Category: Current Affairs

Manhandling of Protestor mars ID celebrations at Margao

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat unfurled the Indian flag opposite the former summer residence of the Adil Shah of Bijapur, which functioned as the Secretariat of the Goa government for many years. Incidentally this is the site where the Indian tri-colour was first unfurled officially after the Indian Army liberated Goa from the Portuguese regime.

Independence Day Observed

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat led the state to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the momentous occasion when at the stroke of midnight – to quote the country’s first Prime Minister – India arose to keep its tryst with destiny, by unfurling the national tricolour in the capital city at Panjim this morning.

Independence day celebrations were held in every Taluka headquarters with Home Minister Ravi Naik presiding over the celebrations at Ponda, while PWD Minister Churchill Alemao doing the honours at Margao.

Narco Nexus: Ravi Relents with Rider

Home Minister Ravi Naik finally relented to a CBI probe into the alleged drug dealer-police-politician nexus that dominated the recently concluded monsoon session of Goa Legislative Assembly. However, there is a rider to this.

Mr. Naik has agreed to a CBI probe only if Lucky Farmhouse gives substantial evidence to the police of this nexus. It may be recalled that this issue blew up after Lucky Farmhouse, the jilted girlfriend of drug dealer Atala posted a video clip of Atala boasting of having connections with the Goa police and politicians.

Independence Day Gifts for Goa

The Government of India has apparently taken a serious note of the fact that Goa which joined the country late, needs special attention and hence has announced a slew of...

Bonanza for Goans from Delhi

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat returned from the National capital with some good news for Goans with the only hitch being not only whether but when, the assurances will turn into...

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.