Canacona: The presence of four bisons, including a calf, in the fields at Gotcamolem on Tuesday evening led to anxious moments among several two-wheeler riders travelling along the route. The herd of bisons were first spotted by Michael Pereira and Ackroyd Fernandes who were proceeding to Chaudi. They immediately alerted the motorists and waited for nearly 20-25 minutes until the animals crossed the road. Pereira and Fernandes said that the bisons might have come to quench their thirst at Talpona river. There have been several reports of wild animals attacking pets in Canacona taluka. Ten days ago, a domesticated pig belonging to Peter Fernandes was lifted by a leopard. A year ago, a bison had damaged a moving vehicle by jumped on it. However, the driver escaped with minor injuries. Last year, TOI had reported that residents living near forested areas in the interiors of Canacona taluka had witnessed an increase in sightings of bison and bear, and hence locals fear attacks by animals.
Canacona: Talpona fishermen are awaiting action by the state authorities against bull trawling by their counterparts of Mhalpe, Karnataka despite highlighting the issue around 45 days ago. Following reports of bull trawling within 2-3 nautical miles of Goa’s waters, a meeting was organised last week by Akhil Goa Kshatriya Pagi Community, former Canacona MLA Isidore Fernandes and fisheries department officials. Fernandes pulled up the fisheries department for not acting against Karnataka fishermen who are using bigger trawlers which is affecting the livelihood of local fishermen. This incident first occured on November 25 last year. “When our poor Pagi community are suffering, how can we sit quiet?” the former MLA said, and assured the fishermen that their problems will be redressed within eight days He said that the fisheries department should have intercepted the Karnataka fishermen trawlers who are violating the 12 nautical miles limit set for them for fishing. He also said that the patrolling boat is non-operational near the Talpona coastal police station for over a year now and assured to get it repaired. Others who spoke and were present were Olencio Simoes, Janardhan Bhandari, Divakar Pagi, Ratnakar Dhuri, Anup Kurtarkar and others. During the incident in November last year, 25 high-speed big fishing boats were found fishing illegally in Goan territory near Talpona, and were intercepted by fisheries department personnel assisted by Coastal police under police Inspector Navlesh Desai. Five fishing nets worth Rs 3 lakh and some fish were attached by the authorities.
Canacona: Ruling councillors from Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) on Monday extended their support to BJP’s Canacona candidate Ramesh Tawadkar “for development of the town and creating employment in the constituency”. CMC chairperson Mario Simon Rebello told TOI that the councillors had no other alternative but to support the ruling party. He said that there was “politics of revenge” no sooner he came to office, adding that the decision to extend support to BJP candidate in Canacona was purely for development of the town and taluka. He said that there was “no respect” for the council chairperson. Others who extended their support are vice-chairperson Amita Pagui, Ramakant Naik Gaunkar, Laximan Pagui, Gandesh Madgaonkar, Narcisco Fernandes, Sara Desai, besides former councillors Hemant Naik Gaonkar and former vice-chairperson Kishore Shey.
Canacona: While work on the road across the Sheekreval stream in Canacona is stopped after directions from the water resources department (WRD), the private party responsible for the construction has not removed the boulders and debris fallen in the stream. A few days ago, executive engineer Krishnakant Patil along with Canacona WRD assistant engineer Dhananjay Nagvekar visited the spot following a report in TOI and had directed to stop the work on the road across the stream. Canacona councillor Dhiraj Naik Gaunkar, who is a farmer and is affected by the construction, said that he will approach the assistant engineer to inquire why the contractor has not complied with the order to clear the debris. Last week, over 200 farmers of Delem said they would lose their livelihood if water from the Sheekreval rivulet is blocked. The farmers have alleged that a private party is constructing a road through the rivulet. For year the farmers have been constructing a kuchcha bandhara annually to regulate the water to their fields. Nagvekar said the private party was given time to return the rivulet to its original state. The order also stated that if this was not done within the specified time, action will be taken.
Canacona: With two of the BJP ticket aspirants — deputy speaker Isidore Fernandes and former MLA Vijay Pai Khot — deciding to contest as independents after former minister Ramesh Tawadkar bagged the ticket and Congress witnessing a split in the Canacona unit, it is likely that the constituency will see many candidates in the fray. Khot, the former vice chairman of the GSIDC said he resigned in protest against the decision of the party. If BJP has seen dissension, Congress is worse affected. The selection of Janardhan Bhandari as the party candidate saw the majority of the Canacona Congress block resign from the party. Led by Mahadev Dessai, the group joined TMC and he is going to contest on that party’s ticket. Sanjay Pagi is contesting on the Revolutionary Goans ticket.
Canacona: Sakhali Congress candidate Dharmesh Saglani said that the FIR registered against him at Canacona police station was “political motivated” and that he will not be affected by it. An FIR was registered against Saglani on Thursday in connection with a 2016 land deal in Canacona. The Congress candidate is a former chairperson of the Sakhali Municipal Council and has tourism-related business in Canacona. Saglani said that after his name was announced as the candidate, the FIR was filed against him at the behest of the BJP government. “I am not afraid of cases. I will get elected even if BJP sends me behind bars,” he said. “The complaint against me is non-cognisable in nature, but an FIR was registered obviously under political pressure,” Saglani said. Sakhali Congress minority chairman Zarina Sheikh said that the minority community is with Saglani and Congress. Reacting to Riyaz Khan joining BJP, she said that the chief minister was forcing Riyaz to join. “Riyaz was a loyal Congressman and I am sure he will be with us,” Sheikh said.
Canacona: Congress and Goa Forward Party (GFP) workers in Canacona on Saturday decided that they will work hard for Janardhan Bhandari’s victory in the state assembly elections. Addressing reporters, Bhandari said that he is a staunch Congress worker for the past 30 years, and hence the party selected him as the candidate for Canacona. Bhandari said he will work for the development of Canacona which has been neglected by the BJP government. “There is a need for reforms in the agriculture, fisheries and tourism sectors which are the mainstay of Canacona’s economy,” Bhandari said and appealed to the people of Canacona to support him. GFP functionary Prashant Naik said they will leave no stone unturned for Bhandari’s victory.
Panaji: Deputy Speaker of the Goa legislative assembly Isidore Fernandes resigned as the Canacona MLA and primary member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) late Thursday evening after the ruling party denied him a ticket for the ensuing assembly elections.Confirming that he has resigned as MLA and primary member of the BJP, Fernandes said he will take a call on future political decision on Friday, after consulting his supporters.The BJP has nominated former minister and ex-MLA Ramesh Tawadkar as its candidate for the Canacona seat for the assembly election, scheduled to be held on February 14. Fernandes had defected to the BJP from the Congress party along with a group of nine other legislators in July 2019.
Margao: Expressing disappointment over the Congress party’s announcement of candidates for the St Andre and Canacona seats, vice president of theGoa Forward Party (GFP) Dilip Prabhudesai on Tuesday said the Congress party has failed to honour its commitment as an ally of the GFP.Addressing media following the party’s political affairs committee meeting, held at the Fatorda office, Prabhudesai said the GFP leaders have expressed their displeasure following the Congress party’s declaration of candidates for the St Andre and Canacona seats.“We are disappointed. We expected the Congress party to stand by its commitment. However, we do not wish to react immediately. We will wait and watch because our singular job at hand is to defeat the Sawant government,” Prabhudesai said and added that the GFP had demanded five seats of Fatorda, Mayem, St Andre, Canacona and Mandrem with the Congress party.“We had placed our demand with the Congress party leaders when we had a verbal commitment.” he said. Prabhudesai said, “We know Congress is a national party and a bigger party and, therefore, the lion’s share needs to go to it, but our demands were modest and reasonable.”We had demanded these two seats – St Andre and Canacona – with the Congress because our party leaders had worked on the ground there. We will wait and watch to take an appropriate decision,” he said.It may be noted that the Congress party had left the two seats of Fatorda and Mayem for its ally GFP earlier. The GFP was expecting that the St Andre and Canacona seats would also be allotted to it. However, the latest development has compelled the GFP leaders to hold an emergency meeting to decide on the future course of action.
The police personnel carried out the raids at Margao, Fatorda, Ponda, CanaconaMargao/Ponda/Canacona: The Margaopolice on Tuesday conducteda raidon a godownin Margao town and seized illegal liquor bottles.According to the police,PSISagar Dhatkerconducted the raidon the godown located along the station road and caught a personand seized the liquor worth Rs 46,000.The police said that the liquor bottles were seized under panchanama and later handed over to the excisedepartment, Margao.In another raid conducted at Ambaji-Fatorda, the policeseizedillegal liquor bottles and the same were handed over to the excise department.Similarly, cracking the whip on an illegal liquor seller, the Ponda police on Tuesday raided a general store at Pawan wada at Kavlem inPonda taluka and seized around 76.77 litres of liquor, worth Rs 22,880. In this matter, the general store owner M. Naik was detained by the police and handed over to the excise department.According to the police, Naik was illegally selling the liquor at the general store. Following a tip-off, the police raided the store and found the liquor stock. After a primary enquiry, the store owner was detained. The raid was conducted under the supervision of the PSI Paresh Sinari and ASI Nilesh Bhamaikar.In another such raid, illegal liquor was seized by the Canacona police on Monday night from a restaurant at Mashem, Canacona.According to Canacona PI Pravin Gawas, a raid was conducted on a restaurant at Shapat, Mashem and illegal liquor worth Rs 9,365, which was stored at the restaurant, was seized. Later the seized liquor was handed over to the local excise department.Last week, the Canacona police had seized a liquor consignment wherein whisky cartons were found stacked at the Konkan railway station in Canacona, to be loaded into a train. The value of the illegal consignment was Rs 5,256, sources stated.
Canacona: The water resources department (WRD) has ordered that construction work on a road across the Sheekreval rivulet, a tributary of the Chapoli river, be stopped. Several farmers with fields downstream had complained that they would lose their livelihood if the rivulet’s water flow is blocked. Farmers Laxman Shet and Sanjay Shet said that they have been using the rivulet’s water for years and, if obstructed, “their livelihood would suffer greatly”. Dhiraj Naikgaunkar, councillor of ward no. 3, who also owns fields in the area, said that his father and forefathers have been tilling the land for centuries. He said that during the pandemic many youth met and pleaded with him to be allowed to cultivate the land during the rabi season. Laxman said that around 200 farmers in Delem, which falls in ward no. 4 of the Canacona Municipal Council, would lose their livelihood if water from the Sheekreval rivulet is blocked. The farmers alleged that a private party is constructing a road on this rivulet. The water body, which starts from Chapoli runs along acres of paddy fields before it meets the Khalwadem rivulet, which flows into the Talpona river. The farmers have been constructing kuchcha bandharas every year for decades to regulate the water to irrigate their fields through canals. This water is not only used by farmers for paddy cultivation but also for growing vegetables and other products besides being used by at least two dairy farms in the area. Assistant engineer Dhananjay Nagvekar said that he was initially not aware of the “illegality” but added that after some farmers led by Naikgaunkar met him two days ago, an inspection was conducted. Nagvekar along with the executive engineer Krishnakant Patil visited the site on Sunday. Nagvekar said that Patil instructed the private party to stop the construction and to remove the sand and boulders placed in the rivulet. Nagvekar said that the private party has been given a few days to return the rivulet to its original state and that, if not done within the specified time, action will be taken.
Canacona: Efforts are on get BSNL to relocate its telecom cables so that the old bridge at Davalkhazan can be demolished and construction work on the new bridge, which has been temporarily halted, can resume. The long-pending bridge work had finally commenced last week after chief minister Pramod Sawant laid the foundation stone for the two-span culvert over Agonda river, connecting Davalkhazan to Parvem, Agonda. While a water pipeline has been temporarily shifted by the concerned authority, BSNL officials are yet to remove the telecom cables. Due to this, the old bridge cannot be demolished, even though heavy machinery is already at the work site. Sources said Canacona MLA Isidore Fernandes has approached BSNL and that they have agreed to relocate the cable soon.
Poinguinim: A quarrel broke out between two groups of BJP workers in Canacona recently over the issue of ticket allotment, at a meeting held to assign responsibilities for the upcoming polls. BJP’s Canacona functionaries, however, downplayed the incident. A source said the cause of tension was the secret ballot that was held in Margao by the party earlier this week to ascertain the workers’ preference for sitting MLA Isidore Fernandes or former MLA Ramesh Tawadkar as a candidate. The war of words among the two groups of workers was brought under control by senior functionaries who were present at the meeting. BJP secretary Sarvanand Bhagat told reporters that there was “no problem”, and that everything proceeded smoothly. “There was some misunderstanding but that was sorted out. All workers will work for the success of the party,” he said.
Canacona: The new Canacona municipal building, estimated to cost Rs 10 crore, will replace the old municipality building at Chaudi, Canacona municipal council chairperson Mario Rebello said. He said that GSUDA will fund the project upto Rs 7 crore while the balance Rs 3 crore will be contributed by the municipal body from the golden jubilee fund issued to it last year. Construction of the new building will start on priority after demolishing the old building. While construction is in progress, the council will function at the premises of Dr Dhillon Desai, at Char Rasta, located barely a kilometre away. Work on the new building has been allotted to Kare Constructions and will be completed within 18 months.
Margao: BJP on Wednesday held a secret ballot exercise at the party’s district office in Margao to gauge the popularity of aspiring candidates before finalising the candidature for various constituencies of South Goa. A similar exercise was conducted for North Goa constituencies in Panaji on Tuesday. The ballot was conducted in the presence of CM Pramod Sawant, Union minister G Kishan Reddy, national secretary of BJP in-charge of Goa, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, C T Ravi, party’s general secretary (organisation) Satish Dhond, and others. The exercise was conducted for four to five constituencies of South Goa, including Margao, Quepem and Canacona, party sources privy to the meeting told TOI. Office bearers of the party’s mandals of all South Goa constituencies attended the meeting. The ballot assumes significance as BJP is facing the threat of rebellion in several constituencies of South Goa once the tickets are announced. Aspirants who fail to get the ticket are likely to work against the party candidate or contest as independent candidates as, as one political observer put it, “the BJP leadership is facing a tremendous trust deficit among its cadre”. “The outcome of the secret ballot,” the political observer said, “will serve as a justification for denial of tickets to those rejected by the party.” In Margao, though BJP has zeroed in on deputy chief minister Manohar Ajgaonkar after Jagannath ‘Desh’ Prabhudessai withdrew from the fray citing factionalism within the party, BJP is apprehensive about the Pernem MLA’s acceptability among the upper caste voters in Margao. The town has always been represented by a Saraswat brahmin in the assembly. In Canacona, incumbent MLA Isidore Fernandes, who had defected to BJP from Congress in 2019, as well as former minister Ramesh Tawadkar, are strong contenders for the BJP ticket. In Quepem, though deputy chief minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar appears to be in the safe zone, his wife Savitri is a strong contender for the party ticket in neighboring Sanguem constituency along with former MLA Subhash Phal Dessai. Sawant told reporters that a meeting of the party’s parliamentary board will be held on January 16 in Delhi to finalise candidates. Sawant, as well as BJP president Sadanand Tanavade, will be attending the meeting. “Names of those shortlisted in most constituencies have already gone to the party leadership, rest will be sent soon. The list will be declared after the meeting,” Sawant said.
Canacona: Congress state general secretary Janardhan Bhandari along with Congress workers staged a protest at Polem checkpost against the state government for allowing vehicles into Goa without any checks or any COVID test done.Bhandari and his supporters stopped some vehicles entering from Karnataka and asked the occupants if they have any RT-PCR negative certificate with them.After a confrontation with the checkpost officials, Bhandari questioned them as to why they are not reporting about the situation at the checkpost to the Collector or other authorities.Bhandari demanded with the Polem checkpost officials to ask for an RT-PCR certificate from the people entering from Karnataka.
Goa Forward Party, which got the Mayem and Fatorda seats as part of its seat-sharing plan with Congress, is also eyeing the Canacona, St. Andre and Mandrem constituencies. On Sunday, the party went ahead and opened up its election campaign office in Mandrem. Its door to door election campaign in St. Andre also continues where Jagdish Bhobe has been canvassing for GFP. Santosh Kumar Sawant, the GFP contender for Mayem, has already started his door to door while in Mandrem, GFP has picked Deepak Kalangutkar as its candidate.
Panaji: Congress released its second list of candidates for the state legislative assembly elections which are scheduled for February 14. The list has seven names and, with this, the party has announced candidates for 15 of the 40 seats. Goa desk in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao also announced that Goa Forward Party (GFP), its alliance partner, has been given Mayem and Fatorda constituency. GFP is also keen on the Canacona, St Andre and Mandrem constituencies. Congress has picked former MLA Avertano Furtado as the contender for the Navelim seat while Rodolfo Louis Fernandes has been nominated for the St Cruz constituency. Former naval captain and Kargil war veteran Viriato Fernandes will contest against BJP minister Mauvin Godinho in Dabolim, while Rajesh Faldessai will aim to wrest the Cumbharjua seat back for Congress. Former AAP Cortalim candidate Olencio Simoes will once again try his luck from the Cortalim constituency, but this time the activist will contest on the Congress banner. “Congrats to all the candidates in the second list,” Rao said. “Along with this list, the Congress Central Election Committee (CEC) has allotted Mayem and Fatorda to the GFP for the ensuing assembly elections in Goa.” The CEC held a meeting on Friday in New Delhi to finalise the names of candidates for the elections. Interim president Sonia Gandhi chaired the meeting virtually. Congress has picked Jitendra Gaonkar for Pernem constituency and Manisha Shenvi Usgaonkar for the Valpoi seat. AICC senior election observer and election strategist for Goa, P Chidambaram said that a third list is expected around mid-January. The next CEC meeting is to be held soon, sources said. Breaking away from its earlier tendency to wait till the last few days to announce the names of candidates, Congress was the first to announce its candidates with the first list being released on December 16. Though the party had announced eight candidates, one of them — Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco — resigned from the party and joined the All India Trinamool Congress. A few days later, Congress announced the name of sitting Poriem MLA Pratapsingh Rane as a candidate. In the first list, Congress fielded Sudhir Kandolkar from Mapusa constituency, Tony Rodrigues from Taleigao, Rajesh Verenkar from Ponda, Sankalp Amonkar from Mormugao, Yuri Alemao from Cuncolim and Altone D’Costa from Quepem. Congress Legislature party chief Digambar Kamat has also been cleared for the Margao seat.
Staff ReporterCanaconaLocals from the Canacona taluka, which is at the state’s southern tip, sharing its border with Karnataka, are facing a lot of inconvenience following the neighbouring state making it compulsory for Goans entering the Karwar district to carry a RT-PCR negative report in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases.Goans living close to the Majali checkpost near the Karnataka border are upset at the sudden implementation of the new guideline by the neighbouring state, as they are unable to enter Karwar areas in that state.Unhappy with the decision, a Canacona local Mangesh Naik complained on Thursday that he could not proceed to Karnataka for some urgent personal work in the absence of a RT-PCR negative report even though he possessed the COVID-19 vaccination certificate. “It is frustrating to see the Karnataka-registered vehicles being allowed into that state without a check, while the Goa-registered vehicles are stopped for verification,” he said.On the other hand, vehicles from all states are allowed to enter Goa without the COVID-related check at the Majali checkpost, claimed many Goans, who were stranded at the border. “Is it that only Goans spread COVID in Karnataka, while people entering Goa from across the state’s borders will not spread the virus,” questioned the stranded Goans.“Every time such decisions are taken by the Karnataka government, sadly, no assistance is provided to us by our state government, especially to those residing near the border,” said many Canacona locals.“If rules are relaxed for the locals on submission of some identity and address proofs, it will make life a lot easier for us, especially in cases of emergencies, as we are located closer to Karnataka than the Canacona town for our major needs,” they said.Many Canacona traders, who travel frequently to Karwar for business purpose, also complained that their business has been affected, as they are unable to cross the border due to the mandatory requirement of a RT-PCR negative report.To get an RT-PCR test done, one has to travel to Chaudi, and the report is usually not received swiftly.Meanwhile, due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state, the Canacona community health centre (CHC) has once again activated its testing centre at the old CHC complex for the benefit of the people.
Poinguinim: Mohan Gopal Ram, 40, from Loharkhet, Uttarakhand, was caught red-handed by Canacona police for being in possession of narcotic substance worth over Rs 26,000. The accused was caught at Devbhag, Canacona, with 220g of dry green substance, suspected to be ganja, worth Rs 20,200, and 12g of brown sticky substance, suspected to be charas, worth Rs 6,000. Canacona police have arrested Ram under provisions of the Narcotic Drugs Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. tnn The accused was produced before the judicial magistrate first class, Canacona, who released him on bail. Police sub inspector Swadesh Desai is investigation into the case.
Canacona: The new year started on a bad note for some businessmen of Poinguinim in Canacona, as they woke up on Sunday to learn that a fire had gutted two shops while three adjoining shops were robbed.Claiming that the incident occurred late Saturday night, one shopkeeper complained of cash ofRs 12,000 missing from his cash drawer, while others said thieves took away goods from their shops, which are located in the Poinguinim market.Stating that the shops were robbed by removing roof tiles and breaking open locks, the shopkeepers alleged that the thieves themselves may have set the shops on fire to destroy any evidence.Sources in the Canacona fire station said that on receiving a call around 2.30 am on Sunday, a fire-fighting team reached the spot and managed to douse the flames in two hours. As the shops had wooden beams to support the roof, the fire was spreading rapidly and two fire tenders were required to bring it under control, said the sources.Even as two shops were totally gutted, the firemen managed to save the adjoining shops thus averting a disaster. Many electronic and other goods from one of the gutted shops were, however, totally destroyed in the flames.The locals have demanded a regular patrolling in the area by Canacona police, who said that they did not receive a complaint with regard to the fire and theft incident till 4 pm on Sunday.
NT NETWORKCanaconaThe stretch of NH66 from Balli to Canacona is in a dismal state, dotted with potholes, uneven surface and ‘illegal’ concrete humps.The concrete was used to cover the trench that was dug up for laying water pipelines, and acts like speed breakers.Commuters had hoped that atleast before the beginning of the New Year a safe road would be provided for the public, but to the dismay of all, the road condition is getting worse with the passage of time.The authorities have turned a blind eye to this important highway which links Goa to Karnataka and other states of India, they said.Diogo D’Silva, a businessman and a social worker from Canacona said, “With the inuguration of several government projects in Canacona during the past two months by the Chief Minister and other ministers, most people thought that the issue of discomfort faced during the journey while commuting on the road would be taken care of. The road has sunken at most places and has developed cracks and potholes. The highway exposes the commuters to the risk of mishaps during the travel.”D’Silva further said the condition of the around 30-km stretch of road is such that it by no imagination looks to be a part of the modern National-Highway 66.A regular driver, who transports goods to Canacona from Margao, said the road was washed away in certain areas making it difficult for drivers to carry fragile goods.“Due to the bad condition of the highway, I refuse to carry material that can get damaged while transporting,” said the driver.Residents said the careless attitude of the PWD (NH section) towards the construction work led to the present condition of the road from Balli to Canacona.The NH-66running through Polem links producers to markets, workers to jobs, students to schools, the sick to hospitals and tourists to their favourite spots and hence very vital.With the present state of the road, vehicles take a longer travel time.Socky D’Silva, a tourism stakeholder, said, “Canacona taluka is also a host to many world-famous beaches including Palolem and Agonda. The tourists always complain of the bad road condition and comment that the bad roads keep them back from traveling to Canacona for a holiday.”“TheNationalRoad Safety Policy was framed tolook at overall road safety, and outlines initiatives to be taken by the government at all levels but the PWD (NH) engineers and officials for reasons best known to them are not committed to provide good roads that are safer for commuters,” alleged those using the NH stretch on a regular basis.
Poinguinim: Canacona MLA Isidore Fernandes on Sunday said it was disheartening that some people were opposed to the installation of transformers. “After much efforts, we got six new transformers sanctioned to redress the low voltage problem in Agonda. Three were installed in the interiors of Agonda, but the other three were not installed due to opposition by some people,” Fernandes said, adding that it would greatly improve the power supply. While launching a slew of development projects in Canacona, Fernandes said all the projects would be completed in time despite the pandemic situation. Installation of crash barrier, protection wall, and widening of road at Panna and Desaiwada towards Agonda beach were recently launched.
Poinguinim: Shakuntala Chandrakant Mhalsi, 75, a resident of Madditolop in Canacona, who was hit by a racing bike on Sunday morning, succumbed to the injuries at the South Goa District Hospital, Margao, on Sunday night. Mhalsi’s body was handed over to her family after the autopsy on Monday. Kiran Devar, the rider and a resident of Carambolim, was arrested on Monday under provisions of the IPC He was later released on bail. As per the reports, the woman was living alone and used to make her living by selling flowers along the NH 66 at Sheli in Canacona, where she was hit by the bike while she was crossing the road.
MARGAO: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Friday assured to bring in the âmuch-neededâ development in Curtorim constituency, even as he accused Congress of keeping the minority-dominated constituency backward over the last several decades. Addressing a gathering held in Curtorim to induct ex-zilla panchayat member Moreno Rebelo and his supporters into BJP, Sawant charged incumbent Curtorim MLA and Congress working president, Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco of having been incapable of facilitating people of his constituency to avail of the various welfare schemes of the state and central government. âI donât know how many of you are beneficiaries of various government schemes for health, education, agriculture, house construction/repairs, etc. If you fail to give central government schemes to people, what is the use of such an MLA?â Sawant said. âProviding free tractors and harvesters to farmers wonât suffice, it is equally important to ensure that PM Narendra Modiâs schemes reach the people. Keeping people dependent wonât work. It is imperative that you lead them towards development. You should take the schemes to the people.â Lourenco has been providing farmers of Curtorim with mechanised farming equipment and services over the last several years. Sawant devoted a major part of his address trying to point out how development has evaded Curtorim. âI was of the view that Canacona and Pernem constituencies are underdeveloped. Now as I tour across all 40 constituencies, I have seen that Canacona and Pernem have gone much ahead in terms of development while Curtorim has lagged way behind. And it is Congress that is responsible for keeping you backward. You elected MLAs (from Congress) who went on to become ministers and one a chief minister and a MP. What have all of them done? Show me a single project that they have brought to this constituency. When we think of development, we think of education, employment, health,â he said. Speaking further, Sawant said that his government has never discriminated on the basis of religion. Stating that he âfelt badâ about poor infrastructural facilities in Curtorim, Sawant promised to improve the condition of the primary health centre, bring an educational project which, he said, would provide admission to locals students and jobs for local youth, set up sports facilities, and provide underground power cabling in the constituency. He also held Lourenco responsible for the failure in solving the Sonsoddo issue.
Poinguinim: Thousands attended the feast at St Francis Xavier’s church at Bhatpal in Canacona. Devotees from neighbouring. Church authorities had erected a pandal to facilitate Covid-safe mandates, said Fr Freddy Dias. The feast Mass was presided over by dean of Canacona Fr Santan D'Souza and by the priests of the deanery. In his homily Fr D’Souza stressed on the 3 A’s — active listening, adjustment and acceptance, while urging the faithful “to always accept the will of God come what may and be ready to listen to what God has to say”. At the end of the celebration, the relic of the saint was taken out in a procession and later kept for veneration.