log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday wednesday July 21, 2021 CM: One lane Zuari bridge to be ready by Dec 19 MAPUSA: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that he had extensive discussion on the ongoing works of expansion of NH66 in the State with the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari and assured that one lane of the Zuari Bridge will be completed by December 19. The CM said various packages of the ongoing NH66 work from PatradeviKarasvaddo-Bambolim-Zuari bridge-Verna were discussed with the union minister. Shripad assures apt decision on coal MARGAO: Union Minister of state for Ports, Tourism and Shipping, Shripad Naik has assured that he will take a decision in the interest of the State after examining the issues raised on coal handling at MPT and cruise tourism. >> See pg 2 2 more succumb to Covid, 132 new cases PANAJI: Two more persons succumbed to Covid at South Goa District Hospital on Tuesday, taking the death toll of the State to 3,113. A total 132 of the 4,836 samples were tested positive, reducing the positivity rate to 2.7 %. The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages Price ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO Goa VOLume VII, No. 34 Why you should not skip the 2nd dose of Covid vax in short >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday goa 6 File for action on Pvt hospitals that ignored Covid call put up before CM 2 the goan I network weather >> Max: 25.5 C Min: 23.2 C Humidity: 100% Tides Low: 01.50 14.29 High: 09.15 19.29 Rainfall: 76.89 In State urges Centre to resume sand mining in CRZ areas 3 PANAJI Several students and parents on Tuesday flagged issues and inconsistencies a day after the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBSHSE) declared the HSSCE results. The complaints were mostly centred on suspicion that results committees in some HSSs skipped scaling of marks in some subjects while others followed the scaling principle to the tee. Many of the students and parents also expressed unhappiness over the assessment of their marks. Teachers involved in computing the results, meanwhile, claimed that they faced real-time challenges in assessing the performance of the student on the basis of the past three-year reference average and many had to approach the Board chairman to resolve the issues. Parents of students of Don Bosco Higher Secondary School in Panaji complained POINTS OF CONTENTION Faulty marking process in French, Portuguese and Sanskrit brought down percentile of students No similarity in scaling process in all higher secondaries Assessment based on last three years perfor- of the faulty marking process for subjects like French, Portuguese and Sanskrit which brought down the percentile of their wards. “This is unfair. Some of the HSSs in Goa have applied the scaling process, while some have not. Hence there is no similarity in the assessment for all students who were in Std XII and who are now promoted”, a parent lamented. “It has benefited the average students who scored well due to the scaling, while the scholars have suffered a setback in their marks,” alleged another parent. mance acted as solace for average students, but the brighter ones did suffer, as they are the ones who go for competitive exams Low percentage of bright students may affect admission in higher classes Endorsing that the bright students have suffered in the process and scored less marks, another parent said, “This was an unprecedented year, and the pandemic has impacted every aspect of life. Education and careers are very crucial in students’ lives, and the Board must not play with the emotions of students who have put in efforts. The results have de-motivated our children and we need a re-assessment of the HSSE results.” Parents of students at DBHSS who tried to meet the principal to get clarity on the issue, however, could not as FESTIVE FERVOUR! HSSC results are out, time for the Board to answer >> See Edit pg 4 he was not available. Parents from other schools also expressed similar sentiments. A parent from Dhempe PACE HSS at Miramar lamented the marking process saying his daughter always scored above 80 per cent in all the three years of reference. But this year, based on the average assessment of these marks, Withdraw decision on digital meters, taximen tell govt the goan I network US eases travel advisory for India NEW DELHI: As United Kingdom grapples with the Covid pandemic, its public health body is also now witnessing increasing norovirus outbreaks. goa sports Incredible Chahar helps India seal Lanka ODI series 8 INCONSISTENCIES IN PROCEDURE QUESTIONED TEACHERS COMPLAIN OF REAL-TIME CHALLENGES NEW DELHI: A total of 45,432 cases of mucormycosis have been reported by States and UTs till July 15 of which 21,085 affected people are receiving treatment and 4,252 have died, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. UK now witnessing Norovirus outbreaks RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Outcry over HSSC assessment, results 45,000 black fungus cases in India WASHINGTON: The United States has improved the travel advisory for India, lowering it from the highest Level 4, which means no travel, to Level 3, which urges citizens to reconsider travel. It also eased travel recommendations on Pakistan from Level 4 to Level 3. Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday A pujari garlands the idol of Lord Vithal and Rakhumai on the eve of Ashadi Ekadashi at the Vithal Rakhumai temple in Fontainhas, Mala on Tuesday. Narayan Pissurlenkar No deaths due to oxygen shortage in 2nd wave: Govt in Parliament PTI NEW DELHI No deaths due to lack of oxygen were specifically reported by states and UTs during the second Covid-19 wave, the government informed Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. But there was an unprecedented surge in demand for medical oxygen during the second wave and it peaked at nearly 9,000 MT compared to 3,095 MT in the first wave following which the Centre had to step in to facilitate equitable distribution among the states, it said. Responding to a question on whether a large number of Covid-19 patients died on roads and hospitals due to acute shortage of oxygen in the second wave, Minister of State for Health Bharati Praveen Pawar noted that health is a state subject and states and UTs regularly report the number of cases and deaths to the Centre. “Detailed guidelines for reporting of deaths have been issued by the Union Health Ministry to all states and UTs. “Accordingly, all states and UTs report cases and deaths to the Health Ministry. However, no deaths due to lack of oxygen have been specifically reported by states and UTs,” Pawar said in a written reply. PANAJI Insisting that digital meters from only one supplier is unacceptable, the All Goa Bus Owners Association (AGBOA) and North Goa Tourist Taxi Association (NGTTA) have served an ultimatum to the State government to immediately withdraw its decision on the mandatory fitment of digital meters on commercial taxis. “The government’s decision to compel taxi operators to purchase digital meters from a single vendor at high rates is dubious. There is scope for corruption in this decision. Like as the government’s decision on High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) was struck down by a court, there is a strong legal ground that the government’s decision on digital meters will also be struck down in court,” said Sudip Tamhankar of the AGBOA. The transport department has sent a notice to taxi operators warning that taxi permits could be cancelled if taxi operators did not fit digital meters before the mandated deadline. “Though the State government has amended the law to make provisions for fitment of digital meters, this law is not applicable for other state commercial vehicles. This will >Continued on P5 she got only 76%, which is far below her expectation. “We cannot apply to reappear for the exam, as we don’t know when they will be held. Indeed, her low percentage will affect her future admissions,” he said. Several HSS teachers that ‘The Goan’ contacted spoke of difficulties in uploading marks on the Board’s portal. “When we tried to upload marks of optional languages, French, Portuguese and Sanskrit, there was some error. We were then advised by the Board chairman not to tinker with the average marks of these subjects for the last three years”, a teacher said. In Konkani, Marathi and Hindi too, teachers did the same while in other subjects, the teachers were instructed to increase the marks if they were less than the average (of three years) and reduce, if they were higher than the average. As a result, many HSSs recorded cent per cent results with all their students clearing their exams. Meghana Devari, Sanskrit teacher at Vidya Prabodhini, Porvorim disclosed that students usually do well in optional language papers. Her HSS had taken into consideration the marks in Sanskrit and other optional languages during the assessment, she claims and adds that there was not much difference after scaling. “The difference was of 2-3 marks, but if such difference is in all the subjects, it does make a big difference in percentage. The assessment >Continued on P5 PARENTS SPEAK This is unfair. Some of the HSSs in Goa have applied the scaling process, while some have not It has benefited the average students who scored well due to the scaling, while the scholars have suffered a setback in their marks,” Education and careers are very crucial in students’ lives... the Board must not play with the emotions of students The results have demotivated our children and we need a re-assessment of the HSSE results Reappearing for the exam is out of question as we don’t know when they will be held SC rejects mining review pleas, cites limitations State’s petition was filed with delay of 650 days while Vedanta’s 907 days, court notes the goan I network PANAJI The Supreme Court dismissed the Goa government’s plea that sought a review of the 2018 Supreme judgement that brought Goa’s mining to a halt. In a judgement that was made public on Tuesday, the Supreme Court bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah rejected the pleas filed by the Goa Government, Vedanta and others (a total of eight pleas) seeking a review of the judgement dated February 7, 2018 cancelling the grant of second renewal for 88 mining leases in the State of Goa. The Supreme Court noted how the pleas were filed after both the judges who passed the original decision had retired. “The State of Goa preferred its four review petitions in the month of November 2019, after Justice Madan B Lokur’s retirement, while Vedanta Limited preferred its four review petitions in the month of August 2020, right after Justice Deepak Gupta’s retirement. Such (a) practice must be firmly disapproved to pre- Govt to restart mining via Corporation, auction: CM MAPUSA: After the SC’s dismissal of the government’s review petition on mining, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said the State government will start mining activity at the earliest through both the options – mining corporation and auctioning of leases. “We have already set up a mining corporation and in the upcoming assembly we will also pass the bill. We will fast track its rules and regulations so that mining can be started through the mining corporation and auctioning,” Sawant said. He said once the mining corporation begins operation, some mining leases will be run through the corporation and some leases will be auctioned. “The government is very serious on auctioning of mining leases and also to start the mining corporation simultaneously to resume the mining activity in the State,” he said. serve the institutional sanctity of the decision making of this Court,” the Supreme Court said. The Goa government’s application was filed with a delay of 650 days while Vedanta’s review plea was filed with a delay of 907 days, the Supreme Court noted. “In accordance with rule 2 of Order XLVII of the Supreme Court Rules, 2013, an appli- cation for review of a judgement has to be filed within thirty days of the date of the judgement or order that is sought to be reviewed. No cogent grounds have been furnished for the delay between 20 and 26 months by the two parties in filing their applications for review,” the Supreme Court bench of Justices D Y >Continued on P5 World’s richest man travels Bogmalo case: Police stumble on gangster’s Goa stay to space in his own rocket Police get passport details of main conspirator T the goan I network PTI WASHINGTON The wealthiest man on the planet Jeff Bezos spent a few minutes in space Tuesday on Blue Origin’s first human mission, a key moment for a fledgling industry seeking to make the final frontier accessible to elite tourists. “A very happy group of people in this capsule,” said Bezos after the spaceship touched down in the west Texas desert following an 10-minute hop to the Karman line and back. The four-member crew exchanged high-fives and hugged family who came to meet them at the landing site. Earlier, the New Shepard capsule reached at an altitude of 107 kilometers, allowing the passengers to experience weightlessness while admiring the curve of the Earth. “It’s dark up here,” said barrier-breaking female aviator Wally Funk, who joined Bezos, his brother and 18-year-old Dutchman Oliver Daemen, who became the youngest ever astronaut. Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson made the voyage on July 11, narrowly beating the Amazon magnate in their battle of the billionaires. But Blue Origin’s sights were set higher: both in the altitude to which its reusable New Shepard craft would ascend compared to Virgin’s spaceplane, and in its ambitions. Bezos, 57, founded Blue Origin in 2000 with the goal of one day building floating space colonies with artificial gravity where millions of people will work and live. VASCO hey may have cracked the case pertaining to the murder of Amar Naik at Bogmalo in 12 hours, but Vasco police got an unexpected break after stumbling upon an ID card in the car abandoned by the two contract killers in their bid to escape from the crime. The ID card in itself did not reveal the identity of either of the two killers, but an alert Vasco Police Inspector Nilesh Rane probed further and was surprised to find it had details of an alleged gangster from Kolhapur, who had apparently visited the State and had even stayed in Anjuna. Speaking to The Goan, PI Rane said the Vasco police VASCO: Goa police on Tuesday obtained the passport details of the main conspirator, who is believed to be abroad and is alleged to have paid for the murder of Amar Naik at Bogmalo, after being opposed to Naik’s relationship with his sister. Police have booked him under Section 120B IPC (criminal conspiracy) and are in contact with central agencies to nab him. had been under pressure to nab the shooters before they escaped from the State. “On the day of the incident, two attempts were made to mislead Vasco police but that did not stop us from pursing and eventually nabbing our targets.” MISLEADING ID CARDS “When police first checked the abandoned rent-a-car used in the crime, two ID cards and a mobile phone were found in the vehicle. The ID cards revealed the identity of two persons, one of which was a gangster based in Kolhapur. Police were made to believe that the ID cards belonged to the accused in the murder.” PI Rane said messages were even posted on social media that a Kolhapur gangster was the main accused, while some even reported that the gangster had been nabbed by the police. “What actually happened is that after we found the ID card (driving license) of the gangster, we immediately checked into Facebook and it showed the same person and we realised that he may have criminal records.” “We then went into the court app of Kolhapur jurisdiction and confirmed that he was a criminal and we got in touch with the local intelligence of Kolhapur police and obtained his phone number. We then realised the gangster’s phone number did not match with the number of the phone abandoned in the car.” “We further investigated and were told the gangster is in the hospital for treatment and these details were obtained in quick time. While the murder at Bogmalo took place at about 5 pm, these details were verified by around 8.30 pm. It could only mean that if the gangster was involved in the crime, he could not have reached Kolhapur in such quick time,” said PI Rane. Disappointed but not deterred, PI Rane realised the killers were some other persons and he was determined to nab them before they could leave the State. >Continued on P5
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