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Porvorim accident: 11 years on, Mumbai man acquitted
Times of India | 11 hours ago | |
Times of India
11 hours ago | |

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.

Porvorim accident: 11 years on, Mumbai man acquitted
All Smart City works to halt by Mar 15 due to G20 meets: CCP
Times of India | 3 days ago | |
Times of India
3 days ago | |

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.

All Smart City works to halt by Mar 15 due to G20 meets: CCP
French Actor Claims She's Being Held Hostage In Goa Home Over Property Row
Ndtv | 3 days ago | |
Ndtv
3 days ago | |

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

French Actor Claims She's Being Held Hostage In Goa Home Over Property Row
NEW ZUARI BRIDGE LEAVES COMMUTERS, LOCALS HAPPY
Times of India | 5 days ago | |
Times of India
5 days ago | |


With commute time cut to half, locals anticipate stress-free travel

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


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.

NEW ZUARI BRIDGE LEAVES COMMUTERS, LOCALS HAPPY
Soon masterplan for 12 towns, three in works, says Goa CM Pramod Sawant
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

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.

Soon masterplan for 12 towns, three in works, says Goa CM Pramod Sawant
Godinho: Innocent in power scam, will explain reality later
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

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.

Godinho: Innocent in power scam, will explain reality later