PANJIM: Idd ul Fitr or Ramzan Idd will be celebrated in Goa either on August 20 or 21, depending on the sighting of the moon. If the moon is sighted on Sunday then Idd will be held on Monday, otherwise Idd will be celebrated on Tuesday. All Muslim brothers from Goa are requested to take note of this and contact the Hilal Committee or members of the Association for more information, according to a press note issued by Shaikh Bashir Ahmed, President of Association of all Goa Muslim Jamats.
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Rajasthan youth drowns
COLLEM: A picnic to the famed Dudhsagar waterfalls ended in tragedy when a youth from Rajasthan drowned in the waterfall. According to Collem police, the victim, Mahipal Bishnoy, a native of Rajasthan but employed at a gas agency in Belgaum, along with seven friends had gone to the Dudhsagar waterfalls on August 15 at about 12.30 pm. Three persons from the group went very close to the waterfalls and Mahipal accidentally slipped and fell into the water. The friends alerted Collem police and a police team searched for the body for four days, before it was finally retrieved on Saturday afternoon.
Two accused of illegal land filling
PORVORIM: Two persons have been accused of illegally filling low-lying land at Angod Mapusa without permission from authorities.
In a police complaint, Sandeep Hadfadkar, deputy manager (GR-I) at North Goa Planning and Development Authority, has accused two business partners based in Mapusa of the illegality.
Belgian held for overstaying
CALANGUTE: A 57-year-old Belgian national was arrested on charges of staying in the country without a valid tourist visa. According to Anjuna police, the accused, Frances Maria Joseph Geebden, presently residing at Vagator, was in possession of a tourist visa which was valid from September 25, 2009 to March 25, 2010. Geebden was arrested by Anjuna police on Friday and was later released on bail after furnishing a surety of Rs 5,000
3 accused of trespassing, damaging property at Morjim
PERNEM: Three persons have been accused of trespassing and damaging property at Morjim, besides threatening the property owner. In a police complaint, Sanjay Korgaonkar of Morjim-Pernem complained that a resident of Taleigao and two others trespassed into his property and damaged garden articles, besides threatening him with threatened him with dire consequences.
Laptops reported stolen from NIT hostel
PONDA: Two laptops worth a combined Rs 80,500 have been reported stolen from the NIT hostel at Farmagudi. In a complaint, Krishnakant Jadhav of Andhra Pradesh told Ponda police that the burglary took place sometime at about 11.30 am on August 17. While one laptop belonged to him, the other was owned by his roommate.
Bhoma-Adcolna sarpanch voted out
PONDA: Bhoma-Adcolna Sarpanch Varsha Naik was voted out of office by 6-1 votes in the seven-member panchayat. It may be recalled that five panchas including the deputy sarpanch had moved a no-confidence motion, alleging that the sarpanch was not taking them into confidence.
Deputy Sarpanch Damodar Naik, Dharma Bhomkar, Sunil Zalmi, Abdul Rehman Khan and Vasant Satarkar were among the five panchas.
Panch Mahima Naik also voted in favour of the no-confidence motion, while outgoing sarpanch Naik voted against the motion.
The date to elect a new sarpanch will be declared by the Ponda Block Development Office.
Scheme for retired seamen in final stages
MARGAO: The Goan Seamen Association of India has said it is only a matter of time before the scheme formulated for retired seamen will the declared by the government in the last week of August. In a press release, GSAI Secretary Benny Da Costa said the file pertaining to the scheme has received all the approvals and was given a final touch by Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar. He said this has been disclosed at a meeting a GSAI delegation had with NRI Commissioner Dr Wilfred Mesquita and Director, NRI U D Kamat. “The delegation visited the NRI office to inquire the status of the scheme as anxious retired seamen and widows made their presence at the GSAI office to know the fate of the scheme”, Benny said.
Children’s film festival in South from Sept 3
MARGAO: The Children’s film festival will be held in South Goa from September 3-7.
District Collector N D Agrawal told newsmen that films will be screened in all the talukas of the district, adding that films will be screened in the theatres and halls where there is no facility of theatres.
He said that Ravindra bhavan, Margao and Curchorem apart from the Quepem sports complex at Quepem and Sanguem will be used as venues to screen the films.
The district Collector has directed the deputy Director of Education to coordinate the festival with the assistance of its Assistant district Education Inspectors in ensuring cent per cent participation of the children and making the festival a great success.
Cong to observe Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary
PANJIM: Goa Pradesh Congress Committee will observe the 68th birth anniversary of former prime minister late Rajiv Gandhi on August 20 at 9 am near his statue at Rajiv Gandhi Medical Complex, Bambolim. A floral tribute will be paid to late Rajiv Gandhi by Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Subhash A Shirodkar, Opposition Leader Pratapsing Rane, MPs, MLAs, Party Office Bearers, PCC Members, Party Leaders, Members of frontal organizations, Districts and Block Committees and Congress Party Workers.
Shah elected chief of Al-Falah Social Trust
VALPOI: Haroon I Shah was unanimously elected as president of newly formed Al-Falah Social Trust (AFST) Valpoi. Other managing committee members elected are Mohammad Siddiq Aga (vice president), Noor Mohammad Qasmi (general secretary), Shaikh Rajenoor (joint secretary), Sharafat Hussein (treasurer), Imran Khan (joint treasurer) and Sayed Amir, Nadim Shah and Akbar Khan (members).
Al-Falah Social Trust distributed items for preparing Sheer Khurma (sweet dish), rice bags for preparing Biryani and a cash to the needy people in Valpoi and Tisk-Usgao so that the needy people celebrate ‘Eid’ with great enthusiasm.
The Trust has also decided to continue the act of charity in future too, states a press note issued by AFST President Haroon I Shah.
‘Kolakarak Bhett’ at Margao
PANJIM: Tiatr Academy of Goa’s monthly programme ‘Kolakarak Bhett’ – Meet the Artiste will be held on Wednesday, August 22 at 4:45 pm at Black Box, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. The tiatr artiste of this month is Goa's top-notch musician Francisco Almeida popularly known as Shahu.
Shahu is based in Kuwait and he is the first Goan musician to play a one-man band in tiatrs staged in Kuwait. Shahu has performed in tiatrs of veteran tiatr directors such as Rosario Rodrigues, Prem Kumar, Roseferns, Philip Almeida, Milagres de Chandor, Menino Mario, Mariano Fernandes, Menino de Bandar, Pascoal Rodrigues, Anil Pednekar, C.D. Silva, John D' Silva, Ben Evangelisto etc, apart from all the directors in Kuwait.
Restricted water supply to Bardez, Bicholim
BARDEZ: Due to proposed shut down for maintenance works at Assonora Water Treatment Plant and Conveying main on August 22 from 9 am to 4 pm, there will be restricted water supply to Bardez on August 22 and 23. The water tanker arrangement will be made on demand from O'Coqueiro Reservoir at Porvorim on Phone 2417721.
Dr Varde’s book release today
PANJIM: On the occasion of the birth anniversary of late Dr Pandurang Sinia Varde, the noted educationist and ex-director of Department of Education, the State Directorate of Art & Culture, will be releasing the second edition of the book ‘History of Education in Goa 1510 to 1975’ authored by late Dr Varde, at Multipurpose hall, Sanskruti Bhavan, Patto, Panjim on August 19, at 5 pm.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will be the chief guest for the function and will release the book. Minister for Art & Culture Dayanand Mandrekar will preside over the function. Eminent writer and Educationist Suresh Amonker will be the guest of honour and also speak on the book along with other dignitaries.
Goa Shopping Festival underway in Taleigao
PANJIM: The Goa Shopping Festival underway in Taleigao Community Hall is drawing huge response. The organizers specially brought this exhibition to the people of Panjim since he was receiving lot of Calls from Panjimites since there was no exhibition in Panjim for more than last 6 months.
This is one of the biggest and major lifestyle shopping exhibition cum festival in the state of Goa and comes at a time when people are preparing for Ganesh festival.
Various lifestyle and household items by major market leaders in the corporate sector are on display and sale. Major furniture houses have put up designer furniture stalls with imported furniture at competitive prices. The exhibition which will conclude on Sunday has turned out to be a major crowd puller and is open to the public from 10.30 am till 9 pm.
Art & Culture dept to hold music classes
PANJIM: The Directorate of Art and Culture has decided to organise Indian classical music classes (vocal) for interested persons. The classes will be conducted by the employees of the department who are trained in Indian classical music. Interested may contact the Directorate of Art and Culture, Sanskruti Bhavan, Patto – Panjim on or before August 31. For details, contact call 0832-2404600 / 700 / 681; mobile no: 9923353204.
World Goa Day at Big Foot
PANJIM: Ancestral Goa is conceptualized as a focal point for the preservation of the inherent ‘Culture, ethnic traditionalism and the colonial adaptation’ that makes ‘Goa’ a truly unique state. ‘Ancestral Goa’ a one of its kind and the first to evolve in its day, celebrates World Goa Day on August 19 at 4 pm at Big Foot, Loutolim.
The open-air, lifestyle and life-size Museum plays host to the event entitled ‘A Walk to Remember…’ ‘Joao & Katirana’ (Romeo e Julieta) performed by young aspiring actors will kick off the event. This will be followed up, by the tale of the creation of Goa in Konkani. As the visitors move around the village, the village will come ‘Alive’ with artisans creating the various arts and crafts that were a part of the rural social ‘networking’.
Alina inaugurates lifeguard tower at Velsao
PANJIM: Alina Saldanha Minister for Forest and Environment inaugurated a Drishti Lifeguard tower at Velsao beach recently.
There was a mock drill demonstration conducted under the supervision of Mr Negi of Drishti and the lifeguards demonstrated life saving techniques.
Alina Saldanha praised the Drishti organization for the professional expertise in life saving and rescue operations on the beaches of Goa. Later, the Drishti lifeguard tower was inaugurated by Alina Saldanha in the presence of Drishti officials Mr Negi, Dr Marconi Correia, Velsao Sarpanch, Fatima Pereira, Goencho Ramponkaracho Ekvott members Agnelo Rodrigues, Baptist D'Mello shack owners from Velsao Xavier D'souza and Tony Fernandes, Cliff Vaz and other villagers from Velsao Pale and Cansaulim.