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45 % Vote by Noon in Valpoi

Although the rains played spoilsport dampening many a voter’s spirits, by 12 noon around 43 per cent of the total 17,920 voters in the constituency had exercised their franchise. The...

ITM – International Time-Pass Mart!

Not taking away the intention of the GTDC towards organizing the International Travel Mart 2010, it was a brilliant idea and a fantastic opportunity to showcase Goa to the global audience; but as always we failed in the most basic of responsibility – proper planning and timing.

Let’s take the statement issued to the media about Amitabh Kant attending the ITM Goa as a keynote speaker, for the uninitiated Amitabh Kant was one of the key government officials behind the Incredible India campaign. When I spoke to Amitabh Kant he simple mentioned that GTDC officials and their representatives had approached him but he never confirmed or committed to the attendance, though he would have loved to be there, he had prior commitments. In the end we had to settle for Pradip Madhavji a well-known respected personality in the travel trade but not a man of substance that could command a ‘Wow Factor’ – though his sex anecdotes certainly did.

ITM Comes To An End

Curtains came down on Sunday on the International Travel Mart – Goa and the four-day  event did help some businesses while its full impact will be known in months to come.

Going by the business generated, the buyer-seller intermingling helped the 114-year old Sandu Group of Companies expand its horizons across the borders of India to crack deals to set up its wellness and ayurvedic treatment centres in Oman, Dubai and South Africa besides, Gujarat in India.

GC Tarot Card Reader’s Predictions On Valpoi Polls

Even as Valpoi goes to polls today to decide who will be its MLA – Vishwajit Rane of the Congress or Santosh Halarnkar of the BJP, Goa Chronicle’s Tarot Card reader Kiran Gupta has the following to say on the results.

Vishwajit Pratap Singh Rane (23rd March)

This dynamic, yet soft-spoken candidate from Congress shows a lot of enthusiasm over the oncoming Elections. Valpoi is his territory where he sees himself taking charge of the situations. Truly a people’s man, he has inherited the making of a ruler from his fore fathers.

Areal Villagers Cancel Communidade Auction

Villagers of Sao Jose de Areal under the banner of Schedule Tribes Association forced the Curtorim Communidade to call off the auction of hills in the village for extraction of black metal and setting up of stone crushers.

As the auction was scheduled to be held on Sunday morning at Curtorim Communidade’s office in Curtorim, a large crowd of villagers from Sao Jose de Areal held a peaceful demonstration outside the office with placards and slogan shouting.

Campaigning Ends, Networking Starts in Valpoi

Campaigning in the Valpoi assembly constituency came to an end on Saturday evening even as party workers began networking with key voters to garner as many votes as possible for their candidates.
The constituency goes to poll on Monday with only two candidates in the fray – Health Minister Vishwajit Rane fielded by the Indian National Congress and Santosh Halarnkar of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Although campaigning has come to end, party workers of both the Congress and BJP were over-active in networking with key voters who control chunks of votes and swing those votes in their favour and both the camps were leaving no stone unturned to improve the chances of their respective candidates.

Narkasur Contest in City, But Next Year Elsewhere

The District authorities have permitted narkasur vadd competitions to be held in the heart of the city this year but have declared that in 2011 all celebrations will be held on the periphery of Margao.
Against the background of the bomb explosion last year a few minutes before the competition was scheduled to commence in Margao, the district authorities have taken a very serious view of the security concerns.
This year however, they have permitted the organizers to conduct their competitions in the heart of the city which are normally held in front of the Collectorate building and in the Municipal square.

Brand Goa, Nobody’s Child: Experts

That Goa has emerged to be a prime tourist destination by default and not by design was very lucidly highlighted at the knowledge session on “Marketing Fundamentals: Makeover for Band Goa” held on the Saturday at the International Travel Mart – Goa.
Experts giving various examples and very often quoting from the publicity material to promote tourism in Goa, pointed out that Brand Goa does not have an owner or custodian, does not have a colour or symbol, nor does it have a baseline or a tagline.
The ball was set rolling by Mehzad Mustaf who presented the findings of a research done in several countries covering many cities and regions with people who had visited Goa. Goa continues to be a land of sea and party and the real Goa with its myriad facets like eco-tourism in the hinterland, turtle nesting sites, heritage sites, etc. are not even heard of by most visitors, he said.