log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28, 2020 NASA discovers the moon is wet IN SHORT >> Bihar set for polls, first phase today PATNA: More than two crore voters in Bihar will decide the fate of 1,066 candidates on Wednesday across 71 assembly segments in the first phase of elections. Television actress stabbed in Mumbai MUMBAI: A man allegedly stabbed a TV actress with a knife in suburban Andheri after she turned down his marriage proposal, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place around 9 pm on Monday in Versova area of Andheri when actress Malvi Malhotra was returning home from a cafe. Now, any Indian can buy land in J&K SRINAGAR: The Centre has paved the way for people from outside J&K to buy land in the union territory by amending several laws, over a year after the nullification of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution. In a notification, the Centre has omitted the phrase “permanent resident of the state” from Section 17 of the Jammu and Kashmir Development Act. >> See pg 7 Hizb chief, Bhatkal bros get terror tag NEW DELHI: Chief of the banned Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Syed Salahuddin and founders of Indian Mujahideen outfit Bhatkal brothers are among the 18 people who have been designated as “terrorists” under the anti-terror law, an official spokesperson said in New Delhi on Tuesday. Facebook India official quits New Delhi: Facebook executive Ankhi Das, whose name came up in a recent controversy over alleged bias by the social networking giant in dealing with hate speeches, has resigned from the company. GDP growth may be negative: FM NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said there were visible signs of revival in the economy but the GDP growth may be in the negative zone or near zero in the current fiscal. She said the economy saw a contraction in the AprilJune quarter, but demand has picked up in the festival season. WEATHER >> Max: 32.4 C Min: 22.2 C Humidity: 98% TIDES Low: 02.37 High: 09.00 15.23 21.42 The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 132 GOA 6 Resolution on bio-methanation plants yet to reach DMA office 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 3 GOA CCP issues SOP for Diwali celebrations; no Narkasur processions I-T sleuths bust `500 crore racket, Goa among 4 other States raided 42 PLACES SEARCHED CASH, JEWELLERY WORTH OVER `5 CR SEIZED THE GOAN I NETWORK THE MODUS OPERANDI WHAT WAS SEIZED handlers as well as the covered beneficiaries have also been recorded clearly chalking out the entire money trail. The persons who were subjected to the search were also found to be controllers and beneficial owners of several bank accounts and lockers, opened in names of their family members and trusted employees and shell entities, which they were allegedly managing in collusion with the bank officials, through the digital media. The same are being further investigated. The beneficiaries have been found to have allegedly made huge investments in real estate properties in prime cities and in fixed deposits to the tune of several hundred crores of rupees. During the search, cash of Rs 2.37 crore and jewellery worth Rs 2.89 crore has been found along with 17 bank lockers, which have yet to be operated. NEW DELHI he causal link between air pollution and Covid-19 cases is yet to be established conclusively but longterm exposure will certainly make people more vulnerable to lung infections, warn scientists as the skies over large parts of north India, including Delhi, turn smoky and the air quality deteriorates rapidly. Their concerns come amid several global studies pointing to the possible connection between higher air pollution levels and increased Covid-19 cases and deaths. A study by researchers at Harvard University in the US in September showed that an increase of only one microgram per cubic metre in PM T I let noise get to me last time, couldn’t care less now: Starc Sawant: Over 70% of dept websites are non-functional THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday rapped the knuckles of government officials, especially those in charge of ensuring that the government’s websites are functional round the clock. Speaking at the Secretariat at the ceremony to mark the Vigilance Awareness Week, CM Sawant said, “70 to 80 per cent of the government department websites are not working or are not updated. As a result, citizens are forced to visit government offices to get their work done. Department secretaries should take note and look into such issues. This is not the duty of the CM.” He also expressed displeasure at the lackadaisical attitude of several government employees towards their work schedule during the ongoing pandemic. “Many government employees not reporting to work go unquestioned by the Heads TOUGH TALK Department secretaries should take note and look into issues... this is not the duty of CM Employees not reporting to work go unquestioned by Heads of Departments HoDs must adopt measures to plug leakages and generate revenue in respective departments Several shell entities/ firms were used by the searched entry operators for layering of unaccounted money and cash withdrawals against fake bills issued and unsecured loans given Staff/employees/associates had been made dummy directors/partners of these shell entities and all bank accounts were managed and controlled by these entry operators Statements of such entry operators, their dummy partners/employees, the cash handlers as well as the covered beneficiaries have also been recorded clearly validating the entire money trail Searched persons were also found to be controller and beneficial owners of several bank accounts and lockers, opened in names of their family members and trusted employees and shell entities Search led to seizure of evidences exposing entire network of the entry operators, intermediaries, cash handlers, beneficiaries and the firms and companies involved Documents evidencing accommodation entries of more than Rs 500 crore have already been found and seized Cash of Rs 2.37 crore, jewellery worth Rs 2.89 cr found along with 17 bank lockers which are yet to be operated by the searched entry operators for layering of unaccounted money and cash withdrawals against fake bills issued and unsecured loans given. The personal staff, employees and associates had been made dummy directors and partners of these shell entities and all bank accounts were managed and controlled by these entry operators. Statements of such entry operators, their dummy partners and employees, the cash NCP gears up for Goa polls, eyes alliance with regional parties Sept Unlock-5 guidelines to be in force till November-end Double-tracking work begins amid protests THE GOAN I NETWORK NEW DELHI The Unlock-5 guidelines that last month allowed reopening of cinema halls, swimming pools for sports training and gatherings with restrictions, will be valid till November 30, the Ministry of Home Affairs has ordered. “The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order on Tuesday to extend the guidelines for re-opening, issued on 30.09.2020, to remain in force upto 30.11.2020,” a Press Information Bureau release said. The ministry, which is among the highest executive bodies taking decisions on matters related to the Covid-19 pandemic, in September, allowed resumption of cinema halls with 50 per cent occupancy, international air travel as permitted by the government and gatherings in closed spaces with 50 per cent strength, not exceeding 200 people --- all these activities will function as before until further orders. While most of the activities have been permitted in areas outside containment zones, some high-risk activities will function as per the orders of respective state/Union Territory governments, the statement said. PANAJI The Income Tax Department carried out a massive crackdown against a large hawala network worth more than Rs 500 crore with the search operations being conducted on Monday at 42 premises across Delhi- NCR, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa. The I-T sleuths succeeded in cracking on a large network of individuals running the racket of entry operation and generation of huge cash through fake billing. I-T department informed that it has seized evidence exposing the entire network of the entry operators, intermediaries, cash handlers, the beneficiaries and the firms and companies involved. So far, documents evidencing accommodation entries of more than Rs 500 crore have been seized. Several shell entities and firms were allegedly used PANAJI/VASCO Nationalist Congress Party national secretary Praful Patel on Tuesday announced that the party is gearing up to contest the upcoming Assembly polls in Goa and hinted that the NCP is open for an alliance with a non-BJP, non-Congress party. The NCP has also brushed aside the possibility of aligning with the Aam Aadmi Party effectively leaving only regional Goan parties and independent MLAs in the kitty. The national leader of NCP, who is presently visiting the state, said that the restructuring of the party has begun. He is likely to return on November 22 for the next stage of this process. “NCP used to contest earlier in association with the Congress party. At one point, we had four MLAs and three ministers also in the government. We had supported the Congress government. NCP has gone out of its way to save Digambar Kamat-led government. But unfortunately, the Congress does not respect friends and people who have actually helped it in the past,” Patel stated, taking an aim at NCP’s former alliance partner. Patel was speaking to re- NCP used to contest earlier in association with the Congress party... but unfortunately, the Congress does not respect friends and people who have actually helped it in the past — Praful Patel porters after inaugurating the Vasco NCP Block office in the presence of NCP State President and former minister Jose Philip D’Souza and NCP Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao. Patel said he would also open the NCP office along with MLA Churchill Alemao in Benaulim while the main NCP office in Panaji would be opened on November 22. “I want to be very clear that we have a Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharshtra and similarly in Goa, NCP can take a lead and we can offer a government even without the >Continued on P5 ACCORDING TO THE STUDY... Air quality in north India expected to deteriorate further from November to February High levels of PM2.5 in Delhi may lead to a higher number of Covid-19 cases Studies in humans have shown that toxic air particles can penetrate airways and cause widespread infiltration of lung cells This chronic state of inflammation may induce or aggravate health conditions 2.5 is associated with an 8 per cent increase in the Covid-19 death rate. “Given the current limited literature, the surge of PM2.5 level in Delhi may be associated with increased Covid-19 cases... Although the literature is relatively sparse at this stage,” Xiao Wu, corresponding author of the Harvard study, told PTI. He said the relationship between long-term air pollution and Covid-19 has been documented in many studies, of the Departments. I receive such details from other employees,” said the CM chastising such employees. CM further exhorted the HoDs to adopt measures to plug leakages and generate revenue in their respective departments. He said they should initiate efforts to ensure cent percent implementation of the schemes to accomplish the goal of the >Continued on P5 HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS, POLICE, MACHINERY MOBILISED AT NESSAI PTI A heavy duty truck unloading concrete sleepers at the Nessai railway crossing late Tuesday. (right) Activists holding a candle light protest at the Nessai construction site. Santosh Mirajkar THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Anti-double tracking protestors and the railway officials came face to face at the Nessai railway crossing in Sao Jose de Areal village past midnight after the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd started work on the double tracking project at the railway crossing at Nessai exactly at 00.00 hours Wednesday by closing the road. Protestors with candle lights, banners and placards led by activist Abhijit Prabudesai confronted railway officials for undertaking the work without obtaining permission from the local Panchayat. The railway officials, however, pointed out that the railways are exempted from obtaining NOCs from the local bodies when the work pertains to area within the railway property. As the authorities mobilized a sizeable police force anticipating protests by the anti-coal and double tracking protestors, Abhijit was heard telling the railway officials that they should produce the documents granting the railways exemption from obtaining permissions from the Air pollution may hinder India’s Covid fight, warn scientists PTI 8 SPORTS which indicate that adverse health impacts of air pollution can make people prone to the infection or exacerbate the severity of Covid-19 symptoms once infected. This is interesting, especially considering Covid-19 causes viral pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome, and severe inflammation to the heart and circulatory system, the scientist said. Another study by the University of Cambridge in April found an association between living in an area of England with high levels of air pollution and the severity of Covid-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. “Based on our findings, I would expect to see an association between higher levels of air pollution in India and 15% Covid deaths worldwide related to air pollution: Study Cambridge study. “If the levels of air pollution >Continued on P5 the work within the five-hour deadline. Earlier in the evening, the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd mobilized both men and machinery at the Nessai railway gate to carry out the work at midnight. Heavy duty trucks were seen near the railway crossing, unloading concrete sleepers to undertake the project near the railway gate. Given that the South Goa district Collector has granted permission for the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd to undertake the work at >Continued on P5 SC extends time to complete Tejpal trial THE GOAN I NETWORK NEW DELHI: About 15 per cent of deaths worldwide from Covid-19 may be linked to long-term exposure to air pollution, according to a study published on Tuesday. Researchers, including those from Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany, found that in Europe the proportion of Covid-19 deaths linked to air pollution was about 19 per cent, in North America it was 17 per cent, and in East Asia about 27 per cent. The study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, is the first to estimate the proportion of deaths from the coronavirus that could be attributed to the exacerbating effects of air pollution for every country in the world. Covid-19 in the winter, similar with what we found in England,” said Marco Travaglio, corresponding author of the panchayats. The protestors made their presence felt at the Nessai railway crossing around midnight with banners calling for the resignation of the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for pursing anti-people policies. A placard told the district collector in no uncertain terms to stop fooling Goans, as another placard stated “SWR Go Back”. The protestors and the railway officials were engaged in heated discussions well past midnight even as the railways deployed heavy machinery to carry out and complete PANAJI The Supreme Court of India has granted time until March 31, 2021 to complete the trial against disgraced former editor of Tehelka magazine Tarun Tejpal after the State government approached it seeking further time. SC had earlier directed that the trial be completed by this year. Faced with the deadline by SC, the trial court at Mapusa, had issued a bailable warrant to the victim girl whose cross examination was underway when the lockdown resulted in a cessation of hearings. The application has been filed for extension of time for completion of the trial. The time to complete the trial is extended till 31.03.2021,” the Supreme Court bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah, said. Earlier the Bombay High Court at Goa said the deadline left the trial court in a predicament which perhaps prompted the issuance of the bailable warrant against the victim. “The trial Court is in a predicament. It has been tasked with completing the trial in this case in a time-frame: by December 2020. And that time-frame was fixed by the >Continued on P5
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