glorious Goa

Tourist Places in Goa

You have the beaches, monuments, pilgrimage places, shopping centers, and off course the nightclubs and bars. Goa in the evening will remind you of the downtown in Chicago and the Las Vegas with its sparking lights and overcrowding streets. The other parts of the state are studded with temples, churches, monuments, and the forts.

Panaji is the capital of Goa and an old city by the banks of Mandovi River. For many visitors to the place, Panaji is the first stop and a major gateway to other parts of Goa. Churches, old homes, and buildings make a major part of the tourist attractions in Panaji. Built in the Gothi style during the Portuguese era, Panaji is home to the Goa State Museum, Statue of Abbe Faria, Chapel of St Sebastian, and the Secretariat Building.

Goa beaches
This is perhaps the most important destination for those who want to plunge into the waves, play the water sports, or enjoying the sun. If the water fails to impress you, you have the shacks for the massages, restaurants to dine, and the resorts for accommodation. Popular beaches to plan your visit are Calangute, Anjuna, Vagator, Palolem, and Colva. The beaches are also the shopping hideouts. You bargain for the hats, t-shirts, accessories, and shoes. You also have the option of water sports and paragliding. The adventure tourists find Goa a heaven.

Churches in Goa
The old architecture of the state is best reflected through its churches, chapels, and the basilicas. An important center for Christian pilgrimage, the churches carry the Portuguese legacy and are of great historical value. Today, many chapels are listed as World Heritage Sites and are protected by the state. If you are planning to check out few of them to know about the ancient glory, below gives are few names for reference

  • St. Cajetan Church
  • Church of St. Francis of Assissi
  • Church of St Paul
  • Church of Mary Immaculate Conception
  • Se Cathedral Church
  • Reis Magos Church
  • Ruins of Church of St. Augustine
  • The Church of St. Anne at Talaulim Ilhas
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus

Costing dear

This should be a bad beginning. Of course hike in petrol price is not anything new now. But in its steepest hike so far, the price of petrol per liter will leak additional Rs 5 from your pocket. Yes, this is getting worse and that day wont be very far away when we have to pay 100 bucks per litter. Anyways, it is time we spent a silent moment before we turn the ignition on.

The last price hike was in January, when oil companies had raised the price by four to two percent. Thus, in the last nine months, the price of petrol has increased from Rs.47.93 per litre to Rs.68.33 – through nine revisions.

The price increases were needed due to rising global crude oil prices. In the last two decades fuel prices have escalated, in keeping with variables such as sales tax revisions, effective retail price of crude and increase in local levies.

Following are the revisions since 1989 in the retail prices of four key petroleum products in the national capital.

On April 1, 1989, petrol prices were at 8.50, kerosene at 2.25, diesel 3.50 and LPG 57.60. Within five years (Februry 2, 1994), both petrol and diesel prices almost doubled to 16.78 and 6.98.

The year 2000 saw a huge jump in LPG prices from Rs 146 to Rs 196.55 the tune of almost Rs 50 followed by a Rs 36 hike in five months to Rs 232.25.

The next five years saw a gradual hike in Petrol and diesel prices. The diesel price rise followed a steeper pattern than that of petrol. In 2005 fuel prices were increased twice with both petrol and diesel prices revised at 43.49 and 30.45 in September.

The next five years marked a steep rise in LPG prices which touched 346.30, rolled back in January 2009 to 279.70. LPG prices were raised again in April 2010 followed by a hike in June 2010 revised at 345.35. From 2005 to 2010 petrol prices were raised by Rs 15 and diesel roughly by Rs 9.03.

In June 2010 the pro-reform government deregulated petrol prices and even though it retained control over diesel, prices are hiked more than expected.

The price increases could bring indirect benefits to the government. The oil ministry calculated higher prices will more than halve the losses of state-run oil marketing firms to about $ 11.4 billion in the year ending March 31, 2011.

From July 1 – Sept 21 a series of gentle increments by companies brought petrol prices to 51.83 rupees per litre by Sept. 1, up less than 1 percent since the jump at June deregulation.

In December, 2010 the biggest hike since deregulation, of 5.6 percent, propelled petrol prices over 53 rupees per litre, as global oil prices hover around $ 90 per barrel.

Another five months in 2011 saw the petrol price nearly touching Rs 70 mark!

not really expected

It maybe too early to judge and pass the verdict that it is the beginning of an end of a glorious era. If you are wondering whats cooking, Rome Masters Tennis is on and you got to take a peek once a while from the IPL. The adverse news from Rome however is Roger Federer failed to make the quarter-finals of a tournament for the first time in a year. He is already the third seeded and it looks like his chance of making a good impact on the rating seems obscure.

Third-seed Federer took the first set 6-4 against France’s Richard Gasquet but, in a match of clean-hitting strokes, lost the next two sets against the 16th seed on tie breaks (6-4, 7-2, 7-4). Gasquet, whose one victory against Federer had come on clay at Monte Carlo in 2005.

If you are a Federer fan, you got to wait and watch a Nadal or Djokovic or a Murray lifting the cup and hope the next time around it will be your man!

Obama Vs Osama

Ever since the 9/11 shocked the US and the rest of the world, the name of Osama bin laden was as notorious as the name of US president’s is popular. US have been doing everything to hunt this man down since then. Osama being the prime culprit behind the mayhem, finding him was huge military priority. Osama bin Laden put Islamist ‘holy’ war on the global agenda and became a household name after the Saudi-born zealot masterminded the deadliest terror attacks in history before the world’s most wanted terrorist was finally brought down in the largest and longest manhunt ever.

“The world is safer. It is a better place because of the death of Osama bin Laden,” declared President Barack Obama, hours after U.S. forces killed the al-Qaida leader.

However, the question remains is, is it all over? Does world minus this man mean end to terrorism? Anyway, death of Osama means a big relief for Obama led US.