Times of India | 3 months ago | 24-08-2022 | 10:48 am
MARGAO: Former deputy chief minister Chandrakant Kavlekar who was defeated by Congress MLA Altone D’Costa at the last assembly election, on Tuesday said that the elections for sarpanchs and deputy sarpanchs had proved BJP’s growing acceptability among the rural electorate. Bringing five of the eight panchayats in Quepem under his belt has proved his dominion over the grassroot-bodies in the constituency, Kavlekar said. Quepem MLA Altone D’Costa said he had made a “clean sweep” in three panchayats — Morpirla, Balli-Adnem and Naqueri-Betul. From the Kavlekar camp, Ajay Pagi and Kurpesh Velip are sarpanch and deputy sarpanch of Khola and Arjun Velip and Shivanya Velip of Barcem. In Fatorpa, Mahesh Faldessai and Medini Naik were elected sarpanch and deputy sarpanch unopposed, while Bhupendra Gaunso Dessai and Shilipa Gajanand Prabhudessai were elected sarpanch and deputy sarpanch of Avedem-Cottambi. Kavlekar succeeded in holding away over Ambaulim as well with his nominees, Devidas Deikar and Sebastiana Rebelo, getting elected as sarpanch and deputy sarpanch. In Morpirla panchayat, which was wrested by Congress, the election of Prakash Arjun Velip as deputy sarpanch is being looked at as a politically significant development. Velip, a former PA of then CM Digambar Kamat, is a former ZP member from Fatorpa, who had also unsuccessfully contested Assembly elections of 2012. “All the elected members are new faces, and educated. All of us have decided to support our MLA for the purpose of the development of the village,” Velip said.
Konkani Bhasha Mandal organised its unique programme titled Petul on Saturday, November 26 at Main Auditorium of Government College, Quepem. The programme was held in association with Government College, Quepem. Graced by Dr Ashwini Jambhekar (Kulkarni), Director, Audyogik Tantra Shikshan Sanstha, Pune, Jess Fernandes, Senior Writer, Sister Severine Pinto, Headmistress of Holy Cross Convent, Ambaulim and Joydeep Bhattacharjee, Principal of Government College of Quepem. During the function 9 educations institutions from different parts of Quepem, Sanguem talukas namely Sharada English High School, Curchorem, Union High School, Sanguem, New Education Institute, Curchorem, Tiny Tots Primary School, Quepem, Sharada Kala Sadhana, Curchorem, Government Middle School, Ambaulim, Utkarsh High School, Rivona, Sarvodaya Primary School, Curchorem and Holy Cross Institute, Quepem performed on specially choreographed childrens’ songs from ‘Shanni Masti’ at the function. An exhibition of books and CDs produced by Konkani Bhasha Mandal. The President of KBM Anwesha Singbal said that through its multiple events in the state, we have realised that a huge demand for Konkani material exists. The sales of this material and music CDs have shown that people are eagerly seeking material in Konkani for children that is well produced and attractively priced. In the absence of this, they reach for material in English or other languages and do not help children to grow in Konkani."
Colva: Colva police have arrested two residents of Housing Board, Gogol, for their alleged involvement in stealing items from a car.Wasim Sayed and Yasim Shaikh, both in their mid-thirties, broke open a car and decamped with a laptop and mobile chargers, all worth around Rs 80,000.Khaushid Shaikh from Quepem had lodged a complaint of theft against unidentified persons. After checking the CCTV footage from the vicinity, the police managed to identify the accused and nabbed them.Sources said the stolen property is yet to be recovered as one of the accused developed hypertension and had to be admitted to a hospital.
Ponda: Sanjivani sugar factory at Dayanandnagar Tisk in Dharbandora has begun paying the balance 20% compensation amount to its sugarcane farmers. The factory administration said that till Thursday, 133 farmers had been paid a total amount of Rs 54.2 lakh.Over 700 cane farmers are registered with Sanjivani. Of the 133 farmers, 30 are from Quepem, 27 from Sattari, 21 from Sanguem, 15 from Pernem and 39 from Canacona, factory administrator Satej Kamat told TOI.The first instalment of this year’s compensation was distributed in May. The government had sanctioned Rs 7.5 crore for the payment. Kamat said the government has sanctioned a further Rs 3.6 crore to pay the remaining instalment of the compensation. Cane farmers registered under the factory have been getting the compensation amount from the state government under the special assistance scheme to sugarcane cultivators, in lieu of the factory’s closure in 2019. While shutting down the factory, the government had assured farmers that they would receive compensation for five consecutive years, starting from 2020-21 at a rate of Rs 3,000 per metric tonne (MT) of canes for the first year. In the second year they will get Rs 2,800 per MT, Rs 2,600 for the third year, Rs 2,400 for the fourth year and a final Rs 2,200 for the fifth year.
Questioning the “repeated trips” made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to Gujarat, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said he had never seen such high anti-incumbency, as seen in the poll-bound state.Addressing an election meeting in Ahmedabad, the “Prime Minister has left all work in Delhi — which is his main job — and is here in Gujarat. What is the need for him to make repeated trips. Both Prime Minister and (home minister) Amit Shah are camping in the state.”Gehlot was speaking at Dariapur in Ahmedabad where sitting MLA Gyasuddin Sheikh is contesting.“You all are seeing what they are talking about in their speeches,” he said adding that unemployment and inflation were adversely affecting people in Gujarat. “I have never seen such high anti-incumbency, as I am seeing now in Gujarat. People are opposing them. They are not going to their meetings, because they have not done any work in the last five years,” the Rajasthan CM said adding that the BJP was forced to change its entire Cabinet last year.The Rajasthan CM said the anti-incumbency wave is bigger than 2017 elections, when congress fell a few seats short of forming the government in Gujarat. “If Congress wins this election, the Centre and Modji will get a shock. They will realise that they have lost due to high inflation and they will take steps to reduce prices. The entire country will benefit,” Gehlot said.“In Gujarat, Congress MLAs win. Thereafter horse trading happens and they are taken into BJP. This never used to happen earlier. After Modiji became the prime minister, a new model has come in the country, where elected governments are made to fall— Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka. These are dangers for democracy,” he said. Gehlot pointed out how sitting MLAs have rebelled within the BJP. “They blame the Congress, but they are not able to keep their own house in order.”Gehlot also remembered those who died of hooch tragedy in Ahmedabad and the recent bridge collapse tragedy in Morbi.
Hours after the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) suspended its Nanguneri MLA Ruby R Manoharan over a scuffle that broke out at party headquarters Sathyamurthy Bhavan in Chennai last week, AICC leader Dinesh Gundu Rao issued a statement Thursday staying the decision.Rao, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) leader in charge of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Goa, said the suspension procedure was carried out in an improper manner and in contravention of the principle of natural justice.“I hereby stay the suspension order made against Ruby R Manoharan MLA and also stay the entire disciplinary proceedings in the above matter being conducted by the Disciplinary Action Committee of Tamil Nadu PCC,” Rao said Thursday.Congress MP Karti Chidambaram took to Twitter on Thursday to share Rao’s statement and said he was glad that the AICC quickly resolved the “injustice done to Manoharan”.@INCTamilNadu கட்சியின் பொருளாளர்,நாங்குநேரி சட்டமன்ற உறுப்பினர் திரு @ruby_manoharan அவர்களுக்கு இழைக்கப்பட்ட அநீதிக்கு அகில இந்திய காங்கிரஸ் கமிட்டி உடனடியாக தலையிட்டு தீர்வு கண்டது எனக்கு மகிழ்ச்சி அளிக்கிறது @INCIndia pic.twitter.com/p48uKuAvky— Karti P Chidambaram (@KartiPC) November 24, 2022Last week, members of two factions of the TNCC broke into a fight and exchanged blows with each other at the party headquarters over the appointment of functionaries to certain posts. The police had to intervene to bring the situation under control and several party workers sustained injuries.Following this, TNCC disciplinary action committee chairperson K R Ramasamy announced that Manoharan had been temporarily suspended from the party. In a statement, he said the committee sent him a letter on November 17 seeking his explanation on the incident. Manoharan, in his reply, explained his side and sought more time.“The committee has decided that the remarks you mentioned in your letter were not acceptable. In the next meeting, you are asked to appear in person with relevant documents to explain your stand. Till then, the committee announces that you have been temporarily suspended from the party,” the statement read.The fallout between the K S Alagiri-led TNCC and the AICC has led to much debate in Tamil Nadu, with cadres taking sides over the incident.