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Planet-Goa Ties Up With Goafest 2011

Planet-Goa magazine announced its tie-up with the upcoming Goafest 2011 to be held in Goa from 5th to 9th April.
In this context, Planet-Goa will be coming out with a Goafest 2011 special Issue during the festival which will be a part of the delegate kits. Besides, it will also be distributed through its normal and existing distribution channel across the country.

BJP wants Babush sacked, CM decides to wait

Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party demanding the sacking of Babush Monserrate from the ministerial post, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat preferred to tread a cautious path stating that he cannot comment until he get the official version of what exactly transpired.
Speaking to Goa Chronicle.com, Digambar Kamat said he cannot comment on media reports and has to wait for official confirmation of what has exactly happened from the police. “There are conflicting reports, and I need to ascertain the facts,” he said.

Babush Arrested with USD 250,000 in Cash at Mumbai Airport

In another shocking expose GoaChronicle.com has just learnt that early this morning Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate, Minister for Education, Government of Goa was arrested at the Mumbai International Airport while on his journey to Dubai. He was arrested at the immigration and security as it was found that he was carrying USD 250,000 in cash hidden in his suitcase, also another 30 lakhs cash was found in Indian rupees.

Khariwado Displaced Protest In Panjim

Over 250 people displaced by the demolition of their houses at Khariwado, Vasco on Friday evening held a sit-in protest in Panjim late evening demanding that the government give them their land back and refused to accept any rehabilitation package.
The protestors who reached the state capital at around half past 8 demanded that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat meets them. Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Milind Naik who had raised the issue in the House on Thursday told them that the Chief Minister would meet them at Margao the next day.

Finally John Gets Bail

John Fernandes who is accused of raping a Russian girl, was finally granted conditional bail on Friday by the Additional Sessions Judge after spending nearly a year and three months behind bars.
He was asked to furnish a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 along with two separate sureties of the same amount. Besides, John has been asked to surrender his passport to the Investigating Officer if it is not surrendered already and further has been directed not to leave the State of Goa without the Court’s permission.

New, Hasslefree Mediclaim Soon: CM

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat informed the Goa Legislative Assembly on Friday that a new mediclaim scheme was being formulated to ensure that people do not face any problems while availing it. The disclosure came when the House was discussing a Private Member’s Resolution moved by Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Damodar Naik representing the Fatorda constituency.
Damodar Naik had moved the resolution seeking to increase the income limit of those eligible for the Mediclaim scheme from Rs. 1.5 lakhs to Rs. 2.5 lakhs arguing that many genuine cases are rejected because of the lower limit.

Parallel Rly Line From Canacona To Pernem: Dhavalikar

Transport Minister Ramkrishna alias Sudin Dhavalikar announced that the government was considering laying of a parallel railway track along the Konkan Railway Corporation’s line from Canacona to Pernem in a bid to decongest the traffic on the roads.
Replying to the cut motions on demands for Transport Department where the department came in for severe criticism for its failure to decongest the roads in Goa, he said the parallel railway line will be laid through the Konkan Railway Corporation and will provide for requisite rail over and under bridges.

Daya Slams Vishwajit For Ignoring Agriculture

Former agriculture minister Dayanand Narvekar slammed the present Agriculture Minister Vishwajit Rane for transferring the government farm at Chimbel to the Directorate of Health Services and also for neglecting agriculture for the last four years.
Raising the issue during Question Hour of transfer of the Chimbel farm land to Health Services for setting up a health city providing health related activities, he demanded to know under which provisions the same was done further demanded to know why cabinet approval was not taken for the same.

Goa resident asks US Embassy to investigate US trip Visa Documentation

In further development on the ‘Tourism Dept spent Rs 1.35 crore on drinks, pole dancers and disneyland’ expose and its subsequent report ‘Tourism Expose:Lies exposed on air travel plans’; it has been brought to our notice from our highly placed sources in the US Embassy in Delhi; that the Ambassador’s office received a fax copy of a complaint today filed by a resident of Goa asking for the US Embassy officials to investigate the use of fraudulent documents to procure US Visas by delegates who represented the Goa government but were not officially authorised to travel on behalf of the government.

House Committee Recommends Part Demolition Of Rane’s Showroom

The Goa Legislative Assembly’s House Committee in its report submitted to the Assembly has recommended the immediate demolition of the illegal construction carried out by Sai Arnav Developers in Camurlim village and further directed the government to fix responsibility for the lapses committed by officials of Town and Country Planning (TCP) officials.
The order comes following a petition filed before the committee by Sanjeev Raiturker, General Secretary of Citizens’ Welfare Committee after his efforts to get the illegal work at Camurlim stopped by the concerned department.