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New Goa Assembly Complex - The prestigious new Goa State Legislative Assembly Complex at Alto Porvorim was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on Sunday, 5th March, 2000. Click here for all the details  including a sketch and digital photograph of the Complex !

27 Lakh tourists coming to Goa - By 2021, the number of tourists coming to Goa is expected to double and over 27 lakh tourists are expected to visit the state annually. According to projections prepared by a private consultant for the Goa tourism master plan for the next 25 years, around 9.76 lakh foreign tourists, four times the present number of arrivals, and around 17.33 lakhs domestic tourists wiil double the present figure. What's interesting to see is how the infrastucture will be improved to meet this...

Loud Speakers controversy - Should there be music in Goa after 10:00 P.M. This is the burning issue today. But the funny thing about  the High Court ruling is that it  applies to even those discos that are miles away from anyone getting disturbed. This is bad news indeed for tourism in Goa. 

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Goa's first International Airport - At last Goa will have it's own. Mopa International Airport, as the new airport  will be called, will be built on Mopa Plateau, in the northern most taluka of Goa, Pernem. The construction would take over five years and cost approx  11.5 Billion rupees. The project would be a joint venture with the state, central and private parties as partners. This airport once completed would help to greatly increase the number of direct international flights to Goa. Currently the Indian Navy allows restricted use of Dabolim airport for civilian purposes.

[Typical Village Scene]

Famous Goan Kudds in Mumbai on the verge of extinction (Herald, May 11th , 2000)

The" Kudds " , or village clubs played a crucial role in the history of Goan emigration. Towards the  end of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth century, our ancestors in their wisdom and philanthropic  thinking founded clubs known as Kudds as they are called in the venacular language, Konkanni . These institutions provided low cost accommodation and friendly mentors from among one's fellow villagers. Thus you have Calangute kudd, Navelim kudd and so on.  These Kudds exist in almost every village of Goa till date and abroad. In Mumbai, particularly they were frequented by those who went to Mumbai for medical treatment and others who went to study or work in Mumbai.  The prestigious Jer Mahal in the centre of Dhobitalao, is popularly known as a "mini Goa" and is full of Goan Kudds.

But today, as quoted from Goa's popular daily newspaper, Herald, "with allegations of suspicious deals by some of those in charge, and pressure from land sharks, these institutions face a bleak future ". Will these clubs become a thing of the past like many other good things ? 

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