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Fresh jolt For YeddY Governor for President’s Rule PTI BANGALORE, MAY 15
The BJP Government in Karnataka today plunged into a crisis with Governor H R Bhardwaj recommending dismissal of the Yeddyurappa ministry and imposition of President’s Rule in the wake of Supreme Court quashing the disqualification of 11 party rebel MLAs. The party and Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa hit back at the Governor’s move saying it is a “conspiracy of the Raj Bhavan that is not acceptable”. A meeting of NDA leaders may take place tomorrow and a delegation could call on the President to oppose the Governor’s recommendation. On a day of high drama, the Governor, who has been having
This is a conspiracy of the Raj Bhavan. BJP has a majority in the House. The Governor is only playing a political game at the behest of Congress and the JD(S). — B S Yeddyurappa a troubled relationship with the Government, has sent a “special” report to the Centre, the Raj Bhavan said. Sources said he has recommended a spell of President’s Rule and for keeping the Assembly in suspended animation. The report from Bhardwaj, who returned here from Delhi this morning, comes in the wake of Supreme Court reversing the Karnataka High Court decision
of disqualifying 11 BJP rebel MLAs and five independents ahead of the October 10, 2010 floor test in the Assembly. Yeddyurappa, whose party earlier in the day claimed that the crisis was over with the rebels extending support to his Government, attacked the Governor and urged the President not to give in to his recommendation. Addressing a late night press conference at his house, Yeddyurappa said the BJP had a majority in the House and the Governor was playing a political game at the behest of Congress and the JD(S). The Chief Minister said he had written a letter to President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking them not to accept the Governor’s report.
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Sports: Warne to face criminal complaint Pg 16 I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. — Patrick Henry
IN BRIEF Targets inside India ‘identified’: ISI chief ISI’s chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha has warned India that any Abbottbad-like attack would invite a befitting response from Pakistan as targets inside the country “had already been identified”. Pasha’s warning came as he addressed the incamera joint session of the Senate and National Assembly held behind closed doors on Friday. – (PTI)
Business: Oppn slams petrol price hike, seeks rollback Pg 11
Post poll, moves afoot to form new govts Jaya to be sworn-in CM today
Rangasamy to take oath as Puducherry CM PTI PUDUCHERRY, MAY 15
PTI CHENNAI, MAY 15
Jayalalithaa, who ensured a landslide victory for AIADMK in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, will be sworn in as Chief Minister tomorrow for a third term along with 33 others in her Cabinet in which she will retain police and home portfolios. The swearing-in ceremony of the 63-year-old leader will take place at the historic Madras University’s centenary auditorium at 12.15 PM where Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and CPI general secretary A B Bardhan will be present. The details of the swearingin ceremony and the ministers to be inducted were taken at a meeting Jayalalithaa had with Governor S S Barnala shortly after she was elected leader of the AIADMK legislature party. In keeping with Tamil Nadu’s political practice, it will be a single-party Government despite AIADMK winning the elections in alliance with some other parties. While 25 of the 34 members to be sworn in tomorrow will be youngsters and new faces, it will also include veterans like O Pannerselvam who was chief minister for a short time in 2001 when she could not assume the post because of legal problems. He will hold Finance now. The other old-timers include K A Sengottaiyan (Agriculture).
AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa handing over a letter intimating of her election as the leader of the AIADMK legislature Party to Governor S S Barnala at a meeting at Raj Bhavan in Chennai Sunday.
All India N R Congress founder N Rangasamy, whose party made a stunning electoral debut in alliance with AIADMK to dethrone his former party Congress in the April 13 Assembly polls, will be sworn in as Puducherry Chief Minister tomorrow. Official said Rangasamy alone will be administered oath of office by Lt Governor Iqbal Singh at Raj Nivas. However, there is no clarity yet on whether 61-year-old Rangasamy would head a coalition Government or not. AINRC had won 15 seats and the AIADMK five in the 30-member Assembly. Two-time Chief Minister Rangasamy returns to power nearly three years after being unceremoniously removed by Congress high command following a revolt by his Cabinet colleagues.
Trinamool stakes claim in Bengal PTI KOLKATA, MAY 15
The Trinamool Congress tonight formally staked claim to form the next Government in West Bengal shortly after Mamata Banerjee was unanimously elected Leader of the Trinamool Congress Legislature Party (TCLP). “We have staked claim to form the Government. We have submitted a copy of the resolu-
tion passed at the meeting of the newly-elected MLAs electing Banerjee as the leader of the TC Legislature party to Governor M K Narayanan”, Partha Chatterjee, who was elected deputy leader of TCLP, told PTI. “Along with the resolution we have also given the list of 184 MLAs of Trinamool Congress”, he said. Chatterjee who led the TC delegation to Raj Bhavan said,
“it is now for the Governor to invite Banerjee to form the next Government in the State”. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, who was not in the delegation, left for Delhi with Union Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee to invite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the swearing-in ceremony, the date of which has not been announced yet.
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World: Pope laments bloodshed Pg 13 in Libya, Syria Centre removes 142 terrorists from ‘blacklist’ PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 15
In a significant decision, the Central Government has removed from its ‘blacklist’ the names of 142 wanted terrorists and their associates, including the heads of various Sikh extremist groups. The wanted persons whose names have been deleted are believed to be currently based in countries like Pakistan, the US, Canada, Norway, France and Germany, and the Government’s step will enable them to move freely around the world and even return home. The names have been deleted in two phases after a review of 169 cases in consultation with the Punjab Government and security agencies. While 25 names were deleted in August last year, 117 names were deleted last month, according to the Home Ministry. Among those removed from the blacklist by the Union Home Ministry are Lakhbir Singh Rode, nephew of dreaded slain terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and chief of International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF). The list also includes names like Ranjit Singh alias Neeta, a native of Jammu and Kashmir who heads Khalistan Zindabad Force, Wadhawa Singh, chief of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Paramjit Singh Panjwar, chief of Khalistan Commando Force. Ripudaman Singh Malik, an activist of Babbar Khalsa who is currently based in British Columbia, was accused of having assisted in funding the 1985 Kanishka plane bombing. The Home Ministry decision follows the Delhi High Court order to it on February 9 to take a decision on a petition that pleaded that the list of 169 Sikhs should be reviewed as it has led to “unnecessary harassment” to various individuals at different airports and embassies across the world.
IMF chief held; charged with attempted rape BLOW-BY-BLOW
Maid enters Strauss-Kahn’s USD 3,000-a-night suite of Sofitel New York hotel, believing it is unoccupied. l The IMF chief is in the shower when the 32-year-old maid enters his room. l As she is in the foyer, he comes out of the bathroom fully naked, and attempts to sexually assault her. l She fights him off. He then drags her down the hallway to the bathroom, where he sexually assaults her a second time. l During this time, the woman breaks free, flees and reports it to other hotel personnel, who call 911. l
Strauss-Kahn leaves in a hurry, drives to airport. As he settles in the first class cabin two detectives board the plane and take him out. (According to maid’s & police PTI NEW YORK, MAY 15
IMF chief Dominique StraussKahn, a likely candidate for French President in 2012, was arrested today and charged with attempted rape and sexual assault on a hotel maid here, after being pulled out from a Parisbound airplane, minutes before it was to take off. Sixty-two-year-old StraussKahn, Managing Director of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund since 2007, was taken off an Air France plane’s first-class cabin at the John F Kennedy International Airport and apprehended by detectives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. His attorneys William Taylor and Benjamin Brafman said that he would plead not guilty. The IMF chief will plead not guilty to all charges, his lawyer Taylor said. The New York Police Depart-
ment arrested Kahn at 2:15 am Sunday “on charges of criminal sexual act, attempted rape, and an unlawful imprisonment in connection with a sexual assault on a 32-year chambermaid in the luxury suite of a Midtown Manhattan hotel yesterday” about 1 pm, Deputy Commissioner Paul J Browne, the department’s chief spokesman, said. Browne said that it was about 1 pm local time yesterday when the maid entered Strauss-Kahn’s USD 3,000-a-night suite of Sofitel New York hotel, believing it was unoccupied. The IMF chief was in the shower when the 32-year-old maid entered his room at the hotel on West 44th Street in Manhattan yesterday. As she was in the foyer, “he came out of the bathroom, fully naked, and attempted to sexually assault her”, Browne was (Continued on page 4)
Machinery at closed Cavrem mine will be removed: CM HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 15
Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat on Sunday assured a delegation of social activists that heavy machinery stationed at a closed mine at Cavrem would be removed forthwith and that police would take the ongoing investigations into the Nilesh Gaonkar case to its logical conclusion. In another development, Nilesh was on Sunday afternoon discharged from Hospicio and was later escorted by police to Cavrem as part the security
measures worked out. After giving the delegation comprising of Cavrem Adivasi Bachao Samiti and other activists a patient hearing, the Chief Minister said the mine in question would be closed and machinery removed from the site. He said the order passed by the Directorate of Mines and Pollution Control Board will be implemented. On investigations into the attack on Nilesh Gaonkar, the Chief Minister said the police are seriously investigating the case as evident by the visit of
Anti-mining activists from Cavrem on a dharna in front Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s residence at Margao. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar.
Osama had plan to kill Obama, diary reveals PTI WASHINGTON, MAY 15
Slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden had prepared a blueprint how to assassinate US President Barack Obama and disrupt the 2012 American elections, media reports have said. US officials analysing the data found in bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad during the raid that killed him found a diary in TO which the terror leader had jotted (KOZHIKODE) via his musings on how to kill the THALASSERY, KANNUR, KASARAGODUS President, ABC News reported. London-based Sunday Times also had a similar report. Osama “jotted his musings” in a diary “on how to kill President Barack Obama, but not Joe Biden, the vice-president, who, he wrote, was not worth the trouble”, The Times said. “I think what this new information indicates is that he was more involved than people realise”, said Steve Jones, an analyst with RAND Corp. US agents have had their first Estd. 1930 access to bin Laden’s three An ISO 9001:2008 Certified, Recognised by the Government of India wives, but reportedly they were not cooperative and hostile. President Obama has acknowledged that threats against his own grandmother from another al Qaeda group are being closely monitored along with
threats to American citizens, according to ABC News. In the journals discovered at his compound, bin Laden urged his followers to assassinate President Obama and disrupt the 2012 American elections. ABC News consultant and former FBI profiler Brad Garrett said bin Laden’s quest to kill the President is a personal one. “The president obviously has a Muslim history. He’s not following bin Laden’s philosophy of what a true Islamist should be doing”, Garrett said. “He is incensed, inflamed, obsessed about killing the Presi-
dent”, Garrett told ABC News. An attack on as high-profile a target as the US President would demonstrate al Qaeda’s reach. “The ultimate goal in killing or cutting down the United States would be to take out its president”, Garrett said. Meanwhile, US Senator John Kerry warned on Sunday that relations with key ally Pakistan were at a “critical moment” as he headed to Islamabad as the first senior US visitor since the death of Osama bin Laden. Kerry, speaking in the Afghan capital Kabul, said he was ready to listen to Pakistan’s leaders but the discovery of the Al-Qaeda chief living close to Islamabad meant talks had to “resolve some very serious issues”. “We need to find a way to march forward if it is possible. If it is not possible, there are a set of downside consequences that can be profound”, said Kerry, whose trip to the region has been endorsed by President Obama. Kerry, chairman of the influential Senate Foreign Relations committee, also repeated Washington’s belief that Pakistani authorities know where Taliban safe havens harbouring the leaders of Afghanistan’s insurgency are located.
the Director General of Police Aditya Arya to Hospicio. “This only goes to show that the police are serious in their job in nabbing the culprits”, Kamat said. When his attention was drawn to a claim by the activists, promising to stop all mining in Cavrem and Maina village, Kamat told newsmen that the meeting held earlier this week had reviewed the situation, especially in view of the High Court order restricting the timings of ore transportation. “I have told the villagers to submit
their grievances on the transportation. Two representatives of the Samiti can be inducted on the transport Committee to keep a track on the implementation of the High Court order”, Kamat added. Earlier in the day, anti-mining activists under banner of Cavrem Adivasi Bachao Samiti along with social activists held a dharna in front of Kamat’s Margao residence demanding justice to Nilesh Gaonkar and immediate closure of all mines in Cavrem. The activists called for the (Continued on page 4)
Sir, passengers arriving from Gulf started getting gallons of petrol instead of bottles of liquor, what do we do??
Pg4 UPCOMING EVENTS GCCI committee election PANJIM (HND): The term of the current Managing Committee of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry will end in June 2011. Nominations have been invited for the office of the President and fourteen other members of the Managing Committee of GCCI for the two year term (2011-13) from eligible members. The nomination forms along with a brief bio-data of the candidate should be submitted to the Returning Officer by 5.30 pm on May 27. The last day for withdrawal of the nominations is June 4. Elections, if necessary, will be held on June 12.
Activist rues bad road culture despite high literacy in Goa
Programme for ex-servicemen PANJIM (HND): Ex-Servicemen contact programme will be conducted by the Department of Sainik Welfare, Panjim, on May 15 at 11 am in the premises of State Bank of India, Canacona Branch. The Secretary Department of Sainik Welfare will brief ex-servicemen/widows regarding the facilities/concessions provided by the Department of Sainik Welfare Goa and by Central Government and will give the demonstration on pension calculation software ‘Suvigya’ developed by GCDA to calculate the correct entitlement. He will also attend to the grievances if any and take suggestions for future proposal for the benefit of ex-servicemen/widows.
International Museum Day PANJIM (HND): The Museum of Christian Art at Old Goa (MOCA) has several activities planned from May 15 to 22 around International Museum Day on May 18. In keeping with the theme, amateur and professional collectors will display their collections on Collectors’ Day on May 15 from 4 pm to 6 pm. A collection of Holy Pictures and religious memorabilia belonging to the Late Amalia Aida de Santa Rita Vas, and photographs of all the Parish Churches of Goa from the book by Jose Lourenco will be on display throughout the week from May 15 to 22 at MOCA. There will also be a musical evening in Moca's garden with Joanne Fernandes (Kingfisher Voice of Goa 2009) from 6.15 pm onwards. Entry to the Museum will be free and open to all on International Museum Day May 18. On this day, MOCA and Bookworm will host activities such as sketching and creating and crafting memories around objects from the Museum for children of age 7 and above from 9.30 am to 4 pm. Museum Week at MOCA will close with ‘Matters of the Art’ a quiz on Art & Culture at 5 pm on May 22 hosted by the Sunday Evening Quiz Club.
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Gurunath Kelekar addresses a press conference at Ponda. Photo by Amresh Parab HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, MAY 15
Gurunath Kelekar, managing trustee of the Movement for Amity towards Roads in Goa (MARG), has said there is no need for road safety awareness, given Goa's reputation of having one of the highest literacy rates in the country. MARG is an NGO working to inculcate road culture among people for the last seven years.
The NGO has also received backing from the state government. "In Goa, we don't need road safety awareness. All are educated and know what their responsibilities are", said Gurunath Kelekar, while addressing a press conference. Kelekar was speaking to media ahead of its four-day exhibition of photographs and screening of its 45-minute Konkani film at Ponda.
The exhibition, supported by the Directorate of Transport and Lions Club of Ponda, will be inaugurated by Ponda SDPO DySP Serafin Dias. "Goans have seen the world and adapt to the road conditions there. But when they come back, they forget their road sense here. Goans know the importance of road safety but the mindset has to be changed," Kelekar said. "Humility is very important once you are seated in the driver's seat." While the NGO may not have achieved the desired results, Kelekar was, however, confident that they would succeed and added that their work would not stop. "Our organisation is unique in the country. We will continue with our work and hope one day we would be able to change mindset of people. We are not aiming at reducing accidents, but are working to change mindset of the people towards road safety", said Kelekar.
Russian accused of damaging property of ex-employer HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 15
A Russian national is accused of damaging the property of an Anjuna businessman while he was fast asleep at Anjuna. Roman Moguchev, a Russian national damaged the property of Ignatius, a restaurant owner at Anjuna recently while he was fast asleep, police said. According to Ignatius, the Russian national who was employed by him on humanitarian ground was sacked by him for his continuous involvement in illegal trade like drugs peddling, etc. Recently, while Ignatius was having a good sleep, Moguchev entered the premises of Ignatius, switched off the main light and began damaging the property including a vehicle. Caught unawares, Ignatius tried to switch on the lights and save his property but Moguchev had already done enough damage to his property. Ignatius has filed a complaint at the Anjuna police station against the Russian for damaging his property including a car.
Ore exporters’ chief condemns attack on anti-mining activist HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 15
Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association (GMOEA) has condemned attack on tribal leader Nilesh Gaonkar and said such an attack would alienate locals from the mining industry. GMOEA President Shivanand Salgaocar condemning attack on tribal anti-mining leader said that the incident was a shocking development in mining, which is being conducted in a peaceful manner across the state. “This is a serious issue. I sincerely hope that none of the mining companies operating in Cavrem are involved in this ghastly incident,” Salgaocar said adding that government needs to act firmly against such acts. G a o n ka r, a l e a d e r f ro m Cavrem Adivasi Bachao Samiti was assaulted by unknown cul-
prits at Verna on Thursday. Vasco police have registered attempt to murder case against unknown persons. Gaonkar was spearheading the anti-mining agitation at Cauvrem. Gaonkar had said that the attack is a conspiracy of the mine lobby to resist locals from opposing mining activities in the area. He said that resorting to armed attack would only serve to alienate local communities from the mining industry. “It would be sad and shocking if anyone from the mining industry is involved in this act. I would like to point out that resorting to armed attacks and seeking short sighted gains would only serve to alienate the local communities from the mining industry,” Salgaocar added. “Every effort needs to be made to identify the culprits
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and to ensure that they get highest possible punishment,” he added. Salgaocar said that it is an assault not only on the victim but on society by large. “No doubt, differences in opinion exist in every society or group, but in a civilized society like ours, such things can be resolved through mutual discussions or administrative process,” he said. Cavrem Adivasi Bachao Samiti led by Gaonkar had come out strongly against illegal mining activities in Cavrem mining belt. The extensive agitation by the locals paralyzing entire mining truck transportation for more than a month, had forced government bodies to take some stringent measures against illegal mining operations and related activities in the village.
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quoted as saying by NYT. “He grabs her, according to her account, and pulls her into the bedroom and onto the bed”, Browne said, adding he locked the door to the suite. “She fights him off, and he then drags her down the hallway to the bathroom, where he sexually assaults her a second time”, he said. MSNBC television reported that in the bathroom, the IMF chief forced the maid to perform oral sex on him and tried to remove her underwear. At some point during the assault, the woman broke free and “fled, reported it to other hotel personnel, who called 911. When the police arrived, he was not there”, Browne said, adding StraussKahn appeared to have left in a hurry. Investigators found his cellphone in the room, which he had left behind, and one law enforcement official said that investigation uncovered forensic evidence that would contain his DNA. The maid was taken by police to hospital and was being treated for minor injuries. A spokesman for the hotel said its staff is cooperating with the investigations. Strauss-Kahn drove to the airport to catch the Paris-bound Air France Flight 23. As he settled down in the first class cabin, two detectives of the Port Authority suddenly boarded the plane and took him out, John P L Kelly, a spokesman for the agency said. “It was 10 minutes before its scheduled departure”, said Kelly. “They were just about to close the doors”. Strauss-Kahn was being housed at the police department’s Special Victims Unit. In Washington, the IMF said, “Strauss-Kahn has retained legal counsel, and the IMF has no comment on the case; all inquiries will be referred to his personal lawyer and to the local authorities”. “The IMF remains fully functioning and operational”, said a statement issued by Caroline Atkinson, the IMF’s head of external relations. Strauss-Kahn had earlier won praise for his handling of the global financial crisis as the IMF head. Strauss-Kahn, who was widely expected to stand in the 2012 French presidential elections as a Socialist candidate against incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, was in 2008 also embroiled in a controversy after accusations surfaced of his sexual relationship with one of his subordinates, a Hungarian economist, in the IMF’s Africa Department. The IMF board, which investigated the case that time, ruled his actions “reflected a serious error of judgement” but that the relationship had been consensual. Kahn had then apologised to IMF staff and his wife, US-born French TV personality Anne Sinclaire. “While this incident constituted an error in judgement on my part, for which I take full responsibility, I firmly believe that I have not abused my position”, Kahn wrote in an email to IMF staff after the affair became public. Sinclaire is his third wife. He has four children from two previous marriages. Strauss-Kahn, had served as France’s Minister of Economy and Finance from 1997 to 1999. A Port authority spokesperson said, Strauss-Kahn was traveling alone and was not handcuffed during the apprehension. The IMF chief “complied with the detectives’ directions”, Kelly said. Strauss-Kahn, who had a meeting planned with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has a special arrangement with Air France that allows him to get on any flight and sit in first class, unnamed sources were quoted as saying by the New York Post. In France’s 2007 election, Strauss-Kahn lost the Socialist Party nomination to Segolene Royal, who in turn was defeated by Sarkozy, leader of the right-wing Union for a Popular Movement.
immediate arrest of the assailants involved in the dastardly attack on Gaonkar. After meeting the Chief Minister, an activist from Cavrem, Anishi Velip told media that Kamat had assured to direct the Collector to remove all heavy machinery from the closed mine. The anti-mining activists later took out a rally from the Chief Minister’s residence to the Margao Municipal garden.
Editor and Publisher of Viva Goa Kedar Dhume, author Maria Aurora Couto and Speaker Pratapsing Rane release the May issue of VIVA GOA during the first anniversary celebrations of the magazine on Thursday at the Goa Marriott Resort. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 15
The first anniversary of Goa’s fist lifestyle magazine, Viva Goa, was celebrated at the Goa Marriott Resort, recently. The chief guest, Speaker Pratapsing Rane, on the occasion said that: “Viva Goa has raised the standard of magazine journalism and I can vouch that it is a magazine which can be placed in the same league of national publications. Earlier, he released the first anniversary issue along with noted author Ms Maria Aurora Couto and Kedar Dhume, editor and publisher of Viva Goa. Further, Rane congratulated the team saying he hoped they would maintain the same standard in the years to come. Ms Couto said, “Normally I don’t go through glossy magazines as they contain more glamour and less content. But I went through Viva Goa and I liked it. It has articles on a variety of themes; the magazine reflects vibrancy without stressing on the negative side. It is actually Goans talking to themselves as well as informing the world about Goa and Goans.” Senior advocate and former Advocate General of Goa A N S
Nadkarni said, “The editorial content is very good, and I’m not saying that because I’m one of the columnists! I value the articles sent in by other contributors. I did not expect Goa to come up with a magazine of such calibre. Initially I was taken aback when the editor asked me to write a legal column in a lifestyle magazine, but now with the positive feedback from the readers I enjoy writing on legal issues although I sometimes write on philosophy as well.” Renowned gynaecologist Dr Kedar Padte compared the Viva Goa team to William Wordsworth’s Daffodils and recited the poem with a slight improvisation of his own. In his welcome address Mr Dhume said, “In the last year of publication, we have redefined lifestyle. We do not mean a narrow and superficial definition of high living, fine dining, or celebrity journalism, though that is a part of it, but a magazine which reflected the positive and convivial face of Goa.” Viva Goa has featured articles from the world of music, industry, fashion, cuisine, sports, films, wellness, art, besides eminent people from Goa.
Indian school in Kuwait celebrates golden jubilee HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 15
The three-day Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Indian Community School Kuwait (ICSK) concluded recently at the ICSK campus. The events jointly organised by the parent community, staff and management of ICSK was interspersed with flamboyant cultural shows, much to the delight of hundreds of people who flocked to the ICSK auditorium. Vidhu Nair, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of India inaugurated the event by unveiling the ICSK logo specially designed for the Golden Jubilee celebrations. Fahad Abdul Rehman Al Ghais Asst Undersecretary, Kuwait
Ministry of Education attended the grand finale as the chief guest. Chairman Ashok Kalra, in his address highlighted the achievements of the school in academics and other areas of education. The endowment scheme is being expanded to benefit more students, he added. The guest of honor, Mohammad Abdulla Al Dahes, released the commemorative magazine. Rajan Daniel welcomed the gathering and stated that the second stage of development after the Golden Jubilee is underway to maximize facilities for the younger generation studying in the institution.
S H O RT TA K E S Guirdolim elects sarpanch MARGAO (HR): Lawrence Benedito Fernandes has been elected as Sarpanch of Guirdolim Panchayat, in Wednesday’s elections. Lawrence was elected unopposed after the Presiding Officer Allaudin Maniyar received his lone nomination paper. His candidature was proposed by panch Elsy Diniz and seconded by Sureka Kambli. Lawrence succeeds Jose Antao, who quit office on personal grounds after presiding over the village panchayat affairs for around nine months.
Modified scooter given to disabled PANJIM (HND): Secretary of Department of Sainik Welfare Maj Venugopal Nair handed over a modified scooter to disabled ex-servicemen Umakant Naik on Thursday. Nk. Umakant Naik was serving as Motor Transport (MT) driver in the Army Service Corps (ASC), Indian Army from 1963 to 1997. Due to medical problem his right leg was amputated. Modified scooters are provided to the disabled ex-servicemen are a part of series of the welfare measures for welfare of former army personnel and their families.
Red Cross helps re-linking families PANJIM (HND): The core work Family News Service (FNS) of Indian Red Cross, Goa branch, offers service to the needy families to restore family links of families that are separated in the event of natural disaster or armed conflicts by tracing them, so that they can get in touch with their family members living in different parts of the country and abroad. Through this Family News Service (FNS), family members are informed of the status of their loved ones and families and help to rebuild their lives either by bringing good news or by relieving their uncertainty.
POWER SHUTDOWN MAY 17
ASSOLDA: From 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Areas affected are Assolda and Cotombi Village Panchayat. MAY 19
XELVONA: From 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Areas affected are Xeldem and Xelvona Village Panchayats.
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SC slams unrecognised teachers training institutes PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 15
Observing that teachers from unrecognised institutions will not be able to impart valuebased education and merely train students to succeed in life by manipulations, the Supreme Court has dismissed a bunch of pleas filed by various such institutes seeking recognition. A bench of justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan said granting recognition to undeserving institutions would be detrimental to national interest and noted that appellants did not approach the court "with clean hands and succeeded in polluting the stream of justice by making patently false statement" on their status. The apex court rejected the plea of the institutes that the career of hundreds of students trained by these unrecognised institutes would be in jeopardy if the National Council for Technical Education (NCTE) was not asked to grant them recognition. "There is no valid ground much less justification to confer
legitimacy upon the admission made by the appellants in a clandestine manner. Any such order by the court will be detrimental to the national interest. The students who may have taken admission and completed the course from an institution, which had not been granted recognition, will not be able to impart value based education to the future generation of the country," Justice Singhvi said in the judgement. "Rather, they may train young minds as to how one can succeed in life by manipulations. Therefore, we do not consider it proper to issue direction for regularising the admissions made by the appellants on the strength of the interim orders passed by this court," it said. Dismissing the appeal of Maharashtra based-Abhyudya Sanstha and six other teachers training institutes, the bench imposed a fine of Rs two lakh each on them for filing misleading claims before the apex court. The institutes had come to the apex court after the Bombay High Court upheld the Western
Regional Committee, NCTE's decision not to grant recognition to the institutes in the backdrop of the recommendations made by the Maharashtra Government that there was no requirement of trained teachers in the state. The appellant institutions had sought recognition in 2006 and 2007 for starting D.Ed courses. The aggrieved institutes claimed that infrastructure has been created by investing huge amount and cancellation of recognition will cause irreparable loss to them. The High Court dismissed their plea following which they approached the apex court. In the apex court, the institutions claimed that they were recognised institutions and the High Court had erroneously quashed recognition of 290 other institutions. They claimed that the High Court's orders would adversely affect their right to continue the D.Ed. courses. "Each of the appellants consciously made a statement that it had been granted recognition by the NCTE.
India developing interceptor missile with 5,000 km range PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 15
India has started working on a network of air-defence systems which would be able to shoot down any enemy missile even at a distance of 5,000 kms, before it can enter the Indian air space. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has already developed a missile that can intercept an incoming aerial threat 2,000 kms away under the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) System and is now working on the second phase. Under the second phase, missiles are being designed and developed in a manner that would enable them to shoot down any incoming missile at a distance of 5,000 kms, DRDO chief V K Saraswat told PTI here. The 5,000 kms interceptor missile is targeted to be ready by 2016, he said. "Presently, our missiles are designed to engage targets within 2,000 km range. Later on, we will be making 5,000 km range class of interceptor missiles. That will be Phase-II of the BMD system," he added.
Delhi govt says no power shortage, CM pulls up discoms PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 15
With several areas reeling under long outages and severe water shortage, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today directed discoms and DJB to pull up their socks and ensure uninterrupted supply to residents sweating it out in the searing heat. In an emergency meeting to review supply of power and water, Dikshit insisted that the city has surplus power and told the three power discoms to take all necessary measures immediately to ensure un-interrupted supply of electricity in all the areas. The chief minister told the discoms that there should not be any power cuts as the city has more power than the current demand and directed them to rectify local faults immediately and strengthen the distribution network. "Discoms have been categorically told that there is no shortage of power in Delhi and in fact the city has surplus power as it has been under-drawing power from the National Grid," an official, who attended the meeting, said. The discoms were also told to improve functioning of their complaint centres. Meanwhile, protests took place in several areas of West Delhi over shortage of power and water in the capital which simmered at 42.6 degree celsius. A number of areas across the city faced power cuts ranging from one hour to three
hours. "There was no power in our locality for almost three hours," said Amit Goel, a resident of Janakpuri in West Delhi. In the meeting, Dikshit told top Delhi Jal Board officials to make arrangements to ensure equitable distribution of water in all areas of the city, besides deploying ample number of water tankers in those localities which are not covered by DJB's supply of water through pipeline. The DJB and discoms have been told to come out with advertisements in local media underlining the need for conservation and judicious consumption of water and electricity. The advertisements will also have telephone numbers of all complaint centres and senior officers. Asking discoms to attend to incidents of local faults swiftly, Dikshit told their CEOs to take effective steps to address the problem and warned that any casual attitude in attending such complaints will not at all be tolerated. The Chief Minister instructed the discoms to provide back up power supply to the Delhi Jal Board so that supply of water does not get affected due to power cuts. The maximum demand today was recorded at 4,071 MW while the minimum demand was 2,840 MW. With the rise in demand, almost all areas in the city have been facing power cuts in the range of one to three hours for last few days.
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Supreme Court cannot deny info under RTI Act: CIC PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 15
Overturning its previous orders, the Central Information Commission h a s h e l d t h a t t h e Supreme Court cannot deny information under the RTI Act even if an app l icant has "other methods" available, under the apex court rules, to get it. Earlier, in a number of cases, the then Chief Information C o m m i s s i o n e r Wa j a h a t Habibullah had held that if there were existing laws and rules for furnishing information in an organisation, information seeker had to use them and not the Right to Information Act. Accepting the arguments of the Supreme Court, he had said that as per Section 22 of the RTI Act, the transparency law would prevail over the existing laws only when there is "inconsistency" between the two.
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Two suspected behind attack on Gaonkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 15
Anti-mining activists have suspected the hand of two persons from Khareband and Sirvodem behind the attack on Nilesh Gaonkar. This was communicated by the activists during their meeting with Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat on Sunday, wherein they demand that the police show the photographs of the two suspects to Nilesh Gaonkar to help in identification of the accused.
nGXE President Dilip Hegde, who was part of the delegation that called on the CM this morning, told newsmen that Kamat has agreed in principle to direct the police to show photograph of two suspects. Goenchea Xetkarncho Ekvott President Dilip Hegde, who was
part of the delegation that called on the Chief Minister this morning, told newsmen that Kamat has agreed in principle to direct the police to show photograph of two suspects from Khareband and Sirvodem to Nilesh to help in identification of the accused persons. Social activist Peter Viegas warned the government that the people of Goa have fully rallied behind Nilesh Gaonkar and would not allow any harm to him.
Compensate temples hit by thefts: HJS HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 15
The Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS) on Sunday demanded that the government compensate the temple managements hit by thefts and burglaries and immediately bring the culprits to book. At an impressive public meeting held at the multi purpose complex grounds at Borda this evening, the Samiti condemned the spate of the temples across the state in recent times and the government’s failure to arrest the miscreants.
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Samiti President Jayesh Thali, in his address, lamented that the government has till date not detected a single Temple theft till date and demanded that the temples hit by burglaries be compensated monetarily. In another resolution adopted at the meet, it was unanimously resolved to ask the government to constitute taluka level squad to meet the security requirements of the Temples. The meeting also questioned the applicability of Portuguese law regarding management of
the temples and demanded withdrawal of the law governing the temples. In another resolution, the Samiti demanded that the government authorities take into account the temple managements before declaring any Temple illegal or before its demolition. The meeting further demanded that the government provide grants for Pathshallas and Goushallas in the state. The meeting was addressed amongst others by HJS president Jayesh Thali, Ramesh Shinde, Abhay Vartak and R Garde.
House gutted in Baina HERALD REPORTER VASCO, MAY 15
Household items, clothes, electric appliances were gutted in fire incident that broke out on Sunday morning in a house at Katem-Baina, Vasco. According to sources, the house belonging to one Umesh Sakalkar, was rented out to a tenant who is reported to have suffered losses amounting to Rs 60,000. However, according to neighbours, the fire might have broken out due to negligence of the occupant who they claim was in the habit of burning papers to get rid of mosquitoes. H o w e v e r, t h e t e n a n t Bhiswajit De in his complaint to fire authority suspected that his house was set on fire deliberately, as he (ten-
ant) was refusing to vacate the house. Vasco Fire Bridge informed that since the house had no electricity nor LPG connection, the possibility of fire b re a ko u t d u e t o e l e c t r i c short circuit or LPG leakage had been ruled out.
Churchill on HCN HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 15
As PWD Minister Churchill Alemao celebrates his birthday on May 16, watch him on HCN in a special interview. The timings of the interview is scheduled on HCN’s programme on Herald.
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EGoM to meet on diesel, LPG prices next week PTI KOLKATA, MAY 15
A day after oil firms hiked petrol rates by a steep Rs 5 per litre, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said a ministerial panel will decide on raising diesel, LPG and kerosene prices next week. An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) headed by Finance Minister is likely to deliberate on oil ministry's demand for a minimum Rs 4 a litre hike in diesel price and Rs 25 per cylinder increase in LPG rates to partly bridge the gulf between domestic prices and their international cost. "A decision will be taken on raising prices of these items when the EGoM meets next week," Mukherjee told reporters here after meeting Congress MLAs elected in the West Bengal Assembly elections. He, however, neither
gave the date of the EGoM meeting nor the quantum of hike the panel may consider. EGoM was originally scheduled to meet on May 11, a day after polling in West Bengal ended but the panel meeting was postponed and no new dates have been intimated yet. Oil companies are losing Rs 18.19 on sale of every litre of diesel at current price of Rs 37.75 per litre in Delhi. Besides, state oil firms lose Rs 29.69 a litre on kerosene and Rs 329.73 per 14.2-kg domestic LPG cylinder. On the biggest ever hike in petrol prices, Mukherjee said the decision was taken by the oil companies as the government had deregulated petrol pricing in June last year. Though Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum had been given freedom to decide on retail selling
R-Com top MNP loser PTI MUMBAI, MAY 15
If the numbers are anything to go by, the much-touted mobile number portability (MNP), that got kicked in from January 20, has not made much of a dent in the fortunes of most telecom companies, as only about 4 million out of 771 million users have dumped their operators in the first five months. While Vodafone, Bharti and Idea gained significantly during this customer-choice era, Reliance Communications (R-Com) bore the brunt of the switch. But the Anil Ambani Group telco claims it is not keen on adding mere numbers, but adding high value customers. "It is true - initially we lost big time. And even now, the net numbers are in the red. But we are happy with that. Most of the numbers we lost (port-outs) are small value customers, while our gains (port-ins) are mostly high value (high Arpu or average revenue per user)," Anurag Prashar, R-Com President (Corporate & Wireless Customer Service) said. "Also, our MNP strategy is to get corporate customers and not small
price of petrol, they informally consulted oil ministry on every revision. The three had not revised rates since January as five crucial states including West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala went to polls. A day after state assembly results, the firms hiked petrol price by Rs 5 per litre which was less than half of Rs 10.50 a litre increase need to cover for cost of crude oil which had touched a two-and-half year high of USD 110 per barrel. "Decision on petrol prices is taken by oil marketing companies," Mukherjee said. "For other petroleum products like diesel, LPG and kerosene there is the EGoM." The Finance Minister said crude oil was ruling at USD 68 per barrel when diesel, LPG and kerosene rates were last revised in June 2010. Crude is now above USD 110 a barrel.
...Oppn slams hike, seeks rollback PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 15
The steep rise in petrol prices drew sharp criticism from major opposition parties which today slammed the government for putting "unprecedented burden" on the common man and demanded reversal of the de-regulation policy. Hitting out the govt, BJP National VP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the rise in prices of petroleum products every second month will "suck the blood" of the poverty-ridden masses. He alleged that the step was taken to "realise all its expenses" incurred on recently held elections in the five states. The Left parties termed the hike as a "cruel blow" by the UPA govt and demanded a reversal of the de-regulation policy implemented in June last year. "By increasing the price of petrol by Rs 5 a litre, the UPA
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government has given another cruel blow to the people who are already suffering from allround price rise," a statement issued by CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc said. After the deregulation of petrol pricing, the parties said, there have been more or less a monthly increase in petrol prices. "But since January 2011 no increase in petrol prices was announced by the oil companies. Obviously, the government had directed them not to do so keeping in view the assembly elections to five states. FM Pranab Mukherjee, however, said in Kolkata that the government had no control over petrol prices, which had been de-regulated in June last year. He said the empowered GoM will meet next week to decide on diesel, LPG and kerosene prices. In Allahabad, activists of Samajwadi Party disrupted rail traffic while those from BJP
staged a dharna to protest the "rapacious hike" and demanded a rollback. Workers of the Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha, the youth wing of Mulayam Singh Yadav's party, went to the Prayag railway and squatted on the tracks blocking the movement of Lucknow-bound Ganga Gomti Express for an hour. A dharna was organised at the busy Civil Lines crossing in the city by BJP supporters, led by former state minister and MLA Narendra Kumar Singh Gaur. Shiromani Akali Dal also sought an immediate rollback and demanded a "transparent formula" for fixation of petrol price. Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, in a statement in Chandigarh, slammed the UPA for the "totally unjustified and unbearable" petrol price hike. He said rather than "hastily increasing" the price of petrol, the Union government should have built a consensus on the
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issue by discussing it with all the political parties. In a separate statement, SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal said, "The Union Govt has no justification in crushing the people by the highest-ever petrol price hike". Uttarakhand CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said in Dehradun that the revised prices would further increase the miseries of common people, who are already reeling under the pressure of mounting inflation. Opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh, including TDP, BJP, CPI-M and CPI, staged protests in different parts of the state against the recent petrol price hike and demanded its immediate rollback to ease common man's woes. Over 200 BJP activists led by former Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya, took out a rally and burnt an effigy of Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Hyderabad.
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Hiranandani to invest Rs 3,000 cr
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The Hiranandani Group, plans to invest Rs 2,000-3,000 crore in the next one year for developing residential complexes and commercial spaces. "We will invest Rs 2,0003,000 crore in the next one year to construct residential and commercial structures," Hiranandani Constructions CoFounder and MD Niranjan Hiranandani said. He, however, declined to reveal the markets in which the company would be investing in. "We are currently focusing on Ahmedabad, Nashik and Pune. We are already coming up in a big way in Chennai, Bangalore and Mangalore." The Group is also eyeing power generation segment and is in the midst of setting up a 2,500 MW project with an outlay of over Rs 10,000 crore.
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Hyundai dreams big with small car PTI HYDERABAD, MAY 15
Hyundai Motor India is betting heavily on its yet-to-belaunched small car to penetrate into the rural market and hopes to regain losing market share, a top executive said. According to Y K Koo, Senior Director (Sales and Marketing) HMIL, the small car will be launched in the first half of next year and the company has no immediate plans to export the car. "The car will be manufactured in Indian plant. HMI is very strong in compact car segment. With this launch, we hope to dominate the rural market also. That is our strategy. If we have a small car it is easy to penetrate into the rural market," Yoo said on the sidelines of launch of Fluidic Verna in Andhra Pradesh market. To a query on market share,
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22.17 21.98 21.75 21.76
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he admitted that the brand is slightly losing sheen to the competitors. He, however, was quick to add that the situation arose as there was no new vehicle launches in 2010. "We did not have any new product last year. But our competitors like Volkswagen, Ford and Nissan have all launched new vehicles. Even Maruti launched a new version of Alto. We don't have any new launches. Still our market share is at 19.7 per cent. The previous year it was 20.2 per cent."
changes, which our rivals are focusing on. And we have been fairly successful in this too." In April, R-Com has evened out the port-in and port-out numbers, Prashar claims. "So far, we have ported in a good 10,000 corporate customers." As per GSM body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) data, as of April 28, RCom is the biggest MNP loser with a combined net loss of 10,70,747 users, out of which its newly launched GSM operations took the worst hit with 7,45,877 port-outs, while its port-ins stood at a low 1,30,167. But R-Com's CDMA services fared better with a loss of just half of its GSM loss, at 3,68,588 and a gain of 13,551. Despite these massive dropouts, R-Com has an overall user base of nearly 130 million as of April, making it the second largest mobile operator. Vodafone is the biggest gainer with a net gain of 5,13,259 consumers (port-ins 14,35,101 and port-outs 9,21,842), followed by Bharti a net gain of 5,06828 (port-ins 15,72,682 and port-outs 10,65,254) and Idea- gain of 4,70,986 (port-ins 11,62,594 and port-outs 6,91,608).
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MF FUNDA AXIS MUTUAL FUND has announced that the units of Axis Dynamic Bond Fund, an open ended income fund will be offered for transacting through BSE and NSE. This facility will be available from May 23, 2011. Axis Dynamic Bond Fund has the investment objective to generate optimal returns while maintaining liquidity through active management of a portfolio of debt and money market instruments.
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O HERALD O
Not fashion - it is all about hope
Vol No CX No: 135 Goa, Monday, 16 May, 2011
Cong connection causes cop cover?
n a complete reversal of its normal spineless capitulation policy to the unreasonable tantrums of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) and the Sanatan Sanstha, the Goa government has for once showed some ‘guts’ and displayed ‘courage of conviction’. In response to threats of protests by the Hindu fundamentalist HJS about the staging of English play ‘Sons of Babur‘ at Kala Academy, Panjim, on Thursday, security around the cultural complex was tightened. To ensure that the HJS stormtroopers would not be able to disrupt the staging of the play, the government posted 68 police personnel in and around the Kala Academy complex. Is this a change of heart? Are congratulations in order? That depends. The English play, which is about the decline of the Mughal era and has the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar as a central character, is written by Union Minister for Minorities Salman Khurshid, a top Congress functionary! Mr Khurshid also happens to be a Muslim. And, not surprisingly, HJS convenor Jayesh Thali has alleged that the play he has written “glorifies” the Mughal era. He has sent a notice to the organisers – Kala Academy, Goa University and the International Centre, Goa – demanding that the play should not be staged, and insisted that the play should be banned in the state. Mr Thali, who in all probability may not even have seen the play, has accused Mr Khurshid of “distorting history and giving out a wrong message” through his play. He claims Mr Khurshid has “falsely shown that Hindustan had progressed under the regime of Mughals in the north, although there were also people of different religious faiths there”. He has also accused the director of depicting people wearing saffron as “villains” in the play. That the HJS and the Sanatan Sanstha are extremely allergic to anything that has even the faintest tinge of Islam and Christianity is well known. In the past, these organisations have even objected to the screening of Bollywood film ‘Jodha Akbar’. But this particular incident, where the state’s Congress government has acted with alacrity to ensure that a handful of fundamentalists cannot disrupt a powerful Congress Union Minister’s freedom of expression, has also made it crystal clear that a few determined police personnel can keep these self-appointed censors and cultural czars who claim to defend Hinduism at bay. So, regardless of the real motive behind this sudden stiffening of the state government’s normally wobbly spine, the decision to not allow the HJS and the Sanatan Sanstha to disrupt a cultural event by its threats must be warmly welcomed and applauded. Now that the government has shown that it can act tough to secure a central minister’s constitutional rights, what prevents it from doing the same for the constitutional rights of ordinary ‘aam admi’ artists, playwrights and writers?
ctivist Nilesh Gaonkar, who was spearheading the anti mining agitation at Cavrem in Quepem, was brutally attacked by two unknown assailants with iron rods outside a company at Verna Industrial Estate, where Gaonkar is employed as a trainee mechanical engineer, on Thursday. This outrage by the mining mafia has been strongly condemned by activists, social workers and concerned citizens, who have assailed the “terrorist tactics adopted by mining companies with political blessings”. That accusation seems absolutely accurate. While leaders of the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have joined in the chorus of condemnation, their counterparts in the ruling Congress have stayed mum. It is an eloquent, nay, deafening silence.
Set up Lokayukta in Goa Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar Information obtained under the RTI Act has revealed that in 2010 only two government officials were booked for corruption in Goa. This only goes to show that the anticorruption branch has become dysfunctional and is being controlled and manipulated by the politicians in power. Goa’s top most priority should be the setting up of a Lokayukta to curb the rampant corruption that has become the biggest obstacle to the state’s overall development and prosperity.
Bravo Doha Goans Arwin Mesquita, UAE I appreciate the fact that at their recently held dance/social event , the Doha Goan Sports Club did not entertain any AntiGoan Politician as special invitees, chief guests etc i.e. the people who are involved today in the destruction of Goa by way of destructive mining, mega projects, migrant
Smile with Smitha
To call English a fashion is only to insult parents who see hope in the future, says Adv CLEOFATO ALMEIDA COUTINHO
he medium of instruction issue that has dogged the political establishment for some time now is threatening to divide our society on communal lines. On one side is the traditional argument of identity and culture and that the demand for English as a medium of instruction is due to the cultural alienation of Goans. On the other side is fear of being left behind in this competitive world. There can be no argument that a child develops skills best in the mother tongue and local language. There is no doubt that the local language contributes to the framing of state identity. Folk songs and folk stories are always told in the mother tongue. From independence, the government has recommended that the medium of instruction at the primary level must be the regional language. But the constitutional scheme of replacing English as the official language also did not work out for various reasons. In Goa, except for a few schools whose ratings are high, primary schools with education in the mother tongue have consistently lost students to English medium primary schools. English medium primary schools have mushroomed, and primary schools in regional languages – including Diocesan schools – have been losing students to private English schools. A great divide is being created, between the have-nots forced to opt for regional language primary schools for economic reasons, while the haves opt for private English medium primary schools. In Goa Today, G R Singbal tells us that his maid is in Goa with her husband because she wants her children to study in an English medium primary school. activist and eminent cardiologist Dr F C Colaco tells me that his ex-maid Kala regrets one thing in life – that she cannot send her children to an English medium primary school in Belgaum owing to paucity of funds. Make no mistake about it. Every have-not’s major wish is English medium education. Acclaimed educationist Fr Romualdo D’Souza says: “Do not look at the past, look to the future.” He further says that the inevitable consequence of the present system is the creation of a twotier society comprising those who can afford and will exercise their right to choose, and those who
MEDIUM OF INsTrUCTION cannot afford and have no choice but to stay on the lower tier of society. Throwing up a few names like Dr Mashelkar, Dr Laximan Rao Sardessai, Bakibab Borkar, etc, cannot counter the perception that the transition to English is not difficult. If primary education in the mother tongue is for preservation of culture and identity, that burden has fallen on the shoulders of the have-nots. The haves are simply not bothered about whether their child would integrate better with society with primary education in the regional language. Liberalisation has contributed in a big way to the way we have started looking at things; all aspects of living have taken new dimensions and in these times. English has attained new importance as it is the widely spoken language in the world. There can simply be no argument about it being essential to the growth of science, biology, engineering and technology. English is seen as the language of opportunity and a window to the world. It is true that secondary education is in English. But the argument that the medium of primary education should not matter since the integration from primary to secondary in English is never a problem for a child is not finding takers with both haves and have-nots. Throughout the country, the question of shifting
Straight from the heart
What is in a name?
hen I was born, a name was given to me. I guess that was required. All the other labels that were subsequently granted or acquired were really utterly useless. The more labels they give me, the less they let me live. Soon after my birth I realised my surname was always a point of laughter for my friends. Yet I was grateful to God that it was not Kakkar or Makkar or Allabadi or Misquita. Anyway, my surname was grudgingly accepted by me. But ‘they’ did not want to stop at that. Next, they gave me a column of religion to fill in a form at school. Even as a young kid, I remember feeling the absurdity of it. Why did ‘they’ want to describe me in those terms and why did they want to create a difference between me and my best friend? My communion with God was my own. Why give a name to it? So I filled in “atheist”, at six. At seven, I realised I did not like my first name. So I went to The Principal, a sweet nun called Sister Innocence. She laughed so much at my request that tears streamed out of her eyes. Anyway, she kissed my forehead and changed my name in school records. But this name business never quite left me in peace. In school, I soon became aware of other names like Kayasta or Brahmins or Kshatriyas or Harijans etc. I didn’t really quite understand what I had to do with a system practiced in some Aryan age
vote banks etc. Other Goans should also discourage the same. I do hope that the Doha Goan Sports Club continues with this policy.
Follow the DGSC example Rupert Coutinho, UAE The Doha Goan Sports Club (DGSC) has set the right precedent by not inviting MLAs to be their chief guests for their annual May Queen Ball. They also made a generous donation to the National Association for the Blind. The message from DGSC was loud and very clear – MLAs are not gods to be glorified and are just normal human beings as any other individuals. However, a few undignified Goans had found a way to promote their interests by serving and glorifying MLAs so that they would benefit by unlimited legal as well as illegal favours. Goans should learn from the DGSC example and unite to ostracise every visible Judas from such functions and cultural events. I thank the DGSC immensely for donating a part of their collection towards charity.
By Smitha Bhandare Kamat
to English as the medium of instruction is gaining momentum. Parents see hope in English. That may not be entirely correct, but that is their perception. To say that it has become a fashion is only to insult parents who see hope in the future. Hope may have ambition as its younger brother, and it is this hope and ambition that parents are investing in, even amidst adverse economic, social and political circumstances. It is exactly like migrating from rural areas to urban areas in the hunt for a better living, though the village itself may provide for a living. Education is traditionally seen as the main means available for upward mobility, which has always been a preserve of the few. Today’s expansion of educational avenues has brought a variety of career options and visions of success to the doorsteps of certain deprived sections. A dominant section of the dalit community led by Chandrabhan Prasad Singh, for example, advocates only the English language for dalits’ upward mobility. He feels Hindi has let the dalit down. His perception may not be right, but that is his hope for the future of dalits. After 50 years of medium of instruction in the regional language – prescribed by the Radhakrishnan Commission (1948-49) – the country has failed to counter the perception that a person from the vernacular medium finds it comparatively
difficult to transition into higher education. Since the past two decades, this trend has become decisive owing to globalisation. In fact, one of the greatest proponents of medium of instruction in the mother tongue, U R Anantamurthi, says: “I believe we must teach at least two languages in our schools – our mother tongue and English. I am not against English; we do need to learn it since it is today the global language. But I would give equal importance to teaching in our mother tongue as well. We need English to keep in touch with the world and we need to keep in touch with the world. And we need out mother tongue to keep in touch with our roots.” He further adds: “I have often talked of an analogy of a house with the frontal portion and the backyard. In the front, there is a sitting area where guests are entertained, business gets transacted, intellectual discussions take place. And in the back, there are ladies working in the kitchen, doing household work, telling stories to children. I believe both these parts are equally important and you cannot have one without the other. The front helps us to keep pace with modernity while the back helps us to maintain our traditions, our roots.” That is not being dogmatic but pragmatic about a given situation. We all need to take a second look at our stated positions in light of new situations (and I have done this!). We would all wish to give our local language the frontal position in the house. But the reality of today’s times is different. Much can be done in ensuring that the mother tongue remains firmly rooted. Maybe even without the medium of instruction being in that language. The richness of our language will grow irrespective of the medium of instruction, as long as people love and nurture it. Konkani has survived centuries of oppression; despite decrees banning its use, it flowered. Konkani being a spoken language will not die if the medium of instruction is shifted to English. But if there is a fear that it could happen, maybe a solution has to be found for it. A midway path would have to be sought between English and the regional languages, addressing both the plus and minus points.
and how that had any relevance on my ‘being’. But soon I started recognising who is who on the basis of this name giving. And it was all meaningless hogwash. Neither were the Brahmins wise, nor the Kshyatriyas valiant. Neither were the Vaishyas good at business nor were the Harijans really the jans of hari. It was all confusion and chaos and people were what they were, irrespective of these names. As I grew, another naming business started—doctors, businessmen, journalists, shoemakers, carpenters etc. And surely one had to judge the respectability of a person by the name of his profession and his economic status. Another misnomer! Can we judge a man by his business? Then what of the pilots who are flying air planes without valid training and licenses? What about the doctors who sell kidneys in the name of the Hippocratic Oath? What about the judges who play havoc with people’s lives for thirty pieces of silver? And then the racial colonial prejudices surfaced in my life. Fair complexion denoted beauty, and good breeding. Dark was for common people. This Manichean day and night that was made of people seemed the epitome of bizarreness to me. And now the worst of all—-consumer goods and their names and people’s insane affiliation to them—Prada, Gucci, Lois Vitton!!
By sajla Chawla Now why would I want to be identified with these business enterprises? They started as a way to make money, and not to give me some deep spiritual fulfillment or personal identity that I can attain by reciting their names like a prayer at every silly social occasion or party. Imagine being reduced to what brand I wear——utterly crass! I wonder why we are all bent upon pinning ourselves and others like posters on a bulletin board—fixed and done and over with? As a person what am I? Can the vastness inside me be explained by one name? Can my birth, my colour, my religion, my social status—-can it all ascribe me a fixed invariable stamp? Am I just this and nothing more? Then why do we all take recourse to names, predicates, statuses? Are we so weak that we cannot exist on our own without the support of such epithets? Does it give us security to belong to a category? But I want to face the insecurity, take the chance, take the risk, and pick up the challenge. I want to be who I want to be. My existence and ken is beyond what ‘they’ think of me. It is not in the labels they want to stick on me. It is within me, deep, and beyond all else. Isn’t yours too?
Letters to the Editor Letter of the Day
Stop this menace Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco It was reported that a bull died after a bullfight (dhirio) at Benaulim. It is understood that the people left the carcass at the spot by covering it by palm leaves. Such bullfights amount to cruelty of the worst kind to animals. In this particular case, the dead bull was not even given a burial but the carcass was left out in the open. Even though bullfights are banned by law in the state, it goes on unabated, especially, in South Goa. Every time the local police are informed about a bullfight in progress, the cops invariably arrive late at the scene, much after the fight is over and people have dispersed. It makes one wonder if the palms of the police are greased by the organisers of such bullfights. Such bullfights could also have the blessings of the local politicians. The new Director-General of Police needs to look into the matter and bring a stop to this menace which entails undue suffering to the poor animals and sometimes leads to fatal consequences.
MPT diversification Augustus Alphonso, Vasco Much has been written and heard about the MPT’s plans for diversification and development. Previously, MPT’s former chairman strutted his stuff for a while, defending every idea of expansion. Now, the new incumbent is trudging his tenure path. My good wishes are for him but he needs to really bend down low to see the ground reality around. MPT needs to sit across the table with prominent and caring citizens from various wards of Vasco along with the State Government to sort their differences. The potential for diversification is huge. Should MPT promise one member of a Goan family in the neighbourhood of a job, I think, it will be a wiser gesture, instead of bringing non-Goans for placement in MPT.
Conduct an investigation John Eric Gomes, Porvorim The new DGP Aditya Arya has reportedly experienced the past drugs scene in Goa and now he has stepped into a much officially denied corrupt politician-police-criminal drugs scene. The casino culture, night life and beach rave clandestine parties, daylight robberies and masked goondagiri cannot be wished away. Incidentally, a local TV channel has
highlighted a person who has been daily collecting Rs30/- from every public transport Bus in Vasco. The Bus operators have been paying this illegal ‘toll’ for the last 7 years. Could the DGP let the public know, for whom this ‘hafta’ has been collected and is it still going on. A thorough investigation is needed.
Beggar nuisance Marcos Alemao by email
Bravo CCP Panjim for initiating action against beggars in Panjim (‘15 beggars held in Panjim’, Herald, 13 May). The government should rehabilitate them in protective houses or old aged homes. Similarly, there are hundreds of beggars in Margao. The Chairperson of MMC Margao should take immediate action to eliminate the beggar nuisance.
Illogical situation Arcangelo E Fernandes, Porvorim We human beings are normally guided by reason. But I find the situation vis-à-vis the medium of instruction controversy very illogical. To put it in simple terms analogically, here is a group of people asking the authorities to give them bread to eat. Another group of people are dictating the authorities not to give them bread, but to make them
eat what they are eating. Are we living in a democracy or something else? The second group has absolutely no locus standi and yet, CM Digambar Kamat seems to be entertaining them, which makes one wonder whether the CM himself is promoting the opposition. This just doesn’t make any sense.
I seek an appointment, sir Svatantra Sarjano, via email I wish to thank the Herald for their editorial “Schizophrenic visa system”(Herald, 9 May). I have been writing on this subject before, and have asked for an appointment with our Tourism Minister, but in vain, because in this country no authority is ready to listen a “foreigner”. Never mind that I have spent the last 34 years of my life in India, which means more time than half of their young population…but I remain a “stranger”, a pariah, an outcast, or someone that, every year, has to go out for a new visa. The reason why I wanted to meet our Tourism Minister is to propose to our minister something like an “honorary citizenship” to all those who have made Goa their residence. Like Tony Leevers (“Ludicrous visa rules” – Herald, 11 May), there are thousands of people who have been visiting Goa for 15 years or more, and now they have to endure the two-month away rule misery. Goa, however, can ask for a special status in this regard, which means that whoever lands directly in Goa will have a visa at his arrival. But alas, with the present situation, we are losing tourists year after year. Dear Minister, come on, be a sport and invite me for a sincere talk with you. I promise you won’t repent it. Ciao!
Loss for words Rogerio Fernandes, Candolim I am at loss for words and have no idea of what message Svatantra Sarjano wanted to convey in his letter ‘Why celebrate death of Osama’ (Herald, 11 May). Osama was a terrorist and terrorists don’t roam freely in markets/coffee shops, but evade arrests. Therefore, he had to be hunted down. Your parable about drowning in the sea is really good. Both Bush and Osama are terrible guys, as Bush did it lawfully by going into
Iraq while on the other hand, what Osama did was unlawful and in layman’s terms, it is terrorism as he and his organisation brainwashed their followers into doing extreme things like suicide bombing and mass killing.
An Indian summer Psyche Abraham, Olaulim It was a nice change from contentious politics, religion and language issues to read ‘An Indian Summer’ by Freddy Dias (Herald, 12 May). It captures the feeling of summer in these parts beautifully and originally. The two trees the writer has been talking about are completely different. Gulmohur (Delonix regia), is a large, flamboyant (in fact the common name for this tree in the Caribbean and the Bahamas is Flamboyant) spreading tree with feathery leaves and brilliant bunches of orange and white flowers while The Flame of the Forest (Butea monosperma) is a rather ugly, stumpy tree and when it does not flower, no one would look at it twice. It usually grows in arid regions of the country - in Central India in particular) so when it flowers, this tree brightens the landscape with its brilliant large and fleshy flowers.
A greater curse Rocky Dias, Raia There is no reason to deny grants to English medium schools. If one closely refers to the RTE Act, it suggests mother tongue, but keeps options open to parents and children to be educated in any other languages. With all due respect to Konkani, the parents especially belonging to lower community prefer to send their children to English medium schools. This will help them to raise the social and cultural status of the child in this fast moving globalised world and no one can suppress their rights. This issue is unnecessarily raised by frustrated opportunists. Most of the children of the same parents are studying in upper English medium schools, which the poor cannot afford. They have even gone so far to say, it is a sin to give grants to English medium schools, but it is even a greater sin to educate one’s children with loot money.
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ISI chief snubs Oppn Leader at in-camera session on Laden raid Says was targeted for refusing personal favour
PTI ISLAMABAD, MAY 15
A “ visibly angr y ” ISI chief snubbed Leader of Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan at an in-camera session of Pakistan’s Parliament on the bin L aden raid, claiming that he was being targeted by the PML-N leader because he refused to extend a personal favour to him. Details about the joint session of the Senate and National Assembly held behind closed doors on Friday continue to emerge in the media here. A report in The Express Tribune newspaper said today that a “visibly angry” ISI chief Lt Gen
Ahmed Shuja Pasha snubbed Khan, the Leader of Opposition, during the session. The incident occurred after top military officials, including Pasha, briefed the lawmakers about the May 2 US raid in the garrison city of Abbottabad that killed alQaeda chief Osama bin Laden. Khan rose in his seat to make a speech as a questionand-answer session was to begin. Pasha, who was at the receiving end of several fiery speeches in Parliament by Khan, claimed he knew why he was being targeted by the Leader of Opposi-
tion. Pasha alleged that Khan had asked him for a personal favour, which he, as the ISI chief, had refused to extend, The Express Tribune reported. However, Pasha said he would not reveal what the favour was on the floor of the House though he would do so if asked outside Parliament. An embarrassed Khan was reportedly taken aback as Pasha continued his “counterattack.” Pasha k e p t o n g r i l l i n g Khan, asking the PML-N leader if he knew about the
effects of his recent tirades in Parliament. Pasha told the House that, on a recent trip to the US, he was told by CIA chief Leon Pa n e t t a : “ L o o k , G e n e r a l Pasha – how can we trust you when your own country’s opposition leader is saying that you cannot be believed?” Pasha said that, despite having answers to all questions during that session, he did not have an answer to the question from the CIA chief. “What should I tell the Americans?” Pasha was quoted as saying.
Pope laments bloodshed in Libya, Syria AFP VATICAN CITY, MAY 15
Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday lamented the bloodshed in Libya and Syria, calling for peaceful resolutions to both conflicts. “I continue to follow with great apprehension the tragic armed conflict in Libya that has caused a large number of victims and suffering, especially in the civilian population,” the pope said after his weekly Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square. “I renew a pressing appeal that the voice of negotiations and dialogue be stronger than that of violence, with the help of international organisations that are looking for a solution to the crisis,” the pontiff added.
GOA, Monday, 16 May 2011
Dempo derailed in Bengal PTI KOLKATA, MAY 15
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Riding on a double strike by Tolgay Ozbey, East Bengal made a spectacular fightback to beat reigning champions Dempo 32 in their return-leg I-League clash at Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Sunday. The win meant East Bengal's maiden I-League title hopes remained afloat with 47 points from 22 matches, while Dempo remained on 44 from the same number of matches. Ranty Martins (6th minute) gave the three-time League champions the lead and struck their second goal through a penalty by Beto in 90+9th minute after East Bengal were reduced to nine players when Nirmal Chhetri was shown a second yellow card and the day's first red card. East Bengal defender Gurwinder Singh was earlier sent off in the 69th minute. In an eventful second half that was stretched by more than 10 minutes, East Bengal scored through Baljit Singh Sahni (47th) and Tolgay Ozbey (49th, 57th) as they were reduced to nine
P O I NT S Salgaocar Churchill E Bengal Dempo
50 (24) 47 (24) 47 (22) 44 (22)
players in the dying minutes. In the most crucial fixture, East Bengal paid the price of an early miss by Syed Rahim Nabi as Dempo cashed in on the first opportunity they got to give them a 1-0 lead at the Break through Ranty. East Bengal returned in style after the interval when Baljit and Ozbey struck in a space of two minutes after the break. Minutes later, Ozbey struck again for a stunning 3-1 lead as Dempo were thrown out of gear. More intense scenes were in store in the second half when Dempo and East Bengal were
reduced to 10 players each after Clifford Miranda and Gurwinder Singh were shown the red card in a space of 10 minutes. Dempo players lost their cool as they protested with the referee over a decision and Clifford Miranda was given the marching orders for roughing up the match official. Coach Armando Colaco had to intervene and walk into the pitch to calm down the tension. Mahesh Gawli come out worse after a challenge on Tolgay and minutes later was found lying on the pitch due to dehydration. The star defender had to be rushed to a hospital as he lay unconscious. Nirmal Chhetri used his hand to block a Climax Lawrence goal bound shot late into the injury time and was shown a red for his silly action. From the resultant penalty, Beto did the needful
though in the end Dempo were a goal short to pick up anything from the match. Earlier, there was more wastage of time after linesman Shaji Kurian fell down after a muscle cramp as play was stopped for more than five minutes. The hosts had a fine chance from a fourth minute free kick that was brilliantly taken by Mehtab Hossain but his effort went in vain as Nabi headed it wide. Dempo, on the other hand, were in no mood to relent as they went ahead from the first free kick that they received just two minutes after the East Ben-
gal miss. Miranda's shot was clearly misjudged by the East Bengal defence as Gurwinder failed to clear the ball, while their goalkeeper Sandip Nandy too could not do much as Ranty finished it nicely. Having taken the early advantage, the Goans bolstered their defence with five players manning the backline. Dempo custodian Subhashish Roychowdhury did a fine job in thwarting two clear attempts as they held their lead in the first period. Our Sports Reporter adds from Panjim: There was a big commotion after the match, with the partisan crowd being restive and resorting to stone throwing. It could not be confirmed if a stone which was aimed at custodian Roychowdhury missed to hit Kalu narrowly.
Goa’s Alan Sequeira (National champ) riding SAG’s Kawasaki, who won the bronze medal at the first MRF National Supercross championship in Bangalore, Sunday. Jinan of Kerala won the first place and Zain Khan of Mumbai the second.
GFA U-18 Second Division: Salcete FC v. Ave Maria AWC, Rosar y ground; Cuncolim Union v. Orlim SC, Cuncolim ground. Kick off 4 p.m. GFA U-20 Second Division: Aivao United v. Bhagwati SC, Taleigao ground, 4 p.m. V M Salgaocar soccer semis: Saligao SC v. Pilerne SC, Saligao Sporting ground, 4.30 p.m. Fr Chico Cup Bayside soccer inaugural: Milagres SC v. PVC, Parra, Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, 4.30 p.m. Rossman Cruz FPN soccer: Davorlim SC v. St Sebastiao, Fatorda, Nagoa ground, Salcete, 4.30 p.m. 17th Sao Jose de Areal Villagers Cup soccer: Guirdolim SC v. Ambelim SC, Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal, 4.45 p.m. Sucaldem Cup soccer: Youth of Dramapur v. Bandfol, Sucaldem ground, Chinchinim, 4.30 p.m. Andrew Julio Fernandes memorial volleyball finals: Molloca v. Vaddy Boys, Molloca court, 8 p.m.
Pune hold Mumbai, JCT draw with Chirag
R E S U LT S Arrows 1 Salgaocar 3 E Bengal 3 Dempo 2 JCT 2 Chirag 2 Pune 1 v Mumbai 1
AGENCIES PUNE, May 15
A typical Pune FC defence allowed an equaliser with only a few minutes to go as home team ended their 24th but Round XV I-League football match in a 11 draw against Mumbai FC at Balewadi Sports Complex, Sunday. Substitute Subhash Singh had powered Pune into lead in the 65th minute and all went according to the book before a complacent defence was found wanting. Mumbai striker Ebi Sukore rushed in from the left and chanced on a melee and struck a powerful shot into the roof to shut the sparse home fans into silence. JCT came from behind to hold Chirag United 2-2 in a match at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana. Josimar da Silva Martins gave a dream start to Chirag notching up a brace in the first half (28th and 35th). On the other hand, JCT showed great character and levelled terms in the second half. Rahul Kumar pulled one back in the 53rd minute only to leave Gurtej Singh Jr. to restore parity six minutes later.
Salgaocar regain top spot AGENCIES GURGAON, MAY 15
Salgaocar SC kept their hopes alive in the title race when they scored a 3-1 victory over Indian Arrows in an I-League encounter at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sunday. Salgaocar’s Japanese recruit, Ryuji Sueoka bagged a brace while Cajetan Fernandes scored the third goal before Holicharan Narzary pulled one back for the Desmond Bulpin coached side. It was against the run of play, Sueoka put the visitors ahead in the match when he placed
his right footer with ease after collecting a pass from Rocus Lamare from the centre in the 22nd minute. The best chance of the first half for Arrows came in the 32nd minute, when Lalrindika Ralte was brought down inside the box by Salgaocar defender Irungbam Meetei resulting in a penalty in favour of the home side. Lalrindika himself stood up and blasted it over the woodwork much to the despair of the home crowd. Sueoka doubled his side’s
lead in the 63rd minute before Holicharan Narzary gave some hopes to the home side with a superb strike from the top of the 18-yard-box in the 80th minute. But, Lady Luck was totally on the Salgaocar's side as Cajetan Fernandes sealed the deal when he headed in a Rocus Lamare corner. Salgaocar leapfrogged at the top of the I-League table with 50 points from 24 matches, while Indian Arrows remained on 26 points from 25 matches.
St Anthony’s champions
The captain of St Anthony Sports Club receiving the trophy from Elvis Gomes in the presence of Suzie Fernandes, Fr Luis Pinto, Schubert Furtado, Anthony Pango, Benjamin D’Silva and Bishut Themudo. HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, MAY 15
Hosts St Anthony’s Sporting Club, Colva beat Wilred Leisure Sports Club, Curtorim 3-2 via the tie-breaker to emerge champs in St Anthony’s Super soccer organised by St Anthony’s Sporting Club at Colva ground, Sunday. Wilred Leisure held a slight edge over their opponents and called the shots against the rival citadel, had scoring chances and came close in surging ahead when striker Joaquim Fernandes’ rasping drive was well blocked by Colva keeper Dulio Andrade.
Crossing over, Wilred Leisure went all out in search of the match-winner and came close but midfielder Jameson Noronha’s try was well saved by the rival keeper On the other hand, St Anthony also had a few scoring opportunities but was dealt with by rival defenders. In the tie-breaker, St Anthony scored through Nelson Gomes, Clyde Pacheco and John Barretto while Bruno Fernandes and Seby Martins were on target for Curtorim. St Anthony bagged Rs 40,000 while Wilred Leisure received
Rs 30,000 alongwith trophies. Following individual prizes were awarded: First goal of the finals Bruno Fernandes (Wilred Leisure). Best defender John Baretto (St Anthony). Best forward of the finals Ronnie Fernandes (Wilred Leisure). Man of the finals and best goalkeeper Dulio Andrade (St Anthony). Elvis Gomes, GFA vice-president was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of Colva sarpanch, Suzie Fernandes, Fr Luis Pinto and GFA members – Schubert Furtado, Anthony Pango, Benjamin D’Silva and Bishut Themudo.
Ponda Veterans in finals
HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 15
Ponda Football Veterans beat Salgaocar Veterans 3-2 to enter the finals of All-India invitational Sangli Veterans football tournament organised by Shivaji Football Academy at Chatrapati Maharaj ground, Kholapur, Sunday. Ponda led 2-0 at the lemon break. Martin put Ponda ahead off Vincent.
Ponda doubled their lead through a penalty awarded when Santan Furtado was brought down by a Salgaocar defender. Daniel made no mistake in netting. Changing ends, Salgaocar reduced the margin also through a penalty when a powerful shot by Mario was prevented by hand by a Ponda defender. Alfred converted the penalty.
Ponda managed their third when Martin and Vincent combined well and the first named shot in. In injury time, Salgaocar s c o re d t h e i r s e c o n d g o a l through Nelson off a solo effort. In the other semis, Practice Sports Club, Kholapur beat hosts Shivaji Academy, Kholapur via the tie-breaker 5-4 after a goalless draw.
GOA, Monday, 16 May 2011
Chelsea set for 2 place, West Ham relegated nd
Arsenal… 1 Aston Villa… 2 Birmingham… 0 Fulham… 2 Chelsea… 2 Newcastle… 2 Liverpool… 0 Tottenham,… 2 Wigan… 3 West Ham… 2 AFP LONDON, MAY 15
West Ham were relegated from the English Premier League after squandering a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 defeat away to fellow strugglers Wigan on Sunday. Senegal striker Demba Ba's first half double gave West Ham hope in a match they had to win to set up a chance of a last day reprieve against Sunderland next weekend. But Wigan, who stayed second bottom, hit back through Charles N'Zogbia's blistering 57th minute free-kick before substitute Conor Sammon drew the hosts level at the DW Stadium 11 minutes later. N'Zogbia then sealed Wigan's remarkable recovery in stoppage time when he slid a shot under the body of England goalkeeper Robert Green, who had previously made several fine saves. Defeat left the Hammers on 33 points, meaning a win against Sunderland would not be
enough for the London club to climb out of the relegation zone. Wigan though could yet avoid the drop if they get a draw or better against Stoke and other results go their way. In all, five clubs were left within a point of each other as they faced a frantic finale to stay in the top flight. Wigan and Blackpool were in the relegation zone on 39 points. Birmingham, beaten 20 by Fulham on Sunday, also had 39 points but were above the bottom three on goal difference alone. Meanwhile Blackburn and Wolves, on 40 points apiece, were still not assured of avoiding relegation ahead of their meeting at Molineux. Birmingham's survival prospects were dealt a blow when Brede Hangeland headed in from a fifth minute corner before the central defender doubled Fulham's lead in the 49th minute. At the top of the table, Arsenal's hopes of a second-place finish ended with a match to spare following a 2-1 home loss to Aston Villa as England striker Darren Bent scored twice early
in the first half before Robin Van Persie pulled a goal back in the 89th minute. Defeat left the Gunners four points adrift of second-placed Chelsea, who earlier Sunday gave their London rivals hope by conceding a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle. Arsenal could now miss out on the top three finish needed to guarantee a Champions League group stage spot and avoid the qualifying round, with fourth-placed Manchester City just two points behind with a game in hand. FA Cup winners City play Stoke at Eastlands on Tuesday in a repeat of Saturday's Wembley final. Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur moved into pole position for a place in the Europa League after a 2-0 win away to Liverpool, playing their first match since Kenny Dalglish was named as their permanent manger, moved them a point in front of their rivals for a spot in the second-tier tournament. Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart fired Tottenham into a ninth minute lead with a fierce shot into the top corner from
the edge of the box. World Cup final referee Howard Webb then angered the Anfield faithful by awarding a penalty after what seemed like a shoulder charge between Liverpool's John Flanagan and Spurs' Steven Pienaar. Luka Modric then struck the 56th minute spot-kick down the middle to double Tottenham's lead. Chelsea had seen their slim hopes of retaining the title ended by champions United's 11 draw away to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. But they responded by going ahead as early as the second minute through defender Branislav Ivanovic at Stamford Bridge. H o w e v e r, Newcastle equalised eight minutes later through Argentina midfielder Jonas Gutierrez. Chelsea though regained the lead seven minutes from time when a mistake by Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, who misjudged a Frank Lampard freekick, allowed Brazilian defender Alex to head in at the far post. But Newcastle defender Steven Taylor headed in from close range shortly before the final whistle.
Ravi moots volleyball revival l Ponda event homage to Borkar-Mathias-Cleto HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 15
Big time volleyball will grip Ponda and surrounding areas as Home Minister Ravi Naik, as president of one of the oldest clubs in the area – Jawahar Club of Ponda – is all set to launch an invitational volleyball tournament in memory of their explayers Sharad Borkar, Mathias D’Costa and Cleto Caldeira figuring two prominent outstation teams – Marina Club of Chennai and Hyderabad XI besides the local ones from May 18 at Ponda. It will be a revival of volleyball and Ravi is all set to give volleyball fans some extraordinary fare. What’s more, it is being held in memory of three former volleyball stalwarts, exnational volleyballer Sharad Borkar, former National player Mathias D’Costa and Cleto Caldeira, who in the days of past dominated the volleyball scene in Goa and were an integral part of the then famous Jawahar Club when Ravi (National player) himself was a player of great repute and an inspiration behind the club. The threesome shone for Jawahar Club of Ponda with Sharad moving to Mala Sports Club to become a spiker of repute and earn the State Jivabadada Kerkar Award for outstanding sportspersons. Mathias, popularly known as Tiger and Cleto played for Jawahar till their retirement. “The tourney is dedicated to Borkar, Mathias and Cleto. We need to pay homage to the
A 1974 file photo of Jawahar Club of Ponda with (sitting l to r) Daniel Rodrigues, Sharad Borkar, Ravi Naik, Subash Kuvelkkar and (standing l to r) Mathias D’Costa, manager Vishwanath Naik and Cleto Caldeira.
threesome who played for Jawahar alongwith me and even represented the State at various National championships,” stated Ravi, who has been the president of the club since 1965 and is sponsoring the event now. Ravi must be praised for the wonderful effort as volleyball in Goa is moribund. And, coming as it does from a club which kept the volleyball flag flying high in the years gone by, he deserves a big pat on the back.
Having been himself a National player and even sponsored State volleyball teams for various Nationals in 70s, 80s and 90s, he is keen to infuse fresh ideas, get outstation players and teams of repute, allow Goan clubs to rope in leading players from other States and ultimately revive the past glory of volleyball when the sport was almost on par with football, there being regular senior division, first division, women league, friendly inter-state events, unlike now
Windies win first Test AFP GEORGETOWN, MAY 15
West Indies had wrapped up their first and most significant Test win in over two years, since they beat England at the start of 2009 against Pakistan by 40 runs on Sunday at Providence Stadium. Ravi Rampaul and captain Darren Sammy were at the centre of it, taking eight wickets between them to lead the side to a 40-run win in Providence. Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal battled but Pakistan had been outplayed, their batting as brittle as ash. Though Sammy took five wickets, Rampaul was actually the key, the best fast bowler in this Test by some distance. Devendra Bishoo's arrival has taken the limelight away from Rampaul, for whom, in a normal non-dysfunctional cricket setup, this would be hailed as a breakthrough performance. He's bustled in all game, with pace, intelligence and movement. Brief scores: West Indies 226 (Lendl Simmons 49; Saeed Ajmal 5-69) and 152 (Saeed Ajmal 6-42) v Pakistan 160 (Abdur Rehman 40 not out) and 178 (Misbah-ul-Haq 52, Umar Akmal 47, Asad Shafiq 42; Darren Sammy 5-29, Ravi Rampaul 4-48).
when the association’s main aim is securing international trips like Lusofonia Games in Macau and Lisbon, participating directly in Nationals even without organising full-fledged championships, knowing well that the standard is absolutely awful. The winners will get Rs 30,000 and the runners-up Rs 25,000. Matches will be held at the municipal court, Ponda under floodlights from 7 p.m. The event has generated lot of enthusiasm in Ponda with those in the know of things even suggesting that Ravi should take over the affairs of the volleyball association so that the sport gets a new direction and impetus.
Sharapova wins Rome title AFP ROME, MAY 15
Triple Grand Slam title winner Maria Sharapova won her first tournament in almost a year as she powered past Australia's Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-4 to win the Rome International on Sunday. Sharapova's last title came at the low-key Strasbourg claycourt event on the eve of the 2010 French Open.
Siolim Sodiem in semis HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, MAY 15
Siolim Sodiem Sports Club eventually prevailed to move into the semi-finals after defeating Sirsaim Sports and Welfare Club 4-2 via the tie-breaker in Siolim Sodiem Super Soccer at St Anthony’s church ground, Sunday. The match ended 1-1 after normal time. Rashiket Salgaoncar connected onto Prestino Fernandes’ corner in the sixth minute to give Siolim the lead. Eleven minutes later, Jason Mendes equalised with a neat placement for Sirsaim. In the tie-breaker, Anthony D’Souza, Rakshek Vaigankar, Dipesh Salgaonkar and Mahendra Soraskar scored for Sodiem while Agnelo D’Sousa and Vincent Rodrigues were successful for Sirsaim.
Betalbatim SC march into final HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, MAY 15
Betalbatim Sports Club marched into the finals defeating Brasil Futebol Academia 4-3 via the tie-breaker in GFA’s U-16 playoff at Duler Stadium, here, Sunday. Betalbatim led 1-0 at the breather. Betalbatim coach Eban Mesquito was sent off in the 64th minute which amazingly left Betalbatim with no other official sitting on the bench. Betalbatim raced into the lead in the 7th minute as Floyd Fernandes placed past the Brasil goalkeeper. Betalbatim dominated the first half with splendid use of the 4-5-1 formation. By half time it was obvious that Brasil would have to change tactically, and they pushed forward from the defence with more urgency to unsettle Betalbatim. Seven minutes into the second half, Saish Kavlekar finally put the ball into the net for Brasil after the ball initially rebounded off the crossbar. In the tie-breaker, Betalbatim kept their nerve with Russell Vaz, Elison Pereira, Selvin Cardoza and Leslie Costa converting. Binatone Singh, Sahil Tavora and Shubam Shetgaonkar scored for Brasil, while Saish Goltekar and Saish Kavlekar missed. Betalbatim will now face Salgaocar Sports Club Juniors in the All-Goa finals.
PORTUGUESE LEAGUE RESULTS
Benfica 3 (Cardozo 41, Javi Garcia 58, Jara 64) Uniao Leiria 3 (Silva 45, 89, Lima 75). Maritimo Funchal 0 FC Porto 2 (Varela 21, Walter 32). Vitoria Setubal 3 (Neca 31-pen, Claudio Pitbull 56, Michel 75) Portimonense 1 (Silva 18). Pacos de Ferreira 5 (Rondon 21, 34, Ozeia 24,
Pedrinho 26-og, Pizzi 43) Academica Coimbra 1 (Eder 82). Sporting Braga 0 Sporting Lisbon 1 (Djalo 4). Naval 0 Vitoria Guimaraes 3 (Jorge Ribeiro 33, 40, Edgar 78). Beira Mar 0 Nacional 2 (Diogo 3, Costa 81). Olhanense 2 (Yontcha 57, Dady 80) Rio Ave 2 (Yazalde 11, Tomas 61).
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KXIP stay afloat with 29-run win knock. Valthaty, who hit Australian paceman James Hopes for 16 runs in an over, smashed three sixes and six fours in his 50-ball knock. Paceman Irfan Pathan was the most successful bowler with three wickets, including those of Valthaty and Marsh in one over. Delhi failed to capitalise on a 52-run stand for the opening wicket between Australian David Warner (29) and Naman Ojha (28), losing five
Kings XI Punjab teammates celebrate victory at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association stadium in Dharamshala on Sunday AFP DHARAMSHALA, MAY 15
Paul Valthaty cracked a brisk 62 and Piyush Chawla bagged three wickets to help Kings XI Punjab score a 29-run win over Delhi
Daredevils in an Indian Premier League match on Sunday. Opener Valthaty added 102 for the second wicket with Australian Shaun Marsh (46) as Punjab made 170-6 before
restricting bottom-placed Delhi to 141-8 to keep alive their hopes of making it to the semifinals. Leg-spinner Chawla finished with 3-16 off four overs.
Marsh's best came in the 13th over when he hammered left-arm spinner Sridharan Sriram for 24 runs off five balls, including three sixes. He also hit five fours in his 28-ball
wickets in the space of 40 runs. Seamer Shalabh Srivastava did the early damage when he dismissed both the openers in successive overs while Chawla got two wickets and seamer Valthaty one to reduce Delhi to 92-5. Bangalore lead the 10-team league table with 17 points, followed by Chennai (16), Mumbai (16), Kolkata (14), Punjab (12), Rajasthan (11), Kochi (10), Pune (eight), Deccan (eight) and Delhi (eight).
Kings XI Punjab: Paul Valthaty b Pathan 62, Adam Gilchrist c Warner b Morkel 9, Shaun Marsh c Morkel b Pathan 46, Dinesh Karthik c Hopes b Salvi 27, David Hussey c Hopes b Salvi 3, Mandeep Singh b Pathan 11, Ryan Harris not out 2, Piysh Chawla not out 1. Extras: 9. Total: 170 for 6. Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-123, 3-123, 4-138, 5-156, 6-168. Bowling: Irfan Pathan 4-0-28-3, Morne Morkel 4-0-22-1, Varun Aaron 4-0-26-0, Aaviskar Salvi 4-0-40-2, James Hopes 3-0-27-0, Sridharan Sriram 1-0-25-0. Delhi Daredevils: Naman Ojha c Gilchrist b Srivastava 28, David Warner c Gilchrist b Srivastava 29, Y Venugopal Rao c Harris b Chawla 16, Sridharan Sriram c Karthik b Chawla 4, Irfan Pathan c Mandeep Singh b Valthaty 3, James Hopes c Gilchrist b Chawla 7, Travis Birt c Harris b Kumar 16, Yogesh Nagar lbw b Harris 10, Morne Morkel not out 16, Varun Aaron not out 0. Extras: 12. Total: 141 for 8. Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-67, 3-72, 4-90, 5-92, 6-97, 7-116, 8-128. Bowling: Praveen Kumar 4-1-32-1, Ryan Harris 4-0-16-1, Shalabh Srivastava 4-0-39-2, Piyush Chawla 4-016-3, Paul Valthaty 4-0-34-1. Man-of-the-match: P Chawla
Criminal complaint against Warne AFP NEW DELHI, MAY 15
A local cricket association is set to lodge a criminal complaint against Australian bowling legend Shane Warne for his part in a bust-up with an official, reports said on Sunday. Warne, captain of the Rajasthan Royals team in the Indian Premier League, was involved in an angry exchange with Sanjay Dixit, secretary of the Rajasthan state cricket association, following his team's defeat at home on Wednesday. Leg-spinner Warne on Saturday apologised for the incident but the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) said they would still lodge the complaint, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported. "It is an aggravated offence and it needs to be dealt with like that. Some kind of disciplinary action is to be taken," PTI quoted Dixit as saying. Rajasthan Royals chief executive Sean Morris on Saturday said in an email to Dixit that the franchise had taken action against Warne. "The player has accepted the action that we have taken and apologised for any distress caused," Morris said, without elaborating further. Dixit said the apology letter
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Ex-Pak spinner held over IPL bets AFP LAHORE, MAY 15
Pune Warriors v. Deccan Chargers, 8 p.m. sent by Morris lacked details. Accordingly, the legal committee of the RCA decided to file a criminal complaint against Warne, the agency added. "I don't know what kind of disciplinary action has been taken. A mere statement was made and nothing more has been done, just (the) proverbial red herring," Dixit said. The controversy kicked off after Warne expressed displeasure over the playing surface chosen for Rajasthan's last two matches against Chennai and Bangalore -both of which the home side lost.
Former Pakistan Test spinner Akram Raza, fined in a matchfixing inquiry eleven years ago, was arrested over betting on lucrative Indian league matches, police said Sunday. The 46-year-old Raza, who played nine Tests and 49 oneday internationals for Pakistan, was one of seven men arrested from a busy Lahore shopping area when police raided a gang of bookmakers who were taking illegal bets on Indian Premier League (IPL) games. "Seven men were arrested after a tip-off that they were taking bets on IPL matches, and one of them has been identified as Raza, a former Pakistan player," a police officer at Gulberg police station, who did not want to be named, told AFP. Police said they recovered telephone sets, computers, televisions and a large amount of money in the raid, and will charge the arrested men later Sunday. Raza, who currently stands as umpire in Pakistan's domestic matches, was one of six Pakistan players fined in a match-fixing inquiry conducted by Justice Malik Mohammad Qayyum in 2000.
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Kochi hammer Rajasthan PTI INDORE, MAY 15
Brad Hodge led the way with four wickets as Kochi Tuskers Kerala thrashed Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets to keep their hopes of earning a play-offs berth alive in the Indian Premier League, here today. Opting to bowl first after winning the toss, Kochi rode on Hodge's impressive figures of four for 13, his best in IPL, to bundle out Rajasthan for a paltry 97, and then chased down the target in just 7.2 overs, with Hodge contributing 33 of them. Thanks to the defeat, Rajasthan are knocked out of the tournament. On a high after the bowlers' excellent showing, Kochi batsmen led by the dangerous Brendon McCullum and a confident- looking Parthiv Patel, looked at ease during their respective knocks of 29 and 21 not out. Despite the early loss of skipper Mahela Jayawardene to
Jacob Oram, McCullum looked unperturbed and hammered four sixes and a boundary to knock the stuffing out of the Rajasthan bowlers during his 12-ball cameo. After McCullum's departure, Patel along with Hodge put together a half-century stand to seal the issue in their team's favour. Chasing a small, total, McCullum kicked off the Kochi innings in style, pulling Shaun Tait for a huge six over deep midwicket. The New Zealander then danced down the track to send Oram over his head for another six. That was the beginning of a brutal assault as McCullum smothered his Kiwi teammate for two more sixes in the same over. But just as it seemed like he would finish the job on his own, Nayan Doshi had McCullum. That, however, didn't disturb Kochi's momentum as Patel and Hodge carried on from where McCullum had left, finding the ropes at the small Holkar Cricket stadium with consummate ease.
Rajasthan Royals: F Fazal lbw b RP Singh 16, R Dravid c O Shah b Sreesanth 1, S Watson b Parameswaran 20, A Rahane lbw b Sreesanth 8, A Menaria c O Shah b Hodge 31, P Shah c Rao b Hodge 5, J Oram b Hodge 0, S Warne b Hodge 2, A Chavan run out (RP Singh) 1, S Tait not out 10, N Doshi c Jayawardene b Parameswaran 0. Extras: 3. Total: 97 all out. Fall of wickets: 18-1, 18-2, 26-3, 63-4, 68-5, 77-6, 81-7, 828, 89-9, 97-10. Bowling: RP Singh 4-0-17-1, S Sreesanth 40-16-2, P Parameswaran 3.3-0-20-2, Prasanth Padmanabhan 1-0-18-0, B Hodge 4-0-13-4, G Rao 1-0-7-0, R Jadeja 1-0-5-0. Kochi Tuskers Kerala: B McCullum b Doshi 29, M Jayawardene c Chavan b Oram 6, P Patel not out 21, B Hodge not out 33. Extras: 9. Total: 98 for 2. Fall of wickets: 26-1, 45-2. Bowling: S Tait 3-0-36-0, J Oram 2-0-321, N Doshi 1.2-0-15-1, A Chavan 1-0-10-0. Man-of-the-match: B Hodge
Australia win sixth Azlan Shah Cup PTI IPOH (MALAYSIA), MAY 15
Dragflicker Christopher Ciriello scored a golden goal from a penalty corner as World champions Australia clinched their sixth Azlan Shah Cup hockey title beating Pakistan here today. Ciriello's drag-flick in the 13th minute of extra period went into the roof of the goal post to give Australia a 3-2 victory over Pakistan in the summit clash. The two teams were tied 2-2 at the end of regulation period, with Australian goals coming from Ciriello (11th minute) and Glenn Turner (44th) and Pakistan scoring through
Sohail Abbas (31st) and Rehan Butt (62nd). Australia have now won the Azlan Shah Cup six times, overtaking India's record of five titles. Britain took the bronze medal with a 4-2 victory over New Zealand. India lose, end sixth: The Indian team's campaign ended on a disappointing note as they finished sixth after going down 1-2 to South Korea in their classification match here today. Two penalty corner flicks by Nam Hyun-Woo left the Indian defence stunned, giving the Koreans a 2-0 lead at the interval. I n d i a re d u c e d t h e l e a d through Vikram Pillay.
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hough the term local communities included in CRZ notification by the Centre seems to be harmless, Matanhy Saldanha, Chairman of National Fisher Workers Forum (NFWF) says that it provides scope for abuse. Within CRZ, reconstruction and repair of
structure is within 10 metres from the HTL. These are not certainly local communities, but businessmen misusing the provisions with a little help from the authorities. This apart, major irregularities are allowed by the Director of Panchayats, says Saldanha. Even if panchayats stay the construction of illegal structures, within the CRZ, it is the Director of Panchayats who overrules them and this he alleged was done on behalf of ministers and politicians.
n Goa, practically the entire coast is dotted with fishing villages and therefore there is no question of mapping villages. The entire coastline should be declared as comprising of fishing villages. “All coastal villages viz –Cansaulim, Velsao, Baina, Nerul, Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Arambol, Morjim are fishing villages so the question of mapping does not arise”, says Saldanha, adding that much will depend on how the local bodies would interpret the provisions.
The new Coastal Regulation Zone 2011 published on 6 January 2011 professes to ensure livelihood and security of fishermen and other `local coastal communities’ by conserving and protecting local stretches of the coastline, so as to promote development in a sustainable manner. The National Fish Workers’ Forum however suspect there is ample scope for manipulation by State government since much is left to their discretion, which eventually can have serious ramification for coastal communities and ecology. L P FERNANDES met NFWF chairman Matanhy Saldanha to get an insight into their apprehensions.
CRZ : Devious notification? houses of fishermen and so called “local communities” is allowed. However, Saldanha pointed out that irregularities will crop up in the interpretations and monitoring, which has been left to the state govt. The inclusion of other ‘local communities’ is seen by Saldanha as a backdoor entry for illegalities. He cites the instance at Velsao and Colva where illegal constructions have come up within CRZ. In the name of a tenant, a Delhi resident has started illegal construction at Velsao. In the same village, Madras Rubber Factory had put up a plinth for a cottage, which was illegal and construction stayed by the Coastal Regulation Zone Management Authority. After seven years however, they showed it as an existing structure and the structure was legalized. This
he CRZ notification is one of the most important regulatory frameworks for real estate and construction industry in the state, since most of the demand for premium bungalows and flats is located along Goa’s coast. Under the CRZ notification, State Government has to notify fishing villages, khazan lands, low lying areas, management plan for khazan lands and mangroves, map sand dunes, turtle nesting management plan etc. On paper, the demarcations of CRZ from HTL to 500 metres at the seafront and HTL to 100 metres on the river front seems non-problematic. However, there are several problems with the CRZ notification when one reads the fine print.
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he State Government through the Coastal Zone Management Authority has to make the Coastal Zone Management Plan, map khazan lands, mangroves, sand dunes, turtle nesting sites, etc. Saldanha reiterated that the NFWF had prepared a primer on the CRZ notifications to create awareness among the fishing communities and support organisations and the same had been placed before the Central Government prior to the finalisation of the notification. “Our apprehension about the provisions, giving power to state government to map sensitive zones
such as khazan lands, mangroves and sand dunes etc is that it can be easily manipulated. The NFWF’s first demand is that the plan should not be changed for a minimum of 10 years,” said Saldanha. Our second demand is that the Centre should specify the criteria for identifying and mapping Khazan lands. The moot question is who will identify them and what will be the criteria for mapping them. Khazan lands can easily be mapped as non-khazan lands, thus illegally allowing construction activity and continuing the destruction of the coastal ecology instead of preserving it.
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CONSTRUCTION OF PORTS
corporate lobby will finish India’s coastline. 350 ports are proposed to be established along the Indian coast. How can such a huge number of ports be established when present ports are not saturated. This creation of ports is only based on corporate greed. Every company wants to establish a port. When they put a port there are no considerations for environment or for the fisher community. It is a disaster for the whole country. Another one of the demands is the need for a comprehensive EIA, not a Rapid EIA. The Mormugao Port Trust carrys out piecemeal EIA. The entire development plan should be enunciated and a comprehensive EIA should be done. The entire coastal area should not be saturated. Saldanha pointed out that the EIAs executed by private companies are a farce. There is a case in Gujarat where National Institute of Oceanography has done the EIA for Mundra Port, which has been found to be a farce. Even the case of Mormugao , EIA has been given to a company which also owns a coal business. The MPT is unwilling to provide information regarding EIA for its projects since it says that it is not bound to give Comprehensive EIA. Its jurisdiction itself is a question mark and it does not ask permission from anyone in the State. The MPT jurisdiction is from Dona Paula to Mormugao till the Cortalim bridge and further to Cansaulim, and Betul. Fifty metres of land and sea comes under their jurisdiction. The 1963 notification which gives them this jurisdiction was given as war booty, when there was no government in Goa. They now can carry out any activities without permissions. For instance they have allowed two Marinas in coastal lands. The government has not been consulted. No EIA is done or such reports are unavailable. The area will be devastated if we promote private marinas in Goa.
he CRZ notification bans construction of Port and harbour projects in high eroding stretches of the coast, except those projects classified as strategic and defence related in terms of EIA notification, 2006 identified by MoEF. Saldanha expressed the Forum’s biggest fear of abuse of this clause which would allow establishment of ports in so-called stable zones. Here, the first issue is that once a port is established, an entire stable zone will become unstable. The greed of the
he CZMAs and CZMPs are mostly dominated by government officials and so-called experts. However, what is the representation of the stakeholders? Saldanha stated that when this issue was brought up at the hearings prior to the notification, the Central government agreed to address this issue, but did not put it in the legislation.
MAPPING OF THE HAZARD LINE
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he State Law Commission has come up with a progressive recommendation for amendment to the Land Acquisition Act. The Commission has mooted payment of market rates for land acquired by the Government. This will hopefully allievaite the pain most landowners endure in any land acquisition proceedings. But, is payment of market
BOSCO DE SOUSA EREMITA welcomes the State Law Commission's recommendations on proposed compensation for land acquired by the Government under the Land Acquisition Act, but points out that true justice for the land oustees will be a reality only when the once-upon-a-time owners of land are compensated for the loss of their land periodically, at least during their life time, depending on the escalation in market value of the land acquired.
efits properties adjoining plots acquired for Public purpose gain after the current owners of some plots are relieved of their land, wholly or substantially by the Government for such projects. Such gains in value are essentially made at
rate an end to the woes of those dispossessed of their land holdings? There have been several instances where farmers in Verna have been reduced to penury primarily because of the policies of the so-called Welfare State. Land was acquired for the Konkan Railway project and farmers who could support their families with the yield of crops grown on their fields suddenly found themselves unable to sustain their families. Water melons which were available for the farmers for free now
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had a price tag of Rs 70 apiece. Predictably, the same fate awaits land oustees, even if they are paid compensation at market rate today or at a future date. It is with this in mind that compensation ought to be first and foremost based on the impact the Land Acquisition has on the person whose land is acquired. If the land acquired deprives him totally or substantially of his livelihood, the minimum the government ought to do is to provide him with a better means of livelihood, which
will compensate him for the land loss and give him a solatium. The solatium under the existing law is woefully inadequate. The Commission has devoted some thoughts to the problem and recommended the Haryana model of Relief and Resettlement. a copy of which is said to have been provided to the State Government. Another aspect the Commission considered and recommended for inclusion in the Compensation package is the impact and economic ben-
sonable, but in the largely rural context of that State. The disparity between the lowest and highest compensation recommended there is not much ( 1:2). In the case of Goa, this is several fold. The
State ought to bear this in mind while deciding to work on the Haryana Model. Notwithstanding the good work done by the Commission, it would be advisable to publish the draft legislation,(which is a cosmetic correction to the text of the compensation clause), with an explanatory note detailing the proposed valuation of land at various village levels, for public education and suggestions, if any. This suggestion is made since the actual legislation is minimal and therefore unlikely to go before a select committee of the House. The impact is bound to be long-term and significant for the lives of
The compensation mechanism of Haryana Government is reasonable, but in the largely rural context of that State. The disparity between the lowest and highest compensation recommended there is not much (1:2). In the case of Goa, this is several fold. The State ought to bear this in mind while deciding to work on the Haryana Model. those affected. We have waited for so long. A few more weeks spent on
healthy dialogue would be worth the wait.
The solatium under the existing law is woefully inadequate. The Commission has devoted some thoughts to the problem and recommended the Haryana model of Relief and Resettlement. a copy of which is said to have been provided to the State Government. the cost of those who are deprived of the land. This is because the presence of a hospital or any prominent land mark promotes support structures around the Project, which eventually enhances value of land around. The compensation mechanism of Haryana Government is rea-
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Real Estate Business Struggling to Stay Alive
he financial crisis in the real estate industry is threatening to get out of control. On the one hand, the direction by RBI to banks withdrawing the priority status given to NBFCs has resulted in the banks closing the funding pipe line from NBFCs to real estate firms. The industry was borrowing from the NBFCs, after the banks were reluctant to advance money to Builders. The construction industry is now literally starved for funds from normal channels. It is forced to borrow from private money lenders at exorbitant rates. It adds to the cost of construction and the total price for the built space is going up. This has resulted in the vicious downward spiraling of the industry and allied sectors. Consider the cement industry which survives on the demand from construction industry. Increase in input costs arising from budgetary measures has pushed the price of cement up. At a time when the accumulated inventory of built space was worrying the real estate business, further increase in input costs like that of cement is restraining the starting of new projects. In turn, this is bound to impact the cement producers who are yet to liquidate accumulated finished inventory of nearly three months’ production. To top it, there has been some capacity addition also during the past year. A real crisis of sorts is looming ahead. Another collateral damage is the market valuation of the cement companies getting impacted by the falling demand and fears of lower margin of profit. This would affect their ability to raise funds for operational needs. In short, whatever was gained by the policy measures following the great melt down on the global scene is being lost through the new tight money policy. Pushing the industry into the hands of the usurious money lenders is no way to regulate the market. The medicine is worse than the disease. What is the way out then? The banks may be permitted to lend to the real estate business through the priority segment route, with the stipulation that funds shall not be diverted to other sectors. Banks can pre-approve as many ready and underconstruction projects as possible, to sanction loans to eligible borrowers. The builders should also moderate their prices to a reasonable extent, thus breaking down the customer resistance to the prevailing high price levels. Microfinance institutions lending to small service providers and petty contractors have also become victims of the regulatory regime. The damage done is so bad that India’s leading microfinance institution, SKS, which was listed with the BSE has much of its market value eroded purely on sentimental behaviour by investors. The other major MFIs are also facing similar crisis. An effort is being made by the Microfinance Institutions Network of India (MFIN) to persuade banks to take note of the positive recommendations of Malegam committee of RBI and re-commence lending to the MFIs. Desperate measures adopted by the MFIs to start lending against gold security will only lead to the stigma of MFIs encashing on the despair of the poor, or being seen as catering to the well off segment with plenty of Gold I reserve, both of which
The draft legislation on real estate which has been a long time coming has reportedly undergone some revisions. The proposed law will now be a Central Legislation. The draft provisions are reportedly more customer oriented and designed to bring in transparency and accountability to the part of the industry. The government may as well provide for expeditious decisions on Project Applications by Developers and Builders. will damage the pro-poor and Priority segment of the MFIs. Lending for purchase of mobile phones, on the contrary, will be helpful for the poor, who cannot afford the sport price of the instruments. It is to be hoped that the banks would keep in mind the fact that the MFIs are servicing the credit needs of massive numbers of people who create profits which can sustain the highest rate of interest chargeable by the banks. They should therefore be a safe credit risk for the banks. If no political interference occurs, rendering
bad advice to the borrowers that the loans will be written off. Their only problem is the furnishing of security for the individual small loans disbursed by them to the small borrowers. I have written elsewhere on how this bottleneck can be overcome. An interesting development in the Finance Market has been the quiet entry of private equity into the business of lending to the Real Estate Industry. Mostly done through PE arms of commercial banks, these investments are growing in size, but not yet big
enough to challenge the might of the big banks. But this is a helpful sign. If we probe the reason for this sudden love for the construction sector, we find that they are stepping into the vacuum left by the banks. Another reason for the new flow of funds is that the funds are diverted from the stock markets after some disappointing experiences there. So it is safe to assume that once the share market behaves more rationally, some of the flows would go back there. The best bet for the real estate sector to ensure stability in financial support is to involve the end customer in the process. By offering to reduce the price suitably or by allowing a moderate interest credit to them for the cumulative deposits, the steady flow of funds for the projects can be ensured. The industry today is paying the price for the unscrupulous behaviour of some builders and developers in the past. It is still not late. Build bridges with the clients and restore credibility. Get the projects pre-approved by banks, and then the individual purchasers will be able to borrow from the Banks and pay the progressive installments as and when due. The builders will be happy they did it. TAIL PIECE: There was some cheering news this last week. The draft legislation on real estate which has been a long time coming has reportedly undergone some revisions. The proposed law will now be a Central Legislation. The draft provisions are reportedly more customer oriented and designed to bring in transparency and accountability to the part of the industry. The government may as well provide for expeditious decisions on Project Applications by Developers and Builders. With a Regulatory Authority proposed for Real Estate Industry, all concerned Government and local bodies can be represented on this body and a Single Window Clearance Scheme can be made mandatory. Otherwise, all the good intentions of the Government towards Consumer rights protection can end up in pero, with unscrupulous builders and developers managing to get files delayed in various offices to justify their own delay in execution of projects, particularly in cases where the customer is paying lump sum or installments of the cost in advance. The new legislation will hopefully help restore customer confidence in the industry and take it out of the current mess.
The author C S Radhakrishnan, former Deputy Director of Accounts in the State Government, is also a career Counsel. Queries or comments on this article may be sent to: email@example.com
Seven deadly sins
a p t i s t Pereira’s letter to the Editor – Disfigured real estate, on 5 May, echoes a widely accepted opinion about what is wrong with our contemporary Architecture and its ways. Goa has the distinction of being one of the most inspiring places for an architect to work in and coupled with the extensive constructions that we see, it would not be a bad thing at all, if not for what trails in the wake of this amalgam – “the disfigured and pathetic conditions of the concrete jungle around us” -- the state of affairs that Baptist Pereira laments about, in his letter and with good reason.
gluttony and lust, the ‘7 deadly sins’ of architecture – ego-tripping, plagiarism, dogmatism, incompetence, elitism, excessiveness and lack of control are attitudes that underlie actions in the practice of architecture by architects and by non-architects, that is the cause of its present decadence. PRIDE: Better known today as: ‘ego-tripping’ (an exaggerated opinion of our own importance.) Architecture of egotism: Calangute - embellishing of the front The sin of pride is the sin of project façade with ‘razzmatazz’ egotism, where to build using flossy gimmicks rather than build well, is fueled architecture to be. by the desire to look very important and be the Architecture has fallen from the state of grace it focus of all attention. held when the Art of our Architecture was a source of pride for all of us, to being a clumsy and disposable commodity. We do not need to go far beyond our own neighborhoods, to be confronted with the inexorable decline of our present architecture and to despair at what seems to be a lost cause. “Relinquish all hope, ye who enter here” Dante Alighieri, Inferno, Canto III, 9
Bambolim - the concrete jungle around us
Architecture of plagiarism: Ribandar - using our classical style as
Over the last two decades, this once simple place with good architecture has now become a wasteland littered with a pandemic of a new design vernacular ranging from the dreary - to the disastrous - to ‘weird’, as many describe much of our present day
More than 700 years ago, the default detail for the present Dante Alighieri, the Italian poet, wrote ‘The divine comedy’ an epic about man’s journey through the afterworlds of Hell, Purgatory We won’t waste time or finance on due diligence (in Roman Catholic doctrine, the place where souls of the design process to produce architecture of remain, before they can go to Heaven, until they content, but we don’t mind spending on ornamenhave expiated their sins) and Heaven. tation for our buildings, invented whenever required, To provide a valuable insight to the living, Dante catalogued all those whom he encountered being punished in Hell’s inferno and the fatal vices which they were guilty of. These, he called as the 7 Deadly Sins. To extend this metaphor to the architecture of today is, not to scare gentle hearts with the fear of our Gods and punishments, but rather like Dante’s journey, to identify the faulted ways of our new architecture, in the hope that we will remember these and will not be condemned by repeating them.
Architecture of egotism: Panjim, Patto - with so much of ego involved, too much of today’s architecture looks like attempted landmarks.
Like the damning sins of Dante’s ‘Divine comedy’ – pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed,
to paste onto our deThe sin of signs without much efwrath is the sin of fort and time, catching prejudice where everyone’s eye with all our tendency is to the ‘razzmatazz’ that express our opincan be squeezed into ions in a way that every sq.meter availsuggests they able. should be acFor most, this emcepted without bellishing of the front question. façade is what archiIt is highly tecture is all about. naive to think Today, the front of that all clients and the building, displayed a rc h i t e c t s a re as the pride of the Architecture of dogmatism: Panjim - everyone accepts, whether open-minded, upproject, is designed they like it or not for-debate liberlike some sort of stickals who may just on style, without any want to discuss association with the plan while the other sides, al- and hear out, what each other would like to see as though visible, are not meant to be seen and appear the design. as leftovers, designed with bits and pieces, as an If the other is the client, they are not offered anyafterthought. thing more or any logical explanations justifying the This is the case of a ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ Ar- architect’s choices, however much they may ask. chitecture. If the other is the architect, they just have to put This is architecture of pride where the display of up with a domineering client or look for another. alter-ego, either of the client or of the ‘star’ architect, We are increasingly stuck in a rigid dogmatism is more important than architecture that works as that allows no exchange of views. a sum of all its parts. So, while each side works itself up against doing anything that may be seen as crediting the others, ENVY: architecture suffers. Better known today as: ‘plagiarism’ (taking someHE one's ideas as if they were our own.) To be concluded The sin of envy is the sin of theft of intellectual property where envy is the root of design plagiarism. This stems from the desire to have something whose right of ownership belongs elsewhere. The ‘bastardisation’ of ideas that belong to another and using them under ‘new’ authorship has become the default source of architecture detail of our times. It does not matter that if there is little resemblance to the original or that it belongs to a different context or time; it is a “must-have” design tool for most of our new architecture.
Architecture of plagiarism: typical in Goa - Porvorim-copying of style, ‘must-have’ design ability
Architecture of dogmatism: Panjim - architecture suffers when dogma is present
WRATH: Better known today as: ‘dogmatism’ (the intolerance of opinions that differ with ours).
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Plunging into the heritage league
Message from the dead
Some owners of ancient Goan houses are not too enthusiastic about the government incentives to maintain their structures, even as the government continues to dilly-dally over the heritage house scheme, writes ZARINE AHMED
he dim light of dusk adds to the character and romance of Mrs. Pinto’s (name changed) hundred year house in the coastal village of Calangute. As she rocks in her armchair in her balcao, she reveals that she isn’t too sure about the norms that are to be followed in order to declare her house “heritage.” As night falls, the crumbling mansion’s antique interiors come alive with the faint light of 40 watt b u l b s f i xe d o n i t s wooden ceilings. This old house is relegated to a quiet dark corner of the bustling tourist village. Goa is estimated to have around 4000 heritage buildings. Very often, perpetual neglect by their owners who mainly live abroad has transformed many
Criteria for a heritage house 1) Structure should preferably be at least 100 years old. 2) It has to have distinctive architectural features depicting a particular era - a) Pre-Portuguese houses are mainly Hindu houses, which are mainly inward-looking. Their main features include central courtyards and small windows opening out into the streets. b) Portuguese houses which are more outward-looking have balcaos and others such characteristics. 3) The materials that went into building the house should be traditional such as lime, clay, mud and stones. Flooring should preferably be made from cow-dung and red-oxide. Natcre (shell windows) is an important feature of an old house. 4) The house can be associated with a historical personality or event. 5) Possession of coat of arms is not an essential criterion for a heritage house. However, such assets passed down to generations would definitely add value to the house. 6) At the time of restoration / renovation, modern materials like cement should be used only to support the main structure that was build using traditional materials. It is also important to remember that if modern materials are used while renovating the house, care should be taken that the façade and the overall ambience of the house should retain the features of the past.
“Other reason as to why the owners lag behind is the lack of incentives from the government. The maintenance costs of such houses is very heavy and the owners would have a very difficult time in maintaining them without financial help from the government,” says noted historian Prajal Sakhardande.
such houses into mounds of moss laden laterite and mud rubbles. And those who come back to Goa for good, or those of the likes of Mrs. Pinto are oblivious to the criteria needed to be declared as heritage house. “Other reason as to why the owners lag behind is the lack of incentives from the government. The maintenance costs of such houses is very heavy and the owners would have a very difficult time in maintaining them without financial help from the government,” says noted historian Prajal Sakhardande who further enlightens that the owners of the few existing heritage houses ex- Panjim Pausoda istent in the state are spending their own money on the restoration of their houses. A few years back, the tourism department had come up with an initiative of starting a scheme to financially help the owners of such houses. The heritage house scheme as it is called offered owners maintenance loan at very low interest. However, Prajal laments that the scheme is still yet to take off. Similar sentiments were expressed by Heta Pandit, chairperson of Goa Heritage Action Group. Director of Tourism, Swapnil Naik admitted that there has indeed been a delay in the implementation
of the scheme. “About three years ago, when our department conceived this scheme, the feedback from owners was very poor. The scheme was reportedly not attractive because the benefits were not fulfilling. The double subsidy that the government is supposed to award the owners bears too heavily on us. If we give 50 lakhs maintenance loan to them, about 33 percent goes as grant to them. Besides, they have to pay only 4% of the interest rate of the remaining 67% of the loan, while the government has to pay the remainder of the interest rate which is much higher. This double subsidy that the government has to give is the main reason for the delay in the implementation of this scheme," reveals Swapnil, adding that the scheme needs some time before being enforced because a proper solution to these problems must be arrived at. There’s a flipside to the story. There have been a few heritage house owners who are not too happy that they live in such houses. A highly placed official revealed that the reasons for this is obvious. “There are certain regulations that the heritage house owners should follow. Most of the times, house extensions are not entertained so if the house is small and the family is growing big, it becomes difficult to adjust. Then, maintaining these houses can be quite pricey and taxing. Moreover, restoration of such structures must be done in such a way that the overall look of the house must be maintained the same. Lack of monetary help from the government is not keeping away all heritage house owners to sit back and see their old houses crumble. "By restoring your heritage home you are making a positive contribution to the culture of your homeland. In the process, you are contributing to environment maintenance because you are reusing materials and methods used by your ancestors; not going out into the countryside to
quarry more stone, sand, lime and water, the basic ingredients that go into making the house. The value of a restored heritage house is always higher than the value of a house that has no char, no personality and no climatic adaptation," states Heta. Many such owners have turned their heritage houses into heritage hotels. Ajit Sukhija, owner of three heritage buildings in Fontainhas, Panjim, is a fine example of this. Panjim Peoples which has an art and furniture gallery downstairs and rooms to let upstairs was once upon a time a Goa’s leading primary educational institution. Panjim Inn which is a hotelcum-restaurant was built in 1800s and served as residential complex for five generations of the same family. Panjim Pousada which is also a hotel was once upon a time the odd Hindu house in a Christian locality. Heritage houses abound in the vicinity of the Holy Spirit Church, Margao like the famous Saat Buruzanchem Ghor. In fact, the entire area is declared a heritage zone. Recently, the demolition of Cruz House -- a heritage house -- located in this conservation zone triggered protests from historians and heritage lovers. “I don’t understand how the conservation committee has given its consent to demolish this house. We have written to the governor informing about this issue and also filed RTIs,” reveals Prajal who further states that “such houses shouldn’t be demolished as we can never get back these unique architectural pieces built by our ancestors.”
Points to be noted... a) No official registration is required for your house to be considered as heritage. b) Until the Heritage House Scheme comes into force, the entire cost of restoration, renovation and maintenance is your burden. c) Many heritage houses are open for visitors who are expected to pay a small sum for the maintenance of the house. Some have converted them into hotels, galleries, museums and boutiques. d) Heritage houses are always coveted because of their rarity and the fact that they are the existing imprints of the past. Due to this reason restored heritage house properties are eye candies in the real estate industry. Buyers are willing to give enormous sums to make these priceless jewels their own. e) A heritage house is an asset -- a cut above the rest.
Recyclable houses All about earthbag and papercrete houses.
et aside concrete jungles and make way for new green innovations like earthbag and papercrete houses! An earthbag house is typically made of sand bags that are stuffed over each other that form the walls of the house. A mental picture that should essentially come to your mind is that of the military. Very often we see the armed forces taking shelter in such structures
In the past, potential property buyers often referred to a book in Archbishop’s House to ascertain `clear title’ vis-à-vis spiritual obligations linked to the property.
ot many are aware that builders, real estate developers and families who intend to buy properties in Goa often visit the Archbishop’s House at Panaji before entering into a purchase agreement. The reason? They seek to consult a 384page book which is housed at the Palace. This register lists houses, land and other kinds of property that ancestors have donated to churches and private groups. Along with this information, it also details the spiritual duties the beneficiaries of these properties are expected to perform in return. There is a common belief that if a residential house, hotel or office built on a property that did not fulfill the religious obligations that the beneficiaries had sought to be executed by the deceased donors, then unexplained hurdles are experienced by the inhabitants.
In order to avoid such undesired happenings, real estate developers and potential property purchasers in the know prefer to consult Legados Pios as a precaution. Generally access to the hardbound book which measures 24 x 15 x 2.5 centimeters is not dificult. The book has been in use since 1926. An oft repeated example in recent times is the delay and hurdles experienced by the promoters of a project at Caranzalem. In his lifetime, Francisco da Cunha Souto Maior, an honourable priest, had bought around 38 hectares of farmland in Caranzalem at a public auction. Before dying, he endowed the farm’s benefits to 200 villagers hailing from that area. In addition, his Will strongly forbade selling the land ‘in any manner as long as the sun and the world exist.’ Decades later, when a real estate developer started construction works on two plots in the farmland, the government halted the whole project on allegations, that he had breached the law forbidding the conversion of ‘tenanted land’ for ‘commercial use.’ Villagers of that area believe that it was the curse of the dead priest that had stalled the operations of the project since his Will forbade selling of the farmland. In order to avoid such undesired happenings, real estate developers and potential property purchasers in the know prefer to consult Legados Pios as a precaution. Generally access to the hardbound book which measures 24 x 15 x 2.5 centimeters is not dificult. The book has been in use since 1926. It lists pensonadas (deceased donors) in bold, followed by the descriptions of the donated properties and the spiritual requirements expected from the beneficiaries. However, when a senior priest Fr Santan Falerio from the Bishop’s Palace was contacted, he denied access to the book. “I do not have the authority to show you the book as I need the permission to do so,” he said.
B o t h earthbags and papercrete houses should be considered seriously by the government in the present scenario of growing tension over environmental issues. These unique houses have already been shown the green signal by governments of many western countries. Many experiments on such building systems have also proved beneficial. In India too, a few full blown houses are made using such human ingenuity and perhaps now in Goa too realtors should consider such building systems. They are not only different…they lend housing a green thumb too… Papercrete house
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bags since they are more durable. After but it is only required in filling each bag with earth or other masmall amounts to create terial, staple it shut. Pile each row of papercrete. Some environbags horizontally. Cram them down by mentally conscious hand and then place barbed wire on top. builders replace it with This functions as ‘concrete,’ to fasten the clay and the resulting mixrows together. Add the next row of earth ture is of ten called bags in running bond pattern, and so padobe. Others also add forth. Finally, cover the entire structure sand to the mixture to rewith stucco or plaster to seal it from duce shrinkage since this water and protect the bags from degradmixture cures. One can ing in sunlight. Most earth bag homes apply stucco on the surare built in the shape of a dome, which Interior of a papercrete house that is under construction face to change the gray is very structurally sound and eliminates look, or cover with latex the need for rafters or other roofing materials. It is possible to paint and can use screws without causing cracking. Advantages of insert doors and windows into the structure, either by traditionally papercrete houses are many. The materials used in its construction framing them out using wood or making an arched door opening are very inexpensive and in some cases free. It can actually be and round windows. Farm equipments like wheels or other industrial loosely referred to as a recycled house since it processes recycled elements that are round in shape may also be used to create a materials destined for the landfill. Almost anyone can build such window opening. The thick walls of the structure function as a structure as only a little experience is needed for it. Besides, it thermal masses, storing the sun’s energy throughout the day and is insulating, sound-absorbing, lightweight, relatively fire-proof releasing it at night to heat the interior space. To supplement this and resistant to insects and rodents. However, disadvantages of in colder climates, homeowners can install a fireplace or small such a house are many too. It must be waterproofed in damp cliEarthbag building under construction in India electric heater. It is a said that Earthbag homes have experienced mates since it can pick up moisture from the ground. Besides, it since they are both bomb and bullet-proof. a kind of rebirth in popularity due to architect Nader Khalili who might not receive approval from local building codes. It must also The existence of earthbag houses would seem to be something founded the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture and be used in conjunction with a structural frame, not a load bearing novel and recent, however in reality they have been around for has experimented with using bags of soil to create domes and material. thousand of years. This was beother rounded structures. Their cause they were relatively uninherent drawback however, is heard of. However, today with that they are cave-like in strucgrowing population wanting a ture so may not be aesthetically place to live in, in addition to the appealing to many. Their exisincreasing popularity of environtence may conflict with the ment friendly houses, the knowlbuilding code of the area. edge of such shelters are being Another unique and non conhighlighted. At present it is estiventional building structure mated that at least a third of the would be papercrete houses that world’s population lives in such are made from a mixture of homes. paper fibers, water and cement. The benefits of such houses The resultant is a wall structure are many, most significant ones that is quite stable and green to being that they save trees, are the core. It is sometimes called Trenches dug for laying out the earthbags extremely inexpensive and are refibrous cement since these strucsistant to fire, rodents and natural tures look like they are made of calamities. Hence in comparison to conventional houses its carbon stone or concrete. In order to mix the ingredients, normally a rofootprint is drastically low. Since only locally found materials like tating mixer is used which can easily be made using a few basic sand and stones are used as ‘fill materials’, it cuts on petrol that components- suspend an electric motor in a large plastic drum would have been otherwise used to transport conventional conand the resulting struction materials. Environmental damage from quarrying is also slurr y can be avoided this way. Water requirements are minimal since the primary used as infill beconstruction process uses no concrete. They are also considered tween other mato be recycled houses since the fill materials can be used again to terials like build another house. concrete or Constructing an earthbag home is very simple. By placing dirt, transported into sand or gravel in bags and stacking them just like bricks or stones, forms. It’s possione can build an extremely strong structure. The initial step is to ble to create build a rubble trench (18”-24” deep) foundation that is a little blocks about the wider than the earthbag walls. Fill the trench up with stones. size of bricks. Decide what type of material you want to fill your bags up with. Cement is not an Mostly sand and gravel are used. Burlap bags are commonly used inherently a but they eventually rot so a wiser option would be polypropylene A completed earthbag house green material,
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Centrally poised with countryside flavour…
Mortgages / Charges on Immoveable Property
That’s the hallmark of Scholar Builders.
n the real estate arena there are few who have established their reputation for quality work, timely completion of projects and simultaneously won the trust of the people. Scholar Builders which completes 28 years of providing comfortable housing options for its people fits into this category. Having laid a foundation in the housing sector in 1983 when real estate was just blossoming in Goa—as an offshoot of tourism and development policies—Scholar Builders were one of the pioneers in this arena. In fact, the builders have seen the boom period as well as the doom period, so to say, where in between, even the so-called established builders vanquished and vanished. The name of Scholar however stood firm amid the ruins, even progressed to see its meteoric rise as seen today, creating new landmarks in the state. Proprietor Dnyaneshwar Govekar proudly informs that as a policy his company concentrates on one project at a time. “Unless 90 per cent of the project is complete in all aspects we do not undertake work on another project. This has been our success mantra”, he told Herald Estates & Homes. Another interesting facet of their undertakings is that Scholar builders have taken up projects which are between 60 to around 200 flats. “Our latest project Chamunda Residency, located walking distance from Caranzalem beach, has 212 spacious flats, blessed with ample open space and clean air. We take care to select our project locations and home seekers are eager to move in due to the central location blended with the countryside flavour,” Govekar informs. A veteran of many housing projects,Govekar narrates, “We must have completed at least 700 flats, besides bungalows, shops and row houses over the years. A number of satisfied clients live in our complexes at Chamunda Apartments and Chamunda Enclave at St. Cruz, Chamunda Heritage, Taleigao.”
mortgage is transfer of rights of an immoveable property to another party, as a means of assuring payment due against a loan already paid or to be paid, or any other action leading to the creation of a pecuniary liability towards the party in whose favour the mortgage is done. If ‘A’ has obtained a loan from a bank or a person, and A’s rights over his property is being temporarily transferred to the said bank or lender as a security, such transfer of rights is mortgage by A. Here, A is called the mortgagor and the bank or lender is called the mortgagee. The money which is guaranteed through the mortgage is called the mortgage money and the document of transfer by which the mortgage is executed is called the Mortgage Deed.
‘Chamunda Residency epitomises our work over the years. It has a fabulous location by the Caranzalem-Miramar beach, equipped with elevators, swimming pool, club house, health club and indoor games’. When asked about the problems related to securing permissions from various government departments, the proprietor of Scholar Builders disclosed that he has never faced any hurdles as far as obtaining approvals or licences. “Chamunda Residency epitomises our work
over the years. It has a fabulous location by the Caranzalem-Miramar beach. It has elevators, swimming pool, club house, health club equipped with indoor games, Children Park, 24 hours security and water and backup generator power supply. Now, we also provide total furnishing op-
tions for the apartments.” On the future, Govekar said that he was contemplating a village project outside Panjim to bring people to the charm of Goan village.
Cut down the Summer power bill These ideas could help lower your electricity costs.
e are the peak of summer and it is elementary that the fans and ACs are being overworked in an effort to quell the soaring temperatures. This is also an opportune time for the AC manufacturers to rake in the moolha, even coming forth with attractive schemes, at time making you regret buying an AC hurriedly. All said and done, there’s a price attached to the comforts even within your own house. One aspect is the power bills which may prompt you to even regret buying an AC. However, here are some points which will hopefully alleviate the towering bills during summer. Plant trees and shrubs outside your house to shade it. Be sure that shrubs placed near air conditioning units are trimmed so that they have sufficient air flow. And of course, the more trees you plant the more carbon dioxide they will absorb and turn into oxygen. While just about any kind of tree or shrub is better than nothing, consider planting
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fruit or nut trees. By growing your own food, organically, you’ll make an important contribution to the environment in more ways than one. Make sure that your cooling system is working efficiently. Have your systems checked by a technician at least once yearly. Change/clean the filters of the air conditioner Try to pull the curtains and blinds on the sunny side of the house. This will prevent the sun’s rays penetrate and consequently will help keep it cooler when temperatures are high. Application of a window film to the windows is another trick, but ideally curtains are a better option, though the disadvantage is that curtains will prevent you from getting an outside view. However, since most modern Goan houses p re f e r t o h a v e ground glass as window panes, this will have of little consequence. Painting the house with a light colour and using window awnings also contributes to reduce heat inside. If you use a window air conditioner, install it on a window that is located on the shady side of your house. Simple logic: Cooler air outside means cooler air inside. Make sure that your cooling system
is working efficiently. Have your systems checked by a technician at least once yearly. Change/clean the filters of the air conditioner. Turn off your air conditioner when you leave home for short periods of time. If you are going to bed, its better to set up a timer for your AC to go off after some time. The air then will remain cool in the room. A better option is to get a timer to switch on the fan a few minutes later. But, if the weather is really sultry this won’t work. Better to have the AC on throughout the night. However, you can have it adjusted to just “sleepable” temperature, rather than extreme cooling, wherein you have to resort to covering with blankets. Electrical gadgets which are supposedly turned off at times still use electricity. Make it a habit to unplug them when going on vacation or when leaving your house for an extended period of time, or even when you go to bed for the night. For other electrical units like razors or hair dryers, plug them into a power strip that you can switch off when you’re not using them. Often, the stabilizers can consume power. Use energy-saving bulbs instead of standard incandescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs use many times more power than the new energy-saver bulbs and they will burn out much quicker too, costing you more in the long run and contributing more to your local landfill. When you are shopping for a printer, scanner or other computer equipment, look for those that will automatically go into “sleep mode” or turn off when they aren’t being used. When you’re deciding between the microwave and electric stove to cook a meal,
A sale deed in which there is no indication of a debt obligation of the seller to the buyer, but merely contains a caveat that the buyer shall not sell the property and the seller reserves a right to repurchase is not considered a mortgage and cannot claim the protection provided by Section 58( c) choose the microwave. The microwave uses 90 percent less energy, besides it does not heat up the house (and eventually you will have to use more power to cool it) Electrical gadgets which are older than ten years need more power to run compared to new. Ideally, while making a big investment on electrical appliances, buy those with “Energy Star” rating. This is even 20 percent cheaper to operate. If there is a power cut, turn off or unplug as many appliances as you can. Otherwise, when everyone’s power comes back on at the same time, another transformer could blow out. Not just that, the power may come up with a surge and blow your equipment.
property shall revert to the mortgagor. The deed of sale may contain a specific clause to this effect or to say that the conditional sale shall become null and void on the required payment being made. A sale deed shall not be considered as conditional sale, unless this fact is expressly recorded in the deed itself. It is interesting to note that a sale deed in which there is no indication of a debt obligation of the seller to the buyer, but merely contains a caveat that the buyer shall not sell the property and the seller reserves a right to repurchase is not considered a mortgage and cannot claim the protection provided by Section 58( c) of the Transfer of Property Act which defines mortgages. English Mortgage: A mortgage whereby the rights over a property are fully transferred to the mortgagee with a condition incorporated in the deed that on making the payments due the mortgagee shall re-transfer the full rights over the mortgaged property is called an English Mortgage. We shall discuss Mortgage by Deposit of title Deed and Anomalous Mortgages and some interesting case law instances in the next article.
LOC for construction along the coast... the coast, but it will be in a zigzag manner. This line can be arbitrary, opines Saldanha, and worse, will provide scope for illegalitites and corruption. It has to be 500m from the HTL everywhere and it should also be applicable to hills since people build bungalows fcing the sea on the hills evading CRZ.
MAPPING STRUCTURES WITHIN 200M
he CRZ notification calls for mapping of all structures which lie within 200m of HTL. However, no format or criteria has been provided. Saldanha, has informed that all structures which existed before 1991 would be mapped and the period within which mapping should be done is six months for the date of the notification. However, strict guidelines have not been provided so as to prevent illegal occupation and construction of structures within the 200m line.
ROADS ON STILTS
he CRZ 2011 notification is silent on construction of roads on stilts within the 500m line. It has been noticed that in areas surrounding Mumbai illegal slums have come up by destroying patches of mangroves after certain interval. These stilt roads there will link these illegal slums and habitations by destroying the remaining mangroves. In other places, such as south of Chennai coastal roads have been proposed which will destroy the entire coastline.
COASTAL WATER INCLUDED IN CRZ
he difference between the 1991 notification and the 2011 notification is that in the latter, water upto a point of 12 nautical miles has been included in CRZ. The state government has not contested this. The state jurisdiction has been taken over by the Central government and we do not know what activities the Central government will allow in this area. Their rationale for this change is that they would protect pollution of coastal water. It has been
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There are several types of mortgages. We shall discuss today two of these. Simple Mortgage: In this type of mortgage, the mortgagor does not hand over the physical possession or effective transfer of the property mortgaged, but makes a solemn commitment to honour his obligations for effecting payments as and when due and agrees that in the event of default, the mortgagee shall be at liberty to sell the property and apply the sale proceeds first to satisfy the debt obligation. Such a transaction is called a simple mortgage. The holder of such a mortgage is called Simple Mortgagee. Usufructuary Mortgage: A mortgagor may agree to the mortgagee acquiring usufructuary right over the mortgaged property during the period of the mortgage. In such a case, the mortgagor expressly or by implication, hands over the physical possession of the mortgaged property and allows the mortgagee to enjoy the rents and profits and other produce from the property. Conditional Sale: Mortgage by conditional sale is made where the mortgagor formally sells the property to the mortgagee with a condition that in case of default to effect the payment secured by the mortgage the mortgagee shall become the owner of the property and the sale shall become absolute. If the payment is made as and when due, the
seen that over the last 20 years almost nothing has been done to prevent pumping of harmful effluents into river and sea water. What is apparent, is the corporate hand in this change of stance by the Central Government. The scope for ports, oil rigs and purchase of islands maybe in the offing. There is a need for measures to be put in place for sensitive area such as Caranzalem, Miramar where dune and dune vegetation has been burned. Similarly, in Ribandar, which is squeezed between the water and the hillock no multi storeyed constructions should be allowed. He also alleged that government of Goa and the CZMA were having a plan to dilute CRZ notification for Dona Paula, Siridao by allowing massive structures such as Starred hotels to come up even as close as 50m metres from the River Zuari. He expressed dismay that in India, the law which is used to regulate, protect and promote public interest is actually used to displace the common man. The CRZ notification looks promising on paper, however whether the notification will protect the fragile coastline will depend on the conviction, and resolve of the State Government and its administrative and regulatory authorities. Nature and its abundant beauty and resources have to be passed on to the future generations as a common heritage. This is essential for our very survival, the only question is do our political leaders have the vision and the political will to play for history and not short term gains.
G C M Y K G
Once a port is established, an entire stable zone will become unstable. The greed of the corporate lobby will finish India’s coastline. 350 ports are proposed to be established along the Indian coast. How can such a huge number of ports be established when present ports are not saturated. This creation of ports is only based on corporate greed. Every company wants to establish a port. When they put a port there are no considerations for environment or for the fisher community. It is a disaster for the whole country. There is a case in Gujarat where National Institute of Oceanography has done the EIA for Mundra Port, which has been found to be a farce. Even the case of Mormugao , EIA has been given to a company which also owns a coal business. The MPT is unwilling to provide information regarding EIA for its projects since it says that it is not bound to give Comprehensive EIA. Its jurisdiction itself is a question mark and it does not ask permission from anyone in the State The 1963 notification which gives them this jurisdiction was given as war booty, when there was no government in Goa. They now can carry out any activities without permissions. For instance they have allowed two Marinas in coastal lands. The government has not been consulted. No EIA is done or such reports are unavailable. The area will be devastated if we promote private marinas in Goa.
G C M Y K G
Published on May 15, 2011