Times of India | 1 year 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: Amidst the Carnival revelry at Margao on Sunday, one tableau stood out.Even as this tableau produced by the state’s agriculture department grabbed eyeballs on account of its novel theme, the senior-level agriculture officers who accompanied the float, dancing down the parade route, drew loud cheers and applause. Leading from the front was the department’s director, Nevil Alphonso, attired in Carnival costume. He held a placard proclaiming the nutritional value of millets. “Eat nachnea bhakri (millet pancakes) to stay fit,” the placard read, and the message at once seemed to have found resonance among the spectators.The government of India has decided to celebrate 2023 as the International Year of Millets in order to popularise the superfood. Centred around the theme ‘Grow Millets, Eat Millets, Stay Healthy’, the float presented by the agriculture department had 45 officers participating in the Panaji and Margao Carnival parade.The tableau urged farmers to grow millets like ragi (nachani) and proso millet (vari) and to cash in on their nutritive value-added products like amil, tizen, ladoos, bhakri etc.“The float was aimed at conveying the message through creatively designed images, foot-tapping music, meaningful lyrics, well-choreographed steps, and catchy taglines on placards. This was an out-of-the-box idea for reaching out to farmers, and I am glad the initiative was widely appreciated,” Alphonso said.It was for the first time that the agriculture department participated in the float parade. The float was presented by its extension wing, State Agriculture Management and Extension Training Institute.“We plan to hold several programmes throughout the year with the view to promoting millets,” Alphonso said.
MARGAO: Health officer of urban health centre, Margao, has red-flagged a potential health hazard in the seepage of water through the subway at Comba, Margao.In a letter addressed to the deputy collector (DRO), South Goa, the health officer said that a site inspection of the Comba subway has revealed that the stagnation of water is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. “Water constantly seeps/leaks into the subway from both sides of the road and gets stagnated on the stretch ,” the letter read. Stating further that the source of seepage couldn’t be identified, the health officer requested the deputy collector to depute an expert technical team to troubleshoot the problem. Executive engineer, PWD (sewerage), Joaquim Fernandes, said that they have succeeded in tracing the source of the leakage to subsoil water drainage and that it has now been plugged. “There was a subsoil leakage in the subway (probably on account of the spring water finding its way through the subway). Last week we noticed traces of sewage seeping through the subway. The leakage has now been plugged. What remains now is the dried up stagnated water,” Fernandes told TOI.The waterlogged subway has turned out to be a nuisance for the road users, including the pedestrians, for the last several weeks, owing to the consistent flow of water emanating a foul smell. While water logging during monsoons was understandable, what caused to raise eyebrows among the public was the stagnation of water even during the dry season. What’s worse was that the problem lay unidentified for long .Margao MLA Digambar Kamat had inspected the subway last month and issued directions to the PWD to locate the source of seepage and plug it on an urgent basis.
Margao: Nearly 11 years after the crime, the Supreme Court has dismissed appeals of the two accused sentenced to life imprisonment for kidnapping an 11-year-old child from Fatorda for a Rs 20-lakh ransom.On September 19, 2011, the South Goa police rescued the minor boy after intercepting the vehicle in which he was being held hostage at Curti, Ponda.Rupesh alias Uday Falkar from Margao and Duliano alias Vital Fernandes were arrested, and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment by the sessions court. The conviction was upheld by the high court. After hearing the arguments filed by the applicants against their conviction under Section 364 A (kidnapping for ransom) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the court in its judgement expressed its inability to bring the case under Section 363 (kidnapping from lawful guardianship) of the IPC as contended in the appeal. While an offence under Section 364 A attracts death punishment or life imprisonment, that under Section 363 is punishable with imprisonment for up to seven years. Both the accused were employed as drivers by the child’s father.“On the conspectus of the testimony analysed, we are really not able to bring the case under Section 363 of IPC, though we may have some consideration for the age of the appellants and this being a sole incident, it is not really within the domain of this court to go contrary to the legislative domain which prescribes the punishment for such an offence, and we do take note of the fact that the accused being a driver, man of trust for the family, used to be so utilised, breached the trust while kidnapping a child of 11 years of age with special needs,” the court said in its judgement by justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Abhay Oka. The boy was kidnapped by the accused while he was returning home from school, and hours later, his businessman father received a call demanding a ransom of Rs 20 lakh for the safe release of the child. Acting swiftly on the father’s complaint, the South Goa police constituted four special teams in plainclothes and proceeded in private cars carrying along with them the ransom amount to track down the kidnappers. The idea was to secure the safe release of the child after paying the ransom.However, the kidnappers kept calling the father frequently, changing the location where they could be contacted to pay the ransom. However, a police team led by then Margao PI Santosh Dessai intercepted the car near Curti. The police had to fire seven rounds to stop the car and overpower the kidnappers. The boy was rescued without being hurt.While granting the accused four weeks’ time to surrender, the court said that they can seek remission on completion of the minimum sentence as per norms.
MARGAO: Goa Forward Party (GFP) president Vijai Sardesai, speaking at the Shiv Jayanti celebration at Gogol, Margao, on Sunday, took a dig at chief minister Pramod Sawant. He said Sawant should take a lesson or two from the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji, a ‘symbol of good governance’.“Chhatrapati Shivaji was known for giving justice to all, irrespective of caste or creed, and particularly to those from the lower strata of society,” Sardesai said. “The government should try to learn about good governance from Shivaji maharaj, as people aren’t getting justice here.” Sardesai added, “But for learning good governance, they needn’t go to Gujarat. The chief minister would do well by taking a leaf from Chhatrapati Shivaji’s book on how to fight to protect one’s (resources), particularly how to save the Mhadei; celebrating festivals isn’t enough.” Margao MLA Digambar Kamat, Navelim MLA Ulhas Tuyekar, Curtorim MLA Alexio Reginaldo Lourenco and others attended the event.
Margao: The Balram Education Society, which runs seven schools in Canacona, is in talks with a Rajasthan-based institute for a tie-up to help students from the taluka, especially those living in villages, crack competitive exams.Canacona MLA and speaker Ramesh Tawadkar, who heads the society, said that while the youths from rural areas of Canacona are high on talent, they lack the exposure to excel, and that is exactly what he intends to provide them through the coaching facilities that will help them excel.“By having a coaching centre in Canacona for competitive exams, we wish to target students from Karnataka and Maharashtra, besides Goa, by providing them residential facilities,” he said. Tawadkar told TOI that he is already in talks with a Kota-Rajasthan-based institute that has coaching centres for NEET-UG, IIT-JEE, JEE Main + Advanced, NTSE, Board, Olympiads, and other competitive exams.The Balram Education Society runs seven schools in Canacona — two primary schools, two pre-primary schools, two high schools, including one residential school, and one higher secondary school. The educational project, while equipping students with knowledge and techniques to prepare for competitive exams, will also provide employment to a large number of people from Canacona, he said. The Canacona MLA said that, because Canacona lacks the facilities, locals migrate to cities like Margao and Panaji to secure their children’s educational prospects. The proposed project would also help arrest this migration, he added.Tawadkar should know. For when he passed his graduation 30 years ago, in 1992, he turned out to be the first person from Gaondongrim-Cotigao to have achieved that distinction. That was the time when the village folk were yet to realise the significance of education. So when Tawadkar and like-minded people came together and formed the Adarsh Yuva Sangh in 1995, education was among the prime focus areas of their mission.With a view to providing quality education to the underprivileged section of the society, the Sangh constituted the Balram Education Society under the aegis of which a residential school was set up in a heritage home at Ordhofond, Poinguinim, in 2008. The school has now been shifted to a new complex at Adarsh Gram, Amone, Cotigao, on land donated by the Tawadkar family.