Calangute: Members of the Calangute Constituency Forum (CCF) on Wednesday met Candolim sarpanch Blaize Fernandes and urged him to find a solution to the foul stench emanating from the garbage treatment plant (GTP) at Saligao. Fernandes told them that he has brought it to the notice of the plant’s management. He also expressed hope for an early solution. Waste management minister Atanasio Monserrate had recently assured the CCF that he would visit the affected areas to gauge the situation. “But now we have seen a statement from him that there is hardly any stench,” CCF president Premanand Divkar said, referring to some media reports.
Margao: Trial runs of the solid waste management plant at Cacora have begun. On Tuesday, machines were put into operation to treat dry waste on trial basis, which will continue for the next few days. Speaking to reporters at the site, Curchorem MLA and PWD minister Nilesh Cabral said that trial runs of wet waste treatment will also be held soon. “Once all the shortcomings are identified and fixed, the plant will be formally commissioned, tentatively on May 30,” Cabral said. Landscaping work is also under way at the site. The 100 tonne per day (tpd) solid waste management facility at Cacora has been set up under the aegis of the department of science, technology and waste management and Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) over an area of approx 81,000 sqm, which was earlier a waste dump site. The legacy waste dump was eliminated using the bio remediation method to make way for the setting up of the Rs 173 crore plant . The plant has been constructed on the lines of the Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility (SWMF) at Saligao and the design has been upgraded to take into account the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, and the learning from the shortcomings at Saligao. The plant will have separate lines for wet and dry waste with the organic extruder being the heart of the system. The design and technical parameters of the plant have been vetted by an expert committee under the chairmanship of Padmashri Dr Sharad Kale with members from IIT Bombay, NEERI and BITS Pilani. Cabral said that the waste will be stored in an enclosed space inside the plant. Waste from four talukas – Quepem, Curchorem, Canacona and Dharbandara – will be treated in the plant, it was informed.
PANAJI: Minister for waste management Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate on Thursday said that the state government is committed to make Goa a garbage-free state and he will try to achieve the goal by 2027. He cautioned village panchayats stating that unsegregated garbage will not be accepted at the treatment plant. “Our government will ensure that Goa becomes garbage-free. I will see that the goal is achieved before the end of my tenure. Once the solid waste management plant starts functioning, the garbage problem will be solved,” he said. “Apart from wet and dry garbage, medical, electronic and other types of waste would be taken care of at the plant,” he said. “I will inspect Goa’s second solid waste management plant at Cacora next week. The trial run will start at this plant on May 10 and the formal inauguration will be done by May-end,” he said. “Treatment plants in the pipeline will be complete within the stipulated time-frame.” The waste management minister said that fresh tenders will be floated soon for the setting up of solid waste management plant at Bainguinim. This is the third time a tender will be floated for the setting up of the plant. The Rs 200-crore public-private partnership (PPP) project at Bainguinim will be built on a design-build-finance-operate-transfer (DBFOT) basis, wherein the plant infrastructure will be erected by the concessionaire along with managing of operations and maintenance for a period of 10 years. When asked about the stiff opposition to the plant at Bainguinim, Monserrate said, “What oppose? We only create garbage and we need to find solution for it.” “First, people should come and see the Saligao plant. It is better to have a plant rather than dumping garbage at some place. That creates more health hazards. Sometimes we have pig mentality.”
Panaji: What started as a humble initiative to clean the ponds in the quaint village of Saligao ahead of the monsoon has escalated into a community effort to revive the water bodies for sustainable use. A total of 25 plaster of paris (PoP) idols of Ganesh have been fished out of five of the village’s ponds so far. “The idea was to encourage the villagers to participate in the common activity of reviving water bodies. We spent 20 days at these ponds fishing out waste, however, the PoP drainage due to the idols was immense,” said artist Harshada Kerkar who is spearheading the initiative. She has sought help from divers from Kolkata who work as migrant labourers in Goa. Along with the villagers, with the help of the divers, she has recorded about 25 idols that were fished out manually and there are more in counting. “Some of the idols were disintegrated and only their iron skeletal frame remains. The lotus population has dwindled in these ponds,” Kerkar said. “The whole idea is to encourage the villagers to take up some steps to reduce PoP drainage and hopefully cause less damage to the ponds in each passing year,” she said. PoP idols are made from hemihydrated calcium sulphate. When immersed in water, they do not dissolve or disintegrate fast, thereby causing irreversible damage to the riverine/coastal ecology or the ecosystem of any water body. This, in turn, has an adverse impact on marine life which is also consumed by humans.
Calangute: Leader of opposition and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo on Wednesday dismissed allegations made by a Calangute NGO that foul smell emanates from the garbage treatment plant (GTP) at Saligao. He called it “cheap politics” ahead of the panchayat elections. “They’re trying to show people that they’re doing some work. If they were really doing something genuine, I would be the first to salute them,” he said. Lobo, who was waste management minister in the previous government, said the NGO is missing the bigger picture. “What is important is that all the garbage goes to one place. When there is excess garbage during rush of tourists, and it is dumped on the tipping floor at the GTP, then there is some smell. That cannot be denied. But what is important is that garbage from the coastal belt is being collected there. Otherwise it would be strewn everywhere and people would get the stench there,” he said. “Earlier the panchayats used to dump the garbage here and there and then people would agitate and protest,” Lobo said.
Saligao: Following numerous complaints regarding the accident-prone junction at Peddem in Mapusa, Aldona MLA Carlos Alvares Ferreira, Mapusa MLA and Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) vice-chairman Joshua D’Souza along with other government authorities conducted a joint inspection of the area on Thursday The Mapusa MLA said that temporary installation of traffic signals has been proposed for the area, and that the Mapusa municipality will install the same after seeking permission from the National Highways Authority of India. “It is a dangerous junction. Residents of Acoi, Camarcazan and Peddem face quite a lot of problem while crossing over to Mapusa town. We need a long-term solution,” Ferreira said.
Panaji: The archdiocese of Goa and Daman received five new priests on Thursday. The ordination of the five deacons was held at Se Cathedral, Old Goa and presided over by archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao accompanied by over 100 priests. Melito D'Costa from Varca, Clive Diniz from Collem, Kevin Fernandes from Navelim, Alvison Baltazar Fernandes from Morjim and Elroy Francis da Gama from Moira expressed their desire to be ordained priests before Archbishop and the Faithful. The newly-ordained priests will now take charge of their new assignments. Elroy is appointed assistant to the parish priest of Saligao Church, Melito is appointed assistant to the parish priest of Grace Church, Margao, Clive is appointed as prefect of discipline at Saligao Seminary, Alvison is appointed assistant to the parish priest at Holy Spirit Church, Margao and Kevin is appointed assistant to the parish priest at Merces Church. Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao highlighted on the threefold role of a priest explaining that a priest is a minister of the word of God, who proclaims and lives by the word.
Panaji: The Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) has started the process of setting up a fourth solid waste management plant at Verna Industrial Estate that will cater to waste generated in Mormugao taluka and some parts of Salcete taluka. The plant will be set up in an area of 1 lakh sqm, and it will treat 250 TPD (tonnes per day) of waste. GWMC has asked the agency to conduct an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the plant. A senior government officer said that once the EIA study is completed, the report would be placed before Goa state environment impact assessment authority for environmental clearance. A senior government officer said that as the project is coming up in an industrial area, there is no need for conducting a public hearing. At present, one solid waste management plant is operational at Saligao, while the Cacora plant will be ready by the end of May. GWMC is in process of setting up a third plant at Bainguinim. Currently, the Saligao facility handles waste generated by 27 coastal village panchayats. The state government had issued the work order to Hindustan Waste Treatment Pvt Ltd in mid-2020 to expand the plant from 100 TPD to 250 TPD at a cost of over Rs 100 crore. The Cacora plant is being set up to cater to solid waste management needs of South Goa. The plant will have a capacity to treat waste 100 TPD, in addition to another 25%, of which 60 tonne will constitute wet waste and 40 tonne dry waste. The government had revised the project cost of the Cacora plant in 2020. Cabinet approved the revised estimate of Rs 173.9 crore as against Rs 189.99 crore approved in the cabinet meet held in February 2019. A fresh tender would be floated for a 250 TPD (tonne per day) state-of-the-art solid waste management plant at Bainguinim. This is the third time a tender will be floated for the setting up of the plant.
Calangute: The Chogm road stretch from Saligao towards St Alex church in Calangute will soon get a new look with coconut trees on both sides of the road, similar to the famous Parra church road. Calangute panchayat members said the two-lane road is now a four-lane road with a divider. “We’ve pledged to plant coconut trees on both sides of the road, just like in Parra,” they said, adding that they would be planting partially grown, 10-foot-high trees, just before the monsoon so that they grow well. Talking at the launch of hot-mixing work of the Chogm road stretch, opposition leader and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said it has been eight years since work on improving the road stretch was started. “It was only 5.5m wide and widening of this road was necessary,” he said. Further improvements to the road were delayed because of construction of cross-drains and a bridge and lately due to laying of underground cables for the new power sub-station at Calangute, Lobo said. The cost of the project is Rs 7.5 crore. However, the locals have criticised the decision to demolish the landmark Dolphin Circle in front of the church. Panchayat members said the circle had to be demolished for road widening and that the new circle will have a landscaped garden, they said.
Calangute: The Calangute Constituency Forum (CCF) has, in a memorandum to the minister for waste management and Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) stated that residents of Candolim and Calangute are suffering due to foul smell and air pollution from the solid waste management plant (SWMP) located in the neighbouring village of Saligao. In the memorandum, CCF said that despite earlier complaints, foul smell from the plant continues to haunt them. tnn
Goan summers are incomplete without the locally produced urrac that helps beat the heat and pump up a party. But with the drink gaining way too much popularity, its makers are struggling to meet the demandDANUSKA DA GAMA | NT BUZZNo brownie points for guessing why sales of lemon-flavoured aerated drinks soar in Goa during summer. It’s the season of urrac!Made from fermented cashews, urrac is a single distilled 30 per cent alcoholic beverage typically produced between the months of February and May. It is best enjoyed by adding in some lemon-flavoured soft drink to a large peg of the drink, some slices of green chilli, a pinch of salt, and a dash of lime along with loads of ice.A drink that is close to the hearts of Goans with even songs composed on it like ‘Urack-Maruia’ by Goa’s nightingale Lorna, this refreshing but seasonal local drink has been enjoyed annually over the ages.While there is a lot of confusion about the correct spelling of the drink, it matters least to those who love the drink and share its goodness with others. While in some bars it’s spelled ‘urrack’, those in the business go by ‘urrac’.Production of urracSold locally, urrac is rarely available across the counter at liquor shops. Those who buy the bottled versions often prefer locally available urrac that is fresh and available only till May.Distilled in places like Pernem, Valpoi, Loutolim, and Canacona, production of urrac is mostly done by families who sell it to local vendors or bars through their contacts.“Goans have always enjoyed summer with urrac. We store them in a large glass garrafão, just like we store feni. But urrac has to be consumed by the end of summer, better if refrigerated,” says a tavern owner from Saligao.A cashew plantation owner from Latambarcem adds that this year the early rains spoiled the cashew crop. “This resulted in a much lesser quantity of urrac. But we need urrac to make feni, which has a longer shelf life and is always in demand,” he says.Jose Cruz, a well-known name in Loutolim and cashew plantation owner, who also grows betel nut and other local produce, has been distilling urrac and feni since 1995. He tells us that the lockdown in Goa increased the demand for urrac, being a seasonal drink, though feni has more production since it lasts longer. “Urrac is a dangerous drink and can make you really drunk,” he says. However, although he does not sell on a large scale like major distilleries, each year he sells no less than `1.5 lakh worth of urrac.His plantation that spans 1,00,000 square metres has been producing and selling urrac and feni and people in Goa are shifting towards local produce, people are very appreciative of urrac, and it also gives people a chance to concoct the drink differently, though most love it the lemonade way.Soaring demandLocals usually purchase urrac by the litre or in cans. “Today, a bottle costs anywhere between `200 and `260, depending on the popularity of the place and the quality,”says Kudnekar.In fact, Madame Rosa was the first company to bottle and export urrac. “Our PVV and Big Boss brands have been exported to the US too,” says Shreya Patil, event coordinator of Madame Rosa. She adds that every time they export a brand of urrac, it is a way of celebrating ‘Atmanirbhar Goem’, being ‘Swayampurna’ and respecting Swadeshi pride.Gurudatta Bhakta of Czcar distillery who also exports feni to the USA doesn’t produce or sell urrac. “We do a small quantity for ourselves. As it does not have a long shelf life with the drink losing its taste after the rains, this makes it tough to work with,” he says. Launi Feni is the speciality that is distilled in the traditional clay pot, besides other varieties made of spices and herbs, mostly for export purpose. About 400 kilograms of cashew apples are needed every year to produce at least 25 barrels of feni.The quality testWhile people wait the whole year to enjoy their share of urrac,there is little guarantee that the urrac you manage to lay your hands on is good or not so good.Owner of Cazulo Feni, Hansel Vazexplains the rules to check for good urrac. “It’s a high temperature distillate so it should be cloudy, and contain between 20- 30 per cent of alcohol. Anything stronger will not be nice. Another important thing is that it should have the aroma of cashew. It should smell like you are holding a cashew in your hand and it should smell like summer.”Urrac in cocktailsToday, one often also comes across mixologists in some fancy restaurants and pubs making cocktails with urrac. From adding orange and other juices to sweeten the drink to adding curry leaves to spice it up, the fancy cocktails can be enticing. But a true Goenkar will prefer to drink it like it has been consumed over the ages.Many believe the smell and taste of cashew is so unique to urrac that it gets lost when mixed with other stuff.For Gundu, a mixologist at the famous local tavern Joseph Bar in Panaji, this is the season for his favourite summer cocktail ‘Tambde Rosa’ (red rose), one of his signatures among other cocktails he makes. With urrac as the base, some kokum juice and crushed ice, he also throws in some rose petals and crushed ice. And it’s a favourite of neighbours around too, with whom he shares a great rapport and allows for some tasting sessions too.In fact, Vaz says that having urrac in cocktails is a gimmick. “You cannot overcomplicate a simple drink. I think feni is a complex drink and a high spirit cocktail. So, when it’s diluted in a cocktail it makes sense that you still get the flavours. But when you take a light spirit drink like urrac and dilute it in a cocktail, it goes even lighter,” he says.Then there’s also urrac gelato which has become quite something among youngsters and those who have the palate for something new.The new buzzwordIn Valpoi, a local vendor has earned a name for himself by infusing urrac differently. Ginger, garlic, lemongrass, masala, and jeera are some of the varieties he offers. When we caught up with him, we learned that he makes small batches for known customers or those who come through regular customers. He refused to be named as he doesn’t want to commercialise the urrac he makes. “In the last two years, many people came hunting for me,” he says, adding that he raised prices to meet demand and make extra profit. “I would normally sell for `250 a bottle but to outsiders I sold for `400.”Indeed, urrac has become a buzzword, especially among people who come to Goa from outside and one can often find a tourist entering a local bar and asking for urrac, with the most bizarre pronunciation.Vaz believes that the popularity of urrac has only increased withthe rest of India discovering the drink. “It’s something that the Goans have been drinking forever and now we have finally found the rest of India trying to understand our culture. And I think it’s simply because for the first time, we have Indians staying in Goa permanently. Generally, they come for a week and go back. So it’s a new breed of people discovering it and understanding our culture a little more,” he says.Influencers and social media have brought a lot of attention to urrac. It has now become ‘trendy’, ‘instagrammable’, ‘sought after’, and on the ‘to-do list’ of those visiting the state. “In fact, with the help of locals, tourists manage to reach distilleries, cashew plantations and those who sell good urrac,” says Kudnekar from Saligao.But Vaz, like others, believes that Goans shouldn’t be popularising urrac too much. “If we start selling too much urrac, we will not have enough to make feni. And if that happens, we will be killing the golden goose as feni is a regulated spirit. We cannot push an unregulated spirit at the cost of a regulated spirit,” he says.
Panaji: The Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) hopes to complete the 20-tonnes per day biomass briquette manufacturing plant at Saligao in the next three to four months, and hopes to commission the plant before December. The state government expects local pharmaceutical companies and manufacturing plants to use biomass briquettes as a fuel for briquette-fired boilers. The plant is being built under a design, build, operate, finance, and transfer basis for 10 years. The government had started work on the briquette plant in mid-2021 after the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) approached Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) with a proposal to set up a biomass briquette manufacturing facility that could treat the green waste generated in the state capital. “The biomass briquette plant at Saligao, we will see it completed by June. It is only a 20-tonnes per day plant and there is nothing of this sort in Goa. The use of furnace oil has been banned and the industries have switched over to biomass briquettes,” said GEDA member secretary Sanjeev Joglekar. Goa buys about 250 tonnes of biomass briquettes from Karnataka and Maharashtra. Verna Industrial Estate itself needs around 100 tonnes of briquettes per day after the prohibition of furnace oil. Joglekar said the state capital generates about seven tonnes of biomass on a daily basis, which could be used to make biomass briquettes. “We have a lot of biomass lying around from various sources like coconut and vegetation waste. We are starting the 20-tonnes biomass unit and hope to expand to 40-50 tonnes in the future as well as start another unit somewhere in South Goa,” said Joglekar. Biomass briquettes are brick-sized blocks mostly made of organic waste, which are then used for electricity generation, heat, and cooking fuel. These compressed organic briquettes contain various materials, including rice husk, bagasse, groundnut shells, municipal solid waste and agricultural waste.
By Valmiki FaleiroAt a time when bright Goan lads are shying away from defence services as a viable career option – compared to the numbers joining in the 1950s through the 1980s – comes some great news. A Goan-origin serving Major General has just been cleared for being a Lieutenant General.When Major General Michael Anthony Jude Fernandez picks up the 3-star rank a few weeks from now, he will join an elite band of Goans who rose to the topmost echelons of the Indian Army. Goa has had one Chief of Army Staff (General S. F. Rodrigues-Curtorim), three Army Commanders (Lt. Gen. Eric Vas-Saligao, Lt. Gen. Stanley Menezes-Sangolda and Lt. Gen. Walter Pinto-St. Cruz/Kalapur), and three Lieutenant Generals (Lt. Gen. Bobby Barreto-Raia, Lt. Gen. Francis Dias-Velsao and Lt. Gen. Kevin D’Souza-Mapusa).Major General Michael Fernandez will be eighth Goan to achieve the rank. He would have been the ninth. Major General Eustace Fernandez (Anjuna) was cleared for Lieutenant General end-March 1994 and posted as DGMI at Army HQ but the Ides of March willed otherwise.An impressive number for tiny Goa!Major General Fernandez’ grandfather left Saligao to join the Indian Railways in Bihar – a tough job reserved for the British and Anglo-Indians. The General’s father also worked for the railways but shifted to Bangalore (now Bengaluru). Born February 1967, the future General completed early education at the ICSE St. Joseph’s Boys High School and then at the ISC Bishop Cotton Boys School, both in Bangalore, by 1984. He passed out of the 72nd Course (Bravo squadron) of the NDA-Pune in 1987. He was commissioned from the 82nd Regular Batch of the IMA-Dehradun into the Corps of Engineers in June 1988, incidentally the same branch that Lt. Gen. Bobby Barreto belonged to and incidentally again, the same (Corps of Engineers, but the Bombay Sappers) from where Lt. Gen. Manoj Pande, the 29th Army Chief designate, hails from – the first engineer slated to be in the top job.In his over 33 years in the Indian Army, Maj. Gen. Fernandez has served in varied operations and terrain (plains and high altitude) in command, staff and instructional assignments. He was part of the Indian Peacekeeping Force in Sri Lanka (1989-90) and a Sector Engineer at UNIFIL (2001-02). He was picked out for the General Cadre and given command of fighting formations of the Indian Army. He commanded an Amphibious Infantry Brigade and then an Infantry Division in the Desert Sector.His division bagged the Yudh Abhyas-20, the 16th edition (since 2004) of two-week-long Indo-U.S. joint combat drills last year. For the first time, it focused on anti-terror and counter-insurgency operations. It was also the first time that the exercises – held alternately in India and the U.S. (the previous edition was in Seattle-USA) – were held in a desert area. Contingents of the world’s two noted armies joined hands to carry out interoperable fighting ops in a combined environment of expertise in conventional, unconventional and hybrid threats. GOC of the host Division Major General Michael Fernandez and Major General Xavier Brunson GOC 7 Inf. Div. of the U.S. Army inspected the Guard of Honour. Maj. Gen. Fernandez presided over the closing ceremony on February 21, 2021. He was then at Army HQ.With an UN background, when the Indian Army brought out the maiden edition of the UN journal, Blue Helmet Odyssey (devoted to the UN Peacekeeping Force around the world, to which India has contributed much since 1947), its Chief Editor was Maj. Gen. Fernandez. The journal was launched by the Army Chief, Vice Chief and Deputy Chief on Army Day, January 15, 2022.Though his father hailed from Saligao, his mother – born in Nairobi-Kenya – was from Aldona. When the future General married Iringa-Tanzania-born Pearl Fiona, they chose the St. Thomas Church, Aldona in 1994. Saligao or Aldona, fact is they just love Goa!
Staff ReporterPanajiLeader of Opposition Michael Lobo on Monday demanded with the government to disburse the pending assistance to the beneficiaries of different social welfare schemes including Griha Aadhaar and Dayanand Social Security Scheme.Lobo along with Congress Saligao MLA Kedar Naik met with the officials of the Social Welfare Department seeking an explanation over the failure of the department in clearing the pending dues to the beneficiaries for the last three months.“People survive on this `2,500 given by the government, and they buy their medicines and little ration. They are hand to mouth people and the majority of them don’t have any other benefits. Some are widows while some areliving without the support of any family member. How can you stop these schemes,” Lobo asked the officials. Concerned officials claimed that the Department of Social Welfare has completed all the paperwork and forwarded the bills to the Directorate of Accounts for processing.Lobo asked the officials “not to sit idle” and to visit the Directorate of Accounts and get the bills cleared at the earliest.He alleged that staff of Goa Electronics Limited while carrying out the assessment omitted 3,000 names of eligible beneficiaries just because they were not found at their residence when they visited them.He pointed out that of these, 1,500 beneficiaries’ have been enrolled back for the different schemes; however, remaining 1,500 whose names are yet to be included in the list of eligible beneficiaries.
Staff ReporterMapusaThe Congress party will write to the state government regarding power woes which people of coastal areas in North Goa are facing despite paying electricity bills and request the government to act on the files pertaining to improvement of infrastructure and issue work order, said Leader of Opposition Michael Lobo.He further said that if there is no money then the government should avail loans to improve the infrastructure.Lobo said that the power crisis is growing in the coastal areas of Bardez and other parts North Goa, and every 10-15 minutes, there is a power cut and despite paying bills, locals are going through hardships due to frequent power cuts as load shedding is taken up.He also said, “Since the last 10 years, we have been talking about power woes. We have got to know that we are getting power but we don’t have a transformer to store. Even Saligao sub-station plant, which was proposed to built at a cost of around Rs 186 crore to Rs 200 crore, which will cater to Bardez, is still pending.”“The plan for Saligao substation plant was processed and expression of interest was done and work was also tendered but at the time of issuing the work order, it was put on hold and still nothing has been done. I feel there is a need to improve power infrastructure in the state,” said Lobo. He further said that the government has been putting off the work of improvement of power and water infrastructure to the next financial budget year since the last number of years.“Industries are increasing, houses, flats, guest houses are increasing in the state, power consumption is increasing and we don’t have infrastructure to store incoming power. The same problem persists with water also. Tail-end constituency is not getting water. The government has to resolve electricity and water issues as water and power supply is fundamental right of everyone,” said Lobo.
Photographer Dayanita Singh who recently won the 2022 Hasselblad Award givesNT BUZZ a peek into her new “photo novel” titled ‘Let’s See’ which releases todayCHRISTINE MACHADO | NT BUZZDayanita Singh has had a hectic last couple of months. The photographer recently became the first person from South Asia to win the prestigious 2022 Hasselblad Award. A retrospective photography exhibition by her, ‘Dancing with My Camera’ is also currently on view at Berlin’s Gropius Bau Museum.And now, the Saligao-based artist is all set for the world release of her new book ‘Let’s See’ at the Pustakachem Fest taking place at the Saligao Institute today ieApril 19.“This is a book of photographs I clicked in the 80s and early 90s. So it’s really my life. In a way, you could say it’s a memoir or as I like to call it a ‘photo novel’,” she says, adding that it has been designed in such a way as to give you the feel of a novel and she spent two years editing the collection to give the book a touch of suspense. “I want you to read the photographs that are full of clues for you to build a narrative on. I am also trying to put on the table, the idea of whether a book of photographs can also be read the way you would a novel,” she says.In fact, the idea of this book first began to take shape as she was preparing for her retrospective exhibition which required her to minutely pour over her archives. “As I was looking at these early images I thought they were really beautiful because I wasn’t trying to be a photographer here, these were just memories of whatever was happening at that time. It is an eye that I no longer have access to,” she says.Also of note, she adds, was that these were photographs of a time when people were very physically demonstrative of each other. “It is a very intimate book because at that time there weren’t the kind of taboos about touching each other. You gave warm hugs or you saton the ground together,” she says. People were also more relaxed on camera then, she states. “It is impossible to get photographs of people like this now because with the entry of the concept of the selfie, we are constantly posing. We are more image conscious now,” she says.Another important element of the book, she further adds, is that a lot of characters in it are people that she has continued photographing since the beginning, be it her friends, her mother Nony Singh, musician Zakir Hussain, or Mona Ahmed who she depicted in the emotive visual biography ‘Myself Mona Ahmed’. “My archive is not vast in terms of range; it is the same people, the same places. I have just gone deeper,” she says.And published by Steidl, Singh knew without doubt that she had to have the world release of ‘Let’s See’ at the Saligao Institute as it was here that she had what she considers her most important exhibition ‘Demello Vaddo’ back in 2000. ‘Demello Vaddo’ consisted of a collection of family portraits of some people of Saligao and the subjects of the portraits could take their photos home after the exhibition. “This exhibition started the idea of moving beyond just showing photos in a gallery or museum and finding new ways to showcase these,” she says. And indeed Singh has become known for now displaying her works in new forms be it as book objects or in the form of small museums.Singh, who incidentally now lives in the Demello Vaddo is also part of the committee at the Saligao Institute where every Tuesday, the Made in Salgao market is held where the women of Saligao sell homecooked food, handmade decroe etc. “Similarly, I will also be selling this book that I made,” she says, smiling.As for the Hasselblad Award, Singh states that she still can’t seem to quite believe this. “I think I’ve tried to push some of the limits of the medium and so probably that is why I got it. But it’s still quite embarrassing for me because if you look at the list of the people who got the award, it has names of people I have studied and admired and to get the same award as them is a big shock,” she says, adding that she will formally receive the award in Sweden in October. And while she is jubilant about the win, Singh says that one shouldn’t focus on these too much. “One has to move forward and continue to do more.”
Calangute: Imran Hange, 23, a resident of Saligao, was nabbed with narcotic substance worth Rs 3 lakh at Calangute on Friday. Calangute police said they received a tip-off that a person wearing a black t-shirt and black pant would be coming on a bike to deliver narcotics to a customer near the Dongorpur junction at Porbawaddo, Calangute. Hange was taken into custody when he arrived at the spot at around 7pm. He was found in possession of 3kg ganja worth Rs 3 lakh. Hange has been booked under the NDPS Act. The police team was led by PSI Rajaram Bagkar. Further investigations are on under the supervision of PI Laxi Amonkar.
Staff ReporterPanajiThe crime branch police arrested Vijay Verma (39) and seized ganja worth `4.78 lakh during a raid conducted in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday near a hotel inOld Goa.Police said that the accused is originally from Jharkhand and currently residing in Old Goa.According to the police the raid was conducted based on source information. The accused was found in possession of suspected ganjaweighing 4.07 kg worth around `4.78 lakhinformed police.
Pustakamchem Fest, a celebration of everything books, will be held on April 19 at The Saligao InstituteCHRISTINE MACHADO | NT BUZZIt is an irrefutable fact that books are magic. They have the power to transport us to beautiful other worlds, teach us about life and living, improve our language skills, and most importantly always, always, bring so much joy. And so, to celebrate books and also revive the reading habit among youngsters, The Saligao Institute together with Aquilla Fernandes from the Made In Saligao market, author Bina Nayak, and artist and author Clarice Vaz will be organising the Pustakamchem Fest on April 19 (11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.) at The Saligao Institute.The idea of this fest first began to gain roots when Nayak and Vaz met up with Goa’s festival man Marius Fernandes for a book project at the Made In Saligao market. While they were chatting, Nayak noticed that people were visiting the book tables indoors which sold pre-loved books at throwaway prices, an initiative started by photographer Dayanita Singh. “Being a writer and a creative person herself, she also realised that many book stores were closing and stocks of books were piling up. Publishers were not doing well as the reading habit was on a downward swing with people now becoming e-readers post-COVID-19. They were also getting hooked onto the OTT platforms. So, she came up with the idea of having a book festival after being inspired by Fernandes’ festivals,” says Vaz.Nayak and Vaz then took the idea forward to Fernandes and it moved forward from there. The one-day event will thus have bookstalls inside the institute where bookstores, publishers, and libraries are invited to join in. Titles can range from Goa books, cookbooks, kids’ books, coffee table books, fiction and nonfiction, graphic novels, and comics. Participation is free. Confirmed participants as of now are The Dogears Bookshop; Broadway Bookstore, Dalgado Konknni Akademi, Museum of Christian Art; Goa 1556; The Reading Planet Library and Bookstore; Out of Context Book Club; Rama Harmalkar (Qurate Books); and Literati Bookshop. Every participant will get a table to promote and sell their books. Second-hand books can also be sold. In fact, the organisers have had many people donating piles of their books for free. “Now we will have a small section for the sale of second-hand books on that day,” says Vaz.Individual authors can also participate to promote/sell their books. Some of the authors who will be part of the event are Alexyz, Anita Pinto, Nayak, Tomazinho Cardozo, Orijit and Aniruddha Sengupta, Pantaleo Fernandes, Heta Pandit, Clyde D’Souza, Salil Chaturvedi, Rochelle Pereira, Fr John D’Silva, Joseph Fernandes, and Pragya Bhagat. There will be informal interview sessions with authors, and authors can talk about their own books as well.In addition, Singh will be doing a worldwide release of her new book ‘Let’s See’ at the fest.The Made In Saligao market will be on outside the institute with stalls outside selling authentic home-cooked Goan food by the ladies of Saligao, fruits and juices of the season, and a barbeque grill. There will also be live music and dance performances by youngsters of Saligao. “It will be a food for thought and food for the mouth theme with a promotion of Goan-centric books and authors, Goan food/seasonal Goan fruits/Goan sweets, and Goan music,” says Vaz, adding that it is extremely vital that we revive the art of reading physical copies of books. “We are becoming e-readers. That is a fact. But if you give a tablet to a child or student and tell him/her to read a book on the Kindle app it is quite possible that the child will soon switch over to social media or playing online games. Their attention span is decreasing. So, a book in hand is important,” she says. The smell of a book, the turning of pages, the imagination running wild, all of this has to be revived.”
Saligao: The state government has allocated Mapusa municipality Rs 2.6 crore for undertaking various development works ranging from asphalting of roads to construction of gutters and laying of pavers, among others. In the first phase, an amount of Rs 1.6 crore will be disbursed by the urban development department for four development works in 11 wards. This includes resurfacing of roads and construction of gutters in ward 16, laying of pavers in ward 5 and construction of sidewalks in ward 6 at a cost of Rs 35.6 lakh. The resurfacing of the road at the Usapkar junction, construction of a storm water drainage with a cross drain and reconstruction of existing drainage in ward 18 and laying of pavers in ward 19 and tiles in ward 20 will cost Rs 42.7 lakh.
PANAJI: Waste management minister Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate on Tuesday said that a fresh tender would be floated for a 250TPD (tonne per day) state-of-the-art solid waste management plant at Bainguinim. “This will be the third time that the tender will be floated. As most bidders failed to qualify, we have decided to float a new tender,” Monserrate told TOI. He also said that the Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) will move a file to the state government to float a third tender. Monserrate said that the state government has to take a decision at the cabinet to use the same technology used at the Saligao solid waste management plant for the upcoming garbage treatment plants across the state. The Rs 200 crore public-private partnership (PPP) project will be built on a design-build-finance-operate-transfer basis, wherein the plant infrastructure will be erected by the concessionaire along with operations and maintenance for a period of 10 years. The facility will be based on recycling and sorting lines, segregation, bio-methanation and composting systems. The bidding process for the PPP project will be divided into two stages. In the first stage, the RFQ stage, eligible and prospective bidders will be shortlisted as per the documents submitted. In the second and final stage, which is generally referred to as the request for proposal (RFP) or invitation of financial bids, the shortlisted bidder will be given the RFP. In 2008, the Corporation of the City of Panaji acquired land at Bainguinim to set up the waste management plant, and in 2017, the land was handed over to the GWMC. The GWMC held a public hearing and the environment clearance was also obtained.
Saligao: Five houses located near Dattatreya Temple at Dattawadi, Mapusa were gutted in a blaze late Monday night. Fire services stated that the incident occurred at around 12.30am on Tuesday. Four fire tenders from Mapusa, Porvorim and Panaji fire stations were engaged in containing the blaze. The operation ended at around 3.30am. The houses share a common wall, fire services stated. Two houses sustained heavy damage, however, occupants of the affected houses escaped unhurt. One of the house owners said that fire fighters conducted the operation in difficult conditions. The house owners who sustained losses were Lakshmi Maruti Yallanwni (Rs 2 lakh), Champa Aiwalk (Rs 1 lakh), Ramdas Chauhan (Rs 20,000) and Ashok Durga Talwar (Rs 20,000) . tnn
Staff ReporterSaligaoThe new Minister for Waste Management Atanasio ‘Bab-ush’ Monserrate plans to resolve Sonsoddo garbage issue after taking all stakeholders into confidence.After taking charge of the waste management portfolio, Monserrate visited the Saligao solid waste management plant along with officialsand inspected the functioning of the facility.Speaking to the mediapersons, Monserrate said that he was impressed with the functioning of the plant. “There is no foul odour at the garbage plant but we get more garbage smell at the market places,” he quipped.Stating that the MLAs were raising a hue and cry over the odour from the plant, he said he will be requesting the newly-elected MLAs to visit the solid waste management plant at Saligao and see for themselves how the plant operates.When questioned on the Sonsoddo issue, Monserrate said he will be taking all the stakeholders into confidence and that he will invite MLAs Vijai Sardesai, Digambar Kamat and Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco to solve the Sonsoddo garbage issue by holding a meeting at the Saligao garbage treatment facility.The Minister, speaking to the media, assured that the garbage issue would be resolved in two to five years. “The garbage issue will be a thing of the past in the villages after treatment plants come up at Curtorim, Verna and Bainguinim,” he said.Meanwhile, the High Court of Bombay at Goa has issued a notice to the contractor M/s. Hindustan Waste Treatment Pvt. Ltd., returnable on April 27, in a case related to Sonsoddo garbage.The High Court observed, “The records now placed before us indicate that from November 16, 2021 the work has not progressed at any satisfactory rate. Even as on March 1, 2022 the quantity of the remediated waste remains at 1,01,208. Advocate General however stated that the contractor has informed the Goa Waste Management Corporation that machinery has been mobilised and the work has also commenced. Having regard to the above circumstances, we think that it would be in public interest if the contractor M/s. Hindustan Waste Treatment Pvt. Ltd. files an affidavit before us explaining its position and also giving us a proper timeline within which this work, which is now long overdue, will be completed.” The contractor should file an affidavit on or before April 22, the High Court said.
From candles to cookies, local makers and bakers are gearing up for the Easter festivitieswith an egg-citing lineup of goodies and moreNT BUZZThe countdown to Easter is on. If you’re looking to have an egg-stra special Easter this year, look no further. NT BUZZ highlights a few makers and bakers in Goa who are dishing out egg-celent creations this Easter season.Samantha Pereira @cake_a_licious_stinezFor chocolate aficionados, Samantha Pereira, a self-taught baker who runs the home-based cakery Cake~a~licious in Panaji, is serving up a selection of chocolate Easter eggs this season.“We have Easter eggs to suit every person’s budget, from regular chocolate eggs to luxury hampers which include Belgian chocolate eggs and slabs and bunnies,” says Pereira, who is a geologist by profession. In fact, Pereira has introduced the Belgian collection this year. “I observed that many people wanted the authentic pure chocolate flavour to gift their special someone. Hence, I came up with the luxury edition,” she says.For those who want to keep it more traditional, the cakery also has handcrafted pure cashew marzipanmini eggsCake~a~licious started out as a hobby in 2015 as Pereira experimented with different recipes. “The first product that I vividly remember making was chocolate-mint cookies which I distributed to family, friends and neighbours. The feedback received was extremely encouraging and pushed me to experiment further,”she says.Rodwin Rodrigues@chef_rodwinBakery and pastry chef Rodwin Rodrigues started his own business ‘Chef Rodwin Food Enterprise’ with an aim to provide wholesome bakery products like multigrain bread, multigrain cookies, and multigrain muffins which he says are “one of his best” items. Recently, he conducted a chocolate and marzipanEaster egg preparation workshop at the Agnel Institute of Food Craft and Culinary Sciences, Nuvem for women and for students at VM Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education. “This Easter, I have decided to share my knowledge of preparing Easter eggs with a variety of people,”he says.Emera Fernandes@homecraftedsoapsSince 2018 from her home in Saligao, Emera Fernandes has been creating a range of all-natural, chemical-free soaps, bath products, and candles.“These include a variety of soaps, body scrubs, bath salts, bath bombs, natural lip balms, solid perfume, soy wax and beeswax candle jars, wax melts, tea lights, wax scent sachets, bath hampers, birthday takeaways, and customised gift hampers,” says Fernandes, adding that the Made-In-Saligao market that’s held every Tuesday at the Saligao Institute, helped her establish herself as a small business owner.This Easter, she is offering Easter hampers in eco-friendly packaging. Each hamper will contain easter egg soaps, Easter candles, bath bombs, carrot-shaped soaps, bunny-shaped soaps, crotchet bunnies, and more.Tiffany DLima Menezes@cookiecrumbtrailThe Cookie Crumb Trail, Altinho, Panaji by Tiffany DLima Menezes offers chocolate and vanilla flavoured cookies in customised shapes and designs. Having begun her venture with an Instagram page, she started taking orders in September 2021 and has received an overwhelming response from clients so far. “The cookies accentuate the theme of any event, so they are appreciated by kids and adults alike,” says Menezes, who makes custom-themed cookies for events on order. Every cookie is customised and hand-decorated to suit the theme or colour palette of the client.This Easter, she has planned an Easter cookie basket, that is, a basketful of Easter-themed hand-decorated cookies and a bunny bag of minis, that is, mini Easter cookies (bunnies, chicks, and Easter eggs) packed together in an adorable bunny bag.Line Shetty@mommademoments_Panaji-based mom of three, Line Shetty has an egg-citing lineup of Easter-themed goodies as well.Her venture, MomMadeMoments started as a blog (www.mommademoments.com) with easy baking recipes using local ingredients, creativity for kids, and inspiration for parties. “I needed something creative that I could do from home while looking after my daughters and managing their schools during the lockdown.” Shetty always loved planning themed birthday parties for her own kids and hoped to inspire others. Soon, friends began asking if she could bake for them, and during the lockdown, she decided to accept her first orders.Today, she makes custom cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions. She also offers themed party snacks and edible return presents such as cakesicles, cupcakes, macarons and marbled cookies. “I hope to keep learning new cake techniques and flavours while honing my skills. I want to continue to inspire others through my blog,” she says and adds that the response has been amazing so far. “I have a lot of repeat customers who seem to like what I do and I am so grateful for that. They also recommend me to others. I put great importance on the taste as well as the design. A pretty cake is nothing if it doesn’t taste good.”For Easter, she is dishing out assorted mini eggs filled with caramel, rum-chocolate, and marzipan. She is also making piñata easter eggs filled with sweets for kids and small Easter bento cakes in her signature rich chocolate flavour.Eureka Araujo, Nikita Araujo, and Suzann Homan@si_va_koBound by Goan roots, chef Eureka Araujo, Nikita Araujo, and Suzann Homan started Sivako to dish out elegant yet flavoursome pastries, viennoiseries, and chocolates.Having started their enterprise on International Women’s Day in Mumbai, Sivako is in Goa this Easter season to celebrate the joy of new life.Sivako which means ‘rise to the challenge’ has a signature Easter collection that includes an Easter egg hamper that comprises a set of three eggs (pink, yellow, and blue) packed into a fully edible chocolate basket. The pink egg has flavours of coffee ganache, Baileys Irish ganache, and hazelnut and almond crunch; the yellow egg is made of biscoff ganache, biscoff crunch and s’mores marshmallow; while the blue egg has flavours of maple caramel, peanut nougat, and caramel ganache. The edible chocolate basket is made of almond rochers and caramelised white chocolate.Their other Easter offering is the caramelised nutty tart which is a homely tart that can be served warm by itself or even with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.“We started Sivako to bring a craft of our own story. We are committed to making every batch from scratch and ensuring every bite is just right.’ Simple yet elegant’ is what we focus on and we try to showcase the same in our products as well,” says Eureka, who is an award-winning chef with over 10 years of professional pastry experience.Fr Macson DabreAs director of the students at the seminary at Peddem, Mapusa, Fr Macson Dabre of the Discalced Carmelite Order is always working towards generating finances for his students studying in class 11 and class 12 who lack financial backing. Reluctant to ask for donations, Fr Dabre thought of a novel idea last year to generate income: making candles. “I learned to make candles on my own and bought the mould to make Easter candles that are used in churches,” he says. He contacted a few parishes nearby and the community to support this endeavour. “Through this, I could recover the cost of the mould and could contribute to the students’ fees,” he tells us. This year too, on a very small scale he has managed to make and sell ten Easter candles. “I am trying to ignite light into darkness, and Jesus is the light,” he says.Floyd FernandesThis home baker from Pilerne has been taking orders for Hot Cross Buns that will be consumed tomorrow on Maundy Thursday.Working on the cruise liner in the pastry department, Floyd returned home last year during the lockdown just before Lent. He thought of putting his skills to use and baked buns for the first time at home. Those who tasted it encouraged him to take orders this year.Today, he’s happy with the response he’s getting from villages and through friends who have been sharing flyers of his offerings far and wide. His baked goodies and desserts – especially his signature cake, the ‘Classic French Opera’ – showcase his passion and he has garnered a lot of patrons through the same. “The secret of happiness lies not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do,” he says.Amanda Crasto@_theislandbakehouse_Baking has always been Divar-based Amanda Crasto’s passion and eventually turned into a business ‘The Island Bakehouse’. “I strongly believe my profession chose me, more than me choosing my profession. I started this journey on December 15, 2020 and the response has been overwhelming. I aim to grow in this field without compromising on the quality,” she says and adds that her secret ingredient is ‘love’. “I always put in all the love that I have within me in my baking – thereby calling it ‘made with love’.”The Island Bakehouseoffers a wide range of products, such as, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, cakes, mousse, donuts, etc. Her Easter menu includes the chocolate eggs-stravaganza, that is, a chocolate Easter egg filled with chocolate ganache, brownie bits, and chocolate chunks; the caramel crunch, an egg with a chocolate shell filled with salted caramel sauce, nuts, and butterscotch; the cococraze, that is, a coconut cream-filled Easter egg with shredded coconut, and lots more.Mackin Xavier@mac_cakes_goaIf one is looking for cakes in Navelim, ‘Mac Cakes’ is the place to be. Mackin Xavier has been baking for the past 11 years. Her sweets have been appreciated by both young and old. This Easter, she will be making Easter eggs, cupcakes, and cakes for people around. “I specialise in honey cakes, chocolate cakes, and mousse cakes,” says Xavier.She firmly believes that baking is something that gives her the freedom to be herself. After almost two years of the pandemic, this Easter is really going to be special for Xavier and she looks forward to baking a lot more.Danice AlmeidaHaving started as a home baker in Mumbai and Pune, Danice Almeida has more than 20 years of experience in the bakery business. She started a professional bakery ‘Dielle’s Cakes and Chocolates’ here in Goa in December 2019 with her first outlet in Tivim in May 2020 and within six months her second outlet in Mapusa in November 2020. “I started just before the lockdown. It has been slow but the journey has been great. Today, we have a great clientele who trust us blindly for us to innovate for them,” she says.They offer a wide selection of customised cakes, pastry, desserts, bread, chocolates, handcrafted chocolate, liquor chocolate, and more.This Easter, she is offering a wide range of flavoured chocolate Easter eggs (full chocolate and hollow chocolate), almond sugar-coated mini eggs, marzipan eggs, hampers, cupcakes, Easter-themed cakes,and more.
Panaji: Revenue minister Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate has assured that mundkar cases — which generally drag on for several years — will be fast-tracked and that there would be no ‘tarik pe tarik’ (date upon date) given for hearings of such matters. “We will make sure these cases are disposed of in a time-bound manner,” Monserrate, who took charge of his department on Monday, said. The minister further said he would usher in a slew of changes pertaining to the functioning of offices of mamlatdars, deputy collectors and collectors in a bid to make them people-friendly, approachable and prompt while rendering services. Stating that he has been assigned departments that are directly connected to the people, the Panaji MLA, thanked the chief minister and BJP for allocating the revenue, labour and waste management portfolios to him. After meeting heads of these departments, he said he would visit the solid waste treatment plant at Saligao on Tuesday. “There is lots to be done when it comes to waste management,” he said.
Panaji: Former TMC Goa founder member Yatish Naik joined BJP along with his supporters on Monday. Naik had earlier quit Congress following his differences with former GPCC president Girish Chodankar, and had joined TMC ahead of the 2022 assembly elections. However, a few months after he joined the Mamata Banerjee-led party, he called it quits. He had sought to contest the elections from Saligao. The former TMC member was inducted into BJP on Monday by party state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade, who said that although Naik had decided to join BJP immediately after he left TMC, he chose to wait until the elections concluded. “Stability and development are the two mantras that can lead the state to prosperity,” Naik said and added that people who are concerned about Goa will agree with BJP’s core philosophy of stability and development. “I will work for the party as per the responsibilities given to me,” he said.
PANAJI: Former TMC Goa founder member Yatish Naik joined BJP along with his supporters on Monday. Naik had earlier quit Congress following his differences with former GPCC president Girish Chodankar, and had joined TMC ahead of the 2022 assembly elections. However, a few months after he joined the Mamata Banerjee-led party, he called it quits. He had sought to contest the elections from Saligao. The former TMC member was inducted into BJP on Monday by party state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade, who said that although Naik had decided to join BJP immediately after he left TMC, he chose to wait until the elections concluded. “Stability and development are the two mantras that can lead the state to prosperity,” Naik said and added that people who are concerned about Goa will agree with BJP’s core philosophy of stability and development. “I will work for the party as per the responsibilities given to me,” he said.