log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday monday october 11, 2021 goa At Balcao meet, PC encounters queries on loyalty & defections in short >> AAI: Dabolim airport handled over 4 lakh passengers in Sept VASCO: With a significant rise in domestic tourists arriving in Goa, Dabolim airport has handled around 4.28 lakh passenger footfalls in September. According to a tweet by Airport Authority of India, Goa airport served 4.28 lakh (4,28,257) passengers in September. The number of passengers is almost 1.3 lakh more as compared to the passenger footfall in August which stood at 2.96 lakh (2,96,040). Tourist family beaten up at Calangute MAPUSA: Calangute police has arrested native of Maharashtra -- Pradip Aphale -- for allegedly assaulting a pregnant tourist women, her husband and brother. The incident occurred late Saturday after an argument over some parking issue at Calangute. Two other accused are absconding. 3 more fall prey to Covid, 73 new cases PANAJI: Goa reported deaths of three more persons related to Covid complications in the 24-hour reporting period of Saturday-Sunday raising the State’s pandemic toll to 3,329. Meanwhile, there were 73 more people who contracted the virus according to the health bulletin and Goa now has 710 active cases. Recoveries were pegged at 93. Over 700 with terror links held in J&K NEW DELHI: Security forces have detained over 700 people in Jammu and Kashmir in response to the killing of seven civilians, including those from the Kashmiri Pandit, Sikh and Muslim communities. Several of those detained have links to the banned Jamaat-e-Islami. India close to 100 cr vaccine doses: Centre NEW DELHI: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya hailed India’s vaccine drive after the country crossed the 95 crore-landmark on Sunday. “India completes administration of 95 crore #Covid vaccine doses. Marching towards 100 crore doses”, he said in a tweet. 16 killed as plane crashes in Russia >> See pg 7 weather >> Max: 30.5 C Min: 24.8 C Humidity: 93% Tides Low: High: 07.33 19.50 01.52 13.04 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages Price ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO Goa VOLume VII, No. 114 2 goa Bakers split on pricing of pao, delay in hike condemned 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 abroad Taiwan says will not bow to pressure from Beijing 7 Held in abeyance? Bhumi bill in gazette via legislature secretary Bill being published to fulfill requirement of rules: Ulman the goan I network PANAJI The government led by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant may have retreated following the uproar against the Goa Bhumiputra Adhikarini Bill but the legislation passed amid a boycott by the Congress-led Opposition on July 29 was put through the rudimentary legislative technicality of being published in the Goa gazette for “general information” of the public. Legislature Secretary, Namrata Ulman, said the bill is being published to fulfill the requirement of rule 138 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Goa Legislative Assembly. This and a repeat publication of the legislation once assented to by the Governor are the essential requirements for any bill passed by a legisla- RULES OF PROCEDURE The bill put through rudimentary legislative technicality of being published in the gazette for “general information” for the public Needs to fulfil requirement of rule 138 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Goa Legislative Assembly This and a repeat pub- lication of the legislation once assented to by the Governor are essential requirements for any bill passed by a legislature to become law Legislation proposes a mechanism to give land/ dwelling house ‘ownership rights’ to the dweller to the extent of a maximum of 250 square meters ture to become law. The legislation proposes a mechanism to give land/ dwelling house ‘ownership rights’ to the dweller to the extent of a maximum of 250 square meters. It raised fears that the political establishment was playing ‘vote-bank’ politics and favouring the large number of migrants to give them status and identity. The Goan identity issue is a sensitive subject and politically potent in an election year. The uproar against the proposed legislation witnessed in the State forced Sawant to retreat and announce that the Parties shift focus, jostle for space in coastal Benaulim process of making it a law will be held back and suggestions from the public invited to rectify it. However, since the bill had already been passed by the legislature and is the property of the House, the legal and technical processes will need to be followed through even if the government intends to tweak it and incorporate the changes suggested by the public at the next session of the House which has been summoned on October 18 and 19. The publication of the bill in the official gazette by UIman on October 7 is a step in this context. Currently officials of the revenue and law departments are conducting an exercise of scrutinizing scores of objections and suggestions on the bill which have come in from the public which the government (Cabinet) then can consider for a final decision on incorporating these changes in the law through amendments. Recently, Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant had said the Bill had not been sent for governor’s assent yet and the process of collecting suggestions on the bill from public was still on. “So far we have received 150 suggestions and the process is still on. The government will take appropriate decision on the bill after going through all the suggestions,” Sawant had said. The Bill which was steamrolled caused a huge upheaval much to the embarrassment of the BJP-led govt and Sawant was forced to clarify that the govt would rename the bill and bring it back in the assembly after inviting suggestions from the people. sports IPL: Chennai beat Delhi to earn direct ticket to final Margao-Sanvordem rail double track is now operational the goan I network BELAGAVI Train services in Goa are now poised to be faster as the first double tracked stretch was commissioned on Sunday. The 15.2 Kms doubling of railway line between SanvordemChandargao-Margao was successfully commissioned at around 3.15 pm on Sunday after the non-interlocking work was completed. This will improve train mobility in the section and it will also eliminate train stoppage during crossings. Earlier on September 23, Commissioner of Railway Safety, Southern Circle, Bengaluru had conducted statutory inspection and speed trial on this section. After completing all the technical works in this stretch, the railway lines were commissioned on signals with State-of-the-art electronic interlocking. With the new development additional infrastructure like island platform serving two MARGAO They are the most vocal amongst the lot, espousing the cause of opposition unity to take on Prime Minister, Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre. Be it Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar, Aam Admi Party National Convenor Arvind Kejrival or Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee, they lose no opportunity to train their guns at Modi in a bid to dislodge the BJP government in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. In Goa, however, these political parties apparently are all gearing up to cross swords with each other in the ensuing Assembly polls. A case in point is Benaulim, the minority heartland in Salcete, where the BJP’s writ does not run at all in this constituency. These parties, however, have started positioning themselves to fight and outwit each other in Benaulim. Sunday saw Sonia Gandhi-headed Indian National Congress and Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress entering the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) turf in Be- naulim. Take note, these two parties have set their foot in the constituency at a time, when the Arvind Kejrival-headed Aam Admi Party (AAP) has already made significant inroads in the coastal constituency, emerging as a challenger to the NCP in 2022. Leaders of the Congress and TMC descended on the coastal belt, apparently with an eye on the 2022 Assembly election. The two parties seemed to have entered Benaulim with a clear agenda, to recover the lost ground in the constituency, and to position themselves for the ensuing polls. If the Congress has not won a single election in Benaulim for the last two decades since 2002, TMC’s debut in the coastal belt in the 2012 around TMC’s senior leader, MP Derek O’Brien personally descended in the constituency to welcome noted tiatr producer and director, Tony Dias (Coke) in the party a decade ago had gone haywire following the defeat of the party candidate. Congress election observer, P Chidambaram with Goa desk in-Charge, Dinesh Gundu Rao led the Congress team on the Benaulim turf on Sunday, to motivate the demoralized workers, while TMC’s senior leader, MP Derek O’Brien personally descended in the constituency to welcome noted tiatr producer and director, Tony Dias (Coke) in the party. In their anxiety to build their respective parties and establish foothold in Salcete coastal belt, the Congress and Trinamool will have to contend with the NCP, which has been representing the >Continued on P5 lines, one loop line with water supply arrangements for passenger trains, automatic signaling between Margao & Majorda have been set up at Margao. At Chandargao and Sanvordem new station buildings with covered ramp access have been provided among other facilities and infrastructure while a road under bridge has been constructed at Sanvordem. Congratulating RVNL, SWR officials and teams engaged in the double tracking, SWR GM Sanjeev Kishore said commissioning of this double line will improve train mobility. PTI SUNDAY IN BENAULIM Congress election observer, P Chidambaram with Goa desk in-Charge, Dinesh Gundu Rao led the Congress team on the Benaulim turf to motivate demoralised workers A train passes from the double-tracked section at Chandargao station on Sunday. Sufficient power available, Centre assures amid blackout concern WHAT A WASTE! TMC, Cong join NCP, AAP in electoral war zone GUILHERME ALMEIDA 8 Water flows from the left canal of Tillari Dam after it developed huge crack at Maneri Dhangarwadi on Sunday. The breach in the canal resulted in water supply being affected in North Goa. >> Report on pg 3 Govt revises subsidy scheme to link solar power to grid the goan I network PANAJI The Goa government has revised the scheme to promote solar energy generation and linking to the State’s grid to sync it with policy changes made by the Centre. Under the revised scheme, the State’s subsidy is restricted to 30% for residential, group housing societies/res- idential welfare associations and up to LT level having solar plants of maximum capacity of 90kW. The equipment will have to be purchased and installed only through empanelled vendors and the scheme is being implemented through the Goa Electricity Development Agency (GEDA) which will arrive at a benchmark cost through a tendering process. Domestic consumers will be eligible for up to 50 percent subsidy on capital costs but installations can be up to 10KW capacity. For group housing or residents welfare associations the maximum capacity of the installations to be eligible for the subsidy will be up to 500kw and calculated at the >Continued on P5 NEW DELHI The huge coal shortage affecting power plants will be handled in the next few days, the Centre said as several States, including Delhi, raised concerns over impending blackouts. A “panic has been unnecessarily created about coal shortage” and this is due to miscommunication from GAIL and Tata, Union minister for power RK Singh said today. The country has four days’ reserve, he said. “We have sufficient power available... We are supplying power to the entire country. Whoever wants, give me a requisition and I will supply them,” the minister said. The shortage is due to a hike in global coal prices, the Centre said. Several states, including Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Tamil Nadu, have raised concerns over blackouts. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, warned that the national capital “could face a blackout” in the next two days if coal supplies to power plants do not improve. Punjab has already imposed rotational load shedding at several places. Masking, social distancing hits new low: Survey Covid situation good in Goa, SURVEY: FACTS & FIGURES time to have fun: Minister PTI NEW DELHI s India enters the festival season, a survey by a digital community-based platform that has measured basic Covid-19 safeguards found that only 13 per cent people rated mask compliance in their area and district as effective while just 6 per cent termed social distancing norms as beneficial. The survey, which received 65,000 responses from citizens residing in 366 districts of India, found out how people were complying to mask and social distancing protocols in cities and districts, while travelling in flights/airports, trains/railway stations and bus/bus stands as well as places like vaccination centres which many have visited in the A Drop in mask compliance ratings from 29 to 13 per cent and in social distancing compliance ratings from 11 per cent to 6 per cent indicate complacency has set in On social distancing norms, just 6 per cent respondents said compliance levels are effective Vaccination centres, trains, buses, malls and indoor shopping complex- es are top indoor locations with low social distancing compliance 40% respondents said shopping markets were the top outdoor location where social distancing compliance wasn’t working last few months. Sixty-four per cent were men and 36 per cent respondents were women. Forty-six per cent respondents were from Tier-1 areas, 29 per cent from Tier-2 areas, and 25 per cent from Tiers-3, 4 and rural districts. A previous survey from June 2021, which was shared by the Union Ministry of Health in its briefing on July 6 this year, had indicated that mask compliance was rated as effective by 29 per cent people then and social distancing compliance as effective by 11 per cent. The drop in mask compliance ratings from 29 to 13 per cent and in social distancing compliance ratings from 11 per cent to 6 per cent indicates that complacency has set in with many now believing that Covid-19 is gone,” said Sachin Taparia, founder of LocalCircles. With 2021 festive season already on and likely to see significantly higher levels of socialising, shopping and community events, the risk of Covid cases rising is now high, he warned. The travel euphoria currently is stronger than the one reported in February-March this year, Taparia said. On March 23 this year the red flag was raised highlighting the need to enforce mask and social distancing compliance and implement movement restrictions or lockdown at the earliest when its “citizen pulse trackers” indicated high levels of risk. On the mask front in the latest survey, just 13 per cent respondents said that more than 90 per cent people in their area, district or city are compliant and only 30 per cent respondents termed mask compliance as effective during travel at airports, stations, bus stands, etc. On the bright side, the survey showed that mask compliance levels were higher at vaccination centres as 61 per cent of citizens said it was effective when they visited the places in the last two months. the goan I network MAPUSA Tourists have started making a beeline to the State and are having fun as the threat of Covid-19 infection has reduced, said Ports Minister, Michael Lobo and suggested that it was time for Goans to come out of the Covid fixation and get involved in activities and celebrate. “The situation of Covid is good in Goa. Tourists are coming and having a ball of a time…going to clubs and partying. If that is allowed then people in Goa should also be allowed to hold their traditional and cultural programmes. The Union government has also issued permis- Tourists are coming and having a ball of a time…If that is allowed then Goans should also be allowed to hold their traditional and cultural programmes — Michael Lobo sion to allow charter flights to land in Goa,” Lobo said, while announcing plans to organize the annual All Goa Akash Kandil contest in Parra. “Some businessmen have cautiously started their ventures. People who are into traditional business should also resume work. Most of our Goans are vaccinated. We need to come out of this Covid fixation or else we will be stuck there only,” he added. He, however, hastened to add on the need of taking necessary precautions and to follow all Covid-related guidelines. “The Covid wave that struck Goa has died down but we have to be careful. We will ensure that those who come for the presentation at the akash kandil contest compulsorily wear masks. All those who are fully vaccinated can come and participate in the event,” he said. Just a week ago, the GMC dean and chairperson of the Covid-19 expert committee, >Continued on P5
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