What’s caught my eye in today’s Herald
Airlines cut fare – Following market leader Jet Airways and state-owned Air India, Kingfisher Airlines today announced discounts in domestic Indian flights of up to 65 per cent, effective January 1 2009.
Katrina won’t play Scarlet on screen – Actress Katrina Kaif will not play murdered teenager Scarlett Keeling in an upcoming film based on a true event called “Rave Party”. Not only is it incomprehensible that a film on this teen’s rape and murder on Goa’s Anjuna beach is being discussed within a year of its occurrence, but that a Bollywood star would be considered to play the controversial UK teenager.
Woman was raped close to bunker – Over the holiday season, Goa police set up a number of bunkers at beach locations to prepare for possible terrorist attack. A local flower seller reported that she had been raped at Arambol beach. Now it’s come to light that she was in fact gang-raped “just a few metres away from the police bunker.” The police superintendent is quoted as saying he will investigate whether the bunker was manned at the time of the incident…
Allegations of harassment to trawler crew on the rise – In a December 5, 2008 entry I related that, in light of the Mumbai Event, the Vasco de Gama police force were asking the All Goa Fishing Boats Owners Associations (AGFBOA) to help them out with national security and keep an eye on marine activity. I also mentioned that the fishers “…have reminded police repeatedly of the illegal smuggling activities on the shores they work.” In today’s news, “Trawler owners in Vasco have accused security agencies of harassment under the pretext of enhancing security along the coast.”
Sources in the fishing community say that they have even been threatened by coast Guard officials at gun point. “Very often in the name of search operation, Coast Guard officials demand bribes of costly fish from the trawlers. If anyone objects to it, then they are unnecessarily harassed by pinpointing that documents are not clear,” said a furious trawler owner.
As John commented in his recent visit here to Goa, India seems to be doing what the U.S. Did after 9/11: crack down on civil liberties in the name of “security.” Only in India, it just adds to the foul blend of inaction, greed, corruption and that was already in place.