Of flowers and fertility

Of flowers and fertility

By-Anuradha Das A ncient traditions celebrated Mother Nature as the womb from where life sprung and, in an analogy to human life, it was the female form that was regarded as mother goddess. After all, it was the woman who blossomed to bear new life, and those early traditions developed…

Temporary shacks can stay, but operators skeptical

Temporary shacks can stay, but operators skeptical

COLVA: The notification issued by the ministry of environment and forests permitting temporary shacks to be retained on the beach brought some relief to the owners, but it doesn’t seem like they would benefit from this move as the structures in the sand are not engineered to withstand the fury…

Bondla animals quench thirst at new waterholes

Bondla animals quench thirst at new waterholes

PANAJI: In a bid to satiate the thirst of wild animals in the Bondla area during summer, the forest department has built a number of artificial waterholes, which are periodically replenished to maintain a good level. The officials believe this would also help prevent man-animal conflict in the areas around…

She’s most ‘Nandita’ when she’s with Goa’s tiny tots

She’s most ‘Nandita’ when she’s with Goa’s tiny tots

Set foot into the offices of Sethu Centre for Child Development and Family Guidance in Socorro, and it becomes clear why the organisation has, over the past 12 years, become synonymous with children’s welfare and care in Goa. The bright, blue bungalow has an air of cheerfulness about it, much…

As summer ends, a ‘treat’ from the jackfruit tree

As summer ends, a ‘treat’ from the jackfruit tree

Goa, nestled in the Western Ghats, is blessed with an abundant yield of mangoes and jackfruits. Today, mangoes have been glorified no end (justifiably though to an extent), while jackfruits have been pushed to the backstage. But, until few decades ago, the jackfruit tree in the backyard was the family’s…

Soon, track the 108 ambulance via app

Soon, track the 108 ambulance via app

PANAJI: The state government has decided to install a GPS-based system on the ‘108 ambulance services’ in Goa by the end of May. A Imobile-based app will also be launched to track ambulances. Finally, the authorities have decided to adopt a hospital management system at Goa Medical College (GMC) and…

For Tiracol power buy, Goa gets a Maha shocker: Rs 1.5cr bill

For Tiracol power buy, Goa gets a Maha shocker: Rs 1.5cr bill

PANAJI: The Goa electricity department has been slapped with a Rs 1.5 crore electricity bill from Maharashtra for dues pending since 2012 for power supplied to Tiracol. Tiracol village has been drawing power from Maharashtra since Goa’s pre-liberation days. Electricity department officials attribute the inflated bill to Maharashtra billing Goa…

Over 3.4 billion years old rock lies amidst heaps of garbage at Anmod

Over 3.4 billion years old rock lies amidst heaps of garbage at Anmod

MOLLEM: Intense prospecting for iron ore in Goa during the 2007-2012 mining boom raised worries about depletion of mineral resources, but massive excavations into the state’s priceless assets and India’s oldest rock formations at Anmod, approximately 75km away from Panaji, went unnoticed. Apes and ancestors of man have been around…

Sattari’s Mhovacho Guno turns into death trap

Sattari’s Mhovacho Guno turns into death trap

KERI: Mhovacho Guno in Caranzol-Sonal, a natural spot inside the Mhadei river, has become a death trap with over 15 youth drowning at the spot while swimming there in summer. On Saturday morning, a college student, Gauresh Barve from Vitthalapur-Karapur, drowned in the Mhadei river near Mhovacho Guno. Barve, 20,…

Man dies while fixing excavator

Man dies while fixing excavator

BICHOLIM: A 40-year-old Jharkhand native, who was working on an excavator machine at Narvem, Bicholim, died on the spot when the bucket of the machine struck him on the head. Bicholim police said, the deceased, identified as Sonu Bhoya, was repairing the machine when the bucket of the machine suddenly…

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