PANAJI: Old Goa police on Monday apprehended Eric Henry Vaz, 37, who allegedly cheated many persons of Rs 100 crore across the country, said North Goa SP Nidhin Valsan on Monday.Valsan said that Vaz is wanted in a cheating case registered at Golabari police station (Kolkata) and in other offences registered at Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, Uttar Pradesh and other places for alleged fraud of over Rs 100 crore.“In the present case at Golabari, the accused is the sole proprietor of a firm named Gold Hill and was trading of coal and forex. Vaz invited investments from the public and he was entrusted with their funds, misappropriated the money. He cheated investors of over Rs 7 crore at Howrah, Kolkata, alone,” Valsan said.
PANAJI: The preliminary meeting of the House committee to study issues related to the Mhadei water diversion is scheduled on February 8 at 3.30pm. The 12-member committee is headed by WRD minister Subhash Shirodkar.The other members of the committee include Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai, MLAs from BJP, Congress, MGP, AAP, RG and independent MLAs.Sardesai and Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco had written to Shirodkar to call an immediate meeting of the House committee following Union home minister Amit Shah’s statement that BJP has resolved a three-decade old issue by providing water to Karnataka with the help of Goa government.During the recently concluded winter session of the state legislative assembly, chief minister Pramod Sawant had announced a 12-member committee following demands by opposition MLAs.Former CM and ex-speaker Pratapsingh Rane had said, “The House committee must take a quick decision. We are waiting for a quick decision from the committee, else they will go ahead with the work.”
Panaji: The artefacts at Lokotsav 2023 have a bigger scope of getting sold as Goa is a tourist state, said chief minister Pramod Sawant at the inauguration of the national-level folk festival at Kala Academy.The annual festival, which is being held after a two-year break, gives a platform to traditional craftspersons and folk artistes from across the country to display and sell their art. Governor of Rajasthan Kalraj Mishra, who was present for the inauguration, said such a festival exhibits India’s diversity.Twelve states— Rajasthan, Assam, Manipur, Gujarat, Odisha, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana and Goa—are participants.Sawant reiterated the Prime Minister’s ‘Vocal for Local’ slogan and said that local products should also reach global markets. Through the soon to be held G-20 summit, the government of India will try to market locally made products globally, he added.
Panaji: Eleven years after Mumbai resident Anuj Amarnath Jha allegedly rode in a rash and negligent manner in Porvorim, resulting in the death of his pillion rider, he has been acquitted by a North Goa court.The court found that the investigating officer did not record the statements of crucial and independent witnesses, many of whom had gathered at the spot of the accident.The owner of a four-wheeler had filed a complaint stating that as he was driving along with his son and daughter from Panaji to Siolim, a scooter came from the Mapusa side in speed and crossed the divider line and dashed into his car. The pillion rider, a 21-year-old resident of Mumbai, succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at GMC. The court found that the prosecution did not examine the daughter of the complainant and occupant of the four-wheeler and did not inquire who was driving the car at the time of the accident. The prosecution completely relied on the statement/version of the complainant “although people were present and had gathered at the spot”, the court observed.The prosecution admitted that there was no examination of any other independent witness besides the family members and occupants of the four-wheeler.“It is also pertinent to note that the road at the accident spot is a busy NH Highway, people were present and had gathered at the spot at the time of alleged accident,” the court said. “…however no independent witness has been examined by the IO/PW8 to prove that the accused rode his Aviator scooter in a rash and negligent manner so as to endanger human life and on account of which he dashed against the said car which resulted in the said accident or to prove that the accused was riding the said Aviator scooter in high speed.”An eyewitness, who “would have been the crucial witness in this matter”, who was proceeding in front of the four-wheeler on his motorcycle was also not examined.
PANAJI: The preliminary meeting of the House committee to study issues related to Mhadei water diversion is scheduled on February 8 at 3.30pm. The 12-member committee is headed by WRD minister Subhash Shirodkar.The other members of the committee include Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai, MLAs from BJP, Congress, MGP, AAP, RG and independent MLAs.Sardesai had written a letter to Shirodkar on Sunday to call an immediate meeting of the House committee following Union home minister Amit Shah’s statement that BJP has resolved a three-decade old issue by providing water to Karnataka with the help of Goa government.During the recently concluded winter session of the state legislative assembly, chief minister Pramod Sawant had announced a 12-member committee following demands by opposition MLAs.
PANAJI: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said that all in Goa must work together to enhance the happiness index. “People expect the government to raise the happiness index which is not right. People should work hard to achieve that,” he said.Sawant said that the government will ensure that the people get all the necessary assistance in this mission. After the launch of ‘Har Ghar Dhyan’ initiative, he said that meditation brings clarity of mind and helps formulate clear action. The initiative was inaugurated at a function organised by the directorate of art & culture in collaboration with Art of Living, at Durbar Hall Raj Bhavan in Dona Paula.“We need to develop positivity in us which is possible with yoga and meditation,” Sawant said. “The development of positivity in people is possible only by practising yoga and meditation.”The chief minister sought the cooperation of everyone in taking up this campaign. “The stakeholders of schools and colleges have an important role in this endeavour,” Sawant said. “With meditation, we will be able to create happy families and people will achieve peace of mind and positivity. Let us work together to elevate the happiness index in our state.”
Panaji: Asvin Chandru A, a 2019 IAS cadre officer, has been appointed as the collector of South Goa with immediate effect. He replaces Jyoti Kumari, who was embroiled in a controversy over a circular asking the staff of the collectorate to contribute Rs 1,000 each for an event on Republic Day.Revenue minister Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate, reacting to the circular, had said it was incorrect on her part to ask the staff for donation of Rs 1,000 each. Tagging the circular, Goa Forward Party (GFP) had asked the state government whether it has no money to celebrate Republic Day.Kumari, on Friday, has been transferred and posted as the chief executive office of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG).
Panaji: Seven years after they broke into the physiotherapy building at Goa Medical College (GMC) and Hospital, Bambolim and stole new aluminium windows worth Rs 14,400, two women have been sentenced to four days imprisonment.The women reportedly broke open the windows and stole it around 7.30am on February 28, 2016. The stolen property was later recovered from the accused.The accused were absconding, and a proclamation was issued at which they were produced based on a standing warrant.The two accused — Sumitra Lamani Chawan, 23, and Kavita Chawan, 20, both residents of Ribandar, pleaded guilty to the offence. The court held that the sentence and fine will serve the ends of justice considering their age and willingness to plead guilty.The court sentenced them to four days imprisonment and fined them Rs 1,500 each for house-breaking under Section 454 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and theft in a building under Section 380 of the IPC.
Ponda: Water supply to four constituencies of Tiswadi—Panaji, Taleigao, St Cruz and St Andre, including Bambolim medical complexes and defence establishments will resume by Saturday evening, the PWD said. Supply was hit as the department had scheduled work on the pipeline which supplies potable water from the Opa treatment plant on Friday. The pipeline also supplies potable water to parts of Priol. Supply to these areas was also restricted, said PWD executive engineer Nivruti Parsekar. tnn
Panaji: Mayor of the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) Rohit Monserrate on Friday said that there are instructions to stop all works by March 15 in view of G20 summit meetings scheduled to take place in April.“We were not prepared for G20 (group meetings). Goa is the only state that has eight high-level meetings,” he said, adding that PWD will reinstate the roads in Panaji after the sewerage works. The issue was hotly discussed at the CCP meeting on Friday.The Smart City works are expected to resume post monsoon.Monserrate said he has no control or influence over departments taking up Smart City works. “It’s difficult. Each Smart City project is run by individual departments,” he said.“I have site inspections with Smart City twice a week. I’m not a site supervisor, and I’m not supposed to check road levels. I’m expecting every department to monitor their work properly,” he said.When asked how the dug-up city was going to host Carnival next month, Monserrate said, “We don’t have a choice. This development is needed. When roads were opened up, contractors found that most sewerage lines were broken. All groundwater is contaminated with sewage. We will try to take people into consideration,” he said.Asked about the heavy traffic congestion in Panaji, Monserrate said “CCP cannot do anything about traffic congestion. We have had regular meetings with the traffic police and met the DGP. Until Smart City projects are over, it’s going to be a mess,” he said.Former mayors Surendra Furtado and Uday Madkaikar said Smart City has been a failure, with works taken up only in four wards and not in the entire city. Furtado said underground power cables have been damaged and covered with mud. He warned of power cuts in the monsoons with the haphazard work carried out. Furtado also accused CCP of not bringing in revenue from festivals held in the city and its gardens, saying the cash-strapped CCP is losing lakhs of rupees in revenue. Meanwhile, Monserrate said there are no plans to outsource Francisco Luis Gomes Garden at Campal to any private player as alleged by former mayor Surendra Furtado.
Over 60 vintage bikes and a dozen vintage cars were seen at a rally in Chinchinim on January 26, commemorating the 74th Republic Day. The event saw the owners of these vintage vehicles enjoy a 12-kilometre ride along the scenic route from Assolna-Cavelossim Bridge via Varca to Benaulim beach. Once at the beach, the rallycaught the attention of several tourists – international and domestic - who were seen capturing photographs and selfies. Anthony Dias, organiser of the event said, “We had cars and bikes which were over 30 years old, from across the state – Panaji, Ponda and further North.”
Marianne Borgo alleged she is being held "hostage" in the house for the last three days. (File)Panaji: A 75-year-old French actor has alleged she is being held "hostage" in her house at Calangute in North Goa since earlier this week over a property dispute and finds herself in a "dangerous situation". The Goa police have expressed reluctance to intervene in the matter, saying the dispute related to the house is civil in nature and is being heard by a court.In a video released to the media on Thursday, actor Marianne Borgo has claimed she is in a "scary and dangerous situation" at her residence in Calangute, a beach town near Panaji which is popular with tourists.People staking claim to her property have disconnected electricity and water connections to her home and she has been forced to live in dark, she said.The actor alleged she is being held "hostage" in the house for the last three days.Ms Borgo said she had bought the house for "happiness, peace and for retirement", but the last few days had been horrendous.One of Ms Borgo's friends said the septuagenarian actor had filed a case for injunction in the trial court to support her legal claim to the house that she bought in 2008 from a lawyer, Francisco Sousa, who has since died.The main gate of the house has been blocked and no one except the maid is being allowed to enter the premises, she said.The actor's lawyer, Benny Nazarenth, said the matter is sub judice and pending before the civil court in Mapusa town.Meanwhile, the Calangute police have said they have a limited role to play in the matter as it is being heard by the court."Whenever she (Borgo) has called for help, police teams have rushed to the spot. But the police do not have any role to play in a matter which is essentially civil in nature," Inspector Dattaguru Sawant of the Calangute police station said.Trained at the Paris-based Centre d'Arte Dramatique and Conservatoire National d'Arte Dramatique (National Academy of Dramatic Arts), Ms Borgo has worked extensively in films, television and theatre across Europe and India.Her credits include the original "The Bourne Identity", "A Little Princess", and Franco-American rom-com/drama "Le Divorce" alongside Kate Hudson, Glenn Close and Stephen Fry.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comShe was a recurring character in the French thriller series "Profilage", and most recently led in the Indian production "Danny Goes Aum".(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayLollapalooza Artist Madeon Talks Eating Dosas, Listening To Prateek Kuhad
The new Zuari Bridge was inaugurated on December 29 and travelling between North and South Goa will never be the same again. The crucial connection over the river – which was the old Zuari bridge – was plagued by traffic snarls and was a nightmare, especially in the tourist season. But about two weeks after the new bridge was thrown open, Goa Times took a drive down the road to find pleased commuters, happy traffic cops and a general sense of ease all around.THE REAL TEST IS DURING THE MONSOONAnzil Fernandes, a lecturer who travels from Margao to Mapusa, points out that the litmus test for traffic on that stretch will be in the monsoons. “Atal Setu, which connects Panaji to Porvorim, had potholes after the monsoons. So we have to see what happens on the new Zuari bridge. I hope we don’t have to go back to the old bridge,” he adds.
With commute time cut to half, locals anticipate stress-free travel
With commute time cut to half, locals anticipate stress-free travel
WAITING IN TRAFFIC FOR YEARS IS FINALLY PAID OFFAll commuters we spoke to said that their commute time between North and South Goa had reduced substantially. Brunilda Lourenco from Curtorim says that she reaches Panaji in just 40-45 minutes, while earlier, it would take her one and a half hours or more. “I can now get that extra sleep, which makes me feel fresher at work. At night, I would reach home at 9.30 pm at times, leaving my parents worried. The feel oftravelling on the bridge is exciting,” she says.Vanessa Rodrigues from Vasco travels to Panaji, where she works in the hotel industry. “I would wait for almost 2 hours or more and weekends and long holidays were the worst time. There were times I would stay over at my friend’s house or take a bus so that I didn’t have to drive. The road was a nightmare,” she says.NO HONKING, NO POLLUTION, SAY LOCALSThe traffic jam and bottlenecks would start from Agacaim and continue till the old Zuari bridge. To avoid traffic, many would use the interior roads, which would cause more traffic jams inside the village, leaving locals to deal with the noise pollution. “I am so happy that I don’t have to put up with the honking outside my house. Earlier, many taxis would take this route. The few days before the inauguration was crazy, as my 2-year-old would wake up and cry,” says Katherine Fernandes, who has come to Goa from the UK for a holiday. Santana from Cortalim says all her clothes would catch the grime and dust from the passing traffic, but now things were back to normal, leaving her happy.
PANAJI: Secretary health Arun Kumar Mishra said on Tuesday that Goa is one of the finest states in India and can compete with any European or American country with regards to the quality of medicine.“There is not a single adulterated medicine or fake medicine case register in Goa. We do not compromise on the quality of medicine,” he said.Mishra was speaking after inaugurating the one-day state-level awareness programme on affordability, availability and accessibility of essential medicines organised by the Goa state price monitoring and resource unit. Mishra also felicitated officers from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their praiseworthy job during the Covid-19 pandemic on the occasion. Present on the occasion were director FDA Jyoti Sardessai, deputy director NPPA Saurabh Bansal, deputy director FDA Shweta Dessai, project coordinator Madhya Pradesh PMRU Dr Priti Tagde.
PANAJI: Goa Police arrested Nikhil Vijay Shetty, 22, from Solapur, Maharashtra, and Vaibhav Javheree, 23, from Ichalkaranji, Maharashtra, after the duo assaulted a Goa taxi driver and fled with his vehicle from Panaji.Antonio Rodrigues, 54, a resident of Salcete, had filed a complaint that on January 6 around 2.15pm, two unknown men posed as customers and assaulted him. They then robbed his car.The crime was captured on CCTV and the inter-state intelligence sources were alerted. A car fitting the description was seen in Solapur without a number plate. A team from Goa was sent there and with the assistance of Maharashtra Police, they arrested the accused.
Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said the coastal state will win the battle for the Mahadayi river water as his government is making efforts on legal, technical and political fronts and leaving no stone unturned.Goa and Karnataka are at loggerheads over diversion of the Mahadayi water through the construction of dams by Karnataka on the river's tributaries Kalasa and Banduri.The Central Water Commission recently approved a detailed project report (DPR) submitted by Karnataka for the construction of the two dams, to which the Goa government has objected.The Goa government has contended that Karnataka cannot divert water from the Mahadayi river, as it passes through the Mahadayi Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located downstream in North Goa.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com“Whoever may say anything, we are firm on our decision. Whatever we have to do for Mahadayi, we are doing it legally, technically and politically. We will do whatever is required and we are confident that we will win the battle," Mr Sawant said on Tuesday.He was reacting to a purported statement of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on a resolution by the Goa Assembly against the Mahadayi river water diversion.Featured Video Of The DayWatch: Haryana Chief Minister Showcases His Bike Riding Skills
PANAJI: Goa has initiated the process of preparing masterplans for most towns in the state, with work on masterplans for three towns already under way, said chief minister Pramod Sawant on Monday. The government has also initiated GIS-based surveys of urban local bodies (ULB) to help plug revenue leakages, Sawant said.“The state has initiated the preparation of the masterplan for 12 urban local bodies, and at present, the masterplan for three urban local bodies is under way,” said Sawant.The directorate of municipal administration has appointed an agency to prepare the Master Plan 2041 for Margao, Ponda and Valpoi. The state capital already has several masterplans in place.Stating that the GIS-based detailed survey will enable municipal bodies to identify tax evaders and assess taxes efficiently, Sawant said, “It is an initiative that will enable the administration to assess tax efficiency and unauthorised structures. All the structures will come under the tax ambit, and revenue leakage will be plugged.” The chief minister was speaking at the Smart Cities CEO’s conference on data and technology. He said that along with smart projects, cities also need “smart people” who can effectively point out shortcomings and help bring about further improvement.Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL), which is executing projects under the Smart Cities Mission, has taken up 47 projects in Panaji city worth Rs 950.3 crore, of which 15 projects worth Rs 58 crore have been completed.According to IPSCDL chief executive officer, Mamu Hage, 32 projects worth Rs 892 crore remain to be completed. “We will try to expedite the ongoing projects as well as maintain the convenience of the residents as much as possible,” said Hage.She said that the integrated command and control center at Altinho is ready for commissioning and is currently undergoing trials. She said that the system gathers a lot of data through various sensors and devices across the city. “This conference is centred on how we use this data, and how we use this technology, which is getting collated into our command and control center to better frame our policies and to make better decisions,” said Hage.
No one was injured in the blast, police said.Panaji: A blast reported in a resto-bar in Mapusa in Goa may have been caused by a cylinder as per initial probe, a police official said on Monday.The explosion took place in the eatery situated in a residential complex in Dangui Colony, some 9 km from Panaji, in the early hours of Sunday, though no one was injured in the incident, he said."Initial reports suggest it was caused by a cylinder. There were no injuries as there no one on the premises at the time of incident. Teams of forensic experts and bomb detection and disposal squads have sanitised the place. CCTV footage is being checked," the official added.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comA probe was underway and more details will be had when it is complete, Deputy Superintendent of Police Jivba Dalvi said on Monday.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The Day"Alliance In Nagaland After A Lot Of Thought": State BJP Chief Tells NDTV
Panaji: Triveni Velip has been appointed as the state registrar-cum-head of notary services, while Clen Madeira will be the new commissioner of Corporation of City of Panaji.As per a transfer order issued on Thursday, CCP commissioner Agnelo Fernandes is posted as commissioner of labour and employment replacing Raju Gawas, who in turn has been appointed as director of official languages.Venancio Furtado has been appointed as general manager, department of industries, trade and commerce, and Ashutosh Apte, state registrar is transferred and posted as director (adm), PWD.Dipak Dessai, director of skill development and entrepreneurship has been asked to hold charge as additional collector-II, South Goa. Bhushan Savoikar, project director of RDA, North will hold charge as director of RDA department in addition to his own duties, the order stated.Dattaram Sardesai, director (adm) GMC will hold charge of additional secretary (health) in addition to his own duties. Sunil Masurkar, additional secretary (health) is transferred and posted as additional chief electoral officer with immediate effect. tnn
Panaji: Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte told the House on Thursday that 70 touts who were operating on beaches were booked. However, St Andre MLA Viresh Borkar questioned why action is not being taken against others as almost all beaches have vendors operating illegally. Raising the issue during Question Hour, Borkar said, “Several touts operate on beach belts, but only 70 have been booked. The tourism industry is getting affected,” said Borkar.The tourism minister said they have 43 beach wardens throughout the coast, who report illegalities to the police. Police who are deployed are short-staffed, but CM Pramod Sawant has been apprised of the issue, and he had agreed to deploy more personnel, he said. tnn
Panaji: After opposition leader Yuri Alemao complained that pollution is being caused by fish meal plants at Cuncolim industrial estate, chief minister Pramod Sawant said pollution control board officials were sent for inspection and appropriate action will be taken. Raising the issue during Question Hour, Alemao sought an assurance from the chief minister that there will be an immediate against the polluting units. Sawant said permission for the plant was given in 2011, and it started operation in 2012. Stating that the problem was also noticed then, he said, the effluent treatment plant (ETP) was made operational, yet some tried to release waste through borewells and action was taken against three. The CM said the polluting fish meal plants will be asked to shut if they do not operationalise their ETPs. tnn
Panaji: Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai, during the Question Hour on Thursday, made a passing reference to the power scam that industries minister Mauvin Godinho was linked to two decades ago, which prompted Godinho to say that he has not been held guilty in any of the cases he faced following the power scam allegations.“I had five cases filed against me in the power scam. Four cases were thrown out, while the last one is in the final stages. You will know that I’m innocent,” Godinho said. He said he was made a punching bag when he was in the opposition.“What was the allegation? Not corruption, but that I had not gone to the cabinet”, he said adding “I was not accused of taking bribes. When the case concludes, I will explain the reality to all”.Sardesai, while pointing out the illegalities in the transfer and swapping of industrial plots and seeking an assurance to stop the resulting revenue loss, said Godinho was not the industries minister at the time when the illegalities he had listed out happened.“Don’t take it on your head; you didn't have the industry portfolio then. Otherwise, it will be a case like the power scam. Please investigate the matter and give me a reply in the session,” said Sardesai. Godinho was power minister in the Congress-led government in 1998 when Manohar Parrikar, who was in the opposition, filed the complaint against him. Three months before the February 2017 assembly elections, Godinho joined BJP and went on to become a minister in the coalition government led-by Parrikar.
Margao: Six months after the government stated in the legislative assembly that it was “exploring the possibility” of taking up the construction of Margao’s bus stand through PPP mode, state transport minister Mauvin Godinho on Thursday told the House that the government has petitioned the Centre to bail it out in developing bus stand properties. “The government has requested the Union minister for his intervention to develop bus stand properties,” read the written reply tabled by Godinho to a question by Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai over the fate of Margao bus terminus as also about any redevelopment plan for Panaji bus stand. The reply, however, contains no details about the nature of intervention the state government has sought from the Centre. Sardesai had specifically asked the government to disclose the status of its PPP-mode exploration in view of the “dilapidated condition” of both the facilities.
Panaji: Major General Ian Cardozo on Thursday stressed on the need for increased unity in diversity for a stronger and more united India.Delivering the keynote address at an event in Dona Paula, Cardozo said that the Army built places of worship for different faiths all under one roof. “I remember visiting a Hindu temple first, every Sunday morning, as it was the faith followed by my soldiers. Only later would I visit a church, as it was my religion,” he said. The Candolim native also felt that the Indian Army’s example should be followed to create a stronger, more united India.Nobel Prize winning economist Abhijit Banerjee cited research conducted by his team across seven countries, which showed how poor people, when supported with assets such as cattle and small businesses, actually managed to grow richer over a very short period of time.He also called for an overhaul of India’s education system to overcome challenges.Damodar Mauzo, Goa’s only second Jnanpeeth awardee, was feliciated on the occasion.
Panaji: The Goa State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has disposed of 154 cases between October to December 2022 after an officiating president and members of district consumer commissions were appointed. Another 30 matters are scheduled to be disposed of by the commission during January 2023 as it has been functioning full-time in two sittings from 10.30am to 1pm, and from 2pm to 4.30pm or till 5.30pm as per the case load.After being without a president for two and a half years, an officiating president was appointed in October last year. The government made appointments to the state commission after the high court of Bombay at Goa in January last year and gave the government three months to fill up vacant posts of president and three members.