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[Goanet]19 FEB 2004: GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
Joel D'Souza
2004-02-19 04:17:01 UTC
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GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
19 February 2004

INDIA OVERPOWER SINGAPORE: An ebullient India galvanized all its energy to
score a scintillating and confidence instilling 1-0 victory over Singapore
in the Group 3 Asian Zone Pre-World Cup qualifying round match at Nehru
stadium, Fatorda-Margao, yesterday (19 Feb). The goal that stunned
Singapore, a stronger opponent, and gave India an advantage in the opener
itself was hammered by P Renedy Singh through a spotkick. A 25,000-strong
crowd at the stadium awaited the unfolding drama with baited breath. As
every move rolled on, the decibel levels of the beating drums increased, but
most of the fireworks were on the terraces when India stepped up the
accelerator. (GT)

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IS CM'S CLAIM: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar claimed his
fourth successive budget for Goa gave pride of place to build the state's
"human development", while presenting a budget that made a lot of promises,
and sought to keep just about every quarter happy. But the CM's two-hour
speech while seeking to charm everyone, left scope for concern about the
state's burgeoning debt and the fact that Goa spends 54 paise of every rupee
towards salaries, wages, pensions, debts and its establishment. (H)

HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ALL: Coverage of the entire population of Goa in a
comprehensive health scheme will replace the existing Medi-claim scheme.
This far-reaching health care proposal and replacement of free medical
services with insurance-linked medical facilities are part of the many
proposals in the budget presented by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in the
Goa Assembly yesterday. (GT)

OUTLAY FOR BUDGET: CM Parrikar presented the annual budget with a total
outlay of Rs.3,686 crore offering concessions to different sectors and
series of schemes targeted at various segments of society. But the budget
left an uncovered revenue deficit of Rs.795 crore and a fiscal deficit of
Rs.506.13 crore. (GT)

SOPS FOR ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: The entertainment industry virtually took
the cake with a few major sops, including reimbursement of entertainment
collected by theatres as subsidy on 100 per cent basis for a period of five
years. The tourism sector was also another beneficiary. (GT)

POLL-ORIENTED, CHARGES CONG: The Opposition Congress Party has described the
Goa budget as anti-poor and election-oriented. Mr Jitendra Deshprabhu told
reporters that with eyes on the votes of the people for the upcoming Lok
Sabha elections, CM Parrikar's budget is a feeble attempt to appease all
section of the society by making paltry and insignificant allocations to all
the sectors. (H)

INFRASTRUCTURE GETS HUGE BOOST: With a dramatic "People First" opening
section, CM Parrikar has tried to give something to every section of the
population in Goa, in every part of Goa.The budget has huge capital outlays
on the transport sector: the budget estimates are Rs.68 crore for 2003-04
and nearly Rs.98 crore for 2004-05. If you add up the disbursement for
"Roads and Bridges" on both capital and revenue accounts, the revised
estimates for 2003-04 are a colossal Rs.116 crore, while the revised
estimates for all Economic Services (including agriculture, rural
development, irrigation, energy, etc) are Rs.862 crore. (Joseph M Pinto in
GT)

POLITICS OF BUDGETS: If Congress veteran, Harish Zantye, smiled through the
two-hour long budget speech of Chief Minister, he had every reason to. For,
Parrikar's proposals in the budget have transformed Goa's cashewnut king
into its emperor of cinema ahead of the year-end scheduled International
Film Festival of India. An interest-free Rs.3 crore loan per cinema hall of
Panjim would entitle the Bicholim MLA to Rs.6 crore from the government for
his two theatres in the Capital. In addition, Mr Zantye will also benefit
from a similar scheme for theatres in other cities of the State.
Interest-free loans for upgradation of physical infrastructure of upto
Rs.1.5 crore will be available from the government for theatres in Mapusa,
Margao, Ponda and Vasco. CM's ally, Mathany Saldanha, an acknowledged
champion of the traditional fishing community-Ramponkars-had a broad smile
on his face when the CM announced a plethora of schemes, which he said would
benefit the traditional fishermen. (H)

91 SUICIDES IN FOUR MONTHS: Ninety-one suicidal death cases have been
reported in the State over the past four months. While the reasons are
unknown in 43 of the cases, the known reasons included mental sickness,
which accounted for 20 cases, followed by unemployment at 8 cases and
prolonged illness with 6 cases. The statistics were part of a written reply
by CM Parrikar during the Assembly session. (GT)

MUNICIPAL COUNCILS WOULD BE INTERCONNECTED: The Minister for Urban
Development, Mr Digambar Kamat, announced that all the municipal councils in
the State would be interconnected, within next 2 to 3 months, through the
net by BSNL line circuits. (NT)

CONFERENCE ON EMERGING MARKETS IN IT: The Goa Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, Panaji, in association with the Department of Information
Technology will organise a two-day conference on the theme "The Goa
Agenda-Emerging Markets in IT" at Cidade de Goa Resort, Dona Paula from 20
February. (GT)

"EPOST" LAUNCHED: Vijay Bhushan, Secretary (Posts) recently launched the
"epost" service nationwide in order 'to bridge the digital divide'. Epost
permits printed or even handwritten messages in any language to be
transmitted as email, to be printed at destination and delivered at postal
address from post offices. About 650 epost centres have been set up with
internet connection, computers, printers and other necessary equipment. The
service was tested in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Kerala,
before being launched nationwide. (GT)

UGDP CHIEF QUITS: United Goans Democratic Party president Shrirang Narvekar
yesterday (18 Feb) resigned as the president of the party. Narvekar has not
cited any reason for resigning from the post. (GT)

VALERIAN PINTO PASSES AWAY: Noted Konkani writer-director and actor Valerian
Pinto, popularly known as Pintham Derebail on the Mangalorean stage, passed
away on February 18, after a brief illness. (H)

GOAN ENTERS US CUSTOMS: Edgar Furtado, a native of Panjim, was among the
first US Customs and Border Protection Officers to successfully complete an
integrated training module by US Customs and Border Protection Academy at
the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre in Glynco, Georgia. Forty-four
students from across the United States, who began their training on October
29, 2003, successfully graduated and completed the course on January 30,
2004. (H)

GOAN HEADS BAHRAIN MEET: The International Agencies Co Ltd, Bahrain, hosted
a seminar on "Occupational Health-New Challenges" which was being conducted
by Dr Vallabh B Dhaimodker, one of the leading occupational health
consultants from Goa at the crown Plaza Hotel, Bahrain, recently. Dr
Dhaimodker is an accomplished occupational health specialist and consultant
for various industries, with over 15 years of experience. Dr Dhaimodker is
also a certified expert, authorised by TUV Sudedeutschland, Germany. (H)

D E A T H S
18 Feb: Loliem/Navelim (Ex-Dubai): CARIDADE (CARRY) FERNANDES: husband of
Luiza, father of Cynthia, Sydney.
18 Feb: Arossim: LUCAS BARRETO: husband of Luiza, father of
Yvette/Freddy.

G O A W E A T H E R
Temp: 23.6 degC (74.5 degF) at 8.00 am today in Assagao.
Max Temp: 30.7 deg C; Min Temp: 19.8 deg C; Humidity: 74% (Official
figures for yesterday)
Weather: A bit of mist in the early part of the morning today 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
Webzine "GoaNOW": http://www.goacom.com/goanow
Joel D'Souza
2004-02-19 04:17:33 UTC
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GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
19 February 2004

INDIA OVERPOWER SINGAPORE: An ebullient India galvanized all its energy to
score a scintillating and confidence instilling 1-0 victory over Singapore
in the Group 3 Asian Zone Pre-World Cup qualifying round match at Nehru
stadium, Fatorda-Margao, yesterday (19 Feb). The goal that stunned
Singapore, a stronger opponent, and gave India an advantage in the opener
itself was hammered by P Renedy Singh through a spotkick. A 25,000-strong
crowd at the stadium awaited the unfolding drama with baited breath. As
every move rolled on, the decibel levels of the beating drums increased, but
most of the fireworks were on the terraces when India stepped up the
accelerator. (GT)

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IS CM'S CLAIM: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar claimed his
fourth successive budget for Goa gave pride of place to build the state's
"human development", while presenting a budget that made a lot of promises,
and sought to keep just about every quarter happy. But the CM's two-hour
speech while seeking to charm everyone, left scope for concern about the
state's burgeoning debt and the fact that Goa spends 54 paise of every rupee
towards salaries, wages, pensions, debts and its establishment. (H)

HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ALL: Coverage of the entire population of Goa in a
comprehensive health scheme will replace the existing Medi-claim scheme.
This far-reaching health care proposal and replacement of free medical
services with insurance-linked medical facilities are part of the many
proposals in the budget presented by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in the
Goa Assembly yesterday. (GT)

OUTLAY FOR BUDGET: CM Parrikar presented the annual budget with a total
outlay of Rs.3,686 crore offering concessions to different sectors and
series of schemes targeted at various segments of society. But the budget
left an uncovered revenue deficit of Rs.795 crore and a fiscal deficit of
Rs.506.13 crore. (GT)

SOPS FOR ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: The entertainment industry virtually took
the cake with a few major sops, including reimbursement of entertainment
collected by theatres as subsidy on 100 per cent basis for a period of five
years. The tourism sector was also another beneficiary. (GT)

POLL-ORIENTED, CHARGES CONG: The Opposition Congress Party has described the
Goa budget as anti-poor and election-oriented. Mr Jitendra Deshprabhu told
reporters that with eyes on the votes of the people for the upcoming Lok
Sabha elections, CM Parrikar's budget is a feeble attempt to appease all
section of the society by making paltry and insignificant allocations to all
the sectors. (H)

INFRASTRUCTURE GETS HUGE BOOST: With a dramatic "People First" opening
section, CM Parrikar has tried to give something to every section of the
population in Goa, in every part of Goa.The budget has huge capital outlays
on the transport sector: the budget estimates are Rs.68 crore for 2003-04
and nearly Rs.98 crore for 2004-05. If you add up the disbursement for
"Roads and Bridges" on both capital and revenue accounts, the revised
estimates for 2003-04 are a colossal Rs.116 crore, while the revised
estimates for all Economic Services (including agriculture, rural
development, irrigation, energy, etc) are Rs.862 crore. (Joseph M Pinto in
GT)

POLITICS OF BUDGETS: If Congress veteran, Harish Zantye, smiled through the
two-hour long budget speech of Chief Minister, he had every reason to. For,
Parrikar's proposals in the budget have transformed Goa's cashewnut king
into its emperor of cinema ahead of the year-end scheduled International
Film Festival of India. An interest-free Rs.3 crore loan per cinema hall of
Panjim would entitle the Bicholim MLA to Rs.6 crore from the government for
his two theatres in the Capital. In addition, Mr Zantye will also benefit
from a similar scheme for theatres in other cities of the State.
Interest-free loans for upgradation of physical infrastructure of upto
Rs.1.5 crore will be available from the government for theatres in Mapusa,
Margao, Ponda and Vasco. CM's ally, Mathany Saldanha, an acknowledged
champion of the traditional fishing community-Ramponkars-had a broad smile
on his face when the CM announced a plethora of schemes, which he said would
benefit the traditional fishermen. (H)

91 SUICIDES IN FOUR MONTHS: Ninety-one suicidal death cases have been
reported in the State over the past four months. While the reasons are
unknown in 43 of the cases, the known reasons included mental sickness,
which accounted for 20 cases, followed by unemployment at 8 cases and
prolonged illness with 6 cases. The statistics were part of a written reply
by CM Parrikar during the Assembly session. (GT)

MUNICIPAL COUNCILS WOULD BE INTERCONNECTED: The Minister for Urban
Development, Mr Digambar Kamat, announced that all the municipal councils in
the State would be interconnected, within next 2 to 3 months, through the
net by BSNL line circuits. (NT)

CONFERENCE ON EMERGING MARKETS IN IT: The Goa Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, Panaji, in association with the Department of Information
Technology will organise a two-day conference on the theme "The Goa
Agenda-Emerging Markets in IT" at Cidade de Goa Resort, Dona Paula from 20
February. (GT)

"EPOST" LAUNCHED: Vijay Bhushan, Secretary (Posts) recently launched the
"epost" service nationwide in order 'to bridge the digital divide'. Epost
permits printed or even handwritten messages in any language to be
transmitted as email, to be printed at destination and delivered at postal
address from post offices. About 650 epost centres have been set up with
internet connection, computers, printers and other necessary equipment. The
service was tested in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Kerala,
before being launched nationwide. (GT)

UGDP CHIEF QUITS: United Goans Democratic Party president Shrirang Narvekar
yesterday (18 Feb) resigned as the president of the party. Narvekar has not
cited any reason for resigning from the post. (GT)

VALERIAN PINTO PASSES AWAY: Noted Konkani writer-director and actor Valerian
Pinto, popularly known as Pintham Derebail on the Mangalorean stage, passed
away on February 18, after a brief illness. (H)

GOAN ENTERS US CUSTOMS: Edgar Furtado, a native of Panjim, was among the
first US Customs and Border Protection Officers to successfully complete an
integrated training module by US Customs and Border Protection Academy at
the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre in Glynco, Georgia. Forty-four
students from across the United States, who began their training on October
29, 2003, successfully graduated and completed the course on January 30,
2004. (H)

GOAN HEADS BAHRAIN MEET: The International Agencies Co Ltd, Bahrain, hosted
a seminar on "Occupational Health-New Challenges" which was being conducted
by Dr Vallabh B Dhaimodker, one of the leading occupational health
consultants from Goa at the crown Plaza Hotel, Bahrain, recently. Dr
Dhaimodker is an accomplished occupational health specialist and consultant
for various industries, with over 15 years of experience. Dr Dhaimodker is
also a certified expert, authorised by TUV Sudedeutschland, Germany. (H)

D E A T H S
18 Feb: Loliem/Navelim (Ex-Dubai): CARIDADE (CARRY) FERNANDES: husband of
Luiza, father of Cynthia, Sydney.
18 Feb: Arossim: LUCAS BARRETO: husband of Luiza, father of
Yvette/Freddy.

G O A W E A T H E R
Temp: 23.6 degC (74.5 degF) at 8.00 am today in Assagao.
Max Temp: 30.7 deg C; Min Temp: 19.8 deg C; Humidity: 74% (Official
figures for yesterday)
Weather: A bit of mist in the early part of the morning today 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
Webzine "GoaNOW": http://www.goacom.com/goanow
Joel D'Souza
2004-02-19 04:17:01 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
19 February 2004

INDIA OVERPOWER SINGAPORE: An ebullient India galvanized all its energy to
score a scintillating and confidence instilling 1-0 victory over Singapore
in the Group 3 Asian Zone Pre-World Cup qualifying round match at Nehru
stadium, Fatorda-Margao, yesterday (19 Feb). The goal that stunned
Singapore, a stronger opponent, and gave India an advantage in the opener
itself was hammered by P Renedy Singh through a spotkick. A 25,000-strong
crowd at the stadium awaited the unfolding drama with baited breath. As
every move rolled on, the decibel levels of the beating drums increased, but
most of the fireworks were on the terraces when India stepped up the
accelerator. (GT)

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IS CM'S CLAIM: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar claimed his
fourth successive budget for Goa gave pride of place to build the state's
"human development", while presenting a budget that made a lot of promises,
and sought to keep just about every quarter happy. But the CM's two-hour
speech while seeking to charm everyone, left scope for concern about the
state's burgeoning debt and the fact that Goa spends 54 paise of every rupee
towards salaries, wages, pensions, debts and its establishment. (H)

HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ALL: Coverage of the entire population of Goa in a
comprehensive health scheme will replace the existing Medi-claim scheme.
This far-reaching health care proposal and replacement of free medical
services with insurance-linked medical facilities are part of the many
proposals in the budget presented by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in the
Goa Assembly yesterday. (GT)

OUTLAY FOR BUDGET: CM Parrikar presented the annual budget with a total
outlay of Rs.3,686 crore offering concessions to different sectors and
series of schemes targeted at various segments of society. But the budget
left an uncovered revenue deficit of Rs.795 crore and a fiscal deficit of
Rs.506.13 crore. (GT)

SOPS FOR ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: The entertainment industry virtually took
the cake with a few major sops, including reimbursement of entertainment
collected by theatres as subsidy on 100 per cent basis for a period of five
years. The tourism sector was also another beneficiary. (GT)

POLL-ORIENTED, CHARGES CONG: The Opposition Congress Party has described the
Goa budget as anti-poor and election-oriented. Mr Jitendra Deshprabhu told
reporters that with eyes on the votes of the people for the upcoming Lok
Sabha elections, CM Parrikar's budget is a feeble attempt to appease all
section of the society by making paltry and insignificant allocations to all
the sectors. (H)

INFRASTRUCTURE GETS HUGE BOOST: With a dramatic "People First" opening
section, CM Parrikar has tried to give something to every section of the
population in Goa, in every part of Goa.The budget has huge capital outlays
on the transport sector: the budget estimates are Rs.68 crore for 2003-04
and nearly Rs.98 crore for 2004-05. If you add up the disbursement for
"Roads and Bridges" on both capital and revenue accounts, the revised
estimates for 2003-04 are a colossal Rs.116 crore, while the revised
estimates for all Economic Services (including agriculture, rural
development, irrigation, energy, etc) are Rs.862 crore. (Joseph M Pinto in
GT)

POLITICS OF BUDGETS: If Congress veteran, Harish Zantye, smiled through the
two-hour long budget speech of Chief Minister, he had every reason to. For,
Parrikar's proposals in the budget have transformed Goa's cashewnut king
into its emperor of cinema ahead of the year-end scheduled International
Film Festival of India. An interest-free Rs.3 crore loan per cinema hall of
Panjim would entitle the Bicholim MLA to Rs.6 crore from the government for
his two theatres in the Capital. In addition, Mr Zantye will also benefit
from a similar scheme for theatres in other cities of the State.
Interest-free loans for upgradation of physical infrastructure of upto
Rs.1.5 crore will be available from the government for theatres in Mapusa,
Margao, Ponda and Vasco. CM's ally, Mathany Saldanha, an acknowledged
champion of the traditional fishing community-Ramponkars-had a broad smile
on his face when the CM announced a plethora of schemes, which he said would
benefit the traditional fishermen. (H)

91 SUICIDES IN FOUR MONTHS: Ninety-one suicidal death cases have been
reported in the State over the past four months. While the reasons are
unknown in 43 of the cases, the known reasons included mental sickness,
which accounted for 20 cases, followed by unemployment at 8 cases and
prolonged illness with 6 cases. The statistics were part of a written reply
by CM Parrikar during the Assembly session. (GT)

MUNICIPAL COUNCILS WOULD BE INTERCONNECTED: The Minister for Urban
Development, Mr Digambar Kamat, announced that all the municipal councils in
the State would be interconnected, within next 2 to 3 months, through the
net by BSNL line circuits. (NT)

CONFERENCE ON EMERGING MARKETS IN IT: The Goa Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, Panaji, in association with the Department of Information
Technology will organise a two-day conference on the theme "The Goa
Agenda-Emerging Markets in IT" at Cidade de Goa Resort, Dona Paula from 20
February. (GT)

"EPOST" LAUNCHED: Vijay Bhushan, Secretary (Posts) recently launched the
"epost" service nationwide in order 'to bridge the digital divide'. Epost
permits printed or even handwritten messages in any language to be
transmitted as email, to be printed at destination and delivered at postal
address from post offices. About 650 epost centres have been set up with
internet connection, computers, printers and other necessary equipment. The
service was tested in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Kerala,
before being launched nationwide. (GT)

UGDP CHIEF QUITS: United Goans Democratic Party president Shrirang Narvekar
yesterday (18 Feb) resigned as the president of the party. Narvekar has not
cited any reason for resigning from the post. (GT)

VALERIAN PINTO PASSES AWAY: Noted Konkani writer-director and actor Valerian
Pinto, popularly known as Pintham Derebail on the Mangalorean stage, passed
away on February 18, after a brief illness. (H)

GOAN ENTERS US CUSTOMS: Edgar Furtado, a native of Panjim, was among the
first US Customs and Border Protection Officers to successfully complete an
integrated training module by US Customs and Border Protection Academy at
the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre in Glynco, Georgia. Forty-four
students from across the United States, who began their training on October
29, 2003, successfully graduated and completed the course on January 30,
2004. (H)

GOAN HEADS BAHRAIN MEET: The International Agencies Co Ltd, Bahrain, hosted
a seminar on "Occupational Health-New Challenges" which was being conducted
by Dr Vallabh B Dhaimodker, one of the leading occupational health
consultants from Goa at the crown Plaza Hotel, Bahrain, recently. Dr
Dhaimodker is an accomplished occupational health specialist and consultant
for various industries, with over 15 years of experience. Dr Dhaimodker is
also a certified expert, authorised by TUV Sudedeutschland, Germany. (H)

D E A T H S
18 Feb: Loliem/Navelim (Ex-Dubai): CARIDADE (CARRY) FERNANDES: husband of
Luiza, father of Cynthia, Sydney.
18 Feb: Arossim: LUCAS BARRETO: husband of Luiza, father of
Yvette/Freddy.

G O A W E A T H E R
Temp: 23.6 degC (74.5 degF) at 8.00 am today in Assagao.
Max Temp: 30.7 deg C; Min Temp: 19.8 deg C; Humidity: 74% (Official
figures for yesterday)
Weather: A bit of mist in the early part of the morning today 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
Webzine "GoaNOW": http://www.goacom.com/goanow
Joel D'Souza
2004-02-19 04:17:33 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
19 February 2004

INDIA OVERPOWER SINGAPORE: An ebullient India galvanized all its energy to
score a scintillating and confidence instilling 1-0 victory over Singapore
in the Group 3 Asian Zone Pre-World Cup qualifying round match at Nehru
stadium, Fatorda-Margao, yesterday (19 Feb). The goal that stunned
Singapore, a stronger opponent, and gave India an advantage in the opener
itself was hammered by P Renedy Singh through a spotkick. A 25,000-strong
crowd at the stadium awaited the unfolding drama with baited breath. As
every move rolled on, the decibel levels of the beating drums increased, but
most of the fireworks were on the terraces when India stepped up the
accelerator. (GT)

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IS CM'S CLAIM: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar claimed his
fourth successive budget for Goa gave pride of place to build the state's
"human development", while presenting a budget that made a lot of promises,
and sought to keep just about every quarter happy. But the CM's two-hour
speech while seeking to charm everyone, left scope for concern about the
state's burgeoning debt and the fact that Goa spends 54 paise of every rupee
towards salaries, wages, pensions, debts and its establishment. (H)

HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ALL: Coverage of the entire population of Goa in a
comprehensive health scheme will replace the existing Medi-claim scheme.
This far-reaching health care proposal and replacement of free medical
services with insurance-linked medical facilities are part of the many
proposals in the budget presented by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in the
Goa Assembly yesterday. (GT)

OUTLAY FOR BUDGET: CM Parrikar presented the annual budget with a total
outlay of Rs.3,686 crore offering concessions to different sectors and
series of schemes targeted at various segments of society. But the budget
left an uncovered revenue deficit of Rs.795 crore and a fiscal deficit of
Rs.506.13 crore. (GT)

SOPS FOR ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: The entertainment industry virtually took
the cake with a few major sops, including reimbursement of entertainment
collected by theatres as subsidy on 100 per cent basis for a period of five
years. The tourism sector was also another beneficiary. (GT)

POLL-ORIENTED, CHARGES CONG: The Opposition Congress Party has described the
Goa budget as anti-poor and election-oriented. Mr Jitendra Deshprabhu told
reporters that with eyes on the votes of the people for the upcoming Lok
Sabha elections, CM Parrikar's budget is a feeble attempt to appease all
section of the society by making paltry and insignificant allocations to all
the sectors. (H)

INFRASTRUCTURE GETS HUGE BOOST: With a dramatic "People First" opening
section, CM Parrikar has tried to give something to every section of the
population in Goa, in every part of Goa.The budget has huge capital outlays
on the transport sector: the budget estimates are Rs.68 crore for 2003-04
and nearly Rs.98 crore for 2004-05. If you add up the disbursement for
"Roads and Bridges" on both capital and revenue accounts, the revised
estimates for 2003-04 are a colossal Rs.116 crore, while the revised
estimates for all E