Times of India | 4 days ago | 06-08-2022 | 11:03 pm
PANAJI: Anjuna police on Saturday arrested a taxi driver for allegedly molesting a woman tourist from Chennai. Deputy superintendent of police (DySP), Mapusa, Jivba Dalvi, said that on Friday midnight, the tourist, a woman from Chennai, landed at Goa International Airport, Dabolim, and boarded a shared cab to Anjuna. While the other passengers got down at Panaji, she proceeded to Anjuna, Dalvi said, adding that while she was alighting, the taxi driver molested her by grabbing her. She immediately ran into the villa, and lodged a police complaint on Saturday. “Upon receipt of the complaint, the taxi number was identified by police and the driver, Mithun Shrikant Gaur, a native of Gulbarga, Karnataka, was apprehended and placed under arrest,” Dalvi said. Within two hours of lodging the complaint, PI Prashal Dessai and PSI Sahil Warang arrested the driver. Further investigations are in progress.
PANAJI: As dusk falls, the towering 17th century church of St Francis of Assisi at the world heritage site of Old Goa looks resplendent in the colours of the tricolor. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has illuminated it as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The church with a three-tier facade built in 1661 and a convent that now houses the ASI’s archaeological museum and portraits gallery registers hundreds of footfalls daily. Set against the backdrop of an extensive green garden, it has its back to Se Cathedral, which was once considered the largest church in Asia. “The church has been illuminated since August 1 as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,” an ASI official said. It is the only monument in Goa to be selected. A hundred monuments have been illuminated in the colour of the country’s flag across India. The colourful lighting is also part of the celebration to mark administering of 100 crore Covid vaccinations in the country. The monuments include some of the world heritage sites such as Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort, Fatepur Sikri in Agra and Golconda Fort in Hyderabad among other monuments. Social media was abuzz with photographs of the St Francis of Assisi Church, though one post wrongly referred it to as the Se Cathedral.
PANAJI: A Mapusa court has dismissed the application of former Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar who was seeking directions for an FIR to be registered for cheating and forgery against 10 of its former MLAs who merged with BJP in 2019. Chodankar had alleged that they forged documents for the purpose of producing it in a disqualification petition which was then pending before the speaker of the legislative assembly. The court relied on the order passed by the high court in a writ petition between the same parties in which the order of the speaker was maintained by the high court. “Thus, there is no element of forgery for which no direction can be given to the respondent to register the FIR,” stated Shilpa S Pandit, JMFC, A-Court, Mapusa. “Merely because the letter head and the seal of the said committee is used for preparing the resolution, it cannot be said that the persons named therein have committed any forgery in creating the said resolution. That being so, no cognisable offence is made out in the complaint of the applicant. Hence, no FIR can be registered for any such offence alleged in the application,” the court added. The court observed that on July 10, 2019, when the resolution was passed to merge with BJP, all the persons who allegedly committed forgery were members of the GPCC and that being so had access to the letter head and seal of the committee. Public prosecutor R Barreto contended that none of them have alleged that their signatures on the resolution are forged. “That being so, it is an admitted position that said letter is signed by them all. Hence, there is no question of any forgery for which the complaint can be registered,” the court held. Chodankar had lodged a police complaint on April 20 last year alleging that the 10 MLAs conspired and fraudulently created a false document claiming to be a resolution of the GPCC and purportedly passed in the meeting of the GPCC held on July 10, 2019 to merge GPCC with BJP. He alleged the resolution was falsely created using counterfeit letter head and counterfeit seal of GPCC. Despite Chodankar’s complaint no FIR was registered, his counsel S Vaingankar submitted to the court.
Panaji: Volunteers of the Save Old Goa Action Committee have temporarily suspended their ongoing satyagraha owing to heavy rainfall warnings. The volunteers are protesting the illegal structure in the world heritage site of Old Goa and demanding its demolition. The protest had completed 223 days till July 5.“Due to heavy rainfall, it has been very windy and we want to avoid any potential disastrous situation,” said the committee’s treasurer Hugo Gonsalves. “We will resume the agitation when the weather condition improves.”The agitation was initially suspended on a temporary basis for three weeks owing to the extended rainfall warning. However, with the progress of monsoon and increase in rainfall, the suspension has been further postponed, indefinitely.The Save Old Goa Action Committee will attend a hearing in the matter of the illegal bungalow on August 17 at the directorate of panchayats in Panaji. TOI had earlier reported that citizens across Goa expressed their disapproval over the illegal construction by holding protests and large gatherings in solidarity with the activists leading the protest.The protestors had also started an indefinite hunger strike from November 23, 2021, onwards demanding that the government revokes the licenses and demolishes the illegal structure.On a daily basis, the protest would see about seven to eight protestors at the site, at the precincts of St Cajetan Church, with a bigger crowd showing solidarity on the weekends.
Panaji: Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday demanded that the state government must enforce the ban on LED fishing to safeguard marine ecology. The TMC has also demanded that fishing trawlers should not be allowed to fish close to the shore as such a practice can hamper the spawning and breeding of fish.TMC Rajya Sabha MP Luizinho Faleiro had raised a question regarding the fish catch and the data provided by the Centre shows an average drop of 8000 tonnes per year over the last five years. “A drop of 8000 tonnes per year is not small for Goa where fish is the staple food,” TMC functionary Trajano D’Mello said.The TMC official said that the Goa government does not have patrol boats to monitor how fishing activity is conducted and it also does not have a mechanism to check if trawlers have installed LED lights.
Ponda: Former zilla panchayat member Govind Gaonkar, 49, was arrested by Ponda police on Monday for the theft of laterite stones worth Rs 1.4 crore. Assistant geologist of department of mines and geology, Panaji, Jeetendra Veluskar had filed a complaint with Collem police on July 25 following a raid on a laterite stone quarry in Mollem, Dharbandora, allegedly run by Gaonkar. “The complaint states that Gaonkar has committed a theft of laterite stones from the quarry for the last several years. The case has been transferred to Ponda police station,” Ponda PI Vijaykumar Chodankar said.On July 30, Gaonkar had applied for an anticipatory bail at additional district and sessions court, Margao. However, it was denied on Monday.He has been booked under provisions of the IPC and the Minor Mineral Ore Act. He would be produced before a Ponda court on Tuesday, PI said.Gaonkar was ZP member from Dharbandora during last term and now his wife is representing the constituency. He has also been Dharbandora sarpanch in the past.