Biz Bytes | September 2017

Le Meridien Goa, Calangute organises Beach Clean-Up Drive

Le Meridien Goa, Calangute organized a clean-up drive along a 5km stretch of Calangute beach, one of North Goa’s most popular and crowded beaches. This is the hotel’s first community service initiative since the launch of the hotel on 5th August, 2017.

35 associates from the hotel team that included General Manager Norton Pereira, heads of departments and associates set out during the day to rid the beach area of litter and garbage. The team’s effort was to urge beach goers to be more sensitive to nature and promote environmental consciousness.

Le Meridien Goa, Calangute is entrenched in its brand ethos of ‘Spirit to Serve’, a Marriott philosophy wherein each hotel continuously contributes to serve the community.

Speaking at the occasion, Norton Pereira, General Manager – Le Meridien Goa, Calangute said, “We take great pride in Goa’s rich heritage and landscape and are committed to preserve it. As a hotel, we care about the community that we operate in and we undertake several initiatives through the year, to contribute to its betterment. We understand that people travel to Goa for its beaches and it is a responsibility of all involved, including tourists to help keep the beaches clean; this is a cause that is very close to our hearts and we intend to do this more often”.


302 R first delivery in Goa

Benelli Goa delivered its first fully faired bike, the attractive and sporty Benelli 302R at the hands of the Director of Transport, Nikhil Desai at its showroom in Porvorim. The first bike was handed over to Ninaad Kambli in the presence of staff and officials of DSK Benelli Goa and he is now the proud owner of sporty and exciting twin cylinder 300CC bike which develops 38.26 bhp. Launched at an attractive pricing with features such as ABS as standard, this premium sporty offerring is expected to make its mark on the Goan roads within a short time.


Sculpture of ‘Bhadel’ installed by Commonwealth Developers

As part of its corporate social responsibility, Commonwealth Developers Pvt. Ltd. Goa’s leading real estate developers have installed a stainless steel, life size sculpture of Bhadel, a traditional Goan women coolie which is an institution by itself. This life size sculpture of traditional Bhadel has been created by renowned Goan sculptor, Subodh Kerkar.

Datta Damodar Naik, Managing Director of Commonwealth Developers Pvt. Ltd said that Margao, the commercial capital of Goa, had number of Bhadels, women coolies who were very sincere, honest and hardworking. With the advent in education Bhadels are going to be extinct and one need not repent for that. However, this sculpture has been installed so that the next generation should remember that such an institution called Bhadel did exist in Margao and served the social needs of the community. In European countries there are such sculptures of common people rather than public figures and national leaders. They become part of street furniture and photo points for tourists. It is from this point of view the traffic circle opposite Gomant Vidya Niketan is beautified so that it could serve as a tourist attraction for tourists who visit Margao, Naik said.

“The next generation should remember that such an institution called Bhadel did exist in Margao and served the social needs of the community” – datta damodar naik



Counto Motors’ new Mercedes-Benz car dealership

Mercedes-Benz inaugurated its largest 3S luxury car dealership in Goa. Strategically located near the Panjim city limits at Ribandar, the state-of-the-art luxury dealership belongs to Counto Motors.

The dealership was inaugurated by Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India and Aakash Khaunte, Managing Director, Counto Motors.

Speaking on the occasion, Folger said, “At Mercedes-Benz India, we aim to provide the best customer experience by offering our patrons the best of our products and services across markets. It is state-of-the-art facilities like Counto Motors that help us in pursuing our carefully curated ‘Go to Customer’ strategy, which has been providing us a competitive edge in the market.

Aakash Khaunte said, “We are delighted with this opportunity to deepen our 7 year long relationship with Mercedes-Benz. In recent years, Goa has emerged as an important city for the luxury car segment. This has given us the opportunity to provide our patrons and brand enthusiasts a one stop 3S luxury car destination. Counto Motors is strategically located in Ribandar, which has potential to serve not only Goa but also its neighbouring districts.


Mandovi Drydocks launches vessel for Indian Navy

Mandovi Dry docks launched its first vessel for the Indian Navy at Pilgao Shipyard recently. The vessel, a fuel barge, when commissioned will be inducted in the Indian Navy fleet soon. Originally bagged by Goa Shipyard, the project was sub-contracted to Mandovi Dry Docks.

The vessel will be delivered at Karwar where it will be used to support India’s aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and other vessels in the Indian Navy’s huge fleet. The vessel will be carrying aviation fuel and high speed diesel. The vessel is 68 m long and has carrying of 1000 tons.


Mahesh Pai bags ‘The Rising Leader of the Year’ Award

Over the years, Mahesh Pai has created a benchmark in the field of financial business with his high quality financial services. With a client base ranging from HNIs, NRIs to blue chip companies, Mahesh Pai’s financial services are made available to several top notch capitalists from various business sectors including builders, architects, contractors, CAs, industrialists. His services span across 3 broad categories: Portfolio Management, Loans and Business Development Consultancy.

Mahesh Pai’s successful career has witnessed several accolades come his way, the recent one being awarded at the National Level as ‘The Rising Leader of the Year (Financial Consultant)’ at the APS Research Ceremony that was held recently at the Hard Rock Hotel, Goa. The award acknowledged his contribution to the field of financial services in achieving the desired goals of his clients and creating a touchstone for many to follow. The award was presented to him by renowned Bollywood actress Karishma Kapoor.


DNA starts broadband service in Goa. Promises high speed.

Chief Miniser Manohar Parrikar recently inaugurated the Digital Network Associates Pvt. Ltd. (DNA) office in Goa. DNA has introduced its broadband services in the state. DNA will provide broadband bundled with loads of entertainment content with 0% buffering for video sites like YouTube, Hotstar, Netflix, Amazon Prime etc. DNA also provides Enterprise Services like Leased Line services for SMEs, Hotels and Corporates. DNA relies on the world wide proven technology FTTH which ensures Guaranteed Quality of Services with Highest uptime. With 12 Hours of on-site and 24 Hours of telephonic support a client will get a service Guarantee.

“Connecting every Goan House with High Speed Internet is our mission. We are offering free installation with basic plans as a limited period offer,” said Raghu Shetiye, local partner of the network.

Other dignitaries present at the launch included InfoTech Minister Rohan Khaunte, EDC Chairman Siddharth Kuncalienker, MLA from Nala Sopara, Maharashtra Kshitij Thakur, MLA of Mayem Pravin Zantye, and former Canacona MLA Vijay Pai Khot.

Raghu Shetiye, Jai Mahambare and Dinraj Pai Khot are local partners of DNA


Fishery associations and private sector jointly launch FIP

6 main fishery societies, fishmeal producers and aquatic feed manufacturers recently signed a MoU, which is state-of-the-art practices in India, to support Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) as part of their strong intention to promote sustainability in the supply chain of fisheries and related products along the coast of Goa and Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra.

The associations and private sector include Ratnadurga Macchimar Society, Adarsh Machchimar Society, Mandovi Fishermen Marketing Co-op Society Ltd, Vasco Fishing Boat Owners Marketing Co-Op Society Ltd, Zuari Fishermen Marketing Co-operative Society Ltd, Cutband Boat Owners Development Society, Omega Fishmeal and Oil Private Limited and CPF (India) Private Limited. The signing ceremony has been witnessed by concerned government agencies as well as non-government organizations comprising of Department of Fisheries, Central Institute of Fishing Technology, Ratnagiri Fisheries College, and representatives from Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).

“Development of FIP is a proof of true intention of the Government’s and related Seafood industry’s effort to create a sustainable fishery for the business taking into account the problems of IUU fishing and overfishing that resulted in the decline of Sardine stock for the past few years.

This will be the first project in India that applies the latest version of IFFO Responsible Supply Standard (IFFO RS), which is an internationally accepted standard designed specifically for responsible fisheries according to UN FAO requirement,” said Imran Mukadam, Chairman, Adarsh Machchimar Society.

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