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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

7 Casino boats of Goa

The seven  offshore Casino Boats in Goa / Panaji
(Actually, they are all operating in the busy river Mandovi along with Fishing boats -
Trawlers, Canoes, Mining Barges, Passenger ferryboats, River Cruise boats, Casino feeder boats etc)

The first (2002)
Casino Goa / Caravela
Advani Pleasure Cruises Pvt. Ltd.

Now Casino PRIME Nov/Dec 2011

Change of guards again?
Back to old Name ‘Caravela’ July/Aug 2012
 (now disappeared late 2013 replaced by Detin Jaqk)

 How much is the Casino Entry Fee?
 It was around Rs. 200 in the begining but around April 2010,
 Congress Govt raised it to Rs.2000 (to discourage Locals / Goans).
However, when BJP Govt took over in March 2012,
the entry fees slashed to just Rs.500 thus reducing it by 75%.

Second: Around Dec. 2007
Casino RIO
The Hotel Leela Ventures
Now, MINT Casino run by the MDLR group

(now (late 2013) Taken over or confiscated by Goa Govt for non-payment of dues etc)

(not in operation since Oct. 2009 but the boat still seen around)

Third: Around May 2008
Pride of Goa
Goa Coastal Resorts and Recreation Pvt Ltd

(IMO 9093830, size 66.14m x 19m, year built 1994)

Or Casino Pride


BJP trains guns at off-shore casinos
PANJIM, FEB 20, 2009
Allowing the government four-week time to take action, BJP on Friday issued warning to the State Government to disallow operations of casinos on Mandovi River.
Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar told a press conference that BJP would be forced to launch an agitation if casinos are not removed from Mandovi by March 15.
Charging that Digambar Kamat 'takes any rot', Parrikar said some of the casinos are being allowed to operate without proper permissions.
He said, of the seven casinos, which are operational now, Casino Royal, King's Casino, Pride of Goa and recently launched Casino Maharaja, do not have permissions from Director General of Shipping.
It is a 'big casino scam' involving the whole Cabinet, chief minister's office and senior bureaucrats, with beneficiaries receiving Rs 3-4 crore, as kickbacks, he alleged.
Stating that the casinos have not obtained NOCs from Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB), he said he has written to the Goa State Pollution Control Board as to how these casinos are disposing off sewage and whether it is being dumped into the Mandovi.
According to Parrikar, a lot of illegalities are being committed on onshore casinos even as government disputes the situation. He claimed to have video recordings to prove that all kinds of card games are allowed to be played there.
Parrikar also charged that chief minister's office exerted pressure on excise officials to release Casino Royal. It was eventually released without even payment of adequate excise duty.
Making another allegation, Parrikar said, Senior officials from chief minister's office pressurised the Customs to release the vessel (Herald).
The then Opp. Leader in now Goa's Chief Minister BJP Govt. eff. March 2012
He  now says all Casinos will be out of Mandovi River by March 2017 thus giving himself 5 years notice as against 4 weeks notice he gave to then Cong. Govt to shift Casinos out of the river.

Fourth: Around May 2008
King’s Casino
Victor group of Hotels

Now Delta Corp Ltd

(not in operation since March 2010 nor the boat seen around)

Here is a Video - Riverside walk with view of Casino boats etc

Fifth: Oct 2008
Casino Royale  24.10.08
High Street Cruises and Entertainment Pvt Ltd / Delta Corp Ltd

(IMO  9507439. Size 70mx13.4m, year of built 2008)

Sixth: Feb. 2009
Casino Maharajah  - Feb 2009

(San Domino PNJ 690,  IMO 8807129, size 68.49m x 11.8m, year built 1989)
Creative Gaming Solution, a subsidiary of Mumbai-based
Pan India Network Infravest Pvt Ltd (Pinipl), Essel Group

Never operated ever since it anchored here in Feb 2009

below Pic August 22, 2017
Started its gambling operations around 10th Feb 2018 by Big Daddy (casino Lucky 7 fame).
 Its allocated jetty (entry point) is at new Captain of Port Jetty (CoP) just before old secretariat, D B road, Panajii Mandovi River
Pic Feb.18, 2018

Seventh (Feb.22, 2010)
Boa Sorte

(PNJ 670,  IMO 9092484 size 69.30m x 14.18m, year built 1991)

Casino Carnival
(Re-christened as Casino Pride 2 as from April 2014, see pics below)
Goa-based Salgaoncars industrial group / Goa Marriott

There are reports doing rounds that some casino boats/licenses 
taken over by others (existing)

4in1 pic (May 2008)

As of date (Sept 2012), only 4 of the seven casino boats are  operating.
Viz. Royale, Carnival,  Pride and Caravela

Casino feeder boats

Some night Scene Pics

Night scene

Royale (this has now become Deltin Jaqk




Pride 2


Deltin Caravela

Casino Entry point

Carnival close-up

 Mint by the bridge

more video clips here


City riverside walk - Casino boats etc

nite scene

Boa Sort


Video Riverside walk  Oct. 2008

update: 26.5.2013
Latest arrival 26.5.13 Horse Shoe (Delta Corp Ltd)
size 85m x 22m


night time view - Deltin started operating from 16th Aug 2013

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar writes..
Parrikar first said on his facebook wall, permission to Horse-shoe rejected..
then 2.5 months later accepted? Typical U-Turn

on June 5, Parrikar said (from his Facebook wall)
A vicious campaign is currently being run about supposed change in stance by my Government on the issue of casino. I would like to put it on record that my stand on casinos has not changed. To put the things in perspective, let me point out the below facts/comments:- 6 licenses were issued during Congress regime without following any procedure. I am firm in my stand that no new licenses will be issued by my Government. The actual number of operating offshore casinos has come down to 3. (actually, there are 4 now -June 2013, including Deltin)

- About the highly debated and publicized Horseshoe casino, please note that it is only a vessel. Permission for starting of casino has been rejected.

What is surprising is that despite of clarification, which is already in public domain through media, some publicity seekers with vested interests have chosen to spread blatant lies with regards to the Government’s stand on the issue. I am sure this clarification will set record straight.



 At sunset

3in1 Pride-Mint-Royale

Video (latest 27/5/13)

Update: May 2014
Casino boats back to 5

Casino Pride 2
(night time view)

Goa's first and second Casino boats now rusting in peace?

Goa’s First Casino boat Caravela
Now, Rust in peace?
Near Chicalim river

Second Casino boat of Goa
Leela, Mint, MDLR, Kanda
Rusting in peace, near Chicalim river


Update June 2016
8th Casino coming soon..

So far we have.. (in operation)
MV Pride of Goa (Casino Pride)
MV Horseshoe ( Deltin Royal)
MV Boa Sorte (Casino Pride 2)
MV Casino Royale (Deltin JAQK)
MV Royale Flotel (Deltin Caravela) - Newest
seen anchored in River Mandovi 15.6.16 (pic)
60.2 mt by 13 mt vessel owned by the parent company, Delta Corp Ltd is fitted with a spa featuring Jacuzzi hot-tubs and claims a five star hotel rating with the largest room size in India

owner: Delta Pleasure Cruise Co Ltd

Update 5.8.2016

Ali re ali Aachi Panaji Madhye ali
Konn ali re?
Anaki ek  Casino bai ali.
 Rejected by Brittonkars, Raibondrkars and accepted by Ponnjekars?
Anchored at Panaji in-between Deltin Royale and Maharajah casino on 5.8.16 morning

M V Royal Flotel
KWR 050

5 operating Casino boats

Pic August 22,  2017

As of date (Feb 2017),
only 5 of the 6 casino boats are operating.
MV Pride of Goa (Casino Pride)
MV Horseshoe ( Deltin Royal)
MV Boa Sorte (Casino Pride 2)
MV Casino Royale (Deltin JAQK)
MV Royale Flotel (Deltin Caravela)

Maharajah Casino although seen in the river since 2009, never started its casino operations


Update: 13.7.2017
Gopal Kanda's Casino MV Lucky Seven waiting to enter River Mondovi.  Presently 13, 14, 15 July seen anchored near the river mouth, Miramar beach sea (Arabian sea)

Short video clip - 14.7.17

Update: 16.7.17

Lucky Seven finally grounded at Miramar beach 16.7.17

Another video of grounded  Lucky 7
day 6
Video: August 16 2017

Name: Lucky Seven *
Flag: Panama *
IMO: 8943703 *
Gross Tonnage: 5570
Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 66.11m x 23.8m
Year built: 1996
Type of Vessel: Passenger Ship

* info visible on the ship
Source: Marine Traffic

more updates on Lucky seven here

Breaking news 24.7.2017
There could be no offshore casino boats from the year 2021
A bill in this respect likely to come up in the next Assembly session November/December 2017
bringing an end to the offshore casino in 3 years from now.
However, those operating offshore or river casinos, if they wish, can apply for land casino before their licenses expire.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Laadli Laxmi Scheme Launched today 6.9.12

There are around 1,49,152  Griha Adhar Benificiaries as of June 2016
41,630 Ladli Laxmis and 1,39,896 DSSS

A minimum of Rs.1 lakh to give away to all Goan Laadli Laxmis (Females only).
(Max. being upto 7.89/ 12 lakhs see ready reckoner below)

If you belong to BPL, ST, SC, OBC, Lower Class, Middle Class, Upper Class, Aristocrat,   Landlords, Millionaire or billionaire class, you all get it.
In other words all girls get it provided they marry before attaining the age of 41.*(now 46)
What more? Those who register at young age are guaranteed to get back lot more

*Update 16.3.16
Age limit increased by 5 years to 45 so says CM Parsekar in his budget speech today

- The girl applicant above the age of 18 as on April1, 2012 (others see note 1 below)
- Born in Goa (see note 2 if born outside Goa)
- Resident of Goa for atleast last 15 years
- Whose atleast one Parent is born in Goa and resident of Goa for atleast last 15 years or
Alteast one parent is residing in Goa for the last 25 years

Note1: Those who already attained the age of 18 before April 2012 and are in the age group 19-40
are also eligible provided they marry on or after 1.4.12

Note2: Girl born outside Goa also eligible provided she is a resident of Goa for last 15 years and educated in Goa and either of her parents is born in Goa and resident of Goa for last 15 years or
one parent residing in Goa for last 25 years

Note: The form above is for illustration purpose only. It may have been updated or revised now

 Application forms duly filled in with supporting documents (see prescribed form) should be submitted within 180 days from the date of attaining 18 years or from the date of marriage or from the date of official notification i.e. 9.7.2012 as the case may be. ( Last date which was mid January 2013,  now been extended till end of March 2013, vide notification January 2013)

The applicant will get the amount only after civil registration of her marriage is done.
Those applied at the age of 18 etc will receive more than Rs.1,00,000 as the final amount will also include interest earned during the period from date of registration to the date of marriage.
e.g if registered at the age of 18 and married at 20, the amount would be roughly Rs. 1,20,656
at 21 (Rs.132534), 22 (145580), 23 (159991), 24 (175652), 25 (192943), 26 (211936), 27 (232799), 28 (255715), 29 (280887), 30 (308537), 31 (338909), 32 (372271), 33 (408916), 34 (449169), 35 (493385), 36 (541953), 37 (595302), 38 (653902), 39 (718271) and finally if married at the age of 40 she will get Rs.7,88,977 (About Rs. 12 lacs at the age of 45) assuming the rate of interest remain steady through out the period which is presently 9.5% pa. . Provided there is no change in the Govt / policy during the period. Also, 22  / 27 years from now, the value of 1 Lac could mean 10,000 or 8 lacs could mean 80,000

Govt. has signed an agreement with three major banks -- Bank of India, State Bank of India and HDFC Bank – for distribution of application forms.  People desirous to avail the scheme can obtain the  application forms from 164 branches of the three banks spread throughout the state. Application fee Rs.5 (no photo copies allowed, each application form is serially numbered)

Forms also available at Directorate of Woman and Child Development  where all duly filled in forms
are submitted. Dept located at
Shanta Building, 1st floor, St. Inez, Panaji.
Tel 2235308/2426112  email:

Documents required:
All attested copies of documents as above (Birth, Residence etc of both applicant and parents)
Attested copy of AADHAR Card, if any. Note: Aadhar card will be compulsory from 1.4.13
 Aadhar card info
Affidavit in the prescribed format see pic

Application form – Par I & II 
eff. July 2012, the forms may have been updated or revised now
  Affidavit format


Laadli Laxmi Scheme FAQs:

Q: I am 21 years old Laadli daughter of my parents, can I apply now?

A: No. You can only apply after your Civil Marriage (apply within 6 months)

Q: Born on 1st April 1972, married 2nd April 2012, will I get 1 Lakh?
A: No, since you crossed 40 years on your marriage day.

(This has changed in 2016,  max age limit now 45)

6th Sept 2012:

Laadli Laxmi Scheme launched today - Pics of long Qs etc

Laadli Laxmi = Rs. 1 Lakh or more
 = Saving girl child, Women empowerment, financial assistance at the time of marriage etc

Distribution of letters of sanction to the first batch of 585 beneficiaries at the hands of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and other cabinet Ministers today on 6/9/12 at Kala Academy, Campal, Goa Academy

Long Qs seen as long as 200 metres to gain access to the main a/c auditorium.
They were all subject to Metal Detection and bag frisking

Programe was to start at 4 pm
Q started 3.30pm or earlier
CM arrived 4.47 (waiting lounge)
Long Q got ended at 5pm
Ceremony started 5pm

Dozens of free KTC buses seen which transported Laadlis and their families. School Bal Rath buses also seen.
The 925 capacity autitoirum was full to the capcity.
I am sure, inside, there were 925+400+ occupying the corridoors etc.

In the end, only Laadlis and their mothers allowed in, fathers, husbands etc (inlcuding JoeGoaUk)

made to stay out to watch big but silent screen (no sound).
No one knows who provided or arranged the Screen not even the Police,
Security Personnel, KA Security, Organisers/Desk volunteers etc.
People were shouting no sound no sound.. some even informed to Mapusa Minister Francis who was just passing by
Anybody could plant a smilar set top boxes etc containing explossive or bombs. Security breach here.
There were loads of Police forces though.
Looks like Prudent TV provided the Silent screen but even they denied it by keeping silent when asked two
of their personnel with camera etc including Lady news reader who were standing by the equipments.

Around 200 spotted who were left out to watch the silent screen

Buffet type catering also arranged at two places - see pics

Organisers did not handle it very well, they knew the capacity
of the hall.. Where all the busload of people going to seat?
As most Laadlis were from the far north, they could even arranged the event closer to them or they could do in at open-air hall with covered roof (due to rains) which has a capacity of around 2000.

Congratulations to all Laadli Laxmis

Hope Laadla Laxman's turn comes soon

Some pics here

Long Qs etc
goa police Laadlis
Buses for laadlis and their family
There were more buses near Campal garden road / lane
More pics here
Gates closed

half paf color ad in all dailies

Video: Launching Day