log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 PANAJI: Owing to paucity of time, the Supreme Court postponed by two weeks the hearing into the pleas filed by Goa mining companies most prominently Vedanta Ltd and Geetabala Parulekar. The matter was listed for Wednesday but did not come up for hearing as other matters occupied the time of the court. Vedanta filed its plea in January this year and the Supreme Court bench led by the Chief Justice had issued notice returnable within four weeks to several respondents. The Goa government is still trying to get its review plea tagged along with the pleas filed by the mining companies and while the CJI has granted his consent that it be heard by the same bench, it remains to be seen if the petitions are argued together or heard together. The matter will be heard after four weeks. IN SHORT >> 6 more virus deaths, 621 cases in Goa PANAJI: Goa continues to remain in the grip of Covid-19 with six Covid-related deaths and 621 new cases of the infection being reported on Wednesday. With this, the Covid death toll in Goa stands at 262 while the total number of active cases is 4,833. >> See pg 3 EPFO to pay 8.5% int in two installments NEW DELHI: EPFO on Wednesday decided to credit 8.5 percent interest on employees provident fund (EPF) for 2019-20 in two installments -- 8.15 percent interest now while the remaining the remaining 0.35 percent for 2019-20 would be credited into the subscribers’ account in December this year. Aadhaar-like unique ID for cattle in Goa >> See pg 3 WEATHER >> Max: 32.0 C Min: 25.3 C Humidity: 89% TIDES Low: High: 09:03 04:03 22:03 14:54 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 84 NEW DELHI The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued the guidelines for the reopening of schools for students of classes 9th to 12th from September 21. The SOPs have several health and safety measures listed to ensure that students can attend classes safely and don’t lose out on their academics. Instead of the biometric mode of attendance, alternate arrangements for contactless attendance shall be made by the school administration. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet is to be followed as far as feasible. As per the SOPs, assemblies, sports and events Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RONALDO NETS 100TH INTERNATIONAL GOAL >> 8 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 75 04 75 04 75 Check Oxygen and Defeat Corona Govt cracks whip on workers who join stirs, sign petitions PROVISIONS RELATED TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION OF CENTRAL SERVICE INVOKED THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Goa government on Wednesday cracked the disciplinary whip and cautioned its employees against partaking in agitations or signing petitions against it or its policies. Citing civil service rules, a general missive issued by the Vigilance department on Wednesday warned that erring government employees will face disciplinary action. “It is noticed that a number of government servants are getting involved in agitations/campaigns against government policies and signing petitions to that effect and submitting the same directly to the Governor and the Chief Minister without The order comes days after several hundred teachers dispatched a letter against nod to proposed projects in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park following the established practice of routing through proper channels, thereby bypassing higher authorities,” the Vigilance Department order said. “It is enjoined upon all government servants to stick by the above rules and not to get involved in any agitations or campaigns which amount to criticism of government or sign and submit representatives without routing these through proper channels,” the SAYS THE VIGILANCE ORDER ... 1 It is noticed that a number of govt servants are getting involved in agitations/ campaigns against government policies and signing petitions to that effect Petitions are submitted directly to the Governor and Chief Minister without following estab- 2 Battling Covid-19: Mayhem at GMC, jr docs face brunt ASHLEY DO ROSARIO PANAJI A fortnight after the health ministry stepped in to alter strategy and make Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) the fulcrum of the State’s Covid-19 response management, chaos as usual continues to mire the premier health institution’s day-to-day hospital operations. Facing the brunt are interns and junior doctors (residents) allotted duty in wards managing Covid-19 patients. The doctors have to struggle to get even a mask for their safety. Several doctors told The Goan that they have been given a few N95 masks and are being asked to wash and reuse them. “Masks get wet and soaked with sweat. At the ESI hospital fresh masks are given to all staff everyday. Why not the same protocol at GMC?” one junior doctor asked. Requests by the doctors to provide them more masks TAKING NO CHANCES The reopening will be permitted only for Class IX-XII students Students will require written consent from parents Face masks, sanitiser, hand washing among safety measures that can lead to overcrowding are strictly prohibited. The usage of face masks and regular washing of hands with soap is mandatory for all students and staff present on lished practice of routing through proper channels, thereby bypassing higher authorities It is enjoined upon all government servants not to get involved in any agitations or campaigns which amount to criticism of govt or sign and submit representatives 3 order added. It also invoked provisions related to disciplinary action of the Central Civil Service (Conduct) Rules, 1964. Interestingly, the order comes days after several hundred teachers signed and dispatched a letter addressed to members of the National Board of Wildlife against the nod to infrastructure projects proposed by the State and Central governments cutting through protected forests in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park. Opposition to the three projects - double-tracking of South-Western Railway line, four-laning of a National Highway and laying of power transmission line - has been gaining widespread support across the State. Centre calling, Nila Mohanan to bid goodbye to Goa THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI IAS officer and Goa’s Health and Education Secretary Nila Mohanan, as per recommendations for Central deputation by the Ministry of Home Affairs, has been selected for appointment as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Personnel and Training, New Delhi under the Central Staffing Scheme for a period of four years. The order was issued in the form of an office memorandum on Wednesday by Director J Srinivasan. Mohanan joined the Goa government in September 2014 and has efficiently handled several prominent and important positions as the North Goa District Collector, Health Secretary, Women and Child Secretary and as the Education Secretary. Presently, steering the state’s Health Department through the woes of Covid-19 Mohanan joined the Goa govt in September 2014 and has handled several prominent and important positions as North Goa District Collector, Health Secretary, Women and Child Secretary and as Education Secretary pandemic, Mohanan has displayed astute leadership skills. Under her supervision, the North Goa Collectorate won several top national honours in recognition of the e-service facilities provided to citizens including the Skoch Order-of-Merit Award 2018 and Skoch Gold Award 2018 in New Delhi. NO REEL SCENE THIS WHAT AILS THE SYSTEM AT GOA’S APEX HOSPITAL Interns and junior doctors (residents) allotted duty in wards managing Covid-19 patients have to struggle to get even a mask Several doctors told The Goan that they have been given a few N95 masks and are being asked to wash and re-use them Requests to provide more masks is only met with arrogant responses from higher officials, the junior doctors said is only met with arrogant responses from higher officials, the junior doctors said, adding that discontent in their ranks is growing fast. Safety equipment for doctors and other paramedics at the GMC&H has been an issue since early into the pandemic. A set of resident doctors manning the casualty department had resorted to a stir in April-May when they refused to treat patients as PPE kits were not being allotted to SOPs in place for partial re-opening of schools AGENCIES The Goan (Playstore) To join AAP Goa's Corona WhatsApp Helpline, give a missed call on AAM AADMI PARTY Hearing on mining pleas in SC put off by two weeks Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday campus. It is also stated that schools outside the containment zones only shall be allowed to open. Further, students, teachers and employees living in containment zones will not be allowed to attend the school. Students, teachers and employees shall also be advised not to visit areas falling within containment zones. Swimming pools (wherever applicable) shall remain closed and gymnasiums shall follow MoHFW guidelines. The school will need to display State helpline numbers and also numbers of local health authorities etc. to teachers /students/employees to contact in case of any emergency. them. Their action had triggered a storm and show-cause notices were issued to this set of doctors threatening disciplinary action. The move however proved futile and GMC&H Dean Dr Shivanand Bandekar then stepped in, held a ‘compromise meeting’ and issued instructions to formally withdraw the notices, while >Continued on P5 Police stand guard outside Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut’s residence at Khar, after BMC demolished a portion of her Bandra bungalow citing ‘illegal alterations’, in Mumbai, on Wednesday. (R) View of the debris lying on the ground. PTI KANGANA VS SENA: BIG WIN FOR ‘RANI LAXMI’ In the middle of a huge row between Kangana Ranaut and the Shiv Sena over her “Mumbai feels like PoK” comments, the BMC on Wednesday sent teams to the actor’s office to demolish “illegal alterations”. The action, timed with her Mumbai return, appears to have backfired spectacularly The Bombay HC put a stop to the demolition in a big win for Kangana Ranaut, who promptly posted a video lashing out at the Chief Minister. The BMC had listed 14 “violations” at her office, which included a toilet apparently built in space marked for a kitchen and an office set up in an area meant for a toilet “Uddhav Thackeray, tujhe kya lagta hai? (what do you think?) That you colluded along with the film mafia, demolished my home and took revenge on me? My home was demolished today, your arrogance will crumble tomorrow,” Kangana Ranaut said >> Report on pg 6 Armed with Pulse Oximeters, AAP takes on Corona THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI am Aadmi Party on Wednesday launched its “#GoansAgainstCorona campaign” and announced the beginning of training and deployment of volunteers armed with Pulse oximeters to save lives across Goa. Over 400 trained AAP volunteers designated as “oximitras” will go door to door to check the oxygen saturation levels of residents across the state. The volunteers will be equipped with necessary protective gears like face shield, mask, hand gloves and sanitizers along with oximeters. The campaign is focussed on checking blood oxygen levels as the sudden reduction in oxygen levels in the blood is a characteristic symptom of the infection, which can also IT’S A CAMPAIGN #GoansAgainstCorona A The AAP press conference which was addressed by Elvis Gomes, Rahul Mhambre, Suresh Tilve at the International Centre, Dona Paula on Wednesday. Narayan Pissurlenkar be fatal. Elvis Gomes, Goa state Convener AAP, said, “I am happy to announce the launch of this campaign. I am sure that the unified effort of the Goans will help in defeating corona. This is one of the largest activities that AAP Goa will be undertaking and we are very thankful to so many Goenkars, who have come forward to support us in this initiative.” Rahul Mhambre has been appointed as the campaign incharge for this activity. “Timely detection of low oxygen levels on people can help prevent many deaths which is the most important thing for us right now. Our volunteers will be well trained to conduct this AAP has urged those who want to support the initiative to give a missed call on 7504750475 Apart from this, AAP Goa will also initiate a “corona info line” through Whatsapp for local updates and health tips exercise in a safe manner,” Mhambre stated. AAP has urged those who want to support the initiative to give a missed call on 7504750475. Apart from this, AAP Goa will also initiate a “corona info line” through Whatsapp, whereby people can get all the local updates and health tips with respect to Covid - 19. Interestingly, the AAP government in Delhi has also focussed on a similar strategy by providing oximeters to all patients recovering in home isolation so they could monitor their oxygen levels and get medical help if they notice a sudden drop in blood oxygen level. Congratulating AAP Goa on the launch of the initiative, AAP National Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “I am happy that Aam Aadmi Party Goa is starting this very important campaign along with many Goans. In the last few weeks, many people in Goa, concerned about the rising cases and increasing deaths in Goa, have been approaching AAP Goa that the citizens ought to do something. I congratulate AAP Goa and wish them good luck.”
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