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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Mickky Pacheco's 50th Birthday 12.12.2014

   Mickky Pacheco's Birthday with Manohar Parrikar, Laxmikant Parsekar, Francis D'Souza etc

Thursday, 11 December 2014

GREE Goa Recruitment & Employment Employees protest in the City

Latest 11.3.15

Suicide threats, suicide attempts etc at Azad Maidan today

Herald news next day
PANJIM: Chaos erupted at the Azad Maidan, with a protestor even attempting suicide, after the North Goa Collector passed an order directing that the protestors who are on an indefinite strike there, be moved to the Campal parade ground, in view of the Shigmo celebrations. 
While employees from the 108 GVK EMRI service agreed to take their protest to the parade ground, members of the Goa Recruitment and Employment Society (GRES) deliberated for over two hours, with some remaining defiant, saying they would rather die than leave the spot. They finally staged a morcha around the ground. 
One GRES member’s attempt at committing suicide by consuming medicines was foiled, as police swung into action, by taking the protestor into custody. He was later released. Other striking members were shocked and reduced to tears as they tried to stop the employee from committing suicide. 
“We were trying to move the protestors in the most peaceful manner possible with the least amount of force. While the leader had agreed to the terms, the workers refused to listen,” SP (North) Umesh Gaonkar said.
Adv Ajeetsingh Rane who led the GRES group called for the members to move to the parade ground but was met with fierce rejection as many said, “Today they will tell us to move there, tomorrow they may say, “Go home.” 
Activist Swati Kerkar too tried talking to the protestors who have been camping at the Azad Maidan since December. “What we didn’t want was for anyone to be slapped with a criminal case which is why we wanted them to calmly go to the new venue,” she said. 
The group of more than 100 employees eventually agreed to the move, but refused to be transported by the police vehicle instead preferring to walk with their belongings to the Campal parade ground. 
The Shigmostav Organizing Committee which has been conducting programmes since March 4, has complained about the protestors saying, “Just behind the stage, the protestors have set up a fireplace, where they cook their food. This can prove to be a major fire hazard. During one of our programmes, the protestors began shouting at the top of their lungs when our guest of honor was giving his speech,” Shantaram Naik, secretary of the Shigmostav organizing committee said. 
He said programmes would go on till March 17. “Speaking from a security point of view, we were given orders to take the protestors to the alternative site,” DySP Serafino Dias said. Based on an order issued by the North Goa Collectorate, Azad Maidan and the Campal parade ground were sites permitted for protests. Since the former was being used for Shigmo, the protestors were asked to move to the alternative protest space.

Many pics here

Goa Recruitment & Employment Employee union - GREE
Protesting or Mass Hunger Strike since 1st Dec. 2014. At Captain of Ports D B Road and now at Azad Maidan Panaji from 7th Dec
Supported by Trade unions, Congress Party, CPI, 2 BJP MLAs,  Social Activists etc
Contract workers, mainly security personnel,  fighting for regularisation of their jobs with Govt, Pay hike as per pay commission, timely payments, harassment against lady employees etc
 STRIKE CALLED OFF as of 13.12.14 evening

Day 10
Human Chain 7.30pm
meeting around 8pm
BJP MLA Michael Lobo also joins in 7.45pm
Swati kerkar, Thalman Pereira, Adv Jatin Naik, Rane etc

9 began Fast unto death eff. Today 10.12.14
Madhavi Vaingankar, Archana Naik, Vitoba Naik, Surendra Naik, Suhas Parlekar, Sabhi Pednekar, Sagar, Shambu Gawas and Manuel Vaz
Squatting area

Day 8
Day 7
Their demands

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Kingfisher Voice of Goa 2014

Kingfisher Voice of Goa
Grand 10 years (2005-2014)
Final held at Colva beach on 8th Nov. 2014
After 4 auditioning roounds at Mapusa, Vasco, Merces/Panaji, Margao, Semi-finals were held at Verna

The Nine Finalists
First Prize Rs.50,000, 2nd 30,000 and 3rd Rs. 20,000
English category winner also get contract from Kingfisher as
 Kingfisher brand ambassador for the year

The five judges were:
Donna Noronha, Mayuresh Vaasta, Simon Fernandes (simao de goa), Sharad Matkar and
Seby  Fernandes of 'Meera Meera' song fame.

Konkani Winners
1. Verfina Dias 1st (M)
2. Rutuja Lotliker 2nd (L)
3. Ancy Gonsalves 3rd (R)
English Winners
1. Kunal D'Costa (M)
2. Adrian Braganza (L)
3. Jenifer Fernandes (R)

 Hindi Winners
1. Akash Mangueshkar (M)
2. Rajat Mishra (L)
3. Divya Naik (R)

Remo Fernandes


Ancy Gonsalves

 Divya Naik
With Kinjal

 Akash Mangueskar
With Admiral BS Prahar , Govind Tiwari,   Remo Fernandes,

 Jenifer Fernandes
With Govind Tiwari Admiral BS Prahar ,  Perry Goes ,

 Kunal D’Costa

 Adrian Braganza
Admiral BS Prahar , Govind Tiwari, Perry Goes

the winners / Finalists

with awards



Host – Sachin Chatte

Stage, background

 Kinjal performing


 VIPs, dignitaries, Judges etc
Admiral BS Prahar , Govind Tiwari, Perry Goes , Cherian Xavier,  Remo Fernandes,

Remo Fernandes and his Band Microwave Papadums
with Jonathan Dias, Elvis Lobo,  Mukesh Ghatwal & Dipak Manerikar
also Elvis Lobo and Shalisha

Young Drummer Jonathan Dias

Remo Fernandes

Reminded me of Elvis Presley
 Remo on Flute

Dipak Manerikar
Mukesh Ghatwal
 Elvis Lobo

Video 1 - Kunal D' Costa - Voice of Goa (English)
Heaven by Bryan Adams

Video 2 - Kingfisher Voice of Goa - Verphina Dias (Konkani)

Video 3 - Kingfisher Voice of Goa (Hindi)

Video 4: Konkani Finalist - Ancy Gonsalves

Video 5:  ( Sabino Dias of last year's Voice of Goa 2013)