log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 GOA Bypass on stilts: Activist moves HC MARGAO: After taking up the issue right at the National Green Tribunal (NGT), this Benaulim-based activist waging a battle against the construction of the western bypass sans stilts has now knocked the doors of the Bombay High Court. >> See pg 2 Congress petition on defector MLAs today PANAJI: A specially constituted bench of the high court of Bombay at Goa is scheduled to hear on September 15 the petition filed by Congress challenging Goa assembly speaker Rajesh Patnekar’s order dismissing the disqualification petition filed against 10 former MLAs who defected to the BJP in 2019. Delhi cops bust terror module, 6 arrested NEW DELHI: Delhi Police on Tuesday busted a terror module and arrested six people including two terrorists who were trained in Pakistan. Police also recovered explosives and firearms in this multi-state operation. 11 feared drowned in Amravati boat mishap AMRAVATI: At least 11 people were feared drowned after a boat capsized in Varada river in Maharashtra’s Amravati district on Tuesday, police said. Teams from the police and district disaster management authority have fished out three bodies so far, an official said. The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 88 GOA Opposition to garbage project at Shrishthal puts p’yat in dilemma Govt to hike monthly stipend of kids who lost parents to Covid ONUS NOW ON POLICE TO PROBE THE MANNER OF DEATH THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The mystery of the death of Siddhi Naik is getting deeper as there has been no clue regarding the actual ‘reason’ or ‘motive’ that may have led to her death, and so far, only the cause of death has been known, which is drowning. A three-member committee formed to look into the cause of Siddhi’s death has submitted its report to the Dean of Goa Medical College, Dr Shivanand Bandekar putting the onus of investigating the manner of death on the police. While Dr Wiseman Pinto, who led the three-member committee, declined to speak to The Goan on this particular issue, inside sources from GMC reveal that the report submitted by the said committee mentions the The death was due to aphasia There was no head injury, the hymen was intact, no injury marks on the outer genitals There were no visible marks of any injections on the body There was nothing in the stomach, no water, no fluid and no congestion (which is caused by alcohol or drugs) There were bruises on the lower part of the legs, above the ankles but they were on the front outer aspect, and not inner The body was floating in the water for three hours and the bruises could be the result of the body coming in contact with wooden logs, or bottles in the sea cause of death as ‘drowning’ and that the body of the deceased teenager had three superficial bruises. “The investigating police officer should investigate the manner of death, whether suicidal, accidental or homicidal,” a senior doctor said, Farmers’ protests: NHRC issues notices >> See pg 7 adding, “We have done our job, let police do theirs.” The report which is not yet out in the public domain, has not ruled out foul play, nor has pointed to it. “The death was due to aphasia. There was no head injury, the hymen was intact, no injury marks ONE WITH THE LORD! WEATHER >> Max: Min: Humidity: RAINFALL: 31 C 25 C 93 % 117.68 IN TIDES Low: High: 11.38 ---06.28 16.45 Video exposes lax Covid norms at Patradevi border Govt swings into action, tightens checks THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The State government on Tuesday said enhanced measures were being undertaken to check lapses in Covid protocols at the Patradevi check-post. Government swung into action after a video went viral showing a bus from Maharashtra entering the border without any checks on the necessary Covid certificates. Admitting to lapses at the check-post, North Goa District Collector Ajit Roy said that monitoring has now been tightened at Patradevi. The Collector has directed compulsory checking of all vehicles specially bus passengers as per the prevailing order. The officers on duty at the border have also been told to record details of all buses entering the State and number of passengers in the register every day from today, he said. 2 more die of Covid in Goa Menace of tar balls raises alarm bells over disposal Chief Secretary and the Managing Director, Goa IDC. In a statement, Monteiro pointed out that the GIDC had allotted approx. 38.5 lakh sq mts of lands which were acquired for setting up industrial estates in Verna Phase IV, Keri and Sancoale to SEZ promoters for setting up of SEZs in the State in 2006. >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 Govt gets notice on ‘secret’ bid to auction SEZ land at Verna MARGAO Saying that secret directions have been issued to auction the SEZ land at Verna, an appellant in the Supreme Court, Franky Monteiro has sent a legal notice to the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and others to desist from carrying out the auction. Pointing out that the order 8 the unclothed body would naturally have a doubt regarding the motive of the death, and whether any sexual assault had happened. The death was due to aphasia, but the manner of death is unclear. The police have to investigate the nature and manner of death, and why the body was semi-nude, and where the clothes were,” stated the doctor, on condition of anonymity. Asked why the viscera samples were not saved for chemical analysis to check if there was any suspicion of foul play or homicide, he said there was no special instruction from the investigating officer to GMC, so viscera was not preserved. “Usually, viscera is preserved in case of deaths of foreigners, as they are sexually active at a young age,” informed the source. MAPUSA Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday informed that senior BJP leaders including election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis will arrive in the State on September 20 to chalk out the strategy for the upcoming assembly polls. Sawant also maintained that BJP will storm back to power with a clear majority in the 2022 assembly elections in the State. “On my way back home from Gujarat, I met BJP’s election in-charge of Goa, Devendra Fadnavis and co-incharge Darshana Jardosh and discussed the ongoing political situation in the State with them,” Sawant said. “Fadnavis, Jardosh and Goa Observer C T Ravi will arrive in the State on September 20 to discuss and strategize for the forthcoming assembly elections in the State. They will be meeting the State party president, core committee and others while chalking out a road map for the elections,” he added. He said Goa will definitely benefit in a big way from the vast experience of former Maharashtra CM and present leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis who has overseen A family takes a selfie with Lord Ganesha during 5-day celebration on Tuesday. Narayan Pissurlenkar. of the Supreme Court dated January 10, 2011 had directed all parties to maintain status quo as of today, Monteiro said that any auction of the SEZ land in view of the secret directions issued by the government would amount to contempt of the court. Besides the Chief Minister, Monteiro claimed that the legal notice has been served on the Minister for Industries, Lasith Malinga announces retirement from all forms of cricket on the outer genitals, no visible marks of any injections on the body. There was nothing in the stomach, no water, no fluid and no congestion (which is caused by alcohol or drugs). That’s why the viscera were not preserved,” states the medical officer He said, “there were bruises on the lower part of the legs, above the ankles but they were on the front outer aspect, and not inner. The body was floating in the water for three hours and the bruises could be the result of the body coming in contact with wooden logs, or bottles in the sea.” According to the sources, the body came to the GMC mortuary at 9.20 am. The police then took it for inquest at 11.20 am and returned at 12.30 noon after completing it. The autopsy started at 2 pm. “It’s simple. The first look at THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK SPORTS Fadnavis coming on September 20 to chalk out poll strategy: Sawant ACCORDING TO A SENIOR DOCTOR NEW DELHI: The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council might on September 17, consider taxing petrol, diesel and other petroleum products under the single national GST regime. BEIJING: China on Tuesday hit out at the upcoming first-ever Quad summit to be hosted by US President Joe Biden, saying the formation of “cliques” targeting other countries “won’t be popular” and has “no future”. RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INDIA Petrol, diesel likely under GST ambit China slams quad summit as ‘clique’ Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday 3 2 6 Autopsy review team confirms Siddhi died due to drowning Margao outline Development Plan: all eyes on zone changes IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday PANAJI: The State recorded two more Covid deaths in the last 24 hours taking the toll to 3219. Two ladies, both 72-yearold succumbed to Covid. One of the deceased hails from Mandur while the other is from Paroda. The State also recorded 109 new Covid cases from the 6217 samples tested. With 92 recoveries, the active Covid count now stands at 717 and recovery rate at 97.75 per cent. Thousands of people travelled in over-packed buses during Ganesh Chaturthi leaving the State exposed to the threat of the virus with no proper checks at the borders. Scientist claims substance is carcinogenic THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Even as the State is grappling with the menace of tar balls hitting the coastal belt, the scientists and environmentalists have raised questions over the disposal of the oily substance. There are scientific studies that say the tar balls are carcinogenic in nature and are also dangerous to marine life. On Monday, Tourism Minister Babu Ajgaonkar had said the coastal belt in north and the south would be cleared of the tar balls within two days. Presently the beach cleaning agency employed by the Tourism Department is clearing the beaches of tar balls. However, it is not clear how this oily substance will be disposed. Former Scientist at National Institute of Oceanography Dr Antonio Mascarenhas raised alarm bells over the disposal saying the government should be serious on its handling as they were carcinogenic in nature. “Tapping and controlling source of these tar balls is beyond the scope of State. The central government can employ international agencies to tackle this menace and manage the tar balls on the shore”, Workers gather tar balls on a beach in North Goa on Tuesday. 760 bags of tar balls collected from North, South beaches PANAJI: With the tar ball menace gripping the coastline, Karnataka Commercial and Industrial Corporation Pvt. Ltd., (KCIC), the beach cleaning agency of the Department of Tourism, government of Goa has swung into action to clear the oily stuff. KCIC has collected approximately 760 bags of tar balls from the beaches of North and South Goa. “Tar balls being hazardous in nature have to be handled with caution by the beach cleaning staff. Further, with constant tides and monsoons, more and more tar balls keep getting washed ashore, even after cleaning is done”, a release said. he said. How the government is going to dispose these tar balls is the pertinent question which is coming in my mind Dr Mascarenhas said, adding there should be a proper scientific study for their disposal. Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral who was not very sure on the methods that would be employed to dispose the tar balls said, “these tar balls along other hazardous materials are buried deep at some secluded sites”. He, however, did not know where exactly the oily substance would be taken or buried at ground level as there were no clear cut SOPs for handling these. Lawyers must stop filing bogus Big drop in Covid antibodies in 4 months: Study PILs, warns Supreme Court ‘No effect on lungs of kids & teens’ AGENCIES PTI NEW DELHI It is about time that lawyers be stopped from filing “bogus PILs (Public Interest Litigation), stressed Supreme Court Justice DY Chandrachud today while chiding a practitioner for filing a “Publicity Interest Litigation” seeking compensation for families of those lawyers who died before the age of 60, whether by Covid or any other disease. Lawyer and petitioner Pradeep Kumar Yadav had sought 50 lakhs for such lawyer families, arguing that the government has been providing financial aid to other communities in the society amid the pandemic. Yadav’s plea commissioned Time has come that we have to stop lawyers from filing these bogus PILs. This is a Publicity Interest Litigation and just because you are in black coat, doesn’t mean your life is more precious than other — Supreme Court considerable criticism from the top court judge, who, while throwing out the request, reminded the lawyer that his case can’t be treated as an exception just because he is in a “black coat”. “Time has come that we have to stop the lawyers from filing these bogus PILs. This is a Publicity Interest Litigation and just because you are in black coat, doesn’t mean your life is more precious than other!” the top court said. “It cannot happen that lawyers file such public interest litigations and demand for compensation from judges and that they will allow. You know there are a lot of people who died. You can’t be an exception here, Yadav,” Justice Chandrachud-led bench added. Yadav had argued that as all courts are not working, the very survival of the lawyers and their staff is severely affected. He further contended that faced with acute financial hardships and without any help, the lawyers are gravitating to other professions for survival. BHUBANESWAR study of 614 fully vaccinated health workers in India found a “significant” drop in their Covid-fighting antibodies within four months of the first shot. The findings could help the Indian government decide whether to provide booster doses as some Western countries have done. Waning antibodies do not necessarily mean that immunised people lose their ability to counter the disease, as the body’s memory cells may still kick in to offer substantial protection, said the director of a state-run institute that did the study. “After six months, we should be able to tell you more clearly whether and when a booster would be A NEW DELHI: A study has claimed that there is no impact on the working ability of lungs in children and teenagers who contracted covid-19. The infection has not affected the functioning of the lungs and they are working the same way. The lungs of teenagers and children are safe even after Covid infection, the latest research showed. However, the lungs of children and teenagers, who had severe coronavirus infection, have been badly affected. needed,” Sanghamitra Pati of the Regional Medical Research Centre, based in the eastern city of Bhubaneswar said. “And we would urge similar studies in different areas for pan-India data.” British researchers said last month that protection offered by two doses of the Pfizer/ BioNTech and the AstraZeneca vaccines begins to fade within six months. The Indian study, published in the Research Square pre-print platform but yet to be peer-reviewed, is one of the first such done in the country involving its main two vaccines -- Covishield, a licensed version of the Astra- Zeneca shot, and domestically developed Covaxin. Health officials say though they are studying the evolving science on booster doses, the priority is to fully immunise India’s 944 million adults. More than 60% of them have received at least one dose and 19% the required two doses. A new research claims that the possibility of lung damage due to the novel coronavirus infection among youth is very less. According to the paper if corona infection has occurred at a very young age it will not affect the working capacity of the lungs. The researcher Dr Ida Mogensen of Karolinska Institute in Sweden says that even the asthma patients had no impact on the functioning of lungs after Covid infection. Although they had trouble breathing, the working ability of the lungs was not affected. The study conducted in Stockholm included young people of average age 22 years — those born between 1994 and 1996. Before Corona, between 2016 and 2019, many types of tests were done on these people. Between October 2020 and May 2021, they contracted the infection. Following the virus, lung function tests were conducted. Along with this, eosinophils and inflammation tests were also done. Eosinophils is a part of the immune system. Among 661 infected people, antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 were formed in the blood of 178. The test has proved that the working ability of the lungs, after recovering from corona infection, remained the same as before.
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