Led by Adv Diya Shetkar, Mahila Congress workers of Shiroda to march to Parrikar’s residence protesting lack of street lights in the area

Several Mahila Congress workers and residents of Shiroda and Bethoda led by Goa Mahila Congress State Secretary Adv Diya Shetkar, marched to the office of the Assistant Engineer Mr Suresh J Naik, Electricity (Div x, Sub Div II),  at Haveli, Curti, Ponda and submitted a memorandum and written complaints to his office condemning the lack of street lights, both in the interiors and on the main roads of Bethoda and the entire Shiroda constituency in general.

Mr Naik assured Adv Diya Shetkar and the residents of Shiroda that he would look into the complaints. He instructed his staff including the Junior Engineer (JE) to find out the reasons for the lack of street lights. The JE stated that the department did not have material and fittings including tube-lights and bulbs for the electrification of the area. He claimed the local Panchayat was responsible for the problem as they have not sent the funds for the purchase of the electrical goods required for the work.

The officials have assured the aggrieved residents that the problem would be sorted out within 10 days. The residents made it clear that they would escalate the matter and have threatened to take a morcha to the residence of the Chief Minister if the problem is not solved.

Speaking to media persons after meeting the electricity department officials, Adv Diya Shetkar said, “For several months now, including the recently concluded monsoon months, the people of Bethoda have been demanding street lights on the main road. The entire stretch of road from the Shiroda Circle to Nirankal is in complete darkness. This is a main road and yet the Govt of Goa has ignored the urgent and crying need for street lights. We had organised a candle light vigil last month to protest against the lack of street lights, but no action was taken. Now the AE has assured us that the problem will be sorted out within 10 days. If this issue is not resolved within 10 days, hundreds of women will march to the CM’s residence on the 11th day.

About 500 residents of Shiroda under the leadership of Adv Diya Shetkar today announced a march to CM Manohar Parrikar’s residence on 23rd December if the problem of street lights, water and other civic amenities is not sorted out and solved within ten days. “Our CM has been harping on Digital India, but in Shiroda people have been living in the Stone Age. There are no street lights in most of the areas, there is no proper drinking water supply. Most of the roads resemble craters on the moon surface and there is zero mobile internet connectivity in the entire area.

BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar’s goons allegedly threaten to Gang-Rape and Kill female Congress Worker Diya Shetkar

Adv Diya Shetkar

A practicing advocate and Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress State Secretary Diya Shetkar was threatened, allegedly by thugs and goons belonging to BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar’s gang that she would be gang-raped if she entered the BJP leader’s constituency again.

According to a police complaint filed by Adv Diya Shetkar at the Panjim police station today, she has been receiving similar threatening calls over the last few days, but ignored them.

Today morning (4th November, 2018), at around 10.40-10-45 am, she got a telephone call from an unknown number. The unknown caller threatened to kill her if she criticized Subhash Shirodkar.

Incidentally, Shetkar was among a few Congress workers who had burnt an effigy of Subhash Shirodakar last month, when he defected to the BJP.

Shirodkar who was a former Congress MLA, jumped ship and switched over to the BJP last month. He has now been made the Chairman of the Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

The caller used very abusive and vulgar language and told Shetkar to stop speaking against Shirodkar. They also threatened her that she could get gang-raped if she came to Shiroda again and warned her not to visit Subhash Shirodkar’s constituency again.

The police at Panjim registered an NC (NC No. 448/2018 u/s 507 IPC). IndiaScoops.com asked Adv Diya Shetkar as to why she did not insist on registering an FIR when threats to life and threat to rape were issued.


Speaking to IndiaScoops.com on phone, Shetkar said: “I was scheduled to go out of town today due to some family commitments. I have to visit my ailing relative in Mumbai. Hence I could not spend more time at the police station today. Registering an FIR requires much more time as detailed statement is recorded and normally the police conduct a PE. I will approach the police again when I am back from Mumbai and register an FIR in this case.”

Adv Shetkar is filing a separate police complaint with the Woman’s Police Station at Panjim tomorrow or day after and will meet the Goa DGP Dr Muktesh Chander with a written complaint shortly.

Speaking to media persons at a press conference at Panjim on Sunday, Adv Shetkar alleged that Shirodkar is trying to threaten Congress workers in Shiroda. “He is indulging in criminal activity to try and win the by-polls, by threatening Congress workers and forcing them to join the BJP,” she told IndiaScoops.com.

Out-of-control spiraling Inflation is the BJP Govt’s biggest failure: Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco

Lashing out at the Narendra Modi-led BJP government, Curtorim Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco said that the BJP has not paid any attention to inflation.

“Prices of petrol and disel have sky-rocketed in the last few months. Even the prices of essential commodities have gone up. The common man is burdened with the spiraling price rise and is finding it difficult to survive. The common man cannot manage even two square meals today, as the prices keep rising month after month,” Lourenco said.

This, he said, was its biggest failure.

Taking at dig at the Manohar Parrikar government in the state, he said that as opposition leader, Parrikar would continuously rake up issues of spiraling prices in the assembly, but has suddenly gone silent now, indicating that the government is not sensitive to the needs of the people.

“The masses in India are struggling with inflation and BJP governments both at the State and the Centre have no answers. Out-of-control spiraling Inflation is the BJP government biggest failure,” Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco said.

Tendulkar threatens to sack Parsekar from Goa BJP after the former CM uses foul language, abuses Tendulkar

Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar on Tuesday accused his party colleague Laxmikant Parsekar and former Goa CM of using “bad” words and abusive language against party chief Amit Shah, CM Manohar Parrikar and himself.

He also threatened to sack the former CM from the primary membership of the party if he did not apologize and fall in line with the party stance on the induction of former Congress MLAs Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar.

Tendulkar also sought an apology from Parsekar for what he called using bad words against him, Shah and Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar during a telephonic talk.

Parsekar, a former chief minister, had criticized the local party unit for not taking him into confidence before inducting Congress MLA Dayanand Sopte into the BJP.

Also Read: Parsekar is a frustrated, semi-literate idiot, must not be taken seriously: Tendulkar privately tells his supporters

Sopte and another Congress legislator Subhash Shirodkar, who won from Shiroda constituency, had joined the BJP last week.

Sopte had defeated Parsekar in Mandrem constituency during the 2017 Assembly elections.

“Parsekar has left nothing to be discussed about. He has given bad words to our national president Amit Shah, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and me during a phone conversation with me,” said Tendulkar, who is also a Rajya Sabha member from Goa.

“I will speak to Parsekar only when he apologises to me and those against whom he has given bad words,” he said.

Tendulkar said he had not informed Shah about the incident.

“But our national president will get the report about the incident,” he added.

Tendulkar said he has put the entire incident behind him and is working for strengthening the organisation ahead of bypolls in Mandrem and Shiroda constituencies.

Parsekar was not available for comments.

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.

Also Read: ‘Govt Jobs in Goa Are Sold For Lakhs’: Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco

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)

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

Delhi HC Sets Aside Order Restricting Cobrapost from Publishing Sting Operation

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Friday set aside an order restraining the web portal Cobrapost from making public its documentary, which alleged that various media houses have indulged in unethical practices like paid news, saying that public figures and institutions have to fulfil a high threshold to seek injunctive relief in respect of alleged libel or defamation.

A bench of Justices S. Ravindra Bhat and A.K. Chawla said the ex-parte injunction, granted on the plea of Dainik Bhaskar Corporation Ltd, to subsist during the entirety of the pendency of the suit, was unjustified.

“Unless it is demonstrated at the threshold that the offending content is malicious or palpably false, an injunction and that too an ex-parte one, without recording any reasons should not be given,” it said.

However, the bench remanded the matter back to the single judge to consider the question of grant of interim relief on the basis of the pleadings and contentions of the parties.

It asked the parties to be present before the single judge on October 3 and made it clear that the observations made in the today’s decision do not in any manner reflect on the merits of the facts which are yet to be decided by the single judge.

The bench said the consequence of not following established rules and principles would be that the courts would unwittingly, through their orders, stifle public debate.

“If courts are to routinely stifle debate, what cannot be done by law by the State can be achieved indirectly without satisfying exacting constitutional standards that permit infractions on the valuable right to freedom of speech,” it said.

The court said the new age media, especially the electronic media and internet, posts greater challenges and the valuable right of free speech should not be diluted in the process.

“The salutary and established principle in issues that concerned free speech are that public figures and public institutions have to fulfil a very high threshold to seek injunctive relief in respect of alleged libel or defamation,” it said.

The single judge had on May 24 restrained Cobrapost from making public its documentary, titled ‘operating 136: Part II’, on Dainik Bhaskar’s plea.

In its appeal before the division bench, Cobrapost, operated by non-profit organisation Forum for Media and Literature, had said it was a matter of freedom of speech and the single judge had granted ex-parte injunction and stayed the documentary mechanically.

Dainik Bhaskar had argued before the single judge that if released, the documentary would cause irreparable loss and injury to its reputation.

The portal had, however, released the documentary, but without any reference to Dainik Bhaskar.

While passing the interim injunction order, the single judge had issued summons to the Forum for Media and Literature and others.

Cobrapost had carried a story titled “Operation 136: Part I” on 17 media houses and alleged malpractices, including paid news, peddling of communal agenda and acceptance of black currency. It was released on March 26.

Source: The Wire

GOI told us take Reliance or No Deal: Former top Francois Hollande defence aide stands by ex-President’s statements on Rafale

A former top defence aide and one of the military advisers to the ex-President of France, Francois Hollande in an exclusive interview with IndiaScoops.com, has concurred and stood by the statements made by the former French Premier on the Rafale deal.

“I was aware and in the know of almost everything concerning the deal and what the ex-President said is absolutely correct and true,” he told IndiaScoops.com.

He also told IndiaScoops.com that there is great pressure from the Government of India (GOI) on the French establishment, the French government and Dassault Aviation to issue press statements favoring the decisions taken at that point in time.

The French government, the former French Premier  Francois Hollande and the entire Defence setup of France had absolutely no role to play in the selection of the Indian partner. It was a decision foisted upon us by the GOI, he told IndiaScoops.com.

According to one of Hollande’s former Defence adviser who spoke to  IndiaScoops.com, even Dassault Aviation was initially keen on going ahead with the Indian PSU HAL and was looking forward to partnering with HAL for tech-transfer and joint-manufacturing of the state-of-the-art fighter jet.

He supported the IndiaScoops.com story that the decision was  mysteriously changed at the last minute by Dassault CEO Eric Trappier (Read Here) and two other officials, in spite of written reservations by the HODs of the entire Dassault tech team, who had an animated discussion on email among themselves, about the pros and cons of working with a new inexperienced company like Reliance Defence Ltd, which lacked the expertise and experience to handle state-of-the-art classified military and aviation tech.

“Ask Dassault to produce the emails and internal assessment of their own teams and the entire matter will become crystal clear,” the former Defence expert told IndiaScoops.com on phone from Paris on condition of anonymity.

Also Read: Rafale Deal: Technical HODs at Dassault claim Reliance was never the first choice, decision to drop HAL was taken by CEO Eric Trappier at the last minute

Last week former French president Francois Hollande, who negotiated the Rafale deal with PM Narendra Modi, declared that it was the Indian government (GOI) who proposed Reliance — “we had no choice”, he said.

But a day later, he said that it was for Dassault to comment on whether it had been pressured to choose Anil Ambani’s firm as an offset partner — as part of the contract, Dassault has to invest 50 per cent of the overall value of the deal or Rs. 30,000 crore in partnering with defence manufacturers in India.

According to a report in The Wire, the former French President is understood to have told a publication: The new deal also included the offset agreement between Dassault and the Reliance Group, now the subject of controversy. How and by whom was the latter selected? “We didn’t have any say in this matter,” Hollande told Mediapart.

“It is the Indian government which had proposed this service group, and Dassault who negotiated with Anil Ambani. We didn’t have the choice, we took the interlocutor who was given to us. That’s why, also, this group had no reason to give me any grace [favour] of any sort.

Sanatan Sanstha sends defamation notice to NCP’s Nawab Malik

Mumbai: The right-wing organisation Sanatan Sanstha has sent a legal notice to NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik over a news report, alleging defamation.

Malik’s statements in a report published by a Marathi newspaper on August 11, carrying the headline “Sanatan Sanstha (involved) in terror activities – Nawab”, caused “irreparable loss” to the Sanstha and lowered its reputation, it said.

 While the notice, dated September 17, sought damages of Rs 10 crore from Malik and the newspaper, the NCP leader said he would fight the organisation in the court.

The Sanstha’s spokesperson confirmed that it has sent the notice.

The Sanatan Sanstha was recently in news when it was found that Vaibhav Raut, one of the persons arrested by the Maharashtra police for an alleged conspiracy to carry out blasts in the state, had purportedly mentioned on his Facebook page that he was the Sanstha’s member.

While the Sanstha denied any connection with Raut, Opposition NCP and Congress demanded a ban on it for alleged links to terror activities. Malik tweeted Friday that he would give a reply to the notice and expose the Sanstha. He was “grateful” to the Sanstha for giving him an opportunity to prove his allegations in the court, he said.

The organisation had come under the scanner earlier when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Dr Virendra Tawde of Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, the Sanstha’s offshoot, in the rationalist Narendra Dabholkar murder case.

Source: PTI

BJP-led Maha Govt Protected and Shielded Right-Wing Murder-Accused for Four Years, Gauri Lankesh Probe by Karnataka SIT Forced Mah Govt to make Arrests

By Rajesh Singh | 25 August, 2018:  The Maharashtra Congress today alleged that the Devendra Fadnavis BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra had protected and shielded the killers of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and others for the last four years, in spite of having complete knowledge of the criminal activities of the hardliners who are indirectly part of the government.

Also Read: Hindutva hardliners had planned to blow up 6 theaters, Ganapati mandaps in Maharashtra

It was only after the Karnataka police Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrested about 13 persons who spat out the names of their associates in Maharashtra, and the press began reporting on the Maharashtra link to the killers, that the government developed cold feet.

It was just a matter of time, before the names of the accused hiding in Maharashtra would be revealed publicly in the media.

Also Read: Ex-Sanatan Sanstha seeker alleges “members hypnotized, made into killing machines and human bombs ready for mass murder or genocide”

The text of the remand and bail applications, as well as the confessional statements of the accused began appearing in the media, which forced the government to act and ordered the Maha ATS to make arrests immediately.

The Karnataka SIT had proof in terms of money trails and bank statements of several payments or transfers made by RTGS and IMPS from people in Maharashtra who had financially supported Gauri Lankesh’s killers in Karnataka.

Also Read: Ponda-based Sanatan Sanstha was the main Agency to carry out Killings, Gauri Lankesh was Second on a ‘Hitlist’ of 36 targets

The government was worried that the role of  others in Maharashtra like Sharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar and Shrikant Pangarkar would be exposed during court proceedings in the Gauri Lankesh case and the role of the Maha government in shielding the accused and not making arrests, in spite of having information from the Karnataka police would come out in the open.

The credibility and very existence of the Maharashtra government was at stake, said a Congress leader from Mumbai. The Devendra Fadnavis government then consulted Delhi, including the PMO and the Home Ministry, which gave them the go-ahead to arrest all the accused in Maharashtra whose names had cropped up in the Gauri Lankesh investigation.

Also Read: 35-40 bombs could be manufactured with explosives seized from Sanatan Sanstha member Vaibhav Raut residence and office

This would serve a dual purpose. While the field operators like Raut and Kalaskar would be arrested, the masterminds and their political masters or bosses could still be protected. The arrest of the small fry would save the big bosses from arrest.

A top Karnataka police official told IndiaScoops.com,  the SIT had information that the weapon used to kill Gauri Lankesh was given to Gondhalekar who personally collected the weapon after the murder and took it for safe-keeping in Maharashtra. Forensic reports had matched the weapons, proving that only two weapons were used in all the murders.

Also Read: Shoot her in the head as it was done in Kalburgi murder, Gauri Lankesh killer taught during training

The Karnataka SIT knew that country-made pistols were being manufactured in Maharashtra and a huge cache of arms and explosives was being readied for subversive activities during the coming festivals.

Sources told IndiaScoops.com, that the Karnataka SIT had asked for permission from the Maharashtra DGP and the Maharashtra govt home department to raid Vaibhav RautSharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar and arrest them to recover the weapons used in the Gauri Lankesh murder.

The Karnataka SIT was all set to enter Maharashtra and arrest Kalaskar and Gondhalekar. The Maharashtra government had to do something and it did act in the nick of time to save it’s own skin.

Also Read:  With nearly 16-18 bomb blasts across the State, Sharad Kalaskar’s group plotted to rain terror and chaos in Maharashtra during Eid and Ganpati festivals

The SIT was sure the weapon was with Gondhalekar or one of his associates hidden somewhere in Maharashtra.

In the light of all this, if the Karnataka SIT had to effect the arrests of Vaibhav RautSharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar, it would have been a big slap on the face of the Maha government and its role in protecting the killers would be completely exposed. 

The Bombay High Court was also breathing down the neck of the CBI and the Maharashtra CID. It had openly praised the Karnataka SIT, while chastising the Maharashtra police and instructed the agencies to take inputs from their colleagues across the border.

Also Read: Dabholkar, Pansare, Kulbargi and Lakesh murders inter-linked: Same group of killers involved in murders

The accused in the custody of the Karnataka SIT were singing like canaries and they had revealed the names of all the co-conspirators from Maharashtra. A diary found in the possession of the main accused Amol Kale listed the names of the accused as well as those on the hit-list of the killers.

Karnataka SIT sources told IndiaScoops.com, they were about to move court for search and arrest warrants against the accused hiding in Maharashtra. Had a Karnataka court to grant the SIT the search and arrest warrants, the Maharashtra government would have to run for cover.

Further, the Devendra Fadnavis government was also worried if   Vaibhav RautSharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar, Sachin Andhure and Shrikant Pangarkar were to land up first in the SIT custody, more skeletons would tumble out of the closets as the SIT was going hammer and tongs with the investigation.

More big names – including those of some top politicians in other States would be revealed – this was the other major problem for the Maha CM. The only way to prevent this was to first arrest them and lock them up with the Maharashtra ATS where they could be debriefed, conditioned and tutored before the Karnataka SIT got hold of them.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh killers planned to kill actor Prakash Raj, a Goan Congress leader and a Mumbai-based journalist

By doing so, Devendra Fadnavis would be seen as a strict disciplinarian, unwilling to tolerate terror activity of any hue or color.

“The government was aware of what was happening,” said a senior Congress leader, adding that a former Shiv Sena corporator from Jalna, Shrikant Pangarkar has been arrested by the ATS and the CBI for the murder of Dr Dabholkar and according to media reports several senior Shiv Sena leaders were aware of Pangarkar’s activities as well as his plans to carry out several bomb blasts in Maharashtra.

The Congress leader claimed that Pangarkar had bragged of his ‘explosions’ and ‘bomb blasts’ activity to each and every Sena leader he met over the last 2-3 months. Why didn’t the government act against him earlier, he asked?

Also Read: Shrikant Pangarkar assembled bombs, funded purchase of explosives and boasted of ‘explosions’ and ‘bomb blasts’ to MoS Arjun Khotkar

According to a July 2018 report in Mid-day, the Congress alleged that the BJP-led Maharashtra government was shying away from taking serious action against the Sanatan Sanstha because “supporters” of the right wing outfit are part of the ruling dispensation.

Also Read: Shiv Sena leaders including Uddhav Thackeray were fully aware of Shrikant Pangarkar’s terror links, ‘explosions’, ‘bomb blasts’ plot?

Opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil also said that the style of functioning of the Sanstha can be equated with international terrorist organisation, the Al Qaida.

Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan demanded a ban on Sanatan Sanstha and alleged that the State government is safeguarding the mastermind in the murder case.