pursue special status for Goa?
August 7, 2012 |
Panjim: With the Cabinet Committee on Political
Affairs clearing the various features of the bill
for passage in Parliament to amend Article 371 of
the constitution to give special status to various
regions and states, the question is will Goa feature
among these states to allow the Goa government to
have powers to enact laws to protect the land,
language and culture of Goa, through special status?
BJP’s new Karnataka CM Jagdish Shettar is camping in
Delhi to mobilize the support of BJP MPs from all
states for smooth passage of the bill since
Karnataka is lobbying for inclusion of the
Hyderabad-Karnataka region for special status.
Question is whether Goa chief minister Manohar
Parrikar will join forces with Shettar to push Goa’s
case for special status given the threat to Goa’s
land, culture and language and the fear of
minoritisation of Goans in their own state?
Goa’s Member of Parliament Shantaram Naik, when
informed about the Centre’s initiative and Karnataka
CM’s moves said that this is a welcome development
and Shettar’s move will give a fillip to the Goa
demand. Naik said that if Goa’s BJP government
pushes for Special Status for Goa, he would do every
effort to support the move from Delhi by using his
good offices with the ruling UPA.
Art 371 includes various states for various reasons,
Goa’s name features there for its demand to have 40
MLAs, whereas Nagaland and other North Eastern
states are included to protect their land and
culture. Goa government in earlier attempt had
passed an amendment to allow the Goa government to
instruct the sub registrar not to register certain
deeds in public interest to protect the land.
However that bill did not get the president’s assent
citing unconstitutionality. Amendment to Art 371 is
required and Goa’s name should be included to give
the Goa Government powers to enact law to protect
the land, language and culture MP Shantaram Naik
Goa Chief Minister, ups the ante on special status
Times of India - August 15
A delegation of the
Movement for Special Status for Goa (MSSG) met
Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday and submitted a
memorandum to him regarding special status to Goa
under Article 371.
Click here to read memorandum
The delegation was led by MSSG convenor
Antonio Lobo and included 11 members.
Alina Saldanha, forest and environment minister
and Francis D'Souza, revenue minister, also joined
Lobo said that the chief minister was supportive and
thanked the delegation for bringing to his notice
important points that would strengthen Goa's case
for special status.
In the course of the 35-minute interaction, Parrikar
told the group not to raise their hopes too high as
it would be difficult to get special status for the
state as there are other states in India making
But he agreed that Goa had a special case as it was
made part of the Indian union much later than the
other states. Lobo said that then PM Jawaharlal
Nehru had promised special status to the state to
protect its unique identity.
Parrikar told the group that he would get the BJP to
support the demand for special status to the state
and asked the group to help with measures to protect
When asked whether the group felt the chief minister
was sincere on the special status issue, Lobo said,
"We have to go with faith at the moment." He added
that the group has been formed with the specific
purpose of attaining special status to Goa and
included individuals irrespective of political
status' NGO wants to know what it is
TNN Aug 10, 2012, 04.09AM
Mapusa: The NGO
'Movement for Special Status for Goa' (MSSG) has
sought a meeting with chief minister Manohar
Parrikar on the eve of his visit to Delhi to meet
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking special status
The NGO's convenor, Antonio Lobo, has said that they
will convey to the chief minister their perspective,
about what is needed for Goa while asking for
special status from the Centre. He said that they
wanted to know from the chief minister what he
exactly meant while asking for special status for
must live happily:Goa Minister Avertano Furtado
Aug 16, 2012,
that the government was working towards making Goa a
modern state in the country, Labour and Fisheries
minister Avertano Furtado, who is Navelim MLA,
unfurled the national tricolour flag on 66th
Independence Day celebration at the South Goa
collectorate building, on Wednesday.
"Goa is known for its communal harmony world over
and I urge the people to work hand in hand and this
unity with a renewed will and vigour can take Goa
further on the path of progress and prosperity,"
The labour minister paying rich tributes to the
freedom fighters said independence day is an
appropriate occasion to recall the supreme
sacrifices made by freedom fighters for the cause of
India's independence and mentioned that Goa, though
liberated from the colonial rule of Portuguese, 14
years after India's independence, has made
tremendous and spectacular progress in almost all
"It is the endevaour of this government to ensure
that every Goan lives happily and informed that the
government has increased the daily wages from Rs 150
to Rs 225 while highlighting the various welfare
schemes implemented for the people of the State"
approves golf course at Terekhol village
PTI | 09:08 PM,Aug 02,2012
Panaji, Aug 2 (PTI)
Goa state tourism minister Dilip Parulekar told the
state legislative assembly that the government has
approved the proposal to set up a golf course at
Terekhol village of Pernem taluka.
Parulekar said that the committee constituted under
the chairmanship of the earlier tourism minister has
accepted the offer of the New Delhi-based Leading
Hotels Ltd, to set up a PGA-standard golf course
with allied services. Leading hotels was selected by
the committee after following all formalities, he
said. The group has already prepared a detailed
project report and feasibility report, which have
been forwarded to the union ministry of tourism for
examination, under the large revenue generation
“However, they made some observations on which
clarifications are being furnished,” he said. The
state government is also examining offers made by
other groups like Gold Resort and Hotels Pvt Ltd,
Haryana, Opus Hotel and Resorts Pvt Ltd, Bangalore
and Corporate Club of India, Bangalore, the minister
may cut iron ore output by 18 pct-official
India's Goa state plans to cap its iron ore output
at 45 million tonnes per annum due to its limited
infrastructure, the mining department head said,
down 18 percent and likely to cut India's depleted
exports further. India ...
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concern over colonisation attempts by Russians
"Like all other foreign citizens in Goa, Russians
are entitled to all rights and freedom under
international and national law provided they abide
by the Indian law," Novikov said, adding that
Russians should be held liable if they are found
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mining policy soft on capping ore extraction
By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,
IANS,. Panaji: After making a vocal case
for sustainable mining, Goa Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar's much-awaited draft mining policy appears
to have turned its back on a crucial recommendation
of a government committee ...
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Mining in India On the Way Out For Good?
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told legislators
in the state legislative assembly that his
government had looked into all 40 cases and their
licenses would be cancelled. Immediately, the
fallout of this action would be a drop in India's
iron ore ...
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Goans in Mumbai (Bombay), spearheaded the movement
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from Anjunem dam
August 4, 2010 | Herald Correspondent
rains in Virdi and Chorla Ghats of Sattari taluka on
Tuesday morning forced authorities at the Anjunem
Dam to open two gates and release water to maintain
water level at the dam.
According to Assistant Engineer M K Huddedgaddi, the
two gates of the dam were opened and water was
released at the rate of 10 cubic mm to maintain the
normal water level. "However, after two hours the
gates were closed, as rains stopped during low tide.
The rainfall at Chorla Ghat and Virdi area on
Tuesday itself was recorded as 103 mm," informed
Huddedgaddi. Though both the gates were closed
later, the water level from Walwanti River,
Sanquelim and Bicholim Rivers rose substantially,
crossing the danger level, due to which low-lying
areas like Dattmandir, Gauthan, Kudne and other
parts of Sanquelim, which are close to Walwanti
River, were submerged.
In Bicholim, areas like Gaonkarwada, Bandarwada,
Bordem near the Circle were also submerged under
water. Water entered paddy fields, damaging
plantations. Muddy water along with the mining silt
too flowed in the fields at Advalpal, Kudne, Nanora,
Mulgao, Shirgao and other low-lying areas of
Bicholim taluka. The loss could not be ascertained.
All the four irrigation pumps at Sanquelim were also
put into service to maintain the water level, which
rose due to heavy rains. Water level of Walwanti and
Bicholim rivers also increased tremendously,
resulting in low-lying areas coming under water.
However, the water level started receding slowly
Tuesday evening, due to which further danger was
Authorities from the irrigation department were
monitoring the situation round the clock. The
Disaster Management Cell also remained alert.
Bicholim Mamlatdar Pramod Bhat said the situation
was under control.
Goa has 16%
diabetic patients: Health Minister, Laxmikant
August 12, 2012 | Team Herald
that the diabetic scenario in Goa is a matter of
grave concern, Health Minister, Laxmikant Parsekar
on Saturday said the government would consider the
proposal of Apollo Victor Hospitals to open a kidney
transplant centre at the hospital.
“Sixteen per cent of Goa’s population comprises of
diabetic patients. Every sixth person is affected
with diabetics. It is a serious situation”, Parsekar
said, after inaugurating the state-of-the-art
20-bedded dialysis unit at the Apollo Victor
Hospitals this evening.
The Health Minister conceded that dialysis
facilities at the GMC, Hospicio and Canacona Health
Centre have proved insufficient, adding that the
government has plans to set up dialysis centre at
the North Goa district hospital and South district
hospital, which is under construction.
On Apollo Victor’s proposal for a kidney transplant
centre, Parsekar said “the government can consider
the proposal. GMC has done 3-4 successful kidney
transplants, but the programme is affected for want
of suitable kidney donors”.
Apollo Victor Medical Director Dr Robert D’Costa
said “The way forward to Apollo Victor Hospitals
includes setting up a kidney transplant facility at
the hospital. One of the obvious benefits of getting
a kidney transplant is that the patients’ quality of
In his address, Apollo Victor Director, Operations,
Varun Albuquerque said the new dialysis centre
promises to cater to the alarming rise in kidney
failure cases across the state of Goa.
“The exclusive dialysis unit for chronic kidney
disease is housed in the brand new five-floor
extension of the Apollo Victor Hospitals which also
has a 200-seater auditorium, which will be used for
medical and scientific events”, he added.
Carvalho is Pilar Society's superior general
TNN | Aug 13, 2012
Francis Carvalho, 65, from Uguem-Sanguem was elected
as the new
superior general of the
Pilar society at the XVIII general chapter held
at Pilar Deepti Sadan, Porvorim, on Saturday.
This is the first election after the raising of the
society to pontifical right. The house decided to
invite cardinal Oswald Gracias as a gesture of
appreciation and gratitude towards him, to preside
over the election of the superior general, though
canonically, it was not necessary for a president
from outside as in the case of societies of
Expressing the expectation of the Holy See, Gracias,
stated that "the society of Pilar is a premier
indigenous missionary congregation in India.
Therefore there is much to be expected by the church
in India and the universal church". In his address,
the new superior general, Carvalho, said, "I am here
to collaborate with the members of the society of
Pilar, so that all of us become instruments of God."
Fr Hilario Fernandes, Fr Dominic Alvares, Fr
Frederik Rodrigues, Fr Anthony Castello were elected
as councillors to the superior general.
Fr Roque Fernandes was elected as the general
treasurer of the society of Pilar. Recently on June
27, Carvalho was conferred a doctorate in the
faculty of canon law at the Gregorian University,
Rome. Carvalho defended his doctoral thesis
entitled, 'The role of the hierarchical authority of
the church in the re-constitution of a de facto
extinct institute of consecrated life: A canonical
investigation'. Carvalho had studied cultural
London. He has also worked in the Andaman and
Nicobar islands, served as the vicar general of the
Pilar Society and as a novice master of the Pilar
its UNESCO heritage report on Western Ghats
August 14, 2012
report for inscription of the Goa sector of Western
Ghats, as a world heritage site is ready for
submission to UNESCO. The report would be routed
through the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF),
The Minister for Environment and Forest Alina
Saldanha when contacted said she has received the
file from Forest Department, and it would be sent
over to MoEF shortly, upon approval by the chief
Goa missed an opportunity to have Goa sector of
Western Ghats listed in world heritage site of
UNESCO, while 39 sites in the Western Ghats made it
to the UNESCO world heritage list in July 2012.
The Goa stretch was not included in the list due to
apathy of the State Government but later it declared
that it would take up matter with MoEF, and make
efforts to have the Goa stretch of Western Ghats
included in the list.
A team of Forest Department officials headed by
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest
Richard D'Souza, has studied details of the recent
UNESCO decision, which tagged several sites in the
Western Ghats as world heritage sites.
Environmentalists have been worried about increasing
mining activity near the Western Ghats range, and
its listing as heritage site can provide much needed
protection. Moreover, UNESCO inscription can boost
tourism and research-oriented activities.
The bio-diversity within the Goa sector of Western
Ghats reflects one of the most complex,
plant-animal-bird life combine. More than 1,512
species of plants including some rare endemic
species along with animals and reptiles form a part
of this region. The State has time till January
2013, as UNESCO had extended the deadline to submit
its case. Western Ghats are considered as one of the
world’s biological diversity hotspots.
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