log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2021 8 pages GOA Officials take stock of illegalities after clash over land at Monte Hill IN SHORT >> P’yats seek clarity on work tendering MARGAO: Sarpanchas of Salcete village panchayats have been frantically trying to figure out with senior panchayat officials the fate of the ongoing tendering process in vew of the poll code of conduct. >> See pg 2 Toolkit case: Bail for Disha Ravi NEW DELHI: Disha Ravi, the 22-year-old climate activist, accused in the “toolkit” case was granted bail by a Delhi court on Tuesday. The court dismissed Delhi Police claims that Ravi’s sharing of the ‘toolkit’ with teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg amounted to conspiring against the country. >> See pg 7 Petrol prices soar again NEW DELHI: Petrol and diesel prices in the country again went up on Tuesday because of the sharp rise in crude oil prices in the global market. In Delhi, petrol prices peaked to Rs 90.93 (35 paise more) and in Mumbai citizens have to shell out Rs 97.34 after a 34 paise increase on Tuesday. Maharashtra says no to Coronil MUMBAI: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Tuesday said that the sale of Patanjali’s Coronil tablets won’t be allowed in the state without proper certification. He said launching such a drug hurriedly and its endorsement by two senior Central Union Ministers was highly deplorable. Over 1.17 cr vaccine doses administered NEW DELHI: Over 1.17 crore vaccine doses have been administered across the country so far, Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health said on Tuesday. Tikait warns of march to Parl SIKAR: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said on Tuesday that if the Centre does not repeal the three new agriculture laws, the protesting farmers will gherao Parliament. He appealed to farmers to be ready as the call for ‘’Delhi march’’ can be given at any time. WEATHER >> Max: 33 C Min: 22 C Humidity: 71% TIDES Low: High: 3.08 8.16 14.58 22.19 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 245 2 GOA Canacona MLA slams taluka officials for lack of preparedness during disasters 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Facebook to restore news services in Australia PANAJI The State Election Commission (SEC) on Tuesday admitted before the Bombay High Court at Goa that there could be some divergence from the mandate when it comes to notifying wards reserved for women. The SEC’s admission comes after the court directed it to file a detailed response whether they will try and rectify the discrepancies in consultation with the state government. The High Court, which has been hearing as many as nine petitions challenging the reservation of wards for women as well as for various scheduled caste, tribes and other backward communities, was told that there were several municipalities where the wards reserved for women were less than the mandated REPLY BY TODAY The High Court asked the State Election Commission to file a detailed reply by Wednesday whether it seeks to ask the Goa government to rectify the reservations or if it plans to go ahead with the elections with the reservations as currently notified even if the government doesn’t offer to correct the discrepancies 33 per cent with the examples of Bicholim and Cuncolim being offered. Similarly, the Court was also told that in several municipalities the number of wards reserved for OBCs was less than the mandated 27 per cent citing the examples of Valpoi, Sanguem and Pernem where it was alleged that only STATE AG REPLIES TO COURT In response, the State Advocate General Devidas Pangam told the Court that no one’s rights were prejudiced and no one had a right to claim that they have a right to demand a particular ward be declared as reserved or if it was declared as reserved to be notified as general 20 per cent wards were notified as reserved. With regard to the Mormugao Municipal Council, the court was told that the reservations were done in a haphazard manner sans any rationale. In response, the State Advocate General Devidas Pangam told the Court that no one’s Sao Jacinto islanders protest village in MPT ‘port limits’ THE GOAN I NETWORK rights were prejudiced and no one had a right to claim that they have a right to demand a particular ward be declared as reserved or if it was declared as reserved to be notified as general. The High Court asked the State Election Commission to file a detailed reply by Wednesday whether it seeks to ask the Goa government to rectify the reservations or if it plans to go ahead with the elections with the reservations as currently notified even if the government doesn’t offer to correct the discrepancies. The High Court has been hearing petitions since Monday and had expressed displeasure in the manner in which the State Election Commission went ahead and notified the polls even when it was aware that several petitions were pending before the court in which it was a respondent. Mystery shrouds death of youth at Seraulim Colva police investigating the death of a goods rickshaw driver along the Seraulim road. Santosh Mirajkar THE GOAN I NETWORK be an ulterior motive on the part of the government to lay the foundation of an evil and mala fide plan to evict villagers under the garb of CZMP and hand over the village to MPT and thereafter to real estate lobby in the near future.” “With the Parliament having passed the Major Ports Authority Bill 2020, wherein MPT has been bestowed with enormous powers, which even supersede the existing rules and regulations of local bodies, and even state laws, we are worried that we may be evicted from our own island,” added the press note. >Continued on P5 THE GOAN I NETWORK T nation is looking for an alternative nationalistic political ideology then with every state election the Aam Aadmi Party is coming up as an alternative to the Congress party and the BJP. The recent Gujarat Municipal Corporation elections are the most important or significant example of how the AAP is emerging as the key alternative. Gujarat as a state has always been a bastion of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The citizens of Gujarat have always voted for either the BJP or Congress. But this time the citizens of Gujarat showed a tremendous interest in the political alternative which is the AAP. During the campaign for this election, the AAP volunteers and leaders under the leadership of AAP Gujarat president Gopal Italia reached out to the citizens and talked about the development model of the Kejriwal government in Delhi. After the recent election results, it is proved that the citizens of Gujarat have reposed faith in the development model of the Kejriwal government. The AAP leaders and volunteers have done tremendous groundwork before the election and today the result of that hard work is in front of every person. From Maharashtra to Goa and now Gujarat, the AAP is >Continued on P5 GLARING DISCREPANCIES The residents said scrutiny of the draft CZMP had revealed houses of the villagers, mostly belonging to the fishing community, not being shown in the plan They said the depiction of the island having been shown as under Port Limits of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) came as a rude shock BELAGAVI On high alert amid rising Covid cases in Maharashtra, the Belagavi district administration has stated that Goans entering Karnataka via Amboli and Shinoli in Maharashtra would also need to produce a Covid RT-PCR negative certificate. ON HIGH ALERT The administration has set up a check post at Shinoli about 12 kms from Belagavi at the Karnataka-Maharashtra border and Deputy Commissioner M G Hiremath inspected the check post along with police officials on Tuesday afternoon. Speaking to The Goan, Belagavi Deputy Commissioner M G Hiremath said this requirement would only be for Goans entering Karnataka via Shinoli and Amboli in Maharashtra and would not apply to Goans travelling via other routes between Karnataka MARGAO Mystery shrouds the death of a young boy, aged around 18 years, who was found dead along the roadside at Seraulim on Tuesday. The deceased had gone with his goods carrier to Betalbatim when he had made his last call to his father after he reached the Seraulim road. When the father headed to Seraulim, he found the goods carrier on the road and his son fallen down on the roadside with injuries on his head and face. He was taken to the Hospicio hospital where he was declared dead. The Colva police have registered the case as unnatural death. The post-mortem examination will take place on Wednesday. Belagavi Deputy Commissioner Hiremath and DCP Dr Vikram Amathe while inspecting a checkpoint at Shinoli on the Karnataka-Maharashtra border. IMA writes to DHS to speed up vaccination to avoid second wave of Covid >> See pg 3 and Goa. He was speaking after inaugurating a state of art RT-PCR Covid testing centre at the Maratha Mandal Dental College here. The centre has been set up in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Belgaum and the Lakeview Goaves >Continued on P5 2 new Coronavirus strains confirmed NEW DELHI: Two recent coronavirus mutants N440K and E484K have been found in Maharashtra, Kerala and Telangana, NITI Aayog member, Dr VK Paul, said on Tuesday. However, he said there was no reason to believe these mutants or the ones from UK, South Africa and Brazil, were responsible for the recent upsurge in cases. Will release all pending DSSS payments, State tells Court THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK Locals and youth of St Jacinto Island stage a protest against the draft CZMP. Vikram Nayak India take on England in pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad starting today CHECK POSTS SET UP AT SHINOLI AND AMBOLI FEAR FACING EVICTION FROM THEIR HOUSES IN FUTURE VASCO Residents of Sao Jacinto Island, which falls in the jurisdiction of Chicalim, have strongly opposed the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan 2021. Residents on Tuesday afternoon expressed shock to see the draft CZMP, which was put up for display at the Chicalim panchayat. In a press statement, the residents of St Jacinto Island said scrutiny of the draft CZMP had revealed glaring discrepancies, with houses of the villagers, mostly belonging to the fishing community, not being shown in the plan. “This is contrary to what the government had assured the people while preparing the draft in 2019 that all houses would be shown when the final draft would be put up for scrutiny prior TO finalisation.” “Moreover, the depiction of the island having been shown as under Port Limits of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) came as a rude shock, as this could 8 SPORTS Goans entering Karnataka need Covid-negative report COURT SEEKS TO KNOW WHETHER IT WILL ASK GOVT TO MAKE CHANGES OR PROCEED WITH POLLS WITHOUT CHANGE THE GOAN I NETWORK 7 INDIA May have erred on quota for women, SEC tells HC Aam Aadmi Party ecstatic after making inroads in Gujarat PANAJI he Aam Aadmi Party under the leadership of its national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been expanding across India for the last several years. In the municipal elections of Gujarat, the Aam Aadmi Party has made a spectacular entry and proved that the citizens of every state are accepting the Delhi Chief Minister’smodel of development-based politics as the key alternative. Despite being a bastion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat the AAP has performed more than what was expected. For the past six years, Kejriwal has done tremendous and remarkable work in the fields of education, healthcare, transport, water, electricity and other sectors. When the The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI The Goa government on Monday told the Bombay High Court at Goa that it will forthwith release all pending payments to the beneficiaries under the Dayanand Social Security Scheme (DSSS), especially those registered on account of disability. In an affidavit before the High Court Director of Social Welfare Umeshchandra Joshi admitted that there was ‘some delay’ on account of the Directorate of Accounts failing to release the money as well as on account of the pandemic. “The delay in crediting the amounts towards the beneficiaries of the said scheme from September 2020 till date has been on account of delay on the part of the Directorate of Accounts in release of the amounts in favour of Directorate of Social Welfare. It is reiterated that upon receipt of the amount towards financial assistance in terms of the said scheme from the Directorate of Accounts, money is forthwith credited in favour of the beneficiaries, and there is no delay in the same. I say WAITING FOR TIMELY HELP There are 1,37,488 beneficiaries under the DSSS. Out of these, almost 11,480 persons are beneficiaries under the category of persons with disability In an affidavit before the High Court Social Welfare department admitted that there a delay in making payments The HC had instituted that prior to the pandemic, amounts pertaining to the DSS scheme were credited in favour of the beneficiaries in a timely manner, each month,” Joshi told the High Court. The Bombay High Court at Goa had instituted a suo motu public interest litigation petition after it received a letter petition from the Disability Rights Association of Goa pointing out that the monthly stipend of Rs 2,000 which the State Government in terms of its scheme was paying to the poor and needy persons with disability has not been paid for the last five months. a suo motu public interest litigation petition after it received a letter petition from the Disability Rights Association of Goa In response, the State in early February said that an amount of Rs 27 crore was released to the Directorate of Social Welfare for disbursal to the beneficiaries. According to the affidavit, the Directorate of Accounts released money to the Social Welfare Department only in December onwards with August payments reaching in December, September payments reaching in January, October, November and December payments reaching in February while January payments were >Continued on P5 AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE CONQUERS 9 YEARS OLD PAIN. LACS OF SATISFIED PATIENTS H I G H LY I M P R E S S E D BY AY U S H A KT I T R E AT M E N T. Mrs. Dor is an American housewife. She was suffering from whole-body pain for several years. She was left with no alternative but to take painkillers. As the frequency of painkillers grew she started feeling the side effects of them. This was when she met Dr. Tom Michel, who is one of the 150 doctors across the world trained in Nadi Pariksha by Ayushakti Ayurved. Dr. Michel explained to Mrs.Dor how the Ayushakti therapy removes the ailment from its root, and Mrs. Dor was convinced enough to start the treatment immediately. 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