ADVERTISEMENT

Goa

Girish Chandra Murmu named Lt. Governor of Jammu and Kashmir

Girish Chandra Murmu, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1985 batch (Gujarat cadre), has been appointed as the Lt. Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Girish Chandra Murmu
Girish Chandra Murmu
Girish Chandra Murmu, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1985 batch (Gujarat cadre), has been appointed as the Lt. Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
Murmu, 59, is currently the Expenditure Secretary in the Ministry of Finance at the Centre.
 
A press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan also said Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Goa.
 
Murmu, who has an MA in Political Science from Utkal University and an MBA from the University of Birmingham, had earlier served as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Gujarat when Narendra Modi, now the Prime Minister, held that position.
 
Parliament had in early August this year passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019 and approved the resolution to abrogate the Constitution's Article 370. The Bill, which was passed by Rajya Sabha on August 5, was approved by the Lok Sabha on the following day.
 
The Jammu and Reorganisation Act bifurcated the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature, and Ladakh without a legislature.
 
Murmu will, thus, be the first Governor of the new UT of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
Former Defence Secretary Radha Krishna Mathur, 65, a retired IAS officer of the 1977 batch (Tripura cadre), will be the first Lt. Governor of the new UT of Ladakh. Mathur had served earlier as the Secretary, Defence Production and as Secretary,  Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. After his tenure as Defence Secretary, he had also served as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC).
 
The communique also said P S Sreedharan Pillai had been appointed as the Governor of Mizoram.
 
The appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices, the communique added.
 
NNN
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Parrikar cremated with full military, state honours

The last rites of Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who died on Sunday after suffering from pancreatic cancer for over a year, were held with full military and state honours at the Miramar beach here on Monday evening.
Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar
The last rites of Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who died on Sunday after suffering from pancreatic cancer for over a year, were held with full military and state honours at the Miramar beach here on Monday evening.
 
Thousands of supporters and BJP workers accompanied the funeral cortege from the Kala Academy Arts and Cultural Centre, where the remains had been kept throughout the day for the public to pay last respects to the nearby Miramar beach.
 
The mortal remains of Parrikar, wrapped in the national tri-colour, were placed on a pyre amid a 21 gun salute at the beach and his elder son Utpal Parrikar consigned it to flames.
 
Parrikar, 63, is survived by two sons, two daughters in-law and a grandson.
 
Top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani, Suresh Prabhu and Ramdas Athawale offered floral tributes to Parrikar.
 
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also paid his last respects.
 
Parrikar was Chief Minister of Goa on four separate occasions, but could not complete a single term in office. He served as Defence Minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet from 2014-17 before returning to state politics.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar passes away after long battle with cancer

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away at his private residence in Panaji on Sunday evening after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer.
Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away at his private residence here on Sunday evening after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. 
 
He was 63.
 
The condition of Parrikar, diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February last year and in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since then, had turned "extremely critical" on Sunday, the Chief Minister's Office tweeted earlier in the day.
 
President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his grief.
 
"Extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, after an illness borne with fortitude and dignity. An epitome of integrity and dedication in public life, his service to the people of Goa and of India will not be forgotten," he said in a tweet.
 
Other leaders, cutting across party lines, mourned his death.
 
"Shri Manohar Parrikar is no more. A sincere, honest & sensitive political activist. Was simple and down to earth, I learnt a lot from Shri.Parrikar. As Raksha Mantri his contribution to making the armed forces a modernised, lean & mean fighting machine will remain unparalleled, tweeted Defence Minister Nirmala Sithraman.
 
"Extremely saddened by the untimely demise of my good friend Manohar Parrikar ji. An epitome of impeccable integrity, a down to earth personality, the first IITian to become CM of a state, great son of India gone too soon... RIP my dear friend...," Union Minister Suresh Prabhu said in a tweet.
 
"I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Goa CM, Shri Manohar Parrikar Ji, who bravely battled a debilitating illness for over a year. Respected and admired across party lines, he was one of Goa's favourite sons. My condolences to his family in this time of grief," tweeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
 
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi tweeted, "My condolences to the bereaved family of Shri. Manohar Parrikar. I met him only once, when he graciously visited my mother at the hospital two years ago. May his soul rest in peace."
 
The first Bharatiya Janata Party leader to be Goa Chief Minister, Parrikar headed the state from 2000-05 and 2012-14, before joining the Narendra Modi government as Defence Minister from 2014.
 
The country's first Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) alumnus to serve as Chief Minister of a state, he assumed the mantle on four occasions from 2000, but could not complete a single full term in office.
 
He returned to state politics in 2017 to lead a coalition government headed by the BJP and continued in office despite his protracted illness and amid criticism from the Opposition and civil society, which had repeatedly demanded his resignation on health grounds.
 
A widower, Parrikar is survived by his two sons, Utpal and Abhijat, their wives and a grandson.
 
IANS
 

Parrikar quits as Defence Minister, to be sworn in as Goa CM on Tuesday

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Manohar Parrikar on Monday resigned as the Defence Minister and will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Goa on Tuesday at the head of a BJP-led coalition government that will be formed by the party with the support of regional outfits and independent legislators.
Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manohar Parrikar today resigned as the Defence Minister and will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Goa tomorrow at the head of a BJP-led coalition government that will be formed by the party with the support of regional outfits and independent legislators.
 
"The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of Shri Manohar Parrikar, from the Council of Ministers, with immediate effect, under clause (2) of Article 75 of the Constitution," a press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
 
Further, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee has also assigned the charge of the Ministry of Defence to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in addition to his existing portfolios, the communique added.
 
Mr. Jaitley held the Defence portfolio as an additional charge in the initial months after the Narendra Modi government assumed office at the Centre in May 2014. He relinquished the charge in November 2014 when Mr. Parrikar, who was Chief Minister of Goa, was shifted to the Centre as the Defence Minister.
 
The Congress had emerged as the single largest party in the elections to the Goa Legislative Assembly, polling for which was held on February 4 and votes counted on March 11, with 17 seats in the 40-member house. 
 
The ruling BJP ended up with 13 seats, with Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and many of his Cabinet colleagues losing their seats. However, the BJP has managed to get support from two regional outfits -- the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party -- which won three seats each as well as two of the three independents. 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
The 13 BJP MLAs and the other eight legislators met Governor Mridula Sinha yesterday evening and she later invited Mr. Parrikar to form the new government.  
 
Mr. Parrikar will have to be elected to the State Assembly within six months in keeping with the Constitutional requirements. He is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Parliament, from Uttar Pradesh.
 
For Mr. Parrikar, 61, this will be his third time as Chief Minister of Goa, having first served in that position from October 2000 to February 2005 and then from March 9, 2012 till Novemer 9, 2014. He had also served as Leader of the Opposition in the Goa Legislative Assembly from June 1999 to November 1999 and from June 2005 to March 2012. In all, he was elected six times to the Goa Assembly since 1994. 
 
He has a B.Tech. in Metallurgy from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai and was the first IIT alumnus to serve as the Chief Minister of a state.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 
 

Assembly elections: Counting of votes to be taken up on Saturday

Counting of votes will begin on Saturday morning in the crucial elections to the State Legislative Assemblies of five States -- Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa -- and most of the results are expected to be out within a few hours after that.
ADVERTISEMENT
Counting of votes will begin tomorrow morning in the crucial elections to the State Legislative Assemblies of five States -- Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa -- and the keenly-awaited results are expected to have far-reaching implications for national politics.
 
The elections in five States have taken place mid-way through the five-year term of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and just weeks after the sudden decision of the government on November 8 to demonetise Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 banknotes.
 
Polling in Uttar Pradesh -- India's most populous state -- was held in seven phases between February 11 and March 8, while Manipur had polling in two phases on March 4 and 8. Punjab and Goa had single-phase polling on February 4 and Uttarakhand had single-phase voting on February 15.
 
The terms of the Goa, Manipur and Punjab assemblies are due to normally expire on March 18, Uttarakhand on March 26 and Uttar Pradesh on May 27.
 
The Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly has 403 seats, including 84 reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC) and two for Scheduled Tribes. Punjab Assembly has 117 seats (34 SC), Goa 40 (1 SC), Uttarakhand 70 (13 SC, 2 ST) and Manipur 60 (1 SC, 19 ST).
 
The Election Commission will give out counting trends and results of the elections through its website from 8 am tomorrow.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Among other things, the website will give details such as the number of votes secured by the candidates round-wise and constituency-wise and political party-wise and candidate-wise trends.
 
The website can also be accessed through the main website of the Election Commission of India.
 
For the first time, the Commission will also provide analytics through interactive dashboard in the form of clickable infographics. Users can download data, crosstab, PDF and images for analysing the elections further at their end. It will include comparative analytics between 2012 and 2017. 
 
An official press release said users will get constituency analysis with respect to participation of electors (constituencies with more female electors, constituencies by slabs of voter turnout, turnout by poll days) and candidates (gender wise participants, winners and major competitors). To assess performance of political parties, analysis on seats won by them, the percentage vote-share in the State and the profile (age and social category)of candidates fielded by them have been included. Candidates have been mapped to their constituencies and the votes polled in their favour, it said.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 
 

Punjab, Goa go to the polls to elect new legislative assemblies

Punjab and Goa went to the polls on Saturday to elect new state legislative assemblies -- the first two of five states holding crucial elections midway through the five-year term of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and two months after the November 8 demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 bank notes.
 
Voters queue to cast their votes amidst tight security
Punjab and Goa went to the polls today to elect new state legislative assemblies -- the first two of five states holding crucial elections midway through the five-year term of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and two months after the November 8 demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 bank notes.
 
Voters began queueing outside polling stations in both states from early morning and their numbers were steadily increasing as the day progressed. 
 
Voting, which began at 7 am in Goa and at 8 am in Punjab, will end at 5 pm in both states.
 
Polling also took place today for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, which fell vacant after the resignation of Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh.
 
The Punjab Assembly has 117 seats and the Goa Assembly 40 seats and both states have single-phase polling today.
 
Uttarakhand will have single-phase polling on February 15, Manipur will have polling in two phases on March 4 and 8 and Uttar Pradesh, the country's most populous state, will have polling in seven phases between February 11 and March 8.
 
Counting of votes in all the five states will be taken up on March 11 and all the results are expected by late evening that day.
 
The terms of the Goa and Punjab assemblies are due to expire on March 18.
 
The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for smooth, free and fair elections in both the states.
 
Punjab has a total of 19879069 voters, including 10503108 males and  9375546 females. There are 1145 candidates in the fray, including 81 women and one of the third gender. The Election Commission has set up 22,615 polling stations across the state.
 
In Goa, there are a total of  1110884 electors, including 546742 men and 564142 women. A total of 251 candidates, including 19 women, are in the fray.  The Commission has set up 1642 polling stations across the state.
 
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making a determined effort for another term in office in Goa, while the Congress is hoping to come back to power in Goa. The three-party alliance forged by Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Goa Suraksha Manch and Shiv Sena is the other major player in the state.
 
Similarly in Punjab, the Congress is trying to wrest power back from the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP combine, which has been in office for a decade.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the ruling party in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, has gone all out to emerge as the alternative to the established players in both the states.
 
In Punjab, SAD leader and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, 89, is seeking re-election for the sixth time. He will face Capt. Amarinder Singh, the chief ministerial candidate of the Congress, in the Lambi constituency. The Congress leader is also contesting the elections from his traditional seat of Patiala, where his opponent is former Army chief Gen J J Singh, a candidate of the SAD.
 
The Chief Minister's son Sukhbir Singh will face AAP's Bhagwant Mann, MP, who is his party's likely chief ministerial candidate, in Jalalabad.
 
Former Indian Test cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, who joined the Congress weeks ahead of the polls, is contesting from Amritsar East, a part of the Amrtisar Lok Sabha constituency that he represented in Parliament as a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for two terms.
 
Prominent candidates in Goa include Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar (BJP) and five former Chief Ministers -- Ravi Naik, Digambar Kamat, Pratapsinh Rane and Luizinho Faleiro (Congress) and Churchill Alemao (NCP). There have been indications that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar might return to Goa as Chief Minister if the BJP retains power.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Football : ISL’s attacking forces collide in Goa as ATK come calling

ADVERTISEMENT
What do you expect when two of the most attacking sides in the Hero Indian Super League lock horns with each other? Plenty of action, drama and definitely goals. That’s all probably a certainty as FC Goa hosts ATK at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium near here on Saturday.
 
The hosts, known for their fluid attacking style, have not exactly been at their best this season due to a variety of factors including injuries and suspensions. Despite that, they have picked up points even from lost causes, coming up with injury-time equalisers on at least three occasions.
 
The Gaurs find themselves third on the table with 12 points from seven games. Their opponents, ATK, have been brilliant ever since their opening day loss against Kerala Blasters FC. They are unbeaten in six games now and sit on top of the table with 14 points.
 
The match also sees the two best attacks in the league go head to head. ATK have scored 15 goals while FC Goa have pumped 13 so far.
 
Goa’s attack is expected to be further boosted by the return of star striker Ferran Corominas. Also, the form of Brandon Fernandes has been key to Sergio Lobera’s team. He was instrumental in Goa’s 1-0 win over Hyderabad in the last game, assisting Manvir Singh’s winner. With four assists, the midfielder has the joint-most assists this season.
 
“We are playing against FC Goa and not just (Ferran) Corominas. I know Corominas is an important player, but we don’t have any special tactics for him. Normally I don’t choose one player from the opposition or from my team. I understand football is a collective sport and not an individual sport,” said  ATK head coach Antonio Habas.
 
ATK’s attack, however, carries an equal if not a greater threat. Led by Roy Krishna, who leads the scoring charts this season with six goals, and David Williams, ATK have the ability to score at will. Add the creativity of Javier Hernandez and Edu Garcia into the mix, the Goan midfield will have to be at their best.
 
More importantly, ATK wouldn’t mind Goa enjoying most of the possession, given the pace they have going forward. Antonio Habas’ team are deadly on the counter and when given space to attack, Krishna and Williams are near unstoppable as NorthEast United found out in a 3-0 defeat last time out.
 
“For me, you will have to defend your goal and give your best. We have good strikers playing in front for us. We need to play hard and keep the concentration for every game, not only for ATK,” said Goa coach Sergio Lobera.
 
“Sometimes it is not always a very good start to the season. I am very happy now. We are playing good. We are not keeping too many clean sheets, but we will work on that,” he added.
 
Interestingly, Lobera’s Goa has never lost to an ATK side while Antonio Habas’ ATK team has never lost to Goa. There is so much to look forward to on Saturday.
 
NNN
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT

Football: Goa back to winning ways with 1-0 victory over Hyderabad FC

Manvir Singh came off the bench to score the match-winner as FC Goa edged past Hyderabad FC 1-0 in the Hero Indian Super League clash at the GMC Balayogi Stadium here on Sunday.
 
Goa dominated proceedings for most parts but both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances before second-half substitute Manvir (68') headed in the decisive goal.
 
With the crucial three points away from home, Sergio Lobera's side climbed back into the top four after securing their first win in three games. They are now third with 12 points from seven matches. Hyderabad remain winless in four matches and are at the bottom of the table with four points.      
 
The hosts started on the front foot with an intent to take an early lead. Marko Stankovic's shot from inside the box was blocked away for a corner in the sixth minute. From the resulting corner swung in by Marcelinho, Rafael Gomez headed wide from six yards.
 
The momentum soon took a hit when Stankovic went down clutching his hamstring and had to be replaced by Giles Barnes.
 
The change in midfield allowed Goa to take control and keep the ball unopposed. Ahmed Jahouh's piledriver from outside the box fizzed just wide of Kamaljit Singh's post as the home team’s defence was kept on their toes.
 
At the other end, Hyderabad had a rare sight of the goal when a misguided clearance by Mohammed Nawaz fell for Mohammed Yasir who then forwarded the ball to Bobo. The Brazilian fed Marcelinho into the box and the talisman's powerful strike was saved well by the Goa custodian.
 
The search for the opening goal continued after the break and Goa dominated proceedings. Brandon Fernandes and Hugo Boumous combined well on the left flank before the latter was set free brilliantly by the India international. Boumous chose to go for goal on his own, but shot straight at Kamaljit.
 
The Hyderabad defence was finally broken after the hour-mark and it was second-half substitute Manvir Singh who made an impact from a corner-kick. In the 68th minute, Brandon delivered the set-piece into the box for the Indian striker who beat Adil Khan in the air to head the ball into the net.
 
Goa were more confident in possession and denied Hyderabad a way back into the game in the final few minutes. Boumous and Manvir had attempts on goal that were kept out by Kamaljit but the damage had been done.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT

ISL: Goa look to get back to winning ways in Hyderabad

ADVERTISEMENT
Goa will be eyeing a vital win when they take on Hyderabad FC in a Hero Indian Super League (HSL) clash at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium here on Sunday.
 
After picking up only one point in their previous two matches, Sergio Lobera’s team have a chance to climb into the top four if they manage a victory against the bottom-placed hosts.
 
Hyderabad FC, with just four points from six games, can leapfrog a couple of teams if they manage to upset the Gaurs who are currently fifth with nine points.
 
The home side come into this fixture on the back of a 1-1 draw where Robin Singh’s late equalizer helped them pick a point against defending champions Bengaluru FC.
 
However, their midfield has looked disjointed at times, both in terms of stopping the opposition’s attacks or being creative themselves. The hosts have conceded a league-high of 13 goals and that would surely concern coach Phil Brown.
 
The good news for Brown is that he has had nine days to prepare his team for the coming tie when he would have addressed these issues.
 
Striker Giles Barnes has improved his fitness and could possibly be handed a start alongside Marcelinho. Adil Khan, too, has joined training after recovering from the knock he suffered while on international duty. Defenders Sahil Panwar and Gurtej Singh, however, will miss the tie owing to suspensions. Brown could deploy Nikhil Poojary as a left-back with Ashish Rai on the opposite flank.
 
“Every coach in the world will have injuries and suspension issues. The most important thing for us is that the treatment room is empty now. But we have two suspended from the same position. But, I also think that we have a good mindset at the moment regardless of who is playing in that position,” said Brown.
 
“We are coming out in the ISL as a group. The energy is in the group. The suspensions of Gurtej and Sahil are normal -- these things happen in football. The competition is at its best since I have been to India,” he said.
 
Lobera, on the other hand, has been boosted by the return of some key players. He now has the option to select Hugo Boumous and Seiminlen Doungel who return from their suspensions. Star striker Ferran Corominas hasn’t started their last two outings and it remains to be seen if the Spaniard will recover to be fit for the game on Sunday. Strikingly, in his absence, Goa have only picked a point from a possible six.
 
The Spanish coach hasn’t had his full quota of foreign players for a single game this season and he will be hampered by the absence of the suspended centre-back Mourtada Fall against Hyderabad. Thankfully, midfielder Ahmed Jahouh is also back in the reckoning after his one-match ban which will ease some pressure on Lobera.
 
Goa have made it a habit to score late goals and bail themselves out of potential defeats. However, they have been guilty of not being able to dominate games as was witnessed in the previous two editions.
 
“This is the most difficult season in the last three years. The other teams have signed big players. All the teams are very competitive. We are better but the situation now is very competitive,” said Lobera.
 
NNN
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT

Football ISL: Injury-time goal sees Goa rescue a point in Kerala

A 10-man FC Goa denied Kerala Blasters their second win of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) after an injury-time strike from Lenny Rodrigues ensured a dramatic 2-2 draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday.
 
Sergio Cidoncha's (2') early goal helped the hosts set the tempo for Kerala Blasters. Mourtada Fall (41') pulled Goa level before the break but was sent off for a last-man tackle in the second-half. Raphael Messi Bouli (59') regained the lead for Kerala Blasters. However, a late goal from Lenny (90+3') struck daggers into the hearts of an expectant home crowd.
 
Eelco Schattorie's injury-hit team are now winless since the opening game against ATK and are eighth in the table with five points. The Gaurs are fourth on the table with nine points.
 
The hosts got off to a terrific start by taking the lead in the second minute. A long throw-in from the left by Raju Gaikwad hit Mourtada Fall who failed to clear the danger. The ball fell to Sergio Cidoncha whose first-time strike grazed the goalkeeper's gloves before rolling into the net.
 
Goa struggled to up the ante immediately as Kerala Blasters' energetic midfield denied their counterparts time and space to pick out their passes. Brandon Fernandes escaped his marker's attention in the 18th minute, but his through ball was too heavy for an overlapping Mandar Rao Dessai.
 
Chances were few and far between as the game was mostly played in midfield. After struggling to create chances for most of the half, Sergio Lobera's side found a way back into the game just before the breakthrough with a set-piece. An Edu Bedia free-kick was thwarted away by the Kerala defence, but only as far as Jackichand Singh, whose pin-point cross from the right was headed in with aplomb by Fall.
 
Goa were dealt a hammer blow soon after the restart when Fall was sent off for a last-man challenge on Ogbeche. The defender lunged in from behind and failed to make contact with the ball.
 
The player advantage helped Kerala Blasters take control of the game and they doubled their lead soon. Prashanth Karuthadathkuni dribbled forward down the left flank and slid a low pass across the face of the goal for Messi, who guided the ball into the back of the net.
 
With the game looking done and dusted in favour of the home side, Goa came up with a late equaliser at the death. Manvir Singh latched on to a pass from the right, dropped his shoulder to skip past his marker and forced a save from goalkeeper TP Rehenesh. 
 
The goalkeeper pushed the ball into the path of Lenny who slotted into the net, delivering another massive heartbreak for Kerala Blasters. 
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT

Raut hints at another 'miracle' in Goa

ADVERTISEMENT
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Friday predicted that, after Maharashtra, there could be "a miracle" and a potential "political earthquake" in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Goa soon.
 
"At least four MLAs, including those with Goa Forward Party President Vijay Sardesai, are in contact with Shiv Sena. We plan to form a separate front in that state with various parties, including Congress. We are hopeful that there could be a 'miracle' in Goa also soon," Raut told the media.
 
The Sena leader's comments on the political situation in the neighbouring state came a day after the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress' Maha Vikas Aghadi led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took office.
 
Interestingly, Sardesai has repeatedly insisted that, while his party opposes the BJP-led coalition government in Goa, his party continues to be a part of the pan-India National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Sardesai was sacked as Deputy Chief Minister soon after Pramod Sawant took charge as Chief Minister after the demise of Manohar Parrikar in March this year.
 
The Congress is nonchalant vis-a-vis Raut's announcement of forming a separate front to take on the BJP in Goa. "There is no front today. Is it a legislative front or a political front which he is talking about?" Goa Congress spokesperson Trajano D'Mello said.
 
The Congress spokesperson also said that Sardesai's Goa Forward party was one of the political outfits which helped the BJP foist an "illegitimate government" on the people of Goa, despite the BJP emerging second in the legislative tally in the 2017 Assembly polls.
 
"This government is bound to break sooner than later, because it represents the height of illegitimacy," D'Mello said.
 
While the Goa Forward debuted in the 2017 polls and won three seats on an anti-BJP plank, the Shiv Sena has a poor footprint in Goa, with the party not being able to elect a single MLA to the 40-member Goa Assembly for nearly three decades now.
 
On the back of a series of defections, the BJP currently has 27 MLAs and the support of three independent MLAs. The Congress which had 17 MLAs in 2017 has been reduced to five, the Goa Forward has three legislators, while Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and the Nationalist Congress Party have one MLA each.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT

Football: Castel wins it for Jamshedpur in Goa in ISL

in
Jamshedpur FC returned to winning ways and handed FC Goa their first defeat of the season (1-0) in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium near here on Tuesday.
 
In a closely-contested match, Sergio Castel's 17th-minute strike, his fourth of the season, proved to be the difference between the two sides. Castel climbed to the top of the goalscoring chart and Jamshedpur climbed to the second spot on the table with 10 points after five matches. Goa slipped to fourth and have eight points.
 
Goa were quick to take control of the game and threatened the visitors' goal early on. Edu Bedia dribbled forward and released Jackichand Singh down the right flank before the winger's powerful shot from a tight angle was blocked by an alert Subrata Paul.
 
Jamshedpur found an opening in the 12th minute when Castel dropped deep to pick up the ball and found Robin Gurung's overlap to his right. The full-back's floating cross was met by CK Vineeth at the far post but the Keralite's acrobatic effort flew wide.
 
Minutes later, the on-loan Atletico Madrid striker put Jamshedpur in the lead, utilising the open space in the hosts' defensive third. The Spanish striker collected a Farukh Choudhary cross from the right, used his first touch to outfox Mourtada Fall in the box and confidently slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
 
There were chances at both ends before the break. ISL debutant Jitendra Singh's strike from distance was tipped over by Mohammed Nawaz and Edu’s glancing header was saved on the goal line.
 
Jackichand Singh continued to threaten with one cross after another from the right flank after the break but they were dealt with by the Jamshedpur defence. Brandon Fernandes attempted an ambitious curler from outside the box close to the hour-mark that failed to test the goalkeeper.
 
Goa continued to apply pressure in the attacking third and Jamshedpur's chances had dried up. Edu fed Jackichand into the box and with the full frame of the goal in front of him, the winger blasted his effort over the bar.
 
Goa were reduced to 10 men towards the end of the second half when Ahmed Jahouh, who had picked up a yellow card in the fifth minute and was on a thin rope throughout the game, slid in late on Noe Acosta.
 
 The central midfielder was shown a second yellow, dealing a body blow for Sergio Lobera’s men Jamshedpur were clever enough to bring the tempo of the game down and consign a 10-man Goa to a defeat, sending a statement out to their rivals.
 
NNN
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

ISL: With two suspensions, unbeaten Goa to take on Jamshedpur on Tuesday

ADVERTISEMENT
FC Goa will take on Jamshedpur knowing they must win and stay within touching distance of the leaders at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at the Fatorda near here on Tuesday.
 
Goa are unbeaten in the league so far and have accumulated eight points from four matches. A win will take Goa to the top of the Hero Indian Super League table, but the Gaurs’ head coach Sergio Lobera would be concerned with the fact that his side haven’t won consecutive matches this season. Goa have followed up a win with a draw, something which the Spaniard would be keen to address.
 
Goa will miss the services of midfielder Hugo Boumous and winger Seiminlen Doungel due to suspensions the pair have to serve for their involvement in a tussle during their game against NorthEast United earlier this month.
 
“I think we are a strong team of individuals and tomorrow is a good opportunity for us to show this. It's difficult for us but as a coach, I can only work hard to change the situation,” said Lobera.
 
Goa will rely on Ahmed Jahouh and Lenny Rodrigues in the centre of the park with Brandon Fernandes and Jackichand Singh expected to make forays into the opposition box with their angular runs from the flanks. The return of Edu Bedia from injury also augurs well for the team.
 
Star striker Ferran Corominas already has three goals to his name and the 36-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down.
 
“I think Jamshedpur is a very strong team with very good defenders and attackers. They have a very good balance between attack and defence and it's going to be a very difficult match for us,” said Lobera.
 
Getting back to winning ways will be the agenda for Jamshedpur FC coach Antonio Iriondo when they face Goa. After picking up seven points from their first three games, all at home, Jamshedpur were beaten by ATK away from home in their previous game. Iriondo will hope that his team can avoid the tag of being "poor travellers" by picking up a positive result in Goa.
 
“Goa, I think, is among the top three teams in the ISL at this moment. I am not trying to tell you how to beat them -- maybe work with the formations and strategies. Yes, they are a great team. They are undefeated till now and yeah they will be difficult,” said Iriondo.
 
Midfielder Piti had picked up a knock in their last game and it remains to be seen if he recovers in time. Striker Sergio Castel, who also has three goals, has taken the league by storm and it will be interesting to see how he performs when pitted against the Goan defensive duo of Carlos Pena and Mourtada Fall.
 
NNN

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

‘Despite the Fog’ Opens the 50th International Film Festival of India

The 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India began here today with the screening of the Italian film "Despite the Fog" that looks at the serious issue revolving around minor refugees in Europe.
 
Speaking at the press conference with the cast and crew, Director Goran Paskaljevic, who had served as jury head at the 44th edition of the festival, said, “It’s an intimate story. There are many films already done on the subject."
 
“But this is a story about whether people accept or don’t accept refugees in Europe and most cases they don’t. It serves a metaphor to explore the xenophobic fog prevalent in the region,” he added.
 
The director also used the film to explore his own thoughts on the refugee problem. “I also thought about what would I do if I met an abandoned kid, do I take him with me? Or leave him. That’s how I developed the story.”
 
Mariella Li Sacchi, one of the producers, stated that she had admired Goran’s work and when she got a chance to read the screenplay, she loved it. “The film isn’t a mainstream film, but a political statement. The theme speaks about the big problem in Europe and especially in Italy. It gets worse every day. I liked that the film didn’t have a documentary style but poetic approach,” Sacchi said.
 
Ali Mousa, the little star who played the refugee in the film said, “I was happy because Gorang helped me. I learned from the big actors how to promote the film.”
 
Asked about finding a solution to the refugee problem, the director said the only way forward was "not to create wars". “No one wants to leave their homes, friends and culture,” he said.
 
The film journeys into the plight of refugees who are abandoned on the streets. In the film, Paolo, a manager at a restaurant finds an eight-year-old child on the cold streets and decides to take him home. The director delves into how society reacts to the presence of the child.
 
The Asian premiere at the film festival had the actors Paolo Triestino, Alessandra Cotogno and others.
 
Award-winning Serbian director Goran who has worked in countless films also spoke about the film he made in India, Dev Bhoomi.
 
It was distributed on Amazon Prime and had 10 million views across the world. “This is my love letter to India. It was shot in Uttarkhand and had a very simple yet emotional story,” he said about how he fell in love in India.
 
NNN
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Indian Navy plane crashes in Goa, pilots safe

ADVERTISEMENT
An Indian Navy aircraft crashed on Saturday a short distance from the Dabolim international airport, even as two pilots ejected to safety, an official said.
 
The plane crashed shortly after take-off.
 
"The pilots ejected from the plane before it crashed and are safe," an official said requesting anonymity.
 
The Indian Navy along with the district administration officials are in the process of locating the wreckage near Verna plateau in South Goa district.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Goa top cop Pranab Nanda dies of cardiac arrest in Delhi

ADVERTISEMENT
Goa Director-General of Police (DGP) Pranab Nanda, one of the country's most decorated police officers, died here on Friday night after suffering a cardiac arrest while on an official visit to the national capital.
 
Nanda, a 1988-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa Mizoram and other Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, had spent two decades in building India's intelligence set-up and enhancing its capability to meet the new emerging challenges before taking over as the head of Goa Police.
 
A dynamic personality, not confined merely as policing, Nanda expanded his creative horizon as a singer, astrologer and above all the finest intelligence operative.
 
Jaspal Singh, Inspector General (IG) of Police of Goa said, "The officer was on an official visit to the national capital when the incident happened. It is too shocking."
 
Nanda had taken charge as Goa Director General of Police in March. His wife Sundari Nanda, is currently serving in Delhi Police.
 
"It is too shocking," Singh said, commenting on the DGP's sudden demise.
 
IPS officer Pankaj Kumar Singh, Nanda's junior in Goa, tweeted: "Whenever you meet an officer you also get to see him as a person. We were fortunate to have Sir as our chief who would always support us whatever may be the situation. A fine officer and a thorough gentleman!"
 
The officer was in Delhi to attend two meetings at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
 
"He was forward-looking, extremely diligent and hardworking. He was always approachable. He used to personally take pain in helping distressed people. He was a welfare-oriented person," said one of his batch-mates.
 
A very thorough professional, Nanda always had a different approach towards policing. He was always careful about everything that needed to be done and never got bothered down. "He was a happy going person. Very jovial," said one of his juniors.
 
After serving as a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) with Delhi Police in 2001, he went on deputation to the Intelligence Bureau and served there for almost 20 years. "During his stint in Intelligence Bureau, he received many accolades for resolving contentious issues in North East region when insurgency was at its peak," said his colleague.
 
He was instrumental in bringing rebels on board in north east and carried out numerous covert operations in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Mizoram, forcing the banned armed group to sign a peace accord.
 
He also served in the Embassy of India, Kabul in Afghanistan. He was tasked to place adequate security apparatus for Indians, who were helping in the implementation of infrastructural projects by the Indian government in the country. When a suicide bomber blew himself up near a German Embassy vehicle in Kabul on November 30, 2008, he revamped the entire security apparatus set up for Indian nationals working in Afghanistan.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Goa DGP Pranab Nanda dies of cardiac arrest

ADVERTISEMENT
Goa Director General of Police (DGP) Pranab Nanda died of cardiac arrest in the wee hours of Saturday, Inspector General of Police Jaspal Singh said.
 
Nanda, a 1988 batch Indian Police Service officer who belonged to the Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and other Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, had taken charge as the DGP of Goa in March this year.
 
"It is too shocking," Singh said, commenting on the DGP's sudden demise.
 
Nanda was on an official visit to the national capital, when he suffered a cardiac arrest and expired early on Saturday morning.
 
Nanda, whose wife Sundari has also served as Director General of Police of Puducherry, was attached to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) for nearly two decades, before he was posted as DGP of the coastal state earlier this year.
 
IANS

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Specially curated section at 50th IFFI will pay tribute to silent film viewing

The golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), to be held in Goa from November 20-28, will witness a specially curated section which pays tribute to the lost form of silent film viewing.
 
Three classics by three master filmmakers will be showcased. The films are Battleship Potemkin by Russian master filmmaker and pioneer of montage editing Sergei M. Eisenstein, Pandora’s Box by German expressionist master G. W. Pabst and master of suspense and British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail.
 
The films will be accompanied by master pianist Jonathan Lindsay Best from the United Kingdom who will be performing live during the screenings of these movies at IFFI.
 
Film as a form originally started as a vaudeville form of entertainment in its nascent stage and at that point, the sound was not a part of it. It was primarily a visual medium which was often an extension of painting or drawing. With the advent of the camera, it became something different. In earlier times, films would be conceptualised as a visual spectacle without any sound.
 
The only sound would be the live music which would accompany a particular film’s screening at a particular place by an esteemed music composer. With the advent of sound in films, this feature of the film viewing experience soon faded out.
 
The 50th IFFI will witness around 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in Indian panorama section. More than 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.
 
NNN
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Italian Film “Despite the Fog” to Open 50th IFFI

The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will have “Despite the Fog (Nonostante La Nebbia)”, directed by Goran Paskaljevic, one of Europe’s most respected filmmakers, as the opening film.
 
The Asia Premiere of the Italian film depicts the story of Paolo, owner of a restaurant in a small town in the province of Rome, returning home after work on a rainy evening.
 
Along the way he sees a child huddled in the cold at a bus stop and decides to take him home. The child called Mohammed is a refugee, abandoned, who lost his parents during the trip to Italy on a rubber boat.
 
The presence of the child upsets his wife Valeria, hesitant and doubtful at the beginning, but who eventually agrees to host him for the night. After a while, she changes her mind and decides to keep Mohamed despite everybody’s opinion.
 
Goran Paskaljevic is one of Europe's most respected independent directors. Born in Belgrade (Serbia), he studied at the famous Prague school of cinema (FAMU).
 
He has made 30 documentaries and 18 feature films, shown and acclaimed at the most prestigious international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, San Sebastian, to name a few. The renowned filmmaker has received numerous awards and honours for his acclaimed works.
 
In 2001, Variety International Film Guide marked Paskaljevic as one of the world's top five directors of the year. The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) in 2008 and the British Film Institute (London) in 2010, both presented a full retrospective of his feature films, along with the publication of a monograph in English about his work.
 
He was awarded the title of Officier des Arts et des Lettres, the most important French decoration in the field of culture.
 
2019 marks the 50th year of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which is often counted amongst one of the earliest film festivals of the Asian continent. The festival will witness over 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in the Indian panorama section. More than 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.
 
NNN
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

IFFI announces films in Festival Kaleidoscope section

The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has announced the list of films to be screened in Festival Kaleidoscope, one of the most important sections of the event.
 
Every year, films from across the world make their mark in the minds of the festival audience with their outstanding calibre in terms of their craft, unique content and brilliance in filmmaking.
 
Some of the films that have already generated a lot of buzz in international circuits are ‘Parasite’, ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’, ‘Synonyms’ and a lot more.
 
Festival Kaleidoscope section of 50th IFFI brings under one umbrella exotic films from around the world for the film aficionados who will flock the festival at Goa. The section showcases 20 films handpicked and curated from various parts of the world which have already generated a lot of positive word about them in other film festivals across the globe.
 
The Palme d’Or Best Film winner of Cannes, ‘Parasite,’ directed by Bong Joon-ho, the top film of the year will have its India Premiere at the IFFI.
 
The other films in this section include Venice Film Festival Horizon Award Best Actor winner ‘A Son’ by Mehdi Barsaoui, India Premiere of ‘And Then We Danced’ by Levan Akin which had won 9 international awards, Cannes Jury Prize winner ‘Bacurau’ co-directed by Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho with 9 international awards.
 
The section will also have India Premiere of Locarno Film Festival winner ‘Echo’ by Rúnar Rúnarsson, India Premiere of Silver Berlin Bear Best Director winner ‘I was at Home’ by Angela Schanelec, India Premiere of ‘La belle époque’ by Nicolas Bedos, India Premiere of ‘Lara’ by Jan Ole Gerster, Cannes Best Actress winner ‘Little Joe’ by Jessica Hausner,
 
It will feature India Premiere of Karlovy Vary Crystal Globe Best Director winner ‘Patrick’ by Tim Mielants, India Premiere of Silver Berlin Bear Best Screenplay winner ‘Piranhas’ by Claudio Giovannesi, India Premiere of Cannes Best Screenplay winner ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ by Céline Sciamma, Sundance Film Festival Audience award winner with 9 international awards, ‘Queen of Hearts’ by May el-Toukhy,
 
The section will have India Premiere of Berlin Silver Bear Best Actor and Actress winner ‘So Long My Son’  by Xiaoshuai Wang, India Premiere of Serbian film ‘Stitches’ with 10 international awards directed by Miroslav Terzic, Golden Berlin Bear Best Film winner ‘Synonyms’ by Nadav Lapid.
 
It will feature the most sought after film of the year ‘System Crasher’ with 10 international awards by Nora Fingscheidt, ‘Tremors’ by Jayro Bustamante, India Premiere of Crystal Globe Best Film winner at Karlovy Vary Film Festival ‘The Father’ by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov and India Premiere of Venice FIPRESCI Prize winner ‘Blanco en blanco’ directed by Théo Court.
 
This year marks the 50th year of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which is often counted among the earliest film festivals of the Asian continent. The 50th International Film Festival of India, 2019 will witness more than 200 best films from 76 countries.
 
It will have 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in Indian Panorama section and more than 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.
 
NNN
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

ISL: FC Goa draw 2-2 with NorthEast United

A dramatic injury-time equaliser by Manvir Singh enabled FC Goa to hold NorthEast United to a 2-2 draw in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL)match at the Indira Gandhi Stadium at Sarusajai here on Friday.
 
Hugo Boumous and Manvir Singh scored for the Gaurs, while Asamoah Gyan and Redeem Tlang netted for the Highlanders. Len Doungel was sent off for FC Goa.
 
Sergio Lobera made two changes to the line-up that drew 1-1 with Bengaluru FC at the Fatorda Stadium. Hugo Boumous made his first start of the season and Jackichand Singh came back into the 11 at the expense of Seimenlen Doungel and Manvir Singh. Ferran Corominas started up front, flanked by Brandon Fernandes and Jacki. Lenny Rodrigues and Ahmed Jahouh started in midfield.
 
NorthEast United made two alterations to their winning combination against Odisha FC. Wayne Vaz and Panagiotis Triadis made way for Mislav Komorski and Nikhil Kadam. Asamoah Gyan led their line, aided by Kadam, Martin Chaves and Redeem Tlang.
 
The Gaurs started at a fast pace, almost taking the lead at the start of the game. NorthEast United was able to clear their lines twice within the first minute as Coro, Boumous and Jacki combined to put the Highlander defence under early pressure.
 
In the 12th minute, Ahmed Jahouh tried his luck from a distance but was unable to make his shot count as it went wide of the post. Five minutes later, Boumous danced his way to the edge of the box, beating Komorski before letting loose with his left foot. The ball, which appeared to be on target, had Highlander custodian Subhashish Roy Chowdhury beaten before the crossbar came to his rescue.
 
Returning from injury, Boumous would not be denied as a trio in white ripped through the defence in red. Receiving the ball in midfield, Coro caressed it onto the path of Brandon. The Goan split the defence with a slider that beat the right-sided centre back and the right-back to put it on a plate for Boumous, who calmly rounded the NorthEast keeper to slot it home.
 
The midfielder almost had his second goal of the night as a Jacki cross was headed goalwards but the ball went wide. NorthEast had their big chance of the half in the 41st minute when Gyan headed a Rakesh Pradhan cross towards Nawaz’s left but the Manipuri keeper dived at full length to keep the Ghanian out. Mourtada Fall put in a last-ditch block to keep Redeem’s shot from the rebound from going in.
 
The visitors went into the half 1-0 up, courtesy Boumous’ goal. The home team equalised in the 54th minute when Gyan ran free of Fall to collect Pradhan’s pass and finish past Nawaz.
 
The Gaurs almost re-took the lead 13 minutes later as Jackichand had his low drive parried away by Subhashish, who made a double save as his right leg denied Coro on the rebound. Chaves then passed for Redeem Tlang to score the Highlanders’ second of the night.
 
Len Doungel then replaced Lenny Rodrigues in the 77th minute. Coro, on his 50th start for FC Goa almost scored from Mandar’s cross but the Spaniard’s left-footed shot hit the NorthEast post.
 
Two more substitutions were made by the Gaurs as Saviour Gama and Manvir Singh came on for Mandar Rao Dessai and Carlos Peña.
 
Substitute Doungel was then shown a straight red for a challenge in added-on time. But it was Manvir Singh who had the last word as he buried Fall’s flick-on in the 5th minute of injury time to level the scores at 2-2.
 
With this draw,  Goa now have 5 points from 3 games and are in 3rd position in the table. They  face the Islanders next on November 7 at the Mumbai Football Arena in Andheri.
 
NNN
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

ISL: Goa’s NorthEastern contingent add extra edge to rivalry

in
ADVERTISEMENT
Imagine living in a region known for receiving the heaviest rainfall in the world. For some, it is better left up to the imagination.
 
Aiban Dohling knows only too well. Twirling with the ball in the shadow of waterfalls, the central defender from Sohra exclaims on the Goa rains (and it has poured pups and kittens this season!), “This is standard for us. I can’t complain about it. Our people don’t even carry umbrellas.” Those of us listening are sure he’s half-joking. The trademark ponytail that he had brought from Shillong has been sheared though owing to the ‘heat’.
 
Beneath that light-hearted grin is a resolute footballer. One who had to overcome a serious injury after graduating from the Tata Football Academy to being one of the bright spots for his Lajong side in the I-League.
 
He is, however, not the side’s only player to have featured for the prestigious TFA and Lajong sides. Chinglensana Singh’s career path from Churachandpur, Manipur saw him hit the same two destinations before heading to Goa.
 
‘Sana’, as he is known, left the hills at 14 to play in the Mahindra United academy. Moving on to the Air India academy, the centre-back had two fantastic seasons in Shillong before becoming Goa’s 3rd pick in the draft ahead of season 4.
 
Another Manipuri to have played for Lajong is Seiminlen Doungel. Len had a fantastic start to life in Goa, scoring in the Gaurs’ 3-0 win on opening night against Chennaiyin. It is at Friday’s opponents NorthEast United where he is still fondly remembered for becoming their first-ever hat-trick scorer in the ISL in a 3-1 win over Chennaiyin FC.
 
The former JCT youth is also an Indian international, and has seamlessly settled into the FC Goa squad, getting into dangerous goal-scoring positions. He played on the opposite side to Jackichand Singh in the Lajong-Royal Wahingdoh local derby in the 2014-15 I-League.
 
Jacki had a barnstorming season in his and Wahingdoh’s first season in the I-League as he helped his side create waves on the national stage, scoring the winner for the Lajong side in a 2-1 upset of Churchill Brothers in 2011. Like Len, Jacki played for the Kerala Blasters before switching to the Gaurs.
 
Mohammad Nawaz, one of the youngest keepers in the division, was a part of the India Under-17 camp for the 2017 World Cup. Fuelled by his desire to play for a top division side, he started season 5 for the Gaurs between the sticks and hasn’t looked back since. 15 appearances and 5 clean sheets later, the 19-year-old has played the first 2 games for Lobera’s men in the new season.
 
Lalawmpuia, the lone Mizo, grew up idolising the likes of Jeje Lalpekhlua and Shylo Mama, and shone in the Goa Pro League last season, notching 13 strikes in all.
 
Guwahati is sure to turn out in numbers to watch this clash between two teams who were in the playoffs last season. They will have heroes to cheer on for both sides in what is sure to be a high-octane clash.
 
NNN

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

India's first drive-a-thon is here

ADVERTISEMENT
India's first do-gooder festival cum Drive-a-thon festival is here! It starts with a road trip covering five Indian cities -- Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi -- and ends with a two-day music and food festival.
 
Called Mahindra Open Drive, the festival will be held on November 8-9 at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Taleigao, Goa.
 
It aims to bring together people from diverse cultural backgrounds to form a tribe of goodness and celebration whilst also being able to contribute to a good cause.
 
Speaking about the event, Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group said, "While the automotive industry is seeing changing ownership models for personal mobility, it is our belief that vehicles used to enjoy drives and the open outdoors will always be in demand. Families, groups of friends or individuals will always want to take a break from their hectic lives and head out into the countryside. It is this aspect of mobility we had in mind while conceptualising Mahindra Open Drive."
 
According to Jay Shah, Vice President, Cultural Outreach, Mahindra Group: "It offers an opportunity to celebrate life with its newest festival. This has been conceived for the city goer who needs to break away from the humdrum for a weekend filled with adventure, music, and positive vibes. While the 'drive" refers to the suggested way to come to the festival, it also refers to the positive emotion of being motivated to do good, to be driven."
 
The festival will feature a mix of international and local artistes including headliners Chico and The Gypsies who will accompany world and folk music sensations Raghu Dixit, Harouna Samake, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, and Nikhil D'Souza.
 
Brooklyn Funk Essentials, who will be performing in India for the first time said, "We just released a brand new album, from which we will be playing a selection of funky party jams at Mahindra Open Drive. But we will, of course, also be playing the old hits from our previous albums. We like to get straight into the party mode with happy dance tracks, and build up the show as we go along, including some improvisation and jamming, depending on the mood of the day/night."
 
"We really like artistes like Anoushka Shankar, Swarthy Korwar and Delhi Sultanate. It would be great to collaborate with people like them in the future," says Brooklyn Funk Essentials
 
It will also comprise a souk - showcasing local artisan-crafted products, an exhibition of Goa's culture, performances by international artists, installation artists, and a local and international cuisine feast.
 
The trip will have pit stops along the way (from each of the 5 cities of origin) that contain stimulating activities to the final culmination at the two-day culture fest in Goa.
 
Entries are by invitation only.
 
IANSlife
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

50th edition of IFFI to focus on Asian Films

The 50th edition of the International Film Festival of Indai (IFFI), to be held in Goa from November 20-28, will present a specially curated section comprising some of the new and dynamic films that have made their mark from across various Asian countries and filmmakers.
 
Counted among the earliest film festivals of the Asian continent, IFFI is called the "Soul of Asia".
 
Films to be showcased in this section include Chinese films, ‘Feelings to Tell’ by Wen LI, ‘Summer is the Coldest Season’ by Sun Zhou, ‘The Fourth Wall’ co-directed by Zhang Chong and Bo Zhang, Japanese film ‘Ten Years Japan’, Taiwanese film ‘Ten Years Taiwan’, ‘The Other Half’ directed by Lalith Rathnayake from Sri Lanka and ‘Wet Season’ directed by Anthony Chen and co-produced by Singapore and Taiwan.
 
Among these, ‘Ten Years Japan’ and ‘Ten Years Taiwan’ are omnibus films that started with the Ten Years series in 2015. These reflect how young directors from the respective countries envision their immediate surroundings in a decade’s time and is a wonderful depiction of the dark times ahead.
 
These films celebrate the dynamic and bold efforts in filmmaking from various Asian countries in this section. The 50th IFFI will honour these filmmakers on one platform which serves as the bridge between films and audiences from around the world and open new vistas in terms of cinephilia.
 
IIFI 2019 will screen more than 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in Indian panorama section. Around 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.
 
As IFFI is celebrating its Golden Jubilee edition, 12 prominent films in different languages that have completed 50 years in 2019, will be showcased during the festival.
 
NNN
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Oscar Retrospective to be held at 50th IFFI

ADVERTISEMENT
On the occasion of the 50th year of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the festival will have a special section which celebrates some of the most outstanding films which have won the Best Film award at the Academy Awards also known as the Oscars.
 
The section has been named as the Oscar Retrospective. The films to be showcased in this section include Casablanca by Michael Curtiz, Gone With the Wind by Victor Fleming, Ben Hur and The Best Years of our Lives by William Wyler, All About Eve by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Lawrence of Arabia by David Lean.
 
It also has The Sound of Music by Robert Wise, The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola, The Silence of the Lambs by Jonathan Demme, and Forrest Gump by Robert Zemeckis.
 
All these films have not only won the Best Film award but also had been nominated in other categories at the Oscars and have among them won quite a number of awards.
 
"IFFI always has been a platform that celebrates films from across the world and the festival take this opportunity to pay humble respect to some of the classics of all time made by some of the most respected names of the Hollywood industry," an official press release said.
 
NNN
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 
Syndicate content
© Copyright 2012 NetIndian. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of NetIndian content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of NetIndian Media Corporation. Write to info[AT]netindian[DOT]in for permission to use content. Read detailed Terms of Use.