Panaji: After a prolonged weak spell of 20 days, Goa experienced widespread precipitation over the past couple of days. Canacona recorded the highest rainfall of 72.8mm during the 24 hours till Saturday morning.While other centres recorded mostly moderate rainfall, this was the wettest 24-hour spell of 40.3mm the IMD, Panaji, recorded since the 80.8mm on July 17.“Though the shear zone weakened into a circulation over northeast and east central Arabian sea in the past 24 hours, an offshore trough from south Maharashtra coast to Kerala coast along with a circulation over Bay of Bengal brought normal rainfall during the past 24 hours,” said Rahul M, scientist, IMD, Panaji.On Saturday morning, besides Canacona, Sanquelim recorded a near-heavy rainfall of 59.8mm, Pernem 45.8mm, Margao 43.8mm, Sanguem 41.8mm, Panaji 40.3mm, Old Goa 39.8mm, Mapusa 34mm and other centres on a lesser scale.The rainfall activity brought some relief, as the seasonal total rose to 2,080.3mm, while 2,154.3mm is considered normal. The shortfall, which had risen to 4.1% on Friday, was reduced to 3.4% on Friday.IMD-Panaji has forecast heavy rainfall at a few places and very heavy rainfall at isolated places on Saturday and Sunday. While heavy rainfall is very likely at isolated places on Monday, it may be heavy in a few places on Tuesday and Wednesday.“The monsoon will be normal in the next few days with a low pressure area related to cyclonic circulation prevailing over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjacent areas of Bay of Bengal likely to form during next 24 hours,” the IMD scientist said.The offshore trough at mean sea level from south Maharashtra to north Kerala and the cyclonic circulation over northeast Arabian Sea will further strengthen the monsoon current.
CANACONA: Pre-primary schools in the hinterlands of the Canacona have been seeing a drop in attendance following cases of hand, foot and mouth (HFM) disease. Sources said that children across age groups have contracted the disease, from toddlers right up to those studying in Class VII. The school sends the children home after they start showing symptoms, the source said. Another source in the Integrated Child Development Services said that no cases have been reported from anganwadis and balwadis and that it was school going children who have been most affected. Doctors practicing in the taluka told TOI that it is advisable for the parents to ensure that their child gets enough rest if affected by the disease. Doctors also said that it was essential that hygiene is maintained and the child is well hydrated.
Canacona: Pre-primary schools in the hinterlands of the Canacona have been seeing a drop in attendance following cases of hand, foot and mouth (HFM) disease. Sources said that children across age groups have contracted the disease, from toddlers right up to those studying in Class VII. The school sends the children home after they start showing symptoms, the source said. Another source in the Integrated Child Development Services said that no cases have been reported from anganwadis and balwadis and that it was school going children who have been most affected. Doctors practicing in the taluka told TOI that it is advisable for the parents to ensure that their child gets enough rest if affected by the disease. Doctors also said that it was essential that hygiene is maintained and the child is well hydrated.
CANACONA: Since June, Canacona taluka has been seeing an increasing number of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) cases among school children. Though the infection is self-limiting and rarely turns severe, doctors said it is highly contagious. Health officer Canacona community health centre Dr Sneha Amonkar said that the disease, usually caused by the coxsackievirus, is common among children. “Fever and painful rashes on hands, feet and buttocks are some symptoms. It is very contagious and an infected child may pass it to other children in school, even the entire family,” she said. Amonkar said that though the infection is self-limiting and mostly mild, infected children should not be sent to school for at least a week to prevent transmission. “Because of the rashes in the oral cavity and throat, some children might find swallowing painful and refuse food. They might need hospital care to prevent dehydration,” she added. People normally try to treat it at home following utmost care and hygiene. The virus has an incubation period of three to six weeks. “Currently we are seeing an increasing number of children with the infection in schools and also among children in surrounding areas who are too young to go to school. But parents need not panic and should consult doctors if symptoms persist,” a consultant paediatrician practicing in the taluka said. HFMD, caused by coxsackieviruses, usually causes fever, malaise, skin rash, sore throat, and small blisters that ulcerate. The most frequent locations for the blisters/ulcers are on the palms of the hand, soles of the feet, and in the mouth, added the paediatrician. HFMD usually resolves in about 10 days with no scarring, but the person may shed coxsackievirus for several weeks. “If the fever and irritability persist, consult doctors without delay,” a health inspector said.
Canacona: Electricity department staffers need to put in more efforts to provide quality services to consumers, said chief electrical engineer Stephen Fernandes.He addressing the ‘Ujjwal Bharat-Ujjwal Bhavishya’ campaign at Canacona recently. “Good service must be uninterrupted, reliable, quality and economic. However, we are lacking in our service. If we want the Ujjwal Bharat-Ujjwal Bhavishya campaign to succeed, we should work hard to realise that target. And being a native of Canacona, we must strive to improve services in the taluka,” he said.Fernandes also said that in view of the present load being consumed by industrial and domestic users, additional power will be needed for e-vehicles.Goa has come a long way in power supply, from a meagre 5 MW during pre-liberation to 650 MW today, he said. “There was a lone power sub-station at Ponda that catered to the six towns of Ponda, Panaji, Mapusa, Vasco, Margao and Curchorem,” he said. He stated that the load was increased to 14 MW in 1970, and subsequently to 250 MW in 2000, 450 MW in 2010 and 650 MW in 2020. The first grid supply was achieved in 1967 with 110 Supa transmission lines, which are however not used today, whereas the second line was set up in 1972.“Presently, we have six lines drawn from other states and another two are in progress. With an increasing demand for more load and with a vision for the next 25-100 years, we need more power, and hence more lines or upgradation,” he added.
Canacona: A laterite wall erected by the public works department (PWD) as a safety measure on the culvert bridge at Dumanem on the Canacona-Agonda road recently collapsed after a car proceeding towards Agonda, banged into it. Since Agonda beach gained popularity, several accidents have been reported on the Dumanem culvert bridge, resulting in fatalities and serious injuries. After repeated complaints, rumblers and speed breakers were erected on either side of the culvert and the PWD had even erected bamboo railings. However, this did not help reduce the number of accidents. PWD had then constructed the laterite wall on either sides of the bridge.Assistant engineer of interior roads Swapnil Desai said a parallel bridge has been proposed on this stretch. “The foundation stone was laid almost two years ago but it could not materialise as some land owners are not ready to give NOC even as the deputy collector’s office has been trying to convince them to do so,” Desai added.
Canacona: Six farmers of Nadkem, Cotigao, on Saturday sustained losses after a cloudburst-like phenomenon led to heavy rainfall, destroying large tracts of paddy fields.Recounting the incident, villagers said the intense downpour occurred between 3pm and 5.30pm that led to a flood-like situation, creating a rivulet through the fields. “We have never encountered such a sudden rise in water, not even during the Canacona flash floods in 2009. The floodwaters gushing violently almost destroyed the locality itself, besides the recently transplanted paddy fields,” said a resident.“Interestingly, we witnessed the downpour occurring only in one locality of the village. Around 3,500sqm of cultivated fields have been destroyed. We have lost our livelihood as the cultivation period has ended. We are hoping the agriculture department will inspect our fields and compensate us suitably,” another resident said.Canacona zonal agriculture officer Kirtiraj Naik Gaonkar said they have received compensation applications from six farmers whose paddy fields were destroyed. “Accordingly, we are assessing their claims after an inspection, and these applications will be forwarded to the agriculture department,” he added. Another farmer said that he along with his cattle were stranded in the fields as water rose quickly after the extreme heavy rainfall.
Canacona: Steep slopes and sharp and narrow bends besides unattended crash barriers have made the Karmal Ghat section along the NH-66 an accident-prone zone.The crash barriers erected along the sides of the road are damaged and the authorities concerned have not repaired them for long. This poses a serious threat to motorists as a slight error in maneuvering can take them hurtling down the valley, road users said.For the last six to eight months, the crash barriers are lying unrepaired.The Karmal Ghat section is at a distance of about five kilometers from the Canacona police station and around 17-18 km from the Cuncolim police station.In the last one to one-and-a-half-year, around 18 to 25 accidents have taken place on the Canacona side of the Karmal Ghat, while there were four fatal and two grievous accidents besides some minor ones on the other side, which comes under the Cuncolim police station’s jurisdiction. Accidents occur on either sides of the Karmal Ghat as the road has sharp curves and is quite narrow, said sources in the Canacona traffic department. At times it is next to impossible for vehicles to negotiate the ghat, the source added.Canacona traffic police inspector Mahesh Velip said some riders new to the road fail to judge the sides and meet with accidents.“It’s difficult for both new and experienced drivers to negotiate this stretch” as in most places the road is narrow, the PI said. He said that he has written to the PWD authority concerned at least twice asking it to fix the damaged crash barriers.Around 10 years ago, a truck swerved off the road on the Cuncolim side of this stretch and fell into the valley and caught fire. Accidents also happen because huge trees along the stretch obstruct motorists’ vision making it difficult for them to spot oncoming vehicles, one motorist said..PWD executive engineer Dattaprasad Kamat told TOI that the problem will be addressed soon as an agency is identified to take up reconstruction of the damaged crash barriers and cover vacant gaps.
Canacona: The Canacona traffic cell has booked 12,665 motor vehicle violations from January to June, and collected around Rs 37 lakh in fines. The police have sent over 500 cases to the transport department for driving licence suspension.Traffic police inspector Mahesh Velip told TOI that helmet violations topped the list with 3,632 cases. The registered violations also included tinted glass (1,754), dangerous parking (1,820), driving without seat belt (1,179), no uniform (589), lane cutting (734), dazzling lights (351), overtaking (410), carrying excess riders (216), no proper lights (127), improper number plate (360), projection of load (315), absence of tarpaulin (230), no rear mirror (177), carrying passengers in cabin (149), violation of traffic signal (68), no number plate (80), driving without licence (77), under influence of alcohol (39), and using mobile while riding/driving (44).Velip said that most of these offenders are fined a minimum of Rs 500.
Canacona: State assembly speaker Ramesh Tawadkar’s wife Savita is among the 241 candidates from Canacona, who have filed their nomination papers for the upcoming panchayat elections. After filing her nomination from ward number nine (Amonem) of Poinguinim panchayat, Savita said that since her husband holds the post of the assembly speaker, completion of a lot of pending works in Poinguinim as well as other panchayats areas will become easier. BJP’s South Goa vice president Mahesh Naik is also in the fray.
Canacona: Fishermen from Talpona and its surrounding areas in Canacona want the government to strictly implement the fishing ban for the remaining period. The annual fishing ban comes into force from June 1 and continues till July 31. The fishermen have urged the government to crack down on trawlers as well as fishing vessels from other states entering Goan waters, in violation of the ban. tnn
CANACONA: Following the recent incessant rainfall, Chapoli dam in Canacona reached full capacity on Tuesday evening. Dhananjay Nagvenkar. assistant engineer, water resources department (WRD), Canacona said that the dam was filled to capacity at around 6.15pm. “The Full Reduced Level (FRL) is now 38.75 mt, which is the full capacity of the reservoir,” he said. The dam’s storage capacity is 1,122 hectare metre. Nagvenkar said that last year, the dam achieved its full capacity on July 23. He also said that by the end of May, the FRL was around 31 metres. Chapoli dam provides 10 MLD water to the treatment plant at Shristhal before it is released for public supply. Meanwhile, the minor irrigation dam at Gaunem, that will provide 5 MLD water to residents of Gaondongrim and Cotigao, has been overflowing since July 11. WRD executive engineer Krishnakant Patil said that last year, the dam began overflowing from its spillway on July 16. The Gaunem reservoir has a storage capacity of 177 hectare metre, while the overflow began at the FRL of 63.5 mt. The minor irrigation dam will be used to irrigate a proposed 100 hectares of area, besides supplying drinking water to Gaondongrim and Cotigao residents who have been facing an acute shortage for personal use as well as for their cattle and other livestock.
PANAJI: Even as heavy rain continues to lash the state, reservoirs across Goa reached their capacity as per the usual schedule of mid-July. Anjunem in Sattari is the only dam which is filled up to 60% of its capacity, as of Saturday. However, it was the fastest to fill up from the water levels recorded at just 10% in the beginning of July. The Selaulim reservoir at Ugem in Sanguem taluka began overflowing from its duckbill spillway on July 7, and water levels in the dam currently stand at 110% of capacity, as per levels recorded by the water resources department on Saturday. WRD officials closely monitoring dam water levels as monsoon peaksWhile the overflowing Selaulim reservoir is a popular picnic spot for locals, the complex has been shut for visitors due to the pandemic. The Amthane reservoir in Bicholim, which provides raw water for treatment and drinking supply to Bardez and parts of Pernem and Bicholim talukas, is presently 96% full. Only the Anjunem reservoir has manual gates to release excess water from the dam, while all the remaining dams in Goa have automatic systems to release the water once the levels reach capacity. Water resources department officials closely monitor dam water levels at the peak of the monsoon season. The Chapoli and Gaunem reservoirs in Canacona are 95% and 100% full, respectively. The Panchwadi dam in Ponda is also filled to 100% capacity. Meanwhile, in Sindhudurg district in neighbouring Maharashtra, water levels in the Tillari reservoir stand at 85%. The dam is situated on the Tillari, which is known as the Chapora in Goa, as it winds through Pernem, Bicholim and Bardez. Excess water release from the dam during the peak of the monsoon can lead to swelling of the Chapora river in Goa. Water stored in all the reservoirs in Goa, including Tillari dam in Maharashtra, up to September during the monsoon season, is used for treatment and to meet drinking water requirements in Goa until the next monsoon arrives.
CANACONA: Two female turtles entangled in fishing nets died of severe injuries at Agonda in Canacona. A source said that on seeing them struggling in knee-deep water, beach cleaning women rescued them with the help of some locals and brought them ashore. Forest officials of Pissonem range at Paddi were informed after the turtles were freed from the net. The forest officials tried to give them some medication, but it was too late. As the injuries were severe, they succumbed, said range forest officer Devidas Velip. He added that so far this year, they had saved two turtles at Agonda which were entangled in fishing nets. Some fishermen, who had rescued them, said that they were so badly injured that in both cases the hind flippers were missing. “It is high time that the department deputes guards on beaches for such creatures who could be found injured either in fishing nets or those which get injured by fishing boats also,” a fisherman said. Another fisherman said the government should regularise services of those employed for safety of turtles and their eggs so they can do their job with dedication.
Canacona: Speaker of Goa legislative assembly and Canacona MLA Ramesh Tawadkar organised a programme ‘Canacona Vision 2030’ with an aim to chalk out a vision document for the taluka. Tawadkar said that a roadmap/vision document is required to be prepared so that all-round development of the taluka can be achieved by 2030. At the meeting, 17 committees were formed, each comprising 8-10 members that include teachers, engineers, accountants, doctors, lawyers, journalists, bankers, and agriculturists. While the organisers of the event claimed that 200 invites were sent out, barring a few councillors from Canacona municipality, many of the elected representatives from the seven panchayats — Loliem-Polem, Poinguinim, Cotigao, Gaondongrim, Shristhal, Agonda and Khola — chose to skip the event. While Congress’ Janardhan Bhandari attended the meeting, none of the other candidates who contested the state elections in February were present at the session held recently at Shri Mallikarjun College of Arts and Commerce, Delem, Canacona. Former Canacona MLAs Isidore Fernandes and Vijay Pai Khot, AAP’s Anoop Kurtarkar, Revolutionary Goans’ Prashant Pagi, and TMC’s Mahadev Desai didn’t attend the meeting.
PANAJI: Diplomats of Britain and Ireland met Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday and sought a logical conclusion to the alleged rape and murder of a 28-year-old British-Irish national at Canacona in March 2017. The body of the woman who was raped and later strangled to death, was discovered at an isolated spot in Devabag, Canacona. The police subsequently arrested Vikat Bhagat, a resident of Bhagatwada, Char Rasta, for the crime. A trial is ongoing in a local court in Margao. Consul general of Ireland Gerry Kelly and British deputy high commissioner-Western India, Alan Gemmell, met Sawant and senior officials and raised the issue of the long-running case. In a joint statement, Kelly and Gemmell said, “It has been five years since the murder in Goa in March 2017. Ensuring a quick conclusion to the court case is a significant priority for the British and Irish governments as well as, of course, for the woman’s family. We came to Goa together to do all we could to raise the profile of this case and express our concern at the pace of the trial and its impact on her family.” The victim’s mother said in a statement, “My daughter’s life was unexpectedly taken from her in a brutally savage attack over five years ago in Goa. I continue to push for a conclusion to the court case in the hope that I may then try and rebuild my and my family’s lives with the knowledge that I have done everything in my power that I could possibly do to get justice for her.”
Panaji: Diplomats of Britain and Ireland met Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday and sought a logical conclusion to the alleged rape and murder of a 28-year-old British-Irish national at Canacona in March 2017. The body of the woman who was raped and later strangled to death, was discovered at an isolated spot in Devabag, Canacona. The police subsequently arrested Vikat Bhagat, a resident of Bhagatwada, Char Rasta, for the crime. A trial is ongoing in a local court in Margao. Consul general of Ireland Gerry Kelly and British deputy high commissioner-Western India, Alan Gemmell, met Sawant and senior officials and raised the issue of the long-running case. In a joint statement, Kelly and Gemmell said, “It has been five years since the murder in Goa in March 2017. Ensuring a quick conclusion to the court case is a significant priority for the British and Irish governments as well as, of course, for the woman’s family. We came to Goa together to do all we could to raise the profile of this case and express our concern at the pace of the trial and its impact on her family.” The victim’s mother said in a statement, “My daughter’s life was unexpectedly taken from her in a brutally savage attack over five years ago in Goa. I continue to push for a conclusion to the court case in the hope that I may then try and rebuild my and my family’s lives with the knowledge that I have done everything in my power that I could possibly do to get justice for her.”
CANACONA: With many students from Canacona studying at the Government College at Quepem, the demand for Kadamba Transport Corporation's (KTC) direct bus from Polem to the college is being made once again. Students, even from the remote areas of Canacona, prefer travelling a long distance to reach the college at Quepem. Some also have to change two to three buses to get there. Students said they had demanded for a direct bus in the past too, but it was not pursued.
Canacona: With many students from Canacona studying at the Government College at Quepem, the demand for Kadamba Transport Corporation’s (KTC) direct bus from Polem to the college is being made once again. Students, even from the remote areas of Canacona, prefer travelling a long distance to reach the college at Quepem. Some also have to change two to three buses to get there. Students said they had demanded for a direct bus in the past too, but it was not pursued.
CANACONA: The Olive Ridley turtle nesting season under turtle conservation program has come to an end with the last pit at Agonda being hatched on May 30, releasing 53 hatchlings. The 39 protected turtle hatcheries at Agonda and Galgibaga in Canacona produced as many as 4,163 eggs from which 3,673 hatchlings were released in sea after the hatching period of 48-55 days. The last of the 53 Olive Ridley hatchlings made their way into the sea on May 30, said range forest officer (RFO) Anant Velip at the Hati-Pawl office near Poinguinim. Of the 3,001 eggs hatched at Agonda, 2,735 were released, while at Galgibaga 938 hatchlings were released from the 1,162 eggs in nests. Last year the Agonda hatchery produced 3,080 hatchlings from 4,002 eggs in 35 turtle pits, and 246 were released in the water at Galgibaga from the collected 435 eggs from just 4 pits, Velip added. The Olive Ridley season in Goa starts in November-December and ends in mid-May. Forest guards on duty protect the eggs and are always on guard to monitor the spots where eggs are laid by the turtles who appear on the beach mostly past midnight to early morning. “Olive Ridley turtles arrived at Galgibaga on December 23, 2021 while the first pit at Agonda was protected on December 31,” said Velip, adding that the flippered creatures can even arrive in May to lay eggs. Such hatcheries may not be as successful since the incubation period then coincides with the rainy season. He said that last year 39 pits were protected; 35 in Agonda and 4 in Galgibaga and 3,326 hatchlings were released in the sea, he added.
Canacona: Canacona police have filed a chargesheet against model-actress Poonam Pandey and her husband Sam Ahmad Bombay before the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Canacona for committing an obscene act of vulgar videography at Chapoli dam in 2020. The incident had caused nuisance and annoyed several people after the video had gone viral on social media, police said. Police had registered an offence against the duo for committing an obscene act of vulgar videography and dancing and singing in open public place that annoyed several people. Apart from this, the video was uploaded on Poonam's instagram profile, which went viral on social media. Police said that based on the complaint lodged by assistant engineer, sub division II, works division XI, water resources department, an offence under relevant sections of the IPC was registered. The incident had taken place prior to November 2020 when Pandey and Bombay were on a holiday in Canacona.
Panaji: Tar ball deposition on Goa’s beaches that started since May 12 continues with several stretches marred by the filmy residue in the surf zone. The material is more difficult to clean than the bigger blobs and has the potential to suffocate microbenthic organisms and thus affect the marine food chain impacting fish production. For a few days now, several beaches in Pernem, Bardez, the longer coastline of Salcete and parts of Canacona have been streaked with the oily tar balls. The staff of the beach cleaning agency, Karnataka Commercial and Industrial Corporation (KCIC) collected 625 bags of the residue till the weekend. But a finer form of the tar balls has settled on the beaches in Morjim, Ashvem-Mandrem, Vagator, Sinquerim, Zalor-Fatrade in Salcete, Agonda and Patnem in Canacona during the last few days. “These are tar balls in the formative stages, possibly reaching the shore after cleaning of oil tankers in international waters. With the intense churning that occurs during May, these will mix with sand and form harder material,” National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) retired chief scientist (biological oceanography) Baban Ingole said. As the beach sand is porous the raw tar balls could leach into the sub surface of the intertidal zone — the home of microbenthic organisms. “The tiny marine biodiversity which is part of the food chain and living superficially below the sand may get suffocated by the oil, impacting fish production itself,” Ingole said. The mortality of the benthic organisms is likely to deprive crabs, shellfish and other fish species of their food, affecting the marine fish species higher in the fish production chain. Ingole, another NIO scientist Antonio Mascarenhas and others had documented more than 50 species of macrobenthic organisms at a single location, Miramar, in a study a few years ago. Cleaning operations on tar ball-affected beaches is a tedious task, as the thick blobs of oil and residue require time and labour to be collected on long stretches. Their disposal is another conundrum facing the authorities. “Tar balls being of hazardous nature have to be handled with caution by our staff. Further, with constant tides, more and more tar balls keep getting washed ashore,” an official said.
Margao: The South Goa police on Saturday cracked the case of murder Savita Malli, whose body was found at Gullem, Canacona, over a month ago, with the arrest of her husband, Ajay alias Gulzaria Malli, 45. Ajay was arrested from Khagaria, Bihar, his native place. He was at large since the murder and police were on his trail. Based on local intelligence that the deceased, alongwith the accused were staying in Margao, and working as labourers, police launched a combing operation across Goa where migrant and labour class people are living, and border post pickets were alerted, South Goa SP Abhishek Dhania said. Inputs obtained from technical surveillance and local intelligence revealed that the accused may have left Goa for Bihar. Police teams of Canacona station immediately left for Bihar. “The team stayed in Khagaria for 20 days and the were finally successful in nabbing the accused,” Dhania said.
Canacona: Two days after they surfaced on Agonda beach, tar balls were noticed on Patnem beach on Tuesday. A layer of the black sticky substance covered the shore of the South Goa beach. Residents have demanded that the government carry out an immediate inspection of the beach. It may be recalled that the issue of tar balls had been raised in the Assembly last year and environment minister Nilesh Cabral had said that following an NIO's study, the government had attributed the source of the tar balls to oil spills from the Mumbai high region, an offshore rig off the coast of Maharashtra.
Canacona: Inspection of the accident-prone road at the Colsor-Galgibaga crossing was conducted on Monday as it has witnessed a dozen accidents including two fatalities. NH66 assistant engineers Rajesh Gaude and Nagraj Adpaikar, Canacona police, Traffic cell PI and Canacona mamlatdar representative conducted the inspection. Congress general secretary Janardhan Bhandari, who had been demanding an inspection of the stretch, along with some locals, was also present for the inspection. During the inspection, Gaude showed the officials and others the original plan which didn’t reflect the divider. The locals demanded that a divider is a must, to contain the accidents. Gaude said that he will forward the demand to his higher authorities. The PWD officials also requested that the traffic cell shouldn’t stop people for challaning at turns where most accidents take place. Last Saturday two persons succumbed to their injuries in a car-van collision at the crossing. The car which had its airbags blown due to the impact also had occupants who were injured. Earlier, a two-wheeler rider from Karnataka, while heading towards Karwar, had hit a truck which was crossing the road at the same junction and succumbed to his injuries three days later.
Canacona: At Mahalwada in Poinguinim, Canacona, once every three years in the month of May, devotees gather at the Shri Betal temple to celebrate the ‘Gadyanchi zatra’. Four male devotees perform the rituals as the ‘gade’, dressed in white loincloths and after observing days of abstinence. In the unique ritual, in front of the Shri Betal temple, a tall platform of arecanut trunks is erected, over which the ‘gade’ are suspended by hooks linked to a revolving wheel. Only when the audience declares to the ‘mhal gado’ or the chief gado that they are satisfied are the ‘gade’ set free. A document written on a cloth dating back to 1823 AD is read out on the occasion. Elderly people sit nearby during the rituals and continuously sing folk songs known as ‘naman’ to the beats of dhol. Though the zatrotsav was last observed in 2017 and was to be held three years later, it missed its traditional date because of the pandemic. This year, more than 5,000 people attended the utsav, with massive parking arrangements made in Poinguinim as well as Galgibaga. The rituals began around 4pm and devotees poured in by the bus loads. On May 21, the ‘gade’ ran a distance of 12 kilometres to reach the Shri Betal temple. They were then tied up in between the two wooden poles which are raised 50 feet above the ground and the gade were then rotated in the air. The gade will break their abstinence by taking a dip in Talpona river on May 28 and the 22-day rituals will come to an end at the Shri Betal temple with ‘rangoveli pujan’ on May 30. Lord Betal is one amongst the five deities worshipped at the Shri Parshuram Panchgram Devasthan complex at Poinguinim. The tri-annual ‘Ghadyanchi zatra’ brings together 26 communities from the three villages of Poinguinim, Loliem and Khargal, making it the only festival in Canacona that brings so many communities together.
Canacona: Residents of Agonda, suffering due to low power voltage for years are likely to get relief as the work of installation of four electricity transformers will begin next week. Assistant engineer, Canacona electricity office, Anup Rane, told TOI that of the six transformers, structures at four locations have been erected and the installation will begin from the next week. Considering the problem the residents were facing, former Canacona MLA Isidore Fernandes had got sanction for six power transformers and the ground work for their installation was done months ago, a source said. The location for the fifth one has been cleared while talks for the location of the sixth transformer is on with the party concerned, Rane said The erection of poles and fixing of boxes and other related equipment began in October 2021 and was completed in January this year. Agonda suffers due to frequent and prolonged power outages and we fail to understand why the power department has taken such a long time for installation and commissioning of the transformers, a panchyat member said.
Ponda: Of the 700-plus sugarcane farmers, 223 have received Rs 2.08 crore towards the first installment of the compensation assured to them by the government. Following the closure of the Sanjivani sugar factory from 2019, the state government had announced that farmers will be paid a compensation for five years under the special assistance scheme to sugarcane cultivators. Of the 223 farmers, 106 are from Sanguem, 50 from Canacona, 40 from Quepem and 27 from Sattari. The government has sanctioned an amount of Rs 7.5 crore for the payment of the compensation amount, factory administrator Chintamani Perni said, adding that only those farmers who have submitted a declaration have been paid.
Panaji: The government has transferred 16 senior scale and 13 junior scale officers of Goa Civil Service.According to the order issued by the Personnel department on Wednesday, senior scale officer Shripad Arlekar has been posted as director (administration), Directorate of Health Services, Dr. Geeta Nagvekar as director (administration), Public Works Department, Tushar Halarnkar as joint secretary (home), Clen Madeira as secretary, Goa Rehabilitation Board, Rohit Kadam as chief officer of Margao Municipal Council, Neha Panvelkar as managing director of Goa Housing Board, Deepesh Priolkar as member secretary of Goa Football Development Council, Pundalik Khorjuekar as director of Museums, Vishant Naik Gaonkar as managing director of Goa Education Development Corporation, Chandresh Kunkalkar as additional commissioner of State Taxes-II, Sneha Goltekar as director of Science and Technology, Agnelo Fernandes as member secretary of Goa State Commission for Backward Classes, Bhushan Savoikar as secretary of Goa State Information Commission, Mahadev Araundekar as special land acquisition officer at Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation, Ajit Panchwadkar as managing director of Goa State Minorities Finance and Development Corporation and Sangeeta Naik as member secretary, Goa State Commission for Women.In another order, the government has transferred Ramesh Gaonkar as Deputy Collector and Sub Division Officer, Canacona, Rajesh Ajgaonkar as Deputy Collector (land acquisition), South with additional charge of Deputy Collector (DRO), South, Uday Prabhu Desai as Deputy Collector and Sub Division Magistrate-I Salcete, Vivek Naik as Deputy Collector and SDM, Tiswadi, Sapna Bandodkar as deputy director (administration), Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Shaila Bhosle as Under Secretary (general administration-I) with additional charge of Under Secretary-II, Roshell Fernandes as deputy director of Mines-II, Girish Sawant as Under Secretary (revenue-1) with additional charge of Under Secretary (home)-II, Shubham Naik as Under Secretary revenue-II, Rohan Kaskar as Deputy Collector and SDM, Pernem, Eshant Sawant as Under Secretary (personnel-I), Ganesh Barve as deputy director of Municipal Administration with additional charge of joint director, Information and Publicity and Madhu Narvekar as chief officer, Canacona Municipal Council with additional charge of Quepem Municipal Council.Shailesh Zingade, Deputy Director of Education has been asked to hold charge as Director of Education on officiating basis. Prakash Volvotkar has been posted as director of Information Technology Department.