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Old June 10th, 2011, 08:27 AM   #41
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BMW targets smaller cities

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German luxury car brand BMW will consolidate its market position by extending its presence in tier-II and III Indian cities over the next one-and-a-half years, a senior executive said today.

The dealership base of the company will be enhanced from existing 24 facilities to 40 in the next one-and-a-half years, BMW India President Andreas Schaaf said.



"Further, we aim to have 60 facilities by 2015," he told reporters at Verna, 20 km from here.

Schaaf, who commissioned BMW's Goa facility at Verna, said the company intends to drive into smaller towns from its current thrust on the auto markets like Delhi and Mumbai.

The company, he said, gets 70% of its total sales from Delhi and Mumbai markets and this figure is likely to drop once sales pick up in tier-II and III cities.

Schaaf said they are examining the market potential of smaller cities and towns.

BMW claims 41% of share in the luxury car segment of the country. Schaaf said the market share is expected to grow further with the introduction of SUV X 3 model, which is scheduled to be rolled out in September.

The carmaker's Chennai plant has already started assembling the new vehicle, which is considered as ideal for Indian conditions, he added.

BMW India, a 100% subsidiary of BMW Group, was set up in 2007. Since then, Schaaf said, the network of dealers has been established across India. "We did not engage traditional dealers. The company searched for like-minded dealers who would identify themselves with our ideology."

Bavaria Motors, which has BMW dealership in Pune, was given the dealership in Goa.
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Medical dispensaries to be opened in villages

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The Goa government has decided to open Rural Medical Dispensaries (RMDs) in state's remote and far-flung areas to increase the reach of medical facilities.

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane announced today that 10 RMDs, each costing Rs one crore, will be opened soon across the state.

One such RMD has already been inaugurated at Keri village in Sattari taluka while another one would be commissioned soon in Thane village.

Rane said facilities like dentist, ultrasound, blood checking and in some cases even dialysis, would be offered through these centres, which would be manned by a permanent doctor round the clock.

"There are many patients in the rural areas who neglect their oral problems because there is no dentist," said the minister who represents rural Valpoi constituency.

He added even pregnant women will now need not travel to cities for basic weekly check up.

Goa will also become the first state to have a diabetic's registry, which will keep the record of all the patients across the state.

Rane said the state in association with Danish health care firm Novo Nordisks will be maintaining this registry.

"We have already started giving free insulin to diabetic patients in the state," the minister said adding that 7-8 per cent population in the state suffers from diabeties.
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Panaji: ICICI Lombard to Insure 3.5 Lakh Homes in Goa

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Panaji, June 13 (IANS) One of India's biggest health insurance operators, ICICI Lombard Health Insurance Company (ICICI LHIC), will insure nearly 3.5 lakh households in Goa as part of the state government's universal health insurance scheme, a minister said Monday.

Goa Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane told reporters that ICICI LHIC surpassed six other bidders, including National Insurance Company (NIC) and Tata AIG, to bag the tender.

The universal insurance scheme will be implemented from September this year.

"According to the universal healthcare insurance scheme, all Goan households with less than five members would be covered for primary and secondary health care up to Rs.60,000 annually," Rane said, adding that the scheme was entirely state-financed.

"We will be providing cashless cards to the beneficiaries, who can, after September, enter any of the empanelled hospitals and get treatment up to the covered amount free of cost," Rane said.

He added that only those living in Goa for the last five years are eligible for the scheme.

"Goa is the first state to have such a universal insurance scheme," he said.
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Ahh Goa so much has changed.
I'll go in the opposite direction - these changes are far too few - and the projects vanilla - for a state like Goa- with its literate populace, portugese ethos and the target demographics - foreign tourists - I think Goa hasn't seen much change.

I visited Goa after 7 years last year - and Vasco, Madgaon and Panjim barely seemed any different. A lot more immigrants - but I was hoping a kerela-like transformation would be underway. I was sorely disappointed - I just can't fathom the reason why Goa isn't taking off in a grand way??

I know for a fact that the past three governments have been impotent!! But the private sector too hasn't taken much interest either....wierd!
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Panaji: ICICI Lombard to Insure 3.5 Lakh Homes in Goa

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Panaji, June 13 (IANS) One of India's biggest health insurance operators, ICICI Lombard Health Insurance Company (ICICI LHIC), will insure nearly 3.5 lakh households in Goa as part of the state government's universal health insurance scheme, a minister said Monday.

Goa Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane told reporters that ICICI LHIC surpassed six other bidders, including National Insurance Company (NIC) and Tata AIG, to bag the tender.

The universal insurance scheme will be implemented from September this year.

"According to the universal healthcare insurance scheme, all Goan households with less than five members would be covered for primary and secondary health care up to Rs.60,000 annually," Rane said, adding that the scheme was entirely state-financed.

"We will be providing cashless cards to the beneficiaries, who can, after September, enter any of the empanelled hospitals and get treatment up to the covered amount free of cost," Rane said.

He added that only those living in Goa for the last five years are eligible for the scheme.

"Goa is the first state to have such a universal insurance scheme," he said.
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Panaji: Konkan Rail Route Affected by Heavy Rains

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Panaji, Jun 17 (IANS): Heavy monsoon rains Friday threw train traffic along the Konkan Railway (KR) route out of gear in Goa as a mudslide protection wall along the rail track near Ratnagiri in Maharashtra came crumbling down, an official said.

"Trains on the KR route were halted," said Baban Ghatge, Konkan Railway public relations manager.

"We are clearing the debris on the tracks which has halted the movement of virtually all the trains on the KR route," Ghatge said, adding that the trains would be able to resume after a few hours.

Several trains going towards Mumbai have been halted at Ratnagiri station, 180 km from here, and buses have been arranged for passengers, he added.
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Goa launches first diabetes registry

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Chief Minister Digambar Kamat launching the diabetes registry van in Panaji on Friday. Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane and Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava are seen.

PANAJI: The Goa government, in association with the Novo Nordisk Education Foundation (NNEF), on Friday launched country's first diabetes registry that will help health services in the State to monitor the metabolic disease on a regular basis.

The registry will aim at capturing details of every individual diabetes patient in the State and will further aid government health services to monitor each patient-based on a unique identification number.

The diabetes registry will aid the government in a population-based approach to risk assessment and thereby aid in better and effective management of various chronic diseases related to alarming increase of diabetes, NNEF officials said on Friday.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat launched the registry in the presence of Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark in India, Chief Secretary Sanjeev Srivastav, Health Secretary Rajiv Verma, Dean, Goa Medical College V.N. Jindal, Director of Health Services Rajnanda Desai and Melvin D'Souza, managing trustee, Novo Nordisk Education Foundation.

The ambassador said: “In a fast growing and vibrant economy such as India, diabetes and its complications can lead to huge human and economic loss. The initiatives undertaken by the Goa government to tackle diabetes, including the launch of the registry, are commendable. I am keen to ensure even closer cooperation between Danish and Indian organisations in order to facilitate access to quality healthcare in India.

As part of the State-wide campaign “Changing diabetes barometer” launched by the State government and NNEF in August 2008, the registry will help identify people at risk of diabetic complications and aid in reducing the gap between evidence-based recommendations for care and clinical outcomes.

This date will further be utilised as a critical feature for population-based disease management.

According to figures given by NNEF, in India there are over 50.8 million diabetics, the economic cost of diabetes is estimated to be 2.1 per cent of the GDP.

The cost of diabetes includes lost productivity and the cost of treating the disease and its complications, such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetic retinopathy.

“We, at Novo Nordisk are happy to partner with the Goa government in creating awareness at a mass level. This will be a result-oriented programme that will bring greater number of people to systematic screening, diagnostic and treatment process for diabetes This will also lead to better outcomes as well as rein in the rising prevalence of diabetes,” said Mr. D' Souza.

Novo Nordisk Education Foundation is a non-profit organisation created in 1998 with the purpose of increasing diabetes awareness. NNEF aims at providing comprehensive education in diabetes and other healthcare issues by bridging the knowledge gap, according to a press release.
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Goa Tourism now gives information through SMS


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PANAJI: In an effort to be more tourist-friendly, Goa Tourism has embarked on a tech-savvy project which will make it possible for tourists to receive information on popular sightseeing spots on their cell phones.

With this, information on Goa's tourist and cultural hotspots — forts, beaches, heritage sites, religious sites, waterfalls, and other places of interest would now be available at your fingertips.

The Goa government along with the State-owned Infotech Corporation of Goa Ltd. (ITGL) recently launched the mobile governance (m-governance) programme in the State.

As part of the government-to-citizen (G2C) initiative, Goa Tourism is working with ITGL on this unique project, said an official of ITGL on Friday.

“In an effort to make the State more accessible to tourists, every place in the State which is of significant tourist interest will undergo a coding process,” said Swapnil Naik, Goa Director of Tourism.

“Locations which are of significance to tourists will be allocated with a specific unique code number. Texting the code number in the format MGoa_(code of place) to the number 56070, will give tourists information about that particular place. Messages can be delivered in text as well as audio format,” he said.

All the places of tourist importance and other places of interest will be included in the project. Signboards listing the codes for each place will be placed at strategic spots across the State.

The Tourism Department will simultaneously increase awareness through the department's official website and through publicity material, including brochures and other travel literature.
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Centre approves chair on diaspora studies at GU

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A chair on diaspora studies at the Goa University has been approved by Union ministry for Human Resource Development (HRD) to study the economic, social and cultural dimensions of migration.

NRI commissioner, Eduardo Faleiro told media persons, "We have asked the governor, who is also the chancellor of Goa University to ensure that a competent person is appointed to the chair and good quality research is conducted.

He said that the establishment of the chair will facilitate focused academic research and teaching on the issue of Indian and Goan diasporas worldwide.

Faleiro said that a part payment towards creation of the chair has already been made by the University Grants Commission to the Goa University.

The NRI commissioner also said that the annual Global Goans Convention will be held in London from July 22 to July 25, 2011. The convention will include a 'Vishwa Konkani Samelan', by expatriates from Goa and other Konkani speaking regions of India.

The Indian council for cultural relations (ICCR) has sponsored a troupe 'Mandd Sameel' to perform at the convention.

With this year being the Golden jubilee of Goa's liberation the NRI commission along with the Indian council for worldwide affairs (ICWA) will hold an international conference in Goa. The mainly academic conference will involve representatives from several former colonies and will focus on the challenges faced by the countries on their way to national renaissance.
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MMC's solid waste processing facility to begin operation by May 2012

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Notwithstanding the fact that work on the garbage treatment plant at Sonsoddo by Fomento is running well behind the timelines set for the project, Margao Municipal Council (MMC) is likely to boast of a fully functional solid waste processing facility well before the next monsoon. February-March 2012 is now the revised and realistic target period, sources said.

Chief minister Digambar Kamat has already disclosed at the review meeting at Raj Bhavan recently that the equipment for the Sonsodo plant would be installed by September-October and "the whole unit is expected to become functional by May 2012".

The 50-75 TPD (tons per day) capacity plant is being set up on a design, build, own, operate and transfer (DBOOT) basis for a period of 25 years. The cost of the project is 7.31 crore.

The MMC, meanwhile, is engaged in defending the contempt petition filed against it by NGO Goa Foundation for its failure to honour the time schedule submitted by the civic body to the court with regards to the setting up of the plant. As per the time-bound plan submitted to the court, the MMC had undertaken to finalize the agency for setting up the waste treatment plant by August 2009, while the landfill site was to have been constructed by January 31, 2010. The treatment plant was to be operational by April 2010, as per the schedule. However, MMC and Fomento entered into a concession agreement only in February 2011.At the latest hearing, the court directed the MMC to file an affidavit with regards to the current status of the project, sources said.

Nevertheless, MMC and Fomento officials are hopeful that the garbage scenario in the commercial capital, which presently reflects a sorry state of affairs, will see a turnaround, once the garbage treatment plants gets operational.

Speaking to TOI, chief officer of the MMC Prasanna Acharya said that once the plant is operational, the garbage management system will get streamlined. "We have plans to start door-to-door collection of waste and introduce segregation at source of garbage. Garbage management has always been our priority. Once the garbage treatment plant at Sonsoddo gets operational, we will be better placed to streamline the various processes of garbage management," Acharya said.

Agrees chief executive officer of Fomento Sridhar Kamat, "As part of its corporate social responsibility, Fomento would like to work closely with the MMC in the field of garbage management. We will be working on plans for effective collection, segregation, recycling and disposal of garbage, which we will introduce in consultation with the MMC. The plans are still at a conceptual stage as we are currently focused on setting up the garbage treatment plant."

Though not committing on the target date for commissioning the plant, Kamat said that it would take around eight months for the facility to be functional from the time the additional land which is being acquired for the purpose by the MMC is handed over to them and the requisite statutory approvals obtained.

"Orders have already been placed for procuring various types of machinery, like electrically operated overhead cranes, etc. Besides, the 140m-long shed is being fabricated at a workshop in Mangalore. As these machines are made to order, they are likely to be delivered within the next two-three months. As regards the shed, the existing garbage yard at Sonsoddo cannot accommodate the shed lengthwise and therefore we are waiting for the additional adjoining land to be handed over to us. From the time the land is handed over to us and necessary permissions obtained from statutory bodies, it will require seven-eight months for the plant to be functional," Kamat said.

It may be noted that land acquisition proceedings for acquiring 57,700 sq m of additional land adjoining the Sonsoddo garbage dump are already under way and in the final stages of completion. "The notification of the award is awaited and is expected soon. Besides, we have also initiated the process for obtaining permissions under Section 17 A of the Town and Country Planning Act for cutting and leveling the hilly land to facilitate setting up the plant
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Will demand Rs 1,000cr package for new Zuari bridge: South Goa MP

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PANAJI: South Goa member of Parliament Francisco Sardinha will move a motion in the upcoming Parliament session to demand a special package of Rs 1,000 crore for construction of a new Zuari bridge.

Speaking to mediapersons at Congress House, Sardinha said he had introduced the motion for a special package for construction of the Zuari bridge. "As the House was adjourned, the motion was not brought up for discussion," he said.

"In that motion, I have brought to the notice of the Union government and the Prime Minister, that if by any chance, God forbid, something goes wrong with the Zuari bridge, the Goan economy will collapse. "I will move the motion again in this Parliament session," Sardinha said. "I will ask for a 1,000 crore package for the construction of the Zuari bridge. If anything happens to the Zuari bridge, then it cannot be built overnight and it will take nothing less then two to three years to complete the work. I also told them that the Zuari bridge has to be closed for maintenance every six months, so we have to start now," Sardinha added. The Congress, in its 2007 manifesto, had assured a second 'signature bridge' over the Zuari river.
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New cruise terminal in Goa to be ready in two months

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PANAJI: Goa's Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) is readying to welcome more cruise liners in the state as its dedicated cruise terminal facility will be upgraded in next two months at a cost of Rs 90 crore.

MPT Chairman P Mara Pandiyan said the move will help to get more cruise vessels visiting the coastal state. During the just-ended fiscal, 22 cruise vessels called at the port with 19,650 passengers as against 21 vessels with 9,371 passengers during 2010-11, he said.

The cruise traffic is expected to grow in the current financial year bringing in high spending visitors to Goa. "To attract more cruise liner and to help economy grow, the construction of berth with 450 metres length and 26.5 metres width, specially meant for cruise vessels with a draft of 9.5 metres is nearing completion," Pandiyan told reporters here today.

The terminal, he said, will be ready within two months. MPT officials recently held a meeting with cruise line operators, who had shown keen interest in visiting the state. The Port had faced some embracing moments two years back as the cruise passengers complained of dust pollution as the berth for their vessel was situated next to the one handling coal cargo.

Pandiyan said the berth has now been shifted to a location which is pollution-free. MPT foresees a business of Rs 250 crore annually for the state government in the form of cruise liners. "Every passenger who spends less than 12 hours in the state spends around 400-500 US dollars, which is a boost for the tourism industry," he said.
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2 centralized garbage treatment plants for Goa

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PANAJI: The government has planned to set up two centralized hi-tech garbage treatment plants for waste generated by 189 village panchayats in the state.

It has also asked all municipal councils and one corporation to submit a status report on the setting up of a garbage treatment plant in their jurisdiction within a week.

Speaking to TOI, urban development minister Francisco D'Souza said, "We are planning to have two centralized hi-tech garbage treatment plants in Goa to treat the garbage generated in village panchayats' jurisdiction."

The government is in the process of setting up the first centralized hi-tech garbage plant. "There is a possibility that we may set it up at Verna . We have to identify the land in Verna industrial estate," D'Souza said.

He also said that it is not feasible for each village panchayat to have its own garbage treatment plant and especially not financially viable for smaller panchayats.

"We have to see whether a garbage treatment plant is commercially viable in all village panchayats, that is why we have put forth the idea of having two centralized hi-tech garbage treatment plants," D'Souza said.

So far, only Bicholim, Cuncolim and Sanquelim have treatment plants that are functioning smoothly. A few village panchayats have moved for land acquisition to set up a garbage treatment plant in the state.

The minister has decided to hold a meeting with chief officers and chairmen of all the municipalities to discuss and expedite the setting up of garbage treatment plants, soon after the status report is submitted.
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This project by Raheja Universal was opposed by the local villages, not sure if it continued construction or not -

Raheja Chrysalis, Carmona

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Raheja Universals other project has not much info or images released -

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A project designed by Morphogenesis for Ayaan Infra -

Siolim Villas, Siolim, Goa

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The project is based in Siolim, a village in Goa, situated around the Chapora River. The site is located on the steep hillocks of Siolim with rich fauna and being located around the river makes this a challenging project and a great location for the design of residential villas. The site has a Gradual Ascending Slope with extremely Dense Vegetation (indigenous Cashew Trees) and possesses significant Views all along the front edge of the plot of fields below, opening out to the sea. Additionally, due to the terrain of a gradual upward slope, the plots at higher contours possess clear views of the scenic natural environs. Hence, conserving the existing natural features of the site such as contours and vegetation and ensuring views of the river were crucial issues that needed to be addressed.

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