Times of India | 4 months ago | 19-07-2022 | 04:33 am
Ponda: Rajesh Faldessai, chairman of the Somnath Dairy Society from Adane, Quepem, took charge as chairman of Goa State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union, also known as Goa Dairy, for the third term. During the board’s previous five-year term, over three-and-a-half years were under the administrator. The sale of milk and the production of cattle feed produced by the dairy unit had dipped during this period and the new chairman has vowed to bring back the “lost glory” of the dairy. Faldessai said that he will find the cause of the problems that has led to a dip in milk sale and inconsistency in cow feed production. “The dairy belongs to farmers and I will work to protect their welfare,” he said. Election to Goa Dairy’s board was held on June 19, and the Faldessai-Vithoba Desai panel had won the polls with 9 of 12 seats. Ulhas Sinari, Vithoba Desai, Vijaykant Gaonkar, Gurudas Parab, Baburao Fatto Dessai, Uday Prabhu, Nitin Prabhugaonkar and Babu Falo are the directors elected through the Faldessai-Desai group.
Konkani Bhasha Mandal organised its unique programme titled Petul on Saturday, November 26 at Main Auditorium of Government College, Quepem. The programme was held in association with Government College, Quepem. Graced by Dr Ashwini Jambhekar (Kulkarni), Director, Audyogik Tantra Shikshan Sanstha, Pune, Jess Fernandes, Senior Writer, Sister Severine Pinto, Headmistress of Holy Cross Convent, Ambaulim and Joydeep Bhattacharjee, Principal of Government College of Quepem. During the function 9 educations institutions from different parts of Quepem, Sanguem talukas namely Sharada English High School, Curchorem, Union High School, Sanguem, New Education Institute, Curchorem, Tiny Tots Primary School, Quepem, Sharada Kala Sadhana, Curchorem, Government Middle School, Ambaulim, Utkarsh High School, Rivona, Sarvodaya Primary School, Curchorem and Holy Cross Institute, Quepem performed on specially choreographed childrens’ songs from ‘Shanni Masti’ at the function. An exhibition of books and CDs produced by Konkani Bhasha Mandal. The President of KBM Anwesha Singbal said that through its multiple events in the state, we have realised that a huge demand for Konkani material exists. The sales of this material and music CDs have shown that people are eagerly seeking material in Konkani for children that is well produced and attractively priced. In the absence of this, they reach for material in English or other languages and do not help children to grow in Konkani."
The national award winning director, Madhur Bhandarkar attended the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) along with the crew and team of his movie India Lockdown screening. In a candid chat with Goa Times after he visited his Kuldevi temples at Ponda , he says “Goa is like my second home, I come here very often. In Goa, we have our kuldevi here and every time I come here, I visit the temple at Laxmi Narasimha temple in Ponda and the Mangueshi temple in Mardol.” Most of the films made by Madhur are based on true incidents. “My other film, Babli Bouncer made a great impact on people and after COVID people needed some sort of entertainment to watch. India Lockdown was a hard hitting film and most of the instances were derived from people. 70% of inspiration was taken from the real incidents. Even the part which focuses on the prostitutes, was based on the issues the women has to face during COVID. In the same year I made these two different types of films. Babli Bouncer was made as an entertainer for families and India Lockdown was different,” says Madhur. OTT may have brought in more talents but it has also programmed the audience to explore newer and better cinema. “I feel every film has its own equations and vibe to reach the box office. South Indian cinema has been great for pan India cinema. Kantara was really nice, I didn’t know a world like that existed. Driysham2 is doing well for the industry, among exhibitors and distributors. But when OTT bloomed, audience is programmed to watch not just Indian cinema but also world cinema. I know friends who wouldn’t watch Bollywood movies but now they are watching world cinema and international series. There is so much of content on OTT and this medium will stay and this will evolve over a period of time.” He add s, “Babli Bouncer and India Lockdown have OTT releases and my audience has told me that they have older people at home who dont prefer to go to the cinema halls but instead watch OTT. So in a way I have earned this audience too. There is also another type of audience who will not go to the theatre but wait for it to be released on OTT. However, the theatre and OTT medium will co-exist.” Known for making women centric films, Madhur tells us, “I’ve been brought up around women, my (late) mother, sister, wife and daughter. I really don’t know how I can bring in the nuisance of a woman’s mind. All the women actors who worked in my film have done an exceptional work. When people narrated a story or incident, I would only imagine what they tell. That too has helped me be a film maker.” Talking about his process, observation is key,says Madhur. “ I love to observe people and when I’m sitting at an airport I see people and their reactions and expressions. Some run, some are happy, some anxious and some scared all type of experiences. I’ve watched a lot of films from childhood, when I was younger, I would watch films shows at 12 pm to 3 pm and if I liked it, I would watch it at 6 pm. I was a school drop out and was a mediocre students. I used to read a lot, but I was a avid reader and would love the dictionary. From Chanda Mama to Reader’s Digest to Robert Ludlum- books were my friends and this has helped me to be the director that I am today.” Madhur has been coming for IFFI from 2005 onwards coming to Goa and he loves to connect with people at the festival.”the screening was loved by people. It was also shot during the end of first lockdown and the beginning on the second lockdown. We used to shoot in parts and within 26 days we shot the entire film. This year has been good for me.”
Colva: Colva police have arrested two residents of Housing Board, Gogol, for their alleged involvement in stealing items from a car.Wasim Sayed and Yasim Shaikh, both in their mid-thirties, broke open a car and decamped with a laptop and mobile chargers, all worth around Rs 80,000.Khaushid Shaikh from Quepem had lodged a complaint of theft against unidentified persons. After checking the CCTV footage from the vicinity, the police managed to identify the accused and nabbed them.Sources said the stolen property is yet to be recovered as one of the accused developed hypertension and had to be admitted to a hospital.
Ponda: Sanjivani sugar factory at Dayanandnagar Tisk in Dharbandora has begun paying the balance 20% compensation amount to its sugarcane farmers. The factory administration said that till Thursday, 133 farmers had been paid a total amount of Rs 54.2 lakh.Over 700 cane farmers are registered with Sanjivani. Of the 133 farmers, 30 are from Quepem, 27 from Sattari, 21 from Sanguem, 15 from Pernem and 39 from Canacona, factory administrator Satej Kamat told TOI.The first instalment of this year’s compensation was distributed in May. The government had sanctioned Rs 7.5 crore for the payment. Kamat said the government has sanctioned a further Rs 3.6 crore to pay the remaining instalment of the compensation. Cane farmers registered under the factory have been getting the compensation amount from the state government under the special assistance scheme to sugarcane cultivators, in lieu of the factory’s closure in 2019. While shutting down the factory, the government had assured farmers that they would receive compensation for five consecutive years, starting from 2020-21 at a rate of Rs 3,000 per metric tonne (MT) of canes for the first year. In the second year they will get Rs 2,800 per MT, Rs 2,600 for the third year, Rs 2,400 for the fourth year and a final Rs 2,200 for the fifth year.
Ponda: A portion of the ceiling of the Tisk-Usgao PDA market collapsed recently. However, no one was injured in the incident.Suresh Naik, who runs a restaurant at the market, had a lucky escape. Naik was cleaning vegetables on a bench, and moved to pick up some plastic bags littered on the floor. Soon, the plaster fell at the spot where he was earlier seated on the bench.The two-storey market complex houses 36 shops, with fish and vegetable vendors occupying the ground floor and a 900 seating capacity hall on the first floor. There have been three such incidents, including in 2018 and July 2021. The complex is in a dilapidated condition for over 15 years, and poses a threat to vendors and visitors. The market occupants have been demanding a complete reconstruction of the building.The building was constructed between 1992 and 1994 during current Ponda MLA Ravi Naik’s tenure as the chief minister.It is currently under the South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA).