Times of India | 5 days ago | 06-08-2022 | 02:40 am
Panaji: Over 15,000 flags have been distributed to post offices in the state, including branch offices in remote villages, for sale to citizens ahead of Independence Day. As part of the har ghar tiranga campaign, citizens are encouraged to hoist the flag at their homes from August 13 to 15. The state post offices have got 15,100 flags, each of which is being sold at Rs 25.Har ghar tiranga is part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav festival, to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence. To create awareness, banners have been put up at seven post offices in Goa — Panaji, Margao, Vasco, Curchorem, Ponda, Bicholim and Mapusa.At the head post offices in Panaji and Margao, selfie points will be set up, so that citizens approaching these offices can click selfies and share them on social media with the #Indiapost4tirange and #harghartiranga hashtags, as well as tagging the India Post and @AmritMahotsav handles.As part of the har ghar tiranga campaign, the Goa postal division organised a ‘prabhat pheri’ to enlighten the public on the importance of the campaign. Tivim MLA Nilkanth Halarnkar participated in the initiative.In view of the vast network of the department of posts, the Union government entrusted it with the distribution of national flags, to enlighten the citizens of the importance of the campaign, and to supply the national flag to each and every corner of the country. Tirangas have been distributed to post offices across the country for this campaign.
Ponda: Aditi Venkatesh Naik, 39, a resident of Shiroda, died on Wednesday evening after a banyan tree came crashing down on the two-wheeler she was travelling on.Naik and her husband, Venkatesh, 44, were returning after casting their vote for the panchayat elections at a polling booth at the Shir area of Tarwada at Shiroda in Ponda taluka when the tree crashed on them. The critically injured couple was rushed to the Shiroda primary health centre. However, Naik passed away before she could receive medical attention.The medical officer at the health centre declared her brought dead, Ponda police said.
PANAJI: As dusk falls, the towering 17th century church of St Francis of Assisi at the world heritage site of Old Goa looks resplendent in the colours of the tricolor. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has illuminated it as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The church with a three-tier facade built in 1661 and a convent that now houses the ASI’s archaeological museum and portraits gallery registers hundreds of footfalls daily. Set against the backdrop of an extensive green garden, it has its back to Se Cathedral, which was once considered the largest church in Asia. “The church has been illuminated since August 1 as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,” an ASI official said. It is the only monument in Goa to be selected. A hundred monuments have been illuminated in the colour of the country’s flag across India. The colourful lighting is also part of the celebration to mark administering of 100 crore Covid vaccinations in the country. The monuments include some of the world heritage sites such as Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort, Fatepur Sikri in Agra and Golconda Fort in Hyderabad among other monuments. Social media was abuzz with photographs of the St Francis of Assisi Church, though one post wrongly referred it to as the Se Cathedral.
MARGAO: South Western Railway (SWR) will run special trains between Vasco and Velankanni to facilitate passengers from Goa to travel to the shrine town for novenas in August and September. Train no. 07357 Vasco– Velankanni Express Special will depart from Vasco at 9am on August 27 and arrive at Velankanni at 12.25pm the next day. Train no. 07358 Velankanni– Vasco Express Special will depart from Velankanni at 11.45pm on August 28 and arrive at Vasco at 4am on August 30. Also, train no. 07359 Vasco– Velankanni Express Special will depart from Vasco at 2.30pm on September 2 and arrive at Velankanni at 7.10pm the next day. Train No. 07360 Velankanni – Vasco Express Special will depart from Velankanni at 9.15am on September 4 and arrive at Vasco at 10am the next day. The trains will have halt at Margao, Sanvordem-Curchorem, Kulem, Castle Rock, Londa, Dharwad, Hubballi, Haveri, Ranibennur, Davangere, Birur, Arsikere, Tiptur, Tumakuru, Chikbanavar, Banaswadi, Krishnarajapuram, Bangarapet, Salem, Rasipuram, Namakkal, Karur, Tiruchchirappalli, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur and Nagappattinam stations in both directions.
PONDA: Following a suggestion from the Centre, a special meeting of the Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) has resolved to name the town’s widest road after freedom fighter, philosopher and maharishi Sri Aurobindo Ghose. Though the 30m-wide Ponda budhwarpeth market approach road is used by few commuters, it the stretch where seasonal bazaars are held. PMC chairperson Ritesh Naik said though Ghose had no any role in Goa, they took the resolution following a suggestion from the Centre to name a street after him to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary. Sri Aurobindo was born on August 15, 1872. He was an Indian philosopher, yoga and spiritual guru and protagonist of naturalism. Considering its width, locals used to call the street as ‘airport road’ as it is similar to an airport runway. Interestingly, The Ponda municipality had also referred to this stretch as airport road when it had shifted the matoli bazar to this approach road a couple of years ago. Naik said that since there is no any airport in Ponda, it was absurd to refer to it as an airport road. The road was constructed during the tenure of Naik’s father, Ravi when he was a minister in the state cabinet. The road is the widest in entire Ponda town. It connects the Ponda supermarket complex to the vegetable market and Shantinagar area of the town. On the waste collection in the town, Naik said the tender will be extended for another year. “PMC has also resolved to extend the door-to-door garbage collection tender for another year. The current contract ends on September 30. We will be sending both the resolutions to the directorate of municipal administration for approval,” Naik said. Considering its width, locals used to call the street as ‘airport road’ as it is similar to an airport runway. PMC chairperson Ritesh Naik said though Sri Aurobindo had no any role in Goa, they took the resolution following a suggestion from the Centre to name a street after him to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary
Panaji: Volunteers of the Save Old Goa Action Committee have temporarily suspended their ongoing satyagraha owing to heavy rainfall warnings. The volunteers are protesting the illegal structure in the world heritage site of Old Goa and demanding its demolition. The protest had completed 223 days till July 5.“Due to heavy rainfall, it has been very windy and we want to avoid any potential disastrous situation,” said the committee’s treasurer Hugo Gonsalves. “We will resume the agitation when the weather condition improves.”The agitation was initially suspended on a temporary basis for three weeks owing to the extended rainfall warning. However, with the progress of monsoon and increase in rainfall, the suspension has been further postponed, indefinitely.The Save Old Goa Action Committee will attend a hearing in the matter of the illegal bungalow on August 17 at the directorate of panchayats in Panaji. TOI had earlier reported that citizens across Goa expressed their disapproval over the illegal construction by holding protests and large gatherings in solidarity with the activists leading the protest.The protestors had also started an indefinite hunger strike from November 23, 2021, onwards demanding that the government revokes the licenses and demolishes the illegal structure.On a daily basis, the protest would see about seven to eight protestors at the site, at the precincts of St Cajetan Church, with a bigger crowd showing solidarity on the weekends.