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RP 2021 for Pernem, Canacona Approved

Even as the Goa Bachao Abhiyan threatened to launch another agitation to get the Regional Plan 2021 notified, the Town and Country PLannign Board on Monday approved the Regional Plan for the two extreme border talukas of Goa – Pernem and Canacona.
The plans for these two talukas were approved after a marathon two and a half hour long meeting and will now be sent to the Government for its nod.

Boulder Hits KRC Train, 17 Passengers Injured

In a freak accident a boulder crashed into the Mangalore-Mumbai Matsyagandha Express train on Monday evening injuring around 17 passengers who were rushed to the Karwar Hospital.
The accident occurred at around 7 pm between Harwad and Karwar when the huge boulder rolled down to hit three bogies of the train. The train chugged into the Karwar railway station from where the injured persons were taken to the hospital.
Sources informed that at least three of the passengers were critically injured and some of them are likely to be shifted either to Goa Medical College Hospital at Bambolim, Goa or Manipal Hospital at Udipi, Karnataka.

SC Grants Lyndon Anticipatory Bail

The Supreme Court on Monday granted Lyndon Monteiro anticipatory bail in the Nadia Torrado case being investigated by the Crime Branch of Goa Police.
The Court while asking the State to provide evidence necessitating Lyndon’s custody has however, permitted the State to move the court for custody if it finds any new evidence requiring him to be taken into custody.
The Crime Branch’s prayer not to reveal details of the investigation on grounds that it would vitiate the investigations, was not upheld by the Court that granted the Accused anticipatory bail.

Chandor Voters Upset With Electoral Roll

The summary revision of electoral rolls underway has upset voters from two wards of Cavorim Chandor village forming part of the Cuncolim Assembly constituency as they have been registered in a different part.
Around 450 voters from Culsabhat and Igorjebhat wards of the village have indeed suffered the mortification of being treated like ping pong balls shifted from one place to another.
Initially voters from these two wards were enrolled in Part 4 of Cavorim Chandor village and used to vote at the polling booth set up in the Panchayat office.

Good Response for Citizen Journalism Course

Citizens not only from Goa but also from Delhi, Karnataka and Tamilnadu have shown enormous enthusiasm for the first Citizen Journalism Course which will begin in Goa on 12th November.
Eminent speakers from Goa and Mumbai will be a part of this three day workshop which is organised jointly by the JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism and Goa Union of Journalists. This is the first of its kind course on Citizen Journalism being conducted in India.
 The workshop will be held at the Inspectorate of Factories and Boilers (IFB), Altinho, Panjim and will begin at 8.30 am on 12th November.

Big Real Estate Developers Shying Away From Goa

Owing to persistent activism from the locals, delayed and corrupt mode of authoritative functioning for licensing and legal process, the growing extortion efforts from some locals in connivance with politicians and most of all the failure to regularize the real estate brokers’ working parameters are leading many real estate developers the likes of DB Realty, Emaar, Unitech, DLF to relook their proposed development plans in Goa.

NCP State President Resigns

Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza on Sunday resigned as Nationalist Congress Party’s State President. He faxed his resignation letter to the NCP National President and Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar and General Secretary and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel. Jose Philip was appointed as the party president on 29th July this year.
He did not disclose the reasons for resigning from the post but said that he did so due to internal problems. He further assured that he will work for the betterment of the party and cooperate with the successor to make the party stronger in the state.

Stringent Visa Regulations Forcing Russians Out

The tourism industry experts revealed that Russian travelers prefer to shift their base out of Goa due to stringent visa rules in India that restrict their vacation here. Russians, the second largest group of tourists coming to Goa have preferred Sri Lanka, Thailand and other countries to spend their vacations.
Russian Consulate representative Vikram Verma said that earlier many Russians used to be in Goa during the winter season. “They used to arrive in Goa in November and stay till March or April, when the temperature in their country drops to minus degree Celsius.” He said.

Goan Beaches to be Smoke Free?

Goan beaches are likely to be no smoking zone with Miramar beach off Panjim being the first one. The Directorate of Health Services has submitted a proposal to make the Miramar beach a no smoking zone.
Being close to the capital city, Miramar beach attracts quite a number of visitors which include a substantial number of locals living in its vicinity. By virtue of being a relatively small beach, it is easier to manage and that is the reason why the no smoking at beaches is sought to be implemented here first.

Influential People Scuttling Nadia Probe: Crime Branch

The Crime Branch in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court pleaded that influential people in Goa are scuttling the probe into the unnatural death of Nadia Torrado who was acknowledged to be a close family friend of former Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco.
The 14-page affidavit, according to reports in the local media, was filed in connection with the bail application moved by Lyndon Monteiro who was the personal assistant to Micky then and is also one of the main accused in the case.