Goa Gujarat, Maharashtra, to experience very heavy rains today

Heavy to very heavy rains are expected in Gujarat, Maharashtra, west Madhya Pradesh and Goa in the next couple of days, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday.

With southwest monsoon remaining vigorous over West Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha and active over Marathwada and Telangana, it said a few places in these region could experience “extremely” heavy rainfalls on Tuesday and the day after.

Heavy rainfall is also expected over Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Assam and Meghalaya, East Rajasthan, coastal Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand during this period.

However, no such warning has been issued for Jammu and Kashmir where rains and floods during the last week claimed 150 lives.

The monsoon trough, meanwhile, passes over Barmer, Chittorgarh, centre of well-marked low pressure area over southwest Madhya Pradesh and adjoining north Madhya Maharashtra, Raipur, Paradip and towards east central Bay of Bengal.


Goa defers iron ore e-auctioning after slump in international prices

The Goa government has put on hold the fifth e-auctioning of iron ore, which was scheduled to be held this week, owing to falling prices in international markets.

The e-auctioning has been postponed, it may be held sometime next week, state mines and geology department director Prasanna Acharya said.

“The state government will have to decide the further date,” he said.

“Looking at the international prices of the ore we decided to postpone the e-auctioning. The international market does not look promising at this point of time,” he said.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently out of station, will return on September 09 and only after that the call on the next date of e-auctioning would be taken, he said.

Around 2.18 million tonnes of ore was supposed to be put for e-auctioning by the state government, which has already auctioned in four different phases and earned Rs 583 crore revenue in the form of sale proceeds, besides Rs 62.2 crore as Value Added Tax, royalty, transport cess and processing fee.

The e-auctioning is being held under the supervision of a monitoring committee appointed by the Supreme Court.

Total 15 million metric tonnes of ore lying at Mormugao Port Trust, jetties and mining leases is supposed to be sold through auctioning.

The first e-auctioning was held on February 17 this year with 5.8 lakh tonnes of ore fetching Rs 102 crore, followed by 10.75 lakh e-auctioned on March 5, collecting Rs 167 crore.

The third e-auctioning was held on May 12, wherein 5.53 lakh tonnes was auctioned for Rs 77 crore, and the fourth e-auction was held for three days on August 19, 20 and 21 when 19.36 lakh tonnes of ore was sold, earning Rs 237 crore for the state government.


Goa Congress slams Modi’s Teachers’ Day telecast

Even as almost all Goa schools are gearing up to show live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on Teachers’ Day Friday, Congress has questioned the “forceful viewing of the telecast.”

“Such action by the (education) department will not come until and unless there is order from higher-ups. This order is politically motivated. It is like forcing students to watch the telecast,” Congress’ Goa unit spokesman Durgadas Kamat alleged while talking to PTI.

The state education department issued a circular asking all heads of the government, government-aided, unaided, non-government primary, secondary and higher secondary schools to arrange for viewing of the PM’s address tomorrow from 2.30 pm to 4.45 pm.

The schools which have opened after the seven-day Ganesh festival vacation today will have to arrange for a television set, and report back to the department.

The circular, regarding the telecast, has been issued by education department’s deputy director Ramkrishna Samant, and also by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan.

The Congress has questioned as to why children should be forced to view it in school, as they can watch it at home.

“This order is politically motivated. The young and innocent children are being dragged into political compulsion by the ‘Modi-fied’ government,” Kamat alleged.

“This is just a beginning and trailer of this government, the entire picture is yet to be unfolded,” he said.

“This clearly looks like India is going the Taliban way,” he further alleged.

“If government wants children to see PM’s address, a message could have been sent that he is addressing on television. The children could watch it at their homes too,” he said.

Meanwhile, the education department has said all the schools will telecast the address tomorrow.

“The circular was issued on August 28. There was enough time for the schools to arrange for TV sets. The schools have responded back saying that the arrangements are in place,” said a senior education department official.

Earlier, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani had made it clear that the students’ participation in the interaction was “voluntary”.


FC Goa sign Brazilian legend Zico

FC Goa have struck gold. On Tuesday, they announced the signing of Brazilian legend Arthur Antunes Coimbra, more famously known as Zico, as their manager (head coach) for the upcoming ISL season.

Often called the ‘White Pele’ for his exquisite passing and even better finishing, Zico appeared in three World Cups and started his coaching career with Japan guiding them at the World Cup in 2006 before guiding Turkish club Fenerbahce to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League in 2008.

Zico signed the contract on Tuesday in Ro de Janeiro, Brazil. Representatives of FC Goa will travel to Brazil shortly to help Zico complete the visa formalities and bring Zico to Goa in the next couple of days.

The man responsible for getting Zico to India is Dempo SC legend, Brazilian Roberto Mendes da Silva, or better known as Beto. He got in touch with Zico’s agents a month ago and says it took a lot of convincing for Zico to agree.

“For the first couple of meetings, we had to explain the project (ISL) to him. We had to convince him that India had a lot to offer,” said Beto.

Asked what does it mean for India, Beto said, “He’s probably the best coach that will come the ISL. Look what he’s done with Japan. Even his time at Fenerbahce was fruitful. He brings with him tremendous experience as a world class player and coach.”

The eight-franchise based tournament will be played from October 12- December 20.

Full name: Arthur Antunes Coimbra
Date of birth: March 3, 1953
Playing position: Attacking midfielder

National team

Apearances: 71
Goals: 52

Year Club App Goals
1971–1983 Flamengo 212 123
1983–1985 Udinese 39 22
1985–1989 Flamengo 37 12
1991–1994 Kashima Antlers 46 35


Source: dnaindia

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