CM to discuss Goa
mining policy with officials
Posted: 01 Jun 2012 06:01 AM PDT
minister Manohar Parrikar has decided to hold
meeting with officials to discuss and deliberate on
the much talked Goa mining policy this month. State
government has asked the ministry of environment and
forest not to issue any environment clearance till
the state government finalized the mining policy.
”The aim of mining policy would be to have
sustainable development and to have conservation of
natural resources”, said director of mines Prasanna
Acharya adding that the chief minister will take a
final call on mining policy.
Acharya said that the meeting will be held after
June 15, 2012. Chief minister Manohar Parrikar had
said that by May-end the drafting of the mining
policy will be completed. And since there is no
heavy mining activity from June to August,
government was supposed to throw the mining policy
draft open for public suggestion for 30 days. Goa
exports nearly 85% of its iron ore to China, as well
as accounting for 50% of India’s iron ore exports.
India contributes 8% of the world’s total iron ore
export, of which Goa handles half.
Goa exports iron ore to Japan, South Korea, Europe
and the Middle-East. Most of Goa’s ore is exported
to China. Goa has 338 mining leases out of which
around 90 operational mines in Goa, which exported
around 43 million tonnes last year.
swimming, water sports on beaches for monsoon
Posted: 01 Jun 2012 06:29
of the coming monsoon, the Goa government Friday
banned water sports on
Goa Beaches along the state’s 105-km coastline.
It also cautioned tourists and local residents
against swimming in the sea which gets churned
dangerously by the lashing monsoon winds. "The
permission granted by the
Captain of Ports for plying off water sports
vessels within the state of Goa has come to an end.
Therefore, all the water sports operators plying
their vessels within the state of Goa are hereby
directed to stop their operations immediately," a
state government directive said Friday.
The statement, issued by the state information and
publicity department, also said that water sports
operators who continue with popular water sports
operations like jet skiing, speed boating, banana
boating, para-sailing and the like, would be banned
sports-related activity. "The vessel shall be
confiscated and auctioned," the statement said,
adding that the directives were issued because
“during the monsoon, the sea is rough and hence
dangerous for swimming”. "All tourists as well as
the general public are therefore hereby cautioned
not to venture into the sea so as to avoid untoward
incidents which may include death due to drowning,"
it further said.
According to figures released by the Goa government,
nearly 2.7 million
tourists arrived in Goa during the
October 2011-March 2012 season, out of which nearly
half a million were foreigners.
immigration bureau takes over in Goa
Posted: 01 Jun 2012 09:21 PM PDT
The Bureau of Immigration (BOI) of the Union home
ministry on Friday took over the management of the
immigration desks at Dabolim airport, the seaport at
Mormugao and the foreigner’s registration office
(FRO) in Goa, SP (Immigration) Tony Fernandes said.
Fernandes told TOI that for now the Goa policewill
continue to operate the immigration counters at the
airport, seaport and FRO, but subsequently they
would be replaced by the BOI staff.
A Union ministry of home affairs notification stated
that the central government hereby appoints the
foreigners regional registration officer, Goa, as
the ‘Civil Authority’ and ‘Registration Officer’ for
the jurisdiction of the entire state of Goa
including Goa international airport and Mormugao
seaport with effect from May 31.
The BOI has selected 35 Goa police staff to work
under them and requested an additional 30 staff till
such period they bring in their own employees. BOI
has requested the Goa police to provide names of 50
staff, of whom it will select 30. BOI plans to post
41 staff at the airport, nine at the seaport and 15
at the FRO.
As per the home ministry policy, all airports where
international flights land are to be manned by
immigration bureau officials. Already, the
immigration services at major international airports
in India and foreigners’ registration work in seven
major cities-Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai,
Amritsar, Bangalore and Hyderabad-are handled by the
The immigration bureau had plans to post 170
personnel in Goa. Their plan was to post 100
personnel at the Dabolim airport alone, so that
there are immigration officials available for two
shifts. This was rejected by the Goa police due to
shortage of staff. Presently, 45 Goa police
personnel are posted at the airport, 10 at the
seaport and 27 at the FRO.
Sources said that under the immigration bureau, the
desks will be handled professionally, the staff will
be trained and hi-tech equipment will help detect
era Church music legacy preserved by rare organs
Late medieval era Church
music legacy preserved by rare organs
of piped organs from the late medieval era preserved
by the Goan Churches here are the last vestiges of
the musical legacy brought in by the Christian
missionaries during the Portuguese colonial rule in
Couple of these musical organs, have been repaired
and put to use, while few more are gathering dust
waiting for expert hands to get them fixed. Saint
Ignatius Loyola Church at Rachol, 80 kms from here,
still plays music through piped organs during Sunday
Traditionally, the wind was blown through a pedestal
board for this instrument while the organist plays
with the keys. For the sake of convenience, at this
Church, the conventional pedestal board has taken a
backseat and wind is blown through an electric
The organ is kept on the inside gallery just
opposite the Altar of St Ignatius Loyola, the
founder of Jesuit order. Fr Mousinho Ataide,
attached to Rachol Seminary, said that these
instruments date back to 1880, and are perhaps few
of the last remains of the wind blowing musical
instruments, which are on the wane.
The organ at Rachol was gifted to the seminary by
then Archbishop in late 1800s to this Church
constructed in the medieval era. Rachol seminary
where the Church is housed is amongst the first
churches built by the missionaries in Goa. The
Church management concedes that the ageing musical
organ has been a costly affair to maintain.
Ataide said that a person is specially called from
London, periodically to upkeep this rare instrument.
"During the feast, organ is accompanied by violin.
Despite crossing 100 years of its service, it still
gives melodious voice," the Father said, adding the
music is much better than the electronic piano.
The long pipes fitted inside the cupboard-shaped
wooden structure create unique echo once wind is
blown through them which is authentic sound of the
medieval Church music. Alike Rachol Church, Basilica
of Bom Jesus at Old Goa, 10 kms away from Panaji,
too has preserved one of such organ. But its not
used since last 15 years waiting for the repairs.
Fr Savio Barretto, Rector of the Basilica, said that
the repairer had visited and inspected the
instrument few years back, but he did not turn back.
The basilica is a part of UNESCO heritage site.
The instrument, which has `Hurry Brothers,
Calcutta,` inscripted on it is a much bigger than
the one at Rachol Seminary. The organ in Basilica
was manufactured by Anglo-Indian organ building
firm, Hurry Brothers, of Calcutta and rest were by a
Fr Barretto admits that the organ, which one amongst
the last few left in the world, has been left as a
`show-piece`. Until we get it repaired, it’s like a
showpiece, said Fr Barretto, showing the huge wooden
piped organ, installed facing the deity on the upper
portion of the Church.
Considering the sanctity and antiquity of the
instrument, the Church has not kept the instrument
open for public viewing.
Basilica of Bom Jesus has thousands of deities and
tourists flocking every year.
Across the road from Basilica, in the same complex,
at Se Cathedral Church, there is another piped
organ, which is much smaller.
would you recommend when setting up a second medical
college in Goa?
TNN | Jun 3, 2012, 05.13AM IST
The first suggestion is to ensure there is
appropriate infrastructure that meets the
requirements of the medical council of India. To set
up this kind of infrastructure will take a long
time, two years at least. It is good that the
college will be a state-run one, as kick backs and
capitation fees that come with a private college are
too many. Although there has been an increase in the
number of seats at GMC, this increase seems to have
been done in a hurried manner. The authorities
should also think about the future and job
opportunities of these students. They need to make
sure that job opportunities are available, as
avenues are less even abroad. Another aspect is that
doctors want to remain in the cities, but the cities
are saturated with doctors. However, the situation
is exactly the opposite in villages. Facilities need
to be improved at the rural level so that doctors
consider working there.
I am happy that the government is considering
setting up a second medical college in the state as
Goan students have to face many hardships in seeking
admissions outside the state. To have another
college in the state is a matter of pride. However,
authorities need to ensure good teaching staff and
basic facilities. A medical college also needs a
tough administrator and the academic atmosphere
should be competitive. Besides, no rules should be
waived and loopholes should be avoided during
examinations. Our CM is dynamic and will surely
consider all these aspects.
Fatima Menezes Mesquita,
Opthamologist Surgeon, Vasco
Only time will tell if the decision to set up a
second medical college in South Goa is right or
wrong. However, to set up a new medical college, the
government should first come up with proper
planning. There should be planning for proper
classrooms, various departments, OTs, ICUs, faculty
blocks and a morgue. The required number of
qualified staff like doctors should also be
recruited. The task is not small as the existing
medical college first needs filling up of so many
vacancies. It also requires better equipment,
The government needs to be congratulated for
planning to set up a medical college and hospital in
Margao. We badly need to improve the medical
facilities in government hospitals by increasing the
number of doctors and nurses. This college will
resolve this problem to a good extent. But, the
doctors should be made to work in rural areas for at
least for two years as government would be spending
huge amounts on these doctors.
Ranjan Naik, Consultant,
health services, Panaji
Princess, which ran aground the Sinquerim shoreline
nearly 12 years ago on June 6, 2000, has finally
disappeared as its removal was completed last month.
Arihant Ship Breakers, which had bagged the contract
for cutting and removing the massive vessel from the
beach, had begun the project three months back. “The
officials in its report on May 24 confirmed
completion of the project. We will verify the claim
before submitting a detailed report to the state
government,” Tourism Director Swapnil Naik told
reporters. The government had made arrangements for
unloading the scrap at
Britona jetty, which went
through a brief hiccup over customs duty but it was
Over 56 technical staff members, another group of 50
workers, and specialist undersea cutters and divers
from Mumbai had joined the operations. The entire
exercise was video-recorded, Naik said. The
Institute of Oceanography will conduct a survey of
the beach stretch and the waters where the ship was
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