Panaji: Saligao police on Monday arrested one person for theft at a restaurant at Sangolda. Police said that Aakash Basavaiah, a native of Bengaluru and an employee of the restaurant, stole Rs 45,000 from its cash counter, and further used the restaurant scooter worth Rs 95,000 and fled, thereby causing loss to the complainant to the tune of Rs 1.4 lakh. tnn
PANAJI: In a significant victory for environmental activists and citizens, Town and Country Planning (TCP) minister Vishwajit Rane buckled under pressure on Monday and scrapped the draft Goa Land Development & Building Construction Regulations. Rane, who initially announced that he would keep the contentious norms in abeyance, appears to have backed down in the face of street protests and an admonition by the BJP. Rane also announced that the TCP department has decided to scrap all approvals granted to applicants under Section 16B of the TCP Act. Rane said that the department will file an affidavit before the Bombay High Court at Goa informing the court about the policy decision. “Keeping the TCP amendments in abeyance will create more doubt so I have decided to scrap the amendments,” said Rane. “The expert committee and the TCP board will discuss these amendments.” Earlier in the day, environmentalists and concerned citizens held a peaceful protest against the draft Goa Land Development and Building Construction Regulations outside the TCP building. The protest was organised by the Federation of Rainbow Warriors and other activists. The activists said that the Town and Country Planning department has shown no scientific basis while framing the amendments to Goa Land Development and Building Construction Regulations. Over the last two weeks, several villages have also organised gram sabha meetings where locals have panned the TCP department’s move to encourage golf courses, film cities, farm houses and other mega projects in the state.
PANAJI: Revolutionary Goans (RG) hit out at town and country planning (TCP) minister Vishwajit Rane after the latter accused political parties of submitting repetitive objections against the Goa Land Development & Building Construction Regulations. RG chief Manoj Parab said that the draft regulations apply to the entire state and all Goans had the same concerns. He said that Rane will be forced to apologise for introducing the draft norms. “He claims that the objections are cut and paste but I want to remind him that he has framed rules for the entire state not different rules for each village. If he has the ability to do, make plans for each village and then we will submit separate objections,” said Parab. Further, RG has demanded that Rane should translate the draft Goa Land Development & Building Construction Regulations into Konkani and increase the time frame to submit objections and suggestions. The last day to submit objections and suggestions is September 28. On Rane’s recent dismissive reference to the nativist party, Parab said, “I want to remind him that we have one MLA in the assembly.”
Panaji: Revolutionary Goans (RG) hit out at town and country planning (TCP) minister Vishwajit Rane after the latter accused political parties of submitting repetitive objections against the Goa Land Development & Building Construction Regulations.RG chief Manoj Parab said that the draft regulations apply to the entire state and all Goans had the same concerns. He said that Rane will be forced to apologise for introducing the draft norms.“He claims that the objections are cut and paste but I want to remind him that he has framed rules for the entire state not different rules for each village. If he has the ability to do, make plans for each village and then we will submit separate objections,” said Parab. Further, RG has demanded that Rane should translate the draft Goa Land Development & Building Construction Regulations into Konkani and increase the time frame to submit objections and suggestions.The last day to submit objections and suggestions is September 27.On Rane’s recent dismissive reference to the nativist party, Parab said, “I want to remind him that we have one MLA in the assembly.”
Panaji: Comunidades in Goa can be strengthened by approaching the courts and gaunkars of Goa should stand firm to establish their dominion of their land, said former power minister and MLA Sadanand Malik. He was speaking at the comunidade awareness fellowship held at Navelim-Sanquelim on Saturday. “The state government has no authority to amend the Code of Comunidade through the Legislative Assembly as the code governs comunidades and gaukars,” he said“The centre has never admitted that comunidade land in Goa belongs to them. So, it is surprising that the state government tries to project that it has right over land that belongs to comunidades. ,” Malik said, as he explained to the components how they are legally entitled to stop the government from “trampling over” them. Calling for unity, former Pale MLA Pratap Gawas said, “The fight now is being fought by few individuals. We need to be more cohesive and show our unity more often,” he said. President of Moira comunidade Rui Gama said that comunidades in Goa need to be “alert and active” and that “outsiders tend to think they have rights over comunidade land” because “comunidades are complacent.” The session concluded with gaunkars calling for the setting up of a legal cell and a committee to centrally coordinate problems faced comunidades in Goa.
Panaji: GFP on Sunday questioned if locals stand to benefit from the tourism department’s jetty policy. Party president Vijai Sardesai also asked if the state government would share revenue with the village panchayats.While agreeing that river transportation could ease traffic congestion, Sardesai made it clear that he saw the jetty policy as a step towards the introduction of offshore casinos in other parts of Goa.“I feel some issues remain ambiguous,” he said. “Once a cruise terminal comes into existence, how long will it take for offshore casinos to mushroom in other rivers across Goa?”To back his suspicions, Sardesai asked the government if it has data on the number of Goans employed in the local cruise sector. He also pointed out that the government has not shown a preference for locals while issuing licences for cruise boats and jetty operations or for jobs created by the sector.Sardesai said his party welcomes the importance being given to river transportation, which is in line with eminent architect Charles Correa’s vision. He said that if the state government is serious about water transportation and cruise tourism, it should promote Mormugao Port as a cruise ship terminal instead of a coal terminal.
PANAJI: Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) commandos on Friday conducted a night mock drill between 8.45pm to 10.20pm at W Hotel in Vagator. A hostage situation was created where three decoy terrorists with weapons entered the hotel and took control of the marketing office. In response to the situation Anjuna police personnel stood at the outer cordon and controlled the public, not allowing anyone to enter the ‘operation area’ while another team conducted the search of the area. The Siolim primary health centre (PHC) staff provided first-aid to one commando who had sustained minor injuries as a part of the mock drill. A debriefing was also conducted about the difficulties faced during the mock drill. The wireless station staff provided a situation report and a no damage certificate of the hotel property was obtained from the hotel officials. Personnel from Anjuna police station, PHC Siolim and wireless station staff from Panaji participated in the mock drill.
Panaji: The Porvorim police have booked an unidentified man, who introduced himself only as Dhairya, after he tried to enter a nightclub free of cost by claiming that he was the brother of chief minister Pramod Sawant. Although he was subsequently denied entry, he tried to forcefully enter the club. Sawant said he has instructed the police to nab the accused immediately.As per a complaint lodged before the police, a tall person called Dhairya, who had a strong build and fair complexion, and was dressed in a short-sleeved white shirt and trousers appeared at the entry counter of LPK Waterfront – a club that is located at Nerul – at around 12am on September 20. He claimed to be the brother of the chief minister in order to avoid being charged for entry into the club, the complaint stated. The club’s security in-charge, Pavan Rozer, said that the accused also promised ‘help’ in exchange for being let into the club. However, when he was denied entry, he attempted to use force to get into the club and even threatened the staff there with dire consequences, the complaint added.
Panaji: The cabinet has approved only 30% posts recommended by the Goa police for the Mopa airport police station and a traffic cell there.Goa police had submitted a proposal for creation of 160 posts for Mopa airport police station and 47 various posts for the traffic cell at Mopa airport. However, the administrative reforms department has recommended creation of 43 posts for the police station and 21 posts for the traffic cell.“Cabinet approved creation of 43 posts for Mopa police station and 21 posts for traffic cell at Mopa,” chief minister Pramod Sawant said.The 43 posts sanctioned for the police station include one police inspector, two police sub-inspectors, three assistant sub-inspectors, 14 head constables and 23 constables, including three drivers. Similarly, the traffic cell has been sanctioned one PI, two PSIs, three ASIs, six head constables and nine constables.Mopa airport police station will have 14 villages under its jurisdiction — Warkhand, Nagzar, Uguem, Mopa, Tamboxem, Torxem, Patradevi, Wazari, Casarvarnem, Hassapur, Chandel, Ibrampur, Hankhane and Alorna.In March, Goa police issued an order attaching 23 police personnel to Mopa airport police station with immediate effect.
Panaji: The CBI on Saturday conducted a search at one location in Goa in connection with two cases related to downloading and circulation of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). The search, part of the nationwide crackdown at around 59 locations, continued till late night. CBI registered two cases under the IT Act based on information from Crime Against Children (CAC), a unit of Interpol, Singapore which had received inputs from New Zealand police.CBI said that it was alleged that a number of Indian citizens were involved in circulation, downloading, and transmission of CSAM using cloud-based storage.They said that information received in Interpol from law enforcement authorities of New Zealand was analysed and developed by CBI, and suspected persons were identified to locate and disrupt further distribution.CBI said that the crackdown was a follow-up of the massive operation (Operation Carbon) carried out by CBI last year against Online Child Sexual Abuse MaterialDuring the searches, electronic devices, including mobiles and laptops belonging to more than 50 suspects have been recovered by CBI.
PANAJI: Five years after he allegedly raped a woman at a London pub, Goa police’s crime branch on Tuesday arrested Betalbatim resident and Portuguese citizen Jose Inacio Cota, who is facing extradition proceedings in a Delhi court. Crime branch SP Nidhin Valsan said that Cota was arrested in connection with the UK rape case. The CBI requested Goa police to execute the arrest warrant and produce Cota before the extradition court in Delhi. Police said that Cota allegedly committed the crime in May 2017. The month after that, he returned to India. Cota was subsequently charged with rape under Sec 1(1) of the UK’s Sexual Offences Act, 2003. In June 2019, the magistrate’s court in the UK issued an arrest warrant against him, and consequently, an extradition request from the UK government was received by the ministry of external affairs. Pursuant to the receipt of the request, an application under Section 5 of the Extradition Act was moved on behalf of the MEA to the court to inquire into the extradition request. In July 2021, a non-bailable warrant (NBWs) was ordered to be issued against Cota through CBI-Interpol, which was received back unexecuted, with a report that he left his home in Goa in May 2021. “NBWs be issued against the accused to be executed through superintendent of police, crime, Goa,” said Nabeela Wali of the Patiala house courts in Delhi. The next hearing is likely to take place in November. Police said that there is an extradition treaty between India and the UK. (The victim's identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme court directives on cases related to sexual assault)
PANAJI: After over nine years, the CBI had managed to identify and arrest a person as a suspect in the Mormugao minor girl rape case, but his fingerprints did not match the ones picked from the crime scene. Later, he was granted bail by a local court. On January 14, 2013, a seven-year-old girl was raped in her school toilet in Mormugao taluka. After the suspect, based on a sketch, was not traceable, a CBI team went to West Bengal and arrested him. The suspect was a native of Murshidabad, West Bengal, and was living in Goa. Sources said that the arrested suspect's fingerprints did not match that of the accused. Earlier, Goa police and the CBI released three different sketches of the accused, but could not trace him. After no breakthrough, the CBI had approached the judicial magistrate first class (JFMC), Vasco, in 2017 seeking permission to close the case. But the survivor's parents objected to the closure and the CBI had to restart the investigations. The CBI had carried out DNA tests on over 14 suspects and put eight suspects through the lie detection test. It also did fingerprint matching of nine suspects, but did not get favourable results, and had filed the closure report. It was transferred to Goa police’s crime branch on the same day. In May 2013, an NGO demanded that the case be handed over to the CBI, as the local crime branch had failed to make any detection. Agreeing to the demand, the state government accorded consent and after the Union home ministry issued a notification transferring the case, the CBI took over the case in September 2013. In its closure report, the CBI had said that the culprit was not traceable despite all efforts. The CBI had conducted polygraph tests on two persons suspected to have known the accused in the rape case. The CBI officials especially flew down from Delhi and conducted the lie detection test on these two persons at the CBI’s Bambolim office. (The victim's identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)
Panaji: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said that the teacher of the government primary school in Valkini, Sanguem, will not escape punishment for not reporting to work for 10 days despite deputation. “I want to state about the Sanguem incident, where the teacher did not report to work despite being deputed there. Such behaviour will not be tolerated from any teacher. I have instructed the director and action will be taken against the teacher. We cannot not report to work because we may find it too far to travel and cause loss to the students in the process. The additional district education inspector and parents should also be alert and immediately report such incidents,” said Sawant.An unemployed youth from Valkini, Premanand Rekdo, took up classes after the deputed teacher did not report for ten days and the school was without a teacher. This happened after the only teacher in the school retired.
Panaji: Before December 19, all government primary schools in the state will get name boards of freedom fighters that the institutions have chosen, chief minister Pramod Sawant said on Saturday. He said that the parent teacher associations along with teachers and the managements will be able to suggest the name of the freedom fighter the school wants to take. “As I had announced on August 15, every government school will get a freedom fighters name between October 2 and December 19. If the school is in a village which has had a local freedom fighter, they can take that freedom fighter’s name. It could be a martyr or any other freedom fighter,” said Sawant.“This will awaken nationalism and create a sense of patriotism in students,” he said. The directorate of education will then ensure that the board is ready with the name to be installed before December 19, when Goa celebrates its Liberation.
PANAJI: With barely a week left for the four-month monsoon season to end, and an increase in rainfall activity likely next week, its early withdrawal cannot be forecast despite a phase of weak precipitation, an India meteorological department (IMD) source said. While the southwest monsoon has started withdrawing from the northwest region six days late, for Goa, the normal withdrawal date is October 14. At present, the withdrawal line is passing through Khajuwala, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Naliya. “With westerly winds still prevailing over Goa and likelihood of comparatively an increase in rainfall activity on next week, it is too early to forecast the monsoon withdrawal from Goa region,” said IMD scientist, Rahul M. The monsoon is currently weak over Goa with very light to light rainfall having occurred at most places over the state. During the last 24 hours till Friday morning, Panaji recorded the highest quantum of 7.9mm of rainfall, Pernem 5.8mm, Canacona 4.2mm and other rain gauge stations across the state on a lesser scale. The figures of Quepem were not available. The deficit in monsoon rainfall for the state has touched 8.5 %, though it is within normal range. There were five active monsoon conditions and two breaks in monsoon conditions. Also, there were six depressions during this season with one during the month of July, four during August and one during September. This means that barring a long wet spell during part of September, the monsoon has currently been weak since July 17. The subcontinent on the other hand has received an excess of 7% of the normal rainfall. There are only seven meteorological subdivisions which have deficit rainfall. “The monsoon has started withdrawing from the northwest region, with a delay of six days with the normal withdrawal date being 17 September,” said M R Ramesh Kumar, meteorologist and former chief scientist from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Dona Paula.
PANAJI: The state average rainfall is 7% less than normal, which compared to 2021 during this time of the year was 5% higher than normal. With only two weeks of the season left, the India meteorological department (IMD) said that the overall monsoon season is therefore expected to be slightly lesser than normal this year. "This August, the rainfall has been 50% lesser than the normal rainfall in Goa owing to which rainfall activity on the whole has been lower compared to the past three to four years. In 2019 and 2020, a huge quantum of rainfall was recorded in August and September," the IMD said. This season, in August, there were many systems over the Bay of Bengal, which enhanced rainfall activity over other parts of the country, but the location of those systems were not particularly ideal for rainfall in the Goa region. As a result, August saw less rainfall in Goa. It is, however, not for the first time that such low numbers were recorded. In 2018, the total state average rainfall was minus 19% and this year, so far, it has been minus 7%, which may become minus 10% by the end of this season. "We are not expecting any increased rainfall activity in the coming two weeks or back-to-back heavy rainfall days. There is a good probability that even in this season as a whole, monsoon rainfall will be within the normal ranges, but probably around 7-10% less than normal," IMD said.
Panaji: The state average rainfall is 7% less than normal, which compared to 2021 during this time of the year was 5% higher than normal. With only two weeks of the season left, the India meteorological department (IMD) said that the overall monsoon season is therefore expected to be slightly lesser than normal this year.“This August, the rainfall has been 50% lesser than the normal rainfall in Goa owing to which rainfall activity on the whole has been lower compared to the past three to four years. In 2019 and 2020, a huge quantum of rainfall was recorded in August and September,” the IMD said.This season, in August, there were many systems over the Bay of Bengal, which enhanced rainfall activity over other parts of the country, but the location of those systems were not particularly ideal for rainfall in the Goa region. As a result, August saw less rainfall in Goa.It is, however, not for the first time that such low numbers were recorded. In 2018, the total state average rainfall was minus 19% and this year, so far, it has been minus 7%, which may become minus 10% by the end of this season.“We are not expecting any increased rainfall activity in the coming two weeks or back-to-back heavy rainfall days. There is a good probability that even in this season as a whole, monsoon rainfall will be within the normal ranges, but probably around 7-10% less than normal,” IMD said.
Panaji: The state tourism department has decided to extend the contract of beach cleaning agency, Karnataka Commercial and Industrial Corporation, by three months. Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte told TOI that the extension is being granted as the government needs time to select a new agency through tendering. The agency was appointed in November 2019.Khaunte has already made his plan public of seeking to have comprehensive beach-cleaning along Goa’s coast, which will include making beaches safe and secure for tourists. Beach cleaning is conducted from morning till sunset. There have been several complaints that shorelines are not kept clean despite waste being picked up regularly during the day. The tourism department presently spends around Rs 7.5 crore annually towards beach cleaning.Khaunte said that the department is also looking at whether waste can be picked at night, till around 9pm, so that the beaches remain clean. “I have asked the department to work on a different plan so that cleaning can be started at 6am and go on till 9 pm,” he said.
Panaji: Calangute MLA Michael Lobo on Friday said that there’s been an increase in various fees for shack owners, and asked chief minister Pramod Sawant to reduce them. Lobo said that Sawant promised he would look into the matter.Lobo met Sawant and discussed issues pertaining to stakeholders of the tourism industry. The Calangute MLA said that tourism minister Rohan Khaunte has started the shack allotment process and even granted a one-year extension.“The finance department has increased fees for shack licenses by 80% and deck bed fees have increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000. Even garbage fees have been added, which was never there earlier,” Lobo said.He said that the shack owners’ association has urged the CM to provide some relief where fees are concerned. “All shacks do not do the same business,” Lobo said. “Some shacks at good locations will not have problems paying the fee. But there are some locations with very few tourists, and they may face issues.”The Calangute MLA said many shack owners have not paid last year’s fees, and that the tourism department told them their licence would not be renewed.
Panaji: TMC Goa has planned to organise a protest against the government’s failure to resolve the high unemployment in the state, at Azad Maidan, on Sunday evening.This will be the first programme under the party’s new committee with Mariano Rodrigues and Samil Volvoikar as joint conveners. “Goa TMC has announced its state committee and its focus is to move ahead by serving the people at the grassroots and continuing our war against the incumbent anti-people BJP government,” said Volvoikar. “TMC Goa is here for the long run.”Non-inclusion of former Goa chief minister and present Rajya Sabha member Luizinho Faleiro in the party’s new committee has set tongues wagging. The TMC leadership has already asked Faleiro to resign as RS member for not following instructions issued by the party ahead of the 2022 state assembly elections and thereafter. He has written a letter to the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, but has not got an appointment so far.Reports from Kolkata say the party is contemplating disciplinary proceedings against him.
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.
Panaji: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Friday directed government departments and other agencies to come up with an action plan to implement a comprehensive mobility plan for the state to help facilitate smooth and hassle-free transport. The state government will also implement a parking masterplan for Panaji city.The comprehensive mobility plan will include proper strategies for jetty connectivity, airport connectivity, multimodal transport integration, mobility hubs, network of bus stops, freight corridors and freight timings for movement of trucks and improvement of footpaths.The government intends to implement this plan which would ensure better connectivity and environment-friendly transport infrastructure in the state.At a meeting held to discuss the two issues, the consultant agency, Urban Mass Transit Company, made a detailed presentation of its plan for the state on both the issues. The agency aims to set up a proper network of routes across Goa which would facilitate smooth and hassle-free transport while also working on trunk routes and feeder routes, thus strengthening better connectivity.The chief minister then directed all stakeholder departments — transport, river navigation, caption of ports, Kadamba Transport Corporation and other agencies — to come up with an action plan to implement the comprehensive mobility plan designed by the agency.Various aspects of parking management for Panaji under the Imagine Panaji Smart City mission were also discussed.Sawant was informed about various provisions made in the masterplan for improvement of junctions, parking spaces and zones which will help execute scientific management of parking and city planning. A senior officer said that the implementation of a parking management plan is likely to resolve parking issues in the state’s capital.
Panaji: Chairman of the Dempo Group of Companies Shrinivas Dempo has been appointed as the president of the All India Management Association (AIMA). AIMA is the apex body of management with over 30,000 individual members and 3,000 institutional members. As his appointment drew applause from various corners, Dempo said he is humbled to hear about his appointment and that he looked forward to further the cause of management education in India. “Heartiest congratulations to Shrinivas Dempo, on being elected as the chairman of AIMA. It is a proud moment for Goa. My best wishes for a successful tenure,” chief minister Pramod Sawant said.Dempo oversees the Dempo Group’s business that covers calcined petroleum coke production, shipbuilding, media, food processing, real estate, sports and renewable energy generation. “Congratulations to my dear friend, Shrinivas Dempo for being appointed as the president of the All India Management Association. With your extensive knowledge, I am confident that you will contribute to the advancement of the management profession in India,” TCP minister Vishwajit Rane said.“It is a moment of pride for Goa as Shrinivas Dempo is appointed president of the prestigious All India Management Association (AIMA),” said tourism and IT minister Rohan Khaunte. Prior to this, Dempo has held the presidency of the western region of the Confederation of Indian Industry, India’s biggest industry lobby, and was also the elected president of the Goa Football Association. He has been a member of the executive council of the Goa University for six years, a member of the Goa State Planning Board, and chairman of the state’s Planning and Development Authority.
Panaji: An AAP delegation submitted a memorandum of protest to the PWD Labour Supply Society’s office in Altinho on Friday. The society had advertised for new vacancies on Friday and the party has called for a revised advertisement, one stating that knowledge of Konkani is “essential”.To reinforce its point, the AAP’s memorandum itself was written in Konkani. The party also called for a corrigendum to be issued by Monday.In its advertisement, the society described Konkani proficiency as “desirable” rather than “essential”.The party in its memorandum stated that knowledge of Konkani be considered “essential” for all government positions so that Goan candidates are given precedence.AAP vice-president, Surel Tilve, who led the delegation along with AAP vice-president Valmiki Naik, said a total of 38 posts were advertised for skilled and unskilled labour by the society.“Although chief minister Pramod Sawant is in charge of the official language department, he hasn’t done anything to promote Konkani language,” Tilve said.
PANAJI: Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte said that the government has taken a clear stand against drugs and police have conducted several raids over the last few days. “Whether drugs or other illegalities linked to the tourism sector, we are dealing with those issues seriously. The chief minister has shown through his actions that the drug issue is not being taken lightly,” the tourism minister said. “In the days to come, we will see more action to curb illegalities. Goa is safe and secure,” Khaunte further said. The proposed jetty policy, he said, has been introduced to mandate certain regulations and bring in transparency bring in transparency, when pointed out that some stakeholders are against it. “Meetings will be held with stakeholders, but people should not oppose just for the sake of opposing,” he said, responding to objections by some panchayats to the policy.
Panaji: Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte said that the government has taken a clear stand against drugs and police have conducted several raids over the last few days.“Whether drugs or other illegalities linked to the tourism sector, we are dealing with those issues seriously. The chief minister has shown through his actions that the drug issue is not being taken lightly,” the tourism minister said. “In the days to come, we will see more action to curb illegalities. Goa is safe and secure,” Khaunte further said.The proposed jetty policy, he said, has been introduced to mandate certain regulations and bring in transparency bring in transparency, when pointed out that some stakeholders are against it.“Meetings will be held with stakeholders, but people should not oppose just for the sake of opposing,” he said, responding to objections by some panchayats to the policy.
PANAJI: As part of a long-term butterfly monitoring programme in protected areas of Goa, the state forest department will begin conducting surveys in these areas with help from citizen volunteers. The first survey of this programme will be held at the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary on September 24 and 25. The survey is being conducted by the forest department in collaboration with the Arannya Environment Research Organisation. “A unique opportunity for everyone in Goa. Come be part of an initiative that shapes conservation management strategies in Goa and be a stakeholder for wildlife conservation. Please note, that there are limited slots for volunteering, which shall be confirmed only through a confirmatory email,” the forest department said in its call for volunteers. Interested citizens can fill an online form or call 9022174196 / 9545326415 to participate. With the Western Ghats running through Goa, the state sees a good butterfly diversity. The world’s largest moth, the Atlas moth, and Asia’s largest butterfly, the Southern Birdwing, are among some that can be spotted in Goa. Goa has a lone state-run butterfly park at its Cotigao wildlife sanctuary at present, and earlier this year the state forest department has proposed a second government-run butterfly park at Mollem with central funds provided under the compensatory afforestation fund management and planning authority (CAMPA).
Panaji: As part of a long-term butterfly monitoring programme in protected areas of Goa, the state forest department will begin conducting surveys in these areas with help from citizen volunteers. The first survey of this programme will be held at the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary on September 24 and 25.The survey is being conducted by the forest department in collaboration with the Arannya Environment Research Organisation.“A unique opportunity for everyone in Goa. Come be part of an initiative that shapes conservation management strategies in Goa and be a stakeholder for wildlife conservation. Please note, that there are limited slots for volunteering, which shall be confirmed only through a confirmatory email,” the forest department said in its call for volunteers. Interested citizens can fill an online form or call 9022174196 / 9545326415 to participate.With the Western Ghats running through Goa, the state sees a good butterfly diversity. The world’s largest moth, the Atlas moth, and Asia’s largest butterfly, the Southern Birdwing, are among some that can be spotted in Goa.Goa has a lone state-run butterfly park at its Cotigao wildlife sanctuary at present, and earlier this year the state forest department has proposed a second government-run butterfly park at Mollem with central funds provided under the compensatory afforestation fund management and planning authority (CAMPA).
Panaji: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday removed Michael Lobo, IAS, as director of the vigilance department inviting flak from the opposition.In an order issued by the personnel department, the government appointed Amarsen Rane as the director of vigilance department.D’Souza has been posted as director (training) of Goa Institute of Public Administration and Rural Development (GIPARD). He was holding additional charge as GIPARD director.Rane will have additional charge of secretary, Goa Human Rights Commission.“Too vigilant for @goacm’s Liking? Is the abrupt transfer of vigilance director Michael D’Souza done because he is too watchful and alert to the government’s dubious activities?” asked GFP president Vijai Sardesai.Meanwhile, secretary (education) Ravi Dhawan and commissioner of sales tax Ruchika Katyal will be relieved from the Goa state administration from September 30 according to an order issued by the personnel department.The two IAS officers have been transferred to Dadra and Nagar Haveli.Sreekanth T has been posted as resident commissioner at Goa Sadan, New Delhi.
Panaji: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Goa inked an agreement with Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda to train young women graduates and postgraduates.As part of a pilot ‘campus to career’ initiative, CII’s Indian Women Network (IWN) plans to train female students who aspire to enter the corporate workforce or start their own ventures after completing their education.The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by CII’s regional director Dr Rajesh Kapoor and director of Don Bosco college of Engineering Fr Kinley D’Cruz.CII also organised an interaction between local entrepreneurs and manufactures, and the Indian Navy to facilitate involvement of local industries in the indigenization and small defence contracts for the Navy. “The goal is to educate and involve the local business of Goa in manufacturing and delivering their services covering the various needs of the Indian Navy in all its categories of equipment,” CII stated.Local entrepreneurs were informed about the funding and tendering procedures of the ministry of defence, the Navy as well as schemes for education institutes. The participants discussed the need to create a platform to directly interact with the Indian Navy, its requirements, procurement procedure and the vendor registration process.
Panaji: AAP criticised Congress for not taking action against the eight MLAs who joined BJP and alleged that it only gives credence to the theory that there was a pre-election deal between the two parties.“It is the responsibility of Congress to take some serious legal action against the defectors, otherwise people will lose faith in democracy,” AAP’s state vice-president Valmiki Naik said.He said that Calangute MLA Michael Lobo and Margao MLA Digambar Kamat are the main people behind this deal. He alleged that Goa election in charge P Chidambaram, Goa desk in charge Dinesh Gundu Rao and ex-Congress state president Girish Chodankar were all involved.AAP urged Congress to make the affidavit signed by the MLAs ahead of the assembly polls public as AAP has already done.