log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 GOA Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 8 pages PRICE ` 6 IDC to e-auction 31 prime Verna plots PANAJI: Goa Infrastructure Development Corporation has invited Request for Bid (RFB) for e-tender cum e-auction of 31 prime industrial plots on leasehold basis at Verna on long term lease basis. The plot sizes vary from 1506 sq mts to 45,000 sq mts. Mapusa dist hospital to be upgraded MAPUSA: The blood component separation machine has been installed in the North Goa District Hospital, Mapusa, Health Minister said even as he assured that the State government was planning to upgrade the hospital. He also said that the district hospital will get a full-fledged ICU facility and a separate cardiac OPD soon. >> See pg 3 20% adults are fully vaccinated: Govt NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry said 20 per cent of India’s eligible population have received both the doses of vaccine against Covid-19 and said while infections cases have decreased in Kerala, Mizoram has emerged as a state of concern. Heavy downpour in UP, seven killed KANPUR: At least seven people were killed in parts of Uttar Pradesh as rains lashed the region, with some areas witnessing heavy downpour for the last 24 hours. Low-lying areas were inundated and power lines snapped due to uprooting of trees in several areas. France troops gun down ISIS head PARIS: The head of ISIS in the Greater Sahara, who was wanted for deadly attacks on US soldiers and foreign aid workers, has been killed in an operation by French troops. Adnan Walid al-Sahrawi was “neutralised by French forces”, President Emmanuel Macron tweeted. Two boys find crores in their accounts PATNA: Residents of a village in Bihar’s Katihar rushed to ATMs and banks to check their account statement after two school boys suddenly found their accounts laden with over Rs 900 crore. WEATHER >> Max: 31.2 C Min: 24.9 C Humidity: 88% RAINFALL: 118.22 IN TIDES Low: High: 01:25 14:42 08:49 20:04 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 90 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEWS 20 hotspots identified to lift stray cattle from roads on priority In last 2 yrs, M’rashtra registers max anti-corruption cases in country FINANCIAL HELP FOR 71 DIALYSIS PATIENTS TOO THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In a quaint move, the Goa Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai on Thursday announced that financial aid will be given from his discretionary purse to as many as 71 old-age homes, orphanages and such institutions. Why 71? The number could be linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday -- the seventy-first on Friday. Pillai also said that 71 persons suffering from renal failure will get financial assistance for their dialysis treatment. The money for these charitable initiatives will be drawn from the Governor’s discretionary fund. In his message on the eve of FROM GOVERNOR WITH LOVE Financial aid from Gov’s discretionary purse to 71 old-age homes, orphanages and such institutions 71 persons with renal failure to get financial assistance for dialysis treatment Those interested need to apply with personal details and institutions must list their activities Modi’s birthday, Pillai said: “The country is blessed to have such a visionary leader devoted to the nation’s service and welfare of the people.” Pillai, who took over as Governor of Goa a couple of months ago, also praised the Prime Minister for his ‘brilliant’ pandemic management and his ideas for a fully-developed India, ie “Atma Nirbhar Bharat”. Those interested in the aid offered by the Governor need to apply with their personal details and institutions must list their activities. For the dialysis treatment, the applicants must mention the hospital at which the treatment is being taken and all applications must be addressed to the Governor’s secretary and reach the Raj Bhavan by September 30. The 71 beneficiaries in each of the two categories will be picked on a first-come-first-serve basis. BJP plans 20-day birthday programme THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA The Bharatiya Janata Party has planned a series of welfare activities for 20 days from Sept 17 on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday and his completion of 20 years in public life. Announcing the programme from the party headquarters on Thursday, State BJP President Sadanand Tanavde said various events have been planned all over the State from Sept 17 to Oct 7. “To mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two decades in public service, the BJP will organise a 20-day ‘Seva and Samarpan’,” Tanavde said. “40,000 postcards will be mailed to the PM praising his contribution in public life. Party workers at booth level will be involved in holding various programmes around the State,” he added. The entire 20-day programme will be coordinated by BJP leader Damu Naik who has been selected as the convenor of the event and >Continued on P5 RFO who ‘fired-in-air’ gets 3 transfer orders in 50 days Officers say such transfers are demoralizing THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI There has been growing disquiet among forest officers in the State ever since Range Forest Officer (RFO) Narayan Prabhudesai, accused of firing in the air during clashes with locals in Sattari, was given three transfer orders within barely 50 days. They have claimed that such transfer orders have not only demoralised the forest officers, but have also sent the wrong signal to those who do their duty with dedication despite the pressures, risks and challenges. An order to transfer Prabhudesai along with five other RFOs was issued on July 13 and Prabhudesai was transferred from the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary to the Campal forest area. However, another order was issued on August 26 to Locals confronting Mhadei wildlife sanctuary staff at Bandirwada-Savarde in Sattari on May 12. (File photo) keep the transfer order in abeyance. Another order was then issued on September 1 to transfer Prabhudesai from the Mhadei wildlife range to the Collem wildlife range. “Such transfers amount to harassment of a sincere officer who is doing his duty by risking his life to protect the forest. If the department does not protect us, how are we to do our duty without any fear,” questioned a forest officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity. A member of the All Goa Forest Executive Employees Association (AGFEEA) said the forest department has few officers who are sincere in their duty. “If such action takes place in future, it will send a wrong signal and these officers will hesitate to do their duty with dedication.” >Continued on P5 Goa airport first in country to install latest technology for flight safety THE GOAN I NETWORK VASCO he Goa Airport at Dabolim has become the first airport in the country to have installed the latest Doppler Very High Frequency Omni Range (DVOR) system for safe navigation of flights. Goa Airport on Thursday tweeted that joint efforts has led to successful replacement, installation and flight calibration work for new DVOR, High Power Distance Measuring Instrument (HP-DME) and Low Power Distance Measuring Instrument (LP-DME - Mopiens, South Korea) for enhanced safe operations. When contacted, Airport Director Gagan Malik said the Goa Airport is the first Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday 3 2 It’s PM’s b’day; aid to orphanages from Gov GOA Farmers’ war cry: Restore agri zone status as existed in 2006 Margao ODP IN SHORT >> The Goan (Playstore) T The latest Doppler Very High Frequency Omni Range system installed at Dabolim airport. airport in India to install the latest technology in the DVOR system. “These products are from South Korea and have been recently imported. We have upgraded the DVOR which was ten years old and the entire project was taken up at an approximate cost of Rs 5 crore,” said Malik. “The DVOR is a standard International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) groundbased radio navigational aid that provides bearing information to aircraft to define air traffic control routes for en-route, terminal and instrument approach/ departure procedures.” “Basically, DVOR gives information on routes positions and emits signals to aircraft and this helps aircraft understand that they are on the right route. Whenever an aircraft has to land, they have to follow a route procedure and the flight has to position its landing route after coming into the DVOR system and if the flight does not get the DVOR, they will face issues in landing.” The moment the aircraft comes in touch with the DVOR signal, the aircraft gets confirmation that it is on the right route formation in the sky and that they are going to land at the right position, explained the airport director. “Every aircraft in and around the airport or flying above the airport get confirmation through this system that they >Continued on P5 Centre outlines ‘Bad Bank’ plan to tackle NPAs, okays guarantee of ` 0,600 cr 3 PTI NEW DELHI Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced that the Union Cabinet has approved the government’s guarantee for the National Asset Reconstruction Company. The idea of having a bad bank was first mooted by Nirmala Sitharaman in the Budget of 2020-2021. A ‘bad bank’ is a bank that buys the bad loans of other lenders and financial institutions to help clear their balance sheet. “The Union Cabinet has cleared government guarantee up to Rs 30,600 crore for security receipts to be issued by NARCL or bad bank. The move for setting up the NARCL is in line with 4Rs -- recognition, resolution, recapitalisation, reforms,” Sitharaman said. She also added that the government has addressed issues in the banking sector that were staring us in the face in 2015. The proposed bad bank or NARCL will pay up to 15 per cent of the agreed value for the loans in cash and the remaining 85 per cent would be government-guaranteed security receipts. The government guarantee would be invoked if there is loss against the threshold value. 7 8 SPORTS Kohli to step down as India’s T20 captain after World Cup 68 unreported Covid deaths counted now THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In another goof-up in the number of Covid deaths, 68 additional deaths that occurred during August 2020 to June 2021, which were allegedly reported late from South Goa District Hospital, were added to the Covid mortality count. The Directorate of Health Services announced this in its daily media bulletin of Covid statistics saying with this addition, the mortality count that was 3,219 on September 14 jumped to 3,289 on September 15. The State meanwhile, reported nil Covid deaths in the last 24 hours even as 95 new positive cases were reported. On Thursday, a total 2,305 more people were vaccinated for Covid in Goa with first dose and 10,534 with second dose. 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