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Nilkanth Halarnkar Dragged in Housing Board Land Scam

Kashinath Shetye and Ketan Govekar who had hauled State Vigilance officers to the court for not filing FIR in a land scam allegedly involving Housing Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar, on Monday alleged that records of the Housing Board meetings are manipulated.
They pointed out that as per the Board records Avinash Bhosle is stated to have chaired the board meeting in May 2010 in the absence of the Chairman Francisco Pacheco. However, at that point of time Avinash was not even a member of the Board and therefore could not have chaired the meeting, they argued.

Aviation Academy Students Demand Refund

Upset over the imminent closure of the Achievers Aviation Academy on 7th December, its students on Tuesday, filed a complaint with the Margao Police Station demanding an immediate refund of their fees.
A memorandum signed by 24 students was submitted to the police following which Deputy Superintendent of Police Umesh Gaonkar has directed the institute’s Margao office in charge Safa Khan to submit all relevant documents by Wednesday, failing which he will take the necessary action. And he has also directed the students to file batch wise complaint stating their problems.

Filmmaking Is My Passion: Becker

French filmmaker Jean Becker graced IFFI Goa 2010 with his presence, on Monday. During IFFI 2010, his best films from 1961 onwards will be screened at the Retrospective Section, opening with L’été meurtrier (One Deadly Summer).
In 1961, Becker made his first film Un nommé La Rocca (A Man Named Rocca) followed by three films including Tender voyou (Tnder Scoundrel) (1966), that were critically and commercially successful.

CM Presents Goa Scholars’ Awards

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat disclosed that Goa Scholars’ Scheme will be modified during the next academic year to include more meritorious students from financially weak backgrounds, after distributing Goa Scholars awards to 11 students held at the Secretariat, Porvorim on Monday.
This year, in all, 66 students had applied for this scheme implemented by the Directorate of Higher Education,Goa, out of which 11 students pursuing higher studies in India and abroad were selected.

VLCC Billboard Adds Russian Touch

Russians seem to be the flavor for most tourism companies when it comes to Goa, now even VLCC – a popular health-nutrition company that have diversified into products has decided to promote its product in the Russian language in Goa, if the content on the billboards is anything to go by.
If you were to drive from Panjim to Margao you will notice that VLCC’s new sun-screen product has its content displayed not only in English but in Russian as well.
While Russians signage is common in some shops along the coastal regions though not legal, this strategy by the popular branded company will certainly turn a

Luizinho Recommended SEZ at Keri

Former Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro who is currently in charge of the North Eastern States for the Congress Party recommended granting of 250 acres of land at Keri to M/s Meditab Specialities Pvt. Ltd., to set up a Special Economic Zone, according to reports published in the local media in Goa.
In a note dated 13th September 2006 bearing reference No. Min/Indu&Edu/198, Luizinho is reported to have asked the Goa Industrial Development Corporation to hand over the land at Keri earmarked to set up Educational Park, to M/s Meditab. This land at Keri was initially acquired to set up the Thappar DuPont promoted Nylon 6,6, plant.

Talathi Suspended For Accepting Bribe

Talathi for Mutation of Quepem taluka Subhash Velip was on Monday arrested for accepting bribe and subsequently placed under suspension.
Resident of Avedem Dilip Hegde complained to the Anti-Corruption Branch of Goa Police of the demand of Rs 5,000/- by the talathi to carry out a mutation of the property he had sold.

Centre Approves NH4 Alignment in Goa

The Union Ministry for Road Transport and Highways has approved the widening of National Highway No. 4A in Goa and the file has been sent for issuing the notification under Section 3(d) of the Land Acquisition Act.
However, the notification will pertain to those sections agreed upon by the House Committee at its meeting last week and will exclude the Old Goa to Bhoma section where a bypass was proposed by the House Committee.
PWD Minister Churchill Alemao disclosed that the notification will be with regards to only 35 metre stretch of the highway.