log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21, 2020 Bihar candidate rides buffalo to file nomination Worker found dead in factory at Cuncolim MARGAO: Cuncolim Industrial Estate was back in the news once again as a young worker from Madhya Pradesh died in Global Ispat unit on Tuesday noon. The deceased Yogesh Rajkumar Sharma (35) was found dead in the factory around noon after he was trapped in the machinery undergoing maintenance. Salcete Mamlatdar Prataprao Gaonkar who rushed to Global Ispat with his talathi, later said that theworker was found dead with severe >> See pg 2 injures. IN SHORT >> 42,000 animals died in mishaps: Survey PANAJI: A little over 42,000 animals were killed in road accidents last year, a survey conducted by the study and awareness of wildlife and environment has revealed. Shree Charan Desai, founder member of Goa-based Study and Awareness of Wildlife and Environment (SAWE) revealed these figures in a recently held online webinar. The webinar was conducted on the occasion of wildlife >> See pg 3 week. Lockdown over, Covid not: PM NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in the festive season, the nation must not forget that while the lockdown is over, the coronavirus is not. “This is not the time to be careless. This is not the time to think that corona is gone and the danger is over,” PM Modi >> See pg 5 said. 31% candidates in Bihar have ‘cases’ BIHAR: Over 30 per cent of 1,064 candidates in the first phase of the Bihar Assembly election have declared criminal cases against themselves, according to a report by poll rights group Association for Democratic Reforms. Serious criminal cases are non-bailable offences with over five years of imprisonment. US hikes visa processing fee WASHINGTON: US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased the premium processing fee for nonimmigrant visa applicants in another attempt by the Donald Trump administration to promote local hires. The move may result in a shortterm cost impact for IT Indian companies, according to experts, despite the firms ramping up their local hiring. 4 terrorists killed in encounters SRINAGAR: Four terrorists were killed in two separate encounters with security forces in Shopian and Pulwama districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, taking the death toll of the ultras in the two operation to five, the Army said. Security forces later launched a cordon and search operation at Melhura in Zainapora area of Shopian. Quake off Alaska triggers tsunami LOS ANGELES: A major 7.5-magnitude quake off the coast of Alaska triggered small tsunami waves, US agencies said, but there were no reports of casualties. WEATHER >> Max: 31.4 C Min: 24.6 C Humidity: 96% TIDES Low: 07.44 High: 02.09 19.55 13.09 The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 125 GOA 6 Screening test for junior scale officers to be held in November 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA Mock Tsunami alert causes panic amongst citizens 3 Demolish all structures near turtle nesting sites: NGT UPHOLDS GCZMA ORDER BARS LIGHTING, LITTER NEAR NESTING BEACHES THE GOAN I NETWORK NGT ORDER: IN BLACK & WHITE PANAJI The National Green Tribunal has dismissed an appeal filed against an order of the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority which had ordered the demolition of tourism structures including Cafes and restaurants along the Morjim beach. The NGT in its order has asked that besides the demolition of violating structures there should be no artificial lighting or litter along the turtle nesting beaches. “Goa is fortunate to have some of the beaches which are preferred by sea turtles particularly Olive Ridley turtles for laying their eggs, therefore, every effort is required to be made by the concerned authorities to keep such beaches undisturbed and in pristine Goa is fortunate to have some of the beaches which are preferred by sea turtles particularly Olive Ridley turtles for laying their eggs Every effort should be made by concerned authorities to keep such beaches undisturbed and in pristine condition There should not be any structures, whether temporary or permanent No food articles or litter to be allowed to be thrown on these beaches Artificial lights disturb the turtles since they are extremely sensitive as they are guided by natural light and moon light There should not be any interference condition,” the NGT bench of Justice Sheo Kumar Singh and Satyawan Singh Garbyal, said. during the hatching process and a distance should be maintained Sheds, sunbeds etc., which are there in these beaches must be removed before the turtle nesting season begins Authorities may also keep these areas fenced to keep the beaches pristine and undisturbed during turtle nesting season “There should not be any structures, whether temporary or permanent, to be erected in such beaches and no ar- tificial lighting or food articles or litter to be allowed to be thrown in these beaches. Artificial lights disturb the tur- tles since they are extremely sensitive as they are guided by natural light and moon lights. And there should not be any litter on the beaches which would attract unwanted predators,” the NGT said. “There should not be any interference during the hatching process and a distance should be maintained, [since] if disturbed the turtles withdraw from nesting. We, therefore, direct that the sheds, sunbeds etc., which are there in these beaches are removed before the turtle nesting season begins. The authorities may also keep these areas fenced to keep the beaches pristine and undisturbed during turtle nesting season which starts in November -December and continues upto March-April,” the NGT said. >Continued on P5 SPORTS Sindhu denies rift with family, says no problem with coach 8 3-month-old boy is youngest Covid victim, 5 more die THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In what could be termed as the loss of the youngest Covid-19 patient in Goa, a three month-old infant from Guirim passed away due to Covid-19 in Goa on Monday. The baby is among the six people whose demise was recorded by the Health Department in its mortality bulletin on Tuesday. With this, the Covid death toll of the state stands at 555. Shockingly, the baby boy, who was aged two months and 25 days, did not suffer from any prior co-morbid conditions. Paediatric inflammatory multi-system disease and Covid-19 were the antecedent causes while the immediate causes were myocardial dysfunction and cardiogenic shock. The child was admitted at Goa Medical College and Hospital in Bambolim on October 14. COVID STATS Total of 285 persons test positive for the infection in last 24 hours Positivity rate dropped yet again to 18.97 per cent owing to the rise in testing Health Department tested 1,502 samples on Tuesday, a marked rise from Monday Presently, total confirmed cases stand at 41,031 The other deceased persons include a 79 year-old man from Aquem, a 76 year-old woman from Quepem, a 70 year-old man from Vagator, a 72 year-old woman from Mapusa and an 82 year-old woman from Sao Jose De Areal. >Continued on P5 White paper on power consumption released MOLLEM PROJECT WILL BENEFIT EVERYONE: CABRAL THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In a bid to clarify that the State’s Electricity Department does not cater primarily to the industrial units but to the domestic consumers, Power Minister Nilesh Cabral on Tuesday issued a white paper painting a clear picture of the growth of the electricity supply network in the State over the last decade. He insisted that it is a wrong notion that the Mollem power line is only for the benefit of the industry and claimed that only 1,000 of the total number of trees which have been identified will be felled from the root for this project. “15 lakh people want the 400 kv power line. If 10 to 20 people don’t want it, the project will not be stopped,” Cabral stated. The Power Minister sought to highlight that the rise in power consumption even at domestic consumer level has been astounding. For instance, the white paper unveiled by Cabral shows that in the financial year 2010-11, a total of 3,71,228 domestic consumers drew 10,00,555 kw of power while the num- Double-tracking not for coal transportation, says Cabral PANAJI: Cabral, who is also the minister for Environment and Climate Change voiced his support for the controversial double-tracking of the railway line through the Mollem Wildlife Sanctuary. “It is not for coal transport,” he claimed while assuring that Goa will not become a coal hub. Cabral sought to point out that his government was sensitive to the demands of the people and hence, it had rejected some projects under the Sagarmala projects in Goa. Cabral has promised that he will soon make public a detailed presentation on double tracking of the railway line and Sagarmala projects. ber of domestic consumers rose to 549385 by September 2020 who drew a whopping 18,00,894 kw of power. “It is a wrong notion that domestic consumers are not increasing in Goa but only the industrial units are rising. I have shown that every year, there is an increase of minimum four to five per cent. Presently, the power consumption from April till September this year has touched 18,22,961 kw. In fact, the fi- nancial year 2017-18 saw a sudden rise of 18 per cent in this category,” the Power Minister sought to explain. He further disclosed that the consumption of commercial consumers, a category that includes shops, offices and other small commercial establishments that draw low tension supply has risen from 270864 in 2010-11 to 4,35,465 kw till September 2020. >Continued on P5 A pick-up was one of the five vehicles engulfed in fire along the eastern bypass on Tuesday. (More photos on page 5) Santosh Mirajkar 5 vehicles set ablaze in Margao, 1 held THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Citizens and the police were left baffled on Tuesday as many as five vehicles were engulfed in fire along the Eastern bypass, between Munj Vihar and behind the Power House junction. It was only in the evening that the mystery was resolved after the Margao police arrested a resident of Sao Jose de Ar- Now, GoaMiles taxis to have anti-viral vehicle coating for passenger safety THE GOAN I NETWORK VASCO ith revival of tourism activity in the State, GoaMiles taxis will now be coated with Goa’s first anti-viral coating for passenger safety and with an aim to position Goa as a safe travel destination. Goa’s first Anti-Viral Coating station ‘Vaahan Kavach’ was launched by Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho in the presence of Airport Director Gagan Malik, GoaMiles MD and CEO Utkarsh Dabhade, GoaMiles Operations Director Parashar Pai Khot and other officials at the Dabolim airport. A demonstration of the nanotechnology coating was also displayed at the airport. Speaking to reporters, ‘SURPRISE CHECKS FOR GOAMILES DRIVERS ON SOPS’ >> See pg 3 W Panchayats Minister Mauvin Godinho, Airport Director Gagan Malik, GoaMiles MD and CEO Utkarsh Dabhade and Operations Director Parashar Pai Khot with others at the launch function of ‘Vaahan Kavach’ at Dabolim Airport. Vikram Nayak GoaMiles Operations Director Parashar Pai Khot said Anti-Viral Coating will be applied on all taxis operating under the GoaMiles App as part of the Vaahan Kavach programme. “The Anti-Viral Coating station will utilise nanotechnology coating for vehicles that protects against germs, bacteria, viruses and will give a true sense of Atithi Devo Bhava to passengers,” said Pai Khot. “Vahan Kavach 2020-21 is a GoaMiles Mission to provide the safest ride to every passenger. We have collaborated with a team of experts on surface cleaning and coating service with varied experience in the field of vehicle sanitisation with innovative and scientifically proven antimicrobial surface coating treatment to provide our driver-partner and passenger with a sterile experience.” >Continued on P5 eal in connection with the fire accidents. While a Winger and a mini bus were set afire near Munjvihar highway in the jurisdiction of Fatorda police station, the remaining three incidents along the eastern bypass were reported at the Margao police station. The police and the Margao fire brigade were on their toes on Tuesday noon as they received calls over vehicles being engulfed by fire. The Margao fire brigade was first called to extinguish fire to the Winger vehicle near Munjvihar highway. No sooner, the fire brigade returned to the fire station, it received a call that a mini-bus has caught fire. By the time, the fire brigade doused the fire of the minbus, the fire men received information that a Tempo Traveler was engulfed by raging flames. Within minutes a Tata pick-up van was found burning just meters away from the spot where the mini-bus was on fire. Even as the Margao and Fatorda police were groping in the dark over the cause of the incidents, a bus was set afire in the evening behind the Power House. Margao police station incharge, PI Sachin Narvekar >Continued on P5 AAP makes big strides in S Goa A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE FROM VARCA, BENAULIM, CAVELOSSIM, COLVA AND CARMONA JOIN PARTY THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In a big boost to the Aam Aadmi Party, a large number of people joined the party in South Goa on Tuesday. Aam Aadmi Party Goa Convenor Rahul Mhambare declared that AAP’s ground strength is increasing on the backdrop of the formal entry of several locals from Benaulim into the party. He said owing to the initiative taken by Venzi Veigas, several villagers from Varca, Benaulim, Cavelossim, Colva and Carmona joined the party at the function held at Benaulim. At a formal function held at Benaulim, Mhambare asserted that the people were AAP Goa Convenor Rahul Mhambare along with the newly inducted members in Benaulim on Tuesday. impressed by the work done by the party during the consecutive lockdown and the pandemic situation and this strengthened their faith in AAP. Welcoming the new members, Mhambare expressed hope that more people would soon join the Aam Aadmi Par- ty in the days to come. He further said the AAP volunteers were doing a great job in helping the people in the current pandemic and would continue to do so. He urged partymen to work hard to free Goa from corruption and abuse of power by the current government.
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