log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday TUESDAY OCTOBER 13, 2020 The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 117 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 10 7 Govt moves to arrest crime rate Centre unveils big festive bonanza for employees with two more police districts Mars to be visible at its biggest, brightest tonight GOA 6 NEWS Setting up of 7 bio-methane plants to cost MMC Rs 42.79 crore Covid may survive on smartphones, currency for 28 days: Study SPORTS K Srikanth to begin title hunt at Denmark Open as badminton returns CASH IN LIEU OF LTC, FESTIVAL ADVANCE TILL MARCH 2021 PTI MAPUSA, PONDA WILL BE NEW CONTROL CENTRES THE GOAN I NETWORK GOVERNMENT UNDERLINES NECESSITY PANAJI In a major decision, the State government on Monday decided to create two more districts, Mapusa and Ponda, for the purpose of police administration. There will now be a total of four police districts with four district Superintendents of Police to oversee each unit. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant disclosed the decision in a tweet. “In a major decision, Govt of Goa has decided to create two New Police Districts, namely Mapusa and Ponda. Hence, there will now be a total of 4 police districts with 4 district SPs. This decision will enable better & effective control over law and order, and prevention of crime,” the official handle of CM Sawant tweeted. Admitting the reality of the Expected to bring police closer to the remotest places in the State Men-in-uniform will be able to tackle tourist-related crimes and other issues Elaborate police arrangements involving large scale police deployments during VVIP visits will be taken care of Move expected to ensure better supervision during exigencies Effective policing in industrial estates and along the vast coastline Geographical vastness of both the existing districts had made it difficult for one SP to manage crime prevention while also maintaining law & order Will facilitate people from remote places to visit the district SP upward crime graph in the State and arguing that North and South Goa districts are geographically vast with several ‘crime-prone’ areas under each, the State government has offered several reasons to explain its decision. More- over, the creation of two additional police districts is expected to bring Goa Police closer to the remotest places in the State. For instance, it has been pointed out that the arrival of a large number of tourists Govt sets eyes on events from Dec GAUDE SAYS PLANS AFOOT FOR LOKOTSAV THE GOAN I NETWORK IN SHORT >> 5,000 isolation kits to be distributed in a week: Govt PANAJI: Health Minister has announced that the department aims to distribute home isolation kits to 5,000 patients in a week’s time. As per the protocols, each kit will be numbered to monitor the stock and kit distribution. Health officers will also issue prescriptions to patients receiving the kit. >> See pg 3 Four more Covid deaths reported PANAJI: Four more Covid-related deaths were recorded in Goa taking the death toll to 511. WEATHER >> Max: 28.5 C Min: 22.7 C Humidity: 95% TIDES Low: 01.01 High: 08.05 14.19 20.02 PANAJI With Unlock 4.0 coming into force and the gradual opening up of the economy, the government is now tinkering with the possibility of giving the green signal for cultural events in the State from December. Confirming this, Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude said “the Centre has started the process of phasewise unlocking the restrictions imposed due to Covid. In this background we are planning to start cultural events by adhering to all norms from December”. Gaude disclosed that a proposal to start cultural events has already been sent to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. “Theatres will be opened from October 15. After that, the cultural events can be held with all social distancing norms”, he said. Stating that stage artistes in the State had suffered due to the lockdown, Gaude said there was a need to help this fraternity. The Lokostav is one of the biggest cultural events held by the Art and Culture department which showcases the local culture and food items of different communities of India. The Centre has started the process of phase-wise unlocking the restrictions imposed due to Covid... we are planning to start cultural events by adhering to all norms from December — Govind Gaude Thousands of people visit the Lokostav event and it has become the brand of Goa, he said. He assured that the Art and Culture Department will organize the festival this year and said the department has already initiated the process to conduct this event. If at all the event cannot be held in January we will postpone it to April, said Gaude. Mixed reactions on move to hold cultural events from December >> See pg 5 has resulted in tourist-related crimes and other issues. “With Goa hosting many international events and the participants and the visitors coming from the higher echelons of the society, it has put a tremendous strain on the police machinery. Likewise, frequent visits of VVIPs require elaborate police arrangements involving large scale police deployments during their visits,’ the government said in a press release seeking to underline the necessity to increase the number of police districts in Goa. In addition to effective control over crime and security situations, the move is also expected to ensure better supervision over the police force during exigencies. The government has also sought to highlight the need >Continued on P5 PANAJI he incessant drizzle on Monday evening did not deter some 200-plus Goans to converge at the Azad Maidan and stand in solidarity to demand the release of 83-year-old Jesuit priest Fr Stan Swamy, incarcerated in the infamous Bhima Koregao case. Armed with placards, the Jesuits from Goa, their collaborators and others chanted verses of ‘Hum Honge Kamyaab’ as they marched along the peripheral footpath of the historic maidan in the capital city. Some prominent politicians, including GPCC chief T Protesters and activists march at Azad Maidan to demand the release of Fr Stan Swamy on Monday. Narayan Pissurlenkar Girish Chodankar, former minister Aleixo Sequeira, AAP’s Cecille Rodrigues were among the protesters. Fr Swamy, who for years has been fighting for adivasi rights in Jharkhand, was arrested from Ranchi on October 8. PANAJI: Director General of Goa Police Mukesh Kumar Meena thanked CM Sawant for the decision and said that two additional SPs will ensure better police presence and effective supervision in the tourist state. “Some areas were being neglected due to the overburdening of both Superintendents of Police. With the existing SPs having offices at Margao and Porvorim, hinterlands are being neglected. With this decision, we hope to make every tourist and every resident feel safe,” DGP Meena stated. STATES TO GET ` 2,000 CR 1 INTEREST-FREE 50-YEAR LOAN NEW DELHI: In what could give a big boost to the economy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman announced a host of schemes. In a bid to trigger economic revival via stimulus measures, FM announced a Rs 12,000 crore interest-free 50year loan to States for spending on capital projects. FM said, out of the Rs 12,000 crore, Rs 1,600 crore will be given to north-eastern States and Rs 900 crore will be for Uttrakhand and HP. Rs 7,500 crore will be for the remaining States. government will as a onetime measure give Rs 10,000 salary loan to all its officers and employees as festival advance. These two measures are “expected to create a consumer demand of about Rs 28,000 crore”, she said. The government, which had in May announced a Rs 20 lakh crore ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ stimulus, is pushing ahead with a full opening to try to boost the economy ahead of the usually high-spending festival season. Together with the loan to states and additional capital spending, Sitharaman said, “very rough estimate is that potential private sector spending through LTC tax benefit will be at least equal to the government employee-led demand of Rs 28,000 crore and the total additional demand estimated to exceed Rs 1 lakh crore”. >Continued on P5 Panel on NEP to A TRADITION COMES ALIVE! submit report by February-end THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The committee set up by the government to finalise the State’s higher education policy by studying the New Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) has sought four months and is likely to submit its report by February end. The government had set up a 27-member committee in September with former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar as its head. The committee has already started its work and the first meeting has also been held. However, it has been decided that the committee will seek more time to study the policy thoroughly, said chairman Parsekar. Speaking on the issue, Parsekar said “the academic year starts from June. If the committee submits its report in February, the government will get enough time to take further decisions”. He said 5 sub-committees have been formed and tasks have been allotted to these sub-committees. One sub-committee under the leadership of the IIT director will decide on the professional education syllabus. For the technical syllabus, a sub-committee under the leadership of the NIT director will work out a plan. “We will hold regular >Continued on P5 Over 200 Goans brave rains in Panaji to demand quick release of Fr Stan THE GOAN I NETWORK Will ensure better police presence, says DGP Meena NEW DELHI Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced a payment of cash in lieu of LTC and Rs 10,000 festival advance to government employees to stimulate consumer demand during the festival season and boost the economy. At a news conference, she said the government will give its employees income-tax-exempt cash vouchers in lieu of their entitled travel allowances this year. This cash will have to be spent on buying goods that attract 12 per cent or more GST -a condition which eliminates the possibility of the cash being spent on food items. Central public sector enterprises and banks will also follow the cue and give cash in place of leave travel concession (LTC) as travelling during the pandemic is near to impossible. Additionally, the Parish priest of Our Lady of Merces Church, Colva, Fr Simpliciano Fernandes carries the miraculous statue of Menino Jesus during the traditional Fama at Colva on Monday. (Report and photos on page 2) Santosh Mirajkar Sleuths bust IPL betting racket at Taleigao THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In continuation with the crackdown on online IPL betting racket in the State, the Crime Branch of Goa Police raided a flat in Chamunda Residency, Taleigao and found four persons involved NGT: Goa to rope in senior counsel to argue its case THE GOAN I NETWORK He has since been taken to Mumbai where more than a dozen intellectuals, lawyers, academicians and others are languishing in jail in the dubious case related to the January 2018 riots in Maharashtra. The case is being investigated by the NIA and all the activists have been charged and arrested under the draconian UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act). Fr Swamy, based in Ranchi-Jharkand was arrested earlier last week and joins the dozen other intellectuals, civil and human rights activists who have also been incarcerated in the case. PANAJI The State government has decided to appoint a senior counsel to represent Goa before the National Green Tribunal in future litigations. The decision has been taken as the earlier unfavourable and difficult to implement orders came from NGT and advocates had failed to represent the State properly, Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral said. Many environment-related litigations have been pending before the National Green Tribunal. The litigations regarding Coastal Zone Management >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 in accepting IPL bets online. According to the primary investigation, the gang had so far taken bets close to Rs 50 lakhs in the current season. During this entire period they were operating from Goa. The accused persons include Ranjot Singh Chabra, Sunil Motwani, Kapil Tolan and Vinay Gangwani. All hail from Raipur, Chattisgarh. They were allegedly accepting bets from their clients in Chattisgarh over the phone. Several mobile phones have been seized. A laptop is also seized on which bets were entered in a software along with other gambling-related arti- cles all worth around Rs two lakh. Calangute Police has registered three such cases -- including the ones at Candolim and Baga -- during the ongoing IPL season which began on September 19 and is set to conclude on November 10. Govt censured over rollback of DDSSY for Covid treatment AAP SAYS RIFT BETWEEN SAWANT & HOME MINISTER EXPOSED THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Censuring Health Minister’s decision to roll back the inclusion of Covid treatment under the DDSSY scheme, the Aam Aadmi Party on Monday said it showed the government had no clarity and vision in tackling the pandemic. The party also said that the sudden decision exposes a rift between the chief minister and the health minister. “The decision to roll back the facility is a setback for Goans. It reflects the lack of coordination and deep di- The decision to roll back the facility is a setback for Goans... it shows the chief minister was unhappy with the notification and hence pushed for the rollback — Rahul Mhambre vide between Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Health Minister. It shows the chief minister was unhappy with the notification and hence pushed for the rollback. How can such an important notification be released without taking authorities into confidence?” asked Rahul Mhambre, interim convenor of AAP. The interim convenor of AAP was addressing the media in Mapusa. The AAP has been demanding Covid treatment in private hospitals to be brought under the DDSSY, a state-sponsored insurance scheme for residents of Goa. Mhambre said private hospitals were extorting money >Continued on P5
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