Govt makes badge, 15-yr domicile, police clearance mandatory for taxi operators

NT NETWORK Vasco The directorate of transport has made mandatory having taxi badge, 15 years domicile and police clearance for all the taxi operators in the state and the circular in this effect has come into force from October 16. Briefing media about the circular issued by the directorate of transport on Wednesday, the Minister …

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The directorate of transport has made mandatory having taxi badge, 15 years domicile and police clearance for all the taxi operators in the state and the circular in this effect has come into force from October 16.

Briefing media about the circular issued by the directorate of transport on Wednesday, the Minister for Transport Mauvin Godinho said that “by making the taxi badge, 15 years domicile and police clearance norm mandatory, a step in the right direction has been taken to protect Goa and Goenkarpon, thereby ensuring opportunities to the sons of the soil in the taxi
business.”

He said that the state government superseded/withdrew the earlier circular/ judgment of the Supreme Court in the matter of Mukund Dewangan v/s Oriental Insurance Company Ltd in civil appeal delivered on July 3, 2017 and issued a new circular on October 16 wherein the taxi drivers need to apply for a badge, have 15 years domicile certificate and police clearance.

 “The consequence of issuing new circular will be that Goans will remain in the taxi business. I had given assurance in the Assembly of examining the judgment of the Supreme Court wherein it was misinterpreted by the law department,” he said.

“All taxi operators compulsorily need to apply for a badge, 15-year domicile and also for the police clearance wherein the transport authorities will give sufficient time to get the formalities done,” he maintained.

Sanitary pad incinerators to be installed in schools, colleges

NT NETWORK Panaji In a bid to help treat sanitary waste and give a push to menstrual hygiene, the Goa State Urban Development Agency has invited private bids for supply and installation of sanitary pad incinerators with warranty and on-site maintenance support for three years in 147 schools and colleges of the state. The work …

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In a bid to help treat sanitary waste and give a push to menstrual hygiene, the Goa State Urban Development Agency has invited private bids for supply and installation of sanitary pad incinerators with warranty and on-site maintenance support for three years in 147 schools and colleges of the state.

The work will be tendered for a total of 349 sanitary pad incinerator units, however, initially only five units will be installed, commissioned and reviewed by a technical committee and if these machines are found to be working then the remaining 344 units will be installed within 120 days.

These five units will be installed in selected schools and colleges for trial checks including Goa College of Architecture at Altinho, Our Lady of Grace High School in Bicholim, St Andrews Higher Secondary in Vaddem, Deepvihar High School at Headland-Sada and Mahila & Nutan English High School at Comba.

The work for installation of 349 sanitary pad incinerator units is estimated to cost Rs 89.04 lakh and after finalisation of bidder, the units will be installed in 120 days which will begin from November for which the GSUDA has already obtained NoC from education department for installation of such units in educational institutions.

However, so far, six companies, including a startup, have submitted technical bids and they include Alterenergyz, Tendril Products, Oasis Scientific Technologies, Inovativa Waste Aid and Management Private Limited, Eltech Electro Designs and Energy Systems Pvt Ltd and Indotech Industrial Solutions Pvt Ltd.

The qualifying bids of the technical evaluation process shall only be considered for further evaluation of financial bid. The financial bid will be opened in the presence of the technically qualified bidders/ designated representatives on October 25.

The last date and time of online submission of tender is October 22 and on the same day technical bid will be opened.

According to the tender document, the intending bidders should be an original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) or an authorised system integrator (reseller/distributor/dealer) for sale, support and service of the OEM in India. NABL certifications will be pre-qualification criteria for bidder for the purpose of quoting in this tender.

Electricity dept warns of action against use of generators sans permission

NT NETWORK Panaji Stating that the use of power generators without permission is illegal, the state electricity department on Wednesday warned of initiating action against those resorting to such practice. The department has made mandatory for all consumers to have prior permission from the concerned electrical inspector before commissioning of the domestic generator (DG) set …

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Stating that the use of power generators without permission is illegal, the state electricity department on Wednesday warned of initiating action against those resorting to such practice.

The department has made mandatory for all consumers to have prior permission from the concerned electrical inspector before commissioning of the domestic generator (DG) set in homes, firms, shops, hotels, factories, etc.

The department has said that as per the Indian Electricity (IE) Rules, 1956, no consumer or occupier can commission a generator of a capacity exceeding 10KW without approval in writing of the department.

 “The supplier of the generator has to maintain a record of test results obtained at each supply point to the consumer, in a form to be approved by the inspector. If as a result of such inspection and test, the supplier is satisfied that the installation is likely to constitute danger, he shall serve on the applicant a notice in writing requiring him to make such modifications as necessary to render the installation safe. The supplier may refuse to connect or reconnect the supply until the required modifications have been completed and he has been notified by the applicant,” read the IE rules.

The rules also define precautions against leakages that may occur that is “the supplier shall not connect with his works the installation or apparatus on the premises of any applicant for supply unless he is reasonably satisfied that -the connection will not, at the time of making the connection, cause a leakage from the installation or apparatus of a magnitude detrimental to safety.”

Chief electrical engineer Reshma Mathew has urged the consumers to abide by the rules and regulation for their own safety and also the safety of people residing in the area or else face action by the department.

“Even if small generators are installed, the consumers should ensure its safety and see that the supply is not back-fed to our system or else it becomes a problem for our linesman and poses a risk to their lives,” she said.

The department has observed that the generator sets, which are installed by the domestic, commercial consumers as well as industrial consumers without taking prior approval from the competent authority, are illegal.

Hence, the department has asked all the stakeholders to regularise their generator equipment which have been installed without obtaining permission/approval of the competent authority within the next three months.

VPs to comply with solid waste rules before issuing construction licenses

NT NETWORK Vasco The directorate of panchayats has laid down restrictions on the issuance of construction licenses and occupancy certificates to multi-dwelling and commercial projects in all the village panchayat jurisdictions across the state until the panchayats comply with Solid and Liquid Waste Management Rules. Addressing a press conference in Dabolim on Wednesday, Panchayati Raj …

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The directorate of panchayats has laid down restrictions on the issuance of construction licenses and occupancy certificates to multi-dwelling and commercial projects in all the village panchayat jurisdictions across the state until the panchayats comply with Solid and Liquid Waste Management Rules.

Addressing a press conference in Dabolim on Wednesday, Panchayati Raj Minister Mauvin Godinho said that all the block development officers (BDOs) have come to a decision to put restrictions on village panchayats when it comes to exercising powers to issue construction licenses and occupancy certificates until the local bodies comply with norms under the Solid and Liquid Waste Management Rules.

“All the BDOs have been directed to impose restrictions on the issuance of construction licenses and occupancy certificates by the village panchayats within the state in case of multi-dwelling residential projects having more than 4 units and commercial projects having 200 square metres or above total built-up area till the panchayats fulfill the Solid and Liquid Waste Management norms and the directions issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT),” Godinho said.

Govt drops idea of having Margao bus stand project on PPP model

NT NETWORK Panaji Dropping the idea of taking up the construction work of new bus stand in Margao on public-private partnership basis, the state government has decided to take up the project through its own funds. The discussion on taking forward the new bus stand project in Margao was held in a meeting at Secretariat, …

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Dropping the idea of taking up the construction work of new bus stand in Margao on public-private partnership basis, the state government has decided to take up the project through its own
funds.

The discussion on taking forward the new bus stand project in Margao was held in a meeting at Secretariat, which was chaired by the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. The meeting was attended by the Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho, Leader of Opposition and Margao MLA Digambar Kamat, Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai, chairman of Kadamba Transport Corporation Carlos Almeida and officials of Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC).

Speaking to media after the meeting, the Chief Minister said that the ambitious project of constructing the new bus stand in Margao would be taken up in a phased manner.

“We have dropped the idea of having the project on PPP model. The bus stand project in Margao would be taken up in a phased manner. The first phase will comprise of bus stand and parking facility which will be costing Rs 70 crore,” he said.

Sawant informed that the work of rest of the phases would be taken up later, adding that, the bus stand will be built on the existing structure and a revenue model has been worked out by way of leasing out shops under the project.

Meanwhile, a primary discussion was held on the Sonsoddo garbage issue on Wednesday between the Chief Minister Sawant, Waste Management Minister Michael Lobo, Margao and Fatorda MLAs.

In order to find out permanent solution to Sonsoddo garbage dump issue, the government has decided to hold a crucial meeting of the high powered committee headed by the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant before October 25.

The Minister Lobo informed that a discussion on Sonsoddo issue was held in the meeting that took place between him, the Chief Minister and Fatorda MLA.

“Chief Minister has said that he will convene a meeting of the high-powered committee before October 25,” he added.

State all set to host Vibrant Goa summit from today

NT NETWORK Panaji With close to 500 individuals involved in coordinating, assisting and pre-event planning, the state is all set to host the mega, three-day Vibrant Goa global summit from October 17- 19. Organisers have roped in around 400 senior students from local colleges, the engineering institutes and Goa University (GU) as ‘buddies’, who are …

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With close to 500 individuals involved in coordinating, assisting and pre-event planning, the state is all set to host the mega, three-day Vibrant Goa global summit from October 17- 19.

Organisers have roped in around 400 senior students from local colleges, the engineering institutes and Goa University (GU) as ‘buddies’, who are escorting international delegates from the time of their arrival at the airport to the venue – the S P Mukherjee Stadium at Taleigao Plateau.

Every international delegate is assigned a ‘buddy’ to facilitate their stay in the state. Buddies have been given training in training sessions conducted at the auditorium of GU to act as guides. All buddies sport distinctive t-shirts sporting the Vibrant Goa logo.

Around 530 international delegates are expected to attend the trade summit, most of who have already arrived in the state and have been accommodated in six hotels. The domestic visitors, estimated at around 2,000, are yet to arrive in full strength and are expected in groups. Most of the delegates will be in the state for the entire duration of the three-day summit with several expected to extend their stay, said the organisers. 

The state’s first Vibrant Summit aims to attract investments and showcase Goa as a destination for business. “Conceptualised on the lines of similar vibrant summits held in other states, its objective is to give the Goan businessmen an

opportunity to seek new trading partners and forge collaborations, joint ventures with outside companies,” said Manoj Patil, member of the event managing committee. 

Local self-help groups (SHGs) have been given a special place in the trade expo with around 80 SHGs expected to participate in the summit by displaying their products in the stalls. The state government also has several stalls at the event.

The summit will have 25 knowledge series lectures addressed by around 86 speakers. The lectures are aimed at helping Indian and Goan diaspora set up units in foreign countries. In addition, there will be B2B sessions, sector-specific panel discussions and booths set up by local companies. The opening function on Day 1 will have a battery of speakers with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant inaugurating an investor booklet.

The state hopes to attract investment through the Vibrant Summit with special focus on tourism-related projects, IT industry, education hub, construction, shipbuilding and green industry. Sports, wellness and entertainment are other focus areas where the government is anticipating investments.   

Lightning claims 2 lives as thundershowers lash state

NT NETWORK Panaji/Margao Lightning claimed two lives in the state even as many parts of the state received thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds on Wednesday. A 43-year-old woman from Barcem in South Goa, who was proceeding home through fields along with another woman, collapsed all of a sudden and became unconscious after lightning struck the fields. She was …

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Lightning claimed two lives in the state even as many parts of the state received thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds on Wednesday.

A 43-year-old woman from Barcem in South Goa, who was proceeding home through fields along with another woman, collapsed all of a sudden and became unconscious after lightning struck the fields. She was later declared dead at the Balli health centre.

In another case, a 28-year-old construction worker reportedly died on the spot after lightning struck him while he was working at an under-construction building in Old Goa. Police have identified the deceased as Bajrangi Ravidas from Jharkhand and registered a case of unnatural death.

Though the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday confirmed that the southwest monsoon has withdrawn from the country, Goa is expected to receive light to moderate rainfall accompanied by thunderstorm till Sunday. The rainfall is a result of the extreme heating of land during daytime, said the weather department.

According to the meteorological centre in the state, thunder and lightning activity has intensified since Tuesday due to the cyclonic circulation over east central Arabian Sea off the South Karnataka coast. The state has been witnessing thundershowers accompanied by lightning and gusty winds at a few places and this is likely to continue till October 20.

Cuncolim police disclosed the name of the woman from Barcem as Pushpa Tilu Velip. They said that a case of unnatural death has been registered and the dead body has been sent to the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) in Bambolim for postmortem examination.

According to the police, there were no injuries on the woman’s body to claim that she died as a result of lightning striking her. Postmortem examination report will throw more light on the cause of death, said police.

A senior police officer said that the deceased was a fruit vendor and had been to Barcem in connection with her occupation. The officer said that while returning home, it was raining heavily and she collapsed as lightning struck the fields. The officer added that she was shifted by the woman accompanying her, with help from villagers, to the Balli health centre where she was declared dead.

According to the IMD, the rainfall received in October is called post-monsoon and since October 1, rainfall has not been up to the mark with an overall deficit of 17 per cent.

Over the next four days, Goa is likely to experience partly cloudy skies. Temperatures remained slightly higher than normal in the state on Monday at nearly 3 degree Celcius above normal resulting in the heating of land thus attracting rain clouds.

“Few spells of evening thundershowers are possible this week, mainly due to the excessive heating of the ground during the daytime. Clouds are developing due to an increase in the temperature and thunderstorm formation has been strong all this week. The maximum temperature is likely to be around 35.2 degree Celcius, three notches above normal,” an IMD official said.

Normally, between October 1 and October 15, monsoon starts withdrawing from the east central Arabian Sea and the adjoining Konkan coast. In 2018, monsoon was declared withdrawn on October 14 and in 2017, it withdrew on October 24. This year, withdrawal of monsoon from the country including from Goa was declared on October 16, making it the second most delayed withdrawal in recorded history.

Goa has received the maximum rainfall in recorded history during the official monsoon season from June to September this year shattering other records after receiving 3,943.8 mm of rain, about 968.2 mm more than what it normally receives from June 1.

The state also witnessed seven ‘heavy to very heavy rainy days’ (when the rainfall crossed over 100 mm within 24 hours).

The state recorded 34 per cent excess rainfall this monsoon season, breaking the past ten-year-old record even though the southwest monsoon had set in over the state on June 20, after the longest delay of 14 days.

Meanwhile, fire personnel attached to the Margao fire brigade were kept on their toes on Wednesday after trees got uprooted and came crashing down on roads in Salcete taluka. The fire station office in Margao attended to seven calls in the evening after rain lashed Salcete followed by lightning. 

The first incident occurred at Betalbatim where a tree got uprooted and came crashing down on a road, while at Mungul, a mango tree fell on the main road. At Khareband in Margao, three trees including a coconut tree fell on the main road. At Benaulim near petrol pump, a tree came crashing down on a road while near a hotel in the heart Margao, an electric pole fell on a car causing damages.

Sources in the Margao fire station office said all the trees were removed and the roads cleared for smooth movement of traffic.    

Sunburn Klassique gets in-principle nod to hold EDM

NT NETWORK Panaji The state government on Wednesday granted in-principle approval to ‘Sunburn Klassique’ to hold an electronic dance music (EDM) festival in Goa at December-end. The interim approval has been granted to host the event on December 28, 29 and 30 at Vagator in North Goa. “We have today given in-principle approval to Sunburn …

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The state government on Wednesday granted in-principle approval to ‘Sunburn Klassique’ to hold an electronic dance music (EDM) festival in Goa at December-end.

The interim approval has been granted to host the event on December 28, 29 and 30 at Vagator in North Goa.

“We have today given in-principle approval to Sunburn Klassique to host the musical festival. The promoter of the event will now have to approach the state-level permission committee for further formalities,” said Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar while speaking to this daily.

He said that the promoter will not be granted the final approval if he fails to fulfil the criteria laid down by the government. He also said that no-objection certificates from the fire and emergency services, local bodies and other concerned authorities are mandatory.

“The promoters of the event are yet to clear a part of the previous dues. I have given instructions to my officers that all pending dues should be recovered before giving them the final approval to host the festival,” the minister said.

The rising star of Goan Cinema

Curchorem-based Melwin D’cunha’s childhood dream of becoming an actor has finally come  true. Making his debut with Konkani film ‘Pedru  Poder’, scheduled to release at end of this year,  the model-turned actor is pretty excited. NT BUZZ  catches up with him to know more RAMANDEEP KAUR| NT BUZZ Several dream of seeing themselves on big …

Curchorem-based Melwin D’cunha’s childhood dream of becoming an actor has finally come  true. Making his debut with Konkani film ‘Pedru  Poder’, scheduled to release at end of this year,  the model-turned actor is pretty excited. NT BUZZ  catches up with him to know more

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Several dream of seeing themselves on big screen someday. The entertainment industry is sought after by people of all walks of life.

And in Goa too, Melwin D’cunha from Curchorem is no exception- who dreamt of becoming an actor. The 27-year-old is all set to make his acting debut opposite John D’Silva in the upcoming film ‘Pedru Poder’, directed by Jojo D’souza which will be released by the end of 2019.

Like most of us, the bug of becoming an actor caught Melwin as a child. Fond of action movies, he enjoyed watching movies which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, which inspired him to work on his physique.

Acting comes naturally to him. “It is an inborn skill”, he says adding that, “in order to meet the demands of an actor, I started working out at a very young age which helped me in developing a well-toned body,” he mentions. It was during the initial days of working on himself that he got into bodybuilding as well. Melwin proudly says that he’s represented Goa at the State and National level in bodybuilding.

Speaking about how his dream came true of becoming an actor, he tells NT BUZZ that the opportunity of working in the film ‘Pedru Poder’ came his way when he saw an advertisement that called interested people for auditions.

“I gave the audition and was shortlisted on the spot,” he says. In the film, Melwin plays the role of Donald D’souza, who is a businessman and a model. “The character I am playing was designed keeping in mind my personality,” informs Melwin adding that, acting is an ongoing learning process and that he learned a lot acting nuances from his co-stars, specially from comedian John D’Silva and other actors too.

Melwin is a multi-talented boy. Besides, working part-time as a model, he is also a talented artist. He was part of the Mr Goa 2018 pageant, where he won a subtitle of Mr Goa Stunner. He began his stint with modelling at age of 21. He goes on to say modelling has taught him a lot about body language, how to face the camera, boost confidence, how to face people and how to walk on the ramp. 

As an artist he uses his free time to work on canvas paintings and sketches. “Art is my hobby and my artworks are always connected with famous personalities, may be because of the influence and love which I have for films,” he says.

Melwin tells us that he has done a four-feet-tall canvas painting of Michael Jackson, besides working on sketches and portraits of Rose from Titanic, Marilyn Monroe, etc.

A science graduate with a degree in Hospitality Management, Melwin also informs that he’s worked in hospitality sector for six years, and mentions that he doesn’t get sufficient time to work out, but somehow makes time to at least go to the gym to maintain his physique while also fine tuning his acting skills.

After working on his first film he says: “I love this acting profession and thus, despite having a very busy schedule I make time to do what I like.” 

He takes challenges in his stride and says that challenges are present in every field or in whatever one does. “The challenge I faced as an actor was that of facing the camera. I was really nervous on my first day of shoot. Also, when you are working alongside actors like John D’silva it is a bit difficult to match up to his level of acting. However, I managed to do my best,” he says.

Melwin makes it a point to mention about the support his father was to him through all his decisions.

He says: “My father was the person who always supported me and inspired me a lot to become an actor, as he too was very fond of Konkani Cinema. It was his wish to see my film but unfortunately he passed away,” he says.

While his dream of becoming an actor has finally come true, he now eagerly awaits the release of ‘Pedru Poder’ and hope that the public notices his acting talent.

“At present this film is a very important project for me and it is from here that I will move onto different projects. I am to open to any kind of role,” says Melwin.

INX Media: ED arrests Chidambaram from Tihar

PTI New Delhi Former finance minister P Chidambaram, who has spent eight weeks in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and judicial custody in the INX Media corruption case, was on Wednesday arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) from Tihar jail in a related money laundering matter in a fresh setback to the Congress veteran, who …

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Former finance minister P Chidambaram, who has spent eight weeks in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and judicial custody in the INX Media corruption case, was on Wednesday arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) from Tihar jail in a related money laundering matter in a fresh setback to the Congress veteran, who faces another spell of remand.

Shortly after his arrest, the ED filed a plea before special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar seeking a 14-day custodial interrogation of the 74-year-old Congress leader.

The court, while issuing a production warrant against Chidambaram in the ED case, said it will take up the remand plea on Thursday when his judicial custody expires in the corruption case filed by the CBI. The court directed the jail authorities to produce Chidambaram at 3 pm on Thursday.

CBI sources, meanwhile, said the probe agency is all set to file a charge sheet in the corruption case in which it is likely to name Chidambaram and his son Karti.

The ED’s investigating team followed due procedure after judge Kuhar allowed the agency to interrogate Chidambaram in jail and arrest him, if necessary, an agency official said.

A three-member team of investigators, which arrived at the prison at 8:15 am, remained in the premises for about two hours during which time they briefly questioned Chidambaram after he was placed under arrest.

The arrest was made under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and his statement was also recorded under the same provision of law, an official said.

The Rajya Sabha MP has been grilled by the ED in this case many times in the

past but it had never arrested Chidambaram, as he enjoyed a court-issued order directing the agency not to take any coercive step like arrest.

Sources indicated that Chidambaram will now be put through some fresh evidence, obtained from offshore jurisdictions, and confronted with the statement of the other accused in the case once his full-time questioning begins, if the court grants the ED his custody. The statements given by the accountant of Karti and others will be put across to him, they said.

It is understood that the ED investigating officer will seek answers from Chidambaram with regard to certain foreign-based assets linked to his family including those attached by it in the name of Karti. The ED had in October last year attached assets worth Rs 54 crore of Karti in India, the UK and Spain, under the PMLA.

The agency is also working to file its first charge sheet or prosecution complaint in the case and it may include Chidambaram’s forthcoming statements too.

The ED had filed a criminal case under the PMLA in 2017 to probe alleged irregularities in the grant of FIPB approval to the INX Media group. The INX Media got its FIPB (foreign investment promotion board) approvals in 2007-08 when Chidambaram was serving as the Union finance minister.

It is alleged that this approval was not legal and agencies have charged Chidambaram with committing corruption and money laundering by taking kickbacks from promoter couple of the media group, Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, through Karti.

Karti and his mother Nalini also visited the Tihar jail premises in the morning.

Talking to reporters outside the jail, Karti reiterated that the investigation in this case was a “political vendetta” and a “charade being played out for the vicarious pleasure of few people.” “I came to meet him (father Chidambaram) as part of my weekly visits…He is in good spirits. Whatever these procedural games are being played are for political theatrics,” he said.