Ponda: Police custody of Jahangir Islam, 32, and Shaikh Nadeem Khan, 52, from Bagerhat district in Bangladesh’s Khulna division was on Thursday extended by five more days by a Ponda court in connection with an ATM robbery at Tisk-Usgao. The accused were brought to Ponda on September 15 from Andhra Pradesh’s Gannavaram police station. Gannavaram police had arrested them late last month at a local railway station for attempting to rob an SBI ATM there. Four others, however, are still at large.A gang of six masked robbers had detached two ATMs of two different bank kiosks at Tisk-Usgao, and had decamped with them early on August 18. Both were later found abandoned at Piliem-Dharbandora, a kilometre away. After the robbery, they fled to Hubballi by train and stayed there for a day before moving to Gannavaram. “When we verified the CCTV footage of a hotel in Hubballi, it was confirmed that they were the same men involved in the Usgao robbery”, Ponda DySP C L Patil said.
Ponda: In a second hit-and-run case in less than 20 days in Ponda, Anagha Desai, 43, a resident of Usgao, was killed in a hit-and-run accident at Tisk-Usgao on Friday while crossing the road. The driver of the car, Raghavindra Hanagi, 34, a resident of Dharwad in Karnataka, was arrested from Hubbali.The accused was identified with the help of CCTV footage and the car was traced to Hubbali, police said.In a similar incident, a truck cleaner was killed at Tisk-Usgao on September 3. Ponda PI Vijaykumar Chodankar said the vehicle involved in the accident that killed Desai was traced by Friday evening and was brought to Ponda along with its driver who had fled the accident spot without providing medical aid to the victim and without informing police about the accident.Desai, a native of Gadhinglaj in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district, worked at the Nestle factory. Police said she was crossing the road to reach the factory when the accident took place. TNN
Ponda: After Collem police seized machinery, including a horizontal laterite cutting machine from a Tatodi-Dharbandora quarry site, the owner has moved court to get his machinery released. The machinery was allegedly used to extract and steal laterite stones illegally. The matter will be heard by a Sanguem court on Saturday, Collem PI Sanjay Dalvi said.Following a complaint lodged by Omkar Naik Gaonkar, an assistant geologist of the directorate of mines and geology, Panaji, the police had seized the machinery earlier this week. Four persons — stone quarry owner Ganpat Gaonkar, 39, a resident of Tatodi, three labourers, Mukesh Urao, 21, and Rajesh Kindo, 19, both natives of Jharkhand and Santosh Lamani, 27, a native of Bijapur, Karnataka— were arrested. They were later released on bail, Dalvi said.Since stone extraction has been banned by the Supreme Court, extraction and selling of extracted laterite stones is an offence and a case under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Minor Mineral Ore Concession Rules has been registered against the accused, he added.
Panaji: Chimbel resident, Devu Mardolkar, 59, who was hit by a Kadamba bus at the Chimbel junction early Friday morning, succumbed to his injuries.The victim was riding a cycle when the Kadamba bus, which was proceeding from Panaji to Ponda hit him. The accident took place around 6.30am. Police said the victim was immediately shifted to Goa Medical College where he was declared brought dead.Police sub inspector Edvin Dias said that the driver of the bus, Rupesh Mudkudkar, was arrested and later released on bail. The victim was an employee of the Corporation of the City of Panaji.
PONDA: The body of Madhya Pradesh techie Arprit Shukla resurfaced after 18 days on Thursday. The 31-year-old software engineer from Bhopal had drowned in Dudhsagar river on September 5 after he slipped off the waterfalls. The body was stuck in the roots of a tree on the banks 7km from the falls. Collem PI Sanjay Dalvi said the victim’s brother who was in Goa to join the search operation has identified the body. It has been preserved at the GMC mortuary for an autopsy likely to be conducted on Friday. Shukla had visited Dudhsagar waterfalls on the evening of September 5 with his wife and some friends. He was suspected to have fallen into the stream in an attempt to get a picture of the waterfalls and went missing. A search operation was launched immediately after.
Ponda: The body of Madhya Pradesh techie Arprit Shukla resurfaced after 18 days on Thursday. The 31-year-old software engineer from Bhopal had drowned in Dudhsagar river on September 5 after he slipped off the waterfalls. The body was stuck in the roots of a tree on the banks 7km from the falls.Collem PI Sanjay Dalvi said the victim’s brother who was in Goa to join the search operation has identified the body. It has been preserved at the GMC mortuary for an autopsy likely to be conducted on Friday.Shukla had visited Dudhsagar waterfalls on the evening of September 5 with his wife and some friends. He was suspected to have fallen into the stream in an attempt to get a picture of the waterfalls and went missing. A search operation was launched immediately after.
PANAJI: A Ponda court has pulled up the police for seeking condonation in delay in filing charges and citing excuses of Covid-19 and bandobast duties. "Several stereotype applications for condoning the delay are filed by the investigating officers assigning similar reasons of being deployed on bandobast duties and other duties," stated Judicial Magistrate First Class, Ponda, Audi Shanoor. "I find that police officers have to discharge their duties with utmost diligence and such casual and cavalier approach cannot be entertained," the court added. In the latest case, the offence of rash driving took place on April 23, 2019, and the PI filed an application seeking condonation in delay in filing the chargesheet, stating that the head constable who is now a PSI was deployed for bandobast duty and Covid-19 duty. The delay, if calculated, is for over one year, the court found. "Perusal of the chargesheet shows that the investigation was completed in 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic started in March 2020 and the investigating officer had sufficient time to file the chargesheet but he has failed to do so," the court stated. The investigating officer has not sufficiently explained the delay of such a long period and stated that the application has been filed "in an utmost casual and cavalier manner without assigning any proper justification for the delay caused and without mentioning the exact number of days of delay caused in filing the chargesheet", the court stated. It also pointed out that the officer failed to remain present, "which shows his lack of diligence to proceed with the matter". The investigating officer lodged an FIR against a 22-year-old barber who lost three fingers in an accident case. The court found that sufficient cause was not shown by the investigating officer to condone the delay in filing the chargesheet. As per Section 468 of the CrPC, the chargesheet had to be filed within a year of the offence and in the present case it had to be filed by April 22, 2020, but the application before the court seeking condonation in delay was dated December 13, 2021. Rash driving under Section 279 of IPC provides for simple imprisonment for a term extending up to six months or a fine which may extend to Rs 1,000, or both. The court dismissed the police application.
Panaji: The National Investigation Agency (NIA), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and police forces conducted a search at the residence of Popular Front of India (PFI) leader, Anis Ahmed Mossa, at Baina, Vasco, on Thursday. Around 20 officers were involved in the search operation.During the search, incriminating documents, cash, and a large number of digital devices were seized.The search started at 3am and concluded around 8pm. The central committee member, who is a resident of Bengaluru, used to frequently visit Goa. Musa left the state over 15 years ago and is one among the top PFI leaders. Goa police said that NIA and ED officials have come from Mumbai to conduct a search. PFI has its office in Margao and is also active in Ponda.NIA had taken the help of Goa police to conduct the search and a huge force of Goa police personnel were kept on standby to act in case of any law and order situation during the search.When asked if Goa police will monitor the activities of PFI in the state, director general of police (DGP) Jaspal Singh told TOI that the department’s special branch always keeps a watch on all organisations.Chief minister Pramod Sawant had said that during the time of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) agitation, PFI were active in Goa trying to create communal disturbance. Sawant had said that earlier, on three occasions, PFI had attempted to disturb communal harmony in the state. He had said that he had received a police report on the activities of the PFI and the attempts to disturb communal harmony.Sawant had also said that he will write to the Union government seeking a ban on the PFI in the country.
BICHOLIM: In a joint operation, Bicholim, Valpoi and Ponda police, along with staff of Panaji police station, arrested four persons in connection with the abduction of Keri-Sattari State Bank of India branch manager and stealing Rs 10 lakh cash and six pouches containing gold ornaments. Those arrested are Jitendrakumar Sharma, 30, and Raju Kumar Das, 24, both residents of Goa Velha and natives of Bihar, 32-year-old Sahil Irshad Khan, a resident of Keri-Sattari, and Kiran Ghorpade, 23, a resident of Goa Velha and native of Bijapur. The first three accused were arrested on Friday while the fourth was arrested on Saturday at Pune. The fifth accused in the case is still absconding. Police have registered an offense under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code and that of the Arms Act. So far, police have recovered gold weighing 1.1kg amounting to Rs 50 lakh and Rs 5.5 lakh cash. Apart from these, a knife and the car used to commit the crime have also been recovered .
Bicholim: In a joint operation, Bicholim, Valpoi and Ponda police, along with staff of Panaji police station, arrested four persons in connection with the abduction of Keri-Sattari State Bank of India branch manager and stealing Rs 10 lakh cash and six pouches containing gold ornaments.Those arrested are Jitendrakumar Sharma, 30, and Raju Kumar Das, 24, both residents of Goa Velha and natives of Bihar, 32-year-old Sahil Irshad Khan, a resident of Keri-Sattari, and Kiran Ghorpade, 23, a resident of Goa Velha and native of Bijapur. The first three accused were arrested on Friday while the fourth was arrested on Saturday at Pune. The fifth accused in the case is still absconding. Police have registered an offense under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code and that of the Arms Act.So far, police have recovered gold weighing 1.1kg amounting to Rs 50 lakh and Rs 5.5 lakh cash. Apart from these, a knife and the car used to commit the crime have also been recovered .
PONDA: Ponda police on Thursday nabbed two men from Bangladesh allegedly involved in the ATM robbery at Tisk-Usgao in Ponda on August 18. Gannavaram police from Andhra Pradesh's (AP) Krishna district had arrested them and a Ponda police team brought them to Goa on Thursday. While AP police have arrested two, four others are still at large. Both accused have been remanded in five-day police custody by a Ponda court. Ponda DySP C L Patil said that the accused had told AP police that they had purchased gold of Rs 5 lakh with the money robbed from the ATM at Usgao. The gold is presently in the custody of AP police. The robbers had decamped with over Rs 13 lakh from the bank ATM machine. AP police said that the accused, Jahangir Islam, 32, and Shaikh Nadeem Khan, 52, both natives of Bangladesh, had had been living in Hubballi, Karnataka. "When we verified the CCTV footage from a Hubballi hotel, it was confirmed that they were the same men involved in the Usgao ATM robbery," Patil said. A gang of six masked robbers had detached two ATMs of two different bank kiosks at Tisk-Usgao and decamped with them early August 18. Both the ATMs were later found abandoned at Piliyem-Dharbandora. The thieves could, however, rob the money from only one of the two ATMs. Another similar robbery attempt was made in Gannavaram. However, a police constable had foiled the robbery bid. The gang had even attacked the constable. The AP police succeeded in nabbing two of the six accused.
Ponda: Ponda police on Thursday nabbed two men from Bangladesh allegedly involved in the ATM robbery at Tisk-Usgao in Ponda on August 18. Gannavaram police from Andhra Pradesh’s (AP) Krishna district had arrested them and a Ponda police team brought them to Goa on Thursday. While AP police have arrested two, four others are still at large. Both accused have been remanded in five-day police custody by a Ponda court.Ponda DySP C L Patil said that the accused had told AP police that they had purchased gold of Rs 5 lakh with the money robbed from the ATM at Usgao. The gold is presently in the custody of AP police. The robbers had decamped with over Rs 13 lakh from the bank ATM machine.AP police said that the accused, Jahangir Islam, 32, and Shaikh Nadeem Khan, 52, both natives of Bangladesh, had had been living in Hubballi, Karnataka. “When we verified the CCTV footage from a Hubballi hotel, it was confirmed that they were the same men involved in the Usgao ATM robbery,” Patil said.A gang of six masked robbers had detached two ATMs of two different bank kiosks at Tisk-Usgao and decamped with them early August 18. Both the ATMs were later found abandoned at Piliyem-Dharbandora. The thieves could, however, rob the money from only one of the two ATMs.Another similar robbery attempt was made in Gannavaram. However, a police constable had foiled the robbery bid. The gang had even attacked the constable. The AP police succeeded in nabbing two of the six accused.
PANAJI: The directorate of fire and emergency services inducted Two Quick Response Vehicles (QRV) and three High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) rescue boats of eight seaters capacity on Tuesday. They have been purchased at a cost of around Rs 1 crore. Chief minister Pramod Sawant inducted into service in presence of Nitin Raiker, Director, Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services among others. Sawant, who inducted the vehicles in the presence of director, directorate of fire and emergency services, Nitin Raiker, said that the state government has started conducting fire safety audits of all government building. "We have issued guidelines to install advance fire safety equipment on the premises," he said. The chief minister said that women will be recruited in the fire force. The QVRs will be deployed at the Curchorem and Ponda fire stations. The rescue boats will be deployed at the Margao, Curchorem and Ponda fire stations. The approximate cost for the three boats is over Rs 22 lakh. The three submersible pumps have been procured at a total cost of over Rs 15 lakh. These will be deployed at the Margao, Curchorem and Ponda fire stations. Three battery-operated lights of 32,000 lumens each that have been procured cost over Rs 9 lakh. These too will be deployed at the Margao, Curchorem and Ponda dire stations.
KERI: On the deep green hillsides of the Western Ghat forests at Nirankal, Ponda, specs of purple have begun to appear. This phenomenon is seen once every eight years — the blooming of the karvi flower, known botanically as strobilanthes callosa. In a week or two, the pink and white buds will be replaced by thick patches of purple, once the karvi is in full bloom. Found all along the Western Ghats, the strobilanthes callosa is a curious shrub, even for researchers. It flowers only once in its lifetime. Post-flowering, the plant is left laden with fruits which take a year to completely dry up. With the arrival of the next monsoon, the fruits fall to the ground, leaving behind seeds to germinate, for the next shrub, which will see a karvi blooming seven years later. “The shrub is unique as we see its mass flowering only after a period of eight years. In the past, the sticks of dried karvi shrub were used to build huts by locals and tribals, due to its elasticity. We will be able to enjoy karvi honey this year,” said Ramakant Gaonkar, 64, from Gothawada of Bethoda, Ponda. The karvi flower blooming results in its nectar being drawn for what is known by locals as karvi honey, which is more intense in colour and taste. It is when Gaonkar had gone to the forest to collect seasonal fruits and flowers for the matoli for Ganesh Chaturthi that he was surprised to see the karvi blooming. Karvi flowerThough the karvi had last bloomed along the Chorla Ghats, where the Goa-Karnataka-Maharashtra borders intersect, in 2016, within Goa’s borders, the flowering was seen last in September 2015. “Today, I got an opportunity to see karvi blooming after eight years. I had last witnessed it in September 2015 in Surla inside the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary,” said Datta Naik, a resident of Priol. At present, the hillsides at Nirankal have the dark stem of the karvi shrub heavily laden with large flower buds. Endemic to the Western Ghats, this particular species of karvi will be in full bloom by late September. There are other karvi species as well, which have a blooming cycle of up to twelve years. The present karvi blooms are expected to last till around early to mid-October. The karvi plant is usually found at a high altitude in the Western Ghats and is known to thrive where ample moisture is found in the soil. Research on the plant is still in its initial stages. While alive, the plant is known to be a habitat for Malabar pit vipers, bamboo pit vipers, green vine snakes among other snakes. Its leaves serve as food for grasshoppers and the Indian bison, and once dried up, ticks nest in hordes on the plants.
PONDA: Two women and a man were arrested by Ponda police on Friday in connection with the theft of copper cable rolls worth Rs 2 lakh from a Kundaim-based factory. They have been remanded in two-days police custody. Ponda police inspector Vijaykumar Chodankar said that according to a complaint lodged by HR manager Anuradha Akaram Kadam of De Nora India Limited based in Kundaim Industrial Estate, unknown persons decamped with copper cable rolls from the factory premises between 4pm of September 3 and 8am of September 5. An FIR was filed in this connection. Police said that as per CCTV footage, a tempo was seen transporting the stolen property. The vehicle was later traced at Karaswada, Mapusa along with the driver Mohammed Mustafa, 35, a native of Uttar Pradesh and two women, both natives of Karnataka. All three were nabbed by a team of Ponda police consisting of PSI Aditya Velip, head constables Kedarnath Jalmi and Hanumant Borkar, and police constable Ameya Gosavi under the supervision of SDPO, Ponda C L Patil and Chodankar. The police have recovered the stolen property from the accused. Police said while Mustafa was residing at Colvale, the women were staying at Karaswada.
Ponda: Two women and a man were arrested by Ponda police on Friday in connection with the theft of copper cable rolls worth Rs 2 lakh from a Kundaim-based factory. They have been remanded in two-days police custody.Ponda police inspector Vijaykumar Chodankar said that according to a complaint lodged by HR manager Anuradha Akaram Kadam of De Nora India Limited based in Kundaim Industrial Estate, unknown persons decamped with copper cable rolls from the factory premises between 4pm of September 3 and 8am of September 5. An FIR was filed in this connection.Police said that as per CCTV footage, a tempo was seen transporting the stolen property. The vehicle was later traced at Karaswada, Mapusa along with the driver Mohammed Mustafa, 35, a native of Uttar Pradesh and two women, both natives of Karnataka. All three were nabbed by a team of Ponda police consisting of PSI Aditya Velip, head constables Kedarnath Jalmi and Hanumant Borkar, and police constable Ameya Gosavi under the supervision of SDPO, Ponda C L Patil and Chodankar. The police have recovered the stolen property from the accused. Police said while Mustafa was residing at Colvale, the women were staying at Karaswada.
PANAJI: Keen on reducing the use of plastic bags in their town, students of GVM's Utkarsh Vidyamandir, Ponda, came up with a novel idea. Middle and high school students brought in old t-shirts, dupattas and other good quality, unused cloth lying around their homes to school, and with a little help from their art and craft teacher, sewed them into sturdy bags, which they then distributed to shopkeepers in Ponda town. The school specially procured a sewing machine for the project, which art and craft teacher Xeersha Namshikar taught them how to use. And as part of their socially useful productive work (SUPW) subject, the youngsters were only too happy to try their hand at it. "The students stitched close to 200 cloth bags themselves, with little guidance. They would wait for their turn on the machine and would put up a fight if someone broke the queue. Some students were so impressed with the bags they had stitched that they wanted to take them home," Namshikar said. Determined to make it a fruitful learning experience, Namshikar painstakingly taught the students all they needed to know about sewing . When the students distributed the bags to shopkeepers in Ponda, they told them to ditch plastic bags and to instead hand these out to customers who showed up without their own shopping bags. "People don't bother to carry their own shopping bags and shopkeepers still freely give them polythene bags. I feel people should keep extra bags in their vehicles at least," said Class IX student Durva Bellekar. "Plastic is harmful to the environment and that's the reason we made the cloth bags and distributed them. I was happy to be make something useful out of stuff lying around the house and give back to society, and hopefully, lend a hand in reducing plastic pollution." School administrator Srabonee Thakar said she initiated the project to make the students socially aware and conscious about pollution caused by plastic, especially considering that the Goa government has banned certain types of the material. "Our education is not just restricted to the classroom but about contributing positively to society. These are lessons and values that will last them a lifetime," Thakar said.
VASCO: Umesh Harijan, 33, a resident of Baina and a history-sheeter, was allegedly murdered by a gang of four with a 'koita' (machete) at Katem, Baina, on Monday. A few hours after committing the crime, police said two of the four-identified as Amir Hussain and Deepak Sharma-were nabbed by Ponda police while patrolling the Old Goa-Banastarim highway. Police have recovered the two-wheeler in which they had fled after allegedly committing the crime. The mastermind behind the murder and the other accomplices are at large. Sources said that the victim had assaulted a youth from Mangor Hill on Sunday owing to previous enmity with the gang involved in committing the murder. On finding Harijan alone during lunch at the Sarvajanik Ganesh celebration near the ice factory at Katem, around 3pm on Monday, the accused, in a pre-planned move, assaulted the victim with a sickle, which has been recovered from the scene of the crime. Police suspect that more weapons were used to assault the victim as there were several wounds on the body. Harijan died on the spot as he had sustained major injuries on his back, hands and limbs. A forensic team and dog squad were summoned at the crime site to obtain clues of the accused persons. Mormugao police have registered an offence under provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Arms Act.
Ponda: A tourist from Bhopal, Arpit Shukla, 31, is feared drowned at the Dudhsagar waterfalls on Monday evening.Police inspector Sanjay Dalvi told reporters that he was part of a five-member group that had arrived at the falls around 5.30pm. He said Shukla was clicking photographs when he slipped and fell.Dalvi said that Shukla was standing on a protection wall to take photographs. Immediately an alarm was raised and police and RPF personnel, and forest officials, rushed to the spot. Machinery was requisitioned for rescue operation, but as it was dark, it couldn’t be launched. Navy divers have already been intimated, police said.
PONDA: Ponda MLA and agriculture minister Ravi Naik has blamed the consultant for the delay in the completion of the Ponda Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Kapileshwari, on outskirts of Ponda town. Naik recently aid the consultant failed to conduct a proper study of the ground before undertaking drilling work for laying pipelines. Although the work order for the work was issued in 2016, the project is still pending, he said. The nullah, once a lifeline of Ponda, Kavlem and Bandora, poses a threat to citizens as the release of effluent has increased the contamination level. With the aim to clear the nullah from such pollutants, Sewerage and Infrastructural Development Corporation of Goa had planned a 15MLD sewage treatment plant at a cost of Rs 33 crore. The foundation stone for the plant was laid on February 5, 2016. However, actual work commenced in January 2018 following delay due to opposition by locals. The work for the treatment plant has been awarded to Khilari Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, a Navi Mumbai unit.
Vasco: A Ponda-bound KTC passenger bus broke down, partially blocking half of the road, a few metres away from the KTC bus stand at Mundvel, Vasco on Sunday afternoon.The incident occured a few minutes after its departure.The reason behind the failure could be due to a technical snag in the engine, sources said.Passengers travelling to Ponda alighted from the bus after the driver failed to get it restarted, causing them major inconvenience.In the past few months too, similar cases were reported as several KTC buses plying on various state routes encountered technical snags.
Ponda: In keeping with their unique tradition of bidding lord Ganesh a farewell with a tableaux procession, the villagers of Adpai in Ponda taluka concluded the five-day festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi on a grand note.The village came alive to the sounds of devotional songs on Sunday evening as the 17 families (‘kutumbs’) each took their idols for immersion in intricately designed tableaux depicting themes right from mythology to social issues.This seventeen ‘kutumbs include the Kurdikars, Khandeparkars, Borkars, Mahalaxmi Bandodkars, Pokles, Soshebhatkars, Khumne Bhatkars, Mardolkars, Shivamba Lotlikars, Khandekars, Khalche Mules, Madhle Mules, Varche Mules, Mangnis, Tari Lotlikars, Taris and Vastas.The ‘kutumb’ or joint family celebrations sees clan members from all over congregating at their ancestral home for five days, said Prashant Naik, a youth from the Sosebhatkar ‘kutumb’.The tableau that grabbed eyeballs this year was the one made by the Varche Mule family of a farmer and soldier in a depiction of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kissan’.The Borkar’s tableau was the Ashoka’s Lion Capital.Union minister Shripad Naik, a native of Adpai village, belongs to the Soshebhatkar family. Their tableau portrayed Adiyogi of Coimbatore. Members of this ‘kutumb’ were clad in the traditional attire of Coimbatore — shirt and lungi for men and a white saree for women. “Adiyogi a form of lord Shankar and there is a 100ft statue at Coimbatore,” Naik said.While the fifth day of festivities is marked by the tableaux procession, the third day sees Adpaikars stage cultural-themed skits in their homes. This too, attracts people from across the state.
PONDA: A cleaner of a parked truck was killed in a hit-and-run case at Tisk-Usgao in Ponda taluka early Saturday morning. Ponda police said the man could have been walking along the road when an unknown vehicle knocked him down and fled away. The incident came to light after a passerby noticed him lying in a pool of blood. The police have named the deceased as Davalasab Sharifsaheb Ladasab Kondaguli, 21, a resident of Handargal Mudebbihal in Vijaypur, Karnataka. The deceased was a cleaner of a truck parked near a petrol pump. Truckers who come to deliver goods to MRF and other factories in Usgao halts at the petro pump before proceeding on their onward journey. Ponda PI Vijaykumar Chodankar said that the man had multiple injuries including to his head.
Ponda: A Ponda police team that had gone to Andhra Pradesh, has confirmed that the thieves arrested by the Gannavaram police in Krishna district of AP were involved in the robbery of ATMs at Tisk-Usgao in Ponda.A gang of six masked robbers had detached two ATMs of two different banks at Tisk, and decamped with it in the early hours of August 18, this year. Both the ATMs were later found abandoned at Piliyem-Dharbandora, about a km away, but one was broken and another intact. The thieves could rob Rs 13.37 lakh from the single machine of HDFC bank. In a similar style, another attempt was made to rob an ATM in Gannavaram, however, a police constable had foiled their bid to rob the machine. The gang had even attacked the police constable, but AP police succeeded in nabbing two among the gang of six.While the four are absconding, the two arrested are in the custody of Gannavaram police.Ponda police said they will bring the accused to Goa for further investigation.
Keri: Ganesh Chaturthi is characterised by the tradition of ‘matoli’. Varied seasonal fruits and flowers, mostly wild, are tied onto this wooden frame, through which villagers display their knowledge of the seasonal floral wealth found in nature around them.“Today, with development in the fields of science and medicine systems like allopathy, homeopathy, etc, it helps people get rid of various ailments. But in the past, they heavily relied on their ethnobotanical heritage and hence our ancestors considered it important to transmit this traditional wisdom through the matoli,” said 56-year-old tribal Satyavati Karmalekar from Karmale, Ponda.Since 2005, the government has been organising the All Goa Matoli Competition and this has helped in revival of the folk tradition. “The competition brought to the notice of educated Goans this system of informally handing over knowledge of ethnobotany and its potentiality and utility to future geneations,” said Govind Shirodkar, a retired officer of the art and culture department.Datta Naik from Gauthan-Priol, Ponda, who takes part in the matoli competition, said that he and his family members participate wholeheartedly in decorating the matoli as it has helped them to connect with nature. “We collect a variety of floral elements from the forests of Western Ghats and neighbouring areas. At my house, I have a small nursery where I develop the saplings and propagate threatened species of plants,” he said.Krishnanath Naik, 75, from Priol, told TOI, said, “During our childhood, herbs, shoots, shrubs, medicinal plants required for day-to-day uses were available in the nearby forests, but now it has become cumbersome to search and collect many of these plants, due to increasing deforestation.”“Every year along with decorating the matoli, I also put up signboards and photos to help to transmit ethnobotanical knowledge,” said Shrikant Satarkar from Curti-Ponda.
Ponda: With Ganesh festivities already begun, the highly turbid water from the Khandepar river in Ponda for the last three days has created panic among residents. However, the water resources department (WRD) has claimed that it is a natural phenomenon and the water turbidity would settle down soon.The Opa water works had recorded turbidity at 174 NTU on Monday and it was going down. An official at Opa water works said that this is the second time this season that the plant has recorded high water turbidity. Last time, the plant had recorded 210 NTU on August 2. Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) is used to measure the lack of clarity of water. Water containing 1mg of finely divided silica per litre has a turbidity of 1 NTU and up to 50 NTU is considered normal.Residents were surprised to see muddy water despite the dry spell in Goa for the last couple of days. However, WRD said that the rain in catchment areas could have been the reason.“Catchment areas of the Khandepar are spread across the state borders, up to Karnataka. Rain in these areas could even change the colour of the river water. With the incessant rain in these areas, soaked soil near the river basin slides and the run-off adds to the river water turning it muddy,”WRD canal officer Ankush Gaonker told TOI. Nivruti Parsekar, executive engineer who oversees the supply of potable water to Ponda and Tiswadi, said that though there was a rise in turbidity, water is safe for consumption. “Water is released only after filtration at the Opa plant,” he said. Sometimes consumers get reddish water because of some fine particles that remain even after filtration, but it’s not harmful, Parsekar added.
Ponda: Marcel, a small temple town in Ponda taluka that once celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi with great revelry and pomp and had pioneered the creativity of local artists in showcasing eco-friendly Ganesha idols, has been going low-key with celebrations for the third year in a row. Village artists have refrained from creating unique idols. Some claim it is due to uncertainty whether people would visit them in the wake of the ongoing pandemic. Some artists also pointed out that it was not viable due to rising costs in making the idols.Except Sai Kala Mandal at Tariwada Marcel, no one has taken up any creative idol this year. The Sai Kala Mandal has created a 4-feet high idol of Moreshwar Ganesh – one among the Ashta Vinayakas, by using saffron-coloured wool. Samir Tari along with Namdev Tari have been instrumental in creating this idol. However, this idol would be open for the public only for seven days. Marcel had emerged as a focal point of creativity with numerous local artists using eco-friendly and recycled material to create Ganesha idols. Most of these artists are untrained and amateurs; their enthusiasm was what nurtured the creativity, allowing them to depict the beloved elephant-headed God in various expressions. Every year, Ganesh Chaturthi provided an ideal opportunity for the artists to showcase their artistic talents.However, many of them like Girish Navelkar, another artist from the village famous for his talent, said that that they have refrained from doing the idols due to the ongoing pandemic. Kirtikumar Prabhu, a renowned artist from the village, has also been creating Ganesha idols through various locally available material such as fallen tree trunks, corrugated boxes, etc. He expressed his apprehension whether he would be able to create such idols next year. “To make such creative idols you need a huge amount (of money and material) and since there is a gap of two years, we are unsure whether we would be able to muster the amount next year,” he said.
PANAJI: Congress gathered its functionaries at the Panaji municipal market on Sunday to hold an awareness programme called ‘Mehangai Par Charcha’ as part of a nationwide protest against price rise. Party workers led by state Mahila Congress president Beena Naik said that rising inflation has made it difficult for the common man to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi due to the higher cost of essential food items. Congress blamed the BJP government, both at the Centre and state, for the surge in food prices and also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi about his promise about ‘Ache Din’. A handful of Congress workers along with two MLAs — Carlos Ferreira and Rudolfo Fernandes — joined the protest in the state capital which comes after similar protests in Mapusa, Margao, Ponda and other towns. “Inflation appears to be increasing day by day and it hurts all families. The common man is waiting for ‘acche din’ but it is a mirage. There was demonetisation that killed industry and now price rise is destroying the common man,” said Ferreira. Naik said that the BJP’s policies on inflation and taxation are encouraging poor people to return to fire wood as fuel. “When the UPA was in power, prices were around half of what they are today. Oil was at Rs 60 and today it is close to Rs 200. LPG gas was at Rs 404 per cylinder and now it is more than Rs 1,000,” said Naik.