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Madam to Decide on GPCC Chief

As expected, the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee has left it to the party chief Sonia Gandhi to decide who will be its next president given the fact that there was no unanimity amongst the local leaders on who should occupy this post.
The post of GPCC president assumes importance the party will face the assembly elections under his or her leadership. This means that the GPCC president will have a major say in who gets the party tickets for the elections, besides of course being in reckoning to occupy a ministerial berth if not the Chief Minister’s post.
Current president Subhash Shirodkar, who incidentally has a history of being a part of the ruling dispensation irrespective of whether it was the Congress Party or its breakaway faction, was quite comfortably placed to be re-elected to the post till some heavyweight Congress leaders from Salcete upset his plans.

Goa Chronicle Ties Up With Web 18

Kaydence Media Ventures and Web18, the internet division of the Network 18 Group (one of India’s leading media conglomerates) have entered into a Cross Media Promotion Agreement. This agreement extends to Kaydence Media Ventures new, globally positioned and marketed online product on (Goa’s global online mall of news, information, communication and services), announced Savio Rodrigues, Managing Director of Kaydence Media Ventures.

With this alliance, Goa Chronicle will now be able to provide its visitors with national and international news on current affairs, business, sports, movies, technologies and politics with text and video feeds from; live stock market updates from; songs, movies, games and much more from

NCP Gunning for Sankalp’s Scalp

The Nationalist Congress Party in Goa is gunning for Goa Pradesh Youth Congress President Sankalp Amonkar’s scalp over alleged misappropriation of funds collected to provide relief to the victims of the flashflood in Canacona last year.
Addressing media persons on Sunday, NCP Goa State President Jose Philip D’Souza said the party will even file a police complaint over this matter, if necessary. He said Goa Pradesh Congress Committee Vice President M K Shaikh’s disclosure that the Youth Congress had not deposited any money with it reveals the fraud.

Two Bird Hits in One Day at Dabolim

While bird hits at Dabolim have been reported intermittently, two bird hits early Sunday morning affecting one international and one domestic flight has cast a cloud on the airport’s safety particularly as it has begun night operations.
The first to be affected was Air Arabia’s Flight No. G9491 landing at Dabolim from an overnight trip from Sharjah. It suffered the bird hit just as it was landing at Dabolim at 4:30 am with 185 passengers and additional crew.
What was surprising is that the bird that hit this aircraft was the nocturnal predatory owl which is the first such case at Dabolim where normally kites and pigeons believed to be feeding on the garbage dumped in the airport’s vicinity, would be hit by aircrafts.

“My message Goan Minorities is ……” Manohar Parrikar

The Bharatiya Janata Party has started preparing for the next Assembly elections due in another about 20 months. BJP’s Legislature Party leader Manohar Parrikar spoke to Goa Chronicle about the party’s strategy

What exactly is the purpose of these meetings that you are having in various constituencies?
MP: The sole purpose of these meetings, where only our party members and sympathizers are invited, is to expose the misdeeds of the present government so that they are motivated and enthused to work for the party when the elections are announced. Our aim to expose the government so that people feel the need to change it.

Batman and Robin!

There is a buzz of election in the air. In fact the assembly election is a good 18 months away.  Municipal elections though is just round the corner and though there are no political parties involved in any of the municipal elections; it is no surprise to many that there will be direct and indirect party backings. Even the University Elections in Goa are run by mandates of the leading parties in the government. It is rumored that BJP on this front has tremendous control.
With elections come personalities that at most times make you laugh and later make you cry when you realize that nothing much of what had been promised is actually honored. There are some personalities though, who catch your eye.

Churchill Impersonated on Orkut

Churchill Alemao has reportedly been impersonated on popular social networking site Orkut with an account in his name opened there, according to a complaint lodged with Colva Police by his Personal Assistant Fredrick Borges
Churchill has not created the account on Orkut and the information provided on the site’s page on Churchill is false and seeks to tarnish his image, said Fredrick in his complaint.

Micky’s Recruitment Pans India

The Central Bureau of Investigations that is probing Benaulim MLA Micky Pacheco’s alleged involvement in immigration racket, on Saturday called his estranged wife Sara for questioning. While the parties involved were tightlipped about what transpired, it is learnt that the racket of sending people overseas with forged or dubious documents is not restricted to Goa alone, but is spread all over the country.
Sara was apparently called in for questioning to corroborate and cross-check the evidence already gathered by the CBI that initiated this probe following a complaint lodged by the Ministry of External Affairs that was provided evidence by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, an unit of US State Department of Micky’s alleged involvement in the racket.

Ganesh Celebrations Commence

If it was Allah ho Akbar and Id Mubarak that could be heard on Saturday morning in Goa, by afternoon they were replaced with Morya re baba Morya re and Ganpati Bappa Morya along with bursting of firecrackers as household after household installed the Ganesh idol to begin venerating Lord Ganesha.
Idols were brought to the house either in vehicles or on foot with the ladies of the house waiting to receive it with their thaalis ready for the aarti.
Ganesh chaturti is the most important festival for hindus in Goa and the entire clan gathers at their ancestral house to worship Ganesh and participate in the celebrations. Many Goan Hindus working overseas arrange their vacations to enable them to be in Goa for this festival.

Eid ul-Fitr Celebrations

Saturday morning dawned on Goa with a festive air as Hindus and Muslims celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi and Eid-ul-Fitr, the main festivals for each of them.
Early morning, muslims were seen making a bee-line to the mosques, dressed in their best clothes specially purchased or stitched for the occasion.
At Margao, the namaz at the idgah – ground for Eid namaz – situated at Pajifond had to be cancelled dur to rains. However, all the other mosques were packed for the prayers as not only muslims from Margao but also from other parts of Salcete, where there are no prayer halls available for them, descended upon Margao.