The Indian Express | 1 month ago | 16-06-2022 | 05:40 pm
Congress leaders and workers were briefly detained by police in Panaji on Thursday for protesting against the Enforcement Directorate’s questioning of Rahul Gandhi for the third consecutive day.The Congress had called for a peaceful protest near the Raj Bhavan in Dona Paula. State Congress president Amit Patkar said a party delegation was slated to meet Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai on Thursday.They marched from the Dona Paula circle to the Raj Bhavan but the police stopped them and rounded them up in vans. “The governor wanted to meet us but even before we could reach the Raj Bhavan, the police stopped us. Democracy is being murdered in this country,” said Patkar, who led the protest.He said about 25 Congress workers were detained by the police and released later. Congress MLAs including Sankalp Amonkar, Kedar Naik, Altone D’costa and Yuri Alemao met police officers at the Panaji police station in the afternoon.Amonkar said, “We were first told that this is preventive detention but now they have booked a case under section 151 (of the Indian Penal Code).” Section 151 pertains to “knowingly joining or continuing in an assembly of five or more persons after it has been commanded to disperse”.
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 delegation of Congress called on governor P S Sreedharan Pillai on Tuesday and submitted a memorandum seeking his immediate intervention with regards to important public issues which the party alleged have been neglected by the government. The delegation led by Goa Congress president Amit Patkar requested the governor to inspect the illegal constructions done by Karnataka on River Mhadei to divert water, and assess the situation. The party has also requested the governor to allow representatives of political parties and voluntary organisations to accompany him during the inspection. “The people of Goa have the right to know the nature of work done by Karnataka on Mhadei River. People are worried by the government’s failure to take proactive steps,” stated the memorandum. Other issues that were highlighted were wastage of tur dal and rising unemployment among others. It has demanded a high level inquiry under the supervision of a high court judge about the wastage of 242 metric tonne of tur dal and 10.3 metric tonnes of sugar. It wants an immediate action to be taken against those responsible for the wastage. Referring to reports indicating high unemployment rate of Goa, the memorandum said that chief minister Pramod Sawant’s promise to create thousands of jobs was misleading. It has demanded that the government release a “white paper” on the unemployment scenario.
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.