Goa Chronicle

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Market Traders once again object to exhibition

Margao Municipal Council Chairperson Savio Coutinho was once again gheraoed by the New Market Vendors Association on Friday morning over two main issues – notices issued by the council for revision in license fee and banning sale exhibition in the town.

In fact, the Association has been consistently objecting to sale exhibitions in Margao on ground that it affects their business. However, the MMC has resolved to permit only one exhibition per month and Mr. Coutinho asserted that they have not deviated from this stand.

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Panchayats happy with amendment

The All Goa Panchayat Democratic Forum has expressed its happiness over the amendment to the Goa Panchayati Raj Act wherein the interest of the Panchayat has been protected and the fear of Panchayat secretary usurping the powers of the elected members allayed.

The government, faced with opposition to various housing and other developmental projects had proposed to amend the Goa Panchayati Raj Act enabling Panchayat secretaries to execute orders from BDO or Director of Panchayats and his deputies.

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SC gags SIT on Modi’s statement

The Supreme Court has directed the Special Investigating Team not to give to anybody except the trial court and the public prosecutor the statement of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, recorded by it in March. The statement will not be given even to the Nanavati Commission set up by the Union Government to investigate the riots in Gujarat.

Ministerial perks while in jail

Even though he is in jail for murdering former minister Brij Bihari Prasad, Janata Dal (U) MLA Vijay Kumar Shukla alias Munna Shukla, enjoys ministerial perks by virtue of being the chairman of Bihar Vidhan Sabha Aawas Samiti.

Criminal turned politician Shukla has been one of the most feared persons in Bihar politics. Elected from Lalganj in Vaishali district, he is presently in Hajipur jail. He has a history of being sent to the jail and in 1994 was also accused in the killing of then Gopalganj District Magistrate G Krishnaiah.

Blood diamonds ousts Mandela Trustee

Jeremy Ractliffe who accepted three uncut diamonds from Naomi Campbell and held them with him for years, will not be up for re-election as a trustee of Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

Ractliffe came under the scanner after Naomi Campbell testified that she had given diamonds to Ractliffe who was the head of the children’s fund and personal friend. Campbell testimony came during the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor as it was alleged that Taylor gave blood diamonds to Campbell.

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Obama is a muslim think most Americans

A survey conducted nearly a year-and-a-half after Barack Obama took over President of United States of America reveals that nearly one in every five American believes that their President is a Muslim.

According to Pew Research Centre, 18 per cent of Americans say that Obama is a Muslim, while last year in March 2009 only 11 per cent Americans considered him to be a Muslim.

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PM may visit CWG venues

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh may inspect some of the Commonwealth games venues in the wake of the controversy surrounding them.
The venues that are getting their finishing touches have been embroiled in controversies regarding shoddy work and other irregularities and Dr Singh has already assured that the investigations into the malpractices will be taken to their logical conclusion.

IPL no of matches to be reviewed

The format of the Indian Premier League 2011 tournament will be decided at the IPC Government Council meeting to be held later in the day today with the focus being on reducing the load on players.

Although closing of accounts will be the main item on the agenda, the number of games to be played is also expected to be discussed.

Gold surges

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Brazilian firm fined for slave labour

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