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Directory on Goan Diaspora – Protection of properties regarding.
Goans have been migrating to places within India and abroad from times immemorial. The Goan Diaspora is spread across the continents of America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and U.K. Whereas those based in Gulf countries are actual NRIs as they continue to be Indian citizens, most of the others who have migrated to Western Europe, UK, USA, Canada and Australia have taken up citizenship of the countries of their adoption, but by virtue of their Indian Origin, have acquired PIO/OCI card status which entitle them long term visa to India and enjoy parity with NRIs except in matters of acquisition of agriculture and plantation properties, Government employment / Constitutional posts and voting rights.
Nevertheless, Goans, wherever they are settled, cherish their Goanness with passion and pride and make it a point to visit the land of their ancestors as often as possible, retain and revive contacts with their kith and kin in Goa, and nurture in their hearts a strong pride of their Goan roots.
Lately, there have been instances where the landed properties owned by some of the NRIs and PIOs of Goan origin have been usurped by unscrupulous elements in their absence by manipulating the land records and executing fraudulent sale deeds.
Against this background, the State Govt. is seriously contemplating enactment of a suitable legislation whereby the Govt. would offer to protect the landed properties of the interested NRIs and PIOs of Goan origin. For this purpose, it is proposed to create a data bank of all the landed properties of NRIs and PIOs of Goan origin who are willing to register their properties with the Government. This will enable the Registration Authorities to prevent manipulation of such land records and execution of fraudulent Sale deeds.
Your Association may like to bring to the notice of the members the above proposal and in case they are willing to register their landed properties (other than flats and shops) with the Government, the details of such property records with copies of Form I & XIV, etc may be forwarded to the Commissioner for NRI Affairs latest by 31st March 2014 at the following address :
The Commissioner for NRI Affairs
Government of Goa
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa. 403521.
Director for NRI Affairs
Please post your comments on my Blog: http://goanidentity.blogspot.com/
Please also see below:
1. Benaulim Village Action Committee: http://www.bvacbenaulim.blogspot.com/
2. "Rape of Goa" : http://www.parrikar.com/blog/the-rape-of-goa/
3. MAND - an adivasi-rights resource centre : http://mandgoa.blogspot.com/
4. EVERY GOAN SHOULD SEE THIS VIDEO: http://infochangeindia.org/Infochange-documentary.html
5. Goa's Identity Movement group on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com//#/group.php?gid=193497031686
6. Official Government Site NRI Office (GOA): http://www.globalgoans.org.in/
Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies
(CNN) -- Freedom fighter, prisoner, moral compass and South Africa's symbol of the struggle against racial oppression.
That was Nelson Mandela, who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead his country out of decades of apartheid.
He died Thursday night at age 95.
His message of reconciliation, not vengeance, inspired the world after he negotiated a peaceful end to segregation and urged forgiveness for the white government that imprisoned him.
"As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison," Mandela said after he was freed in 1990.
Mandela, a former president, battled health issues in recent years, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.
Despite rare public appearances, he held a special place in the consciousness of the nation and the world.
"Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father," South African President Jacob Zuma said. "What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves."
His U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, echoed the same sentiment.
"We've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth," Obama said. "He no longer belongs to us -- he belongs to the ages."
UK issues travel advisory for its citizens in Goa
The government of UK on Tuesday issued a travel advisory for its citizens vacationing in Goa about the strike by taxi drivers.
The advisory says the strike is affecting travel in and around Goa, including on the road to the airport and around major hotels. The UK tourists have been asked to avoid areas where protests are reported to be taking place and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities, as well as allow more time than usual to travel to the airport.
Since Monday, taxi drivers have kept their vehicles off the road protesting against a private car service that was introduced recently, in Goa.
On Monday, at many places -- in both districts vehicles carrying tourists were blocked. Calangute and Baga witnessed some violent incidents with taxi drivers resorting to violence. Though, no untoward incident was reported on Tuesday thanks to heavy deployment of police forces at various tourist spots, tourists were put to inconvenience for want of taxi transport, nonetheless.
Some hotels had cancellation of bookings due to the strike. Industry stake holders fear of losing more business in the coming days if the agitation by the taxi operators is not called off.
The industry stakeholders particularly hoteliers fear that the next tourist season will not be as good as this year as queries have already started pouring in from various foreign tour operators about the situation in the state. [TOI]