Times of India | 3 months ago | 28-01-2022 | 01:39 am
Panaji: With Panaji MLA and BJP candidate Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate staking claim over the prestigious seat of Panaji after former chief minister Manohar Parrikar ahead of assembly elections 2022, Panaji is expected to witness a high voltage drama during the election as Parrikar's son Utpal too has thrown his hat in the ring. “Parrikar was a leader of different class, but I used to always say after Parrikar it’s me. This election, the people will judge Babush as a person,” Monserrate said. Monserrate, Utpal and Congress candidate Elvis Gomes filed their nominations on Thursday to contest from Panaji. Prior to filing his nomination, Utpal said that he will fight against money and muscle power, while Monserrate said, “Legacy is not monarchy, and everyone has to face an election.” Manohar Parrikar represented the Panaji seat for over two decades since 1994. After he was elevated to the position of defence minister in 2014, BJP had fielded Parrikar’s close aide Sidharth Kuncalienkar who had won the seat for BJP. Kuncalienker had also won the assembly election 2017 by defeating Monserrate who was the United Goans Party candidate for Panaji. When Parrikar returned to the state as the chief minister, Kuncalienkar vacated the seat for Parrikar to contest and BJP once again won the Panaji seat. After the demise of Parrikar, Kuncalienkar and Utpal, both staked claim for BJP’s candidature during the 2019 bypoll in Panaji. But BJP then too had denied candidature to Utpal. Monserrate, who was the Congress candidate then, made a dent in BJP’s bastion to grab the seat for Congress for the first time after 1994. Asked about carrying forward Parrikar’s legacy in Panaji, Monserrate said, “What is legacy? Legacy is not monarchy. The father is there and after that the son will come. It is a democracy. Everyone has to go for an election, my wife is Taleigao MLA she was not nominated. Basically, everyone has contested. My son is a mayor, he has also contested. If you have the wish of the people... that is the reason we are here.” Monserrate said that Manohar Parrikar was a leader with a different class and he cannot be compared to him. Before filing their nominations, both Monserrate and Utpal had a show of strength during their visit to the Mahalaxmi temple in Panaji. Monserrate said that priority of Panaji constituency is development and employment. When asked to react on Utpal’s decision to contest assembly election, Monserrate said “There are so many other political parties contesting, why are you taking out one particular name. We are going to fight with everyone. I know that the people of Panaji know me very well and I will get overwhelming support from the people of Panaji and win with thumping majority.” Stating that the constituency of Panaji is not new to him, Monserrate said that during the last five terms his panel has been governing the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) and he is the MLA of Panaji since the last two and half years. “All parties have fielded strong candidates in Panaji,” he said. Reacting to Utpal’s allegations, Monserrate said, “Why are these allegations coming up now? I joined BJP two-and-half years ago and there was no allegation that time, the moment they realised I was not jumping ship, all these allegations started. Basically, these people thought that I would jump ship and they would get a chance. As clear as that.” After taking the blessings at the temple, Utpal said, “I am hopeful and confident that the people of Panaji will bless me. I will follow the footsteps of my father while working for Panaji. I will do 200% hard work in Panaji.” He also said that the people of Panaji are wise to vote for the future of Panaji. Prior to filing his nomination, Gomes, a former bureaucrat, said that he wants to become the voice of the people and give new leadership. He said that out of 22 years in Panaji, he has worked in Panaji for 21 years, including three years in CCP. “People of Panaji have got an opportunity to elect a good candidate,” Gomes said.
YUVA is a voluntary association of enthusiastic youth based in Panaji and around with a common goal of serving the society and has worked towards it since inception in the year 2012. YUVA was awarded with prestigious National Award for Best Youth Organization by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India. YUVA’s is the only organisation from Goa to have received this honour at the hands of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister Major Rajvardhan Singh Rathore in Noida. Members of YUVA, Raghuvir Mahale (Founder) and Akhil Prabhu Verlekar (Secretary) has recently excelled in completion of Master of Social Work (MSW) from School of Social Work through Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. Likewise, Radiya Mahale completed Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Right as well as MA in Hindi. Raghuvir Mahale is a Computer Science Engineer from Goa College of Engineering and has completed PGDBA (Marketing) from Symbiosis. He is a National Award winner for his BE Engineering Project and has been involved in social work for last 10 years. He has won Goa State Youth Award in 2015, Best Social Worker Award in 2016 and has led YUVA to win many accolades over a decade. Radiya Mahale has completed her M.Pharm and successfully runs her own Pharmacy in Panaji whereas Akhil Prabhu Verlekar has completed his MCOM under Goa University. They received the convocation certificates at the hands of J.M. Noronha (Chairman Goa Public Service Commission) in Art and Culture Hall, Panaji on April 26, 2022.
Panaji: The electricity department has announced a general shutdown for nine hours on Sunday, May 22, for entire talukas of Pernem and Bardez and part of Tiswadi to carry out annual monsoon maintenance work at the Tivim substation. The power shutdown will be between 7am and 4pm. All the power cables including 220, 110, 33 and 11kV will be off during the nine hours. As a result of this, there will also be restricted water supply to Pernem and Bardez talukas on Sunday and Monday. The PWD has stated that there will be no production of treated water at the Chandel water treatment plant and the Assonora water treatment plant due to the power shutdown.
Panaji: Two accused have been granted bail in the murder case of Vilas Methar who was burnt alive at Salvador do Mundo in 2020. All seven accused have now been granted bail. The last two accused, accused No. 2 and No. 6 Pawan Badigar and Santosh Pillai were granted bail on Thursday. The first accused Altaf Yargatti, after being denied bail by the lower courts and the high court, was granted bail by the Supreme Court. Accused 3, 4, 5, 7, Prashant alias Vishwajeet alias Bhaiya Dabolkar, Khayad alias Shafi Shaikh, Iqbal Nanpuri and Shailesh alias Shailu Shetty were released on bail by the high court. The court found that on perusal of the chargesheet, the roles attributed to Badigar and Pillai based on their voluntary statement before the police following the arrest, and statements of witnesses to police, that they were involved in making fake licence number plates for vehicles used in the offence. They are also alleged to have taken part in criminal conspiracy and were seen discussing the conspiracy in the CCTV footage of a restaurant at Panaji with the prime accused No. 1. Adv Ritesh Rawal and Adv Michael Nazareth appeared for the two accused. Methar had obtained information under the Right to Information Act of irregularities in the building of the first accused at Donwado. In October 2020, Methar, who was driving, was waylaid by two persons who poured fuel on him and set him on fire. He succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. The murder had also taken a political turn with BJP demanding indepth investigation and local MLA Rohan Khaunte demanding CBI inquiry.
Panaji: Chief minister Pramod Sawant held a meeting with Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on Thursday to discuss efforts to attract new private investments into the state along with steps that can improve the ease of doing business for existing local industries. GCCI president Ralph de Sousa said that administrative reforms need to be introduced in all government departments so that the private sector can operate efficiently. Pointing out that the government aims to remove the need for various licences, Sawant said that the government has introduced ease of doing business reforms in the town and country planning department with more reforms planned in other departments. GCCI also urged the state government to reduce power transmission and distribution losses, obtain more power from the Centre and form district-level committees to oversee the power situation. “Regarding labour issues, GCCI requested a dialogue with the industry and government in labour-related matters. We have also asked the government to promote mass plantation of Goan fruit bearing trees along national highways,” Sousa said. GCCI has assured full support to create awareness about various schemes announced both at the state and the national level. Chief secretary Puneet Kumar Goel along with other officials were present for the meeting. During his interaction, Sawant spoke about nurturing Goa into an agro industry state, while also facilitating growth of tourism, logistics, retail and manufacturing sectors. The chief minister also agreed to set up a Grievance Redressal Committee with GCCI members and industry stakeholders. The committee will directly connect with the chief minister’s office and discuss industry specific issues. Sawant said that the committee would aim to resolve all major concerns within six months. Sawant informed GCCI that the state government is working with the Telangana government to emulate their industrial model in Goa. He also said that a retail policy and logistics policy for Goa is on the anvil. The chief minister assured industry representatives that the Mormugao port connectivity will be completed within the next six to nine months. “This will be part of the multimodal linkage under the Gati Shakti programme and modernisation of infrastructure,” Sawant said.
Panaji: Director general of police (DGP) Jaspal Singh on Thursday felicitated two students, Sakshi Ishwar Kale and Nimrit Pasricha for sporting excellence. Kale, a student of GVM SNJA Higher Secondary School, Farmagudi, won the top position at the 20th national para-athletic championship held in Bhubaneshwar. Pasricha, a student at Naval Children School, Vasco has been selected to represent India at the Asian junior squash championship to be held at Pattaya, Thailand next month. Singh said that Goa Police will reach out to initiative of an outreach with promising youth within the state to spread an image of showcase a people-friendly force and to celebrate achievements of the younger generation.