log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday MONDAY OCTOBER 26, 2020 IN SHORT >> Devotees immerse an idol of Goddess Durga on the final day of Durga Puja festival in Prayagraj, on Sunday. PTI Veteran BJP worker joins Goa Forward PANAJI: Former ZP member and a two-decade-old BJP heavy weight core worker Deepak Kalangutkar joined the Goa Forward Party on Sunday. Frustrated with present BJP internal politics Kalangutkar has annouced his resignation from the BJP primary membership on October 21. Kalangutkar has alleged that BJP has lost its track from its basic principle of serving common people. He said that BJP top leaders from Goa are not giving good treatment to its core workers. >> See pg 3 Achieved nothing from Kargil: Nawaz Sharif The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 130 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday Goa has a huge potential for blue economy, says Gadkari FOUNDATION STONE LAID FOR KONKAN MARITIME CLUSTER CFC AT VERNA INDUSTRIAL ESTATE THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Pitching for the need of new-design ships which can go 100 nautical miles in the sea for fishing, Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said the government at the Centre was concentrating on making the blue economy worth at least Rs 5-6 lakh crore. The Union Minister was speaking after virtualy unveiling a plaque for foundation stone laying of construction for Common Facility Centre (CFC) for Konkan Maritime SAWANT’S TAKE ON COAL AND ‘WRONG MINDSETS’ Goa has 11 rivers and one major and one minor port but optimum utilisation of this water ways and ports is very minimum There is a wrong mindset among many that Goan ports are only for coal business which needs to be changed The State government is not creating infrastructural projects for the coal industry. There is no need for agitation Development of ports and other infrastructure is for the use of different type of industries imports and exports Cluster at Verna Industrial Estate. Gadkari said there is a huge potential for the blue economy and it needs news ships, technology and engines. He informed that the government is conitinously working to use methanol or LNG as fuel in ships and other water transport for pollution-free as well as cost effective mode of transport. “We should practice successful international practices, adapt to new technology and innovations. Goa has an advantage to become a manufacturing hub of international Max: 31.5 C Min: 24.3 C Humidity: 90% TIDES Low: 00:48 High: 07:59 14:16 20:11 >Continued on P5 AGENCIES MUMBAI The Chief Minister versus Governor row in Maharashtra continued on the day of Dussehra on Sunday, as Uddhav Thackeray hit back at Bhagat Singh Koshyari who has the additional charge as Governor of Goa too, in his Vijayadashami address, advising him to follow the speech of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Holding up the RSS chief’s definition of Hindutva as an yardstick, he also issued a warning – “If anyone wants to challenge us, do it at your risk”. “We are being asked questions on Hindutva because we have not opened temples yet,” Thackeray said without naming the Governor. “You are talking about our Hindutva. So in Maharashtra, you are putting a ban on beef, but in Goa you are okay with beef. Is this your Hindutva?” Mr Thackeray said, hitting back with one of the most controversial issues on which critics have accused the BJP of having double standards. Citing the views of Mohan Bhagwat, who leads the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the Chief Minister said, “Mohan Bhagwat today (Sunday) said Hindutva is not linked only to pujas. So people wearing black cap and questioning our beliefs and calling us secular should listen to Bhagwat’s speech today”. In a further twist, he added, “People who believe and follow him (Koshyari), wear a black cap. If you have brain beneath it, at least follow him (Mohan Bhagwat) and his statements today”. THE GOAN I NETWORK Mahesh Kanodia no more, PM condoles WEATHER >> standards for maritime sector and blue economy,” he said. Konkan Maritime Cluster will qualitatively contribute in the making of New India and Atmanirbhar Bharat, he opined. “This is a golden opportunity for development of Goa. Goa can be a growth centre for marine hub and maritime cluster which is a need for future India and this will be a historical contribution by Goa for the country,” Gadkari said while adding that, Konkan Maritime Cluster will be a growth engine for the Uddhav slams Guv over beef in Goa Watch your steps! Margao CCTV cams in action again GUNS & MARIGOLD NEW DELHI: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pinned responsibility on “certain Generals” in the Pakistani Army for dragging the country into Kargil war with India and highlighted how Pakistan soldier were without food and weapons during it. Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistani Prime Minister during the 1999 India Pakistani war, said, “People who were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of ur soldiers in Kargil..it was a call by few generals....we were thrown into war.” NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Sunday condoled the demise of former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and popular Gujarati musician Mahesh Kanodia. PM Modi tweeted: “Deeply saddened by the demise of Mahesh Kanodiaji. He was a multitalented singer, who got much love from people. As a politician too he was committed to the empowerment of the poor and underprivileged.” INDIA WILL BE RIGHT AT HOME: IAN CHAPPELL >>P8 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Flowers being placed on weapons at the Panaji police station on the occasion of Dushera on Sunday. The ritual is called Shastra or Ayudha Puja which is followed across the country on this festive day. (Another pic on pg 3) Narayan Pissurlenkar Call on re-opening schools likely this week THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The decision to permit physical classes in schools, at least initially for Class X and XII students, is expected to be taken this week after another round of consultation with PTAs across the State. A top Education Department official said heads of institutions - - secondary and higher secondary schools - are being asked to discuss the issue with PTAs. The feedback from the PTAs, which will also discuss the logistics of ensuring social distancing, sanitizing and other precautionary measures, will help in taking a call on whether to open schools or not. The official said, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who also holds the education portfolio, will then hold a meeting to decide on the issue of re-opening schools for physical classes. State can take a call: Educationist VASCO: Pandurang Nadkarni, educationist and ex-chairman of Goa board on Friday said that the State government can take a call on reopening of schools for students of Std X for resolving difficulties, if any. >> See pg 5 MARGAO Beware, Madgavkars and Saxttikars. The ‘Big Brother’ is once againg keeping a watch on the movements of both men and vehicles in the commercial capital. Around 20 Close Circuit TV (CCTV) surveillance cameras, were commissioned on Sunday and 60 more are in the pipeline, with South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha promising to chip in from his MPLAD funds to make the project a reality. In fact, Sunday saw the South Goa MP inaugurating the CCTV surveillance control room at the Margao district headquarters in the presence of Leader of Opposition DigambarKamat, district Collector Ajit Roy, district Police Chief Pankaj Kumar Singh, Margao Municipal Chief Officer Agnelo Fernandes, DySP Sahil Narangal, DySP Traffic Prabodh Shirodkar and others. In his brief address, the South Goa MP said that safety and Security of the People must be the first priority of any government, adding that it is the responsibility of every elected representative to ensure that citizens in their constituencies always remain safe. Appreciating the efforts of South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha inaugurating the CCTV surveillance cameras monitoring centre at the Margao district police headquarters. Santosh Mirajkar Last time round in 2014, I had sanctioned funds for the CCTV camera scheme, but non-maintenance had rendered the cameras defunct. CCTV cameras are the need of the hour to keep the anti socials at bay — South Goa MP Margao MLA Digambar Kamat, he said the Opposition leader impressed upon him to sanction funds from the MPLAD to install CCTV Cameras in Margao. Sardinha said he would sanction more funds for the installation of 60 cameras across the city as and when he receives funds under the MPLAD scheme. “Last time round in 2014, I had sanctioned funds for the CCTV camera scheme, but non-maintenance had rendered the cameras defunct. CCTV cameras are the need of the hour to keep the anti socials at bay,” Sardinha said. Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat thanked various residents and shop owners who have voluntarily given electric connections to make the CCTVs functional. He also thanked South Goa MP for his commitment & also appreciated the efforts of South Goa >Continued on P5 Covid: Vaccine storage issues Here’s a Goan app to keep tab on trees around you APP-RECIABLY INNOVATIVE could affect 3 billion people THE GOAN I NETWORK AGENCIES GAMPELA, BURKINA FASO The chain breaks here, in a tiny medical clinic in Burkina Faso that went nearly a year without a working refrigerator. From factory to syringe, the world’s most promising coronavirus vaccine candidates need non-stop sterile refrigeration to stay potent and safe. But despite enormous strides in equipping developing countries to maintain the vaccine “cold chain,” nearly 3 billion of the world’s 7.8 billion people live where temperature-controlled storage is insufficient for an immunization campaign to bring Cov- id-19 under control. The vaccine cold chain hurdle is just the latest disparity of the pandemic weighted against the poor, who more often live and work in crowded conditions that allow the virus to spread, have little access to medical oxygen that is vital to Covid-19 treatment, and whose health systems lack labs, supplies or technicians to carry out large-scale testing. Maintaining the cold chain for coronavirus vaccines won’t be easy even in the richest of countries, especially when it comes to those that require ultracold temperatures of around minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 F). Investment in infrastructure and cooling technology lags behind the high-speed leap that vaccine development has taken this year due to the virus. With the pandemic now in its eighth month, logistics experts warn that vast parts of the world lack the refrigeration to administer an effective vaccination program. This includes most of Central Asia, much of India and southeast Asia, Latin America except for the largest countries, and all but a tiny corner of Africa. The medical clinic outside Burkina Faso’s capital, a dirtstreaked building that serves a population of 11,000, is a microcosm of the obstacles. PANAJI hile the government may be planning to wipe out vast acres of forests in the Western Ghats, a group of young Goans have gotten together to promote the use of technology to help protect the trees around us, and look after them. In a presentation via Google Meet on Sunday, the Living Heritage Foundation along with Dev Cluster, Goa’s tech community, enumerated the benefits of the “Living Heritage App” which allows Goans to geo-tag trees. This means that with the aid of the app, the common person can create a database of trees across India, thus helping in their conservation W 1 With the aid of the app, the common person can create a database of trees across India, thus helping in their conservation and protection With the app, developed by Living Heritage Foundation, anyone can now tag a tree, even if they don’t know the name of the tree 2 and protection. This is the first ever app of its kind in Goa. The Foundation believes that to protect our biodiversity, we must document its 3 The app also allows volunteers to monitor the health of trees, figure out reasons why trees have stopped fruiting, or why they are dying presence. Therefore, the app is targeted at the common person who doesn’t have a tech background. Speaking on behalf of the Living Heritage Foundation that developed the app, project coordinator Renuka Figueiredo said that the app is intended to get people to look up and appreciate the variety of trees around, and better understand them. “Very often, we don’t know the kind of ecological relevance trees have, or what birds go to which tree. With the app, anyone can now tag a tree, even if they don’t know the name of the tree,” she said. In addition to geo-mapping a tree, the app also allows volunteers to monitor the health of trees, figure out reasons why trees have stopped fruiting, or why they are dying. By keeping a track of all these parameters, it would also help environmentalists to better understand the environment of that area. And every time a tree is in grave danger, volunteers are sent an SOS alert. The app will also help us to keep a track of compensatory afforestation. What this means is when forests are cleared for developmental projects, and the party is asked to grow an equal number of trees elsewhere, there is no way to keep track of whether they have actually done it or not. But now with the Living Heritage App, it will be much easier to keep track of. In future, the Foundation aims to let people track other forms of bio-diversity on the app as well. The app was launched just a month ago, and Figueiredo said that the Foundation wishes to make Goa a model state to protect bio-diversity.
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