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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Arossim beach grounded pontoon

Pontoon named Bhageeratha or Bhagirath (भागीरथ) got grounded at Arossim beach around 16th April 2016. The Area comes under Cansaulim Arrossim Cuelim (CAC) Panchayat in South Goa
The pontoon ( the floating deck / platform, event deck) was brought here around 14 -15 April 2016 at Arossim beach behind Hotel Park Hyatt for a private party / event  / function.

The pontoon  was mounted with A/C porta cabins, Gensets or generators etc and was to be used as main event deck (Wedding? celebrations, dancing floor etc). Watch video day 5, 11and 21
The idea of floating deck event / celebrations horribly went wrong  due to rough sea, waves, under current etc as a result, whole thing was abandoned or put off.  The deck (pontoon) eventually got grounded.

Several deadlines were missed out by the owners (Arihant?) which were put to them by the local authorities including Dy. Collector. Their excuses were - late arrival of crawler crane, heavy rains, breakdown of winch, breakdown of crane, snapping or breaking of cable wires winching etc.

A tug MT Lotus which came to rescue was also grounded around 23rd April (Watch video day 11)

First, they tried to pull the pontoon using Crane,  winch cable pulling, it did not work, then they cut the pontoon into two halves, that did not work either.

Then they started cutting the deck into pieces in the sea and pulled up piece by piece.
Whole of pontoon finally removed from the sea  on the night of 24th June 2016 (Video day 71)
They were given 5 days to clear off the debris from the beach by shifting the metal scrap elsewhere.
They missed this deadline too, this time, their excuse was 'no suitable site found yet to dump the debris'

It took or taking more than 3 months to remove the pontoon from the sea and completely clear off the debris or cut pieces of the pontoon from the beach / site.
When visited last i.e. 13.7.16, 2pm,  they were still in the process of  shifting or transporting the metal scrap to Birla (Watch video Day 89)

14 Videos updates / pics from 20 April to 13 July

Day 5 20/4/16

Day 11  26.4.16

Day 21  6.5.16
Day 35  20.5.16

Day 43  28.5.16

Day 48   2.6.16

Day 49  3.6.16

 Day 53  7.6.16

Day 56  10.6.16

Day 59  13.6.16

Day 66   20.6.16

 Day 71  25.6.16
Day 76     30.6.16
Day 89     13.7.16

Latest and final video 2.8.2016
Day 115

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (Medical Insurance Scheme)

Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana  DDSSY
(Universal Medical Insurance Scheme)
Commenced from Today 1st September 2016
Some of the  19 empanelled Hospitals are
Rajagiri Apolo Victor Hospital, Campal Clinic, Grace Hospital, Margao, Manipal Hospital, Dona Paula,  Menezes Polyclinic, Altinho Panaji, Salgaocar Medical Research Centre, Chicalim, Chodankar Nursing Home, Porvorim, Borkar Hospital, Margao, Classic Hospital near Apollo Margao, Dr. Kolwarkar Hospital, Duler, Gauns Child Care Hospital, Mapusa, Healthway Hospital Mala Panaji, Pai Hospital Vadem Vasco, Redkar Hospital, Pernem, Royal Hospital Aquem Margao,  Savaikar Hospital, Ponda, Usgaokar Hospital Ponda, Vision Multispecialty Mapusa, Vrundavan Shalby Mapusa
Alos GMC Bambolim, Asilo Hospital, Mapusa, Hospicio Margao and Sub District Hospital Ponda

Video: CM Parsekar speaking

Health Minister Francisco D'Souza Speaking
Rush / Long Q for registration footage also added

Other dignitaries on the dais were
Sudhir Mahajan (Secretary Health)
Sanjeev Dalvi ( Director Health Services)
Victor Albuquerque
Laxmikant Parsekar Goa Chief Minister
Francisco D’Souza Dy Chief Minister
Siddhart Kunkolienkar City MLA
Vijayand Kalekar (United India Insurance Co. Ltd)
Dr. Pradeep  Naik, Dean GMC
Dr. Shekar Salkar

Goa Government has launched Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY), a health insurance scheme on Goa Statehood Day 30.5.2016
 Health Insurance for all rich and poor living in Goa for 5 years and above.
Government employees & their families covered under government medical reimbursement are not eligible under DDSSY.

Q for registration 1.9.16

Registration charges:
 Rs.200 for family of up to 3  Rs. 300 for family of 4 and more.
Above charges to be paid at the time of Card Collection i.e. End July onwards
Insurance cover of Rs. 2.5 Lacs and 4 lacs respectively
Cover includes quality medical care and treatment of diseases, hospitalization and surgery through Government and private hospitals.
The annual installment of the insurance premium which is Rs. 3,206 per family will be paid by the Government to the insurance company.

DDSSY smart card looks like this
Rcvd after about 45 days
You will get SMS message ( or call) asking to come and collect your card with Adhaar Card proof.
SMS reads 'Dear Joe (A073072), one of your family members has to visit DDSSY Kendra, Panaji (UHC) on (Date) between 10am-5pm to collect you DDSSY card. Carry Adhaar Card and Rs.200 as fees' Sender VK GELGO
Also carry your mobile phone to show SMS / TXT  (or note down the 7 digit form No. preceded by a letter e.g. A073072, the same number of your application form for registration, acknowledgment or receipt you were given and SMS/TXT you received on your cell phone )
They may also register your right hand thumb if not registered earlier.

One card per family

The scheme will be effective from 15.8.16, delayed by 15 days, new date 1st September 2016

How to register?
The state government will setup 16/17 centres across the state for registration and issuance of health insurance cards to the beneficiaries - See list below

Registration extended till October 2016

Panaji Centre is Urban Health Centre located on the road opp Panjim Church on 18th June Road
Opp Ritz Classic
Lunch time break 1-2.30pm

Registration form
Pl. Note: Stamped and Bar coded forms, do not use Xerox copy of it

click here for larger view/reading

List of DDSSY Centres for Registration
1North GoaBardezNorth Goa District Hospital, Mapusa
2BardezPrimary Health Center, Candolim
3BicholimPimary Health Center,Sanquelim
4BicholimPrimary Health Centre, Bicholim
5PernemCommunity Health Center ,Tuem
6SattariPrimary Health Center ,Valpoi
7TiswadiYatri Niwas GMC bambolim
8TiswadiUrban Health Centre, Near Department of Social Welfare, Panaji
9South GoaCanconaPrimary Health Center, Chavdi
10DharbandoraPrimary Health Center, Usgao-Tisk
11MormugaoCottage Hospital, Chicalim, Vasco
12PondaSub District Hospital, Ponda
13QuepemPrimary Health Center, Quepem
14QuepemPrimary Health Centre, Curchorem, Quepem
15SalceteUrban Health Center, Opposite Hospicio Hospital, Margao
16SalceteCollectorate South Goa, Matanhy Saldanha Administrative Complex, Margao


Primary Health Center, Sanguem

Monday, 23 May 2016

AAP Massive Rally with Arvind Kejriwal in Goa 22.5.16

AAM AADMI PARTY (AAP)  Rally (Launch of Elections Campaign for 2017) in Goa at Campal grounds on 22nd May 2016

Massive crowd, I would say over 11,000 including those who were standing on the D B Road pavements etc.   Organisers say 13,000 - 15,000 though.

Video: 1
Arvind Kejriwal speaking (Full speech)

Video 2
Massive crowd
Francis de Tuem, Com Richard singing

Video 3
Fr. Michael Fernandes speaking
AAP Coordinator / Spokesperson

Video 4
Bhagwant Maan
AAP MP / Comedian from Punjab

Many pics, some links here
Pics here
Bhagwant Maan
Valmiki Naik
Dinesh Vaghela
Kejriwal, Valmiki, Rajeshree, Fr. Michael etc

Monday, 9 May 2016

Nepali Minor rape case in Goa (Raped by an MLA?)

Where is Rosy aunty?
Rosy Aunty now surrendered and in police custody since Sat 7.5.16 (news/TV)
Aunty would supply teenage girls to Babush on demand in return for Cash (H)
And the mother who allegedly sold her daughter to Babush?
She too is arrested and in police Custody since 5th May (Same day as Babush).
Some people get special treatment in the Lockup or while in police custody?
Babush gets special privileges in custody (TOI)
He was in touch with Top BJP leaders (what for?)
He was even allowed to make calls to BJP top leaders to help him out in the case
SP Karthik denies
No bed sheet given while in custody?
He was given bed sheet too at the behest of senior politician (TOI)
Sources said that Babush’s friends and supporters are allowed to meet him
Psychological test conducted, potency test conducted both normal
(Looks like both tests are being redone now? What for? )
Where is the blood-stained bed sheet?
Bloodstained but washed bed-sheet recovered from the bedroom wardrobe (news)
Did the girl ever meet Babush before the date of the alleged rape?
Cops conducted panchanama at hotel where Babush first met the girl (H)
The 4 star hotel Miramar beach where the girl was brought by one of the accused women
The girl first met Babush at Miramar top resort?
Two different birth certificates?
A source also revealed that the Police found two different birth certificates of the girl both from Nepal (GT/TV)
Looks like we now know the date of alleged rape i.e. March 6 (TOI)
Earlier date was not known whereas, another report says it was 2nd week of March
Sources: as stated
FIR against babush registered on 4th May 2016
The victim 16?
The accused 53?

The girl is habitual liar, says mother (H)’s-stepmother-says-her-daughter-is-a-‘habitual-liar’/101820.html
Court has further remanded Babush and the girl mother for 3 days, police asked for 10 days (News)
Girl's mother says she never been to Babush house not any hotel for that matter.
Rosy aunty remanded to further 2 days custody
Girls age ossification test being done
Blood DNA test report may take one month

Babush as well as the girl's mother further remanded to police custody for 4 days - news

Two separate dates about the incident of rape are being discussed– March 6 and 8 -
Babush says March 6 was CCP election day and March 8 result day...
Rosy Aunty remand extended by another 3 days
Girl's ossification test confirms she is below 18
Babush apply for Bail, hearing Monday 16.5.16
Babush remand extended by another 2 days, bail hearing on Wednesday 18th May
Girls mother remand also extended by 2 days
Rosy Aunty's remand extended by 2 days
Babush out on bail
Girl's mother and Rosy Aunty also granted bail

Nepali minor girl taken to IPHB for acting abnormal
The minor girl, who had complained of rape against St Cruz MLA Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate, has been admitted to Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour (IPHB) from State-run protection home, a senior official from Apna Ghar has stated.  H

Monday, 18 January 2016

Lokotsav 2016, Folk art Festival

Folk Festival at National level (Folk dances of various states of India).
 8th Jan. to 17th Jan 2016, at Kala Academy Complex, Campal Panaji Goa.

Annual event happening this time of the year
Organised by Directorate of Art and Culture, Govt. of Goa
along with West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur, Kala Academy of Goa (KA) etc

Dances like Bihu from Assam, Siddhi Dhamal, Mewasi, Kervano Vesh from Gujarat,
Kalbelia, Puppeteers, Bhavai from Rajasthan, Singi Chhan, thangta, Pung Dhol, Cholam, Cherrow, Gotipua Sambalpuri dance from Orissa, Panthi from Chattisgarh, Lawni from Maharastra,  Bharya Bangra from Punjab,  Purulia Chhau from west Bengal, Ghoormar from Haryana and folk dances of Goa like Kunbi, Dekni, Zagor, Gode Modni, Musal Khel, Samai, Goff, Veerbrada, Dhangar, Fugdi, Dhalo, Morulo etc
Folk dances from Sri Lanka were also featured this year

 There were also many stalls from about 500 craftsmen including food stalls

Inaugural day
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, Minister for Art and Culture Dayanand Mandrekar,
CCP Mayor Shubham G.Chodankar , Kala Academy Chairman Vishnu Surya Wagh,
Panaji MLA Siddharth Kunkolienkar , Chief Secretary R K Srivastava,
Sudhir Mahajan Sec. Art and Culture, West Zone Cultural Centre Udaipur, Director Mr. Furqan Khan, N. P. Signapurkar Member Secretary Kala Academy,  Rajnish Kumar of SBI,

 Host, compere

 Audience, crowd

Purulia Chhau, West Bengal
Lions, gods and goddesses
Dance from Sri Lanka

Bhangra dance, Punjab

Bhavai of Rajasthan

BIHU Dance of Assam

 Mewasi of Gujarat

Kalbelia / Kalbelya

 Pung Dhol Cholam, Manipur 

Baul gayon, West Bengal

from Goa

Pong dol Cholam, Manipur

Thang Ta, Manipur

 Shopping, stalls, crowd etc


Video 1 - Bhavai 10 pots balancing act

Video 2  Purulia Chhau

Video  3  Mewasi

Video 4: A ritual dance from Goa

Video 5:  A dance from Sri Lanka

updates coming soon..

More from archive:
From Lokotsav 2015

From Lokotsav 2014


Lokotsav 2012

Lokotsav 2011

Lokotsav 2009