log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday MONDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2020 GOA DGP Mukesh Kumar Meena under fire for taking pro-projects stand IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 8 pages 2 The Goan (Playstore) PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 157 GOA NCP: Open for pre-poll ties with like-minded parties, individuals 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INDIA Kerala CM says amended Act will not hinder free speech 6 Rlys, protesters to draw the line at Nessai crossing today STAGE SET FOR LAND DEMARCATION; CALL FOR SOLIDARITY WITH AGITATORS THE GOAN I NETWORK A labourer pulls a loaded cart along a road at Sadar Bazar in New Delhi, on Sunday. PTI MP govt planning ‘gaumata’ cess BHOPAL: The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh is planning to levy a cess to raise money for the welfare of the cow, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Sunday. Addressing a public meeting in Agar Malwa, Chouhan invoked “Indian culture” to explain the rationale behind the likely move to impose the “gaumata” tax. India to soon launch Deep Ocean Mission NEW DELHI: India will soon launch an ambitious ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ that envisages exploration of minerals, energy and marine diversity of the underwater world, a vast part of which still remains unexplored, a top official of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) said. The ministry’s secretary, M Rajeevan, said required approvals are being obtained for the “futuristic and game-changing” mission, and it is likely to be launched in the next 3-4 months. >> See pg 6 England lockdown to end on December 2 LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to end an England-wide lockdown as scheduled on December 2 and to announce a return to regional restrictions as statistics show coronavirus infections have stabilised. Johnson’s office said late Saturday that the government plans to return to using a three-tiered system of localised restrictions in England, with areas facing different measures based on the severity of their outbreaks. >> See pg 7 WEATHER >> Max: 34.5 C Min: 21.8 C Humidity: 85% TIDES Low: 12:39 23:50 High: 05:53 18:14 MARGAO All roads lead to Sao Jose de Areal as the stage is set for the demarcation of the railway land at the Nessai railway crossing on Monday morning at 10, even as the villagers have planned a peaceful protest at the site against double tracking. Activist Freddy Travasso has appealed to every individual to join the protest at the Nessai railway crossing on Monday at 10 am, saying the panchayat and the villagers have adopted several resolutions against double tracking since 2013 till date. “The villagers have decided to protest on Monday morning at the Nessai railway crossing since they and the panchayat had adopted a host of reso- STERN MESSAGE TO CM THROUGH NUVEM MLA Sao Jose de Areal panchayat members making a point to a police officer. Santosh Mirajkar. lutions against the double tracking project,” Freddy said, while making an appeal to the people to come in large numbers and show their solidarity with the villagers. The land demarcation near the Nessai level crossing has been fixed for Monday morning after the villagers and the Areal panchayat body had disputed the claims made by the Railways on the land acquisition near the crossing. In fact, tension had rent the air near the Nessai railway crossing last week after the Railways tried to resume work of excavation near the level crossing with armed protection from the Railway Protection Force, only to be stopped by the villagers and the local panchayat body. Goa on the edge as Centre mulls iron ore export ban THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI With steel sector facing major iron ore shortage for local consumption, the Central Government is considering a ban on the export of the raw material. Union Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan admitted to the constraints in the supply of iron ore to the steel sector and said that he would look into various suggestions for ban on export of iron ore. Pradhan was interacting with the members of the merchant chamber of commerce and industry (MCCI) via webinar. Mining firms in Orissa have shut their operations as they find it non profitable any more. This has resulted in a major shortage of iron ore. A total 21 mining blocks in Orissa used to produce 90 million tonnes of ore. However, the business is no more profitable after accounting for various taxes to govt including royalty, mineral fund, mineral trust, etc. “Stopping export is solely for the benefit of the private sector steel players. Today the higher the sale price of iron ore, the higher the royalty and other taxes/duties the state and government earnings are. An introduction of any ban reduces the earnings of the economy and the govern- MARGAO: Feeling betrayed that double tracking work goes on unabated despite a host of verbal assurances by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, people of Nuvem constituency on Sunday sent a strong message to Nuvem MLA Wilfred D’Sa, asserting the government will be absolutely wrong if it thinks that time consuming and delaying tactics will calm the people. The Nuvem MLA assured that he would immediately seek an appointment with the Chief Minister to discuss the issue with the people of his constituency. >> See pg 2 Both the panchayat body and the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd had later agreed to engage their respective surveyors for the proposed demarcation near the railway crossing on Monday morning. Sao Jose de Areal had been the flash point between the villagers and the railways over the last one month, with the villagers and the panchayat body getting the work stopped at the Nessai railway crossing on land issues. In fact, the Areal panchayat had a month ago issued a stop work order to the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd to stop work at the Nessai railway crossing, with the RVNL filing a firm reply that the railways need not obtain prior permission for railway works under the Railway Act. SPORTS Kohli’s absence will create a big hole in India’s line-up: Chappell 8 Covid cases drop to 78 amid two deaths in State THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The total victim count of Goa rose to 677 with the inclusion of two more deaths to the tally on Sunday. The deceased persons include a 78-year-old man from Curtorim, who was brought dead at Hospicio in Margao and tested positive after post mortem and an 87-year-old woman from Navelim, who expired in less than 24-hours of admission at ESI Covid Hospital in Margao. Meanwhile, the total number of new cases detected in the last 24 hours in the state has dropped to 78 from among the 1,139 samples tested. With this, the total confirmed cases so far have touched 46,826 of which 1,170 are presently active and 44,979 have recovered. The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients in Goa presently stands at 96.06 per cent. 677 TOTAL DEATHS IN THE STATE 46,826 CONFIRMED VIRUS CASES 1,170 ACTIVE CASES 44,979 RECOVERIES RECENT DEATHS 78-year-old man from Curtorim 87-year-old woman from Navelim SPANISH SURGE CII: MINING RESUMPTION KEY TO OVERCOME ECONOMIC CRISIS PANAJI: Resumption of mining is key to overcoming the economic challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Goa chapter of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has said in a document it released to accelerate the State's economy. With tourism also badly hit by the pandemic, the CII said in its 'white paper' that resumption of iron ore mining could play a "huge role' to generate jobs and restart Goa's traditional economy. The white paper also suggest reforms for the mining sector, brought to a halt by Supreme Court bans in 2012 and again in 2018. Tweaking Central mineral policy and regulations, phase wise halt to mining in eco-sensitive zones, regulatory mechanism to check illegal mining are some reforms the CII white paper suggests. It said, tourism was a key employment generator after mining halted but with the pandemic this sector too is facing a challenge and mining resumption is crucial. "Resumption of mining can play a huge role in generating employment and restart Goa's traditional economic engine," it added. ment, but helps the financials of the private steel sector,” said Ambar Timblo, President of Goa Mineral Ore Exporters’ Association (GMOEA). Meanwhile, the Centre is keen on finding a solution to the Goa mining issue as mining is a key economic activity in the state, Union mines minister Pralhad Joshi said. Mining operations in Goa came to a halt in March 2018 after the Supreme Court quashed 88 mining leases. “Goa government has submitted a representation. We are looking at various issues right now. I cannot comment much. But, as far as the sentiments of Goans are concerned, we are with them. We want to find out a solution to deal with the mining issue in the state,” the minister told PTI. “It (mining) has been stopped after the Supreme Court’s judgment. But, still, we are positively considering the request of the Goa government,” Joshi said. FC Goa forward Igor Angulo celebrates with team-mates after scoring against Bengaluru FC in their Indian Super League match at Nehru stadium, Fatorda, on Sunday. The Spaniard scored twice in three minutes as the Gaurs drew 2-2 with Bengaluru. >> Report on Pg 8 India exceeding Paris pact targets: PM AGENCIES NEW DELHI At the virtual G20 summit on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India is not only meeting its Paris Agreement targets but has also been exceeding them. In his address at the G-20 Summit side event, “Safeguarding the Planet - The Circular Car- bon Economy Approach”, he said that India has taken concrete action in many areas for clean climate. “Climate change must be fought not in silos but in an integrated, comprehensive and holistic way. Inspired by our traditional ethos of living in harmony with the environment, and the commitment of my Government, India has adopt- ed low-carbon and climate-resilient development practices,” he said. India has taken several measures such as elimination of single-use plastics, expansion of forest cover, restore 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030, achieve 175 giga watt of renewable energy aimed at reducing carbon footprint and prevent climate change. PM Modi batted for the International Solar Alliance, pointing out how it is “among the fastest growing International Organizations, with 88 signatories” and has plans to mobilise billions of dollars train thousands of stake-holders, and promote research and development in renewable energy, the ISA will contribute to reducing carbon foot-print”. RBI is first monetary authority India’s Covid vaccine efficacy higher than WHO criteria with million Twitter followers Sputnik vaccine cheaper than that of Pfizer & Moderna! AGENCIES PTI MUMBAI In a first among central banks, the Reserve Bank of India has become the first monetary authority in the world to have more than 1 million followers on its official Twitter handle. Despite much less monetary firepower, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has beaten the world’s most powerful central banks — the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank — on Twitter by a wide margin, emerging as the most popular central bank on the microblogging site with over 1 million followers. As of Sunday, the RBI handle is followed by as many as 10,00,513 people around the world. TOP 4 IN THE WORLD RESERVE BANK OF INDIA BANCO DE MEXICO BANK OF INDONESIA US FEDERAL RESERVE The achievement is impressive as the 85-year-old Reserve Bank was also a latecomer to the world of Twitter as it created the account only in January 2012. According to the latest information available on the RBI’s Twitter handle ‘@RBI’, the number of followers has increased from 9.66 lakh on September 27, 2020 to over 10 lakh as of Sunday. “RBI Twitter account reaches 1 million followers today. A new milestone. Congratulations to all my colleagues in RBI,” Governor Shaktikanta Das Tweeted on Sunday. At the second slot is the much lesser known central bank of Mexico (Banco de Mexico) with 7.74 lakh followers, followed by Bank of Indonesia (7.57 lakh). The U.S. Federal Reserve, the world’s most powerful central bank, has only 6.77 lakh followers, placing it at a distant fourth slot. With 5.91 lakh followers the Frankfurt-headquartered European Central Bank, the second most powerful monetary authority in the world, comes fifth. At the sixth rank is the Central Bank of Brazil with 3.82 >Continued on P5 MUMBAI n a statement that has generated optimism and curiosity in the medical fraternity, Bharat Biotech said on Sunday that its Covid-19 vaccine ‘Covaxin’ will be at least 60% effective, according to trial data. President of Quality Operations at Bharat Biotech Sai D Prasad said the World Health Organisation (WHO), United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), and India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) approved a respiratory disease vaccine if it was at least 50% effective. The firm said while it had aimed to achieve at least 60% efficacy - a minimum criteria set - it was now attempting to reach an even I MOSCOW: The price per dose of the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V will be much lower than that of the vaccines of US drug giants Pfizer and Moderna, said the Russian vaccine’s official Twitter account on Sunday. “Translating pharma lingo: the announced higher rate. “Chances of the vaccine being less than 50% effective are remote, as suggested by our trial results so far,” it said. In their target product profile for Covid-19 vaccines, WHO suggested that a “clear demonstration of efficacy (on a population basis) ideally with ∼50% point estimate” should be a minimum criterion for any acceptable candidate. The body also said that efficacy price of Pfizer of USD 19.50 and Moderna of USD 25-USD 37 per dose actually means their price of USD 39 and USD 50-USD 74 per person. Two doses are required per person for the Pfizer, Sputnik V and Moderna vaccines. The price of Sputnik V will be much lower,” the official account said. can be assessed against “disease, severe disease, and/or shedding.” With the vaccine’s efficacy passing the 50% mark, the news strikes an optimistic note in the country as it continues to reel under the effects of the ongoing pandemic. Bharat Biotech has also said the rolling-out process for the vaccine is aimed by mid-2021 after receiving approvals. “If we get all the approvals after establishing strong experimental evidence and data, and efficacy and safety data in our last stage of trials, we aim to launch the vaccine in Quarter 2 of 2021,” the company told News18. Bharat Biotech, which is manufacturing India’s first indigenous vaccine against Covid-19 had started PhaseIII trials earlier this month. The trials, involving 26,000 volunteers across 25 centres in India, are being conducted in partnership with the Indian Council of Medical Research. It is the largest clinical trial being carried out for a coronavirus vaccine candidate in India. However, the announcements raised eyebrows, as well. AIDAN co-convenor Malini Aisola said in a tweet - “Has not shared Phase 1 and 2 results. Doesn’t come clean on adverse events. Detailed protocols for Phases 1/2 and Phase 3 are not in the public domain(sic).” But Dr VK Paul, member of the Centre’s expert group on vaccines, told News18 the data from trials would be available only after completion of Phase-III trials, dismissing the allegation that there was anything unusual about the data being kept from the public for now.
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