log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday FRIDAY JANUARY 8, 2021 IN SHORT >> Following the confirmed reports of Bird Flu-related deaths of migratory and other birds in Himachal Pradesh, the Punjab government has issued an alert for any suspicious death of migratory or poultry birds. PTI Kartik and Suvarna to head zilla panchayats PANAJI: BJP candidates Kartik Kudnekar and Suvarna Tendulkar are set to head the zilla panchayats in North and South Goa respectively following their election unopposed to the top spots. Meanwhile, Diksha Kandolkar will be the vice chairperson in North and and Khushali Velip in South Goa. Both elected unopposed. >> See pg 2 Ports Minister bats for GoaMiles digi meters MAPUSA: Ports Minister Michael Lobo said everyone including the GoaMiles should follow a queue system while collecting customers from the hotel. “Whether it is GoaMiles or any other Miles, nobody can just come and take a customer from the hotel. Let them stand in queue and take the guests,” Lobo said. >> See pg 3 8 pages The Goan (Playstore) PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 199 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday Melauli violence: 1 arrested, over 100 protesters booked n DGP MEETS GOVT, POLICE OFFICIALS IN VALPOI TO REVIEW SITUATION n TENSION PREVAILS AS PROTESTERS VOW TO OPPOSE DEMARCATION WORK THE GOAN I NETWORK VALPOI/PANAJI A day after the agitation launched by locals at Melaulim against the IIT project there turned violent, the Goa Police on Thursday arrested one person and booked an FIR against over 100 protesters present at the site during the violence including political activists of the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The violence had erupted after a government team of surveyors were pelted with stones and in retaliation police had cane charged hundreds of protesters who had blocked access to the site. Director General of Police Mukesh Kumar Meena, IPS, meanwhile descended on ground zero on Thursday Statewide agitation if force is used, warns Congress Demarcation work to go ahead: CM VALPOI: A defiant Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the demarcation work would continue and the IIT project would come up at Melauli only. Speaking to Prudent TV, Sawant insisted that the government would not allow anyone to take law into their hands. sume on Friday. According to reports, Valpoi police arrested Vishwesh Prabhu of Valpoi on charges of assaulting the police and was later sent to the Mapusa VALPOI: Opposition Leader Digambar Kamat on Thursday warned of a statewide agitation if the State government used force to suppress protests against the IIT project at Shel-Melauli. Kamat was speaking to reporters after he along with GPCC President Girish Chodankar and other Congress leaders visited the Valpoi police station and later interacting with agitating locals at Shel-Melauli. >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 A strong posse of policemen deployed at Melauli following the violence. More photos, reports on pg 2 morning and held a high-level meeting to beef up the security in the area. Strong police presence was deployed at the the site as well as at the Valpoi police station. The DGP convened a meeting with police officials, depu- ty collector, mamlatdar, joint mamlatdars and the demarcation team at the 2nd IRB Camp in Valpoi. However, further tension is likely as protesters have vowed to oppose demarcation work which is expected to re- THE GOAN I NETWORK NEW DELHI: Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Thursday announced that the Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2021 for IIT Admission will be held on July 3. The Union Education Minister said that IIT Kharagpur would conduct the JEE Advanced 2021 exam. Tractor march against farm laws sets rolling WEATHER >> Max: 33.3 C Min: 24.4 C Humidity: 96% TIDES Low: High: 12:36 ----05:28 19:45 Pro-Trump mob swarming the Capitol Hill building, while (inset) police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House Chamber on Wednesday. PTI Pro-Trump mob attacks Capitol Hill, 4 dead AGENCIES WASHINGTON Four people died, including one woman who was shot by a police officer, amid protests and rioting on Capitol Hill by supporters of Donald Trump who swarmed inside the building amid a session of Congress to certify Joe Biden’s election PG8 Covid vaccines ready for supply, says govt AGENCIES NEW DELHI Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said that the COVID-19 vaccines ‘Covishield’ and ‘Covaxin’ are on the verge of being available in the country. The Health Minister, while addressing a press conference, said, ‘’COVID-19 vaccines ‘Covishield’ and ‘Covaxin’ are on the verge of being available in the country. Our efforts are to ensure seamless last-mile delivery of the vaccine.’’ The Union Health Minister said this after his meeting with the health ministers of all states & UTs. He further informed that the feedback on the dry run of the COVID0-19 vaccine in 4 states was reviewed. “We have made improvements based on the feedback. Tomorrow (January 8), a dry run will be done in 33 states & Union Territories,’’ Harsh Vardhan said. “Maharashtra, Kerala and Chhattisgarh have seen a sudden spike in coronavirus cases MISSION VACCINATION Government sources said that the transportation of the COVID-19 vaccine will begin by Thursday or Friday The Centre has allowed passenger aircraft to transport vaccines >> Pune will be the central hub from where vaccine distribution will take place 41 destinations across the country have been finalised for delivery of vaccines recently. This gives us a warning that we shouldn’t forget precautions and continue our fight against COVID-19,’’ Dr Harsh Vardhan said. The Minister further stated that some priority groups have been decided for vaccination as advised by the experts’ group formed by PM Narendra Modi. The Union Health Minister added, “We have to ensure that no >Continued on P5 Probe sought into illegal extraction by DM Mining THE AMERICAN MOBOCRACY JEE Advanced exams on July 3: Pokhriyal NEW DELHI: Amid tight security, thousands of farmers on Thursday started their tractor-march from protest sites near Delhi border points against the three agriculture laws. LABUSCHAGNE, SMITH STEADY AUSSIE BATTING RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 win, triggering unprecedented chaos and violence at the heart of American democracy and accusations the outgoing president was attempting a coup. In a late-night news conference, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J Contee said that 52 were arrested over the violence that saw pro-Trump rioters break- ing windows, climbing on rafters, ripping down US flags and roaming the Senate chamber. Lawmakers were told to grab gas masks as police deployed tear gas inside the Rotunda, the ornate area under the dome that connects the House and the Senate, according to the Washington Post. Both the House and Senate and the entire Capitol were placed under a lockdown. Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers were evacuated to safe locations. Security forces fired tear gas in a four-hour operation to clear the Capitol. Vowing not to be deterred, >Continued on P5 PANAJI The attorney of the Navelim Comunidade, Gajanan Parab, in a complaint addressed to the Chief Secretary and Mines Secretary recently has sought a government probe into multiple issues related to alleged illegal extraction of iron ore by the Damodar Mangalji mining firm in its property. Apart from the illegal extraction of ore, the attorney of the Comunidade has raised issues of the company building several unauthorised structures without its consent. Also, the company has retrenched from its employ all villagers and ‘components’ of the Comunidade, he added. Several other issues were raised in the complaint by Parab which include contesting the Company’s claims of producing several million tonnes of processed ore from lease areas which were allegedly “not worked on”. Parab has also claimed in COMUNIDADE ATTORNEY'S COMPLAINT Also, the company has retrenched from its employ all villagers and 'components' of the Comunidade Adjacent properties of villagers and also components damaged allegedly due to activity of the mining firm ATTORNEY'S CONTENTION Damodar Mangalji mining firm's claims of producing several million tonnes of processed ore from lease areas which were allegedly "not worked on" the complaint that adjacent properties of villagers and also components were damaged allegedly due to activity of the mining firm. Earlier too in October, a local citizens group headed by one Shyamsundar Naik had filed a complaint against the same mining firm alleging that an approximately onelakh tonnes of iron ore was illegally extracted. Naik’s complaint is being perused by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Crime Branch which is tasked with the responsibili- ty of investigating the illegal mining scam. Meanwhile, in a public notice issued by the Comunidade of Navelim in local dailies, it pointed out that it has received complaints of various illegalities committed by Damodar Mangalji & Co Ltd and Damodar Mangalji Mining Company in regards to mining and the permitted lands in Navelim. The public notice stated that arrangements with DMC regarding the land parcels in question stand terminated and discontinued. After the party, GCZMA orders Scientists pick holes in EIAs of Mollem projects ACCORDING TO THE GREENS... re-sealing of Sunburn Club THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) on Thursday belatedly decided to re-seal the controversial premises of the Sunburn Beach Club at Ozran in Vagator. The beach club was a host to several high decibel rave parties from December 30, 2020 to January 3 in the New Year, much to the annoyance of local residents. GCZMA Member Secretary Dashrath Redkar informed that the authority has decided to seal the club. “After discussion, the committee has decided to seal the Sunburn Beach Club. Tomorrow (Friday) morning I will be SEAL, DE-SEAL, & PARTIES On the direction of the GCZMA, the deputy collector had sealed the club on December 18, 2020 Subsequently, the member secretary reviewed his decision and ordered de-sealing of the club on December 28 Incidentally, several high decibel rave parties were organised in the Club from December 30, 2020 onwards issuing an order to the deputy collector and it will be sealed tomorrow itself,” Redkar said. On the direction of the GCZMA, the deputy collector had sealed the club on December 18, 2020. Subsequently in a decision that surprised many, the member secretary reviewed his decision and ordered de-sealing of the club on December 28 ostensibly to felicitate removal of perisha- ble items from the premises. Sources in the GCZMA informed that representatives of the club, who were present for a hearing, were questioned by committee members how they went ahead and organised night parties when the permission was issued only to remove perishable items. The sources further >Continued on P5 PANAJI he environment impact assessment (EIA) reports of the three controversial projects of the Central government cutting through protected forests in and around the Mollem national park have gaping holes and substantial inadequacies, a detailed critical assessment by a group of 30 scientists, wildlife researchers and noted environmentalists has exposed. “Environment impact assessment (reports) for these projects are considerably weak” says the study by the group which figure in its ranks noted Goan greens -- Nirmal Kulkarni, Parag Ragnekar and Dr Nandini Velho. Many in this group of 30 are attached either as faculty or researchers to reputed insti- T The study published in the journal of 'threatenedtaxa. org' states that important bird, mammal and insect species prevalent in the areas covered by the railway track doubling project, are missing The presence of the Bengal Tiger in the area is not mentioned. The EIA report states that no endangered species are found in the area which is clearly misleading Asian Palm Civet is coded as a carnivore, but the Small Indian Civet, Brown Palm Civet, and Stripe-necked Mongoose are incorrectly coded as herbivores tutes and organisations like the Azim Premji University at Bengaluru, Mumbai’s Wildlife Conservation Trust, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda among others. The study also reiterated the demand voiced earlier in a letter to the MoEF&CC by 200-odd greens, for a detailed investigation to quantify the cumulative impact on protected forests of the three projects -- highway expansion, railway track doubling and the inter-State Tamnar power project. Slamming the NH-4A expansion EIA report, the study questions the scrupulous omission of ‘tiger presence’ in it. “The presence of the Bengal Tiger in the area is not mentioned. The EIA report states that no endangered species are found in the area which is clearly misleading, considering three endangered mammal species occur, including the Tiger, Dhole, and Indian Pangolin,” states the study by the group of 30 greens. The Tamnar power project, promoted by the Vedanta-owned Sterlite Power, and the two other projects -- NH-4A expansion and double tracking of the South Western Railway line -- collectively require over 50,000 trees in the >Continued on P5
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