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Anti-NH Protestors Stopped, Arrested

Police on Monday morning stopped the National Highway Diversion Action Committee activists and their supporters near the collectorate building as they were marching towards the office of Goa Entertainment Society to stage a dharna.

A strong police force stopped the protestors and arrested around 10 activists in order to stop them from carrying on their sit-in agitation at ESG office where the International Film Festival of India is currently underway.

Dhoosar Premiered at IFFI

The cast and crew of Marathi film Dhoosur received a warm welcome when it was premiered at the ongoing International Film Festival of India at Goa under the Indian Premiere category with the director Amol Palekar along with actress Smita Tambe being present.

“Dhoosur”, which means “blur” in English, depicts the journey of a mother suffering from Alzeimer’s disease and how her daughter copes with the illness. Many layers of human mind and emotions are peeled off through a collage of past and present in the film, and different shades of human bonds emerge, as the story unfolds the starkness of dementia.

Joaquim For Amending TCP Rules to Address Garbage Woes

Now that the dust has settled over the municipal elections and the newly elected councillors have got down to work, Goa Chronicle interviews Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao

What are your comments on the municipal elections?
The result is a vindication of my work. Never in Goa’s history has the Congress got such a mandate at civic polls and this was possible because of steps taken by the present government. To give you an example, when I took over as Urban Development Minister all the municipalities in Goa used to get a meager Rs. 3 crore as octroi duty, but now we have disbursed Rs. 14 crore to the 14 municipal councils.

Dharna during IFFI

The National Highway Diversion Action Committee (NHDAC) will stage a dharna in front of the Entertainment Society of Goa office at Panjim where the International Film Festival is currently underway.
The purpose of this sit-in is to draw national and international attention to the problem said NHDAC convenor Sunil Dessai besides protesting against the government’s decision to invoke Section 3(d) of the Land Acquisition Act.

Rickshaw, Taxi Fare Rates Hiked


With the State Transport Department recommending a hike of 15 to 20 per cent in the rates, fares charged by auto rickshaws and taxis are likely to go up. The Department has approved the hike after studying the increase in prices of fuel and spare parts.
The fares charged at the moment are based on the base prices of 2006 and since then, as prices have shot up, the Department has approved a fare hike for these public transport vehicles.

No Kabrastan: Raia Gram Sabha

Villagers of Raia in one voice opposed setting up a burial ground for muslims in their village even though no such formal proposal has come before the Panchayat. At the Gram Sabha meeting held on Sunday, the villagers referred to the government’s plans to acquire land in Manora for setting up a burial ground.
There have been reports in the local media of the muslim burial ground being set up in Manora which is close to the Sonsddo garbage site of Margao Municipal Council even though the muslims have rejected the site.

‘Charity Chase’ Launched at IFFI

Charity Chase Goa 2010, a programme aimed at creating awareness about children suffering from AIDS in India was held in Panjim today on the sidelines of the ongoing International Film Festival of India. The money raised will be used to provide food, shelter and medical facilities to the children.
Haobam Paban Kumar, director and producer of Mr India a film based on the life of K H Pradip Kumar Singh who not only rebuilt his life but also sculpted his body after testing positive for HIV, said more than the disease, society’s responsible kills the person.

Tiger Queen Gets Resounding Applause

Tiger Queen India’s first wildlife film shot on high definition got a rousing applause at IFFI where it is among the 10 films shortlisted for the Vasudha award given to the best environmental film in the short film category.
The film’s director S Nallumuthu, expressing concern on the depleting tiger population in the country pointed out that the tigers in the country are less than the NGOs working for their protection.