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Goa Church rubbishes media report about their involvement in electoral politics

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  1. Takes Herald Newspaper head-on
  2. Claims their report as blatantly false allegations

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GOA: The Goa Church has taken State’s Oldest English Newspaper Herald head-on for their news accusing Archbishop of playing role in selection of candidates for Legislative Assembly elections by terming the report as “blatantly false allegations.”

Herald Review had carried the article “GOA’S BJP: the hand rocked their cradle ruined their world’ in which they had claimed that Archbishop had hand in deciding electoral politics in the State.

“Such a wild and baseless accusation could come only from elements whose main interest seems to be to mislead, induce suspicion and vitiate the communal harmony existing in the State,” Fr Olavo Caiado, the Church spokesman said.

“We would sincerely welcome any factual evidence about any such consultations having ever taken place in post-Liberation Goa to decide on Catholic candidates for any political party at the time of elections,” he said.

“At such time, it has been a long standing practice in this Archdiocese to issue an Advisory to the Catholic faithful, urging them, first and foremost, not to refrain from exercising their franchise and to do it with responsibility and according to one’s own conscience, but never even naming any political party or candidate,” he said.

“This advisory is released after a consultation process, strictly in accordance with the social teachings of the Church and the prevailing civil laws of the land.”

Fr Caiado said “no one should entertain illusions that Archbishop of Goa is in the business of deciding electoral politics in the State. The Catholic Church respects the individual freedom in the electoral choices of its faithful in civic and political affairs,” he said.

“In doing so, it draws exclusively from its own Code of Canon Law, the various exhortations and letters of the Popes and the statutory provisions of the Indian Constitution  and other relevant prevailing laws in force,” he said.

The Father has said “in future, the Church view may please be taken before publication of such defamatory and malicious matter.” “The Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media will be most pleased to offer the view of the Church on such matters,” he added.

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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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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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