log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2021 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 8 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI: In a recent visit to Goa, a team of nine MPs discussed and studied research and development on agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries and suggested working on getting Geographical Indicator (GI) tagging for Mankurad variety of mangoes. >> See pg 3 Min for 50% capacity opening of casinos MAPUSA: Ports Minister Michael Lobo said restarting of all allied tourism activities will reboot the tourism industry in the State, even as he called for reopening of casinos with 50 per cent capacity. He also said water sports activities could start from September 15 onwards. >> See pg 3 Scribes promised free insurance PANAJI: Amid a tide of promises of free power and water, a Congress assembly ticket aspirant in Mandrem, Sachin Parab, has promised to provide insurance cover to reporters who work on the field. >> See pg 3 Women allowed to join NDA, SC told NEW DELHI: In a big move, the Centre informed the Supreme Court that it has decided to allow the induction of women in the National Defence Academy (NDA). The apex court was informed that the decision was taken following consultation with the three Service Chiefs. Talks fail, ryots to continue protest NEW DELHI: Farmers protesting in Haryana against the police lathicharge of August 28, said they might have to keep a permanent protest site in Karnal as talks with the state government remained inconclusive for the second consecutive day. WEATHER >> Max: 30 C Min: 24 C Humidity: 91% Rain Fall: 12.41 In 1 TIDES Low: High: 5:54 0:02 18:24 12:20 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 US Open: Teenager Fernandez stuns Svitolina to reach semis Guirim Panchayat without sarpanch for over 60 days n BADGE, 15-YEAR DOMICILE MANDATORY FOR TAXI DRIVERS n DIGITAL METERS COMPULSORY FOR GOAMILES TAXIS TOO THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA In a major policy decision which that give huge relief to aggrieved taxi operators in the State, the government on Wednesday has decided to provide digital taxi meters free of cost and made driving badge and 15-year domicile mandatory for all taxi drivers. Accepting yet another demand of the taxi owners, the government has also decided to make digital meters compulsory for GoaMiles taxis. “I had assured the taxi operators that all their problems will be resolved before Chaturthi. We have decided to provide digital meters with data free to the taxi operators. We have accepted all their This is election stunt: N Goa taxi lobby MAPUSA: The North Goa Tourist Taxi Association (NGTTA) said the State government’s belated decision on digital meters was nothing but an election stunt and it has given no relief to them. “We have been pleading for relief for the last three years but this government only stonewalled us. Now, because of the elections, they have come out with these decisions,” said NGTTA President Vassudev Arlekar. >> See pg 3 demands and resolved their issues,” Sawant said, after attending a meeting of cabinet ministers and party officials at the BJP headquarters in Panaji. Sawant said the taxi operators had requested that they should not be discriminated with the GoaMiles taxis and therefore the government has decided to install same digital meters in the app-based taxi aggregator too. He said the government has brought uniformity among all taxi operators as even yellow and black taxi operators will have to fix the digital meters. He further informed that there were complaints that “outsiders” were driving CHATURTHI GIFT Notices issued to taxi operators will be withdrawn at the earliest and appropriate decision will be taken in cases where permits were cancelled Govt is hoping that the taxi operators won’t tamper with the meters GoaMiles taxis and to overcome the problem the government has decided to make driving badge and 15-year residential certificate compulsory for all taxi drivers. The CM has also said that notices issued to taxi operators will be withdrawn at the >Continued on P5 Centre approves agreement with Portugal on jobs for Indians FAITH CALLS ALL THE GOAN I NETWORK A woman pays obeisance to Our Lady of Vailankanni on the occasion of her feast which was marked at the chapel dedicated to her near Four Pillars in Santa Cruz on Wednesday. People irrespective of their religious affiliations pay respect to her. Narayan Pissurlenkar I had expressed doubts on Bhumiputra bill: Jennifer THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Revenue Minister Jennifer Monserrate on Wednesday said she had expressed her doubts over the Goa Bhumiputra Adkhikarini Bill 2021 since she wanted a thorough discussion on the Bill before it was passed in the Legislative Assembly. She, however, said that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant will take the right decision and will look into the issues raised by the people against the Bill. When asked whether she was fearful of the Bill as and when it becomes law, Jennifer said, “My whole thing was that the Bill should have been discussed further and brought up before the next Assembly session. I had put up a noting on the issue centered on one point that the Bill should have been put for discussion before being brought and passed at the next session,” she said. When asked whether the government has addressed her concerns over the Bill, the Revenue Minister said the Chief Minister has put up the Bill for public opinion, adding, “I am sure that the Chief Minister will take the right decision. There was opposition to the Bill and I am sure the Chief Minister would look into the matter and take a proper decision”. PANAJI The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the signing of an agreement for the recruitment of Indian citizens to work in Portugal. The agreement between the two would set an institutional mechanism for partnership and cooperation between India and Portugal on sending and accepting Indian workers. Under this agreement, a joint committee will be set up to follow up the implementation of the same. Signing this agreement with Portugal will add a new destination for Indian migrant workers in an EU member nation. This agreement will help many Indian workers who have returned to the country following the Covid-19 pandemic. It will provide new opportunities for skilled Indian workers and professionals. With the conclusion of this agreement, Portugal and India will have a formal arrangement for recruitment of Indians. The government-to-government mechanism proposed in the agreement will ensure that the movement of workers happens smoothly with maximum support from both sides. Goan shoppers bring cheer to Belagavi traders THE GOAN I NETWORK BELAGAVI ith authorities in Karnataka and Goa relaxing lockdown and curfew restrictions, Goans have begun visiting the many showrooms, malls and markets in Belagavi to make their purchases ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi. The arrival of Goans in Belagavi for their festive purchases has brought much cheer to the business community in Belagavi. “We had a terrible time since the last four months due to the total lockdown which was followed by the weekend curfew. We had to maintain stocks and support our staff even though sales had crashed during these four months,” Raju Khoda of Mangaldeep told The Goan. “However, since the week- SPORTS GOA MAJOR RELIEF FOR WILDLIFE SC rejects plea to direct govt on vax NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that it cannot give generalised directives to the government to introduce a door-to-door vaccination policy for inoculation against coronavirus. The apex court said it was difficult to issue such an order on the matter as the vaccination process was already underway. Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday 2 8 3 Taxi operators will now High Court stays work of get free digital meters road to link Dudhsagar In last 5 months, 138 traders sought to shut biz in Margao 6 Parl team suggests GI tag for Mankurad PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 83 GOA Covid has ‘devastating’ impact on battle against HIV, tuberculosis IN SHORT >> The Goan (Playstore) Stop harassing Goan motorists: Traders W Goans have begun visiting the many showrooms, malls and shops in Belagavi after the relaxation of Covid restrictions. end curfew was withdrawn last week, business seems to be limping back to normalcy.” With their hopes pinned on the arrival of the festival season which commences from Ganesh festival this week, the garment market here is waiting for the situation to be normal and the rainfall to recede. “After the weekend curfew was withdrawn since last week, Goan customers have gradually started visiting Belagavi. The situation seems to be hopeful. I would like to urge our Goan patrons to visit Belagavi as the Covid situation here has improved with the rate of positivity almost negligible,” said Suresh Porwal of The Raymond shop. “The Belagavi market has largely depended on Goan cus- BELAGAVI: Trading associations in Belagavi have decided to submit a memorandum to the city police commissioner, following rising complaints regarding Goan vehicle owners being harassed by traffic police. “Our authorities need to realise that Belagavi market cannot survive without customers from Goa and Maharashtra. However, most tourists and customers from these two states are scared to visit the city as many times they have to face the wrath of the traffic police who are seen harassing these motorists,” Hemendra Porwal, president of Shri Belgaum Cloth Merchants association, told The Goan. “We have brought this to the notice of authorities time and again. Once again, we will submit a memorandum to police authorities, urging them not to harass tourists and customers from neighbouring states and to facilitate their arrival.” “This, in turn, will benefit the Belagavi market to get back on track after going through huge losses,” Porwal added. tomers for ages,” he added. Traders in Belagavi have appealed to Goans to visit Belagavi City for all their purchases and for their weekend breaks. But allows routine repairs on katcha trail THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa has stayed the further construction of a proposed ‘all-weather’ road through the Mollem National Park leading up to the Dudhsagar waterfalls. The High Court has, however, allowed routine repairs and maintenance works to the existing katcha road in the protected area to go ahead as is the practice every year but said that the main upgradation work “ought not to proceed until the final disposal of this petition or until the respondents obtain necessary approval from NBWL, whichever is earlier.” The Goa Foundation alleged that the PWD is undertaking a project in the sanctuary only to promote tourism and that such a project re- HIGH COURT OBSERVATIONS From the material placed on record, at least prima facie, the CWW (Chief Wildlife Warden) has not considered whether such a project is necessary The project involves an expenditure approximately of Rs 2.5 crore per km. Now all this can hardly be regarded as routine repair or maintenance works quires approval from the National Board for Wildlife. “If the project work starts or is continued, irreversible damage will be caused to the protected area and the wildlife therein. There are no approvals from NBWL and the project is not even consistent with the National Wildlife Thirteen held for impersonating as US officials action plan and the recommendations of NBWL. Routine repair and maintenance works on the existing katcha road can always be carried out as were being carried out for all these years after the monsoons, but the works as proposed in the notes put up by the PWD or the tender documents, may not be permitted at this stage,” Adv Norma Alvares who argued for Goa Foundation said. In response, the Advocate General Devidas Pangam told the court that these works are being executed by the PWD in terms of express directions/requests from the Chief Wildlife Warden (CWW) and that the works have the approval from the State Board for Wildlife. “Such works are necessary for the purposes of effective management of PA and, therefore, >Continued on P5 Fadnavis named election in-charge of BJP in Goa Ran fake call centre, extorted money from US nationals THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Goa Police’s Crime Branch on Wednesday busted a fake call centre at Morjim, a popular beach locale in Pernem, whose staff posed as US government officials and harassed US nationals by threatening to block their social security numbers and later ‘settling’ the issue by extorting fines. The digital payments of the ‘fines’ were then converted into cryptocurrency such as Bitcoins. The fake call centre was busted in a raid at the Eden Hotel located in Morjim by police officials drawn from the Crime Branch and Cyber Security Cell of the Goa police, wherein some 27 laptops, computers and smartphones were also seized. Thirteen persons including the mastermind were apprehended, according to the Crime Branch statement. The Crime Branch in a statement said 13 persons from Mumbai and Gujarat are booked in connection with MAJOR RACKET Call centre was busted in a raid at the Eden Hotel located in Morjim by police officials drawn from the Crime Branch and Cyber Security Cell of the Goa police 27 laptops computers and smartphones were seized this fake ‘call centre’ racket. “Upon analysis of evidence and preliminary interrogation, it is found that they were defrauding American nationals by impersonating as US government agents and telling them that their Social Security Numbers (SSN) were going to be blocked as they were found in criminal investigation,” the Crime Branch said in its statement. “The US nationals were then coerced to pay ‘fines’ in the form of cash vouchers which were then converted to Bitcoin and used by the fraudsters,” the Crime Branch statement said. THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) central leadership has named former chief minister and current Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis as its Goa election in charge. A statement issued by the BJP said: “The BJP has appointed Devendra Fadnavis as its election in-charge in Goa for the upcoming Assembly election 2022.” Elections in Goa are likely to be clubbed with those in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand and the nationally crucial Uttar Pradesh like was the case in 2017. They are due in February March 2022. The BJP also announced election in-charges in the four other States due for polls -Dharmendra Pradhan will be in charge of UP, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat of Punjab, Bhupendra Yadav in Manipur and Prahlad Joshi of Uttarakhand. >Continued on P5 Air bubble a window of hope for Goa’s tourism season THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The green signal for international commercial flights from 49 global cities under the ‘air bubble’ arrangement by India has opened a window of hope for Goa’s beleaguered tourism industry which is lobbying hard for charter flights to be permitted under the same arrangement. To-and-fro flights from some 18 countries have already been started by the Union Civil Aviation ministry under the ‘Air Bubble’ arrangement this month although tickets to these sanctioned destinations can be booked only through Air India. Normal international com- mercial flights, however, continue to be banned till September 30. The air-bubble pact has been formalised with over 25 countries including UAE, Kenya, Bhutan, Canada, UK, Germany, USA, France and Russia among others. The Goa Chamber and Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) have recently petitioned the government to permit ‘charter flights’ under the air-bubble principle so that the nearly 2000-odd small hotels can reopen for the first time since the pandemic hit last March. According to TTAG president Nilesh Shah, of the 4,000-odd registered hotels in Goa, only some 1400 opened up during the pandemic. Most of the smaller hotels are dependent on charters for business as are other allied businesses and services like shacks, taxi services and musicians in the entertainment industry, Shah added. Smaller hotels including the one to four-star hotels and those having up to 100 rooms can think of opening up and >Continued on P5
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