Category: Current Affairs

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Is the South Goa Collector playing games?

South Goa Collector G P Naik did a Reagan this morning claiming that he was not aware of the govenrment keeping in abeyance the land acquisition process with regards to the construction of a mining bye pass in Curchorem.

The Collector had summoned a delegation of the people opposing the bye-pass to inform them that the demarcation of the land to be acquired would be carried out by surveyors with police protection.

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PWD contract labourers stage dharna

Around 100 contract labourers employed in the Public Works Division, under the banner of All India Trade Union Congress, observed a day long dharna in Panjim on Wednesday demanding regularisation of their services.

As on date there are around 1,600 persons employed on contract basis with the Public Works Department some of whom have completed more than 15 to 20 years of continuous service.

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Churchill refutes Micky’s charges

Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao dismissed former Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco’s demand for an enquiry into the bad condition of roads stating that the roads constructed during his tenure have withstood all tests.

Addressing media persons, he clarified that just before the onset of monsoons his department had undertaken patch work repairs of roads badly affected and added that the patches have been washed away in the rains.

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River Princess tender finalisation in a week

Goa Government assured the Panaji bench of Bombay High Court that it would decide on the tender for removing River Princess within a week. Advocate General Subodh Kantak gave this assurance when the court was hearing the case filed by River Princess Hatao Manch.

Sex racket busted in Pernem

Goa Police busted a sex racket at Mhalpem in Goa’s northern Pernem Taluka. They arrested three persons involved and also rescued two girls who were being exploited.
Acting on a tip off, police stopped the car at Mhalpem as it was transporting the two girls. All three arrested have earlier too been either arrested or suspected to being involved in flesh trade in Goa.

Court rules against Cops

Yet another case of police acting without proper application of mind has come to light with the Sessions Court, Margao ordering the deletion of Section 153-A IPC against the accused in the Curchorem riots case.

The court upheld accused Prasanna Paauskar’s Advocate Alban Viegas’ contention that the police did not seek the mandatory sanction required from the government to persecute anybody under this Section.

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Micky threatens to file PIL over bad roads

Former Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco while reiterating his charge that the roads in his constituency are in a bad shape due to the machinations of PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, demanded a CBI probe into the tendering process of PWD and threatened to file a Public Interest Litigation if the government fails to act on his demand.

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Setback for Goa’s Golden Jubilee Dev Council

Barely a day after it was constituted, the Golden Jubilee Development Council set up by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, suffered a set back with its member Girish Karnad resigning from it in protest against the government’s functioning.

Noted playwright and accomplished actor, Mr. Karnad resigned from the panel to protest against the Goa government’s failure to protect art and artiste’s freedom in the wake of the cancellation of the exhibition of Dr. Jose Pereira.

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GTDC ropes in Lorna

Goa Tourism appears to have taken up the challenge to market the State aggressively in the face of competition not only from other states in the country but also other Asian nations.

After having roped in Bollywood’s rising star Prachi Desai as a brand ambassador, Goa Tourism Development Council has now signed the iconic Konkani singer Lorna to promote Goa Tourism.