log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday tuesday July 20, 2021 goa Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages Price ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO Goa VOLume VII, No. 33 Slush chokes Old Goa rly tunnel; KTC buses ferry train passengers 2 goa Govt to implement new MV Act from April: Mauvin 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 news Opposition disrupts Day 1 of Parliament’s monsoon session Bogmalo shooting result of love angle, reveal police Murder planned 5 months ago Contract was for ` 5 lakh the goan I network VASCO A relationship with a woman is believed to have led to the murder of Amar Naik of Vasco, who was shot dead by two contract killers near the Ranghavi Estate in Bogmalo on Thursday evening, in an operation which had reportedly been planned since the last 5-6 months. Addressing a news conference in Vasco on Monday evening, Superintendent of Police (South) Pankaj Kumar Singh said police investigations had revealed that the prime accused had been unhappy over his sister’s relationship with Naik and contacted a friend, Ravi Shanker Yadav, with an offer of Rs 5 lakh to kill Naik. “After investigation and interrogation of main conspira- in short >> Chadha accepts Cabral’s challenge on power debate PANAJI: Aam Aadmi Party national spokesperson Raghav Chadha has said he is ready for a debate and has accepted the challenge of Power Minister Nilesh Cabral for a debate between the BJP and Kejriwal Model of governance. Chadha responded by accepting the invitation and asking where and when Cabral would like to debate, according to a press release. >> See pg 3 Goa breathes easy as new cases below 100 PANAJI: Goa recorded zero Covid deaths in the last 24 hours with the Covid mortality toll now standing at 3,111. A total of 99 new Covid cases were also recorded taking count below the hundred mark after nearly four months. Prior to this the new cases count was below hundred on March 22. weather >> Max: 25.5 C Min: 23.2 C Humidity: 100% Tides Low: 00.49 13.10 High: 08.10 18.34 Rainfall: 75.16 In PLAN OF ACTION Prime accused had been unhappy over his sister’s relationship with Naik Contacted a friend, Yadav, with an offer of Rs 5 lakh Yadav in turn contacted 2 accomplices from his village and who were living in Mumbai Yadav had planned the logistics at the instance of this person (According to police) tor, Ravi Shankar Yadav, it has come to our notice that the woman’s brother was known to the deceased, Amar Naik, and had opposed his sister’s relationship with the victim.” “He then spoke to his friend Yadav, who in turn, contacted Missed bullet foiled perfect murder VASCO: A contract murder had almost been executed to perfection and had it not been for a missed bullet and a second gun which did not fire at the second victim, the killers may have escaped unnoticed and unidentified from Ranghavi Estate in Bogmalo. Sources have revealed that an elaborate plan had been hatched to murder Amar Naik of Vasco, where the victim was duped into believing that he was finalising a property deal in Bogmalo. According to sources, Yadav and his brother along with their father were into the business of aluminium fabrication at New Vaddem. >> See pg 3 two of his accomplices from his village and were living in Mumbai. Yadav had planned the logistics at the instance of this person and we are trying to trace him,” said SP Singh. Singh said Rs 5 lakh was the contract amount agreed. “As per our investigation, Rs 5 lakh was finalised in this contract killing and we are investigating the breakup of this amount between the assailants and the conspirator.” “We are also investigating other aspects like where the CM pushes for inclusion of Dhangars in ST list guns were purchased from,” he added. To another query, SP Singh said efforts were underway to establish the whereabouts of the main accused. “The love angle is the motive for this shooting incident and from investigations as of now, there is no property angle into the murder,” said SP Singh. Singh said the planning for the murder had been going on since the last 5-6 months. “We have identified the main accused, but we are yet to arrest him. The two assailants, Shailesh Gupta of Gorakhpur and Shivam Singh of Jaunpur travelled to Goa with the conspirator Yadav from UP to Mumbai and then, from Mumbai to Goa by train. As of now, we have not established any links of the two assailants with the underworld,” said SP Singh. 7 sports AIFF extends head coach Igor Stimac’s contract by a year Nearly cent per cent students taste success at HSSC exam Pass percentage @ 99.40 Just 110 unsuccessful the goan I network PANAJI Close to cent per-cent of the class XII students cleared the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) benchmark in the results declared by the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBS&HSE) on Monday. GBS&HSE Chariman Baghirath Shetye announced that 99.40 % of the students registered cleared the HSSC, a whopping 10.13 percentage points higher than last year. Only 110 students of the 18,195 registered were declared unsuccessful but some of them have been placed in the “needs improvement” category and will be given another opportunity with a “supplementary exam” which the Board will conduct. Also, the result of 35 candidates has been put under “Reserved Category” for non-submission of eligibility certificate, internal and practical marks, Shetye said. CET for XI science, diploma courses soon: Board chief PANAJI: The Common Entrance Test to be conducted for students who passed the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and desirous of pursuing the Science stream in Class XI or diploma courses in the technical field will be conducted in respective schools shortly. Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBS&HSE) chairman, Bhagirath Shetye said an announcement of the schedule will be made by July 27-28 and principals of schools where it will be held are to be appointed conductors of the exam. So far 6,800 students including a few hundred from the CBSE and other State boards have registered for this CET, Shetye said. He added that HSSC students, who wish to pursue technical diploma courses will have to appear for this exam to seek admission in the polytechnics and other institutions offering the diploma courses. Meanwhile, students who are not satisfied with their results can also exercise the option of answering this exam but will have to “forfeit” this result. A mango tree that got uprooted on a busy interior road damaged some cars in Panaji on Monday. Narayan Pissurlenkar Vinay Tendulkar. The Goa delegation led by Sawant also had a meeting with Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and his Minister of State Vijay Kumar Singh, and reviewed several ongoing highway projects. New projects were also pursued in the meeting with Gadkari, apparently aimed at earning brownie points ahead of the 2022 assembly polls. Sawant also met Ashwini Vaishnaw, minister of Information Technology and >Continued on P5 Sawant invites Modi to inaugurate Aguada Jail PANAJI: Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant on Monday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the historic Aguada Jail beautified under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme. Sawant also invited Modi to address all Village Panchayats in the State for undertaking the Atmanirbhar Swayampurna Programme. >Continued on P5 the goan I network the goan I network Chief Minister Pramod Sawant with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting in New Delhi on Monday. The HSSC exam this year was cancelled due to the spurt in Covid-19 infections in April-May when the Ex-MGP MLA’s plea against party polls dismissed RAIN FURY! Calls on PM, other central ministers Holds talks on infrastructure projects PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday afternoon, he tweeted but did not say what transpired at the meeting. Earlier in the day, Sawant who left for the national capital on Sunday, setting off speculation of a possible change in leadership ahead of the upcoming general election due in February-March next year, also met Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda to pursue the three-decades old demand for inclusion of the Dhangar community in the Central list of Scheduled Tribes. Dhangars who normally live in forest areas and in remote hinterland hamlets are shepherds rearing goats and other milch animals and have been demanding inclusion in the Central ST list for over three decades. Sawant was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant (Babu) Kavlekar, Speaker Rajesh Patnekar, Social Welfare Minister Milind Naik, PWD Minister Deepak Pauskar and Rajya Sabha MP, 8 Cyclone-affected farmers yet to get compensation the goan I network PANAJI Farmers in the State are already suffering losses on account of the heavy rains since the last few days, but a large number of them are yet to receive compensation for losses to their crops when Cyclone Tauktae caused extensive devastation in the State two months ago. The agriculture department has done its work to assess the losses and submit claims of farmers who suffered losses due to cyclone Tauktae, but is reportedly yet to compensate due to procedural delay as the fund is expected to be received from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF). The cyclone on May 16 had destroyed crops and cultivations across the State and the Zonal Agriculture Offices (ZAOs) in all talukas were directed to report the losses to the agriculture department. However, sources said some farmers had not turned up with their claims for compensation and the agriculture department then submitted claims of farmers to the district collectors for the claims >Continued on P5 PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa has dismissed a petition filed by former MLA Lavoo Mamledar who had challenged the internal elections held by the MGP in which Deepak Dhavalikar was re-elected as party president. Earlier the High Court had ruled that any action that the Maharashtra Gomantak Party takes with regard to the conduct of internal elections will be subject to any orders that the court will pass and the ultimate outcome of the petition. Mamledar has been raging against the party claiming the lack of internal democracy and had alleged that incumbent party president Deepak Dhavalikar was illegally occupying the chair. Lavoo has also claimed that he was illegally removed from his post as General Secretary and from the party entirely. Lavoo has also claimed that the party has not held elections for the last six years except in 2017 to give himself and his executive committee an extension of two years. Meanwhile, the petition filed by MGP chief Sudin Dhavalikar challenging the order of the Speaker dismissing his disqualification petition against the two party’s MLAs who defected to the BJP will be heard by a special bench of the Bombay High Court. Ministers, Rahul among 100s of snooping ‘targets’ Gokarn Partagal Swamiji AGENCIES NEW DELHI ongress leaders Rahul Gandhi, poll strategist Prashant Kishor and new IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw are among the big names revealed today as potential targets of Israeli spyware ‘Pegasus’ in the latest set of explosive revelations by The Wire. The Wire, which is part of a media consortium investigating alleged surveillance using Pegasus -- only available to the government -- said at least two mobile phone accounts used by Rahul Gandhi were among 300 verified Indian numbers listed as potential targets by an official client of the Israeli surveillance technology vendor, the NSO Group. C Over 45 countries use Pegasus, why target just India, asks BJP NEW DELHI: Amid the tumult over reports of snooping in multiple nations through Israeli spyware Pegasus, former Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has questioned why only India is being “targeted” for the use of the spyware when 45 nations are using it. Prasad, who handled the IT ministry in 2019 when news of surveillance through Pegasus first broke, had defended the government. This time too, the Centre had stuck to its position that “no unauthorised interception” has taken place. Gandhi’s numbers, which he has since given up, appear to have been selected for targeting from between 2018 and mid-2019, when the national elections were held. The Congress said the government was “listening to bedroom conversations” and mocked the ruling BJP as “Bharatiya Jasoos (spy) Party”. Pegasus targets include two current Union Ministers -- Prahlad Patel and Ashwini Vaishnaw -- according to The Wire. The leaked list had phone numbers not just of Patel and his wife but 15 people linked to him, including his cook and gardener. Ashwini Vaishnaw joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet recently and replaced Ravi Shankar Prasad as IT Minister. He appears to have been targeted for possible surveillance in 2017, when he was neither a minister nor an MP, not even a member of the BJP. As IT minister, Vaishnaw defended the government in parliament earlier today, saying there was “no substance” behind the sensational claims. It was “no coincidence” that the news broke a day before the start of the monsoon session of parliament, he said. He described the allegations as “over-the-top” and added there was “no substance” behind the claims. Virologist Gagandeep Kang, was a possible target of surveillance in 2018, while tackling the Nipah infection. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee is also on the list. The family members of a woman who in 2019 accused then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment were also potentially targeted. At least 11 phone numbers used by the woman, her husband and two other family members were on the list. Justice Gogoi was nominated to the Rajya Sabha last year. Among the other high-profile targets is Prashant Kishor. dies of cardiac arrest the goan I network CANACONA His Holiness Vidhyadiraj Teerth Swamiji (77), the 23rd religious head in the pontifical lineage of Shree Samsthan Gokarn Partagalli Jevottam Math died of a cardiac arrest at the Partagal temple on Monday morning. Political leaders and people from different walks of life have mourned the demise of the Partagal Swami, who had a large number of followers within and beyond the State. According to reports, Vidhyadiraj Swami was the 23rd religious head in the pontifical lineage during the 550-year history of the Math, which was reportedly formed in the Himalayas at Badrikashram in 1475 AD. Vidhyadiraj Swami had taken sanyas on February 26, 1967 at the Shri Ram Mandir in Wadala-Mumbai and later ascended to Gurupeetha (at Partagalli Math) on April 5, 1973. He is known to have tirelessly worked for the spiritual upliftment of the followers and managed the Math properties. According to sources, the Saraswat Samaj pontiff reportedly suffered a heart attack at about 11.30 am on Monday. “After his customary nirmalya pooja, the Partagal Swami went and sat on his seat with a book in his hand. When the junior pontiff ‘Sheesya’, the successor to the Swamiji who was inducted on February 9, 2017 and lives on the upper floor, came to meet his Guru (Swamiji), he was reportedly >Continued on P5
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