Times of India | 2 months ago | 26-11-2022 | 04:47 am
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).
PANAJI: The regional cancer institute that is being built on the premises of the Goa Medical College will be completed in the next 15 to 16 months, health minister Vishwajit Rane announced on Monday.“Dr Kailash Sharma has been appointed as the nodal officer for the regional centre and the Assam model will be followed in operating the cancer facility in the state,” said Rane.The Assam model, said Rane, has been recommended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Under this model, the regional facility will operate in coordination with the Centre, and in association with the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.“There is a fixed format of the central government and an agreement that will be followed for the regional cancer centre. The process has been initiated,” said Rane. The health minister also clarified that the state will not have a tie-up with any private institute for the running of the cancer centre.He added the government was looking at whether cancer marker tests could be made available at all government facilities.The Centre has given the Goa government Rs 104 crore for setting up holistic and wellness centres in urban areas, and one has been already set up in Sattari. A consultant has been appointed to study where more centres can be established, the health minister said.A palliative care centre was recently started at the South Goa district hospital with the support of the Cipla Foundation, said Dr Anupama Borker, chief consultant and head at Goa Medical College’s department of medical oncology, adding that with the increasing cancer burden, the need for palliative care services was felt to assist patients and their families in dealing with the life-threatening illness. Palliative care services play an important role in improving patients’ quality of life and that of their families too, who face various challenges while dealing with the disease, said Borker. Meanwhile, the superspecialty block of the Goa Medical College is expected to be fully commissioned in three to four months. The appointment of consultants has been cleared. There is a need for an additional Rs 200 crore to purchase the diagnostic equipment for the superspecialty block, Rane added.
Panaji: Asvin Chandru A, a 2019 IAS cadre officer, has been appointed as the collector of South Goa with immediate effect. He replaces Jyoti Kumari, who was embroiled in a controversy over a circular asking the staff of the collectorate to contribute Rs 1,000 each for an event on Republic Day.Revenue minister Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate, reacting to the circular, had said it was incorrect on her part to ask the staff for donation of Rs 1,000 each. Tagging the circular, Goa Forward Party (GFP) had asked the state government whether it has no money to celebrate Republic Day.Kumari, on Friday, has been transferred and posted as the chief executive office of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG).
Ponda: Power minister Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar said that India’s biggest achievement is that it continues to be the largest and most vibrant democratic country in the world. He was speaking after unfurling the tricolour to mark the 74th Republic Day at a programme held at Government Sports Complex, Borimol, Quepem.Stating that Republic Day is an occasion to remember all those who laid down their lives for the nation, Dhavalikar said that democracy is strengthened due to the Constitution provided by B R Ambekar. “India is recognised as a vibrant democracy in the world. The progress made by the country in the last 74 years was only due to the Constitution. The Constitution gave due justice to all the constituents,” he said.“The country has done exceptional work in every field, be it infrastructure, water supply, water resources, education, justice system or the arts. It is the responsibility of every citizen to stop the unconstitutional things that happen while considering the security of the country,” he added.He said that though Goa was liberated in 1961, 14 years after India gained independence, the state has done “exceedingly well in all the fields”.
Margao: PWD minister Nilesh Cabral said that the Indian Constitution has maintained the ethos of secularism and equality in society even as he urged the people to contribute towards the development of the nation.Speaking after unfurling the national flag on the occasion of the Republic Day at the South Goa collectorate, Margao, Cabral said, “If we want to build and strengthen the nation, all have to contribute towards the process, may it be by following traffic rules, abiding civic duties, cleanliness and so on.”The Curchorem MLA lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his efforts to strengthen democracy. He said that under Modi’s leadership, India has achieved higher goals in various fields.Cabral in his address also appreciated the “tireless efforts and very good initiatives” of the Pramod Sawant-led government “for strengthening and shaping the development of the state”. He added that Sawant was making strenuous efforts to safeguard the interests of the state.On the occasion various members of the Child Welfare Committee for North and South Goa were felicitated for their extraordinary contribution in child welfare. Also security guards of South Goa Collectorate were felicitated for delivering honest service to people.
Ponda: Water supply to four constituencies of Tiswadi—Panaji, Taleigao, St Cruz and St Andre, including Bambolim medical complexes and defence establishments will resume by Saturday evening, the PWD said. Supply was hit as the department had scheduled work on the pipeline which supplies potable water from the Opa treatment plant on Friday. The pipeline also supplies potable water to parts of Priol. Supply to these areas was also restricted, said PWD executive engineer Nivruti Parsekar. tnn