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After Raids, it’s Time to Grill

 Following two-days raid upon his residential and business premises Benaulim MLA Mickey Pacheco was on Friday grilled by CBI officials at their office Bambolim.
Dressed in white shirt and pant, Mickey Pacheco was cool and calm after the nearly three hour grilling by the officials which was quite in contrast to his appearance when he emerged from the Crime Branch office at Dona Paula nearly two months ago when he was questioned over the death of his ‘friend’ Nadia Torrado.

Goa Tourism Bags Two CNBC Awards

Goa Government’s Tourism Department won two awards at the CNBC Awaas Travel Awards 2010 for Best State for Tourism and Best State Tourism Board.The awards were received by Goa’s Tourism...

A White Elephant Called Curchorem Market

The Curchorem market constructed at the cost of 2.5 crores and commissioned in June 2006 is proving to be a white elephant for the Curchorem Cacora Municipal Council as it is draining its resources for maintenance while not accruing much revenue.
The market complex comprising of 108 shops and 80 stalls for vegetable vendors was constructed by Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation during the tenure of Ramrao Dessai as the MLA.
As their demand for a three wing complex was not fulfilled, shop keepers from the Curchorem market initially refused to shift their business to this complex that has only one building.

Mickey Free to Leave Party: NCP

Even as raids on Mickey’s establishments continued for the second day, the Nationalist Congress Party sought to distance itself from their MLA as its spokesperson Trajan D’Mello said that party image cannot be tarnished by an individual.
Replying to a question at a media briefing, he said Mickey was free to leave the party if he so desires.
When asked to spell out the Party’s stand vis-a-vis the MLA, Trajan preferred to wait till the investigations are over and pointed out that Mickey himself has welcomed the investigation.

Police Appeal for Ganesh Festival

Goa Police has appealed to people to be careful and take a few precautions during the Ganesh festival that will commence on Saturday.
Hindus celebrate Ganesh at their ancestral houses and therefore many of them living in apartments in cities and towns lock the same to visit their ancestral houses wherever they are.
As the houses are locked, and many neighbouring occupants not being there, it is bonanza for thieves and the number of housebreaking cases spiral during this period.

Entries invited for short film center

The Entertainment Society of Goa is organizing the 3rd edition of the Short Film Center, held parallel to the International Film Festival of India Goa- 2010. Entries are invited from Short & documentary film makers to be a part of it.
Awards for the International Competition are the “Golden Lamp Tree Award” for best short/Documentary Film in International Competition carrying a cash prize of ` 5 lakhs, “Silver Lamp Tree Award” with cash prize of `3 lakhs and a “Special Jury Prize” with a cash prize of `2 lakhs.
A cash amount of ` 3 lakhs besides the “Vasudha Award” will be presented to the best film on environmental issues.

Re-Open Old Sanvordem Bridge, Demand Locals

As traffic jams are becoming the order of the day at the bridge connecting Curchorem to Sanvordem, there is an increasing demand to re-open the old bridge that has survived the test of time and is still in good condition.
Commissioned on 3rd February 1955, the old bridge constructed during the Portuguese regime was the link between Sanvordem and Curchorem and played an important role in Goan trade particularly since the railway station was at Curchorem and the ore dumping yard is in Sanvordem.

Live By Your Heart. It’s Good

In today’s world people are constantly under pressure because they are trying to meet the expectations of others. The solution lies in listening to our ‘inner heart’. If you grew up believing in the philosophy that life is hard, work is difficult and thankless and most days are an uphill struggle, it’s time you changed that view.

CBI Books Mickey, Raids Office & Residence

Even as CBI sleuths raided his residence and office at Betalbatim after booking him for conspiracy and forgery, Mickey Pacheco reiterated his innocence and vowed to co-operate with the officials.
The raid that began early Wednesday evening lasted till late night with over three hours spent in the office scanning records in search of incriminating evidence against the former Tourism Minister and current Member of Goa Legislative Assembly.
CBI have booked Mickey Pacheco for conspiracy, cheating, forgery and certifying forged documents to enable one Pedro Antonio Joanes and another Daniel Raymond Fernandes to travel to the United States in 2007-2008.