Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Court dismisses chaplain's bail plea as no FIR yetJun 18, 2013, 12.38AM IST TNN
The application was rejected as no FIR has been filed by the Cuncolim police. Vaz had moved the court on Friday apprehending arrest.
He has stated in his application that the Episcopal vicar, acting on behalf of the archbishop, allegedly lodged a complaint against him on grounds that he is in illegal occupation of the chapel.
He submitted that by an order dated May 4, he was relieved from his duties in Murida and was asked to vacate the chapel premises on June 1.
He contended that Ecclesiastical authorities had no right to relieve him without a suitable posting.
He pointed out that he continued to be posted at Murida and could not vacate the premises unless his next posting was indicated. He stated that he had communicated accordingly with the bishop about his difficulties in complying with the order.
He further stated that he had been called twice to the police station and that he could not comply with the same as he feared that he may be unnecessarily troubled and evicted with the use of police force.
Sources told TOI that there is simmering tension in the village over Vaz's refusal to vacate the premises despite the order from the Church.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Request to stop this film to be screened as it is damaging our Catholic faith by putting Rosary on such naked body of the actress Kavita Verma. We Goans Protest for it.
The CSF Object to Policegiri Actress with Rosary in Seductive Pose
Activist Community NGO Calls for Removal and Apology
The Mumbai-based activist community NGO, The Catholic-Christian Secular Forum (CSF) has taken strong objection to the photo alongside of actress Kavitta Verma, which is on the internet, which mentions her hot 'item' song in the to be released movies - Policegiri - which is a Sanjay Dutt starer. Policegiri was completed just before Sanjay Dutt went back to serve his prison term and is scheduled to release on 5th July 2013. The CSF general secretary, Joseph Dias has taken up the issue with the producers, besides the authorities and will keep you informed of the developments.
As you can see actress Kavitta Verma, is scantily clad in a seductive pose, but what concerns the community is the Rosary (religious beads used for praying), which she wears around her neck with the cross positioned on her belly. Joseph Dias in a memorandum to all concerned said this was unacceptable, as Christians respect the Rosary, which is used by Catholics to intercede with Mary, the Mother of Jesus and reflect in prayer on the various stages in the life of Christ.
The CSF has called for no such provocative shots to appear in the movie, its posters or publicity material since it stereotypes the girls of the community as those of loose moral character too. Joseph Dias has in his communication to the producers, censor board and the the actress, Kavitta Verma called for immediate action to undo the harm done and tender an apology for hurting religious sentiments. The CSF general secretary said that if this is not done, they would take legal and necessary action against all concerned.
For more info:
Joseph Dias +91 9769555657
I request our Goan MP's Francis Sardinha and Churchil Alemao and also our Catholic politicians in Goa Mauvin Godinho,Alina Saldanha, Francis D'Sousa, Anatasio Monserate ( Babush ), Reginaldo Lourenco, Joaquim Alemao, Luizinho Faleiro, Victoria Fernandes ex-MLA, and the youth leader Valanka Alemao as well as others including Ex.Union Minister for external Affairs Eduardo Faleiro to kindly take up the issue with the Govt of India and the Broadcasting Ministry for such exposures and thus damaging our sentiments of Catholics in India and in the World.
Note: I do not have all their e-mail Id hence request to forward this message so that all are aware and take appropriate action in this regard. Thanks
Estevam Dias, Goa
Friday, June 14, 2013
PANJIM JETTY: WHAT IS THE MAYOR'S REAL INTENTION?
While the citizens of Panjim appreciate the efforts made by Surendra Furtado, Mayor of Panjim to stop forthwith the severe irregularity undertaken by GSIDC to allow engineers Madhav Kamat & Associates to construct a jetty at Panjim without proper checks and balances being in place, there are fears about the Mayor's true intent purpose of the challenge made by him that GSIDC should receive consent from the CCP for the construction carried out at the jetty.
If the Mayor has ordered the stoppage of the jetty work, why is it that the work at the jetty still is on, defying the first citizen of Panjim?
Why has the Managing Director of GSIDC allowed to carry on 24 X 7 construction of the jetty thus putting to risk the lives of the senior citizens, staying close to the jetty.
Why does the Mayor not invoke the Supreme Court orders which do not permit noise due to construction activities during night hours from 10.00 PM to 7.00 AM.
The M.D of the GSIDC has challenged the Supreme Court of India by giving 24 X 7 construction license to the contractors. This is illegal and smacks of arrogance as it challenges the S.C.'s orders. Why has the Mayor not constituted a scientific committee of technical experts in the field of marine sciences, coastal ecosystem studies and social scientists to study and inform Goans about the environmental impacts of this giant project which would adversely affect the residents staying around Panjim .
Goa has learned scientists at NIO and at the Goa University actively working and those retired who could guide the CCP about the evil designs of the GSIDC.
Surendra Furtado has asked GSDIC to seek permission and consent from the CCP for the purpose of jetty construction within the city precincts.
Goans at large and Panjimites in particular are apprehensive of Surendra Furtado's true intentions. Is he concerned about environment or is he concerned that those in power at CCP are looked after by Madhav Kamat and Associates and other contractors in charge of the jetty construction?
Today the haphazard construction of the Panjim jetty is frightening. The new jetty has encroached the river by over 50 metres into water.
The various hazards due to this monstrous construction can best be exposed by constituting a committee wherein scientists like Dr S.W.A Naqvi Director of NIO, Dr Antonio Mascarenhas and Dr Joe D'Souza who has wide research experience in the field of coastal ecology .
Surely CCP engineers should not be the last word in granting permission to GSIDC in this jetty project which the Mayor has challenged.
Wake up Mr Surendra Furtado , Panjimites are awaiting you actions which would have bearing on Panjim's future now and for the generation to come.
Stephen Dias, D.Paula
(This article is published in Gomantak Times dated 14 June, 2013)
Thursday, June 13, 2013
This is what I have adviced the CM. to take precaution before towing to Goa Ports, as the vessel Pratiba was at outside anchorage.(international waters)
State would care for 'abandoned' Pratibha Bheema crew, says CS
The convention held by BJP recently in Goa has given several in feelings and infighting amongst their own people in the BJP set up, where Mr.L.K.Advani the great architect of RSS has shown his true colours by resigning from BJP in all the panels and again by making a "volta facia" what we called in our local language as "U-turn" by withdrawing his resignation because of RSS chief has persuaded him.
Now I come to understand from the Goa St Andre legislator Mr Vishnu Wagh, who has lambasted Narendra Modi for backing religious conference in Goa, which propagated " Hindu Nation". He had earlier himself sworn in and uphold the same constitution when he was elected Chief Minister of Gujarat, and now how can he thus cheat the minorities in India by dictating terms after taking over as Chairman at the convention, and questioning our India secular credentials?
The convention was held in Goa probably with the same motive since Goa is a BJP strong state and having a backing from our Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who is also known as of U-Turn personality.
Now you look at the BJP house which is not united like Congress and thus it has been proved by the Advaniji's resignation. This is the third time that he is resigning and may be we may see more his resignations in days to come until BJP is completely collapsed.
India might be heading for the bad days if Modi comes to power and takes up the assignment of Prime Minister of India, if elected.
Goa BJP legislator slams Modi for backing 'Hindu Nation'
Dramatist and BJP legislator from St. Andre constituency, Vishnu Wagh
Goa, June 10, 2013: A day after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was appointed chairman of the BJP's election management committee, a party legislator from Goa lambasted him for backing a religious conference which propagated a "Hindu nation".
Dramatist and BJP legislator from St. Andre constituency, Vishnu Wagh, questioned Modi's secular credentials in the Monday edition of 'Goa Doot' newspaper, the saffron party's mouthpiece.
"How could Modi send a congratulatory message to this convention which is openly demanding that India should be made a Hindu nation? Our constitution says India is a secular country and Modi has sworn to uphold the same constitution when he was elected chief minister of Gujarat," Wagh said in his column 'Bahujan Mat' in the regional vernacular daily.
Wagh was referring to the four-day conference organised by the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti at the Ramnathi temple complex, 35 km from Panaji, June 6-10. Interestingly, the conference coincided with the three-day BJP conclave, which included a two-day meeting of the party's national executive that endorsed Modi's appointment.
The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti conference was attended by over 250 delegates who debated a variety of issues related to Hinduism and ways to make India a Hindu state.
Wagh said it was shocking that Modi's written congratulatory message was read out during the conference, which was also attended by Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik, who was instrumental in the attack on boys and girls in Mangalore's pubs some years back.
"It is shocking that Modi's congratulatory message was read out at a conference that openly speaks of doing away with secularism. What was Modi thinking when he sent it to them?" Wagh said.
Modi's written message to the organisers of the conference said: "Only by protecting our culture, the flag of dharma and unity can be kept intact. Organisations inspired by nationalism, patriotism and devotion for the nation are true manifestations of people's power".
Modi, who has faced flak from the opposition and civil rights groups over his role during the 2002 post Godhra riots, had also said in his message: "Even though every Hindu conducts himself with love, compassion and intimacy with god, giving precedence to non-violence, truth and 'sattvikta', repelling demoniacal tendencies is in our destiny. It is our tradition to remain ever alert and raise a voice against any type of persecution."
Modi's ascent in the party at a national level Sunday, triggered the resignation of BJP patriarch L.K. Advani from all posts help by him Monday. BJP president Rajnath Singh has rejected Advani's resignation.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
CRACKS WITHIN BJP WERE NOT A SURPRISE
By: Estevam Dias, D.Paula
I am not an astrologer neither belongs to any party. I have hinted to BJP tallest leader in Goa Mr Manohar Parrikar much before the meet took place in Goa, that if Narendra Modi is elevated than no Goans shall be able to accept him. Now is that the BJP is already developing cracks, the Goa Congress will be soon be out of ventilator. Since Advaniji has resigned for the third time, it was not a surprise for Goans, and I am sure that these cracks will soon follow up in our local BJP in Goa at its top position in near future.
Sripad Naik appears to be in complete dismay over these news and Parrikar needs to console him so that Goa BJP position remains intact and firm. This will be his responsibility.
The Editor of Navhind Times may please publish this letter in the Letter to the Editor column. Regards