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Nitin Kuncolienkar Stands Up For Goa

Nitin Kuncolienkar, the immediate past president of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry boldly stood up for Goa to demolish the pre-conceived notions of metropolis based honchos have of the State based on the half truths told to them by their clients at the knowledge session titled “Goa Tourism – Investment Opportunities” held on Saturday at the International Travel Mart – Goa.
The pitch was set up by the moderator for the session Vijay Thacker, Director of Horwath HTL India who drawing comparisons with Phuket in Thailand and even Dubai said Goa was woefully short on hotel rooms to accommodate the very many tourists just waiting to visit it.
Chief Executive Officer of Duet India Hotels, Dilip Puri said investors were wary of Goa because of the licensing regime and more importantly because of the lack of proper titles to property.

Satardekar Threatens to Agitate Over Mining Bypass


MLA representing Curchorem constituency Shyam Satardekar opined that the third phase of the bypass for mining industry should be undertaken in one go instead of the proposed piece meal approach and threatened to come on the streets if the work is not completed expeditiously.
Speaking to presspersons he said that though the mining activities are in Sanguem Taluka, the transportation of ore is centered in Quepem Taluka causing severe problems to the inhabitants of the latter, he said.

Scarlett’s Case Hearing Postponed

The hearing of Scarlett Keeling’s death case has been postponed to 17th October following the defense lawyer’s claim to study the order rejecting his claim that some pages from the diary of the victim were missing.
The defense lawyer Jos Peter D’Souza who is representing Placido Carvalho said he wanted to challenge the order dismissing his claim only after studying it.
Scarlett’s diary has been cited as an important piece of evidence by the prosecution.

Goan Haj Pilgrims to Depart on 25th October

Muslims from Goa going for the Haj pilgrimage will depart from the State on 25th October according to officials of the State government.The pilgrims are requested to take the vaccines...

Truck Owners Threaten to Stay Off Roads

The South Goa Progressive Truck Owners Association has threatened to keep their vehicles off the roads for an indefinite period if their demands for increase in rates is not met by 25th October.
Addressing media persons Prakash Raut Dessai, president of the association said they have asked for a rate of  20 per tone, which is four times the rate at which the truck operators are paid presently.
The association has also decided not to load the vehicles with more than 10 tonnes of ore per trip, he said pointing out that fines levied by the Transport Department for excess load has to be paid by the truck owners without the mine owners bearing the burden.

Casinos, Major Attraction at ITM-Goa

Even as casinos are in full strength at the venue hosting Goa’s first International Travel Mart, officials were coy about them and clarified that the government was not promoting casino tourism.
Goa Tourism Development Corporation Managing Director Nikhil Dessai even asserted that casinos do not feature in the official promotional matter prepared by the government.
This despite the fact that Goa is the only State in the country that has off-shore casinos which do attract visitors as evident from the fact that gaming tables put by the casino operators in Goa at the ITM venue attract large crowds.

Tourism Industry Wants CRZ Relaxed

The need to amend the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification to suit the needs of tourism industry was the main focus at the Knowledge Session on ‘West Coast Tourism – Synergy Between States’ held on Friday at the International Travel Mart – Goa.
Managing Director of Maharashtra Tourism Development Board, Kiran Kurundkar lamented that while Goa and Kerala has got some relaxation from the notification, other coastal states that did not promote coastal tourism are caught in a bind now.
Kiran Kurundkar made a very strong plea for other coastal states from the Western coast like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka along with Goa and Kerala to pitch for a re-consideration of the CRZ Notification from the tourism perspective.

Yadav Issued Show Cause Notice

The Electoral Registration Officer for Vasco Assembly constituency Levinson Martins has issued a Show Cause Notice to Kashinath Yadav seeking his explanation as to why his name should not be struck of the electoral rolls in Goa.
The action follows an expose in a local daily that revealed that Kashinath Yadav who is the Deputy Chairperson of Mormugao Municipal Council and contesting the civic polls again, is a registered voter in two other constituencies in Uttar Pradesh.

GBA Ultimatum to Govt.

The Goa Bachao Abhiyan on Thursday served a 15-day ultimatum to the government to meet its demand failing which it said they would bring about a change in the government.
A memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister’s official residence reiterated GBA’s demand to immediately notify the eco-sensitive zones like steep slopes, paddy fields, forested areas, mangroves, wetlands and lakes and ponds.
Besides GBA also demanded a notification honouring the decision of the Gram Sabha’s of Village Panchayat 3 status that opted for 50 FAR. Both these demands have to be met by 29th October, said GBA convenor Sabina Martins.