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Goa MP Shantaram Naik appointed as member of Public Accounts Committee of Parliament

20140619_204959-1-1Mr Shantaram Naik M.P. has been appointed as a member of Public Accounts Committee of Parliament consisting of 7 members from Rajya Sabha and 15 members of Lok Sabha.

Mr K.V. Thomas, congress leader and former Union Minister for Food and Consumers Affairs has been appointed as Chairman of the Committee.

Public Accounts Committee is one of the two Finance Committees of Parliament, other being Public Undertakings Committee , of which BJP leader Shri Shanta Kumar also a former Union Minister is the Chairman.

Goa Wedding Show: Goa wishes to grab a share of the 38 billion dollar wedding market

A series of comments by Goa’s ministers has cast a question mark over the kind of tourists the seaside state wishes to attract.

Last month, PWD minister Sudin Dhavalikar urged women tourists to avoid wearing bikinis on public beaches and said girls in short dresses visiting pubs was not part of Goan culture. Last week his brother Deepak, who is cooperation minister, said he wished to see India turn into a Hindu nation under prime minister Narendra Modi.

Perhaps seeking a change of image, Goa Tourism has decided to host its first ‘Goa Wedding Show’ in New Delhi on August 16-17. The event will be held at The Grand Ballroom. The event hopes to boost tourism by painting a picture of Goa as an emerging wedding destination. Wedding planners, hotels, event managers, vendors, fashion designers, spas, travel agencies, hotels, photographers and videographers, hairstylists and make-up artists and artistes’ managers have been invited to the exhibition. The organisers hope this will increase trade opportunities for local vendors.

A press meet was held to announce the Goa Wedding Show in Mumbai. Among those who attended were Goa’s minister for tourism Dilip Parulekar, actor Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra who are sponsoring the event, Goan designer Wendell Rodricks, Nilesh Cabral, chairman, Goa Tourism Development Corporation, and Nikhil Desai, managing director, GTDC.

Parulekar said, “The Indian wedding market is valued at 38 billion dollars per annum and is expected to grow at the rate of 25-30 percent annually. We are hoping this initiative will bring the best of Goa upon one platform and showcase the state as a great wedding destination. We could do this every year.”

Shilpa Shetty said, “The destination where the wedding is to be held is almost as important as the occasion itself. Goa is one of my favourite places. The best part is that you have everything from beaches to historical forts and quaint old churches. I have attended several weddings in Goa and each has been different from the other. Everytime I have returned with a sense of amazement.”

Wendell Rodricks said one can get all one wants under one roof in Goa. Its natural beauty and varied landscape make it a dream wedding destination.

Courtesy: TOI

Centre planning to formulate new Education Policy: Smriti Irani informs Goa MP Shantaram Naik

Union Human Resource Development Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani informed Mr. Shantaram Naik MP in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today said that, ” the Government proposes to formulate a New Education Policy aimed at meeting the challenges posed by lack of quality, research and innovation in our educational institutions. Suggestions will be invited and examined while framing the New Education Policy”.

Mrs. Irani further informed Mr. Naik that, “education being a subject in the Concurrent List of 7th Schedule of the Constitution, the responsibility of education lies primarily with the State Governments. However, all States will be advised to develop syllabi and Text Books keeping in view the New Education Policy, taking into consideration State specific concerns”. She further said, ” as new education policy is yet to be formulated, hence changes in legislation, if necessitated by the new education policy, cannot be specified at this stage”.

“The National Policy on Education (NPE) 1986, as amended in 1992, has been the guiding document for the policies of the Central Government in the education sector. In the last twenty years, the education scenario has been a monumental change with the emergence of several new paradigms like rights based approach to elementary education, the endeavor to extend universalization to secondary education, reshape the higher education scenario and its impact on the innovation environment and providing an impetus to skill development through vocational education in the context of the emergence of new technologies in a rapidly expanding economy placed in a globalised environment, Minister said.

LS polls: Congress may field fresh face in South Goa

The Congress party might have to prepare a fresh list of its probable candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections following chorus of demand from the members of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee that fresh candidates be fielded if the party wanted to win the elections.

According to the sources in the party there was overwhelming demand from the members of the GPCC to field a fresh face from South Goa by replacing Francisco Sardinha, the sitting MP, at the extended meeting of GPCC held at Margao in the presence of AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh and secretary A Chella Kumar.


The sources said that though the Congress normally does not reject tickets to sitting members, it might have to do a rethink given the widespread demand from its grassroots level leaders. A final call on whether to replace sitting Congress MP Francisco Sardinha would have to be taken by the high command, the sources added.

Though Sardinha and Luizinho Faleiro, the AICC general secretary in-charge of North Eastern states, and Valanka Alemao had their backers too, there was a general feeling among most GPCC members that the party would benefit if fresh faces were fielded. The sources said that the party might give in to the demand and name altogether a new face. In the case of North Goa Lok Sabha seat, the GPCC members felt that Congress should contest it to wrest it from sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP Shripad Naik. Most members felt that Congress has a much bigger base in North Goa than the Nationalist Congress Party and that Congress should not repeat the past mistake if it wanted to wrest the seat from BJP.

According to sources, many in the party were in favour of a new face for North Goa too and the candidates shortlisted by the party did not find much favour among many of the GPCC members. The sources did not rule out the possibility of Vishnu Wagh, the sitting BJP legislator from St Andre, being named as the Congress nominee in case he switches over to the Congress.

Meanwhile, Faleiro has said that he is not in the race for the South Goa ticket and that he would prefer to carry on with the work assigned to him by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the N-E states.

He said that he was too busy with his assignments as he has to prepare not only for parliamentary elections but also for two state assemblies, which would go to polls simultaneously. “I have a very busy schedule and happy to execute the works assigned to me” he said. Faleiro said that he was overwhelmed and humbled by the support he got for his candidature from the Congressmen in the state, even as he went on to add that he would prefer to complete the mission in the North East to help the party.