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Luxury liner launches cruise off Goa
From Monsters and Critics .com

By BANG Jan 13, 2007, 13:00 GMT

New Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS) Indian Ocean Cruises, the Indian arm of London-based Foresight Group, along with its Indian representative STIC Travel Group, Saturday launched its cruise off the Goa port for a 14-night round trip.

The cruise, Ocean Odyssey, will travel from Goa touching major trading ports like Mangalore, Kochi, Tuticorin and the islands of Suheli, Thinnakkara and Cheriyam in Lakshadweep and Colombo tracing the ancient spice route.

'The launch is an initiative to provide the Indian and international travellers with a unique experience of cruising along the ancient routes of the Malabar Coast and experiencing the beauty of the pristine atolls of Lakshadweep Islands,' STIC Travel Group chairman Subhash Goyal said in a statement.

The luxury liner will also be offered in the 3-night, 5-night, 6-night, 8-night and 14-night cruise segments for the same route.
India's Goans For Trade With Portugal
Saturday January 13, 2007

The business community of southwestern coastal state of Goa is looking forward to forging new bonds with its erstwhile colonial master Portugal, whose President Anibal Cavaco silva begins a week-long visit to the state beginning today.

Even as a debate rages in political circles with regards to the state university's decision to honor Silva with a honorary doctorate, the business community hopes to make the best out of the visit, looking to even make Portugal a stepping stone toward European Union markets, PTI reported.

"At present, business with Portugal is not great but we expect it to scale high post Portugal President's Goa visit," the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GCCI) president Nitin Cuncolienkar told PTI hours before President Anibal Cavaco Silva's weekend visit to the state.
"For us, Portugal is a gateway to European Union. His visit is looked upon with much expectation as it will enhance trade relations with that country," Cuncolienkar said. The president, accompanied by a trade delegation, will interact with GCCI members during his visit to Goa, an erstwhile Portugese colony.

"Among European countries Portugal is close to Goa and more importantly the Portugese trust Goans," the GCCI president said.  He said the food processing industry can look forward to better growth if bonds with Portugal's business houses are cemented.
Goan Diaspora Makes A Mark Worldwide

Panaji, Jan 14 (IANS) From coaching top football clubs in Moscow to fighting racial discrimination, from becoming Telugu film stars to heading $100 million tech firms, the Goan diaspora is notching up a range of achievements worldwide.

This point gets underlined in a listing put out here recently, even as the Goa government undertook its annual initiative to woo expats from the region.

Compiled based on information through up by cybernetworks such as Britain-based website goanvoice.org.uk and Goanet.org, the list of 101 'cybergoans' aims to "acknowledge the contributions by people of Goan origin, regardless of where they are located, and in what field they work".

Most are individuals or organisations that have been attracting attention in cyberspace in the past year.

Some surprise inclusions in the list are Miss Great Britain (Preeti Desai, 25), zedo.com CEO Roy De Souza, Symantec senior vice president Francis deSouza, Cognizant COO Francisco D'Souza, Dell Inc manager Andrew Fernandes, Kent bus-driver Ken D'Souza, meditation teacher Lygia Monteiro, campaigners against racism and more.
Cabinet expected to discuss CLP decision

PANAJI, Jan 16: The state cabinet, which is expected to meet on January 18 is expected to decide on the future of the Regional Plan 2011. The cabinet is likely to discuss the resolution passed by the Congress legislature party yesterday that all the changes made to the original Regional Plan 2011 be kept in abeyance and refer it to the Town and Country Planning Board for the purpose of review and allow its public scrutiny. [NT]
No more CRZ violations on Saturdays!

PANJIM: Acting on High Court directives, the Coastal Regulation Zone Management Authority has started random inspection of coastal areas and has hit Pernem first, with more to follow. When asked as to why the inspection was being carried ut on Saturday, North Goa Dy Collection (Land Acquisition) Anthony D'Souza replied that most violators get their work done on that day as government offices are closed. [GT]
Music website launched

VASCO: Copycatclub4u, of Goa, pioneers in the field of digital audio processing have designed and launched a Goan website containing nearly four hours of original music composed by renowned Goan bands like Copycat Club, Forefront, Purple Rain, pure Magic, men machine, Fruity Loops, etc, and musicians like Aurville, Chris Bismarck, Prashob, BonyRock, etc. For further details visit: http://www.copycatclub4u.com  [GT]
Noise pollution at Anjuna: Two cops suspended

PANJIM: The Goa Police department has suspended a police sub inspector and a head constable from Anjuna police station for dereliction of duty, after receiving complaint that the duo allegedly did not take any action against pleas from Anjuna villagers to stop noise pollution. According to police, one Agnelo Britto of Grande Peddem, Anjuna, complained that one Roy Fernandes used to frequently play loud music at Dolce Vita Club, Grande Peddem. [GT]

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