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by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman is getting set for a unique three-tier event: the installation of Rev Fr Filipe Neri Ferrao as Archbishop of Goa and Daman, send off to the outgoing Archbishop Patriarch, Rev Fr Raul Gonsalves, and the maiden visit to this archdiocese by the Apostolic Nuncio to India, Rev Pedro Lopez Quintana. The celebration will be held at the Se Cathedral, Old Goa, on 21 March, at 10
am. (WE-GT)

Iranian Charter
The first Iranian chartered flight this season arrived at Dabolim airport on February 9. Leading tourism company, travel Corporation of India, brought in the flight for the second year in a row. According to A Gomes Pereira, the passengers are clients of Tehran-based Mika Seir, one of Iran’s leading travel agencies. The passengers were put up at the Park Hyatt, Fort Aguada Beach Resort, Goa Marriott Resort and Holiday Inn. During their four-night-five-day stay the visitors, including the owner of Mika Seir, were given a comprehensive look at what the State has to offer, Gomes Pereira said.

Canadian national robbed
A Canadian national, Mr Nathas Weles, was robbed of his cash and valuables worth Rs.95,000 at the Kadamba Transport Corporation bus terminus on Feb 7 afternoon. Mr Weles had gone to answer nature’s call leaving his bag and baggage at the mercy of his friend Mr Jarod. Both of them were standing in a queue to buy tickets to go to Margao through shuttle service.

Birmingham city mayor In Panjim
On Feb 19, the Lord Mayor of the Birmingham and his wife, paid a visit to the office of the City Corporation of Panaji. The august couple were welcomed by City Commissioner Sanjith Rodrigues, Corporation president Ashok Naik and Councillors. Speaking about Birmingham, the Mayor said that it was a "multi-cultural city". He also said that this trip to India was fascinating and that the hospitality of the people here was great.
The Rotary Club of Birmingham and Rotary clubs of Goa are closely associated, and just recently they have launched a major international project called "Saving Lives" in Goa. It is an initiative of UK-based Dr Peter Patel, a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham, designed to bring together expertise in pre-hospital care, accident emergency medicine, trauma management, rescue services and management, and disaster medicine and management.

118 Goals In Two Matches!
Yesterday (Feb 16) it rained goals in Goa—118 in two football matches which officials now believe were fixed. A majority of the goals came in the second half of the matches with a goal being scored every 45 to 50 seconds. In the final play-off matches of Goa Football Association’s Second Division Football League, Wilfred Leisure played Dona Paula SC at Duler and recorded a 55-1 (half-time 7-0) score while Curtorim Gymkhana took on Sangolda Lightning at Chinchinim and registered a 61-1 verdict after taking a 1-0 lead at the breather. The four teams including the players and officials, have been suspended indefinitely till the disciplinary committee decides on a future course of action.

Goan heads Bahrain meet
The International Agencies Co Ltd, Bahrain, hosted a seminar on “Occupational Health—New Challenges” which was being conducted by Dr Vallabh B Dhaimodker, one of the leading occupational health consultants from Goa at the crown Plaza Hotel, Bahrain, recently. Dr Dhaimodker is an accomplished occupational health specialist and consultant for various industries, with over 15 years of experience. Dr Dhaimodker is also a certified expert, authorised by TUV Sudedeutschland, Germany.

Rs 50- crore IFFI Plan
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar unveiled a Rs 50-crore plan that seeks to virtually change the face of the city’s riverfront, ahead of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) December deadline. The plan, primarily aimed at four-laning and aesthetically beautifying the D B Bandodkar road from the KTC bus-stand to Dona Paula jetty, involves extending the road by upto 14 metres into the river for a 350-metre stretch, Mr Parrikar said. It will be done by building another approximately 350 metre long ‘Patto’ bridge alongside the existing one and does not involve any reclamation, he said. Local

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