Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 13-01-2023 | 04:40 pm
VASCO: A large number of people gathered at the Vasco police station on Wednesday evening, demanding that the police take strict action against the persons who cheated them of several lakhs of rupees.They were duped on the pretext of providing flats at the Goa Housing Board’s project.“The group who has cheated the victims are women and they come from reputed families. We were told to come to a site at Sancoale where tenements of Goa Housing Board were under construction. A woman showed me a flat and promised to allot it in my name. She took a cheque of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 1 lakh in case per flat from all the victims. She has failed to provide the flat till date. When all the people tried to contact the culprits, they gave unsatisfactory answers and did not meet us in person,” said a victim.The police assured the victims of initiating strict action against all the accused. “We are demanding immediate and strict action against the culprits, so that they do not cheat other innocent people. Chief minister Pramod Sawant, who is also the state home minister, should direct the police to initiate action and put the accused behind bars,” said another victim.
PANAJI: Two days after Union home minister Amit Shah said water-sharing issue between Karnataka and Goa was “resolved” by his party to allow diversion of water to Karnataka in consultation with the Goa government, two BJP ministers of the Pramod Sawant-led government came down heavily on Shah and said it was “condemnable and unacceptable” and no discussion had taken place on water diversion.“I condemn the Union home minister’s statement tooth and nail. We are not against in-basin use of Mhadei’s water. But we are against the water being taken outside its basin by Karnataka for use. It may be anybody, if they speak of out-of-basin use of water of the Mhadei, I will condemn it,” state environment minister Nilesh Cabral said on Monday.State water resources minister Subhash Shirodkar also said Shah’s statement was “unacceptable” and no discussion had taken place on diverting the Mhadei water to Karnataka when the Goa delegation had met the home minister.The ministers’ remarks come close on the heels of widespread anti-BJP sentiment on the Mhadei issue with gram sabhas across the state accusing the government of saying one thing and doing another. Cabral, who is also the law minister, said if the Centre did not support Goa, the state has plenty of legal options still available. He said that the House panel formed in Goa will be meeting Shah in Delhi shortly and will ask him when such a consultation was made with Goa.Goa has filed a petition before the Supreme Court to stop Karnataka from carrying out construction activities based on the detailed project report (DPR) approved by the Centre to divert water from the Mhadei. The petition is likely to come up for hearing on February 13.“The Mhadei Water Disputes Tribunal has only given permission to Karnataka to use water for drinking. Now, the statement made (by Shah) is that the water will be used for irrigation. We don’t know what this is,” said Cabral.“I have come here today (Saturday) to tell you that BJP, by finding a solution to the long-pending fight between the two states (Goa and Karnataka), provided the Mhadei water to Karnataka, which will be beneficial to farmers across many districts of Karnataka,” Shah had said at a public rally at Kittur in Belagavi district.Cabral reiterated that chief minister Pramod Sawant had not held any discussion whatsoever with Shah over diverting the Mhadei water in Karnataka’s favour.“I am backing the CM 100% on this. He has not made any such statement (before Shah) and he will not make it. I don’t know how Amit Shah is making this statement,” said Cabral.He said the Goa delegation had earlier gone to meet the home minister in keeping with the legal provision wherein the home minister holds negotiations to resolve any dispute existing between two states.“We don’t have any elections here, so I am condemning his (Shah’s) statement. We have two options. We can resolve it with the support from the central leadership. And if we don’t get support, we have the legal route. We will go to the courts. Ultimately, the judiciary will take all angles into consideration and decide,” said Cabral.“I do not accept the home minister’s statement. When we met him, no such discussion took place. He told us that there are BJP governments in Goa and in Karnataka and that our interests will be taken care of,” said WRD minister Subhash Shirodkar.
VASCO/MARGAO: Citizens protested outside the Mormugao Port Authority (MPA) on Monday demanding that the MPA stop coal operations and immediately shift to green cargo and cruise tourism. They said that a large number of steel and power plants, which are water-guzzling industries, have been proposed near the Malaprabha river basin, and that coal handling in Goa and the diversion of the Mhadei are linked.The protesters said that the Mhadei is being diverted only to benefit these steel plants and not for the farmers or drinking water purposes for locals, as is being falsely portrayed. The coal used by these steel plants is being transported from MPA to Karnataka via the rail network, they alleged.“If coal handling is stopped in Goa, the water consumed by steel plants, which is much more than the diversion proposed, will be available for farmers in Karnataka. If coal handling is allowed in Goa, the diversion of the Mhadei at Kalsa and Bandura and, subsequently, the diversion of other rivers flowing across state borders is inevitable,” the protesters stated in a memorandum to the MPA chairperson. A large number of citizens held a peaceful rally under the banner of United Vascokars and Goans. “The coal transportation is purely for the steel plants and the profit of private corporations. There is no benefit for Goa,” the citizens stated in their memorandum to the MPA. “The Mhadei water crises will be resolved only when coal handling and transportation are stopped at MPA,” said green activist Abhijit Prabhudesai. The protesters condemned the state government for its failure to protect the state’s interests.
PANAJI: The preliminary meeting of the House committee to study issues related to the Mhadei water diversion is scheduled on February 8 at 3.30pm. The 12-member committee is headed by WRD minister Subhash Shirodkar.The other members of the committee include Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai, MLAs from BJP, Congress, MGP, AAP, RG and independent MLAs.Sardesai and Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco had written to Shirodkar to call an immediate meeting of the House committee following Union home minister Amit Shah’s statement that BJP has resolved a three-decade old issue by providing water to Karnataka with the help of Goa government.During the recently concluded winter session of the state legislative assembly, chief minister Pramod Sawant had announced a 12-member committee following demands by opposition MLAs.Former CM and ex-speaker Pratapsingh Rane had said, “The House committee must take a quick decision. We are waiting for a quick decision from the committee, else they will go ahead with the work.”
Panaji: The artefacts at Lokotsav 2023 have a bigger scope of getting sold as Goa is a tourist state, said chief minister Pramod Sawant at the inauguration of the national-level folk festival at Kala Academy.The annual festival, which is being held after a two-year break, gives a platform to traditional craftspersons and folk artistes from across the country to display and sell their art. Governor of Rajasthan Kalraj Mishra, who was present for the inauguration, said such a festival exhibits India’s diversity.Twelve states— Rajasthan, Assam, Manipur, Gujarat, Odisha, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana and Goa—are participants.Sawant reiterated the Prime Minister’s ‘Vocal for Local’ slogan and said that local products should also reach global markets. Through the soon to be held G-20 summit, the government of India will try to market locally made products globally, he added.
Vasco:Churchill Brothers FC were made to sweat for full points as the home side carved out a 1-0 win against Sudeva Delhi FC in a I-League clash at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco on Monday.Sudeva are bottom of the league table, that too without a win, but Sankarlal Chakraborty’s side pushed the home team to their limits.Churchill tried everything at their disposal before finally piercing through Sudeva’s hearts in the 83rd minute when Man-of-the-Match Anil Gaonkar broke the deadlock. The win helped Churchill move to the fifth spot with 20 points from 14 games, nine points away from league leaders Punjab FC. Sudeva remained anchored at the bottom with two points after 12 matches.Churchill’s start clearly showed urgency to score after coming into the fixture with a frustrating goalless draw against Real Kashmir FC at home.Emmanuel Yaghr and Momo Cisse tried headers but didn’t trouble Sudeva custodian Priyant Singh.Then, Lamgoulen floated a dangerous ball inside the box and Priyant misjudged his collection, but Yaghr headed agonisingly wide with an open goal at his mercy.Churchill’s season has been plagued with injuries to their foreign players and soon the Goan side were hit with another blow as Uruguayan midfielder Martin Chaves had to be stretched out with a shoulder injury. After much hesitation, coach Fernando Varela had to replace Chaves with Senegalese forward Abdoulaye Sane, their top scorer.Sudeva, at the other end, were trying to make their efforts count, most precisely Alexis Gomez as the Argentine posed a real threat. First, Gomez forced Churchill keeper Albino Gomes to a diving save and then saw his promising effort hit the crossbar.The home team had more of the ball, but as its been this season for the two-time champions, finishing is what let them down.Just after the half an hour mark, Anil skilfully dribbled past a couple of Sudeva opponents on the left flank and crossed but it was difficult for onrushing Yaghr to keep his shot on target. Sane then attempted a bicycle kick while Ponif Vaz’s header fell straight to the goalkeeper.In the second half, Churchill’s quest for the opener continued against a stubborn Sudeva defence. Anil’s powerful effort was blocked and then unmarked Ponif missed a glorious opportunity after heading wide from close. Varela introduced Kapil Hoble after the hour mark in hope of opening the rival defence. That move didn’t pay off. However, it was another substitution late into the match that bore fruit. Talented Lalawmpuia Sailo replaced Kingslee Fernandes in the centre of midfield and the 19-year-old Mizoram medio cut open the Sudeva back line with a delightful through ball for Anil.Anil did equally well as he evaded his marker, got the ball on his stronger leg and unleashed a right-footer past Priyant in the 83rd minute for three important points.