log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 GOA Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 12 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 85 Cooperate with local taxi operators or pack up bags: Churchill to hotel lobby 2 GOA 100 percent vaccination in Goa? Congress rejects Sawant, Modi’s claim 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEWS Afghan territory must not be used for terrorism: India & Australia 7 SPORTS EPL: Ronaldo debuts with double as Man Utd overwhelm Newcastle 8 Gujarat CM resigns ahead of elections NEW CM LIKELY TO BE NAMED TODAY PTI (Feature section Pgs 9 to 12) On-Topic What increases the risk of vaccinated getting Covid Beauty Add oats to your beauty regime BY SHAHNAZ HUSAIN BAPPA MORYA! A man bids farewell to Lord Ganesha after the one-and-half day celebration off Miramar beach on Saturday. Hundreds bid adieu to Lord Ganesha Mental Fitness THE GOAN I NETWORK Suicidal thoughts: If you are looking for a sign, this is it BY ADITI TENDULKAR PANAJI Hundreds of Goans bid farewell to Lord Ganesha on Saturday night marking the end of one-and-half day visarjan across the State keeping in mind the Covid SOPs and so- The Healthy Goan When to test for Covid-19 Health BY ROHAN FONSECA Awareness is the key to suicide prevention DR AKSHADA AMONKAR Car Review Hyundai i20 N Line: Enjoy the distinct motorsport feeling BY RITESH MADHOK Life Vastu tips for buying, renting a house BY AGNELO PIRES Honest Film Review By Melba Vaz, A V Fernandes and S Haldankar IN SHORT >> Task force formed to revive St Inez creek PANAJI: In yet another effort to revitalise the St Inez creek, lying in a state of neglect for decades, the State government through the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL) has set up an inter-departmental task force under the smart city’s Project Urban Living Lab (PULL). >> See pg 3 Farmers call off protest in Haryana KARNAL: Farmers called off their protest after the govt sent the IAS officer on leave. WEATHER >> Max: 30 C Min: 24 C Humidity: 93% RAINFALL: 114.45 IN TIDES Low: 07.59 High: 02.28 20.35 13.47 Narayan Pissurlenkar cial distancing norms. The visarjan timings were different for all, and while some families preferred to do the immersion in the evening soon after the aarti and prasad distribution, others preferred to bid farewell to the lord of wisdom after nightfall, but before midnight. There were no strict restrictions imposed by the State government and people were seen following the regulatory norms on their own, amid fears of the anticipated third wave. Usha Naik, a resident from Goa going the green way, plans huge afforestation FINANCIAL AID SCHEME NOTIFIED FOR TREE PLANTATION, SIX GOVT DEPTS ROPED IN THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In a bid to give its massive State-wide afforestation plans a policy and financial backup, the State government has devised a detailed scheme to push forward tree plantation through the Goa State Biodiversity Board as the nodal agency. Also, five government departments -- Agriculture, Forest, Science and Technology, Environment, PWD and Water Resources -- have been roped in to play their part in the planned afforestation, including identifying land for plantation, soil testing, tracking progress and growth of the plants, research and others. The financial scheme includes funding to agencies, self-help groups, institutions and others not just for carrying out plantation but also to follow up on care-taking and monitoring the plants for the first five years. Funding is to be raised from among the public under a plan which encourages private individuals, institutions or any other entity desirous of supporting the afforestation drive to fund 100 per cent of the costs before any plantation in specified land is taken up. Some of the strategies listed include enhancing forest quality, restoring and increas- >Continued on P6 Soon, Panaji & its suburbs to have GIS plan; tender floated THE GOAN I NETWORK ing coastal defense mechanism, preventing forest fires, support to private forest owners to sustainably manage their forests and derive economic benefit, water and soil conservation and promote PANAJI Panaji and a large part of Porvorim, Old Goa, Taleigao and Dona Paula are to be mapped as part of preparation for the Geographic Information System (GIS) plans for 500 towns selected from across the country. The Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Corporation Limited (IPSCDL) has recently floated a tender to select an agency to prepare the detailed GIS base plan. “Around 15 agencies have participated in the pre-bid exercise. We expect many other agencies to respond to the bid and the agency will be selected soon”, said a technical official from IPSCDL. Panaji and its suburbs are among 500 towns selected under this mission and a detailed GIS plan of around 91.675 sq. kms of Panaji and surrounding areas will be prepared through the selected agency. The agency will update ground details such as road names, buildings, type of building and commercial activities in the commercial buildings. >Continued on P6 >Continued on P6 STRATEGIES AT HAND The govt has listed strategies that include enhancing forest quality, restoring and increasing coastal defense mechanism, preventing forest fires etc To ensure sustainability of plantations, various execution models are proposed including separate plots for fruit bearing, timber, flowering trees. It also proposes strategies to encourage private individuals to sponsor tree plantation and maintenance, under various thematic ideas including the heart of the city Margao, usually has a celebration of five days. Naik’s large joint family keeps the Ganesh idol for five days and immerses it on the fifth night amid live band playing. planting a sapling in the memory of a beloved person or on the birth of a child wherein the funds will be deposited for full life of the tree Other specific theme based plantations are envisaged on Earth day, World Forestry day, International Day for Biological Diversity, World Sparrow Day among others AHMEDABAD In a surprising political development, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday submitted his resignation to governor Acharya Devvrat. Rupani, who made the announcement while talking to reporters, did not reveal what prompted him to step down. BJP is likely to announce the name who will replace Rupani on Sunday. “I have resigned from the post of Gujarat Chief Minister,” said Rupani on Saturday at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar after meeting Governor. “I want to thank BJP for giving me this opportunity to serve as Gujarat’s CM. During my tenure, I got the opportunity to add to the development of the state under PM Modi’s leadership. I have conveyed my wishes to work in party organisation under the leadership of Prime Minister and under the guidance of BJP chief,” said Rupani. “I am just a worker of the Speculation over Patel, Mandaviya as the next CM AHMEDABAD: Names of Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel, state agriculture minister R C Faldu and Union ministers Purshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandaviya are doing the rounds amid speculation over who will succeed Vijay Rupani as Gujarat chief minister. >> See pg 7 organisation and will continue to be so. For the upcoming state Assembly elections, definitely our PM will be the face,” Rupani said, when asked who will be the face for the elections. The unexpected move Mumbai, Konkan put on heavy rain alert; Delhi roads flooded PTI MUMBAI The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday said Mumbai, Konkan and Western Maharashtra region is expected to receive ‘heavy to very heavy’ rainfall in the next three-four days. The low-pressure area developed in the Bay of Bengal is expected to get converted into depression and move northnorth-west in next couple of days. It is expected to bring more intense showers over Western Maharashtra, Konkan including Mumbai region starting from Sunday, the official said. Reports also said parts of the Indira Gandhi Airport (IGI) airport in New Delhi and several city areas have been waterlogged following record rain in the national capital. An ‘orange alert’ has been issued as the monsoon rainfall in Delhi breached the 1,000 mm mark, the highest annual rainfall in 46 years. Visuals shared showed aircraft on the ground at the airport which is partially flooded. The IMD has also issued an ‘orange’ alert for Raigad, Pune, Ratnagiri, Satara and comes ahead of Assembly elections in PM Modi’s home state early next year. Rupani reached the Raj Bhavan shortly after PM Modi inaugurated Sardardham Bhavan in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad and performed ‘bhoomi pujan’ of Sardardham Phase-II Kanya Chhatralaya (girls’ hostel) through video conferencing. Vijay Rupani took the state’s Chief Ministerial position on August 7, 2016, and is representing Rajkot West in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. Rupani is the fourth BJP chief minister to step down in recent months. In July, B S Yediyurappa resigned as CM of Karnataka in July and Uttarakhand witnessed two CMs’ exit, where Tirath Singh Rawat quit barely 4 months after replacing Trivendra Rawat. It is learnt from sources that the party will declare Rupani’s replacement by Sunday. Most likely his replacement could be deputy chief minister Nitin Patel. Rahul, Venzy appointed as members of AAP national executive Wet spell in Goa till September 15 PANAJI: IMD has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places across Goa till September 15. “A low pressure area has formed over east-central and adjoining north-east Bay of Bengal. It is very likely to move northwestwards & concentrate into a depression during next 48 hours,” the release states. Kolhapur while a yellow alert has been issued for Mumbai, Thane, Wardha, Palghar and Sindhudurg districts. An orange alert means local officials should remain prepared in case showers intensify. The yellow alert indicates less chances of heavy rain. The rest of Maharashtra is expected to receiver light to moderate showers in the next 3-4 days. There could be more rain on Monday in northern Maharashtra as well as parts of eastern Vidarbha and Marathwada, the IMD said. However, the intensity of the showers will be higher in Western Maharashtra. THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Aam Aadmi Party Goa Convenor Rahul Mhambre and AAP Goa Vice President Capt. Venzy Viegas have been appointed as members of the AAP National Executive. The AAP National Executive had met on September 9 and approved a decision to include the two AAP leaders from Goa in the national executive. Mhambre and Capt. Vieges have thanked AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal for including them as members of the AAP National Executive. “Thank you for reposing your faith and giving me the responsibility. Will work under your guidance and state convener (Rahul Mhambre) to fulfil the aspirations of people of Goa,” stated Capt. Viegas, in a tweet addressed to Kejriwal. Capt. Venzy has been an important part of the AAP in Goa especially in Salcete. Auto cos in top gear Your rawa fried mussels now come with hint of microplastics! FINDINGS OF THE JOINT STUDY during Chaturthi THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Automobile companies in the State had reason to cheer amid a surge in demand during the Ganesh Chaturthi season, but sales were lower as compared to the last festive season on account of a worldwide shortage in a critical component. “A lot of orders for cars could not be fulfilled this season due to less supply of vehicles from manufacturers on account of a worldwide shortage in electrical chips,” said Prashant Joshi, President of Goa Automobile Dealers Association (GADA). “As a result, dealers did not have enough stock of cars with them,” he added. He explained that people in Goa like to purchase cars and two-wheelers during the auspicious Chaturthi season, but car sales were lower as compared to the last season. “The sale of cars has been good as of now, but it is about 50 per cent less compared to the previous Chaturthi season due to shortage in supply.” “The sales of two-wheelers have been quite good, despite being 20-30 percent less in comparison with the previous Chaturthi season,” said Joshi. Joshi admitted that business had been affected along with the entire industry due to Covid-related restrictions. PANAJI f you love shellfish harvested from the Sal river, chances are you may have swallowed way too many microplastics (MPs) with every bite of that tasty, fried mussel. According to a joint study conducted by researchers at the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography and Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research and the Tamil Nadu-based School of Civil Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, the estuary of the Sal river is contaminated by microplastics, the most prominent of which is residue from vehicle tyres from wear and tear on roads. “The average number of MPs in shellfish found in the I present study is 2.6 MPs/g. Accordingly, the estimated annual intake of MPs from shellfish alone per capita for Goa would be 8084.1 particles per year per person. Shellfish therefore poses a possible threat in terms of consumption, as it is a local delicacy and also consumed by the many tourists in the area,” the study states. Water, sediments and biota, which essentially covers all forms of animal and plant lives, are contaminated with microplastics, says the study, the first such research project conducted in the estuaries of the Sal river, a major source of water and fishing in South Goa. Marine plants, water, as well as samples of shell fish, finfish, clams and oysters Estuary of Sal river is contaminated by microplastics Most prominent is residue from vehicle tyres from wear and tear on roads Average number of MPs in shellfish found is 2.6 MPs/g Estimated annual intake of MPs from shellfish alone per capita for Goa is 8084.1 particles per year per person Shellfish poses a possible threat in terms of consumption Water, sediments and biota, which essentially covers all forms of animal and plant lives, are contaminated with microplastics Marine plants, water, as well as samples of shell fish, finfish, clams and oysters examined as a part of study MPs found in all three matrices, water, sediment and biota from the Sal estuary were dominated by fibres Study has also brought to light traces of three major polymers like polyacrylamide, ethylene vinyl alcohol and polyacetylene These could originate from personal care products, textiles and wastewater treatment plants were examined as a part of the study. “Interestingly, MPs found in all the three matrices, water, sediment and biota from the Sal estuary were dominated by fibres (55.3 percent, 76.6 percent and 72.9 percent, respectively), followed by fragments, films and other plastics. The prominent ubiquity of fibres in all three matrices suggests a variety of sources of MPs, most likely including domestic sewage, effluents from industries and laundry,” the study says. “Fragments were the second most abundant micro-debris in water (27 percent) and biota (16.6 percent). They mostly originate from the degradation/weathering of larger plastic pieces such as >Continued on P6
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