Category: Current Affairs

Jose Philip to resign today

Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza is expected to resign as  Nationalist Congress President, Goa this evening as he said he wanted to relinquish this post, in view of the recent trouble he had with party MLA Micky Pacheco.
In fact while announcing that his resignation letter is ready, he said he would ask his party leadership to make Micky Pacheco the president of Goa unit. Jose Philip plugging for Micky as the next president is to taken on the former Tourism Minister’s challenge that if he was the president NCP could win 10 seats in Goa.
NCP’s national General Secretary and Goa desk incharge Prakash Bhingsale is scheduled to arrive in Goa this afternoon and will meet both Jose Philip and Micky to sort out their differences.

KRC time table

KRC Time Table The Non-monsoon timings of all mail/express and passenger trains on Konkan Railway section will come into effect from 1st November 2010 according to a advisory from the KRC. Konkan Railway was following monsoon time-table from 15th June this year that was effective till 31st October 2010. The non-monsoon time table will, therefore, come into effect for trains leaving from originating stations on and from 1st November 2010. The implementation of a special Monsoon Time Table during the monsoon season, in addition to ensuring safety, has also helped in maintaining punctuality and customer satisfaction.

Goa’s Salt Industry in Doldrums

Salt is one of Goa’s oldest traditional industries. Yet it receives scant attention, and is in a precarious situation today, reveals the PhD thesis by Reyna Sequeira according to a press release by Goa 1556.
“It needs serious attention from academicians, policy makers and politicians,” says Reyna Sequeira.
Presented at the Goa University’s Department of Sociology, the thesis points out that out of the twenty one traditional salt producing villages of Goa only eleven villages continue at it.
This in turn affected or led to the displacement of the salt maker’s traditional occupation. Five different communities extract local salt in Goa — the Mithgaudas, Gauddis, Bhandaris, Agris and the Ager.

New Faces In, Old Shown the Door

The civic polls at 11 municipal councils in the State showed a new trend by electing an overwhelmingly large number of new faces while old horses were shown the way out. Barring a few councils, majority of the elected councilors are new faces.

Canacona led the way as all the 10 councillors elected are new faces and even the Chairperson Shyamsunder Dessai and Deputy Chairperson Dilip Kenkre were defeated.

At Margao as many as 17 of the elected councilors are new faces and only three – Sadanand Naik, Gonzaco Rebello and Doris Texeira – are old faces.

Cong Sweeps Civic Polls, BJP Routed

The Congress swept the municipal polls while the Bharatiya Janata Party was routed completely. The only saving grace for the BJP is Mapusa where some of its candidates got elected.

In Margao for the first time in recent history, the council will not have any BJP member as not a single candidate of the party was elected. All the 20 councillors elected at Margao are Congress members but owing allegiance to different Congress leaders.

Although Chief Minister Digambar Kamat suffered a setback with three of his candidates – Zarina Shah, Sandra Fernandes and Manoj Masurkar – losing the polls, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Vijay Sardessai emerged trumps as all candidates supported by him won with comfortable majority.

Congress Set to Rule Margao Municipality

The Congress Party is all set to take control of the Margao Municipal Council even though many of the candidates backed by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat lost at the hustings.
Despite there being more than one congressman in many of the wards the BJP could not capitalize on it. In fact, prominent BJP leaders Durgadas Prabhu, Narayan Fondekar, Raju (Hadlee)Shirodkar, Rupesh Mahatme lost even though the last named contested from a different ward.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat had backed Zarina Shah in Ward No. 14 and Sandra Fernandes in Ward No. 16 who lost. But the victorious candidates in both the wards Dayanand Deulkar and Pratima Coutinho respectively are Congress party members. Digambar Kamat’s only victory was in Ward No. 18 where his cousin Laxmikant Kamat was victorious.

Villagers get together to clean chandor


Thanks to the village cleanliness drive undertaken by Ganv Bhavancho Ekvott in collaboration with village panchayats of Cavorim-Chandor and Guirdolim along with the Basic Christian Community of the Our Lady of Bethlehem Church, the villages looked spic and span with no litter on the roadside.
Since last two years GBE has been undertaking the village cleanliness drive. Last year the panchayats of Cavorim-Chandor and Guirdolim joined them and in addition, this year the Church helped them to carry out this eco-friendly activity to keep the village clean and green.
Kaydence Media Ventures that owns supported the exercise by sponsoring the black trash bags in which the plastic waste from the twin villages of Cavorim-Chandor and Guirdolim, that formed Chandrapur in olden time, was collected.

Joaquim Sweeps Cuncolim But Loses Key Constituencies

Congress men contesting the Cuncolim municipal elections emerged victorious in seven of the 10 constituencies giving its MLA and Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao a shot in his arms. However, the victory was not really sweet as both the key candidates sponsored by Joaquim lost.
Outgoing chairperson Filon Vaz who was backed by Joaquim lost to Bharatiya Janata Party’s Cuncolim Mandal President Naguesh Chitari by 58 votes giving the first set back to the Congress camp.

Next International Match in Goa On GCA Grounds: GCA

Goa Cricket Association President Dayanand Narvekar on Sunday declared that the GCA will not host any international cricket match in Goa until its own stadium is ready.

“The BCCI had granted us one match and we failed to conduct it because of the stadium that was government owned. Now we shall not host any matches till we have our own stadium,” he said.

He said that the October 24 match between India and Australia at Margao was cancelled because of the soggy condition of the ground which happened due to lack of proper drainage for the stadium.

Civil Polls Peaceful Except Margao

Elections for the 11 municipal councils in Goa were peaceful except for altercations at two places in Margao and the detention of one person at Sada. In Margao Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s supporters clashed with rivals from the Congress camp itself at two places.

In the first instance Digambar Kamat’s supporters clashed with Adv. Pratima Coutinho, Margao Municipal Council Chairperson Savio Coutinho’s wife, outside the polling booth at Agriculture Department’s office at Calcondem.

Given the fact that a large number of migrants are enrolled to vote at this booth, both camps were going all out to woo them and though Pratima Coutinho is the Goa Pradesh Youth Congress Vice President, Digambar Kamat had thrown his lot behind Sandra Fernandes.