PONDA: A motorcycle rider and a pillion rider were injured in a road mishap at Suring Bhat, Mangeshi-Ponda.
According to Ponda Police, the accident occurred on August 4 when Dinesh Manoram Sutar of Rajasthan, but residing at Merces, was speeding on his motorcycle (MH-01-EA-1782) from Kundaim towards Ponda.
Police further informed that on reaching Suring Bhat, Dinesh
lost control over the vehicle and fell on the road. Dinesh and pillion rider sustained injuries.
Police arrested the accused for rash and negligent driving and is investigating the case.
Scooter stolen at Old Goa
OLD GOA: A scooter was reported stolen from an open parking place near Goa Shopping Centre, Old Goa.
According to Old Goa Police, Nilam Gupta (38) of Barbhat-Taleigao complained that some persons stole scooter (GA-07-A-917) from an open parking place near Goa Shopping Centre, Old Goa somewhere between July 15 and 16. Police is investigating the case.
Canacona resident injured in mishap
CANACONA: A motorcycle rider from Bhatpal-Canacona was injured after he was knocked down by a mini bus at Tambode Caraje, Mashem-Canacona.
According to Canacona Police, the accident occurred on August 6 when Dinesh Dattaram Shelkar, who was proceeding on his motorcycle (GA-09-F-4279), was knocked down by an oncoming mini bus GA-02-T-4889, which was proceeding from Pollem to Chawdi.
Dinesh sustained injuries and was rushed to hospital and police is investigating the case.
Khorlim resident assaulted at Mapusa bus stand
PORVORIM: A resident of Khorlim-Mapusa was injured after he was allegedly assaulted by a bread seller at KTC bus stand, Mapusa.
According to Mapusa Police, Sachin Hrishchandra Chari of Khorlim complained that bread seller, Lawrence Norohna (29) of Monte-de-Guirim negligently assaulted and pushed him on the ground, due to which the complainant sustained injuries.
Noronha was arrested and later released on bail and HC M K Gawas is investigating the case.
Pernem local assaulted
PERNEM: A resident of Madhlamaj, Mandrem-Pernem, was assaulted by some persons from the same ward.
According to Pernem Police, Priyatama Mandrekar of Madhlamaj complained that some persons from Madhlamaj assaulted her husband, Hiru, while he was proceeding to market on August 6.
Police further informed that the accused also abused Hiru and HC S B Parab is investigating the case.
Corlim gram sabha
PANJIM: The ordinary gram sabha of Village Panchayat of Corlim is scheduled on August 12 at 10 am in the community hall of the Village Panchayat of Corlim, says a press release.
Advt firms raze hoardings identified for removal
MARGAO: Advertising companies on Tuesday either removed or whitewashed the four hoardings which were identified for removal by the district Authorities.
Before a Margao Municipal team would raze down the hoardings, the companies engaged their workers to two remove the two hoardings in the city and whitewash the remaining two.
The company also removed the glow sign boards which was found distracted the attention of motorists and drivers near the KTC bus stand.
Attempt to outrage modesty of girls at Calangute
CALANGUTE: Some person tried to outrage modesty of school girls at Porba Vaddo on Monday afternoon.
According to police, the incident occurred when two school-going girls were returning home at about 1.30 pm. Police further informed that the accused caught hold of a minor girl. However, noticing the other girl shouting for help, the accused fled from the site, while the girls went home and narrated the incident to their parents. The parents later filed a complaint with Calangute Police who registered an offence under Goa Children’s Act and police is investigating the case.
Navelim girl missing
MARGAO: A 15 years girl from Sirvodem, Navelim has been reported missing from August 7. In her complaint, the girl’s mother Yoshoda Yellappa Appannavar stated that her daughter, Sheetal has been missing from August 7. She has stated that daughter is 4.5 inches tall, fair in complexion, with wound on her right leg and was last seen wearing a T-shirt and jeans .
Old Goa woman’s death being probed: Gaonkar
OLD GOA: Declining to comment on the suspicious death of a 23-year-old woman from Old Goa, Panjim SDPO Umesh Goankar on Wednesday stated that the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) was investigating the matter.
Speaking to Herald, SDPO Panjim Umesh Goankar said since the case is being investigated by SDM, he would not like to comment on it.
“Since the death of the woman has occurred within seven years of marriage, the case will be investigated by Sub Divisional Magistrate, Panjim,” added Goankar.
It may be recalled that on Monday, Nirmala Sumitra from Old Goa allegedly committed suicide by hanging at Hassan Crusher, Old Goa and Old Goa Police registered the case as U D under Section 174 CrPC.
GPYC launches membership drive
PANJIM: The Goa Pradesh Youth Congress (GPYC) today launched its membership drive in the state to enroll new faces in the youth wing.
GPYCC President Pratima Coutinho said at a press conference that the committee kick started free online registration while also the normal practice of filling the forms in-person remains to exist.
“A person’s identification and age group confirmation has to be given while filling the forms. There are several other criterias to be followed while filing the membership form,” she said.
Persons between the age group of 18 and 35 years and without any criminal background are two main eligibility criterias for the membership.
She claimed the exercise will give an opportunity to its members to enter the political arena. “Ours is a secular party and non-communal,” she added.
The committee, at present, has about 25,000 members. Coutinho said there is no system of renewal as a person continues to remain in the wing until the permitted age limit.
Margao council cracks whip against stray cattle
MARGAO: After turning a blind eye to stray cattle menace in the city, the Margao Municipal Council has finally cracked a whip against cattle squatting on the congested city roads.
A municipal squad constituted by the Chief Officer headed by Market Inspector, Anil Shirodkar seized a cow this morning and impounded the same at the cattle pound at Old market.
“Our drive against stray cattle has started from today. The drive will be specifically taken up for three hours from 6 am to 9 am every day to ensure that the roads are free of the cattle menace.
The cattle pound at old market has been spruced up to accommodate the stray cattle, with the Civic body making provision for fodder and water for the animals.
Market inspector Anil Shirodkar has appealed to the cattle owners to take care of their animals, warning that the squad would intensify its drive against stray cattle in the next few days.
Street play contest in Konkani
MARGAO: Manovikas English Medium School will be organising 1st All Goa State level street play competition on September 13 in Konkani language.
Last date to send entries is on August 16. Street play will be held in school premises. Interested schools can call on 2759940 for details. Spot entries will also be entertained. Maximum 10-12 students can participate from class 4 to 10 from each school cash prizes and certificates will be given.
Dahi-Handi contest at Pajifond
MARGAO: United Youth Club, Pajifond-Margao will organize 13th All Goa Dahi-Handi competition along with a fancy dress competition on August 10 near Big G shopping mall, Pajifond on the occasion of Gokulashtami. Former Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat has been invited as the chief guest, while Margao Municipal Chairperson Arthur D’Silva as guest of honour.
The fancy dress competition will be held at 3 pm, followed by cultural events at 4 pm and Dahi Handi competition at 5 pm. Cash prizes of Rs 30,000 will be awarded to the winners.
Restricted Water Supply
PANJIM: Due to power failure at Assonora Water Treatment plant from August 8, pumping of treated water has been hampered. Due to this, there will be restricted water supply to entire Bardez and part of Bicholim taluka on August 9.
‘Monsoon Solos’ organized at Caranzalem
PANJIM: Maestro Fernando Music academy organized ‘Monsoon Solos’, an event at which students of the academy performed to a house-packed audience at Caranzalem. “The objective of this event is to build confidence in our students by making them perform without prior notice so that they are prepared to entertain anywhere, anytime, be it at a party or otherwise’ said Shelton Afonso, Director of the Academy, while speaking at the event. Maestro Fernando Music Academy is in its 9th year of operation and has been training students for International exams including the Trinity College of Music, London.
‘Nadi Pariksha Shibirs’ in State
PANJIM: Sri Sri Ayurveda Trust, Banglore in association with Art of Living, Goa Center will be organizing its Monthly Nadi Pariksha Shibirs (pulse diagnosis camps) in Goa from August 8 to 15. Dr Abhishek Mishra, specially trained and experienced Ayurvedic Doctor from Art of Living, Banglore Ashram will do the consultations.
The camps will be held on August 10, 13 and August 15 at Jai Gurudev Distributors (2713545), Margao, on August 12 and 14 at Sri Sri Shopee, (6517111) Panaji, on August 10 at Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple Hall, (9326123654) Mapusa, on August 11 and 12 at Nanu Resorts, (9921056455) Betalbatim and August 15 at Commerce Centre (9421242279) Vasco and in the evening from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Ponda (9823028868). Interested persons for prior appointments contact Shyam Prabhu Gaunkar of Jai Gurudev Distributors, Margao on 9921056455. The participation is limited and strictly through prior confirmed appointments as Nadi Pariksha is done 3 hours after any food intake, says a press release.
Dr Pinto invited as faculty for international conferences
PANJIM: Dr R G Wiseman Pinto, Professor and Head of Pathology Department, Goa Medical College and the past president of the Indian Academy of Cytologists has been invited as a Faculty and Chairperson for the 37th European Conference of Cytology to be held in Dubrovnik-Cavtat, Croatia between September 30 to October 3, 2012 as a faculty and chairperson for the session on pancreas, liver, gastrointestinal tract and infectious diseases. This conference is organised by the European Federation of Cytology Societies and the Croatian Society for Clinical Cytology of Croatian Medical Association.
Dr Pinto has also been invited as a faculty for the annual conference of the College of Pathologists of Sri Lanka on August 17 and 18, 2012 at Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he will speak on cytopathology in clinical practice and conduct a glass slide seminar and a pathology quiz for pathologists and postgraduate students.
He has also been invited as a Faculty for the International CME (Continuing Medical Education) prograamme in Cytopathology and Histopathology at Chittagong Medical College, Bangladesh on October 20 and 21, 2012. He will speak on congenital anomalies in newborn, pediatric autopsies and testicular tumors.
Dr Pinto has also been invited as a faculty for the 29th Congress of the International Academy of Pathology at Cape Town South Africa on October 5, 2012 to speak on the topic, cytopathology around the world.
Healing service at Sancoale
PANJIM: Mass with special prayers for a Miraculous healing will be held at the shrine of Bl Joseph Vaz, Sancoale on coming Friday, August 10. The service will begin at 7.45 am followed by Mass at 9 am. The sick will be prayed over for a Miraculous Healing through the intercession of Blessed Joseph Vaz, the Patron of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. Healing Service will end by 11.30 am. Healing Service is conducted on every 2nd Friday of the month. Many people claim to have been healed and their prayers answered at this shrine. Friday Masses are as follows: 7 am and 8.45 am at the Sanctuary and evening Mass at 4 pm at the Oratory Room. Terminally sick are prayed over on 1st, 3rd, and 4th Friday of every month from 10 am to 12 noon. Childless couples and pregnant mothers and kids are prayed over on every 3rd Sunday of the month at 9 am. Sunday Masses are held at the Sanctuary at 7 am and 9 am and weekday at 7 am. Priests are available at the Sanctuary on Wednesday for confessions and spiritual guidance from 9 am, to 12 noon.
Sunburn music festival dates announced
PANJIM: Percept Limited, the promoters of Sunburn festival, have announced the dates of their marquee and much-anticipated annual Goa festival. Sunburn remains on December 27, 28 and 29, 2012, the same dates that have become synonymous with the festival, and will once again take place in North Goa this year.
The sixth edition of Sunburn Festival promoted by Percept Ltd. will, as usual, celebrate life by integrating people through a single platform catering to creative experiences, pioneering technology, redefining music and prominent global acts. This year, Percept Ltd will be further introducing a unique concept by launching a boutique live music festival Windsong which will be held on December 24 and 25 as the opening event. The closing event will also see the launch of Percept Ltd’s inaugural Superstar New Year’s Eve Gig on December 31. Both these events will happen in North Goa and will be a connecting force to the main Sunburn event. After 5 successful years we have bigger plans for Sunburn 2012. We are introducing two unique properties - a boutique live music festival ‘Windsong’ which will be held on December 24 and December 25 as the opening event and closing event will also see the launch of ‘Superstar New Year’s Eve Gig’, says Shailendra Singh, Joint MD Percept Ltd.
‘Young Chefs India Schools London 2012’ competition
PANJIM: International Institute of Hotel Management across all its campuses is once again getting ready to host our prestigious annual event ‘Young Chefs India Schools London 2012’; where students from more than 600 schools pan India would be showcasing their culinary skills. The Kitchens of IIHM prepare to unfold the event this August across 8 locations pan India.
The competition running across 28 states is open to all young boys and girls of Class 12 who have a passion in Cooking, the battle starts on August 14 leading towards the grand finale scheduled in London on September 25.
All regional rounds of the competition would stretch for 2 to 4 days in each city; where they fight it out for the top position to be crowned as the Young Chef of the respective competitive cities of Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Goa and Guwahati.
All 8 Finalists of the regional rounds would be flown by IIHM to the Olympic City of London to participate in the final to be held on September 25 at University of West London, where the chairman of the panel of judges would be Prof David Foskett (Celebrity chef, Writer, Educationist, Hospitality consultant). The schedule is as follows: Bangalore- August 16,17 and 18, Delhi – August 16,17 and 18, Pune –August 8, 9, 10 and 11, Jaipur- August 16, 17 and 18, Ahmedabad - August 12, 13 and 14, Guwahati- August 13 and 14, Kolkata - August16, 17 and 18 and Goa-August 18.
Workshop on ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods’
PANJIM: International Arbitration Centre ( IAC) – Goa, formed in consultation with the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Governments of Goa and India will be organizing a full day training Workshop on September 1 on Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods at the Chamber’s Surendrababu Timblo Hall in Panaji. Well-known and experienced faculty will conduct the workshop which will have four interactive sessions of one and half hour each. The participants will be conferred with a participation certificate. This training workshop will be of great value to arbitrators, lawyers, and executives of commerce and industry. Tea, coffee, snacks, and lunch are provided to the participants and a fee of Rs 3000 per participant will be charged to cover the cost of the workshop. Interested persons should contact R S Kamat of Goa Chamber on tel: 2424252 / 9823166955 or e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org for registration.
Fast disposal of cases stressed
PANJIM: Citing the 30,459 government cases pending in various courts other than the high court, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the State Legislative Assembly on Wednesday that the government would no longer be the biggest litigants in the courts by restraining the instances of challenging the orders in the higher courts.
Approximately 20,021 government cases are pending in North Goa and 10,438 in South Goa.
To clear the backlog of cases the Chief Minister said “I have written to the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court to fill the vacancies in various courts on immediate basis and government has got the response that the process has already started.”
Responding to the issues raised during the demands for grants on law department, Parrikar pointed out that state government is the principal litigant in the courts, wherein sometimes, the acquittals are challenged without any logic.
“Of the total cases, the government is a major litigant in most of the cases in almost all courts. In High court the range of government cases to the total cases is almost 20 to 30 percent while in Sessions court it is 20 percent,” the chief minister informed.
Parrikar said that the state government, however, would challenge the cases which are related to the heinous cases including those related to children, women, rape, murder and attempt to murder.
“All other criminal and civic cases for which the punishment is less then three years will be restricted to lower court and will not be given chance for higher appeal,” he said.
The cases, Parrikar said, which are less than seven years of imprisonment will be challenged upto sessions court while those which is less than 10 years of imprisonment will not be challenged above the High Court.
The chief minister said that the issue will be discussed with the law department to find out the ways as to what needs to be done to implement this decision.
Laying of gas pipeline almost complete: Parrikar
PANJIM: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that laying of Gas Authority of India (GAIL) pipeline is almost complete whereas Power Purchase Agreement with Reliance Infra Ltd (RIL) expires in 2014 when switch over to gas fuel will be made.
The Chief Minister made the statement on the concluding day of Monsoon Session of Goa Assembly during “Question Hour” on Wednesday while replying to a question tabled by Curtorim MLA, Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco.
The government presently buys power from RIL at the rate of Rs 14 per unit which is supplied to consumers at the rate of Rs 1.25 paise. It has now received three proposals, one from Zuari for setting up gas based power plants, and the government is considering the proposals, the chief minister informed the House.
Besides RIL, the government buys power from various companies such as Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd, ( NPCIL), NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd, Goa Energy Pvt Ltd, (GEPL), and Ratnagiri Gas Power Project Ltd ( RGPPL).
Participating in discussion Opposition Leader Pratapsing Rane said the government should ensure that GAIL pipeline should be securely laid and not in proximity to the Naphta pipeline to avoid any kind of accident.
Last year the port town witnessed an accident when Naphta pipeline caught fire causing loss of property and life.
The Chief Minister said the accident was caused due to human error. “It was the fault of the NHAI contractor who went about digging without permission,” Chief Minister said assuring the House that Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) will not automatically bust or explode even when two pipe lines are laid down close to one another.
Former health Minister Vishwajit Rane brought to the notice of Power Minister that supply of power to industrial estates has been very poor, and the government should look into this matter as industries have to suffer losses when power supply is not adequate.
Power Minister Milind Naik said a delegation of industrialists have met him, and he is seized of the matter.
House to go paperless from next session
PANJIM: Goa Legislative Assembly will take the first step towards becoming `paperless’ from the next assembly session with the use of i-pads and WIFI connection in the Vidhan Sabha.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar elaborated that the legislators will be provided with i-pads and reasoned that huge quantity of papers could be saved if the Assembly goes paperless. “We will be able to save some trees,” he opined.
“I therefore feel that each legislator should be provided with i-pad with all question sets loaded on it. A WIFI connection can also be provided,” he said.
Parrikar suggested holding special training programme for legislator in December, wherein they would be trained on how to use i-Pads.
“For next two assembly session we can provide i-Pads and sets of printed papers. Thereafter we can use only i-Pads,” he stated. Responding to the demand for grants of District and Session Court North Goa and South Goa, Parrikar also proposed construction of hostel facility for members of the House.
Godinho reiterates demand for Special Status
PANJIM: The Goa Legislative Assembly passed the Goa Appropriation (No. 3) Bill, 2012 relating to supplementary demands for grants amounting to Rs 318.0889 crore for the current financial year, on the last day of the monsoon session.
The passage of the bill authorises the payment and appropriation from the consolidated fund of the state of Goa for the services and purposes of the financial year 2012-13.
Speaking during the brief discussion that was held on the bill, opposition member Mauvin Godinho drew the attention of the government on the issue of special status for the state of Goa under article 371 of the constitution, saying that the government should pursue the matter especially since the central government is open to the idea in view of demands from other states.
“We do not want the state of Goa to become like Assam. At least in that case the immigrants are come from another country. Here we do not want ill feeling against other Indians,” Godinho said. He also raised the question of illegal mining saying that he would like to see action on the ground. Parrikar while speaking during the discussion said that 90% of the supplementary demands for grants taken up in this bill are dues left behind by the previous government on expenditure pertaining to projects such as the River Princess etc.The bill was later passed by a voice vote.