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The Humble Beginnings of Tiatr

Tiatr, the No.1 commercial theatre of Goa, had its humble beginnings in the year 1892. There is no real evidence of the exact date when the first tiatr was staged. However, an article by Joao Agostinho Fernandes in the 25th November 1943 issue of Ave Maria and inferences, keeping in mind the traditions of those times, fixes the date of staging the first tiatr as April 17, 1892 and the venue was The New Alfred Theatre Bombay.

The solemnity of Easter is the greatest celebration of Christians and hence it is assumed that the first tiatr staged in the month of April must have been on on April 17, the day Easter was celebrated that year. Hence this day is assumed to be the date for the staging of the first tiatr titled Italian Bhurgo.

Bengali Girl Raped in Goa

Margao Police have booked a case of rape against a Kolkata resident Ranjit Sarkar for raping a young 19-year-old girl at a city hotel here.

The sordid saga began when the young girl hailing from West Bengal was travelling to Delhi in search of a job. In the train, she met Ranjit Sarkar and they got talking. Ranjit Sarkar persuaded the girl to travel with him to Goa by offering her a job at his factory that he claimed to be having in Goa.

CM Stands by Demand for Monitoring Social Networking Sites

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat confirmed that he had asked the Department of Information Technology to see how social networking sites can be monitored and even blocked if necessary.

Speaking to Goa Chronicle, he said he had written to the Department not only because of the complaints from his ministerial colleagues but also from the public in general.

Citizens to Approach Court over Civic Poll Reservation

The All Goa Councillors Forum and the People’s Choice from Margao decided to move the courts challenging the procedure adopted by the government to reserve seats for women, ST and OBC for the ensuing civic polls in Goa.

Charges of the reservation being done to suit political compulsions have come from practically all the municipal council including Cuncolim which is represented by Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao.

Cleanliness is next to Godliness [VIDEO]

{youtube}AI7DpoPT0Lo{/youtube} Mahatma Gandhi’s “cleanliness is next to Godliness” mantra was put into practice today to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti at Margao by Anthony D’Silva from Ambelim who organized an unique programme...

Ex-MP John Flays Navy’s Island Plans

Ex-Rajya Sabha Member John Fernandes flayed the Indian Navy’s proposal to acquire the two islands off Mormugao and said that this was because the Navy considers Goa to be a holiday posting.
John Fernandes who was a member of the Parliamentary Civil Aviation Consultative Committee said that the Navy was seeking to acquire more and more land in Goa in the name of security but actually using it to erect offices and even rest houses to be used by the senior officials of the navy.
If security was the real concern then why is the Navy also not seeking control of the islands off the coast of Malwan, Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra State, he wondered.

CM Decries but Traffic Cops Support Facebook

Even though Chief Minister Digambar Kamat feels that social networking sites are a nuisance and irritant to the people, the Traffic Cell of Goa police is very happy with the...

Mahanand Says Cops Framed Him

Mahanand Naik who was accused of having murdered 18 girls over a period of 15 years, earning him the nickname ‘dupatta killer’ has charged the police of framing him in these cases.
He spoke to media persons while being led away from the court premises, Mahanand Naik said the police tortured him the lock up to force him to ‘confess’ to the crimes he never committed and further alleged that the police carried bones with them whenever he was taken to different spots for investigations and those bones would be noted to have been picked up from those spots.

The Casino Musclemen Grow Stronger!

Casinos have wiggled their way through various amendments which have been brought about to the Goa Gambling Act 1976. That many local politicians in connivance with large business houses – real estate and hotel players – were looking at making Goa the ‘Mecca’ of Casino in India is also no surprise to any who have over the years seen the evolution of the on-shore and off-shore gaming centers as it is aptly camouflaged, in the state.
Only recently at the Monsoon Assembly, the CM mentioned that the Casino cruises will be pushed out of the Mandovi River. However, as of today, he has retracted his stance on the subject and the Casino’s will continue to be operational on the terms and conditions as before. This sudden change in stance of the CM has certainly come as a surprise but more as a shock to the opposition and general public alike. It has also woken up the villagers that are affected and will be affected because of the Casino business to take a firm stance against the Casino being stationed in the waters near their villages.

Tourism Expected to Boom, But Ills Persist

Even the tourism industry is anticipating an increase in arrivals to Goa this year, the government unfortunately is found sleeping in providing basic necessities that the visitors need in terms of cleanliness and peace and tranquility.

Travel and Tourism Association of Goa has officially stated that the main charter from Sceandinavia has withdrawn from Goa this year because of the garbage and litter found on the beaches. TTAG spokesperson Ralph de Souza pointed out  that this particular charter has withdrawn after continuously bringing tourists for the last eight years.