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Friday 3rd of February 2012
 

GBA checks for flaws in RP2021 as I-T raids open a can of worms

Goa Bachao Abhiyan has come out with a list of controversial properties and their status in the final Regional Plan 2021, in an attempt to verify whether promises of land conversions made during RP 2011 were honoured even in the RP 2021. Their research has thrown up a mixed bag. “The income tax raids revealed certain land deals for conversion. GBA has done a quick check of the status of the survey numbers of land in the final RP 2021,” a statement released by the GBA claimed.  According to the GBA research, Adarsh Realty from Bangalore owns land in Majorda bearing survey numbers 66, 69, 71 and 76 out of which the first three survey numbers are fields and are also indicated as such.  [H]


 
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Arthur slams Cong, BJP for choking Fatorda with projects

 Mr Arthur D’Silva, who will contest the state Assembly election as an independent candidate from Fatorda, said that BJP and Congress were worried about his candidature and that he was confident of winning the election, a reason why the national parties were struggling to choose their candidates. He took potshots at the Congress and BJP for carrying out haphazard development in the last 20 years and congesting Fatorda with projects such as Ravindra Bhavan, fish market, stadium, district hospital, new collectorate building and now a proposed bus depot. “Fatorda cannot accept a MLA for over ten years who keeps repeating that he is in the opposition,” stated Mr D’Silva taking a dig at Mr Damodar Naik. [NT]



Babush tells CCP councillors to campaign for Parekh

Education minister and Taleigao MLA Atanasio 'Babush' Monserrate on Thursday asked Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) councillors owing allegiance to him to campaign for city mayor Yatin Parekh in the upcoming assembly elections. Along with the councilors who attended the meeting called by Monserrate at his office at Taleigao, were former councillors who were defeated at the last civic poll as well as former councillors who did not contest in the last CCP election. Sources said that Monserrate told the gathering that time was short for campaigning with a month to go for the polls, but those present should assist Parekh with door-to-door campaigning. [TOI]



BJPís battle plan : Nod for 25 seats, 6 to MGP

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s state election committee on Thursday finalised candidates for 25 constituencies that included constituencies of its 12 sitting MLAs. However, the names of three sitting MLAs – Canacona MLA Vijay Pai Khot, Sanguem MLA Vasudev Gaonkar and Mayem MLA Anant Shet – names did not figure in the list. The list will be sent to the Central Election Committee of the party for final approval, informed our sources. BJP has decided to allot six constituencies to MGP, and are likely to declare the alliance decision in next two days. The candidates will be announced by the BJP National President Nitin Gadkari who is likely to visit Goa in the next two days. [H]



Dhavalikar resigns as Transport Minister

The Transport Minister, Mr Ramakrishna (Sudin) Dhavalikar on Thursday resigned from the state cabinet thus severing the last ties of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party with the ruling Congress, just as the MGP warned the Bharatiya Janata Party to speed up the alliance exercise with it, or forget about the tie-up. The resignation of the Transport Minister from the government was expected to pave a way for MGP’s possible alliance with the BJP for the forthcoming assembly election. However, the delay on the part of the BJP to agree for the demands of the MGP has made the MGP leaders think about going alone for the March 3 polls. [NT]



TMC declares 10 candidates for state polls

All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday announced the first list of 10 candidates for the March 3 assembly elections. Prominent among the candidates are Piedade Noronha in Fatorda, Remmi Fernandes in Nuvem, Shashi Panjikar in Priol and Mario Moraes in Cuncolim. Noronha had contested last election as an independent from Fatorda. President of the Goa unit of TMC Dr Wilfred de Souza said that they are fielding Milton Marshall, a lawyer in San Andre constituency. The names of other candidates include Kanta Jadhav in Pernem, Satish Shetgaonkar (Mandrem), Imtiaz Sayyed (Ponda), Tolentino D'Souza (Cortalim) and Jerry Fernandes (Mormugao). [TOI]



Pramod Acharya speaking at Konknni Potrokaritecho Dis function

Pramod Acharya speaking at Konknni Potrokaritecho Dis function. To watch video click here http://www.youtube.com/v/XX4oVZXwrFc&feature=youtube (Joel D'souza)



Caste barrier breached in Quepem

From a wider angle, the subtle social layer of caste is not visible in Quepem constituency, but zoom in and it becomes apparent. In those yesteryears when the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) held sway here, Quepem’s ST community, which is sizable, played a major role. This closely knit tribal community seemed unbreakable. And the result was that its leader, Mr Prakash Velip was elected to the Assembly several times, first from Rivona and then Quepem. Records show that he had pulled maximum votes from the villages dominated by the ST community. Few Velips from Quepem, Morpilla and Barcem, Mr Santosh G Velip, Mr Suresh Guru Velip and Mr Sukdo Velip, opined that though he worked hard for the upliftment of ST community people, slowly their expectations grew and many of them thought of crossing the caste and religion barrier and focus on individuals. [NT]



Sudin quits cabinet, as MGP talks of going solo

Uncertainty prevails over the much-hyped alliance between BJP-MGP with MGP president Pandurang 'Deepak' Dhavalikar blaming BJP, saying the latter had not got back to the alliance proposal and that the situation is compelling MGP to go independently. Even as transport minister Ramkrishna 'Sudin' Dhavalikar resigned from the council of ministers on Thursday afternoon, his brother and fellow MGP MLA Pandurang disclosed plans to field 16 candidates. When contacted, BJP president Laxmikant Parsekar did not rule out the BJP-MGP alliance. He said with Ramkrishna's resignation, the main hurdle is out of the way. Though there are diffe ences on the number and location of seats demanded by MGP, anything could happen in the next 24 hours, Parsekar said. Congress leaders declined to comment on the situation. [TOI]



BJP-MGP alliance could upset Raviís cart in Ponda

With time ticking over the possible alliance between the BJP and the MGP, the Congress is keeping a close watch on the developments, as the combined opposition will leave no stone unturned to upstage sitting MLA and Home Minister, Mr Ravi Naik, who is seeking re-election a fourth time running from Ponda constituency. The Ravi camp has completed the first phase of campaigning and are pretty confident that their leader will be given the Congress ticked, while the BJP too has been independently working on their door-to-door campaign, even as negotiations are on with the MGP over seat sharing. [NT]



Anti-SEZ activists still fighting in SC to keep SEZ out of Goa as Kamat government gets cold feet.

The government did not seriously defend its decision to scrap the SEZ policy in the state, when it was challenged by SEZ developers, according to anti-SEZ petitioner João Philip Pereira. Pereira, the first among many to file petitions before the Bombay High Court at Goa challenging the procedure of allotment of SEZs, has said that the government’s decision and its subsequent development of cold feet on the issue, resulted in the SEZs still not being de-notified and it would definitely be an election issue. “The government did not take enough interest in the issue, when it came to defending its decision in the High Court when the Rahejas challenged the government’s order. [H]



Cops on hunt for kidnapped Mapusa girl

The Mapusa police registered a case of kidnapping against Sujay Mandal, who they suspect is in West Bengal. An investigation is in progress under the supervision of PI Vishwesh Karpe. A 15-year-old girl went missing from her house in Verla, Parra, on January 25. The girl's mother, Shonda Gosh, a native of West Bengal complained to the Mapusa police that her daughter left for volleyball practice at her school on January 25 and never retuned home. Accordingly, a missing complaint was registered at the Mapusa police station. [TOI]



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Irfan sprints to another gold

Dempo-sponsored athlete Irfan Shaikh, a promising Goan sprinter, struck yet another gold medal at the All India inter-SAI athletic championships, organised by the Sports Authority of India at the Laxmibai National Institute, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerela). Eighteen-year-old Irfan won gold in the 200m event with a timing of 22.16sec, bettering his previous performance of 22.46sec clocked at Ranchi earlier this year. The silver and bronze medals were won by John P D (22.56sec) and Krishnappa BS (22.82sec) respectively. Steffi Cardozo, international athlete is Irfan’s mentor. [H]



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