Category: Current Affairs

Bill For Protection of Fisherfolk

The Ministry of Environment and Forests has released the draft of the Traditional Coastal and Marine Fisherfolk (Protection of Rights) Act 2009 for discussion before it is tabled in the Parliament.
The act seeks to recognize the rights of the fishing community living along the coastline of the country as the same is not recognized by any laws of the land including the Coastal Regulation Zone which has been notified by the very Ministry of Environment and Forests.
The ministry acknowledged the need to recognize the rights of the fishing community carrying out fishing activity through traditional means in the surrounding coastal areas and argues that there is a need to regulate this activity to ensure that the sustainable exploitation of natural resources which will conserve the bio diversity and ecological balance.

Republic Day Celebrations Around Goa

The 61st Republic Day of India was celebrated all over Goa with official functions held at different taluka headquarters even as the main function was held in Panjim. Goachronicle.com brings you a glimpse of the celebrations in Goa

CANACONA: Water Resources Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues appealed to the people to work towards strengthening peace and harmony in the state after unfurling the national flag at government complex, Canacona.
Addressing the gathering, Rodrigues said that in the last six decades, the country has made tremendous progress in every sphere of human activity. He added that the state government also has contributed significantly to the present growth and development in the state.
The minister urged the people to cooperate with the government to keep Goa clean and maintain its beauty.

Guv Pitches For Infrastructure Development

Governor Dr. S S Sidhu in his Republic Day address at the Parade Grounds, Campal on Wednesday emphasized on the need to improve the infrastructure in Goa and particularly touched upon the National Highway widening and the Dabolim airport.
He called for dispelling the doubts and fears in the minds of the people over the National Highway expansion and stressed that one has to take the future requirements of the State rather than deciding upon these issues in a short sighted manner.
He referred to the over 300 deaths due to accidents in Goa to further his argument for the National Highway widening saying that broader and better roads would reduce the accidents and therefore save lives.

We The People Launched For Educating Goan Electorate

We the People, a new front was launched at a meeting held in Gomantak Maratha Samaj Hall at Panjim on the Republic Day with the sole aim of educating Goan on the political morass that has set in the State and how they can change it.
The consensus at the end of the nearly three hour long meeting was that meetings should be held in every village in Goa to awaken the people to their responsibilities in a democracy and create a cadre that will stand up for Goa and Goans in future.
A large number of people from different parts of Goa and from different walks of life had gathered at the hall to express their anguish over what is happening in Goa and send a message to the government that it better listen to their voices to improve the situation.

3 Cops Suspended Over Custodial Death

The authorities placed under suspension three police personnel finding them guilty of procedural lapses while handling the case of Cipriano Fernandes who died while in police custody.
The three placed under suspension are Panjim Police Inspector Sandesh Chodankar, who was present at the police station during the sordid saga, Police Sub-Inspector Radesh Ramnathkar who was on duty on the fateful day and Head Constable Sandip Shirvaikar who was the investigating officer.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Bossuet da Silva who conducted the enquiry to find out whether there were procedural lapses on the part of the police, in his interim report had held that the police personnel did not follow the procedure laid down while arresting a person.

Food Processing Seminar To Boost Agriculture

A seminar on food processing will be held in Goa shortly which is expected to provide the much needed boost for sagging agriculture in the state announced Sangam Kurade, Chairman, Food Processing Committee of the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
The seminar is organized by GCCI in collaboration with various government departments and is expected to also identify units that could be set up in Goa which in turn would provide employment to the locals.
According to GCCI, the state has around 5,000 small and 300 big firms in the food processing sector. A large number of products including chocolates, mineral water, aerated drinks, alcoholic beverages, sea food products, etc are manufactured in Goa.

And Now Racist Attack In Goa

A restaurant owner Susan Vaz has complained to the police that her fiancé Luck Oneya Cholem who hails from Africa was attacked and assaulted by some locals because of his colour, however, police dismissed the incident as a case of trouble between two people and not a racist attack.
According to Susan who runs a restaurant at Calangute quite popular for its African cuisine, a rickshaw driver banged into her fiancé car near the restaurant on 22nd January.

Sham Demolition

Officials of Tourism Department carried out a sham demolition at Cavelossim on Tuesday where they deliberately went to demolish illegal portions of a beach shack without the required equipment.
Following a report submitted by the department officials, demolition of the shack erected at Cavelossim beach by Cruz Cardozo leader of the Beach Shack Owners Association in Goa, was ordered.
The report clearly stated that the shack was erected in violation of the terms and conditions laid down by the authorities. It noted that instead of erecting the shack with natural material like bamboo and wooden rafters, Cruz had used heavy steel to extend the shack beyond the permitted area.

Writ Against NH Alignment

Sunil Desai, Convenor of National Highwy Diversion Action Committee (NHDAC) threatened to move the courts over the alignment of the National Highway if the government does not change it immediately.
Addressing media persons on Tuesday, he said the committee was not opposed to the highways, but wanted the alignment changed to protect people’s houses.

Tiger Presence in Goa Confirmed

The presence of a Royal Bengal Tiger in Goa has been confirmed with government officials and environmentalists authenticating its pug marks in the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary around the Anjunem dam’s catchment area.
For quite some time now, residents of this area have been reporting sighting of a tiger. In fact in December 2010 a local Pandurang Gawas and his son claimed to have seen a tiger crossing the road alongside the dam.
Renowned environmentalist Rajendra Kerkar confirmed finding the pug marks of a tiger and a cub in the catchment area of the dam.