log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday saturday April 3, 2021 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 10 pages Price ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO Goa VOLume VI, No. 283 Can vaccinated people spread Covid-19? 8 goa SGPDA Sopo: Stalemate between traders and contractor continues 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 goa Paddy cultivation land decreasing day by day, House informed Govt steps up awareness as Covid scene turns grim Deputy Collectors directed to take strict steps to arrest surge the goan I network Covid peaks at 280, positivity rate at all-time high of 13.79% PANAJI The state administration on Friday directed all Deputy Collectors to actively create awareness within their sub-division about Covid-19 safety protocols in order to arrest the spike in the state. Deputy Collector and Sub-Divisional Officer (Tiswadi) Gurudas Desai addressed a joint gathering of the media, government officials, police personnel, tourism industry stakeholders and religious heads at Panaji and informed that although the government is not keen on enforcing yet another state-wide lockdown, instructions have been issued to the entire state machinery to implement the Covid safety norms strictly across the state in all business and religious establishments as well as at railways stations and in public places. Speaking to reporters, Desai said, “Covid situation in Goa is alarming and day by day the cases are increasing. Accordingly, all stakeholders including religious heads, es- in short >> Chief Secretary chairs State executive meet SEE PAGE 3 In 18 days, cases spike from 33 to 200 in Porvorim SUFFERING & HOPE Goa Lokayukta’s name finalised, sent to Guv for assent PANAJI: The Health Department recorded yet another peak in the single-day Covid count of the state with 280 new cases being reported from among the 2,029 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The daily positivity rate has now touched an alltime high of 13.79 per cent. The total confirmed cases touched 58.584 of whom 1,914 are presently active. One Covid related death was reported with the deceased person being a 71-yearold woman from Mapusa. She passed away at Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim. The Covid victim count of Goa now stands at 832. tablishments and industries have been asked to adhere to Covid guidelines with the warning that the failure to do so could attract closure and suspension of licenses.” It was explained that owing to the economic hardships PANAJI: Chief Secretary Parimal Rai on Friday chaired a meeting of the State Executive Committee which has decided upon strict enforcement activities and preventive protocols across the state taking into account the spread of the cases uniformly reported more from high-density urban areas. >> See pg 3 and other repercussions faced by all strata of the society since the Covid lockdown last year, the administration is not keen on walking down that particular road again. “We are not going for a total lockdown. But we will take Bardez admin decides to act tough against SOP violators these strict steps to control the rising number of cases in the state. We have arrived at the modus operandi in keeping with the 3Ts formula of the central government to test, track and treat. Police and revenue officers have been roped in to conduct surprise visits to establishments,” Desai informed. On behalf of the government, Tiswadi Deputy Collector issued a warning that a high number of cases at any >Continued on P6 Low: High: 8.44 21.19 2.01 15.51 the goan I network MAPUSA While rave parties continue non-stop along the Anjuna coast, Deputy Collector of Bardez has directed Anjuna Police to take action against a nightclub in Vagator for planning an event on April 4 without obtaining the mandatory sound permission. Deputy Collector Kapil Phadte in a memorandum to the Anjuna police inspector informed that no sound permission has been obtained for the event “Maxxim” to be held at Chronicle, a nightclub at Ozran in Vagator on April 4 from 5 pm onwards. “No sound permission under rule 5 (1) of the Noise Pollution (Regulation & Control) Rules, 2000 is obtained from this office by Chronicle to hold the event on April 4. You are directed to take necessary ac- Curchorem shows the ugly side of municipal politics >> See Edit pg 4 Priests unveil the crucifix of Christ for veneration at the Good Friday service in the Basilica of Bom Jesus Church, Old Goa. Church services were held across the State amid strict Covid protocols. (More pics on page 3) Narayan Pissurlenkar Govt apologises for Twitter howler the goan I network PANAJI The Tourism Department’s official Twitter handle while giving information about Aguada fort termed Maratha warriors as ‘invaders’ causing an uproar which culminated with the Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat demanding an inquiry into the howler. The Twitter handle of Goa Tourism issued an apology soon after. “The Aguada Jail is part of the beautiful Fort Aguada which was built in the year 1612. This fort which once defended the Portuguese stronghold against the Dutch and Maratha invaders is divided into two parts- The upper and the lower fort,” read the first tweet from @TourismGoa. Soon after posting the tweet, the Tourism Depart- ment deleted it and issued an apology. “In our post about Aguada fort, the word “invader” was meant to be used for the Dutch. It was intended to be read ‘stronghold against Dutch invaders and Maratha >Continued on P6 Social media rages against voyeuristic tourists the goan I network PANAJI s the mercury keeps heading north, Goa’s beaches known to be a favourite summer getaway for Goan, are turning dangerously unsafe and ‘uncomfortable’ particularly for women and children with indecent and voyeuristic desi tourists prowling the white sands. Scores of accounts of men lurking around and invading intimate space of women and children, videographing them are surfacing on social media platforms as Goa’s beaches continue to be thronged by tourists despite the rising Covid-19 cases and restrictions imposed by the State administration. “You will not make me un- Anjuna police inspector directed to act against club for planning party without sound permission SANGUEM Power Minister and Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral has slammed some councillors of Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council (CCMC) for their lack of ethics and principles, after Balkrishna (Pinty) Uttam Sinai Hodarkar was elected CCMC chairperson by 8-7 votes and hours later was served with a no-confidence motion by nine councillors. Taiwan train mishap kills more than 45 Tides The show is on, raves continue at Anjuna CARE TWO HOOTS FOR LAW Several clubs/shacks like UV Bar, Curlies, Shiva Valley, Larive, Pinakkin, etc along the Anjuna coastline have received notices from the deputy collector, but continue to hold loud parties Concerned locals have time and again made sev- tion and submit compliance report,” Phadte said. But despite issuing showcause notices to nightclubs and memorandums to police, the deputy collector’s action appears to have made no impact in controlling the high decibel parties along the coast, leave alone stopping them. Chronicle, a shack-cumnightclub right on the beach eral complaints to Anjuna police and top officials in the administration against loud music without any success at Ozran-Vagator, has been the hub for rave parties along with several other clubs and hotels dotting the Anjuna coastal belt. In fact, Chronicle has been running a vigorous online advertising campaign of rave parties starting from Friday (April 2), Saturday (April 3) and culminating with the >Continued on P6 the goan I network ALWAR: Farm leader Rakesh Tikait’s convoy was allegedly attacked in Rajasthan’s Alwar on Friday. The attack on his convoy shattered the windows of Rakesh Tikait’s car. Tikait took to Twitter and shared a video of a damaged car, saying that the attack was carried out by ‘BJP goons’. >> See pg 7 Max: 34.3 C Min: 24.7 C Humidity: 78% 10 ASSERTS VOTERS SHOULD DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY FROM THEM Tikait’s convoy attacked weather >> Jadeja says excitement of meeting Dhoni still the same as 2009 Cabral slams councillors for lack of ethics, principles PANAJI: State Government has selected and finalised the name of Retired High Court judge Ambadas Joshi for the post of Goa Lokayukta. The file recommending his name has been sent to the governor for his assent. TAIWAN: A passenger train smashed into a vehicle on its tracks and partially derailed outside a rail tunnel in Taiwan on Friday, killing more than 45 people. Survivors climbed out windows and onto roofs to reach safety. >> See pg 9 3 sports A Picture of men using empty beer bottles as headrest (pillow) as they sleep on Baga beach. This was posted recently on Social Media by Calangute-based doctor-artist Subodh Kerkar. comfortable in my own home” screamed a recent post by Instagram user @vanessa_29al citing an incident where a man was lurking around, making lewd gestures and video-film- ing on his phone a group of her friends, all mothers with their children playing on the beach. The Goan got in touch with the owner of the IG account @ vanessa_29al, Vanessa Almeida who said: “Such incidents must be increasingly reported so lifeguards and cops know there is this ‘dangerous thing’ happening on the beaches,” Almeida said. Almeida’s post, which got fairly large traction, also described how one of her friends confronted the man and even “punched him in the face” when she realised he was filming on his phone one of the little girls playing in the sand and water. Crowded beaches and inappropriate behaviour by tourists are becoming common place on Goan beaches. Recently, the long Holi weekend was a time when several of Goa’s beaches were thronged by uncontrollable crowds of tourists even as the State administra- tion cancelled the traditional Shigmotsav festivities citing a potential next wave of Covid-19. However, there is little if anything that Goa’s police or tourism officials do to intervene and curb the nuisance although a law had been enacted a couple of years ago to specifically tackle the menace. According to the January 2019 amendment to the Goa Tourist Places (Protection and Maintenance) Act, 2001, individuals boozing and creating nuisance on beaches could be fined Rs 2,000. If there are more than one person involved, the fine on the group could go up to Rs 10,000. In November of the same year (2019) two sloshed >Continued on P6 While the incident was a major embarrassment for the BJP, Cabral insisted that it was not a setback to him and he would continue his work US Capitol on lockdown amid security threat agencies WASHINGTON The US Capitol in Washington DC was placed on lockdown on Friday, with staff told to “seek cover” amid reports of an “external security threat”. Capitol police said two officers had been injured and a suspect was in custody. The agency said officers were “responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Constitution Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers. A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital”. News organisations reported emergency vehicles at the scene with one person at least seen on a stretcher. One congressional reporter posted to social media video of a helicopter landing outside the east front of the building. He later reported that it had left. The Capitol has been on heightened security alert since 6 January, when supporters of Donald Trump stormed the building in an attempt to overturn his election defeat. Five people died as a direct result of the attack. No-trust has no legal validity: Hodarkar SANGUEM: Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council (CCMC) Balkrishna Hodarkar, who was served with a no-confidence motion by nine councillors barely hours after he was elected on Thursday, said the no-confidence motion had no legal validity. “I have not heard the statements made by Power Minister and Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral, but I will contest the no-confidence letter filed by nine councillors before the DMA. The letter has no legal validity and I doubt if the DMA will consider it fit to conduct the special meet to decide on my ouster,” said Hodarkar. in Curchorem and did not depend on the CCMC. Speaking to reporters, Cabral said 10 councillors were with him on the morning of the CCMC elections. “These 10 councillors were with me and then went to the CCMC to elect the chairperson. However, only seven of them voted against the chairperson in a secret ballot and then 10 councillors came back to my office. Such councillors who have been elected by the people lack ethics and principles.” Insisting that he had not >Continued on P6
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