log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY JULY 22, 2021 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 8 pages PRICE ` 6 What is Monkey B virus that has claimed its first victim in China? PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 35 2 GOA 6 The Goan (Playstore) Adjournments are literally the order of the day in South quasi-judicial courts Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA BJP, MGP signal political fight, provide free Wi-Fi in Mandrem Goa Cong leadership issue shifts to Delhi, meet today TOP PARTY LEADERS CALLED FOR MEETING WITH RAHUL GANDHI THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO The Congress leadership tangle has finally received the party high command’s attention with party leaders heading to Delhi for a crucial meeting with their leader Rahul Gandhi scheduled on Thursday evening. Former Chief Minister and Navelim MLA Luizinho Faleiro reached Delhi on Wednesday ahead of the Thursday meeting. Curtorim MLA Reginaldo Lourenco had boarded the afternoon flight and was expected in the national capital in the evening. South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha, who has been vocal about the immediate removal of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Chief Girish Chodankar is already in Delhi IN SHORT >> CONTENDERS FOR TOP POST According to sources, Faleiro may emerge as a strong contender, though the Navelim MLA has time and again ruled out the possibility of him taking over the reins of the party On the other hand, Sardinha has been on record to assert he would not shy away from shouldering the party reins if offered by the high command Sources said even three-time MLA Reginaldo Lourenco may not say no if the party asks him to take up the post in connection with the ongoing Parliament Session and is scheduled to attend tomorrow’s meeting with Gandhi. Even though Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat feigned ignorance about tomorrow’s meeting, saying he will head to Delhi tonight if called, party leaders in private Std XII assessment: Goa Board to rectify anomaly THE GOAN I NETWORK Children wearing masks embrace each other after offering prayers at Bhatlem masjid in Panaji on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha. Narayan Pissurlenkar 5 die of Covid, toll @ 3,118 PANAJI: After consistent reduction in deaths for the past several days, Goa’s Covid toll showed a slight rise on Wednesday with five people succumbing to the disease. The death toll of the State now stands at 3,118. Mhadei tribunal’s term extended PANAJI: The Centre has extended the term of the Mhadei Water Disputes Tribunal by one more year till August 19, 2022. This is the fourth extension given to the tribunal. WEATHER >> Max: 26.5 C Min: 24.1 C Humidity: 97% RAINFALL: 78.67 IN TIDES Low: High: 2:53 15:33 10:15 21:00 said all the party MLAs, barring Pratapsing Rane are expected to attend the meeting. This is the first time Congress leaders from Goa have been called for a meeting with Rahul Gandhi, ostensibly to discuss the leadership issue plaguing the GPCC. Congress sources informed that the high command has a clear task at hand -- one, to take a call whether to replace the GPCC Chief or not and, secondly, zero in on a candidate to lead the party in the 2022 Assembly elections. Sources informed that most of the party senior leaders, including MLAs Faleiro, Lourenco and Ravi Naik are expected to make a strong demand for the removal of Girish as the GPCC head. South Goa MP Sardinha has been demanding the replacement of Girish if the party hopes to come back to power in 2022. He has been on record to assert that the Congress has been on a decline under Girish’s leadership, saying the party has not won the Zilla Panchayat and Municipal polls. So far, Opposition leader PANAJI A day after the students and parents expressed their angst against the assessment of HSSC results, Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBSHSE) Chairman Bhagirath Shetye admitted that during the evaluation, there has been an issue while uploading the assessment of the third language papers -- French, Portuguese and Sanskrit. Shetye went on to explain, “Those schools which faced this issue contacted us and we advised them to upload the average marks of these papers without touching them. This process was followed because there were few students who opted for these languages.” “The number of such students in these schools was mostly less than five. Some schools had less than 10 such students. It would have been difficult to maintain the threeyear average criteria for these papers,” the Board Chairman added. Speaking to The Goan, Shetye stated, “Those (students and parents) who have grievances regarding the results can write to their respective principals and send us (Board) the copy of this letter. We will ask the result commit- Digambar Kamat has not come out clear, either in support of the GPCC Chief or to oppose his continuance, though the anti-Girish faction perceives Digambar as one leader in favour of a status quo. Amongst the contenders for the GPCC post in the event of replacement of Chodankar, sources say Faleiro may emerge as a strong contender, though the Navelim MLA has time and again ruled out the possibility of taking over the reins of the party. On the other hand, Sardinha has been on record to assert he would not shy away from shouldering the party reins if offered by the high command. Sources said even threetime MLA Reginaldo Lourenco may not say no if the party asks him to take up the post. 3 SPORTS Bagan defender Jhingan is named AIFF Player of the Year for 2020-21 8 CM keen on physical classes of Stds X, XII after 100% vax Asks Centre to reduce vaccination gap for teachers THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA With an aim to start physical classes for children of Classes X and XII, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said the State government has requested the Centre to reduce the Covid vaccination gap between the two doses for the teaching and non-teaching staff in schools. “We have written to the Central government asking to reduce the vaccination gap between the two doses for the teaching and non-teaching staff from 84 days to 30 days. Once we get approval from the union health ministry we will be vaccinating the teaching faculty on priority,” Sawant said. He further informed that the government will be able to start physical classes at least for children of class X and XII only after 100 percent of the teachers and school staff get vaccinated with both doses. The CM said priority would be given to vaccinate a maximum number of teaching and non-teaching staff for the safety of school children He said although the State government was targeting 100 percent of the vaccination with the second dose by September 30, priority would be given to vaccinate a maximum number of teaching and non-teaching staff for the safety of school children. “We are concerned about our children. Since the third wave is expected to affect the children, we are taking extra precaution for the sake of their safety and therefore want a maximum number of teaching faculty and other school staff to get vaccinated,” he said. BICHOLIM CORRESPONDENT ADDS: Speaking at a function in Sakhali or- ganised by Colgate Palmolive (India) to provide ambulances for Sakhali and Ponda Community Health Centres, the CM said 90 per cent of the people in the State had taken the first dose and appealed to the remaining population to take their vaccine so that 100 per cent vaccination is achieved by July 30. He lauded the many social organisations and private companies who had extended a helping hand through various means during the Covid pandemic Others present at the function included Director of Health Services Dr Jose D’Sa, Sankhali CHC Health Officer Dr Uttam Desai, Ponda CHC Superintendent Dr Vikas Kuvelkar, Colgate plant manager Vijay Guhe, Kamat Automobiles Ltd MD Prashant Kamat, Sakhali ZP Gopal Surlakar and SMC councillors Shubhada Sawaikar, Anand Kanekar, Rashmi Desai and Yeshwant Madkar. THAT SINKING FEELING CHAIRMAN EXPLAINS There has been an issue while uploading the assessment of the third language papers -- French, Portuguese and Sanskrit Schools who faced this issue contacted us and we advised them to upload the average marks of these papers without touching them This process was followed because there were very few students who opted for these languages It would have been difficult to maintain the three-year average criteria for these papers tee to go through all the relevant documents and examine if there’s any discrepancy. Appropriate measures would be taken to rectify errors of calculations or other issues pertaining to the evaluation process or assessment of marks if any.” The Chairman, however, pointed out that the Board did not receive any complaints regarding the SSC results where similar evaluation processes were applied. At Panaji’s Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, parents and students expressed their unhappiness over the assessment after which the Board tried to pacify them. The assurance of examining the grievances regarding the HSSC evaluation process from the Board chairman has brought some smiles to the faces of agitated parents and students, who were worried about their admissions for higher studies. A group of parents of students from the Don Bosco Higher Secondary School will be approaching the principal on Thursday at 11 am to discuss their grievances. “The principal has agreed to meet us and look into our issue. We agree that it’s a technical mistake and are not blaming anyone. Our only concern is to rectify the error and give solace to our wards,” stated one of the parents. In case of 30-40 students, the Board had instructed the teachers to do the diagnoses of each and every student and the moderation was done on the basis of the performance of the students in the previous three years. The road along the Calangute-Baga stretch has developed large sinkholes like this one at four different places causing immense inconvenience to pedestrians and motorists traversing along the coastal village. A sewerage line had been laid along the road at least two years ago but its consequent repair exposes the substandard work carried out by the PWD. Agnelo Pereira Talks on K’taka CM’s successor gain traction PTI BENGALURU As the speculation within the ruling BJP circles persists over whether B S Yediyurappa’s exit as the Karnataka Chief Minister is on the cards, talks in the party around his possible successor have been gaining momentum with the guessing game in full swing. Yediyurappa, who is completing two years in office on July 26, had dismissed reports in some quarters that the party’s central leadership is actively mulling to replace him. Several names are doing the rounds as a possible replacement for the 78-year old Lingayat strongman. Though there is a long list of aspirants for the post, the challenge before the party will be to find a suitable replacement who can fill Yediyurappa’s “big” shoes, a BJP functionary said. It is said that the BJP is hop- ing to bring in a generational shift in the state’s leadership, and smooth transition of power but finding a replacement for the “undisputed mass leader” of the party in the State is never going to be easy. The BJP will also have to strike some kind of a balance while effecting this leadership change, as it will have to see to it that the move does not antagonise its core vote base, the dominant Veerashaiva-Lingayat community, over which Yediyurappa wields considerable influence. The Veerashaiva-Lingayat community, which is estimated to form about 16 per cent of the state’s population, is considered to be the BJPs core support base in the state, and is reportedly largely opposed to Yediyurappa’s removal. There are some reports that the party may name a surprise candidate for the Chief Minister post as they have experimented in other states. Parl IT panel likely to probe Mapusa councillors & locals agitated as MVR Pegasus allegations: Report fails to clear debris under Tar river culvert PTI NEW DELHI A parliamentary panel on IT headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is likely to question top government officials, including from Home Ministry, next week on allegations related to phone tapping of many using Pegasus spyware, sources said on Wednesday. An international media consortium has claimed that several Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi, two union ministers, Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee and some 40 journalists were among those whose phone numbers were listed as potential targets for hacking through the Israeli spyware which is usually supplied to government agencies. The Indian government and Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, which sells Pegasus spyware worldwide, have refuted the reports. The 32-member Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology headed by Tharoor is scheduled to meet on July 28. The agenda of the meeting is ‘Citizens’ data security and pri- vacy’, according to the notification issued by Lok Sabha Secretariat. The panel, which has maximum members from the ruling BJP, has summoned officials from the Ministry of Electronics, Information and Technology and the Ministry of Home Affairs. Sources in the panel said the Pegasus phone tapping issue will definitely be raised in the meeting and details will be sought from the government officials. The issue also rocked proceedings in Parliament as opposition parties launched a scathing attack on the government. Tharoor had describing the entire snooping incident as a matter of security concern. THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA he MVR Infra Pvt Ltd engaged in the ongoing work of expansion of the NH66 has once again proved to be a hard nut to crack. The contractors of MVR Infra have gone ahead and began work to construct the culvert across River Tar without removing the debris from the site as promised, causing much heartburn amongst the locals and councillors in Mapusa. With the pressure of the deadline to complete the ongoing expansion of the NH66 by December 19, the contractor has been in a tearing hurry to complete the widening of the highway. During a recent protest T Mud and construction debris can be seen with the naked eye under the culvert coming up along the ongoing expansion of NH-66 at Bastora near Mapusa. Agnelo Pereira against the non-removal of the debris below the culvert, the locals and the councillors were assured that all the debris under the culvert of the River Tar would be removed before placing the pre-stressed concrete reams for construction of the culvert. Soon after the protest, the MVR contractor employed some JCBs on the site indicating its intention to remove the debris. But locals informed that the contractor managed to pull a fast one on them as only the uppermost layer of the debris was removed while the major part of it in the river wasn’t touched. They further said that the contractor then quickly placed the pre-stressed concrete reams on one side of the culvert. The agitated locals and councillors once again gathered at the spot on Tuesday and stopped the work on the other side of the culvert with a warning to clear the entire debris in the river. Local councillor, Prakash Bhivshet, said people have faced a lot of problems because of the silt and debris that has accumulated in the river which has also resulted in flooding of Guirim and Bastora villages. “A lot of concrete debris has accumulated in the river while work of the culvert was going on. The contractor had assured us that all the debris would be removed first and only then the culvert work would be completed. We have no intention to stop the highway work. We only want the contractor to keep his word and remove the debris,” Bhivshet said. Concurring with her colleague, Mapusa Municipal Council Chairperson >Continued on P5
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