Category: Current Affairs

Fire Guts Faber Castell Factory

The Fabet Castell unit at Corlim was totally gutter by a fire that raged for nearly 12 hours reducing the plant to ashes and the losses are yet to be estimated. Fortunately there was no casualty as the fire broke out when the plant was closed for Diwali holiday.
Although the fire is believed to have started at around 4:30 am on Saturday, it was noticed only at 6:30 am by workers at the adjacent plant who saw thick smoke billowing out of the plant and accordingly fire services were called in.

Vijay Sardessai Sacrifices For Greater Goal

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Vijay Sardessai announced that the councillors backed by him would not ask for any positions at the Margao Municipal Council and confessed in the same breath that this was all done with eyes on the ensuing Assembly elections scheduled about a year-and-a half later.
Speaking to media persons on Saturday Vijay disclosed that he had struck a deal with Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who is also representing Margao in the Legislative Assembly that in return for not asking any positions in the council, the Fatorda assembly segment should be given a special package, which he said the Chief Minister had agreed to.

Musical Chairs at Canacona and Cuncolim For Stablity

The Alemao brothers apparently are finding it quite difficult to keep their protégés in reign and have to resort to musical chairs to share the post of the chairperson and deputy chairpersons at municipal councils where they hold sway.
After Sanguem now it is the turn of Cuncolim and Canacona where Churchill Alemao and Joaquim Alemao announced the chairperson and deputy chairperson for the two councils. However, the term is shared between different persons and in Canacona the term is counted in months and not years.

Goa Archdiocese Gets 18 New Priests

After a long gap of 50 years, the Goa Archdiocese got a bumper crop of 18 new priests this year who were ordained at different places in the state in the month of October.
The 18 new priests ordained this year are Fr. Benson Colaco from Raia, Fr. Mathew Rebello from Navelim, Fr. Mario Souza from Seraulim, Mr. Michael Fernandes from Benaulim, Fr. Joseph Rodrigues from Shiroda, Fr. Maxson Fernandes from Assolna, Fr. Jason Vaz from Cuncolim, Fr. Arnaldo Pinho from Verna, Fr. Savio Pinto

Two Dead Bodies Recovered

Two dead bodies were recovered in Bardez Taluka on Friday at two different places and the cause of death in both the cases is still not known.
In the first case, police took custody of the body of Pravin Bhagwant Rao Somavanshi, a tourist from Latur-Maharashtra who suddenly collapsed while sitting at the beach along the Arpora-Baga coastline.
The exact cause of the death of this 28 year old lad is not known and the autopsy report is awaited. Meanwhile, his family has been informed about the unfortunate development.

Chandor Villagers Support GBA Demand

Resolve to Call MLA to Village to Accept Memo

Villagers from Cavorim-Chandor and Guirdolim at a meeting held on Friday unanimously demanded that the local MLA and Urban Development Minister be called to the village to listen to their grievances where they would ask him to press the government for immediate notification of the Goa Regional Plan 2021.
Sarpanchas of  both the village Derrick Braganza Pereira of Cavorim Chandor and Jose Antao of Guirdolim agreed to arrange the minister’s meeting to the village where besides the Regional Plan, other developmental projects and problems faced by the villagers would be discussed.

The demand came after Sabina Martins, GBA convenor explained to the people how their organization was formed and also explained in detail the reason why the natural topography of a village has to be maintained not only because of environment but also to protect the village identity which is being diluted due to large scale migration of people from other states.

Festival of Lights Ushered In with Enthusiasm

Notwithstanding the intermittent rains and pushing behind the grisly memories of last year’s bomb blast at Margao, large number of people turned up to view the Narkasur competition at different places in Margao in Goa.
Although the turnout – in terms of competing effigies and crowd – was less that the previous years at Margao, the enthusiasm amongst those gathered was quite high making the competition organized by Solid Party at Margao a success that has obliterated the horrible memories of last year when two youngsters died in a bomb explosion.

Government Gazette in Braille

Goa became the first State in India to publish its official government notification the Official Gazette in Braille for the benefit of the visually handicapped readers.
After inaugurating the Braille embosser which will print the Official Gazette on demand, Minister for Printing Aleixo Sequeira announced that it would be provided free of cost to visually handicapped Goans while for commercial establishments and educational institutes the same would be provided at a nominal cost.
The Official Gazette that is published every Thursday giving people information about various government policies and other related matters, will be converted into Braille within a few minutes following the special software developed by Modular Private Ltd.

First Direct Haj Flight From Goa Takes Off

The first direct flight from Goa taking pilgrims to the Haj is scheduled to take off at around 1 pm on Friday from the Dabolim airport.
The flight has been delayed by 11 days due to the damage to the runway at Dabolim after a tanker carrying aviation fuel overturned.
Haj pilgrims were felicitated at a function held at Vasco on Thursday where Chief Minister Digambar Kamat while thanking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel for enabling this direct flight also appreciated the initiate taken by MP Francisco Sardinha.

Photo Identity Compulsory For Hotel Guests

South Goa Collector G P Naik vide a notification has made it mandatory for hotel management to demand a photo identity of every guest checking into their premises.
Smart Cards, Election Identity Cards, PAN cards or any other card having a photograph and issued by a recognized authority should be provided by the guests and the same should be shown to police by the hotel management whenever demanded. In case of foreign nationals, ‘C’ forms will have to be furnished.
Contravention of this order will attract punishment under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code which attracts imprisonment for a period ranging from one to six months and/or a fine ranging from  200 to  1,000.