Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar informed that three companies have applied for setting up a golf course at Pernem, at a press conference on Tuesday. The applications were in response to the advertisement by the Department of Tourism inviting expression of interest by the companies for setting up golf course in Pernem taluka to boost tourism industry in Goa.
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Tiatr Academy Goa (TAG) observed the birth anniversary of Pai Tiatrist Joao Agostinho Fernandes at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao on Tuesday. On this occasion, TAG honoured tiatrists of yesteryears with its prestigious life time contribution to tiatr awards.
Addressing the gathering Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that the government would extend all support to the schemes formulated for the welfare of tiatrists which will benefit this traditional form of Goan art. After distributing the awards he said that these tiatrists truly deserve lifetime achievement award for their sacrifice and contribution to tiatr.
Edgar Rebeiro who was asked to head the Task Force to prepare the Regional Plan 2021 has publicly admitted that there was political interference in preparing the plan and said that was one of the reasons why he quit the panel.
He said the decision to keep the Outline Development Plans out of the Regional Plan was a political decision enforced by Digambar Kamat who was afraid he would lose the chief minister’s position if the ODP were not kept out.
He said that the Chief Minister wanted the Taleigao area to be included in the ODP and the Regional Plan.
Even though the National Highway Authority of India officials offered to exempt two and three wheelers from paying toll in Goa for plying on the widened highway, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said they had demanded that even four wheelers registered in Goa should be exempted.
These discussions took place at the meeting of the sub-committee constituted by the House Committee on the National highway, which was chaired by the Chief Minister wherein the NHAI officials made their offer.
Faced with the BJP’s threat to launch an agitation if no action is taken against the casinos operating in river Mandovi without trading licenses, the government has now sought the legal opinion on this issue from the Law Department said Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava.
The Law Department has been asked to advise whether the government can close down the casinos for operating without a trading license.
He however remained non-committal on when the notices will be issued to the casino owners stating that it will all depend upon the opinion given by the law department.
In what can be yet another embarrassment to the Goa Police, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Hyderabad has found the sample taken from David Driham alias Dudu sent to it to be negative for ‘ecstasy’ tablets.
It may be recalled that police had claimed to have caught Dudu red-handed with a cocktail of narcotics worth Rs 3.81 lakh near his house at Anjuna in February this year and claimed to have seized 144 ecstasy tablets worth around Rs 1.10 lakh.
Even though the Rajiv Gandhi IT Habitat project at Dona Paula was kept on hold by the government following protests by Education Minister Babush Monserrate, the Info-Tech Corporation of Goa (ITCG) has sought to blame the companies involved for the delay and issued them a show cause notice.
The 17 companies that were awarded different works to set up the IT habitat have been issued notice for failure to fulfill the terms and conditions of the agreement and given 15 days time to re-start the work failing which their contract will be terminated.
The notice points out that the companies were to commence the work within six months and complete the project in a period of two years after signing the agreement, besides it has also been pointed out that the companies have failed to make the payments due to the corporation.
Shipping Minister G K Vasan has blamed the Goa government for the delay in constructing the four-lane highway connecting the Mormugao Port to Verna.
In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, the minister said the project is getting delayed due to the uncooperative attitude of the State government.
The minister has said that the State government has failed to hand over vacant possession of the land on which the highway is to be constructed even though the Goa Bench of Bombay high Court had directed it to do so.
Officials of the Legal Metrology Department booked five cake and pastry outlets for cheating people by selling them less than the claimed weight of cakes and pastries.
According to the officials, these outlets included the weight of the cardboard base on which the cakes and pastries are placed to calculate the weight of the cake even though the cardboard base is not part of the cake.
A cake claimed to be 1 kg in weight actually weighed 75 gms to 150 gms less and hence the outlets were booked for selling less than the claimed quantity to the customers.
The Supreme Court has directed that notices be issued to Goa’s Health Minister Vishwajit Rane and also the government in Goa following the special leave petition filed by Advocate Aires Rodrigues in the threat to kill him.
Adv. Rodrigues had filed the petition challenging the High Court order of 21st July wherein the court had quashed the charge sheet filed against the minister for threatening to kill Adv. Rodrigues holding that Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to threat to kill, was non-cognizable.
In his petition before the Supreme Court, Adv. Rodrigues pleaded that the government cannot arbitrarily issue a notification making Section 506 of IPC non-cognizable.