log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday SUNDAY DECEMBER 5, 2021 GOA 100 kgs explosives stolen from Bicholim godown, 3 held (Feature section Pgs 9 to 12) O n-Topic How can Goa brace for another surge amid Omicron By Adv Moses Pinto By Shahnaz Husain B eauty Dry winter skin remedies T he Healthy Goan People who exercise in groups derive healthier benefits By Shawn Radcliffe H ealth Understanding haemophilia, its treatment, troubles & challenges Dr Dhanesh Volvoikar C ar Review Mercedes A45 S AMG: Engineering marvel in a hatchback By Ritesh Madhok L ife Vastu tips for ideal house plan By Agnelo Pires H onest Tiatr Review By Melba Vaz, A V Fernandes and S Haldankar IN SHORT >> Two more succumb to Covid, 37 new cases NEW DELHI: Two more persons succumbed to Covid in the State in the last 24 hours thereby taking the death toll to 3387. Thirty-seven more people also tested positive among the 2322 samples that were tested. Farmers now want cases to be withdrawn NEW DELHI: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha formed a 5-member panel for dialogue with the government on pending demands including MSP, compensation to kin of farmers who died during the protest and withdrawal of cases, Rakesh Tikait said. >> See pg 6 Veteran journalist Vinod Dua no more NEW DELHI: Veteran journalist Vinod Dua has died after a prolonged illness following a Covid infection, his daughter Mallika Dua has confirmed in a social media post. The 67-year-old journalist was last week moved to the Intensive Care Unit of Apollo Hospital in Delhi. Cyclone weakens into depression: IMD NEW DELHI: In a relief for AP, Odisha and West Bengal, cyclonic storm ‘’Jawad’’ weakened into a deep depression on Saturday, IMD said. WEATHER >> Max: 31.1 C Min: 22.1 C Humidity: 88% TIDES Low: High: 05.10 10.27 17.14 ------- Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 12 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 168 3 GOA Roseferns, Jacob to oversee international tiatr convention 5 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INDIA Woman can’t file domestic violence plaint at place where she is visiting: HC 6 8 SPORTS 2nd Test: India dominate Kiwis after Ajaz bags historic 10-for People have branded Goa as 2 more Omicron cases detected ‘casino capital’: Union Min ONE EACH IN GUJARAT & MAHARASHTRA BOTH INDIAN TRAVELLERS FROM AFRICA SAYS CENTRE FORMALLY WILLING TO COIN A DESCRIPTOR IF NEEDED THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In a statement which might niggle the ruling BJP-led coalition government in Goa ahead of the 2022 assembly polls, a gung-ho Union Minister for Tourism and Culture G Kishen Reddy said that the central government was formally willing coin a descriptor for Goa as the ‘casino capital of India’. Reddy told a press conference here on Saturday, that Goa had already been christened by the people of India as the ‘casino capital’ of the country, and expressed no surprise that destinations like Goa and Sikkim, both of which have legalised casino operations, have seen flocks of visiting tourists. “The people have given that title. We do not need to give a title. People are flocking to Sikkim, the other is here. Old Goa structure built without ASI permission: Kishen Reddy PANAJI: The Union Ministry for Tourism and Culture has formed a special ASI team to crackdown on illegalities involved in the construction of the controversial bungalow in the protected Old Goa area, Union Minister G Kishen Reddy said on Saturday. Reddy also said the bungalow had been constructed without ASI permission. “We will take action. This is wrong. Enquiry is on”, he said. >> See pg 3 People have declared this is the casino capital. There is no need (for the government) to do it,” Reddy said, when a reporter asked him if the central government was considering branding Goa as the ‘casino capital’ of India. Goa has around five operational offshore casinos and around 10 onshore casinos operating in the state. The casino industry, which has been the source of flak for successive Congress and BJP-led coalition governments over the last decade, has witnessed hordes of footfalls, after it was reopened following a long spell of closure on account of the second Covid wave. Nearing the end of the press conference, Reddy also said that if Goa would stand to benefit by the central government’s formal recognition of the state as the ‘casino capital’ of India the central government would “definitely do it”, before Union Minister of state for Tourism Shripad Naik, who was also present on the dais, hurriedly announced the end of the media event. On the tourism front, Reddy said the central government is also working to develop 75 tourist destinations on international lines, adding, “These destinations would be developed as iconic projects.” On Covid-19, he said that the pandemic had impacted the tourism sector in the State, which is witnessing a revival as the domestic travellers have started going across the country. ON PAGES 2 & 3 Colva needs better facilities MARGAO: Union Tourism Minister, G Kishan Reddy on Saturday inaugurated tourist amenities at the Colva beach, but felt that a lot more facilities ought to have been put in place at the world famous with the funds spent on the project. Charters in quandary PANAJI: In what could spell as bad news for Goa, which was readying for inbound foreign charter tourists, the new Covid variant Omicron could prove to be a dampener for the charter industry in India, Union Minister for Tourism and Culture G Kishen Reddy said on Saturday. PTI AHMEDABAD India on Saturday reported two more cases of the Omicron variant of Covid with a 72-year-old NRI man from Gujarat and a 33-year-old man from Maharashtra (Dombivli) found infected with the new strain after they came from the “at-risk” countries of Zimbabwe and South Africa respectively taking to four the total number of such cases in the country. As states tighten curbs to keep the Omicron variant at bay, the Centre has advised them to undertake enhanced surveillance of international travellers and also monitor emerging COVID hotspots. While Gujarat’s Commissioner of Health Jai Prakash Shivhare confirmed that the elderly Non-resident Indian from Jamnager city has tested positive for the Omicron variant, Maharashtra health department director Dr Archana Patil confirmed that a man from Kalyan Dombivli Govt warns States on rising cases NEW DELHI: The government on Saturday wrote to five States -- Odisha, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Mizoram, and the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir -- to express concern over a rapid increase in daily new Covid cases and mortality rates, and underline the danger posed by the Omicron variant. municipal area near Mumbai was found infected by the potentially contagious variant. It was the first cases of Omicron of variant for the two western States. The country’s first two cases of the Omicron variant were reported on Thursday in Karnataka -- in a 66-yearold South African flyer and a 46-year-old Bengaluru doctor with no travel history and >Continued on P5 electric way to tackle pollution Monserrate couple, Goa goes the POLICY, SUBSIDIES ON E-VEHICLES, E-CHARGING STATIONS GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES 35 others get court ON PAGE 3 summons on Dec 6 PANAJI PS ATTACK CASE THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI/MAPUSA A Mapusa court has directed Revenue Minister Jennifer Monserrate and Panaji MLA, Anatasio (Babush) Monserrate to remain present in the court on December 6 in the 2008 Panaji police station attack case trial. The Additional Sessions Judge, Sherin Paul has issued notices to the Monserrate couple and 35 other accused to be present and explain why the trial against them in the Panaji police station attack case should not be resumed. Last week, the High Court of Bombay at Goa had reserved the order on the petitions filed by the Monserrates and other accused seeking quashing of the proceedings in the case. After hearing the arguments in the case which concluded on Nov 30, Justice Manish Pitale had reserved his order in the case. Interestingly, along with the Monserrates the 35 others who are in the list of accused in the case include two former CCP mayors -- Tony Rodrigues Apart from the Monserrates, others include two former CCP mayors -- Tony Rodrigues and Uday Madkaikar -current Taleigao sarpanch Janu Rosario and several former panchas of Taleigao and CCP councillors and Uday Madkaikar -- both of who have switched camps to the Congress. Current Taleigao sarpanch Janu Rosario besides several other former panchas of Taleigao and councillors of the CCP also figure in the list. In February 2008, Babush Monserrate, then MLA of Taleigao had led a morcha before the Panaji police station demanding release of his supporter, who had allegedly been roughed up by the cops inside the lockup, had turned violent. The CBI had chargesheeted the Monserrates and others in the case. CANACONA The State government on Saturday launched the Goa State Electric Vehicle Policy 2021 and Electric Charging Stations Policy 2021, staking claim to be the first state to provide subsidies on purchase of Electric Vehicles and setting up of Electric Charging Stations. Union Minister of Heavy Industries Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries Krishan Pal Gurjar and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant launched the two State policies at the Round Table organised by the Union Ministry of Heavy Industries to promote Electric Mobility at Canacona on Saturday. On the occasion, 10 electric buses sanctioned for the KTC under the FAME II scheme were also flagged off by Dr Pandey and Sawant, adding to the fleet of 50 such buses already plying on roads in the State. The Goa State Electric Vehicle Policy 2021 provides for fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for electric vehicles, electrifi- cation of ferries and focus on R&D and skill development. In his address, Sawant informed the participants on Goa’s progress in electric mobility, including grants of subsidies and setting up electric charging stations. “There is an immediate need to bring down pollution >Continued on P5 ‘All states, stakeholders supporting electric mobility’ Indian auto sector must seek major share of global electric auto market: Dr Pandey SINCE 1965 >Continued on P5 Twisted loyalty: 17 legislators shift parties in past five years SIX MLAS ALSO RESIGNED PREMATURELY THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI If Ponda’s Congress MLA Ravi Naik joins the BJP on Sunday as is being speculated, he will become the 18th legislator to have switched party loyalty in the current five-year term of the Goa legislative assembly. To put this in perspective, nearly 50 per cent of the 37 MLAs affiliated to parties have switched sides during the present term. The balance three MLAs are independents. Also of interest is the fact that six MLAs resigned from the membership of the House prematurely necessitating bye-elections in four. FACTS & FIGURES BJP was the major beneficiary of switch in party loyalties Congress ended up being the worst affected, losing 13 of its 17 legislators in the last five years Congress suffered the biggest setback in July 2019 when 10 MLAs switched loyalties to BJP Three of these six politicians earned their House membership back winning the subsequent bye-election on an opposing party’s ticket -- Vishwajit Rane in 2017 itself and the Subhash Shirodkar-Dayanand Sopte duo in 2019. The other three, Siddharth Kuncolienkar, Luizinho Fa- leiro and Jayesh Salgaonkar, did not contest bye-election the former because he had to make way for the Late Manohar Parrikar in 2017, and the Faleiro-Salgaonkar duo because their quitting the House was too close to the end of the legislature’s term not >Continued on P5 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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