log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 GOA On eve of opening, questions raised over preparedness of Dist Hospital Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 8 pages 2 The Goan (Playstore) PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 85 GOA Parties slam govt over controversial Vigilance circular against employees 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEWS India occupies heights overlooking Chinese army at Pangong Tso lake 7 8 SPORTS Watson talks of CSK experience & quality, says have a great chance Armed robbery sole motive behind Covid strikes 14 of Margao jeweller’s murder: DGP a family in Panaji SAYS PROPERTY ANGLE FALSE, ACCUSED TARGETTED SHOP AFTER DAYS OF RECCE THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO It’s official. Putting to rest all speculations in the gruesome murder of Margao-based jeweler Swapnil Walke on Wednesday last, Director General of Police (DGP), Mukesh Kumar Meena on Thursday firmly attributed the cold-blooded murder of the young jeweller to an armed robbery. The DGP who visited the South Goa district police headquarters on Thursday noon to take stock of the murder probe and interact with the city jewellers and market traders, categorically told the media that thorough investigations have revealed that armed robbery was the sole motive behind the death of the jeweller. “The motive behind the murder is very clear. The mo- IN SHORT >> 8 arrested for assault on saw mill workers ON PAGE 2 DGP is all praise for fight put by Swapnil against his attackers Authorities take steps to beef up security in commercial capital Top cop rules out link between Anjuna gold theft and the murder DGP Mukesh Kumar Meena at the murder spot with SP, South Mahesh Gaonkar and Crime Branch IO CL Patil in Margao on Thursday. Santosh Mirajkar. tive is an armed robbery. No other motive has come to light during the investigations and after interrogations of the accused persons”, he told the media in the presence of SP (South) Mahesh Gaonkar, Crime branch IO PI CL Patil and Margao PI Sachin Narvekar. The DGP preferred to contradict the reports doing the rounds that there was some link between the deceased and the accused over disposal of stolen property. He said even experts and experienced investigating officials have interrogated the accused and they have reached the conclusion that the motive was purely an armed robbery. “We have DAY OF THE AIR WARRIORS THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Goa’s premier news channel Prudent Media has conducted Goa’s biggest sample survey regarding the political inclination of the people of the State during the Covid-19 pandemic. People were asked various questions about their preferences regarding the political parties, their work, the current state administration etc. They were also asked their opinions on educational policies, and whether the current government is proactive in handling the pandemic. More rains could hit Goa in next 4 days India and Japan ink key defence pact NEW DELHI: India and Japan on Thursday signed a key defence pact and concurred that the agreement will contribute to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a telephone conversation with his Japanese counterpart Abe Shinzo where the leaders reaffirmed their mutual trust and friendship. Parliament gears up for monsoon session NEW DELHI: Hectic preparations are underway for Parliament’s upcoming Monsoon Session beginning September 14 with several firsttime measures being taken because of the pandemic - testing of MPs, staggered seating arrangements in LS and RS, and the use of both chambers and galleries to accommodate the members. Whip to employees shows govt unable to face the heat >> See edit on pg 4 WEATHER >> Max: 32.00 C Min: 25.00C Humidity: 86% Rainfall: 139.02 In TIDES Low: High: 10:22 23:20 05:32 15:45 >Continued on P5 Prudent Media’s political survey outcome today MAPUSA: A group of persons, mostly consisting of locals, are alleged to have assaulted five businessmen/ workers at the Saraswati Saw Mill in Anjuna on Wednesday over a petty issue on pricing of wood material. Anjuna Police swung into action and arrested eight persons, including a woman, and detained a minor in the wee hours of Thursday. >> See pg 3 MAPUSA: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast an increase in the rainfall activity over Goa in the next four days. The IMD said the State will experience heavy rainfall at a few places and very heavy rainfall at isolated places on Friday (September 11). >> See pg 3 analyzed the call details of the accused and the deceased. There’s no question of the accused disposing any property to the deceased. Poor man has been blamed by somebody. This is a false story somebody has floated. Now the motive is clear that it was an armed robbery”, he asserted. Saying that the accused persons had surveyed a number of jewellery shops in the commercial capital, the DGP said “ultimately, this particular shop was finally zeroed in since this shop was on the side. The accused, however, was unsuccessful because of the scuffle and the fight”. When questioned how come the accused persons opted to commit the robbery in a jewellery shop at Margao when they all hail from the North, where there are no Pilots march past a Rafale jet during the induction ceremony at IAF airbase in Ambala, on Thursday. PTI Rafale jets inducted into IAF The five Rafale aircraft were formally inducted into the IAF’s 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ on Thursday at Air Force Station in Ambala Defence minister Rajnath Singh presented an induction scroll to Group Captain Harkeerat Singh, the Commanding Officer of the 17 Squadron of the ‘Golden Arrows’ of the Indian Air Force thus formally completing the induction of the 5 Rafale fighter jets into the squadron French minister of armed forces said, “India will have an edge over its rivals in terms of security with the induction of these jets. The induction will also give a boost to the Make in India initiative. She also said that France also supports India’s candidacy at the UNSC >> See pg 7 People were asked various questions about their preferences regarding the political parties, their work, the current state administration etc Some of the prime questions that were put before the public were - If elections are held in Goa, which party would you vote for? Are you happy with the current government of Goa? Do you trust the politicians of Goa? Is the government of Goa doing a good job managing the corona crises? Which party do you think is the most honest? What is the mood of the State? The results of this sample survey will be out on September 11 at 7.30-9.30 am on Prudent Media. 'Save our Fields' stir gets a boost with more Goans joining the green brigade THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI he stir to “Save our fields” launched by farmers and a group of greens from Taleigao gained steam on Thursday with several dozens of Goans from other villages joined the protest. Protesters holding placards stood along the footpath lining the site where a contractor for the Taleigao panchayat has filled up fields cultivated until the last Rabi season for a new panchayat ghar project. The Taleigao panchayat currently functions from a plush premises of the Taleigao Community Hall close to the site. On Thursday, people from Velsao, Margao, Benaulim, Porvorim, Santa Cruz, Anjuna, T stood along the footpath 1Protesters holding placardsfor the Taleigao panchayatlining the site where a contractor has filled up fields cultivated for a new panchayat ghar project On Thursday, people from Velsao, Margao, Benaulim, 2protestersSantaTaleigaoAnjuna, Moira and Panaji joinedthe Porvorim, Cruz, the from for the demonstration to save fields The panchayat ghar project proposed by the Taleigao local body ran into trouble after questions were raised over the status of the land by the farmers tilling it and others 3 Moira and Panaji joined the protesters from Taleigao for the demonstration. The panchayat ghar project proposed by the Taleigao local body ran into trouble after questions were raised over the status of the land by the farmers tilling it and others. It was acquired by the government several years ago but there was ambiguity over the completion of the process. The issue had been put before the Lokayukta which had initially stayed the panchayat from carrying out any further work. In May, several activists including Cecille Rodrigues, Taleigao Farmers Club chairman, Xavier Almeida, Lawyer-activist Albertina Almeida, Architect Talulah D’Silva, among others were detained by the police after they led a crowd to protest against the indiscriminate filling of low-lying paddy fields. They have now launched a protracted agitation under the banner of ‘Save Our Fields in Taleigao’ which they say will continue till the authorities see reason and backtrack from locating the project in verdant paddy fields. THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Amidst the surge in the pandemic across Goa, Covid has hit hard a family in Panaji with 14 of its members contracting the feared virus. The cases came to light on Wednesday. A 4-year-old child, the child’s grandfather and grandmother are among the 14 members of the family who have tested positive to Covid-19. Covid-positive cases reported in the capital city were 42 on Wednesday while it was on a slight lower side on Thursday with count at 32 positive cases Meanwhile, Thursday continued to paint Goa’s COVID-19 situation grimmer with six more deaths and 639 fresh cases adding to the State’s pandemic tally. The cumulative death toll added up to 268 and three of the six deaths on Thursday were cases where the victims were declared ‘dead at admis- Not just medics, some patients too face mess at GMC wards PANAJI: It’s not just the medics and other staff who are facing the brunt of poor co-ordination and management of day-to-day functioning of the Covid-19 wards at the Goa Medical College and Hospital. Patients too have to bear with discomfiture and make do with lying on the floor as beds have run out. In one of the wards, while some patients had to lie on the floor over a bedsheet sans even a mattress, others had to make do with medical examination chairs to lie on. CASES ON THURSDAY 639 DEATHS ON THURSDAY 06 sion’ raising serious questions over the strategy for testing as well as medical management of positive patients, including the ‘home isolation’ SOP adopted by the State. Health Department of- ficials said, all these three ‘dead-at-admission’ victims hailed from Salcete - a 48-year-old man from Margao, a 53-year-old woman from Verna and a 65-year-old man from Nuvem. They were brought to the South Goa District Hospital and tested positive in the post-mortem autopsy examination. Also, two other victims of Thursday’s six were certified dead soon after admission. >Continued on P5 Nearly two weeks after he went missing, GU Prof’s body found THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI/SANGUEM The search for Vishal Chari, the Goa University faculty who was mysteriously missing since August 29, ended tragically for his family, friends and students. His highly decomposed body was found by Ponda police on Thursday. According to Ponda PI Harish Madkaikar, Chari’s body has been identified and preliminary evidence points to suicide. Chari had recently joined the Goa University as faculty after working for some years as professor of Economics at Margao’s prestigious Damodar College. He went missing from August 29, the day he left his home in his Tata Bolt car. A missing person case was booked at the Old Goa police station. The 37-year-old GU assistant professor’s body was found in the forests on Chan- dreshwar hill in Paroda on Thursday, nearly two weeks after he had gone missing. Quepem police said the badly decomposed body of Dr Vishal Chari was found in a forest and considering the circumstances, it appeared to be a case of suicide. “However, this is not confirmed as of now as investigations are in progress,” a source at the Quepem police station said. >Continued on P5
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