log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday MONDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2020 GOA 2 Benaulim villagers up the ante again for bypass on stilts IN SHORT >> Nitish to take oath as Bihar CM today NEW DELHI: Nitish Kumar will be the Chief Minister of Bihar for a fourth straight term, the NDA said after a meeting of its legislators. The oath ceremony will take place on Monday afternoon. BJP’s Tarkishore Prasad will be the new Bihar Deputy Chief Minister while Sushil Kumar Modi is expected to be moved to Delhi for a post in the Union Cabinet. >> See pg 6 Iconic Bengali actor Chatterjee no more NEW DELHI: Iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee died in Kolkata on Sunday. He breathed his last at 12:15 pm at Belle Vue Clinic today. He was 85. The Dadasaheb Phalke awardee had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital for almost 40 days. >> See pg 6 Sai Baba temple in Shirdi opens today NEW DELHI: The Sai Baba Temple in Shirdi is set to reopen from Monday after the Uddhav Thackeray-led government announced that temples and other places of religious worship across the State can reopen that were shut down in Maharashtra since the Covid-19 lockdown >> See pg 6 in March. Multiple launches of BrahMos on cards NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing tensions with China, India is all set to showcase the massive firepower of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile by the month-end as the three defence forces would carry out multiple firings of the Defence Research and Development Organisation developed missile system in the Indian Ocean Region in the last week of this month. Now, you can order new PVC Aadhaar cards for family NEW DELHI: UIDAI has now allowed any member of the family to order the PVC Aadhaar cards for the whole family. Just like your debit or credit card or PAN card, you will now be able to carry the PVC Aadhaar card in your wallet. As UIDAI puts it, the new Aadhaar card will come “loaded with the latest security features, is now more durable, convenient to carry and instantly verifiable offline.” WEATHER >> Max: 35.5 C Min: 23.3 C Humidity: 84% TIDES Low: 05.10 High: 10.41 17.19 ---- Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 150 GOA Under ‘oppn’ pressure, minister says Parra roads will not be widened 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INDIA Crackers, stubble burning turn Delhi’s air quality ‘severe’ 6 8 SPORTS Hamilton wins record-equalling seventh F1 world title against Kids make case against coal, tell Protestsprojects Mollem CM it will trigger health issues flood Twitter SAWANT SAYS HE TOO IS AGAINST IT & WILL LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVES THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who was on Sunday met by dozens of children telling him they do not want coal in Goa as it will trigger multiple health issues responded saying he too was of the same view. “Makai naka (I too don’t want)” Sawant said getting into a conversation with the children who went and met him with a representation demanding a halt to coal transportation in the State. The children’s action is part of a series of protests gaining ground in Goa against projects threatening protected forests at Mollem and which are suspected to be cumulatively for facilitating transportation of coal between MPT and North Karnataka. Sawant sought to explain to the children that his government is committed to reduce CHIEF MINISTER NOT ‘KIDDING’ Chief Minister Pramod Sawant listens to dozens of children who called on him with a representation demanding a halt to coal transportation in the State on Sunday. and minimize coal transportation through Goa but insisted that it will need time and switching to alternatives. He claimed alternative transportation systems are being explored which could bring down coal handling at MPT. Sawant claimed a special committee has been constituted by Union Ports Minister Mansukh Mandviya, which is seized with the issue of sanctioning proposals like ropeway and also RORO to cut by AS FIRMS DISCHARGE EFFLUENTS INTO BORE WELLS... Cuncolkars brace for war against polluting units THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO As the Cuncolim Industrial Estate is back in the news for the wrong reasons after the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) unearthed a couple of fish meal and fish processing plants discharging its effluents in the bore wells, Cuncolkars are bracing for a war against the polluting units to ensure the unscrupulous of the lot pack their bags and leave the estate. The GSPCB raid had unearthed four fish meal and fish processing units at the Cuncolim Industrial Estate discharging their untreated effluents into bore wells during an audit and site inspections of the four units. Dr Jorson Fernandes, who had in the past took the polluting units to the courts, has warned that if some of the industrial owners think they can get away with their misdeeds like terrorists and hooligans, people of Cuncolim will not hesitate to become worse than hooligans to fight against the owners. People of Cuncolim, especially those residing close to the Industrial estate have long suspected that effluents are being released in the bore wells and open spaces in the half the amount of coal handled by MPT. Apart from asking him to stop coal transiting through Goa, the school children who met Sawant at his residence >Continued on P5 Govt committed to reduce and minimize coal transportation through Goa Insists that it will need time and switching to alternatives Claims alternative transportation systems are being explored which could bring down coal handling at MPT Special committee constituted by Union Ports Minister Mansukh Mandviya on proposals like ropeway and also RORO to cut by half the amount of coal handled by MPT It is not possible to abruptly halt coal handling at MPT THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The ongoing protests against the Centre sponsored projects which threaten protected forests at Mollem, including axing some 70,000 age old trees, stormed micro-blogging site Twitter on Sunday evening. Two of the hashtags -- #IndiaWithGoa and #DropFIRsAgainstGoans -- were trending on Twitter in India. In fact #IndiaWithGoa was trending at No. 1 as the ‘Tweet Storm’ promoted by the ‘Save Mollem’ movement and ‘Fridays for Future India’ had some noteworthy handles including actors Dia Mirza and Randeep Hooda joining. Several other civil society movements including Let India Breathe, Save Mumbai Forests, Youth for Climate India, Students for Climate India, United Conservation Movement, Aravalli Bachao, PRESOG and GAIMS (Global Association of Indian Medical Students) supported the campaign on Twitter. It may be recalled that the ongoing stir over the Centre-sponsored projects at Mollem had also precipitated in a Twitter slugfest between the Chief Ministers of Goa and Delhi -- Pramod Sawant and Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal had suggested that Sawant “listen to the voice of people of Goa” and stop the central projects from being on Goa in one of his tweets after a series of exchanges the two leaders engaged in from their official twitter handles. FLAGGING-OFF DEVOTION! VILLAGERS UP THE ANTE Those discharging their effluents through 8-10 bore wells have no right to operate in the Industrial estate They have polluted the ground water tables. Our drinking wells have been left contaminated Soon, they will discharge the effluents in the adjoining irrigation canals Owners responsible for the pollution should pack their bags and quit the estate If they think they are terrorists and hooligans and can get away with the pollution, people of Cuncolim will not sit quite and watch them polluting the environment ROLE OF WRD QUESTIONED Is the Water Resources department monitoring the bore wells dug inside the Cuncolim Industrial estate? Was permission sought by the fish meal plants from the dept to dig bore wells inside the industrial estate? If no permission was sought, what action is being contemplated against the units? Estate as the well water used to emanate contaminated odour. That the GSPCB inspection with an expert agency have unearthed that the effluents from the fish meal and fish processing plants were being discharged in the bore wells indicates the extent of pollution resorted to by the unscrupulous owners. “Those who have been discharging their effluents through 8-10 bore wells have no right to operate in the Industrial estate. They have polluted the ground water tables. Our drinking wells have been left contaminated. Tomorrow, they will discharge the effluents in the adjoining irrigation canals. This is not accepted. The owners >Continued on P5 A devotee carries the image of Lord Vishnu decorated with flags on the occasion of Dendlo Padwa on Sunday. Dendlo Padwa also known as Gorvancho Padvo is a traditional procession taken out on the second day of Diwali which culminates at Kamlavati Devasthan, Karmali. Narayan Pissurlenkar Centre’s 12-pt plan to tackle Covid in Delhi PTI NEW DELHI A 12-point plan to tackle coronavirus in Delhi was adopted at a meeting this evening between Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, which includes infrastructure like extra ICU beds and oxygen cylinders and more medical staff. In a series of tweets, Shah announced the measures -one of which is also to double coronavirus testing in the city and monitoring people in home isolation. After the meeting, Kejriwal said the Centre will make ar- rangements for 750 hospital beds will all the facilities of Intensive Care Units for Covid patients in Delhi. Since October 20, the >Continued on P5 15 nations sign biggest Normal life will be back next winter: Covid vaccine creator trade deal minus India HOPE AT LAST AGENCIES PTI HANOI Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries on Sunday signed the world’s biggest free trade deal, seen as a huge coup for China in extending its influence. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) includes 10 Southeast Asian economies along with China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia, with members accounting for around 30 percent of global GDP. They have however announced that India can participate in the group’s activities as an observer member and left a window open for India to join it in a future date. First proposed in 2012, the deal was finally sealed at the end of a Southeast Asian summit as leaders push to get their pandemic-hit economies back on track. “Under the current global circumstances, the fact the RCEP has been signed after eight years of negotiations brings a ray of light and hope amid the clouds,” said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang after the virtual signing. “It clearly shows that multilateralism is the right way, and represents the right direction of the global economy and humanity’s progress.” The agreement to lower tariffs and open up the >Continued on P5 LONDON he impact of a new Covid vaccine will kick in significantly over summer and life should be back to normal by next winter, one of its creators has said. Prof Ugur Sahin, co-founder of BioNTech, said this winter would still be hard as the vaccine would not have a big impact on infection numbers. Last week, BioNTech and co-developers Pfizer said preliminary analysis showed their vaccine could prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19. About 43,000 people took part in tests. The UK is expected to get 10 million doses by the end of the year, with a further 30 million T Vaccine to reduce transmission between people To stop symptoms developing in someone who has had the vaccine Can halve transmission and will have a big impact Unclear how long immunity would last after the second dose of the vaccine is given RESEARCH SO FAR KEY SIDE EFFECTS: Mild to moderate pain in the injection site for a few days, while some participants had a mild to moderate fever over a similar period Last week, BioNTech and co-developers Pfizer said preliminary analysis showed their vaccine could prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19 Goal is to deliver more than 300 million doses worldwide by next April doses already ordered. The vaccine is given in two doses, three weeks apart. Older residents and staff in care homes are likely to be prioritised, followed by health workers and the over-80s. People would then be ranked by age. In an interview, Prof Sahin said he was confident the vaccine would reduce transmission between people as well as stop symptoms developing in someone who has had the vaccine. It was possible, he said, the vaccine could halve transmission which would have a big impact. “I’m very confident that transmission between people will be reduced by such a highly effective vaccine – maybe not 90% but maybe 50% – but we should not forget that even that could result in a dramatic reduction of the pandemic spread,” he added. After the announcement of the world’s first effective vaccine came on Monday, Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at Oxford University, suggested life could be back to normal by spring. “I am probably the first guy to say that, but I will say that with some confidence,” he said. However, Prof Sahin said it would take longer. If everything continued to go well, he said, the vaccine would begin to be delivered at the “end of this year, beginning of next year”. The goal was to deliver more than 300 million doses worldwide by next April, he said, which “could allow us to only start to make an impact”. He said the bigger impact would happen later, adding: “Summer will help us because the infection rate will go down in the summer and what is absolutely essential is that we get a high vaccination rate until or before autumn/winter next year.” Prof Sahin said it was essential that all immunisation programmes were completed before next autumn. Asked if the vaccine was as effective in older people as it is in younger people, he said he expected to have a better idea in the next three weeks. He said it was not yet known how long immunity would last after the second dose of the >Continued on P5
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