Category: Current Affairs

Churchill refutes Micky’s charges

Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao dismissed former Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco’s demand for an enquiry into the bad condition of roads stating that the roads constructed during his tenure have withstood all tests.

Addressing media persons, he clarified that just before the onset of monsoons his department had undertaken patch work repairs of roads badly affected and added that the patches have been washed away in the rains.

River Princess tender finalisation in a week

Goa Government assured the Panaji bench of Bombay High Court that it would decide on the tender for removing River Princess within a week. Advocate General Subodh Kantak gave this assurance when the court was hearing the case filed by River Princess Hatao Manch.

Sex racket busted in Pernem

Goa Police busted a sex racket at Mhalpem in Goa’s northern Pernem Taluka. They arrested three persons involved and also rescued two girls who were being exploited.
Acting on a tip off, police stopped the car at Mhalpem as it was transporting the two girls. All three arrested have earlier too been either arrested or suspected to being involved in flesh trade in Goa.

Court rules against Cops

Yet another case of police acting without proper application of mind has come to light with the Sessions Court, Margao ordering the deletion of Section 153-A IPC against the accused in the Curchorem riots case.

The court upheld accused Prasanna Paauskar’s Advocate Alban Viegas’ contention that the police did not seek the mandatory sanction required from the government to persecute anybody under this Section.

Micky threatens to file PIL over bad roads

Former Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco while reiterating his charge that the roads in his constituency are in a bad shape due to the machinations of PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, demanded a CBI probe into the tendering process of PWD and threatened to file a Public Interest Litigation if the government fails to act on his demand.

Cutbona Land acquisition for what?

For what is the government acquiring 30,000 square metres of land at Cutbona, Velim, Salcete; is the question not only the villagers but many Goans are asking as the purpose...

Setback for Goa’s Golden Jubilee Dev Council

Barely a day after it was constituted, the Golden Jubilee Development Council set up by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, suffered a set back with its member Girish Karnad resigning from it in protest against the government’s functioning.

Noted playwright and accomplished actor, Mr. Karnad resigned from the panel to protest against the Goa government’s failure to protect art and artiste’s freedom in the wake of the cancellation of the exhibition of Dr. Jose Pereira.

GTDC ropes in Lorna

Goa Tourism appears to have taken up the challenge to market the State aggressively in the face of competition not only from other states in the country but also other Asian nations.

After having roped in Bollywood’s rising star Prachi Desai as a brand ambassador, Goa Tourism Development Council has now signed the iconic Konkani singer Lorna to promote Goa Tourism.

While garbage gathers, MMC flounders

Margao Municipal Council has for the last many years been floundering over handling its garbage. What began as a garbage dumping site in the early 80s at Sonsddo when the place was a valley, has over the years turned into a hillock comprising of only garbage. And as the hillock grew in size the city fathers began crumbling under its weight.

What has emerged now appears to be that the Margao Municipal Council does not have the will to tackle the garbage problem and is acting mechanically to address this problem and whenever it suits them uses Sonsddo to justify its inaction.

Centre orders probe into illegal mining

The Union Cabinet at its meeting on 16th August 2010, ordered a probe into illegal mining following complaints from various States including Goa.
Illegal mining got a shot in the arm as the demand for low grade iron ore shot up in China and anybody and everybody got into the business. In Goa, illegal mining has been grabbing headlines for more than two years now.