log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY OCTOBER 15, 2020 GOA Maina farmers left distraught after loss of crop due to excess rainfall 2 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 119 GOA Kiran Kandolkar set to quit BJP, expected to join Goa Forward 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEWS Common man’s Diwali in your hands: SC to Centre on loans 7 State Cabinet okays OTS for power dues recovery `410 CRORE OUTSTANDING FOR RECOVERY BY ELECTRICITY DEPARTMENT Man set ablaze at Salvador do Mundo PORVORIM: In a shocking incident, a man was set ablaze at Torda in Salvador do Mundo on Wednesday afternoon. According to sources, Vilas Mather and 15 other residents of a building had filed a complaint with the Salvador do Mundo panchayat a fortnight ago, regarding an encroachment by the builder. Acting on the complaint, the Salvador do Mundo panchayat fixed an inspection of the encroachment on October 20. While Mather was returning from Saloi in his car on Wednesday afternoon, masked persons stopped his car. As Mather lowered the window, they poured petrol on him and set him ablaze, before fleeing from the scene. Mather, however, managed to get out of the car and started screaming for help. >Continued on P5 IN SHORT >> Mapusa: Porter held for murdering colleague MAPUSA: A 32-year-old porter was killed by another in a fit of anger in Mapusa on Wednesday noon, police informed. The accused, Pitambar Malik (35), a native of Odisha, was later arrested and lodged in police lockup. >> See pg 3 Heavy rains across Goa likely today PANAJI: Goa Met Department has predicted extremely heavy rainfall over Goa, Konkan and South Maharashtra on Thursday due to movement of deep depression. Thunder and Lightning is very likely with rain, IMD added. Chorus grows louder for Fr Stan’s release >> See pg 2 WEATHER >> Max: 28.3 C Min: 24.7 C Humidity: 97% TIDES Low: 03:07 High: 09:37 15:42 22:07 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI A One Time Settlement Scheme (OTS) for domestic as well as commercial consumers to clear arrears of electricity bills was on Wednesday approved by the State cabine. The OTS includes full or part waiver of the Delay Payment Charges (DPC) but envisages full payment of principle energy charges. Power Minister Nilesh Cabral said depending on the number of installments opted the percentage of delayed payment charges waiver will vary. An aggregate 413 crore bills accounting for nearly Rs 410 crore are outstanding for recovery by the Electricity department. The implementation of the entire one time settlement will Another tourism master plan, policy approved POWER PLAY Full or part waiver of the Delay Payment Charges (DPC) but envisages full payment of principle energy charges Depending on the number of installments opted the percentage of delayed payment charges waiver will vary An aggregate 413 crore bills accounting for nearly Rs 410 crore are outstanding for recovery by the Electricity department be done online with payments made through the electricity department website without any physical visit to offices, Cabral said. Power Minister Cabral said that bills need to be cleared within one month to avoid disconnection. On payment of full amount, no delayed payment charges will be levied ie 100% DPC will be waived off and if a consumer wants to go for payment on >Continued on P5 Quarry pit deaths: `16 lakh each for families of students PANAJI: Staying true to its predeliction for plans and roadmaps prepared by top-notch white-collar consultants and firms, the Goa government on Wednesday approved yet another ‘masterplan’ and policy for the economically crucial tourism sector. Deputy Chief Minister Manohar (Babu) Ajgaonkar said, a ‘Tourism Board’ will be the nucleus of the sector in the new masterplan. “It will be responsible for strategizing the promotion of Goa globally,” Ajgaonkar, who holds the tourism portfolio said. >Continued on P5 MS Dhoni slammed for ‘bullying’ umpire into changing his mind 8 DDSSY not needed for Covid, govt has facilities, says CM THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday confirmed that the notification issued by the state government including Covid-19 treatment under the Deen Dayal Swashtya Seva Yojana will be withdrawn. Agreeing with the Health Minister, the Chief Minister insisted that inclusion of Covid treatment under the DDSSY umbrella was not necessary as the government has already created the required and efficient infrastructure. Reiterating the words of Health Minister Rane, Sawant asserted that there was ‘no need’ for citizens to make a dash to the private hospitals for treatment unless they were in need of advanced facilities which were unavailable at the government-run hospitals. Interestingly, CM Sawant sought to explain the publication of the notification in the official gazette by stating that the plan was chalked out in the month of March when Goa Covid update: Five deaths including a 1-year-old child PANAJI: The state’s Health Department on Wednesday recorded five Covid-related deaths including that of a one year old boy from Ponda. The mortality bulletin states that the child passed away at Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim after suffering a septic shock. He was suffering from chronic kidney disease with bilateral dysplastic kidney disease and was brought to GMC with urosepsis. Covid-19 infection was an incidental >Continued on P5 was scrambling to set up reliable Covid care infrastructure. He reasoned that the same was not applicable anymore with the state’s Health Department having set up state-ofthe-art facilities at four locations to treat Covid-19 patient sin the state. HYDERABAD FLOOD FURY NGT ORDERS RECOVERY OF MONEY FROM QUARRY OPERATORS THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Goa government (Department of Mines) to compensate Rs 16 lakh each to the families of four young students who lost their lives after they drowned in a quarry pit. The Tribunal ordered the Mines department to recover the monies from those operating the illegal quarries. In an incident in September last year four 14-year old students who had gone for a swim in the quarries perished leading to an uproar over the open pit quarries that fill with water during the monsoons. “It is a negligent Act on the part of the polluter or the persons who were involved in illegal mining for commercial purposes and due to negligence of those persons the four students of bright career succumbed to injuries and thus their family members are entitled for reasonable compensation. This can never be said to be an inevitable accident or Act of God,” the NGT said. “The law imposes an obligation and duty on a person to take proper care so that the others may not be victims of their act,” the tribunal said. “The four students suc- FLASHBACK In September last year, four students drowned to death in the quarry that was filled with rainwater The four were part of a group of 40 boarders from a hostel who were taken for a trek at Tuem THE TRIBUNAL ORDER The four students succumbed to injuries due to falling in the pit left uncared for The family members of the deceased are entitled for the payment of compensation of Rs 16-lakh each State of Goa may recover the amount from the polluters on the principles of Polluters Pay cumbed to injuries due to falling in the pit left uncared for thus the family members of the deceased are entitled for the payment of compensation of Rs 16-lakh each with interest at the rate of 6% per annum from the date of the order. The State of Goa (Department of Mines) is directed to pay the amount of compensation to family members of the deceased,” the Tribunal bench of Justice Sheo Kumar Singh and Satyawan Singh Garbyal said. “State of Goa may recover the amount from the pollut- ers on the principles of Polluters Pay. Any amount paid to the family member of the deceased may be deducted from the above amount. The State may recover the total amount from the polluter according to law,” the NGT ruled. The NGT using a precedent set by an earlier court to calculate the compensation due to a road accident victim, set the amount at Rs 16-lakh per victim. “We have taken Rs 400 and at the rate of minimum 20 days >Continued on P5 Floodwater gushes through a street following heavy rains, at Falaknuma, in Hyderabad, on Wednesday. PTI AGENCIES At least 15 people died while many others left injured in Hyderabad following the incessant rains that lashed various parts of Andhra Pradesh. The unabating rainfall led to waterlogging on roads and highways and inundation of some low-lying areas across the capital city. The deaths have been reported since Tuesday night following the heavy down- THE GOAN I NETWORK Mining truckers running out of patience: Gauns V GMPF President Puti Gaonkar addressing a press conference in Ponda in the presence of Ramesh Subaru, Vinayak Gawas and Sandesh Gawas. the mining closure for nearly 30 months. The GMPF said all mining activities in the State were abruptly ceased on March 15, 2018 following the Supreme Court’s decision to quash renewal of 88 mining leases and since then, there have been umpteen promises to the people by State and the Central governments to get a sustainable solution but with no concrete action seen to resolve the stalemate. Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election campaign had acknowl- pour which resulted in wall and house collapse incidents in different parts of the city. The authorities have declared a holiday on Wednesday and Thursday and have advised the people to remain indoor as more rains are likely in the state. Three members of a family, including a child, died in a house collapse in Gaganpahad area of Shamshabad on Wednesday morning, police said. Ten people, including a toddler, died in two wall col- PM assures all help NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday after the two southern states were hit by heavy rains and assured them of all possible support and assistance from the Centre in the rescue-and-relief work. lapse incidents in Chandrayangutta police station limits. In another incident, a 40-yearold woman and her daughter died after the roof of their house fell on them atIbrahimpatnam area here after a downpour on Tuesday night. Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who was also present at the spot in Chandrayangutta, and also tweeted pictures and wrote, “I was at a spot inspection in Mohammedia Hills, Bandlaguda where a private boundary wall fell.” Only 16.9% taste success at GPSC exam for 208 posts NONE QUALIFY FOR 48 OTHER POSITIONS IN RECRUITMENT TEST PONDA: Stating that mining truckers are running out of patience after running into losses in an attempt to remain in the business, Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) Vice President and president of Dharbandora Truck Owners Association Vinayak (Balaji) Gauns said it is high time the government seriously takes up the matter to restart mining in the State. >Continued on P5 edged the severe impacts due to stoppage of mining and had assured the required intervention for immediate resumption of mining in Goa, the GMPF said no decisive actions have been initiated by the Central government. If mining in Goa is not re- PTI FLOODS DEVASTATE HYDERABAD, TELANGANA GMPF voices frustration over mining promises PONDA oicing frustration over “umpteen promises” to the people by State and the central governments for a sustainable solution to resolve the mining issue in the State, the Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) said it indicated a lack of political will by both governments to arrive at a firm decision on the resumption of mining activity. Addressing a news conference in Ponda on Wednesday, the GMPF, which has been at the forefront of an ongoing fight to protect livelihood of 3 lakh Goans in the State, said the woes have continued to increase as the State government had been unable to get a required solution to He said a drug-free Goa will be promoted to attract highend quality tourists. In a related decision, the cabinet which met on Wenesday, approved halving the licence fees for beach shacks this season due to the pandemic triggered economic disruption which has hit the travel and hospitality sector hard. The new Goa tourism policy also proposes an onslaught on narco-tourism, something a corrupt system has been grappling with since tourism formally began by accident SPORTS sumed for this coming season, the GMPF warned there would be serious problems faced by mining dependents. “Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had told us every time that mining would start >Continued on P5 THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO A bare 16.9 per cent of the total candidates have managed to clear the Goa Public Service Commission’s Computer based Recruitment Test (CBRT) for 208 posts in various government departments. Officials informed that no candidate has qualified at the CBRT for a total of 48 positions. These positions being Geologist (mines), Assistant Agricultural Officer, Assistant Director Social Welfare, Assistant Director Education, Assistant Professors in Geogra- 1 GPSC received around 1,667 applications for the 208 positions, which were held at the Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda Only 1075 candidates appeared for the exams and 182 were declared qualified to appear for the interview 2 phy, Marathi, Hindi, Botany, Mathematics, Physics, Fine Art etc. Though only 16.9 per cent of the candidates have cleared the CBRT test, officials, however, said there’s been a marked improvement in the performance of candidates who attempted this CBRT conducted by the GSPC compared to the previous tests. As it turned out, the GPSC has received around 1,667 applications for the 208 positions, which were held at the Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda from October 9 to 11. However, only 1075 candidates appeared for the exams >Continued on P5
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