Times of India | 1 day ago | 04-08-2022 | 02:40 am
Panaji: Armando Colaco has agreed a three-year deal with Sporting Clube de Goa and will take charge of the team on Friday.The former India coach is the country’s most successful in recent times, having won five national league titles with Dempo Sports Club between 2005 and 2012. Colaco won every major trophy in Indian football and his record of winning five league titles remains unmatched.Since parting ways with Dempo in 2013, Colaco had spells at East Bengal, Bardez FC, Sesa FA and more-recently with Churchill Brothers in the Goa Pro League. Now, for the first time, he has accepted a three-year contract with an aim of getting Sporting Clube back to the top.Sporting Clube have been playing in the Goa Pro League for the last six years and won two of the last three league titles. According to sources, Colaco has been in talks with Sporting Clube for a while now and it is understood that the two parties agreed terms late on Tuesday. The former India coach held talks with the club’s director Nathan Vaz, son of founder Peter Vaz, besides CEO Welvin Menezes and long-serving manager Angelo Albuquerque.“Terms have been agreed. The formal contract will be signed on Thursday,” said another source.Dempo and Colaco won their first National Football League (NFL) title in 2005, coincidentally at the expense of Sporting Clube who failed to defeat Mahindra United in the concluding league clash and finished second. Dempo capitalised on the slip as they registered a 2-0 win against Tollygunge Agragami in a match that was played simultaneously at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco.Sporting Clube were a top-tier side till 2016 when they pulled out of the I-League in protest against the AIFF decision to make Indian Super League (ISL) the top tier and relegate I-League to the second tier, with no avenues for promotion.Sporting Clube were joined by Salgaocar FC and later Dempo SC.According to the AIFF roadmap, starting with the 2022-23 and 2023-2024 season, the winner of the I-League will be promoted to the ISL with no participation fee, if they meet the national club licensing criteria.
Vasco: A speeding rental car rammed into two policemen attached to the Verna police station on the Upasnagar-Sancoale highway. The policemen were on their way to attend to an accident call when the incident happened. The policemen sustained a few injuries.Verna police said that the police personnel — Ashish Kumar and Sagar Rane — were on a two-wheeler. They were shifted to the Chicalim sub-district hospital for treatment.
PANAJI: The high court of Bombay at Goa on Wednesday dismissed the petition filed by Ganv Bavancho Ekvott and others challenging the double tracking works along the Vasco-Hospet railway line. The petitioners submitted to the court that the alleged works are being carried out in violation of various statutory mandates to obtain prior permissions, including under the Coastal Regulation Zone notification 2011, Goa Daman and Diu Land Revenue Code 1968, Goa Irrigation Act 1973, Goa Panchayat Raj Act 1994 and Goa Town and Country Planning Act 1974. The petitioners were seeking high court directions to stop the work until all necessary permissions are obtained and until the scope of works, plans and designs are first explained to the gram sabhas of Guirdolim and Chandor-Cavorim village panchayats.
Vasco: The annual 123rd Shri Damodar Bhajani Saptah commenced on Wednesday with the offering of the shreephal (coconut) to Lord Damodar by a member of the Joshi family.Being held after a gap of two years due to the pandemic, the saptah took off in a grand manner with all ritualistic fervour and continuous 24-hour bhajans by devotees.For the past two years, celebrations were restricted to the Joshi family and the temple. On Wednesday, Thousands of devotees queued at the Shri Damodar temple at Vasco to offer prayers and get a glimpse of the god they fondly refer to as Dambab.Police personnel were deployed on various spots to track pickpockets. The annual seven-day saptah fair received a good response.The Swatantra Path Road will remain closed to commuters for the duration of the fair.Celebrations will conclude after the last year’s shreephal is immersed in the sea at Kharewado, on Thursday.
Panaji: The high court of Bombay at Goa on Wednesday dismissed the petitions filed by four convicts who are serving life imprisonment for kidnapping and killing their teenage friend in 2006.Although more than 14 years have passed since their arrest on August 16, 2006, the high court held that the period the convicts spent on parole cannot be counted for determining the 14 years of actual imprisonment.“…we hold that no relief is due to the petitioners because the petitioners, as on the date of consideration of their cases by the sentence review board, had not completed 14 years of actual imprisonment, which is the mandatory minimum in terms of Section 433-A of the Criminal Procedure Code,” stated the division bench comprising justices M S Sonak and R N Laddha. The cases can be placed before the state sentence review board when the convicts complete the mandatory minimum actual imprisonment of 14 years, where the board and the presiding officer of the convicting court may have to consider the issues before them in accord with the rules and decisions, the court stated.As on September 2020, when the sentence review board recommended their premature release, Rohan Dhungat completed 11 years and four months, Shaikh Nafiyaz 12 years, Shankar Tiwari 12 years ten months, and Ryan Pinto 12 years four months of total sentence, excluding parole and remission period, the court observed.In 2006, the four hatched a plan to kidnap their friend, Mandar Surlakar, for ransom. They took him to Pinto’s house in Ucassaim, assaulted and tied him with ropes, and forced him to record a message to his father. They demanded Rs 50 lakh, and also stated that the matter should not be reported to the police. However, Mandar’s father went to Vasco police.The next day, Mandar’s body was found near Ponda. He was found to have been killed by strangulation and assault with baseball bats on his head.The Goa children’s court in June 2014 convicted Dhungat, Shaikh, Tiwari and Pinto, all of whom were law students, for the kidnapping and murder of Mandar. The high court then upheld the sentence.Additional public prosecutor Pravin Faldesai and Deepak Gaonkar, representing Mandar’s father, submitted that the records clearly reveal that the petitioners had not suffered 14 years of “actual imprisonment”, and therefore there was no question of their premature release.They submitted that most of the petitioners had spent a little over two years on parole and around two months on furlough, and most of them had also earned remission of around 18-20 months. They submitted that all these periods could not count for determining the actual imprisonment undergone by the petitioners.
MARGAO: Traditional fish operators on Tuesday appealed to the South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) to do away with the hourly fees being charged to vendors. The SGPDA asked the stakeholders to come up with a proposal. Chairperson and Vasco MLA Daji Salkar said the decision to charge small vehicles Rs 300 per hour and bigger vehicles Rs 500 an hour to conduct their operations at the wholesale market was taken in 2020. Salkar said that as a special case SGPDA can give a discount on the hourly rates but cannot entirely drop the fee because the vehicles will remain at the market the entire day leading to congestion . The new wholesale fish market is under construction and fish operators are functioning from a small space. Olencio Simoes representing the traditional fishing community said that the hourly fees starting from Rs 300 are too high and requested that the hourly restrictions be removed. “Which market across Maharashtra and Karnataka charge locals such fees?” he asked. The fishing community also travels from Betul he said, adding that they will find it difficult to make a profit by paying such high fees. Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai said that the SGPDA asked the fishing community to set an upper limit on the time they can spend in the wholesale market before they exit and make way for others, but there was no consensus on the issue. Other issues discussed at the meeting were temporary repairs required for the Usgao market, tendering of the wholesale fish market and getting more income from the retail market. Salkar said stakeholders at the retail market will be taken into confidence and they will be provided better maintenance for a higher fee.