Category: Current Affairs

Unopposed in Valpoi, No Candidates in Pernem

Following the scrutiny of nomination papers on Tuesday, 789 nomination papers were found to be valid for the elections in 11 municipal councils scheduled to be held on 31st October.

The highest number of nominations filed are for Mormugao Municipal council where 159 candidates will view for the 20 seats, while at Margao there are 124 candidates contesting the 20 seats.

KRC Posts Profits for the First Time

The Konkan Railway Corporation, for the first time since it commenced operations 11 years ago, recorded a profit of  12 crore which though a humble beginning is a good sign said Managing Director Bhanu P Tayal.
Briefing media persons at Margao he pointed out that the Corporation was earlier making losses to the tune of one crore per day. However, the situation has now changed with increased traffic and the projects undertaken by the Corporation he said adding that the target of posting three digit profits in three years, now appears achievable.

And Now KRC Proposes Link Rail Between Chandor and Balli

Even as the protests against the proposed loop connecting South Western Railway with the Konkan Railway in Cansaulim is growing day by day, the Konkan Railway Corporation is now planning to have a similar link between Chandor and Balli.
KRC MD Bhanu P Tayal, briefing media persons revealed that the plans are ready for this new link between the Konkan Railway and South Western Railway and justified it on grounds that the Margao junction is getting over burdened when trains coming from Hubli and onwards have to proceed towards Chennai.
Presently the freight trains are halted on one line and the engine is detached and then attached on the rear side thereby losing substantial time and also blocking one entire track for that duration.

Mad Rush to File Nominations on Last Day

There was a mad rush to file nominations for the municipal elections on the last day Monday with most of the candidates waiting for the last moment rushing to hand in their papers.

The highest number of nominations to be filed on the last day was for Margao Municipal Council where a whopping 71 nomination papers were filed.

As many as 44 candidates filed their papers for the Canacona Municipal Council elections on Monday with 11 of them for ward No. 6 where not a single nomination was received till then.

Probe Into Bansal’s Misuse of Official Vessel

Goa Police has reportedly instituted an enquiry into the incident of its senior officer, Veenu Bansal, Superintendent of Police (Anti Narcotic Cell) using the official patrol boat for a private leisure trip after his photograph on the boat was published in a local newspaper.

A photograph of Veenu Bansal using the sophisticated patrol boat recently acquired by the Goa Marine Police Force for angling with friends and their children was published in the newspaper on Monday.

CM Accused of Abetting Corruption

Goan filmmakers have accused Chief Minister Digambar Kamat of shielding the rampant corruption in organizing the International Film Festival of India and alleged that  75,00,000 has been spent on the Short Film Centre unnecessarily.

Speaking to media persons Arnold D’Costa, Chairman of Goa Film Federation accused Srivastava who is heading the Entertainment Society of Goa to be behind the scam.

The GFF demanded that two events – Short Film Centre and T20 – should be scrapped from IFFI this year and further demanded that the chief minister sign the Memorandum of Understanding minus these two events.

Cong, Govt. Played No Role: CM

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat clarified that neither his government nor the party played any role in the drama surrounding the stay of MLAs from Karnataka in Goa.
“The MLAs asked for protection and it is the government’s duty to provide it to any elected member from any part of the country when it is asked,” he said justifying the strong police force at Taj Exotica during those days.
Replying to a question, he said he had not received any instructions from anybody to provide the police force or for that matter to do anything about the MLAs and also pointed out that he was out of station when the drama commenced.

‘Ace Comedian’ Peter Passes Away

Peter Menino D’Costa, an accomplished artiste of the Konkani stage and more particularly the tiatr passed away early Monday morning after having released his latest album coincidentally titled ‘Ab Tak Zinda Hai” with a catch line ‘He is Alive, Not Dead’ the previous evening at 8 pm.
While his sudden death has shocked tiatrist and tiatr lovers, that it came immediately after releasing the album with that particular title has stunned everybody. “It looks like he had a premonition of his death and that is why he gave this particular title even though many of us had asked him to change it,” said his friend Cardozo from Colva.

HC Admits Petitions But No Stay on Civic Polls

The Goa Bench of Bombay High Court on Monday morning admitted the two petitions challenging the reservation policy of the government for the municipal elections at Margao and Pernem, however,...

BJP Does a Manohar in Karnataka

As predicted by Goa Chronicle on 9th October, the BJP in Karnataka repeated what Manohar Parrikar did in Goa about eight years ago to ensure that its Chief Minister Yeddyurappa survives the confidence vote.
Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly K G Bopaiah disqualified the rebel MLAs before the House met to discuss the confidence motion thereby reducing the effective strength of the House to give the BJP the required numbers to win the confidence motion.