log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY MARCH 5, 2021 IN SHORT >> Screen content on OTT, SC to Centre NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the government to screen video content on OTT (Over The Top) platforms, saying “even pornograpic material is being shown” on some of them. There should be a mechanism to screen such programmes, the top court said as it directed the centre to place before it the recent guidelines of the government to regulate social media platforms. 7.2 quake strikes New Zealand WELLINGTON: A severe 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the east of New Zealand’s North Island, prompting a tsunami warning, and authorities advised people in some coastal areas to move immediately to high ground. There were no immediate reports of damage. 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WEATHER >> Max: 32.8 C Min: 23.3 C Humidity: 96% TIDES Low: High: 09:09 21:20 02:20 16:10 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 8 pages PRICE ` 6 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 254 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday Sindhu enters quarter-finals of Swiss Open PG8 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Supreme Court grants interim stay on HC order; final hearing on Tue SEC RE-ANNOUNCES ELECTION SCHEDULE TO 5 CIVIC BODIES THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Supreme Court has granted an interim stay on the order of the Bombay High Court at Goa which had quashed and set aside the reservation notification with respect to five municipalities in Goa. Swinging into action, the State Election Commissioner re-announced elections to 5 municipalities and extended the nomination filing time by 2 days. After hearing Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represented the State government, Atmaram N S Nadkarni, who represented the respondents Imtiyaz Shaikh who was one of the petitioners before the Bombay High Court at Goa, the Supreme Court granted the parties until Tuesday next to com- New schedule for 5 civic bodies, polling to be held on March 21 PANAJI: With the Supreme Court granting interim stay on the High Court order, the State Election Commission on Thursday swung into action, revoked its earlier order and re-announced elections to five municipal councils -- Margao, Mapusa, Mormugao, Sanguem and Quepem. SEC in its fresh election schedule has extended nomination time by two days and now aspiring candidates will be able to file nominations till March 6. The polling will be held on March 21, a day after the polling for other municipal councils. The code of conduct has been restored in these five municipal councils. However, all eyes will be on the final order of Supreme Court in >Continued on P5 plete pleadings. “We stay the impugned direction of the High Court as well as the Election Commission notification which is in pursuance of the High Court judgment,” the bench of Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and Hrishikesh Roy ruled. “The Supreme Court has stayed the High Court’s order cancelling elections CZMP hearing: Number of speakers capped at 150 n Only 50% sitting capacity to be utilised at venues n Authorities to make use of virtual, online platforms THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO It’s official. When hundreds, if not thousands of citizens from across the district may be bracing up to participate in the March 7 public hearing on the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, not more than 150 participants will be registered for the public hearing scheduled on Sunday, beginning from 10.30 am. An order issued by Acting South Goa district Collector, Surendra Naik further said that the participants can register themselves for the public hearing up to 5 pm on March 6. The order states that the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) restricts the number of persons gathered to 50 per cent of the sitting capacity at the venue THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI A total of 501 nominations have been filed by aspiring candidates for the ensuing elections to the six municipalities including the Corporation of the City of Panaji as the process concluded on Thursday. North Goa received 172 nominations – Bicholim (83), Valpoi (40), Pernem (49). In South Goa 209 nominations were filed -- Cuncolim (86), PANAJI Eager to resume sand mining and trade, the Goa government has hit a brick wall as legal opinion has suggested that it may not be possible to issue sand mining permissions without the sanction of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Chief Minister Pramod Sawant indicated as much on Thursday when he said sand mining permissions cannot be issued in the State without the instruction of NGT. Sawant said the issue is sub-judice before the Bombay High Court and NGT and the State government has been directed to conduct a two season survey. Only one of these two surveys is complete and the second is awaited, according to Sawant. The chief minister admitted that the State is losing a significant amount of reve- nue and people in the business are also losing livelihoods. There has been a complete ban on the local sand mining industry due to court directions which has for several months triggered a shortage of the crucial material in the construction sector. The local extraction and trading of sand sector has also faced severe uncertainty over several years with intermittent interventions from the courts. The activity is regulated by the ‘minor minerals’ section of the mining department and the absence of a firm policy or scientific regime to grant extraction licences is at the epicentre of the intervention of the courts which has banned it several times over concerns of environmental destruction of riverine ecosystems. The erosion of the banks of several rivers has been blamed on indiscriminate sand extraction. Tuesday. Now, the democratic process has been restored”, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant tweeted no sooner the stay order was issued. Seashell trade to come under scanner Chandor locals stop rail work in church property THE GOAN I NETWORK Given that the hearing will be conducted within a prescribed time-frame, it has been decided that one speaker will not be permitted to speak beyond a time limit of five minutes. >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 PANAJI: The government on Thursday changed the venue for Coastal Zone Management Plan public hearing of March 7 from Taleigao Community Hall to Kala Academy. A notification to this effect had been issued on March 3. The hearing will now be held at Kala Academy, Campal on March 7, between 10.30 am to 5 pm. As done in South, the GCZMA will restrict the number of persons to 50 percent of the capacity at the venue for the public consultation with adequate social distancing and other safe guards in view of COVID-19, the notification adds. Curchorem-Cacora (64), Canacona (59). Also, a total 120 nominations have been filed for 30 CCP wards. Elections to the municipal bodies will be held on March 20. Meanwhile, 7 nominations have been received for Navelim ZP constituency ward 16 while 4 nominations have been received for Sakhali municipality ward 9 by-poll. The nomination forms will be scrutinized on March 5 while March 6 will be the date for withdrawal. THE GOAN I NETWORK to five municipalities and consequent order of State Election Commission keeping the election process in abeyance. Matter to come up for final hearing on PANAJI Seashell trade in Goa, which is mostly in the form of curios, is set to come under the microscope with enforcement authorities now equipped with a new set of identification tools developed by TRAFFIC and WWF-India. The new identification tools will help enforcement agencies identify marine mollusc species accurately. Currently only 24 of the 3000-odd species of marine mollusc which are soft-bodied animals who remain ensconced in shells are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, in India. Also, only a limited number of seashell species are protected. Illegal seashells trade has been a challenge for enforcement authorities to tackle with research indicating that in the Indian market is driven mainly by the demand for curios and accessories like buttons and combs, lampshades Kala Academy to be venue for public hearing in North of the public Hearing with adequate social distancing and other safeguards in view of Covod-19 pandemic. The authorities have also employed use of virtual platform/online facilities in additional of the physical hearing process. 501 nomination papers filed Sand mining: Govt may have to seek sanction from NGT n Parishioners force officials to remove machinery n Cross damaged at site n Complaint filed with police THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Agitated over the encroachment of Church property by the railway authorities while executing the track doubling work, agitated parishioners of Chandor marched to the site on Thursday morning and got the heavy machinery removed from the Fabrica land. The parishioners later went to the Chandor police outpost and lodged a complaint against the railway officials, demanding that the police register a FIR against the erring officials. The parishioners later went to the office of the Cuncolim MLA Clafacio Dias and submitted a copy of the police complaint, demanding action. The parishioners along with the Attorney of the Fabrica Igreja de Chandor, Darwin Cardozo marched to the Railway officials move out machinery from the church property at Chandor on Thursday. Santosh Mirajkar. church property at Chandor on Thursday morning, where they came across heavy machinery involved in the ongoing track doubling work. Asserting that the railways has entered the Church land without any permission and consent from the Fabrica, they demanded that the railways immediately stop the ongoing work and get the machinery removed from the property. Since there were no senior officials present around, the parishioners later went to the Chandor police station and lodged a complaint. The Fabrica attorney Darwin Cardozo later told the media that the railways brought in machinery in the Church property without any permission or consent. “How can they just enter the property without permission. They >Continued on P5 NEP to be implemented from Panaji tops Quality of Life Index among small cities new academic year: Sawant Bengaluru ‘most liveable’ city AGENCIES THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The National Education Policy will be implement in Goa from the upcoming academic year beginning in June this year but only at the pre-primary education level, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant indicated on Thursday. Sawant, who also holds the education portfolio said, there was no clarity on implementing the policy at the higher level even at the Central level and the State government would wait for instructions and proper direction. Notifications for commencing implementation of the NEP this year are expected to be issued in the next fortnight ROAD AHEAD To be effective only at pre-primary education level KG-I & KG-II pre-primary classes to be converted to Foundation-I and Foundation-II as per new format No clarity on implementing policy at the higher level or so, Sawant said, adding that almost 90 per-cent of the educational institutions are equipped with the necessary infrastructure. He said in the remaining 10 per-cent schools, the State government will intervene and NEP implementation will commence with foundation course for students in the 3 to 5 age group. The KG-I and KG-II pre-primary classes will be converted to Foundation-I and Foundation-II as per the policy’s new format. The policy makes sweeping structural changes in formal education dumping the current 10-plus-two system and adapting to a four-stage 5+3+3+4 system. The four stages the NEP proposes are: ‘Foundational’ stage which includes three years of pre-school and two years (Grades 1 & 2) of primary; ‘Preparatory’ stage >Continued on P5 NEW DELHI oa got another feather in its cap when its capital city Panaji got the top honours in the Quality of Life Index among 62 smart cities across India with population below 1 million. Panaji was also ranked 16th on the Ease of Living Index (EoLI) 2020 listing according to the index released by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday. Panaji scored 62.42 to top the chart of Quality of Life Index and was closely followed by Tumkuru and Vellore. The ranking based on other parameters is as follows -Economic Ability (24), Citizen Perception (46), Sustainability (42). The city, however, fared badly on the Municipal Perfor- G mance Index (MPI) 2020 and was ranked at 28. The EoLI has been carried out on four parameters of quality of life, economic ability, sustainability and citizen survey. The ‘Quality of Life’ covers aspects such as affordable housing, access to clean water, basic education, healthcare facilities, safety and security and recreation avenues. The government said the pillar-wise scores help cities to know their level of development and identify existing gaps that obstruct their growth. This also promotes healthy competition through rankings and incentivises them to improve further and even emulate the best practices from their peer cities. A total of 32.2 lakh people residing across 111 cities participated in a ‘Citizen Perception Survey’ holding a weightage of 30 per cent. “These cities have emerged NEW DELHI: Bengaluru was adjudged the most liveable among 111 cities in India in the government’s ‘Ease of Living Index’ on Thursday, followed by Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Surat, Navi Mumbai, Coimbatore, Vadodra, Indore and Greater Mumbai. Of the 49 cities ranked on livability index in the ‘million-plus population’ category, Delhi figures at the 13th spot and Srinagar at the bottom. Shimla topped the category of cities with ‘population less than million’. In this category, Bhubaneshwar was ranked second, Silvassa came third, and they were followed by Kakinada, Salem, Vellore, Gandhinagar, Gurgaon, Davangere and Tiruchirapalli. as models of development which will inspire others to perform better. Further, their peers will also benefit from emulating their best practices,” Puri said. In the 2018 ‘Ease of Living Index’, Pune was ranked the most liveable city in the country. Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai, which held the sec- ond and the third position in 2018, have slipped to the sixth and the 10th rank respectively in the 2020 edition of the Ease of Living Index. New Delhi Municipal Council topped the ‘Municipal Performance Index 2020’ in the ‘less than million’ population category.
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