Times of India | 1 week ago | 19-01-2023 | 11:38 am
PORVORIM: Amid strong demands from opposition MLAs seeking its withdrawal, the state assembly passed the Goa Municipalities (Amendment) Bill, 2023, paving the way for the election of chairpersons and vice-chairpersons by show of hands. Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai said that if the government withdraws the Bill, he assured not to pull down the Margao Municipal Council. “Let the Bill be referred to a select committee. We will not allow this Bill to pass in assembly. If the Bill is passed then it would be a murder of democracy and local self-governing bodies,” Sardesai said.Sardesai said that if the Bill is passed then it would cause irreparable damage to democracy in Goa. Urging the government not to pass the Bill for the benefit of Margao MLA Digambar Kamat who recently joined BJP, Sardesai said, “When he can speak to God, why should the government change the law? Tell him to speak to God,” Sardesai said.Opposition leader Yuri Alemao said that the Bill is like a virus, and it will spread all over. “Withdraw the Bill as it will kill freedom of speech and right to secrecy,” he said.While speaking at the passing of the Bill, urban development minister Vishwajit Rane mentioned Congress and Bofors, prompting Alemao to rush to the well of the House demanding the speaker to expunge both the words. While the opposition was demanding a division of vote while passing the Bill, speaker Ramesh Tawadkar placed the Bill before the House, which was subsequently passed with a voice vote.The assembly also passed the Goa Private Universities (Amendment) Bill 2023 for effective and smooth implementation of the Goa Private Universities Act 2020 within the state. The Bill allows universities to lease a land instead of owning the same and reduction is fees. The state government also passed the Goa Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2023 empowering BDOs to hear appeals.
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.
MARGAO: Twenty-five cases of murders were registered at various police stations across South Goa in 2022. The figure was 16 in 2021, police records reveal. Of the 25 cases, police have been able to crack 23 by arresting the accused. In 2021, police had succeeded in cracking 14 of the 16 cases.In 2022, seven cases of attempt to murder were registered by South Goa police, a significant decline from 18 in 2021. All the accused involved in the seven cases were arrested.Among the two unresolved cases of murder of 2022 is that of an unidentified woman whose skeletal remains were found at an isolated place at Ambeghat, Sanguem. The postmortem examination had revealed that the woman was pregnant at the time of her death and that she was in the age group of 18-22. The cause of death was stated to be strangulation. Citizens have voiced their concern over the rise in the cases of murder and the frequent occurrences of street violence.
MARGAO: Chief minister Pramod Sawant said on Monday that he is the first graduate in his family. “Many of your parents will be graduates, and you have their support. You don’t have the tension of passing the SSC exam like we had,” he said.“Treat examinations like a festival, and go laughing to answer them,” he said.He was addressing students of Classes IX to XII at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, who participated in the Pariksha Pe Charcha 2023 art and painting competition (exam warriors), an initiative of PM Narendra Modi.Sawant spoke of students who had taken the extreme step of suicide when they weren’t able to cope with exams, and advised students not to get tense while answering exams.Two students and one teacher will travel to New Delhi to participate in the interaction with Modi on Friday, he said. Other students, teachers, and even parents will watch the interactions live, he said, adding that the PM will use the session to motivate students.Over 400 students from Classes IX to XII participated in the art and painting competition on various themes of ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’, which is aimed at giving students more confidence to face examinations and equipping them with tools.
MARGAO: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Monday reiterated that the IIT campus will be set up in South Goa. “Search for the land is ongoing. The IIT campus will be set up in South Goa,” he said. However, he declined to comment whether it would still come up in Sanguem. Protesters in Sanguem had rejoiced after the Union education ministry said in November 2022 that the land identified by the state government at Cortali, Sanguem, will no longer be considered to set up the IIT campus.The Union ministry had informed Goa that the land identified in Sanguem was not suitable for IIT and that it had decided not to send a site selection committee to inspect the same. The 7 lakh sqm land was found to be insufficient.Following this, Sanguem MLA Subhash Phal Dessai had said more land adjoining the identified site would be added to the property to make it suitable for a permanent campus for IIT. IIT Goa became operational in 2016 and ever since the Goa government has been trying to find suitable land for a permanent campus for the institute.It is presently operating from its temporary campus at the Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi.
Margao: A number of tourism development projects are in the works in Quepem constituency.Development of Datta temple at Quepem and the promenade by the Kushawati river is among the major projects that are planned by the tourism department. This was stated in a written reply tabled in the House by tourism minister Rohan Khaunte to a legislative assembly question by Quepem MLA Altone D’Costa. The project is estimated to cost Rs 61 lakh.Beautification and Illumination of Holy Cross and viewpoint at hill top at Quepem costing an estimated Rs 1.2 crore is also among the works planned, the reply added. The proposal for beautification of Canaguinim beach with benches and toilet block is also being processed, the reply further stated. As the access road passes through a private property, the NOC from the stakeholder concerned is being obtained, Khaunte further said in the reply.Besides, infrastructure development works estimated at over Rs 4 crore are under way in Balli, Morpirla and Barcem villages of Quepem constituency, which are in various stages of completion, the reply added.