log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday TUESDAY AUGUST 18, 2020 The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME V, NO. 62 Are theatres on life support? GOA 6 Contract nurses fighting Covid left without salaries 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Delhi hospitals see Covid re-emergence in recovered patients 7 dead; Covid continues to strike co-morbid patients 355 NEW CASES REPORTEDEX-SP TONY IN ICU AFTER TESTING +VE, WIFE PASSES AWAY THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Health Department on Monday recorded seven Covid-related deaths taking the total Covid death toll in the State to 111. Of the seven, two deaths include an 83-year-old man from Siolim, who passed away at Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim with comorbid conditions and a 35 year-old man from Chimbel, who was brought dead to GMC with comorbid conditions and was found to be Covid-19 positive post-mortem. Two more Covid-related deaths were reported. These include a 67- year-old woman from Curchorem, who was brought dead to South Goa District Hospital in Margao and was found to be Covid-19 IN SHORT >> SC begins mining hearing today PANAJI: The stage is set as the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear voices for restarting mining which is crucial for Goa’s economy. Tuesday’s hearing is primarily pertaining to a Special Leave Petition filed by Vedanta (formerly Sesa Goa), seeking a 50-year validity for Portuguese granted mining ‘concessions’ which under Indian law were converted into ‘leases’ in the 1990s. Music legend pandit Jasraj no more NEW DELHI: Pandit Jasraj, one of the world’s most prominent Indian classical vocalists, has died in New Jersey, US, his family said. He was 90. Born in Haryana in 1930, his musical career spanned eight decades. In the year 2000, he was awarded with Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honour. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the maestro’s death has left a deep void in the country’s cultural sphere. Facebook India chief gets death threat NEW DELHI: Senior Facebook India executive Ankhi Das has filed a complaint with Delhi police, alleging that she has been receiving “violent threats to her life”, officials said on Monday. The Cyber cell unit is looking into the complaint by Das, a senior police official said. Das alleged that several people were issuing “threats, making sexually coloured remarks and defaming her” through online posts. >> See pg 7 Filmmaker Nishikant passes away @ 50 NEW DELHI: Bollywood filmmaker Nishikant Kamat passed away at a city hospital in Hyderabad. The 50-year old had been diagnosed with liver disease and other secondary infections. Riteish Deshmukh confirmed the same on Twitter, “I will miss you my friend Nishikant Kamat. Rest in peace”. WEATHER >> Max: 26.6 C Min: 24.3 C Humidity: 95% Rain Fall: 124.71 In TIDES Low: High: 03.48 16.36 10.49 22.00 34 positive cases in Colvale Jail MAPUSA: There has been a spike in Covid cases at the Central Jail in Colvale, after 28 prisoners and 6 jail guards tested positive in the past 4 days. On Monday, 23 prisoners and 4 jail guards tested positive. Three different teams from the PHCs at Colvale and Candolim had tested 415 prisoners and jail guards. All those prisoners who tested positive are linked to drugs-related crimes, while prisoners from the Convict and Mess section have tested negative. The tests of Vasco and Women’s section along with IRB guards will be conducted on Tuesday. Jail official Ashutosh Apte informed that all the Covid patients are asymptomatic and will be tested again after five days. positive after post mortem and a 64-year-old woman from Cuncolim who passed away at >Continued on P5 MARGAO CIVIL & CRIMINAL COURT SHUT FROM AUGUST 17 TO 20 >> See pg 2 Shripad put on HFNO machine, given plasma THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Yesso Naik, who is presently admitted to a private medical hospital in Dona Paula, was administered the first dose of convalescent plasma on Monday. The Minister is presently on High Flow Nasal Oxygen (HFNO) for maintaining his oxygen saturation level, the government disclosed. “He is being treated by an expert team of doctors from 7 NEWS Goa Medical College and Manipal Hospital and his treatment is being monitored in close coordination with AIIMS, Delhi. Also a team of specialists from AIIMS, Delhi is arriving in Goa tomorrow, which consists of HoD, Anaesthesiology and HoD, Pulmonary Medicine,” reads a statement released by the Goa government. However, it remains unclear whether the government doctors from GMC are visiting >Continued on P5 8 SPORTS Rahul has adjusted well to his role as India’s keeper: Saha FDA nets pao & poder, wants cycles registered THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI It may have floundered and cut a sorry figure for itself, scalping one of its own officers -- Eva Fernandes -- with political strings being pulled by the powerful fish importers/wholesalers lobby in the eye of the formalin-laced fish storm since July 2018. But now, the top hierarchy at the Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has decided to cast its net across the State’s length and breadth to trap in its stringent regulatory web an unlikely customer: Goa’s humble ‘poder’ many of who cycle through neighbourhoods delivering the unique ‘pao’ (local bread) at dawn and dusk. The FDA on Monday issued orders to these bakers (poders) on cycles going around in neighbourhoods both in rural and urban Goa to register with it. The FDA orders also stipulate that these ‘poders’ will have to display their registration details on a board affixed to their cycles. Specifics like name of the bakery from where the pao is sourced, FSSAI registration number, contact number and other details under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 will have to be prominently displayed by the ‘poders’ on their cycles. A press release issued by the FDA also warns practitioners of Goa’s centuries-old traditional baking profession that they operate only after >Continued on P5 FDA ORDER Poders on cycles will have to display registration details on a board affixed to their cycles Specifics like name of bakery, FSSAI registration number, contact number, other details to be prominently displayed To operate only after obtaining Registration Certificate or licence in compliance of Food Act SC dismisses petition to Trawlers still stranded at Malim jetty defer NEET, JEE exams 17 DAYS ON AFTER FISHING BAN ENDS... SAYS CANNOT INTERFERE WITH POLICY DECISION PTI NEW DELHI Supreme Court of India on Monday dismissed a plea seeking the postponement of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), scheduled to be held in September 2020. “There is no ground to interfere with policy decision. The postponement of the NEET/JEE will put the career of students in peril”, said the SC. On July 3, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ had announced the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-Mains) will be conducted from September 1 to 6. The minister had also said that the JEE-Advanced examination has been postponed to September 27 in view of the Covid-19 situation in the country. “Keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education, we have decided to postpone JEE and NEET examinations. JEE Main exam will be held between September 1-6, JEE advanced exam will be held on Sept 27and NEET exam will be held on September 13,” the Union HRD Minister said in a tweet. WHAT SC SAID: IN BLACK & WHITE Postponement of the exams will put students’ careers in peril Justice Arun Mishra said that if exams are not held then the students would lose an academic year Life should go on during Covid-19... how can exams be stopped? JEE Main is the entrance exam for admission into engineering institutes while NEET is for entry into medical colleges ANOTHER PLEA: Students have also filed a plea against UGC’s decision to hold final-year exams amidst the virus scare. This UGC matter will come next for hearing at the apex court on August 18. Notably, educational activities and all major entrance examinations had been pushed to either a later date or the dates are yet to be announced due to coronavirus pandemic. NEET is a medical entrance exam that was to be conducted on July 26 while JEE -- an engineering entrance exam -- was to be conducted from July 18-23. Tens of thousands of students take the tests that the National Testing Agency conducts. Parents have raised concerns over the increasing pressure on the students, without any solid statement by the authorities. A group of parents has also written to National Testing Agency (NTA) urging them to conduct exams as per schedule. In the letter, parents have urged the NTA to conduct the exams as per schedule as the students have been preparing for over two years for the entrance exams. After the cancellation of the CBSE examinations of the 10th and 12 standards, the Union Human Resource Development authorities have urged the NTA to re-look into the academic calendar of JEE and NEET. Trawlers seen anchored at the Mandovi Jetty at Malim. THE GOAN I NETWORK PORVORIM Despite the fishing ban ending on July31, hundreds of trawlers at the Mandovi Jetty in Malim are yet to leave for fishing activity as workers on trawlers are yet to return from their native places. President of All Goa Purse Seiners Boat Owners Association (AGPSBOA) Harshad M Dhond told The Goan that around 265 trawlers are oper- ating from the Malim jetty. “Majority of workers on these trawlers are natives from States like Odisha, Karnataka, Jharkhand, etc. This year, the workers have not returned from their native places on account of rigid SOPs of the State government.” “It is more than two weeks now that fishing activities at the Mandovi Jetty in Malim have not started”, he said. Claiming that the rates notified by the State govern- Anil Shankhwalker ment for swab tests are unaffordable for trawler owners, Dhond said the AGPSBOA has petitioned Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to provide swab testing facility at the jetties in Malim, Betul and Vasco at reasonable rates. “The fishing industry is presently reeling under tremendous financial and labour pressures. The industry is fighting for basic survival on all fronts and hence, the government should lend us a helping hand in the current situation,” said Dhond. Dhond also stated that the inclement weather has not been presently conducive for fishing activity. “Due to the pandemic, fishing has suffered a severe setback and fish prices have risen in the market. As soon as fishing activities resume in full swing, the supply of fish in the market will improve and the prices will come down,” said Dhond. Wuhan in party mode; thousands throng water park Polls to municipalities FUN & FROLIC IN COVID TIME AGENCIES BEIJING housands of partygoers packed out a water park over the weekend in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged late last year, keen to party as the city edges back to normal life. The popular Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park was filled with people frolicking in swimsuits and goggles for an electronic music festival, many perched on rubber dinghies or wading up to their chest in water. The water park reopened in June after Wuhan gradually opened up after a 76-day lockdown and strict restrictions to try and control the spread of the virus. A scene at the Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park. Wuhan Maya beach water park was filled with people frolicking in swimsuits and goggles for an electronic music festival Revellers were perched on rubber dinghies or were seen wading up to their chest in water The park -- has capped attendance at 50 per cent of normal capacity -- is of- fering half price discounts for female visitors A performer waved at the crowd, packed close and waving their arms back, some snapping photos on phones protected in plastic pouches None of the tightly-packed partygoers were seen wearing face masks The park -- which local media says has capped attendance at 50 per cent of normal capacity -- is offering half price discounts for female visitors. A performer in a stage show at the front of the water waved audience by hovering above them with sparks shooting from his back. Some of the crowd had donned life jackets, but none of the tightly-packed partygoers were seen to be wearing face masks as a DJ in bright yellow headphones played on stage. The first known cases of Covid-19 emerged in Wuhan T at the crowd, packed close and waving their arms back, some snapping photos on phones protected in plastic pouches round their necks. Another performer on a water jet board entertained his >Continued on P5 deferred by 3 months THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The State Election Commission has decided to postpone the elections of 11 municipal councils that were scheduled to be held in October in view of the Covid pandemic. “The elections have been postponed by three months. The exact dates will be announced later, depending on the Covid situation in the state”, State Election Commissioner R K Srivastava told the media after announcing the postponement of the election. Srivastava informed that the tenure of all these municipal councils is ending on November 4. The exact dates will be announced later, depending on the Covid situation in the state — SEC Srivastava Stating that the deputy collectors and mamlatdars are overburdened with Covid responsibilities, Srivastava said this will help in avoiding extra load on government machinery. The pre-election work starts 2 months ahead of the elections by appointing returning >Continued on P5
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