Category: Current Affairs

Cong, Govt. Played No Role: CM

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat clarified that neither his government nor the party played any role in the drama surrounding the stay of MLAs from Karnataka in Goa.
“The MLAs asked for protection and it is the government’s duty to provide it to any elected member from any part of the country when it is asked,” he said justifying the strong police force at Taj Exotica during those days.
Replying to a question, he said he had not received any instructions from anybody to provide the police force or for that matter to do anything about the MLAs and also pointed out that he was out of station when the drama commenced.

‘Ace Comedian’ Peter Passes Away

Peter Menino D’Costa, an accomplished artiste of the Konkani stage and more particularly the tiatr passed away early Monday morning after having released his latest album coincidentally titled ‘Ab Tak Zinda Hai” with a catch line ‘He is Alive, Not Dead’ the previous evening at 8 pm.
While his sudden death has shocked tiatrist and tiatr lovers, that it came immediately after releasing the album with that particular title has stunned everybody. “It looks like he had a premonition of his death and that is why he gave this particular title even though many of us had asked him to change it,” said his friend Cardozo from Colva.

HC Admits Petitions But No Stay on Civic Polls

The Goa Bench of Bombay High Court on Monday morning admitted the two petitions challenging the reservation policy of the government for the municipal elections at Margao and Pernem, however,...

BJP Does a Manohar in Karnataka

As predicted by Goa Chronicle on 9th October, the BJP in Karnataka repeated what Manohar Parrikar did in Goa about eight years ago to ensure that its Chief Minister Yeddyurappa survives the confidence vote.
Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly K G Bopaiah disqualified the rebel MLAs before the House met to discuss the confidence motion thereby reducing the effective strength of the House to give the BJP the required numbers to win the confidence motion.

All is Not Well With GFA: Savio

Why did you exactly withdraw from the race for president of Goa Football Association?
There are various reasons one of which was the fact that it was a triangular contest in which things could go any which way and GFA would have been in a chaos.

You said that you had initially approached Shrinivas Dempo but he had declined. What happened then?
I did approach Shrinivas and he even suggested that instead of having elections, we have a consensus on the GFA Executive Committee to which I had agreed. But then nothing happened till he announced his decision to contest. Personally I think the coterie forced Shrinivas to contest.

Kundaim Gram Sabha Rejects Dockyard

The Gram Sabha of Kundaim Village outright rejected the proposal to construct a dockyard at Mazowado in their village and the Sarpanch and other panchas were forced to support the resolution in the fact of nearly unanimous opposition to the project.
Villagers led by the Kundaim Nagrik Kruti Samiti took the Sarpanch to task for calling the promoters of the project for a meeting even after their project was rejected in April this year and accused the Sarpanch of seeking to garner support for the project by getting some villagers to sign a memorandum.

And Now an Expressway Through Goa

It appears that Goans who are currently struggling with the alignment of the proposed widening of the National Highways passing through it will have to gird up their loins for another battle royal as the Centre has sanctioned an expressway through Goa.

The six lane expressway is expected to take an entirely different route from the National Highway thereby necessitating more land acquisition which would mean dislocation of more Goans from their land.

K’taka Crisis Deepens Further, Rebels Don’t Relent

The political crisis in Karnataka which the local BJP leaders on Saturday morning gave to understand was likely to blow over, further deepened with the rebels not relenting and fleeing from Goa to Chennai.

Saturday afternoon 12 of the rebels left the Taj Exotica in six cars escorted by four police jeeps and arrived at the Dabolim airport where they were huddled in the conference room which was closed for others.

As they could not get tickets on available flights, two flights were chartered to take them away from Goa and they reportedly left for Chennai Saturday evening.

Sex Racket Busted, Manipuri Girls Rescued

Acting on the tip-off from its counterparts in Manipur, Goa police on Saturday evening raided a beauty cum massage parlour at Candolim and rescued 11 girls from Manipur who were employed as beauticians but forced into prostitution there.

The police also arrested five boys working at the parlour and detained the owner Mahalaxmi Mishra. Police disclosed that the Superintendent of Police from Manipur had written to the Goa police about human trafficking as girls from that State were being brought into Goa.

Savio Drops Out of GFA Race

Goa Football Association’s Honorary Secretary Savio Messias withdrew from the race for the organisation’s president’s post but retained his nomination for the post of member from Mormugao Zone.

With Savio’s resignation it will now be a straight fight between business tycoon Shrinivas Dempo and Peter Vaz.

While reiterating that he had filed his nomination for the top post of the organization only in the interest of football, Savio said he would continue to work for the betterment of the game.