10, from 8 pm onwards at Coco Loco, Agacaim with the popular band Cascades and sumptuous buffet with Portuguese dishes. For details, contact 2436875 and 9552596875.
Quepem troupe performs at Kolhapur
CURCHOREM: Singer Johnson Fernandes from Quepem with his group recently performed at a function of the Maharaja family at Kolhapur.
The group gave a performance of music and songs ranging from Goan Masala to Portuguese medleys, Indi-pop and Marathi hits, besides English pop/rock hits. The other members included Rohan Denis, Revlon Fernandes, Remmy Barbosa, Domnic Colaco, Jeetu Fondekar, Sonam Lotlikar, Astid Colaco, Mefita Vaz and Lotlikar.
Tiatr festival held at Churchorem
CURCHOREM: Dalgado Konkani Academy President Premanand Lotlikar has stated that tiatr is considered as “mirror of Goan culture.”
He was speaking as chief guest at the six-day Tiatr Festival organised by Fr Agnel Primary School, Curchorem, in memory of late Albert S Carvalho at Ravindra Bhavan hall, Curchorem. Lotlikar encouraged the gathering, specially the youth, to show keen interest in tiatr and help to preserve the rich tradition of Goa.
Earlier, Guardian Angel Church Parish Priest Fr James Torres welcomed the gathering, while Walter Menezes compered the function and also proposed the vote of thanks.
Curchorem school gets 90% results
CURCHOREM: Guardian Angel HSS, Curchorem, achieved 90 per cent results in the HSSC examination.
Cynia Chari stood first at Curchorem Centre with 83.2 per cent marks in Science stream.
Sinai Muktali Kuncoliencar, Gauns Dessai Apurva and Priolkar Damu Babu from CTN HSS, Curchorem, stood first in Commerce, Arts and Vocational streams at Curchorem Centre.
Guardian Angel HSS scored 94.28% in Science, Commerce (92%), Arts (66.66%) and Vocational (98.86%), while CTN HSS scored 88.13% in Science, Commerce (82.24%), Arts (85.45%) and Vocational (84%).
Guardian Angel HSS Principal Fr Frank Mendes said 243 students appeared for the examination, of which 219 passed.
Feast celebrated at Agonda
CANACONA: Hundreds attended the feast of St Anne’s at Agonda Church. The feast mass was concelebrated by Fr Nelson Sequeira with Pilar Society Provincial Fr Kyriel D’Souza and Agonda Parish Priest Fr Mathew Fernandes, Fr John Fernandes, Fr Santiago Fernandes, Fr Luis Mariano Fernandes, Fr Adrian Fernandes among others. The other priest present for the feast mass was Fr Innocence. In his homily, Fr Silveira called on the laity not to lose hope and continue doing good deeds. “God has his own ways to answer your prayers. He knows what best you need,” said Fr Silveira, narrating how couples are blessed with children by intercession of St Anne.
Konkani musical show
PANJIM: V-Events presents a Konkani musical show – a tribute to late Shalini Mardolkar on May 12, at Kala Academy at 7:45pm. The programme includes songs sung by Sonia Sirsat, Anthony San, Clarissa and M Kumar led by Lenoy Gomendes orchestra and skits by Hortencio Pereira. The show will be conducted by Daniel F De Souza. A documentary on the life of late Shalini Mardolkar will be screened before the musical show. Entry is free for this Konkani musical show.
Blood donation camp today
PANJIM: The Indian Red Cross Society, Goa State will organize a blood donation camp in collaboration with Goa Medical College, Bambolim, on May 8, on the occassion of World Red Cross Day. The camp will be held at Indian Red Cross Society, 18th June Road, Municipal building, Panaji on from 9:30 am to 1 pm.
Fusion consert at KA today
PANJIM: Fr Peter Cardozo along with the Sonata Music School presents the All Goa Fusion Concert at the Kala Academy on May 8, from 6 pm onwards. This would be the chance for everyone to watch young upcoming talent in the music industry playing together in a musical performance for free.
Bal Bhavan centre opening at Nerul
PANJIM: The inauguration of the new Bal Bhavan Kendra at Government Primary School, Titawado, Nerul, Bardez, will be held at the hands of Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism, on May 9, at 4:30 pm. Kunda Chodankar, Chairperson of Bal Bhavan will preside over the function.
7th May 2013
Artisans cry foul over subsidy
MAYEM: Artisans engaged in making idols of Lord Ganesh in Bicholim have complained that they are yet to receive last year’s subsidy from the Goa State Handicrafts Corporation.
Claiming that they had submitted files well within the stipulated time and after complying with necessary formalities, the aggrieved artisans have requested the State government to release the subsidy within a week to enable them prepare for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. It may be recalled that the State government had assured the artisans of a subsidy for all types of eco-friendly Ganesh idols.
One booked for kidnapping
SANGUEM: A resident of Barazan-Sanguem has been accused of kidnapping a minor girl from Sanguem. According to Sanguem Police, the girl’s father complained that between 11.45 pm on May 2 and 5.45 am on May 3 the accused kidnapped his daughter and the motive is believed to be a love affair. They have registered the case under Section 365 IPC, Section 8 (2) of Goa Children Act 2005.
2 found selling liquor without licenses
CORTALIM: Two persons from Alto-Bogmalo have been booked for allegedly selling liquor without licences.
According to Mormugao Excise Inspector Seby Pereira, acting on a tip-off, he found the two accused persons possessing and selling liquor in their grocery shops without licenses. They have been booked under Goa Excise Duty Act and Rules 1964 and a panchanama has been conducted of the confiscated goods.
Meanwhile, the Excise Inspector told Herald that he will conduct more such raids in the taluka and has warned the people not to indulge in such malpractices.
PWD’s pre-monsoon works in Ponda
PONDA: The PWD will undertake pre-monsoon works in the jurisdiction of Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) from Tuesday. The Ponda deputy collector’s office had written to the State Election Commission asking for permission to undertake pre-monsoon works, as the code of conduct is in place due to PMC election on May 12. “The State Election Commission has given exemption to carry out the pre-monsoon works and the works will be executed by the PWD,” informed Deputy Collector Johnson Fernandes.
5th May 2013
Cycle rally for environment today
MARGAO: Rotary Club of Margao Midtown will hold a cycle rally to raise awareness on environmental issues in Margao on Sunday, whihch will start from Ravindra Bhavan and wind its way through the city and culminateing at the same venue.
President of the Club, Shibu, said the rally is intended to create environmental awareness and motivate people to use bicycles and reduce usage of motor vehicles, that cause traffic congestion and damage to the environment.
Speaker Rajendra Arlekar will flag off the rally at 8.30 am, and the concluding session will be addressed by Environment Minister, Alina Saldanha.Ravindra Bhavan chairman Damu Naik, District Collector, N D Agrawal and prominent dignitaries from Rotary International Dist 3170 along with corporate heads will be present.
Tatva’s third outlet at Candolim
PANJIM: Tatva Elements Spa, the only family spa which launched its second spa in Calangute in April, has opened another Tatva outlet in Goa in Whispering Palms Beach Resort, Candolim this week. This makes Candolim the 4th Spa outlet of Tatva Elements Spa after three others in Panjim, Calangute and Ashwem. With the opening of this new outlet, Tatva Elements Spa now covers most of the northern tourist belt of Goa offering luxurious spa services, offering a perfect blend of native, Indian, oriental and international therapies to maintain the perfect balance between mind, body and soul.
Best spa award for Park Hyatt
PANJIM: Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa was awarded runner-up in the Best Luxury Resort (India) category, at the recently concluded Travel and Leisure India’s Best Awards 2012, while Sereno Spa was voted Best Resort Spa at the asiaspa India Awards 2012 held recently. These awards reinstate Park Hyatt Goa as a leading resort destination.
Commenting on the achievement, Thomas Abraham, General Manager of Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa said, “It is a great honour for us to be recognized by Travel and Leisure India and South Asia and asiaSpa India, both leaders in the publishing world. These accolades are testimony to our continued commitment towards fulfilling our vision of being India’s finest beach resort and spa.”
Shopping festival at Mapusa
PANJIM: Goa Shopping Festival exhibition is currently underway at Mapusa, opp Carvalho petrol pump and people are making a beeline to shop for exclusive imported and local items on display at the stalls, as this is likely the last exhibition for the season. This is also one of the biggest and major lifestyle shopping exhibition cum festival in the State and comes at a time when people are preparing for the monsoons. The customers can choose from various brands of jewellery, home appliances, furniture, kitchenware, interiors, food products, fitness equipments, electronics, herbal products,etcThe exhibition ends May 5 at 9pm.
Orda-Candolim feast today
PANJIM: The feast of Holy Cross Chapel, Orda, Candolim, will be celebrated on May 5, at 9.30am. This year, the feast will be celebrated by all the parishioners of St Cruz, Orda, Candolim. In the evening at 7.30pm, there will be a Konkani drama titled ‘Tuntlolo Patang’ by Milagres de Chandor at Orda volleyball court.
Restricted water supply to Bardez
PANJIM: Due to urgent maintenance work on the 1000mm DI conveying main at Assonora on May 6, there will be restricted water supply to Mapusa, part of Siolim, Tivim, Assonora, part of Calangute, part of Porvorim and surrounding areas on May 6.
Saligao parish feast today
CALANGUTE: The Saligao Parish Youth Group will organize a 2-day Mae De Deus Evening Fun from May 6, between 7 pm and 10.30 pm, in the Church compound at Saligao, to mark the feast of Our Lady of Mae De Deus. The programme will include the live band ‘The Legends,’ Goan traditional dances by Anthony Viva Goa, Goan Konkani Song Samba by Johny and Bushka, prayer dance, a Gospel band, a Gospel play and a Gospel dance, besides Housie and games.
The feast of Mae De Deus will be celebrated on May 5, with Masses at 6.15 am, 7.45 am and 9.30 am (feast mass), while a Konkani drama ‘He Roste Chukiche’ by Mario Menezes will be staged at 7 pm at the Saligao Church compound.
Holy Cross Shrine feast on May 19
PANJIM: The annual feast of the Holy Cross Shrine (Fulancho Khuris) Bambolim, will be celebrated on May 19. The Maddi (Fama) will be held on May 9, at 5.30pm at the Holy Cross premises. The regular novenas will be held at 5pm with Rosary, Litany and Mass. On May 19, masses will be at 7am and 8.15 am. The Solemn High Mass will be at 9.30am and in the evening there will be a Mass at 5pm. This year the main celebrant of the feast Mass will be Fr Jean da Cruz Fernandes, Director of Diocesan Centre for Lay Apostolate.
2 MP natives killed in mishap
MARGAO: Two young tile fitters from Madhya Pradesh were killed in an accident at Rawanfond-Margao early Saturday morning.
While the cycle rider Sriram Jadhav (22) died on the spot, the pillion rider B Jadhav (20) succumbed to his injures at the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim later.
The incident occurred when they were heading to work at Gogol from Mandopa-Navelim and were run over by a petroleum tanker.
Margao Police Station incharge, PI Sudesh Naik said a case of rash and negligent driving has been registered against the driver.
The Margao police are investigating.
11 power dept workers hurt
MARGAO: Eleven employees of the Electricity Department were injured when their Trax vehicle collided with an oncoming basalt-laden tipper truck at Velip Waddo, Balli on Saturday evening.
While one of the injured, whose name was provided as Pravin, was shifted to the Goa Medical College with serious injuries, the others were rushed to the Balli Primary Health Centre and later to Hospicio in Margao.
The Cuncolim police are investigating.
Kidnapping offence registered
MARGAO: Maina Curtorim police is on the look out for a 35-year old Delhi native for kidnapping a 16-year minor girl from Curtorim.
An offence of kidnapping has been registered against the accused M Qureshi and the police are investigating the case.
Maina Curtorim Police Station incharge PI Gurudas Kadam informed that the case was registered following a complaint by the victim’s mother.
He said the incident had occurred on May 2 after the girl had gone missing from her house.
Replying to a question, he said the accused was putting up in a rented premise close to the residence of the minor girl.
The police are investigating.
Youth Alive programme at Pilar
PANJIM: Pilar Animation Centre will be orgainizing ‘Youth Alive’ a spiritual programme every second Sunday of the month starting May 12, from 10 am to 4 pm. It includes Gospel music, spiritual and social teachings based on the Word of God, Holy Eucharist, Adoration and spiritual guidance.
Sri Sri Nadi Pariksha schedule
PANJIM: Nadi Pariksha by Dr Abhishek Mishra of Sri Sri Ayurveda Trust, Bangalore, will be held on May 8, at Jai Gurudev Distributors, Shop no 3, 1st Fl, Shar-N-Sorai Appts, Varde Valaulikar Road, Margao from 8am to 1pm and 3pm to 9 pm. For details, contact Shyam or Shobha Prabhu Gaunkar on 2713545/9850320545/9921056455.
On May 9, the Nadi Pariksha will be held at Sri Sri Shopee, Shop No 2, Milan Appts, Nr Hotel Delmon, Panjim from 8:30am to 1pm and 3pm to 8:30pm. For details, contact Abhijit or Suresh Shejwalkar on 6517111/8888830157.
On May 10, at Jai Gurudev Distributors, Shop no 3, 1st Fl, Shar-N-Sorai Appts, Varde Valaulikar Road, Margao from 7:30am to 12:30pm. For details, contact Shyam or Shobha Prabhu Gaunkar. On May 10, Nadi Pariksha will also be held at Rudra’s Ayurveda, Akash Darshan Appts, Warkhande, Ponda from 4pm to 8:30pm. For details, contact Hemant Ghadage on 9881247264.
On May 11, at the same Panjim venue from 8:30am to 1pm. For details, contact Abhijit or Suresh Shejwalkar. Also on May 11, at Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple Hall, Mapusa from 4 to 8:30 pm. For details, contact Ganesh Zantye on 9326123654/9421194343.
Now on-line RC for students
MARGAO: Students from South Goa district can obtain their residence and other certificates (RC) for admissions on-line.
District Collector, N D Agrawal on Friday said that the on-line facility has been set up at the taluka Mamlatdar’s office by the district administration. While making an appeal to the students to avail the on-line facility, the collector has asked the students to approach their respective schools for the same. “All the Principals of higher secondary schools in the district have agreed to provide all the support, including allowing the students to use the school computer lab, besides providing guidance to their students to apply on-line for residence and other certificates”, the collector added.
Agrawal said that on-line residence or other certificates can be issued within one day, while it may take 4-5 days to obtain the certificate manually.
Help & Help jumble sale
PANJIM: Help & Help Charitable Trust will hold its 9th annual jumble sale from May 7 to 10, below Comunidade Building, opposite Margao Municipality. A wide variety of household items, books, footwear, toys, food-stuffs, stationery, electronic items, furniture, and clothes, which have been donated by companies, shops, business establishments and individuals from all over Goa will be on sale at throw-away prices. Proceeds of the sale will, as usual, be used to assist institutions serving the needy in Goa, according to a press note issued by the Trust.
Patanjali shibir at Mapusa
PANJIM: Patanjali Yog Samiti Goa is organizing Saskar residential Shibir on the development of children between the ages of 10 to 15 years at St Anthony's High School, Mapusa, on May 7 and 8. Residential shibir will start at 9am and will conclude at 6pm on May 8. Shibir will be guided by Dr Suraj Kanekar, in-charge of the Patanjali Yog Peeth, Goa. For registration, contact 9326135966, 9326103552, 9860386883, (0832) 2220375.
Fest to celebrate Miranda’s cartoons
PANJIM: The first ever ‘Sunaparanta Mario Miranda Cartoon Festival’ began on May 4 and will conclude on May 5. It is being organized by Sunaparata Goa Centre for the Arts, in association with Literature Live. The closing function will be held at the historic Reis Magos Fort. This retrospective of Goa’s legendary cartoonist and Padma Vibushan awardee also features some of India’s leading cartoonists Ravi Shankar, C P Unny, Keshav, Hemant Morparia, V G Narendra and Gujjarappa BG. A collection of 90 doodles of famed cartoonist R K Laxman, hitherto unseen, are also on display at the Centre.
The topics of discussion were: Drawing the line between funny and provocative; the art of caricature; can cartooning be elevation to the position of art and the art of political cartooning. In his key note address on May 4, Vinod Mehta spoke about the ‘Lack of Humour in Indian Public Life.’ At the closing ceremony, a special tribute would be paid to Mario Miranda at which the Governor of Goa would be the chief guest.
Vaman Sardesai Memorial lecture
PANJIM: The Vaman Sardesai Memorial Trust and the Institute of Indo-European studies will jointly hold a public memorial lecture on May 6, at the Chamber of Commerce Hall, Opp Azad Maidan, Panaji at 6pm.
In view of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, exponent of Vedanta, the philosophy of the Upanishads, Rev Swami Pitambaranandaji Maharaj of the Ramkrishna Mission, Hardwar, former editor of the Mission’s monthly magazine ‘Jivan Vikas’ has been invited as the chief guest and will speak on the ‘Isha Upanishad’ the foremost among the upanishads.
Dr H T Nagvenkar, Retd Principal of MES College of Arts and Science, Vasco will be the guest of honor. Rev Dr Antonio F X Rodrigues, CSSR Rector, from the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, will preside.
The lecture is being organized to commemorate the 19th death anniversary of the late Vaman Sardesai, poet, freedom fighter, former Ambassador of India to Angola and a Padmashri awardee.
Kavalekar’s birthday on May 7
CURCHOREM: Various religious and cultural programmes will be organised in Quepem to mark the birthday of Quepem MLA Chandrakant (Babu) Kavalekar on May 7.
Addressing a press conference, former Quepem mayor and Chairman of the Birthday Celebration Committee, Rahul Pereira admitted that though he had contested against Kavlekar in the previous assembly elections, he was now happy to extend full support to the Quepem MLA.
“I had contested against Kavalekar because I wanted a hospital, a new bridge over Kushawati River and a sports complex for the people of Quepem constituency. Since Kavlekar has completed these projects, I have decided to support him’ said Rahul.
QMC Vice-Chairperson Camilo Simoes, informed that Kavlekar’s birthday will be celebrated by organizing various religious and cultural programmes.
Trawlers cannot be compared to canoes, says GRE president
PANJIM: President of Goenchea Raponkarancho Ekvott (GRE) in a statement issued here, said that at a recently held meeting with trawler owners, in the presence of the chief minister, the trawler owners in their arguments to support their cause, stated that since both, canoes and the trawlers are mechanized, both are equal in energy and capacity to sail the high seas irrespective of the fact that the canoe is fitted with an outboard engine of only 9.9. Hp while the trawler is fitted with an inboard engine of more than 250 Hp.
Rodrigues further said that if that is the case and the trawler owners firmly believe that there is no difference between the canoes and the trawlers, then the traditional fishermen are ready to fish in the high seas, provided the trawler owners keep aside their trawlers and acquire canoes with outboard engines of 9.9 Hp.
The GRE president further said that there is enough in the seas for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed. He said that justice would prevail and fishing would be done accordingly, only if it is accepted that trawlers cannot be compared to the canoes with respect to its navigating and carrying capacities which are superior.
In conclusion, Rodrigues reiterated the GRE’s demand that the 5 km fishing ban from HTL be implemented strictly, as was done when late Matanhy Saldanha supported the coalition government in 2002.
3rd May 2013
Majumdar to speak at Singapore forum
PANJIM: Amit Majumdar of Porvorim and a steel industry professional with five decades of hands-on experience in the Indian steel industry, has been invited to speak at the Singapore Iron Ore Forum 2013, in Singapore from May 6 to 9. The Forum is being organized by Singapore Stock Exchange and CU Steel of China. Majumdar will be speaking on ‘The Indian Iron Ore Conundrum’ – a highly debatable topic not only in India but also across the world today. He is the only speaker from India at this prestigious conference.
Majumdar has worked with Steel Authority of India (SAIL) for thirty years across three of its plants and its corporate office from 1963 till 1993. His last position in SAIL was chief executive of VISL, Bhadravati which he is credited to having turned around.
Dr Dhuri wins veterinarian award
PANJIM: At the recently held celebrations of “World Veterinary Day” organized by the Goa State Veterinary Council at International Centre Dona Paula, Dr R B Dhuri, veterinarian currently serving as Manager, Goa State Cooperaive Milk Producers Union Limited, Ponda, Goa was presented with the Veterinarian of the Year award by chief guest and Secretary (AH), Neeraj Semwal. Dr Benjamin Braganca, Director of AH and VS was the guest of honour.
Dr Raghunath B Dhuri, a graduate from the veterinary college Kerala Agricultural University, Mannuthy Kerala has undergone several trainings at the national and international level besides having many informative articles and published research papers to his credit in various national and international journals. He has been the recipient of several awards and appreciations in the past too.
House congratulates sports teams
PANJIM: The State Legislative Assembly unanimously passed two congratulatory motions on Thursday to laud the performances of Goa Blind and Para Judo team for wining medals for Goa in the first National Blind Judo Championship at Lucknow, and Tchoukball girls’ team for winning Gold medal for the State. The first congratulatory motion was tabled by MLA Glenn Ticlo, while MLA Ganesh Gaonkar moved the second motion. The Goa Blind and Para Judo team comprising four Judo players Mohammad Raichur, Prasad Pandarphale, Amit Birje and Sahid Sheikh won the 1st National Blind Judo Championship held at Lucknow. The Tchoukball sport held at Ponda, saw the participation of 25 boys and 14 girls teams from across the country. The Goa’s girls’ team snatched top honours in this championship. The MLAs urged the govt to encourage both sports in the State.
27% reservation for OBC students
PANJIM: While declaring 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in the current financial year, Social Welfare Minister Mahadev Naik assured that he would ensure that all government and private professional and non-professional colleges implement the reservation. Naik said that OBCs currently enjoy 19.5 percent reservation in different educational institutes of the State. He called on the people to approach government in case any colleges deny reservations to OBCs. “Action would be initiated against those institutes,” he said. According to government records, 11 educational institutes including Goa Medical College, Goa Dental College, Pharmacy and Architecture College and others have already been implementing reservations for OBC students. He was replying to the question tabled by Vishnu Surya Wagh.
2nd May 2013
Holy Cross feast at Velim
MARGAO: The annual traditional feast of the Miraculous Holy Cross at Baradi, Velim will be celebrated on May 3.
On the feast day, Masses will be held at 5.45 am, 7 am, 8 am, 9.30 am (High Mass) and 11.30 am. A drama titled “Ixxtagot” by Roseferns will be staged.
Theft case registered
MARGAO: The Maina Curtorim police on complaint from Fr Gerald D’Costa, Parish Priest of Dicarpale Church have registered an offence of theft against unknown persons.
In his complaint, Fr D’Costa stated that on Wednesday between 2 am and 5.30 am, unknown accused entered the church premises by breaking the window grill and lifted away Rs 3,000 from the donation box and one chalice all worth Rs 3,500. Further investigation is in progress.
Two get police custody
MARGAO: The JMFC, Margao on Wednesday remanded to five days police custody two persons arrested on the charges of forcing a victim into flesh trade at Colva. It may be recalled that on April 30, Colva PI Nilesh Rane-led team accompanied by Auda Viegas rescued a 25-year-old woman from Nagpur and arrested two pimps aged 22 and 21 years who claimed to be husband and brother of the victim.
PI Rane informed that they received a tip-off that a woman was seen soliciting customers in Colva on Monday. The police on Tuesday laid a trap to rescue the victim.
A decoy customer contacted the woman on mobile to meet him at Colva junction on Tuesday afternoon. The woman along with two men arrived at the spot and the police rescued the woman and took the pimps into custody. The victim has been sent to Apna Ghar at Merces.
Goa Beach Grind
PANJIM: Goa Beach Grind, the state’s biggest electronic dance music fest will be held from May 2 to 5, 4.30 pm onwards, at Betalbatim Beach.
It will feature DJ Max Hardcastle, Hardrock Sofa, DJ Diamond and DJ Robert K, among others.
Mass for workers
PANJIM: There will a mass for workers on May 3, at Mary Immaculate Church, Panjim at 1.15pm.
The Mass is being offered by the Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Panjim.
A priest will be available for confessions from 12.30pm onwards.
1st May 2013
Monthly OPD at Margao
PANJIM: Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore will hold its monthly OPD on May 4, at Heart Outpatient Clinic of Dr Francisco Colaco Echo Cardiography Ultrasound Centre, Margao between 8 am and 1 pm. Dr Devananda N S (HoD and Consultant ~ Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Manipal Heart Institute, Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore) will be available for consultation. For appointments contact (0832) – 2732318/ +91 7829391920.
Syndicate Bank branch golden jubilee
PANJIM: Syndicate Bank, Sanquelim branch recently celebrated its golden jubilee at Shivsmriti Khedekar Art Gallery, Sanquelim. MLA, Dr Pramod Sawant was the chief guest. Regional Manager C Padma presided over the function. First Branch Manager Mr P K Nayak was honoured. Shreemad Vidyadhiraj Teerth Vader Swamiji was also present. Branch Manager A G Kulkarni addressed the gathering. Akshaya welcomed the gathering and K S Puranik, chief manager proposed vote of thanks. Earlier, SHGs and staff members of the branch performed the welcome song.
Musical evening at Nuvem
PANJIM: A Musical evening will be organized at Carmel College ground, Nuvem on May 1, from 5 pm to 10 pm.
There will be stalls, games, food stalls, jumble sale and May Queen contest, besides prizes and surprises.
Summer Camp inaugurated at Margao
PANJIM: Noted Poet and Margao businessman Deep Karapurkar inaugurated the Samrat Sports Clubs summer camp at S P Chowgule College, Margao. He said that Samrat Sports Club through its summer camps provides a good platform for children to build up their personality. Guest of honour Arun Panchwadker spoke on moral values and meditation. Vinayak Mordekar also spoke. Vishwanath Swar, President of Samrat Sports Club welcomed. Rosheley Figueiredo introduced the chief guest. Sanchya Henriques introduced the guest of honour. Ankita Naik performed the welcome dance. Ruvina Khan compered. Vitney D’Souza proposed vote of thanks.
Satyanarayan mahapooja at Majorda
PANJIM: Shree Damodar Devasthan, Majorda will organise its annual Satyanarayan mahapooja in the temple premises on May 3, at 4 pm. The pooja will be followed by bhajan, aartis, prasad and annasantarpan (dinner) etc. From 7 pm onwards, there will be an auction of items followed by film dances by children and a Konkani drama ‘Ladli Chandrika’. On May 4, a Rangoli contest for ladies and girls will be organised. A drawing competition for children will be held between 4 pm and 5 pm followed by a fancy dress contest for children from 7 pm onwards. At 8 pm, there will be an auction of items followed by Konkani drama ‘Gangaram Gadkari Natakkarachya Ghari’. For details contact 2881594 or 2881037.
TB patients given food packets
PANJIM: Syngenta Santa Monica Works distributed supplementary food packets to 45 tuberculosis patients from Corlim, Mangado and Carambolim recently. MLA Pandurang Madkaikar was the chief guest. Dr Kedar Raikar, Medical Officer Corlim PHC said the PHC provides DOTS treatment to 45 tuberculosis patients under RMTCP program. Most of these patients are poor and lack proper nutrition and hence their recovery is delayed. The Corlim PHC requested Syngenta Santa Monica Works to help these patients, which was agreed by Martin Ghosh, site manager and his Corporate Social Responsibility team. Mr S G S Borkar, CSR Manager, MLA Pandurang Madkaikar, Dr Geeta Kakodkar and Dr Thali also spoke. HR Manager of Syngenta Santa Monica Works, Sarah Fernandes and Andrew D’Souza were also present. Dr Kerkar proposed the vote of thanks.
Feast of St Sebastian
POINGUINIM: Parishioners of St Sebastian Church at Loliem-Canacona will celebrate the feast of St Sebastian on May 4.
According to Loliem Parish Priest Fr Aloysius Gonsalves, the annual feast will be celebrated on May 4 and the main celebrant will be Fr R Polly of Rachol Seminary and the feast Mass will be held at 10 am. Many cultural programmes will be organised on the feast day.
Cookery, bakery classes
PANJIM: Fatima Moniz will conduct cookery and bakery classes on May 7, at Margao.
Classes will include cakes, desserts, pies, cookies, bread, vegetarian and non-vegetarian snacks etc.
Cuisine includes Indo-Portuguese, Italian, Goan, Continental and Indian.
For details, contact 9370275702/2776035 or visit fatima.moniz.in
Lecture on activities of terror groups
PANJIM: Former Special Secretary, (R&AW), Govt. of India and Strategic Intelligence Advisor (NSC) Amber Sen will deliver a lecture on 'Activities of Terrorist Groups in our Region and Beyond' on May 4, from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. Organized by the International Centre Goa, the lecture is open to all and there is no registration fee.
Mass for workers
PANJIM: There will a mass for workers on May 3, at Mary Immaculate Church, Panjim at 1.15pm. The Mass is being offered by the Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Panjim. A priest will be available for confessions from 12.30pm onwards.
30th Apr 2013
Various courses at Brindavan College
PANJIM: Brindavan College is offering various post-graduate courses in life sciences, computer science and management and has been recognized as a research centre for awarding PhD degrees in microbiology.
The college is also a centre for under-graduate and post-graduate university examinations. It provides opportunities for faculty and students to conduct research and improve the quality of teaching by establishing a separate research laboratory.
Also on offer are pre-university (10+2 level) and various under-graduate courses in science, commerce, management and computer sciences and engineering degree courses.
Apart from this, there are very good sports facilities, canteen, cafeteria and transport and wi-fi internet facilities along with hostels for boys and girls on the campus.
PANJIM: Goans for Dabolim will organise a public meeting at Cansaulim market square at 5.30 pm today.
Abijeet Prabhudessai, Fr Eremit Rebello, Dr Marconi Correia, Jose Maria Miranda, Adv Antonio Lobo, Floriano Lobo, Sergio Carvalho and Edwin Pinto.
Three-day summer musical fiesta
PANJIM: The parishioners of St Philip and St James Church Cortalim will be organizing a Summer Musical Fiesta on May 10, 11 and 12 at Cortalim School ground in order to raise funds for the new school complex of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School, Cortalim.
The three-day fiesta has entertainment planned for the entire family, various cultural programs along with a musical evening with renowned Konkani stage artists taking part.
Live bands along with DJs will keep people entertained in the evenings, in addition to mandos and zagor will give the fiesta a traditional touch. Plenty of food stalls along with games and housie will add value to the fiesta, says a press note.
PANJIM: The newly erected 100KVA transformer centre associated HT and LT line at Bhindem-Malkarnem will be test charged on May 2 and will remain charged.
The public is cautioned not to climb the poles, DP structures, etc and not to tie cattle to the poles and stays and keep away from these lines as it is highly dangerous.
Two deaths due to hanging
PONDA: The State recorded two cases of death due to hanging on Sunday. In the first case, a 30-year-old resident of Volvoi, Darshan Tari, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence.
In the second incident, a 40-year-old woman from Khamamol-Curchorem, Afsana Shaikh, allegedly committed suicide at Morailem-Curchorem. According to Curchorem Police, there was no foul play in the death.
75-year-old woman rescued
CANACONA: An off-duty lifeguard rescued a 75-year-old woman from Delem-Canacona from the Talpona river on Sunday.
According to reports, a local fisherman informed lifeguard, Kalpesh Pagi, about a woman floating in the Talpona River. The lifeguard along with his brother rushed to the site, where Savitri Naik Gaonkar was floating in knee-deep water.
The victim was brought out of the water, checked for injuries and was later shifted to Canacona PHC for further medical treatment.
Resident complains of assault
PORVORIM: A resident of Khandepar-Ponda has accused two persons from Canca-Parra of assaulting him and stealing his cash and gold chain, all worth about Rs 88,000, near Verla-Canca Panchayat on Sunday.
According to Mapusa Police, Tulshidas Kudalkar complained that the two accused abused and assaulted him with slaps, fist blows and kicks and threatened him with dire consequences.
The complainant further stated that the accused stole his purse containing cash of Rs 18,000 and one gold chain worth about Rs 70,000 and damaged his mobile phone.
No-confidence against sarpanch
BICHOLIM: A no-confidence motion was passed against Karapur-Sarvan Sarpanch Aryan Gaonkar by 10-1 votes on Monday.
The no-confidence motion was moved against Gaonkar on April 3 and a special meeting was called in the panchayat to discuss the issue.
In the 11-member panchayat, 10 panchas voted against the sarpanch. All the Panchas including Rajesh Naik, Jayeshree Tari, Mahesh Sawant, Divya Korkhande, Prashant Mayekar, Mukund Vaigankar, Deepak Dhawaskar, Dheeraj Sawant, Sachit Sawant and Shami Madar were present for the meeting.
Goa Meat Complex animal disposed
PONDA: The carcass of the animal which died on Friday at Goa Meat Complex has been finally disposed of by authorities.
Govansh Raksha Abhiyan President Hanumant Parab maintained the carcass was disposed of only after they intervened in the matter.
Authorities at the meat complex had initially refused to dispose of the animal citing the HC order on the ad interim ban on cattle slaughter.
28th Apr 2013
Mala resident detained for assault
PANJIM: One Saroj Kumar, a resident of Mala was Friday detained under preventive measure by the Panjim Town Police Station for allegedly assaulting and threatening his roommate. According to complainant Simon Pinho, the accused abused, threatened and beat him early Saturday morning. He said that Kumar also used some weapons to attack him, but he managed to escape and rushed to the police station to lodge a complaint. Both ~ victim and accused share a common rented house with separate rooms. Panjim police said Kumar was detained under Section 151 CrPC and will be produced before the Magistrate. A non-cognizable case under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC has been booked against the accused, who is reportedly a native of Orissa.
Police yet to remove newsletter
PANJIM: Although the Goa Police have admitted that a juvenile delinquent was ‘mistakenly’ identified in their quarterly newsletter released earlier this month, the department is yet to remove it from its official website. The newsletter’s third issue had identified a 14-year-old member of Trichur-based Rs 10 note gang, who along with another was arrested by Panjim police in a theft case this February. Director General of Police O P Mishra has conceded the mistake, stating that ‘it was not deliberate’. However, the eight-page publication is yet to be withdrawn from Goa police’s official website www.goapolice.gov.in. Meanwhile, State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has written to the department condemning the insensitive attitude of the police force towards dealing with matters related to minors.
Calangute local averts fire tragedy
CALANGUTE: Alert action by a local prevented a major tragedy, when a fire broke out after a group of irresponsible Andhra Pradesh tourists began cooking in a guesthouse at Calangute on Saturday. According to sources, a group of tourists from AP were to check-in at two separate rooms, but were asked to rest in one guest room as they wanted to refresh themselves. The tourists hurriedly brought in their gas cylinder and stove and started cooking in the guestroom.
A fire broke out in the guestroom and the panic-stricken tourists fled from the room without switching off the cylinder or stove. However, a local kept his cool and quickly removed the gas stove and cylinder from the room, thereby averting a major tragedy. Locals then alerted the fire services and fire tenders from Pilerne-Saligao extinguished the fire, while a Mapusa fire tender also went to the site.
The guest room owner has estimated the loss of property at Rs 1.5 lakh.
Cops probing into kidnap charge
MARGAO: Margao police are investigating into a complaint lodged by Goan Seamen Association of India President Dixon Vaz that he had received a call from an anonymous caller threatening to kidnap his family.
In his complaint, Vas claimed that the anonymous threatened of dire consequences if he continues his work for the Goan seamen. “
Along with my complaint, I have submitted the mobile number of the anonymous caller to the Margao police for investigations”, Vaz said, while demanded that the police take his complaint to the logical conclusion.
Condemning the incident, the Goan Seamen Association of India has demanded action by the police to bring the culprit to book.
Copy of the complaint lodged by Vaz has been forwarded to the office of the Chief Minister for necessary action.
Navelim forum postpones meet
MARGAO: The Navelim Civic & Consumer Forum has postponed its April general meting to May 5 at 10.30 am in Rosary high school classroom, Navelim.
Secretary Joseph L Vaz stated that the meeting has been postponed since it clashes with the Navelim panchayat gram sabha.
27th Apr 2013
Yoko Rehab opens in Margao
PANJIM: Renowned Mumbai-based orthopaedic surgeon of Goan origin, Padmabhushan Dr Nandkishore Laud inaugurated the Yoko Rehab showroom at Margao recently in the presence of the Chairman of Southern Gas Madhav Poy Raiturcar, Vithaldas Pai Cacode, Director of Southern Gas Gautam V Pai Cacode and Motilal S Keni. The only store of its kind deals exclusively with rehabilitation, medical and healthcare products. Yoko Rehab offers a one of its kind experience with every type of rehabilitation product under one roof.
PANJIM: The Ambaji Feeder-11KV HT Underground of length 839 mtrs from 33/11KV, 1x10 MVA and 2.x6.3 MVA Fatorda sub-station distribution and HT and LT underground cables were test charged and will remain charged.
PANJIM: The public of Bardez are informed that the new 200 KVA Transformer centre along with a 11 KV line of Philomena Braganza at Xhelpem, Duler, Mapusa will be test-charged on April 27 and will remain charged.
Toddler drowns in water tank
PORVORIM: A one-and-half-year old toddler drowned in a water tank at the Pilerne Industrial Estate on Friday afternoon.
According to Porvorim Police, the health officer of Candolim PHC informed the police that the body of the toddler had been brought to the health centre. Police rushed to the industrial estate and conducted an enquiry.
It was revealed that the toddler, Sanjana Sorain, native of Jharkand, while playing fell in the water tank and got drowned.
Police further informed that when the parents noticed that their daughter was missing, they started searching for her and to their utter shock found the body floating in the water tank.
Police said the body was sent to Goa Medical College Hospital at Bamobolim for the post-mortem, which stated the toddler had died due to drowning.
Francis de Tuem booked for slapping
MARGAO: Margao police has registered a case under section 323, 504, 427, 506 of the IPC following a complaint lodged by Osvy Viegas.
In his complaint, Viegas stated that two people ~ Anita and Francis de Tuem ~ allegedly abused and slapped him, causing simple injuries. He also complained that the duo allegedly threatened him. He told the police that the incident occurred on April 23 at 7 pm when he was waiting for his troupe at the Margao KTC bus stand when Anita approached him and questioned him for singing a song against her.
Duo held with firearm, live rounds
PORVORIM: Mapusa Police on Thursday nabbed two persons on charges of possessing a pistol at Peddem-Mapusa.
According to Mapusa Police, accused Rizwan Abbasi (28) of Naikka Waddo, Calangute, and Noor Ahmed Mulla, native of Hubli, but residing at Merces, were caught red handed for allegedly possessing a pistol and 16 live rounds without possessing any legal documents.
Police said the duo wanted to sell the pistol. They registered a case under Sections 3, 5 r/w 25of Arms Act.
Resort manager complains of assault
VASCO: A resort at Dabolim has accused four unidentified persons of assaulting its manager and a staff member and stealing mobile phones and gold chain worth about Rs 40,000.
According to Vasco Police, Bhupendra Singh, OCC manager of the resort, complained that the four persons while arguing with him over using the swimming pool had abused and assaulted him and his staff with fist blows and kicks.
The complainant further stated that during the scuffle, the accused snatched his mobile phones and gold chain worth about Rs 40,000 and fled from the spot.
Complaint filed in GSL incident
VASCO: A Complaint has been filed against about 20 residents of Voddand-Vasco for allegedly trespassing into the premises of Goa Shipyard Limited.
According to DySP Laurence D’Souza, CISF Deputy Commandant S Jaykumar has filed the complaint against the residents for trespassing into GSL premises by crossing the Western Water Front.
The complainant further stated that the people started pelting stones, throwing bottles filled with inflammable material and obstructing CISF from dousing a fire.
Vasco Police registered offences under Sections 143, 147, 148, 336, 447 and 435 r/w 149 of IPC.
Unidentified body found at Porvorim
PORVORIM: Porvorim Police on Friday recovered an unidentified body near the market in Housing Board Colony, Porvorim.
According to the police, the deceased having dark complexion, height 5 feet, 4 inch was wearing a pink shirt and a half pant. The body has been preserved in the GMC morgue in Bambolim.
Costa ground: Panel seeks CM’s help
MARGAO: The Aquem Ground Bachaco Association has knocked the doors of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to arrange the necessary funds for the acquisition of the Costa ground.
Saying that Margao MLA Digambar Kamat was silent on the issue of acquisition of the grounds, Association general secretary Andrew Sequeira drew attention of the CM to the Margao Municipal Council’s resolution to acquire the grounds. “It appears that the Margao civic body is unable to arrange the required funds for acquiring the land,” he said.
Sequeira pointed out that the land in question is being traditionally used for the purpose of sports, recreation and cultural activities by schools, sports clubs for the last several decades. “This is the only land available and used by various schools, clubs, religious institutions for their sports, recreational and cultural needs,” he added.
26th Apr 2013
Earth Day celebrated at Big Foot
PANJIM: Earth Day was observed at Ancestral Goa, a centre for preservation of art, culture and environment, at Big Foot, Loutolim on the theme ‘How do I help save earth? - let’s talk solutions’. It started with a panel discussion comprising of Shabana Kazi from TERI, Sujeet K Dongre from CEE and the moderator Sultanat Kazi. On behalf of Fomento Green, a power-point presentation of solutions to waste dumping sites was shown by Chetan Zaveri.
Mass by Lankan Bishop at Sancoale
PANJIM: Bishop of Kandy, Sri Lanka, Vianney Fernando, will celebrate Mass at the Shrine of Blessed Joseph Vaz, Sancoale, on April 26 at 4 pm. Bishop Fernando will pray for the early canonization of Bl Joseph Vaz. Devotees of Bl Joseph Vaz are invited to take part in the Holy Eucharist. The visiting prelate will also celebrate Mass at Cruz dos Milagres Church, Boa Vista Hill, Old Goa, on April 27 at 4 pm. Bishop Fernando is the president of the Blessed Joseph Vaz National Secretariat of Sri Lanka.
One held for murder
MARGAO: A 35-year old native of Jharkhand was killed at a basalt quarry at Barcem village last night by his co-worker, also hailing from Jharkhand. In swift action, Cuncolim police arrested Lawrence Banjoe for the murder of his co-worker Sumit Topno, 35 also hailing from Jharkand, on April 25 at 5 am. According to Cuncolim police, they received a complaint stating that accused Banjoi set ablaze a small house of Pandari Velip, destroying household articles and thereafter assaulted Topno with an iron rod on the head, killing him instantly. Cuncolim PI Raju Raut Dessai who arrested the accused registered an offence under section 302, 436, 506(II) IPC against accused Banjoe and further investigation is in progress.
Kolhapur native falls, dies
COLLEM: A 42-year-old native of Kolhapur residing at Madhlawada-Sancorda, died after he fell in a plantation near his residence on Wednesday. Collem Police have sent the body of Issak Mujavar to the GMC morgue in Bambolim for a post-mortem. PSI Sachin Lokare is investigating the case.
10 year-old kidnapped
CALANGUTE: A 10-year-old boy was reportedly kidnapped from Kobra Waddo, Calangute. According to Calangute Police, the boy’s mother complained that unidentified persons kidnapped her son at about 9 am on April 22. Calangute Police registered the case under Section 363 IPC and Section (8) (1) of Goa Children Act and PSI Mahesh Gadekar is investigating.
Riders injured in mishaps
BICHOLIM: A motorcycle rider from Nanora was injured in a road accident at Bamanwada-Nanora, Bicholim. According to Bicholim Police, Shekhar Kanolkar was proceeding in his motorcycle (GA-01-L-2316) when he was knocked down by a truck (GA-01-U-7165). The truck driver fled. Kanolkar sustained injuries and Head Constable D A Bordekar is investigating the case.
PORVORIM: A 25-year-old resident of Porvorim was injured in a road accident at Porvorim Bazaar. According to Porvorim Police, Shobha Pednekar of Porvorim complained that a speeding unidentified vehicle, which was proceeding from Panjim to Mapusa, knocked down an oncoming motorcycle (GA-02-M-5653) near Dr Sidney Pinto Hospital, Porvorim. The driver fled from the site.
Police said the motorcycle rider, Sanjay Pednekar, sustained injuries and they are investigating.
Palacio Group receives award
PANJIM: Palacio Group, the Goan real estate developer, has received the prestigious ‘Real Estate Brand of the Year’ at the recently concluded Business Goa Awards 2013, a press note issued here today stated. "The award serves as a testimony to Palacio’s work, making us a trusted name in the Real Estate sector in Goa”, said Vinay Bhasin, co-founder of the Palacio Group which describes itself as a truly Goan developer.
Palacio Group in the last two years it has two completed and two on-going projects, which include apartments, penthouses, villas, row houses and plots and is launching two more projects this year, the note adds, stating that eco-friendliness and quality apart from emotional connect and lifestyle aspects are integral to their projects.
Mapusa beef shops remain closed
PORVORIM: Beef shops in Mapusa market remained closed for the third consecutive day on Thursday due to non-availably of beef. There was no supply of beef in the market following the temporary suspension of animal slaughter at the Goa Meat Complex. There was an acute shortage of beef in Mapusa and workers at various beef stalls are worried about their future. “The decision of the High Court has shattered our livelihood. We cannot do other jobs and if this issue is not solved immediately or if our owner does not import beef from neighbouring states, we will be rendered unemployed,” feared a worker.
25th Apr 2013
Woman drowns in Zuari
VASCO: A 55-year-old woman from Dabolim reportedly drowned in Zuari river at Matvem-Dabolim on Wednesday.
Vasco Police was informed that a female body was floating in the river near St Anthony’s Cross at Matvem-Dabolim. The woman was identified as Saku Sawant.
Police learnt that Saku used to sell flowers at the Cross and would often spend the nights there.
Vasco police sent the body for an autopsy at Hospicio in Margao, before handing it over to her family for the final rites.
Held for outraging modesty
VASCO: Mormugao Police arrested a 42-year-old man on charges of outraging the modesty of a woman near a bus stop at Mormugao jetty.
According to Mormugao Police, the victim complained that the incident occurred on Monday at about 8 pm while she was waiting for a bus near Laxmi Chambers bus stop, Mormugao jetty.
Acting on the complaint, Mormugao Police arrested the accused Gynendra Dubay.
One arrested for assault
CANACONA: Canacona Police arrested a man from Fulamol-Canacona on charges of assaulting two persons in the area.
According to Canacona Police, Dhaki Bhavadan (43) of Karvem complained that her brother-in-law, Babo Bhavdam, had allegedly assaulted her husband with a wooden stick, kicks and slaps.
The complainant further stated that the accused also assaulted her daughter, injuring her. She stated that the accused also abused and threatened them dire consequences.
Canacona Police arrested the accused and later released him on bail.
Man succumbs to accident injuries
CURCHOREM: A 40-year-old resident of Voilawado, Amona-Quepem, succumbed to accident injuries at GMC Hospital in Bambolim.
According to Quepem Police, Minio Fernandes who had sustained injuries was admitted in GMC Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.
Calangute sarpanch resigns
CALANGUTE: Calangute Sarpanch Ana Maria C D’Souza has tendered her resignation from the post. D’Souza tendered her resignation to the Director of Panchayats after completing one year in office in a mutual agreement between the women panchas.
D’Souza was elected as sarpanch on May 28 shortly after the panchayat polls.
Assessment of collective farming
CANACONA: Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) and Goa Shipyard Ltd recently conducted a mid-term assessment programme of Cotigao and Gaondongrim Agri-Collective Farming Co-Op Societies in Canacona.
TISS team senior research associate Rashmi Chordiya, research associate Shrvari Joshi, consultant Ramanna Killi, besides GSL Vasco Project Officer Francis Fernandes along with both societies’ office bearers and stakeholders participated.
While making their own technical assessment of scope of developments of GSL-CSR agri-collective farming at Cotigao and Gaondongrim, the team also tried its best to build stakeholders’ confidence and guided them for sustainable development in near future.
At Gaondongrim, Chairman Barkelo P Velip along with his 25 stakeholders, while at Cotigao, Chairman Datta Velip, Secretary Ashok Gaonkar, Umesh Gaonkar along with 30 stakeholders participated in separate interactions.
TISS project officer Ulhas Pai Bhatikar welcomed, while extension officer of GSL CSR Prasad Velip proposed the vote of thanks.
Man held with illegal firearm
MARGAO: Acting on a tip off, the Margao police on late Tuesday night raided a bar at Navelim and arrested one Raju Devar, from whom they recovered an illegal pistol.
He has been remanded to seven days police custody.
Margao Police station in-charge, PI Sudesh Naik, informed that the Margao police had received a tip-off about possession of the illegal fireman by Devar.
Replying to a question, the PI said the Margao police will interrogate the accused to find out the source from where he had procured the firearm.
Police said the accused, who is a resident of Azad Nagar, near Rajendra Prasad stadium, Margao, was allegedly found in a drunken state when they swooped down on the bar.
An offence under section 3 and 25 of the Arms Act has been registered against Devar.
Three arrested for theft, assault
MARGAO: The Cuncolim police acting swiftly arrested three people involved in assault and theft at Cutbona, Velim fishing jetty, on Wednesday, and recovered the stolen property.
Vilesh Agan Butiya, working on a trawler named Silver Sea owned by Cruz Charles, on Wednesday morning complained to the police that unknown accused assaulted him and four others and snatched from them Rs 300 and a Nokia mobile set during the wee hours.
Cuncolim PI Raju Raut Desai along with his staff managed to arrest the three persons by noon.
Their names were given as Raj Ganpath Shekar (20), Selvus Pius Serkar (22), both natives of Delhi and Nobash Kushali Pagi (44) from Khola.
They were arrested under section 384 read with 34 IPC. The stolen cash and mobile phone were recovered from their procession.
World Earth Day observed
PANJIM: Bougainvilla Hermitage, the popular senior’s community in Nachinola, organized a cleaning drive to observe ‘World Earth Day’ recently.
Approximately 60 people from the neighbourhood as well as residents and staff of Bougainvilla Hermitage, collected garbage around Nachinola village where people throw their garbage along the road. Over 200 sacks of garbage were collected and later segregated.
Michael and Tomoko Lobo, Directors of Bougainvilla Hermitage said it was a pity that even educated people didn’t care about Goa and hoped that the movement would contribute in making Goa a better place for our children.
Chief Guest, Ralph Paes, General Manager of well known Newspaper, ‘The Statesman’, supported this event with words of appreciation and encouragement to all participants and to Bougainvilla Hermitage.
It was a gratifying experience for all involved. The participants hoped that their efforts have set an example and that such drives are conducted all over Goa.
Dinesh Patel’s Err Ere Ire launched
MARGAO: Author Dinesh Patel launched his fourth book Err Ere Ire last week. His earlier books, India’s first book on casino Indian Jackpot and Goa’s first historical fiction 1961 Umbra of Disillusion have won rave reviews all over the country.
The fiction based on the lives of Goan sailors, takes a periscopic view of their lives and emotions both on and off land. The later part of the book transforms into a fast-paced murder mystery, where the killer is lost in the maze of unfolding circumstances.
The main story interludes various little stories within. Of complex human emotions, triumph of love in adversity, the reward of justice, the power of patience and portrays how the ireful eventually turns irenic. It also showcases how good deeds finally triumph, eventually dissolving the impending darkness that threatens to take over.
The ex-journalist, columnist and media personality has earlier written Goa’s first book on restaurants, Dining Out in Goa. The author, who has been approached by various publishing houses all over the country, is also set to release a children’s book, titled ‘Goan Tales’ next month.
Ocean Fitness gymnasium opens
MARGAO: A state-of-the-art world-class gymnasium, Ocean Fitness, has been opened at Colva recently.
Located in Queeny Crown building, Villa Nova, next to Ocean Spa & Salon, the gymnasium was inaugurated by Nuvem MLA Mickky Pacheco in the presence of former MP Ramakant Angle and other dignitaries.
Rajnesh Sharma of Ocean Fitness told newsmen that the venture promises a lot of facilities like one-to-one training, muscle building, dream shape, body toning, nutrition and diet, cardio-vascular training, certified trainers, clean environment, a juice and refreshment parlour, modern changing rooms, etc.
PANJIM: Sri Sri Institute of Management Studies, Margao will host its sixth annual convocation on April 27, at Nanu Resort, Betalbatim. Mukund Altekar, Founder Chairman, FDS InfoTech Ltd., Pune will deliver the keynote address.
Interaction with Service Tax official
PANJIM: An interaction with a Service Tax official will be held at the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (GCCI) Surendrababu Timblo Hall, here, on April 26, from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. For registrations contact GCCI on 2424252.
Incentive scholarship exam
PANJIM: State Council of Educational Research and Training, Alto-Porvorim, Goa will conduct an Incentive Scholarship Examination for Std IV (Pradnya Shodh) for the year 2012-13 in Marathi, Konkani and Urdu medium on April 28 from 10 am to 12 noon.
Places of examination will be as follows:- for Pernem taluka at Bhagvati High School, Pedne and Govt Primary School, Pedne; Bicholim taluka at Our Lady of Grace High School, Bicholim; Sattari taluka at Our Lady of Lourdes High School, Valpoi-Sattari; Bardez taluka at Dnyanprassarak Vidyalaya, Mapusa; Ponda taluka at A J de Almeida High School, Ponda; Sanguem, Dharbandora taluka at Union High School, Sanguem; Quepem taluka at Sarvodya Educational Society’s High School, Curchorem; Canacona taluka at Shri Mallikarjun Vidyalaya, Canacona; Salcete taluka at Mahila and Nutan English High School, Margao; Mormugao taluka at Govt Primary School, Main, Vasco and for Tiswadi taluka at Govt Technical High School, Panjim.
Candidates should be present at the venue at least 30 minutes before the start of the examination.
Alcoholics Anonymous anniversary
PANJIM: On the 34th anniversary of Alcoholics Anonymous, the group is organising a public awareness program on April 26 from 5.30 to 7.30 pm on ‘Alcoholism a Disease and Alcoholics Anonymous a Way Out’.
Deelip Dhavalikar, PWD executive engineer, will be the chief guest, Dr Rajesh Patil, Associate Professor Dept of Surgery, Goa Medical College and Dr Rajesh Dhume, senior psychiatrist, District Hospital, Mapusa will be the guests of honour. Fr Domnic Savio, Principal of Don Bosco High School, Panjim, will be the special invitee.
The programme is open to the public.
Two cardio consultants join GMC
PANJIM: Dr Shirish Borkar, consultant cardio-thoracic surgeon and Dr Manjunath Desai, consultant cardiologist have joined services in Goa Medical College and will be available for consultation on Tuesday and Thursday from 2.30 pm to 5 pm at OPD-4/5.
Public are requested to make use of their services.
MARGAO: The Aquem Citizen’s United is organising ‘Dance Aquem Dance’ solo dance competition on April 27 from 7 pm at Sebastian D’Cunha Children’s park, opposite Costa factory, Aquem-Alto, Margao.
The competition will be held in two categories, for children aged 7 to 11 years and for the age group 12 to 15 years.
Entry is free and spot entries will be accepted between 5.30 and 7.30 pm.
For details contact Andrew Sequeira on 9764329842 and Allwyn Telles on 9822988966.
Free medical camp at Divar
PANJIM: Help India, a charitable trust registered in Panjim has organized a free medical camp at Gotlim, Navelim Village Panchayat, Piedade, Divar.
The medical camp will be held on April 28 from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm with renowned orthopedic specialist Dr Mahendra Kudchadkar and Dr Anupama Kudchadkar.
Youth atop tree draws attention
PONDA: A youth believed to be from outside the State drew attention when he stood atop a coconut tree for nearly two hours at Dattagad-Bethora, Ponda, on Wednesday evening.
According to sources, the youth was seen in the locality on Wednesday afternoon and residents noticed him on a coconut tree at about 6 pm and urged him to come down.
When he did not respond to their pleas, residents summoned Ponda Police and Ponda fire officers but he snubbed them as well.
In the meantime, a local tried to climb the tree and the youth suddenly jumped down clutching a coconut leaf and escaped unhurt. The youth was later detained by Ponda Police and will be sent for a medical examination.
24th Apr 2013
‘Derram’ on temples scrapped
PANJIM: The Goa government Tuesday decided to scrap ‘Derram’- a tax imposed by the erstwhile Portuguese regime on Hindu temples. In the post-cabinet press briefing held at Legislative Assembly complex, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announced the scrapping of the tax.
“Derram will be removed,” Parrikar said. The statement comes nearly six days after he assured the House that the tax collected by the State Revenue Department from registered temples in the State will be removed.
Parrikar had also told the House that he would issue a notification scrapping the tax. According to a written reply in the Assembly, the Derram was still being collected from over 100 temples in three sub-districts ~Ponda, Bicholim and Canacona.
Call for upgrading standard of ITIs
PANJIM: The Goa Assembly urged the government to invite industries which would offer job opportunities to locals and called for starting tourism and hospitality courses at industrial training institutes, while at the same time upgrade the standard of these learning centres.
Speaking during the discussion on demands for grants on Municipal Administration and Craftsmen Training, Opposition Leader Pratapsing Rane said the government should start courses in hospitality, front office, house keeping and catering. “In the hospitality sector, people from outside the state are employed. Our youth go to other places for jobs, but there are some who stay back and are left jobless…. There is also a need for tourism (industry-related) courses,” he further said.
BJP MLA Michael Lobo, who represents the tourism belt of Calangute, stressed on tourism-related courses at ITIs. “It is an important subject. If our boys (youth) trained at the ITI Centers are further trained in hotels, we will have candidates with two recognized certificates of experience,” he observed.
MLAs Glenn Ticlo and MLA Rohan Khaunte also spoke on the demands, while other MLAs cutting across party lines demanded increase in ITI seats.
COs should have fixed tenure: Kamat
PANJIM: Former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has urged the government to computerize the process of issuing construction licenses and occupancy certificates at all municipal councils. “Computerization is not done wholly in the municipal councils. The issuance of construction licenses and occupancy certificates has still not been computerised. If it is done, a lot of things will be simplified,” he said, while participating in the discussion on demands for grants on Municipal Administration and Craftsmen Training.
The Margao MLA also demanded that chief officers of municipal councils should have a fixed tenure of three years and should not be transferred as it affects the functioning of the councils. The MLAs also asked the government not to give any additional charge to chief officers.
Nod for Quepem fish, veg market soon
PANJIM: Minister for Urban Development Francis D’Souza informed the State Assembly that the approval for the construction of fish and vegetable market complex in Quepem municipal area would be granted during the forthcoming governing body meeting of the Goa State Urban Development Authority (GSUDA), scheduled in the first week of May.
The minister was replying during Question Hour when Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavalekar sought to know the present status of the proposal and when the government was expected to start the construction work of the market.
Kavalekar said that the proposal was pending since last two years with the government. He said that the project was initially handed over to Goa Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC), which, after one year, refused to go ahead with it.
Mauvin takes up for women, children
PANJIM: “Are there no women and children in Dabolim Constituency?” Congress MLA Mauvin Godinho asked satirically, while alleging discrimination meted out to his constituency as far as welfare of women and children were concerned.
Godinho expressed unhappiness over the reply tabled in the House by Minister for Women and Child development Dilip Parulekar which stated that no projects have been undertaken by the government for development of women and children in Dabolim constituency.
“I don’t understand the reason behind this reply. I want to know whether Dabolim has no women and children population or the discrimination is just because it is an opposition constituency,” Godinho asked.
Replying to the query, Minister for Women and Child development Dilip Parulekar said that government would shortly sanction projects to self help groups (SHG) from Dabolim, whose applications are pending with the department since last six months.
“There are seven to eight SHGs which have applied,” he informed the House.
Kor Kantar Taleigao held
PANJIM: The Parishioners of St Michael’s Church, Taleigao, under the leadership of Parish Priest, Rev Fr Conceicao D'Silva, recently staged a Konkani musical extravaganza ‘Kor Kantar Taleigao’ at St Michael’s Church grounds to collect funds for ‘Cruz dos Milagres’, Boa Vista Hill, Old Goa.
Rotary Club donates wheelchair
PANJIM: Rotary Club of Mapusa city donated a wheel chair to Rafaello Menezes who is suffering from cerebral palsy.
The project is in partnership with Rotary Club of Vasco and Rotary Clubs from California, USA. Wheel chairs are also being donated to Medha Parrikar Rugna Seva Kendra, Mapusa.
TAG to hold condolence meet
PANJIM: Tiatr Academy of Goa will organize a Condolence Meet in memory of versatile tiatr artiste late Patrick Fernandes on April 26 at 4.30 pm at the Black Box, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.
Born on March 9, 1961 and hailing from Verna, Patrick Fernandes who enthralled tiatr audiences, passed away after a brief illness on March 19 in the UK.
A very good singer and actor, Patrick served Roseferns Dramatic Troupe for about 7 years and always led the troupe, singing the opening chorus for the tiatrs he acted in, directed by Roseferns.
Besides this, he has also acted for well-known tiatr directors like Prince Jacob, Ligorio Fernandes, Patrick Dourado, etc. All tiatr artistes and tiatr lovers, especially fans of late Patrick Fernandes are requested to attend the condolence meet and pay tributes to his departed soul.
Film on Bl Joseph Vaz
PANJIM: The Konkani film 'Panvlam', based on the life of Blessed Joseph Vaz, Patron of Goa and Daman Diocese, the Holy son of Goa and Apostle of Kanara and Sri Lanka, written and directed by Agnelo Fernandes will be screened on April 25 at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao at 7.30pm.
Sky observation session at Vasco
PANJIM: As part of the astronomy month celebrations, the Association of Friends of Astronomy (Goa) in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Dabolim will organize a sky observation program for the general public at Bogmalo beach on April 25 from 7 pm to 9 pm. The program is free and open to the public.
Partial lunar eclipse
PANJIM: A partial eclipse of the moon will be observed in Goa on the night of April 25 from 11.30 pm onwards. The Public Astronomical Observatory will be kept open for observation.
The duration of the eclipse is from 11.31 pm to 03.43 am and the maximum eclipse will be observed at 01.37 am. The program is free and open to public.
Teacher writes science book
PANJIM: The book ‘A Science Show’, a dramatized science program and message of scientific spirit to students written by Shrikant S Nagvenkar, a retired science teacher from Progress High School, Panjim and recipient of State Teachers Award for the year 2005 will be released by Dr N P S Varde, Ex-Director of Dept of Science, Technology and Environment, Govt of Goa on April 24 at 5.15 pm at the Institute Menezes Braganza Conference Hall, Panjim.
Prof Sunil Kumar Mukherjee, Lecturer in Physics, Goa Govt Polytechnic will be the speaker on the occasion and Prof J R Rebello, Chairman, Goa Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education will preside over the function.
Shrikant Nagvenkar was a president / secretary of All Goa Science Teacher Association during the period of 1990 to 1999 and promoter of 100 science clubs in Goan schools.
He is a weekly columnist on science topics in English, Marathi and Konkani in Goan dailys and a translator of a Tamil Science fiction ‘Kanaka Kanni’ into Konkanni which is published by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
He is the author of a book ‘Khagoishastriya Natyangan’ & ‘Paryavaran Abhyas’.
CMEs in clinical haematology held
PANJIM: The Mumbai Haematology Group in collaboration with Goa Medical College & Indian Medical Association (Curchorem, Quepem & Sanguem) Branch organized two CME programmes in clinical haematology recently. The faculty included Dr M B Agarwal, Dr Seema Bhatwadekar, Dr Sameer Melinkeri, and Dr Avinash Pophali. The topics covered were Deep Vein Thrombosis, Monoclonal Antibodies in Haematology, Erythropoietin, Thrombopoietin & G-Colony Stimulating Factor Analogs, Stem Cell Transplantation, Platelets, Spleen & Treating iron deficiency in 15 minutes. Both CMEs were chaired by Dr R G Wiseman Pinto. They were coordinated by Dr Deepak Dangui, Dr Jagdesh Cacodkar, Dr Vinayak Buvaji and Dr Wiseman Pinto.
Gram Sabha at Cortalim
PANJIM: The ordinary Gram Sabha meeting of the panchayat of Cortalim-Quelossim will be held on April 28 at 9.15 am in the panchayat hall.
Any suggestions to be placed before the gram sabha may be sent to the Sarpanch four days before the meeting.
Another kidnapping plaint booked
PONDA: Ponda Police registered a third separate complaint of kidnapping a minor, but suspected that this case could also involve a love affair. In his complaint, the girl’s father accused a man from Ponda of kidnapping his 17-year-old daughter sometime in January. Police have registered kidnapping case under Section 8 of Goa Children Act against the accused. Police sources disclosed that all three couples may have eloped with their lovers. One couple had even sent a letter to Ponda Police informing them about their marriage. Police are on the lookout for the accused.
4 minor boys held in Calangute
CALANGUTE: Calangute Police on Tuesday arrested three minor boys on charges of illegally selling some items on the Calangute beach, while another was arrested for allegedly stealing two-wheeler parts from a garage at Calangute. According to Calangute Police, Neville Pinto, garage owner at Naikka Vaddo, Calangute, complained that a 16-year-old boy stole the panel and petrol tank of a repaired motorcycle from his garage and fitted on his own motorcycle. Police further informed that the matter came to light when the motorcycle from the garage was supposed to be shown to a purchaser. The mechanic, who had a customer inquiring about accessories and parts, observed the petrol tank fitted on another motorcycle at Naikka Vaddo and alerted Calangute Police, who swung into action and apprehended the boy and attached the bike. The boy later confessed of the crime. Police have also arrested three minor boys for allegedly selling items like tattoos, etc, on the Calangute Beach. All the four boys were later lodged at Apna Ghar, Merces.
Two bag-snatchers held in Calangute
CALANGUTE: Calangute Police on Tuesday arrested two persons in connection with bag-snatching incidents in Calangute. Calangute Police arrested McKenzie Fernandes from St Cruz and Cedric Costa from Guirim. Police said the accused have confessed their involvement in bag-snatching incidents and mobile phones and foreign currency were recovered from them. It may be recalled that Calangute Police had earlier arrested three persons from Chimbel in connection with similar incidents. Calangute Police are investigating the case.
Woman robbed at Baga
CALANGUTE: A robber snatched a bag containing items worth Rs 25,000 from a woman at Baga. According to Calangute Police, Priyanka Chandra complained that an unidentified person on a scooter snatched her hand bag containing cash of Rs 8,000, credit card, debit card, ATM card, PAN card, mobile phone and other articles, all worth Rs 25,000. Police is investigating the case.
K’taka native found dead in a trench
CURCHOREM: A 32-year-old native of Haveri-Karnataka, but residing at Khareband, was found dead in a roadside trench in Quepem on Monday. According to Quepem Police, the body of Mustak Pakzade was handed over to his relatives and PSI V N Patil is investigating the case.
Cash, ornaments stolen at Mandrem
PERNEM: Cash and gold ornaments worth about Rs 1.95 lakh were stolen from a house at Mandrem. According to Pernem Police, Shyam Chodankar complained that some person entered his house by breaking open the rear door of the house and decamped with cash of Rs 1.50 lakh, two pair of gold earrings and one pair of gold bangles, all worth about Rs 1.95 lakh. PSI V Chodankar is investigating the case.
Pilerne local accused of kidnapping
PORVORIM: A native of Kudal, but resident of Maina-Pilerne, has been accused of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl. According to Porvorim Police, the accused kidnapped the girl, after promising her of marriage, from Britona on February 18. PSI Videsh Shirodkar is investigating the case.
Japanese saved from drowning
PERNEM: A 22-year-old Japanese tourist was saved by lifeguards at Arambol Beach on Tuesday. According to reports, Sachi Choi was seen entering the waters in non-swim zone despite request by the lifeguards. After a while, the tourist got pulled inwards due to lateral current which dragged her offshore. Lifeguards rushed to her aid and brought her to shore.
Six Gogol residents booked
MARGAO: The Margao police registered an offence against six residents from Gogol Hosing Board, Margao under Sections 143, 147, 504, 324 read with 149 IPC on a complaint filed by Mohammad Jahangir. In his complaint, Jahangir, who is also from Gogol Housing Board, has named Tossif alias Tousha, Wasim, Mehoob, Toufiq and two others for forming an unlawful assembly and assaulting him with weapons and fist blows causing injuries. Further investigation in the case is in progress and no arrests have yet been made.
Cuncolim woman files cheating plaint
MARGAO: Shanaz Khan, a resident of Poriaband-Cuncolim, has lodged a complaint with the Margao police, complaining that three persons claiming to be astrologers allegedly cheated her of gold ornaments on pretext of performing pooja/religious ritual to relieve her of problems. In her complaint, Khan stated that astrologers Guru Sameer, Samrath and Danish all from Delhi, with office at Reliance Trade Centre, Margao induced her to give gold ornaments, including a gold mangalsutra, two pairs of gold earring and three gold rings approximately worth Rs 1.50 lakh. She alleged that the trio took the gold and in return handed over a mud pot with red cloth and advised her not to open the same for two days for fear of a bad omen. However, when her sister opened it, they were shocked to find the pot contained broken pottery pieces and the gold missing. Margao Police PSI Diago Gracias who registered an offence of cheating under Section 420 read with 34 IPC, said that efforts are on to arrest them.
ICAR training for Canacona farmers
CANACONA: ICAR recently imparted training in vermicomposting and beekeeping for the members of Agri Co-op Societies of Cotigao and Gaondongrim. Experts from Goa Krishi Vidnyan Kendra ICAR Old Goa H R Prabhudessai and Chidanand Prabhu imparted the training to 120 farmers, who are also stakeholders of the recently formed farmers’ cooperative societies in the taluka. Both the societies have proposed 20 vermicomposting units and 100 beekeeping boxes by expending Rs 13 lakh in the first phase under funding by GSL’s Corporate Social Responsibility with technical assistance from Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, and ICAR Old Goa. Meena Gaonkar, Datta Velip, Ashok Gaonkar, Umesh Gaonkar and Krishna Gaonkar participated.
23rd Apr 2013
Land allotment deal referred to ACB
PANJIM: Claiming that the land allotment to a steel rolling mill, Kundil Ispat Limited at Usgao prima facie smacks of corruption, the State government has referred the suspicious land allotment deal to Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the State Legislative Assembly on Monday.
Parrikar stated that the land was allotted in 2008 by then Congress government, without State Cabinet passing it. The agreement was signed by government on May 27, 2008 with Kundil Ispat Limited. “Government has referred the issue to ACB to examin the corruption involved in it,” he said.
“In next 30 days, government will take the necessary decision in the matter”, Parrikar said, and claimed, “The entire deal seems to be made for each other.”
Parrikar said that the matter related to land allotment was handed over the law department for scrutiny in October 2012, as prima facie, it smacked of a scam. “Law department has suggested cancellation of lease and placing agreement before the Cabinet to nullify it,” he said.
He was responding to the question tabled by BJP MLA Vishnu Surya Wagh, who had questioned the controversial allotment of land for the company at a throw away price of Rs 1,500 as lease amount and Rs 53,381 as ground rent annually.
Chief Minister said that the land was acquired by Animal Husbandry department and later handed over to three institutions –Goa Meat Complex Limited, Kundil Ispat Limited and Goa State Co-operative Milk Producers Union Limited. The allotment to Kundil Ispat has hit controversy, as it is a private company. The land has been leased for a period of 30 years.
He said that the area was sub-leased by Goa Meat Complex, when their own leased had expired in 2007. “The then law department had suggested that the agreement be put before the state cabinet. But it was passed by circulation,” he said, adding that now leader of opposition Pratapsing Rane was then Chief Minister of the State.
Retirement age implications under study
PANJIM: The government is studying the financial implications to sort out the injustice, if any, caused to government employees/teachers following previous government decisions for either enhancing or reducing retirement age. This was disclosed by Chief minister Manohar Parrikar in the Goa Assembly on Monday.
The chief minister who hold the education portfolio said that the decision of enhancing the retirement age of government employees from 58 to 60 years way back in 2007 had carried forward the burden by two years and on to the successive government.
Likewise, reducing the retirement age from 60 to 58 was taken after assessing the financial implications.
The chief minister was replying to a query raised by Independent MLA Fatorda Vijai Sardesai who got an assurance that in so far as the teachers were concerned their issues would be settled by the end of May this year.
Parrikar said, “The teachers had been granted B scales in 2002 and agreed to the retirement age of being fixed at 58.”
With regards to government employees, it was pointed out that their association had accepted the 40 per cent weightage in pay scales in 2003 and thereafter the change from A to B scales.
“Owing to this primary teachers were drawing salaries of Rs 20,000 plus as against Rs 13,000 drawn by an LDC,” he said pointing out to the disparity in salaries drawn even though the qualifications of both sections were the same.
While the chief minister said that the proposal to compensate those employees affected by the financial loss is under consideration, he did not stipulate any time frame as it had financial implications.
“Only some aspects are being considered as not all demands can be accepted,” Parrikar said further adding that liabilities per person from Rs 10 lakh has gone to Rs 25 lakh.
Replying to queries from Sardesai, Parrikar denied any injustice to teachers and said that certain issues raised by them would be looked into after the on-going Session.
Female-male gender ratio on the rise
PANJIM: The female-male gender ratio has been on rise in Goa in comparison to earlier years, Minister for Women and Child Development, Dilip Parulekar, told the State legislative assembly on Monday.
Parulekar said that the Directorate of health services has been taking various steps like strict enforcement of pre-conception and pre-natal diagnostic techniques regulation act. “There is proper monitoring and reporting of ultra-sonographies done on pregnant women,” he stated.
Parulekar said that the ratio of females per 1000 males at birth has shown increase in the year 2011-2012, compared to the previous years.
As per the reply tabled in the House, 925 females were born per 1000 males in 2009, which went down to 912 in 2010. In 2011 and 2012 the female sex ratio increased to 945 and 940 females respectively per 1000 males in Goa.
The minister said that there is also mass awareness created amongst the general public by using all media channels on the issue. According to Census 2011, Goa has a population of 14.57 lakh, an increase from 13.48 lakh in 2001 census. The exact population of Goa as per 2011 census is 1,457,723 of which males and females are 740,711 and 717,012 respectively. In 2001, total population was 1,347,668 in which males were 687,248 while females were 660,420.
Govt failed to tackle garbage: Mauvin
PANJIM: The issue of garbage menace once again echoed in the ongoing State Legislative Assembly session with ruling and Opposition MLAs seeking a proper roadmap for the management of waste in the State.
BJP’s Glenn Ticlo demanded that government should make garbage and plastic dumping a cognizable offence, whereas Congress MLA Mauvin Godinho expressed disappointment over Goa government’s inaction to tackle the menace even after over a year of coming to power.
“I had great hopes on this government…But I am disappointed. Government is now speaking differently on garbage,” he said during discussion on demands for grants on Municipal Administration and Craftsmen Training Monday.
Godinho named a few places where the garbage problem had become grave including Taleigao, Chicalim, Bogmalo, and Mormugao Municipal Council and expressed fears that the spread of garbage in Taleigao would lead to contamination of drinking water.
Godinho demanded to streamline door-to-door garbage collection in Mormugao and clear the menace in the adjoining areas as well.
Meanwhile, Calangute MLA who also participated in the discussion urged the government to make garbage and plastic dumping a cognizable offence, and create awareness programs on garbage disposal. He termed the garbage issue as ‘cancer to society, especially municipalities’.
“It should be made a cognizable offence to bring discipline…create awareness programs in wards to handle dry and wet waste, biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste…Unless these measures are taken, we will face problems,” he told the House.
Ticlo also demanded control on the sale and use of plastic bags and called for cleaning of Mapusa drain of plastics one month prior to rains.
21st Apr 2013
Four Capuchins ordained priests
PANJIM: Four Capuchins were ordained priests at Se Cathedral, Old Goa, recently. The four were ordained by Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao. The names of the four new priests are Vincy D’Costa from Navelim, Avinash Rodrigues from Sirlim-Chinchinim; Seville Antao from Aquem and Michael Albuquerque from Pune. It was a memorable spiritual event and was well-attended by a large congregation.
Cleanliness drive at Guirim-Sangolda
PANJIM: A cleanliness drive was organised by the residents of Sangolda and Guirim under the leadership of Parish Priest Fr Emidio Pinto, recently. People from all walks of life took part in the cleanliness drive and collected garbage and plastics from their surroundings, streets and fields. The Parish Priest, Fr Emidio Pinto, who was instrumental in organising the project, said that it was an effort to conscientious people. He also called upon of the residents to take up the responsibility of keeping their surroundings clean from plastics and garbage, which would ultimately lead to a healthy environment. He appreciated the active involvement of the members of the Parish Pastoral Council, the elected panchayat members of both the villages who participated in the project. Around 150 big bags of garbage, plastic bottles and cans were collected during this drive.
Goa DD to telecast teleplay
PANJIM: A teleplay ‘Kolo Budin Bolo’ presented by the children of Bal Bhavan, Panjim, will be telecast on April 22 and 23 on Goa Doordarshan, between 6 pm and 7 pm for two days in two parts. This teleplay was directed by Ravindra Amonkar, vice chairman of Bal Bhavan.
Arch Expo 2013 in Panjim
PANJIM: Goa College of Architecture is organising its annual exhibition Arch Expo 2013 at the International Centre, Goa at Dona Paula from April 22 to 24. Arch Expo 2013 is an exhibition to present to the professionals and the public at large, the design projects and building construction work undertaken by the students under the guidance of faculty of Goa College of Architecture at Altinho, Panjim. The exhibits are displayed year-wise from first to fifth year of the B Arch course of study and shows how the progression takes place from degree of simplicity to complexity and higher Scale. The Arch Expo 2013 will be inaugurated by Architect Charles Correa as the chief guest. The inaugural function will be attended by Prof Narendra Dengle, Prof Neelkanth Chhaya and Prof Vinod Gupta, SPA, New Delhi. The inauguration is scheduled at 3 pm on April 22 and exhibition will remain open for public viewing on April 23 and 24, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Spa opened at Calangute
CALANGUTE: Aimed at offering spa facilities to locals and tourists alike, the Tatva Elements Spa was opened at Tivai Vaddo in Calangute on Saturday. PWD Minister Sudin Dhavlikar inaugurated the Tatva Elements Spa at Calangute in the presence of Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, Calangute Sarpanch Ana Maria C D’Souza, panch Joseph Sequeira and former sarpanch Alex Fernandes. After inaugurating the premises, Dhavlikar and Lobo were given a demonstration of the various facilities at the Spa and were even treated to a short foot massage therapy by the experts. Clearly impressed by the massage therapy, Dhavlikar said: “It was my first experience of the Spa therapy and I feel relaxed. It is good that such facilities are provided at the Spa.” Seeking to dispel the negative image of spas along the coastal areas, Lobo said: “The opening of spas in my constituency has created some misunderstanding with the people. But this is a good and professional facility available to the people of Calangute and tourists.” Asha Arondekar, founder of Tatva Spa, explained the facilities at the spa and said the Calangute spa is the third centre of Tatva Elements Spa. “We hope that tourists will make the best of these facilities. I also want locals, especially families, to visit our centre and make the best of the facilities available at the premises. We hope to make this a family therapy centre,” said Arondekar.
20th Apr 2013
‘Co-op sector image tarnished by scams’
MARGAO: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday reiterated his stand on the alleged scam in the Goa State Urban Cooperative Bank in the nature of mortgaged property in Panjim. Speaking at the inauguration of Deendaayal Nagari Sahakari Pathsaunstha Maryadit branch at Fatorda on Friday evening, Parrikar said scams in the cooperative sector has tarnished the image of the cooperative sector. “There’s another society in Ponda which is also involved in the scam by looting public money”, he alleged.
Parrikar, however, said that Cooperative Society such as Bicholim-based Deendayal has helped to restore confidence of the common man in the Cooperative sector.
IN his address, North Goa MP Sripad Naik said there’s a general impression that cooperative societies are only looting the public money. “The success story of Deendayal cooperative society is an example that cooperative societies if managed property can solve many a problem afflicting the society”, he added.
Margao traders submit list of demands
MARGAO: If the SGPDA has set in motion the process to put its mega market in order, Margao Municipal new market traders on Friday submitted a host of demands for consideration of the Civic body.
Topping the list of demands submitted by Madgao New Market Traders Association President Anil Shirodkar to newly-posted MMC Chief Officer Deepali Naik is the long-pending demand pertaining to the construction of an overhead water tank at the old fish market to provide dedicated water supply in times of emergencies.
“We have been knocking the doors of the Civic body for the last couple of years to build an overhead water tank, but in vain”, Shirodkar lamented.
The traders have demanded an inquiry into the underground wiring at the new market and called for streamlining of parking to ease traffic congestion.
They have called for a reduction in the fine amount from Rs 10,000 to Rs 1000 considering the financial condition of the shop owners.
Security guard held for theft
PORVORIM: A security guard from Karaswada-Mapusa was arrested on charges of stealing three air conditioners worth Rs 2 lakh from a showroom construction site at Karaswada.
According to Mapusa Police, Yuvraj Singh Gill from Dona Paula complained that between 7.30 pm on April 17 and 7.45 am on April 18, accused security guard, Kuna Kaushalya, stole three air conditioners worth Rs 2 lakh.
Cyclist dies in mishap
MARGAO: A cyclist Vithal Maruthi Jadhav, 28, Sirlim lost his life when he was knocked down by an unknown vehicle on Thursday. Margao Police who have registered an offence of rush and negligent driving against the driver of unknown vehicle stated that the accident occurred at 8.40 pm on Thursday when the deceased was cycling back home. Jadhav is said to have expired on the way to Goa Medical College Hospital, Bambolim. Margao police are investigating.
Minor held for sexual assault
MARGAO: Maina Curtorim police on Thursday arrested a 12-year-old youth for sexually assaulting a minor girl. He has been arrested under Section 8 of the Goa Children Act and Section 4 of Protection of Children from Sexual Harassment Act 2012. According to the police, the youth has been sent to Apna Ghar and further investigation is in progress by the Maina Curtorim police.
Dramas in aid of chapel renovation
PANJIM: The villagers of Ribandar under the able leadership of their parish priest Fr Alcantra Rodrigues are gearing up for the restoration and renovation of the ancient chapel of Nossa Senhora de Piedade at Ribandar which was closed for many years.
In aid of the chapel, two Konkani dramas, Albert-Roma’s ‘Valor’ and Mario Menezes’ ‘He Roste Chukiche’, will be staged at Our Lady of Help Convent campus on April 23 and 24 from 7 pm onwards.
The entire proceeds of these shows will be used for renovation and restoration of the ancient chapel.
PANJIM: Goycho Mog Konkani musical show which was scheduled for May 1 at Kala Academy has been postponed to May 25 due to unavoidable circumstances.
PCCE students excel at contest
PANJIM: The Training and Placement Cell of Padre Conceicao College of Engineering (PCCE) in association with Centre of Innovation and Business Acceleration (CIBA), Verna, organised a Business Idea Competition at PCCE, Verna.
The competition was in two categories ~ technical and non technical. Ten finalists were chosen to present their ideas before a panel of judges: Blaise Costabir, Dr Manoj Kamat, Prashant Shinde and Amarsh Chaturvedi.
Fr Tony Fernandes , Director, PCCE, welcomed the gathering while Niyan Marchon, Associate professor, Training and Placement Officer (TPO) and Alzira Xavier, Assistant TPO co-ordinated the event. D S Prashant, Manager - CIBA briefed the students about the rules of the competition.
The competition involved students exhibiting their business ideas like household robots, applications of Piezo Electric Energy and solar energy, among others.
Ankit Jain and Vishwanath Bhat won the first place in the technical category for their idea on the ‘3D Mouse’. The second place was bagged by Siddhesh Saraf and Antonio Sequeira for their idea on Hot and Cold Fridge. Aaron Gracias and Patrick D’Souza won the first place in the non-technical category for their project on delivering chapatis and bottling health drink door-to-door.
The winners from PCCE will be given full financial support by CIBA to start up their business idea commercially. Mirelle Rodrigues, a final year ETC student compered the event.
RTI convention at Madkai
PANJIM: Former Chief State Information Commissioner Motilal Keny, Major General Sudhir Chintamani Nilkanth Jatar and Vishwas Sahasrabuddhe, both from Pune, instrumental in implementing Section 4 of RTI Act in Pune, along with Madkai sarpanch Shailendra Panjikar will preside over the first rural all-Goa RTI convention organised by Madkai Nagarik Kruti Sangh and the Parampai Nagarik Citizens Forum and Goa RTI Forum at the Madkai panchayat hall on April 21 from 9 am to 5.30 pm.
There will be two sessions on ‘Empowerment of democracy through RTI’ at 11 am, where Advocates Amrut Kansar, Yatish Naik, Shivaji Desai, Satish Sonak, Albertina Almeida and Swati Kerkar will speak and at 2.15 pm, journalist Prakash Kamat, Dr Ketan Govekar, Zarina D'Cunha, Mahesh Naik, Vishwas Sahasrabudhe and Adv Vandana Jog will speak on ‘Eradication of corruption through RTI’.
The convention will end with a question-answer session and resolutions will be passed, while the important resolution will be later forwarded to the President and Prime Minister of India and RTI related Ministry of Union government.
Fire prevention week
PANJIM: The Fire Prevention Week from April 14 to 20 is being observed as the department makes efforts towards enhancing public awareness on fire safety and with a further view to inculcate safety consciousness among the student community.
The Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services has organized an All Goa Quiz Competition for high school students on April 20 from 9 am to 1 pm at Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, Panjim. The quiz will cover general knowledge, fire safety awareness and recent events. High schools desiring to participate in the competition may report at the venue on April 20 at 9 am.
A blood donation drive has also been organized by the Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services in association with Goa Medical College Blood Bank, Caculo Mall and Rotary Club of Panaji Mid-Town in Caculo Mall on April 20 at 10 am.
The winner and runners-up teams will be given individual mementos, certificate and Rs 10,000 for the first placed team, Rs 7,000 for the second placed team and Rs 5,000 for the third placed team. A certificate of participation will be given to all participants.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided for participants and accompanying teachers at the venue.
In case of any clarifications, contact Rajendra A Haldankar, Asst Divisional Officer, District Fire Station Panjim, St Inez, Panjim on 9763717051 or 2225500 and Ajit K Kamat, Station Fire Officer (Training), Fire Force Headquarters, Panjim on 9763717053 or 2225500. Entries may be sent on:- email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
19th Apr 2013
Alina positive on WGEEP suggestions
PANJIM: Environment and Forest Minister Alina Saldanha Thursday said that the State government had agreed to implement most of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) recommendations while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of State Legislative Assembly session at Porvorim. But she expressed her reservations saying that government has raised certain objections to the report. “After going through the report, we realized that some of the recommendations are extreme, considering the small size of the state,” she said. According to Saldanha there is hardly 350 sq kms of land left for development with the state. “There are lot of things in that report (Gadgil report) that we have accepted and will abide by it,” she said.
Govt grilled over pendency of cases
PANJIM: Pointing to the high number of pendency of cases, especially that of mutations, kumeri cultivators, tenants and mundkars, the lawmakers on Thursday, grilled the state government over its failure to clear the cases, which are pending for years. The MLAs demanded immediate clearing of the cases, by setting up a special cell dedicated to look into the pendency, while participating in a discussion on demand for grants for revenue, settlement and land records and collectorate. Putting a typical example of pendency before the House, Goa Vikas Party MLA Caetano Silva said that his cases relating to Mundkars Act are been pending since 1982.
Earlier, while moving a cut motion to the demand, Leader of Opposition Pratapsing Rane pointed out the failure to clear off frivolous litigations by mamlatdars, which cause hardship to people. He also brought to the notice of the House the increasing political pressure on mamlatdars, which is considered as one of major reason for increasing pendency.
Traditional occupation scheme forms
PANJIM: In two separate assurances, the government said that it would make available application forms to apply for ‘traditional occupations scheme’ within the next 15 days, and to look into complaints from locals of Pisurlem against a multinational company at the industrial estate.
While the issue of non-availability of application forms under the traditional occupation scheme was raised by Curtorim MLA Alexio Reginaldo Lourenco, he was told that due to some mistakes corrections were being carried out and the forms would be available in 15 days.
Industries Minister Mahadev Naik denied allegations of any bias against Opposition MLAs and said that the forms would be given to all.
On the other issue, minister for Labour and Employment Avertano Furtado said that the Commissioner of Labour has conducted an inspection of the company premises after grievances were raised by the people and the government would take action, if required.
Sankhali MLA Pramod Sawant alleged that the company operating at the industrial estate Pisurlem was recruiting outsiders and depriving locals of employment.
Minor nabbed for theft
MARGAO: Comba residents nabbed a minor boy moving suspiciously in Comba, Margao who on interrogation by Margao police confessed to committing theft in a house at Comba on April 13. Edwin Gonsalves, a resident of Comba had on Wednesday complained to Margao police, stating that unknown accused entered his residential premises when the inmates were out between 3 pm and 8 pm on April 13 and committed theft of one platinum bangle, a gold ring, gold plated ring, imitation ring, and cash. The police registered an offence under Section 380 of IPC against the accused.
Duo held for two-wheeler thefts
MARGAO: The Margao police have taken into custody accused Mohamad Jaffar and Allahudin Khan, who were arrested by Maina Curtorim police in two-wheeler thefts.
Both accused along with Anwar H Mohamad Gauns who is in Colva police custody for his involvement in the murder of a Seraulim resident, are said to be involved in two-wheeler thefts in Margao, Cuncolim, Goa Velha and other places across the State.
The Margao police team which had left to Savanur, Karnataka returned with a motorcycle stolen by the two accused from Margao and sold at Savanur. Margao police is conducting further investigations.
Complaint submitted against project
MARGAO: Members of the Navelim Civic & Consumer Forum met Senior Town Planner James Mathew and submitted a compliant against a construction project coming up near Rawafond junction in Aquem-Baixo.
NCCF Secretary Joseph L Vaz informed that an area kept for future road widening is very much less than the requirements, adding that the builder has allegedly manipulated the area statement.
He further alleged that the builder has also submitted two different Form I & XIV showing different areas, but with same Survey No and owners names.
“Also road setback in converted plot and approved plan are different. Even the shape of converted plot is completely different and the setback areas are not included in the conversion as required under the TCP Act”, he added.
Complaints have also been filed before the Chief Town Planner to cancel the licence of Architect Ashok Akerkar for alleged misrepresenting the facts.
NCCF has also approached Vigilance Department to conduct an inquiry into the role of the TCP Dept and village panchayat of Aquem-Baixo in passing this project.
Senior Town Planner has sought time to take action in the matter after which NCCF will meet him again.
14th Apr 2013
Kalyani Bhavan inaugurated
PANJIM: Kalyani Bhavan ~ a home for senior ladies at Solva-Raia was inaugurated recently at the hands of Sr Jennifer Crasto, Superior General of the Handmaids of Christ, Goa and Soshil Kumar Vaid. A solemn concelebrated Mass with a theme ‘Celebrate - Miracles of Faith’ was officiated by Fr Leonard Morais, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Snows Church, Raia. This structure has been designed by Soshil K Vaid in memory of his wife late Dr Kalyani Vaid. A number of priests, sisters and laity graced the occasion.
Comunidade members hold meetings
PANJIM: Members of the newly-elected managing committee of comunidades along with comunidade activist, environmentalist, agriculturist and social workers recently held meetings at Porvorim and discussed various matters related to the governance of comunidades of Goa. An Adhoc Central Committee of All Goa Comunidades was formed pending formulation of rules and regulations of All Goa Comunidades Federation. The Federation shall be a registered body under the Societies Reg. Act 1860 with its office at Panjim or such other place as may be decided. It shall be non-political and non-religious body. Architect Mr K D Sadhale, agriculturist Kalidas A Sawaikar, Comunidade activist Savio Herman D'Souza and Surveyor Suresh B Kamat have been empanelled as members of advisory committee. It was further resolved that a notice be issued to 223 Comunidades convening their meeting on May 1 (Public Holiday) at Jeevottam Math, Porvorim at 10:30am to discuss matters of general interest pertaining to the comunidades.
Customs’ participates in Sagar Kavach
PANJIM: As part of the two-day Sagar Kavach exercises, Goa Customs’ marine wing participated in the exercise round-the-clock in their speed boat ‘Customs’. The State Customs’ marine wing along with the Navy, Coast Guard and State Maritime Police searched vessels coming from foreign port, fishing trawlers and canoes along the Goa coast. The operation was held under the supervision of Mr V P C Rao, Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax, Goa.
Workshop on ‘Time Management’
PANJIM: The International Centre Goa will organise a workshop-cum-interactive session on ‘Time Management’ by Binayak Datta on April 18, from 2pm to 5pm at its premises at Dona Paula. The entry is free for members/non-members by prior registration only. For registration and other details, contact Vividha Sawant on 2452805-10 (Ext. 605) or email@example.com.
IGNOU regional convocation held
PANJIM: The Regional Convocation of the IGNOU Goa Region was held at Maquinez Palace, Panjim on Friday.
Altogether 587 students from Panjim (Goa) Regional Centre received their degrees /diplomas. Two gold medals were bagged by Swati Sharma for MA in Hindi and Manishka for Diploma in creative Writing in English. Guest of honour Keshav Chandra, Secretary Education due to some unavoidable reasons, could attend. On his behalf, Dr G Shrinivas, Assistant Regional Director delivered the convocation address. Prof P Konnur, Director of Applied sciences at R C University, Belgaum guided the graduates on the need to continue education for the growth of the country in general. Earlier, Dr S Radha, Regional Director welcomed the gathering and presented a brief report of regional centre activities. Dr Hemamalini proposed the vote of thanks.
GSIA, industrial associations sign MOU
PANJIM: Goa State Industries Association (GSIA) and all industrial estate associations in Goa have signed a MOU to create a common platform in order to establish a formal connect and have a unified front so that GSIA can take up larger issues affecting the industrial estates on their behalf collectively. As per the MOU, GSIA would coordinate to hold facilitation camps (Udyog Adhar) at each industrial estate every 3-4 months inviting key govt department ~ GIDC, GSPCB, electricity etc., to understand the problems faced by the industries and settle pending issues. Based on the success of this initiative, it will explore the possibility of having permanent facilitation centres in North and South Goa, for the convenience of the Industries. It is decided that the GSIA executive committee and presidents of all industrial estate associations would meet once in three months to discuss common issues. Focus groups of representatives would be established on infrastructure, power, water, taxation, investment policy, technical education and any other important issue/focus area. This MOU does not constitute formation of any new entity and is solely intended for achieving the stated objectives. As such all the industrial estate associates who are signatories to this MOU shall continue to function as independent entities and carry on their objectives without any restrictions on account of this MOU, states a press release.
3-yr-old girl crushed to death
OLD GOA: In a tragic incident, a 3-year-old girl hailing from Belgaum was crushed to death by a truck near the fish market at Divar on Friday evening. The driver has been arrested in this connection. According to Old Goa police, the incident took place at about 4 pm at Fitroi near the fish market, when Parmanand Madher, a native of Belgaum but residing at Dauji, Old Goa was reversing the truck (GA-01-T-9809). He failed to notice a 3-year-old girl, Shridhar Hagidal, asleep by the roadside and the vehicle crushed her to death. Madher fled from the accident spot without intimating the police. Old Goa police later arrested Madher under Sections 279, 304-A of IPC and 134 (a) and (b) of MV Act. PSI Sagun Sawant is investigating the case.
Cash, electronic items stolen
CALANGUTE: Cash and electronic items worth Rs 1 lakh were stolen from a tourist residing at a hotel in Gaurawada, Calangute. According to Calangute Police, Sumanta Sen of West Bengal complained that the burglary took place sometime between 10 pm on April 11 and 6 am on April 12, when burglars entered through the gallery door and stole a laptop, camera, two mobile phones, a USB internet dongle and cash of Rs 8000. Calangute police has registered a case under Section 457 and 380 IPC.
Plastic bags confiscated
PONDA: In a surprise raid conducted, the team led by Ponda Deputy Collector Johnson Fernandes confiscated plastic bags below 40 micron from commercial establishments from Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) areas.
During the raid, 55 cases were booked and Rs 20,200 was collected through fines. “We will conduct similar raids throughout Ponda taluka. The reason for raids was not basically to penalise but to send a message to the public not to use plastic bags as it becomes an eyesore when littered and has varied implications on the environment,” stated Deputy Collector Fernandes. It is learnt that the raid was jointly conducted along with Ponda Mamlatdar, Joint Mamlatdars and PMC.
Body found off Cavelossim beach
MARGAO: The Colva police on Saturday evening recovered a body of an unknown person floating in the sea off the Cavelossim beach. Police said the male person is aged around 20-30 years and must have died during the last 24 hours. He was wearing a blue shirt and brown pant and was wearing imitation jewellery. The body has been preserved at the Hospicio mortuary for post-mortem. The police said there were no injury marks on the body of the deceased. Further investigations are on.
K’taka natives held for bike thefts
MARGAO: Maina Curtorim police have arrested two persons from Sawnoor-Karnataka in connection with the theft of motorcycles. Police said the duo were accomplices of Anwar Sheikh, who has been already arrested in connection with the case. The names of the duo were provided as Rehmat Jaffar Mula (18) and Ataullah Khan (19). The duo has been remanded to two days police custody.
Parrikar should resign: Cong
PANJIM: The Congress Party Saturday demanded the resignation of Manohar Parrikar as Home Minister over the security lapse at the Goa Assembly during the mock exercise ‘Sagar Kavach’ and deteriorating law and order situation in the State. “The chief minister should take moral responsibility for the security failure and increasing law and order problems and quit as Home minister,” the Party said in an official statement issued by spokesperson Sudip Tamhankar on Saturday.
The Party has also strongly voiced concerns over the ruling party’s distribution of leaflets and stickers claiming that this exercise was disturbing the communal harmony and religious amity particularly in rural areas.
The chief minister was also lambasted once again for being allegedly responsible for the mining debacle in the State which the Opposition Congress Party reiterated that it caused en masse unemployment.
“The chief minister has put people to hardships and is now giving doles,” the Party spokesperson quipped.
The Congress has also alleged harassment to its workers from the BJP workers.
13th Apr 2013
One held for forged passport
VASCO: Vasco Police on Friday arrested a 30-year-old native of Kerala on charges of travelling on a forged passport.
According to Vasco Police, the immigration officer attached to Dabolim airport, P Ravichandran, complained that Thomas Mathew arrived at Dabolim airport by the Qatar Airways flight at 4.30 am.
Police further informed that the immigration officials at the airport while on a routine check found that the passport on which Mathew was travelling was tampered and forged.
Police said the immigration officer, Ravchandran, handed Mathew over to Vasco Police. Mathew was later arrested under Sections 465, 471 of IPC and 12b of Passport Act and Vasco PSI Girendra Naik is investigating the case.
Plaint filed against forest staff
PONDA: A resident of Porvorim has lodged a police complaint against two forest staff posted at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, accusing them of assaulting him and outraging the modesty of his wife.
According to the complainant, he along with his wife and children had gone to the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary on Thursday evening.
He accused the deputy range forest officer and watchman of assaulting him and outraging the modesty of his wife on Thursday at about 6.30 pm.
However, Range Forest Officer Vishwas Chodankar later filed a counter-complaint accusing the Porvorim resident of filing a false complaint and trespassing into government property. Chodankar claimed that the allegations made against his staff were baseless.
“The Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is closed to public on Thursdays and he trespassed into government property. When our staff questioned and asked him to leave the place, he refused to do so and started arguing with them,” stated Chodankar.
Offence of rash driving registered
MARGAO: Margao police have registered an offence of rash and negligent driving against Aires Amorante of Margao. Aires has been accused of causing hurt to a cyclist while riding a motorcycle.
On April 7, at 7.10 pm, as he was rising from Chinchinim to Margao at Tolekate, Sirlim, he dashed against the cyclist Joao Pereira of Mandopa, Navelim.
Two caught with stolen bike
MARGAO: The Margao police on Thursday noon trapped one Sanjay Madhu Lingudkar, 24, at Fradilem, Navelim, along with another youth named Rathan Singh, 22, of Margao and detained them under section 41 Cr PC. Lingudkar is known to be notorious and is involved in thefts and other criminal offences. He is wanted in connection with cases at Old Goa, Anjuna, Verna, Cuncolim and Margao police stations. The accused on seeing the police had tried to escape but was overpowered after a chase of almost a kilometre. He was using a Pulsar motorbike with a fake number plate. On interrogation he revealed the bike was stolen from Old Goa and disclosed its original number plate. Lingudkar has been handed over to Old Goa police for further investigation.
Elvis assures help to MMC
VASCO: Director of Municipal Administration Elvis Gomes has assured the Mormugao Municpal Council all help to solve its problems, even as he expressed displeasure over the absence of a permanent municipal engineer, accounts and taxation officer, accounts officer and other necessary staff at the council.
Gomes was speaking after his felicitation by MMC recently.
While complimenting Gomes on being promoted as DMA, MMC Chairperson Fiola Rego said Gomes was the former MMC chief officer and is aware of various problems faced by the council.
Rego urged Gomes to help the council to solve its problems, especially the rent issue which is pending for last several years. She also urged Gomes to release funds from DMA’s coffer towards development works in the port town.
Vasco Planning and Development Authority Chairman and Councillor Krishna Salkar said Gomes is an efficient officer and has proved himself in every office he has taken charge.
Councillor Manish Arolkar, Vice Chairperson Shekar Khadapkar, councillors Saifullha Khan, Nitin Chopedkar, Nany D’Souza and Tara Kerkar also spoke on the occasion.
12th Apr 2013
Glimpses of Portuguese, Goan press
PANJIM: Dr Jose de Sousa, former Manager of Bank of Baroda and correspondent of ‘Correio de Leiria’ Portugal in association with Professor Borges da Cunha from Leiria, has come out with a publication titled ‘Dossier Portu-Goa 2012 – Press glimpses’ comprising of selected articles / snippets from newspapers of Goa and Portugal.
The book carries messages from Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, South Goa MP, Francisco Sardinha and Commissioner for NRI Affairs Dr Wilfred Mesquita. It has 200 pages and is in English and Portuguese.
While limited copies have been printed in Goa, the bulk will come shortly from printers with modern technology in Portugal and will be in leading Portuguese book stalls within weeks.
The book is mainly meant for over 80,000 Portuguese of Goan origin settled there, to meet their search for identity. Both entrepreneurs have many publications to their credit in Goa and Portugal.
Prayer room at Chaudi church
CANACONA: Rt Rev Jose Remedios Fernandes, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, recently inaugurated a prayer room at Chaudi church.
The specially designed room with an enactment of the Holy Trinity in a superficial form was inaugurated and blessed by Rt Rev Fernandes in the presence of Chaudi Parish Priest Fr Manuel Fernandes and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Barry Cardozo.
Parish Priest Fr Fernandes declared the prayer room open for parishioners while Rt Rev Fernandes after blessing called on parishioners to make use of the prayer room.
Hundreds of parishioners including Fabrica committee members and various other Church members were present.
Night vigil at Uguem
SANGUEM: Our Lady of Piety Youth, Uguem-Sanguem, will organise a night vigil and prayer service at Our Lady of Piety Chapel, Uguem, on Friday at 9 pm.
The prayer service and the preaching at the night vigil will be conducted by Fr Bole and his team, informed Our Lady of Piety Chapel Chaplain Fr Agapito D’Cunha.
Milagres feast at Mapusa
PORVORIM: The Milagres feast will be celebrated at Mapusa Church on April 15.
Sindhudurg Bishop Allwyn Barreto will be the main celebrant for the feast Mass.
Vespers will be held on Sunday at 6 pm. On the feast day, Masses will at 5 am, 6 am, 7 am, 8 am, 9 am (English) and concelebrated Mass at 10 am. In the evening, masses will be at 4 and 5 pm.
There will be an entertainment programme for three days.
Parish Priest Fr Francisco D’Mello informed that Bishop Barreto will concelebrate the feast Mass at 10 am.
Prayer meeting at Panjim
PANJIM: Full Gospel Ministry will be conducting a revival and healing prayer meeting on April 13, Saturday at Junta House, 6th floor, Panjim between 3 pm to 6 pm. Come and receive your healing and miracle in Jesus name, says a press release. Full Gospel Ministry conducts prayer services every Saturday at Junta House.
RTI convention at Marcaim
PONDA: Madkai Nagarik Kruti Sangh and Parampai Citizen Forum in collaboration with Goa RTI Forum will organise the first rural All Goa Right to Information Convention at Marcaim Panchayat hall, Marcaim, on April 21.
‘This is first such convention in India and will have participation of great thinkers, visionaries from Goa and outside Goa. The day-long convention will have two sessions, in the morning, ‘empowerment of democracy through RTI’ and ‘eradication of corruption through RTI’ in the evening session’, stated a press note.
‘There will be also be a question-answer session and a resolution will be passed that will be forwarded to the President and Prime Minister and RTI related Ministry of the Central Government’, added the press note.
“Seating arrangements for 500 will be made at the venue and there is no entry fee. All RTI admirers, supporters of transparent democracy and corruption eradicating crusaders are requested to participate,” stated Madkai Nagarik Krtui Sangh President Nitin Ghaisas in the press note.
CASQ gets new panel
QUEPEM: Salvador Rebello was elected unopposed as president of Christina Adivasi Sangatna Quepem (CASQ).
The other committee members elected are Custodio Fernandes (first vice president), Seby Carvalho (second vice president), Feliciano Carvalho (secretary), Joicy Carvalho (assistant secretary), Domnic Fernandes (treasurer), Bernard Menezes (assistant treasurer) and Caetan Lime, Fatima Rocha, Nicklao Dias and Marian Oliveira (members).
Mater Dei interactive programme
CALANGUTE: Mater Dei Institute, Saligao, recently organised an ‘Open Evening’ for students and parents of the school.
The interactive programme was attended by parents and students, while Brig (Rtd) Ian da Costa was the chief guest for the function. School Principal Cleta H Lobo presided over the programme.
“It is a healthy sign that the school management is focussing on character, sports, discipline besides awareness programmes on environment which makes it stand out high among other schools,” said the chief guest.
No foul play in Keralite’s death: cops
MARGAO: The Margao police has ruled out any foul play in the death of 46-year-old Kerala native C G Xavier, whose body was found floating in a sewerage manhole under construction at Aquem. Margao PI Sudesh Naik told Herald that the post-mortem has revealed that the Kerala native died due to drowning. He said the body was handed over to his relatives after the autopsy today. “There’s no foul play in the death of C G Xavier. But, there’s certainly a case of negligence by the contractor, who should have barricaded the sewerage manhole site”, PI Sudesh said. He said the Margao police has already registered a case of negligence against the contractor and would proceed against him as per law. The body was Xavier was found floating in the sewerage chamber under construction near the Power House, Aquem on early Wednesday morning.
Criminal taken into police custody
MARGAO: Jharkhand police on Thursday took into custody of notorious criminal Ravi Gope who was arrested by Margao police from Majorda last week. The accused was taken into custody after completing the legal formalities. It may be recalled that accused Gope, who was wanted by the Jharkhand Police, was detained by Margao police on April 5 and was later remanded to 14 days judicial custody. South Superintendent of Police, South Goa after receiving information from his Jharkhand counterpart on Gope’s presence in South Goa, directed the police to conduct a search in the district. On April 5, Gope was traced by the police at Cansaulim Health Centre as he was admitted for malaria treatment. The Jharkhand police is learnt to have come to Margao with 15 transfer warrants over Gope’s involvement in murders in Jharkhand.
Cash, gold rings stolen
MARGAO: Unknown persons entered a flat near Maria hall, Benaulim on April 8 night and committed theft of cash and gold rings amounting over Rs 1.70 lakh. The Colva police have registered an offence under Sections 454, 457 and 380 IPC against unknown persons. In his complaint, flat owner Assel Yadav informed that unknown persons managed to enter her flat through an open window on April 8 night and committed theft of 1,200 US dollar, Euro 100 dollars, Rs 48,000 and two gold rings. Further investigation is being conducted by Head Constable Francisco Furtado.
‘G.O.A. – Viva Re Viva’ released
MARGAO: Edwin Fernandes released his debut single ‘G.O.A. – Viva Re Viva’ on video at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao at the hands of ace violinist and the pioneer of serenading in India, Emiliano da Cruz in the presence of Tiatr Academy Goa president Prince Jacob and senior musician Seby Fernandes (Wings fame). ‘G.O.A. – Viva Re Viva’ has been Edwin’s way of taking Goa to different parts of India. Making music in New Delhi since 1988, it has been his endeavour to find a mode to synchronize the emotions of Goa in a language that India understands and relates to. Therefore, this video is made in the Hindi language only to achieve this goal. The aura of all things Goan is very prominently felt on every frame of the video.’ As a composer, Edwin has collaborated with artists of the caliber of Usha Uthup and Anamika. Additionally, he has worked on the albums for the likes of Hema Sardesai, Shubha Mudgal, Shweta Shetty, Hans Raj Hans, Daler Mehndi, just to name a few. The Goan twinge of Edwin’s works includes single-handedly arranging and directing the album ‘Spirit of Goa’ by Goa’s famed Big City Band. Though this happened a decade ago, the album is still a bestseller in Goa even today.
Talk on eminent Goan personalities
MARGAO: ''Goenkaranchem Daiz'', an organization to promote Goan culture, history, heritage, Konkani language etc will hold a talk on ''Eminent Goan Personalities'' in collaboration with Ravindra Bhavan on April 13 at 4 pm at the Black Box, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. The resource person for the talk cum demonstration will be Prof Prajal Sakardande. Heritage lovers, historians, journalists, students and the general public are invited for the session and are welcome to give their suggestions and additional information, stated programme convenor Joseph L R Vaz.
Breathing technique course at Margao
MARGAO: A course designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be organized at Lingayat Hall, Margao, from April 12 to April 14, from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. The course has a powerful breathing technique “Sudharshan Kriya” which will be taught and is very effective for stress and stress induced ailments as depression, diabetics, hypertension, blood pressure, headache, etc. For further details contact Dr Venkatesh Hegde (9422063255) or Sangeeta Hegde (9423884822).
Shahid Rafi to perform at Margao
MARGAO: Shahid Rafi, son of legendary Indian singer late Mohammed Rafi, will perform at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao on April 16. The grand musical extravaganza is being organized by famed singer Shakil Ahmed, who has specialized in Mohammed Rafi songs. Shahid, who runs the Mohammed Rafi Academy in Mumbai, had dedicated his life to furthering the legacy of one of the most loved voices of Bollywood playback singing.
He set up the Academy in 2010 to teach Indian classical and contemporary music to youngsters and groom talent, mostly from the economically marginalized groups, who wanted to make music their livelihood.
Missing person found dead
CANACONA: A 44-year-old man from Gaondongrim who was reported missing since March 22 was found dead in the cashew plantation in the village on Wednesday.
According to Canacona Police, Devu Sonu Gaonkar went missing from his residence at Nanem-Gaondongrim from March 22 and a missing report was filed at the police station.
Police said that on Wednesday that some people noticed the body in the thick cashew plantation. Police, after conducting a panchanama, sent the body for post-mortem at Hospicio in Margao and is investigating.
Mhadei drowning: 2nd body fished out
VALPOI: Valpoi fire personnel on Thursday fished out the body of Rajesh Wadiyar (23) of Mayem-Bicholim, who was feared drowned in the Mhadei River at Bhirondem-Sattari on Tuesday.
Speaking to Herald, Valpoi fire officer Laxman Majeek informed that Valpoi fire personnel fished out the body from the Mhadei River at Bhirondem on Thursday at about 6 am. After conducting the panchanama, the body was sent for post-mortem at GMC Hospital in Bambolim.
It may be recalled that two youth from Bicholim, who had gone for a picnic at Bhirondem drowned in the Mhadei River on Tuesday afternoon. The body of Rohidas Mayekar (25) was fished out on the same day, while the body of Rajesh was untraceable.
Three students fall ill during exams
KARWAR: Three girl students of Kannada medium from Goa, who appeared for SSLC examination at Hulga Shivaji Secondary School in Karwar, fell ill in the examination hall on Wednesday.
Speaking to Herald, Karunad Rakshan Vedike President N Datta informed that 85 students of Kannada medium studying in Goa were answering their exams at the Hulga centre. However while answering their exam, three girls fell sick in the examination hall and were rushed to the Civil Hospital for medical treatment.
“Every year, a number of students of Kannada medium come to Hulga to answer SSLC exam, as there is no Kannada medium centre for them in Goa,” informed Datta. “We requested Karnataka Education Minister Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri to deliberate with the Goa education minister to provide a Kannada medium examination centre for Kannadigas from Goa,” said Datta.
He urged the Karnataka government to make provisions for Kannada medium students of Goa at least at Majali, as it will be convenient for students of Kannada medium studying in Goa.
Dr Ambedkar’s birth anniversary
PANJIM: The Goa Government is commemorating Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s 122nd birth anniversary on Sunday at the Ambedkar Garden in Panjim.
The function is being jointly organised by the department of Social Welfare and the Goa ST and OBC Finance Corporation.
The minister for social welfare Mahadev Naik on Wednesday said that the Dalit Mitra Award would be presented to Suhas Sanvardekar for his contributions to the community and Goan society.
The function, which will begin at 9.45 am, will be attended by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Rajendra Arlekar and Mayor of the Corporation of the City of Panaji, Surendra Furtado.
Regarding 2 percent reservation for the ST community in village panchayats, Naik said that the matter is being looked into by the directorate of panchayats.
Condolence motion moved
PANJIM: The Goa Assembly on Wednesday condoled the death of two persons who have contributed to Goan society – freedom fighter Damodar Bhave and renowned Konkani writer Ana Mhembre. The condolence motion was moved by St Andre MLA Vishnu Wagh who recalled the contributions of both persons.
Polem gears up for entry tax collection
POINGUINIM: Despite stiff resistance from the public over collection of entry tax from motor vehicles, the PWD has constructed a toll collection booth near the Polem border.
The collection of entry tax will begin on April 15 and on Wednesday the PWD along with traffic police conducted a mock exercise at the booth. Motorists were stopped and issued a hand-written slip as to the entry tax to be paid.
A signboard has been erected displaying entry tax that motorists will have to pay while while entering the State. There is no entry tax on two wheelers, while three wheelers will have to pay Rs 100, four wheelers Rs 250, six wheelers Rs 500 and vehicles with more than six wheels, Rs 1,000.
There is a relaxation and vehicles that have paid the tax and are making short trips will have their money refunded if they return within four hours.
People from Karwar and Belgaum have revolted against the Goa government’s decision to collect vehicle tax and stated that trade between the two states will be affected and prices of essential commodities will increase.
Anti-plastic drive in Chimbel
MERCES: Chimbel Panchayat seized over 50 kilograms of plastic bags, below 40 microns, in an anti-plastic drive that was undertaken in the village on Wednesday.
Speaking to Herald, panchayat secretary Rajendra Gawas informed that he along with Sarpanch Shruti Kunkolkar, Deputy Sarpanch Chandrakant Kunkolkar and other panchas visited various shops and establishments that were using plastic bags below 40 microns and seized all of them.
“We have also given warning to the owners of these shops and establishments not to use plastic bags below 40 microns in the future,” he informed and added that if they are found using such plastic bags again, they will be penalized according to the provision of law.
11th Apr 2013
Guv, CM extend Gudi Padwa greetings
PANJIM: Governor of Goa Bharat Vir Wanchoo and Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar extended their greetings and best wishes to the people of Goa on the occasion of Gudi Padwa on April 11.
The Governor in his message said the peaceful and tranquil social and cultural atmosphere of Goa is a manifestation of the varied traditions and festivals which are celebrated here with enthusiasm and fervour.
The Chief Minister extended his warmest greetings, saying, “Let us on this auspicious occasion do away with our differences if any and bring about a ‘Gudi’ of communal harmony, co-existence and peace.”
TV programme on RTI
PANJIM: Doordarshan Kendra, Panjim will telecast special programme on Right to Information Act on April 12 from 6 pm to 6.30 pm.
Well known RTI activist Adv Aires Rodrigues has participated as the expert in the programme and Stanley Vaz has moderated. The programme is produced by Cypriano Lopes, (Programme Executive) for Doordarshan Kendra Panjim.
Diabetes detection camp held
PORVORIM: Jagruti Women’s Welfare Association recently organised a diabetes detection camp at St Sebastian Chapel, Vaddem-Socorro. Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar inaugurated the camp in the presence of Sanjay Center Chairman Guruprasad Pawaskar. Speaking on the occasion, Parulekar congratulated the association for organising the camp. “There is an alarming rise in prevalence of diabetes in India due to our eating habits and sedentary lifestyle. It has become essential for every citizen to check for diabetes frequently,” he said and urged the association to organise more such camps for citizens of Porvorim and Socorro.
Jagruti President Namrata Chodankar stressed on the importance of living a healthy life. Pawasker also spoke on the occasion.
Over 150 people availed the benefits of the camp. Jagruti Secretary Kirti Asnodkar compered the programme and also proposed the vote of thanks.
Committee of Serula Comunidade
PORVORIM: The State government has appointed a temporary managing committee for Serula Comundidade.
The effective members appointed are Adv Shankar Fadtey (president), Peter Martins (attorney) and Alex D’Souza (treasurer), while substitute members are Rajesh Kauthankar (president), Rajesh R Mhambrey (attorney) and Arvind Gangaram Shirodker Fadtey (treasurer).
It may be recalled that the election to the managing committee of Serula Comunidade, which was fixed on January 20 was postponed under Art 49 of the Code of Comunidade till further orders by the Collector of DCA of North Goa District.
Man complains of being duped
PONDA: An astrologer has been accused of cheating a person to the tune of Rs 72,000 by promising to solve problems.
Ponda Police are investigating an anonymous complaint, where it has been alleged that the astrologer cheated the complainant to the tune of Rs 72,000.
According to the complaint, the astrologer regularly publishes advertisements in local dailies promising to solve any kind of problem. Preliminary inquiry by the police has revealed that the astrologer is operating from Delhi. However the newspaper advertisements mention the address as Panjim.
They informed that the conman operating as astrologer does not meet his customers but operates over the phone and directs his gullible customers to deposit money in a bank account.
The police have urged people not to fall prey to such tactics.
The said the complaint will not be registered since it is an anonymous one. However they have decided to probe into the matter to safeguard the public from falling prey to such tactics.
Body found in Mandovi River
PORVORIM: A resident of Shirgao was found floating in the Mandovi River near Betim wharf on Tuesday.
According to Porvorim Police, the deceased has been identified as Mahadev Chari and PSI V Shirodkar is investigating.
Duo snatch mangalsutras
PORVORIM: Two unidentified persons on a motorcycle snatched two mangalsutras worth about Rs 85,000 from a woman at Almeida Waddo, Parra, on Tuesday.
According to Mapusa Police, Milan Gaonkar of Hivrem-Valpoi complained that the two accused persons on the motorcycle snatched two gold mangalsutras worth about Rs 85,000 from her neck and fled from the site. PSI P Fadte is investigating.
Prayer meeting at Navelim
PANJIM: A three-day prayer program from April 12 to 14 from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm for healing and deliverance will be conducted by Bro Amalesh Kumar and Shalomlife team at Holy Family Prayer Hall Jakhnibhand, Navelim. Praise and worship by will be conducted by Shalomlife band and choir Praysing, says a press release.
World Health Day observed
PANJIM: Minister for Health Laxmikant Parsekar was the chief guest at the state level World Health Day function organized by Directorate of Health Services at Institute of Nursing Education, Bambolim recently.
Dr Rajesh G Naik, an eminent physician was the key-note speaker on the occasion. The theme this year was on ‘high blood pressure’.
Speaking on the occasion the minister said that the Government is making all efforts to provide better healthcare facilities in the state. He said national healthcare programmes are being implemented through health centres and sub-health centres located across the state to enable patients to get appropriate treatment.
Snowkon claims he has taken charge
MARGAO: A little over two months after he was voted out of office in a no-trust motion, Colva Sarpanch Snowkon Gonsalves on Wednesday claimed that he has taken charge of office on Wednesday on grounds that the district court has disposed off his petition challenging the appointment of the administrator.
Snowkon said he would now write to panchayat authorities, including the Salcete BDO and the Panchayat Director, about his decision to take charge of office in the light of the order passed by Additional panchayat Director Jayant Tari suspending the February 4 resolution voting him out of office.
Asked why he delayed in assuming charge of office when it’s nearly 20 days since the Additional Director had pronounced his order vis-à-vis his removal from office, Snowkon said he was waiting for the district court to dispose off his petition after staying the order of the Panchayat Director appointing an Administrator.
Colva Panchayat has been in the news for the 20 days since the Panchayat had neither a sarpanch nor an administrator following the Additional panchayat Director’s order suspending the resolution which had voted Snowkon out of office.
The stalemate continued since neither the Panchayat Director Narayan Sawant nor Salcete BDO Uday Prabhudessai could interpret the order of the district Court and the Additional Panchayat Director’s order.
Cumbarjua seafood plant to go: Alina
PANJIM: Environment Minister Alina Saldanha Wednesday allayed fears about continuing noxious discharges in the Cumbarjua Canal and stated that the seafood processing plant located there was moving out of Goa. Alina was replying to queries from Congress MLA Pandurang Madkaikar who challenged her and stated that the plant Ulka Sea Foods Pvt Ltd was still functioning and polluting the Cumbarjua canal by discharging its waste waters into the canal. “This has deprived the local fishing community from fishing in the canal waters,” alleged Madkaikar. While the environment minister agreed to inspect the plant in the first week of May, she reiterated that the plant was moving out from the present location and has already started shifting its equipment.
She told Madkaikar that the equipment was being shifted to Maharashtra and that there could be no better action than the company shutting down operations and moving out. The minister informed the House that the GSPCB had been inspecting the site and collecting water samples from the canal from time-to-time. “The water samples tested are free from any pollution,” she said.
‘5,542 petitions of tribals pending’
PANJIM: More than 5,542 petitions are pending before the State department under the Central Government Tribal Rights Act which will be processed by December, Tribal Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar said. Replying to the discussion on demands for grants to the Tribal Affairs Department, Tawadkar said that the process of putting the department in order had begun only after he took charge, since prior to that they did not even have an office premise. Around 5,542 petitions are pending. We are in the process of going through them. They will all be processed by December, Tawadkar said. In his reply, the minister listed out all the schemes that the government has adopted for the benefit of those coming under the Scheduled Tribes categories. The minister also promised to utilize all the funds that were allocated to the department and that the government was in the process of setting up a Tribal Research Institute to study the peculiarities of the State’s tribes and that the government was also contemplating a tribal museum to preserve the traditional tribal instruments, clothing and other aspects of living of the States tribesmen. He also assured to construct an old age home for aging members of the tribal communities and a Tribal Bhavan in Panjim. In his reply, he enlisted all the schemes of the Tribal Welfare Department.
House lauds tourism ministry
PANJIM: After weeks of brickbats on various tourism-related issues, the House Wednesday went gaga over laurels achieved by Goa Tourism, nationally and internationally, at tourism promotion marts over the last three months. From the most recent awards such as ‘Best Tourism Promotion award’ won at Shimla at the International Tourism Conclave, to the ‘Best Decorated Stall’ at the Tourism Trade Fair in Bangalore, ‘Best Beach Destination Award’ in Berlin, ‘Best Value Destination (India) Award’ and ‘Best Relaxation Destination (India)’ by ‘Lonely Planet Travellers’ Award’ for the Best Beach Destination, to the ‘CNBC Awaaz Award’ for the Best Tourism State, the Goa Tourism Ministry was commended for its outstanding performance over the last one year. The Goa Assembly recognised tourism as ‘the industry’ to give the economy the much required boost after the mining debacle and impressed upon the government to provide more facilities and avenues to bring in quality tourists to the State of Goa. The congratulatory motion was moved jointly by BJP MLAs Pramod Sawant, and Kiran Kandolkar who sang praises of tourism ministry headed by Dilip Parulekar.
No fun in casinos, CM tells MLAs
PANJIM: MLAs should visit casinos, not to have fun there, but to be aware of how the situation is, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar suggested to the legislators on Tuesday. Replying to the discussion on demands for the Finance Department, Parrikar said that it was important that MLAs also know how the situation is and that they implement the best procedures here back in the State. “MLAs should go and see, only don’t have fun. You should go for a study tour,” Parrikar said. “Decision makers of a State have to experience all these aspects at least once or twice,” Parrikar said, arguing that government’s spending on jaunts was lower than previous years’.
IT Park: Govt looking for alternate land
PANJIM: The government is looking for alternate land to set up an IT Park, since the IT Park in Dona Paula is currently caught up in litigation. Replying to the cut motion moved by the Opposition since it claimed that the government has failed to attract IT industries, forcing nearly 90% young graduates to go out of the State or country, Parrikar said despite the bad name the State has got, still there were many companies that were eager to come to Goa. He said the process would start by June-July. Making a direct allegation against the previous government’s efforts regarding starting of IT parks, Parrikar said that the kickback rate for getting a plot in an IT park was Rs 3,000 per sq mtr. Things came to light because there was a squabble over the sharing of the kickback, when the local MLA said this is my constituency and that I should get a share, Parrikar said.
While reacting to Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte’s demand, the chief minister also assured a thorough probe into the Socorro IT Park scam where nearly Rs 12 crore was spent on other works.
10th Apr 2013
Gruha Shobha exhibition inaugurated
PANJIM: The seven-day Gruha Shobha International Consumer Exhibition was inaugurated on Tuesday at the parking ground, next to the meat market, Margao.
The exhibition features more than 100 stalls displaying various items from companies like Microtech, Venus International, Global Emporium, Menezes Enterprises, Furni Italia, Buzzors, Pigeon and Singer Group. Customers can avail best prices and special discounts at the venue. The exhibition will go on till April 15 and is open from 10 am to 9 pm. A fee of Rs 10 will be charged for entrance .
SDIT gets cent percent results
PANJIM: Shree Devi Institute of Technology, Kenjar, Mangalore has attained 100 percent results in the MTech examination held by Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum during February 2013. In computer science and engineering, out of 24 students who appeared for examination, 16 passed with distinction and 8 with first class. In digital electronics and communication, of the 18 students who appeared, 14 passed with distinction and 3 passed with first class.
Discourses on ‘Learning from Jealousy’
PANJIM: Fr Abraham Painumkal SJ, a Jesuit priest and counsellor, will deliver two discourses on ‘Learning from Jealousy’; the first one on April 11 at 6 pm at Jesuit House, Panjim and the second on April 14 at 4.30 pm at Loyola High School Hall, Margao. They are open to all and free. Fr Abraham is available for counselling at Jesuit House, Panjim.
Archbishop’s offices closed
PANJIM: On the occasion of the Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop-Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrão, the offices at the Archbishop’s House, Altinho, Panjim, will remain closed to the public on April 10.
Group clashes in Nerul
PORVORIM: Some persons were injured in group clashes at Tari Bhat, Nerul. According to Porvorim Police, Josefat Fernandes from Nerul complained that the incident occurred on Sunday at about 10 pm when 13 persons assaulted him and others with slaps. The complainant further stated that the accused persons also pelted stones and bottles on them and one of them assaulted one Raju with a grinder stone, causing injuries. PSI K Sinari is investigating the case.
Pissurle VP gets new sarpanch
VALPOI: Devendra V Parob was on Tuesday elected as sarpanch of Pissurle Panchayat. The post had fallen vacant after former sarpanch Vijay Parob was voted out of office in a no-confidence motion tabled against him by five panchas in the seven-member panchayat. Officials from BDO Sattari supervised the election process. Since only one valid nomination was received by the presiding officer, the officer declared Parob elected as sarpanch. Later speaking to media, Parob said he would work for the development of the people of Pissurle and will strive hard to provide employment opportunities to unemployed youth.
Admissions open at St Xavier’s
PANJIM: Admissions are open for differently-abled at St Xavier’s Academy, Old Goa, an English medium special school, for hearing impaired, mentally challenged, slow learners and physically disabled, for pre-primary, primary, secondary and higher-secondary sections for the academic year 2013-14 on April 11and 12 from 9 am to 1pm and 3 pm to 5 pm. The requisites for admissions are birth certificate, disability certificate, passport size photographs (4 copies), IQ certificate (for mentally challenged) and audiogram (for the hearing impaired). For details contact the manager on 2284838 / 2285743.
Healing service at Sancoale
PANJIM: Mass with special prayers for a Miraculous Healing will be held at the Shrine of Bl Joseph Vaz, Sancoale, on April 12. The service will begin at 7.45 am, followed by Mass at 9 am. The sick will be prayed over for a Miraculous Healing through the intercession of Bl Joseph Vaz ~ the Patron of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. The Healing Service will end by 11.30 am. A Healing Service is conducted on every 2nd Friday of the month. Many claim to have been healed and their prayers answered at this shrine. Friday Masses are as follows: 7 am and 8.45 am at the Sanctuary and evening Mass at 4 pm at the Oratory Room. Terminally sick are prayed over on 1st, 3rd and 4th Friday of every month from 10 am to 12 noon.
CMEs in Clinical Hematology
PANJIM: Department of Pathology Goa Medical College, Bambolim, in collaboration with the Mumbai Hematology Group will organize two CME programmes in Clinical Hematology on April 12 and 13.
The faculty for the first CME at Goa Medical College Library Auditorium, Bambolim, on April 12 from 2.45 pm to 5 pm, include Dr M B Agarwal, Dr Seema Bhatwadekar, Dr Sameer Melinkeri and Dr Avinash Pophali. The CME is to be coordinated by Dr RG Wiseman Pinto and topics include Deep Vein Thrombosis - myths and facts, Monoclonal Antibodies in Hematology, Erythropoietin, Thrombopoietin and Colony Stimulating Factor Analogs - use and abuse and stem cell transplantation - what a doctor needs to know. The Goa Medical Council has accredited this CME with two credits and it is open to doctors practicing in Goa.
The second CME programme in Clinical Hematology, organised by IMA – CQS (Curchorem Quepem Sanguem) branch in collaboration with Mumbai Hematology Group and GMC will be on April 13, from 6 pm to 9 pm at Kesarval Retreat, Verna.
The faculty includes Dr M B Agarwal, Dr Seema Bhatwadekar, Dr Sameer Melinkeri and Dr Avinash Pophali. Topics include life without platelets, spleen, splenomegaly, splenectomy, treating iron deficiency in 15 minutes, blood components – use and abuse. This CME is coordinated by Dr R G Wiseman Pinto, Dr Vinayak Buvaji, Dr Deepak Dangui and Dr Jagdish Cacodkar. Goa Medical Council has also accredited this CME with two credits and registration is closed.
Go Goa Gone in trouble
PANJIM: Bollywood’s so-called zombie thriller ~‘Go Goa Gone’~ is heading for trouble with Goa government assuring that action would be taken against the production team for violating the Anti-Smoking Act and tarnishing Goa’s image.
The issue was raised during Zero Hour by Sankhali MLA Pramod Sawant in the Assembly on Tuesday. “Goa’s projection in the movie is sending wrong signals to the world…. The poster shows Saif Ali Khan with a cigar although there is a ban. National Organization for Tobacco Eradication, an NGO has already issued notice to the filmmakers and the actor,” Sawant observed.
The BJP MLA told the House that Goa’s name in the movie title was a serious cause of concern as it amounted to defaming the State. He demanded that government take legal action against the movie producers. “This is one instance wherein filmmakers misuse Goa’s name. From ‘Go Goa Gone,’ tomorrow a movie titled ‘Goa Wine’ will be released,” he rued. In response, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “Give me all the details, I will take action.”
Details on Playboy sought
PANJIM: Goa government has asked the Tourism Department for details of the proposal submitted by Playboy Lifestyle, the Indian franchise owners, to set up their Club at Candolim beach, a day after Calangute MLA Michael Lobo threatened to go on a hunger strike if the Club was granted permissions.
Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar told the House during a Calling Attention Motion raised by Lobo on Friday that a reply will be given on Monday. “We are taking serious note on the issue. I have asked the department (tourism) for complete details on the issue…” Parulekar told the House.
Lobo said in the calling attention, “Fear and anxiety (prevails) in the minds of people of Calangute in particular and Goa in general, over the tourism department’s reported move to permit ‘Playboy Café’ to one Agnelo Fernandes in Candolim and the steps government intends to take in the matter.” Lobo on had said that Goa should not be allowed to become international destination for prostitution through such brands, and alleged that it promoted nudity and vulgarity.
Treasury richer by Rs 26 lakh
PANJIM: The Goa Police and Fire Department have contributed around Rs 26 lakh to Goa government exchequer by auctioning discarded vehicles and fire fighting equipment in the last three years.
According to a reply tabled in the State Assembly, the police department has conducted three vehicle auctions over the last three years from which it earned around Rs 19.35 lakh.
The Fire and Emergency Services conducted one auction during this period getting rid of fire fighting equipment and contributing about Rs 6 lakh to government coffers.
Meanwhile, the police department has ‘condemned’ 49 four wheelers, three six wheelers and 65 two wheelers, so far whereas fire department is in the process of disposing off 14 vehicles.
Fallow land for contract farming: CM
PANJIM: State government is considering introducing contract farming by taking over the uncultivated agricultural land in the State, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the State legislative Assembly on Tuesday.
He, however, said that the modalities of contract farming are yet to be finalized while replying to a question tabled by Sanguem MLA Subhash Phal Desai.
The government has mooted the idea of contract farming since owners of agricultural land have stopped tilling their fields for several years now. The Chief Minister said that a survey of how much agricultural land is actually fallen barren and how much is cultivated would be undertaken.
Kisan Mitra Yojana launch next month
PANJIM: While claiming a growth of around 23 per cent, in the number of people applying for various agricultural schemes, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that the ‘Kisan Mitra Yojana’, which seeks to bridge the gap between farmers and government officials would be launched next month.
As per the reply tabled in the House, there has been rise in number of applications received from almost all constituencies except for Sanguem, Bicholim and Valpoi which have shown a steep decline.
Parrikar said that government has proposed to appoint Kisan Mitra at village level to facilitate faster submission of claims, filling of forms by farmers and disbursal of subsidies.
Replying during Question Hour, Chief Minister said that the Kisan Mitra would be selected by farmers, who would be paid an annual honorarium by agriculture department. “It is for the farmers to decide and select a deserving person. He would be an indirect extension officer of agricultural department, who would look into the issues of farmers and interact with government on their behalf,” he explained.
9th Apr 2013
Fortune Rice Bran Health cooking oil launched
PANJIM: Fortune, a brand of cooking oil, has launched the Fortune Rice Bran Health.
Carefully sourced for the highest nutrient content, delicately processed without chemicals to minimize nutrient losses and with adequate quantity of nutrients to provide optimum health benefits, Fortune Rice Bran Health delivers the natural goodness of this wonder oil. It also guarantees high oryzanol content of 10,000 PPM.
Consumed extensively the world over in countries like Japan, US, etc, most Indian heart friendly cooking oils and some other healthy oil brands have always carried a percentage of it. But Fortune Rice Bran Health is a 100% Rice Bran oil. Fortune Rice Bran Health is priced at Rs 115 per litre.
Thomas Cook wins award
PANJIM: Thomas Cook UK and Ireland has won ‘Best Overseas Charter Operator for India’ in the Indian Government’s 23rd National Tourism awards.
Announced at a ceremony last week in New Delhi, and presented by Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, the award recognizes the company’s programme, performance and marketing efforts for tourism to the Goans through its charter flight operation and package holidays.
Uli Sperl, responsible for the holiday products on offer from Thomas Cook Tour operations said, “We are thrilled to have been recognized in this way and to have received such a prestigious accolade. We are confident that the range of holidays we have available will continue to drive both, new visitors as well as those who want to return year after year to this wonderful and exotic destination.”
CM launches 42 new KTC buses
PANJIM: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar launched 42 new buses procured by Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd to ply on interstate routes, at a function held at Patto-Panjim on Monday.
With these additions, 82 buses are now operating on interstate routes. The KTC has decommissioned 37 old buses from the interstate route and will use them to ferry passengers within the State. Also, 45 buses will be added to improve shuttle services due to overwhelming public demand and 15 buses will added to new village routes. The KTC also has plans to add 76 new 50-seater buses and 24 new 40-seater buses to ply within Goa. Out of 100 new buses to be procured, 40 will replace the aged fleet which has crossed 10 years.
Parrikar, in his budget speech, had assured to make provisions for procuring 200 new buses for KTC, of which 51 buses have already been procured. Another 100 new buses are expected by May 15 to replace buses on routes like Mudebihal, Hubli, Hospet, Belgaum, Gulbarga, Soudatti, Belgaum-Chorla, Chicodi, Bijapur, Raichur, Bagalkot, Badami in Karnataka and Miraj, Kolhapur, Belgaum-Kolhapur and Solapur in Maharashtra.
Healing retreat for childless couples
PANJIM: Jesus and Mary Ministry under the leadership of Fr Conceicao D’Silva, Parish Priest of St Michael’s Church, Taleigao, along with his team is organizing ‘All Goa Healing Retreat for Childless Couples’ from April 12 for seven consecutive Fridays for special blessing for couples.
The retreat will begin at 8 am with the Biblical Rosary led by Maria Rodrigues. From 8.30 am to 9.30 am, Dioguinho D’Costa will preach the Word of God based on the visit of Mother Mary to her Cousin Elizabeth (Lk 1:39-56).
From 9.30 am to 10.30 am, Mario Fernandes with his music ministry will conduct a praise and worship session.
From 10.30 am to 10.45 am, several people who have been healed by Jesus Christ during previous Fridays will give live witnesses at the Altar.
From 11 am to noon, Fr Conceicao D’Silva, the main celebrant, will preach the Word of God based on the Gospel of Luke 2: 46 to 56 along with several Priests concelebrating the Mass from Goa and Sindhudurg diocese.
From noon to 1 pm Fr Conceicao D’Silva and his team will conduct the Eucharistic adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. During adoration, he will pray over the childless couples and other sick people suffering from various illnesses and ailments of the body.
From 8 am to noon, there will be several Priests hearing confessions at the sacristy of the Taleigao Church.
Buses are available from 7 am from Margao (near SBI) to Taleigao Church (up and down) and after the retreat, there will be free buses from Taleigao Church to Mapusa bus stand.
Power line warning
PANJIM: The newly erected 11KV line and 100 KVA Distribution Transformer at Tivre Marcela will be charged on March 28 and will remain charged. The public is requested to be away from the above line and structure as it is dangerous to life and property.
Programme on TB, hypertension
PANJIM: As part of the activities of World Tuberculosis Day observed annually on March 24, the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine Goa Medical College and the Rural Health Training Centre Mandur launched the TB awareness programme at the sub-centres of Curca, Goa-Velha, Agassaim, Carambolim and Mandur.
Highlighting the theme ‘stop TB in my lifetime’ the faculty members, Dr Umesh Kamat, Vidal D’Souza and the interns Drs. Uday Dessai, Radhika Shetgaonkar, Sneha K, Avelencia Vaz, Sarvesh Zambaulikar, Siddanth S, Sonali O, Raj S, Adish Talwadkar and Residenent Doctors, the Health Workers of respective sub-centres interacted with the participants and addressed queries from the audience. A mobile team of doctors in the villages created awareness about preventing tuberculosis and also emphasised on DOTS treatment for TB.
The programme was conducted under the technical guidance of Dr Umesh Kamat Lecturer, Vidal D’Souza Associate Professor in Health Education, under the overall guidance of Dr D D Motghare Professor and Head, Department of PSM, Goa Medical College, Bambolim.
Jharkhand native’s remand extended
MARGAO: The Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao on Monday granted a further 14 days remand of judicial custody to Jharkhand native Ravi Goke who was detained by Margao police under section 41 CrPC on Friday night.
Earlier on Sunday when accused Ravi was produced before the JMFC judge he was sent to one day judicial remand. The accused was arrested by Margao police after they received information that a notorious criminal wanted for several crimes in his native state had come to South Goa. The accused is said to be involved in nine serious crimes, including murders, in his home state.
Offence registered against two
MARGAO: The Colva police have registered an offence for negligence under section 304(a) IPC against the manager and pool attendant of a resort where a 24-year-old engineering student from Gujarat got drowned in the resort swimming pool. According to police information, a group of 14 including the deceased who has been identified as Sagar Purohit, checked into the resort on Sunday morning and after breakfast, four are said to have entered the pool when Purohit got drowned. It is also gathered that there were no boards displayed near the pool informing of the depth at various locations nor was the pool attendant present.
The pool was also found to be unhygienic when inspected by police. No arrest has been made and an investigation is in progress. Relatives of the deceased arrived in Margao and were informed that the body shall be handed over to them on April 9 after necessary formalities.
HC directions on yellow-black taxis
MARGAO: The High court issued directions to the state to prevent forcible plying and operation of black and yellow rickshaws and motorcycles in breach of notification dated May 26, 2000. Disposing of a writ petition filed by Margao Taxi Drivers and Operators Association through its secretary Gajanan Shiva Shirodkar, a two-Judge bench of the High Court, Justice A P Lawande and Justice U V Bakre directed respondents to take all necessary steps including action under section 53, 54 and 86 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, to prevent tourist taxi operators and operators of private vehicles, hiring commuters for business from illegal and unauthorised parking and operating from outside the Konkan Railway Corporation and behind Margao railway station.
Tillari case: Third body recovered
BICHOLIM: The body of the third youth, who was feared drowned in a river at Tillari on Sunday, was found on Monday morning. It may be recalled that a group of seven persons from PNT Colony, Porvorim, had gone for a picnic near the Tillari dam in Maharashtra when three of them went for a swim and got drowned. The bodies of Imran Dayab Badekhan (20) and Ramzaan Chndwale (22) were found on the same day, while the body of Tohafin Dattagir Badekhan (18) was retrieved by the locals on Monday morning.
Dodamarg Police later handed over the body to Bicholim Police, who handed it over to the relatives.
Bus driver found dead in KRC tunnel
CANACONA: A 32-year-old bus driver from Madditolop-Loliem, Canacona, was found dead inside KRC tunnel at Loliem on Monday morning.
According to reports, a train hit Dinesh Jaywant Pagi while he was reportedly trying to cross the tunnel by walking across the tracks inside the tunnel.
Sources informed that Pagi’s body with head smashed was found by KRC’s bogeymen, who were reportedly on their regular sojourn and later Railway Police sent the body for post-mortem. The body was later handed over to the family and cremated on Monday evening.
Sources further informed that Pagi was last seen at about 7.30 am and believed to have taken tunnel route to reach to the other side and apparently got hit by a train. When contacted, KRC authorities at Canacona KRC station refused to divulge details of the trains that crossed Loliem tunnel between 7.30 am and 8.30 am and informed that they are unaware of the incident.
KRC PRO Baban Ghatge said that he could not throw any light on the death.
Female rider sustains head injuries
OLD GOA: A motorcycle rider was injured after she was knocked down by a tipper truck at St Pedro, Ribandar.
According to Old Goa Police, Savior D’Souza from Cumbharjua complained that the accident occurred when the tipper truck (GA-09-U-3570) dashed against the motorcycle (GA-07-A-9311), which was proceeding from Gaundolim to Porvorim. Motorcycle rider, Mary D’Souza, sustained head injuries and Head Constable Parab is investigating the case.
VALPOI: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Koperdem, Indiranagar, Naneli and all villages under V P Thana.
MAPUSA: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Olaulim, Ice Factory, Arao, Vall Pomburpha, Ecoxim and surrounding areas.
PONDA: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Tisk Bazaar, Siddeshwarnagar, Cine Kamala.
7th Apr 2013
Jewellery expo at Margao
PANJIM: Phorum Jewels, a leading manufacturer of gold and diamond studded jewellery, will hold an exhibition-cum-sale at Nanutel Hotel, Margao on April 14 and 15. This will be followed by two other exhibitions at Rampon, Hotel Mandovi, Panjim on April 17 and 18 and at Hotel Sungrace, Varkhandem, Ponda on and April 20 and 21. Timing of all exhibitions is from 11 am to 8 pm.
Nach Goenkara 2013
PANJIM: Unbeatable Dance Academy will organise ‘Nach Goenkara 2013’, an all-Goa Mummy’s solo dance competition. The last date for submitting entry forms is April 11. The grand finale will be held on May 5 at Kala Academy. The audition round of Mummy’s solo dance will be held on April 13 at Shree Dattatray Temple Hall, Cortalim, from 4 pm onwards. The entry fee is Rs 500. The short-listed participants will perform in the semi-finals on April 21. The Grand finale will be judged by Siddhesh Pai and Khushboo Purohit from Dance India Dance (Zee TV fame). The winner will get a cash reward of Rs 10,000, gift hamper and certificate. The runner-up will be given a gift hamper and certificate. Besides prizes, all the finalists would be awarded certificates autographed by Siddhesh and Khushboo. Entry forms are available at Pastry Palace, Panjim; Bombay Garments, Vasco, and Pastry Palace, Margao. For details, contact Tushar Volvoikar on 9923309275/ 9011933900.
Summer dance workshop
PANJIM: Starting April 8, the Unbeatable Dance Academy will conduct a summer dance workshop. The students will be trained by Pec Rohit (Gujarat), Tushar Volvoikar during the workshop. The branches & timing for the dance workshop are as follows. At Vasco, the workshop will be held at Rumdeshwar Temple Hall, Jetty, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 12 noon. Admission forms are available at Bombay Garments, Vasco. At Cortalim, the workshop will be held at Dattatray Temple Hall, Cortalim, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 pm to 6 pm. Admission forms are available at Sanjeevani Medical Store, Cortalim. At New Vaddem, the workshop will be held at Green Lawn School, New Vaddem on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 4 pm to 6 pm. Admission forms are available at Jivantica Medical Store, New Vaddem. At Zuarinagar, the workshop will be held in Airway Public School, near MES College, Zuarinagar, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 4 pm to 6 pm. Forms available at Bombay Garments, Vasco. All the students will be performing live with stars from Dance India Dance on May 5 at Kala Academy, Panjim, for the annual Dance event ‘Nach Goenkara’ organised by unbeatable Dance Academy. For details, contact Tushar Volvoikar on 9923309275 and Raj Patil on 9011933900.
Talk on ‘Illuminated mind’
PANJIM: Suhani Shah will deliver a talk in Panjim and Margao on destiny designing, science of karma, clarity in thinking, belief-systems and illusionary reality. In her talk, Ms Shah will also focus on fears and confidence, self-hypnosis, emotional conditioning, universal laws and mindful living. These are going to be two hours interactive sessions and questions from the audiences are welcomed. In Panjim, the talk will be at Macquines Palace, Old GMC, on April 7 & 8, at 11.30 am and at 7 pm, respectively. In Margao, it will be at Ravindra Bhavan on April 7 & 8 at 5 pm and 7 pm, respectively.
Aptitude test for students
PANJIM: Mathgramasth Hindu Sabha in collaboration with Aasanka Learning will conduct an aptitude test for students aspiring to take admission in science stream at the higher secondary level. The test will be followed by a seminar for students and parents. The subject of the seminar will be ‘Change in the pattern of Competitive Exams and importance of Board Exams’. The Seminar will be addressed by renowned competitive exams trainer Atul Nigam. The aptitude test will be conducted at Damodar Higher Secondary School (Science), Comba, Margao on April 9, from 9.30 am to 10.30 am, followed by a seminar from 11 am to 12 pm. Students can register by sending their names to firstname.lastname@example.org or send their names to Damodar HSS, Comba, Margao upto 9 am on 9 April 2013.
Aadhaar Airlines on May 3, 10
PANJIM: Ten housewives of the 20-Point Colony, Socorro, Porvorim, will present a humourous all-women’s natak, Aadhaar Airlines, on May 3 and 10. The play is directed by award-winning Konkani/Marathi director Shirish Naik from Merces. The natak evolves around a group of ladies, on their Goa-Mumbai maiden air trip and their escapades inside the aircraft.
Proclaimed offender arrested
MARGAO: A 22-year old proclaimed offender Ravi Gope wanted in Jharkhand in nine criminal cases, including murder and dacoity, is now cooling heels inside the lock-up of Margao police on Saturday.
After arriving in the state four days ago, the accused was taking shelter in Majorda and was nabbed from the Cansaulim Primary Health Centre, where he was admitted for malaria.
No sooner the Jharkhand police dispatched wireless message on the wanted criminal to the district Police chief Shekhar Prabhudeesai, the Margao police carried out a hunt for the accused and the police team headed by PI Sudesh Naik finally landed at Majorda on Friday noon following information that the accused was hiding in Majorda.
“After investigations, we received information that the accused was undergoing treatment at the Cansaulim primary health centre. Immediately, we posted two policemen to guard the accused and we finally took his custody on Saturday after his discharge”, PI Sudesh said.
Replying to a question, he said the accused is wanted in nine criminal cases, including murder, attempt to murder, dacoity, rioting etc.
He said the accused will be handed over to the Jharkhand police after completing the formalities.
Murder accused gets police remand
MARGAO: The Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao on Saturday remanded accused Anwar Sheikh to six days police custody.
Colva police said the accused will be thoroughly interrogated for the cold blooded murder of Seraulim senior citizen, Constancio Da Silva in January last year.
The accused was arrested by the Margao police at Pajifond earlier this week, days after he escaped from the judicial custody at Sawnuur-Karnataka, where he was arrested for the theft of three motorcycles, stolen from the jurisdiction of Margao and Maina Curtorim police stations.
Accused handed over to cops
MARGAO: Residents of Colmorod-Navelim handed over a person to the Margao police after he reportedly made an attempt to enter a house on Saturday evening.
The accused was caught by the local residents after the woman raised an alarm when he tried to enter the house.
A team of Margao police later took the accused in their custody. Further investigations are on.
Members of St John’s club hold meet
MARGAO: The general body meeting of the St John’s Grand Club of Benaulim (Kudd), at Mumbai was held at the Maria Hall, Benaulim on Saturday wherein members were briefed about the status of the “Club” at Mumbai.
The owner cum builder Javed Hussain, who was invited by the Trust, informed that the St John’s Grand Club would get 4000 sq ft of space in the new building. He appealed to the club members from the village to come and see its status, saying that the new club space will benefit the villagers. He said the building will have two lifts for the benefit of the occupants.
Chairman of the Trust, Charles Fermandes requested the builder to provide space for the club within the first 4-5 floors for the convenience of the members.
In his address, Benaulim MLA Caitu Silva thanked the builder-cum-owner for helping the club to get the new place for its members. Caitu turned emotional after he recalled how the club had come in handy for him when he visited Mumbai way back in 1976. Caitu, who received a membership certificate, said he was happy to finally get the certificate years after he had requested for the same.
He called upon the village youth to support and protect the club just as their ancestors had protected the same for the future generations. Village Sarpanch Royla Fernandes, ZP member Maria Rebello and others attended the meeting.
6th Apr 2013
Fun fete at Mapusa school
PANJIM: Fun Fete 2013 organised by Divine Mercy English Medium Secondary School/Pre-Primary Play School, Edgar F Memorial will be held on April 6 and 7. The fashion show/fancy dress, dancing, singing and cooking competitions will be organised as a part of fun fete. Those aged two years and above can participate. There will be live music. The fun fete will be held from 4.30 pm onwards at Gaunsavaddo playground, Mapusa.
Siridao chapel feast
PANJIM: The annual Feast of Jesus of Nazareth Chapel, Siridao will be celebrated on April 7. The timings of masses on the feast day are 6 am, 7 am, 8 am, 9 am, 10.15am (High Mass) and 5 pm.
Divine mercy feast at Margao
PANJIM: The Divine Mercy Feast will be celebrated at the Carmelite Monastery, Margao on April 7. The celebration will begin at 4 pm with ‘Holy Hour and Benediction.’ This will be followed by the solemn High Mass at 5 pm.
Bus owners meet
PANJIM: The general body meeting of ‘The Goa State Private Bus Owners Association’ is fixed on April 6 at 10 am at T B Cunha Hall, Panjim.
SBI pensioners meet
PANJIM: The State Bank of India Pensioners’ Association will hold its 15th annual general meeting on April 7 at 9.30 am at SBI Learning Centre Hall, Patto, Panjim. The meeting will be addressed by Indu Sekhar, deputy general manager of SBI, and also by office bearers of SBI Pensioners’ Federation on latest developments in the banking sector. A talk of Dr Mudit Khane of NUSI, Wockhardt Hospital, Cuncolim on orthopaedic problems has also been arranged.
Fair price shop owners meet
PANJIM: The All Goa Fair Price Shop Owners and Consumers Co-operative Societies Association meeting will be held on April 7 at 10.30 am at Sahakar Sankul, 6th floor, Goa State Co-Operative Bank, Head Office building, Patto Plaza, Panjim.
Adv Rozena clears NET
PANJIM: Adv Rozena Correia has cleared the National Eligibility Test conducted by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi on December 30, 2012. As many as 7,78,130 candidates registered for this examination out of which 6,15,136 appeared. Of these, only 39,226 candidates have qualified for the eligibility of lectureship. Adv Rozena Corriea is a recipient of three gold medals at LLB (Hons) in 2008 for securing distinction and securing first mark in Goa University. She was also the state ranker for LLM in the year 2010. Currently, she practices law and is a part time lecturer in G R Kare College of Law.
Free diabetic check up camp held
MARGAO: The Goan Seamen Association of India (GSAI) organised a free diabetic check up camp in association with Apollo Victor Hospitals on Friday to commemorate world maritime day. A large number of seafarers availed of the facility at the Apollo Victor Hospital after it was inaugurated by Consultant, Nephrologists & Transplant Physician, Dr Shital S Lengade in the presence of GSAI president Dixon Vaz and others. In his address, Dr Lengade said there is a misconception in the minds of people that only middle-aged persons are affected by diabetics.
“This misconception is totally wrong. One can get diabetic even at a young age of 30 years”, he said. GSAI president Dixon Vaz said the diabetic camp has been organized keeping in mind the ailments affecting young seafarers. The GSAI President explained to the seafarers working on cruise liners how to apply for the Indian CDCs as announced by the Director General of Shipping.
BJP to start poll campaign from Saturday
PANJIM: The Bharatiya Janata Party is to begin its Election campaign from Saturday, the 33rd birthday of the party with office bearers saying that the party would begin house-to-house campaign.
The party plans to blame the central Congress for not helping the mining lobby financially as well as bring up national issues, anticipating that elections could be held as early as October-November.
Cash stolen at Ribandar
OLD GOA: Cash and other items worth Rs 13,000 were stolen at Fondvem-Ribandar on Thursday. According to Old Goa Police, Sunanda Kavlekar from Ribandar complained that the accused stole her bag containing cash of Rs 8,000, mobile phone, one wrist watch and documents, all worth Rs 13,000. The complainant further stated that the accused fled from the spot on a motorcycle and Head Constable Mukund Parab is investigating the case.
Couple, two minors assaulted
PORVORIM: A couple and their two minor sons were allegedly assaulted by three persons at Canca.
According to Mapusa Police, the victim’s husband complained that on April 3, the three accused persons abused him, his wife and their two sons.
The complainant further stated that the accused assaulted him, his wife and the two sons with slaps, fist blows, causing them injuries. PSI V Chodankar is investigating the case.
Shop burgled at Calangute
CALANGUTE: Burglars decamped with electric safe containing cash of about Rs 1.22 lakh from a shop at Naikawada-Calangute on Friday. According to Calangute Police, Kumar Gaurav complained that the burglars entered into the Dominos Pizza shop by break opening the main door and decamped with the electric safe containing cash of about Rs 1.22 lakh. Calangute Police registered the case under Sections 457, 380 IPC and PSI Nitin Halarnkar is investigating the case.
82-yr-old woman found dead
PORVORIM: An 82-year-old woman was found dead in her flat at Porvorim on Friday. According to Porvorim Police, Lyra Brar was found dead in her flat at Sabnis Park, Porvorim.
The body was shifted to GMC morgue in Bambolim and PSI Videsh P Shirodkar is investigating the case.
BMC dy distributes sports material
MAYEM: BMC Deputy Chairperson Narayan Betkikar celebrated his birthday with a difference, after he utilised his entire year’s honorarium to distribute sports and educational material to needy and deserving youth from Ward 1 in the town.
Speaking to the youth after distributing the material, Betkikar advised them to shun all kinds of addictions. He also paid homage to the local deity Wadeshwar.
5th Apr 2013
Workshop on importance of wildlife
BICHOLIM: The Animal Rescue Squad (ARS) recently organised a one-day workshop for its members on the importance of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 and tips to rescue animals.
About 62 participants attended the workshop which was organised in association with Goa Sudharop Community Development Inc USA at Deendayal Hall, Bicholim.
The aim of the workshop was to make the members aware of various laws associated with wildlife. Adv Balaji Mayekar spoke on the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, while Singh spoke on the importance of wildlife and first aid to be administered after a snake bite. ARS member, John F Fernandes, was appreciated for his valuable work of a few days in the fields of wildlife and domestic animals. The speakers replied to queries of participants and told them how to identify various poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. All participants were given certificates by Kamlesh Bandekar and Kamlakant Tari of Bharat Swabhiman Trust.
Drive for dustbin-free schools
MARGAO: As part of the Chalo School Mega Drive to achieve the target ‘Dustbin-Free schools’, BMT-Goa and Chowgule College, Margao, in collaboration with the State Central Library organized an unique ‘Track two poetry writing competition’ for regional poets.
The competition evoked response from socially conscious and responsible poets as they came together to give voice to their emotions on relevant topics depicted in a mute film. This VCD will now be screened all over the state to create awareness amongst the general public and sensitise them about the garbage menace. Around 25 poets have been selected for video recording of the poems written by them which will be done on April 9 between 2 pm and 5.30 pm at Tiger Studio, Chowgule College.
Case of criminal trespass
MARGAO: Cuncolim police registered an offence of criminal trespass, damage, assault and threats against one Savio (full name not known), resident of Velim and another unknown person on a complaint by Tavhid Ahamed Sheikh of Old Goa.
In his complaint, Sheikh has alleged that Savio and the other person on March 31 at 6.30 pm criminally trespassed into his office at Cutbona, Velim, damaged furniture, assaulted him and Ansar Ahamed with slaps and threatened them with dire consequences. A case under section 447, 323, 506(ii), 427 read with 34 of IPC has been registered against the duo by Cuncolim police.
Body found at Rachol
MARGAO: Maina-Curtorim police recovered a dead body found floating in the Zuari river at Praca de Rachol jetty.
Local panch Minguel is said to have informed police about the body. Police informed that the deceased was identified as Julie Rita Concesao Barreto e Saldanha, 79, hailing from Damon East, Raia, who had been residing with her daughter Airima Barreto e Fernandes at Praca de Rachol. A case of unnatural death has been registered.
Man hangs to death
MARGAO: Raju Naik, 30, hailing from Gadag, Karnataka, and residing in a rented room at Majorda, committed suicide by hanging. Colva PSI Tulshidas Naik said neighbours told police at 3 pm that Naik was hanging from a ceiling fan in his room. The deceased is believed to be working as a cook in a beach shack. The reason for the drastic step is not known.
UP native dies of burns
PONDA: A 31-year-old native of Uttar Pradesh died of burn injuries which she sustained after a gas stove exploded on March 28 at her rented house in Manaswada-Kundaim.
According to Ponda police, the incident had occurred when Anita Bhaskar was warming milk on the gas stove.
Bhaskar was rushed to the GMC and suffered 60 percent burn injuries. Bhaskar breathed her last on Thursday while undergoing treatment. She is survived by her husband and a 4-month-baby, Ponda police added.
Bail plea rejected in SMS abuse case
MARGAO: Court of Principal Sessions Judge, South Goa, has dismissed the bail application of Aleixo Arnaldo Pereira, Utorda. Public prosecutor Sarojani Sardinha contended that the offences registered against the applicant are bailable and so the court dismissed the application for anticipatory bail.
It may be recalled that Laximi Gonsalves from Majorda filed a complaint with Panjim police Women Cell on March 21 against Pereira that between March 17 and 19 Pereira sent SMS messages abusing her and police registered offence under section 504, 509 IPC and section 67 of IT Act.
Goan poet attends writer’s fest
CANACONA: Writer and poet Gourish Vernekar represented Goa at the two-day ‘Youth Writer’s Festival’ at Guwahati, Assam, organised by the Sahitya Academy, Delhi. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, Karabi Deka Hajarika and K Sacchidanand were also present at the meet. Different sessions were held and different writers presented their views and opined on ‘Why do I Write’. A session for recitations and reading of poems was held during which Vernekar presented his poems. In all, 23 different poets represented their states.
Foundation day at Corjuvem
PANJIM: Devotees of Corjuvem Village will celebrate the annual foundation day (vardhapan din) of Shri Sateri Panchayatna Devasthan, Podwal – Corjuvem, Aldona with the following programs – April 6 at 8.30 am palki procession in the village; April 7 (Vardhapan din) from 8.30 am various religious activities and at 1pm mahaprasad (lunch); at 7pm devja of married women along with a palki procession and traditional music; April 8 at 8 pm, well known singer Ajit Kadkade will perform; April 9 at 3 pm styanarayan pooja and at 8.30 drama Pappa eke Pappa; April 10, at 8.30 pm drama Darne ka Naya; April 11 at 9 pm drama Katha Rangali Pashanachi (in remembrance of late Hanuman Panajtkar; April 12 at 7pm Corjuvem Ltd children singing and drawing competitions; April 13 drama Natak eka Natkache.
Offence registered against Pacheco
MARGAO: Colva police have registered a non-cognizable offence against Nuvem MLA Mickky Pacheco under section 504 and 506 IPC on a complaint from Joe Cota, Nagvaddo, Betalbatim.
Joe alleged that on March 31, at about 7.55 pm, he received a call from a mobile phone (number 8888128888) which is owned by Pacheco, abusing him with filthy language and threatening to harm his brother, Menin.
He further alleged that he apprehended a threat to himself and his brother, particularly in view of Pacheco’s past conduct who seems to take protection under the label of an MLA.
Pacheco however denied having issued threats but confirmed having called the complainant, as local MLA, regarding a wall being constructed as part of beatification. Pacheco further said that the complainant and his brother were opposing him during the last assembly election and were opposing what he was doing for the benefit of villagers.
Joe has also alleged that Pacheco is erecting a compound wall around the Church and was excluding part of Church property where he has been parking his vehicles. The complainant further stated that he and his brother and several other villagers to have met the parish Priest and asked if the land had been allotted or sold to Pacheco.
Body found on railway tracks
MARGAO: Konkan Railway police on Thursday recovered an unidentified body of a male person aged between 25 and 30 years from the railway tracks between Peda and Comba here this evening.
Police said the head of the unknown person was severed from the body while his hands were also hurt after he was run over by a train in the city.
They could not say if it was a case of suicide or accident, even though a preliminary inquiry suggested suicide.
The body was later preserved at the Hospicio mortuary. The post examination will be conducted on Friday.
Restricted water supply
PANJIM: Due to urgent maintenance work on the 700mm DI and 350mm DI conveying main at Assonora and Tivim on April 5 there will be restricted water supply to Mapusa, part of Siolim, Tivim, Assonora, part of Calangute, part of Porvorim and surrounding areas on that day.
Stress management workshop
PANJIM: The Post Graduate department of Rosary College organized a seminar-cum-workshop on ‘Stress Management and Conflict Resolution’. Leo D’Mello, a management guru, motivational speaker and author of the best-selling book, ‘Fuller Life’ was the resource person.
Mr D’Mello highlighted how ‘stress’ is the number one killer, explained the biological, psychological, social and spiritual impacts of stress and then proceeded to work through different methodologies to manage and cope with stress. He emphasized breathing-meditation and perception-clarity.
The second session was on the variety of conflicts that students face and how they can be resolved. He gave some visual treats on how awareness of our varied sensory inputs helps put conflicts in perspective and the shared different steps on resolving conflicts.
Holy Cross ambulance service
PANJIM: Aruna Vishnu Wagh, president of Shrusti organization inaugurated a state-of-the-art ambulance of Holy Cross Ambulance services and congratulated the proprietor Andrew Pereira near Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim. Mrs Wagh stated that one should have dignity of labour and more youth should come forward and get self-employed. Dr Rajesh Patil graced the occasion. Andrew Pereira gave a vote of thanks.
Breast cancer awareness programme
PANJIM: A breast cancer awareness programme was held at Government School, Palem, Siridao recently by Youth Art and Culture Club of Palem, Siridao.
A powerpoint presentation was given by Dr Rajesh Patil on breast cancer. About 86 ladies attended the camp. Dr Swatiza Sawant, Dy Sarpanch, Shanti Palker, Goa Velha panch, Mamta Dhond and Headmistress, Leena Fernandes graced the occasion. Manoj Palker welcomed the gathering and Bhavina Kunkolienkar gave a vote of thanks.
PANJIM: The All Religious Seminar - Sarva Dharma Mahabhakti Sammelan’ started at 10 am on April 2 in the Gayatri Peeth Math at Talyewada, Bethoda, Ponda.
The seminar started with a Yagnya for world peace. The priest of Math Shri Sandip Velangi and Rajaram Pednekar performed the Yagnya, with religious heads of different religions.
Mahatmaji of Math Sachhidanandji, Fr Michael Fernandes, Sikh Representative Gurudeepsi and Islam representative G M A Shaikh took part.
The Poornahuti was offered by Sadguru Parwadeshwar Maharajji and Bhau Maharajji.
There was a procession with a Palkhi with the Bible, Quran, Bhagvadgeeta and Guru Gramsaheb along with a photo frame of Sadguru Parwadeshwar Maharajji. It was shouldered by the religious heads - a fruitful outcome of the seminar.
Divine Mercy retreat at Pilar
PANJIM: Pilar Fathers will organize a Divine Mercy Retreat from April 6 at 4 pm to April 7 at 4 pm at Pilar Animation Centre, Pilar.
It is open for all and a special prayer service will be held for childless couples, broken families, youth seeking jobs, sick and suffering people. It includes the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Word of God, inner healing service, Adoration, spiritual guidance, praise and worship. For registration contact: 9922622782 / 2218694 / 2218553.
Jumble sale for charity
PANJIM: Help & Help Charitable Trust will conduct its 9th annual jumble sale in Margao shortly, proceeds of which will, as usual, be used to assist different institutions.
If you have items you will never use or do not know how to discard things you have collected, here is an organization that will gladly accept them and you can be sure that what you have discarded will support the less fortunate. The items could be anything – domestic appliances, furniture, toys, stationery, books, novels, gifts, vessels, footwear, cassettes, CDs, toiletries, food items, electrical and electronic goods - even your old vehicle. Items can be delivered at the trust office in Comba, Margao or mail - email@example.com. for more details.
‘Help & Help Charitable Trust’ is a non-profit organization in Goa which provides material, moral and monetary support to institutions serving the needy, such as homes for the aged, orphanages, hospitals, homes and schools for the physically and mentally challenged, the destitute, slum dwellers, prison inmates, etc, irrespective of their religious or ethnic status.
4th Apr 2013
Teacher held for corporal punishment
CALANGUTE: Calangute Police on Wednesday arrested a physical education (PE) teacher from Pilerne on charges of meting out corporal punishment, after a Std 5 student accused the teacher of smacking him in school. According to Calangute police, the boy’s mother complained that her son was smacked by the PE teacher, Safi Zamdar, for failing to perform an exercise properly. The boy later narrated the incident to his parents after returning home from school. Acting on the compliant, Calangute Police arrested PE teacher Zamdar and is investigating the case.
Scooterist killed in Calangute mishap
CALANGUTE: A 22-year-old scooterist from Mumbai died, while two persons were injured in a road accident at Calangute. According to Calangute Police, Tejasvi Sundarajan and Kamna Ladwani were proceeding in their scooter (GA-07-F-1429) when they collided with the motorcycle (GA-03-M-9133) late Tuesday evening. Police said Tejasvi and Kamna sustained grievous injuries, while motorcycle rider Suresh Deppy from Gaura Vaddo, Calangute, sustained serious injuries. All the injured persons were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention. Tejasvi succumbed to injuries on Wednesday. Calangute Police is investigating the case.
Chimbel local held for assault
OLD GOA: Old Goa Police arrested a resident of Indiranagar-Chimbel on charges of assaulting a man from the same ward at Chimbel. According to Old Goa Police, Emilia D’Souza of Indiranagar complained that on Tuesday, one Ranjit allegedly assaulted her husband, Francis, with broken glass bottle, causing injuries to his neck. Old Goa Police arrested the accused and PSI Sawant is investigating the case.
Scooter stolen at Mapusa
PORVORIM: A scooter was reported stolen from the parking place near Braganza Trade Centre at Mapusa. According to Mapusa Police, Rajaram Mandrekar from Rajwado-Mapusa complained that some persons stole his scooter (GA-03-F-3273). Head Constable D K Malik is investigating the case.
Marcel local’s body found floating
PONDA: The body of a resident of Madapai-Marcel was found floating in Manas near Sakhalo Temple, Marcel, on Tuesday. According to Ponda Police, the body of Anand Narvekar was found floating in the Manas and PSI Suraj Gawas is investigating the case.
Award for Bicholim Co-op Bank Ltd
MAYEM: The Bicholim Co-operative Bank Ltd, Bicholim, which has been in service for the last 25 years, has won the prestigious award ‘Goan Bank of the Year’ by Business Goa. Bank Chairman Umesh Zantye recently accepted the award from Business Goa executive Nandini Sahay in the presence of Harshwardhan Bhatkuli at Panjim. Zantye and other board of directors have been congratulated by all segments of the society for taking the bank status to such a higher position.
Restricted water supply
PANJIM: Due to annual maintenance of transformer at 160MLD Salaulim water supply scheme, there will be restricted water supply in areas of Mormugao and Salcete talukas on April 5. Consumers are requested to bear the inconvenience caused.
Power line warning
Panjim: The newly erected 11 KV overhead line, LT Line and the 100 KVA Distribution Transformer Centre at Badsarem Gaondongrim, Canacona 100 KVA Transformer Centre and at Pansulem Canacona 100 KVA Transformer Centre under Sub-Div.III, Canacona is charged and will remain charged.
Public are warned not to come in contact of line, supports, stays etc and not to graze cattle near the above mentioned locations as it is highly dangerous to life and property.
The newly erected 1x100 KVA 11KV/0.433KV distribution transformer at Bainguinim, Old Goa along with associated 11KV tapping line form Siddhivinayak Ice Plant Transformer Centre to newly erected 100 KVA transformer behind Ornate Estate at Bainguinim will be test charged on April 4 and remain charged. The general public is requested to keep away from the lines and structure. Any contact with the lines, poles, stays, etc, is dangerous to life, property and animals.
Shri Sateri Devasthan gets new panel
PANJIM: Ravindra Pednekar was elected as the President in the recently held elections of the managing committee for the year 2013-2014 of Shri Sateri Devasthan, Moula, Batim.
The other elected members are Ladu Naik (Vice-President), Sanjay N. Naik (Gen Secretary), Gorakshnath Kavlekar (Asst Secretary), Nitendra Priolkar (Treasurer) and Somnath R Naik (Asst Treasurer).
Other members are Shankar R Naik, Laxmikant P Naik, Kamlakant Naik, Rukmakar Borkar and Yogesh Haldankar.
BARDEZ: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Socorro, Zoswado, Maina-Ambirna, Police Housing Society, Prabhu Residency, Aradi and surrounding areas.
PORVORIM: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Socorro, Zoswado, Maina-Ambirna, Police Housing Society, Prabhu residency, Aradi and surrounding areas.
PONDA: From 7 am to 10 am. Areas affected are Sairaj Park, water tank, Shantinagar, Mankame Bhat, Kurtarkarnagar, St Cruz, Nr ID Hospital, Corporation Bank.
TALEIGAO: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Kamat Villa Complex, Chaitanya Apt, Hotel Blue Bay, Borchem Bhat, Taleigao Market, Bondiem Bhat, Ideal School, Community Hall, Cardozwaddo and surrounding areas.
QUEPEM: From 9 am to 4 pm. Areas affected are Amona village, Avedem Cottombi and Assolda Panchayat areas under the jurisdiction of this sub division II, Quepem.