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Tar Balls Continue to Tarnish Beaches

Tar balls continued to wash ashore on the beaches in Goa even as efforts to clean the beaches were intensified. School children from Colva joined the clean up operations on Wednesday morning.
However, there appears to be no respite as the tar balls continue to be washed ashore. It is reported that four pick-up full of tar balls were taken away from Arossim beach alone.

Blast Kills 28 in Pakistan

Lahore was rocked by suicide bombers who triggered off three blasts killing at least 28 people and injuring another 150 on Wednesday evening as Shia Muslims had gathered to observe the Yaum e Ali.
The first blast was triggered at 6:45 pm and the second at around 7:15 pm in busy locales of Lahore city. Both the blasts occurred close to Data Darbar that was recently a target of suicide attackers.

Operation Iraqi Freedom Over: Obama

“Operation Iraqi Freedom is over and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country,” said Barack Obama on Wednesday in a live televised address from the Oval office, White House.
Accepting that USA had paid a very high price for the mission in Iraq, he said he had fulfilled the promise he had made to fellow Americans to end the country’s presence in Iraq.

Chidambaram Stands by ‘Saffron’ Comment, Digvijay Has Objections

Even as Home Minister P Chidambaram stood by his use of “saffron terror’ phrase, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh said he had objection to usage of that term.
Chidambaram stood by his statement arguing that it had brought home the message of right-wing terrorism. However, he said the party was supreme and pointed out that prior to him, many others had used the term.
He recalled that in 2001 ‘saffronisation of education’ was a term used even in the Parliament and added that many UPA members too had used the word earlier.

Amethi Can Be Rechristened: SC

It was a sweet political victory for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati as the Supreme Court ruled that Amethi can be renamed Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar district while vacating the earlier order of the Allahabad High Court.
The decision in favour of the Mayawati government came in view of the fact that High Court had dismissed a similar petition earlier.

A bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and H L Gokhale said that the high court bench which passed the interim order on August 18 should have taken into account the order of August 11 of its own bench.

Legalise Sports Betting In India Suggests Court

While observing that police have not been able to stop illegal betting, Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma of Delhi Court suggested that the government should consider legalizing sports betting so that not only transfer of funds would be monitored but revenue could be generated for the welfare of public.
“It does not need divine eyes to see that ‘satta’ in cricket and other games is reaching an alarming situation. The extent of money that it generated is diverted to clandestine and sinister objectives like drug trafficking and terrorist activities,” said Dharmesh.

Villiers Dethrones Dhoni as Top Batsman

South African batsman AB de Villiers has displaced India’s captain MS Dhoni as the top ODI batsman according to the latest ICC ratings. de Villiers, who averages 43.56 in 101 ODIs, had a prolific season that took him to 805 points in the ratings, nine clear of Dhoni. Michael Hussey, the Australian batsman, was third on the list with 792 points.
de Villiers amassed 667 runs in his last 10 ODIs, which included four centuries and two fifties against top opposition. Three of those centuries came in consecutive games, in Gwalior, Ahmedabad and Antigua. Though de Villiers did not play in August, Dhoni’s patchy form in the Sri Lanka triangular series, where he scored only 140 runs in five outings, led to the swap at the top.

Trawlers Block River Mandovi

Around 200 trawlers of members of the Mandovi Fisheries Marketing Co-operative Society on Wednesday morning blocked River Mandovi by anchoring the vessels in the middle of the river.
Mechanised fishing has suffered a major setback this year as labourers from other states who used to work on the vessels have not come to Goa this year. As a result many of the vessels remain anchored at the jetty as they cannot venture into the sea.
This has caused a space constraint due to which trawlers owners anchored their vessels in the middle of River Mandovi.

Velim Villagers Rebuff Govt Overtures, Sit on Dharna

Velim villagers rejected the obvious sop of holding the land acquisition process in abeyance and went ahead with the planned dharna in front of Velim panchayat on Wednesday morning.
The villagers were demanding that the government drop the proposal to acquire 30,000 square metres of land near the Cutobona fishing jetty to set up a fish meal plant.
Reacting to the demand voiced at the Gram Sabha meeting held on 22nd August wherein the villagers had threatened to sit on a dharna on 1st September,

ESG Governing and General Body Re-Constituted

The Governing Body and General Body of the Entertainment Society of Goa has been reconstituted with Chief Minister Digambar Kamat continuing as the Chairman of the Governing Body.
While Filipe Neri Rodrigues has been nominated as the Vice Chairman of the Governing Body, Speaker Pratapsing Rane is the permanent invitee. Members of the Governing body are Chandrakant Kavlekar, Chief Secretary S K Srivastava, Secretaries Narendra Kumar, Raajiv Yadhuvanshi, Mrs. Anju Timblo, Mrs. Ranjana Salgaocar, Mrs. Nalini de Souza, Vishnu Wagh and Raju Naik. Manoj Srivastava is the Member Secretary.