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Keeping it secret

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Event organisers today are moving towards curating exclusive sessions in art, music, travel, etc, with a limited number of participantsfor a more engrossing experience, discovers NT BUZZ CHRISTINE MACHADO | NT BUZZ It was back in the 90’s that
'Event organisers today are moving towards curating exclusive sessions in art, music, travel, etc, with a limited number of participantsfor a more engrossing experience, discovers NT BUZZ CHRISTINE MACHADO | NT BUZZ It wasback in the 90’s that Ranjit Pais, a noted hairstylist, decided it was time tobring about a change in the live music scene. Although there was great musichappening, Pais began finding that he could not enjoy it as it should be, owingto factors like people at the venue talking loudly. This buoyed him to start organising small intimate musicsessions under the banner Eternal Sound Project- Home bound, for a select groupof pre-invited guests, in Mumbai. These were held at offbeat locations aroundMumbai, and were entirely crowdfunded. When he moved to Goa, a few years ago, Pais decided tocontinue with these secret gigs in the state and has since done events atplaces like Living Room in Vagator and House no 248, Sangolda. “My intention is to have a stronger connect between musiclovers and the audience,” says Pais. “My focus is on anyone who loves music. Idon’t canvas or promote these concerts on a big scale. I tell people Ipersonally know who would be moved by my idea,” he says. In this way, his database of music enthusiasts has grown. Prior to an event, he sends out invites tothese people only along with a general idea of where the venue will be. Thoseinterested have to then book their spots. Only once confirmed are they givenfurther details as to where the gig will be held. “I prefer to do these shows in people’s houses versuscommercial venues,” says Pais. The challenge however is to get enough of anaudience. “But it’s getting easier as time goes by,” says Pais. “As long as Icurate from my heart versus my head, I find it strikes a chord.” For your earsonly Conceptualised on a similar note, Sofar (Songs from aRoom) Sounds is an initiative which has its roots in London where it was firstformed in 2009. Today, it has its presence in over 398 cities around the worldincluding in Goa. In fact Sofar Sounds Goa was started in October 2017 byNupura Hautamaki and shows are usually held once a month, in private spaceslike home gardens or patios, or in music spaces meant for small gatherings. Theguest list for these shows is curated beforehand. Not everyone who registersgets in as there is a limit to the number of guests. “One of the biggestpositives of this initiative is that people actually get to enjoy music the wayit is meant to be enjoyed. If you go to a lot of bars and restaurants today,you can barely hear the band because people are talking, taking pictures,drinks are being made at the bar, etc. But at these shows people can actuallyget to hear the music,” says Hauntamaki. Similarly, the musician too is not distractedunnecessarily as the audience is wholly focused on you, says Hauntamaki. Alsoimportant is the fact that the listeners can connect with the musicians andalso get a chance to interact with them post the gig. And while Sofar Sounds may have started with music, theyhave diversified to include different performing arts. “Globally it has becomea place where any performing artist can perform as long as it is originalcontent. It can be dance, spoken word, stand up comedy, etc,” says Hauntamaki. And she does acknowledge that when they began it was alittle tough to get enough people. “Now, more people know us and so the numberof guests has organically grown,” says Hauntamaki. And while initially thevenue of the show was kept completely secret until the registration was final,they have now begun putting out the general location of the place. “This way atleast they will know the distance that they will have to be travelling,” shesays. Finding the right venues is still a challenge. And whilethey do get requests from commercial establishments to hold their shows there,they only do so provided that certain Sofar guidelines are adhered to.  “For instance,people cannot be walking around during the session. Also, we don’t want expensivefood items to be sold. The idea is that the event is affordable for all whichis why there are no tickets and it is all through voluntary contributions,”says Hauntamaki. And Hauntamaki believes that having these sessions at ahome are always preferred. But getting such homes is hard to come by. “While inBengaluru and Mumbai, a lot of shows happen in homes, in Goa, there are privacyissues. We would like it if more homes approached us,” she says, adding thatthey will be organising their next gig this month at a secret location inSaligao. “I would like to add that it would be nice if theaudience comes on time and refrains from taking pictures. This way the thoughtof what makes Sofar great stays that way,” she says. And it’s not just music gigs that have become exclusive.Soul Travelling run by Varun Hede has begun organising secret trails aroundGoa, like the secret food trail and the tavern trail. People pre-register forthe trail and meet at a decided location. They are then taken on a walk wherethey learn of some untold stories of the area and discover hidden nooks. The fact that it is secret makes it more interesting, hesays, but at the same time, the stakes are higher. “People are really excitedabout exploring something secret and you need to make sure that the excitementstays when they visit these places. The quality has to be very high,” he says. There are challenges though, as people love takingpictures and posting these on social media. “However, we make sure that theyunderstand the importance of keeping the secrets during such a trail. We evenmake them guess the next location at times,” says Hede. Getting venues on boardfor the food and tavern trail is also a process. “It takes awhile but it’sworth it. If you need good venues you need to put in the time,” he says. If you’re a lover of poetry, you can now be a part of asecret poetry session. Started in March 2018 by Tamana Arora, the idea of thisinitiative is to get like-minded poetry lovers together, to share their ownworks or any piece that they discovered and have a meaningful discussion aboutthis. “Each of these sessions has a theme to it. For instance, the firstsession we had coincided with International Forest Day, and so we themed theevent around this. We also had one along the Panaji promenade and since Panajicompleted 175 years as the state capital last year, the poetry was themedaround this,” says Arora, who mostly invites people via word of mouth and alsoputs it up on the social media page. “While at first only people I knew came for it, we havesince then had strangers who just saw the announcement on social media showingup. We have had numbers ranging from two to 16 people and it’s been equally funeach time,” says Arora. “People think they are not poetry people. But I thinkeveryone can be a poet,” she adds.'

Tanker water bookings pile up at PWD office

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NT NETWORK Panaji Over the last two days, the water supply division of PWD at St Inez received 240 bookings for supply of tanker water but could attend to only 24 calls because there was no water available at water storage facilities in Altinho, and
'NT NETWORK Panaji Over the last two days,the water supply division of PWD at St Inez received 240 bookings for supply oftanker water but could attend to only 24 calls because there was no water availableat water storage facilities in Altinho, and the nearest Assonora watertreatment plant for supply. The PWD received daily100 bookings since Thursday and managed to attend to not more than ten callsdue to water shortage thereby increasing the number of pending bookings everypassing day. Maximum calls werereceived from the areas of Taleigao, St Cruz and Panaji which were themost-badly affected areas and went without water for past 48 hours. Many residents stood inthe queue to enquire about the booking status at PWD office in St Inez but theattendants at the booking counter had to turn them back with assurance thatthey will supply water tanker at the earliest. The PWD pressed itsservice tankers to get water from two water treatment facilities in Salaulimand Opa located in South Goa to cater to the needs. But the water cannot besupplied to all pending requests in next 24 hours as it is time consuming tocover the long distance to bring and supply water. Senior officials fromthe PWD division-III (PHE), at St Inez told ‘The Navhind Times’ that it isunlikely for them to repair and restore the water supply from Opa at a givenstipulated period of three days if there is heavy downpour and it may take atleast a week. They described the majorbreakdown of two water supply lines at Curti as shocking and informed that suchbreakdown had never happened in the past.'

Lady, you are your knight in shining armour

Research and Science The Navhind Times

Aldina Braganza I did my doctoral research on women and alcohol consumption. There were many indices which caught my attention, including stress in women and socio-cultural influences. There was one indicator that initially wasn’t part of my
'Aldina Braganza I did mydoctoral research on women and alcohol consumption. There were many indiceswhich caught my attention, including stress in women and socio-culturalinfluences. There was one indicator that initially wasn’t part of my research,but kept surfacing through my inquiry pilot study: the lack of women intreatment facilities. The question that I asked myself then was how comeaddiction issues escape the female gender in our society. At the surface, thatis what my data seemed to suggest but on further inquiry, I realised that adisturbing fact and that was the tip of the iceberg in women related health issues.  Treatment utilisation is a major problem in our societywhen it comes to women’s health. In the later part of my research I got thesense that women’s drinking is such a taboo that women alcoholics are closetdrinkers and rarely seek any kind of assistance for their health. Thus, thesewomen face great risk. But it is not just women alcoholics but most women whodon’t end up to the clinic for treatment until the disease is probably reacheda rather chronic state. There is a dearth of women who seek medical attentionfor themselves when they are not well. Most women are so caught up trying tojuggle between roles of spouse maintenance, or child welfare that they ignoretheir own health concerns. Often women will end up in the clinic only because a femalerelative or friend has expressed concerned about her symptoms. It is not surprising that women find that they have someserious ailment only at the later stage of their disease progression. Why does this happen? I was surprised at one level butnot so surprised at the same time. It was almost like I had the ‘aha’ moment inmy research. Treatment utilisation also follows a patriarchal paradigm. It is such a classic scenario, when a man coughs, thewomen in the house move about fretting and worrying over the dreadful diseasetheir beloved has been anguished with. When women cough, they think ‘how am Isupposed to complete all my tasks?’ Sometimes you see this distinction made even with theirchildren’s health. A son falling sick will be seen as a critical incident thana daughter who is sick. When I did my literature review I was further surprisedthat research itself was male-oriented, ignoring the women-specific alcoholaddiction problems. Women’s behaviour dealing with access to treatment forillnesses has been sparsely studied. My research pointed out that women may start out associal drinkers but a lack of coping skills pushes them towards addiction,which is not the case with men. Men get initiated into alcohol addictionthrough their social interactions and peer pressure rather than stress. Women’s need for alcohol consumption was largely due tosome emotional stressor, especially relationship problems.  Women tend toprioritise relationships in a different way than men. It may not be entirely biologicalbut it is more evolutionary. Being the caretaker in the family, women haveevolved to keep their own needs secondary. Additionally the patriarchal mindsetin our society ensures that this behaviour is reinforced. Women have to start voicing their self-care and say ‘Itoo need to take care for myself’. I never understood this idiom before. I remember watchingMaya Angelou say this to Oprah Winfrey. ‘Let your cup runneth over!’ What she meant was that you have to first have goodhealth, love and care for yourself, fill your cup if you want to help others.Fill up that cup and take care of yourself. One of the surest ways to be the good mother, daughter,wife or partner is you have to be good. If you need to be the caregiver of yourfamily, ensure that you take care of yourself. And lady, you need to take thatresponsibility because I have researched this and nobody does it for you. Or bethat woman who decides to do it for other females around you. So when you see your mother, daughter, sister, aunt,cousin or friend showing those unusual symptoms please advise them to go andget themselves to a doctor for treatment. Even better, regularly go forcheckups and yearly health checkups so you can nip the problem in the firststage. You need to show yourself the same concern you do to themen around you. And if you are a man reading this then please remember – whenyou see your mother, daughter, sister, wife or partner feeling unwell take herto the doctor. Show her the same care and concern that she would have shownyou. (Writer is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist andthe HOD of psychology at Carmel College for Women)'

Work on water pipeline on, as taps run dry in Tiswadi, Ponda

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The repairs work of the broken water pipeline at Curti-Khandepar is going at war level, Water department officials said. Department hopes to complete the work within two days. In the meantime Tiswadi including the capital city and large parts of
'The repairs work of the broken water pipeline at Curti-Khandepar is going at war level, Water department officials said. Department hopes to complete the work within two days. In the meantime Tiswadi including the capital city and large parts of Ponda are suffering from dry taps with private tanker owners earning a bonanza. A major water pipeline supplying water to Tiswadi and Ponda broke down on Thursday morning after a retaining wall collapsed on it. PWD Minister Deepak Pauskar had assured that water to affected areas would be supplied through tankers. PWD water division engineer K Saraf shared details of repair works. Panaji is facing acute water shortage due to this incident. PWD Minister Deepak Pauskar said water supply to Panaji will be made regular by Monday. Till the water will be supplied through tankers.'

ACB raid raids NFSA godown on suspicion of smuggling grains

Law and Order The Navhind Times

the Anti-corruption bureau on Friday raided the NFSA godown situated at Colvale. The raid was conducted on suspicion of alleged irregularities and suspected smuggling of food grains.  A FIR was filed 406 of the IPC and Section 13 of the Corruption
'the Anti-corruption bureau on Friday raided the NFSA godown situated at Colvale. The raid was conducted on suspicion of alleged irregularities and suspected smuggling of food grains.  A FIR was filed 406 of the IPC and Section 13 of the Corruption Act has been registered. ACB sources said that verification to find out if there were any other places also involved was on'

2 water pipelines ‘damaged’as retaining wall collapses

Garden The Navhind Times

NT NETWORK Ponda A portion of the retaining wall built along the Curti-Khandepar stretch of the Ponda-Belgaum highway collapsed on Thursday, thereby damaging the two major water pipelines which supply water from Opa water treatment plant to Tiswadi
'NT NETWORK Ponda A portion of the retaining wall built along theCurti-Khandepar stretch of the Ponda-Belgaum highway collapsed on Thursday,thereby damaging the two major water pipelines which supply water from Opawater treatment plant to Tiswadi and parts of Ponda taluka. With the pipelines getting damaged, there will berestricted water supply to entire Tiswadi taluka and parts of Ponda till August17, said PWD officials. “There is a major breakdown of 900 mm diameterpipeline and 750 mm diameter pipeline at Curti-Khandepar,” mentions thestatement issued by the PWD, adding that water supply to Ponda (Banastari,Bhoma, Marcel) and Tiswadi besides adjoining villages, Goa Medical College andall defence establishments has been affected, and so there will restrictedsupply to these places till August 17. As per the available information, the incident occurredat around 8.30 am on Thursday, at Curti Khandepar – a 6-metre portion of thenewly constructed retaining wall collapsed. The retaining wall is a part of the Ponda-Belgaum highwayroad widening project. According to Rashi Shirodkar, engineer of PWD’s waterdivision, the entire base on which the pipelines were placed has collapsed withthe retaining wall, and repairing both the pipelines will be a difficult taskdue to the height of the retaining wall. “It will take almost 2-3 days to repair the pipelines andresume the water supply,” Shirodkar said while speaking to this daily. Following theincident, Ponda MLA Ravi Naik inspected the collapsed wall and alleged that theincident has happened due to sub-standard construction work. “It is not just because of the heavy rain, but due to thepoor quality of work by the contractor, which led to this incident,” Naik said.'

‘Preventive measures undertaken to curb illegalities at Colvale jail’

Law and Order The Navhind Times

NT NETWORK Panaji The prison authority has claimed to have taken a number of preventive measures to curb illegalities at the new modern Central Jail, Colvale. Officials at the prison department stated that raids are being conducted regularly in the
'NT NETWORK Panaji The prison authorityhas claimed to have taken a number of preventive measures to curb illegalitiesat the new modern Central Jail, Colvale. Officials at the prison department stated that raids arebeing conducted regularly in the cells in order to check presence of bannedarticles, such as mobile phones, tobacco, intoxicating substances, weapons etc,if by any means or out of sight have reached the prisoners. Referring to one ofmeasures, the officials said that in the recent past, accommodation and officesof police personnel and jail staff have been shifted in the newly constructedadministrative block and their entry in the prison premises is restricted. This has helped to control the alleged illegalities thatwere going on in the prison, claimed the prison officials. Elaborating on this, the officials said that initially,when the Central Jail was commissioned in 2015, the IRBn (Indian reservebattalion) personnel, escort cell and jail staff were accommodated in one ofthe prison blocks of the jail, as a make-shift arrangement. They were carrying their belongings along with them whileentering the main gate to perform duty, which has been one of the opportunitiesfor these personnel to carry out alleged malpractices in the prison, claimedthe prison officials. However, in the recent past, the accommodation andoffices of all these agencies have been shifted in the newly constructedadministrative block. According to the prisons officials, there is a 3-tierfrisking system adopted at the Central Jail, that is outer-ring and main gateis manned by the IRBn personnel, where the frisking of inmates is carried outduring entry and exit. The jail executive staff up to the rank of assistantsuperintendent and also visitors are frisked during their entry. The second gate of prison is manned by the jail staff,who carry out frisking of the inmates and the jail executive staff, while atthe third gate that is at the individual block of the jail, the duty headguards conduct frisking of each and every individual who enters the block andthat the jail staffers who are performing duty inside the blocks are restrictedfrom carrying their cell phones. Referring to other measures, the prison officials saidthat there are door frame metal detectors, baggage scanner and handhelddetectors to take care of frisking process of the items/articles that arebrought in the prison. These equipment are also used to frisk the visitors, staffand jail inmates. The officials said that CCTV cameras have been installed inthe premises at all the sensitive points, which come handy during any untowardincident for the investigation purpose.'

India’s Salah all fired up to shine in the big league

Football The Navhind Times

Dhiman Sarkar | HT Kolkata At a hotel across the road from a famous football amphitheatre, Mohamed Salah is waiting to join teammates for an early lunch. Salah would like to put in the usual two hours between a meal and a training session so that on
'Dhiman Sarkar | HT Kolkata At a hotel across the road from a famous footballamphitheatre, Mohamed Salah is waiting to join teammates for an early lunch.Salah would like to put in the usual two hours between a meal and a trainingsession so that on the pitch he can turn on the afterburners. The football season’s just begun and it is importantSalah, 24, impresses his club coach. This Salah is almost the same height ashis famous namesake at Liverpool, but prefers being a left wingback, left backor a left-side midfielder. And having played around 30 minutes in midfield lastThursday, Salah was hoping Gokulam Kerala’s Spanish coach Fernando Valera giveshim more game time in the 129th Durand Cup. Valera did on Wednesday, gettingSalah on in the 67th minute as Gokulam Kerala beat Indian Air Force 3-0. “India’s new coach (Igor Stimac) likes young players, soif I do well this season, who knows? This I-League season is important for mebecause he will, I am sure, see our games,” he said. This is Salah’s first full season at an I-League club. Hewas loaned to Gokulam in 2017-18 but having joined after Sagolband Unitedfinished their engagements in the Manipur Premier League, Salah got a few gamesunder then coach Bino George, occasionally in midfield. “Playing as left back and in the midfield has improved myattacking game. Because like Marcelo, my idol, I love going up and cuttinginside,” said the left-foot player. Marcelo’s control and dribbling skills arewhat made Salah a fan of this Real left-back. Till five years ago, when he joined DSK Shivajians afterlearning the ropes at Sports Academy Tirur (SAT), in Kerala’s Malappuramdistrict, Salah said he had no idea that someone with whom he shared a name wason way to being a superstar. “I first heard of Mo Salah when he was atChelsea,” he said. As one Salah moved from Chelsea to Fiorentina and Romabefore setting the Premiership on fire in 2017-18—he scored 32 goals in thatfirst season—the other played in the Kerala Premier League, was on the bench atDSK Shivajians, turned out in the I-League second division for Delhi United andtravelled to Manipur before looking to settle down at Gokulam Kerala, where hehas a two-year deal. Like many in Malappuram, Salah still plays ‘sevens’, aseven-a-side game hugely popular in northern Kerala where teams fieldforeigners, mainly from Africa. “The smaller size of the ground and thepresence of foreigners who are naturally strong, makes you tough,” said Salah. Sharing a name with someone famous has been a strugglefor some. Gokulam tweeted “Our own Mohamed Salah” after they won the KeralaPremier League in 2018, but if their left-back has a similar problem, he isn’tsaying. What do your teammates call you? “Why? Salah,” he said.'

STATE OBLIVIOUS TO DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

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Recent floods in North Goa once again exposed the hollowness of the Goa government’s disaster response armour. Though the government has a book of disaster management it lies unread and unimplemented. THE NAVHIND TIMES starts today a series on the
'Recent floods in North Goa once again exposed thehollowness of the Goa government’s disaster response armour. Though thegovernment has a book of disaster management it lies unread and unimplemented. THE NAVHIND TIMES starts today a series onthe absence of a fully-equipped disaster response apparatus and the risks itposes to the people at large SOIRU VELIP | NT Panaji The recent devastating floods in the state have provedthat there is lack of co-ordination among various authorities and agencies tohandle natural disasters, although there are clear-cut guidelines in the statedisaster management plan. The floods, which affected various villages of the NorthGoa district after water from the Tillari dam was released, have put spotlighton the preparedness of the state machinery, or lack of it, to deal with naturalcalamities. The state disaster management plan prepared by thegovernment states that the state disaster management responsibility primarilylies with the State Disaster Management Authority. As per the plan, there aredistrict disaster management authorities for both the districts. Theseauthorities are responsible for taking up all the disaster managementactivities including prevention of a disaster and overseeing of responsemechanisms and proper relief and rehabilitation. The document underlines the importance of having a systemin place for sending SMSs to the mobile phone using population as an earlywarning mechanism to alert the people on approaching floods, cyclones orstorms. However, the state government has failed to act upon theplan, and hence the state sees absence of co-ordination among the authoritiesand stakeholders whenever a disaster strikes. The SDMP also states that mamlatdars along with NGOs canhold forums to inform people as how they can alert authorities when theywitness any unusual activity or unusual weather. The plan says that pieces of information and trainingsreceived from the National Disaster Response Force can be passed on tovillagers and schoolchildren, who can use them for saving themselves and othersduring cyclones, floods or storms. However, it appears that the government has not takensteps in this direction, keeping recommendations paper-bound. Officials in the state administration admit that there islack of co-ordination among the authorities as regards preventive measures,which must be adopted to deal with natural disasters. “Although the revenue department is a nodal agency fordisaster management, other departments  like public works and water resources must play a major role in such asituation. Moreover they have technical staff to handle the situation,” theofficial says. The SDMP stipulates that officials must be identified bythe district collectors to handle media and press releases for disseminating tothe people.  However, the government hasfailed on this count as well. It is pertinent to make references to central rules ondisaster management.  Section 39 of theDisaster Management Act, 2005 says that it shall be responsibility of everydepartment of the state government to take measures necessary for prevention ofdisasters, mitigation, preparedness and capacity-building in accordance withthe guidelines laid down by the national authority and the state authority, andintegrate them into development plans and projects. The act says that the state should allocate funds forprevention of disaster, mitigation, capacity-building and preparedness, and itshould respond effectively and promptly to any threatening disaster situationor disaster in accordance with the state plan, and in accordance with theguidelines or directions of the national executive committee and the stateexecutive committee. Furthermore the abovementioned act says the state alsohas a responsibility of drawing up mitigation, preparedness and response plans,capacity-building, data collection and identification and training of personnelin relation to disaster management. The state should make provision forresources in consultation with the state authority for the implementation ofthe district plan by its authorities at the district level. The act  asks thestate to  make available its resources tothe national executive committee or the state executive committee or thedistrict authorities for the purposes of responding promptly and effectively toany disaster in the state, including measures for providing emergencycommunication with a vulnerable or affected area; transporting personnel andrelief goods to and from the affected area; providing evacuation, rescue,temporary shelter or other immediate relief; carrying out evacuation of personsor livestock from an area of any threatening disaster situation or disaster; settingup temporary bridges, jetties and landing places; providing drinking water,essential provisions, healthcare and services in an affected area. A sub-section 1 of Section 49 of the said act states thatevery department of the state government shall make provisions in its annualbudget for funds for the purposes of carrying out the activities and programmesset out in its disaster management plan. However, reliable sources in the state administrationtold ‘The Navhind Times’ that no such practice has been adopted by thegovernment departments so far. The SDMP mentions that high frequency sirens are fixed atvulnerable places to sound alert and warn people in the events of flood.Installations of high discharge power pumps have been installed at differentplaces which are more susceptible for floods to dewater the inundated areas. However, no such alerts or warnings were issued to thepeople during the recent floods in the villages of North Goa.'

Football got people together as rain battered Goa

Football The Navhind Times

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES | NT Panaji As the rains played havoc in most parts of Goa and reached its nadir on August 5 – with life being thrown out of gear for almost three days – the game of football could not keep its fans indoors. Despite torrential
'AUGUSTO RODRIGUES | NT Panaji As the rains played havoc in most parts of Goa andreached its nadir on August 5 – with life being thrown out of gear for almostthree days – the game of football could not keep its fans indoors. Despitetorrential downpours and gusty winds during the highest recorded rains in Goaon August 5, 6 and 7, not a single inter village tournament or schooltournament scheduled was postponed. “Not a single intervillage or Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs (DSYA) football match waspostponed during the days when it rained heavily. A match can be stopped or notstarted only in case of lightning, thunder or rough winds. The conditions werenot so bad,” stated Goa Football Association (GFA) South Goa in charge ofreferees Joaquim Manuel D’silva. “A referee can stop the game if the ball floats in wateror when the ground becomes flooded. Otherwise, the game goes on,” addedJoaquim. The sentiments of Joaquim were echoed by GregoryEstoricio who handles the appointments of all football referees in North Goa.“All games went on schedule. There was no intimation from any team or officialthat he could not reach the ground,” said Gregory. Despite heavy rains onAugust 5, the final of 36th Custodio Memorial Tournament in Raia was largelyattended. “Rain does not make a difference. It rained much more ten years backand there was a crowd and we were sure that there would have been a crowd thistime too,” said Cosme Oliveira, secretary of Raia Sporting, organisers of the36th edition of the tournament. “Football is a game that attracts all sorts ofpeople. People come to the tournament and go home wet. It does not matterbecause football gives a special joy to people. I am sure many would havestayed inside if it was any other function,” added Cosme. “When you love football it does not matter whether thereis sun or rain. You want to play with the ball and rain is normally not abarrier to play. A player does not really feel the cold when playing in therain as his body gets warm playing. The only thing a player needs to know whenplaying in the rain is when to scoop the ball to shoot and when to let the ballroll on the ground. It depends on how wet the ground is,” said Arjuna awardeeBruno Coutinho. “If one road is flooded or it is not possible to gothrough a particular road, another one is found. There have been times whenplayers and fans have walked kilometres to watch or play a game. Footballattracts people in a way that is difficult to explain. A fan is ready to getwet to go and watch a game but will think twice of travelling in the rain aftera match is over,” claimed Bruno. “Going back a few decades ago, some tournaments werespecifically held during the monsoons — Johnny Memorial, Custodio Memorial andBandodkar Memorial are some that come to mind. The grounds where they were heldpermitted football to go on, even as the regular GFA venues remained closeduntil around mid-September,” recollects Antonio Bothelo, fondly known as theGoogle of football in India.'

Responsibility of contractors to restore roads to original state: Pauskar

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NT NETWORK Margao While there is a growing anger among the public over poor condition of roads, some of which were hotmixed as recently as May 2019, the PWD says it is the responsibility of the contractors to ensure that roads are restored to its
'NT NETWORK Margao While there is a growinganger among the public over poor condition of roads, some of which werehotmixed as recently as May 2019, the PWD says it is the responsibility of thecontractors to ensure that roads are restored to its original state. Several roads were hotmixed in constituencies of Navelim, Margao, Nuvem and Cuncolim, however many ofthe roads have been washed away within months of the roads getting a freshcarpet. A citizen Damodar Naiksaid the entire tenders of re-carpeting of roads need to be investigated asmany roads have been carpeted and dug up and allowed to get spoilt. It iscriminal to allow such waste of tax payers’ money and the contractors have tobe blacklisted for poor quality works. Another citizen JulioDias said the public are the ones who pay the price for poor roads, be itdamage to vehicles, or internal injuries, there has to be accountability. Thereis rampant corruption in the PWD and if you notice not a single engineer willbe present at the site to ensure that the works are done properly. On the other hand thePWD Minister Deepak Pauskar said that the government has taken a stand to makethe contractors accountable and they will have to restore the roads and ensuremaintenance for three years. Pauskar said that themajor problem is when hotmixing is carried out barely 15 days before thecommencement of monsoon, the roads get washed away. He said that the House hasalready taken a resolution to direct the contractors to restore the roads duringthe dry spell and have also the responsibility to maintain the same for threeyears. Ironically, variousgovernment departments carry out digging works beyond May 15 deadline, some ofwhich go as late as June to complete the works leaving the roads in poorcondition. A resident from Davorlim said several people have fallenvictims to the large potholes approaching Rawanfond bridge. Every year theroads are ‘repaired’ but yet they are allowed to develop large potholes puttingpeople to a lot of inconvenience.'

Will address fishermen’s grievances, promises Filipe Nery on Naryal Poornima

Community The Navhind Times

Naryal Purnima is over. Now Goans can now look forward to fish on their plates. Fishermen all over the state held a pooja and offered coconuts to the sea for the safety and welfare of the fishing community. A few trawlers went out to see and more
'Naryal Purnima is over. Now Goans can now look forward to fish on their plates. Fishermen all over the state held a pooja and offered coconuts to the sea for the safety and welfare of the fishing community. A few trawlers went out to see and more are expected to go out on Wednesday. Fisheries Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues who was part of the ceremony said the fishing community has a lot of grievances which he needed to address. At Malim jetty in Betim, Mandovi Fishermen Marketing Cooperative Society Limited conducted a traditional naryal pooja and offered coconuts to the sea. Besides the Fisheries Minister Panaji MLA Babush Monserrate and Panaji Mayor Uday Madkaikar were also present.'

No MoU signed with Russia on coal import, mainly tourism: CM

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Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant has denied that he has signed any Memorandum of Understanding with Russia on importing coal. However, he agreed that MoU has been signed to start business in Goa, with more focus on tourism. Dr Sawant was part of the
'Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant has denied that he has signed any Memorandum of Understanding with Russia on importing coal. However, he agreed that MoU has been signed to start business in Goa, with more focus on tourism. Dr Sawant was part of the delegation of four chief ministers led by union minister Piyush Goel to Russia. He returned on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, there was a rumour that Goa CM signed MoU with Russia to import coal. CM however flatly denied the news.'

SC refuses to pass order on Kashmir clampdown

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PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to interfere with the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government imposing restrictions, including shutdown of communication services, after the abrogation of Article 370 and said “reasonable time”
'PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to interfere with theCentre and the Jammu and Kashmir government imposing restrictions, includingshutdown of communication services, after the abrogation of Article 370 andsaid “reasonable time” should be given to authorities to ensure normalcy as the“situation is very sensitive”. The apex court said it will have to wait for the “realpicture” to emerge and look into “all the pros and cons” before going into theissues raised in the “poorly drafted” and “very carelessly filed” plea withperhaps the petitioner also not knowing the truth of the situation. It took note of the Centre’s stand that it was reviewingthe situation in the region on a day-to-day basis as also the reports fromdistrict magistrates, and relaxations are being ordered accordingly. “An individual has come to the court. The situation isvery sensitive. Given the seriousness of the situation, the law and orderrestrictions have been imposed,” said a bench, comprising Justices Arun Mishra,M R Shah and Ajay Rastogi. The court also said that it is to be ensured that no lifewas lost there and posted the matter after two weeks, saying it will wait fornormalcy to return. “We are with you on the issue of right to liberty of thepeople. But we should have a real picture before us,” the bench told senioradvocate Maneka Guruswamy, arguing for Congress activist Tehseen Poomawala, whohas challenged the Centre’s decision to impose restrictions and “otherregressive measures” in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of theprovisions of Article 370. He sought withdrawal of ‘curfew/restrictions’, blockingof phone lines, the Internet and news channels. His petition was opposed by Attorney General K KVenugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who said it has to be ensured thatthe transition takes place peacefully. “We have to ensure that law and order situation in Jammuand Kashmir is maintained,” Venugopal told the bench and referred to the July2016 agitation in Kashmir after the encounter of terrorist Burhan Wani and saidthat it took around three months to bring normalcy at that time. He said that since 1990, 44,000 people have been killedby extremists and people from across the border have been guiding and givinginstructions to them and in the present situation, it will take few days torestore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir. Venugopal said not a single death has been reported sincelast Monday after the restrictions were imposed. The Attorney General was responding to the bench whichasked about the steps taken by the authorities for bringing normalcy andrestoring basic facilities in the region. During the hearing, the bench said: “The situation issuch that nobody knows what exactly is happening there. Some time should begiven for bringing normalcy. They are analysing the situation on a day-to-daybasis. “The government’s endeavour is to restore normalcy. Thatis why they are reviewing the situation on a day-to-day basis. If tomorrowanything happens in Jammu and Kashmir, who will be responsible? Obviously theCentre.” The bench further said that it has to look into all thepros and cons and therefore reasonable time should be given to the governmentto ensure normalcy returns in the state and asked Guruswamy to give specificinstances where relief is needed. “You give us specific instances and we will givedirections to them to provide relief,” the bench said while asking the AG as tohow much time will be needed to restore normalcy. Venugopal replied there is a need to ensure that law andorder situation is maintained and least inconvenience is caused to the generalpublic in Jammu and Kashmir where a large number of troops and paramilitaryforces have been sent. While Guruswamy was making submissions that due tosnapping of all type of communication people failed to speak to others on thefestive occasion, the bench said, “Nothing can be done overnight. There areserious issues. Normalcy would return, and we expect it will come with time.What is important is it has to be ensured that no life is lost.” Venugopal said that the government is ensuring that noviolence or human rights violations take place there.'

Batteries stolen from Goa meat complex

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NT NETWORK Ponda Four DG batteries worth around Rs 60,000 have been stolen from the generator room of the Goa Meat Complex Ltd at Marvasada-Usgao. According to Ponda police, the Goa Meat Complex was closed for almost a year and was reopened on
'NT NETWORK Ponda Four DG batteries worth around Rs 60,000 have been stolenfrom the generator room of the Goa Meat Complex Ltd at Marvasada-Usgao. According to Ponda police, the Goa Meat Complex wasclosed for almost a year and was reopened on Tuesday on the occasion of Eidduring which the robbery came to light of the officials following which seniorveterinary officer Dr Ramdas Naik lodged a complaint with police.  During preliminary investigation, police found that theunknown culprit effected entry into the generator room from the shutter bybreaking open the lock and committed theft of four batteries of the DG sets allworth Rs 59,200, police inspector Suraj Halarnkar said. Police have registered an offence under sections 454,457, 380 of IPC. Further investigation is in progress.'

Normal life affected in parts of Punjab in shutdown over Ravidas temple demolition

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PTI Jalandhar/Chandigarh Normal life was affected as parts of Punjab observed a complete shutdown on Tuesday in a strike called by Dalit groups to protest against the demolition of a Guru Ravidas temple in Delhi’s Tughlakabad area. Protesters
'PTI Jalandhar/Chandigarh Normal life was affected as parts of Punjab observed acomplete shutdown on Tuesday in a strike called by Dalit groups to protestagainst the demolition of a Guru Ravidas temple in Delhi’s Tughlakabad area. Protesters blocked roads at a few places, including theJalandhar-Delhi national highway, causing huge traffic jams, officials said.Protest marches were taken out by Dalits at several places as the demonstratorssat on a dharna, burnt effigies and placed burning tyres on roads. The bandh call evoked good response in places likeJalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Phagwara and Kapurthala, where shops remained shut andeducational institutions were ordered to be closed by authorities as aprecautionary measure. The strike also had impact in places like Amritsar,Ludhiana, Bathinda and Gurdaspur. Protesters under the banner of the Guru Ravidas JayantiSamaroh Samiti had given the bandh call and announced observing IndependenceDay as a ‘black day’ against the demolition. Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam had onMonday alleged that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) demolished the templein the presence of a police force last Saturday and the statue was “takenaway”. The DDA, however, did not use the word temple and said the “structurewas removed as per the orders of the Supreme Court”. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Tuesday theCentre is determined to find a solution and possibly identify an alternativesite. The protests are being held at different places in thestate over the past few days, with main demand is that the temple be rebuilt.There were also reports of sit-ins being held at a few places in neighbouringHaryana, including Panipat and Karnal. State minister Aruna Chaudhary extended support to thestrike by joining a protest at Dina Nagar in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. The traffic on roads leading to Amritsar, Jalandhar,Hoshiarpur, Pathankot and Ludhiana was affected as protesters sat on dharnas.Protest marches were also taken out at Ludhiana, Phagwara, Nawanshahr, Barnala,Ferozepur, Bathinda, Amritsar, Moga and Fazilka. There was heavy police deployment as part of tightsecurity arrangements across the state in view of the protests. In Hoshiarpur, youths in groups were seen wielding swordsand sticks while moving in the city on their motorcycles to enforce the bandh. According to the police, some shopkeepers and protestersclashed and hurled stones at each other in Adda Mansar on the Jammu-Jalandharnational highway near Mukerian when some protesters allegedly damaged threeshops that were open, the police said. Hoshiarpur Senior Superintendent of Police Gaurav Gargsaid the police intervened to defuse the situation. In Nawanshahr, there was a tense situation whenshopkeepers resisted the attempts by activists of various Dalit organisationswho allegedly asked them to shut their shops. The shopkeepers also staged a protest on the Chandigarhroad against the alleged high-handedness of the protesters. Calling the Delhi temple issue a matter of “life anddeath” for the Dalit community, a large number protesters, supported by variouspolitical parties, took out a protest march in Phagwara, which observed acomplete shutdown. They blocked the Jalandhar-Ludhiana highway,Phagwara-Nakodar, Phagwara-Hoshiarpur and Phagwara Nawanshahr-Chandigarh roads.Several roads wore a desolate look, while many markets were deserted and someplaces presented a curfew-like look. Kapurthala city observed complete bandh as all commercialestablishments remained closed and bus services were also suspended on severalroutes. Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) presidentGobind Singh Longowal and Akal Takht ‘jathedar’ Giani Harpreet Singh stronglycondemned the temple demolition. The SGPC extended support to the community and also keptits offices closed for second half on Tuesday. The site in Delhi is  believed to be visited by Guru Ravidas around1509 during the reign of Sikander Lodi.'

Rains recede, MLAs out on inspection

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The rains have receded. Goa is slowly limping back to normalcy. Now Ministers and officials are visiting the state to try and assess the damage. Now will also start an inquiry into the reasons why the state faced such unprecedented floods. And
'The rains have receded. Goa is slowly limping back to normalcy. Now Ministers and officials are visiting the state to try and assess the damage. Now will also start an inquiry into the reasons why the state faced such unprecedented floods. And whether disaster management systems were effective or not. The rains over the last week had created havoc in the state. Houses collapsed, trees uprooted, flood water inundating and submerging fields and villages getting evacuated. This were regular headlines. Preliminary reports say that the estimated loss could be as much as 10 crore rupees. Now comes the time where a proper estimation of the damage begins.'

Sanjivanee to start in November: Gawade

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Gaude along with officials of Sanjivanee conducted an inspection of the factory and directed them to submit a report within 5 days. There was unrest among the sugarcane farmers after news that the Sanjivanee sugarcane factory might shut down. There
'Gaude along with officials of Sanjivanee conducted an inspection of the factory and directed them to submit a report within 5 days. There was unrest among the sugarcane farmers after news that the Sanjivanee sugarcane factory might shut down. There were also talks that the sugar factory could be closed down. Cooperation Minister Govind Gawade had said in assembly that it was not possible to start the factory in November.'