What’s Up Goa| January 2017

Goa to host India’s longest Linc Tower Run on 5th February 2017

Goa to host India's longest Linc Tower Run 2Tower Running as a sport has come of age in India. The Linc Tower Run has placed Goa indelibly on the international map of Tower Running along with over a hundred other countries.

The Tower running World  Association governs this sport. It rates events leading up to a world championship title. In 2014, the association recognised the Goa Tower Run, placing India on the global map of Tower Running. The 2017 event has a new, exciting demo sport. A Tug of War is planned for corporate teams.

Over 500 runners from the armed forces, police, corporates, student teams, and general citizens will compete. The fourth edition of the iconic Linc Tower Run will be held in EDC’s business district of Panaji at Patto, on Sunday 5 February 2017.

The Linc Tower Run 2017 has three formats. In the Individual Run, participants run up and down the stairs of all five buildings. There are three age categories: Student (18 years and under), Open (19 to 44 years) and Veteran (45 years and up), with men’s and women’s prizes in each.
The race involves running up 840 steps and down 840 steps in five buildings, from Gera Imperium ll to Dempo Trade Center

      Over a thousand tower run races in over 100 countries….the fastest growing urban sport globally….let’s place Goa on the map indelibly -Kim Sabir, Organiser, Linc Tower Run

Paytm to set up Goa office

With the country’s economy shifting to cashless transactions, mobile wallet company Paytm will soon be debuting in Goa by January 2017. Paytm is looking to set up a local office which will most likely be in the business centre of Patto Plaza.Paytm to set up Goa office

Prior to the Demonetisation the company’s presence was negligible but has since tapped into the market opportunity from the ongoing cashless economy drive. The Goa representative for Paytm claimed that currently 400 vendors have signed up and are ready to switch to mobile online payment services. Their vendors range from small store owners, grocery sellers, to large department stores. Amongst the most active e-wallet companies, Paytm is currently leading the demonetisation and the cashless economy wave. Though initial operations will be in city areas of Panaji, Margao and Mapusa, the company will gradually expand to interior and rural areas. Paytm was also a part of the Digidhan Mela in Goa to support the move to a cashless economy

Digi-Dhan boosts Goa’s Cashless Drive

image003Fostering and encouraging the digital payment methods, Union Minister for Defence Manohar Parrikar in the presence of Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, Union Minister for State AYUSH (independent charge) Shripad Naik, Governor Mridula Sinha inaugurated the Digi-Dhan Mela on 28th December 2016 at the Inox courtyard, Panjim.

Parrikar stated that cashless transactions will help curb Tax evaded activities and will also bring accountability in the economy.

Parsekar stated that Goa will successfully walk towards a cashless economy as the state holds high literacy and digital awareness.  A significant number of banks, oil companies and agencies were a part of the Digi-Dhan Mela who offered wealthy information promoting cashless economy. The event also marked the presence of Siddharth Kuncolienkar, MLA from the Panjim Constituency, Dharmesh Sharma, Director of Information and Technology, Ameya Abhyankar,  Chief Secretary R. K Srivastava, Director Department of Information and Technology and several other senior officials. An array of companies were seen at the Digi-Dhan Mela with their stalls including, SBI, Bank of India Corporation Bank, Sogle Borem,Vodafone, Reliance, Jio, Idea, Chanekar Classics and more. Mobile Wallet Provider Companies, were also present at the Mela adding to the busy scenario at the Inox courtyard.

Parrikar urged people to opt for digital transactions and also stated that a good response has been received from the people of Goa

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