log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday FRIDAY OCTOBER 16, 2020 8 pages The Goan (Playstore) PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 120 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 8 7 Govt grants all clear for theatres Docs bear brunt at GMC, Dr Edwin to open, drags feet on schools still left in the cold Covid-19: What’s your blood type? GOA 6 THE GOAN I NETWORK Man set ablaze at Torda dies PORVORIM: In an incident which has sparked outrage, a man from Salvador do Mundo who was set ablaze at Torda on Wednesday afternoon died of injuries at the Goa Medical College Hospital at Bambolim on Thursday morning. Porvorim police has registered a case of murder against two unknown persons. According to reports, Vilas Mather was returning from Saloi after closing his shop in the panchayat building, when two masked persons on a motorcycle stopped his car at Torda. As Mather lowered the window of his car, they poured petrol on him and set him ablaze, before fleeing from the scene. >> See pg 3 IN SHORT >> Navelim Zilla p’yat poll countermanded MARGAO: Navelim created a history of sorts as elections for the Navelim Zilla Panchayat seat has been countermanded for the second time in the last two decades following the death of Congress candidate Jose Santa Rita Coelho. >> See pg 2 Rajdhani, Shatabdi to chug from Nov NEW DELHI: Amid the rising cases of coronavirus COVID-19 across the country, the Indian Railways is slowly but steadily getting back on track. All the Express trains -- Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Tejas and Humsafar will be back on railway track by November. India’s first Oscar winner Athaiya dead MUMBAI: Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, India’s first Oscar winner, died after prolonged illness, her daughter said. She was 91. Athaiya, who won an Oscar for her work in 1983 film Gandhi, passed away peacefully in her sleep. WEATHER >> Max: 28.3 C Min: 22.8 C Humidity: 93% TIDES LOW: 03:54 16:20 HIGH: 10:01 22:48 PANAJI The State government moved swiftly and cleared the decks for movie theatre and multiplex owners to resume operations but remained undecided on the question of allowing schools hold physical classes. On Thursday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said, all movie theatres and multiplexes have been asked to begin working but to strictly follow the SOPs for them in the ‘Unlock 5.0’ guidelines of the MHA. “It is now up to the individual managements of the theaters to take the call on their dates for re-starting operations,” Sawant said. For schools, however, which were also permitted to open from October 15 (yesterday), Sawant was not forthright and gave no indication after having been optimistic for weeks on NEW DELHI While transmission of the novel coronavirus as small aerosol particles is more significant in summer, direct contact with respiratory droplets may be more pronounced in the winter months, according to a new research. The modelling study, published in the journal Nano Letters, also noted that the currently followed physical distancing guidelines are inadequate in curbing the transmission of Covid-19. “We found that in most situations, respiratory droplets travel longer distances than the 6-foot social distance recommended by the CDC,” said Yanying Zhu, a co-author of WHAT’S ON... Apart from allowing opening of cinemas, theatres, multiplexes with upto 50% of their seating capacity, the government issued an order permitting use of swimming pools for training purpose. Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions and other congregations have also been permitted. recommencing classes. “Consultations have started with stakeholders for recommencing physical classes in schools. They will give me reports soon,” is all the Chief Minister proffered. Apart from allowing opening of cinemas, theatres, multiplexes with upto 50% >Continued on P5 With no money to repair mobile, SSC student ends life THE GOAN I NETWORK VALPOI In a tragic incident, an SSC student from Pal-Sattari is believed to have ended his life at his house on Thursday after his family did not have the money to urgently repair his mobile phone. According to reports, the student was studying in Std X at the Government Secondary School in Thane-Sattari. The school has been conducting online classes on account of the Covid pandemic. About two days ago, his phone went out of order and he asked his father for money to repair the phone. His father, was a driver on a private passenger bus, but has been at home as the bus is presently out of operation due to the Covid pandemic. His grandmother was a beneficiary of the Dayanand Social Security Scheme, while his mother was a beneficiary of the Griha Aadhar scheme. However, sources said the government had not deposited the amounts from the schemes into their bank accounts and the family was badly in need of funds for sustenance. Despite the acute financial constraints, the father is ‘Covid may spread via respiratory droplets’ PTI As term comes to an end, MMC has task at hand to decide on Sonsodo the study from the University of California Santa Barbara in the US. In indoor environments such as walk-in refrigerators and coolers, where temperatures are low and humidity is high to keep fresh meat and produce from losing water in storage, the scientists said this effect is increased with the droplets transmitting to distances of up to 6 metres (19.7 feet) before falling to the ground. They said in such environments, the virus is particularly persistent, remaining “infectious from several minutes to longer than a day in various environments.” “This is maybe an >Continued on P5 THE TRAGIC INCIDENT THAT WAS... Boy’s phone goes out of order; asks father money to repair it His father, a driver on a pvt bus is presently at home Boy’s grandmother is a DSSS beneficiary & mother beneficiary of Griha Aadhar scheme Family struggling as money in these schemes was not deposited Boy’s father promised the money in two days Frustrated, boy ends life SPORTS NEWS Delhi Capitals pacer Nortje bowls fastest ball in IPL history Beijing has no locus standi to comment on India matters: MEA CM paints ‘all is well’ picture, says Covid curve flattening Claims hotels @ 80 per cent occupancy THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Even as Goa continued to grapple with the Covid pandemic numbers, including a high mortality rate, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant sought to paint a ‘all is well’ picture on Thursday with a claim that hotels are running at 80% occupancy and the Covid curve was flattening. Sawant also held a meeting with several industry captains to discuss and find resolution to many issues related to the disruptive climate in the sector due to the pandemic. Industry bodies had recently been critical of the government’s indifferent response to the situation unfolding in the industrial sector due to the pandemic. The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) for instance had been scathing in its criticism of the government and its lack of initiative to sort out the administrative bottlenecks. Meanwhile interacting with the media, Sawant said, almost 80 per cent of the hotels in the State were occupied. Sawant said many issues were discussed with the industry representatives including some related to facilities at the industrial estates of the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC). The chief minister however did not go into the specifics but a member of GCCI who was part of the deliberations said the government needs to get done “a lot of things.” As for the tourism charter flights, Sawant said the ball is in the Centre’s court and >Continued on P5 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Even as efforts to arrest the mortality rate from Covid haven’t as yet yielded desirable results, the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) at Bambolim is running short of clinical hands. Strangely, given the overwhelming task at hand, the decision of the premier health institution’s authorities to leave its medicine department’s head Dr Edwin Gomes assigned no duties is flummoxing. Not long ago Gomes was hailed as Goa’s frontline warrior Phantom after the first set of Covid-19 positive patients recovered under the care of the team led by him. He headed the team the set up the first Covid hospital at the ESI medical facility in Margao and worked there for 90 days on the trot before he took his first break. But he tested positive him- Six more fall prey to virus PANAJI: Six more people died in the 24-hour stretch between the evenings of Wednesday and Thursday raising the total dead in Goa during the ongoing pandemic to 525. Also, 332 more people were detected to have contracted the virus, the bulletin of the health department said, adding that 430 recovered in the same 24-hour period. self and also got into an unsavoury engagement with the authorities over leave sought. Meanwhile junior doctors are facing the brunt at the GMC&H as those seeking hospitalisation are crowding the >Continued on P5 Goa will suffer WATER-LOGGED! huge blow in SC: Karnataka THE GOAN I NETWORK BELAGAVI Karnataka Minister for Water Resources Ramesh Jarkiholi on Thursday said Goa would suffer a major blow for filing a false contempt petition against Karnataka in the Mhadei issue before the Supreme Court. Speaking to media persons at the Circuit House here during his visit to Belagavi late Thursday evening, Jarkiholi reiterated that Karnataka had never violated the orders of Mhadei Water Dispute Tribunal (MWDT). MHADEI reported to have told his son that he would provide some money to repair the phone in two days. He is believed to have been frustrated over the delay in getting the phone repaired and ended his life in their residence. The incident took place as the mother was washing clothes behind the house. He also said that his visit to New Delhi to persuade the Centre to issue necessary clearances has been postponed as Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi is in quarantine. “Our government never violated the orders of MWDT or the directives of Supreme Court in the Mhadei issue. The contention of the Goa government in its petition to the Supreme Court that Karnataka illegally demolished the retainer wall constructed at Kalsa near Kankumbi is far from the truth,” Jarkiholi said. “As the facts are clear, there is was no need for Goa >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 A woman walks on a road filled with water in St Inez on Thursday. The State witnessed increased rainfall activity in the last couple of days due to low pressure in the Bay of Bengal even as IMD said the withdrawal of monsoon is likely to be delayed. Narayan Pissurlenkar Goa, Pune Vodafone Idea network disrupted PTI MUMBAI Subscribers of Vodafone Idea in Maharashtra and Goa faced connectivity issues since Thursday morning as a key site in Pune got flooded. The company said one of its “key sites” in Pune’s Kalyani Nagar area got flooded because of the heavy showers resulting in the “partial disruption in services” for subscribers across the State. Unlike tower infrastructure, which serves subscribers in a local area, the site was serving people across the telecom circle which affected the subscribers in the State. “Heavy rain in Pune has resulted in flooding of some areas including one of our key sites in the city. Our technical team is working dedicatedly to fully restore the services soon,” the company said in a social media post. A lot of users took to social media to vent their frustration as the services snapped. Maharashtra, one of the most industrialised states, is a key telecom market and the disruption comes at a time when the competition is very intense in the telcos space where Vodafone Idea is ceding subscribers to its two rivals. Pune and other parts of Western Maharashtra have been experiencing a heavy downpour since Wednesday evening and some low lying areas of the city have also reported water logging. Har Ghar Jal in Goa? Porvorim taps still run dry THE GOAN I NETWORK PORVORIM espite excess rainfall this year, residents in several parts of Porvorim constituency have been hit by acute water shortage and despite repeated requests, the PWD has been unable to address the grievances of residents., While Porvorim constituency comprises the villages of Salvador do Mundo, Socorro and Penha-de-Franca, the western side of Porvorim plateau falls in Saligao constituency. There has been a sharp rise in construction activities, especially large residential complexes in the three villages in the last decade, while several government institutions and commercial establishments have established base in Por- PWD must avoid giving new connections to big complexes: MLA D Work on the water treatment plant has come to a standstill at Porvorim. Anil Shankhwalker vorim constituency. According to sources in the PWD (water supply), the present water requirement of Porvorim plateau is about 16 MLD but receives only 13 MLD of water. With huge residential complex of 500 flats coming up and other constructions either in progress or likely to be completed soon, many in Porvorim have been left wondering how the PWD intends to provide water supply to the hundreds of new residents, especially since the present water supply is unable to cater to the existing population. Considering the future requirements of Porvorim and surrounding areas, Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte had proposed a water treatment plant at Porvorim. Work on a 15 MLD water treatment plant began in June 2019 and was to have be completed within a year. “Work on this water treat- PORVORIM: Voicing dismay over the delay in completing the 15 MLD water treatment plant in Porvorim, Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte said he has recently written to PWD Minister Deepak Pauskar to direct the PWD not to release fresh water connections to new and large residential complexes and commercial establishments till water problem is resolved. “I wrote to Pauskar on October 12 highlighting the acute water crisis faced by some residents of Porvorim constituency. The water treatment plant would have been an ideal solution but work on this project is progressing at snail’s pace and it does not appear it will be commissioned anytime soon.” “I have requested that fresh water connections should not be released to new and ment plant has come to a standstill. A pumping station with four 300 HP pumps has large residential complexes and commercial establishments till the problem is resolved,” said Khaunte. Commenting on the recent issue of water supply to a slum at Halliwada from the overhead water tank at Abhinav Housing Complex, Khaunte said water was being supplied to Gopalnagar, Housing board and neighbouring areas. “Since these areas do not get adequate water supply, he had directed the PWD to keep on hold the release of water supply to Halliwada. Surprisingly, the local BJP unit made this a political issue and pressurised the PWD to release water supply to Halliwada.” “Now, residents of Gopalnagar, Housing Board and neighbouring areas are experiencing acute water shortage,” Khaunte added. been constructed near Hotel Green Park at Guirim and a separate pipeline to transport Tillari water from Guirim to the water reservoir at Porvorim was also laid,” said a source.
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