Panaji: The food and drugs administration (FDA) of Goa has shut down a restaurant in Calangute in wake of a food poisoning case.FDA officials inspected the premises of Punjabi Kitchen Bar and Restaurant, Calangute where the alleged food poisoning took place. A sample of the water and curry was drawn and a spot inspection report was issued. The restaurant has been shut down till further orders due to unhygienic conditions, the FDA stated. The inspection was conducted by food safety officers Rajaram Patil, Madhav Kavlekar and Bhakti Walke after the food poisoning complaint was received by FDA. The FDA also conducted an inspection at M/s Rohit Hotel at Porvorim and directed it to stop food business activities. This is the premises wherein a video of a cockroach in a samosa has been doing the rounds on social media.In another case, a bhel puri stall at Saligao was directed to shut down after it was found operating without Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) licence.
Panaji: The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) inspected several eateries in Margao on Tuesday and ordered closure of those found operating in unhygienic conditions. A bakery at Arlem which was functioning without a licence and in filthy premises, was directed to shut. Its goods worth Rs 2,300 were also confiscated. Two restaurants that were found functioning in unsanitary conditions were also ordered to shut. The FDA team also inspected a food manufacturing unit at Davorlim and ordered it to close and sweets worth Rs 8,900 were seized. The same unit was inspected a while ago and was issued directions. However, when it was re-inspected on Tuesday, the FDA team did not find any improvement in its functioning, a FDA official said.
Margao: As a part of its restructuring process, state Congress president Amit Patkar on Tuesday appointed block presidents to its 21 block committees.The new block presidents are Narayan Redkar for Mandrem, Manoj Naik for Bicholim, Shashank Narvekar for Mapusa, Parvati Nagvekar for Siolim, Atul Naik for Saligao, Ashwin De Souza for Aldona, Dnyaneshwar Govekar for Taleigao, Manoj Palkar for St Andre, Mangaldas Naik for Sankhali, Harshad Bhonsle for Priol, William Aguiar for Ponda, Dnyaneshwar Borkar for Marcaim, Vasant Naik for Dabolim, Peter D’Souza for Cortalim, Milagres Fernandes for Curtorim, Anwar Sayyed for Fatorda, Assiz Noronha for Cuncolim, Fransisco Rodrigues for Velim, Avadoot Amonkar for Quepem, Parag Sabnis for Curchorem and Jayesh Patil for Sanvordem, a per a press release. While they will take charge of their posts with immediate effect, the block committees will be constituted after consulting Congress workers of the respective constituencies, the release issued by senior party functionary, M K Shaikh, said.
Panaji: In a bid to address the power problems in Saligao and Siolim, the electricity department commenced a Rs 70 crore project to shift power cables underground in the two constituencies. Power minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar also announced that a new 180MW sub-station will be built at a cost of Rs 350 crore to provide electricity for Siolim, Calangute and some parts of Mapusa and Tivim.Dhavalikar laid the foundation stone for conversion of the existing overhead 11kV line of Nerul and Betim feeder emerging from the 33/11kV Saligao sub-sation. He also commissioned the 11kV three core underground cabling project in Siolim in the presence of local MLA Delilah Lobo. The work at Siolim has been executed by Capital Electech Pvt Ltd.The minister said that the frequent power failures in Saligao and coastal areas could soon be a thing of the past but was quick to add that demand for power keeps increasing due to large residential projects and hotels.“The power department has cleared works worth Rs 70 crore and in the last nine months, works worth Rs 100 crore have been started,” Dhavalikar said.Saligao MLA Kedar Naik, who was present for the function at Nerul, said that the underground cabling is needed as people suffer due to power fluctuation and frequent breakdowns during the monsoons.
PANAJI: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said that within a month Goa police will introduce an app to facilitate the public to lodge a complaint without having to visit a police station. A complainant will have to upload an identity proof along with the complaint. “Police have been doing their job, but people’s cooperation is needed and even the smallest crime needs to be reported. Shortly, complaints will be accepted online with an identity proof. The identity proof will have to be submitted with the complaint to discourage people from filing bogus complaints,” Sawant said at the inauguration of a police outpost at Betim. The CM, who also holds the home portfolio, said that Goa police crime detection rate is at 94%, the highest in the country. But the government’s endeavour is to see that crime doesn’t take place. “People also have to be proactive and help police in reducing crime by being alert,” he said. The Betim outpost has been opened in an old building that served as a police station during Portuguese rule. The building has been renovated at the cost of Rs 80 lakh. “The building has a historic value. Members of Gomantak Azad Dal led by Mohan Ranade had attacked it and taken away arms and ammunition and used it for Liberation of Goa,” said Sawant. The outpost, he said, will operate as a regular police station catering to complaints, community policing, traffic management and security of Betim village. It also has facilities for police personnel and it is one of the best structures, he said. The Betim police outpost will also be helpful with Betim road witnessing heavy traffic due to tourists visiting the coastal area, the CM said. Saligao MLA Kedar Naik and DGP Jaspal Singh were among present for the inauguration.
Calangute: The coastal belt in Bardez needs a dedicated power house with a tower line to meet the growing need for electricity, Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said. Talking to media during a site inspection of the new electricity sub-station at Calangute, which is tentatively scheduled to be commissioned by chief minister Pramod Sawant on November 14, Lobo said improved infrastructure for the Bardez coastal belt with more electricity and water is very much required. “If we don’t give the infrastructure to the tourism-related businesses, then we’re heading towards a dead end,” he said. Lobo added that with the commissioning of the sub-station at Calangute, the electricity situation there will improve to a great extent. “This is one step towards solving the power problem in Calangute. After this, the Saligao sub-station needs to be upgraded, like the Colvale power house,” Lobo said.
Panaji: A few Christians and nature lovers are choosing to shun the coffin and be buried in a shroud for environmental reasons. “I have no intention of being buried in a fancy casket. I am happy with the bamboo stretcher, which hopefully I will fabricate myself,” Saligao resident Joseph Remedios stated in his handwritten will last year. “I will try to buy 6m of muslin cloth to wrap my body in. This will go a long way in curtailing pollution and saving the environment,” he added. His family, neighbours and friends ensured his wishes were respected when he passed on later that month. Remedios would save all wet waste generated at home and compost it to grow various vegetables, plants, bananas and papaya trees. “He was one of the founding members of the Saligao Civic and Consumer Cell and he even spent a night up on our hill guarding it when garbage from the coastal belt was being illegally dumped there. His love for the environment was genuine,” his neighbour Gerard Delaney says. Delaney, too, has made his wishes known to his family well in advance. “I’ve told them that I want a simple burial without any money wasted on flowers or wood wasted on a coffin. This money instead has to be given to a charitable cause,” he told TOI.“I feel very strongly about this. When I see fancy coffins of mahogany and teak wood, it breaks my heart. The Amazon rainforest and so many other forests are disappearing at an alarming rate. Instead of crying about global warming, I feel we can very much be part of the solution,” said Delaney, a former principal of a higher secondary school at Bicholim. Around a decade ago Sebastian D’Cruz, who had a great regard for nature, chose an eco- shroud burial. His relative, architect Dean D’Cruz says Sebastian was a simple man who cycled all over and took part in several ecological activities, like tree planting and digging scales on the hill to harvest rainwater. “He also participated in social activities of helping the communidade as an elderly mentor. His burial in an eco-shroud was his last demonstrative contribution to the village of Saligao,” Dean told TOI.In the case of Remedios and a relative of Delaney who were buried without coffins, the bamboo stretchers used to move their bodies were made by Hindu neighbours. “They made bamboo stretchers in both cases and didn’t take a pie from us. The bodies were lowered with the bamboo stretchers,” Delaney said. However, in both cases he found that the bodies being transported on bamboo stretchers shocked a few people. “Some found the appearance to be distasteful as they’re so used to seeing someone being carried in a coffin. That’s why I’m researching and trying to arrange for a common, reusable and light coffin that can be kept in the church and used to move a body from the home to the Church and to the cemetery. But there’s no need for the coffin to go down in the grave,” he said, explaining how the body can be lifted out of the coffin and lowered into the grave with the help of a long cloth. “The person will be buried with dignity and honour,” he said. Shroud burials were also being propagated in parishes in Mumbai due to space constraints.
PANAJI: In the past few years, four convicts released on furlough by Colvale Central Jail have not returned, including a rape convict—Nepali citizen Janak Bishu Karma. Yeshwant Bagat alias Sameer, Kushal Puri and Prakash Nair, who were undergoing sentences at the central jail are the others who did not return to serve their jail terms. Complying with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recommendations at the IGP-DGP’s conference held last year, a prison official said renewed efforts are being made to trace the convicts. “At the conference, the issue of convicts jumping parole or furlough or having escaped from police custody was discussed and the PM had directed that a task force be constituted, and fresh attempts be made, to trace such convicts,” he said. Acting on those recommendations, the home department has constituted two bodies. One to look into the cases where the accused or undertrial has escaped from police custody, and the second to investigate cases of prisoners on parole or furlough not returning. “The committees comprise jail and police officials and we have been given directions to make all attempts to find the escaped convicts and undertrials,” the prison official said. Accordingly, he said, a roadmap has been made to find escaped convicts. Also, in all four cases, police complaints have been filed. The amendment of the Goa prison rules in 2021, the official said, has facilitated filing of police complaints against those who run away while on a parole or furlough. “While there was no provision in the old prison rules to file a police complaint against escaped convicts, efforts were made to find them. We were able to arrest and bring back three convicts to the jail but four are yet to be found,” he said. Last week, a police complaint was filed against Karma at the Saligao police station. Karma ran away in 2018, three days before his parole ended. A police official said they had opposed Karma’s parole since he was a foreign national, but their objections were overruled. “It’s been five years since he fled. It’s doubtful he will be found, he must have already gone back to his country,” the police officer said. Karma, while seeking parole, gave a Saligao residence address, but he did not stay there for long, the prison official added.
Panaji: The state government has given its permission to increase the capacity of the yet-to-be-commissioned biomass briquetting plant at Saligao from 20 tonne to 40 tonne per day. A senior officer said that the plant will be ready by December. The officer said the plant will ensure that at least 12% of the industries biomass briquette requirement will be met in the state itself and therefore there is a “proposal to install one such plant in South Goa”. The project proponent will buy the biomass at 60 paise per kg from the local bodies as well as farmers, among others, the officer said. “Due to the ban on furnace oil, industries have shifted to biomass briquettes,” the officer said.The industry requirement for biomass briquettes in the state is about 300 tonne, of which 250 tonne is sourced from Karnataka and Maharashtra, this despite the state having biomass in abundance. The state capital generates about seven tonne of biomass daily, which could be used to make biomass briquettes.The Verna Industrial Estate itself needs around 100 tonne per day. “The government has permitted the expansion of the plant from 20 tonne per day to 40 tonne per day and the project proponent will share revenue with at 60 paise per kg, which will result in an income of approximately 72 lakh per annum for Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) and a similar income for the local bodies/suppliers,” the officer said.The 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 approached GEDA with a proposal to set up a biomass briquette manufacturing facility in the state capital.
PANAJI: The results of the zilla panchayat bypolls in Goa have proven that voters have accepted the decision of the eight Congress MLAs to join BJP, BJP state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade said on Tuesday, after the bypoll results were declared. “Around a month ago, eight MLAs from Congress had joined BJP. Many tried to create a wrong atmosphere in this regard. MLA Kedar Naik was with BJP, but he was not given ticket for Saligao at the 2022 assembly polls and so contested on a Congress ticket from Saligao and won. He recently returned to BJP. The voting in the ZP bypoll has proven that the people have accepted his decision to return to BJP,” said Tanavade. He said that the people-centric style of governance in Goa has appealed to the voters. “BJP tries to remain amidst the people all through the year. Our chief minister Pramod Sawant has laid stress on people-centric governance. He recently took a decision to send our 12 ministers to visit all 12 talukas of Goa. In the coming months, the ministers will visit the other talukas as it helps them resolve people’s issues. This manner of governance has benefitted us. The governance style of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also benefitted us,” said the BJP state president. BJP views no opposition lightly and takes all polls equally seriously, he said. “We take all elections seriously whether it is panchayat polls, ZP polls or municipal polls. We continue our contact with people through different programmes. I thank the karyakartas also for helping retain this contact with the people. Now, at the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, BJP will win both North and South Goa seats. We have begun work in this direction,” said Tanavade.
PANAJI: Stating that the zilla panchayat election results were along expected lines, state Congress president Amit Patkar repeated the same solution that the party offers after every poll defeat — an organisational revamp. Patkar said the party will rebuild itself starting from the booth level. He also said BJP had a clear advantage as the BJP flag already flies over two of the ZP constituencies. “The clear lesson for Congress is to build the party organisation at the grassroots, starting from the booth level. We will do that in every assembly segment,” said Patkar. Though Congress expected to do well in Cortalim and Davorlim, it failed to make a dent in the BJP juggernaut in the two constituencies. In Reis Magos, the party managed to barely eke out a six per cent vote share. “Needless to say that the defection of the Congress Saligao MLA to BJP just a month before the ZP elections made matters extremely difficult for Congress in the Reis Magos ZP constituency. We expected to do reasonably well in Cortalim and Davorlim. We will have to analyse the issues and gaps with the candidates and key workers in these two segments,” said Patkar. He also said that the party needs to identify honest and trustworthy leaders who can guide it in the future. “Knowing our weakness due to the recent shocking defections, we are not demotivated, though the ZP byelection results are a little discouraging. We understand that we need to induct leaders of good political material at the panchayat and constituency levels,” said Patkar.
Panaji: BJP candidate Sandeep Bandodkar’s victory from the Reis Magos constituency in the Zilla Panchayat byelections has come as a vindication for Saligao MLA Kedar Naik, who recently left Congress and joined the saffron party.Naik said that Bandodkar’s victory proves that people have accepted BJP and his decision to leave Congress has been vindicated. Bandodkar, who defeated independent candidate Sainath Korgaonkar with a margin of 4,200 votes, won the seat with a massive 65.87% vote share. Naik had won the 2022 assembly elections from Saligao on a Congress ticket. Reis Magos is part of Saligao.“There were people who criticised me, pointed fingers at me and called me all kind of names. This victory has silenced them. People have seen how chief minister Pramod Sawant is working. I went door to door with the candidate and people have accepted me,” said Naik.Naik said that BJP’s massive vote share proves that voters are not upset with him for joining BJP. “If you look at the results, all the opposition votes are not even half of the votes polled. This shows that the decision I took a few days ago to join BJP is right,” said Naik.
Panaji: The directorate of transport will soon start a tender process for remote enforcement through CCTV camera monitoring of roads. A total of 13 locations have been identified across Goa where the traffic violation rate is visibly high.“This will be the year of remote enforcement wherein we will have a crackdown on violating motorists without much human intervention,” said director of transport, Rajan Satardekar. “We are therefore seeking equipment that can integrate with VAHAN and give us the best results,” he said.This move comes days after transport minister, Mauvin Godinho announced that cameras will be installed in Goa on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model in the next 2-3 months to capture violators that engage in rash or drunken driving.In a trial run, a camera was installed at Chogm road, near Porvorim, wherein a number of violators were captured breaking traffic rules. The camera was able to capture details of vehicles violating traffic rules during day and night. Even the number plate was clearly recorded. The directorate is confident that the same technology can be replicated across Goa wherein a camera trip method can record ten second clips of the violation and capture four still images precisely. The Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL) has already installed cameras at prominent places in Panaji with a command and control centre at Altinho. The cameras will be installed at the Verna junction, O Coqueiro circle at Porvorim, Dolphin circle at Saligao, the entry road towards Margao, Patradevi border among other places.
Panaji: Fifteen candidates are in the fray for the byelections to three zilla panchayat (ZP) seats scheduled on October 16. Counting will be held on October 18.Byelections will be held for the Reis Magos, Davorlim and Cortalim ZP seats. After withdrawals, four candidates are in the fray at Reis Magos, seven at Davorlim and four at Cortalim.The Reis Magos seat fell vacant after Rupesh Naik quit to contest as an independent candidate from Saligao constituency, while the Davorlim ZP seat fell vacant after Ulhas Tuemkar got elected as MLA on a BJP ticket from Navelim constituency. In Cortalim, ZP member Anthony Vas was elected as an independent MLA.Over 55,000 voters will exercise their franchise for the three seats. There are 74 polling booths.
PANAJI: Fifteen candidates are in fray for the byelections to three zilla panchayat (ZP) seats scheduled on October 16. The counting will be held on October 18. Bypolls will be held for Reis Magos, Davorlim and Cortalim ZP seats. After withdrawals, four candidates are in fray in Reis Magos, seven in Davorlim and four in Cortalim. The Reis Magos seat fell vacant after Rupesh Naik quit to contest as an independent candidate from Saligao constituency, while the Davorlim ZP seat fell vacant after Ulhas Tuemkar got elected as MLA on BJP ticket from Navelim constituency. In Cortalim, ZP member Anthony Vas was elected as an independent MLA. Over 55,000 voters will exercise their franchise for the three seats. There are 74 polling booths. Over 18,000 voters will vote to elect the new ZP member in Reis Magos, over 20,000 in Davorlim and over 17,000 in Cortalim.
PANAJI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday declared candidates for the zilla panchayat byelections scheduled on October 16. The party state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade has declared Sandeep Kashinath Bandodkar from Pilerne as the party candidate for the Reis Magos bypoll in North Goa, and Paresh Pandurang Naik for the Davorlim ZP constituency in South Goa. Bandodkar is a four-term panch member and also served as sarpanch while Naik is a two-term panch member and served as deputy sarpanch for six years. He is the BJP’s Navelim mandal president. Congress and other political parties have announced their candidates for the ZP bypolls. Goa state election commission received four nominations on Tuesday, all of whom are independents.
Panaji: Environment minister Nilesh Cabral on Friday said that the state government has decided to set up construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling facility at Cunchelim, Mapusa.“The site has been identified. It is government property and we plan to set up a construction and demolition waste recycling facility plant there,” he said.Landfill should not be the solution for disposing construction debris, but it should be scientifically treated, the minister told reporters on the sidelines of a workshop on construction and debris waste at Saligao.Cabral said that the focus would be on technology and output of the plant. “Cement and laterite blocks have been manufactured through laterite stone powder by SINTEF, Norway. They are in the process of patenting it. Once it's patented, we will negotiate with them and take it under CSR,” the minister said.Cabral, who also holds the PWD portfolio, said that he has given commitment to recycle 20% construction waste. He said that there will be two collection centres for construction and demolition waste — one in each district and people should drop their waste at the collection site so that authorities can take it to the facility.Cabral said that it is the responsibility of the Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) to take care of garbage, including medical waste. “We have to constitute a team consisting of police to monitor and keep Goa clean.” Currently, Goa generates around 500 tonnes of C&D waste each day, which is unproductively disposed of along the national highways, in low-lying lands and abandoned quarries.As per the environment ministry’s notified Construction and Demotion (Waste Management) Rules, 2010, the state is expected to establish a C&D waste recycling plant. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed chief secretaries of every state to monitor and ensure compliance with all waste management rules, including C&D rules.
Panaji: Seven companies have shown interest in setting up the proposed solid waste management plant at Bainguinim. Six of the companies have raised a few queries related to relaxation in criteria including experience and finance.A senior officer said that four companies attended the pre-bid meet during which they raised their queries. “It does not mean that only these companies may bid for the project. There are possibilities that other companies that have not attended the pre-bid meet may also put in their bids,” the officer said. The Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) has set October 14 as the deadline to submit bids.However, a senior government officer said that they are busy clarifying the queries raised by the companies and that in case there is need to amend the tender document then the deadline may be extended. On two occasions, not a single bidder was able to fulfil the criteria set by the government, prompting the latter to amend the tender document and float it again. The successful bidder will have to invest 25% of the project cost, while the remaining 75% will be provided by the state government. The government will repay the bidder’s investment over a period of 10 years with interest.The plant, which will have a waste-processing capacity of 100 tonne per day (TPD) with an additional buffer capacity of 20TPD, will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 120 crore. Once ready, the facility will be similar to the one in Saligao with bio-methanation as the main treatment for wet waste. Biogas and compost will be generated from the process.
KERI: The deputy inspector general of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) requested the principal chief conservator of forests of Goa to initiate steps to declare the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary as a tiger reserve. On September 29, the deputy inspector general of the NTCA, New Delhi, Rajendra Garawad, wrote to the chief wildlife warden of Goa requesting that steps be initiated to bring the areas of the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary under the ambit of the NTCA by declaring it a tiger reserve. “In 2020, in the aftermath of the death of a tigress and three cubs inside the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, this authority had requested the state to speed up the process of notifying the sanctuary as a tiger reserve. Considering the strategic location of Goa’s protected areas in ensuring long-term conservation of tigers, it is requested that necessary steps may be initiated for bringing the area under the ambit of NTCA,” Garawad stated in the letter. With reference to the letter submitted by a resident of Nigvaddo in Saligao, Brunita De Souza, the NTCA has requested the Goa government to initiate steps for compliance. “The tiger has existed in Goa for more than a thousand years. A tiger reserve is needed in Goa to.protect the big cat as a preserver of the forest and to maintain the balance of herbivores, preserve the ecosystem and, in general, for the harmonious co-existence of man and wildlife in future,” De Souza told TOI. Camera traps installed by the wildlife division of the Goa forest department have from time to time revealed the presence of six tigers and wildlifers have repeatedly urged the authorities to take needful action for tiger protection and conservation.
The World Tourism Day celebrations commenced with a mini rally. The rally was flagged off from Dona Paula circle to Miramar and back. The rally had non-fuel based vehicles including bicycles, e-bikes, and electric vehicles. Shekhar Divadkar, SKAL President of Goa said, "The events are focused on Sustainable Tourism. The EV rally magnifies the relevance of the steps being taken and drives home the message of adopting a sustainable approach." Simultaneously, to soak in the history of the culturally rich state, walking tours were organised in Margao, Panaji, Old Goa, and Saligao during the day. The tours highlighted the rich history and heritage of the state. Goa is a culinary destination which has diverse offerings. Cidade de Goa along with Institute of Hotel Management Goa and in collaboration with TTAG organised a culinary contest for students of hospitality and home-based foodpreneurs. Tourism stakeholders along with the Chief Minister of Goa and other dignitaries will converge at the Taj Hotel and Convention Centre to discuss and deliberate on the future of tourism in the state and its potential growth in the near future. Traditional folk dances which are unheard of in tourism circles such as lamp dance , goff, zagor,ghode modni, madragoa and veer bhadra were performed. Speaking about public transport and the challenges faced by tourists who arrive into the state, Shekhar added, "To shift towards lesser use of fuel and carpooling, TTAG encourages tourists and locals to use e-bus services for airport transfers which are presently available at the airport. There are shuttle bus services being offered from the airport to Panjim, Calangue, Margao and Cavelossim at a nominal rate of INR 200. This initiative also helps to reduce the burden of road and other connectivity issues."
While World Tourism Day will be celebrated globally across nations on 27th September, the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) in collaboration with SKAL Goa and Goa Tourism are gearing up for a day long celebration with a spate of events and activities lined up which will be open to all without a fee. Registrations can be done on : World Tourism Day 2022 Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant, govt officials, bureaucrats, tourism stakeholders and other dignitaries will be attending the celebration. Keeping in mind this year, global theme Rethink Tourism’, TTAG has planned the celebration differently by organising several events including an e-bike rally, heritage walks across the state, culinary contests and more. We want to showcase the varied offerings that the state has to offer beyond the obvious choices, said Nilesh Shah, President of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) “This is a great opportunity to bring all the tourism stakeholders as well as the Government on one platform wherein the support can contribute to making the coming tourist season a success and be more resilient to face challenges ahead. The celebration marks the start of the tourism season with international charters set to arrive. With the upgraded infrastructure, Goa is set to have a sizable share of the domestic pie," he added.
JCI Mapusa, hosted a Medical camp on September 10, at Guirim Panchayat as a part of JCI Week, which is organized across the country. The camp was organised in association with Guirim Panchayat and supported by GVK EMRI, Dr Sharon Dental clinic, Dr Sonali Shetgaonkar, 181 Women helpline, 108 Emergency, Dr Neha Tar, primary health centre saligao, youwecan and Crazy Pirates Club. The President of JCI Mapusa Jc Pravin Dhapodkar thanked the Sarpanch Sani Pandurang Nanodkar , deputy Sarpanch Shreya Naik and all the Panch Members along with Zone President of JCI Jc Adv Eeshan Usapkar, Zone Vice President Jc Peter D'Souza and the Doctors & Medical Team Dr Sonali Shetgaonkar, Dr Sharon Sieiro, Dr Neha Tar, Satish Kama (HOD Training, GVK EMRI), Vinod Jadhav, Pooja Mohite, Bharat Patil from the GVK EMRI Team for making this possible. A total of 79 people participated and benefited from the camp which was started at 10.00am and concluded by 2pm. Many tests took place like diabetic Checkup, Breast Cancer screening, Dental Checkup, general checkup, vitals check up, physiotherapy consultation and ECG.
Panaji: Saligao police on Monday arrested one person for theft at a restaurant at Sangolda. Police said that Aakash Basavaiah, a native of Bengaluru and an employee of the restaurant, stole Rs 45,000 from its cash counter, and further used the restaurant scooter worth Rs 95,000 and fled, thereby causing loss to the complainant to the tune of Rs 1.4 lakh. tnn
Vasco: Mormugao MLA Sankalp Amonkar said that the induction of eight Congress MLAs has strengthened BJP and have brightened the party’s chances of winning both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa for the next parliamentary elections.The meeting with Union home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J P Nadda in Delhi was fruitful, Amonkar told reporters on his arrival from the national capital on Wednesday evening.The Mormugao MLA, who was accompanied by Saligao MLA Kedar Naik, said that there was no discussion on a cabinet reshuffle and allocating of ministerial berths to the new inductees.Naik said that all the eight MLAs have extended unconditional support to BJP.Asked about the anger among their constituents over their “betrayal”, Naik said, “We need to explain to the people that we joined BJP for development and employment.”
PANAJI: BJP's induction of eight Congress MLAs on Wednesday has created strong undercurrents of resentment within the party, especially among former MLAs and candidates picked for the 2022 assembly polls who now feel that their chances of contesting on a BJP ticket in the future have turned bleaker. To allay the situation, Goa BJP's core committee held a crucial meeting on Thursday morning. Later, chief minister Pramod Sawant and BJP state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade were entrusted with the task of pacifying the former MLAs, candidates and mandals by holding meetings constituency-wise. "Once the Centre takes a decision, the party stands behind it. Party karyakartas are important for BJP and that is the reason Sawant and I will ourselves go and meet them and tell them about the decision," Tanavade said. In the meanwhile, political equations have drastically changed in seven of the eight constituencies where BJP has inducted Congress MLAs. These include Saligao, Siolim, Calangute, Mormugao, Margao, Cumbharjua and Santa Cruz. Political observers say that while BJP got the upper hand in Margao and Cumbharjua after Congress MLAs joined it, those aspiring for tickets from within the party have been left dejected. Sawant should protect interest of BJP’s strong team of karyakartas in Margao, says AjgaonkarA case in point is Cumbarjua, where the struggle of Union minister Shripad’s Naik’s son Siddesh to land a BJP ticket is only likely to continue with the induction of Congress MLA Rajesh Faldessai. Siddesh had been eyeing the BJP ticket ahead of the assembly elections in February, but had to be content with stepping aside after the party decided to pick sitting MLA Pandurang Madkaikar’s wife, Janita. He was, however, rewarded with the post of North Goa ZP adhyaksha for not revolting against the party. Similarly in Margao, former deputy chief minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told TOI that he was not consulted about the induction of Congress’ Digambar Kamat. “Sawant should protect the interest of BJP’s strong team of karyakartas that is active in Margao, including BJP candidate Sharmad Raiturkar who has always taken Kamat head-on. These karyakartas should not be orphaned,” he said. Ahead of the 2022 assembly elections, the party faced a revolt in Saligao upon it inducting former GFP minister Jayesh Salgaonkar. Disenchanted BJP karyakartas threw their weight behind Kedar Naik instead, who went on to win on a Congress ticket and has now joined BJP. Wednesday’s developments also prompted many former BJP MLAs and candidates to go incommunicado. Among them is former BJP MLA Dayanand Mandrekar, whose political career is likely to be at stake over the induction of incumbent Siolim legislator, Delilah Lobo. “Mandrekar is our senior leader and we have not been able to contact him, but the chief minister will meet him,” Tanavade said. BJP’s Calangute candidate Joseph Sequeira said he wasn’t consulted before the induction of Delilah’s husband and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo into the party fold. “I am a BJP executive committee member and even then, I was not consulted. After he (Lobo) joined, one person had sought my reaction. I told that person the party has taken a decision and that I stand by the party,” Sequeira told TOI. In Mormugao, three-time former MLA Milind Naik, who was dropped from the Pramod Sawant cabinet over an alleged sex scandal, will struggle to revive his political career now that Sankalp Amonkar has joined the party. While BJP has never emerged victorious in Santa Cruz, it has managed to represent the constituency after inducting Congress MLAs — Antonio Fernandes during the previous government’s tenure and now, Rodolfo Fernandes.
PANAJI: Amid stiff opposition from local residents, the Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) on Tuesday invited bids to set up a solid waste management plant at Bainguinim with a waste-processing capacity of 100 tonnes per day (TPD). The plant, which will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 120 crore, will have an additional buffer capacity of 20TPD. The successful bidder will have to invest 25 per cent of the cost of the project, while the remaining 75 per cent will be provided by the state government. The government will repay the bidder's investment over a period of 10 years with interest. "GWMC invites bidders to take up design, engineering, financing, performance run, operation and maintenance for a period of 10 years a 100TPD capacity solid waste processing facility based on recycle and sorting lines, segregation, bio-methanation and composting systems at Bainguinim," the corporation stated in its tender. Once it is ready, the facility will be similar to the one in Saligao, with bio-methanation as the main treatment for wet waste. Biogas and compost will be generated from the process. Dry waste treatment will comprise a recycling and sorting line, where recyclables will be recovered and non-recyclables will be sent for co-processing to a cement factory or to a waste-to-energy facility. The GWMC said that the bidder should have a minimum experience of one year in operating and maintaining a solid waste management facility of not less than 100TPD, compliant with SWM 2016 in the past five years. On two earlier occasions, not a single bidder was able to fulfil the criteria set by the state government, prompting the latter to amend the tender document and float it again.
PANAJI: After recently rejecting the bail application of a Belarus citizen for overstaying in Goa and not declaring his source of income, a North Goa court has rejected the bail application of a 42-year-old Nigerian in an narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances (NDPS) case. The court observed that although he was allegedly caught with a variable quantity of narcotics, he hadn’t disclosed his source of income during his stay in Goa. It went on to add that his source of income in Goa is relevant because his visa had expired and there was no application filed for a renewal. The investigating officer submitted to the court that the applicant is involved in similar offences and when released on bail, misused the liberty granted to him and committed similar offences under the NDPS Act. The court was told that the applicant was caught red-handed in possession of 30g of cocaine worth approximately Rs 3 lakh in Parra in May this year. He was earlier arrested by Saligao police in 2014 and again in 2019 under the NDPS Act for allegedly being in possession of cocaine. He was also arrested by officers of Calangute police station in an accident case in 2017. The court was told he is out on bail in all three cases.
Calangute: Calangute police, on Tuesday, arrested two persons for allegedly threatening two tourists from Uttar Pradesh and robbing them of Rs 20,000.Police said, Prashit Singhal, 34, a tourist from Hapur, lodged a complaint that two persons accosted him and his cousin near an alleged dance bar on the Baga road at Khobrawaddo, Calangute, around 3.30am on Tuesday and after threatening to kill them at knifepoint, robbed them of Rs 20,000. Darshan Bhojia, 23, a resident of Saligao and Ravi Ambelia, 28, a resident of Khobrawaddo, have been arrested. A case has been registered under provisions of the IPC. Further investigations are on.
Margao: Maina Curtorim police on Sunday arrested two persons in connection with illegal transportation of sand at Chandor. Police said that a cop on patrolling duty noticed a truck laden with sand being transported it in a clandestine manner at Chandor at 6am. On being stopped and questioned, the truck driver, Narayan Kinlekar, failed to produce a copy of any lease or licence issued by any competent authority. Police said that Kinlekar disclosed that the sand was brought from Agostinho Silveira, a resident of Shiroda.Both Kinlekar and Silveira were arrested by the police under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 21 of the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulations Act. The truck, alongwith the sand, has been confiscated and further investigation is underway, police said.
Panaji: The Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) has approached the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) seeking environmental clearance (EC) to set up integrated solid waste management and waste-to-energy plant at Verna. This plant would be the fourth plant in the state.Once we get the EC, the GWMC will prepare a detailed project report and then a tender will be floated inviting bidders to set up the plant, GWMC managing director Levinson Martins told TOI.The plant at Verna will cater to the waste generated in Mormugao taluka and in some parts of Salcete taluka. The plant will be set up in an area of 1 lakh sqm and it will treat 250 TPD (tonne per day) of waste. The environment impact study for the plant has already been done.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 for the EC, but the EC will have some conditions that the corporation will have to comply with.During the recently concluded monsoon session of the legislative assembly, Nuvem MLA Aleixo Sequeira had said that the government should conduct an audit of the water below the solid waste management plant at Saligao to find out the water quality before setting up a solid waste management plant at Verna.At present, one solid waste management plant is operational at Saligao, while the Cacora plant is conducting trial runs. The GWMC is in the process of setting up a third plant at Bainguinim. Martins said that they are in the process of finalising the tender document for the third time to invite bidders for the plant at Bainguinim.Currently, the Saligao facility handles waste generated by 27 coastal panchayats and its capacity has been enhanced to handle 250-tonne waste from the earlier 100 tonne per day.The Cacora plant is being set up to cater to solid waste management needs of South Goa.