log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 GOA Sonsodo scare: Trash filling to the brim of plant once again Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 12 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 92 2 GOA Sawant’s wife must pressurise him to probe Siddhi case: Cong 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEWS Iran looks east as SCO okays entry Dice can roll: Casinos to open from Monday ■ ONLY 50% CAPACITY WILL BE ALLOWED ■ ENTRY ONLY TO FULLY VACCINATED STAFF, CUSTOMERS & THOSE HAVING RTPCR REPORTS (Feature section Pgs 9 to 12) On-Topic How much will our oceans warm & cause sea levels to rise this century By Kewei Lyu, John Church, Xuebin Zhang Mental Fitness Destination happiness By Aditi Tendulkar The Healthy Goan Cure spondylosis with exercises By Dr Rohan Fonseca Food Understanding an Ectopic Pregnancy By Dr Emanuel Gracias Car Review Tata Tigor EV: Safe, Clean Electric By Ritesh Madhok Life Vastu tips for cash, jewellery & safe locker By Agnelo Pires Honest Film Review By Melba Vaz, A V Fernandes and S Haldankar IN SHORT >> 2 more die of Covid, 123 new cases PANAJI: Goa recorded two more Covid deaths on Saturday, taking the total toll to 3292. The positivity rate was 2.18 per cent with 123 of the 5629 samples testing positive. With 81 recoveries, the active covid count stands at 771. MP Babul Supriyo joins Trinamool KOLKATA: Blowing hot and cold for several weeks after being dropped from the Modi government, BJP MP Babul Supriyo sprang a surprise on Saturday when he joined West Bengal’s ruling TMC and asserted he will work for the development of the state. >> See pg 6 Indianise legal system: CJI BENGALURU: Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Saturday said Indianisation of the country’s legal system is the need of the hour and it is crucial to make the justice delivery system more accessible and effective. >> See pg 6 No need for Covid booster: Experts NEW DELHI: The country’s top medical experts said India should not think of providing booster doses at this stage when about 40 per cent of the eligible population is yet to receive the first dose. They said vulnerable people, those with co-morbidities, may be considered for additional shots on a “case by case basis”. >> See pg 6 Mumbai on alert ahead of visarjan MUMBAI: Mumbai Police are on high alert and security has been tightened across the city for the 10th and last day of immersion of Ganesh idols on Sunday, especially in the wake of recent arrests of terror suspects, an official >> See pg 6 said. WEATHER >> Max: 32C Min: 25C Humidity: 88 % RAINFALL: 118.48 IN TIDES Low: High: 3:28 10:20 16:11 22:11 THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA / PANAJI After getting a green signal from the State Task Force on Covid management, the State government on Saturday took the gamble to start operation of casinos from Monday (Sept 20) with 50 per cent capacity. Allied tourism-related activities such as river cruises, spas and massage parlours will also be allowed to function with half the capacity but nightclubs and EDMs will have to wait for some more time. “The members of the task force met and found the Covid infection positivity rate below two percent. After taking all aspects into consideration the government decided to start tourism-related activities in the State with 50 per cent capacity. Casinos, river cruises, spas and massage parlours will start from Monday,” Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant said. However, music shows including electronic dance music (EDMs) and nightclubs will THE BIG GAMBLE According to Dr Shekhar Salkar, a member of the task force, the Covid situation is under control in the State Casino operations will begin from Monday with 50 per cent capaicty Allied tourism-related activities such as river cruises, spas and massage parlours will also be allowed to function, also with half the capacity Nightclubs and EDMs will have to wait for some more time to receive the nod Electronic dance music (EDMs) will also have to wait for favourable decision on starting not be allowed yet, he said. He further said that all the customers visiting the casinos and other allied tourism-related activities will have to be either fully vaccinated or produce their RTPCR report. The CM said that no decision has been taken on re-opening of schools in the State. “The expert committee will meet again and take an appropriate decision on reopening of schools,” Sawant said. Earlier in the day, the State’s Task Force on Covid said it was okay to open up casinos and nightclubs from Monday and suggested the government open up most economic activities. According to Dr Shekhar Salkar, a member of the task force, the Covid situation is under control in the State which is the reason why the government has been advised Punjab CM resigns ahead of polls, cites humiliation AGENCIES NEW DELHI Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh resigned on Saturday even as the Congress strained to find a successor to the ‘Captain’ ahead of the Assembly polls next year. Amarinder Singh maintained that he had been “humiliated” by the Congress, while party sources said he was increasingly becoming unpopular and had also ruffled feathers by reportedly requesting the party high command to drop as many as 60 sitting MLAs in the next elections. CAPT AMARINDER: THE MAN WHO PUT CONGRESS BACK ON SADDLE IN PUNJAB >> See pg 6 Among the successors being considered were senior leaders Pratap Singh Bajwa, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Ravneet Singh Bittu and Sunil Jhakar. While Amarinder has quit as CM, chances of him re- >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 NEW DELHI: With Amarinder Singh’s departure, the fissures in the Congress have now come to the fore. The high command believes replacing Amarinder Singh is the only way the Congress can rescue an election that is becoming difficult although Congress is in pole position in the State following the farmers’ agitation against the three farm laws. The BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal are discredited and the Aam Aadmi Party — which had won 19 seats in the 117-member Assembly in the 2017 elections — does not have the organisational structure or a CM candidate. 8 Fully vaccinated Goa could lead tourism revival: Modi Asserts Centre poised to revive inbound tourism THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered a ray of hope to the tourism industry in the state and said that a 100 per cent vaccinated Goa could lead the country in reviving the tourism industry in the country. Modi, who interacted with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant as well as senior citizens, health workers, among other Goans via video conference, also said that the central government was poised to revive inbound tourism in the country. “The Central government is taking steps to welcome foreign tourists again. The government has decided to give five lakh tourists free visas. Travel and tourism stakeholders will be given loans up to Rs 10 lakh with a 100 per cent guarantee by the government,” Modi said during the interaction. “Tourist guides are being given the facility of taking a loan of up to Rs 1 lakh... In the future too, the Central government will be ready to help those who take the tourism sector forward,” the Prime Minister also said. Linking vaccination to livelihood, Modi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the healthcare workers and beneficiaries of the Covid vaccination programme in Goa via conferencing from New Delhi on Saturday. PTI GOA IS NOT JUST A STATE, BUT A STRONG EMBODIMENT OF BRAND INDIA: PM >> See pg 3 the two jabs were not just insurance against Covid infection and ill-health alone. “India’s vaccination drive is not a cover for health, but a cover for livelihood too. It is important that tourism destinations open as soon as possible. The ‘Char Dham’ yatra will begin soon in Uttarakhand. Goa’s 100 per cent vaccination will become important to revive the tourism sector. If hotel industry workers, taxi driv- ers, hawkers, shopkeepers are vaccinated, it will give peace of mind to the visiting tourists,” Modi said, while pointing out that Goa was one of the “select group of tourist destinations” with 100 per cent vaccination coverage (first dose). But Modi also advised against any slackness while dealing with the pandemic. “Domestic and international tourists can take pleasure in coming here... Numbers have come down, but we still cannot take this virus lightly. You will get as many tourists and travellers depending on how much importance you give to safety and hygiene,” the Prime Minister said. THE GOAN I NETWORK “As far as my future politics is concerned, there is always Clear fissures in the party come to fore IPL returns as CSK take on MI in Dubai tonight Physical classes ADIEU BAPPA in Goa may begin from Oct PANAJI For the first time in 18 months, students of classes IX to XII will likely have the opportunity to get back to school, physically. The State’s Task Force on Covid-19 which met on Saturday has reportedly opined that it is conducive to begin classes in the offline (physical) mode from October in High Schools and Higher Secondary Schools. However, a final call on when (schedule) and how to start the physical classes and what standard operating procedures to stipulate for school managements to strictly follow is expected to be taken next week when the State’s Task Force meets again on September 24. Dr Shekhar Salkar, who is a member of the Task Force, told the media that classes for students in standards IX to XII may start from October 4. He said, the Covid cases in Goa are under control and the Task force on Covid will Captain Amarinder Singh speaks to the media after submitting his resignation to Governor Purohit Banwarilal at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Saturday. PTI maining with the Congress are slim although he himself maintained that he is still with the party. to commence all economic activities. Minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi hinted at a new dawn of tourism amid the pandemic, Ports Minister Michael Lobo was the first off the block demanding resumption of casinos in the coastal state. “Goa economic activity will increase with re-opening of casinos. Our request is that the casino activity should start as soon as possible in the interest of tourism,” the Calangute MLA told reporters soon after Modi’s address. Lobo argued that the Captain of Ports, which functions under his portfolio, had granted permissions for resumption of leisure boating services. Casinos, which in recent years, have been emerging as one of the leading attractions of Goa’s tourism sector, have been shut since May 9 when the State government shut down almost all economic activity in the wake of the devastating second wave of infections. 7 SPORTS A Ganesh idol being taken for immersion in Panaji as the nine days of Chaturthi celebrations in State came to an end on Saturday. Narayan Pissurlenkar No govt proposal for BSNL to improve net coverage: RTI THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI With network connectivity issues plaguing students pursuing online classes during the pandemic, the State government had said efforts were afoot to resolve the issue by boosting internet coverage in the State. However, information obtained under RTI has revealed that there has not been a single proposal for the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to erect new towers. Responding to an RTI query sought about upcoming proposals for the erection of new mobile towers, the office of the principal general manager of BSNL Goa replied that there is no proposal of expansion as of now. To another question, the BSNL office replied that there are only 240 active mobile >Continued on P5 Swiggy, Zomato to collect 5% GST from Jan 1, 2022 SC: Disburse `25 cr for AGENCIES NEW DELHI ood delivery apps like Swiggy and Zomato will collect five per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) from consumers instead of the restaurant they pick up orders from, starting 1 January 2022. However, customers will not have to pay extra for getting their food delivered. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made the announcement on Friday, 17 September, after the meeting of the GST Council in Lucknow. The Council has made the decision for ease in tax administration. Sitharaman said that the customer would be “the point on which tax will be collected by the gig groups Swiggy F and others.” These apps are registered as Tax Collected at Source or TCS in GST records presently. Revenue secretary Tarun Bajaj was quick to clarify that the customer would not be impacted adversely by the change. He said that there was no new tax being levied, but a simple transfer of the GST collection point. Bajaj explained that instead of GST being levied on restaurants, who then submit it to the government, the tax would be collected from the consumers and paid to the authorities. According to Bajaj, the decision was made to prevent “revenue leakage” by unregistered restaurants. Food delivery aggregators like Zomato and Swiggy do not do a mandatory registration check NO IMPACT ON CUSTOMERS Revenue secretary Tarun Bajaj was quick to clarify that the customer would not be impacted adversely by the change He said that there was no new tax being levied, but a simple transfer of the GST collection point on food delivery suppliers on their app. The analysis of returns filed by the delivery apps and some Haryana restaurant services indicated a gap in taxable turnover for suppliers, implying tax evasion on the part of some restaurants. The analysis showed cases, where the TCS deducted by a delivery app, was more than turnover declared by such suppliers. According to estimates, the alleged underreporting by food delivery aggregators has caused the Exchequer a loss of Rs 2,000 crores in the last two years. The GST Council also made other significant announcements. Sitharaman was firm that petrol and diesel would not be brought under the ambit of GST presently. In other announcements, the GST was waived on import of certain highly expensive medicines for muscular atrophy. The concessional GST rates on drugs used in treating COVID-19 treatment was extended till 31 December. Maha Covid orphans PTI NEW DELHI The Supreme Court is in favour of disbursing the over Rs 25 crore deposited by the Maharashtra government in the apex court registry five years ago to children who lost both parents during the Covid pandemic in the state. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna noted earlier this week that the state has about 19,000 children who lost a parent due to Covid-19 and 593 who lost both their parents. Maharashtra, one of the worst affected states during the second wave of pandemic earlier this year, had depos- ited the money in the apex court registry in an old matter related to medical college admissions. The Supreme Court noted that the government of Maharashtra formulated a policy on June 17, 2021, envisaging that Rs 5 lakh be placed in fixed deposit for children who lost both their parents due to the pandemic and the money will be payable to them after they attain the age of maturity. The amount of Rs 20 crore which was deposited (by Maharashtra government) in pursuance of the order dated December 2, 2016, stands enhanced to Rs 25,53,25,548 as a result of accretions of interest, the bench said.
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