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dated May 14, 2012 which appointed a full-fledged Foreigners Regional Registration Office for the jurisdiction of the entire State of Goa, including Goa International Airport and Mormugao Sea Port from 31 May 2012. This notification brought a sigh of relief to thousands of Goan NRIs, who otherwise had to go all the way to Delhi to do the formalities. However, despite promising that the FRRO would be functional from December 1, the notification has still remained on paper eight months down the line. While the officials and authorities in the state government are now optimistic that the FRRO would be functional from April 1, the ambiguity continues over who will run it. Tony Fernandes, Superintendent of Police Foreigners Branch said “the Goa Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) is scheduled

to be functional from April 2013. There are a few formali-

ties that need to be completed before it can be done. The process is on, we hope it will be done by April 1, 2013.” He further went on to explain the delay is because there is no sufficient staff, lack of infrastructure and other necessities which are required to start the See Page 10


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New Asilo Hospital – By Ridhi Bandekar | GT

look after the working of the hospital. he District hospital of According to the Mapusa has been in information provided by Dr. lots of news for a long time Talwadkar the hospitals have now and why not when the tried its best to provide as government has spent so much as medical help to the much time and money on the people of North Goa. constructions of this hospital. They have O.P.D for It has been taken a prolong general surgery, dental, ENT, time for shifting the Asilo orthopaedic, paediatric, hospital from Mapusa to now Gynaecologist clinics. Besides Peddem. this the hospitals have also The hospital has been started with Diabetic foot amidst controversy ever since clinic and Adolescence it came to counselling. existence. They have The place is clean and The former recently well maintained but health minbrought 10 new ister wanted that’s not important Pulse oximeter to start the as the major facilities which provides hospital on information are not available to PPP model about the pulse the people despite while the rate and the BJP opposed completing a year the blood oxygen it tooth and saturation of hospital lacks in the nail. an individual basic facilities. However, continuously. even one year The hospital after the BJP came to power has only two ambulances the hospital isn’t fully operacurrently operating for them. tional – thanks to red-tapism. The hospital has I.C.U and When the Goan Times team I.C.C.U each unit has 8 beds went to visit the hospital but they have not been started this is what came to their it as they lack behind the notice. The place is clean and well maintained but that’s not important as the major facilities are not available to the people despite completing a year the hospital lacks in the basic facilities. Dr. Shyam Talwadkar the medical Superintendent who is not a fully fledge in charge of the hospital but looks after the overall working of the hospital. After the ex-superintendent basic equipments which is resigned from the job the needed by this unit to work hospital till now does not successfully and one of them have a full fledge in charge to is ventilator. Dr. Talwadkar

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and Drugs department”. It’s been a year and there are many facilities which the hospital is still lacking.

any heart problems. It also has Morgue facility in the hospital where they can accommodate only 12 bodies.

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told Goan Times that they have sent the proposal to the government to start the I.C.U and I.C.C.U for quite some

The hospital has its own pharmacy and it operates from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am- 1:00 pm and then

time now as it is still pending with the government. Now the question arises here how long the file is going to move from one table to another in the government offices? The hospital has blood bank but they have not started to store any blood till now. When asked Dr. Talwadkar he says that “it is under final stages in getting license from the food

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. On Saturday, Sunday and public holidays the timings are from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm. When asked one patient Mrs. Fernandes who was waiting in the queue whether all medicines are available in the pharmacy she said “some medicines were not available to her so she had to get it from the other pharmacies”. The hospital has its own labs to do ultra sound, CRS computer radiology system for X- rays. They also have CT scan but it is not at the moment in a working state due to some technical difficulties. They have an ECG room that is electric cardiogram which enables to diagnose

The hospital has also started with Linked ART wherein they provide counselling on HIV to the people. They also provide counselling to the people who are involved in bad habits like smoking and drinking alcohol. When asked Dr. Talwadkar whether the old Asilo hospital is still in an operating state he promptly replies “only kitchen is functioning and they transport food to them”. Dr. Talwadkar has lots of plans to have upgraded equipments in the hospital. As per the need of the hour he is implementing to have more advanced technology so that the people do not have to go to other hospitals for their treatment. The hospital is also involved in National Blindness Control camps where they are trying to provide as much as cataract eye operation free of cost to the people. The hospital is clean and well maintained. There is ample space for parking the vehicles. Some facilities are not available to the people which are today the need of the hour. The government should take the necessary steps so that the people can prevail the facilities in this hospital rather than shifting to the other hospitals.


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Parra becomes no plastic zone By Team GT

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ore than 50 per cent of the garbage is of plastics and if we need to get rid of garbage issue we need to eradicate plastic bags,” stated Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, during a drive to ban use of plastic in Parra. Further, he said, “past many years we are given assurance from the Chief Minister to ban

“More than 50 per cent of the garbage is of plastics and if we need to get rid of garbage issue we need to eradicate plastic bags,” - Calangute MLA, Michael Lobo

plastic completely from Goa but so far nothing have been done. We need to ban the sale of plastics in the market,” he said. Lobo further said “We are going to take up this type of drives in other places of Goa and I also request every panchayat to take up such drive”. He further said that “Being in a hospitality Industry myself I have seen that recently there has been a decline in good quality tourist. It’s a shame on us that charter tourists from Germany have stopped coming to Goa. It is a responsibility of the people to keep Goa clean and green. The government should very soon enforce a bill to ban plastics in Goa. If plastic is banned in Goa, then the problem of garbage will be

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reduced by 50 per cent.” Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte had similar sentiments regarding this issue he said that “today after mining has been stopped, Goa’s economy is now largely dependent on tourism. Tourists visiting beaches are taken aback to see garbage all over the place. “We have taken up this issue frequently in the assembly and now it’s time that the government takes initiative to ban plastic completely from Goa,” he said. The village of Parra witnessed an unusual cleanliness drive on 23rd February 2013 to propagate the ban on plastics. Mr Arjun Harmalkar the President of The Parra Citizen Forum Association’s along with the Calangute MLA, Mr. Michael Lobo took the

Lobo, Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte, and Canca-Verla Sarpanch Mr. Mohan Dabale.

were seen actively collecting plastics and putting it in the bags. Five large bags of littered plastic waste were collected.

They also distributed over 500 paper bags made by self-help groups to people to create awareness on the use of paper bags among the public.

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“We have taken up this issue frequently in the assembly and now it’s time that the government takes initiative to ban plastic completely from Goa,”

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Mumbai FRRO to take over Continued from Pg.1

Goa Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO). He also made a statement saying “we won’t be able to manage it and so we have asked the Mumbai Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) to take over it and do the needful”. Dr. Wilfred Mesquita, Commissioner for NRI Affairs, explained “the FRRO Goa office was proposed to make less the difficulties faced by Goans born abroad before or after liberation of Goa, Daman & Diu (i.e before 20.12.1961) in getting Indian Citizenship registered. I do agree it was supposed to be fully functional by December 2012 but due to unavoidable circumstance and procedural delays the date was shifted a bit later and the deadline for this FRRO to become functional now stands as on April 1, 2013.” He further went on to say the main problem is due to Persons of Indian Origin Card

“the FRRO Goa office was proposed to make less the difficulties faced by Goans born abroad before or after liberation of Goa, Daman & Diu (i.e before 20.12.1961) in getting Indian Citizenship registered.”

- Dr. Wilfred Mesquita, Commissioner for NRI Affairs

unavailability of premises to house this office. As they are looking for a big area of around 2000 sq mts. close to the airport. “I do

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f India Ca rd agree to Mr Tony’s view of shortage of staff but these are teething problems and will always persist,” he says.

How will the FRRO help Goans?

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oans settled abroad can now visit their home state without going through Delhi’s administration after the ministry of home affairs decided to delegate the powers of granting of overseas citizenship of India (OCI) cards to foreign citizens of Goan origin to foreigner’s regional registration office (FRRO) Goa from April 1st 2013. This Goa FRRO was taken up to facilitate NRIs of Goan origin, including the elderly, holding foreign passports and intending to permanently settle down in Goa through the OCI card status. They had also announced that those interested in obtaining OCI Card status should apply for OCI to FRRO Goa as their applications will not be accepted in the OCI Cell of the Ministry of Home Affairs at New Delhi from December 1, last. In spite of promising to start issuing Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards from the Goa Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) from December. It has been more than two months later the facility is still caught up in ‘procedural delays’ and is likely to be functional only from April. The Government of Goa on several occasions had brought to the attention of the authorities in New Delhi the inconvenience faced by NRI’s of Goan origin holding foreign passports in getting Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card Status.


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Hasty Legislation and Hasty Trials

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Are we hurrying justice or burying it?

n the aftermath of the December 2012 tragedy at Delhi where one promising young life was cut short by the murderous gang rape by a away is advanced for justifying negation of our own culture group of youth, there has been the death penalty. But this is when we clamour for imposing a public outcry about inaction self-defeating argument, since death penalty on Rape by Governments of the States by that very token, the State, convicts. This is in no way and the Centre in initiating which did not give life to the intended to reduce the gravity legal measures to prevent and accused cannot also take away of their crime, but only to call punish Rape. his life. for cooler reflection on what The tone and tenor of the clamour was reminiscent of mob fury. The Government responded quickly enough by appointing a Judicial Committee to examine the options before the Government in curbing the crime. Various suggestions were examined By C S Radhakrishnan by the Hon. Judges who were members of the Committee. These included Death Penalty. The Honourable Judges did not recommend this extreme penalty, being aware that there I pre-civilization ages man we are jumping to. is a Global consensus emerging avenged the wrongs done to Rough and Ready justice, against Death penalty being him, in any manner he chose. another name for kangaroo retained on Statute Books, and But once the institution of courts does not do credit to our any provision in the proposed State came into being, the right long tradition of culture and in the new Law would to regulate social norms and human evolution. If we forego eventually have to be revoked. punish for wrongs was taken that tradition of calm reflection The only argument in favour away from the individuals on the pros and cons of every of Death Penalty is that it and vested in the State. Thus action, we will soon be back in serves as a deterrent. While The State cannot have greater the days of barbarianism. volumes have been written for right than the individual. If the The Probation of Offenders and against the Act is correctional death penalty as piece of Our Country has, in the course of the the toughest form legislation, past several millennia produced many of punishment, born out of this saints out of extreme sinners, including there is hardly realization that any evidence criminals are serial killers like Ratnakar the Dacoit available that the product of who became the Valmiki who wrote the fear of the circumstances the Ramayana or the Buddhist saint Death penalty has and can improve, actually deterred Angulimal who once was a sadist who given the right killed people and cut their fingers to any one from opportunities. committing a There is no make garlands of them for decorating murder. On the denying that some himself. Thus our civilization had set contrary, there great reliance on the power of repentance of the criminals are statements do not improve, to correct criminal bend of mind. of convicts in spite of the corroborating the opportunities fact that assured death penalty individual is wrong in taking offered. This again is known has been one of the motivating another’s life, so is the State. to be a result of the new factors prompting them to kill Our Country has, in the circumstances the person lives their victims. That precisely is course of the past several in. Entire Gangs of criminals the starting point of campaign millennia produced many reach a Jail and create against death penalty. There saints out of extreme sinners, circumstances that are difficult are those who come up with including serial killers like for a convict to get involved in the argument that the expenses Ratnakar the Dacoit who more and more crimes and get of maintaining a life term became the Valmiki who caught in a spider’s web, from prisoner are a burden on the wrote the Ramayana or the which apparently there is no State and the death penalty Buddhist saint Angulimal escape. For every such case will do away with that burden. who once was a sadist who there is at least another case, Such arguments are actually killed people and cut their where the kind and counselling not based on sound logic. fingers to make garlands of behaviour of the authorities Death penalty is not prescribed them for decorating himself. reclaimed the lost individual as a measure of effecting Thus our civilization had set for the Society. economy in Jail Expenses. The great reliance on the power of The Honourable Chief Justice basic principle that one who repentance to correct criminal of India had occasion recently has not given life cannot take it bend of mind. It is therefore a to criticise the tendency on

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the part of the Media to carry out Trial By Media in criminal cases, to the extent of handing out categorical judgments on the merits of a case, without applying the rigorous tests of Jurisprudence and due process of Trial. Here it is worthwhile to remember that every pillar of democracy has its assigned role and Media’s role is to inform and not to judge, or lay down the Law or to rule the country by proxy. If media has access to information not available to the Court, nothing stops the journalist concerned in furnishing that information to the Court and enabling the inquiry along the right lines. It is also equally possible that the Court or the Investigating Officer may be in possession of facts or documents contradicting the Journalist’s line of thinking. Thus, to attribute motives to

the court or the Investigating Officer, without assisting in the enquiry process is unethical, to say the least. Judicial delays in India have been chronic and have contributed to the miscarriage of justice when the verdicts are finally pronounced. If the Courts rush through with the trials and sentence someone to death, and eventually if it is detected that the evidence relied on was incorrect, there is no way a court can restore the life of the executed person. This is the experience which made the process of Trial long and rigorous. The dictum, that even if some criminals escape punishments, because of this delay, no innocent man should be punished, had emerged from such factual cases of mistaken judgments because of hurried trials. Let us not hurry with the Legislation or the Trials. Let due process prevail in both cases. Any demands to the contrary needs to be firmly discouraged.


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Senseless Railway budget

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n the face of it, the Union Railway budget seems to be populist one as one says that there is no increase in passenger fares. But wait a minute and give it a thought, the Railway Minister Pawan Bansal – who became the first Congress Minister in 17 years to present a railway budget, made sure that he has the cake and eats it too as he made steep increase in other taxes. At the press conference, Mr. Bansal was heard saying we have not touched the passenger fares. Now the question arises will the passengers not be hit by increase in reservation fees, tatkal charges, cancellation charges etc. Will the government pay for the increase? The Opposition termed it as a Rae Bareili budget, the Lok Sabha constituency represented by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Now the question arises what is the UPA up to? The Lok Sabha elections are just around the corner and the government seems to be giving no thought to it or have they already given up that they will not come back to power again. May be they have realised that with so many scams and scandals only a blind man will push the EVM button with hand symbol. Seriously, the Congress could have done much better with their rail budget at least. What the minister boasts is the first class facilities, which are highly priced. Can Mr. Bansal answer how it will help the common man, who sometimes can’t even afford to pay 3-tier AC tickets. And if the facilities are for the rich than he must know that there is already something called airlines for them. Goa, which is one of the top tourism destination in India, and contributes thousands of crores to the central kitty had to be content with peanuts – a few additional trains to Mangalore and Ratnagiri. One opines whether there was any need for this gesture? What is required is better security and infrastructure at the Margao and Vasco railway stations, which are the main stations in Goa. Goa being an international tourist destination the railway minister should have included the Margao station for providing the state-of the art facilities as lakhs of tourist who come to Goa travel by train to other parts of the country. Many Goans, who cannot afford to travel by air, also prefer railways to buses. Mr. Bansal must come and see the dirty platforms with garbage littered all over and the coolies and other vendors making merry at almost all railway station. For this, the minister needs to travel by train and understand the problems instead of flying business class. Everyone in the country was expecting some kind of sops in wake of the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, which could be held anytime next year. But maybe the UPA chairperson has either given up on that or is overconfident of the party’s win.

Friday, 1st March, 2013

Hopeless travel by KTC bus

It was a Sunday and I had to leave for a place called Belgaum in Karnataka which is just about 154 kilometres from Panjim. Since I was travelling alone, for a family function, I decided that I will take a bus to Belgaum instead of my car. I was informed by my friend that there were many private buses running between Panjim and Belgaum. But all those are in the evening and I had to either take the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) bus or the Karnataka ST, which run at regular intervals from morning to evening. The moment I thought of travelling by Karnataka ST, I realised that it would be full of people chewing tobacco and the dirty conditions. I reached the bus stand at 6 am and saw both KTC and Karnataka buses lined up but I decided to take the KTC bus, which was exactly at 6.15 am in the morning. I took a window seat in the front row and made myself comfortable. The bus was waiting on time but it did not leave the terminal on time due to some problems and I said maybe there is some issues and just started scanning to the bunch of papers which I had carried time pass for the four and half hour long travel. The journey started exactly at 6.30 am, 15 minutes after schedule time. The bus was not exactly full but all the window seats were occupied by fellow passengers. Now the problems started, the moment the bus started the window started stuttering and making vibrating sounds giving ample evidence that it was not looked after for years. Within no time the conductor came for ticket and while making the payment I asked him what time will it reach Belgaum, he replied, “If everything is all right maybe by 10.30 am.” I did not understand what he meant by that but I was happy that I would reach for the function in time. I asked the conductor again, why is this window making so much sound, he smiled and said, “Maybe the window does not want you to fall asleep.” I simply laughed and started reading again. The inter-state bus, took

almost five stops between Panjim to Ponda where we reached around 7.25 am. From there it reached Mollem in another 45 minutes with not many stops but the window started bothering me too much but the problem was at this moment there were no empty seats, not even middle or aisle. So I gave up and continued to read. Within no time we reached

the Ghat section and maybe we were about 10 kilometres away from Mollem, climbing the Ghat section, there was a thud sound and we were all shocked. The driver parked the bus on the roadside and stopped the ignition. What happened no one knew, a good 15 minutes later, the driver and conductor informed that there is a major breakdown and this bus cannot go any further. “Shit”…I said to myself. What next I asked the conductor and he replied, “We have asked the Panjim workshop for a backup but that will take at least two hours. You know it is a Sunday today.” However, he continued, “we will try to accommodate some people on the other KTC buses coming on the route. Others are free to take their own transport in case of urgency.” It was about 8.40 am and though some KTC buses came they were full and I decided against going in that and wait for the backup bus coming from Panjim. At around 10 am the bus from Panjim came, and boy, that bus was in even worse condition it looked so filthy from outside that I said to myself, “the Karnataka ST bus was much better than this.” I cursed myself for not boarding that bus. I boarded the bus, It was as dirty from inside as it was from outside and the condition of windows was similar to the other bus…vibrating. Within 10 minutes our journey started again and we were on our way

and I asked the new conductor what time will we reach Belgaum he said maybe by 12.30 pm and I said “I can still make it for the function.” We reached Anmod in some time and after tea break started again and half an hour later we crossed Ramnagar and Londa. Suddenly, there was tyre burst and the bus stopped again and I said to myself “Oh no…not again.” The driver asked everyone to disembark and we all followed his instructions. I asked him what happened, he replied, “puncture”. I asked him with curiosity, “You have the extra wheel right?” Shockingly he replied, “No ...that was given for repair and we came in a hurry after the bus broke down.” I asked, what next, he said, “I will remove the wheel and take it to Khanapur for repair.” He said he would take a lift and go to Khanapur, which was about 15-20 minutes away. It was about 11.50 pm at that time and I said to myself that if I wait for this fellow I better go back to Panjim as I will definitely not be able to reach on time. So I took by handbag walked for a small distance and while walking I remembered the words of the first conductor, “If everything is alright you will reach by 10.30 am” Now I knew what he meant by that. I waited by the side of the road for a lift or any other means of transportation. Luckily, a Goan car stopped and it was a family, who I knew. They asked me what happened? I entered the car took the back seat and narrated the whole story and they said, “Bad luck, the condition of KTC has gone from bad to worse. Never take this bus again.” I reached Belgaum at 1 pm and luckily again the function had not started due to some technical failure. After the function, a family friend asked me how are you going back I said, “Volvo.” He replied, “It will be tomorrow morning.” I said that is fine with me I don’t want to go back by Kadamba anymore. I am ready to wait for another 12 hours rather than going through the same activity again.

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Spotlight

Friday, 1st March, 2013

A day in the life of By Andrea Fernandes | GT

Samir Naik

onsistency has been his hallmark. He was a member of the Goa team that won the Santosh Trophy in 2005 and had been a regular member of the state team besides winning several titles for his club. Samir Subash Naik, is an footballer who plays as a defender for Dempo Sports Club and also played for India.

times after Mahesh Gawli and Climax Lawrence. He shall never don the India jersey again as he decides to quit international football. He is part of the successful Dempo SC squad which won 2 league titles and reached the semi final of the AFC Cup, he is also a regular for India. He also captained the Indian team in an international

He was born on the 8th of August 1979. Samir is known as a hardworking footballer and the one who has been consistent on the professional circuit over the years. Juggling for the club Dempo SC since 2005 and India from 2005–2012 , Samir is the third India player from Dempo who announced quitting international football in recent

friendly against Oman in 2012. This 33 year old lad was born in Mumbai and prefers playing as defender in the game. He also has been bestowed with jersey number 16 by his coach. The defender started his football career in 1991-92 and joined Dempo in 1994. He started off in 1991-92 in the U-14, 16 and 19 he has been

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there for a long time, now 20 years in football. Samir’s family loved this sport and his brother was a player this inspired him to take to football. Samir explains, “According to me the condition of football in Goa is not very good in comparison to the level of

“Future of Goan football is bright”

“I have been playing football for 20 years now and have come up the hard way. I always played with the goal of representing my country which I did with distinction and was part of the team which won gold at the SAFF championship last year,” - Samir Naik

this sport at the international level. There should be more emphasis to introduce youth development programs and encourage the youngsters to play this sport.” He further adds, “a lot of efforts have to be put in to promote and propagate this sport appropriately. The future of football in Goa is definitely going to be good. Naik is a hardcore fan of Arsenal FC and his favourite player is Thierry Henry. Samir starts off his day at 6:30 am and reports for practices at 7:30 am every morning. He practices with his coplayers for around one and a half hour and later proceeds to have his breakfast between 9:30 am - 10:00 a.m. He then grabs himself some rest for around two to three hours at

least. After which he wakes up for lunch. He goes to the gym every alternate day that is on an average of at least 2 to 3 times a week. Mostly he likes to keep himself free during the evening times to socialize with friends, meet up with his family or go watch a football match. The 32-year old has won several laurels with the Blue Tigers – Nehru Cup (twice), LG Cup, SAFF Championship (twice) and Challenge Cup. He also plied his trade under several coaches ranging from Stephen Constantine, Bob Houghton, Sukhwinder Singh, Armando Colaco and Savio Medeira. “Now that my club Dempo SC has emerged champion in this edition of the I-League, I thought this is the best occasion to announce my retirement,” he added. Samir, who made 39 appearances for India, had his international debut under English coach Stephen Constantine in 2002, and since then played under

many coaches including Bob Houghton, Sukhwinder Singh, Armando Colaco and Savio Medeira. He was part of Indian team at LG Cup in Vietnam (3rd place), Asian Games 2002, SAFF 2003 and 2011 and FIFA World Cup qualifiers “I have been playing football for 20 years now and have come up the hard way. I always played with the goal of representing my country which I did with distinction and was part of the team which won gold at the SAFF championship last year,” he said. SAFF Games gold medal winner and former India defender and international Samir Naik will be conferred the prestigious Dilip Sardessai Sports Excellence Award constituted by the state government for highest achievement at international level for the year 2011-12. Naik last featured in the Challenge Cup wherein India lost all their group matches and failed to score a single goal in the three matches.


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Majem Goem – By Team GT

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hey may be living thousands of kilometres away from home but the Goan NRI’s or the better known NRGs, still have Goa close to their heart so much so that they now want to be a part of the development process in Goa. According to a letter from the Office of the Commissioner of NRI Affairs to all the village panchayat, the NRIs or Goan expatriates are ready to invest in development projects in Goa under a scheme called “Majem Goem”. “Goan expatriates gainfully employed in overseas countries have often expressed their desire to contribute to the development of their native areas where they were born or brought up or have their roots,” says a letter by

choice either wholly or partly,” the letter to the panchayat and block development officers reads. It further reads that once the particular project is identified on government or panchayat land by the respective village panchayat, the plans and estimates would be prepared by the PWD or WRD divisions and offered to the interested Goan expatriates for consideration. “Subject to approval the project would be taken up for implementation only after the expatriate has deposited the

To Goa with love

“The NRI Commission proposes to offer the Goan expatriates schemes or projects under ‘Majem Goem’ and ascertain their willingness to contribute to the scheme of his or her choice either wholly or partly,” “Once the project is complete the project could be named after the expatriate or in memory of his ancestors,” the Director of NRI Affairs U D Kamat. It further says that the contribution to the development process could be either helped in improving the living conditions of the community at large or provide much needed facilities which some of the village panchayat are unable to provide due to lack of funds. “The NRI Commission proposes to offer the Goan expatriates schemes or projects under Majem Goem and ascertain their willingness to contribute to the scheme of his or her

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Scheme / Projects

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School Building / Library

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Village Library / Reading Room

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Gymnasium / Fitness Centre

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School Infrastructure (water cooler, ceiling/table fans, laboratory, sports equipments, desks/chairs, desktop computers with UPS and printers)

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Public toilets or paving of public areas

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Public Dispensary / Health Centre

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Old Age Homes

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Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre

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Vocational Centre for Physically and Mentally Challenged

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Street Lighting or High Mast Lighting

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Panchayat Ghar

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Community Hall

said amount. The NRI Commission would meet the balance amount not exceeding Rs 10 lakh in each project,” Kamat says in the letter. “Once the project is complete the project could be named after the expatriate or in memory of his ancestors,” he says. The NRI commission has said that the panchayat are free to suggest any scheme or project of their choice. “All the schemes and projects will be uploaded on the NRI website and publicised widely among Goan expatriates as well as through the Goan Overseas Association,” the letter reads.

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Friday, 1st March, 2013

Bitten by a dog - Please carry your own vaccine....

By Ridhi Bandekar | GT PANJIM, VASCO, MARGAO Dog is a man’s best friend, they say, but sometimes the friend can be dangerous too. Recently a dog, around the Azad Maidan locality in Panjim, went on rampage biting around 18 persons and thus brought to fore the lacunae in the health sector.

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The Big Story

Friday, 1st March, 2013

“The health of the people is again gone for a toss. The government is not bothered what so ever to take necessary changes to improve the health services for the people of Goa.” - Vikas Govekar, Bite Victim Shockingly, out of the 18 people who were bitten by the rabid dog several complained that the health centre did not have anti-rabies vaccine and they

were asked to fetch one from the nearest medical store. Speaking to Goan Times one victim, Vikas Govekar, said “after the dog bit me I rushed to

the Urban Health Centre in Panjim but surprisingly they said there is no vaccine in stock.” “The health of the people is again gone for a toss. The government is not bothered what so ever to take necessary changes to improve the health services for the people of Goa,” he said. Seriously, every day we find several stray dogs in every nook and corner, wandering not only in and around the city of Panjim but also other places of Goa. Several cases of dog bites have been reported recently and this has created problems not only for tourist but also for the locals who walk on the roadsides. On and off there have been several cases of rabies in Goa. Rabies is spread by infected saliva that enters the body through a bite or broken skin. The virus travels from the wound to the brain, where it causes swelling, or inflammation. This inflammation leads to symptoms of the disease. When Goan Times visited the Directorate of Health Services the statistics showed that the rabies vaccines are available in almost all the health centres but in reality the story is something else. Some patients who visited health centres also allege there is a nexus between the medical stores and the staff at the

Vaccines Available

Type of Centre

5

Hospitals

5

Community Health Centres

20

Primary Health Centres

4

Urban Health Centres

206

Sub Centres

29

Rural Medical Dispensaries

health centre and therefore the medicines are not provided free. Statistics with the department show rabies vaccines are available at all Hospitals, Primary, Community and Urban health Centre (see table). The sub centres and rural medical dispensaries are far lacking behind to have these facilities. These are the places which are considered to be the prime areas

and hence the rabies vaccines should be made available to them. Mr. Anil Kumar, Dy. Director of Health Services, informed us that “the rabies vaccines are available only on fixed days and the quantity is sufficiently available at all the centres”. Now the question that arises is what does this fixed days mean? Does it mean that the dogs know which days to bite so that the patient

gets the free vaccine? The Director of Health services Dr. Sanjeev Dalvi when contacted was not ready to talk regarding this matter in fact he asked the reporter to speak to the doctors concerned at the respective health centres. Efforts to get a quote from the Panjim Animal Welfare

Society also turned futile as the Secretary Angela Kazi stated she had no say or opinion of her own on this matter and further recommended to speak to the government directly. The situation is no different in other towns of Margao and Vasco. When contacted for comments Vice - Chairperson of Margao Municipal Council, Adv. Pratima Coutinho said “time and again in the municipality meetings she has frequently raised the issue but nothing has been done so far.” “The Municipality should provide additional cages and more funds to the NGO who are looking after the stray dogs as the funds provided is not sufficient enough to look after the dogs”, she said adding “the municipality should take these stray dogs seriously as they are nuisance and also threat to the society”. Mrs. Coutinho also told us that Earlier Municipality used to look after stray dogs but in 2009 they signed a contract with the South Goa Welfare Trust for animals to look after the stray and sick dogs. The municipality provided them with cages and van along with monthly salary. The NGO was told to collect at least 100 stray dogs per month. The way the municipality was expecting them to work was not happening as a result the contract with the NGO was cancelled, she explained. Mrs. Milan Naik, who looks after the administration of Peoples for Animals in Vasco, informed that they have approximately 120 cages to keep the sick dogs. Every year they have Anti Rabies vaccination camps where they provide vaccination free of cost to the stray dogs and charge Rs. 100 for pet dogs. According to her there is a rise in the number of stray dogs due to the unsterilized pet dogs. Every month they sterilise stray dogs so that they can control the birth rate. There are many other people who come to sterilise their pet dogs. She even said that they pick the sick and stray dogs from the roadside after treating them

“The Municipality should provide additional cages and more funds to the NGO who are looking after the stray dogs as the funds provided is not sufficient enough to look after the dogs”, she said adding “the municipality should take these stray dogs seriously as they are nuisance and also threat to the society”. - Adv. Pratima Coutinho, Vice-Chairperson of Margao Municipal Council

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they come and leave them at the same place from where they were picked as there is less space to keep these stray dogs. The system in Goa has been working like this for many years and will continue to do so in the coming years as well. The department always blames one another but they forget that it’s the Goans who are going to continue suffering. It’s a high time now that the government should take necessary measures.


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Friday, 1st March, 2013

Bitten by a dog - Please carry your own vaccine....

By Ridhi Bandekar | GT PANJIM, VASCO, MARGAO Dog is a man’s best friend, they say, but sometimes the friend can be dangerous too. Recently a dog, around the Azad Maidan locality in Panjim, went on rampage biting around 18 persons and thus brought to fore the lacunae in the health sector.

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The Big Story

Friday, 1st March, 2013

“The health of the people is again gone for a toss. The government is not bothered what so ever to take necessary changes to improve the health services for the people of Goa.” - Vikas Govekar, Bite Victim Shockingly, out of the 18 people who were bitten by the rabid dog several complained that the health centre did not have anti-rabies vaccine and they

were asked to fetch one from the nearest medical store. Speaking to Goan Times one victim, Vikas Govekar, said “after the dog bit me I rushed to

the Urban Health Centre in Panjim but surprisingly they said there is no vaccine in stock.” “The health of the people is again gone for a toss. The government is not bothered what so ever to take necessary changes to improve the health services for the people of Goa,” he said. Seriously, every day we find several stray dogs in every nook and corner, wandering not only in and around the city of Panjim but also other places of Goa. Several cases of dog bites have been reported recently and this has created problems not only for tourist but also for the locals who walk on the roadsides. On and off there have been several cases of rabies in Goa. Rabies is spread by infected saliva that enters the body through a bite or broken skin. The virus travels from the wound to the brain, where it causes swelling, or inflammation. This inflammation leads to symptoms of the disease. When Goan Times visited the Directorate of Health Services the statistics showed that the rabies vaccines are available in almost all the health centres but in reality the story is something else. Some patients who visited health centres also allege there is a nexus between the medical stores and the staff at the

Vaccines Available

Type of Centre

5

Hospitals

5

Community Health Centres

20

Primary Health Centres

4

Urban Health Centres

206

Sub Centres

29

Rural Medical Dispensaries

health centre and therefore the medicines are not provided free. Statistics with the department show rabies vaccines are available at all Hospitals, Primary, Community and Urban health Centre (see table). The sub centres and rural medical dispensaries are far lacking behind to have these facilities. These are the places which are considered to be the prime areas

and hence the rabies vaccines should be made available to them. Mr. Anil Kumar, Dy. Director of Health Services, informed us that “the rabies vaccines are available only on fixed days and the quantity is sufficiently available at all the centres”. Now the question that arises is what does this fixed days mean? Does it mean that the dogs know which days to bite so that the patient

gets the free vaccine? The Director of Health services Dr. Sanjeev Dalvi when contacted was not ready to talk regarding this matter in fact he asked the reporter to speak to the doctors concerned at the respective health centres. Efforts to get a quote from the Panjim Animal Welfare

Society also turned futile as the Secretary Angela Kazi stated she had no say or opinion of her own on this matter and further recommended to speak to the government directly. The situation is no different in other towns of Margao and Vasco. When contacted for comments Vice - Chairperson of Margao Municipal Council, Adv. Pratima Coutinho said “time and again in the municipality meetings she has frequently raised the issue but nothing has been done so far.” “The Municipality should provide additional cages and more funds to the NGO who are looking after the stray dogs as the funds provided is not sufficient enough to look after the dogs”, she said adding “the municipality should take these stray dogs seriously as they are nuisance and also threat to the society”. Mrs. Coutinho also told us that Earlier Municipality used to look after stray dogs but in 2009 they signed a contract with the South Goa Welfare Trust for animals to look after the stray and sick dogs. The municipality provided them with cages and van along with monthly salary. The NGO was told to collect at least 100 stray dogs per month. The way the municipality was expecting them to work was not happening as a result the contract with the NGO was cancelled, she explained. Mrs. Milan Naik, who looks after the administration of Peoples for Animals in Vasco, informed that they have approximately 120 cages to keep the sick dogs. Every year they have Anti Rabies vaccination camps where they provide vaccination free of cost to the stray dogs and charge Rs. 100 for pet dogs. According to her there is a rise in the number of stray dogs due to the unsterilized pet dogs. Every month they sterilise stray dogs so that they can control the birth rate. There are many other people who come to sterilise their pet dogs. She even said that they pick the sick and stray dogs from the roadside after treating them

“The Municipality should provide additional cages and more funds to the NGO who are looking after the stray dogs as the funds provided is not sufficient enough to look after the dogs”, she said adding “the municipality should take these stray dogs seriously as they are nuisance and also threat to the society”. - Adv. Pratima Coutinho, Vice-Chairperson of Margao Municipal Council

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they come and leave them at the same place from where they were picked as there is less space to keep these stray dogs. The system in Goa has been working like this for many years and will continue to do so in the coming years as well. The department always blames one another but they forget that it’s the Goans who are going to continue suffering. It’s a high time now that the government should take necessary measures.


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Bizz - Buzz

Friday, 1st March, 2013

Monginis – Cakes & more By Ridhi Bandekar | GT

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veryoccasion has some importance in our lives whether it’s a Birthday, Wedding or Valentine’s Day. The list of celebrations can just go on and on. These occasions are incomplete without the cutting of the cake. The slogan of Monginis stands as “Go ahead. Celebrate! ” which promotes celebrations in society. In Goa, we have a rich tradition of cakes. New Millennium bakers a franchise of monginis began in April 2000. Over

the past years they have 42 specialized outlets and Mr. Datta Naikthe CEO OF New Millennium Bakers has goals to open more 8Monginis outletsto make it 50 in the coming years in Goa. The chain sells both

Indian as well as Western savories. They not only cater to pastries and cakes but also bread, biscuits and other snacks like puffs, samosas, sandwiches, pizzas, doughnuts and many more. They also make special cakes as per the customer’s requirement for birthday parties and other occasions. “Managing a cake business is not a cake walk”says Mr. Naik when asked how was the experience managing the cake business over the past several years. The brand name Monginis originated as a single Italian bakery in Mumbai in 1971 and was founded by HT Kharakhiwala who was the then President of the National Association of the Baking Industry. Today the credit of popularizing a totally western food concept in the country goes to Monginis it now caters not only to kids but to people of all age groups. The New Millennium baker is located in the industrial

Go ahead. Celebrate!

hub atVerna. Here they make food items worth Rs. 5 lakhs per day. They deliver food items to their outlets twice a day first in the morning and then later in the evening. They make sure they provide quality and value for money. The food items that are not sold are properly disposed in the factory itself. Indigenous bakery equipment is slowly entering the Goan market now. But much of this is high priced, and is meant for those operating on a larger

“we are far ahead of competitions. We are well organized and we provide quality food items and value for money” - Datta Naik, CEO of New Millennium Bakers

scale. Monginis has made a name for itself in site delivery and accessorized carry-out catering, with telephone and internet ordering options. When asked what he thinks about his competitor Mr. Naik says “we are far ahead of competitions. We are well organized and we provide quality food items and value for money”. Every day of the year has reasons to celebrate and there’s nothing better than

making it more special with cakes or other snacks from monginis. Monginis makes every occasion more special and worth remembering. They have been serving the public with delicious and exclusive savories over the years and will continue to do the same in the years to come. At Monginis they make eating a good experience. So if your tummy is growling do drop in at your nearest Monginis outlet today.


Life & Style

Friday, 1st March, 2013

A Wedding Walk with

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girls dress. There are many other packages that one can select as per their budget. The store is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 6:00

B & C Boutique By Ridhi Bandekar | GT

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very girl wants to look best for one special occasion and that is on her wedding. That’s probably one of the most unforgettable days every girl dreams about since her childhood. Finding the right outfit for this right occasion is not an easy task. But making the wedding apparel look gorgeous on you is the task of this boutique which is known as B & C fashion boutique. B & C stands for wedding gowns and clothing. It’s a place meant for Bridal gowns

quality with a good fit so that it will make every woman look and feel beautiful in all of their gowns. The store also has different types of fabrics like satin, tissue and much more. Mrs. Coelho spends a lot of time on her clients on deciding the fabrics, designs and bead work. Sometimes she also imports materials from abroad as per her client’s requirements. Browsing across the store one realises that each wedding gowns has hand sewn beadwork and trim.

for the flower girls they also make plastic flowers along with the outfit. The brides also have an option to accessories their wedding apparel to make it look even more fabulous with crowns, hand pouch and also broche. The pouch also has a hand sewn beadwork done on it. Besides her designer collection the owner also and besides the wedding gowns they also make dresses for the bridesmaid as well as for the flower girls. Lourdes Coelho the owner as well as the lead designer of this boutique has made sure that the customer gets the highest level of

The gowns here are A-line and fit & flare. Some of the gowns have long sleeves, off shoulder, halter neck and various other designs. These make the gowns have a modern as well as authentic touch. When it comes to make dresses

keeps readymade gowns. The cost of each wedding gowns depends upon the designs as well as the fabrics but the minimum cost of the gowns starts from Rs. 20,000 – Rs. 25,000. They also have many packages in order to attract more customers like within Rs. 10,000 they give you a wedding gown along with one bridesmaid and flower

pm. It is closed on Sunday. While buying a gown one must always make sure that it is comfortable as well as has a fine fit because its one attire which is purchased only once and that’s why it should be the best no matter how much time or money you spend on it. For further details contact: Osia Mall, Nr. KTC Bus Stand, Shop No. Lg-1, Margao - Goa Mobile: 9822185268


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Sports

CRICKET

Friday, 1st March, 2013

Rich Association, Poor Results O

By Andrea Fernandes | GT

n paper it is the richest sports association in Goa and also the one which is among the most controversies. Seriously, with all the money it has the Goa Cricket Association could have done much better had it not been plagued with controversies. Despite having crores in its treasury, the GCA hasn’t been able to mould even one cricketer, who could make it to the Indian Cricket team.

“Definitely in the next 2 years we will have many Goans in the Indian cricket team,”

- Vinod Phadke, President GCA

The Goa cricket team has never been an overly strong team in the Ranji Trophy or any other tournament at the national or zone level. However, recently, few of our Goan Cricketers have earned recognition at the national level. Shadab Jakati a lefthanded all-rounder plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Whereas Swapnil Asnodkar a hard hitting right-handed opening batsman with a relatively short stature plays for Rajasthan Royals in the

Indian Premier League (IPL). With the change in guard at the top many cricketers and cricket enthusiasts are expecting Goa to do much better. Especially, the seasoned secretary Chetan Desai, who has a style of his own and does not fear to call spade a spade. Vinod Phadke, who replaced the former GCA president Dayanand Narvekar, also has vast cricketing experience. Desai, the honorary Secretary, says “The scene of cricket in Goa is improving. At the national level Goa has made a remarkable improvement and proved that we can do something because our Goan players have played the South Zone and the IPL tournament”. “The infrastructure that we have in Goa is more than the international standard in fact the Porvorim Cricket Academy (PCA) is a great thing that happened to Goa one can boast about it even the National Cricket Academy (NCA) praises PCA and has recommended it to many State Associations,” he says. He explained that the women’s team coach has a very vast experience and the U-19 coach Colin Rodrigues is a very qualified coach. “We organize camps in summer for U-14 and we have coaching camps for women as well. Besides this we plan to have a thorough camp

All Pics by ROHIT LOHARE | GT

this year for each and every individual who plays cricket be he 14, 16, 19 or Ranji and we will have professional coaches to train them and if need be we shall bring in more coaches. Besides Dodda Ganesh for our Ranji team we are planning to get 2 more professional coaches which we shall pool in for the U-19 and U-14 players,” he says. He concluded by stating the future of cricket in Goa is bright. “Can’t say one day may be the Indian team may be made up of the Goan team. Amogh Desai and Reagan Pinto are two Goan cricketers performing quite well,” he stated. President of the Goa Cricket Association agreed that the performance is not that good but was optimistic that in the next few years the performances will improve. “For this we are trying

hard to improve our standards in different ways firstly we have opened a residential Cricket Academy which is already housing around 23 boys. We are having an in house physio as well as a coach to give them regular training. These boys are also

“The scene of cricket in Goa is improving. At the national level Goa has made a remarkable improvement and proved that we can do something because our Goan players have played the South Zone and the IPL tournament” - Chetan Desai, Secretary GCA

put on a particular diet and their schooling, clothing and other expenses is borne by the Goa Cricket Academy,” he informed. “This year we are monitoring all the local matches played by schools and during April-May we shall review, scrutinize and

find out the top scorers and the ones who have taken the highest wickets and call them for the camp,” he said adding “from those we shall select around 60 boys which will reside here at Goa Cricket Academy. We have 30 rooms and 2 dormitories which can accommodate quite a few and also a good canteen”. He concluded by saying that Goa Premier League (GPL) has been taken up in a new way by bringing 3 teams from outside because our Goan teams should know what is their standards in front of them. “Definitely in the next 2 years we will have many Goans in the Indian cricket team,” he says while signing off. It’s Football, not cricket, which is the official sport of Goa. Whether kicking a ball into a net is a superior sport to bowling it or whacking it with a bat is a question that is difficult to answer. Opinions could vary depending on individual preferences. In the last few decades though, cricket has become increasingly fast-paced and competitive. It’s a wait of time to see which among these two sports actually brings laurels to the state.


Legal Eagle

Friday, 1st March, 2013

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PARK YOUR THOUGHTS I t was on an usual trip to Panaji. The day had nothing in special. The traffic was as usual, noisy and crammed up. The vehicle drivers as usual in a hurry, as if everyone had a life and death situation to tackle. Young people driving as if they have no time left to live and the older gentlemen driving as if they had all the time in the world. Motorbike riders showing indicators to the right and going left. Most of the drivers displaying a complete lack of road sense urging me to seriously ponder how these drivers must have got their Driving Licenses. As I said…THE DAY WAS AS USUAL IN PANAJI. However, something was not right. I had a meeting at 6 p.m. and I had only 10 minutes to reach the venue. Not that I had started late, I could not have started late as the meeting was in PANAJI. Every person travelling in a car to Panaji knows it very well that one needs to reach Panaji at least half an hour to 45 minutes in advance to be on time for the scheduled meeting by getting a parking place. One could stand a chance to find a live Dinosaur in some distant rainforest than find a parking place promptly in Panaji. As I said, it was not a case that I had left late for the meeting, I had reached Panaji 45 minutes in advance. I had already completed the normal minimum 3 rounds to get a parking long back and now I was about to complete the sixth. I was on the verge of losing my patience when I wondered what my friend Mr. Mark would have said in this situation. My friend Mark had a god gifted talent of finding humour in almost any situation. Well if there was no humour in a situation… he would create it!! Mark has this magical way of creating humour out of thin air. First his eyes would twinkle which crick down to a mischievous smile and then he positions himself exactly opposite the unfortunate soul at whose cost, in a short while, the entire group would be erupting out laughing. Mark has a clean heart and he means no harm or insult to anyone, it is just that every time he spontaneously comes

up with something so original, even the person on whom the joke is intended cannot help laughing. It’s a God’s Gift as he sees the brighter side of everything and helps you tide over your bad times. So, now that I had one such trying time finding Parking and probably would be having some more rounds of Panaji city before finding a spot, I wondered what Mark would say when told about my trauma at taking a car to Panaji in the evenings. Mark would surely adjust his newly bought dark black spectacle frame, then remove it, hook it to his favourite Orange T-Shirt in a very serious way…as serious and calm as the calmness before a storm. And a storm of laughter would follow. He would say, “My friend, you should be thankful to the concerned authorities for not acting to curb the Parking Problem in Panaji. It gives you 6 benefits for their lethargy to act: 1. You Learn Time Management, as you have to be much earlier in time to find a parking to avoid delay at the meetings. 2. You get acquainted with business centres, offices, names of buildings, restaurants, paanwalas, names of roads, etc. while you are driving on the same roads repeatedly to find parking. 3. You become pious as at the end of your patience you start praying to God to grant you a Parking place any-where possible. 4. You become alert and your reflexes get advanced to anticipate from far away, which of the parked car’s reverse lights are on and to take immediate position to pounce to snatch the opportunity. 5. Lets you live your dreams, as you start feeling like a Formula 1 driver for the number of laps you complete around the

oasis in a desert, a comfy island on the high seas. I had a good meeting and laughed my way back home thinking about the mockery of reasoning of lack of parking space. However, I did not leave it as a joke. My notice now rested on Section 56 (2) (j)

the imposition of conditions and restrictions in regard to the open space to be maintained around buildings, the percentage of building area for a plot, the number, size, height and character of buildings allowed in specified areas, the purposes to which buildings in specified areas may or may not be appropriated, the sub-division or Plots, the discontinuance of objectionable uses or land in any area in reasonable periods, parking spaces and loading and unloading space for any building and the size of projections and advertisement signs.” Section 57 states that: “Land in respect of which a town planning scheme may be made. (1) A town planning scheme may be made in accordance with the provisions of this Act in respect of any land which is(i) in the course of development, (ii) likely to be used for building purposes, and (iii) already built upon. (2) For the purposes of this section, the expression ― land likely to be used for building purposes shall include any land likely to be used as, or for the purpose of providing, open spaces, roads, streets, parks, pleasure or recreation grounds, parking spaces or for the purpose of executing

and section 57 of Goa Daman and Diu Town and Country Planning Act 1974. Section 56 (2) (j) states: “A town planning scheme may make provision for all or any of the following matters …..(j)

any work upon or under the land incidental to a town planning scheme, whether in the nature of a building work or not.” My thoughts made me appreciate that Panaji is one

same buildings, however each time the lap distance increases for expectation that one will find parking around the further lanes. 6. Increases you Patience, and makes you a more tolerant person by the time you actually find a parking spot….. my friend the City Gives you a lot!!” This thought brought smile to my face dissolving with it all my stress and tensions. And my stars shined… and with it shined the reverse lights of the car parked ahead. Finally I had parking, although a long way to walk to the venue, but it was an

EAGLE

By Adv. Brijesh PS Sardessai

of the most beautiful cities in Goa. The reason of the same being that, it is a planned city. However what we fail to understand today is that the planning was done for the society and circumstances that existed centuries back. With the circumstances that exist today, it is but obvious that there will be overload of infrastructural callings. Questions that rushed to my mind were: • why the Department of Town and Country Planning does not take a pause and think about the problems of the city under which the city itself and the residents/work population is ailing? • Why doesn’t the Department make it compulsory for each and every building to have an underground parking sufficient to park at least the resident’s/office Owner’s cars? In Japan, if the owner of a premises does not have sufficient parking provisions he is restricted from employing staff. Why not work on similar lines as well? • Why not impose penalties on builders who show stilt parking on the ground floor and illegally convert it into shops which are sold at a premium? • If the Department cannot do any of this, then let all the Government offices be shifted to Patto-Panaji area. The Hon’ble Chief Minister has already done a great job of giving a facelift to the Patto area, it may well be efficiently utilized. This will ease off a lot of parking and infrastructural burden on the city and make it very convenient to citizens to find all departments in one area, when today one has to run about hither and thither to visit the Government offices which are scattered all over. • A step further may be having a vision for cities of Panaji, Margao, Mapusa, Vasco, Ponda, and soon for the entire state to have demarcated areas for Government offices, Business hubs, industrial hubs, IT Hubs, educational areas and recreational/ entertainment areas. I suppose the time has come to Park our mere thoughts and act towards planning for a better Goa.


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Fun Food & Future

Aries - (March 21 - April 19)

Rest, lie low, deal with head office, government agencies, institutions, charitable and spiritual organizations. Start no new projects nor relationships before March 17. Instead, reprise (or fix) the old, or stick with the ongoing. Sunday’s filled with beauty and pleasant notions, but your advances might be playfully steered aside. Tackle overdue work Monday/Tuesday. Relationships prove important midweek – a great conversation (or news article) and a spiritual awakening or dreamy state occur. Seek changes, health diagnosis, realistic investments and/or intimacy Friday/Saturday. Taurus - (April 20-May 20)

Your popularity grows. Optimism, wish fulfillment, light romance and entertainment increase this week and the next few. Old friends return, old wishes are granted, and former flirty, light romantic contacts reappear. New friends and new projects, if started now to March 16, will tend to twirl brightly for awhile, then fizzle. Sunday’s for home, garden, rest, and rejuvenation. Romance calls Monday/Tuesday – your creative, speculative and expressive skills rise up. Tackle familiar chores midweek. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em Friday/Saturday – great things come from partnering! Gemini - (May 21-June 20)

Start no new projects, ventures or relationships before March 17. Until then, protect ongoing projects, especially in career and dealings with authorities. They, and bosses, and parents, are gripped by indecision until then. Be ambitious (not ambiguous). Shore up your position, secure recent advances, Monday/Tuesday – or rest and nurture family, for they are the support for your ambitions. Earlier, Sunday’s for short trips, friends and curiosity. Romance and creativity lure you Wednesday/ Thursday: but they conflict with your need to grow. You get a lot of work done Friday/Saturday. Cancer - (June 21-July 22)

Chase money, buy/sell Sunday – garage sales intrigue. (Don’t buy anything big and important.) Short trips, details, communications and paperwork fill Monday/ Tuesday (avoid government forms). Focus on home, kids, real estate, security and nutrition midweek. Friday/Saturday hold romantic/creative success– which fits superbly into February/March’s broad cycle of love, cultural rituals, far travel, wisdom and higher learning. You could fall in love! But remember: start nothing, project nor relationship, before March 17. The best romance is ongoing, or is embodied in an old flame. Leo - (July 23-Aug. 22)

You’ve entered the realm of mystery, lust, health diagnosis and hidden power plays. Something might return from the past in this arena – perhaps a former sexy playmate, perhaps a chance to live a lifestyle you once hungered for, perhaps a former investment opportunity. DO research, ask questions, follow the mystery, and deal with ongoing situations/people or those returning from the past. DON’T start a new relationship, project, investment or venture. All this, to March 17. You’re the subtle star Sunday. Chase money Monday/Tuesday. Paperwork, errands midweek. Home, family Friday on. Virgo - (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

DON’T start new projects or relationships before March 17. Stick with the ongoing, and situations that return from the past – including a possible return of a former partner or someone you wished was. However, this few-week interval seems designed more to make you ponder the big picture of relationships, than to re-instate an old one permanently. It’s as if you’re on a bridge to a very different land of love, and are stalled: not to turn you back, but to make you think. Lie low Sunday. Tackle everything with confidence Monday/Tuesday. Money, midweek. Casual friends late week.

Tisreo Sukhem

Friday, 1st March, 2013

Food court

Ingredients • 50 clams (1/2 shell) • 1 tsp chilli powder • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder • 1 1/2 tsp Goan sambhar powder • 1 cup onions chopped • 2 slit green chillies • 1 tsp jaggery • 1/4 tsp garam masala • 1/2 cup coconut • 30 gm tamarind pulp

Instructions • In a pan add the clams, 1/2 cup of water and the turmeric powder. • Add the chopped onions and the slit green chillies. • Simmer on a low flame till the clam meat starts leaving the shell. • Add the chilly powder, jaggery, coconut, sambhar powder and garam masala powder. • Finally add tamarind pulp and salt to taste. • Cook till most of the water evaporates.

Strange but true facts... No sleeping in the Tub

Porcupine quills

Libra - (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Much work faces you, but tackle only routine, ongoing or formerly neglected chores before March 17. DON’T start big new projects, employ new staff, nor buy machinery, tools, computers – lemons abound. A former job might be offered. If you’re seeking employment, canvas former bosses. Sunday’s bright, hopeful, happy. Retreat and rest Monday/Tuesday -- government-related tasks go well. (Though they, too, face delay.) Your energy and pizzazz return strongly midweek, but luck (in love, learning, law and travel) mixes with domestic problems. Your money luck soars Friday/Saturday. Scorpio - (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This week goes from better to best! (But don’t be tempted to start a new project or relationship before March 17.) Sunday’s for ambition and community reputation: elevate yours by joining, helping. Optimism, popularity, wish fulfillment and general delight fill Monday/Tuesday: an old flame or flirty friend could reappear . You’re on a month-long winning streak of romance, creativity, sports or pleasure. You can renew contacts on many levels, including business. Retreat midweek to rest and contemplate. Your energy and charisma soar Friday/Saturday – you’ll succeed, attract love.

New York: It is illegal to let your dog sleep in the bathtub. Just another Laugh

Sagittarius - (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Don’t start new projects or relationships before March 17, Sage, especially in family, domestic, nutrition, real estate, retirement or security zones. (E.g., you could find new renovations have left no room for the basement stairs.) Stick to ongoing projects, or situations from the past. Clear away neglected homerelated chores. Sunday’s mellow, thoughtful, cultural. Show your ambition Monday/Tuesday (but start nothing new!). Happiness, optimism and friends fill midweek. Success assured with institutions, government, meditation, rest, health and research Friday/Saturday. Capricorn - (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Start nothing new before March 17, Cap, especially in mail, computer, telephony, office systems, stationery, or travel. Don’t buy a car or any equipment. You might rediscover a lost book, letter, photo – or an entire “lost acquaintance.” (Don’t invest too heavily in the last.) Sunday’s secrets will open, if you diplomatically push. A mellow, understanding mood flows over you Monday/Tuesday – love (or the hope of love) is possible! Be ambitious midweek, display your skills: luck accompanies you. Social delights, popularity, light romance succeed splendidly Friday/Saturday.

A porcupine has about 30,000 quills. SUDOKU The rules for solving Sudoku puzzles are very simple: each row, column and block must contain one of the numbers from "1" to "9". No number may appear more than once in any row, column, or block.

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Aquarius - (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

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Pisces - (Feb. 19-March 20)

Your energy, luck and charisma remain high, Pisces. Remember, start nothing before March 17. Until then, you’ll remain indecisive about goals, partnerships, opportunities, relocation, and love. Stick with ongoing projects, or reprise old ones – avoid the new. Everything’s smooth this week. Chores call Sunday. Relationships, opportunities and goals arise Monday/Tuesday – though excitement occurs, remember: no new links or projects. Life’s mysteries emerge midweek, but hold few rewards if you solve them. Friday/Saturday bring gentle love, intellectual venues and superb luck.

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Money’s just an abstract way to mete out power, security, position, food, shelter, clothing, medical, dental...and most love is entwined with these. So chase money now to March 19, Aquarius. You won’t be neglecting love, but supporting it. But don’t start a new project or venture. Stick with ongoing dollar situations, or reprise those from the past. (E.g., sell an old article, or seek a job where you worked before.) Sunday’s made exciting by a sensual person. Sex, secrets and finances, Monday/Tuesday. Understanding, mellow love midweek. Ambition, career Friday/Saturday.

How do you know when a ghost is

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Bolly / Holly

Friday, 1st March, 2013

Saif to make nasty 'Bullet Raja' look cool

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ctor Saif Ali Khan says although his character in new film "Bullet Raja" wears nasty clothes, he will still try to make him look cool in them. "I think it is one of the most fun things when you do a role, try and find the look for the character. So 'Bullet Raja' is kind of like this (points to stubble) but a little, sort of wears pretty big and nasty clothes but hopefully we'll make it look kind of cool. That's the idea, nylon shirts and white pants and white shoes," the 42-year-old said here during a photo shoot for Image sunglasses. Meanwhile, Saif believes that to have a certain image can harm an actor's prospects in the industry but, nevertheless, it is still important. "I don't know how important is it for an actor to have an image because an image can sometimes stereotype you. I think the less you know about an actor, the better. An actor should just actually have an image of being a good actor," Saif said. "But there are many other aspects to an actor's income, like magazine covers, forming some kind of, you being a brand ambassador and people investing in you. But as an actor I don't think it's very important," he added.

Good films need big idea, not budget: John Abraham

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ameera Reddy has apparently skipped the Milan fashion week due to her work commitments The actress had to miss the event due to a South film she is doing. Didn't know she was so knee-deep in work!

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ctress Scarlett Johansson was spotted wearing a pear-shaped diamond ring on her engagement finger, sparking rumours that she is engaged to her French boyfriend Romain Dauriac. The couple began dating in November after being introduced by mutual friends, just weeks after the actress split from Nate Taylor, her boyfriend of one year. Johansson was previously said to have been desperate to keep her relationship with Dauriac under wraps since they met. The 28-year-old actress was previously married to Ryan Reynolds for two years before their divorce was finalised June 2011.

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eing an actor and film producer I feel that good ideas make big films, not the budget. A filmmaker does not need to spend crores to make a good film," John told reporters here through video conferencing. 'Vicky Donor' was made on a small budget and won many awards for it's unique concept of sperm donation and infertility. The 40-yearold actor is currently busy promoting his upcoming romance drama 'I, Me Aur Main' with his co-stars Prachi Desai and Chitrangda Singh. "This is one of the best films in my career. I have actually lived up to my own age while acting in this film. I wish it could had been the first film of my career. I really liked working with John, he made my work really easy," said Prachi.

Sameera Reddy busy as a bee?

Piers Morgan would like to do a love scene with Jessica Alba

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he 47-year-old host, who returns to ITV with a new series of 'Life Stories', said he is looking forward to expand his film career, reported Sun online. "I want to do a big screen love scene with Jessica Alba. I am looking to expand my movie career this year. I had a cameo in a film with Denzel Washington last year and I have done comedy and drama. "So this year I would hopefully like to do a love scene with Jessica Alba," he said. Piers said he would like to buy a football team. "I wouldn't mind buying Arsenal, especially the way they are playing at the moment. I want Arsenal to be successful again. "They haven't been successful for a very long time and I am fed up with it. If anyone follows my Twitter, I don't agree with the club or the manager. Wenger has had his glory days. We need to get someone new now who is fresh and who wants to win things," he said.


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Events

Friday, 1st March, 2013

Joaquim Veigas owner of Joey's car rentals and Suraj Nandrekar partner of Goan times presenting prize for winners and runners up of Interward Cricket Tournament organised by Roston Boys

Ganesh Hegde one of India's Top Choreographer @ Cafe Del Mar


Friday, 1st March, 2013

DJTAKE Dj Jay Name: Dj Jay aka BrainwashResident Dj at Café Mambo Favorite Track: Empire of the Sun - We Are the People Best venue ever played: Café Mambo… Where else? Likes: I like to sleep, travel, spin at different venues and always be around friends and have fun. Dislikes: I hate liars and backbiters. If you were to be marooned on an island? ……. The first thing I would do is check if there is network on my phone, then probably make some calls, go in search of water, stay close by and wait for a rescue plane. But if there is no range in my phone, then sit or stand who cares, do whatever until I see something moving on land or in the sky. Person you would love to meet: Skrillex Person u would love to kiss: Megan Fox Favorite Dish: Chicken in white wine sauce God is…… God is great and has been with me always ever since I began with my career. He is an incredible giver and my greatest support at all times.

Events

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DIARY Fri

01

Mar

Sunrise: 07:04 Sunset: 18:21

Club Titos Dj Pritesh Café Mambo Friday Vibes Dj Yuri & DjBrandon Tito's Courtyard Elvis & Cliff, Darryl & Troupe Club Tito's @ The Radisson Blu Beauty & The Beatz

Events Diary Lorange Restaurant Saturdays with Richard The One Man Band 8:00 PM Cavala baga The Piano Man Bosco D'Souza, Will enthrall you with some old time hits. People are invited to jam up with him. 7:00pm onwards Kamaki Dj Nash & David Spining Hip-Hop, Retro 9:00pm

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Sunrise: 07:05 Sunset: 18:23

Club Titos Dj Pritesh Tito's Courtyard Saby 7:00pm onwards Café Mambo Dj Yuri & Dj Brandon

Cafe Mojo

WED

06

Mar

Cavala baga The Piano Man Bosco D'Souza, Will enthrall you with some old time hits. People are invited to jam up with him. 7:00pm onwards

Tito's Courtyard Veeam & The Highway Stars, Kanan (fire dancer) 7:00pm onwards Café Mambo Dj Jay Kamaki Dj David & Ashley 7:30pm

Fiplees KARAOKE & DANCE PARTY Sing along to KJ FRANCIS PAUL followed by Dance Party with In-House Dj's

Poco Loco Restaurant Melodies of blues and retro by Nelly

Lorange Restaurant Live & Wired with Axel Spining Retro Music 8:00 PM

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02

Mar

Sunrise: 07:04 Sunset: 18:22

Tito's Retro Bar Anthony/ Brandon Club Titos Dj Pritesh & DjAnthony Tito's Courtyard Nashwin & Jonathan, Kanan (fire dancer) Café Mambo Saturday Showtime Dj Ajit Pai & Dj Jay Sweet Chilli Bardez Karaoke Night 9:00 PM Cafe Mojo Saturday Shuffle Every genre of music Fiplees SATURDAY NITE FEVER Retro-Pop to Night Club Genres ! Dazzling sound & visuals ! ~ ALISON - Live ~ To Heat the Nite followed by Deejays

Sunrise: 07:05 Sunset: 18:24

Club Titos Dj Pritesh

Cafe Mojo Mojo Goes Old Skool Old skool hip-hop n video's

Down The Road Ladies Night with The Valentinos, DJ Ashton

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De Baga Deck Keven Simply Solo

Sweet Chilli Bardez Beer, BBQ & Blue 8:00pm to 11:00 pm

Kamaki Dj Nash & David Spining Hip-Hop, Retro & House Music 9:00 PM

Friday, 1st March, 2013

SUN

03

Mar

Sunrise: 07:05 Sunset: 18:22

Club Titos Dj Pritesh Titos Courtyard Veeam & The Highway Stars 12:00pm to 3:00pm Club Titos Radisson Blue Weekend Heroes 8:00pm onwards Café Mambo Dj Jay & Dj Brandon Tito's Retro Bar Sunday Night with Dj Brandon 9:30pm onwards Cafe Mojo Bollywood Boulevard 11:00 am to 7:00pm Digital Jukebox Request Your Choice of Song 7:00pm onwards Cavala Baga The Piano Man Bosco D'Souza, Will enthrall you with some old time hits. People are invited to jam up with him. 7:00pm onwards Fiplees REVLON with JOLUS ~ LIVE Dineout & Dance with some live Music... to dancing groves from old or new tracks by our Dj's !! Make your nite

Corporate's n Cocktails 10 percent add on to your cards on recharges of rs 1000 or more. Discounts on all your favorite cocktails. Cavala Baga The Piano Man Bosco D'Souza, Will enthrall you with some old time hits. People are invited to jam up with him. 7:00pm onwards Fiplees FRANK ~ Live Kick off your week with ~ Frank ! The Band & grove to various music followed by Deejay's Bardo Beach Club dOP - India Tour 9:00pm

TUE

05

Mar

Sunrise: 07:05 Sunset: 18:23

Cafe Mojo Ladies Nite Out!! with Dj Joel , a.k.a, 145bpm & Dj Usman Free Cafe Mojo shooters for ladies all nite long Wednesday Flea Market 11:00am to 6:00pm Lorange Restaurant Spining Classic Retro & Rock Music

THU

07

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Club Titos Dj Jay Tito's Courtyard Farida Live 7:00pm onwards Café Mambo Dj Yuri & Dj Brandon

Cafe Mojo Mojo Goes Retro Retro music De Baga Deck Karaoke Nite with Hendry

The Sol - Candolim Thursday Jazz Night Smoking Chutney Live 7:30pm onwards Cavala Baga The Piano Man Bosco D’Souza, Will enthrall you with some old time hits. People are invited to jam up with him. 7:00pm onwards

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Café Mambo Dj jay

Tito's Retro Club Dj Anthony

Club Tito's @ The Radisson Blu Bollywood Madness With DJ Aggie 9:30pm to 3:30pm

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Club Titos Dj Pritesh

Tito's Courtyard Tyson & Paul 7:00pm onwards

Sunrise: 07:05 Sunset: 18:24

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Down 9x Surfers Lounge Beach Shack, Baga Beach

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