log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday FRIDAY OCTOBER 23, 2020 A Balinese man participates in the Hindu ritual of “Grebeg” at the Tegalalang village in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday. PTI Fake e-challan website: Police issues advisory PANAJI: The Goa Police has informed that they have received inputs regarding a fake website https:/ /echallanparivahan.in used to misguide common citizens and fraudulently collect online payment for fake traffic violation cases. The Police have informed that the site has a similar URL with the look and feel of a genuine site https:/ /echallan.parivahan.gov.in. The genuine site i.e https:/ /echallan.parivahan. gov.in is developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) e-Transport Project which facilitates online challan intimation and accepts e-payment on behalf of approximately 20 states. Goa Police has advised the general public to take note of the false website https:/ / echallanparivahan.in and not make any e-payment on this fake website. Protestors warn of larger Mopa protest PERNEM: Anti-Mopa airport protestors on Wednesday night threatened a larger protest if Mopa locals were not given job opportunities at the proposed airport. Several local leaders and protestors had gathered at the Pernem police station to express their support to Mopa Deputy Sarpanch Subodh Mahale, Siddhesh Mahale and Umesh Varak who were arrested on Wednesday, on the basis of a complaint by a construction company linked to the airport. >> See pg 3 CNS visits Goa naval area; reviews facilities VASCO: Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Karambir Singh visited Goa Naval Area on Wednesday and Thursday, where he reviewed aircraft maintenance facilities and amenities for personnel. According to a Navy press note, Admiral Singh was received on his arrival by the Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area and he also interacted with officers, sailors and civilian personnel of the Area. >> See pg 5 WEATHER >> Max: 30.00 C Min: 23.8 C Humidity: 97 % TIDES Low: 10:02 21:59 High: 04:12 15:04 PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 127 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 8 3 Sawant ekes out Govt allows graded relaxation consensus rate for in visa and travel restrictions ore transportation To the moon and beyond: What’s the point of all that exploration? IN SHORT >> 8 pages The Goan (Playstore) GOA 6 Uproar & allegations at MMC meet over nod for high-cost biomethanation plants GOA Bail litigations: Mapusa lawyer blows lid off nexus between cops & lawyers QUARANTINE, OTHER NORMS IN PLACE FOR THOSE WILLING TO VISIT, EXIT INDIA AGENCIES NEW DELHI The Central Government has decided to make a graded relaxation in visa and travel restrictions for more categories of foreign nationals and Indian nationals who are planning to enter or leave India. This comes as a relief for people who have been stranded in India and abroad. “The government has now decided to make a graded relaxation in visa and travel restrictions for more categories of foreign nationals and Indian nationals who wish to enter or leave India. Therefore, it has been decided to permit all OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) and PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) card holders and all other foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose, except on a Tourist Visa to enter by air or water routes through WHO ARE PERMITTED All OCI and PIO card holders and all other foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose Except on a Tourist Visa to enter by air or water routes through authorized airports and seaport immigration check posts 1 Government of India has also decided to restore with immediate effect all existing visas (except electronic visa, Tourist Visa and Medical Visa) authorized airports and seaport immigration check posts,” the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement. The statement also added Post-Covid clinic at Hospicio treating discharged patients 2 3 that flights operated under Vande Bharat Mission, Air Transport Bubble arrangements or by any non scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation will also be included in graded relaxation. However, people who are willing to travel must adhere If the validity of such visas has expired, fresh visas of appropriate categories can be obtained from Indian Mission and Posts concerned Foreign nationals intending to visit India for medical treatment can apply for a Medical Visa including for their medical attendants,” it said. to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare regarding quarantine and other COVID-19 health-related norms. The Government has also decided to restore with immediate effect all existing visas (except electronic visa, Tourist Visa, and Medical Visa). If the validity of such visas has expired, fresh visas of appropriate categories can be obtained from Indian Mission/Posts concerned. Foreign nationals who are intending to visit India for any medical treatment can now apply for a Medical Visa including for their medical attendants. This decision by the Central Government will now enable foreign nationals to come to India for various purposes such as business, conferences, employment, studies, research, medical purposes, etc. SPORTS Bajrang Punia ready for World C’ships despite lack of practice THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant eked out a ‘consensus’ between truck operators and mining company representatives on the ticklish issue of rates for transportation of iron ore from lease areas to landing points, in a meeting on Thursday. Representatives of mining companies, the North Goa and South Goa truck owners associations besides the Dharbandora Truck Owners Association participated in the discussions. PWD Minister Deepak Pauskar and Shiroda MLA Subhash Shirodlkar also attended. The rates finalized are Rs 14.50 per tonne for under 10-kilometer distance and Rs 14 per tonne for distances between 10 to 20 kilometers. Truck operators will be paid Rs 13.50 per tonne for distances above 20 kilometers. FINALISED RATES ` 14.50 Per tonne for under 10-kilometer distance `14 Per tonne for distances between 10 to 20 Kms `13.50 Per tonne for distances above 20 kilometers Meanwhile, the truck owners associations said these rates will be only for transportation of e-auction ore and from the existing dumps. Seven more die; THE COVID DANDIYA Goa’s Covid-19 death tally 564 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The spectre of high mortality continued to dog the State’s Covid response machinery as seven more deaths, including that of a 20-year old, were reported on Thursday. 247 348 More people have contracted the virus The post-COVID clinic that began functioning from the Hospicio building on Thursday. Santosh Mirajkar THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO A post-Covid clinic started functioning from Thursday at the Hospicio hospital, which will provide comprehensive treatment to recovered patients from South Goa district Covid hospital with mild to moderate infection and with comorbidities. Hospicio Medical Superintendent Dr Deepa Corriea Afonso said the Covid clinic is meant for patients who are long haulers and don’t make quick recoveries as they suffer from comorbid conditions such as diabetes, hypertension etc. Given this situation, these patients are required to be examined by physicians to ensure that they are the road to complete recovery. “The Covid clinic at Hospicio will operate every Thursday from 2.30 pm. This clinic will target patients, especially those discharged from the South Goa district hospital, with mild to moderate Covid with comorbid conditions. The aim is to give comprehensive treatment to the recovered patents,” she added. Dr Deepa said the clinic will provide a comprehensive package for the patients, with care by physicians, pulmonologist, physiotherapists, Ayush medical personnel and yoga therapist. “Those who require laboratory assistance will be provided with X-ray and >Continued on P5 bulletin Have recovered, says Thursday Four of these seven deaths were reported at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) while Margao’s ESI Hospital (2) and Hospicio (One) accounted for three others. Other than the 20-year-old, all the other six victims on Thursday were reported as being in their late 50s and sixties. Thus far, the pandemic has claimed 564 lives in Goa in one of the highest per-million population mortality rates among Indian States. Meanwhile, 247 more people contracted the virus and tested positive according to Thursday’s official bulletin issued by the health department. Also, 348 have recovered the bulletin said but as reported earlier by The Goan, the government’s daily testing rates have inexplicably lost steam dropping to 1,200 levels. Devotees wearing PPE kit perform ‘Dandiya’ at a community puja pandal, during Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata, on Thursday. Validity of MV papers extended upto Dec 31 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In accordance with the communication received from the Central Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the Goa transport department on Thursday issued an order extending the date for validity of fitness certificate, motor vehicle permit, driving licenses, vehicle registrations, and other documents till December 31, 2020. The order of the Directorate of Transport issued on October 22 reads, “All public are hereby informed that validity of fitness, permit (all types), licence, registration or any other concerned document(s) related with motor vehicles whose ex- tension of validity could or not likely be granted due to lockdown and which had expired since 1st of February, 2020 or would expire by December 31, 2020, are treated to be valid till 31 December, 2020.” The central government had earlier issued a communication taking into consideration the grim situation owing to the spread of Covid-19 infection and the need for the containment of the disease. With the closure of state transport offices during the lockdown, citizens across the state were facing difficulties to renew various documents related to the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989. Passenger detained Covid: $7 billion set aside to vaccinate Indians! for AI flight ruckus BJP slammed for promising free AGENCIES THE GOAN I NETWORK VASCO Dabolim airport police on Thursday detained a 30-yearold passenger from Delhi who travelled by a Goa-Delhi Air India flight for creating panic and chaos on board the flight. According to sources, the passenger claimed to be an official from the Indian Special Task Force and had boarded the plane to nab terrorists who were on board while the flight was mid air. There was panic and chaos during the flight, after he informed passengers of the presence of terrorists on board the flight. After the flight landed at Dabolim Airport at around 4.30 pm, the Air India staff alerted the CISF staff, who handed the There was panic and chaos during the flight, after he informed passengers of the presence of terrorists on board the flight. passenger over to Dabolim Airport police. A family member of the passenger told police that the passenger was mentally disturbed and has been undergoing treatment at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, New Delhi. The passenger was later medically examined at District hospital, Chicalim and was later admitted at Institute of Psychology and Human Behaviour, Bambolim after obtaining necessary orders from the magistrate,” said the source. NEW DELHI he Central government has set aside about $7 billion to vaccinate the world’s most populous country after China against the coronavirus, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration estimates an all-in cost of about $6-$7 per person in the nation of 1.3 billion, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. The money provisioned so far is for the current financial year ending March 31 and there will be no shortage of further funds for this purpose, they added. A Finance Ministry spokesman couldn’t immediately be reached when tried on his mobile, says Bloomberg report. “I doubt that the marginal Covid vaccines in poll manifesto T By one estimate, airlifting single-dose regimens to protect the world’s population would require space in about 8,000 cargo planes. The biggest challenge for India will be building up cold-chain logistics to distribute vaccines across India in a short period of time cost of a vaccine would be anything close to that number at the volumes that India will purchase. There’s one large buyer — India — and one large seller, PTI NEW DELHI: Opposition parties on Thursday slammed the BJP for promising free COVID-19 vaccines in its Bihar poll manifesto and demanded action by the Election Commission, while alleging that the ruling party was using the pandemic for political gains. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at the BJP, saying one has to refer to the state-wise election schedule to know when one will have access to the vaccine. The RJD, the Congress, Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party and the National Conference all raised questions on the BJP’s poll promise of free vaccine for Bihar, alleging that it is politicising the matter. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor tweeted a video of Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman, saying, “You give me vote, I will give you vaccine...What appalling cynicism! Will the EC rap her and her shameless Government on the knuckles?” >> See pg 7 potentially,” said Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, which has offices in Washington and New Delhi. “A lot will come down to negotiations and the government has a lot more power in these situations.” Adar Poonawalla, head of the Serum Institute of India Pvt, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines, has predicted the nation would need about 800 billion rupees to procure and inoculate people living everywhere from the Himalayas to the remote Andaman & Nicobar islands. Apart from buying the treatment, transporting them from manufacturing sites would be a massive undertaking, the report in Bloomberg states. Delivering a vaccine across India “will be a gigantic task,” Mahesh Devnani, an associate professor at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, said Wednesday on a webinar. “We need a prioritization plan, everyone cannot have it initially.” By one estimate, airlifting single-dose regimens to protect the world’s population would require space in about 8,000 cargo planes. The biggest challenge for India will be building up coldchain logistics to distribute vaccines across India in a short period of time, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the founder and chairman of Biocon Ltd., said at the Bloomberg India Economic Forum last week. “I do hope by the end of November that we are able to say we have a plan” and digital platforms to help roll out vaccines, she said. While a government-backed panel predicts that India is past the peak of infections and may contain the spread by February, the nation has taken a massive blow to economic growth and Modi has been reopening the economy. Starting this weekend, Indians will be celebrating several festivals that could lead to a sharp jump in daily virus infections.
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