Category: Current Affairs

Bonderam Festival at Divar

Piedade Youth Association on Saturday organised their annual Bonderam festival which attracted a large crowd from not only the island villages but also different parts of Goa. A festive atmosphere prevailed on the island and in keeping with the name of the festival, bonderam were seen everywhere.
The float parade began quite late from the scheduled time as the local residents did not come out in town even though visitors from other parts of Goa were present in quite large numbers. Rain also played spoilsport towards the end and only four floats could really perform properly.

Labourer Dies at Ravindra Bhavan

One Tito Singh, a native of Orissa who was employed as a labourer at Ravinda Bhavan fell to his death from the second floor where the workers were provided quarters.According...

CM Promises to Gear Up for Railway’s Double Line

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has promised to convene a meeting of officials of Town & Country Planning and Public Works Department to prepare the State’s reaction to the Indian Railway Board’s decision to double the South Western Railway line passing through the state.
According to reports, the Railway Board, following a persistent demand from Mormugao Port Trust, has agreed to lay a double line from Hospet to Vasco in order to increase the freight movement to the port. Ironically, while deciding upon this, the State government was not at all consulted.

Bus Owners Threaten to Remain Off Roads

Private buses will remain off Goan roads on September 6 if their demand to set up a co-ordination committee to stop harassment by Kadamba Transport Corporation is not fulfilled.
Addressing media persons on Saturday All Goa Private Bus Owners Association General Secretary Sudip Tamankar accused the government of dragging its feet on this demand while pointing out that a memorandum demanding the setting up of a co-ordination committee was submitted in February this year.

Murder for Revenge at Dona Paula

Panjim police arrested Shamsunder Anchan at the Panjim Kadamba bus stand while trying to flee from Goa after murdering his former colleague and critical injuring his wife at a guest house at Dona Paula.
The 27 year old Shamsunder was employed as a manager at the guest house. However, the owner of the guest house sacked him after he was accused of sending abusive SMS to the guest house caretaker’s wife.

Canconkars Demand Better Health Facilities

Hundreds of people, with women outnumbering the men, marched through the streets of Canacona finally converging in front of the Deputy Collector’s office for a token hunger strike to demand better health facilities for the taluka.
For years now the resident s of Canacona have been demanding that the government community health centre at Canacona be upgraded to a full fledged hospital particularly since the number of renal failures in this taluka is excessively high.

No More Free Ferry Rides

The government has decided to stop free travel on the ferry service managed by the Inland Waterways Department, announced Minister Sudhin Dhavlikar.
Speaking to media persons on Saturday morning, he said as the services were running into losses due to aged vessels that require regular maintenance, it has been decided to increase the revenue in order to purchase new ferries.
While the amount to be charged to passengers is not yet decided, two wheelers will be charged at the rate of Rs. 5 per trip while the fare for four-wheelers will be Rs. 20 which is double of what they pay at the moment.

Ravindra Kelekar’s Mortal Remains Consigned to Flames

The mortal remains of Ravindra Kelekar were consigned to flames at the crematorium in his native village Priol amidst thousands of people gathered to pay their last respects to this Great Goans as his son Guirish lit the funeral pyre.
The Goa Police band gave the guard of honour as the mortal remains were taken away from the house for the final rites which were performed in his own property.

Highway Widening Opponents’ Ranks Swelling

The number of people and organizations opposing the widening of National Highways in Goa, is slowly but steadily increasing as was evident at the meeting held at Panaji on Friday. Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar, former minister Matanhy Saldanha, ex-Convenor of Goa Bachao Abhiyan Dr. Oscar Rebello, historian Prajal Sakhardande and even Adv. Aires Rodrigues have joined the movement.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Parrikar said he totally opposes the widening of National Highways as is mooted at present. Besides dividing villages, he said the alignment would result in Goans having to pay through their nose to use passages that should be available to them by right.

MPT row over barges: Parrikar Aggressive, Digambar Patient

Even as Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said the government would set in place a mechanism to collect the royalty from mines, Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar suggested booking MPT Chairman for export of stolen goods.
Mr. Kamat on Friday said the government was firm on its decision of making NOC from the Mines Department for vessels transporting ore. Dismissing the Customs Department’s claim that vessels cannot be denied clearances due to lack of NOCs, Mr. Kamat argued that it is for the government to decide on policies and for bureaucrats to implement them.