Toilet Troubles

Making the neighbourhood Swachh . One of the most essential facilities for ensuring a clean neighbourhood is the availability of clean and well maintained toilets for the public….

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Who is responsible?

We see lot of things on the roads and say to ourselves who is responsible for this substandard and inferior quality work but do we take up these issues with the concerned authorities if not then we are equally responsible for the sad state of affairs? We see the wires (rolled up) hanging on the electric poles on the streets …

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Inclement weather brings out inadequate preparation

The monsoons come every year at the same time. Every year various spots around town suffer when the rains hit due to incomplete works, insufficient preparatory work or sheer neglect. When will this annual cycle of troubles change. Several citizens have written in highlighting the woes that citizens are facing in different parts of the town. The authorities will hopefully …

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Garbage Clearance problems in Vaddem

We thank Ms. Deepali Naik, the Chief Officer of Mormugao Municipal Council for acting promptly on the complaint of non-clearance of garbage in a storm drain at Merces Chapel Road in Vaddem. The choked drain caused the overflowing water to enter our house on the ground floor. It would, of course, have been appreciated had the Council done the pre-monsoon …

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Farewell to the Sea Harrier and Induction of Mig-29K Aircraft in INAS 300

The illustrious and unique Sea Harriers of Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS 300) were given a befitting farewell in a function organised at INS Hansa, Goa.  The function was attended by Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Western Naval Command, serving and retired Officers and Men of the Indian …

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Goa Police undertakes Road Safety Special Drive against traffic violations

The Goa Police will be undertaking a Road Safety Special Drive against traffic violations w.e.f. 15/04/2016 to 30/4/2016. During the Special Drive, besides other violations the violation of not wearing a Helmet will be rigorously implemented on all Goan roads. The exercise is being done to ensure road safety and reduce accidents to save precious lives on the roads of …

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Vasco Railway Station third cleanest ‘A’ class station

Vasco railway station has been declared the third cleanest ‘A’ class railway station amongst over 8000 railway stations across the country. This was based on a survey commissioned by the railways under the Swachh Railways – Swachh Bharat Mission. The Station Manager Mr. P.C. Chacko and the Health Inspector Mr. Awadesh Kumar were felicitated for this achievement by the Hon’ble …

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A rubble dump gets transformed by the Fernandes’

  This is just a small patch in front of Maria and Augusto Fernandes’ home in Sada. It was an unsightly clutter of rubble and other rubbish till very recently. Their son, Terrance one day decided to do something about it. Their daughter’s upcoming wedding was an added incentive to act on that piece of space. So Terrance set to …

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Municipal Elections And the Role of a Citizen

Municipal elections to the 11 municipalities in Goa are scheduled to be held on 25th October 2015. By the time, this article is published, the Government would have  probably officially declared  the total  number of wards , the  wards reserved for  women and also the wards reserved for OBC category. Importance – Municipal elections play a very important role in …

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Akshaya Sundararajan – striving to heal with compassion

Akshaya Sundararajan of our neighbourhood, is an active member of a group called the Healers. “The Healers” is an initiative started by Crishnaa Verencar studying in the Third Year at the Chowgule College of Arts and Science. It all began when Crishnaa accompanied her mother to the SGPDA market in Margao and saw cows munching on plastic waste while green …

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Citizen’s Force Does Work

Yes many hands make work light. It just needs a positive attitude and sincerity of purpose. A living example is the sapling plantation initiative of the Jagrut Nagrik Manch. 30 saplings were planted on the periphery of the Chicalim SAG ground in Aug 2014. Assistance for digging pits was given by Premanand Nanoskar, Councillor MMC. The monsoon aided the initial …

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MES College sets its sights on wider academic horizons

The Murgaon Education Society’s College of Arts and Commerce at Zuarinagar, is the only college in the Mormugao taluka. This institution has been striving to provide relevant and quality academic facility for the students of this locality. In keeping with this aim, the college is in the process of obtaining certification of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) – …

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ARZ conferred national “Stree Shakti Puraskar- 2014”

ARZ, an NGO based in Vasco, has been selected for the “Stree Shakti Puraskar- 2014” (Ahilya Bai Holkar), for doing yeoman service in the field of Anti Human Trafficking. The award was presented by His Excellency the President of India in a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on the 8th of March, 2015 on the occasion of the celebration …

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Road from St Andrew’s Church to JMFC renamed as Fr José Vaz Road

The road from St Andrew’s Church Vasco to JMFC, Vasco has been officially renamed as Fr José Vaz Road.  

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Highway Huddle

The highways skirting the town provide some very unique scenes if one keeps a look out for such happenings. The mélange of people, animals and vehicles that use the highways makes for a very interesting mix. These pictures snapped on the highway from the airport to town and on the airport road tells their own little tale. Horsepower parked while …

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Meet to co-ordinate and assess status of city development projects

A meeting of the various government departments, as well as major organizations like the MPT, GSL, Indian Navy, CISF, Airports Authority was convened by the Hon’ble MLA Vasco, Shri Carlos Almeida to assess the status and co-ordinate the progress of various city development projects. It was also a meeting to get final views before tendering of the four major projects. …

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“Dignity Foundation” Bringing AGING IN INDIA to the fore

Mrs. Alka Damle has initiated the 50+ Club in our neighbourhood. With the sole purpose of assessing what can be done for the senior citizens community in Goa she co-ordinated an interactive session with a veteran pioneer Dr. Sheilu Sreenivasan who is in the forefront of ‘AGING IN INDIA’. Dr. Sheilu Sreenivasan is the founder president of Dignity Foundation headquartered …

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Road Safety for school children

The statistic graph for road accidents keeps rising every year. Especially vulnerable are pedestrians. Add to this the rush and bustle outside schools during the mornings and school leaving time and a recipe for accidents is always in the making. There is a urgent need to ensure traffic regulation and control and pedestrian crossing outside schools to ensure safe passage …

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A School with a Difference – Sanjay School

Sanjay Centre for Special Education, Porvorim which was established in the year 1981 has spread its branches to Bogda, Vasco. This centre was inaugurated in the premises of Government primary School , on 21st August 2007, at the hands of Ex-CM of Goa Shri Pratapsingh Rane in the distinguished presence of Shri.Milind Naik . The school started with a humble …

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Demolition at Baina!

Baina was witness to the demolition trauma once again.
The illegal structures on the seaward side were demolished on Friday 11 July.

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Constructing a green neighbourhood

Vidhya Tapadia is an architect of our neighbourhood for whom sustainable low impact design and execution is the dominant driving force. After graduating in Architecture from Pune, she has been a practising architect for over a decade and her firm – Axiom Design offers services in architecture and interior design. “Minimalism and sustainability forms the core of our design ethics”, …

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Stop! Look! Go!

In the Vasco Traffic Cell jurisdiction Accident Prone areas have been identified. As a preventive measure and to warn the motorist to go slow, warning blinker lights have been installed in Vasco city at 15 locations. It is one of the measures to alert the motorist at junctions and to avoid accidents. All warning blinkers have been provided by GSL …

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Bal Bhavan Vasco – Upgrade of facility a crying need

Art, craft, music, dance – activities that hone the aesthetic sense are an important adjunct to the all round development of the younger generation. The Bal Bhavan is an institution that has been striving to provide these inputs to children from a wide cross-section of society through its various centres across the state. While the centre of the Bal Bhavan …

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Urgent need to regulate parking for better traffic management and decongestion

With the growing population of both four and two wheelers, the need to regulate parking arrangements has become imperative in the interests of smooth flow of vehicular movement, pedestrian safety and decongestion of roads. It is to be appreciated by the public at large, that while the traffic police are the main visible personnel on the roads, however the regulations …

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Vineella and Basavaraj – Keep the hunger pangs of the destitute at bay

It is heartening that even in this predominantly “I – Me – Myself” world there are still some good Samaritans who take it upon themselves to do something to alleviate the sufferings of fellow human beings. Vineela Diana and Basavaraj Katti, the young husband-wife duo are doing just this within their own modest capability. They have made it their mission …

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