Times of India | 2 months ago | 02-09-2022 | 01:26 am
Margao It was a bright Ganesh Chaturthi for three families at Nagurma in Khola of Canacona taluka — the brightest they’ve ever seen.Members and extended members of the Velip family rejoiced and shed tears of joy as three houses belonging to brothers Ratnakar, Ramesh and Suresh and their families received electricity connections for the very first time on Tuesday.“We are so happy, not just for ourselves, but that we were able to light up our Lord Ganesha too,” Reema Ratnakar Velip told TOI. The family is observing Chaturthi for five days.“Every single day, my younger brother would ask me when we would get an electricity connection. He is thrilled today,” she added.Reema initially studied in her maternal uncle’s house — that had electricity — until Class IV, and then overcame several difficulties completing her studies under a kerosene lamp in her own house.“I would try and complete as much of my studying before it turned dark. I would also make my brother and younger cousins start their homework no sooner they got home from school, and force them to complete their studies before sunset,” she added. The wiring in the three houses has been completed, she said, and the families are now looking forward to small luxuries like using a mixer/grinder and having a fan above their heads.During small celebrations in the house, when the families had to cook multiple dishes, they would have to go to a neighbour’s house to use their grinder.Although they received a solar connection recently, it had its limitations, and wouldn’t allow them to use a grinder or charge two phones at one time. The families tried unsuccessfully in the past to get electricity connections for their households that fall in Quepem constituency. On Thursday, the families wholeheartedly attributed their illuminated Chaturthi and brighter days ahead to Quepem MLA Altone D’Costa.D’Costa, a first-time MLA, said he made the payment for the installation of 42 electricity poles for the electricity connection to reach the families before the assembly elections. Then power minister Nilesh Cabral too helped, he said.Incidentally, exactly a year ago, Frank Viegas, recently elected as panch member of Chinchinim panchayat, was visiting friends in Khola during Chaturthi when his friend took him to wish the Velip family.He noticed that the decorations were subdued sans any lighting, and then found that electricity connections hadn’t yet reached the households. He then asked D’Costa, who was at the time a social worker, to look into it. “They families will now be able to perform rituals with proper lighting. We don’t want to do politics but want to work for the village and uplift those in need. Only then will the village and our constituency progress,” he said.
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."
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.
Margao: As a part of its restructuring process, state Congress president Amit Patkar on Tuesday appointed block presidents to its 21 block committees.The new block presidents are Narayan Redkar for Mandrem, Manoj Naik for Bicholim, Shashank Narvekar for Mapusa, Parvati Nagvekar for Siolim, Atul Naik for Saligao, Ashwin De Souza for Aldona, Dnyaneshwar Govekar for Taleigao, Manoj Palkar for St Andre, Mangaldas Naik for Sankhali, Harshad Bhonsle for Priol, William Aguiar for Ponda, Dnyaneshwar Borkar for Marcaim, Vasant Naik for Dabolim, Peter D’Souza for Cortalim, Milagres Fernandes for Curtorim, Anwar Sayyed for Fatorda, Assiz Noronha for Cuncolim, Fransisco Rodrigues for Velim, Avadoot Amonkar for Quepem, Parag Sabnis for Curchorem and Jayesh Patil for Sanvordem, a per a press release. While they will take charge of their posts with immediate effect, the block committees will be constituted after consulting Congress workers of the respective constituencies, the release issued by senior party functionary, M K Shaikh, said.
PANAJI: Water from dams will be released for agriculture activities from November 14 onwards and there will be no shortage of drinking water, said minister for water resources Subhash Shirodkar, on Thursday. He added that two dams will be taken up in Dharbandora and work on them will be started soon. Shirodkar said that water from six dams was usually released by November-end or in December, but when he visited Sanguem and Quepem recently, farmers requested him to release water on time to take up agriculture activities. Stating that the dams have sufficient raw water, Shirodkar said that seven talukas in Goa depend on agriculture and around 8,000 farmers are involved in farming activities. "Post-Covid, Goan youth have taken up agriculture and horticulture," he said. "In February and March, we have to judiciously use water for drinking as the Maharashtra government is likely to take up repair work of the Tillari canal to resolve the breach issue," the WRD minister said, adding that the WRD will store Tillari dam water to avoid shortage to Porvorim.