Times of India | 1 month ago | 11-08-2022 | 01:40 am
Calangute: Voting at a polling booth at government primary school, Sauntavaddo, Calangute, for ward no. 9 in Calangute panchayat was stopped on Wednesday morning after it was found that there was a mismatch between the symbols and name of two candidates. The election for this ward has now been rescheduled for Thursday.Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said he was told about the mismatch following which he spoke to the state election commissioner W V Ramamurthy. “I spoke to the election commissioner and he immediately called the presiding officer and directed him to stop the voting immediately, Lobo said. “I told him the election has to be held tomorrow itself as all the other results will be declared on Friday. It should not happen that one side is falling short of one member to form the panchayat body and will have to wait for the outcome of voting in one ward. It's because of that I told the EC the election should be held tomorrow itself. The EC agreed and voting will take place on Thursday,” Lobo said. Former Calangute sarpanch Shawn Martins, a voter from Sauntavaddo who was present at the polling booth, said the mismatch came to light after 16 voters had already cast their vote. “There were a lot of voters here at the government primary school at Sauntavaddo where there are polling booths for three wards in Calangute. It was found at the booth for ward no. 9 there was a mismatch between the names and symbols of two candidates. By that time 16 voters had already cast their vote. When the 17th and 18th voters came they noticed the mismatch and immediately informed the presiding officer,” Martins said. “A lot of people had to go back without voting because of this. The election commission should take this incident seriously and should check the ballot papers thoroughly in future,” he said.
Margao/Vasco/Calangute: Three persons were arrested by the police on Sunday—one in Fatorda, one in Zuarinagar and one in Calangute—with ganja.Fatorda police on Sunday arrested a resident of Navelim after he was found with ganja worth nearly a Rs 1 lakh. Police sources said that the accused, Zaker Akbar Shaikh, 35, was nabbed from the parking lot of SGPDA market at Fatorda, on Sunday afternoon. Following a search in the presence of executive magistrate, Salcete, 986g of a narcotic substance, suspected to be ganja, was recovered from him.Calangute police nabbed a drug peddler, Muhammad Jafer Gudumia, from Karnataka with 1.1kg narcotics worth Rs 1.1 lakh near the Dolphin Circle at Calangute on Sunday. Verna police arrested a food delivery person with 63g of ganja worth Rs 6,300. Investigating officer Pravin Simepurushkar said the accused, Shiv Pratap Halwai, 24, is a resident of Vasco and native of Mumbai.
Calangute: Calangute MLA Michael Lobo on Sunday said that the people have got the wrong impression that he broke an oath to God by leaving Congress and joining BJP. “The oath was that we will not break from the party when we form the government. If the people of Goa did not give us 21 seats, then the oath does not stay. The oath was that if the party gets the numbers and wins and forms government, we will not break. But we only got 11 seats,” he said. Replying to queries, Lobo said it is for the people to decide if they will vote for him again. “We have to work for the people, only then will they vote for us again,” he said. He said the eight MLAs leaving Congress does not mean the party is finished. “Congress still has three MLAs. It does not mean the end of Congress,” Lobo said. However, he said it was a mistake to have left the BJP and joined Congress just before the assembly election. “Personally I think we should not have left BJP. If we made a mistake, then we have to admit it and we have admitted it. We’ve now come back into the party,” he said. He also denied that he rejoined BJP because of threats of raids by the ED and other investigation agencies.
Panaji: Calangute MLA Michael Lobo on Friday said that there’s been an increase in various fees for shack owners, and asked chief minister Pramod Sawant to reduce them. Lobo said that Sawant promised he would look into the matter.Lobo met Sawant and discussed issues pertaining to stakeholders of the tourism industry. The Calangute MLA said that tourism minister Rohan Khaunte has started the shack allotment process and even granted a one-year extension.“The finance department has increased fees for shack licenses by 80% and deck bed fees have increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000. Even garbage fees have been added, which was never there earlier,” Lobo said.He said that the shack owners’ association has urged the CM to provide some relief where fees are concerned. “All shacks do not do the same business,” Lobo said. “Some shacks at good locations will not have problems paying the fee. But there are some locations with very few tourists, and they may face issues.”The Calangute MLA said many shack owners have not paid last year’s fees, and that the tourism department told them their licence would not be renewed.
Calangute: The Calangute panchayat has decided to conduct a survey of traditional fresh water bodies in the village to conserve them for the future, sarpanch Joseph Sequeira said. Sequeira said there are an estimated 15 water bodies in the village, most of which are lying in a neglected condition. Some of the ponds, like ‘Bamontollem’, which are choked with weeds and waste will be cleaned and rejuvenated so that these can be used for water harvesting and agriculture, he said.Meanwhile, Sequeira said that the water supply situation will improve with the commissioning of the long-delayed water storage facility near Calangute bus stand, he said. The two new tanks have been built at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore.Sequeira along with other panchayat members had recently conducted an inspection of the water tanks site.“This project was pending for many years, so we met the officials concerned and decided to make them operational,” he said. Work on the facility comprising two tanks, that are built one above the other, had started in late 2018 and was to be commissioned in six months.
CALANGUTE: A minor girl from Hyderabad who had gone missing and was suspected to have been kidnapped was located by Calangute police at Candolim on Sunday. According to Calangute police, they were informed by a team from Jagatheririgutta police station, Hyderabad, that they had come to Calangute in search of a missing minor college girl who had allegedly been kidnapped from Telangana. The minor girl had been traced to Candolim after she along with her acquaintance, a minor boy, purchased grocery items from a supermarket here using a bank card. Based on the information, Calangute PI Dattaguru Sawant along with PSI Kiran Naik initiated an inquiry in the Candolim area and with the help of CCTV footage captured in the supermarket, traced the girl to a guesthouse at Candolim. Both the minors were reunited with their respective families.