Category: Current Affairs


River Princess stirs up politicians

River Princess, the vessel lying off Candolim coast for the last ten years, after threatening the environment and ecology is now threatening to kick up a political storm with the issue of its removal getting politicised.

Former Minister Suresh Parulekar has now joined the issue demanding a thorough probe into the process of tendering the work of its removal and also threatening to take up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Mr. Parulekar has questioned the locus standi of Madgavkar Salvage participating in the tender process given the fact that one of its partner was a member of the sub-committee looking after the issue.


Micky permitted to travel abroad

Even though it is the monsoon season, the sun apparently  is shining upon beleaguered former tourism minister Francisco alias Micky Pacheco who was today permitted by the court to travel outside the country whereby he has got back possession of his passport that was seized by the police.

It may be recalled that Micky Pacheco dominated the headlines of the media in Goa following the death of his friend Nadia Torrado in what many termed as a media circus. Micky Pacheco went up to the Supreme Court to secure anticipatory bail and as he did not receive any reprieve in the courts had to spend a number of days in police lock-up.


Crime watch

It was a mixed day for Goa on the crime scene yesterday. While on the one hand in South Goa police claimed to have busted a gang of dacoits in North Goa they were left at sea with two temples burgled in the night.

The South Goa police arrested six persons hailing from Quepem and Salcete Taluka and claimed to have solved at least two dacoity cases reported in the months of June and July this year being the case wherein a sum of Rs. 2,00,000/- was stolen from a van distributing liquor in Quepem Taluka in June this year and the second was the case of looting the house of Maria Fernandes at Raia and decamping with gold ornaments worth Rs. 2,00,000/-

Goa Church under cloud for selling island to resort company

The Church in Goa has come under a cloud following the sale of one of the river islands owned by the Archdiocese of Goa to a resort developer. The Church authorities have, however, called the allegations baseless.

Villagers residing at Vanxim (Ilhas de Capao), a small picturesque island located in the Mandovi river, about 20 km from Panjim, have alleged that the Church and the administration colluded to strip them of their land and sold it to a Bangalore-based luxury resort company at throwaway prices. Most of the villagers of the island are tenants.

Dr Oscar Rebello Leaves GBA

Former Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA) convenor Oscar Rebello has resigned from the organization.

Dr. Oscar Rebello, who was the face of GBA when it launched an agitation against Regional Plan 2011, confirmed that he had resigned from the organization but declined to comment on the reasons behind his decision.

Last year he had quit as convenor of GBA. However, he had continued to serve as a core committee member. Sabina Martins, convenor of GBA, confirmed that she had received Rebello’s resignation letter, but was quick to add that the resignation had not been accepted.

Goa Shiv Sena Committee Dissolved On Extortion Issue

As a fall out of the extortion case which created ripples across Goa, the state Shiv Sena executive committee was dissolved with immediate effect. Umesh Salgaokar the Shiv Sena office bearer who was caught on CCTV camera while taking the extortion money has been expelled from the party. Ex Shiv Sena Chief and President of the Marathi Rajyabhasha Prasthapan Samiti  Ramesh Naik has been appointed as the chief of the newly constituted ad-hoc committee.


GOVT./OPP. Stand Off On Drug-Police Nexus

The demand for a CBI probe into the police-drug dealer nexus dominated the just concluded monsoon session of Goa Legislative Assembly where fingers were also pointed to politicians. Goa Chronicle spoke to Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar to find out why the CBI probe was required and to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to understand why the CBI need not be involved.


Why does the Opposition want a CBI probe in this nexus?
By now it has been established that police are involved with drug dealers in Goa as seven police personnel are currently suspended. One cannot expect police to do a thorough job in investigating the links as some of them have served with the Anti Narcotic Cell in the past and must be part of the nexus and therefore would be scared of their role getting exposed.


Now Porn Promotes Goa Unofficially

While rapes, drugs, murders and prostitution finding its way to numerous global media footage and print reels have left a dampening and destructive effect; an old evil – pornography – using the modern medium of information – websites – have started to emerge to hammer a nail on the coffin of Goa’s once clean and safe image.
From blatant websites such as wherein the background to the sleaze is locales in Goa, to a more camouflaged online prostitution such as; the new business model seems to be coupling sex escapades with the sensual and exotic appeal that Goa has both in the domestic and international market.