log on to thegoan.net SUNDAY MAY 22, 2022 GOA (Feature section Pgs 9 to 16) IN SHORT >> 50 cops hone skill to detect cybercrime PANAJI: Fifty police officers were imparted basic skills on how to use open source tools and cutting edge technology to detect and investigate criminal activity online over the two days. >> See pg 3 Serula comunidade polls next weekend PANAJI: Scams and land-grabbing tainted Serula comunidade with holdings across three adjoining village panchayats will witness next Sunday an exercise to elect its managing committee for the 2022-25 triennium. >> See pg 3 The Goan (Playstore) 16 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 334 Govt mulls declaring Curtorim lakes, fields as biodiversity heritage sites O n-Topic Smart city technologies pose threat to women garbage workers in India – By Josie Wittmer B eauty Sun-proofing your hair to avoid damage M ental Fitness Ways to stop spiralling negative thoughts from taking control- Jamie Elmer T he Healthy Goan All about pregnancy complications — for mothers-to-be – By Dr Emanuel Gracias C ar Review Volkswagen Virtus: Sedans Return? – By Ritesh Madhok Honest Film Review By Melba Vaz, A V Fernandes and S Haldankar Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday @thegoaneveryday 2 GOA Morombi-O-Grande tenants panel chairman denies cutting mangroves 3 Lanka lifts state of emergency COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan government lifted the state of emergency from Saturday, nearly two weeks after it was imposed. WEATHER >> Max: 28.1 C Min: 26.1 C Humidity: 88% TIDES Low: High: 09.16 23.02 02.46 16.45 7 ABROAD Australian prime minister concedes election defeat CENTRE ALSO ANNOUNCES `200 SUBSIDY ON GAS CYLINDERS RELIEF FOR COMMON MAN PTI NEW DELHI Buckling under pressure, the government on Saturday cut excise duty on petrol by a record Rs 8 per litre and that on diesel by Rs 6 per litre to give relief to consumers battering under high fuel prices that have also pushed inflation to a record high. The excise duty cut will translate into a reduction of Rs 9.5 a litre on petrol in Delhi and Rs 7 a litre in diesel after taking into account its impact on other levies. Petrol price in Delhi from Sunday, when the excise cuts become effective, will cost Rs 95.91 a litre as against Rs 105.41 a litre currently while diesel will cost Rs 89.67 a litre as opposed to Rs 96.67 now. Announcing the duty cut Reduction in prices to be effective from today Rs 200 per cylinder subsidy to poor under Ujjwala scheme for 12 cylinders in a year Import duty on raw material for plastics and steel also reduced to ease inflation- ary pressure State-owned fuel retailers to pass on excise duty cut to consumers Rise in price across all items from fuel to vegetables and cooking oil pushed inflation to record high through tweets, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said the government will give Rs 200 per cylinder subsidy to poor who got cooking gas connection under the Ujjwala scheme, for 12 cylinders in a year to help ease some of the burden arising from cooking gas rates rising to record levels. A 14.2-kg LPG cylinder costs Rs 1,003 in the national capital. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries will get Rs 200 subsidy directly in their bank accounts and the effective price for them would Sawant hails Modi govt over price cut PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday welcomed the decision of the Central government to lower the prices of petrol and diesel. “I welcome the decisions announced by Union Finance Minister Smt @nirmalasitharaman ji for reduction of Central Excise Duty on Petrol which will reduce prices of Petrol by Rs 9.5 per litre and of diesel by Rs 7 per litre”, Sawant said in a tweet. In another tweet he said, “and providing subsidy of Rs 200 per gas cylinder to 9 cr beneficiaries. The @narendramodi Govt is committed to extend relief for the common people’’. be Rs 803 per 14.2-kg cylinder. There was no subsidy paid on cooking gas since June 2020 and all users including Ujjwala beneficiaries bought cylinders at market rate, which currently is Rs 1,003 in Delhi. The Rs 200 subsidy will cost the government Rs 6,100 crore, she said. Alongside, she also said import duty on raw material for plastics and steel is being reduced to ease inflationary pressure. >Continued on P5 SPORTS AFC Cup: Liston nets hat-trick in ATK Mohun Bagan’s 4-0 rout of Bashundhara 8 Arpora ODP misused to divert agricultural land, claims minister RANE SAYS TCP WILL DEAL WITH IT STRICTLY THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Town and Country Planning Minister, Vishwajit Rane has fired another salvo aimed at Opposition Leader Michael Lobo saying there was diversion of tenanted agricultural land to non-agricultural in the Outline Development Plan (ODP) of Arpora. Citing a complaint by an NGO, Rane said, the notified ODP designated tenanted agricultural lands as settlement or commercial zones, which is in explicit violation of the Goa Agricultural Tenancy Act and the Goa Land Use Act, 1991. “The department of Town & Country Planning will initiate strict action,” Rane said in a tweet, adding that several people involved in violating the Land Revenue Code, TCP Act and other laws will be criminally prosecuted. “We will lead the way with strict action, lodge FIRs wherever necessary, officials RANE SPEAK People involved in violating Land Revenue Code, TCP Act will be criminally prosecuted We will lead the way with strict action, lodge FIRs wherever necessary Officials will be placed under suspension and terminated if found guilty Using public office for personal gain will not be tolerated & treated as violation under Prevention of Corruption Act will be placed under suspension and terminated if found guilty,” Rane said in another tweet. “I reiterate, using public office for personal gain will not be tolerated & treated as >Continued on P5 Nearly 7% dip in HSSC exam results over last year’s scores, girls shine TAKING STOCK! PASS PERCENTAGE AT 92.66 SSC RESULTS TO BE OUT NEXT WEEK THE GOAN I NETWORK VALPOI: Power supply was finally restored to the remote Surla in Thane-Sattari after three days, much to the relief of residents in the village but there are calls for old power lines to be replaced. >> See pg 3 PANAJI: Criticising the government’s move to increase FAR for hotels at Kadamba plateau, Goa Bachao Abhiyan has claimed the enhanced FAR and ‘Strengthening Section 16B’ are arbitrary. >> See pg 2 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Excise duty cut; petrol now cheaper by `9.5, diesel `7 3 days later, Surla gets back power GBA slams increase in FAR for hotels Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday A vendor displays chillies that are on sale near the Urban Health Centre, Panaji on Saturday. With monsoons round the corner, Goans usually stock up on local varieties of food items like rice, onions, dry fish etc. Narayan Pissurlenkar Floods, landslides wreak havoc in three States, claim 25 lives PTI ITANAGAR Floods and landslides have claimed 25 lives across three north-eastern States of Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh with Assam being the worst hit. According to data provided by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), four people, including two children, drowned. The toll due to the disaster has now gone up to nine. Five others had died in a series of landslides since May 14. In Arunachal, the body of a woman was retrieved from a landslide zone. She was the eighth victim of several cases of landslips reported, prompting CM Pema Khandu to ask people to shift. In Meghalay, three others had died due to flash floods and landslips earlier. “About 7.12 lakh people have been affected across 29 flood-affected districts, with central Assam’s Nagaon being the worst hit. So far, 74,705 people have been shifted to 234 relief camps,” an ASDMA spokesperson said. A report received by ASDMA from the WRD Dibrugarh-based assistant executive engineer said “rain cuts and a major slump down” have been observed at a dyke downstream of the Bogibeel rail-road bridge across the Brahmaputra River. PORVORIM There has been a dip in the performance in the results of the Higher Secondary School Certificate Examination (HSSCE) declared on Saturday, with 92.66 per cent being declared successful as opposed to 99.40 per cent recorded the previous year. Addressing media, GBSHSE Chairman Bhagirath Shetye said 18,112 students had appeared at the exams in all four streams of arts, science, commerce and vocational, with 16,783 students being declared successful. Shetye said the girl students outshone their male counterparts yet again, with 8,750 of the 9,251 girl students declared successful (94.58%), as compared to 8,033 of the 8,861 boy students being declared successful (90.66%). He informed that students from commerce stream performed exceptionally well, with 5,249 of 5,484 students declared successful (95.71%). Students in the arts stream also performed equally well, with 4,497 of 4,700 (95.68%) passing in their exams. The passing percentage in the science stream was 93.95 with 4,756 of the 5,062 students declared successful, 4 students caught for malpractices PORVORIM: Four cases of malpractices have been reported during the Higher Secondary School Certificate Examination (HSSCE) and action was initiated as per Goa Prevention of Malpractice at University/Board and other specified examination Act 1991. One student was caught with written material on the Hall Ticket, which was discovered before commencement of examination and warning letters were issued with a copy marked to the principal of the institution concerned. In the second incident, a student was caught with a chit with appropriate 50 Mathematics Formulae and googling the answer to the question and using WhatsApp was discovered during the commencement of examination. The student was imposed a penalty of Rs 1,000 and awarded zero marks in the subject for 2nd Term, with a while the passing percentage in the vocation stream was 79.04, with 2,281 of the 2,866 students declared successful. Besides, 94 of the 105 students (89%) with special needs cleared exams. Shetye announced that the HSSC supplementary examination will be tentatively conducted by the board on June 24 for candidates placed in “Needs Improvement” category or who have withdrawn remark ‘Malpractice case’ in the mark sheet. In the third incident, a student was caught carrying a cell phone in the examination hall and picture was taken by him behind the back of block supervisor, while also putting the status on his cell phone of the front page of answer book on WhatsApp during the commencement of examination. The student was imposed a penalty of Rs 1,000 and awarded zero marks in the subject for 2nd Term, with a remark ‘Malpractice case’ in the mark sheet. In the fourth case, a candidate using black ink pen was discovered at the assessment camp. Based on the statement of the candidate and upon enquiry with the principal, no mala fide intention was found on the part of the candidate and hence, no action was initiated against the candidate. their application forms. He also informed that results to the SSC exams would be declared next week. “The Board adopted special assessment scheme to deal with school closures and challenges due to pandemic. The scheme included two Board Exams, first term exam and second term exam.” “The final result was prepared which includes performance of first term exam (50% portion), second term exam (50% portion) and performance of internal assessment (20%).” “There was no separate mark sheet for Term 1 and Term 2. Only one mark sheet will be issued by combining the performance and Internal Assessment. The consolidated result sheet will have Term 1 and Term 2 marks which will be shared with schools,” said Shetye. Experts: Monkeypox patients NGT makes case for using rain & treated sewage water can be infectious for 4 weeks Orders forming joint panel to probe hotel GCZMA inspection on May 24 AGENCIES NEW YORK Health experts have said that Monkeypox patients could pass on the disease for up to four weeks after symptoms appear. Amesh Adalja, an emerging infectious diseases experts at John Hopkins University, made the warning in an interview that monkeypox patients could be infectious for up to four weeks. People who catch the virus initially suffer a fever before rashes and skin lesions appear on the face and body. The virus can then be passed on through touching the affected areas or via droplets expelled HOW IT SPREADS People who catch the virus initially suffer a fever before rashes Skin lesions appear on the face and body Virus can then be passed on through touching affected areas or via droplets expelled in coughs & sneezes in coughs and sneezes. “It can take a few weeks for the skin lesions to disappear. People are contagious until their active skin lesions have dissipated,” he said. Michael Head, a global health expert at Southampton University in England, agreed with his assertion, the report said. “Based on previous monkeypox outbreaks and guidance from (UK health authorities) and WHO, the infectious period (i.e. when the virus can be transmitted to another person) can be comparable to the time period where the rash and blisters are present,” Head said. “This may be for 2 weeks, or longer,” he added. The month-long infectious period raises the likelihood that the virus could be passed on by infected patients to others. THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO nderscoring the need for conservation of rain water for potable use and also utilize treated effluents for gardening or other secondary purposes, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued directions for the constitution of a Joint Committee comprising of Goa Secretary, Environment to look into the issue of better utilization of rain water and disposal of treated effluent at a Cavelossim-based hotel for secondary purposes. The NGT has directed the panel to take a decision after an interaction with the U THE CASE IN POINT NGT’S OBSERVATIONS Cavelossim Villagers Forum had complained that Hotel Leela Venture Ltd. had laid underground pipes Pipelines were discharging untreated sewage and waste water into river Sal The hotel had contended that pipes were used to carry excess water during monsoon and not to carry waste/sewage water Instead of storm water being taken to the river, it may be advisable to conserve it Treated effluent by the project proponent be utilized for gardening or other secondary purposes If underground pipeline is not carrying waste/sewage water, the pipes are not required and may be closed Project proponent and other stake holders. The Secretary, Environment will be the nodal agency for coordination and compliance. The meeting may be held within one month and decision taken within one month thereafter. The NGT has directed that an action taken report may be filed with the Registrar of Western Zone Bench on or before July 31, 2022 by email at email@example.com preferably in the form of searchable PDF/ OCR Support PDF and not in the form of Image PDF. If considered necessary, report may be placed before the Bench for further directions. The NGT’s observations and directions came in a petition filed by the Cavelossim Villagers Forum complaining that Hotel Leela Venture Ltd. has laid underground pipes, alleging that the pipelines are discharging untreated sewage and waste water generated from the business activities of the Project Proponent into the river Sal. The hotel, on the other hand, had contended that the pipes are being used to carry excess water during monsoon and not to carry waste/sewage water. Incidentally, the NGT bench observed if the underground pipeline is not carrying waste/ sewage water, the pipes are not required and may be closed. >Continued on P5
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