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Ami Konn? (Who are we?)

Ami Konn (Who are we?) is a short produced for the Storytelling Parade. The film is based on Vithai Zaraunkar, a post graduate of the Goa University and a member of the Kunbi tribe – an aboriginal community in the western Indian state of Goa.

Not permitting insults about her origins, through her schooling, Vithai took matters into her own hands and decided to embrace her roots. She took on a project to record the oral stories and songs of her tribe and the recordings will be a part of the national archive in Delhi with the project funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Govt of India.

The film seeks to explore the mind of Vithai in her own words.

Music: Treeline at Night by A Taylor (licensed from the Music Bed)

Courtesy: Gasper DSouza

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Highlights of Lok Sabha Election, Goa 2014

Finally the much awaited 16th Lok Sabha elections in two Parliamentary Constituencies of Goa have ended on a high and successful note. Here are some highlights with facts & figures:

Photo credit: Anzil

Photo credit: Anzil

 Parliamentary Constituencies

  • Goa has just two Members of Parliament (MP) seats from two Parliamentary Constituencies North Goa and South Goa.
  • In 2004 there were 16 candidates, in 2009 there were 18 and this year 2014 there were 19 candidates in contention for 2 Lok Sabha seats in Goa.
  • Polling Date: Initially 17th April 2014 later changed to 12 April 2014.
  • Interestingly North Goa is smaller by area but larger by size of Electorate (5,92,920)
  • Whereas South Goa is just the opposite, larger by area but smaller by size of Electorate (4,64,579)
  • Polling was held at 1,622 polling stations spread across 1,152 polling station locations in Goa.

Goa’s Total Population v/s Total Electorate v/s total EPIC holders

  • State’s total population  is 14,94,198 people
  • State’s total electorate consists of 10,57,499 electors (as on 2ndJanuary 2014) i.e: 10,57,499 electorate  = 1.57+ million electorate.
  • State’s total EPIC holders are 10,33,188 people.

(*Electorate: All the people of the area who are entitled to vote in an election.)
(*EPIC:Elector’s Photo Identity Card )

 

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Data source: CEO, Goa; Data as on 02.01.2014

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Date source: CEO, Goa; Data as on 02.01.2014

What’s New?

  • 12.11% (1,28,111 electorate) are in the age group 18-25.
  • 35.05% are in the age group 25-40
  • Women constitute 50%. (5,28,799 electorate)
  • 28,646 new young voters were eligible to vote during the 16th Lok Sabha.
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Photo Courtesy: bizjournals.com

Turnout

  • Goa recorded a whopping 76.82 % turnout , compared to 55% in 2009 and 58% in 2004.
  • Previous Lok Sabha polling record was 61 % in 1998.
  • North Goa recorded 78.60%  whereas South Goa recorded 75.14%
  • For the first time since the last two Lok Sabha Elections (2004 & 2009) women voters have outnumbered men.
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Photo Courtesy: u4uvoice.com

Highest Voting %

  • Sankhali (Sanquelim) Constituency  recorded highest voting percentage of 84.27% in North Goa.
  • Followed by Sanvordem Constituency with 84.27% in South Goa.
  • It is noted that the highest turnout is from the mining belt. Sankhali & Sanvordem are the two major hubs of mining activity.

Lowest Voting %

  • Both South Goa Constituencies Cuncolim & Benaulim Constituency recorded the lowest turnout of 62% and 65% respectively (*Non verified report)

Now that voting is finally over and the EVMs are safely stored at Bal Bhavan in Panaji and Kare College of Law at Margao, one can only speculate & wait till 16th May 2014 to declare the winners & losers of Lok Sabha Election 2014.

 

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Fact Sheet: Lok Sabha 2014 Goa

 

 

The 16th Lok Sabha elections would be held in the two Parliamentary Constituencies of Goa on April 12, 2014. Polling will be held at 1,622 polling stations spread across 1,152 polling station locations. Out of the state’s total of 10,57,499 electors as on 2ndJanuary 2014, 12.11% are in the age group 18-25 while women constitute 50%. The poll expenditure limit per candidate for all constituencies in the state is Rs. 54 lakhs.

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Did you know? South Goa is Larger by Area compared to North Goa  BUT
North Goa has larger electorate (5,92,920) compared to South Goa electorate (4,64,579)
Interesting! Isn’t it???

(*Electorate: All the people of the area who are entitled to vote in an election.)

Sources: PIB, Govt. of India

Top 3 Goans candidates with declared serious cases with multiple IPC charges

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Indian Penal Code (IPC) counts:  3 candidates with declared serious cases have multiple counts of serious IPC charges. Out of 19 candidates, 3 candidates have declared serious criminal cases relating to wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation, voluntarily causing hurt by weapons, etc. And here are the top three.

Leading from the top is Dayanand G. Narvekar, an Independent candidate from North Goa constituency has declared 4 counts of serious IPC charges.

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Cases where charges framed

  • FIR No.192/2001, Case No.161/S/2001/D PS.-Margaon Town Police Station, Dist.-South Goa, Goa JMFC Margao, Date of Cog.-06/04/2001. IPC Sections Applicable: 120B, 468, 471, 201, 420
  • FIR No.364/2010 Case No.111/S/2012/A, PS.-Mapusa , Dist.-North Goa, Goa JMFC Mapusa Date of Cog.-23/12/2000. IPC Sections Applicable: 2465, 468, 471, 120B

 

 

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Govind Gaude, also an Independent candidate from South Goa constituency with 3 counts of serious IPC charges.

Cases where accused 

  • Criminal Case No.37/2009 JMFC ‘A’ Ponda Date of Cog.-09/04/2009. IPC section: 448, 504, 506(2)

Cases where charges framed

  • Section 3 & 4 of PDPP Act. Criminal Case No.37/2011 FIR No.RC-BSI/2011/S/0008 Cuncolim PS.-South Goa, Goa Additional Sessions Fast Track Court-II, Margao-Goa Date of Cog.-14/01/2013 , Filed Revision Pending For Final Disposal Cr. Revision No 8/2014 Before High Court Of Bombay at Goa Panaji. IPC section: 143, 147, 148, 341, 435, 188, 332, 324, 149
  • Criminal Case No.59/2012 FIR No.-41/2011 Agacaim PS.-North Goa, Goa JMFC Panaji Date 30/03/2012, JMFC ‘B’ Panaji. IPC section: 353, 34
  • Criminal Case No 64/2013 FIR No 129/2009 Porvorim P.S North Goa, Goa Sec. 8(B) Of NH Act 1956 & Sec. 32 Police Act 1861 Blocked NH, Court JMFC ‘A’ Mapusa Dt 01.03.2013. IPC section: 143, 341, 149

 

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Churchill Alemao of AITC from South Goa constituency has declared 3 counts of serious IPC charges.

Cases where accused

  • FIR. No 05/2013 Dt 09.01.2013, Colva PS On Basis Of Complaint Of Sandra Mascarenhad No Summons Received From Court As of Date. IPC sections 143, 147, 504, 506, 341, 149.
  • 13(1)(d)r/w 13(2) PC Act 1988, F.I.R.No.28/2013 dt.30.12.2013, No Summons received from Court as of Date. IPC Sections 120B, 403, 409, 420.
  •  145 Proceeding Before SDM Margao Being Case No MAG/147/CR. P.C/03/2013 Initiated On Basis Of Information of Sandra Mascarenhas.

 

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Disclaimer: The primary source for the data used for these reports is the sworn affidavits provided by the candidates themselves.In case of any discrepancy in our reports vis a vis the original affidavit of any candidate, the original affidavit should be considered accurate. If you notice any discrepancies between affidavit and our report kindly let us know and we will fix them on our end as soon as possible.

 

Lok Sabha 2014 – Goa: Candidates with Criminal Cases

Photo Courtesy: dnaindia

Photo Courtesy: dnaindia

Did you know?

Out of the 19 candidates contesting for Two Seats in Goa (North & South Goa), 6 candidates (32%) have declared criminal cases against themselves.
Who are these 6 candidates? Watch this space for more details…

 

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Nylon 6,6: Lest we forget

 In 1989, Dupont the world’s largest Nylon manufacturer, paid an estimated $1 million a month in fines and law suit settlements for environmental and public health infractions in 1 9 8 9 in the US. In 1 9 8 8, the multinational giant decided to set up a plant near Ponda in Goa, to manufacture Nylon 6,6. But the local people revolted. 

Environmentalists feared that pollution from this factory would destroy the environment and the livelihood of the people in the neighboring villages. They campaigned with the people, and the villages joined to oppose the setting up of the factory. They won the struggle after a long campaign, and loss of life of a young man in police firing.

This film recounts the dynamics of the anti-DuPont movement and examines the various issues from the villagers’ point of view. Villagers give their reasons for their hostility and how they eventually forced DuPont to leave Goa.

Naka Naka Dupont Naka (“No” to DuPont)
Director: Partha Sarkar & Reena Kukreja | Producer: Other Media Communications Pvt Ltd
Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 1998 | Story Teller’s Country: India

From Goa to Germany, Via The Nazis & Gandhi

 

In the Shadow of Freedom by Laxmi Tendulkar Dhaul

In the Shadow of Freedom by Laxmi Tendulkar Dhaul

Set against the backdrop of Hitler’s Germany and Gandhi’s India, “In The Shadow of Freedom” written by Mrs. Dhaul is a heady mix of both global history with local familiar realities and politics with personal relationships. It is a colourful story of the inter-meshing lives of two women, the one man they both loved, their growing friendship and two countries battling with violence and non-violence, fascism and colonization.

This remarkable tale describes the turbulent lives of author Laxmi’s parents Ayi Tendulkar and Indumati, in the early thirties, narrated by Laxmi herself. In the 1920’s, Tendulkar, a young journalist from just outside Goa, travels to Germany to study, and falls in love with and marries one of Germany’s most celebrated film writers, Thea von Harbou, wife of legendary director Fritz Lang. On his return to India, he gets caught up in the whirlwind of Gandhi’s activism, marries a Gandhian activist Indumati Gunaji and both spent several years in Indian prisons. There are a number of Goa links that pepper this unusual story. From Germany, Tendulkar is described visiting his grandparents’ home in Mayem, Goa. He was also President of the Goa Congress Committee in 1946, after the arrest of T. B. Cunha.

Bio-data: Mrs Laxmi is a Post-Graduate in Biochemistry from the University of Mumbai. As an author she has penned titles across genres spanning spiritual and temporal sections. Her published works include ‘The Sufi Shrine of Ajmer’, ‘The Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’, ‘Guide to the Gentleman Chef’, and ‘Chimi’s Dream’. She resides in Mumbai and is currently involved in producing animation films to create environmental awareness amongst school children.

There will be Presentation-cum-Discussion at the XCHR History Hour by Laxmi Tendulkar Dhaul on Thursday, April 3, 2014  at 5:30 pm.

 

Source: Frederick Noronha

Goa Mining Case Day 1

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Breach of Sesa Goa mine site at Mulgao. Photo courtesy: Goa Foundation

Breach of Sesa Goa mine site at Mulgao.
Photo courtesy: Goa Foundation

The Goa Foundation petition in the Supreme Court on the Goa mining scam commenced today at 10.30 am and went on the full day in a packed court room. Prashant Bhushan was on his legs the entire day with a one hour stop for lunch. Judges heard the matter patiently and with great sympathy. They appeared to be touched by the photographs produced by petitioners on the environmental destruction by mining. Prashant was brilliant. Norma also addressed the Court on specific issues when asked by Prashant. That way the Court is quite liberal.

Central Empowered Committee Member Secretary Jiwrajka also made significant interventions though he is not an advocate. I had a place in the front row with the seniors, so I could assist with the documents. A copy of the written submissions have been sent to all the media. The matter will resume tomorrow. Prashant may argue till noon, after which the counsel for CEC will take over to argue the CEC report.

Though Goa government wanted to make out its case that it was doing everything and the petition should be dismissed, the Court insisted on hearing the Ministry of Environment and Forests before them. The State of Goa is not represented by its Advocate General, Sushant Nadkarni. They have recruited a counsel from Chennai.
More tomorrow.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

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Photo source: wallpaperpassion.com

The long awaited festival of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ is celebrated to commemorate the rebirth of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati.
May Lord Ganesha, who is worshiped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune bestow his blessings on earth on all his devotees.
We at Goenchi Mathi wish all our Hindu Brethen a prosperous festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.

 

“Goa”: A creative graphic design

"Goa" a creative graphic design by Vishant Naik Chawdikar Photo credit: Vishant Naik Chawdikar (pinterest)

“Goa” a creative graphic design by Vishant Naik Chawdikar
Photo credit: Vishant Naik Chawdikar (pinterest)