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No Century, but Victory

Verender Sehwag led India to a six wicket win against Sri Lanka at the on going tri-series but was denied a century though he had crossed that mark only because it was a no ball.

India needed just five runs to win and Sehwag who was at the crease, just one ball to score a century. Suraj Randiv bowling the 35th over gave four byes and then two dot balls. His next was a big no-ball which Sehwag smashed outside the boundary but since it was a no-ball his score remained at 99.

Sobhraj too hot for lawyers

Although he can buy moderate comforts for himself in the jail in Kathmandu, Charles Sobhraj is finding it difficult to find a lawyer to represent him particularly after his lawyer and to be mother in law Shakuntala Thapa was held guilty for contempt of court.

The 66-year old Charles Sobhraj who run to freedom ended after he was arrested at O Coqueiro while holidaying in Goa, cannot find a lawyer to work on a fresh application to review the Supreme Court’s decision finding him guilty of murdering an American tourist in 1975.

China overtakes Japan

China has surpassed Japan to become the world’s second largest economy behind the United States of America according to government figures. Although this was expected, it is now evident that China’s ascendance as a global player is for real and it is the new economic superpower.

This was established on Monday when Japan said that its economy was valued at about $1.28 trillion which was a little below China’s economy that was valued at $1.33. It is now believed that this spurt in China’s economy will last throughout the financial year.

Setback for Goa’s Golden Jubilee Dev Council

Barely a day after it was constituted, the Golden Jubilee Development Council set up by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, suffered a set back with its member Girish Karnad resigning from it in protest against the government’s functioning.

Noted playwright and accomplished actor, Mr. Karnad resigned from the panel to protest against the Goa government’s failure to protect art and artiste’s freedom in the wake of the cancellation of the exhibition of Dr. Jose Pereira.

GTDC ropes in Lorna

Goa Tourism appears to have taken up the challenge to market the State aggressively in the face of competition not only from other states in the country but also other Asian nations.

After having roped in Bollywood’s rising star Prachi Desai as a brand ambassador, Goa Tourism Development Council has now signed the iconic Konkani singer Lorna to promote Goa Tourism.

While garbage gathers, MMC flounders

Margao Municipal Council has for the last many years been floundering over handling its garbage. What began as a garbage dumping site in the early 80s at Sonsddo when the place was a valley, has over the years turned into a hillock comprising of only garbage. And as the hillock grew in size the city fathers began crumbling under its weight.

What has emerged now appears to be that the Margao Municipal Council does not have the will to tackle the garbage problem and is acting mechanically to address this problem and whenever it suits them uses Sonsddo to justify its inaction.

Centre orders probe into illegal mining

The Union Cabinet at its meeting on 16th August 2010, ordered a probe into illegal mining following complaints from various States including Goa.
Illegal mining got a shot in the arm as the demand for low grade iron ore shot up in China and anybody and everybody got into the business. In Goa, illegal mining has been grabbing headlines for more than two years now.

Married men defeat bachelor boys

Married men won the inaugural Football match organized by Youth of Chandrawaddo, Fatorda on the occasion of Independence Day yesterday. At the end of the 40 minutes play time, not...

MPs to get higher pay

Despite an all party consensus to hike the salary of MPs, the Union Cabinet today deferred a decision on this as a result of which the Bill scheduled to be introduced in the Parliament this week will be deferred.

At the moment an MP gets Rs. 16,000 as a monthly salary while a secretary to the government is paid Rs. 80,000 per month. Given this disparity, it was proposed to increase the MPs salary to at least Rs. 50,000 per month.

India needs independence from Corruption

The nation celebrated its 64th Independence day yesterday and though India is shinning that all is not well within the country is evident when Goa Chronicle asked a few people what independence meant to them. Significantly, while the older generation is disillusioned the younger generation is frustrated and corruption appears to be the main concern.

For Sadanand Gaonkar from Nagorcem, Canacona who participated in the freedom struggle it is unfortunate that people are