Parrikar-led BJP Govt fails miserably in Goa as ‘new jobs creation’ falls to ZERO in 2017-18

Goa government statistics obtained from the Dept of Personnel and other related Ministries like Home, Admin, etc., reveal that over the last 12-14 months, the new jobs’ creation count – at least in the government and semi government sector has fallen to zero – a major embarrassment and failure for the Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government in Goa, which made tall promises to wipe out unemployment in Goa in both its election manifestos of 2012 and 2017.

“There is absolutely no governance, the ministries are being run by remote control, from ICUs in hospitals either in the US or in Delhi. Basic functions of the government and routine and day-to-day activities are being carried out by bureaucrats and other government officials, but there is no initiative, no new development or progress taking place in the State,” a former chief secretary of Goa told IndiaScoops.com.

Even in the private unorganized sector in Goa, there is no growth in new jobs. Same old jobs or vacancies are filled as the seasons change and employees look for greener pastures, but there is no noticeable growth in employment over the last one year, primarily due to the lack of governance in the State as the  CM and other Ministers have been in ICU for the last six months or so, a  Congress leader explained.

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Curtorim Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco in a written note submitted to the media on Saturday stated that “Parrikar fooled Goemkars with his false promises of reserving 80 per cent jobs for locals in companies operating in Goa and the creation of about 50,000 new jobs in the State.”

In the 2017 election manifesto of the BJP, the party claimed the State would become unemployment free in the next five years, which is a bundle of lies, says Lourenco, adding, “to top it all, Parrikar openly stately in the Assembly that the government cannot force industry to employ Goans”.

The Parrikar government does not have a fool-proof framework, there is no plan, or a set of guidelines. How does the government plan to fill the so-called 3000 vacancies, Lourenco asked, adding that everyone knows that government jobs in Goa are sold for a huge price. (Read Here)

Sanatan Sanstha Working For Hindu Religion, Says Goa MGP Minister Sudin Dhavilkar

PANAJI: Goa minister and Maharashtawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader Sudin Dhavalikar on Tuesday defended the Sanatan Sanstha, saying it is working in the interest of Hindu culture and religion and is not against the country.

The remarks came a day after a news channel, which conducted a sting operation, claimed the Goa-based right-wing outfit enjoyed political patronage due to which it escaped a ban after its alleged role in the 2009 Margao bomb blast.

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Two suspected Sanatan Sanstha workers had died when a bomb they were ferrying to Margao in Goa accidentally exploded in November 2009.

Police also suspect involvement of activists linked to the Sanatan Sanstha in the killings of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, M M Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh.

However, the outfit, which has its headquarters at Ramnathi village in North Goa district, has denied any involvement in these cases.

When asked about the Sanatan Sanstha’s role in criminal activities, Mr Dhavalikar told reporters in Panaji that investigations were on in various cases and “court will decide whether they (activists of the outfit) were really guilty”.

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“Sanatan is doing work for Hindu religion and culture. I don’t think that they are doing any work against the country,” said the leader of the MGP, an ally of the BJP-led state government.

The public works department minister admitted that his family has been associated with the Sanatan Sanstha.

“My family and I are associated with Sanatan to spread Hindu religion. Sanatan doesn’t believe in violence. It is working to spread the Hindu religion and culture and we support all organisations which do similar work,” he said.

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Asked whether he financially supported the organisation, Mr Dhavalikar said “I only give advertisements to it (the outfit’s magazine).”

Notably, MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar, who is Sudin Dhavalikar’s brother, had last month claimed the Sanatan Sanstha was not involved in the killings of rationalists and activists and that some people want to project the outfit as a “wrong-doer”.

Source: PTI

Kyle Ticlo Son of BJP MLA Glen Ticlo was Over-speeding, Going at Nearly 180 km/hr Claim Eyewitnesses to Belagavi Accident

PANAJI: A BMW car of a Goa BJP MLA Glen Ticlo was torched by villagers along the Goa-Belgaum highway, around 50 km from the inter-state border in Karnataka, late yesterday evening after his son who was driving the car met with an accident injuring a local person and killing another.

While the MLA’s son Kyle Ticlo claimed that it was an accident as he lost control of the high-powered BMW, bystanders told IndiaScoops.com that the driver was doing nearly 180 km/hr or even more on a stretch where slums abound and is a known accident-prone zone, since people are always crossing the road on that patch of the highway.

An IndiaScoops.com freelancer reporter from Belagavi who visited the scene of the accident shortly saw an angry mob being lathi-charged by the police. The police used excessive force on the mob, which was protesting due to the fact that there are no proper caution signs or over-speeding warnings on that patch of the NH4, which is frequented by locals, who cross the highway.

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The MLA, Glenn Ticlo, confirmed the accident to news agency IANS, but said his son was not at fault.

However, bystanders told media persons that the car was being driven at a very high speed.

“The driver was going at a speed far above the permissible limit on that section of the highway. He must have been doing nearly 160 to 180 kms per hour when the accident occurred. It is a clear case of over-speeding, and reckless driving which caused the accident, resulting in the death of one girl and severally injuring her sister,” Hashim Khan, an eyewitness told an IndiaScoops.com stringer who visited the site of the accident about an hour after the accident.

According to a PTI report, MLA Glenn Ticlo’s son Kyle Ticlo mowed down a 20-year-old girl on Goa-Belgaum National Highway 4 around 5 pm on Monday.

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The girl succumbed to her injuries when she was taken to a hospital by Kyle.

Her sister, who was accompanying her, has been injured. Read the PTI report here.

The car Kyle was driving, a BMW owned by Glenn Ticlo, was later set ablaze by the angry mob. Locals allege that the police treated the serious accident with ‘kid gloves’ because Kyle called his MLA father who spoke to the Belagavi Police Commissioner on the phone, requesting his support. (See Pics Here)

Kyle was booked for rash and negligent driving, but later granted bail by the court.

“We are right now completing police formalities in Belgaum. Kyle (his son) is fine,” Mr Ticlo was quoted by IANS as saying.

A video clip surfaced showing the car, which is registered in the name of the Goa MLA, being set on fire by a mob.

The clip also shows policemen chasing crowds of stone-throwers.

A counter complaint was filed by Glenn Ticlo against unknown persons for vandalizing his car. One person, who was caught red-handed, has been arrested, reports India Today.

With inputs from PTI, IANS & India Today

Goa MLA Glen Ticlo’s BMW Car Set On Fire After Son Kyle Glen Ticlo Kills a Woman, Injures Another In Accident

PANAJI: A BMW car of a Goa BJP MLA was torched by villagers along the Goa-Belgaum highway, around 50 km from the inter-state border in Karnataka, late yesterday evening after his son who was driving the car met with an accident injuring a local person.

The MLA, Glenn Ticlo, confirmed the accident to IANS.

According to a PTI report, MLA Glenn Ticlo’s son Kyle Ticlo mowed down a 20-year-old girl on Goa-Belgaum National Highway 4 around 5 pm on Monday.

The girl succumbed to her injuries when she was taken to a hospital by Kyle.

Her sister, who was accompanying her, has been injured. Read the PTI report here.

The car Kyle was driving, a BMW owned by Glenn Ticlo, was later set ablaze by the angry mob. Locals allege that the police treated the serious accident with ‘kid gloves’ because Kyle called his MLA father who spoke to the Belagavi Police Commissioner on the phone, requesting his support. (See Pics Here)

Kyle was booked for rash and negligent driving, but later granted bail by the court.

“We are right now completing police formalities in Belgaum. Kyle (his son) is fine,” Mr Ticlo was quoted by IANS as saying.

A video clip surfaced showing the car, which is registered in the name of the Goa MLA, being set on fire by a mob.

The clip also shows policemen chasing crowds of stone-throwers.

A counter complaint was filed by Glenn Ticlo against unknown persons for vandalizing his car. One person, who was caught red-handed, has been arrested, reports India Today.

Source: PTI, IANS & India Today

Supreme Court To Hear Fresh Petition Against Rafale Deal On October 10

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear a fresh petition against the Rafale deal between India and France on Wednesday. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph Monday said it will hear the petition filed by lawyer Vineet Dhanda, who is seeking a direction to the centre to reveal details of the deal and the comparative prices during the UPA and NDA rule in a sealed cover to the top court.

The petition also sought information about the contract given to Reliance by Dassault.

Advocate M L Sharma’s plea, filed earlier, alleging discrepancies in the fighter jet deal with France and seeking a stay on it will also come up for hearing on October 10.

Mr Sharma claimed in his petition that the inter-government agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets must be quashed as it was an “outcome of corruption” and not ratified by parliament under Article 253 (parliament has power to make any law for implementing any inter-government agreement) of the Constitution.

A similar petition was filed in the top court in March this year seeking an independent probe into the Rafale deal and disclosure of the cost involved in the deal before Parliament.

The petition, filed by Congress leader Tehseen S Poonawalla, had sought a direction against the centre on why the Union Cabinet’s approval was not sought as part of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) before signing the procurement deal with France on September 23, 2016.

Rafale deal is a defence agreement signed between the governments of India and France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircrafts in a fly-away condition as a part of the upgrading process of Indian Air Force equipment.

The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.

Indian Air Force had advanced a proposal to buy 126 fighter aircraft in August 2007 and floated a tender. Following this, an invitation was sent to various aviation companies to participate in the bidding process.

Source: PTI

Sakshi Maharaj Dares Rahul Gandhi To Challenge Him In 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

UTTAR PRADESH: BJP Member of Parliament Sakshi Maharaj has dared Congress president Rahul Gandhi to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls against him, saying he will leave politics if he defeats him.

“I challenge Rahul Gandhi to contest the 2019 general elections against me (from Unnao). I will leave politics if he wins, but if he loses, he should leave (India) for Italy,” the BJP lawmaker told reporters on Sunday.

The Unnao lawmaker also attacked Mr Gandhi for undertaking Mansarovar Yatra in early September this year, allegedly without maintaining “purity”.

“We are not opposing his yatra. Why will the BJP do so? But it is written in ‘shastra’ (scriptures) that purity is needed for such yatras (pilgrimage). He should have become pure before doing the yatra. No one enters a temple without (maintaining) purity. Darshan is not justified after having non-veg food,” said Sakshi Maharaj.

“He sometimes wears ‘topi’ (skull cap) and then becomes ‘Shiv Bhakt'”, he said taking a dig at Mr Gandhi.

The BJP lawmaker said he would welcome if Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav builds a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Saifai (Etawah).

On whether Ram temple will be a poll issue in the 2019 polls, Sakshi Maharaj said “As of now the issue is ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’ but in ‘yudh’ (war), the issue depends on situation.”

The BJP lawmaker also claimed the opposition’s fear of defeat from the BJP is the reason behind their efforts to forge a pre-poll alliance.

“The opposition is afraid of the BJP and that is why they are talking of grand alliance,” he added.

Source: PTI

Gauri Lankesh murder: Sensational disclosure by accused, says cops offered Rs 25 lakh to confess to murder

In a sensational disclosure, a suspect accused in Gauri Lankesh murder case has alleged that the Karnataka police offered him Rs 25 lakh to confess and admit that he had killed the activist-journalist last year. Another suspect claimed that the police forced him to accept the charges by threatening his family.

Parashuram Waghmare, one of the alleged shooters, while being taken to court, told NDTV that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) offered him Rs 25 lakh to accept the crime. Another suspect Manohar Edave denied his involvement in the case and said that the police threatened to incriminate his family and friends unless he confessed to the murder.

Waghmare and Edave are among 12 people arrested in connection with the murder of journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh.

Lankesh, a fierce critic of the right-wing politics, was murdered outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar on 5 September 2017. In June 2018, the SIT said that Parashuram Waghmore confessed to the murder and alleged that he was told to kill someone to save his religion, and mentioned that he did not know who the victim was.

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad took custody of two accused this month arrested for Lankesh murder in order to interrogate them in connection with the alleged plot to conduct disruptive activities in Maharashtra.

Last month, Maharashtra police Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested three members of a suspected right-wing Hindutva outfit and seized a huge cache of weapons and explosives. Sudhanwa Gondhalekar, one of the arrested men reportedly confessed to his role in the murder of Lankesh as well as rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and MM Kalburgi.

It has been alleged that the arrested men have ties with radical Hindu outfit Sanatan Sanstha which was founded by ‘hypnotherapist’ Jayant Balaji Athavale in 1999.

Source: Times Now

PM Narendra Modi gets UN’s ‘Champions of the Earth’ award

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded with the UN’s highest environmental honour, bestowed upon five other individuals and organisations, for his leadership of the International Solar Alliance and pledge to eliminate single use plastic in India by 2022.

Six of the world’s most outstanding environmental changemakers have been recognised with the Champions of the Earth Award, the UN’s highest environmental honour.

“This years’ laureates are recognised for a combination of bold, innovative, and tireless efforts to tackle some of the most urgent environmental issues of our times,” the UN Environment Programme said.

French President Emmanuel Macron, President of France and Modi have been jointly recognised in the Policy Leadership category for their pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and promoting new areas of levels of cooperation on environmental action, including Macron’s work on the Global Pact for the Environment and Modi’s unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022.

Cochin International Airport has also been honoured this year with the award for Entrepreneurial Vision, for its leadership in the use of sustainable energy.

Source: Hindu Business Line

Pakistan rakes up RSS, Yogi Adityanath, NRC to attack India at UN

A day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj sharply criticized Islamabad over its sponsorship of cross-border terrorism, Pakistan’s envoy to the United Nations Saad Warraich on Sunday trained guns at RSS and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to allege that there was no room for dissent in “illiberal India of today”.

Exercising the Right of Reply, Warraich accused the RSS, BJP’s ideological mentor, of supporting the spread of fascism through its centres.

“The breeding ground of terrorism in our region is the RSS centres of Fascism. The claims of religious superiority are perpetrated through straight patronage all across India,” the Pakistan envoy said. He also said that the face of the largest Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was an unabashed Hindu extremist who openly advocated religious superiority of Hindus.

“Members of India’s minorities, including Christians and Muslims, are publically lynched at the hands of Hindus elites, where an unabashed Hindu extremist Yogi Adityanath, who openly supports the superiority of the Hindus, serves as the face of the largest Indian state Uttar Pradesh,” Warraich said.

Without naming BJP chief Amit Shah, Warraich said several Bengalis in Assam had suddenly become “homeless” and “have been called termites by a prominent Indian leader”. “For a country where Right to citizenship to Bengalis in Assam is being arbitrarily rescinded and who have suddenly been made stateless and have been called ‘termites’ by a prominent Indian leader, where churches and mosques are torched, is surely not qualified to give sermons to others,” he retorted sharply.

Warraich’s response came after India’s First Secretary in Permanent Mission of India to UN Eenam Gambhir denounced Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s allegation that New Delhi was behind the 2014 Peshawar terror attack as “outrageous”.

Exercising the Right to Reply at the UNGA, Gambhir said, “Let me recollect for Pakistan’s new government, the out-pouring of sorrow and pain in India that followed the massacre of innocent school children. India’s parliament had expressed solidarity while paying respect to the memory of those killed. Schools all over India had observed two minutes silence in their memory.”

On Pakistan’s claim of fighting terrorism, India asked the neighbouring country if it could deny the fact that was the host and patron of 132 of the UN-designated terrorists and 22 terrorist entities under the 1267 and the 1988 UN Security Council sanctions regime. “Will Pakistan deny that UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed enjoys a free run inside Pakistan, spews venom & sets up candidates for electoral offices?” Gambhir said.

Source: Indian Express

Rahul Gandhi says Modi Govt targeted official who raised objections on Rafale deal

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at the Modi government for reportedly targeting a Defence ministry official who allegedly raised “objections” over the price of the Rafale jets.

He took to Twitter to take a swipe at Prime Minister Modi with a poem in Hindi alleging that he gave benefits to “crony capitalists” at the cost of state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in the Rafale deal.

Gandhi also alleged that the officer who raised questions over the deal was penalized, while those who sided with the government were rewarded. He tagged a media report that alleged that the Defence ministry official who raised objections over the price of the Rafale jets “proceeded” on a month’s leave and the 36-Rafale deal was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council thereafter.

Citing the same media report, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, in a tweet, claimed that the Modi government “sent on leave the ‘whistleblower”, who questioned the loss to the state exchequer “by paying 300% extra for 36 Rafale”.

He also alleged that a senior officer, who overruled the official who raised questions over the Rafale jets pricing, was made a member of UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). “Perks of pleasing Modi govt cover corruption tracks,” he claimed.

The Rafale deal controversy took a new turn last week after Francois Hollande, who was French president when the Rs 58,000 crore deal was announced, was quoted as saying by French publication Mediapart that France was given “no choice” in selection of the Indian partner for Dassault and the Indian government proposed the name of Reliance Defence as offset partner for the French aerospace giant.

Modi had announced the procurement of 36 Rafale fighters after holding talks with Hollande on April 10, 2015, in Paris.

Congress leader Jaipal Reddy on Thursday alleged that French President Emmanuel Macron did not contradict Hollande’s claim on Rafale deal which was tantamount to the confirmation of his predecessor’s claim.

“It is for the first time that the present French president Macron while answering a specific question avoided the question. He said I was not incharge at that time. In other words, he did not contradict the version of former French president Hollande,” he claimed.

Even as the Congress steps up its attack on the government, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar told a Marathi news channel that people do not doubt PM Modi’s intentions and that the opposition’s demand to share technical details relating to the fighter jet made no sense.

BJP chief Amit Shah lauded Pawar’s statement and tweeted, “I thank Sharad Pawar, a former Defence minister and veteran MP, for placing national interests above party politics and speaking the truth. Dear Rahul Gandhi, you would be wiser by believing your own ally and a leader of Pawar Saheb’s stature.” He tagged the Congress president in his tweet.

Home minister Rajnath Singh asked Congress leaders to advise their chief against using “derogatory” language to target the PM, an apparent reference to Gandhi’s “chor” (thief) jibe at PM Modi in his tweet. “It is not Rafale. It is Ra-fail (Rahul-fail). He will be a failure. Rahul Gandhi is trying to mislead the people on the issue,” Singh said.

Source: Financial Chronicle