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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Why keep your loved ones at GMC Morgue when you can keep them at home?

Why keep your loved ones at GMC Morgue when you can keep them at home?
After death, funeral of a person usually takes place within 24 hrs (I would say not later than 26hrs)
However, when some members of the family are out of State or abroad then funeral is held  say after 2-7 days  using the body preservation methods.

Well, about 12-15 years ago there available only two options:

1.   Embalming , commonly known as 'injesao marlam (Injected) and 2. keep the body at a Morgue, commonly said ‘Jelant dovola’ (kept in Ice)

Embalming involved injecting large amount of liquid viz  Formalin (Mixture of formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, methanol etc)
             Over 1 ltr of liquid was poured or injected down the dead body’s artery by the neck
           The solution odour was so strong that one could feel burning sensation in the nose n eyes.
          I have seen bodies kept for about a week or so or till their sons come from  England.

Last case I remember of was somewhere in late 1980s.

 ‘Jelant’ usually mean keeping at the Govt run mortuary or morgue e.g. GMC Bambolim, on payment of Charges.

 I also remember a case where in, on the day of the funeral a family received Telegram (late) saying son arriving next day.. After the church services around 5pm, the coffin was taken to the cemetery as usual but burial not taken place.  Instead, it was placed in the inside chapel (copel maran, as we call it) on rack with large ice blocks underneath, it was there whole night with 4 candlelit around. Burial must have taken place next day noon.

That was then but now we have mobile or portable morgue. A coffin shaped steel refrigerator with viewable (see through) glass top. It even has its own internal lights.

 The morgue is detachable two piece unit when joined together  it is plugged to nearest electrical wall point.

With this, you keep the body of your loved ones at home for days. 

What more?  This service / facility usually available free of cost.


If I am not mistaken, former Benaulim MLA/Minister Francisco Mickky Pacheco was the first to make these mobile morgue available to the people all over Goa. His Charitable trust  runs this services since 2006 and they have 10 morgues whose services are absolutely free, even the Transport - delivery and pickup is free. Very popular in Salcette, Mormugao and neighbouring talukas as one can see the charitable trust name printed on the morgue. Poor, rich and even more rich peoples avail of this services.  Office located at Betalbatim Church square

Top open, empty

 Advantages of keeping your loved one at home:

-        Your departed family member can stay in the house with you

-        Visitors. Friends and family  neighbours paying tribute, saying prayers etc
                   (At GMC morgue, the only visitors paying visit are the rats to feast on the dead)

-        No chance of body going missing (As in GMC)
             -        Saving on Morgue charges, transport charges  to and from GMC or Hospicio

-        It requires continuous power supply, no electricity for more than 1 hour then may need a DC backup like genset, power inverter  or placing of ice blocks etc
Note: Modern portable morgues have inbuilt mechanism even in case of power failures
-     Some families may not like the idea of keeping the dead with them for too long due to various reasons like Living in flats,  fright (Children), inconvenience caused by frequent  or continuous condolence visitors, cost factor like meals, refreshment to soirim/dairim or relatives  etc  
another pic with Morgue, coffin, casket
Matanhy Saldanha in Morgue

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Goencho Avaz Rally at Lohia Maidan Margao 27.4.2018

Goencho Avaaz, a massive rally at Lohia Maidan Margao to protest against PDA, RP2021 etc

Goencho Avaz
Convenors  Viriato Fernandes,  Swapnesh Shelkar
Speakers Arturo D'Souza, Manoj Parab,  Ramkrishna Jalmi, Abhijit Prabhudesai,
Durgadas Gaonkar, Olencio Simoes, Felly Gomes etc

Video: 1
Some Ministers, MLAs, ex MLAs exposed
Manoj Parab talking of Deshprabhu, Vijay, Digambar, Ticlo, Rane, Luizinho, Madkaikar,
Davlikar, Alina, Silveira, Cabral, Wilfred, Rohan, builders etc

Video: 2
A song with crowd

Video: 3

Video: 4
RP2021, legal aspects. different villages - slides

67  pics here

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Traffic Sentinel scheme Goa: Report Traffic Violations and earn money using your mobile/Camera

Goa Police Traffic Sentinel Scheme

New Sentinel Scheme App launched on 15.11.2018
(Old whatsApp number  no longer valid now)

New Mobile Application for Traffic Sentinel launched and draw of bumper prize (Maruti Alto K-10 Car and Hero Achiever Montorbike)  for Traffic Sentinel Scheme held on 15th November 2018 at Police Head Quarters HQ Panaji Goa.  Her Excellency Governor Mridula Sinha Chief Guest, Shri Dharmendra Sharma IAS Chief Secretary, Guest of Honour, DGP Muktesh  Chander IPS, IGP Jaspal Singh IPS, Vikas Kohli of Maruti Industries, Prashant Chopra of Hero Motocorp Ltd, Revathi Majundar CEO of GEL etc were also present

Get your new apps from here

App frames / Screen shots
1. tap on app icon
2. check your points, score, report new violation
3. Camera mode, take pic, zoom etc
4. Enter Vehicle Regn. No., check/tick type of violation   and submit

Its easy and quick
Take Picture with your Smartphone, check to see it come out clear with clear Regn No. etc, input Regn No, select type of violation (from list of 7, see 2 abv pic) and then 'Submit'
(No need to input date, time, location etc as it is automatically printed on photo as can be seen before submitting).

Once submitted, you are ready to report next offence.
Please not you cannot save the offence/pic to submit later nor you are allowed to take pictures from phone photo gallery

Once you tap on your app / logo, screen 1 (as abv) will appear and immediately screen 2 (abv pic) where you can see the status or updates about your reported cases such as Total violation reported, Total approved, total points earned, Total pending and total Rejected.
To report new offence, tap on 'report new offence' (see pic 2 abv) which will take you to Camera mode (see screen 3)

About 1500 app downloads in 2 days
About 425 may have actually registered in 2 days

New app means new registration, new Traffic Sentinel Number i.e. TS 1234

Maruti Alto car won by Rohit Devanand Naik TS2138
Car Key reeceived by PI Pradeep Velip

HERO Motor Bike won by Snehal Kadam TS977
Bike key received by PI Pradeep Velip

Governor drawing lucky winners

There are over 2,900 sentinels as of now (November 2018)
1,18,000 + notices sent
Rs.12 lacs reward given earlier
Rs.26 lacs will be distributed in next few days

DGP Muktesh Chander speaking

Protection to Traffic Sentinels..
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or click here for bigger view/reading

Complaints may be lodged in person or by email   Director General of Police DGP  2428400  Mob 7875756000, Inspectpr General of Police IGP  SP North Goa, SP South Goa Cyber cell Police
Contact email IDs source

Old news below (WhatsApp scheme) Check FAQs below

Goa Police Traffic Sentinel Scheme launched on 10th November 2017. in just about 100 days, about 19,000 ?sentinels registered.
It was reported one sentinel (not me :-) ) sending upto 300 per day which means earning minimum 900 points and Max 3000 points a day. Each point equals to Rs.10 cash i.e. 300x3= 9000rs per day. it must be a full time job for him.
You too can utilise your spare time, students can make pocket money too. Just visit some busy roads, city, junctions, theatres, halls, events etc and you will find plenty of cases to report to.. e.g. one can come to Kala Academy or at Campal SAG grounds or opp Inox Children park etc where one can see footpath area always full of cars and bikes. One can even take a walk up and down 18 June Road to check parking on Zebra crossing lanes, footpath parking near Junta House, Yes Bank etc. Just 3 reportings per day can fetch you minimum of Rs. 9000 per month. There is no limit as to number of reportings per day. What more? You also stand a chance to win a bike or Maruti car (draw every 3 months?
Remember, by reporting traffic offences you are not only helping Goa Police but also the society at large.  Good luck!!

Report traffic violations and earn money
100 point means Rs.1000
Minimum points earn per reporting is 3 and Max 10 depending on type of traffic offence.
Plus chance to win motor bike every few month?
A new traffic vigilance scheme started by the Goa Police will enable alert civilians to earn money, in
return for spotting traffic violations on the state's roads.

 Scheme launched on 10th November 2017
3 days later..
Traffic Sentinel Scheme get s massive response (H of 14.11.17)
Over 350 registered in 3 days..
Anyone can register,
Registration / Reporting through WhatsApp 787 575 6110,
email, facebook page of Goa Traffic Police

Update October 24.10.18
Lucky Sentinels could win cars, two wheelers - Draw on 15.11.18
2,843 sentinels registered so far
1,05,280 traffic violations reported
Rs.3.76 lacs disbursed
Over Rs.23 lacs claim amount under process
Rs.45.17 lacs fines collected

New app's to be launched soon, November 15, 2018 (upgrade to whatsapp no)
The apps will show points earned etc, traffic violation reporting through this app only

11.11.17, TG
click on links for bigger view/reading

Herald 14.11.17
Traffic Sentinel Scheme gets massive response
Over 350 registrations within three days; Sentinels now clicking pictures, videos of traffic violations and reporting to police
PANJIM: Beware traffic violators! Over 350 ‘Traffic Sentinels’ are reporting traffic violations across the State to the Traffic Police. Goa Police’s innovative community policing initiative – Traffic Sentinel Scheme – received over 350 registrations within three days of its launch. The scheme invites people to help in enhancing traffic management by capturing a photo or a video of a traffic violation and reporting it to the Traffic Police via the social media.

“So far, more than 350 Traffic Sentinels have enrolled and are now clicking traffic violations all over Goa. Anyone can join the initiative,” Director General of Police Muktesh Chander told Herald.

The Traffic Sentinels can report the offence through their smart phone with GPS location switched on, through Whatsapp to the Traffic Police on 7875756110, email on or Facebook page of Goa Traffic Police.

“The photo/video with clear view of the registration number of the defaulting vehicle, time & date of violation, place of violation and type of violation needs to be informed to report a traffic violation. There are 10 types of violations that can be reported through this scheme,” the officer said.

Reporting violations will fetch the volunteer reward points and once he/she accumulates 100 points, the department will offer a cash prize of Rs 1000.

The scheme has been borrowed from a similar initiative started by Chander in Delhi when he was Special Commissioner of Delhi Traffic Police. A citizen has to register by providing his name, mobile number and email ID on WhatsApp Number 7875756110. H 14.11.17

February 2018
TOI 3.2.2018
Traffic sentinels report 1,000 violations per day
Panaji: Goa traffic cell receives on an average 1,000 complaints per day from around 1,500 citizen sentinels linked to its WhatsApp platform under the traffic sentinel scheme. Informing that the sentinel scheme has been receiving good response from people, superintendent of police (traffic) Dinraj Govekar said that the cell sometimes receives 300 cases of violations from a single sentinel.
"The violators are then issued notices under the Motor Vehicle Act and asked to settle charges at traffic cell headquarters in Altinho, Panaji'' he said. In view of several violations being registered and inconvenience caused to the erring riders, an extension counter has been opened in South Goa, at the office of the DySP (Traffic), Margao, to compound the cases
On November 10, director general of police (DGP) Muktesh Chander had launched the scheme wherein citizens could report traffic violations on WhatsApp and earn cash rewards.

Under the initiative, citizens can send photos and videos of the violations along with the details of the erring vehicle to contact number 7875756110.

Based on the type of violation, the user is entitled to certain points. For instance, reporting a violation of triple-seat riding on a two-wheeler will earn them 10 points, while parking on footpaths or zebra crossings will accrue three points.

On accumulating 100 points, the user can claim a reward of Rs 1,000. A lucky draw will also be held, wherein a sentinel may win either a motorcycle or a car.

19,000 sentinels registered? ( I think its 1,900 not 19K)

1. What is Traffic Sentinel Scheme?
Ans. Traffic Sentinel Scheme has been launched by Goa Traffic Police for empowering general public to participate in better management of traffic on Goan roads. In this scheme, any person can report traffic violation by capturing the photo/video of the defaulting vehicle and send it through Whatsapp on Mobile No. 7875756110, E-Mail on
 of Facebook Page of Goa Traffic Police.
Now, with specially designed App only

2. Who is Traffic Sentinel?
Ans. Traffic Sentinel is a person who reports traffic violation committed on Goan roads using WhatsApp (7875756110), E-Mail ( or Facebook Page (Goa Traffic Police). Predefined reward points for different violations will be credited in the account of Traffic Sentinel for each violation so reported. Once the Traffic Sentinel accumulates 100 Points he/she will be given cash reward of Rs. 1,000/-.
Now, with App

3. How one can become Traffic Sentinel?
Ans. One has to register by providing his name, mobile number and email ID on WhatsApp Number 7875756110. His/her Mobile Number will be his/her Unique Id. Thereafter can start reporting traffic violations through WhatsApp (7875756110), E-Mail ( or Facebook Page (Goa Traffic Police) by compulsorily mentioning his unique Id.
Download App here

4. What type of violations can be reported through this scheme and what are the credit points for different violations?
Ans. 10 types of traffic violations can be reported through this scheme. The details of credit points for each violation is as follows: Type of Violation
Reward Points Photo or Video

 Driving against the flow of traffic 10  points
 Parking on Footpath 3
 Parking on Zebra Crossing 3
 Triple Riding 10
 Improper Number Plate 3
 Without Seat Belt 7 
 Without Helmet 7
 Using vehicle with Tinted Glass 3

 Video Clip Only
 Red Light Jumping 10
 Dangerous Driving 10
 Using Mobile while Driving 10 

5. What all is required to report a violation?
Ans. The following information needs to be sent while reporting traffic violation. The photo/video if possible should be clicked/recorded by keeping GPS in ON Mode for getting exact date and time.
a. Photo/video with clear view of Registration No. of the defaulting vehicle
b. Time & Date of violation
c. Place of violation
d. Type of violation
With new App, you only need to input Regn No and select type of violation
Remaining info like date, time, location etc automatically stamped on the photo via GPS

6. How can I see my reward points?
Ans. Once 100 points are accumulated the concerned citizen will be intimated via e-mail. Nevertheless, the citizen can inquire through WhatsApp, E-Mail, Facebook the status of their points.
7. What kinds of rewards are being given in the scheme?
Ans. Once the Traffic Sentinel accumulates 100 Points he/she will be given cash reward of Rs. 1,000/-.
This is known or visible almost instantly with new App

8. Can I report multiple violations?
Ans. Yes. Traffic Sentinel can report multiple violations in a single reporting. For example, if the picture sent by Traffic Sentinel shows a person driving motorcycle without Helmet and stopping beyond stop line, than it will be counted as two violations and each violation will have separate reward points. Also a Traffic Sentinel may send as many photos/videos for reporting different traffic violations as he/she wishes.
But not two or more diff. vehicles violations in one pic

9. What is my reference ID?
Ans. Your registered Mobile Number is your unique reference ID.  Also TS12345

10. What could be the reason for a reported violation for not getting the reward point?
Ans. If a picture or video of a reported violation does not clearly indicate the violation committed or the vehicle number is not clear then this reported violation will be discarded and will not get any reward point.
Typical reasons for rejections, examples  
Not Clear
Unable to fetch owner details
No vehicle found
Not clear
Number plate Blur photo
Not a proper violation
No vehicle registration found
Violation not clear
Not proved
Unable to fetch RTO details
Number not clear
Number not visible
Number not mentioned,  incomplete 
Two vehicles shown

11. What is the responsibility of a Traffic Sentinel in legal aspect?
Ans. In case any violator challenges the violation recorded and reported by a Traffic Sentinel, the Hon’ble Court may require the Traffic Sentinel to testify before it for the violation so reported

Sunday, 19 November 2017

High Value Art installations in the City - Panaji

High Value Art installations in the Capital City - Panaji

The exhibited 6 art installations costing Rs 1.34 crore ?
Add installation cost by GSIDC, maintenance cost etc

I wonder what would be its value in the international market?

Woman flowing hair
Art Installation Opp café Bhonsle, Panaji
Art by  Carl Antoa or Antao ?
1,434 kg Buffalo, Indian bison
Artist Viraj Naik
M G Road
4 Wonder heads ? Miramar pavements near Bandodkar Samadhi Memorial.
4 human heads looking in 4 different directions
Dr. Jack de Sequeira Road
Art by Pankaj Panwar

This was at CCP Market entrance. Now removed and shifted to Opp Old GMC
A cock in the bag
Art by Pradip Naik
now Shifted to opp Old GMC, footpath

Now Newopd GMC site
a male protagonist cavorting about a traditional door house.
It is prepared by G Radhakrishnan. Weighing at 5,500 kg, it costs Rs 55 lakh
Panaji Market Bus stop area, Promenade (not yet fixed/installed as of 18.11.17)
City Art Installations
Arabic Horse ?
At jogger's Park Circle, AIR / Doordarshan Road, Altinho Panaji Goa.
The 571 kg art installation of Arabic horse placed at Altinho ?  made by Subodh Kerkar ? at a cost of Rs 5,71,000 ?

Also read Navhind Times for costs, artists info etc

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Special Train to Vailankani / Vellankani for 2018 feast
Feast is on 8th Sept

Two Three special trains showing up  so far
27th August Monday and 2nd Sept Sunday & 6th Sept Thurs
Train Leaving Vasco  11:20  and arrives Vailankani 13:30 next day
Ticket fare:  Rs.675 Sleeper and 1750 3AC
Availability as of 28/7/18 11am 29/7/18 5.15pm
235 SL RAC91 and RAC9 WL6 in 3AC for 27th Aug
920 805 546SL and 87 51 27 in 3AC for 2nd Sept as on 2/8/18
955 SL 871 and 73 48 in 3AC for 6th Sept as on 2/8/18
Sleeper availability as of 6.8.18 am
for 27th Aug WL111 /54 - Houseful
for 2nd Sept 443 available Houseful
for 6th Sept 802 available 600 available as on 2.9.18
Returning sector.. Velankani to Vasco
for 29th Aug  803 available,
for 3rd Sept 224 available,
for 8th Sept RAC156/143 sure confirmed seat availability
Update 2.9.18
1st and 2nd special trains left full house.
Tickets of 3rd train for 6/9/18 plenty available (not likely to go houseful)
Video: Train leaving 2.9.18

Returning trains from Velankanni likely on 29Aug 11.30pm, 3Sept 8.15pm and 8Sept 10.15pm
 Return booking  started from 8 am today 2/8/18
Returning on 8th Sept tickets almost full  in less than 12 hours on 1st day of booking RAC16 as of 22:00 2/8. RAC117 as on 4/8/18  Returning on 29th Aug, 3rd Sept plenty tickets available

Other weekly train Mondays  leaving  Vasco 9am
Wait List on 27th Aug WL428  and 3 Sept WL115

Trip to Vailankani by Bus/ A/c Coach, push back seats etc
Rs.4000 per head or Rs.5000 per head by Inova (7 Pax)
Leaving on 27th Aug and Returning 1st Sept
Leaving on 4th Sept, 5th Sept
As seen on local  newspapers and roadside banners

Last year 2017
Our Visit to Vailankani by Special train from Vasco da Gama on 6th Sept 2017
Village: Velankanni, District:  Nagapattinam, State: Tamil Nadu, India

We left on 6th Sept 2017 at 11.20am train from Vasco da Gama and arrived Vailankanni next day at 2pm.
Our hotel check-in timing was 7.30pm so we kept our bags at the reception counter  and set out for sightseeing etc.  Starting with the beach, restaurant/lunch fish curry thali followed by the Church / Shrine tour.

The  entire Vailankani tour was meant for 1.5 days but  for me it was like half day only as I was down with high fever the whole night and the next full day.  We left the hotel at 7.30pm to take return train  to Vasco  at 11.45pm from Vailankani station. Back at Vasco 2am (as against 11.45pm)

To find hotel or accommodation  there was very tough, somehow  we managed to book one triple room online  with two extra mattresses for Rs.3,600 (A/c).  There was one hotel  that was showing Rs.5000 per non- A/c room and the final figure for two rooms with taxes was showing up around Rs.13,000.  We were 6.

It was crowded there and people / pilgrims seen squatting  all over. It was like Old Goa Novena / Feast  scene where we see pilgrim sleeping in the convents and Churches etc but here it was out in the open be it in the  roads, garden or passages or corridors.

Everything there was expensive or sold at premium rates. Even Vasaichim like bananas were sold for Rs.130 per kg or Rs.60 half kg (6pcs), we saw lot of banana plantations from our train though!
Fish curry rice thali Rs.150 (pic)  but it did not come with fried fish, had to pay extra for fish.

At Church Canteen, the thali was cheaper i.e. Rs.70 + GST and that did not come with fried fish too. We paid Rs.40 a piece + GST (See menu pic)

Many devotees were offering tray full of puja items including coconuts and flowers. Yet some were offering coconut sapling inside the main Church.  Sadly, photography/videography is prohibited inside the main shrine.

Masses in all languages including Konkani mass, I missed 10’clock mass in the lower cathedral as I was sick.

Another thing we noted, despite the place being touristic (Church and beaches) the vendors/hawkers speak no  other language than Tamil. 

 During the Car Procession at night, one has be very cautious or best to avoid with kids and elderly.  A simple false alarm could trigger a catastrophic stampede like situation. There is simplly a mad rush and half of the crowd are those who already witnessed the Car procession on previous days.

On our way back, our train had no water in most of the washrooms, saw some using mineral water . Water tanks were only filled up once the train reached Mangalore junction around 5.30pm that’s after 18 hours from Velankani station departure.
Our special train, apart from special fare, there were no security personnel nor we saw TC on both sectors.  Train to Vailankani  was about 70% empty but train back to Vasco was full to the capacity.

Video: 1

Video: 2 (Night Scene, illumination)

Video 3: Car Procession

Video 4

Video 5 Walking on knees, Way of the cross etc

More pics and videos ..

Car Procession
Priests residence

Crowd / devotees / Mass

Walking on their knees,
Way of the cross, viasagr

The beach

Food, Fish curry Rice thali

Velankanni Railway Station