11 Dec 2003

Bryne was in Goa with Westlife to shoot their latest single "Obvious",
slated for release in February next Year. Nicky said, "I love Goa. The
beaches are beautiful. I will come here on my second honeymoon." He is
married to Irish Premier Berti Aheri's daughter, Georgina. The Irish boy
band and Gen X heartthrobs, Westlife, were in Goa on a two-day visit to
shoot the video. Westlife is the latest in a series of international
artistes, who have chosen to shoot their music videos in the state. American
R&B singer Aashanti was recently here to shoot scenes for her song "Goa
Groove". (GT)

PAY PARKING IN MAJOR CITIES: Five main cities in the State-Panjim, Margao,
Mapusa, Vasco and Ponda-will start pay-parking system for vehicles from
January 1. All the five municipalities have identified the parking zones,
which will be notified for pay parking soon. (H)

WATCH SHOP BURGLED: Burglars made off with several lakhs worth of goods from
Haldankar Watch Shop situated behind the Ponda police station on the night
of December 9. (GT)

CHEATING CASES: The Navelim-Telaulim Service Co-operative Society Ltd has
accrued losses of more than Rs.5 lakh by way of interest. Further, the
loanee has failed to pay even a single installment either by way of
principal mount or the interest. NTSCSL had sanctioned a loan of Rs.48 lakh
to Tajudddin Baig of Gogol Housing Board last November to purchase seven
trucks. Ironically, all these trucks were already registered in the State on
4 September 2002. (GT)

TAXI DRIVE MURDERED: A 23-year-old taxi driver was murdered by three
unidentified persons, who stole his vehicle, on a lonely road near the
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. Bipin Sarkar, a resident of Vasco, was found
brutally murdered on the Ganja-Bondla road yesterday. (GT)

FOREIGNER HELD: The Anti-Narcotic Police on 11 December conducted raids at
two places in Bardez and seized narcotics from two persons including a
foreigner. The ANC police arrested Miamo Biayanchi, an Italian national, and
recovered 650 grammes of charas from his possession at Assagao. The second
raid was conducted at Naikavaddo, Calangute, where the police arrested one
Sherenagud Vagalli of Bijapur, and seized 3.102 kg of ganga valued at
Rs.31,000. (GT)

NEW CORPORATION: The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, announced on
December 10 that a Scheduled Tribes Corporation will be set up within a
month's time. The announcement came at a state-wide youth conference of
Gawda, Kunbi, Velip and Dhangar communities-called tribal youth
meet--organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad at the Gomant
Maratha Samaj hall in Panjim. (H)

PROBE INTO GU STUDENT'S HARASSMENT: Chancellor of Goa University Governor
Kidar Nath Sahani issued an order yesterday directing the University
registrar to institute an inquiry into the charges of harassment leveled by
a student against faculty members of the Microbiology department. Sharvari
Naik has in her statement to the police yesterday, charged that four faculty
members harassed her on account of the writ petition filed by her in the
Bombay High Court at Panaji. (GT)

"WILSON'S DISEASE": The Neurology unit in the department of Medicine of the
GMC is investigating the presence of Wilson's disease in the State as they
have come across some examples of this disorder in recent years. Wilson's
disease is a hereditary disorder in which there is an abnormal accumulation
of copper in the body. It was first described in 1912 by an American
neurologist, Samuel Alexander Kinnier Wilson. (H)

BODY FOUND: The Verna police found the body of Jose Xavier from Velsao, who
was reported missing from his residence since the last few days. The body
was in a decomposed state. (NT)

FREEDOM FIGHTERS CRY FOUL OVER PENSION: Prominent freedom fighters from Goa
have urged the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, to reconsider the
arbitrary decision sanctioning Swantantra Sainik Sanman Pension to 4000
persons merely on the basis of their presumed participation or dubious
willingness to participate in the satyagraha against the Portuguese in Goa
in 1954-55. (H)

CASE AGAINST SIOLIM SARPANCH: A case of misappropriation and criminal breach
of trust has been registered against Siolim-Sodiem Sarpanch Francis
Fernandes. Former Sarpanch Dr Jawaharlal Henriques had complained to the
Mapusa police alleging misappropriation of panchayat funds to the tune of
Rs.2 lakh by Francis Fernandes six months ago. (H)

INCLUSION OF TIVIM INTO PDA: The issue of protest against the inclusion of
Tivim village under the Panaji Development Authority dominated the
proceedings of the gram sabha of Tivim village panchayat held recently. (NT)

Teachers' Association, on 9 December condemned the government for
suppressing material information on draft proposals for the school education
policy in the State. The association resolved to file objection to the
proposed irregularities in the draft and also asked for extension of time to
31 January to file objections. (GT)

FILM PRODUCERS: The office-bearers of Film Producers Association of Goa
yesterday called on the Governor, Mr Kidar Nath Sahani, at Raj Bhavan and
informed him about the problems faced by the film producers in the state.

28.05% PASS: The SSC examination of October 2003 conducted by the Goa Board
of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Alto Betim, recorded a pass
percentage of 28.05 per cent. Of the total of 3622 students, who answered
their examination, 1016 passed. (GT)

COP TAKES BANK FOR A RIDE! A police official attached to the Mapusa police
station has been accused of defrauding a bank to the tune of Rs.84,000 by
allegedly forging signatures of his immediate superior. Mapusa police has
booked a case against ASI Dilip Mahale on charges of defrauding a
nationalized bank after furnishing forged documents. (H)

WINTER SPECIAL TRAINS: Four winter special trains will ply between Goa and
New Delhi, in order to clear the extra rush of passengers this month. These
trains will operate between Hazrat Nizamuddin and Margao Railway Station via
the Konkan Railway route: Train No.0452 from Nizamuddin on 21 and 28
December, while train No.0451 from Margao on 23 and 30 December. These
trains will have 18 coaches including one three-tier AC coach. (GT)

KA PLAY FEST: "Day of Atonement" and "Bhint" (The Wall) staged by St Xavier'
s College of Mapusa secured the first prize in English and Marathi section,
while "Sat Javche Paili Gharant", staged by DM's College of Assagao stood
first in the Konkani Kala Academy one-act play competition. (H)

TALK ON HERITAGE VILLAGE: The International Centre, Goa, in collaboration
with Mumbai-based NGO "Pukar" will hold a public discussion on "Heritage
Village: Symbolism and Perception of Urban Future Habitats" at the
International Centre, Dona Paula, at 5.30 pm today. (GT)

TURTLE PROTECTION: The Forest Department has launched an awareness campaign
for the protection of Olive Ridley sea turtles at the Morjim beach. The
department has mooted an "interpretation centre" on sea turtles near the
beach, to create awareness and also to organise awareness programmes in
future. (H)

CHOGM, 20 YEARS ON: Nigeria's CHOGM reminds us of the ironies of history and
how time plays tricks on us. In Goa 20 years back, the Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe was still a fresh leader, just emerging from a frontline
battle against colonialism and Apartheid, with a clean image and excellent
skills in oratory. Over the years, his image has god badly sullied, as he
clung on to power.Over Rs.49.3 crore was spent for the CHOGM Retreat in Goa.
What happened to the nine helipads that were built? Or the money spent on
ferry jetties? And sea-cleaning equipment for Mormugao? Nearly Rs.87 lakh
were spent on a fibre-glass launch for VVIPS and luxury air-conditioned
buses. (Edit in Herald)

EXHIBITION AT BIG FOOT: Margao Municipal Council chairperson Kamilini
Paiginkar will inaugurate "Dhardhar", an exhibition of paintings by Mamta
Agarwal at the Big Foot Art Gallery, Loutulim, at 10.30 am today. The
exhibition will be open from 9 am to 6 pm till 21 December.

ART EXPO IN MARGAO: An art exhibition "Allscapes of Goa" represented by
local artists and artworks by students, will be held from December 10 to 13
at Chaze Art Centre, Abade Faria Road, Margao. (H)

"EXPLORE" IT TOMORROW: Explore, a three-day exhibition to promote holiday
destinations organised by the Bangalore-based Bornfree Tourism Private Ltd,
Bangalore, starts at Kala Academy complex, Campal-Panaji, from December 12
from 11 am to 7 pm. The exhibition will showcase over 40 different holiday
destinations from across the country including Goa. (GT)


VASCO'S VICTORY: Riding on a 78th minute goal by Nigerian striker Amaechi
Tochukwa, Arlem Breweries-sponsored Vasco Sports Club surprised Durand Cup
champions Salgaocar Sports Club 1-0 in a third round match of the 8th
National Football league at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on 10 December. (GT)

   08 Dec: Navelim, Goa: CONCEICAO MENINO DIAS (aka CM DIAS, Ex
Kisumu/Nairobi), Husband of Cressy (Netty), Father of Henrietta/Conie and
Stanley/Debbie, Grandfather of Sophie and Olivia. Funeral in Navelim, Goa,
on 12th December at 4.00 p.m. [CM Dias died whilst in Goa on a holiday from
the UK] Condolences to [EMAIL PROTECTED]
   09 Dec: Cunchelim: ALEX SIMON D'CRUZ: husband of Maria Antonette, son of
late AJ D'Cruz/late Mary, father of Charles and Clifford;
brother/brother-in-law of John/Mary (London), Luis/Candida, late Annie,
uncle of Desmond/Dennise (London), Ludger, Cleta, Celine and Cynthia,
expired after a brief illness. Funeral cortege will residence at Canca Vaddo
at 10 am on 11 Dec for Our Lady of Flight Church.
   05 Dec: Mombassa/London: ALDA DE BARROS: relict of late Menino, mother of
Roosevelt/Rose (Australia), late Diana/Joey (Canada), Rommel/Muriel
(Australia), Eva (London), Noel/Virginia (Australia), sister/sister-in-law
of late Rui/Lourita (Velim). Funeral in London on 12 Dec.
   10 Dec: Velsao/Fatorda: VENANCIO DIAS: husband of Maria do Ceu, father of
   09 Dec: Benaulim: BABY VENECIA MELANIE FERNANDES: daughter of Elias
(Bahrain)/Juliet, sister of Jonathan, grand-daughter of late Santana
Piedade/Maria Filomena and late Peter/Maria Joaquina, nice of Luis/Bela
(London), Chris/Carrie (UK), Agnes/late Loyola, Galdina/Anthony,
Veronica/Luis, cousin of Sanjoe, Velda, Seville, Shawn, Clarisa, Chloe,
Swinton, Clinton, Leanza, Beverly, Arren and Asheny. Funeral cortege will
leave residence at Pedda to St John Baptist Church on 11 Dec at 4 pm.

G O A   W E A T H E R
   Temp: 21.5 degC (70.7 degF) at 08.00 am today in Assagao.
   Max Temp: 33.4 deg C; Min Temp: 19.2 deg C; Humidity: 55% (Official
figures for yesterday)
   Weather: Fine weather this morning in Goa.

Courtesy: H=Herald, NT=The Navhind Times, GT= Gomantak Times

JOEL D'SOUZA, Assagao-Goa-India.
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