log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday MONDAY MARCH 1, 2021 GOA Government starts work on desilting River Sal Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 250 2 GOA Old Goa locals to hit the streets if Bainguinim plant not scrapped 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INDIA Congress accuses G-23 of politics of opportunism 6 8 SPORTS Wrestler Vinesh returns to mat with gold in Kiev tournament D-day for verdict on Cries of protest echo against Coastal Plan, ward reservations villages want public hearing deferred too Opposition in Bardez COURT JUDGEMENT EXPECTED TODAY POLITICIANS KEEP FINGERS CROSSED THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Politicians in the urban areas going to the Municipal polls are keeping their fingers crossed as the High Court is finally expected to pronounce its verdict in the bunch of petitions challenging the ward reservations on Monday. Sources said the matter on ward reservations will come up before the two Judge Bench comprising of Justice M S Sonak and Justice Bharati H Dangre on Monday morning. The Court is expected to pronounce judgement in the petitions filed by Romaldo Fernandes, Fouziya Imtiaz Shaikh, Shraddha S Amonkar, Michael John Carrasco, Sayad Riaj and Gaurav Madkaikar challenging the reservation of wards notified by the Director of Municipal Administration. IN SHORT >> Maha minister quits after woman’s death MUMBAI: Maharashtra minister Sanjay Rathod, facing flak from the opposition BJP after being linked to a woman’s death, on Sunday resigned from the state cabinet. Rathod made the announcement after submitting his resignation to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, MOMENT OF TRUTH Matter on ward reservations to come up before two-Judge Bench comprising of Justice M S Sonak & Justice Bharati H Dangre in the morning Verdict expected to decide fate of election process set in motion in the municipal bodies going to polls on March 20 Any verdict against ward reservations capped by govt will mean a fresh exercise, which in the scheme of things is expected to herald changes in the list of candidates The eagerly-awaited judgement has left the local politicos to keep their fingers crossed as the verdict is expected to decide the fate of the election process already set in motion in the Municipal bodies going to the polls on March 20. While the ruling BJP has unveiled its list of candidates for the Margao Civic body and the CCP, and is in the process of announce candidates in other Municipalities, the opposition has been going slow in declaring their candidates, especially in the Municipal areas of Margao and Fatorda, besides Cuncolim and other places. Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat on Sunday declined to name his >Continued on P5 Mhadei: K’taka names joint team member, awaits Goa’s reply Kejriwal blames BJP for Red Fort violence NEW DELHI: Extending his support to the farmers agitating in the national capital against the three farm laws, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party workers of perpetrating the violence that took place on Republic Day at Red Fort during farmers’ tractor rally. Pakistan arrests 17 Indian fishermen NEW DELHI: Pakistan has arrested 17 Indian fishermen and confiscated their three boats for allegedly straying into the country’s territorial waters. The fishermen, arrested on Friday. WEATHER >> Max: 33.9 C Min: 22.7 C Humidity: 91% TIDES Low: High: 06.10 11.58 18.09 ----- The site of the retainer wall that was constructed at the Kalsa water diversion channel near Kankumbi. (File photo) THE GOAN I NETWORK BELAGAVI Acting swiftly on the order by the Supreme Court to form a Joint Monitoring Team (JMT) comprising members of three States to inspect the controversial Kalasa-Bhandura project, the Karnataka government has appointed Krishnoji Rao as its member on the team. Activists in Karnataka have now demanded the immediate nomination of members from Goa and Maharashtra in the JMT. In his letter dated February 26 addressed to his counterparts in Goa and Maharashtra, Addl Chief Secretary to Water Resources Department (WRD) Rakesh Singh has announced the nomination of Rao as its member while Ramesh B Dyamannavar has been nominated as the nodal officer. Krishnoji Rao is the superintending engineer, Malaprabha Left Bank Canal Circle, Naveelteerthu reservoir, while Dyamannavar is the superintending engineer, Hidkal water reservoir. “It is suggested that the team may take up the visit in the first/second week of March, hence nominated officers in your States may please be advised to contact the nodal officer for taking further needful action in this regard,” stated Rakesh Singh in his letter to Maharashtra and Goa. When contacted, Dyamannavar told The Goan that he will be coordinating with the >Continued on P5 ‘PORT LIMITS’ COME IN FOR CRITICISM VILLAGERS CLAIM SUGGESTIONS MISSING IN DRAFT PLAN THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Loud cries of protest against the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) reverberated along the Salcete coast and riverine villages on as Sunday as the plan sent to the villages received a thumbs down at the village gram sabhas. The ‘Port Limits’ also came in for sharp criticism with the CZMPs marking the river Sal and the beach belt as ‘Port limits’. The gram sabhas also demanded rescheduling of the public hearing fixed on March 7 at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. As many as four villages, including the coastal village of Cavelossim, Velim, Orlim and Chandor firmly opposed the CZMPs. What has infuriated the villagers against the plans is the plain fact that suggestions mooted by the villagers after painstaking efforts have Vaccination: Phase-2 drive begins today A local making a point while holding discussion on the CZMP at Siolim gram sabha on Sunday. Agnelo Pereira Gram sabha members participating in a discussion on CZMP at Velim. Santosh Mirajkar find no mention on the CZMPs. At Orlim, gram sabha members raised a host of issues, including marking of the river Sal as the ‘Port limits’, showing of khazan lands inside the villages when the land is in private ownership. Members also raised questions over the absence of salt pans on the plan, demanding rectification of the plan. Sarpanch Tamica Da Silva later told the media that the members also raised questions that the plan does not make any mention on the salt plans, ponds and sluice gates in the village. She said around 1200 villagers in a signed memorandum had opposed the CZMP, saying the plan does not reflect the >Continued on P5 Mumbai City FC.............. 40 pts ATK Mohun Bagan ........ 40 pts NorthEast United FC........33 pts FC Goa ............................31 pts PTI NEW DELHI The next phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive for age-appropriate population groups will commence on Monday, the Centre said on Sunday. It will open at 9 am, citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the CoWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications, it added. India’s Covid-19 tally meanwhile, climbed to 1,10,96,731 on Sunday with 16,752 new infections, the highest in the last 30 days, according to Union health ministry data. The country had recorded 18,855 new infections on January 29. The death toll mounted to 1,57,051 with 113 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The active caseload further increased to 1,64,511. It constitutes 1.48 per cent of the total infections, it showed. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 21,62,31,106 samples had been tested until February 27 with 7,95,723 being tested on Saturday. The 113 new fatalities include 51 from Maharashtra, 18 from Kerala and 11 from Punjab. VACCINATION TO BE HELD ACROSS 37 CENTRES IN GOA >> See pg 2 FC Goa players celebrate with coach Juan Ferrando after qualifying for the ISL playoffs on Sunday. GAURS HOLD GROUND, SURVIVE WITH DRAW FC GOA V/S MUMBAI CITY FC GOA SETS A NEW ISL RECORD IN SEMI-FINAL CLASH FC Goa secured the last Indian Super League playoffs berth with a hardfought goalless draw against Hyderabad FC at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Sunday. A brilliant defensive performance from Ivan Gonzalez and some crucial saves from goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh was enough for the Gaurs to get the point they needed. The Gaurs finished fourth and will now face former coach Sergio Lobera’s Mumbai City, who topped the league, in the two-leg semi-finals. Mumbai beat ATK Mohun Bagan in the final league game. Second-placed Bagan will face thirdplaced NorthEast United in the other semi-final. 14 missions lined up this year NEW DELHI: ISRO has lined up 14 missions for launch in 2021, including the space agency’s first unmanned mission later this year, its Chairman K Sivan said. “Definitely our hands are full. We are going to have something like 14 missions this year. Seven launch vehicle missions and six satellite missions, as well as our first unmanned mission by the end of the year. That is our target and the scientists are working on that”, he said. diversified agriculture across the Brazilian territory. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Brazilian president with a tweet – congratulations @jairbolsonaro on the successful launch of Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite by PSLV-C51. This is a historic moment in our space cooperation and my felicitations to the scientists of Brazil. The 18 ‘co-passengers’ include four of IN-SPACe and 14 of ISRO’s commercial arm, NewSpace India (NSIL). The IN-SPACe satellites include three UNITYsats from a consortium of Indian academic institutes and one Satish Dhawan unit from Space Kidz India, which will study space radiation, among other things. It also includes an engraved picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi symbolising his Atmanirbhar initiative and Space privatisation. An e-copy of the Bhagavad Gita, saved on an SD-card, is also part of the package, Space Kidz has said. This is the first dedicated >Continued on P5 THE TOP FOUR AGENCIES T MAPUSA The opposition against the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) gathered momentum with several villages in Bardez on Sunday demanding rescheduling of the public hearing on the plan and further insisted that the hearings should be held at the panchayat level. The locals also said that the nitty-gritties of the new draft coastal plan should be explained to the people by the authorities. A large number of villagers that had gathered for the Siolim-Marna gram sabha passed a resolution requesting to defer the public hearing of the CZMP scheduled on March 7. The locals also resolved to hold a special meeting on March 6 (Saturday) at the panchayat hall and invite an expert who could guide them. “The new maps and legends need to be explained MARCHING AHEAD E-Gita, PM’s photo, 19 satellites: ISRO begins year on a high NEW DELHI he Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) PSLV-C51 blasted off the agency’s launch-pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, Sriharkota on Sunday a little before 10.30 am, carrying 19 payloads and ringing in its schedule for 2021 in all glory. The 53rd Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launch happened at 10.24 exactly as planned, carrying Brazil’s 637-kg Amazonia-1, an optical earth observation satellite, as its primary passenger. This satellite would further strengthen the existing structure by providing remote sensing data to users for monitoring deforestation in the Amazon region and analysis of THE GOAN I NETWORK PSLV commercial mission for NSIL, which is undertaking it under a commercial arrangement with Seattle-based firm Spaceflight. Today’s launch was originally scheduled to carry 20 satellites besides Amazonia-1. Two of them were cancelled in the past week or so due to technical reasons. The ISRO is lining up its geo-imaging satellite GISAT-1 next, according to PTI. This launch, using a GSLV-F10 rocket, was originally planned for March 5 last year, but was postponed a day before blastoff. The 2,268 kg GISAT-1 is the first state-of-the-art agile earth observation satellite which will be placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by GSLV-F10, according to ISRO officials. The 637-kg Amazonia-1 which became the first Brazilian satellite to be launched from India is an optical earth observation satellite of the National Institute for Space Research. It is powered by lithium-ion batteries and two solar arrays. It has an 850km swath and 60m resolution. The Gaurs set a new Indian Super League record for the longest unbeaten run in the season. They were lucky not to concede late and a good show from Hyderabad was not enough to stop Juan Ferrando’s men from qualifying and extending their unbeaten run to 13 games. Goencho Avaaz takes political plunge THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Yet another regional party has thrown its hat into the State’s political arena. Goencho Avaaz on Sunday announced that it would contest the ensuing elections as a political party. Speaking to media, Captain Viriato Fernandes said, “when the Opposition is ineffective in the State Goencho Avaaz which is a Goan voice has decided to take up the challenge”. Captain Viriato said Goencho Avaaz had been raising its voice against many issues since 2018. Projects like the Nauxim Marina, double-tracking, expansion of electricity line in wild life sanctuary will be opposed, he said. Stating that crony capitalists are controlling the government and government is helping them, Captain Viriato said that the party will continue to raise its voice against the issues that are detrimental for the State. Party President Swapnesh Sherlekar said Goencho Avaaz has taken the political plunge as the voice of the Goans is not being heard in the Assembly. “We have already approached the Election Commission and hope to soon get its recognition”, Sherlekar said.
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