Category: Current Affairs

Churchill Impersonated on Orkut

Churchill Alemao has reportedly been impersonated on popular social networking site Orkut with an account in his name opened there, according to a complaint lodged with Colva Police by his Personal Assistant Fredrick Borges
Churchill has not created the account on Orkut and the information provided on the site’s page on Churchill is false and seeks to tarnish his image, said Fredrick in his complaint.

Micky’s Recruitment Pans India

The Central Bureau of Investigations that is probing Benaulim MLA Micky Pacheco’s alleged involvement in immigration racket, on Saturday called his estranged wife Sara for questioning. While the parties involved were tightlipped about what transpired, it is learnt that the racket of sending people overseas with forged or dubious documents is not restricted to Goa alone, but is spread all over the country.
Sara was apparently called in for questioning to corroborate and cross-check the evidence already gathered by the CBI that initiated this probe following a complaint lodged by the Ministry of External Affairs that was provided evidence by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, an unit of US State Department of Micky’s alleged involvement in the racket.

Ganesh Celebrations Commence

If it was Allah ho Akbar and Id Mubarak that could be heard on Saturday morning in Goa, by afternoon they were replaced with Morya re baba Morya re and Ganpati Bappa Morya along with bursting of firecrackers as household after household installed the Ganesh idol to begin venerating Lord Ganesha.
Idols were brought to the house either in vehicles or on foot with the ladies of the house waiting to receive it with their thaalis ready for the aarti.
Ganesh chaturti is the most important festival for hindus in Goa and the entire clan gathers at their ancestral house to worship Ganesh and participate in the celebrations. Many Goan Hindus working overseas arrange their vacations to enable them to be in Goa for this festival.

Eid ul-Fitr Celebrations

Saturday morning dawned on Goa with a festive air as Hindus and Muslims celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi and Eid-ul-Fitr, the main festivals for each of them.
Early morning, muslims were seen making a bee-line to the mosques, dressed in their best clothes specially purchased or stitched for the occasion.
At Margao, the namaz at the idgah – ground for Eid namaz – situated at Pajifond had to be cancelled dur to rains. However, all the other mosques were packed for the prayers as not only muslims from Margao but also from other parts of Salcete, where there are no prayer halls available for them, descended upon Margao.

After Raids, it’s Time to Grill

 Following two-days raid upon his residential and business premises Benaulim MLA Mickey Pacheco was on Friday grilled by CBI officials at their office Bambolim.
Dressed in white shirt and pant, Mickey Pacheco was cool and calm after the nearly three hour grilling by the officials which was quite in contrast to his appearance when he emerged from the Crime Branch office at Dona Paula nearly two months ago when he was questioned over the death of his ‘friend’ Nadia Torrado.

A White Elephant Called Curchorem Market

The Curchorem market constructed at the cost of 2.5 crores and commissioned in June 2006 is proving to be a white elephant for the Curchorem Cacora Municipal Council as it is draining its resources for maintenance while not accruing much revenue.
The market complex comprising of 108 shops and 80 stalls for vegetable vendors was constructed by Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation during the tenure of Ramrao Dessai as the MLA.
As their demand for a three wing complex was not fulfilled, shop keepers from the Curchorem market initially refused to shift their business to this complex that has only one building.

Mickey Free to Leave Party: NCP

Even as raids on Mickey’s establishments continued for the second day, the Nationalist Congress Party sought to distance itself from their MLA as its spokesperson Trajan D’Mello said that party image cannot be tarnished by an individual.
Replying to a question at a media briefing, he said Mickey was free to leave the party if he so desires.
When asked to spell out the Party’s stand vis-a-vis the MLA, Trajan preferred to wait till the investigations are over and pointed out that Mickey himself has welcomed the investigation.

Police Appeal for Ganesh Festival

Goa Police has appealed to people to be careful and take a few precautions during the Ganesh festival that will commence on Saturday.
Hindus celebrate Ganesh at their ancestral houses and therefore many of them living in apartments in cities and towns lock the same to visit their ancestral houses wherever they are.
As the houses are locked, and many neighbouring occupants not being there, it is bonanza for thieves and the number of housebreaking cases spiral during this period.

Entries invited for short film center

The Entertainment Society of Goa is organizing the 3rd edition of the Short Film Center, held parallel to the International Film Festival of India Goa- 2010. Entries are invited from Short & documentary film makers to be a part of it.
Awards for the International Competition are the “Golden Lamp Tree Award” for best short/Documentary Film in International Competition carrying a cash prize of ` 5 lakhs, “Silver Lamp Tree Award” with cash prize of `3 lakhs and a “Special Jury Prize” with a cash prize of `2 lakhs.
A cash amount of ` 3 lakhs besides the “Vasudha Award” will be presented to the best film on environmental issues.