log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday >P10 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2021 10 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 248 Coastal plan: Battle lines drawn as anger mounts CHINCHINIM, BETALBATIM P’YATS WANT PLAN SCRAPPED THE GOAN I NETWORK Benaulim fishermen up in arms MARGAO Ahead of the March 7 public hearing on the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan, public resentment is growing with several panchayats coming out openly against the plan urging authorities to scrap it and adopt the plan prepared by the village panchayats in 2019. DETAILS ON PG 2 At a special meeting, Chinchinim-Deussua Village Panchayat on Friday resolved to request the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) to scrap the new CZMP and adopt the CZMP prepared by the Village Panchayat in 2019. IN SHORT >> Education Dept bans students from riding 2-wheelers to school PANAJI: Director of Education Santosh Amonkar on Friday issued an order asking all heads of institutions to ensure that no students will drive two-wheelers to the schools. The director stated that the decision has been taken following complaints of reckless driving and violation of traffic rules by students. Sensex, Nifty crash after big sell-off NEW DELHI: The BSE Sensex nosedived about 1,940 points to settle just above the 49,000-level on Friday, tracking massive sell-offs in world equities after a rout in global bond markets spooked investors. The broader NSE Nifty also plunged 568.20 points to close the session at 14,529.15. WEATHER >> Max: 32.5 C Min: 23.8 C Humidity: 98% TIDES Low: High: 05.03 10.39 16.58 23.38 A section of the crowd at an awareness programme on CZMP at Benaulim on Friday. Santosh Mirajkar The meeting also demanded rescheduling of the Public Hearings and hold them at the Panchayat level after the CZMPs are explained at the Gram Sabha meeting. The meeting deliberated over the new CZMP maps sent to the Panchayat by GCZMA and the notification announcing that a Public Hearing for the entire South Goa District MARGAO: Coastal Salcete and the traditional fishermen are up in arms against the Coastal Zone Management Plan for the village as these plans have shown fishing wards not along the coastal but in the interior of the villages. The marking of the River Sal as Port Limits also came in for strong opposition at an awareness programme held at Benaulim on Friday evening. A fisherman from Colva Thomas Rodrigues pointed out that the fishing ward marked in the village is not on the shore, but inside the village around two kms away from the coastal. He further said what was proposed by the village panchayat after consultations with the villagers and stake holders have not been shown in the CZMP. “For whom is this plan prepared? We will show to the government on the day of hearing on March 7”, he added. Orlim Sarpanch Tamica Da Silva said the CZMP makes no mention of the St Michael Church and have not shown houses on the plan. >Continued on P5 State witnesses spike in Covid cases again Speaker reserves order on MGP disqualification plea HEARING AGAINST 10 EX-CONG MLAS TO CONTINUE THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Rajesh Patnekar on Friday heard two separate disqualification petitions -- one pertaining to the defection of ex-MGP MLAs and the other of the 10 MLAs who switched allegiance from the Congress to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party -- and reserved his orders in relation to the former. The hearing in the petition against the 10 ex-Congress MLAs, however, will continue even as the petitioners in both matters -- Sudin Dhavlikar and Congress president Girish Chodankar -- have sought prompt disposal of their petitions. Both the petitioners, however, told media that the Speaker, who heard arguments from their counsels on Friday, has reserved the petitions for final order. Chodankar, meanwhile, said it is irrelevant whether his petition succeeds or not Congress leader Girish Chodankar along with his counsel at the Assembly complex on Friday. but it is crucial that the Speaker disposes it. “The Speaker has heard us and our opponents. We hope to have an order very soon,” Chodankar said. The hearing conducted by the Speaker, comes days after the Supreme Court of India had directed disposal of the petitions by February 26. But Patnekar a few days ago had >Continued on P5 PANAJI The number of new Covid-19 cases in Goa shot up on Friday with 100 persons testing positive for the infection. The spike reflected in the positivity rate as well with a total of 5.5 per cent of the 1,813 samples tested in the last 24 hours turning positive as against the 2 to 3.5 per cent range of positivity seen in the months leading up to this rise. The single day increase prior to this fluctuated within 30 and 50. Additionally, the Covid victim toll of the State has slowly begun to inch towards the 800-mark with three Covid related deaths being recorded in the mortality bulletin of the State’s health department. The total Covid victim count of Goa stands at 794. All three deaths occurred at Goa Medical College and Hospital in the past 24-hours. The deceased persons include an 89 year-old man from CM advises caution, rules out possibility of a lockdown PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant took to Twitter to share a word of caution owing to the single day spike in Covid cases in Goa on Friday. However, CM dismissed the possibility of a lockdown. “The rising COVID19 cases is a cause of concern. Our Government is monitoring the situation closely. Though the situation in Goa is under control, the fight against pandemic is not over,” tweeted the CM’s official handle. Mapusa, a 72 year-old woman from Agacaim and an 81 yearold man from Mormugao. The total confirmed cases now stand at 54,871 of which 587 are currently active and 53,490 have recovered. The present scenario is reflective of the fact that the government has failed to keep both its promises, that of raising the daily testing capacity to 2,000 and above and also of strategizing urgently in view of the rising Covid cases in neighbouring Maharashtra. It may be recalled that Health Minister had stated on February 19 that he is likely to meet Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to discuss the matter and that “if Covid cases trend continues in Maharashtra we will also have to be strict as far as Goa as a state is concerned”. Earlier this week, Dean of GMCH Dr S M Bandekar also stressed on the urgent need to screen people entering Goa from Maharashtra. >Continued on P5 PTI NEW RULE: HOW IT WORKS... NEW DELHI n good news for travellers, domestic flight operators have been allowed to give concessions in ticket prices to passengers who carry no baggage or only cabin baggage, aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said in a circular. As per the current rules, a passenger can carry up to 7 kilograms of cabin baggage and 15 kilograms of checkin baggage. Any additional weight is chargeable. The new rule will allow the operators to provide tickets at lesser prices to those who opt to travel with no baggage or only with cabin It will allow operators to provide tickets at lesser prices to those who opt to travel with no baggage or only with cabin baggage within the permissible weight limit To avail discounts, passengers will have to declare the weight of baggage they will be carrying at the time of booking baggage within the permissible weight limit. To avail the discounts, passengers will have to declare at If the passenger turns up with baggage for check in at the airline counter applicable charges will be levied THE CURRENT RULES A passenger can carry up to 7 kg of cabin baggage and 15 kg of check-in baggage. Any additional weight is chargeable the time of the booking of the ticket the weight of baggage they will be carrying. “As part of airline baggage policy, scheduled airlines will be allowed to offer free baggage allowance as well as “zero baggage/no check in baggage fares”. This will be subject to the condition that the passenger booking ticket under such fare scheme is made aware of the charges that shall be applicable if the passenger turns up with the baggage for check in at the airline counter. These applicable charges shall be reasonable; prominently displayed to the passenger at the time of booking of ticket and also to be printed on the ticket,” the aviation watchdog said in a statement. The aviation body has also allowed unbundling of other PANAJI: The Budget session of the Goa Legislative Assembly will not conduct any business on Maundy Thursday and the Speaker’s office has revised the schedule. As per the revised schedule there will be no sitting of the Assembly on Maundy Thursday. PTI 100 TEST POSITIVE, 3 SUCCUMB AT GMC HEALTH DEPT YET TO FORMULATE STRATEGY THE GOAN I NETWORK No House session on Maundy Thursday Polls in 5 States from March 27, results on May 2 CALL OF DUTY Health workers arrive to screen passengers at the CSMT railway station, owing to surge in Covid-19 cases in Mumbai on Friday. Liquidation: MUCB gets RBI notice THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO In a major development, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a notice to the Madgaum Urban Cooperative Bank (MUCB) to show cause within one month why the license issued to the bank should not be withdrawn and the bank liquidated. The MUCB Board of Directors which met under the Now, cheaper air fares for those without baggage I ISL: NORTHEAST BEAT KERALA RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 services like preferential seating, meal-snack-drink charges, airline lounges, sports equipment charges and musical instrument charge etc. “On the basis of various feedback received, it is felt that many times these services provided by the airlines may not be required by the passengers while travelling. Considering the fact that unbundling of services and charges thereto has the potential to make basic fare more affordable and provide consumer an option of paying for the services which he/she wishes to avail, it has been decided by the government to allow these services to be unbundled and charged separately on opt-in basis,” it added. Chairmanship of Kishore Narvekar on Friday took stock of the situation arising out of the show cause issue by the RBI to the bank on license withdrawal. ‘The Goan’ also understands that the bank staff and employees also called on the Board on Friday with a plea that since the employees have set in motion the process of dialogue with the government, the MUCB board should also join the discussions in a bid to find a way out of the emerging situation. Sources at the MUCB indicated that the bank will reply to the show cause notice within the one-month time period, and is likely to make a strong case to the RBI to explore the possibility of merging the cooperative bank with some other bank. >Continued on P5 NEW DELHI Elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry will be held from March 27 and the results will be announced on May 2, the Election Commission said on Friday. Bengal will vote in eight phases, March 27, April 1, April 6, April 10, April 17, April 22, April 26 and April 29. Tamil Nadu and Kerala will vote in a single round on April 6. Puducherry will also vote on the same day. Assam will vote on March 27, April 1 and April 6. The model code of conduct is now in place in all the States. More than 18 crore are eligible to vote in these elections, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said. This is the first major set of elections to be held in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic after the Bihar election. Poll officers will be vaccinated as frontline workers, said the Election Commissioner, adding that new rules for digital sites would be applied on social media. Polls will be held for 294 seats in West Bengal and 234 seats in Tamil Nadu. Goan economist appointed UN Assistant Secy-General THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI United Nations Secret a r y- G e n e r al António Guterres on Thursday announced the appointment of Goan economist Dr Ligia Noronha as Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). A UN statement describes Noronha as an economist ON PAGE 3 ‘Child who aspired to change Panaji, now helping plan Planet Earth’ Industry welcomes Noronha’s appointment as UN Assistant SecyGeneral with over 30 years of international experience in the field of sustainable development. She has worked since 2014 as Director of UNEP’s Econo- my Division based in Nairobi, leading UNEP’s work on climate mitigation and energy transitions; on inclusive green economies, sustainable consumption and production, as well as on trade and sustainable finance, and the nexus of environment, pollution and health. Prior to joining UNEP, Noronha worked at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi, as Executive Director (Research Coordination) and as Director of the >Continued on P5
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