log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday MONDAY OCTOBER 18, 2021 GOA Covid snuffs out 4 more lives PANAJI: For a third day on the trot, Goa reported high mortality due to Covid with four more persons succumbing to the disease at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) at Bambolim in the 24-hour reporting period of Saturday-Sunday. These four deaths have raised the State’s pandemic death toll to 3346. Goa schools set to reopen today PANAJI: Schools across the state will recommence with physical classes for students from 9 to 12 std from October 18. The State Education Department has issued strict Covid-19 SOPs for reopening of the schools. Reginaldo is GPCC Working President PANAJI: Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco has been appointed as the Working President of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC). Congress President has approved the proposal of his appointment stated a release by AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal. James Andrade has been appointed as Treasurer of GPCC. Canacona freedom fighter no more CANACONA: Veteran freedom fighter Chandrakant Laxman Velip (86 years) passed away on Sunday. He died of a brief illness at Goa Medical College, Bambolim. His final rites were conducted late Sunday night at Poinguinim crematorium, sources said. Cricketer Yuvraj held, released CHANDIGARH: Former cricketer Yuvraj Singh was briefly arrested and then released on bail in Haryana, the police said, as part of an investigation into a complaint that he had used a casteist slur in an Instagram live video against cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal. >> See pg 7 Priyanka is face of UP poll campaign NEW DELHI: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be the face of the Congress’ election campaign in Uttar Pradesh, party’s newly-appointed campaign committee chief P L Punia said on Sunday, asserting the AICC general secretary is the most popular political figure in the state at present. >> See pg 8 Ramleela: Students’ body apologises NEW DELHI: The student body of All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi issued an apology on Sunday after videoclips of a Ramlila skit performed by some students of the institute drew widespread criticism on social media for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. >> See pg 8 Singhu lynching: 3 sent to custody CHANDIGARH: Three people allegedly involved in the lynching of a labourer at a farmers’ protest site near Singhu border were remanded to six days in police custody as the Haryana Police set up two Special Investigation Teams to probe the incident. >> See pg 8 WEATHER >> Max: 31.9C Min: 25C Humidity: 87% TIDES Low: High: 3:10 9:42 15:49 22:10 The Goan (Playstore) Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday 10 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 121 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 4 10 2 7 Breakthrough in Ponda double Two-day ‘farewell’ Assembly session murder, Surla youth arrested begins today Luizinho, Churchill simultaneously land in Navelim on campaign trail IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday GOA SPORTS NEWS Five tourists held in attack on Anjuna local T20 WC: Focus on Hardik as India face England in warm-up match Two more non-local labourers shot dead by terrorists in J&K HAD TAKEN LOAN FROM THE DECEASED, ADDICTED TO GAMBLING: COPS THE GOAN I NETWORK PONDA The police on Sunday arrested Mahadev Ghadi from Surla-Bicholim for the heinous murder of two elderly sisters -- Mangala Kamat and Jeevan Kamat -- at Ponda. The murderer was known to the victims and the reason for the killing was due to money borrowing issue, informed Pankaj Kumar Singh, Superintendent Of Police (South) in a press conference at Ponda. The police had received a telephonic call informing them that the two women were lying in a pool of blood in a kitchen of a flat on the first floor at Super Market Complex Kaziwada, Ponda. Based on CCTV footage in and around the place of offence and perusing the cell phone data, police ap- 5 murders in Ponda in 1.5 year: SP PONDA: SP Pankaj Kumar Singh said that in the last one and half year in Ponda area 5 murders have occurred and police were successful in detecting the crime within 24 hours. The murders that occurred are murder of truckdriver at Dhavali by his colleague. A murder of a Nepali lady by her boyfriend, a murder of a person by his brother at Kundaim, A murder of person by his uncle at Shiroda. prehended Mahadev Ghadi. During the interrogation, he confessed to the crime. He disclosed that he had >Continued on P7 Agonda murder was planned much in advance: Police THE GOAN I NETWORK CANACONA Police investigations into the murder of Sonia Monterio e Pereira (33), who was allegedly shot dead by her husband, Alfred Pereira (43), at the gate of their house at Agonda on Saturday night have revealed that the murder was premeditated and meticulously planned because of a marital discord. Further details of the gruesome crime were revealed on Sunday after police brought the accused to the house on Sunday morning, to get BJP-MGP alliance: Sudin cries suicide once again But doesn’t rule out any truck entirely THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI/VASCO Before Goa goes to polls in 2022, MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar may well have outdone Bollywood actor Dharmendra’s ‘suicide’ histrionics from atop a water tank in the blockbuster film Sholay. The former deputy Chief Minister once again likened aligning MGP’s political interests with the BJP for the upcoming polls to suicide on Sunday. Speaking to reporters at the Dabolim international airport, Dhavalikar also said that it was because of him and the MGP, that the BJP was able to form each of its governments in Goa since 1999. “I will not comment on the alliance, the executive committee will take note of it. But the BJP has betrayed us thrice and this betrayal, we cannot forget. We will have to think thoroughly before aligning with them, or else it will be suicide for us,” Dhavalikar said, while once again not entirely ruling out any truck with the BJP for the polls. On October 12, Dhavalikar had taken the suicide analogy a notch higher, when he said: “We have committed suicide with BJP on three occasions, the fourth suicide will be amount to squeezing one’s throat”. The MGP leader said that no political party would tolerate the manner in which the BJP SPEAKING HIS MIND I have only heard about the BJP being open to alliance with regional parties but the way they have behaved with us recently, no party will tolerate it. Since 1999, MGP has always been instrumental in bringing BJP to power and I, personally, have played a major role. I would speak directly only to Manohar Parrikar earlier and only BJP secretary Sanjeev Desai knew the internal things between us, but in the absence of Parrikar the leaders present now are only pawns who have no knowledge I don't want to comment on alliance as it will be decided by our executive committee treated his party. “From 1999 whenever the BJP government was formed, Sudin Dhavalikar’s contribution has been huge. Only one person knows this because when both sides used to talk, we would speak to Manohar Parrikar. The only other person who knew what was happening was their treasurer Sanjiv Desai. All the others were pawns... the king’s pawns. They did not know anything,” the MGP leader said. “From 1999 till today, whenever BJP formed a government, these governments were formed because of the MGP,” he also said. The BJP leadership in the state has also yo-yoed over starting alliance parleys with the MGP. While Chief Minister Pra- mod Sawant and BJP state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade initially said that the BJP would go it alone to the polls, their hard stance appeared to mellow with the arrival of former Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP’s Goa desk in-charge Devendra Fadnavis on the scene. While Fadnavis then said that doors for an alliance are open, Union Home Minister Amit Shah publicly thundered on Thursday that the party would look for a full majority on its own. Two days after Shah’s diktat, Tanavade made a public appeal to regional parties, including the MGP and Goa Forward, to join the BJP for alliance parleys. >Continued on P7 Police brought the accused Alfred Pereira (face covered) to the house at Agonda on Sunday morning to recount the incident. Kathy Fernandes PANAJI Aam Aadmi Party’s Capt Venzy Viegas launched the party’s Benaulim Senior Citizens Manifesto Committee in the presence of Ex-Deputy Director Tourism Department Goa José Rock and ex-Sarpanch Benaulim John Barretto. Both, Rock and Barretto joined the AAP on Sunday along with some senior citizen professionals. Speaking on the occasion, Capt Viegas said, “Today, senior citizens in the constituency are neglected and no government has put a system in The AAP’s Benaulim Senior Citizens Manifesto Committee. place to ensure their welfare. Our senior citizens-centric manifesto will resolve various issues and concerns related to seniors who have contributed so much to this state and country at large.” “Today, I have six senior citizens in my immediate family and we had a tough time when we decided to keep two of our family members at an old-age home. I have promised myself we must ensure senior citizens are taken care of by putting a system in place PANAJI In what would be its last session before a new House is constituted following the 2022 polls, a two-day session of the Goa legislative assembly will get underway on Monday with very scant business of import listed on the agenda. The primary goal of holding the session at a time when all political parties in the State are changing gears to poll mode, government sources said was to comply with the Constitutional requirement of ensuring a gap of no more than six months between two consecutive sessions of a State’s Legislature. According to Legislature Secretary Namrata Ulman, 77 starred and 325 unstarred questions are slated to be tabled during this two-day session, apart from five to six zero hour mentions and calling attention motion notices given ROADS & MURDERS TO BE FOCUS The Opposition is all set to take on the government on the question of the deteriorating law-and-order situation in the State in the wake of the recent spurt in murders through a calling attention motion. The abysmal condition of the roads in the State will also be taken up, the opposition said by members. Ulman also said that obituary and congratulatory motions are listed for discussion besides the tabling of the report of the Business Advisory Committee. Passing of the second set him to provide information into the incident as part of the investigations under the supervision of Canacona PI Tulsidas Naik and DySP and SDPO Shivendu Bhushan. Kerala rain fury leaves 27 dead Politicians do not even spare Gods in this festive season! AGENCIES THIRUVANANTHAPURAM The death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala rose to 27 on Sunday, with the recovery of more bodies from the landslip-ravaged areas of Kottayam and Idukki districts. While the State experienced a marked reduction in rainfall activity on Sunday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan advised continued caution as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast widespread rainfall again from October 13. The disaster management machinery in the State will function round-the-clock, he said, urging the public to avoid unnecessary travel. The bodies of more landslip victims were recovered from Koottickal taking the overall toll in Kottayam district to 13. In Idukki, the bodies of eight landslip victims have been recovered from Kokkayar and one body from the nearby Peruvanthanam village, Idukki district collector Sheeba George said. Kerala also reported a number of drowning deaths, including that of an 18-month girl from Eramala in Kozhikode district. Thrissur and Palakkad districts reported one death each — of a 62-year-old man from Kunnamkulam and a 75-year-old man from Pattambi. Two persons lost their lives at Kanjar in Idukki on October 16 after their car was trapped in floodwaters. (>> Related reports on pg 8) AAP Benaulim vows to care for its seniors, forms committee THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK and here is the start,” he said. “It is so painful that when I was in dire need of help. Nobody came forward and now the same people are making fun of my hardships. I am taking a pledge today that I will take care of all the senior citizens of Benaulim so that no one else faces the same hardship. I am also requesting all senior citizens of Benaulim to be a part of this initiative and share their valuable suggestions on things to put in place,” said Capt Viegas. AAP Benaulim Coordinator Alban Rebello announced >Continued on P7 >Continued on P7 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI It’s just not cool to compare Shantadurga, Goa’s indigenous avataar of Goddess Durga, to a human being, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Sunday while slamming Goa Forward working president Kiran Kandolkar’s attempt to liken West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Durga and her Goan avataar. “Devi Shantadurga is our prime deity. We worship Devi >Continued on P7 Comparing Modi to Lord Ram also wrong: Nilkant MAPUSA: No politician should be compared to any God or Goddess, said Tivim MLA Nilkant Halarnkar and suggested that comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Lord Ram was equally wrong. Halarnkar, on Sunday, also hit out at former Tivim MLA Kiran Kandokar for comparing Mamata Banerjee to Goddess Shantadurga. >Continued on P7 Shantadurga. Goans will not like Shantadurga being compared to someone, especially a human being. No one will accept it. Goans will not tolerate comparing Devi Shantadurga to a human being,” Sawant said on Sunday. Sawant said that Goa stood out because of the religious >Continued on P7
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