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Privatisation of Terekhol Fort Decried

Heritage activists have condemned the denial of access to the historic Terekhol Fort on the northern boundary of Goa and also pointed out that the memorial erected in memory of two martyrs of Goa’s liberation movement is in shambles.
The government has handed over the scenic fort to a private party to develop it into a heritage resort following which access to the fort for common man is restricted.
Ever since the fort was handed over to the private party, the memorial erected in memory of Tulsidas Balkrishna Hirve also known as Hirve Guruji and Sheshnath Wadekar, who were shot dead by the Portuguese on 15th August 1954 to end the 22 hour satyagraha held there, is getting rusty due to the fact that it is not being maintained any longer.

CM To MMC’s Rescue

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who met the newly constituted Margao Municipal Council announced a slew of schemes aimed at not only streamlining the functioning of the council, but also improving the conditions of the commercial capital of Goa, more particularly on the garbage management front.

Accompanied by Director of Municipal Administration, Digambar Kamat who is also the local MLA suggested streamlining the functioning of the council to provide better facilities to the public.

Gold Prices Unlikely To Drop

Investing in gold would be a wise decision as its prices are unlikely to come down for at least another year, opined Ravi Kishore, General Manager, Minerals & Metal Trading Corporation.
Pointing out that the prices of gold are directly linked to the global economic scenario, he said the prices will not come down for at least another year given the present trend.

And Now Indonesians Girls Forced Into Parlours?

After girls from the North Eastern States, it appears that girls from across the countries borders are now being forced to work in beauty parlours going by the letter written by the Indonesian Embassy to the Goa Police.
In a letter addressed to Director General of Goa Police Bhimsen Bassi, the Indonesian Embassy officials said that around 11 girls are being forced to work in parlours in Goa and Mumbai by a spa owner who has held back by a spa owner.
Police Inspector Sunita Sawant said that the owner besides holding the passports is also in possession of their residential permits and is using this to force the girls to work at the two parlours in Goa, situated at Panjim and Calangute and one in Bandra, Mumbai.

Goa To Lose IFFI?

Following Yash Chopra’s lament that Goa has not risen to the occasion to host the IFFI as no new infrastructure has been created for this mega event since it was first shifted to Goa in 2004, officials of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry are now thinking of relocating the International Film Festival of India.
Over the last seven years, Goa has failed to live up to the expectation of making the International Film Festival of India into Cannes Festival by attracting ‘film tourists’ and this has made the ministry officials do a rethink on Goa being the permanent venue.

Margao Traders Flex Muscle

 

Margao New Market Traders Association have threatened to launch an agitation if the road along the pick-up stand road is not kept open for parking and demanded the immediate removal of signboards erected demarcating that area as ‘Parking for Two Wheelers Only’.
The Association President Vinod Shirodkar argued that traders in the market would face not only hardships, but also financial loss if they are not allowed to park their four-wheelers along that road as they have been doing for years now.
He pointed out that if the road is earmarked for two-wheeler parking then the traders would not be able to park the vehicles supplying them their goods and this would create a lot of hardships and also financial loss to them.

Churchill’s Letter Unlikely to Help Rahejas

The Town & Country Planning Department has insisted that M/s K Raheja first show the 10-metre wide access to their property in Carmona before undertaking any secondary development of the land thereby rejecting the Mumbai-based company’s application for permission to construct bungalows.
The Rajeha project in Carmona has been in the eye of a storm with the locals objecting to the project on various grounds and the issue has resulted in heated discussions at the gram Sabha where one even turned violent.

SEZ Land Scam: Luzinho, Rane, Sequeira Crucify Goa

     

Pratapsingh Rane – the then Chief Minister of Goa, Luzinho Faleiro – the then Minister for Industries and Alexio Sequeira – the then Minister for Power as well as director of the Goa Industrial Development Corporation; were the three ministers who intentionally favored the allotment of government lands to certain applicants, who in reality were merely real estate brokers, by circumventing certain established guidelines. By  issuing letters of recommendations favoring some applicants and endorsing a decision at an illegal meeting, they have caused a loss of crores of rupees to the public exchequer, which amount will hopefully be quantified by the Public Accounts Committee.

Centre Moves To Denotify SEZ

Close on the heels of the High Court squashing the order of allotment of land to SEZ promoters in Goa, the Centre on Thursday moved towards denotifying the three SEZ in Goa, disclosed Rajya Sabha Member from Goa Shantaram Naik.
Shantaram Naik called on Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Thursday afternoon and informed him that the matter pertaining to SEZ in Goa which was pending in the court was decided.