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Goa News Clips
by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

Exhibition of Paintings: Kala Academy chairman Pratapsingh Rane will inaugurate "Goan Professional Artists", an exhibition of paintings, at the Kala Academy art gallery, Panaji, at 4 pm on March 3. The exhibition will be on view till 9 March from 10 am to 7 pm.

Mattressed Floored: The Tamil Nadu police are claimed to have busted a Rs 270 million magnetic mattress scam following the arrest of 84 people, many of them white-collar professionals. The central crime branch police has contacted its Mumbai counterparts for investigating a Mumbai- based company Japan Life India, which allegedly lured about 3,000 persons by offering them hefty commissions for recruiting members into their money-mattress chain.... Rs 100,000 was collected from each person, in return for a mattress worth Rs 15,000.... Similar mattresses are known to be sold from an outlet in Porvorim. Are the Goa Police investigating this outlet and its activities? Y KAMAT, Porvorim in MAPUSAPLUS

Hundreds flock to see 'Bleeding' Picture: Reports that a picture of Sacred Heart of Jesus was bleeding in a house at Camorlim (Ambora) caused a stir in the village and adjoining localities. People flocked to the church of Our Lady of Candelaria where the picture was shifted at the instance of the parish priest. It was 14-year-old Steffy Fernandes who claimed to have seen the dripping of blood from the picture on Wednesday (Feb 26) at 11 pm while she was studying for her SSC exams at her aunt's house. "The holy picture was kept in an open cupboard as its glass had broken and I always kept looking at it," she said. She felt a strange sensation and saw 'tears of blood' from the eyes of Jesus. She called her aunt, Maria Joaquina Mascarenhas, who also confirmed what she saw. (GT)

"There is a Crisis of Moral Leadership in Country" - says Attorney - General of India:
Attorney-General of India Soli Sorabjee today regretted that "there is a crisis of moral leadership" in the country and "our political system and public life have more hypocrites, wheeler dealers, schemers and cowards than at any time in our history".
Read full article: http://www.goacom.com/news/news2003/mar/msg00017.html

Dolphins facing major threat off Goa: Dolphin sightings along the Northern belt of Goa's coastline which had come alive as a tourist attraction now seems to be a matter of concern with dolphin deaths reportedly increasing.

Villagers of the Nerul and Candolim coastal belt fear that activities such as adventure-related dolphin trips, boating activities and fishing on an unprecedented level could be affecting the dolphin habitat along this coastline.

The causes of concern are noise and water pollution caused by dolphin boat trips, boating activities, fishing on an unprecedented level, high powered speed boats used for adventure trips and dolphins trapped in fishing nets, thereby causing injuries to these mammals resulting in deaths.

More shocking, however, is the fact that though the dolphin is a protected species, there seems to be no regulatory mechanism evolved to protect the dolphins. The fisheries department has made mention of a dolphinarium which is only a long term proposal.


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