Chief officer lodged 6 complaints with the policeMargao: Chief officer of the Margao municipality Agnelo Fernandes on Thursday disclosed that he filed six complaints with the Margao town police during his tenure of 19 months on important files going missing from the office of the civic body.Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, Fernandes said that important files going missing from the MMC office has become a regular feature.“I was disturbed when the officers concerned passed the buck on the missing files, which forced me to file complaints with the police. I also ignored phone calls that were made after the police complaints were filed,” said Fernandes, who has now been transferred as the member secretary of the Goa State Commission for Backward Classes.The files that went missing pertained to the approach road to the Sonsoddo dumpsite, procurement of grass-cutting machines, purchase of fire extinguishers for the dumpsite, truck hiring for municipality works, purchase of three garbage compactor trucks, construction of a shed for the material recovery facility and well cleaning, reliable sources revealed. Interestingly, the MMC chairperson and councillors have been making light of the files going missing.It has been alleged that that the important files “disappeared in pursuance of protection of someone’s interests, bribery or harassment of some people”.After the complaints were registered, two files were traced within the MMC office. Interestingly, no new file has gone missing in the last four months, the chief officer clarified.He also said that there has been rise in the number of cases filed in the court of the MMC chief officer.Every month on an average 15 new cases are filed in the court of the chief officer, while at least 10 cases are disposed of. Most of these cases pertain to illegal constructions and illegal vending. Cases are also filed against encroachments and blocking of way.Fernandes admitted that there has also been rise in pendency of cases during his tenure as the chief officer.“There were 300 pending cases when I took over. Their number has risen to 550. Nevertheless I succeeded in settling 50 cases in these 19 months,” he disclosed.
Margao: Two prime accused in the inter-state fake currency racket busted by Karwar police earlier this month were arrested from Margao on Thursday. Police gave the names of those arrested as Mushtaq Hasan Beg, 43, and Afzal Hasan Beg, 45. Two of their family members, Seema Mushtaq Beg, 40, and Asma Afzal Beg, who were also involved in the racket have been arrested, police sources said. Fake currency notes of 500 denomination, printers, laptops and other equipment used for printing the counterfeit currency were also seized. Following a raid at a place in Karwar, the Karwar police had busted the gang by arresting four persons, two of whom were from Margao, and one from Fatorda. The fourth was from Karwar. Police were on the lookout for Mustaq.
Margao: Residents of Davorlim, sore over frequent accidents and traffic blockades in the area, have demanded installation of traffic signals at the Aquem junction. Residents, speaking to reporters, said that they have been demanding installation of traffic signals for the last 15 years but to no avail. “There is absolutely no traffic management at the junction. Traffic policemen are deployed only when there is movement of a VIP politician along the route; there is absolutely no concern about public safety for the traffic authorities,” a resident said. They have demanded immediate deployment of traffic policemen at the Aquem junction if traffic authorities are unable to install traffic signals. They have warned of taking to the streets if the authorities fail to heed their demand.
Panaji: In a routine reshuffle, the government on Wednesday transferred over 40 senior scale and junior scale officers. The transfers come just two days after a similar reshuffle of the state’s top bureaucrats. Undersecretary for general administration Shripad Arlekar has now been appointed as the director for health services. Geeta Nagvenkar, who was serving as PWD deputy director has been promoted as PWD director (administration), in place of Ajit Panchwadkar, who has been transferred and appointed as managing director of Goa State Minorities Finance and Development Corporation. Nagvekar will continue to hold charge as the deputy director at PWD and administrator of communidade central zone. Tushar Harlankar, who was the deputy director of higher education has now been appointed as joint secretary home department. Pravin Volvotkar, the joint director with the IT department and who was posted as the officer on special duty with the commissioner of labour and employment, is now appointed as the director of IT with immediate effect. Additional director at the department of urban development Clen Madeira has been transferred and posted as secretary of Goa Rehabilitation Board. However, he will continue to officiate as additional director at the department of urban development and chief officer of Bicholim Municipal Council. Rohit Kadam, who was deputy commissioner for state taxes, has now been posted as chief officer of Margao Municipal Council. Neha Panvelkar, who was also serving as deputy commissioner for state taxes, has been transferred and appointed as managing director of Goa housing board. Deepesh Priolkar, who is undersecretary to the agriculture minister with additional charge as TCP deputy director, will now serve as the member secretary of the Goa Football Development Corporation along with his existing responsibilities. Deputy registrar of Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi, Pundalik Khorjuekar has been appointed as director of museums. Vishant Gaunekar and Chandresh Kunkalkar, who were serving as deputy commissioners of state taxes, have now been appointed as Goa Education Development Corporation managing director and additional commissioner of state taxes, respectively. Meanwhile, Snehal Goltekar, who was the additional commissioner of state taxes, has been appointed as science and technology director. Margao Municipal Council chief officer Agnelo Fernandes has been moved to the Goa state commission for backward classes as member secretary. Bhushan Savoikar, director of education, will now serve as the secretary at the Goa State Information Commission, replacing Mahadev Araundekar, who heads to Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation as the special land acquisition officer. Deputy chief electoral officer Sangeeta Naik has been appointed as the member secretary of the Goa state commission for women. Aside from this, 25 other junior scale officers have been given new or additional responsibilities.
MARGAO: Police investigations into the murder case of Rupa Parkar, a resident of Karmane, Dabhal, has revealed that she was killed with the sole objective of robbing her of the gold ornaments she was wearing. Curchorem police had on Saturday arrested Hussain Khan, 40, on charges of murdering Parkar. “During sustained interrogation, the accused disclosed that he had offered the deceased a lift in his vehicle from Karmane. On the way, he assaulted her with a lever leading to her death. Thereafter, he robbed her gold chain and threw her body in an isolated spot at Gandhinagar, Guddemol,” South Goa SP Abhishek Dhania said. During the course of investigation, CCTV footage from several cameras was examined and 50 suspects were questioned and verified, Dhania said. “Finally, the teams were able to zero in on a suspect whose movements were cross verified with the crime scene, following which Khan was arrested,” he added.
PANAJI: Cloudy weather prevailed for most of the day on Saturday, as India meteorological department (IMD), Panaji, forecast rain or thundershowers at isolated places over both districts for four days till Tuesday. During the last 24 hours, there was just 0.5mm rainfall in Margao, a trace in Panaji, while other centres received no rainfall. “The wind patterns are influencing the weather. The westerly winds from the Arabian Sea are bringing moisture and easterly winds at 700 hPa (3km above atmosphere) are advecting clouds towards Goa region,” Rajasree VPM, scientist at IMD, Panaji, said. While this April ended as the wettest April for 85 years (since 1937), rainfall during May so far has been sparse. During the past nearly two-and-a-half months, Pernem witnessed more rainfall activity as the rain gauge centre in the town recorded 205.8mm of rainfall. Sanquelim also received higher rainfall of 110.9mm, Mapusa 75.9mm, Margao 70.2mm, Sanguem 69.2mm, Panaji 61.1mm, and other centres on a lesser scale during the 70+ days. Valpoi had recorded 59.3mm till April 22, but the total has not been updated since then. At the peak of summer, the maximum temperatures have been within normal range. On Friday, the mercury actually went down 2.3 degrees below normal, as IMD, Panaji recorded a maximum temperature of 31.6 degrees Celsius. It rose slightly to 33 degrees Celsius, just 0.9 degrees below normal while many places in the country have been affected by a heat wave.
Panaji: The monsoon may hit Goa marginally earlier this year, as India meteorological department (IMD) said on Friday that it will reach Kerala around May 27, a few days earlier than the normal onset date of May 1. Even as the IMD issues a forecast for the monsoon’s onset over Kerala, it doesn’t predict its progression as it moves north towards Goa. This is because the monsoon’s progress depends on factors such as strength of the current and localised weather features. “The normal onset date of monsoon over Kerala is June 1 and normal date of progress of monsoon over Goa is June 5. This year, monsoon onset is likely over Kerala 4-5 days ahead of its normal date,” IMD scientist Rahul M said. The prediction of May 27 is subject to a model error of plus or minus four days. Rahul said that the data from the past decade or so suggests that there’s no correlation between the monsoon’s arrival in Kerala and its reaching Goa. “There are several examples to show that there may not always be a four-day gap between monsoon onset over Kerala and monsoon advance over Goa,” he said. “Two years – 2017 and 2018 – the monsoon onset was before the normal date over Kerala, but it arrived over Goa two to three days later than the normal date. Whereas in 2021, it arrived on the normal date over Goa, even though the onset date over Kerala was two days late,” he said.
Margao: The Margao Municipal Council (MMC) has invited tenders for undertaking pre-monsoon works including desilting of drains amounting to nearly Rs 17.5 lakh. Two years after the Lokayukta had questioned MMC over the estimates prepared by it, which had uniform amounts for all the desilting works, the MMC this time adopted a different method and has invited tenders for supply of workers for the desilting works. Expressing reservations over the new scheme, Savio Coutinho of Shadow Council said, “As per the work order, the pre-monsoon works shall commence from May 18 and have to be completed by July 2, by which time the monsoons would have well advanced.” “What is interesting to note is that the MMC has no idea whatsoever as to which drains will be allocated to the contractor’s workers to execute the desilting works,” Coutinho told reporters. “In our follow up to an RTI application filed by us with respect to the pre-monsoon works, we learnt that the MMC has not prepared any list of drains that need to be cleaned.” Coutinho said the workers engaged through the contractors were unlikely to be able to give the desired output in view of the rains thus resulting in wastage of public funds. “On the other hand, the MMC has a road gang of around 50 workers, simultaneously clearing the drains in different wards,” he said, pointing to the possibility of inaccurate recording of the works done and bills prepared.
Margao: Curchorem police on Saturday cracked the murder case of 55-year old Rupa Parkar, a resident of Karmane, Dabhal, by arresting a 38-year-old truck driver from Cacora, Hussain Khan. Curchorem police had on May 6 recovered the body of an unidentified woman at an isolated place at Guddemol, Sanvordem, which was later identified to be that of Parkar. While police are yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder, sources said that the accused, after giving Parkar a lift on his vehicle, killed her with a blunt weapon and dumped the body in the wooded place, before fleeing with her gold ornaments. Further investigation is underway.
Staff ReporterMargaoThe residents of Aquem in Margao finally heaved a sigh of relief on Saturday after the commercial town’s civic body cleared the mixed waste, which included animal carcasses, from areas along the ring road following several complaints from the people.Sources in the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) said nearly 450 bags full of waste was collected from the spots of which almost 120 bags were filled with mix waste, which was later shifted to theSonsoddo plant.“MMC has cleared the waste from this isolated spot. The area, which had turned into a mini Sonsoddo is now wearing a new look. We hope the people of Margao will show some civic consciousness,” said a resident of the area.He added that the place was stinking badly and the foul odour reached right the houses of the residents in the evenings.The civic body deployed men and machinery to clear the waste following complaints from the residents of Aquem. An excavator was used to lift the garbage, which was later segregated and filled in bags by the MMC workers.“The MMC did clean these areas in the past, but the waste found its way here again. The dumping of waste here in isolated areas needs to be monitored by the MMC,” said a resident of Aquem. He added that the local councillor has been making efforts to monitor the areas and keep them free from garbage.
Margao: Determined to achieve their demand for political reservation in the state assembly and parliamentary polls, tribals of Goa have come together to form a new association ‘Mission Political Reservation for Scheduled Tribes of Goa.’ After a meeting of the association held on Friday, president of the association, lawyer Joao Fernandes, told reporters that it was decided that if the government fails to provide political reservation for scheduled tribes before the 2024 parliamentary elections, they would besides boycotting the elections, resort to “non-cooperation” which would entail members of the tribes resigning from government service, relinquishing their titles, boycotting courts, and refusing to pay taxes. He said that while Gawda, Kunbi and Velip communities of Goa were included in the list of scheduled tribes in 2003, they were deprived of political reservation for the last 19 years. Fernandes attributed the failure of the government to provide political reservation to STs despite the settled position of law, to “lack of political will.” Govind Shirodkar, a tribal leader, pointing out that the central government had recently constituted the Delimitation Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir based on the 2011 census, questioned why it couldn’t do so in Goa.
Margao: Taking cognizance of the unhygienic conditions at the Margao bus stand, the urban health centre (UHC) conducted a joint site inspection along with representatives of traffic police, Margao Municipal Council (MMC), food and drugs administration (FDA) and Goacan. It was agreed that to ensure that the food kiosks adhere to norms of hygiene, FDA would conduct routine inspections of the kiosks. “Improvement notices” will be sent so that any deficiencies are dealt with by the owners as required under provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Urban health centre Margao will issue sanitary cards and act on any deficiencies as per the Public Health Act, it was decided. While the uncleared garbage and debris will be cleared on priority by MMC, deficiencies with regards to public pay toilet operated by Sulabh International (SI) will be addressed by the UHC and MMC, it was decided. The MMC will examine possible slots for women vendors selling fruits and vegetables on a daily basis at the bus stand as per a report of the Town Vending Committee, it was agreed. It was also decided that the UHC and FDA will hold a sensitisation programme for all the kiosks owners on the provisions required to be enforced under the Public Health Act, FSSAI and the Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016,
Margao: Freedom fighter Gopal Narayan Chitari, a resident of Cuncolim, passed away Friday morning. He was 87. The final rites were performed Friday evening. Chitari had participated in Goa’s freedom movement. A teacher by profession, Chitari was the recipient of the President's Award. In a conversation with TOI ahead of Goa’s liberation Day in December 2021, Chitari had expressed his disappointment over the state of affairs of Goa’s politics. “This isn’t the freedom we gave our blood and tears for,” he had said. “I sometimes wonder if we have really achieved freedom in the real sense of the term.” Commenting on political defections with scant regard to political ideologies, Chitari had said: “Democracy has been reduced to a mockery, as it’s difficult to identify who belongs to the ruling dispensation and who is from the opposition side.” Chief minister Pramod Sawant in his condolence message said that Chitari’s “immense contribution in Goa's Liberation struggle will always be remembered.” Cuncolim MLA Yuri Alemao said Chitari’s passing was “a huge loss to the historical village of Cuncolim.” “People of Cuncolim will miss his valuable advice and guidance,” Alemao said. Margao MLA Digambar Kamat also expressed his sorrow over Chitari’s death.
Vasco: The state government has taken cognisance of the non-functioning air conditioning system at Ravindra Bhavan, Baina, and it will be soon repaired, said chairman of Ravindra Bhavan Jayant Jadhav. “Chief minister Pramod Sawant has assured us he will resolve the issue soon,” Jadhav said. After the file for repairs was submitted to the executive engineer PWD, Margao, it was also brought to the notice of the minister for art and culture minister, Govind Gaude, at a recent review meeting. Presently, music classes are held at Ravindra Bhavan. During the peak of the Covid pandemic, it was used as a vaccination centre. Apart from this, offices of the deputy collector and mamlatdar operate from the Ravindra Bhavan premises.
Margao: Reacting to the statement by the Kannada Sangh that it would field candidates for panchayat elections, some politicians from Salcete have expressed concern over the issue. Curtorim MLA Alexio Reginaldo Lourenco said that it was “a part of a plan to create more divisions among Goans.” “In the last election, we saw how a group came and created divides. We Goans have to do only one thing, we have to stay united and not create any more divides. If we do that nobody will dare interfere in our affairs,” Lourenco said. While he said that he saw “no reason to react” to the Kannada Sangh’s statement, Lourenco, however, said that “it only gives us a reason to come together as Goans and stay united to defeat their plans.” “This is a challenge before the people. They should send a message that they are united,” he said. Former MLA Churchill Alemao, reacting on the issue, was guarded in his comments. He, however, expressed concerns over outsiders taking over the political sphere in Goa.
Margao: Set up two years ago during the peak of the first wave of Covid 19 at the South Goa district hospital, Margao, the RT-PCR laboratory has so far tested nearly 5 lakh samples, including RT-PCR and antigen tests. Dr Shawn Cardozo, microbiologist at the laboratory, said that the laboratory works in three 12-hour shifts and that its testing capacity has now been enhanced with the installation of new state-of-the-art machines and recruitment of more staff. The laboratory now has five microbiologists (two doctors and three with post-graduate qualifications in microbiology), 10 laboratory technicians and three data entry operators. Apart from RT-PCR tests, the laboratory does microbial culture and sensitivity tests on various infectious samples, testing for diseases like dengue, chikungunya, malaria, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and other bacterial infections, like urinary tract infections. “Apart from using conventional methods, we now have upgraded our laboratory with automated machines for study of bacterial infections and for detection of TB, which give faster and more accurate results. We have test kits for testing swine flu, H1N1, etc,” Quadros said.
Margao: A power supply transformer erected by the electricity department inside the Lohia Maidan at Margao is marring the aesthetics of the place contrary to what the ongoing beautification work at the maidan aims to achieve. Beautification of Lohia Maidan is progressing at a pace and the garden is likely to be partially opened to public by June 18, Goa Revolution Day. Sources said that the power supply transformer, which was located a few meters away, was shifted and erected at Lohia Maidan a few years ago to facilitate underground power cabling work. Members of the Freedom Fighters’ Association, who are actively involved in the beautification work, have decried the electricity department’s move to shift the transformer to the Lohia Maidan without obtaining any approvals from the authorities concerned. In order to hide the ugly spot, it was decided to erect a wall around the transformer. However, the idea didn’t find favour with the stakeholders, who have now urged the Goa State Urban Development Agency (GSUDA), which is executing the work, to take up the matter with the electricity department and effectits removal. “If a wall is constructed around the transformer, it will block the view of the maidan from the road. People tend to gather on the roadsides and listen to speeches delivered from the maidan,” a source associated with the association said. Lohia Maidan holds a special place in the annals of history as it was on June 18, 1946, that Ram Manohar Lohia addressed a gathering giving a clarion call for Goans to join the freedom struggle. This led to a revolution that culminated in Goa’s liberation on December 19, 1961.
Margao: Even as the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) is facing flak for its failure to put things in order at the Sonsoddo waste treatment plant, the municipality is now faced with the arduous task of identifying land for disposing the inert residual waste generated from the bioremediation of the legacy dump. Sources said that around 1,000 truck loads of inerts are sitting at the legacy garbage dump site waiting to be transported to the disposal site. MMC chairperson Lyndon Periera said that efforts were under way to identify suitable sites. Apart from approaching government departments to seek permission to use their lands for dumping the inerts, the MMC also seeks to utilise private properties to dispose it of. MMC officials said that as the waste is inert and non-reactive it won’t adversely affect the soil and therefore there should be no reason for landowners not to use the inerts for landfilling of their properties, as was earlier done at land owned by the Kadamba Transport Corporation near the Margao bus stand. Meanwhile, Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) has begun the work of bioremediation of the waste accumulated inside the garbage treatment plant at Sonsoddo. The waste is being transported from inside the plant to the legacy dump site for bioremediation. The GWMC has plans to set up two bio-digesters of 25 tpd (tonnes per day) capacity at Sonsoddo to treat wet waste as announced by minister for waste management Atanasio Monseratte during his site visit last month. It was also decided that MMC would hand over the land to GWMC and that the latter would come out with a detailed project report (DPR) about a comprehensive waste management project proposal at Sonsoddo soon.
Margao: Movement of certain trains on the Konkan Railway route has been affected on account of infrastructure upgradation work that is under way between Majorda and Margao section. The work entails launching of Restricted Head-girder (RH girder) for construction of Road under bridge (RUB) to replace the level crossing along the section. Konkan Railway had earlier suspended traffic movement in this section between April 18 and May 3. The current work is a part of the earlier exercise, it is learnt. The work entails inserting the RH girders and precast RCC box by cut-and-cover method. Consequently, Train no. 10112 Madgaon Jn. - Mumbai CSMT Konkankanya Express was rescheduled to leave Madgaon Jn. at 6.25 pm, 25 minutes late. Also, train no. 16338 Ernakulam Jn. - Okha Express of Wednesday will be regulated at enroute stations for 85 minutes, a press note by Konkan Railway said.
Margao: Villagers of Mandop, Navelim, and surrounding areas have demanded for a Kadamba bus service between Margao and Mandop via Aquem, Ravanfond and Aquem Baixo. In a memorandum presented to Navelim MLA Ulhas Tuenkar, who is also the chairperson of Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC), the villagers said that in the absence of a bus service, they are subjected to severe inconvenience. They suggested that the bus take the route that passes along Aquem, power house, Ravanfond, Gorakshwadi junction, Shantadurga temple, Aquem Baixo, Canara Bank, Mandop ground. Tuenkar assured the people of looking into the matter. Tuenkar had said that his endeavor would be to improve the efficiency of the functioning of the organisation even as it continues to provide reliable and affordable service to the common man. He had also said that as the Kadamba buses serve as a reliable means of transport from remote areas, KTC should continue providing service to the people without thinking much about profits and losses.
Staff ReporterMargaoThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) staged a protest in Margao against the rising fuel and LPG prices and the general inflation with a demand to the government to bring down the prices and provide relief to the common man.AAP leaders including Benaulim MLA Venzy Viegas held banners and raised slogans at the Margao municipal garden, criticising the BJP government for its indifference towards the rising prices.Speaking to the mediapersons, AAP leader Patricia Fernandes said, “While the Goa Dairy, a major milk producing co-operative, hiked milk prices by `4 per litre recently, domestic LPG gas cylinder price crossed `1,000. Many people have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic.”AAP vice-president Surel Tilve said that his party had warned against the hike after the BJP formed the government and demanded corrective measures at the earliest. “People with disabilities, senior citizens, and people living with HIV have not received their monthly assistance from the government for the past four months. Many of them are entirely dependent on the government’s monthly doles. However, the BJP government is busy spending crores of rupees on its events.”The AAP also questioned the silence of BJP’s Mahila Morcha on the rising prices of essential commodities including that of Smriti Irani who had protested against inflation when she was in the opposition.
Margao: Brahmeshanand Acharya Swami, head of Shree Datta Padmanabh Peeth, will deliver a keynote address and represent the Hindu community at a conference organised by Muslim World League on May 11 and 12 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. ‘Promoting common values among the followers of religions’ is the theme of the conference, a press note said. Brahmeshanand Acharya is the first spiritual leader from India to address a conference in Saudi Arabia. Several international speakers and dignitaries from different countries will be participating in the conference, the note adds. Brahmeshanand Swami was recently conferred the Padma Shri award. The seer is a regular distinguished speaker at various inter-religious international peace meets.
Miguel BraganzaThe ‘Ambeamchem Fest’ held at Corlim- Ilhas on Sunday seems to have been well-timed: the prices of mangoes dropped to half the rate of the previous week. There were luscious mangoes, locally grown and naturally ripened in paddy straw, on sale. And it was a pleasure to eat them. It gives the organisers hope for a successful Konkan Fruit Fest from May 13 to 15 to be held in Panaji.The Botanical Society of Goa (BSG) and the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) have brought back the event this year with the support of the Directorate of Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, nursery owners, fruit processors and fruit enthusiasts. On-the-spot fruit eating competition (banana and watermelon) is popular among the young and old.A large section of the residents in Goa now live in apartments with little or no access to grow plants. Over the years, especially during the recent pandemic, many home-makers have grown vegetables, chillies, tomatoes and coriander in pots and trays. Some young adults recalled the collection of ‘fruit plants in bonsai pots’ created by Dona Almira Rodrigues that were exhibited at the ‘Festival of Plants & Flowers’ at SFX School, Siolim, in the 1990s when they were students and even the BSG was young. Others have literally taken the art to a higher level; on the terrace.Yogita Mehra has made potted fruit plants available to persons who want home-grown fruits in their apartments but thought that it was impossible, and Daniel D’Souza has even created fruiting bonsai. The competition this year includes potted plants with fruit. Entries will be accepted on Saturday, 14 May at 10 a.m. and can be taken back the same evening or by Sunday 5 p.m.The range of fruit plants grown in Goa is expanding. Whether it is a red-skinned ladyfinger, or banana that catches one’s attention or the purple passion fruit or the ‘Grape Tree’ Jaboticaba or the Kilo Guava in the ground or on the terrace, it is all available in Goa. Oscar Silveira in Borda de Margao and Laban D’Souza in Kirbhatt, Nuvem have large collections of them and Nestor Rangel is marketing the plants as Anup Poinguinkar and Meghnath Kerekar who will be in attendance at the Konkan Fruit Fest 2022 to help you join their ranks as a fruit grower.The BSG’s all Goa Home Garden competition has revealed how the enthusiasm of Jai Naik has enabled him to grow a veritable ‘food forest’ on the sloping RCC roof of his apartment in Margao. He even has a jackfruit bearing tree and an apple tree in blossom!The Konkan Fruit Fest has competitions in fresh fruits and fruit products like jams, pickles, candies, preserves, juices, squashes, syrups, wines, vinegar and other products. It has been the launchpad for many a product as well as a source for germplasm for selections of superior types. Rambutan, mulberry, velvet apple, star apple, and others have become popular through this festival while kokum and jackfruit has added value to the festival. It is the informal and festive atmosphere that promotes learning and exchange of ideas. Come to Panaji and be a part of it this weekend.
Margao: Even as Margao Municipal Council (MMC) faces a daunting task of recovering revenue amounting to Rs 25 crore, three vacant posts of market inspectors has rendered the exercise that much difficult for the revenue recovery team of the municipality. Sources in MMC said that the municipality has five sanctioned posts of market inspectors, out of which three have been lying vacant for long. Consequently, with the just two market inspectors available on duty, the pace of revenue recovery has been affected to a significant extent, while also affecting the anti-encroachment drives. “Considering the wide geographical area that MMC has under its jurisdiction, it’s imperative that at least two posts of assistant market inspectors are created. But we are now faced with a situation where we are left with just two market inspectors,” a senior official said. The market inspectors, apart from having to do their routine tasks of inspections for trade licences, removal of encroachments, etc, are also engaged in the work of issuing income certificates and other documents during the first half of the day, sources in the municipality said. Market inspectors are also engaged in serving of demand notices for house tax and trade tax, issuing fines as also issuing spot fines for traders violating rules. MMC has currently undertaken a drive aimed at bringing business establishments, corporate houses and financial institutions which have been evading taxes, into the tax net. Last month, notices were sent by MMC to several commercial units in the town identified to be big tax evaders, to produce a copy of their lease agreements and other relevant details. The taxation section of the MMC is currently engaged in verifying the documents that would enable them to levy appropriate taxes on these firms. Sources said that the MMC stands to gain substantially if all these high net worth commercial establishments are brought into the tax net.
Margao: In order to facilitate handing over the possession of land at Sonsoddo to the Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC), survey and demarcation of the land has been carried out. Chief officer MMC Agnelo Fernandes said that the demarcation of land was carried out on Friday and that the further process of handing over the land to GWMC would follow soon. At a meeting held on April 26 by minister for waste management Atanasio Monserrate at Sonsoddo with officials of GWMC and MMC, it was decided that the MMC would hand over the land to GWMC and that the latter would come out with a detailed project report about a comprehensive waste management project proposal within 15 days. Monserrate, had assured that within the next 12-18 months, a comprehensive waste management project will be up and running at Sonsoddo.
Margao: One of the two riders who met with an accident in Navelim this week has been discharged, while the other is undergoing treatment at GMC, Bambolim. Madhukar Dande, 52, who was the pillion rider, has been discharged from a Margao-based private hospital. The rider, Vivek Vani, 24, has been shifted to GMC. The two sustained injuries after they rammed into a car whose owner had opened the car driver’s side door without checking for oncoming vehicles, police said. The two fell on the road and were run over by a truck. The truck driver fled from the scene, and Dande and Vani were rushed to hospital with multiple injuries. The car driver, Avison D’Costa, was placed under arrest and released on bail the same day. tnn