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[Goanet] 18 APR 2003: GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
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GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
April 18, 2003

NATION'S FIRST SARS CASE: India's first case of deadly Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome has been detected in Goa. Mr Prasheel Wardhe, a
32-year-old marine engineer from Dhavli-Ponda, has been tested positive for
the virus. However, the government has maintained that there was no need to
press the panic button since the patient was no longer infective. CM told
reporters that as the patient has already passed the incubation period,
which is between 7 to 10 days, and none of the people who came in contact
with him, including his wife, who traveled with him from Singapore, had
developed any symptom of the disease, it could be safely assumed that he
was "cured" of the disease and unlikely to transmit to others. (NT)

SARS: DEADLY BUG STINGS GOA: India's first case of Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome (SARS) has been reported from the State, with the National
Institute of Virology, Pune, confirming the existence of Corona Virus in
the blood samples of a patient discharged last week from Goa Medical
College, Bambolim. (GT)

GOOF UP BY GOA MEDICAL COLLEGE: This case has caused much embarrassment to
the government as Prashil is the same engineer, who the GMC authorities in
a goof-up, had (instead of waiting for the report from the National
Institute of Virology) discharged assuming that he was a negative case.
Prashil is currently quarantined in a room in the Isolation ward of GMC
since late last night
A doctor, who was one of those who had treated him
when he was admitted as an "abundant caution" in the isolation ward from
April 10 to 12, has also sought that her sample be sent for examination. (H)

"REPORT COULD EVEN BE ERRONEOUS": Though Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar
yesterday morning announced that India's first SARS patient was traced in
Goa, latter in the evening he stressed that the government would want to
verify the reports of National Institute of Virology, Pune, by seeking a
second opinion. (GT)

QUICK DISCHARGE WORRIED VASCO DOCTOR: Prashil Varde's family doctor and
noted Vasco-based physician Dr Pradip Pai Dhungat had recommended that
Prashil be admitted at GMC, but little did he realize that India's first
SARS patient would be discharged by GMC barely two days after admission, on
grounds that he had a viral fever. (H)

"SON IS FINE": The mother of Prasheel Varde, when contacted, said that her
son was fine and showed no symptoms of the dreaded virus. (GT)

FATHER UNHAPPY OVER TREATMENT: Deepak Dhavlikar and local panch Ganu Naik,
who had to break the news to Prashil's parents waited for nearly two hours,
as Prashil's father expressed his unhappiness in the manner in which his
son was treated at the GMC. "The father kept asking us, if they suspected
Prashil of being infected with SARS and if they sent his samples for
testing, why did they discharge him before the results were made
available," recalled Deepak. (H)

HOW IT ALL BEGAN: Herald understands that it was Sushma Swaraj, the Union
Health Minister, who first alerted the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar that
Prashil Varde had tested positive for SARS
Unlike the first time around,
when Varde as a suspected SARS patient was made to wait in a queue for two
hours while his case papers were being made, this time around he was
directly taken to the isolation facility in the GMC. (Rajan Narayan in
Herald).

IMPACT ON TOURISM: Senior Congress leader and former chief minister, Mr
Luizinho Faleiro, has said the government should take immediate steps to
build confidence among the tourists and see that Goa was not bypassed by
them in view of detection of the first Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
case in the State and the country, and the recent boat tragedy. (NT)

OLD GMC COMPLEX UNDER THREAT: The sprawling complex housing Asia's first
medical college appears to be under threat of demolition in future with the
Goa Town and Country Planning Board approving the conversion of 21,441 sq m
at the Old GMC, Campal
The Board has okayed the alterations to the Outline
Development Plan in spite of objections from heritage groups. (GT)

"NOT THE TIME FOR BLAME": Director of Tourism, N Suryanarayan, sought to
play down the issue (of boat mishap) saying that it was not the time to
blame anybody and denied any case of inter-departmental finger-pointing.
"For 20 years these boats have been plying their services and there has
been no accident and now that there was a serious accident the public is
quick to blame tourism department," he complained. (GT)

JUDICIAL PROBE URGED: M/s Insecticides (India) Limited, New Delhi, has
urged the Goa government to institute a judicial inquiry and fix
responsibility for the boat capsize which claimed nine lives off Anjuna
beach on 15 April. The victims of the worst tragedy to hit the tourism
industry, were delegates of a dealers' meet organised by the company. In
representation to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, company's deputy general
manager PC Pabbi appealed for compensation for the families "in view of the
government's carelessness in inviting tourists and not taking care of their
safety". Pabbi demanded that the concerned boat operators and their
employees as well as government officers be charge-sheeted for their
lapses. (GT)

RADISSON'S GRAVITY POOL: Radisson White Sands Resort, the global leader n
hospitality services, recently announced the opening of its recreation
centerGravity Poola fun zone for adults as well as children. Radisson is
the only hotel to boats of such a facility in all of South Goa. (GT)

DRUG HAUL AT ANJUNA: in the biggest drug haul of its kind in recent times,
the Anjuna police arrested a Nepali, Sanjay Kumar Shreshta (25) near the
Parish Youth Ground, Vagator, and confiscated more than 10 kg of charas in
raid yesterday evening. (GT)

BOAT OWNER, OPERATOR APPLY FOR BAIL: Anthony Ramos and his cousin Cosme
Carrasco of Sauntavaddo, Calangute, the owner and the operator respectively
of the boat, which capsized off Anjuna coast, applied for anticipatory bail
in the District and Sessions Court apprehending arrest for culpable
homicide, not amounting to murder. Both applicants have stated that till
date there is no legislation requiring that a licence be obtained for
conducting such activities or for the registration of boats below 15
tonnes. (H)

BAUXITE MINING PETITION DISPOSED: The Supreme Court of India has disposed
off the petition filed by the State government after directing it to give
compensation to Zaffar and Sons, Panaji, under the Land Acquisition Mining
Act in connection with the prospecting for bauxite in Mop and surrounding
villages in Pernem taluka, according to reliable sources. (GT)

OWNER TOLD TO GIVE UP FEROCIOUS PETS: Prasad Jain, a native of Delhi
residing in Belloy-Nuvem who possesses around seven ferocious dogs, has
been directed by the sub-divisional magistrate to hand them over to an
animal welfare agency or remove them from the locality within eight days.
Some of the canines had attacked Laxmi Bhonsle on 26 March and she had
sustained grievous injuries. (GT)

FOUND DEAD IN A WELL: Shashi Madhavan, a 43-year-old native of Kerala
residing at Tonca-Marcel, was found dead in a nearby well on Thursday
morning. A roommate, identified as David, informed police that Shashi was
last seen sleeping at about 8.30 am, shortly before David proceeded to
work. (H)

LIFE SPAN OF ZUARI BRIDGE: The Minister for PWD, Mr Ramkrishna Dhavlikar,
stated that the expected life span of the Zuari bridge is at least another
30 years. "Though the bridge was technically inspected for its structural
safety, it did not cover the issue of certifying the life span of the
bridge," he added. (NT)

ROLE OF PAPER SETTING PANEL CHAIRMAN: The Judicial Magistrate First Class,
Panjim, Mr BD Divekar, has stated that the investigating officer of the
examination paper leakage scam has to find out if the Chairman of the paper
setting panel is involved in the scam and if any of his kin had benefited
from it. (H)

SELAULIM EVACUEES FACE WATER SHORTAGE; The very people, who sacrificed
their ancestral agricultural wealth to pave way for the construction of the
Selaulim project, are left high and dry, in terms of agricultural water
supply. The Selaulim evacuees housed at the Wadem rehabilitation centre are
facing acute shortage of agricultural water supply. (H)

TO CHECK PLASTIC MENACE: The Minister for Environment, Mr Atanasio
Monserrate, said that the government has formulated long-term strategies to
tackle the problems arising out of indiscriminate littering of
non-biodegradable waste material. (NT)

TALKS FAIL: The much-awaited talks between the government and striking
transporters failed to make a headway to end the four-day old nationwide
truckers' strike resulting in vegetable and other essential commodities'
prices soaring in various parts of the country. (PTI report on Herald)

FREEDOM FIGHTERS' DEMAND: The members of the Goa, Daman and Diu Freedom
Fighters' Association have appealed to the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar
Parrikar, through a memorandum, to consider for various jobs in different
government departments candidature of their children. (NT)


S P O R T S

ALVITO IS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: East Bengal sharpshooter Alvito D'Cunha added
another feather to his illustrious cap when he was voted the Calcutta
Sports Journalists' Club Footballer of the Year. The award is a just reward
for the immaculate form Alvito has shown ever since he switched allegiance
to East Bengal from Salgaocar Sports Club. The left-footed marvel from
Sanvordem was offered contract by South African club Manning Rangers but he
could not join due to his commitments with East Bengal. (H)

D E A T H S
16 Apr: Merces: MARIA SERAFINA FERNANDES (JOANITA), wife of late
Albano, mother of Cyril/Assecao, Maria/Anthony D'Costa, Rosy/Joseph Romao
and Jack.
17 Apr: Santa Cruz: MILAGRINA GONSALO ANES, wife of Gonsalo (Kuwait),
mother of Diana/Elvis Braganza, Pio, Francis (Kuwait). Sister/sister-in-law
of Isabel/Inacio Araujo, Natalia/Nicholas, Rosaria (Kuwait)/.Francis
Barreto (London), late Philomena/Menino Araujo.
13 Apr: Croydon, UK: ROSA TAVARES, (ex-Calangute, ex-Nairobi and
Croydon for 34 years), wife of the late John B. Tavares, Mother of
Ignatius/Yaso, Maureen/Trewin, Cynthia and Elsie/Marcus, Grandmother of
Rachel, Sonya, Nadia, Angeli and Stefan. Funeral at St Mary's Church,
Croydon, at 10.00 am on 24 April followed by the Burial Service at Bandon
Hill Cemetery at 11.15 am. Condolences to Ignatius, ignatius.tavares at kcl.ac.uk

G O A W E A T H E R
Temp: 31.8 deg C (89.4 deg F) at 09.00 am in Assagao.
Max Temp: 34.1 deg C, Humidity: 50% (Official figures for yesterday)
Weather: The morning was dull and cloudy. The evening is sunny and the
weather is too hot in Goa.

Courtesy: H=Herald, NT=The Navhind Times, GT= Gomantak Times

JOEL D'SOUZA, Assagao-Goa-India.
Website: www.goacom.com
Goacom News Clippings at: http://www.goacom.com/news
Monthly Webzine: http://www.goacom.com/goanow
Joel D'Souza
2003-04-18 09:59:50 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
April 18, 2003

NATION'S FIRST SARS CASE: India's first case of deadly Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome has been detected in Goa. Mr Prasheel Wardhe, a
32-year-old marine engineer from Dhavli-Ponda, has been tested positive for
the virus. However, the government has maintained that there was no need to
press the panic button since the patient was no longer infective. CM told
reporters that as the patient has already passed the incubation period,
which is between 7 to 10 days, and none of the people who came in contact
with him, including his wife, who traveled with him from Singapore, had
developed any symptom of the disease, it could be safely assumed that he
was "cured" of the disease and unlikely to transmit to others. (NT)

SARS: DEADLY BUG STINGS GOA: India's first case of Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome (SARS) has been reported from the State, with the National
Institute of Virology, Pune, confirming the existence of Corona Virus in
the blood samples of a patient discharged last week from Goa Medical
College, Bambolim. (GT)

GOOF UP BY GOA MEDICAL COLLEGE: This case has caused much embarrassment to
the government as Prashil is the same engineer, who the GMC authorities in
a goof-up, had (instead of waiting for the report from the National
Institute of Virology) discharged assuming that he was a negative case.
Prashil is currently quarantined in a room in the Isolation ward of GMC
since late last night
A doctor, who was one of those who had treated him
when he was admitted as an "abundant caution" in the isolation ward from
April 10 to 12, has also sought that her sample be sent for examination. (H)

"REPORT COULD EVEN BE ERRONEOUS": Though Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar
yesterday morning announced that India's first SARS patient was traced in
Goa, latter in the evening he stressed that the government would want to
verify the reports of National Institute of Virology, Pune, by seeking a
second opinion. (GT)

QUICK DISCHARGE WORRIED VASCO DOCTOR: Prashil Varde's family doctor and
noted Vasco-based physician Dr Pradip Pai Dhungat had recommended that
Prashil be admitted at GMC, but little did he realize that India's first
SARS patient would be discharged by GMC barely two days after admission, on
grounds that he had a viral fever. (H)

"SON IS FINE": The mother of Prasheel Varde, when contacted, said that her
son was fine and showed no symptoms of the dreaded virus. (GT)

FATHER UNHAPPY OVER TREATMENT: Deepak Dhavlikar and local panch Ganu Naik,
who had to break the news to Prashil's parents waited for nearly two hours,
as Prashil's father expressed his unhappiness in the manner in which his
son was treated at the GMC. "The father kept asking us, if they suspected
Prashil of being infected with SARS and if they sent his samples for
testing, why did they discharge him before the results were made
available," recalled Deepak. (H)

HOW IT ALL BEGAN: Herald understands that it was Sushma Swaraj, the Union
Health Minister, who first alerted the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar that
Prashil Varde had tested positive for SARS
Unlike the first time around,
when Varde as a suspected SARS patient was made to wait in a queue for two
hours while his case papers were being made, this time around he was
directly taken to the isolation facility in the GMC. (Rajan Narayan in
Herald).

IMPACT ON TOURISM: Senior Congress leader and former chief minister, Mr
Luizinho Faleiro, has said the government should take immediate steps to
build confidence among the tourists and see that Goa was not bypassed by
them in view of detection of the first Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
case in the State and the country, and the recent boat tragedy. (NT)

OLD GMC COMPLEX UNDER THREAT: The sprawling complex housing Asia's first
medical college appears to be under threat of demolition in future with the
Goa Town and Country Planning Board approving the conversion of 21,441 sq m
at the Old GMC, Campal
The Board has okayed the alterations to the Outline
Development Plan in spite of objections from heritage groups. (GT)

"NOT THE TIME FOR BLAME": Director of Tourism, N Suryanarayan, sought to
play down the issue (of boat mishap) saying that it was not the time to
blame anybody and denied any case of inter-departmental finger-pointing.
"For 20 years these boats have been plying their services and there has
been no accident and now that there was a serious accident the public is
quick to blame tourism department," he complained. (GT)

JUDICIAL PROBE URGED: M/s Insecticides (India) Limited, New Delhi, has
urged the Goa government to institute a judicial inquiry and fix
responsibility for the boat capsize which claimed nine lives off Anjuna
beach on 15 April. The victims of the worst tragedy to hit the tourism
industry, were delegates of a dealers' meet organised by the company. In
representation to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, company's deputy general
manager PC Pabbi appealed for compensation for the families "in view of the
government's carelessness in inviting tourists and not taking care of their
safety". Pabbi demanded that the concerned boat operators and their
employees as well as government officers be charge-sheeted for their
lapses. (GT)

RADISSON'S GRAVITY POOL: Radisson White Sands Resort, the global leader n
hospitality services, recently announced the opening of its recreation
centerGravity Poola fun zone for adults as well as children. Radisson is
the only hotel to boats of such a facility in all of South Goa. (GT)

DRUG HAUL AT ANJUNA: in the biggest drug haul of its kind in recent times,
the Anjuna police arrested a Nepali, Sanjay Kumar Shreshta (25) near the
Parish Youth Ground, Vagator, and confiscated more than 10 kg of charas in
raid yesterday evening. (GT)

BOAT OWNER, OPERATOR APPLY FOR BAIL: Anthony Ramos and his cousin Cosme
Carrasco of Sauntavaddo, Calangute, the owner and the operator respectively
of the boat, which capsized off Anjuna coast, applied for anticipatory bail
in the District and Sessions Court apprehending arrest for culpable
homicide, not amounting to murder. Both applicants have stated that till
date there is no legislation requiring that a licence be obtained for
conducting such activities or for the registration of boats below 15
tonnes. (H)

BAUXITE MINING PETITION DISPOSED: The Supreme Court of India has disposed
off the petition filed by the State government after directing it to give
compensation to Zaffar and Sons, Panaji, under the Land Acquisition Mining
Act in connection with the prospecting for bauxite in Mop and surrounding
villages in Pernem taluka, according to reliable sources. (GT)

OWNER TOLD TO GIVE UP FEROCIOUS PETS: Prasad Jain, a native of Delhi
residing in Belloy-Nuvem who possesses around seven ferocious dogs, has
been directed by the sub-divisional magistrate to hand them over to an
animal welfare agency or remove them from the locality within eight days.
Some of the canines had attacked Laxmi Bhonsle on 26 March and she had
sustained grievous injuries. (GT)

FOUND DEAD IN A WELL: Shashi Madhavan, a 43-year-old native of Kerala
residing at Tonca-Marcel, was found dead in a nearby well on Thursday
morning. A roommate, identified as David, informed police that Shashi was
last seen sleeping at about 8.30 am, shortly before David proceeded to
work. (H)

LIFE SPAN OF ZUARI BRIDGE: The Minister for PWD, Mr Ramkrishna Dhavlikar,
stated that the expected life span of the Zuari bridge is at least another
30 years. "Though the bridge was technically inspected for its structural
safety, it did not cover the issue of certifying the life span of the
bridge," he added. (NT)

ROLE OF PAPER SETTING PANEL CHAIRMAN: The Judicial Magistrate First Class,
Panjim, Mr BD Divekar, has stated that the investigating officer of the
examination paper leakage scam has to find out if the Chairman of the paper
setting panel is involved in the scam and if any of his kin had benefited
from it. (H)

SELAULIM EVACUEES FACE WATER SHORTAGE; The very people, who sacrificed
their ancestral agricultural wealth to pave way for the construction of the
Selaulim project, are left high and dry, in terms of agricultural water
supply. The Selaulim evacuees housed at the Wadem rehabilitation centre are
facing acute shortage of agricultural water supply. (H)

TO CHECK PLASTIC MENACE: The Minister for Environment, Mr Atanasio
Monserrate, said that the government has formulated long-term strategies to
tackle the problems arising out of indiscriminate littering of
non-biodegradable waste material. (NT)

TALKS FAIL: The much-awaited talks between the government and striking
transporters failed to make a headway to end the four-day old nationwide
truckers' strike resulting in vegetable and other essential commodities'
prices soaring in various parts of the country. (PTI report on Herald)

FREEDOM FIGHTERS' DEMAND: The members of the Goa, Daman and Diu Freedom
Fighters' Association have appealed to the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar
Parrikar, through a memorandum, to consider for various jobs in different
government departments candidature of their children. (NT)


S P O R T S

ALVITO IS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: East Bengal sharpshooter Alvito D'Cunha added
another feather to his illustrious cap when he was voted the Calcutta
Sports Journalists' Club Footballer of the Year. The award is a just reward
for the immaculate form Alvito has shown ever since he switched allegiance
to East Bengal from Salgaocar Sports Club. The left-footed marvel from
Sanvordem was offered contract by South African club Manning Rangers but he
could not join due to his commitments with East Bengal. (H)

D E A T H S
16 Apr: Merces: MARIA SERAFINA FERNANDES (JOANITA), wife of late
Albano, mother of Cyril/Assecao, Maria/Anthony D'Costa, Rosy/Joseph Romao
and Jack.
17 Apr: Santa Cruz: MILAGRINA GONSALO ANES, wife of Gonsalo (Kuwait),
mother of Diana/Elvis Braganza, Pio, Francis (Kuwait). Sister/sister-in-law
of Isabel/Inacio Araujo, Natalia/Nicholas, Rosaria (Kuwait)/.Francis
Barreto (London), late Philomena/Menino Araujo.
13 Apr: Croydon, UK: ROSA TAVARES, (ex-Calangute, ex-Nairobi and
Croydon for 34 years), wife of the late John B. Tavares, Mother of
Ignatius/Yaso, Maureen/Trewin, Cynthia and Elsie/Marcus, Grandmother of
Rachel, Sonya, Nadia, Angeli and Stefan. Funeral at St Mary's Church,
Croydon, at 10.00 am on 24 April followed by the Burial Service at Bandon
Hill Cemetery at 11.15 am. Condolences to Ignatius, ignatius.tavares at kcl.ac.uk

G O A W E A T H E R
Temp: 31.8 deg C (89.4 deg F) at 09.00 am in Assagao.
Max Temp: 34.1 deg C, Humidity: 50% (Official figures for yesterday)
Weather: The morning was dull and cloudy. The evening is sunny and the
weather is too hot in Goa.

Courtesy: H=Herald, NT=The Navhind Times, GT= Gomantak Times

JOEL D'SOUZA, Assagao-Goa-India.
Website: www.goacom.com
Goacom News Clippings at: http://www.goacom.com/news
Monthly Webzine: http://www.goacom.com/goanow
Joel D'Souza
2003-04-18 09:59:50 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
April 18, 2003

NATION'S FIRST SARS CASE: India's first case of deadly Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome has been detected in Goa. Mr Prasheel Wardhe, a
32-year-old marine engineer from Dhavli-Ponda, has been tested positive for
the virus. However, the government has maintained that there was no need to
press the panic button since the patient was no longer infective. CM told
reporters that as the patient has already passed the incubation period,
which is between 7 to 10 days, and none of the people who came in contact
with him, including his wife, who traveled with him from Singapore, had
developed any symptom of the disease, it could be safely assumed that he
was "cured" of the disease and unlikely to transmit to others. (NT)

SARS: DEADLY BUG STINGS GOA: India's first case of Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome (SARS) has been reported from the State, with the National
Institute of Virology, Pune, confirming the existence of Corona Virus in
the blood samples of a patient discharged last week from Goa Medical
College, Bambolim. (GT)

GOOF UP BY GOA MEDICAL COLLEGE: This case has caused much embarrassment to
the government as Prashil is the same engineer, who the GMC authorities in
a goof-up, had (instead of waiting for the report from the National
Institute of Virology) discharged assuming that he was a negative case.
Prashil is currently quarantined in a room in the Isolation ward of GMC
since late last night
A doctor, who was one of those who had treated him
when he was admitted as an "abundant caution" in the isolation ward from
April 10 to 12, has also sought that her sample be sent for examination. (H)

"REPORT COULD EVEN BE ERRONEOUS": Though Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar
yesterday morning announced that India's first SARS patient was traced in
Goa, latter in the evening he stressed that the government would want to
verify the reports of National Institute of Virology, Pune, by seeking a
second opinion. (GT)

QUICK DISCHARGE WORRIED VASCO DOCTOR: Prashil Varde's family doctor and
noted Vasco-based physician Dr Pradip Pai Dhungat had recommended that
Prashil be admitted at GMC, but little did he realize that India's first
SARS patient would be discharged by GMC barely two days after admission, on
grounds that he had a viral fever. (H)

"SON IS FINE": The mother of Prasheel Varde, when contacted, said that her
son was fine and showed no symptoms of the dreaded virus. (GT)

FATHER UNHAPPY OVER TREATMENT: Deepak Dhavlikar and local panch Ganu Naik,
who had to break the news to Prashil's parents waited for nearly two hours,
as Prashil's father expressed his unhappiness in the manner in which his
son was treated at the GMC. "The father kept asking us, if they suspected
Prashil of being infected with SARS and if they sent his samples for
testing, why did they discharge him before the results were made
available," recalled Deepak. (H)

HOW IT ALL BEGAN: Herald understands that it was Sushma Swaraj, the Union
Health Minister, who first alerted the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar that
Prashil Varde had tested positive for SARS
Unlike the first time around,
when Varde as a suspected SARS patient was made to wait in a queue for two
hours while his case papers were being made, this time around he was
directly taken to the isolation facility in the GMC. (Rajan Narayan in
Herald).

IMPACT ON TOURISM: Senior Congress leader and former chief minister, Mr
Luizinho Faleiro, has said the government should take immediate steps to
build confidence among the tourists and see that Goa was not bypassed by
them in view of detection of the first Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
case in the State and the country, and the recent boat tragedy. (NT)

OLD GMC COMPLEX UNDER THREAT: The sprawling complex housing Asia's first
medical college appears to be under threat of demolition in future with the
Goa Town and Country Planning Board approving the conversion of 21,441 sq m
at the Old GMC, Campal
The Board has okayed the alterations to the Outline
Development Plan in spite of objections from heritage groups. (GT)

"NOT THE TIME FOR BLAME": Director of Tourism, N Suryanarayan, sought to
play down the issue (of boat mishap) saying that it was not the time to
blame anybody and denied any case of inter-departmental finger-pointing.
"For 20 years these boats have been plying their services and there has
been no accident and now that there was a serious accident the public is
quick to blame tourism department," he complained. (GT)

JUDICIAL PROBE URGED: M/s Insecticides (India) Limited, New Delhi, has
urged the Goa government to institute a judicial inquiry and fix
responsibility for the boat capsize which claimed nine lives off Anjuna
beach on 15 April. The victims of the worst tragedy to hit the tourism
industry, were delegates of a dealers' meet organised by the company. In
representation to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, company's deputy general
manager PC Pabbi appealed for compensation for the families "in view of the
government's carelessness in inviting tourists and not taking care of their
safety". Pabbi demanded that the concerned boat operators and their
employees as well as government officers be charge-sheeted for their
lapses.