Times of India | 1 week ago | 13-05-2022 | 01:15 am
Margao: Reacting to the statement by the Kannada Sangh that it would field candidates for panchayat elections, some politicians from Salcete have expressed concern over the issue. Curtorim MLA Alexio Reginaldo Lourenco said that it was “a part of a plan to create more divisions among Goans.” “In the last election, we saw how a group came and created divides. We Goans have to do only one thing, we have to stay united and not create any more divides. If we do that nobody will dare interfere in our affairs,” Lourenco said. While he said that he saw “no reason to react” to the Kannada Sangh’s statement, Lourenco, however, said that “it only gives us a reason to come together as Goans and stay united to defeat their plans.” “This is a challenge before the people. They should send a message that they are united,” he said. Former MLA Churchill Alemao, reacting on the issue, was guarded in his comments. He, however, expressed concerns over outsiders taking over the political sphere in Goa.
Chief officer lodged 6 complaints with the policeMargao: Chief officer of the Margao municipality Agnelo Fernandes on Thursday disclosed that he filed six complaints with the Margao town police during his tenure of 19 months on important files going missing from the office of the civic body.Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, Fernandes said that important files going missing from the MMC office has become a regular feature.“I was disturbed when the officers concerned passed the buck on the missing files, which forced me to file complaints with the police. I also ignored phone calls that were made after the police complaints were filed,” said Fernandes, who has now been transferred as the member secretary of the Goa State Commission for Backward Classes.The files that went missing pertained to the approach road to the Sonsoddo dumpsite, procurement of grass-cutting machines, purchase of fire extinguishers for the dumpsite, truck hiring for municipality works, purchase of three garbage compactor trucks, construction of a shed for the material recovery facility and well cleaning, reliable sources revealed. Interestingly, the MMC chairperson and councillors have been making light of the files going missing.It has been alleged that that the important files “disappeared in pursuance of protection of someone’s interests, bribery or harassment of some people”.After the complaints were registered, two files were traced within the MMC office. Interestingly, no new file has gone missing in the last four months, the chief officer clarified.He also said that there has been rise in the number of cases filed in the court of the MMC chief officer.Every month on an average 15 new cases are filed in the court of the chief officer, while at least 10 cases are disposed of. Most of these cases pertain to illegal constructions and illegal vending. Cases are also filed against encroachments and blocking of way.Fernandes admitted that there has also been rise in pendency of cases during his tenure as the chief officer.“There were 300 pending cases when I took over. Their number has risen to 550. Nevertheless I succeeded in settling 50 cases in these 19 months,” he disclosed.
Margao: Two prime accused in the inter-state fake currency racket busted by Karwar police earlier this month were arrested from Margao on Thursday. Police gave the names of those arrested as Mushtaq Hasan Beg, 43, and Afzal Hasan Beg, 45. Two of their family members, Seema Mushtaq Beg, 40, and Asma Afzal Beg, who were also involved in the racket have been arrested, police sources said. Fake currency notes of 500 denomination, printers, laptops and other equipment used for printing the counterfeit currency were also seized. Following a raid at a place in Karwar, the Karwar police had busted the gang by arresting four persons, two of whom were from Margao, and one from Fatorda. The fourth was from Karwar. Police were on the lookout for Mustaq.
Margao: Residents of Davorlim, sore over frequent accidents and traffic blockades in the area, have demanded installation of traffic signals at the Aquem junction. Residents, speaking to reporters, said that they have been demanding installation of traffic signals for the last 15 years but to no avail. “There is absolutely no traffic management at the junction. Traffic policemen are deployed only when there is movement of a VIP politician along the route; there is absolutely no concern about public safety for the traffic authorities,” a resident said. They have demanded immediate deployment of traffic policemen at the Aquem junction if traffic authorities are unable to install traffic signals. They have warned of taking to the streets if the authorities fail to heed their demand.
Panaji: In a routine reshuffle, the government on Wednesday transferred over 40 senior scale and junior scale officers. The transfers come just two days after a similar reshuffle of the state’s top bureaucrats. Undersecretary for general administration Shripad Arlekar has now been appointed as the director for health services. Geeta Nagvenkar, who was serving as PWD deputy director has been promoted as PWD director (administration), in place of Ajit Panchwadkar, who has been transferred and appointed as managing director of Goa State Minorities Finance and Development Corporation. Nagvekar will continue to hold charge as the deputy director at PWD and administrator of communidade central zone. Tushar Harlankar, who was the deputy director of higher education has now been appointed as joint secretary home department. Pravin Volvotkar, the joint director with the IT department and who was posted as the officer on special duty with the commissioner of labour and employment, is now appointed as the director of IT with immediate effect. Additional director at the department of urban development Clen Madeira has been transferred and posted as secretary of Goa Rehabilitation Board. However, he will continue to officiate as additional director at the department of urban development and chief officer of Bicholim Municipal Council. Rohit Kadam, who was deputy commissioner for state taxes, has now been posted as chief officer of Margao Municipal Council. Neha Panvelkar, who was also serving as deputy commissioner for state taxes, has been transferred and appointed as managing director of Goa housing board. Deepesh Priolkar, who is undersecretary to the agriculture minister with additional charge as TCP deputy director, will now serve as the member secretary of the Goa Football Development Corporation along with his existing responsibilities. Deputy registrar of Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi, Pundalik Khorjuekar has been appointed as director of museums. Vishant Gaunekar and Chandresh Kunkalkar, who were serving as deputy commissioners of state taxes, have now been appointed as Goa Education Development Corporation managing director and additional commissioner of state taxes, respectively. Meanwhile, Snehal Goltekar, who was the additional commissioner of state taxes, has been appointed as science and technology director. Margao Municipal Council chief officer Agnelo Fernandes has been moved to the Goa state commission for backward classes as member secretary. Bhushan Savoikar, director of education, will now serve as the secretary at the Goa State Information Commission, replacing Mahadev Araundekar, who heads to Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation as the special land acquisition officer. Deputy chief electoral officer Sangeeta Naik has been appointed as the member secretary of the Goa state commission for women. Aside from this, 25 other junior scale officers have been given new or additional responsibilities.
MARGAO: Police investigations into the murder case of Rupa Parkar, a resident of Karmane, Dabhal, has revealed that she was killed with the sole objective of robbing her of the gold ornaments she was wearing. Curchorem police had on Saturday arrested Hussain Khan, 40, on charges of murdering Parkar. “During sustained interrogation, the accused disclosed that he had offered the deceased a lift in his vehicle from Karmane. On the way, he assaulted her with a lever leading to her death. Thereafter, he robbed her gold chain and threw her body in an isolated spot at Gandhinagar, Guddemol,” South Goa SP Abhishek Dhania said. During the course of investigation, CCTV footage from several cameras was examined and 50 suspects were questioned and verified, Dhania said. “Finally, the teams were able to zero in on a suspect whose movements were cross verified with the crime scene, following which Khan was arrested,” he added.