log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday SUNDAY OCTOBER 11, 2020 PAGE 2 12 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 115 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 4 5 K’taka derides Goa’s contempt plea; readies for a duel in SC Celebrating the importance, power & potential of girls INSIGHT The Goan (Playstore) 9 GOA Cuncolim gas leak: Demand for probe, audit of safety in industrial units GOA Traditional fish vendors threaten to shut down Aldona market for four days MHADEI ROW: NEIGHBOURING STATE SAYS VIDEO & PHOTO EVIDENCE TO SC TOTALLY WRONG IN SHORT >> THE GOAN I NETWORK required measures to ensure its implementation,” Jarkiholi asserted. He also informed that apart from following up the matter with the Centre on regular basis, he has written a letter to Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh with an appeal to help Karnataka government to get its share of water from Mhadei and Krishna rivers at the earliest. “Be it Mhadei or Krishna rivers, my priority is to safeguard the interests of people of Karnataka,” affirmed Jarkiholi, while adding that Karnataka is prepared to face all eventualities arising out of claims by the border states of Goa and Telangana. Jarkiholi has also criticised the Telangana government over the latter’s demand for constitution of a fresh tribunal to share Krishna river water. “Like the Mhadei Water Disputes Tribunal (MWDT) constituted for sharing of Britain’s Alfie Hewett holds the trophy after winning the men’s wheelchair final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, on Saturday. PTI BELGAVAI Amid growing tensions between Karnataka and Goa over the Mhadei water sharing dispute after Goa filed a contempt petition in the Supreme Court, Karnataka ridiculed Goa government’s contempt petition diversion as illogical and false, adding it would take up the matter in the apex court and Centre to ensure justice prevails. In a statement, Karnataka Minister for Water Resources & Development Ramesh Jarkiholi strongly criticised the Goa government over the issue, saying the video and photo evidence which Goa government had submitted to the Supreme Court alleging that Karnataka diverted Mhadei water was totally false and needlessly created by Goa. “The Supreme Court is aware of the retainer wall built near Kankumbi, block- WFP WINS NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE Outcry over Fr Stan arrest in Koregaon-Bhima case >> See pg 7 60K Chinese soldiers at LAC, says Pompeo WASHINGTON: China has amassed more than 60,000 troops on India’s northern border, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said as he hit out at Beijing for its “bad behaviour” and the threats it poses to the Quad countries. The foreign ministers from the Indo-Pacific nations known as the Quad group - the US, Japan, India and Australia - met in Tokyo on Tuesday in what was their first in-person talks since the coronavirus pandemic began. Four militants killed in two encounters SRINAGAR: Four militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfits, including a top commander, were on Saturday killed in two separate encounters with security forces in Kulgam and Pulwama districts of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Chingam area of Kulgam district of south Kashmir late Friday night following specific inputs about the presence of militants there, a police official said. Brave boy scares off python that bit him MANGALURU: A ten-year-old boy, showing courage and presence of mind, scared away a large python after being bitten by it while he was walking to a temple at Mannagudda here. Sankalp G Pai, a Class V student of Canara school at Urwa, was on his way to the temple near his house on Wednesday evening, when the snake that came out from a sewage pipeline caught hold of his right leg. WEATHER >> Max: 31.6 C Min: 24.5 C Humidity: 100% TIDES Low: 12:10 23:57 High: 06:19 16:52 AGENCIES NEW DELHI/RANCHI The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) has expressed deep sorrow and anguish on the arrest of Fr Stan Swamy from his residence by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), accusing him of being related to the Bhima-Koregaon incident. Meanwhile, the Ranchi Catholic Church too has issued a statement on the arrest of Father Stan Swamy saying they are “distressed” and “troubled” in the way the 83year old was arrested. “It brings no glory to the name of the premier National Investigating agency, that they could not find time in the daylight to come to take Fr. Stan Swamy and could reach his residence only after darkness had fallen,” the body said in a statement. Father Stan Swamy, a Jesuit has spent a major portion of his life giving yeoman service to the tribals and the downtrodden in the State of Jharkhand, the CBCI said. On Thursday, Swamy was taken into custody from his Ranchi home in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case. He was brought to Mumbai from Ranchi and produced before a court at 1.30 pm which then directed him to be sent in judicial custody till October The Supreme Court is aware of the retainer wall built near Kankumbi, blocking the Kalsa Nala diversion to prevent the flow of Mhadei water to Malaprabha. Goa’s false claims in the apex court will not be accepted — Ramesh Jarkiholi, Karnataka Minister for Water Resources ing the Kalsa Nala diversion to prevent the flow of Mhadei water to Malaprabha. Goa’s false claims in the apex court will not be accepted,” Jarkiholi said in an official statement released on Saturday evening. “The BJP government in Karnataka had promised to implement the Mhadei water diversion project to quench the drinking water needs of the people of North Karnataka region and will initiate all Term of Mhadei Tribunal extended by 1 more year THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The term of the Mhadei interstate water dispute tribunal has been extended by one more year. The Jal Shakti (Water Resources) Ministry notified the extension of the tribunal which now will conclude on August 20 next year. This is the third extension to the tribunal after it submitted its final award in August 2018. Mhadei water with Goa, the Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal (KWDT) too in 2013 has already given its final award granting Karnataka, Maharashtra and the The tribunal was formed on November 10, 2010 to solve the Mhadei water dispute between Goa, Karnataka, and Maharastra. The work of tribunal did not start for the first three years. In 2013, the tribunal started functioning and after five a gap of years the tribunal gave its award. The award was then challenged by Goa and Karnataka in the Supreme Court. erstwhile Andhra Pradesh their share of water. It is unfair of Goa and Telangana governments to create a fresh controversy on this count,” said Jarkiholi. SPORTS Messi could be convinced to stay at Barcelona, says Luis Suarez 8 Stakeholders divided over school reopening THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI There is a difference of opinion among parents, teachers, headmasters’ association, school managements, educationists, and other stakeholders with regards to reopening of schools in the State. Many have opined that it would be risky to restart schools when the cases of Covid are increasing while a smaller fraction is in favour of a formula based resumption of physical classes with with less number of students. Navelim MLA Luizinho Faleiro was of the view that govt shuldn’t take a hurried step in reopening schools. “Education is important but also the health of people is equally important. The government should keep the schools closed and concentrate more on conducting online classes.” President of Goa Headmasters’ Association Mariano Waldaris had this to say: “Looking at the rate of Covid positive cases the general opinion against restarting of schools. It won’t be an easy call for the govt.” Batting for reopening, Art Former Chief Minister and Navelim MLA Luizinho Faleiro is of the view that reopening schools in present scenario would be uncalled for. “The govt should keep the schools closed and concentrate on conducting online classes.” and Culture Minister Govind Gawde pitched for classrooms with 15 to 20 students. Educationist Pandurang Nadkarni said there are fewer students in villages while its high in city schools. He was of the view that decision to to reopen schools would be risky. “In other states of the country where schools have reopened the number of Covid cases have increased. This is the reason the government should not think of resuming schools now,” he said. Anil Samant from Mapusa said the government should take a decision after taking parents and teachers into confidence. The government can initially start classes on alternate days which have less number of students. DOWN BUT NOT OUT PLIGHT OF PRIEST According to Fr Stan Swamy ... The NIA is after me. I’m being pressurised to go to Bombay... The NIA questioned me for 15 hours... I’m being called to the Mumbai office of the NIA I am 83 and have health issues I don’t want to expose myself to the coronavirus STAN-DING WITH STAN “... Now arrested by the NIA under UAPA! The venality of this BJP govt & NIA knows no bounds (sic).” — Prashant Bhushan Stan Swamy has spent 23. He will be lodged at Taloja central jail. The arrest has sparked outrage. Author and historian Ramachandra Guha said Stan Swamy has spent a “lifetime fighting for the rights of adivasis.” “That is why the Modi regime seeks to suppress and silence them; because for this regime, the profits of mining companies take precedence over the lives and livelihoods of adivasis,” Guha tweeted. Lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan tweeted, “... Now a lifetime fighting for the rights of adivasis. That is why the Modi regime seeks to suppress and silence them — Ramachandra Guha arrested by the NIA under UAPA! The venality of this BJP govt & NIA knows no bounds (sic).” The probe agency claimed that Stan Swamy is a member of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and was “actively involved in its activities”. “He also received funds through an associate for furtherance of the CPI (Maoist) activities,” officials of the probe agency said. >Continued on P6 Retired seafarers and widows at a sit-in protest at Benaulim on Saturday, seeking restoration of their pension which was abruptly stopped by the State govt. The seafarers have sought the intervention of the local MLA in this matter. >> See report on pg 4 Santosh Mirajkar Pvt doc decries Covid treatment under DDSY THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Dr Shekhar Salkar of Manipal Hospital, Dona Paula on Saturday sought to point out that covering Covid-19 under the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY) will add to the cases in private hospitals. He also underlined that such a scenario is not ideal in a cancer treatment facility such as Manipal Hospital as it would not be possible to handle the volume of patients. Commenting on the recent revision of cap on charges for Covid treatment in private hospitals, Dr Salkar stated, “They should have called the representatives of all four hospitals and enquired if Covid treatment is possible in that amount of money. They are asking people who have never worked in the private medical sector. Then the care which is required for a Covid patient might not be given. But we have to comply with the government’s orders.” Explaining the issue of handling Covid patients at a cancer facility, he said, GOA UPDATE: 8 more deaths PANAJI: Eight more people succumbed to Covid-19 in Goa taking the death toll to 499. While four of the eight deaths occurred at Goa Medical College and Hospital in Bambolim, four were recorded at ESI Covid Hospital in Margao. The deceased include a 78-year-old man from Vasco, a 58-year-old man >Continued on P6 “Ours is a cancer hospital. There are people being given radiotherapy and chemotherapy. So, this is not practical for us. Money is a problem. In that amount, it is not possible to give good care. Covid patients need to be given the best treatment and only then will it bear a result. Otherwise the patient will die.” He urged the government to consider giving a good price which is “reasonable and practical” if Covid treatment has to be covered under the DDSSY. Staff employed, ambulance deployed; but where is the PHC? ANIL SHANKHWALKAR PORVORIM magine having 10 staff employed and an ambulance deployed for medical duties, but the Primary Health Centre (PHC) is literally nowhere in sight. This is the curious tale of the Saligao PHC, which had been announced by Saligao MLA Jayesh Salgaonkar way back in December 2018 when the Goa Forward party had been a partner with the BJP-led government. The Saligao PHC is yet to go forward as little progress has been made since then and the project still remains on paper. In the absence of the Saligao PHC, the 10 staff appointed for Saligao PHC are COMUNIDADE YET TO HAND OVER THE LAND, SAYS LOCAL MLA I PORVORIM: Reiterating that the Directorate of Health Services has sanctioned a PHC at Saligao, local MLA Jayesh Salgaonkar said the Saligao Comunidade was yet to hand over the land to the government for the project. “Land acquisition process is in the pipeline and once the land is handed over, the government will construct a building and set up a 20-bedded PHC behind the Saligao panchayat office,” said Salgaonkar. A file photo of then RDA minister and Saligao MLA Jayesh Salgaonkar launching the 108 ambulance allotted to the Saligao PHC in March 2019. presently at Candolim PHC and other health centres, while the ambulance allotted to the Saligao PHC is now stationed at the Candolim PHC. On December 4, 2018, then RDA minister and Saligao MLA Jayesh Salgaonkar had stated that the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) had decided to set up a 20-bedded PHC at Saligao. He had said the 20-bedded PHC would be constructed behind the existing panchayat building in the area provided by Saligao Comunidade. “This new Saligao PHC would have all facilities, including a laboratory, and would cater to about 40,000 residents in Saligao, Sangolda, Parra, Pilerne and Reis Magos. A 108 Ambulance will CLARITY NEEDED ON LAND FOR PHC: COMUNIDADE PORVORIM: Admitting that the Saligao Comunidade had received a letter from the government seeking land for the proposed Saligao PHC, Saligao Communidade Treasurer Mario Cordeiro said there was no clarity on the land needed for the project. “The Saligao Comunidade had received a letter from the government requesting us to hand over the land, but nothing was mentioned in the letter whether the govt wanted to acquire land on lease basis or purchase the land.” said Cordeiro. also be stationed at this PHC round the clock,” Salgaonkar had said at the time. Saligao Sarpanch Lafira Gomes had even thanked Salgaonkar for his efforts to set up a primary health centre at Saligao, especially since the existing sub health centre was unable to cater to the area. Later in March 2019, Salgaonkar had even launched >Continued on P6
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