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ISL: FC Goa outplay Kerala Blasters FC to win 3-0

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FC Goa overwhelmed Kerala Blasters 3-0 with three second half goals after a goalless first half in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda tonight.
 
After a closely-fought first half, Goa broke the game open after the break, courtesy a brace by substitute Miroslav Slepi?ka on either side of an André Santos strike.
 
The first half ended 0-0, but Goa looked like the team more likely to score throughout, attacking the Kerala goal from the start. They were lively going forward, and managed to extract important saves from Blasters keeper, David James. Tolgay Özbey, Zohib Amiri, Mandar Rao Desai, and André Santos all came agonizingly close to scoring for the hosts. 
 
Özbey hit the inside of the post with following a superb run down the left early in the game, and James made a superb save to deny Santos’ follow-up and then Amiri’s header from the subsequent corner. He made another excellent save when Rao was clean through on goal following a beautifully threaded through ball from Santos. Brazilian Santos came closest to breaking the deadlock, and in fact beat James, only to see his shot headed off the line by Guruwinder Singh.
Miroslav Slepi?ka 
 
Though Kerala made attacking substitutions to start the second half, bringing on Iain Hume and Goan-born Milagres Gonsalves, Goa came out with even more attacking purpose, intent on getting the goal that had been denied them by Kerala’s keeper. 
 
Two goals in six minutes finally broke the Blasters’ resistance. Santos, who had been inconsistent with his delivery up to that point, floated in a perfect free kick from the left in the 63rd minute, which fell to the onrushing Slepi?ka, who calmly finished past James to give Goa the lead. Minutes later, Slepicka and Romeo Fernandes combined to set up Santos, who slotted home from the latter’s cutback.
 
As Kerala looked to get back into the game, they got hit on the break, with Slepi?ka getting his second, and Goa’s third. A clever one-two with Bikramjit Singh played the Czech striker through on goal, and though his first effort was parried by James, Slepi?ka was quickest to react and beat his man to the ball, finishing into an empty net.
 
This was Goa’s third clean sheet in a row, and fifth straight game unbeaten. For Kerala, who boasted the best defence in the league heading into the game, the loss puts an end to their own five-game unbeaten run. 
 
The result sees Zico’s men leapfrog the Blasters into third place, courtesy of a superior goal difference. Their next game is on December 1 against NorthEast United FC, their final home game, while Kerala Blasters host league leaders Chennaiyin FC in a ‘South Indian derby’ on November 30.
 
Match awards:
 
Hero of the Match: André Santos (FC Goa) 
Swift Moment of the Match: David James (Kerala Blasters FC) 
Amul Fittest Player of the Match: Narayan Das (FC Goa)
ISL Emerging Player of the Match: Sandesh Jhingan (Kerala Blasters FC)
 
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ISL: FC Goa outplay FC Pune City 2-0

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FC Goa exacted their revenge on FC Pune City by outplaying them 2-0 in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda tonight to climb to the fourth spot in the table.
 
It was the same margin by which the hosts had lost to the visitors in Pune in the first leg encounter.
 
Winger Romeo Fernandes got the opener for the winners in the 6th minute and substitute Miroslav Slepi?ka added another in stoppage time to seal the victory.
 
The match started at a frenetic pace with the hosts getting into the right positions as soon as the opening whistle was blown. Arindam Bhattacharya was tested as early as the opening minute when Zohib Amiri floated his cross in on target and the Pune keeper had to tip it over the bar for a corner. 
 
Minutes later, Fernandes won a free kick on the right flank which was taken by André Santos. The sprightly winger got onto the end of it and his glancing header beat Bhattacharya hands down to give the hosts the lead.
 
Santos tested Bhattacharya again in the half, when his free kick from the left side was goal bound, but the keeper managed to parry it away. It was then Pune’s turn to have a go and Park Kwang-Il almost got onto the score sheet after getting at the end of Kostas Katsouranis’ lobbed pass but was denied by Jan Šeda’s fingertips.
 
Goa came out in the second half more settled with an intention to hold on to the lead even as Pune showed more intent. Joachim Abranches was introduced by Franco Colomba for the first time in the competition after coming back from injury. He made an immediate impact but understandably wasn’t sharp enough to take the chances that came his way. Katsouranis managed to rattle the crossbar with an acrobatic effort from a corner, but that was the closest Pune got to equalising in the second half.
 
Colomba went with three strikers in an effort to save the game, throwing in David Trezeguet in the 83rd minute. But it was Zico’s introduction of Clifford Miranda, Miroslav Slepi?ka and Jewel Raja that sealed the deal for the hosts, as Miranda latched onto a cross from Raja and headed it towards goal. The Czech target man got the last touch and put it away.
 
Goa now have three clean sheets in the past four games, and have stormed into the top half of the table, edging out Mumbai City FC on goal difference. FC Pune City are level on points (12) with Goa and Mumbai, but are sixth in the standings owing to inferior goal difference.
 
Goa play Kerala Blasters FC next at home on November 26 while Pune return home to take on Atlético de Kolkata on November 29.
 
Match awards:
 
Hero of the Match: Romeo Fernandes (FC Goa) 
Swift Moment of the Match: Romeo Fernandes (FC Goa)
Amul Fittest Player of the Match:  Park Kwang-Il (FC Pune City)
ISL Emerging Player of the Match: Narayan Das (FC Goa)
 
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Actor Manoj Bajpai opens Indian Panorama at IFFI 2014

Actor Manoj Bajpai speaking at the inauguration of the Indian Panorama, during the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2014), in Panaji, Goa on November 21, 2014.
Actor Manoj Bajpai speaking at the inauguration of the Indian Panorama, during the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2014), in Panaji, Goa on November 21, 2014.
The Indian Panorama opened at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2014 with the screening of Paresh Mokashi's feature film Elizabeth Ekadashi and Shabnak Sukhdev's non-feature film The Last Adieu.
 
Well-known actor Manoj Bajpai was the chief guest at the opening. He and Festival Director Shankar Mohan felicitaed the jury of both sections on the occasion.
 
The jury for the feature films included A.K. Bir (chairman), SatarupaSanyal, Vinod Ganatra, Ganga Raju Gunnam, Utpal Borpujari, Oinam Gautam Singh, Gautaman Bhaskaran and Sameer Hanchate. Members of jury for the nonfeature films present incuded Abhiram Bhadkamkar, Babu Kambrath, Oinam Doren, R. Buvana, Shila Datta and Vivek Mohan.
 
The cast and crew of both the films were introduced to the audience and felicitated by Mr Bajpai.
 
The features section of the Panorama will feature 26 films. They include seven Malayalam films -- 1983, North 24 Kaatham, Njan Steve Lopez, Drishyam, Munnariyippu, Swapaanam and Njaan -- and five Bengali films -- Punashcha, Chotoder Chobi, Bodhon, Jodi Love Dile Na Praane and Teenkahon.
 
The following are the films selected for the Panorama:
 
Feature Films: 
 
1.   Othello -- Assamese -- Hemanta Kumar Das
2.   Punashcha -- Bengali -- Souvik Mitra
3.   Chotoder Chobi -- Bengali -- Kaushik Ganguly
4.   Bodhon -- Bengali -- Ayananshu Banerje
5.   Jodi Love Dile Na Praane -- Bengali -- Sudeshna Roy & Abhijit Guha
6.   Teenkahon -- Bengali -- Bauddhayan Mukherji
7.   Gour Hari Dastaan - The freedom File -- Hindi -- Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
8.   Ankhon Dekhi -- Hindi -- Rajat Kapoor
9.   1-December -- Kannada -- P. Sheshadri
10.  Ri -- Khasi -- Pradip  Kurbah
11.  1983 -- Malayalam -- Abrid Shine
12.   North 24 Kaatham -- Malayalam -- Anil Radhakrishnan Menon
13.   Njan Steve Lopez -- Malayalam -- Rajeev Ravi
14.   Drishyam -- Malayalam -- Jeethu Joseph
15.   Munnariyippu -- Malayalam -- Venu
16.   Swapaanam -- Malayalam -- Shaji N. Karun
17.   Njaan -- Malayalam -- Ranjith
18.   Ek Hazarachi Note -- Marathi -- Shrihari  Sathe
19.   Elizabeth Ekadashi -- Marathi -- Paresh Mokashi
20.   Killa -- Marathi -- Avinash Arun
21.   Dr. Prakash Baba Amte - The Real Hero -- Marathi -- Samruddhi Porey
22.   Yellow -- Marathi -- Mahesh Limaye
23.   Lokmanya – Ek Yugpurush -- Marathi -- Om Raut
24.   A Rainy Day -- Marathi -- Rajendra Talak
25.   Adim Vichar -- Odiya -- Sabyasachi Mohapatra
26.   Kuttram Kadithal -- Tamil -- Bramma G.
 
Non-Feature Films:
 
1.     A Dream Never Dies -- Assamese -- Aneisha Sharma
2.     The Last Adieu -- English -- Shabnam Sukhdev
3.     My Father Namgyal -- English -- Utpal Das
4.     On and Off The Records -- English -- Pratik Biswas
5.     Womb on Rent -- English -- Ishani K Dutta
6.     Qissa-E-Parsi - English & Hindi -- Divya Cowasji, Shilpi Gulati
7.     Songs of the Blue Hills -- English & Nagamese -- Utpal Borpujari
8.     Songs of the Bards of Bengal – The Bauls and Fakirs -- English, Bengali -- Monalisa Dasgupta
9.     An American in Madras -- English, Tamil, Hindi -- Karan Bali
10.  Bhoomiyil Chuvadurachu -- Malayalam -- Vipin Vijay
11.  Mitraa -- Marathi -- Ravi Jadhav
12.  Vithya -- Marathi -- Prasanna Shrikant Ponde
13.  Ek Hota Kau -- Marathi -- Viju Gopal Mane
14.  Bahadur The Accidental Brave -- Nepalese/ English -- Aditya Seth
15.  Candles in the Wind -- Punjabi & English -- Kavita Bahl & Nandan Saxena
 
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IFFI 2014 off to a colourful start, Rajinikanth receives Centenary Award

Renowned actor Amitabh Bachchan and Information & Broadcasting, Minister Arun Jaitley presenting the centenary award to Tamil megastar Rajinikanth, at the inauguration of the 45th International Film Festival of India, in Panaji, Goa on November 20, 2014.
Renowned actor Amitabh Bachchan and Information & Broadcasting, Minister Arun Jaitley presenting the centenary award to Tamil megastar Rajinikanth, at the inauguration of the 45th International Film Festival of India, in Panaji, Goa on November 20, 2014.
The 45th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2014) got off to a colourful start here yesterday with a series of enthralling performance that evoked nostalgic memories of the years gone by.
 
Goa Governor Mridula Sinha lit the traditional lamp to mark the beginning of the festival in the presence of Union Finance and Information & Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore.
 
Renowned actor Amitabh Bachchan was the chief guest on the occasion, while Tamil mega star Rajinikanth was presented with the Centenary Film Personality of the Year Award for his lifetime contribution to Indian cinema on the occasion. The award consisted of a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh, a certificate and the Silver Peacock Medal. It was instituted last year to commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema 
 
Rajinikanth received the Centenary award from Mr Jaitley and Mr Bachchan and dedicated it to his producers, directors, co-stars, technicians and fans.
 
The international jury of the festival -- chairman Slawomir Idziak, cinematographer and filmmaker from Poland, Zhang Jianya, a filmmaker from China, Marie Brenner, a New York-based writer, Indian actress Seema Biswas and Nadia Dresti, the head of International Locarno Film Festival -- were amongst those present.
 
Actors Anupam Kher and Raveena Tandon were the comperes of the opening ceremony.
 
The highlight of the evening was a captivating performance by Malayalam actress and dancer Shobhana Pillai and her troupe, which took the audience down the memory lane of popular dance sequences from Indian films, including numbers such as “Hothon pe aisi baat mein dabaake chali ayee” and “Piya tose naina lage re”.
 
Other celebrities present on the occasion included actors Satish Kaushik, Manoj Bajpai and Roopa Ganguli. 
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bachchan traced the history of Indian cinema, touching on the issues and various aspects of Indian life as depicted on the silver screen.
 
"Those who do not know the stories of their forefathers, cannot write their own," he said.
 
Mr Jaitley said the Indian film industry had come of age in view of the diversity it offered in terms of the numbers of films produced in different languages and themes.
 
Cinema today acted as an "alternate religion" to cricket in India as it entertained, educated, gave a social perspective to issues, offered young growing minds the vision to learn and nurture talent, he said.
 
A dance performance at the inauguration of the 45th International Film Festival of India, in Panaji, Goa on November 20, 2014.
A dance performance at the inauguration of the 45th International Film Festival of India, in Panaji, Goa on November 20, 2014.
Mr Jaitley said cinema had matured as a medium in the country and corporatization had made it more professional and vibrant. He also spoke of the National Film Heritage Mission to create a digital record of Indian cinema.
 
"The President" directed by eminent Iranian film maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf was the opening film of the festival. 
 
As many as 178 films from 79 countries will be screened during the 11-day event in various sections: World Cinema (61 films), Master-strokes (11), Festival Kaleidoscope (20), Soul of Asia (7), Documentaries (6), Animated Films (6). 
 
Besides, the Indian Panorama section will include 26 Feature and 15 Non-Feature Films. 
 
Seven films from the North-East, the focus region of the festival, would be showcased. There will also be retrospectives on Gulfzar and Jahnu Baruah, special homage films on Richard Attenborough, Robin Williams, Zohra Sehgal and Suchitra Sen and a special tribute to Farooq Shaikh.
 
A special section of films that focus on dance, personality-based retrospectives, and Masterclasses/workshopswould also form a part of IFFI 2014. 
 
The open air screening of Indian films for the general public free of cost on first come first served basis would be a new attraction in IFFI 2014. Besides the world premieres, IFFI 2014 offers activities such as the Film Bazar, 3D Film Shows and Panel Discussions.
 
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Canadian film producers in India to foster audio-visual ties

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A delegation of 14 Canadian film producers will take part in the 4th Forum of the Canada-India Business Council being held in Mumbai from today and in the 8th Film Bazaar that will take place in Goa on November 20-24 to activate the Canada-India Audiovisual Coproduction Treaty.
 
Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) are spearheading the mission with support from the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi, the Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai and the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA).
 
In parallel, the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) taking place in Goa from November 20 to November 30 will feature five Canadian films. 
 
Two Canadian directors, Mathieu Denis (Corbo) and Andrea Dorfman (Heartbeat) will be on hand to promote their films. The Canadian films Mommy by Xavier Dolan, Le règne de la beauté (An Eye for Beauty) by Denys Arcand and Maps to the Stars by David Cronenberg will also be shown.
 
The coproduction treaty between Canada and India, which came into effect on July 1 this year, will become a reality with this mission, the purpose of which is to develop relationships with India’s film industry and to position Canada as a major player and key partner for co-production, a press release from the Canadian High Commission said.
 
The Canadian delegation will first attend the Canada-India Business Council Forum in Mumbai as part of a group of some 200 Canadian and Indian businesspeople. They will take part in a panel discussion entitled Activating the Canada-India Coproduction Treaty, and will have the opportunity to participate in business-to-business networking opportunities organized with Indian film producers. Canadian producers will then move on to Goa to attend the Film Bazaar, a major gathering for film industry development, distribution and production professionals.
 
According to the release, oarticipating Canadian producers include: Alfons Adetuyi, Inner City Films; Paula Devonshire, Devonshire Productions; Karen Franklin, Hill 100 Productions; Ralph Holt, Hill 100 Productions; Daniel Iron, Blue Ice Pictures; Mehernaz Lentin, Industry Pictures; David Miller, A71 Productions; Damon D’Oliveira, Conquering Lion Pictures; Rama Rau, Trinetra Productions; Sergio Navarretta, Platinum Image Film; Miranda de Pencier, Northwood Entertainment (all Ontario); Kelly Balon, Karma Film; Anand Ramayya, Karma Film (both Saskatchewan); and Vic Sarin, Sepia Films (British Columbia).
 
Travelling with the delegation will be Sheila de La Varende, Director of International Promotion at Telefilm Canada; Karen Thorne-Stone, President and CEO of OMDC; and Susanne Vaas, Vice-President, Business Affairs & Secretary Designate at CMPA.
 
Chris McDonald, President of Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will also take part in the Film Bazaar and IFFI in Goa. Hot Docs is preparing a “Made In India” program for its 2015 edition to celebrate the country’s contribution to contemporary documentary cinema, the release added.
 
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ISL: Goa, Mumbai play out goalless draw in midfield battle

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Photo courtesy:ISL
The match between FC Goa and Mumbai City FC in the Hero India Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda ended in a stalemate today, with neither team managing to get on the score-sheet.
 
It was Mumbai City’s first draw of the tournament, and takes them to the fourth spot and the top half of the league table with 10 points, whereas Goa stay rooted at the bottom of the table with five points.
 
The match began with Goa dominating proceedings, playing attacking football from the word go and going forward with some beautiful movement and build-up play. 
 
The heat and humidity seemed to have an impact on proceedings as well, as after the first 15 minutes, Goa went into their shell, with Mumbai taking control. The closest that the visitors got to scoring was when Subhash Singh put the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside. 
 
The momentum again switched towards the end of the half, with Goa looking the more threatening once more. Home defender Grégory Arnolin came close to scoring from a corner, but his header was not accurate enough. The first half also saw a water break taken to allow the players to replenish themselves in the unforgiving climate.
 
The story of the second half was similar, with the teams tiring out and the speed of play going down a notch. Arnolin once again came closest to scoring for the hosts from a corner, this time beating Mumbai City keeper Subrata Paul all ends up, but his shot hit the crossbar.
 
Goa had an incredible nine corners awarded in the game, but, as their story has been so far, did not manage to convert any of their chances. Jan Štohanzl was a stand-out performer for the visitors, and was justly named the player of the match.
 
Goa travel to the national capital to face the Delhi Dynamos FC in their eighth match on November 13. Mumbai City will play their second straight away game, going to Kochi to face the Kerala Blasters FC in their next encounter on November 12.
 
Match Awards
 
Hero of the Match: Jan Štohanzl (Mumbai City FC)
Swift Moment of the Match: Tolgay Özbey (FC Goa)
Amul Fittest Player of the Match: Narayan Das (FC Goa)
ISL Emerging Player of the Match: Bikramjit Singh (FC Goa)
 
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Laxmikant Parsekar sworn in as new Goa CM after Manohar Parrikar quits to join Union Cabinet

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Laxmikant Parsekar was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Goa in Panaji on Saturday, succeeding Mr Manohar Parrikar, who is expected to be inducted as the Defence Minister in Sunday's expansion of the Union Cabinet.
Laxmikant Parsekar sworn in as Goa Chief Minister
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Laxmikant Parsekar was today sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Goa here today, succeeding Mr Manohar Parrikar, who is expected to be inducted as the Defence Minister in tomorrow's expansion of the Union Cabinet.
 
Mr Parsekar, 58, who was Health Minister in the Parrikar government, was administered the oaths of office and secrecy by Governor Mridula Sinha.
 
Mr Francis D'Souza, who was Deputy Chief Minister under Mr Parrikar, will continue to hold the same position, was among the 11 others who were sworn in today.
 
Mr Parrikar had sent in his resignation to the Governor this afernoon, following which the BJP Legislature Party met here and unanimously elected Mr Parsekar as its new leader and Mr D'Souza as the deputy leader.
 
The outgoing Chief Minister proposed Mr Parsekar's name and it was supported by Mr D'Souza, who had aimed for the top job himself after it became known that Mr Parrikar was being shifted by the BJP to the Centre.
 
Senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Reddy, who was one of the party's Central observers at the meeting, said the election of Mr Parsekar was done unanimously. "There was complete unanimity as far as the choice of leader of the legislature party was concerned," he said.
 
He said they had also apprised BJP President Amit Shah of the decision, after which a delegation from the party met the Governor and informed her of the resolution adopted at the meeting. The Governor then invited Mr Parsekar to form the new government.
 
The 12-member Council of Ministers includes two members of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).
 
Yesterday evening, Mr Parrikar, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, had presided over his last Cabinet meeting and later virtually broke down as he told reporters that it was difficult for him to leave the state.
 
The BJP Parliamentary Board met in New Delhi today to discuss the leadership question in Goa. It is also understood that the party has decided to field Mr Parrikar as a candidate for the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh.
 
Born on July 4, 1956, Mr Parsekar did his M.Sc. and B.Ed. from the Centre of Pot-Graduation Instruction & Research, Panaji (then Bombay University) and served as the principal of the Harmal Panchakroshi Secondary School at Harmal.
 
Mr Parsekar, who was strong connections to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological mentor of the BJP, was elected to the Goa Legislative Assembly in June 2002 and re-elected in 2007 and 2012.
 
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ISL: Milagres Gonsalves stars in Kerala Blasters' 1-0 win against FC Goa

Milagres Gonsalves of Kerala Blasters during their match against FC Goa in Kochi on November 6, 2014.
Milagres Gonsalves of Kerala Blasters during their match against FC Goa in Kochi on November 6, 2014.
Substitute Milagres Gonsalves was the matchwinner with a 64th minute goal  as hosts Kerala Blasters scored a 1-0 win against FC Goa, the team from his home state, in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here this evening.
 
With this, Kerala Blasters have begun their home campaign with a well-deserved victory.
 
It was a rather uneventful first half with both sides playing cautiously from the back. The visitors were quickly off the block as they tried to take control of the match early on. Robert Pirès was drafted straight back into the starting line-up in place of the injured André Santos. Goa kept possession for longer periods than their hosts but weren't able to fashion a decent goal scoring chance. 
 
Penn Orji was central to the Kerala cause as he broke up the Goa attack time and again. The closest either side came to a goal was right at the stroke of half time when Kerala forward C S Sabeeth found himself with only goalkeeper Jan Seda to beat but only managed to hit his effort onto the crossbar.
 
The hosts came out on top in the second half as they pushed for a goal. But it was Goa who came close to scoring. A cross from the left found Jewel Raja unmarked in the rival box but the ball was blasted out of play by an onrushing defender. The resulting corner found the head of an unmarked Youness Bengelloun whose header went wide of the post.
 
Thereafter, it was a Kerala show as they bombed forward continuously. The persistence of the south Indian team finally paid off when Andrew Barisic, who came on as a second half substitute, put a ball across the box for an unmarked Gonsalves who easily tapped it into an empty net. Kerala managed to hold on to their lead till the final whistle to a raucous reception from the home crowd.
 
Goa, who remain rooted to the bottom of the table with four points, return home for a match against Mumbai City FC on November 9. Kerala will want to build on this win in their next home outing against Delhi Dynamos FC on the same day.
 
Match Awards:
 
Hero of the Match: Milagres Gonsalves 
Swift Moment of the Match:  CS Sabeeth 
Amul Fittest Player of the Match: Narayan Das
ISL Emerging Player of the Match: Sandesh Jhingan
 
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ISL: FC Goa defeat Delhi Dynamos 2-1 for first win

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Photo: Courtesy -- ISL
Substitute Tolgay Özbey bundled in a sensational matchwinner in added on time to help FC Goa defeat Delhi Dynamos 2-1 for their first win in the Hero India Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda tonight. 
 
It was the home side’s first win in five matches in the tournament and ended Delhi's unbeaten run so far.
 
The hosts moved up to sixth place in the league with four points, while Delhi remained in the fourth spot with six points from five outings.
 
Mads Junker opened the scoring for the visitors in the 7th minute while Goa drew level late in the second-half (73rd minute) via a Jewel Raja header before Özbey, the  Australian forward of Turkish origin, sent the near houseful crowd into raptures by slotting the winning goal in the third minute of added on time
 
Both teams set up a high attacking tempo as the game got underway. Delhi soon got off the match as Goa’s defence was left scampering as Hans Mulder threaded a through ball to Burno Arias into the box who played it across to Junker who finished on the second attempt.
 
Goa had numerous chances to equalise in the first half itself but could not find the back of the net.  In the 37th minute, Romeo Fernandes put in a low teasing cross into the box, Raja miskicked but the ball fell near Mandar Rao Desai whose shot was saved by the legs of Kristof Van Hout.
 
In the second half, Goa pushed ahead even more and the Delhi custodian this time denied Fernandes from point blank range after he was put through by substitute Haroon Amiri.
 
The equaliser came in the 73rd minute as Desai floated in the ball across the box from the left. The ball was headed back in by Fernandes to Raja who coolly headed it to the far right corner leaving the tall Van Hout stranded. 
 
Goa got the winning goal in additional time as Delhi lost possession in the middle. Miroslav Slepi?ka lifted the ball over the defence to play in Özbey who chested the ball down before rounding the keeper and steering it into the net.
 
Goa travel to Kochi for their next game on November 6 while Delhi Dynamos travel to the maximum city where they will be hosted by Mumbai City FC on November 5.  
 
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Centre discloses eight names in black money case to Supreme Court

The Government on Monday filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in which it has disclosed eight names -- seven individuals and a company -- with foreign bank accounts from a much larger list it has received as part of investigations into wealth allegedly stashed outside the country by tax evaders and others.
 
The Union Government today filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in which it has disclosed eight names -- seven individuals and a company -- with foreign bank accounts from a much larger list it has received as part of investigations into wealth allegedly stashed outside the country by tax evaders and others.
 
The three accounts are those of Pradeep Burman, a former top executive of the Dabur Group, Timblo Private Limited, a Goa-based mining company, five of its directors and Pankaj Chimanlal Lodhiya, a bullion trader based in Rajkot, Gujarat.
 
The five directors of the Timblo Group named in the affiidavit are Radha Satish Timblo, Chetan S Timblo, Rohan S Timblo, Anna C Timblo and Mallika R Timblo.
 
Reacting to the disclosure, the Dabur Group clarified that Mr Burman does not hold any executive position in the company.
 
“The Burman family is committed to the highest standards of corporate governance, and encourage ethical behaviour at all levels," a spokesperson for the group said.
 
"We wish to state that this account was opened when he was an NRI, and was legally allowed to open this account. We have followed all the laws and the complete details regarding the account have been voluntarily, and as per law, filed with the Income Tax Department, and appropriate taxes paid, wherever applicable. 
 
"Therefore, it is unfortunate that every person having a foreign bank account is being painted with the same brush," he added.
 
Mr Lodhiya also told journalists who approached him outside his shop in Rajkot said that he had no foreign bank account at all and had no clue about how his name had appeared on the list.
 
He said that Income Tax authorities had conducted a search at his firm about 18 months ago when he had furnished all the details of all his business transactions to them.
 
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In Margao, Ms Radha Timblo said that the company would make a detailed statement after she had seen the affidavit by the government. She also said that the tax authorities had conducted searches at the company in the past.
 
The Centre had told the Supreme Court recently that, under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAAs) signed by it with various countries,  it could not disclose all the names on the list until charges are framed against them in court.
 
In its affidavit, the Government told the court today there was absolutely no intention on its part to withhold information, including names of persons who have stashed black money abroad.
 
"...the Government is committed to disclose names of persons holding illegal money abroad. However, every account held by an Indian in a foreign country may not be illegal...," it said.
 
The government submitted that it was making all efforts to obtain informaiton about Indians hiding their unaccounted money in offshore financial centres. It said these efforts include entering into new treaties and agreements as per the new global standards on automatic exchange of information.
 
It said that, for signing such agreements, India would have to make a commitment that such information can be used only for tax purposes and will be made public only when the investigation is complete and a complaint/prosecution is filed in a competent court for tax evasion.
 
"It is respectfully submitted that the choice, therefore, is either not to receive information at all, or receive it and use it as per international standards of confidentiality. It is respectfully submitted that these international standards do allow disclosure of names and information, but only after investigations are completed, when there is a prima facie case of wrongdoing and a complaint/prosecution is filed in a competent court for tax evasion," it said.
 
The government said serious efforts were being made to complete investigations at the earliest by the tax department and file complaints/prosecutions in appropriate cases expeditiously, upon which the names of the tax evaders will be made public.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has attracted a lot of criticism from the opposition Congress and other parties which accused it of going back on its election promise of bringing back black money from abroad within 100 days of assuming office.
 
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said in a television interview that the government would disclose some names to the Supreme Court soon and that the disclosure would embarrass the Congress. To this, the Congress had asked the BJP to desist from "blackmail" and disclose all the names.
 
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Mr Jaitley also indicated in another interview that the name of a senior Congress leader was on that list and that the person could be a former UPA Minister. "I am not denying or confirming it, I am only smiling," he had said in that interview.
 
In response, Mr Jaitley's predecessor P Chidambaram had told a television channel that if it turns out that a senior Congress leader's name is on the list of those with illegal wealth stashed abroad, it would basically embarass that person and not the party.
 
"I don't expect Mr Arun Jaitley to make a trivial comment. He's the Finance Minister of India. He's not likely to make a trivial comment, but I think the purpose of that comment was to move from black money to what a friend of mine said, blackmail," he said.
 
"Release it, why say it? Why this promotion?...just release the name," he had said.
 
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ASSOCHAM: Allot cancelled coal blocks to those with operational projects

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The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) today suggested that the government shoul give preference in allocation of cancelled coal blocks to those who have an operational or soon to be operational end-use-project. 
 
Auctions should be opened for others only after coal for these projects is secured, it said.
 
In a note submitted to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the apex industry body stated that coal blocks already allotted for end-use steel projects should be auctioned only for steel projects and, similarly, blocks allotted for end-use power projects be auctioned only for power projects.
 
"The reserve price and upfront payment should be based on actual mineable reserves only (as assessed by CMPDIL/MECL etc) and not on the basis of geological reserves. The sub-blocking should remain as it is and clubbing of blocks should be avoided so that the end-use plants of small capacities can also bid in the auction process," it said.
 
"Clearances accorded to the existing coal blocks should automatically get transferred to the new allottees. Obtaining these clearances again will lead to considerable delays in commencement of production from mines and adversely affect the end-use projects," the note said.
 
ASSOCHAM said bidding for end-use power as well as steel projects should be on the basis of upfront payment fixed by the Ministry of Coal and extractable reserve linked payment quoted by the bidder in INR/tonne.
 
Referring to the compensation to be given to original allottees, the chamber said, criteria should be land prices as determined by the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 and other investments made in the coal block at current market value.
 
ASSOCHAM says that auction process should accord Right of First Refusal (RoFR) to the existing allottees of the coal blocks who have end-use plants either operational or soon to be operational or to those who have taken substantial effective steps to set up end-use plants.
 
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"End-use-projects are interlinked with specific mines in terms of proximity, evacuation arrangement and giving RoFR would ensure that no additional burden is put on the already stressed infrastructure facilities and will be in national interest. Denying RoFR will severely affect the interests of the genuine companies who had invested huge amount of money in their end use plants and have taken huge loan from the banks for setting up the same," it said.
 
In the interim period till the time auction process is completed, ASSOCHAM suggested that original coal block allottees can be appointed as Contractor/MDO and unconditional FSA should be provided in cases where the end use project is either operational or is about to become operational. In case the coal block allottee is not successful in obtaining the coal block under the auction process, government must ensure restoration of coal linkages granted prior to allocation of coal blocks.
 
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Centre discloses three names in black money case to Supreme Court

The Union Government on Monday filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in which it has disclosed the names of three persons whose names have figured in a list of people with foreign bank accounts as part of its investigations into wealth allegedly stashed abroad by tax evaders and others.
 
The Union Government today filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in which it has disclosed the names of three persons whose names have figured in a list of people with foreign bank accounts as part of investigations into wealth allegedly stashed abroad by tax evaders and others.
 
The three names are those of Pradeep Burman, a former executive of the Dabur Group, Radha Timblo of a Goa-based mining company and Pankaj Chimanlal Lodhiya, a businessman based in Rajkot, Gujarat.
 
Reacting to the disclosure, the Dabur Group clarified that Mr Burman does not hold any executive position in the company.
 
“The Burman family is committed to the highest standards of corporate governance, and encourage ethical behaviour at all levels," a spokesperson for the group said.
 
"We wish to state that this account was opened when he was an NRI, and was legally allowed to open this account. We have followed all the laws and the complete details regarding the account have been voluntarily, and as per law, filed with the Income Tax Department, and appropriate taxes paid, wherever applicable. 
 
"Therefore, it is unfortunate that every person having a foreign bank account is being painted with the same brush," he added.
 
Mr Lodhiya also told journalists who approached him outside his shop in Rajkot said that he had no foreign bank account at all and had no clue about how his name had appeared on the list.
 
He said that Income Tax authorities had conducted a search at his firm about 18 months ago when he had furnished all the details of all his business transactions to them.
 
In Margao, Ms Timblo said that she would make a detailed statement after she had seen the affidavit by the government. "I don't have to say anything now. Let me see the affidavit and I will then make a detailed explanation through a press note," she said to reporters outside her office.
 
The government has indicated in the past that it would reveal more names as and when prosecution is launched against the people concerned.
 
The Centre had told the Supreme Court recently that, under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAAs) signed by it with various countries,  it could not disclose all the names on the list until charges are framed against them in court.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had attracted a lot of criticism from the opposition Congress and other parties which accused it of going back on its election promise of bringing back black money from abroad within 100 days of assuming office.
Centre reveals eight names from Black Money list in affidavit to SC
Later, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said in a television interview that the government would disclose some names to the Supreme Court soon and that the disclosure would embarrass the Congress. To this, the Congress had asked the BJP to desist from "blackmail" and disclose all the names.
 
Mr Jaitley also indicated in another interview that the name of a senior Congress leader was on that list and that the person could be a former UPA Minister. "I am not denying or confirming it, I am only smiling," he had said in that interview.
 
In response, Mr Jaitley's predecessor P Chidambaram had told a television channel that if it turns out that a senior Congress leader's name is on the list of those with illegal wealth stashed abroad, it would basically embarass that person and not the party.
 
"I don't expect Mr Arun Jaitley to make a trivial comment. He's the Finance Minister of India. He's not likely to make a trivial comment, but I think the purpose of that comment was to move from black money to what a friend of mine said, blackmail," he said.
 
"Release it, why say it? Why this promotion?...just release the name," he had said.

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Lobo brace secures comeback win for Atlético de Kolkata

Cavin Lobo of Atletico de Kolkata celebrates after scoring the match winner against FC Goa at Margao on October 23, 2014.(Photo courtesy:ISL)
Cavin Lobo of Atletico de Kolkata celebrates after scoring the match winner against FC Goa at Margao on October 23, 2014.(Photo courtesy:ISL)
Cavin Lobo scored a brace to help league leaders Atlético de Kolkata to a remarkable comeback win over FC Goa by the odd goal in three at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao near here tonight. 
 
The home side went ahead in the 21st minute, courtesy an André Santos strike, but local lad Lobo brought heartbreak to his state mates with a late equaliser in the 72nd minute and a superbly struck match winner in the 84th minute to help the visitors maintain their unbeaten run.
 
Goa looked the sharper side in attack and possession in a contentious match and got their breakthrough soon enough. With Denzil Franco down with a knock, American referee Christopher Penso allowed play to go on and Santos buried the ball into the net with a ferocious left foot finish past Apoula Edel, the Cameroonian-born Armenian keeper who was picked ahead of Subhasish Roy Chowdhury today. 
 
This was the first time that the Kolkata side had fallen behind in the tournament.
 
The second half started cautiously for both teams, with no real chances coming up till after the hour mark. Edel had a nervy period as Goa imposed themselves on the match and had several chances to increase the lead. But it was the visitors who got the goal at the other end.
 
Kolkata forward Fikru Teferra justified his manager’s decision to keep him on, despite a yellow card and a couple of incidents by playing in a wonderfully lobbed pass into the path of Lobo, who controlled and coolly finished past Jan Šeda.
 
Lobo then produced a wonder strike when he picked up a loose clearance outside the box and thumped the ball in with his left foot past the hapless Czech keeper for the match winner. 
 
Goa piled on pressure late in the game, but no to avail and even seven minutes of injury time was not sufficient to avert the inevitable.  
 
Referee Penso had a tough outing, having to dispense seven yellow cards in the game that also saw visiting goal-keeping coach Deshi Bakhtaver being ordered out. 
 
The Kolkata side now have 10 points from four games, four clear of Chennaiyin FC who have played two less, while Goa slipped down to sixth place with a mere point from three games.
 
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Seven Malayalam, five Bengali films in Indian Panorama at IFFI 2014

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Paresh Mokashi's Elizabeth Ekadashi has been chosen as the opening film of the India Panorama for the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2014 to be held in Panaji, Goa from November 20 to 30.
 
The jury for features films headed by renowned filmmaker A K Bir selected 26 films out of a total of 181 eligible entries, an official press release said.
 
The list includes seven Malayalam films -- 1983, North 24 Kaatham, Njan Steve Lopez, Drishyam, Munnariyippu, Swapaanam and Njaan -- and five Bengali films -- Punashcha, Chotoder Chobi, Bodhon, Jodi Love Dile Na Praane and Teenkahon.
 
The Last Adieu, directed by Shabnak Sukhdev, will be the opening film in the non-feature films section of the Panorama. The jury for the non-feature films was chaired by well-known filmmaker Mike Pandey.
 
The following are the films selected for the Panorama:
 
Feature Films: 
1.   Othello -- Assamese -- Hemanta Kumar Das
2.   Punashcha -- Bengali -- Souvik Mitra
3.   Chotoder Chobi -- Bengali -- Kaushik Ganguly
4.   Bodhon -- Bengali -- Ayananshu Banerje
5.   Jodi Love Dile Na Praane -- Bengali -- Sudeshna Roy & Abhijit Guha
6.   Teenkahon -- Bengali -- Bauddhayan Mukherji
7.   Gour Hari Dastaan - The freedom File -- Hindi -- Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
8.   Ankhon Dekhi -- Hindi -- Rajat Kapoor
9.   1-December -- Kannada -- P. Sheshadri
10.  Ri -- Khasi -- Pradip  Kurbah
11.  1983 -- Malayalam -- Abrid Shine
12.   North 24 Kaatham -- Malayalam -- Anil Radhakrishnan Menon
13.   Njan Steve Lopez -- Malayalam -- Rajeev Ravi
14.   Drishyam -- Malayalam -- Jeethu Joseph
15.   Munnariyippu -- Malayalam -- Venu
16.   Swapaanam -- Malayalam -- Shaji N. Karun
17.   Njaan -- Malayalam -- Ranjith
18.   Ek Hazarachi Note -- Marathi -- Shrihari  Sathe
19.   Elizabeth Ekadashi -- Marathi -- Paresh Mokashi
20.   Killa -- Marathi -- Avinash Arun
21.   Dr. Prakash Baba Amte - The Real Hero -- Marathi -- Samruddhi Porey
22.   Yellow -- Marathi -- Mahesh Limaye
23.   Lokmanya – Ek Yugpurush -- Marathi -- Om Raut
24.   A Rainy Day -- Marathi -- Rajendra Talak
25.   Adim Vichar -- Odiya -- Sabyasachi Mohapatra
26.   Kuttram Kadithal -- Tamil -- Bramma G.
 
Non-Feature Films:
1.     A Dream Never Dies -- Assamese -- Aneisha Sharma
2.     The Last Adieu -- English -- Shabnam Sukhdev
3.     My Father Namgyal -- English -- Utpal Das
4.     On and Off The Records -- English -- Pratik Biswas
5.     Womb on Rent -- English -- Ishani K Dutta
6.     Qissa-E-Parsi - English & Hindi -- Divya Cowasji, Shilpi Gulati
7.     Songs of the Blue Hills -- English & Nagamese -- Utpal Borpujari
8.     Songs of the Bards of Bengal – The Bauls and Fakirs -- English, Bengali -- Monalisa Dasgupta
9.     An American in Madras -- English, Tamil, Hindi -- Karan Bali
10.  Bhoomiyil Chuvadurachu -- Malayalam -- Vipin Vijay
11.  Mitraa -- Marathi -- Ravi Jadhav
12.  Vithya -- Marathi -- Prasanna Shrikant Ponde
13.  Ek Hota Kau -- Marathi -- Viju Gopal Mane
14.  Bahadur The Accidental Brave -- Nepalese/ English -- Aditya Seth
15.  Candles in the Wind -- Punjabi & English -- Kavita Bahl & Nandan Saxena
 
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Goa launches women taxis with drivers trained in self-defence, soft skills

Goa Tourism today launched a women taxi service for women passengers, driven by women drivers trained in self-defence.
 
The service was inaugurated by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in Miramar, making Goa one of the few states in the country to have such a facility.
 
State Transport Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar and Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) Chairman Nilesh Cabral were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
Goa Tourism decided to launch the service to cater to the needs of women tourists and residents in the state. In the past, the issue of taxi services had often threatened to stall the progress of tourism in Goa and the government initiated this move to slowly eliminate the problem, an official press release said.
 
“The initiative taken up by Goa Tourism is good, this will give a new career direction to women. Private companies should take note and hire women, thus creating jobs for women," Mr Parrikar said.
 
"Goa must also go for 100% metering in all taxis. Meter implementation will start from next year where the initial meters may be at a subsidized cost. Meters will help tourists and prevent embarrassment to Goans due to some unruly taxi drivers, even though many drivers in Goa are honest," he said.
 
The release said the taxis would be driven by women drivers who are trained in self defence, soft skills, first-aid and have knowledge of tourist spots, thus doubling up as tourist guides to their passengers when needed. 
 
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The drivers are groomed in basic etiquette, personal hygiene and customer relations to ensure a positive experience. The cars will be equipped with GPS monitoring system which supports a panic alert button backed by the back office. A detailed study has also been done on route assessment and journey planning for popular routes, it said.
 
To begin with, ten new air-conditioned taxis will be available to ply to and from the airport, hotels, railway stations and bus terminals and will be stationed at GTDC residencies. The number of taxis will be increased based on demand. The taxi fares will be government approved, which will be at a nominal rate. 
 
Women can avail the service by contacting the call centre on 0832–2437 437, the release said.
 
Other salient features of the service include display of driver identity on the dashboard; electronic fare meters with digital receipt print-outs; fare payment option through card or cash; portable fire extinguishers & first aid kit; monitoring of cab movement at all times by the central control room; emergency panic button in the cab; and prominent display of emergency contact numbers.
 
"This project will also ensure respectable employment opportunities for local women who come from marginalized and resource poor communities and families," the release added.
 
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ISL: Chennaiyin FC score first away win with 2-1 victory over FC Goa

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Chennaiyin FC scored the first away win of the tournament with a 2-1 victory over FC Goa in a pulsating encounter in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today.
 
In the process, Balwant Singh became the first Indian goal scorer of the tournament while his teammate Elano joined him on the scoresheet as the first marquee player to strike a goal, which was also the first successful direct free kick of the tournament.
 
Goa began in lively fashion in front of a wildly cheering home crowd. Edgar Marcelino was at the heart of Goa’s attacks, with the Portuguese showcasing some incisive passing. Marquee player Robert Pirès was also involved, showing few signs of rust.
 
The Chennaiyin defence soaked up the pressure well, however, and they went ahead at the half-hour mark. Elano latched onto a poor clearance and made his way into the box, and striker Balwant Singh was on hand to fire the ball home and etch his name in the history books with a 32nd minute strike.
 
They soon doubled their lead, with Elano scoring a highlight-worthy goal. A foul on the edge of the box ten minutes later gave him the chance to whip in a trademark free kick, and he duly obliged, scoring a beautiful, curling strike to give his side a 2-0 lead to take into half-time.
 
Manager Zico did some talking to the Goan players during the break and it seemed to have had some effect as they came out for the second half with renewed purpose. As in the first half, however, the Chennai defence withstood Goa’s initial attacks. 
 
Goa eventually clawed their way back in the game, and it was two defenders who combined to get Goa on the score sheet. Youness Bengelloun’s knockdown from an over-hit cross was a perfect cut-back for fellow central defender Grégory Arnolin to tap in from close range.
 
Goa pushed on in search of an equalizer, with local hero Clifford Miranda, on as a substitute, nearly scoring a stunning goal straight from a corner kick, before Chennaiyin keeper Emiliano Bracigliano pulled off a fantastic save to deny Ranti Martins. 
 
For all Goa’s effort, however, the resolute Chennai defence made sure their ISL campaign began with a win. 
 
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Jet Airways to introduce flights to Abu Dhabi from Ahmedabad, Goa, Lucknow, Pune

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Private sector carrier Jet Airways today said it would introduce four new daily direct international flights from Ahmedabad, Goa, Lucknow and Pune to Abu Dhabi from November 14.
 
The flights will provide connectivity from Abu Dhabi to other destinations in the Gulf as well as to Africa, Europe and North America on services operated by its strategic partner Etihad Airways, a press release from the airline said.
 
Mr Gaurang Shetty, Senior Vice President – Commercial, Jet Airways, said “Guests travelling to Abu Dhabi will now have multiple options to travel to destinations of their choice to North America, Europe, Africa and Middle East in a seamless manner with our strategic partner Etihad Airways and other interline partners. This is truly an indication of the strong demand from the smaller metros and linking up more cities with international destinations apart from giving a boost to trade and tourism besides providing job opportunities."
 
Jet Airways currently operates a daily flight each from Delhi, Kochi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and 11 flights a week from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi.
 
With these new enhanced flights, Jet Airways will become India’s first private airline to operate over 50 daily flights to multiple destinations in the Gulf. This includes daily departures to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Doha, Kuwait, Sharjah, Muscat, Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh, thus, making the airline the largest operator between India and the Gulf.
 
The airline will deploy Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft on this route, the release added.
 
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Former Maharashtra, Goa Governor Mohammed Fazal passes away

Mohammed Fazal
Mohammed Fazal
Well-known economist and former Governor of Maharashtra and Goa Mohammed Fazal passed away at his residence in his home town of Allahabad in the early hours of today.
 
He was 92. He passed away in his sleep around 1.30 am today, reports reaching here said, quoting members of his family. The funeral is slated to be held later in the day.
 
Mr Fazal, a former Member of the Planning Commission, served as the Governor of Goa from November 26, 1999 till October 10, 2002, when he took over as the Governor of Maharashtra, a post he held until December 5, 2004.
 
Born on July 2, 1922 into an affluent family of landlords, Fazal graduated from the Allahabad University and went to the London School of Economics and Political Science for his post-graduation.
 
Fazal had a distinguished career in both the private and public sector, and was appointed as Secretary, Department of Industrial Development before serving as Member of the Planning Commission from 1980-85.
 
After he reigned from the Government in 1985, Mr Fazal held several positions in private industries as Executive Chairman of an Indo-American joint venture. In addition, he was Director of an internationally known consultancy firm and adviser to a Japanese consultancy firm.
 
He also served as president or chairman of various organisations and professional bodies. He was Member of the National Defence Advisory Board of the Government of India from December 1998 to November 1999.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was amongst those who condoled the passing away of Fazal. He recalled Fazal's contribution to public life and prayed that his soul might rest in peace.
 
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Kalyan Singh is new Governor of Rajasthan, Vajubhai Vala posted to Karnataka

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh was on Tuesday named as the new Governor of Rajasthan, while Gujarat Legislative Assembly Speaker Vajubhai Vala will be the new Governor of Karnataka, former Union Minister Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao of Maharashtra and well-known writer Mridula Sinha of Goa.
Kalyan Singh
Kalyan Singh
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh was today named as the new Governor of Rajasthan, while Gujarat Legislative Assembly Speaker Vajubhai Vala will be the new Governor of Karnataka.
 
President Pranab Mukherjee also appointed former Union Minister Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao as the Governor of Maharashtra and well-known writer and former chairperson of the Central Board of Social Welfare Mridula Sinha, who is also the former head of the BJP's women's wing, as the Governor of Goa.
 
All the four new appointees are senior leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan said the appointments would be with effect from the dates they assume their respective offices.
 
Vajubhai Vala
Vajubhai Vala
Mr Singh and Mr Vala will succeed Ms Margaret Alva and Mr Hans Raj Bhardwaj, respectively, whose terms had ended in recent weeks. 
 
Mr Rao will succeed K Sankaranarayanan, who had resigned on Sunday after he was transferred from Maharashtra to Mizoram, while Ms Sinha will succeed Mr Bharat Vir Wanchoo, who was among the five Governors who had resigned in July, weeks after the new government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office on May 26.
 
A separate announcement from Rashtrapati Bhavan said the President had accepted the resignation of Mr Sankaranarayanan. It said Manipur Governor Vinod Kumar Duggal would continue to hold additional charge of the duties of the Governor of Mizoram till a regular arrangement is made for that office.
 
Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao
Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao
Mr Singh, 82, had formally returned to the BJP in March this year at a rally addressed by Mr Modi during the campaign for the April-May Lok Sabha elections. He was later made a vice-president of the party. He was an independent member of the previous Lok Sabha from Etah in Uttar Pradesh, but had resigned before rejoining the BJP.
 
Mr Singh was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh when the disputed Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi structure at Ayodha was demolished in December 1992. He had left the party in 2009 over differences about distribution of party tickets for the Lok Sabha elections.
 
Mr Vala, 76, is a former Finance Minister of Gujarat and has also served as the Mayor of Rajkot. He was elected as Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly in January 2013. He served as president of the BJP's Gujarat unit from 1996 to 1998 and from July 2005 to November 2006.
 
Mridula Sinha
Mridula Sinha
Mr Rao, 72, was elected twice, in 1998 and 1999, to the Lok Sabha from Karimnagar in what is now Telangana as a BJP candidate. A lawyer by profession, he was also elected thrice, between 1985 and 1998, to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in the undivided state.
 
He served as Minister of State for Home Affairs in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government from October 1999 to January 2003 and later as Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.
 
Ms Sinha, 71, started her career as a lecturer in a college in Muzaffarpur in Bihar but resigned as principal of a college to dedicate herself to writing. Her husband Ram Kripal Sinha is a former Cabinet Minister in Bihar. She has written three novels and published several collections of short stories.
 
She is also a former chairperson of the National Commission for Women.
 
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Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli to promote tourism by establishing new brand image

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The Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli have launched a campaign to promote tourism by establishing a new brand image.
 
"Both Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli share their rich history with Goa. While Goa is already world-famous as a tourist destination, very few people know that Daman and Diu are also endowed with excellent beaches and rich Portuguese heritage," Union Tourism and Culture Minister Shripad Naik said after launching the campaign here yesterday.
 
"Dadra & Nagar Haveli, on the other hand, has lovely forests, lakes and gardens which make it an enviable destination to spend time with nature. 
 
"Unfortunately, people of India are still not aware about the tourist attractions in these UTs," he said, describing the new campaign as a "highly commendable and welcome step".
 
Mr Naik said he was especially delighted to note the forward looking approach of the UT Administration by conceiving, designing and publishing its vision for Dadra & Nagar Haveli. 
 
"Though promotional campaigns may be outstanding, they need to be backed by quality infrastructure to make every tourist satisfied with his overall experience. I am, therefore, happy that both Union Territories have invested a lot in connectivity, basic infrastructure and tourism and have drawn a long term strategy before taking the important step of creating and launching their tourism campaign," he said.
 
Mr Naik said the Ministry of Tourism was promoting India as a brand across the world. 
 
"Our 'Incredible India' campaign has been highly successful. However, for maximizing our tourism potential, the Government’s effort needs to be supplemented by each State Government and Union Territory Administration. 
 
"Many States and Union Territories are already well known for their tourism potential, and have also been proactive in promoting their destinations across the nation as well as at international level but there are others that are now trying to make a beginning," he added.
 
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Ram Naik to hold additional charge as Rajasthan Governor, Kohli in Goa

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Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik will discharge the functions of the Governor of Rajasthan, in addition to his own duties, until regular arrangements are made for the office vice Ms Margaret Alva who completed her tenure today.
 
A press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan said the President had also appointed Mr Om Prakash Kohli, Governor of Gujarat, to discharge the functions of the Governor of Goa, which Ms Alva was holding as an additional charge after the recent resignation of Mr B V Wanchoo.
 
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Goa Tourism to organize Goa Wedding Show in New Delhi on Aug 16-17

Actress-model Shilpa Shetty Kundra and businessman Raj Kundra at a press conference to promote Goa as a wedding destination, in Mumbai on July 25, 2014.
Actress-model Shilpa Shetty Kundra and businessman Raj Kundra at a press conference to promote Goa as a wedding destination, in Mumbai on July 25, 2014.
Goa Tourism will organize the Goa Wedding Show, a first of its kind event that will bring together exhibitors, vendors and wedding to showcase the state as an ideal wedding destination, in New Delhi on August 16-17.
 
Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar told a press conference here yesterday evening that, with a wide range of options right from beaches to quaint churches, picture perfect beaches and majestic forts serving as a backdrop for couples to live their dream wedding, the wedding tourism market in Goa is definitely on an upward swing. 
 
Realizing the potential that this market holds and to strengthen the state’s presence in the segment, Goa Tourism has decided to host its first ‘Goa Wedding Show’ on August 16 and 17 at The Grand Ballroom, Delhi, he said.
 
Others present at the press conference included actress-model Shilpa Shetty Kundra, chairperson of Satyug Gold, the title sponsor; Satyug Gol CEO Raj Kundra; fashion designer Wendell Rodricks; Goa Tourism Development Corporation Chairman Nilesh Cabral; and its Managing Director Nikhil Desai.
 
The Goa Wedding Show is aimed at boosting tourism in Goa by tapping into the emerging destination wedding market in India. Exhibitors will include wedding planners, hotels, event managers, vendors, fashion designers, spas, travel agencies, hotels, photographers/ videographers, hair and make-up artists and artist managers. 
 
The organizers hope that this experience will help increase trade opportunities for local vendors in Goa.
 
“The Indian wedding market is valued at $38 billion a year and is expected to grow 25-30 percent annually. We hope that this initiative will serve as a platform to bring together the best of Goa and showcase what makes the state such a viable wedding destination. We are optimistic about the success of this event and plan to make it an annual property," Mr Parulekar said.
 
Ms Kundra said: “A wedding is one of the most important moments in a girl’s life and the destination is as important as the occasion itself. Goa is one of my favourite destinations. The best part about this state is that you have everything right from beaches to history and a lot of nature. I have attended several weddings in Goa and each has been different from the other. And every time I have returned with a sense of amazement that redefines my perception of a dream wedding.”
 
Goan fashion designer Mr. Wendell Rodricks, who has witnessed and been a part of several weddings in Goa, remarked, “Organizing your dream wedding takes a certain amount of time and it is heartening to note that you can get all that you want under one roof in Goa. According to me, this along with the state’s natural beauty and varied landscapes makes it a dream wedding destination.”
 
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Indigenously built research ship “Sindhu Sadhana” dedicated to nation

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Minister of State for Science & Technology Jitendra Singh dedicated to the nation the first indigenously built research vessel "Sindhu Sadhana " acquired recently by the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) at a ceremon at Mormugao harbour in Goa today.
 
Sindhu Sadhana is a multi-disciplinary research vessel equipped with a number of laboratories for data collection, echo sounders, acoustic doppler, profiler, autonomous weather station, air quality monitors and a host of other world-class latest equipments in the field of ocean technology and ocean research, an official press release said.
 
Dr Singh said the ship would greatly enhance the capabilities of Indian oceanographers to make multi-disciplinary observations with a capability to predict the future changes in oceanographic processes, thus generating enormous inputs which will benefit not only India but also other nations.
he said such initiatives would help achieve an economic breakthrough in areas such as shipping, fishing, exploration for oil and natural gas and submarine pipelines.
 
Dr.P.S.Ahuja, Director General, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and Dr. S.W.A. Naqvi, Director CSIR-NIO were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
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President accepts resignation of Goa Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo

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President Pranab Mukherjee today accepted the resignation of Goa Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo, an official announcement said.
 
A press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan said Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva had been appointed to discharge the functions of the Governor of Goa, in addition to her her own duties, until regular arrangements for the office of the Governor of Goa are made. 
 
Ms Alva was yesterday assigned the additional charge of the post of Gujarat Governor after Ms Kamla Beniwal was transferred from there as the new Governor of Mizoram.
 
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Goa receives record 1128 charter flights in 2013-14

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Goa Tourism today said the state had received a record 1128 charter flights during the peak season in 2013-14, from October 2013 to May 2014, carrying a record number of 2.61 lakh passengers. 
 
The corresponding figures for the previous year was 996 charter flights carrying 2.15 lakh passengers. This amounts to a 13.25% increase in the arrival of charter flights year on year basis, a press release from Goa Tourism said.
 
The release said this was the highest number of charter flights that had arrived in the history of the state. There was a 21% increase in the number of foreign tourists who arrived by charter flights as compared to the corresponding period last year.
 
Goa also received state-of-the-art Boeing Dreamliner flights from the United Kingdom as charters, it said.
 
Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said he was delighted with this achievement. He said this was the result of professional marketing and promotional activities undertaken by the Tourism Department by actively involving travel trade professionals and also with the help and support of the charter /tour operators and other professional agencies that have done a commendable job in attracting foreign tourists from all over the world.
 
Mr Parulekar said he was optimistic about the arrival of tourists in the coming season, especially due to the Decennial Exposition of the Holy Relics of St. Francis Xavier. 
 
“It will be my endeavour to make Goa a leading destination of choice for foreign and domestic tourists, while focusing on quality tourists and improving the tourism infrastructure in the state," he added.
 
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