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Politics of Religion!

“The people of Salcete are known to hire buffoons to lead them and in most cases they will be Christian buffoons,” expressed one over enthusiastic Hindu media personality from Canacona. While that it might be true to some extent; the fact is that the people of Salcete normally have a slightly bent mind and chose thugs as their leaders year after year; take a look at Benaulim for that matter. But is that not an issue with most constituencies in Goa, irrespective of the religion.
So I asked my esteemed acquaintance tell me something, is it not true that your previous MLA – Sanjay Banderkar –  a Hindu politician has a ‘No- Entry to Heaven’ tag around his neck.

NH Expansion: Authorities Revise Plan

No Solution Offered Says Manohar
Although the re-survey undertaken by the National highways Authority of India and Public Works Department, Goa has reduced the number of houses to be demolished for widening the National Highways in the State, people are not satisfied and insisted on re-routing the highways through the hinterland.
Following protests from all quarters against the proposed widening of National Highways as it would affect hundreds of houses, a re-survey was conducted and at places where the National Highway passes through settlements, the width has been reduced from 45 mts to 35 mts.

It’s Sports Day Today

Sunday 24th October 2010 will be long remembered in the sporting annals of Goa as on this day to major events related to sports take place. While Goans eagerly await the results of the much hyped elections of Goa Football Association’s new Managing Committee, the world will be watching the third and final One Day International Cricket match between India and Australia being played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda.
Given the fact that football is the passion of Goans, most of them are eagerly watching the elections of the new managing committee of GFA where leading industrialist Srinivas Dhempo is vying for the top post of this organization against Peter Vaz.

Victory to Villagers, IDC Drops Acquisition Plan

In a major victory to village groups opposing indiscriminate land acquisition by the government and its various authorities, the Goa Industrial Development Corporation decided to drop its plan to acquire 14.5 lakh square metres of land.
Faced with stiff opposition from the villagers of Nagoa, Verna, Loutolim, Cortalim and Quelossim that came together under the banner of Voice of Villagers to object to GIDC’s acquisition of additional 14.5 lakh square metres of land, the Corporation decided to drop the proposal.
GIDC Chairman Chandrakant Kavlekar said that GIDC initially had proposed to acquire only 2,33,900 square metres for expansion of the Verna Industrial Estate.

46 Chikungunya Cases in a Week

Last week from 16th October to 22nd October as many as 46 of the 91 samples tested positive for Chikungunya thereby taking the total number of these cases in the current calendar years to 532.
The highest number of cases last week were from Curchorem where eight tested positive followed by Aldona where seven tested positive and six were positive in Canacona.
The break up of other positive cases is: 4 each  in Corlim and Mapusa, 3 from Sanquelim, 2 each from Ponda, Margao, Panjim and Valpoi and one each from Cortalim, Cansarvanem, Candolim, Colvale, Balli and Marcaim.

Dabolim Airport Functioning Without Licence?

The Dabolim airport in Goa is apparently functioning without a valid licence according to a report in the local media which quoted a national news channel.According to the report, seven...

Lucasinho Ribeiro: Father of Konkani Tiatr (Tiatrancho Pai)

Lucasinho Ribeiro, father of Konkani Tiatr or Tiatrancho Pai! This is bound to create some confusion. How can Lucasinho be tiatrancho pai when Joao Agostinho Fernandes is called Pai Tiatrist and the Government has even named the main auditorium at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao after him? The confusion is justified as nobody, be it the tiatrist fraternity or the Tiatr Academy has thought it fit to throw light on this matter and set the record right. Here is an attempt to give the founders of tiatr their true place under the sun.

Constancio Lucasinho Caridade Ribeiro, better known as Lucasinho Ribeiro was born in a well to do family. His father Vicente Rosario Ribeiro hailed from Limavaddo in Socorro village while mother Maria Aurora de Souza was from Sokolvaddo in Assagao and he was born in Assagao, the village his parents chose to settle in after their marriage.
Lucasinho was highly talented and he displayed his art at a very early age. As was the custom of those times, he studied music at the village parochial school and was very proficient with the fiddle in his early teens. He was also a very good painter and his portraits were a marvel, so much so that he was even commissioned to draw the portraits of two Portuguese Governor Generals and his paintings even till date adorn the walls of some landlords in Assagao.

NIO to Explore Sunken Chinese Ship

The Chinese ship that sank off Galgibaga coast in Canacona taluka around 60 years ago will be explored by a team of National Institute of Oceanography even though most of the things of value in the ship have long been pilfered by the locals.
The Chinese vessel carrying ore from Mormugao Port developed engine problems mid-sea and drifted towards the Galgibaga coast where it ran aground killing 10 of the 23 crew members. Though most of the survivors left for their native country, eight of them stayed back for six years to retrieve and make the vessel navigable and when their efforts failed, they too left for China.

INR 500 Crores From Mining Royalty

The royalty from ore exported from Goa is expected to touch  500 crores, according to officials.While pointing out that in the first half of the year itself, even though mining...