log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday TUESDAY JANUARY 11, 2022 8 pages PRICE ` 6 Legal, moral issues that arise with Space tourism 6 IN SHORT >> GMC kiosk owners may end protest OLD GOA: The displaced GMC kiosk owners and vendors, who have been protesting over their rehabilitation issue, have completed 50 days on Monday and are likely to call off the protest. A kiosk owner informed decision to this effect will be announced on Tuesday. >> See pg 3 GFP announces 1st list of candidates PANAJI: Goa Forward Party announced its first list of candidates for the ensuing Assembly Elections. Party Supremo Vijai Sardesai will contest from Fatorda, while Santosh Kumar Sawant will contest from Mayem, a statement of the party said. Chodankar tests Covid positive PANAJI: GPCC President Girish Chodankar has tested positive for Covid. On Friday, Chodankar had participated in a morcha to the Raj Bhavan and had also convened a news conference before being tested positive. >> See pg 2 Kashi Naik is new Goa Dairy MD PANAJI: Kashi Naik, senior chemist of the cattle feed plant, took charge as the new Managing Director of Goa Dairy on Monday. “I came to take charge as MD on Friday. However, outgoing MD Anil Fadte did not hand over charge. After that, there was a holiday for two days and so, I took charge on Monday,” said Naik. >> See pg 5 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 204 GOA Assn wants ouster of SGPDA member secy for failing on sopo collection 2 Aung San Suu Kyi gets 4 yrs in prison MYANMAR: A Myanmar junta court on Monday convicted Aung San Suu Kyi of three criminal charges, sentencing her to four years in prison in the latest in a slew of cases against the ousted civilian leader. WEATHER >> Max: 30 C Min: 19 C Humidity: 69% TIDES Low: High: 12:23 5:07 ---19:32 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA CAG decries attempts to create discord in Sancoale 3 2 more exit BJP, focus now shifts on tickets n MICHAEL LOBO, PRAVIN ZANTYE QUIT n LOBO’S EXPECTED ENTRY INTO CONG DEFERRED, ZANTYE TO EMBRACE MGP SOON THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Two-term Calangute MLA Michael Lobo expectedly resigned from the cabinet and also his membership of the Goa legislative assembly and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday but his expected entry into the Opposition Congress in the evening has got deferred for unexplained reasons. Hours after Lobo’s resignation, another ruling party MLA, Pravin Zantye, also resigned from the membership of the House and the party’s primary membership. After quitting, Lobo, who had for the last two months or so been consistently mak- WILL CAMPAIGN ONLY AFTER TICKET IS ASSURED: BABUSH >> See pg 3 I quit because the BJP is not the same as the one he had joined when it was led by the late Manohar Parrikar – Pravin Zantye ing sharp dissenting statements against both the government and the ruling party from within, said the ordinary workers were It has been a good, long journey with the BJP but workers are unhappy with the party. Maybe I am wrong. I have seen with my own eyes, heard it with my own ears – Michael Lobo feeling sidelined. “It has been a good, long journey with the BJP but work- ers are unhappy with the party. Maybe I am wrong. I have seen with my own eyes, heard it with my own ears,” he said emerging out of the Assembly complex where he submitted his resignation to the legislature secretary. Meanwhile, Lobo’s expected entry into the Congress which sources said was to be held at 4 pm got deferred for unexplained reasons. Although for the record Lobo had claimed that he had “not yet” decided which 1.5k precaution doses given on day 1 in Goa JUST BLACK THE GOAN I NETWORK India for positive talks with China NEW DELHI: India is looking forward to “constructive” dialogue with China to resolve issues in remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh, sources in the security establishment said on Monday ahead of the 14th round of military talks between the two sides on the 20-month row. >> See pg 7 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday A worker blanks out a political party hoarding, which was put up on Fatorda-Nuvem border, on Monday, keeping in tune with the strict implementation of the Model Code of Conduct. (Report on page 2) Santosh Mirajkar Demolished twice, structure re-emerges; HC orders stay THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa has stayed the construction of a structure at the Vagator beach and ordered that no commercial activities be carried out at the site after petitioners pointed out that the structure that was demolished twice by the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) was mushrooming once again. In an order passed on Monday, the High Court bench of Justices Sadhana Jadhav and Manish Pitale ordered to stop the illegal commercial activities being carried out pending final hearing of the petition to stop the illegal, any further construction work being carried out in the properties. “It is in these circumstances that it would be necessary to restrain respondent No 10 from undertaking com- mercial activities, so also, the construction at the said site needs to be stayed forthwith,” the High Court ruled. The structure was built in the premises owned by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC). The GCZMA told the court that on prior two occasions a structure that had come up in the property was demolished for being in violation of the Coastal Zone Management Rules and was illegal. PANAJI The Directorate of Health Services on Monday administered 1,513 precautionary doses of Covid vaccine as part of the nationwide drive to issue booster doses to healthcare and frontline workers and persons aged above 60 years with comorbidities. To date, 11.25 lakh people have been fully vaccinated in Goa while 2.15 persons are still partially vaccinated. A total of 24.66 lakh doses have been administered in the state so far. Meanwhile, the State’s active Covid caseload crossed the 10,000 mark on Monday. The state presently has an active Covid caseload of 10,139. The DHS recorded 1,592 new cases in the last 24 hours. The daily positivity rate stood at a high of 27.28 per cent. While one Covid related death was recorded, the number of hospitalizations also rose to 23. However, the majority of Covid positive patients continue to remain under home isolation. On Monday, 1,569 persons opted for home isolation. Meanwhile, two more cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been confirmed >Continued on P5 party he will be joining, clear indications were set out that he will be embracing the Congress. On Sunday, Opposition Leader Digambar Kamat had admitted on record that the BJP minister was in touch with the Congress’ leadership. Lobo’s expected entry into the party meanwhile evoked sharp reactions from the Congress Calangute Block Committee whose president Benedict D’Souza said none of the partymen from the constituency had been taken into confidence on the issue. Meanwhile, Zantye claimed he quit because the BJP was not the same as the one he >Continued on P5 8 SPORTS Kohli returns as India seek historic series win in SA Sawant blames it on agenda of greed, personal interests THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that BJP was a big family and a few defections to fulfill the agenda of “greed” and “personal interests” will not derail the BJP’s agenda of good governance and the party will storm to power again. “Bharatiya Janata Party is a big family that continues to serve the motherland with full devotion! A few defections to fulfill the agenda of greed and personal interests cannot deter our agenda of good governance,” Sawant tweeted, reacting to the resignation of his colleague and BJP MLA from Calangute, Michael Lobo. He also said that the people of Goa have witnessed the governance and development carried out by the BJP-led government and would re-elect BJP to power in 2022. “Goan people have seen BJP’s governance and development model for a decade and I am sure that they will Lobo quit over refusal of ticket to wife: Tanavade PANAJI: BJP State President, Sadanand Tanavade, meanwhile, claimed that Lobo’s exit from the party was no surprise and the leadership was aware of it. He said the party’s refusal to allot the Siolim ticket to Lobo’s sarpanch wife Delilah was the reason for the resignation. >> See pg 3 give us another term in their service. Jai Hind, Jai Goa,” he said, in another tweet. Lobo, who has been sulking for the last almost two months, finally tendered his resignation as a minister and MLA on Monday morning. He said BJP was no longer following late Manohar Parrikar’s legacy and all those who were close to Parrikar were ignored. Congress faces rebellion in Salcete over tickets Simmering discontent witnessed in constituencies of Navelim, Velim, Nuvem & Curtorim THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO With the party unveiling party candidates one by one, Congress leaders are bracing up for a possible rebellion in its ranks led by aspirants, whose claim for tickets did not find favour with the party leadership. Even as reports indicated that the party decision to nominate Avertano Furtado for the Navelim did not go down well with ticket aspirant, Rehan Muzzawar, party leaders including Opposition leader Digambar Kamat were preoccupied with probable candidates from other constituencies, since last night, trying to do a balancing act as the party is set to unveil the final list of candidates in the coming days. Resentment seems to be brewing in the Rehan Muzzawar camp in Navelim, sources said, after the Congress high command settled for former minister Avertano Furtado for the Navelim seat. Supporters pointed out that the strong contender was used by the party leaders to HECTIC PARLEYS Party leaders including Opposition leader Digambar Kamat were preoccupied with probable candidates from other constituencies to keep resentment at bay Supporters pointed out that strong contenders were used by party to mobilize crowds for the rallies and programmes, but failed to consider their claim for tickets 4 NAMES ON CARDS FOR CURTORIM TICKET >> See pg 2 RAHUL RETURNS FROM ABROAD, REVIEWS POLL STRATEGY FOR GOA >> See pg 5 mobilize crowds for the party rallies and programmes, but failed to consider the claim for the ticket. Rehan was closeted with his supporters on Monday to have a second round of meeting after the first one held late Sunday called upon him to take appropriate decision, including the one to contest the coming polls. Rehan told The Goan that he would go by the advice of his workers, who are all deeply hurt over the party decision to award the ticket to Avertano. “I will decide in a day or two on my political future,” he said, even as his workers have called for resignation from the Congress and to chalk out the future course of action. Rehan had eyes on the strong 6000 Muslim votes in Navelim constituency as evident by the fact that he had mobilized supporters at programmes and rallies in the last two months. Meanwhile, Congress leaders seem to treading a cautious path on possible rebellion in its ranks in Salcete as well as in Bardez over the nomination of candidates. Sources said the party leadership is grappling with >Continued on P5 SC orders 4-member panel to In new advisory, Centre says contacts of Covid probe PM’s security breach patients don’t need to be tested unless high risk Pulls up Centre for show-cause notices to Punjab officials AGENCIES NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Monday said it will appoint a four-member committee headed by a retired top court judge to probe Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security breach incident in Punjab. A bench comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justices Hima Kohli and Surya Kant said the committee will also include DGP Chandigarh, Inspector General of National Investigation Agency (NIA), Registrar General of Punjab and Haryana High Court and Additional DGP Punjab. As per the Supreme Court’s directions, all documents have been taken over by the Registrar General of the High Court. I had pointed out that even as the central government agency, I won’t get fair hearing because there is some politics behind it — DS Patwalia, Advocate General (Punjab govt) All current inquiry committees set up by the Centre and Punjab government should stop, the bench said. The Supreme Court bench was hearing a plea by the Punjab government seeking an independent probe into the PM’s security breach incident. Appearing for the Punjab government, Advocate General DS Patwalia said, “As per the Supreme Court’s directions, all documents have been taken over by the Registrar General of the High Court. I had pointed out that even as the central government agency, I won’t get fair hearing because there is some politics behind it.” AGENCIES NEW DELHI n fresh advisory for testing Covid samples, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday said that the contacts of Covid patients do not need testing unless identified as high risk based on age or comorbidities. The ICMR Advisory on Purposive Testing Strategy for Covid-19 said individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel also do not need to get tested. It said testing can be undertaken either through RT-PCR, TrueNat, CBNAAT, CRISPR, RTLAMP, Rapid Molecular Testing Systems or through Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). A positive point-of-care test I Low Covid hospitalisation rate may change quickly: Centre NEW DELHI: Five to 10 per cent of the active Covid cases this time so far needed hospitalisation but the situation is dynamic and may change rapidly, the Centre said on Monday and asked states to keep a watch on cases under home isolation and in hospitals. During the second surge of Covid infections in the country, the percentage of active cases that needed hospital care were in the range of [home or self-test/RAT] and molecular test is to be considered confirmatory, without any repeat testing, the advisory said. Symptomatic individuals, testing negative on home/selftest or RAT should undertake 20-23 per cent, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter to states and Union territories. The rise in COVID-19 cases in various parts of the country appears to be driven by the Omicron variant as well as by the continued presence of Delta, he said and stressed on augmenting human resources, particularly healthcare workers, for Covid management. >> See pg 7 RT-PCR test, it stated. Earlier in the day, during the meeting with health ministers of 5 States & one UT, the Union health minister advised them to ensure that all kinds of Oxygen infrastructure be checked such that it is in a functional/operational state, sources said. “Let there be no lapses in our preparedness as we battle this surge of the pandemic. A holistic synergy between Centre and States is most vital for seamless and effective pan- NEW GUIDELINES The ICMR Advisory on Purposive Testing Strategy for Covid-19 said individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel also do not need to get tested demic management,” Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said. “States advised to undertake a regular review of health infrastructure strengthening, establish teleconsultation hubs in every district and focus on widespread awareness regarding available infrastructure and healthcare services,” the Union Health Ministry said.
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