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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.

Youth Below 21 Years Banned From Casinos

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today assured the House that the government will bring about a legislation within two months banning the entry of youth below the age of 21 years into casinos.
It may be recalled that the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party had tabled a Private Member’s Bill seeking a ban on locals from the casinos operating in the State on grounds that its destroys not only the social fabric of the state but also ruins families as youngsters get addicted to gambling.

Mauvin Accuses Navy Of Grabbing Land

Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho accused the Indian Navy of holding land around the Dabolim airport that actually does not belong to them thereby affecting the expansion of the airport.
He pointed out that the Indian Navy has not yet handed over 2.5 acres of land as promised to the Airport Authorities of India (AAI). The land was required by AAI for expansion of the airport and though the Navy had agreed to hand over this land, it has failed to do so till date, he said.

Khariwado Demolition Begins, Vasco Bandh Partial

The demolition of 70 structures at Khariwado began on Thursday morning in the presence of a strong police force that acted as a deterrent to any untoward incident. The Vasco bandh called for by residents of Khariwado evoked partial response as many of the establishments refused to down their shutters.
Although initially, 87 structures were identified to be demolished, owners of 17 of them including Clemente D’Souza who is the brother of Revenue Minister Philip D’Souza managed to get a stay from the Administrative Tribunal on 29th March.

Travel Expose: Lies exposed on air travel plans

Both the Chief Secretary and Minister for Tourism, Goa has on the tourism expose issue stated categorically that they have travelled by economy class and within the government stipulated norms. GoaChronicle.com exposes these lies…

Tourism Minister Speaks On US Trip

Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar while admitting that he does not really know whether Rajesh Kale was officially part of the team that went to USA to promote Goa as a tourist destination, however asserted that he not breached any protocol or did anything inappropriate.
Speaking to Goa Chronicle.com, he said that he travelled economy class to USA and back and that he stayed in hotels as permitted by the rules. “Even when we travel to Delhi if there is no place in Goa Sadan, ministers stay in five star hotels and that is what I did in USA,” he said.