LETTER TO THE EDITOR FOR ISSUE DATED 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

UTT GOENKAR!

THUMBS UP FOR Rajan Ghate, all set for more Gandhigiri: There are those who care for aam aadmi suffering. RTI veteran Rajan Ghate announced yet another fast unto death on November 15 — telling media people that this time too he hopes CM Manohar Parrikar will turn up to rescue him! He begins his indefinite fast for the cause of Goem, Goenkar and Goenkarponn at Azad Maidan at 11 am on November16. Ghate says all Parrikar’s decisions have been anti-Goan! Pic shows the comrades in fasting (l to r) Jessica Menezes, Leocardio Monteiro, Kenneth Silveira, Diya Shetkar, Rajan Ghate and Muktamala Fondekar

TOURISM MASTER PLAN

A major fall-out of the present Goa tourism is drug consumption by locals. This has now proliferated to the very interiors of Goa and drugs are freely available near schools. The major beneficiaries and ‘stakeholders’ in this are the politicians and the police.
Before any new Master Plan, people must demand the total eradication of drugs from entire Goa. No moving forward with any such plan till this has been achieved. This should be the one major issue for Goans. Police are claiming success with their Traffic Sentinels: why do they not start a ‘Drugs Sentinels’ scheme?
In the present fish imbroglio, we can see how the Ministers’ are favouring certain businessmen/Ministers caring two hoots for the citizens and their lives. This is the same attitude they have with drugs availability near schools and colleges: it is not that it cannot be eradicated.
First, fish ‘import’ was to be banned for six months. Now, the ban is only for those who do not have the required trade licences. One Independent MLA defies the ban on exports! Goans are side-lined and can easily se how the elected are working to see their ’haftas’ income is not reduced.
Getting down to brass tacks: locally sourced fish + ‘imported’ fish = local demand + export demand. If the MLA wants his export business to thrive, then let the Police seal fish vehicles at the border, and un-seal the same at the export units. Let local fish be used for local demand
— R Fernandes, Margao

smart city, SMART PLUNDER
The Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL) is yet another vehicle for the BJP to loot and plunder under the guise of making Panaji a Smart City. All their shabby works done so far are on public display.
Not a single Goan architect or planner has been taken on board. The only Goan on that eight member sham Board of Directors is Sidharth Kuncalienker the side-kick of Manohar Parrikar for whom this is yet another opportunity to further line up his already overflowing pockets. On what criteria was he appointed as Director despite he having no knowledge whatsoever of architecture or city planning?

This house originally belonged to the Fernandes family which sold it some years ago to a Sadarji. We residents of Bay View got an unpleasant surprise recently when we heard a lot of noise and started breathing in clouds of dust. Apparently the property, which falls within the Taleigao Panchayat and is just about 500 sq mts, has been again sold to a big shot in the Casino lobby who has plans to construct an eight-storeyed building with a swimming pool! This project has apparently been approved by all government departments including Health, CCP, NGPDA, Directorate of Fire Services, and the Electricity Dept. The approval board is displayed at the entrance of the building and the work of demolishing the building has already commenced.
We the residents of the area are surprised and disturbed. This residential area is one of the smallest in Dona Paula having just a few houses around and the road is hardly 5 metres. How have these approvals been given when all our housing in this Panchayat have only one or two floors? When this building falls under Taleigao Panchayat how is its approval not taken? To confuse the public, CCP approval is taken which is wrong. The rules for the permitted number of floors are higher in Municipality area and for Panchayat they are less as Zoning differs. This must be a trick to give this construction approval for a higher number of floors. We strongly protest this construction. The road which is so narrow will not be able to take the load of parking for an eight-storeyed building — specially considering with the heavy traffic of the casino lobby at all times of the day and night.
Will the authorities modify the plan of this huge construction?
There seems to be a spurt in unsustainable developement since new Mayor Vital Chopdekar has taken charge. There should be scrutiny of all recent decisions. In this State it has become an habit to clear the licences without even studying the ground reality. So much dust and pollution is in the air that there is no covering or any protection around the demolished building. All the residents are at the mercy of this selfish, money-hungry government just inhaling the dust. None of these government supervisors and engineers visit the site during the demolishing process. They take it for granted that once the board of approvals are displayed everything is under control and are least bothered about the heath and living conditions of those residing there.
— Stephen Dias, Dona Paula

Although Panaji and Goa at large having such brilliant expertise in the field, this government which claims to be for Goem, Goenkar and Goenkarponn has also appointed Swayan Choudhuri as the Managing Director so that all their evil plans can be swiftly executed. Time to wind up this very devious Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited and stop this massive criminal waste of public funds.
— Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar

Graphene: Strongest miracle material
Isolated in 2004 by two researchers at the University of Manchester, Prof Andre Geim and Prof Kostya Novoselov, both Nobel prize winners in physics for their path-breaking discovery and pioneering work, graphene is a form of carbon as graphite consisting of planar sheets which are one atom thick with atoms arranged in a honey-combed shape, hexagonal lattice which has potentially wide usage across various fields. Graphene is a semi-metal which has only two dimensions making it the thinnest but strongest material ever created, about 100 times stronger than steel. It can be used in tissue engineering, drug delivery, biomicrobiotics, transistors, organic electronics, water filtration, lubricant, waterproof coating, aviation, as a catalyst, in photo-voltaic cells and can be used widely in medicine. If the usage of graphene is made widespread, revolutionary technologies will come into existence which will make its use very popular.
Graphene will also find wide use in military fields like in armoured vehicles and nuclear shelters. Despite being very strong it is also a good conductor of electricity and could be used in power distribution and for electrical cables.
— Elvidio Miranda, Goa

 

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