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Friday, 21 December 2012

Murdeshwar - Largest Lord Shiva Statue etc

Lord Shiva - Second tallest statue in the world

249 feet high, 21 storey Raja – Gopuram


A view from the beach (Left)


A chariot driven by horses

a view from the 18th floor

Video 1  (19.12.12)

Video 2 ( August 2008)

More pics

Augut 2008

Oct  / Nov  2006
On hand missing as it was strike off by a lightning



from the beach

View form the hotel

from Shiva Statue


Saturday, 15 December 2012

Sunburn Goa 2012...

Sunburn 2012

Sunburn Goa is a three day music festival hosted in Candolim Goa, on Dec 27, 28, 29
Live, Love, Dance to the tune of Electronic Music..

Update: 28th Dec. 2012  5.30-7pm

Hot Air Balloon / Car park

 Security / Bouncers

Police, security Main gate

Video - Sunburn 2012

Candolim beach

Video Candolim beach special (sunset, para-sailing etc) 28.12.12

Here  is what you pay for Entry only

Day 1  = 3,450
Day 2  = 4,600
Day 3  = 6,900

All 3 days = 8,855

VIP  Tickets = 14,950
(in Indian Rupees)

update: 25.12.12 - Area Map etc

Update: 15/12/12
Strictly No Smoking at Sunburn Goa 2012?
Goa Chief Minister said "I assure the Goans that  the Sunburn Party scheduled in Goa later this month, will not be allowed to sale and use even a single cigarette" -  NT


Video /Pics: Sunburn 2011 – with River Princess


 Video /Pics: Sunburn 2010



more on tickets n info here

Video 1 - Sunburn Venue 2011

Video 2 - Venue 2010

Monday, 10 December 2012

People's School Completes 75 years

People's High School
Escola Inglesa de Povo

Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Grand Fun Fete
At Panjim Gymkana, Campal
Dec 8 - 9, 2012



 More pics in Video 2

SSC Farewell group photos
Matriculation batch 1954-55
More years batches photos available, contact the school, Rs.500
See video 2 for more previews

School pics ( Jan. 2010)

 Tuzo cheddo khuim iskolak veta go?
- Pipolsant

Where your daughter goes to school?
- Peoples

Video 1 (At Panjim Gymkana, Campal)
fun fete

Video 2 (Photo slide show)

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Institute Menezes Braganza Panjim, Goa (Halls, building etc)

On the occasion of 141st anniversary of Institute Menezes Braganza..
CM Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the two new halls today at 3.30pm 24/11/12

Menezes Braganza
CM, CCP Mayor, Minister Mandrekar, PWD Eng. Rego, Adv.Noronha, IMB Chairman etc

The hall with ceiling (capacity about 480)

Men’s green room then passage, then stairs to Main stage
Ladies green room just before Men’s
Men’s toilet, saw some water on the floor already
Another About 200 capaciity hall

Name plate
From outside, entrance


Video: 1
In this video, I have only included  a short tour of the two halls (some footage like green rooms etc in the end) followed by CM Parrikar’s entire speech.

It talks about Margao upcoming South Goa Collectorate, Minister’s cabin with Rest Rooms,
CM cabin with Jacuzzi, the dome itself costing 7-8 crores

Initial Estimated 57 Crores now gone upto 141 crore (Work Started in 2007)

Also about Police dept, PWD dept, Fish Market, A building without stair case,
bridges without approach roads (Gaundalim  and Neura), Minister Churchill etc


The 4.5 crore  renovated halls of the Institute Menezes Braganza were inaugurated on Saturday 24th Nov. 2012,  on the occasion of the institute’s 141st anniversary celebrations.

The renovation process took nearly 2.5 years, however, the new chairman was congratulated for his 3 months long commendable job
The inauguration function was like a ‘felicitation Ceremony’
Where almost every one is felicitated at the hand of CM Parrikar and others.
Starting with the  Shiv Sena leader now Chairman of New IMB (Institute Menezes Branganza) Sanjay Harmalkar
He was praised including by Parrikar for getting the remaining work completed within 3 months
Then, almost the entire PWD ‘Khaten’ Dept was felicitated starting with Principal Chief Engineer JJS Rego, Chief Architect Radha

and many other PWD officers (Some did not come up on the stage) including jurnior officers of the PWD Dept.
Felicitation did not end there, the list was endless..
Even the local  Lotlicar Electricals was felicitated

Besides, Shreedar Bambolkar, Electrical Dept, CCP Mayor Vaidehi Naik,
Vice Chairman Pundalik Raut Desai, Prasad Lolienkar (Director Art & Culture),
Adv. Dr. Noronha (IMB board member), Jiuno D’Souza (Ex. Board Member IMB),
Ashok Parab (Member secretary IMB), Carlus Fernandes, Minister for Art and Culture Dayanand Mandrekar

Adv. Noronha gave a talk on 'Relevance of Luis de Menezes Braganza Today' -  video coming shortly.

Other pics
2012 March (expected to get ready in 2 months)


Aug. 2011


The talk:
In the first part, there is a little bit on the life of
Dr. Luis de Menezes Braganza

At age of 22, Herald newspaper was founded
Reforming Goan minds
Goa, Goan,attitude
Portuguese Passport
St. Cruz, Merces
London,Sausages, Tiatr
Surrendering Nationality
Under secretaries
Bob Geldof
Goan Editors
Bal Thackerey
Over crowded Goa
Etc etc

Video 2  ('Relevance of Luis de Menezes Braganza Today')
 Adv (Dr) F.E. (Elgar) Noronha

Monday, 12 November 2012

Kingfisher voice of Goa 2012

Kingfisher Voice of Goa 2012 Final round took place at SGPDA grounds, Margao on 10th and 11th Nov. 2012 for konkani and English category repectively.

There were in all 10 finalists in Konkani Category Viz
Akash Naik, Ethel Fernandes, Swarupa Naik, Valentine Cardozo, Vishal Jadhav, Sufran Majeed, Mangirish Dharwadkar,
Evola Marcelo, Sushil Kumar and Ancy Gonsalves.
Evola Marcelo is the winner this year. file pic

Sadly, I missed the day

where as, there were 11 finalists for English category
Jennifer Fernandes, Cyrus Berne, Tabhita Nunes, Audrey Vaz, Omkar Halarnkar, Linus Fernandes, Jacqueline Payne, Tobit Dias, Devashish Muzumdar,

Renee D’Souza, Ancy Gonsalves and Anurag Mohan.
Cyrus Berne wins the title

Cyrus sang his own composition. He is from Margao and a student of Rosary College, Navelim

Judges were:
Sigmund de Souza, Xavier Peres and Maxie Miranda

Other attractions for the 2 days were the live performance of
Lucky Ali, Stereo Nation, Low Rhyders, Band Pure Magic, Goa’s lead guitarist Edwin Fernandes etc

Some pics
Cyrus Berne – the Kingfisher of Goa 2012 (English)
Cyrus with big-fat cheque
Minister Avertano Furtado, MLA Caitu D'Silva, MLA Benjamin D'Silva,
Stereo Nation, judges  and others

the member of the Jury
Sigmund D’Souza etc

Band Pure Magic

Edwin Fernandes – Lead Guitarist
Stereo Nation  Live in Margao
with 3 finalists, Guests, Stereo Nation, Edwin, Jury member, Sachin Chatte the host, etc

I missed the Konkani round finals on 10th Nov.2012
Here are some file pics of the Winner Evola Marcelo
(Last year’s final rounds)
Also, watch video No. 2 but with last year’s footage

Winner gets Rs.75,000

Video 1 (Cyrus Berne)

visit back for more updates..
Pure Magic, Edwin, Stereo Nation etc

Video 2 (Evola Marcelo)

Video  3 (Edwin Fernandes)

Video 4 (Pure Magic)

Video 5 (Minister Avertano Furtado)

Video 6 (STEREO NATION Live in Goa)

Friday, 5 October 2012

Mining operations suspended in Goa w.e.f 11.9.12

Updte 4.4.2018
After some miners knocked at SC doors, the Court has now allowed them to transport royalty paid extracted ore lying at the jetty, barges, ports etc

Update 7.3.2018
Supreme Court once again stopped Mining effective 16.3.18 .  SC quashed 88 mining leases granted by the Goa government for violating procedure and ordered that fresh licences be granted through a bidding process
However, transportation of Iron ore continued which was later on stopped by High court effetive 27.3.18
Pic Loaded barges seen stranded at MPT Bay etc 1.4.18 (Since 27.3.18)
Each barge carries around 2000-2300 tonnes of Iron ore according to BOA president.
Trucks may carry 10-12 tons each

Mining ban protest in the capital city on 19.3.18


Over 100 pics here

Update: 14.9.15
Sesa Iron Ore, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Inc, opened its second mining lease in the State today at  Bicholim mining area.

Update: 10.8.15
A subsidiary of Vedanta, Sesa Goa resumes its mining operations in the state on 10th August 2015, after a gap of three years.
Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar formally launched the mining operations at Sesa Goa's Codli mines, 100 kms away from the state capital - Panaji.
Though the mining resumption was announced on Monday, the actual extraction of ore will start only after the monsoon.

Update: 15.01.2015
Goa Govt lifts Mining ban as on date 15.1.15
Mining in Goa  was temporarily suspended w.e.f. 11.9.2012, the suspension order now been revoked

Update 21.4.14
Supreme Court lifts Mining Ban
Ore extraction Cap 20 million Tonnes per year
No Mining with 1 km of wildlike Sanctuaries, protected area.


Mining operations temporarily suspended w.e.f 11.9.12

Update: 17th Jan 2013
Some Barges movement (carrying mines) seen in the river today.


Mining temporarily resumed?

Mining in Goa temporarily suspended w.e.f. 11.9.2012


Update: 18th Dec. 2012

Pro-Mining, Massive rally in the City
Goa Mining Peoples Front (GMPF)
Rally in the city for immediate resumption of legal mining
18th Dec. 2012 Azad Maidan, Panjim 11.30pm

Some pics

Rally, Mahatma Gandhi Road
Opp Souza Paul / Govt. Printing Press


Azad Maidan

 on the dais


Christopher Fonseca

 Massive Crowd



Police on guard

BJP Sanguem MLa Subash Phaldesai


Drinking water bottles / cartons


More  videos etc


This is at Mayem, Bicholim.
We stopped on the road to take pics, security man came running to stop us
We told him, we are on the public road and no one can stop us..

Mining dumps, cover-ups etc
This is from the main road near Tivim

Other mining related pics





Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

Before mining suspension..
Pro-mining lobby - Rally ended up in Police  Lathi charge
November 22, 2011