Goa's Spirited Online Weekly Magazine.

Lion Roars – 23

September 16-22, 2013

Emperor, King bicker in the Kingdom of Calangute - 1

Strange things happen in the Village Panchayat of Calangute where many of India’s politicians and north Indians overly loaded with black money have invested heavily in the hospitality industry and are therefore indebted to the hospitality of the Calangute Emperor and their host, Joseph Sequeira, currently a panch only but with unlimited funds and a rubber stamp Sarpanch at his disposal.  The former sarpanch has nine panchas of the VP’s 11 on his payroll (yes, literally) and therefore has a vice-like grip on his kingdom.  As for the black money investments, sure enough these have been exposed in this column to a tiny extent only.

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Lion Roars – 22

September 9-15, 2013

A cross to bear

Parrkar had fielded eight Catholics of the 24 he had given tickets to last Assembly. Also his deputy CM is a Catholic. But now he does not need them because he's ensconced in power. “We know just how much you love Catholics.” -Singer Lawry Travasso in the tiatr Apunn Apleak Dev Somestank. He was singing about the hurt feelings in the community which will get more distressed.

The taluka level committee (TLC) of Tiswadi recently identified 94 unathourised religious structures, of which 69 structures were found to be “along” the roads and 25 “away” from the roads.  Naturally no physical measurements or details were made public, which is no surprise at all.  Transparency and fairness is not the name of the game here, is it?  Following this, the district level committee (DLC) headed by the north Goa Collector recommended that twelve of the illegal religious structures (crosses and ghumatis) out of the 94 were to be demolished or relocated.  No surprise here.

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Lion Roars – 20

August 26-September 1, 2013

Shooting from people’s shoulders

Is the Calangute legislator Michael Lobo using his position and as a consequence of that wasting taxpayer’s money to solve his owns problems?  Admitting he was buying property in Guirim for himself he felt that the revenue department was not being fair when it increased the minimum rates for property prices in Goa.  He went on to say that the increase in the land rates for the purpose of determining stamp duty and registration of sale deeds was done arbitrarily and without any thought.  Lobo of course made it look like he was concerned over the common man’s plight in paying such high sums.  No one believed him and the more he speaks these days, the more it only goes against them in more ways than he knows.

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Lion Roars – 21

September 2-8, 2013

Is the MPT chairman also Goa’s shadow tourism minister?

Has the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) chairman P Mara Pandiyan totally exceeded his brief as well as his authority because when I last checked, Goa had a tourism minister and also a Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) headed by a chairman, but somehow Pandiyan who incidentally has never complained in the past about his job description, appears to have taken over the jobs of both the tourism minister and GTDC chairman.  And no one seems to be complaining.

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BJP MLA building hotel in Baga

Lion Roars – 19

August 19-25, 2013

Land of no rules

With every passing month a new hotel is built or a new restaurant opened somewhere between Candolim and Arpora on the coast and towards Saligao inland but where mostly new restaurants are opened here.  The thrust of course is on the touristy coastal belt between Candolim and Baga.  Their owners, unknown even to locals even if you happen to be living next door to them.  It is said that an estimated 90 per cent of these are illegal and 100 per cent owned by mainly north Indians, with the only exception currently being the Calangute BJP Legislator Michael Lobo who himself added the De Baga Deck on the Baga main road to his growing collection of business ventures and properties in his constituency.  Lobo reportedly bought the hot property for Rs 3,00,00,000 not too long ago. With his penchant for buying property, it’s no wonder he howled in protest recently when his government’s revenue department  increased minimum rates for property prices in Goa. “In Guirim, it has been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000, which means on a sale or gift deed for a property worth Rs 1,00,00,000, you will have to pay a stamp duty of Rs 5,00,000 and Rs 4,00,000 as registration fees, which works out to Rs 9,00,000," was his outraged calculation.

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