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Georgina’s Flip Flops Continue

Late Cipriano Fernandes’ girlfriend Georgina Nunes while deposing before the Judicial Magistrate First Class reiterated that Cipriano died due to the beating he received from the police and further stated that police had tried to pressurize her to retract her statement.
Deposing before the JMFC after giving quite a few hearings a miss on medical grounds, she said that after she had given her statement to the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Police Constable Sandip Shirvaikar visited her at her residence and asked her to change her statement.

It’s A Case Of Sour Grapes For Micky

Having read the signals clearly at last, Micky Pacheco returned to Goa empty handed after camping unsuccessfully in the national capital to prevail upon his party leadership to either re-instate him as a minister in the Goa cabinet or withdraw support to the Digambar Kamat led government.
Micky held three rounds of talks with Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar and while earlier he maintained that things were moving in the right direction, after the last round of talks on Wednesday, in what can be termed a case of “sour grapes” he said he was not interested in becoming a minister.

3-D Planetarium at Miramar

With the Goa Science Centre embarking upon construction of a 3-D planetarium at the cost of around Rs 76 lakhs within its premises at Miramar, star grazers will have something new to experience.
The planetarium with a seating capacity of 50 is expected to be ready within the next eight months and will conduct regular sky shows for people.
The project is funded by State and Central government on 50:50 basis and is aimed at being an additional infrastructure for tourists visiting the state.

Four constables of Escort Cell Suspended

Four constables of the escort cell of Goa police, deputed at Sada sub jail in Vasco town near here, were today suspended for dereliction of duty in two different incidents related to undertrials, police said.
Two constables were suspended after a gangster Michael Fernandes, who had allegedly confessed to taking up “contract” to kill state Home Minister Ravi Naik’s son, fled from the judicial custody while on his way to medical check up on Tuesday evening, police said. Michael, arrested in September, 2010, made good the escape at Chicalim junction, 20 km from Panaji, by jumping from the window of a police escort van and disappearing on a motorcycle that followed the van while being transported to Goa Medical College, Bambolim, near here, officials said.

Kamat, Churchill In Delhi To Discuss National Highway Issue

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat air dashed to the national capital and also summoned PWD Minister as the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) had reportedly rejected the state government’s demand on the national highway in Goa.
It may be recalled that the NHAI proposal to widen NH-17 and NH-4A passing through Goa had met with stiff opposition from the locals.

Quizmaster Avinash Mudaliar To Conduct WIZBIZ 2011

Goa Institute of Management (GIM) will hold its annual corporate quiz WIZBIZ on 26th February in association with TATA Motors.
With the aim of increasing an industry-institute interaction, the quiz is organized every year by MECCA, the marketing club at GIM. The event brings together members of the corporate world from diverse industries for an evening of fierce intellectual competition, providing the audience with an evening high on learning and enjoyment.

Fugdi-Dhalo Festival On 13th March

To boost Goan culture and traditions, the Government of Goa through Directorate of Art and Culture has organised Fugdi-Dhalo festival at four places on 13th March 2011. Fugdi-Dhalo is a traditional folk art form presented by women in many parts of over the state.
The festival will be at Shree Mahadev Temple, Tamdi Surla, Sanguem; Shree Chandreshwar Bhutnath Sansthan, Parvat, Paroda, Quepem; Shree Sateri Devastan Shel, Siolim, Bardez and Shree Devki Krishna Ravalnath Temple, Marcel, Ponda.

Delta Corp continues its Goa focus; now acquires Marvel Resorts

Even though Delta Corp is currently under cloud for its illegal Casino Royale operations and its link to the Peninsula Land group – one of the main real estate developers in the SEZ Land Scam – the group continues to move ahead with its business focus in Goa; it recent progress being the acquisition of Marvel Resorts.
Delta Corp Limited through its subsidiary Delta Hospitality and Leisure Pvt Ltd has acquired aorund 67-100% stake in Marvel Resorts Pvt Ltd for upto Rs 54 Cr.

Offence of negligence registered against operator of MV Noor IV

The Calangute police have registered an offence of negligence against the captain and vessel operator of the barge MV Noor IV that sank in the deep seas about six nautical miles off the Panaji coast late Sunday night.
One crew member, Gauranga Mondal, a native of Kolkata who had gone missing when the 25-year-old, 1,100-tonne barge sank, is yet to be traced.
It may be recalled that the incident occurred around 11 pm on Sunday, when MV Noor IV which had carried its cargo of iron ore fines from the Cotombi loading point in Quepem taluka, was tied alongside another loaded barge, Maitriyani, on the port side of a Russian bulk carrier DD Vigor.

Pollution Control Board finds grease in Comba wells

The fears of Comba residents about their wells being contaminated with a fuel-like substance have proved to be true. The analysis report of the water samples taken by the Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB) has confirmed the presence of oil and grease in the wells. While the samples of the water of two wells were found to have oil and grease contaminants to the extent of 6 mg/l, the third sample contained oil and grease contamination of 5mg/l. There are no permissible levels for oil and grease in drinking water.