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Dhanteras Brought Rapid Car Sales

Dhanteras, which is the beginning of the Diwali festival, saw a huge sale of automobiles and jewellery in Goa this year.
Two weeks prior to Diwali festival, automobile dealers in Goa observed an increased demand for their cars. Volkswagen Goa General Manager Manguesh Dalvi said that sales during this period have gone up to 90 vehicles with a waiting list of more than 20 cars. The fastest moving was the Polo, followed by Jetta and the Volkswagen Beetle.

Chandor Villagers Support GBA Demand

Resolve to Call MLA to Village to Accept Memo

Villagers from Cavorim-Chandor and Guirdolim at a meeting held on Friday unanimously demanded that the local MLA and Urban Development Minister be called to the village to listen to their grievances where they would ask him to press the government for immediate notification of the Goa Regional Plan 2021.
Sarpanchas of  both the village Derrick Braganza Pereira of Cavorim Chandor and Jose Antao of Guirdolim agreed to arrange the minister’s meeting to the village where besides the Regional Plan, other developmental projects and problems faced by the villagers would be discussed.

The demand came after Sabina Martins, GBA convenor explained to the people how their organization was formed and also explained in detail the reason why the natural topography of a village has to be maintained not only because of environment but also to protect the village identity which is being diluted due to large scale migration of people from other states.

Festival of Lights Ushered In with Enthusiasm

Notwithstanding the intermittent rains and pushing behind the grisly memories of last year’s bomb blast at Margao, large number of people turned up to view the Narkasur competition at different places in Margao in Goa.
Although the turnout – in terms of competing effigies and crowd – was less that the previous years at Margao, the enthusiasm amongst those gathered was quite high making the competition organized by Solid Party at Margao a success that has obliterated the horrible memories of last year when two youngsters died in a bomb explosion.

First Direct Haj Flight From Goa Takes Off

The first direct flight from Goa taking pilgrims to the Haj is scheduled to take off at around 1 pm on Friday from the Dabolim airport.
The flight has been delayed by 11 days due to the damage to the runway at Dabolim after a tanker carrying aviation fuel overturned.
Haj pilgrims were felicitated at a function held at Vasco on Thursday where Chief Minister Digambar Kamat while thanking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel for enabling this direct flight also appreciated the initiate taken by MP Francisco Sardinha.

Government Gazette in Braille

Goa became the first State in India to publish its official government notification the Official Gazette in Braille for the benefit of the visually handicapped readers.
After inaugurating the Braille embosser which will print the Official Gazette on demand, Minister for Printing Aleixo Sequeira announced that it would be provided free of cost to visually handicapped Goans while for commercial establishments and educational institutes the same would be provided at a nominal cost.
The Official Gazette that is published every Thursday giving people information about various government policies and other related matters, will be converted into Braille within a few minutes following the special software developed by Modular Private Ltd.

Photo Identity Compulsory For Hotel Guests

South Goa Collector G P Naik vide a notification has made it mandatory for hotel management to demand a photo identity of every guest checking into their premises.
Smart Cards, Election Identity Cards, PAN cards or any other card having a photograph and issued by a recognized authority should be provided by the guests and the same should be shown to police by the hotel management whenever demanded. In case of foreign nationals, ‘C’ forms will have to be furnished.
Contravention of this order will attract punishment under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code which attracts imprisonment for a period ranging from one to six months and/or a fine ranging from  200 to  1,000.

Matanhy Slams Jairam Ramesh

Former minister Matanhy Saldanha who has been spearheading the movement to protect fishermen’s houses from demolition under the Coastal Regulation Zone in Goa slammed Union Minister of State for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh for his statements regarding illegalities in Goa.
Jairam Ramesh while participating in a debate over the Adarsh Colony in Mumbai on a national news channel said that in Goa there are around 8,000 illegal structures along the coastline which are in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone.
Matanhy asserted that most of the structures belonging to the fishing community and other traditional occupations like toddy tappers, which are on the coastline were in existence long before the Coastal Regulation Zone notification came into effect and hence cannot be said to be illegal.

National Press Day on 16th November

The National Press Day held on 16th November will be on the theme “Media and Corporate World: Challenges and Opportunities” with Swati Deshpande, Law Editor, Times of India, Mumbai delivering the key note address.
While Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will be the Chief Guest, Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava and Secretary Information Narendra Kumar will also be present for the function.
The National Press Day organized in Goa by the Department of Information and Publicity along with Goa Editors Guild and Goa Union of Journalists will be held at Kala Academy’s Black Box from 10 am onwards.

NCP Crisis Unresolved

The crisis in the state Nationalist Congress Party unit remained unresolved President Jose Philip is firm on relinquishing the post and the party high command is not inclined to hand it over to Micky Pacheco.

Both the legislators had marathon meetings with NCP General Secretary and Goa in charge Prakash Bhinsale on Wednesday, but a solution eluded them.

Jose Philip is now scheduled to leave for Delhi to meet Party President Sharad Pawar and hand over his resignation as President to him.

Traditional Fair Hawkers Get Relief

Goan Traditional Fair Hawkers Association was permitted to set up stalls for two days along the road in front of the old fish market behind the Margao Municipal building thereby giving them much relief.

Every year, the hawkers used to set up stalls around the Pimpalkatta to sell various items related to Diwali celebrations. The wares included akashkandeels, divyas, decorative lights and even rice flakes (fov) and puffed rice (chirmuleo).