Govt adopting soft stand on HSRP, IDC plot allotment scams: Sudip
PANJIM: Coming down heavily on Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the bus owners lobby in the State has alleged that State Government was adopting soft stand on the high security registration plates (HSRP) and IDC plot allotment scams, which had rocked the state.
All Goa Private Bus Owners Association (AGPBOA) on Friday
alleged that government is trying to shield all those people involved in HSRP and IDC scam, by diverting the attention to the least important issues such as Goa Cricket Association (GCA).
“We welcome government decision of initiating inquiry into the misconduct of GCA but at the same time, it cannot shield people like Pandurang Madkaikar and Chandrakant (Babu) Kavlekar, who have been masterminds behind HSRP and IDC scams,” Sudip Tamankar, AGPBOA General Secretary, opined.
Targeting Parrikar, Tamankar said ‘our CM is not so honest…he is targeting only specific people, who failed to fall at his foot after BJP coming into power.”
Woman’s corpse found at Merces
PANJIM: Old Goa police have found corpse of an unidentified woman, who is suspected to have been raped and then murdered.
The deceased aged between 35 and 45 years, was wearing a T-shirt and skirt.
Police said the woman could have been raped and then murdered at an isolated spot at Mansher, Merces. Finger print experts and sniffer dogs were pressed in to service to collect samples from the crime spot for further investigation.
The body has been sent to the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim for postmortem.
Cumbarjua house burgled
PANJIM: Unknown culprits decamped with gold and cash worth over Rs 1.83 lakh from the house of Achut Amonkar at Malwada in Cumbarjua on Thursday.
In his complaint at the Old Goa Police Station, the complainant said that robbers broke open the main door and decamped with three gold chains, four bracelets, three pairs of earrings, three finger rings, and one necklace, all worth Rs 1.63 lakh and cash.
Police said they have registered a case of house theft and investigation is underway.
Rs 2 lakh stolen from car in Panjim
PANJIM: Criminals escaped with cash of Rs two lakh from car parked near market, after breaking open the window on Thursday afternoon.
The car with registration number GA-07-E-2446 was parked near a hotel in the market. According to the car owner and complainant Marc Lionel D’Cunha of Corlim, the cash was kept in the car dickey. “The accused person broke the front left door glass and stole the case,” a police officer informed.
In another housebreaking incident, unknown persons decamped with valuables worth Rs 1.27 lakh from an apartment belonging to Dr Vinay Kumar of Taleigao. Police have registered two separate cases of theft.
Haystack catches fire at Fatorda
MARGAO: A haystack caught fire on Friday afternoon at Goulliwaddo-Fatorda, destroying property worth Rs 7000.
Margao fire brigade rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control, saving property worth Rs 50.000.
Fire men Ravindranath Pednekar said the exact cause behind the incident is being ascertained.
CME organised at GMC
PANJIM: The CME on `Disorders of sexual differentiation in children’ organised by Medical Education Cell, Goa Medical College was held at library auditorium, GMC Complex, Bambolim, recently.
According to a press release, visiting faculty Dr Ila V Meisheri dealt with DSD or inter-sex or ambiguous genitalia which is a fairly common problem. Awareness is needed to be created as unless there is suspicion at the time of neonatal examinations, this is often missed as there are very specialized units and students who do not get the exposure to the problem. In India still lot of home deliveries are taking place and the baby may not see any doctor till he/she is 4-5 years old. Another problem is that even if parents feel there is something wrong they feel shy to report it. The CME was chaired by Dr S M Bandekar, professor-in-charge of MEC and Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery and co- chaired by Dr Vishal Sawant. The proceedings of the CME have been honoured by Department of Paediatrics.
The Goa Medical Council awarded one credit point through its accreditation.
Jules bags 3 gold in IAIS exams
PANJIM: Jules Rodrigues, a student of Bloomz International School, Borda, Margao has bagged 3 gold medals in IAIS (International Assessment for Indian Schools) in the subjects of Mathematics, Science and Computer Skills. He also got a distinction in the subject of English which was conducted by Macmillan, a 150 plus year old global publisher of educational books in collaboration with Educational Assessment Australia (EAA), a non-profit organization run by the University of New South Wales. EAA specializes in large-scale assessment. It also provides educational research and measurement services to government and commercial clients nationally and internationally. IAIS is a diagnostic assessment that tells the student, parent, teacher and school what is good or deficient in their application of learning. This helps them take corrective action and build on their strengths. Last year he had bagged 2 golds in the subjects of Mathematics and Science, and distinction in the subjects of Computer Skills and English.
Goan Choir performs in Delhi
PANJIM: It was a rare privilege for the twenty six members of the Santa Cecilia Choir, who were invited by His Excellency the Ambassador of the Holy See in India, Most Rev. Salvatore Pennacchio, to add solemnity on the occasion of the Vatican Embassy festivities to mark the 7th anniversary of the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI.
The choir, under the baton of Rev Fr. Romeo Monteiro, Professor of Music at the Rachol Seminary, animated the Solemn Pontifical Mass held on April 19, the day of the Election of the Holy Father. On 20 April, the Cecilians gave a one-hour-long recital of Sacred Music in the Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature, at 5 in the evening.
The choir was accompanied by a six-member ensemble, consisting of strings and organ. The chief guest for the evening was Telesphore Cardinal Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi, who extolled the Choir for their sterling performance of high standard music. It was an unique experience for the participants, who felt deeply honoured on being invited to the Capital of India to contribute towards the Pope’s Day celebrations held by Vatican Embassy in our country.
Laparoscopic surgery for prostate cancer conducted at Apollo’s
PANJIM: Apollo Victor Hospital conducts regular screening for the detection of cancers of the Kidney, Bladder, Prostate and Testis. It is the only hospital in Goa to provide comprehensive care for these cancers by Modern Laparoscopic techniques at an affordable cost.
Mr Shaikh, a 67 year old male, came with mild urinary symptoms like difficulty in passing urine. Further tests revealed that he had cancer of the prostate. Fortunately, it was detected in the early stage. He underwent a successful operation by Key Hole Laparoscopic Technique which is done only in a few centers in India. The surgical team was headed by Dr Kumar Raj Urs (MS, MCh – Urology, Mumbai) Head of Urology & Uro oncology at the Apollo Victor Hospital, assisted by Dr Ramani from Cleveland Clinic.
Workshop on preserving Goan identity
PANJIM: Asha Family Responsibilities & Rights Association will be conducting a workshop on “Preserving Goa Identity (Goenchi Osmitai) under Article 371” on May 12 from 4 pm onwards at Institute Piedade Hall, ground floor, next to SBI, D.B.Marg, Panjim. Francis D’Souza, Minister for Urban Development & Revenue will be the chief guest. Alina Saldanha, Shashi Kamat, Jose Maria Miranda, Rajendra Kakodkar, Merzina Clement will be the guest speakers. A report will be compiled and forwarded to the government for action. Registration is free. For details, contact: tel. 2256445, mob: 9404756939, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cortalim saunstha role lauded
PANJIM: Former Navelim MLA and chief guest Churchill Alemao has appreciated the role of Cortalim-based Jagannath Shat Kala Saunstha in preserving Goa’s folk dances like fugdi.
Alemao was speaking on the occasion of Saunstha’s 6th anniversary at Cortalim where in he also felicitated artists. Those who were felicitated were: Ramesh Shet, Ratnakar Shet, Sangeeta Shivdas Shet, Tushar Borkar, Pandharinath A Lotlikar and Naguesh Fadte. Bharat Natyam teacher Kamlesh Borkar was also felicitated on the occasion.
Prizes were also given to the winners of 5th All Goa Fugdi competition which was held in memory of late Chaturabai Shat at the hands of the chief guest.
Cortalim-Quelossim Sarpanch Anthony Miranda also spoke on the occasion. Sumayana Shet compered the function while Umesh Tari proposed the vote of thanks.
Earlier, Saunstha President Sunil Shet welcomed the gathering and highlighted the role of his organization in various fields.
Ponda SDM issues order for safety of polling staff
PONDA: Ponda Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Johnson B Fernandes on Thursday issued an order to avert danger and for the safety of the polling staff and material, besides other officials engaged in panchayat election process.
The order has been has issued under Section 144 of CrPC.
Fernandes has stated that it is necessary that an order under Section 144 (2) CrPC be passed.
Further, for the safe transport of election material and polling staff, safety of voters and to ensure safety of numerous officials on election duty and their vehicles and to prevent any obstruction, danger to life and election material/property of the polling staff, Fernandes has stated that it is necessary that a preventive order is passed, where heavy vehicles like mining trucks/tippers are required to be disallowed on the roads in Ponda taluka.
Fernandes has ordered that no trucks, tippers should ply along the roads in Ponda taluka from 10 am on May 15 and from 7 am till 7 pm on May 16.
Male body found on banks of Dudhsagar river
COLLEM: Collem Police on Friday recovered a male body on the banks of Dudhsagar river near Jungle Café, Collem.
According to Collem PI Jivaba Dalvi, after a local informed police about the unknown body lying on the banks of Dudhsagar River at about 9.45 am, Collem PSI Sudesh Velip along with Head Constable Ganapat Patil and other police personnel rushed to the site and recovered the body.
Police have suspected the deceased to be in his late thirties and the height of the body is about 5 feet 8 inch.
The deceased was wearing white coloured designed shirt and blue pant and dark complexion. The body has been preserved at GMC Hospital morgue in Bambolim for post mortem and police is investigating the case.
Bar owner from Loliem-Polem assaulted
POINGUINIM: A 70-year-old bar owner from Loliem-Polem was allegedly assaulted by one of his customers late Thursday night.
According to reports, Eugenio Manuel Cairo, who is running a bar and wholesale liquor shop at the Polem border, was assaulted by a customer from Karwar.
It is learnt that Cairo had an altercation with the customer, following which the accused hit Cairo.
Cairo was shifted to the Community Health Centre at Canacona, where from he was discharged later. The accused is absconding and Canacona Police are on a look out for him.
Activists want restriction on production, use of plastic bags
PANJIM: The plan to clear plastic waste strewn along roads in Goa from May 20, and from beaches by September 2012 will be a success only if the government puts restrictions on manufacture, sale and use of plastic bags below 40 microns in the State.
This is the view that has been expressed very vociferously by greens activists Patricia Pinto and Claude Alvares while speaking to Herald. Both of them are actively engaged in solid waste management and awareness activities throughout Goa.
Pinto said, ”The government must ensure strict enforcement of laws banning in toto plastic bags below 40 microns.”
She felt that unless this was enforced stringently, no exercise to rid Goa from the menace will be fruitful.
Claude Alvares, Director of Goa Foundation alleged that every rule pertaining to plastic manufacture has been violated. He said, “There is no effort from any party to ensure that plastic bags below 40 microns are not used.”
Alvares opined that much time is being spent by various agencies to solve the problem when it actually needs to be tackled right at its source. Hew as critical that those involved in the manufacture of plasticbags below 40microns and those responsible for its circulation are not involved in contributing towards solving the problem.
Alvares said that the industry engaged in the plastic business and responsible for creating the problem in Goa should be made to collect it. He emphasized that steps have to be taken to stop the entry of plastic bags below 40 microns into Goa and also ban their manufacture in Goa.
“I am skeptical of any easy solutions, ”Alvares lamented.
The Goa Foundation Director said that the chief minister who has initiated the zero tolerance for corruption drive should also moot for zero tolerance for people violating laws pertaining to plastics.
Clinton Vaz another environmentalist said, “ The government is only fulfilling its election promise and whatever is proposed is not really practical.”
Vaz too said that the rules on use of plastic should be strictly enforced. He cited that manufacturers are having a field day as the laws to some extent are not clearly defined.
He went on further to add that the government should come clear on how it proposes to dispose the waste collected from May20, 2012 exercise. “It should not create a new problem, ”he cautioned. Vaz also added further that the government should create a support system and must recognize waste pickers and re-cyclers.
Garbage treatment: tough task for govt over civic bodies cooperation
PANJIM: It appears that the State Government will find it extremely difficult to get civic bodies to execute one of their basic civic function -- collection and treatment of garbage, if the availing of the plastic collection scheme is an indicator.
Initiated two years ago, the scheme introduced by the panchayat department to offer financial assistance to panchayats, has remained a non-starter.
None of the 189 panchayats has availed of the scheme even as plastic litter is a major issue for most of the panchayats.
Menino D'Souza, Director of Panchayat told Herald that scheme was basically introduced to ensure that collection of plastic is not hindered for want of funds by the panchayats. But so far not one panchayats has come forward to avail of the scheme.
Initially, a panchayat could avail Rs 25000 annually but later this amount was increased to Rs 50000. The increase in the aid has failed to induce panchayat bodies to avail of the scheme.
"With this aid, panchayats could hire people to pick up garbage litter and store it in one place, " Panchayat Director said.
The department has appointed a contractor to collect plastic from panchayats for onward processing.
Though some panchayats are collecting plastics they have not availed of the scheme. Just 20 odd panchayats are currently collecting garbage, which is taken care of by the contractor appointed by the panchayat department.
Meanwhile, the Panchayat Department which has been breaking its head over the garbage disposal issue could do well to seek help from the Centre to solve the nagging problem.
The Union Secretary for Panchayati Raj Mary Lorreta Vaz during her visit to Goa a fortnight ago, has told the government that Centre could offer assistance in solid waste management, provided a concrete proposal is sent.
Sources in the department said nothing has been decided, yet they want to prepare a proposal to avail of the offer.
"It could either be technological assistance or direct financial assistance. But we have not yet decided the nature of the proposal," informed the government official.
A meeting will be held to discuss the proposal to be sent to the Centre.
Vazrikar is director of official language dept
PANJIM: The official Language department which remained neglected for a while has finally got a new head.
The government has appointed Konkani writer Prakash Vazrikar as director of official language department. Since the retirement of G D Padgaonkar two years ago as the director of Language department, no regular appointment was made to head the department.
With the appointment Vazrikar it is expected that promotion of Konkani language will get a boost.
Margao police nab cell phone thief
MARGAO: His modus operandi was simple: He used to approach young girls with a request to use their cell phones and later decamp with the mobiles.
Dastagir Sheikh (25, a resident of Rumdamol Housing Board area is now cooling his heels after the Margao police nabbed him acting on specific information of his two-wheeler. He was apprehended by a police team headed by PSI Pravin Gauns.
Margao PI Sudesh Naik informed that five cell phones, worth Rs 50,000 have been recovered from the possession of the accused. Three of the mobile phones have already been identified by the complainants.
“The accused used to approach girls with a request to make an urgent call. When refused, he used to snatch the cell phone and made good his escape on his two-wheeler”, PI Sudesh said.
He said the Margao police had received three complaints from Girish Patel, Amba Vallabh Cuncolienkar and Pooja Kavlekar.
Briton held for overstaying
CALANGUTE: Calangute Police on Friday arrested a 56-year-old Briton on charges of overstaying in the country. According to Calangute Police, Joyce Baff was arrested for overstaying without valid visa and her visa had expired on May 2, 2012. PI Nolasco Raposo is investigating the case.
Live concert at Ravindra Bhavan
MARGAO: The Art of Living will hold a live concert with Hema Sardessai at the Ravindra Bhavan on May 13 at 6 pm on the occasion of the birthday celebrations of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Sardessai told newsmen in the presence of Dr Venkatesh Hegde that people like her have the responsibility to work for the betterment of society, while terming the work of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s amazing and unparalleled.
Kerala native found dead at Canacona
CANACONA: A 70-year-old native of Kerala was found dead at a rented place at Mastimoll-Canacona on Friday. According to police sources, body of one Raghu (second name not known) staying alone at a rented place at Mastimoll was found in highly decomposed state.
The body is recovered and referred for post-mortem, informed sources.
Sources further informed that Raghu was staying alone at Mastimoll for the last several years. Canacona Police have registered a case of unnatural death and is investigating the case.
Pedestrian killed in mishap
PONDA: A 60-year-old pedestrian died after he was knocked down by a speeding vehicle at Tisk-Usgao late Thursday evening.
The accident occurred at about 9.45 pm and Ponda Police have registered a case of hit and run against unknown vehicle. Police is investigating the case.
Diocesan Pastoral Diary, planner, theme released
PANJIM: Archbishop-Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrao released the Diocesan Pastoral Diary, the Diocesan Pastoral Planner and the Diocesan Pastoral Theme for the Pastoral Year 2012-2013 at the Se Cathedral, Old Goa.
The Diocesan Pastoral Secretariat has brought out the Diocesan Pastoral Diary, Diocesan Pastoral Planner and the Diocesan Pastoral Banner giving the pastoral theme and as a help to animate and coordinate the pastoral activities of the Archdiocese.
The Diocesan Pastoral Diary this year features advertisements of various government departments listing out their schemes/programmes with the hope that they will reach the most deserving at the grassroots.
As its contribution to the State in its Golden Jubilee Year of Liberation, the Archdiocese chose to focus last year on ecology and the right covenantal relationship among God, humans and creation in light of Church’s teaching on the same.
The Archbishop also came out with a Pastoral Letter addressed to the faithful and all people of goodwill with the theme: “Covenant between human beings and creation: Divine love’s manifestation.”
The Pastoral Letter and its Pastoral focus were very well appreciated by a cross-section of Goans and were thought to be very apt and timely. In fact, due to its importance and relevance there was an overwhelming request that the same Pastoral Letter should be the focus of reflection for another year so as to be able to disseminate its message to the grassroots.
The Archbishop has heeded to the request but chosen to give a nuanced focus to the Pastoral Theme for the Pastoral Year 2012-2013. Accordingly, the Pastoral theme chosen for 2012-2013 will be: “God and creation in Covenant: Integral Development-Life Abundant (cf Jn 10:10)”
Besides the Diocesan Pastoral Secretariat, the items are available for sale at Lighthouse (Margao) and St Paul’s Publication at Panjim and Mapusa.