The Chapoli dam in Canacona taluks has breached its levels for the first time and water is seen overflowing. However, though this is a magnificent sight to behold and augurs well for the farmers, locals are yet to recover from the traumatic experience of the flash floods last year and look at Chapoli dam with worry and concern.
Category: Current Affairs
Acting swiftly on Wednesday afternoon Margao Police rescued a minor girl kidnapped for ransom and while arresting the abductor, also recovered the ransom paid to him.
A minor girl of a petrol pump owner from Margao was kidnapped and the girl’s mother was called from the child’s mobile phone with a demand of Rs. 20,000 ransom. Rape and death were the threats given to the frantic mother for failure to deliver the money.
Police came to know about the incident as the mother ran helter skelter to arrange the money. She however did not lodge a complaint with the police fearing the safety of her child.
The belief that there was a drug dealer-police nexus if further confirmed with revelations that the person who stood surety for missing drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, was a regular panch witness for Goa Police.
According to reports in the media, Prakash Metri who stood surety for Atala, the alleged Israeli drug lord who went missing after he was released on conditional bail, was a panch witness for different cases registered by the police at different police stations.
In May 2001 Metric was a panch witness for an attempt to murder case registered at the Panjim Police tation. Two months later, in July 2001, he was a panch witness in a car
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.
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 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,
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.
Govt. Stalls, Boat Owners Relent
Taking cognizance of the opposition to the proposed fish meal project at Cutbona, the government on Tuesday decided to keep in abeyance the land acquisition process even as trawler owners agreed not to press for it while clarifying that other allied activities are required.
At a high level meeting held at local MLA and Water Resources Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues and attended by Fisheries Minister Joaquim Alemao, Land Acquisition Officer Agnelo Fernandes and Velim Sarpanch Reny Caeiro, it was decided to keep the land acquisition process in abeyance till a detailed report is received.
The Rahejas project at Carmona which has in the past been the cause of uproarious scenes at the village gram sabha meetings, on Monday was the cause of heated discussions at the regular panchayat meeting which ended without transacting any business.
Carmona panch Orlando D’Silva took strong exception to the Sarpanch Estaquio D’Costa fixing an inspection of the Rahejas site without discussing the matter at the panchayat meeting. He also condemned serving the notice of the inspection by fixing it to his door.
Govt. Initiates Cleaning But Lost at Sea over Disposal
The government swung into action on Tuesday to deal with the tar balls that were washed on Salcete beaches but it appears to be a mere knee jerk reaction without proper planning as the clean up process is being carried out in a haphazard manner.
Although Fire Services personnel and other labourers were pressed into service, they were not equipped with buckets or containers to gather the collected tar balls. The tar balls were swept and piled up along the beach.