log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 Eight dead in firing at Russian varsity MOSCOW: At least eight people are dead and two dozen injured at the Perm State University in the city of Perm, about 700 miles east of Moscow, in Russia after a gunman opened fire, and some students jumped out of second-storey windows in an apparent effort to escape the attack. After Punjab, eyes on Rajasthan reshuffle JAIPUR: The turmoil in the ruling Congress in Punjab, leading to the appointment of a new CM, has had a ripple effect in Rajasthan, where the promised Cabinet expansion and reshuffle have been inordinately delayed. The rival factions in the Congress here expect that a power-sharing arrangement will be worked out soon. No third wave in Maha: Tope MUMBAI: Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday said there is no indication so far of a third wave of Covid-19 in Maharashtra. However, he said the number of cases may increase during the festive season but the transmission can be curbed by increasing the pace of vaccination. >> See pg 7 Kundra gets bail in porn case NEW DELHI: Actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra has been granted bail by a Mumbai court two months after his arrest over allegations of shooting and streaming porn. He has been ordered to pay Rs 50,000 surety for his release. Modi, Biden to hold bilateral meeting NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden are set to hold a bilateral meeting on September 24, the White House confirmed on Monday. The bilateral meeting will take place on the sidelines of the first-ever in-person Quad Summit that will be hosted by Joe Biden on September 24. Awaiting govt order for vax export: SII PUNE: Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla on Monday said he is waiting for an order from the central government to resume the export of Covid-19 vaccines. WEATHER >> Max: Min: Humidity: Rain Fall: 30.5C 25.2C 94 % 118.5 In TIDES Low: High: 4:48 7:18 11:18 23:31 The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 94 World Alzheimer’s Day: Bridging the awareness gap for dementia IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday GOA 6 Space made for fresh trash at Sonsodo but baling grounded 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA GCCI welcomes decision to allow foreign charters to Goa NEW DELHI ully jabbed Indians will not be considered vaccinated in the United Kingdom, as per the new travel rules in the UK, and will have to undergo 10 days of quarantine. The latest changes, announced recently, mandate that only people who have got both shots of a double-dose vaccine such as Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or the single shot Janssen vaccine “under an approved vaccination program in the UK, Europe, US or UK vaccine programme overseas” will be considered fully vaccinated. F IPL: KKR shoot down RCB for 92 to secure impressive nine-wicket win 8 POLL FRENZY HITS FEVERISH PITCH Fadnavis non-committal on alliances, leadership ers and Union cabinet ministers were also in poll-bound Goa. On the leadership issue and who would be projected as the CM’s face going into the >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 Govt appoints three panels on climate change THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Goa government has appointed three State-level panels in a bid to propel and scale-up projects for adaptation of climate change under the State and national action plans for climate change (SAPCC) and (NAPCC). The first panel -- State Governing Council -- is headed by the Chief Minister and another, the State level Steering Committee will be headed by the Chief Secretary. The Environment Secretary heads a third body, the Climate Change Cell. The Chief Minister headed State Governing Council, also has two expert members -- Dr Lidita Khandeparkar who is the principal scientist at the NIO and Rajiv Kumar Chaturvedi, who is assistant professor at the BITS Pilani Goa campus. Other members of the State Governing Council are the Environment Minister, the Chief Secretary and Secretaries to the Goa government for forest, >Continued on P5 Former Maharashtra CM and BJP’s election strategist for Goa, Devendra Fadnavis, addressing BJP workers in Panaji on Monday in the presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and the party’s State President Sadanand Shet Tanavade. Narayan Pissurlenkar ALL PRAISE FOR CM Fadnavis said the decision regarding CM candidate will be taken by the party national president and the Parliamentary Board He praised Sawant for his successful handling of governance from praising Sawant for his ‘successful’ tenure after Parrikar SUDIN: MGP NOT TO HAVE ANY ALLIANCE WITH BJP >> See pg 3 take. It was a busy Monday for the ruling party as besides Fadnavis, two other top lead- THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF), an umbrella organisation of people dependent on the mining sector which has since 2018 been in the forefront of the movement seeking resumption of mining, on Monday said it has decided to enter the electoral field in Goa, which is due for assembly elections in early 2022. The announcement was made by GMPF leader Puti Gaonkar who said the primary aim of his organisation’s electoral foray was to “defeat the corrupt” ruling dispensation of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The election will be fought under the banner of ‘Mining Dependents’ Forum’, Gaonkar said while addressing a press conference in the capital city, adding that nearly 21 assembly constituencies have sizeable populations of mining dependents. “Our front has decided to either put up our candidates or have seat arrangements with like-minded parties to defeat BJP in the forthcoming assembly elections,” Gaonkar said, adding that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Revolutionary Goans and Congress are friendly parties. THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday arrived in Goa and immediately got on to the task cut out for him by the Bharatiya Janata Party -- take charge of the ruling party’s 2022 election strategies and campaign. His first visit to Goa since being appointed in charge of the election by the BJP central leadership, Fadnavis had a series of meetings and interactions with ministers, party workers, office bearers and core committee members. Intermittent to his internal party meetings, Fadnavis also briefed the media on Monday afternoon at a city hotel, where he dropped broad hints of the ruling party’s electoral strategies and took swipes at two Opposition parties -- Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He, however, largely kept the party’s cards on the crucial leadership issue and pre-poll alliances close to his chest saying these are decisions the central leadership and parliamentary board will Mining front to fight BJP THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who arrived in Goa on Monday, spent the day interacting with party leadership and Goemkars to feel their pulse and guide party workers for the 2022 polls. He said whoever he met stated they were upset with the situation of unemployment. Youth have to beg with MLAs and ministers for jobs when these should go to deserving and hard-working candidates, he added. At the airport, Kejriwal was welcomed by party leaders and also met the taxi drivers who shared their concerns on tourism slowdown, lockdown and the pandemic. Taxi drivers who depend on tourism for their daily bread, have been unable to earn money ever since the start of the pandemic and have received no support from the State’s BJP government, he stated. In Panaji, Kejriwal met by many leaders, including a delegation of the Bhandari Samaj. THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK OLD GOA Stating that Goa is the pride of India, Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region G Kishan Reddy said the Centre will provide all assistance to boost tourism in the State. Reddy was speaking at the inauguration of a helipad at Old Goa on Monday in the presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Deputy Chief Minister Babu Ajgaonkar, GTDC Chairperson Dayanand Sopte, Cumbarjua MLA Pandurang Madkaikar and others. Speaking further, Reddy said Goa is an important tourist destination in the country as people from all over India and the world want to be here. “Goa is the pride of the country and hence Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to provide all assistance to boost tourism in the State. The PM has given a message that the Centre and the BJP are with Goa,” he informed. “As Goa is celebrating 60 Goa is the pride of the country and hence Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to provide all assistance to boost tourism in the State” —G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region 50 tourism projects in pipeline: Sopte OLD GOA: GTDC Chairman Dayanand Sopte said around 50 more tourism-related projects are in the pipeline. “Not only helipad, but other projects like renovation of the Aguada jail have been taken up and they will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi sometime soon,” said Sopte. years of its Liberation, the Centre will provide financial assistance to Goa under various initiatives like circuit tourism, Prasad scheme and also help develop churches under Jairam Naresh cries racism, Tharoor pulls out of UK event NEW DELHI: Former Union ministers Jairam Ramesh and Shashi Tharoor on Monday slammed the UK’s Covid-19-related travel rules, under which Indians vaccinated with Covishield would still be treated as unvaccinated, with Ramesh saying it “smacks of racism”. Tharoor said that because of the restrictions he had even pulled out of a debate at The Cambridge Union Debating Society and from the launch events for the UK edition of his book, ‘The Battle Of Belonging’. Tweeting Passengers who aren’t recognised as being fully vaccinated with authorised vaccines and certificates Kejri speaks to partymen, feels the pulse of people Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal performs aarti at Rudreshwar temple at Harvalem on Monday. The pary stated that the Bhandari Samaj delegation shared concerns and explained how despite the economic slowdown, the BJP government in Goa had taken no steps to help the common Goenkars. Members of the delegation narrated the problems faced due to bad healthcare system and uncaring government. They praised the AAP’s initiatives in Delhi for providing help to many people from the backward section of the society to weather the economic slowdown due to the pandemic. They also highlighted how State will fly high with heli Tragic Monday: 2 cops tourism, avows union min killed in road mishaps ‘` 8 cr to beautify 5 Old Goa churches’ OLD GOA: GTDC Chairman Dayanand Sopte said the beautification of the Old Goa churches has been planned as part of the Prasad scheme. “A financial approval of almost Rs 58 crore has been granted for the beautification of the Old Goa churches and tendering process for this has started,” Sopte added. the ASI. We have already given some finance and will be giving more finance in the future,” Reddy stated. >Continued on P5 UK’s new travel rules mandate fully-vaccinated Indians to undergo 10 days quarantine, tests AGENCIES 3 SPORTS on the restrictions, Congress leader Mr. Ramesh said, “Absolutely bizarre considering Covishield was originally developed in the UK and The Serum Institute, Pune has supplied to that country too! This smacks of racism.” Tagging a thread on Twitter that explained the rules, Mr. Tharoor also slammed the restrictions on vaccinated Indians, saying, “Because of this I have pulled out of a debate at the @cambridgeunion & out of launch events for the UK edition of my book #TheBattleOfBelonging (published there as #TheStruggleForIndiasSoul).” under England’s international travel rules, including Indians, will still have to take a pre-departure test, a day 2 and day 8 PCR test, and self-isolate at their given address for 10 days upon entry, according to the rules. The UK government has said if a person has been vaccinated in Africa, or South America, or countries including UAE, India, Turkey, Jordan, Thailand, Russia, they are considered unvaccinated and will have to follow quarantine rules. According to the new change in rules, there will be only one category — Red, and simplified travel rules from other countries. The rules will depend on the vaccination status of individuals travelling to the UK. A UK website said, “From 4 am 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries. CANACONA/PERNEM Two policemen were killed in separate road mishaps in Canacona and Pernem on Monday. In one incident, a 39-yearold head police constable attached to Canacona police station was involved in a mishap in the wee hours of Monday and died while undergoing treatment at GMC a few hours later. According to Canacona police, the mishap took place as Sandesh Balsu Bhagat of Bhagatwada near Char-Rasta in Canacona was returning home on his motorcycle after his duty at the Canacona police station. As he reached Nagarcem, the motorcycle rammed into stray cattle squatting under the Manohar Parrikar Canacona Bypass Highway bridge sometime between 12.30 am and 12.45 am. He sustained grievous injuries in the mishap and was moved to the Canacona Community Health Centre (CHC). He was later shifted to the GMC hospital at Bambolim, where he breathed his last at about ON PAGE 3 1 killed, 2 injured in Bambolim mishap Pune couple killed as car falls in Arpora creek Rider left serious in Bhuipal road mishap 6 am. Locals said many stray cattle squat under the NH66 Bypass bridge at Nagarcem, catching several motorists offguard while travelling on the Chaudi-Char Rasta main road, which is part of the highway. In the other incident, Traffic ASI Naresh Narvekar (50) from Paliem-Keri in Pernem died in a road mishap in the village on Monday. According to sources, Narvekar was returning home from work at the Pernem Traffic Cell when he lost control of the car. The vehicle toppled and went off the road, killing him on the spot. Locals have expressed concern over the rise in road mishaps in Pernem and have demanded urgent steps by authorities to curb these. youth from the Bhandari Samaj were being cheated by the local MLAs and political leaders when it came to the fact of providing jobs. They explained that MLAs promised jobs only at election time and later made them beg for the same. They expressed their wish to Arvind Kejriwal that this kind of politics in Goa must end and expressed their confidence that Aam Aadmi Party is the only party who can end this kind of politics in Goa. At the end of the meeting, they invited the Delhi CM >Continued on P5 Goa, MP cops nab dreaded history-sheeter THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA The Crime Branch in association with a Madhya Pradesh police team nabbed a history-sheeter linked to a murder and 22 other cases in joint operations at Saligao on Monday night. According to the police, a Madhya Pradesh police team led by PSI Sunil Raghuvanshi and team was provided assistance by Crime Branch team led by PI Narayan Chimulkar in tracing the accused, Hasim Qureshi @ Pappu Chatka (30) of Roshan Pura Bhopal, MP and other accused namely Durgesh Rawat @ Dugga (24) of Gautam Nagar, Bhopal MP. Police said the accused, Hasim Qureshi, is involved in 22 other offences, including attempt to murder, serious body offences, Arms Act etc, which have been registered against him in Madhya Pradesh. The accused persons were traced in Saligao after an intensive search operation under the supervision of DySP Sunita Sawant and SP Shobhit Saksena, IPS. Won’t interfere with States’ decisions on schools: SC AGENCIES NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Monday said the judiciary will not interfere with State governments’ decision when or not to open schools. A Bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna said the decision to open schools is entirely that of individual States and the court will not “queer the pitch”. The judiciary has neither data nor the expertise to pass “omnibus” directions to States to open schools and resume physical classes especially when the lives of children are at stake. “Governments have to tread with the greatest care when opening schools and exposing children to the virus... If so, the courts have to take greater care, that too, with no data at hand,” Justice Chandrachud observed. The court was dealing with a petition filed by a student who wanted governments to take time-bound decisions to open up schools for physical classes. Justice Chandrachud said the child who is the petitioner here should focus on his studies rather than file public interest petitions with no or little data to support his contentions. “Different States have different situations regarding Covid-19... The situation may vary according to factors like the size of the State to density of population. It is the decision of each State to see the areas where there is a spike in case and act accordingly. Ultimately, it is best to leave it for the governments to decide... We cannot take over governance,” Justice Chandrachud said. Justice Nagarathna pointed out that teachers have to be vaccinated and children have not been vaccinated yet.
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