log on to thegoan.net FRIDAY APRIL 2, 2021 GOA @thegoaneveryday 8 pages PRICE ` 6 Zambaulim gulal to be held amid strict SOPs on April 6 IN SHORT >> GCET to be held on June 15 & 16 PANAJI: The Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET-2021) will be held this year on June 15 and 16. Physics and Chemistry papers will be held on June 15 while the Mathematics paper is scheduled for June 16. Details regarding the same are also available on https://dte.goa.gov.in/ No interest cut on small savings NEW DELHI: Steep cuts on interest rates on small savings schemes, announced last evening, were rolled back by the government today with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman declaring that “orders issued by oversight” would be withdrawn. >> See pg 6 Serum to ramp up vaccine production NEW DELHI: To meet the spiralling demand for vaccines to combat the fast spread of the Covid-19 infection in India and overseas, the Serum Institute of India has geared up to raise the output of Covishield vaccines by 67% to 100 mn doses a month from May. Rajinikanth gets Phalke award NEW DELHI: Actor Rajinikanth has been honoured with the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke award. Confirming the news, Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar wrote, “Happy to announce #Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2020 to one of the greatest actors in history of Indian cinema Rajnikant ji”. Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 282 GOA ‘Illegalities’ on Candolim beach: GCZMA orders inspection 3 France announces third lockdown PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron ordered France into its third national lockdown and said schools would close for three weeks as he sought to push back a third wave of Covid-19 infections that threatens to overwhelm hospitals. WEATHER >> Max: 34.5 C Min: 24.7 C Humidity: 77% TIDES Low: High: 07:52 01:10 20:19 14:51 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEWS Bengal sees 80.5% turnout, 73% in Assam in 2nd phase IPL will benefit English players ahead of World Cup: Stokes Curchorem gets new chief, but It was BJP versus BJP in Canacona, no-trust served within hours secret ballot decides chairperson THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Amid attempts to ridicule a weak opposition, the BJP has been hit by opposition from within and the party was left red-faced at the Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council (CCMC) on Thursday, when a BJP-backed chairperson was elected and then served with a no-confidence motion barely hours later. Hours after electing Balkrishna (Pinty) Uttam Sinai Hodarkar as the CCMC chairperson, nine newly elected councillors moved a no confidence motion against him. According to reports, Bebquegal Ward councillor Hodarkar had defeated Ghotmorad-Bansai Ward councillor Vishwas Pandu Sawant in a secret ballot by 8-7 votes in the 15-member CCMC. ON PAGES 2 & 3 Falari heads Bicholim civic body, Gaonkar is deputy PMC chairperson, deputy elected unopposed Valpoi civic body gets new chairperson, deputy BJP’s move to wrest Cuncolim civic body fails Barely hours later, the nine councillors -- Tony Coutinho (Pongirwal), Damodar Narcinva Bhende (Khamamoll), Pramod Damu Naik (Bagwada-Shirford), Vishwas Pandu Sawant (Ghotmorad-Bansai), Jasmine Braganza (Carriamoddi), Rhucha Subhash Vasta (Khandiwada), Reema Alise (New ward), Yolanda Pereira (Vodlemoll) and Car- melina Morais (Bethmoddi) -- submitted a non-confidence motion against Hodarkar to the Director of Municipal Administration. Furious over the actions of the seven councillors for electing him and then disowning him hours later, Hodarkar said their actions were despicable and suggested that they may have been forced to move the no-confidence motion against him. “Going against one’s wishes is not right. If they did not have confidence in me, they should not have elected me in the first place. After expressing their confidence in me and getting me elected, how is it that they suddenly lost confidence in me? People of Curchorem and Cacora should take note >Continued on P5 IN ‘HIS’ TIME! THE GOAN I NETWORK CANACONA Efforts to resolve the division between two BJP factions at the Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) failed and the two factions contested elections on Thursday, which eventually saw Simon Rebello and Amita Pagi getting elected as chairperson and deputy chairperson respectively by 7-5 votes. The tension was palpable at the CMC as the 7-member faction arrived almost an hour before the scheduled election and all seven councillors occupied one side of CMC chairperson’s cabin, where elections to the chairperson and dy chairperson were to be held. The other five-member faction arrived only a few minutes before the election, before Presiding Officer Rohit Kadam Speaker to hear disqualification pleas on April 5 THE GOAN I NETWORK A priest enacts the washing of the feet ritual at the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa on Thursday. Maundy Thursday commemorates the washing of the feet and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his Apostles. Narayan Pissurlenkar PM’s brother arrives in State THE GOAN I NETWORK VASCO Passengers and staff at Dabolim airport were in for a surprise to find Pralhad Modi, younger brother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, arriving at Dabolim Airport with no security and fanfare, during his maiden visit to the State on Thursday. Pralhad Modi, who is also the vice president of All India Fair Price Shop Dealers’ Federation, arrived at Dabolim airport at Pralhad Modi at Dabolim airport. Vikram Nayak around 5.15 pm with no personal security or additional security at the airport. As news of his presence at Dabolim airport spread, many people began taking photos of him and some even tried to take selfies with Modi. Speaking to reporters at Dabolim Airport, Modi said he had never seen Goa and wanted to visit the State. Many taxi operators, airport staff and locals were in awe of the man, who walked out of the airport without any fanfare and was received by some people aware of his visit in the State, before proceeding to an undisclosed place in North Goa. PANAJI Goa legislative assembly Speaker Rajesh Patnekar has fixed hearings on April 5 in the two separate disqualification petitions against 12 members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party including the two ex-MGP MLAs -Manohar (Babu) Ajgaonkar and Deepak Pauskar -- and the 10 ex-Congress MLAs who defected in 2019. Legislature Secretary Namrata Ulman issued the notice to the two petitioners -- MGP’s Sudin Dhavlikar and Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president, Girish Chodankar -- informing that Patnekar has fixed hearings in the petitions at 3 pm on April 5. Dhavalikar and Chodankar have been asked to remain present either in person or through a counsel, but Ulman’s notice does not state the purpose of the hearing or if final orders are expected. Meanwhile the Supreme Court is also likely to hear on April 6, the petition filed by Chodankar seeking expediting of proceedings before the Speaker. According to the computer generated listing of the Apex Court’s registry, the case may “tentatively” be listed on April 6. >Continued on P5 Sopo row: Fish may be off the plate on Easter day THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO he stand-off between the Margao wholesale fish traders and the SGPDA sopo contractor over the sopo collection in the SGPDA wholesale fish market has thrown up a pertinent question – whether fish-loving Goans will have access to the staple food on Easter Sunday. This question has come to the fore after fish turned dearer and scare on Maundy Thursday as only a couple of fish vehicles entered the wholesale fish market. While fish from the State’s coast and jetties found its way in the wholesale fish market as usual, but in limited quantities, the hustle and bustle went missing in the wholesale fish market by 8 am, except the traditional fishermen selling 7 SPORTS 8 Power play reigns at civic councils Pak does U-turn on India imports ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s government has made a swift U-turn on plans to allow limited imports of sugar, cotton and wheat from India after a political backlash against the move. Interior Minister Rashid Ahmed said the decision had been “deferred” until India restored Kashmir’s special status. Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday We have requested the suppliers to send their fish vehicles... We cannot say whether fish will be available in the wholesale market – Prabhakar Naik, Trader T The deserted wholesale fish market at Margao on Thursday. Santosh Mirajkar fish in the market. While the Margao wholesale fish traders contended that they have not stopped bringing outside fish in Goa’s lone wholesale fish market, they, however, have taken the plea that drivers of the outstation fish vehicles are now hesitating to drive into Goa after Wednesday’s face off in the market. When the media questioned a fish trader Prabhakar Naik whether Goans will have access to fish in the markets on Easter Sunday, he said the fish traders have not stopped the import of fish into the State. He, however, sought to push the blame on the vehicle drivers, saying they now harbour apprehensions about their safety after the Wednes- day’s incident. “We have requested the suppliers to send fish in their vehicles, but we cannot say whether they will send or not. We understand that our Catholic brethren will be celebrating Easter on Sunday after 40 days of Lent. We cannot say whether fish will come into the wholesale fish market though we have sent request to the suppliers and drivers to start sending fish to Goa”, Prabhakar said. When the media pointed out to him that the vehicles were stranded in the wholesale fish market for want of payment of sopo fees to the contactor, Prabhakar said the traders had made it clear to the SGPDA that they will not pay the fees to the sopo contractor. Wholesale fish association president M Ibrahim said the drivers are not ready to drive down to Goa with fish vehicles after the Wednesday incident. “We will wait and see”, he said. Sopo contractor, Milagres Fernandes blamed the wholesale fish traders for putting the fish vehicle driver in trouble by not paying the sopo fees on time. “Since the wholesale fish traders were not ready to pay the sopo fees to me, the >Continued on P5 >> See pg 2 and CMC Chief Officer Udhay Prabhudesai began the election process. The presiding officer gave 15 minutes for withdrawal of nominations for the contestants even as there were specu- THE GOAN I NETWORK lations that one faction would withdraw its candidates to ensure unanimous elections and a united BJP-backed council. However, there were no withdrawals and a secret ballot was conducted for both elections. Rebello defeated Pandurang (Dhiraj) Naikgaunkar by 7-5 votes to get elected as chairperson and Pagi defeated BICHOLIM Upset over the 43-day delay to convene a meeting to discuss the no-confidence motion against Sankhali Municipal Council (SMC) Chairperson Yeshwant Madkar, the ‘Together for Sanquelim’ panel led by ex-chairperson Dharmesh Saglani has decided to petition the high court. In a news conference, Saglani accused the BJP of delaying the meeting for fear of losing control at the SMC. “The BJP knows we have seven councillors and they will surely lose power in the SMC. This is a murder of democracy and we will approach the high court on Monday to challenge this delay,” said Saglani. The Saglani group had >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 Six councillors greet Simon Rebello on his election as Canacona Municipal Council chairperson. Kathy Fernandes EYEBROWS RAISED AS CMC RULING PANEL MEETS BJP, THEN OPPN LEADER No-trust: Saglani group to move court over delay Single-day spike hits 265 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In precarious signs, Goa witnessed a spike in single-day new Covid-19 cases with 265 persons testing positive for the dreaded virus on Thursday and the positivity rate shooting up to 14 per cent of the 2,611 samples tested. The daily count saw a nearly 33 per cent jump over the 200 single-day new cases reported on Wednesday. Also, the Directorate of Health Services reported one more person succumbing to the virus taking Goa’s death CENTRE ALLOWS VACCINATION ON ALL DAYS IN APRIL, EVEN HOLIDAYS >> See pg 7 toll to 831.The 46-year-old victim from Taleigao died on Thursday morning at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H), Bambolim, where he was admitted on March 19. The DHS bulletin also said 104 persons were fully recovered and the active cases count stood at 1,716. Margao (185), Panaji (176), Porvorim (157), Ponda (137) and Vasco (112) accounted for bulk of the active cases. Around 10 are tourists. Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Parimal Rai chaired a meeting of the State Executive Committee and deliberated with officials managing Goa’s Covid-19 response. The deliberations attain significance in view of the fast rising cases and the possibility of imposing fresh restrictions on movement of people to arrest the trend. In another development on Thursday, several Health Centers in the State and other designated private hospitals began vaccination for above 45-year-olds.
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