log on to thegoan.net FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 GOA @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 12 pages PRICE ` 6 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 84 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 12 9 4 2 waive Covid compensation by Sept 13 Govt tolicense 50% shack fees Political clout prevails; illegal kiosk stands tall at Margao bus stand GOA Uproar over GPSC procedure to appoint professor of Goa Dental College BIZ Deadline for filing Income Tax returns extended till December 31 CM SAYS CLAIM FORMS MADE SIMPLER 200 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED THE GOAN I NETWORK CHATURTHI GREETINGS THE GOAN extends warm wishes to its readers, advertisers and well wishers on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. WE ARE CLOSED TODAY The offices of THE GOAN will be closed today on account of Ganesh Chaturthi. Hence there will be no edition of this newspaper dated September 11, 2021. Taximen reject govt move on free meters PANAJI: PANAJI: Taximen rejected CM’s Chaturthi ‘gift’ of free meters and invoked Lord Ganesh to bestow the politicians with “good thoughts” which would help end their stalemate. >> See pg 2 MAPUSA On the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi, one of the biggest festivals in the State where families come together, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced that compensation to families who lost their members to coronavirus will be released by September 13. Sawant also said the government has made certain amendments to make the process to fill the Covid one-time compensation forms simpler, especially to people from the unorganized sector. “The government has received approximately 200 applications from families whose members have died due to the Covid-19 infection. Over `1 crore released to flood-hit people: Sawant MAPUSA: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said that over Rs 1 crore has been released by way of compensation to people who have been affected by the recent floods in the State. He said money has been transferred to the accounts of maximum people who have been affected by the natural calamity. “Goa government released over Rs 1 crore to 301 beneficiaries of the Goa government’s flood relief programme. We hope this financial support provides help to the people affected in recovering from the devastation and restarting their lives,” Sawant said, in a tweet. Their applications are being processed and by Monday (Sept 13) the amount will be Goa varsity slips to 96 in Nat ranking THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Goa University slipped by 15 positions to be ranked 96th among the 100 best universities in India in the National Institutional Framework (NIRF) ranking released on Thursday. The premier institution in the State managed to get an overall score of 38.96. It had ranked 81st in the year 2020, 93rd in 2019 and 68th in 2018. In addition, National Institute of Technology, Goa >Continued on P7 deposited in their accounts,” Sawant said, while addressing his customary press brief- ‘Apt decision on Bhumi Bill soon’ MAPUSA: Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant said the Goa Bhumiputra Adhikarini Bill has not been sent for governor’s assent yet while the process of collecting suggestions on the bill from public was still on. “So far we have received 150 suggestions and the process is still on. The government will take appropriate decision on the bill after going through all the suggestions,” Sawant said. ing after a cabinet meeting on Thursday. Sawant also said that there was no need for people to wait for the death certificate as the government can verify the death. The State government had notified a scheme under which one-time financial relief of Rs 2 lakh would be provided to the families of a person, who died due to Covid-19 infection, and whose income limit does not exceed Rs 8 lakh per annum. In another decision, the State cabinet has suggested some changes in the application forms to claim Covid relief package for the unorganized sector. “People claiming the Covid relief package will no longer have to give an affidavit as >Continued on P7 SPORTS Conflict of interest complaint over Dhoni as ‘mentor’ for T20 World Cup THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA The State Cabinet has decided to waive off 50 percent of license fees for shacks on the beach in the new tourism season, which is expected to kick off in October amid the third wave scare. “The Cabinet has approved to reduce the license fees for beach shacks and deck beds by 50 per cent under the tourism shack policy of 2022,” Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant said. He said the government was aware of the impact caused by the Covid-19 restrictions on tourism stakeholders and therefore did not want to add to their burden. The Shack Owners Welfare Society had made several representations to the govern- ment about the slowdown effect on the tourism sector and appealed for several reliefs. The tourism department issues permission to set up 260 shacks in North and around 96 in South Goa which are renewed every year. The CM has also said that the Cabinet on Thursday ratified the decision to provide free digital meters along with data services for one year costing approximately Rs 11,250 per year to all taxi operators in the State. >Continued on P7 Festive cheer as State ushers in Ganesh Chaturthi THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI he celebrations may still be subdued on account of the curfew restrictions, but there has been greater enthusiasm among people this time round as Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for the second year during the Covid pandemic. T People were seen flocking to markets all over the State for their festive purchases even as people complained of sky-high prices. Local vendors made a quick buck selling fruits and vegetables at three times the price. “We cannot do without cucumbers, drumsticks, pumpkins, gourds and all other vegetables even though the Youth carry the idol of Lord Ganesha to their house ahead of the rituals on Thursday. Narayan Pissurlenkar prices have increased”, said a customer, Shobha Shirodkar, who was busy making last minute purchases at Gandhi market in Margao. Shobha, who will be celebrating one-and-half day Chaturthi says, “The pandemic has restricted our list of invitees for Chaturthi, but our >Continued on P7
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