log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2020 GOA Pay up or face action, Margao Council tells tax defaulters IN SHORT >> 2 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 153 GOA MLA and locals protest over water shortage in Porvorim 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEWS Modern habitats for troops deployed in eastern Ladakh 7 8 SPORTS Bumrah, Shami likely to be rotated for limited-overs series against Australia DAVORLIM FLASHPOINT: POLICE VS PROTESTERS MEN IN KHAKI THREATEN AGITATORS WHEN ASKED TO PRODUCE PAPERS FOR RAILWAYS EXPANSION WORKS Devotees carry vessels containing ‘holy water’ from River Ganga on the occasion of ‘Chhath’ festival, in Patna, on Wednesday. PTI 51st IFFI delegate registration begins PANAJI: IFFI has commenced the delegate registration of the 51st IFFI scheduled for January. Following paid categories are: Delegate cine enthusiast: Rs 1000 + taxes as applicable and delegate professionals: Rs 1000 + taxes as applicable. The registration can be done at the following URL: https:// iffigoa.org/ Registration will be on first come first basis to the limited delegates due to COVID19 pandemic, says a PIB communique. Kites & laser beams banned near airport VASCO: The South Goa District Magistrate has imposed a complete ban on all activities involving use of lantern kites, wish kites and use of laser beam with high intensity lights especially during festival within 10 kms of Dabolim Airport boundary. The magistrate has imposed the ban to avoid danger to the safety of aircraft during landing and take-off for a period of 60 days with effect from November 13. 1) The site at Davorlim where the local protestors and police came to face on Wednesday morning. 2) Heavy earthmoving machinery deployed by the Railways to raze down a structure at the Nessai railway crossing. 3) The protesters at the site of track laying work. Santosh Mirajkar THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Anti-track doubling activists came face to face with railways and police officials on the Davorlim railway tracks on Wednesday morning when the people demanded stoppage of all works till the railways produce the documentation on the land acquisition and other NOCs. The people charged senior police official, DySP Kiran Podwal for acting in a high handed manner, accusing the police officer of issuing threats that they will not be able to go abroad if cases are registered against them. A group of Davorlim villagers along with Goemcho Ekvott executive committee members led by Creson Antao descended near the work site where the workers were on the job to lay the new track. A large posse of policemen was mobilized by the administra- 1 A large posse of policemen was mobilized by the administration to keep the protestors at bay, but the people insisted that the work be stopped till the railways produce the documents, including land ownership documents, NOCs etc tion to keep the protestors at bay, but the people insisted that the work be stopped till the railways produce the documents, including land ownership documents, NOCs etc. The people also demanded to know whether the contractor executing the work of laying the track had obtained the health cards for the migrant workers engaged on the site. Health officials, who were called on the site, asked for the health cards from the 2 The protesters charged senior police official, DySP Kiran Podwal for acting in a high handed manner, accusing the police officer of issuing threats that they will not be able to go abroad if cases are registered against them workers. The supervisor told the health officials that the heath cards will be submitted at the health office by evening. A local resident Andrew Rebello told the media that Davorlim villagers will not allow the work of laying the track to resume as they are convinced that the land of the villagers have been taken over by the railways for a wrong cause to transport coal. “The railways maintained they have paid money for the land ON PAGE 2 Armed RPF personnel roped in to quell rail-doubling protests Structures razed near level crossings but they had never clarified to the people that the land was being taken over for coal transportation. This land belong to the villagers and we will not allow anyone to put the land for wrong use”, Andrew said, adding that coal transportation on the new track will affect the health of the villagers and have a negative impact on the fields and water bodies. Saying the villagers had asked for documents on the marking of 30 meter land on either side of the tracks, >Continued on P6 MARGAO Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kiran Podwal came under fire from activists as well as on the social media after he was captured on camera threatening the activists who had come to demand answers to their queries at the Davorlim track laying work. That the Police officer reportedly used language such as “bloody fool” and “get out” when the people were demanding to know whether the ongoing work had a work order did not go down well with the activists. When a local villager sought to know whether the railways had the work order, THE GOAN I NETWORK PONDA: Two youth from Sankhali died after their twowheeler was knocked down by a vehicle at Wadakade in Usgao on Wednesday morning. According to reports, Alisha Fernandes (21) and Chandrakant Dhali (20) were on a two-wheeler proceeding from Pale to Ponda, when they were knocked down by a vehicle, which sped away after the mishap. Both riders died on >> See pg 3 the spot. WEATHER >> Max: 35.4 C Min: 24.8 C Humidity: 86% TIDES 19:33 12:59 THE GOAN I NETWORK Former Goa Guv Mridula Sinha no more at 77 WALK OF FAITH 2 youth die on spot in Usgao mishap Low: 07:34 High: 01:55 Police show arrogance, use foul language against locals The feast of Our Lady of Rosary Church, Navelim was celebrated on Wednesday with religious fervour, but without the usual pomp due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More pics on pg 2 Santosh Mirajkar PANAJI Former Goa governor Mridula Sinha passed away in Delhi on Wednesday. She was 77. U n i o n Home Minister Amit Shah paid homage to her tweeting: “She worked for the nation, society and organization throughout her life. She was also an accomplished writer who will always be remembered for her writing.” Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and current Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari also condoled Sinha’s passing away. Sinha, a low-profile Bharatiya Janata Party woman activist, held the Governor’s post for a term and came in for scrutiny for her controversial role in installing the Manohar Parrikar led coalition govt. WHAT DID THE COP SAY TO A VILLAGER ... Who are you to ask for a work order. What work are you doing here, Bloody fool. You cannot stop the government work. You have any problems, go to the officials and get them resolved the DySP yelled at him, saying “who are you to ask for a work order. What work are you doing here, Bloody fool. You cannot stop the government work. You have any problems, go to the officials and get them resolved”. He then warned the people that they will not be able to go abroad if any offense is registered against him and further threatened them to invoke Section 353 of the IPC. Activist Sandra Rodrigues, who was there on the ground at Davorlimn, claimed that the police officer was rude with the people, threatened to confiscate their cell phones and put them behind bars. “This police officer told the people that they are not supposed to trespass intro the railway property. We replied back saying we have every right to enter as their demand >Continued on P6 Now, Goa hotels to maintain rooms for Covid clients! THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The State Health Minister on Wednesday disclosed that the Health Department which he heads is in the process of finalizing the guidelines for the hospitality industry in Goa whereby it will be a mandatory requirement for all hotels in Goa to identify separate isolation rooms for the guests who test positive for Covid-19. The guest will, however, have to pay the due rent for these rooms in order to isolate themselves at the hotel. Speaking to the media, the Health Minister stated, “We are also bringing new SOPs that every hotel will have to have isolation rooms to handle isolation if some of their guests test positive for Covid-19. Let the guest pay and isolate in the hotel itself. They We are also bringing new SOPs that every hotel will have to have isolation rooms to handle isolation if some of their guests test positive for Covid-19. — State Health Minister must. The SOPs and guidelines are in the process of finalization.” The Health Minister dismissed the suggestion to renew testing and screening for Covid-19 of the incoming tourists at Goa’s border check posts. “Border testing is not feasible. You have to know what strategy you want to use and stick to it. Our testing had dropped slightly. We are trying to keep it as high as 2,000 tests a day,” he said. Manmohan owed his position Pfizer final analysis of Phase 3 study indicates to Sonia: Obama in memoir COVID-19 vaccine efficacy rate of 95 per cent AGENCIES NEW DELHI Former US president Barack Obama’s memoir A Promised Land has kicked up a storm across the globe as his observances about his interactions with leaders of different countries have provided political fodder to many. A Promised Land, released on Tuesday, covers the first term of Obama as the US president during 2008-12. In his memoir, while Obama has remembered Manmohan Singh Indian Prime Minister at the time fondly as a “man with uncommon wisdom”, he has also mentioned that Singh owed his position to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. In his book, Barack Obama has said that Sonia Gandhi picked him to be the PM because he posed no threat to her son Rahul Gandhi, whom she was grooming to be her heir. “(Singh) owed his position to Sonia Gandhi... More than one political observer believed that she’d chosen Singh precisely because as an elderly Sikh with >Continued on P6 Manmohan Singh uncommonly wise: Former US President In his memoir, Obama mentions then-Indian PM Manmohan Singh with affection. “I would find Singh to be wise, thoughtful and scrupulously honest,” Obama writes at one place in the book. He also described Manmohan Singh as the “man with uncommon wisdom” who appears “holy” to “the Western eye”. AGENCIES NEW YORK he Pfizer and BioNTech on Wednesday (November 18, 2020) announced that after conducting the final efficacy analysis in the Phase 3 study, their COVID-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, met all of the study’s primary efficacy endpoints. They said that the analysis of the data indicates a vaccine efficacy rate of 95% in participants without prior SARS-CoV-2 infection (first primary objective) and also in participants with and without prior SARS-CoV-2 infection (second primary objective), in each case measured from 7 days after the second dose. T FIGHTING THE VIRUS Pfizer said the study results mark an important step in this historic eightmonth journey to bring forward a vaccine capable of helping to end this devastating pandemic We continue to move at the speed of science to compile all the data collected thus far and share “The first primary objective analysis is based on 170 cases of COVID-19, as specified in the study protocol, of which 162 cases of COVID-19 were with regulators around the world, said Dr Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chairman and CEO observed in the placebo group versus 8 cases in the BNT162b2 group. Efficacy was consistent across age, gender, race and ethnicity demograph- ics. The observed efficacy in adults over 65 years of age was over 94%,” said Pfizer. There were 10 severe cases of COVID-19 observed in the trial, with nine of the cases occurring in the placebo group and one in the BNT162b2 vaccinated group. Pfizer stated that to date, the Data Monitoring Committee for the study has not reported any serious safety concerns related to the vaccine. “A review of unblinded reactogenicity data from the final analysis which consisted of a randomized subset of at least 8,000 participants 18 years and older in the phase 2/3 study demonstrates that the vaccine was well tolerated, with most solicited adverse events resolving shortly after vaccination. The only Grade 3 (severe) solicited adverse events greater than or equal to 2% in frequency after the first or second dose was fatigue at 3.8% and headache at 2.0% following dose 2. Consistent with earlier shared results, older adults tended to report fewer and milder solicited adverse events following vaccination,” added Pfizer. The companies announced that the safety milestone required by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization >Continued on P6
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