log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday MONDAY OCTOBER 12, 2020 GOA An artist gives finishing touches to an idol of ‘Asur’, decorated to resemble Coronavirus, ahead of upcoming Durga Puja festival, at Kumartuli in Kolkata, on Sunday. PTI Andhra CM complains to CJI against judge AMARAVATI: In an unprecedented move, Andhra Pradesh government has complained to Chief Justice SA Bobde, about the alleged intervention of a sitting Supreme Court judge to protect the interests of opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Ajeya Kallam, principal advisor to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, said the government placed material before the CJI citing the proximity of the judge with N Chandrababu Naidu. >> pg 9 Bihar polls: Modi, Yogi are star campaigners PATNA: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday released a list of 30 star campaigners for phase 1 of the upcoming Bihar assembly election 2020. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president JP Nadda, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, ex-Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis were some of the party leaders who were included in the list. 8 Indian beaches get Blue Flag Certification NEW DELHI: Eight Indian beaches - Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Kappad (Kerala), Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh), Golden (Odisha) and Radhanagar (Andaman & Nicobar Islands) - have been awarded the International Blue Flag Certification. Bypolls: BJP releases list of 16 candidates NEW DELHI: BJP on Sunday released a list of candidates for the upcoming state Assembly by-elections to be held in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Manipur and Odisha. The list of the candidates was finalized in CEC meeting held by BJP President JP Nadda in Delhi at party headquarters on Saturday. WEATHER >> Max: 28.5 C Min: 23.5 C Humidity: 97% TIDES Low: 13:29 High: 07:32 ---18:54 The Goan (Playstore) 10 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 116 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 7 9 Govt backtracks after notifying Covid treatment under DDSY Who is to blame for gas leak? Police yet to make arrests IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday GOA Cunchelim sports club adds teeth in fight for retaining playground NEWS Ladakh standoff: India to press for early & complete disengagement RATES LIKELY TO BE RECTIFIED AND FRESH NOTIFICATION ISSUED THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Three days after notifying its decision to provide insurance coverage to Covid-19 treatment under the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY), the state government on Sunday kept the notification in abeyance. Confirming the development, the Health Minister stated, “After deliberation with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, we have decided to cancel the notification issued to cover Covid-19 treatment under DDSSY. A fresh notification will be issued in consultation with the CM.” Sources from the Health Department disclosed that rates under DDSSY are likely to be rectified and increased even as the murmurs of displeasure grows within the private medical sector. The state ACCORDING TO SOURCES Rates under DDSSY are likely to be rectified and increased even as the murmurs of displeasure grows within the private medical sector The state government backtracked as the higher authorities did not consult certain ministers prior to issuing the notification government backtracked as the higher authorities did not consult certain ministers prior to issuing the notification, the source disclosed. The state government’s decision to cover Covid-19 treatment under DDSSY came on 19,000 BENEFICIARIES YET TO RENEW DDSY HEALTH CARDS PANAJI: As the deadline for renewal of health insurance under the Deen Dayal Swastha Seva insurance scheme ended on September 30, it was found that 19,000 beneficiaries have not renewed their health insurance cards under the scheme. “In Goa, 2.24 lakh people have registered under the scheme out of which 2.05 lakh people have renewed their insurance,” informed Dr Balkrishna Pai, consultant for the scheme. This time the renewal of the scheme was conducted through online mode, possibly inconveniencing the elderly people who are not familiar with the online process, thus failing to renew their cards. the backdrop of rising mortality rate and mounting pressure on government-run Covid facilities. It was believed that bringing Covid-19 in the bouquet of diseases covered under the DDSSY scheme, would encourage people to get them- Har Ghar Jal in Goa? 15,000 houses without connections selves admitted to hospitals before it is too late. As per the notification which was published in the official Gazette on October 8, mild Covid cases were covered to an extent of Rs 4,600 per day with provision of Rs 64,400 for a 14 day package and critical ones for Rs 6,600 per day with Rs 92,400 set for a 14 day package. The state government began taking steps to regulate the financial aspect of seeking treatment for the infection with the capping of charges for treatment at private hospitals. This decision too was revised before settling on the cap of Rs 10,000 per day for general Covid ward, Rs 13,000 per day for twin sharing Covid wards, Rs 16,000 per day for single private rooms and ICU with ventilator occupancy being capped at Rs 24,000 per day. The rates were reduced by Rs 2,000 per package except for the ICU with ventilator bracket, which was reduced by Rs 1,000. The packages include admission charges, intensivist, >Continued on P8 SPORTS Rafael Nadal wins French Open; equals Roger Federer’s record 10 Goans to congregate at Azad Maidan today to protest arrest of Jesuit THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The arrest in Jharkand of 83-year-old Jesuit priest Fr Stan Swamy in the infamous Bhima Koregao case has stirred a cross-section of Goans to organise a protest in solidarity on Monday in Panaji. Describing it as ‘National Day of Solidarity’ the hourlong protest is being held at the historic Azad Maidan at 4.00 pm. Civil society movements havre collaborated with the Jesuits in Goa and have called people to “stand with the man who fought for tribal rights.” Fr Swammy, based in Jharkand was arrested earlier last week and joins a dozen other intellectuals, civil and human rights activists incarcerated in the case. Well known scholar, academician and Dalit icon B R Ambedkar’s grandson-in-law Dr Anand Teltumbe is also in jail under the draconian UAPA law. Teltumbde is faculty at Goa’s prestigious B-School - - Goa Institute of Management. Fr Swamy has been an ardent campaigner for land rights of Adivasis in Jharkand. He has filed a petition before the Jharkand High Court on behalf of some 3,000-odd adivasis languishing in jails, arrested for protesting against acquisition of their lands. Several prominent activists, scholars and lawyers have been jailed for over two years while they await trial. Stan Swamy, who has several health issues, is the oldest person to be in custody in the Koregaon-Bhima case. He has been questioned several times in the past in connection with the case. Originally from Kerala, Stan Swamy has been working for tribals in Jharkhand for over five decades. THEIR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY! PANCHAYAT REPORT CONTRADICTS RECORD THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI A survey report prepared by the panchayat department has contradicted Goa’s distinction of attaining the first ‘Har Ghar Jal’ status in the country as announced by Jal Shakti Ministry recently. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had shared this news during a recent function where he said that not a single household in rural Goa was without a potable water connection. Contrary to the claims of Sawant, the survey paints a different picture which says around 15 thousand households in the State are without water connections. The Chief Minister had in April stated that around 87.11 percent of the households in Goa had potable water connection which peaked to 100 per cent going by the recent announcement of Jal Shakti Ministry. Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh had announced that 2.63 lakh houses have been given tap connections. As per the ministry’s claims, around 1.65 lakh houses in North Goa and 98,000 houses in South Goa have been connected with potable water connection. However, the ground reality seems to be completely different when compared with the 1 2 survey of the panchayat department. The Goa cabinet in its meeting one month ago had approved implementation of central government’s scheme ‘Har Ghar Nal Se Jal’ scheme to provide potable water via taps to every household. Soon, the Public Works Department (PWD) started working in this direction and prepared a report. As per PWD department’s report around 30,000 houses were without water connections. However, the implementation of the central govt scheme was wrapped up before it could start. Later the State government entrusted the Panchayat Department with the task of preparing a report. As per the report prepared, 15,000 houses still needed water connections. But the govt went on to make the claims of 100 per cent water connections in rural Goa households. The central government has sanctioned around Rs 68.39 crore to Goa under the ‘Har Ghar Nal Se Jal’ scheme. The state and centre have 50 per cent revenue share under the scheme, however, before implementing the scheme, the government announced that the state had achieved 100 per cent water connections. This is not the first incident of making tall claims even before realisation of relevant projects. The government had earlier announced that Goa had become open defecation-free. The govt had to hide its face when it was learnt that around 17,000 applications were received, some even paying advance amount for bio-toilets which no one has received till date. Meanwhile, Congress has challenged the government to prove its claim of 100 per cent potable water connections in the State. Contrary to the claims of the govt, the report paints a different picture which says around 15 thousand households in the State are without water connections The Chief Minister had in April stated that around 87.11 percent of the households in Goa had potable water connection which peaked to 100 per cent going by the recent announcement A pack of stray cattle squat in the middle of the road near Goa Medical College & Hospital, Bambolim on Sunday, causing traffic chaos much to the anger of motorists and pedestrians alike. Narayan Pissurlenkar IPL betting racket busted in Baga; 5 arrested THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Calangute Police arrested five persons on charges of betting in connection with the ongoing IPL 2020 cricket tournament in the UAE. Police seized cash amount of Rs 25,440, 15 mobile phones and three laptops all worth Rs 2.50 lakh during the raid. The arrests were made following a raid at a club in Baga. Those arrested during a late-night raid on Saturday were found betting on the cricket match between CSK and Royal Challengers, Ben- CAUGHT & BOWLED Police seized cash amount of Rs 25,440, 15 mobile phones and three laptops all worth Rs 2.50 lakh during the raid at a club in Baga Those arrested during a late-night raid were found betting on the cricket match between CSK and Royal Challengers, Bengalaru, police said galaru, police said. The five accused Manoj Thadani (39), Bunty Dangi (32), Chintu Dhoidhoy (28) all from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Rupesh Singh (41) from Mumbai and Jagdish Nepali (47) from Nepal were booked and arrested for contravening Section 3 and 4 of the Goa Public Gambling Act. This is the third IPL betting case registered at Calangute Police Station within a month. The police team that conducted the raid was led by PI Nolasco Raposo along with PSI Rajaram Bhagkar, Head Constable Vinod Naik and Police Constable Vinay Shrivastav. PSI Vikas Deykar is investigating further. One held for selling electronic cigarette: In another case, Calangute Police booked one Sinnudden Beary (25), a native of Karnataka and presently residing at Umtawaddo, Calangute for selling electronic cigarettes and its allied products worth Rs 15,000 at Vape Store near Baga Circle, Calangute. The accused was later released on bail. Rlys mulls derailing sleeper Steel cos stay away from coking coal block bidding coaches; full AC on tracks 38 PTI AGENCIES NEW DELHI Achhe din seems to be on the tracks for the common man. The Indian Railways is all set to replace its sleeper class coaches with AC coaches in trains that are capable of running at a speed of 130 kmph and beyond. The Ministry of Railways took the decision in a bid to upgrade its highspeed network. A new blueprint of the national carrier suggests that the present sleeper class coach with 72 berths will be replaced by a more compact AC coach with 83 berths. Presently, express trains in N A HAPPY JOURNEY 200 coaches expected to be rolled out in the first phase Each coach will cost around Rs 2.8-3 crore General-unreserved coaches will also be coverted into AC coaches India have a combination of AC and non-AC coaches, but the railways is now working to roll out fully AC trains with low-cost travel. Fares of the new coaches will be a tad lower than the KOLKATA o steel company has shown interest in bidding for four coking coal blocks of 38 mines put on auction for commercial mining as they have concern about fuel quality and high capital cost. Of the four blocks with coking coal, a key raw material for manufacturing of the metal, two received bids from companies which do not make steel. “Steel companies did not show interest in bidding for the coking coal blocks as the quality of the fuel from these mines is not very good and capital expenditure for mining is high. “Availability of capex (capital expenditure) funds is also limited during the COVID-19 With this development, Rlys is moving towards all AC coach model present AC fares but higher than the sleeper class ticket. The new coach, built in the Railways’ Kapurthala factory, is currently under trial. >Continued on P8 BLOCK BY BLOCK mining Coal blocks put up for commercial 42 Companies have entered the fray 76 Bids forin23 coal mines the auction process Madhya 11 Blocks inreceived 8 Pradesh Coal mines received 19 two or more bids bids pandemic. Import is a viable option,” an official of a steel company said on condition of anonymity. He said, “The four mines were offered four times in the past for captive use but no steel makers had shown interest earlier. In this round, steel companies have not submitted bids.” The two coking coal mines that received bids are Brahamadiha in Jharkhand and Urtan in Madhya Pradesh, he claimed. The government has in total put up for auction 38 coal blocks for commercial mining. As many as 42 companies have submitted 76 bids for 23 coal mines in the auction process. The coal ministry had said two or more bids were received for 19 coal mines. “The government will go ahead with the 19 coal blocks for which two or more bids were submitted. The auctioning process has been annulled for the rest of the mines that received either one bid or nothing,” another official said. In the auction process, eight of 11 blocks in Madhya Pradesh received bids, while companies have shown their interest in six of nine coal mines in Jharkhand. Firms submitted bids for five of Odisha’s nine blocks put on for sale, while two of seven mines in Chhattisgarh attracted bidders. Maharashtra witnessed interest of companies for its two mines put on for auction. In June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the auction process for 41 coal blocks for commercial mining, a move that opens India’s coal sector for private players, and termed it a major step in the direction of the country achieving self-reliance. The coal ministry had later revised the list of mines to be auctioned for commercial mining to 38 instead of the 41 announced earlier. The auction of coal blocks for commercial mining is expected to garner Rs 33,000 crore of capital investment over the next five to seven years.
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