log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday >P8 SUNDAY JANUARY 17, 2021 12 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 208 Margao meet sounds bugle against linear projects, vows to save Goa AGITATION AGAINST COAL, DOUBLE-TRACKING TO BE INTENSIFIED THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO The 54th Opinion Poll Day celebrations at the historic Lohia Maida on Saturday saw NGOs, activists, people in general and the politicians sounding the bugle against the controversial linear projects as they pledged to protect Goa, its people and the environment from destruction. Speakers who assembled under the banner of Goenkar – Ek Pavl Ekcharanchem vowed to intensify the ongoing against the coal and track doubling projects till they are scrapped. Speakers called for unity amongst the agitating public a la Melauli stir to take the ongoing agitation against coal, track doubling and the power transmission projects to the logical conclusion. While the activists vowed not to rest till the govern- IN SHORT >> Cop-lawyer nexus: Dual bail pleas strengthens charge PANAJI: Mapusa-based lawyer Vinayak Porob just blew the whistle louder in his pursuit to expose a largely prevalent nexus between a coterie of lawyers and police officers jading proceedings in criminal courts. Late on Saturday night, Porob dispatched by ‘Speed Post’ copies of two separate bail applications filed simultaneously before the same court. >> See pg 5 Melauli locals to continue agitation VALPOI: The govt may have decided to move the IIT project out of Melauli, but locals are determined to continue their agitation till all their demands are met. >> See pg 3 WEATHER >> Max: 33.4 C Min: 23.1 C Humidity: 86% TIDES Low: High: 07.53 01.50 19.29 13.20 Oppn to discuss ‘projects’ in Assembly The traditional Dol-Tash reverberates ahead of the meeting at Lohia Maidan, Margao on Saturday. Santosh Mirajkar ment scrap these controversial projects, the politicians, including Leader of Opposition, Digambar Kamat, Goa Forward Chief Vijai Sardesai, Curtorim MLA Reginaldo Lourenco and Sanguem Independent MLA Prasad Gaonkar called for opposition unity to send the BJP government packing home. Nationalist Congress party Chief Minister Jose Philip D’Souza also lent his party’s full support to the ongoing agitation against the linear projects. Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao, however, informed that he could not attend the Lohia meeting as he had headed to Vailankanni. The impressive meeting began with the organizers paying homage to the two prominent faces of the Opinion Poll movement, MARGAO: After the impressive meeting at the Lohia Maidan on Opinion Poll Day, the scene now shifts to the Goa Legislative Assembly as the Opposition MLAs are set to discuss the issue. >> See pg 3 Dr Jack de Sequeira and Shabu Desai by lighting of a mashal (torch) at the hands of Sequeira’s grandson Ajit Sukhija and granddaughter Paula Sequeira Pinto and Shabu Desai’s son Vishal. Reminding that late Shabu Desai had taken the mashal to every corner of the state against the merger, speakers >Continued on P5 Make Goa your destination, CM exhorts film makers FILM FESTIVAL GETS OFF TO A GLITTERING START THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The glitz and glamour of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was replaced by masks, sanitisers and limited attendance as the festival got off to a glittering start at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Taleigao on Saturday. Speaking at the inaugural function of the 51st IFFI in the presence of Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and Kannada Film Maker Sudeep, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant invited Indian and global film makers to look at Goa as a preferred destination. He assured them of providing support, hassle free procedures and assistance. “We welcome all stakeholders in film industry with open arms to come and invest in Goa,” he said adding that ‘single window clearance’ has already >Continued on P5 A cultural troupe performs at the inaugural ceremony of the 51st International Festival of India at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Taleigao on Saturday. (More reports, photos on pg 9) Narayan Pissurlenkar Collaborate with government, Javadekar tells film industry PANAJI: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Saturday urged the film industry and other sectors to collaborate with the government in organising the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Speaking at the opening ceremony of the annual film extravaganza, Javadekar said there is a requirement of active participation from non-government sectors in such events. Mollem highway expansion plan: Study picks holes in govt’s claim on mishaps THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI cience writers Rohan Menezes and Lisann Dias have picked holes in the government’s claim that road accidents had spurred the planned expansion of the highway being opposed as it cuts through protected forests in Mollem National Park and Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. Dias and Menezes analysed news reports of road accidents for an eight-year period between 2011-19 along the current 2-lane NH748 (formerly NH4A) for the stretch at the Anmod-Mollem Ghat. The results rebuke Goa’s Environment S ACCORDING TO THE STUDY... 23 reports were analysed to ascertain how many accidents occurred in the 13-km protected area stretch of the highway and whether the narrowness was a factor As many as 17 of the 22 accidents for which locations could be determined, 17 did not take place within the protected area Analysis was based on 30 articles from LexisNexis: 23 related to specific accidents and seven to the general issue of accidents on this stretch and the proposed expansion project Same parameters were used as that used for the traffic police report for accidents along the Anmod-Mollem Ghat stretch of the NH4 between 2011 and 2019 Minister Nilesh Cabral’s claim that rise in accidents justifies the expansion project. The duo analysed 23 reports to ascertain how many accidents occurred in the 13-km protected area stretch of the highway and whether the narrowness was a factor. “As many as 17 of the 22 accidents for which locations could be determined, 17 (~77.3%) did not take place within the protected area,” according to the duo’s report published in the December 2020 issue of the scientific journal Zoo’s Print. Dias and Menezes based the analysis for their report on 30 articles from LexisNexis: 23 related to specific accidents and seven to the general issue of accidents on this stretch and the proposed expansion project. >Continued on P5 INDIA ON BACKFOOT RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 RESOLUTIONS THAT WERE ADOPTED Stop, denotify, land acquisition process for double-tracking South Western Railways stop all illegal work Expansion of four-laning of NHs be stopped 400 KV High Tension Power Transmission Line be scrapped Major Ports Authorities Bill 2020 be amended to ensure MPT is excluded & jurisdiction of all rivers handed over to CoP Scrap all destructive projects envisaged by MPT Covid vaccination drive begins in Goa, 426 get shots on Day-1 JAVADEKAR, SAWANT VISIT GMC FOR PAN-INDIA VIRTUAL LAUNCH ALL BENEFICIARIES TO GET CERTIFICATES THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Covid vaccination programme was kicked off in Goa on Saturday after the national launch with around 426 healthcare workers receiving a dose of ‘Covishield’ at seven centres across the state including five government hospitals. Ranganattha Bhojji, a member of the Multi-Tasking Staff of GMCH, became the first person to receive the vaccine at GMCH. Nodal officer for vaccination at GMC, Dr Jagadish Kakodkar informed that a total of 42 healthcare workers out of the list of 100 were vaccinated at GMC on Saturday. Two minor Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) were reported. The nationwide launch of Covid vaccine was held today at 11 am at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra >Continued on P5 Ranganattha Bhojji, a member of the Multi-Tasking Staff of GMCH, the first person to receive the vaccine at GMC on Saturday. ON PAGE 2 100 healthcare workers, docs get jabs at Manipal 38 beneficiaries take shots at Mapusa; 15 opt out, 8 rejected 70 staff, health workers get vaccinated at Chicalim 83/100 from Hospicio take vaccine, next session to be announced later 23 die in Norway after receiving Pfizer vaccine OSLO: Twenty-three elderly patients died in Norway following their immunization with the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine against Covid-19. Following this, the country has launched a detailed investigation into the reported fatalities. >> See pg 7 www.sterlitepower.com
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