log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday tuesday october 12, 2021 goa Govt withdraws contentious circular PANAJI: The government has withdrawn a controversial circular issued on Thursday pertaining to display of photographs of the president, prime minister and chief minister in government, after claiming that the circular had been “distorted and misinterpreted.” >> See pg 5 3 US-based economists win Nobel prize STOCKHOLM: Three US-based economists have won the 2021 Nobel prize for economics for work on drawing conclusions from unintended experiments, or so-called natural experiments. Archbishop hails role of tiatrists PANAJI: Appreciating the work that tiatrists play in protecting culture and educating people on various issues, Archbishop of Goa and Daman Filipe Neri Ferrão highlighted their role in this field of giving good entertainment and promoting good values in society. >> See pg 5 Officer, 4 soldiers killed in Kashmir NEW DELHI: An army officer and four other soldiers were killed in action during an encounter between security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Monday, officials said. A heavy gunfight was underway with at least four to five heavily armed terrorists. The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages Price ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO Goa VOLume VII, No. 115 Two Karnataka vessels impounded in high-speed chase off Benaulim coast in short >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 2 goa Power minister assures policy to boost EV mobility in State 5 the goan I network KEY HIGH COURT OBERVATIONS PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa has quashed and set aside a decision of the Goa government to reserve 41 per cent of the State quota seats in post-graduate courses at the Goa Medical College and the Goa Dental College in favor of ST, SC, and OBC categories from the academic year 20212022 after holding that the decision making process was deeply flawed. Through an order dated 04.05.2020 the Goa government sought to implement for the first time, reservations to the Postgraduate Courses at GMC to the extent of 41% in favour of ST (12%); SC (2%) and OBC (27%) from this academic year i.e. 2021-2022. The decision was taken ostensibly based on recommendations made by the Goa Commission for SC and ST vide This is a case where impugned decision has been taken without any application of mind The failure to advert to or to take into account vital and relevant considerations, renders impugned decision unreasonable and arbitrary In so far as the recommendations of Goa Commission for SC/ST are concerned, they are liable to be set aside These recommendations were made in an extremely hurried, casual, and cavalier manner Recommendations made without even issuing any notice to parties that were likely to be affected or in any case without even bothering to hear the version of the State or more particularly Deans of GMC and GDC order dated 22.04.2020 and by the Goa State Commission for Backward Classes vide order dated 16.03.2020 recommending reservations to postgraduate courses at GMC for the academic year 2020-2021. Hearing a petition filed by more than 100 doctors and medical students, the High Court ruled that the State government was going against its own rules which stated that reservations to post graduate Maharashtra bandh: Buses vandalised, markets shut LUCKNOW: Union Minister’s son Ashish Mishra, accused of running over farmers in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri that claimed eight lives, was sent to police custody for three days. Max: 32.1 C Min: 25 C Humidity: 89% Tides Low: High: 08.49 21.06 03.24 14.01 M’rashtra: Risk of load shedding not over; 5 plants shut for want of coal 7 APMC vegetable market wears a deserted look during Maharashtra bandh on Monday in protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. PTI MUMBAI Bus services were affected in Mumbai and neighbouring areas on Monday and most of the shops and commercial establishments remained closed in the wake of the bandh called across Maharashtra. The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government is protesting the killing of four farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district. As buses of the Brihan- mumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST- the transport undertaking of the city civic body) and many of the traditional ‘black-yellow cabs’ remained off roads, there were huge crowds on suburban railway stations to commute by local trains, which were running as per schedule. The BEST said eight of its buses were vandalised in different areas of Mumbai between midnight and 8 am today and has sought police protection. The wholesale APMC market remained closed in Pune in support of the bandh. “The traders of the market had decided to observe the bandh and informed the farmers in advance,” says market administrator Madhukant Garad. The three ruling allies -Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress -- had appealed to people to wholeheartedly support the bandh, which began at midnight, to express their solidarity with farmers. sports IPL: Narine fires with ball and bat as KKR win eliminator vs RCB the goan I network PANAJI Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral on Monday deliberated with officials of the Environment and other related departments to take stock of the work done till date and evolve mechanisms to expedite final reports of the suggestions and objections to the Coastal Zone Management Plans. Environment Secretary, Kunal, IAS, Environment Director Dasharath Redkar, who also doubles up as member-secretary of Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA), GCZMA’s domain experts and heads of the multiple teams constituted to map and ground-truth all the suggestions and objections met today. Redkar said, the meeting was an “informal one” and was held to take stock of the groundwork done and draw a roadmap to ensure the balance work is expedited so that the December 31 deadline to submit finalised plans is to be reserved in favour of SC, ST, and OBC candidates from the academic year 2021-2022 for the first time. The High Court questioned why GMC and GDC were left out, however there was “no explanation forthcoming in the affidavit filed on behalf of the government as to why no seats were reserved for the postgraduate courses in GMC and GDC despite its contention that the notifications of 2007 and 2014 provided for the same. While noting that there was “an attempt to downplay this long period of over 14 years” (since 2007 when the first notification making 12% reservations in all education institutions for STs mandatory and the government’s recent decision to implement reservations in GMC), the High Court said there was no cogent Withdrawal of monsoon over Goa delayed, likely to affect harvest Ops War of words over tree plantation at Caranzalem ‘road’ PANAJI The Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) has notified that the withdrawal of the monsoon over Goa will be delayed further and take a few more days, worrying the farming community which has already begun operations to harvest their paddy Kharif crop. Rains during harvesting operations poses impediments and adds to the cost. In rest of the country, the South-West monsoon had begun withdrawing around a week ago and the Meteorology Department had announced then that it will be delayed in the case of Goa. This year the monsoon withdrawal phenomenon began nearly three weeks late on October 6 as against the normal mid-September date. Currently, the monsoon has withdrawn from North West and Central India but will take a few more days in Goa, the IMD said. The monsoon normally withdraws in Goa by the second week of October. Meanwhile, according to IMD forecast, heavy rainfall is very likely at one or two places across the State till October 12. >Continued on P6 the goan I network PANAJI Clashes broke out at the site of the controversial roadwork off Caranzalem beach on Monday morning, as ruling BJP members planted saplings on the site while opposition party workers confronted them and alleged the plantation drive is just a cover-up and a stunt. Following an uproar over construction of a road off Caranzalem beach, BJP Yuva Morcha workers along with Revenue Minister Jennifer Monserrate and CCP Mayor Rohit Monserrate planted coconut saplings at the disputed road area. A group of Aam Aadmi Party supporters led by Cecille Rodrigues confronted the Monserrattes and BJP workers, alleging that the act of planting trees is just to cover up the controversial act. However, Jennifer Monserrate said they were unaware who did the roadwork and they were trying to rectify the situation. “You can’t blame an MLA for everything in the constituency. The opposition is just playing politics over a road issue,” said Jennifer. “While in opposition, it is 8 GCZMA takes stock, review meeting held to ‘expedite’ CZMPs courses were to the extent that persons from reserved categories were eligible for a lower cutoff marks for entry into post graduate courses. On September 7, 2007, the government reserved 12% of total seats in all educational institutions for Scheduled Tribes with immediate effect. On January 22, 2014, the government issued a notification to enhance the percentage of reservations for OBC from existing 19.5% to 27%. This was to apply among other things for admissions in the Government/Government aided institutions. Based on the aforesaid, reservations were provided for PG courses in all educational institutions except GMC and GDC for all these years. It is by the decision dated 04.05.2020 (which was challenged by the doctors in the present petition) that 41% of the total available State quota seats are the goan I network Minister’s son gets 3 days police custody weather >> news Says govt’s decision making process deeply flawed NEW DELHI: To discourage public spitting and save around Rs 1,200 crores and thousands of gallons of water every year, railways is introducing pocketsized reusable biodegradable spittoons. Spitting in public places is prohibited and remains a major nuisance. MUMBAI: Amitabh Bachchan has withdrawn from an advertising campaign of a paan masala brand and said he has returned the money he received for promoting it. RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 HC strikes down reservations for post-graduate courses at GMC Railways to soon introduce spittoons Big B withdraws from paan masala brand Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday The controversial road leading to the beach at Caranzalem. easy to oppose any project but those who are in the ruling have to ensure that things are delivered to people.” Meanwhile, AAP workers and some locals alleged that the traditional footpath had been blocked by haphazard plantation. AAP leader Valmiki Naik sought to know why there was no action on those involved in the roadwork by destroying natural cover. It may be recalled that on Saturday, people have objected to the construction of a road and had demanded an immediate halt to the work. The meeting was an “informal one” and was held to take stock of the groundwork done and draw a roadmap to ensure the balance work is expedited so that December 31 deadline to submit finalised plans is met — Dasharath Redkar met. The government’s CZMP finalisation exercise suffered a setback last week when the National Green Tribunal (NGT) rejected its plea for an extension in time beyond the December 31 deadline. Last week’s snub by the NGT has now made the task a daunting one for the government to accomplish so that the CZMPs are finalised and notified by this year end. >Continued on P6 Cruise ship bust: Top NCB sleuth says being spied on, files plaint PTI MUMBAI Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) zonal director Sameer Wankhede, heading the probe into the Mumbai drug bust case, alleged on Monday that his movement is being tracked. Wankhede has made an oral complaint before Maharashtra Police in this regard. He had spearheaded a raid on a cruise off the Mumbai coast earlier this month, leading to the arrest of several people, including Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan. The officer in his complaint alleged that he has come across several people, dressed in civil clothes, who were “following his movement”. Wankhede has also submitted proof of CCTV footage to the police. He further alleged that other officials of the Mumbai NCB team are also being “tracked”. Wankhede is a 2008 Batch IRS officer. His first posting was at the Mumbai airport as the Customs Officer. In the last two years, a probe led by him and his team managed to seize drugs worth Rs 17,000 crore. His posting and designations from 2008 to 2020 include Deputy Commissioner of Air Intelligence Unit. Covaxin trials on kids, adults Old Goa ferry route shut; tough days ahead for locals show similar results: Expert Traffic chaos at Ribandar ferry point the goan I network PTI NEW DELHI As India’s largest Covid-19 vaccination drive is underway, an All India Institute of Medical Sciences professor has claimed that the latest trials show that the safety and immunogenicity of India’s indigenous Covid-19 vaccine -- Covaxin -- are almost the same in children, as adults above 18-years of age. Dr Sanjay K Rai, a professor at Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS, said, “Covaxin’s trial was done on three age groups. The first group examined was between 12-18 years, the second group was between 6-12 years and the third age group was between Covaxin’s vaccine safety and immunogenicity are almost the same according to tests carried out on people aged between 12-18 years and then subsequently other groups 2-6 years.” Notably, Dr Rai presided over the trials of Covaxin on children. “At first, we finished the examination of people aged between 12-18 years and then subsequently other groups. Covaxin’s vaccine safety and immunogenicity are almost the same. However, the final results of these trials are awaited. We had already carried out trials on the adult population. For children, we are waiting for the results,” said the doctor. Dr Rai noted that globally it is observed that in children, SARS-CoV-2 isn’t fatal. “Only a very mild infection is present. In a few children, it’s milder than the common cold. Currently, we don’t have any justification on whether Zydus Cadila, Bharat Biotech, Pfizer or Moderna... which is the mildest. These vaccines are reducing the severity of the infection but not the infection,” he said. OLD GOA esidents of Divar will have to suffer for two more months as the River Navigation Department (RND) has suspended the Old Goa-Divar ferry route services from Monday. A notice issued by authorities states that “due to repairs of the ferry ramp at Old Goa, ferry services at Old Goa route will be suspended from October 11 to December 11. During this period, three ferry boats will ply along the St Pedro-Divar route.” On an earlier occasion, the Sao Pedro (Ribandar)-Divar ferry route was closed for three months from March to June and locals had to suffer as long queues of vehicles were witnessed along both sides of R Workers undertake repair of the ferry ramp at Old Goa. Manuel Vaz the Old Goa-Divar ferry route. In another notice, the RND has informed that ferry services at the Dhauji route in Old Goa will be suspended for three months, from October 13 to January 12, 2022, due to repairs of the ferry ramp at Dhauji. Speaking to The Goan, former panch Tulsidas Kundaikar said with the closure of one route, there is huge pressure on the other route and people OLD GOA: With the Old Goa-Divar ferry services suspended for two months from Monday, traffic chaos prevailed at the Sao Pedro (Ribandar) ferry point, with vehicles proceeding towards Divar queuing up along the main road. When The Goan visited the area during peak hours in the evening, a long queue of vehicles waiting to board the ferry for Divar was seen along the main road, forcing motorists to use the wrong lane and resulting in traffic chaos. However, no traffic police was posted at the site to ensure smooth flow of traffic. A woman from the locality demanded that traffic police should be posted at the ferry point during peak hours. have to wait for hours to cross to and from Divar island. “Today, I had to wait for an hour to cross from Divar to the mainland and that time, only two ferries were operational,” said Kundaikar. “One ferry witnessed a breakdown due to which it started drifting and luckily, no major incident occurred as the other ferry came to the >Continued on P6
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