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Saturday, 26 January 2013



Food, wine and Lifestyle Festival by Goa Tourism, GTDC
24-27 Jan. 2013, Campal Ground, near Kala Academy, Goa
(ealier, it used to take place at Old GMC or Inox Courtyard)

 River, sunset opp  venue

 a bouncer at special invitee lounge


Goan Aswad stall



with Juke Box trio

 Host / Hostess: Cheryl and Alfie


Grapes stomping

foreign Kids

Grapes stomping..

all 9 Beauty Qeen Contestants – Round 1


VIP Lounge, wine tasting

Foreign dancers

 sexy cow girls


Band: Crimson Tide

Update: 27/1/13

Queens from the final round

The Grape Escapade Queens L-R
2nd Runners up - Samantha Trindade (St. Xavier's College)
Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar
Queen - Verphina Dias (Kare College of Law, Margao)
1st Runners up -  Scharazeth Fernandes (Development Manager, ex Teacher Muscat)


With sponsors
with sponsors - GTDC Director Gurudas Shirodkar, Rajesh Dempo ( Crown Hotel), Arvind Bhagania (Wockhardt), Archana Bhobe (L'Oreal, Snip Spa & Saloon), Arun D'Souza (Seagrams), Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar etc

Judges for the Queen Contest

Arvind Bhagania (Wockhardt), Sumeet Bhobe (Professional Stylist), Dr. Anupama Kudchadkar (Goan Dermatolgist), Sonia Jaffer (Dance Choreographer) & Pandurang Phaldesai (ex Member Secretary Kala Academy)

MODA VINHA ^vineyard fashion^
Fashion show
by uCherry, Falon d'Cruz

 Sonia Jaffer, Dharmesh Naik, Minolta Fernandes, Rama Bishnoi, Priyanka Shah,
Poornima Jha, Rabiya Muzaver,  Sameera, Iram & Falon D'Cruz.
Little models -Jonathan and Ayana (age 4 and 6),

 Video 1 ( A short tour)

Video 2 (Grape Escapade 2013 Queen Contest)

Video 3 (Fashion Show)

Video 4 (Queen Contest, Final round, winners)

the Grape Escapade 2012 (Last year)

Pics and videos of Grape Escapade 2011, 2010, 2009..also available

Friday, 25 January 2013

7 year old Raped in School Toilet at Vasco Sada, MPT

A 7 year old girl raped in the school toilet on Monday morning 14th January, 2013 by a stranger or intruder
The school has compound wall with manned gates.

First gate, closer to Primary section is opp.  MPT Chairman’s Residence gate (Harbour house, MRH1, Headland Sada).
The gate is now (after the incidence) appeared to be closed with brick wall.

The distance from the gate or the compound wall to the main school is about 100 mtrs.
Toilet located on the first floor and not very far from the Headmistress cabin.

The incident took place during interval but the Management before informing the parents or to the police washed the victim (gave bath) and her clothes and cleaned the  toilet area.
Incident at 10am, reported to Police 1pm and Medicals at 6pm

Police gave upto 3 different sketches of the culprit (see 2 above)
Victim described him her way where as the teachers or Management described the intruder their ways. (Girl saw him upto five times in 8 days - see update below)

14 days as on 27.1.2013, no breakthrough in the case yet.
However, school headmistress was arrested and released on bail.
 How daring he was!
 First enter the school premises through gate or by jumping over (wall height is now raised by half meter) then enter the school, then to the 1st floor, then enter the ladies toilet (next to Headmistress Cabin) and all this during interval?
 At this time no one spotted him entering or exiting ladies toilet, which otherwise remains busy or  mostly occupied during interval?

Certain things in the case are difficult to digest including the two diff sketches.

What or why took Police so long to nab the culprit?

About the rapist, I can only assume..
 - He is a known face at School
 - He visited school more than once before
 - He could be an ex-employee (including security)
 - He is a maniac or of unsound mind

update: 26.1.13
 Girl reveals that the accused and his friend (with guitar on his back) came to see her 4 times some days before in the school compound and even offered her chocolates. - Prudent TV /H

Update 29.1.13

Vasco Bandh near total

 29th Jan 2013

Bandh called by Vasco Citizens group (MTAC) Mormugao Taluka Action Committee
in protest against the Police inability to nab the culprit in school child rape case that took place on  14.1.13 in the Sada school (Deepvihar) run by MPT

some Pics
Fish / fruit market closed

Police station, where Jose Pilipe kept under arrest whole day
With about 175 supporter outside, half of them were women


Poilice Mamas

Roadside Fruits stall closed

opp Rly Station


Shops and establishments closed

Short video - see in the end /below


Update 1.2.13

A committee of parents had called for a boycott of the school  (Primary Section) for two days i.e 31st Jan and 1st Feb, to press for their demands of the arrest of the class teacher of the girl who had been raped, and of CISF personnel and the school clerk

First day, it seem there was a mix response and second day appeared to be near normal ?
20 days now since the incident took place on first floor of the school toilet, no breakthrough in the case yet.
However, as per today'slocal newspapers, Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar assured parents
of coming out with 'Positive' results in this case within 8 days (by 8th Feb)

update: 6.2.13
Victim's father threatened to go on hunger strike infront of the school  if the culprit is not arrested (as assured by Goa Chief Minister).

Update 11.3.13
Judge Anuja Prabhudesai of the Children’s Court today directed the police that the Headmistress of Deep Vihar School Mrs. Sharlet Furtado and other staff be booked under Section 201 of the Indian Penal Code for destruction of evidence after the rape of the 7 year old. 
Judge Anuja Prabhudesai today also directed the police to investigate whether the draft of five lakhs which was offered to the victim’s father by an MPT official Mr. Suresh Shirwadkar was to hush up the case.

Update 13.4.13
No breakthrough in the case yet nor any action taken against those involved in destruction of evidence despite court directives see update above.
A Public meet was arranged at Vasco but permission denied at last moment..

Read it larger here

Update 15.4.13
Vasco Minor Rape Case: ‘Monty’ is not the Rapist.
CM Parrikar in the Assembly house as per the ‘Interpol’ feedback, certified that Monty is not the culprit.
His passport details say he has last left from Dubai on 29.11.2012  (no mention of his last date of arrival into Dubai)
Crime or rape took place in the Vasco school toilet on 14.1.13.
I think Parrikar too made a mention of ‘Monty’ in the last Assembly session saying ‘Monty already left for Dubai’
Who is the rapist?
Why it taking so long?

Update: 23.4.13  - CM Parrikar Speaking Assembly House

Update: 10.6.13
The case is now handed over to CBI ( Central Bureau of Investigation) but CBI has not decided yet whether to take over or not..

Update 28.7.13
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has decided to take over the probe in the Vasco minor girl's rape which took place on January 14. The state government earlier decided to hand over the investigation to CBI after failing to nab the culprit

Update 11.9.13
CBI finally or formally  took over the case on 11.9.13
Begins probe.

Some pics of  1.2.13

At the school Gate

School buses

School kids

Raised compound wall

One gate  to Primary section closed with brick wall

Update 19.06.14
Police issued fresh sketch of the suspect
announced reward of Rs.1 lac
Phone 0832-2459971/72  FAX 8805449997. Mob:9403686699

Update 20/8/14
Chief Minister Parrikar, also Home Minister gives a
progress report on the case in the Assembly House
Talks about the school Deepvihar, Principal, Staff, Monty, Ashwin, Lorna,  Furtado etc

15  dedicated members of crime branch  n local Police

19 suspected persons arrested, 49 interrogated, 65 Barbers, salons, Hotels, Bars verified,

29 Teachers, 4 Clerical staff, 7 ayas, 9 Students, 3 Canteen staff, 4 Parents/Guardians, 30 CISF persons, 22 MPT bus Conductors, 24 MPT bus Drivers, 76 MPT officials and Maintenance staff, 19 Contract Labours, 15 Tower boys of Headland Sada, 41 using maestro two wheelers, 13 using Hero Honda, Inmates and visitors of around 600 houses surrounding deepvihar  school, 39 finger prints of suspects etc

Video - Parrikar in the House  20.8.14

Update: Dec. 23, 2014
Mormugao police on Tuesday morning arrested the teacher and head clerk of a school at Headland Sada on charges of negligence in the 2013 Vasco school rape case.


VASCO: Mormugao police on Tuesday morning arrested the teacher and head clerk of a school at Headland Sada on charges of negligence in the 2013 Vasco school rape case.
Speaking to Herald, Mormugao Police Inspector Shailesh Narvekar stated that soon after the incident of sexual assault on the minor girl in the school toilet, the Mormugao police had registered an offence of negligence against the school headmistress, school management and the teacher and head clerk.
“During the course of investigation, the teacher and head clerk were found to be negligent and accordingly they were arrested on Tuesday morning under Sections 336, 337 r/w 34 of IPC, Section 8 of Children’s Act and 3(2) of SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act,” informed PI Narvekar.
PI Narvekar further informed that the teacher and head clerk were later released on bail by the court and Mormugao DySP Laurence D’Souza is further investigating the case.
It may be recalled that on January 14, 2013, the minor girl of the school was allegedly sexually assaulted in the school toilet and the police had filed an offence of negligence against the headmistress, the school management and others. Later, the rape case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation for investigation, while the negligence case was probed by the DySP Mormugao.

Update 13.2.17

CBI files closure report in Vasco minor girl rape case
PANAJI: After probing into the Vasco minor girl rape case for almost four years, and the accused being untraceable, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has approached the judicial magistrate first class (JFMC), Vasco, seeking permission to close the case.  
In its closure report the CBI has said that the culprit was not traceable despite all efforts.
  The case will come up for hearing on Thursday.  16.2.17

Today 24.1.13, there was a Public meeting in the City organised by
Mormugao Taluka Action Committee (MTAC)
headed by former Minister Mr. Jose Philip D'Souza
Arrest the Rapist by 28th Jan or else VASCO Bandh on 29th
Rs. 1 Lac award announced  to Goa Police by Vasco Citizens (MTAC), if arrested by 28th Jan.2013

Ex. Minister Jose Philip, Fatorda MLA Vijay Sardesai, adv. Avinash Bhosle,
Torjan D’Mello,  Adv. Aires Rodrigues, Prashant Naik, Mohandas Lolienkar etc
were present on the dais

Local Parish Priest from Sada, Fr. Freddy Pinto also spoke on the occasion (watch video below)

Adv. Aires Rodrigues suggests that MPT Chairman be thoroughly investgated in the case along with others.

Some Pics

 Local Parish Priest


Video 1 - Parish Priest Speaking

Video 2 - Activist, Adv. Aires Rodrigues Speaking

Video 3 - MLA Vijay Sardesai Speaking

Video 4 (Headland Sada, School, Guesthouse etc)

Video 5 (School, Deepvihar, Police, Jose Philip, Prashant etc)

Video 6 (Vasco Bandh 29.1.13)

Please sign this petition - Closed now

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

GOEMKAR Public Meet at Lohia Maidan, Margao

New front formed to Save Dabolim Airport and to ensure
'Goemkar' First
Public meeting at Lohia Maidan Margao 15.1.2013
It was to start at 4.30pm but started around 5.40pm
However, some Tiatrists Marcus Vaz, Lawry Travasso,
Francis de Tuem, Sidhanath Buyao etc sang some songs

about 2500 people attended

The Crowd
I minute silence to mark respect (opinion poll fathers)
Following names were called out to take the centre stage
(I may have missed about 5)

Sandeep Khambli (Anti-Mopa)
Serafin Cota (Hotels Association)
Adv. John Monteiro (Cuncolim)
Prasad Gaunkar (Sanguem)
Mohandas Lolienkar (Lolien)
Monica Dias (ex councillor )
Bishut Temudo (Ex Zila)
Maria Rebello (Zila Parishad)
Akbar Mulah (all goa Muslims association)
Remedious Rebello (Leader, ST Community)
Pradeep Kacodkar (chartered Accountant)
Dr. Babita Angle
Adv. Ashok Naik (Dabolim)
Raul Pereira (Quepem)
Doris Texeira (Councillor)
Joseph Vaz (Rachol)
Ajay (Ponda)
Simon Rebello (Canacoan)
Gonzak Rebello (Margao)
Peter Ferrao
Baba shah (ZP)
Nolan antao (Student leader)
Cleofas Dias (ZP)
Kushali velip
Martha Cardozo (Councillor)
Maria Miranda (ZP)
Devindr Kenkre (Cortalim)
Michael Gracias (jivit)
Saifulah Khan (Vasco)
Tara Kerkar
Aires Rodrigues
Adwin ex Sarpanch (Quelosim)
Brian Pegado
Manohar Naik (Curchorem)
Satendra Kambli (Pernem)
Nevidade D’Costa (Taxi Association)
Dr. Francisco Colaco
MLA Vijay Sardesai

‎'Vijay tum aage badho, hum tumhare saath hai'

Sadly, we could not wait till the end of the meeting and left 6.30pm
Had some work to do at Panjim 7.30pm
more updates here, including videos

Video 1 (Francis de Tuem bashing Parrikar on Mining, Casino, IFFI etc)

Video 2 ( Marcus Vaz singing Cantar - Vijay Sardesai, Parrikar, corruption, injection etc)

Video 3 (Lawry Travasso, Sidharnath Buyao, Aires, Vijay etc)

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Swami Vivekananda Shobha yatra in the City 12.1.13

Swami Vivekananda Shobha yatra
Procession in the city to commemorate 150th birth anniversary of the swamiji,
On 12.1.13. from Campal to Azad Maidan

Little swamiji (s)


Band Boys from Dr. K B Hedgewar High School, Panjim


Governor B Wanchoo leading the procession who also flagged-off the rally by releasing balloon in the air

Nirmala Sawant, Vaidehi Naik (Mayor), Ex. CM Shashikal Kakodkar, Governor BV Wanchoo, Shrinivas Dempo, MP Shripad Naik etc etc


Sharadrao carrying Jyoti


Balloons in the Air

in the street – D B Road

At Azad Maidan
CM Parrikar, Rajendra Arlekar, Shipad Naik, Srinivas Dempo, shashikala Kakodkar,
Mayor Vaidehi Naik, Manoj Caculo, Sharad Rao etc

CM Parrikar, Rajendra Arlekar, Shipad Naik, Srinivas Dempo



Swami Vivekananda

CM in happy mood