Goa Chronicle

Goa tourism ropes in actress Prachi Desai as brand ambassador news

Goa tourism yesterday announced at a press conference that it had appointed Bollywood actress Prachi Desai its brand ambassador, in a bid to attract the youth tourist segment.
M M Modassir, tourism secretary, Goa, said that the plan is to target the youth tourist segment, especially affluent youth, as almost 50 per cent of India’s population is below the age of 25.

Travel to Goa made easy for foreigners of Goan origin

There is hope now for thousands of Non-Resident Goans (NRGs) who, ironically, found themselves being labeled ‘tourists’ in their own land. These are the ones who acquired foreign passports for work but now wish to spend their retired lives in their homeland.

This tiny western Indian state that survives mainly on tourism, has also been a major manpower exporter for hundreds of years. The first wave of Goan migration has been traced to the sixteenth century. Goan migrants are scattered across all continents. Many of them hold foreign passports which they took for employment purposes, but continue to have family and property in Goa.

Sesa Goa Drops Iron Ore Output From Karnataka By 70 Per Cent

The country’s largest iron ore exporter, Sesa Goa, has cut mining output in Karnataka by 70 per cent since the state government banned any outgo of the steel-making raw material a month before.

A part of the Vedanta group, it has six million tonnes (mt) of iron ore mining capacity in Karnataka. The company produced 3.5 mt of high grade ore in the state in the last financial year, a capacity utilisation of 58 per cent. This year, the company had planned to raise output to five mt, due to high export potential to China, the world’s largest steel producer.

Goa Church under cloud for selling island to resort company

The Church in Goa has come under a cloud following the sale of one of the river islands owned by the Archdiocese of Goa to a resort developer. The Church authorities have, however, called the allegations baseless.

Villagers residing at Vanxim (Ilhas de Capao), a small picturesque island located in the Mandovi river, about 20 km from Panjim, have alleged that the Church and the administration colluded to strip them of their land and sold it to a Bangalore-based luxury resort company at throwaway prices. Most of the villagers of the island are tenants.

Dr Oscar Rebello Leaves GBA

Former Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA) convenor Oscar Rebello has resigned from the organization.

Dr. Oscar Rebello, who was the face of GBA when it launched an agitation against Regional Plan 2011, confirmed that he had resigned from the organization but declined to comment on the reasons behind his decision.

Last year he had quit as convenor of GBA. However, he had continued to serve as a core committee member. Sabina Martins, convenor of GBA, confirmed that she had received Rebello’s resignation letter, but was quick to add that the resignation had not been accepted.

Goa Shiv Sena Committee Dissolved On Extortion Issue

As a fall out of the extortion case which created ripples across Goa, the state Shiv Sena executive committee was dissolved with immediate effect. Umesh Salgaokar the Shiv Sena office bearer who was caught on CCTV camera while taking the extortion money has been expelled from the party. Ex Shiv Sena Chief and President of the Marathi Rajyabhasha Prasthapan Samiti  Ramesh Naik has been appointed as the chief of the newly constituted ad-hoc committee.

Makemytrip Makes Dream Debut On Nasdaq

MakeMyTrip, one of India’s leading online travel companies, has made a dream debut on the US market with its shares soaring over 90 per cent, hours after its listing on leading American stock exchange, NASDAQ.

“It is fair to say it’s been a fairytale listing for us now,” Deep Kalra, CEO of MakeMyTrip, who rang the NASDAQ opening bell on Thursday to begin trading at the exchange, said. “We are very excited. I don’t think anyone anticipated this.”

We Aim For The Top Slot Or We Sell: Bickson

Raymond Bickson, managing director and chief executive officer of The Indian Hotels Co. Ltd (TIHCL), says the Taj has flanked itself well as competitors such as the Marriotts, Hyatts and Radissons of the world enter India. Speaking to Mint after unveiling the refurbished Taj to the media, Bickson says the chain has recovered well from the double whammy of 2008 terrorist attack and the economic downturn. Edited excerpts:

It would have been very difficult to retain the heritage look of the hotel? The “Tajness” if we can borrow your phrase.

BSE Opens On High Note

The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex on Friday opened higher by 79 points on buying by funds in bluechips, especially banking and PSU stocks. The 30-share index gained 79.23 points,...

Rupee Gains Against The Dollar

The rupee appreciated by 15 paise to Rs 46.62 a dollar in early trade on the Interbank Foreign Exchange today, supported by fresh capital inflows by foreign funds and stronger...