Category: Current Affairs

BJP to woo Christian votes in Goa

In a bid to shed its communal image and boost its minority vote base, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders will interact with Christian religious leaders, including the Archbishop of Goa, the party announced Sunday.

Addressing a press conference, BJP national secretary and in charge of Goa Arti Mehra, said: ‘The party feels there is a conscious need to reach out to the Christian community in the state and increase its minority vote base by at least five percent.’

Goa Board gives students another opportunity to clear Class 12

The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education in a meeting on Friday has decided to henceforth conduct October examinations for standard XII students, who are unable to clear the March examinations of the Board. The Board had stopped the October examinations for standard XII students since 2003 due to the significant expenses involved in the exam’s conduct.

‘Imports’ disrupt Cansaulim Gram Sabha

The Cansaulim Arossim Cuelim Gram Sabha meeting on Sunday was disrupted by imports, most of whom were migrants, specially brought for the meeting by a migrant builder facing opposition in the village. Sarpanch Jose Manuel Fernandes, left with no option, adjourned the meeting.
Trouble broke out when the minutes of the previous meeting were read and corrections were suggested with regards to the “stop work order” being issued to a construction project in the village. However, the builder demanded that the correction be put to vote which was rejected as it pertained to a decision taken at the previous meeting.

Raia Gram Sabha says no to Kabrastan

The Gram Sabha of Raia Village Panchayat held on Sunday, in one voice opposed setting up a Kabrastan at Sonsddo and demanded that the land that was acquired from the Panchayat be reverted back to it.
The villagers argued that the land acquired from Raia Panchayat 15 years ago by the Margao Municipal Council was classified as “eco zone” and therefore not fit for a Kabrastan.

Nuvem Gram Sabha seeks to protect religious structures

The proposed widening of National Highway 17 has raised another issue, this time at the Nuvem Gram Sabha held on Sunday where the members demanded that religious structures in the village should not be demolished due to this project.
The government is already grappling with the issue of protecting residential houses along the National Highway that are likely to be demolished following its widening. Whether the width of the highway should be 35 mts or 45 mts is still to be resolved.

Bandora villagers want Panchayat to be dissolved

Angry villagers demanded the dissolution of the Bandora Village Panchayat for incompetency and failure to manage its affairs satisfactorily. The demand came at the gram sabha meeting held on Sunday where the Panchayat was found lost at sea to give appropriate answers to the various questions fired to them.

The meeting, in fact, went on till 3:30 pm and as there were no satisfactory replies from the Panchayat, villagers were quite angry and demanded its dissolution.

Headmasters sensitised on Swine Flu

The South Goa Disaster Management Cell in collaboration with the Urban Health Centre, Margao organised an awareness programme on Swine Flu for principals and headmasters of high schools and higher secondary schools in South Goa.

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NCP not to give up Benaulim seat

The personal rivalry between PWD Minister Churchill Alemao and ex-Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco has now spilled over to become a battle between the two parties they belong to – the Indian National Congress and Nationalist Congress Party.

Briefing media persons on Saturday, NCP spokesperson Trajan D’Mello asserted that the Benaulim Assembly constituency currently represented by Mr. Pacheco will be contested by the NCP at the next assembly elections more than a year-and-a-half away.

Public Hearing for MPTs Iron Ore Terminal

The Ministry for Environment and Forests has reportedly asked the Goa State Pollution Control Board to hold a public consultation over Mormugao Port Trust’s proposed Iron Ore Terminal west of the Breakwater.

GC learns that MPT has submitted an application to the GSPCB for the iron ore terminal and also paid the prescribed fee for the public consultation.

Lorna regales crowd on International Goa Day

The girl with the golden voice, Lorna regaled the crowd gathered at Campal on Friday evening to celebrate the 10th anniversary of International Goa Day, as she rendered nine songs in her inimitable style.

To commemorate the day when Konkani was included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India, Goa International Day celebrations were held 10 years ago by Non Resident Goans. Since then the movement has grown with over 50 Goan organizations observing this day in different parts of the World.