log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday >P10 SUNDAY JANUARY 24, 2021 14 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 215 Govt bends, withdraws municipality ordinance GUV PROMULGATES MUNICIPALITIES (AMENDMENT) WITHDRAWAL ORDINANCE THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Faced with widespread opposition, the Goa government has withdrawn the Ordinance it promulgated in December, proposing sweeping changes in the Goa Municipalities Act, including hiking lease rents of civic properties, computation of property taxes and tweaking rules for succession of leases. Goa Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari on Friday promulgated yet another ordinance -- The Goa Municipalities (Amendment) Withdrawal Ordinance, 2021 -- to withdraw the one he had promulgated in December. “Subject to the provisions of section 2, the Goa Municipalities Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 (Ordinance No. 13 of 2020) is hereby withdrawn,” said the new ordinance. IN SHORT >> Broadcasting giant Larry King no more LOS ANGELES: Legendary talk show host Larry King died Saturday morning, a family member confirmed to ABC News. He was 87. A statement from Ora Media, the parent company of Ora TV which King colaunched in 2012, read: “With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King, who passed away at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.” SOPs in place for Bodgeshwar zatra MAPUSA: With the impending fear of Covid-19, security guards armed with thermal guns will keep a check on devotees, as Mapusa gets ready to celebrate the biggest zatra in Bardez at the Bodgeshwar Temple. The state administration has put the ball in the temple committee’s court to follow the mandatory guidelines. >> See pg 5 WEATHER >> Max: 33.4 C Min: 23.1 C Humidity: 86% TIDES Low: High: 07.53 01.50 19.29 13.20 The December Ordinance had amended the Goa Municipalities Act to introduce new processes for regularising civic properties and had also proposed stiff penalties including criminal cases for illegal sub-letting, new methods for computing quantum of house tax based on market values among other changes. The proposal had triggered widespread opposition and merchants across Goa’s cities and towns had declared a bandh forcing Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to announce holding the Ordinance in abeyance. On January 4, Sawant had also publicly assured that the Ordinance will be withdrawn. Celebration at Margao Municipal square >> See pg 4 People’s power emerges supreme again: Oppn PANAJI: Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat reacted to the withdrawal of the Municipal Act ordinance by asserting that “people’s power has once again emerged supreme”. “After our warning yesterday of strong protests in and out of Goa Legislative Assembly, the BJP government has now issued a notification of withdrawal of the Goa Municipalities Ordinance,” Kamat stated. Congress assured Goans that its MLAs and leaders will raise all issues to which people have opposition. “There are apprehensions in the minds of the people about various decisions taken by the government. We will compel the government to listen to people’s demand in the Assembly session commencing on Monday,” Kamat assured. Congress said that it remains committed to protect the identity of Goa and urged the government to be sensitive towards emotions and aspirations of the public. “I appeal to Goans to remain united and support the opposition which will help all of us to resolve issues concerning us and finding solutions to problems,” said the Leader of Opposition. Two Vasco students test Covid-positive Round-2 ends; 1,135 HCWs get vaccinated THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The second round of Covid-19 vaccination continued at eight centres across Goa on Saturday. The Directorate of Health Services, which had set for itself a target of inoculating around 1,400 health care workers (HCWs) in two days, did a commendable job by vaccinating 1,135 HCWs since Friday. Officers from the Directorate of Health Services disclosed that on Saturday, 615 healthcare workers received a shot of ‘Covishield’ vaccine. VASCO Two students of Std 10 at a reputed school in Vasco tested Covid positive on Saturday, prompting the school to suspend all classes for about a week. However, a source in the school said there was no cause for concern as the students who had tested positive had not come to the school in the last few days As news broke out that the students had tested positive, there was some panic and many parents wanted to test their children for Covid. However, a source in the school said there was no cause for concern as the students who had tested positive had not come to the school in the last few days. “The parents of both students notified the school and we immediately closed our classes and sent the students home. Both were in the same class and were studying together,” said the source. “The school will be closed for a week now and we will have online classes for the entire next week. We will also Only 41 of 100 Canacona health workers turn up for Covid vaccine CANACONA: The Covid vaccine drive at the Community Health Centre in Chaudi Canacona evoked poor response, with only 41 of the 100 healthcare workers turning up to receive the jab on Saturday. None of the 41 healthcare workers reported any side effects. According to sources, the Covid vaccination program began at the Canacona CHC on Saturday morning and continued till late evening. >> See pg 3 inform the government about the incident and follow the rules and guidelines as per SOPs and only then decide the next course of action.” “It is good that the students who had tested Covid positive were not present in the school since the last few days as it will reduce fear among staff, students and their parents. We sanitise the school every day and hence there is nothing much to worry about,” said the source THE GOAN I NETWORK MORE ON PG 3 A total of 128 HCWs were vaccinated at Goa Medical College and Hospital in Bambolim, 100 at Hospicio in Margao, 80 at Sub-District Hospital Chicalim, 61 at SDH Ponda, 41 at Community Health Centre Canacona, 64 at CHC Curchorem, 59 at Cardiac Hospital and 82 at ESI Cvodi Hospital in Margao. It may be recalled that on January 16, 426 beneficiaries were vaccinated. Following this, on Friday, 520 HCWs were given the vaccine. DHS has planned an inoculation programme for healthcare workers from >Continued on P5 GOA: 1 - KERALA: 1 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 CEC visits Mollem, MPT, Tambdi Surla THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) on Saturday visited Mollem, MPT and Tamdi Surla and in the process heard political leaders, members of Wildlife Board and NGOs which opposed the three linear projects. It is learnt that all those who met CEC objected to the Goyant Kollso Naka asks CEC to reject projects >> See pg 4 three projects, stating they are not in the interest of the state of Goa. The CEC, over the last couple of days, has been visiting sites related to the three CEC members on the job at Sangod. >Continued on P5 www.gttpl.co.in
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