Guv to save Communidade land
Keeping up with tradition, the nine ‘Gaunkar’
families constituting the Taleigao Communidade
presented the first corn of rice to Goa Governor S S
Siddhu on Tuesday, the last day of the annual
Harvest Feast (Konsanchem Fest), celebrations for
which began on August 21. This year, the Gaunkars of
Taleigao celebrated 500 years of the privilege of
presenting the first sheaf of corn to the Portuguese
Governor General. Taleigao was the first village to
have been given this privilege by the erstwhile
rulers in recognition of help the villagers gave to
their troops when they were starving for food after
being temporarily defeated by Adilshah in 1510.
inaugurated in Assagao
Agnel Ashram Technical Education Complex set foot in
the pristine valley of Assagao, Goa, India, on 23rd
August 2010 morning. The first block of the Complex
was inaugurated by the local sarpanch Pradeep Naik
and blessed by Rt Rev Alex Dias, Bishop of Port
Blair, on the Assagao hill, setting the base for
converting the tiny village in an educational hub.
The village has already the DMC College, Palotti
Seminary, Assagao Union High School, Palotti
Sisters, El Shaddai, etc operating here.
get Rs 90 cr( $20 million Canadian)
Goa has been allotted a whopping Rs 90 crore for
panchayats and zilla panchayats under the 13th
Finance Commission award for a period of five years
and the first installment amounting to Rs 4.2 crore
has been received by the Directorate of Panchayats.
However, all efforts made to obtain the pending
installment of over Rs 5 crore under the 12th
Finance Commission award from the Centre have proved
futile. The director of Panchayats, Mr Menino
D’souza informed that the 13th Finance Commission
has recommended a percentage of divisible pool of
resources for the local bodies with two components -
a basic grant and a performance grant - instead of a
lumpsum grant. [NT]
stretches of Betalbatim, Keri, Talpona beaches to be
The water resources department (WRD) will soon take
up restoration work of the beaches at Betalbatim,
Keri and Talpona at an estimated cost of Rs 13.1
crore, following recommendations from the Central
Water and Power Research Centre. The WRD had earlier
submitted names of 20 beaches to the Central Water
and Power Research Centre for conducting a study to
arrest seashore erosion. Over 20-25 km of Goa’s
coastline has already been eroded. A senior official
in the know said that the WRD will take up
restoration of around 2.3 km of the affected
coastline. The beaches earlier submitted by the WRD
to the Central Water and Power Research Centre,
which is the research and development unit of the
Union Ministry of Water Resources, included Anjuna,
Candolim, Arambol, Keri, Betalbatim, Kanaguinim,
Talpona, Galgibag and Utorda among others.
tells officers to be courteous to people
Revenue Minister and state NCP president, Mr Jose
Philip D’Souza, who on Wednesday visited the Bardez
Collectorate office at Mapusa, asked officers and
government employees to be courteous to people and
attend to people’s works and solve them at the
earliest. Mr D’Souza, who was upset with complaints
from people that staff were rude and sending them
back for not bringing required documents told the
officers and the employees to give in writing to the
people what were the additional documents required
which were not produced at that time so that people
did not have to repeatedly come for their work.
trapped in Cuncolim much to relief of residents
A male leopard fell into the trap laid by the Forest
department at Cancnamodi-Cuncolim in the wee hours
of Tuesday, giving relief to the local residents.
The presence of leopards had given sleepless nights
to the residents of Cancanamodi, with the wild cats
devouring around 28 pigs and 11 dogs in the last two
months. Forest officials have laid another trap in
the locality after residents sighted three more
leopards since the last three days.
hand in Pakistan flood relief work
Panaji: As help
pours in for Pakistan's flood-affected areas, a
small group of Pakistanis of Goan origin is
networking to bring hope to some 20 million people
affected by the calamity.
Deborah Santamaria's Goinkars Own Academy (GOA)
operating from Karachi has been sending appeals to
the Goan diaspora across the world, seeking
assistance desperately. Around 1,600 people have
been killed in the floods in Pakistan.
GOA has also set up a relief camp at St.Anthony's
church in Karachi, Pakistan, to pitch in physically
with the relief work.
US makes aid warning in Pakistan
'Our group has set up a relief camp at our parish St
Anthony's Church - Karachi and at this moment we are
focusing on putting together family packs
(containing essential items) which will be
transported to the (flood) affected areas,' Deborah,
who traces her roots to Goa, said.
She is part of a 25,000-strong community of Goans
who had settled in Pakistan, several of them near
Karachi, in the pre-partition days.
'We have also got in touch with the parish priests
in the affected areas and have asked them to send in
their requests for items that they would require for
relief work,' she said, adding that GOA's flood
relief work had first started in the Sindh and
Balochistan provinces of Pakistan. Describing the
floods since July, which have devastated areas of
Sindh, south Punjab and Balochistan, as 'worse than
the tsunami', Deborah said the lives and hope of
millions of people were destroyed overnight.
'Flood water has damaged roads and washed away
bridges, effectively cutting off the worst affected
areas from the rest of the country. Crops have been
washed away, causing severe food scarcity,' she
said. 'Key humanitarian needs for the displaced
population are food and safe drinking water. The
biggest threat is the outbreak of water-borne
diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera, especially
deadly to children,' she added. Deborah's appeal to
the liberally scattered Goan diaspora, via the web,
across the world has not fallen on deaf years.
'We've received a terrific response from the Goan
community across the world, especially those settled
in Canada,' she said.
Pakistan floods threaten 3 towns as levee fails
'Not just Goans. People from every walk of life have
come forward to help the devastated flood victims of
our country,' she said.
Deborah further said this was not the first time
that the community had come together to lend a
helping hand in the face of a calamity in Pakistan.
'In 2005, when the earthquake struck our country we
got together and set up relief camps at the various
parishes of the archdiocese. The stuff we collected
was then transported to the affected areas.
'Our country and its people in the affected area are
going through crisis and the little that we are
doing is just a drop in the ocean,' she said.
The July floods in Pakistan left the nation
shell-shocked and have been described as one of the
most devastating tragedy to have occurred in the
region. The global community is already pitching in
with aid worth millions of dollars to assist the
productive living denied in Goa: Church
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Panaji, Aug 21 (IANS) The Church in Goa Saturday said rights of
residents to carve out a productive living was being
forcibly denied in the state, where nearly 26
percent of the population is Roman Catholic.
It also said Goa’s fragile, life-sustaining
environment was in peril in view of sustained
pillage of its ecology in the guise of development.
Fr Maverick Fernandes, executive secretary of the
Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP), a
social front of the influential Roman Catholic
Church of Goa, called for effective participation by
citizens in local self governing bodies to make the
state government accountable.
“The citizens of this tiny state have woken up to
this sad reality and are demanding that their rights
for a creatively productive living, forcibly denied,
be restored,” Fernandes said in a statement. “In
today’s context, protection and promotion of the
environment and ecology are paramount. In the name
of development and economic growth, land is not only
used, but abused, and has caused irreparable
degradation of the ecology and polluted soil, water
and air,” he added.
“Vulnerable groups like women, children and youth
are used as objects for the service and even
pleasure of those who are in power,” Fernandes
The official said the Church in Goa had localised
the eight Millennium Development Goals that all 192
United Nations member states and at least 23
international organisations have agreed to achieve
Fernandes said effective participation in all the
activities of the local self governing bodies was
the key to turning things around in Goa. “Awareness
of all laws and amendments proposed in the
legislative assembly, their scrutiny, in-depth
analysis and giving suggestions or raising
objections so that these laws genuinely benefit the
citizens is necessary,” he said.
The CSJP has been in the forefront of several
agitations against the Congress-led coalition
government, protesting against rampant corruption
and ill-conceived policies of the government
relating to mega housing projects, promotion of
special economic zones (SEZ) and casino trade.
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Goa - Let Us
Protect Our Natural Heritage
Published on: August 22, 2010 - 02:33 | By Dr
Two decades ago, Sunday mornings during the month of
Shravan used to be great fun for Goan children. It
was then that the kids were asked to go and fetch
different types of leaves for their mothers. These
leaves were used in the Aitar Pooja.
The children learnt to identify the plants; they
knew where these plants grew and throughout the
year, they protected them as they knew they would
need them later. But, gone are those days, as now
kids have no time to fetch these leaves and of
course many of them do not live in the vicinity of
plants. But knowing about a few plants is always
useful as they can be used in times of crisis. Most
of these plants have some or the other medicinal
Around sixteen types of leaves are required every
Sunday and we shall learn to identify at least a few
this time. One interesting common plant that is
required is Hundrache kaan (meaning ear of a rat)
botanically referred to as Emilia sonchifolia. It is
a shiny slender herb about 12-18 cm in length erect
or branched from the base. The leaves are variable,
the lower ones with stalk, elongated, the margins
may be deeply or slightly cut. The flowers are
purplish, many arranged in a bunch. A decoction of
the plant is used to bring down fever. It is also
used in bowel complaints. The juice of the leaf is a
handy treatment for cuts and wounds. The leaf juice
is also administered in combination with other
plants for intermittent fevers and asthma. The leaf
juice is also used to treat eyesores.
Another plant from the same group is Soshyache Kan
(meaning ear of a rabbit), Elephantopus scaber. The
local names are provably given because of the shape
of the leaves. This is an erect herb that gives out
many stout roots. The plant is well branched, with
white hair. Leaves spread out on the ground, almost
long, the margin being cut, more or less hairy on
both the surfaces. The flowers are violet in colour,
small and in bunch. The leaf juice is used to expel
intestinal worms in children.
The next leaf is Kavdyache fou, which means flat
rice of the crows. The plant belongs to the grass
family and it is so called because the seeds of the
plant are eaten by crows and other birds.
Botanically it is Eragrostis unioloides. A decoction
of the leaves is a household remedy for cold.
The next plant is from the family of the shoe
flower. It is Sida rhombifolia. It is locally known
as Tabkadi or Ati-bala. The plant is an erect hairy
shrub. The leaves are somewhat oval shaped, having
toothed margin. The flowers are yellow in colour.
The plant is used to cure rheumatism, neurological
disorders and general debility. A steam bath using
this plant is very relaxing. To get relief from
pains of joints, rheumatism and other muscular
pains, a few leaves are boiled in any oil like til
or coconut and massaged. The leaves are internally
taken to treat problems of difficult urination,
diarrhoea and fever. This plant is also used
The next plant that we will talk about is Sitachi
Tikli or Desmodium triflorum. This is a perennial
(life cycle more than two years) trailing herb.
Numerous branches are present and the roots come
from the nodes. The leaves are trifoliate, oval
shaped. The flowers are usually pinkish and
sometimes white in colour. The entire plant is used
to improve milk production in lactating mothers. The
plant is used to treat dysentery, diarrhoea,
convulsions, cough and bronchitis. A decoction of
the plant is used to get relief from intestinal gas
problems and from burning sensation in the digestive
tract. The juice of the plant is applied externally
to treat wounds, sores and abscesses.
Our next collection is a plant from a lower group,
the ferns. Ferns have roots, stem and leaves like
the higher plants but they do not flower. They
reproduce through spores which are often present
below the elaborate leaves. This is Adiantum
lonulatum, in Konkani Ghodyachi paolan, meaning
hooves of horses. The leaves indeed look so! The
plant is known for its essential oil present in them
and the entire fern is used as a tonic.
If one takes note of the local names, we find that
they are very descriptive and help in
identification. Moreover, the ailments they help to
cure are very common to the season.
BJP wants to
shed communal image, eyes Christian votes in Goa
Posted: 22 Aug 2010 03:29 AM PDT
a bid to shed its communal image and boost its
minority vote base, the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders will
interact with Christian religious leaders, including
the archbishop of Goa, the party announced Sunday.
Addressing a press conference, BJP national
secretary and in charge of Goa Arti Mehra, said:
‘The party feels there is a concious need to reach
out to the Christian community in the state and
increase its minority vote base by at least five
‘We will be having increased interactions with
Christian religious leaders in order to put across
the correct image of the BJP. We need to clear the
misconception that the BJP is a communal party. We
need such sensitisation programmes with the minority
community,’ said Mehra, a former mayor of Delhi.
‘We are having an interaction with Fr Agnel ashram
(a popular educational institution run by a Catholic
order), where we will make a presentation to its
students. We will also meet the archbishop to offer
our respects,’ Mehra said, adding that the programme
would reach out to the
Christian community in Goa, before moving on to
other minority religious groups. Mehra also said
such interactions would help the BJP up its minority
vote by at least five to seven percent.
‘Christians comprise nearly 30 percent of the Goan
population. By our efforts and personal interactions
by our leaders, we would try to increase our vote
share in the minority community by at least five to
seven percent,’ she said.
College Students arrested for ragging
Posted: 21 Aug 2010 01:20
as nine students of the
Goa Medical College arrested for ragging were
released on bail, Agassaim police on Friday recorded
statements of all seven witnesses. Speaking to
Deputy Superintendent of Police Deu Benaulikar, told
Herald that a chargesheet against the alleged
accused MBBS students will be filed shortly. He did
not specify any date to filing the chargesheet,
though. “We have already quizzed the accused
students and also completed recording statements of
the seven junior students who were ragged. A charge
sheet will soon be filed after we record statements
Goa Medical College Dean Dr V N Jindal and
warden of the hostel Dr C P Das,” said the officer.
It is learnt that the victims told police that the
senior students asked them to kneel down and salute.
Earlier, GMC authorities expelled the accused
students from the hostel for ragging the first year
MBBS students, on Thursday. Warden of the hostel
Dr C P Das caught the nine students in action
following which he intimated the authorities and
subsequently lodged a complaint at Agassaim police
station. All these students including those involved
in ragging and victim juniors were enrolled from All
India Quota, studying various courses of MBBS.
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