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[Goanet] 06 APR 2003: GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
Joel D'Souza
2003-04-06 06:55:43 UTC
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GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
April 06, 2003

SARS: PASSENGER SCREENING FAILS TO TAKE OFF: Full-fledged screening of
passengers failed to take off at the Dabolim International Airport on
Saturday, as charter operators expressed inability to conform to the
requirements of the Directorate of Health Services. Charters operators
pointed out that since the fax format of the form was sent to them on
Friday, it was impossible to make the forms available to all passengers at
short notice. (H)

PARRA CONSTRUCTION HALT: Secretary Venkatratnam on Friday directed the
Parra panchayat to stop the work of construction of a residential building
and compound wall near the Parra junction and to discuss the matter afresh
by convening the special gram sabha meeting within a month from the receipt
of the order. (WE-GT)

DOG-BITE CASES: Mapusa city has earned the distinction of recording the
highest number of 483 dog-bite cases, which were reported at the Urban
Health Centre and Asilo Hospital during the year 2002. Animal Husbandry
Minister Dayanand Mandrekar stated that in the year 2002, 2,121 persons
became victims of dog bites. Two of these died from rabies. Mandrekar also
stated that in all 2,376 dogs were sterilized by NGOs People for Animals,
Goa Animal Welfare Trust, International Animal Rescue and Goa Society for
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, for which the government of India pays
them Rs.300 per dog sterilized and Rs.40 for vaccination against rabies.
(WE-GT)

RUMOUR OF SSC PAPER LEAK: Following strong rumour, the crime Branch is
probing a possible SSCE question paper leak. But Goa Board of Secondary and
Higher Secondary Education chairman, PR Nadkarni, steadfastly denied the
changes of any such possibility. (H)

TO PROTECT SINQUERIM PLATEAU: A group of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party
workers has urged the government to come out with a fresh proposal to make
the Sinquerim plateau a botanical garden and strongly supported Calangute
MLA Agnelo Fernandes' abortive attempt to demarcate the area eco-sensitive.
The six party workers demanded that the plateau should not be given to a
private party for setting up of a recreational club at a time when Goa was
suffering from acute shortage of water. (WE-GT)

INTER-STATE DRUG TRAFFICKING: The Goa government has appointed a State
level committee for co-ordinating activities of various State and Central
agencies for prevention and detection of inter-State drugs trafficking
activities. (H)

TALEIGAO'S VP STATUS LOSS FOR EXCISE: The reversion of Taleigao to the
status of panchayat seems to have its effect on the Department of Excise
whose revenue generation from bar licence fees from Taleigao will drop by
around 73 per cent. Taleigao's contribution from bar licence fees has been
around Rs.1.80 lakh annually from a total of approximately 30 bars. (H)

BODY FOUND: The Verna police found the body of 32-year-old unknown person
floating in the Zuari River near Cortalim on April 4. (NT)

SULABH TOILETS: Urban Development Minister Digamber Kamat said that an
amount of Rs.97,29,951 had been sanctioned for all the municipal councils,
towards the construction of sulabh toilets as part of clean cities project.
The councils were given sufficient time to submit the details of its
requirements and the funds were sanctioned after the councils submitted its
details including maintenance costs. (WE-GT)

GOODS GUTTED: Goods worth around Rs.10,000 were gutted in a fire at a
plantation opposite the Valpoi Range Forest Office on Friday afternoon. (H)

E-BANKING FACILITY: Syndicate Bank is launching its first e-banking
facility in Goa on 7 April at its branch in Vasco. (WE-GT)

NAGOA PANCHAYAT GHAR: The Panchayat Minister, Mr Manohar Azgaonkar,
inaugurated the newly constructed "panchayat ghar" in Nagoa (Salcette) on
April 5. (NT)

ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTIONS: Illegal constructions along the national highway in
Canacona taluka are allegedly going on large scale, with the rule of
maintaining the set-back being thrown to the wind in most cases. (H)

WATER SHORTAGE AT BALLI: The sarpanch, panchas and over 70 residents of
Adnem-Balli in Quepem led a morcha to the water supply department in Quepem
on Friday and gheraoed department officials, in protest of the acute
drinking water shortage in the village since the past 15 days. (H)

RALLY TO CONDEMN WAR: The Forum for Universal Integration organised a Peace
rally which commenced from Lohia Maidan and proceeded through the streets
of Margao city to denounce the war on Iraq by the coalition forces of the
United States and Britain. Editor of "Sunaparant" advocate Uday Bhembre,
Surlekar Mohandas, Haji GM Shaikh and convenor Joana Rebello addressed the
gathering. (WE-GT)

CHRISM MASS AT ANJUNA: To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Church
of St Michael, the Archangel, the Chrism Mass this year will be
concelebrated in that Church in Anjuna on April 10. More than 300 priests
of Goa are expected to take part, with Archbishop Dr Raul Gonsalves as the
main celebrant. The Vicar of St Michael's, Fr Ubaldo Fernandes, intends to
make this an occasion for spiritual exuberance among his parishioners and
has encouraged them to attend the ceremony, which otherwise is attended
almost entirely by the clergy. (H)

BIGGEST IDOL OF SAI BABA IN GOA: A new idol of Shree Sai Baba will be
installed at the Sai Baba temple in Canca, near Mapusa, at 9.55 am on April
10. The 5.5 feet all idol of Sai Baba in Rajasthani marble is the biggest
in Goa yet. (NT)

A GREAT SCIENTIST: Dr Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, a Goan by birth, has
successfully combined science with spirituality. Dr Mashelkar won
international recognition and laurels through his inventions and his
massive outreach programme. He brought glory to India and several other
institutions and worked closely under the umbrella of Council of Scientific
and Industrial Research, which he is presently heading as its director
general. Dr Mashelkar was born in Portuguese Goa, India. Interestingly, Dr
Mashelkar joined the mainstream in Bombay, the hub of education, trade,
commerce, industry and science. (Jagdish Wagh in Herald Mirror).

S P O R T S

SPORTING CLUBE QUALIFY: Kolkata's Mohammedan Sporting and Goa's Hayward
Sporting Clube earned 10 points each from four matches and qualified for
the final leg of the Second Division National Football League at Jashedpur. (H)

NARROW WIN FOR ARPORA: Defending champions Arpora Sports Club got the
better of YBT, Panjim, 3-1 via tie-breaker to enter the semi-finals of the
Nerul Villagers Super Cup soccer, at Nerul. (H)

COACHING CAMPS AT DIVAR: Sao Mathias Sports Club, Divar, in association
with Sports Authority of Goa, will hold a summer sports camp commencing
from April 7 at Chepem grounds, Malar, at 4.00 pm. (H)

D E A T H S
O5 Apr: Aquem-Margao: MARUSHKA BELISA DIAS (Born 1978): Daughter of
Hedwig/Grace, sister of Ruth/Gouhar, Sharon, late Shelden, niece of
Caitaninho/Gloria (Portugal), Celine/Arnold (Syndey).
05 Apr: Anjuna-D'Mello Vaddo: JOSEFINA (BELLA) ALBUQUERQUE E PEREIRA,
WIFE OF RUDOLF Luis, sister/sister-n-law of late Francis/Sylvia, Late
Virginia/late Marcelino, late Apolino/Ida.

G O A W E A T H E R
Temp: 29.8 deg C (85.8 deg F) at 09.00 am in Assagao.
Max Temp: 36.0 deg C, Humidity: 90% (Official figures for yesterday)
Weather: A hot morning despite the wind.

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
2003-04-06 06:55:43 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
April 06, 2003

SARS: PASSENGER SCREENING FAILS TO TAKE OFF: Full-fledged screening of
passengers failed to take off at the Dabolim International Airport on
Saturday, as charter operators expressed inability to conform to the
requirements of the Directorate of Health Services. Charters operators
pointed out that since the fax format of the form was sent to them on
Friday, it was impossible to make the forms available to all passengers at
short notice. (H)

PARRA CONSTRUCTION HALT: Secretary Venkatratnam on Friday directed the
Parra panchayat to stop the work of construction of a residential building
and compound wall near the Parra junction and to discuss the matter afresh
by convening the special gram sabha meeting within a month from the receipt
of the order. (WE-GT)

DOG-BITE CASES: Mapusa city has earned the distinction of recording the
highest number of 483 dog-bite cases, which were reported at the Urban
Health Centre and Asilo Hospital during the year 2002. Animal Husbandry
Minister Dayanand Mandrekar stated that in the year 2002, 2,121 persons
became victims of dog bites. Two of these died from rabies. Mandrekar also
stated that in all 2,376 dogs were sterilized by NGOs People for Animals,
Goa Animal Welfare Trust, International Animal Rescue and Goa Society for
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, for which the government of India pays
them Rs.300 per dog sterilized and Rs.40 for vaccination against rabies.
(WE-GT)

RUMOUR OF SSC PAPER LEAK: Following strong rumour, the crime Branch is
probing a possible SSCE question paper leak. But Goa Board of Secondary and
Higher Secondary Education chairman, PR Nadkarni, steadfastly denied the
changes of any such possibility. (H)

TO PROTECT SINQUERIM PLATEAU: A group of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party
workers has urged the government to come out with a fresh proposal to make
the Sinquerim plateau a botanical garden and strongly supported Calangute
MLA Agnelo Fernandes' abortive attempt to demarcate the area eco-sensitive.
The six party workers demanded that the plateau should not be given to a
private party for setting up of a recreational club at a time when Goa was
suffering from acute shortage of water. (WE-GT)

INTER-STATE DRUG TRAFFICKING: The Goa government has appointed a State
level committee for co-ordinating activities of various State and Central
agencies for prevention and detection of inter-State drugs trafficking
activities. (H)

TALEIGAO'S VP STATUS LOSS FOR EXCISE: The reversion of Taleigao to the
status of panchayat seems to have its effect on the Department of Excise
whose revenue generation from bar licence fees from Taleigao will drop by
around 73 per cent. Taleigao's contribution from bar licence fees has been
around Rs.1.80 lakh annually from a total of approximately 30 bars. (H)

BODY FOUND: The Verna police found the body of 32-year-old unknown person
floating in the Zuari River near Cortalim on April 4. (NT)

SULABH TOILETS: Urban Development Minister Digamber Kamat said that an
amount of Rs.97,29,951 had been sanctioned for all the municipal councils,
towards the construction of sulabh toilets as part of clean cities project.
The councils were given sufficient time to submit the details of its
requirements and the funds were sanctioned after the councils submitted its
details including maintenance costs. (WE-GT)

GOODS GUTTED: Goods worth around Rs.10,000 were gutted in a fire at a
plantation opposite the Valpoi Range Forest Office on Friday afternoon. (H)

E-BANKING FACILITY: Syndicate Bank is launching its first e-banking
facility in Goa on 7 April at its branch in Vasco. (WE-GT)

NAGOA PANCHAYAT GHAR: The Panchayat Minister, Mr Manohar Azgaonkar,
inaugurated the newly constructed "panchayat ghar" in Nagoa (Salcette) on
April 5. (NT)

ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTIONS: Illegal constructions along the national highway in
Canacona taluka are allegedly going on large scale, with the rule of
maintaining the set-back being thrown to the wind in most cases. (H)

WATER SHORTAGE AT BALLI: The sarpanch, panchas and over 70 residents of
Adnem-Balli in Quepem led a morcha to the water supply department in Quepem
on Friday and gheraoed department officials, in protest of the acute
drinking water shortage in the village since the past 15 days. (H)

RALLY TO CONDEMN WAR: The Forum for Universal Integration organised a Peace
rally which commenced from Lohia Maidan and proceeded through the streets
of Margao city to denounce the war on Iraq by the coalition forces of the
United States and Britain. Editor of "Sunaparant" advocate Uday Bhembre,
Surlekar Mohandas, Haji GM Shaikh and convenor Joana Rebello addressed the
gathering. (WE-GT)

CHRISM MASS AT ANJUNA: To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Church
of St Michael, the Archangel, the Chrism Mass this year will be
concelebrated in that Church in Anjuna on April 10. More than 300 priests
of Goa are expected to take part, with Archbishop Dr Raul Gonsalves as the
main celebrant. The Vicar of St Michael's, Fr Ubaldo Fernandes, intends to
make this an occasion for spiritual exuberance among his parishioners and
has encouraged them to attend the ceremony, which otherwise is attended
almost entirely by the clergy. (H)

BIGGEST IDOL OF SAI BABA IN GOA: A new idol of Shree Sai Baba will be
installed at the Sai Baba temple in Canca, near Mapusa, at 9.55 am on April
10. The 5.5 feet all idol of Sai Baba in Rajasthani marble is the biggest
in Goa yet. (NT)

A GREAT SCIENTIST: Dr Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, a Goan by birth, has
successfully combined science with spirituality. Dr Mashelkar won
international recognition and laurels through his inventions and his
massive outreach programme. He brought glory to India and several other
institutions and worked closely under the umbrella of Council of Scientific
and Industrial Research, which he is presently heading as its director
general. Dr Mashelkar was born in Portuguese Goa, India. Interestingly, Dr
Mashelkar joined the mainstream in Bombay, the hub of education, trade,
commerce, industry and science. (Jagdish Wagh in Herald Mirror).

S P O R T S

SPORTING CLUBE QUALIFY: Kolkata's Mohammedan Sporting and Goa's Hayward
Sporting Clube earned 10 points each from four matches and qualified for
the final leg of the Second Division National Football League at Jashedpur. (H)

NARROW WIN FOR ARPORA: Defending champions Arpora Sports Club got the
better of YBT, Panjim, 3-1 via tie-breaker to enter the semi-finals of the
Nerul Villagers Super Cup soccer, at Nerul. (H)

COACHING CAMPS AT DIVAR: Sao Mathias Sports Club, Divar, in association
with Sports Authority of Goa, will hold a summer sports camp commencing
from April 7 at Chepem grounds, Malar, at 4.00 pm. (H)

D E A T H S
O5 Apr: Aquem-Margao: MARUSHKA BELISA DIAS (Born 1978): Daughter of
Hedwig/Grace, sister of Ruth/Gouhar, Sharon, late Shelden, niece of
Caitaninho/Gloria (Portugal), Celine/Arnold (Syndey).
05 Apr: Anjuna-D'Mello Vaddo: JOSEFINA (BELLA) ALBUQUERQUE E PEREIRA,
WIFE OF RUDOLF Luis, sister/sister-n-law of late Francis/Sylvia, Late
Virginia/late Marcelino, late Apolino/Ida.

G O A W E A T H E R
Temp: 29.8 deg C (85.8 deg F) at 09.00 am in Assagao.
Max Temp: 36.0 deg C, Humidity: 90% (Official figures for yesterday)
Weather: A hot morning despite the wind.

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
2003-04-06 06:55:43 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
April 06, 2003

SARS: PASSENGER SCREENING FAILS TO TAKE OFF: Full-fledged screening of
passengers failed to take off at the Dabolim International Airport on
Saturday, as charter operators expressed inability to conform to the
requirements of the Directorate of Health Services. Charters operators
pointed out that since the fax format of the form was sent to them on
Friday, it was impossible to make the forms available to all passengers at
short notice. (H)

PARRA CONSTRUCTION HALT: Secretary Venkatratnam on Friday directed the
Parra panchayat to stop the work of construction of a residential building
and compound wall near the Parra junction and to discuss the matter afresh
by convening the special gram sabha meeting within a month from the receipt
of the order. (WE-GT)

DOG-BITE CASES: Mapusa city has earned the distinction of recording the
highest number of 483 dog-bite cases, which were reported at the Urban
Health Centre and Asilo Hospital during the year 2002. Animal Husbandry
Minister Dayanand Mandrekar stated that in the year 2002, 2,121 persons
became victims of dog bites. Two of these died from rabies. Mandrekar also
stated that in all 2,376 dogs were sterilized by NGOs People for Animals,
Goa Animal Welfare Trust, International Animal Rescue and Goa Society for
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, for which the government of India pays
them Rs.300 per dog sterilized and Rs.40 for vaccination against rabies.
(WE-GT)

RUMOUR OF SSC PAPER LEAK: Following strong rumour, the crime Branch is
probing a possible SSCE question paper leak. But Goa Board of Secondary and
Higher Secondary Education chairman, PR Nadkarni, steadfastly denied the
changes of any such possibility. (H)

TO PROTECT SINQUERIM PLATEAU: A group of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party
workers has urged the government to come out with a fresh proposal to make
the Sinquerim plateau a botanical garden and strongly supported Calangute
MLA Agnelo Fernandes' abortive attempt to demarcate the area eco-sensitive.
The six party workers demanded that the plateau should not be given to a
private party for setting up of a recreational club at a time when Goa was
suffering from acute shortage of water. (WE-GT)

INTER-STATE DRUG TRAFFICKING: The Goa government has appointed a State
level committee for co-ordinating activities of various State and Central
agencies for prevention and detection of inter-State drugs trafficking
activities. (H)

TALEIGAO'S VP STATUS LOSS FOR EXCISE: The reversion of Taleigao to the
status of panchayat seems to have its effect on the Department of Excise
whose revenue generation from bar licence fees from Taleigao will drop by
around 73 per cent. Taleigao's contribution from bar licence fees has been
around Rs.1.80 lakh annually from a total of approximately 30 bars. (H)

BODY FOUND: The Verna police found the body of 32-year-old unknown person
floating in the Zuari River near Cortalim on April 4. (NT)

SULABH TOILETS: Urban Development Minister Digamber Kamat said that an
amount of Rs.97,29,951 had been sanctioned for all the municipal councils,
towards the construction of sulabh toilets as part of clean cities project.
The councils were given sufficient time to submit the details of its
requirements and the funds were sanctioned after the councils submitted its
details including maintenance costs. (WE-GT)

GOODS GUTTED: Goods worth around Rs.10,000 were gutted in a fire at a
plantation opposite the Valpoi Range Forest Office on Friday afternoon. (H)

E-BANKING FACILITY: Syndicate Bank is launching its first e-banking
facility in Goa on 7 April at its branch in Vasco. (WE-GT)

NAGOA PANCHAYAT GHAR: The Panchayat Minister, Mr Manohar Azgaonkar,
inaugurated the newly constructed "panchayat ghar" in Nagoa (Salcette) on
April 5. (NT)

ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTIONS: Illegal constructions along the national highway in
Canacona taluka are allegedly going on large scale, with the rule of
maintaining the set-back being thrown to the wind in most cases. (H)

WATER SHORTAGE AT BALLI: The sarpanch, panchas and over 70 residents of
Adnem-Balli in Quepem led a morcha to the water supply department in Quepem
on Friday and gheraoed department officials, in protest of the acute
drinking water shortage in the village since the past 15 days. (H)

RALLY TO CONDEMN WAR: The Forum for Universal Integration organised a Peace
rally which commenced from Lohia Maidan and proceeded through the streets
of Margao city to denounce the war on Iraq by the coalition forces of the
United States and Britain. Editor of "Sunaparant" advocate Uday Bhembre,
Surlekar Mohandas, Haji GM Shaikh and convenor Joana Rebello addressed the
gathering. (WE-GT)

CHRISM MASS AT ANJUNA: To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Church
of St Michael, the Archangel, the Chrism Mass this year will be
concelebrated in that Church in Anjuna on April 10. More than 300 priests
of Goa are expected to take part, with Archbishop Dr Raul Gonsalves as the
main celebrant. The Vicar of St Michael's, Fr Ubaldo Fernandes, intends to
make this an occasion for spiritual exuberance among his parishioners and
has encouraged them to attend the ceremony, which otherwise is attended
almost entirely by the clergy. (H)

BIGGEST IDOL OF SAI BABA IN GOA: A new idol of Shree Sai Baba will be
installed at the Sai Baba temple in Canca, near Mapusa, at 9.55 am on April
10. The 5.5 feet all idol of Sai Baba in Rajasthani marble is the biggest
in Goa yet. (NT)

A GREAT SCIENTIST: Dr Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, a Goan by birth, has
successfully combined science with spirituality. Dr Mashelkar won
international recognition and laurels through his inventions and his
massive outreach programme. He brought glory to India and several other
institutions and worked closely under the umbrella of Council of Scientific
and Industrial Research, which he is presently heading as its director
general. Dr Mashelkar was born in Portuguese Goa, India. Interestingly, Dr
Mashelkar joined the mainstream in Bombay, the hub of education, trade,
commerce, industry and science. (Jagdish Wagh in Herald Mirror).

S P O R T S

SPORTING CLUBE QUALIFY: Kolkata's Mohammedan Sporting and Goa's Hayward
Sporting Clube earned 10 points each from four matches and qualified for
the final leg of the Second Division National Football League at Jashedpur. (H)

NARROW WIN FOR ARPORA: Defending champions Arpora Sports Club got the
better of YBT, Panjim, 3-1 via tie-breaker to enter the semi-finals of the
Nerul Villagers Super Cup soccer, at Nerul. (H)

COACHING CAMPS AT DIVAR: Sao Mathias Sports Club, Divar, in association
with Sports Authority of Goa, will hold a summer sports camp commencing
from April 7 at Chepem grounds, Malar, at 4.00 pm. (H)

D E A T H S
O5 Apr: Aquem-Margao: MARUSHKA BELISA DIAS (Born 1978): Daughter of
Hedwig/Grace, sister of Ruth/Gouhar, Sharon, late Shelden, niece of
Caitaninho/Gloria (Portugal), Celine/Arnold (Syndey).
05 Apr: Anjuna-D'Mello Vaddo: JOSEFINA (BELLA) ALBUQUERQUE E PEREIRA,
WIFE OF RUDOLF Luis, sister/sister-n-law of late Francis/Sylvia, Late
Virginia/late Marcelino, late Apolino/Ida.

G O A W E A T H E R
Temp: 29.8 deg C (85.8 deg F) at 09.00 am in Assagao.
Max Temp: 36.0 deg C, Humidity: 90% (Official figures for yesterday)
Weather: A hot morning despite the wind.

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
2003-04-06 06:55:43 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
April 06, 2003

SARS: PASSENGER SCREENING FAILS TO TAKE OFF: Full-fledged screening of
passengers failed to take off at the Dabolim International Airport on
Saturday, as charter operators expressed inability to conform to the
requirements of the Directorate of Health Services. Charters operators
pointed out that since the fax format of the form was sent to them on
Friday, it was impossible to make the forms available to all passengers at
short notice. (H)

PARRA CONSTRUCTION HALT: Secretary Venkatratnam on Friday directed the
Parra panchayat to stop the work of construction of a residential building
and compound wall near the Parra junction and to discuss the matter afresh
by convening the special gram sabha meeting within a month from the receipt
of the order. (WE-GT)

DOG-BITE CASES: Mapusa city has earned the distinction of recording the
highest number of 483 dog-bite cases, which were reported at the Urban
Health Centre and Asilo Hospital during the year 2002. Animal Husbandry
Minister Dayanand Mandrekar stated that in the year 2002, 2,121 persons
became victims of dog bites. Two of these died from rabies. Mandrekar also
stated that in all 2,376 dogs were sterilized by NGOs People for Animals,
Goa Animal Welfare Trust, International Animal Rescue and Goa Society for
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, for which the government of India pays
them Rs.300 per dog sterilized and Rs.40 for vaccination against rabies.
(WE-GT)

RUMOUR OF SSC PAPER LEAK: Following strong rumour, the crime Branch is
probing a possible SSCE question paper leak. But Goa Board of Secondary and
Higher Secondary Education chairman, PR Nadkarni, steadfastly denied the
changes of any such possibility. (H)

TO PROTECT SINQUERIM PLATEAU: A group of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party
workers has urged the government to come out with a fresh proposal to make
the Sinquerim plateau a botanical garden and strongly supported Calangute
MLA Agnelo Fernandes' abortive attempt to demarcate the area eco-sensitive.
The six party workers demanded that the plateau should not be given to a
private party for setting up of a recreational club at a time when Goa was
suffering from acute shortage of water. (WE-GT)

INTER-STATE DRUG TRAFFICKING: The Goa government has appointed a State
level committee for co-ordinating activities of various State and Central
agencies for prevention and detection of inter-State drugs trafficking
activities. (H)

TALEIGAO'S VP STATUS LOSS FOR EXCISE: The reversion of Taleigao to the
status of panchayat seems to have its effect on the Department of Excise
whose revenue generation from bar licence fees from Taleigao will drop by
around 73 per cent. Taleigao's contribution from bar licence fees has been
around Rs.1.80 lakh annually from a total of approximately 30 bars. (H)

BODY FOUND: The Verna police found the body of 32-year-old unknown person
floating in the Zuari River near Cortalim on April 4. (NT)

SULABH TOILETS: Urban Development Minister Digamber Kamat said that an
amount of Rs.97,29,951 had been sanctioned for all the municipal councils,
towards the construction of sulabh toilets as part of clean cities project.
The councils were given sufficient time to submit the details of its
requirements and the funds were sanctioned after the councils submitted its
details including maintenance costs. (WE-GT)

GOODS GUTTED: Goods worth around Rs.10,000 were gutted in a fire at a
plantation opposite the Valpoi Range Forest Office on Friday afternoon. (H)

E-BANKING FACILITY: Syndicate Bank is launching its first e-banking
facility in Goa on 7 April at its branch in Vasco. (WE-GT)

NAGOA PANCHAYAT GHAR: The Panchayat Minister, Mr Manohar Azgaonkar,
inaugurated the newly constructed "panchayat ghar" in Nagoa (Salcette) on
April 5. (NT)

ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTIONS