log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14, 2020 The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 118 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 8 3 SC grants time to transport extracted ore Covid reinfection casts doubt on virus immunity: Study GOA 6 Functioning of Margao and Aquem Comuinidades crippled GOA Bollywood star Manoj Bajpayee lauds Dabolim airport for safety measures SPORTS Football star Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for Covid-19 ALLOWS MOVEMENT OF ORE WITH NON-PAID ROYALTY, SAYS OPERATIONS CAN CONTINUE TILL JAN 31, 2021 THE GOAN I NETWORK IN SHORT >> 3 more fall prey to Covid in State PANAJI: Three more Covid-related deaths were recorded by the Health Department taking the death toll of the state to 514. While two deaths occurred at GMC, one was recorded at ESI Covid Hospital in Margao. Additionally, 408 more tested positive for the infection in the last 24 hours taking the total number of confirmed cases to 39,082. Union Minister Naqvi arrives today PANAJI: Union Minister for Minorities Affairs, Muktar Abbas Naqvi will be on a visit to Goa from October 14 to 16, 2020. Ladakh illegally set up by India: China NEW DELHI: After 44 new bridges near the borders were opened by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, China, in a sharp reaction, said it “does not recognize the Ladakh Union Territory illegally set up by India” and opposes infrastructure building in the region. Zhao Lijian, spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, also called border infrastructure development “the root cause for the tension. K’taka police book Kangana over tweets BANGALURU: A case has been registered against Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut in Karnataka over her tweet allegedly targeting farmers protesting against contentious central farm laws, the police said on Tuesday. The case was registered by the police in Tumakuru district on Monday based on the recent order of a local court. Andhra battered by heavy rain KAKINADA: The deep depression in Bay of Bengal that crossed the coast close to Kakinada in East Godavari district left a trail of devastation as it brought with it a massive downpour. WEATHER >> Max: 29.8 C Min: 23.9 C Humidity: 98% TIDES Low: 02.09 High: 08.47 15.01 21.04 PANAJI The Supreme Court of India has allowed those mining leaseholders who approached the court for relief, time until the end of January 2021 to transport ore that was already mined before March 15, 2018 but has given the Government of Goa the liberty to confiscate any ore that is left on site thereafter. Disposing of a bunch of petitions filed by a group of mining companies, the Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice of India S A Bobde along with A S Bopanna and A V Subramanian, however said that the court was proceeding on “good faith that all mining activities have been stopped on 15.03.2018 and that the mineral mined until then is what is sought to be removed now.” “The lessees are granted time up to end of January, 2021 for the removal of the minerals excavated/mined on or before 15.03.2018 subject to payment of royalties and other charges; The quantity of mineral to be removed by each of the lessees shall be determined by the concerned officials with reference to the records of the Government maintained at the relevant point of time,” the Supreme Court said. “If within the time stipulated above, the lessees could not remove the mineral, the Government shall invoke the power under Rule 12(1)(hh),” the Supreme Court said. The rule states that any ore left after leases have expired is deemed to become the property of the State Government and may be sold or disposed of in such manner as the State Government shall deem fit without liability to pay any compensation or to account to the lessee in respect thereof. The Supreme Court heard a bunch applications filed by the lessees of manganese/iron ore mines, seeking extension of time for the transportation of the mineral alleged to have been mined before 15.03.2018, as well as an application seek- Mhadei projects: K’taka to push for forest clearances THE GOAN I NETWORK BELAGAVI Battling the neighbouring States of Goa, Maharashtra and Telangana over the water sharing issues, the Karnataka government will ask the Centre to issue forest clearances which are causing obstacle in implementing the irrigation and drinking water projects. Karnataka Minister for Water Resources Ramesh Jarkiholi who held a high-level meeting in Bengaluru on Tuesday said he would lead a Karnataka delegation to New Delhi to urge the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to issue clearances to implement the irrigation and drinking water projects like Makedettu and Mhadei as per the order issued by the tribunals. Jarkiholi said the Karnataka delegation would also meet Union Jalashakti Minster Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to persuade him for clearances for Kalsa-Bhandura water diversion project. “We will be in New Delhi later this week in this regard seeking clearances for the water sharing projects being implemented by the state,” he said during the meeting that was attended by senior officials in presence of Karnataka’s Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh. Karnataka Minister for Water Resources Ramesh Jarkiholi said he would lead a delegation to New Delhi to get forest clearances to implement the irrigation and drinking water projects like Makedettu and Mhadei Meanwhile, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Coal Pralhad Joshi said the Mhadei Water Dispute Tribunal (MWDT) has already shared Mahadayi water between the stakeholders. “The contempt petition filed by Goa government against Karnataka in the Supreme Court with regard to Mhadei water diversion project would not make any difference, as the MWDT has already issued its final award with regard to sharing of water between Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra. A few days ago, Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi had objected to the Telangana government’s demand for a new KWDT and said the tribunal had already given its final award granting Karnataka, Maharashtra and erstwhile Andhra Pradesh their share of water. APEX COURT OBSERVATIONS Lessees are granted time up to end of January, 2021 for the removal of the minerals excavated/mined on or before 15.03.2018 subject to payment of royalties and other charges Quantity of mineral to be removed by each of the lessees shall be determined by the concerned officials with reference to the records of the government maintained at the relevant point of time If within the time stipulated above, the lessees cannot remove the mineral, the government shall invoke the power under Rule 12(1)(hh) and confiscate the ore left on site ing clarification of the earlier orders of the Supreme Court that was filed by the Goa Foundation, which was also a party in the case. The lessees argued before the court that the time WHAT THE RULE SAYS The rule states that any ore left after leases have expired is deemed to become the property of the State government and may be sold or disposed of in such manner as the State government shall deem fit without liability to pay any compensation or to account to the lessee in respect thereof granted by this Court to the lease holders, by the order dated 30.01.2020 expired on 30.07.2020 but that a lockdown was clamped on 24.03.2020 due to the pandemic. They also claimed de- lay on the part of the statutory authorities in issuing transit permits for the transportation of the royalty paid ore. Besides the leaseholders who had earlier approached the court for extension of time MARGAO he reasons could be varied. Covid testing has not only come down at the testing centres in recent days, it has neither shown any perceptible increase in the number of cases in and around Salcete. The situation has thrown up questions whether people prefer not to come out of their homes for Covid testing, as a result of which cases have not registered a major rise in Salcete, except in pockets of Margao and Fatorda. The district hospital, which once conducted Covid tests in hundreds, between 500-800 a day, around two months ago, is today witnessing reduced number of testing. In fact, T health officials pointed out that testing has come down to 200-250 on an average on any given day for the moment, indicating that the number of NEW DELHI India’s economic growth forecast was slashed further by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday, with the country now facing the biggest contraction of major emerging markets in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Gross domestic product (GDP) will shrink 10.3% in the fiscal year to March 2021, the Washington-based lender said in its World Economic Outlook, far worse than the 4.5% decline predicted in June. The 5.8 percentage-point downgrade was the biggest of the world’s main economies. In the group of emerging economies “revisions to the forecast are particularly large for India, where GDP contracted much more severely than expected in the second quarter,” the IMF said in its report. India’s lockdown at the end of March was the world’s largest, causing the economy to contract 23.9% in the June quarter from a year ago as businesses and jobs were devastated. Authorities have failed to get the pandemic under control since then, with the number of coronavirus cases exceeding 7 million, second only to the US. In China, where the virus originated, the recovery is strengthening, with the IMF predicting 1.9% growth this year. The statute of Our Lady of Fatima being taken in a procession at Raia on the occasion of the feast on Tuesday. Earlier, Parish Priest Fr Conceicao D’Silva, and the Assistant Priests, Fr Pedro D’Costa and Fr Heston Ferrao released the Rosary made of balloons to mark the commencement of the procession which passed through all the wards. DSSY dues of 4 months to be paid in Nov THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The government’s monthly financial aid under the Dayanand Samajik Suraksha Yojana (DSSY) which was held up for the last four months will now be credited into respective accounts of benefi- District hospital too has space Covid tests being carried out at South district hospital. (File photo) people opting for Covid testing has come down drastically. The situation at the Primary Health Centres is no better. Sources at the Balli Primary >Continued on P5 AGENCIES Over 30 beds vacant at ESI hospital MARGAO: Goa’s main Covid hospital, the ESI hospital, Margao, which had played host of hundreds of Covid patients over the last seven months ago, is experiencing a strange situation. Several beds are now vacant in the hospital, not just five or 10, but on an average around 30-35 beds have been lying empty, at least since the last three days. >> See pg 2 sumption, cannot be rejected outright. We must keep in mind the fact that we are now dealing with the miscellaneous applications in a disposed of matter. Therefore, a substantial question as to when the royalty is payable, cannot be decided at this stage. “The question whether royalty had already been paid or not assumed significance in the second round of litigation, in respect of the minerals excavated/mined on or before 15.03.2018 and removed to jetties. [The order] used the expression “royalty paid ore”, in the context of the mineral removed from the mines and brought to the jetties on or before 15.03.2018. Therefore, the first objection of Goa Foundation cannot be sustained. In any case the acceptance of the said objection would tantamount to reviewing the judgment dated 30.01.2020, without an application for review,” the Court said. IMF slashes India MOTHER DEAREST! forecast, says economy to face worst contraction ciaries next month. Disclosing this, Social Welfare Department Director Umesh Joshi said the monthly aid could not be credited into the accounts of beneficiaries due to the Covid pandemic. “The full amount of the four months -- June to September – will be now be credited in Salcete sees sharp decline in number of Covid cases, tests THE GOAN I NETWORK another mining leaseholder also approached the Supreme Court contending that the benefit of extension of time should be granted also to them, but his application was rejected. “Even if he had benefited by the judgment dated 30.01.2020, by virtue of the policy of the State dated 21.03.2018, which we upheld, the applicant cannot now seek the benefit of extension. Therefore, the application for intervention is dismissed,” the Supreme Court said. The Goa Foundation had also sought clarification of the earlier orders claiming that the orders should only apply to that ore for which royalty was already paid. “The ore on which royalty had not already been paid, can never be removed,” the Goa Foundation had said. However the Supreme Court said that it would amount of a review of the earlier order. “The contention of the lessees that royalty is payable at the time of removal or con- Health centre, which once witnessed queues of people for testing, when Covid was at its peak around 2-3 months ago, has seen a drastic fall in MARGAO: Attribute it to people opting for home quarantine or otherwise, beds are lying vacant at the South Goa district hospital, which was commissioned as a Covid hospital less than a month ago. The number of patients with mild or moderate Covid symptoms housed at the 150-bedded South district hospital was put at 107 on >> See pg 2 Tuesday. Covid testing. If officials are to be believed, the number of people coming for testing has come down. This had a direct bearing on the number of Covid positive cases reported at the Health centre, which has a huge jurisdiction, including the Cuncolim Industrial Estate, which had played host to a number of Covid cases. In fact, a glance at the statistics of the last three days shows that the number of cases were hovering around 62-71 for the moment. Curtorim Primary Health Centre, which has jurisdiction over a couple of villages, including Curtorim and Davorlim, which were affected by Covid, also witnesses a similar situation. Cases are presently hovering around 69-76 case, indicating that positive cases have even come to a single digit figure on a given day. >Continued on P5 November”, Joshi said. Stating that the sanctioning process of the bills had been hampered due to the Covid pandemic, he said the Accounts Department has now started work and is expected to end this month. “After the bills are sanctioned, the amount will be credited to the respective beneficiaries. The full process is likely to be completed by November”, informed Joshi. The government gives a monthly financial aid of Rs 2,000 to senior citizens, widows, disabled people and >Continued on P5 Another IPL betting racket busted, 4 held THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA In yet another raid on the ongoing IPL cricket matches gambling operation, Calangute Police apprehended four persons from Andhra Pradesh on charges of running the cricket betting racket from a hotel in Candolim. Police have seized cash of Rs 15,785, 32 mobile phones and two laptops, all amounting to Rs 5 lakh in the raid conducted late Monday night. Incidentally, this is the fourth IPL betting case registered at Calangute police station within a month. The accused have been identified as Adduri Naga Raju (42), Irrinki Venkata Ganesh (20), Pithani Kishore Kumar (41) and Rudra Suryanarayan Raju (39), all from Andhra Pradesh. Acting on specific information, a Calangute police team conducted a raid in a room at a hotel in Candolim, where the four persons were found betting on an IPL match. The accused were involved in IPL betting during the Kolkata and Bengaluru match. The police team that conducted the raid was led by PI Nolasco Raposo along with PSI Sushant Sangodkar, Head Constable Vinod Naik and Police Constable Vinay Shrivastav. LPSI Sapna Gawas is investigating further.
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