MARGAO: Former deputy chief minister Chandrakant Kavlekar who was defeated by Congress MLA Altone D’Costa at the last assembly election, on Tuesday said that the elections for sarpanchs and deputy sarpanchs had proved BJP’s growing acceptability among the rural electorate. Bringing five of the eight panchayats in Quepem under his belt has proved his dominion over the grassroot-bodies in the constituency, Kavlekar said. Quepem MLA Altone D’Costa said he had made a “clean sweep” in three panchayats — Morpirla, Balli-Adnem and Naqueri-Betul. From the Kavlekar camp, Ajay Pagi and Kurpesh Velip are sarpanch and deputy sarpanch of Khola and Arjun Velip and Shivanya Velip of Barcem. In Fatorpa, Mahesh Faldessai and Medini Naik were elected sarpanch and deputy sarpanch unopposed, while Bhupendra Gaunso Dessai and Shilipa Gajanand Prabhudessai were elected sarpanch and deputy sarpanch of Avedem-Cottambi. Kavlekar succeeded in holding away over Ambaulim as well with his nominees, Devidas Deikar and Sebastiana Rebelo, getting elected as sarpanch and deputy sarpanch. In Morpirla panchayat, which was wrested by Congress, the election of Prakash Arjun Velip as deputy sarpanch is being looked at as a politically significant development. Velip, a former PA of then CM Digambar Kamat, is a former ZP member from Fatorpa, who had also unsuccessfully contested Assembly elections of 2012. “All the elected members are new faces, and educated. All of us have decided to support our MLA for the purpose of the development of the village,” Velip said.
Margao: In politically volatile Quepem constituency, while MLA Altone D’Costa claimed to have made a “clean sweep” in three out of the seven panchayats, ex-MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar maintained his sway over the rest. In Sanguem, MLA Subhash Phal Dessai succeeded in bringing all seven panchayats under his belt, while in Sanvordem constituency, MLA Ganesh Gaonkar, too, established his dominion over the grassroot-bodies. D’Costa addressed reporters along with the newly elected representatives of Morpirla, Balli-Adnem, and Naqueri-Betul panchayats. In Morpirla, Ashwini Gaonkar was elected sarpanch and Prakash Velip deputy. Govind Dessai was elected sarpanch of Balli and Bindiya Gaonkar deputy.In Naqueri-Betul, Pritam Deulcar was elected sarpanch and Kishor Naik deputy sarpanch. From the Kavlekar camp, Ajay Pagi and Kurpesh Velip were elected sarpanch and deputy sarpanch of Khola panchayat, Arjun Velip and Shivanya Velip got elected to the top two posts of Barcem panchayat. In Fatorpa, Mahesh Faldessai and Medini Naik were elected sarpanch and deputy sarpanch unopposed, while Bhupendra Gaunso Dessai and Shilipa Gajanand Prabhudessai were elected sarpanch and deputy sarpanch of Avedem-Cottambi panchayat.In all the seven panchayats in Sanguem, the candidates got elected unopposed.In Sanvordem panchayat, with Chinmaya Naik getting elected unopposed as sarpanch and Nitesh Bhandari as deputy sarpanch, BJP succeeded in wresting the panchayat under its control.
Margao: Determined to reach out to the last among the needy, and with meager resources at their command, a group of young men led by then MLA Prakash Velip established the Quepem Urban Co-operative Credit Society Ltd at Quepem on August 8, 1992. From a share capital of just Rs 91,300 and 262 shareholders then, the society has now metamorphosed into a multi-branch multi-purpose co-operative society. With its share capital now at a modest Rs 9.9 crore with 262 shareholders, the society prides itself as a major player in the state’s co-operative movement.Velip, the society’s chairman, said that the foundation day celebration will be held on August 21 at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, where chief minister Pramod Sawant will be the chief guest. Social welfare minister Subhash Phal Dessai, the society’s vice-chairperson, also briefed the media. Significantly, both Velip and Phal Dessai have been at the helm of the society’s administration since its inception, having been elected unanimously as the chairperson and the vice-chairperson for nine consecutive elections.On the society’s growth over the years, Velip said that its progress has been “just phenomenal.” “Commencing operations from a small private office 30 years ago, the society now has 22 branches with advanced banking facilities. Our deposits total Rs 310 crore and we have advanced loans totalling Rs 215 crore. Our investments in other banks stands at Rs 97 crore. In March 2022, our profits stood at Rs 4.16 crore,” Velip said. The society, apart from planning to move into a spacious “Quepem Urban Bhavan” at Quepem soon, intends to open an alcohol de-addiction centre, an old-age home and an orphanage in Quepem for the benefit of the society.
Panaji: The state government must immediately sack civil supplies minister Ravi Naik and the officials responsible for the “criminal wastage” of over 200 tonnes of tur dal and 10 tonnes of sugar, Congress said on Saturday. The party’s mahila wing state president Beena Naik said that women would curse the government for allowing the food items to rot and go to waste in government warehouses.Congress also demanded that chief minister Pramod Sawant conducts a high-level inquiry to find out how Rs 3.5 crore worth of essential food items went to waste.“The BJP government will get cursed by the women in Goa who struggle to feed their families, for this wastage,” said Naik. “It is most unfortunate that this careless government allowed the tur dal to rot in godowns, when people were struggling to buy it.” She said that the wastage once again proves how “irresponsible and insensitive” the BJP-led state government is.She alleged that the food items are deliberately allowed to get spoiled in order to facilitate private companies to import more food items and earn profits.“I want to remind the people of Goa about the hoarding of essential commodities done by then deputy chief minister Chandrakant Kavlekar at a godown in Quepem during the nationwide lockdown due to Covid. People were struggling to buy essential commodities and videos had surfaced of the BJP minister hoarding various items,” Naik said.
Ponda: Rajesh Faldessai, chairman of the Somnath Dairy Society from Adane, Quepem, took charge as chairman of Goa State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union, also known as Goa Dairy, for the third term. During the board’s previous five-year term, over three-and-a-half years were under the administrator. The sale of milk and the production of cattle feed produced by the dairy unit had dipped during this period and the new chairman has vowed to bring back the “lost glory” of the dairy. Faldessai said that he will find the cause of the problems that has led to a dip in milk sale and inconsistency in cow feed production. “The dairy belongs to farmers and I will work to protect their welfare,” he said. Election to Goa Dairy’s board was held on June 19, and the Faldessai-Vithoba Desai panel had won the polls with 9 of 12 seats. Ulhas Sinari, Vithoba Desai, Vijaykant Gaonkar, Gurudas Parab, Baburao Fatto Dessai, Uday Prabhu, Nitin Prabhugaonkar and Babu Falo are the directors elected through the Faldessai-Desai group.
Porvorim: BJP’s Poriem MLA Deviya Rane on Monday suggested that the state should develop a safari park in one of the five wildlife sanctuaries to promote hinterland tourism. “Haryana is coming up with the world’s largest park, the Aravali Safari Park. Similar parks can be developed in Goa. It will promote hinterland tourism as well as create job opportunities for locals,” Rane said as the House discussed demands on forests on Monday. She added that the forest ministry should ensure that funds given by the Centre under various schemes are availed for the development of forests. “We have got five wildlife sanctuaries, but we don’t see locals visiting them due to lack of facilities. We have not developed our wildlife sanctuaries as done by other states,” said Rane. She also called for clarity on villages that have been listed as eco-sensitive zones under a recently issued draft notification. Quepem MLA Altone D’Costa demanded that harassment of people from the ST community in his constituency who cultivate in forested areas, be stopped. Benaulim MLA Venzy Viegas urged the government that where felling of trees was concerned, officials should communicate their decision soon after permission for the activity is sought. Calangute MLA Michael Lobo sought to know if trees that had been felled for projects were replaced in other areas, and if records of this were maintained.
Panaji: With no major systems currently prevailing along the Goa coast, the skies cleared on Monday, keeping it largely sunny. The monsoon activity over Goa is likely to be weaker or normal in the coming four to five days, with intense rainfall activity having taken a break. “There was a circulation over Odisha and a depression off the Gujarat coast. All these systems have moved away and do not have any significant impact over Goa. As of now, there is no increased special gradient across the coast,” said IMD scientist Rahul M. Goa will therefore have a brief break from the intense rainfall activity that prevailed last week. “The rainfall activity will be subdued for almost two weeks. For the rainfall to pick up again, another weather enhancing system or monsoon enhancing system may have to form, such as an offshore trough or a circulation over the Bay of Bengal or the Arabian Sea,” Rahul said. On days that it rained heavily, the maximum temperature over Goa was around 27 degrees C. On Monday, as the skies cleared, the IMD recorded an increase in the maximum temperature with 29 degrees C prevailing over the state. With the southwest monsoon being weak over the state, light to moderate rainfall occurred at most places over Goa. The rain gauge stations at Valpoi and Sanguem recorded 3cm each of rainfall, Pernem, Sanquelim, Margao and Quepem recorded 2cm each, while Panaji, Canacona, Dabolim and Mormugao recorded 1cm each.
PANAJI: So far, just 43 village panchayats, seven municipalities and the corporation of the city of Panaji (CCP) have applied for implementation of the animal birth control (ABC) programme. However, most civic bodies have not applied for the programme as they do not have suitable NGOs locally to implement the scheme, minister for animal husbandry and veterinary services Nilkanth Halarnkar said on Thursday, in a reply tabled in the assembly. Four MLAs had sought to know the status of the programme on sterilisation of stray dogs in the state. Halarnkar said that as per Supreme Court directives and Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, Goa has notified an animal birth control state monitoring committee. He said that at its meeting, the committee proposed to set up animal birth control centers at every taluka. “The village panchayats and municipalities have not adopted the ABC programme mainly due to non-availability of NGOs in their respective jurisdiction,” Halarnkar said in the reply. There are 151 village panchayats and the municipalities of Curchorem-Cacora, Pernem, Quepem, Sanguem and Valpoi that have not applied for the ABC programme. Halarnkar said that besides dogs, Rs 1,000 is also provided for sterilisation of cats. “As per the Goa Municipality Act, 1968, local authorities are mandated to implement the registration of owned dogs and vaccination and sterilisation of the same. The animal husbandry department is providing all possible assistance for sterilisation and vaccination of owned dogs through various veterinary hospitals and veterinary dispensaries in the state,” the minister said. Halarnkar said that there are five veterinary hospitals, 48 village sub-centres and 25 veterinary dispensaries in Goa at which medicines are provided free of cost. “Mineral mixture, nutritional/feed supplements and feed additives are dispensed at 50% cost and deworming is charged at Rs 20 per dose,” said the minister.
Panaji: Six of the 13 rain gauge stations in Goa have crossed the 2,000m-mark following continuous rainfall over parts of Goa over the past few days. All the stations had crossed the 1,000-mm mark ten days ago. While Pernem recorded 2,185.6mm of rainfall up to 8.30am on Sunday, Valpoi recorded 2,063.4mm, Canacona (2,077.6mm) and Sanguem (2,093.5mm). Quepem recorded the highest amount of rainfall so far with 2,322.8mm and Ponda recorded the lowest in the 2,000mm mark with 2,003.4mm of rainfall, up to 8.30am on Sunday. The India meteorological department (IMD) said that there is a depression off the coast of Saurashtra and is expected to move gradually north-northwestwards after 24 hours. Thereafter, it is likely to move nearly westwards towards Oman coast during the subsequent 48 hours. The IMD has forecast light to moderate rainfall at most places over the state for the next few days. It has advised fishermen to not venture into the sea along and off south Maharashtra-Goa-Karnataka coasts.
Porvorim: Opposition members alleged that proper procedure was not followed over the resolution on the linear projects and also on passing the demands for grants in the assembly on Friday. All the opposition members protested outside the assembly after the House was adjourned for the day with coal powder on their foreheads accusing the government of being ‘an agent of coal’. Explaining the issue, former chief minister Digambar Kamat said that after a private member’s resolution is moved, debate takes place and the minister concerned replies. When the question withdrawal of the resolution comes up, the speaker allows division if asked for. On Friday, when division was asked, the House was adjourned. The secretary informed the members that when the House resumes, division will be taken up, Kamat said, pointing out that the House procedure was not followed . But when the House resumed, the next item on the agenda – demands for grants – was taken up, the opposition protested and rushed to the well of the House as the matter of the linear projects resolution had not ended. Slamming the government, Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai said all the opposition MLAs are united on the issue of coal and alleged that the government didn’t agree to their resolution because it is an agent of the coal lobby. Sardesai also questioned how the financial business—bill to increase state borrowings and demands for grants—was passed without discussion. Strongly condemning what had happened, one of the MLAs who moved the resolution—Quepem MLA Altone D’Costa—said there is no question that coal is directly linked to linear projects. Santa Cruz MLA Rudolf Fernandes also said that all the major projects being executed in Goa are for big corporates and not for the common man.
Margao: Days after former deputy chief minister Chandrakant Kavlekar and Congress’s Quepem MLA Altone D’Costa sparred over the issue of proposed new Betul panchayat building in the presence of chief minister Pramod Sawant, BJP leadership has come out strongly in defence of Kavlekar. At BJP’s kissan mela (farmers meeting) held at Quepem on Sunday, party president Sadanand Tanavade advised D’Costa against taking credit for projects sanctioned during Kavlekar’s tenure as Quepem MLA. Kavlekar who had joined BJP in July 2019, was defeated by D’Costa in the recent assembly polls “D’Costa got elected, let him now enjoy for five years. And if he is capable enough, let him do development works too. But he should not take credit for projects that Kavlekar had got sanctioned earlier,” Tanavade said. Reminding D’Costa that governance was a continuous process, Tanavade said, “He has full right to lay foundation stones for projects sanctioned by his predecessor, but while doing so, he should refrain from leveling charges against others and taking undue credit.” Tanavade also slammed D’Costa for claiming that BJP workers had worked for his victory in the assembly elections. “He keeps on thanking BJP karyakartas for working for him. I dare him to name the karyakartas who helped him,” he said. BJP’s Rajya sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar, also backed Kavlekar and berated D’Costa. “Kavlekar has brought tremendous development in Quepem over last several years, be it hot-mixing of roads, providing water and power supply etc. But he’s not in the habit of publicising his work. The first thing he did on getting elected was to write to the prime minister’s office over some water supply issue,” Tendulkar said in a derisive tone.
Panaji: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that work of setting up a tribal research centre and museum will be fast-tracked. Sawant said that the Goa commission for scheduled castes (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST) should work along with the state government and prepare a roadmap to implement forest rights to ensure that the communities are beneficiaries of land rights. He was speaking on the sidelines of inaugurating the renovated office of the commission at Patto, Panaji. Sawant said that the government is working to provide justice and equal rights to the SC, ST and Other Backward Class (OBC) community. “We will not allow any injustice to happen to the SC and ST communities with regards to promotions, roster or land rights,” he said. Sawant added that the commission created awareness about the cases that need to reach to the commission such as promotions, roster not being followed, ST rights, forest rights among others. He said that cases which come under the commission include inquiry into violation of any right provided in the Protection of the Civil Right Act, 1955, SC and ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989. He said that the communities should get justice under the acts without any discrimination. “Whatever the government has decided about providing land rights under the forest act can be resolved through collectors, the director of tribal affairs and the director of the commission. At present we have been able to give dwelling rights to only 319 people and in the future we want to give these in a phased manner,” he said. Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar said that as SC and ST people find it difficult to come to Panaji, courts were set up at Canacona and Quepem.
CANACONA: With many students from Canacona studying at the Government College at Quepem, the demand for Kadamba Transport Corporation's (KTC) direct bus from Polem to the college is being made once again. Students, even from the remote areas of Canacona, prefer travelling a long distance to reach the college at Quepem. Some also have to change two to three buses to get there. Students said they had demanded for a direct bus in the past too, but it was not pursued.
Canacona: With many students from Canacona studying at the Government College at Quepem, the demand for Kadamba Transport Corporation’s (KTC) direct bus from Polem to the college is being made once again. Students, even from the remote areas of Canacona, prefer travelling a long distance to reach the college at Quepem. Some also have to change two to three buses to get there. Students said they had demanded for a direct bus in the past too, but it was not pursued.
Panaji: Mandos blasting off loud-speakers, coconut palm fronds woven into shade mats, the sale of festachem chonne (grams) and fresh organic produce. This may appear to be a scene straight out of a typical tinto in a Goan village on a hot summer afternoon however, such was not the case. This was at the two-day inclusive and accessible Purumentachem Fest held at the Caculo Mall, Panaji, over the weekend. Here, local street vendors were given the platform at the mall to sell organic spices, salt fish, pickles, vegetable seeds, clay pottery and other provisions that are traditionally sold prior to the monsoon. “Traditionally these foods were consumed in Goa. However, over the decades, we took to processed foods. People have realised the health benefits of eating clean organic food and are, therefore, returning to their roots. With very few people selling such traditional items in Goa, the Purumentachem Fest is a perfect platform for sale of such products,” said environmental activist Avertino Miranda. Organic brown rice and pulses, jams made from organically grown mangoes, cold-pressed coconut oil, coconut vinegar made without preservatives were some of the fast-selling products at the fest. A total of six table spaces were allotted to the differently-abled to sell products like chillies, coconut oil, carpentry products, etc. Seventy per cent visually impaired Akshay Kurade, who squats in the heat of the Mapusa market to sell handmade Kolhapuri slippers, was one such participant. “This is the first time, members of the differently-abled community got to sell their produce at the mall instead of the traditional market,” he said. Desmond Dias from Quepem, a speech and hearing-impaired carpenter, managed to sell every single one of his articles over the course of the two-day festival. Chandor-based John P, who bakes for a living, also managed to sell all his cakes on the first day of the festival itself. Similarly, Resha Vernekar, a partially visually impaired person also sold all her eatables within a day. Bastora-based Savio Mascarenhas and his wife Valency, both speech and hearing-impaired, extracted coconut oil to be sold at the event, all of which was purchased. Quepem-based Tukaram Gaonkar, who is partially visually impaired, sold every single one of his Khola chilies at the festival. “No one must be excluded from carrying out trade, especially if space is already accessibility-friendly. This is a step towards empowerment of persons with disability,” the festival organisers said.
Panaji: Goa is known for its multi-floral arboreal vegetation which produces some rare nectar. This is assimilated by bees resulting in production of uniquely flavoured honey, said noted apiculturist P Shaliyo. He was interacting with 21 participants from various parts of the state that attended his beekeeping training programme held recently at the Don Bosco Vocational Training Institute, in Quepem. While sharing his knowledge and experience on the subject, Shaliyo introduced the participants to the basics of bee biology and management of the Apis Cerana Indica breed bee colony. Shaliyo gave participants a practical demonstration in the institute’s apiary, which contains live beehive colonies. Some of the participants also handled the combs with live bees, which changed their concept of bee behaviour. “The role of bees for boosting agricultural and horticultural production cannot be underestimated. Due to research being done in recent years and the ensuing awareness, a sizable number of people across Goa have been attending beekeeping training programs, which are conducted almost twice a month at the institute,” the insititute’s director Fr Michael D’Costa said. D’Costa further informed participants about the various government scheme available which provides subsidy for purchasing beehive colonies. He also explained the procedure for applying for the same. Detailed information on beekeeping training and post training support may be obtained from Don Bosco’s VTI office on 7498689248. Interested participants canalso email email@example.com for necessary details.
Panaji: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Saturday formally appointed 13 block presidents for Goa as the party goes through a restructuring process. The party has also appointed district observers, one for each of Goa’s two districts. While announcing the appointments, the party’s Goa in-charge Clyde Crasto said that NCP is gearing up to contest every election in the state, including Lok Sabha elections. Crasto did add a subtle rider saying that only if the party “is ready” would it field candidates for the two Lok Sabha seats in 2024. “Lok Sabha, we are looking at both the seats. We will take it as it comes, and if we are ready, then we will contest both,” said Crasto. The party is in the midst of an overhaul in Goa. Crasto has been in Goa for three days, visiting party workers, block committees and sympathisers. He handed over the appointment letters to the 13 block presidents on Saturday in the presence of state party president Jose Philip D’Souza. The party has appointed its Porvorim constituency candidate Shankar Phadte as the North Goa district president and Digvijay Velingkar as observer. Down south, its Quepem candidate Aloysious D’Silva will serve as district president, while Ravindra Talaulikar will be the observer. Former MLAs Filipe Nery Rodrigues and Francisco ‘Micky’ Pacheco were not present when Crasto met with NCP functionaries, but Crasto and D’Souza insisted that the two remain with the party.
Margao: A 20-year old resident of Avedem, near Quepem, Prakash Naik died in a head-on collision between two motorcycles at Gudi, Paroda on the Quepem-Margao road. The accident occurred at around 7.45am on Tuesday when Naik was proceeding from Gudi towards his house at Avedem, while Devidas Gaonkar was proceeding towards Margao. Gaonkar, a resident of Cavrem, Quepem was seriously injured in the crash. Locals said that the area has turned into an accident-prone zone, and urged authorities to immediately put measures in place to prevent further accidents.
Margao: Following the long victory lap that attracted public criticism for an extravagant swearing-in ceremony, MLAs from South Goa’s hinterlands are busy holding several programmes including public grievances meets and project launches. PWD minister Nilesh Cabral held a public grievances meeting at Quepem last week, an event which he said will be a regular feature every second Thursday of the month. Residents of Quepem will be allowed to put forth their complaints and grievances at the meeting. He said the elected representatives of local bodies along with officials of various government departments will be present at the meeting. “Attempts will be made to resolve most of the grievances on the spot. The deputy collector will be responsible to ensure that the complaints are acted upon at the earliest. The compliance report will be taken at the subsequent meetings,” Cabral told reporters. Sanvordem MLA Ganesh Gaonkar held a meeting with officials of various government departments and elected representatives of panchayats from his constituency to discuss pre-monsoon related works. He also took stock of the pending works and proposed projects in his constituency. “The issue of frequent power cuts was discussed with the engineers concerned of the electricity department and they have assured that they will work more effectively to tackle this issue,” he said. He further said WRD engineers were instructed to prepare proposals and estimates for works related to desilting and construction of retaining walls along the riverside, the banks of which had been damaged during the floods last year. Minister and Sanguem MLA Subhash Phal Dessai has also initiated development works in his constituency while inaugurating completed projects. Speaking at the ‘Sarkar Tumchea Dari’ programme held in Sanguem recently, Phal Dessai said every effort would be made to resolve issues pertaining to electricity, mobile network, drinking water, educational infrastructure, road networks, forest rights, and the Selaulim dam. Opposition MLAs have also stepped up the pace of development works. Quepem MLA Altone D’Costa who defeated former deputy chief minister Chandrakant Kavalekar at the last hustings, has been going about launching various infrastructural facilities. At the inauguration of a borewell at Bushmoll-Barcem, where people faced water woes, D’Costa said he would strive to resolve all issues pertaining to water scarcity in Quepem within the next few months. “I will try to ensure that basic amenities are provided to the people of Quepem constituency,” D’Costa said. Sanvordem MLA Ganesh Gaonkar held a meeting with officials of various government departments and elected representatives of panchayats from his constituency to discuss pre-monsoon related works. He also took stock of the pending works and proposed projects in his constituency
Panaji: Quepem Municipal Council is heading towards becoming the first urban local body in the state to achieve garbage-free status.The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs awards the status to the urban local bodies for achieving a high degree of cleanliness and hygiene under the Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0.Quepem has become the first municipal council in Goa to reach the final stages of achieving the feat. The council has now applied before the Goa State Urban Development Agency (GSUDA) for a third party verification and validation for achieving a star rating.As per the protocol, cities or towns fulfilling the necessary conditions for garbage-free star rating (any rating from 1 to 7 stars) must carry out a self-assessment and self-verification for self-declaration as a garbage-free city or town.The city or the town must fulfill the necessary conditions before declaring a city/ ward for garbage-free star rating. The conditions include 100% door-to-door waste collection, 80% of all the households/ premises should have segregation at source, twin litter bins (blue and green) should be available in at least 80% of the public and commercial areas at every 50-100 metres, waste transportation should be available with or without transfer station to the processing centre and there should be availability of fully functional material recovery facilities for garbage collection, sorting, storage, recycling, processing and sale in every 5-km radius.The other conditions include all commercial bulk waste generators undertaking onsite processing of wet waste generated and handing over the segregated dry waste to the authorised waste pickers, implementation of spot fines for non-segregation, anti-littering, enforcement of ban on the use of plastic bags less than 50 microns and scientifically managing the municipal solid waste, plastic waste and construction and demolition waste.Upon satisfactory verification, the municipal commissioner/ chief officer/ chairperson of the council may self-declare garbage-free star rating of the city.The municipal commissioner/ chief officer/ chairperson of the council may then notify it through a public notification while communicating the same to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs through the state government.In December 2019, after carrying out the self-assessment and self-verification for achieving the garbage-free star rating, the Quepem Municipal Council had sought feedback and objections from the public as per the prescribed protocol and thereafter on completion of the procedure, the chief officer of the council adopted a resolution to self-declare Quepem as a garbage-free municipal council.Now this self-declaration will be further verified and validated by an independent third party agency appointed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for a 3-star, 5-star or 7-star garbage-free rating.Many other urban local bodies in the state are at various stages of achieving the zero waste status.
Ponda: Of the 700-plus sugarcane farmers, 223 have received Rs 2.08 crore towards the first installment of the compensation assured to them by the government. Following the closure of the Sanjivani sugar factory from 2019, the state government had announced that farmers will be paid a compensation for five years under the special assistance scheme to sugarcane cultivators. Of the 223 farmers, 106 are from Sanguem, 50 from Canacona, 40 from Quepem and 27 from Sattari. The government has sanctioned an amount of Rs 7.5 crore for the payment of the compensation amount, factory administrator Chintamani Perni said, adding that only those farmers who have submitted a declaration have been paid.
MARGAO: Robbers struck the Shree Datta Mandir at Quepem, early Saturday morning and made off with the cash from the donation box after breaking it open. Police sources said that the CCTV cameras have captured the robbers in the act and that all efforts are on to nab the culprits. According to police sources the robbers gained entry into the temple through a window. The theft came to light around 6am when the poojari came to the temple.
Margao: Robbers struck the Shree Datta Mandir at Quepem, early Saturday morning and made off with the cash from the donation box after breaking it open. Police sources said that the CCTV cameras have captured the robbers in the act and that all efforts are on to nab the culprits. According to police sources the robbers gained entry into the temple through a window. The theft came to light around 6am when the poojari came to the temple.
Canacona/Panaji: After the recent incident where a leopard aged between four and five years was found dead on the railway tracks at Padi-Quepem on Thursday, minister for forests Vishwajit Rane has ordered an investigation into the incident. “Really sad to hear about the tragic incident of a leopard being hit by a train. I’ve asked the additional principal chief conservator of forests to look into the situation and investigate the matter. The site has been secured, a team of veterinarians has been dispatched and a post-mortem investigation is ongoing. Following that, cremation will take place,” the minister said, following the incident. Rane said that a mechanism needs to be worked out so that such incidents are not repeated. “We need to work out a mechanism to prevent such incidents in the future,” the minister said. Forest officials received information around 7.30am on Thursday that the carcass of a leopard was lying on the railway track near the forest at Padi in Quepem. The officials confirmed that the death occurred after the leopard was hit by a train. Such incidents are not uncommon. In October last year, a three-year-old female leopard was found to have died after it was hit by a train near Collem at Pokarmol-Kalem in Dharbandora taluka. The wild animals are believed to have died while trying to cross the tracks.
Panaji: Rainfall and overcast skies offered much-needed respite from the sweltering May heat as maximum temperatures dropped by 5.6C in just 24 hours. The IMD Goa, recorded a maximum temperature of a pleasant 25.2C on Friday when compared to the 30.8C logged a day prior. “The maximum temperature recorded on May 17 was 34C. As such, there has been a fall of 8.8C over the past three days,” IMD scientist Rahul M said. He said that as rainfall activity begins reducing from Saturday, the maximum temperature will gradually rise by about 2C in the following two days. On Friday, the highest amount of rainfall recorded by the IMD was at the Pernem and Valpoi rain gauge stations, with 7cm each. This was followed by Sanguem and Margao with 6cm each, Canacona with 5cm, Quepem, Sanquelim and Ela (Old Goa) with 4cm each, and Mormugao, Ponda, Dabolim, Mapusa and Panaji with 3cm each. Light to moderate rainfall and thundershowers are very likely at many places over Goa on Saturday, at a few places on Sunday and Monday, and at isolated places on Tuesday. Squally weather with wind speeds reaching 40-50 kmph and gusting to 60 kmph is likely to prevail along and off the south Maharashtra-Goa coast. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea during this period.
Panaji: In continuation of the previous forecast, the Indian Meteorological department (IMD) on Tuesday issued an alert for five continuous days forecasting light to moderate rainfall accompanied by lightning and gusty winds.There was a cloud build-up late on Tuesday evening with very light to moderate rainfall at isolated places.The IMD attributed the rains to the presence of a trough in the lower levels that will pass through Karnataka on Thursday and Friday and, possible moisture incursion in the middle troposphere due to a circulation in south Goa.According to the IMD, heavy rainfall (7-11 cms in 24hrs) is very likely to occur at isolated places and light to moderate rain at most places over the state on Thursday.The maximum temperature during the 24-hour period ending 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday was 34 degree Celsius, according to the IMD.Fishermen are requested not to venture along Kerala-Karnataka coast on Wednesday and Goa-South Maharashtra coast on Thursday due to squally weather conditions.
Panaji: Goa received light to moderate rainfall accompanied by lightning on Thursday with no major incident reported in the last 24 hours, according to the state disaster management authority.The India Meteorological Department had issued a heavy rainfall alert at isolated places on Thursday and Friday due to presence of a trough in the lower levels passing through Karnataka and upper cyclonic circulation over north Tamil Nadu, resulting in bad weather accompanied by clouds, heavy rains and thundershowers.As per rainfall data released by the IMD on Thursday, the state on an average has received 0.6mm rainfall against the normal rains of 3.2mm in the last 24 hours. Quepem recorded the highest rainfall of 4mm followed by Sanguem 0.9mm.“All the rain gauge stations have recorded 40-50% rainfall in the last 24 hours. The rainfall distribution was scattered which will continue on Friday with heavy rains at isolated places and thereafter the rainfall intensity will reduce,” the IMD scientist Rahul M said.Fishermen are advised not to venture along and off South Maharashtra-Goa coast for next 24 hours due to squally weather conditions.
Panaji: In a surprising move from the opposition camp, Congress MLA Altone D’Costa said that he is happy to hear that the state government could set up the IIT Goa campus in Quepem. D’Costa said the IIT-Goa campus will be an “honour and an opportunity” for the constituents of Quepem. Nearly six years after the IIT Goa was established, the search for a site to house the institute’s permanent campus continues. TOI recently reported that after vociferous protests at Shel Melauli, the government has shortlisted four sites — on the Kulti plateau at Poinguinim in Canacona, an area at Sanguem, the land at Quitol, where the defence expo was held in Quepem, and another site at Dharbandora. “The government of Goa is considering Quepem as one of the options for IIT Campus. I believe it’s an honour and an opportunity for us to have this prestigious campus in our area. If the government is willing, we will be more than happy to shoulder the responsibility,” D’Costa said. Plans in at least seven locations, earlier identified by the state government, had to be scrapped, either due to shortcomings found by the site selection committee or objections from locals. D’Costa’s open support is significant because in January 2021, Congress had supported the protesters in Melauli-Guleli who had objected to the IIT campus. IIT-Goa is functioning from its temporary campus at the Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi, since 2016. As per central government norms, the state has to provide at least 500 acres of land for the IIT campus, but considering that Goa is a small state, it was agreed that 300 acres would be adequate.