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Goa’s Tainted Bureaucrat Elvis Gomes Joins “AAP”

[Panaji,Goa]Goa’s Tainted Bureaucrat Elvis Gomes Joins AAP
Former Goa Inspector General of Prison Elvis Gomes today joined Aam Aadmi Party
Gomes joined the Arvind Kejriwal led party in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Of Delhi Manish Sisodia.
Gomes, had resigned from the service. His last posting was IG Prison.
Officer was booked by Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in a land scam. He, however, has refuted all the allegations.
Claiming that state administration is infested with corruption, he said “the administrative system which exists in Goa is nowhere in India.
He said”There is no end to corruption here. It is not the Chief Minister or any other Minister, but the situation is such that the lowest functionary in the government can also have its say on the decision making or governance,”

Cong Slams Kejriwal’s ‘Artificial Love’ for Poll Bound Goa

[Panaji,Goa]Cong Slams Kejriwal’s ‘Artificial Love’ for Goa
Congress today attacked Arvind Kejriwal over his visits to the poll-bound Goa, saying the Delhi Chief Minister is professing “an artificial love” for the coastal state for making “political gains” at the cost of “Goan identity.”
“All his artificial love which he (Kejriwal) is professing for Goans, is buried in his ambitious plan of looting and eradicating the identity of Goans,” Congress unit spokesman Trojano D’Mello told reporters
He also alleged the AAP leader was eying the land resources of Goa as an “agent of the Delhiites.”
Notably, Kejriwal during his Goa visit on Sunday had predicted that Congress would not be able to win even a single seat in the 40-member House in the elections next year.

Natinal Carrier Air India Flight Scanned for Bomb After Threat Call

[Panaji,Goa] Air India Flight Scanned for Bomb After Threat Call
An Air India flight which arrived from Delhi was today checked for bomb after evacuation of its passengers, as the police had received a phone call which claimed that a bomb was planted in the plane.
The plane which landed at Vasco at 2 PM, was moved towards the Indian Navy apron, and checked thoroughly for the presence of a bomb,
.89 passengers and 7 crew members were travelling on the flight,
Goa Airport Director could not be contacted for a reaction.

National Bird Peacock+State Animal Wild Bison May Nuisance Vermin In Goa

[Panaji,Goa]National Bird Peacock+State Animal Wild Bison May Nuisance Animals In Goa
BJP Ruled Goa Govt Mulling to Tag Peacock+Wild Bison as Nuisance Animals
Peacock Is A National Bird Whereas Wild Bison Is Goa’s State Animal But Both are among animals proposed to be listed by the Goa government as ‘nuisance animals’.
State’s Agriculture Minister Ramesh Tawadkar told reporters in Margao last evening
.”We have listed several wild species including wild bore, monkey, wild bison (Gaur), peacock as nuisance animals. These animals are creating problem for farmers and are destroying their cultivation in rural areas,”
The government’s decision is likely to evoke strong resentment from the environmentalists as peacock is national bird and wild bison is declared as a ‘protected species’ and Goa’s state animal and the move may make them vulnerable.
Tawadkar said he is completely aware that the national bird and state animal are part of the list and said government will have to follow a procedure wherein the case has to be prepared which will allow them to be declared as a ‘nuisance’.
“We will have to compile the record of how many complaints are received from farmers of crop destruction by these animals,” he said, adding that there are several complaints and it is the demand of farmers to declare them as “nuisance animals”.
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar during the recently held state legislative Assembly session had said government will declare monkey and few other animals as ‘vermin’ (nuisance animals) as they pose a threat of loss to farmers.
Parsekar had also pointed out that cases of monkey fever were reported from certain parts of the state.

Goan Catholic Church Joins Congress Led Chorus Of Heli-Tourism’s Opponents

[Panaji,Goa]Goan Catholic Church Joins Congress Led Chorus Of Heli-Tourism’s Opponents
State Congress Has Already Petitioned Against This Ambitious Project Of The Center.
The local Church has joined the chorus of those opposing heli-tourism in Goa, which is scheduled to begin tomorrow, citing that it will harm the bio-diversity of Aguada plateau and also affect the business there.
Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) and Pawan Hans company have joined hands to commence heli-tourism in the state. The first phase will include flight between Panaji to Aguada helipad, located on a plateau across Mandovi River.
GTDC had announced that the commercial operations will begin from February 2.
Fr Rodany Rebello, Parish Priest, Sinquerim Church said the locals are not getting any benefit from this project.
“On the other hand it will disturb the business, already settled in that area,” the priest said addressing reporters alongwith Congress spokesman Agnelo Fernandes today.
Fr Rebello said the Aguada plateau has rich bio diversity and home for several birds and peacocks besides other animals.
We cannot let this bio-diversity get affected for the sake of tourism,
The priest claimed his counterparts (other priests) from Calangute and Candolim Churches have also extended their support for the group which is opposing heli-tourism at Aguada plateau.
The official launch of heli-tourism was scheduled to be held on January 31 but was cancelled later.
The GTDC officials had claimed that the launch was not held because Union Tourism minister Mahesh Sharma was pre-occupied with some other engagements.
Meanwhile, the Congress party has petitioned State Chief Secretary R K Srivastava against the heli-tourism listing out the objections for the project.
“We will also start a signature campaign against the project,” Congress spokesman Agnelo Fernandes said.
Significantly, BJP MLA Michael Lobo has joined hands with Ferandnes to launch agitation against his own government s (BJP) project.

Singer Remo Now Summoned by Goa Police for Threatening Minor Injured Girl

[Panaji,Goa] Singer Remo Now Summoned by Goa Police for Threatening Minor Injured Girl
Police has summoned singer Remo Fernandes to appear before it tomorrow for allegedly threatening a minor girl at state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital, where she was undergoing treatment after being hit by his son’s car.
The Agassaim Police visited Remo’s residence last night, but when they did not find him there, the summon was pasted on his door.
The Agassaim Police had earlier booked the 62-year-old artist under stringent Section 8 of Goa Children’s Act on the girl’s complaint.
As per Local Police ,On December 2, the girl, a native of Malvan town in Maharashtra, was walking towards Old Goa to complete her vow to St Francis Xaviers when she was allegedly hit by the car of Remo’s son Jonah,
Jonah was immediately booked for rash driving.

Now Ban on Goa Convent Schools Is Demanded

[Panaji]Now Ban on Goa Convent Schools Is Demanded
Hindu Organisations Demand Ban on Convent Schools For Not Allowing Hindu Religious Traditions.
All India Hindu Convention, organised by the right-wing organisation Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, today demanded a ban on convent schools, claiming that these schools do not allow Hindu students to follow religious traditions.This convention, held at Ramnathi village in the state, was attended by representatives of 210 Hindu organisations from 22 states and also from Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
The convention also demanded a ban on cow slaughter in the entire country.
“Hindu students studying in convent schools are barred from following their customs like putting mehndi+wearing flowers+dupatta+ bindi + kumkum. It needs to be stopped.
There is a total discrimination,” a resolution passed at the convention said.
“A representation has also been made to Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar demanding ban on convent schools in Goa which have more then 70 percent Hindu students,” said Charudatt Pingle, national convenor of HJS.
Pinge said if a Catholic religious body can intervene in the government functioning, then Hindu organisations too have the right to raise their demand.
He was referring to the recent meeting of Catholic MLAs called by Archdiocesan Board of Education, a wing of Goa Church, to take up its various demands.

Sticked To Commitment For Infrastructure P M Laid Foundation Stone of New Mandovi bridge at Goa

Sticked To His Commitment For Infrastructure Narendra Modi Today Laid the Foundation Stone of the New Mandovi bridge at Goa.
Speaking on the occasion, P M Modi said Goa is one of the key areas for development of tourism in India. And the first requirement for developing tourism is good infrastructure.He Said That Good infrastructure can boost the Indian economy,
The Prime Minister said people’s expectations of infrastructure too, had changed over time. The people of India, today, want good quality of infrastructure.
Shri Modi said his Government is committed to increasing investment in infrastructure. This would not only create jobs, but spur investment in other sectors as well. Giving the example of South Korea, he said good infrastructure is one of the key elements for emergence of a modern, prosperous nation.
He said the Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, had taken a decision that the new Mandovi Bridge would be one that Goa would be proud of. The Prime Minister laid stress on timely completion of infrastructure projects, and hoped that the new Mandovi Bridge would be completed on time.
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi being received by the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar, at INS Hansa Naval Base, in Goa on June 14, 2014.