Times of India | 6 days ago | 23-11-2022 | 04:38 am
Vasco/Margao: A recklessly-driven SUV on Arossim beach ran over a flock of brown headed gulls on Monday resulting in the death of two birds.Following the incident, deputy director, department of tourism, Margao, lodged a complaint with the Verna police station against the driver of the Telangana registered vehicle as driving of unauthorised vehicles on beaches is among a number of activities declared as “nuisance” by the government under the Goa Tourist Places Protection and Maintenance Act, 2001.In the complaint, the deputy director stated that on Monday at 3pm, the SUV “was found to be recklessly and illegally driving at Arrosim beach, and ran over a flock of brown headed gulls, resulting in the death of two gulls”.“By this act, the vehicle driver has violated the above mentioned order promulgated by a public servant and has committed an offence under Section 188 of the IPC,” the official stated in the complaint.“”In view of the above, I hereby request you to register an FIR agaist the owner/driver of the vehicle under Section 188 of the IPC as well as other relevant provisions in force, and initiate further criminal proceedings against the accused,” the deputy director stated in the complaint.The incident prompted outrage from locals and visitors who demanded action against the culprits involved in the act.Speaking to TOI, Verna police station in-charge Diogo Gracias acknowledged receipt of the complaint from the deputy director of tourism. “We will discuss the issue with the higher-ups and act accordingly,” Gracias said.An official from the forest department said, “The killing of birds is a criminal act and the culprits involved in the crime are liable to be booked under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.”
Vasco: The department of legal metrology during a raid at Housing Board Colony, Zuarinagar, Vasco of BPCL domestic LPG cylinders, found 13 of the domestic LPG cylinders to be underweight.On Monday, people residing in Lamani Colony, Zuarinagar raised a protest after finding some cylinders brought for distribution were short in weight.Both the delivery person and driver of the distribution vehicle abandoned the truck and fled from the site after consumers confronted the duo.Following the uproar, assistant controller, legal metrology, South Zone-I Margao, Nitin Purushan along with his team rushed to the site and conducted a raid. Purushan said that necessary action will be initiated against the gas agency as per provisions of the legal metrology rules and acts. The department has advised consumers to check the weight of a cylinder before buying it and check the verification certificate issued by the department, and also urged citizens to lodge complaints on the designated number.
PANAJI: BJP South Goa in-charge and Union minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship, electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, will hold a brainstorm meeting with BJP functionaries, ministers and MLAs at Margao to chalk out a plan to win the South Goa Lok Sabha parliamentary seat. Chandrasekhar will arrive in Goa on Tuesday on a two-day visit as part of the Lok Sabha Pravas programme. He will visit the district office at Margao and meet the chairperson and councillors of the Margao Municipal Council and sarpanches, deputy sarpanches and elected representatives of South Goa panchayats and zilla parishad. Discussions will be held on the progress of Central government schemes in the region.
Panaji: Tourism is one of the largest revenue generating sectors in Goa and keeping the state’s beaches is important so the growth of this sector continues, said Amruta Fadnavis, wife of ex-Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Amruta’s Divyaj Foundation has organised a beach ‘Clean A Thon’ in Goa on November 28 at 8am at Miramar beach to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the environment.The event is being organised as part of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (Iffi) and Union information and broadcasting minister Anurag Singh Thakur, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant, along with celebrities like Jackie Shroff, Remo D’Souza and Karan Kundra will participate in the clean-up drive.“Goa has such a big tourism industry. We are having the clean-up drive to just reignite an awareness which is already there within you. At Cannes too, there were sessions this time on sustainable development. And a film festival has the eyeballs to raise awareness about such a message,” said Amruta.“Tourism is one of the largest sectors in Goa. So we should see that this paradise remains a paradise forever,” said Fadnavis.
Panaji: Mexico’s minister of tourism Miguel Torruco Marques on Sunday expressed his delight at the special section on Mexican films curated at the 53rd International Film Festival of India (Iffi). “I have always thought that movies are the best way to remove differences between people and build bridges between nations,” said Marques, who participated in a session at Iffi via video conferencing .“It is an honor for me to share with you this very important moment at the 53rd International Film Festival of incredible India in Goa. Mexico is known for its unique culture and diversity. And a very important part of this heritage is our cinema. We are a land of great movie directors and actors who are considered legends. Our films have received many awards around the world,” said Marques. He said Mexican cinema was born as an expression of the social and the cultural environment of the country. The minister also said that he is proud of the fact that his mother, María Elena Marques, and father, Miguel Torruco, were beloved Mexican actors from the ‘Golden Age’ of Mexican cinema.“ Mexico currently has fantastic creativity and production capacity in the international film industry which leads us to a new era in cinema. We are proud of the participation of Mexican films in this unique festival. I want to extend our greatest support and admiration to all of those who are part of this beautiful event.”Alejandro De Icaza, producer of the film Red Shoes, said that the Mexican government has a fund for cinema under which they promote films, including arthouse movies. “These kinds of films are difficult to produce without government incentives because they are difficult to commercialise,” he said, adding that he is exploring making a joint production with India about a wedding. “In both countries, weddings are big, colorful and last for many days. These kinds of cultural similarities can lead to other projects in the future.”
Panaji: The Disabled Helpline Foundation, in a letter to chief minister Pramod Sawant, has sought to make all government and private buildings, hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, malls and tourist centres, especially all the beaches, accessible to persons with disabilities. Under the new Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, the state must also introduce accessibility to historical places, roadways, bus stops, transport corporation buses, special taxis, signboards, translators and interpreters, the foundation’s national vice-president Vikas Sharma said. He said world-class well equipped entertainment centres and guest houses accessible to persons with disabilities can be established for tourists too as the state is very important from the point of view of tourism. The foundation has also highlighted the importance of empowerment of all categories of people including those with disabilities to encourage their rehabilitation and a single window clearance system with a fixed time period for those availing state disability certificate and unique disability card. Sharma has also called for the constitution of a welfare board for empowerment and overall development of persons with disabilities including a national workshop and fair on empowerment and upliftment of persons with disabilities.