Category: Current Affairs

Tripurari Poornima Celebrated

The Tripurari Poornima Festival was celebrated at Vithalapur, Sanquelim, on Sunday.
On this occasion, a boat show and competition was held wherein small models of ships and boats made from thermocole, wood and other materials were displayed. Large number of people from all over the state participated in the event.

Churchill Dismisses Lohia Maidan Meeting as a Gimmick

PWD Minister Churchill Alemao dismissed the meeting called by National Highways Diversion Action Committee on Monday as a political gimmick by people who are only jealous of the good work done by the government.
“We have prepared a white paper only for National Highway 4 showing all the details and therefore anything said before it is just presumption,” he said adding that the details pertaining to widening of NH 4 are available at the Collector’s office and would also be provided to all the affected villages.
“We have consulted all the relevant MLAs and they along with the people are very happy with what we have done with regards to NH4,” he said while pointing out that the number of structures likely to be demolished has been reduced on a mere 136 from the original figure of 659. However, he said that this figure is further likely to come down to 90 including some illegal structures and only 22 concrete structures.

Horticulture Outlets Guilty Of Selling Overpriced Vegetables

Goa State Horticulture Corporation Ltd (GSHCL) outlet owners were caught red handed selling vegetables for a price higher than the controlled rates recommended by the corporation, during a random check by GSHCL officials.
GSHCL Director Orlando Rodrigues said that GHSCL has warned around 300 cart owners guilty of cheating common man by charging higher rates. The officials were shocked by the fact that these outlets were selling vegetables at wholesale rates to bigger business outlets than the common man.
Initially when the officials discovered the scam, they withdrew 44 carts but later placed them back keeping in mind public convenience.

Goa-Begaum Criminal Connections Exposed

The arrest of Pernem resident Rajesh Vishram Naik by Belgaum Police on Saturday has exposed the connection between criminals of Goa and Belgaum.
When two country-made pistols were seized from Rajesh, he confessed to the Belgaum Police that nexus has been operating from Goa for quite some time now. He revealed that these pistols have been with him for more than six months and he is on a hunt for a customer who would buy them for about  2 lakh each.
Rajesh, a construction worker, confessed that two persons, one of whom is a Bengali construction worker, allegedly provided him with these pistols, the Belgaum Police disclosed saying that Rajesh had provided the Police with other details and phone numbers of the duo.

Petition Against Vasco Civic Chief, Deputy

Social activists and candidates have filed a petition against Mormugao Municipal Council Chairperson Suchita Shirodkar, Vice-chairperson Manesh Arolkar, former Chairperson and Councillor Sharad Chopdekar and newly elected councilors Tukaram Redkar and Premanand Nanoskar, in the South Goa District Court, Margao under section 22 (1) of Goa Municipalities Act 1968, over elections to the general and reserved wards of the council.
Petitioners Andre Fernandes, Yuraj Salgaonkar, Andrew D’Cunha, Alfred Azavedo, Urmila Salgaonkar and Mohana Salgaonkar have collected documents under the Right to Information Act, stating illegal use of provisional OBC certificate signed by Mormugao Deputy Collector Levinson Martins, who was also the returning officer during election.

Careless Boating Injures Finnish Tourist

Paul Andrews, a 43-year old Finnish was badly injured while swimming after he was hit by a dolphin trip boat at Baga, Sunday evening.
The incident occurred at about 3 pm when Andrews who was swimming at about 20 mts from the shore was hit by the boat (GOA-044-WS).
The water sports boats have been operating close to the safe swim zone despite repeated requests by the lifeguards to move away.
Drishti reports revealed that lifeguards Viraj Valekar, Ajit Gawas and Gautam Kalangutkar noticed the boat coming towards the beach through swimming zone to drop the tourists, which misjudged Andrews and hit him. The lifeguards rushed to the spot to give first aid to Andrews.

Change NH Alignment of Face Stir: NHDAC

The National Highways Diversion Action Committee gave a clarion call to all Goans to fight against the proposed alignment of the National Highways in Goa and served an ultimatum upon the government to go by their demand or face an intensified agitation.
Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar who was also present for the meeting was given the task of voicing the people’s opposition to the present alignment at the House Committee meeting scheduled for 24th November, a task he willingly accepted.

IFFI Gets Underway

Union Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee threw open the 41st International Film Festival of India at a glittering function held at Kala Academy on Monday evening in the presence of a galaxy of film stars both national and international.
In her address, she said that films are an effective medium to showcase the grim reality and added that IFFI provides the opportunity for Indian films to compete with the best international films.

Is Jose Philip to become NCP – Now Congress Person?

Though not officially declared as yet; sources in the Congress camp both in Goa and Delhi have indicated that there is a strong chance of Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’ Souza joining hands with the Congress party in the months to come.
In the not so recent past the rift between Micky Pacheco and Jose Philip has further intensified the revenue minister’s intent to move to a party where petty rivalry does not overshadow the overall agenda of the party. More importantly the NCP’s diplomatic stance on the Micky issue and lack of support at the recent municipal elections has left a bitter taste for the revenue minister.

Goa Needs To Buck Up: Yash Chopra

In what could be interpreted as a wakeup call to the State Government, Yash Chopra speaking as the Chief Guest at the inaugural function for the International Film Festival of India, lamented that there has been no progress in improving the infrastructure for the last six years.
He pointed out that IFFI is being conducted in Goa with the same infrastructure that was erected in 2004 for the first edition seven years ago and regretted that no infrastructure to match international standards has come up in Goa.