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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Congress Election rally in Goa with Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan singh etc

Congress Election rally at Fatorda, Margao on 25th Feb 2012

Construction of bridges in 6 months?
Each pilar itself take 3 months for curing..

Rs.1 lac for a girl child when she is 18?
What guarantee is there the Govt. will rule 4 terms?

Party with the difference??
What the 3 ministers watching on their mobile in the temple of Democracy in Karnataka?

There was a question in ‘kon Banega Crorepati’..
Heh Hindustan ka konsa ‘National Party president ko rishvat letey huye ‘Direct’ pakdda gaya?

Talking about mining?
Who gave upto five tickets to those who are into mining business?

Find out from 17.50


Bringing back black money stashed outside India?
Why they did not do it themselves when they were in power for 6 long years with their own dy. Prime minister and Home Minister?

Lok Pal Bill?
Who blocked it’s passage in the Rajya Sabha?

Find out from 27.30

I was hoping, like I hoped last time (two months ago) that she  (Sonia) will say something on Goa’s Special Status etc

It was the meeting start at 2 pm sharp and I am sure many people were here as early as 1pm. There was no overhead cover or shade and the people made to stay under the hot sun for upto 4 hours. Looks like they were given Congress logo caps as well as newspapers  to cover their heads as can be seen in the pictures.

Sonia arrived just before 4pm and departed just before 5pm (watch her helicopter landing and take off video)

Some tiatrist sang cantaram and in the end openely said 'Vote for Congress and Hand' watch video. Singers were Connie M, Felcy, Xavier Gomes..

Folk dances such as Kunbhi dance and Dhangar dance also included in the video in the first part.

Here are some pics

Massive crowd

Nehru Stadium also seen

Passing through Metal detectors

Count the Congress caps

Kunnbi dance by Amelia

dhangar Dance /Shepherds dance

Young and cute little congress supporter

Sonia Gandhi just arrived

Sardinha on the mic

with Brar, Praful, Rane, Shirodkar etc

NCP Praful on the mic

meet the Press and Media

Helicopter Pawan Hansa

Video - Landing and Take-off

close-up helicopter

Video long and uncut

Update 29/2/12
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Goa

It was Congress Party Election Rally at Sanquelim today on 29.2.12
All was not well with this Public meeting..
Maharastra Ministers speech went well
So did Subash Shirodkar, Pratapsingh Rane, NCP Praful Patel and CM Digambar Kamat.
The last was Our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, within 2 minutes of his speech the entire sound system gone silent and it was only restored 30 minutes later. In the mean time 1/4 of the crowd gone home
It was really a embarrassing moment.

Digambar Kamat repeated same thing from Margao Rally
e.g. Calling BJP Bonddolam, Bridges, Waching Porns on mobiles, Rs.1 lac to girl Child when 18 etc

PM's speech too was not that impressive, most was repeated from the previous speakers e.g.
Nehru gave freedom, Indira gave Opinion poll, Rajive gave Statehood, Sonia gave 200 crores for Goa's Golden Julbili Celebrations etc

Crowd was massive though!

Here are some pics

PM Manmohan Singh



College Campus

People impatiently waiting for PM (under the hot sun)

the massive crowd

PM almost all alone, others gone down to sort out the Sound problem

Here they are

a view from uphill

Video  – PM speech

Monday, 20 February 2012

Carona-Calvim (Aldona) Bus Tragedy, funeral etc

Common funeral held today 20th Feb at Calvim St. Sebastian Church for 4  (Three School Kids  Diana Dias 5, Elvina Dias 9 & Nagle Gracias 9) and  Joffin Dias (58)

Whereas, Priyal Salgaokar 9 and Dayanand Hoble's 54, final rites took place yesterday the 19th Feb.

Today's pic (20/2/12 around 5pm)

 I have just noted that over 24,940 viewed this clip. Thanks to all of you.

Completing  two years today 18.2.14 but no justice yet.. ?

see new bridge status pics and video below

Carona jetty, the spot

 The sloppy road leading to the Ferry/Jetty

The same, other direction


The Funeral Pics:

The Parish priest said ‘You all are into the God’s arms, pray for us’

2 sisters together for the last time

 the 4 together (3 children and one elderly)

the 4 infront of the altar/Priests –


The main celebrants – Bishop Raul Gonsalves (Retired), Parish Priest Fr Anand da Gama Pais etc
The concelebrants, from left to right (abv pic)
1. Fr. Milagres Dias, Asst Parish Priest (PP) at Grace Church, Margao, cousin of the two sisters, 2.  Fr. Albino Mendonca, past PP of Calvim,  3. Fr. Anand Pais, present PP of Calvim,  4. Archbishop-Emeritus Raul Gonsalves,  5. Fr. Amandio Valadares, PP of Aldona and Episcopal Vicar, North Goa and 6.  Fr Joaquim Loiola Pereira, secretary to the Archbishop

Close family


Schoolmates - St. Thomas Girls High school, Aldona

two sisters’ coffin cover etc’

School / Convent Teachers/ Nuns

close-up with a nun

People come from far and wide – (including non-Christians)

the cemetery



4 graves together, never seen like this before

Video - Funeral Service for 4 at Calvim 20/2/12 4pm

Video - accident site report - What really gone into Driver's head?

Shool bus that went straight into the river at Ferry wharf Carona - Calvim jetty  killing atleast 6 (including 4 school kids)
on 18th February 2012 at around 12.30pm

the jetty seen in the background  in this pic (file pic)

another video clip showing the jetty and a bus (from archive)


Samarth Shirodkar

The only survivor passenger of the ill-fated bus that plunged into the River at Carona-Calvin on 18th Feb. 2012. He is 17.
He swam to safety so he says.
He then went home and told to no one, it was only revealed 4 days after the tragedy. But police knew about him on the same say. Infact, they even interviewed him on the same night

Request: 27/2/12
Thre is no truth comimg out from the police nor the  so called magisterial enquiry  will do any good. Villagers and the well-wishers therefore come together to demand judicial enquiry into the incidence.
Please join us and sign the petition here

Update: Status 18.2.13
Aldona - Calvim bridge

Aldona side

river bank

Calvin side Nearest to river bank

a view from Calvim jetty

First death anniversary today Pic taken from Cemetery gate (it was locked)

Approach road / foundation stone – opp Calvim Cemetery

Video - Bridge status 18.2.13

New bridge status as on 29th March 2013

Video - Bidge status as on 29.3.13

Bridge update 14.5.13

Aldona - Calvim bridge inauguration on 30th May seems impossible -  

Foundation stone laid on 27.10.2012
Expected Bridge completion date  July 2013
Parrikar plans to Inaugurate on 30th May 2013 very unlikely

Video clip 14.5.13

New bridge update : 10/06/2013

other angle

Road to the ferry and the bridge

approach road

 Licenses, NOCs etc

Video: 10.6.13

New bridge update 5.7.2013
Some pics
Foundation stone laid 27.10.12. Expected date of Completion July 2013.
But Parrikar planned to inaugurate on 30th May 2013, then on 30th June, then again around 15th July, next it date could be 15th August 2013

Had a small mishap here – Went nearly knee-deep inside..

Video 5.7.2013

New bridge update 26.7.13


Up, approach road

New construction coming, next to the bidge – Premium villas etc

Video 26.7.13

Bridge update: 15th Aug. 2013

Video 15.8.13

New bridge update 12.10.13
Preparations for inauguration in full swing - painting, hot mixing etc

Why wait till tomorrow??
This is today at 6.30pm, inauguration same time tomorrow






on the bridge




Friday, 17 February 2012

Bridge collapsed with 5 loaded trucks

4 year old Bailey Bridge collapsed with five loaded mining trucks.
The bridge was meant for used one truck at a time but it appears
Safety norms were not followed and the bridge caved in due to
Overload (upto 5 times more than permissible load)
Codli, Dabal, Ponda Goa on 15th Feb. 2012

 Mines and the bridge belonging to Sesa Goa

Don't be safety blinded, be safety minded.

Always, safety first


Some pics

 one truck lifted


 A mini dam

Notice at the bridge which they not followed