Category: Current Affairs

MMC Says No To Exhibitions

Buckling under the pressure of New Market Vendors’ Association, the Margao Municipal Council on late Wednesday rejected the application for holding an exhibition cum sale at BPS Grounds from August 27th.
MMC Chief Officer Yeshwant Tawade said that the decision was taken primarily because the traders had threatened to close down the market which could lead to a law and order situation.

Police Issue Look Out Notice for Atala

Goa Police today issued Look Out Notices for Yaniv Benaim alias Atala and also moved the NDPS court to cancel his bail after Atala failed to turn up to the police station for further investigation in the drug dealer-police-politician nexus.
According to Goa Police spokesperson Atmaram Deshpande, the Look Out Notice was issued late Wednesday evening while the application for cancellation of bail was filed on Thursday morning.

Ravi to Consult all Parties on CBI Probe

Home Minister Ravi Naik said he would hold a meeting of all political parties only after the police record Lucky Farmhouse’s statement to decide upon handing over the drug dealer-police-politician nexus investigations to CBI.
Under fire over this issue following the disappearance of key accused Yaniv Benaim alias Atala who was out on bail, Mr. Naik however sought to downplay the issue. “What is there in this case. It is only a hype created by political parties to gain publicity in the media,” he said.

Former MLA Passes Away

Mr. K B Naik former MLA of the Goa, Daman & Diu Legislative Assembly representing the Shiroda constituency, passed away on Wednesday after a brief illness.
A successful businessman and active social worker, Mr. Naik was also the vice-president of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.
Mr. Naik was first elected to the assembly in a bye-election in 1968 as an MGP candidate. Later on he formed the Nav Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party that split from the MGP.

NH Land Acquisition Deferred

The State government has kept “on hold” the land acquisition process for widening the National Highway 17 and National Highway 4-A till the issue of their alignment is resolved.
While the ‘right of way’ width for the Highways has been kept at 45 metres, in thickly populated areas it has been reduced to 35 metres.

Margao Market Vendors Threaten to Close Exhibition

The New Market Vendors Association Wednesday morning called on Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who is also the local MLA demanding that the Margao Municipal Council stop giving permissions for exhibition cum sale in the town.

It may be recalled that on August 20th the Association had gheraoed Margao Municipal Council Chairperson Savio Coutinho with the same demand and Mr. Coutinho had categorically told them that the council was giving permission for only one exhibition every month in keeping with a resolution adopted by the council in the past.

Chetan Bhagat Woos Chowgule Students

Mr. Chetan Bhagat, writer who has tasted success in Bollywood wooed students of Smt. Parvatibai Chowgule College, Margao where he was the chief guest for the Founder’s Day celebration on Wednesday.

Mr. Bhagat is the author of four novels – Five Point Someone, One Night @ the Call Center, The 3 Mistakes of my life and 2 States – all of which have been very successful in the market.

Bus Owners Want to Manage KTC

All Goa Bus Owners’  Association on Wednesday while charging the Transport Department of being manned with un-qualified officials also asked to be handed over the management of Kadamba Transport Corporation to show how it can be run profitably.

Speaking to media persons All Goa Bus Owners’ Association General Secretary Sudip Tamankar asserted that there was no reason for the KTC to run in losses given the fleet it owned. “If bus owners can run their business profitably, why is the KTC running in losses?” he asked.

Govt. Attempting to Gag Media?

Even though Director of Information & Publicity Menino Peres assured that local television news channels were not sought to be targeted, the recent move by the State government to force cable operators in the State to comply with Central Government’s laws and rules is seen as an attempt to target the local news channels.
In an order issued by Mr. Peres, all cable operators in the State have been ordered “not to carry or include in their cable service any television broadcast or channel, which has not been registered by the Central Government for being viewed within the territory of India”.

MISSING ATALA – Govt. Orders Probe, Oppn. Wants More

Even as Home Minister Ravi Naik announced an enquiry into the disappearance of Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, the suspected main link in the drug dealer-police-politician nexus, the Opposition BJP demanded Mr. Naik’s resignation.
Now that it has been established that Atala has managed to give the authorities in Goa a slip in the month of July after he checked out of the hotel he was residing at on 4th of the month and also broke contact with his advocate since them, Mr. Naik said that he has ordered a probe into the incident.