log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 GOA The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 86 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 3 7 Prudent Survey: BJP vote share intact GOA 3 5TPD pre-fabricated bio-digesters suggested for Sonsodo in phase-I NEWS MMC to take up project works with 14th Finance Commission funds SC directs states to fix reasonable price for ambulance services 45% GIVE THUMBS UP TO FUNCTIONING OF GOVT 42% SATISFIED WITH MANAGEMENT OF COVID CRISIS, BUT A MASSIVE CHUNK OF 72% DON’T TRUST THE POLITICIANS IN THE STATE THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI BJP seems to have kept its vote bank intact with 45 per cent of the respondents in ‘Mood of the State’, a survey conducted by Prudent Media, vouching for the goverment headed by Pramod Sawant while scoring a little less at 42 percent in handling of the Covid-19 crisis. The survey also included a question whether the people of Goa trusts the politicians in the State, to which only 28 per cent of them replied in affirmative These are some of the outcomes of Goa’s largest sample survey conducted on September 7 and 8 in the State. Phase - 1 of the survey included three important questions – Do you trust Goa draws blank in Central govt’s start-up ranking PANAJI: Goa drew a blank and found no mention in the list of States ranked by the Central government for performance in promoting investments in Start-ups. Gujarat, Karnataka and Kerala took top spots among the States while among Union Territories, Andaman & Nicobar Islands topped. Goa was not even mentioned and did not even find a mention in the list released on Friday by the Centre’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) for ‘States’ Startup Ranking 2019’. Ranking was based on seven reform areas and included some 30 action points including institutional support, easing compliances, relaxing public procurement norms, support for incubation and seed/ venture funding. Last year, Goa featured as an ‘Emerging State’ and was placed at 15th position in the rankings released by DPIIT for 2018. IN SHORT >> Tension at Mollem Panchayat Office over project NOCs PANAJI: Tensions mounted on Friday at Mollem Panchayat office amidst allegations of No Objection Certificates (NOC) being issued by the panchayat body to the projects of laying a High Tension transmission line and 4-laning of NH-4A through the village without consulting the villagers. Around >> See pg 3 JEE Main results: 24 score 100 percentile NEW DELHI: The National Testing Agency (NTA) on Friday announced the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains 2020 results on its official website jeemain.nta. nic.in. A total of 24 students scored 100 percentile. The results have been announced for around 8.58 lakh students who had appeared in the JEE Main exam at 660 centres across the nation. WEATHER >> Max: 29.0 C Min: 25.5 C Humidity: 82% TIDES Low: High: 12:23 07:18 ---17:15 IS THE GOVERNMENT OF GOA DOING A GOOD JOB IN MANAGING THE CORONA CRISIS? ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT OF GOA? NO YES 42% NO 58% YES 45% 55% TOMORROW’S DO YOU TRUST THE POLITICIANS OF GOA? QUESTIONS YES 28% NO 72% TOTAL SAMPLE SIZE 65,000 SURVEY DATE 7 & 8 September the politicians of Goa? Are you happy with the current government of Goa? Is the government of Goa doing a good job in managing the corona crisis? The survey covered around 65,000 people and 45 per cent of them expressed their satisfaction with the incumbent government, showing that the BJP vote share remains intact. Prudent Media undertook the survey by inviting people from various walks of life across Goa and registered their political opinions. Since more than 65,000 people participated in the survey, it could be considered as one of the biggest opinion polls the State has witnessed in the recent years. As 42-45 per cent of the people who were HC raps cops for shoddy probe into girl’s suicide surveyed registered positive inclination towards the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it shows that the saffron party has not lost its vote bank, albeit it seems to have made it stronger. To a question if they were 1) Which party do you think is the most honest? 2) If elections were held today, which party would you vote for? happy with the working of the government in power, 45 per cent of them replied in affirmative and 55 in negative. When asked whether the incumbent government is doing a good job on the Corona management, 42 per cent of the people said yes, and 58 per cent said no. The survey also included a question whether the people of Goa trusts the politicians in the State, to which only 28 per cent of them replied in affirmative. The rest 72 per cent said that they do not trust the Goan politicians. 8 SPORTS Serena knocked out of US Open by Victoria Azarenka in semifinal Partial reopening of schools from Sep 21 likely: CM THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Continuing to base its decisions related to the pandemic purely on instructions and standard operating procedures (SOPs) dictated by the Centre, the government of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has set its sights on re-opening schools from September 21. Sawant said details have not been finalized but the government is contemplating starting classes for students of Classes IX to XII in High Schools and Higher Secondary Schools. “We have not yet finalized anything. We are contemplating starting classes for 9th to 12th standard students,” the chief minister said. Sawant seems to have latched on to the Union Home Ministry SOPs issued on September 7 for re-opening schools and colleges even as SAYS SAWANT ... Physical distancing and other norms specified in the MHA SOPs will be followed School managements as well as PTAs will be taken on board to finalize the nitty-gritties of re-suming classes epidemiological data and rising deaths and new cases of Covid-19 in Goa are worrying. Except for initially resisting and staying adamant on holding the Zilla Panchayat polls until the ‘Janata Curfew’ announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi coincided with the March 22 polling, Sawant’s government has followed to the tee every SOP of the Centre giving little >Continued on P5 WHAT RUBBISH! ORDERS INQUIRY INTO LAPSES AND TAKE SUITABLE ACTION THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa has yet again rapped the Goa Police for shoddy investigation, this time into the case of a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide by consuming rat poison. The HC has asked the Director General of Police (DGP) to conduct inquiries and submit a compliance report by March next year into the action taken against the erring police officials. Hearing an appeal against the acquittal of a family for illegally keeping an unrelated minor child in their custody and mistreating her and driving her to suicide, the High Court was livid that the Police failed to record the victim’s statement after she was shifted to Goa Medical College having consumed poison and despite the doctor indicating that she was fit to give a statement. She later passed away without her statement being recorded. The record indicated that the PI of Calangute Police Station did not record the statement of the minor victim girl on 12.12.2006, or for that matter, on any day thereafter until the minor victim girl succumbed and expired on 14.12.2006. The only expla- THE CASE A 15-year-old girl ends life by consuming rat poison in 2006 Police fail to record her statement after she is shifted to GMC COURT OBSERVATIONS 1 We feel that we will be failing in our duty, if we take no cognizance of the shoddy and insensitive investigation carried out in this unfortunate case There is no explanation as to why any Magistrate, whether Executive or Judicial, was not involved in the process 2 nation given by PI Narayan Chimulkar (PW.24) in his deposition was that the girl refused to give her statement. “Head Constable Suryakant Shetye, who is alleged to have visited the GMC to record the statement of the minor victim girl, has not even been examined by the prosecution… no records have been produced by the prosecution that Shetye had indeed visited the GMC and had inquired with the minor victim girl as to whether she was willing to give the statement or not. There is no of ascertaining whether the minor victim girl was willing to give a statement There should be a serious inquiry into the lapses in this matter and ultimately, if any of the police officials involved are found to have misconducted themselves, then some suitable action taken 3 explanation as to why any Magistrate, whether Executive orJudicial, was not involved in the process of ascertaining whether the minor victim girl was willing to give a statement and, if so, for record of such a vital statement,” the High Court noted. “There is absolutely no explanation forthcoming from the prosecution for such a vital lapse in the investigations,” the High Court noted adding that the statement >Continued on P5 An MCD worker stands on the pile of garbage at Ghazipur landfill site, Asia’s largest garbage mountain, in New Delhi, on Friday. Over 140 lakh tonnes of waste collected since 1984 lie in the Ghazipur landfill leading to hazardous living conditions with toxic air, contaminated water for people living in nearby areas. PTI Luizinho, others dropped from CWC posts AGENCIES CONG REJIG NEW DELHI In a major organisational reshuffle, the Congress on Friday reconstituted the party’s working committee and dropped senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni as general secretaries. Several other leaders Motilal Vora, Mallikarjun Kharge and Luizinho Falerio were also dropped from their posts. Azad and Soni, however, continue in the reconstituted working committee. Azad was among 23 leaders who had written a letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi calling for a complete overhaul of the organisation, a full-time president and elections to Congress Working Committee. In the reshuffle, Randeep Surjewala gained big as he has been inducted in the high-power six-member panel that advises the Congress president. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will continue to be in charge of Uttar Pradesh. The special committee comprising A K Antony, Ahmed Patel, and Ambika Soni will assist her in party matters. P Chidambaram, Jitendra Singh, Tariq Anwar and Randeep Surjewala have been >Continued on P5 Vishwajit Vs AAP: War of words over battle against Covid infections After the storm is over, they offer help: Vishwajit takes a dig at AAP ‘Storm’ over? Vishwajit claims daily spike may touch 1,000 AAP HITS BACK, SAYS STORM NOT OVER, JUST THE BEGINNING THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI aking a dig at AAP’s public initiative ‘Goans against Corona’, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Friday said, “After the storm is over, somebody comes to you and tell you we will help you. They tell us that each Goan’s life is very precious. That we knew from the very beginning. We are not going to let any Goan T lose his life. We do not need to be taught and educated by people, especially coming from states which have messed up till the Home Minister intervened and organised beds in stadiums among other things.” Quick to counter Health Minister Vishwajit Rane’s attack on Aam Aadmi Party’s Goans against Corona >Continued on P5 CM JOINS THE WRANGLE, AAP DISMISSES HIM, VOTES FOR DELHI MODEL PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant joined the wrangle on Friday evening and accused AAP of putting up a smokescreen to make themselves appear as saviours of Goa during the Covid pandemic. “In Delhi, the Government of India had to intervene to control Covid. It was only after the 1000-bedded Sardar Patel Centre was set up that the scene came under control. There is no need for any other model here. Goa model is ideal,” CM Sawant argued. >Continued on P5 PANAJI n view of the projection that Goa may record as many as 1,000 new Covid-19 cases per day due to community transmission, the state government has issued its nod to the plan of distributing a free “Home isolation kit” to Covid patients under home isolation. The distribution is likely to begin within seven to eight days. Speaking to the media, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane stated, “We are expecting the I GOA RECORDS 8 MORE COVID DEATHS, 555 NEW INFECTIONS >> See pg 3 number of home isolation cases to rise. The daily spike may go as high as 1,000 cases, we don’t know. This is happening due to community transmission. Goa could touch 25,000 to 30,000 confirmed cases by September end. This is a projection from the central authorities as well.” In accordance with these figures, the government is looking to begin distribution of the “Home isolation kit” containing crucial medical devices to each household free of charge within a week’s time. This is expected to reduce the mortality rate by ensuring timely medical care. Rane informed that the pouch will include a digital thermometer, a pulse oximeter with OLED display including batteries, one N 95 mask, >Continued on P5
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