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GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
April 17, 2003

FIRST SARS CASE IN INDIA: The first case of Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome in India has been detected in Goa. Goa Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar said the victim, a 32-year-old marine engineer, has tested
positive for the Sars bug. The victim is said to have arrived in Goa
earlier this month after touring Singapore. On arrival he was found to have
mild fever. He was admitted at a special SARS ward at the Goa Medical
College. His blood report was sent to the National Institute of Virology in
Pune, which confirmed he had the virus. Television reports say that both
his wife and he have been quarantined. Goa Health Minister Suresh Amonkar
has appealed to all those who came in touch with the victim to remain
isolated from public places as a precaution. A team from the National
Institute of Communicable Diseases will arrive in Goa on Friday to examine
the victim. (From Eddie Fernandes on Goanet quoting BBC 17 April 2003 at
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2955337.stm)

BOAT TRAGEDY TOLL SHOOTS UP: Anjuna police yesterday recovered the bodies
of all six missing tourists at Calangute, pushing up the toll in Tuesday's
boat tragedy to 9. The names of the six were given as V Nageshwar Rao,
Ashok Reddy, V Shridharan, K Rama Rao, K Mageshwar Rao and K Shrinivas Rao,
all from Andhra Pradesh. Govind Rathod and Chandran, the duo, who had taken
the tourists for the boat ride, are still absconding. Police have
registered the case against the owner of the fishing canoe Cosma Carasco of
Baga and are searching for him. (GT)

TOUGHER TOURISM ACT LIKELY: Close on the heels of the tragedy that struck a
tourist boat off Anjuna on Tuesday, the Tourism Act is all set to be
amended in the ongoing session of the Goa Assembly, making illegal plying
of joy rides in river, sea, lake without proper license a criminal offence.
(GT)

ILLEGAL BOAT RIDES BANNED: Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco, while
acknowledging that hundreds of unlicenced vessels were ferrying tourists
for sea-rides over the years, also swore that no unlicensed boat would be
allowed to enter the sea, endangering lives of tourists, 'today onwards'. (H)

NO GOVT POLICY: Tourist boat owners in the state were mourning Tuesday's
tragedy, saying that greed on the part of a few operators had caused the
loss of nine lives and may also spell the demise of an industry worth
several lakh of rupees. Speaking to Gomantak Times, All Goa Boat Owners
Association secretary Neil Alvares called the incident "a tragedy" adding
that lives would have been saved if the passengers were wearing life
jackets. Alvares was quick to defend the industry in general saying that
the authorities had created an environment where boat owners were unsure
about the legal aspects of their business. (GT)

"
WORST IN INDIA": Twenty-four-year-old T Swami Ayyapa is a very lucky man.
He is one of the 16 men, who survived the tragic boat accident off the
Anjuna beach. Shock has replaced the awe that Ayyapa had for Goa and its
beauty. There is now bitterness and anger. "The Goa tourism department is
the worst in India," he says. "How can they allow these boatmen to operate
without licence, without safety equipment? What kind of security do they
provide the tourists who visit Goa? I have traveled to many places in India
but never experienced such a lackadaisical attitude". (Joaquim Fernandes in NT)

CITY CORPORATION'S FIRST MEET: The Corporation of City of Panaji held its
first meeting on 16 April even as councilors raised objections about the
governments handling of its formation. Councillor Patricia Pinto said that
the manner in which the erstwhile Panjim Municipal Council was dissolved
was contrary to the directions mentioned in the Municipalities Act. (GT)

GU TO SCRAP DOUBLE EVALUATION SYSTEM: The Goa University Academic Council
has decided to scrap the double evaluation system currently in use for all
professional colleges from the coming academic year and revert to the
single evaluation system. (H)

VICTIM OF ONE-SIDE LOVE AFFAIR? Police investigations into the death of
Angana Ramanth Shirodkar, a 25-year-old teacher from Tarvale-Shiroda, who
was fatally wounded in an acid attack by two persons at Shelpem in Mapusa
on Tuesday, have suggested that a one-sided love affair may have been the
motive behind the incident. Residents of Tarvale, who have been shocked
over the death of Angana, also seemed to support this theory, as close
relatives remarked that the assailant may have been known to Angana. (H)

PETROL PUMP LAND FOR PUBLIC UTILITY: Chief Minister yesterday told the Goa
legislative Assembly that land along the Panjim-Mapusa highway, on which a
petrol pump is operating, is being acquired by the government to set up a
"public" utility on a request by the public sector Hindustan Petroleum
company. Mr Parrikar pointed out that the petrol pump had been stopped some
years ago by an order of the High Court which held that the land could not
be converted under the Agriculture Tenancy Act. (H)

WOMAN DIES OF BURN INJURIES: Ms Jina Peter, a 40-year-old woman of Veroda,
Cuncolim, died of burn injuries on Wednesday at the Goa Medical College.
The Cuncolim police informed that on April 14, Jina poured kerosene on her
body and set herself ablaze. (NT)

ONE FALLS TO DEATH: Ramnath Palni (54) of Chonsai in Parsem-Pernem died
after falling from a bhendi tree on Wednesday evening. (H)

NEWLY-BORN ABANDONED: The Calangute police on April 15 found abandoned a
newly-born baby in the bushes (behind Hotel Maria Rosa) at Naikavaddo,
Calangute. (NT)

ILLEGAL HOUSES: Revenue Minister Pandurang Madkaikar said the government's
move to regularize illegal constructions on Comunidade land upto 15 June,
2000, had received a setback due to the protests and non-co-operation from
225 of these bodies. He claimed that the regularization was a bid to stop
further encroachments once and for all and assured strict action against
structures which had come up after the cut-off date. (GT)

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER ASSAULTED: A photographer of daily "Tarun Bharat", Mr
Ganadip Xeldekar, was allegedly assaulted by a professor of Chowgule
College, Margao. (NT)

FINANCE CO PROPRIETOR MISSING: Anxiety has gripped investors of a
Margao-based finance company as the lone proprietor went missing from his
house from Friday last. The wife of the proprietor has lodged missing
report with the Maina-Curtorim police station on April 12. (H)

STATE TO COUNTER STRIKE: The state government has taken necessary
precautions to ensure the supply of essential commodities and that the
people should co-operate in view of the ongoing strike by the All India
Motor Transport Congress of Goods Vehicles in the country since Monday. (GT)

SHANBHAG TRUST'S DONATION TO MES: Venkatesh Shanbhag, senior trustee of
Venkatesh Shanbhag Charitable Trust, handed over a cheque of Rs.5 lakh to
Vasantrao Joshi, President of Murgaon Education Society (MES), on the
occasion of the fist death anniversary of Sumati Venkatesh Shanbhag. (H)

SKY BUS METRO PROTOTYPE: The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, is
expected to inaugurate the prototype of the first-ever sky bus metro in
Margao. Though no formal date has been announced for the function, the
Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd also intends to seize the opportunity to
start their high speed train at the hands of the Prime Minister on the same
day. The KRCL sources disclosed that the Prime Minister would unveil
prototypes of two sets of sky busessky station and sky guidesintegrating
about 15 technologies. "Fast speed train and the sky bus metro are two
jewels in the crown of KRCL," stated one of its officials. (NT)

COUTO APPOINTED: Retired IAS officer Mr Albano Couto has been appointed as
advisor to the Government of Goa with immediate effect. Mr Couto was one of
the two advisors to the Governor Jacob when Goa was under President's rule
from February to June 1999. (H)


S P O R T S

"VIJAY MALLYA DID NOT WANT TO TAKE RISK": According to Dr Shekhar Salkar,
former executive committee member and the loudest voice in the opposition,
Vijay Mallya decided not to contest for the presidentship of the Goa
Cricket Association as he had to rush to the United States and would not be
able to physically be present to campaign for the next ten days before the
April 27 elections. (H)

D E A T H S
Mapusa: JOHN TERRY LOBO and LIDIA CONCEICAO LOBO (Ex-Casa Bela/Terry's
Marvel), father of Sonia/Edmund (Canada), Farley/Lourdes (Canada),
Shane/Cirine, John/Ingrid and Pearl/Nelson.
16 Apr: Maina-Curtorim: PIEDADE VALES PEREIRA, wife of Pedro Francisco.
16 Apr: Mapusa/Aldona: NELSON ROUVIER DIAS, husband of Benedicta,
father of Brunita.
16 Apr: Bambolim: MARIANO JVS D'SOUZA (Ex-Customs, Goa), husband of
Lauriana, father of Anselmo/Noemia, Carmon/Shirley, Blandino/Sharon,
Joyce/Christopher, Janet/Lazarus.
31 Mar: South River: MARGARIDA PINTO COLACO (90), of Fontainhas,
Panjim, died at Saint Peter's Medical Center in New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

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: 33.7 deg C, Humidity: 72% (Official figures for yesterday)
Weather: The weather continues to be hot and unpleasant.

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
2003-04-17 02:26:08 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
April 17, 2003

FIRST SARS CASE IN INDIA: The first case of Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome in India has been detected in Goa. Goa Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar said the victim, a 32-year-old marine engineer, has tested
positive for the Sars bug. The victim is said to have arrived in Goa
earlier this month after touring Singapore. On arrival he was found to have
mild fever. He was admitted at a special SARS ward at the Goa Medical
College. His blood report was sent to the National Institute of Virology in
Pune, which confirmed he had the virus. Television reports say that both
his wife and he have been quarantined. Goa Health Minister Suresh Amonkar
has appealed to all those who came in touch with the victim to remain
isolated from public places as a precaution. A team from the National
Institute of Communicable Diseases will arrive in Goa on Friday to examine
the victim. (From Eddie Fernandes on Goanet quoting BBC 17 April 2003 at
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2955337.stm)

BOAT TRAGEDY TOLL SHOOTS UP: Anjuna police yesterday recovered the bodies
of all six missing tourists at Calangute, pushing up the toll in Tuesday's
boat tragedy to 9. The names of the six were given as V Nageshwar Rao,
Ashok Reddy, V Shridharan, K Rama Rao, K Mageshwar Rao and K Shrinivas Rao,
all from Andhra Pradesh. Govind Rathod and Chandran, the duo, who had taken
the tourists for the boat ride, are still absconding. Police have
registered the case against the owner of the fishing canoe Cosma Carasco of
Baga and are searching for him. (GT)

TOUGHER TOURISM ACT LIKELY: Close on the heels of the tragedy that struck a
tourist boat off Anjuna on Tuesday, the Tourism Act is all set to be
amended in the ongoing session of the Goa Assembly, making illegal plying
of joy rides in river, sea, lake without proper license a criminal offence.
(GT)

ILLEGAL BOAT RIDES BANNED: Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco, while
acknowledging that hundreds of unlicenced vessels were ferrying tourists
for sea-rides over the years, also swore that no unlicensed boat would be
allowed to enter the sea, endangering lives of tourists, 'today onwards'. (H)

NO GOVT POLICY: Tourist boat owners in the state were mourning Tuesday's
tragedy, saying that greed on the part of a few operators had caused the
loss of nine lives and may also spell the demise of an industry worth
several lakh of rupees. Speaking to Gomantak Times, All Goa Boat Owners
Association secretary Neil Alvares called the incident "a tragedy" adding
that lives would have been saved if the passengers were wearing life
jackets. Alvares was quick to defend the industry in general saying that
the authorities had created an environment where boat owners were unsure
about the legal aspects of their business. (GT)

"
WORST IN INDIA": Twenty-four-year-old T Swami Ayyapa is a very lucky man.
He is one of the 16 men, who survived the tragic boat accident off the
Anjuna beach. Shock has replaced the awe that Ayyapa had for Goa and its
beauty. There is now bitterness and anger. "The Goa tourism department is
the worst in India," he says. "How can they allow these boatmen to operate
without licence, without safety equipment? What kind of security do they
provide the tourists who visit Goa? I have traveled to many places in India
but never experienced such a lackadaisical attitude". (Joaquim Fernandes in NT)

CITY CORPORATION'S FIRST MEET: The Corporation of City of Panaji held its
first meeting on 16 April even as councilors raised objections about the
governments handling of its formation. Councillor Patricia Pinto said that
the manner in which the erstwhile Panjim Municipal Council was dissolved
was contrary to the directions mentioned in the Municipalities Act. (GT)

GU TO SCRAP DOUBLE EVALUATION SYSTEM: The Goa University Academic Council
has decided to scrap the double evaluation system currently in use for all
professional colleges from the coming academic year and revert to the
single evaluation system. (H)

VICTIM OF ONE-SIDE LOVE AFFAIR? Police investigations into the death of
Angana Ramanth Shirodkar, a 25-year-old teacher from Tarvale-Shiroda, who
was fatally wounded in an acid attack by two persons at Shelpem in Mapusa
on Tuesday, have suggested that a one-sided love affair may have been the
motive behind the incident. Residents of Tarvale, who have been shocked
over the death of Angana, also seemed to support this theory, as close
relatives remarked that the assailant may have been known to Angana. (H)

PETROL PUMP LAND FOR PUBLIC UTILITY: Chief Minister yesterday told the Goa
legislative Assembly that land along the Panjim-Mapusa highway, on which a
petrol pump is operating, is being acquired by the government to set up a
"public" utility on a request by the public sector Hindustan Petroleum
company. Mr Parrikar pointed out that the petrol pump had been stopped some
years ago by an order of the High Court which held that the land could not
be converted under the Agriculture Tenancy Act. (H)

WOMAN DIES OF BURN INJURIES: Ms Jina Peter, a 40-year-old woman of Veroda,
Cuncolim, died of burn injuries on Wednesday at the Goa Medical College.
The Cuncolim police informed that on April 14, Jina poured kerosene on her
body and set herself ablaze. (NT)

ONE FALLS TO DEATH: Ramnath Palni (54) of Chonsai in Parsem-Pernem died
after falling from a bhendi tree on Wednesday evening. (H)

NEWLY-BORN ABANDONED: The Calangute police on April 15 found abandoned a
newly-born baby in the bushes (behind Hotel Maria Rosa) at Naikavaddo,
Calangute. (NT)

ILLEGAL HOUSES: Revenue Minister Pandurang Madkaikar said the government's
move to regularize illegal constructions on Comunidade land upto 15 June,
2000, had received a setback due to the protests and non-co-operation from
225 of these bodies. He claimed that the regularization was a bid to stop
further encroachments once and for all and assured strict action against
structures which had come up after the cut-off date. (GT)

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER ASSAULTED: A photographer of daily "Tarun Bharat", Mr
Ganadip Xeldekar, was allegedly assaulted by a professor of Chowgule
College, Margao. (NT)

FINANCE CO PROPRIETOR MISSING: Anxiety has gripped investors of a
Margao-based finance company as the lone proprietor went missing from his
house from Friday last. The wife of the proprietor has lodged missing
report with the Maina-Curtorim police station on April 12. (H)

STATE TO COUNTER STRIKE: The state government has taken necessary
precautions to ensure the supply of essential commodities and that the
people should co-operate in view of the ongoing strike by the All India
Motor Transport Congress of Goods Vehicles in the country since Monday. (GT)

SHANBHAG TRUST'S DONATION TO MES: Venkatesh Shanbhag, senior trustee of
Venkatesh Shanbhag Charitable Trust, handed over a cheque of Rs.5 lakh to
Vasantrao Joshi, President of Murgaon Education Society (MES), on the
occasion of the fist death anniversary of Sumati Venkatesh Shanbhag. (H)

SKY BUS METRO PROTOTYPE: The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, is
expected to inaugurate the prototype of the first-ever sky bus metro in
Margao. Though no formal date has been announced for the function, the
Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd also intends to seize the opportunity to
start their high speed train at the hands of the Prime Minister on the same
day. The KRCL sources disclosed that the Prime Minister would unveil
prototypes of two sets of sky busessky station and sky guidesintegrating
about 15 technologies. "Fast speed train and the sky bus metro are two
jewels in the crown of KRCL," stated one of its officials. (NT)

COUTO APPOINTED: Retired IAS officer Mr Albano Couto has been appointed as
advisor to the Government of Goa with immediate effect. Mr Couto was one of
the two advisors to the Governor Jacob when Goa was under President's rule
from February to June 1999. (H)


S P O R T S

"VIJAY MALLYA DID NOT WANT TO TAKE RISK": According to Dr Shekhar Salkar,
former executive committee member and the loudest voice in the opposition,
Vijay Mallya decided not to contest for the presidentship of the Goa
Cricket Association as he had to rush to the United States and would not be
able to physically be present to campaign for the next ten days before the
April 27 elections. (H)

D E A T H S
Mapusa: JOHN TERRY LOBO and LIDIA CONCEICAO LOBO (Ex-Casa Bela/Terry's
Marvel), father of Sonia/Edmund (Canada), Farley/Lourdes (Canada),
Shane/Cirine, John/Ingrid and Pearl/Nelson.
16 Apr: Maina-Curtorim: PIEDADE VALES PEREIRA, wife of Pedro Francisco.
16 Apr: Mapusa/Aldona: NELSON ROUVIER DIAS, husband of Benedicta,
father of Brunita.
16 Apr: Bambolim: MARIANO JVS D'SOUZA (Ex-Customs, Goa), husband of
Lauriana, father of Anselmo/Noemia, Carmon/Shirley, Blandino/Sharon,
Joyce/Christopher, Janet/Lazarus.
31 Mar: South River: MARGARIDA PINTO COLACO (90), of Fontainhas,
Panjim, died at Saint Peter's Medical Center in New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

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: 33.7 deg C, Humidity: 72% (Official figures for yesterday)
Weather: The weather continues to be hot and unpleasant.

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
2003-04-17 02:26:08 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
April 17, 2003

FIRST SARS CASE IN INDIA: The first case of Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome in India has been detected in Goa. Goa Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar said the victim, a 32-year-old marine engineer, has tested
positive for the Sars bug. The victim is said to have arrived in Goa
earlier this month after touring Singapore. On arrival he was found to have
mild fever. He was admitted at a special SARS ward at the Goa Medical
College. His blood report was sent to the National Institute of Virology in
Pune, which confirmed he had the virus. Television reports say that both
his wife and he have been quarantined. Goa Health Minister Suresh Amonkar
has appealed to all those who came in touch with the victim to remain
isolated from public places as a precaution. A team from the National
Institute of Communicable Diseases will arrive in Goa on Friday to examine
the victim. (From Eddie Fernandes on Goanet quoting BBC 17 April 2003 at
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2955337.stm)

BOAT TRAGEDY TOLL SHOOTS UP: Anjuna police yesterday recovered the bodies
of all six missing tourists at Calangute, pushing up the toll in Tuesday's
boat tragedy to 9. The names of the six were given as V Nageshwar Rao,
Ashok Reddy, V Shridharan, K Rama Rao, K Mageshwar Rao and K Shrinivas Rao,
all from Andhra Pradesh. Govind Rathod and Chandran, the duo, who had taken
the tourists for the boat ride, are still absconding. Police have
registered the case against the owner of the fishing canoe Cosma Carasco of
Baga and are searching for him. (GT)

TOUGHER TOURISM ACT LIKELY: Close on the heels of the tragedy that struck a
tourist boat off Anjuna on Tuesday, the Tourism Act is all set to be
amended in the ongoing session of the Goa Assembly, making illegal plying
of joy rides in river, sea, lake without proper license a criminal offence.
(GT)

ILLEGAL BOAT RIDES BANNED: Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco, while
acknowledging that hundreds of unlicenced vessels were ferrying tourists
for sea-rides over the years, also swore that no unlicensed boat would be
allowed to enter the sea, endangering lives of tourists, 'today onwards'. (H)

NO GOVT POLICY: Tourist boat owners in the state were mourning Tuesday's
tragedy, saying that greed on the part of a few operators had caused the
loss of nine lives and may also spell the demise of an industry worth
several lakh of rupees. Speaking to Gomantak Times, All Goa Boat Owners
Association secretary Neil Alvares called the incident "a tragedy" adding
that lives would have been saved if the passengers were wearing life
jackets. Alvares was quick to defend the industry in general saying that
the authorities had created an environment where boat owners were unsure
about the legal aspects of their business. (GT)

"
WORST IN INDIA": Twenty-four-year-old T Swami Ayyapa is a very lucky man.
He is one of the 16 men, who survived the tragic boat accident off the
Anjuna beach. Shock has replaced the awe that Ayyapa had for Goa and its
beauty. There is now bitterness and anger. "The Goa tourism department is
the worst in India," he says. "How can they allow these boatmen to operate
without licence, without safety equipment? What kind of security do they
provide the tourists who visit Goa? I have traveled to many places in India
but never experienced such a lackadaisical attitude". (Joaquim Fernandes in NT)

CITY CORPORATION'S FIRST MEET: The Corporation of City of Panaji held its
first meeting on 16 April even as councilors raised objections about the
governments handling of its formation. Councillor Patricia Pinto said that
the manner in which the erstwhile Panjim Municipal Council was dissolved
was contrary to the directions mentioned in the Municipalities Act. (GT)

GU TO SCRAP DOUBLE EVALUATION SYSTEM: The Goa University Academic Council
has decided to scrap the double evaluation system currently in use for all
professional colleges from the coming academic year and revert to the
single evaluation system. (H)

VICTIM OF ONE-SIDE LOVE AFFAIR? Police investigations into the death of
Angana Ramanth Shirodkar, a 25-year-old teacher from Tarvale-Shiroda, who
was fatally wounded in an acid attack by two persons at Shelpem in Mapusa
on Tuesday, have suggested that a one-sided love affair may have been the
motive behind the incident. Residents of Tarvale, who have been shocked
over the death of Angana, also seemed to support this theory, as close
relatives remarked that the assailant may have been known to Angana. (H)

PETROL PUMP LAND FOR PUBLIC UTILITY: Chief Minister yesterday told the Goa
legislative Assembly that land along the Panjim-Mapusa highway, on which a
petrol pump is operating, is being acquired by the government to set up a
"public" utility on a request by the public sector Hindustan Petroleum
company. Mr Parrikar pointed out that the petrol pump had been stopped some
years ago by an order of the High Court which held that the land could not
be converted under the Agriculture Tenancy Act. (H)

WOMAN DIES OF BURN INJURIES: Ms Jina Peter, a 40-year-old woman of Veroda,
Cuncolim, died of burn injuries on Wednesday at the Goa Medical College.
The Cuncolim police informed that on April 14, Jina poured kerosene on her
body and set herself ablaze. (NT)

ONE FALLS TO DEATH: Ramnath Palni (54) of Chonsai in Parsem-Pernem died
after falling from a bhendi tree on Wednesday evening. (H)

NEWLY-BORN ABANDONED: The Calangute police on April 15 found abandoned a
newly-born baby in the bushes (behind Hotel Maria Rosa) at Naikavaddo,
Calangute. (NT)

ILLEGAL HOUSES: Revenue Minister Pandurang Madkaikar said the government's
move to regularize illegal constructions on Comunidade land upto 15 June,
2000, had received a setback due to the protests and non-co-operation from
225 of these bodies. He claimed that the regularization was a bid to stop
further encroachments once and for all and assured strict action against
structures which had come up after the cut-off date. (GT)

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER ASSAULTED: A photographer of daily "Tarun Bharat", Mr
Ganadip Xeldekar, was allegedly assaulted by a professor of Chowgule
College, Margao. (NT)

FINANCE CO PROPRIETOR MISSING: Anxiety has gripped investors of a
Margao-based finance company as the lone proprietor went missing from his
house from Friday last. The wife of the proprietor has lodged missing
report with the Maina-Curtorim police station on April 12. (H)

STATE TO COUNTER STRIKE: The state government has taken necessary
precautions to ensure the supply of essential commodities and that the
people should co-operate in view of the ongoing strike by the All India
Motor Transport Congress of Goods Vehicles in the country since Monday. (GT)

SHANBHAG TRUST'S DONATION TO MES: Venkatesh Shanbhag, senior trustee of
Venkatesh Shanbhag Charitable Trust, handed over a cheque of Rs.5 lakh to
Vasantrao Joshi, President of Murgaon Education Society (MES), on the
occasion of the fist death anniversary of Sumati Venkatesh Shanbhag. (H)

SKY BUS METRO PROTOTYPE: The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, is
expected to inaugurate the prototype of the first-ever sky bus metro in
Margao. Though no formal date has been announced for the function, the
Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd also intends to seize the opportunity to
start their high speed train at the hands of the Prime Minister on the same
day. The KRCL sources disclosed that the Prime Minister would unveil
prototypes of two sets of sky busessky station and sky guidesintegrating
about 15 technologies. "Fast speed train and the sky bus metro are two
jewels in the crown of KRCL," stated one of its officials. (NT)

COUTO APPOINTED: Retired IAS officer Mr Albano Couto has been appointed as
advisor to the Government of Goa with immediate effect. Mr Couto was one of
the two advisors to the Governor Jacob when Goa was under President's rule
from February to June 1999. (H)


S P O R T S

"VIJAY MALLYA DID NOT WANT TO TAKE RISK": According to Dr Shekhar Salkar,
former executive committee member and the loudest voice in the opposition,
Vijay Mallya decided not to contest for the presidentship of the Goa
Cricket Association as he had to rush to the United States and would not be
able to physically be present to campaign for the next ten days before the
April 27 elections. (H)

D E A T H S
Mapusa: JOHN TERRY LOBO and LIDIA CONCEICAO LOBO (Ex-Casa Bela/Terry's
Marvel), father of Sonia/Edmund (Canada), Farley/Lourdes (Canada),
Shane/Cirine, John/Ingrid and Pearl/Nelson.
16 Apr: Maina-Curtorim: PIEDADE VALES PEREIRA, wife of Pedro Francisco.
16 Apr: Mapusa/Aldona: NELSON ROUVIER DIAS, husband of Benedicta,
father of Brunita.
16 Apr: Bambolim: MARIANO JVS D'SOUZA (Ex-Customs, Goa), husband of
Lauriana, father of Anselmo/Noemia, Carmon/Shirley, Blandino/Sharon,
Joyce/Christopher, Janet/Lazarus.
31 Mar: South River: MARGARIDA PINTO COLACO (90), of Fontainhas,
Panjim, died at Saint Peter's Medical Center in New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

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: 33.7 deg C, Humidity: 72% (Official figures for yesterday)
Weather: The weather continues to be hot and unpleasant.

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
2003-04-17 02:26:08 UTC
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GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
April 17, 2003

FIRST SARS CASE IN INDIA: The first case of Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome in India has been detected in Goa. Goa Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar said the victim, a 32-year-old marine engineer, has tested
positive for the Sars bug. The victim is said to have arrived in Goa
earlier this month after touring Singapore. On arrival he was found to have
mild fever. He was admitted at a special SARS ward at the Goa Medical
College. His blood report was sent to the National Institute of Virology in
Pune, which confirmed he had the virus. Television reports say that both
his wife and he have been quarantined. Goa Health Minister Suresh Amonkar
has appealed to all those who came in touch with the victim to remain
isolated from public places as a precaution. A team from the National
Institute of Communicable Diseases will arrive in Goa on Friday to examine
the victim. (From Eddie Fernandes on Goanet quoting BBC 17 April 2003 at
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2955337.stm)

BOAT TRAGEDY TOLL SHOOTS UP: Anjuna police yesterday recovered the bodies
of all six missing tourists at Calangute, pushing up the toll in Tuesday's
boat tragedy to 9. The names of the six were given as V Nageshwar Rao,
Ashok Reddy, V Shridharan, K Rama Rao, K Mageshwar Rao and K Shrinivas Rao,
all from Andhra Pradesh. Govind Rathod and Chandran, the duo, who had taken
the tourists for the boat ride, are still absconding. Police have
registered the case against the owner of the fishing canoe Cosma Carasco of
Baga and are searching for him. (GT)

TOUGHER TOURISM ACT LIKELY: Close on the heels of the tragedy that struck a
tourist boat off Anjuna on Tuesday, the Tourism Act is all set to be
amended in the ongoing session of the Goa Assembly, making illegal plying
of joy rides in river, sea, lake without proper license a criminal offence.
(GT)

ILLEGAL BOAT RIDES BANNED: Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco, while
acknowledging that hundreds of unlicenced vessels were ferrying tourists
for sea-rides over the years, also swore that no unlicensed boat would be
allowed to enter the sea, endangering lives of tourists, 'today onwards'. (H)

NO GOVT POLICY: Tourist boat owners in the state were mourning Tuesday's
tragedy, saying that greed on the part of a few operators had caused the
loss of nine lives and may also spell the demise of an industry worth
several lakh of rupees. Speaking to Gomantak Times, All Goa Boat Owners
Association secretary Neil Alvares called the incident "a tragedy" adding
that lives would have been saved if the passengers were wearing life
jackets. Alvares was quick to defend the industry in general saying that
the authorities had created an environment where boat owners were unsure
about the legal aspects of their business. (GT)

"
WORST IN INDIA": Twenty-four-year-old T Swami Ayyapa is a very lucky man.
He is one of the 16 men, who survived the tragic boat accident off the
Anjuna beach. Shock has replaced the awe that Ayyapa had for Goa and its
beauty. There is now bitterness and anger. "The Goa tourism department is
the worst in India," he says. "How can they allow these boatmen to operate
without licence, without safety equipment? What kind of security do they
provide the tourists who visit Goa? I have traveled to many places in India
but never experienced such a lackadaisical attitude". (Joaquim Fernandes in NT)

CITY CORPORATION'S FIRST MEET: The Corporation of City of Panaji held its
first meeting on 16 April even as councilors raised objections about the
governments handling of its formation. Councillor Patricia Pinto said that
the manner in which the erstwhile Panjim Municipal Council was dissolved
was contrary to the directions mentioned in the Municipalities Act. (GT)

GU TO SCRAP DOUBLE EVALUATION SYSTEM: The Goa University Academic Council
has decided to scrap the double evaluation system currently in use for all
professional colleges from the coming academic year and revert to the
single evaluation system. (H)

VICTIM OF ONE-SIDE LOVE AFFAIR? Police investigations into the death of
Angana Ramanth Shirodkar, a 25-year-old teacher from Tarvale-Shiroda, who
was fatally wounded in an acid attack by two persons at Shelpem in Mapusa
on Tuesday, have suggested that a one-sided love affair may have been the
motive behind the incident. Residents of Tarvale, who have been shocked
over the death of Angana, also seemed to support this theory, as close
relatives remarked that the assailant may have been known to Angana. (H)

PETROL PUMP LAND FOR PUBLIC UTILITY: Chief Minister yesterday told the Goa
legislative Assembly that land along the Panjim-Mapusa highway, on which a
petrol pump is operating, is being acquired by the government to set up a
"public" utility on a request by the public sector Hindustan Petroleum
company. Mr Parrikar pointed out that the petrol pump had been stopped some
years ago by an order of the High Court which held that the land could not
be converted under the Agriculture Tenancy Act. (H)

WOMAN DIES OF BURN INJURIES: Ms Jina Peter, a 40-year-old woman of Veroda,
Cuncolim, died of burn injuries on Wednesday at the Goa Medical College.
The Cuncolim police informed that on April 14, Jina poured kerosene on her
body and set herself ablaze. (NT)

ONE FALLS TO DEATH: Ramnath Palni (54) of Chonsai in Parsem-Pernem died
after falling from a bhendi tree on Wednesday evening. (H)

NEWLY-BORN ABANDONED: The Calangute police on April 15 found abandoned a
newly-born baby in the bushes (behind Hotel Maria Rosa) at Naikavaddo,
Calangute. (NT)

ILLEGAL HOUSES: Revenue Minister Pandurang Madkaikar said the government's
move to regularize illegal constructions on Comunidade land upto 15 June,
2000, had received a setback due to the protests and non-co-operation from
225 of these bodies. He claimed that the regularization was a bid to stop
further encroachments once and for all and assured strict action against
structures which had come up after the cut-off date. (GT)

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER ASSAULTED: A photographer of daily "Tarun Bharat", Mr
Ganadip Xeldekar, was allegedly assaulted by a professor of Chowgule
College, Margao. (NT)

FINANCE CO PROPRIETOR MISSING: Anxiety has gripped investors of a
Margao-based finance company as the lone proprietor went missing from his
house from Friday last. The wife of the proprietor has lodged missing
report with the Maina-Curtorim police station on April 12. (H)

STATE TO COUNTER STRIKE: The state government has taken necessary
precautions to ensure the supply of essential commodities and that the
people should co-operate in view of the ongoing strike by the All India
Motor Transport Congress of Goods Vehicles in the country since Monday. (GT)

SHANBHAG TRUST'S DONATION TO MES: Venkatesh Shanbhag, senior trustee of
Venkatesh Shanbhag Charitable Trust, handed over a cheque of Rs.5 lakh to
Vasantrao Joshi, President of Murgaon Education Society (MES), on the
occasion of the fist death anniversary of Sumati Venkatesh Shanbhag. (H)

SKY BUS METRO PROTOTYPE: The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, is
expected to inaugurate the prototype of the first-ever sky bus metro in
Margao. Though no formal date has been announced for the function, the
Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd also intends to seize the opportunity to
start their high speed train at the hands of the Prime Minister on the same
day. The KRCL sources disclosed that the Prime Minister would unveil
prototypes of two sets of sky busessky station and sky guidesintegrating
about 15 technologies. "Fast speed train and the sky bus metro are two
jewels in the crown of KRCL," stated one of its officials. (NT)

COUTO APPOINTED: Retired IAS officer Mr Albano Couto has been appointed as
advisor to the Government of Goa with immediate effect. Mr Couto was one of
the two advisors to the Governor Jacob when Goa was under President's rule
from February to June 1999. (H)


S P O R T S

"VIJAY MALLYA DID NOT WANT TO TAKE RISK": According to Dr Shekhar Salkar,
former executive committee member and the loudest voice in the opposition,
Vijay Mallya decided not to contest for the presidentship of the Goa
Cricket Association as he had to rush to the United States and would not be
able to physically be present to campaign for the next ten days before the
April 27 elections. (H)

D E A T H S
Mapusa: JOHN TERRY LOBO and LIDIA CONCEICAO LOBO (Ex-Casa Bela/Terry's
Marvel), father of Sonia/Edmund (Canada), Farley/Lourdes (Canada),
Shane/Cirine, John/Ingrid and Pearl/Nelson.
16 Apr: Maina-Curtorim: PIEDADE VALES PEREIRA, wife of Pedro Francisco.
16 Apr: Mapusa/Aldona: NELSON ROUVIER DIAS, husband of Benedicta,
father of Brunita.
16 Apr: Bambolim: MARIANO JVS D'SOUZA (Ex-Customs, Goa), husband of
Lauriana, father of Anselmo/Noemia, Carmon/Shirley, Blandino/Sharon,
Joyce/Christopher, Janet/Lazarus.
31 Mar: South River: MARGARIDA PINTO COLACO (90), of Fontainhas,
Panjim, died at Saint Peter's Medical Center in New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

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: 33.7 deg C, Humidity: 72% (Official figures for yesterday)
Weather: The weather continues to be hot and unpleasant.

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
2003-04-17 02:26:08 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
April 17, 2003

FIRST SARS CASE IN INDIA: The first case of Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome in India has been detected in Goa. Goa Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar said the victim, a 32-year-old marine engineer, has tested
positive for the Sars bug. The victim is said to have arrived in Goa
earlier this month after touring Singapore. On arrival he was found to have
mild fever. He was admitted at a special SARS ward at the Goa Medical
College. His blood report was sent to the National Institute of Virology in
Pune, which confirmed he had the virus. Television reports say that both
his wife and he have been quarantined. Goa Health Minister Suresh Amonkar
has appealed to all those who came in touch with the victim to remain
isolated from public places as a precaution. A team from the National
Institute of Communicable Diseases will arrive in Goa on Friday to examine
the victim. (From Eddie Fernandes on Goanet quoting BBC 17 April 2003 at
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2955337.stm)

BOAT TRAGEDY TOLL SHOOTS UP: Anjuna police yesterday recovered the bodies
of all six missing tourists at Calangute, pushing up the toll in Tuesday's
boat tragedy to 9. The names of the six were given as V Nageshwar Rao,
Ashok Reddy, V Shridharan, K Rama Rao, K Mageshwar Rao and K Shrinivas Rao,
all from Andhra Pradesh. Govind Rathod and Chandran, the duo, who had taken
the tourists for the boat ride, are still absconding. Police have
registered the case against the owner of the fishing canoe Cosma Carasco of
Baga and are searching for him. (GT)

TOUGHER TOURISM ACT LIKELY: Close on the heels of the tragedy that struck a
tourist boat off Anjuna on Tuesday, the Tourism Act is all set to be
amended in the ongoing session of the Goa Assembly, making illegal plying
of joy rides in river, sea, lake without proper license a criminal offence.
(GT)

ILLEGAL BOAT RIDES BANNED: Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco, while
acknowledging that hundreds of unlicenced vessels were ferrying tourists
for sea-rides over the years, also swore that no unlicensed boat would be
allowed to enter the sea, endangering lives of tourists, 'today onwards'. (H)

NO GOVT POLICY: Tourist boat owners in the state were mourning Tuesday's
tragedy, saying that greed on the part of a few operators had caused the
loss of nine lives and may also spell the demise of an industry worth
several lakh of rupees. Speaking to Gomantak Times, All Goa Boat Owners
Association secretary Neil Alvares called the incident "a tragedy" adding
that lives would have been saved if the passengers were wearing life
jackets. Alvares was quick to defend the industry in general saying that
the authorities had created an environment where boat owners were unsure
about the legal aspects of their business. (GT)

"
WORST IN INDIA": Twenty-four-year-old T Swami Ayyapa is a very lucky man.
He is one of the 16 men, who survived the tragic boat accident off the
Anjuna beach. Shock has replaced the awe that Ayyapa had for Goa and its
beauty. There is now bitterness and anger. "The Goa tourism department is
the worst in India," he says. "How can they allow these boatmen to operate
without licence, without safety equipment? What kind of security do they
provide the tourists who visit Goa? I have traveled to many places in India
but never experienced such a lackadaisical attitude". (Joaquim Fernandes in NT)

CITY CORPORATION'S FIRST MEET: The Corporation of City of Panaji held its
first meeting on 16 April even as councilors raised objections about the
governments handling of its formation. Councillor Patricia Pinto said that
the manner in which the erstwhile Panjim Municipal Council was dissolved
was contrary to the directions mentioned in the Municipalities Act. (GT)

GU TO SCRAP DOUBLE EVALUATION SYSTEM: The Goa University Academic Council
has decided to scrap the double evaluation system currently in use for all
professional colleges from the coming academic year and revert to the
single evaluation system. (H)

VICTIM OF ONE-SIDE LOVE AFFAIR? Police investigations into the death of
Angana Ramanth Shirodkar, a 25-year-old teacher from Tarvale-Shiroda, who
was fatally wounded in an acid attack by two persons at Shelpem in Mapusa
on Tuesday, have suggested that a one-sided love affair may have been the
motive behind the incident. Residents of Tarvale, who have been shocked
over the death of Angana, also seemed to support this theory, as close
relatives remarked that the assailant may have been known to Angana. (H)

PETROL PUMP LAND FOR PUBLIC UTILITY: Chief Minister yesterday told the Goa
legislative Assembly that land along the Panjim-Mapusa highway, on which a
petrol pump is operating, is being acquired by the government to set up a
"public" utility on a request by the public sector Hindustan Petroleum
company. Mr Parrikar pointed out that the petrol pump had been stopped some
years ago by an order of the High Court which held that the land could not
be converted under the Agriculture Tenancy Act. (H)

WOMAN DIES OF BURN INJURIES: Ms Jina Peter, a 40-year-old woman of Veroda,
Cuncolim, died of burn injuries on Wednesday at the Goa Medical College.
The Cuncolim police informed that on April 14, Jina poured kerosene on her
body and set herself ablaze. (NT)

ONE FALLS TO DEATH: Ramnath Palni (54) of Chonsai in Parsem-Pernem died
after falling from a bhendi tree on Wednesday evening. (H)

NEWLY-BORN ABANDONED: The Calangute police on April 15 found abandoned a
newly-born baby in the bushes (behind Hotel Maria Rosa) at Naikavaddo,
Calangute. (NT)

ILLEGAL HOUSES: Revenue Minister Pandurang Madkaikar said the government's
move to regularize illegal constructions on Comunidade land upto 15 June,
2000, had received a setback due to the protests and non-co-operation from
225 of these bodies. He claimed that the regularization was a bid to stop
further encroachments once and for all and assured strict action against
structures which had come up after the cut-off date. (GT)

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER ASSAULTED: A photographer of daily "Tarun Bharat", Mr
Ganadip Xeldekar, was allegedly assaulted by a professor of Chowgule
College, Margao. (NT)

FINANCE CO PROPRIETOR MISSING: Anxiety has gripped investors of a
Margao-based finance company as the lone proprietor went missing from his
house from Friday last. The wife of the proprietor has lodged missing
report with the Maina-Curtorim police station on April 12. (H)

STATE TO COUNTER STRIKE: The state government has taken necessary
precautions to ensure the supply of essential commodities and that the
people should co-operate in view of the ongoing strike by the All India
Motor Transport Congress of Goods Vehicles in the country since Monday. (GT)

SHANBHAG TRUST'S DONATION TO MES: Venkatesh Shanbhag, senior trustee of
Venkatesh Shanbhag Charitable Trust, handed over a cheque of Rs.5 lakh to
Vasantrao Joshi, President of Murgaon Education Society (MES), on the
occasion of the fist death anniversary of Sumati Venkatesh Shanbhag. (H)

SKY BUS METRO PROTOTYPE: The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, is
expected to inaugurate the prototype of the first-ever sky bus metro in
Margao. Though no formal date has been announced for the function, the
Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd also intends to seize the opportunity to
start their high speed train at the hands of the Prime Minister on the same
day. The KRCL sources disclosed that the Prime Minister would unveil
prototypes of two sets of sky busessky station and sky guidesintegrating
about 15 technologies. "Fast speed train and the sky bus metro are two
jewels in the crown of KRCL," stated one of its officials. (NT)

COUTO APPOINTED: Retired IAS officer Mr Albano Couto has been appointed as
advisor to the Government of Goa with immediate effect. Mr Couto was one of
the two advisors to the Governor Jacob when Goa was under President's rule
from February to June 1999. (H)


S P O R T S

"VIJAY MALLYA DID NOT WANT TO TAKE RISK": According to Dr Shekhar Salkar,
former executive committee member and the loudest voice in the opposition,
Vijay Mallya decided not to contest for the presidentship of the Goa
Cricket Association as he had to rush to the United States and would not be
able to physically be present to campaign for the next ten days before the
April 27 elections. (H)

D E A T H S
Mapusa: JOHN TERRY LOBO and LIDIA CONCEICAO LOBO (Ex-Casa Bela/Terry's
Marvel), father of Sonia/Edmund (Canada), Farley/Lourdes (Canada),
Shane/Cirine, John/Ingrid and Pearl/Nelson.
16 Apr: Maina-Curtorim: PIEDADE VALES PEREIRA, wife of Pedro Francisco.
16 Apr: Mapusa/Aldona: NELSON ROUVIER DIAS, husband of Benedicta,
father of Brunita.
16 Apr: Bambolim: MARIANO JVS D'SOUZA (Ex-Customs, Goa), husband of
Lauriana, father of Anselmo/Noemia, Carmon/Shirley, Blandino/Sharon,
Joyce/Christopher, Janet/Lazarus.
31 Mar: South River: MARGARIDA PINTO COLACO (90), of Fontainhas,
Panjim, died at Saint Peter's Medical Center in New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

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: 33.7 deg C, Humidity: 72% (Official figures for yesterday)
Weather: The weather continues to be hot and unpleasant.

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
2003-04-17 02:26:08 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
April 17, 2003

FIRST SARS CASE IN INDIA: The first case of Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome in India has been detected in Goa. Goa Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar said the victim, a 32-year-old marine engineer, has tested
positive for the Sars bug. The victim is said to have arrived in Goa
earlier this month after touring Singapore. On arrival he was found to have
mild fever. He was admitted at a special SARS ward at the Goa Medical
College. His blood report was sent to the National Institute of Virology in
Pune, which confirmed he had the virus. Television reports say that both
his wife and he have been quarantined. Goa Health Minister Suresh Amonkar
has appealed to all those who came in touch with the victim to remain
isolated from public places as a precaution. A team from the National
Institute of Communicable Diseases will arrive in Goa on Friday to examine
the victim. (From Eddie Fernandes on Goanet quoting BBC 17 April 2003 at
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2955337.stm)

BOAT TRAGEDY TOLL SHOOTS UP: Anjuna police yesterday recovered the bodies
of all six missing tourists at Calangute, pushing up the toll in Tuesday's
boat tragedy to 9. The names of the six were given as V Nageshwar Rao,
Ashok Reddy, V Shridharan, K Rama Rao, K Mageshwar Rao and K Shrinivas Rao,
all from Andhra Pradesh. Govind Rathod and Chandran, the duo, who had taken
the tourists for the boat ride, are still absconding. Police have
registered the case against the owner of the fishing canoe Cosma Carasco of
Baga and are searching for him. (GT)

TOUGHER TOURISM ACT LIKELY: Close on the heels of the tragedy that struck a
tourist boat off Anjuna on Tuesday, the Tourism Act is all set to be
amended in the ongoing session of the Goa Assembly, making illegal plying
of joy rides in river, sea, lake without proper license a criminal offence.
(GT)

ILLEGAL BOAT RIDES BANNED: Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco, while
acknowledging that hundreds of unlicenced vessels were ferrying tourists
for sea-rides over the years, also swore that no unlicensed boat would be
allowed to enter the sea, endangering lives of tourists, 'today onwards'. (H)

NO GOVT POLICY: Tourist boat owners in the state were mourning Tuesday's
tragedy, saying that greed on the part of a few operators had caused the
loss of nine lives and may also spell the demise of an industry worth
several lakh of rupees. Speaking to Gomantak Times, All Goa Boat Owners
Association secretary Neil Alvares called the incident "a tragedy" adding
that lives would have been saved if the passengers were wearing life
jackets. Alvares was quick to defend the industry in general saying that
the authorities had created an environment where boat owners were unsure
about the legal aspects of their business. (GT)

"
WORST IN INDIA": Twenty-four-year-old T Swami Ayyapa is a very lucky man.
He is one of the 16 men, who survived the tragic boat accident off the
Anjuna beach. Shock has replaced the awe that Ayyapa had for Goa and its
beauty. There is now bitterness and anger. "The Goa tourism department is
the worst in India," he says. "How can they allow these boatmen to operate
without licence, without safety equipment? What kind of security do they
provide the tourists who visit Goa? I have traveled to many places in India
but never experienced such a lackadaisical attitude". (Joaquim Fernandes in NT)

CITY CORPORATION'S FIRST MEET: The Corporation of City of Panaji held its
first meeting on 16 April even as councilors raised objections about the
governments handling of its formation. Councillor Patricia Pinto said that
the manner in which the erstwhile Panjim Municipal Council was dissolved
was contrary to the directions mentioned in the Municipalities Act. (GT)

GU TO SCRAP DOUBLE EVALUATION SYSTEM: The Goa University Academic Council
has decided to scrap the double evaluation system currently in use for all
professional colleges from the coming academic year and revert to the
single evaluation system. (H)

VICTIM OF ONE-SIDE LOVE AFFAIR? Police investigations into the death of
Angana Ramanth Shirodkar, a 25-year-old teacher from Tarvale-Shiroda, who
was fatally wounded in an acid attack by two persons at Shelpem in Mapusa
on Tuesday, have suggested that a one-sided love affair may have been the
motive behind the incident. Residents of Tarvale, who have been shocked
over the death of Angana, also seemed to support this theory, as close
relatives remarked that the assailant may have been known to Angana. (H)

PETROL PUMP LAND FOR PUBLIC UTILITY: Chief Minister yesterday told the Goa
legislative Assembly that land along the Panjim-Mapusa highway, on which a
petrol pump is operating, is being acquired by the government to set up a
"public" utility on a request by the public sector Hindustan Petroleum
company. Mr Parrikar pointed out that the petrol pump had been stopped some
years ago by an order of the High Court which held that the land could not
be converted under the Agriculture Tenancy Act. (H)

WOMAN DIES OF BURN INJURIES: Ms Jina Peter, a 40-year-old woman of Veroda,
Cuncolim, died of burn injuries on Wednesday at the Goa Medical College.
The Cuncolim police informed that on April 14, Jina poured kerosene on her
body and set herself ablaze. (NT)

ONE FALLS TO DEATH: Ramnath Palni (54) of Chonsai in Parsem-Pernem died
after falling from a bhendi tree on Wednesday evening. (H)

NEWLY-BORN ABANDONED: The Calangute police on April 15 found abandoned a
newly-born baby in the bushes (behind Hotel Maria Rosa) at Naikavaddo,
Calangute. (NT)

ILLEGAL HOUSES: Revenue Minister Pandurang Madkaikar said the government's
move to regularize illegal constructions on Comunidade land upto 15 June,
2000, had received a setback due to the protests and non-co-operation from
225 of these bodies. He claimed that the regularization was a bid to stop
further encroachments once and for all and assured strict action against
structures which had come up after the cut-off date. (GT)

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER ASSAULTED: A photographer of daily "Tarun Bharat", Mr
Ganadip Xeldekar, was allegedly assaulted by a professor of Chowgule
College, Margao. (NT)

FINANCE CO PROPRIETOR MISSING: Anxiety has gripped investors of a
Margao-based finance company as the lone proprietor went missing from his
house from Friday last. The wife of the proprietor has lodged missing
report with the Maina-Curtorim police station on April 12. (H)

STATE TO COUNTER STRIKE: The state government has taken necessary
precautions to ensure the supply of essential commodities and that the
people should co-operate in view of the ongoing strike by the All India
Motor Transport Congress of Goods Vehicles in the country since Monday. (GT)

SHANBHAG TRUST'S DONATION TO MES: Venkatesh Shanbhag, senior trustee of
Venkatesh Shanbhag Charitable Trust, handed over a cheque of Rs.5 lakh to
Vasantrao Joshi, President of Murgaon Education Society (MES), on the
occasion of the fist death anniversary of Sumati Venkatesh Shanbhag. (H)

SKY BUS METRO PROTOTYPE: The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, is
expected to inaugurate the prototype of the first-ever sky bus metro in
Margao. Though no formal date has been announced for the function, the
Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd also intends to seize the opportunity to
start their high speed train at the hands of the Prime Minister on the same
day. The KRCL sources disclosed that the Prime Minister would unveil
prototypes of two sets of sky busessky station and sky guidesintegrating
about 15 technologies. "Fast speed train and the sky bus metro are two
jewels in the crown of KRCL," stated one of its officials. (NT)

COUTO APPOINTED: Retired IAS officer Mr Albano Couto has been appointed as
advisor to the Government of Goa with immediate effect. Mr Couto was one of
the two advisors to the Governor Jacob when Goa was under President's rule
from February to June 1999. (H)


S P O R T S

"VIJAY MALLYA DID NOT WANT TO TAKE RISK": According to Dr Shekhar Salkar,
former executive committee member and the loudest voice in the opposition,
Vijay Mallya decided not to contest for the presidentship of the Goa
Cricket Association as he had to rush to the United States and would not be
able to physically be present to campaign for the next ten days before the
April 27 elections. (H)

D E A T H S
Mapusa: JOHN TERRY LOBO and LIDIA CONCEICAO LOBO (Ex-Casa Bela/Terry's
Marvel), father of Sonia/Edmund (Canada), Farley/Lourdes (Canada),
Shane/Cirine, John/Ingrid and Pearl/Nelson.
16 Apr: Maina-Curtorim: PIEDADE VALES PEREIRA, wife of Pedro Francisco.
16 Apr: Mapusa/Aldona: NELSON ROUVIER DIAS, husband of Benedicta,
father of Brunita.
16 Apr: Bambolim: MARIANO JVS D'SOUZA (Ex-Customs, Goa), husband of
Lauriana, father of Anselmo/Noemia, Carmon/Shirley, Blandino/Sharon,
Joyce/Christopher, Janet/Lazarus.
31 Mar: South River: MARGARIDA PINTO COLACO (90), of Fontainhas,
Panjim, died at Saint Peter's Medical Center in New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

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: 33.7 deg C, Humidity: 72% (Official figures for yesterday)
Weather: The weather continues to be hot and unpleasant.

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
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GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
April 17, 2003

FIRST SARS CASE IN INDIA: The first case of Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome in India has been detected in Goa. Goa Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar said the victim, a 32-year-old marine engineer, has tested
positive for the Sars bug. The victim is said to have arrived in Goa
earlier this month after touring Singapore. On arrival he was found to have
mild fever. He was admitted at a special SARS ward at the Goa Medical
College. His blood report was sent to the National Institute of Virology in
Pune, which confirmed he had the virus. Television reports say that both
his wife and he have been quarantined. Goa Health Minister Suresh Amonkar
has appealed to all those who came in touch with the victim to remain
isolated from public places as a precaution. A team from the National
Institute of Communicable Diseases will arrive in Goa on Friday to examine
the victim. (From Eddie Fernandes on Goanet quoting BBC 17 April 2003 at
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2955337.stm)

BOAT TRAGEDY TOLL SHOOTS UP: Anjuna police yesterday recovered the bodies
of all six missing tourists at Calangute, pushing up the toll in Tuesday's
boat tragedy to 9. The names of the six were given as V Nageshwar Rao,
Ashok Reddy, V Shridharan, K Rama Rao, K Mageshwar Rao and K Shrinivas Rao,
all from Andhra Pradesh. Govind Rathod and Chandran, the duo, who had taken
the tourists for the boat ride, are still absconding. Police have
registered the case against the owner of the fishing canoe Cosma Carasco of
Baga and are searching for him. (GT)

TOUGHER TOURISM ACT LIKELY: Close on the heels of the tragedy that struck a
tourist boat off Anjuna on Tuesday, the Tourism Act is all set to be
amended in the ongoing session of the Goa Assembly, making illegal plying
of joy rides in river, sea, lake without proper license a criminal offence.
(GT)

ILLEGAL BOAT RIDES BANNED: Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco, while
acknowledging that hundreds of unlicenced vessels were ferrying tourists
for sea-rides over the years, also swore that no unlicensed boat would be
allowed to enter the sea, endangering lives of tourists, 'today onwards'. (H)

NO GOVT POLICY: Tourist boat owners in the state were mourning Tuesday's
tragedy, saying that greed on the part of a few operators had caused the
loss of nine lives and may also spell the demise of an industry worth
several lakh of rupees. Speaking to Gomantak Times, All Goa Boat Owners
Association secretary Neil Alvares called the incident "a tragedy" adding
that lives would have been saved if the passengers were wearing life
jackets. Alvares was quick to defend the industry in general saying that
the authorities had created an environment where boat owners were unsure
about the legal aspects of their business. (GT)

"
WORST IN INDIA": Twenty-four-year-old T Swami Ayyapa is a very lucky man.
He is one of the 16 men, who survived the tragic boat accident off the
Anjuna beach. Shock has replaced the awe that Ayyapa had for Goa and its
beauty. There is now bitterness and anger. "The Goa tourism department is
the worst in India," he says. "How can they allow these boatmen to operate
without licence, without safety equipment? What kind of security do they
provide the tourists who visit Goa? I have traveled to many places in India
but never experienced such a lackadaisical attitude". (Joaquim Fernandes in NT)

CITY CORPORATION'S FIRST MEET: The Corporation of City of Panaji held its
first meeting on 16 April even as councilors raised objections about the
governments handling of its formation. Councillor Patricia Pinto said that
the manner in which the erstwhile Panjim Municipal Council was dissolved
was contrary to the directions mentioned in the Municipalities Act. (GT)

GU TO SCRAP DOUBLE EVALUATION SYSTEM: The Goa University Academic Council
has decided to scrap the double evaluation system currently in use for all
professional colleges from the coming academic year and revert to the
single evaluation system. (H)

VICTIM OF ONE-SIDE LOVE AFFAIR? Police investigations into the death of
Angana Ramanth Shirodkar, a 25-year-old teacher from Tarvale-Shiroda, who
was fatally wounded in an acid attack by two persons at Shelpem in Mapusa
on Tuesday, have suggested that a one-sided love affair may have been the
motive behind the incident. Residents of Tarvale, who have been shocked
over the death of Angana, also seemed to support this theory, as close
relatives remarked that the assailant may have been known to Angana. (H)

PETROL PUMP LAND FOR PUBLIC UTILITY: Chief Minister yesterday told the Goa
legislative Assembly that land along the Panjim-Mapusa highway, on which a
petrol pump is operating, is being acquired by the government to set up a
"public" utility on a request by the public sector Hindustan Petroleum
company. Mr Parrikar pointed out that the petrol pump had been stopped some
years ago by an order of the High Court which held that the land could not
be converted under the Agriculture Tenancy Act. (H)

WOMAN DIES OF BURN INJURIES: Ms Jina Peter, a 40-year-old woman of Veroda,
Cuncolim, died of burn injuries on Wednesday at the Goa Medical College.
The Cuncolim police informed that on April 14, Jina poured kerosene on her
body and set herself ablaze. (NT)

ONE FALLS TO DEATH: Ramnath Palni (54) of Chonsai in Parsem-Pernem died
after falling from a bhendi tree on Wednesday evening. (H)

NEWLY-BORN ABANDONED: The Calangute police on April 15 found abandoned a
newly-born baby in the bushes (behind Hotel Maria Rosa) at Naikavaddo,
Calangute. (NT)

ILLEGAL HOUSES: Revenue Minister Pandurang Madkaikar said the government's
move to regularize illegal constructions on Comunidade land upto 15 June,
2000, had received a setback due to the protests and non-co-operation from
225 of these bodies. He claimed that the regularization was a bid to stop
further encroachments once and for all and assured strict action against
structures which had come up after the cut-off date. (GT)

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER ASSAULTED: A photographer of daily "Tarun Bharat", Mr
Ganadip Xeldekar, was allegedly assaulted by a professor of Chowgule
College, Margao. (NT)

FINANCE CO PROPRIETOR MISSING: Anxiety has gripped investors of a
Margao-based finance company as the lone proprietor went missing from his
house from Friday last. The wife of the proprietor has lodged missing
report with the Maina-Curtorim police station on April 12. (H)

STATE TO COUNTER STRIKE: The state government has taken necessary
precautions to ensure the supply of essential commodities and that the
people should co-operate in view of the ongoing strike by the All India
Motor Transport Congress of Goods Vehicles in the country since Monday. (GT)

SHANBHAG TRUST'S DONATION TO MES: Venkatesh Shanbhag, senior trustee of
Venkatesh Shanbhag Charitable Trust, handed over a cheque of Rs.5 lakh to
Vasantrao Joshi, President of Murgaon Education Society (MES), on the
occasion of the fist death anniversary of Sumati Venkatesh Shanbhag. (H)

SKY BUS METRO PROTOTYPE: The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, is
expected to inaugurate the prototype of the first-ever sky bus metro in
Margao. Though no formal date has been announced for the function, the
Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd also intends to seize the opportunity to
start their high speed train at the hands of the Prime Minister on the same
day. The KRCL sources disclosed that the Prime Minister would unveil
prototypes of two sets of sky busessky station and sky guidesintegrating
about 15 technologies. "Fast speed train and the sky bus metro are two
jewels in the crown of KRCL," stated one of its officials. (NT)

COUTO APPOINTED: Retired IAS officer Mr Albano Couto has been appointed as
advisor to the Government of Goa with immediate effect. Mr Couto was one of
the two advisors to the Governor Jacob when Goa was under President's rule
from February to June 1999. (H)


S P O R T S

"VIJAY MALLYA DID NOT WANT TO TAKE RISK": According to Dr Shekhar Salkar,
former executive committee member and the loudest voice in the opposition,
Vijay Mallya decided not to contest for the presidentship of the Goa
Cricket Association as he had to rush to the United States and would not be
able to physically be present to campaign for the next ten days before the
April 27 elections. (H)

D E A T H S
Mapusa: JOHN TERRY LOBO and LIDIA CONCEICAO LOBO (Ex-Casa Bela/Terry's
Marvel), father of Sonia/Edmund (Canada), Farley/Lourdes (Canada),
Shane/Cirine, John/Ingrid and Pearl/Nelson.
16 Apr: Maina-Curtorim: PIEDADE VALES PEREIRA, wife of Pedro Francisco.
16 Apr: Mapusa/Aldona: NELSON ROUVIER DIAS, husband of Benedicta,
father of Brunita.
16 Apr: Bambolim: MARIANO JVS D'SOUZA (Ex-Customs, Goa), husband of
Lauriana, father of Anselmo/Noemia, Carmon/Shirley, Blandino/Sharon,
Joyce/Christopher, Janet/Lazarus.
31 Mar: South River: MARGARIDA PINTO COLACO (90), of Fontainhas,
Panjim, died at Saint Peter's Medical Center in New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

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: 33.7 deg C, Humidity: 72% (Official figures for yesterday)
Weather: The weather continues to be hot and unpleasant.

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

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