Times of India | 3 days ago | 24-09-2022 | 04:47 am
Bicholim: The parents of students studying at the government high school in Mulgao, Bicholim, have opposed the merger of the school with a high school at Par, Mulgao. They have threatened to go on a strike till the merger order issued by the education department is not revoked. Sources said the school has 52 students for the current academic year. “The government is not ready to provide the necessary infrastructure to the school. How then does it expect to increase enrolment?” Rakesh Sawant, a parent, said.
A heated discussion on illegal constructions in Bicholim town was witnessed at Saturday’s Bicholim municipal council (BMC) meeting, which was convened after a gap of seven months. Pointing out to several discrepancies, councillors questioned how the building opposite Deen Dayal Bhavan had been issued a residence certificate. BMC chairperson Kundan Falari said the ‘B file’ had not come to him for scrutiny and that all approvals had been issued directly to the applicant. tnn
PANAJI: The Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Goa has issued a home restriction order to five Bangladesh nationals, who have been staying at Bicholim for the past five years without valid documents. All five persons are involved in the collection of scrap, and have been staying in Goa for almost 10 years, including five years in Valpoi. A senior police officer said that during intelligence gathering, the anti-terrorist squad (ATS) of Goa police, including police inspector Vilesh Durbhatkar, suspected that five persons are Bangladesh nationals. After keeping a watch on them for a few days, ATS sleuths approached them. During inquiry, police confirmed that they are from Bangladesh. Police said that they had moved to Goa from Bengaluru. The five persons who are placed under home restriction are M D Anoar Akhon, Hilal Akhon, Hasan Miyn, Noor Jahan Begum and Raja Akhon. ATS has been keeping continuous vigil to identify Bangladesh nationals living in the state. The FRRO officer said that the home restriction will be renewed every month and that Bicholim police will keep an eye on them. In case they are not traceable during the renewal, then a first information report (FIR) will be filed against them. Details such as address in Bangladesh and the address of the local police station in that country will be obtained, and the ministry of external affairs will contact the high commission of Bangladesh to issue the family emergency travel documents as these persons don’t have passports and visas, the officer said. Once that is done, custody of the family will be handed over to the Border Security Force to deport them.
PANAJI: The Goa Human Rights Commission on Monday declined relief to Ravina Kuttan and her family, who were evicted from the Chowgule Housing Colony in Pale, Bicholim. Kuttan's complaint filed in 2020 stated that she and her family had been living in the colony for the past 21 years before the eviction order came from the collector in 2019. She stated that they were rehabilitated at the Valshi government school at Bicholim and were harassed by the mamlatdar and police inspector of Bicholim. "The commission finds that there have been no violations of human rights of the complainant by the respondents. The complainant has not made out a case for directing the authorities to grant them housing under any government scheme or for permission to repair the quarters from which she was evicted," the commission stated. The mamlatdar stated that Kuttan and her mother were arrested by Bicholim police after he filed a complaint against them for refusing to shift and added that they verbally abused the talathi when he proceeded along with staff and police to carry out the eviction. He added that he carried out the proceedings as per the deputy collector's orders. Kuttan's advocate stated that she and her family are staying in private rented premises and requested that they be allowed to reoccupy the earlier quarters in the Chowgule Housing Colony at Kothambi. "The commission finds that the mamlatdar of Bicholim had acted on the orders of the deputy collector under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and had evicted the complainant from the dilapidated quarters. They were shifted to the shelter home, from where they have shifted and are staying at rented premises," the commission stated.
Keri/Bicholim: Members of the Malayali community spread across Goa came together to celebrate Kerala’s harvest festival ‘Onam’ at the Mahamaya temple premises in Bicholim, on Sunday. The women wore the trademark cream-coloured ‘Kerala’ saree with golden border, while the men sported the traditional mundu.Bicholim MLA Chandrakant Shetye, who was the chief guest at the event, said that the Malayali community are a peace-loving people and have immense contribution in the overall development of Goa. President of the association Jayaprakash P V said Onam marks the homecoming of the mythological king Mahabali. Besides various cultural performances, the celebrations also saw a vegetarian spread of the traditional Onam sadhya being served by Kalapaka Cultural Association. Almost 26 vegetarian dishes were served as part of the sadhya, including parboiled brown rice and delicious tangy curries and vegetables cooked with aromatic spices, like morru kachiyatha, parippu, kootu and sambhar.The traditional floral rangoli ‘pookkalam’ was designed on the floor as a symbolic welcome to king Mahabali. Folk songs and music were presented and Udayan kundaguzhi enthralled the audience with the performance of the folk mask dance, kummattikali.Akhil Rajgopalan, 21, who is a native of Kerala, but born and brought up in Goa, said, “Every year we eagerly wait to participate in the festivities of Onam as it connects us to our Malayali cultural values and heritage associated with the family.”Sanskruti Naik, from Mencurem, Bicholim, said, “This celebration showcases the richness of Indian culture along with the socio-cultural values that are cherished by the Keralites. We got the opportunity to enjoy delicious and varied vegetarian recipes from Kerala.”
Bicholim: Bicholim police have arrested the two accused who stole two cellphones altogether worth Rs 70,000 from a store in Sanquelim, on Thursday. Police sources said that the accused, Vicky Shelke, a native of Tupenagar Haveli in Karnataka and Arvind Salunke, a native of Bahadur Galli, Solapur, Maharashtra, residing at Sanquelim, had entered the cellphone shop posing as customers.Following a complaint lodged by the shop owner on Friday, Bicholim police swung into action and nabbed the accused on Saturday. Police have seized the cellphones and a car used by the accused in the theft.The police team comprising head constable Rajendra Gawas and police constables Ashish Naik and Shailesh Fadte was led by DySP Sagar Ekoskar and PI Suraj Gawas.