Category: Current Affairs

Honda Residents Irked With Dust Pollution

Residents of Honda in Sattari taluka who are suffering due to air pollution have demanded the setting up of a pollution monitoring system in their village. The demand was made when a delegation met Goa Pollution Control Board Chairman Simon D’Souza.
Hanumant Parab, a resident of Honda who was part of the delegation disclosed that the GPCB has promised to install the system in Honda and Sonshi areas, by engaging a private firm.

Stone Quarrying Irks Dhansodo Torl Residents

For past 14 years, Dhansodo Torl in Shiroda has been plagued with stone quarries.  The resultant dust and noise pollution has made it extremely difficult for the residents of this area to survive in such drastic conditions.
According to the residents of Dhansodo Torl, an area of 30000 sq. mts. of the Communidade land has been reserved only for farmers. The villagers are mostly dependent on farming on this land and for more than 35 years, have been cultivating crops like rice, beans, millet, etc.
However, some of the land owners in this area have started mining in residential areas. These mines have been problematic for the residents as they create noise and air pollution which affects the health of the children and adults too. It also leads to degradation of the soil.

Two Nominations From Mormugao

Only two nominations have been filed for the post of Chairperson and Vice-chairperson by Suchita Shirodkar and Manish Arolkar in the Mormugao Municipal Council.
Earlier 13 out of the 20 elected councillors from Mormugao Municipal Council had come together under the banner ‘Peoples Council Panel’ in order to prevent Jose Philip D’Souza from installing his wife Neny as the chairperson. These councillors from BJP, Congress and the ones not affiliated to any political party felt that the municipal elections were not held on party lines.

Govt. Firm on NH Alignment, Opponents Threaten Stir

Talks between the government and National Highway Diversion Action Committee (NHDAC) over the alignment of the two National Highways in the State failed on Tuesday with the government deciding to stick to the present alignment and the NHDAC demanding that the National Highways be re-aligned through the hinterland.
The meeting chaired by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and also attended by PWD Minister Churchill Alemao failed to resolve the stand off with the government arguing that the number of demolitions due to widening of the two highways passing through Goa, were brought down from 569 to 168.

River Princess’ Fate to Be Decided Today

The Goa State Disaster Management Committee will today decide which company will remove River Princess from Candolim where it has been lying for nearly a decade now.
The Committee has shortlisted four companies as their technical bids met the scrutiny and their financial bids will be opened on 10th November to decide who will remove the vessel.
The four bids shortlisted are: titan Maritime (Sea) Pvt. Ltd from Singapore, Goa based Madgavkar Salvage’s joint bid with Smith Salvage from Singapore, Resolve Salvage & Fire Europe Ltd. from United Kingdom and Arihant Ship Breakers.

IFFI Red Carpet to be Organised Jointly

Following several goof ups in handling the red carpet at the International Film Festival of India last year, this year the event will be jointly handled by the Entertainment Society...

Micky Gets Court OK to Travel to UAE

Former Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco has got the Session Court’s approval to travel to United Arab Emirates between 10th November to 14th November.The court has directed the authorities to hand...

Musical Chairs at Margao Municipal Council Too

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat followed the route adopted by his ministerial colleagues the Alemao brothers in resorting to the rotation system of top posts of the Margao Municipal Council.
While he nominated Sushila Naik to be the chairperson of the Margao Municipal Council, the vice-chairperson will be Gonzaco Rebello from Vijai Sardessai’s camp. However, the duo will hold office for 18 months only i.e. till the next assembly elections following which the posts will be rotated between the other councillors with a term on one year only.

Russians Charters From Moscow No More

Charter business to Goa will take a major hit on account of the new circular released by the Russian Government in a bid to give a fillip to its national carrier Aeroflot. Nordwind Airlines and Vim Avia – two of most prominent charter airline operators; operating close to over 60 flights each into Goa from Moscow have been asked to discontinue their operations to Goa.
While the circular had been issued in the first week of October this year, the order has come into effect from 4th November, 2010; this at a time when tourism business into Goa from Russia has just started to flow in and charter flights were to arrive.

Zuari Bridge Closed On 14th November

The District Magistrate has ordered to keep the Zuari Bridge closed to record deck levels. It will remain closed on 14th November from 6 am to 9 am for all...