log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2020 10 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 152 Major measles outbreaks forecast for 2021 due to Covid: Study 8 IN SHORT >> Phase III trials of Covaxin starts at Redkar Hospital PANAJI: Biotechnology company Bharat Biotech on Tuesday stated that the phase III clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine candidate, Covaxin, has commenced with 26,000 participants from across 22 sites in the country including Goa. Goa’s Redkar Hospital and Research Centre, located at Dhargal, Pernem is among the centres where the trials are scheduled to begin. According to the statement by Bharat Biotech Trial, Phase III will include randomized trials with volunteers receiving two intramuscular injections approximately 28 days apart. While some volunteers will be given Covaxin, the others will be injected with placebos. Oncology consultant at Manipal Hospital in Dona Paula Dr Shekhar Salkar will be among the volunteers. 71% boycotted China goods this Diwali NEW DELHI: Heeding the call to boycott China from various quarters, Indian consumers mostly stayed away from purchasing China-made products this festive season. According to a LocalCircles survey, 71 per cent of local consumers did not purchase goods that carried a ‘Made in China’ tag. Delhi to shut Covid hotspot markets NEW DELHI: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal sought power from the Centre to impose lockdown in those market areas which may emerge as Covid-19 hotspots and decided to withdraw an order allowing 200 guests to attend wedding functions. Won’t tolerate unholy Gupkar gang: Shah NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration wants foreign forces to intervene in Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that Indian people will no longer tolerate an ‘unholy global gathbandhan’ against national interest. >> See pg 9 WEATHER >> Max: 35.2 C Min: 25.4 C Humidity: 77% TIDES Low: 06.45 High: 01.07 18.46 12.02 The Goan (Playstore) GOA Cuncolim borewell pollution was highlighted in December 2018 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEWS Trump asked for options to attack Iran last week 7 PANAJI n a first, Goa on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to discuss rolling out of India’s first project under the newly formed Convergence Energy Services Limited (Convergence) in the State. The MoU was signed with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), in the presence of R K Singh, Minister (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Nilesh Cabral, Power Minister, Goa, Sanjiv Nandan Sahai, Secretary, Ministry of Power and other senior officers of the Ministry. Under the agreement, EESL will install 100 MW of decentralized ground-mounted solar power projects on government land which will be used for agriculture. Around 6,300 agricultural pumps will be replaced with energy-efficient pumps. The EESL will also distribute ap- I Australia captain Paine, team-mates airlifted to NSW after Covid outbreak 10 AAP promises power-packed deal DELHI MLA CHADHA SAYS 73% GOANS WILL GET FREE ELECTRICITY WITHIN 48 HOURS IF AAP COMES TO POWER Ready to debate with Delhi Power Minister: Cabral THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Delhi MLA and a leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, Raghav Chadha landed at Goa Airport on Tuesday afternoon and reiterated his request to have a public debate with Goa’s Power Minister Nilesh Cabral over the effectiveness of Delhi’s electricity supply model as against Goa’s power supply model. The idea of the debate was floated by Cabral in a recent press conference and the sharp, young AAP MLA had gladly accepted it. With Cabral refusing to honour his word, Chadha preferred to communicate with him through the media. “A total of 73 per cent people of Goa will get free electricity and the remainder will receive cheap power along the lines of the Delhi model within 48 hours of the AAP forming the next government in Goa,” the young AAP MLA declared. THE GOAN I NETWORK NEW DELHI Private sector lender Lakshmi Vilas Bank on Tuesday was brought under moratorium with immediate effect till December 16, 2020, thereby, staying all actions and proceedings against that banking company during this period. During the month-long moratorium, the cash withdrawal limit has been capped for customers at Rs 25,000 in a month. The moratorium was imposed on the basis of an application submitted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) under Section 45 of the BR Act, according to a statement from the Ministry of Finance. Last month, credit rating agency CARE Ratings downgraded the 93-year old private sector bank’s already issued and proposed securities. In a regulatory filing, the bank had stated that CARE has downgraded its ratings of the Rs 50.50 crore unsecured redeemable non-convertible subordinated lower tier-II bonds to CARE BB Minus with Negative Outlook. Meanwhile, the Reserve >Continued on P6 >Continued on P6 Aam Aadmi Party Delhi MLA Raghav Chadha addresses the media along with other officials on Tuesday. Narayan Pissurlenkar Will expose BJP govt... >> See pg 5 Chadha informed that in Delhi people consuming up to 200 units of power per month get zero power bill and those consuming from 200 to 400 units of electricity per month get only 50 per cent bill. Besides, the power supply across Delhi is uninterrupted at all times. Lakshmi Vilas Bank under moratorium, withdrawals capped PTI He assured that the same system will be introduced in Goa within 48 hours when AAP is elected to power in Goa. Referring to electricity bills of Goa and Delhi he pointed out that in Delhi those consuming up to 200 units do not have to pay anything while those consuming 200 to 400 units have bills far lower than what Goans are paying. PANAJI Power Minister Nilesh Cabral on Tuesday evening said that he never received a call from AAP Delhi MLA Raghav Chadha. “He is nobody to dictate terms to me. He is not Goan public. I had stated clearly that he is free to visit my office to discuss this matter. If they want to debate on Goa’s power model, they should send their Power Minister and I am ready to debate anytime,” Cabral said. Cabral charged that Goa handles its own finances while Delhi’s finances are handled by the Central Government making it easier for Gawde mulls amendment to Cooperative Act MARGAO: Cooperation Minister Govind Gawde on Tuesday mulled Amendment to the Cooperative Act to bring in strict laws to safeguard the interest of the depositors and to strengthen the cooperative movement in the state. He warned that those who opened cooperative societies for their selfish gains will be brought under the scanner to ensure the safety of the depositors. >> See pg 2 Bank of India (RBI) has assured the depositors of the bank that their interest will be fully protected and there is no need to panic. Last month, Laksmi Vilas Bank’s founder K R Pradeep had told a news agency that there was no liquidity problem in LVB. He said they had 260 per cent liquidity coverage ratio versus an 80 per cent requirement. Politics of betrayal has to end in Goa, says Chadha THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Raghav Chadha, the national spokesperson for AAP, and Delhi MLA in a chat with Pramod Acharya on Prudent TV spoke his mind on the political scenario in Goa. Lamenting on the sad state of political affairs in Goa, Chadha said Goans have experienced politics of betrayal and backstabbing. “Congress has become irrelevant here. If there is any honest alternative before the people of Goa, it is only AAP. In the upcoming elections, only BJP and AAP would be at loggerheads”, he said. Speaking further, he said “if AAP gains the confidence of the voters, just like the people in Delhi, we would clean up this mess and provide good governance”. Assuring Goans that AAP UNDER THE AGREEMENT Congress has become irrelevant here. If there is any honest alternative before the people of Goa, it is only AAP. In the upcoming elections, only BJP and AAP would be at loggerheads — Raghav Chadha would not let them down, Chadha said “We will eradicate and rule out the three ‘C’s – casteism, communalism and corruption.” When asked who would be the chief ministerial face of AAP and whether the party would find 40 faces in Goa, Chadja announced three big takeaways, “AAP would announce the face at an appropriate time, the face would be from within the 15 lakh people in Goa and the Goans would be proud of the chief ministerial candidate.” Commenting on the horse trading practice that Goa is used to all these years, he said, “we will put a stop to horse trading practice. AAP pursues honest and clean politics. Let’s eradicate instability and betrayal. AAP Goa unit will find 40 brilliant candidates who are upright and give corruption-free governance in Goa.” When asked by Pramod Acharya on the timing of the announcement he made on the power bills, Chadha explained that he is not making a calculative announcement keeping the election in mind. “This conversation was started by the power minister in Goa. Now he has backtracked >Continued on P6 Accused wanted A RED CARPET FOR ISL IN GOA to stay separate from aunts-in-law THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Police investigations into the double murder in Siolim have revealed that the prime accused, Rovina Pereira Lobo (29), had been keen to stay away from her two aunts-inlaw in their ancestral house at Igrez-vaddo in Marna-Siolim. SIOLIM DOUBLE MURDER CASE Rovina and a hired killer, Subhan Nur Ahmad Rajyaballi (20) of Haveri-Karnataka but residing at Assagao, have been arrested on charges of murdering the two aunts-inlaw, Martha Lobo (64) and her sister Vera Lobo (62) on Sunday night. Sources said Rovina had a strained relationship with both aunts-in-law and wanted to reside separately from them. She is also reported to have discussed the matter with her husband, Julio, but he allegedly did not pay heed to her requests. Sources added that Rovina and both aunts-in-law would have frequent altercations since the last one year. Rovina was accused of attempting to assault Vera with a stick and the matter was reported to the police station. Final preparations are underway at GMC Stadium, Bambolim ahead of the Indian Super League opener on November 20. Kerala Blasters will take on ATK Mohun Bagan in the first match of the tournament, which will be held across three bio-secure venues in Goa. Narayan Pissurlenkar Drugs worth `13 lakh seized at Margao THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In a major crackdown on the illicit drug trade in the State, the Anti-Narcotics Cell of Goa Police raided three spots in and around Margao seizing 13.64 kgs of suspected ganja worth approximately Rs 13.62 lakh in the international market. The first raid was conducted by ANC Police Sub-Inspector Priyanka Sawant at Khareband in Margao. Ac- Goa to implement India’s first solar convergence project THE GOAN I NETWORK SPORTS EESL will install 100 MW of decentralized ground-mounted solar power projects on government land which will be used for agriculture Around 6,300 agricultural pumps will be replaced with energy-efficient pumps EESL will also distribute approximately 16 lakh LED bulbs for rural domestic households DNRE will carry out the feasibility studies and subsequent implementation of decentralized solar energy projects Projects will accelerate the usage of renewable energy sources, especially for agricultural and rural power consumption in the State It will also contribute to reduction of peak energy demand through the deployment of energy-efficient pumping and lighting proximately 16 lakh LED bulbs for rural domestic households. DNRE will carry out the feasibility studies and subsequent implementation of decentralized solar energy projects. Cabral said that “Goa is the first State to adopt Convergence. The project will save Rs 2,574 crore of the State over a period of 25 years while providing cleaner power. According to the agreement clean day time electricity will be provided to farmers as well as energy-efficient pump sets which would reduce the power consumption as well as transmission losses. Singh said, the MoU signed between EESL and Government of Goa in some sense marks the beginning of the fresh green revolution. He said, “this model is expected to be adopted by other states as this will reduces losses in terms of expenditure on water for farm sector which runs into crores of rupees. That pre-empts State spending on health, education, and other important sectors.” Singh also said he has asked his Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to look out for incentivising saving on energy and groundwater by farmers. The projects will accelerate the usage of renewable energy sources, especially for agricultural and rural power consumption in the State. It will also contribute to the reduction of peak energy demand through the deployment of energy-efficient pumping and lighting thus contributing to overall sustainability. Singh said, “the energy sector and the electricity sector in particular are transitioning in an unprecedented way. With this programme, Goa can avail 3 major benefits through reduced burden of subsidy, increased efficiency of products reducing power consumption and reduced burden on the environment. With this initiative, along with the Kusum Scheme, Goa is well on path of becoming a green state.” In Goa, with the objective of providing clean power at affordable rates, EESL will install solar projects in a first of its kind large scale programme where vacant/unused land provided by the Gram Panchayats/electricity board will be utilized. The solar power plant will be installed near the substation, with capacities ranging from 500KW to 2 MW, depending on the area of the land and this will help to supply power during the day time and reduce transmission losses. Speaking on the occasion, Sanjiv Nandan Sahai, Secretary, Ministry of Power, said “We believe that now that solar power has become affordable, implementing projects such as these can become a powerful means to eventually solarize our villages. Decentralized models of power development are becoming more and more important, and approaches such as the one being taken hold great promise to allow India to achieve >Continued on P6 cused Muhafiz Pathan (22), a resident of Khareband was arrested for being in illegal possession of 1.330 kgs of ganja worth Rs. 1.31 lakh. In the second raid conducted by ANC PSI Pritesh Madgaonkar, Millen Pilai (22), an Odisha native and presently a resident of Lotus Apartments in Majorda, was arrested for being in illegal possession of 10.310 kgs ganja worth approximately Rs 10.31 lakh. >Continued on P6
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