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Dhavalikar’s visit to Portugal an act of shamelessness: AAP

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Goa: Aam Aadmi Party today accused the government of being loaded with ‘shameless’ people and singled out Sudin Dhavlikar for openly displaying such shamelessness by visiting Portugal whose Prime Minister was ‘insulted’ by him while on a visit to the place of his origin in Goa in the recent past.

Addressing media, AAP Convenor Elvis Gomes along with General Secretary Pradeep Padgaonkar said that it is natural for any one to appreciate and applaud a son or daughter of the soil who excels in any field when in another state or foreign land.

He said that it should have been a matter of great pride that Antonio Costa, a son of Goa was chosen by the Portuguese people to be the head of Government of their very nation which had ruled over Goa for centuries.

However, he said that Maharashtrawadi Gomantak leader Sudin Dhavalikar who often displays open support to Sanatan Sanstha an organisation that allegedly promotes enmity between people, had vitiated the atmosphere and sought to give communal twist during the Portuguese PM’s visit only for narrow political gains and added that the same minister was now on a visit to Portugal ‘to study water supply systems’. “ This is an open display of shamelessness.

Whether he is gone to study water supply systems or water treatment systems, AAP says that it is admittance of the failure to supply proper water for the last 15 years , of handling on and off the water supply portfolio. Go to Delhi and learn from AAP Government water supply management where each household gets free water and yet the water supply department is in huge profits. Does Portugal have to teach you this?” asked Gomes .

He went on to add that the Minister was openly critical of bikinis , skirts and pubs and asked as to what this minister and team expect to see in a European nation. Gomes said that the people of Goan origin in Portugal should gift some designer bikinis to the members of the delegation on this foreign jaunt so that they get educated on what is freedom of speech and expression which does not impose on others what they should eat and wear.

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Protests in Delhi won’t help mining to resume: Vishwajit Rane

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Panjim, December 9 (TGS):   Two days ahead of scheduled protest by mining dependents from Goa in Delhi demanding resumption of the activity in the State, a Senior BJP minister on Sunday said that sit-in in the national capital will not provide the solution for the vexed issue.

State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, claiming that he is in full support of the mining dependents, said that holding protests in Delhi would not provide solution for this problem related to resumption of the mining industry.

“The solution for the issue has to come by discussing at government to government level,” commented Rane, referring to the discussions between State and Union government on the issue……….. READ MORE

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Vijai Sardesai intervenes to address woes of farmers in mining belt

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Panjim : Goa Forward Party Chief and Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai has intervened to address the woes of farmers in the mining belt, who are worried about rivulets running dry, as the water from mining pits has not been pumped out.

Sardesai has called for a High Level  meeting on December 12 at Secretariat to discuss the problem, which will be attended by  Ministers, State Chief Secretary, District Collectors and various MLAs to discuss the issue of allowing pumping of water from mining pits and to make available water for irrigation purpose for the farmers.

The rainwater has got accumulated in the mining pits, many of whom are below the water table of rivulets in the mining belt in Sattari taluka in North Goa.

There is urgent need to pump out the water so that the rivulets have a normal flow, allowing the irrigation of the farms in the mining belt.

State’s one of the tourist attraction, Haravalem Waterfall, which is a part of the rivulets that criss-crosses in mining belt, has been running dry since last two years, since the closure of mining activity.

The high level meeting called by Sardesai will also be attended by Speaker of Legislative Assembly Pramod Sawant, who represents Sankhalim Assembly Constituency, which is predominantly a mining belt, State Water Resources Department Minister Vinod Palyekar, State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, State Power Minister Nilesh Cabral, Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma and other officials and MLAs from the mining belt.

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Man from Sirlim accused of raping a minor girl

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Margao: Goa Police have registered an offence against 50-year-old man for raping a minor girl from his village in South District of the State.

The case under relevant sections for raping a minor girl in Sirlim village has been filed by Margao Police against Ignatious Coutinho, who has fled abroad since the time of the offence.

“Mother of the 14-year-old victim complained to the police that between October 15-20, the accused raped her minor daughter several times,” Margao Police Inspector Kapil Nayak told reporters on Tuesday.

The complaint was filed after the minor revealed about the crime to her mother, he said adding that the search is on for the accused, who is reportedly travelling abroad.

Nayak said that the case under section 506 of Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of Goa Children’s Act has been registered against the accused

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