log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 GOA Bhumiputra Adhikarini Bill bites the dust at gram sabhas across Salcete KEJRIWAL TO ARRIVE IN GOA TODAY THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will arrive in Goa today (Monday) in what is billed as a trip to bolster the party’s electioneering for the forthcoming Assembly polls. AAP Goa Convenor Rahul Mhambre said the fear of the Kejriwal model has already led to the replacement of CMs in various states by both the Congress and the BJP. “Goenkars know that while other parties can only change CMs, AAP will change politics and governance,” Mhambre added. IN SHORT >> 2 die of Covid, 84 new infections PANAJI: Two more persons died of Covid in Goa on Saturday, including an 81-year-old lady from Canacona at the Goa Medical College and an 85-year-old man from Guirim at a private North Goa Hospital. Goa’s Covid toll is now 3294 even as the State reported 84 fresh infections. UP govt’s report card all lies: Oppn Lucknow: Poverty, unemployment and inflation have soared in the four-and-halfyear rule of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and the report card released by the government highlighting its achievements is all gas and full of lies, the opposition parties charged on Sunday. >> See pg 6 Foreign loans: AP govt told to explain AMARAVATI: The Centre has sought a report from the Andhra Pradesh government on Rs 960 crore received as loans from foreign agencies for various Externally-Aided Projects (EAPs) remaining unutilised. >> See pg 6 Decision on labour codes unlikely NEW DELHI: The four labour codes are unlikely to be implemented this fiscal in view of slow progress on the drafting of rules by the states and also for political reasons like elections in Uttar Pradesh, a source said. >> See pg 7 WEATHER >> Max: 31.2C Min: 25.1C Humidity: 90 % TIDES Low: High: 4:10 10:50 16:46 22:53 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 93 2 3 GOA Sattari farmers keen on beekeeping business INDIA 1.20 lakh deaths on roads in 2020, avg of 328 daily: Data 6 ■ REVENUE SECRETARY’S ORDER VIRTUALLY ENDS ‘CURFEW’ ■ SCHOOLS TO OPEN SUBJECT TO SEPARATE SOPs FROM DOE INDUSTRY REMAINS HOPEFUL THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The tourism industry and allied businesses are hoping for a reversal of fortunes with the government announcing that some crucial attractions like casinos, river cruises and nightclubs can open up from Monday and are awaiting a gradual rise in footfalls of visitors to the State. A day after Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced that casinos, river cruises, spas, nightclubs and such other commercial operations will be permitted to open on Monday, Goa’s Revenue Secretary Sanjay Kumar, IAS, issued a detailed order permitting these activities with certain restrictions including curtailing capacity to 50 percent and permitting only fully vaccinated clientele and staff. Casinos are being permitted to operate only at 50 per-cent capacity with adherence to all Covid safety protocols, including the use of masks, san- Monday’s order, however, is by far the most comprehensive lifting of restrictions although the administration has linked it to permitting only those who are fully vaccinated or hold RT-PCR negative test reports done not more than 72 hours earlier The tourism industry meanwhile is hopeful that the latest announcement itisers and thermal screening. Also, guests and staffs have to be compulsorily fully vaccinated or possess an RT-PCR negative report which is not more than 72-hours old, according to Kumar’s order. These conditions are also applicable to the river cruises, water parks and entertainment parks, again restricted to operate beyond 50 per-cent of their seating capacity. Family smells rat in death of youth Refuses nod for autopsy on body QUESTIONS REMAIN THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Police have registered a case of unnatural death after the body of a 19-year-old youth was found hanging at an under-construction site in the coastal village of Anjuna. Police suspect it as a case of suicide even as the family of the youth refused permission to carry out an autopsy on the body, suspecting foul play. The deceased has been identified as Arbaz Ali Shaikh, a resident of Freitaswado in Verla and native of West Bengal. According to Anjuna Police, they received information about the hanging body at around 12.40 pm on Saturday after which police rushed to the spot, conducted panchanama and shifted the body to Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim. Police sources informed that the family of the deceased refused to sign documents to undertake autopsy as the fam- The youth was found hanging at an under-construction site in the coastal village of Anjuna The deceased had some injury marks on the body, but police suspect these were self-inflicted The body has been preserved in the morgue at GMC ily suspected it to be a case of foul play. The body has been preserved in the Morgue at GMC. The deceased had some injury marks on the body but police suspect they were self-inflicted injuries. “The exact cause of death can be ascertained only after conducting an autopsy,” a senior police official said. Anjuna Police have registered an offence under section 174 of the CrPC. THE GOAN I NETWORK W RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Goa hopes to see sun shine on its tourism sector again will gradually bring in some normalcy and ensure the lowest denominator in the industry, including musicians, artistes, taxi operators and sundry will begin to earn their livelihoods again The 50 per-cent capacity restrictions are also imposed on cinema halls, auditoriums and such other venues. Kumar’s order also permits schools to open but leaves it to the Education Department to issue separate and specific SOPs for the educational institutions. On schools opening, Kumar’s order states: “Schools to open subject to separate Charanjit Singh Channi is new CM of Punjab AGENCIES CHANDIGARH A day after Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down, Charanjit Singh Channi was chosen as the next Punjab Chief Minister. Channi, who will be the first Dalit CM of Punjab, will take oath at 11 am on Monday. “We have presented our stance, unanimously supported by party MLAs, before the Governor. Oath-taking ceremony will be held at 11 am tomorrow,” Channi was quoted as saying by a news agency. Channi was the Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Sabha during the previous SAD-BJP regime. The Chamkaur Sahib MLA was inducted as the minister in the first Cabinet and was allotted the portfolios of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Employment Generation and Training, and Tourism and Culture Affairs. He has been vocal against Amarinder for “not paying attention” to issues raised by party leaders. Committed to the last man in queue: CM MAPUSA e want to ensure that each and every citizen can avail the various schemes and facilities offered by the State, said Chief Minister Pramod Sawant while emphasizing that the aim of the government was to reach out to the last man in the queue. Sawant also said, on Sunday, that the credit of achieving 100 percent of the first dose of vaccination in the State goes to the people of Goa and the health department and sought people’s cooperation to achieve the same result with the second dose by October 31. The chief minister was addressing the gathering after launching the ‘Sarkar Tumcha Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday People only know about Griha Adhar and DDSSY schemes. The government has recently launched its ‘know your scheme’ portal where all schemes are made available at the click of a button,” —Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister Daari’ (governance to the doorstep) initiative at Shree Ram Vidhya Mandir school building at Colvale in Tivim in presence of the local MLA, Nilkant Halarnkar, ZP Diksha Kanolkar, sarpanchas and panchayat members. “When we talk of governance at the doorstep it means the government is concerned about the elderly mother, the widowed sister and the disabled brother in the society. The government wants to reach out to the last man in the queue and ensure that everyone gets access to the government schemes,” Sawant said. Chief Secretary Parimal Rai, Revenue Secretary Sanjay Kumar, GMC Dean S Bandodkar, DHS Director Jose D’Sa and most of the senior bureaucrats from North Goa were in attendance. Continuing, Sawant said the government launched the initiative as Goa was celebrating the diamond jubilee of its liberation. “A lot of people questioned me why now and not earlier. Due to the pandemic, we could not go and meet people and therefore we are trying to reach out to the maximum of them,” he said. He further disclosed that the decision to hold the initiative was taken at a very short notice. “We took the decision on Friday. The officers got just one day to get their act together and prepare for such a huge event,” he said. Altogether counters of >Continued on P5 INDIA MAY SOON REOPEN DOORS FOR FOREIGN TOURISTS AFTER 1.5 YEARS NEW DELHI: Amid a decline in Covid cases in the country, India may soon reopen its doors for foreign tourists for the first time in one-and-a-half years, officials said. First five lakh foreign tourists will be issued visas free of cost in an attempt to revive tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors badly hit by the pandemic since March 2020 when a nationwide lockdown was announced. Top Union Home Ministry officials are deliberating with all stakeholders on the expected date and modalities for opening up of the country for foreign tourists. A formal announcement allowing foreign tourists to visit India may come within the next 10 days, an official from the Home Ministry said. SOPs to be issued in this behalf by the Education Department.” Curfew in Goa was first imposed on May 9, in the wake of the devastating impact including large number of deaths due to the surge of Covid-19 infections when the second wave peaked. Subsequently, restrictions were eased in certain sectors as the weekly curfew was subse- quently extended on multiple occasions. Monday’s order, however, is by far the most comprehensive lifting of restrictions although the administration has linked it to permitting only those who are fully vaccinated or hold RT-PCR negative test reports done not more than 72 hours earlier. >Continued on P5 SPORTS IPL: Chennai Super Kings choke Mumbai Indians for 20-run win 8 3 names by blocks will be accepted by Cong for polls: PC THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Unveiling the Congress party’s plan on shortlisting candidates for the coming Assembly election, Congress election observer P Chidambaram on Sunday said candidates will have to satisfy the criteria of loyalty, integrity, acceptability to workers and winnability in the constituency before they are nominated by the party to contest the 2022 election. He said the Congress will implement this model of selection of candidates and the party will apply the same in the rest of the country if it turns out to be successful in Goa. Chidambaram further said party workers from the block will suggest names of maximum three candidates to the party for approval. “Let me assure you the names suggested by the block will be accepted by the party leadership. If the block does not suggest any name, there is no question of imposing the candidates,” he said, while addressing party workers from Quepem block at Fatorpa on Sunday. He added: “Likewise, all election-related decisions will be taken by the workers. I am not saying this for the sake of saying. But, believe in me, the names of candidates will ‘NO BLOCK CHIEFS WILL CONTEST 2022 ELECTIONS’ MARGAO: Congress election observer P Chidambaram on Sunday asserted that no block president will contest the 2022 Assembly election, even as he asked the block heads to remain strictly neutral. He said the block presidents can contest future elections for the municipal and panchayat bodies as they will be required to lead the troops in the battlefield in 2022. >Continued on P5 PC: NO ALLIANCE PLANS FOR NOW, SAYS CONGRESS BLOCKS WILL BE CONSULTED >> See pg 3 come from you. The party will take you into confidence while drafting the manifesto, chalk out the publicity campaign etc. The block will be taken on board for every decision. Don’t pass the buck this time, the buck stops with you”. Admitting that party workers had a bitter experience in 2017, Chidambaram said it is >Continued on P5
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