CALANGUTE: The Calangute coast was put on high alert following the blasts in Pune on Wednesday. Goa Police officials including SP North Vijay Singh, DySP P L Mapari and Calangute Police Inspector Nolasco Raposo carried out surprise visits along the Calangute beach. The senior police officials, led by SP Vijay Singh, walked down the road from Calangute Association ground till the Calangute beach at around 10 pm.
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PONDA: Ponda Judicial Magistrate First Class has granted an additional one day police custody to the eight accused arrested in connection with illegal snake venom trade. The eight accused were arrested on Monday after two of its members were nabbed in a well-planned operation. The accused have been booked under Wildlife Protection Act 1972. The case will be later handed over to the Forest Department. Incidentally, one of the accused, Shaikh Mohamed Salia Zahiruddin of Baina, reportedly worked as a freelance photographer for Vasco Police.
Aquem locals question VP secy over resumption of construction
MARGAO: Residents of Aquem-Baixo under the banner of Navelim Civic & Consumer Forum gheraoed the Aquem-Baixo Panchayat Secretary and some Panch members questioning them as to how a construction which was stopped near Rawanfond, has restarted without permission from the panchayat body. The Panchayat Secretary has requested for time to study the matter as he is recently transferred and is handling two Panchayats. Agitated people have given him seven days time to take action in the matter, failing which they threatened to take the matter to the higher-ups.
Bail plea of accused rejected in murder case
MARGAO: The South Goa Sessions court on Wednesday rejected the bail application filed by an accused from Andhra Pradesh facing trial in a murder and kidnapping case. Accused Srinivas Venkat had moved the court for bail on grounds that he had recently lost his mother and that his 75-year old father is ailing back home.
Scooter stolen at Vasco
VASCO: A scooter was reported stolen from a parking place near Anant Ashram Hotel in Vasco. According to Vasco Police, one Jose Reverado of Baina complained that some persons stole Hero Honda Eterno scooter (GA-05-A-2448) from the parking place in front of Anant Ashram Hotel Vasco on Sunday. ASI K N Gawas is investigating the case.
Hyderabad native cheated of Rs 36.11 lakh
PORVORIM: A native of Hyderabad, but residing at Candolim, was cheated to the tune of Rs 36.11 lakh. According to Porvorim Police, Arun Kumar Dama (49), Managing Director of Surya Dwelling Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad, but residing at Candolim, complained that three persons induced him to make payment of Rs 36.11 lakh under the pretext of purchasing land admeasuring 80 sq mtrs at Verla-Canca. The complainant further stated that the trio on receipt of the money disappeared without transferring the property in his name, thereby cheating him. PSI Vikram Naik is investigating the case.
Bandodkar statue found garlanded with number plates
PORVORIM: A police complaint has been booked against some persons for allegedly placing a garland of vehicle number plates on the statue of late Bhausaheb Bandodkar near Maruti Temple, Mapusa. According to Mapusa Police, MGP President Narayan Sawant complained that some miscreants committed mischief by putting metal vehicle number plates garland on the statue of late Bandodkar. Sawant stated that miscreants have shown disrespect to the leader, thereby disturbing public harmony in the area.
ASI promoted on day of retirement!
PANJIM: An assistant sub inspector was promoted to the rank of police sub inspector incidentally on his retirement day. The Goa Police Establishment Board promoted 35 ASIs most of whom were promoted ad hoc in 2004, in an order issued on Tuesday evening. Agostinho Fernandes, posted at Mapusa police station as adhoc-PSI was promoted hardly four hours before his retirement. The promotees will be on permanent cadre after completing probation for two years.
Probe teacher’s role into rape victim’s suicide, police told
PANJIM: The Children’s Court has directed the police to inquire whether school teacher Kanhaiya Naik, who allegedly raped his student, is responsible for her suicide. The Court rejected his bail plea on Tuesday and remanded him to further four days police custody till August 4. “The investigating officers are given time to ascertain whether the teacher is responsible for her death,” defense counsel Swapnil Nashinolkar said. The minor student succumbed to 90 percent burn injuries last Friday after she set herself on fire at her house. In her dying declaration, she had stated that she feared for her life after the alleged accused was granted bail by the High Court on July 10. The police had opposed his bail stating they will probe his role in the suicide. The call details of the teacher, victim’s family members and relatives have been sought from the service providers to ascertain the allegations. A fresh bail plea will be filed on Saturday.
7 held for cruelty to pigs
COLLEM: In yet another case involving cruelty to animals, Collem Police on Wednesday arrested seven persons from Sarsutpur-Dharwad and rescued 100 pigs.
Collem Police received a tip-off and laid a trap at the border check post at Mollem. A police team, led by PI Jivba Dalvi, intercepted two four-wheelers, (KA-25-D-0778) and (KA-25-D-2474), which were carrying about 100 pigs with their legs tied and in a deplorable condition. Police further informed that the accused were trying to enter the State from Karnataka via Mollem. The accused have been identified as Kashinath Gangadhar (30), Basappa Akshimani (23), Iqbal Hawaldar (38), Kariappa Korwar (37), Shivappa Korwar (55), Manju Kachri (24) and Mahadev Korwar (40).
Veterinary officer Dr Mohan Umarye of Mollem Veterinary Dispensary rushed to the site and examined the pigs. Dr Umarye opined that the pigs were subjected to cruelty. Later, the rescued pigs were rehabilitated at a cattle pound in Panjim. Collem Police is investigating the case.
ACB to probe GIDC plot allotment scam: CM
PANJIM: Chief Minister Parrikar who is also the present chairman of the Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) today told the House that the entire matter on the plot allotment scam was being entrusted to the Anti Corruption Bureau. “They will be asked to file FIRs in the matter,” he disclosed. Referring to the reactions and counter reactions to the zero hour notice on the press statements of Kavlekar, Parrikar said, “let him say to the police what he said to the press.” According to Parrikar one thing could not be ruled out that there was a loss to the exchequer to the tune of 100 crore in the alleged plot allotment scam. “Let the police investigate and get out all the facts even if it takes 2 or 3 months.” “As the government has lost let us see who has benefitted,” he said. Here Opposition leader Pratapsing Rane endorsed the view and urged the chief minister to investigate into the matter.
Rane concerned over safety of girls in schools, colleges
PANJIM: Leader of Opposition Pratapsingh Rane on Wednesday raised worry over the safety of girl child in various educational institutes and demanded surprise visits by police department and vigilance department at the trouble spots. Rane pointed out that several outsiders are allowed to move freely within the schools premises with no control by the school management at many places. He maintained that the safety of girl child in schools, higher secondary and colleges is must. The leader of opposition was speaking while participating in the discussion on demand for grants of education department. Rane urged the government to issue necessary instructions to the police and vigilance department to make surprise visits once a week during the break and departure time, in the school premises, nearby bus stops and other troubled spots. “Stern action should be taken against those tinted cars, which are seen moving near the school buildings,” he added. The former speaker also suggested installation of CCTV cameras in all schools and higher secondaries, to keep vigil over movement of students. He said that government should provide enough funds for its installation. BJP legislator Michael Lobo also asserted over the need to maintain the safety of girl child in the school. The Calangute MLA demanded appointment of one security guard for each education institute along with installation of CCTV cameras in a school with strength of over 400 students. Earlier, while moving the cut motion, Rane pointed out that almost 40 per cent of schools in the state do not have proper toilet facilities for girls as a result of which there is huge drop-out in number of girl students in the rural areas. Government was urged to provide funding to the schools based on its strength to develop the required infrastructural facilities.
CM wants an expert to examine inclusion of Gavli-Dhangar in ST
PANJIM: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar today emphasised the need for appointing an expert to examine the issue and make a strong case for the inclusion of the Gavli-Dhangar community in the ST list. It was pointed out that Goa’s efforts have failed thrice as the earlier reports did not convince the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India. The Minister for Social Welfare Mahadev Naaik said that three points were raised by the authorities seeking to know in what way the Gavli-Dhangar community was different from those in neighbouring Maharashtra. “Just because there are marriages taking place between the communities from both states does not make the community segment in Goa the same as those in Maharashtra,” argued Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavalekar. Kavalekar time and again reiterated that Goa should aggressively pursue the case with the centre. However Parrikar disagreed with the suggestion for an all party delegation. “Instead of wasting time on a delegation we will get an expert who can bring out the generic differences,” he said. In another issue, Parrikar told the House that he would take up the matter with the centre over the latest Hindi film released for screening which Curtorim MLA Alex Reginald alleged may hurt the sentiments of the minority community in Goa. Lourenco said there was need to verify certain parts of the film and take up the matter with the concerned authorities. He initially sought for a ban on screening of the movie in Goa. However the chief minister said that this would not be possible if the production has been certified by the censor board. He agreed to take up the issue and press for cutting of those parts that are likely to cause any resentment.
Bill seeks to lower retirement age of Administrative Tribunal chief
PANJIM: A bill seeking to reduce the retirement age of the President and the additional President of Administrative Tribunal from 65 to 60 years was introduced on the floor of the House on Wednesday. The bill introduced by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar seeks to amend section 3 of Goa Administrative Tribunal Act, 1965. “The President and the Additional President shall hold office until they attain the age of 60 years,” the amendment reads. The bill also provides that President or the Additional President who has already attained the age of 60 years shall cease to hold office with effect from October 1, 2012. Presenting the statement of objects and reasons, the bill mentions that the post of the president and the additional president of the administrative tribunal is equivalent to the post of the district Judge.
Bill moved on honoraria, allowances on CCP Mayor, dy, councillors
PANJIM: The bill to pay honoraria and other allowances to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and councilors of the corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) was introduced in the House on Wednesday. The bill introduced by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar seek to insert a new section 22 A in the City of Panaji Corporation Act 2002. The bill mentions that there is no financial burden on the government as the expenditure on the account of honoraria or other allowance will be met by Municipal CCP from their own fund.