log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 Teltumbde challenges UAPA bail provisions PANAJI: Goa-based academic and author Anand Teltumbde, who is among dozen intellectuals incarcerated in the phoney Bhima Koregaon case, has challenged the bail provisions of the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). >> See pg 3 Charges framed in Dabholkar case PUNE: A special court in Pune on Wednesday framed charges against five accused, four of them under anti-terror Act UAPA, in the 2013 murder case of anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar, and all of them pleaded not guilty. Tata Sons, SpiceJet submit bids for AI NEW DELHI: Tata Sons and SpiceJet have officially submitted their respective bids for the Air India sale on Wednesday. The bidding process has now moved to the concluding stage. Aviation Ministry had earlier made it clear that September 15 deadline for the process is fixed and will not change. Covid will become endemic: Expert The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 89 A call to protect the Ozone Layer IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday GOA 6 Margao paralysed for 2 long hours by power failures 2 NEW DELHI: Nearly 77 rape cases were reported across India on an average every day in 2020, totalling to 28,046 such incidents during the year, the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data issued on Wednesday showed. WEATHER >> Max: 31.2 C Min: 25.4 C Humidity: 90 % RAINFALL: 118.11 IN TIDES Low: High: 0:17 8:03 3:34 18:46 GOA Centre asked to act against those creating pollution in deep sea 3 ■ SLAMS OPPOSITION CRITICISM, ASKS THEM TO SUPPORT THE VACCINATION DRIVE INSTEAD ■ TIKA UTSAV 3.2 KICKS OFF TODAY THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Referring to the data of the Union Ministry of health on the vaccination programme in the State, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said 102 per cent of people in Goa have been vaccinated with the first dose and the focus now was to cover 100 per cent of Goans with double dose vaccination by October 31. Sawant also said, on Wednesday, that the Tika Utsav 3.2 will kick off on Thursday (Sept 16) and asked the opposition to ensure that people come out and get vaccinated instead of criticizing the government at the drop of a hat. “I want to tell the oppo- OUT OF 10 COVID DEATHS LAST WEEK, NINE WERE NOT VACCINATED: CM MAPUSA: Stressing on the significance of taking jabs, Chief Minister Pramod Sawnt informed that out of the 10 Covid deaths that were reported last week, nine of the deceased had not even taken the first dose. “We want to reduce the mortality rate and therefore it’s important for people to get vaccinated,” Sawant said. He said the Goa Medical College and Hospital has made special provisions to vaccinate people who have co-morbidities or for the aged or those who have some other conditions. “Those who fear should approach the GMC where special provisions have been made to conduct the vaccination under strict supervision,” he said. sition that we don’t tell lies but we want people to get involved in the Tika Utsav and get vaccinated. Instead of criticizing the government, they (opposition) should take part in the Tika Utsav and save people’s lives,” Sawant said while addressing the media in Porvorim. Health Minister, Vishwajit Rane, Dean of Goa Medical College and Hospital, Dr Shivanand Bandekar and Di- ON PAGE 3 PM to interact with Goans on Sept 18 Govt has not utilized money from mining fund: Sawant rector of Health Services, Dr Jose D’Sa were also present. The opposition, some days ago, had slammed the CM’s claim of 100 percent vaccination of Goans as a “pack of lies.” Quoting from the data of the Union Ministry of Health, Government of India, the CM said 11.66 lakh people out of a total population of around 15 lakh are eligible for vaccina- Record 44 score 100 percentile in JEE-Main exam NOT A ROSY PICTURE PTI Gaganyaan likely in early 2023: Govt 77 rapes daily in 2020: Report RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 CM plays up the vaccination numbers, says it’s 102 pc NEW DELHI: Covid will start becoming endemic in India in the next six months, said Sujeet Singh, the Director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), asserting that a new variant can’t alone bring a third wave of infections. NEW DELHI: India’s Gaganyaan’ mission is likely to be launched by the end of 2022 or early 2023, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. The mission, originally scheduled for a launch by 2022, was delayed due to coronavirus pandemic. >> See pg 7 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday The Caranzalem beach was littered with flowers after the fifth day of Ganesh visarjan on Tuesday night. CCP workers cleared the waste on Wednesday morning. Narayan Pissurlenkar Siddhi’s father insists his daughter was murdered THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI A day after a three-member medical review committee re-confirmed that 19-yearold Siddhi Naik died due to drowning, while also confirming three superficial bruises on her body, the deceased’s father Sandeep has once again insisted her daughter had been murdered. Sandeep Naik, who met the Director-General of Police on Wednesday, later addressed a press conference with social activist Tara Kerkar in Panaji, where he said that the police should now find who murdered his daughter. “I know my daughter has been murdered. The police should probe properly. How did my daughter land up on the beach? Who dumped her there? When was the body dumped? I want justice,” Naik told reporters. Siddhi, a resident of Nachinola village in North Goa, was missing since the morning of August 12 after which a missing complaint was filed by her father at a local police station. A post-mortem had ruled out any sexual assault and >Continued on P5 NEW DELHI Seven candidates from the national capital have scored 100 percentile in JEE-Main with two of them sharing the top rank with 16 others from different parts of the country, according to the result announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Ruchir Bansal, a student of Sanskriti School, Chankyapuri, is among the top rankers. A record 44 candidates have scored 100 percentile in the engineering entrance exam JEE-Main this year while 18 candidates have shared the top rank. Last year, 24 candidates had scored 100 percentile. Starting this year, Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)-Main was conducted four times a year to offer flexibility to students and a chance to improve their scores. Twenty candidates have been debarred from appearing in future exams for a period of three years due to use of unfair means and their results have also been withheld. Over 9.34 lakh candidates appeared in four editions of JEE-Main. A total of 2.52 lakh common candidates had appeared for all four editions. A total of 6.58 lakh male candidates had appeared for the exam while the number of female candidates appearing for the exam was 2.80 lakh. tion in the State. “We have vaccinated 11,88,891 people with the first dose which is 102 percent while 5,02,144 have received the second dose which is 43.07 percent,” he said. He further informed that approximately 1,70,00 people were due for the second dose as of Wednesday and if they got vaccinated then the percentage of second dose would cross 60 pe rcent. He, however, admitted that the government cannot compel a person to get vaccinated. Sawant informed that the Tika Utsav 3.2 starts on September 16 and will go on continuously for the next eight days. >Continued on P5 8 SPORTS Champions League: Bayern drub Barca for first loss after Messi era Govt notifies Tamnar double-circuit line THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Goa government’s electricity department has gone ahead with notifying the alignment for a double-circuit line from Mollem to Collem which will eventually link the controversial Tamnar project to the intra-State grid. The notification identifies eighteen “tentative” survey numbers in Mollem and 17 “tentative” survey numbers in Collem covering the alignment through which the 110 KV double-circuit transmission line has been planned from Mollem to Collem village. “Due to difficulties experienced by field staff of the Electricity Department in obtaining detailed survey description, only the names of villagers and tentative survey number and sub-division number through which the 110 KV Double Circuit Line is likely to pass have been indicated,” states the notification issued by Executive Engineer of the Electricity Department’s Division III at Curti-Ponda. The notification also asserts that all powers conferred on the Electricity Department by section 154 of the Electricity Act, 2003, which the telegraphic authorities possess under Part III of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, will be invoked. The notice also states that the map showing the alignment is available for inspection at various government offices including the two district collectors, Sub-division Office at Dharbandora, the mamlatdars of Dharbandora, Sanguem and Curti and Electricity department offices at Curti-Ponda, Sanvordem, Margao and also the department’s headquarters at Panaji. >Continued on P5 Pao dearer by rupee one, now to cost ` 5 per unit BAKERS CLAIM OUTSIDERS RULING 90 PER CENT OF THE BIZ, BUT QUALITY OF BREAD PATHETIC THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO The humble pao will now become dearer by one rupee from October 2 as the All Goa Bakers’ and Confectioners’ Association has announced the hike in the price of the common man’s early morning bread to Rs 5 per unit. While the pao weighing 50 grams will be sold in retail at Rs five per unit, the bakers will sell Pao in the wholesale market at Rs four. “The bakers have been left with no option but to effect the marginal hike. Our business and occupation is on the verge of collapse. It may even become extinct in the coming years,” asserted Association President Peter Fernandes, while addressing the media in the city here on Wednesday. Maintaining that pao was available in the market for Rs 4 in the retail market over the last seven years, Peter said the bakers are forced to effect hike taking into account the high production cost, including cost of firewood, encroachment into the business by outside bakers etc. “Pao and bakery business are no more profitable. Be- A baker sells bread behind the MMC building in Margao. Santosh Mirajkar cause of this situation, our children are migrating to the UK and changing their occupations”, he added. Making a fervent plea to the government and the elected representatives to intervene and protect the traditional occupation, Peter has warned that the Goan pao will become extinct in the coming years. Talking about the competition the traditional occupation is facing from outside bakers, Peter said people from outside are setting up shops in the state and selling cheap bread. “The bhumiputra bakers bring out a quality product, but these bakers from outside sell bread at a cheap rate without maintaining the quality,” he said, lamenting that bakers from outside the state are now setting up shop in the villages. He added: “Almost 90 per cent of the business is now run by outsiders. Even the remaining bakers are on the verge of going out of business. The traditional bakers are facing a host of issues. They need protection from the government,” he added. Lamenting that the government has not acted on their charter of demands submitted in January last, Peter said the government should come out >Continued on P5 Don’t cherry-pick names for High Court orders demolition of hotel in Siolim tribunals: SC slams Centre Calangute sarpanch pulled THE GOAN I NETWORK AGENCIES NEW DELHI Supreme Court on Wednesday said that the Centre was cherry-picking in choosing persons as tribunal members across the nation, and asked it to make appointments in two weeks. “We are a democratic country. You have to follow the rule of law,” Chief Justice N V Ramana said during the hearing in a series of sharp remarks. “I have seen the NCLT (National Company Law Tribunal) appointments.... more recommendations were made. But in (the) appointments, cherry-picking was done. What kind of selection is this? And the same thing (has been) done with (the) ITAT (Income Tax Appellate Tribunal) members also. We are very unhappy with how the decisions are being taken,” the Chief Justice said. “I am also part of the NCLT Selection Committee. We interviewed 544 people... out of which we gave the names of 11 judicial members and 10 technical members. From all of these recommendations, only some of them were appointed by the government... rest of the names went to (the) wait list,” he added. To this, Attorney General KK Venugopal replied: “The government is entitled to not follow certain recommendations”. The Chief Justice underscored that the government’s approach “is very unfortunate”. “We travelled throughout the country to conduct interviews. We wasted our time? We travelled in the midst of Covid because the government (had) requested us to carry out the interviews,” he said. A three-judge bench of Chief Justice Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice L Nageswara Rao was hearing the matter. PANAJI he Bombay High Court at Goa has ordered the prompt demolition of a hotel built on government land in Siolim that also violated the CRZ notification. Hearing a petition filed by one Alex Pereira, who approached the High Court alleging that despite the GCZMA directing the demolition of the structures and directing the violators to pay Rs 5-lakh per illegal structure, the North Goa Collector had failed to implement the orders. Pereira alleged that the violators have usurped the Government land and thereafter without obtaining any permissions from the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) proceeded to construct a hotel/resort T COURT OBSERVATIONS This is a matter where admittedly no permissions were obtained from the GCZMA even though a resort was put up in the CRZ area Government land cannot be usurped or encroached upon or frittered away for business activities The environment cannot be degraded in this manner by putting up a resort in an eco-sensitive CRZ area thereon. “This is a matter where admittedly no permissions were obtained from the GCZMA even though a resort was put up in the CRZ area. Respondents have taken their calculated chances and now that their illegalities have been discovered, there is no question of any further indulgence. Besides, this is a case where the orders made by the authorities record that the resort has been put up in Government land and over an eco-sensitive area affected by CRZ,” the High Court bench of Justices M S Sonak and M S Jawalkar, said. “In such circumstances, even assuming that there are any powers for regularization, there would be no question of entertaining such representations. The Government ON PAGE 3 up for CRZ violations Reply why forensic lab not fully functional: HC land cannot be usurped or encroached upon or frittered away in this manner to assist Respondent Nos 9 and 10 for their business activities. Similarly, the environment cannot be degraded in this manner by putting up a resort in the eco-sensitive CRZ area without bothering to obtain any permissions from GCZMA,” the High Court said. “Despite the order of the GCZMA attaining finality on account of dismissal of the appeal by the NGT, none of the statutory authorities took steps to either seal the structures or to demolish the same so that the Government land can be restored to its original position at the earliest. According to us, there is no explanation as to why this was not done,” the High Court bench of Justices M S Sonak and M S Jawalkar said. The State Advocate General Devidas Pangam assured the court that the structures will be sealed immediately and demolished within a period of four weeks. “Accordingly, the structures at the site will have to be sealed by tomorrow. If there is any electricity or water connection granted, the same will have to be forthwith disconnected. Further, the demolition will have to be completed within four weeks from today so that the site is restored to its original position,” the Court said.
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