log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 8 pages PRICE ` 6 Scientists find bats with Covid-like viruses in Laos 6 IN SHORT >> Chargesheet filed against all accused in Benaulim rape PANAJI: The police on Thursday filed 2 chargesheets in the Benaulim rape case, one under POCSO and other under relevant section of IPC against all the four accused one of whom is also a government servant. Over 400 pages of chargesheet have been filed against accused namely Rajesh Mane, Asif Hateli, Gajanand Chinchankar and Nitin Yabbal. Trials of double track conducted MARGAO: Speed trails of the double track laid by the South Western Railway as part of the Tinaighat-V Vasco track doubling project were conducted on the Sanvordem-Margao section of the newly-laid line on Thursday. >> See pg 2 GIM placed 35th in national ranking PANAJI: In a big boost to Goa’s premier B-School, the Goa Institute of Management has attained a rank of 35 in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) that was released earlier this week. The ranking is a huge leap forward from last year where the institute was placed 48th. >> See pg 3 Freedom Fighter Raikar no more MARGAO: Noted freedom fighter, former MLA and poet, Gajanan Raikar passed away on Thursday after a brief illness. He was 85 and is survived by daughters Sangeet Kolkankar and Pooja Naik and son Parag Raikar. The funeral will take place on Friday morning at 11 am. Goan football coach to join Egypt team PANAJI: Margao-bred football coach Francisco Bruto da Costa will join the Egyptian National Football Association to assist Technical Director Eduardo Manuel Martinho Braganza de Vingada popularly known as Nelo Vingada, a Portuguese football manager. >> See pg 8 SC to set up probe panel on Pegasus NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Thursday observed orally that it will set up a technical expert committee to inquire into the Pegasus snooping matter and pass an interim order next week on a batch of pleas. WEATHER >> Max: Min: Humidity: RAINFALL: 30 C 25 C 92% 121.07 IN TIDES Low: High: 06:27 18:48 24:39 12:21 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 97 GOA Bus lobby holds protest to demand fare hike, road tax waiver 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INDIA Govt allows Covid jabs at home for people with disabilities 7 Trinamool Congress coming to Goa, party leaders arrive MAMATA SAYS ‘KELO HOBE IN GOA’ IN HER CAMPAIGN SPEECH THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI/VASCO The buzz surrounding the re-entry of Trinamool Congress in Goa’s electoral arena sounded very real on Thursday with the arrival in the State of the party’s Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien and Lok Sabha MP Prasoon Banerjee, who is also a former international footballer. While O’brien was reluctant to speak to the media about his mission in the State, his party has already sounded out several Goan politicians regarding contesting the 2022 Goa assembly elections on the party’s banner. All that is now left for confirmation that TMC will indeed contest the Goa assembly elections due in early 2022 is an official announcement Although O’brien was reluctant to speak to the media about his mission in the State, his party has already sounded out several Goan politicians regarding contesting the 2022 Goa assembly elections on the party’s banner TMC MPs Derek O’Brien and Prasoon Banerjee during their arrival at Goa Airport. Vikram Nayak from the party which could come by this weekend. Two very telling developments on Wednesday and Thursday lent more clarity to the TMC’s political intentions and ambitions in Goa -- one, the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself included ‘Goa te Khela Hobe’ war cry in her by-poll campaign speech at Kolka- ta’s Bhabanipur where she is contesting to enter the Assembly and remain Chief Minister, and second the arrival of O’Brien and Prasoon in Goa on Thursday. Over the last few weeks, a team of poll strategist Prashant Kishore’s Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC), a political advocacy agency, has been stationed in Goa, assessing political ground and engaging with several politicians across all parties. Kishore, who is being given a lion’s share of the credit for TMC’s spectacular return to power in the hotly contested election with the Modi-Shah led Bharatiya Janata Party in West Bengal earlier this year, is also expected to come down to Goa this week and join the O’Brien-Prasoon duo in their political sortie. If it eventually happens, it >Continued on P5 PANAJI The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday attacked the government for its failure on the Covid front saying people were being made to run from pillar to post for proof of death certificates to avail compensation. Addressing the media a host of AAP leaders said the government was hiding behind lies and falsehoods. “BJP promised Rs 5000 to the Covid affected families but can they show me who has got this”, asked AAP Youth Wing National Vice President Cecille Rodrigues. She said families who have lost loved ones are being made to run around in circles for proof of death certificates. “All dues are pending on Laadli Laxmi and Grihadhar. How are women to run their households”, she said. AAP National Executive Member and Goa Vice President Captain Venzy Viegas said, “the BJP loves to go to every press conference and scream from the rooftops that they give the best schemes. But these schemes exist only on paper”. “In Delhi every scheme that has been announced by the Kejriwal government AAP has ensured their citizens get it. Whether it is old age pension, Teerth Yatra Scheme or schemes for youth and healthcare no one has to approach their MLAs. This is what is called effective planning of schemes and effective implementation” Captain Viegas said. The government claims that 80% jobs are reserved for Goans, but the fact is that today Goan youth is finding it difficult to get jobs. Adv Surel Tilve AAP Goa Vice President also slammed the government saying, “why could the BJP not come up with a scheme like Rozgar Bazaar where it could create 10 lakh jobs”. They have suddenly woken up on the water, electricity and jobs issue which no Goans had in the last four years, he said. “All they can do is jumlas and every Goenkar knows this”, he added. AAP Goa Convenor Rahul Mhambre questioned the BJP on the job front. The BJP asks how can AAP create a budget for its schemes, the answer is that AAP is not corrupt and has shown how it turned a deficit in Delhi to a State in profit. AAP has proven itself by its >Continued on P5 NEW DELHI The Health Ministry on Thursday raised caution ahead of the festive season and said that the second wave of Covid-19 is not over yet. The ministry asked for mass gatherings to be avoided in areas identified as containment zones and in districts reporting more than 5 per cent case positivity. A detailed SOP has been issued by the centre to states and UTs regarding precautions to be taken during festive season. In a press briefing, Union Secretary (Health) Rajesh Bhushan said the second wave of Covid-19 had not concluded in India yet, and warned against relax- ing of measures amid some states still seeing a spike in infections. He said mass gatherings are to be avoided in areas identified as Containment Zones and in districts reporting more than 5% case positivity. Gatherings with advance permissions and limited people, according to the local context, can be allowed in districts with a positivity rate of 5 per cent and below, he said. The Union Health Secretary also said relaxations and restrictions are to be imposed based on weekly case positivity rate. The country had witnessed a devastating spike in Covid-19 deaths and cases during the second wave peak in April and May this year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi sifts through a file aboard Air India One on his way to the US. 5G, drones: PM meets key US leaders on biz opportunities PTI WASHINGTON Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday began his engagements in the US with a “productive interaction” with President and CEO of Qualcomm Cristiano E Amon spanning 5G, drones and semiconductors during which he highlighted the vast business opportunities in India. PM Modi, who arrived in Washington on Wednesday on an official visit to the US during which he will hold the first face-to-face meeting with President Joe Biden and his AGENCIES NEW DELHI omen who receive the mRNA Covid-19 vaccine during pregnancy pass high levels of antibodies to their babies, according to a study. The effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines lies in their ability to trigger the production of the right antibodies, blood proteins capable of protecting individuals from infection, researchers said. Whether this protection could pass from mothers to their infants before birth had remained a question, they said. The study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was conducted on 8 Behind Luizinho silence, there’s anger in camp THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Ever since the former Chief Minister played host to an I-PAC team at his residence a couple of days ago, speculations have been rife whether Faleiro will bid adieu to his decades-old ties with the Congress ahead of 2022, even as the veteran leader maintained a stoic silence. In fact, Faleiro’s phone has not stopped ringing since then, with calls coming from party lead- ers from the national capital, besides his supporters and well-wishers. Anger, however, seemed brewing in the Faleiro camp over the way the Navelim MLA has been treated by the Congress leadership in the last four years and half. “Faleiro has been suffered silently since 2017 after leading the party in the polls, which saw the Congress party emerging as a single largest party”, he an aide said. >> See pg 2 Luizinho was humiliated by party leaders: Agnelo PANAJI: Former Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes on Thursday said Luizinho Faleiro had been humiliated by the State Congress leaders on several occasions. Speaking to media, Fernandes said, “In the last five years, Faleiro had been humiliated by Congress leaders on several occasions and therefore his name is linked to Trinamool Congress in the last few days”. Denying having any talks with Trinamool Congress, he however, admitted that he had met iPAC agency run by Prashant Kishor a few days back. THE GOAN I NETWORK Vice President Kamala Harris, held a one-on-one meeting with Amon. Amon expressed interest in working with India on ambitious digital transformation programmes including in 5G, the public WiFi project PM WANI and others, news agency PTI reported. He also expressed interest partnering with India to work in the field of semiconductors. Modi said India has contributed to 5G standards and urged Qualcomm to actively participate as they did in case of the GPS-like navigation system NAVIK. He also spoke about the new liberalised drone policy and said that Qualcomm could take part in new opportunities in the new emerging market “We are so proud of our partnership (with India),” Amon told Doordarshan in an interview after his meeting with the Prime Minister. “We talked about 5G and the celebration of 5G. We talked about an incredible opportunity to advance the industry not only domestically in India but India as an export of technology,” he said in response to a question. Govt sounds Covid alert Vaccinated pregnant women pass high ahead of festive season level of antibodies to babies: Study PTI IPL: Knight Riders outplay MI by 7 wickets to enter top-four Goans must benefit, CAG can wait: HM Victims of Covid still struggling to avail compensation: AAP THE GOAN I NETWORK SPORTS W 36 newborns whose mothers received either the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccine during pregnancy. The research team led by NYU Grossman School of Medicine in the US found that 100 per cent of the infants had protective antibodies at birth. Antibodies can either be produced as part of the natural response to infection or triggered by vaccines. Though the sample size is small, “it is encouraging that neonatal antibody levels are high if women are vaccinated,” said Jennifer L Lighter, an associate professor at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, and the study’s senior author. Meanwhile, another survey revealed that infection with the virus that causes Covid-19 may be associated with risk of developing Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder in which a person’s immune system attacks the nerves, causing muscle weakness and occasionally paralysis. Besides the well-known severe respiratory signs, and the risk of long-term complications in Covid-19, researchers and public health officials have also reported neurological complications linked with the disease. Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disorder which can last for weeks or several years, is relatively rare but can be severe. The condition is triggered by an acute bacterial or viral infection. “Our study shows that Covid-19 may precede Guillain-Barre syndrome in rare cases,” said Bart C Jacobs from the University Medical Center Rotterdam in The Netherlands. “But the existence of a true association or causal relation still needs to be established,” said Jacobs, one of the paper’s authors. Since the beginning of the pandemic, doctors have reported over 90 Guillain-Barre diagnoses following a possible COVID-19 infection. MAPUSA Health Minister on Thursday said that he was not much concerned about the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report if the objective of the decisions was for the greater good of the public. He also said that his department will reply to the queries raised by the CAG and clear the issue. “I am one person who defies all logic. If something is done for the benefit of the society then I will stand by the decision. I will not get scared because of the CAG or BAG or any G,” the health minister said, who appeared visibly annoyed. As reported by The Goan, the CAG in its statutory audit inspection report had flagged the Goa Medical College and Hospital for two of its outsourcing deals – the hospital kitchen to Sodexo Food Solutions India Pvt Ltd and the in-house pharmacy to M/s Wellness Forever Medicare Pvt Ltd. The statutory report had flagged a Rs 3.74 crore avoidable loss on procurement of medicines and other material by Wellness Forever. It also questioned “excess expenditure” of Rs 1.29 crore due to “faulty tendering”, another excess payment of Rs 19.11 lakh for dietary charges and a Rs 2.41 crore loss of revenue due to non-levy of rent and penalty in the case of Sodexo. The health minister stated that Goa was the only state which was providing free medicines to the people including the treatment for cancer and chemotherapy. “If the decision taken helps the society then it serves the purpose. My objective is that people of Goa should benefit from the government funds. People of Goa should benefit from whatever treatment we are giving,” he said. He said his department would definitely reply to queries raised by the CAG.
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