Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 22-11-2022 | 08:14 am
PANAJI: A Mapusa court has ordered that the passport of Margao MLA Digambar Kamat be temporarily released so that he can travel for the World Cup in Qatar this month and to the UK in March next year. Kamat was directed to deposit his passport with the court in the alleged Louis Berger bribery case, in 2015. The Margao MLA sought temporary release of his passport, submitting to the court that he has arranged for tickets to attend the group stage match (no. 32) between Portugal and Uruguay in Qatar on November 28 along with his family, which can only be confirmed upon release of his passport/permission to travel to Qatar. Kamat added that his visa to Qatar can be confirmed only upon issuance of a ticket and that he will travel on November 26 and return on November 29. The 62-year-old leader also submitted that his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren reside in the UK and he and his family members have planned a trip abroad for a period of 18 days between March 1 and March 18, 2023. In order to obtain a valid UK visa, he will have to first renew his passport as his passport is only valid up to August 2023 and visas are not usually granted unless there are more than six months for the expiry of the passport, Kamat submitted. In any case, a minimum of two-and-a-half months are required for carrying out the procedure of procuring the visa owing to the heavy pendency in UK Visa applications, he added. The court directed him to produce copies of the visa, tickets and passport before the court after renewing and obtaining the same. The former chief minister of Goa was granted conditional anticipatory bail by the special court in the Louis Berger bribery case in 2015. Kamat’s counsel had contended at the time that there was no merit in the prosecution case and that it was more of a politically motivated action of the crime branch of the Goa police.
Margao: Discarded empty milk packets found in garbage dumps in Margao have come in for some amusing use: building rhetoric to prove or dismiss a point or two on waste management. If chairperson of Margao Municipal Council (MMC) Damodar Shirodkar relied on an old empty milk packet found at Sonsoddo to refute all allegations of inefficiency of the bioremediation work at Sonsoddo, Savio Coutinho of Shadow Council for Margao on Wednesday used the same “empty milk packet theory” to counter Shirodkar’s claim.As a team of Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) officials descended on a low-lying field at old market Margao on Wednesday to inspect the site following a complaint by the Shadow Council that screened mixed garbage from Sonsoddo was dumped in the field, Coutinho picked up an empty milk packet from the waste dumped in the field and found Rs 13 printed on it – the same rate that Shirodkar claimed to have found printed on the packet recently found at Sonsoddo.“If finding a milk packet at Sonsodo was described as successful bioremediation work, then what does finding a similar milk packet in the waste tagged inert/compost imply?” Coutinho demanded to know from the authorities.Two samples were collected by the GSPCB team on Thursday in the presence of Goa Waste Management Corporation and Margao municipality officials. Articles like shoes, syringes, batteries and plastics were found during the inspection.
Vasco: Verna police on Tuesday recovered the body of a male person which was found floating at Borsulem lake at Cansaulim.The police were informed about the body floating in the river by an alert local.The body was fished out with the assistance of personnel from the fire and emergency services. The body recovered has been identified as that of 59-year-old Francisco Piedade Aguiar, a resident of Xendo, Cuelim.The police have registered a case of unnatural death, under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). The body has been preserved at the South Goa district hospital at Margao for autopsy. Police sub-inspector Pravin Shimepurushkar is further investigating the case under the supervision of Verna police inspector Diogo Gracias.
COLVA: Margao police arrested Manuel Da Costa for his alleged involvement in defrauding Gurudas Lotlikar, 35, of Rs 12 lakh by promising him a visa and employment in the US. In July this year, Lotlikar lodged his complaint stating that in 2018, Da Costa and Samson Fernandes allegedly induced the complainant to part with Rs 12 lakh cash by depositing it in Fernandes’ account on various occasions. However, both the accused failed to deliver on their employment promise, thereby cheating Lotlikar. A case under Section 420 read with 34 of the IPC and Sections 10, 24 of the Emigration Act were registered against the duo. Acting on a tip-off, police went to Mumbai and arrested Da Costa and brought him to Goa. He was missing since July this year.
Panaji: An accident involving a minibus and two cars on Zuari bridge left office-goers, fliers and students stranded in a three-hour long snarl that stretched from Agasaim to Verna. Police struggled to clear the jam on the four-lane national highway, blaming the jump in tourists for the chaos on the roads.While no fatalities were reported, several fliers missed their flights and students missed their classes. The traffic jam also disrupted meetings and schedules for several employees.According to traffic cell police inspector Sailesh Narvekar, the accident occurred at 6.40am and it took a while to get a crane to tow away the damaged vehicles. “Tourist season has started and the number of vehicles has increased. People were going to the office too and that is why there were more vehicles on the route,” said Narvekar. Though police claimed that traffic was stuck for just forty five minutes, commuters and motorists said that they were stuck in the jam for close to three hours.“From Loutolim to Cortalim circle, which is a distance of less than one and a half kilometres, it took me an hour. It was quite frustrating,” said Kimberly Monteiro, who was heading to work. “Many motorists had switched off their engines and were waiting for something to happen. I reached the office around 10am, an hour late and it was quite frustrating and I was tired.”PWD minister Nilesh Cabral was nonchalant, putting the blame on Congress for not building a bridge over the Zuari. Cabral said that traffic jams along the Margao-Panaji route have been happening in the past. “These traffic jams were happening earlier too. I have also suffered in these jams. I am monitoring the situation on a day-to-day basis,” said the minister. He said that once the new Zuari bridge is opened, traffic jams will no longer occur.Opposition leader Yuri Alemao blamed poor traffic management and the haphazard placement of barricades for the snarl. “It is a man-made traffic jam due to government negligence. The mega jam can cost the life of a critical patient if an ambulance carrying a patient gets stuck in a jam. Today, many school children could not reach in time,” he said.December marks Goa’s peak tourism season and the surge in tourists has made traffic jams a daily affair across the state. The jams have a ripple effect on public transport as most Kadamba Transport Corporation buses remain stranded in the traffic.“Waited in line for an hour and a half to get a bus to Panaji. Waited in the same spot for another hour in Cortalim. Got stuck again on the bridge for an hour,” said Shreeya Kudchadkar.Many took to social media to vent their frustration as their Monday plans went for a toss. “Heavy traffic from Vasco and Verna towards Cortalim. On the other side, traffic jam up to Bambolim. I was stuck for two plus hours then returned home to Dabolim,” said Ninad Varadkar.Despite the horrendous start to the workday, motorists and commuters displayed patience and discipline.“What was remarkable was the peace around me. Everyone was resigned to their fate and everybody was patiently waiting. There was no honking, no cutting of lanes and people were moving in a disciplined manner, which I found remarkable. I think people are getting used to inconvenience,” said Shreyas Kamat, who missed out on a crucial meeting despite leaving Margao around 8am.Traffic jams have become a common occurrence across the state. Porvorim also witnessed a massive traffic jam around 12pm leaving vehicles backed up right to the Holy Family Church. On the Ponda-Margao route, traffic jams are seen around the Borim bridge, with even former BJP MP Narendra Sawaikar taking to Twitter to complain.“Immediate solution has to be found for smooth flow of traffic from Baithekhol to Borim bridge, particularly at Top Cola junction,” said Sawaikar. “After, Verna-Agasaim this is yet another area of congestion. While infrastructure is a long term solution, police intervention to regulate the traffic is the immediate solution.”
Margao: Police on Sunday nabbed Manuel D’Costa at Panvel, Mumbai, for allegedly duping a Margao resident to the tune of Rs 12 lakh by giving him a false assurance of providing an overseas job.Police sources said that the action was based on a complaint filed by the victim, Guruudas Lotlikar, with the Margao town police station some six months ago. D’Costa had persuaded Lotlikar to part with Rs 12 lakh in lieu of a job in the USA, following which he disappeared. The Margao town police were on his trail since then.Acting on specific information that the accused was spotted at Panvel, Margao town police tracked down his location and apprehended him at Panvel and brought to Goa.Margao town police inspector Tulshidas Naik said that police are investigating if the accused has duped some more persons.