Category: Current Affairs

Jose Philip Assaults Micky

Tension mounted in the port town on Tuesday evening after Revenue Minister and Nationalist Congress Party State president Jose Philip D’Souza stormed into a hotel where his party colleague and MLA Micky Pacheco was holed with some supporters and reportedly assaulted the latter.

Micky was seated with Goa Fishing Boat Owner Association President Simon Pereira, Chicalim Sarpanch Raul D’Costa and Chicalim Panch Seby Pereira when the incident occurred and according to Simon and Raul, Jose Philip manhandled Micky by catching hold of his shirt and shoving him.

Kamal Nath’ Assurance No Assurance

Union Minister for Roads, Kamal Nath on Tuesday sought to assure the people opposing the widening of National Highway in Goa but the assurance was no assurance at all as it was also couched in a threat to withdraw the project from the State.

Speaking at a function Kamal Nath said: “Roads cannot be at crossroads with people but they should be for the people.” He also added that the concerns expressed by Goans would be considered and assured that a solution would be worked.

Eduardo Faleiro Felicitated

Praises were heaped and his work was remembered at the function organized by Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry to felicitated former union minister and present NRI Commissioner Eduardo Faleiro on his 70th birthday on Tuesday.

Doing the honours, Union Minister for Roads Kamal Nath recalled his warm relationship with Eduardo that was cultivated over cups of tea in the Parliament. Kamal Nath reminded those gathered of Eduardo’s diplomatic abilities that helped win Brazil over during the Earth Summit.

Goa First Floating Hotel on Shores

Delta Corp – the conglomerate behind the Casino Royale initiative in Goa has embarked on its plans to have Goa’s first floating hotel. The 22-suite boutique hotel will be stationed on the Mandovi River is expected to be completed and operational in the coming months.

Confirming the developments, Narinder Punj, managing director, Highstreet Cruises and Entertainment Pvt Ltd – a division of the Delta Corp in Goa, said, “The Casino Royale Floatel has been on the anvil for some time now; we have been waiting to obtaining the vessel and other miscellaneous permissions before proceeding forward. However, we should be able to launch it in the coming months.”

NIO to Take Up Ballast Water Management

The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) has been commissioned by the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) to scientifically handle ballast water management at country’s all major ports, officials stated.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between DGS and NIO ballast water in eight ports – Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Haldia, Kandla, Tuticorin, Paradeep and Kolkata –  will be handled by the NIO.

NIO is already handling the ballast water in the ports of Mumbai, Goa and Vishakapatnam for the last three years.

Assistant PF Commissioner Arrested On Bribery Charges

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested an Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner of the Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) in Panjim, for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 from a local businessman.

A CBI press release said the businessman is the proprietor of a Goa-based firm engaged in the business of manpower supplies to different companies.

Goa Back On the Drug Scanner

Agodi Ifinasis, Johny Ogacco and Julius Afroom arrest has once again thrown light of the drug scanner on Goa. Last Friday the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Mumbai police made one of the biggest seizures, in the last seven years, of high quality cocaine and nabbed the above three Nigerians.

One kg of cocaine worth around Rs40 lakh was seized from the three — Agodi Ifinasis, 58, Johny Ogacco, 45 and Julius Afroom, 36 — from near a bar in Bandra where they had met to crack the deal.

Ifinasis had come to India some time back and brought the drug for delivery. It was going to be delivered to Ogacco who is said to be big supplier of cocaine to drug peddlers in Goa, and Afroom was the mediator for the deal.

Mahanand Acquitted in Yet Another Murder Case

The Sessions Court on Monday acquitted Mahanand Naik in yet another murder case. With this judgement, Mahanand Naik who was charge sheeted in 16 murder cases stands acquitted of four of them.
The Sessions Court held that there was lack of evidence to prove that Mahanand Naik had killed Shakuntala Khavtankar from Mayem. The prosecution’s case was that Mahanand had taken the girl to the hillock in Cuncolim and strangulated her there in the year 2006.

Flyovers to Protect Houses: Mauvin

Deputy Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Mauvin Godinho disclosed that the National Highway Authority had accepted his proposal to construct a flyover in Cortalim in order to protect the houses of locals that would have to be demolished for the widening of the highway.
Speaking at a function in Margao, he said since Goa was a small State, instead of acquiring more land and demolishing local people’s houses, flyovers should be proposed wherever required. “The Centre has to accept the demand and construct the flyovers wherever they are required,” he said.

Proud to be a Tiatrist: Roseferns

30 years as a Tiatrist is quite a long time. But how did it all begin?
Right from the time when I was in school, I used to write skits for functions in the school and it began from there. Later I wrote some plays but that was not as a professional. Then I went to Muscat and after working there for about a year-and-a-half, returned to Goa. This is when I wrote Tapot and on 25th October 1980 launched Roseferns Production with this tiatr. By God’s grace Tapot clicked and I became a tiatrist.

How has it been as a tiatrist? Can tiatr keep the home fires burning?
Why not? I am proud to say that whatever I am and whatever I have achieved has been only because of tiatr. Yes, my wife is a teacher but leaving that aside it only tiatr that has given me not only status in society but also my assets. Today I have everything that a normal person desires like my own bungalow, my own car.