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by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

THE WILD TRAIL: When a snake bites...

"Uniform Civil Code" has been rekindled recently

India teaches Kama Sutra to curb Aids

Goan Foods on-line!
Goans, thousands of miles from homeland, will miss the home cuisine no longer. Authentic homemade products are available on-line now, all made in the USA, with local meats, seafoods and vegetables, with the key ingredients imported from Goa. Items vacuum-sealed to ensure long shelf lives and maximum freshness, are shipped to any place in the US via USPS. For
delicious Prawn Balchao, Prawn Mole, Mussel Pickle, Carrot Pickle, Lime Pickle, Reichada Masala and Tendlim (Gerkin) Pickle, check at http://www.goacom.com/goanfoods/

Fizzy drinks banned after pesticide find
From: Cape Times
August 07 2003 at 05:47AM
New Delhi - Coca-Cola and Pepsi were on Wednesday taken off the menu in the Indian parliament after an independent study found the American beverage giants' soft drinks in India carried dangerous levels of pesticides.
While some lawmakers called for a nationwide ban on Coke and Pepsi, Edappagath Ahmed, the MP responsible for the cafeteria, said: "The sale of all soft drinks will discontinue with immediate effect."
Health Minister Sushma Swaraj told parliament the report on the danger of the fizzy drinks was "shocking".
The beverage giants denied the charges with PepsiCo India's chairperson Rajeev Bakshi calling them "wild allegations calculated to spread consumer panic". - Sapa-AFP

BJP general secretary Pramod Mahajn almost 'threatened' to hijack Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to the central government, considering the rate of development in the State. Mr Mahajan, however, paused before assuring the crowd at Azad Maidan that such a recourse would be adopted only after 2007.

Rosario Rodrigues from Benaulim lost the fight with cancer and expired last night (August 5). Known as the 'Shakespeare of Konkani stage', Rosario was instrumental in taking the once lowly khell-tiatr to dizzy heights. The present day 'non-stop' tiatr came into being due to his innovation and hard work. It was in 1975 that Rosario lit the flame of the non-stop tiatr by staging "Uzvadd Paloulo" on a revolving stage.

Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar, who released the State’s industrial policy on August 4, said Goa would henceforth quantify industrialisation by the jobs generated rather than fiscal investment. Incentives proposed in the policy, particularly subsidies will not be available to units employing “contract” labour, he added. Mr Parrikar claimed that at least 6,000 jobs were provided by industries set up in the State since he took over three years ago. Replying to a query, Mr Parrikar said he felt that 20,000 was the “realistic” figure of educated, unemployed youth in the State. CM Parrikar said that his government was in the process of drafting legislation for “streamlining” private investments in infrastructure projects. Besides entertainment industry, the policy has identified “medical tourism” as a thrust area. The policy also envisages deregulation of the business environment for an efficient, proactive and transparent administrative framework, he said. Other thrust areas are pharmaceuticals, food processing and agro-based industries, IT and IT-enabled services, eco-tourism, heritage tourism and adventure tourism. The government would encourage opening of many industrial parks covering pharmaceuticals, food and wine, software technology, apparels besides agro and special economic zones, and film city.

Goans in many parts of the globe can now savour the famed Goan pickle with their meals. Air passengers taking Goan pickles to their near and dear ones to distant places should no longer have any problem at the airports across the country in view of the partial modification of the circular issued by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, which has struck off ‘pickles’ from its list of banned items in hand baggage.


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