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Environment Ministry Puts Brakes On MPTs Expansion Plans

Mormugao Port Trust’s ambitious expansion plans were put on a hold by the Environment Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Ministry for Environment and Forests, which has recommended a thorough study of the projects including environmental impact assessment.
In the first place, MPT’s proposal to expand the coal terminal at Berth No. 11 has been ordered to be kept on hold for at least two years during which a thorough study of MPT’s mechanization of the coal handling machinery is to be undertaken.

Freak Mishap Blocks Mandovi Bridge

A freak accident caused due to brake failure at Mandovi bridge resulted in not only damaging six vehicles but also causing a traffic snarl that lasted for nearly four hours inconveniencing commuters immensely.
The accident occurred when a laterite stone laden truck (GDY 4063) that was proceeding towards Panjim turned turtle on the bridge after the driver lost control of the vehicle following the failure of its brakes.

Peninsula + Delta=Land Grab + Casinos

Besides K Raheja Corporation the other company in the forefront of the SEZ Land Scam has been the Peninsula Land Limited (PLL) – a part of the Ashok Piramal Group under guises of different companies. GoaChronicle.com investigates further into the Peninsula’s land activities, its relationship with Delta Corp – a company known for its casino operations in Goa who is also currently under cloud for operating its off-shore ‘Casino Royale’ without appropriate government permissions…
Even the matter of SEZ Land Allotment has been scrapped by the High Court Order dated 26th November 2010.
 As on January 5, 2011 this is what the website
www.peninsula.co.in says about its activities, “Peninsula Land Limited (PLL), the real estate arm of the brand Peninsula, is one of the first real estate companies listed on the stock exchange. All the real estate developments of Peninsula are carried under this flagship company.

Rumdamol Temple Causes a Stir

Following Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s intervention and after discussions with the Collector, Deputy Director of Panchayats, Pravin M S Barad on Wednesday afternoon directed the Rumdamol Davorlim Panchayat to hold in abeyance action against the illegal temple constructed in government property.
The reason cited for holding the action in abeyance is that it is a matter of state policy frame work.
Incidentally it was the same office of the Deputy Director of Panchayats that had earlier on 26th November 2010 directed the Panchayat to take action against the illegal structure and significantly, at that time too the state administration was seized of the matter of framing the state policy the need for which was felt after hundreds of religious structures were identified as illegal constructions in government land. These structures were identified following a Supreme Court order.

Cop Caught Selling Drugs

Yet another police personnel has been caught on camera selling drugs to foreigners even as the mysterious disappearance of narcotics from police custody remains unexplained and police are yet to come out of the scandal that was exposed in March last year wherein police personnel were found peddling drugs.
In the instant case, Police Sub-Inspector Sunil Guddlar was been captured on camera passing on a packet to two foreigners after they asked him “what about the stuff”. The packet he passed to the duo is presumably drugs.

Self Help Groups Get Goodies

The New Year has begun on a good note for Self Help Groups in Goa with the government finally launching its scheme to fund them and also announcing construction of a shopping mall at Margao for them.
The government has provided a corpus of Rs 40 lakh to get the scheme announced by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to provide funds for SHG in his last budget speech.
Under the scheme, SHG will be provided one time non-recurring grant of up to 50 per cent of the project extent with the limit being Rs 50 thousand as seed capital.

X’Mas Night Was the Chilliest Night

Christmas Night was the chilliest night of the year gone by as the mercury dipped to 17.9 degree Celsius on that day. This was because of the northerly winds blowing across the land.
However, the temperatures rose the very next day as the winds started flowing easterly and on 3rd January the minimum temperature in Goa was 21 decree Celsius.

Guv Seeks Constitutional Immunity in RTI case

Governor of Goa Dr. S S Sidhu on Tuesday sought immunity under Article 381 of the Indian Constitution with regards to the petition filed against him by activist Aires Rodrigues before the Goa State Information Commission for not furnishing information sought under the Right to Information Act.
The Governor who is busy playing host to the President of the country during her four-day holiday in Goa, did not appear before the commission as directed, but was represented by his lawyer Carlos Ferreira.

Special Schemes To Promote Traditional Occupations

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that his Government is preparing special schemes to promote traditional occupations by sons of the soil, while speaking at the inauguration of the two-day Ekta Utsav at Paddi, Quepem, recently. The event was organized by Ekta Yuva Sangh, Quepem in association with the Directorate of Art and Culture, Department of Information and Publicity and Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs.
Kamat informed that steps have already been initiated to prepare schemes for the welfare of weaker sections of the society such as paddelis, Chonnekars and Podders on the lines of schemes implemented for the welfare of the vegetable, flower and coconut vendors. He also appealed to the educated unemployed youth to avail of the benefit of government welfare schemes.