GSL delivers second fast patrol vessel for Mauritius Coast Guard
Indo-Mauritius Defence Co-operation got another boost with the delivery of the Second Fast Patrol Vessel, MCGS VALIANT (50 meter length), designed and built-in-house by the Goa Shipyard Limited for Mauritius Coast Guard, on the 30th of April at GSL.
The vessel has been mainly designed for coastal patrolling, anti-piracy, anti-smuggling, anti-drug surveillance, anti-poaching operations, and search and rescue operations.
The ship was handed over ahead of the contractual schedule by R. Adm. Shekhar Mital, NM (Retd), CMD, Goa Shipyard Ltd to K Jhugroo, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mauritius Police Force, Government of Mauritius in the presence of Mauritius Officials Capt Saurabh Thakur, Commandant, National Coast Guard, ASP O K Guness, Commanding Officer, CGS Valiant, Directors, Senior Officials of GSL besides other dignitaries. Mital thanked Government of Mauritius, Ministry of Defence, state government and local authorities for providing all the necessary assistance, which has enabled GSL to achieve new milestones in the performance.
K Jhugroo, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mauritius Police Force, while addressing the gathering, lauded the excellent work being done in the shipyard and complimented GSL for delivery of the state-of-the-art new ship for Mauritius force. He further complimented the GSL work force on their working skills and positive attitude, which is an example for others to emulate.
Gaunekar panel wins Goa Urban Bank polls
Dr. Anil Gaunekar’s panel won in the recent election held to decide on the new board of directors of the Goa Urban Cooperative Bank.
The Gaunekar panel includes of Dr. Anil Gaunekar (2925 votes), Sandeep Khandeparkar (2677 votes), Venktesh Naik (2640), Shivaji Bhangi (2625 votes) and Narayan Talaulikar (2616 votes), who won in the general category. The Gaunekar panel got its five members elected to the board of directors whereas Dr Govind Kamat’s panel managed to get four members elected to the BoD.
Dr Govind Kamat (2536 votes) got elected in general category. In professional category (Chartered Accountant) Ashish Prabhu Verlekar (2407 votes) and in banking category Audhut Chimulkar (2342 votes), both from Dr Kamat Panel, were elected. Advocate Shubhlaxmi Pai Raikar, from Dr Kamat’s panel was declared elected unopposed in the women’s category. Formed in 1964, the GUCB is the oldest cooperative bank in the state.
Goa Investment Promotion Board reconstituted. Rohan Khaunte and Babu Azgaonkar on the Board
The Goa Investment Promotion & Facilitation Board (IPB) has been reconstituted and five new industry members have been inducted into the 12-member body. According to officials, although the term of the IPB’s six industry representatives had expired in October 2016, they had received a temporary extension.
Former IPB members Nitin Kunkolienkar, President of the Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT); Atul Pai Kane, Chairman and Promoter of Pai Kane Group; and Narayan Bandekar, President of Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry were among those who have made way for the induction of Atrey Sawant (CII, Goa Chairman), Ernest Dias (Hospitality), Yatin Kakodkar (Manufacturing), Girish Bharne (Information Technology) and Rajkumar Kamat (BNI Goa Chairman) to the Board. MD and chairman of KINECO, Kaman Shekhar Sardessai, however, continues to retain his position on the IPB.
The Board, which will be Chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, will also include Tourism Minister and MGP MLA Manohar Azgaonkar, and Information and Technology Minister Rohan Khaunte. Other members include the Secretaries for Tourism and Industry, and CEO Ashton Godinho.
Once the Board has been formally notified they expect to hold a meeting shortly thereafter, for the time first time, to set the agenda for the next few years. It is hinted that a review of the approvals given might also be taken. A gazette notification is expected shortly.
TATA Nx awarded “India’s Best Natural Sweetner” at Ayush Natural Food Expo
‘India’s Best Natural Sweetner’ award was given to TATA Nx in Goa recently at Ayush Natural Health Food Expo organised by Trinity and inaugurated by Ayush Union Minister Shripad Naik. TATA Nx is the Nutritional Solutions Division, a spin-out from the Innovation Centre of Tata Chemicals.
With years of research infused with nature and science, TATA Nx is a new range of nutritional solutions specially created for new age Indians. Over time, TATA Nx aims to be the customer’s lifetime partner for health and wellness.
TATA Nx launched its range of healthy alternative sweeteners in January 2017 this year which caters to both diabetics as well as non-diabetics, who are health conscious and are looking for healthier sugar alternatives. One of the products is TATA Nx Zero Sugar which is a Diabetic sweetener and is 100% Natural. It has low Glycaemic Index and is made of 100% natural ingredients – Lactose and Stevia. It does not contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame or sucrose.
JERC points out that ‘Electricity Dept. is hugely overstaffed’
The electricity department is yet to comply with a number of directives of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) which are still pending. The fixed assets and depreciation register that the Commission had directed the Department to prepare last year is yet to be submitted to the Commission. The Department, in its latest petition before the Commission, stated that the data collection of the fixed assets for the years 2013-14 and 2014-15 is proceeding and that the mapping of the assets will be completed this year.
The energy audit reports that the Commission had directed the Department to submit before October last year are also in the process of being prepared. The Department has stated that Station Metering, Feeder Metering and DTC metering are in progress, following which energy auditing will be initiated. A systematic study of manpower has also been submitted to the Commission. Last year, the Commission had issued directives that a report with specific focus on manpower rationalization is prepared by October 2016, failing which it would be constrained to take appropriate action against the Department. “The issue of rationalization of manpower cannot be postponed, as it is not in the interest of consumers,” it has stated. Observing the department as “extremely overstaffed”, the Commission had directed it to analyze its employee strength, rationalize their requirement and reduce manpower costs. The commission pointed out that there was one employee for every 100 consumers as opposed to the all India average of one employee for every 2500 consumers
Distressed bar owners appeal to CM for license renewal
Aggrieved over Excise Department’s decision to not renew their licenses on the grounds that their bars are located within 500 mts of the state highway (SH) – 8 passing through the villages, affected bar owners and retail vendors in Chandor, Guirdolim and Curtorim, have now petitioned the Chief Minister over the ‘erroneous’ notice.
The Excise Department’s decision comes following a Supreme Court order dated December 15, 2016 directing that it ‘restrains the grant of licenses for the sale of liquor along national and state highways and within 500 metres of the outer edge of a highway or of a service lane along the state highway’.
The bar owners have received notices stating their units are located within 500 mts of the outer edge of SH-8 and therefore their licenses will be invalid from April 1 following the SC order.
The aggrieved parties had also met Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai, who had subsequently arranged for a meeting of PWD officials and villagers to provide an explanation on the village road being categorized as a state highway. Sources said the PWD officials admitted to the ‘mistake’ and have promised to rectify it soon.
In a letter to CM Manohar Parrikar, the bar owners have pointed out that the notice sent by the Salcete Excise Inspector stating SH–8 is passing through the internal village roads of Chandor, Guirdolim and Curtorim is factually incorrect, as SH-8 has been shown to pass from Ravanfond to Quepem via St Jose de Areal, Guddi and Paroda in the Regional Plan 2021.
They have urged the CM to direct the PWD ‘to rectify the mistake’ and direct the Salcete excise station to renew their bar and retail vendors licences at the earliest.
Minelab Launches with Adventure Gear in Goa
Minelab, World’s Best Metal Detection Technologies launched its Metal Detection Tools and Equipment in India, Goa for the first time.
Goa is the adventure and party destination of India and has visitors all year around, Minelab products are adventure, fitness and fun! The products were launched in the presence of Jim Kwo. Business Development Manager (Asia Pacific) of Minelab, Tarun Sachdev of Adventure Gear India LLP and Simon Gomes of Champs, Goa.
Jim Kwo, Business Development Manager (Asia Pacific) of Minelab said “When detecting for coins, relics or jewellery, use your imagination – anywhere people are likely to have left things behind – you are likely to make good finds with our Minelab products.”
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