Times of India | 7 months ago | 17-02-2022 | 07:07 am
MARGAO: A bag containing 40 cartridges belonging to the Indian Reserve Batallion (IRB) that proceeded to Uttar Pradesh from Goa for election duty that was found misplaced on Tuesday, was recovered by Margao police on Wednesday from the roadside at Davorlim. Police sources said that about 900 IRB personnel had departed by an UP-bound train from Margao railway station on Tuesday evening. They were ferried to the Margao railway station by buses. However, it was after the train departed from Margao railway station that the “missing” bag containing cartridges came to their notice. The Railway police were soon alerted, who in turn contacted the Margao town police who launched a search exercise on the routes taken by the buses to ferry the IRB personnel to the railway station. The bag was finally recovered from a roadside at Davorlim on Wednesday. Police surmise that the IRB personnel left the bag containing cartridges after alighting from the buses to proceed to the railway station.
Margao/Vasco/Calangute: Three persons were arrested by the police on Sunday—one in Fatorda, one in Zuarinagar and one in Calangute—with ganja.Fatorda police on Sunday arrested a resident of Navelim after he was found with ganja worth nearly a Rs 1 lakh. Police sources said that the accused, Zaker Akbar Shaikh, 35, was nabbed from the parking lot of SGPDA market at Fatorda, on Sunday afternoon. Following a search in the presence of executive magistrate, Salcete, 986g of a narcotic substance, suspected to be ganja, was recovered from him.Calangute police nabbed a drug peddler, Muhammad Jafer Gudumia, from Karnataka with 1.1kg narcotics worth Rs 1.1 lakh near the Dolphin Circle at Calangute on Sunday. Verna police arrested a food delivery person with 63g of ganja worth Rs 6,300. Investigating officer Pravin Simepurushkar said the accused, Shiv Pratap Halwai, 24, is a resident of Vasco and native of Mumbai.
Margao: Up until about10 days ago, he was singing paeans to the founders of Congress and how its roots lay in the freedom movement. On Sunday, Margao MLA Digambar Kamat paid rich tributes to Pt Deendayal Upadhyay, an RSS thinker and former leader of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the forerunner of BJP, on his birth anniversary. Hopping from ward to ward represented by councillors affiliated to him, Kamat led his supporters-turned-saffron karyakartas in eulogising the leader who showed the nation the path of antyodaya. For Kamat, the ideological switchover has been seemingly smooth and complete, effortless and instant. “Upadhyay laid the foundation of today’s BJP. If BJP is in office today, its credit goes to leaders like him who did the spadework for the party which was then known as Bharatiya Jana Sangh. It’s the exemplary work done by Upadhyay and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee that has now resulted in BJP coming to office,” Kamat told his supporters who stood shoulder to shoulder with original BJP karyakartas who had fought battles over the last 17 years.Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann ki Baat of Sunday, wherein Modi hailed Upadhyay and credited him with India’s progress and achievements, Kamat said that BJP (then Bharatiya Jana Sangh) during those times worked towards reaching out to all sections of society and uplifting the common man. “It’s the duty of all karyakartas to remember the leader, and therefore the party chalked out this program of holding the shraddhanjali programme in all wards,” Kamat said. Political observers say that BJP’s success in Margao will hinge largely on how well the two BJP factions – one controlled by Kamat and the other belonging to the party cadre – gel with each other. A few days ago, BJP held a meeting with Kamat and the party cadre in Panaji in the presence of the top brass of BJP, including chief minister Pramod Sawant, that served as an icebreaker to thaw the relations between the two. The recent change in equations in the Margao Municipal Council (MMC), following Kamat switching over to BJP, led to the ouster of Ghanashyam Shirodkar, hardly a week after he was elected chairperson. Though Kamat’s nominee Damodar Shirodkar was defeated by Ghanashyam in the chairperson’s elections, it’s unlikely that Kamat will have the final word in deciding the candidature this time as a couple of councillors elected on the BJP-backed panel are also eyeing the top post.
MARGAO: Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai on Saturday said the Raj Bhavan will constitute an expert committee to investigate the reasons for the high number of patients requiring dialysis in Canacona and Fatorpa areas and also to provide solutions. Pillai said he would try his best to resolve this with the help of the state and the central government. He visited Saptkoteshwar and Shantadurga Fatarpekarin temples at Fatorpa, Quepem, Babulshaha Pir Aulia Dargah and Mahadev temple in Kakoda, Guardian Angel Church, Curchorem and also interacted with newly elected sarpanchs and panchayat members of Quepem and Sanvordem as a part of his Sampurna Goa Yatra on Saturday. “Raj Bhavan will look into the demands of the people and redress the issues in its own way, and if required, these demands will also be sent to the central government for consideration,” the governor said.
Margao: Goyche Fudle Pilge Khatir, an organisation “committed to securing safety of Goa’s future generations,” at an awareness meeting organised by it at Margao on Saturday over the draft amendments made to the Goa Land Development and Building Construction Regulations 2010, called upon the government to scrap the draft amendments to save Goa from imminent destruction.Addressing reporters earlier, members of the organisation said that the amendments will “open up Goa’s khazan lands, paddy fields, plains, industrial areas and forests for rapid, hostile, anti-Goa changes by increasing the density of population and handing over control to private companies aiming profits.”They said that the amendments “turn the state government into an open aggressive agent of real estate lobby” which is “a great betrayal of the people of Goa”. The organisation expressed its determination to “deploy all the legitimate and constitutional means to resist this massive onslaught on Goa” and called upon the people to “rise up in the defense of Goa”. Environmental architect Elsa Fernandes, Abhijeet Prabhudessai of Rainbow Warriors, Sebastian Rodrigues of Bharat Mukti Morcha and Claude Alvares of Goa Foundation were the speakers at the awareness meeting.Prabhudessai said that the amendments include many dilutions such as reducing width of road required, allowing higher FARs for various constructions and removing the need to keep spaces for education and other public utilities for development of areas over five hectares to help builders and land speculators.He added that a recent notification has been passed allowing cutting of hills and filling of low lying areas after paying penalties which means that builders are now free to build anywhere without any permissions, since they can regularise huge buildings with this amendment.
Margao: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday advised panchayat workers against misusing their powers, and instead to be ever willing to work towards helping the people.Addressing the gathering at the foundation conference of All India Panchayat Workers held at Margao, Sawant said that it would be the government’s endeavor to ensure that the rights of the panchayat workers are protected.“Panchayat workers come in contact with the lowest strata of the society, and it is in accordance with the antyodaya principle prime minister Narendra Modi is emphasizing on. You are fighting for your rights. However, you should bear in mind rights come with duties. If one fulfills his duties, no authority will deny him his rights,” Sawant said. tnn