Candolim Lotus Pond, Smart Learning in Calangute and Social Media Panic

‘Nag Tollem’ at Candolim to get a facelift

The scenic ‘Nag Tollem’ lotus pond, at Candolim, which has featured in several films is currently getting a makeover. Deputy speaker and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said that the work has been undertaken by the water resources department (WRD) at a cost of Rs 42 lakh. “We’re undertaking the beautification of the pond. We’re removing all the weeds so that the lotuses don’t get choked. We’re also installing aeration filters so that the water goes up and down, resembling a fountain so that mosquitoes don’t breed in the water. We’re are also putting Azulejo tiles to decorate the place and it will have lighting effects,” he said. Candolim Sarpanch Blaize Fernandes said that the road near the pond would always get flooded and to solve this problem two drains are being constructed so that the water flows into the pond. The work is expected to be completed in time for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival when idols are immersed in the pond.

Calangute adopts smart learning  

There is a need to upgrade the government primary schools with out-of-the-box thinking and initiatives, deputy speaker and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said while handing over an e-learning kit to the schools at Sauntawaddo, Calangute. The kit includes a laptop, projector, screen, CDs and internet connection, and has been arranged through the Zilla Panchayat (ZP) by Calangute ZP member Dattaprassad Dabholkar. He added that all government primary schools in Calangute constituency would be given e-learning kits within the next month.

Baseless rumours on social media

Deputy speaker and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said that certain “unsatisfied” people are trying to create panic and confusion in the state through social media. “Everyday some new stories are surfacing that MLAs from this side are joining the other side and so on, in an attempt to create an impression that there’s no government in Goa. This is because that chief minister Manohar Parrikar is unwell and in the US. But he will return soon,” Lobo said.