Bail granted to 3 accused in dacoity case at Margao
MARGAO: South Goa Sessions Judge, Nutan Sardesai on Tuesday granted conditional bail to Vijaya Mastoli, Kalandar Hebber and Maruti Naik, arrested by Margao police in a case of dacoity in an office at Sirvodem, Margao. The court ordered the release of the accused on bail of Rs 10,000 and one surety of like amount. The trio along with other accused on June 26 had attacked complainant Shyamkumar M Jamuni with wooden dandas and
decamped with four mobiles and cash Rs 2 lakh.
Burglars make merry at Colva
MARGAO: Thieves made merry in Colva village with miscreants successfully burgling a house at Vanelim with cash and gold ornaments amounting to Rs 3.5 lakh.
The incident occurred in the house complainant Madhuri Rivankar when the miscreants effected entry by removing the door latch with the help of a stick.
Police said the miscreants lifted away cash of Rs 1.5 lakh, besides gold ornaments valued Rs two lakh from the cupboard. The gold ornaments consisted of chain, finger rings earrings etc.
Maid booked for theft at Taleigao
PANJIM: The Panjim police have booked a maid servant for stealing cash of Rs 20,000 from the purse of Dr Sangeeta Sonak, at whose residence she was employed.
Fatima Allabakash Makandar, resident of Taleigao is also suspected of stealing money on several occasions from the residence of Sonak at St Inez. She was reportedly arrested after an FIR was registered.
Maruti car tyres stolen at Chicalim
VASCO: Two tyres of a Maruti car were reported stolen from a garage at Chicalim.
According to Vasco Police, Sunil S Bagi of airport road Chicalim complained that some persons stole two rear wheels of his Maruti car (GA-06-D-2514) worth Rs 15,000 from Garage No 1, GSL Enclave, Chicalim, somewhere between July 19 and 24. ASI V P Dessai is investigating the case.
Margao local dies in Chicalim accident
VASCO: A pillion rider from Margao died, while the motorcyclist was injured after the motorcycle dashed against a divider opposite GSL Enclave, airport road, Chicalim.
According to Vasco Police, the accident occured when Seldon Furtado of Dongri-Vasco and pillion rider, Alvin Almeida, were proceeding in their Pulsar motorcycle (GA-06-H-7406) from Chicalim towards airport junction.
On reaching opposite GSL Enclave, the motorcycle dashed against divider and Alvin fell on the road and sustained injuries. Alvin succumbed to head injuries while undergoing treatment at SMRC Hospital in Chicalim.
Seldon was admitted at SMRC Hospital and PSI Milind Bhuimber is investigating the case.
Dabal woman assaulted by family members
CURCHOREM: A woman from Kirlapal-Dabal, Dharbandora, was allegedly assaulted by her family members.
According to Curchorem Police, one Sugandha Chopdekar complained that she was assaulted by her family members.
The complainant further stated that the accused abused her and also poured kerosene on her and tried to set her on fire. The accused also threatened her with dire consequences.
Curchorem Police registered the case and PSI R A Kalangutkar is investigating the case.
Bail refused for 2 accused in assault case
MARGAO: South Goa Principal Sessions & District Judge Nutan Sardesai on Thursday refused bail for two accused Kiran Pawar, painter and Johnson Bellari, both from Ramnagar, Hubli arrested in a case of assault.
The duo was arrested by the Vasco police on complaint by Johnson A Santhenapalle, Gandhiwalle, Hubli that on May 20 both accused assaulted him with Kafa and danda at Vasco railway station and police registered offence under section 324 IPC for assault against the two.
Mobile morgue launched at Porvorim
PANJIM: Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte launched a mobile morgue for the people of Porvorim. The formal display of the mobile morgue was made recently at his office in the presence of Fr Tomas Lobo, Fatima D’Sa, Shital Arolkar, Anil Pednekar, Sonia Pednekar, Gauresh Morajkar, Rakshada Parsekar, Safar Fadte, Gajanan Halarnkar, Swapnil Chodankar, Sandeep Salgaonkar and Arthur Fernandes. Fr Tomas lauded Mr Kaunte for doing yeoman service to the people of Porvorim. The people of Porvorim can make use of this mobile morgue for retaining the body of their dear ones for a longer period before the ritual rites. Mr Khaunte said the morgue facility is available for the needy people by contacting helpline no 830860778.
Bastora gram sabha
PANJIM: The first ordinary general gram sabha of the newly formed Panchayat of Bastora Village is scheduled on Sunday, July 29 at 10 am in the Bastora Panchayat Hall. All the villagers of Bastora can attend.
DSSS cheques disbursed
CALANGUTE: Calangute MLA Michael Lobo distributed DSSS cheques to the villagers of Calangute constituency. Lobo distributed the Dayanand Social Security cheques to the deserving villagers of Calangute, Candolim, Arpora-Nagoa and Parra in the presence of sarpanchas of the respective villages. Lobo was accompanied by Acting Calangute Sarpanch Savio Gonsalves, Parra Sarpanch Delilah Lobo, ex-sarpanchas Laxman Porob and Albert Fernandes besides panchas of Calangute, Arpora-Nagoa, Candolim and Parra.
Board of Directors of Rotary Club of Panaji Riviera installed
PANJIM: The Board of Directors of Rotary Club of Panaji Riviera for the new Rotary year was installed at Hotel Fidalgo, Panjim, on July 14.
Chief guest Deepak Purohit from Panvel lauded Club’s activities and expressed confidence in Club’s ability to make a very positive difference to the society.
The function was a dual celebration, which included the installation ceremony and Charter Nite of the Club. Deepak Purohit, Past District Governor, RI District 3131, installed the president for the Rotary Year 2012-13 Siddharth Zantye, Dr Mahesh Pai (secretary) and Board of Directors.
Assistant Governor Parag Sardesai released the Rotary Riviera Club Bulletin ‘The Rivulet’. He offered his felicitations on behalf of Rotarians from clubs all over Goa.
The Lion’s Governor’s representative for the Charter Nite, Digambar Naik, released a souvenir commemorating eight years of service by the Rotary Club of Panaji Riviera.
The Rotary Riviera team for 2012-13 comprises Siddharth Zantye (president), Dr Mahesh Pai (secretary), Prasad Pawar (immediate past president and treasurer), Shivanand Naik (sergeant at arms), Abhijit Shetye (vice president), Madhavi Shetye (president elect and club service director), Meghana Sawardekar (joint secretary and vocational service director), Nataline Vaz (community service director), Vishnu Tarcar (International Service Director), Sanil Shirwaikar (New Generation Director), Veronica Velho (Service Projects Chairperson), Nitin Kenkre (Club Administration Chairman), Pallavi Salgaocar (Public Relations chairperson), Paresh Sawardekar (RYLA & TRF chairman), Bhakti Dempo (Literacy and Special Education chairperson), Yogish Kulkarni (Membership Development chairman) and Dr Shekhar Shirwaikar (Corrective Surgeries and Pulse Polio chairman).
Conversational course in Spanish
PANJIM: St Xavier’s College, Mapusa in collaboration with Communicare, Panjim will conduct a one month conversational course in Spanish Level I. The course will be held once a week on Tuesday from 2 pm to 4 pm in the college premises from August. The resource person for the course is Neelu Mahtani.
For further details contact Vanessa at St Xavier’s College on 9545579587, Neelu Mahtani on 0832-2456156. Please inform before July 31. Limited seats are available.
The competition depicted characters that render their service in day-to-day life. About 12 students from various pre-primary schools participated in the contest and showed the importance of characters like fisherwoman, cobbler, bread seller, garbage picker, etc.
Sadik Shaikh of Blooming Buds, Nanus, portraying character of ‘garbage picker’, bagged the first place and was awarded trophy by assistant engineer, WRD, Arun Naik.
Abidunissa Aga of Bloodming Buds as ‘vegetable vendor’ stood second place and rewarded runner up trophy by Valpoi Municipal Council Vice Chairperson Faisal Shaikh.
Sattari Patrakar Sangh President Ashraf Khan, SUCCS administrative manager Laxman Gawas, event coordinator Samir Shaikh and PSCA President Abdulla Khan spoke during the prize distribution ceremony at Forest Training School, Valpoi.
Suneza Khan and Jamila Shaikh compered the event, Narhari Shirodker welcomed the gathering, while event coordinator Shaikh Samir proposed the vote of thanks.
Apna Ghar reported 14 escapes in 3 years, House told
PANJIM: The controversial government-run Apna Ghar has reported 14 escapes since last three years in which 46 inmates have fled, the assembly was told.
In his written reply tabled on the floor of the House, Minister for Women and Child Development Dilip Parulekar said no disciplinary action has been initiated against anyone as yet.
However, three Apna Ghar officials, whose designations were not mentioned in the reply copy - Minguel D’Souza, Anand Gaonkar and Manuel Mascarenhas are held responsible for the escapes.
The remand home has been under severe controversy over frequent escapes of juveniles, breakages, clashes and the recent being the nexus between the staff and gangsters who would smuggle children outside for crimes and lodge them back in the shelter home.
Six caretakers are named in the government inquiry of which only one Videsh Mandrekar was suspended and arrested. Just a week back, four children clashed with each other inside the home and damaged the properties there.
Lusofonia Games meant for Brazil and not Goa: Wagh
PANJIM: San Andre MLA Vishnu Wagh has sought that the state of Goa does not take part in the Lusofonia Games even though they can be good hosts to the other countries that come to the State.
“The Lusofonia games are for those Portuguese speaking nations. Goa is neither Portuguese speaking nor is it a nation. How is it that we can take part in these games? We can be good hosts to the countries that come here,” Wagh said.
It is okay for countries like Brazil, and others which were also Portuguese colonies to take part because they are both Portuguese speaking as well as nations, Wagh added.
The discussion on the games came up during the discussion on demands for grants for sports was taken up in the Assembly on Thursday.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has already assured that infrastructure will be in place to ensure that Goa plays a good host to the games in 2013.
CM vows probe into Rs 9 lakh expenditure on art mural
PANJIM: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar assured the House on Thursday that he would ensure that any inquiry is conducted into the Rs 9 lakh expenditure on an art mural which was displayed for a short while at the new office building of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services.
Following objections to the mural, the chief minister said it was removed and that he would inquire into who authorised the PWD to do it and why it was installed at such an exorbitant cost to the public exchequer.
In other issues that came before the House Thursday MGP MLA from Ponda Lavu Mamledar Thursday has urged Revenue Minister Francis D’Souza not to allow displacement of local farmers engaged in cultivation of crops on comunidade land near Farmagudi.
Mamledar said that they are traditional cultivators belonging to the SC and ST community. He alleged that the cultivators are being dislodged for some real estate development on the land.
Aldona MLA Glenn Ticlo complained about the power disruptions in Aldona constituency and alleged that some miscreants were meddling with the transformer.
He was informed by the power minister that a police complaint has been lodged and the problem has been resolved.
Govt to go by memo entailing performance for promotions
PANJIM: Specifying the policy that would be adopted by his government on civil service promotions, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Thursday categorically stated that he would go by the 1995 government memorandum which entails performance and seniority for promotions.
Parrikar said that the circular of 1995 on these benchmarks is currently in force on this issue. He pointed out that according to the 1995 memorandum an officer graded as ‘outstanding’ supersedes another officer graded as ‘very good’ while being assessed for promotions.
This was not the case in the provisions entailed in the subsequent circulars of 2002 and 2011, he said, pointing out that he had not accepted this memorandum when he was the chief minister in 2002 and even after he took over in March this year.
The chief minister reiterated that the provisions under the memorandum of 1995 will help officers of group A, B and C to get the benefits of promotions based on their performance of the benchmarks.
He refused to accept observations from Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco that the 1995 memorandum would do injustice to officers. Parrikar flayed the opposition MLA for trying to saffronise the issue. He said that the 1995 circular is in the interest of better bureaucracy.