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GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
Sep 27, 2004

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Khuxealkai ek ghoddo nhoi; tujean tika fasanim
bandhun dovrunk zainam." (Happiness is not a horse; you cannot harness it.)
domnic fernandes <jyodom at hotmail.com>

Latest issue - September 2004 - Webzine GOANOW at
http://www.goacom.com/goanow

GOACOM VIDEO NEWS
http://www.goacom.com/news
Clips Heritage History.
HISTORY THROUGH HERITAGE: An interesting session on the history of Goa
by Prof Prajal Sakardhande at the History Hours of Xavier Research Centre,
Porvorim, on Sept 16.

KRC ENGINEER BATTLING FOR HIS LIFE: MS Murthy, section engineer of South
Western Railway who suffered grievous injuries in the Sky Bus mishap on
Saturday, is battling for his life at the Victor Apollo Hospital in Malbhat,
Margao. Software engineer Laximan Narsimhan is slowly responding to
medication, while the condition of Ramkrishna Manalla and Laxmi Narayan,
both employees of Kornex Micro System, Hyderabad, is also stated to be
improving. All the three victims are presently admitted at the Intensive
Care Unit at Victor hospital. (GT)

RASH DRIVING IN SKY BUS: Margao police has registered a case against Laxmi
Narasimha, a software engineer, and Narendra Singh Deo, Chief Signal Officer
of Konkan Railway, for rash and negligent driving causing grievous injuries
and accidental death in Saturday's unfortunate sky bus mishap. Asked whether
the police are equipped to go into the findings, SP Varma said that they
will take the help of technical experts of the Konkan Railway and others.
(H)

RAPE PARTY CONTINUES: The sexual assaults on the fairer sex are relentless.
A 16-year-old girl, residing at Shantinagar. Vasco, was sexually assaulted
by one Chandresh Kumar in Vasco. According to social activists, Tara Kerkar
and Celsa Antao, the alleged accused Chandresh Kumar (25), a taxi driver,
confined the victim to a room for around four days and sexually assaulted
her. After getting acquainted with the victim, Chandresh promised to marry
her and took her to a room at Sadabhatt, Vasco, where he committed the
crime. The girl left the room when the accused failed to return. (GT)

GOAN AMONG FOUR HELD BY ANTI-TERROR POLICE IN UK: A Goan banker in the
United Kingdom is reported to have been arrested by the anti-terror police
in London on September 26 on charges of attempting to buy material for a
radiological dirty bomb, says a report in the Sunday Times in Britain. (H)

DERAILMENT: KRC TRAINS CANCELLED: Seven trains have been cancelled while one
train has been diverted on September 26, following the derailment of
Ernakulam-Okha Express on September 25 evening. (NT)

EYE BANK IN GOA LIKELY: If all goes well, eye donation will materialize in
Goa with the Eye Bank being set up at the Goa Medical College hopefully
before December 2004 end. The proposal for setting up a full-fledged Eye
Bank is before the health ministry for final touches. (GT)

PULSE POLIO CAMPAIGN: In all, 520 booths will be set up for the pulse polio
immunization programme to be held in the State on 10 October and 21 November
this year. (GT)

BIOTECH REVOLUTION: "India is only at the beginning of the Biotechnological
revolution and we have a great future," said former Director of Indian
Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, Dr G Padmanaban, while speaking on the
subject of "Growth of Biotechnology in India", at the National Institute of
Oceanography, Dona Paula, on September 26. (GT)

MERCES FARMERS IRKED: Several farmers along with villagers from Merces have
stopped the ongoing work of filling of fields at Merces Vaddi. The villagers
were agitated because the contractor had filled one of the cultivated
fields. The filling is being made for construction of the bypass road
linking Panaji to Old Goa through the Kadamba plateau for the forthcoming
exposition of the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier. (NT)

AGRICULTURE IN QUEPEM: The face of agriculture in many parts of Quepem is
changing for good. While many farmers in Ambaulim village have stopped
agricultural activities, the complex network of communal relations and close
bondage between fellow farmers is now on the verge of extinction. (John
Fernandes in Herald)

PEACEFUL CORNER OF PARADISE: Sulcorna, Caurem, Cazur, Corla, Mangal, Rivona,
Colomba, Mushcavrem, Vichundrem, Neturlim, Verlem, Tudov and Salgini in
Quepem and Sanguem talukas - "A Peaceful Corner of Paradise" is how some
foreign visitors describe these villages. The physiographic characteristics
here are rich and varied, consisting of verdant hills, forests, areca-nut
plantations, cashew and coconut groves and rich rice paddy fields all
around. The soil in general is laterite. Rock carvings and rock engravings
can be seen at various places in these villages and are a treat to the eye.
History dating back to antiquity, indicates that people of the Stone Age had
settled in this ancient land around 10,000 BC. (Alfred Fernandes in Herald)

PANJIMITES WELFARE SOCIETY'S 150TH ANNIVERSARY: The Chief Minister, Mr
Manohar Parrikar, said that in times, when the cities are losing their
cohesiveness with the people limiting their world to themselves, the
residents of the wards of Panaji such as Mala and Boca da Vaca are still
seen to be maintaining their attachment with the society. He was addressing
a special function organised to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the
"Ponjekaranchi Morte Sociedade" or Panjimites Welfare Society, at the
Institute Menezes Braganca hall, on September 26. (NT)

WORLD TOURISM DAY: Goa Science Centre, Miramar, will organise various
programmes to celebrate World Tourism Day today. Special shows of exciting
demonstrations on science will be held at 11 am and 4 pm. An open house quiz
will be conducted at 12 noon, while a special science film will be screened
at 5 pm. The programmes are open to all.

BRITISH ACTORS MAKE A BEELINE TO BOLLYWOOD: An increasing number of British
actors are making a beeline for Bollywood instead of Hollywood as Indian
directors try to woo audiences with "crossover films" that appeal to
international markets, according to a leading London daily. Over the next
few months, four films made by prominent Indian directors will be released
with British stars, "The Sunday Times" said. (GT)

US COMMERCIAL COUNSEL TO ADDRESS LOCAL BUSINESSMEN: The Goa Chamber of
Commerce and Industry is organizing a meeting with Mr Richard Rothman,
commercial counsel, US Consulate General, Mumbai, and Charles D Pinto, US
commercial specialist, on September 29 at the Chamber's secretariat at 10
am. The programme will include a presentation on 'Sourcing from the USA'.
According to Rothman, "The sourcing services are aimed at helping the Indian
companies source partners, products, services and technology from the United
States." (H)

PROF OLIVINHO'S BOOK: The National Book Trust, New Delhi, has published
among 11 other titles, a book on Goa under the land and the people series of
the Trust, authored by professor Olivinho Gomes, ex-vice-chancellor of Goa
University. The book is an encyclopedic narrative of information covering
physical environment, history, social fabric, economic order, religion and
ritual, administration, feasts and festivals, language, literature and
folklore, cultural heritage including music, art, architecture in religious
and civil spheres, and a galaxy of achievements of Goans in all spheres of
human endeavour. The book has 370 pages of text and 19 colour photographs,
and is priced at Rs.110. It is available in all the leading bookstalls in
Goa. (H)

FRANCIS SINGS BHAJANS TO GANESH: Francis Rodrigues, a Hindustani classical
singer and a son-of-the-soil, practices a different faith, but nevertheless
sings paens in favour of Lord Ganesh at Morjim Sarvanjanik Ganeshotsav. (GT)

TB CUNHA REMEMBERED: Rich tributes were paid to the memory of the father of
Goa's freedom movement Dr Tristao de Braganza Cunha on his death anniversary
on September 26. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar led the state in paying
tributes at a state function at Azad Maidan, Panaji, where he laid a wreath
at the TB Cunha memorial and paid tributes to Dr Cunha. (GT)

S P O R T S

PRO LEAGUE FOOTBALL:
Spirited Cabral SC held league table toppers Salgaocar SC to a 2-2 draw
in the 12th round of GFA's Professional Football League at Fatorda on
September 26. Cabral forged ahead in the 50th minute through Nigerian
striker Joseph Igor. Salgaocar restored parity in the 54th minute though
Bernard Pires. Wilfred Gomes headed in to increase Cabral's tally but
Salgaocar leveled the score in the 87th minute though Brazilian striker
Marcos Pereira.
At Duler in Mapusa, Arlem-sponsored Vasco Sports Club defeated Fransa Pax
Football Club 2-0, thanks to a fine brace by Anthony Pereira in the first
half.
A second session injury time goal by star striker Nigerian Dudu Omaghemi
helped Sporting Clube de Goa to scrap through with a face saving 1-1 draw
against Coca Cola Churchill Bros to split points at Tilak Maidan in Vasco.
Churchill Bros drew first blood in the 44th minute through Bungo Singh.
(GT)

D E A T H S
25 Sep: Guirim: EUPLIO MICHAEL CRESCENCIO D'SOUZA (Ex Post-Office,
Dar-es-Salaam); husband of Lucia, father of Gislain/Lourdes, Lester/Vera;
grandfather of Gwyneth, Roseanne, Kariel and late Brianna;
brother/brother-in-law of Ema/Lucas & Lourdes. Funeral cortege will leave
his residence on 28-9-2004 at 4 pm for Mass at Our Lady of Assumption
Chapel, Guirim, and thereafter for burial at Guirim cemetery.
25 Sep: Sydenham, Kent, UK: ABE FRANCIS ALMEIDA (ex Nairobi); Brother of
late Stanley, late Lydia, late Nolasco, Rosana, Eva, Bella, Ida, Zia and
John Eli. Funeral details will be posted at www.goanvoice.org.uk
Condolences/enquires to berniegracias at aol.com
24 Sep: Tolworth, Surrey, (UK): SIMAO ANTERO RODRIGUES (ex-Eldoret),
(born 1916 Verna, Goa): Husband of Francisca Da Cruz; Father of Peter,
Adelaide, Delfina/Colin, Francis/Joana; Grandfather of Annette, Craig,
Davinia and Mark. Funeral on 4 Oct. Mass at 11.00 am at Our Lady
Immaculate, 401-403 Ewell Road, Tolworth. Burial at Surbiton Cemetery, Lower
Marsh Lane, Kingston upon Thames. Condolences to peter at rungu.freeserve.co.uk
26 Sep: Merces: ANDRE ANTONIO DINIZ: Born on 30-11-1945; husband of
Dorotina, father of Julius, Brunhilda, Blasia; son of late Filipe/late
Escolastica; brother of late Jacob, Daniel, Rev Fr Prof Dr Edwin Diniz (OCD,
Rome), late Joao Francisco, Vincent, Peter; uncle of Pouciana/Eusebio
(Marieta), Dorothy/Alec, Filipe, Avito/Tessy, late Alex, Luiza/Joaquim
(London), Alerta/David, Maria/Irineu, Alitha/George, Alice, Nazareth, Karol,
Agnes, Filipe, Joseph, Priyanka, Pearlyshel, Patricia, Priscilla. Funeral:
27 September at 4 pm.
26 Sep: Vasco-Pixi Dongri: ROQUE ANTONIO D'SILVA: husband of Conceicao,
father of Seby/Sandra (Salalah-Oman), Jose (Muscat)/Rita.
26 Sep: Margao: VENKTESH RAJARAM SAVORDEKAR; husband of Krishnabai,
father of Rajaram and Senha (Chaya), Shinish Keni, father-in-law of Varsha.

G O A W E A T H E R
Max temp: 33.0 degC; Min temp: 23.7 degC; Humidity: 93% (Yesterday)
Rainfall so far: 1809.3 mm
Weather: The weather looks quite dreary this morning. The sky is very
cloudy today.

Courtesy: GT=Gomantak Times; NT=The Navhind Times; H=Herald;
WE=Weekender; TOI=Times of India

JOEL D'SOUZA
Assagao-Goa-India.
Joel D'Souza
2004-09-27 07:29:43 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
Sep 27, 2004

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Khuxealkai ek ghoddo nhoi; tujean tika fasanim
bandhun dovrunk zainam." (Happiness is not a horse; you cannot harness it.)
domnic fernandes <jyodom at hotmail.com>

Latest issue - September 2004 - Webzine GOANOW at
http://www.goacom.com/goanow

GOACOM VIDEO NEWS
http://www.goacom.com/news
Clips Heritage History.
HISTORY THROUGH HERITAGE: An interesting session on the history of Goa
by Prof Prajal Sakardhande at the History Hours of Xavier Research Centre,
Porvorim, on Sept 16.

KRC ENGINEER BATTLING FOR HIS LIFE: MS Murthy, section engineer of South
Western Railway who suffered grievous injuries in the Sky Bus mishap on
Saturday, is battling for his life at the Victor Apollo Hospital in Malbhat,
Margao. Software engineer Laximan Narsimhan is slowly responding to
medication, while the condition of Ramkrishna Manalla and Laxmi Narayan,
both employees of Kornex Micro System, Hyderabad, is also stated to be
improving. All the three victims are presently admitted at the Intensive
Care Unit at Victor hospital. (GT)

RASH DRIVING IN SKY BUS: Margao police has registered a case against Laxmi
Narasimha, a software engineer, and Narendra Singh Deo, Chief Signal Officer
of Konkan Railway, for rash and negligent driving causing grievous injuries
and accidental death in Saturday's unfortunate sky bus mishap. Asked whether
the police are equipped to go into the findings, SP Varma said that they
will take the help of technical experts of the Konkan Railway and others.
(H)

RAPE PARTY CONTINUES: The sexual assaults on the fairer sex are relentless.
A 16-year-old girl, residing at Shantinagar. Vasco, was sexually assaulted
by one Chandresh Kumar in Vasco. According to social activists, Tara Kerkar
and Celsa Antao, the alleged accused Chandresh Kumar (25), a taxi driver,
confined the victim to a room for around four days and sexually assaulted
her. After getting acquainted with the victim, Chandresh promised to marry
her and took her to a room at Sadabhatt, Vasco, where he committed the
crime. The girl left the room when the accused failed to return. (GT)

GOAN AMONG FOUR HELD BY ANTI-TERROR POLICE IN UK: A Goan banker in the
United Kingdom is reported to have been arrested by the anti-terror police
in London on September 26 on charges of attempting to buy material for a
radiological dirty bomb, says a report in the Sunday Times in Britain. (H)

DERAILMENT: KRC TRAINS CANCELLED: Seven trains have been cancelled while one
train has been diverted on September 26, following the derailment of
Ernakulam-Okha Express on September 25 evening. (NT)

EYE BANK IN GOA LIKELY: If all goes well, eye donation will materialize in
Goa with the Eye Bank being set up at the Goa Medical College hopefully
before December 2004 end. The proposal for setting up a full-fledged Eye
Bank is before the health ministry for final touches. (GT)

PULSE POLIO CAMPAIGN: In all, 520 booths will be set up for the pulse polio
immunization programme to be held in the State on 10 October and 21 November
this year. (GT)

BIOTECH REVOLUTION: "India is only at the beginning of the Biotechnological
revolution and we have a great future," said former Director of Indian
Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, Dr G Padmanaban, while speaking on the
subject of "Growth of Biotechnology in India", at the National Institute of
Oceanography, Dona Paula, on September 26. (GT)

MERCES FARMERS IRKED: Several farmers along with villagers from Merces have
stopped the ongoing work of filling of fields at Merces Vaddi. The villagers
were agitated because the contractor had filled one of the cultivated
fields. The filling is being made for construction of the bypass road
linking Panaji to Old Goa through the Kadamba plateau for the forthcoming
exposition of the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier. (NT)

AGRICULTURE IN QUEPEM: The face of agriculture in many parts of Quepem is
changing for good. While many farmers in Ambaulim village have stopped
agricultural activities, the complex network of communal relations and close
bondage between fellow farmers is now on the verge of extinction. (John
Fernandes in Herald)

PEACEFUL CORNER OF PARADISE: Sulcorna, Caurem, Cazur, Corla, Mangal, Rivona,
Colomba, Mushcavrem, Vichundrem, Neturlim, Verlem, Tudov and Salgini in
Quepem and Sanguem talukas - "A Peaceful Corner of Paradise" is how some
foreign visitors describe these villages. The physiographic characteristics
here are rich and varied, consisting of verdant hills, forests, areca-nut
plantations, cashew and coconut groves and rich rice paddy fields all
around. The soil in general is laterite. Rock carvings and rock engravings
can be seen at various places in these villages and are a treat to the eye.
History dating back to antiquity, indicates that people of the Stone Age had
settled in this ancient land around 10,000 BC. (Alfred Fernandes in Herald)

PANJIMITES WELFARE SOCIETY'S 150TH ANNIVERSARY: The Chief Minister, Mr
Manohar Parrikar, said that in times, when the cities are losing their
cohesiveness with the people limiting their world to themselves, the
residents of the wards of Panaji such as Mala and Boca da Vaca are still
seen to be maintaining their attachment with the society. He was addressing
a special function organised to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the
"Ponjekaranchi Morte Sociedade" or Panjimites Welfare Society, at the
Institute Menezes Braganca hall, on September 26. (NT)

WORLD TOURISM DAY: Goa Science Centre, Miramar, will organise various
programmes to celebrate World Tourism Day today. Special shows of exciting
demonstrations on science will be held at 11 am and 4 pm. An open house quiz
will be conducted at 12 noon, while a special science film will be screened
at 5 pm. The programmes are open to all.

BRITISH ACTORS MAKE A BEELINE TO BOLLYWOOD: An increasing number of British
actors are making a beeline for Bollywood instead of Hollywood as Indian
directors try to woo audiences with "crossover films" that appeal to
international markets, according to a leading London daily. Over the next
few months, four films made by prominent Indian directors will be released
with British stars, "The Sunday Times" said. (GT)

US COMMERCIAL COUNSEL TO ADDRESS LOCAL BUSINESSMEN: The Goa Chamber of
Commerce and Industry is organizing a meeting with Mr Richard Rothman,
commercial counsel, US Consulate General, Mumbai, and Charles D Pinto, US
commercial specialist, on September 29 at the Chamber's secretariat at 10
am. The programme will include a presentation on 'Sourcing from the USA'.
According to Rothman, "The sourcing services are aimed at helping the Indian
companies source partners, products, services and technology from the United
States." (H)

PROF OLIVINHO'S BOOK: The National Book Trust, New Delhi, has published
among 11 other titles, a book on Goa under the land and the people series of
the Trust, authored by professor Olivinho Gomes, ex-vice-chancellor of Goa
University. The book is an encyclopedic narrative of information covering
physical environment, history, social fabric, economic order, religion and
ritual, administration, feasts and festivals, language, literature and
folklore, cultural heritage including music, art, architecture in religious
and civil spheres, and a galaxy of achievements of Goans in all spheres of
human endeavour. The book has 370 pages of text and 19 colour photographs,
and is priced at Rs.110. It is available in all the leading bookstalls in
Goa. (H)

FRANCIS SINGS BHAJANS TO GANESH: Francis Rodrigues, a Hindustani classical
singer and a son-of-the-soil, practices a different faith, but nevertheless
sings paens in favour of Lord Ganesh at Morjim Sarvanjanik Ganeshotsav. (GT)

TB CUNHA REMEMBERED: Rich tributes were paid to the memory of the father of
Goa's freedom movement Dr Tristao de Braganza Cunha on his death anniversary
on September 26. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar led the state in paying
tributes at a state function at Azad Maidan, Panaji, where he laid a wreath
at the TB Cunha memorial and paid tributes to Dr Cunha. (GT)

S P O R T S

PRO LEAGUE FOOTBALL:
Spirited Cabral SC held league table toppers Salgaocar SC to a 2-2 draw
in the 12th round of GFA's Professional Football League at Fatorda on
September 26. Cabral forged ahead in the 50th minute through Nigerian
striker Joseph Igor. Salgaocar restored parity in the 54th minute though
Bernard Pires. Wilfred Gomes headed in to increase Cabral's tally but
Salgaocar leveled the score in the 87th minute though Brazilian striker
Marcos Pereira.
At Duler in Mapusa, Arlem-sponsored Vasco Sports Club defeated Fransa Pax
Football Club 2-0, thanks to a fine brace by Anthony Pereira in the first
half.
A second session injury time goal by star striker Nigerian Dudu Omaghemi
helped Sporting Clube de Goa to scrap through with a face saving 1-1 draw
against Coca Cola Churchill Bros to split points at Tilak Maidan in Vasco.
Churchill Bros drew first blood in the 44th minute through Bungo Singh.
(GT)

D E A T H S
25 Sep: Guirim: EUPLIO MICHAEL CRESCENCIO D'SOUZA (Ex Post-Office,
Dar-es-Salaam); husband of Lucia, father of Gislain/Lourdes, Lester/Vera;
grandfather of Gwyneth, Roseanne, Kariel and late Brianna;
brother/brother-in-law of Ema/Lucas & Lourdes. Funeral cortege will leave
his residence on 28-9-2004 at 4 pm for Mass at Our Lady of Assumption
Chapel, Guirim, and thereafter for burial at Guirim cemetery.
25 Sep: Sydenham, Kent, UK: ABE FRANCIS ALMEIDA (ex Nairobi); Brother of
late Stanley, late Lydia, late Nolasco, Rosana, Eva, Bella, Ida, Zia and
John Eli. Funeral details will be posted at www.goanvoice.org.uk
Condolences/enquires to berniegracias at aol.com
24 Sep: Tolworth, Surrey, (UK): SIMAO ANTERO RODRIGUES (ex-Eldoret),
(born 1916 Verna, Goa): Husband of Francisca Da Cruz; Father of Peter,
Adelaide, Delfina/Colin, Francis/Joana; Grandfather of Annette, Craig,
Davinia and Mark. Funeral on 4 Oct. Mass at 11.00 am at Our Lady
Immaculate, 401-403 Ewell Road, Tolworth. Burial at Surbiton Cemetery, Lower
Marsh Lane, Kingston upon Thames. Condolences to peter at rungu.freeserve.co.uk
26 Sep: Merces: ANDRE ANTONIO DINIZ: Born on 30-11-1945; husband of
Dorotina, father of Julius, Brunhilda, Blasia; son of late Filipe/late
Escolastica; brother of late Jacob, Daniel, Rev Fr Prof Dr Edwin Diniz (OCD,
Rome), late Joao Francisco, Vincent, Peter; uncle of Pouciana/Eusebio
(Marieta), Dorothy/Alec, Filipe, Avito/Tessy, late Alex, Luiza/Joaquim
(London), Alerta/David, Maria/Irineu, Alitha/George, Alice, Nazareth, Karol,
Agnes, Filipe, Joseph, Priyanka, Pearlyshel, Patricia, Priscilla. Funeral:
27 September at 4 pm.
26 Sep: Vasco-Pixi Dongri: ROQUE ANTONIO D'SILVA: husband of Conceicao,
father of Seby/Sandra (Salalah-Oman), Jose (Muscat)/Rita.
26 Sep: Margao: VENKTESH RAJARAM SAVORDEKAR; husband of Krishnabai,
father of Rajaram and Senha (Chaya), Shinish Keni, father-in-law of Varsha.

G O A W E A T H E R
Max temp: 33.0 degC; Min temp: 23.7 degC; Humidity: 93% (Yesterday)
Rainfall so far: 1809.3 mm
Weather: The weather looks quite dreary this morning. The sky is very
cloudy today.

Courtesy: GT=Gomantak Times; NT=The Navhind Times; H=Herald;
WE=Weekender; TOI=Times of India

JOEL D'SOUZA
Assagao-Goa-India.
Joel D'Souza
2004-09-27 07:29:43 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
Sep 27, 2004

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Khuxealkai ek ghoddo nhoi; tujean tika fasanim
bandhun dovrunk zainam." (Happiness is not a horse; you cannot harness it.)
domnic fernandes <jyodom at hotmail.com>

Latest issue - September 2004 - Webzine GOANOW at
http://www.goacom.com/goanow

GOACOM VIDEO NEWS
http://www.goacom.com/news
Clips Heritage History.
HISTORY THROUGH HERITAGE: An interesting session on the history of Goa
by Prof Prajal Sakardhande at the History Hours of Xavier Research Centre,
Porvorim, on Sept 16.

KRC ENGINEER BATTLING FOR HIS LIFE: MS Murthy, section engineer of South
Western Railway who suffered grievous injuries in the Sky Bus mishap on
Saturday, is battling for his life at the Victor Apollo Hospital in Malbhat,
Margao. Software engineer Laximan Narsimhan is slowly responding to
medication, while the condition of Ramkrishna Manalla and Laxmi Narayan,
both employees of Kornex Micro System, Hyderabad, is also stated to be
improving. All the three victims are presently admitted at the Intensive
Care Unit at Victor hospital. (GT)

RASH DRIVING IN SKY BUS: Margao police has registered a case against Laxmi
Narasimha, a software engineer, and Narendra Singh Deo, Chief Signal Officer
of Konkan Railway, for rash and negligent driving causing grievous injuries
and accidental death in Saturday's unfortunate sky bus mishap. Asked whether
the police are equipped to go into the findings, SP Varma said that they
will take the help of technical experts of the Konkan Railway and others.
(H)

RAPE PARTY CONTINUES: The sexual assaults on the fairer sex are relentless.
A 16-year-old girl, residing at Shantinagar. Vasco, was sexually assaulted
by one Chandresh Kumar in Vasco. According to social activists, Tara Kerkar
and Celsa Antao, the alleged accused Chandresh Kumar (25), a taxi driver,
confined the victim to a room for around four days and sexually assaulted
her. After getting acquainted with the victim, Chandresh promised to marry
her and took her to a room at Sadabhatt, Vasco, where he committed the
crime. The girl left the room when the accused failed to return. (GT)

GOAN AMONG FOUR HELD BY ANTI-TERROR POLICE IN UK: A Goan banker in the
United Kingdom is reported to have been arrested by the anti-terror police
in London on September 26 on charges of attempting to buy material for a
radiological dirty bomb, says a report in the Sunday Times in Britain. (H)

DERAILMENT: KRC TRAINS CANCELLED: Seven trains have been cancelled while one
train has been diverted on September 26, following the derailment of
Ernakulam-Okha Express on September 25 evening. (NT)

EYE BANK IN GOA LIKELY: If all goes well, eye donation will materialize in
Goa with the Eye Bank being set up at the Goa Medical College hopefully
before December 2004 end. The proposal for setting up a full-fledged Eye
Bank is before the health ministry for final touches. (GT)

PULSE POLIO CAMPAIGN: In all, 520 booths will be set up for the pulse polio
immunization programme to be held in the State on 10 October and 21 November
this year. (GT)

BIOTECH REVOLUTION: "India is only at the beginning of the Biotechnological
revolution and we have a great future," said former Director of Indian
Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, Dr G Padmanaban, while speaking on the
subject of "Growth of Biotechnology in India", at the National Institute of
Oceanography, Dona Paula, on September 26. (GT)

MERCES FARMERS IRKED: Several farmers along with villagers from Merces have
stopped the ongoing work of filling of fields at Merces Vaddi. The villagers
were agitated because the contractor had filled one of the cultivated
fields. The filling is being made for construction of the bypass road
linking Panaji to Old Goa through the Kadamba plateau for the forthcoming
exposition of the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier. (NT)

AGRICULTURE IN QUEPEM: The face of agriculture in many parts of Quepem is
changing for good. While many farmers in Ambaulim village have stopped
agricultural activities, the complex network of communal relations and close
bondage between fellow farmers is now on the verge of extinction. (John
Fernandes in Herald)

PEACEFUL CORNER OF PARADISE: Sulcorna, Caurem, Cazur, Corla, Mangal, Rivona,
Colomba, Mushcavrem, Vichundrem, Neturlim, Verlem, Tudov and Salgini in
Quepem and Sanguem talukas - "A Peaceful Corner of Paradise" is how some
foreign visitors describe these villages. The physiographic characteristics
here are rich and varied, consisting of verdant hills, forests, areca-nut
plantations, cashew and coconut groves and rich rice paddy fields all
around. The soil in general is laterite. Rock carvings and rock engravings
can be seen at various places in these villages and are a treat to the eye.
History dating back to antiquity, indicates that people of the Stone Age had
settled in this ancient land around 10,0