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Goa To Lose IFFI?

Following Yash Chopra’s lament that Goa has not risen to the occasion to host the IFFI as no new infrastructure has been created for this mega event since it was first shifted to Goa in 2004, officials of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry are now thinking of relocating the International Film Festival of India.
Over the last seven years, Goa has failed to live up to the expectation of making the International Film Festival of India into Cannes Festival by attracting ‘film tourists’ and this has made the ministry officials do a rethink on Goa being the permanent venue.

Margao Traders Flex Muscle


Margao New Market Traders Association have threatened to launch an agitation if the road along the pick-up stand road is not kept open for parking and demanded the immediate removal of signboards erected demarcating that area as ‘Parking for Two Wheelers Only’.
The Association President Vinod Shirodkar argued that traders in the market would face not only hardships, but also financial loss if they are not allowed to park their four-wheelers along that road as they have been doing for years now.
He pointed out that if the road is earmarked for two-wheeler parking then the traders would not be able to park the vehicles supplying them their goods and this would create a lot of hardships and also financial loss to them.

Churchill’s Letter Unlikely to Help Rahejas

The Town & Country Planning Department has insisted that M/s K Raheja first show the 10-metre wide access to their property in Carmona before undertaking any secondary development of the land thereby rejecting the Mumbai-based company’s application for permission to construct bungalows.
The Rajeha project in Carmona has been in the eye of a storm with the locals objecting to the project on various grounds and the issue has resulted in heated discussions at the gram Sabha where one even turned violent.

SEZ Land Scam: Luzinho, Rane, Sequeira Crucify Goa


Pratapsingh Rane – the then Chief Minister of Goa, Luzinho Faleiro – the then Minister for Industries and Alexio Sequeira – the then Minister for Power as well as director of the Goa Industrial Development Corporation; were the three ministers who intentionally favored the allotment of government lands to certain applicants, who in reality were merely real estate brokers, by circumventing certain established guidelines. By  issuing letters of recommendations favoring some applicants and endorsing a decision at an illegal meeting, they have caused a loss of crores of rupees to the public exchequer, which amount will hopefully be quantified by the Public Accounts Committee.

Centre Moves To Denotify SEZ

Close on the heels of the High Court squashing the order of allotment of land to SEZ promoters in Goa, the Centre on Thursday moved towards denotifying the three SEZ in Goa, disclosed Rajya Sabha Member from Goa Shantaram Naik.
Shantaram Naik called on Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Thursday afternoon and informed him that the matter pertaining to SEZ in Goa which was pending in the court was decided.

Bengali Film Bags Top Honour at IFFI 2010

After nearly a decade, an Indian film bagged the top honour at the International Film Festival of India when Gautam Ghose’s movie Moner Manush was awarded the prestigious Golden Peacock award
An Indo-Bengal production, Moner Manush is the screen adaptation of Sunil Gangopadhyay’s novel that is based on the life of Lalon Fakir, a revered fakir whose poetry are considered to be classics. Popular Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterji essayed the role of Lalon in the movie which was premiered at IFFI 2010.
After receiving the award from chief guest Saif Ali Khan, Gautam Ghose said his film was about tolerance, religion, politics and culture and hoped that this recognition will encourage more Indo-Bengal films.

Vishwajit Stopped By Court

The Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court on Thursday gave reprieve to a 70-year old man who was reportedly being harassed by Health Minister Vishwajit Rane only because the former refused to sell his property at Dona Paula to Rane Jr. by ordering a stay on the construction of a compound wall undertaken by the minister as it was blocking access to the petitioner’s bungalow.
The petitioner Antonio F do Rosario alleged that he was being harassed by Vishwajit since he refused to sell his plot that is adjacent to the property purchased by the minister. Antonio pleaded that the minister was abusing his position to direct government officials to harass him and further alleged that the minister demolished the old house in his property to construct a new one without any license and even occupied the bungalow without obtaining an occupancy certificate.

I Am Not Affiliated To Any Politician Or Political Party: Hubert

 “Presently, I am not affiliated to any politician or any political party. I want to contest elections as peoples’ candidate,” said Dr. Hubert Gomes, addressing a press conference in Margao on Thursday.
Speaking about the forthcoming elections, he said while he will definite contest, whether it will be as an independent or as a party candidate will be decided by a committee of eminent persons from the constituency that will be constituted shortly.
When asked about joining any party, he said, “I have no plans as yet. It all depends on the committee. Few days back when my photographs with Micky Pacheco appeared in the local newspapers, people got a notion that I am associated with him, which is not true. But I don’t rule out any possibilities.”