log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 Watchmen, Schitt’s Creek dominate virtual Emmys IN SHORT >> 9 more Covid deaths; Goa toll now at 360 PANAJI: Goa recorded nine more Covid-related deaths taking the official number of Covid deaths in the state to 360. Shockingly, six of the nine patients passed away within 24 hours of admission to the hospital. While six of the total deaths occurred at Goa Medical College and Hospital in Bambolim, three patients succumbed to the infection at ESI Covid Hospital in Margao. >> See pg 3 GSL begins prodn of missile frigates VASCO: Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) carried out the first Plate Cutting on Monday for the Advanced Missile Frigate Project for the Indian Navy, marking the official commencement of the construction phase of the project. The project is also the largest to be undertaken by GSL in its history and represents a quantum leap in its capabilities to construct sophisticated weapon platforms for the Indian Armed Forces. >> See pg 3 Bardez hit as water pipeline damaged MAPUSA: For the second time in five days, a water pipeline was damaged near Mapusa and Bardez is expected to receive restricted water supply on Tuesday. The pipeline supplying water from Guirim to Porvorim was damaged by machinery of the MVR Infra Pvt Ltd, which has been contracted for the national highway road expansion work, at Guirim on Monday afternoon. >> See pg 3 Tablighi event led to spread of virus: Govt NEW DELHI: Minister of State (Home Affairs) G Kishan Reddy on Monday informed the Rajya Sabha that a huge gathering of the Tablighi Jamaat members in March in Delhi, despite orders issued by the Centre and state govermment to avoid large gatherings to curb the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, “also” led to the spread of the virus among “many persons”. NRA likely to conduct CET from Sept 2021 NEW DELHI: Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Monday said that the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) is expected to CET from September 2021 onwards. NRA will conduct CET to shortlist candidates for jobs in Government sector for which recruitment is presently carried out through the Staff Selection Commission, Railway Recruitment Boards and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. WEATHER >> Max: 26.5 C Min: 23.1 C Humidity: 98% TIDES Low: High: 07:54 20:26 02:19 13:51 The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 96 GOA 6 Week after decision on biomethanation plants, ground work yet to take-off 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEWS Farm reform bills not ‘anti-farmer’, mandis and MSP will stay: Modi 7 MAPUSA While other education institutions, including primary schools and colleges, are yet to resume regular classes during the new academic year, all ITI classes restarted in the State on Monday. The Mapusa ITI at Peddem restarted regular classes on Monday and also started admission procedures for new students. Incidentally, all ITI buildings were sanitised last Playing under Rohit has boosted my confidence: Jasprit Bumrah 8 Red alert: Goa fears rain of horror WEATHERMAN’S WARNING HAUNTS FARMERS; MANY YET TO BE COMPENSATED FOR 2019 FLOOD LOSSES THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI While farmers across the country worry and agitate over the controversial legislations passed by Parliament related to the economics of their produce, a worry of a different kind is creasing the foreheads of Goa’s own ryots - the weather. Like last year, the incessant and heavy rains Goa got since Sunday night has brought back fear that like last year their kharif harvests could be ruined. The weather bureau meanwhile upgraded its earlier ‘orange’ warning to red on Monday and has cautioned that extremely “heavy rainfall” over Goa may continue for more days. The low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal and coastal Odisha is stated to be the cause, according to the Indian Meteorology Department. “Extremely Heavy Rainfall (Rainfall exceeding 20.5 cm in 24 hours) is very likely at one or two places over North and South Goa on September 21. Very Heavy Rainfall (Rainfall exceeding 11.5 cm in 24 hours) is very likely over North and South Goa on 21st and 22nd September,” states the IMD bulletin. In the 24 hours ending CAR SUBMERGED; MIRACULOUS ESCAPE FOR PARODA COUPLE Residents of Paroda push a car though chest-deep waters that inundated the main Margao-Quepem road at Paroda on Monday morning. Monday morning, the MET office has recorded heavy rainfall at five of its stations with Sanguem recording the highest - - 180 mm. Ponda got 134mm, Sanquelim received 131 mm while Valpoi and Quepem recorded an identical amount of 120 mm rainfall. Meanwhile most of the farmers who lost nearly 100 percent of their standing kharif crop in the unprecedented flooding last year are yet to receive any compensation from the agriculture department and they are staring at the possibility of an encore. Several farmers who had filed compensation claims told The Goan that officials typically raise technical lacunae in their claims. When the localised floods hit several places last year, the government including Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant (Babu) Kavlekar, who holds the agriculture portfolio, had publicly assured compensation, tge farmers recalled. “Turns out theirs were only crocodile tears,” said a group of farmers who however did not want to be identified as their claims are still pending. Meanwhile the IMD warning said localised flooding due to swelling of rivers can affect the vulnerable low-lying areas particularly in Bicholim and Pernem. These two talukas were the worst hit in the 2019 flooding. On the ground, partial disruption of normal life was reported in sporadic areas of the State on Monday. After the cold-blooded murder, Margao now rattled by thieves BURGLARS’ NIGHT OUT IN COMMERCIAL CAPITAL ON SUNDAY; MANY SHOPS TARGETTED THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Security arrangements in the commercial capital came under sharp focus once again after burglars struck the city at will, targetting a number of shops and establishments on Sunday night. The incident comes against the backdrop of the daylight murder of a young-city jeweller Swapnil Walke and the promise made by the police top brass to intensify patrolling in the commercial capital to keep burglars and miscreants at bay. Though the burglars could not lay their hands on major booty, the incident only showed the susceptibility of the city to burglaries, which proves yet again that burglars can strike at will. In fact, residents and businessmen along the Erasmo Road woke up to hear the shocking news of thieves targeting a couple of shops in the area. The printing press office of David & Co was burgled bending the shutters of the office and breaking open the front glass to effect entry inside by the burglars. David & WHEN MARGAO WAS SLEEPING The mattress shop that was burgled in Margao on Sunday night. Santosh Mirajkar Co owner Lawrence Coutinho told the media that the thieves managed to lift goods, including a mobile phone, a PC and a printer from the press. The loss is being assessed. The burglars managed to open an adjoining shop by again bending the shutters, but could not make good with anything after they realized that the shop contained only apple crates. An abortive attempt was also made to open a workshop as evident by the damage done to the shutter. A similar modus operandi was adopted by the burglars to effect entry into a mattress shop near the Canara Bank right on the main road, just meters away from the Margao Residency. After bending the shutter, the burglars effected entry breaking open the front glass. The thieves tried to bend the shutter of an adjoining stationary shop, indicating that they literally had a field The printing press office of David & Co was burgled after the burglars bent the shutters of the office and broke open the front glass to effect entry inside The burglars managed to open an adjoining shop by again bending the shutters, but could not make good with anything after they realized that the shop contained only apple crates. The burglars also broke into into a mattress shop near the Canara Bank right on the main road, just meters away from the Margao Residency by bending the shutter day in executing their plan. When the citizens called up the Margao police, a police officer told a citizen that they are aware of the burglary at >Continued on P5 A couple travelling in a Maruti car had a miraculous escape after they were rescued by villagers when their vehicle was being washed away by flood waters at Paroda Joseph Costa, a resident of Ambaulim, tried to cross the inundated road at Paroda as the vehicle started drifting with the flood waters. Fortunately the car rested against a roadside coconut tree >> See pg 2 Over `50 lakh to be spent on bungalow, office of two ministers THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI While the state is facing a financial crunch, the Public Works Department (PWD) has decided to spend over Rs half a crore on the renovation of the official bungalow of the PWD minister at Altinho and the Secretariat office of the Sports Minister. The Public Works Department has floated a tender for the renovation work of PWD Minister’s official bungalow “Heramb” at Altinho in Panaji estimated to cost of Rs 28.43 lakh. Another tender has been floated too for renovation of Sports Minister’s cabin (No 207) in the Secretariat Ministers Block. The estimated cost for the bid is around Rs 5.73 lakh. The bungalow will be totally renovated including replacement of tiles, modification of the kitchen etc. The total cost of renovation for both the structures is estimated to cross over Rs 50 lakh. Besides normal painting, the renovation work also will include the furniture work. The two tables for Sports Minister’s office will cost around Rs 30 thousand. The doors and window frames will be replaced and is estimated to cost around Rs 2 lakh. ITI classes restart; 70% Covid patients start moving in but District attend on opening day Hospital without an occupancy certificate THE GOAN I NETWORK SPORTS weekend. According to sources, about 70% attendance was recorded on the first day of the resumption of regular classes. Students were thermally checked and were also given hand sanitisers. Classes are being conducted in morning and evening, with students maintaining social distancing in the class. All ITIs have also been directed to affix posters outside classrooms, emphasising the importance of social distancing and other protocols. THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO he South Goa district hospital stands commissioned during the weekend, with health authorities shifting five patients from the ESI hospital to the new hospital, but without the occupancy certificate. The hospital has also been commissioned without the mandatory final NOC from the Fire Services Department. And, while the Goa State Infrastruc- T ture Development Corporation (GSIDC) commissioned the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) on Monday, it will take some time for the bacteria to grow and treatment of the sewage waste likely to take place during the weekend. The GSIDC is expected to formally apply to the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) for consent to operate the STP. GSIDC officials pointed out that the agency has already sent a letter to the Director of Municipal Administration, Dr Tariq Thomas, stating that the occupancy certificate may be issued by the MMC by either waiving the payment of construction license fees or by accepting the proposal for deferred payments. When contacted by The Goan, DMA Dr Thomas said the GSIDC letter will be forwarded to the Margao Municipal Council to seek the Civic body’s comments before taking any decision. “The Margao Municipal Council is an autonomous body and any decision on payments of construction licenses and issue of occupancy certificate for any building rests with the local Civic body”, Dr Thomas said, adding that he would forward the GSIDC letter to the MMC and seek the Civic body’s inputs on the matter. Sources in the MMC said the civic body is yet to receive a representation or letter from any authority to issue the occupancy certificate for the >Continued on P5 RIVERS RISE TO DANGER LEVELS IN CANACONA CANACONA: The two major rivers have risen to danger levels as heavy rains have lashed Canacona taluka since the past 48 hours, reviving painful memories of the flash floods in 2009. Authorities issued a warning of rising water level in the two major rivers at Talpona and Galgibaga early Monday afternoon, after both rivers witnessed a sharp rise in water levels. With rains continuing to strike the taluka, the observatory at Chapoli dam recorded 83 mm of rainfall since midnight of Sunday-Monday. The seasonal rainfall recorded so far is 4442 mm. NORMAL LIFE DISRUPTED IN SATTARI TALUKA VALPOI: A bison died after falling into a river at Mauxi on Monday, while heavy rains since the last two days have disrupted life in Sattari taluka. >> See pg 2 Lokayukta suggests ACB investigation into dustbin ‘scam’ THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Goa Lokayukta has recommended a detailed inquiry by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Goa Police into the irregularities in purchase and deployment of excessively high number dustbins under the beach cleaning projector Goa Government. Lokayukta has also asked the ACB to verify whether these dustbins purchased by Drishti Life Savings Pvt Ltd with government money have been returned to the government upon termination of the contract. In the order, Lokayukta chastised the Tourism Department by terming as “mysterious” the reasons why government allowed the ad hoc arrangement with Drishti Life Savings to continue for more than two and half years even though the work was outsourced to the agency formally only for a period of 106 days from April 1, 2017 to July 16, 2017. The order was issued in response to a petition filed by one Inacio Pereira from St Cruz in Tiswadi. In his com- plaint, Pereira raised questions about the unaccounted purchases of dustbins by Drishti Life Savings and highlighted the fact that such bills have been routinely passed without proper scrutiny. “Prima facie, on the basis of materials on record, such allegations of the complainant appear to be true and it seems that without any specific arrangements and terms and conditions, the government has blindly allowed Drishti to make its purchases of dustbins and claim reimbursement from the government which has been apparently done without proper scrutiny,” the order reads. Lokayukta has suggested that the matter be investigated by a high-ranking officer of the ACB as its own investigating team is poorly staffed with two constables and head constables each. While it has not recommended action against any particular public functionary, Lokayukta has laid down that if the ACB, during the course of its investigation, finds the liability or culminability on any individual person, it would be free to take actions in accordance with the law.
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