log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY MAY 13, 2022 12 pages PRICE ` 6 Reptiles: Why one in five species face extinction 8 IN SHORT >> KONKANI ADDED TO GOOGLE TRANSLATE PANAJI: Konkani is among the eight Indian languages that will be incorporated by Google for translation, a move that has been welcomed by ‘mogis’ (lovers) of the language. The new languages will start rolling out to Google Translate users on May 11. >> See pg 3 IMD says rains to hit Kerala early NEW DELHI: The Southwest Monsoon is set to arrive early with the Andaman and Nicobar Islands expected to receive first seasonal showers on May 15, the IMD said on Thursday. It said conditions were favourable for early monsoon onset over Kerala and its northward movement. Panchayat polls delay likely: Min PANAJI: Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho on Thursday hinted at further postponement of the VP polls in Goa. He said reservation of wards is likely to take time given the number of complains and recent SC ruling that OBC commission has to be consulted for deciding reservation for OBCs in panchayat wards. Coal wagon smoke creates panic PANAJI: Smoke emanating from a coal wagon parked in a goods shade caused panic at Baina,Vasco, on Thursday around 10.40 am. Fire fighters said the reason for the smoke was not known. On May 10 night, a similar type of incident had occurred, they >> See pg 3 added Worker drowns in sewerage chamber PANAJI: In a tragic incident, a sewerage worker drowned to death in a 6-meter deep sewage chamber at Kapileshwari, Kavlem, near Ponda on Thursday. Another worker, who also drowned along with the deceased has been rescued. >> See pg 5 Carambolim lake to be desilted PANAJI: The government will take up de-siltation, cleaning of the green wild growth and beautification of the Carambolim lake, subject to permission of the environment department. >> See pg 3 Oppn leader cries foul over vindictive politics >> See pg 3 WEATHER >> Max: 34.1 C Min: 26.7 C Humidity: 95% TIDES Low: High: 2.40/14:36 09.00/20:35 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 325 GOA Beautified Colva beach still grapples with old problems 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA Tourism department moves to bring gray businesses in net K’taka clears ordinance to bring anti-conversion law BENGALURU ARCHBISHOP REQUESTS GOVERNOR NOT TO GIVE ASSENT AGENCIES BENGALURU The Karnataka government on Thursday promulgated an ordinance to bring in the contentious Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill (2021), commonly known as Anti-Conversion Bill. The ordinance prepared by the home department was approved in the cabinet meeting. It will now be sent to the Governor for his assent before it becomes a law. The Archbishop of Bengaluru Peter Machado decried the move as “sad” and requested the Governor to not to give his assent to it. “We had passed the Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill (in the Assembly)...due to certain reasons it was not passed in the Legislative Council. So the Cabinet on Thursday decided to bring in an ordinance,” Law and Parliamentary Affairs WHAT THE BILL ENTAILS The offence of conversion has been deemed to be cognizable and non-bailable The bill proposes imprisonment of 3 to 5 years with a fine of Rs 25,000 for forced conversion. Converting a minor, woman and SC/ST person will attract a prison term Minister J C Madhu Swamy said after a cabinet meeting. Archbishop Machado claimed that with the promulgation of the ordinance, fringe elements and groups will try to create problems for the members of Christian community. “It has been brought to my notice that the Karnataka Cabinet has recommended to the Governor of Karnataka to pass an ordinance to enforce the of 3 to 10 years and with a fine of Rs 50,000. Mass conversion will attract 3 to 10 years of jail Protection of the Freedom of Religion Bill...this is sad and surely it will affect the harmonious relationship that we enjoy with members of all the communities in Karnataka,” he said in a statement. Stating there has been no incidents-neither of conversion, nor of aggression, he said, “we cannot understand the sudden turn of events and what is there in the mind of the Government.” Candolim resort fined `2 cr for damaging environment Dy Collector directed to demolish structure in NDZ THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has imposed a fine of Rs 2.04 crore against a resort in Candolim for damaging the environment by carrying out illegal construction in the no-development zone. Shrem Resorts Pvt Ltd has been directed to comply with the order of the GCZMA and the High Court and pay the environmental compensation to the GCZMA before May 27. Earlier, in 2019, the GCZMA had directed the deputy collector and SDM of Bardez to demolish ‘Toy Beach Club’, an illegal structure, owned by M/s Shrem Resorts Pvt Ltd. The coastal authority has asked the deputy collector to submit the estimated cost required for carrying out the demolition of the structure. “The owners of the resort have carried out violations in the no-development zone (NDZ) and consequently destroyed the ecology and biodiversity of the area. They are directed to pay an amount of Rs 2.04 crore as damages caused to the environment COMPENSATE AND COMPLY Shrem Resorts Pvt Ltd has been directed to comply with the order of the GCZMA and the High Court and pay the environmental compensation to the GCZMA before May 27 The coastal authority has asked the deputy collector to submit the estimated cost required for carrying out the demo- lition of the structure The violations determined by the authority include changing the course of the natural landscape, erection of temporary or permanent structures, destruction of native vegetation, damage to dunes and construction of swimming pools with regards to the illegal construction carried out in survey no 146/4E of Candolim,” said Dashrath Redkar, Member Secretary of GCZMA . Incidentally, the GCZMA imposed the fine and also called for the demolition of the structure on the directions of the High Court. The petitioners, Roshan Mathias and Goa Foundation had in a writ petition approached the High Court against the illegal construction and commercial operation of the Toy Beach Club owned by M/s Shrem Resorts Pvt Ltd in survey no 146/4E at Murrod Vaddo, Candolim, for the damaged caused to the coastal environment. While environmentalists have raised concern about the damage caused to Goa’s coast, in February the GCZMA decided to form a committee to work out a formula for the calculation of environmental compensation to be recovered from violators. Some of the violations determined by the authority include changing the course of the natural landscape, erection of temporary or permanent structures, destruction of native vegetation, damage to dunes and construction of swimming pools. time, with a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh. Marriage conducted with the intention of conversion can be declared null and void by a family court or jurisdiction court If any person intends to convert to any other religion, one has to notify the district magistrate two months in advance The bill was vehemently opposed by Christian community leaders during its tabling and passage in the Legislative Assembly. Madhu Swamy said “whatever is passed by the assembly will be in the ordinance.....it will be introduced and passed in the council during the next session. When the House is not in session we (govt) can go in for ordinance so we have taken that route.” NEW DELHI riven by rising food and fuel prices, retail inflation soared to an eightyear high of 7.79 per cent in April this year, which may prompt the Reserve Bank to go in for another interest rate hike in the next month policy review to tame price rise. Worried over the rising inflation, the RBI in a surprise move raised the repo rate by 40 basis points to 4.40 per cent last week. Inflation has remained above the RBI’s comfort zone of 6 per cent for four months in a row mainly due to the Russia-Ukraine war which has impacted the prices of commodities across the globe. The previous high in the D consumer price index (CPI)based retail inflation was recorded at 8.33 per cent in May 2014. CPI inflation was 6.95 per cent in March this year and 4.23 per cent in April 2021. Inflation in the food basket rose to 8.38 per cent in April from 7.68 per cent in the preceding month and 1.96 per cent in the year-ago month, showed the data released by National Statistical Office (NSO) on Thursday. The rate of price rise in ‘’fuel and light’’ category in the retail inflation basket quickened to 10.80 per cent in April this year from 7.52 per cent in the preceding month. In the “oils and fats’’ category, inflation remained at an elevated level of 17.28 per cent (18.79 per cent in March BASKET OF WOES 2022) during the month, as Ukraine is one of the major sunflower oil producers in the world and India imports a major portion of the commodity from the war-ravaged country. Besides, Ukraine is a key supplier of fertiliser to India. Vegetables witnessed an inflation print of 15.41 per cent during the month as against 11.64 per cent in March, the data showed. Notably, retail inflation has remained above 6 per cent since January 2022. The Reserve Bank of India has been mandated by the government to ensure that inflation remains at 4 per cent with a margin of 2 per cent on either side. After the off-cycle Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of RBI last week, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das had said the adverse effects of the unprecedented high global food prices due to the ongoing geopolitical situation are reflecting in the domestic market as well, and going forward inflationary pressures are likely to continue. Meanwhile, according to sources, the central bank is likely to raise inflation projections in the MPC meeting due next month. It may also consider a rate hike to tame The BJP has 37 members in the upper house. The halfway mark in the 75-member council is 38. Congress has 26 members while the strength of JD(S) is 10. There is one independent member other than the Chairman. During the passage of the bill in the Assembly, Home Minister Araga Jnanendra had said eight states have passed or were implementing such a law, and Karnataka would become the ninth one to implement such a legislation. BJP-ruled Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh among others have enacted similar legislations. The bill that was passed by the Karnataka Assembly provides for protection of right to freedom of religion and prohibition of unlawful conversion from one religion to another by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means. Team England turns to Kiwi legend McCullum to revive Test fortunes 12 Govt to go ahead with pre-poll recruitment THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The State government on Thursday salvaged the recruitment processes initiated by its various departments prior to the recent assembly elections by extending by a year the amendment to bypass the commissions and hire through the departments itself. The amendment was extended via the Ordinance route which enables departments which had initiated the recruitment process and advertised sub-ordinate service posts prior to January 8 to continue and complete the processes. These departments will now have to conduct the examinations and complete the selection process for the posts within one year. January 8 was the date when the Model Code of Conduct came into force for the Goa Legislative Assembly elections held in February this year. The ordinance -- Goa Staff Selection Commission (Amendment) Ordinance, 2022 (Ordinance No. 2 of 2022) -- was promulgated by Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai on Wednesday (May 11) and was notified on Thursday. ORDINANCE ROUTE An ordinance will enable departments which had initiated the recruitment process and advertised sub-ordinate service posts prior to January 8 to continue and complete the processes. “Provided that where advertisements for filling up of the sub-ordinate service posts were issued prior to 8th day of January, 2022 the concerned Department may conduct examination and complete the selection process to sub-ordinate service posts not later than one year from the date of commencement of the Goa Staff Selection Commission (Amendment) Ordinance, 2022”, states the proviso inserted in Section 7 as part of the amendment. It will also pave the way for departments to complete recruitment where written examinations were conducted but further processes, including interviews and issuing offer letters, were abruptly halted due to the imposition of the Model Code of Conduct. >Continued on P5 History sheeter gets life sentence for killing man Dengue strikes Sattari villages THE GOAN I NETWORK VALPOI Health authorities have been on alert after 30 cases were reported in three villages of Sattari. The three panchayats have also stepped-up surveillance in light of these dengue cases. According to reports, 30 cases of dengue were re- MAPUSA A Mapusa court has sentenced one person to life imprisonment for murdering a resident of Porvorim around nine years ago. The Additional District and Sessions court in Mapusa convicted Vijay Tulshidas Karbotkar, a noted history-sheeter and a resident of Britona in the Lavu Parsekar murder case in Porvorim. Another accused in the case, Shailesh Naik, was earlier sentenced to six months of simple imprisonment. The court has sentenced Karbotkar to a lifetime in jail and also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh. The court also said that Rs 50,000 of the penalty amount should be paid to the family of the deceased. If the convict fails to pay the fine then he faces an additional jail term of three years. Incidentally, Karbotkar was involved in the deadly attack against Aldona Sarpanch, Pranesh Naik last year. Karbotkar who was absconding after the attack on the sarpanch was traced in Delhi by Mapusa Police last month from where he was >Continued on P5 Retail inflation hits 8-year high of 7.79 pc in April PTI 3 SPORTS inflation which is above its comfort level. Earlier this month, the MPC raised the key policy rate (repo) by 40 basis points with an aim to tame the rising inflation. It was the first rate hike after August 2018. “The surge in the CPI inflation has clearly justified the off-cycle rate hike last week, and significantly raised the likelihood of a back-to-back rate increase in June 2022. “We see a higher base softening the May 2022 CPI inflation print, although it will remain above 6.5 per cent,” Aditi Nayar, Chief Economist, ICRA said. Sreejith Balasubramanian, an economist at IDFC AMC said the upside surprise in the April CPI was driven by food. THE GOAN I NETWORK corded and the patients are from Koparde-Mauxi (11), Satode-Nagargao (11) and Bhironda (8). Health department sources said the first patient was found in Dhangarwada area of Koparde and a total of 11 patients were traced after a survey in the area. Health authorities have begun fumigating the affected areas. The Mauxi Panchayat and health officials will jointly inspect the affected areas on Friday morning and will decide on the measures to be taken to tackle the spread of dengue. “Following a surge in dengue cases before the monsoon, the health department will step up awareness >Continued on P5
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