log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday THURSDAY OCTOBER 29, 2020 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 133 Matievoilo Rakhneacho Khuris unites communities in Velim 6 IN SHORT >> The Goan (Playstore) GOA Covid fears rise as women rush for income certificates in Vasco 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 3 GOA SC allows MPDA to file review petition in HC over Naval NOC Place your bets: Cabinet nod to open Casinos from Nov 1 SOPS ISSUED; ONLY 50 PER CENT CAPACITY OF EACH CASINO ALLOWED TO BE UTILIZED THE GOAN I NETWORK A customer buys tomatoes at a wholesale market in Kolkata as the vegetable prices continue to soar in the country on Wednesday. PTI Illegal houses: Plea to withdraw notices MAPUSA: Upset with the engineering section of the Mapusa civic body for unilaterally issuing notices to illegal houses, the councillors of Mapusa demanded withdrawal of the notices and to stop harassment of residents in Mapusa. According to councillors, the Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) had already taken a resolution in the past to regularise the illegal houses in the municipal area and the notices where in conflict with that resolution. >> See pg 3 DU Vice-Chancellor Tyagi suspended NEW DELHI: Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi was suspended on Wednesday on the orders of President Ram Nath Kovind who has also directed an inquiry against him over allegations of dereliction of duty, according to officials of the Ministry of Education (MoE). The move comes amid a power tussle in the central university. International flights’ suspension extended NEW DELHI: The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till November 30 amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Wednesday. “However, the international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a caseto-case basis,” the Indian aviation regulator said in a circular. WEATHER >> Max: 33.2 C Min: 24.7 C Humidity: 97% TIDES Low: 03:22 High: 09:40 15.53 22:22 PANAJI It’s time to ‘place your bets’, the Goa cabinet reckoned on Wednesday irrespective of whether it has the Covid-19 pandemic situation in its grip or not. The Chief Minister Pramod Sawant led cabinet gave its nod for Goa’s controversial Casino industry to restart operations from November 1. The condition that only 50 per-cent of the capacity of each casino, off-shore or onshore, can be utilized will have to be adhered to. “Casinos will start from November 1. We have given them permission,” Sawant told reporters at his customary post-cabinet press conference. The SOPs issued by the Home Department will have to be followed by the industry, he said, adding that tourism Onion distribution through PDS to beat rising prices activity needs to be promoted. With no independent regulatory authority or ‘Gaming Commissioner’ in place as mandated by the very gambling laws permitting the casinos, Sawant however did not clarify which statutory official will ensure Casinos follow SOPs. Currently the responsibility to oversee the operations are loosely shouldered by the Home department. Tawadkar gets jail ‘till rising of court’ PANAJI: The Goa cabinet on Wednesday decided to procure onions, prices of which have soared in the open market, through NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation). The onions will be supplied through the PDS system and each ration card holding household will get a quota of three kilos. This will be a one-off arrangement due to rising onion prices in the market, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said after the cabinet meeting on Wednesday afternoon. The distribution will commence within 10 days, he added. >Continued on P5 53.54 pc polling in Bihar phase-1 LOWER COURT ALSO FINES HIM ` 15,000 THE GOAN I NETWORK CANACONA Chairman of Goa Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and BJP State Vice-President Ramesh Tawadkar has been sentenced to imprisonment ‘till rising of the Court’ and fined Rs 15,500 after being convicted in a case pertaining to criminal intimidation in 2017. Delivering the verdict on Wednesday, Canacona Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Shanoor alias Jagdish P Audi stated that “the accused is sentenced to undergo imprisonment till rising of the Court and imposed fines of Rs 500 under Section 352 of IPC, Rs 5,000 under Section 506 (2) and Rs 10,000 as compensation to the complainant, Puno Velip.” Tawadkar, who was present in the Court when the order was pronounced, had earlier submitted an application for suspension of the sentence under Section 389 CrPC, stating the verdict is being challenged in a higher court. Puno Velip of Cotigao had filed a case against Tawadkar, then minister for sports, Govt whip to crack on lazy public servants THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant chose the official ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ function at the State Secretariat on Tuesday to publicly warn ‘babus’ from shirking work or faking progress of development work in rural areas. In an unusually stern speech at the function, Sawant bluntly said: “Do not cheat me. I am connected to the people. I can get information on any panchayat.” Top bureaucrats, heads of departments and Secretariat staff were in the audience. He also lamented that officers were often misleading him while reporting on the Puno Velip of Cotigao had filed a case against Tawadkar, then minister for sports, agriculture and tribal welfare The minister was accused of wrongful restraint, criminal assault, use of force and criminal intimidation Canacona police investigated the case and later filed a charge-sheet against Ramesh Tawadkar The case went on for three years at the Canacona JMFC and Tawadkar was found guilty and convicted agriculture and tribal welfare, accusing him of wrongful restraint, criminal assault, use of force and criminal intimidation with a threat to kill at the Canacona Police Station on January 3, 2017. >Continued on P5 A young man carrying his father leaves after they cast their votes. PTI AGENCIES NEW DELHI Bihar recorded a 53.54 per cent polling in the first phase of assembly polls on Wednesday, according to a release by the Chief Electoral Officer Bihar. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora earlier addressed a press conference here and said the final figures will come later on the basis of all the votes cast by the electorate. “Till 5 pm the voter turnout in Bihar phase one election was 52.24 per cent. In 2015 elections, Phase one turnout was 54.94 per cent and in Lok Sabha elections it was 53.54 per cent. The voting is still underway in some places and the final figures will be out soon,” Arora said. >Continued on P5 MARGAO Even as voices against the controversial double tracking project grow louder by the day, with activists repeatedly hitting the roads to oppose the project, the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd has drawn up an ambitious plan to have a trial run by March 2021 on the double tracks being laid in Chandor-Margao stretch. That explains why the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd is rushing with laying of the double tracks along the 16.6 km stretch at the three major crossings -- Chandor, Nessai in Sao Jose de Areal and Davorlim. In fact, senior Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd officials informed that though work on the Chandor-Margao double tracking line has been slightly running behind schedule, the railways are now rushing with the work to meet the March 2021 deadline in the next five months. A senior railway official told The Goan that around 75 per cent work on the Chandor-Margao stretch of the double tracking project is almost complete, while exuding PANAJI he Bombay High Court at Goa has set aside an order of the Enforcement Directorate to provisionally attach properties belonging to former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and former PWD Minister Churchill Alemao in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case. Kamat and Alemao saw movable and immovable assets worth Rs 1.20 crore and Rs 75 lakh respectively attached by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act after they were booked by the Goa Police under the Prevention of Corruption Act in the Louis Berger bribery scandal. The High Court agreed with the counsel for Kamat and T 1 Kamat and Alemao saw movable and immovable assets worth Rs 1.20 crore and Rs 75 lakh respectively attached by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act Digambar and Alemao assured the court that they would not liquidate the 2 Alemao who argued that the properties should have been attached only if the authorized officer has reason to believe that any person is in possession of any proceeds of crime and such proceeds of crime are likely to be concealed, transferred or dealt with in any assets in question until the cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act currently underway were disposed off In case Kamats wish to alienate or encumber any of the immovable properties or to liquidate any of the FDRs, they will have to seek prior permission from the Special Court, the HC said 3 manner which may result in frustrating any proceedings. Neither of the two conditions was met, when both were required to be met, they argued. The Enforcement Directorate, however, argued that either of the conditions needed to be met and in this case the authorized officer had reason to believe that the assets were the proceeds of a crime. The High Court, however, agreed with the petitioners. “It is not sufficient that the director or the authorized officer merely entertains such a reason to believe in his mind but further, the reasons for such belief are required to be recorded in writing. In the present case, analysis of the Joint Director’s order dated 30.03.2017 makes it clear that there are no reasons whatsoever recorded by the Joint Director in support of his alleged belief that the proceeds of crime were likely to be concealed, transferred or dealt with in any manner by the Kamats or Alemaos to >Continued on P5 8 NGT ratifies order for demolition of Arpora night bazaar THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has refused to overturn an order of the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) which had directed the demolition of Mackie’s Saturday Night Bazaar at Arpora for it being in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone. The GCZMA in an order passed back in May 2016 had directed Joseph Michael Pereira of Mackie’s Saturday Night Bazaar to demolish all structures which includes permanent structures ie dance floor, permanent office, concrete structure (which is located at the edge of the creek) and row of toilets (which are also located at the edge of the creek) and a deck which juts into the creek as well as the temporary structures erected for ongoing event ‘Mackie’s Saturday Night Bazaar’ and restore the land to its original condition, within 15 days. Pereira filed an appeal before the National Green Tribunal contending that there was no material for holding that the construction was covered under the CRZ Notification. “In referring to the creek/ lagoon, no reference has been made to the plan under the CRZ Notification. The area was not a creek or lagoon nor were there any mangroves. The construction existed prior to 1991 and the panchayat certificate was a public document which supported the appellant,” Pereira argued. However, the GCZMA supported its decision. “We are of the opinion that since the area is found to be a part of a creek and the appellant has failed to produce any document in support of the contention that the construction existed prior to the prescribed date of 1991, the impugned order cannot be faulted,” the NGT ruled. “Documents of the Panchayat, in the absence of any supporting document from the competent authority, could not be the basis for accepting that construction existed prior to the specified date,” the NGT said. IS RLY ACT SUPREME? The track laying work has left a host of questions unanswered and brought to the fore the moot question -- whether the Railway Act overrides the Goa Panchayat Raj Act This question took centrestage when members of the Goyant Kollso Naka converged at Nessai as the RVNL mobilized men and machinery to lay the double track at the crossing >> See pg 2 confidence of completing the balance 25 per cent work by March 2021. “We have set March 2021 as the date for a trial run on the second track being laid along the Chandor-Margao stretch of the double tracking project. Given that the railways has completed major portion of the work, we are confident of sticking to the March 2021 >Continued on P5 Relief for Digambar, Churchill as assets Stir against Marina unattached in Louis Berger bribery case planned for Nov 8 THE GOAN I NETWORK World 100m champ Coleman to miss Olympics over ban Rlys sets March 2021 for trial run on Chandor-Margao double track THE GOAN I NETWORK CASE OF CRIMINAL INTIMIDATION progress of development work in villages. Inertia of top officers to facilitate e-governance and their continuing behaviour to shoo away genuine visitors to offices using the Covid-19 pandemic pretext were more grounds on which Sawant slammed the government officials for. He cited such typical lethargy in the bureaucracy as the reason for Goa slipping five notches in the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ rankings from 19 to 24 among States. Sawant also came down heavily on government departments for neglecting their official websites. SPORTS THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Agitators against the proposed ‘Ahoy Marina’ project of Mumbai-based Construction Company Kargwal Constructions Ltd, are fearing a clandestine connivance between the promoters and the State government and are planning an onsite stir on November 8. ‘Goenkar Against Marina Project’ the collective of fishermen from the hamlets of Nauxim, Cacra, Odxel and Siridao, which is spearheading the agitation against the project has said they will hold a protest ‘public meeting’ near the panchayat at Siridao. The controversial project envisages development of one-lakh square meters of ‘water area’ on the northern bank of the Zuari, including reclaiming the river threatening to displace 100s of traditional fishing families. The company has signed a deal with Mormugao Port Trust with a 30 year-lease on the area. Suresh Palkar a lawyer and leader of ‘Goenkar Against Marina Project’ has legally challenged the lease deal. He has also questioned the ownership title of 50,000 square meters of onshore land in the Nauxim area which the project proponents are proposing to develop. Palkar told The Goan that the Company has now moved the Courts seeking a direction to the government to proceed with the process of granting the permissions to commence work. >Continued on P5 The second track which was laid at Nessai in Sao Jose de Areal past midnight. Santosh Mirajkar Nessai lost, all eyes now set on Chandor, Davorlim MARGAO: Having bulldozed its way with the work of laying the double track at the Nessai railway crossing armed with an order from the South Goa district Collector, all eyes are no focused on similar work scheduled at the Chandor railway station on November 2 and at the Davorlim railway crossing on November 9. South Goa district Collector Ajit Roy had on October 26 issued an order granting permission for road closure at the >Continued on P5
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