log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday MONDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 GOA Building block by block, a steady start for Congress IN SHORT >> Curfew extended; RTPCR, 5 days quarantine for Kerala travellers PANAJI: The State government on Sunday extended the curfew by yet another week till 7 am of September 20. In view of rising Covid cases in Kerala, additional restrictions have been imposed. RTPCR negative test report has been made compulsory for all arriving from Kerala. “Students, employees coming from Kerala shall be subjected to institutional quarantine of 5 days. Arrivals from Kerala other than students and employees should produce RTPCR negative test report and should be in home quarantine for five days,” states the order. State sees decline in positivity rate PANAJI: Another Goan fell victim to Covid-19 on Sunday even as the State’s positivity rate dipped a bit to 1.41 % with 38 of the 2677 samples testing positive. The daily health bulletin also reported 74 recoveries. Kejriwal re-elected AAP Nat convenor NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was re-elected as the national convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party for the third time at the national executive meeting of the party on Sunday. Party leaders Pankaj Gupta and ND Gupta were elected as secretary and treasurer. >> See pg 6 Shiv Sena to field 20 candidates in Goa PANAJI: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut announced that his party will field 20 candidates in the Assembly elections in Goa due early next year. “Efforts are on to explore a formula like Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance,” the senior leader said. >> See pg 3 Zawahiri surfaces in video on 9/11 NEW DELHI: Twenty years after the ghastly terror attack on the US, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, rumoured dead, surfaced in a video released on the 9/11 anniversary. US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks the online activity of jihadist groups, reported that Zawahiri spoke on a number of issues. WEATHER >> Max: Min: Humidity: RAINFALL: 31 C 24 C 95% 115.35 IN TIDES Low: High: 08:51 21:32 03:34 14:28 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 8 pages PRICE ` 6 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 86 3 GOA Not positioning to be CM but will campaign all over Goa: Lobo Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INDIA SC: Employee can’t insist on a transfer to particular place 6 Over 2000 students answer NEET at 15 centres in Goa n ENTRY STAGGERED FROM 11 AM n JUST 12 PUT UP IN EACH EXAM HALL THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Over 2,000 Goan students on Sunday answered the NEET exam, an all-India competitive exam, scores of which are counted for admission to medical schools across India. Students in Goa answered the exam at 15 centres across the State even as authorities ensured staggered entry due to Covid-19 protocols. The 3-hour paper started at 2 pm but entry to exam halls for the students was staggered from 11 am to 1.30 am and only 12 students were accommodated in each examination hall. At some centres, aspirant students got delayed due to rains beyond the 1.30 pm deadline for entry to exam halls but the authorities accommodated those reach- Teen commits suicide ahead of exam in TN ing the centers up to 1.40 pm as a concession. Interestingly, there was no exam centre in the capital city of Panaji. The centre nearest to the capital was at Sunshine School at Bainguinim. Sources said nearly 95 per cent of the 2,483 students registered in Goa answered the NEET exam on Sunday at these 15 centres. The national-level medical entrance exam was conducted nationwide on Sunday under the aegis of the National Testing Agency (NTA). NEET-UG after much controversies and multiple deferments was finally conducted by NTA in physical pen and paper mode. Centre unveils rules for Covid death certificate NEW DELHI: A NEET aspirant from Koozhiyoor village near Mettur in Tamil Nadu committed suicide just hours before the exam was scheduled to be conducted. As per a report, 19-yearold Dhanush had appeared twice in the exam and was preparing firmly for his third attempt. The exam is conducted to shortlist candidates for admission to MBBS/ BDS/ BAMS/ BSMS/ BUMS/ BHMS and other undergraduate medical courses in medical colleges all over India. Earlier, the NTA received approval from the Supreme Court of India to conduct it as per schedule. The court rejected a plea filed by some students saying NEET was clashing with other exams. “Over 16 lakh students take NEET. It can’t be deferred on a plea of few students,” the top court said in the hearing. For safe conduct of the exam amid Covid-19, the NTA had taken precautions. The NEET admit card included Covid-related guidelines students need to follow and other safety measures introduced by the agency. Before entering the exam hall, those students who did not have masks were provided with N95 masks and were allowed to bring hand sanitizer >Continued on P5 SPORTS Qualifier to Champion: Raducanu makes history with US Open win 8 Bhupendra Patel is new Guj CM Likely to take oath today PTI AHMEDABAD Senior BJP leader Bhupendra Patel -- known to be a protege of former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel -- will succeed Vijay Rupani as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. While he was elected the leader of the legislature party after a meeting, it is believed that he was the choice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Amit Shah. Patel is likely to take oath as CM on Monday. Rupani, who was present on the occasion, endorsed the new Chief Minister, saying the party will “successfully contest the polls” under his leadership. Elections in Gujarat are due next year. Patel, the MLA from Ghatlodia seat, held earlier by Anandiben Patel, appeared a surprise candidate for the post. Ahead of today’s legislature party meeting, the names of two Union Ministers from Gu- SURPRISE CHOICE Patel is presently the MLA for Ghatlodia Is believed to be the choice of Modi and Amit Shah Was considered to be a protégé of former CM Anandiben Patel Patel’s name was proposed by Vijay Rupani jarat -- Mansukh Mandaviya and Parshottam Rupala -- the controversial Lakshadweep administrator Praful Khoda Patel, and state agriculture minister RC Faldu were doing the rounds. Patel was the part of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority. Vijay Rupani stepped down on Saturday -- 15 months ahead of the state elections -in a surprise move. OILY INVASION Deaths within 30 days of testing positive to be treated as Covid deaths even if outside hospital PTI NEW DELHI The government has informed the Supreme Court that the Health Ministry and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have come out with guidelines for issuing an “official document” for Covid-related deaths. The affidavit in the top court has been submitted nearly 10 days after the top court rapped the central government over the delay in issuing guidelines for the issuance of Covid death certificates. Only those Covid-19 cases will be considered, say the guidelines, which have been diagnosed through RT-PCR test, molecular test, rapid-antigen test or clinically determined through investigations at a hospital or in-patient facility by a treating physician, while admitted at hospital or in-patient facility. Deaths occurring due to poisoning, suicide, homicide and accident, among others, will not be considered as COVID-19 deaths even if the infection is an accompanying condition, the document further elaborates. Patients who have “died ei- GOVT’S ‘OFFICIAL DOCUMENT’ Covid-19 cases will be considered which have 1Only those test orthrough RT-PCR test, molecularinvestigabeen diagnosed test, rapid-antigen clinically determined through tions at a hospital or in-patient facility by a treating physician, while admitted at hospital or in-patient facility Deaths occurring due to poisoning, suicide, homicide and accident, among others, will not be considered as Covid deaths even if the infection is an accompanying condition Covid patient, while admitted at a hospital or in-patient facility, and who continued as the same admission beyond 30 days and died subsequently, shall be treated as a Covid death 2 3 ther in hospital settings or at home, and where a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) in Form 4 and 4 A has been issued to the registering authority as required under Section 10 of the Registration of Birth and Death (RBD) Act, 1969, will be treated as a Covid-19 death,” the guidelines read. According to an ICMR study, says the affidavit, 95 per cent of deaths take place within 25 days of a person testing Covid-19 positive. “To make the scope broader and more inclusive, deaths occurring within 30 days from the date of testing or from the date of being clinically determined as a Covid-19 case, will be treated as deaths due to Covid-19, even if the death takes place outside the hospital/in-patient facility,” it says. “However, a Covid-19 patient, while admitted at a hospital or in-patient facility, and who continued as the same admission beyond 30 days, and died subsequently, shall be treated as a Covid-19 death,” it added. The guidelines state that in cases where the MCCD (Med- >Continued on P5 Slimy tar balls laced the popular Anjuna beach on Sunday covering almost the entire coastline a day after a similar situation was witnessed at various other beaches, including Miramar. The wave after wave of slimy tar balls washing up the coasts is bad news for Goa’s tourism industry which is already witnessing a slump due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ( Related photo on page 2 ) High NPAs: 117 co-op societies under lens THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Even as several co-operative societies are grappling with financial frauds, around 117 societies in the State have come under the scrutiny of Department of Co-operation for suffering huge losses and having high Non-Performing Assets (NPAs). According to information from the Assistant Registrar of Co-operative Societies, the total loss of all these credit societies amounts to nearly Rs 100 crore. The NPAs of these 117 co-operative societies had also touched Rs 348 crore. Figures revealed that Visionaries Urban Co-operative Credit Society is in a loss of Rs 33 crore, while VPK Urban Co-operative Credit Society Ltd stares at a loss of Rs 24 crore. Sources familiar with coop- erative societies say that the NPA figures are of 2019-20 and that the scenario had changed a lot now. The closure of mining, demonetisation and investment in orchard lands had resulted these NPAs, a Managing Director of a co-operative bank which has many branches in Goa says. He said government should not go only by figures in ledger books but have a holistic ap- proach towards co-operative banks that are in a loss. He said most of the co-operative societies are saviours to the middle class small businessmen which have helped them to grow. The MD lamented that unlike big banks, co-operative societies had a problem of trained and professional staff and felt this could be overcome if there was some support system from the government. No lockdowns in future, no vaccine passports: UK Govt to bankroll treatment PTI LONDON ritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson will this week set out his plans to manage the Covid-19 pandemic in the winter months, announcing a decision to scrap the introduction of vaccine passports and steps to end some emergency powers. Johnson, under fire from some in his governing Conservative Party for raising taxes to fix a health and social care crisis, looks set to try to soothe those critics by ditching plans to introduce vaccine passports despite an increasing number of coronavirus cases. Speaking to broadcasters, Health Minister Sajid Javid said he did not anticipate more lockdowns and that the vaccine passports would not be introduced in England, as the gov- B Dubai World Expo: No vax, testing required for visitors DUBAI: Visitors to Dubai’s World Expo won’t be required to provide Covid vaccination certificates or get tested to enter one of the world’s biggest in-person events since the pandemic began. The exhibition, expected to attract 25 million visits over six months, will though mostly require ernment depends instead on vaccines and testing to defend the public. “Now that we’re entering autumn and winter... the prime minister this week will be setting out our plans to manage Covid over the coming few months and in that we will be making it clear that our vaccine programme is working,” Sajid Javid said. people to keep their masks on and respect social distancing rules, a spokesperson said. Dubai, the business hub of the United Arab Emirates, is keen to show it’s up and running, after the pandemic hit hard an economy built on international commerce and finance. He said he was not “anticipating any more lockdowns” but would not take the measure off the table, that the government would not go ahead with vaccine passports to allow people to attend mass events and he wanted to “get rid of” PCR tests for travellers as soon as possible. Javid added the government would remain “cautious”, but “the vaccine programme, our testing programme, our surveillance programme, the new treatments ... this is all our wall of defence and whilst there’s a lot of virus around, it is working”. Britain, which has one of the highest official Covid-19 death tolls in the world, has seen the number of cases climb over the last few months after easing re- strictions in July, when the government first bet on vaccines to protect the public. The government was handed sweeping emergency powers in March 2020 with the introduction of the Coronavirus Act, which included measures to allow the authorities to bar protests, shut down businesses and restrict travel. The main opposition Labour Party said it agreed it was a “reasonable” approach to take some measures off the statute book but that lawmakers would study the detail of the proposals. “Obviously we will want to study the detail when it comes to Parliament because there have been huge concerns about the way in which the Coronavirus Act has been misused by the authorities,” Labour’s health policy chief Jonathan Ashworth said. of childless tribal couples THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The State government has tweaked an existing scheme to provide up to Rs 5 lakh for fertility treatment for childless couples of scheduled tribe community in Goa. ST community couples who fail to bear a child even after three years of marriage due to primary infertility or other medical reasons can avail the funds for treatment at government hospitals and other empanelled private hospitals. The financial assistance, up to a maximum of Rs 5 lakhs, includes the actual cost of treatment including diagnostic investigation, medicine, hospital admission, professional Couples where either the husband or the wife belongs to a Scheduled Tribe community are eligible to avail the scheme and no income limit is set fees of any specialist in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The Director of Tribal Welfare heads the committee empowered to empanel private hospitals or nursing homes for the scheme. The panel will also comprise Professor & Head of Gynecology Department of Goa Medical College, Chief Medical Officer of the Directorate of Health Services, Head of Gynecology from North Goa District Hospital, Head of Gynecology from South Goa District Hospital and the Deputy Director of Welfare as its Secretary. Private hospitals desirous of getting empanelled are required to apply and submit their financial-cum-medical proposals to the Director of Tribal Welfare. The empanelment will be for a period of five years. Only hospitals with at least two years of experience in IUI as well as IVF and having facilities in the same hospital are eligible but will have to have a record of at least 25 percent success rate. Couples where either the husband or the wife belongs to a Scheduled Tribe community are eligible to avail the scheme and no income limit is set.
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