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Teachers
to get interest-free loans for laptops


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 4 In
what could be described as the government?s gift to the teachers on the
occasion of Teachers? Day, the state government accepted their long pending
demands, like interest-free loans for purchase of laptops, grant of senior
scale from the date of their appointment and assured career progression scheme.


Addressing a press conference this evening the Chief Minister, Mr
Digambar Kamat told reporters that the government would give a loan of Rs
40,000 to each of the teachers of secondary and higher secondary schools, as
well as those in colleges, polytechnics and university for purchase of laptops.


Mr Kamat, who also holds the education portfolio, also said that
the loan amount would be recovered in100 monthly instalments from the salaries
of the teachers. He also said that the loan would be disbursed through the Goa
Educational Development Corporation.


The Chief Minister further said that the government by another
decision has approved the demand of the teachers with regards to grant of
senior scale from the date of their initial appointment. Till now the senior
scale was being granted to the teachers only after they acquired training
qualification.


He also said that the government has decided to implement the
assured career progression scheme. This decision would benefit all the
teachers, numbering around 11,500
in the state. Under this scheme all teachers, who have
completed 24 years of service, would be eligible for second upgradation in
their career. Till now 20 per cent of teachers were eligible for selection
grade.


Mr Kamat said that he has written personal letters to all the
teachers in the state hailing their contribution in the progress of the state
as well as urging them that they should deliver better to shape the future of
the state and its people by providing quality education.


Earlier today, the Chief Minister visited the Margao residence of
Mr Damodar Kavlekar (75), his teacher and felicitated him.


Mr Kamat was taught by Mr Kavlekar, while he was studying at Bhatikar Model English
High School, Margao.


Informally speaking, the Chief Minister said what he is today is
because of his school teacher who moulded him properly to be a worthy citizen.
This is the only way (felicitation) that he can best offer ?gurudakshina? to
his ?guru?, the Chief Minister added.


Victoria
reaffirms her loyalty to Cong


The St Cruz MLA, Ms Victoria Fernandes says to really work for the
welfare of the people the only way is to become a minister.


In an interview with Abdul Rauf Beig, senior reporter, she says
Whatever she did, is doing and would do would be for the cause of Goa and Goans. Here are the excerpts:


What have you to say about your recent political decisions?


In my life whatever steps I took were for Goa
and Goans, dating back to the days of Opinion Poll wherein I left no stone
unturned to see that Goans kept their distinct identity. Whatever I did, am
doing and would be doing would be for the cause of Goa
and Goans, because I love my state and its people who may belong to whatever,
caste creed or religion. I have shown my concern for the state and its people
even at the cost of displeasing my party higher-ups and have suffered for
showing the ?courage? to stand against high and mighty, especially during the
agitation for the rights of toddy tapers, ramponkars, ?jhopadpattiwallas?,
farmers, etc. I go by my conscience and it is god who has been giving me
directions and guiding me, in whatever I do. I would like to say here that
sometimes bad comes before anything good happens. Whatever I did was to satisfy
my people and do well for them. I am not sorry for what I did.


But don?t you think that your decisions were against your own
people?


No, I don?t think so. I have always fought for the cause of common
Goan and was never afraid of taking to the streets for the cause of common man.
I was told that if I decided to oppose now scrapped regional plan I would have
to suffer and I would like to state here that I am still suffering for doing
what I did right for the cause of Goans. But I would like to state here that
all this would not stop me from fighting for my state and its people.


I am 73 years old and don?t have many more years left to live but
I would not permit any one to destroy Goa.
There might be few who may not have liked what I did but there are many who are
still with me and have supported me. Here I would also state that I do anything
that is good for Goa and Goans and never do anything that would destroy my
beautiful Goa.


Why did you decide to leave the Congress party?


I have been a supporter of the Congress for long and stood by the
party when it mattered. But somehow I was not given my due by the party when it
mattered most to me and my constituents. Last election was the most difficult
election for me in my public life of over 40 years and I won it despite all
odds being against me.


But you were made the deputy speaker of last assembly?


The only reward I got from the Congress for being its loyal
soldier and also being the only lady in the House in the previous assembly was
the deputy speaker?s post, which too was a diluted one. I could hardly meet the
aspirations of my people and work for their benefits, under such circumstances.


Were you not made the chairperson of the Kadamba Transport
Corporation?


After the last election I was denied a berth in the cabinet,
though I was promised to be made a minister with an important portfolio, and
the chairmanship of ailing Kadamba Transport Corporation was given to me. This
despite everybody in the Congress knowing, how I faced my opponents and ?beat?
them. I would like to state here that had it not been for my son, Mr Rudolf
Fernandes, who worked tirelessly to ensure my victory. I would also like to
state here that it was his social work that stood good for me and ensure my
victory in the elections.


Why did you want a ministerial berth?


Everybody in the state knows that if one wants to really work for
the welfare of the people, particularly the constituents of one?s constituency,
than the only way is to become a minister and help one?s voters, like giving jobs,
carrying out developmental works. I have seen how difficult it is to get even a
minor work done if one is not a minister. Here I would like to say that those
who mattered forgot the promises made to my people and gave the ministerial
berths to the younger lot, over looking the claims of the senior people.


Then what made you give up all these and take the drastic decision
to resign from the House?


My supporters felt that the Congress was not giving me my due and
it was they who forced my son to do something that would open the eyes of those
who were humiliating me. Here I would like to state that my supporters wanted
me to make way for my son to join the politics and take the leadership and do
something good for the constituency. As I am getting old I also decided to bow
to their wishes and quit the assembly but I entered into all this at the last
stage, say about last two days.


Now that you want to retain your seat, have you sought condonation
of your absence from the Congress party?


Yes, I wrote to them soon after I stayed away from the House on
July 24. I would want to set the record straight here. I had to abstain from
the assembly because I was not keeping well and my son was also admitted to the
hospital for operation, a fact which can be verified. I have also sent medical
certificate to that effect. I am sure that they would not be harsh on me. Here
I would also state that the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi has always been
good to me and that I respect her very much. I am sure that she is not aware of
the facts about me and the humiliation that I was subjected to. I hope at least
now those who have been behind all these acts correct their mistakes and treat
people who are loyal with dignity and love and build the Congress party.


CM
to talk to Leela Hotel on shifting casino vessel


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat has said that
the government has sought all the details from the Chief Secretary with regards
to permission granted for operation of floating casinos in the state as well as
explanation regarding offshore floating casinos.


The Chief Minister further said that he would hold talks with the
management of Leela Hotel and persuade them to shift the boat from river Sal,
in order to break the deadlock over the issue till the government takes a final
decision on the issue, after consulting legal experts. He said that the vessel
has been in the river for over the past one and half year.


Mr Kamat denied reports that his government had issued any
permission for operation of floating casinos, even as he went on to add that
all the permission were granted by the earlier government as per a policy
decision taken by it. ?I have not issued any permission for operation of any
floating casino,? he said.


Replying to a question on framing the new regional plan within six
months, he said that his government was working out a procedure to complete the
process. He said that an advisory committee, comprising of people of integrity,
who would not compromise state?s interests, would be appointed to supervise the
process of preparation of the regional plan. He said that the plan would be
prepared as per the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act and that
Regional Plan 2001 could be the basis for the new regional plan, but all the
changes made thereafter would be incorporated before new plan was made.


He said that there was no problem with the draft regional plan
made in 2003 by the consultants but the subsequent changes made before it was
notified.


Mr Kamat said that his government would ensure that mistakes made
in the last regional plan were not repeated in the new plan and a mechanism
would be put in place to ensure this. He also said that a seminar to educate
all people about the regional plan and to seek their views would be held later
this month.


The Chief Minister also said that he held a meeting of all the
mamlatdars of South Goa in presence of South Goa
collector and told them of the government?s expectations from them. He said the
taluka level revenue officials have assured him that they would take personal
interest in addressing the grievances of the common man.


Mr Kamat also said that the government officials have assured him
that they would ensure issue of certificates within 48 hours from the date of
application.


They also assured him to expedite the disposal of mutation and
other cases but sought government?s help in getting specific time in office for
the purpose. He assured them that the government would ensure that they get
enough time in office for the purpose.


OUR MARGAO BUREAU ADDS: Speaking to reporters in Margao, the Chief
Minister, said that he would prevail on the management of Leela Hotel to remove
the vessel from the river Sal, in an attempt to find solution to the
contentious casino vessel issue.


?I will talk to the management of Hotel Leela, request them to
take the vessel out in their interest and the interest of the general public,?
the Chief Minister said.


On the definition of ?offshore?, Mr Kamat said that he has asked
his officers to look into the files and inform him on the matter. Although the
definition of ?offshore? was apparently obvious, Mr Kamat stressed on the need
to find out how and what conditions were stipulated, while issuing licences to
?offshore? casinos.


On the demand by one of his coalition partner on punishing those
who first issued licence to offshore casinos, Mr Kamat said he was not
responsible for decisions taken by his predecessors. ?I don?t even want to know,
why and how some decisions were taken by my predecessors,? the Chief Minister
added.


?My immediate task is to find a solution to issues and make life
easy for the common man,? he said.


Landslide
on Mandovi bridge approach road


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 4 A
landslide on the approach road of the western Mandovi bridge on the Betim side
caused heavy disruption to traffic during the day today.


The sources in the PWD said the landslide occurred in the early
hours of the morning due to the incessant rains during the last few days. Trees
were uprooted and a portion of the hillock collapsed sending the mud on the
road and blocking traffic.


Traffic heading towards Porvorim was diverted along the eastern
approach road, which is a one-way road to Panaji, and this caused heavy
bottlenecks on the road for most of the day.


Even as the PWD pressed two earthmoving machines to the area to
clear the piled-up mud and trees, another landslide occurred in the afternoon
sending more earth and an uprooted tree on the road, PWD sources said.


Work was going on till around 5.30 in the evening and the
road was cleared only around that time.


Number
of malaria victims soaring in areas under Cansaulim Health Centre



by Minoo Fernandes


The tremendous upsurge in the construction activity seems to be
the main reason behind the increasing malaria cases in coastal areas and more
so in the areas coming under the jurisdiction of the Cansaulim Health Centre.


Being a 12-bedded hospital, it caters to healthcare of areas like
Colva, Seraulim, Benaulim, Cana-Benaulim, Majorda, Betalbatim, Velsao and
Cansaulim, which are all coastal areas. Even deliveries are conducted at this
hospital. It has three medical officers, besides a health officer.


Migrants settle in these coastal areas due to the booming hotel
industry. Most of the labourers settle here for jobs on construction sites.
Construction activity is growing at a rapid pace, driven by huge investments
being made by private enterprises.


Labour force has increased but not enough care is being taken on
the hygiene front, which helps mosquitoes breed under these conditions.


Even though, two deaths were reported due to malaria, one in Colva
and the other in Benaulim, the Cansaulim Health Centre authorities differ on
this count and say that no deaths occurred in their jurisdiction even last
year. The Cansaulim health officer, Dr Filandro Dias said that there is no
cause for any panic as the situation is under control.


According to the figures provided by the health officer, 264 cases
of malaria were detected in the villages under its jurisdiction in 2006, of
these, 171 cases were of vivax nature while 91 were of falciparum type. All
these cases were successfully treated, informed the health officer.


However, from January 2007 to July 2007, the number has increased
tremendously. The health officer said that there were 586 cases reported this
year out of which 466 were of vivax nature and 120 of falciparum type. He said
in July alone there were 212 cases reported from these villages. He however,
could not specify as to the nature of these cases as compilation was not
readily available.


The health officer disclosed that it is untrue that any deaths
have occurred due to malaria fever and stressed that while some of the migrants
have been completely treated, others are still under observation. He said that
98 per cent of the cases detected were in migrant labourers working on
construction sites.


However sources from the health department indicated that in July
alone 1,724 slides were collected by this health centre from the above villages
and that Majorda alone detected 55 falciparum cases, followed by Colva with 54
vivax cases.


In Benaulim, the sources said they detected 27 vivax cases and in
Betalbatim 19. While Benaulim recorded 4 falciparum cases in July, Colva
recorded 36 falciparum cases and Betalbatim 6. Cansaulim however, recorded only
one case of malaria in July this year, health department sources disclosed.


They said all these cases were detected in the migrant labourers
working on construction sites. All the panchayats located under this
jurisdiction have played their role in controlling malaria in their own way.
The health authorities also confirmed this, but added that more needs to be
done by the panchayat and the local people, who have to work hard to maintain
clean surroundings, disclosed the health officer.


The health officer said that every alternate day, his staff goes
to the villages to visit construction sites. However, local panchayat
authorities as well as the villagers feel that prompt action should be taken
against the erring contractors for contravening the rules and for any kind of
negligence.


Xelvona
shootout case: police constable dismissed


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 4 The constable, Krishna Dessai, attached to the
escort cell, South and presently in the lock up for his alleged involvement in
the Xelvona shootout has been dismissed from services by an order under
Provision 311 (2) (b), the Deputy Inspector General of police, Mr Ujjwal Mishra
informed.


Mr Mishra said that Dessai admitted having shot Mr Mariano
Mascarenhas while he was having a drink in a bar at Xelvona on February 16,
2006. He said the Constitution of India allows dismissal without holding
inquiry under Article 311.


Mr Mishra said Krishna Dessai had joined the police force in 1999
and had come in contact with Rajesh Dessai while he was posted at the local
police station. He also said that Krishna Dessai is also wanted in two other
cases pending in the Maina-Curtorim police station and an assault case at the
Quepem police station.


Our Margao Bureau adds: The South Goa superintendent of police, Mr
Shekhar Prabhudessai, said that two accused arrested yesterday were produced
before the court and a five-day remand has been obtained.


So far, the police have arrested four persons.


The police said that one more accused, Sattayan Dessai, who was
also involved in the case, is absconding.


MMC
workers not paid dues


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 4 It?s a question of their daily bread. Thirty five
contract workers, who were hired by the Margao municipal council a year and
half back, are yet to get their wages, even as the councillors are busy
settling old scores.


The contract workers were officially asked to work on daily wages
when Mr Rajendra Azgaonkar was the chairperson of the council.


In March 2007, after the change of guard, Mr Johnson Fernandes
took over the reigns of the Council.


The temporary workers continued to work, however they were not
paid their wages after February 2007.


However, sources in the council informed that wages of only
one-and-half month were pending and added that the wages were held up as their
contract was not officially renewed after the ouster of Mr Azgaonkar.


Later on, the contract was renewed and some of them were still
employed with the municipality, they said.


Unable to get relief from the MMC authorities, the daily-wage
workers have now approached the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat, who on
Tuesday requested the concerned authorities to look into the matter and resolve
the problem.


Jose
Philip, officials inspect proposed Ravindra Bhavan site


NT News Service


Vasco, Sept 4 After the inspection of the new site proposed by the
Revenue Minister, Mr Jose Philip D?Souza for the Ravindra Bhavan project, the
officials, including Mormugao municipal council representatives, have
reportedly agreed that this site was suitable.


The inspection was conducted by the Revenue Minister along with
the Mormugao MLA, Mr Milind Naik, the deputy collector and sub divisional
magistrate, Mormugao, Mr Levinson Martins, the Mormugao mamlatdar, Mr Bhushan
Savoikar, MMC chairperson, Mr Manish Arolkar, chief officer, Mr Sakharam Naik,
councillor of ward 7, Mr Sharad Chopdekar, Mr Kritesh Gaonkar, chief architect,
PWD, Ms Radha Pamnani, MPDA, assistant engineer, PWD, Mr A B Rao, member
secretary, Mr Pandhita, representative of director of art and culture and
representative of ISLR, Vasco.


Mr D?Souza said that the Ravindra Bhavan project would benefit the
people residing in Mormugao. He said that the project was important from the
tourism point of view as well as the development of Baina beach.


Ms Pamnani and Mr Panditha have reportedly come to the opinion
that this site was most suitable also for traffic management as there are
number of internal roads to the site, besides the proposed NH-17 B.


Mr D?Souza directed Mr Rao and ISLR, Vasco to submit a fresh plan
of the government plots viz a viz the actual site conditions, most specifically
about the open land and the alignment of the four-lane highway.


The Mormugao MLA inquired from the chief architect about the
modalities of the project such as sitting capacity and Mr D?Souza suggested
that the sitting capacity should be a minimum 1200 seats.


Mr Arolkar promised that space for more parking would be given
from the adjoining municipality land.


The chief architect, was of the opinion that the total rated
available land is prima facie adequate and sufficient to meet the demand, and
accordingly sort a survey plan from ISLR.


The meeting in order to review the plans afoot for the proposed
construction of the project has been kept for September 18 at 11 a.m in the deputy
collector?s chamber.


Make
life easy of ?aam aadmi?, CM tells SGPDA officials


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 4 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat today, warned
officials of the South Goa Planning and Development Authority that he would not
hesitate to take strict action against them if he received any complaints
against the functioning of SGPDA.Mr Kamat disclosed he had received complaints
from members of public that SGPDA was refusing to issue NOCs.


The Chief Minister was speaking to the media at the collectorate
office in Margao, where he was present to hear public grievances.


What upset the Chief Minister was a written complaint by an
individual, who alleged that some PDA members demanded Rs 9,000 from him, to
issue a routine NOC.


?I will hold SGPDA officials responsible about such complaints,?
Mr Kamat warned and asked the officials to solve the problems of the ?aam
aadmi? at their level.


?People should not come to me for every little think,? he said and
disclosed that he would hold a meeting with the SGPDA officials next week.


Announcing a slew of pubic projects for the bustling commercial
town in the South, Mr Kamat said foundation stone for a new KTC bus-stand and
collectorate building will be laid on the Dusshera Day.


The Chief Minister also informed that the Konkan Railway
Corporation, police station building was complete.


The building may also be thrown open on the Dusshera Day, he
added.


On the slow progress of Ravindra Bhavan, he said that the
government was making efforts to complete the project and hopefully
inaugurating it by Diwali.


The Chief Minister informed that the government had taken the
initiative to compensate kidney patients undergoing dialysis at the rate of Rs
15,000 per month, at government-recognised hospitals.


He said that government has recognised two private hospitals - Vrundavan Hospital in the North and Apollo Victor
in the South - for dialysis treatment.


This is besides the free dialysis facility available in the Goa Medical
College, Bambolim and
Hospicio in Margao.


The Chief Minister further informed that henceforth the Power
Minister, Mr Alexio Sequeira will hear public grievances and would visit the
collectorate office in Margao once in a fortnight, on a Wednesday.


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Casino boat will go: CM Says govt yet to decide on
Mopa


BY HERALD REPORTER




MARGAO, SEPT 4 ? Finally speaking out his mind on the
controversial casino boat anchored in River Sal, Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat
has said his government would prevail upon Hotel Leela to tow the boat out of
the river.

?It is in their interest that Leela Hotel should remove the casino boat. I will
talk to the Hotel management and prevail upon them the need to remove the
boat?, Kamat said in an informal chat with newsmen during his weekly visit to
the district Collectorate here on Tuesday.

The chief minister said he has asked concerned departments to study and submit
all details concerning the licenses issued for casino boats. ?I have asked
officials to study what exactly you mean by off-shore casino?, he said, adding
?I was not a party to the decision to grant permission for casino boats?.

Clarifying his position on this point, he said no permission has been granted
by him or his government for casinos in the State. Replying to questions at a
press conference in Panjim, he said around a year ago, 14-15 parties had
applied for setting up off-shore casinos in the State. Considering various
aspects, the Cabinet which discussed the issue then decided to allow not more
than five casinos, he said.

Kamat said before his government initiates any action, he wants to be cautious
so that all details pertaining to the licenses are studied thoroughly. ?The
boat has been lying anchored in River Sal for the last one-year-and-half before
I assumed office?, he said.

He said if the term ?off-shore? indeed means off the coast, then all casino
boats will have to compulsorily operate in the sea.

Kamat further said he is seeking legal opinion on the vexed issue, to ascertain
whether the boats have violated any provisions of the license conditions.

MOPA AIRPORT: Replying to questions on Mopa,
the chief minister said that the government would not take any decision on the
issue as the matter is before a committee appointed by Prime Minister.





Advisory panel to aid new RP


BY HERALD REPORTER




PANJIM, SEPT 4 ? Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today said
that an advisory committee would be appointed to assist in formulating the new
Regional Plan.

He said he has had discussions at various levels and that the new RP would be
formulated strictly as per the provisions laid down in the Town & Country
Planning Act. This would include seeking the views of the people at grass-root
levels too.

Replying to questions at a press conference in the Secretariat Tuesday evening,
the chief minister said the Advisory Committee would consist of persons ?whose
integrity is beyond question?.

This body, he said, will guide, assist and provide checks and balances in the
formulation of the Plan. It may not have a major role to play though the
Congress had promised much more just before the Assembly elections.

In its manifesto, the Congress Party had promised formulation of Regional Plan
of Goa through a statutory Public Commission comprising eminent town planners,
architects and environmentalists in a transparent participatory procedure
involving elected representatives. For this, the Town & Country Planning
Act, 1974 would be suitably amended, it was promised.

Kamat, nonetheless, said TCP Department has been asked to hold a workshop this
month to discuss on the TCP Act 1974.

To a query, Kamat said 2001 draft plan could be the basis for the new Plan. He
said in 2003 the plan submitted by the Consultants in 2001 was modified and
according to GBA it doesn?t reflect the ground reality.


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New
education policy soon: CM


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat today
announced that the government will soon come out with a new education policy,
covering right from the pre-primary level, to bring about the much needed
improvement in the education system.


He said education advisory council will be constituted comprising
educationists who will frame the guidelines and other aspects related to the
education policy.


Mr Kamat was speaking as the chief guest after presenting state
awards to five teachers for their meritorious services to the society on the
occasion of 46th Teachers? Day celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary
of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, former president and philosopher, at a function
held at Kala Academy, here.


The Chief Minister said the policy of the state government will be
to hand over the education field to educationists to run it. Let educationists
decide the policy of the education and the same will be implemented by the
state government in right earnest, he said.


Mr Kamat who is also holding the education portfolio told teachers
to adhere to sincerity and dedication while discharging their duties and play a
pivotal role to shape the future of students. Students should also give respect
to their teachers, Mr Kamat said.


The Chief Minister said education is the basic requirement in life
which apart from creating a cultural society is needed to make Goa an ideal state.


Mr Kamat opined that the students are devoting their time for
unproductive purposes such as watching television programmes rather than
concentrating on studies and other extra-curricular activities. Teachers with
their sacred duties can also guide the students to reduce their interest in
television, he added. Mr Kamat had a special word of praise for the teachers
working in rural areas.


The recipients of state awards are Ms Achala Shinde, Government
Primary School, Khorlim-Mapusa, Mr Pramod Prabhudessai, Government Primary
School, Moti-Dongar, Margao, Ms Pushpa Gaitonde, Government Multipurpose High
School Borda, Margao, Ms Susan Vaz, headmistress, Government High School, Ponda
and Mr Pradeep Masurkar DIET, Porvorim. The award carries a cash prize of Rs
25,000, a certificate and a memento. Prizes for highest collection towards
national education fund were distributed by secretary education to the
Mormugao, Salcete amd Bicholim taluka respectively.


Porvorim
hillock develops 3-metre wide crack


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The movement of traffic on Panaji-Mapusa route was
affected once again today following fresh landslide at the same spot, which
occurred yesterday. However, the fresh landslide that occurred around midnight
was more severe according to state authorities.


The principal chief engineer of PWD, Mr Anand M Wachasundar said
that the top of the hillock has also developed a crack of about 120 metres in length and
about three feet wide and 10
metres deep, which could collapse any moment.


The removal of the debris has to be undertaken under most secured
methods, he added.


Mr Wachasundar said that incessant rains that have been lashing
the state for more than a week coupled with weakening of the lateritic soil
could have caused the landslide, even as he feared that rains could hamper
clearing of the debris.


He said that the officials would not take any chances and that the
traffic would be diverted during the night so as to undertake the work on
removal of debris, boulders, as well as around 30,000 cubic metres
of mud from the affected part of the 21 metre high hillock.


He said that the operation clear the mud as well as so as to
remove the danger could last for more than a day and that flow of traffic was
bound to be affected. The authorities have arrangements for diversion of
traffic via Betim and other areas.


The traffic moved at snail?s speed for most part of the day today
and that the traffic policemen had harrowing time controlling it.


Many road users trying to reach their destinations got involved in
arguments over the right to way.


Work
on Mhadei: SC asks Centre, Karnataka govt to file affidavit


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The Supreme Court today directed the Karnataka and
central government to file affidavit in response to the work at the Mhadei
basin, and make their stands clear on the issue of diverting of water from the
basin.


The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat told reporters that when the
matter came up for hearing today, the counsel for the state government brought
to the notice of the apex court that the Karnataka government was undertaking
work on projects.


The court thereafter directed the government of Karnataka and the
Centre to file affidavits within three weeks.


Consumers
owe power dept Rs 182 crore


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 5 Domestic and industrial electricity consumers owe
the power department a whopping Rs 182 crore, which includes some disputed
cases, the Power Minister, Mr Alexio Sequeira, said today, adding that the
department was taking steps to recover the outstanding dues.


The state electricity department has set up a committee to settle
disputed bills, under the chairmanship of the chief electrical engineer, Mr
Nirmal Braganza, he said further during an informal chat with the media at the
collectorate, here.


Besides the chief electrical engineer, the committee also includes
representatives of finance and law department, three members of the power
advisory board, member secretaries and joint director of accounts.


Today was the Power Minister?s first visit to the collectorate, as
part of his fortnightly sojourn to hear public grievances. He will be visiting
the collectorate once in a fortnight on a Wednesday.


According to Mr Sequeira, the only way to recover pending dues was
to disconnect a power connection.


It is reliably learnt that those who owe the department include
some major power guzzling industries in the state.


The Power Minister informed that he was very serious in pursuing
the plan to set up gas-based power plants in the state.


According to a government of India order, all fertilizer
manufacturing plants have to shift from naphtha to gas by 2009, he disclosed.
On account of the order, fertilizer manufacturing industries and many others,
in the state will prefer gas-based energy, he said. Besides being relatively
clean, gas is a cheaper alternative of fuel.


The demand for energy will increase, he further disclosed, as the
government had approved couple of SEZs in the state. Besides more industries
will set up shop in future, he added.


Mr Sequeira informed that work on underground electricity cabling
had been completed in Margao city and was going on in certain areas of coastal
Salcete.


He said most of the problems of the consumers would be solved, if
the department could convert the high tension lines into underground.


He disclosed that the department will request for additional funds
to take up more areas for underground cabling.


When queried on the erratic service provided by the mobile power
vans, Mr Sequeira opined that the concept was excellent, though there were
problems with its implementation. Mr Sequeira said that since the government
had tendered the mobile van service to a private contractor, the government
could do very little in the matter.


Govt?s
vacillating policy may scare investors, says Hotel Leela


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 5 The five-star resort, Hotel Leela, Goa, today said it did not want to add to the acrimony
over the contentious casino vessel issue, but questioned the state government?s
vacillating tourism policy.


Legal adviser for the resort, Mr Ashwin Naik said that the resort
had obtained all the possible licences, complied with the laws and paid the
required fees, while venturing into the offshore casino business.


Putting the onus on the government, Mr Naik reminded that it was
the state that had come out with the policy of setting up offshore casinos, in
an attempt to boost tourism industry. ?Which investor will come to Goa, if every government goes on changing its industrial
policy?? Mr Naik asked.


The head of administration, Mr Shakti Prashad was also present at
the media briefing today morning.


Stating that they did not want to take a confronting stand, Mr
Naik decried at attempts made to paint Hotel Leela as the villain.


?To toss an issue and vilify an honest business endeavour is
despicable to say the least,? Mr Naik countered.


?We have been made scapegoat in the issue,? he said and added that
some fly-by-night organisations have made some serious allegations against the
resort.


Mr Naik did not elaborate on whether Hotel Leela would take legal
steps to counter the moves, against their business interest.


?We have a logical Chief Minister in the state. We will appreciate
any initiative taken by him,? he said.


Debunking the charge of ecological damage, Mr Naik disclosed that
Hotel Leela would be the last to cause any damage to ecology or environment.


He pointed out that the resort had recently won a prestigious
international award for safeguarding ecology.


On the dredging issue, he claimed that the resort was only
?desilting? part of the river, which was adjacent to their property.


Dredging was a complex activity, which needs deep digging and
scooping of the material, he claimed. Desilting was like ?scrapping? the
sea-bed, he added.


According to the legal advisor, ?offshore? means away from any
land bordering a water body. He said any bank was a shore and cited the example
of offshore rigs in the Brahamputra river.


Stating that there was no permanent dumping of silt near the river
Sal, he said: ?It was just a temporary site to store the silt.? He further
disclosed that the resort was paying rent to the government for the site and
that the silt would be permanently displaced later.


Condemning those who claim that there would be law and order
problem on account of the casino issue, Mr Naik said that Goa
was known to be a peaceful place all over the world.


?We are here for the last 16 years. We have no intention to
disturb peace of the locals,? Mr Naik said.





90%
of Margao victims are migrants


by Agnelo Pereira


By and large the ?female? species of the mosquito has saved the
blushes for the man on the street in Margao.


A comparative figure during the last two years, reveals that
malaria cases have more or less remained static in this commercial town.


?This year the falciparum malaria cases have come down by 5 per
cent. Last year there were 20 per cent of falciparum cases as against 15 per
cent reported up to August this year,? the health officer, Dr Geeta Kakodkar
said.


However in August, this year, 37 persons were affected with
falciparum while the figure for August, last year, was 12.


This year there were two deaths reported in the city, after a
nine-year-old local and a migrant adult succumbed to falciparum malaria. In
both the cases the treatment was reportedly delayed and the infection detected
at an advanced stage.


A closer look at the figures reported at the Urban Health Centre,
indicates a sudden spurt in malarial cases in June and July.


According to the health officer, Dr Geeta Kakodkar at the Urban
Health Centre, this was quite normal as monsoon was considered as the
?transmission season?.


The scourge of malaria was mostly prevalent in migrants, as 90 per
cent of the cases reported were from the labour class (construction workers),
Dr Kakodkar disclosed.


According to the health officer most of the migrants descend from
Orissa and Jharkhand and are already infected with the parasite, when they
touch Goa.


High incidents of malaria in the city were reported from Borda and
Fatorda and as usual there was high incidence of construction activity in these
two areas.


This fact was corroborated by the medical superintendent of
Hospicio Hospital, Dr Ruando De Sa.


?50 big constructions and another 170 of smaller nature are going
on in Margao and its suburbs,? Dr Kakodkar disclosed.


Measures like anti-larval spraying in public areas help to control
the breeding of malaria, the health officer said, but stressed the importance
of public awareness and participation to curb the scourge.


Hospicio?s Dr De Sa concurred with the health officer?s view and
emphasised the participation of the ?society? to control the spread of malaria.


?People must take steps to keep the surroundings clean and empty
water collection containers. Besides any fever must be checked for malaria,? Dr
Kakodkar said.


Dr De Sa pointed out that at times various tests for malaria are
reported negative. But the symptoms are exactly of malaria. ?In such cases we
recommend the normal course of malarial treatment,? he said.


The health officer also spoke about a ?new treatment protocol?
followed by the department to reduce the spread of malaria.


?It means using the existing methods in a more vigorous and
innovative way to cut down the transmission of malaria,? the health officer
explained. According to the health officer it was a difficult proposition to
keep a tab on the movement of migrants.


?We have put a surveillance system in place. Our surveillance
workers go around and inspect sites and also collect information, besides
taking slides of the construction workers,? Dr Kakodkar informed.


Getting builders to comply with NOCs and other requirements was of
much significance, the health officer stressed. She suggested that bigger
builders could also be convinced to conduct anti-larval spraying in their area,
under the supervision of the health centre.


Another medical practitioner suggested imposing hefty fine against
defaulting builders. ?The current fine imposed by the government is peanuts for
these builders,? the doctor argued and even recommended imprisonment as a
deterrent.


Govt
to support institutions encouraging sports, says CM


NT News Desk


Panaji, Sept 5 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat said that he
has a dream to make Goa a model state in the
country and there is a need for the state to excel in all the fields,
especially in education.


Mr Kamat was speaking on the occasion of ?Teachers? Day? at the Green Rosary
High School, Dona Paula
today.


Mr Kamat lauded the achievements of students like Ivana Furtado,
who has brought laurels to the state and the country in chess. He also had a
work of praise for students like Tanya Pinto, Talasha Prabhu and others.


The Chief Minister said that the government would give all support
to such institutions which are also encouraging sports, apart from their
regular studies.


Mr Kamat congratulated the teachers and parents of the school for
the achievement of the students. He recalled his days as an NCC cadet for the
discipline that was being inculcated.


?Now students, especially boys, don?t take interest in NCC but the
girl students coming forward in every field and doing well. In the electricity
department there are girls who are engineers and they are doing very well,?? he
added.


Earlier, the Chief Minister felicitated Ivana Furtado, who
clinched a gold at Georgia
in chess and who has bagged several other medals at the Asia
and national level. He also felicitated other students who have excelled in
various fields.


Mr Kamat also felicitated two teachers of the school, Ms Teofila
Lopes and Ms Leena Pai for their dedicated services. The vice president of the
Parent Teachers? Association, Mr Victor Vaz also spoke. Mr Elvis Pereira, the
commissioner of the CCP was present on the occasion.


Govt
urged to remove casino boat from river Sal


NT News Desk


Panaji, Sept 5 The Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) has
demanded that the government remove the ?casino boat? from the river Sal
without any further delay, says a press note released today.


The council claims that the two main rivers (Zuari and Mandovi)
and four smaller ones are the life-line of the people as they sustain a diverse
and fragile ecosystem and this area of the river Sal is the breeding ground for
a variety of shellfish.


In the past, sand extraction and shells-extraction resulted in
total disappearance of the shell-fish, but the people objected and stopped
this.


The fisheries department had declared this area of the River Sal
as a mini fishing harbour and has built a jetty for fishing craft at Cutbona,
from which about 300 such crafts ply in and out of the river.


The press note says that the Captain of ports department had
permitted a private party to tow into the river the boat and this boat is
anchored 15 metres
from the jetty. This boat is meant to used as a ?casino? and the said ?private
party? has been granted permission to operate the casino.


However, reports say that few months back the Captain of ports had
asked that the boat be removed from the river Sal and that about three weeks
ago, the director of fisheries gave similar orders but the boat continues to be
anchored in the river.


Vishwajeet
pays surprise visit to GMC


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The Health Minister, Mr Vishwajeet Rane paid a
surprise visit to the casualty department of Goa Medical College and Hospital,
Bambolim, late this evening only to find that only one servant was on duty in
the department, thereby putting pressure on the medical staff as well as the
relatives of the patient visiting the GMC.


The Health Minister was taken by surprised to find that despite
the fact that he being informed that the GMC had adequate staff only one class
IV employee was on duty in the casualty department, which has a number of
patients at any given time.


Mr Rane told ?The Navhind Times? that he thereafter summoned the
medical superintendent, Dr Rajan Kunkolienkar, as well as the dean, Dr V JN
Jindal, and directed them to immediately make arrangements to post staff to the
casualty department.


He also said that it was brought to his notice that there was
shortage of staff in gynaecology ward also and that he told the management of
GMC that they have to ensure that adequate staff was provided in all wards and
departments.


The Health Minister said that he would hold a meeting with the GMC
management to discuss the issue and all the ?wrongs? in the premier health
institution in the state.


Our Margao Bureau Adds: Mr Vishwajeet Rane today announced plans
to make a provision of Rs 2-crore for up-gradation of the out patient
department of the Goa
Medical College
and Hospital, Bambolim.


He made a similar provision of Rs 35 lakh for up-gradation of
casualty in Hospicio, Margao.


With an eye on hygiene and cleanliness, he said government had
plans to outsource the service of class IV workers.


He further disclosed that government had decided to absorb doctors
on contract, to fill up vacant posts at various hospitals in the State.


The health minister was on a surprise visit to Hospicio, late
Wednesday evening.


Informing that government was seriously trying to ease problems
faced by the hospital staff, Mr Rane disclosed that all the problems of staff
shortage and other issues affecting the employees will be taken care of by
December 30.


In an effort to provide better and hygienic food to patients in
Hospicio, Mr Rane said that the rate of a meal has been hiked to Rs 35 a day. Earlier the rate was
Rs 25.


He stated that a new ambulance had been sanctioned to Hospicio,
but was held up due to bureaucratic wrangles.


Speaking further he said that the government had already approved
and finalized plans for a new district hospital in Margao.


?Only land to set up the new hospital was left to be identified,?
he said, adding that GSIDC will take up the project.


He also said that the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat took extra
pains to sanction all the facilities and requirements of the Hospicio.


He informed that the State Health Advisory Committee will be
meeting in October, to discuss and plan ways to bring more innovative changes
in health care.


Mr Rane will be visiting the Canacona Community Centre on
Thursday.


Margao
markets, favourite for apple purchasers


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 5 This year the south Goa
planning and development authority fruit and vegetable market and
Gandhi market in Margao have emerged as favourite destinations for apple
purchasers.


Varieties of apple have been sold in the wholesale market for
anything between Rs 175 and Rs 200 per dozen.


After a bumper crop in the apple growing belts of Himachal
Pradesh, around 50 trucks - which means around 5,000 cartons of the fruit -
have been unloaded at the fruit market, informed officials of the market
committee.


During the past one month, the sale and purchase of apples has
registered an increase of about 4 per cent as compared to last year, said
commission agents in the market. They said a bumper crop also meant a decline
in the prices.


Mr Banai Shaik, a wholesale dealer said
that consignments have already began to arrive from various parts of India. He also
said that it would take some time for superior variety of apples to reach
the markets.


The fruit vendors and the wholesalers however said that
elaborate arrangement for parking, loading and unloading of the apple cartons
have to be made to avoid traffic congestion in the Gandhi market.


Mr Shaik said that administration should direct
the traffic police not to challan trucks waiting to offload their
consignment, and that separate parking areas for the trucks should be
earmarked around the market during the Ganesh festival.


Bus
driver assaulted


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 5 Six persons attacked a bus driver plying on the
Mumbai-Margao road, at Ambaji junction today morning. Four of them came in two
private cars while two came by bus, informed the police.


The driver of the bus Mr Chamen Mulla has been admitted in the Margao Hospicio
Hospital.


The police said that two assailants who were travelling by bus are
from Pazorconi and allegedly had an argument with the driver. The Margao police
have seized one car used in the assault and some weapons. According to the
police, an offence under Sections 143, 147, 341, 506 (II), 326 read with 149 of
Indian Penal Code has been registered.


against the assailants.


Loliem-Polem
sarpanch deposed


NT News Service


Canacona, Sept 5 The sarpanch of Loliem-Polem village panchayat,
Ms Pranali Prabhugaonkar, the sarpanch of Loliem-Polem village panchayat, was
ousted today morning, said Mr Manuel Barreto, the presiding officer and
Canacona block development officer.Mr Barreto said that five members, including
deputy sarpanch, Mr Xavier D?Silva had served a no-confidence notice against
the sarpanch. The total strength of the panchayat is nine. The other
signatories are Ms Urmila Ramesh Lolienkar, Mr Elvis Fernandes, Mr Vishvesh
Acharaya and Mr Jerson Fernandes. The signatories claimed that Ms
Prabhugaonkar was not available to the public and alleged misuse of panchayat
funds.


Howevr, Ms Pranali refuted the charges against her and asked the
members to show even a single instance where panchayat funds were misused. She
also said that after she became the sarpanch, no work was taken up due to
bickering amongst the members and consequently the question of misuse of funds
did not arise.


Sources say that Mr Vipul is tipped to be the next sarpanch.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=09065


Churchill firm on Cong ticket for daughter


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Unfazed by the opposition from within the
Save Goa Front against his move to field his lawyer daughter on Congress
ticket, a determined SGF supremo Churchill Alemao said he would not compromise
his decision to field Valanka on Congress ticket for the forthcoming Mormugao
bye-polls.


?The Congress has given me a promise to field my daughter on their banner.
If the Congress stick to their promise, Valanka would definitely contest on
Congress ticket,? Alemao told Herald, while on his way to Vailankani for the
annual feast.


Asked to react to strong opposition against his plan by a section of SGF
members, Alemao said ?I suspect a plan by two or three members to scuttle my
move to field my lawyer daughter.? But, he reminded all and sundry that the
people were with him and any dissent shown by any member would not have any
effect on his plan.


?Those within the SGF who are opposed to Valanka contesting on the Congress
want a split the vote in order to benefit the BJP. I will never allow that
thing to happen,? he asserted. ?These opponents want Valanka to contest on the
SGF to ensure a split in the votes to favour the BJP,? Alemao added.


Alemao, however, said the Congress had only promised him to field Valanka
for the bye-polls as part of the deal with Congress when the Digambar Kamat
government was bailed out during the fortnight long political crisis.


He reminded that the Mormugao Lok Sabha seat was represented by him before
he quit in May last to enter State politics.

Meanwhile, a pro-Alemao SGF supporter has said that Churchill has quit the Lok
Sabha seat because he had plans to field his lawyer daughter in the bye-polls.
?We fail to understand why some of the members are making a noise on the
matter,? he added.


Hospicio to see a turnaround soon: Rane


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Health Minister, Vishwajeet Rane has said
Hospicio would soon see a turnaround with the government planning to upgrade
casualty at a cost of Rs 35 lakh, and sanction the manpower requirements by
December 31 this year.

He informed the government has hiked the budget to Rs 35 per patient per day,
which is expected to give the patients a good and hygienic food.

?I can tell when the turnaround at Hospicio would come about. Till the manpower
requirements are met by December 31 and the government sanction Rs 35 lakh for
upgradation of casualty, besides a trauma unit, I would ensure that patients
are looked after and the hospital maintained properly?, he told newsmen during
his surprise visit to Hospicio on late Wednesday evening.

?I have tendered oxygen supply for Hospicio hospital?, he added.

Rane said the criteria of tendering supply of food for patients is being
changed so that patients get better food, including fish, adding the decision
to outsource housekeeping would benefit Hospicio too as private contractors
would look after cleanliness and hygiene in the hospital.

?Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat has sanctioned staff for Hospicio and other
hospitals. He has also cleared other files as well?, he added.

Rane said the people need not worry about the government plan to go for Public
Private partnership to bring expertise and quality medical care for the common
man.

?The Common man will get the medical benefits without paying much. The
government would for the best and successful PPP model to suit the common man.
The model will be kept open for public scrutiny?, he assured.

Rane said bureaucrats need not tell the government which model the government
should adopt and expressed his displeasure over delays in taking decision by
the officials even after the Minister?s clearance.

The Minister said he has asked for Rs two crore from the Contingency Fund to
upgrade the casualty at GMC.


New ambulance idle for want of diesel


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Just imagine a situation where a
state-of-the-art Ambulance is lying idle for want of diesel.

Indeed, a brand new ambulance procured by the government is lying idle outside
Hospicio hospital for want diesel.

This was disclosed by none other than the Health Minister, Vishwajit Rane
during his visit to Hospicio hospital and blamed the General Administration
Department (GAD) for the situation.

?How can I operate the ambulance if the GAD is not making provision for the
diesel requirements?, he asked. When asked whether the Chief Minister, Digambar
Kamat is aware of the situation, he said ?it?s not the question of the CM, but
the the process should change?.

Meanwhile, Rane said the health department would deploy two well-equipped
mobile vans, one in Sattari-Pernem and the other at Quepem-Canacona to attend
to the medical needs of the patients. ?These vans would start operating soon?,
he added.

When newsmen drew his attention on the scan facility at the GMC, Rane said ?I
am aware of what is happening. For want of time, we could not devote attention
to all these areas?.





Labourer feared drowned


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

MAPUSA, SEPT 5 - A Bihari labourer was feared drowned
while seven others managed to swim to safety when a boat carrying sand capsized
in the Chapora river near Pirna on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Mapusa police, the incident took place when the ill-fated boat
loaded with sand extracted from the river was returning to the riverbank. The
vessel was caught in a whirlwind and water entered into the boat.

The boat capsized and seven labourers managed to swim to safety, while Harinder
Yadav (25), a labourer employed at a sand extraction unit at Colvale, went
missing.

Efforts went on till late evening to locate him.





Illegal structures demolished in Ponda


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

PONDA, SEPT 5 - Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) on Wednesday
demolished some illegal structures in public places and also evicted vendors
occupying the footpaths and open spaces, who were found obstructing pedestrians
in the city.

PMC authorities demolished a compound wall at Sadar-Kaziwada, constructed by a
shopkeeper barely two days ago to prevent parking of vehicles. The PMC had
earlier asked the shopkeeper to remove the wall, but he had failed.





Dismissed cop had tainted record


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 5 - Constable Krishna Dessai, who allegedly
shot Xelvona panch Marianho Mascarenhas, was not without any blemish, even as
he has been dismissed from service by the Goa Police.

Known for his wild ways, on January 13, 2002, the constable was involved in a
brawl at Goa Reserve Police, Altinho, here, with three others. He was suspended
for the ugly incident in which a canteen staffer at GRP was mercilessly bashed
up by the four.

After the staffer, Gurudas Bhomi Gaonkar, filed a complaint an offence was
registered under Section 452, 324, 332 read with 34 of IPC and Section 3 of
Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act at the Panjim Town Police Station. Krishna was arrested and later suspended.

The controversial constable is presently in the custody of Curchorem police for
seven days for allegedly shooting Mascarenhas on February 16, 2006, an incident
that had its undercurrents in the bustling ore business in
Curchorem.

Mascarenhas, who was shot at close range by the cop, was grievously injured,
but luckily survived to tell the tale.

The shooting of Mascarenhas, carried out by Krishna at the behest of prime
accused in the Sandeep Mapari murder Rajesh Dessai, was one among the three
incidents the constable was involved.

Curchorem Correspondent Adds: Meanwhile, Quepem DySP Jaiprakash Nagwenkar on
Tuesday raided a bar owned by Satyawan at Uguem-Sanguem, who is wanted in
connection with the Mascarenhas shooting incident.

Police believe that Satyawan had allegedly accompanied constable Krishna on a motorcycle on the day of the shooting.

The raid could not yield anything and Satyawan, a resident of Xelvona, still
continues to be at large.

Police have recovered the black helmet allegedly used by Krishna
during the shooting incident and is on the lookout for the black jacket used by
him that night. Police is also yet to trace the country-made pistol,
which was used in the shooting.

Meanwhile, the prime suspects ? Rajesh Dessai, Balesh Dessai, Vinay Dessai,
Krishna Dessai and Shekhar Dessai ? were on Wednesday brought to the Curchorem
police station from Vasco, for investigation.





Ganeshutsov mandals told to engage private security


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? The government will request Sarvajanik
Ganeshutsov Mandals to engage private security for the forthcoming Ganesh
festival in the backdrop of the terror attacks in Hyderabad.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that this decision was taken at a meeting
held on Wednesday evening by Home Minister Ravi Naik and him with the
police top brass ? DGP, DIGs and others ? on taking preventive measures during
the festive season later this month.

Based on the communiqu? the government has received from the Home Ministry in
the backdrop of serial bomb blasts in Hyderabad
last month, the Goa government has decided to
tighten its belt on the security front.

Kamat said that security would be beefed up during Ganesh
Chaaturti. Sarvajanik Ganeshutsov Mandal ? community Ganesh festival committees
? would be requested to engage their own security as a preventive measure,
Kamat said.

The Home Ministry is learnt to have cautioned coastal states to remain alert in
view of renewed terror activities in some parts of the country.





Mobile van linesmen assured mobile phones


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? The much-hyped mobile electricity van ?
deployed in the villages ? has turned nightmarish for the power consumers as
well as the department.

For, the operation of these mobile vans, which worked wonders in the four major
cities, has not helped much to reach out to consumers in times of emergencies.

The reason: Outsourcing of these mobile vans has run into trouble with the
contractor unable to even pay the salaries of the drivers employed on the van
or provide fuel to the vehicles.

Secondly, though the power department linesman have been provided with the
mobile vans, their mobility is literally restricted for want of mobile phones
to attend urgent call.

The result being there?s no co-ordination between the linesmen on the field
with the electricity office, thus delaying in attending to the complaints.

When newsmen drew attention of the Power Minister to the problems faced by
consumers vis-a-vis the mobile vans, Alexio Sequeira was quick to admit the
lacuna being faced by the mobiles.

?Recently, the drivers employed by the contractor on these vans complained to
me about non-payment of salary. There were also complaints on fuel?, he said,
adding that he has called the contractor for discussions.

The Power Minister has, however, promised to provide mobile cell phones to the
linesman attached to these mobile vans to increase their efficiency and
accessibility.





Panjim, Margao stations allotted 10 PSIs each


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 5 - Considered as heavy, the Panjim and
Margao police stations have been allotted 10 PSIs each from the 66 new PSIs who
landed in Goa after their months long training in Nashik, Maharashtra.

Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Arvind Gawas said these two police
stations have been sanctioned because the workload here is more. These PSIs will
definitely take off the load from the present officers, he added.

Apart from the 20 PSIs for Margao and Panjim, Gawas said Mapusa has been
allotted six, Ponda six and Vasco five, while the remaining of them will be
stationed at other police stations across the State. Pillion dies (margao hr):
A 53-year old woman pillion rider Maria Annie Pereira, a resident of
Caramorod-Chinchinim died in a road accident on the damaged stretch of the
NH-17 at Sirlim on Wednesday morning.

Maria was pillion riding on a two-wheeler when a Mini bus GA 02 T 4702,
proceeding from Chinchinim to Margao, dashed against from behind. The deceased
fell on the road and died.

Police have arrested the bus driver Mustaq Gaffor for rash and negligent
driving.

Further investigations are on.





Alex a noted photographer


PANJIM, SEPT 5 -- Alex Fernandes is a
professional photographer for the last 20 years. In October 2005 Alex
photographed 37 prominent ?Tiatriste? in Goa
and Mumbai. This was followed by a portrait series on ?Goan Musicians? and
?Goan Artist?.

Fernandes worked for the Kodak distributor in the Middle
East where he set up and managed professional portrait studio.

Alex also served on the faculty for portrait photography and
lighting workshops for Kodak. Alex Fernandes currently runs ?Portrait Atelier?,
that provides professional studio photography services in Goa. ?HND





Desai PTA chief of Cuncolim school


PANJIM, SEPT 5 -- Shivaji Babu Desai,
Asst Director of Industries, Trade and Commerce was elected President of the
PTA of United High School Cuncolim, Salcete, Goa. In the meeting of Parents
Teachers Association new committee for the year 2007-2008 was elected.

Dr Suraj Kanekar was the chief guest. Dr Prakash Kurade Chairman of the
Managing Committee distributed 105 uniforms to the students donated by Urban
Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao. Earlier Shri Ramesh Uttam Desai welcomed
and introduced Headmaster Oscar Gracias to the guests. Madhukar Desai Proposed
vote of thanks.

Goranti Viera compered the function.?HND


CM resumes weekly interactions with common man


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat finally
resumed his weekly interactions with the aam aadmi in the district Collectorate
here, recently, Power Minister, Alexio Sequeira likely to follow Kamat?s
footsteps from Wednesday.

And, if the Chief Minister is to be believed, the Power Minister will make his
presence felt in the Minister?s Chamber of the district Collectorate atleast
once a fortnight to attend to public grievances.

Sequeira said he would sit in the Minister?s chamber at 3 pm on Wednesday and
will reguarly hear public grievances atleast once a fortnight.

Whether other Ministers from Salcete taluka would emulate the Chief Minister or
the Power Minister remains to be seen, since most of them prefer to function
from their place of residence.

For instance, Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco or for that matter Urban
Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao or Minister for Water Resources, Filipe
Neri Rodrigues prefer to function from Betalbatim, Varca and Sirlim
respectively.

This has forced the citizens of Salcete and down South to meet these Ministers
at the place of their residence instead of a centrally-located place such as
the district Collectorate, which has the provision for a Minister?s chamber to
facilitate Ministers to attend to public grievances.


Quepem civic chairperson backs common cadre


PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? Quepem Municipal Council
has decided to back State government?s move to implement common cadre for all
the 13 municipal councils.

Although and move was met with wide resentment with the All Goa Municipal Union
calling for a one-day token strike on Sept 13, the Quepem Municipal Council in
a meeting held over the month-end decided to go with the government decision.

Quepem Municipal Chairperson Tereza Travasso, in a letter issued to
Chairpersons and councilors of Curchorem, Cuncolim, Sanguem and Canacona, has
called for a meeting on Sept 8 at Quepem Municipal Council office, at 10.30
am.--HND





Sao Jose de Areal hillock ravaged, will denudation
now stop?


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Who?s responsible for the wanton
destruction of the Sao Jose de Areal hillock by basalt quarry operators? And,
whether the denudation will now stop after the police registered a case against
an operator during a joint inspection on Tuesday?

These questions has come to the fore as the picturesque stands ravaged due to
mining activity even as the police claimed to have attached two tractors and
arrested a driver.

While the attachment of the two tractors is a welcome action by the police, why
the authorities turned a blind eye to the destruction all these years is a
question concerned authorities need to answer.

Says Town Planner, Bykad: ?Since my office has now lodged a formal complaint
with the police, it?s the responsibility of the men-in-uniform to prevent the
illegal activity in the future?.

Incidentally, Bykad came in for sharp criticism from the police on late Tuesday
evening over the question of lodging a complaint of hill cutting witnessed at
Sao Jose de Areal. ?How could I lodge a complaint after office hours. There
would have been on outward number on the correspondence?, Bykad said, adding
that the police does not need a formal complaint from him if they have found
the tractors operating illegally.

Incidentally, Bykad said his office has not given any permission for hill
cutting at Sao Jose de Areal and has no knowledge whether permission has been
obtained from the Chief Town Planner or the Mines department.

?No particular department can be blamed for the destruction of the hillock, but
the fact remains that blasting and quarrying went on for years without any
action?, Bykad admitted.

Locals have been strongly objecting to the blasting operations on grounds the
activity has not only resulted in environmental degradation, but has caused
damage to residential houses in the immemdiate neighbouhood.

?We hope atleast now, the authorities will stop further destruction of the
hillock by initiating action against the guilty?, remarked Sao Jose de Areal
Sarpanch Martha Cardozo.





Sodium vapour lamps to be replaced


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 - Sodium vapour lamps will finally make way
for Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) on the street poles across the state soon.

For, the new Power Minister, Alexio Sequeria has found the CFLs more viable
than the old sodium lamps in all aspects - savings on power, money and repairs.

In an informal chat with newsmen, Sequeira said the CFLs - popularly known as
power savers - would be tried on the electric poles as an alternative to the
sodium lamps.

Outlining the many advantages of CFLs, he said a CFL lamp cost around Rs 800 -
all inclusive - as compared to a sodum lamp, which cost over a thousand rupees,
with additional cost on the capacitor, ignitor etc.

Moreover, he said the CFL lamp consumes less energy compared to sodium vapour
lamps, adding the state could save energy too during peak hours when there?s
already a power shortage.





Kamat?s ?inquiry? sets PDA chairman into motion


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? A day after Chief Minister Digambar Kamat inquired with the
SGPDA on delays in clearance of files, PDA Chairman Shyam Sattardekar on
Wednesday has set in motion the process to streamline the functioning of the
Planning body from the public view point.

Taking cognisance of news reports about an aam aadmi complaining to the Chief
Minister about delays in the PDA, Sattardekar personally took stock of the
situation by seeking to know whether any official or staff member were involved
in demanding bribe from the people.

Sources said the PDA Chairman personally asked the party which staff member had
demanded money for issuance of certificate.

To make the PDA functioning more transparent, Sattardekar has set in place a
system wherein certain certificates and files are approved within a set
time-frame if all the requirements are complied with.

Tuesday saw the Chief Minister calling up the PDA Member Secretary to answer a
complaint from a party that his file has not been cleared by the planning body
for a long time.

Sources said the PDA Chairman was pre-occupied for quite some time and could
not frequently make it to the PDA in the recent past.





Case registered under cyber crime


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 5 - Crime Branch has registered a case
against unknown accused under Section 43, 66 of Information Technology Act and
Section 420, 511 of IPC.

The case was registered after Yolanda de Souza, resident of Art Chamber,
Gaurawado, Calangute, complained that on August 27 the unknown accused hacked
into the e-mail account of their firm artchamber at gmail.com.


She further stated that after hacking the accused sent e-mail messages through
the account to several people in her husband?s name asking for financial help
of 3,500 US dollars.

The accused asked the donors to send the money to Western Union Money Transfer
in the name of one Abdullani Omar of Victoria Island, Lagos State, Nigeria,
she said.

DySP Crime Branch Mahesh Gaonkar said Yolanda discovered that the account had
been hacked after some friends informed her they had received mail from her
husband asking for financial help from Nigeria.





PM?s scholarship scheme


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? Applications are invited by the
Secretary, Kendriya Sainik Board, New Delhi from the wards/widows of
Ex-Servicemen pursuing professional degree programmes in Medical, Dental,
Veterinary, Engineering, MCA, MBA and other professional courses recognized by
the concerned government regulatory bodies such as MCI, AICTE, UGC etc.

The scheme will be applicable only to those who have joined the professional
courses in the academic year 2007-08. The amount of scholarship is Rs 12507 per
month for boys and Rs 15007- per month for girls.

The application cum brochure form can be downloaded from the website
http\\www.dgrindia.com. After opening the website, click at sub title Kendriya
Sainik Board and open column number 27.

The application/brochure would be displayed.

This form is to be downloaded, filled in own handwriting and forwarded to
Kendriya Sainik Board, West Block-IV, RK Puram, New Delhi alongwith a demand
draft of Rs 307 (Rupees thirty only) or obtain directly form Kendriya Sainik
Board, RK Puram, New Delhi-110066 by sending a demand draft of Rs 307 drawn in
favour of Secretary, Kendriya Sainik Board payable at Delhi. Last date of
receipt of application is October 31, 2007.

For further details contact Secretary, Department of Sainik Welfare, Collectorate Building,
Panjim, Goa.





Fatorda MLA urges PWD for better roads


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Fatorda MLA Damu Naik has urged the PWD
department to improve the pathetic condition of roads in his constituency
before the ensuing Ganesh Chathurti festival.


Naik told Executive Engineer, PWD that many a road in Fatorda constituency
has deteriorated, putting motorists and pedestrians to great hardships. ?The
condition of roads have worsened due to laying of sewage pipeline?, he said.


He made a particular mention of roads such as Goa Bottling, Arlem junction
to Dhulapkar junction via Ambhaji and the road opposite to BM servicing, Borda,
Eastern bypass road oppo Gomes petrol pump to Four statue circle and the road
from Old Chowgule junction to the four-road junction via Opp to Bernard Souza?s
house, Marlem, Borda main road, Fatorda, Gauliwada and various areas of the
constituency.


Rotary club scholarships distributed


HERALD NEWS DESK


PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? Scholarships of Rotary club of Panjim,
totalling Rs 3.86 lacs were distributed this year to 99 students including 56
students from the old batch at the rate of Rs 4,OOO each through the
contribution of Rotarians, well-wishers and sponsor?s.


Shree AAahalaxmi Saunthan Charities, Panmji sponsored 9 students
whereas Andhra Sangham, Goa sponsored 11
students through this scheme. This year, financial assistance is given till
graduation.


Financial Scholarships, to the students were distributed at the hands of
Shripad Y Naik, Member of Parliament, North-Goa, recently, at Hotel Manoshanti,
Panjim in presence of Assistant Governor of Rotary Dist-3170 Rtn. Manoj Caculo,
and large number of Rotarians and well-wishers.


Rtn Caculo in his speech congratulated the students who were received
financial scholarships and asked them to treat this money as investments of
Rotary and not loan or favours.


He also requested them to try and pay back the amount they have received by
sponsoring a deserving student in completing his/her education in years to come
after each one is well settled in life.


Shripad Naik, in his speech complimented the Rotary Club of Panjim for
initiating a deserving project to the Students of Goa who will be able to
complete their education and take up a good job. He also highlighted the
importance of education in today?s world and said that one can face challenges
in life only if he or she is educated. He narrated the hardship he has gone in
his life, to complete his graduation.


Mr Naik complemented the Rotarians of the Club for continuing with this
project for so many years, which has enabled more than 300 deserving students to
complete their graduation and Rotary Club of Panjim spending more than Rs 26.50
lakh till date on the project.


Rotary President Dr Hirendra Kumar welcomed the gathering; Secretary Col
Khurana introduced the chief guest, while Rtn Dinesh Kamat proposed the Vote of
Thanks. Bhavana S Raikar compared the function.


The project was co-ordinated and handled by Scholarship Chairman Rtn Gaurish
M Dhond, who has been at the forefront of this project for the past 4 years.


Shantaram informed of CRZ notification not being
replaced


HERALD NEWS DESK


PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment and
Forest Namo Narain Meena informed Shantaram Naik MP in the Rajya Sabha, in a
written reply, that government has not issued any new Coastal Zone Management
(CZM) Notification replacing Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 1991.


In reply to another question Mr Meena informed Mr Naik that in compliance to
the directions of the Hon?ble High Court of Bombay at Panjim in Writ Petition
No 422 of 1998 and No 99 of 1999, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority
(GCZMA) has initiated house to house field validation to ascertain the
violation in the Coastal Regulation Zone II and III areas of Goa.


Mr Meena further informed Mr Naik that the survey has not been completed and
no report has been filed, and therefore the question of taking any action in
the matter does not arise.


Consumer Protection Act: Meanwhile, In the reply to another question, Union
Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar informed Mr Naik that there is a proposal
before government which seeks to further amend the provisions of the Consumer
Protection Act, 1986, which would widen the scope of various provisions of the
Act to make them more effective; to facilitate quicker disposal of complaints;
to enhance the capability of the redressal fora; to strengthen or
clarifying the powers of the redressal fora; to streamline the procedures; and
to bring clarity in certain provisions.


However, Mr Pawar informed Mr Naik that the government does not propose to
constitute forums below the level of districts.


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STs
in Goa get 12% quota in central govt jobs



NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 Fulfilling a long-pending demand of the Scheduled
Tribes in Goa, the central government has
approved 12 per cent job reservation for the community in government
departments and organisations.


The Minister for Social Welfare, Mr Pandurang Madkaikar announced
this at a press conference today. As per the reservation policy of the
government of India,
there is 7.5 per cent reservation in jobs for Scheduled Tribes in central
government departments and organisations.


However, central government departments and organisations
functioning in Goa, for them the government of India
has notified 12 per cent reservation in jobs for Scheduled Tribes in Goa. This is applicable in group C and D posts in case of
direct recruitment. Mr Madkaikar said the long pending demand of the Scheduled
Tribe community was fulfilled through the active intervention of All India
Congress Committee general secretary, Ms Margaret Alva. He said it also
fulfilled a promise given by the Congress party to the Scheduled Tribe
community before the elections.


Mr Madkaikar also announced that the state government has notified
reservation in jobs for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in government-aided
education institutions, which are receiving Grant-in-Aid from the government.
This kind of reservation was not there earlier.


The Social Welfare Minister also announced that the government has
also notified 12 per cent reservation for admissions for Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes in all educational institutions in the state with immediate
effect.


Speaking about the Dayanand Social Security Scheme, Mr Madkaikar
announced that the government has decided to have a comprehensive re-survey of
all the existing beneficiaries of the DSSS. He said there are presently almost
one-lakh DSSS beneficiaries in Goa of which
almost 20,000 beneficiaries could be bogus or undeserving cases.


The government has received complaints that many people are
receiving double benefits from the government and a comprehensive re-survey
will weed out the bogus cases, Mr Madkaikar said.


In fact, the Chief Minister will host a meeting along with the
Finance Minister, the Minister for Social Welfare and the leader of opposition on
September 12 to finalise the criteria for the re-survey.


Traffic
disrupted as PWD tries to clear NH-17 sector of mud


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 The landslides on the national highway-17 at
Porvorim, on the western side of the Mandovi bridge, continued to disrupt
traffic for the third day today in succession even as public works department
engineers brought down a large portion of the cracked hillock causing more mud
and boulders to spill on the road.


The officials who were busy in bringing down the dangerous portion
of the cracked hill had to order stoppage of traffic on the eastern side of the
road for about two hours from 11
a.m to 1 p.m as huge boulders that came hurtling down
could have spilt on to the operational side of the road besides causing damage
to vehicles and injuring people.


The traffic disruption is likely to continue for some more days
even as the authorities continued the operation to clear the debris and bring
down totally the cracked part of the hill to eliminate further chances of
landslide.


The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat told reporters at hurriedly
convened press conference this afternoon that the state authorities had to
resort to traffic stoppage for two hours and divert it via Britona and Betim to
prevent any accident.


?We don?t want to take any chances,? he said adding that the state
administration has pressed four ferryboats to ease the problems of the
commuters. He also said that while the work of clearing the debris would
continue on war footing, one lane of the road would remain open for traffic
till the entire operation was completed.


He also said that the help of Geological Survey of India and
geological experts of Sesa Goa have been requisitioned to deal with the
situation and that the government would take appropriate measures as suggested
by them. ?If suggested we would build a retaining wall and have a stable
slope,? he said.


The Chief Minister also directed the PWD officials to take steps
to prevent such occurrences in other parts of the state and asked them to
examine other similar sites. He said that the clearing of the debris and
removal of the dangerous portion of the hillock could continue for the next
8-10 days.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times?, the additional collector, Mr
Swapnil Naik said it will take at least 8 days more to clear the approximately
2,000 truckloads of mud caused by the landslide.


Mr Naik said engineers today used earth-moving machinery to
deliberately throw down the cracked portion of the hillock from top as it was
precariously perched and threatened to come down anytime posing risk to
traffic. More portions of the hillock will be felled tonight and probably
tomorrow night to completely remove the danger of it collapsing accidentally
later, Mr Naik said.


The Chief Minister, the PWD chief engineer Mr A Wachasundar, the
collector, Mr Mihir Vardhan and other officials visited the site today.
Authorities also brought in mining engineers from a private company to advise
them on the course of action to be taken due to the landslide. Traffic was stopped
completely on the highway from 11
a.m till 1 p.m, today.


The additional collector informed that heavy traffic coming from
Ponda has been diverted via the Amona bridge and from Mapusa it has been
diverted via Torda and Salvador-do-Mundo. The number of ferries at Betim were
increased from one to three today and may be increased to four tomorrow, Mr
Naik said.


Traffic will be stopped completely for at least two more nights as
there are plans to throw down other portions of the hill on these two successive
nights. Mr Naik said that the traffic during the day will continue to move the
same way; a portion of the exit road near the troubled site will be closed and
the western approach road to the Mandovi bridge will be used as a two-way road
to divert the traffic.


GHAG
objects govt?s plans to demolish Provedoria building


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 The Goa Heritage
Action Group (GHAG) has strongly objected to the proposed plans by the
government to demolish the ?historic? Massano da Amorim (Provedoria) building
in Panaji and construct a seven-storied commercial complex in its place.


The GHAG also expressed apprehensions over proposed plans by the
government to convert the Old
Goa Medical
College building into a
mall and to build a high-rise parking facility in the Garcia da Orta
(municipal) garden.


Addressing a press conference today, the GHAG chairman, Mr Yatin
Kakodkar said the group strongly opposed the government plans to demolish the
heritage `Massano da Amorim? building and construct a new seven-storied
commercial complex in its place. He said his group will seek a meeting with the
Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat to convince him to stop the project.


Mr Kakodkar said the group had opposed the same plans for
demolishing the Provedoria building in 2002 and the government during that
period had acceded to their demand. He said he was hopeful that the Chief
Minister would listen to their demand now also.


The press release by GHAG states, ``Adding another multi-storied
building in the heart of the city will add to the traffic congestion, create
additional pressure on the infrastructure like water, electricity, garbage
disposal and so on. We do not understand that when the corporators of the city
are unable to take care of the existing problems of the city, why do they want
to create more problems??? It added ``The building belongs to the people of
Panaji and to the people of Goa. Neither the
city corporation nor the government has any right to sell what belongs to the
people to private enterprise.??


The GHAG has however stated that it is not against the change of
use or the change of ownership but only the change of the physical character of
the building.


The GHAG also expressed apprehension over revised plans to convert
another heritage structure, the old Goa
Medical College,
into a mall or commercial complex despite public protests. ??We also hear that
the municipal garden, the Garcia da Orta is to be converted into a
multi-storied car park. Is that why the garden has been deliberately allowed to
go to seed??? GHAG asked.


Take
action against illegal prayer house in Chinchinim: Filipe Neri


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 7 The Minister for Water Resources, Mr Filipe Neri
Rodrigues today, urged the South Goa, district administration to find a
suitable solution to the Chinchinim prayer house issue, even as local panchayat
members and prominent citizens have asked the authorities to seal the prayer
house.


He informed that contrary to the assurance given by the minority
community, there were plenty of devotees in the house on Friday.


The Water Resources Minister along with local sarpanch, zilla
panchayat member and prominent citizens of Chinchinim met the South
Goa, district collector, Mr G P Naik, on Friday evening.


?I want the administration to take appropriate action, before the
issue gets out of control and turns into a major law and order problem,? Mr
Rodrigues said, disclosing that he had discussed the issue with the Home
Minister and the Chief Secretary.


The South Goa collector, Mr G P
Naik assured the Minister and others that based on the information supplied by
the sarpanch, he will discuss the matter with the government and take an
immediate decision.


?I will discuss the issue with the government as soon as possible,
possibly tomorrow morning,? Mr Naik said.


The Chinchinim Citizens Committee president, Mr Nelson Lopes
explained to the district collector that the apprehensions of the public were
real. ?We are not against religious freedom. But it should not impinge on other
communities? rights and against the law of the land,? he said.


The Chinchinim Villagers Action Committee, convenor, Mr Michael
Benny D?Costa in a representation, requested the collector to stop these
activity and seal the premises, to avoid any law and order problem.


Earlier, the Chinchinim-Deussa sarpanch, Mr Olwin Antao presented
a memorandum to the district collector and explained to him the facts of the
case. He said that a family had purchased a house for residential purpose, in
the village panchayat of Chinchinim-Deussa and started holding prayers in the
house.


Recently, as the number of devotees began to grow the Gram Sabha
passed a resolution to stop the prayer service, the sarpanch informed. But
ignoring the diktat of the panchayat, they began converting the house into a
large hall, he said.


Former Chinchinim-Deussa sarpanch, Mr Valentino Barretto, panch,
Mr Agnelo Xavier and other prominent citizens were also present at the
collector?s office.


Casinos
generate income for state


by Sunder G Advani


I have read with interest your thought provoking editorial in the
issue of `The Navhind Times,? dated September 7, `Verdict on Casinos.?


I would not like to comment on the controversy with respect to the
Leela casino boat. I must compliment you on your observation that nobody talked
of preserving the Mandovi river when our `Caravela? casino boat started
operating in this river over six years ago. However, many of your readers may
disagree with your conclusion that this agitation is against casinos in
general.


Nine land-based casinos have been operating in the five-star
hotels in Goa from 1993 onwards and there has
not been any public outcry against these casinos even though they offer almost
the same facilities as offshore casinos. These five-star hotel casinos,
including our `Goa Nuggest? at the Ramada in Varca are more easily accessible
to those with addictions.


Then why is there a sudden debate whether casinos are good or bad
for Goa? Whether tourism is good or bad for Goa can also be questioned. The answer to both has to be
that casinos and tourism, which go hand in hand, are good as they bring in
substantial revenues, but both the industries must be given the right direction
and be controlled so that the negative effects of these activities do not
overshadow their positive benefits.


The government of Goa?s initial policy to issue casino licenses to
only five-star hotels was the right starting point, as the companies had a
sizeable investment in Goa and would not conduct activities, which would affect
their business.


Casinos exist in most countries, including nearby countries such
as Malaysia, Nepal, Mauritius,
Egypt and most recently Singapore where
the fear and penalties of possessing drugs and engaging in prostitution is
severe. Yet Singapore
decided recently to give licenses to two large casino projects, which are
designed to attract many of our Indian tourists, who otherwise visited Goa, Nepal
or Malaysia.


All of these countries also are concerned about harming public
interest, but they go in for casino projects. Most governments set up a commission
to regulate casinos and I have been the one who has requested the government of
Goa to set up such a body immediately. In this
way, the government will be assured of the full benefits of this fast growing
industry, while at the same time promoting healthy tourism and ensuring that
the tourists looking for entertainment in a casino, is not cheated.


The annual license fees paid to the government of Goa by these
nine five-star hotel casinos could be about Rs 2 crore, but our Caravela
offshore casino itself pays Rs 5 crore annually for the license fees to the
government of Goa in addition to the entry tax of about Rs 1 crore annually and
an additional Rs 70 lakh for the lease of the government jetty.


These figures do not include the five-year license fee of Rs 5
crore paid, or the other taxes paid to the state government. In fact, the
`Caravela? offshore casino has paid over Rs 20 crore to the government up to
now. I hope that you will be able to bring these points to the attention of
your readers.


(The writer is the chairman and managing director of Advani Hotels
and Resorts India Ltd.)


Commuters
facing hardships due to landslides on NH-17 section


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 Due to the landslide on the approach road to old
Mandovi bridge, commuters travelling from Panaji to Mapusa and vice-versa have
been facing numerous hardships for the past three days on account of traffic
mismanagement.


During the day, the traffic flows on both the bridges and during
the night the flow of traffic is only one way due to demolition of cracked
portion and transportation of mud from the area. But the police seem to have
failed to streamline the flow of traffic and this has led to traffic chaos.


Today afternoon the traffic came to a grinding halt for several
hours on the bridge. Pedestrians comprising of men, women and school children,
were forced to walk in between the parked vehicles on the bridge.


During the night, the situation is still worse. The police divert
the traffic via Betim-Gurudwara road which is quite dangerous,? particularly
near the narrow turn after the Gurudwara.


Mother
Mary and girl child


by Zito Almeida


Today, September 8, as we celebrate the Nativity or Birthday of
Mother Mary, we observe also the day of the girl-child in India. At this
moment the following words come to mind: ?The human rights of the girl-child
are an inalienable integral and indivisible part of universal human rights.
Gender-based violence and all forms of sexual harassment and exploitation,
including those resulting from cultural prejudice and international
trafficking, are incompatible with the dignity and worth of a human person and
must be eliminated.? This is the Vienna
declaration of the World Conference on Human Rights 1994.


In today?s society, the girl-child faces numerous difficulties and
problems such as a girl?s life is a burden from birth to death, boy child is
preferred to girl child, a girl?s name is spoilt more easily than a boy?s name,
when girls are born there is not so much of celebration as when a boy is born, girls
are valued more for their physical beauty than for their intelligence, girls
are afraid to talk to their parents about sexual assaults, society has double
standards of morality ? one for girls and another for boys and so on.


Mother Mary is a woman accepted by people of all religions as
`Mother.? In the month of September, thousands of people of different faiths
visit the Marian shrines, churches and this is a witness to the fact that
everybody find in Her a person to whom they can turn to in times of need and
trouble and to whom they can look up as an ideal woman, who lived her life to
the fullest.


At this moment, I remember, Keshub Chandra Sen who was a Hindu
Brahmin of Calcutta. He read the life of Christ and committed his life to God.
He did not become a Christian, but he said that he was a disciple of Jesus. He
lived from 1834 to 1854. All of us, who think we are on the forefront of
women?s liberation, let us read carefully what he wrote: ?Sweet Mary, thou
Mother of Jesus Christ, thrice blessed woman, in thee dwells God?s womanliness.
Mother of Jesus, our Mother, world?s mother, we honour you. Glory, glory unto
thee heavenly woman: man is born of woman. Christ too, the blessed Son of God
was born of woman.??


To conclude, education and modernisation has not yet changed the
status of girl-child, to their advantage, even though old parents are looked
upon and treated well by the girl child than the boy child. Parents, teachers,
the government and other associations should contribute directly or indirectly to
the lower position of the girl-child in our society. It is high time that all
concerned should rise up to support the cause of the girl child more
specifically and vociferously.


Cops
book case against Parrikar


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 The state police have booked a case against the
Panaji MLA and Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Mr Manohar Parrikar, the Mapusa
MLA, Mr Francisco D?Souza and the Saligao MLA, Mr Dilip Parulekar, for
obstructing government officials from discharging their duties and endangering
life of people.


A senior police official told ?The Navhind Times? that Mr Parrikar
along with Mr D?Souza and Mr Parulekar forcibly removed the barricade placed by
the public works department officials near the ACDIL School for preventing flow
of traffic on the national highway, which was affected by landslide near the
state Secretariat.


The police official further said that the BJP leaders removed the
barricade and allowed the vehicular traffic thereby endangering the lives of
the people. The incident took place at around 1 p.m.


The senior police official further said that the officials who
were busy in flattening the dangerous part of collapsing hillock and removing
the debris had to abandon their work following the incident.


The authorities had earlier in the day decided to close the road
for traffic to prevent any damage or injury to public due to ongoing but urgent
work to restore traffic on the highway affected by the landslides for the last
three days. The police have booked a case against the BJP leaders for defying
and obstructing the public servants from discharging their duties. The case
against them has been booked under sections 186 and 336 of Indian Penal Code.


Meanwhile, the Deputy Inspector General of police, Mr Ujjwal
Mishra said that a case has been registered against Mr Parrikar and
investigation is in progress.


Earlier today, Mr Parrikar said that he along his party MLAs went
to the site and removed barricades on the NH-17 which prevented the traffic
movement, while addressing a press conference.


He said that the government should have closed the particular
stretch of the NH-17 after informing the people about the same, and preferably
during night time or weekends, when there is scarce traffic on the road.


Stating that the ?aam admi? was caught in the traffic jam unaware,
Mr Parrikar further said that there was no senior traffic policemen present at
the site, to supervise the proceedings. He also noted that though the traffic
was prevented from moving near the site of the landslide, pedestrians continued
to commute across the particular site, thus foiling the attempt of the
government to ensure safety of the people.


The BJP legislature wing also constituted two committees under the
chairmanship of the Mapusa MLA, Mr Francis D?Souza to monitor the activities
related to the Regional Plan 2011 and look into the setting up of special
economic zones, in the state. Mr Parrikar informed that the BJP will launch a
full-fledged agitation on these issues, after Ganesh Chaturthi, and committees
set up will, till then collect all the related information through the Right to
Information Act, documents, etc.


?We will also probe the areas where money has been transacted
against land deals vis-?-vis the regional plan, though concrete evidence in
such cases is hard to find,? he pointed out. Speaking further, the leader of
the opposition said that the BJP legislature wing supported increase in police
patrolling in the city areas like Patto and Campal, which have residents in
large numbers moving to their native villages during the Ganesh Chaturthi
festival. ?This can be achieved by reducing the heavy police protection
provided to the ministers,? he added.


Mr Parrikar also said that the government should make clear its
stand as regards the construction of an international airport at Mopa. Quipping
that the stand of Mr Churchill Alemao towards the Mopa airport project had
softened after his short stay with the BJP, Mr Parrikar said that the
government should immediately re-issue Section IV of the Land Acquisition Act
at Mopa.


The BJP legislature wing also came out strongly against the
failure of the Speaker, Mr Pratapsingh Rane in constituting various House
committees like library committee, privilege committee, estimate committee,
public accounts committee, and so on, even after three months of formation of
the government.


The legislature wing of the BJP also condemned the decision of the
government to close the National Highway-17 from Hotel O?Coqueiro, Porvorim to
Mandovi bridges for removing mud from the landslide, without informing the
public about the closure.


Mr Francis D?Souza and the Fatorda MLA, Mr Damodar Naik were also
present at the press briefing.


Second
line treatment introduced to fight malaria


by Ramnath Pai Raikar


Ramesh Naik (name changed) is a middle-aged gentleman from
Caranzalem who regularly used medicated coil to keep away the mosquitoes from
his apartment, besides fitting the windows with nylon net. He also used
mosquito repellent cream while leaving his house for office. The office provided
him with an air-conditioned cabin. Yet, he contracted malaria of the falciparum
type.


Ramesh is one of the many residents of Tiswadi taluka who had to
face the malaria menace, in spite of taking all the precautions.


The failure of the municipal, panchayat as well as health
authorities to maintain clean surroundings in Tiswadi taluka, especially in
some malaria prone areas, with lack of support from the public, is responsible
for 800-odd cases of malaria, with 300-odd cases of falciparum recorded in Panaji,
as well as 300-odd cases of malaria, with 60-odd cases of falciparum registered
in Taleigao, during this year.


The reason behind Ramesh contracting malaria in spite of taking
all the precautions can also be attributed to the resistance developed by the
mosquitoes/ malaria parasites towards coils, creams and even medicines. This,
in fact has prompted the state health department to introduce second line of
treatment for malaria patients.


The sources from the state health services, acknowledging that the
rise in the cases of malaria around the state, especially in the malaria prone
zones like Caranzalem (Panaji), Aldona (Porvorim), Calangute, Corlim and Margao
was phenomenal during the months of June and July, informed ?However, we have
now been able to control the same.?


They also maintained that the decline shown by the malaria cases
is gradual and furthermore, lot remains to be done to control the malaria
menace and bring it down to a level of satisfaction.


?Fortunately, a number of steps such as cleanliness drive
organised by the directorate of health services, conducting malaria awareness
drive in Goan schools and colleges, weekly evaluation of vector density, house
to house visits by the DHS field staff for tracing domestic breeding sites of
mosquitoes, mass surveillance measures, and mass screening of construction site
labourers including taking blood sample slides and giving prompt treatment have
been adopted,? the health services sources informed.


Speaking further, the sources said that the repeated visits by the
DHS staff to the construction sites, introduction of health cards and legal
measures like withdrawal of NOCs of the erring construction sites with support
from the authorities as well as imposing fines have shown some positive
results. ?We even ensure that the construction site workers complete the course
of their medication,? they added.


The health services sources further maintained that the second
line of treatment has been introduced for falciparum malaria patients from
Aldona (Porvorim) and Panaji, as a central government team as well as the local
Malaria Research Centre (MRC) team found that resistance was being developed by
the malaria parasites. ?Presently, the first as well as the second lines of
treatment are being used,? they informed, ?with all the medicines for malaria
available with the health department.? The sources informed that rapid malaria
testing kits are also used to give results in 15 minutes, so that the treatment
can be started immediately.


A city doctor running a private nursing home said that a number of
malaria patients opt for private hospitals, due to the crowds in the government
hospitals as well as the low level of hygiene in those hospitals.


He also said that very few private hospitals register their
malaria patients with the DHS, adding, ?that is very much necessary so that the
government can keep a track of the malaria patients and the malaria scene in
the state.?


Citizens
call for cleanliness drive in Gandhi market


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 7 The active monsoon notwithstanding, it seems to be
raining morchas on the Margao municipal council.


After Gandhi Market traders and New Market Traders Association
gherao on MMC officials in the past week, today it was the turn of some
residents to march to the council and vent their ire against the city fathers
and staff.


More than 50 residents from Gandhi Market area, under the banner
of Gandhi Market Citizens Welfare Association met and placed their demands
before the chairperson, Mr Johnson Fernandes and chief officer, Mr N D Agrawal.


The residents, mostly comprising of women, complained against the
filth and stink in the Gandhi Market area. They also objected to the improper
garbage disposal system.


They also protested against gambling activities being carried out
in the market.


After hearing their grievances, the chairperson, Mr Johnson
Fernandes assured them that he would look into their pleas and promised to take
action before the Chaturthi festival.


According to the chief officer, Mr N D Agrawal the council had
already initiated moves to beautify the Gandhi market.


He disclosed that a tender to install new garbage disposal bins
had already been passed.


He further disclosed that today he along with the municipal
engineer, market inspector and traffic PI had visited the market in bid to
streamline the market further.


?We were looking for an appropriate site to install a water
connection in the market. We were also debating on how to organise the traffic
in the market,? Mr Agrawal said.


?Or else, what is the sudden reason for the morcha,? Mr Agrawal
argued, stating that the municipality was already on the job.


Gandhi Market Citizens Welfare Association, general secretary, Mr
Riaz Shaikh begged to differ.


?The municipality officers knew that we were coming to the
Council, today,? he said adding, ?That?s why they visited the Gandhi Market
early today morning,?


The Gandhi Market Citizens later marched to the Margao police
station and in the absence of police in-charge, met PSI, Ms Shoba Naik.


?We have requested the police to immediately put end to the
illegal activities going on in the market,? the association secretary said.


They also met the traffic police in-charge, Mr Dharmesh Angle and
urged him to organise the traffic in the market.


?We can?t even get an ambulance near our residences during an
emergency,? Mr Shaikh said.


12
injured as bus collides with truck at Sanvordem


NT News Service


Quepem, Sept 7 Twelve persons were injured, several of them
grievously, in an accident involving a private mini bus and a truck at Anandwadi,
Sanvordem today afternoon. While nine persons were discharged after being
administered first aid at the Primary Health Centre, Cacora, three were rushed
to the Hospicio Hospital, Margao for further treatment.


According to police sources, the accident occurred around 2.15
p.m. when the private bus ?Sri Nagesh? bearing registration number GA-01/W-0915
proceeding towards Ponda from Sanvordem collided head-on with a speeding empty
truck (GA-01/W-0808) proceeding in the opposite direction while it was taking a
sharp turn at Anandwadi. The impact of the collision was such that the bus was
dragged several metres away before the truck turned turtle.


Eyewitnesses informed that a major disaster was averted as the bus
driver skilfully managed to stop the bus from plunging off the road into the
lowland.


However, the bus was badly damaged. Vehicular traffic on the route
was also blocked for nearly two hours before the road could be cleared.


Curchorem police informed that the truck driver would be arrested
soon.


Today?s incident has once again exposed the inefficiency of the
traffic police in reining in truck drivers, despite introducing many regulatory
systems for the heavy vehicular traffic in the area.


Thefts
at Zuarinagar


NT News Service


Vasco, Sept 7 In
two housebreaking incidents, a generator, two HP water motor pumps and other
equipments in two bungalows located behind Airport Plaza
at Vidhyanagar Colony near Alto-Dabolim, Zuarinagar were robbed by some unknown
persons early on Wednesday.


The Verna police disclosed that the total cost of the stolen
materials was about Rs 34,000.


According to police, in the first incident a Yamaha generator and
two sacks of tea bags kept in a storeroom in the premises of the bungalow owned
by Mr P Aliabba were stolen by unknown persons.


In the other case, two HP water motor pumps, and other tools
belonging to Mr V G Patel were stolen. The incident took place between 2 a.m and 4 a.m. Both the bungalows are
located 50 metres
from each other.


The Verna PI, Mr Nolasco Raposo, police sub-inspector, Mr Shailesh
Narvekar and other police staff rushed to the site.


The Verna police summoned the dog squad and finger print experts.


Meanwhile, the Verna police have registered an offence under
Sections 457, 380 of Indian Penal Code.


Mapusa
police to maintain strict patrolling for Ganesh festival


NT News Service


Mapusa, Sept 7 The Mapusa police will be maintaining an extra
vigil including strict patrolling for the ensuing Ganesh Chaturthi festival.


Going by the recent rise in theft cases in and around areas of
Mapusa, the Mapusa police are leaving no stone unturned to ensure an incident
free festive season.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times? the Mapusa sub-divisional police
officer, Mr Waman Tari has maintained that his force is geared up to maintain a
strict vigil during the festive season and patrolling will also be intensified.


He however solicited public co-operation so that the police
patrolling can be effective.


?The public who will be leaving their houses locked during the
festival period are requested to inform the nearest police station in writing,
so that we are aware about the locked houses which in turn will help us in
intensifying security around these houses.


Ensuring strict patrolling around such locked houses will be our
top priority, besides maintaining a vigil in other areas.


Another important thing, which the public are requested to keep in
mind is that at the time of leaving the houses locked care must be taken to see
that no valuable items are kept inside. ?It is advisable to keep such items
safely in bank lockers. In this regard we request the public to co-operate with
us so that we can ensure a safe and an incident free festive season,? said Mr
Tari.


Ravi
hears grievances at Ponda


NT News Service


Ponda, Sept 7 The Home Minister and the Ponda MLA, Mr
Ravi Naik today heard the grievances of Ponda residents
at the sports complex premises here, in the presence of officials
of the various government departments, besides the municipal
officials.Around 100 residents placed their problems before the Minister.


Briefing the reporters after a nearly two hour long
meeting, Mr Naik said that the meeting was held to know the
position of the proposed developmental works for Ponda and at
the same time to hear the problems of the locals.


Mr Naik stated that few new school buildings were proposed and
that the process of tendering the works would be started soon. He
said that most of the problems were related to electricity and water
connections, delay in NOC from panchayats and municipality
and other certificates.


When it was pointed out that the locals face a lot of difficulties
in obtaining medicines during the nights as there are no night pharmacies
available, he assured that a meeting would be held and by the end of
September a night pharmacy would be open.


To another question on dumping of construction, pharmaceutical and
industrial waste on the road sides, he said that instructions were given
to the PWD to monitor the dumping and to inform the police
for further action.


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Birthday of Blessed Virgin Mary


CRESCY PEREIRA


On September 8, we celebrate the birthday of our Blessed Mother Mary.
We all rejoice in the birth of Mary and thank God for the beautiful gift.
Mary is our Mother and her birthday is very important for all of us. Her birth
brightened the prospect of the entire human race that dwelt in the shadow of
death. She is the hope and the dawn of salvation for the whole world. Her birth
is a salvific event because she was inseparably associated with the birth of
the Saviour - Emmanuel: God with us.


She was born of the royal race of David and through her the salvation of the
world was made manifest. From all eternity God chose Mary to be the virgin
mother of the Saviour and by a special dispensation preserved her from the
stain of Original Sin. Already at conception she was immaculate, full of grace.
It is believed that Mary who was to be the temple of the Incarnate Word. Mary
was born for a great purpose. God has chosen her to be the mother of the
Saviour. She had unique privilege of the Immaculate Conception even as a child
she was adorned with the exceptional graces.


The motherhood of the Blessed Virgin has marked the beginning of our
salvation. From her was born Christ our God and our Lord who defeated death and
gave us eternal life. Though we do not have privileges we too can blameless and
immaculate in our small measure by purifying ourselves of sin and by preserving
God?s grace in us. We are all invited to meditate on how Mary was fully
inserted in God?s plan of salvation and how she cooperated with Jesus in His
work with total availability. Mary was a living miracle of God. She said yes to
Jesus at the Annunciation and lived that ?yes? till the last. She is not only
Mother of Jesus but she is also our Mother. What a great Mother we have in
heaven. She is honoured all over the world and all the generation call her
blessed. And God has glorified her in heaven.


Let us remember that Mary reached this glory by passing through trusting
obedience, humble and silent service. She gives us a shining example of how to
become great and glorious. In his saving plan for humanity, God was pleased
with the humility of Mary. Humility is an indispensable condition for receiving
divine gifts. On this birthday of our Blessed Mother, let us try to take a leaf
out of her book in accepting God?s plan, in listening to his word in humble
service.


The birthday of Mary is also the day of the girl child. God send every child
into the world as a part of His loving plan. Every family should welcome every
new-born child with joy. Every person is precious and created in the image of
God. Yet there are many who treat the girl child as unwelcome guest. So parents
give your girl child your love and appreciation.


Let us ask Mother Mary to help us to understand the value of every new-born
girl child. Let us ask Mother Mary to guide us in nurturing and educating every
girl child in the spirit of equality.


Goa is a major Maritime State in country: Kamat


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


PORVORIM, SEPT 7 - Describing Goa as a major Maritime State
in the country, Chief Minister Digamber Kamat has stated that the state?s
economic activities such as export of iron ore and fish are linked to the
maritime sector.


He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the 21st National
Convention of Marine Engineers organized by the Goa Local Centre of the
Institution of Engineers (India)
and the Goa branch of the Institute of
Marine Engineers (India) at
Porvorim.


The chief minister admitted that exports from India has suffered a setback
because of congestion at the ports and paucity of handling capacity.


?Countries like China
have a good maritime infrastructure, which is why China can register a substantial
economic growth in recent years,? Kamat said.


He said the Central government has formulated a national policy for maritime
industry to cover all areas of maritime sector and added that the need is now
to implementation the policy to achieve the desired growth.


Chairman and Managing Director of Shipping Corporation of India S Hajra said
though the maritime industry has contributed a lot to the growth of the Indian
economy, it has not received the recognition it deserves.


?Due to the globalisation and liberalization policy of the Central
government, there has been tremendous increase in the international trade and
now almost 90% of the international trade is handled by the maritime sector,?
Hajra added.


Secretary and Director General of The Institute of Engineers (India) CDR A K Poothia, President of The
Institute of Marine Engineers (India)
R C Bhavnani and B K Saxena also spoke at the function.


On the occasion, noted marine engineers A S Tambveker, Rajendra Kumar, Commodore
M K Banger and Suresh Khare were felicitated by the chief guest.


New ration cards from September 10


HERALD NEWS DESK


PANJIM, SEPT 7 ? Minister for Civil supplies, Jose Philip D?Souza has
directed all the Inspectors and the Director of Civil Supplies that the work
for completion of writing, of the ration cards must be completed within 15 days


He also directed that the completed ration cards should be distributed to
the ration card holders from September 10. The minister observed that the
completed ration cards in Municipal areas may be taken up for distribution at
the first instance, in order to avoid rush at the distribution counter. Mr D?
Souza also advised to distribute ration cards at Fair Price shops.


He also directed that a plan for distribution may be drawn by the Inspectors
and made know to the public well in advance. Jose Philip D?souza was
speaking at a meeting organised in the conference hall of the Secretariat,
Porvorim, yesterday to assess the progress of? completion of new ration cards
to be issued to the ration card holders. The meeting was attended among others
by Director of Civil Supplies, Taluka Inspector, and Sub-Inspectors of Civil
Supplies, Ashok N P Dessai.


The Minister assessed the progress of completion of ration cards taluka wise.
The minister desired that the work of filling up the blank ration card should
be completed at taluka level with the correct format and conditions complied
with.

Ration cards should be distributed to the ration card holders without further
delay.


While assessing the progress of completion of ration cards, the Minister
directed the Director of Civil Supplies to provide some additional staff for
Civil Supplies Wing in the offices of Mamlatdars of Salcete, Mormugao and
Tiswadi.


He also warned, to take action in case of failure to comply with the
directions within the prescribed period.


Mr D? Souza also directed the Civil Supplies Inspector to regularly monitor
the functioning of the Fair Price Shops in their jurisdiction in order to
defect diversion of foodgrains, if any, and take immediate necessary action
against the defaulters.


Residents upset over sex workers at Gandhi market


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 7 ? Is Gandhi market fast turning into a mini-Baina. Indeed
yes, says anxious residents, who are up in arms against the blind eye turned by
the law enforcing agencies and other authorities to the emerging situation.


Residents led by ex-Councillor and women?s right activist, Auda Viegas
marched to the Margao police station on Friday noon, to question the police
about the free movement of sex workers in market and the inaction to nip the
problem in the bud.


Agitated residents gheraoed PSI Roopa ? who is also incharge of Women?s Cell
? demanding to know the lethargic attiude of the men-in-uniform to crack a whip
against the sex workers.


Given the utter failure to honour past promises, the residents gave just two
days time to rid the market area of the nuisance from the sex workers or face
the wrath of the people.


Says Auda Viegas: ?Sex workers swarm around the Gandhi market with the
authorities looking the other way round. This has made the life of the local
residents miserable?.


Viegas said she has no complaints against the sex workers, who are forced
into prostitution by the pimps operating in the area and demanded strict action
against the pimps bringing forced innocent women into flesh trade.


Locals say the two hotels in the market neighbouring has come in handy for
the sex workers to solicit customers and has warned the authorities to stop the
activity within two days or face action.


The residents further say that the market area has become the ground for
petty thieves and other anti-socials to pursue their activity, right under the
nose of the law enforcing agencies.


Demolition of structures leaves Raia fuming


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 7 ? The authorities on Friday completed the demolition of
structures standing on government acquired property along the Arlem-Raia road,
even as the Raia Village Panchayat has condemned the action of the demolition squad
for razing down the premises beyond the boundary marked for the exercise.


Land Acquisition officer, Venancio Furtado told Herald that all structures
on the acquired land has been removed and the process of road levelling has
commenced.


Meanwhile, Raia Sarpanch Nazareth Gomes expressed surprise that the
demolition exercise was carried out without taking the Panchayat into
confidence.


?Some premises near Livrament Chapel, Arlem have been demolished by crossing
the boundary, marked by the authorities. The act has to be condemned?, Gomes
said.


Expressing surprise that the PWD undertook the demolition work without
informing the Sarpanch being the head of the village, Gomes said ?as far as I
know, the preliminary work to be undertaken, for road widening, and not
demolition. If the authorities had informed about the demolitio, I would have
cautioned the villagers or would have alerted them. The act of the PWD is
unwarranted?.


He admitted that accidents do take place on the Arlem-Borim road and the
road needs widening, but hastened to that keeping the Sarpanch in the dark
about the demolition plan is not a healthy practice.


Gomes pointed out thtat the Raia Panchayat had received a letter from PWD
stating that preliminary estimate for the road widening is being prepared and
the proposal is submitted to the government to accord necessary approval,
adding ?no where in this letter it was mentioned about the plan for
demolition?.


If serious, acquire land for Mopa: Parrikar


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 7 ? Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar today said that if the
government is serious about Mopa
Airport than it should
initiate and issue Section 4 for acquisition of land which it earlier allowed
to lapse, said Parrikar.

According to him government would invite contempt of court if it does not
acquire land for Mopa airport and consequently lose it mining.

In a response to the appeal filed by one, bauxite miner, then state government
had given an undertaking to Supreme Court that it would acquire the land for
building airport.

The apex court had dismissed the appeal on the basis of the undertaking given
by the state government, said Parrikar adding, concession given to the miner is
likely to survive if government fails to acquire the land.

No committees formed ? Leader of Opposition today pointed out that Speaker of
Goa Assembly Pratapsing Rane has failed in following parliamentary democracy.

He told a press conference here that it will be three months now since
House has been constituted but speaker has not formed various committees like
standing committee, House committee etc.

Committee to monitor SEZ and RP 2011 ? The BJP today constituted a committee
headed by Mapusa MLA Francis D?Souza to monitor SEZs and RP 2011.


Seal Chinchinim namaz house, collector urged


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 7 ? The row over the disputed place of worship being used to
offer namaz in Chinchinim took a new twist on Friday with the Chinchinim
Panchayat and local organisations urging district Collector, South to
immediately seal the controversial residential house located near the football
grounds.


The movement received support from Water Resources Minister Filipe Neri
Rodrigues, who called for the Collector?s intervention, saying the situation
can lead to Curchorem type situation in peaceful Chinchinim as those conducting
the prayer service in the residential house have adopted the same modus
operandi like in Guddemol-Sanvordem. Filpe said he has briefed the Home
Minister and Chief Secretary on the issue. He suggested to the Collector to
explore the possibility of a tie-up with Masjid from nearby areas to allow the
local Muslims to offer nazaz during the month of Ramzan.


Collector G P Naik assured Filipe Neri and a delegation comprising of
Chinchinim Sarpanch Allwyn Antao, ZP member Joe Dias, Chinchinim Citizens
Committee representatives Nelson Lopes, Valentino Barretto and Cyril Leitao,
Chinchinim Villagers Committee leader Benny D?Costa, Panch Xavier that he would
take immediate action in a day or two in consultation with the government.


The Minister along with the delegation met the Collector this evening and
impressed on the need to act at the earliest. ?I don?t want peace in the
village to be disturbed on the eve of the village feast. Today, those
conducting the prayer service managed to get more devotees. It shows they will
continue with the prayers?, Filipe Neri apprehended and told media persons that
all people of Chinchinim cutting across political affiliations are united on
the issue.


Sarpanch Antao asked the Collector to issue directions to stop using the
residential house into a prayer house without any approval of the Panchayat.


?The Panchayat is the sole authority to grant sanction for conversion of
residential house into religious premises. There is no such approval. The Panchayat
had earlier rejected permission for a madrassa. The citizens have publicly
demonstrated against the issue and the Panchayat is bound to respect the wishes
of its residents?, he told the Collector.

In the memorandum, the Sarpanch apprehended that agitated, tense citizens may
be forced to take the law in their own hands and create a law and order problem
if the authorities fail to act swiftly.


The memorandum said the Panchayat has issued a show cause notice to the
President of Gulshan-E-Sunni Muslim, Ali Saab Bepari to stop he work, but has
been ignored. ?This act is deliberately done to antagonize and raise passions
to create communal riots in otherwise peaceful Chinchinim?, the memo said.


Chinchinim Citizens Committee leader Nelson Lopes asked the Collector to
seal the premises as there is no permission issued to conduct prayer service
inside the residential house.


Computers expo in Panjim


HERALD NEWS BUREAU


PANJIM, SEPT 7 - Goa?s Free Software and Open Source network, ILUG(Goa),
will hold a series of talks during the Exhibition of Computers and Allied
Products (ECAP) at the Mandovi Hotel on September 8-9.


The talks, to be held at the first-floor Rampon hall on Saturday and Sunday,
are open to all, and participation is free. Students are welcome and ILUG-Goa?s
online network is based at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ilug-goa.
More details at Ph: 9970157402.


These sex workers see a ray of hope


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 7 ? ?This Independence Day we hoisted flag in our basti where
we once faced injustice and exploited,? said proud Ranuka Madar who obtained
her freedom in real sense only after she was freed from clutches of flesh
trade.

Today she is the President of Swift
Wash ? an initiative of
Vasco-based social organisation ?Arz? to rehabilitate victims of commercial
sexual exploitation. Swift Wash is a mechanized laundry unit located in
Sancoale Industrial Estate that provides economic rehabilitation to 25 women
and ten youth who are sons of trafficked victims.

Madar narrated her success story during panel discussion held to here to mark
the first anniversary of Swift
Wash. It was not an easy journey
for her nevertheless. ?When sir (director of Arz, Arunendra Pandey) told
us about work in the laundry, we thought he has arranged us to put behind
bars,? said Madar indicating how their life was bottled-up into prostitution.

But things changed slowly as they learnt to be professionals while working for
Swift wash. They had to imbibe in themselves working lifestyles from reporting
on time to speaking in clean language.

So it?s not hard to believe what difficulties Arz must have faced to convince
these girls to give up something for which they earned Rs 1000 a night and join Swift Wash
to earn Rs 2000 a
month.

It was beginning from scratch to all girls who now work at Swift wash who never
had a chance to learn to communicate decently ? leave alone how one in expected
one to behave at work place.

But gusty Madar knew if they had to be successful ? have to learn rules of the
business.

?We stopped fighting at workplace over small issues and tried to concentrate at
work,? says Madar who revolted against her family, relatives and basti ? when
she decided to give up prostitution to earn Rs 2000 a month to sweat it out
at laundry.

She lost her mother at the age of nine and was devoted to Yalamma ( practice
followed in some sections of communities in Maharashtra and Karnataka where
children are devoted deity called Yallamma and are eventually dragged into
prostitution.) by one of relative.

?People ridiculed us. Nobody would believe us whenever we told them we had
given up danda, ?stated Madar who a year ago even in her wildest dreams could
not have thought a day would come when people will look at with awe and
respect.

She along with other girls is now a role model to other girls in the business
who wish to change their fate.

There have been increasing requests from girls forced into prostitution given a
choice they would also like to work for Swift
Wash, told Arunendra Pandey while
participating in panel discussion.


Save Amorim: GHAG takes a step forward


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 7 ? That?s how probably the heritage square ? housing the
historic Massano de Amorim and Santa Casa da Misericordia buildings ? would
appear like on the busy 18th June Road (look at the photo) after the two
structures are done away with.


This morphed picture was made available to press persons by the Goa Heritage
Action Group (GHAG) at a press conference called on Friday to alert Panjimites
and heritage aficionados about a devious plan to set-up a commercial complex,
allegedly a shopping mall, by rooting out history.


The fact is obvious, said Heta Pandit of GHAG, as in the new Outline
Development Plan for Panjim this square on the busy 18th June Road has been
marked as ?commercial? (C-1) that could facilitate construction of a
ground-plus-seven structure.


Pandit lamented, ?We are fed up and tired fighting to save each and every
piece of our heritage. Every time the authorities are upto something. Five
years back we fought to save these pieces of heritage and here we are again at
the same position.?


She said the mall, if ever it comes up, would choke a part of the city known
for its unique heritage buildings and which is more ideal for walking then
motoring. The buildings embody the rich Goan craftsmanship at the time when
these were constructed, she added.


GHAG Chairman Yatin Kakodkar envisaged the need for a policy regarding
public properties. ?There?s no scope for additional buildings in Panjim, which
is already plagued with problems of garbage and parking,? he asserted.


Dean D?Cruz called for long-term planning for the city?s rising traffic woes
and impressed upon the need to have a mass transportation system to decongest
it. Presently, over 30 buildings have no car parking adding to the city?s woes,
he added.


Conservation architect Poonam Mascarenhas said, ?Authorities should look at
?adaptive reuse? of heritage buildings. In England and other European
countries, heritage is a tourist puller and Panjim with its unique heritage and
green cover is already a big hit. It is common sense heritage and gardens will
make more sense to tourists than shopping malls.? Heritage activist Prajal
Sakhardande also spoke.


GHAG also chided the authorities on the old Goa Medical College Complex
issue. It has now decided to put the matter in the Chief Minister?s Court, whom
they will approach soon in the first step forward to save these heritage
buildings from the clutches of heritage marauders.


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Congress
wants LS by-election ticket only for loyalist


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 8 The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr
Francisco Sardinha said that the party executive today resolved that any loyal
Congressman who was already with the party should be nominated by the party
high command to contest the upcoming parliamentary by-election from South Goa.


Addressing a press conference here this afternoon after a meeting
of the party executive and office-bearers, Mr Sardinha said the party men
resolved that none of those who join the party on the eve of elections should
be made the party candidate.


He also said that the role of the partymen, who had worked against
the party nominees during the last assembly elections, was being probed and
appropriate action would be taken against those found ?guilty?. He went on to
add that before deciding on the matter, all the party candidates would be heard
and their views taken into consideration.


He further said that all those who caused damage to the party
during the June 2 polls would not be accommodated in the party hierarchy, even
as he said that all those who had left the party would be welcomed to re-join
it. He, however, said that he has not received any communication from Ms Victoria
Fernandes seeking ?pardon? for her acts.


The new GPCC president further said that the partymen suggested
that the government should take the party into confidence while framing
policies ? like Special Economic Zones, that would have bearing on the people
of the state, and also while deciding on undertaking major developmental
activities that did not form the part of party manifesto. Mr Sardinha also said
that there were different opinions on the SEZ policy in the state, with some
saying that it was controversial, and in view of this the government should
take the party into confidence before finalising it and taking any future
decisions.


He also said that the party executive felt that all the
developmental activities beyond the scope of the party manifesto have to be
discussed at the party level and that would help the government to narrow down
the differences between the party and the government.


He further said that the party was opposed to permitting casinos
in the state, especially in the river Sal, adding that existing rules should
not be touched to permit fresh ones, even as he said that the government should
take appropriate decision in the larger interest of the people.


Saying that interest of the state should be above everything else,
Mr Sardinha said that the government and parties (in the government) should go
hand in hand and take decisions that would benefit the common man and that
taking of arbitrary decisions on public-private projects should be avoided.


The GPCC president also said that the partymen felt that the
tourism department and Coastal Regulation Zone authority should jointly take a
decision on the number of shacks to be permitted on the beaches, before the
licences are issued. He said that this would help ease the problems faced by
the allottees, who have to run from one agency to another to obtain permission.


The new GPCC president said that the government should extend the
timing for applications and issuance of various certificates at the offices of
the mamlatdars so as to ease the hardships of the people. The timing, which was
now fixed between 9.30 a.m
and 10.30 a.m
should he extended by one more hour to 11.30 a.m, he said.


He also said that the party cadres felt that the mamlatdars should
visit panchayats, with prior intimation to help the people redress their
grievances and also issue them the certificates, rather than make them visit
the taluka headquarters frequently. ?This would really help the ?aam aadmi? for
whom the party was trying to work for and deliver,? he said further.


Mr Sardinha said that the party executive hailed the government
decision to hike the reservation for Scheduled Tribes in government jobs and
education institutions. He also said that the party felt that a separate
directorate should be set up for minorities? welfare with portfolio being
handled by a minister, so that all the central government funds and schemes
could be availed by the state for their benefit.


He, however, criticised the demolition drive undertaken by the
government between Arlem and Raia for widening of road saying that the timing
was not proper. ?It is unfortunate that the demolition was done in the rainy
season and that it has affected the people,? he said adding that had it been
done a little later it would have been better.


He also said that the government could have asked the people to
carry out certain demolition themselves rather than using bulldozers, whose use
has caused damage to other parts of the houses.


He also felt that the authorities should have coordinated the
demolition drive with the local MLA.


Road
closed for speedy clearance of landslides


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 8 The stretch of road from Sai Service junction,
Porvorim to Mandovi bridge junction will be closed for all type of traffic from
10 p.m tonight to 9.30 a.m
on Sunday morning.


According to a press release by the superintendent of police
(Traffic), Mr A V Deshpande, this is as per the requirement of the public works
department for faster completion of mud clearing work due to the landslides on
the Porvorim slope.


All diversions undertaken by the traffic police at the night
during the closure of the said road will remain unchanged, the press release
said.


Valpoi
manages to stay free from malaria


by Abdul Rauf Beig


While most people look forward to development and crave for more
of it, the people from the sleepy town of Valpoi
are happy at not having much development in the area as they feel that it is a
?root cause? to various problems, which includes outbreak of diseases like
malaria.


The area being hilly has a ?natural? drainage system and the water
hardly remains stagnant, thus preventing breeding of mosquitoes that could lead
to outbreak of malaria. Besides most of developmental activities in the area
are carried out during the dry season as such there is no scope for water
accumulation or breeding of mosquitoes.


With there being hardly any developmental activity, the area is
bereft of disease careers, most of whom are migrant labourers. The natural
drainage system and absence of developmental activities work to the advantage
of the locals and is in a way blessing in disguise.


According to doctors in the town, there are no cases of local
people being affected by malaria and the only cases that are reported are
?imported? by the locals working in other places of the state, mostly from
Panaji and Margao. The number of people affected by the disease is negligible
according to the doctors.


According to Dr Vinayak S Karpe, the health officer attached to
the Community Health Centre, Valpoi, almost all the malaria cases detected at
the health centre were of people either working in police or other departments
in Panaji, Margao or some other place.


Dr Ashok Amshekar, a private medical practitioner who also runs a
hospital in Valpoi, also said that all the cases detected at his hospital were
of people working in other towns of the state and no locals were found to have
been affected by the disease.


However, the health and civic authorities are not taking chances
and have been engaging in routine spraying of anti-larvae chemicals. Besides,
the Valpoi municipal council has started a drive to prevent stagnation of water
in the market area and a local non-government organisation has also launched a
drive to create awareness among the local population against the spread of
disease and for maintaining cleanliness.


The local fish market, the most vulnerable area where mosquitoes
could breed was cleaned recently in an attempt to prevent outbreak of malaria.
Similarly all other areas were also cleared of water stagnation and anti-larvae
chemicals sprayed.


According to information provided by the directorate of health
services, none of the people from Valpoi, staying within the town, were
affected with malaria for the last three years and that only two locals who
work in Panaji were found to be the victims of the disease in August, this
year.


The Community Health Centre at Valpoi had drawn slides of 4,938
people in 2005 but none was found positive for malaria. Similarly in 2006, the
CHC collected slides of 4,135 and no case of malaria was detected. This year up
to August the health officials in Valpoi have drawn 4,329 slides and two people
were found positive of having contracted the disease. Both of them were said to
be working outside the town.


65-yr
old dies of malaria in Mapusa


NT News Service


Mapusa Sept 8 A
65-year old, Bharat Gadekar, a resident of Ektanagar, Housing Board in Mapusa
,was the first patient to die of malaria in Mapusa this year.


According to information available the victim was suffering from
vomiting and motions last week and was undergoing treatment from a private
doctor.


However, as there was no improvement the victim was then admitted
to the Asilo hospital in Mapusa. When the patient?s blood sample was checked it
was proved that the patient had contracted malaria. He was then shifted to GMC
on September 4 where he expired the same day.


However, when the Mapusa health officer, Dr Pratima Thali was
contacted her reaction was that she was yet to verify the report that the
patient death was due to malaria.


?Although the GMC has informed the directorate of health services
regarding the death due to malaria, I am yet to verify the report as it has
just been received by me, ? Dr Thali said and maintained that she had received
some information that the death had occurred due to kidney and liver problems.


Meanwhile, Mapusa has witnessed a reduced number of malaria cases
in August compared to that of June and July. This inspite of the fact that
there has been a spurt in construction activities in Mapusa. Expressing satisfaction
that various educative programmes have paid off and specially the awareness
that was growing among the public against malaria Dr Thali said that various
NGO?s are even chipping in to lend their helping hand and this she felt has
brought down the number of malaria cases in Mapusa in the month of August.


Offence
registered for assaulting public servant


NT News Service


Vasco, Sept 8 The Verna police have registered an offence against
four unidentified persons for assaulting a public servant and damaging the
public property.


According to investigating police officer, Mr Jivba Dalvi, a
complaint in this regard has been lodged by Mr Mahadeo Desai, a resident of
Canacona stating that the incident took place at around 12.10 a.m when he was on
duty as a gateman for the Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd at the railway
crossing at Utorda.


According to the complaint, four occupants of a Santro car
obstructed the complainant from discharging his duty and assaulted him.


The unidentified persons also damaged the door shade of the gate
room, damaged the telephone instrument and also the torch used to signal the
trains. It also says that the unknown persons tore the shirt of the
complainant.


The total damage caused to the public property of Konkan Railway
corporation Ltd, was around Rs 9,000 according to the complaint.


The Verna police have registered an offence under Section 332 read
with 34 of Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of the Prevention of Defacement of
Public Property Act against the accused.


Further investigations are on.


Golf
courses, casinos need of the hour, says CCAC


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 8 The Cavelossim Citizens Action Committee today said
that tourism was on an upswing in Goa, but it needs to have proper
infrastructure in place, like golf courses, casinos, etc to lure more tourists
in the state.


Reiterating its support to the casino vessel and also dredging of
the river Sal, the CCAC urged the government to take appropriate decision on
various CRZ violations. The CCAC members called on the Chief Minister, Mr
Digambar Kamat at his residence, Malbhat in Margao, on Saturday morning and
urged him to take all the parties into confidence, before arriving at a
solution on the casino and dredging issue.


The Chief Minister has reportedly promised the CCAC delegation to
take appropriate decision, after consulting all stakeholders in the matter. In
a representation to the Chief Minister, the CCAC has cautioned the government
not to succumb to political pressures and disclosed that agitations against
casino were done by vested interests, to politically divide people.


The CCAC has also requested the government to maintain
transparency and inform the public of action taken on CRZ violations, in survey
no 127\2, which involves construction of two illegal bungalows, survey no 113\8
involving construction of 12 illegal bungalows and another illegal construction
indulged by a resort on the river front.


Extending support to the government for issuing a casino licence
to Leelas, the CCAC representation said that casino will provide employment to
local youth and taxi drivers. It further said that a silent majority of people
from Velim, Ambelim, Assolna and Cavelossim demanded dredging of the entire
river, wherever applicable from Khareband to Mobor.


Care has to be taken to avoid destruction of marine life and to
protect the ecology, while carrying out dredging, it further added. It also
appreciated the decision taken by the government to allow NIO to conduct a
study on the impact of dredging in the river.


The Velim, Ambelim, Assolna Forum, represented by its president,
along with the Cavelossim Citizens Action Committee members today met the chief
minister and presented a memorandum to him.


In the memorandum, the forum has asked the government to respect
the views of vast majority of people, as according to the forum, a majority of
people from Velim, Ambelim, Assolna are for the dredging of the river and in
favour of the casino.


It further said that if at all the government sought to shift the
casino vessel from river Sal, it should also shift Caravela from river Mandovi.





Voting
must be made compulsory in country, says Shantaram


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 8 Mr Shantaram Naik, MP, said in the Rajya Sabha that
voting should be made compulsory in the country, as has been done by 32
countries in the world so far. He said that out of the 32 countries, 17
countries enforce the law while 15 have laws for compulsory voting but they do
not enforce them.


Mr Naik said this while participating in discussion on a bill
moved by Mr Narayanswami to make voting in the elections compulsory and to put
a ban on pre-poll surveys. He said that although in a country like India it was
difficult to implement this, but a beginning could be made.


Mr Naik regretted that the Election Commission has wrongly
interpreted the concept of ordinary resident depriving several voters from
states like Goa and Kerala, working in Gulf
countries or working on board the ships of their valuable voting rights. In
order to confer the right of vote on these voters, the law ministry had
introduced an amendment to the law, however, it has still not been brought for
consideration and passing. Mr Naik appealed to the government to do so at the
earliest.


Mr Naik also pleaded for the introduction of the system of
proportional representation in line with French system, as otherwise, persons
obtaining 5 to 10 per cent of votes can become MLAs or MPs in the present
system.


Referring to the electronic voting card system, Mr Naik said it is
absolutely wrong on the part of the Election Commission to make statement that
EPIC cards would be compulsory and then just two days before the elections to
declare that other alternate documents can also be used. ``This deprives people
who do not have EPIC cards from voting as they go by the earlier statement of
the commission not knowing the statement issued subsequently,?? he added.


Referring to the issue of pre-poll surveys, Mr Naik said that
since voting was done by secret ballot, it was not fair on the part of media to
ask the voters to whom they have voted and publish surveys. There are laws in
the country which prohibit the system but no one likes to antagonise the media,
he said.


CCP
talking to vegetable vendors to shift to new municipal complex


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 8 The Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) has
started discussions with the vegetable vendors carrying out their business in
the city municipal market, in the space between the City Centre and the Dempo
House buildings, for convincing them to move to the newly constructed municipal
market complex.The CCP chairperson, Mr Tony Rodrigues told ?The Navhind Times,?
this evening that few of the vegetable vendors, who have already moved to the
phase I and phase II of the municipal market complex, have taken objection for allowing
the use of the space between the City Centre and the Dempo House buildings by
some vegetable vendors. ?The vegetable vendors already settled in the municipal
market complex feel that their business is ruined by the vegetable vendors who
operate near the Dempo House building, as they are more accessible to the
general public,? he said.


Mr Rodrigues said, ?They will have to be accommodated in phase I
and phase II of the municipal market complex.?


The CCP chairperson also said that the space between the City
Centre and the Dempo House building was originally a public road and once the
same is vacated, it would be used in the construction of the phase III.


Meanwhile, the Panaji Market Tenants Association has petitioned
the mayor to look into the matter and find a solution to the problem before the
Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The shifting of all the vegetable vendors into the
new municipal market complex is expected within next few days.


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4 booked for damaging property


VASCO, SEPT 8 (HR) ? Verna police has
booked an offence against four unknown persons on charges of damaging public
property and assaulting a Konkan Railway gateman while he was discharging duty
at the Utorda railway crossing on Friday. According Verna Police PSI
Jivba Dalvi, the accused came in a car (GA-06-A-1966) and damaged the door of
gate room, telephone instruments, triangular torch which used to direct the signals
to train, all valued at about Rs 9,000. They later assaulted gateman
Mahadev Desai of Canacona at the railway gate room. Verna police has booked an
offence under Section 332 R/w 34 IPC and Section 3 of PDPPF Act and ASI Ulhas
Desai is investigating the case.





Car blaze at Nagarcem; major mishap averted


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


CANACONA, SEPT 8 - A major mishap was averted along the
highway on Saturday afternoon, when a Fiat Uno car caught fire in the middle of
the road below the KRC Bridge at Nagarcem.

Fire fighters rushed to the site to extinguish the rampaging fire before it
could cause any damage to nearby KRC
Bridge and passing
vehicles.

Absence of water is believed to have overheated the radiator, leading to the
fire.

According to eye-witnesses along the busy Char Rasta-Chawdi road, two occupants
in the car valiantly tried to extinguish the fire from the car?s bonnet and
eventually fled from the scene, when the fire engulfed the car. The two
occupants are yet to report to either the police or fire services.

It was rumoured among the onlookers that the destroyed car (GA-01-R-0196)
belongs to some policeman from Mapusa, who sold it to some people a few days
ago.

Police has conducted the panchanama, but stated that further action would be
taken only when the party concerned approaches them.


Bicholim free legal aid cell opens today


HERALD CORRESPONDENT



BICHOLIM SEPT 8 - The inauguration of the Bicholim free
legal aid cell will be held on September 9 at Deendayal Hall Bicholim at 4 pm.

The legal aid cell is formed by the students of the V M Salgaocar College of
Law in association with the Vidyavardhak Mandal, Bicholim.

Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar will be the chief guest at the function, while
advocates Dhaktu Pal and Mahendra Alornekar will be guest speakers. Chairman of
Vidyavardhak Mandal, Sadashiv Varde Walaulikar will be a special invitee.

The function will also include a seminar on legal Awareness. The cell will be
operational every Saturday from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Shantadurga High school,
Bicholim.





Welcoming prodigals




BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 8 ? It seems Congress Party has no qualms in
taking back traitors who turned their back on the party at crucial times.


To a query, Sardinha announced that they welcome with open arms all those
who have left the party to join others. He said though they welcome ex-Congress
men who wish to make a come back including Babush Monserrate ? they will not be
given any position in the front line. He indicated that they would take a tough
stand against those who worked against party interest during last assembly
polls.





GMC has no bed-sheets in store!


BY HERALD REPORTER



PANJIM, SEPT 8 ? While on one hand Health Minister
Vishwajeet Rane is making surprise visits proclaiming that he wants to improve
the health care system, on the other hand, it has been revealed that the GMC ?
the premier government hospital ? doesn?t have bed-sheets in its stores.

During both his ?surprise visits? to GMC, he threatened to take action against
the administrator but instead he has given additional powers to the
administrator ? Medical Superintendent Dr Rajan Kuncolienkar. Dean Dr V N
Jindal who has tried hard to improve the services at GMC with sincere efforts
has been relieved of some financial and administrative powers on the directions
of the Health Minister.

Utt Goenkara spokesman Adv Aires Rodrigues condemning political interference
said that in sidelining Dr Jindal, the health minister has shown that he has a
hidden agenda to further financially bleed GMC.

He further said that with vested interests in mind the Health Minister had
managed to get his ?family-friendly private doctors and chums? into the
hospital advisory and purchase committees.





CM urged to involve all parties to solve River Sal
controversy


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 8 ? Delegation of Cavelossim Citizens Action
Committee has urged Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat to involve all the parties,
both pro and anti-casino groups, to solve the problem relating to the casino
boat and river dredging.

The Committee has supported off-shore casino licence issued to Hotel Leela on
grounds it will provide various employment opportunities to local youth and
taxi drivers.

A delegation led by Adv Mike Mehta and Kennedy Afonso called on Kamat at his
residence on Saturday morning and explained him the stand of the Cavelossim
Citizens Action Committee vis-?-vis the controversy.

The delegation told the Chief Minister that the agitation against the casino is
a movement, created to divide the people and gain mileage in the political arena
by certain vested interests and asked the government not to succumb to these
political pressures.

In the memorandum, Kennedy Afonso pointed out that the shellfish collecting
fishermen are few and this is a dying profession. ?The upcoming Goan generation
does not want to dive into a river and make a career out of collecting clams
and shellfish. A time will come when there is sufficient shellfish and nobody
to dive into the river?, he said and asked ?are we fighting among ourselves to
save a dying profession?.

The delegation also demanded prompt action against CRZ violations by illegal
bungalows in the village and an illegal construction on the river front by a
starred resort.


Magistrate cracks the whip on illegalities at ?place
of worship?


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 8 ? The District Magistrate, South has
directed Al-Gulshan-E-Sunni Muslim Association, Chinchinim to stop all types of
illegal activities carried out in a residential house located near the football
grounds, Chinchinim, which is being used as a place of worship to offer namaz.

The Magistrate order states that people from surrounding villages attend the
Chinchinim feast scheduled on September 9, adding that the activities in the
house is likely to hurt the sentiments of other law-abiding citizens, which may
disturb public peace and tranquility, resulting in law and order situation.

The injunction order issued by the Magistrate, G P Naik will come into force
with immediate effect and will remain in force till September 12. Alisab
Bepari, President of the Al-Gulshan-E-Sunni Muslim Association has been asked
to show cause on September 12, at 2.30 pm in the office of the District
Magistrate why the ex-parte order should not be further extended.

The Magistrate?s order comes a day after Minister for Water Resources Filipe
Neri Rodrigues, Chinchinim Sarpanch Allwyn Antao, ZP member Joe Dias and others
called on Naik and briefed about the facts vis-?-vis the residential house and
its activities.

In his order, the Magistrate said he is satisfied that circumstances did not
permit him to serve the notices in due time. ?In my considered opinion, there
is sufficient ground for proceeding under Sub-Section (1) of Section 144 of Cr
P C, 1973 and grant an ex-parte injunction for carrying out all such type of illegal
activities in the house to ensure public peace and tranquility and to prevent
obstruction, annoyance or injury to any person lawfully employed or danger to
human life or safety or disturbance of public tranquility or riot or an affray
during the festivity?.

The Magistrate referred to the representation received from Chinchinim
Panchayat, Chinchinim Villagers Action Committee and Chinchinim Citizens
Committee which charged the Muslim body for ?illegally? converting a
residential house into a prayer house to conduct religious activities without
obtaining prior permission from the concerned authorities.

The SP, South has been directed by the Magistrate to deploy additional force in
Chinchinim village to prevent law and order situation.


Cong favours ?separate dept? for minorities


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 8 ? The Congress Party today decided there
should be a ?separate directorate? for minorities in the State and it would
pursue this matter with the government.

Francisco Sardinha, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) told a press
conference that party is of the opinion that there should be a separate
directorate for minorities.

However when informed that Christian community in Goa
is not enlisted as minority and hence will not able to avail of benefits made
available for minorities by the government ? he declared that he would take up
this matter with the government.

The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee which met on Saturday here discussed on
various issues ranging from Casino to how to improve co-ordination between
government and the party.


Chodankar chides Parrikar for ?endangering? people?s
lives


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 8 ? Goa Pradesh Youth Congress (GPYC)
President Girish Chodankar today chided the Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar
for personally removing along with two BJP MLAs the barricades put up to stop
traffic at Porvorim yesterday thereby endangering human life and said that the
former CM should stop taking political mileage out of such issues as his
government had blocked the Panjim-Miramar road for IFFI 2004 for almost ten
days.

Risking the life of the people to gain political mileage is definitely
bad politics, Chodankar said while reacting to yesterday?s incident of Mr.
Parrikar taking law into his hands.

Chodankar said while clearing the boulders it was quite natural to stop
the movement of people and that it was ridiculous on the part of Mr Parrikar to
obstruct government officials and remove barricades at two places. ?To our good
luck no untoward incident occurred when the traffic was suddenly stopped? he
said. Chodankar said, ?if this was done by BJPs Yuva Morcha, we could have
understood but definitely not by Mr. Parrikar?.

Besides the 10-day blockade of Panjim-Miramar road to satisfy Bollywood
stars and other film personalities, Chodankar reminded that Parrikar had also
blocked roads on Khorjuem
Bridge for dinner
diplomacy for film actors.

The closure of roads now at Porvorim was an emergency, which was carried
out by PWD. What Mr. Parrikar has done is only a political gimmick at the cost
of endangering life of the people by taking law in to his hands. He appreciated
the courage shown by police in lodging the complaint against Mr.Parrikar, says
a press note.


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My
daughter will contest LS by-poll, says Churchill


NT News Service


Majorda, Sept 9 ?Come what may, my daughter Valanka will contest
the by-election for the South Goa Lok Sabha seat,? stated Mr Churchill Alemao,
the PWD Minister and president of Save Goa Front, a coalition partner in the
Congress-led government.


This statement of Mr Alemao has come on the heels of a decision of
the Goa pradesh Congress committee which says
that the party ticket should go only to the nominee who is already in the
party, having complete loyalty.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times? from Mumbai -- on his way home
from Valankani, Tamil Nadu -- Mr Alemao said that he has no comments to make on
decisions taken by the GPCC regarding the Congress candidature for the Lok
Sabha seat.


?What I am sure about is that my daughter will contest this
by-election,? he said. When it was pointed out to him that the Congress is
looking for a loyal partyman, Mr Alemao retorted, ?Tell me who is loyal to the
Congress in Goa?? adding that only persons who are loyal to the Congress in the
state are the Rajya Sabha MP, Mr Shantaram Naik and former MP, Mr John
Fernandes. Except these two persons none has remained loyal to the Congress, he
observed.


Recalling that he had won the seat with a thumping majority in 16
out of the 21 constituencies for this Lok Sabha seat, even defeating the BJP in
one of their constituencies, Mr Alemao said that it is but natural that he has
support of the public. He observed that he has no doubt that the same kind of
support would be given to her daughter in the coming election.


Asked how he will get Congress support when the party has been
saying that ticket should go only to a person who is already in the party, Mr
Alemao said that many Congressmen are with him and that somehow he will be able
to manage to convince the Congress that his daughter is the right candidate for
the job.


Asked on which party his daughter will fight the Lok Sabha
elections, in case the Congress rejects his demand, Mr Alemao said what he
knows is that his daughter will be the candidate. He said that the party on
which his daughter will contest the elections will be known at right time.


When Mr Francisco Sardinha was contacted for his comments on Mr
Alemao?s insistence on ticket for his daughter to contest the Lok Sabha
by-poll, he stated that the Congress high command will decide on party?s
candidature for this seat.


?The high command always decides who is a better candidate,? he
said adding decision on candidature is taken collectively and not by an
individual. He parried a question on winnability.


Mr Sardinha disclosed that this morning he was at Quepem for a
workers meeting where he said all the Congress workers were of the opinion that
only senior Congress people should be given the party ticket and not to any
?Tom, Dick and Harry?.


Mr Sardinha said that all the Congress workers from Quepem were
against the idea of Mr Alemao fielding his daughter and that the Congress
workers were against this move. Mr Sardinha informed that he has promised the
party workers at Quepem that their sentiments will be conveyed to the high
command and also to other members of the party in the state.


Our Margao Bureau adds: The PWD Minister, however, can salvage some
pride, when his brother Congressman called him ?real? Congressman.


?Churchill is a real Congressman. His first stint as an MLA was as
a Congressman,? Urban Development Minister, Mr Joaquim Alemao disclosed.


He however made it clear that he did not want to contest GPCC,
president, Mr Francisco Sardinha?s statement on the parliamentary by-elections.
?He is our party president and I respect him for what he is,? Mr Alemao stated.


Since election to the parliamentary by-election was yet to be
announced, he said it would be futile to discuss about it now.


He further disclosed that decision in such matters, would finally
be decided by the party high command.


?I will abide by whatever decision taken by my high command,? he
added.


Work
on Porvorim hill continues


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 9 The work for bringing down the dangerous portion of
the cracked hill and clearing the stones and mud along the stretch of road
extending from Sai Service junction, Porvorim to Mandovi bridge junction continued
today, though the entire work may only be completed in another week.Officials
of the public works department informed that the work of shifting the stones
and mud would require at least 8 to 10 days as very few vehicles can be used
for the work at a time.


The officials maintained that the ongoing work has slowed down as
the general traffic has been allowed to commute in the area during the day.


The particular stretch of the road which was closed for all type
of traffic from 10 p.m on September 8 to 9.30 a.m on September 9, created a lot of
inconvenience to the public.


Noisy
scenes witnessed at Sancoale panchayat?s gram sabha


NT News Service


Vasco, Sept 9 The special gram sabha of Sancoale panchayat was
suspended sin-die following chaos and noisy scenes this morning.


There was a scuffle between two groups when the gram sabha members
dispersed from the meeting, however the police deputed in large number managed
to control the situation and prevented the people from getting violent. The
meeting was attended by around 2,000 villagers.


The much-awaited gram sabha of Sancoale panchayat was convened by
the Block Development Officer, Mormugao, Mr P T Murgaonkar today morning in
front of Sancoale Panchayat building. The meeting was attended and chaired by
deputy sarpanch, Mr Ramakant Borkar in absence of sarpanch, Ms Sharada Rathod.


The panchayat secretary, Mr Pedro Jaques, BDO observer, Mr Prakash
Mehta and panch, Mr Bhojraj Naik were sitting on the dais.


Mr Jaques placed the proceedings of the last gram sabha while the
deputy sarpanch presented the details of the budget for 2007-08 which was
proposed and accepted during June.


The former panch, Mr Sandeep Naik raised the issue of the gram
sabha quorum and said that without the quorum, the deputy sarpanch has no right
to start the proceedings of the meeting. On the other, he also raised the
problem of garbage in Zuarinagar. He also raised the question over the funds
released by the panchayat to lift the garbage.


Replying to a question, Mr Borkar gave a list of the expenditure
in the year 2003-06 and also told that the panchayat has earned the revenue of
Rs 5.8 lakh in form of taxes. The proposal put forward by Mr Naik to collect
house tax from the people residing in Zuarinagar was accepted during the gram
sabha.


However, when the question put up by Mr Naik of the failure of
panchayat in holding the gram sabhas for last consecutive three years came up
for discussion, the situation became tense. The members raised voice to inquire
into the matter and also further demanded not to hold any gram sabha.


Mr Borkar reacting to the demand placed by the members, decided to
suspend the gram sabha in order to prevent any eventuality. There were around
10 items placed in the annexure of gram sabha to be discussed and also some
proposals to be sanctioned.


The deputy sarpanch walked out from the meeting with strong police
protection. The scuffle between the two groups was brought under control by the
police team from Verna and Vasco police stations.


The deputy superintendent of police, Vasco, Mr Deu Banaulikar,
Vasco PI, Mr Sammy Tavares, Verna PI, Mr Nalasco Raposo, Mormugao PI, Mr Uttam
Raut Dessai, police sub-inspectors, Mr Jivba Dalvi, Mr Shailesh Narvekar, Mr
Yeshwant Gawas and Mormugao mamlatdar, Mr Pundalik Khorjuvenkar brought the
situation under control. The team of police officers and Mormugao mamlatdar, Mr
Khorjuvenkar was camping at the site till late in the afternoon.


Some agitated people of Sancoale took out a morcha to the Verna
police station later in the afternoon. The former panch, Mr Simon Carvalho,
present panch, Mr Tulsidas Naik and Mr Seby Farnandes, while addressing the
people in large number after the culmination of the gram sabha, made
allegations against the ruling members of the panchayat.


Meanwhile, the Verna police have registered an offence against
three persons namely, Simon Carvalho, Peter Dias and Simon Dias for allegedly
restraining Mr Narendra Naik and his friends while proceeding to their
residence at Sancoale.


The complainant, Mr Narendra Naik has also alleged that the three
persons pushed them and gave threat of dire consequences.


The Verna police have registered an offence under Section 341, 506
(2), readwith 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against all three of them. Head
constable, Mr Simon Fernandes is further investigating the case under the
supervision of PI, Mr Raposo.


CM?s
intervention helps solve aam aadmi?s problem


NT News Service


Mapusa Sept 9 The intervention of Chief Minister, Mr
Digambar Kamat has helped solve an ?aam aadmi?s? problem in Mapusa.


This aam aadmi , a resident of Feira Alta, Mapusa was running from
pillar to post for the past 6 months just to get a correction of name done.
However, the careless approach of the head clerk of the Mapusa municipality
prompted this boy to knock at the CM?s door, following which his problem was
immediately solved.


The resident of Feira Alta had sought in April this year a
slight change of his parent?s name. The change of name sought was just from
Peter to Pedro and Perpet to Perpetua.


The change was substantiated with all required and thorough
documents from the competent authority. However, the head clerk of the Mapusa
municipality, Mr Hussain Khan refused to do the necessary correction saying
that it was not possible for him to believe that the names sought to be changed
belong to the same persons.


The concerned file then began to circulate between the chief
officer of Mapusa and the head clerk as based on remarks by the head clerk the
chief officer could not approve the same. In the meanwhile, the aggrieved person
approached Mr Raut, the statistical officer attached to the BDO office in
Mapusa.


Mr Raut informed him that within the powers vested and as per
Section 15 of Births and Death Records (RBDI 1969) the changes could well be
incorporated with substantial documents. This was made known to the head clerk
who inspite of being told about this refused to consider the application. In
sheer frustration finally the chairperson of Mapusa was apprised about the
matter who even directed the head clerk not to put the public to inconvenience
and if according to the rules this change of name can be done to do so. But the
head clerk who still did not yield to the request of the chairperson asked the
applicant to bring an affidavit in support that the names being sought to be
changed belong to the same person.


This infuriated the applicant who already had in his possession
enough documents to prove the same. Unable to bear the harassment for six long
months, the applicant then sought the intervention of the Chief Minister. According
to reliable sources, it is learnt that the Chief Minister took strong objection
to the manner in which the public are being harassed on flimsy grounds by some
government employees. Mr Kamat while asking an enquiry to be done in the matter
forwarded the said grievance to the registrar of births and deaths at Panaji,
asking for prompt action in the matter.


Meanwhile, on receiving the application, the research assistant of
births and deaths at Panaji, Ms Fatima Pereira immediately rushed to the Mapusa
municipality to reprimand the head clerk, who unfortunately was on leave the
same day.


The chief officer, who is indisposed and on leave, could not be
contacted. Ms Pereira then informed the chairperson, Ms Bhobe that already her
office had received many complaints regarding refusal and harassment on the
part of the municipal staff just to change the names that are so being sought
by the applicants.


To this the chairperson informed Ms Pereira that she too was
against public being inconvenienced and in this regard had even instructed the
head clerk to solve the said matter. Ms Pereira later instructed the LDC, Mr
Lobo to inform the head clerk to get the correction done immediately or else
the latter would be called to Panaji for imparting training regarding the rules
and regulations that are in place to solve such matters.


Sand
transportation activity stopped


NT News Service


Canacona, Sept 9 Once again the transportation of sand from Karwar
to Goa has been stopped by the South Goa Sand Transport Association for the past
eight days due to the entry of unauthorised vehicles from Karnataka.According
to some of the operators of sand transport, the unauthorised vehicles are
selling sand at a much cheaper rate than the fixed rate by the association and
the owners of unauthorised vehicles have also failed to compromise with the
members of the association at a joint meeting held recently at Shristall,
Canacona.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times,? some of the owners of newly
purchased vehicles said that it was a huge loss to them due to repeated
restrictions on sand transportation for the past one year and they had problem
in paying the monthly bank installments as ninety per cent of them have taken
the vehicles on either bank or finance companies.


The president of the South Goa Sand Transport Association said
that a newly established civil contractor and the construction industries from
the south Goa district have been affected due
to shortage of sand for the past one week.


It may be recalled that the import of sand from Kajubhag (Karwar)
was stopped in July and February this year due to the dispute between the South
Goa Sand Transport Association and Karwar-Ankola-based Association over the
rate fixation and operation of trucks. And this repeated stoppage of sand
transportation has resulted in huge loss and hardships to drivers and cleaners
of the vehicles.


According to the president of the South Goa Sand Transport
Association, the dispute raised by the Karwar-Ankola-based truck owners has no
base since the sand transporters have made an agreement with the sand
extractors-cum-plot owners and not with the truck operators.


He further said that Karwar-Ankola-based truck owners are
demanding to allow them to ply more trucks from Karwar to Goa,
especially during the rainy season when mining activity is at a standstill.


Return
Of Prodigal


EDITORIAL


The exiled prime minister of Pakistan, Mr Nawaz Sharif, even
before expiry of his ten year political asylum in Saudi Arabia, returns home
today, that is too take on the person, Gen Pervez Musharraf, who had thrown him
out in a coup and installed himself as the president of Pakistan, is an
important event that would not only change the political contours of the
neighbouring country, but would have a multi dimensional impact on India?s
relations with it. After all he is the man who had conceived Kargil but was
delivered by Gen Musharraf.


Mr Sharif is playing a gamble, which only a matured politician can
venture to play. His entire perception of the future and plans are the creation
of the Pakistan Supreme Court judgment, which on August 23 held that Mr Sharif
and his brother are Pakistan
nationals and have an inalienable right to return. While it allowed him to
contest ensuing general elections, it also directed the government to ensure
Sharif?s safe return. Based on this judicial pronouncement, Mr Sharif, who does
not have a clean political record is planning to wage a political battle
against Gen Musharraf.


If Gen Musharraf has every reason to feel anxious, the return of
Mr Sharif is a major source of worry for the US President, Mr George Bush. The
Bush administration does not trust Mr Sharif and knows it well that he would
prefer to play into the hands of the religious fundamentalists who are opposed
to American interest. And any cost Mr Bush would not allow the gains to drift.
Undoubtedly the political acumen of Mr Bush is on the real test; rehabilitation
of Mr Sharif would mean decline of American interest in the sub-continent, much
to the dislike of the Bush administration.


Whether Gen Musharraf allowing Mr Sharif to become a hero by
arresting him the moment he lands or diverts the plane to go back to Saudi
Arabia, or even King of Saudi Arabia arrests him even before embarks on his
journey, are the issues of mere conjecture and are primarily internal affairs
of Pakistan. What is imperative is the government of India would have to judge the event
on a broader framework and get ready to face challenges, which have already
started surfacing.


Gen Musharraf has already started releasing terrorists, who were
in jails and this is not a good omen. It obviously implied that the terrorists
enjoyed his patronage and now in the changed situation they will bail him out.
On the other hand the religious fundamentalists have thrown their weight behind
Mr Sharif. As it stands now Pakistan
is vertically divided. And in such a situation the worst casualty would be the
parliamentary politics. In an otherwise situation too when the parliamentary
politics could not shape the political developments of that country, in the
present situation it would be preposterous to think that any rationale
political norm would be followed. Even if Gen Musharraf succeeds in checking Mr
Sharif, with the help of extremists and the Bush administration and retaining
power, there is no doubt that the situation will cease to be conducive for
bilateral peace-process. India
will have to feel the heat. The government must tighten the security along the
border in the valley and encourage the liberal elements to come to the center
stage.


Defining
Loyalty


EDITORIAL


The state Congress leaders still nurture suspicion towards the
Save Goa Front chief and their PWD Minister, Mr Churchill Alemao. Else, there
was no reason for the state Congress chief, Mr Francisco Sardinha to spell out
the priority, a loyal Congressmen would be nominated for the upcoming
by-election to the South Goa Lok Sabha seat. Loyalty is a vague and also a
relative word. Mr Churchill was a loyal Congressman, before he quit the party
and joined the SGF. The political behviour of the politicians even shames
loyalty. It would not exaggeration to say that loyalty is the scarce commodity
in the Goan politics. Nothing could substantiate it better than what happened
in Goa during last two months. Mr Sardinha
instead must select a person who is honest to the state and its people and can
effectively raise the voice of Goa on the floor of the Lok Sabha and make the
government of India
to listen to it.


Learning
Bicycle


by Trupti Borkar


PINKY?S persistent pestering made her father bring a new brand
bicycle for her. Though it was a joyful moment to her, Pinky?s parents were
worried as she might injure herself while learning the same as the Goan roads
were unsafe. She showed the bicycle to her friends and soon the learning
session was kicked?off. The track chosen was the narrow passage between the row
bungalows which finally linked to the main road. As none in her group had the
experience of riding a bicycle, she had to start from scratch by trial and
error method.


Two of her classmates helped her in the bicycle expedition. They
gave her the much-needed guidance as how to get on and descend. Though it was a
novel experience, she got on to the bicycle with friends? help and rested her
feet on the pedal. The balancing act was being controlled by her two friends.
Soon she exerted force on the pedal and the lifeless engine completed one
rotation. Pinky thought that she would be an ace cyclist within a few days.


As the practice sessions continued, Pinky slowly became
self-reliant. However, she wanted both her classmates near to her unless she
fully fine-tunes the riding skills. One fine day, her friends could not turn
up. Seeing their absence, Pinky decided to ride the bicycle on her own. She
made head-start right from her residence towards the end of the passage. Hardly
had she covered a distance of 20
meters, she lost control on the bicycle and fell down
sustaining minor injuries to her knee and forearm.


It was an embarrassing situation for her. She looked around,
luckily nobody observed her. She stood up as early as possible, lifted her
bicycle and started moving towards her residence. However, the wheel was
damaged with a bent developing in the rim. The only option left was to tow away
the same. She kept the bicycle in the car porch and entered the house without
letting it known to her parents that she had sustained injuries. She then
informed her friends and the bicycle was referred to a nearby specialist.
Everything was set right and the next training sessions began with a rest of
some days in between.


The new session was not a cake walk for her. This time she hit a
pedestrian from behind right at the end of the passage linking to the main
road. The pedestrian was badly hurt and blood was flowing from his calf muscle.
Seeing him, Pinky abandoned her cycle and fled the scene. She informed her
parents, who had to refer the wounded to the doctor. From that day onwards,
Pinky decided not to become an ace cyclist but an admirer of cyclists passing
by. Now, another bicycle which she got as part of the government scheme for
girls is adoring her car porch in company of the other that was brought to her
by parents.


LETTERS
TO THE EDITOR


Moulding Young MindsOBSERVATIONS by a bench of the Supreme Court
that the country needed good students and not full-time leaders engaged in
goondagardi and dadagiri need serious introspection. Students, rightfully seen
as the future of a nation, need good counseling to wade their way through the
turbulent years of adolescence. Blessed with pliable minds these youngsters
need to be moulded into responsible citizens of tomorrow. It is all a matter of
guidance and for that matter the simple philosophy of sparing the wand and
spoiling the child still holds good. Timely reprimands as and when the child
goes astray should check the streaks of rebellion that is an inborn trait in
every toddler. Parents overlooking their little ones? tiny flaws as pranks of a
mischievous mind at work will only encourage the proliferation of a hoard of
negative tendencies that in later life go to make the character of the infant.
Tapping the talents of their wards, the teachers should encourage healthy
competition and bring out the best in them. Campus politics should well be
restricted to in-house rivalries. However party politics making inroads into
the corridors of learning and controlling various student unions by money and
muscle power are the order of the day today. How else could one explain the
furore created over university elections to the extent that courts are
approached for granting stays on the proceedings! Misleading the younger
generation, the seasoned politicians further their career. The day the
realization dawns that they are mere tools in a power game of far grater
ramifications, they are a dejected and broken lot. Every generation has
witnessed the turmoil of a young mind and better sense will only prevail if the
youth learn to recognize colleges and universities as temples of learning, a
home away from home, and the campuses they tread on treated as sacrosanct!


PACHU MENON, Margao


Confusion On Casinos


IN order to avoid facing the basic issues involved in the ongoing
controversy, the protagonists of floating casinos have sought to spread confusion
by bringing irrelevant and extraneous arguments into the public debate. Even if
one accepts the necessity of a policy permitting the operation of ?off-shore?
casinos, can one stretch the definition of ?shore? to include ?river-banks?? In
such a case, we would soon have floating casinos springing up on inland lakes
and ponds, turning the whole state into one big casino! Nobody denies the fact
that the licensing of off-shore casinos earns tax revenue for the state
exchequer. If flesh trade and the drugs trade were to be similarly licensed, it
would also contribute revenue. Would this by itself justify the pursuit of such
a policy? Is the social cost involved not to be considered? It is time for
concerned citizens to get together to protect the public interest before it is
too late. Recent events have shown that our legacy and the future of
generations to come is too precious to be left to the tender mercies of our
venal politicians and bureaucrats!


TONY CORREIA-AFONSO, Benaulim


Understanding People?s Opinion


THIS has reference to the news item which appeared in September 9
edition of the NT wherein Mr Shantaram Naik, MP has expressed his opinion that
voting should be made compulsory in India. It appears that he would be
pressing this demand in the Parliament in the near future. I am requesting him
to work on better things such as weeding out corruption, putting a check on
political defection etc. I suggest the Election Commisioner to include an
option in the ballot paper stating ?No candidate is found suitable?.


STEPHEN DIAS, Dona Paula


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=091017






favour eco-friendly development in village


HERALD CORRESPONDENT



CORTALIM, SEPT 9 ? Alarmed over the fact that the Sancoale
was sitting on a time bomb with fertilizer and other companies operating in the
village, the locals demanded that development which is in the interest of the
village and environmental friendly should be allowed so as to avoid men-animal
conflict.

Addressing the villagers after the adjournment of gram sabha, panch Tulsidas
Naik alleged the development what the acting sarpanch was talking about was not
that of the village but his personal development.

?If the sarpanch was interested in the development of the village he would not
have adjourned the gram sabha by taking up the proposal of Sandeep?s Naik in
preference to other proposals as is evident on the agenda,? Mr Naik claimed and
accused the sarpanch of dividing the two communities for personal interests.

Another villager Damodar Naik ridiculed the sarpanch for criticising the role
of priests and hailed the contribution of the priests in giving a proper
direction to the villagers. He said that today?s show of strength was a
reminder to all those who felt that Sancoalkars could be taken for granted.

Simon Carvalho, whom the Sarpanch?s targeted for obstructing development works,
said that the village witnessed development only after he (Carvalho) became the
panch and cited the works done by him. He said, if companies like Meta Strips
and oil tanks had made their presence in the village, it was during tenure of
previous panchayat body.

?If the panchayat was interested in the safety of the village these projects
would have never come up and cited the example of the casino boat in
Cavelossim, which was ?dragged out? by the panchayat and its people despite
obtaining some clearances,? Carvalho informed.

The Rector of Blessed Joseph Vaz Sanctuary Sancoale, Fr Eremito Rebelo appealed
to the villagers irrespective of faiths and Party affiliations to unite in the
interest of their village. Stating that the village was facing troubled times
after five years of relative calm, the priest said that only development, which
is in villagers interest and environmental friendly should be allowed.





Sancoalkars march against acting sarpanch?s decision


HERALD CORRESPONDENT



CORTALIM, SEPT 9 ? September 9, 2007 could well go down in
the history of Sancoale, when niz Sancoalkars (local villagers) including men
and women raised their voice in unison and staged an unprecedented massive
protest rally over a sudden decision by the acting Sarpanch Ramakant Borkar to
adjourn the gram sabha.

What irked the villagers was the sudden decision by the acting sarpanch in
adjourning the gram sabha based on a proposal by former panch Sandeep Naik
wherein among other things Naik demanded an inquiry into the failure of the
panchayat to hold the gram sabha during the last three years, which is Simon
Carvalho?s term.

What is surprising is that although the body held its maiden gram sabha in June
this year, the acting sarpanch himself provided the answer to Naik?s request
that the gram sabha could not held since there was a disqualification petition
against Simon Carvalho who was the then panch.

The acting sarpanch who appeared inclined to adjourn the meeting led to an
uproar from the local villagers although his decision found favour among the
migrant community from Zuari Nagar whom Mr Borkar is representing in one of the
wards. After the acting sarpanch left, local village leaders addressed the
villagers and spontaneously resolved to carry out a protest rally although the
police prevailed upon the villagers against holding the rally. That the
villagers meant seriousness business was evident from the fact that after
wending through the streets of Sancoale and Cortalim villages till
Cortalim-Lotoulim junction which is about 5 kms, the villagers returned back to
the road leading to the residence of the acting sarpanch at Sindolim only to be
stopped by the police a few meters away.

Later, the villagers assembled near the Sancaole church and castigated the
ruling panchayat body specially the acting sarpanch of giving distorted
information and for promoting his evil plans in the name development.

Earlier, the villagers booed at the acting sarpanch for deviating from the gram
sabha?s agenda and for making provoking and distorted information only to
create chaos among the villagers.

Except for a minor scuffle, the gram sabha which was held in tense atmosphere
passed off peacefully. A strong armed police force under the supervision of
Deputy Superintendent of Police and Mormugao SDPO Deu Benaulikar was present
along with Verna PI Nolasco Raposo and Vasco PI Sammy Tavares. A platoon from
the Goa Reserve Police and the new Mormugao Mamlatdar Pundalik Korjuvenkar was
also present.





Burglars strike 5 shops at Aquem


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 9 ? Burglars again struck in a big way,
looting at least five shops, including a jewellery shop, at Aquem in the wee
hours of Sunday.

Margao police, however, said they have received only one complaint from the
jewellery shop owner, stating that the culprits have decamped with four gold
bangles, besides a gold pendant, worth around Rs 40,000.

Locals said they saw at least four miscreants running towards the Monte Hill
after committing the offence.

The incident is believed to have occurred between 3 am and 4 am. The jewellery
shop was the first to be burgled when miscreants entered the premises by
breaking open the shutter lock. A complaint to this effect was lodged with the
Margao police by one Pradeep Kumar Pednekar.

Though the police maintained that there was no complaint of any theft in any
other shop in the Aquem locality, locals said miscreants using crowbar effected
entry into a hardware shop and a saloon.

Sources said four shops were burgled around 12-15 days near the Rajendra Prasad
stadium by unknown miscreants. These four shops were again burgled in a span of
three days, sources said.





Students remind CM of computer promise


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 9 ? The Government?s decision to give laptops
to teachers under an interest-free loan scheme has agitated the more than 4000
students who were promised computers under the Cyberage Scheme by the end of
July.


In a press note issued here, All Goa Students Forum chided Chief Minister
Digambar Kamat for failing to keep his commitment towards the student community
of providing them computers by the said date.


The press note states that the students even after making the payment for
the computers the same have not been made available to them. The CM is making
false promises; we feel cheated. He is a liar and trying to play with the
sentiments of the students, it adds. AGSF has now declared that the students
would wait and watch the situation till Ganesh Chaturthi after which they will
explode.


Identify land for safe waste disposal, South civic
bodies told


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 9 ? Municipal bodies in South
Goa district have been asked to identify land in their respective
jurisdiction for safe disposal of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable waste.


District Magistrate, South G P Naik, who had a meeting with the Chief
Officers of Municipal Councils from South Goa,
drew attention of the civic bodies to the High Court directions to the
Municipal bodies to identify the land for disposal of waste.


Naik impressed upon the COs that the Civic
bodies should immediately cordon off the dumping site, if any, with a compound
wall so that the waste is not visible to the public.


While Municipal Councils such as Margao and Mormugao already have garbage
dumping sites, the Collector underlined the need for all the municipal bodies
to identify dumping sites for scientific treatment of garbage.


?I have given the civic bodies time as per the High Court directions to
identify or build compound walls or start scientific disposal of the waste?,
Naik told Herald after the meeting.


Chinchinim feast celebrated with traditional pomp,
gaiety


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 9 ? Chinchinim village wore a festive look as
the villagers celebrated the annual feast of Our Lady of Hope Church on Sunday
with traditional pomp and gaiety.


Thousands of devotees thronged the Church for the Holy Mass since morning.


As is the tradition, the festivities will continue for the next one week and
will culminate on Sunday.


Dozens of stalls displaying household items have been put up in the market
area by vendors hailing from Goa and across
the borders at Hubli.


Sources said godgodo gambling went on unabated with the law enforcing
agencies preferring to turn a nelson?s eye to the activity. This assumes
significance given that a local citizens committee making representation to the
Chief Minister to stop the gambling activity.


Meanwhile, the district police deployed heavy police force in the village as
a precautionary measure in view of the dispute over the row over a residential
place being used to offer namaz.


The police personnel were found deployed away from the market place so as
not to vitiate the festive atmosphere.


Depts get 2 months to protect govt land from
encroachments


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 9 ? Taking serious note of the failure by
government departments to effect mutations of land acquired for public
purposes, the District Collector, South has served a two-month deadline on all
departments to comply with the requirements to protect government land from
encroachments.


At a meeting with heads of over two-dozen government departments, Collector
G P Naik underscored the need to mutate the acquired land since many an
acquired property stands encroached by vested interests.


The Collector told the heads of departments that many a land acquired for
public purposes has not been mutated as a result of which the names of the
original owners and tenants continues to remain on Form I & IV.


?This gives scope for unscrupulous elements to encroach on the acquired
land, putting the exchequer in a huge revenue loss?, he maintained and called
for mutation of all government-acquired properties within the next two months.


Incidentally, a similar exercised was undertaken by the South Goa district
administration when Naik was the Additional Collector after a number of
incidents came to light that government acquired properties were still
registered in the name of the owners despite payment of compensation.


Poinguinim to pay homage to Alfred Afonso


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 9 ? The Village Panchayat of Poinguinim will
pay homage to a great hero of Goa?s freedom struggle Terekhol vir Alfred Afonso
tomorrow, September 10, to mark his 21st death anniversary at his memorial in
Poinguinim at 8.00 am.


The homage will be followed by a short prayer service in presence of
Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar, sarpanch Mrunali Namshikar, Deputy Sarpanch
Satish Painginkar, freedom fighters and school students.


Alfred Afonso was amongst the three batches of satyagrahis who entered Goa through Majali, Banda and Terekhol respectively. It
was a glorious moment when on August 15, 1954, the satyagrahis led by Alfonso
bravely brushed aside the nozzle of Portuguese guns and unfurled the national
tricolor on the Terekhol Fort.


A lively and touching account of this momentous historical event is given in
the fourth standard Konkani textbook under the heading ?Terekhol Vir Alfred
Afonso?.


The Loliem panchayat has named its market complex as Terekhol Vir Alfred
Afonso Market Complex and the Poinguinim panchayat has named the
Poinguin-Ordhofond via Galgibaga road as Terekhol Vir Alfred Afonso marg.


Alfonso was conferred with the ?Tamrpatr? at the hands of then Prime
Minister Indira Gandhi on August 15, 1972. The State Government has also
erected a memorial at Terekhol Fort for this hero of Goa?s
freedom struggle.


Vice Admiral Bedi to visit Goa



HERALD NEWS DESK


PANJIM, SEPT 9? Vice Admiral J S Bedi who recently took
over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command is on a
maiden visit to Goa from September 10 to 12.


The admiral, during his meritorious service has held numerous prestigious
appointments in the Indian Navy which included Assistant Chief of Naval Staff,
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Controller of Warship Production and
acquisition at Naval Headquarters. He also was Chief of Staff Officer of
Western Naval Command during Operation Vijay. Vice Admiral Bedi was the Fleet
Commander of Mighty Western Fleet during Operation Parakram?.


Vice Admiral Bedi has an old association with Goa
having been the Commanding Officer of INS Mandovi during the year 1991? 93. He
has the rare distinction of commanding a warship in every rank of the Indian
Navy.


During his visit to Goa the flag officer will oversee the naval operational
preparedness and also meet the naval fraternity and civilian staff in Goa.


Rare snake species caught at Paddi


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 9 ? An animal rescuer from Navelim managed to
catch a cat snake - a rare species of reptile from the hilly area of Paddi in
Quepem taluka.


It was early Saturday morning that animal rescuer, Julio Quadros received a
phone call from an anxious caller informing him to rush to Paddi on the NH-17.


The message was that a snake had entered into the house of a local resident
Govind Velip and the family wants the rescuer to catch the reptile.


?Velip was worried about the snake taking shelter in their house?, Quadros
said. But, as it turned out, the snake happened to be a rare species found in Goa.


Says Deputy Commissioner of Forests, South, M K Bidi. ?This is perhaps the
first time that a cat snake has been caught in Goa.
It is a rare species found in Goa. The snake
will be handed over to Bondla forest officials?.


He said this is the rare snake to be sighted in Goa
in recent times.


Julio Quadros thanked Bidi for supporting and helping him in his endeavour
to rescue animals, including reptiles. ?Bidi has encouraged me to go ahead and
rescue animals in danger?, he added.


Incidentally, Quadros had rescued a Pangolin from a garden at Colva last
year.


GBA to organise ODP presentation


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 9 ? Goa Bachao Abhiyan is organising a
half-day presentation on the Panjim Outline Development Plan soon after Ganesh
Chaturthi.


Speaking to Herald on Sunday, GBA Secretary Patricia Pinto said it is
important for people to know how their cities are being planned. The main aim
of the programme, the date and venue for which will be announced soon, was to
make people aware on this aspect so as to make them vigilant, she observed.


Ms Pinto pointed out that there were areas in Caranzalem and Dona Paula
where land-use changes have been made. One should know these changes, lest one
is shocked to see a high-rise building coming up next to his house, she warned
and added, ?Let?s all be responsive.?


She informed that the Margao and Ponda ODPs are out for objections and the
Panjim one will be also placed for the same anytime from now. She urged the
people from these places to raise objections in public interest and not for any
ulterior motive.


She said the presentation is open to people from all places, including
Margao and Ponda, so that they?re well-educated on the subject before raising
any objections.


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CCP
won?t come under common cadre, says CM


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 10 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat today said
the common cadre proposed for the state municipal councils will not be extended
to the Corporation of the City of Panaji.


Speaking to The Navhind Times this evening, the Chief Minister
said the Corporation is a separate entity, and should not be viewed in the
category of municipal councils.


Earlier in the day, a meeting was held in the secretariat to
discuss the common cadre issue, attended by Mr Kamat and the Minister for Urban
Development, Mr Joaquim Alemao.


Mr Kamat also informed that he has directed setting up of
complaint boxes in the municipal councils, and the officers would be directed
to take cognizance of every complaint lodged.


?The municipalities provide essential services to common man,? he
said, adding ?and my government would want no lapse in provision of these
services.?


Meanwhile, CCP workers have given a notice for strike from
September 13 against the implementation of the common cadre.


Acknowledging receiving the notice, the CCP chairperson, Mr Tony
Rodrigues told this daily that he would speak to the leaders of CCP workers
tomorrow. ?They would be briefed that there is no plan on the part of the government
to extend the common cadre to the Corporation.?


Mr Rodrigues also informed that shifting of the vegetable vendors
carrying out their business in a space between the Kamat Centre and Dempo House
in the city to the new municipal market complex would now take place after the
Ganesh Chaturthi festival. ?We don?t want any kind of conflicts during the
festive season,? he added.


The city mayor further informed that the vegetables for matolli
used during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, which were annually sold along the
river front, opposite the Dempo House, would from this year, be moved inside
the new municipal market complex.


Tourism
dept asked to submit shack policy


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 10 The Chief Secretary, Mr J P Singh has said the Goa
Coastal Zone Management Authority has asked the tourism department to submit
shack policy so as to facilitate it to take a decision on the number of shacks
that could be permitted on the beaches in the state.


The authority would decide on the number of shacks that would be
permitted on each beach in the state, said the Chief Secretary adding that this
was also in conformity with the direction of the High Court.


The Chief Secretary further said the GCZMA that met today has also
issued notices for demolition of six structures that have been erected in
violation of Coastal Regulation Zone rules.


Mr Singh, who heads the GCZMA, told ?The Navhind Times? that
besides the demolition orders, the body has also ordered inspection of 11
structures which are alleged to have been constructed in violation of CRZ
rules. He further said the authority was focusing more on finalising individual
cases and that the position of CRZ violations and other individual cases
related to them would be reviewed at the next meeting of the GCZMA scheduled on
September 19.


Parrikar
alleges cops? links with land mafia


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 10 Alleging that some police inspectors and
constables are getting involved in criminal activities, the leader of the
opposition, Mr Manohar Parrikar today demanded an investigation into the
complaints about certain police constables joining hands with the land mafia
and forcefully evicting tenants of prime land areas.


Addressing a press conference this evening, Mr Parrikar said that
a committee appointed for handling statutory policy matters about the police
department, under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, with the opposition
leader as its member, had not met for a long time.


?There is an urgent need to convene a meeting of this committee,
especially to discuss the nexus between the police and the criminals,? he
observed, adding that this nexus is more prominent in places like Panaji and
Margao.


The leader of the opposition further said that as per the Supreme
Court directives, besides the committee for handling statutory policy matters,
a police board with the Director General of Police as its chairman constituted
to look into the transfers of the police inspectors as well as the constables
and a grievances redressal cell formed to look into serious crime-related
issues like custodial deaths, rapes and murders exist in the state. ?However,
they don?t function properly,? he pointed out.


Mr Parrikar also alleged that extortion and use of arms have
become a common thing in Goa, and in turn, the
law and order situation has deteriorated.


Speaking further, Mr Parrikar demanded that the opposition party
as well as the municipalities should be taken into confidence, before
government takes any decision about the common cadre for municipalities.


?Though the concept of common cadre for municipalities is a
welcome idea, it can be misused for punishing the staff through their
transfers,? he said, ?as also appointing chief officers in the municipalities
ruled by the panels of the opposition parties, who would constantly create
confrontations.? A transfer policy should be agreed upon in advance under the
common cadre, he demanded.


Mr Parrikar stated that the common cadre was heading towards
confrontation between the councils, its workforce and the government.


The leader of the opposition requested the workers of the
Corporation of the City of Panaji
to hold back their proposed strike on September 13 in view of the forthcoming
Ganesh Chaturthi festival.


Mr Parrikar maintained that the government has miserably failed in
providing rice and wheat to the public under its public distribution system.


?Every ration cardholder getting only 10 kg rice and 2 kg wheat, during the Ganesh
Chaturthi festival, is nothing less than mockery of the aam aadmi,? he
observed, adding that the government should have asked for 5,000 tonne of
food-grain quota from the centre, instead of the 1,000 ton made available to
the state.


The government should now at least close down the department of
civil supplies and consumer affairs, he quipped.


5,000
youth get jobs in Cong?s two-year rule, claims Sardinha


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 10 The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr
Francisco Sardinha has appealed to the youth in state to come forward and join
Youth Congress for a better tomorrow and to retain Goa?s
secular and peaceful credentials.


Mr Sardinha was launching a membership drive organised by the
South Goa District Youth Congress at the district office of Congress in Margao.


He said only Congress under the dynamic leadership of INC president,
Ms Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh can safeguard the future
of youth.


?Under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, employment has
become a matter of right for the youth,? he said and disclosed that it could
materialise only upon Ms Gandhi?s initiative. He further disclosed that in the
last 25 months of Congress rule in the state, over 5,000 youth were provided
jobs.


?If we can achieve a target of enrolling 5,000 active members and
50,000 primary members, opposition parties will be washed away,? Mr Sardinha
said.


The South Goa District Congress president, Mr Subhash Faldesai
stated that the membership drive will infuse new blood in the party.


He emphasized the need to develop a second line of leadership and
urged the Youth Congress office-bearers, to fan out to every nook and corner of
the villages to enroll new members.


He complimented Youth Congress president, Mr Girish Chodankar for
building a committed cadre of youth Congress in the state. The GPYC president,
Mr Girish Chodankar said that a lot of youth expressed keen interest in joining
the party due to the achievements of the Congress-led NDA government at Centre
and the aam aadmi government in Goa.


He requested every office bearer to take membership drive
seriously so that maximum number of youth can join the party. The South Goa
District Youth Congress president, Mr Sankalp Amonkar expressed confidence that
the target of enrolling new members will be easily achieved. He said he would
personally visit every block to create awareness of the drive. Many other
prominent youth leaders addressed the meeting that was largely attended, said a
press note released here.


Goltim
VP asked to submit report on illegal construction


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 10 The Goa State Information Commission has directed
the secretary of the village panchayat of Goltim-Navelim (Divar), to intimate
by October 3, 2007, the action the panchayat has taken on the complaint about
an alleged illegal construction made by a party after due enquiry and
investigation. The application or complaint was made against the party by one
Mr H Sequeira of Saiba Vaddo, Piedade, Goltim, Divar.


In its order dated September 3, 2007, the Goa State Information
Commission has stated that the appellant is directly affected by the
construction/re-construction made by the party and therefore, a remedy is
available to the applicant under the Section 4(1)(d) of the RTI Act as an
affected person, though not as a citizen. The panchayat, as a public authority
is hereby directed to intimate the action taken on the complaint of the
appellant about the alleged illegal construction made by the party after due
enquiry and investigation. ??The reasons should also be given by the panchayat
Goltim-Navelim, for not taking action immediately and keeping the matter
pending for such a long time. The reply should be given by the Secretary of
Village Panchayat on behalf of the Village Panchayat within one month from
today,?? the order states.


The order disposes off the show cause notice issued to the
secretary in the appeal against him for not giving correct information and also
giving misleading information. The Commission?s order stated that the facts are
stated in the order dated July 18, 2007 in main appeal, which should be read as
having been incorporated in this order. It also held that the limited point is
whether the secretary has taken any action on the request for information and
if so whether he has given the correct information.


The appellant, Mr Sequeira has cited a number of complaints made
by him to the panchayat. It is his case that the panchayat has not taken any
action to demolish the illegal construction which blocks access to his property
when the matter was brought to the notice of the panchayat even while the
construction was going on. The panchayat secretary could not trace out any
legal permission having been granted to the party either for reconstruction or
repair of already existing house in the pertinent survey number within the
jurisdiction of Goltim-Navelim village panchayat. In a reply given by the
secretary for an earlier request he presumed that no permission has been
granted.


The Commission agreed that no case of malafides in providing wrong
information is made out against the secretary and it accordingly dropped further
proceedings against him. It maintained however, that village panchayat did not
take any action against the illegal construction as alleged by the appellant.
??It is not enough to say that no documents are available in the panchayat and
hence, the Public Information Officer cannot supply any information under the
RTI Act,?? said the order signed by the State Chief Information Commissioner Mr
A Venkataratnam and the State Information Commissioner Mr G G Kambli.


Vasco
double murder accused acquitted


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 10 The additional district and session judge, Ms
Bimba Thali today acquitted Chandrakant Naik of Mangor Hill,
Vasco, who was charged with committing the murder of his wife and
mother-in-law.


In her order, the judge observed that Chandrakant Naik should
be given the benefit of doubt and acquitted.


According to the prosecution, on February 22,
2006, Chandrakant Naik grievously assaulted his wife,
Chawalabai Naik (35) with a knife on the chest and other
parts causing her death on the spot. He also assaulted his
mother-in- law, Devlabai Lamani with the same knife leading to her
death.


The Vasco police arrested the alleged accused Chandrakant
and recovered the knife from him.


An offence under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code was
registered by the Vasco police. The police recovered the blood
stained clothes and later the charge-sheet was filed in the court.


Mr Rajiv Gomes appeared on behalf of the alleged accused
while Mr P S Hede, the public prosecutor, represented the state.


Two eye witnesses were examined by the court.


Mr Gomes argued that that the
eye witnesses could not be believed because the
cross examination showed that they were not present during
the time of the offence.


He also pointed out that the recovery of the knife at
the instance of accused could not be believed and prayed that the accused
be given the benefit of doubt.


The accused was in jail since the day he was arrested.


Finally
Salcete gets full-time mamlatdar


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 10 Finally, Salcete has got a full-fledged mamlatdar,
when the government in an order last week posted Mr Paresh Faldesai as the
mamlatdar of Salcete.


Besides being the mamlatdar of Salcete, Mr Faldesai will also hold
additional charge presently held by him.


It may be recalled that Mr Faldesai was the only joint mamlatdar
holding the fort in Salcete, the office of which has capacity of three joint
mamlatdars.


The other two posts have been lying vacant for quite some time
now.


On Monday last, joint secretary, personnel, Mr Yatindra Maralkar
had informed that the government had cleared files on appointment of 10
mamlatdars.


The offer of appointments has also been released, he had said.


Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Quepem, Mr Johnson Fernandes was
holding the additional charge of mamaltdar of Salcete.


With government appointing Mr Faldesai as full-fledged mamlatdar,
Mr Fernandes has been relieved of his additional charge.


Mr Faldesai will also hold additional charge of joint mamlatdar of
Salcete and mamlatdar in the collectorate.


The absence of a full-fledged mamlatdar and the delay in filling
up the vacancies of joint mamlatdars, had affected the day-to-day functioning
of the administration.


It also caused tremendous inconvenience to ?aam aadmi?, who had to
constantly face adjournments of quasi-judicial matters, relating to tenancy and
mundkarial cases.


Be
watchdogs of the party, Sardinha to Cong workers


NT News Service


Quepem, Sept 10 The state Congress president, Mr Francisco
Sardinha exhorted the party workers to remain vigilant and to bring to the
notice of the government any deviation from the party?s election manifesto.


?You are the eyes and the ears of the Congress party. It is your
bounden duty to safeguard the interest of the party
safeguard the interest of Goa. You should remain vigilant in your duty and work
unitedly to strengthen the party,? Mr Sardinha further said.


Mr Sardinha was addressing party workers at Quepem yesterday.


The Quepem MLA, Mr Chandrakant Kavlekar, in his address, urged the
party workers to display the same spirit of unity that led to his victory with
a whopping margin in the last assembly elections and exuded confidence that the
Quepem electorate would ensure victory of the Congress candidate in the yet to
be announced parliamentary by-elections.


He further exhorted the party workers to garner support for a show
of strength at a soon to be convened grand convention at Quepem.


Also present on the dais were Mr Subhash Phaldesai, South Goa
District Congress president; Mr Rajnikant Naik, South Goa District Congress
vice president; Ms Tereza Travasso, Quepem municipality president; Mr Subhash
Phaldesai, South Goa Zilla Panchayat member; Mr Shankar Phaldesai, veteran
Congress worker, besides others.


Distribution
of new ration cards begins


NT News Service


Vasco, Sept 10 The Minister for Civil Supplies, Mr Jose Philip
D?Souza kicked off the programme to distribute renewed ration cards in Vasco
today. Around 3.48 lakh ration cards will be distributed to the holders through
518 fair price shops.


The function was held at the Civil Supplies Office in Vasco which
was attended by Mormugao Mamlatdar, Mr Pundalik Khorjuvenkar, Civil Supplies
inspector, Mormugao, Mr Ravishankar Nipanikar, sub-inspector, Ms Sarita
Verenkar, Mormugao municipal councilor, Mr Kritesh Gaonkar and others.


Mr D?Souza informed that his department is geared up for the
distribution of additional increased quota of 1,000 million tonne wheat (for
above poverty line) and 500 million tone rice (for APL) approved by the
ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution before Ganesh
Chaturthi.


He further informed that there are 3,48,441 card holders
registered with the department and about 518 fair price shops existed in the
state. The distribution of additional quota of rice and wheat can be availed on
the newly renewed ration cards, informed Mr D?Souza.


He also explained that there are different categories of ration
card holders: Below Poverty Line- 16,076, Antodaya- 12,136, Annapurna-
518 and rest all Above Poverty Line. Mr D?Souza has instructed the officials
and the employees of his department to take strict action against fair price
shop owners who are involved in distributing sub-standard commodities. All the
cards will be distributed through concerned fair price shops.


It was also informed that he would going to inspect the godown of
Food Corporation of India (FCI) located at Headland- Sada and also at Cortalim
along with the Director of Civil Supplies and other officials. Meanwhile,
according to the information, there are 35,000 card holders itself registered
in Mormugao taluka.


Heads
of municipalities endorse implementation of common cadre


NT News Service


Quepem, Sept 10 Cutting across party lines and political
affiliations, chairpersons and councillors of eight municipal councils resolved
to support the government?s move of implementing the ?common cadre? for all
municipal employees and further cautioned the government against backtracking
on the issue at a special meeting held at the Quepem municipal council on
Friday.The chairperson of the Cuncolim municipal council, Mr Prasad Desai,
chairperson of Curchorem-Cacora council, Mr Pradip Naik, chairperson of the
Canacona municipal council, Mr Samir Desai, chairperson of the Pernem municipal
council, Mr Isidore Fernandes, chairperson of the Sanguem council, Ms Agnela
D?Costa, besides councillors of several councils were present at the meeting.


Quepem municipal council chairperson, Ms Tereza Travasso who took
the initiative of convening the meet of civic heads presided over the deliberations.


Most of the councillors and chairpersons, participating in the
discussions charged the municipal employees with indulging in favoritism,
nepotism, corruption and other discriminatory and unfair practices that result
in tarnishing the image of the respective councils.


?The employees indulge in unfair practices and manage to go
scot-free. It is the councillors who have to face the music from the public for
the misdeeds of the council staff,? said Mr Manuel Colaco, councillor and
former chairperson of Quepem municipal council.


The city fathers felt that the common cadre would put an end to
such malpractices and increase the efficiency of the staff.


Mr Raul Pereira, another councillor and former chairperson of
Quepem municipal council, was more forthright. ?The municipal staff who owe
allegiance to a particular councillor indulge in political vendetta after the
civic polls and more often than not hold developmental works to ransom. No
punitive action is taken against them for their acts of omission or commission
owing to their political clout and the public work suffers,? he charged.


Attempting to allay fears from the minds of the municipal staff
that their perks and allowances would be affected once common cadre comes into
force, Mr Pereira said that the authority for appointing municipal employees
should remain with the respective council if and when the common cadre is
implemented.


?In any case the appointments are effected only after obtaining
government?s sanction after they (appointments) are approved by the DPC
(Departmental promotion Committee) that consists of a representative of the
government as well as the council.


Mr Pereira further cautioned the government against going back on
its proposed move of implementing the common cadre. ?The move was long overdue.
If the government backtracks on this move now, we may even contemplate moving
the court of law,? he said.


Though the Quepem municipal council reiterated its resolve to take
stern action against any municipal employee who joins the strike on September
13, call for which has been given by the All Goa Municipal Workers Union,
councillors appeared divided over the issue.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times? later, Mr Raul Pereira said that
protesting through peaceful means is a fundamental right of any citizen
guaranteed by the constitution. ?Though I fully endorse the implementation of
the common cadre by the government, penalising the employees for participating
in strikes is an uncalled for decision. I will definitely protest against any
such move by the municipality,? he said.


The meeting also decided to implore the government to empower the
civic bodies as required by the 74th amendment of the Constitution. Speaking on
the issue, Ms Tereza Travasso said that the Congress party had included
devolution of more powers to the councils as one of its assurances in its
election manifesto. ?It is now binding upon the party to fulfill its poll
promise,? she said.


Councillors, Mr Narayan Gaonkar and Mr Dayesh Naik of Quepem
council and Mr Maruti Naik of Curchorem-Cacora council participated in the
debate.


PM
wants review on Congress? stance on Telangana demand


IANS


New Delhi, Sept 9 Faced with the
prospect of the Congress losing its vote base in the Telangana region of Andhra
Pradesh if it dithers on its promise to grant it statehood, the Prime Minister,
Dr Manmohan Singh is believed to have suggested a review of the party?s
official stance of delaying bifurcation of the state.


Dr Manmohan Singh is believed to have asked a Congress delegation
from Telangana that visited him last week to consult the state party in-charge,
Mr Digvijay Singh and apprise him of the ?ground realities?.


According to party sources, the delegation led by the Nizamabad
MP, Mr Madhu Goud Yaskhi told the Prime Minister that the Congress was
backtracking on its promise for granting statehood and it could prove
?disastrous? for the party.


?We have told the Prime Minister that there is a fresh simmering
over the issue in the region with students, academicians and intellectuals also
joining agitations, organised by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). But once
it overflows, things will go out of control,? Mr Yaskhi told IANS here.


The Congress leaders have informed Manmohan Singh that it would be
?suicidal? for the party, which came to power promising statehood to the
Telangana region in 2004, to go back to people without taking initial steps to
fulfil its promise.


?Besides, the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the CPI (Communist
Party of India) have already announced that they would support the region?s
demand. It is for sure that the Congress would be wiped out from the Telangana
region if it does not take steps to implement what it has promised,? one of the
Congress leaders, who visited the Prime Minister, was quoted as telling him.


The Congress leaders in the region strongly believe that a second
States Reorganisation Commission (SRC) - a commission to look into demands for
creation of smaller states - as suggested by some Congress leaders including Mr
Digvijay Singh would not be ?practical?.


?The Congress had promised in 2004 that we would go for a
consensus on the issue. No party including the CPI-M (Communist Party of
India-Marxist) supports a second SRC. How is it possible to constitute an SRC
only for Telangana?? asked a Congress leader.


No archaeological
evidence on Rama Setu, Centre tells SC


PTI


New Delhi, Sept 10 Defending the Sethusamudram project, the Centre
today told the Supreme Court that there was no archaeological or historical
evidence to prove that ?Rama Setu,? a mythical barrier also known as Adams?
bridge, was man made.


In a 400-page document submitted to the apex court, the Centre
said the project was being constructed strictly in accordance with law and has
a high degree of strategic and financial importance to the country.


Terming the opposition to the project as motivated by ?extraneous
considerations?, the Centre urged the Supreme Court to ?impose exemplary cost?
on those opposing it.


Former Union minister, Mr Subramaniam Swamy and certain other
individuals had filed petitions in the apex court seeking a stay on the
project?s construction on the ground that it would destroy the mythical barrier
believed to have been constructed by Lord Rama while marching to Lanka to
vanquish the demon-king, Ravana.


Hinting that the petitions were politically motivated, the Centre
told the SC that it was in fact, the previous NDA regime which had approved the
project in 2002.


According to the government, after the NDA government approved the
project it was subjected to the mandatory environmental impact assessment, 14
public hearings and other discussions before deciding to execute the project.


Hence, it urged the court to dismiss the petitions since they were
filed two years after the project was commenced.


On August 31, the apex court had put on hold demolition of the
?Rama Setu?, a barrier situated south-east of Rameshwaram, connecting
Talaimanar coast of Sri
Lanka.


?Till September 14, the alleged Rama Setu or Adams bridge shall
not be damaged in any way,? a bench comprising Mr Justice B N Agrawal and Mr
Justice P P Naolekar had said in its interim order.


However, it allowed the dredging activity for the project to
continue to the extent that it did not in anyway cause destruction to the Rama
Setu barrier.


The Rs 2087-crore project to establish and maintain a ship canal
from the west coast of India
to the east coast without going around Sri Lanka was cleared by the
ministry of environment and forest and the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh
had inaugurated it on July 2, 2005.


The interim order was passed on an urgent application moved by the
Janata Party president, Mr Subramanian Swamy alleging that the Centre has
decided to use explosives to blow the barrier.


The bench had sought a specific assurance from the Centre that it
will not carry any activity at the site which will in any way damage the Rama
Setu till the matter was heard next week.


?If You (Centre) are in a position to say that ongoing
construction would not in any way damage Rama Setu we will consider you,? the
bench made this observation several times during an hour-long argument during
the last hearing.


BJP,
Cong step up preparations for early polls


PTI


New Delhi, Sept 9 Amid talk of
mid-term polls, the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party appear to have gone
into election mode and have launched hectic efforts to get their acts together.


The Congress-led coalition is not lagging behind in the wake of
calls of be prepared for snap elections. It is showing signs of urgency in
taking action in the wake of the stand-off with the Left parties on the Indo-US
nuclear deal.


The announcement of follow-up action on the Sachar Committee?s
report on Muslims, an ambitious scheme of scholarships for Scheduled Caste
students, the bill for unorganised sector workers and a Bima Yojana for the
masses are the latest decisions to project its ?aam aadmi? image. ?The fourth
year of a coalition is invariably a tricky year? ? that is the refrain among
Congress leaders, including AICC office-bearers, thereby implying that they do
not rule out the possibility of early polls.


The BJP too is attempting to put its house in order and a meeting
of its top brass with the RSS, currently on in Mumbai, is being seen as a
crucial move in this direction.


The main opposition party will later this month hold its national
executive in Bhopal,
which is likely to be an important affair as it strategies on the ?next steps?.


On the other hand, the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi has
become active on the organisational front with indications from the AICC that
changes are on the cards in several states and at the national level.


The AICC general secretary, Mr Digvijay Singh summed up the mood
in the Congress by saying: ?The Congress is not afraid of elections, but we do
not want to thrust elections on the people of the country at this time.?
Another Congress general secretary, Mr Ashok Gehlot, said it is high time to
give a key role in the organisation to young MP, Mr Rahul Gandhi to propel a
new generation of leadership to the front.


A Union minister said the Congress is keeping its powder dry and
is not devoid of ammunition against the Left, but would like to err on the side
of caution and not want to give any quarter to the Marxists.


?Let bygones be bygones? appears to be the saffron attitude as BJP
veteran Mr L K Advani is hosting a lunch for the Shiv Sena executive president,
Mr Uddhav Thackarey this week.


This, party sources said, is to send out a clear signal that all
is well between the two oldest ideological allies, which once shared power in Maharashtra but have been showing signs of falling apart
in the wake of the presidential polls.


The Trinamool Congress chief, Ms Mamata Banerjee?s hints that she
is parting ways with the BJP-led NDA have led to joy in Congress circles, which
feel that a tie-up with her party in West Bengal
could give the Marxists a run for their money.


The NCP general secretary, Mr D P Tripathi has said that the UPA
is going to fight the elections together whenever they are held. Mr Suhas
Palshikar, professor of political science in Pune University,
believes the UPA and NDA will largely remain intact at the time of the next
elections. Another interesting development a couple of days ago was a meeting
that senior BJP leader, Mr Ravishankar Prasad had with AIADMK chief, Ms
Jayalalithaa in Chennai.


The meeting came amid reports that she has been distancing herself
from the Third Front, formally known as the United National Progressive
Alliance. Her party voted for Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat in the presidential
poll despite the UNPA?s decision to abstain.


It was after a long time that a senior BJP leader had met Ms
Jayalalithaa, whose AIADMK severed ties with it after the 2004 Lok Sabha polls.


As against this, there has been confusion in the Congress on the
relationship with BSP despite its chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms
Mayawati having a rare bonhomie with Ms Sonia Gandhi from the time of the
presidential election.


Lately, however, Ms Mayawati has made certain statements that were
critical of the government at the Centre.


Ms Mayawati, whose victory in the Uttar Pradesh polls this year
was seen as a defining moment in politics, has been generally against
pre-election tie-ups.


And despite consistent denials from those concerned, there has
always been talk in political circles that the BJP and the Mulayam Singh
Yadav-led Samajwadi Party are ?made for each other?, especially in the politics
of Uttar Pradesh.


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Couple hurt in Sanquelim mishap


HERALD CORRESPONDENT



BICHOLIM, SEPT 10 ? A couple was seriously injured in a
mishap at Gokulwadi-Sanquelim.

According to the available information, the incident occurred in the morning
when a bus (GA-01-U-5115) plying from Sanquelim to Valpoi made a sudden halt at
Gokulwadi-Sanquelim wherein a Maruti car (GA-01-C-0348) dashed against it from
the rear and later collided with motorcycle (GA-01-B-2512).

The motorcyclist, Gajanan Wantekar and his wife Priyanka Wantekar were
seriously injured and were shifted to Goa Medical
College and Hospital
at Bambolim.

Meanwhile, a 28-year-old cyclist from Sarvan- Bicholim was on Saturday
seriously injured when he was knocked down by a bus at Sarvan-Bicholim.

According to the available information the incident occurred at about 9 am. A
bus (GA- 01- Z- 5295) plying from Bicholim to Valpoi in a bid to overtake
another bus dashed one Gopal Narayan Dhawaskar (28) from Sarvan while he was
crossing the road on his cycle. Dhawaskar was sustained serious head injuries
and was shifted to GMC Bambolim. Bicholim Head Constable Harishchandra
Parab is investigating the case.





Accused constable will cause terror: Curchorem
police


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 10 ? Curchorem police have vehemently opposed
granting of bail to arrested police constable Srikrishna Dessai in the Mariano
Mascarenhas shooting case saying the accused will cause terror in the village
and will intimidate the victim and witnesses.

Srikrishna?s bail application came for hearing before Sessions Judge Anuja Prabhudesai
on Monday. Arguments will take place on the bail application on September 17.

The police submitted before the court that Srikrishna was engaged for shooting
Mariano upon alleged instructions of Rajesh Dessai and Balesh Dessai.

Opposing the bail application, the police said the applicant is a trained
police constable, who at the time of joining this department has taken oath
that he will serve the country and protect the life and property of its
citizens. ?Instead, the applicant has involved himself in criminal activities
and has committed serious offence, thereby causing a stigma to the image of Goa
Police. The offence committed by the applicant is not at all pardonable?, the
police stressed in their say.

The police said the applicant if granted on bail, would tamper with evidence.
?He may also get himself involved in more criminal activities if kept at
large?, the Curchorem police said while seeking rejections in the bail
application.

Moreover, the police have said that accused Srikrishna has disclosed during
interrogation that Satyawan Dessai had accompanied him in committing two crimes
in the jurisdiction of Maina-Curtorim police and Quepem Police Station.





Probe complaint against Vishwajeet, wife: court


BY HERALD REPORTER



PANJIM, SEPT 10 - The JMFC Panjim on Monday directed the
Old Goa Police Inspector to investigate the complaint by Utt Goenkara
Spokesperson Adv Aires Rodrigues against Health Minister Vishwajeet
Rane and wife Divya Rane.

The JMFC has further directed the Police Inspector to submit a
report on the investigation in the next date of hearing of the
case. Adv Rodrigues had filed a complaint with the Old Goa
police that on July 31, he had allegedly received a threatening
call from the accused. He filed a complaint before JMFC
stating Old Goa police on political
pressure was dilly-dallying investigating on
his complaint.





When cops turn insensitive to public complaints!


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 10 - When burglars struck at Aquem in the wee
hours of Sunday, residents immediately contacted the police via Ph No 100,
hoping that a Police Control Room (PCR) van would reach the spot on time.


But, if a resident is to be believed, the control room instead of promising
to immediately dispatch a PCR van asked the caller to contact the Margao police
station.


This fact was brought to the notice of the District Collector, G P Naik by
an aggrieved citizen, who was one of the victims of the Aquem burglary.


No sooner, Naik received the complaint, he immediately got in touch with the
Superintendent of Police, South Shekar Prabhudessai and asked for a thorough
probe in the episode.


Talking to newsmen, the Collector said the incident was indeed unfortunate
as the police control room could have easily communicated the information to
the nearest PCR van to rush to Aquem. ?By asking the caller to contact the
Margao Police Station, the concerned personnel manning the Police Control Room
proved he was insensitive to public complaints?, the Collector said.


Meanwhile, Herald understands that unknown culprits decamped with music
player system from at least three cars from Navelim last night. Interestingly,
the Margao police claimed they have no knowledge of the theft cases.


Benching of Porvorim hillock begins


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


PORVORIM, SEPT 10 ? The work of excavation atop Porvorim
hillock and benching is going on a war footing.

Two ripper dozers, three earthmovers and two JCB machines have been pressed
into operation to clear the garbage and the mud on the hillock. The services of
30 trucks of 5 cubic
meter capacity and 10 trucks of 15 cubic meter
capacity have been hired to flatten the hilltop.


It is learnt that the trucks make 150 to 200 trips per day and every
truck is being paid Rs 500 per trip. The Public Works Department has installed
a mast light atop hillock having 4 bulbs each of 1000 watts, which is being
operated with the help of generator of 7.5 KVA capacity.


The Senior Manager (Mines) Mr Shril Pal of Sociedade De Fomento Industrial
Pvt Ltd mentioned that State Government has appointed them to supervise the
excavation operation and provide technical support to the PWD to carry out the
work smoothly and speedily.


Pal mentioned that the land excavation of 200 meters involving the
clearing of about 75,000
cubic meters of mud and stones is a gigantic task. He
stated that 4 benches (steps) of 5 meter deep having the slope of 30 degrees
angle will be made and this work will be completed within next 10 days. During
the nighttime the work of clearing the mud and the stones that has accumulated
on the western side of the road below the hillock is being carried out between
10 pm to 7 am.


The Sarpanch of Village Panchayat of Penha de Franca Subhash Kalangutker
mentioned that the panchayat used to dump the garbage on this hillock few years
ago. He said that the seepage of the water from the garbage into the hillock
might be one of the reasons, which caused the landslide.


The Sarpanch also mentioned that there was a long trench on the hillock
through which the water is to flow down but of late this trench was filled up
on account of which water stopped flowing down and hence started getting
accumulated on the hillock.


The Traffic Police Department has now deployed more traffic police on the
stretch of road from Sai Service to Mandovi junction to regulate the traffic.
During the rush hours both in the morning and evening the commuters face lot of
hardship due to long queue of the vehicles and minor accidents that occur.


Govt according top priority to safety of motorists:
Churchill


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 10 - PWD Minister Churchill Alemao who today
visited the beleaguered hill part of which collapsed last week, said the
Mandovi Bridge-Porvorim stretch of the NH17 would be opened only when the
road is declared safe for traffic.


?No one should misunderstand us. We are taking precautionary measures to
prevent any casualty to motorists and commuters?, Alemao said. Claiming that
safety of motorists along the hillock is being accorded top priority, he
said work has begun on a war footing on the hilltop.


Talking to reporters later, he clarified that it was not the first
time he was visiting the site. He claimed he visited the site where the debris
had fallen on the first day itself when the landslide occurred. He further said
on his return today from Vailankani (where he goes on a pilgrimage every year,)
he went on the hilltop to inspect the work being undertaken there. Senior
officials of the PWD Ministry besides the Chief Secretary J P Singh, North Goa
Collector Mihir Vardhan and Additional Collector Swapnil Naik, were
also present.


In a bid to curb any further landslides and
following recommendations from experts, the PWD
commenced benching the Porvorim
slope in four parts. While the first
bench from the top of the slope
was almost completed, the remaining three
parts are scheduled to be completed
by Thursday.


?We are hoping to open one lane on the
Panjim-Porvorim route by September13,? says
Additional Collector Swapnil Naik adding
further that the completion of two benches
would stabilize the slope and
thereafter permit for clearance of the
debris at the base and
restoring vehicular movement. A review and
re-assessment of the work is scheduled on Wednesday.
The mud from the excavated hilltop as well as the debris is being used for the
Ribandar by-pass, the Collector said.


While it is alleged that some soil
testing experiments conducted recently
for the purpose of undertaking real
estate development could have
triggered the landslide at Porvorim, the
North administration has ruled out the
allegations.


OTHER HILLS: -The North Goa Collectorate Administration
has suggested to the Public
Works Department to approach the
Central Mining Research Institute,
Nagpur for a detailed study on the
recent landslide at Porvorim and
include other slopes like Bambolim,
Betim etc.


Such a study would
help identify the causes of the
problems and steps to be taken to
prevent such occurrences, sources said.


Ambaulim VP dashes CMC?s land acquisition plans


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 10 - Plans by the Cuncolim Municipal Council
to acquire 30,000 sq mts of land on the Cuncolim-Ambaulim border has run into
trouble.


The Ambaulim Village Panchayat has opposed the move to acquire the land in
the panchayat jurisdiction, forcing the Cuncolim civic body to do a rethink on
its ambitious plan.


?We have almost decided to identify an alternate site for garbage dumping?,
disclosed CMC Chief Officer, Agnelo Fernandes.


Presently, the Council collects garbage generated in the market area and is
sorted out before being dumped at SUDA acquired land at Panzorconne.


Incidentally, the government had sanctioned Rs 69 lakh for acquiring the
land located on the border of Cuncolim town and Ambaulim village. The amount
lies unutilised with the civic body.


Says the Chief Officer, ?We cannot go ahead with the land at
Ambaulim-Cuncolim following objections raised by the Ambaulim village
panchayat?.


Fernandes further said efforts are on to find a solution in view of the High
Court?s recent dir


PoP Ganesh idols are here again!


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 8 ? Even four years after the Bombay High
Court at Goa directed the State Government to
consider a ban on the sale of Plaster of Paris (PoP) Ganesh idols, the latter
has done precious little to see that the same was implemented.


And now with just a week left for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations to begin ?
PoP idols are seen openly exhibited in outlets across the State.


In suo motto writ petition High Court, in August 2003, had also directed the
State Government to ensure that PoP Ganesh idols are not immersed in rivers and
ponds as they cause environmental damage.


But government has failed on this ground too. The Goa Handicrafts Rural and
Small Scale Industries (GSRSSI) which initially spoke of banning entry of PoP
idols in the State as also its sales here ? is now content with creating awareness
through FM against the purchase of PoP idols and its immersion in natural water
bodies.


Apparently the problem is deep rooted.


Many traders have started using PoP in making Ganesh idols because of the
cost factor but artists are yet to receive any kind of financial assistance
from GHRSSIDC.


?Even last year the handicraft corporation had taken our addresses? and
contact numbers but nothing came of it, ? laments Dilip Shet, a trader from
Mayem.


He has been using clay even as the cost of production has increased.


He feels the government is not serious about stopping use of PoP. ?I think
it?s all farce ? its appeal on radio not to buy PoP when in reality it is not
doing anything concrete to stop the use of PoP,? he complaints.


?It should raid and seize all PoP idols put on sale in the market?, he
suggested.


No wonder he does not trust the government and also has no hope of getting
any kind of financial help from it.


He says there are practical difficulties in securing documents, which need
to be submitted to get subsidy of Rs 100 per clay idol, which GHRSSIDC
announced last month. ?How do I get a receipt from the farmer who supply me
clay from his fields, ? he said.


The GHRSSIDC has also made available space to traders selling clay idols at
its handicrafts outlets in the State.


However, traders are not content. Jayesh Natekar of Khorlim-Mapusa is
skeptical that they would ever receive any kind of financial help from
GHRSSIDC, and suggested that it should not make noise against use of PoP idols
when production is ready.


?We need to be informed at least a year in advance against the use of PoP,?
said Natekar who sells clay as well as PoP idols.


He has started using PoP because of unavailability of labour required for
kneading clay. ?Clay cannot be put into mould unless it is thoroughly kneaded
with feet which is a quite tedious process?, he said.


People also prefer PoP idols because they are lighter in weight, have better
finishing and cost less in comparison to clay idols which are eco-friendly.


Apparently, many traditional traders have given up their profession with
rising demand for PoP idols, which are mostly brought from neighbouring Maharashtra.


Sarvajanik mandals told to provide private security
at venues


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 10 - Putting an elaborate plan of action in
place in view of the ensuing Ganesh festival, the administration has asked the
managements of Sarvajanik Ganesh mandals in the city to make arrangements for
private security at the venues.


At a meeting chaired by the district Collector, G P Naik with
representatives of community Ganesh mandals here on Monday, it was decided that
the mandals should make available private security so that the police force can
be better utilised for patrol duties.


The Mandals, however, told the administration about their inability to
install closed circuit TVs at the venue, but have agreed to deploy private
security.


The District Collector told newsmen that the police would immediately rush
to the mandals if any complaint comes from the management stating about the
movement of suspicious looking persons.


Naik said the district police chief will requisitioned additional police
force to patrol the entire city as many a city-dweller proceeds to their native
places for celebration of Ganesh festival.


He maintained that the police would issue necessary instructions to the
household owners in the event they leave for their native places by keeping
their houses locked.


These actions assume significance given that burglars has been striking the
city at ease, raising questions about the security of households during the
Ganesh festivities.


Majorda to opt for vermicomposting


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 10 - Faced with the problem finding suitable
land for garbage dumping and to set up a treatment plant, the Majorda village
Panchayat has decided to opt for vermicomposting as solution to mounting
garbage woes.


And, if Sarpanch Laxmi Gonsalves is to be believed, than the plan may take
off within the next three months as the panchayat has chalked out plans to give
vermicomposting a try in the village.


?Things should hopefully fall in place within the next three months?,
disclosed Gonsalves, when newsmen drew her attention of garbage being dumping
along roadsides and near a starred hotel in the village.


She said the panchayat has asked a landlady to provide 100 sq mts of land
for the vermicomposting unit and exuded confidence that things will fall in
place within the next three months.


Admitting that people dispose off their garbage along roadsides, drains and
low-lying fields, Gonsalves said the citizens should think before dumping off
the waste in public places.


Asked about garbage dumped along the road leading to the beach, the Sarpanch
said the panchayat has asked the starred hotel to provide security at the site
to prevent miscreants from dumping waste at the site.


With the Goa Pollution Control Board rejecting the two sites identified by
the Panchayat for dumping off garbage, the panchayat has now made it mandatory
for all new buildings to have their own vermicomposting within their
residential premises.


Borda locals threaten stir over bad roads


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 10 - Residents of Borda led by ward Councillor
Ramdas Hazare on Monday has warned of an agitation if the government fails to
immediately take up improvement of the A C Pacheco road and Marlem road.


Agitated residents went to the PWD office this morning to gherao the
concerned engineers, but could find anyone. They finally handed over copies of
their memorandum to a PWD official and demanded urgent improvement work on the
road or face a stir.


Ward Councillor Hazare has contended that the A C Pacheco Road at Borda is
the busiest road in the Borda locality, but the PWD officials has not deemed it
fit to repair the pot-hole dotted road on an urgent basis.


He said condition of the road is so bad that it is not motorable any longer.


Incidentally, the residents of the area had earlier threatened to stage a
rasta roko, but the threat has failed to spur the authorities into action.


CCP gets a breather as vendors call off proposed
stir


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 10 ? The
Corporation of the City of Panaji today got
a breather as vegetable
vendors called off the proposed stir
following an assurance that a solution
would be worked out after Ganesh Chaturthi.


The turning point, which brought
cheers to the vegetable vending community
was an assurance from the CCP Mayor
Tony Rodrigues today to bar sale
of matoli saman along the river
front promenade.


Rodrigues who visited the market today
evening allayed fears of the vendors stating
that the matoli items for
Chaturthi along the water front would
be moved inside the market complex.


Speaking to Herald today Rodrigues
said, ?By moving the matoli saman
inside the market complex will not affect
the regular vending business,? adding further
that the vendors are satisfied
with the assurance.


As far as the rift between
the vendors inside the market complex and
those sitting in the old market he said,
?We are going to work out some
solution after Ganesh Chaturthi.?


It is learnt that the matter is
scheduled to be discussed between
the CCP and the minister for
urban development and the Panjim MLA on
Wednesday.


A solution is being worked out
to accommodate 220 vegetable vendors from
the old market into the new Panjim market
complex.


Flying squad formed to check illegal mining
activities


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 10 ? Illegal
mining activities in the North District
of the State came under the scanner as
a ?flying squad? is being pressed into
operation shortly to nab violators.


The North District Collector Mihir
Vardhan speaking to Herald
today said that a team of four has been
constituted to head a flying squad , which will keep close
vigil on illegal mining activities, reported and take action
according to the rules.


The team comprises representatives one
each from the departments of police, mining,
transport and collectorate.


?The flying-squads will begin operations from next
week,? the North Collector said.

The initiative for the ?flying squad? and
its constitution came today after a
high level meeting was
convened and chaired by the North district
collector.


According to data furnished by the North
Collectorate , a large number of reports have been
received of illegal mining activities
pertaining to sand extraction in Pernem, bauxite and
laterite extractions at Sattari, iron ore in Bicholim,
etc.


?Any activity without a license
is a violation,? Mr Vardhan said adding further
that each of the departments in
the flying squad will take
appropriate action for seizure, compounding
and appropriate penalties.


The DRAG is on for 3% reservation for disabled


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT10 ? The Disability Rights Association of Goa
(DRAG) has demanded that the State Government should immediately issue a
notification to allow 3 per cent reservation for disabled persons in the State.



President of DRAG Avelino de Sa told a press conference on Monday here that
the 1995 Person with Disabilities Act, though stipulates that differently abled
persons should be given be 3 per cent reservation in government jobs as well as
educational institutes, Goa Government is yet to issue such notification to
allow reservation in educational institutes for physically handicapped persons
in the State.


In view of the government?s initiative in giving 12 per cent reservation for
Gawdas, Kunbis and Velips as announced last week, he said, the government
should immediately issue notification giving 3 per cent reservation in
educational institutes for disabled persons.


He also put forward a demand that State Government should appoint permanent
commissioner on State Disability Commission. Presently, secretary welfare holds
additional charge of the State Disability Commission.


Law Dept to decide!


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 10 ? Municipal Councils in the State appear to
have accepted in principle government?s move to introduce common cadre for
civic employees, with many a civic body now bracing up to face the one-day
token strike called by the Goa Municipal Employees Association on September 13.


On the vexed question vis-?-vis the powers of municipal bodies as the
appointing authority, the matter would be referred to the Law Department for
examination and solution.


Chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and chief officers of municipal bodies on
Monday had a meeting with the Urban Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao to
discuss the government?s decision to introduce common cadre for the employees.


Alemao said all the councils are supporting the government?s decision on the
matter, adding ?I have now asked the councils to adopt resolutions before
September 13 and sent them to the government?.


On the status of powers of a municipal body as the ?Appointing Authority?,
Alemao said the matter has been referred to the Law Department for an opinion.


Herald understands that while many a municipal chairperson or the
vice-chairperson have welcomed the decision on common cadre, many others sought
to know whether the government would take away the powers of the civic body
vis-?-vis appointing authority.


?No decision has been taken so far. The Law Department will give its opinion
soon?, Alemao said, even as Herald understands that municipal chairpersons are
not in favour of diluting the powers of the civic bodies.


The Urban Development Minister further said the municipal bodies have been
asked to seek the assistance of private agencies in lifting away garbage on the
day of the proposed strike scheduled on September 13.


BJP: Consult Oppn, then finalise common cadre for
civic workers


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 10 ? Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar has
demanded that government should take the Opposition, trade unions beside the
municipalities into confidence before finalising common cadre for municipal
employees.


He was speaking at a press conference on Monday here. He said the government
is heading towards confrontation over common cadre with municipal employees who
have now threatened to go on strike on September 13.


He said though he is in favour of common cadre, the government should have a
transfer policy in place before it introduces common cadre.


There?s a possibility that the government might misuse common cadre to shunt
away officers it does not like, he said, adding, ?this is already happening
with chief executive officers and panchayat secretaries?, and therefore
demanded that government should consult trade unions, Opposition party as well
municipalities.


He further said that he has requested municipal trade unions to postpone
their strike due to Ganesh Chaturthi celebration, which begins from September
15.


POLICE-MAFIA NEXUS: Parrikar today repeated his allegations of
police-anti-social elements nexus. Incidents of police siding with anti-social
elements instead of with law-abiding citizens have risen. ?At least I get two
cases per day relating to police force,? claimed Parrikar, further informing
that he has already written to the government over this issue.

INADEQUATE RATION QUOTA: Denouncing the government for its inaction to get the
ration quota restored to its original standard even for Ganesh Chaturthi,
Mandrem MLA Laxmikant Parsekar said, Department of Civil Supplies should be
closed down if it?s not able to serve the common man.


He said, whatever little extra rice and wheat government is able to give for
the festival is because it has obtained October quota in advance.


LANDSLIDE: He also alleged that benching carried out at Porvorim landslide
site is actually a scam.


FIXTURES: While Ruling party MLAs have been given 350 tube lights and 75
sodium bulbs each ? Opposition BJP MLAs have been allotted only 50 tube lights
and five sodium lights, alleged Mandrem MLA Laxmikant Parsekar.


He said, people of all constituencies pay five paise per unit as electricity
charges and so it?s unfair that constituents of Opposition MLAs are given less
fixtures, which are allotted respective MLAs during Ganesh Chaturthi and
Christmas.


Meanwhile, responding to the same charge leveled by Damodar Naik, Power Minister
Aleixo Sequeira had clarified that all MLAs irrespective of party label have
been given the same quota of fixtures.




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Agricultural
policy to be formulated soon: CM


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 11 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat today said
the work for formulating the state agricultural policy would commence after
Ganesh Chaturthi, and a meeting of all the MLAs would be convened to discuss
the related issues. Mr Kamat also informed that officials from the central
agricultural ministry would arrive in the state for studying matters regarding
development of agriculture in Goa.


Brushing aside rumours, the Chief Minister assured sugarcane
cultivators that the Sanjivani sugar factory in the Sanguem taluka would not be
closed down.


Mr Kamat, who also holds the agriculture portfolio, earlier
disbursed an amount of Rs 70.13 lakh towards support price to 606 sugarcane
cultivators from Sanguem, Quepem and Canacona talukas, during a special
function held at Vade-Kardi in Sanguem taluka. The support price was
distributed at the rate of Rs 200 per tonne.


Addressing the sugarcane cultivators, Mr Kamat also told the
cultivators that the government is contemplating launching of a scheme to
attract those farmers and cultivators who have moved away from agriculture,
because of losses incurred by them.


The Chief Minister further said that he would work towards
fulfilling the needs of the farmers and cultivators in the state, stressing on
the need to improve agricultural production in Goa.


The director of agriculture, Mr Satish Tendulkar and the local
MLA, Mr Vassudev Gaonkar were also present on the occasion.


During this year, a support price to the tune of Rs 1.12 crore
will be disbursed to as many as 1,250 sugarcane cultivators in the state.


In Goa, sugarcane is presently
grown over an area of approximately 2,000 hectares. The
state currently produces 56,000 metric tonne of sugarcane, which is very low.
Agriculture department sources informed that it has started efforts to increase
the same. The Sanjivani sugar factory has a crushing capacity of 1.75 to 2 lakh
tonne of sugarcane annually. Thus the present availability of sugarcane meets
less than half of the requirement of the factory. This deficit is made by
bringing sugarcane form neighbouring states, which is not only uneconomical but
detrimental to the interest of local growers.


Thus, there is tremendous scope to cultivate this cane locally by
bringing additional area under this cash crop specially in command areas of
Salaulim and Anjunem irrigation projects, informed the sources.


The sources informed that the main objective behind providing
support price to the farmers is to improve production of various crops. ?The
government provides subsidy of up to Rs 6,000 per hectare on the fertilisers
required for the sugarcane,? they informed.


The sources also informed that another scheme which provides
subsidy of up to 25 per cent for growing sugarcane in new cultivable areas, is
being worked out.


The primary causes which result in low productivity of sugarcane
in the state and poor quality sugarcane cane for crushing include water
scarcity, inadequate fertilisation, quality of seeds, late planting, soil
fertility, lack of plant protection, etc.


Rs
8-cr subsidies given


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 11 The directorate of agriculture gave away Rs 8
crore in subsidies for various agricultural programmes for the year 2006-2007
from its total departmental budget of Rs 27.30 crores.


Speaking to The Navhind Times, the director of agriculture, Mr S
Tendulkar said, ?A minimum of 25,000 farmers are given cheques and subsidies
every year. It?s a big volume. The amount varies from Rs 50 to Rs 3 lakh.?? The
major subsidies that are given include the support prices for various
agricultural produce.


The department released Rs 1.12 crore as support price towards
55,977 tonne of sugarcane produced by farmers for 2006-07 and supplied to sugar
factory. The support price for sugarcane was given at the rate of Rs 200 per
tonne and the subsidy benefited 1,237 sugarcane farmers in Goa.
The department had released Rs 1. 7 crore for 54,000 tonne of sugarcane the
previous year, Mr Tendulkar revealed.


The support price for arecanut is given at the rate of Rs 20 per
kilogram. For upto 600
kilogram, the entire quantity is considered for the
support price. If the quantity exceeds 600 kilogram, only 60
per cent of the quantity is considered for the support price. The total amount
of subsidy released for arecanut for 2006-07 was Rs 110 lakh. There were 2,172
beneficiaries for the arecanut support price. Next year, the subsidy amount is
expected to touch between Rs 120 lakh to Rs 125 lakh, the director said.


The Goan farmers are also given 50 per cent subsidy on the cost of
paddy seed to those who buy from the government-approved outlets. These outlets
include the outlets of Goa Bhagayatdar Co-operative Society, Pernem Farmers?
Co-operative Society, Adarsh Co-operative Society and Sattari Farmers?
Co-operative Society. This subsidy is given at source and the farmers have to
only pay half the cost of the seed at the outlets. For 2006-07, the total
subsidy given on paddy seed was Rs 22 lakh. This year, the subsidy is expected
to go up to Rs 26 lakh.


Mr Tendulkar said the other component of subsidy is for fencing.
Fifty per cent of the cost of fencing is given as subsidy and the total subsidy
for 2006-07 was Rs 70 lakh. This year, it is expected to touch Rs 1 crore. Subsidies
are also given for machinery ? power tillers and tractors. Subsidy to the tune
of Rs 35,000 is given to individual and for groups, it is Rs 75,000. The cost
of a power tiller is around Rs 1.1 lakh. For purchase of tractors, a subsidy of
Rs 1 lakh is given. The cost of a tractor is Rs 3.6 lakh. The total subsidy for
machinery given in 2006-07 was Rs 55.5 lakh.


The department is also supplying manure for improving soil to
increase production. Last year, 1000 tonne of manure worth Rs 36 lakh was
supplied for this purpose. Subsidy is also given for water pumps, water
pipelines, sprinkler system, drip irrigation system and wells. Besides,
de-silting of community ponds and tanks is taken up with 100 per cent
assistance. Last year, the department released Rs 40-lakh on de-silting, Mr
Tendulkar said.


Dabolim
airport gears for 24-hour civilian operations


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 11 With the naval authorities agreeing to throw open
the Dabolim airport open for 24 hours of the day for civilian operations, the
buoyant tourism industry in the state is going to get a big boost further in
the upcoming season, beginning next month.


According to highly placed sources in the state administration and
Airport Authority of India, based in Goa, the
Dabolim airport would most probably be thrown open for operations 24 hours of
the day with effect from October 15.


The airport already has night landing facilities but the same were
occasionally used for landing during nights in case the flights were delayed,
said a highly placed official of AAI at Dabolim adding that the efforts were on
to make operational all the 24 hours for civilian use.


The AAI official also said that the Indian navy has already agreed
to throw open the airport for civilian use and that sufficient number of air
traffic controllers would be posted to facilitate landing and takeoffs round
the clock. The scheduled flights as well as charter to the state and from it
were mostly operated during the day hours.


According to sources in the tourism industry as well as the state
government, at least 900 charter flights would land in Goa
as a result of airport becoming operation round the clock. Besides, the AAI
authorities said that more airlines have expressed desire to operate scheduled
flights to and from Goa.


The tourism has been picking up in the state over the past half a
decade with almost 100 per cent increase in tourist arrivals in the state. Goa that attracted 12.68 lakh-odd tourists in 2000
attracted over 24.79 lakh-odd tourists last year. The figure in 1994 was just
10.59 lakh.


According to the tourism secretary, Dr M Modassir, 20.98 lakh of
the total number of tourists who arrived in the state were domestic while over
3.81 were foreigners. The number of domestic tourists arriving in the state in
the year 2000 was under 10 lakh while that of foreign tourists was 2.91 lakh.
The number of foreign tourists in 1994 stood at 2.10 lakh. Dr Modassir said
that nearly 43 per cent of the charter flights bringing in foreign tourists to
Goa come from the United Kingdom,
while Russia accounted for
8.75 per cent and is followed by Germany
5.87 per cent, Finland 5.59
per cent, France 3.73 per
cent and Switzerland
3.20 per cent. All other countries including Israel account for the rest.


The state received 720 charter flights last year that brought in
nearly 1.70 lakh foreign tourists, as compared to 419 in the year 200. The
total number of tourists that came by charters that year was 1.17 while the
number of charter flights in 1994 was 299 that brought in a little over 58,000
tourists.


Besides, charter flights, the cruise ships that call in at the
Mormugao port also bring in tourists to the state, said the tourism secretary
adding that 72 cruise liners called at the Mormugao port last year bringing in
8,433 tourists as compared 14 ships that called in the year 2000 that brought
in 3,914 tourists.


According to Dr Modassir, the foreign tourists who come to Goa stay on an average for nine days while the domestic
tourist stayed in the state for five days.


He also said that there were 1,627 rooms available in the state in
five-star deluxe hotels with bed capacity of 2,955, while the number of rooms
available in five-star category was 811 with 1,646 beds. Similarly the number
of rooms in the four star category was 544 with a total bed strength of 1,038.


Dr Modassir also said that the room capacity in the three-star
category was 1.075 with a bed strength of 2,209 and in two-star category the
number of rooms was 1,271 and the bed capacity was 2,551. In one-star
category the number of rooms available was 743 and the bed capacity was 1,514,
he added. In the heritage category the room strength was 20 with a bed strength
of 36.


Meanwhile, the Tourism Minister, Mr Francisco Xavier Pacheco will
lead a delegation of the state officials to participate in a programme
organised by the government of India
in New York to mark nation?s 60 years of Independence. The
programme would be attended by the contingents of all the states and would be
inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh on September 21.


The other members of the state?s contingent would be the Chief
Secretary, Mr J P Singh, and the director of tourism, Mr Deepak Loliyenkar. Goa would set up its own enclosure at the event to
promote tourism.


Explosive
substances found after Ponda mishap


NT News Service


Ponda, Sept 11 Tension gripped Ponda town today when two explosive
substances burst injuring two persons when the person who was carrying them on
his motorcycle met with an accident at Tisk, Ponda. The police recovered six
more explosive substances from the accident site.


The incident occurred at around 10 a.m. when one Prashant
Naik, a resident of Waddi-Talaulim, Ponda, was carrying eight explosive
substances -- in the shape of onions -- stashed in a plastic bag on his
motorcycle. He was banged from behind by a bus at Tisk, Ponda. As a result of
this, the plastic bag fell on the road and all the explosive substances lay
strewn on the road. One explosive substance came under the wheels of another
moving bus and burstwhen Prashant was arguing with the driver of the bus, which
had banged on his motorcycle. However, sensing trouble, Prashant took to his
heels.


The explosion gathered people at the spot. However, they had to
run for their lives when the second ?substance?, which had come under the tyres
of another vehicle, also exploded.


The deputy superintendent of police, Mr Mohan Naik informed that
the police recovered six explosive substances from the accident site and the
same would be sent to Hyderabad
for analysis. Mr Naik said that such bombs are used to kill wild animals for
meat.


He said the injured persons --- Mr Ulas Naik and Ms Shakuntala
Tari from Dhurbhat who had been waiting for bus -- were given first aid. Their
condition is said to be stable.


The police covered the six explosive substances with a bamboo
basket before calling in bomb squad.


The DySP said the accused is absconding and could not be arrested
till late in the evening.


The police registered an offence against Prashant Naik under
section 283, 337 of the IPC and under section 5 of the Explosive Act for
illegally carrying such substances and endangering the lives of others.


The accident throws light on illegal activities of bomb making in
Ponda. In a similar incident, which took place on January 25, this year, a
person was arrested and later released on bail when he got injured while making
these kind of explosives at his Curti resident.


Municipal
employees call off strike


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 11The one-day token strike of all Goa
municipal employees, scheduled on September 13 was deferred indefinitely.


Announcing this at a hurriedly called press conference today
evening, the Municipal Employees Association president, Mr Keshav Prabhu said
the strike was postponed, to avoid inconvenience to people on account of Ganesh
Chaturthi.


He disclosed that the Urban Development Minister, Mr Joaquim
Alemao has invited the association members for a meeting tomorrow noon in his
chamber.


The government has not prepared any road map to implement the
`common cadre? idea, but yet want to go ahead with the plan, he said and
further disclosed that the government has now sent the file to the law
department.


Questioning government?s some tentative decisions, he said, the
government has backtracked on its earlier decision to bring the Panaji city
corporation in the ambit of `common cadre?.


But yet, the same government through the DMA has been posting
engineers and accountants to the corporation from the pool of `common cadre?,
he disclosed.


?We are keeping our options open. We will use all our resources,
including legal means, to counter the move to introduce `common cadre?,? Mr
Prabhu said.


Attributing its decision to defer the token strike for the sake of
the public, he said: ?The government was only bragging about aam aadmi,
whereas, we believe in aam aadmi.?


He said he welcomed opposition leader, Mr Manohar Parrikar?s
statement, who requested the association to postpone the strike because of the
Chaturthi.


Earlier in the day, chief officer, Mr N D Agrawal said that the
council was gearing up to face the municipal employees strike.


Meanwhile a special council meeting will be held in the MMC hall
tomorrow. The one-point agenda at the meeting will be `view on common cadre?.
The meeting is open to public.


Reacting promptly to the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat?s
suggestion, the chief officer has installed a complaint and suggestion box on
the ground floor of the council.


Anonymous citizens can drop their suggestions or complaints in the
box, the chief officer disclosed.


Police
on high alert in


S
Goa
during festivities


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 11 South Goa
district administration has asked the sarvajanik Ganesh
utsav mandal office bearers to adhere to all the rules and regulations and
ensure that necessary permissions are taken, especially from the security point
of view.


The South Goa Collector, Mr G P Naik had called a
meeting of all the heads of the sarvajanik Ganesh utsav
mandals from South Goa along with the
police officers of respective police stations and sub-divisional police
officers.


The South Goa SP, Mr Shekhar Prabhudessai was also
present at the meeting held in South Goa Collector?s office.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times,? South Goa Collector said
that over 50 office bearers of the sarvajanik Ganesh utsav
mandals were present at the meeting.


?I have put police on ?high alert? and Ganesh mandals across South
Goa have been urged to help the South Goa
district administration and police force in maintaining tight security
during the Ganesh festival,? he said.


?We have urged the heads of the sarvajanik Ganesh utsav
mandals to hire private security guards and a special
request has been made to install close-circuit televisions (CCTVs)
at the pandals as it will help the police,? he added


Mr Naik said that response to the suggestion was very
good and the police had been asked to take necessary measures
in coordination with the utsava samitis.


?We have decided to issue badges to the members of these
mandals and volunteers from each mandal can also monitor the security near
the pandals along with the police,? he observed


He said the security had to be tight around the deities
installed at the mandals for the first nine days and added that officers
and police staff in plain clothes would keep a check while they
mingle in the crowd.


?Every sarvajanik Ganesh utsav mandal will have to
engage volunteers who will act like police and keep an eye on the deity,? Mr
Naik observed. During the procession, the mandals had to obey the time
restrictions, he observed and added that anything suspicious in terms of
any unidentified belonging or in the actions of an individual has to be brought
to notice of the police.


CM
assures equal facilities to Devnagiri, Roman Konkani


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 11 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat, today,
assured to give all facilities to Roman script as enjoyed by Devnagiri, in an
effort to help the development of Konkani language in the state. He also
promised government help to all magazines published in Konkani.


The Chief Minister was speaking as the chief guest, at the one
year celebration of the Konkani magazine `Jivit? in his home town. The Deputy
Speaker, Mr Mauvin Godinho was also present.


Stating that Konkani language was the only identity of Goans, Mr
Kamat opined that for Goa to progress,
development of Konkani language was crucial. ?We have to put our best foot
forward to develop Konkani language,? Mr Kamat said and promised all necessary
help from the government to develop Konkani literature.


He said government has taken a decision to name the air-condition
hall in Ravindra Bhavan after `Pai Tiatrist?, who staged the first tiatr in Goa. The Chief Minister also disclosed that he had put in
motion the idea of setting up the `Tiatr
Academy? and promised to
take it forward.


Reminding the gathering that last year, he was instrumental in
sending a Quepem mando group to Saudi, he disclosed that this year another
mando group was sent to Dubai.


The Deputy Speaker, Mr Mauvin Godinho emphasized on the fact to
maintain unity amongst Goans instead of fighting on scripts. ?We Goans are
known to come on streets for every little issue,? Mr Godinho said and appealed
to remain united to protect Konkani.


He informed that many tiatrists had sacrificed their lives and
time to protect the identity of Konkani. For Konkani language to progress,
Goans should stop fighting in the name of scripts and fight to get equal grants
for Roman script writers and tiatrists, he reasoned.


He further told the gathering that Goa
had the privilege of having a good CM, who was objective and ever obliging.
?Let us all strengthen his hands and help him to take Konkani and Goa to greater heights,? he said.


Earlier the organizers released three Konkani books at the hands
of the dignitaries and felicitated five prominent personalities who contributed
for the growth of Konkani language.


They also posthumously felicitated late Andrew G C Viegas for his
research work on ?50 years of Konkani cinema?.


Give
protection to girl child, CSJP makes clarion call to people


NT News Desk


Panaji, Sept 11 ?Let us help India save its future by saving the
girl child in our very homes, community and society giving her protection, care
and sustainable development. All that they want is justice, recognition and
approval. Let us then wish that every girl child be accepted as a real blessing
and that they may grow to their full potential in the image and likeness of our
Creator.??


This is the message of the Council for Social Justice and Peace
(CSJP) as the Church celebrated September 8 every year as the ?Girl Child Day?.
This year the theme to reflect on was, ?Daughters, Mother Church Cares For
You.??


The message states that India is surging ahead but the
female infanticide continues unabated. Besides, our nation refuses to free her
from superstitious beliefs and destructive social norms, which enslave
millions, impose injustice and treat the defenceless with brute force.


The Indian Society is rather slow in accepting the great potential
within a woman. Though we have celebrated the 60th year of freedom of our
nation, our minds are still imprisoned towards the capability of a girl. The
clarion call of this day is to celebrate the courage and achievements of women
and young girls, who as agents of charge have contributed a lot for building
better lives for everyone on the planet. The crucial role of women as mothers
and homemakers too has helped in developing proper qualities in children to
become agents of world peace and harmony.


The message states that technology has improved and nations are
growing richer and powerful but crime and cruelty against the girl child is
growing ever more. It is despairing that every eighth girl child?s death is due
to gender discrimination. One of every ten women reported some kind of child
sexual abuse, mainly by known persons. One out of four girls is sexually abused
before the age of four. Three lakh more girls than boys die every year.
Fifty-three percent of girls in the age group of five to nine years are
illiterate.


A report by the UNICEF (United Nations Children?s Education Fund)
says that India
kills almost seven thousand girls per day by abortion. Around thirty-five to
forty million girl and women are missing from the Indian population because of
selective abortion. Generations of women are wiped out and the society is a
mute witness to this organized crime, the message states.


Govt
sheltering criminals in Margao, alleges BJP


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 11 The South Goa BJP
Yuva Morcha president, Mr Sharmad Raiturkar, today, criticised the government
for not being able to control thefts and burglaries in Margao.


He said not a single offender in various burglaries and thefts
reported from the city were arrested and refused to blame the police for the
same.


He disclosed that police were aware of the identity of perpetrators
but were scared to lay their hands on them due to political pressure. ?Most of
the thefts and robberies reported in Margao have been carried out by persons
residing in Monti Dongor, Azad Nagri, etc,? Mr Raiturkar said and blamed the
chief minister for protecting them for selfish political gains.


Addressing a press conference in the party office, along with BJP
Mandal president, Mr Navnath Khandeparker, today evening, Mr Raiturkar wondered
whether aam aadmi was safe in the Chief Minister?s constituency.


He said the government was providing security to ministers, VIPs,
courts, collectors etc, while the aam aadmi was left to fend for himself. Mr
Raiturkar also condemned the government for not taking adequate measures to
ensure proper water supply to the city residents. He said many residents
leaving in buildings, in the town complained of water scarcity. On account of
low pressure water does not climb on the top floors, he said inconveniencing
the locals, he said.


The BJP Mandal president, Mr Navnath Khandeparker, wondered
whether people would feel safe during the Chaturthi.


?Over 55 per cent of people residing in Margao travel to their
native place for the Ganesh festival,? Mr Khandeparker disclosed.


and wondered whether government will be able to provide adequate
security to their closed dwellings.


?Will the government be able to protect the households of aam
aadmi during the Chaturthi?? he wondered.


He further disclosed that police were not being able to take
decisions on their own, as there was intense pressure on them.


Narvekar
seeks people?s help in developing Aldona


NT News Desk


PanajiI, Sept 11 A
warm felicitation was accorded in honour of Mr Dayanand Narvekar on being
elected as the member of Goa Legislative Assembly in the June 2007 General
Assembly elections and also on being appointed Cabinet Minister in Digambar
Kamat government at a function organised by the Pomburpa, Olaulim-Ecoxim
Citizens Committee at Pomburpa recently.


Mr Narvekar was felicitated at the hands of Fr Carlos Vaz, Parish
Priest of Olaulim Church. He was honoured with a shawl, srifal and memento. The
Minister for Information Technology, Mr Narvekar replying to the felicitation
thanked the people of Aldona constituency for having reposed faith in him and
having elected him with a clear majority. He said, he is nurturing Aldona
constituency for a very long time of his political career and today the
constituency has witnessed a socio-economic transformation.


The IT Minister further told the people to rally behind the
government and channelise their energies to give further fillip to Aldona and
surrounding villages and welfare of the people. Much has been achieved in the
process of socio-economic growth. Let us not be complacent but strive to
achieve greater height, he added.


Mr Narvekar said the government is making all possible efforts in
creating avenues of employment for benefit of Goan youth. Prominent among those
present at the felicitation function were Fr Santan Carvalho, Parish Priest of
Pomburpa Church, Mr Michael Fernandes, president. Felicitation Committee, Ms
Vinashi Shirodkar, Aldona Sarpanch, Mr Vallabh Pole, former sarpanch of
Pomburpa, Mr Bharat Phadte, Ms Sarah Braganza, Aldona Block President, Ms Myra
Correira, Secretary, Youth Congress among others.


No
untoward incident at cremation on disputed land at Morjim


NT News Service


Mapusa, Sept 11 Prompt intervention of law enforcing authorities
helped a cremation pass off peacefully at a disputed land in Morjim.


According to information provided by the deputy collector of Pernem,
Mr Rajendra Mirajkar, a Delhi-based party had bought a land in Morjim that was
earlier being used as a cremation site. However, upon buying this land security
has been deployed and a gate has also been put to prevent any entry inside.


Ever since the land was purchased by this party, two cremations
have already taken place peacefully at the same site under the watchful eyes of
law enforcing agencies so as to prevent any tension and violence.


On getting information about a third cremation, the Pernem deputy
collector, Mr Rajendra Mirajkar, Pernem mamlatdar, Mr Sankwalkar, Dy SP, Mr
Waman Tari and Pernem PI, Mr Uday Parab rushed to the site to thwart any
violence.


A large police force was deployed from Mapusa and Pernem around
the area to prevent the situation from going out of control.


Later speaking to ?The Navhind Times,? Mr Mirajkar said that this
third cremation ever since the land was sold, has passed off peacefully with no
untoward incident. He said that he along with other officers was present all through
the cremation to maintain law and order.


The deputy collector also took strong objection to the absence of
the Morjim village sarpanch from the site.


Stating that an alternate site was being offered to the villagers
to perform the last rites, Mr Mirajkar maintained that there appeared to be
reservations among the people in taking up the new site.


He said his predecessor; Mr Shetye had tried his best to solve
this contentious issue by calling all the concerned parties for a hearing;
however the concerned parties had failed to turn up.


Besides this, Mr Mirajkar also informed that the sarpanch had been
ordered to discuss this issue in the gram sabha meeting so that based on the
people?s reaction a thorough solution could be worked out.


Mr Mirajkar however expressed his resolve to pursue the matter and
bring about a lasting solution to this vexed issue.


Porvorim
residents express concern over Betim landslides


NT News Desk


Panaji, Sept 11 The Porvorim Residents Welfare Association (PRWA)
has expressed concern regarding the landslides taking place on the Betim hill
slope and has urged the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat to take urgent steps
to prevent further landslides as they pose danger and risk to life and
property.


It urged the government to appoint a task force and carry out a
detailed survey of all areas where hillcutting has taken place, including the
Socorro Bobd area where landslides are likely and check for slope stability and
find remedies to prevent further landslides.


The secretary of PRWA, Mr Juino de Souza, in a press note, stated
that two landslides have occurred on two consecutive days. ?This area houses
the assembly complex and the government secretariat and there is VIP movement
along the road which forms part of the National Highway. Why has the government
not put up any warning sign to warn the motorists??? he queried.


Mr de Souza said that last year too the PRWA had informed the PWD
authorities about trees on the Betim hill slide tilting and almost falling on
the road and which is one of the signs of land movement.


?Yet the government did not take the matter seriously and ordered
a few trees to be pruned,?? he said.


It has also demanded enactment of law banning construction on the
hill slopes


Paramilitary
force to be deployed during Ganesh


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 11 The Goa police
are all set to be on alert for the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival. In tune
with this, the state has already asked for two paramilitary companies from the
Centre for the purpose.


The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Ujjwal Mishra said ?we
have made elaborate arrangements for the festival throughout the state and two
companies from Central Industrial Security Force would be deployed evenly on
all the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsavs in Goa.


Speaking to the media, Mr Mishra stated that there are nearly 25
Sarvajanik Ganeshotsavs to be celebrated in South while 20 would be celebrated
in the North Goa district.


Each pandal would have two security personnel besides personal
security guards for the pandal members.


He said in this regard meetings are being held with the police
officials and Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav committee members at taluka levels.


In the meeting convened by the police it was decided that each
such function would be overseen by a police sub-inspector and the police
inspector of the area would have overall control. This arrangement would be
supervised by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, he informed.


In most of the pandals, only a single entry point would be allowed
wherein a metal detector frame would be installed or barricades would be
erected from all sides for security purposes.


Mr Mishra also informed that if any person is desirous of visiting
his native place, he should either inform the police incharge or submit a
written application to the police station of the area.


Citizens
panel to keep watch on noise offenders in South


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 11 The recent government order may not be sweet music
for the discotheque and club-house owners in the state. But it had to be done,
as the High Court had issued clear-cut directions to the state.


The government in an order has set up a committee of citizens for
proper implementation of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules,
2000 for South Goa.


The committee comprises of sarpanchas and their deputies and other
prominent citizens from the coastal belt of the district in the South.


The South Goa District Magistrate, Superintendent of Police, South
and DySP, South will be the official government members on the committee.


It may be recalled that the High Court in its March 2007 order had
directed the government to set up committee of citizens to monitor sound
pollution around the States.


Considering the State?s touristic importance discotheques and
club-houses dotting the coastline, played blaring music much to the annoyance
of the locals.


Senior citizens were the most affected lot. Despite complaints
authorities turned a blind eye to such misdemeanors.


Finally the High Court acting on the suo moto writ petition, 2006
took cognizance of the matter, issued various guidelines and directed the
government to take stern action against offenders.


It made various recommendations, one of which was of setting up
committee of citizens.


Citizen committees were set up in the following areas: Chicolna-Bogmalo-Vasco-Baina
coastal belt, Cansualim-Arossim-Cuelim-Velsao coastal belt,
Majorda-Utorda-Calata coastal belt, Betalbatim-Colva-Cana-Benaulim coastal
belt, Varca-Cavelossim coastal belt and Cola-Agonda-Poinguinim-Loliem-Canacona
coastal belt.


In another order District Magistrate, South
Goa, Mr G P Naik has constituted a District Level Vigilance and
Monitoring Committee in pursuance of Rule 17 of the Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes (Prevention and Atrocities) Rules, 1995.


The South Goa, District Magistrate
will be the chairman of the committee, while the director of social welfare and
ex-officio joint secretary will be the member secretary.


South Goa, MP, all MLAs of South Goa district, SP, Administrative
Officer of Hospicio, Mr A Redkar, Assistant Commissioner of Sales Tax, Mr K V
Signapurkar, SLAO (irrigation), Ms Florina Colaco and Mr Rajendra Azgaonkar
will be members of the committee.


GSUDA
files compliance reporton Baina demolition


NT Legal
Correspondent,


Panaji, Sept 11 As per the directions of the court, the compliance
report has been filed by Goa State Urban Development Authority (GSUDA) and
District Collector South Goa after carrying out the demolition of the
structures at Baina.


Earlier, the bench had directed the demolition of illegal construction
carried out by GSUDA at Baina by September 10 and the court had further
directed the South Goa Collector to ensure that the demolition is carried out
and to file compliance report along with the photographs of the demolition on
September 11.


However, on behalf of the petitioner it was submitted that the
some of the debris was still lying at the site. An assurance was given on
behalf of GSUDA that they would take steps to restore the place to its original
condition.


In the same petition it was also brought to the notice of the
court that five sweeping machines procured at a cost of about Rs 1 crore have
not been put to use by the municipal councils.


According to the petitioner the machines cannot be put to use on
Goan roads as the roads are narrow. It was also alleged that the machines have
not been moved at all much less put to use.


The bench has therefore directed the Director Municipal
Administration to file an affidavit stating the feasibility or the suitability
of the machines to be used on the roads.


The Chief Officer of Mormugao Minicipal Council has also been
asked to state on affidavit whether the machine has been used and if at all
used to state for many hours it is used.


In the petition filed by Mr Leonardo Lobo it was brought to the
notice of the court that GSUDA had assigned the construction work of retaining
wall at Baina beach to M/s Nageshwar constructions.


However, instead of constructing just the retaining walls on the
beach eight shops were constructed in violation of CRZ regulation. Further
more, the retaining wall was just 50 meters away from the High Tide Line.


The court while passing the order observed that the construction
of the shops along the retaining wall and the projecting galleries were prima
facie in violation of the coastal zone regulations and the public exchequers
money has gone to waste. Therefore the court ordered demolition and directed
recovery of costs.


Profits
elude Sanjivani Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana


NT News Service


Ponda, Sept 11 Most of the government co-operative sectors run
into losses and the Sanjivani Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana, Danbandora, Ponda is no
exception.


It has suffered a huge loss of Rs 38.33 crore in 2006-07,
statistics say. While the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC), Goa
Marketing Federation, Goa Meat Complex (GMC) and Goa Dairy are already in
losses, the 34-year-old Sakhar Karkana Ltd is also added to
the list.


Though the loss is said to be on account of various reasons, the
production of sugarcane in Goa has been very
less. It has produced only 50,000 tonnes of sugar in a year.


And, whatever produce is available is of low quality compared to
the imported sugarcane from neighbouring Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Less rates of sugar stored in the godown could also be the reason for the
losses.


Sources have revealed that due to scarcity of water, the growth of
sugarcane in areas of Valkim, Waddem, Batti, Velgeam has been affected.
Though water from Anjuna and Salaulim dam has been ultilised to cultivate the
sugarcane fields, it was insufficient to meet the needs.


Sources also revealed that the farmers need labourers to crush the
cane and they are brought from other areas. Sources said that around 1000
labourers are required for the said task. The factory has the capacity of
crushing 1,500 tonne per day.


The loss has also been attributed to the changing rates of sugar
per quintal by the central government, who is the authority in fixing the
rates.


Sources disclosed that the sugar producing unit at Darbandora was
started by the first chief minister of Goa, late Dayanand Bandodkar with the
sole aim of creating employment and helps farmers make good use of the barren
lands.


The president of the Sugarcane Farmers Association, Mr Rajendra
Desai said that the restrictions on the sale of sugar by the central
government has led to piling of several sugar bags in the godown.


?There are around 1,21,000 bags of sugar of 50 kg each in the
godown,? he informed adding that the state government should
seek permission from the central government to sell the same
to avoid further losses.


Need
for debate on concept of casinos


by Juino de Souza


The needless hullabaloo over a casino ship docked in the river Sal
has made headlines and the issue has aggravated due to politicisation and there
are allegations and counter allegations.While one group is worried that
dredging will destroy the traditional fishing community and disturb the
ecological balance, the other group maintains that dredging is a must to clear
the river of silt and filth and to increase the depth of the river for safe
navigation and with the exception of shell fish (tisreo) there is no other
variety of fish or marine life and hardly any villagers are dependent on this
river for their livelihood.


Now activists, including the Catholic church is supporting a
section of villagers who have turned ?river guardians? and are hell bent on
having the ship out of the river Sal and the controversy, has put the
government in a quandary, as licenses have been issued and fees collected and
therefore can the casino be driven out and legally decommissioned?


Government has dished out five additional licenses for casinos at
a whopping fee of Rs 5 crore each and perhaps some more licenses may be issued
and hence there is people?s opposition to government policy of freely issuing
licenses, due to fear that such casinos, will ruin youth and people will be
spending their time, energy and money gambling in casinos, rather than on their
families and such habit-forming casino gambling is self-destructive.


For most people, a visit to a casino is fun. They try their luck,
wager responsibly, have a good time and understand that gambling is a form of
entertainment. They enjoy the excitement of the casino, the fine restaurants,
the show and the other amenities. However, for others it becomes what is called
compulsive gambling and refers to a condition where people are, addicted to
gambling and this can be devastating.


The vital question therefore is: Whether we should allow Goa, which is the world?s fifth best tourist destination
to become a gambler?s paradise or should the government once and for all scrap
the entire concept of casinos? There is need for a legislature debate, on where
we are and where are we heading and if it means generating jobs and revenue by
way of tax, then what is the harm in having casinos?


If Goa can have taverns and bars
and beach beds where foreigners exhibit their bodies, then why not casinos? Are
not rave parties spoiling our youth? And the locals, who not only mingle with
hippies, but also marry them for fun and finance? And the numerous shacks that
have mushroomed all along the coastal belt where nefarious activity goes on in
full view of the police?


Currently there are seven casinos that are functioning from
five-star hotels of Goa and are our youth and adults not patronizing these and
the various pubs and discos in and around Goa?
If we can have turf clubs where the rich and famous spend their money gambling
on horse racing at Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and elsewhere in the country, then
why not have casinos in Goa? Are people not gambling in shares and stocks
listed on various stock exchanges? And what about on-line lottery gambling that
has become a craze?


We could even have casinos closer to the land or river boats that
can stay docked, allowing flexible boarding, just as the `Caravela? docked at
the Panaji jetty and there is no scrambling to get on-line for a `cruise? and
both the number of patrons and the level of profit have increased. We can have
gambling boat cruises operated by the GTDC with boarding only every hour or
two? And why not have land-based casinos with restricted entry to foreigners
and certain high tax payer individuals?


Why are we viewing the casino industry as a threat to our security
and harmful for both humans and the environment? Why is there resistance to
change and the attitude that `we?ve always done it this way, why change now??
Change has become a necessary factor and there is no escape from it. We have to
eliminate fear and pursue continuous improvement and encourage innovation and
entrepreneurship if we have to succeed in a globalised world.


What we need is a right law that can be named as the ?Goa Casino
Control Act 2007?
that will administer, monitor and regulate the casino industry and assure
public trust and confidence in the credibility and integrity of casino
operations that will support the tourist industry and contribute to the
economic strength of Goa.


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Are police turning a blind eye to increasing
burglaries in Canacona?


HERALD CORRESPONDENT



CANACONA, 11 SEPT- Are Canacona Police serious in curbing
robberies? Scores of shops have been burgled in Canacona in recent times and
the persons who have approached police have been reportedly refrained from
lodging the complaints stating that it is an insignificant case.

Some of the aggrieved people have complained to Herald that Canacona police are
seriously not taking up robberies complaint. This in turn has turned
Canacona as a good hunting ground as nurglars are slowing gaining ground in
Canacona with police personnel trying to play safely in the hands of thieves by
way of theirin-actions.

According to local business people running establishments at Canacona, the
burglaries effected by anti-socials in the locality even by gaining entries in
breaking shutters at nights are not considered as serious enough in taking up
for investigations.

Last night two shops were burgled at Chaudi in the wee hours, even as thieves
could lay their hands only on some petty cash, whereas attempt to rob a
jeweler?s shop was foiled by the alert owner who heard the sound and raised
alarm after which the robbers fled from the
scene.


It is learnt that entries in shops were gained after cutting the shutter locks
or bending the shutters itself by engaging some strong machinery such as
vehicle Jack-ups. However, it could have been worst for this jeweler, had the
burglars not broken the door glass accidentally which came down with large
sound eventually awakening owners sleeping beyond the shops wall. The burglars
however, fled from the site even before the residents reached out.

The jewellery shop owner (whose shop is situated at his residence side, a few
metres away from where policemen normally stations themselves at night) when
specifically asked told that after providing information, police came in the
morning, asked a few questions and told that since nothing is stolen no need to
register the case.

When this correspondent visited one of the burgled hardware shops, two
policemen in plain cloths were seen recording the owners statement but than
told that no case is registered as it is nothing serious and only just around
one thousand cash is stolen leaving coins untouched as also the costly material
inside.

A local businessman Prasad Pai, whose pharmacy was burgled just over two weeks
back told this correspondent that when he had reported similar incident (where
thieves gained entry by breaking rear shutter lock and decamped with around
Rs.1800 rupees and ransacked the medicines), he was told that since the robbery
is minor there?s no need to register the case.

Besides, he was told that his staff would also be called for inquiries and
sniffer dogs will have to be pressed into service for carrying out further
investigations. Ironically, the case remained un-registered and robbers in
question gained in confidence to continue their errands in a bolder manner.

Incidentally, the owner of a private mobile operators shop also informed that
his shop too was broke open over 11 months back in which petty cash of around
Rs.1000 was taken away and when reported police ignored the incident as a minor
incident.

When contacted staff at Canacona Police station maintained that they are
maintaining strict police surveillance in the town and elsewhere in rural
areas. Besides, posting of two police constables are regularly at Chaudi (
where most of the business establishments are placed), the beat party on
motor-bikes takes constant rounds in the vicinities. Another source from
Police informed that the anti-socials who may be keeping tract of stationed
policemen, may hoodwink them even in fove minutes interval when policemen who
normally moves in tandem takes other direction.

It may be recalled that the Taluka?s post office also situated at the center of
Canacona town was robbed a few months back and documents were ransacked after
gaining entry by cutting window grills with gas cutters. Most of the shops in
Chaudi town precariously lie on the national highway and are very prone to
highway robberies, needing constant and vigorous police protection. A few
entrepreneurs having shops in the locality, are however contemplating to engage
private security personnel keeping little faith in Canacona police.





2 arrested for holding bullfight at Curtorim


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 11 ? Maina Curtorim police have arrested and
released on bail two persons for allegedly organising a bullfight at Curtorim
last evening.

PSI Paresh Naik said the police arrested Franky Gomes and Anthony under Section
11 (2) (M) (N) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

He said the police are on the look out of the owners of the bulls which
participate in the bullfight at Curtorim yesterday.





Saligao youth crushed to death at Anjuna


HERALD CORRESPONDENT



MAPUSA, SEPT 11 ? A 25-year-old youth from Saligao died on
the spot after a private bus GA 01 V 5041 collided with a Honda Activa scooter
GA 03 V 4373 at Anjuna on Tuesday evening.

The deceased has been identified as Mario Fernandes, a resident of Saligao. The
deceased was proceeding towards Anjuna on his Activa along with one Ancy
D?Souza from Anjuna who was pillion riding when the private bus proceeding
towards Anjuna from Mapusa crashed into the scooter at a cross junction.

The impact of the accident was so severe that the scooter was dragged at a
distance of almost 20
metres from the point of collision.

While the scooterist died on the spot the pillion rider Ancy also sustained
grievous injuries and has been admitted to the Goa Medical
College & hospital,
Bambolim in a critical condition.

Anjuna police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the
bus driver.





School teens lucky to be alive after speedy cruise


BY HERALD REPORTER



PANJIM, SEPT 11 ? Tragedy almost knocked on the doors of
two school-going teenagers who were madly cruising down the Miramar-Dona Paula
by-pass road in a black-coloured Tata Indigo car on Tuesday afternoon.

The car, GA-07-C-7899, was a mangled mess within seconds after it hit an Activa
scooter, GA-07-B-5859, then the road divider and an electric pole before
finally coming to rest on the ground with all its four wheels facing skywards.

Police said both the teenagers ? Joel Gonsalves, 15, and Wilbur Coutinho, 16 ?
were immediately shifted to Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim.
Considering the impact of the car, both, Joel and Wilbur, should consider
themselves as lucky to be alive, they added.

They said Wilbur suffered a fracture on one of his hands, while Joel, who was
driving in his school uniform and without a license, was injured, but not
seriously, and both were doing fine.

Police gave the name of the Activa rider as Ralph Fernandes, 16, and the
pillion as Al Jude Honcho, 16. Honcho suffered bruises on his hands and Ralph
was taken to the GMC. He suffered a fracture.

Witnesses on the spot said the car was chasing the scooter that was again being
ridden by two teenagers. Police said those on the scooter and the ones in the
car were known to each other. A witness said the car passed by him like a
torpedo.

Honcho, who as at the Town Police Station with his parents, told reporters the
teenagers in the car were just acquaintances and denied that they were racing
against each other.

Today?s accident yet again brings to the fore the safety of motorists and
pedestrians on the Miramar-Dona Paula road, which has become the unofficial
racetrack for the sons of the rich and the higher middle-class alike ? the
influential class - to test their racing skills. An elderly motorist, who was
passing by the accident site, said the accident should serve as an eye-opener
to parents who have no time to see what their children are up to. The accident
could be more disastrous for walkers and other vehicle users; there could have
been a tragedy, he said.





Court refuses to discharge customs official?s wife


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 11 ? A plea by the wife of a Customs
Superintendent to discharge her from the charge of abetting her husband in the
commission of an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been
rejected by the Sessions Court here.

In this case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBE) had charged Roseline
Pramod Bunyan for allegedly abetting her Customs Superintendent husband, Pramod
Bunyan under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Roseline, however, contended before the court that the provision of the Act was
not applicable to her since she was not a public servant.

Moreover, she contended there was no allegation to connect her with the alleged
offence, saying there was no reasonable ground to show she abetted in the
offences alleged against her husband.

Her lawyer, Nam Joshi argued that she had an independent income by way of
salary and private tuitions from the academic year 1983-84 and duly reflected
in the Income Tax Returns.

Senior CBI Counsel S B Faria, however, said there was no basis in the
application for Roseline?s discharge, further contending there is sufficient
documentary evidence to show that she had allegedly abetted her husband in the
commission of the offences.

Rejecting Roseline?s application, Sessions Judge Nutan Sardessai observed that
though she was admittedly not a public servant, but has acquired assets, which
prima facie cannot be attributed to her alleged income from her employment as a
teacher also as a tutor taking private tuitions.





?Govt insensitive to citizens? needs?


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 11 ? The Margao unit of the BJP has charged
the Digambar Kamat government for being insensitive to the needs of the
citizens on security and water supply.

Addressing a press conference, BJP President Navnath Khandeparkar said the
recent spurt in theft cases has sent shivers down the spine of citizens.
?People have now begun to think whether to leave for their native places to
celebrate Ganesh by keeping their houses closed in view of the theft cases?, he
said and demanded explanation from the Chief Minister, who is representing
Margao constituency.

He said many a miscreant hailing from Monte Hill and Azad Nagar has been
allowed by the police to go scot-free due to political interference.

BJP Youth leader, Sharmad Raiturkar and Kamat?s bete noire came down heavily on
the Chief Minister for neglecting many pockets of Margao constituency and
concentrating only in certain areas. ?Are we not aam aadmi. Why people of Calconda,
Sirvodem and Comba have to face irregular water supply?, Raiturkar asked and
asserted that the Kamat government has no moral right to remain in power if it
cannot provide basic amenities for the common man.





Yet another CRZ case makes its way in HC


BY HERALD REPORTER



PANJIM, SEPT 11 ? Yet another case of alleged Coastal
Regulation Zone (CRZ) violation has been brought to the notice of Bombay High
Court at Goa.

Cruz Cardoso, a resident of Cavelossim through a Public Interest Litigation
(PIL) writ petition has complaint against one Anthony Gaffino, proprietor of
Gaffino Beach Resort for CRZ violation.

The petitioner has alleged that Gaffino has carried out a construction right on
the beach and within the 200 mts High Tide Line (HTL) so much so that during
the high tide, waves lash the retaining wall and the compound wall.

The alleged illegal construction is located in Survey No 113/8 of Cavelossim
village. The Office of the Chief Town Planner following inspection by its Town
Planner S M Byakod found that construction was carried out in contravention to
NOC issued by it and consequently has kept NOC in abeyance till further orders,
the petition said.

The alleged illegal construction consists of a retaining wall and filling of
sand, a compound wall and a construction wherein a bar and restaurant is being
operated, the petitioner claims. The Panchayat of Cavelossim has been issued
notice.





Man found dead at Valpoi


HERALD CORRESPONDENT



VALPOI, SEPT 11 - The body of one Pandurang soma Gauns of
Dabe-Sattari was found under the bridge at Valpoi-Sattari on Tuesday.

Locals who spotted the body at about 4.30pm, informed the Valpoi police, who
later retrieved out the body.

According to Valpoi police, Pandurang Gawas must have got a fit when he had
gone to answer nature?s call.

Valpoi police who recorded the statement of the deceased?s brother disclosed
that Pandurang was getting fit. The news spread like wild fire in Valpoi with
rumours doing round that a youth committed suicide by jumping from the bridge.

According to police there are no injuries on the body of the deceased and
the body was found in water, which was just up to knee level and ruled out the
possibility of suicide.

The body has been sent for an autopsy and further investigations are on under
the supervision of PI Anthony Monserrate.


I have asked hotel officials to tow away the boat:
Kamat


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 11 ? Even as a week has passed since Chief
Minister Digambar Kamat assured that the casino boat would be out of River Sal,
the boat continues to be anchored near the Cutbona jetty, prompting Save River
Sal Front to call on the CM later this week.

Kamat, however, told Herald on Tuesday evening that he has personally spoken to
the top management of Hotel Leela and conveyed a message that it would be
better for the Hotel to tow the boat out of the river. ?I have made it very
clear to the Leela Goa that it is in their interest that the casino boat be
removed from River Sal. I am expecting the hotel management to come down for
talks soon?, he said.

Kamat was apparently worried that the ongoing agitation against the casino boat
and River Sal dredging ? presently confined to the villages of Cavelossim,
Ambelim, Assolna and Velim ? may spread to other parts of the State, causing
embarrassment for the Congress government.

What?s more, the Congress party as well as the Goa Pradesh Youth Congress has
called upon the government to ensure the casino boat is out of the River.

Meanwhile, the Save River Sal Front had an emergency meeting and reviewed the
agitation vis-?-vis the government?s response to their demands.

Sources said the Front leaders have decided to seek an appointment with the
Chief Minister probably before the ensuing Ganesh Chaturthi and seek his
opinion on the boat. It is learnt that SGF leaders were peeved at the manner in
which the government was dragging on with the controversy, with a section of
the leaders calling for intensifying the agitation to achieve the demands.

Meanwhile, the Velim Assolna Ambelim Forum will hold a public meeting at the
historic Lohia Maidan, Margao on September 13. at 4 pm.

Speakers will throw light on the following: Advantages/disadvantages of
dredging/desilting of River Sal and its impact on ecology; how to save River
Sal and CRZ violations on the River Sal/beach.





DMA told to report on feasibility of sweeping
machines


BY HERALD REPORTER



PANJIM, SEPT 11 ? Directorate of Municipal Administration
(DMA) will have to do a lot of explaining about the five automated sweeping
machines which GSUDA procured a year ago.

The Bombay High Court at Goa on Monday
directed DMA to report on the feasibility of the sweeping machines. Writ
petition filed by resident of Vasco Leonardo Lobo charged that machines are
lying unutilised on which GSUDA spent about Rs crore. A Division Bench of
Justices R S Mohite and N A Britto asked DMA to report about feasibility of the
machines as petitioner?s counsel Adv Venkatesh Tamba stated that roads of Vasco
are not suitable for the machines. In fact machines bought are ?white
elephant?, he added.

The court issued direction to file report on suitability of the machines, their
working condition, hours they have been operated et al. Automated sweeping
machines have been allotted to CCP and municipal councils of Mormugao, Margao,
Mapusa and Curchorem. Complying with earlier direction GSUDA placed on record
compliance report revealing that it has demolished illegal structures
constructed by it on Baina beach. It may be recalled that GCZMA last
month had directed GSUDA to demolish the structures i.e. the projecting
galleries and the shops like structures on the seaward side of the retaining
wall constructed below the projecting galleries attached to the retaining wall
? built in absolute violation of CRZ regulation as well as construction rules.
Court had ordered to remove this construction before Sept 10, 2007. The chief
secy was directed to take appropriate steps to identify and fix responsibility
in relation to such expenditure and unwarranted burden on the public exchequer
and thereupon to take appropriate steps to recover the same from those
responsible and also inform the Court as to what steps have been taken to
recover such expenditure and unnecessary burden on the public exchequer. It was
informed that chief secy has asked Vigilance Dept carry out the investigation.
While matter adjourned till October 1.





Garima is director of industries


BY HERALD REPORTER



PANJIM, SEPT 11 ? Vinesh Arlekar, Additional Director of
Panchayats II, has been appointed as the new director of Settlement and Land
Records while Garima Gupta, deputy collector (Rent Control) will be the
new director of Industries, Trade & Commerce.

Amjad Tak, another IAS officer, has been posted as deputy collector (rent
control), North at Panjim.

Arlekar will relieve R Mihir Vardhan, North Goa Collector who was holding the
additional charge.

Director of Panchayats Menino D?Souza will hold the charge of Additional
Director of Panchayats II until further orders, an order issued by the
Personnel department said.

By another order, Rajan Satardekar, deputy collector and DRO, South Goa, has
been transferred and posted as Deputy Collector (rent control),Mormugao
while Sanjeev Gauns Dessai, deputy collector (revenue), South Goa, will
hold the charge of deputy collector and DRO, south in addition his own duties.





HCN debate with experts at ICG on Sept 13


HERALD NEWS DESK



PANJIM, SEPT 11 ? Does Goa have a Disaster Management
Plan? If yes why is the plan not being implemented?

HCN will be holding a talk show to debate on Disaster Management Plan needed
for Goa?s development on Thursday September
13, at 3.30 pm at the International Center Goa, Dona Paula.

The panelists will include senior government officials from the
departments of Revenue Police, Fire & Emergency Services, Health &
Medical, PWD, Goa
University amongst
others.

The debate will focus on landslides taking place in Goa
and other disasters.

The programme is open to the public and all public spirited citizens are
invited to participate.

The entire programme will be recorded and later aired on HCN. The panelists
comprise of Mr Rajendra Pal, Secretary Revenue & IT; Mr N S Randhawa,
Inspector General of Police; Mr Ashok Menon, Director Fire & Emergency
Services; Dr Deepak Kabadi, Dy Director of Health Services, Mr Swapnil Naik,
Additional Collector & District Magistrate; Dr Nandkumar Kamat, Goa
University Professor and Juino De Souza.





KTCL proposes to introduce ticket-dispensing
machines


BY HERALD REPORTER



PANJIM, SEPT 11? The Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited
(KTCL) has proposed to introduce a new concept of ticket-dispensing machine in
a bid to make the mammoth task quicker, easier and accountable.

?The concept is similar to that adopted in Karnataka,? said KTCL MD Sanjay Goel
IAS who pointed out that the Corporation intends experimenting the same for a
short while before it finalises any decision for implementing the same.

Explaining the new concept Mr Goel said that the machines will be fed with all
the fleet schedules and will dispense tickets at the press of a button.

The machines will be operated by the existing staff and the initial
experimentation is proposed to be carried out for shuttle service ticketing.

Mr Goel said that the machine which is also portable will be tried out on other
routes and the corporation will seek a feedback from various quarters only
after which it will proceed to implement the same.

?The trial of the new concept is at no cost to the corporation,? said Goel
clarifying that the corporation will proceed to implement the new concept only
if found successful.

A Karnataka-based company, it is learnt, is providing the said ticket
dispensing machines on trial basis. Mr Goel said that the corporation will
thereafter call for tenders if it is interested in the same.

Officials claim that the ticket dispensing machines will facilitate accurate
and quicker accounting, as the new concept is fully automated.

?It will also save the corporation the hassles of printing ticket booklets and
off load conductors from the weight of ticket boxes and manual accounting,? a
corporation key official said.





MMC to adopt resolution on common cadre today


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 11 ? The Margao Municipal Council will meet
on Wednesday to approve the government?s decision to introduce common cadre for
the State Municipal employees.

The meeting will be held in the chamber of the Civic Chairperson at 4 pm
wherein the Council is expected to pass a resolution agreeing for the common
cadre.

?We have a one-point agenda for tomorrow?s meeting. It will deliberate on the
government?s decision to implement common cadre for the civic employees?,
stated MMC Chairperson Johnson Fernandes.

The meeting comes a day after civic chairperson, vice-chairperson and Chief
Officers had a meeting with Urban Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao, wherein
the latter asked all civic bodies to adopt resolutions welcoming Common cadre.





Civic employees defer strike


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 11 ? Apparently apprehensive of losing public
sympathy over its decision to strike work on September 13, the Goa Municipal
Employees Association on Tuesday deferred the strike to a future date which
will be announced after the 11-day Ganesh festival.

The employees further said they have accepted an invitation from Urban
Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao for talks scheduled on Wednesday.

Briefing newsmen, GMEA President Keshav Prabhu said all the municipal employees
are firmly opposed to the common cadre, adding that the strike has been
postponed in view of requests from the aam admi, besides former chief minister
Manohar Parrikar. ?By postponing the strike, we have shown that the municipal employees
are the real aam aadmi and not the government?, Prabhu remarked.

He said the proposed common cadre would dilute the powers of the civic bodies
and would make these local-self government bodies? puppets in the hands of the
government. ?Common cadre would take away the powers of appointing the staff,
dismissal, supervision et al?, he said, adding ?this is violative of the
Constitution of India, besides the 74th Constitutional Amendment?.

He said the municipal employees are weighing various options, including
approaching the judiciary to seek justice.

?There is no valid reason for the government to introduce common cadre. May be
they want to take personal revenge against officials not doing the bidding.
Besides, they government may be eying on the Rs 7 crore PF with the Margao
Municipal Council?, he said, adding ?last time, they took away powers of
octroi, now may be they want to take the PF money?.

Prabhu said the Goa Municipal Employees Association is gaining support from all
the employees employed in all the municipal bodies. ?Now, even employees from
Curchorem body are with us?, he said and came down heavily against councils
directing the staff not to join the now postponed strike.


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Sonia still open on LS candidate


BY HERALD REPORTER


Churchill optimistic on daughter getting Congress ticket


MARGAO, SEPT 16 ? Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat and Save
Goa Front supremo, Churchill Alemao have returned back to Goa from their brief
Delhi sojourn, but there?s no indication yet over the choice of Congress
candidate for the Mormugao Lok Sabha by-polls.

Kamat, who landed in Goa this evening, said he did not specifically discuss the
candidature with AICC President Sonia Gandhi, when he called on her in Delhi. He, however,
hastened to add that the Congress President is open on the candidate as there
is still time to decide on the question. ?I did not specifically discuss with
Ms Gandhi on the candidature. Neither did she say anything on the matter?,
Kamat said.

On the other hand, the PWD Minister said he is confident that his daughter will
finally get the Congress ticket. And, to set at rest speculations about his
daughter entering the fray, Alemao said ?my daughter Valanka will certainly
contest the by-polls?.

While Alemao has no problem to field his daughter on the Congress party, the
move has come under stiff opposition from the Congress leadership, especially
senior Congress leaders from Salcete taluka.

Incidentally, GPCC President Francisco Sardinha is emerging as a consensus
candidate from the Congress rank and file, but is awaiting a green signal from
the party high command to officially kick-start his election campaign.

Meanwhile, Alemao said he along with SGF leader Ganashyam Shirodkar had called
on the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and asked for a special financial package
to restore the damaged roads.

The PWD Minister said he drew attention of the Prime Minister to the bad
condition of the road, especially the NH-17 and the huge funds required to
restore its condition. ?The Prime Minister has asked me to forward the request
through the government for sanction?, he added.


Save Clean and Green Benaulim


When the parishioners of St John the

Baptist Church, Benaulim decided to commemorate the 60th Independence Day
of India by organising a cleanliness drive in Benaulim they were not aware that
the garbage collected would be left lying opposite the Benaulim cemetery till
today.

On August 15, 2007, a cleanliness drive was conducted in Benaulim with the
motto of ?Clean Benaulim, Green Benaulim? and an aim to create awareness
amongst the people and the government in particular so as to provide for
effective collection and disposal of garbage in Benaulim and in the State of Goa. A considerable
amount of garbage was collected by the parishioners consisting of parish youth,
small Christian communities, parish pastoral council, catechism students and other
parishioners young and old alike.

It is known that though parishioners had approached the Village Panchayat of
Benaulim to clear the collected garbage, the panchayat have expressed their
helplessness as there is no site for Benaulim panchayat to dump the garbage. As
so the garbage collected during the cleanliness drive is left dumped before the
Benaulim cemetery.

The parishioners now appeal to the Deputy Director
of Panchayats, South Goa and the Goa government to make immediate
provisions for regular collection and disposal of garbage waste from Benaulim
and to make Benaulim cleaner, greener, safer and healthier place to live in.

(Savio Dias, Benaulim)





Coast Guard holds coastal clean up drive


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 16 ? Indian Coast Guard, Goa area organised
international coastal clean up day at Baina, Bogmalo and Miramar beaches on Sunday.

The event commenced at 7 am with Coast Guard personnel, their families, school
children, NCC cadets, NGOs and volunteers participating and cleaning the
beaches by picking up garbage littered around.

Deputy Inspector General, M S Dangi, Commander, Coast Guard, Goa area stated in
a press release that on this day, the beaches around the world are cleaned in
an organised way, to bring awareness among the general populace about the
importance of keeping the beaches clean.

He stated further that more than 70 per cent of the pollutants and garbage
present on the beaches comes from land based sources and activities.





Traditional fishermen panel demands removal of
vessel


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 16 ? The AVCB Traditional Fishermen Association
has warned of intensifying the agitation against the casino boat if the vessel
is not moved out of River Sal by September 19.

The Association, however, has said it has no objection to the dredging tender
floated by the government to undertake remedial dredging of the sand bar in the
sea at the river Sal mouth.

Tradi-tional Fishermen Association Elvin D?Silva has said the proposed dredging
should be carried out strictly at the site, which was demarcated by the
Hydrographic surveyor and shown to the residents of the area and the
Association.

D?Silva further said the fishermen Association does not recognise any Velim,
Ambelim, Assolna Forum. ?This Forum has been formed overnight with the support
of unscrupulous politicians and people who do not have any knowledge of the
traditional fishermen of Velim, Ambelim and Assolna, who are dependant on the
River Sal for their livelihood?, he said, adding ?their motive is to misguide
the people and to propagate and spread falsehood amongst the people?.

The Associa-tion has warned not to play with the sentiments of the traditional
fishermen, who are carrying out a peaceful agitation against the dredging that
will destroy the natural resources and livelihood.

D?Silva said the Traditional Fishermen Association and the Save River Sal Front
has chalked out plans to intensify the agitation by spreading the movement to
the entire fishermen community if the casino boat is not removed by September
19. ?The government will be wholly responsible for any untoward incident during
the agitation?, he warned.





Bicholim MLA gives clarion call for morcha


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

BICHOLIM, SEPT 16 ? Bicholim MLA, Rajesh Patnekar has called
upon the people to join massive morcha on September 17 at 4.30 pm against the
slow investigation of the Bicholim police in the Paramour case.

Speaking to Herald the MLA and the BMC councillor, Satish Gaonkar expressed
dissatisfaction over the police investigation in the Paramour case.

It may be recalled that on Tuesday one Imtiyaz Shaikh (25) from Muslimwada had
severely injured a girl from Naiknagar,

Poonam Ramdas Haldankar when he found that she got engaged to someone else. The
girl was immediately shifted to PHC Bicholim from where she was referred to
GMC, Bambolim and the boy had fled the site.

?It is indeed surprising that the police are yet to nab the culprit and we
protest against the same?, Patnekar said adding ?the morcha will begin from
Naiknagar and will go to the Bicholim police station.?

Meanwhile, Patnekar has called upon all the people from Bicholim to support the
morcha as a protest against the brutal act and the police inability to nab the
culprit.


Another linesman electrocuted


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


PONDA, SEPT 16 - Barely a day after an electricity
department linesman was electrocuted while on duty near the Margao railway
station, another linesman met with a similar fate at Farmagudi late Friday
night.

According to reports, linesman Kariappa was working on an electricity pole near
the Engineering College, when he came in contact with
live wire and was electrocuted. He was rushed to the Marcaim Primary Health
Centre, where he was declared dead.

It may be recalled that a 43-year-old linesman Durgappa Poojary died due to
electrocution while on duty near the Margao Railway Station-Navelim Road
Junction on Thursday evening.


Tribute in memory of Umesh Mahambre


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 16 ? A public memorial tribute in remembrance of
former student leader and senior journalist Umesh Mahambre organised by Goa
People?s Forum will be held on September 18, at 5 pm in Conference Hall, Hotel
Manoshanti, Panjim, to commemorate his first death anniversary.

Dr Shekhar Salkar, president of Goa Cancer Society will deliver a memorial talk
on the subject ?Challenge of Cancer and Social Response?.

The talk will be followed by a musical tribute presented by well-known artistes
comprising friends and well wishers of Umesh Mahambre.

Goa People?s Forum expects everyone to participate in this memorial tribute.





Goa
Velha local dies in accident


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 16 ? A fatal head-on collision on NH-17 at Goa
Velha claimed the life of a 22-year-old local on Sunday afternoon.

The deceased, one Ramond Miranda was proceeding on his two-wheeler at Goa Velha
when at Savri he was rammed at by a tourist bus bearing Maharashtra
registration proceeding from Panjim to Margao at high speed.

Miranda succumbed to injuries on the spot.

The driver of the tourist bus one Dilip Pandurang has been detained.

Agassaim police are investigating into the case.





CFC set to drain MMC coffers!


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 16 ? The Citizens Facilitation Centre ? Goa?s pilot project in e-governance ? seems to have cost
the government and the Margao Municipal Council a bomb.

As if the initial Rs 60 lakh-odd spent to set up the project was no enough, the
Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation has now asked the Margao civic body to
make payments for a computer programmer and implementer ? totalling Rs 1.20
lakh per month ? for services to be rendered during the next six months.

And, the whooping cost to engage the programmer and implementer has made the
City Fathers to sit and think how much more money would go out from the civic
coffers and the State exchequer to streamline the CFC?s functioning.

Herald understands that the KDMC has put the programmer?s salary at Rs 90,750
per month and that of the implementer Rs 30,250, taking the total salary to Rs
1.20 lakh per month.

Add the figure for the next six months, if the proposal is accepted, and the
salary payments for the programme and implementer alone would cost the Margao
Municipal Council Rs 7.20 lakh. This will take the final cost of the project to
Rs 70 lakh ? more than Rs 20 lakh the initial estimated cost of the project.

When contacted, Margao Municipal Chairperson Johnson Fernandes has said the
civic body has been asked to make payments for the programme and implementer,
adding the civic body will take a decision soon.

The government had initially sanctioned Rs 50 lakh to set up the CFC in the
Margao Municipal Council. Around Rs 43-45 lakh were spent on the project two
years ago before the system was commissioned exactly two years ago.

Incidentally, the CFC witnessed its second commissioning, with the government
spending another Rs 19 lakh on the infrastructure.

?I will not sanction any more funds for Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation
unless and until the project start functioning in toto?, Chief Officer, N D
Agarwal told Herald.





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14
undertrials escape from judicial custody at Margao


NT Reporters Team


Panaji/Margao/Quepem, Sept 16 A ?kind? gesture on the part of the
officials manning the judicial lock-up in Margao to take out its inmates, last
night, for ?darshan? and ?prasad? of Lord Ganesha proved to be a costly error
as it resulted in fourteen undertrials escaping from custody.


Three of the fourteen undertrials were however arrested today
morning by the Curchorem police.


The police gave the names of those arrested as Sajjan Mishri Khan
(20) from Jaipur, Rajasthan, Rajneesh Rai (18) from Hubli and Sameer Mehboob
Khan (19) resident of Chimbel and a native of Andhra Pradesh.


Though the incident occurred last night, it came to light between 8.30 a.m and 9.30 a.m today, prison
sources informed.


Margao police have launched combing operations to nab the
remaining undertrials and are keeping a close watch on bus stands, railway
stations and have also sealed state borders.


Police sources informed that after completing the pooja, two of 37
undertrials called a guard on the gate assaulted him and snatched the keys from
him. Later, they assaulted other guards and locked them up in a cell, before
escaping from the custody.


The Curchorem police informed that four of the fourteen undertrial
prisoners boarded the Margao ? Kulem passenger train at Margao and alighted at
the Curchorem railway station at around 2.30 p.m. The undertrials were
preparing to board the Nizamuddin-bound Goa Express train that was scheduled to
arrive at the Curchorem railway station at around 4 p.m.


However, Mr Namdev Nail, who serves as a jail guard at the Margao
judicial lock up had come down to Curchorem to participate in the Ganesh
festival from Curchorem, recognised the undertrials. On noticing the jail
guard, the four undertrials took to their heels but Mr Naik with the assistance
of some locals managed to catch hold of one of them and immediately informed
the Curchorem police station.


The Curchorem cops arrived at the railway station shortly
thereafter but seeing the men?in-khaki on their trail, three of the undertrials
who were hiding somewhere nearby started fleeing from the scene. After a long
chase, the police constables eventually nabbed one of them, but the other two
managed to give the police a slip. Later in the evening, the constables manning
the PCR van noticed a person without his footwear wandering suspiciously along
the Curchorem ? Chandor road at Hodor. The cops immediately pounced upon him
and was later identified as one among the undertrials.


The police sub-inspector, Mr Nitin Halarnkar and assistant
sub-inspector, Mr Peter Fernandes monitored the operation. The Curchorem police
believe that more undertrials could be lurking in the neighbourhood and have
kept a sharp vigil in the locality.


Of the fourteen undertrials who escaped, two of them, Rudolf Gomes
and Jackson Dadel had been convicted on charges of murder, and their sentence
was likely to be pronounced tomorrow, while another Shantaram Raikar is facing
charges of infanticide ? he is accused of killing and burying his own infant
child at Valkini in a case reported at the Sanguem police station a year ago.


The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Ujjwal Mishra has said
that of the 14 undertrials who escaped yesterday, only four were Goans while
the remaining 10 hailed from Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, etc. Three of
them have already been nabbed while search is on to locate the others.


The DIG further said that the police have spread the dragnets at
all the bus stands, railway stations and the places where they operated before
being caught. He also said that the police would be successful in nabbing them.


The state authorities have in the meanwhile placed a jailor and
four jail guards under suspension for dereliction of duty.


The North Goa collector, Mr Mihir
Vardhan, who is conducting the inquiry visited the place.


Fireworks
mark immersion of Lord Ganesh idols


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 16 Chanting ?Ganapati Bappa Morya?, thousands of
Hindus led the idols of Lord Ganesh in procession amidst display of fireworks
and music for immersion in the state thereby culminating the one and half-day
festival that began yesterday.


Prior to immersion of the idols, the faithful performed poojas and
aartis in their houses. A large number of people visited the houses of their
relatives and friends on the occasion and exchanged greetings.


The immersion was done in rivers, rivulets, ponds and lakes.


The Ganesh festivities began yesterday with the installation of
the idols of Lord Ganesh in specially decorated ?makars? in almost all the
Hindu households in the state. Bhajans and poojas were performed to mark the
installation ceremony, followed by exchange of greetings and distribution of
sweets.


While the Ganesh festivities ended in most of the houses, in many
houses they would continue for five days, while the community celebrations
would continue for seven to 10 days.


Accident
claims life of Goan footballer


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 16 A
22-year-old international footballer, Raymond Miranda from Goa Velha was killed
on the spot in a tragic road accident near Sauri-Zuari this afternoon, when a
tourist bus (MH 04-G-5540) proceeding from Panaji to Margao hit his Karizma
Hero Honda motorcycle.


According to the police inspector from Agacaim, Mr Salim Shaikh,
the tourist bus belonging to Raj International traveling from Panaji to Margao
hit the motorcycle which was coming in the opposite direction near Sauri-Zuari.


The police informed that they have detained the driver of the bus,
Mr Dilip Pandurang Galande from Satar and have later arrested him.


The body has been sent to the Goa Medical
College and Hospital at
Bambolim for post- mortem which will be conducted tomorrow. Raymond played for
Sporting Club and had donned Goa (India)
colours as an under twenty player in first Luzofonia Games held in Macao last October.


Violence
on children to enforce discipline wrong: National Commission


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 16 Gripped by the raging debate on whether
corporal punishment should be banned in schools and also to safeguard the
children from corporal punishment, the National Commission For Protection
Of Child Rights has directed the education department to ensure the that
all children are informed through campaigns and publicity drives that they
have a right to speak out against corporal punishment and
bring it to the notice of the authorities. Students must be given
confidence to complain and not accept punishment as a normal activity of
the school, says the commission.


The Commission has informed the education department that
the violence inflicted on school children by teachers in order to discipline
children is wrong.


As per the Commission children of both government
as well as private schools are subjected to corporal
punishment like rapping on the knuckles, running on the school ground,
kneeling or standing for long hours, beating and pinching, slapping,
child sexual abuse, torture, locking up children alone in the class room,
and other such acts, leading to humiliation, physical and mental injury and can
even result in death.


According to sources in the education department in the view
of these above directions all schools have been informed through a circular by
education department that every school including hostels, meant for
children must have a forum where children can express their views.


These institutions could take the help of an NGO for
facilitating such an exercise. Further a box where children can drop
their complaints, even if anonymous has to be provided for each school. The
parents teachers association has been asked to have monthly meetings
to review the compliants and take action.


The education department in the circular has said that the PTA
has to be encouraged to act immediately to act immediately on
any complaints made by the children. Parents as well as
children are to be encouraged to speak out against corporal
punishment without any


Narvekar
launches Youth Congress membership drive in North


NT News Desk


Panaji, Sept 16 To oppose IT projects like the IT Park was due
misconception and lack of knowledge; the youth should take responsibility to
make people understand the benefits of such projects, said Mr Dayanand
Narvekar, the Minister for IT and Finance while addressing the launch of a
membership drive of the North District Youth Congress at the Socorro panchayat
hall.


The Goa Pradesh Youth Congress president, Mr Girish Chodankar, the
North district president, Mr Amarnath Panjikar, the South district president,
Mr Sankalp Amonkar, Mr Mangaldas Mandrekar and Prof Dilip Dhargalkar were
present. The drive was launched on Tuesday.


Stating that there still existed a lot of misunderstanding about
the IT Park, Mr Narvekar urged the GPYC to wipe out wrongly projected
conceptions by the opposition from people?s mind and explain them the need for
such projects for the bright future of the youngsters. He also announced that
he would gift computers for state and district offices of GPYC.


Mr Chodankar, in his speech, specified that the committee had a
target of 50,000 members, of which 25,000 would be achieved by South District.


He said the then Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar cheated the
youngsters through schemes like pre-employment.


Mr Chodankar informed that the Rane government offered 5000 jobs
to the unemployed youths.


Welcome speech was delivered by Mr Panjikar. Function was compered
by state spokesman, Mr Jitesh Kamat and Saligao Block president, Mr Savio Martins
proposed a vote of thanks.


Drive
against violations of MV Act in South Goa


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 16 The South Goa district transport offices have
launched a drive against violation of Motor Vehicles Act and Rules and
booked 462 cases and collected fines of Rs 4,17078 from
the violators of the act in the month of August 07.


The deputy director of transport, South Goa, Mr Ashok
Bhosle said that the Margao enforcement, Margao registration office,
Ponda, Vasco and Quepem office of RTO booked in all
462 cases during the drive they suspended 17 licences of
drivers, of which 14 licences were suspended by the
enforcement section, margao headed by assistant director of transport, Mr
Prakash Azavedo.


The Quepem office suspended two licences while 1 licence was suspended
by the Ponda office.


Mr Bhosle added that out of the 462 cases 291 cases
were booked by enforcement section and Rs 2, 93460 was
collected, 64 cases of violation were booked by the Ponda office
and Rs 45 300 were collected, Quepem office booked 45
cases and collected Rs 26050 as fine, the Margao registration office
booked 22 cases and collected fine of Rs. 10,630 and the Vasco
office booked 40 cases under the Act and fines of Rs 41,638 were
collected.


He said that Department has launched a drive against
violation of Motor Vehicles Act and Rules in order to put check on the
violations of the Act like size of the number plates. A large
section of the motorists tend to violate the provisions by fixing fancy number
plates, he observed.


Some vehicles were booked for not having the mandatory
Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates and others for using the banned
multi-tone high decibel horns, he added.


Vehicles that were being used as tourist vehicles, they did
not have valid driving licences, tax remittance challans, insurance cover and
registration certificates he said


Police
investigations into jewellery thefts on


NT News services


Margao, Sept 16 The Margao police are investigating into
three cases of thefts in jewellry shops reported this year in Margao.


The South Goa superintendent of
police, Mr Shekhar Prabhudessai today said that he had sought details
of the three cases and directions on detecting these pending cases have
been issued to the officers investigating these cases.


In the theft case reported yesterday the police said that some
persons had entered a jewellry shop by bending the shutters of the
shop at Aquem-Margao and stolen gold ornaments worth about 40,000.


The incident was reported at early yesterday. An offence under
Section 457 and 380 of Indian Penel Code has been registered.


The other robbery had taken place in the heart of Margao and
jewellry worth of Rs 13 lakh was stolen by a group who posed as
income tax officers and decamped with jewellery worth Rs 13
lakhs from Mukta jewllers.


The police said th


Edwin
Saldanha: his spirit lives on


by M Braganza


While the alumni prepared to host a Quiz Competition in an
institution where he had taught , Edwin Saldanha quietly slipped from ?current
affairs? to ?history? on the tenth day of August, 2007. As with all things in
his life, the transition took place in an orderly manner with his keen sense of
time, place and people. I knew the man closely for 35 of the almost 90 years he
lived. Most people know his book ?Successful Goan Home Wines?.His book on wines
has the flavour of ?Eddie? or ?Mr. Saldanha?, as one knew him. It is almost
like his footprint in the sands of time. Take the title of the book. It is by
no accident that the first word is ?Successful?. I have not known him to
attempt a single thing in life and not be successful in doing what he set out
to do. He restored an old statue of St. Britto in the school where he taught me
the basics of drawing. He did not attempt to make me an artist as he, rightly,
saw no potential in that direction. Instead, he taught me scouting and took me
under his wing as if I was his own. The President of India recognised our joint
effort and awarded me the President?s Scout badge. There were three more boys
and eight girls who were successful in getting a similar honour. He stuffed
penguins for NIO when he was seventy and painted life size portraits of Vijaya
and Madhura Sardessai when he was more than eighty years of age and had
cataracts in both his eyes! That was Eddie: successful.


Eddie?s neighbour and student-for-life like me, Frederick Noronha,
quotes him as saying, ?My book is the only one in the whole world that tells
you how to make wine from tropical fruits.? [See full text at
http://www.goasudharop.org/ebook/34teacher.htm ] If one wants to make wine of
any fruit in Goa, it is there in his book. At
his funeral, his only son, Kevin, had this to say,? When we were preparing to
leave Kenya in the late 1960s, my uncle Eugene offered to sponsor him and us
out to the US to which Dad replied that his one wish was to ?bury his bones? in
Goa. After almost 40 years, that wish will come true as we lower Dad?s body
into the sandy soil of the Saligao that he loved so much.? Eddie was every bit
Goan!


At the end of his eulogy, Kevin had this to say as irreverently as
his Dad, ? I hope no one has smuggled a ?bangddo? into the church
because Dad
irreverently joked with us saying that if we really missed him when he died,
all we needed to do was to dangle a fried mackerel over his coffin to resurrect
him. His love for Goa was intertwined with his
love for sea-food and his knowledge on buying, cleaning, filleting and cooking
fish was legendary.? Even when circumstances [with all five children in America and his heart firmly in Goa] made him to shift to Vijaya Ashram in Arpora, he
visited home to see that it was in good shape. It was from here that his body
was taken to the cemetery for the last rites. Eddie?s heart and soul were
always in his home!


His wine making ability was as legendary as his ability to do
almost anything: buying, cleaning, filleting and cooking fish, besides anything
else he could lay his hands on, was legendary.


His nature was not poch-pochitt like that of a watery grape or
watermelon, it was more refined like a fruit wine. He gave of himself in
metered doses so that the receiver may appreciate its worth. The years spent in
the Jesuit seminary before he met and married the wonderful lady of his life,
Phyllis, may have had a role in this. His spirit was that of sacrifice, like
the sacramental wine.


Years will dim the memory of Edwin Saldanha as it does of any
great man beyond his generation and the GenNext. His book will definitely see
reprints or plagiarism or both. Even if that does not happen, every time
someone raises a glass of home made Goan fruit wine it will be a silent toast
to his indomitable spirit!


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Congress
starts preparing for LS by-poll in S Goa



NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 19 With Central Election Commission set to declare
the schedule for holding by-election to the Mormugao parliamentary constituency
of South Goa, the Congress party is gearing itself to face the elections.


According to the sources in the state administration the CEC is
likely to announce the poll schedule latest by next week-end, since the vacancy
caused by the resignation of Mr Churchill Alemao, who quit the seat on May 8,
has to be filled by November 7.


The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Francisco
Sardinha has already started the election campaign by holding meetings in
various parts of the constituency. The party cadres have also been geared up to
face the electorate and ensure the victory of the Congress nominee.


Mr Sardinha told ?The Navhind Times? today that he has held
several meetings in Sanguem, Quepem, Canacona besides Margao and Mormugao and
that he has received good response from the people. He expressed confidence
that Congress party would win the elections.


The GPCC president, however, declined to answer as to who would be
the party?s nominee for the election saying that it was for the party high
command to decide on the issue. He further said that in all probability the
party?s nominee would be a senior Congressman and that Congress cadres would
ensure the victory of party nominee.


Mr Alemao had quit his parliamentary seat to contest the assembly
elections from Navelim on the ticket of the Save Goa Front, a regional outfit
floated by him, which he subsequently won defeating Mr Luizinho Faleiro, a
six-time winner from the constituency.


The SGF leader who had initially supported the Congress later on
joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party in an attempt to topple the
Congress-led government only to extend to support to the Congress after 15 days
of high drama.


He later on was sworn in as a minister in the government headed by
Mr Digambar Kamat in mid-August and was allotted the Public Works Department
portfolio.


Leelas
to move casino vessel from river Sal


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 19 Hotel Leela Venture Limited today agreed to shift
the casino vessel from its present position in river Sal, following a
discussion between the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat and the vice chairman
and managing director of company, Mr Vivek Nair.


In his discussion with the Chief Minister, Mr Nair explained that
the resort had obtained all the requisite permissions from the state and the
central authorities for the operation of the casino vessel.


He further said that Hotel Leela Venture Limited had operated the
resort in Goa for a couple of decades in
harmonious manner and would continue to do so with all its stakeholders,
including the locals.


Mr Nair said that a lengthy discussion took place on the matter of
corporate commitments as opposed to public sentiments with respect to the
casino boat in river Sal.


The vessel will be removed as and when the weather permits and
subsequent to approval from the various statutory authorities, including the
Director General of Shipping, Mr Nair said.


Mr Nair also pointed out to the Chief Minister that the resort
paid the highest amount of taxes to the government.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times?, the head of administration,
Brigadier Shakti Prashad disclosed that Leelas would definitely operate the
casino vessel.


?We have the licence, which says that the casino can be operated
in the territorial waters of Goa,? Brig
Prashad said.


He further disclosed that the Goa
government had in-principle agreed to provide a place, in river Mandovi, for
the operation of its casino vessel.


?This matter was discussed by the Chief Minister and the vice
chairman of Hotel Leela Venture Limited, today afternoon,? Brig Prashad said.


When contacted the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat said that
since the government had issued a casino licence to Hotel Leela Venture
Limited, they can operate it anywhere, where there are other casinos.


Govt
signs MoU for maintaining heritage sites in state


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 19 The state government today signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural
Heritage (INTACH) for the restoration, conservation and beautification of
various archaeological and heritage sites and monuments in Goa.


The MoU was signed by the Chief Secretary, Mr J P Singh on behalf
of the government and by the INTACH chairman, Mr S K Misra,.


Speaking to the media after the signing, Mr Singh said that Rs 20
crore have been allotted by the government for restoration and conservation for
the monuments and sites protected by the state and the heritage structures for
the period 2007-2010 as per the action plan approved by the high level
monitoring committee headed by the Chief Secretary.


The INTACH has already been entrusted with the restoration work of
the Reis Magos fort. Part of the funds were already released to the architects
and pre-monsoon works have already been completed. Now the INTACH is expected
to be entrusted with the restoration works of the Cabo de Rama fort, the St
Anna church at Talaulim and the St Estevam fort.


The estimated cost of restoration for the Cabo de Rama fort is Rs
3.25 crore, for the St Anna church is Rs 3.46 crore, of which the government
will give Rs 2.26 crore and the World Monument Fund has released Rs 1.2 crore.
For the St Estevam fort, the estimate is Rs 75 lakh.


According to an official press release, the government has already
approved a master plan prepared by the directorate of archives and archaeology
for the schemes of restoration, conservation, maintenance, preservation and
beautification of 51 archaeological sites and monuments protected by the state
to utilise the grants available under the Twelfth Finance Commission. These
conservation works will not only safeguard the monuments and sites for
posterity, but will render the monuments and sites as places of tourist
attraction. This is expected to generate more revenue for the state.


Under today?s MoU, some of the responsibilities entrusted to the
INTACH are; it shall play an advisory role and provide expertise and
consultancy on the heritage matters for a period of five years to the
government; it shall assist the government in formulation of heritage
regulations for towns, cities and rural areas which require regulations in Goa;
it shall take up listing of architectural heritage for the government either
directly or in collaboration with other agencies; it shall assist in promotion
and conservation of art and cultural heritage of Goa; it shall implement and
support specific heritage projects to be taken up, either in collaboration with
the government or independently or with other parties.


It is the responsibility of the government to set up a joint
Heritage Task Force with the INTACH and other experts comprising 10 members
including some non-governmental organisations.


The government shall monitor the INTACH?s activities and provide
the required financial and material support. The government shall expedite the
collation and release of all relevant information required by the INTACH.


Power
dept considering installing prepaid meters


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 19 The state electricity department is toying with
the idea of installing prepaid meters, in a bid to keep check on defaulting
power consumers, the Power Minister, Mr Alexio Sequeira disclosed today, while
he was on his fortnightly visit to the collectorate, here.


Claiming that the idea was still at an infancy stage, Mr Sequeira
revealed that the department was trying to verify how practicable and cost
effective the proposal would be.


According to him such meters were in operation in countries like
Hong Kong and Thailand.


Disclosing that such meters would come in handy in cases of
temporary connections, the Power Minister cited the example of seasonal
business conducted by shack owners in the state.


?Some shack owners fail to pay power bills,? Mr Sequeira informed
and added that it was difficult to identify them, as the business changed hand
the following year.


The Power Minister, however, assured that since the tourism season
was on the threshold there was no way the department could install such meters
now.


Mr Sequeira revealed that the government too was a major defaulter
having failed to clear bills for electricity consumption.


?Of the Rs 182 crore the consumers owe the power department, the
government?s share is Rs 25 crore,? Mr Sequeira said.


He said that 95 per cent work on underground cabling in Margao had
been completed. The remaining five per cent work is in progress, he said and
hoped that the service would be operational by October end.


But the capital city, Panaji, will have the credit of completing
the task much earlier, he said.


He made it clear that the government had no plans to introduce
underground cabling in remote areas. But the department will change overhead
conductors where ever required, he assured.


Margao
robbery: team sent to Hubli


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 18 The Margao police team headed by police
inspector, Mr Santosh Dessai has been sent to Hubli in connection
with robbery reported at U Raikar Jewellers, Margao to gather
information about the gangs involved in committing jewellery thefts.


The South Goa superintendent of
police, Mr Shekhar Prabhudessai today said that police team has had
no success in Hubli as yet.


He said that police investigation has revealed that the safe
was intact and there was no mark, but the accused had decamped with gold
jewellery, silver, cash and cell phone after entering the
shop.


?I have sent letters to neighboring states to find out about
the gangs involved in committing such a thefts and report is awaited,? said Mr
Prabhudessai. He said that the Central Industrial
Security Force and Goa Reserve Police Force have been posted in
Margao for crime prevention.


Mariano
case: dismissed cop?s bail rejected


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 19 The principal district and session judge, South Goa, Ms Nutan Sardessai today rejected the
bail application of dismissed police constable, Shrikrishna
Dessai who was arrested by the Curchorem police in connection with murder
attempt on panch Mr Mariano Mascarenehas from Shelvon.


Meanwhile, police said that Ballesh Dessai, Rajesh Dessai,
Shekhar Dessai and Shrikrishna Dessai and Vinay Dessai were
produced before court today for further remand and they have been remanded to
judicial custody till October 3.


On the bail plea, the court heard the arguments from defense as
well as prosecution and later passed the orders rejecting the
bail.


The public prosecutor, Ms T S Sardinha who appeared on behalf
of state argued that the accused being a part of a law
enforcement agency is presumed to thoroughly conversant with the direct
consequences of his act both from a common man?s view as well as from
legal point of view.


Mr Rajiv Gomes who represented Shrikrishna argued
that police have no evidence against him and failed in implicating him in
the case.


Ms Sardessai had already rejected the
anticipatory bail application moved by another accused Sattywan
Dessai.


Ponda
mamlatdar wants all polling stations checked


NT News Service


Ponda, Sept 19 The Ponda mamlatdar, Mr Surendra Naik on Wednesday
said that he had issued instructions to all 19 talathis
of Ponda to check the polling stations, schools and government
primary schools. The ramps constructed for the purpose are also to be
checked.


He said that within 15 days they were asked to report to the
mamlatdar office.


The instructions were issued to talathis after the South Goa collector, Mr G P Naik held meetings with
all the concerned mamlatdars in view of the South Goa MP election which
is likely to be held in October. The Ponda constituency is in the jurisdiction
of South Goa for election purposes.


Mr Naik, stated that the status of the 123 polling booths of Ponda
would be made known to the South Goa collector
for the necessary changes.


One
arrested for threatening to kill wife


NT News Service


Vasco, Sept 19 The Vasco police have arrested one Sandeep
Kedarnath Pandey (25), resident of Sasmollem- Baina on the charges of trespass
and threatening to kill his wife.


The police arrested the accused following upon the compliant
lodged by his wife on yesterday afternoon.


According to the Vasco police, the accused allegedly entered into
the house at around 2 p.m and threatened his wife. The police have registered offence
under Sections 452, 506 (II), 323, 504 of the Indian Penal Code.


Further investigation is on.


PWD
not maintaining govt quarters in Margao: councillor


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 19 Recently residents of Junta government quarters,
Pajifond Margao, found that their staircase lights were not working.


After a number of appeals to the PWD, division 22 (which looks
after government establishment of entire South Goa)
failed to bear fruit, on eve of Ganesh Chaturthi, the residents approached
their ward councillor, Mr Raju Naik.


Mr Naik said that he alerted the PWD assistant engineer, Mr
Ramkrishna Varik. But in spite of informing the engineer the problem was not
resolved, he said. On Tuesday, the councillor said that he informed the
executive engineer, Mr Vinay Bharne of the problem. But to the councillor?s
surprise, the EE expressed his helplessness to deal in the matter.


?I finally had to approach the PWD Minister, Mr Churchill Alemao
with this petty complaint,? a livid Mr Naik told `The Navhind Times.?


When contacted the executive engineer disclosed that he had four
electricians at his disposal to take care of entire South
Goa.


?We are doing our best despite of shortage of staff,? he said and
added that he and his AE were attending to calls on priority basis.


He further disclosed that his boys had to attend to calls at
Hospicio, yesterday and then rush to another call in Canacona.


?We have also attended to the calls of Junta Quarters today,? he
said. According to the councillor, normally, during key festivals PWD took the
trouble of rectifying faults and taking care of maintenance.


Junta quarters houses 16 buildings in its complex.


Free
taps in every home to replace public taps at Sanguem: Churchill



NT News Service


Quepem, Sept 19 The Public Works Department Minister, Mr Churchill
Alemao has urged the residents of Sanguem to apply for free domestic taps in
their houses within one month and further directed the water supply department
officials to disconnect water supply to public taps after ensuring that all the
houses were provided with water connection. Mr Alemao made this announcement
while on his visit to Sanguem today morning to listen to the grievances of the
locals.A complaint by some locals that department officials were selectively
disconnecting water supply to public taps at Sanguem prompted Mr Alemao to
promise that potable water would be available to each and every house in
Sanguem.


?You need not wait for the proposal from the sarpanch or the
municipality for providing free taps. Let the needy people apply for the
connections directly and avail of water in their homes,? Mr Alemao directed the
water supply officials. He further directed the officials to submit an action
taken report over the issue within one month.


Mr Alemao also settled some disputes regarding non-payment of
water bills when approached by some individuals over the matter at the public
grievances meet. Sarpanchas of various village panchayats, councillors and
senior government officials were present at the meeting.


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Rains hamper benching work


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

PORVORIM, SEPT 19 ? Rains have hampered the pace of benching work of Porvorim
hillock and according to Public Works Department it will take 10 more days for
its completion.

Two benches of five meters height have been made and the work of remaining 3
benches are in progress and the same are expected to be completed within the
next 10 days.

However the PWD sources mentioned that if the rains continue work would be
delayed further.

Since the schools will be re-opening on September 20, there would be
substantial rise in the vehicular traffic on the National Highway-17 and hence
the Traffic Cell of the Police Department has decided to segregate the heavy
vehicles for which a second break in the Median prior to Sai Service will be
made especially for the diversion of the heavy vehicles which are proceeding
towards Mapusa. The first break in the Median has been made opposite Alisha Bar
and Restaurant and all the vehicles proceeding towards Mapusa are taking
diversion at this point presently.

While speaking to Herald, Superintendent of Police (Traffic), M A V Deshpande
stated that to avoid the possibility of the heavy vehicles rolling down while
ascending due to some technical fault and thereafter damaging the cars and the
two-wheelers following them they have decided to segregate the heavy vehicles
and divert the heavy vehicles via this second break. This arrangement will
provide relief to the light vehicles and two-three wheelers and that their
movement will also be much faster, said Deshpande.

Atmaram Deshpande further mentioned that they have received complaints from the
owners of the heavy vehicles and the transport companies stating that the
movement of their vehicle via Amona increases their cost of operations and
consumes lot of time and hence have pleaded to allow them the passage through Mandovi Bridge. Considering their problems, the
traffic department is allowing heavy vehicles carrying goods only during the
non-peak hours - from 11 hours to 13 hours, 14.30 hours to 17 hours and from 19
hours to 22 hours through Mandovi bridge.

During the night from 22 hours till 6 hours, section of road from the Sai
Service to Mandovi
Bridge junction remains
closed for all types of traffic for safety reason as excavation work is being
carried out by PWD during those hours, stated Deshpande.





New modern hospital in Sanquelim soon: Vishwajeet


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 19 - Health Minister, Vishwajeet Rane has announced the proposal
to set up new modern hospitals in Sanquelim and Valpoi.

Rane made this announcement during his visit to village Panchayat of Pissurlem
where he gave a patient hearing to the problem of the villagers, today.

Speaking further, Health Minister said the need for a new modern hospital in
these remote areas is essential, so as to provide the people living in mining
belt better medical facilities.

He also assured that medical camps under joint auspices of Directorate of
Health Services arid mining companies would be organised soon.

During his visit to the village panchayat, Rane was accompanied by R Mihir
Vardhan, collector, North; Arvind Bugde, deputy collector; Satish Dessai,
mamlatdar of Satteri and other senior officials of concerned departments.

Sagun Wadkar, sarpanch of Pissurlem, welcomed the gathering on the occasion.

Members of the panchayat were also present on the occasion.

Rane later visited barren farm lands in the locality.





Churchill calls for extending financial support to
Big Foot


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 19 ? PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao has called for exten-ding
financial support to the Big Foot Art Gallery at Loutolim, as he inaugurated a painting
exhibition ?Sindhurvan? at the Art
Gallery on Wednesday.

Alemao told newsmen that he would take up with Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat
to sanction funds for the Big Foot for its maintenance under Art and Culture.

Earlier, the PWD Minister inaugurated the painting exhibition and went around
the Big Foot, where he was taken around by its creator and sculptor Maendra
Alvares.

Sindhurvan is a glowing tribute to divinity, wherein the exhibition shows the
different avatars of Lord Ganesh.

Alvares said the unique thing about the exhibition is that one can see Ganesh
in a lot of colours.

He said the very colourful paintings of Ganesha in various poses are attractive
and vibrant in themselves, but what strikes was the glowing outlines of the
images in the dark.

The highlights of the images outlined in the vibrantly red color enhance the
different poses and the complexities of the presentation are thereby brought
out vividly.

The exhibition will remain open for public viewing till September 30, from 9.30
am to 6 pm.





Cuncolim civic body opposes proposed land fill sites


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 19 ? Land fill sites proposed near the Cuncolim Industrial Estate
to store hazardous waste generated in Sunrise Zinc and Nicomet has come for
stiff opposition from the Cuncolim Municipal Council.

In fact, for the second time in as many months, the Cuncolim Municipal Council
has opposed the land fill sites in the backyard of the Industrial Estate and
has authorised the Chief Officer to oppose the petition filed in the high court
by the two industrial units.

That the Cuncolim City Fathers are in no mood to accept the land fill sites for
hazardous waste became evident when they demanded that the Goa Pollution
Control Board order closure of the units till a permanent land fill site is set
up at Dharbondara.

Councillor Devendra Dessai wondered how the land fill site can come up in an
orchard zone when the Town & Country Planning department has initially
refused the permission on grounds of zoning pattern.

Councillor Meena Fernandes has sought to know whether the land fill site is
cleared by the Ministry of Environment & Forests and demanded that the
proposal be rejected in the absence of any such clearance.

Chairperson Prasad Dessai submitted that though NEERI and Pollution Control
Board has given a green signal, yet they have to take public opinion into
consideration.

Says councillor Rajan Naik sought to know why the Council should take the blame
when the people are crying for justice due to the ill effects of the hazardous
waste. He reminded the Council that water sample collected from the wells have
revealed the presence of cadmium, copper and Manganes beyond the permissible
limits.

Interestingly, the councillors questioned the operation of the two hazardous
units without land fill sites and when the units produce around 18 tonnes of
hazardous waste every day.





Integrated Education Council constituted


HERALD NEWS DESK


PANJIM, SEPT 19 ? The State Government has constituted a 30-member
Integrated Education Advisory Council.

Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat is the Chairman. Secretary, Education is the
member Secretary.

The members are Vice Chancellor, Goa University, Director of Higher Education,
Director of Education, Director of Technical Education, Director of
Craftsmanship Training Chairman, Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary
Education, Porvorim, Chairman, Goa Education Development Corporation, Porvorim,
Principal District Institute of Education and Training Porvorim, Newman
Fernandes, Principal, St Xavier?s College, Mapusa, Uday Ballikar, principal,
Damodar Higher Secondary School of Science, Margao, Narayan Dessai, Principal,
S S Angle Higher Secondary School, Mashem, Celso Dias, Headmaster Perpetual
Succor High School, Nagoa, Verna, Chandrakant Hede, Headmaster Dr Sakaram, Gude
High School, Vazangal Shiroda, Dr Nandita D?Souza Director, Sethu; Surekha
Dixit, Vivekananda High School, Borim, President/Secretary GVM Society, Ponda;
Pandurang Nadkarni; Dr Rita Paes/ Dr Louis Vernal, Datta Damodar Naik; Ramesh
Gawas; Dr Sadanand Hinde; Arvind Kudchadkar, Chairman, Goa Chamber of Commerce;
Chairman-Goa Small Industries Association; Suhas Sardesai; Fr Rumualdo D?Souza,
Ex-Director, Goa Institute of Management, Ribandar; Manguesh Korgaonkar,
Director General, Niemark; Director, SCERT.

The Council shall draft the Integrated State Policy of Education covering the
entire educational scenario from pre-primary to University level, prepare Plans
/Programs/Schemes for the implementation of the Policy.


Two tribal representatives invited for R-Day parade
in Delhi


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 19 ? The Government of India invites two tribal representatives -
one male and one female from any of the Scheduled Tribes from each States/ UTs,
to witness the Republic Day Parade and Celebration 2008 at New Delhi.

The Scheduled Tribe person of Goa State whose age is not over 60 years and
interested to witness Republic Day Parade 2008 at New Delhi may submit their
nominations with details such as name, date of birth, name of
father/mother/husband, two passport size photograph, Status Certificate, etc,
with full postal address to the Director, Directorate of Social Welfare, 18th
June Road, Panjim, latest by September 27.

Only two persons belonging to STs communities one male and one female will be
selected to witness the Republic Day

Parade 2008 at New Delhi.
The selected person has to present themselves ?in the traditional attires and
are required to stay in Delhi
from January 24, 2008 to February 3, 2008.

The expenditure on travel by second class Railway from Goa to Delhi and back as well as food and
accommodation will be borne by the State government.





National Mission
to document old manuscripts


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 19 ? The National Mission for Manuscripts was established by the
Department of Culture, Ministry of Culture, Government of India in February
2003 to survey and document manuscripts, to create a database on manuscripts,
to train conservationists and manuscriptologist, to publish rare manuscripts
and to spread awareness about manuscripts.

The Mission will conduct a mass survey in Goa between September 20 to October 5, 2007, for
handwritten manuscripts, over 75 years old, with artistic, historical or
scientific, or literacy value.

Mission does
not intend to take away manuscripts, only to document them, and make the data
available for educational and research purposes.

State coordinator for conducting the National Survey of Manuscripts in Goa has appointed four District Coordinators and fifty
college students as surveyors. Members of the public are requested to provide
full co-operation to the surveyors.

If any citizen is aware of such manuscripts, he may also contact Mission
Director, National Mission for Manuscripts, No 5, Dr Rajendra Prasad Road, New
Delhi- 110001, Tel: 011-2338-3894, Email diredtor.namami at nic.in
or State Coordinator, National Mission for Manuscripts, C/o Directorate of
Archives and Archaeology, Panjim-402001, Tel:2435321,
Email:-archives at sancharnetin





Umesh Mahambre remembered


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 19 - Friends and admirers of late Umesh Mahambre held a condolence
meeting at Campal, to observe his first death anniversary on Tuesday.

Mahendra Prabhudessai recollected Umesh?s organising skills and his
contribution to Goa?s student movement. He
said, Umesh got prominence during the 50 percent student?s bus concession
agitation. Prabhudessai said, Umesh was a talented person and he encouraged
children?s theatre in the State.

Gurunath K Pai, News Editor, DD News, New
Delhi who chaired the meeting said Umesh was known for
his editing his two annual periodicals Sampathi and Bilwadi. He had mastered
the art of printing and publishing of his periodicals.

He said, Umesh produced finest programmes like Pavlam Kankani on AIR and
Sarbhountoni and Udorgotichim Paulam for Doordarshan.

Dr Sushrut Martins recalled his long association with Mahambre and said that he
was full of life and a happy person always.





Margao PWD draws flak over non-replacement of lamps


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 18 ? The PWD has earned the flak of residents of government-owned
Junta quarters at Pajifond-Margao over the non-replacement of lamps in the
building corridors and staircases.

Delays to replace the lamps during the Ganesh festival forced the residents to
knock the doors of PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao, who is learnt to have issued
strict instructions to PWD officials to take action.

The PWD minister was approached by Ward councillor Raju Naik and others after
pleas to senior PWD officials fell on deaf ears.

The councillor told newsmen on Wednesday that non-functioning lamps hanging on
the building staircases are normally replaced during the main festivals of
Ganesh, Diwali and Christmas, but this year?s Ganesh Chathurti proved to be an
exception.

When contacted, Executive Engineer, Bharne told Herald that his section is
grossly understaffed, thus hampering services. ?With just linesmen at my
disposal, I cannot attend promptly to all grievances?, he said.

If Bharne is to be believed, there are just four linesmen with his department,
who have to attend to all government buildings, besides illumination on the
Zuari bridge and Margao over bridge. ?We try to give priority to health
institutions such as Hospicio, schools, primary health centres etc?, he said,
while promising to attend to Junta quarters.

Incidentally, instead of increasing the manpower requirements, the existing
strength has come down from eight linesmen to just four.





Margao?s migrant inhabitants picked up for
interrogations


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 18 ? Migrants inhabiting the Commercial Capital have found
themselves at the receiving end of the law enforcing agencies, courtesy: the
spate of thefts and burglaries.

As Margao has witnessed record thefts in recent times ? with two major
burglaries in jewellery shops ? the police seems to be taking no chances with
the migrant population, including those found moving in suspicions
circumstances.

In fact, Margao police has started rounding up persons from the ?basties? and
gullies of station road and other areas with the hope to obtain information on
the burglaries.

As many as 50 persons have been picked up and interrogated at the police
station during the last two days following the daring burglary at U Raikar
jewellers on Monday night.

?The exercise is aimed at verifying the antecedants of these migrants, who have
been found loitering and moving around without any work?, informed a police
official in the know.

Information available reveals that each and every person round up is being
interrogated minutely. The suspicious amongst the lot are produced before the
Sub-divisional Magistrate and asked to sign for good behaviour bond. ?This is a
normal practice adopted by the police to keep suspicious miscreants at bay.
Sometimes, it helps in unearthing incriminating information?, remarked a police
officer.

Apart from migrants, a good number of security men have been summoned for
questioning in many cases.





Writ challenging recruitment of 118 PWD personnel
filed


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 19 - A writ petition has been filed in the High Court challenging
the recruitment of 118 personnel in PWD earlier this year.

The court has ordered that notices be issued to PWD, State of Goa and the 118 recruits.

Poonam Naik, Samita Naik and S Khandeparkar
and six others in their petition have said that the government didn?t follow
the recruitment procedure properly.

It is also said their contention that the PWD advertised for only 30 posts but
ultimately recruited 118 persons. Most of the posts are of lower division
clerks.

The petitioners have alleged that the appointments were made based only on oral
interviews, which they say is in total violations of Supreme Court guideline.

Interviews for the posts were conducted in March-April just before the Election
Code of Conduct came into effect.





Mobile squads proposed to monitor coastal belt


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 19 ? The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has
proposed to constitute two mobile squads to monitor the State?s
coastline in a bid to nip illegal constructions and
other CRZ violations.

One squad each will be set up under the district collectorates.

The Chairman of the GCZMA J P Singh who is also the chief secretary of Goa said that the squads would be entrusted with the task
of reporting to the mamlatdars concerned illegalities noticed along the coastal
belt.

It is learnt that today?s meeting was also attended by deputy collectors from
both districts of the State and directions have been given to enforce CRZ
regulations and enforce stop work orders on any illegality reported within 15
days.

The GCZMA today also reviewed works done by the Remote Sensing Instruments
Agency, Hyderabad
and has granted a months extension for completing the compilation of data based
on satellite imaging and field work.

Singh said, ?Most of the work has already been completed and the remaining
should be completed within the next 15 to 20 days.?

It is learnt that the GCZMA has directed village panchayats to assist with
summary inquiries wherever no responses have been obtained and the deputy
collectors have been directed to monitor the same so as to expedite the
formulation of data base on CRZ violations in the State.

The Tourism department was also asked to submit its draft shack policy for the
consideration by the GCZMA.





Police begin probe in right earnest


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 19 ? A stunned Margao police has begun investigations into
Tuesday?s daring burglary at U Raikar Jewellers in right earnest, even as a
police team headed by Margao PI Santosh Dessai has dashed to Karnataka to
inquire about the safe manufactured by a Hubli-based company.

A team of Crime branch sleuths also descended at the district headquarters to
carry out its own investigations into the burglary, which has baffled the
men-in-uniform. Police has sought information from police stations across the
borders about the modus operandi adopted by miscreants in any such thefts in
their jurisdiction.

Preliminary inquiries have revealed that officials of the Hubli company were
taken aback by the burglary as it was for the first time that a safe
manufactured by it was tampered with.

More information about the safe and its full-proof mechanism will be known in a
day or two as PI Santosh is on his way back to Margao with company technicians
and engineers.

DySP Umesh Gaonkar, who is supervising and guiding the investigations, said the
police are trying hard to unearth the mystery surrounding the ?safe? as it will
lead to the burglary. ?The safe is the focal point of investigations?, he said,
even as the police have summoned the security men as well as masons engaged in
the construction of the building.

That the rear wall was not plastered, giving amply room for the miscreants to
carve out a hole has also surprised many. Also, U Raikar Jewellers had the
services of a watchman four months ago, and the police are interrogating the
security men for possible clues in the case.

DySP Gaonkar told Herald that the police has beefed up additional security in
the Commercial Capital by deploying additional manpower. ?The police have now
deployed two platoons of policemen. The force will patrol the city atleast till
Ganesh immersion?, he added.





MMC to charge hefty fees for exhibitions


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 19 ? Holding exhibition-cum-sales in the Commercial Capital
will no longer be an easy affair for the organisers, so to say.

For, a sub-committee constituted by the Margao Municipal Council to study and
report on erection of temporary structures and pandals for exhibition-cum-sales
has decided to charge hefty fees from the organisers.

As far as the BPS club is organised ? which plays host for exhibitions and
sales throughout the year ? a five-member committee headed by Chairperson
Johnson Fernandes has decided to charge Rs 5000 per day, subject to the
condition that the sale takes place only for five days.

In respect of exhibitions coming up near the SGPDA grounds, it has been decided
to levy Rs 10 per sq mts as ?service charge? to clean the garbage and other
waste generated at the venue.

Chairperson Johnson Fernandes informed that the fees will now be recommended to
the Council for a decision. ?It now depends on the Council whether to accept
the new rates or to review the fees?, he added.

When asked how the Civic body would deal with exhibitions in halls and
buildings, the Chairperson said the Municipality will crack a whip against all
unlicenced exhibitions soon.


MoU signed with INTACH to restore Goa?s
heritage


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 19 ? The State government today signed an agreement with the
Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) for the purpose of
conservation, restoration and maintenance of Goa?s heritage monuments numbering
about 27 of the 51 listed in Goa.

The proposal, which was approved by the State cabinet last week was today
executed for the government by Chief Secretary J P Singh and Chairman of INTACH
S K Misra.

The mega project comes in the wake of a financial package approved by the 12th
Finance Commission allocating Rs 20 crore for 2007-2010 for archaeological
conservation.

The project will give top priority to three monuments namely Cabo de Rama, St
Anne?s Church and the St Estevam Fort.

According to data available, an amount of Rs 3.25 crore has been allocated for
Cabo de Rama, Rs 3.05 crore for St Anne?s Church and Rs 75 lakh for the St
Estevam Fort.

It is also proposed to set up a joint heritage task force of experts and NGOs
to monitor the activities being undertaken by INTACH who will assist the
government for a period of five years.

The INTACH will also assist the government in the formulation of heritage
regulations for towns, cities and rural areas and listing of the State?s
heritage.





Ibrampur Sarpanch, deputy ousted


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

PERNEM, SEPT 19 ? Ibrampur Sarpanch Atmaram Naik and Deputy Sarpanch Anita
Gawas were ousted in a no-confidence motion moved by five of the seven panch
members.

Those supporting the motion were Camilo Fernandes, Zilu Halarnkar, Ashok
Dhavaskar, Gopinath Halarnkar and M Halarnkar.

The five panch members had alleged that Naik and Gawas had failed to take other
members into confidence while dealing in panchayat matters and had failed to
initiate development work in the village, since they took charge of the two
posts.





Fatorda residents irked over overflowing sludge on
road


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 19 ? The residents of Ambajim, Bolepand and Chandravaddo irked
with the sewerage wastewaters and sludge of Pinto?s landmark residency at
Bolepand, Fatorda overflowing on the Bolepand, Ambajim, Chandravaddo main road
for past several weeks and have complained to the Chief Officer and the Health
Officer of Urban Health Centre, Margao to take legal action against the
complex, says a press release.

It is known that the wastewaters are overflowing from a choked septic chamber
and a broken sewage pipeline.

There is a foul smell emanating from the site, as well as the nearby
rainwater drain is also clogged with the wastewaters stagnanted and has become
a breeding place for mosquitoes and other flies. There is a fear of an epidemic
widespread.

Though there is a Margao sewerage line passing by the main road neither the
builder nor the residents of landmark apartments have obtained a sewerage
connection for the complex. The complex residents have not taken any
action to stop the health hazards inspite of being aware of the grave nuisance,
says the press note.

Meanwhile it is learnt that Margao Urban Health Centre have issued a notice to
be served to the complex residents to immediately take steps to repair or apply
for connection to the sewerage line within seven days failing which action will
be taken as per the rules, says a press release.





Fr Joaquim messiah of ST in Goa


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 19 ? Fr Joaquim Fernandes, of Hollar Uttorda, is celebrating his
70th birth day on September 21. He was born at Masandi, Uganda,
where his father was working as steward in East African Railways.

He started his career as teacher in seminary of cape
Vert Island
on west coast of Africa of Dakar-Senegal and after 5 years he came to Kenya. When
work permit system was started, many Goans left Africa, and British passport
holder migrated to England
and Indian Passport holder returned to India. Fr Fernandes took up the
cause of 300 poorer Goan sections who were repatriated to India,
extending financial assistance to them through Indian High Commission. He
formed Repatriates Consumer Co-operative Society.

Fr Fernandes was in charge of Chapel of Borda, Gogol, Agalle, New world at
Margao, which was dominantly inhabited, by Gawda and Kunbi Communities. Fr
Fernandes took up for the cause of Gawda and Kunbi Communities, as a result
there was resentment from certain section of the society and he was transferred
to another Gawda area at Curpawado, Cortalim.

At Curpawado father bought 47,000 Sq,mts of land for people, constructed big
Chapel, Community hall and also residences for Priests. At that time in year
1977 he formed society called Gawada Vikas Mandal and demanded Schedule Tribe
status under the Constitution, says a press release.

In year 1986, after retirement as priest, Fr Fernandes devoted his whole life
for cause of Gawda Kunbi population. He formed a team of educated youths among
Gawada and Kunbi?s for taking up the Scheduled Tribe cause. Today, Antonio
Xavier of Cortalim, Adv Guru Shirodkar, Pandurang Kunkoliekar, Rajan
Kunkoliekar and many other prominent Gawda leaders are product of his Gawda
Chalval (movement). Fr Fernandes was first person who in sighted Gawda and
Kunbi?s that their development lies in the achieving Scheduled tribe status.

Today, Father is happy to see that his dream is fulfilled. But he has not
stopped here but watching carefully that promises made to them is fulfilled.

Fr Fernandes moved High Court and got direction to implemented Tribal Sub Plan
(TSP) and as a result Rupees 90 crores? are reserved for Tribals in this
financial year 2007-2008 by the State Assembly.

This amount is exclusively to be spent on development of tribes. He also got
direction from the High Court to constitute Tribal Advisory Council to
implement TSP, which is yet to be constituted by the Government.

Fr Joaquim Fernandes is real messiah of Scheduled Tribe of Goa, says the
press release.





Khorlim Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Vishwast Mandal
celebrating 35 years of service


HERALD NEWS DESK

Khorlim Sarvajinik Ganeshotsav started in 1972 is completing 35 years service
in social and cultural field.The Siddhivinayak temple was completed in 1987 and
Ganesh Murti Pratishthapana was on August 2 in the same year.

The trust was registered in 1991. But the celebration started from 1972
onwards. Some youth from the surrounding area who were interested in stage
dramas gathered and performed dramas in Shishirotsav of Godess Sateri.

The practice, rehearsals used to be at Shri Pokle?s residence and also Ulhas
Barde?s residence which itself is a part of Sateri Devalaya. Many elders used
to just visit the place to see them practicing. Divakar Joshi was one such
person who regularly attended these rehearsals.

After rehearsals, these young and elderly used to sit together and discuss over
many topics. Prabhakar Dalal, Chandrakant Dhakankar, Madhav Kelkar, Divakar
Joshi and 13 youngsters ? Ram B Teli, Anand Ajgaokar, Vasudeo Manjarekar,
Ramakant Nagwekar, Vasant Dhargalkar, Ulhas Barde, Govind Varadkar, Sitaram
Karelar, Mahabaleshwar Redkar regularly exchanged thoughts.

To work in social and cultural field in Khorlim, these joined hands and
established Jaguriti Sanstha in Khorlim. The president of this organization was
Ramesh Mishal. Many programmes were organized under the banner of Jagruti
Sanstha.

Shri Sateri Vachanalay started at Ulhas Barde?s residence. Books to the tune of
five thousand were collected. The organization celebrated its anniversary on
Dussera.

Cultural programmes were held at sateri Mandap. The organization took active
part in various constructive activities and demanded a health centre, a post
box for Khorlim area. Dramas continued in full fledge. Soon it was decided to
start Ganeshotsav.

Initially Dilip Bambolkar, Dattaram Narvekar, Gajanan Abhyankar, Santosh
Verekar, Nandkumar Kakatkar, Ashok Gaad, Harishchandra Dhragalkar, Narayan
Haldankar, Jaiprakash samant, Mukund Vaidya, Shrikant Amerkar, Anil Padoshi,
Ulhas Dhuri worked towards fulfilling the wish.

Under the able guidance of Divakar Joshi the first committee was formed and
Prabhakar Dalal was chosen unanimously as the president.

This was materialized and slowly the present temple came into being in 1987.

Chandrakant Dhakankar has contributed a lot for Khorlim Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav.
This year the President is Deepak Jagannath Kamat Bambolkar, Treasurer,
Pandurang Korgaonkar.





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Teachers
to get interest-free loans for laptops


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 4 In
what could be described as the government?s gift to the teachers on the
occasion of Teachers? Day, the state government accepted their long pending
demands, like interest-free loans for purchase of laptops, grant of senior
scale from the date of their appointment and assured career progression scheme.


Addressing a press conference this evening the Chief Minister, Mr
Digambar Kamat told reporters that the government would give a loan of Rs
40,000 to each of the teachers of secondary and higher secondary schools, as
well as those in colleges, polytechnics and university for purchase of laptops.


Mr Kamat, who also holds the education portfolio, also said that
the loan amount would be recovered in100 monthly instalments from the salaries
of the teachers. He also said that the loan would be disbursed through the Goa
Educational Development Corporation.


The Chief Minister further said that the government by another
decision has approved the demand of the teachers with regards to grant of
senior scale from the date of their initial appointment. Till now the senior
scale was being granted to the teachers only after they acquired training
qualification.


He also said that the government has decided to implement the
assured career progression scheme. This decision would benefit all the
teachers, numbering around 11,500
in the state. Under this scheme all teachers, who have
completed 24 years of service, would be eligible for second upgradation in
their career. Till now 20 per cent of teachers were eligible for selection
grade.


Mr Kamat said that he has written personal letters to all the
teachers in the state hailing their contribution in the progress of the state
as well as urging them that they should deliver better to shape the future of
the state and its people by providing quality education.


Earlier today, the Chief Minister visited the Margao residence of
Mr Damodar Kavlekar (75), his teacher and felicitated him.


Mr Kamat was taught by Mr Kavlekar, while he was studying at Bhatikar Model English
High School, Margao.


Informally speaking, the Chief Minister said what he is today is
because of his school teacher who moulded him properly to be a worthy citizen.
This is the only way (felicitation) that he can best offer ?gurudakshina? to
his ?guru?, the Chief Minister added.


Victoria
reaffirms her loyalty to Cong


The St Cruz MLA, Ms Victoria Fernandes says to really work for the
welfare of the people the only way is to become a minister.


In an interview with Abdul Rauf Beig, senior reporter, she says
Whatever she did, is doing and would do would be for the cause of Goa and Goans. Here are the excerpts:


What have you to say about your recent political decisions?


In my life whatever steps I took were for Goa
and Goans, dating back to the days of Opinion Poll wherein I left no stone
unturned to see that Goans kept their distinct identity. Whatever I did, am
doing and would be doing would be for the cause of Goa
and Goans, because I love my state and its people who may belong to whatever,
caste creed or religion. I have shown my concern for the state and its people
even at the cost of displeasing my party higher-ups and have suffered for
showing the ?courage? to stand against high and mighty, especially during the
agitation for the rights of toddy tapers, ramponkars, ?jhopadpattiwallas?,
farmers, etc. I go by my conscience and it is god who has been giving me
directions and guiding me, in whatever I do. I would like to say here that
sometimes bad comes before anything good happens. Whatever I did was to satisfy
my people and do well for them. I am not sorry for what I did.


But don?t you think that your decisions were against your own
people?


No, I don?t think so. I have always fought for the cause of common
Goan and was never afraid of taking to the streets for the cause of common man.
I was told that if I decided to oppose now scrapped regional plan I would have
to suffer and I would like to state here that I am still suffering for doing
what I did right for the cause of Goans. But I would like to state here that
all this would not stop me from fighting for my state and its people.


I am 73 years old and don?t have many more years left to live but
I would not permit any one to destroy Goa.
There might be few who may not have liked what I did but there are many who are
still with me and have supported me. Here I would also state that I do anything
that is good for Goa and Goans and never do anything that would destroy my
beautiful Goa.


Why did you decide to leave the Congress party?


I have been a supporter of the Congress for long and stood by the
party when it mattered. But somehow I was not given my due by the party when it
mattered most to me and my constituents. Last election was the most difficult
election for me in my public life of over 40 years and I won it despite all
odds being against me.


But you were made the deputy speaker of last assembly?


The only reward I got from the Congress for being its loyal
soldier and also being the only lady in the House in the previous assembly was
the deputy speaker?s post, which too was a diluted one. I could hardly meet the
aspirations of my people and work for their benefits, under such circumstances.


Were you not made the chairperson of the Kadamba Transport
Corporation?


After the last election I was denied a berth in the cabinet,
though I was promised to be made a minister with an important portfolio, and
the chairmanship of ailing Kadamba Transport Corporation was given to me. This
despite everybody in the Congress knowing, how I faced my opponents and ?beat?
them. I would like to state here that had it not been for my son, Mr Rudolf
Fernandes, who worked tirelessly to ensure my victory. I would also like to
state here that it was his social work that stood good for me and ensure my
victory in the elections.


Why did you want a ministerial berth?


Everybody in the state knows that if one wants to really work for
the welfare of the people, particularly the constituents of one?s constituency,
than the only way is to become a minister and help one?s voters, like giving jobs,
carrying out developmental works. I have seen how difficult it is to get even a
minor work done if one is not a minister. Here I would like to say that those
who mattered forgot the promises made to my people and gave the ministerial
berths to the younger lot, over looking the claims of the senior people.


Then what made you give up all these and take the drastic decision
to resign from the House?


My supporters felt that the Congress was not giving me my due and
it was they who forced my son to do something that would open the eyes of those
who were humiliating me. Here I would like to state that my supporters wanted
me to make way for my son to join the politics and take the leadership and do
something good for the constituency. As I am getting old I also decided to bow
to their wishes and quit the assembly but I entered into all this at the last
stage, say about last two days.


Now that you want to retain your seat, have you sought condonation
of your absence from the Congress party?


Yes, I wrote to them soon after I stayed away from the House on
July 24. I would want to set the record straight here. I had to abstain from
the assembly because I was not keeping well and my son was also admitted to the
hospital for operation, a fact which can be verified. I have also sent medical
certificate to that effect. I am sure that they would not be harsh on me. Here
I would also state that the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi has always been
good to me and that I respect her very much. I am sure that she is not aware of
the facts about me and the humiliation that I was subjected to. I hope at least
now those who have been behind all these acts correct their mistakes and treat
people who are loyal with dignity and love and build the Congress party.


CM
to talk to Leela Hotel on shifting casino vessel


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat has said that
the government has sought all the details from the Chief Secretary with regards
to permission granted for operation of floating casinos in the state as well as
explanation regarding offshore floating casinos.


The Chief Minister further said that he would hold talks with the
management of Leela Hotel and persuade them to shift the boat from river Sal,
in order to break the deadlock over the issue till the government takes a final
decision on the issue, after consulting legal experts. He said that the vessel
has been in the river for over the past one and half year.


Mr Kamat denied reports that his government had issued any
permission for operation of floating casinos, even as he went on to add that
all the permission were granted by the earlier government as per a policy
decision taken by it. ?I have not issued any permission for operation of any
floating casino,? he said.


Replying to a question on framing the new regional plan within six
months, he said that his government was working out a procedure to complete the
process. He said that an advisory committee, comprising of people of integrity,
who would not compromise state?s interests, would be appointed to supervise the
process of preparation of the regional plan. He said that the plan would be
prepared as per the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act and that
Regional Plan 2001 could be the basis for the new regional plan, but all the
changes made thereafter would be incorporated before new plan was made.


He said that there was no problem with the draft regional plan
made in 2003 by the consultants but the subsequent changes made before it was
notified.


Mr Kamat said that his government would ensure that mistakes made
in the last regional plan were not repeated in the new plan and a mechanism
would be put in place to ensure this. He also said that a seminar to educate
all people about the regional plan and to seek their views would be held later
this month.


The Chief Minister also said that he held a meeting of all the
mamlatdars of South Goa in presence of South Goa
collector and told them of the government?s expectations from them. He said the
taluka level revenue officials have assured him that they would take personal
interest in addressing the grievances of the common man.


Mr Kamat also said that the government officials have assured him
that they would ensure issue of certificates within 48 hours from the date of
application.


They also assured him to expedite the disposal of mutation and
other cases but sought government?s help in getting specific time in office for
the purpose. He assured them that the government would ensure that they get
enough time in office for the purpose.


OUR MARGAO BUREAU ADDS: Speaking to reporters in Margao, the Chief
Minister, said that he would prevail on the management of Leela Hotel to remove
the vessel from the river Sal, in an attempt to find solution to the
contentious casino vessel issue.


?I will talk to the management of Hotel Leela, request them to
take the vessel out in their interest and the interest of the general public,?
the Chief Minister said.


On the definition of ?offshore?, Mr Kamat said that he has asked
his officers to look into the files and inform him on the matter. Although the
definition of ?offshore? was apparently obvious, Mr Kamat stressed on the need
to find out how and what conditions were stipulated, while issuing licences to
?offshore? casinos.


On the demand by one of his coalition partner on punishing those
who first issued licence to offshore casinos, Mr Kamat said he was not
responsible for decisions taken by his predecessors. ?I don?t even want to know,
why and how some decisions were taken by my predecessors,? the Chief Minister
added.


?My immediate task is to find a solution to issues and make life
easy for the common man,? he said.


Landslide
on Mandovi bridge approach road


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 4 A
landslide on the approach road of the western Mandovi bridge on the Betim side
caused heavy disruption to traffic during the day today.


The sources in the PWD said the landslide occurred in the early
hours of the morning due to the incessant rains during the last few days. Trees
were uprooted and a portion of the hillock collapsed sending the mud on the
road and blocking traffic.


Traffic heading towards Porvorim was diverted along the eastern
approach road, which is a one-way road to Panaji, and this caused heavy
bottlenecks on the road for most of the day.


Even as the PWD pressed two earthmoving machines to the area to
clear the piled-up mud and trees, another landslide occurred in the afternoon
sending more earth and an uprooted tree on the road, PWD sources said.


Work was going on till around 5.30 in the evening and the
road was cleared only around that time.


Number
of malaria victims soaring in areas under Cansaulim Health Centre



by Minoo Fernandes


The tremendous upsurge in the construction activity seems to be
the main reason behind the increasing malaria cases in coastal areas and more
so in the areas coming under the jurisdiction of the Cansaulim Health Centre.


Being a 12-bedded hospital, it caters to healthcare of areas like
Colva, Seraulim, Benaulim, Cana-Benaulim, Majorda, Betalbatim, Velsao and
Cansaulim, which are all coastal areas. Even deliveries are conducted at this
hospital. It has three medical officers, besides a health officer.


Migrants settle in these coastal areas due to the booming hotel
industry. Most of the labourers settle here for jobs on construction sites.
Construction activity is growing at a rapid pace, driven by huge investments
being made by private enterprises.


Labour force has increased but not enough care is being taken on
the hygiene front, which helps mosquitoes breed under these conditions.


Even though, two deaths were reported due to malaria, one in Colva
and the other in Benaulim, the Cansaulim Health Centre authorities differ on
this count and say that no deaths occurred in their jurisdiction even last
year. The Cansaulim health officer, Dr Filandro Dias said that there is no
cause for any panic as the situation is under control.


According to the figures provided by the health officer, 264 cases
of malaria were detected in the villages under its jurisdiction in 2006, of
these, 171 cases were of vivax nature while 91 were of falciparum type. All
these cases were successfully treated, informed the health officer.


However, from January 2007 to July 2007, the number has increased
tremendously. The health officer said that there were 586 cases reported this
year out of which 466 were of vivax nature and 120 of falciparum type. He said
in July alone there were 212 cases reported from these villages. He however,
could not specify as to the nature of these cases as compilation was not
readily available.


The health officer disclosed that it is untrue that any deaths
have occurred due to malaria fever and stressed that while some of the migrants
have been completely treated, others are still under observation. He said that
98 per cent of the cases detected were in migrant labourers working on
construction sites.


However sources from the health department indicated that in July
alone 1,724 slides were collected by this health centre from the above villages
and that Majorda alone detected 55 falciparum cases, followed by Colva with 54
vivax cases.


In Benaulim, the sources said they detected 27 vivax cases and in
Betalbatim 19. While Benaulim recorded 4 falciparum cases in July, Colva
recorded 36 falciparum cases and Betalbatim 6. Cansaulim however, recorded only
one case of malaria in July this year, health department sources disclosed.


They said all these cases were detected in the migrant labourers
working on construction sites. All the panchayats located under this
jurisdiction have played their role in controlling malaria in their own way.
The health authorities also confirmed this, but added that more needs to be
done by the panchayat and the local people, who have to work hard to maintain
clean surroundings, disclosed the health officer.


The health officer said that every alternate day, his staff goes
to the villages to visit construction sites. However, local panchayat
authorities as well as the villagers feel that prompt action should be taken
against the erring contractors for contravening the rules and for any kind of
negligence.


Xelvona
shootout case: police constable dismissed


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 4 The constable, Krishna Dessai, attached to the
escort cell, South and presently in the lock up for his alleged involvement in
the Xelvona shootout has been dismissed from services by an order under
Provision 311 (2) (b), the Deputy Inspector General of police, Mr Ujjwal Mishra
informed.


Mr Mishra said that Dessai admitted having shot Mr Mariano
Mascarenhas while he was having a drink in a bar at Xelvona on February 16,
2006. He said the Constitution of India allows dismissal without holding
inquiry under Article 311.


Mr Mishra said Krishna Dessai had joined the police force in 1999
and had come in contact with Rajesh Dessai while he was posted at the local
police station. He also said that Krishna Dessai is also wanted in two other
cases pending in the Maina-Curtorim police station and an assault case at the
Quepem police station.


Our Margao Bureau adds: The South Goa superintendent of police, Mr
Shekhar Prabhudessai, said that two accused arrested yesterday were produced
before the court and a five-day remand has been obtained.


So far, the police have arrested four persons.


The police said that one more accused, Sattayan Dessai, who was
also involved in the case, is absconding.


MMC
workers not paid dues


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 4 It?s a question of their daily bread. Thirty five
contract workers, who were hired by the Margao municipal council a year and
half back, are yet to get their wages, even as the councillors are busy
settling old scores.


The contract workers were officially asked to work on daily wages
when Mr Rajendra Azgaonkar was the chairperson of the council.


In March 2007, after the change of guard, Mr Johnson Fernandes
took over the reigns of the Council.


The temporary workers continued to work, however they were not
paid their wages after February 2007.


However, sources in the council informed that wages of only
one-and-half month were pending and added that the wages were held up as their
contract was not officially renewed after the ouster of Mr Azgaonkar.


Later on, the contract was renewed and some of them were still
employed with the municipality, they said.


Unable to get relief from the MMC authorities, the daily-wage
workers have now approached the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat, who on
Tuesday requested the concerned authorities to look into the matter and resolve
the problem.


Jose
Philip, officials inspect proposed Ravindra Bhavan site


NT News Service


Vasco, Sept 4 After the inspection of the new site proposed by the
Revenue Minister, Mr Jose Philip D?Souza for the Ravindra Bhavan project, the
officials, including Mormugao municipal council representatives, have
reportedly agreed that this site was suitable.


The inspection was conducted by the Revenue Minister along with
the Mormugao MLA, Mr Milind Naik, the deputy collector and sub divisional
magistrate, Mormugao, Mr Levinson Martins, the Mormugao mamlatdar, Mr Bhushan
Savoikar, MMC chairperson, Mr Manish Arolkar, chief officer, Mr Sakharam Naik,
councillor of ward 7, Mr Sharad Chopdekar, Mr Kritesh Gaonkar, chief architect,
PWD, Ms Radha Pamnani, MPDA, assistant engineer, PWD, Mr A B Rao, member
secretary, Mr Pandhita, representative of director of art and culture and
representative of ISLR, Vasco.


Mr D?Souza said that the Ravindra Bhavan project would benefit the
people residing in Mormugao. He said that the project was important from the
tourism point of view as well as the development of Baina beach.


Ms Pamnani and Mr Panditha have reportedly come to the opinion
that this site was most suitable also for traffic management as there are
number of internal roads to the site, besides the proposed NH-17 B.


Mr D?Souza directed Mr Rao and ISLR, Vasco to submit a fresh plan
of the government plots viz a viz the actual site conditions, most specifically
about the open land and the alignment of the four-lane highway.


The Mormugao MLA inquired from the chief architect about the
modalities of the project such as sitting capacity and Mr D?Souza suggested
that the sitting capacity should be a minimum 1200 seats.


Mr Arolkar promised that space for more parking would be given
from the adjoining municipality land.


The chief architect, was of the opinion that the total rated
available land is prima facie adequate and sufficient to meet the demand, and
accordingly sort a survey plan from ISLR.


The meeting in order to review the plans afoot for the proposed
construction of the project has been kept for September 18 at 11 a.m in the deputy
collector?s chamber.


Make
life easy of ?aam aadmi?, CM tells SGPDA officials


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 4 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat today, warned
officials of the South Goa Planning and Development Authority that he would not
hesitate to take strict action against them if he received any complaints
against the functioning of SGPDA.Mr Kamat disclosed he had received complaints
from members of public that SGPDA was refusing to issue NOCs.


The Chief Minister was speaking to the media at the collectorate
office in Margao, where he was present to hear public grievances.


What upset the Chief Minister was a written complaint by an
individual, who alleged that some PDA members demanded Rs 9,000 from him, to
issue a routine NOC.


?I will hold SGPDA officials responsible about such complaints,?
Mr Kamat warned and asked the officials to solve the problems of the ?aam
aadmi? at their level.


?People should not come to me for every little think,? he said and
disclosed that he would hold a meeting with the SGPDA officials next week.


Announcing a slew of pubic projects for the bustling commercial
town in the South, Mr Kamat said foundation stone for a new KTC bus-stand and
collectorate building will be laid on the Dusshera Day.


The Chief Minister also informed that the Konkan Railway
Corporation, police station building was complete.


The building may also be thrown open on the Dusshera Day, he
added.


On the slow progress of Ravindra Bhavan, he said that the
government was making efforts to complete the project and hopefully
inaugurating it by Diwali.


The Chief Minister informed that the government had taken the
initiative to compensate kidney patients undergoing dialysis at the rate of Rs
15,000 per month, at government-recognised hospitals.


He said that government has recognised two private hospitals - Vrundavan Hospital in the North and Apollo Victor
in the South - for dialysis treatment.


This is besides the free dialysis facility available in the Goa Medical
College, Bambolim and
Hospicio in Margao.


The Chief Minister further informed that henceforth the Power
Minister, Mr Alexio Sequeira will hear public grievances and would visit the
collectorate office in Margao once in a fortnight, on a Wednesday.


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Casino boat will go: CM Says govt yet to decide on
Mopa


BY HERALD REPORTER




MARGAO, SEPT 4 ? Finally speaking out his mind on the
controversial casino boat anchored in River Sal, Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat
has said his government would prevail upon Hotel Leela to tow the boat out of
the river.

?It is in their interest that Leela Hotel should remove the casino boat. I will
talk to the Hotel management and prevail upon them the need to remove the
boat?, Kamat said in an informal chat with newsmen during his weekly visit to
the district Collectorate here on Tuesday.

The chief minister said he has asked concerned departments to study and submit
all details concerning the licenses issued for casino boats. ?I have asked
officials to study what exactly you mean by off-shore casino?, he said, adding
?I was not a party to the decision to grant permission for casino boats?.

Clarifying his position on this point, he said no permission has been granted
by him or his government for casinos in the State. Replying to questions at a
press conference in Panjim, he said around a year ago, 14-15 parties had
applied for setting up off-shore casinos in the State. Considering various
aspects, the Cabinet which discussed the issue then decided to allow not more
than five casinos, he said.

Kamat said before his government initiates any action, he wants to be cautious
so that all details pertaining to the licenses are studied thoroughly. ?The
boat has been lying anchored in River Sal for the last one-year-and-half before
I assumed office?, he said.

He said if the term ?off-shore? indeed means off the coast, then all casino
boats will have to compulsorily operate in the sea.

Kamat further said he is seeking legal opinion on the vexed issue, to ascertain
whether the boats have violated any provisions of the license conditions.

MOPA AIRPORT: Replying to questions on Mopa,
the chief minister said that the government would not take any decision on the
issue as the matter is before a committee appointed by Prime Minister.





Advisory panel to aid new RP


BY HERALD REPORTER




PANJIM, SEPT 4 ? Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today said
that an advisory committee would be appointed to assist in formulating the new
Regional Plan.

He said he has had discussions at various levels and that the new RP would be
formulated strictly as per the provisions laid down in the Town & Country
Planning Act. This would include seeking the views of the people at grass-root
levels too.

Replying to questions at a press conference in the Secretariat Tuesday evening,
the chief minister said the Advisory Committee would consist of persons ?whose
integrity is beyond question?.

This body, he said, will guide, assist and provide checks and balances in the
formulation of the Plan. It may not have a major role to play though the
Congress had promised much more just before the Assembly elections.

In its manifesto, the Congress Party had promised formulation of Regional Plan
of Goa through a statutory Public Commission comprising eminent town planners,
architects and environmentalists in a transparent participatory procedure
involving elected representatives. For this, the Town & Country Planning
Act, 1974 would be suitably amended, it was promised.

Kamat, nonetheless, said TCP Department has been asked to hold a workshop this
month to discuss on the TCP Act 1974.

To a query, Kamat said 2001 draft plan could be the basis for the new Plan. He
said in 2003 the plan submitted by the Consultants in 2001 was modified and
according to GBA it doesn?t reflect the ground reality.


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education policy soon: CM


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat today
announced that the government will soon come out with a new education policy,
covering right from the pre-primary level, to bring about the much needed
improvement in the education system.


He said education advisory council will be constituted comprising
educationists who will frame the guidelines and other aspects related to the
education policy.


Mr Kamat was speaking as the chief guest after presenting state
awards to five teachers for their meritorious services to the society on the
occasion of 46th Teachers? Day celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary
of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, former president and philosopher, at a function
held at Kala Academy, here.


The Chief Minister said the policy of the state government will be
to hand over the education field to educationists to run it. Let educationists
decide the policy of the education and the same will be implemented by the
state government in right earnest, he said.


Mr Kamat who is also holding the education portfolio told teachers
to adhere to sincerity and dedication while discharging their duties and play a
pivotal role to shape the future of students. Students should also give respect
to their teachers, Mr Kamat said.


The Chief Minister said education is the basic requirement in life
which apart from creating a cultural society is needed to make Goa an ideal state.


Mr Kamat opined that the students are devoting their time for
unproductive purposes such as watching television programmes rather than
concentrating on studies and other extra-curricular activities. Teachers with
their sacred duties can also guide the students to reduce their interest in
television, he added. Mr Kamat had a special word of praise for the teachers
working in rural areas.


The recipients of state awards are Ms Achala Shinde, Government
Primary School, Khorlim-Mapusa, Mr Pramod Prabhudessai, Government Primary
School, Moti-Dongar, Margao, Ms Pushpa Gaitonde, Government Multipurpose High
School Borda, Margao, Ms Susan Vaz, headmistress, Government High School, Ponda
and Mr Pradeep Masurkar DIET, Porvorim. The award carries a cash prize of Rs
25,000, a certificate and a memento. Prizes for highest collection towards
national education fund were distributed by secretary education to the
Mormugao, Salcete amd Bicholim taluka respectively.


Porvorim
hillock develops 3-metre wide crack


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The movement of traffic on Panaji-Mapusa route was
affected once again today following fresh landslide at the same spot, which
occurred yesterday. However, the fresh landslide that occurred around midnight
was more severe according to state authorities.


The principal chief engineer of PWD, Mr Anand M Wachasundar said
that the top of the hillock has also developed a crack of about 120 metres in length and
about three feet wide and 10
metres deep, which could collapse any moment.


The removal of the debris has to be undertaken under most secured
methods, he added.


Mr Wachasundar said that incessant rains that have been lashing
the state for more than a week coupled with weakening of the lateritic soil
could have caused the landslide, even as he feared that rains could hamper
clearing of the debris.


He said that the officials would not take any chances and that the
traffic would be diverted during the night so as to undertake the work on
removal of debris, boulders, as well as around 30,000 cubic metres
of mud from the affected part of the 21 metre high hillock.


He said that the operation clear the mud as well as so as to
remove the danger could last for more than a day and that flow of traffic was
bound to be affected. The authorities have arrangements for diversion of
traffic via Betim and other areas.


The traffic moved at snail?s speed for most part of the day today
and that the traffic policemen had harrowing time controlling it.


Many road users trying to reach their destinations got involved in
arguments over the right to way.


Work
on Mhadei: SC asks Centre, Karnataka govt to file affidavit


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The Supreme Court today directed the Karnataka and
central government to file affidavit in response to the work at the Mhadei
basin, and make their stands clear on the issue of diverting of water from the
basin.


The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat told reporters that when the
matter came up for hearing today, the counsel for the state government brought
to the notice of the apex court that the Karnataka government was undertaking
work on projects.


The court thereafter directed the government of Karnataka and the
Centre to file affidavits within three weeks.


Consumers
owe power dept Rs 182 crore


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 5 Domestic and industrial electricity consumers owe
the power department a whopping Rs 182 crore, which includes some disputed
cases, the Power Minister, Mr Alexio Sequeira, said today, adding that the
department was taking steps to recover the outstanding dues.


The state electricity department has set up a committee to settle
disputed bills, under the chairmanship of the chief electrical engineer, Mr
Nirmal Braganza, he said further during an informal chat with the media at the
collectorate, here.


Besides the chief electrical engineer, the committee also includes
representatives of finance and law department, three members of the power
advisory board, member secretaries and joint director of accounts.


Today was the Power Minister?s first visit to the collectorate, as
part of his fortnightly sojourn to hear public grievances. He will be visiting
the collectorate once in a fortnight on a Wednesday.


According to Mr Sequeira, the only way to recover pending dues was
to disconnect a power connection.


It is reliably learnt that those who owe the department include
some major power guzzling industries in the state.


The Power Minister informed that he was very serious in pursuing
the plan to set up gas-based power plants in the state.


According to a government of India order, all fertilizer
manufacturing plants have to shift from naphtha to gas by 2009, he disclosed.
On account of the order, fertilizer manufacturing industries and many others,
in the state will prefer gas-based energy, he said. Besides being relatively
clean, gas is a cheaper alternative of fuel.


The demand for energy will increase, he further disclosed, as the
government had approved couple of SEZs in the state. Besides more industries
will set up shop in future, he added.


Mr Sequeira informed that work on underground electricity cabling
had been completed in Margao city and was going on in certain areas of coastal
Salcete.


He said most of the problems of the consumers would be solved, if
the department could convert the high tension lines into underground.


He disclosed that the department will request for additional funds
to take up more areas for underground cabling.


When queried on the erratic service provided by the mobile power
vans, Mr Sequeira opined that the concept was excellent, though there were
problems with its implementation. Mr Sequeira said that since the government
had tendered the mobile van service to a private contractor, the government
could do very little in the matter.


Govt?s
vacillating policy may scare investors, says Hotel Leela


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 5 The five-star resort, Hotel Leela, Goa, today said it did not want to add to the acrimony
over the contentious casino vessel issue, but questioned the state government?s
vacillating tourism policy.


Legal adviser for the resort, Mr Ashwin Naik said that the resort
had obtained all the possible licences, complied with the laws and paid the
required fees, while venturing into the offshore casino business.


Putting the onus on the government, Mr Naik reminded that it was
the state that had come out with the policy of setting up offshore casinos, in
an attempt to boost tourism industry. ?Which investor will come to Goa, if every government goes on changing its industrial
policy?? Mr Naik asked.


The head of administration, Mr Shakti Prashad was also present at
the media briefing today morning.


Stating that they did not want to take a confronting stand, Mr
Naik decried at attempts made to paint Hotel Leela as the villain.


?To toss an issue and vilify an honest business endeavour is
despicable to say the least,? Mr Naik countered.


?We have been made scapegoat in the issue,? he said and added that
some fly-by-night organisations have made some serious allegations against the
resort.


Mr Naik did not elaborate on whether Hotel Leela would take legal
steps to counter the moves, against their business interest.


?We have a logical Chief Minister in the state. We will appreciate
any initiative taken by him,? he said.


Debunking the charge of ecological damage, Mr Naik disclosed that
Hotel Leela would be the last to cause any damage to ecology or environment.


He pointed out that the resort had recently won a prestigious
international award for safeguarding ecology.


On the dredging issue, he claimed that the resort was only
?desilting? part of the river, which was adjacent to their property.


Dredging was a complex activity, which needs deep digging and
scooping of the material, he claimed. Desilting was like ?scrapping? the
sea-bed, he added.


According to the legal advisor, ?offshore? means away from any
land bordering a water body. He said any bank was a shore and cited the example
of offshore rigs in the Brahamputra river.


Stating that there was no permanent dumping of silt near the river
Sal, he said: ?It was just a temporary site to store the silt.? He further
disclosed that the resort was paying rent to the government for the site and
that the silt would be permanently displaced later.


Condemning those who claim that there would be law and order
problem on account of the casino issue, Mr Naik said that Goa
was known to be a peaceful place all over the world.


?We are here for the last 16 years. We have no intention to
disturb peace of the locals,? Mr Naik said.





90%
of Margao victims are migrants


by Agnelo Pereira


By and large the ?female? species of the mosquito has saved the
blushes for the man on the street in Margao.


A comparative figure during the last two years, reveals that
malaria cases have more or less remained static in this commercial town.


?This year the falciparum malaria cases have come down by 5 per
cent. Last year there were 20 per cent of falciparum cases as against 15 per
cent reported up to August this year,? the health officer, Dr Geeta Kakodkar
said.


However in August, this year, 37 persons were affected with
falciparum while the figure for August, last year, was 12.


This year there were two deaths reported in the city, after a
nine-year-old local and a migrant adult succumbed to falciparum malaria. In
both the cases the treatment was reportedly delayed and the infection detected
at an advanced stage.


A closer look at the figures reported at the Urban Health Centre,
indicates a sudden spurt in malarial cases in June and July.


According to the health officer, Dr Geeta Kakodkar at the Urban
Health Centre, this was quite normal as monsoon was considered as the
?transmission season?.


The scourge of malaria was mostly prevalent in migrants, as 90 per
cent of the cases reported were from the labour class (construction workers),
Dr Kakodkar disclosed.


According to the health officer most of the migrants descend from
Orissa and Jharkhand and are already infected with the parasite, when they
touch Goa.


High incidents of malaria in the city were reported from Borda and
Fatorda and as usual there was high incidence of construction activity in these
two areas.


This fact was corroborated by the medical superintendent of
Hospicio Hospital, Dr Ruando De Sa.


?50 big constructions and another 170 of smaller nature are going
on in Margao and its suburbs,? Dr Kakodkar disclosed.


Measures like anti-larval spraying in public areas help to control
the breeding of malaria, the health officer said, but stressed the importance
of public awareness and participation to curb the scourge.


Hospicio?s Dr De Sa concurred with the health officer?s view and
emphasised the participation of the ?society? to control the spread of malaria.


?People must take steps to keep the surroundings clean and empty
water collection containers. Besides any fever must be checked for malaria,? Dr
Kakodkar said.


Dr De Sa pointed out that at times various tests for malaria are
reported negative. But the symptoms are exactly of malaria. ?In such cases we
recommend the normal course of malarial treatment,? he said.


The health officer also spoke about a ?new treatment protocol?
followed by the department to reduce the spread of malaria.


?It means using the existing methods in a more vigorous and
innovative way to cut down the transmission of malaria,? the health officer
explained. According to the health officer it was a difficult proposition to
keep a tab on the movement of migrants.


?We have put a surveillance system in place. Our surveillance
workers go around and inspect sites and also collect information, besides
taking slides of the construction workers,? Dr Kakodkar informed.


Getting builders to comply with NOCs and other requirements was of
much significance, the health officer stressed. She suggested that bigger
builders could also be convinced to conduct anti-larval spraying in their area,
under the supervision of the health centre.


Another medical practitioner suggested imposing hefty fine against
defaulting builders. ?The current fine imposed by the government is peanuts for
these builders,? the doctor argued and even recommended imprisonment as a
deterrent.


Govt
to support institutions encouraging sports, says CM


NT News Desk


Panaji, Sept 5 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat said that he
has a dream to make Goa a model state in the
country and there is a need for the state to excel in all the fields,
especially in education.


Mr Kamat was speaking on the occasion of ?Teachers? Day? at the Green Rosary
High School, Dona Paula
today.


Mr Kamat lauded the achievements of students like Ivana Furtado,
who has brought laurels to the state and the country in chess. He also had a
work of praise for students like Tanya Pinto, Talasha Prabhu and others.


The Chief Minister said that the government would give all support
to such institutions which are also encouraging sports, apart from their
regular studies.


Mr Kamat congratulated the teachers and parents of the school for
the achievement of the students. He recalled his days as an NCC cadet for the
discipline that was being inculcated.


?Now students, especially boys, don?t take interest in NCC but the
girl students coming forward in every field and doing well. In the electricity
department there are girls who are engineers and they are doing very well,?? he
added.


Earlier, the Chief Minister felicitated Ivana Furtado, who
clinched a gold at Georgia
in chess and who has bagged several other medals at the Asia
and national level. He also felicitated other students who have excelled in
various fields.


Mr Kamat also felicitated two teachers of the school, Ms Teofila
Lopes and Ms Leena Pai for their dedicated services. The vice president of the
Parent Teachers? Association, Mr Victor Vaz also spoke. Mr Elvis Pereira, the
commissioner of the CCP was present on the occasion.


Govt
urged to remove casino boat from river Sal


NT News Desk


Panaji, Sept 5 The Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) has
demanded that the government remove the ?casino boat? from the river Sal
without any further delay, says a press note released today.


The council claims that the two main rivers (Zuari and Mandovi)
and four smaller ones are the life-line of the people as they sustain a diverse
and fragile ecosystem and this area of the river Sal is the breeding ground for
a variety of shellfish.


In the past, sand extraction and shells-extraction resulted in
total disappearance of the shell-fish, but the people objected and stopped
this.


The fisheries department had declared this area of the River Sal
as a mini fishing harbour and has built a jetty for fishing craft at Cutbona,
from which about 300 such crafts ply in and out of the river.


The press note says that the Captain of ports department had
permitted a private party to tow into the river the boat and this boat is
anchored 15 metres
from the jetty. This boat is meant to used as a ?casino? and the said ?private
party? has been granted permission to operate the casino.


However, reports say that few months back the Captain of ports had
asked that the boat be removed from the river Sal and that about three weeks
ago, the director of fisheries gave similar orders but the boat continues to be
anchored in the river.


Vishwajeet
pays surprise visit to GMC


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The Health Minister, Mr Vishwajeet Rane paid a
surprise visit to the casualty department of Goa Medical College and Hospital,
Bambolim, late this evening only to find that only one servant was on duty in
the department, thereby putting pressure on the medical staff as well as the
relatives of the patient visiting the GMC.


The Health Minister was taken by surprised to find that despite
the fact that he being informed that the GMC had adequate staff only one class
IV employee was on duty in the casualty department, which has a number of
patients at any given time.


Mr Rane told ?The Navhind Times? that he thereafter summoned the
medical superintendent, Dr Rajan Kunkolienkar, as well as the dean, Dr V JN
Jindal, and directed them to immediately make arrangements to post staff to the
casualty department.


He also said that it was brought to his notice that there was
shortage of staff in gynaecology ward also and that he told the management of
GMC that they have to ensure that adequate staff was provided in all wards and
departments.


The Health Minister said that he would hold a meeting with the GMC
management to discuss the issue and all the ?wrongs? in the premier health
institution in the state.


Our Margao Bureau Adds: Mr Vishwajeet Rane today announced plans
to make a provision of Rs 2-crore for up-gradation of the out patient
department of the Goa
Medical College
and Hospital, Bambolim.


He made a similar provision of Rs 35 lakh for up-gradation of
casualty in Hospicio, Margao.


With an eye on hygiene and cleanliness, he said government had
plans to outsource the service of class IV workers.


He further disclosed that government had decided to absorb doctors
on contract, to fill up vacant posts at various hospitals in the State.


The health minister was on a surprise visit to Hospicio, late
Wednesday evening.


Informing that government was seriously trying to ease problems
faced by the hospital staff, Mr Rane disclosed that all the problems of staff
shortage and other issues affecting the employees will be taken care of by
December 30.


In an effort to provide better and hygienic food to patients in
Hospicio, Mr Rane said that the rate of a meal has been hiked to Rs 35 a day. Earlier the rate was
Rs 25.


He stated that a new ambulance had been sanctioned to Hospicio,
but was held up due to bureaucratic wrangles.


Speaking further he said that the government had already approved
and finalized plans for a new district hospital in Margao.


?Only land to set up the new hospital was left to be identified,?
he said, adding that GSIDC will take up the project.


He also said that the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat took extra
pains to sanction all the facilities and requirements of the Hospicio.


He informed that the State Health Advisory Committee will be
meeting in October, to discuss and plan ways to bring more innovative changes
in health care.


Mr Rane will be visiting the Canacona Community Centre on
Thursday.


Margao
markets, favourite for apple purchasers


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 5 This year the south Goa
planning and development authority fruit and vegetable market and
Gandhi market in Margao have emerged as favourite destinations for apple
purchasers.


Varieties of apple have been sold in the wholesale market for
anything between Rs 175 and Rs 200 per dozen.


After a bumper crop in the apple growing belts of Himachal
Pradesh, around 50 trucks - which means around 5,000 cartons of the fruit -
have been unloaded at the fruit market, informed officials of the market
committee.


During the past one month, the sale and purchase of apples has
registered an increase of about 4 per cent as compared to last year, said
commission agents in the market. They said a bumper crop also meant a decline
in the prices.


Mr Banai Shaik, a wholesale dealer said
that consignments have already began to arrive from various parts of India. He also
said that it would take some time for superior variety of apples to reach
the markets.


The fruit vendors and the wholesalers however said that
elaborate arrangement for parking, loading and unloading of the apple cartons
have to be made to avoid traffic congestion in the Gandhi market.


Mr Shaik said that administration should direct
the traffic police not to challan trucks waiting to offload their
consignment, and that separate parking areas for the trucks should be
earmarked around the market during the Ganesh festival.


Bus
driver assaulted


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 5 Six persons attacked a bus driver plying on the
Mumbai-Margao road, at Ambaji junction today morning. Four of them came in two
private cars while two came by bus, informed the police.


The driver of the bus Mr Chamen Mulla has been admitted in the Margao Hospicio
Hospital.


The police said that two assailants who were travelling by bus are
from Pazorconi and allegedly had an argument with the driver. The Margao police
have seized one car used in the assault and some weapons. According to the
police, an offence under Sections 143, 147, 341, 506 (II), 326 read with 149 of
Indian Penal Code has been registered.


against the assailants.


Loliem-Polem
sarpanch deposed


NT News Service


Canacona, Sept 5 The sarpanch of Loliem-Polem village panchayat,
Ms Pranali Prabhugaonkar, the sarpanch of Loliem-Polem village panchayat, was
ousted today morning, said Mr Manuel Barreto, the presiding officer and
Canacona block development officer.Mr Barreto said that five members, including
deputy sarpanch, Mr Xavier D?Silva had served a no-confidence notice against
the sarpanch. The total strength of the panchayat is nine. The other
signatories are Ms Urmila Ramesh Lolienkar, Mr Elvis Fernandes, Mr Vishvesh
Acharaya and Mr Jerson Fernandes. The signatories claimed that Ms
Prabhugaonkar was not available to the public and alleged misuse of panchayat
funds.


Howevr, Ms Pranali refuted the charges against her and asked the
members to show even a single instance where panchayat funds were misused. She
also said that after she became the sarpanch, no work was taken up due to
bickering amongst the members and consequently the question of misuse of funds
did not arise.


Sources say that Mr Vipul is tipped to be the next sarpanch.


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Churchill firm on Cong ticket for daughter


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Unfazed by the opposition from within the
Save Goa Front against his move to field his lawyer daughter on Congress
ticket, a determined SGF supremo Churchill Alemao said he would not compromise
his decision to field Valanka on Congress ticket for the forthcoming Mormugao
bye-polls.


?The Congress has given me a promise to field my daughter on their banner.
If the Congress stick to their promise, Valanka would definitely contest on
Congress ticket,? Alemao told Herald, while on his way to Vailankani for the
annual feast.


Asked to react to strong opposition against his plan by a section of SGF
members, Alemao said ?I suspect a plan by two or three members to scuttle my
move to field my lawyer daughter.? But, he reminded all and sundry that the
people were with him and any dissent shown by any member would not have any
effect on his plan.


?Those within the SGF who are opposed to Valanka contesting on the Congress
want a split the vote in order to benefit the BJP. I will never allow that
thing to happen,? he asserted. ?These opponents want Valanka to contest on the
SGF to ensure a split in the votes to favour the BJP,? Alemao added.


Alemao, however, said the Congress had only promised him to field Valanka
for the bye-polls as part of the deal with Congress when the Digambar Kamat
government was bailed out during the fortnight long political crisis.


He reminded that the Mormugao Lok Sabha seat was represented by him before
he quit in May last to enter State politics.

Meanwhile, a pro-Alemao SGF supporter has said that Churchill has quit the Lok
Sabha seat because he had plans to field his lawyer daughter in the bye-polls.
?We fail to understand why some of the members are making a noise on the
matter,? he added.


Hospicio to see a turnaround soon: Rane


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Health Minister, Vishwajeet Rane has said
Hospicio would soon see a turnaround with the government planning to upgrade
casualty at a cost of Rs 35 lakh, and sanction the manpower requirements by
December 31 this year.

He informed the government has hiked the budget to Rs 35 per patient per day,
which is expected to give the patients a good and hygienic food.

?I can tell when the turnaround at Hospicio would come about. Till the manpower
requirements are met by December 31 and the government sanction Rs 35 lakh for
upgradation of casualty, besides a trauma unit, I would ensure that patients
are looked after and the hospital maintained properly?, he told newsmen during
his surprise visit to Hospicio on late Wednesday evening.

?I have tendered oxygen supply for Hospicio hospital?, he added.

Rane said the criteria of tendering supply of food for patients is being
changed so that patients get better food, including fish, adding the decision
to outsource housekeeping would benefit Hospicio too as private contractors
would look after cleanliness and hygiene in the hospital.

?Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat has sanctioned staff for Hospicio and other
hospitals. He has also cleared other files as well?, he added.

Rane said the people need not worry about the government plan to go for Public
Private partnership to bring expertise and quality medical care for the common
man.

?The Common man will get the medical benefits without paying much. The
government would for the best and successful PPP model to suit the common man.
The model will be kept open for public scrutiny?, he assured.

Rane said bureaucrats need not tell the government which model the government
should adopt and expressed his displeasure over delays in taking decision by
the officials even after the Minister?s clearance.

The Minister said he has asked for Rs two crore from the Contingency Fund to
upgrade the casualty at GMC.


New ambulance idle for want of diesel


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Just imagine a situation where a
state-of-the-art Ambulance is lying idle for want of diesel.

Indeed, a brand new ambulance procured by the government is lying idle outside
Hospicio hospital for want diesel.

This was disclosed by none other than the Health Minister, Vishwajit Rane
during his visit to Hospicio hospital and blamed the General Administration
Department (GAD) for the situation.

?How can I operate the ambulance if the GAD is not making provision for the
diesel requirements?, he asked. When asked whether the Chief Minister, Digambar
Kamat is aware of the situation, he said ?it?s not the question of the CM, but
the the process should change?.

Meanwhile, Rane said the health department would deploy two well-equipped
mobile vans, one in Sattari-Pernem and the other at Quepem-Canacona to attend
to the medical needs of the patients. ?These vans would start operating soon?,
he added.

When newsmen drew his attention on the scan facility at the GMC, Rane said ?I
am aware of what is happening. For want of time, we could not devote attention
to all these areas?.





Labourer feared drowned


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

MAPUSA, SEPT 5 - A Bihari labourer was feared drowned
while seven others managed to swim to safety when a boat carrying sand capsized
in the Chapora river near Pirna on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Mapusa police, the incident took place when the ill-fated boat
loaded with sand extracted from the river was returning to the riverbank. The
vessel was caught in a whirlwind and water entered into the boat.

The boat capsized and seven labourers managed to swim to safety, while Harinder
Yadav (25), a labourer employed at a sand extraction unit at Colvale, went
missing.

Efforts went on till late evening to locate him.





Illegal structures demolished in Ponda


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

PONDA, SEPT 5 - Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) on Wednesday
demolished some illegal structures in public places and also evicted vendors
occupying the footpaths and open spaces, who were found obstructing pedestrians
in the city.

PMC authorities demolished a compound wall at Sadar-Kaziwada, constructed by a
shopkeeper barely two days ago to prevent parking of vehicles. The PMC had
earlier asked the shopkeeper to remove the wall, but he had failed.





Dismissed cop had tainted record


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 5 - Constable Krishna Dessai, who allegedly
shot Xelvona panch Marianho Mascarenhas, was not without any blemish, even as
he has been dismissed from service by the Goa Police.

Known for his wild ways, on January 13, 2002, the constable was involved in a
brawl at Goa Reserve Police, Altinho, here, with three others. He was suspended
for the ugly incident in which a canteen staffer at GRP was mercilessly bashed
up by the four.

After the staffer, Gurudas Bhomi Gaonkar, filed a complaint an offence was
registered under Section 452, 324, 332 read with 34 of IPC and Section 3 of
Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act at the Panjim Town Police Station. Krishna was arrested and later suspended.

The controversial constable is presently in the custody of Curchorem police for
seven days for allegedly shooting Mascarenhas on February 16, 2006, an incident
that had its undercurrents in the bustling ore business in
Curchorem.

Mascarenhas, who was shot at close range by the cop, was grievously injured,
but luckily survived to tell the tale.

The shooting of Mascarenhas, carried out by Krishna at the behest of prime
accused in the Sandeep Mapari murder Rajesh Dessai, was one among the three
incidents the constable was involved.

Curchorem Correspondent Adds: Meanwhile, Quepem DySP Jaiprakash Nagwenkar on
Tuesday raided a bar owned by Satyawan at Uguem-Sanguem, who is wanted in
connection with the Mascarenhas shooting incident.

Police believe that Satyawan had allegedly accompanied constable Krishna on a motorcycle on the day of the shooting.

The raid could not yield anything and Satyawan, a resident of Xelvona, still
continues to be at large.

Police have recovered the black helmet allegedly used by Krishna
during the shooting incident and is on the lookout for the black jacket used by
him that night. Police is also yet to trace the country-made pistol,
which was used in the shooting.

Meanwhile, the prime suspects ? Rajesh Dessai, Balesh Dessai, Vinay Dessai,
Krishna Dessai and Shekhar Dessai ? were on Wednesday brought to the Curchorem
police station from Vasco, for investigation.





Ganeshutsov mandals told to engage private security


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? The government will request Sarvajanik
Ganeshutsov Mandals to engage private security for the forthcoming Ganesh
festival in the backdrop of the terror attacks in Hyderabad.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that this decision was taken at a meeting
held on Wednesday evening by Home Minister Ravi Naik and him with the
police top brass ? DGP, DIGs and others ? on taking preventive measures during
the festive season later this month.

Based on the communiqu? the government has received from the Home Ministry in
the backdrop of serial bomb blasts in Hyderabad
last month, the Goa government has decided to
tighten its belt on the security front.

Kamat said that security would be beefed up during Ganesh
Chaaturti. Sarvajanik Ganeshutsov Mandal ? community Ganesh festival committees
? would be requested to engage their own security as a preventive measure,
Kamat said.

The Home Ministry is learnt to have cautioned coastal states to remain alert in
view of renewed terror activities in some parts of the country.





Mobile van linesmen assured mobile phones


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? The much-hyped mobile electricity van ?
deployed in the villages ? has turned nightmarish for the power consumers as
well as the department.

For, the operation of these mobile vans, which worked wonders in the four major
cities, has not helped much to reach out to consumers in times of emergencies.

The reason: Outsourcing of these mobile vans has run into trouble with the
contractor unable to even pay the salaries of the drivers employed on the van
or provide fuel to the vehicles.

Secondly, though the power department linesman have been provided with the
mobile vans, their mobility is literally restricted for want of mobile phones
to attend urgent call.

The result being there?s no co-ordination between the linesmen on the field
with the electricity office, thus delaying in attending to the complaints.

When newsmen drew attention of the Power Minister to the problems faced by
consumers vis-a-vis the mobile vans, Alexio Sequeira was quick to admit the
lacuna being faced by the mobiles.

?Recently, the drivers employed by the contractor on these vans complained to
me about non-payment of salary. There were also complaints on fuel?, he said,
adding that he has called the contractor for discussions.

The Power Minister has, however, promised to provide mobile cell phones to the
linesman attached to these mobile vans to increase their efficiency and
accessibility.





Panjim, Margao stations allotted 10 PSIs each


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 5 - Considered as heavy, the Panjim and
Margao police stations have been allotted 10 PSIs each from the 66 new PSIs who
landed in Goa after their months long training in Nashik, Maharashtra.

Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Arvind Gawas said these two police
stations have been sanctioned because the workload here is more. These PSIs will
definitely take off the load from the present officers, he added.

Apart from the 20 PSIs for Margao and Panjim, Gawas said Mapusa has been
allotted six, Ponda six and Vasco five, while the remaining of them will be
stationed at other police stations across the State. Pillion dies (margao hr):
A 53-year old woman pillion rider Maria Annie Pereira, a resident of
Caramorod-Chinchinim died in a road accident on the damaged stretch of the
NH-17 at Sirlim on Wednesday morning.

Maria was pillion riding on a two-wheeler when a Mini bus GA 02 T 4702,
proceeding from Chinchinim to Margao, dashed against from behind. The deceased
fell on the road and died.

Police have arrested the bus driver Mustaq Gaffor for rash and negligent
driving.

Further investigations are on.





Alex a noted photographer


PANJIM, SEPT 5 -- Alex Fernandes is a
professional photographer for the last 20 years. In October 2005 Alex
photographed 37 prominent ?Tiatriste? in Goa
and Mumbai. This was followed by a portrait series on ?Goan Musicians? and
?Goan Artist?.

Fernandes worked for the Kodak distributor in the Middle
East where he set up and managed professional portrait studio.

Alex also served on the faculty for portrait photography and
lighting workshops for Kodak. Alex Fernandes currently runs ?Portrait Atelier?,
that provides professional studio photography services in Goa. ?HND





Desai PTA chief of Cuncolim school


PANJIM, SEPT 5 -- Shivaji Babu Desai,
Asst Director of Industries, Trade and Commerce was elected President of the
PTA of United High School Cuncolim, Salcete, Goa. In the meeting of Parents
Teachers Association new committee for the year 2007-2008 was elected.

Dr Suraj Kanekar was the chief guest. Dr Prakash Kurade Chairman of the
Managing Committee distributed 105 uniforms to the students donated by Urban
Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao. Earlier Shri Ramesh Uttam Desai welcomed
and introduced Headmaster Oscar Gracias to the guests. Madhukar Desai Proposed
vote of thanks.

Goranti Viera compered the function.?HND


CM resumes weekly interactions with common man


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat finally
resumed his weekly interactions with the aam aadmi in the district Collectorate
here, recently, Power Minister, Alexio Sequeira likely to follow Kamat?s
footsteps from Wednesday.

And, if the Chief Minister is to be believed, the Power Minister will make his
presence felt in the Minister?s Chamber of the district Collectorate atleast
once a fortnight to attend to public grievances.

Sequeira said he would sit in the Minister?s chamber at 3 pm on Wednesday and
will reguarly hear public grievances atleast once a fortnight.

Whether other Ministers from Salcete taluka would emulate the Chief Minister or
the Power Minister remains to be seen, since most of them prefer to function
from their place of residence.

For instance, Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco or for that matter Urban
Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao or Minister for Water Resources, Filipe
Neri Rodrigues prefer to function from Betalbatim, Varca and Sirlim
respectively.

This has forced the citizens of Salcete and down South to meet these Ministers
at the place of their residence instead of a centrally-located place such as
the district Collectorate, which has the provision for a Minister?s chamber to
facilitate Ministers to attend to public grievances.


Quepem civic chairperson backs common cadre


PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? Quepem Municipal Council
has decided to back State government?s move to implement common cadre for all
the 13 municipal councils.

Although and move was met with wide resentment with the All Goa Municipal Union
calling for a one-day token strike on Sept 13, the Quepem Municipal Council in
a meeting held over the month-end decided to go with the government decision.

Quepem Municipal Chairperson Tereza Travasso, in a letter issued to
Chairpersons and councilors of Curchorem, Cuncolim, Sanguem and Canacona, has
called for a meeting on Sept 8 at Quepem Municipal Council office, at 10.30
am.--HND





Sao Jose de Areal hillock ravaged, will denudation
now stop?


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Who?s responsible for the wanton
destruction of the Sao Jose de Areal hillock by basalt quarry operators? And,
whether the denudation will now stop after the police registered a case against
an operator during a joint inspection on Tuesday?

These questions has come to the fore as the picturesque stands ravaged due to
mining activity even as the police claimed to have attached two tractors and
arrested a driver.

While the attachment of the two tractors is a welcome action by the police, why
the authorities turned a blind eye to the destruction all these years is a
question concerned authorities need to answer.

Says Town Planner, Bykad: ?Since my office has now lodged a formal complaint
with the police, it?s the responsibility of the men-in-uniform to prevent the
illegal activity in the future?.

Incidentally, Bykad came in for sharp criticism from the police on late Tuesday
evening over the question of lodging a complaint of hill cutting witnessed at
Sao Jose de Areal. ?How could I lodge a complaint after office hours. There
would have been on outward number on the correspondence?, Bykad said, adding
that the police does not need a formal complaint from him if they have found
the tractors operating illegally.

Incidentally, Bykad said his office has not given any permission for hill
cutting at Sao Jose de Areal and has no knowledge whether permission has been
obtained from the Chief Town Planner or the Mines department.

?No particular department can be blamed for the destruction of the hillock, but
the fact remains that blasting and quarrying went on for years without any
action?, Bykad admitted.

Locals have been strongly objecting to the blasting operations on grounds the
activity has not only resulted in environmental degradation, but has caused
damage to residential houses in the immemdiate neighbouhood.

?We hope atleast now, the authorities will stop further destruction of the
hillock by initiating action against the guilty?, remarked Sao Jose de Areal
Sarpanch Martha Cardozo.





Sodium vapour lamps to be replaced


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 - Sodium vapour lamps will finally make way
for Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) on the street poles across the state soon.

For, the new Power Minister, Alexio Sequeria has found the CFLs more viable
than the old sodium lamps in all aspects - savings on power, money and repairs.

In an informal chat with newsmen, Sequeira said the CFLs - popularly known as
power savers - would be tried on the electric poles as an alternative to the
sodium lamps.

Outlining the many advantages of CFLs, he said a CFL lamp cost around Rs 800 -
all inclusive - as compared to a sodum lamp, which cost over a thousand rupees,
with additional cost on the capacitor, ignitor etc.

Moreover, he said the CFL lamp consumes less energy compared to sodium vapour
lamps, adding the state could save energy too during peak hours when there?s
already a power shortage.





Kamat?s ?inquiry? sets PDA chairman into motion


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? A day after Chief Minister Digambar Kamat inquired with the
SGPDA on delays in clearance of files, PDA Chairman Shyam Sattardekar on
Wednesday has set in motion the process to streamline the functioning of the
Planning body from the public view point.

Taking cognisance of news reports about an aam aadmi complaining to the Chief
Minister about delays in the PDA, Sattardekar personally took stock of the
situation by seeking to know whether any official or staff member were involved
in demanding bribe from the people.

Sources said the PDA Chairman personally asked the party which staff member had
demanded money for issuance of certificate.

To make the PDA functioning more transparent, Sattardekar has set in place a
system wherein certain certificates and files are approved within a set
time-frame if all the requirements are complied with.

Tuesday saw the Chief Minister calling up the PDA Member Secretary to answer a
complaint from a party that his file has not been cleared by the planning body
for a long time.

Sources said the PDA Chairman was pre-occupied for quite some time and could
not frequently make it to the PDA in the recent past.





Case registered under cyber crime


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 5 - Crime Branch has registered a case
against unknown accused under Section 43, 66 of Information Technology Act and
Section 420, 511 of IPC.

The case was registered after Yolanda de Souza, resident of Art Chamber,
Gaurawado, Calangute, complained that on August 27 the unknown accused hacked
into the e-mail account of their firm artchamber at gmail.com.


She further stated that after hacking the accused sent e-mail messages through
the account to several people in her husband?s name asking for financial help
of 3,500 US dollars.

The accused asked the donors to send the money to Western Union Money Transfer
in the name of one Abdullani Omar of Victoria Island, Lagos State, Nigeria,
she said.

DySP Crime Branch Mahesh Gaonkar said Yolanda discovered that the account had
been hacked after some friends informed her they had received mail from her
husband asking for financial help from Nigeria.





PM?s scholarship scheme


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? Applications are invited by the
Secretary, Kendriya Sainik Board, New Delhi from the wards/widows of
Ex-Servicemen pursuing professional degree programmes in Medical, Dental,
Veterinary, Engineering, MCA, MBA and other professional courses recognized by
the concerned government regulatory bodies such as MCI, AICTE, UGC etc.

The scheme will be applicable only to those who have joined the professional
courses in the academic year 2007-08. The amount of scholarship is Rs 12507 per
month for boys and Rs 15007- per month for girls.

The application cum brochure form can be downloaded from the website
http\\www.dgrindia.com. After opening the website, click at sub title Kendriya
Sainik Board and open column number 27.

The application/brochure would be displayed.

This form is to be downloaded, filled in own handwriting and forwarded to
Kendriya Sainik Board, West Block-IV, RK Puram, New Delhi alongwith a demand
draft of Rs 307 (Rupees thirty only) or obtain directly form Kendriya Sainik
Board, RK Puram, New Delhi-110066 by sending a demand draft of Rs 307 drawn in
favour of Secretary, Kendriya Sainik Board payable at Delhi. Last date of
receipt of application is October 31, 2007.

For further details contact Secretary, Department of Sainik Welfare, Collectorate Building,
Panjim, Goa.





Fatorda MLA urges PWD for better roads


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Fatorda MLA Damu Naik has urged the PWD
department to improve the pathetic condition of roads in his constituency
before the ensuing Ganesh Chathurti festival.


Naik told Executive Engineer, PWD that many a road in Fatorda constituency
has deteriorated, putting motorists and pedestrians to great hardships. ?The
condition of roads have worsened due to laying of sewage pipeline?, he said.


He made a particular mention of roads such as Goa Bottling, Arlem junction
to Dhulapkar junction via Ambhaji and the road opposite to BM servicing, Borda,
Eastern bypass road oppo Gomes petrol pump to Four statue circle and the road
from Old Chowgule junction to the four-road junction via Opp to Bernard Souza?s
house, Marlem, Borda main road, Fatorda, Gauliwada and various areas of the
constituency.


Rotary club scholarships distributed


HERALD NEWS DESK


PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? Scholarships of Rotary club of Panjim,
totalling Rs 3.86 lacs were distributed this year to 99 students including 56
students from the old batch at the rate of Rs 4,OOO each through the
contribution of Rotarians, well-wishers and sponsor?s.


Shree AAahalaxmi Saunthan Charities, Panmji sponsored 9 students
whereas Andhra Sangham, Goa sponsored 11
students through this scheme. This year, financial assistance is given till
graduation.


Financial Scholarships, to the students were distributed at the hands of
Shripad Y Naik, Member of Parliament, North-Goa, recently, at Hotel Manoshanti,
Panjim in presence of Assistant Governor of Rotary Dist-3170 Rtn. Manoj Caculo,
and large number of Rotarians and well-wishers.


Rtn Caculo in his speech congratulated the students who were received
financial scholarships and asked them to treat this money as investments of
Rotary and not loan or favours.


He also requested them to try and pay back the amount they have received by
sponsoring a deserving student in completing his/her education in years to come
after each one is well settled in life.


Shripad Naik, in his speech complimented the Rotary Club of Panjim for
initiating a deserving project to the Students of Goa who will be able to
complete their education and take up a good job. He also highlighted the
importance of education in today?s world and said that one can face challenges
in life only if he or she is educated. He narrated the hardship he has gone in
his life, to complete his graduation.


Mr Naik complemented the Rotarians of the Club for continuing with this
project for so many years, which has enabled more than 300 deserving students to
complete their graduation and Rotary Club of Panjim spending more than Rs 26.50
lakh till date on the project.


Rotary President Dr Hirendra Kumar welcomed the gathering; Secretary Col
Khurana introduced the chief guest, while Rtn Dinesh Kamat proposed the Vote of
Thanks. Bhavana S Raikar compared the function.


The project was co-ordinated and handled by Scholarship Chairman Rtn Gaurish
M Dhond, who has been at the forefront of this project for the past 4 years.


Shantaram informed of CRZ notification not being
replaced


HERALD NEWS DESK


PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment and
Forest Namo Narain Meena informed Shantaram Naik MP in the Rajya Sabha, in a
written reply, that government has not issued any new Coastal Zone Management
(CZM) Notification replacing Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 1991.


In reply to another question Mr Meena informed Mr Naik that in compliance to
the directions of the Hon?ble High Court of Bombay at Panjim in Writ Petition
No 422 of 1998 and No 99 of 1999, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority
(GCZMA) has initiated house to house field validation to ascertain the
violation in the Coastal Regulation Zone II and III areas of Goa.


Mr Meena further informed Mr Naik that the survey has not been completed and
no report has been filed, and therefore the question of taking any action in
the matter does not arise.


Consumer Protection Act: Meanwhile, In the reply to another question, Union
Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar informed Mr Naik that there is a proposal
before government which seeks to further amend the provisions of the Consumer
Protection Act, 1986, which would widen the scope of various provisions of the
Act to make them more effective; to facilitate quicker disposal of complaints;
to enhance the capability of the redressal fora; to strengthen or
clarifying the powers of the redressal fora; to streamline the procedures; and
to bring clarity in certain provisions.


However, Mr Pawar informed Mr Naik that the government does not propose to
constitute forums below the level of districts.


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in Goa get 12% quota in central govt jobs



NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 Fulfilling a long-pending demand of the Scheduled
Tribes in Goa, the central government has
approved 12 per cent job reservation for the community in government
departments and organisations.


The Minister for Social Welfare, Mr Pandurang Madkaikar announced
this at a press conference today. As per the reservation policy of the
government of India,
there is 7.5 per cent reservation in jobs for Scheduled Tribes in central
government departments and organisations.


However, central government departments and organisations
functioning in Goa, for them the government of India
has notified 12 per cent reservation in jobs for Scheduled Tribes in Goa. This is applicable in group C and D posts in case of
direct recruitment. Mr Madkaikar said the long pending demand of the Scheduled
Tribe community was fulfilled through the active intervention of All India
Congress Committee general secretary, Ms Margaret Alva. He said it also
fulfilled a promise given by the Congress party to the Scheduled Tribe
community before the elections.


Mr Madkaikar also announced that the state government has notified
reservation in jobs for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in government-aided
education institutions, which are receiving Grant-in-Aid from the government.
This kind of reservation was not there earlier.


The Social Welfare Minister also announced that the government has
also notified 12 per cent reservation for admissions for Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes in all educational institutions in the state with immediate
effect.


Speaking about the Dayanand Social Security Scheme, Mr Madkaikar
announced that the government has decided to have a comprehensive re-survey of
all the existing beneficiaries of the DSSS. He said there are presently almost
one-lakh DSSS beneficiaries in Goa of which
almost 20,000 beneficiaries could be bogus or undeserving cases.


The government has received complaints that many people are
receiving double benefits from the government and a comprehensive re-survey
will weed out the bogus cases, Mr Madkaikar said.


In fact, the Chief Minister will host a meeting along with the
Finance Minister, the Minister for Social Welfare and the leader of opposition on
September 12 to finalise the criteria for the re-survey.


Traffic
disrupted as PWD tries to clear NH-17 sector of mud


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 The landslides on the national highway-17 at
Porvorim, on the western side of the Mandovi bridge, continued to disrupt
traffic for the third day today in succession even as public works department
engineers brought down a large portion of the cracked hillock causing more mud
and boulders to spill on the road.


The officials who were busy in bringing down the dangerous portion
of the cracked hill had to order stoppage of traffic on the eastern side of the
road for about two hours from 11
a.m to 1 p.m as huge boulders that came hurtling down
could have spilt on to the operational side of the road besides causing damage
to vehicles and injuring people.


The traffic disruption is likely to continue for some more days
even as the authorities continued the operation to clear the debris and bring
down totally the cracked part of the hill to eliminate further chances of
landslide.


The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat told reporters at hurriedly
convened press conference this afternoon that the state authorities had to
resort to traffic stoppage for two hours and divert it via Britona and Betim to
prevent any accident.


?We don?t want to take any chances,? he said adding that the state
administration has pressed four ferryboats to ease the problems of the
commuters. He also said that while the work of clearing the debris would
continue on war footing, one lane of the road would remain open for traffic
till the entire operation was completed.


He also said that the help of Geological Survey of India and
geological experts of Sesa Goa have been requisitioned to deal with the
situation and that the government would take appropriate measures as suggested
by them. ?If suggested we would build a retaining wall and have a stable
slope,? he said.


The Chief Minister also directed the PWD officials to take steps
to prevent such occurrences in other parts of the state and asked them to
examine other similar sites. He said that the clearing of the debris and
removal of the dangerous portion of the hillock could continue for the next
8-10 days.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times?, the additional collector, Mr
Swapnil Naik said it will take at least 8 days more to clear the approximately
2,000 truckloads of mud caused by the landslide.


Mr Naik said engineers today used earth-moving machinery to
deliberately throw down the cracked portion of the hillock from top as it was
precariously perched and threatened to come down anytime posing risk to
traffic. More portions of the hillock will be felled tonight and probably
tomorrow night to completely remove the danger of it collapsing accidentally
later, Mr Naik said.


The Chief Minister, the PWD chief engineer Mr A Wachasundar, the
collector, Mr Mihir Vardhan and other officials visited the site today.
Authorities also brought in mining engineers from a private company to advise
them on the course of action to be taken due to the landslide. Traffic was stopped
completely on the highway from 11
a.m till 1 p.m, today.


The additional collector informed that heavy traffic coming from
Ponda has been diverted via the Amona bridge and from Mapusa it has been
diverted via Torda and Salvador-do-Mundo. The number of ferries at Betim were
increased from one to three today and may be increased to four tomorrow, Mr
Naik said.


Traffic will be stopped completely for at least two more nights as
there are plans to throw down other portions of the hill on these two successive
nights. Mr Naik said that the traffic during the day will continue to move the
same way; a portion of the exit road near the troubled site will be closed and
the western approach road to the Mandovi bridge will be used as a two-way road
to divert the traffic.


GHAG
objects govt?s plans to demolish Provedoria building


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 The Goa Heritage
Action Group (GHAG) has strongly objected to the proposed plans by the
government to demolish the ?historic? Massano da Amorim (Provedoria) building
in Panaji and construct a seven-storied commercial complex in its place.


The GHAG also expressed apprehensions over proposed plans by the
government to convert the Old
Goa Medical
College building into a
mall and to build a high-rise parking facility in the Garcia da Orta
(municipal) garden.


Addressing a press conference today, the GHAG chairman, Mr Yatin
Kakodkar said the group strongly opposed the government plans to demolish the
heritage `Massano da Amorim? building and construct a new seven-storied
commercial complex in its place. He said his group will seek a meeting with the
Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat to convince him to stop the project.


Mr Kakodkar said the group had opposed the same plans for
demolishing the Provedoria building in 2002 and the government during that
period had acceded to their demand. He said he was hopeful that the Chief
Minister would listen to their demand now also.


The press release by GHAG states, ``Adding another multi-storied
building in the heart of the city will add to the traffic congestion, create
additional pressure on the infrastructure like water, electricity, garbage
disposal and so on. We do not understand that when the corporators of the city
are unable to take care of the existing problems of the city, why do they want
to create more problems??? It added ``The building belongs to the people of
Panaji and to the people of Goa. Neither the
city corporation nor the government has any right to sell what belongs to the
people to private enterprise.??


The GHAG has however stated that it is not against the change of
use or the change of ownership but only the change of the physical character of
the building.


The GHAG also expressed apprehension over revised plans to convert
another heritage structure, the old Goa
Medical College,
into a mall or commercial complex despite public protests. ??We also hear that
the municipal garden, the Garcia da Orta is to be converted into a
multi-storied car park. Is that why the garden has been deliberately allowed to
go to seed??? GHAG asked.


Take
action against illegal prayer house in Chinchinim: Filipe Neri


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 7 The Minister for Water Resources, Mr Filipe Neri
Rodrigues today, urged the South Goa, district administration to find a
suitable solution to the Chinchinim prayer house issue, even as local panchayat
members and prominent citizens have asked the authorities to seal the prayer
house.


He informed that contrary to the assurance given by the minority
community, there were plenty of devotees in the house on Friday.


The Water Resources Minister along with local sarpanch, zilla
panchayat member and prominent citizens of Chinchinim met the South
Goa, district collector, Mr G P Naik, on Friday evening.


?I want the administration to take appropriate action, before the
issue gets out of control and turns into a major law and order problem,? Mr
Rodrigues said, disclosing that he had discussed the issue with the Home
Minister and the Chief Secretary.


The South Goa collector, Mr G P
Naik assured the Minister and others that based on the information supplied by
the sarpanch, he will discuss the matter with the government and take an
immediate decision.


?I will discuss the issue with the government as soon as possible,
possibly tomorrow morning,? Mr Naik said.


The Chinchinim Citizens Committee president, Mr Nelson Lopes
explained to the district collector that the apprehensions of the public were
real. ?We are not against religious freedom. But it should not impinge on other
communities? rights and against the law of the land,? he said.


The Chinchinim Villagers Action Committee, convenor, Mr Michael
Benny D?Costa in a representation, requested the collector to stop these
activity and seal the premises, to avoid any law and order problem.


Earlier, the Chinchinim-Deussa sarpanch, Mr Olwin Antao presented
a memorandum to the district collector and explained to him the facts of the
case. He said that a family had purchased a house for residential purpose, in
the village panchayat of Chinchinim-Deussa and started holding prayers in the
house.


Recently, as the number of devotees began to grow the Gram Sabha
passed a resolution to stop the prayer service, the sarpanch informed. But
ignoring the diktat of the panchayat, they began converting the house into a
large hall, he said.


Former Chinchinim-Deussa sarpanch, Mr Valentino Barretto, panch,
Mr Agnelo Xavier and other prominent citizens were also present at the
collector?s office.


Casinos
generate income for state


by Sunder G Advani


I have read with interest your thought provoking editorial in the
issue of `The Navhind Times,? dated September 7, `Verdict on Casinos.?


I would not like to comment on the controversy with respect to the
Leela casino boat. I must compliment you on your observation that nobody talked
of preserving the Mandovi river when our `Caravela? casino boat started
operating in this river over six years ago. However, many of your readers may
disagree with your conclusion that this agitation is against casinos in
general.


Nine land-based casinos have been operating in the five-star
hotels in Goa from 1993 onwards and there has
not been any public outcry against these casinos even though they offer almost
the same facilities as offshore casinos. These five-star hotel casinos,
including our `Goa Nuggest? at the Ramada in Varca are more easily accessible
to those with addictions.


Then why is there a sudden debate whether casinos are good or bad
for Goa? Whether tourism is good or bad for Goa can also be questioned. The answer to both has to be
that casinos and tourism, which go hand in hand, are good as they bring in
substantial revenues, but both the industries must be given the right direction
and be controlled so that the negative effects of these activities do not
overshadow their positive benefits.


The government of Goa?s initial policy to issue casino licenses to
only five-star hotels was the right starting point, as the companies had a
sizeable investment in Goa and would not conduct activities, which would affect
their business.


Casinos exist in most countries, including nearby countries such
as Malaysia, Nepal, Mauritius,
Egypt and most recently Singapore where
the fear and penalties of possessing drugs and engaging in prostitution is
severe. Yet Singapore
decided recently to give licenses to two large casino projects, which are
designed to attract many of our Indian tourists, who otherwise visited Goa, Nepal
or Malaysia.


All of these countries also are concerned about harming public
interest, but they go in for casino projects. Most governments set up a commission
to regulate casinos and I have been the one who has requested the government of
Goa to set up such a body immediately. In this
way, the government will be assured of the full benefits of this fast growing
industry, while at the same time promoting healthy tourism and ensuring that
the tourists looking for entertainment in a casino, is not cheated.


The annual license fees paid to the government of Goa by these
nine five-star hotel casinos could be about Rs 2 crore, but our Caravela
offshore casino itself pays Rs 5 crore annually for the license fees to the
government of Goa in addition to the entry tax of about Rs 1 crore annually and
an additional Rs 70 lakh for the lease of the government jetty.


These figures do not include the five-year license fee of Rs 5
crore paid, or the other taxes paid to the state government. In fact, the
`Caravela? offshore casino has paid over Rs 20 crore to the government up to
now. I hope that you will be able to bring these points to the attention of
your readers.


(The writer is the chairman and managing director of Advani Hotels
and Resorts India Ltd.)


Commuters
facing hardships due to landslides on NH-17 section


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 Due to the landslide on the approach road to old
Mandovi bridge, commuters travelling from Panaji to Mapusa and vice-versa have
been facing numerous hardships for the past three days on account of traffic
mismanagement.


During the day, the traffic flows on both the bridges and during
the night the flow of traffic is only one way due to demolition of cracked
portion and transportation of mud from the area. But the police seem to have
failed to streamline the flow of traffic and this has led to traffic chaos.


Today afternoon the traffic came to a grinding halt for several
hours on the bridge. Pedestrians comprising of men, women and school children,
were forced to walk in between the parked vehicles on the bridge.


During the night, the situation is still worse. The police divert
the traffic via Betim-Gurudwara road which is quite dangerous,? particularly
near the narrow turn after the Gurudwara.


Mother
Mary and girl child


by Zito Almeida


Today, September 8, as we celebrate the Nativity or Birthday of
Mother Mary, we observe also the day of the girl-child in India. At this
moment the following words come to mind: ?The human rights of the girl-child
are an inalienable integral and indivisible part of universal human rights.
Gender-based violence and all forms of sexual harassment and exploitation,
including those resulting from cultural prejudice and international
trafficking, are incompatible with the dignity and worth of a human person and
must be eliminated.? This is the Vienna
declaration of the World Conference on Human Rights 1994.


In today?s society, the girl-child faces numerous difficulties and
problems such as a girl?s life is a burden from birth to death, boy child is
preferred to girl child, a girl?s name is spoilt more easily than a boy?s name,
when girls are born there is not so much of celebration as when a boy is born, girls
are valued more for their physical beauty than for their intelligence, girls
are afraid to talk to their parents about sexual assaults, society has double
standards of morality ? one for girls and another for boys and so on.


Mother Mary is a woman accepted by people of all religions as
`Mother.? In the month of September, thousands of people of different faiths
visit the Marian shrines, churches and this is a witness to the fact that
everybody find in Her a person to whom they can turn to in times of need and
trouble and to whom they can look up as an ideal woman, who lived her life to
the fullest.


At this moment, I remember, Keshub Chandra Sen who was a Hindu
Brahmin of Calcutta. He read the life of Christ and committed his life to God.
He did not become a Christian, but he said that he was a disciple of Jesus. He
lived from 1834 to 1854. All of us, who think we are on the forefront of
women?s liberation, let us read carefully what he wrote: ?Sweet Mary, thou
Mother of Jesus Christ, thrice blessed woman, in thee dwells God?s womanliness.
Mother of Jesus, our Mother, world?s mother, we honour you. Glory, glory unto
thee heavenly woman: man is born of woman. Christ too, the blessed Son of God
was born of woman.??


To conclude, education and modernisation has not yet changed the
status of girl-child, to their advantage, even though old parents are looked
upon and treated well by the girl child than the boy child. Parents, teachers,
the government and other associations should contribute directly or indirectly to
the lower position of the girl-child in our society. It is high time that all
concerned should rise up to support the cause of the girl child more
specifically and vociferously.


Cops
book case against Parrikar


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 The state police have booked a case against the
Panaji MLA and Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Mr Manohar Parrikar, the Mapusa
MLA, Mr Francisco D?Souza and the Saligao MLA, Mr Dilip Parulekar, for
obstructing government officials from discharging their duties and endangering
life of people.


A senior police official told ?The Navhind Times? that Mr Parrikar
along with Mr D?Souza and Mr Parulekar forcibly removed the barricade placed by
the public works department officials near the ACDIL School for preventing flow
of traffic on the national highway, which was affected by landslide near the
state Secretariat.


The police official further said that the BJP leaders removed the
barricade and allowed the vehicular traffic thereby endangering the lives of
the people. The incident took place at around 1 p.m.


The senior police official further said that the officials who
were busy in flattening the dangerous part of collapsing hillock and removing
the debris had to abandon their work following the incident.


The authorities had earlier in the day decided to close the road
for traffic to prevent any damage or injury to public due to ongoing but urgent
work to restore traffic on the highway affected by the landslides for the last
three days. The police have booked a case against the BJP leaders for defying
and obstructing the public servants from discharging their duties. The case
against them has been booked under sections 186 and 336 of Indian Penal Code.


Meanwhile, the Deputy Inspector General of police, Mr Ujjwal
Mishra said that a case has been registered against Mr Parrikar and
investigation is in progress.


Earlier today, Mr Parrikar said that he along his party MLAs went
to the site and removed barricades on the NH-17 which prevented the traffic
movement, while addressing a press conference.


He said that the government should have closed the particular
stretch of the NH-17 after informing the people about the same, and preferably
during night time or weekends, when there is scarce traffic on the road.


Stating that the ?aam admi? was caught in the traffic jam unaware,
Mr Parrikar further said that there was no senior traffic policemen present at
the site, to supervise the proceedings. He also noted that though the traffic
was prevented from moving near the site of the landslide, pedestrians continued
to commute across the particular site, thus foiling the attempt of the
government to ensure safety of the people.


The BJP legislature wing also constituted two committees under the
chairmanship of the Mapusa MLA, Mr Francis D?Souza to monitor the activities
related to the Regional Plan 2011 and look into the setting up of special
economic zones, in the state. Mr Parrikar informed that the BJP will launch a
full-fledged agitation on these issues, after Ganesh Chaturthi, and committees
set up will, till then collect all the related information through the Right to
Information Act, documents, etc.


?We will also probe the areas where money has been transacted
against land deals vis-?-vis the regional plan, though concrete evidence in
such cases is hard to find,? he pointed out. Speaking further, the leader of
the opposition said that the BJP legislature wing supported increase in police
patrolling in the city areas like Patto and Campal, which have residents in
large numbers moving to their native villages during the Ganesh Chaturthi
festival. ?This can be achieved by reducing the heavy police protection
provided to the ministers,? he added.


Mr Parrikar also said that the government should make clear its
stand as regards the construction of an international airport at Mopa. Quipping
that the stand of Mr Churchill Alemao towards the Mopa airport project had
softened after his short stay with the BJP, Mr Parrikar said that the
government should immediately re-issue Section IV of the Land Acquisition Act
at Mopa.


The BJP legislature wing also came out strongly against the
failure of the Speaker, Mr Pratapsingh Rane in constituting various House
committees like library committee, privilege committee, estimate committee,
public accounts committee, and so on, even after three months of formation of
the government.


The legislature wing of the BJP also condemned the decision of the
government to close the National Highway-17 from Hotel O?Coqueiro, Porvorim to
Mandovi bridges for removing mud from the landslide, without informing the
public about the closure.


Mr Francis D?Souza and the Fatorda MLA, Mr Damodar Naik were also
present at the press briefing.


Second
line treatment introduced to fight malaria


by Ramnath Pai Raikar


Ramesh Naik (name changed) is a middle-aged gentleman from
Caranzalem who regularly used medicated coil to keep away the mosquitoes from
his apartment, besides fitting the windows with nylon net. He also used
mosquito repellent cream while leaving his house for office. The office provided
him with an air-conditioned cabin. Yet, he contracted malaria of the falciparum
type.


Ramesh is one of the many residents of Tiswadi taluka who had to
face the malaria menace, in spite of taking all the precautions.


The failure of the municipal, panchayat as well as health
authorities to maintain clean surroundings in Tiswadi taluka, especially in
some malaria prone areas, with lack of support from the public, is responsible
for 800-odd cases of malaria, with 300-odd cases of falciparum recorded in Panaji,
as well as 300-odd cases of malaria, with 60-odd cases of falciparum registered
in Taleigao, during this year.


The reason behind Ramesh contracting malaria in spite of taking
all the precautions can also be attributed to the resistance developed by the
mosquitoes/ malaria parasites towards coils, creams and even medicines. This,
in fact has prompted the state health department to introduce second line of
treatment for malaria patients.


The sources from the state health services, acknowledging that the
rise in the cases of malaria around the state, especially in the malaria prone
zones like Caranzalem (Panaji), Aldona (Porvorim), Calangute, Corlim and Margao
was phenomenal during the months of June and July, informed ?However, we have
now been able to control the same.?


They also maintained that the decline shown by the malaria cases
is gradual and furthermore, lot remains to be done to control the malaria
menace and bring it down to a level of satisfaction.


?Fortunately, a number of steps such as cleanliness drive
organised by the directorate of health services, conducting malaria awareness
drive in Goan schools and colleges, weekly evaluation of vector density, house
to house visits by the DHS field staff for tracing domestic breeding sites of
mosquitoes, mass surveillance measures, and mass screening of construction site
labourers including taking blood sample slides and giving prompt treatment have
been adopted,? the health services sources informed.


Speaking further, the sources said that the repeated visits by the
DHS staff to the construction sites, introduction of health cards and legal
measures like withdrawal of NOCs of the erring construction sites with support
from the authorities as well as imposing fines have shown some positive
results. ?We even ensure that the construction site workers complete the course
of their medication,? they added.


The health services sources further maintained that the second
line of treatment has been introduced for falciparum malaria patients from
Aldona (Porvorim) and Panaji, as a central government team as well as the local
Malaria Research Centre (MRC) team found that resistance was being developed by
the malaria parasites. ?Presently, the first as well as the second lines of
treatment are being used,? they informed, ?with all the medicines for malaria
available with the health department.? The sources informed that rapid malaria
testing kits are also used to give results in 15 minutes, so that the treatment
can be started immediately.


A city doctor running a private nursing home said that a number of
malaria patients opt for private hospitals, due to the crowds in the government
hospitals as well as the low level of hygiene in those hospitals.


He also said that very few private hospitals register their
malaria patients with the DHS, adding, ?that is very much necessary so that the
government can keep a track of the malaria patients and the malaria scene in
the state.?


Citizens
call for cleanliness drive in Gandhi market


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 7 The active monsoon notwithstanding, it seems to be
raining morchas on the Margao municipal council.


After Gandhi Market traders and New Market Traders Association
gherao on MMC officials in the past week, today it was the turn of some
residents to march to the council and vent their ire against the city fathers
and staff.


More than 50 residents from Gandhi Market area, under the banner
of Gandhi Market Citizens Welfare Association met and placed their demands
before the chairperson, Mr Johnson Fernandes and chief officer, Mr N D Agrawal.


The residents, mostly comprising of women, complained against the
filth and stink in the Gandhi Market area. They also objected to the improper
garbage disposal system.


They also protested against gambling activities being carried out
in the market.


After hearing their grievances, the chairperson, Mr Johnson
Fernandes assured them that he would look into their pleas and promised to take
action before the Chaturthi festival.


According to the chief officer, Mr N D Agrawal the council had
already initiated moves to beautify the Gandhi market.


He disclosed that a tender to install new garbage disposal bins
had already been passed.


He further disclosed that today he along with the municipal
engineer, market inspector and traffic PI had visited the market in bid to
streamline the market further.


?We were looking for an appropriate site to install a water
connection in the market. We were also debating on how to organise the traffic
in the market,? Mr Agrawal said.


?Or else, what is the sudden reason for the morcha,? Mr Agrawal
argued, stating that the municipality was already on the job.


Gandhi Market Citizens Welfare Association, general secretary, Mr
Riaz Shaikh begged to differ.


?The municipality officers knew that we were coming to the
Council, today,? he said adding, ?That?s why they visited the Gandhi Market
early today morning,?


The Gandhi Market Citizens later marched to the Margao police
station and in the absence of police in-charge, met PSI, Ms Shoba Naik.


?We have requested the police to immediately put end to the
illegal activities going on in the market,? the association secretary said.


They also met the traffic police in-charge, Mr Dharmesh Angle and
urged him to organise the traffic in the market.


?We can?t even get an ambulance near our residences during an
emergency,? Mr Shaikh said.


12
injured as bus collides with truck at Sanvordem


NT News Service


Quepem, Sept 7 Twelve persons were injured, several of them
grievously, in an accident involving a private mini bus and a truck at Anandwadi,
Sanvordem today afternoon. While nine persons were discharged after being
administered first aid at the Primary Health Centre, Cacora, three were rushed
to the Hospicio Hospital, Margao for further treatment.


According to police sources, the accident occurred around 2.15
p.m. when the private bus ?Sri Nagesh? bearing registration number GA-01/W-0915
proceeding towards Ponda from Sanvordem collided head-on with a speeding empty
truck (GA-01/W-0808) proceeding in the opposite direction while it was taking a
sharp turn at Anandwadi. The impact of the collision was such that the bus was
dragged several metres away before the truck turned turtle.


Eyewitnesses informed that a major disaster was averted as the bus
driver skilfully managed to stop the bus from plunging off the road into the
lowland.


However, the bus was badly damaged. Vehicular traffic on the route
was also blocked for nearly two hours before the road could be cleared.


Curchorem police informed that the truck driver would be arrested
soon.


Today?s incident has once again exposed the inefficiency of the
traffic police in reining in truck drivers, despite introducing many regulatory
systems for the heavy vehicular traffic in the area.


Thefts
at Zuarinagar


NT News Service


Vasco, Sept 7 In
two housebreaking incidents, a generator, two HP water motor pumps and other
equipments in two bungalows located behind Airport Plaza
at Vidhyanagar Colony near Alto-Dabolim, Zuarinagar were robbed by some unknown
persons early on Wednesday.


The Verna police disclosed that the total cost of the stolen
materials was about Rs 34,000.


According to police, in the first incident a Yamaha generator and
two sacks of tea bags kept in a storeroom in the premises of the bungalow owned
by Mr P Aliabba were stolen by unknown persons.


In the other case, two HP water motor pumps, and other tools
belonging to Mr V G Patel were stolen. The incident took place between 2 a.m and 4 a.m. Both the bungalows are
located 50 metres
from each other.


The Verna PI, Mr Nolasco Raposo, police sub-inspector, Mr Shailesh
Narvekar and other police staff rushed to the site.


The Verna police summoned the dog squad and finger print experts.


Meanwhile, the Verna police have registered an offence under
Sections 457, 380 of Indian Penal Code.


Mapusa
police to maintain strict patrolling for Ganesh festival


NT News Service


Mapusa, Sept 7 The Mapusa police will be maintaining an extra
vigil including strict patrolling for the ensuing Ganesh Chaturthi festival.


Going by the recent rise in theft cases in and around areas of
Mapusa, the Mapusa police are leaving no stone unturned to ensure an incident
free festive season.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times? the Mapusa sub-divisional police
officer, Mr Waman Tari has maintained that his force is geared up to maintain a
strict vigil during the festive season and patrolling will also be intensified.


He however solicited public co-operation so that the police
patrolling can be effective.


?The public who will be leaving their houses locked during the
festival period are requested to inform the nearest police station in writing,
so that we are aware about the locked houses which in turn will help us in
intensifying security around these houses.


Ensuring strict patrolling around such locked houses will be our
top priority, besides maintaining a vigil in other areas.


Another important thing, which the public are requested to keep in
mind is that at the time of leaving the houses locked care must be taken to see
that no valuable items are kept inside. ?It is advisable to keep such items
safely in bank lockers. In this regard we request the public to co-operate with
us so that we can ensure a safe and an incident free festive season,? said Mr
Tari.


Ravi
hears grievances at Ponda


NT News Service


Ponda, Sept 7 The Home Minister and the Ponda MLA, Mr
Ravi Naik today heard the grievances of Ponda residents
at the sports complex premises here, in the presence of officials
of the various government departments, besides the municipal
officials.Around 100 residents placed their problems before the Minister.


Briefing the reporters after a nearly two hour long
meeting, Mr Naik said that the meeting was held to know the
position of the proposed developmental works for Ponda and at
the same time to hear the problems of the locals.


Mr Naik stated that few new school buildings were proposed and
that the process of tendering the works would be started soon. He
said that most of the problems were related to electricity and water
connections, delay in NOC from panchayats and municipality
and other certificates.


When it was pointed out that the locals face a lot of difficulties
in obtaining medicines during the nights as there are no night pharmacies
available, he assured that a meeting would be held and by the end of
September a night pharmacy would be open.


To another question on dumping of construction, pharmaceutical and
industrial waste on the road sides, he said that instructions were given
to the PWD to monitor the dumping and to inform the police
for further action.


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Birthday of Blessed Virgin Mary


CRESCY PEREIRA


On September 8, we celebrate the birthday of our Blessed Mother Mary.
We all rejoice in the birth of Mary and thank God for the beautiful gift.
Mary is our Mother and her birthday is very important for all of us. Her birth
brightened the prospect of the entire human race that dwelt in the shadow of
death. She is the hope and the dawn of salvation for the whole world. Her birth
is a salvific event because she was inseparably associated with the birth of
the Saviour - Emmanuel: God with us.


She was born of the royal race of David and through her the salvation of the
world was made manifest. From all eternity God chose Mary to be the virgin
mother of the Saviour and by a special dispensation preserved her from the
stain of Original Sin. Already at conception she was immaculate, full of grace.
It is believed that Mary who was to be the temple of the Incarnate Word. Mary
was born for a great purpose. God has chosen her to be the mother of the
Saviour. She had unique privilege of the Immaculate Conception even as a child
she was adorned with the exceptional graces.


The motherhood of the Blessed Virgin has marked the beginning of our
salvation. From her was born Christ our God and our Lord who defeated death and
gave us eternal life. Though we do not have privileges we too can blameless and
immaculate in our small measure by purifying ourselves of sin and by preserving
God?s grace in us. We are all invited to meditate on how Mary was fully
inserted in God?s plan of salvation and how she cooperated with Jesus in His
work with total availability. Mary was a living miracle of God. She said yes to
Jesus at the Annunciation and lived that ?yes? till the last. She is not only
Mother of Jesus but she is also our Mother. What a great Mother we have in
heaven. She is honoured all over the world and all the generation call her
blessed. And God has glorified her in heaven.


Let us remember that Mary reached this glory by passing through trusting
obedience, humble and silent service. She gives us a shining example of how to
become great and glorious. In his saving plan for humanity, God was pleased
with the humility of Mary. Humility is an indispensable condition for receiving
divine gifts. On this birthday of our Blessed Mother, let us try to take a leaf
out of her book in accepting God?s plan, in listening to his word in humble
service.


The birthday of Mary is also the day of the girl child. God send every child
into the world as a part of His loving plan. Every family should welcome every
new-born child with joy. Every person is precious and created in the image of
God. Yet there are many who treat the girl child as unwelcome guest. So parents
give your girl child your love and appreciation.


Let us ask Mother Mary to help us to understand the value of every new-born
girl child. Let us ask Mother Mary to guide us in nurturing and educating every
girl child in the spirit of equality.


Goa is a major Maritime State in country: Kamat


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


PORVORIM, SEPT 7 - Describing Goa as a major Maritime State
in the country, Chief Minister Digamber Kamat has stated that the state?s
economic activities such as export of iron ore and fish are linked to the
maritime sector.


He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the 21st National
Convention of Marine Engineers organized by the Goa Local Centre of the
Institution of Engineers (India)
and the Goa branch of the Institute of
Marine Engineers (India) at
Porvorim.


The chief minister admitted that exports from India has suffered a setback
because of congestion at the ports and paucity of handling capacity.


?Countries like China
have a good maritime infrastructure, which is why China can register a substantial
economic growth in recent years,? Kamat said.


He said the Central government has formulated a national policy for maritime
industry to cover all areas of maritime sector and added that the need is now
to implementation the policy to achieve the desired growth.


Chairman and Managing Director of Shipping Corporation of India S Hajra said
though the maritime industry has contributed a lot to the growth of the Indian
economy, it has not received the recognition it deserves.


?Due to the globalisation and liberalization policy of the Central
government, there has been tremendous increase in the international trade and
now almost 90% of the international trade is handled by the maritime sector,?
Hajra added.


Secretary and Director General of The Institute of Engineers (India) CDR A K Poothia, President of The
Institute of Marine Engineers (India)
R C Bhavnani and B K Saxena also spoke at the function.


On the occasion, noted marine engineers A S Tambveker, Rajendra Kumar, Commodore
M K Banger and Suresh Khare were felicitated by the chief guest.


New ration cards from September 10


HERALD NEWS DESK


PANJIM, SEPT 7 ? Minister for Civil supplies, Jose Philip D?Souza has
directed all the Inspectors and the Director of Civil Supplies that the work
for completion of writing, of the ration cards must be completed within 15 days


He also directed that the completed ration cards should be distributed to
the ration card holders from September 10. The minister observed that the
completed ration cards in Municipal areas may be taken up for distribution at
the first instance, in order to avoid rush at the distribution counter. Mr D?
Souza also advised to distribute ration cards at Fair Price shops.


He also directed that a plan for distribution may be drawn by the Inspectors
and made know to the public well in advance. Jose Philip D?souza was
speaking at a meeting organised in the conference hall of the Secretariat,
Porvorim, yesterday to assess the progress of? completion of new ration cards
to be issued to the ration card holders. The meeting was attended among others
by Director of Civil Supplies, Taluka Inspector, and Sub-Inspectors of Civil
Supplies, Ashok N P Dessai.


The Minister assessed the progress of completion of ration cards taluka wise.
The minister desired that the work of filling up the blank ration card should
be completed at taluka level with the correct format and conditions complied
with.

Ration cards should be distributed to the ration card holders without further
delay.


While assessing the progress of completion of ration cards, the Minister
directed the Director of Civil Supplies to provide some additional staff for
Civil Supplies Wing in the offices of Mamlatdars of Salcete, Mormugao and
Tiswadi.


He also warned, to take action in case of failure to comply with the
directions within the prescribed period.


Mr D? Souza also directed the Civil Supplies Inspector to regularly monitor
the functioning of the Fair Price Shops in their jurisdiction in order to
defect diversion of foodgrains, if any, and take immediate necessary action
against the defaulters.


Residents upset over sex workers at Gandhi market


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 7 ? Is Gandhi market fast turning into a mini-Baina. Indeed
yes, says anxious residents, who are up in arms against the blind eye turned by
the law enforcing agencies and other authorities to the emerging situation.


Residents led by ex-Councillor and women?s right activist, Auda Viegas
marched to the Margao police station on Friday noon, to question the police
about the free movement of sex workers in market and the inaction to nip the
problem in the bud.


Agitated residents gheraoed PSI Roopa ? who is also incharge of Women?s Cell
? demanding to know the lethargic attiude of the men-in-uniform to crack a whip
against the sex workers.


Given the utter failure to honour past promises, the residents gave just two
days time to rid the market area of the nuisance from the sex workers or face
the wrath of the people.


Says Auda Viegas: ?Sex workers swarm around the Gandhi market with the
authorities looking the other way round. This has made the life of the local
residents miserable?.


Viegas said she has no complaints against the sex workers, who are forced
into prostitution by the pimps operating in the area and demanded strict action
against the pimps bringing forced innocent women into flesh trade.


Locals say the two hotels in the market neighbouring has come in handy for
the sex workers to solicit customers and has warned the authorities to stop the
activity within two days or face action.


The residents further say that the market area has become the ground for
petty thieves and other anti-socials to pursue their activity, right under the
nose of the law enforcing agencies.


Demolition of structures leaves Raia fuming


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 7 ? The authorities on Friday completed the demolition of
structures standing on government acquired property along the Arlem-Raia road,
even as the Raia Village Panchayat has condemned the action of the demolition squad
for razing down the premises beyond the boundary marked for the exercise.


Land Acquisition officer, Venancio Furtado told Herald that all structures
on the acquired land has been removed and the process of road levelling has
commenced.


Meanwhile, Raia Sarpanch Nazareth Gomes expressed surprise that the
demolition exercise was carried out without taking the Panchayat into
confidence.


?Some premises near Livrament Chapel, Arlem have been demolished by crossing
the boundary, marked by the authorities. The act has to be condemned?, Gomes
said.


Expressing surprise that the PWD undertook the demolition work without
informing the Sarpanch being the head of the village, Gomes said ?as far as I
know, the preliminary work to be undertaken, for road widening, and not
demolition. If the authorities had informed about the demolitio, I would have
cautioned the villagers or would have alerted them. The act of the PWD is
unwarranted?.


He admitted that accidents do take place on the Arlem-Borim road and the
road needs widening, but hastened to that keeping the Sarpanch in the dark
about the demolition plan is not a healthy practice.


Gomes pointed out thtat the Raia Panchayat had received a letter from PWD
stating that preliminary estimate for the road widening is being prepared and
the proposal is submitted to the government to accord necessary approval,
adding ?no where in this letter it was mentioned about the plan for
demolition?.


If serious, acquire land for Mopa: Parrikar


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 7 ? Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar today said that if the
government is serious about Mopa
Airport than it should
initiate and issue Section 4 for acquisition of land which it earlier allowed
to lapse, said Parrikar.

According to him government would invite contempt of court if it does not
acquire land for Mopa airport and consequently lose it mining.

In a response to the appeal filed by one, bauxite miner, then state government
had given an undertaking to Supreme Court that it would acquire the land for
building airport.

The apex court had dismissed the appeal on the basis of the undertaking given
by the state government, said Parrikar adding, concession given to the miner is
likely to survive if government fails to acquire the land.

No committees formed ? Leader of Opposition today pointed out that Speaker of
Goa Assembly Pratapsing Rane has failed in following parliamentary democracy.

He told a press conference here that it will be three months now since
House has been constituted but speaker has not formed various committees like
standing committee, House committee etc.

Committee to monitor SEZ and RP 2011 ? The BJP today constituted a committee
headed by Mapusa MLA Francis D?Souza to monitor SEZs and RP 2011.


Seal Chinchinim namaz house, collector urged


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 7 ? The row over the disputed place of worship being used to
offer namaz in Chinchinim took a new twist on Friday with the Chinchinim
Panchayat and local organisations urging district Collector, South to
immediately seal the controversial residential house located near the football
grounds.


The movement received support from Water Resources Minister Filipe Neri
Rodrigues, who called for the Collector?s intervention, saying the situation
can lead to Curchorem type situation in peaceful Chinchinim as those conducting
the prayer service in the residential house have adopted the same modus
operandi like in Guddemol-Sanvordem. Filpe said he has briefed the Home
Minister and Chief Secretary on the issue. He suggested to the Collector to
explore the possibility of a tie-up with Masjid from nearby areas to allow the
local Muslims to offer nazaz during the month of Ramzan.


Collector G P Naik assured Filipe Neri and a delegation comprising of
Chinchinim Sarpanch Allwyn Antao, ZP member Joe Dias, Chinchinim Citizens
Committee representatives Nelson Lopes, Valentino Barretto and Cyril Leitao,
Chinchinim Villagers Committee leader Benny D?Costa, Panch Xavier that he would
take immediate action in a day or two in consultation with the government.


The Minister along with the delegation met the Collector this evening and
impressed on the need to act at the earliest. ?I don?t want peace in the
village to be disturbed on the eve of the village feast. Today, those
conducting the prayer service managed to get more devotees. It shows they will
continue with the prayers?, Filipe Neri apprehended and told media persons that
all people of Chinchinim cutting across political affiliations are united on
the issue.


Sarpanch Antao asked the Collector to issue directions to stop using the
residential house into a prayer house without any approval of the Panchayat.


?The Panchayat is the sole authority to grant sanction for conversion of
residential house into religious premises. There is no such approval. The Panchayat
had earlier rejected permission for a madrassa. The citizens have publicly
demonstrated against the issue and the Panchayat is bound to respect the wishes
of its residents?, he told the Collector.

In the memorandum, the Sarpanch apprehended that agitated, tense citizens may
be forced to take the law in their own hands and create a law and order problem
if the authorities fail to act swiftly.


The memorandum said the Panchayat has issued a show cause notice to the
President of Gulshan-E-Sunni Muslim, Ali Saab Bepari to stop he work, but has
been ignored. ?This act is deliberately done to antagonize and raise passions
to create communal riots in otherwise peaceful Chinchinim?, the memo said.


Chinchinim Citizens Committee leader Nelson Lopes asked the Collector to
seal the premises as there is no permission issued to conduct prayer service
inside the residential house.


Computers expo in Panjim


HERALD NEWS BUREAU


PANJIM, SEPT 7 - Goa?s Free Software and Open Source network, ILUG(Goa),
will hold a series of talks during the Exhibition of Computers and Allied
Products (ECAP) at the Mandovi Hotel on September 8-9.


The talks, to be held at the first-floor Rampon hall on Saturday and Sunday,
are open to all, and participation is free. Students are welcome and ILUG-Goa?s
online network is based at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ilug-goa.
More details at Ph: 9970157402.


These sex workers see a ray of hope


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 7 ? ?This Independence Day we hoisted flag in our basti where
we once faced injustice and exploited,? said proud Ranuka Madar who obtained
her freedom in real sense only after she was freed from clutches of flesh
trade.

Today she is the President of Swift
Wash ? an initiative of
Vasco-based social organisation ?Arz? to rehabilitate victims of commercial
sexual exploitation. Swift Wash is a mechanized laundry unit located in
Sancoale Industrial Estate that provides economic rehabilitation to 25 women
and ten youth who are sons of trafficked victims.

Madar narrated her success story during panel discussion held to here to mark
the first anniversary of Swift
Wash. It was not an easy journey
for her nevertheless. ?When sir (director of Arz, Arunendra Pandey) told
us about work in the laundry, we thought he has arranged us to put behind
bars,? said Madar indicating how their life was bottled-up into prostitution.

But things changed slowly as they learnt to be professionals while working for
Swift wash. They had to imbibe in themselves working lifestyles from reporting
on time to speaking in clean language.

So it?s not hard to believe what difficulties Arz must have faced to convince
these girls to give up something for which they earned Rs 1000 a night and join Swift Wash
to earn Rs 2000 a
month.

It was beginning from scratch to all girls who now work at Swift wash who never
had a chance to learn to communicate decently ? leave alone how one in expected
one to behave at work place.

But gusty Madar knew if they had to be successful ? have to learn rules of the
business.

?We stopped fighting at workplace over small issues and tried to concentrate at
work,? says Madar who revolted against her family, relatives and basti ? when
she decided to give up prostitution to earn Rs 2000 a month to sweat it out
at laundry.

She lost her mother at the age of nine and was devoted to Yalamma ( practice
followed in some sections of communities in Maharashtra and Karnataka where
children are devoted deity called Yallamma and are eventually dragged into
prostitution.) by one of relative.

?People ridiculed us. Nobody would believe us whenever we told them we had
given up danda, ?stated Madar who a year ago even in her wildest dreams could
not have thought a day would come when people will look at with awe and
respect.

She along with other girls is now a role model to other girls in the business
who wish to change their fate.

There have been increasing requests from girls forced into prostitution given a
choice they would also like to work for Swift
Wash, told Arunendra Pandey while
participating in panel discussion.


Save Amorim: GHAG takes a step forward


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 7 ? That?s how probably the heritage square ? housing the
historic Massano de Amorim and Santa Casa da Misericordia buildings ? would
appear like on the busy 18th June Road (look at the photo) after the two
structures are done away with.


This morphed picture was made available to press persons by the Goa Heritage
Action Group (GHAG) at a press conference called on Friday to alert Panjimites
and heritage aficionados about a devious plan to set-up a commercial complex,
allegedly a shopping mall, by rooting out history.


The fact is obvious, said Heta Pandit of GHAG, as in the new Outline
Development Plan for Panjim this square on the busy 18th June Road has been
marked as ?commercial? (C-1) that could facilitate construction of a
ground-plus-seven structure.


Pandit lamented, ?We are fed up and tired fighting to save each and every
piece of our heritage. Every time the authorities are upto something. Five
years back we fought to save these pieces of heritage and here we are again at
the same position.?


She said the mall, if ever it comes up, would choke a part of the city known
for its unique heritage buildings and which is more ideal for walking then
motoring. The buildings embody the rich Goan craftsmanship at the time when
these were constructed, she added.


GHAG Chairman Yatin Kakodkar envisaged the need for a policy regarding
public properties. ?There?s no scope for additional buildings in Panjim, which
is already plagued with problems of garbage and parking,? he asserted.


Dean D?Cruz called for long-term planning for the city?s rising traffic woes
and impressed upon the need to have a mass transportation system to decongest
it. Presently, over 30 buildings have no car parking adding to the city?s woes,
he added.


Conservation architect Poonam Mascarenhas said, ?Authorities should look at
?adaptive reuse? of heritage buildings. In England and other European
countries, heritage is a tourist puller and Panjim with its unique heritage and
green cover is already a big hit. It is common sense heritage and gardens will
make more sense to tourists than shopping malls.? Heritage activist Prajal
Sakhardande also spoke.


GHAG also chided the authorities on the old Goa Medical College Complex
issue. It has now decided to put the matter in the Chief Minister?s Court, whom
they will approach soon in the first step forward to save these heritage
buildings from the clutches of heritage marauders.


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Congress
wants LS by-election ticket only for loyalist


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 8 The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr
Francisco Sardinha said that the party executive today resolved that any loyal
Congressman who was already with the party should be nominated by the party
high command to contest the upcoming parliamentary by-election from South Goa.


Addressing a press conference here this afternoon after a meeting
of the party executive and office-bearers, Mr Sardinha said the party men
resolved that none of those who join the party on the eve of elections should
be made the party candidate.


He also said that the role of the partymen, who had worked against
the party nominees during the last assembly elections, was being probed and
appropriate action would be taken against those found ?guilty?. He went on to
add that before deciding on the matter, all the party candidates would be heard
and their views taken into consideration.


He further said that all those who caused damage to the party
during the June 2 polls would not be accommodated in the party hierarchy, even
as he said that all those who had left the party would be welcomed to re-join
it. He, however, said that he has not received any communication from Ms Victoria
Fernandes seeking ?pardon? for her acts.


The new GPCC president further said that the partymen suggested
that the government should take the party into confidence while framing
policies ? like Special Economic Zones, that would have bearing on the people
of the state, and also while deciding on undertaking major developmental
activities that did not form the part of party manifesto. Mr Sardinha also said
that there were different opinions on the SEZ policy in the state, with some
saying that it was controversial, and in view of this the government should
take the party into confidence before finalising it and taking any future
decisions.


He also said that the party executive felt that all the
developmental activities beyond the scope of the party manifesto have to be
discussed at the party level and that would help the government to narrow down
the differences between the party and the government.


He further said that the party was opposed to permitting casinos
in the state, especially in the river Sal, adding that existing rules should
not be touched to permit fresh ones, even as he said that the government should
take appropriate decision in the larger interest of the people.


Saying that interest of the state should be above everything else,
Mr Sardinha said that the government and parties (in the government) should go
hand in hand and take decisions that would benefit the common man and that
taking of arbitrary decisions on public-private projects should be avoided.


The GPCC president also said that the partymen felt that the
tourism department and Coastal Regulation Zone authority should jointly take a
decision on the number of shacks to be permitted on the beaches, before the
licences are issued. He said that this would help ease the problems faced by
the allottees, who have to run from one agency to another to obtain permission.


The new GPCC president said that the government should extend the
timing for applications and issuance of various certificates at the offices of
the mamlatdars so as to ease the hardships of the people. The timing, which was
now fixed between 9.30 a.m
and 10.30 a.m
should he extended by one more hour to 11.30 a.m, he said.


He also said that the party cadres felt that the mamlatdars should
visit panchayats, with prior intimation to help the people redress their
grievances and also issue them the certificates, rather than make them visit
the taluka headquarters frequently. ?This would really help the ?aam aadmi? for
whom the party was trying to work for and deliver,? he said further.


Mr Sardinha said that the party executive hailed the government
decision to hike the reservation for Scheduled Tribes in government jobs and
education institutions. He also said that the party felt that a separate
directorate should be set up for minorities? welfare with portfolio being
handled by a minister, so that all the central government funds and schemes
could be availed by the state for their benefit.


He, however, criticised the demolition drive undertaken by the
government between Arlem and Raia for widening of road saying that the timing
was not proper. ?It is unfortunate that the demolition was done in the rainy
season and that it has affected the people,? he said adding that had it been
done a little later it would have been better.


He also said that the government could have asked the people to
carry out certain demolition themselves rather than using bulldozers, whose use
has caused damage to other parts of the houses.


He also felt that the authorities should have coordinated the
demolition drive with the local MLA.


Road
closed for speedy clearance of landslides


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 8 The stretch of road from Sai Service junction,
Porvorim to Mandovi bridge junction will be closed for all type of traffic from
10 p.m tonight to 9.30 a.m
on Sunday morning.


According to a press release by the superintendent of police
(Traffic), Mr A V Deshpande, this is as per the requirement of the public works
department for faster completion of mud clearing work due to the landslides on
the Porvorim slope.


All diversions undertaken by the traffic police at the night
during the closure of the said road will remain unchanged, the press release
said.


Valpoi
manages to stay free from malaria


by Abdul Rauf Beig


While most people look forward to development and crave for more
of it, the people from the sleepy town of Valpoi
are happy at not having much development in the area as they feel that it is a
?root cause? to various problems, which includes outbreak of diseases like
malaria.


The area being hilly has a ?natural? drainage system and the water
hardly remains stagnant, thus preventing breeding of mosquitoes that could lead
to outbreak of malaria. Besides most of developmental activities in the area
are carried out during the dry season as such there is no scope for water
accumulation or breeding of mosquitoes.


With there being hardly any developmental activity, the area is
bereft of disease careers, most of whom are migrant labourers. The natural
drainage system and absence of developmental activities work to the advantage
of the locals and is in a way blessing in disguise.


According to doctors in the town, there are no cases of local
people being affected by malaria and the only cases that are reported are
?imported? by the locals working in other places of the state, mostly from
Panaji and Margao. The number of people affected by the disease is negligible
according to the doctors.


According to Dr Vinayak S Karpe, the health officer attached to
the Community Health Centre, Valpoi, almost all the malaria cases detected at
the health centre were of people either working in police or other departments
in Panaji, Margao or some other place.


Dr Ashok Amshekar, a private medical practitioner who also runs a
hospital in Valpoi, also said that all the cases detected at his hospital were
of people working in other towns of the state and no locals were found to have
been affected by the disease.


However, the health and civic authorities are not taking chances
and have been engaging in routine spraying of anti-larvae chemicals. Besides,
the Valpoi municipal council has started a drive to prevent stagnation of water
in the market area and a local non-government organisation has also launched a
drive to create awareness among the local population against the spread of
disease and for maintaining cleanliness.


The local fish market, the most vulnerable area where mosquitoes
could breed was cleaned recently in an attempt to prevent outbreak of malaria.
Similarly all other areas were also cleared of water stagnation and anti-larvae
chemicals sprayed.


According to information provided by the directorate of health
services, none of the people from Valpoi, staying within the town, were
affected with malaria for the last three years and that only two locals who
work in Panaji were found to be the victims of the disease in August, this
year.


The Community Health Centre at Valpoi had drawn slides of 4,938
people in 2005 but none was found positive for malaria. Similarly in 2006, the
CHC collected slides of 4,135 and no case of malaria was detected. This year up
to August the health officials in Valpoi have drawn 4,329 slides and two people
were found positive of having contracted the disease. Both of them were said to
be working outside the town.


65-yr
old dies of malaria in Mapusa


NT News Service


Mapusa Sept 8 A
65-year old, Bharat Gadekar, a resident of Ektanagar, Housing Board in Mapusa
,was the first patient to die of malaria in Mapusa this year.


According to information available the victim was suffering from
vomiting and motions last week and was undergoing treatment from a private
doctor.


However, as there was no improvement the victim was then admitted
to the Asilo hospital in Mapusa. When the patient?s blood sample was checked it
was proved that the patient had contracted malaria. He was then shifted to GMC
on September 4 where he expired the same day.


However, when the Mapusa health officer, Dr Pratima Thali was
contacted her reaction was that she was yet to verify the report that the
patient death was due to malaria.


?Although the GMC has informed the directorate of health services
regarding the death due to malaria, I am yet to verify the report as it has
just been received by me, ? Dr Thali said and maintained that she had received
some information that the death had occurred due to kidney and liver problems.


Meanwhile, Mapusa has witnessed a reduced number of malaria cases
in August compared to that of June and July. This inspite of the fact that
there has been a spurt in construction activities in Mapusa. Expressing satisfaction
that various educative programmes have paid off and specially the awareness
that was growing among the public against malaria Dr Thali said that various
NGO?s are even chipping in to lend their helping hand and this she felt has
brought down the number of malaria cases in Mapusa in the month of August.


Offence
registered for assaulting public servant


NT News Service


Vasco, Sept 8 The Verna police have registered an offence against
four unidentified persons for assaulting a public servant and damaging the
public property.


According to investigating police officer, Mr Jivba Dalvi, a
complaint in this regard has been lodged by Mr Mahadeo Desai, a resident of
Canacona stating that the incident took place at around 12.10 a.m when he was on
duty as a gateman for the Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd at the railway
crossing at Utorda.


According to the complaint, four occupants of a Santro car
obstructed the complainant from discharging his duty and assaulted him.


The unidentified persons also damaged the door shade of the gate
room, damaged the telephone instrument and also the torch used to signal the
trains. It also says that the unknown persons tore the shirt of the
complainant.


The total damage caused to the public property of Konkan Railway
corporation Ltd, was around Rs 9,000 according to the complaint.


The Verna police have registered an offence under Section 332 read
with 34 of Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of the Prevention of Defacement of
Public Property Act against the accused.


Further investigations are on.


Golf
courses, casinos need of the hour, says CCAC


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 8 The Cavelossim Citizens Action Committee today said
that tourism was on an upswing in Goa, but it needs to have proper
infrastructure in place, like golf courses, casinos, etc to lure more tourists
in the state.


Reiterating its support to the casino vessel and also dredging of
the river Sal, the CCAC urged the government to take appropriate decision on
various CRZ violations. The CCAC members called on the Chief Minister, Mr
Digambar Kamat at his residence, Malbhat in Margao, on Saturday morning and
urged him to take all the parties into confidence, before arriving at a
solution on the casino and dredging issue.


The Chief Minister has reportedly promised the CCAC delegation to
take appropriate decision, after consulting all stakeholders in the matter. In
a representation to the Chief Minister, the CCAC has cautioned the government
not to succumb to political pressures and disclosed that agitations against
casino were done by vested interests, to politically divide people.


The CCAC has also requested the government to maintain
transparency and inform the public of action taken on CRZ violations, in survey
no 127\2, which involves construction of two illegal bungalows, survey no 113\8
involving construction of 12 illegal bungalows and another illegal construction
indulged by a resort on the river front.


Extending support to the government for issuing a casino licence
to Leelas, the CCAC representation said that casino will provide employment to
local youth and taxi drivers. It further said that a silent majority of people
from Velim, Ambelim, Assolna and Cavelossim demanded dredging of the entire
river, wherever applicable from Khareband to Mobor.


Care has to be taken to avoid destruction of marine life and to
protect the ecology, while carrying out dredging, it further added. It also
appreciated the decision taken by the government to allow NIO to conduct a
study on the impact of dredging in the river.


The Velim, Ambelim, Assolna Forum, represented by its president,
along with the Cavelossim Citizens Action Committee members today met the chief
minister and presented a memorandum to him.


In the memorandum, the forum has asked the government to respect
the views of vast majority of people, as according to the forum, a majority of
people from Velim, Ambelim, Assolna are for the dredging of the river and in
favour of the casino.


It further said that if at all the government sought to shift the
casino vessel from river Sal, it should also shift Caravela from river Mandovi.





Voting
must be made compulsory in country, says Shantaram


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 8 Mr Shantaram Naik, MP, said in the Rajya Sabha that
voting should be made compulsory in the country, as has been done by 32
countries in the world so far. He said that out of the 32 countries, 17
countries enforce the law while 15 have laws for compulsory voting but they do
not enforce them.


Mr Naik said this while participating in discussion on a bill
moved by Mr Narayanswami to make voting in the elections compulsory and to put
a ban on pre-poll surveys. He said that although in a country like India it was
difficult to implement this, but a beginning could be made.


Mr Naik regretted that the Election Commission has wrongly
interpreted the concept of ordinary resident depriving several voters from
states like Goa and Kerala, working in Gulf
countries or working on board the ships of their valuable voting rights. In
order to confer the right of vote on these voters, the law ministry had
introduced an amendment to the law, however, it has still not been brought for
consideration and passing. Mr Naik appealed to the government to do so at the
earliest.


Mr Naik also pleaded for the introduction of the system of
proportional representation in line with French system, as otherwise, persons
obtaining 5 to 10 per cent of votes can become MLAs or MPs in the present
system.


Referring to the electronic voting card system, Mr Naik said it is
absolutely wrong on the part of the Election Commission to make statement that
EPIC cards would be compulsory and then just two days before the elections to
declare that other alternate documents can also be used. ``This deprives people
who do not have EPIC cards from voting as they go by the earlier statement of
the commission not knowing the statement issued subsequently,?? he added.


Referring to the issue of pre-poll surveys, Mr Naik said that
since voting was done by secret ballot, it was not fair on the part of media to
ask the voters to whom they have voted and publish surveys. There are laws in
the country which prohibit the system but no one likes to antagonise the media,
he said.


CCP
talking to vegetable vendors to shift to new municipal complex


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 8 The Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) has
started discussions with the vegetable vendors carrying out their business in
the city municipal market, in the space between the City Centre and the Dempo
House buildings, for convincing them to move to the newly constructed municipal
market complex.The CCP chairperson, Mr Tony Rodrigues told ?The Navhind Times,?
this evening that few of the vegetable vendors, who have already moved to the
phase I and phase II of the municipal market complex, have taken objection for allowing
the use of the space between the City Centre and the Dempo House buildings by
some vegetable vendors. ?The vegetable vendors already settled in the municipal
market complex feel that their business is ruined by the vegetable vendors who
operate near the Dempo House building, as they are more accessible to the
general public,? he said.


Mr Rodrigues said, ?They will have to be accommodated in phase I
and phase II of the municipal market complex.?


The CCP chairperson also said that the space between the City
Centre and the Dempo House building was originally a public road and once the
same is vacated, it would be used in the construction of the phase III.


Meanwhile, the Panaji Market Tenants Association has petitioned
the mayor to look into the matter and find a solution to the problem before the
Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The shifting of all the vegetable vendors into the
new municipal market complex is expected within next few days.


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4 booked for damaging property


VASCO, SEPT 8 (HR) ? Verna police has
booked an offence against four unknown persons on charges of damaging public
property and assaulting a Konkan Railway gateman while he was discharging duty
at the Utorda railway crossing on Friday. According Verna Police PSI
Jivba Dalvi, the accused came in a car (GA-06-A-1966) and damaged the door of
gate room, telephone instruments, triangular torch which used to direct the signals
to train, all valued at about Rs 9,000. They later assaulted gateman
Mahadev Desai of Canacona at the railway gate room. Verna police has booked an
offence under Section 332 R/w 34 IPC and Section 3 of PDPPF Act and ASI Ulhas
Desai is investigating the case.





Car blaze at Nagarcem; major mishap averted


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


CANACONA, SEPT 8 - A major mishap was averted along the
highway on Saturday afternoon, when a Fiat Uno car caught fire in the middle of
the road below the KRC Bridge at Nagarcem.

Fire fighters rushed to the site to extinguish the rampaging fire before it
could cause any damage to nearby KRC
Bridge and passing
vehicles.

Absence of water is believed to have overheated the radiator, leading to the
fire.

According to eye-witnesses along the busy Char Rasta-Chawdi road, two occupants
in the car valiantly tried to extinguish the fire from the car?s bonnet and
eventually fled from the scene, when the fire engulfed the car. The two
occupants are yet to report to either the police or fire services.

It was rumoured among the onlookers that the destroyed car (GA-01-R-0196)
belongs to some policeman from Mapusa, who sold it to some people a few days
ago.

Police has conducted the panchanama, but stated that further action would be
taken only when the party concerned approaches them.


Bicholim free legal aid cell opens today


HERALD CORRESPONDENT



BICHOLIM SEPT 8 - The inauguration of the Bicholim free
legal aid cell will be held on September 9 at Deendayal Hall Bicholim at 4 pm.

The legal aid cell is formed by the students of the V M Salgaocar College of
Law in association with the Vidyavardhak Mandal, Bicholim.

Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar will be the chief guest at the function, while
advocates Dhaktu Pal and Mahendra Alornekar will be guest speakers. Chairman of
Vidyavardhak Mandal, Sadashiv Varde Walaulikar will be a special invitee.

The function will also include a seminar on legal Awareness. The cell will be
operational every Saturday from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Shantadurga High school,
Bicholim.





Welcoming prodigals




BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 8 ? It seems Congress Party has no qualms in
taking back traitors who turned their back on the party at crucial times.


To a query, Sardinha announced that they welcome with open arms all those
who have left the party to join others. He said though they welcome ex-Congress
men who wish to make a come back including Babush Monserrate ? they will not be
given any position in the front line. He indicated that they would take a tough
stand against those who worked against party interest during last assembly
polls.





GMC has no bed-sheets in store!


BY HERALD REPORTER



PANJIM, SEPT 8 ? While on one hand Health Minister
Vishwajeet Rane is making surprise visits proclaiming that he wants to improve
the health care system, on the other hand, it has been revealed that the GMC ?
the premier government hospital ? doesn?t have bed-sheets in its stores.

During both his ?surprise visits? to GMC, he threatened to take action against
the administrator but instead he has given additional powers to the
administrator ? Medical Superintendent Dr Rajan Kuncolienkar. Dean Dr V N
Jindal who has tried hard to improve the services at GMC with sincere efforts
has been relieved of some financial and administrative powers on the directions
of the Health Minister.

Utt Goenkara spokesman Adv Aires Rodrigues condemning political interference
said that in sidelining Dr Jindal, the health minister has shown that he has a
hidden agenda to further financially bleed GMC.

He further said that with vested interests in mind the Health Minister had
managed to get his ?family-friendly private doctors and chums? into the
hospital advisory and purchase committees.





CM urged to involve all parties to solve River Sal
controversy


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 8 ? Delegation of Cavelossim Citizens Action
Committee has urged Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat to involve all the parties,
both pro and anti-casino groups, to solve the problem relating to the casino
boat and river dredging.

The Committee has supported off-shore casino licence issued to Hotel Leela on
grounds it will provide various employment opportunities to local youth and
taxi drivers.

A delegation led by Adv Mike Mehta and Kennedy Afonso called on Kamat at his
residence on Saturday morning and explained him the stand of the Cavelossim
Citizens Action Committee vis-?-vis the controversy.

The delegation told the Chief Minister that the agitation against the casino is
a movement, created to divide the people and gain mileage in the political arena
by certain vested interests and asked the government not to succumb to these
political pressures.

In the memorandum, Kennedy Afonso pointed out that the shellfish collecting
fishermen are few and this is a dying profession. ?The upcoming Goan generation
does not want to dive into a river and make a career out of collecting clams
and shellfish. A time will come when there is sufficient shellfish and nobody
to dive into the river?, he said and asked ?are we fighting among ourselves to
save a dying profession?.

The delegation also demanded prompt action against CRZ violations by illegal
bungalows in the village and an illegal construction on the river front by a
starred resort.


Magistrate cracks the whip on illegalities at ?place
of worship?


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 8 ? The District Magistrate, South has
directed Al-Gulshan-E-Sunni Muslim Association, Chinchinim to stop all types of
illegal activities carried out in a residential house located near the football
grounds, Chinchinim, which is being used as a place of worship to offer namaz.

The Magistrate order states that people from surrounding villages attend the
Chinchinim feast scheduled on September 9, adding that the activities in the
house is likely to hurt the sentiments of other law-abiding citizens, which may
disturb public peace and tranquility, resulting in law and order situation.

The injunction order issued by the Magistrate, G P Naik will come into force
with immediate effect and will remain in force till September 12. Alisab
Bepari, President of the Al-Gulshan-E-Sunni Muslim Association has been asked
to show cause on September 12, at 2.30 pm in the office of the District
Magistrate why the ex-parte order should not be further extended.

The Magistrate?s order comes a day after Minister for Water Resources Filipe
Neri Rodrigues, Chinchinim Sarpanch Allwyn Antao, ZP member Joe Dias and others
called on Naik and briefed about the facts vis-?-vis the residential house and
its activities.

In his order, the Magistrate said he is satisfied that circumstances did not
permit him to serve the notices in due time. ?In my considered opinion, there
is sufficient ground for proceeding under Sub-Section (1) of Section 144 of Cr
P C, 1973 and grant an ex-parte injunction for carrying out all such type of illegal
activities in the house to ensure public peace and tranquility and to prevent
obstruction, annoyance or injury to any person lawfully employed or danger to
human life or safety or disturbance of public tranquility or riot or an affray
during the festivity?.

The Magistrate referred to the representation received from Chinchinim
Panchayat, Chinchinim Villagers Action Committee and Chinchinim Citizens
Committee which charged the Muslim body for ?illegally? converting a
residential house into a prayer house to conduct religious activities without
obtaining prior permission from the concerned authorities.

The SP, South has been directed by the Magistrate to deploy additional force in
Chinchinim village to prevent law and order situation.


Cong favours ?separate dept? for minorities


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 8 ? The Congress Party today decided there
should be a ?separate directorate? for minorities in the State and it would
pursue this matter with the government.

Francisco Sardinha, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) told a press
conference that party is of the opinion that there should be a separate
directorate for minorities.

However when informed that Christian community in Goa
is not enlisted as minority and hence will not able to avail of benefits made
available for minorities by the government ? he declared that he would take up
this matter with the government.

The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee which met on Saturday here discussed on
various issues ranging from Casino to how to improve co-ordination between
government and the party.


Chodankar chides Parrikar for ?endangering? people?s
lives


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 8 ? Goa Pradesh Youth Congress (GPYC)
President Girish Chodankar today chided the Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar
for personally removing along with two BJP MLAs the barricades put up to stop
traffic at Porvorim yesterday thereby endangering human life and said that the
former CM should stop taking political mileage out of such issues as his
government had blocked the Panjim-Miramar road for IFFI 2004 for almost ten
days.

Risking the life of the people to gain political mileage is definitely
bad politics, Chodankar said while reacting to yesterday?s incident of Mr.
Parrikar taking law into his hands.

Chodankar said while clearing the boulders it was quite natural to stop
the movement of people and that it was ridiculous on the part of Mr Parrikar to
obstruct government officials and remove barricades at two places. ?To our good
luck no untoward incident occurred when the traffic was suddenly stopped? he
said. Chodankar said, ?if this was done by BJPs Yuva Morcha, we could have
understood but definitely not by Mr. Parrikar?.

Besides the 10-day blockade of Panjim-Miramar road to satisfy Bollywood
stars and other film personalities, Chodankar reminded that Parrikar had also
blocked roads on Khorjuem
Bridge for dinner
diplomacy for film actors.

The closure of roads now at Porvorim was an emergency, which was carried
out by PWD. What Mr. Parrikar has done is only a political gimmick at the cost
of endangering life of the people by taking law in to his hands. He appreciated
the courage shown by police in lodging the complaint against Mr.Parrikar, says
a press note.


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My
daughter will contest LS by-poll, says Churchill


NT News Service


Majorda, Sept 9 ?Come what may, my daughter Valanka will contest
the by-election for the South Goa Lok Sabha seat,? stated Mr Churchill Alemao,
the PWD Minister and president of Save Goa Front, a coalition partner in the
Congress-led government.


This statement of Mr Alemao has come on the heels of a decision of
the Goa pradesh Congress committee which says
that the party ticket should go only to the nominee who is already in the
party, having complete loyalty.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times? from Mumbai -- on his way home
from Valankani, Tamil Nadu -- Mr Alemao said that he has no comments to make on
decisions taken by the GPCC regarding the Congress candidature for the Lok
Sabha seat.


?What I am sure about is that my daughter will contest this
by-election,? he said. When it was pointed out to him that the Congress is
looking for a loyal partyman, Mr Alemao retorted, ?Tell me who is loyal to the
Congress in Goa?? adding that only persons who are loyal to the Congress in the
state are the Rajya Sabha MP, Mr Shantaram Naik and former MP, Mr John
Fernandes. Except these two persons none has remained loyal to the Congress, he
observed.


Recalling that he had won the seat with a thumping majority in 16
out of the 21 constituencies for this Lok Sabha seat, even defeating the BJP in
one of their constituencies, Mr Alemao said that it is but natural that he has
support of the public. He observed that he has no doubt that the same kind of
support would be given to her daughter in the coming election.


Asked how he will get Congress support when the party has been
saying that ticket should go only to a person who is already in the party, Mr
Alemao said that many Congressmen are with him and that somehow he will be able
to manage to convince the Congress that his daughter is the right candidate for
the job.


Asked on which party his daughter will fight the Lok Sabha
elections, in case the Congress rejects his demand, Mr Alemao said what he
knows is that his daughter will be the candidate. He said that the party on
which his daughter will contest the elections will be known at right time.


When Mr Francisco Sardinha was contacted for his comments on Mr
Alemao?s insistence on ticket for his daughter to contest the Lok Sabha
by-poll, he stated that the Congress high command will decide on party?s
candidature for this seat.


?The high command always decides who is a better candidate,? he
said adding decision on candidature is taken collectively and not by an
individual. He parried a question on winnability.


Mr Sardinha disclosed that this morning he was at Quepem for a
workers meeting where he said all the Congress workers were of the opinion that
only senior Congress people should be given the party ticket and not to any
?Tom, Dick and Harry?.


Mr Sardinha said that all the Congress workers from Quepem were
against the idea of Mr Alemao fielding his daughter and that the Congress
workers were against this move. Mr Sardinha informed that he has promised the
party workers at Quepem that their sentiments will be conveyed to the high
command and also to other members of the party in the state.


Our Margao Bureau adds: The PWD Minister, however, can salvage some
pride, when his brother Congressman called him ?real? Congressman.


?Churchill is a real Congressman. His first stint as an MLA was as
a Congressman,? Urban Development Minister, Mr Joaquim Alemao disclosed.


He however made it clear that he did not want to contest GPCC,
president, Mr Francisco Sardinha?s statement on the parliamentary by-elections.
?He is our party president and I respect him for what he is,? Mr Alemao stated.


Since election to the parliamentary by-election was yet to be
announced, he said it would be futile to discuss about it now.


He further disclosed that decision in such matters, would finally
be decided by the party high command.


?I will abide by whatever decision taken by my high command,? he
added.


Work
on Porvorim hill continues


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 9 The work for bringing down the dangerous portion of
the cracked hill and clearing the stones and mud along the stretch of road
extending from Sai Service junction, Porvorim to Mandovi bridge junction continued
today, though the entire work may only be completed in another week.Officials
of the public works department informed that the work of shifting the stones
and mud would require at least 8 to 10 days as very few vehicles can be used
for the work at a time.


The officials maintained that the ongoing work has slowed down as
the general traffic has been allowed to commute in the area during the day.


The particular stretch of the road which was closed for all type
of traffic from 10 p.m on September 8 to 9.30 a.m on September 9, created a lot of
inconvenience to the public.


Noisy
scenes witnessed at Sancoale panchayat?s gram sabha


NT News Service


Vasco, Sept 9 The special gram sabha of Sancoale panchayat was
suspended sin-die following chaos and noisy scenes this morning.


There was a scuffle between two groups when the gram sabha members
dispersed from the meeting, however the police deputed in large number managed
to control the situation and prevented the people from getting violent. The
meeting was attended by around 2,000 villagers.


The much-awaited gram sabha of Sancoale panchayat was convened by
the Block Development Officer, Mormugao, Mr P T Murgaonkar today morning in
front of Sancoale Panchayat building. The meeting was attended and chaired by
deputy sarpanch, Mr Ramakant Borkar in absence of sarpanch, Ms Sharada Rathod.


The panchayat secretary, Mr Pedro Jaques, BDO observer, Mr Prakash
Mehta and panch, Mr Bhojraj Naik were sitting on the dais.


Mr Jaques placed the proceedings of the last gram sabha while the
deputy sarpanch presented the details of the budget for 2007-08 which was
proposed and accepted during June.


The former panch, Mr Sandeep Naik raised the issue of the gram
sabha quorum and said that without the quorum, the deputy sarpanch has no right
to start the proceedings of the meeting. On the other, he also raised the
problem of garbage in Zuarinagar. He also raised the question over the funds
released by the panchayat to lift the garbage.


Replying to a question, Mr Borkar gave a list of the expenditure
in the year 2003-06 and also told that the panchayat has earned the revenue of
Rs 5.8 lakh in form of taxes. The proposal put forward by Mr Naik to collect
house tax from the people residing in Zuarinagar was accepted during the gram
sabha.


However, when the question put up by Mr Naik of the failure of
panchayat in holding the gram sabhas for last consecutive three years came up
for discussion, the situation became tense. The members raised voice to inquire
into the matter and also further demanded not to hold any gram sabha.


Mr Borkar reacting to the demand placed by the members, decided to
suspend the gram sabha in order to prevent any eventuality. There were around
10 items placed in the annexure of gram sabha to be discussed and also some
proposals to be sanctioned.


The deputy sarpanch walked out from the meeting with strong police
protection. The scuffle between the two groups was brought under control by the
police team from Verna and Vasco police stations.


The deputy superintendent of police, Vasco, Mr Deu Banaulikar,
Vasco PI, Mr Sammy Tavares, Verna PI, Mr Nalasco Raposo, Mormugao PI, Mr Uttam
Raut Dessai, police sub-inspectors, Mr Jivba Dalvi, Mr Shailesh Narvekar, Mr
Yeshwant Gawas and Mormugao mamlatdar, Mr Pundalik Khorjuvenkar brought the
situation under control. The team of police officers and Mormugao mamlatdar, Mr
Khorjuvenkar was camping at the site till late in the afternoon.


Some agitated people of Sancoale took out a morcha to the Verna
police station later in the afternoon. The former panch, Mr Simon Carvalho,
present panch, Mr Tulsidas Naik and Mr Seby Farnandes, while addressing the
people in large number after the culmination of the gram sabha, made
allegations against the ruling members of the panchayat.


Meanwhile, the Verna police have registered an offence against
three persons namely, Simon Carvalho, Peter Dias and Simon Dias for allegedly
restraining Mr Narendra Naik and his friends while proceeding to their
residence at Sancoale.


The complainant, Mr Narendra Naik has also alleged that the three
persons pushed them and gave threat of dire consequences.


The Verna police have registered an offence under Section 341, 506
(2), readwith 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against all three of them. Head
constable, Mr Simon Fernandes is further investigating the case under the
supervision of PI, Mr Raposo.


CM?s
intervention helps solve aam aadmi?s problem


NT News Service


Mapusa Sept 9 The intervention of Chief Minister, Mr
Digambar Kamat has helped solve an ?aam aadmi?s? problem in Mapusa.


This aam aadmi , a resident of Feira Alta, Mapusa was running from
pillar to post for the past 6 months just to get a correction of name done.
However, the careless approach of the head clerk of the Mapusa municipality
prompted this boy to knock at the CM?s door, following which his problem was
immediately solved.


The resident of Feira Alta had sought in April this year a
slight change of his parent?s name. The change of name sought was just from
Peter to Pedro and Perpet to Perpetua.


The change was substantiated with all required and thorough
documents from the competent authority. However, the head clerk of the Mapusa
municipality, Mr Hussain Khan refused to do the necessary correction saying
that it was not possible for him to believe that the names sought to be changed
belong to the same persons.


The concerned file then began to circulate between the chief
officer of Mapusa and the head clerk as based on remarks by the head clerk the
chief officer could not approve the same. In the meanwhile, the aggrieved person
approached Mr Raut, the statistical officer attached to the BDO office in
Mapusa.


Mr Raut informed him that within the powers vested and as per
Section 15 of Births and Death Records (RBDI 1969) the changes could well be
incorporated with substantial documents. This was made known to the head clerk
who inspite of being told about this refused to consider the application. In
sheer frustration finally the chairperson of Mapusa was apprised about the
matter who even directed the head clerk not to put the public to inconvenience
and if according to the rules this change of name can be done to do so. But the
head clerk who still did not yield to the request of the chairperson asked the
applicant to bring an affidavit in support that the names being sought to be
changed belong to the same person.


This infuriated the applicant who already had in his possession
enough documents to prove the same. Unable to bear the harassment for six long
months, the applicant then sought the intervention of the Chief Minister. According
to reliable sources, it is learnt that the Chief Minister took strong objection
to the manner in which the public are being harassed on flimsy grounds by some
government employees. Mr Kamat while asking an enquiry to be done in the matter
forwarded the said grievance to the registrar of births and deaths at Panaji,
asking for prompt action in the matter.


Meanwhile, on receiving the application, the research assistant of
births and deaths at Panaji, Ms Fatima Pereira immediately rushed to the Mapusa
municipality to reprimand the head clerk, who unfortunately was on leave the
same day.


The chief officer, who is indisposed and on leave, could not be
contacted. Ms Pereira then informed the chairperson, Ms Bhobe that already her
office had received many complaints regarding refusal and harassment on the
part of the municipal staff just to change the names that are so being sought
by the applicants.


To this the chairperson informed Ms Pereira that she too was
against public being inconvenienced and in this regard had even instructed the
head clerk to solve the said matter. Ms Pereira later instructed the LDC, Mr
Lobo to inform the head clerk to get the correction done immediately or else
the latter would be called to Panaji for imparting training regarding the rules
and regulations that are in place to solve such matters.


Sand
transportation activity stopped


NT News Service


Canacona, Sept 9 Once again the transportation of sand from Karwar
to Goa has been stopped by the South Goa Sand Transport Association for the past
eight days due to the entry of unauthorised vehicles from Karnataka.According
to some of the operators of sand transport, the unauthorised vehicles are
selling sand at a much cheaper rate than the fixed rate by the association and
the owners of unauthorised vehicles have also failed to compromise with the
members of the association at a joint meeting held recently at Shristall,
Canacona.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times,? some of the owners of newly
purchased vehicles said that it was a huge loss to them due to repeated
restrictions on sand transportation for the past one year and they had problem
in paying the monthly bank installments as ninety per cent of them have taken
the vehicles on either bank or finance companies.


The president of the South Goa Sand Transport Association said
that a newly established civil contractor and the construction industries from
the south Goa district have been affected due
to shortage of sand for the past one week.


It may be recalled that the import of sand from Kajubhag (Karwar)
was stopped in July and February this year due to the dispute between the South
Goa Sand Transport Association and Karwar-Ankola-based Association over the
rate fixation and operation of trucks. And this repeated stoppage of sand
transportation has resulted in huge loss and hardships to drivers and cleaners
of the vehicles.


According to the president of the South Goa Sand Transport
Association, the dispute raised by the Karwar-Ankola-based truck owners has no
base since the sand transporters have made an agreement with the sand
extractors-cum-plot owners and not with the truck operators.


He further said that Karwar-Ankola-based truck owners are
demanding to allow them to ply more trucks from Karwar to Goa,
especially during the rainy season when mining activity is at a standstill.


Return
Of Prodigal


EDITORIAL


The exiled prime minister of Pakistan, Mr Nawaz Sharif, even
before expiry of his ten year political asylum in Saudi Arabia, returns home
today, that is too take on the person, Gen Pervez Musharraf, who had thrown him
out in a coup and installed himself as the president of Pakistan, is an
important event that would not only change the political contours of the
neighbouring country, but would have a multi dimensional impact on India?s
relations with it. After all he is the man who had conceived Kargil but was
delivered by Gen Musharraf.


Mr Sharif is playing a gamble, which only a matured politician can
venture to play. His entire perception of the future and plans are the creation
of the Pakistan Supreme Court judgment, which on August 23 held that Mr Sharif
and his brother are Pakistan
nationals and have an inalienable right to return. While it allowed him to
contest ensuing general elections, it also directed the government to ensure
Sharif?s safe return. Based on this judicial pronouncement, Mr Sharif, who does
not have a clean political record is planning to wage a political battle
against Gen Musharraf.


If Gen Musharraf has every reason to feel anxious, the return of
Mr Sharif is a major source of worry for the US President, Mr George Bush. The
Bush administration does not trust Mr Sharif and knows it well that he would
prefer to play into the hands of the religious fundamentalists who are opposed
to American interest. And any cost Mr Bush would not allow the gains to drift.
Undoubtedly the political acumen of Mr Bush is on the real test; rehabilitation
of Mr Sharif would mean decline of American interest in the sub-continent, much
to the dislike of the Bush administration.


Whether Gen Musharraf allowing Mr Sharif to become a hero by
arresting him the moment he lands or diverts the plane to go back to Saudi
Arabia, or even King of Saudi Arabia arrests him even before embarks on his
journey, are the issues of mere conjecture and are primarily internal affairs
of Pakistan. What is imperative is the government of India would have to judge the event
on a broader framework and get ready to face challenges, which have already
started surfacing.


Gen Musharraf has already started releasing terrorists, who were
in jails and this is not a good omen. It obviously implied that the terrorists
enjoyed his patronage and now in the changed situation they will bail him out.
On the other hand the religious fundamentalists have thrown their weight behind
Mr Sharif. As it stands now Pakistan
is vertically divided. And in such a situation the worst casualty would be the
parliamentary politics. In an otherwise situation too when the parliamentary
politics could not shape the political developments of that country, in the
present situation it would be preposterous to think that any rationale
political norm would be followed. Even if Gen Musharraf succeeds in checking Mr
Sharif, with the help of extremists and the Bush administration and retaining
power, there is no doubt that the situation will cease to be conducive for
bilateral peace-process. India
will have to feel the heat. The government must tighten the security along the
border in the valley and encourage the liberal elements to come to the center
stage.


Defining
Loyalty


EDITORIAL


The state Congress leaders still nurture suspicion towards the
Save Goa Front chief and their PWD Minister, Mr Churchill Alemao. Else, there
was no reason for the state Congress chief, Mr Francisco Sardinha to spell out
the priority, a loyal Congressmen would be nominated for the upcoming
by-election to the South Goa Lok Sabha seat. Loyalty is a vague and also a
relative word. Mr Churchill was a loyal Congressman, before he quit the party
and joined the SGF. The political behviour of the politicians even shames
loyalty. It would not exaggeration to say that loyalty is the scarce commodity
in the Goan politics. Nothing could substantiate it better than what happened
in Goa during last two months. Mr Sardinha
instead must select a person who is honest to the state and its people and can
effectively raise the voice of Goa on the floor of the Lok Sabha and make the
government of India
to listen to it.


Learning
Bicycle


by Trupti Borkar


PINKY?S persistent pestering made her father bring a new brand
bicycle for her. Though it was a joyful moment to her, Pinky?s parents were
worried as she might injure herself while learning the same as the Goan roads
were unsafe. She showed the bicycle to her friends and soon the learning
session was kicked?off. The track chosen was the narrow passage between the row
bungalows which finally linked to the main road. As none in her group had the
experience of riding a bicycle, she had to start from scratch by trial and
error method.


Two of her classmates helped her in the bicycle expedition. They
gave her the much-needed guidance as how to get on and descend. Though it was a
novel experience, she got on to the bicycle with friends? help and rested her
feet on the pedal. The balancing act was being controlled by her two friends.
Soon she exerted force on the pedal and the lifeless engine completed one
rotation. Pinky thought that she would be an ace cyclist within a few days.


As the practice sessions continued, Pinky slowly became
self-reliant. However, she wanted both her classmates near to her unless she
fully fine-tunes the riding skills. One fine day, her friends could not turn
up. Seeing their absence, Pinky decided to ride the bicycle on her own. She
made head-start right from her residence towards the end of the passage. Hardly
had she covered a distance of 20
meters, she lost control on the bicycle and fell down
sustaining minor injuries to her knee and forearm.


It was an embarrassing situation for her. She looked around,
luckily nobody observed her. She stood up as early as possible, lifted her
bicycle and started moving towards her residence. However, the wheel was
damaged with a bent developing in the rim. The only option left was to tow away
the same. She kept the bicycle in the car porch and entered the house without
letting it known to her parents that she had sustained injuries. She then
informed her friends and the bicycle was referred to a nearby specialist.
Everything was set right and the next training sessions began with a rest of
some days in between.


The new session was not a cake walk for her. This time she hit a
pedestrian from behind right at the end of the passage linking to the main
road. The pedestrian was badly hurt and blood was flowing from his calf muscle.
Seeing him, Pinky abandoned her cycle and fled the scene. She informed her
parents, who had to refer the wounded to the doctor. From that day onwards,
Pinky decided not to become an ace cyclist but an admirer of cyclists passing
by. Now, another bicycle which she got as part of the government scheme for
girls is adoring her car porch in company of the other that was brought to her
by parents.


LETTERS
TO THE EDITOR


Moulding Young MindsOBSERVATIONS by a bench of the Supreme Court
that the country needed good students and not full-time leaders engaged in
goondagardi and dadagiri need serious introspection. Students, rightfully seen
as the future of a nation, need good counseling to wade their way through the
turbulent years of adolescence. Blessed with pliable minds these youngsters
need to be moulded into responsible citizens of tomorrow. It is all a matter of
guidance and for that matter the simple philosophy of sparing the wand and
spoiling the child still holds good. Timely reprimands as and when the child
goes astray should check the streaks of rebellion that is an inborn trait in
every toddler. Parents overlooking their little ones? tiny flaws as pranks of a
mischievous mind at work will only encourage the proliferation of a hoard of
negative tendencies that in later life go to make the character of the infant.
Tapping the talents of their wards, the teachers should encourage healthy
competition and bring out the best in them. Campus politics should well be
restricted to in-house rivalries. However party politics making inroads into
the corridors of learning and controlling various student unions by money and
muscle power are the order of the day today. How else could one explain the
furore created over university elections to the extent that courts are
approached for granting stays on the proceedings! Misleading the younger
generation, the seasoned politicians further their career. The day the
realization dawns that they are mere tools in a power game of far grater
ramifications, they are a dejected and broken lot. Every generation has
witnessed the turmoil of a young mind and better sense will only prevail if the
youth learn to recognize colleges and universities as temples of learning, a
home away from home, and the campuses they tread on treated as sacrosanct!


PACHU MENON, Margao


Confusion On Casinos


IN order to avoid facing the basic issues involved in the ongoing
controversy, the protagonists of floating casinos have sought to spread confusion
by bringing irrelevant and extraneous arguments into the public debate. Even if
one accepts the necessity of a policy permitting the operation of ?off-shore?
casinos, can one stretch the definition of ?shore? to include ?river-banks?? In
such a case, we would soon have floating casinos springing up on inland lakes
and ponds, turning the whole state into one big casino! Nobody denies the fact
that the licensing of off-shore casinos earns tax revenue for the state
exchequer. If flesh trade and the drugs trade were to be similarly licensed, it
would also contribute revenue. Would this by itself justify the pursuit of such
a policy? Is the social cost involved not to be considered? It is time for
concerned citizens to get together to protect the public interest before it is
too late. Recent events have shown that our legacy and the future of
generations to come is too precious to be left to the tender mercies of our
venal politicians and bureaucrats!


TONY CORREIA-AFONSO, Benaulim


Understanding People?s Opinion


THIS has reference to the news item which appeared in September 9
edition of the NT wherein Mr Shantaram Naik, MP has expressed his opinion that
voting should be made compulsory in India. It appears that he would be
pressing this demand in the Parliament in the near future. I am requesting him
to work on better things such as weeding out corruption, putting a check on
political defection etc. I suggest the Election Commisioner to include an
option in the ballot paper stating ?No candidate is found suitable?.


STEPHEN DIAS, Dona Paula


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favour eco-friendly development in village


HERALD CORRESPONDENT



CORTALIM, SEPT 9 ? Alarmed over the fact that the Sancoale
was sitting on a time bomb with fertilizer and other companies operating in the
village, the locals demanded that development which is in the interest of the
village and environmental friendly should be allowed so as to avoid men-animal
conflict.

Addressing the villagers after the adjournment of gram sabha, panch Tulsidas
Naik alleged the development what the acting sarpanch was talking about was not
that of the village but his personal development.

?If the sarpanch was interested in the development of the village he would not
have adjourned the gram sabha by taking up the proposal of Sandeep?s Naik in
preference to other proposals as is evident on the agenda,? Mr Naik claimed and
accused the sarpanch of dividing the two communities for personal interests.

Another villager Damodar Naik ridiculed the sarpanch for criticising the role
of priests and hailed the contribution of the priests in giving a proper
direction to the villagers. He said that today?s show of strength was a
reminder to all those who felt that Sancoalkars could be taken for granted.

Simon Carvalho, whom the Sarpanch?s targeted for obstructing development works,
said that the village witnessed development only after he (Carvalho) became the
panch and cited the works done by him. He said, if companies like Meta Strips
and oil tanks had made their presence in the village, it was during tenure of
previous panchayat body.

?If the panchayat was interested in the safety of the village these projects
would have never come up and cited the example of the casino boat in
Cavelossim, which was ?dragged out? by the panchayat and its people despite
obtaining some clearances,? Carvalho informed.

The Rector of Blessed Joseph Vaz Sanctuary Sancoale, Fr Eremito Rebelo appealed
to the villagers irrespective of faiths and Party affiliations to unite in the
interest of their village. Stating that the village was facing troubled times
after five years of relative calm, the priest said that only development, which
is in villagers interest and environmental friendly should be allowed.





Sancoalkars march against acting sarpanch?s decision


HERALD CORRESPONDENT



CORTALIM, SEPT 9 ? September 9, 2007 could well go down in
the history of Sancoale, when niz Sancoalkars (local villagers) including men
and women raised their voice in unison and staged an unprecedented massive
protest rally over a sudden decision by the acting Sarpanch Ramakant Borkar to
adjourn the gram sabha.

What irked the villagers was the sudden decision by the acting sarpanch in
adjourning the gram sabha based on a proposal by former panch Sandeep Naik
wherein among other things Naik demanded an inquiry into the failure of the
panchayat to hold the gram sabha during the last three years, which is Simon
Carvalho?s term.

What is surprising is that although the body held its maiden gram sabha in June
this year, the acting sarpanch himself provided the answer to Naik?s request
that the gram sabha could not held since there was a disqualification petition
against Simon Carvalho who was the then panch.

The acting sarpanch who appeared inclined to adjourn the meeting led to an
uproar from the local villagers although his decision found favour among the
migrant community from Zuari Nagar whom Mr Borkar is representing in one of the
wards. After the acting sarpanch left, local village leaders addressed the
villagers and spontaneously resolved to carry out a protest rally although the
police prevailed upon the villagers against holding the rally. That the
villagers meant seriousness business was evident from the fact that after
wending through the streets of Sancoale and Cortalim villages till
Cortalim-Lotoulim junction which is about 5 kms, the villagers returned back to
the road leading to the residence of the acting sarpanch at Sindolim only to be
stopped by the police a few meters away.

Later, the villagers assembled near the Sancaole church and castigated the
ruling panchayat body specially the acting sarpanch of giving distorted
information and for promoting his evil plans in the name development.

Earlier, the villagers booed at the acting sarpanch for deviating from the gram
sabha?s agenda and for making provoking and distorted information only to
create chaos among the villagers.

Except for a minor scuffle, the gram sabha which was held in tense atmosphere
passed off peacefully. A strong armed police force under the supervision of
Deputy Superintendent of Police and Mormugao SDPO Deu Benaulikar was present
along with Verna PI Nolasco Raposo and Vasco PI Sammy Tavares. A platoon from
the Goa Reserve Police and the new Mormugao Mamlatdar Pundalik Korjuvenkar was
also present.





Burglars strike 5 shops at Aquem


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 9 ? Burglars again struck in a big way,
looting at least five shops, including a jewellery shop, at Aquem in the wee
hours of Sunday.

Margao police, however, said they have received only one complaint from the
jewellery shop owner, stating that the culprits have decamped with four gold
bangles, besides a gold pendant, worth around Rs 40,000.

Locals said they saw at least four miscreants running towards the Monte Hill
after committing the offence.

The incident is believed to have occurred between 3 am and 4 am. The jewellery
shop was the first to be burgled when miscreants entered the premises by
breaking open the shutter lock. A complaint to this effect was lodged with the
Margao police by one Pradeep Kumar Pednekar.

Though the police maintained that there was no complaint of any theft in any
other shop in the Aquem locality, locals said miscreants using crowbar effected
entry into a hardware shop and a saloon.

Sources said four shops were burgled around 12-15 days near the Rajendra Prasad
stadium by unknown miscreants. These four shops were again burgled in a span of
three days, sources said.





Students remind CM of computer promise


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 9 ? The Government?s decision to give laptops
to teachers under an interest-free loan scheme has agitated the more than 4000
students who were promised computers under the Cyberage Scheme by the end of
July.


In a press note issued here, All Goa Students Forum chided Chief Minister
Digambar Kamat for failing to keep his commitment towards the student community
of providing them computers by the said date.


The press note states that the students even after making the payment for
the computers the same have not been made available to them. The CM is making
false promises; we feel cheated. He is a liar and trying to play with the
sentiments of the students, it adds. AGSF has now declared that the students
would wait and watch the situation till Ganesh Chaturthi after which they will
explode.


Identify land for safe waste disposal, South civic
bodies told


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 9 ? Municipal bodies in South
Goa district have been asked to identify land in their respective
jurisdiction for safe disposal of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable waste.


District Magistrate, South G P Naik, who had a meeting with the Chief
Officers of Municipal Councils from South Goa,
drew attention of the civic bodies to the High Court directions to the
Municipal bodies to identify the land for disposal of waste.


Naik impressed upon the COs that the Civic
bodies should immediately cordon off the dumping site, if any, with a compound
wall so that the waste is not visible to the public.


While Municipal Councils such as Margao and Mormugao already have garbage
dumping sites, the Collector underlined the need for all the municipal bodies
to identify dumping sites for scientific treatment of garbage.


?I have given the civic bodies time as per the High Court directions to
identify or build compound walls or start scientific disposal of the waste?,
Naik told Herald after the meeting.


Chinchinim feast celebrated with traditional pomp,
gaiety


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 9 ? Chinchinim village wore a festive look as
the villagers celebrated the annual feast of Our Lady of Hope Church on Sunday
with traditional pomp and gaiety.


Thousands of devotees thronged the Church for the Holy Mass since morning.


As is the tradition, the festivities will continue for the next one week and
will culminate on Sunday.


Dozens of stalls displaying household items have been put up in the market
area by vendors hailing from Goa and across
the borders at Hubli.


Sources said godgodo gambling went on unabated with the law enforcing
agencies preferring to turn a nelson?s eye to the activity. This assumes
significance given that a local citizens committee making representation to the
Chief Minister to stop the gambling activity.


Meanwhile, the district police deployed heavy police force in the village as
a precautionary measure in view of the dispute over the row over a residential
place being used to offer namaz.


The police personnel were found deployed away from the market place so as
not to vitiate the festive atmosphere.


Depts get 2 months to protect govt land from
encroachments


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 9 ? Taking serious note of the failure by
government departments to effect mutations of land acquired for public
purposes, the District Collector, South has served a two-month deadline on all
departments to comply with the requirements to protect government land from
encroachments.


At a meeting with heads of over two-dozen government departments, Collector
G P Naik underscored the need to mutate the acquired land since many an
acquired property stands encroached by vested interests.


The Collector told the heads of departments that many a land acquired for
public purposes has not been mutated as a result of which the names of the
original owners and tenants continues to remain on Form I & IV.


?This gives scope for unscrupulous elements to encroach on the acquired
land, putting the exchequer in a huge revenue loss?, he maintained and called
for mutation of all government-acquired properties within the next two months.


Incidentally, a similar exercised was undertaken by the South Goa district
administration when Naik was the Additional Collector after a number of
incidents came to light that government acquired properties were still
registered in the name of the owners despite payment of compensation.


Poinguinim to pay homage to Alfred Afonso


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 9 ? The Village Panchayat of Poinguinim will
pay homage to a great hero of Goa?s freedom struggle Terekhol vir Alfred Afonso
tomorrow, September 10, to mark his 21st death anniversary at his memorial in
Poinguinim at 8.00 am.


The homage will be followed by a short prayer service in presence of
Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar, sarpanch Mrunali Namshikar, Deputy Sarpanch
Satish Painginkar, freedom fighters and school students.


Alfred Afonso was amongst the three batches of satyagrahis who entered Goa through Majali, Banda and Terekhol respectively. It
was a glorious moment when on August 15, 1954, the satyagrahis led by Alfonso
bravely brushed aside the nozzle of Portuguese guns and unfurled the national
tricolor on the Terekhol Fort.


A lively and touching account of this momentous historical event is given in
the fourth standard Konkani textbook under the heading ?Terekhol Vir Alfred
Afonso?.


The Loliem panchayat has named its market complex as Terekhol Vir Alfred
Afonso Market Complex and the Poinguinim panchayat has named the
Poinguin-Ordhofond via Galgibaga road as Terekhol Vir Alfred Afonso marg.


Alfonso was conferred with the ?Tamrpatr? at the hands of then Prime
Minister Indira Gandhi on August 15, 1972. The State Government has also
erected a memorial at Terekhol Fort for this hero of Goa?s
freedom struggle.


Vice Admiral Bedi to visit Goa



HERALD NEWS DESK


PANJIM, SEPT 9? Vice Admiral J S Bedi who recently took
over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command is on a
maiden visit to Goa from September 10 to 12.


The admiral, during his meritorious service has held numerous prestigious
appointments in the Indian Navy which included Assistant Chief of Naval Staff,
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Controller of Warship Production and
acquisition at Naval Headquarters. He also was Chief of Staff Officer of
Western Naval Command during Operation Vijay. Vice Admiral Bedi was the Fleet
Commander of Mighty Western Fleet during Operation Parakram?.


Vice Admiral Bedi has an old association with Goa
having been the Commanding Officer of INS Mandovi during the year 1991? 93. He
has the rare distinction of commanding a warship in every rank of the Indian
Navy.


During his visit to Goa the flag officer will oversee the naval operational
preparedness and also meet the naval fraternity and civilian staff in Goa.


Rare snake species caught at Paddi


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 9 ? An animal rescuer from Navelim managed to
catch a cat snake - a rare species of reptile from the hilly area of Paddi in
Quepem taluka.


It was early Saturday morning that animal rescuer, Julio Quadros received a
phone call from an anxious caller informing him to rush to Paddi on the NH-17.


The message was that a snake had entered into the house of a local resident
Govind Velip and the family wants the rescuer to catch the reptile.


?Velip was worried about the snake taking shelter in their house?, Quadros
said. But, as it turned out, the snake happened to be a rare species found in Goa.


Says Deputy Commissioner of Forests, South, M K Bidi. ?This is perhaps the
first time that a cat snake has been caught in Goa.
It is a rare species found in Goa. The snake
will be handed over to Bondla forest officials?.


He said this is the rare snake to be sighted in Goa
in recent times.


Julio Quadros thanked Bidi for supporting and helping him in his endeavour
to rescue animals, including reptiles. ?Bidi has encouraged me to go ahead and
rescue animals in danger?, he added.


Incidentally, Quadros had rescued a Pangolin from a garden at Colva last
year.


GBA to organise ODP presentation


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 9 ? Goa Bachao Abhiyan is organising a
half-day presentation on the Panjim Outline Development Plan soon after Ganesh
Chaturthi.


Speaking to Herald on Sunday, GBA Secretary Patricia Pinto said it is
important for people to know how their cities are being planned. The main aim
of the programme, the date and venue for which will be announced soon, was to
make people aware on this aspect so as to make them vigilant, she observed.


Ms Pinto pointed out that there were areas in Caranzalem and Dona Paula
where land-use changes have been made. One should know these changes, lest one
is shocked to see a high-rise building coming up next to his house, she warned
and added, ?Let?s all be responsive.?


She informed that the Margao and Ponda ODPs are out for objections and the
Panjim one will be also placed for the same anytime from now. She urged the
people from these places to raise objections in public interest and not for any
ulterior motive.


She said the presentation is open to people from all places, including
Margao and Ponda, so that they?re well-educated on the subject before raising
any objections.


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CCP
won?t come under common cadre, says CM


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 10 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat today said
the common cadre proposed for the state municipal councils will not be extended
to the Corporation of the City of Panaji.


Speaking to The Navhind Times this evening, the Chief Minister
said the Corporation is a separate entity, and should not be viewed in the
category of municipal councils.


Earlier in the day, a meeting was held in the secretariat to
discuss the common cadre issue, attended by Mr Kamat and the Minister for Urban
Development, Mr Joaquim Alemao.


Mr Kamat also informed that he has directed setting up of
complaint boxes in the municipal councils, and the officers would be directed
to take cognizance of every complaint lodged.


?The municipalities provide essential services to common man,? he
said, adding ?and my government would want no lapse in provision of these
services.?


Meanwhile, CCP workers have given a notice for strike from
September 13 against the implementation of the common cadre.


Acknowledging receiving the notice, the CCP chairperson, Mr Tony
Rodrigues told this daily that he would speak to the leaders of CCP workers
tomorrow. ?They would be briefed that there is no plan on the part of the government
to extend the common cadre to the Corporation.?


Mr Rodrigues also informed that shifting of the vegetable vendors
carrying out their business in a space between the Kamat Centre and Dempo House
in the city to the new municipal market complex would now take place after the
Ganesh Chaturthi festival. ?We don?t want any kind of conflicts during the
festive season,? he added.


The city mayor further informed that the vegetables for matolli
used during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, which were annually sold along the
river front, opposite the Dempo House, would from this year, be moved inside
the new municipal market complex.


Tourism
dept asked to submit shack policy


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 10 The Chief Secretary, Mr J P Singh has said the Goa
Coastal Zone Management Authority has asked the tourism department to submit
shack policy so as to facilitate it to take a decision on the number of shacks
that could be permitted on the beaches in the state.


The authority would decide on the number of shacks that would be
permitted on each beach in the state, said the Chief Secretary adding that this
was also in conformity with the direction of the High Court.


The Chief Secretary further said the GCZMA that met today has also
issued notices for demolition of six structures that have been erected in
violation of Coastal Regulation Zone rules.


Mr Singh, who heads the GCZMA, told ?The Navhind Times? that
besides the demolition orders, the body has also ordered inspection of 11
structures which are alleged to have been constructed in violation of CRZ
rules. He further said the authority was focusing more on finalising individual
cases and that the position of CRZ violations and other individual cases
related to them would be reviewed at the next meeting of the GCZMA scheduled on
September 19.


Parrikar
alleges cops? links with land mafia


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 10 Alleging that some police inspectors and
constables are getting involved in criminal activities, the leader of the
opposition, Mr Manohar Parrikar today demanded an investigation into the
complaints about certain police constables joining hands with the land mafia
and forcefully evicting tenants of prime land areas.


Addressing a press conference this evening, Mr Parrikar said that
a committee appointed for handling statutory policy matters about the police
department, under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, with the opposition
leader as its member, had not met for a long time.


?There is an urgent need to convene a meeting of this committee,
especially to discuss the nexus between the police and the criminals,? he
observed, adding that this nexus is more prominent in places like Panaji and
Margao.


The leader of the opposition further said that as per the Supreme
Court directives, besides the committee for handling statutory policy matters,
a police board with the Director General of Police as its chairman constituted
to look into the transfers of the police inspectors as well as the constables
and a grievances redressal cell formed to look into serious crime-related
issues like custodial deaths, rapes and murders exist in the state. ?However,
they don?t function properly,? he pointed out.


Mr Parrikar also alleged that extortion and use of arms have
become a common thing in Goa, and in turn, the
law and order situation has deteriorated.


Speaking further, Mr Parrikar demanded that the opposition party
as well as the municipalities should be taken into confidence, before
government takes any decision about the common cadre for municipalities.


?Though the concept of common cadre for municipalities is a
welcome idea, it can be misused for punishing the staff through their
transfers,? he said, ?as also appointing chief officers in the municipalities
ruled by the panels of the opposition parties, who would constantly create
confrontations.? A transfer policy should be agreed upon in advance under the
common cadre, he demanded.


Mr Parrikar stated that the common cadre was heading towards
confrontation between the councils, its workforce and the government.


The leader of the opposition requested the workers of the
Corporation of the City of Panaji
to hold back their proposed strike on September 13 in view of the forthcoming
Ganesh Chaturthi festival.


Mr Parrikar maintained that the government has miserably failed in
providing rice and wheat to the public under its public distribution system.


?Every ration cardholder getting only 10 kg rice and 2 kg wheat, during the Ganesh
Chaturthi festival, is nothing less than mockery of the aam aadmi,? he
observed, adding that the government should have asked for 5,000 tonne of
food-grain quota from the centre, instead of the 1,000 ton made available to
the state.


The government should now at least close down the department of
civil supplies and consumer affairs, he quipped.


5,000
youth get jobs in Cong?s two-year rule, claims Sardinha


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 10 The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr
Francisco Sardinha has appealed to the youth in state to come forward and join
Youth Congress for a better tomorrow and to retain Goa?s
secular and peaceful credentials.


Mr Sardinha was launching a membership drive organised by the
South Goa District Youth Congress at the district office of Congress in Margao.


He said only Congress under the dynamic leadership of INC president,
Ms Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh can safeguard the future
of youth.


?Under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, employment has
become a matter of right for the youth,? he said and disclosed that it could
materialise only upon Ms Gandhi?s initiative. He further disclosed that in the
last 25 months of Congress rule in the state, over 5,000 youth were provided
jobs.


?If we can achieve a target of enrolling 5,000 active members and
50,000 primary members, opposition parties will be washed away,? Mr Sardinha
said.


The South Goa District Congress president, Mr Subhash Faldesai
stated that the membership drive will infuse new blood in the party.


He emphasized the need to develop a second line of leadership and
urged the Youth Congress office-bearers, to fan out to every nook and corner of
the villages to enroll new members.


He complimented Youth Congress president, Mr Girish Chodankar for
building a committed cadre of youth Congress in the state. The GPYC president,
Mr Girish Chodankar said that a lot of youth expressed keen interest in joining
the party due to the achievements of the Congress-led NDA government at Centre
and the aam aadmi government in Goa.


He requested every office bearer to take membership drive
seriously so that maximum number of youth can join the party. The South Goa
District Youth Congress president, Mr Sankalp Amonkar expressed confidence that
the target of enrolling new members will be easily achieved. He said he would
personally visit every block to create awareness of the drive. Many other
prominent youth leaders addressed the meeting that was largely attended, said a
press note released here.


Goltim
VP asked to submit report on illegal construction


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 10 The Goa State Information Commission has directed
the secretary of the village panchayat of Goltim-Navelim (Divar), to intimate
by October 3, 2007, the action the panchayat has taken on the complaint about
an alleged illegal construction made by a party after due enquiry and
investigation. The application or complaint was made against the party by one
Mr H Sequeira of Saiba Vaddo, Piedade, Goltim, Divar.


In its order dated September 3, 2007, the Goa State Information
Commission has stated that the appellant is directly affected by the
construction/re-construction made by the party and therefore, a remedy is
available to the applicant under the Section 4(1)(d) of the RTI Act as an
affected person, though not as a citizen. The panchayat, as a public authority
is hereby directed to intimate the action taken on the complaint of the
appellant about the alleged illegal construction made by the party after due
enquiry and investigation. ??The reasons should also be given by the panchayat
Goltim-Navelim, for not taking action immediately and keeping the matter
pending for such a long time. The reply should be given by the Secretary of
Village Panchayat on behalf of the Village Panchayat within one month from
today,?? the order states.


The order disposes off the show cause notice issued to the
secretary in the appeal against him for not giving correct information and also
giving misleading information. The Commission?s order stated that the facts are
stated in the order dated July 18, 2007 in main appeal, which should be read as
having been incorporated in this order. It also held that the limited point is
whether the secretary has taken any action on the request for information and
if so whether he has given the correct information.


The appellant, Mr Sequeira has cited a number of complaints made
by him to the panchayat. It is his case that the panchayat has not taken any
action to demolish the illegal construction which blocks access to his property
when the matter was brought to the notice of the panchayat even while the
construction was going on. The panchayat secretary could not trace out any
legal permission having been granted to the party either for reconstruction or
repair of already existing house in the pertinent survey number within the
jurisdiction of Goltim-Navelim village panchayat. In a reply given by the
secretary for an earlier request he presumed that no permission has been
granted.


The Commission agreed that no case of malafides in providing wrong
information is made out against the secretary and it accordingly dropped further
proceedings against him. It maintained however, that village panchayat did not
take any action against the illegal construction as alleged by the appellant.
??It is not enough to say that no documents are available in the panchayat and
hence, the Public Information Officer cannot supply any information under the
RTI Act,?? said the order signed by the State Chief Information Commissioner Mr
A Venkataratnam and the State Information Commissioner Mr G G Kambli.


Vasco
double murder accused acquitted


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 10 The additional district and session judge, Ms
Bimba Thali today acquitted Chandrakant Naik of Mangor Hill,
Vasco, who was charged with committing the murder of his wife and
mother-in-law.


In her order, the judge observed that Chandrakant Naik should
be given the benefit of doubt and acquitted.


According to the prosecution, on February 22,
2006, Chandrakant Naik grievously assaulted his wife,
Chawalabai Naik (35) with a knife on the chest and other
parts causing her death on the spot. He also assaulted his
mother-in- law, Devlabai Lamani with the same knife leading to her
death.


The Vasco police arrested the alleged accused Chandrakant
and recovered the knife from him.


An offence under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code was
registered by the Vasco police. The police recovered the blood
stained clothes and later the charge-sheet was filed in the court.


Mr Rajiv Gomes appeared on behalf of the alleged accused
while Mr P S Hede, the public prosecutor, represented the state.


Two eye witnesses were examined by the court.


Mr Gomes argued that that the
eye witnesses could not be believed because the
cross examination showed that they were not present during
the time of the offence.


He also pointed out that the recovery of the knife at
the instance of accused could not be believed and prayed that the accused
be given the benefit of doubt.


The accused was in jail since the day he was arrested.


Finally
Salcete gets full-time mamlatdar


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 10 Finally, Salcete has got a full-fledged mamlatdar,
when the government in an order last week posted Mr Paresh Faldesai as the
mamlatdar of Salcete.


Besides being the mamlatdar of Salcete, Mr Faldesai will also hold
additional charge presently held by him.


It may be recalled that Mr Faldesai was the only joint mamlatdar
holding the fort in Salcete, the office of which has capacity of three joint
mamlatdars.


The other two posts have been lying vacant for quite some time
now.


On Monday last, joint secretary, personnel, Mr Yatindra Maralkar
had informed that the government had cleared files on appointment of 10
mamlatdars.


The offer of appointments has also been released, he had said.


Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Quepem, Mr Johnson Fernandes was
holding the additional charge of mamaltdar of Salcete.


With government appointing Mr Faldesai as full-fledged mamlatdar,
Mr Fernandes has been relieved of his additional charge.


Mr Faldesai will also hold additional charge of joint mamlatdar of
Salcete and mamlatdar in the collectorate.


The absence of a full-fledged mamlatdar and the delay in filling
up the vacancies of joint mamlatdars, had affected the day-to-day functioning
of the administration.


It also caused tremendous inconvenience to ?aam aadmi?, who had to
constantly face adjournments of quasi-judicial matters, relating to tenancy and
mundkarial cases.


Be
watchdogs of the party, Sardinha to Cong workers


NT News Service


Quepem, Sept 10 The state Congress president, Mr Francisco
Sardinha exhorted the party workers to remain vigilant and to bring to the
notice of the government any deviation from the party?s election manifesto.


?You are the eyes and the ears of the Congress party. It is your
bounden duty to safeguard the interest of the party
safeguard the interest of Goa. You should remain vigilant in your duty and work
unitedly to strengthen the party,? Mr Sardinha further said.


Mr Sardinha was addressing party workers at Quepem yesterday.


The Quepem MLA, Mr Chandrakant Kavlekar, in his address, urged the
party workers to display the same spirit of unity that led to his victory with
a whopping margin in the last assembly elections and exuded confidence that the
Quepem electorate would ensure victory of the Congress candidate in the yet to
be announced parliamentary by-elections.


He further exhorted the party workers to garner support for a show
of strength at a soon to be convened grand convention at Quepem.


Also present on the dais were Mr Subhash Phaldesai, South Goa
District Congress president; Mr Rajnikant Naik, South Goa District Congress
vice president; Ms Tereza Travasso, Quepem municipality president; Mr Subhash
Phaldesai, South Goa Zilla Panchayat member; Mr Shankar Phaldesai, veteran
Congress worker, besides others.


Distribution
of new ration cards begins


NT News Service


Vasco, Sept 10 The Minister for Civil Supplies, Mr Jose Philip
D?Souza kicked off the programme to distribute renewed ration cards in Vasco
today. Around 3.48 lakh ration cards will be distributed to the holders through
518 fair price shops.


The function was held at the Civil Supplies Office in Vasco which
was attended by Mormugao Mamlatdar, Mr Pundalik Khorjuvenkar, Civil Supplies
inspector, Mormugao, Mr Ravishankar Nipanikar, sub-inspector, Ms Sarita
Verenkar, Mormugao municipal councilor, Mr Kritesh Gaonkar and others.


Mr D?Souza informed that his department is geared up for the
distribution of additional increased quota of 1,000 million tonne wheat (for
above poverty line) and 500 million tone rice (for APL) approved by the
ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution before Ganesh
Chaturthi.


He further informed that there are 3,48,441 card holders
registered with the department and about 518 fair price shops existed in the
state. The distribution of additional quota of rice and wheat can be availed on
the newly renewed ration cards, informed Mr D?Souza.


He also explained that there are different categories of ration
card holders: Below Poverty Line- 16,076, Antodaya- 12,136, Annapurna-
518 and rest all Above Poverty Line. Mr D?Souza has instructed the officials
and the employees of his department to take strict action against fair price
shop owners who are involved in distributing sub-standard commodities. All the
cards will be distributed through concerned fair price shops.


It was also informed that he would going to inspect the godown of
Food Corporation of India (FCI) located at Headland- Sada and also at Cortalim
along with the Director of Civil Supplies and other officials. Meanwhile,
according to the information, there are 35,000 card holders itself registered
in Mormugao taluka.


Heads
of municipalities endorse implementation of common cadre


NT News Service


Quepem, Sept 10 Cutting across party lines and political
affiliations, chairpersons and councillors of eight municipal councils resolved
to support the government?s move of implementing the ?common cadre? for all
municipal employees and further cautioned the government against backtracking
on the issue at a special meeting held at the Quepem municipal council on
Friday.The chairperson of the Cuncolim municipal council, Mr Prasad Desai,
chairperson of Curchorem-Cacora council, Mr Pradip Naik, chairperson of the
Canacona municipal council, Mr Samir Desai, chairperson of the Pernem municipal
council, Mr Isidore Fernandes, chairperson of the Sanguem council, Ms Agnela
D?Costa, besides councillors of several councils were present at the meeting.


Quepem municipal council chairperson, Ms Tereza Travasso who took
the initiative of convening the meet of civic heads presided over the deliberations.


Most of the councillors and chairpersons, participating in the
discussions charged the municipal employees with indulging in favoritism,
nepotism, corruption and other discriminatory and unfair practices that result
in tarnishing the image of the respective councils.


?The employees indulge in unfair practices and manage to go
scot-free. It is the councillors who have to face the music from the public for
the misdeeds of the council staff,? said Mr Manuel Colaco, councillor and
former chairperson of Quepem municipal council.


The city fathers felt that the common cadre would put an end to
such malpractices and increase the efficiency of the staff.


Mr Raul Pereira, another councillor and former chairperson of
Quepem municipal council, was more forthright. ?The municipal staff who owe
allegiance to a particular councillor indulge in political vendetta after the
civic polls and more often than not hold developmental works to ransom. No
punitive action is taken against them for their acts of omission or commission
owing to their political clout and the public work suffers,? he charged.


Attempting to allay fears from the minds of the municipal staff
that their perks and allowances would be affected once common cadre comes into
force, Mr Pereira said that the authority for appointing municipal employees
should remain with the respective council if and when the common cadre is
implemented.


?In any case the appointments are effected only after obtaining
government?s sanction after they (appointments) are approved by the DPC
(Departmental promotion Committee) that consists of a representative of the
government as well as the council.


Mr Pereira further cautioned the government against going back on
its proposed move of implementing the common cadre. ?The move was long overdue.
If the government backtracks on this move now, we may even contemplate moving
the court of law,? he said.


Though the Quepem municipal council reiterated its resolve to take
stern action against any municipal employee who joins the strike on September
13, call for which has been given by the All Goa Municipal Workers Union,
councillors appeared divided over the issue.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times? later, Mr Raul Pereira said that
protesting through peaceful means is a fundamental right of any citizen
guaranteed by the constitution. ?Though I fully endorse the implementation of
the common cadre by the government, penalising the employees for participating
in strikes is an uncalled for decision. I will definitely protest against any
such move by the municipality,? he said.


The meeting also decided to implore the government to empower the
civic bodies as required by the 74th amendment of the Constitution. Speaking on
the issue, Ms Tereza Travasso said that the Congress party had included
devolution of more powers to the councils as one of its assurances in its
election manifesto. ?It is now binding upon the party to fulfill its poll
promise,? she said.


Councillors, Mr Narayan Gaonkar and Mr Dayesh Naik of Quepem
council and Mr Maruti Naik of Curchorem-Cacora council participated in the
debate.


PM
wants review on Congress? stance on Telangana demand


IANS


New Delhi, Sept 9 Faced with the
prospect of the Congress losing its vote base in the Telangana region of Andhra
Pradesh if it dithers on its promise to grant it statehood, the Prime Minister,
Dr Manmohan Singh is believed to have suggested a review of the party?s
official stance of delaying bifurcation of the state.


Dr Manmohan Singh is believed to have asked a Congress delegation
from Telangana that visited him last week to consult the state party in-charge,
Mr Digvijay Singh and apprise him of the ?ground realities?.


According to party sources, the delegation led by the Nizamabad
MP, Mr Madhu Goud Yaskhi told the Prime Minister that the Congress was
backtracking on its promise for granting statehood and it could prove
?disastrous? for the party.


?We have told the Prime Minister that there is a fresh simmering
over the issue in the region with students, academicians and intellectuals also
joining agitations, organised by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). But once
it overflows, things will go out of control,? Mr Yaskhi told IANS here.


The Congress leaders have informed Manmohan Singh that it would be
?suicidal? for the party, which came to power promising statehood to the
Telangana region in 2004, to go back to people without taking initial steps to
fulfil its promise.


?Besides, the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the CPI (Communist
Party of India) have already announced that they would support the region?s
demand. It is for sure that the Congress would be wiped out from the Telangana
region if it does not take steps to implement what it has promised,? one of the
Congress leaders, who visited the Prime Minister, was quoted as telling him.


The Congress leaders in the region strongly believe that a second
States Reorganisation Commission (SRC) - a commission to look into demands for
creation of smaller states - as suggested by some Congress leaders including Mr
Digvijay Singh would not be ?practical?.


?The Congress had promised in 2004 that we would go for a
consensus on the issue. No party including the CPI-M (Communist Party of
India-Marxist) supports a second SRC. How is it possible to constitute an SRC
only for Telangana?? asked a Congress leader.


No archaeological
evidence on Rama Setu, Centre tells SC


PTI


New Delhi, Sept 10 Defending the Sethusamudram project, the Centre
today told the Supreme Court that there was no archaeological or historical
evidence to prove that ?Rama Setu,? a mythical barrier also known as Adams?
bridge, was man made.


In a 400-page document submitted to the apex court, the Centre
said the project was being constructed strictly in accordance with law and has
a high degree of strategic and financial importance to the country.


Terming the opposition to the project as motivated by ?extraneous
considerations?, the Centre urged the Supreme Court to ?impose exemplary cost?
on those opposing it.


Former Union minister, Mr Subramaniam Swamy and certain other
individuals had filed petitions in the apex court seeking a stay on the
project?s construction on the ground that it would destroy the mythical barrier
believed to have been constructed by Lord Rama while marching to Lanka to
vanquish the demon-king, Ravana.


Hinting that the petitions were politically motivated, the Centre
told the SC that it was in fact, the previous NDA regime which had approved the
project in 2002.


According to the government, after the NDA government approved the
project it was subjected to the mandatory environmental impact assessment, 14
public hearings and other discussions before deciding to execute the project.


Hence, it urged the court to dismiss the petitions since they were
filed two years after the project was commenced.


On August 31, the apex court had put on hold demolition of the
?Rama Setu?, a barrier situated south-east of Rameshwaram, connecting
Talaimanar coast of Sri
Lanka.


?Till September 14, the alleged Rama Setu or Adams bridge shall
not be damaged in any way,? a bench comprising Mr Justice B N Agrawal and Mr
Justice P P Naolekar had said in its interim order.


However, it allowed the dredging activity for the project to
continue to the extent that it did not in anyway cause destruction to the Rama
Setu barrier.


The Rs 2087-crore project to establish and maintain a ship canal
from the west coast of India
to the east coast without going around Sri Lanka was cleared by the
ministry of environment and forest and the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh
had inaugurated it on July 2, 2005.


The interim order was passed on an urgent application moved by the
Janata Party president, Mr Subramanian Swamy alleging that the Centre has
decided to use explosives to blow the barrier.


The bench had sought a specific assurance from the Centre that it
will not carry any activity at the site which will in any way damage the Rama
Setu till the matter was heard next week.


?If You (Centre) are in a position to say that ongoing
construction would not in any way damage Rama Setu we will consider you,? the
bench made this observation several times during an hour-long argument during
the last hearing.


BJP,
Cong step up preparations for early polls


PTI


New Delhi, Sept 9 Amid talk of
mid-term polls, the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party appear to have gone
into election mode and have launched hectic efforts to get their acts together.


The Congress-led coalition is not lagging behind in the wake of
calls of be prepared for snap elections. It is showing signs of urgency in
taking action in the wake of the stand-off with the Left parties on the Indo-US
nuclear deal.


The announcement of follow-up action on the Sachar Committee?s
report on Muslims, an ambitious scheme of scholarships for Scheduled Caste
students, the bill for unorganised sector workers and a Bima Yojana for the
masses are the latest decisions to project its ?aam aadmi? image. ?The fourth
year of a coalition is invariably a tricky year? ? that is the refrain among
Congress leaders, including AICC office-bearers, thereby implying that they do
not rule out the possibility of early polls.


The BJP too is attempting to put its house in order and a meeting
of its top brass with the RSS, currently on in Mumbai, is being seen as a
crucial move in this direction.


The main opposition party will later this month hold its national
executive in Bhopal,
which is likely to be an important affair as it strategies on the ?next steps?.


On the other hand, the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi has
become active on the organisational front with indications from the AICC that
changes are on the cards in several states and at the national level.


The AICC general secretary, Mr Digvijay Singh summed up the mood
in the Congress by saying: ?The Congress is not afraid of elections, but we do
not want to thrust elections on the people of the country at this time.?
Another Congress general secretary, Mr Ashok Gehlot, said it is high time to
give a key role in the organisation to young MP, Mr Rahul Gandhi to propel a
new generation of leadership to the front.


A Union minister said the Congress is keeping its powder dry and
is not devoid of ammunition against the Left, but would like to err on the side
of caution and not want to give any quarter to the Marxists.


?Let bygones be bygones? appears to be the saffron attitude as BJP
veteran Mr L K Advani is hosting a lunch for the Shiv Sena executive president,
Mr Uddhav Thackarey this week.


This, party sources said, is to send out a clear signal that all
is well between the two oldest ideological allies, which once shared power in Maharashtra but have been showing signs of falling apart
in the wake of the presidential polls.


The Trinamool Congress chief, Ms Mamata Banerjee?s hints that she
is parting ways with the BJP-led NDA have led to joy in Congress circles, which
feel that a tie-up with her party in West Bengal
could give the Marxists a run for their money.


The NCP general secretary, Mr D P Tripathi has said that the UPA
is going to fight the elections together whenever they are held. Mr Suhas
Palshikar, professor of political science in Pune University,
believes the UPA and NDA will largely remain intact at the time of the next
elections. Another interesting development a couple of days ago was a meeting
that senior BJP leader, Mr Ravishankar Prasad had with AIADMK chief, Ms
Jayalalithaa in Chennai.


The meeting came amid reports that she has been distancing herself
from the Third Front, formally known as the United National Progressive
Alliance. Her party voted for Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat in the presidential
poll despite the UNPA?s decision to abstain.


It was after a long time that a senior BJP leader had met Ms
Jayalalithaa, whose AIADMK severed ties with it after the 2004 Lok Sabha polls.


As against this, there has been confusion in the Congress on the
relationship with BSP despite its chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms
Mayawati having a rare bonhomie with Ms Sonia Gandhi from the time of the
presidential election.


Lately, however, Ms Mayawati has made certain statements that were
critical of the government at the Centre.


Ms Mayawati, whose victory in the Uttar Pradesh polls this year
was seen as a defining moment in politics, has been generally against
pre-election tie-ups.


And despite consistent denials from those concerned, there has
always been talk in political circles that the BJP and the Mulayam Singh
Yadav-led Samajwadi Party are ?made for each other?, especially in the politics
of Uttar Pradesh.


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Couple hurt in Sanquelim mishap


HERALD CORRESPONDENT



BICHOLIM, SEPT 10 ? A couple was seriously injured in a
mishap at Gokulwadi-Sanquelim.

According to the available information, the incident occurred in the morning
when a bus (GA-01-U-5115) plying from Sanquelim to Valpoi made a sudden halt at
Gokulwadi-Sanquelim wherein a Maruti car (GA-01-C-0348) dashed against it from
the rear and later collided with motorcycle (GA-01-B-2512).

The motorcyclist, Gajanan Wantekar and his wife Priyanka Wantekar were
seriously injured and were shifted to Goa Medical
College and Hospital
at Bambolim.

Meanwhile, a 28-year-old cyclist from Sarvan- Bicholim was on Saturday
seriously injured when he was knocked down by a bus at Sarvan-Bicholim.

According to the available information the incident occurred at about 9 am. A
bus (GA- 01- Z- 5295) plying from Bicholim to Valpoi in a bid to overtake
another bus dashed one Gopal Narayan Dhawaskar (28) from Sarvan while he was
crossing the road on his cycle. Dhawaskar was sustained serious head injuries
and was shifted to GMC Bambolim. Bicholim Head Constable Harishchandra
Parab is investigating the case.





Accused constable will cause terror: Curchorem
police


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 10 ? Curchorem police have vehemently opposed
granting of bail to arrested police constable Srikrishna Dessai in the Mariano
Mascarenhas shooting case saying the accused will cause terror in the village
and will intimidate the victim and witnesses.

Srikrishna?s bail application came for hearing before Sessions Judge Anuja Prabhudesai
on Monday. Arguments will take place on the bail application on September 17.

The police submitted before the court that Srikrishna was engaged for shooting
Mariano upon alleged instructions of Rajesh Dessai and Balesh Dessai.

Opposing the bail application, the police said the applicant is a trained
police constable, who at the time of joining this department has taken oath
that he will serve the country and protect the life and property of its
citizens. ?Instead, the applicant has involved himself in criminal activities
and has committed serious offence, thereby causing a stigma to the image of Goa
Police. The offence committed by the applicant is not at all pardonable?, the
police stressed in their say.

The police said the applicant if granted on bail, would tamper with evidence.
?He may also get himself involved in more criminal activities if kept at
large?, the Curchorem police said while seeking rejections in the bail
application.

Moreover, the police have said that accused Srikrishna has disclosed during
interrogation that Satyawan Dessai had accompanied him in committing two crimes
in the jurisdiction of Maina-Curtorim police and Quepem Police Station.





Probe complaint against Vishwajeet, wife: court


BY HERALD REPORTER



PANJIM, SEPT 10 - The JMFC Panjim on Monday directed the
Old Goa Police Inspector to investigate the complaint by Utt Goenkara
Spokesperson Adv Aires Rodrigues against Health Minister Vishwajeet
Rane and wife Divya Rane.

The JMFC has further directed the Police Inspector to submit a
report on the investigation in the next date of hearing of the
case. Adv Rodrigues had filed a complaint with the Old Goa
police that on July 31, he had allegedly received a threatening
call from the accused. He filed a complaint before JMFC
stating Old Goa police on political
pressure was dilly-dallying investigating on
his complaint.





When cops turn insensitive to public complaints!


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 10 - When burglars struck at Aquem in the wee
hours of Sunday, residents immediately contacted the police via Ph No 100,
hoping that a Police Control Room (PCR) van would reach the spot on time.


But, if a resident is to be believed, the control room instead of promising
to immediately dispatch a PCR van asked the caller to contact the Margao police
station.


This fact was brought to the notice of the District Collector, G P Naik by
an aggrieved citizen, who was one of the victims of the Aquem burglary.


No sooner, Naik received the complaint, he immediately got in touch with the
Superintendent of Police, South Shekar Prabhudessai and asked for a thorough
probe in the episode.


Talking to newsmen, the Collector said the incident was indeed unfortunate
as the police control room could have easily communicated the information to
the nearest PCR van to rush to Aquem. ?By asking the caller to contact the
Margao Police Station, the concerned personnel manning the Police Control Room
proved he was insensitive to public complaints?, the Collector said.


Meanwhile, Herald understands that unknown culprits decamped with music
player system from at least three cars from Navelim last night. Interestingly,
the Margao police claimed they have no knowledge of the theft cases.


Benching of Porvorim hillock begins


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


PORVORIM, SEPT 10 ? The work of excavation atop Porvorim
hillock and benching is going on a war footing.

Two ripper dozers, three earthmovers and two JCB machines have been pressed
into operation to clear the garbage and the mud on the hillock. The services of
30 trucks of 5 cubic
meter capacity and 10 trucks of 15 cubic meter
capacity have been hired to flatten the hilltop.


It is learnt that the trucks make 150 to 200 trips per day and every
truck is being paid Rs 500 per trip. The Public Works Department has installed
a mast light atop hillock having 4 bulbs each of 1000 watts, which is being
operated with the help of generator of 7.5 KVA capacity.


The Senior Manager (Mines) Mr Shril Pal of Sociedade De Fomento Industrial
Pvt Ltd mentioned that State Government has appointed them to supervise the
excavation operation and provide technical support to the PWD to carry out the
work smoothly and speedily.


Pal mentioned that the land excavation of 200 meters involving the
clearing of about 75,000
cubic meters of mud and stones is a gigantic task. He
stated that 4 benches (steps) of 5 meter deep having the slope of 30 degrees
angle will be made and this work will be completed within next 10 days. During
the nighttime the work of clearing the mud and the stones that has accumulated
on the western side of the road below the hillock is being carried out between
10 pm to 7 am.


The Sarpanch of Village Panchayat of Penha de Franca Subhash Kalangutker
mentioned that the panchayat used to dump the garbage on this hillock few years
ago. He said that the seepage of the water from the garbage into the hillock
might be one of the reasons, which caused the landslide.


The Sarpanch also mentioned that there was a long trench on the hillock
through which the water is to flow down but of late this trench was filled up
on account of which water stopped flowing down and hence started getting
accumulated on the hillock.


The Traffic Police Department has now deployed more traffic police on the
stretch of road from Sai Service to Mandovi junction to regulate the traffic.
During the rush hours both in the morning and evening the commuters face lot of
hardship due to long queue of the vehicles and minor accidents that occur.


Govt according top priority to safety of motorists:
Churchill


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 10 - PWD Minister Churchill Alemao who today
visited the beleaguered hill part of which collapsed last week, said the
Mandovi Bridge-Porvorim stretch of the NH17 would be opened only when the
road is declared safe for traffic.


?No one should misunderstand us. We are taking precautionary measures to
prevent any casualty to motorists and commuters?, Alemao said. Claiming that
safety of motorists along the hillock is being accorded top priority, he
said work has begun on a war footing on the hilltop.


Talking to reporters later, he clarified that it was not the first
time he was visiting the site. He claimed he visited the site where the debris
had fallen on the first day itself when the landslide occurred. He further said
on his return today from Vailankani (where he goes on a pilgrimage every year,)
he went on the hilltop to inspect the work being undertaken there. Senior
officials of the PWD Ministry besides the Chief Secretary J P Singh, North Goa
Collector Mihir Vardhan and Additional Collector Swapnil Naik, were
also present.


In a bid to curb any further landslides and
following recommendations from experts, the PWD
commenced benching the Porvorim
slope in four parts. While the first
bench from the top of the slope
was almost completed, the remaining three
parts are scheduled to be completed
by Thursday.


?We are hoping to open one lane on the
Panjim-Porvorim route by September13,? says
Additional Collector Swapnil Naik adding
further that the completion of two benches
would stabilize the slope and
thereafter permit for clearance of the
debris at the base and
restoring vehicular movement. A review and
re-assessment of the work is scheduled on Wednesday.
The mud from the excavated hilltop as well as the debris is being used for the
Ribandar by-pass, the Collector said.


While it is alleged that some soil
testing experiments conducted recently
for the purpose of undertaking real
estate development could have
triggered the landslide at Porvorim, the
North administration has ruled out the
allegations.


OTHER HILLS: -The North Goa Collectorate Administration
has suggested to the Public
Works Department to approach the
Central Mining Research Institute,
Nagpur for a detailed study on the
recent landslide at Porvorim and
include other slopes like Bambolim,
Betim etc.


Such a study would
help identify the causes of the
problems and steps to be taken to
prevent such occurrences, sources said.


Ambaulim VP dashes CMC?s land acquisition plans


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 10 - Plans by the Cuncolim Municipal Council
to acquire 30,000 sq mts of land on the Cuncolim-Ambaulim border has run into
trouble.


The Ambaulim Village Panchayat has opposed the move to acquire the land in
the panchayat jurisdiction, forcing the Cuncolim civic body to do a rethink on
its ambitious plan.


?We have almost decided to identify an alternate site for garbage dumping?,
disclosed CMC Chief Officer, Agnelo Fernandes.


Presently, the Council collects garbage generated in the market area and is
sorted out before being dumped at SUDA acquired land at Panzorconne.


Incidentally, the government had sanctioned Rs 69 lakh for acquiring the
land located on the border of Cuncolim town and Ambaulim village. The amount
lies unutilised with the civic body.


Says the Chief Officer, ?We cannot go ahead with the land at
Ambaulim-Cuncolim following objections raised by the Ambaulim village
panchayat?.


Fernandes further said efforts are on to find a solution in view of the High
Court?s recent dir


PoP Ganesh idols are here again!


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 8 ? Even four years after the Bombay High
Court at Goa directed the State Government to
consider a ban on the sale of Plaster of Paris (PoP) Ganesh idols, the latter
has done precious little to see that the same was implemented.


And now with just a week left for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations to begin ?
PoP idols are seen openly exhibited in outlets across the State.


In suo motto writ petition High Court, in August 2003, had also directed the
State Government to ensure that PoP Ganesh idols are not immersed in rivers and
ponds as they cause environmental damage.


But government has failed on this ground too. The Goa Handicrafts Rural and
Small Scale Industries (GSRSSI) which initially spoke of banning entry of PoP
idols in the State as also its sales here ? is now content with creating awareness
through FM against the purchase of PoP idols and its immersion in natural water
bodies.


Apparently the problem is deep rooted.


Many traders have started using PoP in making Ganesh idols because of the
cost factor but artists are yet to receive any kind of financial assistance
from GHRSSIDC.


?Even last year the handicraft corporation had taken our addresses? and
contact numbers but nothing came of it, ? laments Dilip Shet, a trader from
Mayem.


He has been using clay even as the cost of production has increased.


He feels the government is not serious about stopping use of PoP. ?I think
it?s all farce ? its appeal on radio not to buy PoP when in reality it is not
doing anything concrete to stop the use of PoP,? he complaints.


?It should raid and seize all PoP idols put on sale in the market?, he
suggested.


No wonder he does not trust the government and also has no hope of getting
any kind of financial help from it.


He says there are practical difficulties in securing documents, which need
to be submitted to get subsidy of Rs 100 per clay idol, which GHRSSIDC
announced last month. ?How do I get a receipt from the farmer who supply me
clay from his fields, ? he said.


The GHRSSIDC has also made available space to traders selling clay idols at
its handicrafts outlets in the State.


However, traders are not content. Jayesh Natekar of Khorlim-Mapusa is
skeptical that they would ever receive any kind of financial help from
GHRSSIDC, and suggested that it should not make noise against use of PoP idols
when production is ready.


?We need to be informed at least a year in advance against the use of PoP,?
said Natekar who sells clay as well as PoP idols.


He has started using PoP because of unavailability of labour required for
kneading clay. ?Clay cannot be put into mould unless it is thoroughly kneaded
with feet which is a quite tedious process?, he said.


People also prefer PoP idols because they are lighter in weight, have better
finishing and cost less in comparison to clay idols which are eco-friendly.


Apparently, many traditional traders have given up their profession with
rising demand for PoP idols, which are mostly brought from neighbouring Maharashtra.


Sarvajanik mandals told to provide private security
at venues


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 10 - Putting an elaborate plan of action in
place in view of the ensuing Ganesh festival, the administration has asked the
managements of Sarvajanik Ganesh mandals in the city to make arrangements for
private security at the venues.


At a meeting chaired by the district Collector, G P Naik with
representatives of community Ganesh mandals here on Monday, it was decided that
the mandals should make available private security so that the police force can
be better utilised for patrol duties.


The Mandals, however, told the administration about their inability to
install closed circuit TVs at the venue, but have agreed to deploy private
security.


The District Collector told newsmen that the police would immediately rush
to the mandals if any complaint comes from the management stating about the
movement of suspicious looking persons.


Naik said the district police chief will requisitioned additional police
force to patrol the entire city as many a city-dweller proceeds to their native
places for celebration of Ganesh festival.


He maintained that the police would issue necessary instructions to the
household owners in the event they leave for their native places by keeping
their houses locked.


These actions assume significance given that burglars has been striking the
city at ease, raising questions about the security of households during the
Ganesh festivities.


Majorda to opt for vermicomposting


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 10 - Faced with the problem finding suitable
land for garbage dumping and to set up a treatment plant, the Majorda village
Panchayat has decided to opt for vermicomposting as solution to mounting
garbage woes.


And, if Sarpanch Laxmi Gonsalves is to be believed, than the plan may take
off within the next three months as the panchayat has chalked out plans to give
vermicomposting a try in the village.


?Things should hopefully fall in place within the next three months?,
disclosed Gonsalves, when newsmen drew her attention of garbage being dumping
along roadsides and near a starred hotel in the village.


She said the panchayat has asked a landlady to provide 100 sq mts of land
for the vermicomposting unit and exuded confidence that things will fall in
place within the next three months.


Admitting that people dispose off their garbage along roadsides, drains and
low-lying fields, Gonsalves said the citizens should think before dumping off
the waste in public places.


Asked about garbage dumped along the road leading to the beach, the Sarpanch
said the panchayat has asked the starred hotel to provide security at the site
to prevent miscreants from dumping waste at the site.


With the Goa Pollution Control Board rejecting the two sites identified by
the Panchayat for dumping off garbage, the panchayat has now made it mandatory
for all new buildings to have their own vermicomposting within their
residential premises.


Borda locals threaten stir over bad roads


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 10 - Residents of Borda led by ward Councillor
Ramdas Hazare on Monday has warned of an agitation if the government fails to
immediately take up improvement of the A C Pacheco road and Marlem road.


Agitated residents went to the PWD office this morning to gherao the
concerned engineers, but could find anyone. They finally handed over copies of
their memorandum to a PWD official and demanded urgent improvement work on the
road or face a stir.


Ward Councillor Hazare has contended that the A C Pacheco Road at Borda is
the busiest road in the Borda locality, but the PWD officials has not deemed it
fit to repair the pot-hole dotted road on an urgent basis.


He said condition of the road is so bad that it is not motorable any longer.


Incidentally, the residents of the area had earlier threatened to stage a
rasta roko, but the threat has failed to spur the authorities into action.


CCP gets a breather as vendors call off proposed
stir


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 10 ? The
Corporation of the City of Panaji today got
a breather as vegetable
vendors called off the proposed stir
following an assurance that a solution
would be worked out after Ganesh Chaturthi.


The turning point, which brought
cheers to the vegetable vending community
was an assurance from the CCP Mayor
Tony Rodrigues today to bar sale
of matoli saman along the river
front promenade.


Rodrigues who visited the market today
evening allayed fears of the vendors stating
that the matoli items for
Chaturthi along the water front would
be moved inside the market complex.


Speaking to Herald today Rodrigues
said, ?By moving the matoli saman
inside the market complex will not affect
the regular vending business,? adding further
that the vendors are satisfied
with the assurance.


As far as the rift between
the vendors inside the market complex and
those sitting in the old market he said,
?We are going to work out some
solution after Ganesh Chaturthi.?


It is learnt that the matter is
scheduled to be discussed between
the CCP and the minister for
urban development and the Panjim MLA on
Wednesday.


A solution is being worked out
to accommodate 220 vegetable vendors from
the old market into the new Panjim market
complex.


Flying squad formed to check illegal mining
activities


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 10 ? Illegal
mining activities in the North District
of the State came under the scanner as
a ?flying squad? is being pressed into
operation shortly to nab violators.


The North District Collector Mihir
Vardhan speaking to Herald
today said that a team of four has been
constituted to head a flying squad , which will keep close
vigil on illegal mining activities, reported and take action
according to the rules.


The team comprises representatives one
each from the departments of police, mining,
transport and collectorate.


?The flying-squads will begin operations from next
week,? the North Collector said.

The initiative for the ?flying squad? and
its constitution came today after a
high level meeting was
convened and chaired by the North district
collector.


According to data furnished by the North
Collectorate , a large number of reports have been
received of illegal mining activities
pertaining to sand extraction in Pernem, bauxite and
laterite extractions at Sattari, iron ore in Bicholim,
etc.


?Any activity without a license
is a violation,? Mr Vardhan said adding further
that each of the departments in
the flying squad will take
appropriate action for seizure, compounding
and appropriate penalties.


The DRAG is on for 3% reservation for disabled


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT10 ? The Disability Rights Association of Goa
(DRAG) has demanded that the State Government should immediately issue a
notification to allow 3 per cent reservation for disabled persons in the State.



President of DRAG Avelino de Sa told a press conference on Monday here that
the 1995 Person with Disabilities Act, though stipulates that differently abled
persons should be given be 3 per cent reservation in government jobs as well as
educational institutes, Goa Government is yet to issue such notification to
allow reservation in educational institutes for physically handicapped persons
in the State.


In view of the government?s initiative in giving 12 per cent reservation for
Gawdas, Kunbis and Velips as announced last week, he said, the government
should immediately issue notification giving 3 per cent reservation in
educational institutes for disabled persons.


He also put forward a demand that State Government should appoint permanent
commissioner on State Disability Commission. Presently, secretary welfare holds
additional charge of the State Disability Commission.


Law Dept to decide!


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 10 ? Municipal Councils in the State appear to
have accepted in principle government?s move to introduce common cadre for
civic employees, with many a civic body now bracing up to face the one-day
token strike called by the Goa Municipal Employees Association on September 13.


On the vexed question vis-?-vis the powers of municipal bodies as the
appointing authority, the matter would be referred to the Law Department for
examination and solution.


Chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and chief officers of municipal bodies on
Monday had a meeting with the Urban Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao to
discuss the government?s decision to introduce common cadre for the employees.


Alemao said all the councils are supporting the government?s decision on the
matter, adding ?I have now asked the councils to adopt resolutions before
September 13 and sent them to the government?.


On the status of powers of a municipal body as the ?Appointing Authority?,
Alemao said the matter has been referred to the Law Department for an opinion.


Herald understands that while many a municipal chairperson or the
vice-chairperson have welcomed the decision on common cadre, many others sought
to know whether the government would take away the powers of the civic body
vis-?-vis appointing authority.


?No decision has been taken so far. The Law Department will give its opinion
soon?, Alemao said, even as Herald understands that municipal chairpersons are
not in favour of diluting the powers of the civic bodies.


The Urban Development Minister further said the municipal bodies have been
asked to seek the assistance of private agencies in lifting away garbage on the
day of the proposed strike scheduled on September 13.


BJP: Consult Oppn, then finalise common cadre for
civic workers


BY HERALD REPORTER


PANJIM, SEPT 10 ? Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar has
demanded that government should take the Opposition, trade unions beside the
municipalities into confidence before finalising common cadre for municipal
employees.


He was speaking at a press conference on Monday here. He said the government
is heading towards confrontation over common cadre with municipal employees who
have now threatened to go on strike on September 13.


He said though he is in favour of common cadre, the government should have a
transfer policy in place before it introduces common cadre.


There?s a possibility that the government might misuse common cadre to shunt
away officers it does not like, he said, adding, ?this is already happening
with chief executive officers and panchayat secretaries?, and therefore
demanded that government should consult trade unions, Opposition party as well
municipalities.


He further said that he has requested municipal trade unions to postpone
their strike due to Ganesh Chaturthi celebration, which begins from September
15.


POLICE-MAFIA NEXUS: Parrikar today repeated his allegations of
police-anti-social elements nexus. Incidents of police siding with anti-social
elements instead of with law-abiding citizens have risen. ?At least I get two
cases per day relating to police force,? claimed Parrikar, further informing
that he has already written to the government over this issue.

INADEQUATE RATION QUOTA: Denouncing the government for its inaction to get the
ration quota restored to its original standard even for Ganesh Chaturthi,
Mandrem MLA Laxmikant Parsekar said, Department of Civil Supplies should be
closed down if it?s not able to serve the common man.


He said, whatever little extra rice and wheat government is able to give for
the festival is because it has obtained October quota in advance.


LANDSLIDE: He also alleged that benching carried out at Porvorim landslide
site is actually a scam.


FIXTURES: While Ruling party MLAs have been given 350 tube lights and 75
sodium bulbs each ? Opposition BJP MLAs have been allotted only 50 tube lights
and five sodium lights, alleged Mandrem MLA Laxmikant Parsekar.


He said, people of all constituencies pay five paise per unit as electricity
charges and so it?s unfair that constituents of Opposition MLAs are given less
fixtures, which are allotted respective MLAs during Ganesh Chaturthi and
Christmas.


Meanwhile, responding to the same charge leveled by Damodar Naik, Power Minister
Aleixo Sequeira had clarified that all MLAs irrespective of party label have
been given the same quota of fixtures.




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Agricultural
policy to be formulated soon: CM


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 11 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat today said
the work for formulating the state agricultural policy would commence after
Ganesh Chaturthi, and a meeting of all the MLAs would be convened to discuss
the related issues. Mr Kamat also informed that officials from the central
agricultural ministry would arrive in the state for studying matters regarding
development of agriculture in Goa.


Brushing aside rumours, the Chief Minister assured sugarcane
cultivators that the Sanjivani sugar factory in the Sanguem taluka would not be
closed down.


Mr Kamat, who also holds the agriculture portfolio, earlier
disbursed an amount of Rs 70.13 lakh towards support price to 606 sugarcane
cultivators from Sanguem, Quepem and Canacona talukas, during a special
function held at Vade-Kardi in Sanguem taluka. The support price was
distributed at the rate of Rs 200 per tonne.


Addressing the sugarcane cultivators, Mr Kamat also told the
cultivators that the government is contemplating launching of a scheme to
attract those farmers and cultivators who have moved away from agriculture,
because of losses incurred by them.


The Chief Minister further said that he would work towards
fulfilling the needs of the farmers and cultivators in the state, stressing on
the need to improve agricultural production in Goa.


The director of agriculture, Mr Satish Tendulkar and the local
MLA, Mr Vassudev Gaonkar were also present on the occasion.


During this year, a support price to the tune of Rs 1.12 crore
will be disbursed to as many as 1,250 sugarcane cultivators in the state.


In Goa, sugarcane is presently
grown over an area of approximately 2,000 hectares. The
state currently produces 56,000 metric tonne of sugarcane, which is very low.
Agriculture department sources informed that it has started efforts to increase
the same. The Sanjivani sugar factory has a crushing capacity of 1.75 to 2 lakh
tonne of sugarcane annually. Thus the present availability of sugarcane meets
less than half of the requirement of the factory. This deficit is made by
bringing sugarcane form neighbouring states, which is not only uneconomical but
detrimental to the interest of local growers.


Thus, there is tremendous scope to cultivate this cane locally by
bringing additional area under this cash crop specially in command areas of
Salaulim and Anjunem irrigation projects, informed the sources.


The sources informed that the main objective behind providing
support price to the farmers is to improve production of various crops. ?The
government provides subsidy of up to Rs 6,000 per hectare on the fertilisers
required for the sugarcane,? they informed.


The sources also informed that another scheme which provides
subsidy of up to 25 per cent for growing sugarcane in new cultivable areas, is
being worked out.


The primary causes which result in low productivity of sugarcane
in the state and poor quality sugarcane cane for crushing include water
scarcity, inadequate fertilisation, quality of seeds, late planting, soil
fertility, lack of plant protection, etc.


Rs
8-cr subsidies given


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 11 The directorate of agriculture gave away Rs 8
crore in subsidies for various agricultural programmes for the year 2006-2007
from its total departmental budget of Rs 27.30 crores.


Speaking to The Navhind Times, the director of agriculture, Mr S
Tendulkar said, ?A minimum of 25,000 farmers are given cheques and subsidies
every year. It?s a big volume. The amount varies from Rs 50 to Rs 3 lakh.?? The
major subsidies that are given include the support prices for various
agricultural produce.


The department released Rs 1.12 crore as support price towards
55,977 tonne of sugarcane produced by farmers for 2006-07 and supplied to sugar
factory. The support price for sugarcane was given at the rate of Rs 200 per
tonne and the subsidy benefited 1,237 sugarcane farmers in Goa.
The department had released Rs 1. 7 crore for 54,000 tonne of sugarcane the
previous year, Mr Tendulkar revealed.


The support price for arecanut is given at the rate of Rs 20 per
kilogram. For upto 600
kilogram, the entire quantity is considered for the
support price. If the quantity exceeds 600 kilogram, only 60
per cent of the quantity is considered for the support price. The total amount
of subsidy released for arecanut for 2006-07 was Rs 110 lakh. There were 2,172
beneficiaries for the arecanut support price. Next year, the subsidy amount is
expected to touch between Rs 120 lakh to Rs 125 lakh, the director said.


The Goan farmers are also given 50 per cent subsidy on the cost of
paddy seed to those who buy from the government-approved outlets. These outlets
include the outlets of Goa Bhagayatdar Co-operative Society, Pernem Farmers?
Co-operative Society, Adarsh Co-operative Society and Sattari Farmers?
Co-operative Society. This subsidy is given at source and the farmers have to
only pay half the cost of the seed at the outlets. For 2006-07, the total
subsidy given on paddy seed was Rs 22 lakh. This year, the subsidy is expected
to go up to Rs 26 lakh.


Mr Tendulkar said the other component of subsidy is for fencing.
Fifty per cent of the cost of fencing is given as subsidy and the total subsidy
for 2006-07 was Rs 70 lakh. This year, it is expected to touch Rs 1 crore. Subsidies
are also given for machinery ? power tillers and tractors. Subsidy to the tune
of Rs 35,000 is given to individual and for groups, it is Rs 75,000. The cost
of a power tiller is around Rs 1.1 lakh. For purchase of tractors, a subsidy of
Rs 1 lakh is given. The cost of a tractor is Rs 3.6 lakh. The total subsidy for
machinery given in 2006-07 was Rs 55.5 lakh.


The department is also supplying manure for improving soil to
increase production. Last year, 1000 tonne of manure worth Rs 36 lakh was
supplied for this purpose. Subsidy is also given for water pumps, water
pipelines, sprinkler system, drip irrigation system and wells. Besides,
de-silting of community ponds and tanks is taken up with 100 per cent
assistance. Last year, the department released Rs 40-lakh on de-silting, Mr
Tendulkar said.


Dabolim
airport gears for 24-hour civilian operations


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 11 With the naval authorities agreeing to throw open
the Dabolim airport open for 24 hours of the day for civilian operations, the
buoyant tourism industry in the state is going to get a big boost further in
the upcoming season, beginning next month.


According to highly placed sources in the state administration and
Airport Authority of India, based in Goa, the
Dabolim airport would most probably be thrown open for operations 24 hours of
the day with effect from October 15.


The airport already has night landing facilities but the same were
occasionally used for landing during nights in case the flights were delayed,
said a highly placed official of AAI at Dabolim adding that the efforts were on
to make operational all the 24 hours for civilian use.


The AAI official also said that the Indian navy has already agreed
to throw open the airport for civilian use and that sufficient number of air
traffic controllers would be posted to facilitate landing and takeoffs round
the clock. The scheduled flights as well as charter to the state and from it
were mostly operated during the day hours.


According to sources in the tourism industry as well as the state
government, at least 900 charter flights would land in Goa
as a result of airport becoming operation round the clock. Besides, the AAI
authorities said that more airlines have expressed desire to operate scheduled
flights to and from Goa.


The tourism has been picking up in the state over the past half a
decade with almost 100 per cent increase in tourist arrivals in the state. Goa that attracted 12.68 lakh-odd tourists in 2000
attracted over 24.79 lakh-odd tourists last year. The figure in 1994 was just
10.59 lakh.


According to the tourism secretary, Dr M Modassir, 20.98 lakh of
the total number of tourists who arrived in the state were domestic while over
3.81 were foreigners. The number of domestic tourists arriving in the state in
the year 2000 was under 10 lakh while that of foreign tourists was 2.91 lakh.
The number of foreign tourists in 1994 stood at 2.10 lakh. Dr Modassir said
that nearly 43 per cent of the charter flights bringing in foreign tourists to
Goa come from the United Kingdom,
while Russia accounted for
8.75 per cent and is followed by Germany
5.87 per cent, Finland 5.59
per cent, France 3.73 per
cent and Switzerland
3.20 per cent. All other countries including Israel account for the rest.


The state received 720 charter flights last year that brought in
nearly 1.70 lakh foreign tourists, as compared to 419 in the year 200. The
total number of tourists that came by charters that year was 1.17 while the
number of charter flights in 1994 was 299 that brought in a little over 58,000
tourists.


Besides, charter flights, the cruise ships that call in at the
Mormugao port also bring in tourists to the state, said the tourism secretary
adding that 72 cruise liners called at the Mormugao port last year bringing in
8,433 tourists as compared 14 ships that called in the year 2000 that brought
in 3,914 tourists.


According to Dr Modassir, the foreign tourists who come to Goa stay on an average for nine days while the domestic
tourist stayed in the state for five days.


He also said that there were 1,627 rooms available in the state in
five-star deluxe hotels with bed capacity of 2,955, while the number of rooms
available in five-star category was 811 with 1,646 beds. Similarly the number
of rooms in the four star category was 544 with a total bed strength of 1,038.


Dr Modassir also said that the room capacity in the three-star
category was 1.075 with a bed strength of 2,209 and in two-star category the
number of rooms was 1,271 and the bed capacity was 2,551. In one-star
category the number of rooms available was 743 and the bed capacity was 1,514,
he added. In the heritage category the room strength was 20 with a bed strength
of 36.


Meanwhile, the Tourism Minister, Mr Francisco Xavier Pacheco will
lead a delegation of the state officials to participate in a programme
organised by the government of India
in New York to mark nation?s 60 years of Independence. The
programme would be attended by the contingents of all the states and would be
inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh on September 21.


The other members of the state?s contingent would be the Chief
Secretary, Mr J P Singh, and the director of tourism, Mr Deepak Loliyenkar. Goa would set up its own enclosure at the event to
promote tourism.


Explosive
substances found after Ponda mishap


NT News Service


Ponda, Sept 11 Tension gripped Ponda town today when two explosive
substances burst injuring two persons when the person who was carrying them on
his motorcycle met with an accident at Tisk, Ponda. The police recovered six
more explosive substances from the accident site.


The incident occurred at around 10 a.m. when one Prashant
Naik, a resident of Waddi-Talaulim, Ponda, was carrying eight explosive
substances -- in the shape of onions -- stashed in a plastic bag on his
motorcycle. He was banged from behind by a bus at Tisk, Ponda. As a result of
this, the plastic bag fell on the road and all the explosive substances lay
strewn on the road. One explosive substance came under the wheels of another
moving bus and burstwhen Prashant was arguing with the driver of the bus, which
had banged on his motorcycle. However, sensing trouble, Prashant took to his
heels.


The explosion gathered people at the spot. However, they had to
run for their lives when the second ?substance?, which had come under the tyres
of another vehicle, also exploded.


The deputy superintendent of police, Mr Mohan Naik informed that
the police recovered six explosive substances from the accident site and the
same would be sent to Hyderabad
for analysis. Mr Naik said that such bombs are used to kill wild animals for
meat.


He said the injured persons --- Mr Ulas Naik and Ms Shakuntala
Tari from Dhurbhat who had been waiting for bus -- were given first aid. Their
condition is said to be stable.


The police covered the six explosive substances with a bamboo
basket before calling in bomb squad.


The DySP said the accused is absconding and could not be arrested
till late in the evening.


The police registered an offence against Prashant Naik under
section 283, 337 of the IPC and under section 5 of the Explosive Act for
illegally carrying such substances and endangering the lives of others.


The accident throws light on illegal activities of bomb making in
Ponda. In a similar incident, which took place on January 25, this year, a
person was arrested and later released on bail when he got injured while making
these kind of explosives at his Curti resident.


Municipal
employees call off strike


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 11The one-day token strike of all Goa
municipal employees, scheduled on September 13 was deferred indefinitely.


Announcing this at a hurriedly called press conference today
evening, the Municipal Employees Association president, Mr Keshav Prabhu said
the strike was postponed, to avoid inconvenience to people on account of Ganesh
Chaturthi.


He disclosed that the Urban Development Minister, Mr Joaquim
Alemao has invited the association members for a meeting tomorrow noon in his
chamber.


The government has not prepared any road map to implement the
`common cadre? idea, but yet want to go ahead with the plan, he said and
further disclosed that the government has now sent the file to the law
department.


Questioning government?s some tentative decisions, he said, the
government has backtracked on its earlier decision to bring the Panaji city
corporation in the ambit of `common cadre?.


But yet, the same government through the DMA has been posting
engineers and accountants to the corporation from the pool of `common cadre?,
he disclosed.


?We are keeping our options open. We will use all our resources,
including legal means, to counter the move to introduce `common cadre?,? Mr
Prabhu said.


Attributing its decision to defer the token strike for the sake of
the public, he said: ?The government was only bragging about aam aadmi,
whereas, we believe in aam aadmi.?


He said he welcomed opposition leader, Mr Manohar Parrikar?s
statement, who requested the association to postpone the strike because of the
Chaturthi.


Earlier in the day, chief officer, Mr N D Agrawal said that the
council was gearing up to face the municipal employees strike.


Meanwhile a special council meeting will be held in the MMC hall
tomorrow. The one-point agenda at the meeting will be `view on common cadre?.
The meeting is open to public.


Reacting promptly to the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat?s
suggestion, the chief officer has installed a complaint and suggestion box on
the ground floor of the council.


Anonymous citizens can drop their suggestions or complaints in the
box, the chief officer disclosed.


Police
on high alert in


S
Goa
during festivities


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 11 South Goa
district administration has asked the sarvajanik Ganesh
utsav mandal office bearers to adhere to all the rules and regulations and
ensure that necessary permissions are taken, especially from the security point
of view.


The South Goa Collector, Mr G P Naik had called a
meeting of all the heads of the sarvajanik Ganesh utsav
mandals from South Goa along with the
police officers of respective police stations and sub-divisional police
officers.


The South Goa SP, Mr Shekhar Prabhudessai was also
present at the meeting held in South Goa Collector?s office.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times,? South Goa Collector said
that over 50 office bearers of the sarvajanik Ganesh utsav
mandals were present at the meeting.


?I have put police on ?high alert? and Ganesh mandals across South
Goa have been urged to help the South Goa
district administration and police force in maintaining tight security
during the Ganesh festival,? he said.


?We have urged the heads of the sarvajanik Ganesh utsav
mandals to hire private security guards and a special
request has been made to install close-circuit televisions (CCTVs)
at the pandals as it will help the police,? he added


Mr Naik said that response to the suggestion was very
good and the police had been asked to take necessary measures
in coordination with the utsava samitis.


?We have decided to issue badges to the members of these
mandals and volunteers from each mandal can also monitor the security near
the pandals along with the police,? he observed


He said the security had to be tight around the deities
installed at the mandals for the first nine days and added that officers
and police staff in plain clothes would keep a check while they
mingle in the crowd.


?Every sarvajanik Ganesh utsav mandal will have to
engage volunteers who will act like police and keep an eye on the deity,? Mr
Naik observed. During the procession, the mandals had to obey the time
restrictions, he observed and added that anything suspicious in terms of
any unidentified belonging or in the actions of an individual has to be brought
to notice of the police.


CM
assures equal facilities to Devnagiri, Roman Konkani


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 11 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat, today,
assured to give all facilities to Roman script as enjoyed by Devnagiri, in an
effort to help the development of Konkani language in the state. He also
promised government help to all magazines published in Konkani.


The Chief Minister was speaking as the chief guest, at the one
year celebration of the Konkani magazine `Jivit? in his home town. The Deputy
Speaker, Mr Mauvin Godinho was also present.


Stating that Konkani language was the only identity of Goans, Mr
Kamat opined that for Goa to progress,
development of Konkani language was crucial. ?We have to put our best foot
forward to develop Konkani language,? Mr Kamat said and promised all necessary
help from the government to develop Konkani literature.


He said government has taken a decision to name the air-condition
hall in Ravindra Bhavan after `Pai Tiatrist?, who staged the first tiatr in Goa. The Chief Minister also disclosed that he had put in
motion the idea of setting up the `Tiatr
Academy? and promised to
take it forward.


Reminding the gathering that last year, he was instrumental in
sending a Quepem mando group to Saudi, he disclosed that this year another
mando group was sent to Dubai.


The Deputy Speaker, Mr Mauvin Godinho emphasized on the fact to
maintain unity amongst Goans instead of fighting on scripts. ?We Goans are
known to come on streets for every little issue,? Mr Godinho said and appealed
to remain united to protect Konkani.


He informed that many tiatrists had sacrificed their lives and
time to protect the identity of Konkani. For Konkani language to progress,
Goans should stop fighting in the name of scripts and fight to get equal grants
for Roman script writers and tiatrists, he reasoned.


He further told the gathering that Goa
had the privilege of having a good CM, who was objective and ever obliging.
?Let us all strengthen his hands and help him to take Konkani and Goa to greater heights,? he said.


Earlier the organizers released three Konkani books at the hands
of the dignitaries and felicitated five prominent personalities who contributed
for the growth of Konkani language.


They also posthumously felicitated late Andrew G C Viegas for his
research work on ?50 years of Konkani cinema?.


Give
protection to girl child, CSJP makes clarion call to people


NT News Desk


Panaji, Sept 11 ?Let us help India save its future by saving the
girl child in our very homes, community and society giving her protection, care
and sustainable development. All that they want is justice, recognition and
approval. Let us then wish that every girl child be accepted as a real blessing
and that they may grow to their full potential in the image and likeness of our
Creator.??


This is the message of the Council for Social Justice and Peace
(CSJP) as the Church celebrated September 8 every year as the ?Girl Child Day?.
This year the theme to reflect on was, ?Daughters, Mother Church Cares For
You.??


The message states that India is surging ahead but the
female infanticide continues unabated. Besides, our nation refuses to free her
from superstitious beliefs and destructive social norms, which enslave
millions, impose injustice and treat the defenceless with brute force.


The Indian Society is rather slow in accepting the great potential
within a woman. Though we have celebrated the 60th year of freedom of our
nation, our minds are still imprisoned towards the capability of a girl. The
clarion call of this day is to celebrate the courage and achievements of women
and young girls, who as agents of charge have contributed a lot for building
better lives for everyone on the planet. The crucial role of women as mothers
and homemakers too has helped in developing proper qualities in children to
become agents of world peace and harmony.


The message states that technology has improved and nations are
growing richer and powerful but crime and cruelty against the girl child is
growing ever more. It is despairing that every eighth girl child?s death is due
to gender discrimination. One of every ten women reported some kind of child
sexual abuse, mainly by known persons. One out of four girls is sexually abused
before the age of four. Three lakh more girls than boys die every year.
Fifty-three percent of girls in the age group of five to nine years are
illiterate.


A report by the UNICEF (United Nations Children?s Education Fund)
says that India
kills almost seven thousand girls per day by abortion. Around thirty-five to
forty million girl and women are missing from the Indian population because of
selective abortion. Generations of women are wiped out and the society is a
mute witness to this organized crime, the message states.


Govt
sheltering criminals in Margao, alleges BJP


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 11 The South Goa BJP
Yuva Morcha president, Mr Sharmad Raiturkar, today, criticised the government
for not being able to control thefts and burglaries in Margao.


He said not a single offender in various burglaries and thefts
reported from the city were arrested and refused to blame the police for the
same.


He disclosed that police were aware of the identity of perpetrators
but were scared to lay their hands on them due to political pressure. ?Most of
the thefts and robberies reported in Margao have been carried out by persons
residing in Monti Dongor, Azad Nagri, etc,? Mr Raiturkar said and blamed the
chief minister for protecting them for selfish political gains.


Addressing a press conference in the party office, along with BJP
Mandal president, Mr Navnath Khandeparker, today evening, Mr Raiturkar wondered
whether aam aadmi was safe in the Chief Minister?s constituency.


He said the government was providing security to ministers, VIPs,
courts, collectors etc, while the aam aadmi was left to fend for himself. Mr
Raiturkar also condemned the government for not taking adequate measures to
ensure proper water supply to the city residents. He said many residents
leaving in buildings, in the town complained of water scarcity. On account of
low pressure water does not climb on the top floors, he said inconveniencing
the locals, he said.


The BJP Mandal president, Mr Navnath Khandeparker, wondered
whether people would feel safe during the Chaturthi.


?Over 55 per cent of people residing in Margao travel to their
native place for the Ganesh festival,? Mr Khandeparker disclosed.


and wondered whether government will be able to provide adequate
security to their closed dwellings.


?Will the government be able to protect the households of aam
aadmi during the Chaturthi?? he wondered.


He further disclosed that police were not being able to take
decisions on their own, as there was intense pressure on them.


Narvekar
seeks people?s help in developing Aldona


NT News Desk


PanajiI, Sept 11 A
warm felicitation was accorded in honour of Mr Dayanand Narvekar on being
elected as the member of Goa Legislative Assembly in the June 2007 General
Assembly elections and also on being appointed Cabinet Minister in Digambar
Kamat government at a function organised by the Pomburpa, Olaulim-Ecoxim
Citizens Committee at Pomburpa recently.


Mr Narvekar was felicitated at the hands of Fr Carlos Vaz, Parish
Priest of Olaulim Church. He was honoured with a shawl, srifal and memento. The
Minister for Information Technology, Mr Narvekar replying to the felicitation
thanked the people of Aldona constituency for having reposed faith in him and
having elected him with a clear majority. He said, he is nurturing Aldona
constituency for a very long time of his political career and today the
constituency has witnessed a socio-economic transformation.


The IT Minister further told the people to rally behind the
government and channelise their energies to give further fillip to Aldona and
surrounding villages and welfare of the people. Much has been achieved in the
process of socio-economic growth. Let us not be complacent but strive to
achieve greater height, he added.


Mr Narvekar said the government is making all possible efforts in
creating avenues of employment for benefit of Goan youth. Prominent among those
present at the felicitation function were Fr Santan Carvalho, Parish Priest of
Pomburpa Church, Mr Michael Fernandes, president. Felicitation Committee, Ms
Vinashi Shirodkar, Aldona Sarpanch, Mr Vallabh Pole, former sarpanch of
Pomburpa, Mr Bharat Phadte, Ms Sarah Braganza, Aldona Block President, Ms Myra
Correira, Secretary, Youth Congress among others.


No
untoward incident at cremation on disputed land at Morjim


NT News Service


Mapusa, Sept 11 Prompt intervention of law enforcing authorities
helped a cremation pass off peacefully at a disputed land in Morjim.


According to information provided by the deputy collector of Pernem,
Mr Rajendra Mirajkar, a Delhi-based party had bought a land in Morjim that was
earlier being used as a cremation site. However, upon buying this land security
has been deployed and a gate has also been put to prevent any entry inside.


Ever since the land was purchased by this party, two cremations
have already taken place peacefully at the same site under the watchful eyes of
law enforcing agencies so as to prevent any tension and violence.


On getting information about a third cremation, the Pernem deputy
collector, Mr Rajendra Mirajkar, Pernem mamlatdar, Mr Sankwalkar, Dy SP, Mr
Waman Tari and Pernem PI, Mr Uday Parab rushed to the site to thwart any
violence.


A large police force was deployed from Mapusa and Pernem around
the area to prevent the situation from going out of control.


Later speaking to ?The Navhind Times,? Mr Mirajkar said that this
third cremation ever since the land was sold, has passed off peacefully with no
untoward incident. He said that he along with other officers was present all through
the cremation to maintain law and order.


The deputy collector also took strong objection to the absence of
the Morjim village sarpanch from the site.


Stating that an alternate site was being offered to the villagers
to perform the last rites, Mr Mirajkar maintained that there appeared to be
reservations among the people in taking up the new site.


He said his predecessor; Mr Shetye had tried his best to solve
this contentious issue by calling all the concerned parties for a hearing;
however the concerned parties had failed to turn up.


Besides this, Mr Mirajkar also informed that the sarpanch had been
ordered to discuss this issue in the gram sabha meeting so that based on the
people?s reaction a thorough solution could be worked out.


Mr Mirajkar however expressed his resolve to pursue the matter and
bring about a lasting solution to this vexed issue.


Porvorim
residents express concern over Betim landslides


NT News Desk


Panaji, Sept 11 The Porvorim Residents Welfare Association (PRWA)
has expressed concern regarding the landslides taking place on the Betim hill
slope and has urged the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat to take urgent steps
to prevent further landslides as they pose danger and risk to life and
property.


It urged the government to appoint a task force and carry out a
detailed survey of all areas where hillcutting has taken place, including the
Socorro Bobd area where landslides are likely and check for slope stability and
find remedies to prevent further landslides.


The secretary of PRWA, Mr Juino de Souza, in a press note, stated
that two landslides have occurred on two consecutive days. ?This area houses
the assembly complex and the government secretariat and there is VIP movement
along the road which forms part of the National Highway. Why has the government
not put up any warning sign to warn the motorists??? he queried.


Mr de Souza said that last year too the PRWA had informed the PWD
authorities about trees on the Betim hill slide tilting and almost falling on
the road and which is one of the signs of land movement.


?Yet the government did not take the matter seriously and ordered
a few trees to be pruned,?? he said.


It has also demanded enactment of law banning construction on the
hill slopes


Paramilitary
force to be deployed during Ganesh


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 11 The Goa police
are all set to be on alert for the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival. In tune
with this, the state has already asked for two paramilitary companies from the
Centre for the purpose.


The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Ujjwal Mishra said ?we
have made elaborate arrangements for the festival throughout the state and two
companies from Central Industrial Security Force would be deployed evenly on
all the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsavs in Goa.


Speaking to the media, Mr Mishra stated that there are nearly 25
Sarvajanik Ganeshotsavs to be celebrated in South while 20 would be celebrated
in the North Goa district.


Each pandal would have two security personnel besides personal
security guards for the pandal members.


He said in this regard meetings are being held with the police
officials and Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav committee members at taluka levels.


In the meeting convened by the police it was decided that each
such function would be overseen by a police sub-inspector and the police
inspector of the area would have overall control. This arrangement would be
supervised by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, he informed.


In most of the pandals, only a single entry point would be allowed
wherein a metal detector frame would be installed or barricades would be
erected from all sides for security purposes.


Mr Mishra also informed that if any person is desirous of visiting
his native place, he should either inform the police incharge or submit a
written application to the police station of the area.


Citizens
panel to keep watch on noise offenders in South


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 11 The recent government order may not be sweet music
for the discotheque and club-house owners in the state. But it had to be done,
as the High Court had issued clear-cut directions to the state.


The government in an order has set up a committee of citizens for
proper implementation of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules,
2000 for South Goa.


The committee comprises of sarpanchas and their deputies and other
prominent citizens from the coastal belt of the district in the South.


The South Goa District Magistrate, Superintendent of Police, South
and DySP, South will be the official government members on the committee.


It may be recalled that the High Court in its March 2007 order had
directed the government to set up committee of citizens to monitor sound
pollution around the States.


Considering the State?s touristic importance discotheques and
club-houses dotting the coastline, played blaring music much to the annoyance
of the locals.


Senior citizens were the most affected lot. Despite complaints
authorities turned a blind eye to such misdemeanors.


Finally the High Court acting on the suo moto writ petition, 2006
took cognizance of the matter, issued various guidelines and directed the
government to take stern action against offenders.


It made various recommendations, one of which was of setting up
committee of citizens.


Citizen committees were set up in the following areas: Chicolna-Bogmalo-Vasco-Baina
coastal belt, Cansualim-Arossim-Cuelim-Velsao coastal belt,
Majorda-Utorda-Calata coastal belt, Betalbatim-Colva-Cana-Benaulim coastal
belt, Varca-Cavelossim coastal belt and Cola-Agonda-Poinguinim-Loliem-Canacona
coastal belt.


In another order District Magistrate, South
Goa, Mr G P Naik has constituted a District Level Vigilance and
Monitoring Committee in pursuance of Rule 17 of the Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes (Prevention and Atrocities) Rules, 1995.


The South Goa, District Magistrate
will be the chairman of the committee, while the director of social welfare and
ex-officio joint secretary will be the member secretary.


South Goa, MP, all MLAs of South Goa district, SP, Administrative
Officer of Hospicio, Mr A Redkar, Assistant Commissioner of Sales Tax, Mr K V
Signapurkar, SLAO (irrigation), Ms Florina Colaco and Mr Rajendra Azgaonkar
will be members of the committee.


GSUDA
files compliance reporton Baina demolition


NT Legal
Correspondent,


Panaji, Sept 11 As per the directions of the court, the compliance
report has been filed by Goa State Urban Development Authority (GSUDA) and
District Collector South Goa after carrying out the demolition of the
structures at Baina.


Earlier, the bench had directed the demolition of illegal construction
carried out by GSUDA at Baina by September 10 and the court had further
directed the South Goa Collector to ensure that the demolition is carried out
and to file compliance report along with the photographs of the demolition on
September 11.


However, on behalf of the petitioner it was submitted that the
some of the debris was still lying at the site. An assurance was given on
behalf of GSUDA that they would take steps to restore the place to its original
condition.


In the same petition it was also brought to the notice of the
court that five sweeping machines procured at a cost of about Rs 1 crore have
not been put to use by the municipal councils.


According to the petitioner the machines cannot be put to use on
Goan roads as the roads are narrow. It was also alleged that the machines have
not been moved at all much less put to use.


The bench has therefore directed the Director Municipal
Administration to file an affidavit stating the feasibility or the suitability
of the machines to be used on the roads.


The Chief Officer of Mormugao Minicipal Council has also been
asked to state on affidavit whether the machine has been used and if at all
used to state for many hours it is used.


In the petition filed by Mr Leonardo Lobo it was brought to the
notice of the court that GSUDA had assigned the construction work of retaining
wall at Baina beach to M/s Nageshwar constructions.


However, instead of constructing just the retaining walls on the
beach eight shops were constructed in violation of CRZ regulation. Further
more, the retaining wall was just 50 meters away from the High Tide Line.


The court while passing the order observed that the construction
of the shops along the retaining wall and the projecting galleries were prima
facie in violation of the coastal zone regulations and the public exchequers
money has gone to waste. Therefore the court ordered demolition and directed
recovery of costs.


Profits
elude Sanjivani Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana


NT News Service


Ponda, Sept 11 Most of the government co-operative sectors run
into losses and the Sanjivani Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana, Danbandora, Ponda is no
exception.


It has suffered a huge loss of Rs 38.33 crore in 2006-07,
statistics say. While the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC), Goa
Marketing Federation, Goa Meat Complex (GMC) and Goa Dairy are already in
losses, the 34-year-old Sakhar Karkana Ltd is also added to
the list.


Though the loss is said to be on account of various reasons, the
production of sugarcane in Goa has been very
less. It has produced only 50,000 tonnes of sugar in a year.


And, whatever produce is available is of low quality compared to
the imported sugarcane from neighbouring Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Less rates of sugar stored in the godown could also be the reason for the
losses.


Sources have revealed that due to scarcity of water, the growth of
sugarcane in areas of Valkim, Waddem, Batti, Velgeam has been affected.
Though water from Anjuna and Salaulim dam has been ultilised to cultivate the
sugarcane fields, it was insufficient to meet the needs.


Sources also revealed that the farmers need labourers to crush the
cane and they are brought from other areas. Sources said that around 1000
labourers are required for the said task. The factory has the capacity of
crushing 1,500 tonne per day.


The loss has also been attributed to the changing rates of sugar
per quintal by the central government, who is the authority in fixing the
rates.


Sources disclosed that the sugar producing unit at Darbandora was
started by the first chief minister of Goa, late Dayanand Bandodkar with the
sole aim of creating employment and helps farmers make good use of the barren
lands.


The president of the Sugarcane Farmers Association, Mr Rajendra
Desai said that the restrictions on the sale of sugar by the central
government has led to piling of several sugar bags in the godown.


?There are around 1,21,000 bags of sugar of 50 kg each in the
godown,? he informed adding that the state government should
seek permission from the central government to sell the same
to avoid further losses.


Need
for debate on concept of casinos


by Juino de Souza


The needless hullabaloo over a casino ship docked in the river Sal
has made headlines and the issue has aggravated due to politicisation and there
are allegations and counter allegations.While one group is worried that
dredging will destroy the traditional fishing community and disturb the
ecological balance, the other group maintains that dredging is a must to clear
the river of silt and filth and to increase the depth of the river for safe
navigation and with the exception of shell fish (tisreo) there is no other
variety of fish or marine life and hardly any villagers are dependent on this
river for their livelihood.


Now activists, including the Catholic church is supporting a
section of villagers who have turned ?river guardians? and are hell bent on
having the ship out of the river Sal and the controversy, has put the
government in a quandary, as licenses have been issued and fees collected and
therefore can the casino be driven out and legally decommissioned?


Government has dished out five additional licenses for casinos at
a whopping fee of Rs 5 crore each and perhaps some more licenses may be issued
and hence there is people?s opposition to government policy of freely issuing
licenses, due to fear that such casinos, will ruin youth and people will be
spending their time, energy and money gambling in casinos, rather than on their
families and such habit-forming casino gambling is self-destructive.


For most people, a visit to a casino is fun. They try their luck,
wager responsibly, have a good time and understand that gambling is a form of
entertainment. They enjoy the excitement of the casino, the fine restaurants,
the show and the other amenities. However, for others it becomes what is called
compulsive gambling and refers to a condition where people are, addicted to
gambling and this can be devastating.


The vital question therefore is: Whether we should allow Goa, which is the world?s fifth best tourist destination
to become a gambler?s paradise or should the government once and for all scrap
the entire concept of casinos? There is need for a legislature debate, on where
we are and where are we heading and if it means generating jobs and revenue by
way of tax, then what is the harm in having casinos?


If Goa can have taverns and bars
and beach beds where foreigners exhibit their bodies, then why not casinos? Are
not rave parties spoiling our youth? And the locals, who not only mingle with
hippies, but also marry them for fun and finance? And the numerous shacks that
have mushroomed all along the coastal belt where nefarious activity goes on in
full view of the police?


Currently there are seven casinos that are functioning from
five-star hotels of Goa and are our youth and adults not patronizing these and
the various pubs and discos in and around Goa?
If we can have turf clubs where the rich and famous spend their money gambling
on horse racing at Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and elsewhere in the country, then
why not have casinos in Goa? Are people not gambling in shares and stocks
listed on various stock exchanges? And what about on-line lottery gambling that
has become a craze?


We could even have casinos closer to the land or river boats that
can stay docked, allowing flexible boarding, just as the `Caravela? docked at
the Panaji jetty and there is no scrambling to get on-line for a `cruise? and
both the number of patrons and the level of profit have increased. We can have
gambling boat cruises operated by the GTDC with boarding only every hour or
two? And why not have land-based casinos with restricted entry to foreigners
and certain high tax payer individuals?


Why are we viewing the casino industry as a threat to our security
and harmful for both humans and the environment? Why is there resistance to
change and the attitude that `we?ve always done it this way, why change now??
Change has become a necessary factor and there is no escape from it. We have to
eliminate fear and pursue continuous improvement and encourage innovation and
entrepreneurship if we have to succeed in a globalised world.


What we need is a right law that can be named as the ?Goa Casino
Control Act 2007?
that will administer, monitor and regulate the casino industry and assure
public trust and confidence in the credibility and integrity of casino
operations that will support the tourist industry and contribute to the
economic strength of Goa.


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Are police turning a blind eye to increasing
burglaries in Canacona?


HERALD CORRESPONDENT



CANACONA, 11 SEPT- Are Canacona Police serious in curbing
robberies? Scores of shops have been burgled in Canacona in recent times and
the persons who have approached police have been reportedly refrained from
lodging the complaints stating that it is an insignificant case.

Some of the aggrieved people have complained to Herald that Canacona police are
seriously not taking up robberies complaint. This in turn has turned
Canacona as a good hunting ground as nurglars are slowing gaining ground in
Canacona with police personnel trying to play safely in the hands of thieves by
way of theirin-actions.

According to local business people running establishments at Canacona, the
burglaries effected by anti-socials in the locality even by gaining entries in
breaking shutters at nights are not considered as serious enough in taking up
for investigations.

Last night two shops were burgled at Chaudi in the wee hours, even as thieves
could lay their hands only on some petty cash, whereas attempt to rob a
jeweler?s shop was foiled by the alert owner who heard the sound and raised
alarm after which the robbers fled from the
scene.


It is learnt that entries in shops were gained after cutting the shutter locks
or bending the shutters itself by engaging some strong machinery such as
vehicle Jack-ups. However, it could have been worst for this jeweler, had the
burglars not broken the door glass accidentally which came down with large
sound eventually awakening owners sleeping beyond the shops wall. The burglars
however, fled from the site even before the residents reached out.

The jewellery shop owner (whose shop is situated at his residence side, a few
metres away from where policemen normally stations themselves at night) when
specifically asked told that after providing information, police came in the
morning, asked a few questions and told that since nothing is stolen no need to
register the case.

When this correspondent visited one of the burgled hardware shops, two
policemen in plain cloths were seen recording the owners statement but than
told that no case is registered as it is nothing serious and only just around
one thousand cash is stolen leaving coins untouched as also the costly material
inside.

A local businessman Prasad Pai, whose pharmacy was burgled just over two weeks
back told this correspondent that when he had reported similar incident (where
thieves gained entry by breaking rear shutter lock and decamped with around
Rs.1800 rupees and ransacked the medicines), he was told that since the robbery
is minor there?s no need to register the case.

Besides, he was told that his staff would also be called for inquiries and
sniffer dogs will have to be pressed into service for carrying out further
investigations. Ironically, the case remained un-registered and robbers in
question gained in confidence to continue their errands in a bolder manner.

Incidentally, the owner of a private mobile operators shop also informed that
his shop too was broke open over 11 months back in which petty cash of around
Rs.1000 was taken away and when reported police ignored the incident as a minor
incident.

When contacted staff at Canacona Police station maintained that they are
maintaining strict police surveillance in the town and elsewhere in rural
areas. Besides, posting of two police constables are regularly at Chaudi (
where most of the business establishments are placed), the beat party on
motor-bikes takes constant rounds in the vicinities. Another source from
Police informed that the anti-socials who may be keeping tract of stationed
policemen, may hoodwink them even in fove minutes interval when policemen who
normally moves in tandem takes other direction.

It may be recalled that the Taluka?s post office also situated at the center of
Canacona town was robbed a few months back and documents were ransacked after
gaining entry by cutting window grills with gas cutters. Most of the shops in
Chaudi town precariously lie on the national highway and are very prone to
highway robberies, needing constant and vigorous police protection. A few
entrepreneurs having shops in the locality, are however contemplating to engage
private security personnel keeping little faith in Canacona police.





2 arrested for holding bullfight at Curtorim


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 11 ? Maina Curtorim police have arrested and
released on bail two persons for allegedly organising a bullfight at Curtorim
last evening.

PSI Paresh Naik said the police arrested Franky Gomes and Anthony under Section
11 (2) (M) (N) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

He said the police are on the look out of the owners of the bulls which
participate in the bullfight at Curtorim yesterday.





Saligao youth crushed to death at Anjuna


HERALD CORRESPONDENT



MAPUSA, SEPT 11 ? A 25-year-old youth from Saligao died on
the spot after a private bus GA 01 V 5041 collided with a Honda Activa scooter
GA 03 V 4373 at Anjuna on Tuesday evening.

The deceased has been identified as Mario Fernandes, a resident of Saligao. The
deceased was proceeding towards Anjuna on his Activa along with one Ancy
D?Souza from Anjuna who was pillion riding when the private bus proceeding
towards Anjuna from Mapusa crashed into the scooter at a cross junction.

The impact of the accident was so severe that the scooter was dragged at a
distance of almost 20
metres from the point of collision.

While the scooterist died on the spot the pillion rider Ancy also sustained
grievous injuries and has been admitted to the Goa Medical
College & hospital,
Bambolim in a critical condition.

Anjuna police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the
bus driver.





School teens lucky to be alive after speedy cruise


BY HERALD REPORTER



PANJIM, SEPT 11 ? Tragedy almost knocked on the doors of
two school-going teenagers who were madly cruising down the Miramar-Dona Paula
by-pass road in a black-coloured Tata Indigo car on Tuesday afternoon.

The car, GA-07-C-7899, was a mangled mess within seconds after it hit an Activa
scooter, GA-07-B-5859, then the road divider and an electric pole before
finally coming to rest on the ground with all its four wheels facing skywards.

Police said both the teenagers ? Joel Gonsalves, 15, and Wilbur Coutinho, 16 ?
were immediately shifted to Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim.
Considering the impact of the car, both, Joel and Wilbur, should consider
themselves as lucky to be alive, they added.

They said Wilbur suffered a fracture on one of his hands, while Joel, who was
driving in his school uniform and without a license, was injured, but not
seriously, and both were doing fine.

Police gave the name of the Activa rider as Ralph Fernandes, 16, and the
pillion as Al Jude Honcho, 16. Honcho suffered bruises on his hands and Ralph
was taken to the GMC. He suffered a fracture.

Witnesses on the spot said the car was chasing the scooter that was again being
ridden by two teenagers. Police said those on the scooter and the ones in the
car were known to each other. A witness said the car passed by him like a
torpedo.

Honcho, who as at the Town Police Station with his parents, told reporters the
teenagers in the car were just acquaintances and denied that they were racing
against each other.

Today?s accident yet again brings to the fore the safety of motorists and
pedestrians on the Miramar-Dona Paula road, which has become the unofficial
racetrack for the sons of the rich and the higher middle-class alike ? the
influential class - to test their racing skills. An elderly motorist, who was
passing by the accident site, said the accident should serve as an eye-opener
to parents who have no time to see what their children are up to. The accident
could be more disastrous for walkers and other vehicle users; there could have
been a tragedy, he said.





Court refuses to discharge customs official?s wife


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 11 ? A plea by the wife of a Customs
Superintendent to discharge her from the charge of abetting her husband in the
commission of an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been
rejected by the Sessions Court here.

In this case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBE) had charged Roseline
Pramod Bunyan for allegedly abetting her Customs Superintendent husband, Pramod
Bunyan under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Roseline, however, contended before the court that the provision of the Act was
not applicable to her since she was not a public servant.

Moreover, she contended there was no allegation to connect her with the alleged
offence, saying there was no reasonable ground to show she abetted in the
offences alleged against her husband.

Her lawyer, Nam Joshi argued that she had an independent income by way of
salary and private tuitions from the academic year 1983-84 and duly reflected
in the Income Tax Returns.

Senior CBI Counsel S B Faria, however, said there was no basis in the
application for Roseline?s discharge, further contending there is sufficient
documentary evidence to show that she had allegedly abetted her husband in the
commission of the offences.

Rejecting Roseline?s application, Sessions Judge Nutan Sardessai observed that
though she was admittedly not a public servant, but has acquired assets, which
prima facie cannot be attributed to her alleged income from her employment as a
teacher also as a tutor taking private tuitions.





?Govt insensitive to citizens? needs?


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 11 ? The Margao unit of the BJP has charged
the Digambar Kamat government for being insensitive to the needs of the
citizens on security and water supply.

Addressing a press conference, BJP President Navnath Khandeparkar said the
recent spurt in theft cases has sent shivers down the spine of citizens.
?People have now begun to think whether to leave for their native places to
celebrate Ganesh by keeping their houses closed in view of the theft cases?, he
said and demanded explanation from the Chief Minister, who is representing
Margao constituency.

He said many a miscreant hailing from Monte Hill and Azad Nagar has been
allowed by the police to go scot-free due to political interference.

BJP Youth leader, Sharmad Raiturkar and Kamat?s bete noire came down heavily on
the Chief Minister for neglecting many pockets of Margao constituency and
concentrating only in certain areas. ?Are we not aam aadmi. Why people of Calconda,
Sirvodem and Comba have to face irregular water supply?, Raiturkar asked and
asserted that the Kamat government has no moral right to remain in power if it
cannot provide basic amenities for the common man.





Yet another CRZ case makes its way in HC


BY HERALD REPORTER



PANJIM, SEPT 11 ? Yet another case of alleged Coastal
Regulation Zone (CRZ) violation has been brought to the notice of Bombay High
Court at Goa.

Cruz Cardoso, a resident of Cavelossim through a Public Interest Litigation
(PIL) writ petition has complaint against one Anthony Gaffino, proprietor of
Gaffino Beach Resort for CRZ violation.

The petitioner has alleged that Gaffino has carried out a construction right on
the beach and within the 200 mts High Tide Line (HTL) so much so that during
the high tide, waves lash the retaining wall and the compound wall.

The alleged illegal construction is located in Survey No 113/8 of Cavelossim
village. The Office of the Chief Town Planner following inspection by its Town
Planner S M Byakod found that construction was carried out in contravention to
NOC issued by it and consequently has kept NOC in abeyance till further orders,
the petition said.

The alleged illegal construction consists of a retaining wall and filling of
sand, a compound wall and a construction wherein a bar and restaurant is being
operated, the petitioner claims. The Panchayat of Cavelossim has been issued
notice.





Man found dead at Valpoi


HERALD CORRESPONDENT



VALPOI, SEPT 11 - The body of one Pandurang soma Gauns of
Dabe-Sattari was found under the bridge at Valpoi-Sattari on Tuesday.

Locals who spotted the body at about 4.30pm, informed the Valpoi police, who
later retrieved out the body.

According to Valpoi police, Pandurang Gawas must have got a fit when he had
gone to answer nature?s call.

Valpoi police who recorded the statement of the deceased?s brother disclosed
that Pandurang was getting fit. The news spread like wild fire in Valpoi with
rumours doing round that a youth committed suicide by jumping from the bridge.

According to police there are no injuries on the body of the deceased and
the body was found in water, which was just up to knee level and ruled out the
possibility of suicide.

The body has been sent for an autopsy and further investigations are on under
the supervision of PI Anthony Monserrate.


I have asked hotel officials to tow away the boat:
Kamat


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 11 ? Even as a week has passed since Chief
Minister Digambar Kamat assured that the casino boat would be out of River Sal,
the boat continues to be anchored near the Cutbona jetty, prompting Save River
Sal Front to call on the CM later this week.

Kamat, however, told Herald on Tuesday evening that he has personally spoken to
the top management of Hotel Leela and conveyed a message that it would be
better for the Hotel to tow the boat out of the river. ?I have made it very
clear to the Leela Goa that it is in their interest that the casino boat be
removed from River Sal. I am expecting the hotel management to come down for
talks soon?, he said.

Kamat was apparently worried that the ongoing agitation against the casino boat
and River Sal dredging ? presently confined to the villages of Cavelossim,
Ambelim, Assolna and Velim ? may spread to other parts of the State, causing
embarrassment for the Congress government.

What?s more, the Congress party as well as the Goa Pradesh Youth Congress has
called upon the government to ensure the casino boat is out of the River.

Meanwhile, the Save River Sal Front had an emergency meeting and reviewed the
agitation vis-?-vis the government?s response to their demands.

Sources said the Front leaders have decided to seek an appointment with the
Chief Minister probably before the ensuing Ganesh Chaturthi and seek his
opinion on the boat. It is learnt that SGF leaders were peeved at the manner in
which the government was dragging on with the controversy, with a section of
the leaders calling for intensifying the agitation to achieve the demands.

Meanwhile, the Velim Assolna Ambelim Forum will hold a public meeting at the
historic Lohia Maidan, Margao on September 13. at 4 pm.

Speakers will throw light on the following: Advantages/disadvantages of
dredging/desilting of River Sal and its impact on ecology; how to save River
Sal and CRZ violations on the River Sal/beach.





DMA told to report on feasibility of sweeping
machines


BY HERALD REPORTER



PANJIM, SEPT 11 ? Directorate of Municipal Administration
(DMA) will have to do a lot of explaining about the five automated sweeping
machines which GSUDA procured a year ago.

The Bombay High Court at Goa on Monday
directed DMA to report on the feasibility of the sweeping machines. Writ
petition filed by resident of Vasco Leonardo Lobo charged that machines are
lying unutilised on which GSUDA spent about Rs crore. A Division Bench of
Justices R S Mohite and N A Britto asked DMA to report about feasibility of the
machines as petitioner?s counsel Adv Venkatesh Tamba stated that roads of Vasco
are not suitable for the machines. In fact machines bought are ?white
elephant?, he added.

The court issued direction to file report on suitability of the machines, their
working condition, hours they have been operated et al. Automated sweeping
machines have been allotted to CCP and municipal councils of Mormugao, Margao,
Mapusa and Curchorem. Complying with earlier direction GSUDA placed on record
compliance report revealing that it has demolished illegal structures
constructed by it on Baina beach. It may be recalled that GCZMA last
month had directed GSUDA to demolish the structures i.e. the projecting
galleries and the shops like structures on the seaward side of the retaining
wall constructed below the projecting galleries attached to the retaining wall
? built in absolute violation of CRZ regulation as well as construction rules.
Court had ordered to remove this construction before Sept 10, 2007. The chief
secy was directed to take appropriate steps to identify and fix responsibility
in relation to such expenditure and unwarranted burden on the public exchequer
and thereupon to take appropriate steps to recover the same from those
responsible and also inform the Court as to what steps have been taken to
recover such expenditure and unnecessary burden on the public exchequer. It was
informed that chief secy has asked Vigilance Dept carry out the investigation.
While matter adjourned till October 1.





Garima is director of industries


BY HERALD REPORTER



PANJIM, SEPT 11 ? Vinesh Arlekar, Additional Director of
Panchayats II, has been appointed as the new director of Settlement and Land
Records while Garima Gupta, deputy collector (Rent Control) will be the
new director of Industries, Trade & Commerce.

Amjad Tak, another IAS officer, has been posted as deputy collector (rent
control), North at Panjim.

Arlekar will relieve R Mihir Vardhan, North Goa Collector who was holding the
additional charge.

Director of Panchayats Menino D?Souza will hold the charge of Additional
Director of Panchayats II until further orders, an order issued by the
Personnel department said.

By another order, Rajan Satardekar, deputy collector and DRO, South Goa, has
been transferred and posted as Deputy Collector (rent control),Mormugao
while Sanjeev Gauns Dessai, deputy collector (revenue), South Goa, will
hold the charge of deputy collector and DRO, south in addition his own duties.





HCN debate with experts at ICG on Sept 13


HERALD NEWS DESK



PANJIM, SEPT 11 ? Does Goa have a Disaster Management
Plan? If yes why is the plan not being implemented?

HCN will be holding a talk show to debate on Disaster Management Plan needed
for Goa?s development on Thursday September
13, at 3.30 pm at the International Center Goa, Dona Paula.

The panelists will include senior government officials from the
departments of Revenue Police, Fire & Emergency Services, Health &
Medical, PWD, Goa
University amongst
others.

The debate will focus on landslides taking place in Goa
and other disasters.

The programme is open to the public and all public spirited citizens are
invited to participate.

The entire programme will be recorded and later aired on HCN. The panelists
comprise of Mr Rajendra Pal, Secretary Revenue & IT; Mr N S Randhawa,
Inspector General of Police; Mr Ashok Menon, Director Fire & Emergency
Services; Dr Deepak Kabadi, Dy Director of Health Services, Mr Swapnil Naik,
Additional Collector & District Magistrate; Dr Nandkumar Kamat, Goa
University Professor and Juino De Souza.





KTCL proposes to introduce ticket-dispensing
machines


BY HERALD REPORTER



PANJIM, SEPT 11? The Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited
(KTCL) has proposed to introduce a new concept of ticket-dispensing machine in
a bid to make the mammoth task quicker, easier and accountable.

?The concept is similar to that adopted in Karnataka,? said KTCL MD Sanjay Goel
IAS who pointed out that the Corporation intends experimenting the same for a
short while before it finalises any decision for implementing the same.

Explaining the new concept Mr Goel said that the machines will be fed with all
the fleet schedules and will dispense tickets at the press of a button.

The machines will be operated by the existing staff and the initial
experimentation is proposed to be carried out for shuttle service ticketing.

Mr Goel said that the machine which is also portable will be tried out on other
routes and the corporation will seek a feedback from various quarters only
after which it will proceed to implement the same.

?The trial of the new concept is at no cost to the corporation,? said Goel
clarifying that the corporation will proceed to implement the new concept only
if found successful.

A Karnataka-based company, it is learnt, is providing the said ticket
dispensing machines on trial basis. Mr Goel said that the corporation will
thereafter call for tenders if it is interested in the same.

Officials claim that the ticket dispensing machines will facilitate accurate
and quicker accounting, as the new concept is fully automated.

?It will also save the corporation the hassles of printing ticket booklets and
off load conductors from the weight of ticket boxes and manual accounting,? a
corporation key official said.





MMC to adopt resolution on common cadre today


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 11 ? The Margao Municipal Council will meet
on Wednesday to approve the government?s decision to introduce common cadre for
the State Municipal employees.

The meeting will be held in the chamber of the Civic Chairperson at 4 pm
wherein the Council is expected to pass a resolution agreeing for the common
cadre.

?We have a one-point agenda for tomorrow?s meeting. It will deliberate on the
government?s decision to implement common cadre for the civic employees?,
stated MMC Chairperson Johnson Fernandes.

The meeting comes a day after civic chairperson, vice-chairperson and Chief
Officers had a meeting with Urban Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao, wherein
the latter asked all civic bodies to adopt resolutions welcoming Common cadre.





Civic employees defer strike


BY HERALD REPORTER



MARGAO, SEPT 11 ? Apparently apprehensive of losing public
sympathy over its decision to strike work on September 13, the Goa Municipal
Employees Association on Tuesday deferred the strike to a future date which
will be announced after the 11-day Ganesh festival.

The employees further said they have accepted an invitation from Urban
Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao for talks scheduled on Wednesday.

Briefing newsmen, GMEA President Keshav Prabhu said all the municipal employees
are firmly opposed to the common cadre, adding that the strike has been
postponed in view of requests from the aam admi, besides former chief minister
Manohar Parrikar. ?By postponing the strike, we have shown that the municipal employees
are the real aam aadmi and not the government?, Prabhu remarked.

He said the proposed common cadre would dilute the powers of the civic bodies
and would make these local-self government bodies? puppets in the hands of the
government. ?Common cadre would take away the powers of appointing the staff,
dismissal, supervision et al?, he said, adding ?this is violative of the
Constitution of India, besides the 74th Constitutional Amendment?.

He said the municipal employees are weighing various options, including
approaching the judiciary to seek justice.

?There is no valid reason for the government to introduce common cadre. May be
they want to take personal revenge against officials not doing the bidding.
Besides, they government may be eying on the Rs 7 crore PF with the Margao
Municipal Council?, he said, adding ?last time, they took away powers of
octroi, now may be they want to take the PF money?.

Prabhu said the Goa Municipal Employees Association is gaining support from all
the employees employed in all the municipal bodies. ?Now, even employees from
Curchorem body are with us?, he said and came down heavily against councils
directing the staff not to join the now postponed strike.


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Sonia still open on LS candidate


BY HERALD REPORTER


Churchill optimistic on daughter getting Congress ticket


MARGAO, SEPT 16 ? Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat and Save
Goa Front supremo, Churchill Alemao have returned back to Goa from their brief
Delhi sojourn, but there?s no indication yet over the choice of Congress
candidate for the Mormugao Lok Sabha by-polls.

Kamat, who landed in Goa this evening, said he did not specifically discuss the
candidature with AICC President Sonia Gandhi, when he called on her in Delhi. He, however,
hastened to add that the Congress President is open on the candidate as there
is still time to decide on the question. ?I did not specifically discuss with
Ms Gandhi on the candidature. Neither did she say anything on the matter?,
Kamat said.

On the other hand, the PWD Minister said he is confident that his daughter will
finally get the Congress ticket. And, to set at rest speculations about his
daughter entering the fray, Alemao said ?my daughter Valanka will certainly
contest the by-polls?.

While Alemao has no problem to field his daughter on the Congress party, the
move has come under stiff opposition from the Congress leadership, especially
senior Congress leaders from Salcete taluka.

Incidentally, GPCC President Francisco Sardinha is emerging as a consensus
candidate from the Congress rank and file, but is awaiting a green signal from
the party high command to officially kick-start his election campaign.

Meanwhile, Alemao said he along with SGF leader Ganashyam Shirodkar had called
on the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and asked for a special financial package
to restore the damaged roads.

The PWD Minister said he drew attention of the Prime Minister to the bad
condition of the road, especially the NH-17 and the huge funds required to
restore its condition. ?The Prime Minister has asked me to forward the request
through the government for sanction?, he added.


Save Clean and Green Benaulim


When the parishioners of St John the

Baptist Church, Benaulim decided to commemorate the 60th Independence Day
of India by organising a cleanliness drive in Benaulim they were not aware that
the garbage collected would be left lying opposite the Benaulim cemetery till
today.

On August 15, 2007, a cleanliness drive was conducted in Benaulim with the
motto of ?Clean Benaulim, Green Benaulim? and an aim to create awareness
amongst the people and the government in particular so as to provide for
effective collection and disposal of garbage in Benaulim and in the State of Goa. A considerable
amount of garbage was collected by the parishioners consisting of parish youth,
small Christian communities, parish pastoral council, catechism students and other
parishioners young and old alike.

It is known that though parishioners had approached the Village Panchayat of
Benaulim to clear the collected garbage, the panchayat have expressed their
helplessness as there is no site for Benaulim panchayat to dump the garbage. As
so the garbage collected during the cleanliness drive is left dumped before the
Benaulim cemetery.

The parishioners now appeal to the Deputy Director
of Panchayats, South Goa and the Goa government to make immediate
provisions for regular collection and disposal of garbage waste from Benaulim
and to make Benaulim cleaner, greener, safer and healthier place to live in.

(Savio Dias, Benaulim)





Coast Guard holds coastal clean up drive


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 16 ? Indian Coast Guard, Goa area organised
international coastal clean up day at Baina, Bogmalo and Miramar beaches on Sunday.

The event commenced at 7 am with Coast Guard personnel, their families, school
children, NCC cadets, NGOs and volunteers participating and cleaning the
beaches by picking up garbage littered around.

Deputy Inspector General, M S Dangi, Commander, Coast Guard, Goa area stated in
a press release that on this day, the beaches around the world are cleaned in
an organised way, to bring awareness among the general populace about the
importance of keeping the beaches clean.

He stated further that more than 70 per cent of the pollutants and garbage
present on the beaches comes from land based sources and activities.





Traditional fishermen panel demands removal of
vessel


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 16 ? The AVCB Traditional Fishermen Association
has warned of intensifying the agitation against the casino boat if the vessel
is not moved out of River Sal by September 19.

The Association, however, has said it has no objection to the dredging tender
floated by the government to undertake remedial dredging of the sand bar in the
sea at the river Sal mouth.

Tradi-tional Fishermen Association Elvin D?Silva has said the proposed dredging
should be carried out strictly at the site, which was demarcated by the
Hydrographic surveyor and shown to the residents of the area and the
Association.

D?Silva further said the fishermen Association does not recognise any Velim,
Ambelim, Assolna Forum. ?This Forum has been formed overnight with the support
of unscrupulous politicians and people who do not have any knowledge of the
traditional fishermen of Velim, Ambelim and Assolna, who are dependant on the
River Sal for their livelihood?, he said, adding ?their motive is to misguide
the people and to propagate and spread falsehood amongst the people?.

The Associa-tion has warned not to play with the sentiments of the traditional
fishermen, who are carrying out a peaceful agitation against the dredging that
will destroy the natural resources and livelihood.

D?Silva said the Traditional Fishermen Association and the Save River Sal Front
has chalked out plans to intensify the agitation by spreading the movement to
the entire fishermen community if the casino boat is not removed by September
19. ?The government will be wholly responsible for any untoward incident during
the agitation?, he warned.





Bicholim MLA gives clarion call for morcha


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

BICHOLIM, SEPT 16 ? Bicholim MLA, Rajesh Patnekar has called
upon the people to join massive morcha on September 17 at 4.30 pm against the
slow investigation of the Bicholim police in the Paramour case.

Speaking to Herald the MLA and the BMC councillor, Satish Gaonkar expressed
dissatisfaction over the police investigation in the Paramour case.

It may be recalled that on Tuesday one Imtiyaz Shaikh (25) from Muslimwada had
severely injured a girl from Naiknagar,

Poonam Ramdas Haldankar when he found that she got engaged to someone else. The
girl was immediately shifted to PHC Bicholim from where she was referred to
GMC, Bambolim and the boy had fled the site.

?It is indeed surprising that the police are yet to nab the culprit and we
protest against the same?, Patnekar said adding ?the morcha will begin from
Naiknagar and will go to the Bicholim police station.?

Meanwhile, Patnekar has called upon all the people from Bicholim to support the
morcha as a protest against the brutal act and the police inability to nab the
culprit.


Another linesman electrocuted


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


PONDA, SEPT 16 - Barely a day after an electricity
department linesman was electrocuted while on duty near the Margao railway
station, another linesman met with a similar fate at Farmagudi late Friday
night.

According to reports, linesman Kariappa was working on an electricity pole near
the Engineering College, when he came in contact with
live wire and was electrocuted. He was rushed to the Marcaim Primary Health
Centre, where he was declared dead.

It may be recalled that a 43-year-old linesman Durgappa Poojary died due to
electrocution while on duty near the Margao Railway Station-Navelim Road
Junction on Thursday evening.


Tribute in memory of Umesh Mahambre


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 16 ? A public memorial tribute in remembrance of
former student leader and senior journalist Umesh Mahambre organised by Goa
People?s Forum will be held on September 18, at 5 pm in Conference Hall, Hotel
Manoshanti, Panjim, to commemorate his first death anniversary.

Dr Shekhar Salkar, president of Goa Cancer Society will deliver a memorial talk
on the subject ?Challenge of Cancer and Social Response?.

The talk will be followed by a musical tribute presented by well-known artistes
comprising friends and well wishers of Umesh Mahambre.

Goa People?s Forum expects everyone to participate in this memorial tribute.





Goa
Velha local dies in accident


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 16 ? A fatal head-on collision on NH-17 at Goa
Velha claimed the life of a 22-year-old local on Sunday afternoon.

The deceased, one Ramond Miranda was proceeding on his two-wheeler at Goa Velha
when at Savri he was rammed at by a tourist bus bearing Maharashtra
registration proceeding from Panjim to Margao at high speed.

Miranda succumbed to injuries on the spot.

The driver of the tourist bus one Dilip Pandurang has been detained.

Agassaim police are investigating into the case.





CFC set to drain MMC coffers!


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 16 ? The Citizens Facilitation Centre ? Goa?s pilot project in e-governance ? seems to have cost
the government and the Margao Municipal Council a bomb.

As if the initial Rs 60 lakh-odd spent to set up the project was no enough, the
Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation has now asked the Margao civic body to
make payments for a computer programmer and implementer ? totalling Rs 1.20
lakh per month ? for services to be rendered during the next six months.

And, the whooping cost to engage the programmer and implementer has made the
City Fathers to sit and think how much more money would go out from the civic
coffers and the State exchequer to streamline the CFC?s functioning.

Herald understands that the KDMC has put the programmer?s salary at Rs 90,750
per month and that of the implementer Rs 30,250, taking the total salary to Rs
1.20 lakh per month.

Add the figure for the next six months, if the proposal is accepted, and the
salary payments for the programme and implementer alone would cost the Margao
Municipal Council Rs 7.20 lakh. This will take the final cost of the project to
Rs 70 lakh ? more than Rs 20 lakh the initial estimated cost of the project.

When contacted, Margao Municipal Chairperson Johnson Fernandes has said the
civic body has been asked to make payments for the programme and implementer,
adding the civic body will take a decision soon.

The government had initially sanctioned Rs 50 lakh to set up the CFC in the
Margao Municipal Council. Around Rs 43-45 lakh were spent on the project two
years ago before the system was commissioned exactly two years ago.

Incidentally, the CFC witnessed its second commissioning, with the government
spending another Rs 19 lakh on the infrastructure.

?I will not sanction any more funds for Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation
unless and until the project start functioning in toto?, Chief Officer, N D
Agarwal told Herald.





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undertrials escape from judicial custody at Margao


NT Reporters Team


Panaji/Margao/Quepem, Sept 16 A ?kind? gesture on the part of the
officials manning the judicial lock-up in Margao to take out its inmates, last
night, for ?darshan? and ?prasad? of Lord Ganesha proved to be a costly error
as it resulted in fourteen undertrials escaping from custody.


Three of the fourteen undertrials were however arrested today
morning by the Curchorem police.


The police gave the names of those arrested as Sajjan Mishri Khan
(20) from Jaipur, Rajasthan, Rajneesh Rai (18) from Hubli and Sameer Mehboob
Khan (19) resident of Chimbel and a native of Andhra Pradesh.


Though the incident occurred last night, it came to light between 8.30 a.m and 9.30 a.m today, prison
sources informed.


Margao police have launched combing operations to nab the
remaining undertrials and are keeping a close watch on bus stands, railway
stations and have also sealed state borders.


Police sources informed that after completing the pooja, two of 37
undertrials called a guard on the gate assaulted him and snatched the keys from
him. Later, they assaulted other guards and locked them up in a cell, before
escaping from the custody.


The Curchorem police informed that four of the fourteen undertrial
prisoners boarded the Margao ? Kulem passenger train at Margao and alighted at
the Curchorem railway station at around 2.30 p.m. The undertrials were
preparing to board the Nizamuddin-bound Goa Express train that was scheduled to
arrive at the Curchorem railway station at around 4 p.m.


However, Mr Namdev Nail, who serves as a jail guard at the Margao
judicial lock up had come down to Curchorem to participate in the Ganesh
festival from Curchorem, recognised the undertrials. On noticing the jail
guard, the four undertrials took to their heels but Mr Naik with the assistance
of some locals managed to catch hold of one of them and immediately informed
the Curchorem police station.


The Curchorem cops arrived at the railway station shortly
thereafter but seeing the men?in-khaki on their trail, three of the undertrials
who were hiding somewhere nearby started fleeing from the scene. After a long
chase, the police constables eventually nabbed one of them, but the other two
managed to give the police a slip. Later in the evening, the constables manning
the PCR van noticed a person without his footwear wandering suspiciously along
the Curchorem ? Chandor road at Hodor. The cops immediately pounced upon him
and was later identified as one among the undertrials.


The police sub-inspector, Mr Nitin Halarnkar and assistant
sub-inspector, Mr Peter Fernandes monitored the operation. The Curchorem police
believe that more undertrials could be lurking in the neighbourhood and have
kept a sharp vigil in the locality.


Of the fourteen undertrials who escaped, two of them, Rudolf Gomes
and Jackson Dadel had been convicted on charges of murder, and their sentence
was likely to be pronounced tomorrow, while another Shantaram Raikar is facing
charges of infanticide ? he is accused of killing and burying his own infant
child at Valkini in a case reported at the Sanguem police station a year ago.


The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Ujjwal Mishra has said
that of the 14 undertrials who escaped yesterday, only four were Goans while
the remaining 10 hailed from Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, etc. Three of
them have already been nabbed while search is on to locate the others.


The DIG further said that the police have spread the dragnets at
all the bus stands, railway stations and the places where they operated before
being caught. He also said that the police would be successful in nabbing them.


The state authorities have in the meanwhile placed a jailor and
four jail guards under suspension for dereliction of duty.


The North Goa collector, Mr Mihir
Vardhan, who is conducting the inquiry visited the place.


Fireworks
mark immersion of Lord Ganesh idols


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 16 Chanting ?Ganapati Bappa Morya?, thousands of
Hindus led the idols of Lord Ganesh in procession amidst display of fireworks
and music for immersion in the state thereby culminating the one and half-day
festival that began yesterday.


Prior to immersion of the idols, the faithful performed poojas and
aartis in their houses. A large number of people visited the houses of their
relatives and friends on the occasion and exchanged greetings.


The immersion was done in rivers, rivulets, ponds and lakes.


The Ganesh festivities began yesterday with the installation of
the idols of Lord Ganesh in specially decorated ?makars? in almost all the
Hindu households in the state. Bhajans and poojas were performed to mark the
installation ceremony, followed by exchange of greetings and distribution of
sweets.


While the Ganesh festivities ended in most of the houses, in many
houses they would continue for five days, while the community celebrations
would continue for seven to 10 days.


Accident
claims life of Goan footballer


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 16 A
22-year-old international footballer, Raymond Miranda from Goa Velha was killed
on the spot in a tragic road accident near Sauri-Zuari this afternoon, when a
tourist bus (MH 04-G-5540) proceeding from Panaji to Margao hit his Karizma
Hero Honda motorcycle.


According to the police inspector from Agacaim, Mr Salim Shaikh,
the tourist bus belonging to Raj International traveling from Panaji to Margao
hit the motorcycle which was coming in the opposite direction near Sauri-Zuari.


The police informed that they have detained the driver of the bus,
Mr Dilip Pandurang Galande from Satar and have later arrested him.


The body has been sent to the Goa Medical
College and Hospital at
Bambolim for post- mortem which will be conducted tomorrow. Raymond played for
Sporting Club and had donned Goa (India)
colours as an under twenty player in first Luzofonia Games held in Macao last October.


Violence
on children to enforce discipline wrong: National Commission


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 16 Gripped by the raging debate on whether
corporal punishment should be banned in schools and also to safeguard the
children from corporal punishment, the National Commission For Protection
Of Child Rights has directed the education department to ensure the that
all children are informed through campaigns and publicity drives that they
have a right to speak out against corporal punishment and
bring it to the notice of the authorities. Students must be given
confidence to complain and not accept punishment as a normal activity of
the school, says the commission.


The Commission has informed the education department that
the violence inflicted on school children by teachers in order to discipline
children is wrong.


As per the Commission children of both government
as well as private schools are subjected to corporal
punishment like rapping on the knuckles, running on the school ground,
kneeling or standing for long hours, beating and pinching, slapping,
child sexual abuse, torture, locking up children alone in the class room,
and other such acts, leading to humiliation, physical and mental injury and can
even result in death.


According to sources in the education department in the view
of these above directions all schools have been informed through a circular by
education department that every school including hostels, meant for
children must have a forum where children can express their views.


These institutions could take the help of an NGO for
facilitating such an exercise. Further a box where children can drop
their complaints, even if anonymous has to be provided for each school. The
parents teachers association has been asked to have monthly meetings
to review the compliants and take action.


The education department in the circular has said that the PTA
has to be encouraged to act immediately to act immediately on
any complaints made by the children. Parents as well as
children are to be encouraged to speak out against corporal
punishment without any


Narvekar
launches Youth Congress membership drive in North


NT News Desk


Panaji, Sept 16 To oppose IT projects like the IT Park was due
misconception and lack of knowledge; the youth should take responsibility to
make people understand the benefits of such projects, said Mr Dayanand
Narvekar, the Minister for IT and Finance while addressing the launch of a
membership drive of the North District Youth Congress at the Socorro panchayat
hall.


The Goa Pradesh Youth Congress president, Mr Girish Chodankar, the
North district president, Mr Amarnath Panjikar, the South district president,
Mr Sankalp Amonkar, Mr Mangaldas Mandrekar and Prof Dilip Dhargalkar were
present. The drive was launched on Tuesday.


Stating that there still existed a lot of misunderstanding about
the IT Park, Mr Narvekar urged the GPYC to wipe out wrongly projected
conceptions by the opposition from people?s mind and explain them the need for
such projects for the bright future of the youngsters. He also announced that
he would gift computers for state and district offices of GPYC.


Mr Chodankar, in his speech, specified that the committee had a
target of 50,000 members, of which 25,000 would be achieved by South District.


He said the then Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar cheated the
youngsters through schemes like pre-employment.


Mr Chodankar informed that the Rane government offered 5000 jobs
to the unemployed youths.


Welcome speech was delivered by Mr Panjikar. Function was compered
by state spokesman, Mr Jitesh Kamat and Saligao Block president, Mr Savio Martins
proposed a vote of thanks.


Drive
against violations of MV Act in South Goa


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 16 The South Goa district transport offices have
launched a drive against violation of Motor Vehicles Act and Rules and
booked 462 cases and collected fines of Rs 4,17078 from
the violators of the act in the month of August 07.


The deputy director of transport, South Goa, Mr Ashok
Bhosle said that the Margao enforcement, Margao registration office,
Ponda, Vasco and Quepem office of RTO booked in all
462 cases during the drive they suspended 17 licences of
drivers, of which 14 licences were suspended by the
enforcement section, margao headed by assistant director of transport, Mr
Prakash Azavedo.


The Quepem office suspended two licences while 1 licence was suspended
by the Ponda office.


Mr Bhosle added that out of the 462 cases 291 cases
were booked by enforcement section and Rs 2, 93460 was
collected, 64 cases of violation were booked by the Ponda office
and Rs 45 300 were collected, Quepem office booked 45
cases and collected Rs 26050 as fine, the Margao registration office
booked 22 cases and collected fine of Rs. 10,630 and the Vasco
office booked 40 cases under the Act and fines of Rs 41,638 were
collected.


He said that Department has launched a drive against
violation of Motor Vehicles Act and Rules in order to put check on the
violations of the Act like size of the number plates. A large
section of the motorists tend to violate the provisions by fixing fancy number
plates, he observed.


Some vehicles were booked for not having the mandatory
Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates and others for using the banned
multi-tone high decibel horns, he added.


Vehicles that were being used as tourist vehicles, they did
not have valid driving licences, tax remittance challans, insurance cover and
registration certificates he said


Police
investigations into jewellery thefts on


NT News services


Margao, Sept 16 The Margao police are investigating into
three cases of thefts in jewellry shops reported this year in Margao.


The South Goa superintendent of
police, Mr Shekhar Prabhudessai today said that he had sought details
of the three cases and directions on detecting these pending cases have
been issued to the officers investigating these cases.


In the theft case reported yesterday the police said that some
persons had entered a jewellry shop by bending the shutters of the
shop at Aquem-Margao and stolen gold ornaments worth about 40,000.


The incident was reported at early yesterday. An offence under
Section 457 and 380 of Indian Penel Code has been registered.


The other robbery had taken place in the heart of Margao and
jewellry worth of Rs 13 lakh was stolen by a group who posed as
income tax officers and decamped with jewellery worth Rs 13
lakhs from Mukta jewllers.


The police said th


Edwin
Saldanha: his spirit lives on


by M Braganza


While the alumni prepared to host a Quiz Competition in an
institution where he had taught , Edwin Saldanha quietly slipped from ?current
affairs? to ?history? on the tenth day of August, 2007. As with all things in
his life, the transition took place in an orderly manner with his keen sense of
time, place and people. I knew the man closely for 35 of the almost 90 years he
lived. Most people know his book ?Successful Goan Home Wines?.His book on wines
has the flavour of ?Eddie? or ?Mr. Saldanha?, as one knew him. It is almost
like his footprint in the sands of time. Take the title of the book. It is by
no accident that the first word is ?Successful?. I have not known him to
attempt a single thing in life and not be successful in doing what he set out
to do. He restored an old statue of St. Britto in the school where he taught me
the basics of drawing. He did not attempt to make me an artist as he, rightly,
saw no potential in that direction. Instead, he taught me scouting and took me
under his wing as if I was his own. The President of India recognised our joint
effort and awarded me the President?s Scout badge. There were three more boys
and eight girls who were successful in getting a similar honour. He stuffed
penguins for NIO when he was seventy and painted life size portraits of Vijaya
and Madhura Sardessai when he was more than eighty years of age and had
cataracts in both his eyes! That was Eddie: successful.


Eddie?s neighbour and student-for-life like me, Frederick Noronha,
quotes him as saying, ?My book is the only one in the whole world that tells
you how to make wine from tropical fruits.? [See full text at
http://www.goasudharop.org/ebook/34teacher.htm ] If one wants to make wine of
any fruit in Goa, it is there in his book. At
his funeral, his only son, Kevin, had this to say,? When we were preparing to
leave Kenya in the late 1960s, my uncle Eugene offered to sponsor him and us
out to the US to which Dad replied that his one wish was to ?bury his bones? in
Goa. After almost 40 years, that wish will come true as we lower Dad?s body
into the sandy soil of the Saligao that he loved so much.? Eddie was every bit
Goan!


At the end of his eulogy, Kevin had this to say as irreverently as
his Dad, ? I hope no one has smuggled a ?bangddo? into the church
because Dad
irreverently joked with us saying that if we really missed him when he died,
all we needed to do was to dangle a fried mackerel over his coffin to resurrect
him. His love for Goa was intertwined with his
love for sea-food and his knowledge on buying, cleaning, filleting and cooking
fish was legendary.? Even when circumstances [with all five children in America and his heart firmly in Goa] made him to shift to Vijaya Ashram in Arpora, he
visited home to see that it was in good shape. It was from here that his body
was taken to the cemetery for the last rites. Eddie?s heart and soul were
always in his home!


His wine making ability was as legendary as his ability to do
almost anything: buying, cleaning, filleting and cooking fish, besides anything
else he could lay his hands on, was legendary.


His nature was not poch-pochitt like that of a watery grape or
watermelon, it was more refined like a fruit wine. He gave of himself in
metered doses so that the receiver may appreciate its worth. The years spent in
the Jesuit seminary before he met and married the wonderful lady of his life,
Phyllis, may have had a role in this. His spirit was that of sacrifice, like
the sacramental wine.


Years will dim the memory of Edwin Saldanha as it does of any
great man beyond his generation and the GenNext. His book will definitely see
reprints or plagiarism or both. Even if that does not happen, every time
someone raises a glass of home made Goan fruit wine it will be a silent toast
to his indomitable spirit!


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Congress
starts preparing for LS by-poll in S Goa



NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 19 With Central Election Commission set to declare
the schedule for holding by-election to the Mormugao parliamentary constituency
of South Goa, the Congress party is gearing itself to face the elections.


According to the sources in the state administration the CEC is
likely to announce the poll schedule latest by next week-end, since the vacancy
caused by the resignation of Mr Churchill Alemao, who quit the seat on May 8,
has to be filled by November 7.


The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Francisco
Sardinha has already started the election campaign by holding meetings in
various parts of the constituency. The party cadres have also been geared up to
face the electorate and ensure the victory of the Congress nominee.


Mr Sardinha told ?The Navhind Times? today that he has held
several meetings in Sanguem, Quepem, Canacona besides Margao and Mormugao and
that he has received good response from the people. He expressed confidence
that Congress party would win the elections.


The GPCC president, however, declined to answer as to who would be
the party?s nominee for the election saying that it was for the party high
command to decide on the issue. He further said that in all probability the
party?s nominee would be a senior Congressman and that Congress cadres would
ensure the victory of party nominee.


Mr Alemao had quit his parliamentary seat to contest the assembly
elections from Navelim on the ticket of the Save Goa Front, a regional outfit
floated by him, which he subsequently won defeating Mr Luizinho Faleiro, a
six-time winner from the constituency.


The SGF leader who had initially supported the Congress later on
joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party in an attempt to topple the
Congress-led government only to extend to support to the Congress after 15 days
of high drama.


He later on was sworn in as a minister in the government headed by
Mr Digambar Kamat in mid-August and was allotted the Public Works Department
portfolio.


Leelas
to move casino vessel from river Sal


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 19 Hotel Leela Venture Limited today agreed to shift
the casino vessel from its present position in river Sal, following a
discussion between the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat and the vice chairman
and managing director of company, Mr Vivek Nair.


In his discussion with the Chief Minister, Mr Nair explained that
the resort had obtained all the requisite permissions from the state and the
central authorities for the operation of the casino vessel.


He further said that Hotel Leela Venture Limited had operated the
resort in Goa for a couple of decades in
harmonious manner and would continue to do so with all its stakeholders,
including the locals.


Mr Nair said that a lengthy discussion took place on the matter of
corporate commitments as opposed to public sentiments with respect to the
casino boat in river Sal.


The vessel will be removed as and when the weather permits and
subsequent to approval from the various statutory authorities, including the
Director General of Shipping, Mr Nair said.


Mr Nair also pointed out to the Chief Minister that the resort
paid the highest amount of taxes to the government.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times?, the head of administration,
Brigadier Shakti Prashad disclosed that Leelas would definitely operate the
casino vessel.


?We have the licence, which says that the casino can be operated
in the territorial waters of Goa,? Brig
Prashad said.


He further disclosed that the Goa
government had in-principle agreed to provide a place, in river Mandovi, for
the operation of its casino vessel.


?This matter was discussed by the Chief Minister and the vice
chairman of Hotel Leela Venture Limited, today afternoon,? Brig Prashad said.


When contacted the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat said that
since the government had issued a casino licence to Hotel Leela Venture
Limited, they can operate it anywhere, where there are other casinos.


Govt
signs MoU for maintaining heritage sites in state


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 19 The state government today signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural
Heritage (INTACH) for the restoration, conservation and beautification of
various archaeological and heritage sites and monuments in Goa.


The MoU was signed by the Chief Secretary, Mr J P Singh on behalf
of the government and by the INTACH chairman, Mr S K Misra,.


Speaking to the media after the signing, Mr Singh said that Rs 20
crore have been allotted by the government for restoration and conservation for
the monuments and sites protected by the state and the heritage structures for
the period 2007-2010 as per the action plan approved by the high level
monitoring committee headed by the Chief Secretary.


The INTACH has already been entrusted with the restoration work of
the Reis Magos fort. Part of the funds were already released to the architects
and pre-monsoon works have already been completed. Now the INTACH is expected
to be entrusted with the restoration works of the Cabo de Rama fort, the St
Anna church at Talaulim and the St Estevam fort.


The estimated cost of restoration for the Cabo de Rama fort is Rs
3.25 crore, for the St Anna church is Rs 3.46 crore, of which the government
will give Rs 2.26 crore and the World Monument Fund has released Rs 1.2 crore.
For the St Estevam fort, the estimate is Rs 75 lakh.


According to an official press release, the government has already
approved a master plan prepared by the directorate of archives and archaeology
for the schemes of restoration, conservation, maintenance, preservation and
beautification of 51 archaeological sites and monuments protected by the state
to utilise the grants available under the Twelfth Finance Commission. These
conservation works will not only safeguard the monuments and sites for
posterity, but will render the monuments and sites as places of tourist
attraction. This is expected to generate more revenue for the state.


Under today?s MoU, some of the responsibilities entrusted to the
INTACH are; it shall play an advisory role and provide expertise and
consultancy on the heritage matters for a period of five years to the
government; it shall assist the government in formulation of heritage
regulations for towns, cities and rural areas which require regulations in Goa;
it shall take up listing of architectural heritage for the government either
directly or in collaboration with other agencies; it shall assist in promotion
and conservation of art and cultural heritage of Goa; it shall implement and
support specific heritage projects to be taken up, either in collaboration with
the government or independently or with other parties.


It is the responsibility of the government to set up a joint
Heritage Task Force with the INTACH and other experts comprising 10 members
including some non-governmental organisations.


The government shall monitor the INTACH?s activities and provide
the required financial and material support. The government shall expedite the
collation and release of all relevant information required by the INTACH.


Power
dept considering installing prepaid meters


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 19 The state electricity department is toying with
the idea of installing prepaid meters, in a bid to keep check on defaulting
power consumers, the Power Minister, Mr Alexio Sequeira disclosed today, while
he was on his fortnightly visit to the collectorate, here.


Claiming that the idea was still at an infancy stage, Mr Sequeira
revealed that the department was trying to verify how practicable and cost
effective the proposal would be.


According to him such meters were in operation in countries like
Hong Kong and Thailand.


Disclosing that such meters would come in handy in cases of
temporary connections, the Power Minister cited the example of seasonal
business conducted by shack owners in the state.


?Some shack owners fail to pay power bills,? Mr Sequeira informed
and added that it was difficult to identify them, as the business changed hand
the following year.


The Power Minister, however, assured that since the tourism season
was on the threshold there was no way the department could install such meters
now.


Mr Sequeira revealed that the government too was a major defaulter
having failed to clear bills for electricity consumption.


?Of the Rs 182 crore the consumers owe the power department, the
government?s share is Rs 25 crore,? Mr Sequeira said.


He said that 95 per cent work on underground cabling in Margao had
been completed. The remaining five per cent work is in progress, he said and
hoped that the service would be operational by October end.


But the capital city, Panaji, will have the credit of completing
the task much earlier, he said.


He made it clear that the government had no plans to introduce
underground cabling in remote areas. But the department will change overhead
conductors where ever required, he assured.


Margao
robbery: team sent to Hubli


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 18 The Margao police team headed by police
inspector, Mr Santosh Dessai has been sent to Hubli in connection
with robbery reported at U Raikar Jewellers, Margao to gather
information about the gangs involved in committing jewellery thefts.


The South Goa superintendent of
police, Mr Shekhar Prabhudessai today said that police team has had
no success in Hubli as yet.


He said that police investigation has revealed that the safe
was intact and there was no mark, but the accused had decamped with gold
jewellery, silver, cash and cell phone after entering the
shop.


?I have sent letters to neighboring states to find out about
the gangs involved in committing such a thefts and report is awaited,? said Mr
Prabhudessai. He said that the Central Industrial
Security Force and Goa Reserve Police Force have been posted in
Margao for crime prevention.


Mariano
case: dismissed cop?s bail rejected


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 19 The principal district and session judge, South Goa, Ms Nutan Sardessai today rejected the
bail application of dismissed police constable, Shrikrishna
Dessai who was arrested by the Curchorem police in connection with murder
attempt on panch Mr Mariano Mascarenehas from Shelvon.


Meanwhile, police said that Ballesh Dessai, Rajesh Dessai,
Shekhar Dessai and Shrikrishna Dessai and Vinay Dessai were
produced before court today for further remand and they have been remanded to
judicial custody till October 3.


On the bail plea, the court heard the arguments from defense as
well as prosecution and later passed the orders rejecting the
bail.


The public prosecutor, Ms T S Sardinha who appeared on behalf
of state argued that the accused being a part of a law
enforcement agency is presumed to thoroughly conversant with the direct
consequences of his act both from a common man?s view as well as from
legal point of view.


Mr Rajiv Gomes who represented Shrikrishna argued
that police have no evidence against him and failed in implicating him in
the case.


Ms Sardessai had already rejected the
anticipatory bail application moved by another accused Sattywan
Dessai.


Ponda
mamlatdar wants all polling stations checked


NT News Service


Ponda, Sept 19 The Ponda mamlatdar, Mr Surendra Naik on Wednesday
said that he had issued instructions to all 19 talathis
of Ponda to check the polling stations, schools and government
primary schools. The ramps constructed for the purpose are also to be
checked.


He said that within 15 days they were asked to report to the
mamlatdar office.


The instructions were issued to talathis after the South Goa collector, Mr G P Naik held meetings with
all the concerned mamlatdars in view of the South Goa MP election which
is likely to be held in October. The Ponda constituency is in the jurisdiction
of South Goa for election purposes.


Mr Naik, stated that the status of the 123 polling booths of Ponda
would be made known to the South Goa collector
for the necessary changes.


One
arrested for threatening to kill wife


NT News Service


Vasco, Sept 19 The Vasco police have arrested one Sandeep
Kedarnath Pandey (25), resident of Sasmollem- Baina on the charges of trespass
and threatening to kill his wife.


The police arrested the accused following upon the compliant
lodged by his wife on yesterday afternoon.


According to the Vasco police, the accused allegedly entered into
the house at around 2 p.m and threatened his wife. The police have registered offence
under Sections 452, 506 (II), 323, 504 of the Indian Penal Code.


Further investigation is on.


PWD
not maintaining govt quarters in Margao: councillor


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 19 Recently residents of Junta government quarters,
Pajifond Margao, found that their staircase lights were not working.


After a number of appeals to the PWD, division 22 (which looks
after government establishment of entire South Goa)
failed to bear fruit, on eve of Ganesh Chaturthi, the residents approached
their ward councillor, Mr Raju Naik.


Mr Naik said that he alerted the PWD assistant engineer, Mr
Ramkrishna Varik. But in spite of informing the engineer the problem was not
resolved, he said. On Tuesday, the councillor said that he informed the
executive engineer, Mr Vinay Bharne of the problem. But to the councillor?s
surprise, the EE expressed his helplessness to deal in the matter.


?I finally had to approach the PWD Minister, Mr Churchill Alemao
with this petty complaint,? a livid Mr Naik told `The Navhind Times.?


When contacted the executive engineer disclosed that he had four
electricians at his disposal to take care of entire South
Goa.


?We are doing our best despite of shortage of staff,? he said and
added that he and his AE were attending to calls on priority basis.


He further disclosed that his boys had to attend to calls at
Hospicio, yesterday and then rush to another call in Canacona.


?We have also attended to the calls of Junta Quarters today,? he
said. According to the councillor, normally, during key festivals PWD took the
trouble of rectifying faults and taking care of maintenance.


Junta quarters houses 16 buildings in its complex.


Free
taps in every home to replace public taps at Sanguem: Churchill



NT News Service


Quepem, Sept 19 The Public Works Department Minister, Mr Churchill
Alemao has urged the residents of Sanguem to apply for free domestic taps in
their houses within one month and further directed the water supply department
officials to disconnect water supply to public taps after ensuring that all the
houses were provided with water connection. Mr Alemao made this announcement
while on his visit to Sanguem today morning to listen to the grievances of the
locals.A complaint by some locals that department officials were selectively
disconnecting water supply to public taps at Sanguem prompted Mr Alemao to
promise that potable water would be available to each and every house in
Sanguem.


?You need not wait for the proposal from the sarpanch or the
municipality for providing free taps. Let the needy people apply for the
connections directly and avail of water in their homes,? Mr Alemao directed the
water supply officials. He further directed the officials to submit an action
taken report over the issue within one month.


Mr Alemao also settled some disputes regarding non-payment of
water bills when approached by some individuals over the matter at the public
grievances meet. Sarpanchas of various village panchayats, councillors and
senior government officials were present at the meeting.


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Rains hamper benching work


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

PORVORIM, SEPT 19 ? Rains have hampered the pace of benching work of Porvorim
hillock and according to Public Works Department it will take 10 more days for
its completion.

Two benches of five meters height have been made and the work of remaining 3
benches are in progress and the same are expected to be completed within the
next 10 days.

However the PWD sources mentioned that if the rains continue work would be
delayed further.

Since the schools will be re-opening on September 20, there would be
substantial rise in the vehicular traffic on the National Highway-17 and hence
the Traffic Cell of the Police Department has decided to segregate the heavy
vehicles for which a second break in the Median prior to Sai Service will be
made especially for the diversion of the heavy vehicles which are proceeding
towards Mapusa. The first break in the Median has been made opposite Alisha Bar
and Restaurant and all the vehicles proceeding towards Mapusa are taking
diversion at this point presently.

While speaking to Herald, Superintendent of Police (Traffic), M A V Deshpande
stated that to avoid the possibility of the heavy vehicles rolling down while
ascending due to some technical fault and thereafter damaging the cars and the
two-wheelers following them they have decided to segregate the heavy vehicles
and divert the heavy vehicles via this second break. This arrangement will
provide relief to the light vehicles and two-three wheelers and that their
movement will also be much faster, said Deshpande.

Atmaram Deshpande further mentioned that they have received complaints from the
owners of the heavy vehicles and the transport companies stating that the
movement of their vehicle via Amona increases their cost of operations and
consumes lot of time and hence have pleaded to allow them the passage through Mandovi Bridge. Considering their problems, the
traffic department is allowing heavy vehicles carrying goods only during the
non-peak hours - from 11 hours to 13 hours, 14.30 hours to 17 hours and from 19
hours to 22 hours through Mandovi bridge.

During the night from 22 hours till 6 hours, section of road from the Sai
Service to Mandovi
Bridge junction remains
closed for all types of traffic for safety reason as excavation work is being
carried out by PWD during those hours, stated Deshpande.





New modern hospital in Sanquelim soon: Vishwajeet


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 19 - Health Minister, Vishwajeet Rane has announced the proposal
to set up new modern hospitals in Sanquelim and Valpoi.

Rane made this announcement during his visit to village Panchayat of Pissurlem
where he gave a patient hearing to the problem of the villagers, today.

Speaking further, Health Minister said the need for a new modern hospital in
these remote areas is essential, so as to provide the people living in mining
belt better medical facilities.

He also assured that medical camps under joint auspices of Directorate of
Health Services arid mining companies would be organised soon.

During his visit to the village panchayat, Rane was accompanied by R Mihir
Vardhan, collector, North; Arvind Bugde, deputy collector; Satish Dessai,
mamlatdar of Satteri and other senior officials of concerned departments.

Sagun Wadkar, sarpanch of Pissurlem, welcomed the gathering on the occasion.

Members of the panchayat were also present on the occasion.

Rane later visited barren farm lands in the locality.





Churchill calls for extending financial support to
Big Foot


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 19 ? PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao has called for exten-ding
financial support to the Big Foot Art Gallery at Loutolim, as he inaugurated a painting
exhibition ?Sindhurvan? at the Art
Gallery on Wednesday.

Alemao told newsmen that he would take up with Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat
to sanction funds for the Big Foot for its maintenance under Art and Culture.

Earlier, the PWD Minister inaugurated the painting exhibition and went around
the Big Foot, where he was taken around by its creator and sculptor Maendra
Alvares.

Sindhurvan is a glowing tribute to divinity, wherein the exhibition shows the
different avatars of Lord Ganesh.

Alvares said the unique thing about the exhibition is that one can see Ganesh
in a lot of colours.

He said the very colourful paintings of Ganesha in various poses are attractive
and vibrant in themselves, but what strikes was the glowing outlines of the
images in the dark.

The highlights of the images outlined in the vibrantly red color enhance the
different poses and the complexities of the presentation are thereby brought
out vividly.

The exhibition will remain open for public viewing till September 30, from 9.30
am to 6 pm.





Cuncolim civic body opposes proposed land fill sites


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 19 ? Land fill sites proposed near the Cuncolim Industrial Estate
to store hazardous waste generated in Sunrise Zinc and Nicomet has come for
stiff opposition from the Cuncolim Municipal Council.

In fact, for the second time in as many months, the Cuncolim Municipal Council
has opposed the land fill sites in the backyard of the Industrial Estate and
has authorised the Chief Officer to oppose the petition filed in the high court
by the two industrial units.

That the Cuncolim City Fathers are in no mood to accept the land fill sites for
hazardous waste became evident when they demanded that the Goa Pollution
Control Board order closure of the units till a permanent land fill site is set
up at Dharbondara.

Councillor Devendra Dessai wondered how the land fill site can come up in an
orchard zone when the Town & Country Planning department has initially
refused the permission on grounds of zoning pattern.

Councillor Meena Fernandes has sought to know whether the land fill site is
cleared by the Ministry of Environment & Forests and demanded that the
proposal be rejected in the absence of any such clearance.

Chairperson Prasad Dessai submitted that though NEERI and Pollution Control
Board has given a green signal, yet they have to take public opinion into
consideration.

Says councillor Rajan Naik sought to know why the Council should take the blame
when the people are crying for justice due to the ill effects of the hazardous
waste. He reminded the Council that water sample collected from the wells have
revealed the presence of cadmium, copper and Manganes beyond the permissible
limits.

Interestingly, the councillors questioned the operation of the two hazardous
units without land fill sites and when the units produce around 18 tonnes of
hazardous waste every day.





Integrated Education Council constituted


HERALD NEWS DESK


PANJIM, SEPT 19 ? The State Government has constituted a 30-member
Integrated Education Advisory Council.

Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat is the Chairman. Secretary, Education is the
member Secretary.

The members are Vice Chancellor, Goa University, Director of Higher Education,
Director of Education, Director of Technical Education, Director of
Craftsmanship Training Chairman, Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary
Education, Porvorim, Chairman, Goa Education Development Corporation, Porvorim,
Principal District Institute of Education and Training Porvorim, Newman
Fernandes, Principal, St Xavier?s College, Mapusa, Uday Ballikar, principal,
Damodar Higher Secondary School of Science, Margao, Narayan Dessai, Principal,
S S Angle Higher Secondary School, Mashem, Celso Dias, Headmaster Perpetual
Succor High School, Nagoa, Verna, Chandrakant Hede, Headmaster Dr Sakaram, Gude
High School, Vazangal Shiroda, Dr Nandita D?Souza Director, Sethu; Surekha
Dixit, Vivekananda High School, Borim, President/Secretary GVM Society, Ponda;
Pandurang Nadkarni; Dr Rita Paes/ Dr Louis Vernal, Datta Damodar Naik; Ramesh
Gawas; Dr Sadanand Hinde; Arvind Kudchadkar, Chairman, Goa Chamber of Commerce;
Chairman-Goa Small Industries Association; Suhas Sardesai; Fr Rumualdo D?Souza,
Ex-Director, Goa Institute of Management, Ribandar; Manguesh Korgaonkar,
Director General, Niemark; Director, SCERT.

The Council shall draft the Integrated State Policy of Education covering the
entire educational scenario from pre-primary to University level, prepare Plans
/Programs/Schemes for the implementation of the Policy.


Two tribal representatives invited for R-Day parade
in Delhi


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 19 ? The Government of India invites two tribal representatives -
one male and one female from any of the Scheduled Tribes from each States/ UTs,
to witness the Republic Day Parade and Celebration 2008 at New Delhi.

The Scheduled Tribe person of Goa State whose age is not over 60 years and
interested to witness Republic Day Parade 2008 at New Delhi may submit their
nominations with details such as name, date of birth, name of
father/mother/husband, two passport size photograph, Status Certificate, etc,
with full postal address to the Director, Directorate of Social Welfare, 18th
June Road, Panjim, latest by September 27.

Only two persons belonging to STs communities one male and one female will be
selected to witness the Republic Day

Parade 2008 at New Delhi.
The selected person has to present themselves ?in the traditional attires and
are required to stay in Delhi
from January 24, 2008 to February 3, 2008.

The expenditure on travel by second class Railway from Goa to Delhi and back as well as food and
accommodation will be borne by the State government.





National Mission
to document old manuscripts


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 19 ? The National Mission for Manuscripts was established by the
Department of Culture, Ministry of Culture, Government of India in February
2003 to survey and document manuscripts, to create a database on manuscripts,
to train conservationists and manuscriptologist, to publish rare manuscripts
and to spread awareness about manuscripts.

The Mission will conduct a mass survey in Goa between September 20 to October 5, 2007, for
handwritten manuscripts, over 75 years old, with artistic, historical or
scientific, or literacy value.

Mission does
not intend to take away manuscripts, only to document them, and make the data
available for educational and research purposes.

State coordinator for conducting the National Survey of Manuscripts in Goa has appointed four District Coordinators and fifty
college students as surveyors. Members of the public are requested to provide
full co-operation to the surveyors.

If any citizen is aware of such manuscripts, he may also contact Mission
Director, National Mission for Manuscripts, No 5, Dr Rajendra Prasad Road, New
Delhi- 110001, Tel: 011-2338-3894, Email diredtor.namami at nic.in
or State Coordinator, National Mission for Manuscripts, C/o Directorate of
Archives and Archaeology, Panjim-402001, Tel:2435321,
Email:-archives at sancharnetin





Umesh Mahambre remembered


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 19 - Friends and admirers of late Umesh Mahambre held a condolence
meeting at Campal, to observe his first death anniversary on Tuesday.

Mahendra Prabhudessai recollected Umesh?s organising skills and his
contribution to Goa?s student movement. He
said, Umesh got prominence during the 50 percent student?s bus concession
agitation. Prabhudessai said, Umesh was a talented person and he encouraged
children?s theatre in the State.

Gurunath K Pai, News Editor, DD News, New
Delhi who chaired the meeting said Umesh was known for
his editing his two annual periodicals Sampathi and Bilwadi. He had mastered
the art of printing and publishing of his periodicals.

He said, Umesh produced finest programmes like Pavlam Kankani on AIR and
Sarbhountoni and Udorgotichim Paulam for Doordarshan.

Dr Sushrut Martins recalled his long association with Mahambre and said that he
was full of life and a happy person always.





Margao PWD draws flak over non-replacement of lamps


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 18 ? The PWD has earned the flak of residents of government-owned
Junta quarters at Pajifond-Margao over the non-replacement of lamps in the
building corridors and staircases.

Delays to replace the lamps during the Ganesh festival forced the residents to
knock the doors of PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao, who is learnt to have issued
strict instructions to PWD officials to take action.

The PWD minister was approached by Ward councillor Raju Naik and others after
pleas to senior PWD officials fell on deaf ears.

The councillor told newsmen on Wednesday that non-functioning lamps hanging on
the building staircases are normally replaced during the main festivals of
Ganesh, Diwali and Christmas, but this year?s Ganesh Chathurti proved to be an
exception.

When contacted, Executive Engineer, Bharne told Herald that his section is
grossly understaffed, thus hampering services. ?With just linesmen at my
disposal, I cannot attend promptly to all grievances?, he said.

If Bharne is to be believed, there are just four linesmen with his department,
who have to attend to all government buildings, besides illumination on the
Zuari bridge and Margao over bridge. ?We try to give priority to health
institutions such as Hospicio, schools, primary health centres etc?, he said,
while promising to attend to Junta quarters.

Incidentally, instead of increasing the manpower requirements, the existing
strength has come down from eight linesmen to just four.





Margao?s migrant inhabitants picked up for
interrogations


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 18 ? Migrants inhabiting the Commercial Capital have found
themselves at the receiving end of the law enforcing agencies, courtesy: the
spate of thefts and burglaries.

As Margao has witnessed record thefts in recent times ? with two major
burglaries in jewellery shops ? the police seems to be taking no chances with
the migrant population, including those found moving in suspicions
circumstances.

In fact, Margao police has started rounding up persons from the ?basties? and
gullies of station road and other areas with the hope to obtain information on
the burglaries.

As many as 50 persons have been picked up and interrogated at the police
station during the last two days following the daring burglary at U Raikar
jewellers on Monday night.

?The exercise is aimed at verifying the antecedants of these migrants, who have
been found loitering and moving around without any work?, informed a police
official in the know.

Information available reveals that each and every person round up is being
interrogated minutely. The suspicious amongst the lot are produced before the
Sub-divisional Magistrate and asked to sign for good behaviour bond. ?This is a
normal practice adopted by the police to keep suspicious miscreants at bay.
Sometimes, it helps in unearthing incriminating information?, remarked a police
officer.

Apart from migrants, a good number of security men have been summoned for
questioning in many cases.





Writ challenging recruitment of 118 PWD personnel
filed


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 19 - A writ petition has been filed in the High Court challenging
the recruitment of 118 personnel in PWD earlier this year.

The court has ordered that notices be issued to PWD, State of Goa and the 118 recruits.

Poonam Naik, Samita Naik and S Khandeparkar
and six others in their petition have said that the government didn?t follow
the recruitment procedure properly.

It is also said their contention that the PWD advertised for only 30 posts but
ultimately recruited 118 persons. Most of the posts are of lower division
clerks.

The petitioners have alleged that the appointments were made based only on oral
interviews, which they say is in total violations of Supreme Court guideline.

Interviews for the posts were conducted in March-April just before the Election
Code of Conduct came into effect.





Mobile squads proposed to monitor coastal belt


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 19 ? The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has
proposed to constitute two mobile squads to monitor the State?s
coastline in a bid to nip illegal constructions and
other CRZ violations.

One squad each will be set up under the district collectorates.

The Chairman of the GCZMA J P Singh who is also the chief secretary of Goa said that the squads would be entrusted with the task
of reporting to the mamlatdars concerned illegalities noticed along the coastal
belt.

It is learnt that today?s meeting was also attended by deputy collectors from
both districts of the State and directions have been given to enforce CRZ
regulations and enforce stop work orders on any illegality reported within 15
days.

The GCZMA today also reviewed works done by the Remote Sensing Instruments
Agency, Hyderabad
and has granted a months extension for completing the compilation of data based
on satellite imaging and field work.

Singh said, ?Most of the work has already been completed and the remaining
should be completed within the next 15 to 20 days.?

It is learnt that the GCZMA has directed village panchayats to assist with
summary inquiries wherever no responses have been obtained and the deputy
collectors have been directed to monitor the same so as to expedite the
formulation of data base on CRZ violations in the State.

The Tourism department was also asked to submit its draft shack policy for the
consideration by the GCZMA.





Police begin probe in right earnest


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 19 ? A stunned Margao police has begun investigations into
Tuesday?s daring burglary at U Raikar Jewellers in right earnest, even as a
police team headed by Margao PI Santosh Dessai has dashed to Karnataka to
inquire about the safe manufactured by a Hubli-based company.

A team of Crime branch sleuths also descended at the district headquarters to
carry out its own investigations into the burglary, which has baffled the
men-in-uniform. Police has sought information from police stations across the
borders about the modus operandi adopted by miscreants in any such thefts in
their jurisdiction.

Preliminary inquiries have revealed that officials of the Hubli company were
taken aback by the burglary as it was for the first time that a safe
manufactured by it was tampered with.

More information about the safe and its full-proof mechanism will be known in a
day or two as PI Santosh is on his way back to Margao with company technicians
and engineers.

DySP Umesh Gaonkar, who is supervising and guiding the investigations, said the
police are trying hard to unearth the mystery surrounding the ?safe? as it will
lead to the burglary. ?The safe is the focal point of investigations?, he said,
even as the police have summoned the security men as well as masons engaged in
the construction of the building.

That the rear wall was not plastered, giving amply room for the miscreants to
carve out a hole has also surprised many. Also, U Raikar Jewellers had the
services of a watchman four months ago, and the police are interrogating the
security men for possible clues in the case.

DySP Gaonkar told Herald that the police has beefed up additional security in
the Commercial Capital by deploying additional manpower. ?The police have now
deployed two platoons of policemen. The force will patrol the city atleast till
Ganesh immersion?, he added.





MMC to charge hefty fees for exhibitions


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 19 ? Holding exhibition-cum-sales in the Commercial Capital
will no longer be an easy affair for the organisers, so to say.

For, a sub-committee constituted by the Margao Municipal Council to study and
report on erection of temporary structures and pandals for exhibition-cum-sales
has decided to charge hefty fees from the organisers.

As far as the BPS club is organised ? which plays host for exhibitions and
sales throughout the year ? a five-member committee headed by Chairperson
Johnson Fernandes has decided to charge Rs 5000 per day, subject to the
condition that the sale takes place only for five days.

In respect of exhibitions coming up near the SGPDA grounds, it has been decided
to levy Rs 10 per sq mts as ?service charge? to clean the garbage and other
waste generated at the venue.

Chairperson Johnson Fernandes informed that the fees will now be recommended to
the Council for a decision. ?It now depends on the Council whether to accept
the new rates or to review the fees?, he added.

When asked how the Civic body would deal with exhibitions in halls and
buildings, the Chairperson said the Municipality will crack a whip against all
unlicenced exhibitions soon.


MoU signed with INTACH to restore Goa?s
heritage


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 19 ? The State government today signed an agreement with the
Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) for the purpose of
conservation, restoration and maintenance of Goa?s heritage monuments numbering
about 27 of the 51 listed in Goa.

The proposal, which was approved by the State cabinet last week was today
executed for the government by Chief Secretary J P Singh and Chairman of INTACH
S K Misra.

The mega project comes in the wake of a financial package approved by the 12th
Finance Commission allocating Rs 20 crore for 2007-2010 for archaeological
conservation.

The project will give top priority to three monuments namely Cabo de Rama, St
Anne?s Church and the St Estevam Fort.

According to data available, an amount of Rs 3.25 crore has been allocated for
Cabo de Rama, Rs 3.05 crore for St Anne?s Church and Rs 75 lakh for the St
Estevam Fort.

It is also proposed to set up a joint heritage task force of experts and NGOs
to monitor the activities being undertaken by INTACH who will assist the
government for a period of five years.

The INTACH will also assist the government in the formulation of heritage
regulations for towns, cities and rural areas and listing of the State?s
heritage.





Ibrampur Sarpanch, deputy ousted


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

PERNEM, SEPT 19 ? Ibrampur Sarpanch Atmaram Naik and Deputy Sarpanch Anita
Gawas were ousted in a no-confidence motion moved by five of the seven panch
members.

Those supporting the motion were Camilo Fernandes, Zilu Halarnkar, Ashok
Dhavaskar, Gopinath Halarnkar and M Halarnkar.

The five panch members had alleged that Naik and Gawas had failed to take other
members into confidence while dealing in panchayat matters and had failed to
initiate development work in the village, since they took charge of the two
posts.





Fatorda residents irked over overflowing sludge on
road


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 19 ? The residents of Ambajim, Bolepand and Chandravaddo irked
with the sewerage wastewaters and sludge of Pinto?s landmark residency at
Bolepand, Fatorda overflowing on the Bolepand, Ambajim, Chandravaddo main road
for past several weeks and have complained to the Chief Officer and the Health
Officer of Urban Health Centre, Margao to take legal action against the
complex, says a press release.

It is known that the wastewaters are overflowing from a choked septic chamber
and a broken sewage pipeline.

There is a foul smell emanating from the site, as well as the nearby
rainwater drain is also clogged with the wastewaters stagnanted and has become
a breeding place for mosquitoes and other flies. There is a fear of an epidemic
widespread.

Though there is a Margao sewerage line passing by the main road neither the
builder nor the residents of landmark apartments have obtained a sewerage
connection for the complex. The complex residents have not taken any
action to stop the health hazards inspite of being aware of the grave nuisance,
says the press note.

Meanwhile it is learnt that Margao Urban Health Centre have issued a notice to
be served to the complex residents to immediately take steps to repair or apply
for connection to the sewerage line within seven days failing which action will
be taken as per the rules, says a press release.





Fr Joaquim messiah of ST in Goa


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 19 ? Fr Joaquim Fernandes, of Hollar Uttorda, is celebrating his
70th birth day on September 21. He was born at Masandi, Uganda,
where his father was working as steward in East African Railways.

He started his career as teacher in seminary of cape
Vert Island
on west coast of Africa of Dakar-Senegal and after 5 years he came to Kenya. When
work permit system was started, many Goans left Africa, and British passport
holder migrated to England
and Indian Passport holder returned to India. Fr Fernandes took up the
cause of 300 poorer Goan sections who were repatriated to India,
extending financial assistance to them through Indian High Commission. He
formed Repatriates Consumer Co-operative Society.

Fr Fernandes was in charge of Chapel of Borda, Gogol, Agalle, New world at
Margao, which was dominantly inhabited, by Gawda and Kunbi Communities. Fr
Fernandes took up for the cause of Gawda and Kunbi Communities, as a result
there was resentment from certain section of the society and he was transferred
to another Gawda area at Curpawado, Cortalim.

At Curpawado father bought 47,000 Sq,mts of land for people, constructed big
Chapel, Community hall and also residences for Priests. At that time in year
1977 he formed society called Gawada Vikas Mandal and demanded Schedule Tribe
status under the Constitution, says a press release.

In year 1986, after retirement as priest, Fr Fernandes devoted his whole life
for cause of Gawda Kunbi population. He formed a team of educated youths among
Gawada and Kunbi?s for taking up the Scheduled Tribe cause. Today, Antonio
Xavier of Cortalim, Adv Guru Shirodkar, Pandurang Kunkoliekar, Rajan
Kunkoliekar and many other prominent Gawda leaders are product of his Gawda
Chalval (movement). Fr Fernandes was first person who in sighted Gawda and
Kunbi?s that their development lies in the achieving Scheduled tribe status.

Today, Father is happy to see that his dream is fulfilled. But he has not
stopped here but watching carefully that promises made to them is fulfilled.

Fr Fernandes moved High Court and got direction to implemented Tribal Sub Plan
(TSP) and as a result Rupees 90 crores? are reserved for Tribals in this
financial year 2007-2008 by the State Assembly.

This amount is exclusively to be spent on development of tribes. He also got
direction from the High Court to constitute Tribal Advisory Council to
implement TSP, which is yet to be constituted by the Government.

Fr Joaquim Fernandes is real messiah of Scheduled Tribe of Goa, says the
press release.





Khorlim Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Vishwast Mandal
celebrating 35 years of service


HERALD NEWS DESK

Khorlim Sarvajinik Ganeshotsav started in 1972 is completing 35 years service
in social and cultural field.The Siddhivinayak temple was completed in 1987 and
Ganesh Murti Pratishthapana was on August 2 in the same year.

The trust was registered in 1991. But the celebration started from 1972
onwards. Some youth from the surrounding area who were interested in stage
dramas gathered and performed dramas in Shishirotsav of Godess Sateri.

The practice, rehearsals used to be at Shri Pokle?s residence and also Ulhas
Barde?s residence which itself is a part of Sateri Devalaya. Many elders used
to just visit the place to see them practicing. Divakar Joshi was one such
person who regularly attended these rehearsals.

After rehearsals, these young and elderly used to sit together and discuss over
many topics. Prabhakar Dalal, Chandrakant Dhakankar, Madhav Kelkar, Divakar
Joshi and 13 youngsters ? Ram B Teli, Anand Ajgaokar, Vasudeo Manjarekar,
Ramakant Nagwekar, Vasant Dhargalkar, Ulhas Barde, Govind Varadkar, Sitaram
Karelar, Mahabaleshwar Redkar regularly exchanged thoughts.

To work in social and cultural field in Khorlim, these joined hands and
established Jaguriti Sanstha in Khorlim. The president of this organization was
Ramesh Mishal. Many programmes were organized under the banner of Jagruti
Sanstha.

Shri Sateri Vachanalay started at Ulhas Barde?s residence. Books to the tune of
five thousand were collected. The organization celebrated its anniversary on
Dussera.

Cultural programmes were held at sateri Mandap. The organization took active
part in various constructive activities and demanded a health centre, a post
box for Khorlim area. Dramas continued in full fledge. Soon it was decided to
start Ganeshotsav.

Initially Dilip Bambolkar, Dattaram Narvekar, Gajanan Abhyankar, Santosh
Verekar, Nandkumar Kakatkar, Ashok Gaad, Harishchandra Dhragalkar, Narayan
Haldankar, Jaiprakash samant, Mukund Vaidya, Shrikant Amerkar, Anil Padoshi,
Ulhas Dhuri worked towards fulfilling the wish.

Under the able guidance of Divakar Joshi the first committee was formed and
Prabhakar Dalal was chosen unanimously as the president.

This was materialized and slowly the present temple came into being in 1987.

Chandrakant Dhakankar has contributed a lot for Khorlim Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav.
This year the President is Deepak Jagannath Kamat Bambolkar, Treasurer,
Pandurang Korgaonkar.





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to get interest-free loans for laptops


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 4 In
what could be described as the government?s gift to the teachers on the
occasion of Teachers? Day, the state government accepted their long pending
demands, like interest-free loans for purchase of laptops, grant of senior
scale from the date of their appointment and assured career progression scheme.


Addressing a press conference this evening the Chief Minister, Mr
Digambar Kamat told reporters that the government would give a loan of Rs
40,000 to each of the teachers of secondary and higher secondary schools, as
well as those in colleges, polytechnics and university for purchase of laptops.


Mr Kamat, who also holds the education portfolio, also said that
the loan amount would be recovered in100 monthly instalments from the salaries
of the teachers. He also said that the loan would be disbursed through the Goa
Educational Development Corporation.


The Chief Minister further said that the government by another
decision has approved the demand of the teachers with regards to grant of
senior scale from the date of their initial appointment. Till now the senior
scale was being granted to the teachers only after they acquired training
qualification.


He also said that the government has decided to implement the
assured career progression scheme. This decision would benefit all the
teachers, numbering around 11,500
in the state. Under this scheme all teachers, who have
completed 24 years of service, would be eligible for second upgradation in
their career. Till now 20 per cent of teachers were eligible for selection
grade.


Mr Kamat said that he has written personal letters to all the
teachers in the state hailing their contribution in the progress of the state
as well as urging them that they should deliver better to shape the future of
the state and its people by providing quality education.


Earlier today, the Chief Minister visited the Margao residence of
Mr Damodar Kavlekar (75), his teacher and felicitated him.


Mr Kamat was taught by Mr Kavlekar, while he was studying at Bhatikar Model English
High School, Margao.


Informally speaking, the Chief Minister said what he is today is
because of his school teacher who moulded him properly to be a worthy citizen.
This is the only way (felicitation) that he can best offer ?gurudakshina? to
his ?guru?, the Chief Minister added.


Victoria
reaffirms her loyalty to Cong


The St Cruz MLA, Ms Victoria Fernandes says to really work for the
welfare of the people the only way is to become a minister.


In an interview with Abdul Rauf Beig, senior reporter, she says
Whatever she did, is doing and would do would be for the cause of Goa and Goans. Here are the excerpts:


What have you to say about your recent political decisions?


In my life whatever steps I took were for Goa
and Goans, dating back to the days of Opinion Poll wherein I left no stone
unturned to see that Goans kept their distinct identity. Whatever I did, am
doing and would be doing would be for the cause of Goa
and Goans, because I love my state and its people who may belong to whatever,
caste creed or religion. I have shown my concern for the state and its people
even at the cost of displeasing my party higher-ups and have suffered for
showing the ?courage? to stand against high and mighty, especially during the
agitation for the rights of toddy tapers, ramponkars, ?jhopadpattiwallas?,
farmers, etc. I go by my conscience and it is god who has been giving me
directions and guiding me, in whatever I do. I would like to say here that
sometimes bad comes before anything good happens. Whatever I did was to satisfy
my people and do well for them. I am not sorry for what I did.


But don?t you think that your decisions were against your own
people?


No, I don?t think so. I have always fought for the cause of common
Goan and was never afraid of taking to the streets for the cause of common man.
I was told that if I decided to oppose now scrapped regional plan I would have
to suffer and I would like to state here that I am still suffering for doing
what I did right for the cause of Goans. But I would like to state here that
all this would not stop me from fighting for my state and its people.


I am 73 years old and don?t have many more years left to live but
I would not permit any one to destroy Goa.
There might be few who may not have liked what I did but there are many who are
still with me and have supported me. Here I would also state that I do anything
that is good for Goa and Goans and never do anything that would destroy my
beautiful Goa.


Why did you decide to leave the Congress party?


I have been a supporter of the Congress for long and stood by the
party when it mattered. But somehow I was not given my due by the party when it
mattered most to me and my constituents. Last election was the most difficult
election for me in my public life of over 40 years and I won it despite all
odds being against me.


But you were made the deputy speaker of last assembly?


The only reward I got from the Congress for being its loyal
soldier and also being the only lady in the House in the previous assembly was
the deputy speaker?s post, which too was a diluted one. I could hardly meet the
aspirations of my people and work for their benefits, under such circumstances.


Were you not made the chairperson of the Kadamba Transport
Corporation?


After the last election I was denied a berth in the cabinet,
though I was promised to be made a minister with an important portfolio, and
the chairmanship of ailing Kadamba Transport Corporation was given to me. This
despite everybody in the Congress knowing, how I faced my opponents and ?beat?
them. I would like to state here that had it not been for my son, Mr Rudolf
Fernandes, who worked tirelessly to ensure my victory. I would also like to
state here that it was his social work that stood good for me and ensure my
victory in the elections.


Why did you want a ministerial berth?


Everybody in the state knows that if one wants to really work for
the welfare of the people, particularly the constituents of one?s constituency,
than the only way is to become a minister and help one?s voters, like giving jobs,
carrying out developmental works. I have seen how difficult it is to get even a
minor work done if one is not a minister. Here I would like to say that those
who mattered forgot the promises made to my people and gave the ministerial
berths to the younger lot, over looking the claims of the senior people.


Then what made you give up all these and take the drastic decision
to resign from the House?


My supporters felt that the Congress was not giving me my due and
it was they who forced my son to do something that would open the eyes of those
who were humiliating me. Here I would like to state that my supporters wanted
me to make way for my son to join the politics and take the leadership and do
something good for the constituency. As I am getting old I also decided to bow
to their wishes and quit the assembly but I entered into all this at the last
stage, say about last two days.


Now that you want to retain your seat, have you sought condonation
of your absence from the Congress party?


Yes, I wrote to them soon after I stayed away from the House on
July 24. I would want to set the record straight here. I had to abstain from
the assembly because I was not keeping well and my son was also admitted to the
hospital for operation, a fact which can be verified. I have also sent medical
certificate to that effect. I am sure that they would not be harsh on me. Here
I would also state that the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi has always been
good to me and that I respect her very much. I am sure that she is not aware of
the facts about me and the humiliation that I was subjected to. I hope at least
now those who have been behind all these acts correct their mistakes and treat
people who are loyal with dignity and love and build the Congress party.


CM
to talk to Leela Hotel on shifting casino vessel


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat has said that
the government has sought all the details from the Chief Secretary with regards
to permission granted for operation of floating casinos in the state as well as
explanation regarding offshore floating casinos.


The Chief Minister further said that he would hold talks with the
management of Leela Hotel and persuade them to shift the boat from river Sal,
in order to break the deadlock over the issue till the government takes a final
decision on the issue, after consulting legal experts. He said that the vessel
has been in the river for over the past one and half year.


Mr Kamat denied reports that his government had issued any
permission for operation of floating casinos, even as he went on to add that
all the permission were granted by the earlier government as per a policy
decision taken by it. ?I have not issued any permission for operation of any
floating casino,? he said.


Replying to a question on framing the new regional plan within six
months, he said that his government was working out a procedure to complete the
process. He said that an advisory committee, comprising of people of integrity,
who would not compromise state?s interests, would be appointed to supervise the
process of preparation of the regional plan. He said that the plan would be
prepared as per the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act and that
Regional Plan 2001 could be the basis for the new regional plan, but all the
changes made thereafter would be incorporated before new plan was made.


He said that there was no problem with the draft regional plan
made in 2003 by the consultants but the subsequent changes made before it was
notified.


Mr Kamat said that his government would ensure that mistakes made
in the last regional plan were not repeated in the new plan and a mechanism
would be put in place to ensure this. He also said that a seminar to educate
all people about the regional plan and to seek their views would be held later
this month.


The Chief Minister also said that he held a meeting of all the
mamlatdars of South Goa in presence of South Goa
collector and told them of the government?s expectations from them. He said the
taluka level revenue officials have assured him that they would take personal
interest in addressing the grievances of the common man.


Mr Kamat also said that the government officials have assured him
that they would ensure issue of certificates within 48 hours from the date of
application.


They also assured him to expedite the disposal of mutation and
other cases but sought government?s help in getting specific time in office for
the purpose. He assured them that the government would ensure that they get
enough time in office for the purpose.


OUR MARGAO BUREAU ADDS: Speaking to reporters in Margao, the Chief
Minister, said that he would prevail on the management of Leela Hotel to remove
the vessel from the river Sal, in an attempt to find solution to the
contentious casino vessel issue.


?I will talk to the management of Hotel Leela, request them to
take the vessel out in their interest and the interest of the general public,?
the Chief Minister said.


On the definition of ?offshore?, Mr Kamat said that he has asked
his officers to look into the files and inform him on the matter. Although the
definition of ?offshore? was apparently obvious, Mr Kamat stressed on the need
to find out how and what conditions were stipulated, while issuing licences to
?offshore? casinos.


On the demand by one of his coalition partner on punishing those
who first issued licence to offshore casinos, Mr Kamat said he was not
responsible for decisions taken by his predecessors. ?I don?t even want to know,
why and how some decisions were taken by my predecessors,? the Chief Minister
added.


?My immediate task is to find a solution to issues and make life
easy for the common man,? he said.


Landslide
on Mandovi bridge approach road


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 4 A
landslide on the approach road of the western Mandovi bridge on the Betim side
caused heavy disruption to traffic during the day today.


The sources in the PWD said the landslide occurred in the early
hours of the morning due to the incessant rains during the last few days. Trees
were uprooted and a portion of the hillock collapsed sending the mud on the
road and blocking traffic.


Traffic heading towards Porvorim was diverted along the eastern
approach road, which is a one-way road to Panaji, and this caused heavy
bottlenecks on the road for most of the day.


Even as the PWD pressed two earthmoving machines to the area to
clear the piled-up mud and trees, another landslide occurred in the afternoon
sending more earth and an uprooted tree on the road, PWD sources said.


Work was going on till around 5.30 in the evening and the
road was cleared only around that time.


Number
of malaria victims soaring in areas under Cansaulim Health Centre



by Minoo Fernandes


The tremendous upsurge in the construction activity seems to be
the main reason behind the increasing malaria cases in coastal areas and more
so in the areas coming under the jurisdiction of the Cansaulim Health Centre.


Being a 12-bedded hospital, it caters to healthcare of areas like
Colva, Seraulim, Benaulim, Cana-Benaulim, Majorda, Betalbatim, Velsao and
Cansaulim, which are all coastal areas. Even deliveries are conducted at this
hospital. It has three medical officers, besides a health officer.


Migrants settle in these coastal areas due to the booming hotel
industry. Most of the labourers settle here for jobs on construction sites.
Construction activity is growing at a rapid pace, driven by huge investments
being made by private enterprises.


Labour force has increased but not enough care is being taken on
the hygiene front, which helps mosquitoes breed under these conditions.


Even though, two deaths were reported due to malaria, one in Colva
and the other in Benaulim, the Cansaulim Health Centre authorities differ on
this count and say that no deaths occurred in their jurisdiction even last
year. The Cansaulim health officer, Dr Filandro Dias said that there is no
cause for any panic as the situation is under control.


According to the figures provided by the health officer, 264 cases
of malaria were detected in the villages under its jurisdiction in 2006, of
these, 171 cases were of vivax nature while 91 were of falciparum type. All
these cases were successfully treated, informed the health officer.


However, from January 2007 to July 2007, the number has increased
tremendously. The health officer said that there were 586 cases reported this
year out of which 466 were of vivax nature and 120 of falciparum type. He said
in July alone there were 212 cases reported from these villages. He however,
could not specify as to the nature of these cases as compilation was not
readily available.


The health officer disclosed that it is untrue that any deaths
have occurred due to malaria fever and stressed that while some of the migrants
have been completely treated, others are still under observation. He said that
98 per cent of the cases detected were in migrant labourers working on
construction sites.


However sources from the health department indicated that in July
alone 1,724 slides were collected by this health centre from the above villages
and that Majorda alone detected 55 falciparum cases, followed by Colva with 54
vivax cases.


In Benaulim, the sources said they detected 27 vivax cases and in
Betalbatim 19. While Benaulim recorded 4 falciparum cases in July, Colva
recorded 36 falciparum cases and Betalbatim 6. Cansaulim however, recorded only
one case of malaria in July this year, health department sources disclosed.


They said all these cases were detected in the migrant labourers
working on construction sites. All the panchayats located under this
jurisdiction have played their role in controlling malaria in their own way.
The health authorities also confirmed this, but added that more needs to be
done by the panchayat and the local people, who have to work hard to maintain
clean surroundings, disclosed the health officer.


The health officer said that every alternate day, his staff goes
to the villages to visit construction sites. However, local panchayat
authorities as well as the villagers feel that prompt action should be taken
against the erring contractors for contravening the rules and for any kind of
negligence.


Xelvona
shootout case: police constable dismissed


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 4 The constable, Krishna Dessai, attached to the
escort cell, South and presently in the lock up for his alleged involvement in
the Xelvona shootout has been dismissed from services by an order under
Provision 311 (2) (b), the Deputy Inspector General of police, Mr Ujjwal Mishra
informed.


Mr Mishra said that Dessai admitted having shot Mr Mariano
Mascarenhas while he was having a drink in a bar at Xelvona on February 16,
2006. He said the Constitution of India allows dismissal without holding
inquiry under Article 311.


Mr Mishra said Krishna Dessai had joined the police force in 1999
and had come in contact with Rajesh Dessai while he was posted at the local
police station. He also said that Krishna Dessai is also wanted in two other
cases pending in the Maina-Curtorim police station and an assault case at the
Quepem police station.


Our Margao Bureau adds: The South Goa superintendent of police, Mr
Shekhar Prabhudessai, said that two accused arrested yesterday were produced
before the court and a five-day remand has been obtained.


So far, the police have arrested four persons.


The police said that one more accused, Sattayan Dessai, who was
also involved in the case, is absconding.


MMC
workers not paid dues


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 4 It?s a question of their daily bread. Thirty five
contract workers, who were hired by the Margao municipal council a year and
half back, are yet to get their wages, even as the councillors are busy
settling old scores.


The contract workers were officially asked to work on daily wages
when Mr Rajendra Azgaonkar was the chairperson of the council.


In March 2007, after the change of guard, Mr Johnson Fernandes
took over the reigns of the Council.


The temporary workers continued to work, however they were not
paid their wages after February 2007.


However, sources in the council informed that wages of only
one-and-half month were pending and added that the wages were held up as their
contract was not officially renewed after the ouster of Mr Azgaonkar.


Later on, the contract was renewed and some of them were still
employed with the municipality, they said.


Unable to get relief from the MMC authorities, the daily-wage
workers have now approached the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat, who on
Tuesday requested the concerned authorities to look into the matter and resolve
the problem.


Jose
Philip, officials inspect proposed Ravindra Bhavan site


NT News Service


Vasco, Sept 4 After the inspection of the new site proposed by the
Revenue Minister, Mr Jose Philip D?Souza for the Ravindra Bhavan project, the
officials, including Mormugao municipal council representatives, have
reportedly agreed that this site was suitable.


The inspection was conducted by the Revenue Minister along with
the Mormugao MLA, Mr Milind Naik, the deputy collector and sub divisional
magistrate, Mormugao, Mr Levinson Martins, the Mormugao mamlatdar, Mr Bhushan
Savoikar, MMC chairperson, Mr Manish Arolkar, chief officer, Mr Sakharam Naik,
councillor of ward 7, Mr Sharad Chopdekar, Mr Kritesh Gaonkar, chief architect,
PWD, Ms Radha Pamnani, MPDA, assistant engineer, PWD, Mr A B Rao, member
secretary, Mr Pandhita, representative of director of art and culture and
representative of ISLR, Vasco.


Mr D?Souza said that the Ravindra Bhavan project would benefit the
people residing in Mormugao. He said that the project was important from the
tourism point of view as well as the development of Baina beach.


Ms Pamnani and Mr Panditha have reportedly come to the opinion
that this site was most suitable also for traffic management as there are
number of internal roads to the site, besides the proposed NH-17 B.


Mr D?Souza directed Mr Rao and ISLR, Vasco to submit a fresh plan
of the government plots viz a viz the actual site conditions, most specifically
about the open land and the alignment of the four-lane highway.


The Mormugao MLA inquired from the chief architect about the
modalities of the project such as sitting capacity and Mr D?Souza suggested
that the sitting capacity should be a minimum 1200 seats.


Mr Arolkar promised that space for more parking would be given
from the adjoining municipality land.


The chief architect, was of the opinion that the total rated
available land is prima facie adequate and sufficient to meet the demand, and
accordingly sort a survey plan from ISLR.


The meeting in order to review the plans afoot for the proposed
construction of the project has been kept for September 18 at 11 a.m in the deputy
collector?s chamber.


Make
life easy of ?aam aadmi?, CM tells SGPDA officials


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 4 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat today, warned
officials of the South Goa Planning and Development Authority that he would not
hesitate to take strict action against them if he received any complaints
against the functioning of SGPDA.Mr Kamat disclosed he had received complaints
from members of public that SGPDA was refusing to issue NOCs.


The Chief Minister was speaking to the media at the collectorate
office in Margao, where he was present to hear public grievances.


What upset the Chief Minister was a written complaint by an
individual, who alleged that some PDA members demanded Rs 9,000 from him, to
issue a routine NOC.


?I will hold SGPDA officials responsible about such complaints,?
Mr Kamat warned and asked the officials to solve the problems of the ?aam
aadmi? at their level.


?People should not come to me for every little think,? he said and
disclosed that he would hold a meeting with the SGPDA officials next week.


Announcing a slew of pubic projects for the bustling commercial
town in the South, Mr Kamat said foundation stone for a new KTC bus-stand and
collectorate building will be laid on the Dusshera Day.


The Chief Minister also informed that the Konkan Railway
Corporation, police station building was complete.


The building may also be thrown open on the Dusshera Day, he
added.


On the slow progress of Ravindra Bhavan, he said that the
government was making efforts to complete the project and hopefully
inaugurating it by Diwali.


The Chief Minister informed that the government had taken the
initiative to compensate kidney patients undergoing dialysis at the rate of Rs
15,000 per month, at government-recognised hospitals.


He said that government has recognised two private hospitals - Vrundavan Hospital in the North and Apollo Victor
in the South - for dialysis treatment.


This is besides the free dialysis facility available in the Goa Medical
College, Bambolim and
Hospicio in Margao.


The Chief Minister further informed that henceforth the Power
Minister, Mr Alexio Sequeira will hear public grievances and would visit the
collectorate office in Margao once in a fortnight, on a Wednesday.


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Casino boat will go: CM Says govt yet to decide on
Mopa


BY HERALD REPORTER




MARGAO, SEPT 4 ? Finally speaking out his mind on the
controversial casino boat anchored in River Sal, Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat
has said his government would prevail upon Hotel Leela to tow the boat out of
the river.

?It is in their interest that Leela Hotel should remove the casino boat. I will
talk to the Hotel management and prevail upon them the need to remove the
boat?, Kamat said in an informal chat with newsmen during his weekly visit to
the district Collectorate here on Tuesday.

The chief minister said he has asked concerned departments to study and submit
all details concerning the licenses issued for casino boats. ?I have asked
officials to study what exactly you mean by off-shore casino?, he said, adding
?I was not a party to the decision to grant permission for casino boats?.

Clarifying his position on this point, he said no permission has been granted
by him or his government for casinos in the State. Replying to questions at a
press conference in Panjim, he said around a year ago, 14-15 parties had
applied for setting up off-shore casinos in the State. Considering various
aspects, the Cabinet which discussed the issue then decided to allow not more
than five casinos, he said.

Kamat said before his government initiates any action, he wants to be cautious
so that all details pertaining to the licenses are studied thoroughly. ?The
boat has been lying anchored in River Sal for the last one-year-and-half before
I assumed office?, he said.

He said if the term ?off-shore? indeed means off the coast, then all casino
boats will have to compulsorily operate in the sea.

Kamat further said he is seeking legal opinion on the vexed issue, to ascertain
whether the boats have violated any provisions of the license conditions.

MOPA AIRPORT: Replying to questions on Mopa,
the chief minister said that the government would not take any decision on the
issue as the matter is before a committee appointed by Prime Minister.





Advisory panel to aid new RP


BY HERALD REPORTER




PANJIM, SEPT 4 ? Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today said
that an advisory committee would be appointed to assist in formulating the new
Regional Plan.

He said he has had discussions at various levels and that the new RP would be
formulated strictly as per the provisions laid down in the Town & Country
Planning Act. This would include seeking the views of the people at grass-root
levels too.

Replying to questions at a press conference in the Secretariat Tuesday evening,
the chief minister said the Advisory Committee would consist of persons ?whose
integrity is beyond question?.

This body, he said, will guide, assist and provide checks and balances in the
formulation of the Plan. It may not have a major role to play though the
Congress had promised much more just before the Assembly elections.

In its manifesto, the Congress Party had promised formulation of Regional Plan
of Goa through a statutory Public Commission comprising eminent town planners,
architects and environmentalists in a transparent participatory procedure
involving elected representatives. For this, the Town & Country Planning
Act, 1974 would be suitably amended, it was promised.

Kamat, nonetheless, said TCP Department has been asked to hold a workshop this
month to discuss on the TCP Act 1974.

To a query, Kamat said 2001 draft plan could be the basis for the new Plan. He
said in 2003 the plan submitted by the Consultants in 2001 was modified and
according to GBA it doesn?t reflect the ground reality.


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New
education policy soon: CM


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat today
announced that the government will soon come out with a new education policy,
covering right from the pre-primary level, to bring about the much needed
improvement in the education system.


He said education advisory council will be constituted comprising
educationists who will frame the guidelines and other aspects related to the
education policy.


Mr Kamat was speaking as the chief guest after presenting state
awards to five teachers for their meritorious services to the society on the
occasion of 46th Teachers? Day celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary
of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, former president and philosopher, at a function
held at Kala Academy, here.


The Chief Minister said the policy of the state government will be
to hand over the education field to educationists to run it. Let educationists
decide the policy of the education and the same will be implemented by the
state government in right earnest, he said.


Mr Kamat who is also holding the education portfolio told teachers
to adhere to sincerity and dedication while discharging their duties and play a
pivotal role to shape the future of students. Students should also give respect
to their teachers, Mr Kamat said.


The Chief Minister said education is the basic requirement in life
which apart from creating a cultural society is needed to make Goa an ideal state.


Mr Kamat opined that the students are devoting their time for
unproductive purposes such as watching television programmes rather than
concentrating on studies and other extra-curricular activities. Teachers with
their sacred duties can also guide the students to reduce their interest in
television, he added. Mr Kamat had a special word of praise for the teachers
working in rural areas.


The recipients of state awards are Ms Achala Shinde, Government
Primary School, Khorlim-Mapusa, Mr Pramod Prabhudessai, Government Primary
School, Moti-Dongar, Margao, Ms Pushpa Gaitonde, Government Multipurpose High
School Borda, Margao, Ms Susan Vaz, headmistress, Government High School, Ponda
and Mr Pradeep Masurkar DIET, Porvorim. The award carries a cash prize of Rs
25,000, a certificate and a memento. Prizes for highest collection towards
national education fund were distributed by secretary education to the
Mormugao, Salcete amd Bicholim taluka respectively.


Porvorim
hillock develops 3-metre wide crack


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The movement of traffic on Panaji-Mapusa route was
affected once again today following fresh landslide at the same spot, which
occurred yesterday. However, the fresh landslide that occurred around midnight
was more severe according to state authorities.


The principal chief engineer of PWD, Mr Anand M Wachasundar said
that the top of the hillock has also developed a crack of about 120 metres in length and
about three feet wide and 10
metres deep, which could collapse any moment.


The removal of the debris has to be undertaken under most secured
methods, he added.


Mr Wachasundar said that incessant rains that have been lashing
the state for more than a week coupled with weakening of the lateritic soil
could have caused the landslide, even as he feared that rains could hamper
clearing of the debris.


He said that the officials would not take any chances and that the
traffic would be diverted during the night so as to undertake the work on
removal of debris, boulders, as well as around 30,000 cubic metres
of mud from the affected part of the 21 metre high hillock.


He said that the operation clear the mud as well as so as to
remove the danger could last for more than a day and that flow of traffic was
bound to be affected. The authorities have arrangements for diversion of
traffic via Betim and other areas.


The traffic moved at snail?s speed for most part of the day today
and that the traffic policemen had harrowing time controlling it.


Many road users trying to reach their destinations got involved in
arguments over the right to way.


Work
on Mhadei: SC asks Centre, Karnataka govt to file affidavit


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The Supreme Court today directed the Karnataka and
central government to file affidavit in response to the work at the Mhadei
basin, and make their stands clear on the issue of diverting of water from the
basin.


The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat told reporters that when the
matter came up for hearing today, the counsel for the state government brought
to the notice of the apex court that the Karnataka government was undertaking
work on projects.


The court thereafter directed the government of Karnataka and the
Centre to file affidavits within three weeks.


Consumers
owe power dept Rs 182 crore


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 5 Domestic and industrial electricity consumers owe
the power department a whopping Rs 182 crore, which includes some disputed
cases, the Power Minister, Mr Alexio Sequeira, said today, adding that the
department was taking steps to recover the outstanding dues.


The state electricity department has set up a committee to settle
disputed bills, under the chairmanship of the chief electrical engineer, Mr
Nirmal Braganza, he said further during an informal chat with the media at the
collectorate, here.


Besides the chief electrical engineer, the committee also includes
representatives of finance and law department, three members of the power
advisory board, member secretaries and joint director of accounts.


Today was the Power Minister?s first visit to the collectorate, as
part of his fortnightly sojourn to hear public grievances. He will be visiting
the collectorate once in a fortnight on a Wednesday.


According to Mr Sequeira, the only way to recover pending dues was
to disconnect a power connection.


It is reliably learnt that those who owe the department include
some major power guzzling industries in the state.


The Power Minister informed that he was very serious in pursuing
the plan to set up gas-based power plants in the state.


According to a government of India order, all fertilizer
manufacturing plants have to shift from naphtha to gas by 2009, he disclosed.
On account of the order, fertilizer manufacturing industries and many others,
in the state will prefer gas-based energy, he said. Besides being relatively
clean, gas is a cheaper alternative of fuel.


The demand for energy will increase, he further disclosed, as the
government had approved couple of SEZs in the state. Besides more industries
will set up shop in future, he added.


Mr Sequeira informed that work on underground electricity cabling
had been completed in Margao city and was going on in certain areas of coastal
Salcete.


He said most of the problems of the consumers would be solved, if
the department could convert the high tension lines into underground.


He disclosed that the department will request for additional funds
to take up more areas for underground cabling.


When queried on the erratic service provided by the mobile power
vans, Mr Sequeira opined that the concept was excellent, though there were
problems with its implementation. Mr Sequeira said that since the government
had tendered the mobile van service to a private contractor, the government
could do very little in the matter.


Govt?s
vacillating policy may scare investors, says Hotel Leela


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 5 The five-star resort, Hotel Leela, Goa, today said it did not want to add to the acrimony
over the contentious casino vessel issue, but questioned the state government?s
vacillating tourism policy.


Legal adviser for the resort, Mr Ashwin Naik said that the resort
had obtained all the possible licences, complied with the laws and paid the
required fees, while venturing into the offshore casino business.


Putting the onus on the government, Mr Naik reminded that it was
the state that had come out with the policy of setting up offshore casinos, in
an attempt to boost tourism industry. ?Which investor will come to Goa, if every government goes on changing its industrial
policy?? Mr Naik asked.


The head of administration, Mr Shakti Prashad was also present at
the media briefing today morning.


Stating that they did not want to take a confronting stand, Mr
Naik decried at attempts made to paint Hotel Leela as the villain.


?To toss an issue and vilify an honest business endeavour is
despicable to say the least,? Mr Naik countered.


?We have been made scapegoat in the issue,? he said and added that
some fly-by-night organisations have made some serious allegations against the
resort.


Mr Naik did not elaborate on whether Hotel Leela would take legal
steps to counter the moves, against their business interest.


?We have a logical Chief Minister in the state. We will appreciate
any initiative taken by him,? he said.


Debunking the charge of ecological damage, Mr Naik disclosed that
Hotel Leela would be the last to cause any damage to ecology or environment.


He pointed out that the resort had recently won a prestigious
international award for safeguarding ecology.


On the dredging issue, he claimed that the resort was only
?desilting? part of the river, which was adjacent to their property.


Dredging was a complex activity, which needs deep digging and
scooping of the material, he claimed. Desilting was like ?scrapping? the
sea-bed, he added.


According to the legal advisor, ?offshore? means away from any
land bordering a water body. He said any bank was a shore and cited the example
of offshore rigs in the Brahamputra river.


Stating that there was no permanent dumping of silt near the river
Sal, he said: ?It was just a temporary site to store the silt.? He further
disclosed that the resort was paying rent to the government for the site and
that the silt would be permanently displaced later.


Condemning those who claim that there would be law and order
problem on account of the casino issue, Mr Naik said that Goa
was known to be a peaceful place all over the world.


?We are here for the last 16 years. We have no intention to
disturb peace of the locals,? Mr Naik said.





90%
of Margao victims are migrants


by Agnelo Pereira


By and large the ?female? species of the mosquito has saved the
blushes for the man on the street in Margao.


A comparative figure during the last two years, reveals that
malaria cases have more or less remained static in this commercial town.


?This year the falciparum malaria cases have come down by 5 per
cent. Last year there were 20 per cent of falciparum cases as against 15 per
cent reported up to August this year,? the health officer, Dr Geeta Kakodkar
said.


However in August, this year, 37 persons were affected with
falciparum while the figure for August, last year, was 12.


This year there were two deaths reported in the city, after a
nine-year-old local and a migrant adult succumbed to falciparum malaria. In
both the cases the treatment was reportedly delayed and the infection detected
at an advanced stage.


A closer look at the figures reported at the Urban Health Centre,
indicates a sudden spurt in malarial cases in June and July.


According to the health officer, Dr Geeta Kakodkar at the Urban
Health Centre, this was quite normal as monsoon was considered as the
?transmission season?.


The scourge of malaria was mostly prevalent in migrants, as 90 per
cent of the cases reported were from the labour class (construction workers),
Dr Kakodkar disclosed.


According to the health officer most of the migrants descend from
Orissa and Jharkhand and are already infected with the parasite, when they
touch Goa.


High incidents of malaria in the city were reported from Borda and
Fatorda and as usual there was high incidence of construction activity in these
two areas.


This fact was corroborated by the medical superintendent of
Hospicio Hospital, Dr Ruando De Sa.


?50 big constructions and another 170 of smaller nature are going
on in Margao and its suburbs,? Dr Kakodkar disclosed.


Measures like anti-larval spraying in public areas help to control
the breeding of malaria, the health officer said, but stressed the importance
of public awareness and participation to curb the scourge.


Hospicio?s Dr De Sa concurred with the health officer?s view and
emphasised the participation of the ?society? to control the spread of malaria.


?People must take steps to keep the surroundings clean and empty
water collection containers. Besides any fever must be checked for malaria,? Dr
Kakodkar said.


Dr De Sa pointed out that at times various tests for malaria are
reported negative. But the symptoms are exactly of malaria. ?In such cases we
recommend the normal course of malarial treatment,? he said.


The health officer also spoke about a ?new treatment protocol?
followed by the department to reduce the spread of malaria.


?It means using the existing methods in a more vigorous and
innovative way to cut down the transmission of malaria,? the health officer
explained. According to the health officer it was a difficult proposition to
keep a tab on the movement of migrants.


?We have put a surveillance system in place. Our surveillance
workers go around and inspect sites and also collect information, besides
taking slides of the construction workers,? Dr Kakodkar informed.


Getting builders to comply with NOCs and other requirements was of
much significance, the health officer stressed. She suggested that bigger
builders could also be convinced to conduct anti-larval spraying in their area,
under the supervision of the health centre.


Another medical practitioner suggested imposing hefty fine against
defaulting builders. ?The current fine imposed by the government is peanuts for
these builders,? the doctor argued and even recommended imprisonment as a
deterrent.


Govt
to support institutions encouraging sports, says CM


NT News Desk


Panaji, Sept 5 The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat said that he
has a dream to make Goa a model state in the
country and there is a need for the state to excel in all the fields,
especially in education.


Mr Kamat was speaking on the occasion of ?Teachers? Day? at the Green Rosary
High School, Dona Paula
today.


Mr Kamat lauded the achievements of students like Ivana Furtado,
who has brought laurels to the state and the country in chess. He also had a
work of praise for students like Tanya Pinto, Talasha Prabhu and others.


The Chief Minister said that the government would give all support
to such institutions which are also encouraging sports, apart from their
regular studies.


Mr Kamat congratulated the teachers and parents of the school for
the achievement of the students. He recalled his days as an NCC cadet for the
discipline that was being inculcated.


?Now students, especially boys, don?t take interest in NCC but the
girl students coming forward in every field and doing well. In the electricity
department there are girls who are engineers and they are doing very well,?? he
added.


Earlier, the Chief Minister felicitated Ivana Furtado, who
clinched a gold at Georgia
in chess and who has bagged several other medals at the Asia
and national level. He also felicitated other students who have excelled in
various fields.


Mr Kamat also felicitated two teachers of the school, Ms Teofila
Lopes and Ms Leena Pai for their dedicated services. The vice president of the
Parent Teachers? Association, Mr Victor Vaz also spoke. Mr Elvis Pereira, the
commissioner of the CCP was present on the occasion.


Govt
urged to remove casino boat from river Sal


NT News Desk


Panaji, Sept 5 The Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) has
demanded that the government remove the ?casino boat? from the river Sal
without any further delay, says a press note released today.


The council claims that the two main rivers (Zuari and Mandovi)
and four smaller ones are the life-line of the people as they sustain a diverse
and fragile ecosystem and this area of the river Sal is the breeding ground for
a variety of shellfish.


In the past, sand extraction and shells-extraction resulted in
total disappearance of the shell-fish, but the people objected and stopped
this.


The fisheries department had declared this area of the River Sal
as a mini fishing harbour and has built a jetty for fishing craft at Cutbona,
from which about 300 such crafts ply in and out of the river.


The press note says that the Captain of ports department had
permitted a private party to tow into the river the boat and this boat is
anchored 15 metres
from the jetty. This boat is meant to used as a ?casino? and the said ?private
party? has been granted permission to operate the casino.


However, reports say that few months back the Captain of ports had
asked that the boat be removed from the river Sal and that about three weeks
ago, the director of fisheries gave similar orders but the boat continues to be
anchored in the river.


Vishwajeet
pays surprise visit to GMC


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 5 The Health Minister, Mr Vishwajeet Rane paid a
surprise visit to the casualty department of Goa Medical College and Hospital,
Bambolim, late this evening only to find that only one servant was on duty in
the department, thereby putting pressure on the medical staff as well as the
relatives of the patient visiting the GMC.


The Health Minister was taken by surprised to find that despite
the fact that he being informed that the GMC had adequate staff only one class
IV employee was on duty in the casualty department, which has a number of
patients at any given time.


Mr Rane told ?The Navhind Times? that he thereafter summoned the
medical superintendent, Dr Rajan Kunkolienkar, as well as the dean, Dr V JN
Jindal, and directed them to immediately make arrangements to post staff to the
casualty department.


He also said that it was brought to his notice that there was
shortage of staff in gynaecology ward also and that he told the management of
GMC that they have to ensure that adequate staff was provided in all wards and
departments.


The Health Minister said that he would hold a meeting with the GMC
management to discuss the issue and all the ?wrongs? in the premier health
institution in the state.


Our Margao Bureau Adds: Mr Vishwajeet Rane today announced plans
to make a provision of Rs 2-crore for up-gradation of the out patient
department of the Goa
Medical College
and Hospital, Bambolim.


He made a similar provision of Rs 35 lakh for up-gradation of
casualty in Hospicio, Margao.


With an eye on hygiene and cleanliness, he said government had
plans to outsource the service of class IV workers.


He further disclosed that government had decided to absorb doctors
on contract, to fill up vacant posts at various hospitals in the State.


The health minister was on a surprise visit to Hospicio, late
Wednesday evening.


Informing that government was seriously trying to ease problems
faced by the hospital staff, Mr Rane disclosed that all the problems of staff
shortage and other issues affecting the employees will be taken care of by
December 30.


In an effort to provide better and hygienic food to patients in
Hospicio, Mr Rane said that the rate of a meal has been hiked to Rs 35 a day. Earlier the rate was
Rs 25.


He stated that a new ambulance had been sanctioned to Hospicio,
but was held up due to bureaucratic wrangles.


Speaking further he said that the government had already approved
and finalized plans for a new district hospital in Margao.


?Only land to set up the new hospital was left to be identified,?
he said, adding that GSIDC will take up the project.


He also said that the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat took extra
pains to sanction all the facilities and requirements of the Hospicio.


He informed that the State Health Advisory Committee will be
meeting in October, to discuss and plan ways to bring more innovative changes
in health care.


Mr Rane will be visiting the Canacona Community Centre on
Thursday.


Margao
markets, favourite for apple purchasers


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 5 This year the south Goa
planning and development authority fruit and vegetable market and
Gandhi market in Margao have emerged as favourite destinations for apple
purchasers.


Varieties of apple have been sold in the wholesale market for
anything between Rs 175 and Rs 200 per dozen.


After a bumper crop in the apple growing belts of Himachal
Pradesh, around 50 trucks - which means around 5,000 cartons of the fruit -
have been unloaded at the fruit market, informed officials of the market
committee.


During the past one month, the sale and purchase of apples has
registered an increase of about 4 per cent as compared to last year, said
commission agents in the market. They said a bumper crop also meant a decline
in the prices.


Mr Banai Shaik, a wholesale dealer said
that consignments have already began to arrive from various parts of India. He also
said that it would take some time for superior variety of apples to reach
the markets.


The fruit vendors and the wholesalers however said that
elaborate arrangement for parking, loading and unloading of the apple cartons
have to be made to avoid traffic congestion in the Gandhi market.


Mr Shaik said that administration should direct
the traffic police not to challan trucks waiting to offload their
consignment, and that separate parking areas for the trucks should be
earmarked around the market during the Ganesh festival.


Bus
driver assaulted


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 5 Six persons attacked a bus driver plying on the
Mumbai-Margao road, at Ambaji junction today morning. Four of them came in two
private cars while two came by bus, informed the police.


The driver of the bus Mr Chamen Mulla has been admitted in the Margao Hospicio
Hospital.


The police said that two assailants who were travelling by bus are
from Pazorconi and allegedly had an argument with the driver. The Margao police
have seized one car used in the assault and some weapons. According to the
police, an offence under Sections 143, 147, 341, 506 (II), 326 read with 149 of
Indian Penal Code has been registered.


against the assailants.


Loliem-Polem
sarpanch deposed


NT News Service


Canacona, Sept 5 The sarpanch of Loliem-Polem village panchayat,
Ms Pranali Prabhugaonkar, the sarpanch of Loliem-Polem village panchayat, was
ousted today morning, said Mr Manuel Barreto, the presiding officer and
Canacona block development officer.Mr Barreto said that five members, including
deputy sarpanch, Mr Xavier D?Silva had served a no-confidence notice against
the sarpanch. The total strength of the panchayat is nine. The other
signatories are Ms Urmila Ramesh Lolienkar, Mr Elvis Fernandes, Mr Vishvesh
Acharaya and Mr Jerson Fernandes. The signatories claimed that Ms
Prabhugaonkar was not available to the public and alleged misuse of panchayat
funds.


Howevr, Ms Pranali refuted the charges against her and asked the
members to show even a single instance where panchayat funds were misused. She
also said that after she became the sarpanch, no work was taken up due to
bickering amongst the members and consequently the question of misuse of funds
did not arise.


Sources say that Mr Vipul is tipped to be the next sarpanch.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=09065


Churchill firm on Cong ticket for daughter


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Unfazed by the opposition from within the
Save Goa Front against his move to field his lawyer daughter on Congress
ticket, a determined SGF supremo Churchill Alemao said he would not compromise
his decision to field Valanka on Congress ticket for the forthcoming Mormugao
bye-polls.


?The Congress has given me a promise to field my daughter on their banner.
If the Congress stick to their promise, Valanka would definitely contest on
Congress ticket,? Alemao told Herald, while on his way to Vailankani for the
annual feast.


Asked to react to strong opposition against his plan by a section of SGF
members, Alemao said ?I suspect a plan by two or three members to scuttle my
move to field my lawyer daughter.? But, he reminded all and sundry that the
people were with him and any dissent shown by any member would not have any
effect on his plan.


?Those within the SGF who are opposed to Valanka contesting on the Congress
want a split the vote in order to benefit the BJP. I will never allow that
thing to happen,? he asserted. ?These opponents want Valanka to contest on the
SGF to ensure a split in the votes to favour the BJP,? Alemao added.


Alemao, however, said the Congress had only promised him to field Valanka
for the bye-polls as part of the deal with Congress when the Digambar Kamat
government was bailed out during the fortnight long political crisis.


He reminded that the Mormugao Lok Sabha seat was represented by him before
he quit in May last to enter State politics.

Meanwhile, a pro-Alemao SGF supporter has said that Churchill has quit the Lok
Sabha seat because he had plans to field his lawyer daughter in the bye-polls.
?We fail to understand why some of the members are making a noise on the
matter,? he added.


Hospicio to see a turnaround soon: Rane


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Health Minister, Vishwajeet Rane has said
Hospicio would soon see a turnaround with the government planning to upgrade
casualty at a cost of Rs 35 lakh, and sanction the manpower requirements by
December 31 this year.

He informed the government has hiked the budget to Rs 35 per patient per day,
which is expected to give the patients a good and hygienic food.

?I can tell when the turnaround at Hospicio would come about. Till the manpower
requirements are met by December 31 and the government sanction Rs 35 lakh for
upgradation of casualty, besides a trauma unit, I would ensure that patients
are looked after and the hospital maintained properly?, he told newsmen during
his surprise visit to Hospicio on late Wednesday evening.

?I have tendered oxygen supply for Hospicio hospital?, he added.

Rane said the criteria of tendering supply of food for patients is being
changed so that patients get better food, including fish, adding the decision
to outsource housekeeping would benefit Hospicio too as private contractors
would look after cleanliness and hygiene in the hospital.

?Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat has sanctioned staff for Hospicio and other
hospitals. He has also cleared other files as well?, he added.

Rane said the people need not worry about the government plan to go for Public
Private partnership to bring expertise and quality medical care for the common
man.

?The Common man will get the medical benefits without paying much. The
government would for the best and successful PPP model to suit the common man.
The model will be kept open for public scrutiny?, he assured.

Rane said bureaucrats need not tell the government which model the government
should adopt and expressed his displeasure over delays in taking decision by
the officials even after the Minister?s clearance.

The Minister said he has asked for Rs two crore from the Contingency Fund to
upgrade the casualty at GMC.


New ambulance idle for want of diesel


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Just imagine a situation where a
state-of-the-art Ambulance is lying idle for want of diesel.

Indeed, a brand new ambulance procured by the government is lying idle outside
Hospicio hospital for want diesel.

This was disclosed by none other than the Health Minister, Vishwajit Rane
during his visit to Hospicio hospital and blamed the General Administration
Department (GAD) for the situation.

?How can I operate the ambulance if the GAD is not making provision for the
diesel requirements?, he asked. When asked whether the Chief Minister, Digambar
Kamat is aware of the situation, he said ?it?s not the question of the CM, but
the the process should change?.

Meanwhile, Rane said the health department would deploy two well-equipped
mobile vans, one in Sattari-Pernem and the other at Quepem-Canacona to attend
to the medical needs of the patients. ?These vans would start operating soon?,
he added.

When newsmen drew his attention on the scan facility at the GMC, Rane said ?I
am aware of what is happening. For want of time, we could not devote attention
to all these areas?.





Labourer feared drowned


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

MAPUSA, SEPT 5 - A Bihari labourer was feared drowned
while seven others managed to swim to safety when a boat carrying sand capsized
in the Chapora river near Pirna on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Mapusa police, the incident took place when the ill-fated boat
loaded with sand extracted from the river was returning to the riverbank. The
vessel was caught in a whirlwind and water entered into the boat.

The boat capsized and seven labourers managed to swim to safety, while Harinder
Yadav (25), a labourer employed at a sand extraction unit at Colvale, went
missing.

Efforts went on till late evening to locate him.





Illegal structures demolished in Ponda


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

PONDA, SEPT 5 - Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) on Wednesday
demolished some illegal structures in public places and also evicted vendors
occupying the footpaths and open spaces, who were found obstructing pedestrians
in the city.

PMC authorities demolished a compound wall at Sadar-Kaziwada, constructed by a
shopkeeper barely two days ago to prevent parking of vehicles. The PMC had
earlier asked the shopkeeper to remove the wall, but he had failed.





Dismissed cop had tainted record


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 5 - Constable Krishna Dessai, who allegedly
shot Xelvona panch Marianho Mascarenhas, was not without any blemish, even as
he has been dismissed from service by the Goa Police.

Known for his wild ways, on January 13, 2002, the constable was involved in a
brawl at Goa Reserve Police, Altinho, here, with three others. He was suspended
for the ugly incident in which a canteen staffer at GRP was mercilessly bashed
up by the four.

After the staffer, Gurudas Bhomi Gaonkar, filed a complaint an offence was
registered under Section 452, 324, 332 read with 34 of IPC and Section 3 of
Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act at the Panjim Town Police Station. Krishna was arrested and later suspended.

The controversial constable is presently in the custody of Curchorem police for
seven days for allegedly shooting Mascarenhas on February 16, 2006, an incident
that had its undercurrents in the bustling ore business in
Curchorem.

Mascarenhas, who was shot at close range by the cop, was grievously injured,
but luckily survived to tell the tale.

The shooting of Mascarenhas, carried out by Krishna at the behest of prime
accused in the Sandeep Mapari murder Rajesh Dessai, was one among the three
incidents the constable was involved.

Curchorem Correspondent Adds: Meanwhile, Quepem DySP Jaiprakash Nagwenkar on
Tuesday raided a bar owned by Satyawan at Uguem-Sanguem, who is wanted in
connection with the Mascarenhas shooting incident.

Police believe that Satyawan had allegedly accompanied constable Krishna on a motorcycle on the day of the shooting.

The raid could not yield anything and Satyawan, a resident of Xelvona, still
continues to be at large.

Police have recovered the black helmet allegedly used by Krishna
during the shooting incident and is on the lookout for the black jacket used by
him that night. Police is also yet to trace the country-made pistol,
which was used in the shooting.

Meanwhile, the prime suspects ? Rajesh Dessai, Balesh Dessai, Vinay Dessai,
Krishna Dessai and Shekhar Dessai ? were on Wednesday brought to the Curchorem
police station from Vasco, for investigation.





Ganeshutsov mandals told to engage private security


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? The government will request Sarvajanik
Ganeshutsov Mandals to engage private security for the forthcoming Ganesh
festival in the backdrop of the terror attacks in Hyderabad.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that this decision was taken at a meeting
held on Wednesday evening by Home Minister Ravi Naik and him with the
police top brass ? DGP, DIGs and others ? on taking preventive measures during
the festive season later this month.

Based on the communiqu? the government has received from the Home Ministry in
the backdrop of serial bomb blasts in Hyderabad
last month, the Goa government has decided to
tighten its belt on the security front.

Kamat said that security would be beefed up during Ganesh
Chaaturti. Sarvajanik Ganeshutsov Mandal ? community Ganesh festival committees
? would be requested to engage their own security as a preventive measure,
Kamat said.

The Home Ministry is learnt to have cautioned coastal states to remain alert in
view of renewed terror activities in some parts of the country.





Mobile van linesmen assured mobile phones


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? The much-hyped mobile electricity van ?
deployed in the villages ? has turned nightmarish for the power consumers as
well as the department.

For, the operation of these mobile vans, which worked wonders in the four major
cities, has not helped much to reach out to consumers in times of emergencies.

The reason: Outsourcing of these mobile vans has run into trouble with the
contractor unable to even pay the salaries of the drivers employed on the van
or provide fuel to the vehicles.

Secondly, though the power department linesman have been provided with the
mobile vans, their mobility is literally restricted for want of mobile phones
to attend urgent call.

The result being there?s no co-ordination between the linesmen on the field
with the electricity office, thus delaying in attending to the complaints.

When newsmen drew attention of the Power Minister to the problems faced by
consumers vis-a-vis the mobile vans, Alexio Sequeira was quick to admit the
lacuna being faced by the mobiles.

?Recently, the drivers employed by the contractor on these vans complained to
me about non-payment of salary. There were also complaints on fuel?, he said,
adding that he has called the contractor for discussions.

The Power Minister has, however, promised to provide mobile cell phones to the
linesman attached to these mobile vans to increase their efficiency and
accessibility.





Panjim, Margao stations allotted 10 PSIs each


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 5 - Considered as heavy, the Panjim and
Margao police stations have been allotted 10 PSIs each from the 66 new PSIs who
landed in Goa after their months long training in Nashik, Maharashtra.

Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Arvind Gawas said these two police
stations have been sanctioned because the workload here is more. These PSIs will
definitely take off the load from the present officers, he added.

Apart from the 20 PSIs for Margao and Panjim, Gawas said Mapusa has been
allotted six, Ponda six and Vasco five, while the remaining of them will be
stationed at other police stations across the State. Pillion dies (margao hr):
A 53-year old woman pillion rider Maria Annie Pereira, a resident of
Caramorod-Chinchinim died in a road accident on the damaged stretch of the
NH-17 at Sirlim on Wednesday morning.

Maria was pillion riding on a two-wheeler when a Mini bus GA 02 T 4702,
proceeding from Chinchinim to Margao, dashed against from behind. The deceased
fell on the road and died.

Police have arrested the bus driver Mustaq Gaffor for rash and negligent
driving.

Further investigations are on.





Alex a noted photographer


PANJIM, SEPT 5 -- Alex Fernandes is a
professional photographer for the last 20 years. In October 2005 Alex
photographed 37 prominent ?Tiatriste? in Goa
and Mumbai. This was followed by a portrait series on ?Goan Musicians? and
?Goan Artist?.

Fernandes worked for the Kodak distributor in the Middle
East where he set up and managed professional portrait studio.

Alex also served on the faculty for portrait photography and
lighting workshops for Kodak. Alex Fernandes currently runs ?Portrait Atelier?,
that provides professional studio photography services in Goa. ?HND





Desai PTA chief of Cuncolim school


PANJIM, SEPT 5 -- Shivaji Babu Desai,
Asst Director of Industries, Trade and Commerce was elected President of the
PTA of United High School Cuncolim, Salcete, Goa. In the meeting of Parents
Teachers Association new committee for the year 2007-2008 was elected.

Dr Suraj Kanekar was the chief guest. Dr Prakash Kurade Chairman of the
Managing Committee distributed 105 uniforms to the students donated by Urban
Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao. Earlier Shri Ramesh Uttam Desai welcomed
and introduced Headmaster Oscar Gracias to the guests. Madhukar Desai Proposed
vote of thanks.

Goranti Viera compered the function.?HND


CM resumes weekly interactions with common man


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat finally
resumed his weekly interactions with the aam aadmi in the district Collectorate
here, recently, Power Minister, Alexio Sequeira likely to follow Kamat?s
footsteps from Wednesday.

And, if the Chief Minister is to be believed, the Power Minister will make his
presence felt in the Minister?s Chamber of the district Collectorate atleast
once a fortnight to attend to public grievances.

Sequeira said he would sit in the Minister?s chamber at 3 pm on Wednesday and
will reguarly hear public grievances atleast once a fortnight.

Whether other Ministers from Salcete taluka would emulate the Chief Minister or
the Power Minister remains to be seen, since most of them prefer to function
from their place of residence.

For instance, Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco or for that matter Urban
Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao or Minister for Water Resources, Filipe
Neri Rodrigues prefer to function from Betalbatim, Varca and Sirlim
respectively.

This has forced the citizens of Salcete and down South to meet these Ministers
at the place of their residence instead of a centrally-located place such as
the district Collectorate, which has the provision for a Minister?s chamber to
facilitate Ministers to attend to public grievances.


Quepem civic chairperson backs common cadre


PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? Quepem Municipal Council
has decided to back State government?s move to implement common cadre for all
the 13 municipal councils.

Although and move was met with wide resentment with the All Goa Municipal Union
calling for a one-day token strike on Sept 13, the Quepem Municipal Council in
a meeting held over the month-end decided to go with the government decision.

Quepem Municipal Chairperson Tereza Travasso, in a letter issued to
Chairpersons and councilors of Curchorem, Cuncolim, Sanguem and Canacona, has
called for a meeting on Sept 8 at Quepem Municipal Council office, at 10.30
am.--HND





Sao Jose de Areal hillock ravaged, will denudation
now stop?


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Who?s responsible for the wanton
destruction of the Sao Jose de Areal hillock by basalt quarry operators? And,
whether the denudation will now stop after the police registered a case against
an operator during a joint inspection on Tuesday?

These questions has come to the fore as the picturesque stands ravaged due to
mining activity even as the police claimed to have attached two tractors and
arrested a driver.

While the attachment of the two tractors is a welcome action by the police, why
the authorities turned a blind eye to the destruction all these years is a
question concerned authorities need to answer.

Says Town Planner, Bykad: ?Since my office has now lodged a formal complaint
with the police, it?s the responsibility of the men-in-uniform to prevent the
illegal activity in the future?.

Incidentally, Bykad came in for sharp criticism from the police on late Tuesday
evening over the question of lodging a complaint of hill cutting witnessed at
Sao Jose de Areal. ?How could I lodge a complaint after office hours. There
would have been on outward number on the correspondence?, Bykad said, adding
that the police does not need a formal complaint from him if they have found
the tractors operating illegally.

Incidentally, Bykad said his office has not given any permission for hill
cutting at Sao Jose de Areal and has no knowledge whether permission has been
obtained from the Chief Town Planner or the Mines department.

?No particular department can be blamed for the destruction of the hillock, but
the fact remains that blasting and quarrying went on for years without any
action?, Bykad admitted.

Locals have been strongly objecting to the blasting operations on grounds the
activity has not only resulted in environmental degradation, but has caused
damage to residential houses in the immemdiate neighbouhood.

?We hope atleast now, the authorities will stop further destruction of the
hillock by initiating action against the guilty?, remarked Sao Jose de Areal
Sarpanch Martha Cardozo.





Sodium vapour lamps to be replaced


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 - Sodium vapour lamps will finally make way
for Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) on the street poles across the state soon.

For, the new Power Minister, Alexio Sequeria has found the CFLs more viable
than the old sodium lamps in all aspects - savings on power, money and repairs.

In an informal chat with newsmen, Sequeira said the CFLs - popularly known as
power savers - would be tried on the electric poles as an alternative to the
sodium lamps.

Outlining the many advantages of CFLs, he said a CFL lamp cost around Rs 800 -
all inclusive - as compared to a sodum lamp, which cost over a thousand rupees,
with additional cost on the capacitor, ignitor etc.

Moreover, he said the CFL lamp consumes less energy compared to sodium vapour
lamps, adding the state could save energy too during peak hours when there?s
already a power shortage.





Kamat?s ?inquiry? sets PDA chairman into motion


BY HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? A day after Chief Minister Digambar Kamat inquired with the
SGPDA on delays in clearance of files, PDA Chairman Shyam Sattardekar on
Wednesday has set in motion the process to streamline the functioning of the
Planning body from the public view point.

Taking cognisance of news reports about an aam aadmi complaining to the Chief
Minister about delays in the PDA, Sattardekar personally took stock of the
situation by seeking to know whether any official or staff member were involved
in demanding bribe from the people.

Sources said the PDA Chairman personally asked the party which staff member had
demanded money for issuance of certificate.

To make the PDA functioning more transparent, Sattardekar has set in place a
system wherein certain certificates and files are approved within a set
time-frame if all the requirements are complied with.

Tuesday saw the Chief Minister calling up the PDA Member Secretary to answer a
complaint from a party that his file has not been cleared by the planning body
for a long time.

Sources said the PDA Chairman was pre-occupied for quite some time and could
not frequently make it to the PDA in the recent past.





Case registered under cyber crime


BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, SEPT 5 - Crime Branch has registered a case
against unknown accused under Section 43, 66 of Information Technology Act and
Section 420, 511 of IPC.

The case was registered after Yolanda de Souza, resident of Art Chamber,
Gaurawado, Calangute, complained that on August 27 the unknown accused hacked
into the e-mail account of their firm artchamber at gmail.com.


She further stated that after hacking the accused sent e-mail messages through
the account to several people in her husband?s name asking for financial help
of 3,500 US dollars.

The accused asked the donors to send the money to Western Union Money Transfer
in the name of one Abdullani Omar of Victoria Island, Lagos State, Nigeria,
she said.

DySP Crime Branch Mahesh Gaonkar said Yolanda discovered that the account had
been hacked after some friends informed her they had received mail from her
husband asking for financial help from Nigeria.





PM?s scholarship scheme


HERALD NEWS DESK

PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? Applications are invited by the
Secretary, Kendriya Sainik Board, New Delhi from the wards/widows of
Ex-Servicemen pursuing professional degree programmes in Medical, Dental,
Veterinary, Engineering, MCA, MBA and other professional courses recognized by
the concerned government regulatory bodies such as MCI, AICTE, UGC etc.

The scheme will be applicable only to those who have joined the professional
courses in the academic year 2007-08. The amount of scholarship is Rs 12507 per
month for boys and Rs 15007- per month for girls.

The application cum brochure form can be downloaded from the website
http\\www.dgrindia.com. After opening the website, click at sub title Kendriya
Sainik Board and open column number 27.

The application/brochure would be displayed.

This form is to be downloaded, filled in own handwriting and forwarded to
Kendriya Sainik Board, West Block-IV, RK Puram, New Delhi alongwith a demand
draft of Rs 307 (Rupees thirty only) or obtain directly form Kendriya Sainik
Board, RK Puram, New Delhi-110066 by sending a demand draft of Rs 307 drawn in
favour of Secretary, Kendriya Sainik Board payable at Delhi. Last date of
receipt of application is October 31, 2007.

For further details contact Secretary, Department of Sainik Welfare, Collectorate Building,
Panjim, Goa.





Fatorda MLA urges PWD for better roads


BY HERALD REPORTER


MARGAO, SEPT 5 ? Fatorda MLA Damu Naik has urged the PWD
department to improve the pathetic condition of roads in his constituency
before the ensuing Ganesh Chathurti festival.


Naik told Executive Engineer, PWD that many a road in Fatorda constituency
has deteriorated, putting motorists and pedestrians to great hardships. ?The
condition of roads have worsened due to laying of sewage pipeline?, he said.


He made a particular mention of roads such as Goa Bottling, Arlem junction
to Dhulapkar junction via Ambhaji and the road opposite to BM servicing, Borda,
Eastern bypass road oppo Gomes petrol pump to Four statue circle and the road
from Old Chowgule junction to the four-road junction via Opp to Bernard Souza?s
house, Marlem, Borda main road, Fatorda, Gauliwada and various areas of the
constituency.


Rotary club scholarships distributed


HERALD NEWS DESK


PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? Scholarships of Rotary club of Panjim,
totalling Rs 3.86 lacs were distributed this year to 99 students including 56
students from the old batch at the rate of Rs 4,OOO each through the
contribution of Rotarians, well-wishers and sponsor?s.


Shree AAahalaxmi Saunthan Charities, Panmji sponsored 9 students
whereas Andhra Sangham, Goa sponsored 11
students through this scheme. This year, financial assistance is given till
graduation.


Financial Scholarships, to the students were distributed at the hands of
Shripad Y Naik, Member of Parliament, North-Goa, recently, at Hotel Manoshanti,
Panjim in presence of Assistant Governor of Rotary Dist-3170 Rtn. Manoj Caculo,
and large number of Rotarians and well-wishers.


Rtn Caculo in his speech congratulated the students who were received
financial scholarships and asked them to treat this money as investments of
Rotary and not loan or favours.


He also requested them to try and pay back the amount they have received by
sponsoring a deserving student in completing his/her education in years to come
after each one is well settled in life.


Shripad Naik, in his speech complimented the Rotary Club of Panjim for
initiating a deserving project to the Students of Goa who will be able to
complete their education and take up a good job. He also highlighted the
importance of education in today?s world and said that one can face challenges
in life only if he or she is educated. He narrated the hardship he has gone in
his life, to complete his graduation.


Mr Naik complemented the Rotarians of the Club for continuing with this
project for so many years, which has enabled more than 300 deserving students to
complete their graduation and Rotary Club of Panjim spending more than Rs 26.50
lakh till date on the project.


Rotary President Dr Hirendra Kumar welcomed the gathering; Secretary Col
Khurana introduced the chief guest, while Rtn Dinesh Kamat proposed the Vote of
Thanks. Bhavana S Raikar compared the function.


The project was co-ordinated and handled by Scholarship Chairman Rtn Gaurish
M Dhond, who has been at the forefront of this project for the past 4 years.


Shantaram informed of CRZ notification not being
replaced


HERALD NEWS DESK


PANJIM, SEPT 5 ? Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment and
Forest Namo Narain Meena informed Shantaram Naik MP in the Rajya Sabha, in a
written reply, that government has not issued any new Coastal Zone Management
(CZM) Notification replacing Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 1991.


In reply to another question Mr Meena informed Mr Naik that in compliance to
the directions of the Hon?ble High Court of Bombay at Panjim in Writ Petition
No 422 of 1998 and No 99 of 1999, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority
(GCZMA) has initiated house to house field validation to ascertain the
violation in the Coastal Regulation Zone II and III areas of Goa.


Mr Meena further informed Mr Naik that the survey has not been completed and
no report has been filed, and therefore the question of taking any action in
the matter does not arise.


Consumer Protection Act: Meanwhile, In the reply to another question, Union
Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar informed Mr Naik that there is a proposal
before government which seeks to further amend the provisions of the Consumer
Protection Act, 1986, which would widen the scope of various provisions of the
Act to make them more effective; to facilitate quicker disposal of complaints;
to enhance the capability of the redressal fora; to strengthen or
clarifying the powers of the redressal fora; to streamline the procedures; and
to bring clarity in certain provisions.


However, Mr Pawar informed Mr Naik that the government does not propose to
constitute forums below the level of districts.


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STs
in Goa get 12% quota in central govt jobs



NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 Fulfilling a long-pending demand of the Scheduled
Tribes in Goa, the central government has
approved 12 per cent job reservation for the community in government
departments and organisations.


The Minister for Social Welfare, Mr Pandurang Madkaikar announced
this at a press conference today. As per the reservation policy of the
government of India,
there is 7.5 per cent reservation in jobs for Scheduled Tribes in central
government departments and organisations.


However, central government departments and organisations
functioning in Goa, for them the government of India
has notified 12 per cent reservation in jobs for Scheduled Tribes in Goa. This is applicable in group C and D posts in case of
direct recruitment. Mr Madkaikar said the long pending demand of the Scheduled
Tribe community was fulfilled through the active intervention of All India
Congress Committee general secretary, Ms Margaret Alva. He said it also
fulfilled a promise given by the Congress party to the Scheduled Tribe
community before the elections.


Mr Madkaikar also announced that the state government has notified
reservation in jobs for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in government-aided
education institutions, which are receiving Grant-in-Aid from the government.
This kind of reservation was not there earlier.


The Social Welfare Minister also announced that the government has
also notified 12 per cent reservation for admissions for Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes in all educational institutions in the state with immediate
effect.


Speaking about the Dayanand Social Security Scheme, Mr Madkaikar
announced that the government has decided to have a comprehensive re-survey of
all the existing beneficiaries of the DSSS. He said there are presently almost
one-lakh DSSS beneficiaries in Goa of which
almost 20,000 beneficiaries could be bogus or undeserving cases.


The government has received complaints that many people are
receiving double benefits from the government and a comprehensive re-survey
will weed out the bogus cases, Mr Madkaikar said.


In fact, the Chief Minister will host a meeting along with the
Finance Minister, the Minister for Social Welfare and the leader of opposition on
September 12 to finalise the criteria for the re-survey.


Traffic
disrupted as PWD tries to clear NH-17 sector of mud


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 The landslides on the national highway-17 at
Porvorim, on the western side of the Mandovi bridge, continued to disrupt
traffic for the third day today in succession even as public works department
engineers brought down a large portion of the cracked hillock causing more mud
and boulders to spill on the road.


The officials who were busy in bringing down the dangerous portion
of the cracked hill had to order stoppage of traffic on the eastern side of the
road for about two hours from 11
a.m to 1 p.m as huge boulders that came hurtling down
could have spilt on to the operational side of the road besides causing damage
to vehicles and injuring people.


The traffic disruption is likely to continue for some more days
even as the authorities continued the operation to clear the debris and bring
down totally the cracked part of the hill to eliminate further chances of
landslide.


The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat told reporters at hurriedly
convened press conference this afternoon that the state authorities had to
resort to traffic stoppage for two hours and divert it via Britona and Betim to
prevent any accident.


?We don?t want to take any chances,? he said adding that the state
administration has pressed four ferryboats to ease the problems of the
commuters. He also said that while the work of clearing the debris would
continue on war footing, one lane of the road would remain open for traffic
till the entire operation was completed.


He also said that the help of Geological Survey of India and
geological experts of Sesa Goa have been requisitioned to deal with the
situation and that the government would take appropriate measures as suggested
by them. ?If suggested we would build a retaining wall and have a stable
slope,? he said.


The Chief Minister also directed the PWD officials to take steps
to prevent such occurrences in other parts of the state and asked them to
examine other similar sites. He said that the clearing of the debris and
removal of the dangerous portion of the hillock could continue for the next
8-10 days.


Speaking to ?The Navhind Times?, the additional collector, Mr
Swapnil Naik said it will take at least 8 days more to clear the approximately
2,000 truckloads of mud caused by the landslide.


Mr Naik said engineers today used earth-moving machinery to
deliberately throw down the cracked portion of the hillock from top as it was
precariously perched and threatened to come down anytime posing risk to
traffic. More portions of the hillock will be felled tonight and probably
tomorrow night to completely remove the danger of it collapsing accidentally
later, Mr Naik said.


The Chief Minister, the PWD chief engineer Mr A Wachasundar, the
collector, Mr Mihir Vardhan and other officials visited the site today.
Authorities also brought in mining engineers from a private company to advise
them on the course of action to be taken due to the landslide. Traffic was stopped
completely on the highway from 11
a.m till 1 p.m, today.


The additional collector informed that heavy traffic coming from
Ponda has been diverted via the Amona bridge and from Mapusa it has been
diverted via Torda and Salvador-do-Mundo. The number of ferries at Betim were
increased from one to three today and may be increased to four tomorrow, Mr
Naik said.


Traffic will be stopped completely for at least two more nights as
there are plans to throw down other portions of the hill on these two successive
nights. Mr Naik said that the traffic during the day will continue to move the
same way; a portion of the exit road near the troubled site will be closed and
the western approach road to the Mandovi bridge will be used as a two-way road
to divert the traffic.


GHAG
objects govt?s plans to demolish Provedoria building


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 The Goa Heritage
Action Group (GHAG) has strongly objected to the proposed plans by the
government to demolish the ?historic? Massano da Amorim (Provedoria) building
in Panaji and construct a seven-storied commercial complex in its place.


The GHAG also expressed apprehensions over proposed plans by the
government to convert the Old
Goa Medical
College building into a
mall and to build a high-rise parking facility in the Garcia da Orta
(municipal) garden.


Addressing a press conference today, the GHAG chairman, Mr Yatin
Kakodkar said the group strongly opposed the government plans to demolish the
heritage `Massano da Amorim? building and construct a new seven-storied
commercial complex in its place. He said his group will seek a meeting with the
Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat to convince him to stop the project.


Mr Kakodkar said the group had opposed the same plans for
demolishing the Provedoria building in 2002 and the government during that
period had acceded to their demand. He said he was hopeful that the Chief
Minister would listen to their demand now also.


The press release by GHAG states, ``Adding another multi-storied
building in the heart of the city will add to the traffic congestion, create
additional pressure on the infrastructure like water, electricity, garbage
disposal and so on. We do not understand that when the corporators of the city
are unable to take care of the existing problems of the city, why do they want
to create more problems??? It added ``The building belongs to the people of
Panaji and to the people of Goa. Neither the
city corporation nor the government has any right to sell what belongs to the
people to private enterprise.??


The GHAG has however stated that it is not against the change of
use or the change of ownership but only the change of the physical character of
the building.


The GHAG also expressed apprehension over revised plans to convert
another heritage structure, the old Goa
Medical College,
into a mall or commercial complex despite public protests. ??We also hear that
the municipal garden, the Garcia da Orta is to be converted into a
multi-storied car park. Is that why the garden has been deliberately allowed to
go to seed??? GHAG asked.


Take
action against illegal prayer house in Chinchinim: Filipe Neri


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 7 The Minister for Water Resources, Mr Filipe Neri
Rodrigues today, urged the South Goa, district administration to find a
suitable solution to the Chinchinim prayer house issue, even as local panchayat
members and prominent citizens have asked the authorities to seal the prayer
house.


He informed that contrary to the assurance given by the minority
community, there were plenty of devotees in the house on Friday.


The Water Resources Minister along with local sarpanch, zilla
panchayat member and prominent citizens of Chinchinim met the South
Goa, district collector, Mr G P Naik, on Friday evening.


?I want the administration to take appropriate action, before the
issue gets out of control and turns into a major law and order problem,? Mr
Rodrigues said, disclosing that he had discussed the issue with the Home
Minister and the Chief Secretary.


The South Goa collector, Mr G P
Naik assured the Minister and others that based on the information supplied by
the sarpanch, he will discuss the matter with the government and take an
immediate decision.


?I will discuss the issue with the government as soon as possible,
possibly tomorrow morning,? Mr Naik said.


The Chinchinim Citizens Committee president, Mr Nelson Lopes
explained to the district collector that the apprehensions of the public were
real. ?We are not against religious freedom. But it should not impinge on other
communities? rights and against the law of the land,? he said.


The Chinchinim Villagers Action Committee, convenor, Mr Michael
Benny D?Costa in a representation, requested the collector to stop these
activity and seal the premises, to avoid any law and order problem.


Earlier, the Chinchinim-Deussa sarpanch, Mr Olwin Antao presented
a memorandum to the district collector and explained to him the facts of the
case. He said that a family had purchased a house for residential purpose, in
the village panchayat of Chinchinim-Deussa and started holding prayers in the
house.


Recently, as the number of devotees began to grow the Gram Sabha
passed a resolution to stop the prayer service, the sarpanch informed. But
ignoring the diktat of the panchayat, they began converting the house into a
large hall, he said.


Former Chinchinim-Deussa sarpanch, Mr Valentino Barretto, panch,
Mr Agnelo Xavier and other prominent citizens were also present at the
collector?s office.


Casinos
generate income for state


by Sunder G Advani


I have read with interest your thought provoking editorial in the
issue of `The Navhind Times,? dated September 7, `Verdict on Casinos.?


I would not like to comment on the controversy with respect to the
Leela casino boat. I must compliment you on your observation that nobody talked
of preserving the Mandovi river when our `Caravela? casino boat started
operating in this river over six years ago. However, many of your readers may
disagree with your conclusion that this agitation is against casinos in
general.


Nine land-based casinos have been operating in the five-star
hotels in Goa from 1993 onwards and there has
not been any public outcry against these casinos even though they offer almost
the same facilities as offshore casinos. These five-star hotel casinos,
including our `Goa Nuggest? at the Ramada in Varca are more easily accessible
to those with addictions.


Then why is there a sudden debate whether casinos are good or bad
for Goa? Whether tourism is good or bad for Goa can also be questioned. The answer to both has to be
that casinos and tourism, which go hand in hand, are good as they bring in
substantial revenues, but both the industries must be given the right direction
and be controlled so that the negative effects of these activities do not
overshadow their positive benefits.


The government of Goa?s initial policy to issue casino licenses to
only five-star hotels was the right starting point, as the companies had a
sizeable investment in Goa and would not conduct activities, which would affect
their business.


Casinos exist in most countries, including nearby countries such
as Malaysia, Nepal, Mauritius,
Egypt and most recently Singapore where
the fear and penalties of possessing drugs and engaging in prostitution is
severe. Yet Singapore
decided recently to give licenses to two large casino projects, which are
designed to attract many of our Indian tourists, who otherwise visited Goa, Nepal
or Malaysia.


All of these countries also are concerned about harming public
interest, but they go in for casino projects. Most governments set up a commission
to regulate casinos and I have been the one who has requested the government of
Goa to set up such a body immediately. In this
way, the government will be assured of the full benefits of this fast growing
industry, while at the same time promoting healthy tourism and ensuring that
the tourists looking for entertainment in a casino, is not cheated.


The annual license fees paid to the government of Goa by these
nine five-star hotel casinos could be about Rs 2 crore, but our Caravela
offshore casino itself pays Rs 5 crore annually for the license fees to the
government of Goa in addition to the entry tax of about Rs 1 crore annually and
an additional Rs 70 lakh for the lease of the government jetty.


These figures do not include the five-year license fee of Rs 5
crore paid, or the other taxes paid to the state government. In fact, the
`Caravela? offshore casino has paid over Rs 20 crore to the government up to
now. I hope that you will be able to bring these points to the attention of
your readers.


(The writer is the chairman and managing director of Advani Hotels
and Resorts India Ltd.)


Commuters
facing hardships due to landslides on NH-17 section


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 Due to the landslide on the approach road to old
Mandovi bridge, commuters travelling from Panaji to Mapusa and vice-versa have
been facing numerous hardships for the past three days on account of traffic
mismanagement.


During the day, the traffic flows on both the bridges and during
the night the flow of traffic is only one way due to demolition of cracked
portion and transportation of mud from the area. But the police seem to have
failed to streamline the flow of traffic and this has led to traffic chaos.


Today afternoon the traffic came to a grinding halt for several
hours on the bridge. Pedestrians comprising of men, women and school children,
were forced to walk in between the parked vehicles on the bridge.


During the night, the situation is still worse. The police divert
the traffic via Betim-Gurudwara road which is quite dangerous,? particularly
near the narrow turn after the Gurudwara.


Mother
Mary and girl child


by Zito Almeida


Today, September 8, as we celebrate the Nativity or Birthday of
Mother Mary, we observe also the day of the girl-child in India. At this
moment the following words come to mind: ?The human rights of the girl-child
are an inalienable integral and indivisible part of universal human rights.
Gender-based violence and all forms of sexual harassment and exploitation,
including those resulting from cultural prejudice and international
trafficking, are incompatible with the dignity and worth of a human person and
must be eliminated.? This is the Vienna
declaration of the World Conference on Human Rights 1994.


In today?s society, the girl-child faces numerous difficulties and
problems such as a girl?s life is a burden from birth to death, boy child is
preferred to girl child, a girl?s name is spoilt more easily than a boy?s name,
when girls are born there is not so much of celebration as when a boy is born, girls
are valued more for their physical beauty than for their intelligence, girls
are afraid to talk to their parents about sexual assaults, society has double
standards of morality ? one for girls and another for boys and so on.


Mother Mary is a woman accepted by people of all religions as
`Mother.? In the month of September, thousands of people of different faiths
visit the Marian shrines, churches and this is a witness to the fact that
everybody find in Her a person to whom they can turn to in times of need and
trouble and to whom they can look up as an ideal woman, who lived her life to
the fullest.


At this moment, I remember, Keshub Chandra Sen who was a Hindu
Brahmin of Calcutta. He read the life of Christ and committed his life to God.
He did not become a Christian, but he said that he was a disciple of Jesus. He
lived from 1834 to 1854. All of us, who think we are on the forefront of
women?s liberation, let us read carefully what he wrote: ?Sweet Mary, thou
Mother of Jesus Christ, thrice blessed woman, in thee dwells God?s womanliness.
Mother of Jesus, our Mother, world?s mother, we honour you. Glory, glory unto
thee heavenly woman: man is born of woman. Christ too, the blessed Son of God
was born of woman.??


To conclude, education and modernisation has not yet changed the
status of girl-child, to their advantage, even though old parents are looked
upon and treated well by the girl child than the boy child. Parents, teachers,
the government and other associations should contribute directly or indirectly to
the lower position of the girl-child in our society. It is high time that all
concerned should rise up to support the cause of the girl child more
specifically and vociferously.


Cops
book case against Parrikar


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Sept 7 The state police have booked a case against the
Panaji MLA and Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Mr Manohar Parrikar, the Mapusa
MLA, Mr Francisco D?Souza and the Saligao MLA, Mr Dilip Parulekar, for
obstructing government officials from discharging their duties and endangering
life of people.


A senior police official told ?The Navhind Times? that Mr Parrikar
along with Mr D?Souza and Mr Parulekar forcibly removed the barricade placed by
the public works department officials near the ACDIL School for preventing flow
of traffic on the national highway, which was affected by landslide near the
state Secretariat.


The police official further said that the BJP leaders removed the
barricade and allowed the vehicular traffic thereby endangering the lives of
the people. The incident took place at around 1 p.m.


The senior police official further said that the officials who
were busy in flattening the dangerous part of collapsing hillock and removing
the debris had to abandon their work following the incident.


The authorities had earlier in the day decided to close the road
for traffic to prevent any damage or injury to public due to ongoing but urgent
work to restore traffic on the highway affected by the landslides for the last
three days. The police have booked a case against the BJP leaders for defying
and obstructing the public servants from discharging their duties. The case
against them has been booked under sections 186 and 336 of Indian Penal Code.


Meanwhile, the Deputy Inspector General of police, Mr Ujjwal
Mishra said that a case has been registered against Mr Parrikar and
investigation is in progress.


Earlier today, Mr Parrikar said that he along his party MLAs went
to the site and removed barricades on the NH-17 which prevented the traffic
movement, while addressing a press conference.


He said that the government should have closed the particular
stretch of the NH-17 after informing the people about the same, and preferably
during night time or weekends, when there is scarce traffic on the road.


Stating that the ?aam admi? was caught in the traffic jam unaware,
Mr Parrikar further said that there was no senior traffic policemen present at
the site, to supervise the proceedings. He also noted that though the traffic
was prevented from moving near the site of the landslide, pedestrians continued
to commute across the particular site, thus foiling the attempt of the
government to ensure safety of the people.


The BJP legislature wing also constituted two committees under the
chairmanship of the Mapusa MLA, Mr Francis D?Souza to monitor the activities
related to the Regional Plan 2011 and look into the setting up of special
economic zones, in the state. Mr Parrikar informed that the BJP will launch a
full-fledged agitation on these issues, after Ganesh Chaturthi, and committees
set up will, till then collect all the related information through the Right to
Information Act, documents, etc.


?We will also probe the areas where money has been transacted
against land deals vis-?-vis the regional plan, though concrete evidence in
such cases is hard to find,? he pointed out. Speaking further, the leader of
the opposition said that the BJP legislature wing supported increase in police
patrolling in the city areas like Patto and Campal, which have residents in
large numbers moving to their native villages during the Ganesh Chaturthi
festival. ?This can be achieved by reducing the heavy police protection
provided to the ministers,? he added.


Mr Parrikar also said that the government should make clear its
stand as regards the construction of an international airport at Mopa. Quipping
that the stand of Mr Churchill Alemao towards the Mopa airport project had
softened after his short stay with the BJP, Mr Parrikar said that the
government should immediately re-issue Section IV of the Land Acquisition Act
at Mopa.


The BJP legislature wing also came out strongly against the
failure of the Speaker, Mr Pratapsingh Rane in constituting various House
committees like library committee, privilege committee, estimate committee,
public accounts committee, and so on, even after three months of formation of
the government.


The legislature wing of the BJP also condemned the decision of the
government to close the National Highway-17 from Hotel O?Coqueiro, Porvorim to
Mandovi bridges for removing mud from the landslide, without informing the
public about the closure.


Mr Francis D?Souza and the Fatorda MLA, Mr Damodar Naik were also
present at the press briefing.


Second
line treatment introduced to fight malaria


by Ramnath Pai Raikar


Ramesh Naik (name changed) is a middle-aged gentleman from
Caranzalem who regularly used medicated coil to keep away the mosquitoes from
his apartment, besides fitting the windows with nylon net. He also used
mosquito repellent cream while leaving his house for office. The office provided
him with an air-conditioned cabin. Yet, he contracted malaria of the falciparum
type.


Ramesh is one of the many residents of Tiswadi taluka who had to
face the malaria menace, in spite of taking all the precautions.


The failure of the municipal, panchayat as well as health
authorities to maintain clean surroundings in Tiswadi taluka, especially in
some malaria prone areas, with lack of support from the public, is responsible
for 800-odd cases of malaria, with 300-odd cases of falciparum recorded in Panaji,
as well as 300-odd cases of malaria, with 60-odd cases of falciparum registered
in Taleigao, during this year.


The reason behind Ramesh contracting malaria in spite of taking
all the precautions can also be attributed to the resistance developed by the
mosquitoes/ malaria parasites towards coils, creams and even medicines. This,
in fact has prompted the state health department to introduce second line of
treatment for malaria patients.


The sources from the state health services, acknowledging that the
rise in the cases of malaria around the state, especially in the malaria prone
zones like Caranzalem (Panaji), Aldona (Porvorim), Calangute, Corlim and Margao
was phenomenal during the months of June and July, informed ?However, we have
now been able to control the same.?


They also maintained that the decline shown by the malaria cases
is gradual and furthermore, lot remains to be done to control the malaria
menace and bring it down to a level of satisfaction.


?Fortunately, a number of steps such as cleanliness drive
organised by the directorate of health services, conducting malaria awareness
drive in Goan schools and colleges, weekly evaluation of vector density, house
to house visits by the DHS field staff for tracing domestic breeding sites of
mosquitoes, mass surveillance measures, and mass screening of construction site
labourers including taking blood sample slides and giving prompt treatment have
been adopted,? the health services sources informed.


Speaking further, the sources said that the repeated visits by the
DHS staff to the construction sites, introduction of health cards and legal
measures like withdrawal of NOCs of the erring construction sites with support
from the authorities as well as imposing fines have shown some positive
results. ?We even ensure that the construction site workers complete the course
of their medication,? they added.


The health services sources further maintained that the second
line of treatment has been introduced for falciparum malaria patients from
Aldona (Porvorim) and Panaji, as a central government team as well as the local
Malaria Research Centre (MRC) team found that resistance was being developed by
the malaria parasites. ?Presently, the first as well as the second lines of
treatment are being used,? they informed, ?with all the medicines for malaria
available with the health department.? The sources informed that rapid malaria
testing kits are also used to give results in 15 minutes, so that the treatment
can be started immediately.


A city doctor running a private nursing home said that a number of
malaria patients opt for private hospitals, due to the crowds in the government
hospitals as well as the low level of hygiene in those hospitals.


He also said that very few private hospitals register their
malaria patients with the DHS, adding, ?that is very much necessary so that the
government can keep a track of the malaria patients and the malaria scene in
the state.?


Citizens
call for cleanliness drive in Gandhi market


NT News Service


Margao, Sept 7 The active monsoon notwithstanding, it seems to be
raining morchas on the Margao municipal council.


After Gandhi Market traders and New Market Traders Association
gherao on MMC officials in the past week, today it was the turn of some
residents to march to the council and vent their ire against the city fathers
and staff.


More than 50 residents from Gandhi Market area, under the banner
of Gandhi Market Citizens Welfare Association met and placed their demands
before the chairperson, Mr Johnson Fernandes and chief officer, Mr N D Agrawal.


The residents, mostly comprising of women, complained against the
filth and stink in the Gandhi Market area. They also objected to the improper
garbage disposal system.


They also protested against gambling activities being carried out
in the market.


After hearing their grievances, the chairperson, Mr Johnson
Fernandes assured them that he would look into their pleas and promised to take
action before the Chaturthi festival.


According to the chief officer, Mr N D Agrawal the council had
already initiated moves to beautify the Gandhi market.


He disclosed that a tender to install new garbage disposal bins
had already been passed.


He further disclosed that today he along with the municipal
engineer, market inspector and traffic PI had visited the market in bid to
streamline the market further.


?We were looking for an appropriate site to install a water
connection in the market. We were also debating on how to organise the traffic
in the market,? Mr Agrawal said.


?Or else, what is the sudden reason for the morcha,? Mr Agrawal
argued, stating that the municipality was already on the job.


Gandhi Market Citizens Welfare Association, general secretary, Mr
Riaz Shaikh begged to differ.


?The municipality officers knew that we were coming to the
Council, today,? he said adding, ?That?s why they visited the Gandhi Market
early today morning,?


The Gandhi Market Citizens later marched to the Margao police
station and in the absence of police in-charge, met PSI, Ms Shoba Naik.


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