Category: Current Affairs

Wockhardt Hospital Comes to Goa

With the formal takeover by Wockhardt of the NUSI hospital at Panzorconi on Wednesday, Goa is well equipped to grab a pie of medical tourism where neighbouring Kerala has an edge as of now.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat inaugurated the hospital under the new management and said that Goans will now be able to get medical care of international standards in their own state.

Plant Takes Lord Ganesha’s Shape

We’ve heard of Ganapati idols made from clay or even plaster of Paris, but none in the form of landscape designer Daniel D’Souza’s unique plant. He claims that his 18 year old Adenium plant belonging to the cactus family, has take the shape of the Lord of Wisdom very naturally. 
“This is not its usual form and nothing has been done to it. The specimen has attained this shape in the most natural way,” he said.

A Healing Rhythm

This will be a performance like no other. As curtains rise on Sachika Almeida’s latest production, the show will bring to the limelight a Bharatnatyam performance by the visually impaired and special children.
The 30 odd participants taking part in this unique spectacle of dance, Sanjeevini, will take to the stage at the Ravindra Bhavan on 3rd October. The event is expected to be attended by Bollywood veterans Govinda and Anupam Kher. There will be a ballet performance by the Saundarya Natya Kalalaya troupe from Mumbai. The show she reveals, is a fund raiser for The National Association for the Blind and her school- the Nritya Sankul.

Casino Owners Willing to Withdraw Case

Opposition to Relocation Growing

Even as the opposition to government’s decision to relocate the floating casinos in Goa is growing with every passing day, the off-shore casino operators on Tuesday expressed their willingness to withdraw the case they had filed against the government before the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court.

Lawyers representing the casino operators informed the Division Bench that the decision will be taken only after their clients receive a copy of the cabinet decision taken last week to relocate the floating casinos at different places along river Mandovi.

Micky to Launch Own Party?

Former tourism minister Micky Pacheco leaves for the national capital today with a definite agenda that will not only determine his political future but also indicate the way things will proceed for the ensuing assembly elections, a little less than two years away.

Speaking to Goa Chronicle, Micky rubbished rumours that his trip to Delhi was to negotiate with the Congress High Command about his entry into that party in lieu of dropping the Central Bureau of Investigations probe into his alleged involvement in money laundering and immigration rackets.

“There is no way I will ever join the Congress,” he asserted while disclosing that he is scheduled to meet his party bosses in Delhi to discuss party affairs in Goa.

Ribandar Does Not Want Casinos

Residents of Ribandar, which is a ward of the City Corporation of Panaji, have come out openly against the government’s decision to relocate two floating casinos near their abodes.
At a meeting held on Monday, corporater Vivina Nasnodkar said the positioning of the casinos at Ribandar would adversely affect the traditional fishermen who have been living off the produce of the river for centuries.
Besides, she said the presence of the casinos so close would result in corruption of moral values as gambling will be perceived as a virtue rather than a vice.

Ex-NCC Cadets Observe International Day of Peace

The State Ex-Cadets NCC Association (SENA) organized a rally to observe the International Day of Peace also known as World Peace Day on 21st September commencing from the ‘Divja’ junction at Panjim.
Executive Director of Sports Authority of Goa V M Prabhudessai who flagged off the rally observed that the world is increasingly getting aggressive. Despite millennia of religion, civilization and culture, peace among people and nations remains elusive. But for the future of humanity, peace deserves a chance. With the soaring incidents of violence and terrorist activities, the day has its own significance in current scenario.

Valpoi By-Elections Scheduled Announced

By-elections for the Valpoi Assembly constituency will be held on October 18 according to an announcement by the Election Commission of India. While the notification will be will be issued on 22nd September, the last date for filing nominations is 29th September.
Scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on 1st October and the last date for withdrawal is 4th October. While polling will be held on 18th October, counting will be taken up on 21st October.
By-elections to this constituency were necessitated following the resignation of Health Minister Vishwajit Rane as an MLA after he joined the Indian National Congress in June this year.

Yet Another Hurdle in Removing River Princess

With Salgaonkar Mining Industries Private Ltd. (SMIPL) declaring that the modified terms for removal of the grounded River Princess from Candolim shore, being not acceptable to it, it appears that the vessel is likely to be remain there for a longer period.
It may be recalled that the government had agreed to permit SMIPL to remove the vessel after the latter offered to remove it free of cost. However, the government increased the bank guarantee from earlier ` 1 crore to ` 10 crores.
The modified terms and conditions also made it mandatory for the company to deposit the money accruing from the scrap in the court till the entire vessel was cut into pieces and taken away from the present site.

Peeved Churchill Suspends 4 RDA Employees

RDA Minister Churchill Alemao who was visibly upset to see the South Goa Office of the Rural Development Agency practically devoid of its staff immediately ordered the suspension of four employees while also demanding that the Project Director be transferred forthwith.
Churchill conducted a surprise inspection of the RDA office in South Goa at Margao and found that the peon had signed for three other persons on the attendance register. Following enquiries, he directed that the peon, the head clerk and two LDCs be placed under suspension which was done and the four have been asked to give their explanations.