log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday SATURDAY JANUARY 23, 2021 IN SHORT >> A medic takes a sample of a commando for COVID-19 test at Ravindra Rangshala in New Delhi, on Friday. PTI 40th Kesarbai Sangeet Samaroha from Jan 29 PANAJI: Rated among the top 10 music festivals of India, the 40th edition of Surashree Kesarbai Kerkar Sangeet Samaroha will begin from January 29 to 31 at Dinanath Mangeshkar Kala Mandir, Panaji, with the participation of a galaxy of top rated vocalists and instrumentalists of India. Third minister quits Bengal government KOLKATA: West Bengal Minister Rajib Banerjee on Friday quit the government citing a change of portfolio two years ago and broke down on camera. He is the third minister to resign this month in the middle of an exodus from Mamata Banerjee’s TMC ahead of elections. >> See pg 9 Chanchal no more; PM condoles death NEW DELHI: Narendra Chanchal, well-known bhajan singer died at a Delhi hospital on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and wrote, “Extremely saddened to hear the news of Narendra Chanchal ji’s death. He made a mark in the world of devotional songs. My condolences to his family and fans.” M’rashtra sand trucks stopped at Old Goa OLD GOA: Irate sand transporters stopped several trucks from Maharashtra, which were used for transporting sand from Kudal, along the Old Goa bypass road on Friday. The local sand transporters alleged there were no documents with the drivers for transporting the sand. >> See pg 5 WEATHER >> Max: 31.6 C Min: 20.8 C Humidity: 93% TIDES Low: High: 13:03 05:32 ---20:45 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 10 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 214 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday All 3 projects necessary, State govt tells the CEC TEAM JAYAKRISHNAN TAKES RAIL CAR RIDE, INSPECTS DOUBLE-TRACK ROUTE THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said his government has emphasized before the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) that all the three linear projects which run through the Mollem National Park and the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary “are required” in the interest of Goa. Sawant said, the Goa government has placed all facts about the projects before the CEC even as the latter headed by former Goa Chief Secretary PV Jayakrishnan inspected the South Western Railway route on a stretch between Tinaighat and Kalay where the Railways are proposing to lay a second parallel track. The Supreme Court appointed CEC stopped at three ON SATURDAY The CEC will inspect the Sanggod site near Mollem where the Tamnar project’s 400KV substation is proposed to be built Later, the CEC will visit the MPT where they are expected to be met by multiple stake-holders, including those opposing the projects spots along the route including at the famous Dudhsagar waterfall. The CEC concluded the second day of its site visits in Goa within the Mollem wildlife sanctuary, covering the areas likely to be affected by the double tracking project -the biggest of the three linear AICC starts process to rebuild Goa Cong THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI All India Congress Committee on Friday approved the proposal of the constitution of state and district coordination committees, the appointment of AICC observers to launch digital membership drive and to oversee the effective overhaul of organization and reconstitution of the party’s units in Goa with immediate effect. The 15-member state coordination committee will be led by Ramakant Khalap as the chairman and Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco as the co-chairman. It may be noted that the names of former Chief Ministers Pratapsing Raoji Rane and Ravi Naik were conspicuous in their absence fr the list of members of the state coordination committee. The South District Coordination Committee will include Subhash Faldessai, Joe Dias, Julio Fernandes, Assuciana Rodrigues and Muchell Rebello. The North District Coordination Committee will include Amarnath Panjikar, Vijay Bhike, Pratap Gawas, Shiny Party to elect prez by June RECOMMEND SC TO REVOKE CLEARANCES: YOUTH TO CEC 1 Young Goans on Friday urged the CEC to recommend to the SC the revocation of clearances granted to the three linear projects in Mollem forests It said that it feels their future is at stake and they have come together to raise their voice against 2 projects that will cut through the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park. The committee is hearing 3 >> See pg 3 petitions filed by several environmental groups challenging the clearances granted to the three infrastructure projects claiming several dis- >Continued on P6 >Continued on P6 would be expected to die after catching the original strain. But that rises to “13 or 14” for the new strain. “You will see that across the different age groups as well, a similar sort of relative increase in the risk,” he added. Britain is in the grip of its third and worst wave of the virus, recording record daily death tolls that have pushed the total figure close to 100,000. Another 1,401 people were announced on Friday to have died within 28 days of testing positive, bringing the total to PANAJI Leader of Opposition DIgambar Kamat on Friday informed that the Opposition will unitedly take the government to task over the pressing issues facing Goa. Among the prominent issues which the Congress expects to raise are the amendment to Lokayukta Act, Municipal Act ordinance and implementation of the new Motor Vehicle Act. Speaking to media people at Congress House, Kamat stated, “From Monday, the four-day session of the Goa Assembly will commence. We will raise a host of issues to make the most of this short session, which the government has convened without paying heed to our demand for a longer session this year.” He said that the Goa Lokayukta Act amendment cleared by the cabinet is scheduled to be passed by the Assembly and accused the MAIN ISSUES TO BE RAISED Amendment to Lokayukta Act Municipal Act Ordinance Implementation of new Motor Vehicle Act BJP government of “attempting to weaken and dilute the institution of Lokayukta”. “Lokayukta takes care of all the complaints against corruption. Reducing its powers is not ideal,” Kamat warned. Speaking about the Municipal Act ordinance, Kamat said, “Was it of such urgency and emergency to amend these many sections of the Municipal Act without consulting the stakeholders? The Select Committee stage has also been wiped out. The ordinance has been cleared without applying the mind. >Continued on P6 Gujarat tableau artistes perform during the tableaux press preview as part of the Republic Day rehearsals, at Ravindra Rangshala in New Delhi, on Friday. Covaxin has tolerable safety, enhanced immunity: Lancet T >Continued on P6 THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK Oliveira and Victor Gonsalves. Prakash Rathod has been named as the AICC observer for Goa, Sunil Hanumannavar as the South Goa AICC observer and Mansoor Khan as the North Goa AICC observer. The whole exercise at strengthening the party appears to be an outcome of the submission of AGENCIES crepancies, concealing information and hasty clearances that will adversely affect the wildlife and biodiversity within the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park. Upon conclusion of the visit the CEC will either hold more hearings in the case or directly file its report before the Supreme Court either recommending that changes be incorporated in the projects or that they be scrapped altogether. On Saturday, the CEC will inspect the Sanggod site near Mollem where the Tamnar project’s 400KV substation is proposed to be built. Later, the members of the CEC will visit the Mormugao Port Trust where they are expected to be Opposition organises itself to take on govt during 4-day session Aim to vaccinate FROM GUJARAT WITH LOVE 1,400 in round-2 which ends today PANAJI The second round of Covid-19 vaccination commenced at six sites across Goa. The drive will continue on Saturday with the aim of covering around 1,400 health workers in the two days. Officers from the Directorate of Health Services disclosed that on Friday, 520 healthcare workers received a shot of ‘Covishield’ vaccine. The Health Department stated that no Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) have been reported from any of the centres. Dr Jagadish A Cacodcar, the Nodal Officer for Covid vaccination at GMC, disclosed that around 200 beneficiaries were vaccinated at the two centers set up at Goa Medical College and Hospital in Bambolim, 62 at Community Health Centre in Valpoi, 57 at North Goa District Hospital, 59 at CHC Pernem, 48 at Vision Hospital and 94 at Victor Hospital in Margao. It may be recalled that on January 16, 426 beneficiaries NEW DELHI: The Congress party will have an elected president by June 2021, with the party’s working committee on Friday approving holding the internal election after the assembly polls. The committee after a three and a half hour meeting authorised incumbent party chief Sonia Gandhi to schedule the internal election after the conclusion of assembly polls in five states. >> See pg 9 these destructive projects linked to transportation of coal These projects if not stopped will destroy Goa environmentally, economically and culturally, said the youth of Goa in a statement ‘Some evidence’ UK strain more deadly: Johnson LONDON he new strain of coronavirus identified in Britain could be not only more transmissible but also more deadly, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday. “It also now appears that there is some evidence that the new variant... may be associated with a higher degree of mortality,” he said at a Downing Street news conference. Chief government scientist Patrick Vallance said the new variant could be around 30 percent more deadly, although he stressed that only sparse data was available. He said that for a 60-yearold man, around 10 in 1,000 TODAY: GOA VS KERALA >>10 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEW DELHI: India’s first indigenous vaccine against COVID-19, Covaxin, showed enhanced immune response without any serious side effects in the participants enrolled for the phase 1 trials, according to the results published in The Lancet Infectious Disease journal. The vaccine, codenamed BBV152, was well tolerated in all dose groups with no vaccine-related serious adverse events, noted the authors of the study funded by Bharat Biotech. The same results were earlier published in the preprint server medRxiv in December. 95,981. More than 38,500 people were in hospital with Covid -- 78 percent more than during the first peak last year. On average, one in 55 people have got the virus in England, rising to one in 35 in London, said chief medical officer Chris Whitty. >Continued on P6 PTI Journey of the Traffic Sentinels till closure: 2,21,779 challans THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI 8,055 traffic sentinels reported a total of 2,21,779 traffic violations on roads under the Traffic Sentinel Scheme which was started by the Goa government in 2017. But in a significant move on 21 January, the State Cabinet decided to discontinue the much-hyped scheme. During the same period, the State government collected a total of Rs 2.48 crore through fines and around Rs 1.81 crore disbursed back to traffic sentinels as part of their remuneration on points. At the closure of the scheme, around Rs SENTINELLATING PERFORMANCE 2017 SENTINELS REGISTERED VIOLATIONS REPORTED FINES COLLECTED 2018 2019 2020 TOTAL 1159 3284 3440 172 8055 543 52168 146728 22340 221779 70600 6706900 21.82 lakh is pending for payment to traffic sentinels. The scheme was started on November 10, 2017, to increase traffic violation reporting. Around 8,055 traffic sentinels registered under the scheme. Closing the scheme recently, the government however, said that some people mis- 15650251 239,9100 2482685 used this scheme and were working as full-time traffic sentinels. After an incident of an attack on a traffic sentinel, the Cabinet on July 15, 2020 had decided to stop the scheme, and then through a notification in July 2020 the home department halted the scheme temporarily.
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