Goa Chronicle

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...

Superbug A Ploy To Kill Medical Tourism: Healthcare Experts

Healthcare experts in Bangalore smelled a rat in the warning of an antibiotic-resistant Indian superbug going endemic which hit the world headlines yesterday.

While some said the report was an exaggeration and propaganda to kill medical tourism in the country, others termed it a ploy by multinational pharma companies to introduce more drugs and stronger antibiotics into the Indian market.

“We can expect more ‘superbugs and superviruses’ linked to India. This is just the beginning and a lot more is yet to happen to the Indian healthcare industry which is emerging as a medical tourism destination,” said Dr Devi Shetty, chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya.

Pentagon Slams Wikileaks

U.S. defense officials responded angrily to WikiLeaks’ plan to post additional Afghan war logs, with Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggesting that the move could further endanger the lives of Afghans who helped the U.S. war effort.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaking to a group in London by video link on Thursday, said his group had gone through 7,000 of the 15,000 documents the group has so far withheld from publishing. WikiLeaks had said it was withholding posting those documents until it had time to review them to block out the names of sources contained in the documents.

Opposition Presses on Caste Issue

The Opposition and OBC parties mounted pressure on the union government to take up the caste headcount in the second phase of the census exercise, instead of the biometric stage.

After an uproar led by the members belonging to the OBC in the Lok Sabha, leaders of BJP, SP, JD-U, RJD and BSP met finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and home minister P Chidambaram. They told the ministers that taking up caste census in the biometric stage would defeat the purpose as it would be a long-drawn process.

According to sources, the two leaders said that they will place the proposal of caste enumeration during the second phase before the Cabinet. The Opposition is confident that the government will find it difficult to turn down its demand on the premise that it cannot afford to anger ‘Backward Classes’.