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Thursday 3rd of November 2011

Lokayukta Bill still awaits Governor’s assent

Even as the Governor, Mr Kateekal Sankaranarayanan arrived in the state to discharge his gubernatorial duties, the much expected assent to the recently passed Lokayukta Bill may not happen at least in the near future as the state government is yet to forward the Bill for his assent. According to highly placed sources in the state administration, the Bill was forwarded by the legislature secretariat on October 14 to the state government for obtaining the necessary approval from the law department and then forwarding it to the Governor for his assent so that it could become a law, which would have benefited people in lodging complaints against the corrupt officials and politicians in the state. [NT]

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Shah Commission says, show me the money. BJP to ask Prez Patil to dismiss Goa govt

However, while this protest may only be symbolic, the Government and mining companies in Goa, will continue to face the last phase of intense probing by the Shah Commission. According to sources, the Commission will be screening bank accounts of the mining firms and Government officials to verify the source of monies received through exports and other activities. The third and final round of investigations into the scam is likely to begin this weekend or early next week. A senior official said that the methodology adopted by the Commission in Karnataka would be repeated here. The Commission had inspected four lakh bank accounts there. Officials said that the bank accounts of suspected traders, mining firms and even politicians, who are supposed to have benefited from illegal mining trade, would be scanned. [H]

'BJP unit to deal with Shripad plan to join state politics'

The state unit of the BJP will deal appropriately with the issue of 3-time North Goa BJP MP Shripad Naik giving up Parliament to re-enter the Goa Legislative assembly by contesting from the Porvorim assembly constituency in 2012. This was the response of senior BJP leader L K Advani, when asked to comment on reports that Shripad Naik would contest from the Porvorim assembly constituency in the next assembly elections. Advani's comments came during a press conference at Panaji while on the Goa leg of his Jan Chetna Yatra. While apparently unaware of Naik's plans to rejoin state politics, Advani profusely complimented the North Goa MP saying Naik had given 50% representation to the BJP in Parliament and that he (Advani) looked forward to 100% representation for the BJP.  [TOI]

Railway Minister arriving in state today

The Railway Minister, Mr Dinesh Trivedi, will arrive in Goa on Thursday to inspect the railway route from Margao station right up to Mangalore. Confirming his arrival, Konkan Railway Corporation (KRC)’s senior PRO, Mr Baban Gadge, stated that the Railway Minister plans to carry out a detailed inspection of Margao station and take stock of the railway works currently on in the state. The Railway Minister will be accompanied by Mr B P Tayal, managing director Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) during his visit. Mr Tayal had recently announced at the KRC guesthouse, Margao that KRC has plans to promote Goa as global destination. [NT]

2 Calangute beat constables suspended for extortion.

Two constables attached to Calangute police station were suspended on charges of misconduct and for indulging in corruption. Beat constables Mahesh Mayenkar and Krishna Palyekar were suspended pending departmental inquiry for extorting Rs 3000 cash from Bangalore interns, while they were on a Diwali vacation to Goa. Director General of Police Dr Aditya Arya instructed North SP Arvind Gawas to suspend the constables immediately after being informed about the incident by a senior police officer in Bangalore on Tuesday. The students alleged that beat constables, who were then unidentified, extorted Rs 3000 while they were enjoying the evening moonlight walk on Baga beach. The constables reportedly threatened to fix them in a fake case if they approached the police with a complaint.  [H]

MMC awaits waste consultant's call on capping Sonsoddo dump

The Margao municipal council (MMC) is awaiting the arrival of P U Asnani, the solid waste management consultant appointed by it, to Margao to take a call on the proposal of capping the Sonsoddo waste dump in a scientific manner on the lines of Mumbai's Gorai dumpyard. Chief officer J B Bhingui said that Asnani is likely to visit the Sonsoddo site shortly. "We have written a letter to Asnani asking him to schedule his visit during the second week of November. The monitoring committee (headed by the chief officer) will first discuss the proposal with Asnani and thereafter place the issue before the high powered co-ordination committee (headed by the chief minister) to take an appropriate decision," Bhingui said. [TOI]

State Governmebt gives KTCL infusion of 7cr. with 45 new Tata Marcopolo buses.

Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL) is all set to introduce 45 Tata Marcopolo buses, with total investment worth Rs 7 crore, which will service various state routes. The low-floor buses, with special amenities to  make journeys more comfortable for commuters, are likely to be launched by November end.  KTCL Managing Director Venancio Furtado confirmed induction of these buses, which include 5 A/C and 40 non A/C buses. The non A/C 46 seater buses would be plying on state routes, both as shuttle and local services. The AC buses will provide services on short inter- state routes. [H]

Karnataka cops arrest 6 in Candolim

The Karnataka police  arrested six persons in Candolim on suspicion in connection with two cheating cases registered at Malgudi police station in Karnataka. The police investigating the case stated that the alleged cheaters were staying in the coastal belt for the past one year and were evading arrest after committing the crime. On Wednesday, a six member team of Karnataka police headed by a police inspector and consisting of a police sub-inspector, two constables and a head constable arrived in the state after a tip-off from a reliable source that some six persons were staying in Candolim, and with the help of  Calangute police managed to nab the six persons and took them to Bangalore. The police sources disclosed the names of those arrested as Bakar Hussain, Bakar Ali, A Bargir, M Ali, Abdul Kadir and Basha Ali, and added that they are all natives of Mumbai. [NT]

Sanquelim may soon be Sankhali

Sanquelim municipal council (SMC) authorities passed a unanimous resolution to change the name of the city from Sanquelim to Sankhali as the name Sanquelim was given by the then Portuguese rulers. This resolution was proposed by SMC chairperson Anand Naik and seconded by councillor Sunita Verekar. A copy of the resolution has been send to the government to get it published in the official gazette. Meanwhile, SMC vice-chairperson Deelip Desai tendered his resignation and submitted the same to Naik. Brahma Desai has been tipped to become the new vice-chairperson, the elections for which have been scheduled for November 15. [TOI]

Village plans uploaded for Mormugao, Bardez, Tiswadi and Salcette

The GBA wishes to inform the public that it has uploaded the village plans of Mormugao, Bardez, Tiswadi and Salcette on its website www.savegoa.com. These are as provided by the TCP department and can be used as a quick check for concerned persons and villages, especially in the time it takes to receive the hard copies from the TCP Department. In addition GBA has obtained copies of NOC’s given for construction based on the old RP2001which was operational till the notification of the final RP 2021. Proposed roads have been present in the earlier RP2001 and continue to be a sore point with the current RP2021. The NOC’s copies were given as the demand was made at the structured meeting with the Chief Secretary and Town & Country Planning department in August 2011. The NOC’s received cover Sanguem, Quepem and Bardez, while more are awaited. Individuals interested in inspections may contact the GBA on 8888707083. A study of these may be instrumental in revealing any vested interest regarding proposed roads, or other details for correction in the current notified plans. The GBA understands that the notified plan 2021 has superceded the outdated RP2001, and seeks to demarcate clearly areas that are Eco-sensitive. In the absence of the RP2021 the RP2001 will be in force. It is the responsibility of the Village Panchayats & Village level committees to study this and make efforts at correction of errors. The TCP Department must act quickly and in transparency, seriously responding to the issue of proposed roads and the problems they are creating in the villages before it clouds the positives the new RP2021 has sought to make. (Joel D'souza)


Hc issues notice to CS and Goa police in Deu Benaulikar

High Court of Bombay at Goa Wednesday issued notices to Chief Secretary and Goa police seeking reply into a complaint that accused deputy superintendent of police Deu Benaulikar of using fake birth certificate to join the force. The Court has sought a reply from Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava, Director General of Police Dr Aditya Arya and DySP himself, within two weeks. The notices were served based on a complaint filed by Sudip Tamankar, alleging that DySP Benaulikar manipulated his age by four years to join the department as police sub inspector, in 1981. Since Old Goa police refused to register the case, Tamankar moved the Court seeking directions to the police to register a case. The Court has also issued a contempt notice against inspectors Ramesh Gaonkar and Francis Corte for not registering the case. [H]

'Underground cabling at Fatorda to be ready by Dec'

The laying of underground electricity cables which has been carried out by the electricity department in a phased manner at various places in Fatorda and Margao constituency is expected to be complete before Christmas. Assistant engineer Santosh Lolienkar told TOI on Wednesday that work hjas been temporarily suspended due to Diwali and will commence from Thursday. "Around 400 labourers will carry out the work which is expected to be complete as per schedule by December end. Work presently carried out in Borda will be completed before Christmas. Along with Borda, work is in progress at Madel and Mungul and is also expected to be completed by December end," he said. [TOI]

Fuel supply back to normal

The director of Regional Transport, Mr Arun Dessai, who is also holding the additional charge as the director of Civil Supplies revealed that the fuel crisis is almost over and there is nothing to worry about. Elaborating further, Mr Dessai stated that a vessel carrying 11,000 KL of diesel for IOC was unloaded, while HPCL unloaded around 20,000 KL of diesel and 3,500 KL of petrol, and added that another ship carrying 5000 KL of petrol would arrive on November 5. Besides, petrol consignments from Belgaum, Miraj and Mangalore  are continuing to pour into the state, he further added. The director of Civil Supplies hoped that everything would be normalised by Friday or Saturday, and added that on Wednesday evening all the pumps were functioning normally. [NT]

Take action against noise pollution after 10pm, government told

The department of science, technology and environment (DSTE) has directed various government departments to act on complaints of noise pollution after 10pm. The citizen's committee on noise pollution in a complaint to the director of DSTE has mentioned that the telephone of the authority are either switched off or not in operation after 10pm. "Whenever complaints are made to the authority the citizens are directed to contact police control room on 100 and warned not to disturb the authority," the complaint said. DSTE in a letter to both the collectors, additional collectors and North and South superintendent of police has directed that all calls made by citizens in respect to the disturbances caused due to noise emitted after 10pm be attended to. DSTE has also asked police inspectors to immediately dispatch police personnel at the site and arrange for the sound to be stopped.  [TOI]

Letrozole banned or not? Can be sold solely for treating breast cancer - Director FDA Salim Veljee.

Can the letrozole drug which has been banned by the Government of India continue to be sold in the drug stores? Director of Food and Drugs Administration Salim Veljee believes it can be sold provided it is used only for treatment of breast cancer,  since the use of the drug for this purpose, he says has not yet been banned by government. However the Raj Vaidya, Community Pharmacist at Hindu Pharmacy and Vice President and Chairman, Indian Pharmaceutical Association, Community Pharmacy Division who also read the same notification sees it as a complete ban on the drug. Problem lies in the fact that Letrozole, can be used both for the treatment of hormonally-responsive breast cancer after surgery, as well as for induction of ovulation in cases of anovulatory infertility. [H]

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Goa’s Genevieve tops in diving

Genevieve Atala D’Costa of Goa (198.70) topped the podium in High Board diving in girls U-17 group, at the 57th National School Games – 2011 at Campal pool, here on Wednesday. Aboli  Sangve (196.40) and Sayali  Mahadik(165.95) both of Maharashtra too the second and third spot respectively. [NT]

GT = Gomantak Times; WE = Weekender; H = Herald; NT = The Navhind Times, TNN/TOI = The Times of India