log on to thegoan.net @thegoanonline MONDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2023 GOA Lights, camera, action... IFFI kicks off today PANAJI: The stage is set for the curtains to be raised for the 54th edition of the IFFI where Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur will do the honours to inaugurate it at a gala opening ceremony at the SPM stadium in Bambolim. >> See pg 5 Honda man held in sexual assault case PANAJI: A 48-year-old man from Pissurlem, Honda has been arrested by Valpoi police for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl working in his shop. As per the complaint from the girl, the accused identified as Anil Dessai allegedly blackmailed and sought sexual favours. Missing Velguem woman’s body found BICHOLIM: Body of a 24-yearold woman from Velguem, Sattari who was missing since the last few days was found in river at Sarmanas, Pilgao. The woman, identified as Anupama Gaonkar was contract basis employee of the health department. WEATHER >> Max: 31 C Min: 26 C Humidity: 80% TIDES Low: High: 11:02 10:31 04:48 16:04 3 GOA Parra no longer in PDA but development proposals still approved as per ODP 3 Instagram.com/thegoanonline RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO Can psoriasis affect your eyes? 9 SPORTS Cricket World Cup: India falls short in final as Australia claims sixth title 12 THE TRADE-OFF: ENTER ALEIXO, EXIT CABRAL Sequeira makes comeback to cabinet after 11 years NEED TO APPLY MY MIND TO PORTFOLIOS, SAYS CM THE GOAN I NETWORK ON PAGE 2 PANAJI Former Power Minister Aleixo Sequeira made a comeback to the State cabinet after over eleven years on Sunday after he was inducted in the Pramod Sawant-led team at the expense of former PWD Minister Nilesh Cabral. Sequeira was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Goa Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai in the presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant after Chief Secretary Puneet Kumar Goel read out the order of appointment. He was power minister for a full five-year term in the Digambar Kamat-led Congress government in 2007-12. Although Sawant declined to say what portfolios will be allocated to him and he requires to apply his mind to it, Sequeira is expected to get some of the portfolios –PWD, Environment, Law and Judiciary and Legislative Affairs – which were held by Cabral who put in his papers on Sunday morning, following requests from Sawant and the Cabral, the man who held fort for BJP becomes the ‘sacrificial lamb’ 16 months later, Digambar returns to Aleixo’s house for a warm embrace A strange connect between Nuvem constituency, Curtorim & Curchorem Salcete gets representation in govt after wait of almost year and half Aleixo apologises to people of Nuvem for joining BJP Final Day1_Iffi23.pdf 1 19-11-2023 22:14:50 Lounge Partner The Goan E-Paper (Playstore/IOS) 12 pages PRICE ` 10 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME IX, NO. 153 Cosmic Spirit Festival at Dream Beach – where sound meets secrecy IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoan Nuvem MLA Aleixo Sequeira being administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai in the presence of CM Pramod Sawant at Raj Bhavan on Sunday. Narayan Pissurlenkar Feel ‘embarrassed’: Sequeira on Cabral being made to quit ministerial position MARGAO: On Nilesh Cabral having to quit his ministerial position so he could be inducted in the cabinet, Aleixo Sequeira said he feels “embarrassed.” “Nilesh has been a friend of mine. I am obliged to Nilesh and his OSD Lyndon for helping me during my tenure as MLA”, he added. >> See pg 2 BJP central leadership. The brief swearing-in ceremony was held at the indoor hall of the Raj Bhavan and was attended by all cabinet members, BJP legislators, the three Independent MLAs supporting the government, >Continued on P5 I was requested and not forced to resign: Cabral THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Stating that “only party loyalists are asked to sacrifice for the betterment”, former Minister Nilesh Cabral on Sunday said that he resigned from the cabinet as “requested” by the High Command and the Chief Minister to allow BJP to fulfill their “commitments” made to those defecting MLAs, who had joined the party last year. Addressing a press conference post resignation, the Curchorem MLA clarified that he would have never resigned had party or anyone “forced” him to do so and that his resignation is following a “request”. Cabral on Sunday resigned from Pramod Sawant-led Cabinet to make way for the induction of his party colleague and ex-Congress leader Nu- CM gives Nilesh clean chit in PWD recruitment PANAJI: The Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday gave a clean chit to his former cabinet colleague PWD Minister Nilesh Cabral into the alleged recruitment scam in the department. “There is no PWD (recruitment) allegation… Cabral resignation has nothing to do with any allegation…it is just a party decision…there is no scam,” Sawant said. >> See pg 2 READY TO BECOME CM IF PARTY WANTS ME: CABRAL >> See pg 2 vem MLA Aleixo Sequeira. ‘Leaving with a heavy heart’ In his resignation to the Chief Minister, Cabral said, “It is with the heavy heart that I resign from the esteemed position of the Minister of PWD, Environment, Law and Judiciary and Legislative Affairs. I thank you for your continuous support and confidence you have entrusted in me.” “As requested by you and the senior members of the party due to the commitment you have previously made, I tender my resignation from your cabinet as a Minister,” the letter added. It further says, “I am immensely grateful for the invaluable opportunities and support provided to me during my tenure in serving the people of >Continued on P5 ‘Loyalists are always made to sacrifice’ ‘Parrikar is my role model, not Sawant’ PANAJI: Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral said, “Party must have done analysis and saw who are the original BJP workers in the cabinet …party loyalists are always made to sacrifice …my resignation will benefit the party in some way and that is why they told me to resign.” “Position is not important, ultimately MLA is PANAJI: Three-term MLA from Curchorem Nilesh Cabral said that former CM Manohar Parrikar will be his role model as long as he is in politics. “Parrikar is my role model… and as long as I am there in the politics he will be my role model… Pramod Sawant cannot be my role model because we have grown together…so role model can >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5
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