log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday monday July 19, 2021 goa Intense drama on cards in Cuncolim Cong over Elvis Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages Price ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO Goa VOLume VII, No. 32 2 goa Old Goa residents march against structure in heritage precincts 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 india Govt plans slew of bills in Monsoon session; Oppn readies counters 6 sports Kishan stars on debut as India tames Sri Lanka in first ODI 8 RAIN FLOODS GOA, WATER RISES Most Panaji roads under water Rivulets overflow, major rivers touch danger level in Canacona Anjunem Dam records rise in water level Margao bears brunt of flood water the goan I network PANAJI Relentless rain pummelled the State on Sunday, flooding several low-lying areas with most of the rivulets overflowing and three major rivers touching the danger mark. Almost all roads in Panaji were underwater and surrounding areas reported kneedeep water. Winds with speed of 75 km per hour were witnessed in some parts of the State along with heavy rain. CANACONA Heavy rains lashed Canacona flooding almost every low-lying area with all rivulets overflowing and the three major rivers touching the danger mark. Taluka observatory recorded 101.06, mm of rainfall till 6 pm as the seasonal rains breached 2000 mm mark recording seasonal total at 2071.76 mm. The Chapoli Dam considered as lifeline of Canconcars is also nearing its maximum capacity. Rivers in Talpona, Galgibaga and Saleri were seen flowing and according to WRD sources floodwater was seen slowly rising in Talpona and Galgibaga rivers. in short >> Curfew extended till July 26 MAPUSA: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday said that the State-wide Covid-related curfew has been extended up to July 26. “The curfew will continue till next Sunday. All the relaxations announced earlier hold good,” Sawant told reporters at the Dabolim airport on his way to the national capital. The Statelevel curfew was supposed to end on the morning of July 19. Goa records 2 deaths, 120 fresh cases PANAJI: Goa recorded two more Covid deaths in the last 24 hours with a 72-yearold woman and 81-year-old man succumbing to the dreaded virus. The State also recorded 120 fresh cases of the infection from the 4540 samples tested taking the positivity rate to 2.6%. Sidhu named Punjab Congress chief NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the new president of the party’s Punjab unit, notwithstanding the opposition from Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. >> See pg 6 UP, Delhi cancel Kanwar Yatra LUCKNOW: The annual Kanwar Yatra in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi has finally been cancelled this year, a senior government official said. The development came a day after the Supreme Court said it cannot allow the Uttar Pradesh government “to hold 100 per cent physical Kanwar Yatra in view of Covid”. weather >> Max: 27.6 C Min: 23.7 C Humidity: 98% Tides Low: 11.42 ---High: 06.51 17.32 Rainfall: 69.93 In Rain fury in Mumbai, 31 dead in landslides PTI FULL FURY: A low-lying area in Canacona that was flooded on Sunday. (right) The old station road in Margao submerged under water. (Reports on pg 2) Officials are keeping a close watch on the Talpona and Galgibaga rivers keeping in mind the flash floods that Canacona had witnessed in October 2009. The Agonda river was overflowing and the water had entered the banks which are cultivated with paddy. Nurseries in the area also reported destruction plants being washed away by the flood waters. BICHOLIM Heavy rains disrupted normal life in Bicholim taluka since Saturday night. The situation was however under control and no major damage Photos: Kathy Fernandes & Santosh Mirajkar was reported, according to fire brigade officials. The Anjunem Dam recorded a rise in water level at 87 meters. Emergency services were put on alert as heavy rains are expected in the next few days. Sal village was put on alert after water from the Chapora river had entered into the fields near the temple. MARGAO Incessant rains throughout Sunday disrupted normal life at many places in and around Margao, even as the river Sal was found flowing in full spate for the last couple of days, inundating the flood Burglars strike gold, silver in Margao Three other shops also robbed the goan I network MARGAO Burglars struck gold and silver in the commercial capital as Madgavkars woke up to hear the shocking news of a jewellery shop R S Anant Jewellers being robbed in the heart of the city Opposite Bank of India. Defunct CCTV cameras back in focus >> See pg 2 The burglars are believed to have laid their hands on gold and silver, valued around Rs 20 lakh in the market. Three other shops, including that of a blood testing lab, were also targeted by the miscreants. Apparently taking advantage of the incessant overnight rains, the burglars barged inside the building opposite Bank of India, by cutting open the main gate. A Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) surveillance camera installed at the building entrance was The main building gate that was cut by the miscreants. Santosh Mirajkar tampered with as evident by the fact that the camera was facing towards the building. The incident came to light on Sunday morning when the owners received a phone call from a doctor, whose clinic is located in the same building. The family members rushed >Continued on P5 plains right from Seraulim, Mungul and Benaulim. Traffic was thrown out of gear at the entry points to the commercial city at Arlem, Gogol and Rawanfond, with water disrupting movement of traffic. The situation was no better the Rawanfond junction at Shantinagar. A good part of the road heading towards Shantinagar was submerged on Sunday morning. The Gogol junction near the Bolshe circle was also found water logged on Sunday >Continued on P5 Board to declare HSSC exam results today the goan I network PANAJI The results of Class XII students for the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) will be formally declared at 5 pm on Monday by the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBS&HSE). Board Chairman Bhagirath Shetye will announce the results at an official press conference on Monday at the Porvorim headquarters of the Directorate of Education. Shetye will present the analysis and statistics of the results after which it will be uploaded to the Board’s website where it can be accessed by students via the www.gbshsegoa.net/results.gbshsegoa.net Candidates will need to enter their seat number, school code, first name and date of birth in the format DD/MM/ YYYY to access the result. Over 18,000 students were registered to take the exam which however was cancelled due to the spurt in Covid-19 infections in the months of April and May when the second wave ravaged the State. Nearly 5 inches of rainfall recorded in 12 hours: IMD PANAJI: The State Meteorological Department has recorded nearly 5 inches of rainfall in the last 12 hours with heavy showers inundating several low-lying areas in the State. “Goa recorded nearly 5 inches (4.5 inches to be precise) of rainfall in the last 12 hours”, IMD scientist Rahul M disclosed. The rain is expected to continue for few more days. Goa is on alert for the next few days. “A watch is being kept on vulnerable areas for landslides and flooding. Heavy showers are expected to continue up to July 25 due to low-pressure being developed near the Bay of Bengal”, he said. The IMD on Saturday had put Goa on red alert predicting extremely heavy rainfall for the next two days (July 18 and 19). MUMBAI At least 31 people died in separate incidents after they got trapped under the rubble of their homes in Mumbai’s Chembur and Vikhroli areas following heavy rains that lashed the city and its suburbs for several hours late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. A red alert has been sounded in the city and people have been advised not to venture out in the open. A ground-plus-one residential building collapsed in Vikhroli area in the morning hours of Sunday, killing three people, as per BMC, the city’s municipal body. Fifteen people have been rescued from Chembur’s Bharat Nagar area and nine people from Vikroli’s Surya Nagar, officials said, adding that those injured have been moved to nearby hospitals for medical attention. Rescue operation is still on in both these areas as more people are feared to be trapped, the official said. Prime Minister Narendra >Continued on P5 Commuters wade through a waterlogged street after heavy rain at Dadar in Mumbai. CM rushes to Delhi, sparks leadership change rumours Bogmalo case: 3rd accused gets 5 days remand the goan I network VASCO Superintendent of Police (South) Pankaj Singh on Sunday said police had obtained 5 days remand for the third accused in the Bogmalo shooting case. Ravi Shankar Yadav, a native of Raghavpur-Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh but residing at Anjuna was arrested late Saturday evening. Yadav was arrested for allegedly having hired the two assailants, Shailesh Gupta and Shivam Singh to shoot and murder a 30-year-old man Amar Naik from Vasco at a secluded spot in Bogmalo. Singh also said other persons related to the deceased are being questioned and further investigation is on. The police are, however, yet to establish the motive behind the murder of Amar Naik. The incident took place over a property deal when the accused shot dead Naik near Ranghavi Estate in Bogmalo. Naik’s friend, Pritesh Kuttikar of Chicalim, was also shot at, but he claimed to have ducked the bullet and escape from the two assailants. MAPUSA Chief Minister Pramod Sawant air-dashed to Delhi on Sunday noon to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari to discuss various issues related to the State but his visit to the national capital triggered intense speculation of leadership change in the State. Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Babu Kavlekar has also accompanied him. Union Minister of State for Tourism Shripad Naik and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar have also left for Delhi to attend the Parliament session which begins from Monday. “I will discuss various issues relating to the State, especially PWD-related projects with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. I will also meet Union Home Minister, Amit Shah and if time permits I will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Sawant said to reporters at Dabolim airport. Just rumours, says Tendulkar VASCO: Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar on Sunday afternoon said that there was no truth behind the rumours that the BJP High Command was planning to replace Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant apparently with Lok Sabha MP and senior BJP Leader Shripad Naik. Tendulkar was speaking to reporters on the Goa airport before leaving for Delhi. “There is no truth in such rumours and atleast there is no information to any of us on this front. Some people may have fabricated such reports and such rumours should not be believed”, said Tendulkar. >Continued on P5 However, with the State assembly elections due in another six months, the CM’s visit to the national capital has triggered speculation especially on the social media that Goa may soon get a new CM. Recently, Union Minister of State for Tourism Shripad Naik expressing his intention to embrace State politics in a section of the media has only added to the rumour gist. Senior State BJP functionaries, however, dispelled any doubts on leadership change, at least as of now. “The CM’s visit to Delhi was not sudden. It was planned at least a week back. He will be discussing some four to five State-related issues with the union ministers and other leaders in the national capital,” a top party functionary said. He further said the CM may also discuss dates on the visit of national BJP President J P Nadda to Goa which was earlier postponed twice. the goan I network Cardboard beds at Olympics spark amusing reactions Goan YouTuber’s car damaged in attack AGENCIES TOKYO ardboard-made ‘anti-sex’ beds provided to athletes to prevent intimacy at the Tokyo Games village has triggered a plethora of reactions online, with many calling them ‘bizarre’. The beds will be recycled into paper products post the game. The bed, said to withstand 200 kilograms of weight, was first revealed in January 2020, and aims to promote the idea of social distancing. In a Twitter thread, Rio Olympics silver medallist in 5000 metres, Paul Chelimo, joked about the bizarre sleeping setup aimed to avoid intimacy among athletes. “Beds to be installed in C Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes. Beds will be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports. I see no problem for distance runners, even 4 of us can do,” he wrote while sharing a picture of the beds. In the following tweet, Chelimo also joked about people, who pee in their sleep, to be at “risk” on the cardboard beds. “At this point I will have to start practicing how to sleep on the floor; cause if my bed collapses and I have no training on sleeping on the floor I’m done.” Chelimo’s tweet soon caught the attention of netizens, who were quite appalled by the bizarre concept. However, some were also quick to come up with hilarious ways the Covid-19 protocols could be disrupted. These ‘cardboard beds’ are part of the Tokyo Olympics goal to “Be better, together – For the planet and the people.” Several other measures have also been taken, such as crafting the medals for the events out of recycled digital waste. However, although the initial guise of the cardboard beds was a part of the green initiative, recent reports claim it may have been a ‘two birdsone stone’ sort of deal. Apparently, the beds were made to prevent athletes from engaging in sexual intercourse. With the increase in Covid-19 cases, the authorities did not want unnecessary social relations and hence have already limited clustering and picking one’s roommates. These beds are built in a way that they cannot withstand the weight of more than one person. USA 400m hurdles star Rai Benjamin took to Twitter to ask if his bed would collapse should he accidentally drop water on it. However, these concerns were previously addressed by the general manager of the Athletes village, Takashi Kitajima. Speaking through an interpreter, he assured that “they are stronger than wooden beds.” the goan I network PANAJI Unknown miscreants damaged the car of popular YouTuber and theatre artiste Rajdeep Naik hours after he uploaded on Sunday a video critical of a government scheme to provide pandemic-hit artistes with a one-time grant-in-aid of Rs 10,000. The incident evoked sharp reactions from politicos and political parties who blamed the BJP-led government for allegedly allowing critics to be targeted. Rajdeep, whose ‘Hello Vasanti’ videos enthrall Goan audiences with its satire mostly on current affairs and social issues, had on Sunday morning uploaded a new video in which he asked the government not to mock artistes with the meagre Rs 10,000 one-time payment. The incident in which his car was damaged occurred hours later. The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) condemned the incident. GPCC chief Girish Chodankar said: “Contribution of Artist Community must be respected by all. The Indian National Congress strongly condemns the attack on car of renowned actor Rajdeep Naik. Goa Police must act and nab culprits.”
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