log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 The Goan (Playstore) 12 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 87 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 4 7 Survey: When it comes to honesty & preference, BJP is first choice GOA 9 FACE MASK FASHION A mirror on humanity? NEWS Plans afoot to address shrinking footfalls in Mapusa civic market India reports over 97,000 Covid cases, 1,200 deaths in 24 hours SAFFRON PARTY’S VOTE SHARE INCREASES TO 41 PCAAP RISES, CONGRESS TUMBLES PANAJI If elections were to be held today, people of Goa would prefer Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as their first choice, followed by Aam Admi Party (AAP), leaving the Indian PRUDENT MOOD OF THE STATE - PART II National Congress (INC) far behind. This is the surprising outcome of the survey that Goa’s premier news channel Prudent Media undertook on September 8 and 9 calling around 65,000 people for their political opinion. The survey conducted to check the pulse of the people amid the Covid-19 pandemic revealed some shocking and surprising results. IN SHORT >> Rao is new in-charge of Cong Goa desk PANAJI: All India Congress Committee has appointed Dinesh Gundu Rao as the new in-charge of its Goa desk, replacing Chella Kumar, who has been put in charge of Odisha. The former Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president has been given the charge of Goa, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. >> See pg 4 Shripad recovers, leaves hospital PANAJI: Union AYUSH Minister and Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik was discharged from Manipal Hospital on Saturday afternoon after he made full recovery from Covid-19. Naik had tested positive for Covid-19 along with his wife on August 12 and was admitted to Manipal Hospital at Dona Paula on the following day. >> See pg 4 China releases five Arunachal youths >> See pg 7 WEATHER >> Max: 29.0 C Min: 25.0C Humidity: 98% Rain Fall: 140.96 In TIDES Low: High: 00:41 08:26 13:51 19:01 VOTE SHARE COMPARISON Sr. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Party BJP INC MGP IND AAP GFP 2017 Vote Share 32.5 28.4 11.3 11.1 6.3 3.5 The people of Goa are getting vocal and clear about their perception when it comes to choosing who they want as their ruler in the State. In the survey conducted by Prudent Media to define the ‘Mood of the State’ the BJP has emerged both, as the most preferred and the most honest party in Goa. In the survey, BJP’s vote share has increased by 9 per cent, taking its total 2020 Vote Share 41 17 7 14 (Undecided) 19 2 vote share to 41 per cent from 32 per cent in 2017. Surprisingly the Congress vote share has fallen by 11 per cent and has reached 17 per cent from the last 2017 election figure of 28 per cent. Actually, Congress and AAP vote share has now reached neck to neck. In fact, AAP has superseded Congress by 2 per cent in the survey, and also rose high from its 6.3 per cent to 19 per cent which is IF ELECTIONS ARE HELD IN GOA TODAY, WHICH PARTY WILL YOU VOTE FOR? WHICH PARTY DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST HONEST? BJP 41% Undecided/ Did not answer 14% BJP 48% AAP 26% GFP 2% MGP 7% INC 17% AAP 19% INC 19% GFP 2 % THE GOAN I NETWORK more than triple compared to 2017 figures. The second part of the survey included two prime questions. The first was - if elections were held today, which Deadline missed, third Covid hospital gets another date party would you vote for? And the second question was – which party do you think is the most honest? The questions were asked to a sample of around 65,000 people from MGP 5% a cross section of the population. When people were asked, if elections were held in Goa >Continued on P5 8 SPORTS IPL will set momentum for Australia tour, says pacer Mohammed Shami NEET today amid strict COVID-19 precautions PTI NEW DELHI Over 15 lakh candidates are expected to appear in medical entrance exam NEET today (Sunday) which will be conducted amid strict precautions in view of the COVID1-9 pandemic, according to officials of the National Testing Agency (NTA). In order to maintain social distancing, the NTA has increased the number of exam centres from originally-planned 2,546 to 3,843, while the number of candidates per room has been reduced from earlier 24 to 12. The crucial National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), which is a pen and paper based test unlike engineering entrance exam JEE, has already been deferred twice in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The exam was originally scheduled for May 3, but was pushed to July 26, and then to September 13. A total of 15.97 lakh candidates have registered for the exam. TESTING TIME To maintain social distancing, number of exam centres have been increased from 2,546 to 3,843 The number of candidates per room has been reduced from earlier 24 to 12 15.97 LAKH Candidates have registered for the exam “For ensuring social distancing outside examination halls, a staggered entry and exit of candidates has been planned. Adequate arrangements have also been made outside examination centres to enable candidates stand with adequate social distancing while waiting,” a senior NTA official said. “Candidates have also been issued an advisory guiding them about the ‘dos and >Continued on P5 MUSIC, FUN N FROLIC THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO The government’s decision to set up the third Covid hospital at the South Goa district hospital is now expected to take shape only after a week’s time, tentatively on September 19. Having missed the September 11 deadline to set up the 250-COVID hospital at the South district hospital, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Saturday visited the district hospital to take stock of the situation. After going into a huddle inside the district hospital with GMC Dean Shivanand Bandekar, Director of Health Services, Dr Geeta Kakodkar, Hospicio Medical superintendent Dr Deepa Corriea, ESI Medical Superintendent Dr Vishwajit Faldesai, doctors Sunanada Amonkar and Rajesh Patil, the Health Minister later told the media that the Covid hospital at the district hospital should start by next Saturday if everything falls in place. “We will hold an inspection of the Covid facility at the district hospital next Friday, before taking the decision to start the operations”, he said, adding that certain issues relating to manpower, including doctors, nurses and data operators, additional security personnel etc. He, however, pointed out that the district Vishwajit Rane at the South Goa district hospital. Santosh Mirajkar If people don’t want pvt med college, just forget it, says Health Minister MARGAO: Saying that a controversy had been raked up over the question of setting up a private medical college in the South Goa district hospital building, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Saturday asserted that the private medical college is not a priority for him in times of COVID. “If people don’t want the private medical college, just forget it. I have no ego on the issue. The government will go ahead with the nursing institute as per the earlier decision”, he said. >> See pg 2 COVID HOSPITAL FOR NORTH RULED OUT >> See pg 2 hospital is equipped with 566 oxygen points which will be able to cater to the COVID patients admitted in the hospital. “We will start the COVID facility in the district hospital in phases, beginning with 150 beds and gradually augmenting the bed capacity to 250 and more depending on the requirements”, he said, adding that the district hospital will have all facilities, including laboratory and testing facility. >Continued on P5 Artistes gear up for a shoot of Hindi music album behind the old Secretariat in Panaji on Saturday morning. Though many from the team wore face masks, social distancing took a social beating. Blame it on the rains! Narayan Pissurlenkar 10 more fall prey to Covid-terror in Goa THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Goa recorded the highest single-day spike in the new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday with 740 persons testing positive. The spike has pushed the number of active cases to 5,323 and the total confirmed cases to 24,185. The number of Covid-related fatalities also continues to remain high with 10 more people succumbing to the infection. With this, the number of Covid deaths in the state has touched 286. The mortality bulletin of Covid cases, released unofficially, disclosed that all 10 deaths occurred at Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim with five persons succumbing to the infection in less than 24 hours of being HIGHEST SINGLE DAY INFECTIONS 740 persons tested positive on Saturday. The spike has pushed the number of active cases to 5,323 and the total confirmed cases to 24,185 admitted. The youngest deceased patient is a 28-year-old woman from Bastora who was suffering from Down’s Syndrome. The list of deceased persons also includes a 42-year-old woman from Naroa in Tiswadi, a 51-year-old man from Mandrem, a 63-year-old man from Chicalim, a 65-year-old >Continued on P5 Pandemic job losers resort to Animal trials of Covid vaccine successful: Biotech fly-by-night biz opportunities SERUM INSTITUTE TO RESUME TOO OXFORD RESUMES VACCINE TRIALS AGENCIES THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI With economic activity in disarray, job losers are increasingly grabbing to knee-jerk and fly-by-night informal business opportunities across Goa. Most visible across the length and breadth of the State are impromptu fish sellers. In villages and towns, vantage locations along roadsides almost every 50-100 meters apart, sale of fish is brisk and is being attributed to people avoiding traditional market places for fear of contracting the dreaded Coronavirus. Goa’s youth, many of who FAVOURITE OPTIONS Using traditional techniques to catch fish either for self consumption and to also sell and earn in coastal villages Another option being lapped up by job-losers similarly is selling veggies and fruits alongside roads have lost jobs here, abroad or aboard ships, have also taken to using traditional techniques to catch fish either for self consumption and to also sell and earn in coastal villag- es. Another option being lapped up by job-losers similarly is selling veggies and fruits alongside roads. Meanwhile, Protector of Emigrants (PoE) for Goa and Karnataka region Shubham Singh has said expats returning with jobs lost abroad is the highest concern among the displaced expat community. Singh said during the pandemic, overseas Goans and Indians have lost jobs either because businesses they worked for have shut or they decided to opt for ‘safe return’ home. >Continued on P5 NEW DELHI harat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate COVAXIN shows positive efficacy in animal trials and generated robust immune responses, the Hyderabad-based company announced on Saturday. This indigenous vaccine is one of the front runners in the race for a coronavirus vaccine in India. COVAXIN which has been developed jointly by the Indian Council of Medical Research and Bharat Biotech, is being tested at 12 institutes across India. “Bharat Biotech proudly announces the animal study results of COVAXIN -- these results demonstrate the pro- B LONDON: British clinical trials for the AstraZeneca-Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine have resumed following confirmation by the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) that it was safe to do so, the firm said on Saturday. The latestage trials of the vaccine were suspended this week following an adverse reaction in a volunteer in UK. tective efficacy in a live viral challenge model,” the firm said in a statement. In the trail, a two-dose vaccination regimen of inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidates was administered in 20 rhesus macaques, divided into four groups. One group was administered with placebo, while three groups were immunised with three different vaccine candidates at zero and 14 days. All the macaques were exposed to viral challenge 14 days after the second dose. “The results showed pro- NEW DELHI: After pharma company AstraZeneca announced the resumption of its Covid-19 vaccine trial in the UK, its India partner Serum Institute said it will also restart the trials once the Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) gives the nod. DGCI had earlier sent a show-cause notice to the Pune-based firm, questioning why it has not stopped trials while trials have been stopped in four other countries after a UK volunteer reportedly showed symptoms of neurological disorder. tective efficacy, increasing SARS-CoV-2 specific IgG and neutralizing antibodies, reducing replication of the virus in the nasal cavity, throat, and lung tissues of the monkeys,” the statement added. Meanwhile, India on Saturday reported a record jump of 1,201 fatalities from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours with the death toll reaching 77,472. While for a second consecutive day a surge of 97,570 new COVID-19 infections were registered, as per data from the federal health ministry.
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