log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday saturday July 17, 2021 GCET postponed to July 29 & 30 PANAJI: The Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET)-2021 for admission to engineering which was earlier scheduled on July 27 and July 28 has now been postponed to July 29 and July 30. Physics and Chemistry papers will be held on July 29 while Mathematics paper is scheduled on May 30. 4 more succumb to Covid in State PANAJI: Goa recorded four more deaths due to Covid in the last 24 hours taking the toll to 3104. The recovery rate was 97.19 % even as 120 more people were infected with the virus while 236 people recovered in the last 24 hours. The active cases in the State presently stand at 1659. ‘UP cannot go ahead with Kanwar yatra’ NEW DELHI: Health and the Right to Life is paramount, the Supreme Court said as it gave UP govt time till Monday to reconsider its decision on Kanwar Yatra. “Article 21 applies to all. UP cannot go ahead with physical yatra, 100 percent,” said Justice RF Nariman. Vaccine for children soon, says Centre The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages Price ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO Goa VOLume VII, No. 29 5 or more symptoms in 1st week linked to long Covid in short >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 2 goa 6 Desilting Sal for passenger boats? Fishermen cry foul NEW DELHI: Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was working with news agency Reuters, was killed in clashes in Spin Boldak district in Kandahar. Based in Mumbai, he was covering the situation in the province as Taliban took over the key border crossing. weather >> Max: 26.5 C Min: 23.8 C Humidity: 98% Tides Low: 09.19 22.43 High: 03.55 15.51 Rainfall: 65.75 In goa Amicable solution sought to retrenchment of 74 workers at MUCB the goan I network VASCO Intense search operations throughout the night amid heavy rains and sharp instincts enabled Goa Police to crack the Bogmalo murder case within 12 hours, when two persons accused of shooting dead a Vasco man were nabbed at the Cansaulim Railway station in the wee hours of Friday. Shailesh Gupta (29) of Gorakhpur-UP and Shivam Singh (22) of Jaunpur-UP, who are suspected to be contract killers, were arrested by police and a court on Friday evening remanded them to seven days in police custody. THE SEARCH A police source said the Goa Police had immediately formed various teams from Vasco police, Mormugao Police, Verna Police, Airport police and Vasco Railway police, SP: More arrests likely, police probing motive of murder VASCO: Stating that the police were investigating the motive behind the murder of Amar Naik (30) of New Vaddem-Vasco in Bogmalo, South Goa SP Pankaj Singh on Friday said more arrests were likely to take place, indicating the possibility of others in the crime. He said both accused have confessed to the crime, and both are natives of UP and live in Mumbai. >> See pg 3 shortly after Amar Naik (30) of New Vaddem-Vasco was shot dead near Ranghavi Estate in Bogmalo on Thursday evening. Amar’s friend, Pritesh Kuttikar of Chicalim, was also shot at but managed to duck the bullet and escape from the two assailants. “The police began combing operations with the information provided by Kuttikar who had narrowly missed a gun shot during the incident,” said the source. “We immediately set up a Naka bandi in Hollant. Both the accused had initially hid in the bushes after coming out of the rent-a-car which went off the road while they were escaping after the crime.” “We also alerted locals about the incident and sought help in case they see any per- Chief Minister lauds quick police action >> See pg 3 sons moving suspiciously in the area. When we searched the abandoned car, we found some identity cards and a mobile phone.” “We first checked details on the ID cards and got in touch with the Maharsahtra police station, only to realise that the person on the ID card had been admitted in the hospital in Maharshtra with dengue.” “Sensing that we had been misled with the identity cards, we checked the mobile phone, but it did not have much information and the dialled calls revealed the number of many rent-a-car operators,” said the source. The police then got in touch with the car owner who said the car was given on rent to MAPUSA n a major relief to the State taxi unions and their fight against the app-based taxi aggregator companies bid to enter Goa, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has absolved the North and South Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Associations and Caritas-Goa’s Centre for Responsible Tourism of any wrong doing to prevent the entry of taxi aggregators Ola and Uber in the State. The CCI said the taxi unions in Goa were not involved in any anti-competitive conduct and therefore there was no case of contravention of the provisions of the Competition Act and directed the matter to be closed. I a person who had already informed him that the car had met with an accident. “We informed the car owner that the vehicle was used in a murder incident and he said the car was given to a person running a hotel in Anjuna. The Anjuna police then got hold of persons who had taken the car on rent.” The persons were then taken to the Vasco police station and information suggested they were earlier residing in New Vaddem but had left the area some years back to start some hotel business in North Goa. THE ARREST Unable to catch hold of the shooters based on details from the car, police teams then intensified their search operations. “We were then told that someone may have been seen >Continued on P5 sports Tennis player Nagal makes singles cut for Tokyo Olympics 8 ‘Smart roads’ worth `120 crore on the cards for Smart City the goan I network PANAJI After years of lagging behind, the Smart City project for the capital finally seems to have got some wings with the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL) appointing the Goa State Urban Development Agency (GSUDA) as the nodal agency to oversee the building of two ‘smart roads’ along the Rua de Ourem creek and in St Inez. According to the tenders issued by GSUDA, the project work is approximately worth Rs 120 crore. It has invited bids from reputed consultants for turn-key basis execution of the project. Bidders will have to submit their pitch for planning, estimation, tender management, design vetting as well as project management to build the two smart roads which are tentatively estimated to cost around Rs 120 crore. The GSUDA tender mentions that the Consultancy THE ROAD AHEAD A 3.7 kilometer stretch in St Inez and another 1.4-kilometer stretch along the Rua de Ourem creek to be taken up for development as ‘smart roads’ GSUDA appoint nodal agency, bids for work worth Rs 120 crore invited Bids invited from reputed consultants on turn-key basis Fees will be paid as a percentage of the total project cost. The two roads of the capital city which will be taken up for development into ‘smart roads’ are a 3.7 kilometer stretch in St Inez and another 1.4-kilometer stretch along the Rua de Ourem creek. Interestingly, IPSCDL has also sought bids from firms and contractors for a facelift to >Continued on P5 Overwhelming response to CZMP written submissions CM’s Facebook account hacked, complaint filed GCZMA gets 276 more All will be compiled within 3-4 days, says Cabral WHAT-A-SALUTE! PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said his old Facebook account was hacked and that he has filed a police complaint reporting the matter. The hacking of the account was discovered after a social media user noticed strange activity including a demand to send across money through the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) mode. According to Pramesh Asolkar, whose social media account was allegedly targeted by the hackers, they posed as the chief minister and requested him to send across Rs 30,000 promising to return the money as soon as possible. “At around 9.30 pm on Thursday night, I received a friend request notification from Pramod Sawant. The profile had the Goa Chief Minister’s photo and the lotus symbol of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). I was sure it was genuine,” according to Asolkar. Assolkar said when the demand for money was made he immediately suspected there was something wrong. Chief Minister has confirmed the hacking of his old Facebook account and that he has formally lodged a police complaint. the goan I network The first-ever direct flight between Goa and Rajkot receiving a water cannon salute at the Rajkot airport. The maiden flight took to the skies on July 15 and carried around 70 passengers. KTC goes digital, launches QR-based ticketing system the goan I network PANAJI Commuters on interstate routes can now book Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) bus tickets online and pay through a QR-based mobile ticketing system. KTC on Friday launched its QR-based mobile ticketing system in association with digital payments company Paytm and KTC Chairman Carlos Almeida claimed KTC is the first transport corporation in India to introduce cashless transactions with such a payment system. He said this Paytm payment system can be used to book interstate bus tickets on KTC, which operates 20 services to 13 destinations across differ- ent states each day. “KTC had been facing losses, but once the online ticketing was introduced, these losses were reduced. The KTC has now gone a step ahead by introducing a QR-based mobile ticketing system,” said Almeida. KTC Managing Director >Continued on P5 PANAJI Suggestions continued to pour in regarding the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) with 276 new suggestions being received by the authority as on the last day. Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) Member Secretary Dasharath Redkar said nearly 280 new suggestions were received by the authority regarding the draft plan. “While 145 new suggestions were received from North Goa, there were 131 new suggestions from South Goa. Besides, around 10 applications were received for corrections in the minutes of the meetings,” said Redkar. Meanwhile, Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral on Friday said suggestions and changes in the minutes of the CZMP public hearings will be compiled within 3-4 days and an updated report would be uploaded on the website of the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA). Speaking to reporters, Cabral also said technical aspects raised by people would be verified by a special team Taximen get clean chit in fight against Ola, Uber the goan I network 3 Caught at Cansaulim railway station before boarding train Veteran actor Sikri passes away Indian photo journo killed in Afghan RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Bogmalo shooters nabbed after intense chase; both from UP NEW DELHI: A vaccine against the Covid-19 infection in children, being developed by Gujarat-based pharmaceutical company Zydus Cadila, may soon be available for children in the age group of 12 to 18, the central government told Delhi High Court on Friday. NEW DELHI: Veteran actor Surekha Sikri has died at the age of 75 of a cardiac arrest. The actor was known for films such as Badhaai Ho and TV shows like Balika Vadhu. The actor was ailing for some time and had suffered a brain stroke in 2020 and a paralytic stroke earlier in 2018. Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday WHAT THE CASE RELATES TO CCI had taken suo motu cognizance of the alleged abuse of position by the taxi unions in the State in preventing Ola and Uber from entering and operating in Goa Had directed Director General to investigate role of North and South Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association and Centre for Responsible Tourism and their office-bearers It may be recalled, the CCI had taken suo motu cognizance of the alleged abuse COMPETITION COMMISSION OF INDIA ORDER It was revealed that while Uber had never applied for any license in the State, Ola exited from Goa way back in 2013 Since, both companies did not share any details, it could not be conclusively inferred that the reason for their non-entry in Goa was due to pressure and undue threat of taxi unions Director General had failed to examine reasons for strikes and protests of position by the taxi unions in the State in preventing Ola and Uber from entering and held by the taxi unions Joint representation to govt or meeting with heads of political executive does not violate provisions of Competition Act operating in Goa and directed the Director General to investigate the role of the North and South Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association and the Centre for Responsible Tourism and their office-bearers. After investigation the Director General in its report concluded that the taxi unions and CRT-Goa had indulged in anti-competitive practices and were liable to be penalized for the same. The commission observed that despite categorical examination of the senior authorised representatives of both Ola and Uber, it was revealed that while Uber had never applied for any license in the state, Ola exited from Goa way back in 2013. “Since, both companies did not share any details with respect to the efforts taken >Continued on P5 Cabral rules out free electricity, says State’s finances will be hit PANAJI: Responding to AAP’s promise of free electricity supply, Power Minister Nilesh Cabral on Friday ruled out providing free power supply in the State as it would only increase the burden on the state exchequer. “We are providing water at a cheaper rate but we cannot afford to give free electricity. Our Government has to procure electricity and does not want to offer free electricity by taking a loan,” said Cabral, while addressing a news conference in the Secretariat on Friday. >> See pg 3 and according to findings of the team, suitable changes would be made in the draft CZMP. “July 15 was the last date to submit suggestions and the government is in process of compiling these suggestions and objections, which will be updated on the website. We may take 3-4 days to compile this work, but we want to finish it on time,” added Cabral. The GCZMA on July 8 had conducted marathon public hearings on the draft CZMP at the district level, which went beyond midnight in both districts. Hundreds of people had participated in the hearings and had raised concerns and apprehensions to the draft plan. The minutes of both public hearings were uploaded on the website and people were given additional time till July 15 to make suggestions in the draft CZMP. the goan I network Allegations against Teltumbde prima facie true, rules Court PTI MUMBAI A special court in Mumbai has said that there was sufficient material to show that the allegations against activist Anand Teltumbde, arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, were prima facie true. The court has also said it does not find the accusations against Teltumbde to be ‘inherently improbable’ or ‘wholly unbelievable’, and prima facie he was involved in furthering activities of a banned organisation. Special judge D E Kothalikar, presiding over matters probed by the National In- ELGAR PARISHAD CASE vestigation Agency (NIA), made the observations while rejecting Teltumbde’s bail application on July 12, although the detailed order was made available on Friday. “Upon perusal of the documents, including the exchange of e-mails and the statements of the witnesses relied upon by the prosecution, and after cross-checking the truthfulness of the allegations made against the applicant, this court does not find that the accusations are inherently improbable or wholly unbelievable,” the court said. “On the contrary, I have no hesitation to conclude that there is sufficient material to enable the court reach to prima facie conclusion that the accusations made against the applicant (Teltumbde) are prima facie true,” the judge noted. The court further said there is no hitch to record prima facie satisfaction that there is material against the applicant to show his complicity in the crime. It also noted that evidence submitted prima facie indicates that the applicant was involved in furthering activities of the banned organisation.
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