log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday TUESDAY AUGUST 25, 2020 GOA 20 yrs later, draft guidelines on district plan formation initiated IN SHORT >> Prashant Bhushan refuses to retract or extend apology NEW DELHI: Lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan, held guilty of contempt for his tweets on Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and the Supreme Court, has refused to retract or apologise as the three-day time window given by the top court expired on Monday. The tweets represented a bonafide belief that he holds and an apology, conditional or unconditional, would be insincere, Bhushan told the court. Retracting now would be a “contempt of my conscience” and the court, said the lawyer-activist, who earlier said that would cheerfully accept punishment. At the last hearing on Thursday, the court had sought an unconditional apology and gave the 63-year-old a few days to “reconsider” his statement. >> See pg 7 Covid recoveries cross 23 lakh in the country NEW DELHI: India in the last 24 hours witnessed 57,469 coronavirus recoveries, that took the total number of recoveries across the country to more than 23 lakh, as per the Union Health Ministry’s health bulletin released on Monday. As of now, 23,38,035 patients have recovered from COVID-19 which according to the Union Health Ministry has been made possible because of effective implementation of the policy of “TESTING aggressively, TRACKING comprehensively through surveillance and contact tracing and TREATING efficiently”. Huge drop in sale of Chaturthi fireworks MAPUSA: The ongoing Covid pandemic has led to a subdued celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi, causing a huge drop in sales of fireworks during the festival. According to Rajendra Pankar, a main fireworks seller in Mapusa, there has been an 80% decrease in the sale of fireworks on account of various restrictions due to the pandemic This drop in sales of fireworks also means the government has lost significant revenue in the process. Since many have lost their jobs or faced salary cuts, expenses on fireworks may have been curtailed during this festival. The government’s guidelines >Continued on P5 WEATHER >> Max: 30.0 C Min: 24.3 C Humidity: 100% Rain Fall: 1131.29In TIDES Low: High: 01:24 15:10 09:01 22:00 2 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 68 GOA PM’s intervention sought to prevent 3rd mining year from going in vain 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEWS ‘Military options’ if talks with China on transgressions fail: CDS Rawat 7 Cong storm settles with Sonia at the helm again CWC URGES HER TO CONTINUE AS PARTY’S INTERIM CHIEF WITH FULL AUTHORITY PTI NEW DELHI The Congress Working Committee on Monday urged Sonia Gandhi to continue as its interim chief till an AICC session can be convened and authorised her to effect necessary organisational changes to deal with the challenges facing the party. At an over seven-hour long meeting, which took place in the backdrop of more than 20 party leaders seeking an immediate organisational overhaul and a collective leadership, Gandhi is said to have offered to quit but was requested by the party’s top decision-making panel with over 50 members to stay on. Announcing the resolution passed by the CWC, the party’s General Secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal later said at a press conference that the CWC unanimously requested Gandhi to continue to “lead the Indian National Congress until such time as circumstances will permit an AICC session to be convened.” The CWC also authorised her to effect necessary organisational changes to take on various challenges before the party. The party further said the CWC unanimously resolved to strengthen hands of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in every possible way, while it also made it clear no one will be permitted to undermine or weaken the party and its leadership. The CWC also resolved that inner-party issues cannot be deliberated through media or Cong is one big family, don’t hold anything against anyone: Sonia NEW DELHI: Congress’ interim president Sonia Gandhi on Monday said that she doesn’t hold anything against anyone. “Congress is one big family and I don’t hold anything against anyone. But all, especially senior leaders should raise concerns at the party forum only,” Gandhi said after a seven-hour-long meeting of the CWC, the party’s highest decision-making body. in public fora and all such issues must be raised within the party “in the interest of propriety and discipline”. At the meeting, former prime minister Manmohan Singh led the demand for Does Goa have the infra? No clarity on Covid beds THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Health Department of Goa continues to elude queries about the total number of Covid beds set up at over 15 Covid Care Centers across the state even as several Indian states now provide data about the same in a transparent manner. When contacted, Director of Health Services Dr Jose D’Sa said that the department presently operates around 15 Covid Care Centers in addition to the two Covid Hospitals. These include Calangute Residency, Calangute Residency Annex, SAI Girls’ Hostel, Sarvan in Bicholim, Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee indoor stadium at Bambolim in Shiroda, MPT Hospital in Vasco, Fatorda indoor stadium, Margao Residency, Colva Residency and five hostels at Farmagudi including one of Goa Engineering College, one of NIT and three hostels of IIT-Goa. Previously, it had been informed by officials of the Department that Farmagudi Residency is also being used as a Covid Care Center. So far, it is only known that the Indoor Stadium at Bambolim has 275 beds and that the five hostels at Farmagudi have capacity of holding 500 beds. As per the statement of Health Minister Vishwajit Sonia Gandhi continuing as Congress president and leader after leader echoed him while attacking the letter writers, particularly Ghulam Nabi Azad, the senior-most signatory and a CWC member. Sibal withdraws tweet against Rahul One of the senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal, who is also among the signatories of the letter, created a flutter when he tweeted against Rahul Gandhi over purported remark linking them to the Bharatiya Jahata Party (BJP). He withdrew his tweet after a clarification from Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala. PANAJI Owing to the prevailing Covid-19 conditions across the country, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to extend the validity of Fitness, Permits, Licenses, Registration or other documents under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 till 31 December. The Ministry had earlier issued advisories on 30 March and also on 9 June this year regarding extension of validity of the documents related to Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. It was advised that the validity of Fitness, Permit (all types), License, Registration or any other concerned document(s) may be treated to be valid till 30 September 2020. Taking into consideration the situation still continuing due to conditions for prevention of spread of COVID-19 across the country, the ministry has further advised that the validity of all of the above referred documents whose extension of validity could not or not likely be granted due to lockdown and which had expired since 1st of Feb, 2020 or would expire by 31st Dec 2020, the same may be treated to be valid till 31st of December 2020. One mistake could spoil the whole tournament: Kohli 8 Top docs from Delhi in Goa to attend on ailing Shripad THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI A five member-team of doctors from Army R&R Hospital in Delhi and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi arrived in Goa late on Monday evening to monitor the health condition of Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik. Speaking about Naik’s health, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant stated, “The AYUSH Minister was doing well and has been under treatment for the last 10 days. But onMonday morning, his oxygen saturation began to deteriorate. We have ensured that he received the best treatment at Manipal Hospital in Dona Paula.” The five-member expert medical team assessed the condition of the Union AYUSH Minister and has decided that there is no need to shift him to New Delhi for further treatment. “Naik‘s health parameters improved and there no need of shifting him to Delhi Naik‘s health parameters improved and there’s no need of shifting him to Delhi as of now. AIIMS doctors say that this line of treatment at Manipal hospital is correct. Only his lung infection has increased — CM Pramod Sawant as of now. AIIMS doctors say that this line of treatment at Manipal hospital is correct. Only his lung infection has increased. Doctors to stay overnight to monitor his health. We are in touch with Prime Minister Modi,” CM Sawant said after the doctors took stock of Naik’s condition. Naik is presently being treated by doctors from Manipal Hospital and Goa Medical College and Hospital, >Continued on P5 THE SANTA WARRIORS FOUR MORE DEATHS FROM COVID; 139 NEW CASES RECORDED IN GOA PANAJI: The Health Department on Monday recorded four more Covid-related deaths in the last 48 hours, taking Goa’s toll to 148. Meanwhile, the State also recorded more recoveries than new Covid-19 cases for the first time in many weeks. A total of 139 new Covid-19 cases and 437 recoveries have taken the total active cases to 3,081. Out of these, 133 patients are under home isolation. A total of 3,516 asymptomatic patients have opted for home isolation till date. Total confirmed cases in the state have crossed 14,000mark and stand at 14,138. Of these, a total of 10,909 persons have already recovered. The deceased persons include a 50-year-old man from Monte Hill, Margao, who was brought dead at South Goa District Hospital in Margao on Monday, tested positive post mortem, a 67 year-old man from Vasco admitted at ESI Covid Hospital with comorbid conditions, who passed away on Sunday, a 50 year-old man from Balli admitted at ESI Covid Hospital with comorbidity, who passed away on Monday and a 55 year-old man from Fatorda admitted at Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim lost his battle with the infection on Sunday. Rane, the two Covid Hospitals, one at ESI Hospital in Margao and the second at Sub-District Hospital in Ponda, together have a capacity of around 440 beds. On the other hand, as on Monday, Goa had a total of 3,081 active Covid-19 cases. The Health Department’s daily bulletin informed that 133 of these active cases are asymptomatic persons who have opted for home isolation. However, it is unclear whether the state government has enough infrastructure at present to house the remainder of nearly 3,000 patients. A quick internet search shows how the municipal bodies in various metro cities >Continued on P5 Santas have their temperature taken as they attend a socially distanced Santa school training at Southwark Cathedral in London, on Monday. Britain’s much-loved Santa school will train the nation’s Santas to social distance in order to keep the magic of the Christmas Grotto alive in 2020, despite the government’s COVID-19 restrictions potentially interfering with the festive season. PTI TikTok says will sue Trump administration AGENCIES WASHINGTON TikTok on Monday said that ‘we simply have no choice’ but to sue the US administration over US President Donald Trump’s executive order banning transactions in the country with the popular shortform video-sharing app. In a blog post, TikTok said, “We do not take suing the government lightly, however, we feel we have no choice but to take action to protect our rights and the rights of our community and employees.” It added, To be clear, we far prefer constructive dialogue over litigation. But with the Executive Order threaten- Validity of MV papers Karnataka does away with quarantine, extended till Dec 31 hand stamping for interstate travellers THE GOAN I NETWORK SPORTS AGENCIES REVISED PROTOCOL FOR TRAVELLERS TO K’TAKA BENGALURU he Karnataka government on Monday decided to do away with its 14-day quarantine protocols for interstate travellers among other changes that marks a sharp shift in its policy and measures to contain the spread of covid-19 in the state. People travelling from other states to Karnataka shall neither have to undergo the mandatory quarantine for 14 days nor register themselves on the Seva Sindhu portal, a revised state government order on protocol for inter-state travellers said. The relaxations were an- No medical check-up at borders, no hand stamping, no quarantine, no isolation and testing No pasting of quarantine posters or informing RWAs Asymptomatic travellers can report to work immediately on arrival but should self-monitor health for 14 days Symptomatic shall self-isolate and seek medical consultation nounced after the Ministry of Home Affairs wrote to states last week that there cannot be “restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement”, as stipulated in the July 29 guidelines for Unlock-3. Home Ministry officials had then said that Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu T had been frequently sealing inter-state or inter-district borders in the name of containing the spread of the coronavirus, leading to disruption of supply chains across the country. The measures are part of the government’s efforts to allow for free movement of people and vehicles across borders, officials and experts say. Jawaid Akthar, Additional chief secretary, department of health and family welfare listed out the discontinuation of earlier measures like registration On Seva Sindhu portal. entry and medical check-up at the state borders, bus stations, railway stations, >Continued on P5 ing to bring a ban on our US operations--eliminating the creation of 10,000 American jobs and irreparably harming the millions of Americans who turn to this app for entertainment, connection, and legitimate livelihoods that are vital especially during the pandemic--we simply have no choice.” The video-sharing app also said, “We strongly disagree with the Administration’s position that TikTok is a national security threat and we have articulated these objections previously.” It added, “In our complaint, we make clear that we believe the >Continued on P5 WHOLESALE FISH MARKET OPENING TOMORROW MARGAO: The SGPDA wholesale fish market, which was shut down on Friday last after a group of fish cutters had tested positive for Covid, will reopen on Wednesday. >> See pg 2
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