log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY OCTOBER 21, 2021 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 8 pages PRICE ` 6 Do Indians need third Covid dose? PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 124 GOA 6 The Goan (Playstore) MMC drives home with mega recovery of ` 65.73-L on Wed 2 Goa Assembly term ends March 15: ECI IN SHORT >> Dates for SSC, HSSC exam declared PANAJI: Class X and XII students are set to answer the first of their two term exams from December 9 to 17 and December 8 to 18 respectively. The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education announced on Wednesday that it will hold its first term Board exam for Class XII (HSSCE) from December 8 to 18. The second term exams for the HSSCE will be held from March 18, 2022, it added. >> See pg 5 Nil Covid deaths, positivity down PANAJI: After deaths on five consecutive days, on Wednesday the Covid mortality slate was zero bringing relief to healthcare workers. With 47 of the 4,997 samples testing positive for covid, the State recorded reduced positivity rate of 0.94 per cent. With 70 recoveries, the active Covid count stands at 597. IMPLIES ENTIRE 2022 POLL PROCESS WILL BE COMPLETE BY THAT DATE THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Even as politicians and political parties have ramped up electoral moves and poll talk, the Election Commission of India on Wednesday announced that the current Goa legislative assembly ends its term on March 15 next year, thus implying that it could schedule the election factoring in the requirement to complete the entire process to enable constituting the next House by that date. Along with Goa, the term-ending dates of the legislatures of four more States -- Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur -were also simultaneously announced by the ECI. Five years ago, assembly elections to all these four States GETTING INTO POLL MODE Along with Goa, the term-ending dates of the legislatures of four more States -- Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur -- were also simultaneously announced by the ECI The ECI has also issued guidelines related to the curbs on the transfer of officers linked to election preparedness and related work and Goa were clubbed together and polls were held in multiple phases over a nearly twomonth period in 2017. Counting of votes and declaration of results in all the five States were however completed on a single day. Meanwhile, the ECI has also issued guidelines related to the curbs on the transfer of officers linked to election preparedness and related work. Those officers who are directly involved with the conduct of elections in these five States are required to be posted in districts other than their home district. Also, officers who have served in a particular area for long years are required to be shifted, according to the guidelines. Agreements on vax recognition signed MUMBAI: A special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances(NDPS) Act court rejected the bail plea of Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan arrested in the drugs on cruise case. >> See pg 7 WEATHER >> Max: 32.5 C Min: 25.2 C Humidity: 82% TIDES Low: High: 4:59 11:00 17:14 23:53 An Indian Army jawan rescues a child stranded in the floodwater in Tanakpur, Uttarakhand. PTI Pawar to discuss NCP tie-up with Cong high command THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) national leadership on Wednesday has decided to formally discuss with the Congress top leadership the issue of forging an alliance for the 2022 Goa Assembly polls. A delegation comprising NCP lone Goa MLA Churchill Alemao along with daughter Valanka and Prafulla Hede called on NCP supremo Sha- rad Pawar and National general secretary Praful Patel in Mumbai on Wednesday to discuss NCP poll preparedness for the Goa election and the issue of alliance with like-minded political parties. The meeting assumes significance and comes against the backdrop of the 10-day deadline set by Churchill to the NCP leadership to take a call on the issue of alliance with the Congress or go alone Former Dy CM Narvekar joins AAP, praises party THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Former Deputy Chief Minister Dayanand Narvekar on Wednesday joined the Aam Aadmi Party, even as he heaped praises on the party calling it a well-structured one. Dayanand Narvekar a fivetime MLA has been a former CM, finance minister and Goa’s youngest Speaker apart from holding many cabinet posts in the past. Narvekar was first voted to power from the Tivim constituency from 1977–1989. He served as the speaker of the Assembly from 1985 to 1989. Adv Surel Tilve, Vice President, AAP and Ponda As- GOA Taleigao hill cutting: Plaint filed before forest officials Water torment: Bardez supply restricted THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA The water supply section of the Public Works Department has announced restricted water supply to the entire Bardez on account of a breach in the Tillari canal. “The Bardez taluka will have restricted water supply till the restoration of water supply from Tillari irrigation canal,” stated a press note released by the Department of Information. Due to the shortage of raw water supply, Assonora water treatment plant has been drawing water from the Amthane dam. For the last 10 days, several parts of Bardez, especially Porvorim and Calangute, were not getting proper water supply. “Water supply will not be totally stopped although supply will be controlled due to shortage of raw water at the Assonora treatment plant,” said a PWD official. Meanwhile, Ports Minister >Continued on P5 3 8 SPORTS Rohit finds his groove as India defeat Australia in T20 warm-up Reels will roll, but rumble will be low-key this year IFFI organizers remain wary of Covid THE GOAN I NETWORK BEING CAUTIOUS PANAJI With fears of the Covid pandemic still occupying the mind space of the organisers, IFFI this year may not be able to match the scales of the grand event in the pre-Covid era, Vice-chairperson of the Entertainment Society of Goa Subhash Phaldesai said on Tuesday. Phaldesai also told reporters that the IFFI, like last year, would be held in a hybrid mode this year, adding that care would be taken to ensure that foreign delegates do not carry the infection to Goa during the gala event. “We are closely monitoring the situation of Covid in the state. It should not appear that we are responsible for spreading the virus. So we are trying to take every precaution and caution. Delegates have to be very safe. Goans have to be very safe. When people come from abroad, they should not Entertainment Society of Goa said IFFI, like last year, would be held in hybrid mode, adding that care would be taken to ensure that foreign delegates do not carry the infection to Goa during the gala event ESG maintained it will not be a full-fledged IFFI as carry any of the infections. So we are very cautious about all those factors,” Phaldesai told reporters here. “So though we want to celebrate it on a bigger scale, looking at Goa@60 and Azadi ka Amrit Mohatsav even then we are taking every care not to spread any of the infections which are existing as of today,” he also said. “The main decor, street decor, air travel, hotels, man- it was happening before in 2019, but one could expect a bit more than last year power requirement, executive appointment, delegate registration, all these are in full swing. Preparation is going on,” Phaldesai said, adding that a tender is in the process of being finalised for the selection of an event management agency for organising the opening and closing ceremonies. “An event management >Continued on P5 PTI MAPUSA: Stating that the State has made good progress in achieving the Swayampurna Goem target, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually interact with Goans on October 23 in an attempt to review the programme. >> See pg 3 Aryan denied bail RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal welcomes Dayanand Narvekar in the Aam Aadmi Party. sembly Incharge welcomed and introduced Dayanand Narvekar. “It is a great privilege to have Dayanand Narvekar, who holds years of experience in governance. His experience will be a great GCZMA directs sealing of beach club in Candolim DEHRADUN Landslides blocked roads, many villages went without electricity and the number of people dead climbed to 52 as authorities on Wednesday faced the aftermath of the rains that had battered Uttarakhand for over two days. Six more bodies were pulled out from the rubble of collapsed houses. Five people are still missing and 17 injured, according to official data. The weather cleared on Wednesday morning after the incessant rains since Sunday night that had triggered floods which washed away bridges and landslides which blocked access to towns like Nainital for hours. Most of the deaths were due to house collapses - an official statement said 46 of them suffered damage. Twenty-eight of the deaths were in Nainital district alone. The official count of people missing due to rain-related incidents does not include a trekking team of 11 people that left Uttarkashi but had not reached its destination Chitkul in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh. Also missing are three porters accompanying an ITBP patrol near the India-China border. MAPUSA After conducting an inquiry, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has directed the deputy collector and sub-divisional magistrate of Bardez to seal and stop commercial operations of a popular beach club in Candolim. The direction to seal the premises of the beach club has been taken under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, read with Rule 4 of the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986. GCZMA Member Secretary Dasharath Redkar said that the Barrel Yan Tree Beach Club constructed right on the beach at Vaddy, Candolim was involved in transgressions, causing major damage to the environment. “In order to avoid further environmental damage, the property needs to be sealed and the commercial operations shall be stopped immediately,” Redkar said in his order which was issued on Thursday (Oct 14). The GCZMA acted in the matter after receiving complaints against the beach club from the Calangute Constituency Forum and separate complaints from the villagers of Vaddy and residents of Candolim. Weather clears in Uttarakhand, but 52 left dead NO CHILD'S PLAY PM to interact with Goans on Oct 23 NEW DELHI: The Health Ministry on Wednesday said India has signed agreements for mutual recognition of nationally or WHO recognised Covid-19 vaccines with 11 countries including the UK, France and Germany. >> See pg 7 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday asset to AAP.” Speaking on the occasion, Narvekar said, “The AAP is a well-structured party which is appealing. AAP’s work is well known both nationally and internationally. I am very impressed by the schemes and works carried out in Delhi which Arvind Kejriwal showed me.” “If we talk just about the work in education, Kejriwal government’s schools are considered the best in the country even when compared to private schools. I’m thankful to AAP for giving me a platform to work and be of service for the next five,” Narvekar added. >Continued on P5 in the ensuing polls. Sources said both Pawar and Patel are believed to have assured the delegation that the duo will hold discussions with the Congress top leadership in Delhi before October-end. Churchill expressed satisfaction over the discussions the delegation had with both Pawar and Patel, saying the party will wait for the >Continued on P5 THE GOAN I NETWORK The beach club constructed right on the beach at Vaddy, Candolim, which has been directed to be sealed. The authority found that the beach club was involved in illegal construction of structures and a swimming pool, a restaurant, steps in front of the restaurant stage and washrooms with a deck on the beach. The GCZMA also said that the illegal construction was done by using laterite stones by destroying the beach, sand dunes and beach vegetation in survey 124 at Vaddy, Candolim. Sources informed that the beach club belongs to one of the senior politicians in the BJP-led government in the State. RTPCR test made must for int’l pax visiting India PTI NEW DELHI: ravellers fully vaccinated and coming from a country with which India has reciprocal arrangements for mutual acceptance of WHO approved Covid-19 vaccines will be allowed to leave the airport and need not undergo home quarantine and testing from October 25, according to the revised guidelines for international arrivals released today. They will, however, have to produce a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR report. If partially or not vaccinated, the travellers need to undertake measures which include submission of sample for post-arrival Covid-19 test at the point of arrival after which they will be allowed to leave the airport, home quar- T antine for seven days, re-test on the eighth day of arrival in India and if negative, further self monitor their health for next seven days. These guidelines for international arrivals supersede all guidelines issued on the subject on and after February 17, 2021, the Union health ministry said. “The global trajectory of Covid-19 pandemic continues to decline with certain regional variations. The need to monitor the continuously changing nature of the virus and evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs) must still remain in focus. The existing guidelines (issued on 17th February 2021 with subsequent addendums) for international arrivals in India have been formulated taking a risk-based approach. “In view of the increasing BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY This Standard Operating Procedure shall be valid from October 25 till further orders Based on the risk assessment, this document shall be reviewed from time to time, the ministry said. vaccination coverage across the globe and the changing nature of the pandemic, the existing guidelines for international arrivals in India have been reviewed,” the ministry said. The new document provides protocols to be complied with international travellers as well as those to be followed by airlines, points of entry (airports, seaports and land borders) for risk profiling of passengers. This Standard Operating Procedure shall be valid from October 25 till further orders. Based on the risk assessment, this document shall be reviewed from time to time, the ministry said. According to the ministry, India has signed agreements for mutual recognition of nationally or WHO recognised Covid-19 vaccines with 11 countries - the UK, France, Germany, Nepal, Belarus, Lebanon, Armenia, Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary and Serbia. Travellers coming from these countries who are fully vaccinated and 15 days have elapsed since completion of Covid-19 vaccination schedule, they shall be allowed to leave the airport and shall self monitor their health for 14 days post-arrival, according to the revised guidelines. While planning for travel, all travellers should submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel and upload a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey, according to the guidelines. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.
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