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NIO to Explore Sunken Chinese Ship

The Chinese ship that sank off Galgibaga coast in Canacona taluka around 60 years ago will be explored by a team of National Institute of Oceanography even though most of the things of value in the ship have long been pilfered by the locals.
The Chinese vessel carrying ore from Mormugao Port developed engine problems mid-sea and drifted towards the Galgibaga coast where it ran aground killing 10 of the 23 crew members. Though most of the survivors left for their native country, eight of them stayed back for six years to retrieve and make the vessel navigable and when their efforts failed, they too left for China.

INR 500 Crores From Mining Royalty

The royalty from ore exported from Goa is expected to touch  500 crores, according to officials.While pointing out that in the first half of the year itself, even though mining...

Vishwajit’s Jeet

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane romped home by retaining the Valpoi Assembly constituency with a victory margin of 8,405 votes. While the Congress termed the results as credit to Rane Jr. work in the constituency, opposition BJP said the party had succeeded in retaining its base.

The results came within an hour of the counting process beginning on Thursday morning with Rane polling 11,642 votes against the BJP’s Santosh Haldankar’s 3,237 thereby giving Rane 78.24 per cent of the total votes cast.

Paddy Crop Affected by Rain

The intermittent rain in the last few days has adversely affected the paddy crop in the State with the Agriculture Department stating that 25 per cent of the crop is destroyed which would result in a drop of 20 per cent in production.

Worst affected are the Pernem, Bardez, Canacona and Ponda talukas while the farmers in Salcete, Tiswadi and Mormugao talukas are not that badly affected.

While nearly 70 per cent of the paddy crop in Salcete has already been harvested and in Tiswadi taluka it has nearly been completed. However, in Canacona taluka that is low lying, the paddy crop is quite badly affected.

Respect others

Many are the words and phrases which find no place in the dictionary of the modern generation. Respect for others could be said to be one of them. “That old chap is a nut” or “That old fool is so boring and silly” are comments that we often hear of youngsters making to their friends. The old chap could be a grandfather or an old uncle and that old fool could be a teacher or professor. These words were hardly used by our parents in their younger days. Irrespective of the material status or personal merits, every elder, be it a neighbour, an uncle or a teacher, commanded respect owing to their age.

Petition Seeking De-Reservation of Pernem Ward Filed

Resident of Pernem Shekhar Govind Pednekar on Wednesday filed a petition before the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court seeking de-reservation of ward No. 9 in Pernem Municipal Council for Scheduled Tribe and instead reserving it for Scheduled Caste.

In his petition, Shekhar argued that of the 469 registered voters in Ward No. 9, 225 belong to the Scheduled Caste while the number of Scheduled Tribe voters in the ward is negligible.

HC Directs Govt. To Name Officers to Handle Sound Pollution

The Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Goa government to name officers to deal with complaints pertaining to sound pollution and asked it to submit details of the officers including their phone numbers by next week when the case will be taken up.

The direction came following Calangute Police Inspector Nolasco Raposo’s submission before the court that as per Section 2 of the Madhya Pradesh Prevention of Noise Pollution Act that is made applicable to Goa, an officer higher than the rank of Police Inspector has to handle complaints pertaining to noise pollution.