26 Nov 2008




BELGAUM, NOV 25 Reduction in prices of vegetables in Belgaum is expected have a similar effect in Goa, bringing much relief to consumers in both places. The harvest season in Belgaum district is at its peak while good rains during the last week of September have also played an important role in bringing down the prices of vegetables.


NEW DELHI, NOV 25 The government is likely to cut petrol price by Rs 5 a litre and diesel by Rs 3 per litre after assembly elections in six states are completed on December 24. ?Crude has fallen from all-time high of USD 147 per barrel to around USD 50 now. Naturally, there are expectations that petrol and diesel prices should be reduced and we will do that,? Petroleum Minister Murli Deora told reporters here.


PANJIM, NOV 25 Various bodies of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman have been alarmed by the government?s move to set up the proposed Integrated Sanitary Landfill and Solid Waste Management Site for the Corporation of the City of Panaji at Bainguinim, Old Goa.


The beleaguered Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) heaved a sigh of relief as the High Court of Bombay at Goa on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by the Old Goa Panchayat challenging the acquisition of 1.70 lakh square metres of land by the State government for the proposed garbage treatment plant at Bainguinim.


PANJIM, NOV 25 Eminent filmmakers participating in an IFFI panel discussion on ?Censorship ? Hows and Whys? today condemned the DFF?s withdrawal of the documentary film Through the Eyes of a Painter, directed by M F Hussain.


WASHINGTON, NOV 25 The Bush regime spied on the private life of Tony Blair while he was the British premier, according to a US whistle-blower, whose claim could prove embarrassing for the two close allies.


LONDON, NOV 25 Ending years of legal tussle and a prolonged manhunt across India, Maninderpal Singh Kohli was today sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here after convicting him of the rape-and-murder of 17-year-old British schoolgirl Hannah Foster in 2003. The 41-year-old former delivery driver for a sandwich firm will spend a minimum of 24 years behind bars before he could be considered for parole.


MARGAO, NOV 25 The sensational Dattu Desai custodial death case ? wherein Dattu was found hanging dead on a tree behind the Cuncolim police station ? has ended in the conviction of two police men, including a retired assistant sub-inspector and a serving head constable.



PANJIM, NOV 25 Ganeshraj Narvekar will lead the under-16 team as captain in the three-day U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy tournament (South Zone) scheduled to be held from November 26 to December 14, in Goa.


MAPUSA, NOV 25 Clube Sao Miguel de Taleigao scored a narrow 2-1 win over Goa Velha Sports Club, in the Candolim Cup 2008 tournament, organised by the Candolim Sports Club, at Dr Gustavo Monteiro grounds, Candolim, on Tuesday.


MAPUSA, NOV 25 Dempo Sports Club (Juniors) trounced Sporting Clube de Goa 3-0 with a straight fight in the GFA Under-18 First Division League match at the Duler stadium, here, on Tuesday.


MARGAO, NOV 25 A fine brace by Piedade Rebello helped Fatima Sports Club, Baida to thrash Palmar Grande 4-1 and cruise into the semi-finals of Catherine Viegas Memorial inter-ward football tournament, organised by Union of Chinchinim villagers at church grounds, Chinchinim on Tuesday.


PANJIM, NOV 25 Irineu Gonsalves from Goa (Nagoa-Verna) won the all-India Deccan Challenge Open Scrabble Championship, organised by Scrabble Association of Hyderabad in collaboration with Scrabble Association of India, at IGATE Global Solutions, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad recently.


ONGC I-League: Dempo Sports Club v. East Bengal, Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, 4 pm.


MARGAO, NOV 25 Bethany Convent High School, Sao Jose de Areal will meet Our Lady of Fatima High School, Rivona in the final of Under-16 South District Inter-School Football Tournament, organised by Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, at Nehru Stadium (outside grounds), Fatorda, on Wednesday.


VASCO, NOV 25 Mae Dos Pobres, Nuvem emerged champions via tie-breaker 6-5 against Progress High School, Sanquelim in the State level U-17 soccer tournament final, organised by Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, at Tilak Maidan, here on Tuesday.


MARGAO NOV 25 An engrossing battle for supremacy is expected as defending champions Dempo Sports Club take on Federation Cup winners East Bengal in the penultimate round match of 2nd ONGC I-League at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on Wednesday at 4 p.m.


MUMBAI, NOV 25 After having a brilliant start to their I-League campaign, the Mumbai outfit has somewhat lost their track. And it is time that they pull up their socks against JCT, in the 10th round of ONGC I-League at the Cooperage Stadium, here on Wednesday.


VASCO, NOV 25 St Xavier?s Higher Secondary School, Mapusa emerged champions in the State level U-17 girls football tournament, organised by Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs defeating Carmel Higher Secondary School, Nuvem 4-1 in the final at Tilak Maidan, here, on Tuesday.


KOLKATA, NOV 25 Chirag United exhibited a marvelous performance against Vasco Sports Club overpowering the Goan side 3-1 in the 10th round of ONGC I-League, at the Salt Lake Stadium, here, today.

South of Zuari


BICHOLIM, NOV 25 A total of 22,730 voters will exercise their franchise as the Pale Assembly goes to polls on Wednesday.Five candidates ? Dr Pramod Sawant (BJP), Pratap Gawas (Congress), Jose Lobo (Save Goa Front) and independent candidates Dr Suresh Amonkar and Rajendra Rane ? are in the fray for the Pale Assembly seat, which fell vacant following the demise of Congress MLA Gurudas Gawas.



The buzz is that multi millionaire businessman Richard Branson happened to be mighty impressed by our Piggy Chops.


Kareena left on Sunday night to shoot in the below-freezing temperature in Philadelphia.


Kareena left on Sunday night to shoot in the below-freezing temperature in Philadelphia. Kareena Kapoor is so excited about shooting this film produced by Karan Johar that she has said no to a special invitation from the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.






AGoan politician-writer wrote the following lines in a post to the popular mailgroup Goanet in a post sent on 10 Nov ember 2008: ?I have said it before and I will say it again and again until I die.

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The Sunday Roundtable


MARGAO, NOV 25 Just five days to go for the current month to end, and it?s unlikely that Margao Municipal employees will receive the payments as per the 6th pay Commission recommendations for the month of November.


VASCO, NOV 25 After gap of 11 months, the `10?rupee note? gang returned to torment the port town when they duped a businessman from Vasco of Rs 20,000, a gold chain and valuable documents from a car parked near La-Paz Garden Hotel on Tuesday afternoon.


CURCHOREM, NOV 25 The Curchorem unit of BJP on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to Curchorem PI Nilesh Rane, demanding the arrest of those involved in the desecration of idols at a roadside structure in the heart of Curchorem market in the wee hours of Sunday.


PANJIM, NOV 25 Who granted approval for the construction of concrete piles erected in the middle of the river Mandovi which is providing anchorage to the casino vessel ? `Pride of Goa?? Is the work not in violation of CRZ Regulations? Why have the authorities shown reluctance to remove the piles?


MARGAO, NOV 25 The Borda Citizens Welfare Committee has threatened to knock the doors of the Judiciary if the Margao Municipal Council continues to violate the High Court order by issuing licenses for hawkers to set up stalls at the Old Market on the occasion of the Feast fair.


PANJIM, NOV 25 Goa State Women?s Commission today decided to constitute a committee for going into rape cases that occurred in the last one year or so and also to take up with the Police Department to revive monthly-meetings with IGP over pending cases involving women particularly sexual abuse.


CANACONA, NOV 25 Household goods worth Rs 50,000 were gutted in a fire at Agonda on Tuesday evening.


MARGAO, NOV 25 Residents of Murida, Fatorda on Tuesday took out a morcha to the Margao Municipal Council demanding immediate action against illegal hutments and the nuisance caused by illegal migrants in the locality.


MARGAO, NOV 25 When former Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane and Union Minister for Panchayati Raj Manishankar Aiyar shook hands and signed the Statement of Conclusions in April 2006, hopes were raised that powers, functions and schemes will finally flow down to the power and funds-starved panchayat bodies as per the letter and spirit of Article 243-G of the Indian Constitution.


MARGAO, NOV 25 An electricity Junior Engineer (JE) was manhandled in Benaulim on Tuesday when the team was inspecting illegal connections in the market area as part of the drive to unearth illegalities along Salcete?s coastal belt.


MARGAO, NOV 25 The Margao police have arrested one Ramesh Sahadev Bandekar for forgery and using a forged document as a genuine document. Margao PSI Nilesh Dhaigodkar told newsmen that the complaint was lodged against Ramesh by one Nicodemus Ricardo Antao


PANJIM, NOV 25 Agitated by the lackadaisical attitude of the State government towards them, the Scheduled Tribes of Goa have decided to restart their agitation and to begin with, Janjagruti Rath Yatra (an awareness rally) would be organized from 30th November to 8th December across the length and breath of the State.


MANGALORE, NOV 25 The All India Catholic University Federation Karnataka Region (AICUF) will organise a three-day national seminar on ?University Students and Civil Society-An Interface?, at Fatima Retreat House, here, from Thursday 27 November.


MAPUSA, NOV 25 Religious chants by a group of Russian members of the ?Hare Ram Hare Krishna? sect near the Mapusa police station took a violent turn on Tuesday, when the Russians clashed with the police and ended up getting assaulted by the public.

Budget Session


MUMBAI, NOV 25 Tata Chemicals Limited?s wholly owned subsidiary Tata Chemicals Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. has entered into definitive agreements to invest Rs 49 crore in JOil Pte Ltd, a Jatropha Seedling Company based in Singapore.


Mumbai, Nov 25 Orient Green Power, a renewable energy generation company, today announced raising funds worth 275.5 crore from a clutch of investors. A company statement here said Olympus Capital Holdings, an independent investment management firm


NEW YORK, NOV 25 BHP Billiton Ltd, the world?s biggest mining company, abandoned a hostile Rs 3,40,612 crore takeover bid for rival Rio Tinto Ltd, blaming the global economic downturn and plunging commodity prices.


NEW DELHI, NOV 25 The economic crisis has taught hand tool manufacturers to decrease their prices. ?Punjab has a ten thousand crore business related to engineering goods and in the last three months, it has witnessed a downfall of 25-30 per cent in production,? industry sources said.


NEW DELHI, NOV 25 Notwithstanding the slowdown in the realty sector, Swiss cement giant Holcim said it will go ahead with its plans for capacity expansion in India, but will go slower on further investment. ?We will go ahead with our original plans for adding 13-14 million tons by June 2010,? Holcim?s Paul Hugentobler said.


NEW DELHI, NOV 25 The government has invited tenders for mobile number portability (MNP), the Telecommunications Ministry said. MNP allows a subscriber to retain his or her existing telephone number in the event of shifting from one service provider to another


PANJIM, NOV 25 Forty-three years ago, in 1965, Thako Lambor, a youth from the Dhangar community of Goa launched a cane-craft furniture business from a nondescript village of Collem. He not only mastered the art ? he trained others and handed his legacy over to his younger sibling Sanjay who today oversees the business. Ambika Cane Craft today has two outlets at St Inez and Porvorim.


MUMBAI, NOV 25 With an anticipated production of 10 million tons of castings by 2012, India is expected to overtake Japan and become the third largest producer in the world in the next two years, the CII said.


NEW DELHI, NOV 25 It is bad news on the wage front. ?For the world?s 150 crore wage-earners, difficult times lie ahead,? says ILO Director-General Juan Somavia in the ?Global Wage Report 2008-09? published today. The report warns that tensions are likely to intensify over wages.


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