log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2021 Speaker to hear disqualification petitions today PANAJI: Goa Legislative Assembly Speaker Rajesh Patnekar is slated to hear the disqualification petition against 10 MLAs who defected from the Congress to the ruling BJP and 2 law-makers formerly of the MGP but now in the ruling party at 11am on Friday in his chamber. Patnekar, however, has informed the Supreme Court of India via a ‘clarification application’ that it may “not be possible” to complete the hearing in a single day. IN SHORT >> India, Pak agree to ceasefire at LoC NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control and other sectors, according to a joint statement. The decision on ceasefire was taken at a meeting between the Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan. >> See pg 6 Nirav Modi to be extradited to India LONDON: Jeweller Nirav Modi, wanted for fraud and money laundering in the Rs 4,000-crore Punjab National Bank scam, can be extradited to India, a UK judge ruled on Thursday, dismissing arguments like his mental health worsening during the pandemic and Indian prison conditions. >> See pg 8 229 students test +ve in M’rashtra school MUMBAI: At least 229 students and 4 teachers living in a hostel of a school in Washim district of Maharashtra have been found positive for coronavirus. The school had on January 27 announced that it will re-open, following which students had returned to the hostel. Puducherry comes under Prez rule PUDUCHERRY: Puducherry was placed under President’s rule days after Cong-led govt collapsed. >> See pg 6 WEATHER >> Max: 36 C Min: 23.2 C Humidity: 90% TIDES Low: High: 04:29 16:18 09:49 23:08 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 10 pages PRICE ` 6 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 247 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday Shaw slams unbeaten 227 as Mumbai post record ODI total PG10 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 House session Opposition unites against land Noholidays: CM on acquisition for double tracking THE GOAN I NETWORK SIX MLAs ASK SOUTH GOA COLLECTOR TO KEEP PROCESS ON HOLD THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Opposition MLAs led by Leader of Opposition Digambar and anti-track doubling activists called on South Goa district Collector, South Ruchika Katyal, IAS and made a strong plea to keep the land acquisition before the deputy Collector, Vasco on hold, on a host of grounds, including that the land acquisition is illegal and the project is not notified as a special railway project. The delegation also impressed upon the district Collector that the land acquisition is sought to be acquired by the railways without proper demarcations and measurements. The delegation comprising of Kamat, Goa Forward MLAs Vijai Sardesai and Jayesh Salgaokar, NCP MLA High drama as MLAs stopped outside Dy Collector’s office THE GOAN I NETWORK The 6-member delegation of MLAs outside Dy Collector’s office on Thursday. Vikram Nayak Churchill Alemao, Curtorim MLA Reginaldo Lourenco and Sanguem Independent MLA RELATED REPORTS ON PG 3 Prasad Gaonkar submitted a memorandum to the district Collector, drawing his attention that the land acquisition process being undertaken by the deputy Collector, Vasco for the track-doubling project is incorrect, pointing out that the LA process to be undertaken under the Railway Act warrants that the whole project has to be declared as >Continued on P5 45-plus & co-morbid? Now, get doc’s certificate for jab VASCO High drama was witnessed outside the Deputy Collector’s office in Vasco as the six-member delegation of MLAs was made to wait outside the gate for over 20 minutes on Thursday. The delegation of Opposition MLAs comprising of Digambar Kamat, Vijai Sardesai, Jayesh Salgaonkar, Prasad Gaonkar, Aleixo Reginaldo and Churchill Alemao along with GPCC Vice President Sankalp Amonkar and other local activists had arrived to the Dy Collector’s NEW DELHI People with co-morbidities will need a doctor certificate to avail Covid-19 jab during the second phase of the vaccination drive, a task force member has said. The second phase of vaccination is set to begin from March 1 for people above 60 years of age and also those above 45 years of age with co-morbidities. The vaccines will be available at both government and private hospital vaccination sites. According to N K Arora, Head of the Operations Research Group of the Covid-19 Task Force, the cost of vaccine and delivery (vaccine administration) at private hospitals will be announced in a day or two. Vaccines will be provided for free at government vaccination sites. India marched to victory inside two days, winning the day-night third Test by 10 wickets after bundling out England for a meagre 81 in their second innings in Ahmedabad The hosts had to chase paltry 49 to go 2-1 up in the four-Test series India knocked off the runs in just 7.4 overs with Rohit Sharma bringing up the victory with a six at the end of a frantic, spin-dominated second day HEAD OF TASK FORCE N K Aurora says... Those older than 45 years and with co-morbidities need certificate from a registered medical doctor Those 60 years and above will not need any certificate Vaccines to be provided for free at government vaccination sites Co-morbidities include hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, kidney and lung diseases, cancers “Those older than 45 years and with co-morbidities will need a certificate from a registered medical doctor. But those older than 60 years will not need any certificate,” Dr Arora said. “Co-morbidities will include hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, kidney and lung diseases, cancers and those on immuno-suppressants. A full list will be provided soon.” Dr Arora also said that only Serum Institute’s Covishield 22nd TIME IN HISTORY It is only the 22nd time in the history of Test cricket a match has finished inside two days, and just the eighth, and shortest in terms of balls bowled, since the second World War vaccine will be available at private hospitals. “Self-registration on CoWIN will be needed for those with co-morbidities above the age of 45 years,” he said. “This will help in knowing how many have been vaccinated and also helps in informing the recipients when the second dose is scheduled.” According to him, for those above 60 years, self-registration will be permitted so that >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 HAVE NOT VIOLATED ELECTION CODE OF CONDUCT, SAYS SAWANT >> See pg 3 into his request of not holding the Assembly session on Maundy Thursday. “There’s a hue and cry about holding the session on Maundy Thursday which is a restricted holiday. I spoke to the CM this morning and told him that it’s not proper to have the session on that particular day,” Ticlo said. He also said that he will take up the issue with the Speaker of the House, Rajesh Patnekar. The leader of opposition Digambar Kamat had slammed the government for holding the assembly session coinciding with the ‘Holy Week’ – March 28 to April 4 – an important event in the Christian calendar. The Goa Forward Party chief, Vijai Sardesai had also >Continued on P5 THIRD TEST: INDIA CRUSH ENGLAND IN JUST 2 DAYS No decision on Vaccines to be available at govt & pvt hospitals AGENCIES office but were shocked to find the gates closed and a huge police presence. When the MLAs enquired and demanded to open the gates, they were informed that the Dy Collector was carrying out a personal hearing in the court and hence they would have to wait. It was only after around 20 minutes when Amonkar made a noise and questioned why elected representatives were not allowed to enter the government office that they managed to gain entry. MAPUSA Countering the Opposition charge of holding the Assembly session during the ‘Holy Week’, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said the Budget session of the Assembly will not be conducted on notified government holidays even as one BJP legislator appealed not to hold a session on Maundy Thursday. “The Assembly secretariat will draw up the timetable for the 12-day session and all the government holidays will be maintained,” Sawant said. The chief minister was speaking to the media at the sidelines of the public grievances meeting held at the BJP office in Mapusa. Mapusa MLA Joshua D’Souza and other BJP karyakartas were also present. Continuing, Sawant said the Opposition was in the habit of fussing upon each and every issue. Meanwhile, Aldona MLA Glenn Ticlo has said the chief minister has assured to look ENGLAND’S WTC HOPES DASHED The crushing defeat has dashed England’s hopes of making it to the final of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) scheduled to be held in June >> Report on pg 10 Opener Rohit Sharma hits the winning runs on the 2nd day of the 3rd Test on Thursday participating in bandh today, say Goa traders THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Bharat bandh called by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on February 26, will not have much impact in Goa as Goan trade organisations have not taken any decision to participate in the Bandh. CAIT has called Bharat Bandh to protest against rising fuel prices, the new e-way bill and the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Although the trade unions in Goa have in-principal supported the bandh, they have not decided to actually participate in the Bharat bandh. “We support the cause but we have not taken any decision to participate in the bandh”, an All India Trade Union leader from Panaji said. Private bus owners too will not participate in the bandh. “We have not received any call from any organisation about the bandh”, said Goa Private >Continued on P5 Centre tightens screws on rules for social media Loud music: 9 more clubs, PTI NEW DELHI he central government has finalised the rules to regulate internet-based businesses and organisations – social media companies, OTT streaming services, and digital news outlets, among others – as it plans to introduce a sea change in legislation to assert more control over powerful Big Tech firms. Under the new Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, the government plans to mandate social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to erase contentious content as early as possible, but not later than 36 hours, after a government or legal order. These companies must also provide information and T NEW RULES: THE FINE PRINT Social media sites must remove content in 36 hours of order Companies must also provide information and help with investigations within 72 hours If a post depicts an individual in any sexual act or conduct, then companies must disable or remove such content help with investigations within 72 hours of a request from authorities, said the draft rules. Further, if a post depicts an individual in any sexual act or conduct, then companies must disable or remove such content within a day of receiving a complaint, the rules added. within a day Social media giants need to appoint India-based compliance officers The latest draft rules – which would be legally enforceable – have been released weeks after the government’s dispute with Twitter after the social media giant ignored orders to remove content over farmers’ protests. The new guidelines will supercede the 2011 rules, Sites have to disclose “first originator” of any mischievous message Digital news media to follow rules under Press Council of India New websites will have to be registered on I&B Ministry site Three-tier mechanism to enforce the Code of Ethics and government sources said that since the changes are only in the rules, and not the IT Act, Parliament intervention will not be required. The draft proposal also requires companies to appoint a chief compliance officer, another executive for coordinating on law enforcement, and a “grievance redressal officer” within 3 months from the date of publication of these rules. All must be resident Indian citizens. A copy of the draft rules, set to be released by IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, has been put out by the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF). The oversight mechanism will include a committee with representatives from the ministries of Defence, External Affairs, Home, I&B, Law, IT and Women and Child Development. This committee will have “suo motu powers” to call hearings on complaints of violation of the Code of Ethics if it wants. The committee can warn, censuring, admonish or reprimand violators, seek an apology besides other actions. shacks get show cause THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Continuing with the drive against loud music, the Deputy Collector and Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Bardez, Kapil Phadte has issued show cause notices to another nine nightclubs and shacks along the coastal belt of Candolim, Calangute and Anjuna. The action was a cumulative result of complaints received from several residents against loud music being played beyond permissible limits late in the nights. While Anjuna continued to dominate with complaints against loud music with five clubs/shacks in the area issued the notices, three clubs The action was a cumulative result of complaints received from several residents against loud music being played beyond permissible limits late in the nights in Candolim and one in Calangute were also directed to show cause for loud noise. The deputy collector in the show cause notice has asked the establishments why action should not be initiated against them for violation of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000. The following clubs were issued the notices: Larive shack at Ozrant, Anjuna, Pinakkin Beach Café, Vagator, Mahe A Coastal Cuisine Bar & Restaurant, Anjuna, Chronicle Restaurant, Ozrant Anjuna, Larive Beach Shack Vagator Anjuna, Barracks Candolim in Candolim, Barrel Yan Tree Candolim, Club Bliss Goa, Candolim and Rock Forest Guest House in Calangute. It may be recalled in a similar action the deputy collector had issued show cause notices to 20 clubs, restaurants and shacks along the coastal Anjuna around a week back. The action was a result of a complaint by a resident of Assagao, Desmond Alvares who wrote to the deputy collector and other authorities against >Continued on P5
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