Alcohol consumption in public to be banned in Goa: Manohar Parrikar

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said that the State government has decided to ban alcohol consumption in public spaces. The liquor shops flouting the rules will be penalized. The decision is taken to curb drunken shenanigans of people.

“If someone wants to drink (liquor), they should drink inside and not in public places. In the next 15 days, I will hold meetings with government officials to ban the consumption of liquor at public places,” Parrikar said at a ‘Swachch Bharat’ function.

Apart from this, the government will impose hefty fines or even cancel licences of shops which allow people to drink in their vicinity. The police crackdown has already started this year in May.

The government, last year amended the excise duty act, 1964 that penalizes people caught drinking in public places. It is identified as ‘No Alcohol Consumption Zones’ and on beaches. The amendments to the excise act will done next month. The government is currently governing liquor licences of the shops under the Daman and Diu Excise Act, 1964.

He also added the govt further intends to make helmets for to-wheelers compulsory.

Sources: Times of India, Economic Times

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Chandrakant Kavlekar booked by ACB in DA case

After filing a case against Chandrakant Kavlekar, leader of opposition in Goa Assembly, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has booked his wife, Savitri for abetting the crime in the Disproportionate Assets (DA) case.

The ACB conducted raids at three of Kavlekar’s residences and offices at various places including in Betul.

The ACB released a statement that said that Kavlekar has combined wealth in the form of movable and immovable properties within and outside the state of Goa.

“It was also revealed that Kavlekar has purchased around 14 different landed properties worth Crores of rupees in the State of Kerala. He has not even disclosed the details of properties purchased by him in the state of Kerala in his Asset 84 Liability Statement submitted before the Institution of Goa Lokayukta during the period from the year 2013 to 2015,” read the statement.

According to the statement, Kavlekar amassed disproportionate assets of Rs 4,78,58.471, which was 59.21 percent above their known source of income. This was during the check period from January 2007 to April 2013, when Chandrakant was serving as the chairman of the Goa industrial development corporation (GIDC).

He has been booked under Prevention of Corruption act of 1988- section 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (e) and under the Section 109 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Kavlekar is a three-term member of the Goa Legislative Assembly and represents the Quepem constituency and earlier in the day ACB filed a FIR against him in the said case.

Sources: ANI, Business Standard

Goa court nod for in-camera trial in rape case against Tarun Tejpal

A sessions court in Mapusa on Friday accepted former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal’s request, made under CrPC Section 327(2), to hold the assault procedures against him in-camera. Tejpal’s advice Pramod Kumar Dubey moved the application not long after the court of Judge Vijaya Pol took up the issue toward the evening.

Tejpal, blamed for assault by a then lady partner amid an occasion facilitated by the magazine in Goa in November 2013, was on Friday joined by seven relatives, including his better half and sibling Minty Tejpal. He was reserved under IPC Sections 376, 376(2)(f) and 376(2) (k). Goa Police’s Crime Branch introduced the chargesheet on February 17, 2014.

While the arrangement has advanced its case — sponsored by the casualty’s announcement, explanations of associates, and computerized proof, including a letter of expression of remorse by Tejpal — Public Prosecutor Francisco Tavora said the guard group will show their contentions on Friday and Saturday. The court will outline charges subsequently.

Appearing for Tejpal, advocate Rajiv Gomes had, in April, told the court that the safeguard had “adequate information” to subdue the allegations. Back at that point, Tavora had said that the resistance group had at first asked for film of all CCTV cameras from the Goa inn where the claimed wrongdoing occurred. “The recording… was given to them,” Tavora had said in April outside the court premises.

Guard legal counselors had looked for “clone duplicates” of the SIM card and telephone memory of the casualty’s telephone to gather messages sent and got, as likewise “erased”. While the scientific confirmation were given in delicate and printed versions, Tejpal’s advice told the court that they required “clone copies”.The clone duplicate of the material was given over to the guard legal counselors in March this year, Tavora said. Sources aware of points of interest of the two duplicates said the material proof continues as before.

Sources: Indian Express, Outlook

Goa BJP Chief Vinay Tendulkar triumphs in Rajya Sabha polls

Goa state BJP President Vinay Tendulkar emerged victorious on Friday by winning the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the state. The polling and the counting were held on the same day. This is the first time that the BJP has its representatives in the three seats in parliament, two in the Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha as reported by Business Standard.

“I am happy with the support received from my party legislators along with our alliance partners. I aim to work for the progress of the state. With this win, the party completes its election circle with representatives at the level of panchayats to both the houses of parliament.” Tendulkar said.

The Deccan Herald mentioned that Tendulkar won by a six vote margin and secured 22 votes. He contested the elections against seating Congress MP Shantaram Naik, who secured 16 votes.  Naik was looking forward to a third term in the Rajya Sabha. The strength of the state legislative assembly is 38 at present due to resignations from two MLAs earlier this year. Tendulkar managed to secure 12 votes from his party, ten votes from the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party, Goa Forward Party, NCP and Independents.

“The Congress party appealed to attract secular votes from the BJP allies, but as per the results we see that no ally responded to the appeal”, Chandrakant Kavlekar, Leader of Opposition, told reporters.

Goa gov announces Common Minimum Programme

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar looks confident with his bag of promises from the Common Minimum Programme. Image source: PTI
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar looks confident with his bag of promises from the Common Minimum Programme. Image source: PTI

The BJP-led government in Goa has announced the Common Minimum Programme (CMP), bringing in a lot of policy changes, including the controversies besetting offshore casinos.

As reported by the Indian Express, the programme would include Rs 1 lakh waiver on agricultural loans to farmers. The government aims to setup ‘open markets’, alongside highways which is based on the American market model to provide a market for farmers to sell their produce. Additionally, the CMP states that coconut would be made the tree of the state to alter the previous regulation of it being called a grass.

There will be a relocation of Casinos from its Mandovi base and the housing will be reasonably priced through the state housing boards. However, no timeframe has been given for this yet. Also, the national highways which pass through the state would be widened as part of the CMP.

This policy was framed based on recommendations made by MLA and Minister for Town and Country Planning, Vijay Sardesai, states The Times of India. This was to promote the much discussed value of Goemkarponn (the way of the Goans).


Source: The Times of India, Indian Express

Jet Airways veers off the runway; All passengers alive

A Jet Airways plane rotated 360 degrees before crashing out of the runway at Dabolim airport, Goa. The plane carried 161 passengers and few of them suffered minor injuries.

At 5 am, the plane was on the runway to take off for Mumbai when the accident occurred. Reports suggest that the engines and the wings of the plane faced a substantial amount of damage during the previous flight.

Passengers panicked when they saw smoke billowing out from the cabin. Emergency slides were used in order to rescue the people out of the plane. The airport was closed down for some time and some of the flights which were scheduled to Dabolim were diverted.

According to a statement from the airline, there was a technical glitch as a result of which the flight veered away from the tarmac.The stranded passengers were later transported in a wide-bodied B777 aircraft.

The incident occurred amidst the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Goa is packed with tourists during this time.The Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau would investigate the incident further.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau would investigate the incident further.

In a separate incident in Delhi, a collision was averted as two airplanes came on the same runway due to miscommunication by the control towers. A Spice Jet plane was getting ready for the takeoff and an Indigo aircraft has landed at the same time.



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Goa CM sacks two ministers following rifts with MGP

The conflict between Goa BJP and its ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party got murkier ahead of the assembly polls when Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar sacked two ministers of MGP on Monday night. This decision was taken as the latter was initially threatening the Goa BJP to sack the CM if it wanted the alliance to continue. The allegations made against him drove Parsekar to take this extreme decision.

The sacked ministers, Ramkrishna Dhavalikar and Pandurang Dhavalikar held the Public Works Department and factories portfolios. Defending his move and claiming to have his party’s support, Parsekar claimed his decision to be ‘prerogative’. He will be now in charge of the portfolios.

According to the Indian Express, Dhavalikar said, “We had assured the voters and people that we will be with this government for five years and that is why we have tolerated injustice from the BJP.”  Further protesting the move, he said that the CM should dissolve the assembly rather than fire his own party members.

While Goa is set for the polls earlier than usual, Congress is demanding the state to be put under President’s rule.

SOURCE : Scroll

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