log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY DECEMBER 3, 2021 GOA 10 pages PRICE ` 6 Muslim body seeks correction in Margao ODP, insists on land for kabrastan Special supplement on feast of St Francis Xavier on PAGES 4 & 5 IN SHORT >> 142 vacancies in Edu department PANAJI: The Directorate of Education has notified 142 vacancies of primary teachers which it intends to fill on a ‘temporary’ basis and has called for online applications to fill theses posts. >> See pg 2 Mamata likely to visit Goa on December 13 PANAJI: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee are likely to visit Goa on December 13. Maha implements amended MV Act NEW DELHI: The Maharashtra government has hiked the compounding fees for traffic offences by issuing a notification about the implementation of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019. Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 166 GOA Resident doctors in rented premises as IPHB campus lacks basic facilities 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INDIA PM stresses on essential supplies as AP, Odisha brace for cyclone India’s first 2 Omicron cases found in K’taka ONE A SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL, OTHER A DOCTOR PTI NEW DELHI Two cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected in Karnataka, the Union government said on Thursday while asking people not to panic but follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and get vaccinated without delay. Both the patients had mild symptoms. Severe symptoms have not been noted, said Lav Agarwal, the joint secretary in the Union Health Ministry. Of the two cases, one was a 66-year-old South African man who came to Bengaluru on November 20 and left India after testing negative, the city’s civic agency officials said. They said the other was a 46-year-old man who is said to be a doctor -- an anaesthetist -- at a hospital in Bengaluru. He tested positive on November 22 and has no travel history to South Africa or any other country, the officials said. 5 contacts of Omicron patient in Bengaluru test positive BENGALURU: Five contacts of an Omicron patient have turned out to be Covid positive, Karnataka announced today, shortly after the Union health ministry said the first patients of the new Covid variant have been found in the state. The patients have been isolated and their samples have been sent for genome testing, a Karnataka official said amid concern over the highly infectious strain that has set off global alarm. Both the persons were inoculated with two doses of Covid vaccine, they said. At a press conference in Delhi, Agarwal said that following the detection of the two Omicron cases through the INSACOG network, all their primary and secondary contacts were traced in time and were being tested. “We need not panic about the Omicron detection but awareness is absolutely essential. Follow Covid-appro- priate behaviour and avoid mass gatherings,” ICMR Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava said, adding that increased Covid-19 vaccine uptake was the need of the hour. “Do not delay in getting fully vaccinated,” he stressed. Bengaluru civic agency officials said the South African national came to Bengaluru on November 20 and his samples were collected at the airport. After he tested Covid pos- itive, his samples were sent for genomic sequencing. The reports have come today confirming that the Covid infection was caused by the Omicron variant,” BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said on Thursday. He said the person was isolated in a hotel and underwent >Continued on P7 24 army men +ve at Dicarpale MARGAO: Health officials have recommended converting the military camp, Dicarpale into a containment zone after 24 personnel had tested positive for coronavirus in the last two days. While around 19 military personnel had tested positive for Covid on Wednesday, another five have tested positive on Thursday. >> See pg 2 8 SPORTS 2nd Test vs NZ: Weather, team combination worry for Kohli 10 On the eve of feast, rains damage Basilica pandal Masses shifted inside church THE GOAN I NETWORK OLD GOA The heavy downpour last night, early morning and afternoon on Thursday battered Old Goa and damaged the pandal installed outside the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The rains also dampened the grounds inside the pandal, which forced church authorities to celebrate early morning masses inside the Basilica, which were later shifted inside the pandal as the conditions improved. However, in the afternoon, the rains returned and Masses had to be celebrated inside the Basilica. Speaking to reporters, Basilica Rector Fr Patricio Fernandes said they had experienced a similar problem 10 years back due to the rains, after which metal sheets were used to cover part of the pandal, but not the entire pandal because the heat was unbearable. “For that reason, we installed the helicopter fans to give relief to the devotees. However, this year, the rain- A portion of the pandal that was damaged due to incessant rains. Manuel Vaz ST FRANCIS XAVIER’S FEAST TODAY PANAJI: Despite rains playing spoil sport, the stage is set for the feast of St Francis Xavier on December 3. Masses are scheduled at 3.30 am, 5 am, 6.30 am, 8 am, 10 am ( High Mass), 12.30 pm, 2 pm, 3.30 pm, 5 pm and 6.15 pm (English). water has entered the fans and it is a calamity.” “So, because of the rains, we have learnt our lessons and we are in a better position to be ready for any eventuality in the future,” Fr Fernandes said and stated that the area in front of the main stage needs to be raised so that water does not get accumulated there in case of rains. ON PAGE 3 Goa gets more rain, likely to continue on Friday He further informed that the sudden downpour forced them to shift two early >Continued on P7 Jayesh quits as MLA, National leaders overshadow local politicos in run up to polls all set to join BJP ASHLEY DO ROSARIO Former CM Ravi Naik also expected to switch from Cong to BJP THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In a sudden development, former minister and Saligao MLA Jayesh Salgaonkar of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) resigned as MLA late Thursday night and is expected to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday. Salgaonkar is the second MLA to quit membership of the House after former Navelim MLA Luizinho Faleiro, reducing the strength to 38. Salgaonkar, who reports said had been issued a showcause notice by the GFP on Thursday morning for alleged “anti-party activities” submitted his resignation letter as MLA to the office of the Speaker Rajesh Patnekar at the Goa legislative assembly complex late on Thursday night a little before 10 pm. Earlier on Thursday, the BJP dissolved its Saligao mandal after workers raised the banner of revolt and refused Loose tooth fallen off, says Vijai PANAJI: Reacting to his party MLA Jayesh Salgaonkar’s resignation, Goa Forward supremo Vijai Sardessai said, “the ‘loose tooth’ who has been flirting with the BJP has fallen off at night! “The desperation of @ DrPramodSawant is shaken by our unity with @INCIndia”, he said in a tweet. to toe the line walking out of a meeting at the State party office called to discuss the issue of Salgaonkar’s entry. There was also intense speculation on Thursday that former chief minister and Ponda MLA, Ravi Naik will also be joining the BJP on Friday. PANAJI As Goa inches closer to the once-in-five-years democratic exercise of an Assembly election, national leaders of political parties across the spectrum have overshadowed Goa’s politicians in almost every aspect of the preparations for the election -- strategy, striking alliances, fire-fighting intra-party battles and even shouldering mundane organisational chores. The two-national parties -- the ruling Bharaitya Janata Party (BJP) and the Opposition Congress -- have for the past two months driven their preparations with national leaders visibly in the driver’s seat. For the BJP it has been Maharashtra Opposition Leader Devendra Fadnavis who has been in the thick of things, first taking the onus of placating the rebellious Ports Min- ister Michael Lobo and also taking the lead in constituency-level party activities over the last several weeks. Fadnavis is expected to be back in the State on December 4 to further fine tune the ruling BJP’s electoral machinery. Veteran and suave politician P Chidambaram hasn’t lagged behind for the Congress. From presiding over block committee engagements to placating restive party workers wary over ad- mitting leaders from outside the party, the former finance minister has had his plate full. The recent finalisation of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC), with one president, two working presidents, a dozen vice-presidents, several general secretaries and joint secretaries, too has contributed little if anything to lighten the burden on Chidambaram and AICC general secretary in-charge of Goa, Dinesh Gundu Rao. Between them, the Chidambaram-Rao duo are pretty much at the helm and driving almost every aspect of the Congress preparations for the polls, be it strategizing, striking alliances and even shaping up block level committees. The story of national leaders taking centre-stage rings true in the campaigns of two other parties which are making a serious foray in Goa’s electoral battlefield -- Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Trinamool Congress. AAP’s supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is himself driving the party’s campaign in Goa aided by handpicked confidantes. The Delhi Chief Minister has already made several visits to the State and announced three major guarantees -- free electricity, jobs and unemployment doles and the free pilgrimage scheme for senior >Continued on P7 SINCE 1965 >Continued on P7 Over 30,000 pledge support for Palekar THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Advocate Amit Palekar’s indefinite hunger strike at Old Goa entered the fourth day even as support poured in from across Goa with more than 30 thousand people taking part in the signature campaign. On Thursday, many social groups started signature campaigns to support Palekar. The campaign which was carried out in Dabolim, Ponda, Cortalim, Aldona, Vasco and other parts of the State received overwhelming response. GOVT CANNOT JUST ORDER DEMOLITION OF OLD GOA STRUCTURE: BJP >> See pg 3 Over 30 thousand people signed in favour of Palekar and gave blessings to him for the kind of brave work he was doing. Residents of Benaulim along with AAP vice president Captain Venzy Viegas came out in support of Palekar’s stand to save Old Goa. >Continued on P7 Mapusa 3 - 6 December 2021 | Timing : 10.30 am - 8.00 pm Venue : Hotel Satyaheera Near Hanuman Temple, Opp. Inter-State Bus Terminal, Mapusa, Goa 403507
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