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.
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.
Calangute: At the gram sabha held on Sunday, Calangute sarpanch Joseph Sequeira alleged that there are around 15 dance bars operating illegally in the village and the panchayat has decided to act against them.As the villagers demanded closure of the dance bars, Sequeira said the panchayat has decided to write to the crime branch to take action against the illegal places. “As per my knowledge there are 15 dance bars and spas in Calangute where illegal activities are going on. Recently, while I was coming to the panchayat, a boy approached me at the St Anthony chapel junction and offered a massage showing a photo of a woman who he said would be available,” he alleged. The sarpanch said the panchayat does not give any licences for dance bars, but locals with properties take restaurant licences and then give them on rent. On the parking issue, Sequeira said they have decided to make all panchayat roads no-parking zones, and that they would also be asking the PWD to make their roads no-parking zones also. “Any vehicle found parked in these areas will be towed away,” he said, warning the owners of rent-a-bike and car to stop parking vehicles on roads. Further, the sarpanch stated that the panchayat has not officially allowed anyone to erect signboards in the village and all the 90 odd signboards, which had been erected by an agency engaged by the previous panchayat body, would be removed soon.
Calangute: Following complaints by the Calangute Constituency Forum (CCF), the panchayats of Calangute and Candolim this week carried out site inspection of two alleged illegal constructions being carried out in their villages.The CCF said it was found that hill-cutting has been done beyond permissible limits and permission for hill-cutting under 17A of TCP Act was not produced by the developer when asked by the sarpanch. In Candolim, the CCF said there is massive destruction of beach vegetation and sand dunes in two properties at Dando, adjacent to an existing resort. The CCF had recently lodged a complaint with the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) with details of the property survey numbers along with photographs. “The property owner has constructed a plinth with concrete columns and rubble stones and also dumped red mud in the no-development zone (NDZ) area within 50 mtrs from the HTL,” the CCF has stated.
Calangute/Colva/Canacona: The International Beach Clean-up Day was marked by drives held across various beaches in the state. Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte along with dozens of stakeholders collected waste at Calangute beach. Khaunte said the main aim of the drive was to create awareness on keeping the beaches clean, protecting the marine ecological system and ensuring safety of the coastal belt residents.In Salcete, water resources minister Subhash Shirodkar led the drive at Colva beach. Officials from the tourism department, Goa Tourism Development Corporation, Coast Guards, panchayat members, villagers and students formed a human chain before commencing cleaning activities. Benaulim MLA Venzy Viegas was also present.Cavelossim village panchayat roped in the staff of various hotels in the village, Holy Cross School students, fishermen and locals.In Canacona, Patnem-Colomb councillor Shubham Komarpant along with residents of his ward collected huge amounts of garbage from both the beach stretches.Komarpant said that at least 50-60 residents of Patnem-Colomb gathered early in the morning and collected around 30-40 plastic bags.The garbage was handed over to Canacona Municipal Council for disposal, Komarpant said.
PANAJI: BJP's induction of eight Congress MLAs on Wednesday has created strong undercurrents of resentment within the party, especially among former MLAs and candidates picked for the 2022 assembly polls who now feel that their chances of contesting on a BJP ticket in the future have turned bleaker. To allay the situation, Goa BJP's core committee held a crucial meeting on Thursday morning. Later, chief minister Pramod Sawant and BJP state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade were entrusted with the task of pacifying the former MLAs, candidates and mandals by holding meetings constituency-wise. "Once the Centre takes a decision, the party stands behind it. Party karyakartas are important for BJP and that is the reason Sawant and I will ourselves go and meet them and tell them about the decision," Tanavade said. In the meanwhile, political equations have drastically changed in seven of the eight constituencies where BJP has inducted Congress MLAs. These include Saligao, Siolim, Calangute, Mormugao, Margao, Cumbharjua and Santa Cruz. Political observers say that while BJP got the upper hand in Margao and Cumbharjua after Congress MLAs joined it, those aspiring for tickets from within the party have been left dejected. Sawant should protect interest of BJP’s strong team of karyakartas in Margao, says AjgaonkarA case in point is Cumbarjua, where the struggle of Union minister Shripad’s Naik’s son Siddesh to land a BJP ticket is only likely to continue with the induction of Congress MLA Rajesh Faldessai. Siddesh had been eyeing the BJP ticket ahead of the assembly elections in February, but had to be content with stepping aside after the party decided to pick sitting MLA Pandurang Madkaikar’s wife, Janita. He was, however, rewarded with the post of North Goa ZP adhyaksha for not revolting against the party. Similarly in Margao, former deputy chief minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told TOI that he was not consulted about the induction of Congress’ Digambar Kamat. “Sawant should protect the interest of BJP’s strong team of karyakartas that is active in Margao, including BJP candidate Sharmad Raiturkar who has always taken Kamat head-on. These karyakartas should not be orphaned,” he said. Ahead of the 2022 assembly elections, the party faced a revolt in Saligao upon it inducting former GFP minister Jayesh Salgaonkar. Disenchanted BJP karyakartas threw their weight behind Kedar Naik instead, who went on to win on a Congress ticket and has now joined BJP. Wednesday’s developments also prompted many former BJP MLAs and candidates to go incommunicado. Among them is former BJP MLA Dayanand Mandrekar, whose political career is likely to be at stake over the induction of incumbent Siolim legislator, Delilah Lobo. “Mandrekar is our senior leader and we have not been able to contact him, but the chief minister will meet him,” Tanavade said. BJP’s Calangute candidate Joseph Sequeira said he wasn’t consulted before the induction of Delilah’s husband and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo into the party fold. “I am a BJP executive committee member and even then, I was not consulted. After he (Lobo) joined, one person had sought my reaction. I told that person the party has taken a decision and that I stand by the party,” Sequeira told TOI. In Mormugao, three-time former MLA Milind Naik, who was dropped from the Pramod Sawant cabinet over an alleged sex scandal, will struggle to revive his political career now that Sankalp Amonkar has joined the party. While BJP has never emerged victorious in Santa Cruz, it has managed to represent the constituency after inducting Congress MLAs — Antonio Fernandes during the previous government’s tenure and now, Rodolfo Fernandes.
Former minister in the previous BJP government Micheal Lobo and his first-time MLA wife Delilah Lobo spent eight months in the Congress party that they joined ahead of the Assembly polls in Goa on February 14. But since June, they began to feel the heat as the state Town and Country Planning Department and the Food and Drugs Administration began cracking down on properties they owned in the touristy coastal belt of Bardez taluka in North Goa.Lobo, a third-time MLA from Calangute, had won his first two terms from the BJP. In the previous government led by Pramod Sawant, he was minister for Ports, Rural Development and Waste Management. In January, the Lobos entered the Congress with great pomp and show. Their entry was expected to be instrumental in reviving the Congress’s fortunes in the state at a time that it was down to just one MLA before the election. The BJP had then said that Lobo had left the party because he could not get a BJP election ticket for his wife. “For us it is desh pratham but for him it is patni pratham (For us its nation first, for him its wife first),” Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had said about Lobo’s exit from the BJP.The Congress that had appeared confident before the election results were declared on March 10, however, suffered a blow after winning only 11 seats in the 40-member House. The BJP won 20 and formed the government with the help of two Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MLAs and three independents.In June, about a month before the unsuccessful attempt by Congress MLAs to defect to the BJP, Goa Town and Country Planning (TCP) minister Vishwajit Rane and Lobo, then the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, had locked horns over alleged violations of permissions granted by the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA). The authority had issued two show-cause notices to ‘Micheal Lobo and others’ in view of the violations in two hotels in which Lobo has stakes. Lobo, former chairman of the authority, had then said that he was being ‘targeted’.Tension had been simmering between Lobo and Rane for months. During the last Assembly session, Rane had said that he would expose the “illegalities” allegedly perpetrated by Lobo during his tenure as the chairman of the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA).In a series of tweets in June, Rane had said, “It’s also amusing to see as the report suggests, when he was in power, he had no mercy and committed illegalities such as taking away lands & selling them to people outside state. Who was responsible? How was it accomplished? What was the modus operandi? Citizens must know!”. In the same thread, he said, “LoP is one aspect, what we are doing is exposing illegalities committed. If LoP is part of the illegalities, one cannot do anything, law will take its course. Whether it is running a restaurant from an illegal premise, illegalities in ODP or misusing of power, law will catch up.”Two properties in which Lobo is a partner – Hotel Baga Deck and Nazri Resort – had earlier got notices for illegal construction, while the FDA claimed to have found violations at Pisco by the beach in Anjuna, owned by Delilah Lobo.Delilah, who was the sarpanch of the Parra panchayat before she became an MLA in March, had then said they had been running the businesses for 20-25 years, much before Lobo became an MLA. “Only now that we have joined the Congress, has something gone wrong? When all these years we were in the BJP, everything was fine?”Claiming the alleged violations were “flimsy”, like broken tiles, Lobo said: “So many ministers have also eaten at our restaurants. I asked them if there was anything wrong with our food? They said no, the food was very good…Nobody has filed any complaint against us.”Businessman-turned-politician Lobo is a three-time MLA from Calangute and a wealthy and influential figure in the Bardez taluka of North Goa where popular beaches such as Baga, Calangute, Candolim and Anjuna are located. This area has been a thriving tourist spot for decades, with several hotels, restaurants and places for tourist activities.While the Lobos themselves may not have been the target, their constituencies – especially in the touristy parts – had seen increased crackdowns by the Goa Police against touts, beggars and illegal massage parlours in the months preceding their entry into the BJP on Wednesday.The Special Investigation Team set up by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant in June had also begun making arrests in the illegal land grab cases. Majority of these cases, according to the SIT, were located in Anjuna, Assagao, Badem, Calangute, Mapusa, Nerul, Parra and Reis Magos areas of North Goa and some were from Vasco and Margao in South Goa. Thus far, however, the Goa Police had only said that “political links” in these cases were being examined.
Two months after the Congress accused its then Leader of Opposition (LoP) Michael Lobo of plotting a defection of its MLAs along with senior party leader and former chief minister Digambar Kamat, Lobo returned to deal a blow to the grand old party again, as he along with seven other party MLAs, including his wife Delilah Lobo and Kamat, jumped ship and joined the ruling BJP Wednesday.The Congress had managed to foil their first defection attempt in July, firing Lobo as the LoP. It had then also sought the disqualification of Kamat and Lobo as MLAs, filing disqualification petitions against them before the Assembly Speaker, which are still pending. The state Congress president, Amit Patkar, and other leaders had then also urged the Speaker to change the seating arrangements in the House in accordance with the Congress Legislature Party (CLP)’s resolution removing Lobo as the CLP leader.The three-time MLA from Goa’s tourist hub Calangute, Lobo, 46, had switched to the Congress from the BJP earlier this year in the run-up to the February Goa Assembly polls. “You will know where I am at the right time,” Michael Lobo would frequently say in the months preceding the polls. Soon afterwards he quit the BJP, in whose government he was the Minister for Ports, Science and Technology, Rural Development and Waste Management, and joined the Congress, going on to win another term from Calangute.Months into the term of the new Assembly, Lobo’s remark then – “you will know where I am at the right time” – continues to hold truenow, given his return to the saffron party along with his wife Delilah in a move along with other defectors that would reduce the Congress’s tally to just 3 MLAs in the 40-member Assembly now.Earlier this year, when Lobo severed his 15-year-old ties with the BJP and joined the Congress with Delilah and his supporters, it was seen as a shot in the arm for a crumbling Congress that had seen all but one of its MLAs leaving to join other parties or backing out of the February polls.Before he joined the Congress, Lobo was a minister in the previous BJP government led by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant but was often at odds with the government over statements he made in the press.A political heavyweight in Bardez, North Goa, Lobo was credited with the Congress’s win in four seats in the taluka, including Siolim, from where Delilah won for the first time. Lobo, a businessman with interests in several hotels and restaurants, however, has been at the receiving end of the government’s recent check on “illegalities”.It was this that the then AICC’s Goa in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao referred to at press conference in early July, when he said about Lobo, “He has been working in the background with the BJP to save his own skin. Because of so many cases against him and so many problems he was facing, he has compromised himself.”During the previous BJP regime, tension had been simmering between Lobo and the then Town and Country Planning (TCP) Minister Vishwajit Rane for months. Properties co-owned by the Lobos have been issued notices by the Food and Drug Authority too. During an Assembly session, Rane had said that he would expose the “illegalities” allegedly perpetrated by Lobo during his tenure as the chairman of the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA).When he joined the Congress in January, Lobo had said, “We have joined in the interest of Goa. The way forward for the people of Goa is only the Congress party… When I was deputy Speaker, I had taken a very strong stand. Defection has to end. You cannot switch sides. You have to resign,” he had said.Rao too had then kind words for Lobo: “A very strong, powerful grass-root leader is joining the Congress party. He is connected to the common people, he works for them. He has established himself as a big leader not only in his constituency but all over the (Bardez) taluka….A big force has entered the Congress party.” In July, however, Rao called Lobo a “traitor” and a “backstabber”.As the defection again struck the Congress, it was evident that eight months is a long time for Lobo, the Congress and Goa.Speaking to the media Wednesday, Lobo confirmed that eight of the 11 Congress MLAs have switched to the saffron party. “We have joined the BJP to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant…’Congress chhodo, BJP ko jodo (Leave the Congress, strengthen the BJP)’,” he said.
Calangute: Goans need to make use of business opportunities instead of blaming outsiders for taking them over, opposition leader and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said. Speaking to reporters after the launch of a fast food cart at Parra on Saturday, Lobo said, “Outsiders take over only when locals step back from doing the business. Locals need to come forward, businesses run by Goans should increase.” Parra deputy sarpanch Daniel Lobo said the kiosk has been provided by the panchayat as part of the ‘Swayampurna Parra’ initiative aimed at providing self-employment opportunities to villagers. “There are a lot of independent-minded youth who want to do something on their own. We will provide whatever assistance is needed for them to stand on their own feet,” Daniel said.
Calangute: Leader of opposition and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo has called for the entire coastal belt to be under 24x7 CCTV surveillance to ensure the safety of tourists. Lobo said that the investigations in the Siddhi Naik case were not able to progress because there was no CCTV camera footage available from Calangute to trace the deceased girl’s movements in the hours before she was found dead in mysterious circumstances at Calangute beach in August last year.“CCTV cameras are very important,” Lobo said recently. “The entire coastal belt should come under CCTV surveillance — the cities, the coastal belt, the roads coming to the coastal belt and moving out of the coastal belt. All these require proper monitoring, because when we say we want to take Goa tourism to the next level and we want high-end tourists, they want safety also.”“If somebody says that ‘my daughter has gone to Calangute’, immediately the police should say ‘we’ve seen the car number; yes, she has gone to Calangute, we can also see her driving the car and she has gone in this direction’. But this is not happening. This is not there,” Lobo said.
Panaji: Since a non-resident Goan can't obtain a liquor licence as a 25-year residence certificate being mandatory, in the last decade the trend of leasing liquor licences has set-in, leading to illegal operations, especially in the tourism hotspots such as Calangute-Candolim. One of the conditions for obtaining licence is that it can’t be sub-let or leased but it is being circumvented by some locals to earn easy money. All Goa Liquor Traders Association president Dattaprasad Naik alleged the excise department has closed its eyes to the malady in the trade but if it has the will to act, he can show at least 100 wine stores operating in the Calangute -Candolim belt illegally.“Such wine stores are in operations in Calangute, Candolim, Colva and up North in Arambol. They are mostly by fly-by-night operators who operate in a place for two to three years and disappear. Since they do not pay any tax to the government, their profit margins are higher than us,” Naik said.The sub-letting is rampant in the coastal belt with a licensee can command a premium rate for his licence depending on the location.“Suppose a local having no interest to operate the licence, he will give it to a person from another state for rent. Charges will be calculated depending on the business in the area. It can be Rs 2 lakh a month or even more,” said Manoj Joshi, a prominent wine store operator from Panaji.Naik said the alcohol trade is one domain where locals still call the shots but if the government keeps its eyes close to the alleged illegalities, it is a matter of time before they lose control.An excise official, speaking on condition of anonymity, accepted that sub-letting of licences do happen but it is difficult to prove.Even if they go about checking such stores, he said, a lessee operating the store will be ready with an excuse that he is the store manager.“There is no law in place to stop a licensee from hiring a manager. Proving a charge is not easy in such cases. All documents are in the name of the licensee,” he said.The official however, said they haven’t received any such complaint of late, and if there are any, they will act upon.A member of the trade who did not want to be named said, the locals who lease their licences are at fault but the government must not take this issue lightly. It should find better ways to deal with it.“Cancel licences of people who lease. There must be ways to detect illegal operators. Or else, change the law, at least, so that the revenue leakages will be plugged,” he said.Joshi said with legal loopholes it is not easy to prove when a local lets his licence to be operated by a party from Delhi or any other state. There ought to be some solution to the problem.
Calangute: The new Calangute panchayat will focus on generating funds through taxes over the next few months, sarpanch Joseph Sequeira said. Sequeira told reporters that the panchayat had around Rs16 crore funds when he was sarpanch in 2017 but most of the money has been spent and the panchayat now has around Rs 2 crore in its kitty. He said that most of these funds will be spent on clearing pending bills and other regular expenses, and that the panchayat will not be able to undertake any major new development works at least in the next six months. “I was surprised that only Rs2 crore is left even though there was a lot of income in the last five years. How are we to do development? After the funds are generated then we will take up development,” the new Calangute sarpanch said. Sequeira has not been a panchayat member in the last five years.
Panaji: The high court of Bombay at Goa has imposed costs of Rs 10,000 on a resort in Calangute for blaming the loud music at the resort on ‘Alexa’, and stated that the resort “cannot pass on the blame on its guests and even more, to Alexa”.The resort, Villa Calangute Pvt Ltd, had challenged before the high court, show-cause notices issued to it for playing loud music on May 6 at 12.31am and on June 27 at 10.33pm this year.The director of the resort submitted to the high court that allegations in the show-cause notices are false and that no loudspeaker was used, and that the guests in the resort were playing music through “Alexa”.The division bench comprising Justices Mahesh Sonak and R N Laddha found the Alexa excuse to be a “novel defence”.“If such defences are to be upheld, then, it will be very difficult for the authorities to enforce the noise pollution rules. There are decisions of the Supreme Court as well as this court on the issue of enforcement of the Noise Pollution Rules of 2000,” the high court stated.“As it is, monitoring issues of noise pollution is quite difficult. The show-cause notices have been issued by giving specific instances in this case. There is record about several complaints against the petitioner. This record has been produced by the petitioner along with this petition. The implementation of such rules cannot be frustrated by raising such prima facie frivolous defences. In any case, the show-cause notices cannot be said to be in excess of jurisdiction to warrant interference at this stage,” the court added.Director of the resort Dexter Savio De Souza submitted that he filed applications to play music to the designated authority under Rule 2(c) of the 2000 Rules, on August 1 and 5, and added that these haven’t been disposed of.“If there is any truth in these complaints, then, the findings in the show-cause notices will have some bearing on the petitioner’s application seeking permission. Therefore, it is only appropriate that the show-cause notices are disposed of before the petitioner’s application seeking permission are considered one way or the other,” the court stated.De Souza through his advocate Jayant Mulgaonkar submitted that the allegations in the show-cause notices are vague because no particulars of violation have been specified and pointed out that authorities were duty bound to state the decibel levels and demonstrate in the show-cause notices itself that there was any breach of the noise pollution and regulation control rules, 2000 and the provisions of Section 15 of Environment Protection Act, 1986.“The issue as to whether the allegations in the show-cause notices are true or false will have to be decided by the authority that has issued the show-cause notices based on the material before it. However, on the petitioner’s unilateral contention that the allegations are false, the show-cause notices cannot be set aside as being without jurisdiction,” the court stated.
Calangute: Water resources minister (WRD) minister Subhash Shirodkar on Monday said 150 ponds, lakes, tanks and other water bodies will be revitalised as part of the Central government’s ‘Amrut Sarovar’ initiative. “PM Narendra Modi has told all WRD ministers to redevelop all water bodies in our states as part of the ‘Amrut Sarovar’ initiative in the country. In Goa, we will take up 75 ponds in North Goa and 75 in South Goa, 150 big and small water bodies which we will revitalise in the next two years. These ponds and lakes were developed by our ancestors and now we also have to develop them for future generations,” Shirodkar said after inaugurating a renovated Ganesh immersion pond at Bhatiwaddo, Parra on Monday.Opposition leader and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said that the pond, which is located alongside the famous ‘Bollywood’ road leading to Parra church, will be an added attraction in the area.
PANAJI: The state government’s inclination to hand over Haryana BJP politician Sonali Phogat’s case to the CBI proves that investigation into her alleged murder has been incompetently handled, GFP said on Sunday. GFP president Vijai Sardesai said that if the Haryana politician’s death is going to be probed by the CBI, then the mysterious death of teenager Siddhi Naik at Calangute beach, last year, should also be given the same importance and handed over to CBI. “Chief minister Pramod Sawant’s willingness to hand over Sonali Phogat’s murder to the CBI is a confession of the government of Goa’s pathetic incompetence and its miserable attempt to misdirect from the facts of the case, and validates the family’s trust deficit in the Goa chief minister, his words and his police,” Sardesai said. Stating that all victims deserve equal treatment, the GFP president demanded that the investigation into the death of 19-year old on Calangute beach should also be reopened and handed over to CBI. “I speak for Siddhi Naik. I demand that the botched up, and shut case of Siddhi Naik be reopened and handed over to CBI forthwith. BJP government’s callousness and incompetence denied a girl and her family a fair, thorough probe. Justice must be done to all,” he said. Earlier this month, Goa police’s crime branch moved to close the investigation into Naik’s death after police did not find any evidence to substantiate the murder angle.
Panaji: The state government’s inclination to hand over Haryana BJP politician Sonali Phogat’s case to the CBI proves that investigation into her alleged murder has been incompetently handled, GFP said on Sunday.GFP president Vijai Sardesai said that if the Haryana politician’s death is going to be probed by the CBI, then the mysterious death of teenager Siddhi Naik at Calangute beach, last year, should also be given the same importance and handed over to CBI. “Chief minister Pramod Sawant’s willingness to hand over Sonali Phogat’s murder to the CBI is a confession of the government of Goa’s pathetic incompetence and its miserable attempt to misdirect from the facts of the case, and validates the family’s trust deficit in the Goa chief minister, his words and his police,” Sardesai said.Stating that all victims deserve equal treatment, the GFP president demanded that the investigation into the death of 19-year old on Calangute beach should also be reopened and handed over to CBI.“I speak for Siddhi Naik. I demand that the botched up, and shut case of Siddhi Naik be reopened and handed over to CBI forthwith. BJP government’s callousness and incompetence denied a girl and her family a fair, thorough probe. Justice must be done to all,” he said.Earlier this month, Goa police’s crime branch moved to close the investigation into Naik’s death after police did not find any evidence to substantiate the murder angle.
Calangute: The Calangute Constituency Forum (CCF) has urged the new panchayat body to adopt a sustainable development model for the village. They recently gave a memorandum with a 19-point village development plan to Calangute sarpanch Joseph Sequeira. “Issues of protection of low-lying areas, hills, women’s safety and assistance to senior citizens were discussed with the sarpanch,” CCF president Premanand Divkar said. While assuring to place all the proposals before the gram sabha for discussion, the sarpanch said, “We need some time to clear the mess created by the last panchayat body. We need to start from scratch as the treasury of the panchayat is empty, but we will make every effort to regain the glory of our village and address all the issues raised by the people.” “We will take every possible step in protection of our village environment and initiate strict action against all illegal constructions,” the sarpanch added.We need to start from scratch as the treasury of the panchayat is empty, but we will make every effort to regain the glory of our village
Calangute: Calangute police detained two persons for dumping garbage and mud in a low-lying field opposite St Alex church on Wednesday night.As per Calangute panchayat, locals noticed the two persons, who arrived at around 10.30pm near the church with a van loaded with garbage, and started dumping it in the fields. The locals informed panchayat members who informed the police. The two persons are employees of a restaurant in Calangute. They were later taken to the police station along with the vehicle.
Calangute: Calangute panchayat has decided not to construct any more water drains because of sewage being released into them, said sarpanch Joseph Sequeira. Sequeira told reporters that Calangute residents are upset with the state of the drainage system. “The drains which have been built start at one point but it is not clear where the water goes from there, into which nullah or where it flows. The water gets blocked, stagnates and becomes breeding spots for mosquitoes leading to a large number of dengue cases,” Sequeira said. “We never said we wanted drains. When drains are built, somebody or the other connects their sewage pipes to them and then releases their waste. After that there is no knowing what happens. These days there are many cases of dengue and it’s because of this,” deputy sarpanch Geeta Parab said. “We’re helpless about the sewage pipes connected to the drainage. We tell people to remove them but they don’t listen,” the sarpanch said.
Calangute: Calangute police, on Tuesday, arrested two persons for allegedly threatening two tourists from Uttar Pradesh and robbing them of Rs 20,000.Police said, Prashit Singhal, 34, a tourist from Hapur, lodged a complaint that two persons accosted him and his cousin near an alleged dance bar on the Baga road at Khobrawaddo, Calangute, around 3.30am on Tuesday and after threatening to kill them at knifepoint, robbed them of Rs 20,000. Darshan Bhojia, 23, a resident of Saligao and Ravi Ambelia, 28, a resident of Khobrawaddo, have been arrested. A case has been registered under provisions of the IPC. Further investigations are on.
Margao: Maina Curtorim police on Sunday arrested two persons in connection with illegal transportation of sand at Chandor. Police said that a cop on patrolling duty noticed a truck laden with sand being transported it in a clandestine manner at Chandor at 6am. On being stopped and questioned, the truck driver, Narayan Kinlekar, failed to produce a copy of any lease or licence issued by any competent authority. Police said that Kinlekar disclosed that the sand was brought from Agostinho Silveira, a resident of Shiroda.Both Kinlekar and Silveira were arrested by the police under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 21 of the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulations Act. The truck, alongwith the sand, has been confiscated and further investigation is underway, police said.
Calangute: Imran Quereshi and Marshal Cardozo, the two accused in Friday’s kidnapping of a Tamil Nadu tourist at Baga, Calangute, were on Saturday remanded in 10 days police custody. The incident occurred on Friday, at around 4.15am. Manoj Asokan from Tamil Nadu and his friend were at Baga, Calangute, when they were accosted and assaulted by two persons. As the tourists attempted to go to their guesthouse at Anjuna, the two accused followed them, and after threatening them at knifepoint, forcefully abducted Asokan. His friend then lodged a complaint at the Calangute police station following which the police formed a team and managed to identify and trace the two accused to a guesthouse at Maddawaddo, Calangute. Meanwhile, with recurring incidents of tourists being threatened and assaulted by pimps and touts in Calangute, PI Dattaguru Sawant said they are taking such incidents very seriously. “Being a tourist spot and tourists being attacked in such a manner, it was a challenge for us, but our staff solved the case within hours and safely rescued the tourist unharmed. We want to send a message to these types of criminal elements that we will not take such incidents lightly,” Sawant said.
PANAJI: A Mapusa court has granted bail to Vipin Kumar Singh from Bhopal, manager of a nightclub in Baga, in a case involving a couple from Madhya Pradesh and Punjab who went missing in Goa in March. While granting bail, additional sessions judge, North Goa Sharmila A Patil said, "It is rather unfortunate that the victim girl along with Varun Kumar has gone missing and even their bodies have not been found as argued by the public prosecutor for the state, but only to trace the missing couple the applicant cannot be kept in custody and that itself would not be a ground to dis-entitle the accused the right of bail." "Moreover the chargesheet is already filed before the joint magistrate first class. Therefore, I am inclined to accept the case of the applicant and to grant him conditional bail," the court said. Public prosecutor R Barreto told the court that Singh, the bail applicant, is aware of but has not disclosed the missing couple's whereabouts to the investigating officer and his presence is required in custody. The court stated that this cannot be accepted as the law on bail presumes the applicant to be innocent unless proven guilty. An offence was registered at Calangute police station on April 19 on a complaint by the brother of the missing 22-year-old girl that unknown persons wrongfully abducted his sister. Police had received the case papers on March 29 from Panaji police station about the missing girl from the North Goa SP, directing it to trace the missing woman. Calangute police recorded statements of all suspects and witnesses, except Kumar, but no information about the girl could be obtained. An offence was then registered under Section 365 the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against unknown persons. Advocate S Dessai said that Singh got a call at 2am on March 3 this year at his Porvorim residence that the couple had an altercation at a hotel in Candolim and the woman was threatening suicide. Singh visited the hotel and sorted out the fight which was going on in the presence of guests and employees. He said that there was no contact with the couple after the incident. The woman had also contacted police control room (PCR) informing them that she was being confined in room 404 of the hotel. The police checked all rooms of the hotel in Candolim but couldn't locate the caller. Her phone was also unreachable. Barreto stated that most of the witnesses whose statements were recorded are employed by him and that they wereleaving the state when they were called for questioning. This, the prosecutor said, indicates that they have witnessed a serious incident of the missing girl.
CALANGUTE: Long or festive weekends, like the recent Independence Day weekend, are turning out to be lucrative for rent-a-bike operators along the Calangute-Candolim coastal stretch. The hiring rate for two-wheelers for the August 13-15 weekend doubled from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000, stakeholders said. Such was the demand that there was a severe shortage of vehicles. Operators were calling up friends and relatives in the hope of finding a spare two-wheeler, stakeholders said. By Tuesday, the rates had lowered once again. The usual rate for hiring a two-wheeler is around Rs 250-300 per day. This can shoot up to around Rs 1,000 on weekends when there is a huge rush of visitors as most domestic tourists prefer to rent a two-wheeler rather than go around in tourist taxis, which are comparatively expensive. The lack of public transport connectivity to popular sightseeing spots like Fort Aguada or between tourist hotspots like Calangute and Anjuna are also contributing factors. Car rental rates, meanwhile, rise just marginally by a couple of hundreds.