log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 PANAJI: Goa Pradesh Congress chief, Girish Chodankar stepped up the pressure on the bunch of 10 MLAs who defected to the BJP and moved the Supreme Court registry urging it to list for hearing his disqualification plea. Chodankar’s counsel on record, Sahil Tagotra, wrote to the Apex Court’s Registrar on Saturday last and pointed out the non-listing of the plea on any of the ‘cause lists’ published for until September 2. Tagotra in his letter also said, that the Chief Justice led bench had directed putting the matter up “.... in two weeks” when Chodankar’s plea seeking a direction to Goa Speaker Rajesh Patnekar, was last heard on August 11. IN SHORT >> Covid: Top teams in UP, 3 other states NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday (August 31, 2020) said that it has decided to deploy high-level Central teams to Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha to assist in controlling the sudden Covid-19 surge in these states. As per the official statement, the teams will support the State efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of the positive cases. Criminal case against Rhea NEW DELHI: The Narcotics Control Bureau has registered a criminal case against Rhea Chakraborty. The NCB is investigating the drug angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. The NCB has also identified two men, Farookh Sheikh alias Farookh Batata and Bakul Chandalia, who are known for supplying drugs in the Bollywood circle. The agency is most likely to question the two men in the case. >> pg 6 Ban on foreign flights extended NEW DELHI: The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till September 30, the Indian aviation regulator DGCA said on Monday.”However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-tocase basis,” the DGCA noted in its circular. WEATHER >> Max: 28.8 C Min: 25 C Humidity: 92% Rain Fall: 136.25 In 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 75 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 3 CM latches on to Unlock 4.0; bars, borders to open today 6 reasons on vaccine availability by 2021 DISQUALIFICATION PLEA: CONG MOVES FOR EARLY LISTING The Goan (Playstore) GOA 6 GOA GWMC says MMC must take a call on biomethane plants Goan stranded in Portugal for 2 yrs finally gets back identity NO DECISION ON SCHOOLS YET CURBS ON GATHERINGS, FUNERALS IN S GOA THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI/MARGAO Despite the Covid-19 pandemic widening its potent bite across Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant gave in to the pressure of lending momentum to economic activity on the crutches of the Centre’s ‘unlock 4.0’ guidelines and permitted bars to open from Tuesday. Sawant’s government also gave the thumbs-up to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs’ missive to open the borders sans any restrictions from Tuesday but was however silent on decision to re-start schools. “Decision on starting schools has not yet been taken. At least for the next one month schools may not start. Decision will be taken as per MOSQUES OPEN FROM TODAY PANAJI: Following the Central guidelines of Unlock 4.0, all Goa Muslim Jamats have decided to open mosques from September 1 but with strict social distancing norms. The mosques will be open for residents living close to the place of worship and five times namaz will be held but religious gatherings and Friday namaz will still be banned. The committee has been told to take responsibility of social distancing norms and install touch free hand wash machines and hand sanitizers. MHA guidelines,” Sawant said. He said, “bars and restaurants are being allowed to operate”. Measures of physical distancing as well as use of masks and sanitisers will have to strictly be followed, he added. Meanwhile travellers will Govt move on pvt kidney care unit challenged in SC THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Government’s decision to rope in Mumbai-based Ms Apex Kidney Care Pvt. Ltd to start a dialysis centre at the South Goa district hospital has been challenged in the Supreme Court by Dr Venkatesh Reddy, who is presently running a dialysis centre at the Hospicio hospital. GSIDC hands over south district hospital to DHS, but is silent on top two floors >> See pg 2 In fact, the petition seeking stay on the order issued by the Director of Health Services appointing Ms Apex Kidney Care Pvt. Ltd will come up for hearing before a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India. After The Goan carried a story on the government’s plan to rope in the Mumbai-based Ms Apex Kidney care to start dialysis centre at the South Goa district hospital, Dr Venkatesh informed that he has challenged the government’s order in the Supreme Court and the matter is coming up for hearing on October 8. He sought to know why the be permitted to enter the State without any restrictions. Sawant said: “Instructions of MHA’s new guidelines will be followed from tomorrow. Inter-State movement of people has been allowed. It has been stated that the test should not be made compulsory.” PANAJI: Nine more died of Covid in Goa on Sunday-Monday and 414 more people were reported as tested positive for the dreaded virus, the official health bulletin said. With Monday’s reports, the virus has thus far claimed 192 lives and an aggregate 7,814 people have contracted it since Goa reported the first positive case back in March this year. Of the nine deaths on Sunday-Monday, two persons are from the St Inez locality of the capital city, and one person each hailed from Pajifond-Margao, >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 PTI NEW DELHI Lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan, held guilty of contempt for his tweets criticising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and the Supreme Court, has been fined Re 1 by the top court. If he doesn’t pay the fine by September 15, he can face jail for three months and a ban from practicing in the Su- HOW IT WILL AFFECT PANAJI he recent judgement of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the prolonged debate over demarcating privately owned land as ‘private forests’ in Goa has caused considerable heartburn among those owning the land. Why? Simply because in a single judgement, the commercial sale value of this land has dwindled to near zero as stringent law and rules governing forest land make commercial development next to impossible. The impact is even greater, in terms of value, in the comparatively more urbanized coastal talukas of Bardez, Salcete and Tiswadi. Commercial sale value of land has dwindled to near zero Stringent law & rules governing forest land make commercial development next to impossible Impact greater in terms of value in Bardez, Salcete & Tiswadi approximately 46-plus square kilometres of wooded land. Some leeway for commercial exploitation of ‘forest’ land is indeed permitted under the law. Like setting up eco-tourism projects or theme parks such as butterfly parks and spice gardens. PTI NEW DELHI Former President Pranab Mukherjee died on Monday in an army hospital in New Delhi, his son Abhijit said. He was 84. Mukherjee was admitted to hospital on August 10 and a health bulletin on Monday morning said he was in a deep coma and on ventilator support. “With a heavy heart, this is to inform you that my father Shri Pranab Mukherjee has just passed away in spite of the best efforts of doctors of RR Hospital and prayers duas and prarthanas from people throughout India! I thank all of You Folded hands,” his son Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted. The former president was admitted to the hospital in Delhi Cantonment on August 10 and was operated the same day for removal of a clot in his brain.He later developed a lung infection. Mukherjee was the 13th president of India from 2012 to 2017. 7-DAY STATE MOURNING ANNOUNCED NEW DELHI: The Centre declared a seven-day State mourning as a tribute to former President Pranab Mukherjee, who passed away on Monday. “As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, seven days State mourning will be observed throughout India from August 31 to September 6”, the government said in a statement. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other top leaders condoled the passing >Continued on P5 Bhushan gets `1 token fine for contempt THE GOAN I NETWORK The nearly 23 years that the debate over the issue got prolonged with multiple litigations including in the Supreme Court since 1997, has also contributed to up the magnitude of the latent financial backlash the NGT judgement has meant to individual owners of this Former President Mukherjee dies Fishermen pull in the net with huge catch of fish at Caranzalem on Monday. Of late, Caranzalem beach has been witnessing a huge crowd as people throng the beach to buy fresh fish. Narayan Pissurlenkar preme Court for three years. “Freedom of speech cannot be curtailed,” said the Supreme Court while handing down the sentence, referring to “sane advice” from Attorney General KK Venugopal to the court and to Prashant Bhushan. Meanwhile, Bhushan, photographed holding up a Re 1 coin, announced at a press conference: “I propose to sub- NGT judgement on ‘private forests’ a raw ‘deal’ for owners! T 8 THE GOAN I NETWORK government and the agency are in a hurry to start the dialysis centre at the South Goa district hospital when the Supreme Court is scheduled to hearing his application for stay on the order on October 8. Dr Venkatesh demanded to know how the government can bring in a new agency when his contract with the Goa government to run dialysis unit at Hospicio and at the Canacona Health centre has not yet been terminated. “For the last 16 years, I have been running the dialysis centres at Hospicio and Canacona, For the last 16 years, I have been running dialysis centres at Hospicio and Canacona I am ready to move into South Goa district hospital within 24 hours with all 23 dialysis machines if the government tells me Right now, I am treating around 80 patients both at Hospicio and Canacona Health centre >Continued on P5 Deaths continue to rise, 9 succumb Expecting highest TV ratings for this IPL season: Ganguly State set to hold NET WORTH! NEET, JEE examinations PANAJI The State administration is geared up for the smooth conduct of JEE and NEET examinations which will be answered by around 5000-odd students in the State. The JEE examinations will be held from September 1 to 6 at two centres -- SRIEIT Shiroda and TCS at Patto Plaza, Panaji. NEET examinations will be conducted on September 13 at fifteen centres all over Goa which include Kendriya Vidyalayas, some private schools, government and private colleges. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has issued instructions to district Collectors and Superintendents of Police of North and South to provide all assistance and maintain law and order. “Instructions have also been issued to the electricity department to ensure uninterrupted power supply”, Sawant said. “The exam centres will be sanitised. I assure people on behalf of the Goa government that students will get all support and ensure that exams will be held in an unhindered way,” Sawant said welcoming the decision of Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to go ahead with the Exams. Earlier, Pokhriyal has WHAT’S THE HURRY: DR VENKATESH South Goa district Collector, Ajit Roy, meanwhile on Monday imposed Section 144 of the CrPC, restricting the marriage-related gatherings with number of guests exceeding 50 and funeral last rites related gatherings with number of person exceeding 20 till September 20. Ban on marriage-related gathering having more than 100 persons and ban on funeral last rites with a ceiling of 100 persons will continue after September 20. The notification imposing Section 144 of the CrPC has imposed ban/restrictions on schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions for students and regular class activity, swimming pools, cinema halls, theatres (excluding SPORTS However, the clichéd development model pursued for decades in Goa -- converting the land’s zoning through the Town and Country Planning laws and then build residential/commercial projects -- will now be a strict no-no in these private lands under forest law. Converting land’s zoning through TCP laws and then build residential/commercial projects will not be possible In Tiswadi taluka alone, ‘market value’ of these lands has shrunk by nearly Rs 2000 crore, according to an estimate Already voices are being raised in favour of private forest land owners in Goa’s political arena. South Goa MP, Francisco Sardinha was among the first to suggest government intervention to cushion the negative financial impact the NGT order will have on the individual private forest land owners. Sardinha, a former chief minister who headed a 11-month-long government at the turn of the century in 19992000, did alter the course of this private forest demarcation process. He has stopped short of opposing the NGT judgement per se and has voiced the demand that the State government acquire the land and compensate the owners with a mean pre and post judgement land price. In terms of sheer ‘market value’, the NGT judgement, according to one estimate, has shrunk the value of these lands it has in effect demarcated as ‘forests’ by nearly >Continued on P5 mit to the order and respectfully pay the fine.” He said he had always believed the Supreme Court is the “last bastion of hope for the weak and oppressed” and that he never intended to hurt the judiciary, but wanted to express his anguish on a “deviation from its record”. The Supreme Court, which had asked for an unconditional apology from the law- yer, noted, “We gave several opportunities and encouragement to (Prashant Bhushan) to express regret. He not only gave wide publicity to the second statement but also gave various interviews to press.” SC was referring to Bhushan’s statement, saying he considered it the discharge of his “highest duty” and apologising would be contempt of his conscience and the court. GDP sees record plunge @ 23.9% PTI NEW DELHI India’s gross domestic product or GDP contracted by 23.9 per cent in the April-June period, official data showed on Monday, as the coronavirus pandemic-induced disruptions hurt businesses and livelihoods despite monetary and fiscal support of Rs 21 lakh crore. That marked the worst decline in the economy since 1996 when India began publishing quarterly figures, and the worst among major Asian economies. Economists, analysts and investors had keenly awaited the reading as data fully captures the impact of the coronavirus crisis on economic and business activity. The data comes as the government is strategically removing restrictions imposed in March to curb Covid-19 infections, which have caused thousands of job losses and forced the majority of workforce to stay indoors, leading to a big blow to an already-slowing economy. Monday’s data marks the likely onset of India’s deepest recession on record, which is widely expected to run through the second half of the fiscal year, as the rapid spread of the pandemic continues.
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