Times of India | 4 days ago | 25-11-2022 | 04:13 am
Ponda: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shut down six gobi manchurian stalls found operating without FDA licence at the Kapileshwar jatra in Ponda taluka.After receiving a complaint regarding the stalls, FDA food safety officers visited the stalls and directed the vendors to close activities. Food safety officers Shivdas Naik and Shruti Pilarnekar also dismantled the stalls that were found operating without FDA licence.The FDA stated that the stalls were set up at the jatra despite appeals by FDA not to allow food stalls carrying out cooking activities sans proper sanitary and hygienic conditions and without registration certificate from FDA.Kawlem deputy sarpanch Sushant Kapileshwarkar supported the FDA’s move and appealed the locals not to entertain such unhygienic stalls during jatras.A food safety training and certification programme, mandatory for all food business operators was offered to 70 FBOs by the FDA in collaboration with Taj Hotels trainer, South Goa collectorate and VM Salgaonkar College at the South Goa collectorate hall.As per law, every food business should have at least one food handler trained under the programme. The trainings are organised regularly by the FDA with prior registration on the FDA’s website. The FDA encouraged FBOs to avail the benefit of free of charge courses which will be chargeable later.
PANAJI: BJP South Goa in-charge and Union minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship, electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, will hold a brainstorm meeting with BJP functionaries, ministers and MLAs at Margao to chalk out a plan to win the South Goa Lok Sabha parliamentary seat. Chandrasekhar will arrive in Goa on Tuesday on a two-day visit as part of the Lok Sabha Pravas programme. He will visit the district office at Margao and meet the chairperson and councillors of the Margao Municipal Council and sarpanches, deputy sarpanches and elected representatives of South Goa panchayats and zilla parishad. Discussions will be held on the progress of Central government schemes in the region.
Panaji: Fourteen years after a woman was accused of producing a forged SSCE marksheet and related documents before the passport authority in Panaji, a Panaji court has acquitted her for the offences after the prosecution “miserably failed” to prove its case.“The making of the false document is the basic ingredient of the offence of forgery. In the present case, the prosecution has miserably failed to prove the role of the accused in making a false document,” stated chief judicial magistrate, A Court, Panaji, Ram S Prabhu Dessai.The court found that the SSCE marksheet and school leaving certificate were not sent for scientific examination, and added that the investigating officer didn’t carry out any investigation in respect to the paper used for the marksheet, as well as the ink and machinery used to commit the offence.“…there is absolutely no investigation done so far as making of the false document is concerned. Although the investigating officer was aware that custodian of the blank marksheet was the director of education, the investigating officer deemed it fit not to investigate in that direction,” the court stated.The woman had allegedly produced a forged SSCE marksheet, passing certificate of Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education and a school leaving certificate before the passport authority to avail passport facilities through a travel agent.“It appears that the entire investigation is done by the investigating officer under the pre-supposition that the accused has forged the said documents,” the court added.From the evidence of the passport officer, the court found that the investigating officer collected documents from the passport office without conducting a panchanama.Advocate G Teles, representing the accused, submitted that the passport officer along with the travel agent are in connivance in issuing passports and that there is every possibility that the travel agent might have obtained the woman’s signatures on the form and arranged the forged documents without the knowledge of the accused by charging fees.
Panaji: The traffic cell of Goa police has instructed the directorate of education to furnish details of children’s transportation committees of all North Goa schools. Deputy superintendent of police (DySP) Siddhant Shirodkar, in a letter, appraised the director of education that as per sub-rule (2) of rule 5 of the Goa Motor Vehicles (Regulations for School Buses) Rules, 2016, every school must constitute a children’s transportation committee to look into matters pertaining to safe transportation of school children, transportation fees, identification of bus stops, etc. “You are requested to kindly furnish the information/details of the children’s transportation committee constituted by all schools of Tiswadi, Bardez, Pernem, Bicholim and Sattari alukas to this office at the earliest for further necessary action into the matter,” Shirodkar said.As per the rules, the committee has to verify the documents of vehicles transporting children, such as registration certificate, certificate of fitness, certificate of insurance, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, etc.Following a suggestion made by the Road safety council, the Education department three months ago, had asked schools to constitute school transportation committee to ensure children's safety.
Konkani Bhasha Mandal organised its unique programme titled Petul on Saturday, November 26 at Main Auditorium of Government College, Quepem. The programme was held in association with Government College, Quepem. Graced by Dr Ashwini Jambhekar (Kulkarni), Director, Audyogik Tantra Shikshan Sanstha, Pune, Jess Fernandes, Senior Writer, Sister Severine Pinto, Headmistress of Holy Cross Convent, Ambaulim and Joydeep Bhattacharjee, Principal of Government College of Quepem. During the function 9 educations institutions from different parts of Quepem, Sanguem talukas namely Sharada English High School, Curchorem, Union High School, Sanguem, New Education Institute, Curchorem, Tiny Tots Primary School, Quepem, Sharada Kala Sadhana, Curchorem, Government Middle School, Ambaulim, Utkarsh High School, Rivona, Sarvodaya Primary School, Curchorem and Holy Cross Institute, Quepem performed on specially choreographed childrens’ songs from ‘Shanni Masti’ at the function. An exhibition of books and CDs produced by Konkani Bhasha Mandal. The President of KBM Anwesha Singbal said that through its multiple events in the state, we have realised that a huge demand for Konkani material exists. The sales of this material and music CDs have shown that people are eagerly seeking material in Konkani for children that is well produced and attractively priced. In the absence of this, they reach for material in English or other languages and do not help children to grow in Konkani."
The national award winning director, Madhur Bhandarkar attended the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) along with the crew and team of his movie India Lockdown screening. In a candid chat with Goa Times after he visited his Kuldevi temples at Ponda , he says “Goa is like my second home, I come here very often. In Goa, we have our kuldevi here and every time I come here, I visit the temple at Laxmi Narasimha temple in Ponda and the Mangueshi temple in Mardol.” Most of the films made by Madhur are based on true incidents. “My other film, Babli Bouncer made a great impact on people and after COVID people needed some sort of entertainment to watch. India Lockdown was a hard hitting film and most of the instances were derived from people. 70% of inspiration was taken from the real incidents. Even the part which focuses on the prostitutes, was based on the issues the women has to face during COVID. In the same year I made these two different types of films. Babli Bouncer was made as an entertainer for families and India Lockdown was different,” says Madhur. OTT may have brought in more talents but it has also programmed the audience to explore newer and better cinema. “I feel every film has its own equations and vibe to reach the box office. South Indian cinema has been great for pan India cinema. Kantara was really nice, I didn’t know a world like that existed. Driysham2 is doing well for the industry, among exhibitors and distributors. But when OTT bloomed, audience is programmed to watch not just Indian cinema but also world cinema. I know friends who wouldn’t watch Bollywood movies but now they are watching world cinema and international series. There is so much of content on OTT and this medium will stay and this will evolve over a period of time.” He add s, “Babli Bouncer and India Lockdown have OTT releases and my audience has told me that they have older people at home who dont prefer to go to the cinema halls but instead watch OTT. So in a way I have earned this audience too. There is also another type of audience who will not go to the theatre but wait for it to be released on OTT. However, the theatre and OTT medium will co-exist.” Known for making women centric films, Madhur tells us, “I’ve been brought up around women, my (late) mother, sister, wife and daughter. I really don’t know how I can bring in the nuisance of a woman’s mind. All the women actors who worked in my film have done an exceptional work. When people narrated a story or incident, I would only imagine what they tell. That too has helped me be a film maker.” Talking about his process, observation is key,says Madhur. “ I love to observe people and when I’m sitting at an airport I see people and their reactions and expressions. Some run, some are happy, some anxious and some scared all type of experiences. I’ve watched a lot of films from childhood, when I was younger, I would watch films shows at 12 pm to 3 pm and if I liked it, I would watch it at 6 pm. I was a school drop out and was a mediocre students. I used to read a lot, but I was a avid reader and would love the dictionary. From Chanda Mama to Reader’s Digest to Robert Ludlum- books were my friends and this has helped me to be the director that I am today.” Madhur has been coming for IFFI from 2005 onwards coming to Goa and he loves to connect with people at the festival.”the screening was loved by people. It was also shot during the end of first lockdown and the beginning on the second lockdown. We used to shoot in parts and within 26 days we shot the entire film. This year has been good for me.”