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Sanny Vaz
2007-08-26 10:39:34 UTC
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No withdrawal of
support: Alemao


BY HERALD REPORTER

Save Goa Front supremo and Navelim MLA Churchill Alemao maintained
that he has not threatened to withdraw support to the Digambar Kamat Government
if the controversial casino boat is towed away from River Sal.

?I have not issued any threat to withdraw support to the Government on this
particular issue,? Alemao told Herald when asked to react to reports in certain
quarters that said he has warned Chief Minister Digambar Kamat of withdrawing
support if the casino boat is removed from the river.

?Why should I withdraw support to the Government on the issue? I am not in
favour of the casino boat, but my supporters, including the taxi operators are
peeved at attempts made by my political opponents to drag my name into the
controversy?.





?Cong has nothing to
do with Babush?


Adopting a tough stand against Taleigao MLA Babush
Monserrate, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and Goa Desk
In-charge Margaret Alva on Saturday stated that he (Babush) is neither part of
the Congress party nor does it (Congress) have anything to do with the UGDP.

Interestingly, it was Monserrate who packed the first punch at the Goa
Democratic Alliance (GDA) by extending support to the Congress Government that
was struggling to survive following withdrawal of support by the MGP MLAs.

Addressing a press conference in the city, Alva categorically stated that no
talks were held with either Monserrate or the UGDP, adding that the two are not
part of the ruling faction.

?He may support us, but we have nothing to do with him,? said Alva when
reminded of her pre-election statement `Congress has no truck with
Monserrate?.?

It may be recalled that Monserrate had dumped the Congress party at the
eleventh hour to contest the Assembly polls on the UGDP ticket.

Alva also denied calling Churchill Alemao a ?joker?, stating that the media had
misinterpreted her statement.

?I never called him a joker,? she said, when asked how the Congress inducted a
joker in the Government.

She clarified that Churchill?s support was unconditional. ?He put only one
demand and we made him a minister
according to our party formula,? she pointed
out.





Panjim?s
heritage scandal surfaces


By FRANKY GRACIAS

PANJIM, AUG 25 ? Heritage lovers, conservationists and NGOs, who had led
a sustained campaign from 2001 to 2003 against the State authorities to save a
prominent Panjim square housing heritage buildings from being annihilated by a
commercial construction, fear the same again after the earlier plan was
shelved.

The prominent square lying between the busy 18th June Road and an arterial
road, houses buildings like the Massano de Amorim and Santa Casa da Misericordia
considered as a ?treasure trove? by heritage lovers. These age-old buildings
with their unique architectural styles presently house the Social Welfare
Department, Urban Health Centre, Provedoria, a library and a
school.

Within the precincts of this famous square, admeasuring 3,513 sq mt and unknown
to many passersby, is based a volleyball stadium which lies in the middle
surrounded by Santa Casa and Masanno de Amorim buildings.

Patricia Pinto of People?s Movement for Civic Action shockingly revealed to
Herald that the ?land-use? for the heritage square has been changed from
?institutional? to ?commercial? as per the draft ODP 2011 of September 2006 to
facilitate a commercial venture.

Patricia hasn?t forgotten November 2001 when the buildings were to be razed for
a commercial complex by cunningly changing the land-use of the prominent square
from ?institutional? to ?commercial?. At that time, plans were afoot to raise a
ground-plus-five structure.

Following protests from PMCA, Goa Heritage Action Group, Percival Noronha of
INTACH, Dean D?Cruz and others for around one-and-half year, the TCP Board
finally buckled and reverted the land-use to ?institutional? on July 10,
2003.

Patricia said as per the draft ODP 2011, brought out in 2006, the land-use of
the square has been categorised under C-1, which permits construction of a
ground-plus seven structure. ?Why have the authorities effected a change once
again in spite of being aware of the earlier protests?? she wonders.

NGOs and heritage lovers have raised fears that the heritage buildings in the
prominent square may have to make way for a shopping mall and the present
situation could turn similar to that of 2001 when all protested in unison to
get the controversial land-use reverted.

Panjim city without its rich heritage structures would surely be unacceptable
to its citizens and it will have nothing to boast of without these, says
Patricia, adding, ?The PMCA exhorts people of Panjim to send in their
objections to this change in land-use as the Government has now decided to once
again place the ODPs for public objection for a period of two months.?






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Sanny Vaz
2007-08-27 05:49:06 UTC
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Mummy?s fate hangs in balance Will Cong recall
petition?


BY HERALD REPORTER


All eyes will be on the disqualification petition filed against St Cruz MLA
Victoria Fernandes, to be taken up by Goa Assembly Speaker Pratapsing Rane, at
11.30 am, on Monday.

On the eve of the hearing, talks were doing the rounds in political circles
that the disqualification plea against Ms Fernandes might be withdrawn.

The petitioner, Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar, however, preferred
to remain silent on the issue.

It is learnt that the Congress party is in favour of recalling the
petition against Ms Fernandes ? who recently withdrew her
resignation and the petition filed against the Speaker in the High Court.

Ms Fernandes, who has not met the Speaker in person over her resignation ? and
subsequent withdrawal ? till date, has been directed to be present for
tomorrow?s hearing.

Rane is also scheduled to hear the disqualification pleas filed against the two
MGP MLAs ? Sudin Dhavlikar and brother Deepak ? on Monday.


Stop the dredge, drag the boat: locals


BY HERALD REPORTER

While the Churchill-Luizinho blame game takes centre stage ? threatening to
overshadow the anti-dredging/casino boat agitation ? wary traditional fishermen
appear firm in their resolve to stop dredging of River Sal.

Traditional fishermen, inhabiting the banks of River Sal ? in Velim, Ambelim
and Assolna ? have warned of a second agitation if there?s any further delay in
towing the casino boat away.

Apparently angry over the attempts made by politicians and vested interests to
give the agitation launched by Save River Sal Front a political hue ?
especially on the Cavelossim side of the river ? traditional fishermen fear
that petty politics may do more harm than good for the movement.

?Enough is enough. The fishermen have been fighting against dredging to protect
their livelihood since 1998. We are not concerned about the Luizihno-Churchill
blame game. We only want the casino boat out and the dredging stopped
forthwith,? asserted Chairman of AVCB Traditional Fishermen Association Elvin
D?Silva.

?Politics is certainly not on our agenda,? D?Silva clarified.

?When the Government had first planned to dredge the river in 1998-99, we
opposed it tooth and nail and got the plan scrapped. Now, the traditional
fishermen are determined to oppose dredging of the river and the casino boat,?
he warned.

The fishermen say that dredging will destroy the rich marine habitat. ?The
entire river will have to be dredged to accommodate the casino boat. Imagine
what will happen when other starred hotels and parties also decide to float
casino boats,? he said.

Like many a traditional fisherman, D?Silva fails to understand why the present
Government reintroduced the dredging plan when the then Government headed by
Luizinho Faleiro had scrapped the idea. ?It?s shocking that the Captain of
Ports granted permission to dredge the river despite our earlier objections,?
he pointed out.

Perhaps for the first time, both the traditional fishermen and the mechanised
boat owners share a common concern. While the boat owners see the casino as an
obstruction along the navigation channel, fishermen maintain that dredging
would spell doom.





Vailankanni festival from Wed


About 15 lakh pilgrims are expected to visit the basilica
here during the 10-day annual festival beginning on Wednesday, August 29.

Nagapattinam District Collector S Jawahar, visited Vailankanni and inspected
the various arrangements made in connection with the festival of Annai Arokia
Matha of the ?Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Health?.

Later speaking to mediapersons, Jawahar said all arrangements have been made at
Vailankanni by the district administration, expecting around 15 lakh pilgrims.

Nearly 1,750 police personnel under the supervision of Kalpana Naick,
Superintendent of Police, Nagapattinam would be deployed.





Ration quota shrinks in Canacona!


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

A large number of people in Canacona Taluka have accused the government of
being on a mission to starve one set of families at the cost of others.

It is estimated that around 80% percent of ration card holders in Canacona
Taluka, irrespective of the type of card they hold, collect their monthly
ration quota like rice, wheat and sugar from a Public Distribution System (PDS)
shop.

With a countable number of Antodya and other BPL ration card holders, in any
given area, privileged to get a decent quota of rice and sugar at highly
subsidised rates, Above Poverty Line (APL) card holders are denied even an
honest quota with higher rates.

The maximum people holding APL ration cards are almost left to fend for
themselves since the last few months. It is learnt that though no sugar quota
is allowed to APL card holders, the once decent looking 10 kg of rice and 8 kg of wheat allotted to a
ration card holder per month has suddenly become a thing of the past.

Some APL families who lined up last week for ration were surprised to see that
their quota further reduced to a meagre 2 kilos of rice and 1 kilo of wheat.
Till last month, it was a paltry 3
kg of rice and 2 kg of wheat.

?Is this the ?aam admi? governance that our Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has
promised us?? questioned an agitated man at a PDS shop in Agonda.

Other unhappy residents suspected the involvement of dealers running PDS shops
and even went to the extent of calling on the village sarpanch. He (sarpanch)
contacted the civil supplies wing of the taluka who confirmed the reduced
supply of essential commodities.

Elders in the villages are also a disturbed lot. ?Before the classification of
ration cards, everything was running smoothly. Today, common people like us
can?t get proper government ration while migrant labourers who have settled
here enjoy full quotas under the pretext of Antodya and BPL,? a senior citizen
pointed out.





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Hearing
of disqualification petition today


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 26 The Speaker, Mr Pratasing Rane will conduct the
hearing on the disqualification petition against the two Maharashtrawadi
Gomantak Party MLAs, Mr Ramakrishna Dhavalikar and Mr Pandurang Dhavalikar on
August 27.


The Speaker will decide whether to confirm the order on interim
relief passed by him or to proceed with the main petition against the
?restrained? MGP candidates. The Congress MLA, Mr Agnelo Fernandes had filed
the disqualification petition before the Speaker, last month.


Meanwhile, the Speaker will also decide upon the disqualification
of the Congress MLA, Ms Victoria Fernandes tomorrow for violating the party
whip when the assembly was in session. Ms Fernandes had violated the party whip
by remaining absent in the House during the crucial ?vote of confidence? on
July 30.


The petition against Ms Fernandes was filed by the Congress MLA,
Mr Chandrakant Kavalekar.


Faleiro
dodges queries on parliamentary by-elections


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 26 Former education minister, Mr Luizinho Faleiro
tried to dodge queries whether he was one of the probable candidates for the
parliamentary by-elections in the South.


On being questioned if he was trying to use the Save River Sal
Front movement as a plank to spruce up his political career, a composed Mr
Faleiro countered, ?Has the Election Commissioner declared the elections??


When Mr Faleiro was told that Mr Churchill too has demanded that
his lawyer daughter be given a chance to contest the by-polls, he replied,
?There is also a demand that a ST candidate may be given an opportunity to
contest.?


He refused a categorical yes or no answer, on whether he was in
the reckoning as a candidate for the by-polls.


The former education minister was at pains to explain that he was
happy to be away from the media glare, enjoying the `peace and bliss? of life,
after having been forced to make way for his bete noire, Mr Churchill Alemao in
Navelim, in the recent assembly elections.


?Actually I did not want to address the media, but circumstances
forced me to break my silence as my name was being unnecessarily maligned,? he
said, regretting for having to break his so called ?tapasya.?


Dharna
against CRZ violations at Mobor on Aug 28


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 26 Upping the ante against illegalities and gross
violations of coastal regulatory zone guidelines, the Cavelossim citizens
action committee has decided to have a bigger dharna on August 28 near a resort
at Mobor.


According to CCAC member, Mr Kennedy Afonso, the committee would
invite senior CRZ, town and country planning and other district officials to
the site.


The local MLA, Mr Churchill Alemao would also be requested to be
present, the CCAC member said.


The CCAC had conducted one of their series of peaceful dharnas on
Saturday last. A number of locals from surrounding villages of Varca,
Cavelossim and Davorlim had taken part in the dharna-cum-meeting.


?Some 12 bungalows have been constructed at Mobor blatantly
ignoring the law of the land. We have deliberately scheduled our dharna there,
so that everyone gets to know facts,? Mr Afonso said.


He further informed that initially town and country department had
issued licence for only four bungalows there. But when the new constructions
continued, the department issued a stop order on the same.


?But the work still continues with the blessing of the local
Cavelossim sarpanch,? Mr Afonso alleged.


Declaring that the protest against illegalities will continue, Mr
Afonso said: ?We will fight tooth and nail in our efforts to nail the culprits,
who have bent rules and ignored laws to suit their conveniences.? Even
authorities involved will not be spared, he warned.


On the other hand, the people of Cavelossim today called for a
compilation of a list of the number of constructions undertaken in violation of
CRZ guidelines in the area of their village panchayat.


However, the Cavelosim sarpanch, Mr Edwin Barretto denied any
resolution has been taken to that effect.


Expectedly, the Gram Sabha meeting witnessed noisy scenes, as a
clear divide between two sections -- one group opposing the dredging of River
Sal and another against CRZ violations -- was rather obvious.


In normal circumstances the meeting would have been organised in
the panchayat hall. But on Sunday it was shifted to a bigger hall in the area
as the crowd swelled.


A big hue and cry ensued, when a section of the Gram Sabha
demanded that no panchayat fund be used to fight a court battle in the ongoing
dredging imbroglio.


?If at all, a legal recourse needs to be taken on the issue, then
use of panchayat funds should be avoided,? a member voiced his opinion.


A bitter debate on the issue ensued, but the Gram Sabha could not
arrive at a final decision in the matter.


The continuation of water sports activities in the river also
figured at the meeting.


Although authorities permit water sports activities for the period
from October to May, it was observed that some youth were continuing with the
activity, much to the annoyance of locals and fishing community.


Besides the disturbing noise, the `Jet skis? speed recklessly,
sometime ripping off fishing nets in the river. The Gram Sabha decided to
immediately put a stop to the water sports activity.


A discussion on an entrepreneur engaged in building trawlers in
the area came up at the Gram Sabha meet.


According to locals, the entrepreneur was operating illegally and
did not possess the required permissions from the authorities.


Further the activity created a lot of noise disturbing the peace
of the locals in the area. It was suggested some action be taken in the matter.


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Sanny Vaz
2007-08-28 06:26:37 UTC
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Hyderabad
blasts fail to awaken Goa Police!


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

The Central Government?s call to States to intensify security in view of
Saturday?s twin Hyderabad blasts appears to have
been taken with not much seriousness by the Goa
police.

In one such case, expensive cameras installed to monitor activities at the
Polem police check post have been out of order for over two months and nothing
has been done to rectify the problem.

The Police Department went hi-tech, and on the eve of the Assembly elections,
installed cameras on masts at four strategic locations at the Polem check post
to record movement of vehicles from across the border.

Police sources say these gadgets, costing over Rs 1 lakh, were installed to
keep a tab on the movement of vehicles after the terrorism scare that rocked
the State.

Solar lights were fitted atop the posts to keep these camera units functional
even during power failure. The cameras were connected to the control unit
located in the barrack of the police outpost and recordings were later
transferred to the headquarters for scrutiny by higher authorities.

This exercise, which should have sent shivers down the spine of any person
undertaking an illegal activity, instead, became the laughing stock in the
area. The gadgets ceased to operate within a week after they were installed and
no one has rectified the error in the monitoring unit.

On the other hand, some locals suspect that the failure of the cameras to
function could well be a boon to the men in khaki, who may resent being
monitored by a neutral eye regarding activities, legal or otherwise, at the
Polem border.

When contacted, the police manning the Polem check post said they had orally
informed their higher authorities that the gadget was out of operation. When
contacted, South Goa SP S M Prabhudesai said he was unaware that the cameras
were not working and pledged to look into the matter and get the gadgets
rectified.


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Spotted: John Abraham in Goa


August 27, 2007 17:03 IST






Reader Manasi couldn't believe her eyes when
she spotted John Abraham [Images] having dinner at the next table.





John
was in Goa's [Images] popular resturant Brittos when Manasi
approached him for a photograph.





She
writes, 'You are wonderful, modest and an excellent human being... muah!'


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Person of the Day - Santiago Monteiro


Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Having arrived here from Goa, India, a year and a half ago, Santiago
Monteiro feels very much at home in the Cayman Islands.


?People are very good here,? he said. He enjoys working at Sunset House
where he meets people daily, and he spends his leisure snorkelling, watching
movies and hanging out with friends.


?I keep myself busy,? he said, adding that he misses his family back home
and looks forward to visiting them next year.


?When you think of your future, ask yourself, ?is there
something you can work towards becoming?,? he said, and divulges that his dream
is to become a Restaurant Manager some day.


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Dharna against CRZ violations at Mobor


BY HERALD REPORTER

Continuing with its agitation against CRZ violations, the Cavelossim Citizens
Action Committee will hold its second dharna on August 28 at Mobor infront of
hotel resort for allegedly CRZ irregularities.

The Action Committee has claimed that the alleged illegal work continues
despite orders by the Town and Country Planning department, saying the hotel
project has blocked access to a Cross revered by the villagers of Mobor.

The committee has said it will support the people on this point and appealed to
the authorities to open the access first. ?The people are not in favour of
builders blocking religious structures, that to by illegal construction
activities?, stated Kennedy Afonso.

The committee has given a call to all concerned citizens of Goa,
to lend their support for the grassroot people?s movement, saying the people
are fighting against a group of powerful builders lobby, and we need the
support of all concerned citizens from all walks of life, NGOs and other
organisations.





Save River Sal Front demands immediate removal of
boat


BY HERALD REPORTER


With the deadlock over the casino boat/dredging row continues, the Save
River Sal Front on Monday conveyed a message loud and clear to the Chief
Secretary J P Singh that people?s patience is running out on the issue and has
demanded immediate removal of the boat from River Sal.

A delegation of the Front comprising of Shridhar Kamat, Edwin Barreto, Elvino
D?Costa, Elvis Gomes adn Ms Melsa had a meeting with the Chief Secretary on
Monday noon, attended by a host of senior government officials connected with
the issue and representative of Hotel Leela. However, the meeting failed to
evolve a solution, with Hotel Leela seeking time to reply to the points raised
by the Front.

With the government dragging on the matter, Front leaders are meeting on
Tuesday to chalk out future course of agitation by involving the people on both
sides of the river at Cavelossim-Mobor and Velim, Assolna, Ambelim and Betul.

SRSF elucidated the various aspects involving the legal, social and ecological
angles concerning the issue.

During discussions, the Front expressed surprise that the Captain of Ports
failed to stress on an NOC from the concerned Panchayat body before permitting
Leela to start the dredging activity. Further, it said issuing NOC to a private
party to dredge the river has set an unhealthy precedent of allowing a private
commercial venture to exploit the natural resources. ?The directive in the NOC
that the dredged material be dumped in the adjoining CRZ area is in violation
of existing laws?, the Front maintained.

Demanding that the government should not allow casino boats to operate within
river basins, which in itself in in contravention of the meaning of the term
?off-shore casino?, the Front said any permission to dredge the river basis and
to allow stationing of the boat would directly affect the livelihood of around
500 families of traditional fishermem, ie around 3000 dependants.

Reiterating its stiff opposition to the dredging operation and has vowed to
oppose any move to station the casino ship in the river basin, the Front has
appealed to all the citizens to be vigilant and join the ongong agitation under
the banner of SRSF in large numbers.


SGF hails BJP?s move on SEZs


HERALD REPORTER

General Secretary of Save Goa Front (SGF) Dr Wilfred Mesquita welcomed the
decision of BJP to launch an agitation demanding scrapping of SEZs in Goa.

When contacted for his reaction, Dr Mesquita said ?we fully stand by it and
congratulate BJP for taking up the issue and extend full support in opposing SEZs?.

The Congress should not forget the incidents which have taken place all
over the country right from Nandigram to the other states of the country who
vehementally opposed SEZs which are only meant to promote the vested interest
of the country. It may be recalled that SGF party manifesto had prominently
opposed SEZs in Goa. However, this issue was
reportedly not resolved at the time of party Supremo Churchill Alemao
joining the Digambar Kamat government as PWD minister.





Govt toppling bid was to save Goa, claims Parrikar


BY HERALD REPORTER

My objective for wanting to dislodge the present government was to save
Goa from the demographic invasion and land scams that it is being
promoted under the garb of pursuing Special Economic
Zones (SEZs) in the State, said Opposition
leader Manohar Parrikar on Monday breaking his silence
after the coup failed.

Addressing the media today, Parrikar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
will continue its efforts to dislodge the government especially over the issue
of SEZs and has strongly demanded the scrapping of all SEZs proposed for Goa.

Referring to answers furnished in the Goa Assembly, Parrikar pointed out that
seven out of the 15 proposed SEZs have already been approved by the Center and
alleged that the State government is pursuing SEZs without a policy and without
a study on the job creations by SEZs vis-?-vis availability of manpower.

Parrikar clarified that the BJP was not opposed to SEZs but was concerned over
its impact on the State.

He opined, ?Goa can afford to have not more
than one or two SEZs,? adding that a large number of them would bring no
economic benefits to the State.

He went on to state that the 15 SEZs would attract at least 2.5 lakh migrant
population to Goa and burden the State?s
infrastructure.

Ridiculing the Congress government?s ?lopsided planning? on SEZs, the
opposition leader said that the only interest the government has is allegedly
in the under hand land dealings. He further alleged that at least Rs 200-Rs 500
per sq meter has been exchanged in the allotment of land.

Parrikar said that the BJP will take this issue to every citizen in Goa in a bid to expose the SEZ scandal of the Congress
government and will thereafter go for an agitation in the second stage.

Though the issue was hardly raised during the attempted coup, Parrikar today
said the people of Goa need to know that the
political developments that transpired between July 25 - August 13 was all
co-related to land scams en masse. He said that the SEZ scam is far more
serious than the Regional Plan 2011. Incidentally, no land for SEZs has been
allotted to entrepreneurs since the new government came to power. Nonetheless
it was done by the Congress government one and a half year ago.

While demanding for a halt on SEZs, the BJP also demanded
that the government call the Opposition for a debate on SEZs.





Sarpanch says Penha-da-Franca garbage compactor
parts stolen


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


The Rs 14 lakh garbage compactor sent to the Penha-da-Franca panchayat has
itself become a waste, with the sarpanch admitting that the parts have been
stolen from the vehicle.

The issue came up for discussion at the Gram Sabha of Penha-da-Franca on
Sunday, when Convener of Penha-Franca Citizens? forum Agnelo Perreira sought to
know the action initiated by the panchayat regarding the compactor, which had
been abandoned at the Kranti garden at Porvorim for last one year.

Sarpanch Subhash Kalangutker replied that the battery of the vehicle and other
parts were stolen by some unknown persons and the vehicle had become immobile.
Kalangutker, however, assured to take up the matter with the Directorate of
Panchayats.

Regarding other works in the village, Kalangutker said the panchayat has taken
up 14 development works like construction of gutters, footpaths and roads in
all wards at a cost of Rs 30 lakh and added that all works would be completed
within the next six months.

The villagers demanded to know what action the panchayat had taken regarding
the development of a playground at Britona.

Stating that there are a number of grounds in the village, the residents
claimed that the panchayat has not taken any action to construct a playground
in Britona. They added that the issue had been raised in every Gram Sabha for a
number of years, but no action had been taken in the matter.

Sarpanch Kalangutker agreed in the need for the playground at Britona and
assured that the panchayat would approach the government for allotment of space
in this regard.

Residents of Halliwada strongly opposed the erection of a mobile tower in the
field in Survey No 147/1 and sought to know how the panchayat had issued the
permission to the company to erect the tower in the absence of a Conversion
Sanad and approval from the Town and Country Planning department.

Agnelo Pereira also mentioned that a speed breaker should be laid immediately
on the Alto-Betim side of the Mandovi
Bridge as lot of
accidents take place at this junction. The sarpanch assured to look into the
matter.

Rohidas Naik mentioned some bungalow owners in Porvorim had encroached on the
open space in front of bungalows and had illegally constructed compound walls.
Elvis Rodrigues, Savio Carvalho and Mr Pinto also participated in the
discussions.

Earlier, Panchayat Secretary Peter Martins read out the report of the Gram
Sabha on June 24. Anjali Shirodker was present as an observer at the meeting.


MMC to set up garbage redressal cell


BY HERALD REPORTER


With garbage problem staring at the city, the Margao Municipal Council has
decided to set up a garbage redressal Cell whereby citizens can register their
complaints and get their grievances redressed.

In another development, the Civic body has finally tendered the purchase of
three garbage compactors after the government shot down the move to go for the
compactors sans tenders.

Initially, citizens may be required to lodge complaints in person, but plans
are afoot to open a telephone line for people to register complaints over the
phone.

Chief Officer, N D Agarwal said the garbage redressal cell will note down all
complaints received from the citizens about non-collection of garbage. In turn,
the staff manning the cell will forward the complaint to the sanitary section
for redressal.

?By constituting the cell, citizens will get the facility to lodge their
complaints about non-collection of garbage. The facility will help Civic
officials to keep a tab on the staff engaged in cleaning and disposing off
garbage?, Agarwal said.

The Chief Officer has said the Civic body is presently concentrating on how
best to make the Gandhi market garbage-free as the market is witnessing heaps
of garbage almost everyday.

Around four-truck load of garbage is generated in the Gandhi market on a daily
basis. The CO has plans to construct a bin wherein waste can be dumped inside
without posing an eyesore to the citizens.

Meanwhile, the Margao
Municipality has issued
tenders for the purchase of three garbage compactors. These compactors were
earlier sought to be purchased by the CIvic body without inviting tenders, but
the proposal did not find favour with the government.

The government had sanctioned Rs 69 lakhs for the purchase of the three
compactors after local MLA Digambar Kamat became the Chief Minister two months
ago.


Speaker?s order on Dhavlikars likely today


BY HERALD REPORTER

The Goa Assembly Speaker
Pratapsing Rane will decide tomorrow (August 28) whether or not the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) should be made a respondent in the
disqualification plea filed against two of its MLAs - Sudin and Dipak
Dhavalikar.

In the matter slated today, Rane heard arguments over an application filed by
chief of the MGP Pandurang Raut who has sought to intervene in the petition and
has asked to be heard in the matter as well.

The legal counsel for the petitioner (Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes) in the
disqualification plea has strongly disputed the MGP?s application.

Earlier today, Speaker Pratapsing Rane adjourned the hearing
of the disqualification plea against St Cruz MLA Victoria Fernandes and is
likely to hear the matter next on September 4.

Fernandes through her legal counsel today submitted an application stating that
she was unwell and unable to be present for the hearing and pleaded that time
be granted.





?3 parties yet to launch casino operations?


BY HERALD REPORTER

Three parties are yet to launch their offshore casino operations.

Disclosing this, Chief Secretary J P Singh who is also the Home Secretary said
that four parties have paid the processing fee of Rs 10 lakh.

Singh disclosed that while Leela has paid Rs 5 crore as the annual fee, the
other three have not.

In all, five offshore casinos have been permitted by the Government, including
Caravela, the first of its kind in the country. Caravela started its operations
around six years ago.

It is learnt that the three other parties are adopting the wait-and-watch
policy following the River Sal issue.

Less than a year ago, the Rane Government had issued licences to 4-5
parties to operate offshore casinos.


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Classify projects
under RP-2011, HC asks govt


NT Legal Correspondent


Panaji, Aug 27 While hearing a petition filed by
United Realtech Pvt Ltd, the division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising
Mr Justice R S Mohite and Mr Justice N A Britto has asked the government to classify
the projects approved under the Regional Plan 2011 into ?works not started?,
?work completed? and ?works which have not been granted any permission?.


The bench has also directed the government to consider
the case of genuine buyers and allow them to make representations by ensuring
that there is no mala fide and the same is strictly according to public policy.


The bench has also directed the Advocate-General
to furnish information as to number of permissions that have been given under
the Regional Plan 2011.


The government has been further directed to give a
list of projects classified into three categories. The land which has been
bought but no construction has started. Projects which got permissions to construct
and constructions are already done in accordance to law and projects not
granted any permission at all.


It was the case of the petitioners that they had
got permission to construct a commercial building under the Regional Plan 2011.
However, the government not only withdrew the Regional Plan but also withdrew
the permission given to them and issued show-cause notice for demolition.


The petitioners submitted that they have already started
construction in accordance with law and it is not fair to demolish their
structure. The bench has directed the government not to demolish the structure till
the disposal of the case.


It may be recalled that on Friday the court had dismissed
a petition challenging the insertion of section 17 ? in Goa Town and Country
Planning Act, 1974 and the notification of February 7, 2007, by which the
Regional plan 2011 was purported to be withdrawn.





Governor briefs Sonia
on Kamat govt


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 27 The Governor, Mr S C Jamir has told
the United Progressive Alliance chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi this morning at 10
Janpath, New Delhi, that the Goa government under the leadership of Mr Digambar
Kamat was expected to run smoothly.


A press note issued by the OSD to the Governor, Mr
Sebastian Zumvu states that Mr Jamir met Ms Gandhi and held lengthy discussion
on the recent fluid political situation in Goa
and the political and law and order situation in his home state of Nagaland.


The Governor further explained to Ms Gandhi that
the cease-fire agreements between the central government and two factions of
Nationalist Social Council of Nagaland have to be maintained and sustained both
in letter and spirit.


The press note also states that the UPA chairperson expressed her concern
over the prevailing situation in the region and assured the Governor that she
would do everything possible for restoration of peace in Nagaland.


Disqualification
plea: Rane to pass order today on



MGP application


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 27 The Speaker of Goa assembly, Mr Pratapsing
Rane would pass order tomorrow afternoon on the application made by the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, that it be made a party to the disqualification
petition filed against its MLAs from Madkai and Priol respectively, Mr
Ramkrishna Dhavlikar and Pandurang Dhavlikar.


After hearing the arguments put forward by the counsels
for the petitioner as well as the MGP, the Speaker told both the parties that
he would pass the order in the matter tomorrow.


The MGP counsel, Mr Parag Rao argued before the Speaker
that since the constitution of the party has been attached to the petition, the
party itself would be in a position to interpret it before the Speaker, as such
it should be allowed to intervene in the matter.


The counsel for petitioner, Mr Nitin Sardessai vehemently
opposed the arguments put forward by the counsel for MGP, saying that no relief
was sought against the party in the petition as such it should not be allowed
to intervene in the matter. Earlier, Mr Ramkrishna Dhavlikar who attended the hearing
today told reporters outside the assembly this evening that the decision of the
party to intervene in the matter was proof enough that the party was behind
him. He further said: ?I am in the party and the party was with me.?


Meanwhile, Mr Rane today postponed the hearing
into the disqualification petition against Ms Victoria Fernandes, the Congress
MLA from St Cruz, by a week to September 4. When the matter came up for hearing
this morning, the counsel for Ms Fernandes, Mr Sarvesh Kamat, sought postponement
of hearing on the ground that his client was served with the copy of
disqualification petition only on August 24 and he was handed over the same yesterday.


The Speaker granted his request and fixed next hearing
in the disqualification petition filed by Mr Chandrakant Kavlekar (Congress MLA
from Quepem) on September 4. The counsel for Ms Fernandes, however, did not
throw any light on the letter pertaining to withdrawal of resignation by her,
saying that she was dealing with the subject herself.


The Congress party had filed disqualification petition
against its own member soon after Ms Fernandes abstained from voting on demands
on July 24 during the last assembly session.


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Winds of change blowing over IFFI 2007!


BY HERALD REPORTER

While the General Body of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) is yet to have
a final say on the IFFI programmes for this year?s festival, the Governing Body
on Tuesday took strong objections to the Hollywood
hype and has advocated an aam aadmi IFFI 2007.

At a meeting, the ESG Governing Body considered cutting down on extravaganza
and emphasised the need for a serious focus on films.

While the ESG was tightlipped on the outcome of the meeting, sources disclosed
that various suggestions and recommendations were put forth for a low-key
festival to avoid traffic jams and roadblocks.

It is learnt that the Governing Body insisted on scrapping the plan to invite Hollywood stars ? at the expense of the exchequer ? and
trimming Bollywood fanfare.

The body, while highlighting the need to market Goa,
also recommended promotion of Goan artists and local-based cultural programmes.

It is learnt that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who is also the Chairman of
ESG?s Governing Body sought a cut in the lavish dinners and parties to be
hosted during IFFI 2007. A
proposal was also made to reduce the number of beach screenings.

Hiring the services of a local event management agency that would work within
the required budget and setting up teams of marketing managers to lure sponsors
were also among the proposals.

A host of issues discussed on Tuesday are scheduled to be placed before the
General Body on Wednesday.


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Bambolim structures run into rough seas


BY HERALD
REPORTER

Should constructions come up within 100 metres of the High Tide Line just because
the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has renewed the licence,
even as the Supreme Court has ruled that no development can be allowed in the
area?

This question was debated in the High Court on Tuesday following a petition
filed in public interest by People?s Movement for Civic Action (PMCA) and Goa
Foundation against a promoter planning to put up structures ?
bungalows or hotel - in picturesque Bambolim.

There were two sets of permissions granted by MoEF in the 1990s ? one, for
construction beyond 100
metres and second, for constructions within 50?100
metres. However, only three plinths were laid till 1995-96, in the property within 100 metres of HTL.

In 1996, the Supreme Court struck down an amendment to the Environment
Protection Act and restored ?no development? within 100 metres of HTL.

At the height of the Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA) agitation in December 2006,
citizen-groups protested against the project in Bambolim and the Additional
Collector Swapnil Naik, after inspecting the place, issued a ?stop-work order?
as development was being carried out within 100 metres along the
Zuari estuary.

Interestingly, some of the plots are believed to have been bought by bigwigs
from the film industry, besides politicians and cricket stars.

The promoters, armed with three letters from MoEF, then moved the court saying
that the licences had been renewed by the Central Government. Based on the
stand taken by MoEF, the State Government withdrew directions issued to the
Collector to stay the construction work.

Studying the issue in depth, Goa Foundation and PMCA, however, challenged the
issue on merit saying that MoEF could not have given the ?go ahead? when it is
in violation of the Apex Court
ruling.

Adv Norma Alvares, counsel for the petitioners, argued against the decision of
MoEF allowing construction in the ?No Development Zone?. She pointed out that
the petitioners were not too late in raising the issue.

The Division Bench, after hearing the arguments, ordered status quo and asked
MoEF to clarify its stand.


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Municipal staff to
hold one-day strike against common cadre on Sept 13


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 28 Stoutly
opposing government?s move to introduce common cadre for the employees in
municipalities, municipal employees all over Goa
have decided to go on a token one-day protest strike on September 13.


The decision was taken
today at an executive committee meeting of all the municipal councils in the
head office of the Goa Municipal Employees Association under the leadership of
president, Mr Keshav Prabhu.


The decision on common
cadre was bad in nature and was being forced on the employees with mala fide
intention, which defeats the very nature of council?s autonomy, a press note
released by the GMEA said and warned to even take legal recourse, if the
government tried to steamroll over them.


The association
president said that a similar common cadre of engineers and accountants was
lying in limbo.


Nothing has been done
to put their seniority list, pension, GPF etc in order, Mr Prabhu said and
wondered how the government will control staff of all the municipalities.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=082912


Formulate new
regional plan as soon as possible: GCCI


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 28 The Goa
Chamber of Commerce and Industry today demanded that new regional plan be
immediately prepared and declared opened for implementation since a large
number of industrial projects have been affected due to the absence of such a
plan.


The GCCI president, Mr
Nitin Kuncolienkar told the pressmen that the government should formulate a new
regional plan, as soon as possible, under the advice of an expert body.


?The developmental
projects, especially those relating to the industry, have been now delayed for
too long as most of the land is frozen,? he said, pointing out that around 2.9
per cent of land in the state is presently under settlement.


Speaking further, Mr
Kuncolienkar pointed out that a study needs to be carried out on special
economic zones proposed for Goa.


?We are not getting the
multi-commodity SEZs but specific SEZs,? he said, adding ?which reduces our
worries?. Mr Kuncolienkar also observed that welcoming or opposing the SEZs
depends upon what type of economic zones are being set up and what kind of
strain they will put on local infrastructure.


Speaking further the
GCCI president said the state suffers from a psyche of opposing every new
developmental project. If the SEZs are dedicated to information technology,
software or call centres then it will require very limited infrastructure, he
observed.


Stating that a GCCI
report on the state infrastructure had predicted Goa
facing power shortage, Mr Kuncolienkar said the prediction has now come true
and the best power option for the state is electricity generated from thermal
energy. He also stated that the decision of the government to ban further
commercial power connections is very bad for the industry.


He said that when there
is a pressure on employment and demand for workforce, the salaries goes up
which is very good for the state and results in improving purchasing power of
the state.


?I feel that there
should be some opportunities coming to Goa,?
he concluded.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=082911


D?Mello gets KA
scholarship


NT News Desk


Panaji, Aug 28 The Kala
Academy has granted a special scholarship of Rs 6 lakh to Ms Joanne Marie
D?Mello to undergo four year?s full-time advance course in vocal music in the
Royal Collage of Music at London,
UK. Ms D?Mello
will undergo higher studies under the guidance of Prof. Soprano Patricia
Rozario who is of Goan origin.The Royal Collage of Music has confirmed the
admission of Ms D?Mello. Considering her exceptional talent, the Kala Academy
has considered her request to grant the scholarship, as a special case. On
completion of the course, she will serve the Department of Western Music of
Kala Academy for minimum two years to impart training in vocal music.


Mr Pratapsingh Rane,
chairman of Kala Academy
handed over the cheque to Ms D?Mello to enable her to proceed to London for pursuing
further studies. Meanwhile, the Kala Academy in collaboration with the West Zone Cultural
Centre, Udaipur,
is organizing a ?Puppetry making? workshop from September 4 to 9.


The objective of
organizing this workshop is to promote indigenous art of puppetry in the state
of Goa. This workshop is aimed at starting
training of glove, rod and simple string puppets. Kala Academy
intends to conduct this workshop for art teachers, so that they may further
practice and popularise this art form.


The team of four
experts from Rajasthan and Gujarat will
conduct this workshop. They will train the participants in different aspects of
puppetry from puppets making, script writing, set designing, manipulating and
formally presenting thematic puppet shows.


This will be the first
workshop of such kind. Kala
Academy has appealed art
teachers to participate and avail this unique opportunity. The participation is
restricted to 30 participants on first-come-first-serve basis. The interested
schools may depute their teachers as trainees for the workshop.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=08291


Chodankar clarifies
on certificate validity


NT News Service


Navelim, Aug 28 The
state Youth Congress president Mr Girish Chodankar said that Registration of
Births & Deaths Act 1969 and 1999 do not prescribe any period of limitation
as regards to the validity of the births and deaths certificates.


Stating this in a press
release, Mr Chodankar said that he has received a letter from joint director
cum additional chief registrar of births and deaths clarifying about the
validity, adding that all the concerned departments are intimated regarding the
validity of births and deaths certificates.


Mr Chodankar said that
the Youth Congress had taken up this issue since many government offices were
unnecessarily demanding fresh certificates having validity up to six months due
to which individuals had to apply for fresh certificates and at times could not
succeed in getting them since some old records of births and deaths are
unavailable.


Mr Chodankar said the
matter was settled when it was taken up with the Chief Minister Mr Digambar
Kamat, Chief Secretary Mr J P Singh, Director of Archives and Director of
Planning, Statistics and Evaluation and other authorities.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=08294


Vedanta revises dates for Sesa Goa open offer

29 Aug, 2007, 1200 hrs IST, INDIATIMES NEWS NETWORK


MUMBAI:
Vedanta Resources has revised the open offer dates to acquire an additional 20
per cent in Sesa Goa. The offer will now open on August 31 and close September
19.



This follows clearance from the Securities & Exchange Board of India.



UK-based Vedanta had acquired Mitsui & Co's 51 per cent stake in Sesa Goa
for $981 million in April.



However, SEBI mulled over the open offer, priced at Rs 2,036 per share, due to
cases pending in the court with regard to an earlier transaction in Sesa Goa.



The open offer is being made along with Westglobe,
Mauritius, and Richter
Holding, Cyprus.


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No withdrawal of
support: Alemao


BY HERALD REPORTER

Save Goa Front supremo and Navelim MLA Churchill Alemao maintained
that he has not threatened to withdraw support to the Digambar Kamat Government
if the controversial casino boat is towed away from River Sal.

?I have not issued any threat to withdraw support to the Government on this
particular issue,? Alemao told Herald when asked to react to reports in certain
quarters that said he has warned Chief Minister Digambar Kamat of withdrawing
support if the casino boat is removed from the river.

?Why should I withdraw support to the Government on the issue? I am not in
favour of the casino boat, but my supporters, including the taxi operators are
peeved at attempts made by my political opponents to drag my name into the
controversy?.





?Cong has nothing to
do with Babush?


Adopting a tough stand against Taleigao MLA Babush
Monserrate, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and Goa Desk
In-charge Margaret Alva on Saturday stated that he (Babush) is neither part of
the Congress party nor does it (Congress) have anything to do with the UGDP.

Interestingly, it was Monserrate who packed the first punch at the Goa
Democratic Alliance (GDA) by extending support to the Congress Government that
was struggling to survive following withdrawal of support by the MGP MLAs.

Addressing a press conference in the city, Alva categorically stated that no
talks were held with either Monserrate or the UGDP, adding that the two are not
part of the ruling faction.

?He may support us, but we have nothing to do with him,? said Alva when
reminded of her pre-election statement `Congress has no truck with
Monserrate?.?

It may be recalled that Monserrate had dumped the Congress party at the
eleventh hour to contest the Assembly polls on the UGDP ticket.

Alva also denied calling Churchill Alemao a ?joker?, stating that the media had
misinterpreted her statement.

?I never called him a joker,? she said, when asked how the Congress inducted a
joker in the Government.

She clarified that Churchill?s support was unconditional. ?He put only one
demand and we made him a minister
according to our party formula,? she pointed
out.





Panjim?s
heritage scandal surfaces


By FRANKY GRACIAS

PANJIM, AUG 25 ? Heritage lovers, conservationists and NGOs, who had led
a sustained campaign from 2001 to 2003 against the State authorities to save a
prominent Panjim square housing heritage buildings from being annihilated by a
commercial construction, fear the same again after the earlier plan was
shelved.

The prominent square lying between the busy 18th June Road and an arterial
road, houses buildings like the Massano de Amorim and Santa Casa da Misericordia
considered as a ?treasure trove? by heritage lovers. These age-old buildings
with their unique architectural styles presently house the Social Welfare
Department, Urban Health Centre, Provedoria, a library and a
school.

Within the precincts of this famous square, admeasuring 3,513 sq mt and unknown
to many passersby, is based a volleyball stadium which lies in the middle
surrounded by Santa Casa and Masanno de Amorim buildings.

Patricia Pinto of People?s Movement for Civic Action shockingly revealed to
Herald that the ?land-use? for the heritage square has been changed from
?institutional? to ?commercial? as per the draft ODP 2011 of September 2006 to
facilitate a commercial venture.

Patricia hasn?t forgotten November 2001 when the buildings were to be razed for
a commercial complex by cunningly changing the land-use of the prominent square
from ?institutional? to ?commercial?. At that time, plans were afoot to raise a
ground-plus-five structure.

Following protests from PMCA, Goa Heritage Action Group, Percival Noronha of
INTACH, Dean D?Cruz and others for around one-and-half year, the TCP Board
finally buckled and reverted the land-use to ?institutional? on July 10,
2003.

Patricia said as per the draft ODP 2011, brought out in 2006, the land-use of
the square has been categorised under C-1, which permits construction of a
ground-plus seven structure. ?Why have the authorities effected a change once
again in spite of being aware of the earlier protests?? she wonders.

NGOs and heritage lovers have raised fears that the heritage buildings in the
prominent square may have to make way for a shopping mall and the present
situation could turn similar to that of 2001 when all protested in unison to
get the controversial land-use reverted.

Panjim city without its rich heritage structures would surely be unacceptable
to its citizens and it will have nothing to boast of without these, says
Patricia, adding, ?The PMCA exhorts people of Panjim to send in their
objections to this change in land-use as the Government has now decided to once
again place the ODPs for public objection for a period of two months.?






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Mummy?s fate hangs in balance Will Cong recall
petition?


BY HERALD REPORTER


All eyes will be on the disqualification petition filed against St Cruz MLA
Victoria Fernandes, to be taken up by Goa Assembly Speaker Pratapsing Rane, at
11.30 am, on Monday.

On the eve of the hearing, talks were doing the rounds in political circles
that the disqualification plea against Ms Fernandes might be withdrawn.

The petitioner, Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar, however, preferred
to remain silent on the issue.

It is learnt that the Congress party is in favour of recalling the
petition against Ms Fernandes ? who recently withdrew her
resignation and the petition filed against the Speaker in the High Court.

Ms Fernandes, who has not met the Speaker in person over her resignation ? and
subsequent withdrawal ? till date, has been directed to be present for
tomorrow?s hearing.

Rane is also scheduled to hear the disqualification pleas filed against the two
MGP MLAs ? Sudin Dhavlikar and brother Deepak ? on Monday.


Stop the dredge, drag the boat: locals


BY HERALD REPORTER

While the Churchill-Luizinho blame game takes centre stage ? threatening to
overshadow the anti-dredging/casino boat agitation ? wary traditional fishermen
appear firm in their resolve to stop dredging of River Sal.

Traditional fishermen, inhabiting the banks of River Sal ? in Velim, Ambelim
and Assolna ? have warned of a second agitation if there?s any further delay in
towing the casino boat away.

Apparently angry over the attempts made by politicians and vested interests to
give the agitation launched by Save River Sal Front a political hue ?
especially on the Cavelossim side of the river ? traditional fishermen fear
that petty politics may do more harm than good for the movement.

?Enough is enough. The fishermen have been fighting against dredging to protect
their livelihood since 1998. We are not concerned about the Luizihno-Churchill
blame game. We only want the casino boat out and the dredging stopped
forthwith,? asserted Chairman of AVCB Traditional Fishermen Association Elvin
D?Silva.

?Politics is certainly not on our agenda,? D?Silva clarified.

?When the Government had first planned to dredge the river in 1998-99, we
opposed it tooth and nail and got the plan scrapped. Now, the traditional
fishermen are determined to oppose dredging of the river and the casino boat,?
he warned.

The fishermen say that dredging will destroy the rich marine habitat. ?The
entire river will have to be dredged to accommodate the casino boat. Imagine
what will happen when other starred hotels and parties also decide to float
casino boats,? he said.

Like many a traditional fisherman, D?Silva fails to understand why the present
Government reintroduced the dredging plan when the then Government headed by
Luizinho Faleiro had scrapped the idea. ?It?s shocking that the Captain of
Ports granted permission to dredge the river despite our earlier objections,?
he pointed out.

Perhaps for the first time, both the traditional fishermen and the mechanised
boat owners share a common concern. While the boat owners see the casino as an
obstruction along the navigation channel, fishermen maintain that dredging
would spell doom.





Vailankanni festival from Wed


About 15 lakh pilgrims are expected to visit the basilica
here during the 10-day annual festival beginning on Wednesday, August 29.

Nagapattinam District Collector S Jawahar, visited Vailankanni and inspected
the various arrangements made in connection with the festival of Annai Arokia
Matha of the ?Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Health?.

Later speaking to mediapersons, Jawahar said all arrangements have been made at
Vailankanni by the district administration, expecting around 15 lakh pilgrims.

Nearly 1,750 police personnel under the supervision of Kalpana Naick,
Superintendent of Police, Nagapattinam would be deployed.





Ration quota shrinks in Canacona!


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

A large number of people in Canacona Taluka have accused the government of
being on a mission to starve one set of families at the cost of others.

It is estimated that around 80% percent of ration card holders in Canacona
Taluka, irrespective of the type of card they hold, collect their monthly
ration quota like rice, wheat and sugar from a Public Distribution System (PDS)
shop.

With a countable number of Antodya and other BPL ration card holders, in any
given area, privileged to get a decent quota of rice and sugar at highly
subsidised rates, Above Poverty Line (APL) card holders are denied even an
honest quota with higher rates.

The maximum people holding APL ration cards are almost left to fend for
themselves since the last few months. It is learnt that though no sugar quota
is allowed to APL card holders, the once decent looking 10 kg of rice and 8 kg of wheat allotted to a
ration card holder per month has suddenly become a thing of the past.

Some APL families who lined up last week for ration were surprised to see that
their quota further reduced to a meagre 2 kilos of rice and 1 kilo of wheat.
Till last month, it was a paltry 3
kg of rice and 2 kg of wheat.

?Is this the ?aam admi? governance that our Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has
promised us?? questioned an agitated man at a PDS shop in Agonda.

Other unhappy residents suspected the involvement of dealers running PDS shops
and even went to the extent of calling on the village sarpanch. He (sarpanch)
contacted the civil supplies wing of the taluka who confirmed the reduced
supply of essential commodities.

Elders in the villages are also a disturbed lot. ?Before the classification of
ration cards, everything was running smoothly. Today, common people like us
can?t get proper government ration while migrant labourers who have settled
here enjoy full quotas under the pretext of Antodya and BPL,? a senior citizen
pointed out.





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Hearing
of disqualification petition today


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 26 The Speaker, Mr Pratasing Rane will conduct the
hearing on the disqualification petition against the two Maharashtrawadi
Gomantak Party MLAs, Mr Ramakrishna Dhavalikar and Mr Pandurang Dhavalikar on
August 27.


The Speaker will decide whether to confirm the order on interim
relief passed by him or to proceed with the main petition against the
?restrained? MGP candidates. The Congress MLA, Mr Agnelo Fernandes had filed
the disqualification petition before the Speaker, last month.


Meanwhile, the Speaker will also decide upon the disqualification
of the Congress MLA, Ms Victoria Fernandes tomorrow for violating the party
whip when the assembly was in session. Ms Fernandes had violated the party whip
by remaining absent in the House during the crucial ?vote of confidence? on
July 30.


The petition against Ms Fernandes was filed by the Congress MLA,
Mr Chandrakant Kavalekar.


Faleiro
dodges queries on parliamentary by-elections


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 26 Former education minister, Mr Luizinho Faleiro
tried to dodge queries whether he was one of the probable candidates for the
parliamentary by-elections in the South.


On being questioned if he was trying to use the Save River Sal
Front movement as a plank to spruce up his political career, a composed Mr
Faleiro countered, ?Has the Election Commissioner declared the elections??


When Mr Faleiro was told that Mr Churchill too has demanded that
his lawyer daughter be given a chance to contest the by-polls, he replied,
?There is also a demand that a ST candidate may be given an opportunity to
contest.?


He refused a categorical yes or no answer, on whether he was in
the reckoning as a candidate for the by-polls.


The former education minister was at pains to explain that he was
happy to be away from the media glare, enjoying the `peace and bliss? of life,
after having been forced to make way for his bete noire, Mr Churchill Alemao in
Navelim, in the recent assembly elections.


?Actually I did not want to address the media, but circumstances
forced me to break my silence as my name was being unnecessarily maligned,? he
said, regretting for having to break his so called ?tapasya.?


Dharna
against CRZ violations at Mobor on Aug 28


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 26 Upping the ante against illegalities and gross
violations of coastal regulatory zone guidelines, the Cavelossim citizens
action committee has decided to have a bigger dharna on August 28 near a resort
at Mobor.


According to CCAC member, Mr Kennedy Afonso, the committee would
invite senior CRZ, town and country planning and other district officials to
the site.


The local MLA, Mr Churchill Alemao would also be requested to be
present, the CCAC member said.


The CCAC had conducted one of their series of peaceful dharnas on
Saturday last. A number of locals from surrounding villages of Varca,
Cavelossim and Davorlim had taken part in the dharna-cum-meeting.


?Some 12 bungalows have been constructed at Mobor blatantly
ignoring the law of the land. We have deliberately scheduled our dharna there,
so that everyone gets to know facts,? Mr Afonso said.


He further informed that initially town and country department had
issued licence for only four bungalows there. But when the new constructions
continued, the department issued a stop order on the same.


?But the work still continues with the blessing of the local
Cavelossim sarpanch,? Mr Afonso alleged.


Declaring that the protest against illegalities will continue, Mr
Afonso said: ?We will fight tooth and nail in our efforts to nail the culprits,
who have bent rules and ignored laws to suit their conveniences.? Even
authorities involved will not be spared, he warned.


On the other hand, the people of Cavelossim today called for a
compilation of a list of the number of constructions undertaken in violation of
CRZ guidelines in the area of their village panchayat.


However, the Cavelosim sarpanch, Mr Edwin Barretto denied any
resolution has been taken to that effect.


Expectedly, the Gram Sabha meeting witnessed noisy scenes, as a
clear divide between two sections -- one group opposing the dredging of River
Sal and another against CRZ violations -- was rather obvious.


In normal circumstances the meeting would have been organised in
the panchayat hall. But on Sunday it was shifted to a bigger hall in the area
as the crowd swelled.


A big hue and cry ensued, when a section of the Gram Sabha
demanded that no panchayat fund be used to fight a court battle in the ongoing
dredging imbroglio.


?If at all, a legal recourse needs to be taken on the issue, then
use of panchayat funds should be avoided,? a member voiced his opinion.


A bitter debate on the issue ensued, but the Gram Sabha could not
arrive at a final decision in the matter.


The continuation of water sports activities in the river also
figured at the meeting.


Although authorities permit water sports activities for the period
from October to May, it was observed that some youth were continuing with the
activity, much to the annoyance of locals and fishing community.


Besides the disturbing noise, the `Jet skis? speed recklessly,
sometime ripping off fishing nets in the river. The Gram Sabha decided to
immediately put a stop to the water sports activity.


A discussion on an entrepreneur engaged in building trawlers in
the area came up at the Gram Sabha meet.


According to locals, the entrepreneur was operating illegally and
did not possess the required permissions from the authorities.


Further the activity created a lot of noise disturbing the peace
of the locals in the area. It was suggested some action be taken in the matter.


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Hyderabad
blasts fail to awaken Goa Police!


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

The Central Government?s call to States to intensify security in view of
Saturday?s twin Hyderabad blasts appears to have
been taken with not much seriousness by the Goa
police.

In one such case, expensive cameras installed to monitor activities at the
Polem police check post have been out of order for over two months and nothing
has been done to rectify the problem.

The Police Department went hi-tech, and on the eve of the Assembly elections,
installed cameras on masts at four strategic locations at the Polem check post
to record movement of vehicles from across the border.

Police sources say these gadgets, costing over Rs 1 lakh, were installed to
keep a tab on the movement of vehicles after the terrorism scare that rocked
the State.

Solar lights were fitted atop the posts to keep these camera units functional
even during power failure. The cameras were connected to the control unit
located in the barrack of the police outpost and recordings were later
transferred to the headquarters for scrutiny by higher authorities.

This exercise, which should have sent shivers down the spine of any person
undertaking an illegal activity, instead, became the laughing stock in the
area. The gadgets ceased to operate within a week after they were installed and
no one has rectified the error in the monitoring unit.

On the other hand, some locals suspect that the failure of the cameras to
function could well be a boon to the men in khaki, who may resent being
monitored by a neutral eye regarding activities, legal or otherwise, at the
Polem border.

When contacted, the police manning the Polem check post said they had orally
informed their higher authorities that the gadget was out of operation. When
contacted, South Goa SP S M Prabhudesai said he was unaware that the cameras
were not working and pledged to look into the matter and get the gadgets
rectified.


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Spotted: John Abraham in Goa


August 27, 2007 17:03 IST






Reader Manasi couldn't believe her eyes when
she spotted John Abraham [Images] having dinner at the next table.





John
was in Goa's [Images] popular resturant Brittos when Manasi
approached him for a photograph.





She
writes, 'You are wonderful, modest and an excellent human being... muah!'


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Person of the Day - Santiago Monteiro


Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Having arrived here from Goa, India, a year and a half ago, Santiago
Monteiro feels very much at home in the Cayman Islands.


?People are very good here,? he said. He enjoys working at Sunset House
where he meets people daily, and he spends his leisure snorkelling, watching
movies and hanging out with friends.


?I keep myself busy,? he said, adding that he misses his family back home
and looks forward to visiting them next year.


?When you think of your future, ask yourself, ?is there
something you can work towards becoming?,? he said, and divulges that his dream
is to become a Restaurant Manager some day.


http://caymannetnews.com/news-1513--2-2--.html





Dharna against CRZ violations at Mobor


BY HERALD REPORTER

Continuing with its agitation against CRZ violations, the Cavelossim Citizens
Action Committee will hold its second dharna on August 28 at Mobor infront of
hotel resort for allegedly CRZ irregularities.

The Action Committee has claimed that the alleged illegal work continues
despite orders by the Town and Country Planning department, saying the hotel
project has blocked access to a Cross revered by the villagers of Mobor.

The committee has said it will support the people on this point and appealed to
the authorities to open the access first. ?The people are not in favour of
builders blocking religious structures, that to by illegal construction
activities?, stated Kennedy Afonso.

The committee has given a call to all concerned citizens of Goa,
to lend their support for the grassroot people?s movement, saying the people
are fighting against a group of powerful builders lobby, and we need the
support of all concerned citizens from all walks of life, NGOs and other
organisations.





Save River Sal Front demands immediate removal of
boat


BY HERALD REPORTER


With the deadlock over the casino boat/dredging row continues, the Save
River Sal Front on Monday conveyed a message loud and clear to the Chief
Secretary J P Singh that people?s patience is running out on the issue and has
demanded immediate removal of the boat from River Sal.

A delegation of the Front comprising of Shridhar Kamat, Edwin Barreto, Elvino
D?Costa, Elvis Gomes adn Ms Melsa had a meeting with the Chief Secretary on
Monday noon, attended by a host of senior government officials connected with
the issue and representative of Hotel Leela. However, the meeting failed to
evolve a solution, with Hotel Leela seeking time to reply to the points raised
by the Front.

With the government dragging on the matter, Front leaders are meeting on
Tuesday to chalk out future course of agitation by involving the people on both
sides of the river at Cavelossim-Mobor and Velim, Assolna, Ambelim and Betul.

SRSF elucidated the various aspects involving the legal, social and ecological
angles concerning the issue.

During discussions, the Front expressed surprise that the Captain of Ports
failed to stress on an NOC from the concerned Panchayat body before permitting
Leela to start the dredging activity. Further, it said issuing NOC to a private
party to dredge the river has set an unhealthy precedent of allowing a private
commercial venture to exploit the natural resources. ?The directive in the NOC
that the dredged material be dumped in the adjoining CRZ area is in violation
of existing laws?, the Front maintained.

Demanding that the government should not allow casino boats to operate within
river basins, which in itself in in contravention of the meaning of the term
?off-shore casino?, the Front said any permission to dredge the river basis and
to allow stationing of the boat would directly affect the livelihood of around
500 families of traditional fishermem, ie around 3000 dependants.

Reiterating its stiff opposition to the dredging operation and has vowed to
oppose any move to station the casino ship in the river basin, the Front has
appealed to all the citizens to be vigilant and join the ongong agitation under
the banner of SRSF in large numbers.


SGF hails BJP?s move on SEZs


HERALD REPORTER

General Secretary of Save Goa Front (SGF) Dr Wilfred Mesquita welcomed the
decision of BJP to launch an agitation demanding scrapping of SEZs in Goa.

When contacted for his reaction, Dr Mesquita said ?we fully stand by it and
congratulate BJP for taking up the issue and extend full support in opposing SEZs?.

The Congress should not forget the incidents which have taken place all
over the country right from Nandigram to the other states of the country who
vehementally opposed SEZs which are only meant to promote the vested interest
of the country. It may be recalled that SGF party manifesto had prominently
opposed SEZs in Goa. However, this issue was
reportedly not resolved at the time of party Supremo Churchill Alemao
joining the Digambar Kamat government as PWD minister.





Govt toppling bid was to save Goa, claims Parrikar


BY HERALD REPORTER

My objective for wanting to dislodge the present government was to save
Goa from the demographic invasion and land scams that it is being
promoted under the garb of pursuing Special Economic
Zones (SEZs) in the State, said Opposition
leader Manohar Parrikar on Monday breaking his silence
after the coup failed.

Addressing the media today, Parrikar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
will continue its efforts to dislodge the government especially over the issue
of SEZs and has strongly demanded the scrapping of all SEZs proposed for Goa.

Referring to answers furnished in the Goa Assembly, Parrikar pointed out that
seven out of the 15 proposed SEZs have already been approved by the Center and
alleged that the State government is pursuing SEZs without a policy and without
a study on the job creations by SEZs vis-?-vis availability of manpower.

Parrikar clarified that the BJP was not opposed to SEZs but was concerned over
its impact on the State.

He opined, ?Goa can afford to have not more
than one or two SEZs,? adding that a large number of them would bring no
economic benefits to the State.

He went on to state that the 15 SEZs would attract at least 2.5 lakh migrant
population to Goa and burden the State?s
infrastructure.

Ridiculing the Congress government?s ?lopsided planning? on SEZs, the
opposition leader said that the only interest the government has is allegedly
in the under hand land dealings. He further alleged that at least Rs 200-Rs 500
per sq meter has been exchanged in the allotment of land.

Parrikar said that the BJP will take this issue to every citizen in Goa in a bid to expose the SEZ scandal of the Congress
government and will thereafter go for an agitation in the second stage.

Though the issue was hardly raised during the attempted coup, Parrikar today
said the people of Goa need to know that the
political developments that transpired between July 25 - August 13 was all
co-related to land scams en masse. He said that the SEZ scam is far more
serious than the Regional Plan 2011. Incidentally, no land for SEZs has been
allotted to entrepreneurs since the new government came to power. Nonetheless
it was done by the Congress government one and a half year ago.

While demanding for a halt on SEZs, the BJP also demanded
that the government call the Opposition for a debate on SEZs.





Sarpanch says Penha-da-Franca garbage compactor
parts stolen


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


The Rs 14 lakh garbage compactor sent to the Penha-da-Franca panchayat has
itself become a waste, with the sarpanch admitting that the parts have been
stolen from the vehicle.

The issue came up for discussion at the Gram Sabha of Penha-da-Franca on
Sunday, when Convener of Penha-Franca Citizens? forum Agnelo Perreira sought to
know the action initiated by the panchayat regarding the compactor, which had
been abandoned at the Kranti garden at Porvorim for last one year.

Sarpanch Subhash Kalangutker replied that the battery of the vehicle and other
parts were stolen by some unknown persons and the vehicle had become immobile.
Kalangutker, however, assured to take up the matter with the Directorate of
Panchayats.

Regarding other works in the village, Kalangutker said the panchayat has taken
up 14 development works like construction of gutters, footpaths and roads in
all wards at a cost of Rs 30 lakh and added that all works would be completed
within the next six months.

The villagers demanded to know what action the panchayat had taken regarding
the development of a playground at Britona.

Stating that there are a number of grounds in the village, the residents
claimed that the panchayat has not taken any action to construct a playground
in Britona. They added that the issue had been raised in every Gram Sabha for a
number of years, but no action had been taken in the matter.

Sarpanch Kalangutker agreed in the need for the playground at Britona and
assured that the panchayat would approach the government for allotment of space
in this regard.

Residents of Halliwada strongly opposed the erection of a mobile tower in the
field in Survey No 147/1 and sought to know how the panchayat had issued the
permission to the company to erect the tower in the absence of a Conversion
Sanad and approval from the Town and Country Planning department.

Agnelo Pereira also mentioned that a speed breaker should be laid immediately
on the Alto-Betim side of the Mandovi
Bridge as lot of
accidents take place at this junction. The sarpanch assured to look into the
matter.

Rohidas Naik mentioned some bungalow owners in Porvorim had encroached on the
open space in front of bungalows and had illegally constructed compound walls.
Elvis Rodrigues, Savio Carvalho and Mr Pinto also participated in the
discussions.

Earlier, Panchayat Secretary Peter Martins read out the report of the Gram
Sabha on June 24. Anjali Shirodker was present as an observer at the meeting.


MMC to set up garbage redressal cell


BY HERALD REPORTER


With garbage problem staring at the city, the Margao Municipal Council has
decided to set up a garbage redressal Cell whereby citizens can register their
complaints and get their grievances redressed.

In another development, the Civic body has finally tendered the purchase of
three garbage compactors after the government shot down the move to go for the
compactors sans tenders.

Initially, citizens may be required to lodge complaints in person, but plans
are afoot to open a telephone line for people to register complaints over the
phone.

Chief Officer, N D Agarwal said the garbage redressal cell will note down all
complaints received from the citizens about non-collection of garbage. In turn,
the staff manning the cell will forward the complaint to the sanitary section
for redressal.

?By constituting the cell, citizens will get the facility to lodge their
complaints about non-collection of garbage. The facility will help Civic
officials to keep a tab on the staff engaged in cleaning and disposing off
garbage?, Agarwal said.

The Chief Officer has said the Civic body is presently concentrating on how
best to make the Gandhi market garbage-free as the market is witnessing heaps
of garbage almost everyday.

Around four-truck load of garbage is generated in the Gandhi market on a daily
basis. The CO has plans to construct a bin wherein waste can be dumped inside
without posing an eyesore to the citizens.

Meanwhile, the Margao
Municipality has issued
tenders for the purchase of three garbage compactors. These compactors were
earlier sought to be purchased by the CIvic body without inviting tenders, but
the proposal did not find favour with the government.

The government had sanctioned Rs 69 lakhs for the purchase of the three
compactors after local MLA Digambar Kamat became the Chief Minister two months
ago.


Speaker?s order on Dhavlikars likely today


BY HERALD REPORTER

The Goa Assembly Speaker
Pratapsing Rane will decide tomorrow (August 28) whether or not the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) should be made a respondent in the
disqualification plea filed against two of its MLAs - Sudin and Dipak
Dhavalikar.

In the matter slated today, Rane heard arguments over an application filed by
chief of the MGP Pandurang Raut who has sought to intervene in the petition and
has asked to be heard in the matter as well.

The legal counsel for the petitioner (Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes) in the
disqualification plea has strongly disputed the MGP?s application.

Earlier today, Speaker Pratapsing Rane adjourned the hearing
of the disqualification plea against St Cruz MLA Victoria Fernandes and is
likely to hear the matter next on September 4.

Fernandes through her legal counsel today submitted an application stating that
she was unwell and unable to be present for the hearing and pleaded that time
be granted.





?3 parties yet to launch casino operations?


BY HERALD REPORTER

Three parties are yet to launch their offshore casino operations.

Disclosing this, Chief Secretary J P Singh who is also the Home Secretary said
that four parties have paid the processing fee of Rs 10 lakh.

Singh disclosed that while Leela has paid Rs 5 crore as the annual fee, the
other three have not.

In all, five offshore casinos have been permitted by the Government, including
Caravela, the first of its kind in the country. Caravela started its operations
around six years ago.

It is learnt that the three other parties are adopting the wait-and-watch
policy following the River Sal issue.

Less than a year ago, the Rane Government had issued licences to 4-5
parties to operate offshore casinos.


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Classify projects
under RP-2011, HC asks govt


NT Legal Correspondent


Panaji, Aug 27 While hearing a petition filed by
United Realtech Pvt Ltd, the division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising
Mr Justice R S Mohite and Mr Justice N A Britto has asked the government to classify
the projects approved under the Regional Plan 2011 into ?works not started?,
?work completed? and ?works which have not been granted any permission?.


The bench has also directed the government to consider
the case of genuine buyers and allow them to make representations by ensuring
that there is no mala fide and the same is strictly according to public policy.


The bench has also directed the Advocate-General
to furnish information as to number of permissions that have been given under
the Regional Plan 2011.


The government has been further directed to give a
list of projects classified into three categories. The land which has been
bought but no construction has started. Projects which got permissions to construct
and constructions are already done in accordance to law and projects not
granted any permission at all.


It was the case of the petitioners that they had
got permission to construct a commercial building under the Regional Plan 2011.
However, the government not only withdrew the Regional Plan but also withdrew
the permission given to them and issued show-cause notice for demolition.


The petitioners submitted that they have already started
construction in accordance with law and it is not fair to demolish their
structure. The bench has directed the government not to demolish the structure till
the disposal of the case.


It may be recalled that on Friday the court had dismissed
a petition challenging the insertion of section 17 ? in Goa Town and Country
Planning Act, 1974 and the notification of February 7, 2007, by which the
Regional plan 2011 was purported to be withdrawn.





Governor briefs Sonia
on Kamat govt


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 27 The Governor, Mr S C Jamir has told
the United Progressive Alliance chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi this morning at 10
Janpath, New Delhi, that the Goa government under the leadership of Mr Digambar
Kamat was expected to run smoothly.


A press note issued by the OSD to the Governor, Mr
Sebastian Zumvu states that Mr Jamir met Ms Gandhi and held lengthy discussion
on the recent fluid political situation in Goa
and the political and law and order situation in his home state of Nagaland.


The Governor further explained to Ms Gandhi that
the cease-fire agreements between the central government and two factions of
Nationalist Social Council of Nagaland have to be maintained and sustained both
in letter and spirit.


The press note also states that the UPA chairperson expressed her concern
over the prevailing situation in the region and assured the Governor that she
would do everything possible for restoration of peace in Nagaland.


Disqualification
plea: Rane to pass order today on



MGP application


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 27 The Speaker of Goa assembly, Mr Pratapsing
Rane would pass order tomorrow afternoon on the application made by the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, that it be made a party to the disqualification
petition filed against its MLAs from Madkai and Priol respectively, Mr
Ramkrishna Dhavlikar and Pandurang Dhavlikar.


After hearing the arguments put forward by the counsels
for the petitioner as well as the MGP, the Speaker told both the parties that
he would pass the order in the matter tomorrow.


The MGP counsel, Mr Parag Rao argued before the Speaker
that since the constitution of the party has been attached to the petition, the
party itself would be in a position to interpret it before the Speaker, as such
it should be allowed to intervene in the matter.


The counsel for petitioner, Mr Nitin Sardessai vehemently
opposed the arguments put forward by the counsel for MGP, saying that no relief
was sought against the party in the petition as such it should not be allowed
to intervene in the matter. Earlier, Mr Ramkrishna Dhavlikar who attended the hearing
today told reporters outside the assembly this evening that the decision of the
party to intervene in the matter was proof enough that the party was behind
him. He further said: ?I am in the party and the party was with me.?


Meanwhile, Mr Rane today postponed the hearing
into the disqualification petition against Ms Victoria Fernandes, the Congress
MLA from St Cruz, by a week to September 4. When the matter came up for hearing
this morning, the counsel for Ms Fernandes, Mr Sarvesh Kamat, sought postponement
of hearing on the ground that his client was served with the copy of
disqualification petition only on August 24 and he was handed over the same yesterday.


The Speaker granted his request and fixed next hearing
in the disqualification petition filed by Mr Chandrakant Kavlekar (Congress MLA
from Quepem) on September 4. The counsel for Ms Fernandes, however, did not
throw any light on the letter pertaining to withdrawal of resignation by her,
saying that she was dealing with the subject herself.


The Congress party had filed disqualification petition
against its own member soon after Ms Fernandes abstained from voting on demands
on July 24 during the last assembly session.


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Winds of change blowing over IFFI 2007!


BY HERALD REPORTER

While the General Body of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) is yet to have
a final say on the IFFI programmes for this year?s festival, the Governing Body
on Tuesday took strong objections to the Hollywood
hype and has advocated an aam aadmi IFFI 2007.

At a meeting, the ESG Governing Body considered cutting down on extravaganza
and emphasised the need for a serious focus on films.

While the ESG was tightlipped on the outcome of the meeting, sources disclosed
that various suggestions and recommendations were put forth for a low-key
festival to avoid traffic jams and roadblocks.

It is learnt that the Governing Body insisted on scrapping the plan to invite Hollywood stars ? at the expense of the exchequer ? and
trimming Bollywood fanfare.

The body, while highlighting the need to market Goa,
also recommended promotion of Goan artists and local-based cultural programmes.

It is learnt that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who is also the Chairman of
ESG?s Governing Body sought a cut in the lavish dinners and parties to be
hosted during IFFI 2007. A
proposal was also made to reduce the number of beach screenings.

Hiring the services of a local event management agency that would work within
the required budget and setting up teams of marketing managers to lure sponsors
were also among the proposals.

A host of issues discussed on Tuesday are scheduled to be placed before the
General Body on Wednesday.


http://oheraldo.in/pagedetails.asp?nid=311&cid=10


Bambolim structures run into rough seas


BY HERALD
REPORTER

Should constructions come up within 100 metres of the High Tide Line just because
the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has renewed the licence,
even as the Supreme Court has ruled that no development can be allowed in the
area?

This question was debated in the High Court on Tuesday following a petition
filed in public interest by People?s Movement for Civic Action (PMCA) and Goa
Foundation against a promoter planning to put up structures ?
bungalows or hotel - in picturesque Bambolim.

There were two sets of permissions granted by MoEF in the 1990s ? one, for
construction beyond 100
metres and second, for constructions within 50?100
metres. However, only three plinths were laid till 1995-96, in the property within 100 metres of HTL.

In 1996, the Supreme Court struck down an amendment to the Environment
Protection Act and restored ?no development? within 100 metres of HTL.

At the height of the Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA) agitation in December 2006,
citizen-groups protested against the project in Bambolim and the Additional
Collector Swapnil Naik, after inspecting the place, issued a ?stop-work order?
as development was being carried out within 100 metres along the
Zuari estuary.

Interestingly, some of the plots are believed to have been bought by bigwigs
from the film industry, besides politicians and cricket stars.

The promoters, armed with three letters from MoEF, then moved the court saying
that the licences had been renewed by the Central Government. Based on the
stand taken by MoEF, the State Government withdrew directions issued to the
Collector to stay the construction work.

Studying the issue in depth, Goa Foundation and PMCA, however, challenged the
issue on merit saying that MoEF could not have given the ?go ahead? when it is
in violation of the Apex Court
ruling.

Adv Norma Alvares, counsel for the petitioners, argued against the decision of
MoEF allowing construction in the ?No Development Zone?. She pointed out that
the petitioners were not too late in raising the issue.

The Division Bench, after hearing the arguments, ordered status quo and asked
MoEF to clarify its stand.


http://oheraldo.in/pagedetails.asp?nid=304&cid=2


Municipal staff to
hold one-day strike against common cadre on Sept 13


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 28 Stoutly
opposing government?s move to introduce common cadre for the employees in
municipalities, municipal employees all over Goa
have decided to go on a token one-day protest strike on September 13.


The decision was taken
today at an executive committee meeting of all the municipal councils in the
head office of the Goa Municipal Employees Association under the leadership of
president, Mr Keshav Prabhu.


The decision on common
cadre was bad in nature and was being forced on the employees with mala fide
intention, which defeats the very nature of council?s autonomy, a press note
released by the GMEA said and warned to even take legal recourse, if the
government tried to steamroll over them.


The association
president said that a similar common cadre of engineers and accountants was
lying in limbo.


Nothing has been done
to put their seniority list, pension, GPF etc in order, Mr Prabhu said and
wondered how the government will control staff of all the municipalities.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=082912


Formulate new
regional plan as soon as possible: GCCI


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 28 The Goa
Chamber of Commerce and Industry today demanded that new regional plan be
immediately prepared and declared opened for implementation since a large
number of industrial projects have been affected due to the absence of such a
plan.


The GCCI president, Mr
Nitin Kuncolienkar told the pressmen that the government should formulate a new
regional plan, as soon as possible, under the advice of an expert body.


?The developmental
projects, especially those relating to the industry, have been now delayed for
too long as most of the land is frozen,? he said, pointing out that around 2.9
per cent of land in the state is presently under settlement.


Speaking further, Mr
Kuncolienkar pointed out that a study needs to be carried out on special
economic zones proposed for Goa.


?We are not getting the
multi-commodity SEZs but specific SEZs,? he said, adding ?which reduces our
worries?. Mr Kuncolienkar also observed that welcoming or opposing the SEZs
depends upon what type of economic zones are being set up and what kind of
strain they will put on local infrastructure.


Speaking further the
GCCI president said the state suffers from a psyche of opposing every new
developmental project. If the SEZs are dedicated to information technology,
software or call centres then it will require very limited infrastructure, he
observed.


Stating that a GCCI
report on the state infrastructure had predicted Goa
facing power shortage, Mr Kuncolienkar said the prediction has now come true
and the best power option for the state is electricity generated from thermal
energy. He also stated that the decision of the government to ban further
commercial power connections is very bad for the industry.


He said that when there
is a pressure on employment and demand for workforce, the salaries goes up
which is very good for the state and results in improving purchasing power of
the state.


?I feel that there
should be some opportunities coming to Goa,?
he concluded.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=082911


D?Mello gets KA
scholarship


NT News Desk


Panaji, Aug 28 The Kala
Academy has granted a special scholarship of Rs 6 lakh to Ms Joanne Marie
D?Mello to undergo four year?s full-time advance course in vocal music in the
Royal Collage of Music at London,
UK. Ms D?Mello
will undergo higher studies under the guidance of Prof. Soprano Patricia
Rozario who is of Goan origin.The Royal Collage of Music has confirmed the
admission of Ms D?Mello. Considering her exceptional talent, the Kala Academy
has considered her request to grant the scholarship, as a special case. On
completion of the course, she will serve the Department of Western Music of
Kala Academy for minimum two years to impart training in vocal music.


Mr Pratapsingh Rane,
chairman of Kala Academy
handed over the cheque to Ms D?Mello to enable her to proceed to London for pursuing
further studies. Meanwhile, the Kala Academy in collaboration with the West Zone Cultural
Centre, Udaipur,
is organizing a ?Puppetry making? workshop from September 4 to 9.


The objective of
organizing this workshop is to promote indigenous art of puppetry in the state
of Goa. This workshop is aimed at starting
training of glove, rod and simple string puppets. Kala Academy
intends to conduct this workshop for art teachers, so that they may further
practice and popularise this art form.


The team of four
experts from Rajasthan and Gujarat will
conduct this workshop. They will train the participants in different aspects of
puppetry from puppets making, script writing, set designing, manipulating and
formally presenting thematic puppet shows.


This will be the first
workshop of such kind. Kala
Academy has appealed art
teachers to participate and avail this unique opportunity. The participation is
restricted to 30 participants on first-come-first-serve basis. The interested
schools may depute their teachers as trainees for the workshop.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=08291


Chodankar clarifies
on certificate validity


NT News Service


Navelim, Aug 28 The
state Youth Congress president Mr Girish Chodankar said that Registration of
Births & Deaths Act 1969 and 1999 do not prescribe any period of limitation
as regards to the validity of the births and deaths certificates.


Stating this in a press
release, Mr Chodankar said that he has received a letter from joint director
cum additional chief registrar of births and deaths clarifying about the
validity, adding that all the concerned departments are intimated regarding the
validity of births and deaths certificates.


Mr Chodankar said that
the Youth Congress had taken up this issue since many government offices were
unnecessarily demanding fresh certificates having validity up to six months due
to which individuals had to apply for fresh certificates and at times could not
succeed in getting them since some old records of births and deaths are
unavailable.


Mr Chodankar said the
matter was settled when it was taken up with the Chief Minister Mr Digambar
Kamat, Chief Secretary Mr J P Singh, Director of Archives and Director of
Planning, Statistics and Evaluation and other authorities.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=08294


Vedanta revises dates for Sesa Goa open offer

29 Aug, 2007, 1200 hrs IST, INDIATIMES NEWS NETWORK


MUMBAI:
Vedanta Resources has revised the open offer dates to acquire an additional 20
per cent in Sesa Goa. The offer will now open on August 31 and close September
19.



This follows clearance from the Securities & Exchange Board of India.



UK-based Vedanta had acquired Mitsui & Co's 51 per cent stake in Sesa Goa
for $981 million in April.



However, SEBI mulled over the open offer, priced at Rs 2,036 per share, due to
cases pending in the court with regard to an earlier transaction in Sesa Goa.



The open offer is being made along with Westglobe,
Mauritius, and Richter
Holding, Cyprus.


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No withdrawal of
support: Alemao


BY HERALD REPORTER

Save Goa Front supremo and Navelim MLA Churchill Alemao maintained
that he has not threatened to withdraw support to the Digambar Kamat Government
if the controversial casino boat is towed away from River Sal.

?I have not issued any threat to withdraw support to the Government on this
particular issue,? Alemao told Herald when asked to react to reports in certain
quarters that said he has warned Chief Minister Digambar Kamat of withdrawing
support if the casino boat is removed from the river.

?Why should I withdraw support to the Government on the issue? I am not in
favour of the casino boat, but my supporters, including the taxi operators are
peeved at attempts made by my political opponents to drag my name into the
controversy?.





?Cong has nothing to
do with Babush?


Adopting a tough stand against Taleigao MLA Babush
Monserrate, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and Goa Desk
In-charge Margaret Alva on Saturday stated that he (Babush) is neither part of
the Congress party nor does it (Congress) have anything to do with the UGDP.

Interestingly, it was Monserrate who packed the first punch at the Goa
Democratic Alliance (GDA) by extending support to the Congress Government that
was struggling to survive following withdrawal of support by the MGP MLAs.

Addressing a press conference in the city, Alva categorically stated that no
talks were held with either Monserrate or the UGDP, adding that the two are not
part of the ruling faction.

?He may support us, but we have nothing to do with him,? said Alva when
reminded of her pre-election statement `Congress has no truck with
Monserrate?.?

It may be recalled that Monserrate had dumped the Congress party at the
eleventh hour to contest the Assembly polls on the UGDP ticket.

Alva also denied calling Churchill Alemao a ?joker?, stating that the media had
misinterpreted her statement.

?I never called him a joker,? she said, when asked how the Congress inducted a
joker in the Government.

She clarified that Churchill?s support was unconditional. ?He put only one
demand and we made him a minister
according to our party formula,? she pointed
out.





Panjim?s
heritage scandal surfaces


By FRANKY GRACIAS

PANJIM, AUG 25 ? Heritage lovers, conservationists and NGOs, who had led
a sustained campaign from 2001 to 2003 against the State authorities to save a
prominent Panjim square housing heritage buildings from being annihilated by a
commercial construction, fear the same again after the earlier plan was
shelved.

The prominent square lying between the busy 18th June Road and an arterial
road, houses buildings like the Massano de Amorim and Santa Casa da Misericordia
considered as a ?treasure trove? by heritage lovers. These age-old buildings
with their unique architectural styles presently house the Social Welfare
Department, Urban Health Centre, Provedoria, a library and a
school.

Within the precincts of this famous square, admeasuring 3,513 sq mt and unknown
to many passersby, is based a volleyball stadium which lies in the middle
surrounded by Santa Casa and Masanno de Amorim buildings.

Patricia Pinto of People?s Movement for Civic Action shockingly revealed to
Herald that the ?land-use? for the heritage square has been changed from
?institutional? to ?commercial? as per the draft ODP 2011 of September 2006 to
facilitate a commercial venture.

Patricia hasn?t forgotten November 2001 when the buildings were to be razed for
a commercial complex by cunningly changing the land-use of the prominent square
from ?institutional? to ?commercial?. At that time, plans were afoot to raise a
ground-plus-five structure.

Following protests from PMCA, Goa Heritage Action Group, Percival Noronha of
INTACH, Dean D?Cruz and others for around one-and-half year, the TCP Board
finally buckled and reverted the land-use to ?institutional? on July 10,
2003.

Patricia said as per the draft ODP 2011, brought out in 2006, the land-use of
the square has been categorised under C-1, which permits construction of a
ground-plus seven structure. ?Why have the authorities effected a change once
again in spite of being aware of the earlier protests?? she wonders.

NGOs and heritage lovers have raised fears that the heritage buildings in the
prominent square may have to make way for a shopping mall and the present
situation could turn similar to that of 2001 when all protested in unison to
get the controversial land-use reverted.

Panjim city without its rich heritage structures would surely be unacceptable
to its citizens and it will have nothing to boast of without these, says
Patricia, adding, ?The PMCA exhorts people of Panjim to send in their
objections to this change in land-use as the Government has now decided to once
again place the ODPs for public objection for a period of two months.?






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Mummy?s fate hangs in balance Will Cong recall
petition?


BY HERALD REPORTER


All eyes will be on the disqualification petition filed against St Cruz MLA
Victoria Fernandes, to be taken up by Goa Assembly Speaker Pratapsing Rane, at
11.30 am, on Monday.

On the eve of the hearing, talks were doing the rounds in political circles
that the disqualification plea against Ms Fernandes might be withdrawn.

The petitioner, Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar, however, preferred
to remain silent on the issue.

It is learnt that the Congress party is in favour of recalling the
petition against Ms Fernandes ? who recently withdrew her
resignation and the petition filed against the Speaker in the High Court.

Ms Fernandes, who has not met the Speaker in person over her resignation ? and
subsequent withdrawal ? till date, has been directed to be present for
tomorrow?s hearing.

Rane is also scheduled to hear the disqualification pleas filed against the two
MGP MLAs ? Sudin Dhavlikar and brother Deepak ? on Monday.


Stop the dredge, drag the boat: locals


BY HERALD REPORTER

While the Churchill-Luizinho blame game takes centre stage ? threatening to
overshadow the anti-dredging/casino boat agitation ? wary traditional fishermen
appear firm in their resolve to stop dredging of River Sal.

Traditional fishermen, inhabiting the banks of River Sal ? in Velim, Ambelim
and Assolna ? have warned of a second agitation if there?s any further delay in
towing the casino boat away.

Apparently angry over the attempts made by politicians and vested interests to
give the agitation launched by Save River Sal Front a political hue ?
especially on the Cavelossim side of the river ? traditional fishermen fear
that petty politics may do more harm than good for the movement.

?Enough is enough. The fishermen have been fighting against dredging to protect
their livelihood since 1998. We are not concerned about the Luizihno-Churchill
blame game. We only want the casino boat out and the dredging stopped
forthwith,? asserted Chairman of AVCB Traditional Fishermen Association Elvin
D?Silva.

?Politics is certainly not on our agenda,? D?Silva clarified.

?When the Government had first planned to dredge the river in 1998-99, we
opposed it tooth and nail and got the plan scrapped. Now, the traditional
fishermen are determined to oppose dredging of the river and the casino boat,?
he warned.

The fishermen say that dredging will destroy the rich marine habitat. ?The
entire river will have to be dredged to accommodate the casino boat. Imagine
what will happen when other starred hotels and parties also decide to float
casino boats,? he said.

Like many a traditional fisherman, D?Silva fails to understand why the present
Government reintroduced the dredging plan when the then Government headed by
Luizinho Faleiro had scrapped the idea. ?It?s shocking that the Captain of
Ports granted permission to dredge the river despite our earlier objections,?
he pointed out.

Perhaps for the first time, both the traditional fishermen and the mechanised
boat owners share a common concern. While the boat owners see the casino as an
obstruction along the navigation channel, fishermen maintain that dredging
would spell doom.





Vailankanni festival from Wed


About 15 lakh pilgrims are expected to visit the basilica
here during the 10-day annual festival beginning on Wednesday, August 29.

Nagapattinam District Collector S Jawahar, visited Vailankanni and inspected
the various arrangements made in connection with the festival of Annai Arokia
Matha of the ?Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Health?.

Later speaking to mediapersons, Jawahar said all arrangements have been made at
Vailankanni by the district administration, expecting around 15 lakh pilgrims.

Nearly 1,750 police personnel under the supervision of Kalpana Naick,
Superintendent of Police, Nagapattinam would be deployed.





Ration quota shrinks in Canacona!


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

A large number of people in Canacona Taluka have accused the government of
being on a mission to starve one set of families at the cost of others.

It is estimated that around 80% percent of ration card holders in Canacona
Taluka, irrespective of the type of card they hold, collect their monthly
ration quota like rice, wheat and sugar from a Public Distribution System (PDS)
shop.

With a countable number of Antodya and other BPL ration card holders, in any
given area, privileged to get a decent quota of rice and sugar at highly
subsidised rates, Above Poverty Line (APL) card holders are denied even an
honest quota with higher rates.

The maximum people holding APL ration cards are almost left to fend for
themselves since the last few months. It is learnt that though no sugar quota
is allowed to APL card holders, the once decent looking 10 kg of rice and 8 kg of wheat allotted to a
ration card holder per month has suddenly become a thing of the past.

Some APL families who lined up last week for ration were surprised to see that
their quota further reduced to a meagre 2 kilos of rice and 1 kilo of wheat.
Till last month, it was a paltry 3
kg of rice and 2 kg of wheat.

?Is this the ?aam admi? governance that our Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has
promised us?? questioned an agitated man at a PDS shop in Agonda.

Other unhappy residents suspected the involvement of dealers running PDS shops
and even went to the extent of calling on the village sarpanch. He (sarpanch)
contacted the civil supplies wing of the taluka who confirmed the reduced
supply of essential commodities.

Elders in the villages are also a disturbed lot. ?Before the classification of
ration cards, everything was running smoothly. Today, common people like us
can?t get proper government ration while migrant labourers who have settled
here enjoy full quotas under the pretext of Antodya and BPL,? a senior citizen
pointed out.





http://www.goaholidayhomes.com/newspaper-in-goa.php?type=Herald





Hearing
of disqualification petition today


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 26 The Speaker, Mr Pratasing Rane will conduct the
hearing on the disqualification petition against the two Maharashtrawadi
Gomantak Party MLAs, Mr Ramakrishna Dhavalikar and Mr Pandurang Dhavalikar on
August 27.


The Speaker will decide whether to confirm the order on interim
relief passed by him or to proceed with the main petition against the
?restrained? MGP candidates. The Congress MLA, Mr Agnelo Fernandes had filed
the disqualification petition before the Speaker, last month.


Meanwhile, the Speaker will also decide upon the disqualification
of the Congress MLA, Ms Victoria Fernandes tomorrow for violating the party
whip when the assembly was in session. Ms Fernandes had violated the party whip
by remaining absent in the House during the crucial ?vote of confidence? on
July 30.


The petition against Ms Fernandes was filed by the Congress MLA,
Mr Chandrakant Kavalekar.


Faleiro
dodges queries on parliamentary by-elections


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 26 Former education minister, Mr Luizinho Faleiro
tried to dodge queries whether he was one of the probable candidates for the
parliamentary by-elections in the South.


On being questioned if he was trying to use the Save River Sal
Front movement as a plank to spruce up his political career, a composed Mr
Faleiro countered, ?Has the Election Commissioner declared the elections??


When Mr Faleiro was told that Mr Churchill too has demanded that
his lawyer daughter be given a chance to contest the by-polls, he replied,
?There is also a demand that a ST candidate may be given an opportunity to
contest.?


He refused a categorical yes or no answer, on whether he was in
the reckoning as a candidate for the by-polls.


The former education minister was at pains to explain that he was
happy to be away from the media glare, enjoying the `peace and bliss? of life,
after having been forced to make way for his bete noire, Mr Churchill Alemao in
Navelim, in the recent assembly elections.


?Actually I did not want to address the media, but circumstances
forced me to break my silence as my name was being unnecessarily maligned,? he
said, regretting for having to break his so called ?tapasya.?


Dharna
against CRZ violations at Mobor on Aug 28


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 26 Upping the ante against illegalities and gross
violations of coastal regulatory zone guidelines, the Cavelossim citizens
action committee has decided to have a bigger dharna on August 28 near a resort
at Mobor.


According to CCAC member, Mr Kennedy Afonso, the committee would
invite senior CRZ, town and country planning and other district officials to
the site.


The local MLA, Mr Churchill Alemao would also be requested to be
present, the CCAC member said.


The CCAC had conducted one of their series of peaceful dharnas on
Saturday last. A number of locals from surrounding villages of Varca,
Cavelossim and Davorlim had taken part in the dharna-cum-meeting.


?Some 12 bungalows have been constructed at Mobor blatantly
ignoring the law of the land. We have deliberately scheduled our dharna there,
so that everyone gets to know facts,? Mr Afonso said.


He further informed that initially town and country department had
issued licence for only four bungalows there. But when the new constructions
continued, the department issued a stop order on the same.


?But the work still continues with the blessing of the local
Cavelossim sarpanch,? Mr Afonso alleged.


Declaring that the protest against illegalities will continue, Mr
Afonso said: ?We will fight tooth and nail in our efforts to nail the culprits,
who have bent rules and ignored laws to suit their conveniences.? Even
authorities involved will not be spared, he warned.


On the other hand, the people of Cavelossim today called for a
compilation of a list of the number of constructions undertaken in violation of
CRZ guidelines in the area of their village panchayat.


However, the Cavelosim sarpanch, Mr Edwin Barretto denied any
resolution has been taken to that effect.


Expectedly, the Gram Sabha meeting witnessed noisy scenes, as a
clear divide between two sections -- one group opposing the dredging of River
Sal and another against CRZ violations -- was rather obvious.


In normal circumstances the meeting would have been organised in
the panchayat hall. But on Sunday it was shifted to a bigger hall in the area
as the crowd swelled.


A big hue and cry ensued, when a section of the Gram Sabha
demanded that no panchayat fund be used to fight a court battle in the ongoing
dredging imbroglio.


?If at all, a legal recourse needs to be taken on the issue, then
use of panchayat funds should be avoided,? a member voiced his opinion.


A bitter debate on the issue ensued, but the Gram Sabha could not
arrive at a final decision in the matter.


The continuation of water sports activities in the river also
figured at the meeting.


Although authorities permit water sports activities for the period
from October to May, it was observed that some youth were continuing with the
activity, much to the annoyance of locals and fishing community.


Besides the disturbing noise, the `Jet skis? speed recklessly,
sometime ripping off fishing nets in the river. The Gram Sabha decided to
immediately put a stop to the water sports activity.


A discussion on an entrepreneur engaged in building trawlers in
the area came up at the Gram Sabha meet.


According to locals, the entrepreneur was operating illegally and
did not possess the required permissions from the authorities.


Further the activity created a lot of noise disturbing the peace
of the locals in the area. It was suggested some action be taken in the matter.


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Hyderabad
blasts fail to awaken Goa Police!


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

The Central Government?s call to States to intensify security in view of
Saturday?s twin Hyderabad blasts appears to have
been taken with not much seriousness by the Goa
police.

In one such case, expensive cameras installed to monitor activities at the
Polem police check post have been out of order for over two months and nothing
has been done to rectify the problem.

The Police Department went hi-tech, and on the eve of the Assembly elections,
installed cameras on masts at four strategic locations at the Polem check post
to record movement of vehicles from across the border.

Police sources say these gadgets, costing over Rs 1 lakh, were installed to
keep a tab on the movement of vehicles after the terrorism scare that rocked
the State.

Solar lights were fitted atop the posts to keep these camera units functional
even during power failure. The cameras were connected to the control unit
located in the barrack of the police outpost and recordings were later
transferred to the headquarters for scrutiny by higher authorities.

This exercise, which should have sent shivers down the spine of any person
undertaking an illegal activity, instead, became the laughing stock in the
area. The gadgets ceased to operate within a week after they were installed and
no one has rectified the error in the monitoring unit.

On the other hand, some locals suspect that the failure of the cameras to
function could well be a boon to the men in khaki, who may resent being
monitored by a neutral eye regarding activities, legal or otherwise, at the
Polem border.

When contacted, the police manning the Polem check post said they had orally
informed their higher authorities that the gadget was out of operation. When
contacted, South Goa SP S M Prabhudesai said he was unaware that the cameras
were not working and pledged to look into the matter and get the gadgets
rectified.


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Spotted: John Abraham in Goa


August 27, 2007 17:03 IST






Reader Manasi couldn't believe her eyes when
she spotted John Abraham [Images] having dinner at the next table.





John
was in Goa's [Images] popular resturant Brittos when Manasi
approached him for a photograph.





She
writes, 'You are wonderful, modest and an excellent human being... muah!'


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Person of the Day - Santiago Monteiro


Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Having arrived here from Goa, India, a year and a half ago, Santiago
Monteiro feels very much at home in the Cayman Islands.


?People are very good here,? he said. He enjoys working at Sunset House
where he meets people daily, and he spends his leisure snorkelling, watching
movies and hanging out with friends.


?I keep myself busy,? he said, adding that he misses his family back home
and looks forward to visiting them next year.


?When you think of your future, ask yourself, ?is there
something you can work towards becoming?,? he said, and divulges that his dream
is to become a Restaurant Manager some day.


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Dharna against CRZ violations at Mobor


BY HERALD REPORTER

Continuing with its agitation against CRZ violations, the Cavelossim Citizens
Action Committee will hold its second dharna on August 28 at Mobor infront of
hotel resort for allegedly CRZ irregularities.

The Action Committee has claimed that the alleged illegal work continues
despite orders by the Town and Country Planning department, saying the hotel
project has blocked access to a Cross revered by the villagers of Mobor.

The committee has said it will support the people on this point and appealed to
the authorities to open the access first. ?The people are not in favour of
builders blocking religious structures, that to by illegal construction
activities?, stated Kennedy Afonso.

The committee has given a call to all concerned citizens of Goa,
to lend their support for the grassroot people?s movement, saying the people
are fighting against a group of powerful builders lobby, and we need the
support of all concerned citizens from all walks of life, NGOs and other
organisations.





Save River Sal Front demands immediate removal of
boat


BY HERALD REPORTER


With the deadlock over the casino boat/dredging row continues, the Save
River Sal Front on Monday conveyed a message loud and clear to the Chief
Secretary J P Singh that people?s patience is running out on the issue and has
demanded immediate removal of the boat from River Sal.

A delegation of the Front comprising of Shridhar Kamat, Edwin Barreto, Elvino
D?Costa, Elvis Gomes adn Ms Melsa had a meeting with the Chief Secretary on
Monday noon, attended by a host of senior government officials connected with
the issue and representative of Hotel Leela. However, the meeting failed to
evolve a solution, with Hotel Leela seeking time to reply to the points raised
by the Front.

With the government dragging on the matter, Front leaders are meeting on
Tuesday to chalk out future course of agitation by involving the people on both
sides of the river at Cavelossim-Mobor and Velim, Assolna, Ambelim and Betul.

SRSF elucidated the various aspects involving the legal, social and ecological
angles concerning the issue.

During discussions, the Front expressed surprise that the Captain of Ports
failed to stress on an NOC from the concerned Panchayat body before permitting
Leela to start the dredging activity. Further, it said issuing NOC to a private
party to dredge the river has set an unhealthy precedent of allowing a private
commercial venture to exploit the natural resources. ?The directive in the NOC
that the dredged material be dumped in the adjoining CRZ area is in violation
of existing laws?, the Front maintained.

Demanding that the government should not allow casino boats to operate within
river basins, which in itself in in contravention of the meaning of the term
?off-shore casino?, the Front said any permission to dredge the river basis and
to allow stationing of the boat would directly affect the livelihood of around
500 families of traditional fishermem, ie around 3000 dependants.

Reiterating its stiff opposition to the dredging operation and has vowed to
oppose any move to station the casino ship in the river basin, the Front has
appealed to all the citizens to be vigilant and join the ongong agitation under
the banner of SRSF in large numbers.


SGF hails BJP?s move on SEZs


HERALD REPORTER

General Secretary of Save Goa Front (SGF) Dr Wilfred Mesquita welcomed the
decision of BJP to launch an agitation demanding scrapping of SEZs in Goa.

When contacted for his reaction, Dr Mesquita said ?we fully stand by it and
congratulate BJP for taking up the issue and extend full support in opposing SEZs?.

The Congress should not forget the incidents which have taken place all
over the country right from Nandigram to the other states of the country who
vehementally opposed SEZs which are only meant to promote the vested interest
of the country. It may be recalled that SGF party manifesto had prominently
opposed SEZs in Goa. However, this issue was
reportedly not resolved at the time of party Supremo Churchill Alemao
joining the Digambar Kamat government as PWD minister.





Govt toppling bid was to save Goa, claims Parrikar


BY HERALD REPORTER

My objective for wanting to dislodge the present government was to save
Goa from the demographic invasion and land scams that it is being
promoted under the garb of pursuing Special Economic
Zones (SEZs) in the State, said Opposition
leader Manohar Parrikar on Monday breaking his silence
after the coup failed.

Addressing the media today, Parrikar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
will continue its efforts to dislodge the government especially over the issue
of SEZs and has strongly demanded the scrapping of all SEZs proposed for Goa.

Referring to answers furnished in the Goa Assembly, Parrikar pointed out that
seven out of the 15 proposed SEZs have already been approved by the Center and
alleged that the State government is pursuing SEZs without a policy and without
a study on the job creations by SEZs vis-?-vis availability of manpower.

Parrikar clarified that the BJP was not opposed to SEZs but was concerned over
its impact on the State.

He opined, ?Goa can afford to have not more
than one or two SEZs,? adding that a large number of them would bring no
economic benefits to the State.

He went on to state that the 15 SEZs would attract at least 2.5 lakh migrant
population to Goa and burden the State?s
infrastructure.

Ridiculing the Congress government?s ?lopsided planning? on SEZs, the
opposition leader said that the only interest the government has is allegedly
in the under hand land dealings. He further alleged that at least Rs 200-Rs 500
per sq meter has been exchanged in the allotment of land.

Parrikar said that the BJP will take this issue to every citizen in Goa in a bid to expose the SEZ scandal of the Congress
government and will thereafter go for an agitation in the second stage.

Though the issue was hardly raised during the attempted coup, Parrikar today
said the people of Goa need to know that the
political developments that transpired between July 25 - August 13 was all
co-related to land scams en masse. He said that the SEZ scam is far more
serious than the Regional Plan 2011. Incidentally, no land for SEZs has been
allotted to entrepreneurs since the new government came to power. Nonetheless
it was done by the Congress government one and a half year ago.

While demanding for a halt on SEZs, the BJP also demanded
that the government call the Opposition for a debate on SEZs.





Sarpanch says Penha-da-Franca garbage compactor
parts stolen


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


The Rs 14 lakh garbage compactor sent to the Penha-da-Franca panchayat has
itself become a waste, with the sarpanch admitting that the parts have been
stolen from the vehicle.

The issue came up for discussion at the Gram Sabha of Penha-da-Franca on
Sunday, when Convener of Penha-Franca Citizens? forum Agnelo Perreira sought to
know the action initiated by the panchayat regarding the compactor, which had
been abandoned at the Kranti garden at Porvorim for last one year.

Sarpanch Subhash Kalangutker replied that the battery of the vehicle and other
parts were stolen by some unknown persons and the vehicle had become immobile.
Kalangutker, however, assured to take up the matter with the Directorate of
Panchayats.

Regarding other works in the village, Kalangutker said the panchayat has taken
up 14 development works like construction of gutters, footpaths and roads in
all wards at a cost of Rs 30 lakh and added that all works would be completed
within the next six months.

The villagers demanded to know what action the panchayat had taken regarding
the development of a playground at Britona.

Stating that there are a number of grounds in the village, the residents
claimed that the panchayat has not taken any action to construct a playground
in Britona. They added that the issue had been raised in every Gram Sabha for a
number of years, but no action had been taken in the matter.

Sarpanch Kalangutker agreed in the need for the playground at Britona and
assured that the panchayat would approach the government for allotment of space
in this regard.

Residents of Halliwada strongly opposed the erection of a mobile tower in the
field in Survey No 147/1 and sought to know how the panchayat had issued the
permission to the company to erect the tower in the absence of a Conversion
Sanad and approval from the Town and Country Planning department.

Agnelo Pereira also mentioned that a speed breaker should be laid immediately
on the Alto-Betim side of the Mandovi
Bridge as lot of
accidents take place at this junction. The sarpanch assured to look into the
matter.

Rohidas Naik mentioned some bungalow owners in Porvorim had encroached on the
open space in front of bungalows and had illegally constructed compound walls.
Elvis Rodrigues, Savio Carvalho and Mr Pinto also participated in the
discussions.

Earlier, Panchayat Secretary Peter Martins read out the report of the Gram
Sabha on June 24. Anjali Shirodker was present as an observer at the meeting.


MMC to set up garbage redressal cell


BY HERALD REPORTER


With garbage problem staring at the city, the Margao Municipal Council has
decided to set up a garbage redressal Cell whereby citizens can register their
complaints and get their grievances redressed.

In another development, the Civic body has finally tendered the purchase of
three garbage compactors after the government shot down the move to go for the
compactors sans tenders.

Initially, citizens may be required to lodge complaints in person, but plans
are afoot to open a telephone line for people to register complaints over the
phone.

Chief Officer, N D Agarwal said the garbage redressal cell will note down all
complaints received from the citizens about non-collection of garbage. In turn,
the staff manning the cell will forward the complaint to the sanitary section
for redressal.

?By constituting the cell, citizens will get the facility to lodge their
complaints about non-collection of garbage. The facility will help Civic
officials to keep a tab on the staff engaged in cleaning and disposing off
garbage?, Agarwal said.

The Chief Officer has said the Civic body is presently concentrating on how
best to make the Gandhi market garbage-free as the market is witnessing heaps
of garbage almost everyday.

Around four-truck load of garbage is generated in the Gandhi market on a daily
basis. The CO has plans to construct a bin wherein waste can be dumped inside
without posing an eyesore to the citizens.

Meanwhile, the Margao
Municipality has issued
tenders for the purchase of three garbage compactors. These compactors were
earlier sought to be purchased by the CIvic body without inviting tenders, but
the proposal did not find favour with the government.

The government had sanctioned Rs 69 lakhs for the purchase of the three
compactors after local MLA Digambar Kamat became the Chief Minister two months
ago.


Speaker?s order on Dhavlikars likely today


BY HERALD REPORTER

The Goa Assembly Speaker
Pratapsing Rane will decide tomorrow (August 28) whether or not the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) should be made a respondent in the
disqualification plea filed against two of its MLAs - Sudin and Dipak
Dhavalikar.

In the matter slated today, Rane heard arguments over an application filed by
chief of the MGP Pandurang Raut who has sought to intervene in the petition and
has asked to be heard in the matter as well.

The legal counsel for the petitioner (Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes) in the
disqualification plea has strongly disputed the MGP?s application.

Earlier today, Speaker Pratapsing Rane adjourned the hearing
of the disqualification plea against St Cruz MLA Victoria Fernandes and is
likely to hear the matter next on September 4.

Fernandes through her legal counsel today submitted an application stating that
she was unwell and unable to be present for the hearing and pleaded that time
be granted.





?3 parties yet to launch casino operations?


BY HERALD REPORTER

Three parties are yet to launch their offshore casino operations.

Disclosing this, Chief Secretary J P Singh who is also the Home Secretary said
that four parties have paid the processing fee of Rs 10 lakh.

Singh disclosed that while Leela has paid Rs 5 crore as the annual fee, the
other three have not.

In all, five offshore casinos have been permitted by the Government, including
Caravela, the first of its kind in the country. Caravela started its operations
around six years ago.

It is learnt that the three other parties are adopting the wait-and-watch
policy following the River Sal issue.

Less than a year ago, the Rane Government had issued licences to 4-5
parties to operate offshore casinos.


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Classify projects
under RP-2011, HC asks govt


NT Legal Correspondent


Panaji, Aug 27 While hearing a petition filed by
United Realtech Pvt Ltd, the division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising
Mr Justice R S Mohite and Mr Justice N A Britto has asked the government to classify
the projects approved under the Regional Plan 2011 into ?works not started?,
?work completed? and ?works which have not been granted any permission?.


The bench has also directed the government to consider
the case of genuine buyers and allow them to make representations by ensuring
that there is no mala fide and the same is strictly according to public policy.


The bench has also directed the Advocate-General
to furnish information as to number of permissions that have been given under
the Regional Plan 2011.


The government has been further directed to give a
list of projects classified into three categories. The land which has been
bought but no construction has started. Projects which got permissions to construct
and constructions are already done in accordance to law and projects not
granted any permission at all.


It was the case of the petitioners that they had
got permission to construct a commercial building under the Regional Plan 2011.
However, the government not only withdrew the Regional Plan but also withdrew
the permission given to them and issued show-cause notice for demolition.


The petitioners submitted that they have already started
construction in accordance with law and it is not fair to demolish their
structure. The bench has directed the government not to demolish the structure till
the disposal of the case.


It may be recalled that on Friday the court had dismissed
a petition challenging the insertion of section 17 ? in Goa Town and Country
Planning Act, 1974 and the notification of February 7, 2007, by which the
Regional plan 2011 was purported to be withdrawn.





Governor briefs Sonia
on Kamat govt


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 27 The Governor, Mr S C Jamir has told
the United Progressive Alliance chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi this morning at 10
Janpath, New Delhi, that the Goa government under the leadership of Mr Digambar
Kamat was expected to run smoothly.


A press note issued by the OSD to the Governor, Mr
Sebastian Zumvu states that Mr Jamir met Ms Gandhi and held lengthy discussion
on the recent fluid political situation in Goa
and the political and law and order situation in his home state of Nagaland.


The Governor further explained to Ms Gandhi that
the cease-fire agreements between the central government and two factions of
Nationalist Social Council of Nagaland have to be maintained and sustained both
in letter and spirit.


The press note also states that the UPA chairperson expressed her concern
over the prevailing situation in the region and assured the Governor that she
would do everything possible for restoration of peace in Nagaland.


Disqualification
plea: Rane to pass order today on



MGP application


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 27 The Speaker of Goa assembly, Mr Pratapsing
Rane would pass order tomorrow afternoon on the application made by the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, that it be made a party to the disqualification
petition filed against its MLAs from Madkai and Priol respectively, Mr
Ramkrishna Dhavlikar and Pandurang Dhavlikar.


After hearing the arguments put forward by the counsels
for the petitioner as well as the MGP, the Speaker told both the parties that
he would pass the order in the matter tomorrow.


The MGP counsel, Mr Parag Rao argued before the Speaker
that since the constitution of the party has been attached to the petition, the
party itself would be in a position to interpret it before the Speaker, as such
it should be allowed to intervene in the matter.


The counsel for petitioner, Mr Nitin Sardessai vehemently
opposed the arguments put forward by the counsel for MGP, saying that no relief
was sought against the party in the petition as such it should not be allowed
to intervene in the matter. Earlier, Mr Ramkrishna Dhavlikar who attended the hearing
today told reporters outside the assembly this evening that the decision of the
party to intervene in the matter was proof enough that the party was behind
him. He further said: ?I am in the party and the party was with me.?


Meanwhile, Mr Rane today postponed the hearing
into the disqualification petition against Ms Victoria Fernandes, the Congress
MLA from St Cruz, by a week to September 4. When the matter came up for hearing
this morning, the counsel for Ms Fernandes, Mr Sarvesh Kamat, sought postponement
of hearing on the ground that his client was served with the copy of
disqualification petition only on August 24 and he was handed over the same yesterday.


The Speaker granted his request and fixed next hearing
in the disqualification petition filed by Mr Chandrakant Kavlekar (Congress MLA
from Quepem) on September 4. The counsel for Ms Fernandes, however, did not
throw any light on the letter pertaining to withdrawal of resignation by her,
saying that she was dealing with the subject herself.


The Congress party had filed disqualification petition
against its own member soon after Ms Fernandes abstained from voting on demands
on July 24 during the last assembly session.


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Winds of change blowing over IFFI 2007!


BY HERALD REPORTER

While the General Body of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) is yet to have
a final say on the IFFI programmes for this year?s festival, the Governing Body
on Tuesday took strong objections to the Hollywood
hype and has advocated an aam aadmi IFFI 2007.

At a meeting, the ESG Governing Body considered cutting down on extravaganza
and emphasised the need for a serious focus on films.

While the ESG was tightlipped on the outcome of the meeting, sources disclosed
that various suggestions and recommendations were put forth for a low-key
festival to avoid traffic jams and roadblocks.

It is learnt that the Governing Body insisted on scrapping the plan to invite Hollywood stars ? at the expense of the exchequer ? and
trimming Bollywood fanfare.

The body, while highlighting the need to market Goa,
also recommended promotion of Goan artists and local-based cultural programmes.

It is learnt that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who is also the Chairman of
ESG?s Governing Body sought a cut in the lavish dinners and parties to be
hosted during IFFI 2007. A
proposal was also made to reduce the number of beach screenings.

Hiring the services of a local event management agency that would work within
the required budget and setting up teams of marketing managers to lure sponsors
were also among the proposals.

A host of issues discussed on Tuesday are scheduled to be placed before the
General Body on Wednesday.


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Bambolim structures run into rough seas


BY HERALD
REPORTER

Should constructions come up within 100 metres of the High Tide Line just because
the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has renewed the licence,
even as the Supreme Court has ruled that no development can be allowed in the
area?

This question was debated in the High Court on Tuesday following a petition
filed in public interest by People?s Movement for Civic Action (PMCA) and Goa
Foundation against a promoter planning to put up structures ?
bungalows or hotel - in picturesque Bambolim.

There were two sets of permissions granted by MoEF in the 1990s ? one, for
construction beyond 100
metres and second, for constructions within 50?100
metres. However, only three plinths were laid till 1995-96, in the property within 100 metres of HTL.

In 1996, the Supreme Court struck down an amendment to the Environment
Protection Act and restored ?no development? within 100 metres of HTL.

At the height of the Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA) agitation in December 2006,
citizen-groups protested against the project in Bambolim and the Additional
Collector Swapnil Naik, after inspecting the place, issued a ?stop-work order?
as development was being carried out within 100 metres along the
Zuari estuary.

Interestingly, some of the plots are believed to have been bought by bigwigs
from the film industry, besides politicians and cricket stars.

The promoters, armed with three letters from MoEF, then moved the court saying
that the licences had been renewed by the Central Government. Based on the
stand taken by MoEF, the State Government withdrew directions issued to the
Collector to stay the construction work.

Studying the issue in depth, Goa Foundation and PMCA, however, challenged the
issue on merit saying that MoEF could not have given the ?go ahead? when it is
in violation of the Apex Court
ruling.

Adv Norma Alvares, counsel for the petitioners, argued against the decision of
MoEF allowing construction in the ?No Development Zone?. She pointed out that
the petitioners were not too late in raising the issue.

The Division Bench, after hearing the arguments, ordered status quo and asked
MoEF to clarify its stand.


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Municipal staff to
hold one-day strike against common cadre on Sept 13


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 28 Stoutly
opposing government?s move to introduce common cadre for the employees in
municipalities, municipal employees all over Goa
have decided to go on a token one-day protest strike on September 13.


The decision was taken
today at an executive committee meeting of all the municipal councils in the
head office of the Goa Municipal Employees Association under the leadership of
president, Mr Keshav Prabhu.


The decision on common
cadre was bad in nature and was being forced on the employees with mala fide
intention, which defeats the very nature of council?s autonomy, a press note
released by the GMEA said and warned to even take legal recourse, if the
government tried to steamroll over them.


The association
president said that a similar common cadre of engineers and accountants was
lying in limbo.


Nothing has been done
to put their seniority list, pension, GPF etc in order, Mr Prabhu said and
wondered how the government will control staff of all the municipalities.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=082912


Formulate new
regional plan as soon as possible: GCCI


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 28 The Goa
Chamber of Commerce and Industry today demanded that new regional plan be
immediately prepared and declared opened for implementation since a large
number of industrial projects have been affected due to the absence of such a
plan.


The GCCI president, Mr
Nitin Kuncolienkar told the pressmen that the government should formulate a new
regional plan, as soon as possible, under the advice of an expert body.


?The developmental
projects, especially those relating to the industry, have been now delayed for
too long as most of the land is frozen,? he said, pointing out that around 2.9
per cent of land in the state is presently under settlement.


Speaking further, Mr
Kuncolienkar pointed out that a study needs to be carried out on special
economic zones proposed for Goa.


?We are not getting the
multi-commodity SEZs but specific SEZs,? he said, adding ?which reduces our
worries?. Mr Kuncolienkar also observed that welcoming or opposing the SEZs
depends upon what type of economic zones are being set up and what kind of
strain they will put on local infrastructure.


Speaking further the
GCCI president said the state suffers from a psyche of opposing every new
developmental project. If the SEZs are dedicated to information technology,
software or call centres then it will require very limited infrastructure, he
observed.


Stating that a GCCI
report on the state infrastructure had predicted Goa
facing power shortage, Mr Kuncolienkar said the prediction has now come true
and the best power option for the state is electricity generated from thermal
energy. He also stated that the decision of the government to ban further
commercial power connections is very bad for the industry.


He said that when there
is a pressure on employment and demand for workforce, the salaries goes up
which is very good for the state and results in improving purchasing power of
the state.


?I feel that there
should be some opportunities coming to Goa,?
he concluded.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=082911


D?Mello gets KA
scholarship


NT News Desk


Panaji, Aug 28 The Kala
Academy has granted a special scholarship of Rs 6 lakh to Ms Joanne Marie
D?Mello to undergo four year?s full-time advance course in vocal music in the
Royal Collage of Music at London,
UK. Ms D?Mello
will undergo higher studies under the guidance of Prof. Soprano Patricia
Rozario who is of Goan origin.The Royal Collage of Music has confirmed the
admission of Ms D?Mello. Considering her exceptional talent, the Kala Academy
has considered her request to grant the scholarship, as a special case. On
completion of the course, she will serve the Department of Western Music of
Kala Academy for minimum two years to impart training in vocal music.


Mr Pratapsingh Rane,
chairman of Kala Academy
handed over the cheque to Ms D?Mello to enable her to proceed to London for pursuing
further studies. Meanwhile, the Kala Academy in collaboration with the West Zone Cultural
Centre, Udaipur,
is organizing a ?Puppetry making? workshop from September 4 to 9.


The objective of
organizing this workshop is to promote indigenous art of puppetry in the state
of Goa. This workshop is aimed at starting
training of glove, rod and simple string puppets. Kala Academy
intends to conduct this workshop for art teachers, so that they may further
practice and popularise this art form.


The team of four
experts from Rajasthan and Gujarat will
conduct this workshop. They will train the participants in different aspects of
puppetry from puppets making, script writing, set designing, manipulating and
formally presenting thematic puppet shows.


This will be the first
workshop of such kind. Kala
Academy has appealed art
teachers to participate and avail this unique opportunity. The participation is
restricted to 30 participants on first-come-first-serve basis. The interested
schools may depute their teachers as trainees for the workshop.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=08291


Chodankar clarifies
on certificate validity


NT News Service


Navelim, Aug 28 The
state Youth Congress president Mr Girish Chodankar said that Registration of
Births & Deaths Act 1969 and 1999 do not prescribe any period of limitation
as regards to the validity of the births and deaths certificates.


Stating this in a press
release, Mr Chodankar said that he has received a letter from joint director
cum additional chief registrar of births and deaths clarifying about the
validity, adding that all the concerned departments are intimated regarding the
validity of births and deaths certificates.


Mr Chodankar said that
the Youth Congress had taken up this issue since many government offices were
unnecessarily demanding fresh certificates having validity up to six months due
to which individuals had to apply for fresh certificates and at times could not
succeed in getting them since some old records of births and deaths are
unavailable.


Mr Chodankar said the
matter was settled when it was taken up with the Chief Minister Mr Digambar
Kamat, Chief Secretary Mr J P Singh, Director of Archives and Director of
Planning, Statistics and Evaluation and other authorities.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=08294


Vedanta revises dates for Sesa Goa open offer

29 Aug, 2007, 1200 hrs IST, INDIATIMES NEWS NETWORK


MUMBAI:
Vedanta Resources has revised the open offer dates to acquire an additional 20
per cent in Sesa Goa. The offer will now open on August 31 and close September
19.



This follows clearance from the Securities & Exchange Board of India.



UK-based Vedanta had acquired Mitsui & Co's 51 per cent stake in Sesa Goa
for $981 million in April.



However, SEBI mulled over the open offer, priced at Rs 2,036 per share, due to
cases pending in the court with regard to an earlier transaction in Sesa Goa.



The open offer is being made along with Westglobe,
Mauritius, and Richter
Holding, Cyprus.


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No withdrawal of
support: Alemao


BY HERALD REPORTER

Save Goa Front supremo and Navelim MLA Churchill Alemao maintained
that he has not threatened to withdraw support to the Digambar Kamat Government
if the controversial casino boat is towed away from River Sal.

?I have not issued any threat to withdraw support to the Government on this
particular issue,? Alemao told Herald when asked to react to reports in certain
quarters that said he has warned Chief Minister Digambar Kamat of withdrawing
support if the casino boat is removed from the river.

?Why should I withdraw support to the Government on the issue? I am not in
favour of the casino boat, but my supporters, including the taxi operators are
peeved at attempts made by my political opponents to drag my name into the
controversy?.





?Cong has nothing to
do with Babush?


Adopting a tough stand against Taleigao MLA Babush
Monserrate, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and Goa Desk
In-charge Margaret Alva on Saturday stated that he (Babush) is neither part of
the Congress party nor does it (Congress) have anything to do with the UGDP.

Interestingly, it was Monserrate who packed the first punch at the Goa
Democratic Alliance (GDA) by extending support to the Congress Government that
was struggling to survive following withdrawal of support by the MGP MLAs.

Addressing a press conference in the city, Alva categorically stated that no
talks were held with either Monserrate or the UGDP, adding that the two are not
part of the ruling faction.

?He may support us, but we have nothing to do with him,? said Alva when
reminded of her pre-election statement `Congress has no truck with
Monserrate?.?

It may be recalled that Monserrate had dumped the Congress party at the
eleventh hour to contest the Assembly polls on the UGDP ticket.

Alva also denied calling Churchill Alemao a ?joker?, stating that the media had
misinterpreted her statement.

?I never called him a joker,? she said, when asked how the Congress inducted a
joker in the Government.

She clarified that Churchill?s support was unconditional. ?He put only one
demand and we made him a minister
according to our party formula,? she pointed
out.





Panjim?s
heritage scandal surfaces


By FRANKY GRACIAS

PANJIM, AUG 25 ? Heritage lovers, conservationists and NGOs, who had led
a sustained campaign from 2001 to 2003 against the State authorities to save a
prominent Panjim square housing heritage buildings from being annihilated by a
commercial construction, fear the same again after the earlier plan was
shelved.

The prominent square lying between the busy 18th June Road and an arterial
road, houses buildings like the Massano de Amorim and Santa Casa da Misericordia
considered as a ?treasure trove? by heritage lovers. These age-old buildings
with their unique architectural styles presently house the Social Welfare
Department, Urban Health Centre, Provedoria, a library and a
school.

Within the precincts of this famous square, admeasuring 3,513 sq mt and unknown
to many passersby, is based a volleyball stadium which lies in the middle
surrounded by Santa Casa and Masanno de Amorim buildings.

Patricia Pinto of People?s Movement for Civic Action shockingly revealed to
Herald that the ?land-use? for the heritage square has been changed from
?institutional? to ?commercial? as per the draft ODP 2011 of September 2006 to
facilitate a commercial venture.

Patricia hasn?t forgotten November 2001 when the buildings were to be razed for
a commercial complex by cunningly changing the land-use of the prominent square
from ?institutional? to ?commercial?. At that time, plans were afoot to raise a
ground-plus-five structure.

Following protests from PMCA, Goa Heritage Action Group, Percival Noronha of
INTACH, Dean D?Cruz and others for around one-and-half year, the TCP Board
finally buckled and reverted the land-use to ?institutional? on July 10,
2003.

Patricia said as per the draft ODP 2011, brought out in 2006, the land-use of
the square has been categorised under C-1, which permits construction of a
ground-plus seven structure. ?Why have the authorities effected a change once
again in spite of being aware of the earlier protests?? she wonders.

NGOs and heritage lovers have raised fears that the heritage buildings in the
prominent square may have to make way for a shopping mall and the present
situation could turn similar to that of 2001 when all protested in unison to
get the controversial land-use reverted.

Panjim city without its rich heritage structures would surely be unacceptable
to its citizens and it will have nothing to boast of without these, says
Patricia, adding, ?The PMCA exhorts people of Panjim to send in their
objections to this change in land-use as the Government has now decided to once
again place the ODPs for public objection for a period of two months.?






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Mummy?s fate hangs in balance Will Cong recall
petition?


BY HERALD REPORTER


All eyes will be on the disqualification petition filed against St Cruz MLA
Victoria Fernandes, to be taken up by Goa Assembly Speaker Pratapsing Rane, at
11.30 am, on Monday.

On the eve of the hearing, talks were doing the rounds in political circles
that the disqualification plea against Ms Fernandes might be withdrawn.

The petitioner, Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar, however, preferred
to remain silent on the issue.

It is learnt that the Congress party is in favour of recalling the
petition against Ms Fernandes ? who recently withdrew her
resignation and the petition filed against the Speaker in the High Court.

Ms Fernandes, who has not met the Speaker in person over her resignation ? and
subsequent withdrawal ? till date, has been directed to be present for
tomorrow?s hearing.

Rane is also scheduled to hear the disqualification pleas filed against the two
MGP MLAs ? Sudin Dhavlikar and brother Deepak ? on Monday.


Stop the dredge, drag the boat: locals


BY HERALD REPORTER

While the Churchill-Luizinho blame game takes centre stage ? threatening to
overshadow the anti-dredging/casino boat agitation ? wary traditional fishermen
appear firm in their resolve to stop dredging of River Sal.

Traditional fishermen, inhabiting the banks of River Sal ? in Velim, Ambelim
and Assolna ? have warned of a second agitation if there?s any further delay in
towing the casino boat away.

Apparently angry over the attempts made by politicians and vested interests to
give the agitation launched by Save River Sal Front a political hue ?
especially on the Cavelossim side of the river ? traditional fishermen fear
that petty politics may do more harm than good for the movement.

?Enough is enough. The fishermen have been fighting against dredging to protect
their livelihood since 1998. We are not concerned about the Luizihno-Churchill
blame game. We only want the casino boat out and the dredging stopped
forthwith,? asserted Chairman of AVCB Traditional Fishermen Association Elvin
D?Silva.

?Politics is certainly not on our agenda,? D?Silva clarified.

?When the Government had first planned to dredge the river in 1998-99, we
opposed it tooth and nail and got the plan scrapped. Now, the traditional
fishermen are determined to oppose dredging of the river and the casino boat,?
he warned.

The fishermen say that dredging will destroy the rich marine habitat. ?The
entire river will have to be dredged to accommodate the casino boat. Imagine
what will happen when other starred hotels and parties also decide to float
casino boats,? he said.

Like many a traditional fisherman, D?Silva fails to understand why the present
Government reintroduced the dredging plan when the then Government headed by
Luizinho Faleiro had scrapped the idea. ?It?s shocking that the Captain of
Ports granted permission to dredge the river despite our earlier objections,?
he pointed out.

Perhaps for the first time, both the traditional fishermen and the mechanised
boat owners share a common concern. While the boat owners see the casino as an
obstruction along the navigation channel, fishermen maintain that dredging
would spell doom.





Vailankanni festival from Wed


About 15 lakh pilgrims are expected to visit the basilica
here during the 10-day annual festival beginning on Wednesday, August 29.

Nagapattinam District Collector S Jawahar, visited Vailankanni and inspected
the various arrangements made in connection with the festival of Annai Arokia
Matha of the ?Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Health?.

Later speaking to mediapersons, Jawahar said all arrangements have been made at
Vailankanni by the district administration, expecting around 15 lakh pilgrims.

Nearly 1,750 police personnel under the supervision of Kalpana Naick,
Superintendent of Police, Nagapattinam would be deployed.





Ration quota shrinks in Canacona!


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

A large number of people in Canacona Taluka have accused the government of
being on a mission to starve one set of families at the cost of others.

It is estimated that around 80% percent of ration card holders in Canacona
Taluka, irrespective of the type of card they hold, collect their monthly
ration quota like rice, wheat and sugar from a Public Distribution System (PDS)
shop.

With a countable number of Antodya and other BPL ration card holders, in any
given area, privileged to get a decent quota of rice and sugar at highly
subsidised rates, Above Poverty Line (APL) card holders are denied even an
honest quota with higher rates.

The maximum people holding APL ration cards are almost left to fend for
themselves since the last few months. It is learnt that though no sugar quota
is allowed to APL card holders, the once decent looking 10 kg of rice and 8 kg of wheat allotted to a
ration card holder per month has suddenly become a thing of the past.

Some APL families who lined up last week for ration were surprised to see that
their quota further reduced to a meagre 2 kilos of rice and 1 kilo of wheat.
Till last month, it was a paltry 3
kg of rice and 2 kg of wheat.

?Is this the ?aam admi? governance that our Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has
promised us?? questioned an agitated man at a PDS shop in Agonda.

Other unhappy residents suspected the involvement of dealers running PDS shops
and even went to the extent of calling on the village sarpanch. He (sarpanch)
contacted the civil supplies wing of the taluka who confirmed the reduced
supply of essential commodities.

Elders in the villages are also a disturbed lot. ?Before the classification of
ration cards, everything was running smoothly. Today, common people like us
can?t get proper government ration while migrant labourers who have settled
here enjoy full quotas under the pretext of Antodya and BPL,? a senior citizen
pointed out.





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Hearing
of disqualification petition today


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 26 The Speaker, Mr Pratasing Rane will conduct the
hearing on the disqualification petition against the two Maharashtrawadi
Gomantak Party MLAs, Mr Ramakrishna Dhavalikar and Mr Pandurang Dhavalikar on
August 27.


The Speaker will decide whether to confirm the order on interim
relief passed by him or to proceed with the main petition against the
?restrained? MGP candidates. The Congress MLA, Mr Agnelo Fernandes had filed
the disqualification petition before the Speaker, last month.


Meanwhile, the Speaker will also decide upon the disqualification
of the Congress MLA, Ms Victoria Fernandes tomorrow for violating the party
whip when the assembly was in session. Ms Fernandes had violated the party whip
by remaining absent in the House during the crucial ?vote of confidence? on
July 30.


The petition against Ms Fernandes was filed by the Congress MLA,
Mr Chandrakant Kavalekar.


Faleiro
dodges queries on parliamentary by-elections


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 26 Former education minister, Mr Luizinho Faleiro
tried to dodge queries whether he was one of the probable candidates for the
parliamentary by-elections in the South.


On being questioned if he was trying to use the Save River Sal
Front movement as a plank to spruce up his political career, a composed Mr
Faleiro countered, ?Has the Election Commissioner declared the elections??


When Mr Faleiro was told that Mr Churchill too has demanded that
his lawyer daughter be given a chance to contest the by-polls, he replied,
?There is also a demand that a ST candidate may be given an opportunity to
contest.?


He refused a categorical yes or no answer, on whether he was in
the reckoning as a candidate for the by-polls.


The former education minister was at pains to explain that he was
happy to be away from the media glare, enjoying the `peace and bliss? of life,
after having been forced to make way for his bete noire, Mr Churchill Alemao in
Navelim, in the recent assembly elections.


?Actually I did not want to address the media, but circumstances
forced me to break my silence as my name was being unnecessarily maligned,? he
said, regretting for having to break his so called ?tapasya.?


Dharna
against CRZ violations at Mobor on Aug 28


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 26 Upping the ante against illegalities and gross
violations of coastal regulatory zone guidelines, the Cavelossim citizens
action committee has decided to have a bigger dharna on August 28 near a resort
at Mobor.


According to CCAC member, Mr Kennedy Afonso, the committee would
invite senior CRZ, town and country planning and other district officials to
the site.


The local MLA, Mr Churchill Alemao would also be requested to be
present, the CCAC member said.


The CCAC had conducted one of their series of peaceful dharnas on
Saturday last. A number of locals from surrounding villages of Varca,
Cavelossim and Davorlim had taken part in the dharna-cum-meeting.


?Some 12 bungalows have been constructed at Mobor blatantly
ignoring the law of the land. We have deliberately scheduled our dharna there,
so that everyone gets to know facts,? Mr Afonso said.


He further informed that initially town and country department had
issued licence for only four bungalows there. But when the new constructions
continued, the department issued a stop order on the same.


?But the work still continues with the blessing of the local
Cavelossim sarpanch,? Mr Afonso alleged.


Declaring that the protest against illegalities will continue, Mr
Afonso said: ?We will fight tooth and nail in our efforts to nail the culprits,
who have bent rules and ignored laws to suit their conveniences.? Even
authorities involved will not be spared, he warned.


On the other hand, the people of Cavelossim today called for a
compilation of a list of the number of constructions undertaken in violation of
CRZ guidelines in the area of their village panchayat.


However, the Cavelosim sarpanch, Mr Edwin Barretto denied any
resolution has been taken to that effect.


Expectedly, the Gram Sabha meeting witnessed noisy scenes, as a
clear divide between two sections -- one group opposing the dredging of River
Sal and another against CRZ violations -- was rather obvious.


In normal circumstances the meeting would have been organised in
the panchayat hall. But on Sunday it was shifted to a bigger hall in the area
as the crowd swelled.


A big hue and cry ensued, when a section of the Gram Sabha
demanded that no panchayat fund be used to fight a court battle in the ongoing
dredging imbroglio.


?If at all, a legal recourse needs to be taken on the issue, then
use of panchayat funds should be avoided,? a member voiced his opinion.


A bitter debate on the issue ensued, but the Gram Sabha could not
arrive at a final decision in the matter.


The continuation of water sports activities in the river also
figured at the meeting.


Although authorities permit water sports activities for the period
from October to May, it was observed that some youth were continuing with the
activity, much to the annoyance of locals and fishing community.


Besides the disturbing noise, the `Jet skis? speed recklessly,
sometime ripping off fishing nets in the river. The Gram Sabha decided to
immediately put a stop to the water sports activity.


A discussion on an entrepreneur engaged in building trawlers in
the area came up at the Gram Sabha meet.


According to locals, the entrepreneur was operating illegally and
did not possess the required permissions from the authorities.


Further the activity created a lot of noise disturbing the peace
of the locals in the area. It was suggested some action be taken in the matter.


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Hyderabad
blasts fail to awaken Goa Police!


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

The Central Government?s call to States to intensify security in view of
Saturday?s twin Hyderabad blasts appears to have
been taken with not much seriousness by the Goa
police.

In one such case, expensive cameras installed to monitor activities at the
Polem police check post have been out of order for over two months and nothing
has been done to rectify the problem.

The Police Department went hi-tech, and on the eve of the Assembly elections,
installed cameras on masts at four strategic locations at the Polem check post
to record movement of vehicles from across the border.

Police sources say these gadgets, costing over Rs 1 lakh, were installed to
keep a tab on the movement of vehicles after the terrorism scare that rocked
the State.

Solar lights were fitted atop the posts to keep these camera units functional
even during power failure. The cameras were connected to the control unit
located in the barrack of the police outpost and recordings were later
transferred to the headquarters for scrutiny by higher authorities.

This exercise, which should have sent shivers down the spine of any person
undertaking an illegal activity, instead, became the laughing stock in the
area. The gadgets ceased to operate within a week after they were installed and
no one has rectified the error in the monitoring unit.

On the other hand, some locals suspect that the failure of the cameras to
function could well be a boon to the men in khaki, who may resent being
monitored by a neutral eye regarding activities, legal or otherwise, at the
Polem border.

When contacted, the police manning the Polem check post said they had orally
informed their higher authorities that the gadget was out of operation. When
contacted, South Goa SP S M Prabhudesai said he was unaware that the cameras
were not working and pledged to look into the matter and get the gadgets
rectified.


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Spotted: John Abraham in Goa


August 27, 2007 17:03 IST






Reader Manasi couldn't believe her eyes when
she spotted John Abraham [Images] having dinner at the next table.





John
was in Goa's [Images] popular resturant Brittos when Manasi
approached him for a photograph.





She
writes, 'You are wonderful, modest and an excellent human being... muah!'


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Person of the Day - Santiago Monteiro


Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Having arrived here from Goa, India, a year and a half ago, Santiago
Monteiro feels very much at home in the Cayman Islands.


?People are very good here,? he said. He enjoys working at Sunset House
where he meets people daily, and he spends his leisure snorkelling, watching
movies and hanging out with friends.


?I keep myself busy,? he said, adding that he misses his family back home
and looks forward to visiting them next year.


?When you think of your future, ask yourself, ?is there
something you can work towards becoming?,? he said, and divulges that his dream
is to become a Restaurant Manager some day.


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Dharna against CRZ violations at Mobor


BY HERALD REPORTER

Continuing with its agitation against CRZ violations, the Cavelossim Citizens
Action Committee will hold its second dharna on August 28 at Mobor infront of
hotel resort for allegedly CRZ irregularities.

The Action Committee has claimed that the alleged illegal work continues
despite orders by the Town and Country Planning department, saying the hotel
project has blocked access to a Cross revered by the villagers of Mobor.

The committee has said it will support the people on this point and appealed to
the authorities to open the access first. ?The people are not in favour of
builders blocking religious structures, that to by illegal construction
activities?, stated Kennedy Afonso.

The committee has given a call to all concerned citizens of Goa,
to lend their support for the grassroot people?s movement, saying the people
are fighting against a group of powerful builders lobby, and we need the
support of all concerned citizens from all walks of life, NGOs and other
organisations.





Save River Sal Front demands immediate removal of
boat


BY HERALD REPORTER


With the deadlock over the casino boat/dredging row continues, the Save
River Sal Front on Monday conveyed a message loud and clear to the Chief
Secretary J P Singh that people?s patience is running out on the issue and has
demanded immediate removal of the boat from River Sal.

A delegation of the Front comprising of Shridhar Kamat, Edwin Barreto, Elvino
D?Costa, Elvis Gomes adn Ms Melsa had a meeting with the Chief Secretary on
Monday noon, attended by a host of senior government officials connected with
the issue and representative of Hotel Leela. However, the meeting failed to
evolve a solution, with Hotel Leela seeking time to reply to the points raised
by the Front.

With the government dragging on the matter, Front leaders are meeting on
Tuesday to chalk out future course of agitation by involving the people on both
sides of the river at Cavelossim-Mobor and Velim, Assolna, Ambelim and Betul.

SRSF elucidated the various aspects involving the legal, social and ecological
angles concerning the issue.

During discussions, the Front expressed surprise that the Captain of Ports
failed to stress on an NOC from the concerned Panchayat body before permitting
Leela to start the dredging activity. Further, it said issuing NOC to a private
party to dredge the river has set an unhealthy precedent of allowing a private
commercial venture to exploit the natural resources. ?The directive in the NOC
that the dredged material be dumped in the adjoining CRZ area is in violation
of existing laws?, the Front maintained.

Demanding that the government should not allow casino boats to operate within
river basins, which in itself in in contravention of the meaning of the term
?off-shore casino?, the Front said any permission to dredge the river basis and
to allow stationing of the boat would directly affect the livelihood of around
500 families of traditional fishermem, ie around 3000 dependants.

Reiterating its stiff opposition to the dredging operation and has vowed to
oppose any move to station the casino ship in the river basin, the Front has
appealed to all the citizens to be vigilant and join the ongong agitation under
the banner of SRSF in large numbers.


SGF hails BJP?s move on SEZs


HERALD REPORTER

General Secretary of Save Goa Front (SGF) Dr Wilfred Mesquita welcomed the
decision of BJP to launch an agitation demanding scrapping of SEZs in Goa.

When contacted for his reaction, Dr Mesquita said ?we fully stand by it and
congratulate BJP for taking up the issue and extend full support in opposing SEZs?.

The Congress should not forget the incidents which have taken place all
over the country right from Nandigram to the other states of the country who
vehementally opposed SEZs which are only meant to promote the vested interest
of the country. It may be recalled that SGF party manifesto had prominently
opposed SEZs in Goa. However, this issue was
reportedly not resolved at the time of party Supremo Churchill Alemao
joining the Digambar Kamat government as PWD minister.





Govt toppling bid was to save Goa, claims Parrikar


BY HERALD REPORTER

My objective for wanting to dislodge the present government was to save
Goa from the demographic invasion and land scams that it is being
promoted under the garb of pursuing Special Economic
Zones (SEZs) in the State, said Opposition
leader Manohar Parrikar on Monday breaking his silence
after the coup failed.

Addressing the media today, Parrikar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
will continue its efforts to dislodge the government especially over the issue
of SEZs and has strongly demanded the scrapping of all SEZs proposed for Goa.

Referring to answers furnished in the Goa Assembly, Parrikar pointed out that
seven out of the 15 proposed SEZs have already been approved by the Center and
alleged that the State government is pursuing SEZs without a policy and without
a study on the job creations by SEZs vis-?-vis availability of manpower.

Parrikar clarified that the BJP was not opposed to SEZs but was concerned over
its impact on the State.

He opined, ?Goa can afford to have not more
than one or two SEZs,? adding that a large number of them would bring no
economic benefits to the State.

He went on to state that the 15 SEZs would attract at least 2.5 lakh migrant
population to Goa and burden the State?s
infrastructure.

Ridiculing the Congress government?s ?lopsided planning? on SEZs, the
opposition leader said that the only interest the government has is allegedly
in the under hand land dealings. He further alleged that at least Rs 200-Rs 500
per sq meter has been exchanged in the allotment of land.

Parrikar said that the BJP will take this issue to every citizen in Goa in a bid to expose the SEZ scandal of the Congress
government and will thereafter go for an agitation in the second stage.

Though the issue was hardly raised during the attempted coup, Parrikar today
said the people of Goa need to know that the
political developments that transpired between July 25 - August 13 was all
co-related to land scams en masse. He said that the SEZ scam is far more
serious than the Regional Plan 2011. Incidentally, no land for SEZs has been
allotted to entrepreneurs since the new government came to power. Nonetheless
it was done by the Congress government one and a half year ago.

While demanding for a halt on SEZs, the BJP also demanded
that the government call the Opposition for a debate on SEZs.





Sarpanch says Penha-da-Franca garbage compactor
parts stolen


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


The Rs 14 lakh garbage compactor sent to the Penha-da-Franca panchayat has
itself become a waste, with the sarpanch admitting that the parts have been
stolen from the vehicle.

The issue came up for discussion at the Gram Sabha of Penha-da-Franca on
Sunday, when Convener of Penha-Franca Citizens? forum Agnelo Perreira sought to
know the action initiated by the panchayat regarding the compactor, which had
been abandoned at the Kranti garden at Porvorim for last one year.

Sarpanch Subhash Kalangutker replied that the battery of the vehicle and other
parts were stolen by some unknown persons and the vehicle had become immobile.
Kalangutker, however, assured to take up the matter with the Directorate of
Panchayats.

Regarding other works in the village, Kalangutker said the panchayat has taken
up 14 development works like construction of gutters, footpaths and roads in
all wards at a cost of Rs 30 lakh and added that all works would be completed
within the next six months.

The villagers demanded to know what action the panchayat had taken regarding
the development of a playground at Britona.

Stating that there are a number of grounds in the village, the residents
claimed that the panchayat has not taken any action to construct a playground
in Britona. They added that the issue had been raised in every Gram Sabha for a
number of years, but no action had been taken in the matter.

Sarpanch Kalangutker agreed in the need for the playground at Britona and
assured that the panchayat would approach the government for allotment of space
in this regard.

Residents of Halliwada strongly opposed the erection of a mobile tower in the
field in Survey No 147/1 and sought to know how the panchayat had issued the
permission to the company to erect the tower in the absence of a Conversion
Sanad and approval from the Town and Country Planning department.

Agnelo Pereira also mentioned that a speed breaker should be laid immediately
on the Alto-Betim side of the Mandovi
Bridge as lot of
accidents take place at this junction. The sarpanch assured to look into the
matter.

Rohidas Naik mentioned some bungalow owners in Porvorim had encroached on the
open space in front of bungalows and had illegally constructed compound walls.
Elvis Rodrigues, Savio Carvalho and Mr Pinto also participated in the
discussions.

Earlier, Panchayat Secretary Peter Martins read out the report of the Gram
Sabha on June 24. Anjali Shirodker was present as an observer at the meeting.


MMC to set up garbage redressal cell


BY HERALD REPORTER


With garbage problem staring at the city, the Margao Municipal Council has
decided to set up a garbage redressal Cell whereby citizens can register their
complaints and get their grievances redressed.

In another development, the Civic body has finally tendered the purchase of
three garbage compactors after the government shot down the move to go for the
compactors sans tenders.

Initially, citizens may be required to lodge complaints in person, but plans
are afoot to open a telephone line for people to register complaints over the
phone.

Chief Officer, N D Agarwal said the garbage redressal cell will note down all
complaints received from the citizens about non-collection of garbage. In turn,
the staff manning the cell will forward the complaint to the sanitary section
for redressal.

?By constituting the cell, citizens will get the facility to lodge their
complaints about non-collection of garbage. The facility will help Civic
officials to keep a tab on the staff engaged in cleaning and disposing off
garbage?, Agarwal said.

The Chief Officer has said the Civic body is presently concentrating on how
best to make the Gandhi market garbage-free as the market is witnessing heaps
of garbage almost everyday.

Around four-truck load of garbage is generated in the Gandhi market on a daily
basis. The CO has plans to construct a bin wherein waste can be dumped inside
without posing an eyesore to the citizens.

Meanwhile, the Margao
Municipality has issued
tenders for the purchase of three garbage compactors. These compactors were
earlier sought to be purchased by the CIvic body without inviting tenders, but
the proposal did not find favour with the government.

The government had sanctioned Rs 69 lakhs for the purchase of the three
compactors after local MLA Digambar Kamat became the Chief Minister two months
ago.


Speaker?s order on Dhavlikars likely today


BY HERALD REPORTER

The Goa Assembly Speaker
Pratapsing Rane will decide tomorrow (August 28) whether or not the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) should be made a respondent in the
disqualification plea filed against two of its MLAs - Sudin and Dipak
Dhavalikar.

In the matter slated today, Rane heard arguments over an application filed by
chief of the MGP Pandurang Raut who has sought to intervene in the petition and
has asked to be heard in the matter as well.

The legal counsel for the petitioner (Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes) in the
disqualification plea has strongly disputed the MGP?s application.

Earlier today, Speaker Pratapsing Rane adjourned the hearing
of the disqualification plea against St Cruz MLA Victoria Fernandes and is
likely to hear the matter next on September 4.

Fernandes through her legal counsel today submitted an application stating that
she was unwell and unable to be present for the hearing and pleaded that time
be granted.





?3 parties yet to launch casino operations?


BY HERALD REPORTER

Three parties are yet to launch their offshore casino operations.

Disclosing this, Chief Secretary J P Singh who is also the Home Secretary said
that four parties have paid the processing fee of Rs 10 lakh.

Singh disclosed that while Leela has paid Rs 5 crore as the annual fee, the
other three have not.

In all, five offshore casinos have been permitted by the Government, including
Caravela, the first of its kind in the country. Caravela started its operations
around six years ago.

It is learnt that the three other parties are adopting the wait-and-watch
policy following the River Sal issue.

Less than a year ago, the Rane Government had issued licences to 4-5
parties to operate offshore casinos.


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Classify projects
under RP-2011, HC asks govt


NT Legal Correspondent


Panaji, Aug 27 While hearing a petition filed by
United Realtech Pvt Ltd, the division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising
Mr Justice R S Mohite and Mr Justice N A Britto has asked the government to classify
the projects approved under the Regional Plan 2011 into ?works not started?,
?work completed? and ?works which have not been granted any permission?.


The bench has also directed the government to consider
the case of genuine buyers and allow them to make representations by ensuring
that there is no mala fide and the same is strictly according to public policy.


The bench has also directed the Advocate-General
to furnish information as to number of permissions that have been given under
the Regional Plan 2011.


The government has been further directed to give a
list of projects classified into three categories. The land which has been
bought but no construction has started. Projects which got permissions to construct
and constructions are already done in accordance to law and projects not
granted any permission at all.


It was the case of the petitioners that they had
got permission to construct a commercial building under the Regional Plan 2011.
However, the government not only withdrew the Regional Plan but also withdrew
the permission given to them and issued show-cause notice for demolition.


The petitioners submitted that they have already started
construction in accordance with law and it is not fair to demolish their
structure. The bench has directed the government not to demolish the structure till
the disposal of the case.


It may be recalled that on Friday the court had dismissed
a petition challenging the insertion of section 17 ? in Goa Town and Country
Planning Act, 1974 and the notification of February 7, 2007, by which the
Regional plan 2011 was purported to be withdrawn.





Governor briefs Sonia
on Kamat govt


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 27 The Governor, Mr S C Jamir has told
the United Progressive Alliance chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi this morning at 10
Janpath, New Delhi, that the Goa government under the leadership of Mr Digambar
Kamat was expected to run smoothly.


A press note issued by the OSD to the Governor, Mr
Sebastian Zumvu states that Mr Jamir met Ms Gandhi and held lengthy discussion
on the recent fluid political situation in Goa
and the political and law and order situation in his home state of Nagaland.


The Governor further explained to Ms Gandhi that
the cease-fire agreements between the central government and two factions of
Nationalist Social Council of Nagaland have to be maintained and sustained both
in letter and spirit.


The press note also states that the UPA chairperson expressed her concern
over the prevailing situation in the region and assured the Governor that she
would do everything possible for restoration of peace in Nagaland.


Disqualification
plea: Rane to pass order today on



MGP application


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 27 The Speaker of Goa assembly, Mr Pratapsing
Rane would pass order tomorrow afternoon on the application made by the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, that it be made a party to the disqualification
petition filed against its MLAs from Madkai and Priol respectively, Mr
Ramkrishna Dhavlikar and Pandurang Dhavlikar.


After hearing the arguments put forward by the counsels
for the petitioner as well as the MGP, the Speaker told both the parties that
he would pass the order in the matter tomorrow.


The MGP counsel, Mr Parag Rao argued before the Speaker
that since the constitution of the party has been attached to the petition, the
party itself would be in a position to interpret it before the Speaker, as such
it should be allowed to intervene in the matter.


The counsel for petitioner, Mr Nitin Sardessai vehemently
opposed the arguments put forward by the counsel for MGP, saying that no relief
was sought against the party in the petition as such it should not be allowed
to intervene in the matter. Earlier, Mr Ramkrishna Dhavlikar who attended the hearing
today told reporters outside the assembly this evening that the decision of the
party to intervene in the matter was proof enough that the party was behind
him. He further said: ?I am in the party and the party was with me.?


Meanwhile, Mr Rane today postponed the hearing
into the disqualification petition against Ms Victoria Fernandes, the Congress
MLA from St Cruz, by a week to September 4. When the matter came up for hearing
this morning, the counsel for Ms Fernandes, Mr Sarvesh Kamat, sought postponement
of hearing on the ground that his client was served with the copy of
disqualification petition only on August 24 and he was handed over the same yesterday.


The Speaker granted his request and fixed next hearing
in the disqualification petition filed by Mr Chandrakant Kavlekar (Congress MLA
from Quepem) on September 4. The counsel for Ms Fernandes, however, did not
throw any light on the letter pertaining to withdrawal of resignation by her,
saying that she was dealing with the subject herself.


The Congress party had filed disqualification petition
against its own member soon after Ms Fernandes abstained from voting on demands
on July 24 during the last assembly session.


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Winds of change blowing over IFFI 2007!


BY HERALD REPORTER

While the General Body of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) is yet to have
a final say on the IFFI programmes for this year?s festival, the Governing Body
on Tuesday took strong objections to the Hollywood
hype and has advocated an aam aadmi IFFI 2007.

At a meeting, the ESG Governing Body considered cutting down on extravaganza
and emphasised the need for a serious focus on films.

While the ESG was tightlipped on the outcome of the meeting, sources disclosed
that various suggestions and recommendations were put forth for a low-key
festival to avoid traffic jams and roadblocks.

It is learnt that the Governing Body insisted on scrapping the plan to invite Hollywood stars ? at the expense of the exchequer ? and
trimming Bollywood fanfare.

The body, while highlighting the need to market Goa,
also recommended promotion of Goan artists and local-based cultural programmes.

It is learnt that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who is also the Chairman of
ESG?s Governing Body sought a cut in the lavish dinners and parties to be
hosted during IFFI 2007. A
proposal was also made to reduce the number of beach screenings.

Hiring the services of a local event management agency that would work within
the required budget and setting up teams of marketing managers to lure sponsors
were also among the proposals.

A host of issues discussed on Tuesday are scheduled to be placed before the
General Body on Wednesday.


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Bambolim structures run into rough seas


BY HERALD
REPORTER

Should constructions come up within 100 metres of the High Tide Line just because
the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has renewed the licence,
even as the Supreme Court has ruled that no development can be allowed in the
area?

This question was debated in the High Court on Tuesday following a petition
filed in public interest by People?s Movement for Civic Action (PMCA) and Goa
Foundation against a promoter planning to put up structures ?
bungalows or hotel - in picturesque Bambolim.

There were two sets of permissions granted by MoEF in the 1990s ? one, for
construction beyond 100
metres and second, for constructions within 50?100
metres. However, only three plinths were laid till 1995-96, in the property within 100 metres of HTL.

In 1996, the Supreme Court struck down an amendment to the Environment
Protection Act and restored ?no development? within 100 metres of HTL.

At the height of the Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA) agitation in December 2006,
citizen-groups protested against the project in Bambolim and the Additional
Collector Swapnil Naik, after inspecting the place, issued a ?stop-work order?
as development was being carried out within 100 metres along the
Zuari estuary.

Interestingly, some of the plots are believed to have been bought by bigwigs
from the film industry, besides politicians and cricket stars.

The promoters, armed with three letters from MoEF, then moved the court saying
that the licences had been renewed by the Central Government. Based on the
stand taken by MoEF, the State Government withdrew directions issued to the
Collector to stay the construction work.

Studying the issue in depth, Goa Foundation and PMCA, however, challenged the
issue on merit saying that MoEF could not have given the ?go ahead? when it is
in violation of the Apex Court
ruling.

Adv Norma Alvares, counsel for the petitioners, argued against the decision of
MoEF allowing construction in the ?No Development Zone?. She pointed out that
the petitioners were not too late in raising the issue.

The Division Bench, after hearing the arguments, ordered status quo and asked
MoEF to clarify its stand.


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Municipal staff to
hold one-day strike against common cadre on Sept 13


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 28 Stoutly
opposing government?s move to introduce common cadre for the employees in
municipalities, municipal employees all over Goa
have decided to go on a token one-day protest strike on September 13.


The decision was taken
today at an executive committee meeting of all the municipal councils in the
head office of the Goa Municipal Employees Association under the leadership of
president, Mr Keshav Prabhu.


The decision on common
cadre was bad in nature and was being forced on the employees with mala fide
intention, which defeats the very nature of council?s autonomy, a press note
released by the GMEA said and warned to even take legal recourse, if the
government tried to steamroll over them.


The association
president said that a similar common cadre of engineers and accountants was
lying in limbo.


Nothing has been done
to put their seniority list, pension, GPF etc in order, Mr Prabhu said and
wondered how the government will control staff of all the municipalities.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=082912


Formulate new
regional plan as soon as possible: GCCI


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 28 The Goa
Chamber of Commerce and Industry today demanded that new regional plan be
immediately prepared and declared opened for implementation since a large
number of industrial projects have been affected due to the absence of such a
plan.


The GCCI president, Mr
Nitin Kuncolienkar told the pressmen that the government should formulate a new
regional plan, as soon as possible, under the advice of an expert body.


?The developmental
projects, especially those relating to the industry, have been now delayed for
too long as most of the land is frozen,? he said, pointing out that around 2.9
per cent of land in the state is presently under settlement.


Speaking further, Mr
Kuncolienkar pointed out that a study needs to be carried out on special
economic zones proposed for Goa.


?We are not getting the
multi-commodity SEZs but specific SEZs,? he said, adding ?which reduces our
worries?. Mr Kuncolienkar also observed that welcoming or opposing the SEZs
depends upon what type of economic zones are being set up and what kind of
strain they will put on local infrastructure.


Speaking further the
GCCI president said the state suffers from a psyche of opposing every new
developmental project. If the SEZs are dedicated to information technology,
software or call centres then it will require very limited infrastructure, he
observed.


Stating that a GCCI
report on the state infrastructure had predicted Goa
facing power shortage, Mr Kuncolienkar said the prediction has now come true
and the best power option for the state is electricity generated from thermal
energy. He also stated that the decision of the government to ban further
commercial power connections is very bad for the industry.


He said that when there
is a pressure on employment and demand for workforce, the salaries goes up
which is very good for the state and results in improving purchasing power of
the state.


?I feel that there
should be some opportunities coming to Goa,?
he concluded.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=082911


D?Mello gets KA
scholarship


NT News Desk


Panaji, Aug 28 The Kala
Academy has granted a special scholarship of Rs 6 lakh to Ms Joanne Marie
D?Mello to undergo four year?s full-time advance course in vocal music in the
Royal Collage of Music at London,
UK. Ms D?Mello
will undergo higher studies under the guidance of Prof. Soprano Patricia
Rozario who is of Goan origin.The Royal Collage of Music has confirmed the
admission of Ms D?Mello. Considering her exceptional talent, the Kala Academy
has considered her request to grant the scholarship, as a special case. On
completion of the course, she will serve the Department of Western Music of
Kala Academy for minimum two years to impart training in vocal music.


Mr Pratapsingh Rane,
chairman of Kala Academy
handed over the cheque to Ms D?Mello to enable her to proceed to London for pursuing
further studies. Meanwhile, the Kala Academy in collaboration with the West Zone Cultural
Centre, Udaipur,
is organizing a ?Puppetry making? workshop from September 4 to 9.


The objective of
organizing this workshop is to promote indigenous art of puppetry in the state
of Goa. This workshop is aimed at starting
training of glove, rod and simple string puppets. Kala Academy
intends to conduct this workshop for art teachers, so that they may further
practice and popularise this art form.


The team of four
experts from Rajasthan and Gujarat will
conduct this workshop. They will train the participants in different aspects of
puppetry from puppets making, script writing, set designing, manipulating and
formally presenting thematic puppet shows.


This will be the first
workshop of such kind. Kala
Academy has appealed art
teachers to participate and avail this unique opportunity. The participation is
restricted to 30 participants on first-come-first-serve basis. The interested
schools may depute their teachers as trainees for the workshop.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=08291


Chodankar clarifies
on certificate validity


NT News Service


Navelim, Aug 28 The
state Youth Congress president Mr Girish Chodankar said that Registration of
Births & Deaths Act 1969 and 1999 do not prescribe any period of limitation
as regards to the validity of the births and deaths certificates.


Stating this in a press
release, Mr Chodankar said that he has received a letter from joint director
cum additional chief registrar of births and deaths clarifying about the
validity, adding that all the concerned departments are intimated regarding the
validity of births and deaths certificates.


Mr Chodankar said that
the Youth Congress had taken up this issue since many government offices were
unnecessarily demanding fresh certificates having validity up to six months due
to which individuals had to apply for fresh certificates and at times could not
succeed in getting them since some old records of births and deaths are
unavailable.


Mr Chodankar said the
matter was settled when it was taken up with the Chief Minister Mr Digambar
Kamat, Chief Secretary Mr J P Singh, Director of Archives and Director of
Planning, Statistics and Evaluation and other authorities.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=08294


Vedanta revises dates for Sesa Goa open offer

29 Aug, 2007, 1200 hrs IST, INDIATIMES NEWS NETWORK


MUMBAI:
Vedanta Resources has revised the open offer dates to acquire an additional 20
per cent in Sesa Goa. The offer will now open on August 31 and close September
19.



This follows clearance from the Securities & Exchange Board of India.



UK-based Vedanta had acquired Mitsui & Co's 51 per cent stake in Sesa Goa
for $981 million in April.



However, SEBI mulled over the open offer, priced at Rs 2,036 per share, due to
cases pending in the court with regard to an earlier transaction in Sesa Goa.



The open offer is being made along with Westglobe,
Mauritius, and Richter
Holding, Cyprus.


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No withdrawal of
support: Alemao


BY HERALD REPORTER

Save Goa Front supremo and Navelim MLA Churchill Alemao maintained
that he has not threatened to withdraw support to the Digambar Kamat Government
if the controversial casino boat is towed away from River Sal.

?I have not issued any threat to withdraw support to the Government on this
particular issue,? Alemao told Herald when asked to react to reports in certain
quarters that said he has warned Chief Minister Digambar Kamat of withdrawing
support if the casino boat is removed from the river.

?Why should I withdraw support to the Government on the issue? I am not in
favour of the casino boat, but my supporters, including the taxi operators are
peeved at attempts made by my political opponents to drag my name into the
controversy?.





?Cong has nothing to
do with Babush?


Adopting a tough stand against Taleigao MLA Babush
Monserrate, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and Goa Desk
In-charge Margaret Alva on Saturday stated that he (Babush) is neither part of
the Congress party nor does it (Congress) have anything to do with the UGDP.

Interestingly, it was Monserrate who packed the first punch at the Goa
Democratic Alliance (GDA) by extending support to the Congress Government that
was struggling to survive following withdrawal of support by the MGP MLAs.

Addressing a press conference in the city, Alva categorically stated that no
talks were held with either Monserrate or the UGDP, adding that the two are not
part of the ruling faction.

?He may support us, but we have nothing to do with him,? said Alva when
reminded of her pre-election statement `Congress has no truck with
Monserrate?.?

It may be recalled that Monserrate had dumped the Congress party at the
eleventh hour to contest the Assembly polls on the UGDP ticket.

Alva also denied calling Churchill Alemao a ?joker?, stating that the media had
misinterpreted her statement.

?I never called him a joker,? she said, when asked how the Congress inducted a
joker in the Government.

She clarified that Churchill?s support was unconditional. ?He put only one
demand and we made him a minister
according to our party formula,? she pointed
out.





Panjim?s
heritage scandal surfaces


By FRANKY GRACIAS

PANJIM, AUG 25 ? Heritage lovers, conservationists and NGOs, who had led
a sustained campaign from 2001 to 2003 against the State authorities to save a
prominent Panjim square housing heritage buildings from being annihilated by a
commercial construction, fear the same again after the earlier plan was
shelved.

The prominent square lying between the busy 18th June Road and an arterial
road, houses buildings like the Massano de Amorim and Santa Casa da Misericordia
considered as a ?treasure trove? by heritage lovers. These age-old buildings
with their unique architectural styles presently house the Social Welfare
Department, Urban Health Centre, Provedoria, a library and a
school.

Within the precincts of this famous square, admeasuring 3,513 sq mt and unknown
to many passersby, is based a volleyball stadium which lies in the middle
surrounded by Santa Casa and Masanno de Amorim buildings.

Patricia Pinto of People?s Movement for Civic Action shockingly revealed to
Herald that the ?land-use? for the heritage square has been changed from
?institutional? to ?commercial? as per the draft ODP 2011 of September 2006 to
facilitate a commercial venture.

Patricia hasn?t forgotten November 2001 when the buildings were to be razed for
a commercial complex by cunningly changing the land-use of the prominent square
from ?institutional? to ?commercial?. At that time, plans were afoot to raise a
ground-plus-five structure.

Following protests from PMCA, Goa Heritage Action Group, Percival Noronha of
INTACH, Dean D?Cruz and others for around one-and-half year, the TCP Board
finally buckled and reverted the land-use to ?institutional? on July 10,
2003.

Patricia said as per the draft ODP 2011, brought out in 2006, the land-use of
the square has been categorised under C-1, which permits construction of a
ground-plus seven structure. ?Why have the authorities effected a change once
again in spite of being aware of the earlier protests?? she wonders.

NGOs and heritage lovers have raised fears that the heritage buildings in the
prominent square may have to make way for a shopping mall and the present
situation could turn similar to that of 2001 when all protested in unison to
get the controversial land-use reverted.

Panjim city without its rich heritage structures would surely be unacceptable
to its citizens and it will have nothing to boast of without these, says
Patricia, adding, ?The PMCA exhorts people of Panjim to send in their
objections to this change in land-use as the Government has now decided to once
again place the ODPs for public objection for a period of two months.?






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Mummy?s fate hangs in balance Will Cong recall
petition?


BY HERALD REPORTER


All eyes will be on the disqualification petition filed against St Cruz MLA
Victoria Fernandes, to be taken up by Goa Assembly Speaker Pratapsing Rane, at
11.30 am, on Monday.

On the eve of the hearing, talks were doing the rounds in political circles
that the disqualification plea against Ms Fernandes might be withdrawn.

The petitioner, Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar, however, preferred
to remain silent on the issue.

It is learnt that the Congress party is in favour of recalling the
petition against Ms Fernandes ? who recently withdrew her
resignation and the petition filed against the Speaker in the High Court.

Ms Fernandes, who has not met the Speaker in person over her resignation ? and
subsequent withdrawal ? till date, has been directed to be present for
tomorrow?s hearing.

Rane is also scheduled to hear the disqualification pleas filed against the two
MGP MLAs ? Sudin Dhavlikar and brother Deepak ? on Monday.


Stop the dredge, drag the boat: locals


BY HERALD REPORTER

While the Churchill-Luizinho blame game takes centre stage ? threatening to
overshadow the anti-dredging/casino boat agitation ? wary traditional fishermen
appear firm in their resolve to stop dredging of River Sal.

Traditional fishermen, inhabiting the banks of River Sal ? in Velim, Ambelim
and Assolna ? have warned of a second agitation if there?s any further delay in
towing the casino boat away.

Apparently angry over the attempts made by politicians and vested interests to
give the agitation launched by Save River Sal Front a political hue ?
especially on the Cavelossim side of the river ? traditional fishermen fear
that petty politics may do more harm than good for the movement.

?Enough is enough. The fishermen have been fighting against dredging to protect
their livelihood since 1998. We are not concerned about the Luizihno-Churchill
blame game. We only want the casino boat out and the dredging stopped
forthwith,? asserted Chairman of AVCB Traditional Fishermen Association Elvin
D?Silva.

?Politics is certainly not on our agenda,? D?Silva clarified.

?When the Government had first planned to dredge the river in 1998-99, we
opposed it tooth and nail and got the plan scrapped. Now, the traditional
fishermen are determined to oppose dredging of the river and the casino boat,?
he warned.

The fishermen say that dredging will destroy the rich marine habitat. ?The
entire river will have to be dredged to accommodate the casino boat. Imagine
what will happen when other starred hotels and parties also decide to float
casino boats,? he said.

Like many a traditional fisherman, D?Silva fails to understand why the present
Government reintroduced the dredging plan when the then Government headed by
Luizinho Faleiro had scrapped the idea. ?It?s shocking that the Captain of
Ports granted permission to dredge the river despite our earlier objections,?
he pointed out.

Perhaps for the first time, both the traditional fishermen and the mechanised
boat owners share a common concern. While the boat owners see the casino as an
obstruction along the navigation channel, fishermen maintain that dredging
would spell doom.





Vailankanni festival from Wed


About 15 lakh pilgrims are expected to visit the basilica
here during the 10-day annual festival beginning on Wednesday, August 29.

Nagapattinam District Collector S Jawahar, visited Vailankanni and inspected
the various arrangements made in connection with the festival of Annai Arokia
Matha of the ?Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Health?.

Later speaking to mediapersons, Jawahar said all arrangements have been made at
Vailankanni by the district administration, expecting around 15 lakh pilgrims.

Nearly 1,750 police personnel under the supervision of Kalpana Naick,
Superintendent of Police, Nagapattinam would be deployed.





Ration quota shrinks in Canacona!


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

A large number of people in Canacona Taluka have accused the government of
being on a mission to starve one set of families at the cost of others.

It is estimated that around 80% percent of ration card holders in Canacona
Taluka, irrespective of the type of card they hold, collect their monthly
ration quota like rice, wheat and sugar from a Public Distribution System (PDS)
shop.

With a countable number of Antodya and other BPL ration card holders, in any
given area, privileged to get a decent quota of rice and sugar at highly
subsidised rates, Above Poverty Line (APL) card holders are denied even an
honest quota with higher rates.

The maximum people holding APL ration cards are almost left to fend for
themselves since the last few months. It is learnt that though no sugar quota
is allowed to APL card holders, the once decent looking 10 kg of rice and 8 kg of wheat allotted to a
ration card holder per month has suddenly become a thing of the past.

Some APL families who lined up last week for ration were surprised to see that
their quota further reduced to a meagre 2 kilos of rice and 1 kilo of wheat.
Till last month, it was a paltry 3
kg of rice and 2 kg of wheat.

?Is this the ?aam admi? governance that our Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has
promised us?? questioned an agitated man at a PDS shop in Agonda.

Other unhappy residents suspected the involvement of dealers running PDS shops
and even went to the extent of calling on the village sarpanch. He (sarpanch)
contacted the civil supplies wing of the taluka who confirmed the reduced
supply of essential commodities.

Elders in the villages are also a disturbed lot. ?Before the classification of
ration cards, everything was running smoothly. Today, common people like us
can?t get proper government ration while migrant labourers who have settled
here enjoy full quotas under the pretext of Antodya and BPL,? a senior citizen
pointed out.





http://www.goaholidayhomes.com/newspaper-in-goa.php?type=Herald





Hearing
of disqualification petition today


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 26 The Speaker, Mr Pratasing Rane will conduct the
hearing on the disqualification petition against the two Maharashtrawadi
Gomantak Party MLAs, Mr Ramakrishna Dhavalikar and Mr Pandurang Dhavalikar on
August 27.


The Speaker will decide whether to confirm the order on interim
relief passed by him or to proceed with the main petition against the
?restrained? MGP candidates. The Congress MLA, Mr Agnelo Fernandes had filed
the disqualification petition before the Speaker, last month.


Meanwhile, the Speaker will also decide upon the disqualification
of the Congress MLA, Ms Victoria Fernandes tomorrow for violating the party
whip when the assembly was in session. Ms Fernandes had violated the party whip
by remaining absent in the House during the crucial ?vote of confidence? on
July 30.


The petition against Ms Fernandes was filed by the Congress MLA,
Mr Chandrakant Kavalekar.


Faleiro
dodges queries on parliamentary by-elections


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 26 Former education minister, Mr Luizinho Faleiro
tried to dodge queries whether he was one of the probable candidates for the
parliamentary by-elections in the South.


On being questioned if he was trying to use the Save River Sal
Front movement as a plank to spruce up his political career, a composed Mr
Faleiro countered, ?Has the Election Commissioner declared the elections??


When Mr Faleiro was told that Mr Churchill too has demanded that
his lawyer daughter be given a chance to contest the by-polls, he replied,
?There is also a demand that a ST candidate may be given an opportunity to
contest.?


He refused a categorical yes or no answer, on whether he was in
the reckoning as a candidate for the by-polls.


The former education minister was at pains to explain that he was
happy to be away from the media glare, enjoying the `peace and bliss? of life,
after having been forced to make way for his bete noire, Mr Churchill Alemao in
Navelim, in the recent assembly elections.


?Actually I did not want to address the media, but circumstances
forced me to break my silence as my name was being unnecessarily maligned,? he
said, regretting for having to break his so called ?tapasya.?


Dharna
against CRZ violations at Mobor on Aug 28


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 26 Upping the ante against illegalities and gross
violations of coastal regulatory zone guidelines, the Cavelossim citizens
action committee has decided to have a bigger dharna on August 28 near a resort
at Mobor.


According to CCAC member, Mr Kennedy Afonso, the committee would
invite senior CRZ, town and country planning and other district officials to
the site.


The local MLA, Mr Churchill Alemao would also be requested to be
present, the CCAC member said.


The CCAC had conducted one of their series of peaceful dharnas on
Saturday last. A number of locals from surrounding villages of Varca,
Cavelossim and Davorlim had taken part in the dharna-cum-meeting.


?Some 12 bungalows have been constructed at Mobor blatantly
ignoring the law of the land. We have deliberately scheduled our dharna there,
so that everyone gets to know facts,? Mr Afonso said.


He further informed that initially town and country department had
issued licence for only four bungalows there. But when the new constructions
continued, the department issued a stop order on the same.


?But the work still continues with the blessing of the local
Cavelossim sarpanch,? Mr Afonso alleged.


Declaring that the protest against illegalities will continue, Mr
Afonso said: ?We will fight tooth and nail in our efforts to nail the culprits,
who have bent rules and ignored laws to suit their conveniences.? Even
authorities involved will not be spared, he warned.


On the other hand, the people of Cavelossim today called for a
compilation of a list of the number of constructions undertaken in violation of
CRZ guidelines in the area of their village panchayat.


However, the Cavelosim sarpanch, Mr Edwin Barretto denied any
resolution has been taken to that effect.


Expectedly, the Gram Sabha meeting witnessed noisy scenes, as a
clear divide between two sections -- one group opposing the dredging of River
Sal and another against CRZ violations -- was rather obvious.


In normal circumstances the meeting would have been organised in
the panchayat hall. But on Sunday it was shifted to a bigger hall in the area
as the crowd swelled.


A big hue and cry ensued, when a section of the Gram Sabha
demanded that no panchayat fund be used to fight a court battle in the ongoing
dredging imbroglio.


?If at all, a legal recourse needs to be taken on the issue, then
use of panchayat funds should be avoided,? a member voiced his opinion.


A bitter debate on the issue ensued, but the Gram Sabha could not
arrive at a final decision in the matter.


The continuation of water sports activities in the river also
figured at the meeting.


Although authorities permit water sports activities for the period
from October to May, it was observed that some youth were continuing with the
activity, much to the annoyance of locals and fishing community.


Besides the disturbing noise, the `Jet skis? speed recklessly,
sometime ripping off fishing nets in the river. The Gram Sabha decided to
immediately put a stop to the water sports activity.


A discussion on an entrepreneur engaged in building trawlers in
the area came up at the Gram Sabha meet.


According to locals, the entrepreneur was operating illegally and
did not possess the required permissions from the authorities.


Further the activity created a lot of noise disturbing the peace
of the locals in the area. It was suggested some action be taken in the matter.


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Hyderabad
blasts fail to awaken Goa Police!


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

The Central Government?s call to States to intensify security in view of
Saturday?s twin Hyderabad blasts appears to have
been taken with not much seriousness by the Goa
police.

In one such case, expensive cameras installed to monitor activities at the
Polem police check post have been out of order for over two months and nothing
has been done to rectify the problem.

The Police Department went hi-tech, and on the eve of the Assembly elections,
installed cameras on masts at four strategic locations at the Polem check post
to record movement of vehicles from across the border.

Police sources say these gadgets, costing over Rs 1 lakh, were installed to
keep a tab on the movement of vehicles after the terrorism scare that rocked
the State.

Solar lights were fitted atop the posts to keep these camera units functional
even during power failure. The cameras were connected to the control unit
located in the barrack of the police outpost and recordings were later
transferred to the headquarters for scrutiny by higher authorities.

This exercise, which should have sent shivers down the spine of any person
undertaking an illegal activity, instead, became the laughing stock in the
area. The gadgets ceased to operate within a week after they were installed and
no one has rectified the error in the monitoring unit.

On the other hand, some locals suspect that the failure of the cameras to
function could well be a boon to the men in khaki, who may resent being
monitored by a neutral eye regarding activities, legal or otherwise, at the
Polem border.

When contacted, the police manning the Polem check post said they had orally
informed their higher authorities that the gadget was out of operation. When
contacted, South Goa SP S M Prabhudesai said he was unaware that the cameras
were not working and pledged to look into the matter and get the gadgets
rectified.


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Spotted: John Abraham in Goa


August 27, 2007 17:03 IST






Reader Manasi couldn't believe her eyes when
she spotted John Abraham [Images] having dinner at the next table.





John
was in Goa's [Images] popular resturant Brittos when Manasi
approached him for a photograph.





She
writes, 'You are wonderful, modest and an excellent human being... muah!'


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Person of the Day - Santiago Monteiro


Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Having arrived here from Goa, India, a year and a half ago, Santiago
Monteiro feels very much at home in the Cayman Islands.


?People are very good here,? he said. He enjoys working at Sunset House
where he meets people daily, and he spends his leisure snorkelling, watching
movies and hanging out with friends.


?I keep myself busy,? he said, adding that he misses his family back home
and looks forward to visiting them next year.


?When you think of your future, ask yourself, ?is there
something you can work towards becoming?,? he said, and divulges that his dream
is to become a Restaurant Manager some day.


http://caymannetnews.com/news-1513--2-2--.html





Dharna against CRZ violations at Mobor


BY HERALD REPORTER

Continuing with its agitation against CRZ violations, the Cavelossim Citizens
Action Committee will hold its second dharna on August 28 at Mobor infront of
hotel resort for allegedly CRZ irregularities.

The Action Committee has claimed that the alleged illegal work continues
despite orders by the Town and Country Planning department, saying the hotel
project has blocked access to a Cross revered by the villagers of Mobor.

The committee has said it will support the people on this point and appealed to
the authorities to open the access first. ?The people are not in favour of
builders blocking religious structures, that to by illegal construction
activities?, stated Kennedy Afonso.

The committee has given a call to all concerned citizens of Goa,
to lend their support for the grassroot people?s movement, saying the people
are fighting against a group of powerful builders lobby, and we need the
support of all concerned citizens from all walks of life, NGOs and other
organisations.





Save River Sal Front demands immediate removal of
boat


BY HERALD REPORTER


With the deadlock over the casino boat/dredging row continues, the Save
River Sal Front on Monday conveyed a message loud and clear to the Chief
Secretary J P Singh that people?s patience is running out on the issue and has
demanded immediate removal of the boat from River Sal.

A delegation of the Front comprising of Shridhar Kamat, Edwin Barreto, Elvino
D?Costa, Elvis Gomes adn Ms Melsa had a meeting with the Chief Secretary on
Monday noon, attended by a host of senior government officials connected with
the issue and representative of Hotel Leela. However, the meeting failed to
evolve a solution, with Hotel Leela seeking time to reply to the points raised
by the Front.

With the government dragging on the matter, Front leaders are meeting on
Tuesday to chalk out future course of agitation by involving the people on both
sides of the river at Cavelossim-Mobor and Velim, Assolna, Ambelim and Betul.

SRSF elucidated the various aspects involving the legal, social and ecological
angles concerning the issue.

During discussions, the Front expressed surprise that the Captain of Ports
failed to stress on an NOC from the concerned Panchayat body before permitting
Leela to start the dredging activity. Further, it said issuing NOC to a private
party to dredge the river has set an unhealthy precedent of allowing a private
commercial venture to exploit the natural resources. ?The directive in the NOC
that the dredged material be dumped in the adjoining CRZ area is in violation
of existing laws?, the Front maintained.

Demanding that the government should not allow casino boats to operate within
river basins, which in itself in in contravention of the meaning of the term
?off-shore casino?, the Front said any permission to dredge the river basis and
to allow stationing of the boat would directly affect the livelihood of around
500 families of traditional fishermem, ie around 3000 dependants.

Reiterating its stiff opposition to the dredging operation and has vowed to
oppose any move to station the casino ship in the river basin, the Front has
appealed to all the citizens to be vigilant and join the ongong agitation under
the banner of SRSF in large numbers.


SGF hails BJP?s move on SEZs


HERALD REPORTER

General Secretary of Save Goa Front (SGF) Dr Wilfred Mesquita welcomed the
decision of BJP to launch an agitation demanding scrapping of SEZs in Goa.

When contacted for his reaction, Dr Mesquita said ?we fully stand by it and
congratulate BJP for taking up the issue and extend full support in opposing SEZs?.

The Congress should not forget the incidents which have taken place all
over the country right from Nandigram to the other states of the country who
vehementally opposed SEZs which are only meant to promote the vested interest
of the country. It may be recalled that SGF party manifesto had prominently
opposed SEZs in Goa. However, this issue was
reportedly not resolved at the time of party Supremo Churchill Alemao
joining the Digambar Kamat government as PWD minister.





Govt toppling bid was to save Goa, claims Parrikar


BY HERALD REPORTER

My objective for wanting to dislodge the present government was to save
Goa from the demographic invasion and land scams that it is being
promoted under the garb of pursuing Special Economic
Zones (SEZs) in the State, said Opposition
leader Manohar Parrikar on Monday breaking his silence
after the coup failed.

Addressing the media today, Parrikar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
will continue its efforts to dislodge the government especially over the issue
of SEZs and has strongly demanded the scrapping of all SEZs proposed for Goa.

Referring to answers furnished in the Goa Assembly, Parrikar pointed out that
seven out of the 15 proposed SEZs have already been approved by the Center and
alleged that the State government is pursuing SEZs without a policy and without
a study on the job creations by SEZs vis-?-vis availability of manpower.

Parrikar clarified that the BJP was not opposed to SEZs but was concerned over
its impact on the State.

He opined, ?Goa can afford to have not more
than one or two SEZs,? adding that a large number of them would bring no
economic benefits to the State.

He went on to state that the 15 SEZs would attract at least 2.5 lakh migrant
population to Goa and burden the State?s
infrastructure.

Ridiculing the Congress government?s ?lopsided planning? on SEZs, the
opposition leader said that the only interest the government has is allegedly
in the under hand land dealings. He further alleged that at least Rs 200-Rs 500
per sq meter has been exchanged in the allotment of land.

Parrikar said that the BJP will take this issue to every citizen in Goa in a bid to expose the SEZ scandal of the Congress
government and will thereafter go for an agitation in the second stage.

Though the issue was hardly raised during the attempted coup, Parrikar today
said the people of Goa need to know that the
political developments that transpired between July 25 - August 13 was all
co-related to land scams en masse. He said that the SEZ scam is far more
serious than the Regional Plan 2011. Incidentally, no land for SEZs has been
allotted to entrepreneurs since the new government came to power. Nonetheless
it was done by the Congress government one and a half year ago.

While demanding for a halt on SEZs, the BJP also demanded
that the government call the Opposition for a debate on SEZs.





Sarpanch says Penha-da-Franca garbage compactor
parts stolen


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


The Rs 14 lakh garbage compactor sent to the Penha-da-Franca panchayat has
itself become a waste, with the sarpanch admitting that the parts have been
stolen from the vehicle.

The issue came up for discussion at the Gram Sabha of Penha-da-Franca on
Sunday, when Convener of Penha-Franca Citizens? forum Agnelo Perreira sought to
know the action initiated by the panchayat regarding the compactor, which had
been abandoned at the Kranti garden at Porvorim for last one year.

Sarpanch Subhash Kalangutker replied that the battery of the vehicle and other
parts were stolen by some unknown persons and the vehicle had become immobile.
Kalangutker, however, assured to take up the matter with the Directorate of
Panchayats.

Regarding other works in the village, Kalangutker said the panchayat has taken
up 14 development works like construction of gutters, footpaths and roads in
all wards at a cost of Rs 30 lakh and added that all works would be completed
within the next six months.

The villagers demanded to know what action the panchayat had taken regarding
the development of a playground at Britona.

Stating that there are a number of grounds in the village, the residents
claimed that the panchayat has not taken any action to construct a playground
in Britona. They added that the issue had been raised in every Gram Sabha for a
number of years, but no action had been taken in the matter.

Sarpanch Kalangutker agreed in the need for the playground at Britona and
assured that the panchayat would approach the government for allotment of space
in this regard.

Residents of Halliwada strongly opposed the erection of a mobile tower in the
field in Survey No 147/1 and sought to know how the panchayat had issued the
permission to the company to erect the tower in the absence of a Conversion
Sanad and approval from the Town and Country Planning department.

Agnelo Pereira also mentioned that a speed breaker should be laid immediately
on the Alto-Betim side of the Mandovi
Bridge as lot of
accidents take place at this junction. The sarpanch assured to look into the
matter.

Rohidas Naik mentioned some bungalow owners in Porvorim had encroached on the
open space in front of bungalows and had illegally constructed compound walls.
Elvis Rodrigues, Savio Carvalho and Mr Pinto also participated in the
discussions.

Earlier, Panchayat Secretary Peter Martins read out the report of the Gram
Sabha on June 24. Anjali Shirodker was present as an observer at the meeting.


MMC to set up garbage redressal cell


BY HERALD REPORTER


With garbage problem staring at the city, the Margao Municipal Council has
decided to set up a garbage redressal Cell whereby citizens can register their
complaints and get their grievances redressed.

In another development, the Civic body has finally tendered the purchase of
three garbage compactors after the government shot down the move to go for the
compactors sans tenders.

Initially, citizens may be required to lodge complaints in person, but plans
are afoot to open a telephone line for people to register complaints over the
phone.

Chief Officer, N D Agarwal said the garbage redressal cell will note down all
complaints received from the citizens about non-collection of garbage. In turn,
the staff manning the cell will forward the complaint to the sanitary section
for redressal.

?By constituting the cell, citizens will get the facility to lodge their
complaints about non-collection of garbage. The facility will help Civic
officials to keep a tab on the staff engaged in cleaning and disposing off
garbage?, Agarwal said.

The Chief Officer has said the Civic body is presently concentrating on how
best to make the Gandhi market garbage-free as the market is witnessing heaps
of garbage almost everyday.

Around four-truck load of garbage is generated in the Gandhi market on a daily
basis. The CO has plans to construct a bin wherein waste can be dumped inside
without posing an eyesore to the citizens.

Meanwhile, the Margao
Municipality has issued
tenders for the purchase of three garbage compactors. These compactors were
earlier sought to be purchased by the CIvic body without inviting tenders, but
the proposal did not find favour with the government.

The government had sanctioned Rs 69 lakhs for the purchase of the three
compactors after local MLA Digambar Kamat became the Chief Minister two months
ago.


Speaker?s order on Dhavlikars likely today


BY HERALD REPORTER

The Goa Assembly Speaker
Pratapsing Rane will decide tomorrow (August 28) whether or not the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) should be made a respondent in the
disqualification plea filed against two of its MLAs - Sudin and Dipak
Dhavalikar.

In the matter slated today, Rane heard arguments over an application filed by
chief of the MGP Pandurang Raut who has sought to intervene in the petition and
has asked to be heard in the matter as well.

The legal counsel for the petitioner (Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes) in the
disqualification plea has strongly disputed the MGP?s application.

Earlier today, Speaker Pratapsing Rane adjourned the hearing
of the disqualification plea against St Cruz MLA Victoria Fernandes and is
likely to hear the matter next on September 4.

Fernandes through her legal counsel today submitted an application stating that
she was unwell and unable to be present for the hearing and pleaded that time
be granted.





?3 parties yet to launch casino operations?


BY HERALD REPORTER

Three parties are yet to launch their offshore casino operations.

Disclosing this, Chief Secretary J P Singh who is also the Home Secretary said
that four parties have paid the processing fee of Rs 10 lakh.

Singh disclosed that while Leela has paid Rs 5 crore as the annual fee, the
other three have not.

In all, five offshore casinos have been permitted by the Government, including
Caravela, the first of its kind in the country. Caravela started its operations
around six years ago.

It is learnt that the three other parties are adopting the wait-and-watch
policy following the River Sal issue.

Less than a year ago, the Rane Government had issued licences to 4-5
parties to operate offshore casinos.


http://www.goaholidayhomes.com/newspaper-in-goa.php?type=Herald





Classify projects
under RP-2011, HC asks govt


NT Legal Correspondent


Panaji, Aug 27 While hearing a petition filed by
United Realtech Pvt Ltd, the division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising
Mr Justice R S Mohite and Mr Justice N A Britto has asked the government to classify
the projects approved under the Regional Plan 2011 into ?works not started?,
?work completed? and ?works which have not been granted any permission?.


The bench has also directed the government to consider
the case of genuine buyers and allow them to make representations by ensuring
that there is no mala fide and the same is strictly according to public policy.


The bench has also directed the Advocate-General
to furnish information as to number of permissions that have been given under
the Regional Plan 2011.


The government has been further directed to give a
list of projects classified into three categories. The land which has been
bought but no construction has started. Projects which got permissions to construct
and constructions are already done in accordance to law and projects not
granted any permission at all.


It was the case of the petitioners that they had
got permission to construct a commercial building under the Regional Plan 2011.
However, the government not only withdrew the Regional Plan but also withdrew
the permission given to them and issued show-cause notice for demolition.


The petitioners submitted that they have already started
construction in accordance with law and it is not fair to demolish their
structure. The bench has directed the government not to demolish the structure till
the disposal of the case.


It may be recalled that on Friday the court had dismissed
a petition challenging the insertion of section 17 ? in Goa Town and Country
Planning Act, 1974 and the notification of February 7, 2007, by which the
Regional plan 2011 was purported to be withdrawn.





Governor briefs Sonia
on Kamat govt


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 27 The Governor, Mr S C Jamir has told
the United Progressive Alliance chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi this morning at 10
Janpath, New Delhi, that the Goa government under the leadership of Mr Digambar
Kamat was expected to run smoothly.


A press note issued by the OSD to the Governor, Mr
Sebastian Zumvu states that Mr Jamir met Ms Gandhi and held lengthy discussion
on the recent fluid political situation in Goa
and the political and law and order situation in his home state of Nagaland.


The Governor further explained to Ms Gandhi that
the cease-fire agreements between the central government and two factions of
Nationalist Social Council of Nagaland have to be maintained and sustained both
in letter and spirit.


The press note also states that the UPA chairperson expressed her concern
over the prevailing situation in the region and assured the Governor that she
would do everything possible for restoration of peace in Nagaland.


Disqualification
plea: Rane to pass order today on



MGP application


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 27 The Speaker of Goa assembly, Mr Pratapsing
Rane would pass order tomorrow afternoon on the application made by the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, that it be made a party to the disqualification
petition filed against its MLAs from Madkai and Priol respectively, Mr
Ramkrishna Dhavlikar and Pandurang Dhavlikar.


After hearing the arguments put forward by the counsels
for the petitioner as well as the MGP, the Speaker told both the parties that
he would pass the order in the matter tomorrow.


The MGP counsel, Mr Parag Rao argued before the Speaker
that since the constitution of the party has been attached to the petition, the
party itself would be in a position to interpret it before the Speaker, as such
it should be allowed to intervene in the matter.


The counsel for petitioner, Mr Nitin Sardessai vehemently
opposed the arguments put forward by the counsel for MGP, saying that no relief
was sought against the party in the petition as such it should not be allowed
to intervene in the matter. Earlier, Mr Ramkrishna Dhavlikar who attended the hearing
today told reporters outside the assembly this evening that the decision of the
party to intervene in the matter was proof enough that the party was behind
him. He further said: ?I am in the party and the party was with me.?


Meanwhile, Mr Rane today postponed the hearing
into the disqualification petition against Ms Victoria Fernandes, the Congress
MLA from St Cruz, by a week to September 4. When the matter came up for hearing
this morning, the counsel for Ms Fernandes, Mr Sarvesh Kamat, sought postponement
of hearing on the ground that his client was served with the copy of
disqualification petition only on August 24 and he was handed over the same yesterday.


The Speaker granted his request and fixed next hearing
in the disqualification petition filed by Mr Chandrakant Kavlekar (Congress MLA
from Quepem) on September 4. The counsel for Ms Fernandes, however, did not
throw any light on the letter pertaining to withdrawal of resignation by her,
saying that she was dealing with the subject herself.


The Congress party had filed disqualification petition
against its own member soon after Ms Fernandes abstained from voting on demands
on July 24 during the last assembly session.


http://www.goaholidayhomes.com/newspaper-in-goa.php?type=Navhind




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Winds of change blowing over IFFI 2007!


BY HERALD REPORTER

While the General Body of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) is yet to have
a final say on the IFFI programmes for this year?s festival, the Governing Body
on Tuesday took strong objections to the Hollywood
hype and has advocated an aam aadmi IFFI 2007.

At a meeting, the ESG Governing Body considered cutting down on extravaganza
and emphasised the need for a serious focus on films.

While the ESG was tightlipped on the outcome of the meeting, sources disclosed
that various suggestions and recommendations were put forth for a low-key
festival to avoid traffic jams and roadblocks.

It is learnt that the Governing Body insisted on scrapping the plan to invite Hollywood stars ? at the expense of the exchequer ? and
trimming Bollywood fanfare.

The body, while highlighting the need to market Goa,
also recommended promotion of Goan artists and local-based cultural programmes.

It is learnt that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who is also the Chairman of
ESG?s Governing Body sought a cut in the lavish dinners and parties to be
hosted during IFFI 2007. A
proposal was also made to reduce the number of beach screenings.

Hiring the services of a local event management agency that would work within
the required budget and setting up teams of marketing managers to lure sponsors
were also among the proposals.

A host of issues discussed on Tuesday are scheduled to be placed before the
General Body on Wednesday.


http://oheraldo.in/pagedetails.asp?nid=311&cid=10


Bambolim structures run into rough seas


BY HERALD
REPORTER

Should constructions come up within 100 metres of the High Tide Line just because
the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has renewed the licence,
even as the Supreme Court has ruled that no development can be allowed in the
area?

This question was debated in the High Court on Tuesday following a petition
filed in public interest by People?s Movement for Civic Action (PMCA) and Goa
Foundation against a promoter planning to put up structures ?
bungalows or hotel - in picturesque Bambolim.

There were two sets of permissions granted by MoEF in the 1990s ? one, for
construction beyond 100
metres and second, for constructions within 50?100
metres. However, only three plinths were laid till 1995-96, in the property within 100 metres of HTL.

In 1996, the Supreme Court struck down an amendment to the Environment
Protection Act and restored ?no development? within 100 metres of HTL.

At the height of the Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA) agitation in December 2006,
citizen-groups protested against the project in Bambolim and the Additional
Collector Swapnil Naik, after inspecting the place, issued a ?stop-work order?
as development was being carried out within 100 metres along the
Zuari estuary.

Interestingly, some of the plots are believed to have been bought by bigwigs
from the film industry, besides politicians and cricket stars.

The promoters, armed with three letters from MoEF, then moved the court saying
that the licences had been renewed by the Central Government. Based on the
stand taken by MoEF, the State Government withdrew directions issued to the
Collector to stay the construction work.

Studying the issue in depth, Goa Foundation and PMCA, however, challenged the
issue on merit saying that MoEF could not have given the ?go ahead? when it is
in violation of the Apex Court
ruling.

Adv Norma Alvares, counsel for the petitioners, argued against the decision of
MoEF allowing construction in the ?No Development Zone?. She pointed out that
the petitioners were not too late in raising the issue.

The Division Bench, after hearing the arguments, ordered status quo and asked
MoEF to clarify its stand.


http://oheraldo.in/pagedetails.asp?nid=304&cid=2


Municipal staff to
hold one-day strike against common cadre on Sept 13


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 28 Stoutly
opposing government?s move to introduce common cadre for the employees in
municipalities, municipal employees all over Goa
have decided to go on a token one-day protest strike on September 13.


The decision was taken
today at an executive committee meeting of all the municipal councils in the
head office of the Goa Municipal Employees Association under the leadership of
president, Mr Keshav Prabhu.


The decision on common
cadre was bad in nature and was being forced on the employees with mala fide
intention, which defeats the very nature of council?s autonomy, a press note
released by the GMEA said and warned to even take legal recourse, if the
government tried to steamroll over them.


The association
president said that a similar common cadre of engineers and accountants was
lying in limbo.


Nothing has been done
to put their seniority list, pension, GPF etc in order, Mr Prabhu said and
wondered how the government will control staff of all the municipalities.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=082912


Formulate new
regional plan as soon as possible: GCCI


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 28 The Goa
Chamber of Commerce and Industry today demanded that new regional plan be
immediately prepared and declared opened for implementation since a large
number of industrial projects have been affected due to the absence of such a
plan.


The GCCI president, Mr
Nitin Kuncolienkar told the pressmen that the government should formulate a new
regional plan, as soon as possible, under the advice of an expert body.


?The developmental
projects, especially those relating to the industry, have been now delayed for
too long as most of the land is frozen,? he said, pointing out that around 2.9
per cent of land in the state is presently under settlement.


Speaking further, Mr
Kuncolienkar pointed out that a study needs to be carried out on special
economic zones proposed for Goa.


?We are not getting the
multi-commodity SEZs but specific SEZs,? he said, adding ?which reduces our
worries?. Mr Kuncolienkar also observed that welcoming or opposing the SEZs
depends upon what type of economic zones are being set up and what kind of
strain they will put on local infrastructure.


Speaking further the
GCCI president said the state suffers from a psyche of opposing every new
developmental project. If the SEZs are dedicated to information technology,
software or call centres then it will require very limited infrastructure, he
observed.


Stating that a GCCI
report on the state infrastructure had predicted Goa
facing power shortage, Mr Kuncolienkar said the prediction has now come true
and the best power option for the state is electricity generated from thermal
energy. He also stated that the decision of the government to ban further
commercial power connections is very bad for the industry.


He said that when there
is a pressure on employment and demand for workforce, the salaries goes up
which is very good for the state and results in improving purchasing power of
the state.


?I feel that there
should be some opportunities coming to Goa,?
he concluded.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=082911


D?Mello gets KA
scholarship


NT News Desk


Panaji, Aug 28 The Kala
Academy has granted a special scholarship of Rs 6 lakh to Ms Joanne Marie
D?Mello to undergo four year?s full-time advance course in vocal music in the
Royal Collage of Music at London,
UK. Ms D?Mello
will undergo higher studies under the guidance of Prof. Soprano Patricia
Rozario who is of Goan origin.The Royal Collage of Music has confirmed the
admission of Ms D?Mello. Considering her exceptional talent, the Kala Academy
has considered her request to grant the scholarship, as a special case. On
completion of the course, she will serve the Department of Western Music of
Kala Academy for minimum two years to impart training in vocal music.


Mr Pratapsingh Rane,
chairman of Kala Academy
handed over the cheque to Ms D?Mello to enable her to proceed to London for pursuing
further studies. Meanwhile, the Kala Academy in collaboration with the West Zone Cultural
Centre, Udaipur,
is organizing a ?Puppetry making? workshop from September 4 to 9.


The objective of
organizing this workshop is to promote indigenous art of puppetry in the state
of Goa. This workshop is aimed at starting
training of glove, rod and simple string puppets. Kala Academy
intends to conduct this workshop for art teachers, so that they may further
practice and popularise this art form.


The team of four
experts from Rajasthan and Gujarat will
conduct this workshop. They will train the participants in different aspects of
puppetry from puppets making, script writing, set designing, manipulating and
formally presenting thematic puppet shows.


This will be the first
workshop of such kind. Kala
Academy has appealed art
teachers to participate and avail this unique opportunity. The participation is
restricted to 30 participants on first-come-first-serve basis. The interested
schools may depute their teachers as trainees for the workshop.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=08291


Chodankar clarifies
on certificate validity


NT News Service


Navelim, Aug 28 The
state Youth Congress president Mr Girish Chodankar said that Registration of
Births & Deaths Act 1969 and 1999 do not prescribe any period of limitation
as regards to the validity of the births and deaths certificates.


Stating this in a press
release, Mr Chodankar said that he has received a letter from joint director
cum additional chief registrar of births and deaths clarifying about the
validity, adding that all the concerned departments are intimated regarding the
validity of births and deaths certificates.


Mr Chodankar said that
the Youth Congress had taken up this issue since many government offices were
unnecessarily demanding fresh certificates having validity up to six months due
to which individuals had to apply for fresh certificates and at times could not
succeed in getting them since some old records of births and deaths are
unavailable.


Mr Chodankar said the
matter was settled when it was taken up with the Chief Minister Mr Digambar
Kamat, Chief Secretary Mr J P Singh, Director of Archives and Director of
Planning, Statistics and Evaluation and other authorities.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=08294


Vedanta revises dates for Sesa Goa open offer

29 Aug, 2007, 1200 hrs IST, INDIATIMES NEWS NETWORK


MUMBAI:
Vedanta Resources has revised the open offer dates to acquire an additional 20
per cent in Sesa Goa. The offer will now open on August 31 and close September
19.



This follows clearance from the Securities & Exchange Board of India.



UK-based Vedanta had acquired Mitsui & Co's 51 per cent stake in Sesa Goa
for $981 million in April.



However, SEBI mulled over the open offer, priced at Rs 2,036 per share, due to
cases pending in the court with regard to an earlier transaction in Sesa Goa.



The open offer is being made along with Westglobe,
Mauritius, and Richter
Holding, Cyprus.


http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Metals__Mining/Vedanta_revises_dates_for_Sesa_Goa_open_offer/articleshow/2318937.cms




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No withdrawal of
support: Alemao


BY HERALD REPORTER

Save Goa Front supremo and Navelim MLA Churchill Alemao maintained
that he has not threatened to withdraw support to the Digambar Kamat Government
if the controversial casino boat is towed away from River Sal.

?I have not issued any threat to withdraw support to the Government on this
particular issue,? Alemao told Herald when asked to react to reports in certain
quarters that said he has warned Chief Minister Digambar Kamat of withdrawing
support if the casino boat is removed from the river.

?Why should I withdraw support to the Government on the issue? I am not in
favour of the casino boat, but my supporters, including the taxi operators are
peeved at attempts made by my political opponents to drag my name into the
controversy?.





?Cong has nothing to
do with Babush?


Adopting a tough stand against Taleigao MLA Babush
Monserrate, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and Goa Desk
In-charge Margaret Alva on Saturday stated that he (Babush) is neither part of
the Congress party nor does it (Congress) have anything to do with the UGDP.

Interestingly, it was Monserrate who packed the first punch at the Goa
Democratic Alliance (GDA) by extending support to the Congress Government that
was struggling to survive following withdrawal of support by the MGP MLAs.

Addressing a press conference in the city, Alva categorically stated that no
talks were held with either Monserrate or the UGDP, adding that the two are not
part of the ruling faction.

?He may support us, but we have nothing to do with him,? said Alva when
reminded of her pre-election statement `Congress has no truck with
Monserrate?.?

It may be recalled that Monserrate had dumped the Congress party at the
eleventh hour to contest the Assembly polls on the UGDP ticket.

Alva also denied calling Churchill Alemao a ?joker?, stating that the media had
misinterpreted her statement.

?I never called him a joker,? she said, when asked how the Congress inducted a
joker in the Government.

She clarified that Churchill?s support was unconditional. ?He put only one
demand and we made him a minister
according to our party formula,? she pointed
out.





Panjim?s
heritage scandal surfaces


By FRANKY GRACIAS

PANJIM, AUG 25 ? Heritage lovers, conservationists and NGOs, who had led
a sustained campaign from 2001 to 2003 against the State authorities to save a
prominent Panjim square housing heritage buildings from being annihilated by a
commercial construction, fear the same again after the earlier plan was
shelved.

The prominent square lying between the busy 18th June Road and an arterial
road, houses buildings like the Massano de Amorim and Santa Casa da Misericordia
considered as a ?treasure trove? by heritage lovers. These age-old buildings
with their unique architectural styles presently house the Social Welfare
Department, Urban Health Centre, Provedoria, a library and a
school.

Within the precincts of this famous square, admeasuring 3,513 sq mt and unknown
to many passersby, is based a volleyball stadium which lies in the middle
surrounded by Santa Casa and Masanno de Amorim buildings.

Patricia Pinto of People?s Movement for Civic Action shockingly revealed to
Herald that the ?land-use? for the heritage square has been changed from
?institutional? to ?commercial? as per the draft ODP 2011 of September 2006 to
facilitate a commercial venture.

Patricia hasn?t forgotten November 2001 when the buildings were to be razed for
a commercial complex by cunningly changing the land-use of the prominent square
from ?institutional? to ?commercial?. At that time, plans were afoot to raise a
ground-plus-five structure.

Following protests from PMCA, Goa Heritage Action Group, Percival Noronha of
INTACH, Dean D?Cruz and others for around one-and-half year, the TCP Board
finally buckled and reverted the land-use to ?institutional? on July 10,
2003.

Patricia said as per the draft ODP 2011, brought out in 2006, the land-use of
the square has been categorised under C-1, which permits construction of a
ground-plus seven structure. ?Why have the authorities effected a change once
again in spite of being aware of the earlier protests?? she wonders.

NGOs and heritage lovers have raised fears that the heritage buildings in the
prominent square may have to make way for a shopping mall and the present
situation could turn similar to that of 2001 when all protested in unison to
get the controversial land-use reverted.

Panjim city without its rich heritage structures would surely be unacceptable
to its citizens and it will have nothing to boast of without these, says
Patricia, adding, ?The PMCA exhorts people of Panjim to send in their
objections to this change in land-use as the Government has now decided to once
again place the ODPs for public objection for a period of two months.?






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Mummy?s fate hangs in balance Will Cong recall
petition?


BY HERALD REPORTER


All eyes will be on the disqualification petition filed against St Cruz MLA
Victoria Fernandes, to be taken up by Goa Assembly Speaker Pratapsing Rane, at
11.30 am, on Monday.

On the eve of the hearing, talks were doing the rounds in political circles
that the disqualification plea against Ms Fernandes might be withdrawn.

The petitioner, Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar, however, preferred
to remain silent on the issue.

It is learnt that the Congress party is in favour of recalling the
petition against Ms Fernandes ? who recently withdrew her
resignation and the petition filed against the Speaker in the High Court.

Ms Fernandes, who has not met the Speaker in person over her resignation ? and
subsequent withdrawal ? till date, has been directed to be present for
tomorrow?s hearing.

Rane is also scheduled to hear the disqualification pleas filed against the two
MGP MLAs ? Sudin Dhavlikar and brother Deepak ? on Monday.


Stop the dredge, drag the boat: locals


BY HERALD REPORTER

While the Churchill-Luizinho blame game takes centre stage ? threatening to
overshadow the anti-dredging/casino boat agitation ? wary traditional fishermen
appear firm in their resolve to stop dredging of River Sal.

Traditional fishermen, inhabiting the banks of River Sal ? in Velim, Ambelim
and Assolna ? have warned of a second agitation if there?s any further delay in
towing the casino boat away.

Apparently angry over the attempts made by politicians and vested interests to
give the agitation launched by Save River Sal Front a political hue ?
especially on the Cavelossim side of the river ? traditional fishermen fear
that petty politics may do more harm than good for the movement.

?Enough is enough. The fishermen have been fighting against dredging to protect
their livelihood since 1998. We are not concerned about the Luizihno-Churchill
blame game. We only want the casino boat out and the dredging stopped
forthwith,? asserted Chairman of AVCB Traditional Fishermen Association Elvin
D?Silva.

?Politics is certainly not on our agenda,? D?Silva clarified.

?When the Government had first planned to dredge the river in 1998-99, we
opposed it tooth and nail and got the plan scrapped. Now, the traditional
fishermen are determined to oppose dredging of the river and the casino boat,?
he warned.

The fishermen say that dredging will destroy the rich marine habitat. ?The
entire river will have to be dredged to accommodate the casino boat. Imagine
what will happen when other starred hotels and parties also decide to float
casino boats,? he said.

Like many a traditional fisherman, D?Silva fails to understand why the present
Government reintroduced the dredging plan when the then Government headed by
Luizinho Faleiro had scrapped the idea. ?It?s shocking that the Captain of
Ports granted permission to dredge the river despite our earlier objections,?
he pointed out.

Perhaps for the first time, both the traditional fishermen and the mechanised
boat owners share a common concern. While the boat owners see the casino as an
obstruction along the navigation channel, fishermen maintain that dredging
would spell doom.





Vailankanni festival from Wed


About 15 lakh pilgrims are expected to visit the basilica
here during the 10-day annual festival beginning on Wednesday, August 29.

Nagapattinam District Collector S Jawahar, visited Vailankanni and inspected
the various arrangements made in connection with the festival of Annai Arokia
Matha of the ?Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Health?.

Later speaking to mediapersons, Jawahar said all arrangements have been made at
Vailankanni by the district administration, expecting around 15 lakh pilgrims.

Nearly 1,750 police personnel under the supervision of Kalpana Naick,
Superintendent of Police, Nagapattinam would be deployed.





Ration quota shrinks in Canacona!


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

A large number of people in Canacona Taluka have accused the government of
being on a mission to starve one set of families at the cost of others.

It is estimated that around 80% percent of ration card holders in Canacona
Taluka, irrespective of the type of card they hold, collect their monthly
ration quota like rice, wheat and sugar from a Public Distribution System (PDS)
shop.

With a countable number of Antodya and other BPL ration card holders, in any
given area, privileged to get a decent quota of rice and sugar at highly
subsidised rates, Above Poverty Line (APL) card holders are denied even an
honest quota with higher rates.

The maximum people holding APL ration cards are almost left to fend for
themselves since the last few months. It is learnt that though no sugar quota
is allowed to APL card holders, the once decent looking 10 kg of rice and 8 kg of wheat allotted to a
ration card holder per month has suddenly become a thing of the past.

Some APL families who lined up last week for ration were surprised to see that
their quota further reduced to a meagre 2 kilos of rice and 1 kilo of wheat.
Till last month, it was a paltry 3
kg of rice and 2 kg of wheat.

?Is this the ?aam admi? governance that our Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has
promised us?? questioned an agitated man at a PDS shop in Agonda.

Other unhappy residents suspected the involvement of dealers running PDS shops
and even went to the extent of calling on the village sarpanch. He (sarpanch)
contacted the civil supplies wing of the taluka who confirmed the reduced
supply of essential commodities.

Elders in the villages are also a disturbed lot. ?Before the classification of
ration cards, everything was running smoothly. Today, common people like us
can?t get proper government ration while migrant labourers who have settled
here enjoy full quotas under the pretext of Antodya and BPL,? a senior citizen
pointed out.





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Hearing
of disqualification petition today


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 26 The Speaker, Mr Pratasing Rane will conduct the
hearing on the disqualification petition against the two Maharashtrawadi
Gomantak Party MLAs, Mr Ramakrishna Dhavalikar and Mr Pandurang Dhavalikar on
August 27.


The Speaker will decide whether to confirm the order on interim
relief passed by him or to proceed with the main petition against the
?restrained? MGP candidates. The Congress MLA, Mr Agnelo Fernandes had filed
the disqualification petition before the Speaker, last month.


Meanwhile, the Speaker will also decide upon the disqualification
of the Congress MLA, Ms Victoria Fernandes tomorrow for violating the party
whip when the assembly was in session. Ms Fernandes had violated the party whip
by remaining absent in the House during the crucial ?vote of confidence? on
July 30.


The petition against Ms Fernandes was filed by the Congress MLA,
Mr Chandrakant Kavalekar.


Faleiro
dodges queries on parliamentary by-elections


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 26 Former education minister, Mr Luizinho Faleiro
tried to dodge queries whether he was one of the probable candidates for the
parliamentary by-elections in the South.


On being questioned if he was trying to use the Save River Sal
Front movement as a plank to spruce up his political career, a composed Mr
Faleiro countered, ?Has the Election Commissioner declared the elections??


When Mr Faleiro was told that Mr Churchill too has demanded that
his lawyer daughter be given a chance to contest the by-polls, he replied,
?There is also a demand that a ST candidate may be given an opportunity to
contest.?


He refused a categorical yes or no answer, on whether he was in
the reckoning as a candidate for the by-polls.


The former education minister was at pains to explain that he was
happy to be away from the media glare, enjoying the `peace and bliss? of life,
after having been forced to make way for his bete noire, Mr Churchill Alemao in
Navelim, in the recent assembly elections.


?Actually I did not want to address the media, but circumstances
forced me to break my silence as my name was being unnecessarily maligned,? he
said, regretting for having to break his so called ?tapasya.?


Dharna
against CRZ violations at Mobor on Aug 28


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 26 Upping the ante against illegalities and gross
violations of coastal regulatory zone guidelines, the Cavelossim citizens
action committee has decided to have a bigger dharna on August 28 near a resort
at Mobor.


According to CCAC member, Mr Kennedy Afonso, the committee would
invite senior CRZ, town and country planning and other district officials to
the site.


The local MLA, Mr Churchill Alemao would also be requested to be
present, the CCAC member said.


The CCAC had conducted one of their series of peaceful dharnas on
Saturday last. A number of locals from surrounding villages of Varca,
Cavelossim and Davorlim had taken part in the dharna-cum-meeting.


?Some 12 bungalows have been constructed at Mobor blatantly
ignoring the law of the land. We have deliberately scheduled our dharna there,
so that everyone gets to know facts,? Mr Afonso said.


He further informed that initially town and country department had
issued licence for only four bungalows there. But when the new constructions
continued, the department issued a stop order on the same.


?But the work still continues with the blessing of the local
Cavelossim sarpanch,? Mr Afonso alleged.


Declaring that the protest against illegalities will continue, Mr
Afonso said: ?We will fight tooth and nail in our efforts to nail the culprits,
who have bent rules and ignored laws to suit their conveniences.? Even
authorities involved will not be spared, he warned.


On the other hand, the people of Cavelossim today called for a
compilation of a list of the number of constructions undertaken in violation of
CRZ guidelines in the area of their village panchayat.


However, the Cavelosim sarpanch, Mr Edwin Barretto denied any
resolution has been taken to that effect.


Expectedly, the Gram Sabha meeting witnessed noisy scenes, as a
clear divide between two sections -- one group opposing the dredging of River
Sal and another against CRZ violations -- was rather obvious.


In normal circumstances the meeting would have been organised in
the panchayat hall. But on Sunday it was shifted to a bigger hall in the area
as the crowd swelled.


A big hue and cry ensued, when a section of the Gram Sabha
demanded that no panchayat fund be used to fight a court battle in the ongoing
dredging imbroglio.


?If at all, a legal recourse needs to be taken on the issue, then
use of panchayat funds should be avoided,? a member voiced his opinion.


A bitter debate on the issue ensued, but the Gram Sabha could not
arrive at a final decision in the matter.


The continuation of water sports activities in the river also
figured at the meeting.


Although authorities permit water sports activities for the period
from October to May, it was observed that some youth were continuing with the
activity, much to the annoyance of locals and fishing community.


Besides the disturbing noise, the `Jet skis? speed recklessly,
sometime ripping off fishing nets in the river. The Gram Sabha decided to
immediately put a stop to the water sports activity.


A discussion on an entrepreneur engaged in building trawlers in
the area came up at the Gram Sabha meet.


According to locals, the entrepreneur was operating illegally and
did not possess the required permissions from the authorities.


Further the activity created a lot of noise disturbing the peace
of the locals in the area. It was suggested some action be taken in the matter.


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Hyderabad
blasts fail to awaken Goa Police!


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

The Central Government?s call to States to intensify security in view of
Saturday?s twin Hyderabad blasts appears to have
been taken with not much seriousness by the Goa
police.

In one such case, expensive cameras installed to monitor activities at the
Polem police check post have been out of order for over two months and nothing
has been done to rectify the problem.

The Police Department went hi-tech, and on the eve of the Assembly elections,
installed cameras on masts at four strategic locations at the Polem check post
to record movement of vehicles from across the border.

Police sources say these gadgets, costing over Rs 1 lakh, were installed to
keep a tab on the movement of vehicles after the terrorism scare that rocked
the State.

Solar lights were fitted atop the posts to keep these camera units functional
even during power failure. The cameras were connected to the control unit
located in the barrack of the police outpost and recordings were later
transferred to the headquarters for scrutiny by higher authorities.

This exercise, which should have sent shivers down the spine of any person
undertaking an illegal activity, instead, became the laughing stock in the
area. The gadgets ceased to operate within a week after they were installed and
no one has rectified the error in the monitoring unit.

On the other hand, some locals suspect that the failure of the cameras to
function could well be a boon to the men in khaki, who may resent being
monitored by a neutral eye regarding activities, legal or otherwise, at the
Polem border.

When contacted, the police manning the Polem check post said they had orally
informed their higher authorities that the gadget was out of operation. When
contacted, South Goa SP S M Prabhudesai said he was unaware that the cameras
were not working and pledged to look into the matter and get the gadgets
rectified.


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Spotted: John Abraham in Goa


August 27, 2007 17:03 IST






Reader Manasi couldn't believe her eyes when
she spotted John Abraham [Images] having dinner at the next table.





John
was in Goa's [Images] popular resturant Brittos when Manasi
approached him for a photograph.





She
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Person of the Day - Santiago Monteiro


Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Having arrived here from Goa, India, a year and a half ago, Santiago
Monteiro feels very much at home in the Cayman Islands.


?People are very good here,? he said. He enjoys working at Sunset House
where he meets people daily, and he spends his leisure snorkelling, watching
movies and hanging out with friends.


?I keep myself busy,? he said, adding that he misses his family back home
and looks forward to visiting them next year.


?When you think of your future, ask yourself, ?is there
something you can work towards becoming?,? he said, and divulges that his dream
is to become a Restaurant Manager some day.


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Dharna against CRZ violations at Mobor


BY HERALD REPORTER

Continuing with its agitation against CRZ violations, the Cavelossim Citizens
Action Committee will hold its second dharna on August 28 at Mobor infront of
hotel resort for allegedly CRZ irregularities.

The Action Committee has claimed that the alleged illegal work continues
despite orders by the Town and Country Planning department, saying the hotel
project has blocked access to a Cross revered by the villagers of Mobor.

The committee has said it will support the people on this point and appealed to
the authorities to open the access first. ?The people are not in favour of
builders blocking religious structures, that to by illegal construction
activities?, stated Kennedy Afonso.

The committee has given a call to all concerned citizens of Goa,
to lend their support for the grassroot people?s movement, saying the people
are fighting against a group of powerful builders lobby, and we need the
support of all concerned citizens from all walks of life, NGOs and other
organisations.





Save River Sal Front demands immediate removal of
boat


BY HERALD REPORTER


With the deadlock over the casino boat/dredging row continues, the Save
River Sal Front on Monday conveyed a message loud and clear to the Chief
Secretary J P Singh that people?s patience is running out on the issue and has
demanded immediate removal of the boat from River Sal.

A delegation of the Front comprising of Shridhar Kamat, Edwin Barreto, Elvino
D?Costa, Elvis Gomes adn Ms Melsa had a meeting with the Chief Secretary on
Monday noon, attended by a host of senior government officials connected with
the issue and representative of Hotel Leela. However, the meeting failed to
evolve a solution, with Hotel Leela seeking time to reply to the points raised
by the Front.

With the government dragging on the matter, Front leaders are meeting on
Tuesday to chalk out future course of agitation by involving the people on both
sides of the river at Cavelossim-Mobor and Velim, Assolna, Ambelim and Betul.

SRSF elucidated the various aspects involving the legal, social and ecological
angles concerning the issue.

During discussions, the Front expressed surprise that the Captain of Ports
failed to stress on an NOC from the concerned Panchayat body before permitting
Leela to start the dredging activity. Further, it said issuing NOC to a private
party to dredge the river has set an unhealthy precedent of allowing a private
commercial venture to exploit the natural resources. ?The directive in the NOC
that the dredged material be dumped in the adjoining CRZ area is in violation
of existing laws?, the Front maintained.

Demanding that the government should not allow casino boats to operate within
river basins, which in itself in in contravention of the meaning of the term
?off-shore casino?, the Front said any permission to dredge the river basis and
to allow stationing of the boat would directly affect the livelihood of around
500 families of traditional fishermem, ie around 3000 dependants.

Reiterating its stiff opposition to the dredging operation and has vowed to
oppose any move to station the casino ship in the river basin, the Front has
appealed to all the citizens to be vigilant and join the ongong agitation under
the banner of SRSF in large numbers.


SGF hails BJP?s move on SEZs


HERALD REPORTER

General Secretary of Save Goa Front (SGF) Dr Wilfred Mesquita welcomed the
decision of BJP to launch an agitation demanding scrapping of SEZs in Goa.

When contacted for his reaction, Dr Mesquita said ?we fully stand by it and
congratulate BJP for taking up the issue and extend full support in opposing SEZs?.

The Congress should not forget the incidents which have taken place all
over the country right from Nandigram to the other states of the country who
vehementally opposed SEZs which are only meant to promote the vested interest
of the country. It may be recalled that SGF party manifesto had prominently
opposed SEZs in Goa. However, this issue was
reportedly not resolved at the time of party Supremo Churchill Alemao
joining the Digambar Kamat government as PWD minister.





Govt toppling bid was to save Goa, claims Parrikar


BY HERALD REPORTER

My objective for wanting to dislodge the present government was to save
Goa from the demographic invasion and land scams that it is being
promoted under the garb of pursuing Special Economic
Zones (SEZs) in the State, said Opposition
leader Manohar Parrikar on Monday breaking his silence
after the coup failed.

Addressing the media today, Parrikar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
will continue its efforts to dislodge the government especially over the issue
of SEZs and has strongly demanded the scrapping of all SEZs proposed for Goa.

Referring to answers furnished in the Goa Assembly, Parrikar pointed out that
seven out of the 15 proposed SEZs have already been approved by the Center and
alleged that the State government is pursuing SEZs without a policy and without
a study on the job creations by SEZs vis-?-vis availability of manpower.

Parrikar clarified that the BJP was not opposed to SEZs but was concerned over
its impact on the State.

He opined, ?Goa can afford to have not more
than one or two SEZs,? adding that a large number of them would bring no
economic benefits to the State.

He went on to state that the 15 SEZs would attract at least 2.5 lakh migrant
population to Goa and burden the State?s
infrastructure.

Ridiculing the Congress government?s ?lopsided planning? on SEZs, the
opposition leader said that the only interest the government has is allegedly
in the under hand land dealings. He further alleged that at least Rs 200-Rs 500
per sq meter has been exchanged in the allotment of land.

Parrikar said that the BJP will take this issue to every citizen in Goa in a bid to expose the SEZ scandal of the Congress
government and will thereafter go for an agitation in the second stage.

Though the issue was hardly raised during the attempted coup, Parrikar today
said the people of Goa need to know that the
political developments that transpired between July 25 - August 13 was all
co-related to land scams en masse. He said that the SEZ scam is far more
serious than the Regional Plan 2011. Incidentally, no land for SEZs has been
allotted to entrepreneurs since the new government came to power. Nonetheless
it was done by the Congress government one and a half year ago.

While demanding for a halt on SEZs, the BJP also demanded
that the government call the Opposition for a debate on SEZs.





Sarpanch says Penha-da-Franca garbage compactor
parts stolen


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


The Rs 14 lakh garbage compactor sent to the Penha-da-Franca panchayat has
itself become a waste, with the sarpanch admitting that the parts have been
stolen from the vehicle.

The issue came up for discussion at the Gram Sabha of Penha-da-Franca on
Sunday, when Convener of Penha-Franca Citizens? forum Agnelo Perreira sought to
know the action initiated by the panchayat regarding the compactor, which had
been abandoned at the Kranti garden at Porvorim for last one year.

Sarpanch Subhash Kalangutker replied that the battery of the vehicle and other
parts were stolen by some unknown persons and the vehicle had become immobile.
Kalangutker, however, assured to take up the matter with the Directorate of
Panchayats.

Regarding other works in the village, Kalangutker said the panchayat has taken
up 14 development works like construction of gutters, footpaths and roads in
all wards at a cost of Rs 30 lakh and added that all works would be completed
within the next six months.

The villagers demanded to know what action the panchayat had taken regarding
the development of a playground at Britona.

Stating that there are a number of grounds in the village, the residents
claimed that the panchayat has not taken any action to construct a playground
in Britona. They added that the issue had been raised in every Gram Sabha for a
number of years, but no action had been taken in the matter.

Sarpanch Kalangutker agreed in the need for the playground at Britona and
assured that the panchayat would approach the government for allotment of space
in this regard.

Residents of Halliwada strongly opposed the erection of a mobile tower in the
field in Survey No 147/1 and sought to know how the panchayat had issued the
permission to the company to erect the tower in the absence of a Conversion
Sanad and approval from the Town and Country Planning department.

Agnelo Pereira also mentioned that a speed breaker should be laid immediately
on the Alto-Betim side of the Mandovi
Bridge as lot of
accidents take place at this junction. The sarpanch assured to look into the
matter.

Rohidas Naik mentioned some bungalow owners in Porvorim had encroached on the
open space in front of bungalows and had illegally constructed compound walls.
Elvis Rodrigues, Savio Carvalho and Mr Pinto also participated in the
discussions.

Earlier, Panchayat Secretary Peter Martins read out the report of the Gram
Sabha on June 24. Anjali Shirodker was present as an observer at the meeting.


MMC to set up garbage redressal cell


BY HERALD REPORTER


With garbage problem staring at the city, the Margao Municipal Council has
decided to set up a garbage redressal Cell whereby citizens can register their
complaints and get their grievances redressed.

In another development, the Civic body has finally tendered the purchase of
three garbage compactors after the government shot down the move to go for the
compactors sans tenders.

Initially, citizens may be required to lodge complaints in person, but plans
are afoot to open a telephone line for people to register complaints over the
phone.

Chief Officer, N D Agarwal said the garbage redressal cell will note down all
complaints received from the citizens about non-collection of garbage. In turn,
the staff manning the cell will forward the complaint to the sanitary section
for redressal.

?By constituting the cell, citizens will get the facility to lodge their
complaints about non-collection of garbage. The facility will help Civic
officials to keep a tab on the staff engaged in cleaning and disposing off
garbage?, Agarwal said.

The Chief Officer has said the Civic body is presently concentrating on how
best to make the Gandhi market garbage-free as the market is witnessing heaps
of garbage almost everyday.

Around four-truck load of garbage is generated in the Gandhi market on a daily
basis. The CO has plans to construct a bin wherein waste can be dumped inside
without posing an eyesore to the citizens.

Meanwhile, the Margao
Municipality has issued
tenders for the purchase of three garbage compactors. These compactors were
earlier sought to be purchased by the CIvic body without inviting tenders, but
the proposal did not find favour with the government.

The government had sanctioned Rs 69 lakhs for the purchase of the three
compactors after local MLA Digambar Kamat became the Chief Minister two months
ago.


Speaker?s order on Dhavlikars likely today


BY HERALD REPORTER

The Goa Assembly Speaker
Pratapsing Rane will decide tomorrow (August 28) whether or not the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) should be made a respondent in the
disqualification plea filed against two of its MLAs - Sudin and Dipak
Dhavalikar.

In the matter slated today, Rane heard arguments over an application filed by
chief of the MGP Pandurang Raut who has sought to intervene in the petition and
has asked to be heard in the matter as well.

The legal counsel for the petitioner (Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes) in the
disqualification plea has strongly disputed the MGP?s application.

Earlier today, Speaker Pratapsing Rane adjourned the hearing
of the disqualification plea against St Cruz MLA Victoria Fernandes and is
likely to hear the matter next on September 4.

Fernandes through her legal counsel today submitted an application stating that
she was unwell and unable to be present for the hearing and pleaded that time
be granted.





?3 parties yet to launch casino operations?


BY HERALD REPORTER

Three parties are yet to launch their offshore casino operations.

Disclosing this, Chief Secretary J P Singh who is also the Home Secretary said
that four parties have paid the processing fee of Rs 10 lakh.

Singh disclosed that while Leela has paid Rs 5 crore as the annual fee, the
other three have not.

In all, five offshore casinos have been permitted by the Government, including
Caravela, the first of its kind in the country. Caravela started its operations
around six years ago.

It is learnt that the three other parties are adopting the wait-and-watch
policy following the River Sal issue.

Less than a year ago, the Rane Government had issued licences to 4-5
parties to operate offshore casinos.


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Classify projects
under RP-2011, HC asks govt


NT Legal Correspondent


Panaji, Aug 27 While hearing a petition filed by
United Realtech Pvt Ltd, the division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising
Mr Justice R S Mohite and Mr Justice N A Britto has asked the government to classify
the projects approved under the Regional Plan 2011 into ?works not started?,
?work completed? and ?works which have not been granted any permission?.


The bench has also directed the government to consider
the case of genuine buyers and allow them to make representations by ensuring
that there is no mala fide and the same is strictly according to public policy.


The bench has also directed the Advocate-General
to furnish information as to number of permissions that have been given under
the Regional Plan 2011.


The government has been further directed to give a
list of projects classified into three categories. The land which has been
bought but no construction has started. Projects which got permissions to construct
and constructions are already done in accordance to law and projects not
granted any permission at all.


It was the case of the petitioners that they had
got permission to construct a commercial building under the Regional Plan 2011.
However, the government not only withdrew the Regional Plan but also withdrew
the permission given to them and issued show-cause notice for demolition.


The petitioners submitted that they have already started
construction in accordance with law and it is not fair to demolish their
structure. The bench has directed the government not to demolish the structure till
the disposal of the case.


It may be recalled that on Friday the court had dismissed
a petition challenging the insertion of section 17 ? in Goa Town and Country
Planning Act, 1974 and the notification of February 7, 2007, by which the
Regional plan 2011 was purported to be withdrawn.





Governor briefs Sonia
on Kamat govt


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 27 The Governor, Mr S C Jamir has told
the United Progressive Alliance chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi this morning at 10
Janpath, New Delhi, that the Goa government under the leadership of Mr Digambar
Kamat was expected to run smoothly.


A press note issued by the OSD to the Governor, Mr
Sebastian Zumvu states that Mr Jamir met Ms Gandhi and held lengthy discussion
on the recent fluid political situation in Goa
and the political and law and order situation in his home state of Nagaland.


The Governor further explained to Ms Gandhi that
the cease-fire agreements between the central government and two factions of
Nationalist Social Council of Nagaland have to be maintained and sustained both
in letter and spirit.


The press note also states that the UPA chairperson expressed her concern
over the prevailing situation in the region and assured the Governor that she
would do everything possible for restoration of peace in Nagaland.


Disqualification
plea: Rane to pass order today on



MGP application


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 27 The Speaker of Goa assembly, Mr Pratapsing
Rane would pass order tomorrow afternoon on the application made by the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, that it be made a party to the disqualification
petition filed against its MLAs from Madkai and Priol respectively, Mr
Ramkrishna Dhavlikar and Pandurang Dhavlikar.


After hearing the arguments put forward by the counsels
for the petitioner as well as the MGP, the Speaker told both the parties that
he would pass the order in the matter tomorrow.


The MGP counsel, Mr Parag Rao argued before the Speaker
that since the constitution of the party has been attached to the petition, the
party itself would be in a position to interpret it before the Speaker, as such
it should be allowed to intervene in the matter.


The counsel for petitioner, Mr Nitin Sardessai vehemently
opposed the arguments put forward by the counsel for MGP, saying that no relief
was sought against the party in the petition as such it should not be allowed
to intervene in the matter. Earlier, Mr Ramkrishna Dhavlikar who attended the hearing
today told reporters outside the assembly this evening that the decision of the
party to intervene in the matter was proof enough that the party was behind
him. He further said: ?I am in the party and the party was with me.?


Meanwhile, Mr Rane today postponed the hearing
into the disqualification petition against Ms Victoria Fernandes, the Congress
MLA from St Cruz, by a week to September 4. When the matter came up for hearing
this morning, the counsel for Ms Fernandes, Mr Sarvesh Kamat, sought postponement
of hearing on the ground that his client was served with the copy of
disqualification petition only on August 24 and he was handed over the same yesterday.


The Speaker granted his request and fixed next hearing
in the disqualification petition filed by Mr Chandrakant Kavlekar (Congress MLA
from Quepem) on September 4. The counsel for Ms Fernandes, however, did not
throw any light on the letter pertaining to withdrawal of resignation by her,
saying that she was dealing with the subject herself.


The Congress party had filed disqualification petition
against its own member soon after Ms Fernandes abstained from voting on demands
on July 24 during the last assembly session.


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Winds of change blowing over IFFI 2007!


BY HERALD REPORTER

While the General Body of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) is yet to have
a final say on the IFFI programmes for this year?s festival, the Governing Body
on Tuesday took strong objections to the Hollywood
hype and has advocated an aam aadmi IFFI 2007.

At a meeting, the ESG Governing Body considered cutting down on extravaganza
and emphasised the need for a serious focus on films.

While the ESG was tightlipped on the outcome of the meeting, sources disclosed
that various suggestions and recommendations were put forth for a low-key
festival to avoid traffic jams and roadblocks.

It is learnt that the Governing Body insisted on scrapping the plan to invite Hollywood stars ? at the expense of the exchequer ? and
trimming Bollywood fanfare.

The body, while highlighting the need to market Goa,
also recommended promotion of Goan artists and local-based cultural programmes.

It is learnt that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who is also the Chairman of
ESG?s Governing Body sought a cut in the lavish dinners and parties to be
hosted during IFFI 2007. A
proposal was also made to reduce the number of beach screenings.

Hiring the services of a local event management agency that would work within
the required budget and setting up teams of marketing managers to lure sponsors
were also among the proposals.

A host of issues discussed on Tuesday are scheduled to be placed before the
General Body on Wednesday.


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Bambolim structures run into rough seas


BY HERALD
REPORTER

Should constructions come up within 100 metres of the High Tide Line just because
the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has renewed the licence,
even as the Supreme Court has ruled that no development can be allowed in the
area?

This question was debated in the High Court on Tuesday following a petition
filed in public interest by People?s Movement for Civic Action (PMCA) and Goa
Foundation against a promoter planning to put up structures ?
bungalows or hotel - in picturesque Bambolim.

There were two sets of permissions granted by MoEF in the 1990s ? one, for
construction beyond 100
metres and second, for constructions within 50?100
metres. However, only three plinths were laid till 1995-96, in the property within 100 metres of HTL.

In 1996, the Supreme Court struck down an amendment to the Environment
Protection Act and restored ?no development? within 100 metres of HTL.

At the height of the Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA) agitation in December 2006,
citizen-groups protested against the project in Bambolim and the Additional
Collector Swapnil Naik, after inspecting the place, issued a ?stop-work order?
as development was being carried out within 100 metres along the
Zuari estuary.

Interestingly, some of the plots are believed to have been bought by bigwigs
from the film industry, besides politicians and cricket stars.

The promoters, armed with three letters from MoEF, then moved the court saying
that the licences had been renewed by the Central Government. Based on the
stand taken by MoEF, the State Government withdrew directions issued to the
Collector to stay the construction work.

Studying the issue in depth, Goa Foundation and PMCA, however, challenged the
issue on merit saying that MoEF could not have given the ?go ahead? when it is
in violation of the Apex Court
ruling.

Adv Norma Alvares, counsel for the petitioners, argued against the decision of
MoEF allowing construction in the ?No Development Zone?. She pointed out that
the petitioners were not too late in raising the issue.

The Division Bench, after hearing the arguments, ordered status quo and asked
MoEF to clarify its stand.


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Municipal staff to
hold one-day strike against common cadre on Sept 13


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 28 Stoutly
opposing government?s move to introduce common cadre for the employees in
municipalities, municipal employees all over Goa
have decided to go on a token one-day protest strike on September 13.


The decision was taken
today at an executive committee meeting of all the municipal councils in the
head office of the Goa Municipal Employees Association under the leadership of
president, Mr Keshav Prabhu.


The decision on common
cadre was bad in nature and was being forced on the employees with mala fide
intention, which defeats the very nature of council?s autonomy, a press note
released by the GMEA said and warned to even take legal recourse, if the
government tried to steamroll over them.


The association
president said that a similar common cadre of engineers and accountants was
lying in limbo.


Nothing has been done
to put their seniority list, pension, GPF etc in order, Mr Prabhu said and
wondered how the government will control staff of all the municipalities.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=082912


Formulate new
regional plan as soon as possible: GCCI


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 28 The Goa
Chamber of Commerce and Industry today demanded that new regional plan be
immediately prepared and declared opened for implementation since a large
number of industrial projects have been affected due to the absence of such a
plan.


The GCCI president, Mr
Nitin Kuncolienkar told the pressmen that the government should formulate a new
regional plan, as soon as possible, under the advice of an expert body.


?The developmental
projects, especially those relating to the industry, have been now delayed for
too long as most of the land is frozen,? he said, pointing out that around 2.9
per cent of land in the state is presently under settlement.


Speaking further, Mr
Kuncolienkar pointed out that a study needs to be carried out on special
economic zones proposed for Goa.


?We are not getting the
multi-commodity SEZs but specific SEZs,? he said, adding ?which reduces our
worries?. Mr Kuncolienkar also observed that welcoming or opposing the SEZs
depends upon what type of economic zones are being set up and what kind of
strain they will put on local infrastructure.


Speaking further the
GCCI president said the state suffers from a psyche of opposing every new
developmental project. If the SEZs are dedicated to information technology,
software or call centres then it will require very limited infrastructure, he
observed.


Stating that a GCCI
report on the state infrastructure had predicted Goa
facing power shortage, Mr Kuncolienkar said the prediction has now come true
and the best power option for the state is electricity generated from thermal
energy. He also stated that the decision of the government to ban further
commercial power connections is very bad for the industry.


He said that when there
is a pressure on employment and demand for workforce, the salaries goes up
which is very good for the state and results in improving purchasing power of
the state.


?I feel that there
should be some opportunities coming to Goa,?
he concluded.


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D?Mello gets KA
scholarship


NT News Desk


Panaji, Aug 28 The Kala
Academy has granted a special scholarship of Rs 6 lakh to Ms Joanne Marie
D?Mello to undergo four year?s full-time advance course in vocal music in the
Royal Collage of Music at London,
UK. Ms D?Mello
will undergo higher studies under the guidance of Prof. Soprano Patricia
Rozario who is of Goan origin.The Royal Collage of Music has confirmed the
admission of Ms D?Mello. Considering her exceptional talent, the Kala Academy
has considered her request to grant the scholarship, as a special case. On
completion of the course, she will serve the Department of Western Music of
Kala Academy for minimum two years to impart training in vocal music.


Mr Pratapsingh Rane,
chairman of Kala Academy
handed over the cheque to Ms D?Mello to enable her to proceed to London for pursuing
further studies. Meanwhile, the Kala Academy in collaboration with the West Zone Cultural
Centre, Udaipur,
is organizing a ?Puppetry making? workshop from September 4 to 9.


The objective of
organizing this workshop is to promote indigenous art of puppetry in the state
of Goa. This workshop is aimed at starting
training of glove, rod and simple string puppets. Kala Academy
intends to conduct this workshop for art teachers, so that they may further
practice and popularise this art form.


The team of four
experts from Rajasthan and Gujarat will
conduct this workshop. They will train the participants in different aspects of
puppetry from puppets making, script writing, set designing, manipulating and
formally presenting thematic puppet shows.


This will be the first
workshop of such kind. Kala
Academy has appealed art
teachers to participate and avail this unique opportunity. The participation is
restricted to 30 participants on first-come-first-serve basis. The interested
schools may depute their teachers as trainees for the workshop.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=08291


Chodankar clarifies
on certificate validity


NT News Service


Navelim, Aug 28 The
state Youth Congress president Mr Girish Chodankar said that Registration of
Births & Deaths Act 1969 and 1999 do not prescribe any period of limitation
as regards to the validity of the births and deaths certificates.


Stating this in a press
release, Mr Chodankar said that he has received a letter from joint director
cum additional chief registrar of births and deaths clarifying about the
validity, adding that all the concerned departments are intimated regarding the
validity of births and deaths certificates.


Mr Chodankar said that
the Youth Congress had taken up this issue since many government offices were
unnecessarily demanding fresh certificates having validity up to six months due
to which individuals had to apply for fresh certificates and at times could not
succeed in getting them since some old records of births and deaths are
unavailable.


Mr Chodankar said the
matter was settled when it was taken up with the Chief Minister Mr Digambar
Kamat, Chief Secretary Mr J P Singh, Director of Archives and Director of
Planning, Statistics and Evaluation and other authorities.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=08294


Vedanta revises dates for Sesa Goa open offer

29 Aug, 2007, 1200 hrs IST, INDIATIMES NEWS NETWORK


MUMBAI:
Vedanta Resources has revised the open offer dates to acquire an additional 20
per cent in Sesa Goa. The offer will now open on August 31 and close September
19.



This follows clearance from the Securities & Exchange Board of India.



UK-based Vedanta had acquired Mitsui & Co's 51 per cent stake in Sesa Goa
for $981 million in April.



However, SEBI mulled over the open offer, priced at Rs 2,036 per share, due to
cases pending in the court with regard to an earlier transaction in Sesa Goa.



The open offer is being made along with Westglobe,
Mauritius, and Richter
Holding, Cyprus.


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No withdrawal of
support: Alemao


BY HERALD REPORTER

Save Goa Front supremo and Navelim MLA Churchill Alemao maintained
that he has not threatened to withdraw support to the Digambar Kamat Government
if the controversial casino boat is towed away from River Sal.

?I have not issued any threat to withdraw support to the Government on this
particular issue,? Alemao told Herald when asked to react to reports in certain
quarters that said he has warned Chief Minister Digambar Kamat of withdrawing
support if the casino boat is removed from the river.

?Why should I withdraw support to the Government on the issue? I am not in
favour of the casino boat, but my supporters, including the taxi operators are
peeved at attempts made by my political opponents to drag my name into the
controversy?.





?Cong has nothing to
do with Babush?


Adopting a tough stand against Taleigao MLA Babush
Monserrate, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and Goa Desk
In-charge Margaret Alva on Saturday stated that he (Babush) is neither part of
the Congress party nor does it (Congress) have anything to do with the UGDP.

Interestingly, it was Monserrate who packed the first punch at the Goa
Democratic Alliance (GDA) by extending support to the Congress Government that
was struggling to survive following withdrawal of support by the MGP MLAs.

Addressing a press conference in the city, Alva categorically stated that no
talks were held with either Monserrate or the UGDP, adding that the two are not
part of the ruling faction.

?He may support us, but we have nothing to do with him,? said Alva when
reminded of her pre-election statement `Congress has no truck with
Monserrate?.?

It may be recalled that Monserrate had dumped the Congress party at the
eleventh hour to contest the Assembly polls on the UGDP ticket.

Alva also denied calling Churchill Alemao a ?joker?, stating that the media had
misinterpreted her statement.

?I never called him a joker,? she said, when asked how the Congress inducted a
joker in the Government.

She clarified that Churchill?s support was unconditional. ?He put only one
demand and we made him a minister
according to our party formula,? she pointed
out.





Panjim?s
heritage scandal surfaces


By FRANKY GRACIAS

PANJIM, AUG 25 ? Heritage lovers, conservationists and NGOs, who had led
a sustained campaign from 2001 to 2003 against the State authorities to save a
prominent Panjim square housing heritage buildings from being annihilated by a
commercial construction, fear the same again after the earlier plan was
shelved.

The prominent square lying between the busy 18th June Road and an arterial
road, houses buildings like the Massano de Amorim and Santa Casa da Misericordia
considered as a ?treasure trove? by heritage lovers. These age-old buildings
with their unique architectural styles presently house the Social Welfare
Department, Urban Health Centre, Provedoria, a library and a
school.

Within the precincts of this famous square, admeasuring 3,513 sq mt and unknown
to many passersby, is based a volleyball stadium which lies in the middle
surrounded by Santa Casa and Masanno de Amorim buildings.

Patricia Pinto of People?s Movement for Civic Action shockingly revealed to
Herald that the ?land-use? for the heritage square has been changed from
?institutional? to ?commercial? as per the draft ODP 2011 of September 2006 to
facilitate a commercial venture.

Patricia hasn?t forgotten November 2001 when the buildings were to be razed for
a commercial complex by cunningly changing the land-use of the prominent square
from ?institutional? to ?commercial?. At that time, plans were afoot to raise a
ground-plus-five structure.

Following protests from PMCA, Goa Heritage Action Group, Percival Noronha of
INTACH, Dean D?Cruz and others for around one-and-half year, the TCP Board
finally buckled and reverted the land-use to ?institutional? on July 10,
2003.

Patricia said as per the draft ODP 2011, brought out in 2006, the land-use of
the square has been categorised under C-1, which permits construction of a
ground-plus seven structure. ?Why have the authorities effected a change once
again in spite of being aware of the earlier protests?? she wonders.

NGOs and heritage lovers have raised fears that the heritage buildings in the
prominent square may have to make way for a shopping mall and the present
situation could turn similar to that of 2001 when all protested in unison to
get the controversial land-use reverted.

Panjim city without its rich heritage structures would surely be unacceptable
to its citizens and it will have nothing to boast of without these, says
Patricia, adding, ?The PMCA exhorts people of Panjim to send in their
objections to this change in land-use as the Government has now decided to once
again place the ODPs for public objection for a period of two months.?






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Mummy?s fate hangs in balance Will Cong recall
petition?


BY HERALD REPORTER


All eyes will be on the disqualification petition filed against St Cruz MLA
Victoria Fernandes, to be taken up by Goa Assembly Speaker Pratapsing Rane, at
11.30 am, on Monday.

On the eve of the hearing, talks were doing the rounds in political circles
that the disqualification plea against Ms Fernandes might be withdrawn.

The petitioner, Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar, however, preferred
to remain silent on the issue.

It is learnt that the Congress party is in favour of recalling the
petition against Ms Fernandes ? who recently withdrew her
resignation and the petition filed against the Speaker in the High Court.

Ms Fernandes, who has not met the Speaker in person over her resignation ? and
subsequent withdrawal ? till date, has been directed to be present for
tomorrow?s hearing.

Rane is also scheduled to hear the disqualification pleas filed against the two
MGP MLAs ? Sudin Dhavlikar and brother Deepak ? on Monday.


Stop the dredge, drag the boat: locals


BY HERALD REPORTER

While the Churchill-Luizinho blame game takes centre stage ? threatening to
overshadow the anti-dredging/casino boat agitation ? wary traditional fishermen
appear firm in their resolve to stop dredging of River Sal.

Traditional fishermen, inhabiting the banks of River Sal ? in Velim, Ambelim
and Assolna ? have warned of a second agitation if there?s any further delay in
towing the casino boat away.

Apparently angry over the attempts made by politicians and vested interests to
give the agitation launched by Save River Sal Front a political hue ?
especially on the Cavelossim side of the river ? traditional fishermen fear
that petty politics may do more harm than good for the movement.

?Enough is enough. The fishermen have been fighting against dredging to protect
their livelihood since 1998. We are not concerned about the Luizihno-Churchill
blame game. We only want the casino boat out and the dredging stopped
forthwith,? asserted Chairman of AVCB Traditional Fishermen Association Elvin
D?Silva.

?Politics is certainly not on our agenda,? D?Silva clarified.

?When the Government had first planned to dredge the river in 1998-99, we
opposed it tooth and nail and got the plan scrapped. Now, the traditional
fishermen are determined to oppose dredging of the river and the casino boat,?
he warned.

The fishermen say that dredging will destroy the rich marine habitat. ?The
entire river will have to be dredged to accommodate the casino boat. Imagine
what will happen when other starred hotels and parties also decide to float
casino boats,? he said.

Like many a traditional fisherman, D?Silva fails to understand why the present
Government reintroduced the dredging plan when the then Government headed by
Luizinho Faleiro had scrapped the idea. ?It?s shocking that the Captain of
Ports granted permission to dredge the river despite our earlier objections,?
he pointed out.

Perhaps for the first time, both the traditional fishermen and the mechanised
boat owners share a common concern. While the boat owners see the casino as an
obstruction along the navigation channel, fishermen maintain that dredging
would spell doom.





Vailankanni festival from Wed


About 15 lakh pilgrims are expected to visit the basilica
here during the 10-day annual festival beginning on Wednesday, August 29.

Nagapattinam District Collector S Jawahar, visited Vailankanni and inspected
the various arrangements made in connection with the festival of Annai Arokia
Matha of the ?Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Health?.

Later speaking to mediapersons, Jawahar said all arrangements have been made at
Vailankanni by the district administration, expecting around 15 lakh pilgrims.

Nearly 1,750 police personnel under the supervision of Kalpana Naick,
Superintendent of Police, Nagapattinam would be deployed.





Ration quota shrinks in Canacona!


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

A large number of people in Canacona Taluka have accused the government of
being on a mission to starve one set of families at the cost of others.

It is estimated that around 80% percent of ration card holders in Canacona
Taluka, irrespective of the type of card they hold, collect their monthly
ration quota like rice, wheat and sugar from a Public Distribution System (PDS)
shop.

With a countable number of Antodya and other BPL ration card holders, in any
given area, privileged to get a decent quota of rice and sugar at highly
subsidised rates, Above Poverty Line (APL) card holders are denied even an
honest quota with higher rates.

The maximum people holding APL ration cards are almost left to fend for
themselves since the last few months. It is learnt that though no sugar quota
is allowed to APL card holders, the once decent looking 10 kg of rice and 8 kg of wheat allotted to a
ration card holder per month has suddenly become a thing of the past.

Some APL families who lined up last week for ration were surprised to see that
their quota further reduced to a meagre 2 kilos of rice and 1 kilo of wheat.
Till last month, it was a paltry 3
kg of rice and 2 kg of wheat.

?Is this the ?aam admi? governance that our Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has
promised us?? questioned an agitated man at a PDS shop in Agonda.

Other unhappy residents suspected the involvement of dealers running PDS shops
and even went to the extent of calling on the village sarpanch. He (sarpanch)
contacted the civil supplies wing of the taluka who confirmed the reduced
supply of essential commodities.

Elders in the villages are also a disturbed lot. ?Before the classification of
ration cards, everything was running smoothly. Today, common people like us
can?t get proper government ration while migrant labourers who have settled
here enjoy full quotas under the pretext of Antodya and BPL,? a senior citizen
pointed out.





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Hearing
of disqualification petition today


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 26 The Speaker, Mr Pratasing Rane will conduct the
hearing on the disqualification petition against the two Maharashtrawadi
Gomantak Party MLAs, Mr Ramakrishna Dhavalikar and Mr Pandurang Dhavalikar on
August 27.


The Speaker will decide whether to confirm the order on interim
relief passed by him or to proceed with the main petition against the
?restrained? MGP candidates. The Congress MLA, Mr Agnelo Fernandes had filed
the disqualification petition before the Speaker, last month.


Meanwhile, the Speaker will also decide upon the disqualification
of the Congress MLA, Ms Victoria Fernandes tomorrow for violating the party
whip when the assembly was in session. Ms Fernandes had violated the party whip
by remaining absent in the House during the crucial ?vote of confidence? on
July 30.


The petition against Ms Fernandes was filed by the Congress MLA,
Mr Chandrakant Kavalekar.


Faleiro
dodges queries on parliamentary by-elections


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 26 Former education minister, Mr Luizinho Faleiro
tried to dodge queries whether he was one of the probable candidates for the
parliamentary by-elections in the South.


On being questioned if he was trying to use the Save River Sal
Front movement as a plank to spruce up his political career, a composed Mr
Faleiro countered, ?Has the Election Commissioner declared the elections??


When Mr Faleiro was told that Mr Churchill too has demanded that
his lawyer daughter be given a chance to contest the by-polls, he replied,
?There is also a demand that a ST candidate may be given an opportunity to
contest.?


He refused a categorical yes or no answer, on whether he was in
the reckoning as a candidate for the by-polls.


The former education minister was at pains to explain that he was
happy to be away from the media glare, enjoying the `peace and bliss? of life,
after having been forced to make way for his bete noire, Mr Churchill Alemao in
Navelim, in the recent assembly elections.


?Actually I did not want to address the media, but circumstances
forced me to break my silence as my name was being unnecessarily maligned,? he
said, regretting for having to break his so called ?tapasya.?


Dharna
against CRZ violations at Mobor on Aug 28


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 26 Upping the ante against illegalities and gross
violations of coastal regulatory zone guidelines, the Cavelossim citizens
action committee has decided to have a bigger dharna on August 28 near a resort
at Mobor.


According to CCAC member, Mr Kennedy Afonso, the committee would
invite senior CRZ, town and country planning and other district officials to
the site.


The local MLA, Mr Churchill Alemao would also be requested to be
present, the CCAC member said.


The CCAC had conducted one of their series of peaceful dharnas on
Saturday last. A number of locals from surrounding villages of Varca,
Cavelossim and Davorlim had taken part in the dharna-cum-meeting.


?Some 12 bungalows have been constructed at Mobor blatantly
ignoring the law of the land. We have deliberately scheduled our dharna there,
so that everyone gets to know facts,? Mr Afonso said.


He further informed that initially town and country department had
issued licence for only four bungalows there. But when the new constructions
continued, the department issued a stop order on the same.


?But the work still continues with the blessing of the local
Cavelossim sarpanch,? Mr Afonso alleged.


Declaring that the protest against illegalities will continue, Mr
Afonso said: ?We will fight tooth and nail in our efforts to nail the culprits,
who have bent rules and ignored laws to suit their conveniences.? Even
authorities involved will not be spared, he warned.


On the other hand, the people of Cavelossim today called for a
compilation of a list of the number of constructions undertaken in violation of
CRZ guidelines in the area of their village panchayat.


However, the Cavelosim sarpanch, Mr Edwin Barretto denied any
resolution has been taken to that effect.


Expectedly, the Gram Sabha meeting witnessed noisy scenes, as a
clear divide between two sections -- one group opposing the dredging of River
Sal and another against CRZ violations -- was rather obvious.


In normal circumstances the meeting would have been organised in
the panchayat hall. But on Sunday it was shifted to a bigger hall in the area
as the crowd swelled.


A big hue and cry ensued, when a section of the Gram Sabha
demanded that no panchayat fund be used to fight a court battle in the ongoing
dredging imbroglio.


?If at all, a legal recourse needs to be taken on the issue, then
use of panchayat funds should be avoided,? a member voiced his opinion.


A bitter debate on the issue ensued, but the Gram Sabha could not
arrive at a final decision in the matter.


The continuation of water sports activities in the river also
figured at the meeting.


Although authorities permit water sports activities for the period
from October to May, it was observed that some youth were continuing with the
activity, much to the annoyance of locals and fishing community.


Besides the disturbing noise, the `Jet skis? speed recklessly,
sometime ripping off fishing nets in the river. The Gram Sabha decided to
immediately put a stop to the water sports activity.


A discussion on an entrepreneur engaged in building trawlers in
the area came up at the Gram Sabha meet.


According to locals, the entrepreneur was operating illegally and
did not possess the required permissions from the authorities.


Further the activity created a lot of noise disturbing the peace
of the locals in the area. It was suggested some action be taken in the matter.


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Hyderabad
blasts fail to awaken Goa Police!


HERALD CORRESPONDENT

The Central Government?s call to States to intensify security in view of
Saturday?s twin Hyderabad blasts appears to have
been taken with not much seriousness by the Goa
police.

In one such case, expensive cameras installed to monitor activities at the
Polem police check post have been out of order for over two months and nothing
has been done to rectify the problem.

The Police Department went hi-tech, and on the eve of the Assembly elections,
installed cameras on masts at four strategic locations at the Polem check post
to record movement of vehicles from across the border.

Police sources say these gadgets, costing over Rs 1 lakh, were installed to
keep a tab on the movement of vehicles after the terrorism scare that rocked
the State.

Solar lights were fitted atop the posts to keep these camera units functional
even during power failure. The cameras were connected to the control unit
located in the barrack of the police outpost and recordings were later
transferred to the headquarters for scrutiny by higher authorities.

This exercise, which should have sent shivers down the spine of any person
undertaking an illegal activity, instead, became the laughing stock in the
area. The gadgets ceased to operate within a week after they were installed and
no one has rectified the error in the monitoring unit.

On the other hand, some locals suspect that the failure of the cameras to
function could well be a boon to the men in khaki, who may resent being
monitored by a neutral eye regarding activities, legal or otherwise, at the
Polem border.

When contacted, the police manning the Polem check post said they had orally
informed their higher authorities that the gadget was out of operation. When
contacted, South Goa SP S M Prabhudesai said he was unaware that the cameras
were not working and pledged to look into the matter and get the gadgets
rectified.


http://oheraldo.in/pagedetails.asp?nid=271&cid=2





Spotted: John Abraham in Goa


August 27, 2007 17:03 IST






Reader Manasi couldn't believe her eyes when
she spotted John Abraham [Images] having dinner at the next table.





John
was in Goa's [Images] popular resturant Brittos when Manasi
approached him for a photograph.





She
writes, 'You are wonderful, modest and an excellent human being... muah!'


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Person of the Day - Santiago Monteiro


Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Having arrived here from Goa, India, a year and a half ago, Santiago
Monteiro feels very much at home in the Cayman Islands.


?People are very good here,? he said. He enjoys working at Sunset House
where he meets people daily, and he spends his leisure snorkelling, watching
movies and hanging out with friends.


?I keep myself busy,? he said, adding that he misses his family back home
and looks forward to visiting them next year.


?When you think of your future, ask yourself, ?is there
something you can work towards becoming?,? he said, and divulges that his dream
is to become a Restaurant Manager some day.


http://caymannetnews.com/news-1513--2-2--.html





Dharna against CRZ violations at Mobor


BY HERALD REPORTER

Continuing with its agitation against CRZ violations, the Cavelossim Citizens
Action Committee will hold its second dharna on August 28 at Mobor infront of
hotel resort for allegedly CRZ irregularities.

The Action Committee has claimed that the alleged illegal work continues
despite orders by the Town and Country Planning department, saying the hotel
project has blocked access to a Cross revered by the villagers of Mobor.

The committee has said it will support the people on this point and appealed to
the authorities to open the access first. ?The people are not in favour of
builders blocking religious structures, that to by illegal construction
activities?, stated Kennedy Afonso.

The committee has given a call to all concerned citizens of Goa,
to lend their support for the grassroot people?s movement, saying the people
are fighting against a group of powerful builders lobby, and we need the
support of all concerned citizens from all walks of life, NGOs and other
organisations.





Save River Sal Front demands immediate removal of
boat


BY HERALD REPORTER


With the deadlock over the casino boat/dredging row continues, the Save
River Sal Front on Monday conveyed a message loud and clear to the Chief
Secretary J P Singh that people?s patience is running out on the issue and has
demanded immediate removal of the boat from River Sal.

A delegation of the Front comprising of Shridhar Kamat, Edwin Barreto, Elvino
D?Costa, Elvis Gomes adn Ms Melsa had a meeting with the Chief Secretary on
Monday noon, attended by a host of senior government officials connected with
the issue and representative of Hotel Leela. However, the meeting failed to
evolve a solution, with Hotel Leela seeking time to reply to the points raised
by the Front.

With the government dragging on the matter, Front leaders are meeting on
Tuesday to chalk out future course of agitation by involving the people on both
sides of the river at Cavelossim-Mobor and Velim, Assolna, Ambelim and Betul.

SRSF elucidated the various aspects involving the legal, social and ecological
angles concerning the issue.

During discussions, the Front expressed surprise that the Captain of Ports
failed to stress on an NOC from the concerned Panchayat body before permitting
Leela to start the dredging activity. Further, it said issuing NOC to a private
party to dredge the river has set an unhealthy precedent of allowing a private
commercial venture to exploit the natural resources. ?The directive in the NOC
that the dredged material be dumped in the adjoining CRZ area is in violation
of existing laws?, the Front maintained.

Demanding that the government should not allow casino boats to operate within
river basins, which in itself in in contravention of the meaning of the term
?off-shore casino?, the Front said any permission to dredge the river basis and
to allow stationing of the boat would directly affect the livelihood of around
500 families of traditional fishermem, ie around 3000 dependants.

Reiterating its stiff opposition to the dredging operation and has vowed to
oppose any move to station the casino ship in the river basin, the Front has
appealed to all the citizens to be vigilant and join the ongong agitation under
the banner of SRSF in large numbers.


SGF hails BJP?s move on SEZs


HERALD REPORTER

General Secretary of Save Goa Front (SGF) Dr Wilfred Mesquita welcomed the
decision of BJP to launch an agitation demanding scrapping of SEZs in Goa.

When contacted for his reaction, Dr Mesquita said ?we fully stand by it and
congratulate BJP for taking up the issue and extend full support in opposing SEZs?.

The Congress should not forget the incidents which have taken place all
over the country right from Nandigram to the other states of the country who
vehementally opposed SEZs which are only meant to promote the vested interest
of the country. It may be recalled that SGF party manifesto had prominently
opposed SEZs in Goa. However, this issue was
reportedly not resolved at the time of party Supremo Churchill Alemao
joining the Digambar Kamat government as PWD minister.





Govt toppling bid was to save Goa, claims Parrikar


BY HERALD REPORTER

My objective for wanting to dislodge the present government was to save
Goa from the demographic invasion and land scams that it is being
promoted under the garb of pursuing Special Economic
Zones (SEZs) in the State, said Opposition
leader Manohar Parrikar on Monday breaking his silence
after the coup failed.

Addressing the media today, Parrikar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
will continue its efforts to dislodge the government especially over the issue
of SEZs and has strongly demanded the scrapping of all SEZs proposed for Goa.

Referring to answers furnished in the Goa Assembly, Parrikar pointed out that
seven out of the 15 proposed SEZs have already been approved by the Center and
alleged that the State government is pursuing SEZs without a policy and without
a study on the job creations by SEZs vis-?-vis availability of manpower.

Parrikar clarified that the BJP was not opposed to SEZs but was concerned over
its impact on the State.

He opined, ?Goa can afford to have not more
than one or two SEZs,? adding that a large number of them would bring no
economic benefits to the State.

He went on to state that the 15 SEZs would attract at least 2.5 lakh migrant
population to Goa and burden the State?s
infrastructure.

Ridiculing the Congress government?s ?lopsided planning? on SEZs, the
opposition leader said that the only interest the government has is allegedly
in the under hand land dealings. He further alleged that at least Rs 200-Rs 500
per sq meter has been exchanged in the allotment of land.

Parrikar said that the BJP will take this issue to every citizen in Goa in a bid to expose the SEZ scandal of the Congress
government and will thereafter go for an agitation in the second stage.

Though the issue was hardly raised during the attempted coup, Parrikar today
said the people of Goa need to know that the
political developments that transpired between July 25 - August 13 was all
co-related to land scams en masse. He said that the SEZ scam is far more
serious than the Regional Plan 2011. Incidentally, no land for SEZs has been
allotted to entrepreneurs since the new government came to power. Nonetheless
it was done by the Congress government one and a half year ago.

While demanding for a halt on SEZs, the BJP also demanded
that the government call the Opposition for a debate on SEZs.





Sarpanch says Penha-da-Franca garbage compactor
parts stolen


HERALD CORRESPONDENT


The Rs 14 lakh garbage compactor sent to the Penha-da-Franca panchayat has
itself become a waste, with the sarpanch admitting that the parts have been
stolen from the vehicle.

The issue came up for discussion at the Gram Sabha of Penha-da-Franca on
Sunday, when Convener of Penha-Franca Citizens? forum Agnelo Perreira sought to
know the action initiated by the panchayat regarding the compactor, which had
been abandoned at the Kranti garden at Porvorim for last one year.

Sarpanch Subhash Kalangutker replied that the battery of the vehicle and other
parts were stolen by some unknown persons and the vehicle had become immobile.
Kalangutker, however, assured to take up the matter with the Directorate of
Panchayats.

Regarding other works in the village, Kalangutker said the panchayat has taken
up 14 development works like construction of gutters, footpaths and roads in
all wards at a cost of Rs 30 lakh and added that all works would be completed
within the next six months.

The villagers demanded to know what action the panchayat had taken regarding
the development of a playground at Britona.

Stating that there are a number of grounds in the village, the residents
claimed that the panchayat has not taken any action to construct a playground
in Britona. They added that the issue had been raised in every Gram Sabha for a
number of years, but no action had been taken in the matter.

Sarpanch Kalangutker agreed in the need for the playground at Britona and
assured that the panchayat would approach the government for allotment of space
in this regard.

Residents of Halliwada strongly opposed the erection of a mobile tower in the
field in Survey No 147/1 and sought to know how the panchayat had issued the
permission to the company to erect the tower in the absence of a Conversion
Sanad and approval from the Town and Country Planning department.

Agnelo Pereira also mentioned that a speed breaker should be laid immediately
on the Alto-Betim side of the Mandovi
Bridge as lot of
accidents take place at this junction. The sarpanch assured to look into the
matter.

Rohidas Naik mentioned some bungalow owners in Porvorim had encroached on the
open space in front of bungalows and had illegally constructed compound walls.
Elvis Rodrigues, Savio Carvalho and Mr Pinto also participated in the
discussions.

Earlier, Panchayat Secretary Peter Martins read out the report of the Gram
Sabha on June 24. Anjali Shirodker was present as an observer at the meeting.


MMC to set up garbage redressal cell


BY HERALD REPORTER


With garbage problem staring at the city, the Margao Municipal Council has
decided to set up a garbage redressal Cell whereby citizens can register their
complaints and get their grievances redressed.

In another development, the Civic body has finally tendered the purchase of
three garbage compactors after the government shot down the move to go for the
compactors sans tenders.

Initially, citizens may be required to lodge complaints in person, but plans
are afoot to open a telephone line for people to register complaints over the
phone.

Chief Officer, N D Agarwal said the garbage redressal cell will note down all
complaints received from the citizens about non-collection of garbage. In turn,
the staff manning the cell will forward the complaint to the sanitary section
for redressal.

?By constituting the cell, citizens will get the facility to lodge their
complaints about non-collection of garbage. The facility will help Civic
officials to keep a tab on the staff engaged in cleaning and disposing off
garbage?, Agarwal said.

The Chief Officer has said the Civic body is presently concentrating on how
best to make the Gandhi market garbage-free as the market is witnessing heaps
of garbage almost everyday.

Around four-truck load of garbage is generated in the Gandhi market on a daily
basis. The CO has plans to construct a bin wherein waste can be dumped inside
without posing an eyesore to the citizens.

Meanwhile, the Margao
Municipality has issued
tenders for the purchase of three garbage compactors. These compactors were
earlier sought to be purchased by the CIvic body without inviting tenders, but
the proposal did not find favour with the government.

The government had sanctioned Rs 69 lakhs for the purchase of the three
compactors after local MLA Digambar Kamat became the Chief Minister two months
ago.


Speaker?s order on Dhavlikars likely today


BY HERALD REPORTER

The Goa Assembly Speaker
Pratapsing Rane will decide tomorrow (August 28) whether or not the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) should be made a respondent in the
disqualification plea filed against two of its MLAs - Sudin and Dipak
Dhavalikar.

In the matter slated today, Rane heard arguments over an application filed by
chief of the MGP Pandurang Raut who has sought to intervene in the petition and
has asked to be heard in the matter as well.

The legal counsel for the petitioner (Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes) in the
disqualification plea has strongly disputed the MGP?s application.

Earlier today, Speaker Pratapsing Rane adjourned the hearing
of the disqualification plea against St Cruz MLA Victoria Fernandes and is
likely to hear the matter next on September 4.

Fernandes through her legal counsel today submitted an application stating that
she was unwell and unable to be present for the hearing and pleaded that time
be granted.





?3 parties yet to launch casino operations?


BY HERALD REPORTER

Three parties are yet to launch their offshore casino operations.

Disclosing this, Chief Secretary J P Singh who is also the Home Secretary said
that four parties have paid the processing fee of Rs 10 lakh.

Singh disclosed that while Leela has paid Rs 5 crore as the annual fee, the
other three have not.

In all, five offshore casinos have been permitted by the Government, including
Caravela, the first of its kind in the country. Caravela started its operations
around six years ago.

It is learnt that the three other parties are adopting the wait-and-watch
policy following the River Sal issue.

Less than a year ago, the Rane Government had issued licences to 4-5
parties to operate offshore casinos.


http://www.goaholidayhomes.com/newspaper-in-goa.php?type=Herald





Classify projects
under RP-2011, HC asks govt


NT Legal Correspondent


Panaji, Aug 27 While hearing a petition filed by
United Realtech Pvt Ltd, the division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising
Mr Justice R S Mohite and Mr Justice N A Britto has asked the government to classify
the projects approved under the Regional Plan 2011 into ?works not started?,
?work completed? and ?works which have not been granted any permission?.


The bench has also directed the government to consider
the case of genuine buyers and allow them to make representations by ensuring
that there is no mala fide and the same is strictly according to public policy.


The bench has also directed the Advocate-General
to furnish information as to number of permissions that have been given under
the Regional Plan 2011.


The government has been further directed to give a
list of projects classified into three categories. The land which has been
bought but no construction has started. Projects which got permissions to construct
and constructions are already done in accordance to law and projects not
granted any permission at all.


It was the case of the petitioners that they had
got permission to construct a commercial building under the Regional Plan 2011.
However, the government not only withdrew the Regional Plan but also withdrew
the permission given to them and issued show-cause notice for demolition.


The petitioners submitted that they have already started
construction in accordance with law and it is not fair to demolish their
structure. The bench has directed the government not to demolish the structure till
the disposal of the case.


It may be recalled that on Friday the court had dismissed
a petition challenging the insertion of section 17 ? in Goa Town and Country
Planning Act, 1974 and the notification of February 7, 2007, by which the
Regional plan 2011 was purported to be withdrawn.





Governor briefs Sonia
on Kamat govt


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 27 The Governor, Mr S C Jamir has told
the United Progressive Alliance chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi this morning at 10
Janpath, New Delhi, that the Goa government under the leadership of Mr Digambar
Kamat was expected to run smoothly.


A press note issued by the OSD to the Governor, Mr
Sebastian Zumvu states that Mr Jamir met Ms Gandhi and held lengthy discussion
on the recent fluid political situation in Goa
and the political and law and order situation in his home state of Nagaland.


The Governor further explained to Ms Gandhi that
the cease-fire agreements between the central government and two factions of
Nationalist Social Council of Nagaland have to be maintained and sustained both
in letter and spirit.


The press note also states that the UPA chairperson expressed her concern
over the prevailing situation in the region and assured the Governor that she
would do everything possible for restoration of peace in Nagaland.


Disqualification
plea: Rane to pass order today on



MGP application


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 27 The Speaker of Goa assembly, Mr Pratapsing
Rane would pass order tomorrow afternoon on the application made by the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, that it be made a party to the disqualification
petition filed against its MLAs from Madkai and Priol respectively, Mr
Ramkrishna Dhavlikar and Pandurang Dhavlikar.


After hearing the arguments put forward by the counsels
for the petitioner as well as the MGP, the Speaker told both the parties that
he would pass the order in the matter tomorrow.


The MGP counsel, Mr Parag Rao argued before the Speaker
that since the constitution of the party has been attached to the petition, the
party itself would be in a position to interpret it before the Speaker, as such
it should be allowed to intervene in the matter.


The counsel for petitioner, Mr Nitin Sardessai vehemently
opposed the arguments put forward by the counsel for MGP, saying that no relief
was sought against the party in the petition as such it should not be allowed
to intervene in the matter. Earlier, Mr Ramkrishna Dhavlikar who attended the hearing
today told reporters outside the assembly this evening that the decision of the
party to intervene in the matter was proof enough that the party was behind
him. He further said: ?I am in the party and the party was with me.?


Meanwhile, Mr Rane today postponed the hearing
into the disqualification petition against Ms Victoria Fernandes, the Congress
MLA from St Cruz, by a week to September 4. When the matter came up for hearing
this morning, the counsel for Ms Fernandes, Mr Sarvesh Kamat, sought postponement
of hearing on the ground that his client was served with the copy of
disqualification petition only on August 24 and he was handed over the same yesterday.


The Speaker granted his request and fixed next hearing
in the disqualification petition filed by Mr Chandrakant Kavlekar (Congress MLA
from Quepem) on September 4. The counsel for Ms Fernandes, however, did not
throw any light on the letter pertaining to withdrawal of resignation by her,
saying that she was dealing with the subject herself.


The Congress party had filed disqualification petition
against its own member soon after Ms Fernandes abstained from voting on demands
on July 24 during the last assembly session.


http://www.goaholidayhomes.com/newspaper-in-goa.php?type=Navhind




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Winds of change blowing over IFFI 2007!


BY HERALD REPORTER

While the General Body of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) is yet to have
a final say on the IFFI programmes for this year?s festival, the Governing Body
on Tuesday took strong objections to the Hollywood
hype and has advocated an aam aadmi IFFI 2007.

At a meeting, the ESG Governing Body considered cutting down on extravaganza
and emphasised the need for a serious focus on films.

While the ESG was tightlipped on the outcome of the meeting, sources disclosed
that various suggestions and recommendations were put forth for a low-key
festival to avoid traffic jams and roadblocks.

It is learnt that the Governing Body insisted on scrapping the plan to invite Hollywood stars ? at the expense of the exchequer ? and
trimming Bollywood fanfare.

The body, while highlighting the need to market Goa,
also recommended promotion of Goan artists and local-based cultural programmes.

It is learnt that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who is also the Chairman of
ESG?s Governing Body sought a cut in the lavish dinners and parties to be
hosted during IFFI 2007. A
proposal was also made to reduce the number of beach screenings.

Hiring the services of a local event management agency that would work within
the required budget and setting up teams of marketing managers to lure sponsors
were also among the proposals.

A host of issues discussed on Tuesday are scheduled to be placed before the
General Body on Wednesday.


http://oheraldo.in/pagedetails.asp?nid=311&cid=10


Bambolim structures run into rough seas


BY HERALD
REPORTER

Should constructions come up within 100 metres of the High Tide Line just because
the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has renewed the licence,
even as the Supreme Court has ruled that no development can be allowed in the
area?

This question was debated in the High Court on Tuesday following a petition
filed in public interest by People?s Movement for Civic Action (PMCA) and Goa
Foundation against a promoter planning to put up structures ?
bungalows or hotel - in picturesque Bambolim.

There were two sets of permissions granted by MoEF in the 1990s ? one, for
construction beyond 100
metres and second, for constructions within 50?100
metres. However, only three plinths were laid till 1995-96, in the property within 100 metres of HTL.

In 1996, the Supreme Court struck down an amendment to the Environment
Protection Act and restored ?no development? within 100 metres of HTL.

At the height of the Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA) agitation in December 2006,
citizen-groups protested against the project in Bambolim and the Additional
Collector Swapnil Naik, after inspecting the place, issued a ?stop-work order?
as development was being carried out within 100 metres along the
Zuari estuary.

Interestingly, some of the plots are believed to have been bought by bigwigs
from the film industry, besides politicians and cricket stars.

The promoters, armed with three letters from MoEF, then moved the court saying
that the licences had been renewed by the Central Government. Based on the
stand taken by MoEF, the State Government withdrew directions issued to the
Collector to stay the construction work.

Studying the issue in depth, Goa Foundation and PMCA, however, challenged the
issue on merit saying that MoEF could not have given the ?go ahead? when it is
in violation of the Apex Court
ruling.

Adv Norma Alvares, counsel for the petitioners, argued against the decision of
MoEF allowing construction in the ?No Development Zone?. She pointed out that
the petitioners were not too late in raising the issue.

The Division Bench, after hearing the arguments, ordered status quo and asked
MoEF to clarify its stand.


http://oheraldo.in/pagedetails.asp?nid=304&cid=2


Municipal staff to
hold one-day strike against common cadre on Sept 13


NT News Service


Margao, Aug 28 Stoutly
opposing government?s move to introduce common cadre for the employees in
municipalities, municipal employees all over Goa
have decided to go on a token one-day protest strike on September 13.


The decision was taken
today at an executive committee meeting of all the municipal councils in the
head office of the Goa Municipal Employees Association under the leadership of
president, Mr Keshav Prabhu.


The decision on common
cadre was bad in nature and was being forced on the employees with mala fide
intention, which defeats the very nature of council?s autonomy, a press note
released by the GMEA said and warned to even take legal recourse, if the
government tried to steamroll over them.


The association
president said that a similar common cadre of engineers and accountants was
lying in limbo.


Nothing has been done
to put their seniority list, pension, GPF etc in order, Mr Prabhu said and
wondered how the government will control staff of all the municipalities.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=082912


Formulate new
regional plan as soon as possible: GCCI


NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Aug 28 The Goa
Chamber of Commerce and Industry today demanded that new regional plan be
immediately prepared and declared opened for implementation since a large
number of industrial projects have been affected due to the absence of such a
plan.


The GCCI president, Mr
Nitin Kuncolienkar told the pressmen that the government should formulate a new
regional plan, as soon as possible, under the advice of an expert body.


?The developmental
projects, especially those relating to the industry, have been now delayed for
too long as most of the land is frozen,? he said, pointing out that around 2.9
per cent of land in the state is presently under settlement.


Speaking further, Mr
Kuncolienkar pointed out that a study needs to be carried out on special
economic zones proposed for Goa.


?We are not getting the
multi-commodity SEZs but specific SEZs,? he said, adding ?which reduces our
worries?. Mr Kuncolienkar also observed that welcoming or opposing the SEZs
depends upon what type of economic zones are being set up and what kind of
strain they will put on local infrastructure.


Speaking further the
GCCI president said the state suffers from a psyche of opposing every new
developmental project. If the SEZs are dedicated to information technology,
software or call centres then it will require very limited infrastructure, he
observed.


Stating that a GCCI
report on the state infrastructure had predicted Goa
facing power shortage, Mr Kuncolienkar said the prediction has now come true
and the best power option for the state is electricity generated from thermal
energy. He also stated that the decision of the government to ban further
commercial power connections is very bad for the industry.


He said that when there
is a pressure on employment and demand for workforce, the salaries goes up
which is very good for the state and results in improving purchasing power of
the state.


?I feel that there
should be some opportunities coming to Goa,?
he concluded.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=082911


D?Mello gets KA
scholarship


NT News Desk


Panaji, Aug 28 The Kala
Academy has granted a special scholarship of Rs 6 lakh to Ms Joanne Marie
D?Mello to undergo four year?s full-time advance course in vocal music in the
Royal Collage of Music at London,
UK. Ms D?Mello
will undergo higher studies under the guidance of Prof. Soprano Patricia
Rozario who is of Goan origin.The Royal Collage of Music has confirmed the
admission of Ms D?Mello. Considering her exceptional talent, the Kala Academy
has considered her request to grant the scholarship, as a special case. On
completion of the course, she will serve the Department of Western Music of
Kala Academy for minimum two years to impart training in vocal music.


Mr Pratapsingh Rane,
chairman of Kala Academy
handed over the cheque to Ms D?Mello to enable her to proceed to London for pursuing
further studies. Meanwhile, the Kala Academy in collaboration with the West Zone Cultural
Centre, Udaipur,
is organizing a ?Puppetry making? workshop from September 4 to 9.


The objective of
organizing this workshop is to promote indigenous art of puppetry in the state
of Goa. This workshop is aimed at starting
training of glove, rod and simple string puppets. Kala Academy
intends to conduct this workshop for art teachers, so that they may further
practice and popularise this art form.


The team of four
experts from Rajasthan and Gujarat will
conduct this workshop. They will train the participants in different aspects of
puppetry from puppets making, script writing, set designing, manipulating and
formally presenting thematic puppet shows.


This will be the first
workshop of such kind. Kala
Academy has appealed art
teachers to participate and avail this unique opportunity. The participation is
restricted to 30 participants on first-come-first-serve basis. The interested
schools may depute their teachers as trainees for the workshop.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=08291


Chodankar clarifies
on certificate validity


NT News Service


Navelim, Aug 28 The
state Youth Congress president Mr Girish Chodankar said that Registration of
Births & Deaths Act 1969 and 1999 do not prescribe any period of limitation
as regards to the validity of the births and deaths certificates.


Stating this in a press
release, Mr Chodankar said that he has received a letter from joint director
cum additional chief registrar of births and deaths clarifying about the
validity, adding that all the concerned departments are intimated regarding the
validity of births and deaths certificates.


Mr Chodankar said that
the Youth Congress had taken up this issue since many government offices were
unnecessarily demanding fresh certificates having validity up to six months due
to which individuals had to apply for fresh certificates and at times could not
succeed in getting them since some old records of births and deaths are
unavailable.


Mr Chodankar said the
matter was settled when it was taken up with the Chief Minister Mr Digambar
Kamat, Chief Secretary Mr J P Singh, Director of Archives and Director of
Planning, Statistics and Evaluation and other authorities.


http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=08294


Vedanta revises dates for Sesa Goa open offer

29 Aug, 2007, 1200 hrs IST, INDIATIMES NEWS NETWORK


MUMBAI:
Vedanta Resources has revised the open offer dates to acquire an additional 20
per cent in Sesa Goa. The offer will now open on August 31 and close September
19.



This follows clearance from the Securities & Exchange Board of India.



UK-based Vedanta had acquired Mitsui & Co's 51 per cent stake in Sesa Goa
for $981 million in April.



However, SEBI mulled over the open offer, priced at Rs 2,036 per share, due to
cases pending in the court with regard to an earlier transaction in Sesa Goa.



The open offer is being made along with Westglobe,
Mauritius, and Richter
Holding, Cyprus.


http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Metals__Mining/Vedanta_revises_dates_for_Sesa_Goa_open_offer/articleshow/2318937.cms




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