GOA, SATURDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER, 2010
More than 12 countries to participate in ITM-Goa HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 10
Participation of more than twelve countries including Singapore, South Africa, Canada, UK, Italy, Poland, Russia, UAE, Thailand and Brazil among others will be one of the highlights of International Travel Mart-Goa 2010 which gets underway on October 14. ITM-Goa which aims to boost tourism-related business in the state is jointly promoted by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) and the State Department of Tourism, India Tourism, Travel & Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) and Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI). Important tourism bodies like
the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) and the Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), have confirmed participation with more confirmations coming in. Says Shyam Satardekar, Chairperson of Goa Tourism and Development Corporation (GTDC), “Without doubt, Goa is already a prime holiday destination. Through ITM-Goa we will create a window of opportunity for the tourism sector in Goa to showcase its services to the global travel industry. “ Added Swapnil Naik, Director Tourism, Government of Goa “ITM-Goa which is one of the
only few exclusive business-tobusiness networking events organised in the countr y is committed to the cause of creating an ideal platform for marketers and customers to meet, network and create new business opportunities.” Speaking on the initiative Nikhil Desai, Managing Director of Goa Tourism and Development Corporation (GTDC) added, “We expect to attract visitors from across India and abroad. Various state and international tourism boards, trade associations, resorts, airlines and leisure operators, MICE and tour operators, corporate travel planners and allied industries have displayed keen interest in participation at ITM-Goa this year”.
Ex-MLA recalls heroic efforts of freedom fighter Alfred HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, SEPT 10
Freedom fighter and ex-MLA Gajanan Raikar said freedom fighters fought for freedom from British and Portuguese rules for the sake of present generation so that they can freely think and act to bring prosperity to their lives. Raikar was speaking at a specially organized function at Chaudi to mark the 24th death anniversary of Terekhol Vir Alfred Alfonso on Friday evening. Terekhol Vir Alfred Alfonso with his brave acts had for the first time in Goa’s history unfurled tricolour at Terekhol Fort on August 15, 1954, conquering the fort for a day. “I have been closely associated with Alfonso and we shared friendship and goodwill in interacting with each other and acting accordingly on nationalism,” said Raikar. Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) Chairperson Shyamsunder Dessai, journalist and writer Ajit Painginkar, social worker Soccoro Fernandes also spoke on the occasion. Nazareth Fernandes (Nazu), a footballer from Canacona taluka, and presently a football coach was felicitated by Raikar. Earlier, Terekol Veer’s portrait was garlanded and revered be-
Pan-Asia Congress in Margao from Sept 13 HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 10
The National Council of the Society of St Vincent de Paul will hold the Pan-Asia Congress (PANASCO VII) from September 13-17 in Goa at the Ravindra bhavan, Margao. Addressing a press conference, President of the Council V M J Balaswamy said around 350 Vincentians from 27 countries are expected to attend the Congress. The theme of the Congress is Justice and Peace will embrace, he added. The Pan-Asia Congress is being held for the fist time in India, in Goa. The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international lay organization of the
fore the function commenced in the presence of Alfonso’s family, which included his son Walter Alphonso. Alponso, who is remembered as Terekhol veer, for his matchless achievement was born in Galgibaga-Canacona on March 11, 1924, and died on September 11, 1986. Loliem-Polem Panchcyat has named the panchayat building as Terekhol Veer Alfred Alfonso Complex, Poinguinim panchayat has named Galgibaga-Sadolxem road as Terekhol Veer Alfred Alfonso Road and erected a beau-
tiful memorial at the village market. Besides, his lively and touching account of his momentous achievement in Goa’s freedom struggle is provided in Std III Konkani textbook under the caption ‘Terekhol Veer Alfred Alfonso’, while the State government has constructed a m e m o r i a l i n f ro n t o f t h e Terekhol fort in his memory. Few social workers from the taluka often claimed that the memorial at Terekhol Fort at Pernem is in dilapidated condition.
Catholic Church which aims at providing a means whereby its members can practice Christianity by loving their neighbour in the person of the poor and the needy, irrespective of caste or religion. It emphasizes on a person-to-person contact and
forum proposes flyover from Nuvem-Arlem bypass to Verna HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 10
Freedom fighter Gajanan Raikar felicitates footballer and coach from Canacona Nazareth Fernandes. Photo by Kathy Pereira
nThe Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international lay organization of the Catholic Church which aims at providing a means whereby its members can practice Christianity by loving their neighbour in the person of the poor and the needy, irrespective of caste or religion. It emphasizes on a person-to-person contact and to see in the poor the face of suffering Christ.
The Nuvem Civic and Consumer Forum have proposed to the government to build a well designed flyover from NuvemArlem bypass junction to Agnel Ashram, Verna. Expressing optimism that the flyover would solve the problems faced by the Nuvem villagers, Forum Convenor Olencio Fernandes said the National highway authorities would not hesitate to opt for the flyover since the financial implications will be much less than that of the Dona Paula sea link. He pointed out that Survey conducted by NCCF in February 2009, reveals that 5,979 students (Mae dos Pobres H School 750; Carmel College and Carmel Higher Secondary 1,275; Holy Rosary Convent High School 700, I.A.M. Catering College 150; Agnel Ashram Primary KG 535; Secondary 616; Higher Secondary 331; Polytechnic 662; Padre Conceicao College of Engineering 960 – plus teachers/Lecturers plus non teaching staff and others use the highway. He said the stretch is used by public, devotees, funeral processions, entertainment venues, business establishments – and will be used by massive My Eye
nExpressing optimism that the flyover would solve the problems faced by the Nuvem villagers, Forum Convenor Olencio Fernandes said the National highway authorities would not hesitate to opt for the flyover since the financial implications will be much less than that of the Dona Paula sea link.
Hospital once it is commissioned. “There are 31 cross roads linked to the residences of the villagers and to the developed colonies – they find extremely difficult to have access to NH17. Moreover, in the event of emergency, there is no way to rush to the hospital”, he added.
Gifts distributed by a nationalized bank to women at Nachinola-Aldona to mark the bank’s 105th anniversary backfired, when the women protested against the sub-standard gifts given by the bank. According to sources, a nationalized bank on Tuesday distributed 105 sarees to women and self-help groups at its branch at Nachinola. “The women were initially excited to get the gifts few days before the Ganesh festival. But their joy did not last long, as they soon realized that the sarees that the bank had given them were substandard,” in-
formed sources. Yogita Shirodkar of Nachinola complained that most sarees given by the bank were useless and some even had holes in them.“We were made fools and it was a joke that the bank did only to hurt our sentiments," she said. Later, the angr y women staged a protest and demanded an explanation from the bank manager. Some women in a fit anger threw the sarees on the bank manager, much to his embarrassment. “If the sarees were defective, they should have never provided us such material. The sarees had big holes in them and were useless,” said Sneha Narvekar.
Goans greeted on Ganesh Chaturthi HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 9
Goa Governor , Dr S S Sidhu, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar and Home Minister Ravi Naik have greeted Goans on Ganesh Chaturthi. The Governor in his message said that the celebrations of religious, spiritual, social and cultural festival have played a fundamental role in strengthening the overall unity and integrity of the country and its secular outlook. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the important festivals celebrated by the people with unique enthusiasm and religious fervor. It is an appropriate occasion for all of us to realize that peace and harmony are vital to our progress. In his message, Kamat hoped that the Lord of the Knowledge will shower his choicest blessing on Goans. Kamat further wished that good monsoon received by the state this year will double the joy and add to the
festivities, especially of the rural populace. Saying that Ganesh Chaturthi is symbol of communal harmony, Parrikar said the festival is celebrated in the state with enthusiasm. Let the Lord Ganesh bless people of Goa with happiness, peace, health and prosp e r i t y, h e s a i d i n h i s message. Naik said that the blessings of Lord Ganesh are solicited for spiritual and material success. “The festival reminds us of the significance of imbibing the inspiring values in our lives to usher in a humane society,” Naik said in a press release. Meanwhile, Education Minister Babush Monseratte has said that Ganesh is the God of peace and happiness and remover of obstacles and prayed that the Lord Ganesh bless Goa and its people. PWD Minister Churchill Alemao and Mahila Congress leader Valanka Alemao have also greeted Goans on Ganesh Chaturthi.
Hope at Candolim, having 28 inmates and the Dr Alfredo Antao Home at Chandor run by t h e C o n f e re n c e s o f H o l y Spirit, Margao and O L of Belem, Chandor having 19 inmates. Besides, the Society has a school for special children at Curtorim, recognized by the Education Department with 18 children and a Day Care Centre for Senior Citizens, where medical camps, counseling facilities, medical check ups and free distribution of vegetable seeds are being carried out regularly – a KG school at Velsao, a Medical Aid Centre at Chinchinim and a moving school at Saligao.
Digambar promises support to non-conventional energy
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat inaugurating Nuetech Solar Shoppee at Sirvodem, Navelim. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 10
Saying that solar energy is the most important source of all the renewable energy sources, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has promised all support and encouragement to non-conventional sources of energy. Inaugurating the Nuetech Solar Shoppe at Sirvodem-Navelim, Kamat said that solar energy is the most important source of all the renewable energy sources like wind and others. “These sources can be easily tapped for power generation and energy conservation”, Kamat said. Former Minister, Matanhy Saldanha said that Solar Energy is
the future and every one should whole heartedly adopt Solar enegy. “Goa has a lot of potential for Solar Energy, but only a comprehensive strategy including availability of the Solar Energy Devices, User-friendly financing mechanisms, good after-saleservices will ensure popularisation of Solar Energy”, he added. Margao Municipal Chairperson, Savio Coutinho said that the Margao Municipal Council has already started adopting Solar Energy and has installed Solar Street Lights surrounding municipal offices and in the Margao Municipal Gardens. “We will encourage large scale installa-
tion of Solar Energy Devices”, he added. Quepem MLA, Chandrakant Kavlekar, former Quepem Municipal Chairpersons Manuel Colaco and Teresa Travasso were also present. The Solar Shoppee was blessed by Fr Francis Pereira of Navelim Church. Owner of Neutech Solar Shoppee Ajay Pereira said the company offers complete range of top quality solar energy devises, including solar water heaters and Solar Photovoltaic (lighting) systems. The company has promised to arrange soft loan from the government to the users, besides assistance to avail subsidies.
Canconkars on shopping spree ahead of Ganesh
Bank draws women’s ire over sub-standard gifts HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, SEPT 10
to see in the poor the face of suffering Christ. Founded in Paris in 1833 by a group of young men, led by Frederic Ozanam, a student of Law and was named after St Vincent de Paul, whose life had been devoted to helping the un-
derprivileged, the organization today is spread over 147 countries of the world. “In India, it had its birth in 1853 in Pondicherry, but the Society was officially started in 1863 with the aggregation of some Conferences in Bombay. Today, India has 6543 Conferences helping out the needy through the thousands of its members spread around the country”, he added. Presently, there are over 150 Conferences in various parishes of the State. The Society has various projects in Goa, outstanding among which are two Homes for the Aged: the Arc of Hope run by the Conference of O.L. of Good
HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, SEPT 10
An aerial view of Chaudi bazaar.
Photo by Kathy Pereira
fix levels of ecological degradation: researchers
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 10
“The marine biodiversity of Goa needs systematic study to fix the levels of degradation and some corrective measures such as conservation, preservation and restoration needs to be carried out,” says paper presented by two researchers at a seminar held at Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) Old Goa, recently. C Monteiro and G G Phadke in their paper have expressed the need for formulation of strict laws whereas violations of existing ones (Wildlife Protection Act, CRZ, Pollution Control and Indian Fisheries Act) have to be dealt with in a more sever manner, they suggested. Ecologically, Goa’s coast is very important and has one of the best waterways network with seven major rivers. However, like elsewhere, coastal marine diversity of the State comprising Plankton Community, marine algae, marine fungi, sea grasses, mangrove flora, sand dune vegetation, marine fish fauna and other fauna. In a view of soil erosion, cli-
nC Monteiro and G G Phadke in their paper have expressed the need for formulation of strict laws whereas violations of existing ones (Wildlife Protection Act, CRZ, Pollution Control and Indian Fisheries Act) have to be dealt with in a more sever manner, they suggested.
mate change and sea level rise, the two researchers says the best protective measure against these processes is the retention of natural ecosystem by retreat
and appropriate set back lines. Deforestation, land and improper land use is one of the proximate root causes of loss of biodiversity. “Reclamation of mangrove and Khazan lands near the estuaries has huge impact on the food chain and breeding cycles of fish and shellfish, “they pointed out in their paper. Also, development project and urbanization causing loss of biodiversity -- the biodiversity near urban areas is under tremendous pressure land development activities. Other factors which they says are causing depletion of bio-diversity include sand dune destruction, improper cultivation methods and sewage disposal, wild life poaching, mining and quarrying Beach shack and tourism. Beach shacks and recreation along Goan beaches though appear less damaging due to its temporary nature, the ever increasing competition has resulted in their proliferation along the 60 kms of beach length. Huge quantity of plastic left unattended at the beaches invariably finds its way into the estuaries, they said.
With Ganesh festival set to begin on Saturday, stalls and shops witnessed hectic purchases of provisions in Canacona. The weekly Saturday bazaar was advanced by a day on Friday to meet the demands. Residents of Canacona rushed to the commercial hub at Chaudi in large numbers for last-minute purchases as a preparation for Ganesh festival. The market on Friday had all the needs of the festivities and with vendors quoting soaring rates it did not deter the shoppers from buying their necessary goods required for the festival. Friday, which remained fairly a sunny day, after heavy downpour early morning, witnessed
the day was ending with dark overhead cloud bringing another heavy spell of rain, catching most of the shoppers at Chaudi off-guard. But the evening spell did not deter the shoppers, as most of the people were seen braving rains to make their last minute purchases. Interestingly, the rain was limited unto the municipal areas and to the southern areas, while places at Khola, Agonda, parts of Shristhal in the northern side of the taluka, remained totally dry throughout the day. The weekly vendors, whose Saturday market was advanced in view of Ganesh festival on Saturday, made heavy sales of their goods, informed sources. Meanwhile, it was the final
touch-up day for most of the Sarvajanik Ganeshotshav Mandals in the taluka, as almost all gave finishing touches to the huge pandals, while the set up of Ganesh idols and installation of other artifacts, was progressing behind the curtains at the mandals venues. Two prominent Sarvajanik Ganeshosthav mandals at CharRasta and Chaudi were seen erecting massive pandals and work that had commenced since a week ago had progressed only at snails pace due to torrential rains, picked up on Friday. The large idols had already reached at the site and its installation was going ahead behind the close curtains, the scenes which will be opened only on Saturday.
Over 2000 families given provisions by Fatorda charity HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 10
Goa Pradesh Congress General Secretary Vijay Sardessai has said his charity foundation “We for Fatorda” has completed the distribution of provisions to 2000 needy families in the constituency before Ganesh Chaturthi as part of his attempt to alleviate the plight of those affected by the price rise. In a press release, Sardessai said his Foundation has attempted to “do its bid” to help the needy in Fatorda in keeping with the message of the Holy month of Sravana and also Ramzan, which teaches the faithful to reach out to the underprivileged in the society. ‘Unlike the BJP in Fatorda which only showed lip sympathy to the cause of those affected by price rise by holding an ‘indoor’ public meeting, I have delivered on my public promise”, he said. Recalling Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar’s taunt at the
GPCC General Secretary Vijay Sardessai distributing provision to people of Fatorda on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi.
BJP meeting that Vijay Sardesai was already behaving like an MLA even before having been elected, Sardesai thanked Parrikar for the compliment, saying he was actually doing the work of the MLA of taking care of the needy voters of Fatorda when the MLA was busy holding a huge birthday bash supported by the contractors lobby which had released full page advertisements in local dailies.
In this circumstance Sardesai questioned how it would be inappropriate if one termed the Fatorda ML A as the Godfather of the Contractors Lobby? Sardesai further said that when all progressive politicians have embarked on austerity during private celebrations, it was a surprise to see the MLA from " the Party with a difference" behaving very differently.
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