log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 GOA Goa-born actress Ashalata falls prey to Covid PANAJI: Renowned Marathi film and theatre actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar passed away due to Covid-19 at a Satara hospital on Tuesday morning. She was 79. Her last rites will be performed at Satara. Survived by a son, Ashalata who hailed from Palolem Canacona, had acted in over 100 films and dramas in various languages, including Marathi, Hindi and Konkani. >> See pg 3 Eight succumb to coronavirus PANAJI: Eight more Covid-related deaths were recorded in Goa on Tuesday raising the death toll to 368. Also, 590 new cases were detected taking the total active count of Covid cases in the state to 5,513. A total of 29,343 cases have been confirmed in Goa so far of whom 23,462 have recovered. >> See pg 3 Opposition MPs stage walkout from LS, RS NEW DELHI: Opposition parties staged a walkout from Rajya Sabha and decided to boycott proceedings till the suspension of eight members is revoked, even as the government insisted on their apology. Later, various opposition parties, including the Congress and the Trinamool Congress boycotted the Lok Sabha too. >> See pg 7 India’s biggest film city planned in UP AMETHI: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday announced that the ‘biggest’ Film City in India will be built near Hastinapur area on the Yamuna Expressway. In a virtual meeting with several leading members of the film industry, the UP CM discussed his proposal for the new film city. Russia to unveil 2nd Covid vaccine MOSCOW: Russia expects to register a second potential vaccine against coronavirus Covid-19 by October 15, the TASS news agency cited Russian consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor as saying on Tuesday. WEATHER >> Max: 26.5 C Min: 24 C Humidity: 98% Rain Fall: 158.71 In TIDES Low: High: 08.49 21.19 03.25 14.24 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 97 GOA RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 China doubles air bases and helioports near LAC: US report REDUCTION MINIMAL, BUT INCLUDES ADDITIONAL MEDICATIONS, SERVICES THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The State government on Tuesday issued an order affecting a reduction of Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 in the cap on rates for Covid treatment at private hospitals in the state. The infinitesimal decrease, however, is accompanied by significant enhancements in the packages which include advanced medications as well as medical procedures. Health Minister on Tuesday announced that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has approved the file for revision of cap on rates for Covid treatment in the private sector. During the last week, CM as well as the health minister had said that the numerous representations received from concerned citizens and Opposition parties voicing dissatis- faction with the high cap on rates had prompted the government to revise the rates further. The government had initially announced a cap on Covid treatment rates at private hospitals on Sept 15. Accordingly, the charges for general Covid ward in the private medical sector will now be capped at Rs 10,000 for general Covid ward per day, twin sharing Covid wards at Rs 13,000 per day, single private rooms at Rs 16,000 per day and ICU with ventilator occupancy capped at Rs 24,000 per day. The rates have been reduced by Rs 2,000 per package except for the ICU with ventilator bracket, which has been reduced by Rs 1,000. The packages will include admission charges, intensivist, primary and specialist >Continued on P6 PREVIOUS & REVISED TREATMENT, PACKAGES PREVIOUS PACKAGE General ward: Rs 12,000 per day Twin sharing room: Rs 15,000 per day Single private room: Rs 18,000 per day ICU with ventilator: Rs 25,000 per day INCLUSIONS Bed charges, nursing services, medical services of a resident doctor, nutritional diet, PPE kits for the staff, routinely prescribed medicines EXCLUSIONS Specialist or intensivist charges, charges of the diagnostic intensivist, uses of special drugs or special equipment during treatment, any other procedures or surgeries carried out during the treatment, extra oxygen flow other than ICU REVISED PACKAGE General ward: Rs 10,000 per day Twin sharing ward: Rs 13,000 per day Single private room: Rs 16,000 per day ICU with ventilator: Rs 24,000 per day INCLUSIONS Admission charges, Intensivist, primary and specialist consultant charges, bed charges, nursing and resident doctor charges, nutritional diet and dietary changes, PPE kits for staff, Services: X-ray, ECG, USG,2D echo-cardio monitor, infusion pump, catheterization, CBC, PPBSL, HBA 1c, routinely prescribed medicines: creatinine zinc, vitamin D, paracetamol, antacid, antiallergic, hydroxichloroquine, azithromycin, doxycycline, levoflaxin, dexamthasone, ivermectin EXCLUSIONS Diagnostic interventions, special drugs, use of special equipment, other special procedures including surgery, extra oxygen flow other than ICU SPORTS KKR’s Eoin Morgan looks to complement big hitter Russell THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA A prisoner who was undergoing trial on charges of raping a British woman escaped from the Colvale Central jail early Tuesday morning, even as his modus operandi to getaway remains a mystery to jail authorities. This is the second under trial to escape from the high-security jail in less than a month. An under trial had run away from the Central jail on August 25 and still remains untraceable. Meanwhile, police have launched a massive manhunt for the alleged rape accused, Ramchandrappa Yellapa (32), a native of Tamil Nadu, who, however, remained elusive till late in the evening. Recounting the sequence of events from early morning, the Additional Inspector General of Prison, Ashutosh Apte informed that the under trial Woman killed, son escapes as Paddy crop bears brunt, huge boulder lands in Vasco house losses reported in Salcete THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK VASCO A woman from Vaddem was killed, while her son escaped when a huge boulder came crashing down on their house opposite Goa Shipyard Limited in Vaddem-Vasco late Monday night. According to sources, the incident took place as Anita Borkar (65) was asleep on the floor while her 35-year-old son had been sleeping on the bed. “The incident occurred at about 11 pm when heavy rains caused a landslide and boulders began falling down. While a number of boulders came sliding down, one huge boulder rolled directly into the line of the house and rammed into the structure. The house could offer no protection and the wall and roof crumbled on impact.” “The debris fell on her, killing her on the spot. The boulder was very large and almost occupied one entire room,” said the source. “The entire house was damaged and with power disrupted, the son who managed to escape tried to save his mother but could not find her anywhere in the dark. People in the neighbourhood also began frantic efforts to rescue the woman, while also alerting the fire services and Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) ward councillor.” MARGAO Incessant and heavy rains over the last three days have left around 35 hectares of standing paddy crop damaged in the talukas of Salcete and Mormugao. Areas badly affected by the incessant rains and which has reported heavy crop damage is around Maina Curtorim, the Arlem-Raia-Nuvem belt and Verna in Salcete taluka. Some parts of Arossim and Cansaulim in Mormugao taluka have also reported damage to crops. Preliminary report compiled by the Margao Zonal Agriculture Office showed that the gusty winds accompanied by heavy rains during the last three days have resulted in heavy crop damage to paddy crop. The preliminary report was compiled by the Margao ZAO following instructions received from the head office. Sources said the areas affected included Maina Curtorim, some parts of Arlem Raia Nuvem and Verna. He said the preliminary survey reveals standing paddy crop from around 28-30 hectares from these above areas have been damaged. The remaining five-seven hectares of crops damaged pertains to the areas along the coastal belt of Seraulim-Benaulim and Varca and some The huge boulder which crashed into the house at VaddemVasco late Monday night. FATEFUL NIGHT THAT WAS... Incident occurs at about 11 pm, landslide & boulders fall A huge boulder rolls onto the house & rams the structure Wall and roof crumbles on impact Debris falls on the woman killing her on the spot MMC Chairperson Nandadeep Raut also rushed to the site as a fire brigade began operations to clear the boulder by breaking it into lice, Poonam stated in her police complaint that she had been assaulted and abused by Sam Ahmed Bombay, thereby outraging her modesty and threatening to kill her. Confirming the complaint and subsequent arrest, Canacona Police Inspector Tukaram Chawan told The Goan that the incident took place in a hotel at Palolem, where the couple was staying, at about 3 pm on Monday over a personal dispute. Pandey is reported to be currently shooting for a film in Goa. Acting on the complaint, Canacona Police swung into action and sent the actress for a medical check-up on Monday, while the accused was taken into custody and sent for a medical examination on Tuesday. He was arrested in connection and is presently in police custody. According to sources, the couple along with a film crew had arrived in Goa on September 16 for a film shoot, but the film shooting could not take place on account of heavy rains. During their stay in a hotel at Palolem, the couple were >Continued on P6 smaller pieces. MMC workers were also pressed into service, while a Vasco police team was also assisting in the operations. “After four hours, fire-fighters along with MMC workers and some locals helped retrieve the body which was buried under the debris. Police conducted the panchanama and sent the body for an autopsy, before handing it over to family members for final rites which were performed later in the evening. When contacted, Vasco Fire Station officer Dilip Bicholkar said the fire station had received a call at about 11 pm. “We rushed to the site and >Continued on P6 A paddy field lies flattened due incessant rains and strong winds in the last three days. Santosh Mirajkar AREAS AFFECTED Maina Curtorim, Arlem-Raia-Nuvem belt and Verna in Salcete taluka Some parts of Arossim & Cansaulim in Mormugao have also reported damage LOSS: Around 28-30 hectares of paddy damaged in Salcete while 5-7 hectares were damaged in Mormugao parts of Arossim, Cansaulim in Mormugao taluka. “Our preliminary report states that around 35 hectares of crop have been lost. It is pertinent to note that the paddy crop which have been sown early have borne grains. 8 Another prisoner gives Colvale jail guards the slip RAIN FURY IN GOA HAS CRIPPLING EFFECT ON LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS Hubby arrested for assault on actress in Canacona CANACONA Barely days after tying the knot, model, actress, Poonam Pandey (29), accused husband and film director, Sam Ahmad Bombay of assault and molestation at a hotel in Canacona. Acting on the complaint, Canacona police later arrested Bombay (46) under Sections 323, 504, 354, 506 (II) of IPC on Tuesday and he is presently in police custody. He was, however, released on bail later in the day According to Canacona po- Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday NEWS Sanjivani sugar factory will not be shut, assures CM DAYS AFTER TYING THE KNOT... THE GOAN I NETWORK The Goan (Playstore) 2 3 7 Govt makes marginal change in rate cap of pvt hospitals MMC violates NGT guidelines on biomedical waste of home-isolated IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday This crop, which was to be harvested in around 20 days have suffered due to strong windy condition during rains”, an official said. He added the crop which was sown late and will be ready for harvest in one month or more have not been affected. Chairman of Curtorim Bio-diversity Committee, J Santan Rodrigues informed that paddy fields in Curtorim village within a village project have been badly affected at Raloi-Tollem/Vaingonnode due to heavy rains. He said the fields at Sonbem Addi in Maina Curtorim and many other places in Curtorim village has been badly affected by the rains. Santan has claimed that more than 30 hectares of paddy has been affected by the rains. VANISHING ACT Undertrial tracked on jail register till about 6.10 am Complains of stomach ache; referred to dispensary within the campus Instead of going to the dispensary, he goes missing At around 6.30 am jailors notice he is missing; search operation launched was tracked on the jail register till about 6.10 am. “Thereafter he complained of a stomach ache and was referred to the dispensary within the campus. Instead of going to the dispensary, he went missing,” Apte informed. At around 6.30 am the jail authorities realised that the under trial has not reported to >Continued on P6 Outgoing Goa Lokayukta stripped of security cover THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Goa government has removed the security cover and other facilities afforded to Justice P K Misra, a retired judge of the Supreme Court, who only recently completed his term as the Goa Lokayukta. The Lokayukta who was granted the security owing to his statutory position had recently passed several orders that the State government didn’t find favour with most prominently in indicting former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and two bureaucrats for the mining scam as well as faulting former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for ‘shirking his responsibility’ in shielding his cabinet colleague from a probe in a disproportionate assets case. “In sheer vengeance the Goa government has displayed its rank disrespect and insensitivity to our nononsense Ombudsman and his family. The Goa Government has put every Goan to shame by not affording Justice Misra and his family the internationally known Goan hospitality,” Adv Aires Rodrigues said. “Maybe it is a message to whoever will be the next Lokayukta, that either tow the government line or face such embarrassment,” he added. Reckless contractor makes PWD dance to his tunes THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA ithin a period of five months, the main PWD water pipeline was damaged four times due to ongoing NH-66 expansion work on the 14-km stretch from Colvale to Guirim in Bardez. W PIPELINE DAMAGE State PWD officials have accepted that on all the occasions, MVR Infra Pvt Ltd, which is contracted with the highway expansion work, was responsible to damage the pipeline but no action has been initiated against the contractor so far. The pipeline supplies water to almost seven constituencies in Bardez. Water gushes from the pipeline that was damaged at Guirim recently. (File photo) In the first instance, the drinking water pipeline was damaged at the four-road junction along the NH-66 at Carrasvaddo on April 22 this year when a JCB operator belonging to MVR Infra Pvt Ltd ruptured a 350 mm diameter water pipeline while carrying some digging work in the area. Within a fortnight, on May 7, the same pipeline was damaged again at the same fourroad junction at Carrasvaddo while executing the highway expansion work. Yet again, as recently as on September 16, a main 1000 mm diameter water pipeline was damaged while executing the highway expansion work near Binani in Colvale. Within four days, on September 21, the same contractor was responsible to damage another water pipeline in Guirim which supplied drinking water to Porvorim. “The repeated damage to water pipelines shows the recklessness of the contractor who is carrying out the expansion work of the national highway. It indicates that the contractor is not diligent in his work. In such circumstances, why should the PWD repair the pipeline by spending public money?” said Adv Mahesh Rane, a resident of Mapusa. He said the PWD should immediately file a complaint against the contractor for criminal negligence. Sources in PWD informed that there was near unanimity among officials to file a police complaint against MVR Infra >Continued on P6
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