log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY OCTOBER 22, 2020 GOA Margao’s trash lies piled up in trucks for hours as Sonsodo has no place IN SHORT >> Police personnel at New Police Line Ground during National Police Commemoration Day, in New Delhi, on Wednesday. PTI PENDING DDSY AID RELEASED PANAJI: The state government on Wednesday released Rs 45.29 crore as one month’s pending assistance to the beneficiaries of Griha Aadhaar and Dayanand Social Security Scheme (DSSY) schemes. A press release issued by the Chief Minister’s office stated, “The beneficiaries of DSSY will receive their benefits for the month of June, while those of Griha Adhar will receive the benefits for the month of April.” Stormy weather likely in Goa for next 2 days MAPUSA: The weather bureau on Wednesday issued a ‘yellow alert’ predicting thunder showers with lightning at isolated areas in Goa for the next two days. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), rainfall activity will take place over a few places in Goa which will be accompanied with thunder and lightning. The IMD has said the rainfall activity is expected to continue up till October 23. >> See pg 3 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 126 2 GOA With political breakup, uncertainty over MLA’s projects in Sanguem 3 Navy hits out at adverse criticism over issue of NOCs >> See pg 3 WEATHER >> Max: 31.4 C Min: 24.6 C Humidity: 96% TIDES Low: 07.44 High: 02.09 19.55 13.09 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEWS Govt open to further stimulus to lift economy: Finance Minister 7 Grades I-VIII syllabi too slashed by 30 per cent BOARD OF STUDIES STOPS SHORT OF CURTAILING PORTION IN GRAMMAR OR LANGUAGE SKILLS THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Study content in all subjects for students of Classes I to VIII has been slashed by 30 per-cent for the purpose of examinations in the current academic year. The curtailment is only limited to the academic year 2020-21. The curtailment of the syllabus is only for the limited purpose of examination only. However, there is no curtailment of any portion of grammer and language skills in all language subjects at the upper primary level, states the circular. A communication from the State Council for Education, Reasearch and Training said the Board of Studies (BoS) it constituted in all the subjects LESSER THE BETTER 2 for the specific purpose of curtailing syllabi for these eight grades due to the prevailing Covid situation have accomplished their task. “The Board of Studies after (GBSHSE) had also slashed the curriculum of classes IX to XII after an elaborate exercise conducted by BoS of the various subjects Online teaching is currently in progress but is also facing impediments due to internet connectivity issues although students across the State are generally coping well 3 due deliberations and discussions with the members identified topic/portion in the syllabus of their concerned subjects for the 2020-21 year,” said the communique addressed to SKILLED HANDS 8 Diwali bonus for 30 lakh central govt employees AGENCIES NEW DELHI In good news for lakhs of central govt employees, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved productivity and non-productivity linked bonuses for the financial year 2019-2020. The financial assistance will help employees utilise this bonus money ahead of Diwali. As per the government, the money will directly be credited in their bank accounts. Over 30 lakh non-gazetted employees will benefit from the announcement. Total financial implication the decision will be Rs 3,737 crore, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday. He added the bonus will be given in a single instalment, through direct benefit transfer before Vijayadashami. There’s little clarity as to how much money will be credited in each bank account. The announcement marks the government’s resolve to boost spending as coronavirus dampens demand in the country. On October 12, as part of the second round of stimulus, the government had announced measures that by its estimate would give a demand boost of Rs 1 lakh crore. To boost consumer spending, the government announced a special tax exemption for Central government employees, who get Leave Travel Concessions (LTC) in a block of 4 years leave encashment of 10 days. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said employees are not in a position to avail of LTC in the current block of 2018-21 due to COVID-19, so the government in place of one LTC during 2018-21 was offering full payment on leave encashment and payment of fares (for air and rail travel). She also announced a special one-time festival advance of Rs 10,000 to all central government employees in the Earlier, the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBSHSE) had also slashed the curriculum of classes IX to XII after an elaborate exercise conducted by BoS of the various subjects. Students of two of these grades - - X and XII - - answer crucial and potentially career-defining public exams conducted by the Board at the end of the year. Curtailing syllabi was inevitable after commencement of the current academic year got delayed and physical classes are yet to commence due to the pandemic. Online teaching is currently in progress but is also facing impediments due to internet connectivity issues although students across the State are generally coping well. Coal storm at CM’s residence; cops pick up AAP workers “About 60 truckloads of onion arrived today in APMC market, of which about 20 truckloads were sent to Goa. We are feeling the scarcity as the few onion stocks are being purchased for Rs 60-80 a kilo,” Sambhaji Hongekar of Yogesh traders told The Goan. “With heavy rains in Mudhol, Bijapur and Bagalkote PANAJI The Opposition space in the 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly swelled by one to 10 on Thursday with Independent MLA of Sanguem Prasad Gaonkar breaking ranks. Gaonkar officially submitted a letter to the Governor saying he withdraws his support to the Pramod Sawant government. Gaonkar’s ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)led government had been under severe strain for over a year. He had resigned from his position as chairman of the Goa Forest Development Corporation in late 2018, when Goa was gripped by a governance paralysis of sorts during the illness of the Late Manohar Parrikar. It got worse when Sawant began promoting his Sanguem rival Subhash Phaldesai, who was appointed Entertainment Society of Goa vice-chairman. The trigger for Gaonkar formally withdrawing support to the government on Thursday, however, were allegations levelled against him by Sawant that he was only manipulating land ownership in the process of finalising the site for the Goa campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) when it was proposed to be located in his Sanguem >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 A potter paints earthen lamps at her home workshop, ahead of the Diwali festival, in Amritsar, on Wednesday. Diwali will be celebrated across the country on November 14. PTI Severe shortage: Onion tears may flow for 2 months in Goa BELAGAVI As heavy rains continue to lash onion growing regions in Maharashtra and North Karnataka region, onion supplies have been further hit and a further onion shortage to Goa is expected as a fewer number of trucks carrying onions have arrived in Belagavi. On Wednesday, one of the Pain-free Roger Federer expects to return to Oz Open in January heads of all government and aided schools by SCERT Director N G Honnekeri. Honnekeri also annexed the portions identified by the BoS for curtailment to his communique. However no portion in grammar or language skills in any of the languages has been curtailed. The slashing of the syllabi, however, is only for the limited purpose of examination for the current 2020-21 academic year, Honnekeri said, adding that it should “not be included” in the term-end examinations. The SCERT Director’s communique also said that teachers should “encourage” the students, as far as possible, to self-study the excluded portion. THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK SPORTS Gaonkar formally pulls out from Sawant-led govt 1 The slashing of the syllabi is limited for the current 202021 academic there is no curtailment of any portion of grammer and language skills in all language subjects at the upper primary level Earlier, the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Decline in Goa Covid deaths; toll now 557 PANAJI: The number of Covidrelated deaths recorded in Goa fell to two. Both the deaths were recorded at Goa Medical College and Hospital in Bambolim. With this, the total number of Covid-related deaths in Goa has risen to 557. An 87 year old man from Pomburpa who was suffering from atrial fibrillation and a 59 year-old man from Ambelim who was suffering from diabetes. Total cases have now touched 41,339 of which 3,099 are active cases while 37,683 have recovered. Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday two designated days of wholesale supply, about 60 truckloads of onion arrived APMC wholesale market, which is supposed to be the major day of supply of onion. According to farmers, the situation is grim as several tonnes of onion have been damaged while the future onion stocks are expected to reach market only after a couple of months. >Continued on P5 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Leaders of Aam Aadmi Party, who marched to the Chief Minister’s official residence at Altinho and were sitting in protest there against the proposed coal transportation in Goa, have been detained by Panaji Police for allegedly creating a ruckus and blocking the road. Visuals from the scene of protest, however, show that protestors were lined up against one side of the road with the police blocking the road later after detaining them. AAP convenor Rahul Mhambre and leader Venzy Viegas insisted on passing to the CM a bag full of coal and when CM Pramod Sawant refused to come out and meet the protestors, Mhambre stated, “Goans be warned. A CM who is refusing to take a packed bag of coal is soon going to pack tonnes of coal in our lungs.” All the volunteers, activists, members were later taken to Agassaim police station. Mhambre and others got into an arguement with the police when they were told that they need to take an appointment to meet the Chief Minister. Mhambare asked, “Did the Chief Minister take an appointment when he came to meet people seeking AAP workers protesting outside CM’s residence at Althino. Narayan Pissurlenkar votes?” AAP members, activists and volunteers shouted slogans at the venue for around half an hour. AAP volunteers had a small bag of coal to be handed over to the chief minister as a gift. Rahul Mhambare said, “If he (Sawant) is dumping coal on 15 lakh population of Goa, why isn’t he ready to get the feel of a pinch of it?”. The police stopped the convenor and activists from carrying the coal bag to the CM’s residence. Police agreed to hand over the memorandum to the chief minister. Mhambare further added, ‘Goa is for Goans. Not for Adanis’. Why Sawant is scares of this?” Sandesh Telekar said told the police that all people in- If CM cannot stand a pinch of coal, why is he forcing 15 lakh Goans to consume it? — Rahul Mhambare, AAP Convenor cluding the police would have to breath the air polluted by coal. “If chief minister Sawant is pushing for 150 million tonnes of coal which is going to be brought into Goa, then why he isn’t ready to get a feel of it?” The police stopped the convenor and activists from carrying the coal bag to the CM’s residence. Police agreed to hand over the memorandum to the chief minister. 49 days later, police trace NGT order puts Agonda, Galgibaga tourism on the edge THE TURTLE HURDLE bullet that killed jeweller Identification parade of the accused soon T THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO In a development that is expected to help the prosecution piece together crucial evidence in the Swapnil Walke murder case, the Crime Branch has finally managed to lay its hands on the bullet that had pierced the body of the young city jeweller when he was shot dead from point blank on September 2. While the post mortem examination report had showed a through-andthrough bullet wound, implying that the bullet fired at deceased Swapnil on his chest had come out, neither MARGAO: The Crime Branch will soon hold an Identification parade before a Special Judicial Magistrate as part of the investigations. Given that the Crime Branch has identified a couple of individuals, all members of the public, who had seen the accused making good their escape with a knife in their hand after committing the murder, the probe agency feels that identification of the accused by the witnesses will further strengthen the case in the court of law the Margao police nor the crime Branch sleuths could trace the bullet. In fact, it was suspected that the bullet must have fallen down when injured Swapnil was helped by members of the public to a local clinic. Crime Branch officials now claim that the bullet fired at Swapnil has been recovered from the jewellery shop during the investigations. >Continued on P5 CANACONA he National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) ruling to uphold the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority’s order to demolish tourism structures along the turtle nesting beaches has cast an uncertain future on tourism at the Agonda and Galgibaga beaches in Canacona. Agonda, which has been consistently rated as one of top beaches in the world, and the pristine shore of Galgibaga-Talpona, are the two turtle nesting beaches in Canacona, besides Mandrem and Morjim beaches in Pernem. The government had acquired about 1.52 lakh sq. mtrs of land for turtle conservation in Galgibaga-Talpona and A file photo of a turtle nesting site at Agonda beach. despite fencing some of the coast, tourism structures have mushroomed in the area. Similarly, much of Agonda’s coast is filled with tourism structures along the 3-km coastline. Incidentally, the forest department (wildlife) erects a temporary shed during every turtle nesting season, which functions as the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, to protect turtle nests. “On account of the prevailing rains, erection of turtle rehabilitation centres have been delayed at Agonda and Galgibaga,” said RFO (Turtle NGT upholds GCZMA order order to demolish tourism structures along the turtle nesting beaches The NGT has directed action against all such structures erected after February 19, 1991 in NDZ area People at Agonda had demanded demarcation of area only for turtle nesting sites and not entire beach coast Nesting) Anant Velip, recently appointed to look after the turtle nesting sites at Agonda and Galgibaga. Velip presently operates from the office of the DCF (wildlife) at Margao. Asked to clarify about the recent NGT order, Velip said, “there is no particular area which is demarcated as turtle nesting, but the entire beach is a turtle nesting beach as far as Agonda and Galgibaga-Talpona beaches are concerned.” “However, necessary action required will be taken by the department once the NGT order is officially received.” “The forest department presently ensures that no sun beds, lighting, litter, etc. are allowed within an area of the turtle nesting sites. There are no tourism structures on the sands of these beaches, but there are tourism activities like shacks and huts in private >Continued on P5
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