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by Goa's Pride



21 Mar 2009

Daily TV VIDEO NEWS ON GOA courtesy of Prudent Media and GOA365

PANJIM: Newly elected Corporation of City of Panjim mayor Carolina Po, on March 20, said that her priorities would be to solve garbage menace and parking problems concerning the capital city and to beautify the municipal garden situated near the Church Square. Speaking to reporters after being declared elected unopposed, Carolina thanked Education Minister Babush Monseratte for reposing faith in her. [GT]
‘Black Day’ on March 23: GBA: Goa Bachao Abhiyan has now decided to observe March 23 as a ‘black day’ to protest against the Ordinance amending the Land Acquisition Act and to demand


its revocation and will hold a public meeting at Gomantak Maratha Samaj hall. Incidentally, the GBA’s protest action coincides with the first day of the Goa Legislative Assembly’s budget session. [GT]
Five UK youth convicted for death of Goan: Five youth were sentenced to imprisonment and detention ranging from one year to six-and-half years, after the Winchester Crown Court convicted them in the death of Agonda sailor Gregory Fernandes in a racially provoked attack at Fawley-Southampton (UK) in 2007. Three accused – Chay Dale Fields, Stephen Pritchard and Daniel Rogers – had denied murder, but admitted to manslaughter in the death of Gregory and grievous harm against his shipmate Vinod Pitchinaviram from Kerala. [H]
GTDC to develop heritage projects: In its ambitious and aggressive tourism plans, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s (GTDC) latest itinerary will include tours such as adventure; religious, wildlife; scary tours of ghostly ambience, among a lengthy list of new attractions. “More cruise boats in different shapes and sizes, like the ones we see afloat on River Mandovi, will be invited to be part of Goa’s ambitious tourism expansion,” a senior official who wishes anonymity, told “The Navhind Times”. The development of Goa’s heritage projects will be significant to cultural tourism attraction in the region with a potential to stimulate local employment in large numbers, he said. [Michael Fisher, NT]

DKA awards distributed: “Dalgado Konknni Akademi serves Konkani written in the Roman script but it is not against any other script. All the three communities – Hindu, Christian and Muslim – are today seen working in unison to promote Konkani in the Roman script,” said DKA president Premanand Lotlikar in his welcome speech. Veteran Konkani novelist Joao Inacio D’Souza (90), veteran Tiatrist Remie Colaco, author and book collector Brazinho Soares, well-known physician

Veteran Konkani novelist being conferred DKA Award [pic: joel]

Dr Bicaji Ghanekar, teenage author Selza Lopes and Goa Social and Cultural Centre were honoured with the prestigious Dalgado Puroskar 2008 awards for their service to mother-tongue Konkani written in the Roman script at a function held at the Kala Academy Black Box on March 20 evening.
Ably compered by Thomas Fernandes, the event took off with an entertaining cultural programme by Socorro de Santa Cruz and his troupe. Chief guest Fr Conceicao D’Silva said that it was a day of rejoicing because after four years, DKA’s functioning has blossomed on different fronts. He also exuded confidence that Roman script will survive not merely for 25 years, as some expect, but till the end of the world. He also expressed confidence that sooner or later Romi lipi will find its rightful place in the Official Language Act and appealed to the director of Official Language Cell, who was the guest of honour, to help in this regard. Guest of honour Dr Pandurang Phaldessai lauded DKA for promoting Konkani in the Roman script and helping retain Goa’s identity. He also said a language is richer by the number of scripts it possesses. (“Jitleo lipi eke bhaxek asteleot titli ti bhas girest zateli.”)
Young author Selza Lopes thanked all on behalf of the awardees. Prizes were also handed over to those who had participated in the various competitions organised by DKA. Daniel F de Souza bagged the first prize for tiatr script. [GoaNewsClips]
CM: Rs.330 cr sanction for Dabolim greatest feat: Getting Rs.330 crore sanctioned for the upgradation of Dabolim airport is the greatest achievement of my government, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said today. Addressing a press conference, he said, “When we took up the government both the districts were divided over the issue of having two airports.” However, “we took up the cause and made sure Dabolim is retained by upgrading it to international status and also the Mopa airport comes up North Goa.” [H]
BSNL to launch 3G services: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is now trying to woo its customers with new plans and schemes. Briefing media persons, GR Ravi, GM of BSNL, stated, “We are planning to start 3G service for mobile phones in Goa, very shortly. It will give faster connectivity. It is only BSNL who got the 3G spectrum.” He added that they are planning to install 100 more towers in different parts of Goa. But, they are facing the problems as residents from some areas are opposing it. [GT]
Work on railway holiday home at Colva upsets ramponkars: Work on a holiday home of the South Western Railways – meters away from the Colva shore – has upset the local traditional fishermen, whose houses are facing an axe under the CRZ norms. [H]

Interaction on scripts for languages and their impact on society: IIT-ian, columnist and author T Vijaynedra will hold an interaction on the different scripts available for languages, their adoption either singly or in multiplicity for a given language, the impact of change in script on the readers, writers, researchers and the continuity of the written tradition, the impact on society in terms of its past, present and future, the survival of the language, employability of the people and other factors.

The discussion will be informal but semi-structured for the purpose of flow and continuity. It is free and open to all who are interested in the selection of script[s] for any language. The interaction will start sharp at 10.00 A.M. and end by 12.00 noon on Saturday 21 March at Thomas Stephens Konkani Kendra. T. Vijayendra is a columnist and author. His book "The Losers Shall Inherit the World" which is a compilation of his column in a national English language newspaper is in print and due for release later this month. One of the articles therein is on Ol Chiki, a new script developed for Santhali just 30 years ago. [GoaNewsClips]
GF bags Sonsoddo landfill project, finally: Goa Foundation (GF) has been awarded the contract for the Sonsoddo landfill project. This was decided on Friday at an emergency meeting of the five-member committee constituted by the state government to monitor the garbage capping work at Sonsoddo. The Margao Municipal Council chief officer, who is also a committee member, told TOI that the council would sign an agreement with GF for the landfill project. GF director Claude Alvares had worked out a proposal estimated to cost Rs 4.60 crore and has an agreement with the Hyderabad-based Ramky Enviro Eng to carry out the work as the latter is handling 68 garbage sites in the country. [TOI]
Iron ore exports jumped over 21%: The depreciation of the Indian Rupee offset the impact of 5 per cent export duty on Indian iron ore, acting as a boon for Chinese steel companies that are trying to roll back the production cuts they announced in October 2008. As a result, India’s iron ore exports jumped 21.53 per cent to 13.9 million tones in January 2009 against 11.5 million tones in January 2008. Globally, the demand for steel has moved up marginally in the first two months of 2009. [H]
Videshi couple tie the knot in desi style: Andrew Bowkett (46) and Michelle Denning (47) traveled all the way from Devon-UK and got married at a specially erected ‘mandap’ at Palolem beach on March 18 afternoon. The marriage was solemnized by a Hindu priest by performing all Hindu marriage rituals. Andrew is a divorcee and has three children back home from his first marriage, while it was a first marriage ceremony for Michelle. [H]
"Greet Mutalik with used chaddis”: The Nationalist Congress Party has called on men and women of Goa to rise against the efforts of the Shri Ram Sene to ‘Talibanise’ Goa and called on them to greet the SRS leader with used chaddis. “He has not learnt any lesson after new chaddis were sent to him,” said NCP spokesperson Surendra Furtado, referring to SRS leader Pramod Mutalik who was heaped with underwear sent by irate women, after he and his men threatened to disrupt Valentine Day celebrations. [GT]
Tolleaband Lake ‘inundated’ with plastic: The Tolleabandh Lake at Fatorda, opposite the swimming pool, was once known for the serene and pleasant environment. Sadly, the lake has literally become a dumping ground for plastic waste and litter. It is sheer irony that when the Margao Municipal council has launched a plastic-free drive, the lake is inundated with plastic bags. [H]
Govt losing revenue from industry: Goa may be blessed abundantly with water, however, the state government is losing lakhs of rupees daily as it is not in a position to supply the water required by the industry from which it gets much of its revenue. Sources in the PWD informed that the Zuari industrial estate, Verna industrial estate, Reliance, military and MPT put together require 30 MLD, however, at present the state government is providing only 13 MLD per day. This costs the government close to a lakh per day, which makes it around Rs 30 lakh a month. [Joao M Sousa, NT]
Mangor resident dupes another of 1.49 lakh: One Fatima Khalil Ahamad, 28, resident of Mangor, Vasco, has been arrested by Vasco police on the charge of cheating a lady from Mestawada, Vasco, to the tune of Rs.1.49 lakh on the pretext of curing her daughter of a ghost. The victim, Hirabai, also a resident of Vasco had filed a complaint accusing Fatima of cheating her of gold worth Rs.20,000 and cash Rs.129 lakh on a promise to solve her family problem using the good office of a tantrik ‘Baba’. [GT]
BJP against amendment of Panchayati Raj Act: BJP Panchayat Cell, on March 20, opposed the move of the State government to pass the Goa Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Bill 2009 and demanded it be withdrawn. [GT]
Police nab 2 anti-mining activists at Quepem: Two anti-mining activists who had managed to evade the long arm of the law for several months were finally arrested by the Quepem police on Friday amidst high drama. The police disclosed the names of those arrested as Motes Antao and his brother Tedoz Antao, both residents of Kevona, Rivona. The duo was arrested in connection with an incident related to an anti-mining agitation by the locals at Colomb, Rivona, a few months ago when a group of protestors had laid siege to a mine belonging to Hiralal Khodidas and had disrupted mining activities. [TOI]
Russian tourist robbed at beach: The Colva police on Friday registered a case of theft against unknown persons following a complaint lodged by a 35-year-old Russian tourist, Cosmina Victoria, who was robbed of her camera, cash and passport, all worth Rs 50,000, on Thursday night. The police said that the tourist was strolling in the beach area when the incident occurred. [TOI]
BJP opposes move to amend panchayat raj Bill: The BJP's Panchayat Raj Cell (PRC) has opposed the government's decision to amend the Goa Panchayat Raj Amendment Bill 2009, which will give more powers to the panchayat secretary. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, BJP's PRC convenor Premanand Mahambre said that the move to amend Section 47 by inserting a clause would diminish the powers of the sarpanch. [TOI]
Fire breaks out at Assembly complex: A thick pall of smoke engulfed the slope of the Secretariat Complex at Porvorim, on Friday after a fire broke out just outside the compound wall and raced down till the highway feeding on the fallen leaves and the grass, keeping the fire department battling it for almost three hours. Fire brigades from Panaji and Mapusa reached the site at 2.30 p.m. A phone call was received from the secretariat staff at around 2.10 p.m and fire personnel had to battle the fire with the gusty winds making their task even more difficult. [NT]
BJP unit to oppose amendments to Panchayati Raj Bill: The Panchayat Raj Cell of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday vehemently opposing the move of the state Congress-led government to pass the Goa Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill 2009, said that all the members of the village panchayats as well as the zilla panchayats would be forced to take to the streets, in case the Bill is passed by the House. The Bill has presently been referred to the select committee of the House. [NT]
Boulder lands on rly track, trains delayed: A huge boulder came crashing down on the railway track between Sancoale to Cansaulim and brought traffic plying along the route to a halt for approximately three hours on Friday evening. The mishap occurred in the hilly stretch of the route at around 5.30 pm. There were no casualties. As a result of the mishap, a train from Vasco bound for Colem was halted at Sancoale while another one proceeding towards Vasco stopped at Cansaulim. [TOI]
Right-wing groups back Sene amidst opposition: Not all seem to be opposed to the controversial Sri Ram Sene in Goa. In fact, the advent of the group into the state has been welcomed by some right wing organizations. "During times when temples are desecrated, casino culture encouraged and minors raped, we need organizations like the Sene which will preach good values," Hindu Janajagruti Samiti convenor Jayesh Thali was quoted as saying. [TOI]
Expressionist in Goa: Passion and spontaneity is seen in through the bold paintings of German born Dietrich Kerky’s that will be shown at the Gallery Gitanjali, Fontainhas, Panaji, from March 21. The show titled “Between Worlds” will be having over 20 colourful paintings on display. [Naguesh Sardessai, NT]


20 Mar: Chandor: ORLANDO MIRANDA (Ex-Railway Guard, Special): Born on 26-02-1924; Husband of Angela, father of Albertina-Tina/ Millet, Loretto/John (Australia), Alfred/Dolly (Dubai), Jennifer -Veena/Vivek, Lariza/Aqui; brother of Lilly/late Simplicio D'Costa.
20 Mar: Varca-Pedda Uttordoxi: AUGUSTA GOES: Born on 11-1-1931: Wife of Joao, mother of Antonio/Maura, Joaquim/Luiza, Cruz/Elcy, Janerina/Miguel, Leocardina/Minino (London), Rosy/Peter Rodrigues, Ruzada/Custodio Dias, Lepoldina/Michael Fernandes; sister-in-law of Maria Esperance, Cousin of Pedru/Remedian. Funeral: 21st March to Our Lady of Gloria Church, Varca.
19 Mar: Corlim-Ilhas: PRAVEEN DESAI.
19 Mar: Merces: MARIA CONCEICAO DA POBRINHA PEREIRA: Wife of late Jose Manuel Antonio Joao, mother of Peter/Uslinda, Liberate/Sebastiao, Nancy/Tony (Kuwait), Cynthia/Alex, Domnic (Kuwait), Goretti.
17 Mar: Chorao/Margao: EUGENE PEREIRA D'ABREU: Wife of late Lawrence, Mother of Sr Anna (FHIC), Anita/Joseph, Angela/Rajan, Anthony/Antonette, Alvera/Anthony, Allan/Ainez.

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Max temp: 27.9 degC; 82.2 degF; Humidity: 71% (at 08.00 am today).
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