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ITM To Have 200 Participants

The International Tourism Mart scheduled to commence on 14th October will have 200 participants which will include international buyers, travel and trade operators, industry experts and tourism board members for the four-day long event being organized for the first time in Goa.
From the international community buyers from Singapore, South Africa, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Brazil have confirmed their participation while more are expected to participate in the event.

Goa Carbon Records Profits

Goa Carbon Limited (GCL) the second largest Calcined Petroleum Coke (CPC) manufacturers in the country, recorded a health profit of  278.22 lakhs in the second quarter of the current financial year as per the unaudited accounts approved on Tuesday.
This is indeed a very healthy sign considering that last year for the corresponding period, the company had a loss of 510.67 lakhs.
The sales earnings this quarter were 6,309.16 lakhs as against only 8,173 last year.

Jivit Completes Four Years

Jivit, the Konkan magazine in roman script completed four years of its existence and to celebrate the occasion a formal function was held at Ravindra Bhavan on 10th October with Chief Minister Digambar Kamat as the Chief Guest and Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho as the Guest of Honour.
Publisher of Jivit Agnelo Alcasoas in his welcome address recalled that the magazine was started only because the then existing Konkani magazine in Roman script Gulab had announced that it would be stopping publication. While admitting that there were a lot of hardships the biggest of which was funds to publish the magazine, he however, said it was a satisfying experience to see so many new writers in the script emerging through the magazine.

Bhakti Kulkarni Goa’s First International Woman Master

It is official now! Bhakti Kulkarni is Goa’s first International Woman Master in chess.

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) at its annual meeting held at Khanty Manski (Russia) awarded Asian Under 18 Girls Champion Bhakti Kulkarni the prestigious title of International Woman Master (IWM). The Press Officer of the All India Chess Federation Mr. Arvind Aaron had sent a congratulatory message to Bhakti confirming her title.

Fire Engulfs House at Cotigao

Mayawati Gaonkar, a widow from Yeda Cotigao in Canacona is a devastated woman has her house has been burnt causing a total loss of around  3,00,000 to her.

Besides the household items, around 25 bags of rice that was stored in the house from the harvest they had was also destroyed. Mayawati and her three children would have survived on this rice that they had toiled to cultivate.

Centre Threatens Goa Over Highway

The Union Ministry for Road, Transport and Highways has threatened to withdraw the National Highway widening project in Goa because the state government has delayed handing over the land for the same.

Both the National Highways passing through Goa – the erstwhile National Highway No. 17 now called No. 66 and the previous NH 4A now called NH 748 —  running from Patradevi in the North to Polem in the South and from Vasco in the West to Anmod in the East, were sought to be widened at a total cost of  2800 crores.

Galgibag Residents Inconvenienced

Residents of Galgibag and more particularly the students are inconvenienced for the last nearly three months since the canoe service provided to them to cross to Mashem has been stopped.

River Talpona separates the villages of Galgibag and Mashem and a canoe used to ferry residents of Galgibag across to Mashem. The service was provided by Prakash Naik and his family for which the Village Panchayats of Galgibag and Mashem used to each pay them  750/- per month. As the Panchayat was compensating the family, students from Galgibag crossing across to Mashem and returning home were provided free service.

Unopposed in Valpoi, No Candidates in Pernem

Following the scrutiny of nomination papers on Tuesday, 789 nomination papers were found to be valid for the elections in 11 municipal councils scheduled to be held on 31st October.

The highest number of nominations filed are for Mormugao Municipal council where 159 candidates will view for the 20 seats, while at Margao there are 124 candidates contesting the 20 seats.

KRC Posts Profits for the First Time

The Konkan Railway Corporation, for the first time since it commenced operations 11 years ago, recorded a profit of  12 crore which though a humble beginning is a good sign said Managing Director Bhanu P Tayal.
Briefing media persons at Margao he pointed out that the Corporation was earlier making losses to the tune of one crore per day. However, the situation has now changed with increased traffic and the projects undertaken by the Corporation he said adding that the target of posting three digit profits in three years, now appears achievable.

And Now KRC Proposes Link Rail Between Chandor and Balli

Even as the protests against the proposed loop connecting South Western Railway with the Konkan Railway in Cansaulim is growing day by day, the Konkan Railway Corporation is now planning to have a similar link between Chandor and Balli.
KRC MD Bhanu P Tayal, briefing media persons revealed that the plans are ready for this new link between the Konkan Railway and South Western Railway and justified it on grounds that the Margao junction is getting over burdened when trains coming from Hubli and onwards have to proceed towards Chennai.
Presently the freight trains are halted on one line and the engine is detached and then attached on the rear side thereby losing substantial time and also blocking one entire track for that duration.