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Court orders framing of charges against Margao blasts accused

Special judge U V Bakre on Monday ordered framing of charges against accused Prashant Ashtekar and Prashant Zuvekar in connection with the 2009 Margao bomb blast case.
Bakre also ordered additional charges to be framed against co-accused Vinayak Patil for forging documents. The court is likely to hear the accused on March 9.
Earlier, special public prosecutor S B Faria told the court that there is prima facie evidence against the three. He alleged they were involved in the conspiracy of the blast.

167 candidates to fight it out for 30 CCP seats

A total of 167 candidates are in the fray to contest elections to 30 seats the Corporation of the City of Panaji. The last day for submitting nominations was Monday.
However, a clear picture of who will actually contest the polls will emerge only on Friday which is the last day for withdrawal of nomination papers. The CCP election is slated for March 13.

Bring the milk price down demands Yuva Sangharsha Samiti

Demanding a rollback in the hike in milk prices by Goa dairy, the Yuva Sangharsha Samiti, a NGO, on Monday afternoon demanded a white paper on the affairs of Goa dairy.
Speaking to reporters in Ponda, samiti chairman Mahesh Panshikar opined that there was no need to hike prices as the financial position of the dairy was sound. He alleged that the state has seen a steep hike in milk prices due to wrong policies of Goa dairy’s present board of directors (BOD).

Khadi Plaza Not In Goan Interest

The proposed Khadi Plaza in Goa will not benefit Goan village industries or artisans in any way, conceded Khadi and Village Industries Commission’s Manager Ram Narayan who is looking after Goa.
Speaking to Goa Chronicle.com at the Khadi and Village Industries exhibition currently underway at Ravindra Bhawan Margao, he said that Goan village industries do not need marketing help as they have a ready market and further pointed out that no handicraft has been identified in the State that can be truly promoted nationally.
While disclosing that during the last financial year, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission sanctioned projects worth around Rs 3 crores in Goa, most of them were either for cashew processing, purchasing centering plates or purchasing computers.
“Processed cashew nuts do not need any marketing help as there is a ready market for it and centering plates and computers cannot be displayed at an exhibition,” he said.

Ore Laden Barge Sinks Off Aguada, One Feared Dead

An ore laden barge M V Noor IV sunk off Aguada coast on Sunday night while it was transferring ore to a trans-shipper and while six crew members of the barge were rescued by the staff of the trans-shipper one is feared dead.
According to Coastal Police Inspector Anthony Monserrate, six crew members of the barge – Abdul Qazi, Swapan Sardar, Brindas Singh, Amit Hussain Mullah, Hari Om Singh and Dabesh Mandal – managed to climb the ladder of the trans-shipper Vigor.
However, 24-year old Gauranga Mondal who was working as oilman did not succeed and is feared drowned though his body has not yet been traced.

Migrant Domestic Rapes Minor

Mapusa Police on Monday arrested one Bappi who was working as a domestic for a family at Canca Parra after a complaint was lodged against him for raping their minor daughter.
The complaint states that the accused was working for the family for many years and used to live with them. However, on 12th February he raped the minor daughter of the family even as the parents were sleeping in the other room along with their one-and-a-half-year child.

Konkani Retreat Hall at Muringur

The Divine Retreat Centre at Muringur, Kerala now has a dedicated hall to conduct retreats in Konkani language following its inauguration on 14th February. The hall named St. Francis Xavier Hall was inaugurated by Bishop of Mangalore Aloysius Paul D’Souza and consecrated by Bishop of Sindhudurge Allwyn Barreto.
The hall has a seating capacity of 1,500 which should cater to the needs of the Konkani speaking people attending the retreat at this centre as on an average there are around 1,000 people participating in the Konkani retreat.

163 File Nominations For CCP Polls

With 92 candidates filing their papers on Monday the last date for doing so for the City Corporation of Panaji polls, the total number of candidates for the 30 seats has gone up to 163. However, the final tally will be known only 23rd February which is the last date to withdraw the nomination papers.
Education Minister Babush Monserrate and Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar who is also the Panjim MLA have fielded their own panels for the polls. The Nationalist Congress Party has fielded only 11 candidates even though it had announced that it would have 15 candidates.

Tourist Arrivals in Goa Record Healthy Growth

The tourist arrivals in Goa recorded a very healthy growth of over 15 per cent during the current season, as per figures released by the Tourism Department. During the current tourism season 4.4 lakh foreign tourists arrived in Goa besides 22 lakh domestic tourists.
The festive season of December recorded the highest number of visitors with 1.1 lakh foreigners and 3.9 lakh Indian tourists descending on Goa. In fact, over the years, Goa has become a favourite destination for many Westerners to celebrate Christmas and usher in the New Year.

Is The Controversy Over Dum Maro Dum Justified?

Much hue and cry is being made over the movie Dum Maro Dum that is supposed to be based on Goa and purportedly exposes the ugly underbelly of the Goa Police vis-à-vis the drug trade. The movie is apparently inspired by the murder of Scarlett Keeling whose death hit international headlines not only because a British teenager was killed in the most scandalous manner after feeding her a cocktail of drugs and sexually abusing her, but also because of the victim’s mother’s lifestyle.