Goacom DAILY NEWS Clippings


Sep 01-02 , 2005

Dayanand scheme 'looted' of Rs.6.98 cr
PANAJI: In an indictment of how the much-touted Dayanand Social Security Scheme was managed by the previous government, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has stated that Rs.6.98 crore was squandered on 11,839 undeserving beneficiaries as of June 2004. The CAG in its auditor report for the year up to March 2004 has stated that a survey conducted by a government-appointed agency revealed that out of 40,818 beneficiaries covered in the survey, only 28,979 of them were genuine. (GT)


Khori girestkai kallzan asa ani nhoi hathant.
(True wealth is in the heart and not in the hand.)

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Second major fire in eight days at Vasco
MORMUGAO, Sept 1: In the second major fire mishap in the taluka within a gap of eight days, goods worth Rs.3.5 were destroyed when a jewellery shop - Raikar & Sons - in the port town was engulfed in flames on August 31 morning. (H)

Poinguinim Cong sore over move to build Mopa airport
CANACONA, Sept 1: Poinguinim Congress Block president Elvis Fernandes has expressed dissatisfaction over the proposal by Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane for construction of a full-fledged international airport at Mopa, which is near the Maharashtra border. Fernandes said that he supports the rational stand of South Goa MP Churchill Alemao who opines that the new idea would spell doom for the State's tourism industry. (H)

Guirdolim priest seriously hurt
MARGAO, Sept 1: Fr Antonio Nenzil, of the Palotti Jyoti Home at Guirdolim, has been admitted at GMC hospital at Bambolim in a critical condition, after he was struck by a Maruti car at Curtorim on August 31. The priest, who was riding a scooter, sustained head injuries after he was flung off the two-wheeler as a result of the impact. (H)

No plans to close Dabolim airport: Alva
PANAJI: All India Congress Committee general secretary Margaret Alva on September 1 said that there were no plans whatsoever to abandon or close the Dabolim airport even as the government would construct a new international airport at Mopa in Pernem taluka. (GT)

MLA for naming bhavan after Miguel Rod
MARGAO, Sept 1: Cortalim MLA, Matanhy Saldanha, wants the Ravindra Bhavan auditorium under construction in Margao named after the great Konkani stage artiste, Miguel Rod. In a statement, Saldanha said that tiatr is the most popular form of entertainment in Goa for centuries, adding that the number of tiatrs being held in Goa outbeats any other form of stage entertainment. "Hence, it is but right that a well-known personality of this art be given the place of prominence and face in Ravindra Bhavan," he added. He said that Miguel Rod is one of the pioneers to bring the tiatr to the standard that it is today. "Miguel Rod hails from Cortalim, born in a simple family, and has left a memorable mark in the history of art and culture in Goa," Saldanha added. (H)


CAG unravels stamp paper scam
PANAJI: Though the state government had denied in the past that the Telgi scam had any ramifications in Goa, suspicions are being raised after the detection of a massive gap during 2001-2004 between the sale and registration of non-judicial impressed stamp papers to the tune of Rs.30.19 crore. The value of the stamps used in registration of documents exceeded the sales at the state treasuries in Goa by 41.62 per cent - a difference of a whopping Rs.30.19 crore - and neither the Finance nor Revenue Department could explain the surprising difference. (GT)

20,000 IT jobs in next 5 years
PANAJI: Information Technology Minister Dayanand Narvekar on August 31 stated in Goa Assembly that the government would create 20,000 jobs in the IT sector in addition to 50,000 human resource jobs for the next five years.(GT)

Churchill hailed for his stand on airport
MARGAO, Sept 1: Cortalim MLA Matanhy Saldanha has congratulated MP Churchill Alemao for his demand to shift the Naval enclave to the Sea Bird at Karwar and restore total civilian control over Dabolim airport as an international airport instead of Mopa airport. Saldanha said that Churchill is the first MP who had the courage to tell the government of India that the Dabolim airport is totally civilian airport illegally occupied as war gains after Vijaya Operation in 1961. (H)

PANAJI: The much awaited signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Goa government and the Directorate of Film Festival has been delayed due to some technical difficulties. (GT)

'Open air event' to mark IFFI's opening, closing
PANJIM, Sept 1: Chairperson of the Congress Coordination Committee, Margaret Alva, who is on a two-day visit of Goa, informed that the opening and closing ceremonies of IFFI, will be an 'open air' event so that more and more people can participate. "Last year people were literally cut-off from the event, limiting it to foreigners, artists, and bureaucrats," stated Alva. (H)

HC show-cause to Calangute VP
PANAJI: The Bombay High Court at Panaji set aside the order of the North Goa collector directing the Calangute panchayat to remove the hoardings and instead stated that the order be treated as show cause notice as to why hoardings erected on the CHOGM road near the Saligao junction be not removed within two weeks. (GT)

593 computer teachers return to work
PANAJI: The 593 computer teachers returned back to teaching students in the schools. They were on strike since last three moths demanding hike in salary as well as a permanent job. (GT)

Most teachers reporting late
QUEPEM, Sept 1: While students are being taught the virtues of punctuality, quite often the offenders are the teachers themselves. During a surprise visit to the Government High School at Ambaulim on August 31, the Dy Director of Education found most of the teachers, including the school headmaster, late to work. (H)

MARGAO, Sept 1: The state government has decided to go in for national competitive bidding for setting up of garbage treatment plants in the cities of Margao and Ponda. The Urban Development minister, Mr Joaquim Alemao, told reporters today that the garbage treatment plants will be set up on trial basis which would be extended to other major cities of Panaji and Mapusa, before eventually covering the entire state. (NT)


MARGAO, Sept 1: If failed deadlines repeatedly scuttled the much-hyped year-long Margao Municipal building centenary celebrations, the civic body is in for more trouble. It suddenly finds itself in a tight spot on the vexed question of funding the Rs.130 crore municipal building renovation work - taken up last year to deck up the 100 -year-old structure on time for the celebrations. (H)

Fr Agnel Higher Secondary completes 25 years
PANAJI: Fr Agnel Higher Secondary School, Pilar, reached a significant milestone in its chequered history as it completed 25 years of its establishment recently and held a celebration to mark the start of the silver jubilee celebrations. (GT)

"Goan Eye" news channel launched
PANJIM: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Wilfred de Souza launched "Goan Eye", an electronic media news channel, at a function organised at Braganza House, Mapusa, under the auspices of B Production, on August 30. Mathew Braganza, proprietor of the news channel, welcomed the gathering and assured to highlight the progress of Goa and social issues. Anchor Macklyn Pinto compered the function. (H)

Teachers' retirement age will be raised, assures Cong
PANAJI, Sept 1: The All-India Congress Committee general secretary in charge of Goa desk, Ms Margaret Alva, today said the Congress would fulfill all the promises made to people of the state during the recent by-election. She said the party would fulfil its promise to raise retirement age for teachers from 58 years to 60 years, as also raising pension benefit to beneficiaries under the Dayanand Social Security Scheme from Rs.500 to Rs.750. (NT)

Enjoy cool and green Goa
Hinterland tourism is here and goes to show that Goa is not only beaches and acid parties. In fact, each and every tourist visiting Goa makes it a point to go see Dudhsagar, which involves a long jeep safari through Mollem National Park on a mud road which winds up and down the lush evergreen tropical forest, ploughing through many a mountain stream and finally emerge at the foot of the glorious Dudhsagar, into a colony of monkeys who walk around you as you gape up at the waterfall. In comparison, every time I ask a niz Goenkar, "Have you been to Dudhsagar?" nine times out of ten the answer is a shameful "No", everybody says, "I want to go there once," but they never get there. (Joseph Zuzarte, Herald Insight).

Konkani telefilm
The first episode of Konkani telefilm "Ganapati Bappa Morya" will be telecast on September 2 on Panaji Doordarshan. (NT)

Meeting of Jesuit alumni
The Federation of Jesuit Alumni Associations of India has planned a meeting for all Jesuit alumni who have passed out from any Jesuit managed institution and residing in Goa at Loyola School Hall, Margao, on September 10. The president of JAAI, Mr Ronald D'Costa from Jamshedpur, will address the meeting. (NT)

PANAJI: Pretty Home, the most popular exhibition is being held at Don Bosco High School, from 31 August to 5 September. This exhibition is promoted by E Kankonkar. For last 20 years Pretty Home has become a part of Goan lifestyle. More than 100 leading companies are participating in Pretty Home which caters to the needs of people from all walks of life. (GT)





Dempo shoot out Fransa Pax
PANAJI: Dempo Sports Club cruised into the finals of the Goa Police Cup football tournament sponsored by the Goa State AIDS Control Society when they overwhelmed Fransa Pax Football Club 4-1 in penalty shoot-out at Calangute ground on September 1. (GT)

Don Bosco wins TT crown
PANAJI: Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Panjim, defeated MES Higher Secondary School, Vasco, 3-1, to emerge champions in the inter-HSS table tennis for boys organised by the Directorate of Sports at Indoor stadium, Campal recently. (GT)




Galgijaba: LOUIS FERNANDES; husband of Carmina, father of Candida, Melodee/Pascal.
31 Aug: Margao: ARELETTE D'SILVA; Wife of Eddie, mother of Vernon, Krenza & Ninoshka.





Weather: Monsoon has weakened over Goa already.
Max. temp: 31.4 DegC; Min. temp: 24.1 DegC (Yesterday)
Humidity: 82%
Rainfall so far: 2492.2 mm



COURTESY: WE=Weekender; GT=Gomantak Times; H=Herald; NT=The Navhind Times