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Simon Dias: Testimony To Grit & Determination

It was only grit and determination to improve his lot fuelled by his passion for decoration that enabled Simon Dias to jump out of the very poor financial status that he was born in, to emerge today as Goa’s leading prop supplier for all occasions.
Recalling his childhood, the tough days are still very vivid in his memories when he had to work in the evenings in fields and properties to fund his education. After completing the elementary education Simon did various jobs including that of being a motorcycle pilot.

Mother Tongue Reigns

Education Minister Babush Monserrate on Thursday announced that mother tongue will continue to be the medium of instruction at primary school level in Goa. However, he said that each school will be provided with an English teacher to enable the students to learn the language.
Pointing out that the pattern of elementary education in Goa is different from the rest of the country, he said the government had decided to maintain status quo whereby at the primary level, mother tongue will be the medium of instruction while in the middle or upper primary level, i.e from standard five to eight, it will be in English medium.

Babush Promises Education Policy By 11th April

Education Minister Babush Monserrate announced in the House on Thursday that the Education Department has prepared an integrated education policy through experts that maps education in Goa right from the kindergarten level to higher education, which he said will be announced on 11th April.
He said a special technical section has been created in the Education Development Corporation to address the issue of repairs of schools.

Micky Calls For CM’s Ouster

Nationalist Congress Party MLA Micky Pacheco called for the ouster of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat for his failure to recognize English as a medium of instruction at the elementary level.
Speaking on the demand for education in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, he urged the ministers and Congress to show the same zeal they had displayed to prevent his induction in the cabinet to change the chief minister for his failure to meet the aspirations of the people.

Legislators Divided Over Medium of Instructions

The Goa Legislative Assembly saw its members divided over the issue of medium of instruction at the primary level when the demands for Education were being discussed on Thursday. While most of the Congress legislators plugged for recognizing English as the medium of instruction, the Opposition MLAs stuck to mother tongue being the medium of instruction.
Deputy Leader of Opposition Francis D’Souza chose to take a middle line where without making any commitment he advised the government to consult experts on the issue instead of taking a decision hurriedly.

CCP’s Budget Meeting Postponed

Scoring brownie points, the opposition in the Corporation of City of Panjim succeeded in postponing the meeting called to discuss the budget for the next financial year, on grounds that sufficient notice, as envisaged in the law, was not given to the members.
Even as Mayor Yatin Parekh called the meeting to order, the opposition corporators  led by Vaidehi Naik pointed out that seven days notice, as mentioned in the law, was not given to them and therefore the meeting could not be held.

Khariwado Demolition Completed Peacefully

The authorities completed the demolitions in Khariwado within a day without any untoward incident on Thursday. Although 70 structures were identified for demolition only 66 were demolished by the end of the day. While one was spared because it was religious structure, owners of another three managed to get a stay order at the eleventh hour.
The demolitions which commenced at 9:30 am were completed at 5 pm in the presence of a strong police force number over 600.

Opp. Smells Rat In Dropping Land Acquisition Proceedings

Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar while slamming the government for dropping land acquisition proceedings at Dabolim, said it smacked of corruption and further while accusing the government of deliberately delaying the land acquisition policy, demanded that the same be announced immediately.
He said the dropping of land acquisition with regards to 36,800 square metres of land despite objections from the Airport Authority of India smelt of last minute corruption.

Goa’s Population Up By 8%

The provisional figures of Census 2011 indicate that the population of Goa has gone up by 8.17 per cent over the last ten years.As per the figures available, the State’s...

Guv, Public Authority: Information Commissioner

In a landmark decision, Goa State Chief Information Commissioner Motilal Kenny on Thursday held that Governor was a “public authority” and directed the Information Officer to furnish within 30 days the information sought by complainant Aires Rodrigues.
The order was pronounced following a complaint by Aires Rodrigues to the Information Commissioner after the Governor’s office refused to entertain his application under the Right to Information Act, claiming that the Governor was not a public authority and therefore does not come under the purview of the Right to Information Act.