log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2020 GOA MMC may try accepting garbage on payment of money as pilot project IN SHORT >> Nitish sworn in as CM of Bihar for 7th time 2 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 151 GOA Drama prevails at Mandrem as Arolkar and 100 supporters join MGP on road 5 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 7 NEWS Winter & Budget sessions of Parliament may be clubbed Contract killing in Siolim? 2 sisters found murdered POLICE SAY K’TAKA MAN WAS PAID `30,000 FOR BLOODY MISSION 2 ARRESTED Nitish Kumar taking oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar at Raj Bhawan in Patna, on Monday. PTI PATNA: Nitish Kumar was on Monday sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the seventh time in two decades, in presence of top leaders of the NDA including Union Home minister Amit Shah and BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda. Kumar, who heads the JD(U), was administered the oath of office at Raj Bhavan by Governor Phagu Chauhan. This comes a day after he staked a claim for the formation of a new government in the state, armed with the unanimous support of all legislators of the NDA despite his party’s plummeted tally. >> See pg 7 New MV Act in Goa from Jan 1: Mauvin PANAJI: Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho has said that implementation of the new Motor Vehicle Act will be from January 1. “Already there is a delay. We cannot further delay the implementation,” said Mauvin. The new motor Vehicle act has provisions for heavy penalties which many people have opposed. On meters for taxis, Masuvin said it would too come into effect from January 1. >> See pg 3 THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA In a shocking incident, a woman has been accused of murdering two aunts of her husband with the help of a hired killer at Igrez-vaddo in Marna-Siolim on Sunday night. Anjuna police have arrested both accused, Rovina Pereira Lobo (29) and Subhan Nur Ahmad Rajyaballi (20) of Haveri-Karnataka but residing at Assagao, in connection with the murder of Martha Clementina Lobo (64) and her sister Vera Lobo (62). Police said the incident took place sometime between 9 pm and 9.30 pm. The accused, Rovina Lobo, was living with her husband Julio Lobo, their two minor children and Julio’s two unmarried aunts. Julio’s parents reside at a nearby house but he was raised mostly at the house of THE CRIME STORY 2 his aunts and was employed as a driver for a businessman in Arambol. According to reports, Rovina and Julio were married 10 No, not tar balls! This waste on Benaulim coast looks like coal Third Covid-19 wave in Delhi: Health Minister NEW DELHI: Amid the rising coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday said that third wave of Covid-19 has passed in the national capital. Jain added that there will be no reimposition of lockdown in Delhi. “There will be no reimposition of lockdown in Delhi. I don’t think it will be an effective step now, wearing of masks by everyone will be more beneficial,” Jain said. St Francis Xavier’s novena and feast details announced >> See pg 3 WEATHER >> Max: 35.2 C Min: 24.0 C Humidity: 59% TIDES Low: 05:54 High: 00:20 18:03 11:34 Coal-like black substance on the shores of Benaulim beach attracted the attention of visitors on Monday. THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Traditional fishermen and the visitors to the Benaulim beach came across a strange deposit of waste on the beach on Monday – black coal-like waste washed ashore by the waves. The waste covered a distance of around 15 meters of the beach, attracting the attention of the fishermen as well as the visitors. While many initially believed that the waste could be oily substance in the form of tar balls, inspection of the waste by the fishermen revealed that it resembled coal. Fishermen Pele Fernandes pointed out that the waste washed ashore on the Benaulim beach was not tar balls or any other oily substance, but resembled coal. “Out of curiosity, I handled MISSION 1 Rovina and Julio were married 10 years ago, but she had not been in good books with Julio’s aunts and would allegedly quarrel with them over property and other personal issues Rovina would receive Rs 30,000 from her maternal side as her share from the rent of some rooms. Police sources said this amount would be taken by her husband and use it on alcohol CONFESSION OF A FISHERMAN The waste washed ashore on the Benaulim beach was not tar balls or any other oily substance, but resembled coal Out of curiosity, I handled the substance with my hands, and it turned out to be coal the substance with my hands, and it turned out to be coal,” he said. Pele feared that the black coloured waste may be washed back in the sea during the low tide, while raising questions over the presence of coal now getting deposited on the beach belt. ELIMINATION 3 Police said Rovina had planned to kill Julio and both his aunts about 20-25 days ago and was looking for a person to carry out the murders. Later she lured a non-Goan with an offer of Rs 30,000 years ago, but she had not been in good books with Julio’s aunts and would allegedly quarrel with them over property and other personal India records 30,548 fresh Covid cases, 435 fatalities Police said Rovina had bought 2 new Koitas from the market a few days earlier She had also paid Rs 500 from the agreed Rs 30,000 as advance to the hired man Police have confiscated both the Koitas and investigations are in progress issues. Rovina would receive Rs 30,000 from her maternal side as her share from the rent of some rooms. Police sources said this amount would be taken by her husband and use it on alcohol. Police said Rovina had planned to kill both Julio and both his aunts about 20-25 days ago and was looking for a person to carry out the murders. She had contacted a nonGoan labourer from Assagao few days earlier but he reportedly did not show any interest. Later, she came in contact with Subhan Rajyaballi who was staying in a rented room at Munangwaddo, Assagao, and lured him with an offer of Rs 30,000 if he helped her with the murder of both aunts. Rovina then took accused Subhan on the bike in afternoon and hid him behind her house till late evening. As usual, Julio took their children for an evening walk to the beach and later returned home. He then left the house at about 7.30 pm. Both aunts were fast asleep in their room and Rovina put >Continued on P5 SPORTS Presence of Smith, Warner a challenge in Australia: Pujara 8 Diversification of MPT services on the cards! CM dispels coal fears THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In a bid to dispel fears that coal handling will increase manifold at MPT, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said he has got an assurance from Union Ports Minister Mansukh Mandvia that a study will be done to diversify services at the major port. Sawant who was speaking to journalists after the National Press Day function said he had requested Mandvia to do a study to begin other services at MPT and he has agreed. “The Ports Minister is expected to come to Goa soon,” Sawant said. Protests have been swelling in Goa against projects being implemented which seemingly are contributing to a coal transportation corridor between MPT and north Karnataka where power and steel plants are dependent on the uninterrupted supplies of the fossil fuel. The three projects - - doubling of the tracks of South Western Railways, four-laning of a national high- Sawant on Monday said he has got an assurance from Union Ports Minister Mansukh Mandvia that a study will be done to diversify services at the major port way and laying of high tension power lines - - have triggered a high pitch agitation as they are feared to cumulatively contribute to a hub for coal transportation between MPT and North Karnataka. With the protests blowing up, Sawant has in recent weeks has engaged in a damage control exercise to convince the local population that his government will not permit a coal hub but has achieved little success if any. He dashed off to Delhi at the height of the agitation where he met Mandviya and on his return said on Sunday that the Ports Minister had assured to set up a special committee to study MPT’s functioning aimed at reducing coal handling gradually. THRILL BY THE SEA PTI NEW DELHI India’s COVID-19 caseload mounted to 88,45,127 with 30,548 infections being reported in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 82,49,579, according to data updated by the Union health ministry on Monday. The coronavirus death toll climbed to 1,30,070 with 435 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of active cases remained below 5 lakh for the sixth consecutive day. There are 4,65,478 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date which comprise 5.26 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. The total number of recoveries has surged to 82,49,579, pushing the national recovery rate to 93.27 per cent. The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.47 per cent. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11 and crossed 80 lakh on October 29. According to ICMR, a total of 12,56,98,525 samples have been tested up to November 15. With Covid-related cases taking a dip of late in Goa and the State throwing its tourism industry open, water sports activities are gradually picking up on the Benaulim coast. Santosh Mirajkar CM urges caution in tourism & environ reporting THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday urged journalists to be cautious when reporting on issues related to the environment and tourism as adverse propaganda in these two areas can damage and cause loss to the State. “I have no issues when you write anything about politics. But on tourism and the environment the news gets disseminated across the world and can cause damage and loss to the State,” Sawant said addressing an audience comprising mostly journalists. He was delivering his ad- dress as chief guest at the National Press Day held to commemorate the foundation day of the Press Council of India. Goa has in recent months hit the headlines over three Centre-sponsored projects which are facing stiff resistance from greens, students and youth. Opposition political parties and a cross section of civil society organisations have also joined the agitation and allege the projects have potential to cause irreversible damage to protected forests in and around the Mollem National Park and Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. >Continued on P5 Moderna vaccine success gives world more hope Dope worth `4.2 cr seized A KEY ADVANTAGE OF in Goa in the last 10 months MODERNA’S VACCINE AGENCIES THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Various raids across the State by the Anti-Narcotics Cell and the police in the last 10 months have yielded seizures of narcotics worth Rs 4.2 crore, majority of the haul being seized from coastal areas. From January 1 to October 21, 2020, in nearly 10 months, 109 drug-related cases were registered with arrest of 125 persons. The raiding agencies confiscated 101 Kgs of narcotic substance in the process during this period. Out of the total of 109 drug cases registered in 10 months, a huge chunk of 73 cases were FROM JANUARY 1 TO OCTOBER 21 109 drug-related cases registered 125 persons arrested; 59 non-Goans and 27 foreigners Nigerians top the list of foreign nationals arrested with 8 101 Kgs of narcotic registered in the coastal areas with the arrests of 81 persons. From among the coastal police stations, Calangute tops in making the most the seizures 16 drugs-related cas- substance seized 73 cases registered in coastal areas Calangute Police seizes the most with 16 cases Anjuna and Pernem police stations follow with 12 cases each es registered at this police station. Anjuna and Pernem police stations are closely behind with 12 cases each. >Continued on P5 NEW YORK oderna Inc’s experimental vaccine was 94.5% effective in preventing Covid-19 based on interim data from a late-stage trial, the company said on Monday, becoming the second US drugmaker to report results that far exceed expectations. Together with Pfizer Inc’s vaccine, which is also more than 90% effective, and pending more safety data and regulatory review, the United States could have two vaccines authorized for emergency use in December with as many as 60 million doses of vaccine available this year. Next year, the US government could have access to more than 1 billion doses M Unlike Pfizer’s, Moderna expects it to be stable at normal fridge temperatures of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius (36 to 48°F) for 30 days and it can be stored for up to 6 months at -20C While Pfizer’s vaccine must be shipped and stored at -70C and can be stored for up to five days at standard refrigerator temperatures or for up to 15 days in a thermal shipping box just from the two vaccine makers, more than needed for the country’s 330 million residents. The vaccines, both developed with new technology known as messenger RNA (mRNA), represent powerful tools to fight a pandemic that has infected 54 million people worldwide and killed 1.3 million. The news also comes at a time when Covid-19 cases are soaring, hitting new records in the United States and pushing some European countries back into lockdowns. “We are going to have a vaccine that can stop Covid-19,” Moderna President Stephen Hoge said in a telephone interview. Moderna’s interim analysis was based on 95 infections among trial participants who received either a placebo or the vaccine. Of those, only five infections occurred in those who received the vaccine, which is administered in two shots 28 days apart. “Having more than one source of an effective vaccine will increase the global supply and, with luck, help us all to get back to something like normal sometime in 2021,” said Eleanor Riley, professor of immunology and infectious disease at the University of Edinburgh. Moderna expects to have enough safety data required for US authorization in the next week or so and the company expects to file for emergency use authorization (EUA) in the coming weeks. A key advantage of Moderna’s vaccine is that it does not need ultra-cold storage like Pfizer’s, making it easier to distribute. Moderna expects it to be stable at normal fridge temperatures of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius (36 to 48°F) for 30 days and it can be stored for up to 6 months at -20C. Pfizer’s vaccine must be shipped and stored at -70C, the sort of temperature typical of an Antarctic winter. It can be stored for up to five days at standard refrigerator >Continued on P5
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