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    Soon, beaches to be alcohol and glass bottle-free

    TNN | Jul 3, 2018, 07:08 IST

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    PANAJI: The tourism department is gearing to bring in a slew of amendments to the Goa Tourist Places (Protection and Maintenance) Act, 2001, to ensure safety of visitors and to make Goa a better destination.

    A senior official with the department said they are trying to table the amendment bill during the forthcoming session of the House. However, this will be possible provided the law department vets the proposed amendments in time for the monsoon session, which starts on July 19.

    One of the amendments being looked at involves banning "consumption of liquor on beaches" and introducing a total ban on carrying glass bottles to a beach.

    The department is looking at amending the act so that certain offences can be compounded and penalty for others can be hiked, he said.

    Though drinking is already banned on beaches, it is not adequate as the word 'alcohol' is missing.

    The legislation, the officer said, has to be reworded to read "consumption of alcohol is banned on beaches" rather than the present "drinking is banned".

    Despite the existing ban on drinking on beaches and patrolling by IRB personnel, most of the state's popular beaches are found littered with glass bottles and shards from broken bottles. There have been umpteen instances of visitors sustaining cuts due to this.

    The act will be also be amended to ensure that nobody can bring a vehicle on the beach, the officer said.

    "We are working with police in this regard," he said, adding that entry points to beaches will be closed for vehicles.

    The department is looking at amending the act so that certain offences can be compounded and penalty for others can be hiked

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      Safe sunset years a distant dream for Goans

      Lisa Monteiro| TNN | Jul 3, 2018, 07:03 IST Representative image

      PANAJI: The recent case of an elderly couple being robbed at knifepoint at Guirdolim has brought the focus back on the issue of safety of senior citizens in Goa, which has the second highest proportion of senior citizen population in the country.

      Senior citizens said interaction with police has been missing. Convener of the Chorao Civic and Consumer Forum, Esperance Rodrigues, who took the initiative to set up a senior citizens cell on the island, said quarterly meetings between police and senior citizens would go a long way in reassuring those living by themselves. "The police can use these meetings to make them aware about safety measures to better protect themselves," she said, adding that this would help bring down crimes against senior citizens.

      In 2016, the state recorded five murders out of a total of 43 crimes against senior citizens, down from 59 and 73 crimes in 2015 and 2014, respectively.

      Convener of Goa Consumer Action Network Roland Martins, too, said senior citizens needed to be taken into confidence. "If senior citizen volunteer committees were set up at each panchayat and municipality, it would ensure regular contact between them and police," he said.

      "These committees could raise issues faced by senior citizens at gram sabhas and work with police to ensure that they carry out tenant verification and assist them in preparing a database of all senior citizens in the area," he said.

      The Goa Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Rules, 2009, mandates that each police station maintain an up-to-date list of senior citizens living by themselves where a police station representative along with a social worker or volunteer is expected to visit them at "regular intervals of at least once a month".

      "At least one volunteer committee formed for each police station is expected to ensure regular contact between senior citizens and police and districtadministration," the rules state.

      Rodrigues says despite the senior citizens cell proactively collecting registration forms from the police station, getting them filled, and submitting them at the police station, beat police are yet to visit the homes of the elderly living alone in Chorao.

      President of the All Goa Senior Citizens Federation, Diogo M da Costa, said the act and its rules remain on paper. "The act hasn't been a success. The registers with all crimes against senior citizens are not available for public inspection. Each police station is supposed to send monthly reports of such crimes to the district superintendent of police by the tenth of each month, but this is not happening," he said, adding that beat police are also not making regular visits to homes of senior citizens.

      The district superintendent of police is expected to submit the monthly reports on the status of crime and progress in investigation to the director general of police and to the district magistrate along with preventive steps taken during the month.

      The Dos and Don'ts to be followed by senior citizens in the interest of their safety are also not widely publicized by the police.

      Activist for senior citizens Rajan Ghate has put forth a demand to the government for two separate district police stations to cater to the needs of senior citizens. He has also written to the government asking for a commission to be set up that will monitor the implementation of the act and ensure timely justice to senior citizens. Another of his demands is making all offences against senior citizens a non-bailable offence.

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        Central govt amends CRZ rule for defence-related projects

        tnn | Jul 4, 2018, 03:02 IST

        Panaji: With the deadline for receiving public suggestions and comments on the draft coastal regulations zone (CRZ) 2018 ending a fortnight back, the central government has carried out amendments for location of defence-related projects in CRZ and aspects related to the hazard line.

        The amendments to CRZ notification, 2011, issued by joint secretary of ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) were published in the gazette of India dated July 2, 2018, while the central government is yet to finalize the draft notification, raising eyebrows among environmental activists over the timing of the amendment. The amendment seeks to insert in paragraph 8 of CRZ notification, 2011, a new clause (g) to allow projects related to defence organizations of strategic requirement and national importance, which cannot be located elsewhere, but subject to strict environmental safeguards.

        As per CRZ 1 in CRZ notification 2011, no new construction is permitted except projects relating to department of atomic energy, pipelines, transmission lines, weather radar for monitoring of cyclones, trans- harbour sea link and development of greenfield airport already approved at only Navi Mumbai.

        The notification states that the amendment has been effected after receiving representations from the defence organisations for national important facilities and from various coastal states and Union territories related to “management and conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems”.

        This perhaps relates to the amendment related to the hazard line, which as defined in clause (iii) of the opening paragraph, sub-paragraph (iii) has been deleted for a new one. The new clause stated that the hazard line will be used as a tool for disaster management plan for the coastal environment, including planning of adaptive and mitigation measures.

        To protect vulnerable coastal communities and ensure sustainable livelihood while drawing Coastal Zone Management Plans, the land use planning for the area between this line and high tide line will consider such impacts of climate change and shoreline changes. “The hazard line has not been demarcated though CRZ notification 2011. So why the hurry to amend it,” Kashinath Shetye, a social activist said.

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          CM meets with power dept over solar policy roll-out

          TNN | Updated: Jul 4, 2018, 08:39 IST Manohar Parrikar ( File photo)

          PANAJI: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday held a meeting with officials of the electricity department and Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) to streamline the implementation of a solar policy in the state.

          The chief minister, who recently took over the power portfolio, was instrumental in getting the solar policy notified. He suggested amendments to the policy as well as to the draft power purchase agreement that is to be signed between consumers and the electricity department for the generation of grid-connected solar power.

          The power purchase agreement has been stuck with the legal department for months. In the meantime, the electricity department has been taking written undertakings from consumers for their net metering connections, while there has been no progress on the gross metering front.

          The government is also looking at lowering the tariff the electricity department would pay to consumers generating solar power. “As the department would have to pay a huge money in case of gross metering, it is trying to lower the tariff. Otherwise, it would be burdened to pay out large sums to the consumers,” an official said.

          Also, a single-window clearance system is being put in place to encourage more rooftop solar plants where the entire process is being taken online. Consumers will be able to upload documents instead of making repeated visits to the electricity department and GEDA. A software will enable consumers to receive updates on their applications and track them on the online portal with their unique code number. The system is being sponsored by the Asian Development Bank that will also provide technical assistance.

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            Govt urged to regularise 28 Sakhali houses

            tnn | Jul 4, 2018, 03:54 IST

            Bicholim: Sakhali Municipal Council (SMC) chairperson Dharmesh Saglani on Tuesday demanded that the government regularise 28 Portuguese-era houses in Sakhali that were washed away during floods in 1953 and subsequently reconstructed by the state government.

            Saglani, at a press conference along with the owners of the 28 houses, said the latter didn’t have any ownership documents as all proofs were washed away too. He urged the government to regularise the houses to enable the owners to avail all existing benefits. One of the house owners claimed the government demolished her house three days ago terming it illegal, and that she had no other means of shelter.


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              2 cops to handle debris dumping plaints at Merces

              tnn | Jul 4, 2018, 03:55 IST 230 words TNN

              Panaji: The government has appointed inspector Sudesh Velip and sub-inspector Vijay Kavlekar, both attached to Old Goa police station, to handle complaints against debris dumping in Merces.

              While the high court of Bombay at Goa was informed about this by the counsel for Merces panchayat, the court directed the panchayat to produce at the next hearing details of complaints it had filed with the police about debris dumping in the last two years.

              A division bench, comprising Justice N M Jamdar and Justice Prithviraj Chavan, also directed the Old Goa police to submit a report on illegal land filling along the Old Goa-Panaji bypass at Merces, while adjourning further hearing on the contempt petition filed by advocate Aires Rodrigues regarding the authorities’ inaction over continued dumping of debris and garbage to July 16, 2018.

              In an earlier order, the judges had directed the state to appoint the police officers to receive complaints.

              At a recent hearing, the standing counsel for national highways had informed the court that details of the possible use of debris for road construction work would be submitted to the court.

              Rodrigues, who appeared in person during the hearing of a contempt petition, submitted photographs, showing how rubble has been used to reclaim the marshy land in Merces panchayat area and later put the land to unauthorized use. He also agreed to assist the police regarding the site location.

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                Tree falls on house at Guirim, 1 hurt

                tnn | Jul 4, 2018, 03:56 IST

                Mapusa: A Guirim resident suffered head injuries after a branch of a mango tree fell on his house. According to Mapusa fire station, the incident took place at St Anthony’s vaddo on Monday around 7.30pm. The branch fell on the house of Rajaram Kumbhar.

                Kumbhar’s family members were unhurt. Fire personnel were informed about the incident and rushed to the site to clear the debris. The fire department estimated the loss at around Rs 1.5 lakh. However, property worth Rs 25,000 was saved.

                Sources said that Kumbhar is undergoing treatment at the North Goa district hospital at Peddem, Mapusa.

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                  Cong flays govt on CRZ notification

                  tnn | Jul 4, 2018, 03:58 IST

                  Panaji: The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) came down heavily against the government for not taking into confidence the stakeholders on the draft CRZnotification. It stated that a public hearing should have been held on the issue as people had raised several concerns.

                  Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar said the chief minister has been mum on the issue and is under pressure to please the Gujarat lobby.

                  “CM’s silence speaks a lot that he’s under pressure to sell Goa. The issue should have been discussed during the Assembly session. Why is the session being held if issues are not discussed?” Chodankar said, adding that panchayats were not taken into confidence. He even questioned the silence of Goa Forward Party over the notification.

                  CLP leader Chandrakant Kavlekar said the party has already put forward two rounds of legislative assembly questions and another is in the offing. He said the members will sit together again to decide on the replies. Senior Congress leader Pratapsingh Rane has put in a Calling Attention on the ketamine issue which all other MLAs have signed, he said.

                  St Cruz MLA Tony Fernandes said the government and police were aware of the drug racket but aren’t exposing it. Ketamine, a date rape drug is responsible for the increase in rapes in Goa, he said.

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                    Work on green register leads to discovery of rock cut cave at Malpan

                    Rajendra P Kerkar| TNN | Jul 4, 2018, 08:34 IST The cave, cut out of a laterite boulder, was probably used by the Nath-yogi of Goa as a place of worship. Nath... Read More

                    A rock cut cave dating to the pre-Portuguese period has been discovered in Malpan, Sattari, by members of the Vivekanand Environment Awareness Brigade of Keri, on Friday. The cave’s existence came to light while the group was compiling data for the Cotorem village panchayat’s Peoples’ Biodiversity Register (PBR).

                    Though villagers knew about this single-celled cave, they were not aware about its archaeological importance.

                    The cave, cut out of a laterite boulder, was probably used by the Nath-yogi of Goa as a place of worship. Nathyogi caves were mostly located near important shrines dedicated to lord Shiva.

                    Wildlifer Ramesh Zarmekar, who was present at the site, told TOI, “This rock cut cave lies on the way to the Mahadev temple of Tambdi Surla. In ancient times, the Nath-yogis might have used this cave for worship. As the cave is situated inside a forested area, devotees visiting the Mahadev temple might have also used it for meditation purposes.”

                    It is situated within a notified private forest along a kaccha road leading from Malpan to Ambeli. The structure has a rectangular-shaped door and does not have much decoration carved on it. Within, is a squarish Shivlinga has been cut inside a rectangular niche.

                    “In the past, twice a year, villagers would worship this linga known as Bhugat with the help a folk priest, Gosavi, belonging to Nath-yogi cult. Today we rarely visit this shrine,” local teacher, Yashwant Gaonkar, who brought the cave to the notice of the PBR group, said.

                    German scholar Gritli Mitterwallner has documented rock cut caves from Sonal, Caranzol, Dabos and Pissurlem in Gaa. There is no mention of this cave in any historical record of the state .

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                      Cortin footpath still poses risk

                      TNN | Updated: Jul 4, 2018, 07:30 IST A project to carry out soil-nailing of the slope has been on for several months

                      PANAJI: The public footpathbetween Panaji church and the high court building has been cleared for pedestrians, but continues to pose a danger with runoffs from heaps of mud likely to spill on to it during heavy rain.

                      The footpath still has remnants of mud all over it, leaving the already damaged footpath slippery.

                      A project to carry out soil-nailing of the slope near the steps leading to the high court has been on for several months, but has crossed its deadline into the monsoon.

                      Although the area poses a risk, no board has been displayed at the site cautioning pedestrians about the work in progress.
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                      The public footpath was cleared on Friday only after a Panaji resident, Sanjay Sarmalkar complained to the North Goa collector, providing photographs and video footage showing the danger at the site.

                      The busy road is an important entry and exit point for students, citizens, office goers and others, as it is a convenient link between the city and the bus stand. “The pedestrians are forced to walk on the busy and narrow street, endangering their lives,” Sarmalkar said.

                      He also pointed out that there was no notice regarding the construction work on the hill, displayed at the site and that the landslide could take place.

                      The damage to the footpath is evident and the common man and the government hasn’t taken into consideration the common man using the footpath.

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