log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 GOA PANAJI: Four more Covid-related deaths and 623 new cases of the infection were recorded in Goa on Wednesday raising the total death toll to 319 and the active tally to 5,375. All four deaths occurred at Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim. Sadly, the youngest deceased patient, a 47 yearold from Cumbarjua, was brought dead to the hospital. He had been suffering from diabetes and hypertension. The other deceased patients include a 76 year-old woman from Sakhali, a 74 year-old man from Zuarinagar in Vasco and a 79 yearold man from Panaji. With the exception of the Zuarinagar resident, all others suffered from comorbidities. Presently, a total of 26,139 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Goa of whom 20,445 have recovered. Till date, 10,573 patients have opted for home isolation. IN SHORT >> Fake currency: Goa cops for Chandigarh PANAJI: A team of Panaji Police on Wednesday left for Chandigarh in Punjab as a part of the ongoing investigation in the counterfeit currency case. It may be recalled that Panaji Police on September 14 had arrested five accused in a raid at a Calangute-based hotel and had seized counterfeit currency notes to the tune of Rs 2,96,400. >> See pg 3 Gadkari tests Covid positive, isolates self NEW DELHI: Union minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted this evening that he has tested positive for coronavirus, which has so far infected more than 50 lakh people in the country. Before him, at least seven union ministers, including Union home minister Amit Shah, and two dozen lawmakers have contracted the disease. Rejig in education officialdom of Goa PANAJI: The officialdom in Goa’s education sector witnessed a shake-up of sorts with top functionaries of two key institutions changed -- Registrar of Goa University Dr Y V Reddy and Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBS&HSE) Secretary, Baghirath Shetye. >> See pg 3 WEATHER >> Max: 30.0 C Min: 23.7 C Humidity: 82% TIDES Low: High: 04:15 10:54 16:47 23:01 The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 91 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 3 8 7 Lokayukta smells a scam MPDA to knock SC door over Navy’s NOC clause in labour aid, orders FIR Strategy to clear homeless may not work in absence of dedicated shelter Four more Covid deaths in Goa, toll rises to 319 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday GOA NEWS Mapusa farmers blame NGPDA for deleting names, want restoration Tata Projects Ltd wins bid to build new Parliament building: sources SPORTS Covid pandemic to cost football $14 billion this year, says FIFA PLANNING AUTHORITY SAYS IT WILL HIT BUILDERS, COMMON MAN DIRECTIONS FOR CBI PROBE IF POLITICOS FOUND TO BE INVOLVED THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Lokayukta on Wednesday found substance in the charge that there was a scam in the disbursal of aid to contruction workers during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic and asked the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to file a first information report against ‘unknown’ for the conspiracy. Issuing its order, the anti-corruption ombudsman also said that in the course of its probe it is found that politicos are involved, then the Central Bureau of Investigation be roped in. The issue pertains to the disbursal of aid in cash to construction labourers who thrown out of work and in distress during the lockdown imposed to tackle the pandemic. The corpus funds of the ABOUT THE WELFARE ‘SCAM’ Opposition politicians raised a hue and cry after a case of an elected panch in Bardez receiving the aid surfaced Several more such cases surfaced and some returned the money they got to the Labour Department The matter reached the Lokayukta after Goa Forward Party (GFP) functionary formally filed the complaint Building and Other Construction Workers (BOCW) welfare fund were being used but there were allegations that local elected representatives aligned to the ruling BJP were faking as beneficiaries. Opposition politicians raised a hue and cry after a case of an elected panch in Bardez receiving the aid surfaced. Several more such cases surfaced and some returned the money they got to the Labour Department. The matter reached the Lokayukta after Goa Forward Party (GFP) functionary Durgadas Kamat formally filed the complaint. If the investigation directed above point to possible involvement of high officials and politicians, subsequent investigations can be entrusted to the CBI, the Lokayukta said in the order. Members of the public can directly approach the Lokayukta with complaints of corruption, nepotism against any government official. CLOSURE OF SALCETE COVID CARE CENTRES Home isolation: Where do single-room families go? THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Salcete has no dedicated Covid care centre for asymptomatic patients, with the authorities shutting them down at Colva Residency and at the Multipurpose Indoor stadium, Fatorda – throwing up a moot question whether home isolation for Covid asymptomatic patients is now the norm. The shutting down of the Covid care centres at the Colva Resdiency and the multipurpose indoor stadium, Fatorda may leave the asymptomatic Covid patients with no option than to go for home isolation or to travel all the way to Ponda taluka and get admitted to Covid care centres at Farmagudi and Shiroda. The development has only raised a question: How people staying in single-room rented houses will cope up with home isolation. Besides Colva Residency and the Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Fatorda, the Margao Residency was also notified as a Covid care centre. However, the facility is mostly available for health care workers, including doctors and nurses, hit by Coronavirus, and the common man may get the slot at the Margao Residency only if a room is vacant. Health and district administration officials informed 1 The Lokayukta is an anti-corruption authority constituted at the state level. It investigates allegations of corruption and mal-administration against public servants and is tasked with speedy redressal of public grievances 2 The Lokayukta is created as a statutory authority with a fixed tenure to enable it to discharge its functions independently and impartially. The person appointed is usually a former High Court Chief Justice or former Supreme Court judge THE GOAN I NETWORK VASCO The Mormugao Planning and Development Authority (MPDA) is set for a major legal battle with the Navy, after deciding to approach the Supreme Court to challenge the Navy’s NOC clause for development works within the 4-km radius of the Dabolim Airport. Cuncolim BJP MLA Clafascio Dias, who is also the MPDA chairman, on Wednesday resumed office after a gap of 4 months and also convened a meeting with all members to discuss various issues pertaining to the MPDA. Those present at the meeting included Urban Development Minister Milind Naik, Panchayats Minister Mauvin Godinho, Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida and Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Dias said several builders from the port town NAVY’S NOC CLAUSE: A STUMBLING BLOCK Much of the area in Mormugao taluka and surroundings are bound within the 4-km radius of the Airport As per the clause, any construction within the 4-km radius would need the Navy’s NOC Members of MPDA feel this clause will create unnecessary issues for the common man or builders had also raised their grievances at the MPDA meeting. “The main issue discussed on Wednesday pertained to the Navy’s NOC clause for any construction within the 4-km radius of the Dabolim Airport.” “This clause is unacceptable as much of the area in >Continued on P5 ON PAGE 3 MPDA should shut down, let Navy take over: Alina Panchayats Minister is also upset with Navy’s NOC clause MASK PROTEST COLVA RESIDENCY FOR COVID WARRIORS? Inquiries by ‘The Goan’ have revealed that the district administration has proposed that the Colva Residency be reserved for doctors and para-medics who will be deployed at the Covid hospital in the South district hospital PEOPLE’S PLIGHT The closure of Covid care centres has left citizens, especially those living in single-room houses, with no option than to stay at home, posing Covid risks to other inmates, or travel all the way to Ponda to get themselves admitted MOOT QUESTION Why is the government still not keen on opening the top two floors of the South Goa district hospital as Covid care centres? that the authorities might have shut down the Covid care centres in Salcete with people opting for home isolation instead of getting themselves admitted to hospitals. Sources, however, pointed out that the closure of the Covid care centres has left citizens, especially those living in single-room houses, with no option than to stay at home, posing Covid risks to other inmates, or travel all the way to Ponda to get admitted in a Covid care centre. A health official pointed out that the administration must have shut Sabiha, mother of Umar Khalid, former JNU student, during a press conference over police probe on Delhi riots cases, at Press Club of India in New Delhi. The special cell of Delhi Police arrested Khalid on Sunday night under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his alleged role in the northeast Delhi riots. PTI down the Covid care centres with community and family transmission underway and people preferring home isolation. Inquiries by The Goan, however, revealed that the district administration has proposed that the Colva Residency be reserved for doctors and para-medics who will be deployed at the Covid hospital in the South district hospital. Similarly, the administration has moved a proposal to house Multi-Task Service >Continued on P5 Knife used in Margao jeweller’s murder was robbed from Agassaim bungalow: Police THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO The Crime Branch investigations into the Swapnil Walke murder case has revealed that the knife used in stabbing the victim was stolen by the accused from an uninhabited bungalow located at Agassaim. The accused also told the Crime Branch sleuths that they had test fired the pistol under the Rawanfond bridge moments after they alighted at the Margao railway station, back from Bihar from where they procured the weapon. Investigations have revealed that the accused had got the knife from a closed bungalow at Agassaim some days ago. The probing sleuths said the accused used to allegedly target uninhabited bungalows in Tiswadi taluka with the inmates settled in the UK and abroad. “The investigating agency is looking into the burglaries committed by the accused, including the recent burglary at Dona Paula, where they >Continued on P5 Board webinar gives teaching 100-m doses of Russian Covid vaccine for India! community lowdown on NEP COST OF VACCINE AGENCIES THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Dozens of members of Goa’s teaching community, including chairs of the various Boards of Studies (BoS) got a lowdown on the recently adopted National Education Policy (NEP) at a webinar hosted by the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBS&HSE) on Wednesday. The policy makes sweeping structural changes in formal education dumping the current system and adapting to a 5+3+3+4 system. Over 50 teachers, including several BoS chairs of the Board besides the chairman 4 STAGES EXPLAINED 1) Three years of pre-school and two years (Grades 1 & 2) of primary 2) Grades 3 to 5 and covering ages 8-11 of the child 3) Middle stage from grades 6 to 8 4) Secondary stage covering grades 9 to 12 in two phases and Secretary participated in the over two-hour workshop conducted by Dr Gopal Pradhan of the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT). Dr Pradhan touched on each of the stages including pre-school, school and up to undergraduate components of the new education system which is being proposed to be implemented from the next academic year beginning in June 2021. An elaborate power-point presentation by Dr Pradhan explained the four stages: the foundational stage which includes three years of preschool and two years (Grades 1 & 2) of primary; preparatory stage comprising grades 3 to 5 and covering ages 8-11 of the child; middle stage from >Continued on P5 MOSCOW ussia’s sovereign wealth fund has agreed to supply 100 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik-V, to Indian drug company Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, the fund said on Wednesday, as Moscow speeds up plans to distribute its shot abroad. The deal comes after the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) reached agreements with Indian manufacturers to produce 300 million doses of the vaccine in India, which is a major consumer of Russian oil and arms. Dr Reddy’s, one of India’s top pharmaceutical companies, will carry out Phase III clinical trials of the vaccine in India, pending regulatory approval, RDIF said R There was no detail about the price of the vaccine but RDIF has said previously it was not aiming at making a profit, just covering costs PHASE-III TRIALS DELIVERIES Dr Reddy’s will carry out Phase III clinical trials of the vaccine in India, pending regulatory approval, RDIF said in a statement Deliveries to India could begin in late 2020, subject to the completion of trials and the vaccine’s registration by regulatory authorities in India in a statement. Deliveries to India could begin in late 2020, it said, adding this was subject to the completion of trials and the vaccine’s registration by regulatory authorities in India. Russia was the first country to license a novel coronavirus vaccine before large-scale Phase III trials were complete, stirring concern among scientists and doctors about the safety and efficacy of the shot. The Phase I and II results had shown promise, G V Prasad, co-chairman of Dr Reddy’s, was cited in the RDIF statement as saying. “Sputnik V vaccine could provide a credible option in our fight against COVID-19 in India,” he said. There was no detail about the price of the vaccine but RDIF has said previously it was not aiming at making a profit, just covering costs. The agreement comes as India’s coronavirus cases surged past 5 million on Wednesday, piling pressure on hospitals grappling with unreliable sup- plies of oxygen that they need to treat tens of thousands of critical patients. India is only the second country in the world to cross the grim milestone and said this week it is considering granting an emergency authorisation for a vaccine, particularly for the elderly and people in high-risk workplaces. The RDIF has already reached vaccine supply deals with Kazakhstan, Brazil and Mexico. It has also signed a memorandum with the Saudi Chemical company. Russia has billed Sputnik-V as the first vaccine against the coronavirus to be registered in the world. Phase III trials, involving at least 40,000 people, were launched in Russia on Aug. 26 but have yet to be completed.
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