Eco tourism in the State is set for a big boost with the
rail tour to Dudhsagar Waterfalls planned by Goa Tourism
Development Corporation starting from January 31. The
train will depart from Vasco Railway Station at 6.40 in
the morning and arrive at Margao station at 7.25 a.m.
The train will make halts at Sanvordem, Collem stations,
before reaching Dudhsagar at 9.15 am. The train will return
from Dudhsagar at 2.30 p.m. GTDC officials say the introduction
of the tour train will facilitate tourists and Goans,
particularly students from schools and colleges, besides
other institutions for excursions. The carrying capacity
of the coach is 108 seats. The fare is fixed at Rs 400,
which is inclusive of breakfast and lunch.
Nationalist Congress Party chief in Goa, Dr Wilfred de
Souza, personally wishing the Opposition leader, Pratapsingh
Rane, on his birthday in Sattari on January 28 afternoon
led to speculations that the over two-decade old enmity
between the two veteran politicians is coming to an end.
This round of birthday diplomacy also assumes significance
in the political arena of Goa, as the stability which
the BJP’s local government boasts about may come
footprints across centuries
a beach village today better known as a hippy haunt.
But over the centuries, the coastal village of Anjuna
has been one which has thrown up big achievers—even
at global scale—and played an interesting
if unusual place in history. So says a just-released
book, written by historical researcher Dr Teresa
Albuquerque, titled “Under the Archangel’s
Wings”. It has been released to mark the 400th
anniversary of the village church of St Michael.
Mahale passes away
Renowned educationist, French Scholar and former Vice-Chancellor
of Manipur University, Dr Kashinath J Mahale, 79, of Chorao,
expired after a brief illness at the GMC on February 4.
Dr Mahale was suffering from a viral infection ‘Gillian
Barys’, which affects the nerves. Born on 3 May
1924 at Chorao, Mahale rose to great heights after he
had a humble beginning. He was MA in French, LLB and twice
PhD in French Literature and Public International Law
from Sorbonne, Paris University. He was a fellow in French
at Wilson College, Bombay, in 1949 and ended as a Vice-Chancellor
of Manipur University after having occupied key teaching
positions in several premier educational institutions.
He was awarded many a scholarships by Indian and French
government and also awarded the knighthood “Chevalier
de l’orde des Palmes Academiques” by the Ministry
of Education, Government of France, in 1984.
pledges to implement language act
Brushing aside criticism that he is playing a diplomatic
game between the Konkani and Marathi camps, the
Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar, on February 4
said his government has already created the Official
Language Department and added that the Official
Language Act would be implemented in right earnest,
and in another 2-3 years things will fall in place.
The bird flu scare has now gripped health-conscious Goans.
Estimates show that poultry sales has dipped by around
25 per cent in the State, even as big-time traders have
stepped in to re-assure the public that Goa, like the
rest of the country, continues to be free of avian influenza.
Philip Valadares, Chairman of the Goa unit of National
Egg Co-ordination Committee (NECC), informs that reports
of the flu plaguing several countries and the Centre’s
ban on import of poultry products has hit sales in Goa.
According to Valadares daily poultry sales in Goa have
slumped by around 25 to 30 per cent in the last three
days. Inquiries at the SGPDA market complex, which houses
over half-a-dozen chicken slaughter houses reveal the
same story of falling sales. Goa’s average consumption
of chicken per day is put at around 5000 kilograms, depending
on the season. While the average consumption of eggs per
day is around three to four lakhs.
angioplasty in Goa
The angiograms and angioplasties in Goa will be performed
at the Apollo Victor Hospital, Margao on February 16 by
world-renowned interventional cardiologist, Dr Fayaz Shawl.
Dr Shawl, currently the director of interventional cardiology
at Washington Adventist Hospital, Maryland, USA, will
also give a second opinion to the patients, who have already
conducted their angiograms or angioplasties.