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Francis Joins Race For Benaulim Ticket

South Goa District Congress Committee Vice President Francis Sequeira has thrown his hat in the ring for the Congress ticket from Benaulim assembly constituency while stating that he will abide by the party decision on the matter.
Speaking to media persons at Margao on Saturday he said he had conveyed his decision to seek the party ticket to his party seniors and was confident that his claim would be positively considered in view of the work he has done for the party for the last many years.

Government To Honour 11 Artistes

The Directorate of Art and Culture will honour 11 Goans for their contribution and achievements in the field of art and culture for the year 2009-10.
The 11 awardees are: Ramesh Sukhtankar from Taleigao and Emaliano D’Cruz from Loutolim for their contribution in music, Prakash D. Padgaonkar from Porvorim, Vasanti Nadkarni from Panjim and Mario Cabral e Sa from Divar for literature, Paresh Joshi from Vasco and Vinaykumar Surlacar from Panjim for drama;

Sesa Units Bag British Safety Council Award

Sesa Goa Limited’s five units — Sonshi, Codli and Bicholim mines, the pig iron plant and met coke division in Amona mines have been selected for the prestigious British Safety Council’s International Safety Award for the year 2011. The awards will be presented at Grosvenor House, London next month.

GRA Reiterates Promise For Change In Goa’s Political Set-up

At its second major public meeting held on Friday at Lohia Maidan, Margao, the Goemchea Rakhondarancho Awaz (GRA) reiterated its promise to act as a catalyst to bring about a change in Goa’s political set-up while demanding that the government immediately start a dialogue for installing the Lokayukta in Goa and also getting special status for Goa.

CM Turns To High Command For Help Over MoI

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has reportedly asked help from the party high command to resolve the tangle over the medium of instruction at primary school level. 
Forum for Rights of Children’s Education (FORCE) that is demanding that government provide grants to English medium schools too, on Thursday gave a deadline till 7th May for the government to accept their demand.

Compensate Adequately Trafficking Victims: Official

Inspector General of Police S Umapati from Andhra Pradesh strongly advocated the government paying substantial compensation to victims of human trafficking in order to desist them from slipping back into the same way of life.
Speaking at the inaugural function of a two-day anti-human trafficking seminar, he said the Andhra Pradesh government was compensating such victims with Rs 10,000/-

NIO Signs MOU With Chinese University

National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Dona Paula has signed a memorandum of understanding with Zhejiang Ocean University (ZOU) of China to carry out joint research in marine biology, ecology, biotechnology, mariculture and coastal zone management.

The agreement valid for five years also has scope for renewal and Dr. N Ramaiah of NIO and Prof Wu Changwen of ZOU will co-ordinate this venture.

Five Goan Artistes Awarded

The Directorate of Art & Culture in collaboration with the West Zone Cultural Centre, presented the annual Yuva Pratibha Puraskar to five talented Goan artistes.

This award is presented every year not only to recognize the young talent but also to promote local arts and culture amongst the younger generation.

Dudu Case To Be Given To CBI

The government has agreed to hand over the David Driham alias Dudu case to Central Bureau of Investiations (CBI)within seven days disclosed Advocate General Subodh Kantak in the Bombay High Court at Goa on Thursday.
The assurance was given when the petition filed by National Students Union of India (NSUI) demanding that the case be handed over to CBI since the investigating officer of Goa Police was himself under suspicion came up for hearing.

Govt. Renegades On Promise To M’tra

The Goa Government has apparently decided not to keep its promise of providing jobs to the people from Maharashtra who were displaced by the Tillari Irrigation Project which was a joint venture of the two state governments.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that the Goa government cannot give jobs to Maharashtrians just because their government was demanding it.
When the Tillari Irrigation project was taken up, it was decided that since the dam would be built in Maharashtra with 73 per cent of the water for Goa, Goa would provide employment to the displaced people from Maharashtra.