Goa gets it’s first pictorial cancellation
The department of posts, on the occasion of National Philately Day, launched the first pictorial cancellation of Goa which will feature the sculpture of Saint Meerabai, which is found in the village of Loutolim. The department launched this pictorial cancellation as part of National Postal Week that is being observed from October 9-15. The sculpture of Saint Meerabai, which can be seen in the village of Loutolim, is the work of sculpturist, Mahendra Alvares. The sculpture has entered six record books, including Limca book of records for being the fastest and longest laterite sculpture done single-handedly. This pictorial cancellation will be used at the Loutolim post office, to cancel the letters posted in a specified letterbox. Dr N Vinodkumar, postmaster general, Goa region, said that: “stamps maybe a piece of paper for a common man, but for a philatelist it is a piece of art, cause these stamps are studded with miniature paintings based on various themes.” Vinodkumar also urged the younger generation to take up philately and open ‘Philatelic Deposit Account’, which will not only add a dimension to one’s hobby but also will enhance them with more knowledge. Briefing about the pictorial cancellation, Vinodkumar said that Pictorial Cancellation […]
Tourism Expo inaugurated at Goa Science Centre
“As a hobby and as a necessity of the modern era, it is important to inculcate the habit of reading to keep yourself updated with day-to-day information,” said chief guest, Uday Anand Shastry, Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India, Goa Circle. He was speaking at the inaugural function of the ‘Tourism Expo’ organised by Goa Science Centre and Planetarium, Miramar in collaboration with the Department of Tourism on the occasion of the World Tourism Day on Thursday. He also mentioned that he has seen three bookstores in Goa being shut down due to lack of business. “Try to read old books because there is so much information that you won’t find on Wikipedia. The information read thirty to forty years back is still useful to me now,” says Shastry. He also said that an interviewer is not interested in degree but he/she sees what you can give for the organisation and for that keeping yourself updated is very important. On the occasion, a lecture on ‘Career in Tourism’ for higher secondary schools students was delivered by guest of honour, Preeti Gawande, who has been teaching for the past five years and started her career with the tourism industry itself. She […]
Salman Khan launches Big Boss 12
Salman Khan launched the 12th season of ‘Big Boss’ on Tuesday at a press conference in Goa. The actor, who is returning as the host of the show for the 9th consecutive time, was present along with Bharti Singh and her husband Harsh Limbachiya to speak about the show and what audiences can expect from the upcoming season. Returning as the host for the 9th season in a row, superstar Salman Khan said, “Bigg Boss is a show that not only the Nation looks forward to but even I look forward to it with equal gusto. Though I have been hosting it for 8 years, every time it brings in a new experience for me and I make a few more connections. The theme ‘vichitra jodis’ is very amusing and the vast array of couples that we have shortlisted will surely keep the viewers engrossed in the show.” Raj Nayak, Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18 said, “Bigg Boss is a classic example of disruptive innovation. The show has not only earned us a loyal audience base over the years but has also earned us rich dividends in terms of our partnerships and alliances. Our 9-year long association with Salman Khan has […]
Nestle launches Goa edition of ‘KitKat Travel Break Pack’
In a very unique initiative between Goa Tourism and Nestle India, a limited edition KitKat Travel Break Pack was launched today by Nilesh Cabral, Chairman, Goa Tourism Development Corporation along with Sanjay Khajuria, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Nestle India, Jagdeep Marahar, Factory Manager KitKat, Sanjay Bhandari , Corporate Affairs Manager and others. KIT KAT which has always inspired consumers to take a break from the monotonous routine launches the new tin travel break pack showcasing immersive lesser known travel locations of Goa and will be manufactured only in Goa for supplies to the entire market of India after the launch today. As part of its corporate social responsibility, Nestle India has been carrying out various activities in the country mainly in the areas of Nutrition Health & Wellness, Water, and rural development with the objective of “Enhancing quality of life and contributing to the healthier future” of society where Nestle India operates. In addition to the launch of the KitKat Travel Break Pack, Nestle India also joined hands with Goa Tourism and Drishti to launch training of 1000 lifeguards, cruise crew, beach cleaning staff and watersport operators across the state of Goa. Commenting on the initiative taken up by […]
‘Experience Goa’ with Airbnb
Airbnb, on Saturday announced the launch of ‘Experiences in Goa’- a platform where people can discover new things and an experience the diverse nature of the state.Launched in November 2016, Airbnb Experiences allow travellers to explore unique destinations by offering magical, handcrafted activities powered by locals. Experiences offer travellers unprecedented insider access to communities, places and things to do that go beyond traditional tourist selections. Using technology as a platform, Airbnb Experiences open up the world, connecting people and creating powerful cross-cultural interactions. Commenting on the launch, Chris Lehane, Head of Airbnb Global Public Policy & Communications said, “Airbnb Experiences make travel magical again by immersing guests in local communities around the world, offering unique, one-of-a-kind immersions that are handcrafted and led by local experts. We want Goans to participate and benefit from local tourism by sharing their interests and passions, enabling them to make additional remuneration. Experiences are also a great way for local residents to discover new things to do and new people to meet. We are thrilled to bring this people-to-people platform to Goa.” Travelers may select from an array of Experiences in Goa including the following: Windsurf with a Champ: This experience is hosted by Derrick […]
Experience ‘The Enchanted Forest’ at The Cajueiro Homestead, Valpoi
The Making of ‘The Enchanted Forest’ at The Cajueiro Homestead is a three day master class in Forest Art that will be held at The Cajueiro Homestead, Valpoi from May 25 to May 27. Depleting natural resources, the world over, calls for an urgent rebuilding and rediscovery of the relationship humans have with nature. The Cajueiro Homestead is organising a three-day masterclass in Forest Art in Valpoi facilitated by artists, designers, and architects. It will also include a renewal session through Shinrin-yoku (Japanese term for Jungle Bathing). The master class will be facilitated by architect, Tallulah D’Silva, designer, Vishal Rawley and artists Miriam Koshy Sukhija and Milan Khanolkar. There will also be other artists like Manjunath Naik, Mansi Trivedi, Shekhar Sharma, Dhiraj Pednekar, Ki ran Jacob and Anil Pandey who will share some interesting nature-based art and craft skills including leaf art and make your own signature handmade paper with paper pulp and more. Here participants will explore natural resources available, get inspired by landforms, trees and rocks, burrows and traps made by birds, reptiles, and insects Organiser Miriam says, “As we work together, the woods at Cajueiro will transform into an immersive and Enchanted Space for Art, made with […]
INSV Tarini returns after circumnavigating the globe
After sailing around the globe for 254 days, spending 194 days at sea and covering a distance of 21,600 nautical miles the all-women crew onboard INSV Tarini on Monday returned to Goa. The expedition ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ the first-ever Indian circumnavigation on an Indian-built sailboat, INSV Tarini, aimed at promoting women empowerment aligned with the Government of India’s thrust for ‘Nari Shakti’ led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi. The expedition began on September 10, 2017, visiting five countries and en route touching four continents, crossing three oceans, three major capes – Leeuwin, Horn and Good Hope– and crossed the Equator twice before reaching INS Mandovi boat pool at Verem. The other crewmembers include Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenant Aishwarya Boddapati, Lieutenant Patarapalli Swathi, Lieutenant Sh Vijaya Devi and Lieutenant Payal Gupta. The expedition was completed in five legs– Leg I (Goa– Fremantle, Australia), Leg II (Fremantle – Lyttelton), Leg III (Lyttelton– Falkland), Leg IV (Falkland– Cape Town), Leg V (Cape Town– Goa) which covered over 21,600 nautical miles. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who flagged-off INSV Tarini from INS Mandovi boat pool, Verem in September was here in Goa to flag in the voyage along with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral […]
Economic Development Corporation unveils three installations at Patto Plaza
EDC Ltd. which has developed the Patto Plaza, the commercial hub of Goa, has taken up the beautification of the Plaza. As a part of this beautification project and an initiative of Department of Art and Culture, Government of Goa, EDC Ltd. have installed 3 sculptures at prominent locations at the EDC Patto Plaza Complex. The unveiling of these sculptures was done on April 30 by Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude, Chairman of EDC– Sidharth Kuncaliker and other officials. The ‘Balancing Figure’ which is designed by Bisaji Gadekar is installed near the Sesa Ghor, the ‘Women Empowerment’ sculpture designed by Mahendra Potdar is installed at the Patto circle and the sculpture depicting ‘Digital Education’ which is designed by Verodina D’souza is installed near the EDC Ltd. site. Speaking at the unveiling of these sculptures, Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude said that, the Government is coming up with new ideas to take Goa forward and beautification of the Patto Plaza is one of them. To this Gaude added that the Government is taking big strides on a developmental front and to compliment this development the idea of beautification of the Plaza will be implemented in other major […]
Vintage Car and Bike Festival – Going Back in Time !
The annual one-day Vintage Bike and Car Festival which is organized by Goa Tourism to promote the passion for restoring and maintaining vintage bikes and cars will be held on April 29 at the INOX courtyard, Panaji. Goa Tourism Development Corporation Chairman, Nilesh Cabral, who flagged off the Vintage Bike and Car rally said that it gives immense pleasure to see a huge number of participants not only from Goa but also from other states and to get a glimpse of their prized possessions. Further, Cabral also said that, since these vintage automobiles are quite difficult to maintain, he will put forth a proposal in front of the Government which will allow an insurance subsidy for these vintage automobiles. The Vintage Bike and Car Festival saw a total number of 50 four-wheelers and 75 two-wheelers which included the likes of Austin, Morris, Cadillac, Ford, Chevrolet, Mercedes, Volkswagen and bikes like Norton, BSA, Lambretta, and BMW dated from 1920 onwards, were on display.
The Grape Escapade Festival Gets Underway
The 14th edition of the wine festival – The Grape Escapade was inaugurated on April 19 at D. B Bandodkar grounds, Campal, Panaji. Speaking at the inaugural of the festival, Minister for Tourism and Sports, Babu Aajgaonkar said that, local wineries should see this wine festival not from the entertainment point of view but also from research point on which can help them to compete in the international market. He also said that they are not just promoting cashew but also keen on promoting wine and like the cashew having its medicinal properties, the wineries should be looking to bring those out of their produce. Goa Tourism and Development Corporation (GTDC) Chairman, Nilesh Cabral said that this festival has become a portal for experiments on wines as one can find wines made up of ginger, papaya, pineapple, mango and berries which are not found easily on retail shops.
Colva Beach selected by Ministry of Tourism under the ‘Iconic Tourist Sites Development Project’
Colva beach, South Goa’s most popular shore is all set for development under Govt. of India’s Iconic Tourist Sites project and is slated to not only boost beach tourism but up the profile of the local area along with community development. Colva will be e India’s only beach which will be covered under this project along with 11 other tourist locations across the country which have been identified by the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India. Employment generation, development of the local culture, occupations, beautification, infrastructure, provision of facilities, public amenities are some of the key objectives of the initiative. On April 7, Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, chaired a high level meeting with all key officials from the Govt. of Goa and Goa Tourism at the Paryatan Bhavan, Panjim where details were unfolded on the Govt. of India’s Iconic Tourist Sites Development Project for Colva beach. Stakeholders from Colva including representatives on behalf of local MLA of Benaulim who attended the meeting stressed on the need for measures to be stepped up with regards to cleanliness and hygiene, parking, garbage collection, regulation of water sports activities, shacks, sewerage and several environmental issues.
Spirit of Goa Festival gets underway
Goa Tourism unveiled-‘The Spirit of Goa Festival 2018’ at the D B Bandodkar Ground, Campal, Panjim. The three day festival which will span over three days from April 6-8, was inaugurated by Manohar Ajgaonkar, Minister for Tourism, Nilesh Cabral, Chairman of GTDC and other officials. The three day event is themed on Goa’s drupe fruits–Coconut and Cashew, wherein a variety of products, cuisine, beverages, handicrafts and others showcasing the traditional aspects and the goodness associated with this produce. The festival will also feature live demo’s on distilling of cashew and coconut juice into relished heritage brew of ‘Feni’. Besides these, authentic Goan food, involving coconut and cashew will as the key ingredients in the cuisine and beverages will be prepared and served during the three-day festival. On day one, the festival drew large crowds including tourists and locals who danced away to songs from Lulu Fortes from Rhythm & Blues with good old Latin and Konkani hits followed by Lorna Cordeiro , Goa’s very own legend who lit up the stage with her presence accompanied by a large format ensemble with mesmerizing dances during her act. On all three days, brass band serenades will entertain and keep the spirit of […]
Goa State Yoga Academy to be inaugurated on March 18
Minster for power and social welfare and chairman of Goa State Yoga Academy, Pandurang Madkaikar said that the academy will bring together yoga teachers, who have been imparting yoga education and conducting class in their individual capacities. “The academy will be a hub for yoga teachers from across Goa as members of the academy. Besides, it will also serve as a platform for all yoga teachers to contribute and enhance the yoga scene in the state,” he said addressing media. Madkaikar also said that the objective of the academy will not only to teach yoga but also to impart ethics, etiquettes and cultural values in the younger generations. “We aim to establish social responsibility among the students and to community as a whole,” he said. He said that there was a proposal to conduct yoga classes in the precinct of Kala Academy on permanent basis and that the head office of yoga academy would be either Panaji or Porvorim. We also have plans to have at least one centre in each of the 40 constituencies of Goa, said Madkaikar. The Goa State Yoga Academy will be inaugurated on March 18 at Black Box, Kala Academy, Panaji at 11 a.m.
Goa Carnival Food & Cultural Festival 2018 Press Conference
The theme song for the Carnival – ‘Goencho Carnaval’ was launched today. It has been composed and arranged by Sidney Soares, Silvina Lopes, and Lloyd Paul. The four-day long carnival festivities in the state will begin on February 10 and will continue till February 13. The Carnival festivities will begin in the state with a parade in the capital city of Panaji. This year the parade will be held along the Miramar- Dona Paula road. A Food and Cultural Festival has also been arranged during the Carnival festivities. The food festival, however, will begin a day earlier on February 9 and conclude on February 13. This year, a new route has been chosen. Different performances and events will be held at the venue of the food festival, where top Goan and national bands will perform. Bruno Azaredo has been chosen as King Momo for this year’s carnival. He said, “I am very happy with being chosen as King Momo.” The chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation has said that this year’s carnival is going to be a very different carnival. It will focus on keeping ‘Goa clean’. He said that people should participate in the carnival festivities and enjoy the celebrations.
State to witness light rainfall
The state will witnesses light rainfall due to cloudiness in the region with day to remain cooler and night warmer. According to IMD the temperature in the state has been fluctuating in the past few days owing to drizzle in pockets. A predominantly overcast sky and subsequent rise in humidity levels have led to a shift in the weather, especially the temperature at night. They said the change in weather was because of weak trough extending from Maldives to eastern Arabian Sea as a result confluence of moisture from Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal in middle atmospheric level move towards the northern part of the country. On Wednesday, the maximum temperature remains below normal around 31 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature remained one notch above normal at 21.8 degrees Celsius. Though the weather forecast agency ruled out the possibility of heavy rainfall, they said isolated places were likely to experience rain in spells. “It is unexpected weather condition. The state will experience drizzle over the next 24 hours at isolated places”, he added. On Tuesday, the maximum temperature was at 33.8 degrees Celsius, one degree above the expected mark. The minimum temperature was 19.8 degrees Celsius, which is […]
Public Toilets in state being geotagged by GSUDA
In a bid to keep the state open defecation free, the Goa State Urban Development Agency (GSUDA) is carrying out mapping and geo-tagging of public toilets to make them more accessible for citizens to help locate public toilets in the state at the tip of their fingers. Residents and tourists will soon be able to locate washrooms near them at their fingertips with the help of Google map. About 360 public toilets besides those located at petrol pumps, railway stations and bus stands, are being can be located on the service. Google Maps will provide information on public toilets in across the state. Toilets can be located not just through the app on mobile phones (Android and iOS), but on desktop computers as well. Nothing could be more embarrassing for a globally-recognised tourist destination – Goa – to realise that none of its villages or urban areas have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) under the Centre’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission. Goa being the smallest state and tourist destination is still struggling with the issue of open defecation. The ‘toiler locator’ feature was added to Google Maps in collaboration with the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and details about 360 […]
Govt aiming at seven-star rating for Panaji: Parrikar
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Friday, said that the government will start its efforts to attain seven-star rating for Panaji city, right from the Boca de Vaca (Mouth of the Cow) spring touristic spot, under the ‘Protocol for Star Rating of Garbage-Free Cities: The Chief Minister, who was speaking after inauguration of the renovated and upgraded spring tun-nel and surrounding are-as at the city Boca de Vaca spring, said that the department of tourism will make all efforts to publicise the location as a touristic spot through its website as a large number of tourists come to visit the beautiful spring tunnel. Parrikar further said that by March 2018, the spot will be provided with various kiosks operated by the neighborhood locals, however, its cleanliness and aesthetics would not be compromised at any cost. “They can earn their livelihood from this place, but should not forget that belongingness is a very important part of this project,- he noted. It may be recalled that Parrikar, along with the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh PIA had recently launched the ‘Protocol for Star Rating of Garbage-free cities’. The government has spent Its 1.15 crore on […]
Operator dies as jet-ski crashes into Dona Paula jetty
A 50-year-old Jet-ski operator died after his Jet-ski crashed into the jetty at Dona Paula on Wednesday evening. The deceased has been identified as Devendra Bhosle, a resident of Betim. Police said that the incident was reported at around 4.30 pm. Bhosle lost control over the Jet-ski and dashed against the Jetty, police said adding he succumbed to the injuries. PSI Vivek Halarnkar Is investigating the case. Pic Credit: Hemant Parab