Panaji: The BJP, which held the Panaji Assembly seat in Goa for 25 years, lost it on Thursday to the Congress, but won bypolls in Shiroda, Mapusa and Mandrem Assembly constituencies.The Panaji Assembly bypoll was necessitated due to the death of sitting MLA and former chief minister Manohar Parrikar in March, while the death of sitting BJP MLA Francis D’Souza necessitated the bypoll in Mapusa. The bypolls in Shiroda and Mandrem became necessary following the resignation of their sitting Congress MLAs. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCIn Panaji, Congress nominee Atanasio Monserratte got 8,748 votes while BJP’s Siddharth Kunkolienkar polled 6,990 votes, an official said. The Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) candidate and former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar came in at the third spot, getting just 560 votes while AAP’s nominee Valmiki Naik came in fourth with 436 votes. In the 2017 Assembly poll, Kunkolienkar had defeated Monserratte by around 1,600 votes. The BJP, under Parrikar, ruled the constituency for 25 years since 1994. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsAfter the final result came out, Kunkolienkar said he accepted the people’s verdict and apologised to the BJP workers for failing to retain the seat. However, Monserratte took a dig at the BJP, saying the party was “helpless” in Parrikar’s absence. In Mapusa, late Francis D’Souza’s son Joshua D’Souza of the BJP defeated his Congress rival Sudhir Kandolkar by a margin of 1,151 votes. The BJP nominee, who polled 11,167 votes against Kandolkar’s 10,016 votes, later told reporters that he would carry forward his father’s legacy and work for the people and the party. In Shiroda, BJP candidate Subhash Shirodkar wrested the seat from the Congress by defeating his nearest rival Deepak Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party by just 66 votes, an election official said. Shirodkar, who was earlier elected from the seat in the 2017 state polls on Congress’ ticket, resigned in October last year and joined the BJP, due to which the by-election was necessitated. He polled 10,661 votes while Dhavalikar got 10,585 votes.
HOONAH, Alaska — The predominantly Alaska Native village of Hoonah is preparing for a new dock that is expected to bring thousands of more tourists.The village hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the dock Wednesday at Icy Strait Point, the Juneau Empire reported .Work on the new structure could begin in June with the hope of welcoming passengers in the 2020 seasonIcy Strait Point is owned by Huna Totem Corporation, a for-profit Alaska Native corporation. The new dock is a collaboration with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. The City of Hoonah has supported the project.Icy Strait Point will be able to handle the influx of visitors that will come with the new dock, said Huna Totem Corporation CEO Russell Dick and Norwegian Cruise Lines Executive Vice-President Howard Sherman.“We’ve got the infrastructure here to handle it,” Dick said. “We were pretty strategic about the dock location we picked. It will keep people spread out.”Hoonah is a community of more than 750 residents about 40 miles (about 64 kilometres) southwest of Juneau..___Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.comThe Associated Press
A statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman said the Secretary-General “regrets the continued acts of intolerance and violence, particularly when perpetrated against innocent civilians and places of worship.”It said now that the elections have been successfully held, the Secretary-General “appeals to Iraqis of all faiths, ethnic backgrounds and political persuasions to come together in a spirit of dialogue and national reconciliation to build a peaceful, democratic and prosperous Iraq.”The statement also pledged the United Nations continued support of the Iraqi people “to help them succeed in this critical period of their history.”Also today, Mr. Annan received a briefing at UN Headquarters in New York from United States Ambassador to Iraq John D. Negroponte on the situation following the 30 January elections. Mr. Negroponte commended the work of the UN, including Mr. Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi and in particular the UN electoral assistance team, which provided technical and advisory aid to the Iraqi authorities.Mr. Annan stressed that if requested the UN could assist with the constitutional process and in political outreach, especially towards those segments of Iraqi society that did not participate in the elections for the new constituent assembly. Turnout by Sunni Arabs, about 20 per cent of the population, was very low.