log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday sundAY november 29, 2020 How to read media reports from Covid vaccine trials like a pro in short >> The Goan (Playstore) 14 pages Price ` 6 VOLume VI, No. 163 11 goa Process to add, delete, shift names in electoral roll begins in Mormugao 5 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 news HC: Members of armed forces should not be unduly harassed 7 MPT letter reveals the hidden truth: link between coal, double-tracking sports With no Plan B in place, India need their ‘A’ game to save ODI series 8 CM meets Shah, others over restart of mining Prez invited for L-Day celebration Cites non-completion of track-doubling as reason for dropping projects the goan I network Sikh devotees participate in ‘Nagar Kirtan’ (holy procession), ahead of the 551st birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, on Saturday. PTI Coal mining case: CBI raids in four states KOLKATA: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday carried out searches at 45 locations across four states in connection with an illegal coal mining case. According to the CBI, the raids are underway in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh involving officials of East Coal Fields Limited and some other individuals. UP promulgates law against conversions LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel on Saturday gave assent to an ordinance against forcible or “dishonest” religious conversions, an official said. The Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 has been promulgated with the approval of the Governor, the official said. J&K DDC election: 51.76 pc polling JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir District Development Council (DDC) elections witnessed 51.76 per cent polling in phase 1 on Saturday. KK Sharma, State Election Commissioner informed that the voting percentage in Jammu division was recorded at 64.2% and in Kashmir division, it was 40.65%. Govt is ready to talk with farmers: Shah NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said, “The government is ready to deliberate on every problem and demand of the farmers”, in a video message. Shah said the Centre will hold talks with the agitating farmers’ unions on December 3 and if they want to hold discussions before that, they will have to shift their protests at a government-designated venue. weather >> Max: 31.0 C Min: 22.2 C Humidity: 74% Tides Low: 04:04 High: 09:46 16:13 23:13 PANAJI The Mormugao Port Trust’s (MPT) recent proposal to drop four projects from the Port Master Plan has revealed that two coal-related projects are not feasible in the near future due to delayed SWR double-tracking works, thereby establishing a link between coal handling capacity expansion and the SWR double-tracking work. Details of MPT’s proposal to drop four projects had been made in a letter written by MPT Deputy Chairman Guruprasad Rai to the Secretary of the Union Ministry of Shipping on October 13, a copy of which is available with The Goan. In the letter, the MPT Dy Chairman stated that the “Mormugao Port Master Plan prepared in 2016 has listed various projects for implementation. However, certain COAL-RELATED PROJECTS 1 DEEPEN THE APPROACH CHANNEL & TURNING CIRCLE TO FACILITATE BERTHING OF CAPESIZE VESSELS REASON TO DROP PROPOSAL (According to MPT’s letter) Delay in issuing CRZ and EC clearance for capacity enhancement for coal handling at Berth 6 Non-completion of South Western Raiways track doubling works projects are found not feasible to be taken up in the near future.” The letter goes on to add that the issue was discussed MARGAO The recent examinations conducted by the Goa Public Service Commission (GPSC) have shown a marked improvement in the performance by the candidates who attempted the Computer Based Recruitment Test (CBRT). The Commission had received around 3,700 applications for the 22 positions of junior scale officers in personnel department in response to an advertisement earlier this year. The GPSC had scheduled the screening in March 2020 but had to postpone it due to the lockdown declared at that 2 COAL/IRON ORE TERMINAL AT OUTER HARBOUR REASON TO DROP PROPOSAL Dependence on railway doubling, which is much delayed during the review meeting held with the Secretary (Shipping) on October 1 to review the progress of works under NIP and Port Master Plan. K’taka playing foul; digs tunnel to divert Mhadei The MPT proposed to drop four projects listed under the Port Master Plan and cited reasons for this decision. Incidentally, two of the four projects are related to expansion of coal handling capacity, ‘Deepening of Approach Channel and turning circle to facilitate berthing of Capesize vessels’ and ‘Outer Harbour for Coal/ Iron Ore Terminal’. The MPT’s letter confirms that one of the reasons to propose dropping the project to deepen the Approach channel and turning circle to facilitate berthing of Capesize vessels was a “delay in issuing CRZ and EC clearance for capacity enhancement for coal handling at Berth 6”, while the another reason cited was “non-completion of SWR doubling works.’ Regarding the second project for a coal/iron ore terminal at Outer Harbour, the MPT also admitted that one of the reasons to propose dropping the project was a “dependence on railway doubling, which is much delayed”. “The letter throws up some very interesting facts. Actually, MPT has let the cat out of the bag and confirms the direct nexus between coal handling capacity expansion at MPT and the SWR double-tracking work,” said Vasco-based anti-coal pollution activist Sherwyn Correia. “Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral had recently stated that the MPT had written to the Union Shipping Ministry proposing to drop four projects under Sagarmala.” >Continued on P5 CM Sawant with the President of India in New Delhi on Saturday the goan I network PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday met Home Minister Amit Shah, Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi and Minister of Petroleum & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan on the issue of resumption of mining in Goa. At the meeting with the ministers in New Delhi, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta & Advocate General of Goa Devidas Pangam were present too. Sawant exudede confidence that some solution will come out in further delibera- tions with the Central government soon. Meanwhile, Sawant also met President Ram Nath Kovind and invited him to attend the Goa Liberation Day celebration. “Called on the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji, in New Delhi today. Extended a warm invitation to #PresidentKovind for the 59th Goa Liberation Day celebration, as we embark upon a new chapter to promote Goa’s cultural heritage on the national and global stage,” he tweeted. TENDULKAR ON A DIFFERENT PITCH Goa environment team discovers horrifying facts the goan I network PANAJI Alarming developments to stop the flow of Mhadei into Goa have come to light after a team of activists led by environmentalist Prof Rajendra Kerkar crossed into Karnataka only to find an underground tunnel dug up underneath the plateau to divert the entire flow of river Mhadei to Malaprabha. A dam and a canal have also been dug up at the site. These facts were noticed by the team comprising Prof Prajal Sakhardande, Adv Hridaynath Shirodkar, Mahesh Mhambre, Nehal Parab, Ravi Harmalkar who went on this study tour along with Prof Rajendra Kerkar and were eyewitnesses to these shocking facts that developed during the lockdown period, when the borders were sealed and crossing them was not allowed. Speaking to The Goan, Prof Prajal Sakhardande shared, “We began from Keri and crossing the Goa-Karnataka border our team went to Kanakumbi. There we were shocked to see the diversion of Mhadai into river Malaprabha.” Prof Sakhardande briefed that the Parvad tributary of Two members of Goan delegation in action on the other side in Karnataka. THE FLOW DIVERSION Briefing by Prof Sakhardande... Parvad tributary of Mhadei joins Kalsa river, but to restrict this natural flow, there have been huge rocks piled up artificially These rocks are brought from some other place and kept there, as they do not match the other surrounding rocks Also, an underground tunnel has been dug up by which to divert the entire flow of the Mhadai to Malaprabha Marked improvement: 79 clear GPSC examination the goan I network Awareness meet opposing mega projects at Aldona >> See pg 2 22 3,700 79 96 Junior scale officers in personnel department Applications received from candidates Cleared the test conducted by GSPC Qualified for a repeat examination time. In view of the pandemic, the Commission had decided to conduct a pre-screening test keeping in mind the various SOPs in force. Of the total 3,700 candidates who had applied, 2,723 candidates attempted the examination of which 79 cleared the test and passed and 96 qualified for a repeat examination. The Commission had earlier decided and informed all candidates that those who secured up to three marks less than the required cutoff in the respective categories would be eligible to answer a repeat examination. Of those who answered the repeat examination, 12 cleared in the general category and four cleared in the OBC category. All those candidates who >Continued on P5 Mhadei joins Kalsa river, but to restrict this natural flow, there have been huge rocks piled up artificially. These rocks are brought from some other place and kept there, as they do not match the other surrounding rocks. “Also, an underground tunnel has been dug up by which to divert the entire flow of the Mhadai to Malaprabha. It is shocking and glaring and sadly, the Goa government seems to be not aware of this,” stated Prof Sakhardande who expressed grave concern over the matter. Demanding that this diversion and the blocks should be removed and let the river flow into Goa in its natural course, Prof Sakhardande said that there is no flow in Goa as the >Continued on P5 Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar enjoying a jetski ride off Benaulim beach on Saturday. Santosh Mirajkar GMC mulls physical classes from Dec 1 the goan I network PANAJI Goa Medical College & Hospital at Bambolim (GMC) is planning to resume physical classes from December 1. The lone medical college administration has geared up for the resumption. However, some of the students are not happy with Goa’s apex hospital administration’s refusal to take any responsibility for the risks involved in view of the still prevalent Covid-19 pandemic. The medical college authorities have asked the students pursuing medical studies to submit an undertaking which says that neither the medical institution nor Government of Goa will be responsible if students contract the Covid infection. The undertaking also states that the students will be re- sponsible for their safety and follow the standard operating procedures. Even though the classes is scheduled to restart from December 1, the new academic session 2020-21 is likely to have a delayed start from February 1 and the new PG session will begin from July 1 as per the recommendations of the new regulatory body National Medical commission (NMC). It may be recalled that the Union Health Ministry has written to the states and UTs to resume classes simultaneously across the country in the interest of standardisation of medical education. As the NMC has advised the state governments to keep non-covid beds available in medical college hospitals, GMC also has to make such arrangements before resuming classes. Applying for emergency use of Covid vaccine: Serum AGENCIES PUNE he Serum Institute will apply within two weeks for the emergency use of the coronavirus vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and pharma giant AstraZeneca, the vaccine maker’s chief Adar Poonawalla said on Saturday after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to reports in the national media. “As of now, we don’t have anything in writing with the government of India on how many doses they will purchase but the indication is that it would be 300-400 million doses by July 2021,” he told reporters. “We are in the process of applying in the next two weeks for the emergency use,” Absolutely no need for vaccines to end pandemic: Former VP of Pfizer T Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Zydus Biotech Park to review the development of COVID-19 vaccine, in Ahmedabad, on Saturday. PTI he added. PM Modi on Saturday visited India’s top vaccine hubs to personally review the development of coronavirus vaccine and the manufacturing process. The visit, PM Modi’s office said, was meant to help him get a “first-hand perspective of the preparations, challenges and roadmap in India’s endeavour to vaccinate its citizens”. PM Modi began his threecity vaccine tour with a visit to pharma major Zydus Cadila’s LONDON: According to an article published in Lockdown Sceptics, Former Vice President and Chief Scientist of Pfizer pharmaceutical Dr Michael Yeadon wrote, There is absolutely no need for vaccines to extinguish the pandemic. I’ve never heard such nonsense talked about vaccines. You do not vaccinate people who are at risk from a disease. You also don’t set about planning to vaccinate millions of fit and healthy people with a vaccine that has been extensively tested on human subjects. plant in Gujarat, then flew to Hyderabad where he visited Bharat BioTech, which is working on Covaxin, and finally proceeded to Pune where Serum Institute of India, which will produce the Oxford vaccine, is based. Assuring about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine, Mr Poonawalla said, “At the moment the trials were more than enough for the efficacy. We might look at doing trials >Continued on P5
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