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NCBC To Hold Public Hearing On 24th February

The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) will examine requests for including any class of citizens as a backward class in the central list of backward classes under Section 9 (1) of the National Commission for Backward Classes Act (Act No. 27 of 1993), and hear complaints of over-inclusion or under-inclusion of any backward class in such lists and tender such advice to the Central Government as it deems appropriate. And such advice of the Commission shall ordinarily be binding upon the Central Government under Section 9 (2) of the Act.

Caesar D’Mello, King Momo For Carnival

Artist Caesar D’Mello has been chosen to be the King Momo for Carnival this year. Caesar is a well known tiatrist, dancer, singer and a choreographer who has entertained not only Goans and Indians, but foreigners too.
Known for his trio Mil-Mel-Nel, he has performed with many artistes of Goa and Mumbai besides acting in a few hindi moves. His dramatic troupe ‘Caesar Dramatic Troupe’ has won laurels for his creations on stage. He has also published his own scripts in book form Kal ani Aiz.

Two Nominations For CCP Elections Cancelled

Returning Officer and Sub Divisional Magistrate Sabaji Shetye cancelled two nominations who filed their papers for the post of the mayor and corporators in the forthcoming Corporation of the City of Panjim elections after scrutinizing their papers.
Durga Chari’s (Ward No. 22) nomination was rejected as she failed to produce the caste certificate, while Ashwini Chopdekar’s (Ward No. 28) nomination was rejected as she has not attained 21 years of age, which is mandatory to contest the elections.

Chief Minister Gearing For Early Polls

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat Tuesday morning held a high-level meeting with senior officials of various departments to discuss the developmental work in his constituency.
The meeting held at government rest house, Margao was attended by deputy collector and senior officials of the public works department, electricity department, water supply division and others.
The chief minister identified projects that need to be completed on war footing in his constituency and also identified projects that should be processed immediately.

Goa Govt withdraws support to Marathi play on Shivaji

The Goa government was forced to pull out a Marathi play from events marking Maratha king Shivaji’s birth anniversary celebrations after right-wing Hindu groups claimed that it denigrated Hindu gods and saints.
A government spokesperson Tuesday said the play ‘Ghalin Lotangan’, sponsored by the state information and publicity department, was a part of the government’s programme to eradicate ‘blind superstitious beliefs’.
The Congress-led alliance government had announced week-long state celebrations of Shivaji Jayanti from Feb 19 and the play ‘Ghalin Lotangan’, produced by a Maharashtra-based theatre troupe, was one of the events in the itinerary.

60,000 homes in Goa get faulty bills

An error in the software employed by the Goa Electricity department here has left around 60,000consumers in lurch after it generated faulty bills.
State power minister Alexio Sequeira conceded that the error has affected several consumers here following which the electricity department has decided to scrap its contract with the provider software firm.
He said the software was provided to them by the Information Technology department, which had procured it from a private firm.
The error led to exorbitant power bills and in some cases showed zero bill amounts.

NCP’s Crucial Meet Regarding Micky On Wednesday in Delhi

The Nationalist Congress Party today informed that decision on NCP’s role in the state government would be taken in Delhi on Wednesday.
NCP leader and former Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco who met Party Supremo Sharad Pawar in Delhi said that they will have another round of crucial talks on Wenesday. “The meeting was fruitful. Things are working in right direction. We have been asked to stay back in Delhi for another round of talks on Wednesday”, he said and added that NCP General Secretary will join them. He also informed that some important decisions on the party organization would be taken in tomorrow’s meeting.

Identity proof made mandatory for hotel guests

In light of the growing incidence against tourists; the District Magistrate, North Goa District has ordered that owners/ management of all Hotels, lodging and boarding, private guest houses, paying guest accommodation of all religious bodies, shall not allow any visitors/guests to check in without proving any Government Identity Proof such as Smart Card, Election Card, driving licence or any other photo identity card issued by the recognized authority.

Govt initiates recovery of 16 crore dues from Industrial Units

The Goa Government has begun a massive drive to recover dues amounting to Rs 16 crore, from around 100-odd industrial units in the State after power rebates granted to them were withdrawn following a Supreme Court order.
The State Power Minister, Alexio Sequeira, told GoaChronicle.com that the process of issuing notices to the industries began this week.
These industries were granted power rebate to the tune of 25 per cent since 1996. But the concession granted to them was withdrawn after a Supreme Court order.
The rebates invoked controversy as the then State Power Minister, Mr Mauvin Godinho, had passed it without placing it before the State Cabinet. The BJP leader, Mr Manohar Parrikar, had filed a petition against the rebate before the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court.

MMC gets 10 weeks time to identify CRZ structures

The high court of Bombay at Goa on Monday granted ten weeks time to Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) to complete the process of identifying the alleged illegal structures at Desterro, Baina and Katem Baina in Vasco.
The court passed the order on an application made by the MMC seeking eight weeks to complete the exercise. Earlier, on December 13, 2010, MMC had given an assurance to the court that it would identify the structures by February 15, 2011. As the MMC failed to adhere to the deadline, it filed an application seeking more time.