Times of India | 1 week ago | 13-05-2022 | 01:20 am
Vasco: A team of Vasco police have left for Bihar after identifying a person in connection with the sexual assault of a minor girl. According to officials a team of one police sub-inspector and two police constables left for Bihar on Wednesday afternoon. Vasco police had earlier registered an offence against an unknown person under section 376 of IPC and section 8 of POCSO Act. In another incident a 10-month old child was kidnapped on Wednesday in the port town. After identifying the person who left for Mumbai along with the infant on a train, a police team left for Mumbai on Thursday.
Vasco: Verna police arrested Kishan Kalangutkar, 26, a resident of New Vaddem, Vasco, in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old girl whose body was found at Velsao beach on Thursday. Diya Naik, who was also from New Vaddem, went missing from Wednesday evening. Her family said that she didn’t come home. Kalangutkar and Naik were friends, police said. SP (South Goa) Abhishek Dania tweeted, “Blind murder case of Miss Diya Naik r/o New Vaddem Vasco solved within 24 hrs by South District team. Accused apprehended. Further investigation is in progress”. Vasco DySP Nilesh Rane said that the body of the girl was found at Velsao beach with stab injuries. Although he refused to divulge more details, Rane said that the investigation is in progress and police are probing the case from all angles. A source said that the body was found in the bushes and the crime appeared to have taken place on Wednesday. Verna PI Diago Gracias is investigating the case under the supervision of Rane.
Panaji: Director general of police (DGP) Jaspal Singh on Thursday felicitated two students, Sakshi Ishwar Kale and Nimrit Pasricha for sporting excellence. Kale, a student of GVM SNJA Higher Secondary School, Farmagudi, won the top position at the 20th national para-athletic championship held in Bhubaneshwar. Pasricha, a student at Naval Children School, Vasco has been selected to represent India at the Asian junior squash championship to be held at Pattaya, Thailand next month. Singh said that Goa Police will reach out to initiative of an outreach with promising youth within the state to spread an image of showcase a people-friendly force and to celebrate achievements of the younger generation.
Panaji: The maintenance of fishing jetties in Goa may be done annually during the off-season, however, this time, the Vasco Fishing Association has demanded that their jetty be not just repaired but also be extended to 100m. They have submitted a proposal to fisheries minister Nilkanth Halarnkar to extend the jetty for the convenience of the 200 boats that operate from there. “The Vasco fishing jetty is in dire need of attention. We have 200 boats that dock at the 60m area,” the association members said. Stating that the repairs at the Vasco jetty were delayed due to the pandemic, Halarnkar said, “Those will be soon taken up. There are only a few days left for the fishing ban comes into force, so necessary inspections and repair works can be taken up. However, extension of the jetty will invite CRZ and NGT violations.” The boat operators also demanded that the state government provide relief on VAT on the diesel as well. “The government sanctioned VAT on diesel comes to about Rs 6. With diesel prices rising, the operation of fishing vessels is becoming difficult,” they said. On this, the fisheries minister said, “As far as the VAT subsidy is concerned, I have assured them that there will be a discussion on the subject and accordingly we will take a decision.” The Vasco Fishing Association submitted a proposal to the fisheries minister to extend the jetty for the convenience of the 200 boats that operate from there
Vasco: Revolutionary Goans (RG) and BJP are engaged claiming credit for getting locals employment at the Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL). Even as RG said that GSL has assured them of giving jobs to Goans, Vasco BJP MLA Krishna ‘Daji’ Salkar and BJP functionaries stated that it was their efforts that played a major role in highlighting the employment issue. On Wednesday, RG’s Tukaram ‘Manoj’ Parab and St Andre MLA Viresh Borkar met the management of GSL to discuss the matter of employment opportunities for Goans. Parab and Borkar said that the shipyard’s management has assured them to give priority to recruiting Goans. They said that, according to available information, over 600 jobs had opened up at GSL, but only 30% Goans were employed. In other central government shipyards in other states, local people with knowledge of the local language are given preference during recruitment, but at GSL this is not happening, RG said. Parab and Borkar also stressed on the need for imparting training in technical skill to Goan youth. Meanwhile, the Vasco MLA posted on his official social media page: “Grateful to chief minister Goa Pramod P Sawant for calling this meeting on our request with T N Sudhakar CMD (addl charge) and HR head Goa Shipyard Ltd to address long-pending issues pertaining to local employment.”
Vasco/Panaji: In yet another incident of an underground cable getting punctured, Vasco, Baina, Mangor, Sada, Varunapuri, Gandhi Nagar and Shantinagar went without power supply for around 21 hours on Thursday after a gas pipeline contractor accidentally damaged three 33kV underground cables supplying electricity to Vasco and surrounding areas. Vasco electricity department assistant engineer Sanjeev Mashelkar said three underground cables were damaged by an underground gas pipeline contractor, near Borges building in Vasco, while they were digging work for laying the pipeline. The department filed a police complaint and said the gas pipeline contractor was instructed to do cable detection and only after that to continue digging work to avoid further accidents, Mashelkar said. The blackout affected around 40,000 citizens as the two 33kV cables in addition to a spare/backup cable which supplies electricity to Harbour and Bogda substations were punctured. “We would have immediately provided alternate supply, but the third cable that was kept as spare was also punctured by the contractor and we were left helpless,” a power department staffer said. A similar blackout occurred last month in Panaji when digging resulted in puncturing of underground power cables. There have been several instances of the power department’s costly underground infrastructure getting damaged by contractors carrying out various works over the past few years, putting the department and inconveniencing thousands of citizens and businesses. “The electricity department was not informed about the work by the contractor. Horizontal drilling work was taking place at midnight when our three cables got punctured,” executive engineer Canuto Godinho said. “Somehow we managed to supply electricity to some areas in Vasco through overhead lines but people in other areas suffered,” he said. A similar incident by the same contractor took place recently at Chicalim, following which the department had asked the contractor to keep them informed about any digging work. “We were not informed. We would have shown them the path of the cable,” Godinho said. Joining punctured underground cables is a time consuming and costly operation. The work costs between Rs 5 and 10 lakh to join a single damaged cable and the entire operation of finding the fault, digging up the area and pulling out the cable, cutting and then joining takes around 8 hours, officials said. But even 20 hours later on Thursday many citizens in the area were still in the dark with not even one cable joining work completed. Although the cable was punctured around 1am, the specialised contractor could begin full-fledged work only at 7am. Domestic users were given preference over commercial ones when the department tried to provide alternate supply. Rain hampered the work and a small tent had to be set up. “Despite reminders and letters, the digging was carried out without informing us causing huge loss to consumers and the government,” a department engineer said. “All utilities should coordinate with each other otherwise this will keep repeating. There’s no discipline in utilities and everyone thinks it’s their right to dig the road. In that case departments are helpless and have to fight, and it is the public who has to bear the brunt of it all,” a Vasco-based engineer said. “An order with a strict standing instruction should be issued to all utilities to adhere to this. They must obtain an NOC from the department before digging the road,” the engineer added. The road is the only access where all the cables are laid and the state doesn't have any dedicated trenches for cables.