Civil Aviation Minister says two airports in Goa are a viable option
Addressing a press conference, Minister for Civil Aviation Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju said “Having two airports is a viable option for Goa.” He added that the average passenger growth in the country is about 20 per cent, while the Dabolim airport in Goa has seen a growth of 30 per cent, which is 10 per cent above the national growth. He announced that the first phase of the Mopa Greenfield International Airport will be operational by May 2020, while categorically ruling out the closure of the Dabolim airport.
Raju said that unlike airports at Bengaluru and Hyderabad where there was a provision in the bidding clause for closure of the old airport, there is no such clause in the bidding process in Goa. Raju was in the state to attend ‘SKYREV360’, an International workshop organised by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), along with International Air Transport Association (IATA), under the central government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
The Civil Aviation Ministry officials in a meeting with the concessionaire of the Mopa airport, have assured that the first phase will be completed by May 2020 and will have an additional capacity of 8 lakh passengers. He also mentioned that the passengers will have a choice of being able to land either at Dabolim or at the Mopa airport and if passenger growth continues for the next four years, the Dabolim airport will choke. Hence, there is a need for the Mopa airport.
The Civil Aviation Ministry and the AAI will be investing over `500 crore in construction of a taxi system and other improvements at the Dabolim airport to reduce the runway congestion. Raju said Goa is the only state, which will be able to boast of two functional airports and there is an opportunity for growth.
FIEO holds seminar on export finance
Federation of Indian Exporters Organisations (FIEO) in association with GCCI organised a full day seminar on 28th of February 2017 at the GCCI Convention Hall, Panaji. The topic for the seminar was on export finance and letter of credit documentation. The seminar discussed fundamentals of international trade, methods of export payment, securing of payment in export transactions, classification of the different methods of payment, pre and post shipment finance, packing credit etc.
The seminar was conducted by the faculty from FIEO. The Federation of Indian Export Organisations represents the Indian entrepreneurs spirit of enterprise in the global market.
Jamsons mobile showroom opens in Vasco
Jamsons Mobile showroom at the Mehta House in Vasco was inaugurated in the presence of the Panaji MLA Siddharth Kunkolienkar, Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida and Mormugao Municipal Council chairperson Deepak Naik on the 24th of February 2017. Owned by Muzaffar Kadri, the Vasco showroom is the fourth of its kind in Goa. The other showrooms are located at Panaji, Margao and Ponda respectively. Kunkolienkar complemented Kadri for providing good facility for the residents of Vasco wherein people can choose mobiles from the wide variety that is offered. “We are planning to open similar showrooms at Mapusa and Calangute shortly,” said Kadri
A week-long celebration with Vodafone India
Marking the International Women’s Day, Vodafone India celebrated a week-long sequence of exciting events from the 6th to the 10th of March 2017. The much celebrated theme was #ConnectedSheGoa which is aimed to bring a positive change to the lives of a million women worldwide by enabling financial inclusion, improving health and well-being and building skills and entrepreneurship abilities in them.
Suvamoy Roy, Director- Human Resources, Vodafone India said, “We are an equal opportunity employer. Our diversity journey is built on the foundation of creating an ecosystem that is attractive to women professionals and enables them to succeed at the work place. We are delighted to host a series of engaging initiatives as a part of #ConnectedSheCan to celebrate our women colleagues and their contribution to the workplace during this week”.
Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd and Samsung awarded ‘Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets’ at the Global Mobile Awards 2017
Jio and Samsung’s ongoing effort in transforming India into a digitally empowered society was recognized on the global stage with this prestigious award. The two organizations focused on reaching the power of communication and information with free voice and world’s lowest data rates through the deployment of the world’s largest Greenfield LTE network in India.
Jio has focused on enabling an easy access to digital life with customer-oriented applications and tariffs across cities and rural areas. Jio rapidly expanded its subscriber base to a record of 100 million within 170 days of launch.
As the sole vendor for Jio’s LTE radio access network, Samsung worked with Jio at each step of the process from network planning, network expansion, interference analytics to optimization. The LTE solutions provided by Samsung were fully compliant with the 3GPP LTE standards, with their performances already verified and proven in other global markets. Jyotindra Thacker, President of Jio said “By continuing to introduce consumer-centric options in our services and much easier access, we hope to bring down India’s digital divide and enable every Indian to benefit from digital life,” he added.
“Samsung, as Jio’s strategic partner for the realization of Digital India, is pleased to be able to support the process of India taking steps towards becoming a pioneer in the global telecommunications industry” said Youngky Kim, President and Head of Network Business at Samsung Electronics.
Raj Bhavan goes Cashless
The Governor of Goa, Dr. Mridula Sinha launched a cashless move at the Raj Bhavan, Dona Paula.
A bank account for Raj Bhavan has been opened with State Bank of India, Dona Paula Branch, in the name of Comptroller of Governor’s household, through which the petty daily household purchases and expenditure will be made after swiping the issued SBI Debit Card on the POS system.
On the occasion Principal Secretary to Governor, Dr. Ranbir Singh, IAS, Secretary to Governor, Rupesh Kumar Thakur, IAS, Comptroller of Governor’s Household, A. Kalyana Harsha, Assistant General Manager, State Bank of India (SBI) Prasanna Kumar P.N, and Branch Manager, SBI, Dona Paula, Malvika Srivastava were also present. The staff and residents of Raj Bhavan were given a short training session by SBI on the usage of ATMs, the options that can be availed through an ATM and the security aspect of cashless transactions.
Governor Dr. Mridula Sinha with Principal Secretary to Governor, Dr. Ranbir Singh, Secretary to Governor, Rupesh Kumar Thakur, Asst. General Manager SBI, Prasanna Kumar P.N., Branch Manager, SBI, Malvika Srivastava
Portugal fostering ties with Goa
Portugal’s Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho emphasized the need to build a strong relationship between Portugal and Goa; not only to promote tourism, but to maintain ties.
Speaking at a visit to V M Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE), she said “Goa–Portugal relationship has to be fostered. We wanted to strengthen the ties, especially in the tourism sector.” The visit was planned as part of the follow up to the MoU signed recently between the Turismo de Portugal and VMSIIHE, which will allow ten outstanding students of VMSIIHE to visit Portugal as per the signed MoU. The officials and the staff members had an opportunity to interact with the delegates during the event. Consulate General of Portugual in Goa Rui Alberto Carvalho Baceria said that Goa and Portugual share a special relationship and it needs to be maintained so as to develop the interest in tourism. Luis Araujo, President of Tourism Department of Portugal was thrilled with the kind of hospitality being provided in Goa.
World Bank funds 12 projects in the State
The World Bank has funded a total of 12 projects in the state of Goa to reduce vulnerability to cyclones and other hydro- meteorological hazards. Goa is 40 per cent susceptible to wind and cyclones with the state falling under moderate to low risk zone.
The projects include early warning dissemination systems, cyclone risk mitigation infrastructure, technical assistance for multi hazard risk management and project management and implementation support. Multipurpose cyclone shelters would be handed over to the community for other purposes. Two projects have been proposed for Pernem and one has been proposed in Tiswadi. In South Goa, eight projects have been proposed of which five will be in Canacona, three at Mormugao, and one project has been proposed at Salcete. The World Bank is presently holding consultations with the people because they do not want to force the projects on anybody.