Times of India | 4 days ago | 04-08-2022 | 12:00 pm
Panaji: Transport ministerMauvin Godinho on Wednesday said that post the monsoon, the transport department will initiate a drive against drunk driving and cars having tinted glasses.“I will instruct the department to conduct a continued drive against drunk driving and tinted glasses. Vehicles found violating them will be detained,” Godinho said. He also urged people with tinted or dark films on the glasses of their vehicles to get them removed. Equating a person driving or riding a vehicle under the influence of alcohol to a bomb likely to blast, he said that such drivers are endangering the lives of other people. H said that if a person or a group going to a party intend to drink, they should either hire a driver or designate one person from the group for driving, who should refrain from drinking.
Panaji: Urban development minister Vishwajit Rane has withdrawn an earlier order issued by his predecessor Milind Naik, which had ordered the urban development secretary to hear appeals and cases pertaining to the Corporation of the City of Panaji. The order, however, does not mention who will hear the cases.In the notification dated July 26, Rane said that withdrawal of the standing order comes into immediate effect.On November 7, 2019, then minister for urban development Milind Naik had directed that the principal secretary or secretary for urban development “shall hear and dispose of the appeals” filed under section 358(3) of the City of Panaji Corporation Act, 2002, and revisions filed under section 303 of the Goa Municipalities Act.Section 358(3) of the City of Panaji Corporation Act deals with appeals against orders passed pertaining to the corporation and its bylaws. The CCP commissioner is authorised to hear appeals. However, if the appeal is against an order passed by the commissioner, then the state government will notify the appeal authority.
Panaji: For the first time in the state, homeless persons rescued from the streets over the past two to three years will donate blood to Victor Apollo Hospital, Margao, till August 14 as a goodwill gesture.Street Providence, the organisation that rescued these people, said the donors have tested negative for HIV/AIDS based on recent blood tests that were conducted of the inmates by the Goa State AIDS Control Board. “None of them have tested positive for Covid-19 either,” said founder of Street Providence, Donald Fernandes.“We have a total of 130 inmates at our shelter homes and the best way to celebrate Independence Day is by giving back to society,” he added.Fernandes further said that the hospital will conduct a free medical test of the inmates prior to the blood donation and those found fit for the donation will be allowed to give their blood.“As a private hospital, they have come forward to help the inmates and Street Providence with the blood donation drive. We are attempting to have at least 10-20 inmates come forward for this drive per day,” he said.“This is a gratitude from our homeless people to all our benefactors and government departments for their support to our shelter home rehabilitation programme,” he added.
Panaji: Suggesting that chief minister Pramod Sawant is shielding a sitting minister who “usurped” ancestral property, former state Congress chief Girish Chodankar demanded that the cabinet minister be dropped immediately.Chodankar refrained from identifying the minister, but challenged Sawant to make a public declaration that no cabinet minister is linked to illegal land grabbing in Goa. Chodankar said that he will release incriminating documents soon.“We expect the chief minister to act within the next 10 days by either sacking the minister or publicly declaring that none of his cabinet ministers have any links to illegal land grabbing in Goa, failing which we will expose the land grab done by the minister,” Chodankar said.This is the second time that Chodankar has demanded that Sawant immediately drop the minister for a fair investigation by the Special Investigation Team (SIT). He also said that dropping the minister will provide confidence to those who lost their ancestral property and prompt more people to come forward and file complaints..“Pramod Sawant has neither dropped the minister despite knowing his involvement nor publicly declared that none of his cabinet colleagues are involved in land grabbing. His non-action and silence has further established our claim,” Chodankar said.He also reminded Sawant how former urban development minister Milind Naik was forced to resign prior to the 2022 elections after the Congress released images and chat records of his alleged affair with a woman.
Panaji: Voters in the state’s rural areas may have to brave the weather on August 10 to pick their choice of civic candidate as the India meteorological department (IMD), Panaji, has forecast moderate rainfall activity in the coming days, which includes August 10 — the day of the panchayat elections.The state election commission (SEC) will conduct elections to 186 village panchayats in the state on August 10. Counting of ballots will be taken up on August 12.The IMD said that one or two stations may receive heavy rainfall, while moderate rainfall is likely to prevail across the rest of the state.The IMD said that a low-pressure area has formed over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha-West Bengal coasts under the influence of the cyclonic circulation over northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood areas. The cyclonic circulation is very likely to result in moderate rainfall at most places in Goa from August 8 to 11. The meteorological department has warned of squally weather with wind speed reaching 45-55 km/hr gusting to 65 km/hr along and off the south Maharashtra-Goa coast on August 8.Strong wind with speed reaching 45-55 km/hr gusting to 65 km/hr is likely over south Maharashtra-Goa from August 9 to 11. The IMD has advised fishermen not to venture along and off coast during this period.The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) has warned of high waves in the range of 3.5m to 4.3m along the coast between Vengurla to Vasco till 11.30pm of August 8.
Panaji: The state government will be organising Swayampurna Chaturthi Bazaar across the state from August 20 for citizens to sell homemade traditional Chaturthi sweets, flowers and matoli items, said chief minister Pramod Sawant, adding that the stalls will be free of cost.Swayampurna Mitras and taluka nodal officers shall identify favourable places for the bazaar and locals interested in setting up their stalls at the bazaar can approach their swayampurna mitras, said Sawant at the meeting chaired to chalk out action plan for establishment of Swayampurna Chaturthi Bazaar. The chief minister said the idea of Swayampurna Chaturthi Bazaar came from Swayampurna Goa. He said that the sale of traditional sweets has been reduced and that people are now opting for ready-made sweets. “From ‘modaks’ to ‘nevryos’, all items will be made available with gift packing,” he added.