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Goa CM says no govt funds for Manohar Parrikar’s birthday bash

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Panaji: On the backfoot following criticism by the opposition over elaborate preparations for the proposed 60th birthday bash for Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday said no government funds will be spent on the event.

Parsekar also told reporters in Panaji that legislators and cabinet ministers would contribute a day’s salary towards relief and rehabilitation of the flood-affected people in Chennai floods.

The Opposition demanded that the birthday celebrations on December 13 be scrapped and the money collected for the event be sent as Goa’s contribution for Chennai’s victims.

“No state government funds will be used for the birthday celebration. The public felicitation of Parrikar ji on his birthday is being organised by the BJP and our well-wishers,” said Parsekar, who heads the 135-member organising committee.

According to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Goa unit, over 50,000 guests were expected to attend the birthday of Parrikar, the former Goa chief minister, on December 13 when he turns 60.

The guest list includes ministers in the National Democratic Alliance union government, all cabinet ministers in the BJP-coalition government in Goa and top industrialists from the state.

All India Congress Committee secretary Girish Chodankar has accused the BJP-led Goa government of allegedly using state machinery to collect “Rs.10-15 crore”, which he alleged was the amount which would be spent on the birthday bash at the Gymkhana ground in Panaji.

The Congress has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to order the BJP’s state unit to cancel the birthday party, in light of the tragedy in Chennai.

Parsekar on Wednesday, however, said his government was aware of the plight of the Chennai denizens and that his government had already opened a bank account, where those concerned could donate money towards the relief and rehabilitation effort.

“All MLAs and ministers in my cabinet have pledged one day’s salary for the Chennai effort. We have also opened an account with the State Bank of India — 35387615482 — in which people can contribute,” Parsekar said.

He also appealed to the public to donate money in the account, instead of publishing ads in the newspaper to honour Parrikar on his birthday.(IANS)

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Can’t have one solution for entire nation: Parrikar

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Panaji, Sep 15 (IANS) One blanket solution for a problem can never work for the whole country, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday, underlining that the Supreme Court order last year banning the sale of liquor 500 metres from highways was one such solution.

“Be it legislation, judiciary or government, we think that one type, one bracketed solution is appropriate for all problems… (But) What may be good in New Delhi may not be good in Goa. It may be actually negative in Goa. It will not work in Goa,” Parrikar said.

“One solution cannot be there for the nation,” he said.

Parrikar was speaking on the concluding day of a two-day conference near Panaji on ‘Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices’ organised by the Central Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.

Commenting on the apex court’s order banning alcohol sale along highways, Parrikar said: “The basic logic was punish a drunk driver. After the order I found many drunk drivers carrying bottles. Earlier two pegs or three pegs was what they took, now they drink a bottle. Now they carry (bottles).”

“Punish a drunk driver… The positive aspect is considered. But at the same time one solution cannot be there for the nation,” he said.

The former Defence Minister said while many legislations may induce good governance, they also “induce certain negativity”. “Despite of that, I feel that these acts are necessary,” Parrikar said. (source:IANS)

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Goa CM Manohar Parrikar to deliver Keynote Speech at Brihan Maharashtra Mandal in US

Parrikar told reporters that the five day visit was planned and finalised when he was serving as Defence Minister

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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will be in US to attend a convention organised by the Brihan Maharashtra Mandal at Michigan. Twitter

Panaji, July 4, 2017: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said he will be on a personal visit to the US to attend a convention organised by the Brihan Maharashtra Mandal at Michigan, where he will be delivering the keynote speech.

Parrikar told reporters that the five day visit was planned and finalised when he was serving as Defence Minister.

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“This invitation was given and accepted when I was Defence Minister. Then, as a Defence Minister, I was thinking of planning a visit to the US, which I had agreed to visit every quarter. Once from the US Secretary of Defence and once from me. Every sixth month I was to visit US. So I was thinking of planning this (attending the event) around that time, so that both can be done.

“But now that I have become chief minister, they (the organisers) insisted that I still come,” he also said. (IANS)

 

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Children to be acquainted with war heroes through Veergatha books

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New Delhi: Children would now get to know about Independent India’s ‘Param Vir’ war heroes through the Veergatha series of illustrated books published by National Book Trust.

The books, embellished with illustrations along with the text, introduce the readers to the war heroes in a lucid and attractive manner.

The first set of five books in English and Hindi would be released by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi on Monday as part of Republic Day celebrations, an official statement said.

Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani will preside over the function while Army Chief General Dalbir Singh will also be present on the occasion.

The five books, to be released on the occasion, illustrate the bravery saga of the Param Vir Chakra awardees, who include Major Somnath Sharma (1947 India-Pakistan war), Major Shaitan Singh (1962 India-China war), Havildar Abdul Hamid (1965 India-Pakistan war), Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal (1971 Bangladesh liberation war) and Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey (1999 Kargil war).

The books have been developed with the support of the ministries of defence and human resource development.

All the five scripts have been prepared by Gaurav Sawant and illustrated by Fajruddin, Dheeraj Bhatia, Animesh Debnath, Nipen Bhuyan and Samudra Kajal Saikia.

The Veergatha series seeks to introduce the great acts of bravery of the Param Vir Chakra awardees to instil a sense of inspiration and patriotism in children at an early age.

The Param Vir Chakra (PVC) is India’s highest military decoration awarded for the highest degree of valour or self-sacrifice in the presence of the enemy. (IANS)