log on to thegoan.net SUNDAY JULY 3, 2022 GOA @thegoaneveryday 16 pages PRICE ` 6 Development cannot be at the cost of nature, says Archbishop (Feature section Pgs 9 to 16) O n-Topic It’s time to ditch plastic B eauty Monsoon’s splashy nail trends – By Shahnaz Husain M ental Fitness ‘Deep work’ and more of its multifarious benefits – By Victoria Stokes T he Healthy Goan Ovarian cysts and their impact on women’s health – By Emanuel Gracias C ar Review Mahindra Scorpio-N: Can it Sting? – By Ritesh Madhok L ife Vastu tips for shoe rack – By Agnelo Pires H onest Tiatr Review By Melba Vaz, A V Fernandes and S Haldankar IN SHORT >> Goa’s positivity rate climbs to 12.71 % PANAJI: Goa’s Covid-19 positivity rate climbed again on Saturday to 12.71% as 153 samples of the 1,203 tested in the 24-hour reporting period of Friday-Saturday reported positive. DHS said 112 more people recovered fully from the disease taking the State’s active Covid-19 caseload to 1074. Meeting on IIT in Sanguem today SANGUEM: The meeting scheduled by Sanguem MLA and Minister for Social Welfare Subhash Phaldessai at Sanguem on Sunday to discuss the IIT project is likely to be fiery, with both opposition and those favouring the project likely to attend. >> See pg 3 Sena rebels leave Goa for Mumbai PANAJI: A group of rebel Maharashtra Shiv Sena MLAs and Independents led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Saturday left for Mumbai from Goa in a chartered flight. The MLAs left for the airport at Dabolim in two buses. Tailor murder accused attacked near court NEW DELHI: A large mob outside the Jaipur court attacked the two killers in the gruesome murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal and ripped their clothes. WEATHER >> Max: 30 C Min: 24C Humidity: 92% TIDES Low: High: 06.49 20.03 01.11 13.59 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 16 GOA Police arrest 2 for checking in hotel with fake IDs where Sena rebels stayed 3 T INDIA IMD: Monsoon has covered entire country six days in advance 6 MINISTER SAYS NOTIFICATION LACKS JUDICIOUS LOGIC THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The reservation of wards for the August 10 panchayat elections notified by the State Election Commission (SEC) has triggered a wave of dissensions and angst, notably within the ranks of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including a Cabinet minister. Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte was the most notable political leader to publicly slam the SEC for the reservations and demanded corrections. “The SEC must act responsibly. Due corrections need to be made in the reservation of wards to ensure proper justice prevails,” Khaunte asserted. According to Khaunte, political cadres working at the grassroot level and aspiring to contest are getting restive and negative sentiment is building up among them over the reservations done by the SEC for women, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Khaunte alleged that the reservations notified by the SEC lacked judicious logic or justification. He said, the OBC Many sarpanchas, panchas left in the lurch in Sattari VALPOI: A number of sarpanchas, panchas have been left in the lurch on account of different reservations to wards for elections to panchayats in Sattari taluka. There are 12 panchayats in Sattari of which eight are in Poriem and the rest in Valpoi. 32 wards are reserved for women. Six sarpanchs in Sattari will not be able to contest elections in their wards, which have been reserved. These sarpanchs are Santosh Gaonkar (Khotoda), Prashant Marathe (Nagargao), Devanand Parab (Pisurle), Govind Gawas (Keri), Nitish Gaude (Guleli) and Balkrishna Mhalshekar (Poriem). Besides, a number of sitting panchas will also be unable to contest and they include Barkalo Gawade (Savarde), Narayan Gaonkar (Keri), Satyavan Gawas and Govind Gavas (Parye), Kusha Gaonkar, Sakha Sawant (Pissurle), Laxman Gawade, Rupesh Gawade (Nagargao), Prashant Marathe (Honda), Pandurang Gaonkar among others. The only option for these panchas would be to contest in other wards. community is not given any reservation and quotas for SCs and STs are also not proportionate to their population in the panchayats of Bardez taluka. Khaunte also said that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has been sounded out on the matter and urged to intervene. The SEC had on Friday notified reservation of wards for SCs, STs and women categories, notably skirting the con- Bad roads: Cabral regrets, but says it’s not his fault ASSURES CONTRACTORS WILL BE ASKED TO REDO ROADS THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA A hesitant PWD Minister, Nilesh Cabral on Saturday apologised for the pothole-ridden roads across Goa and vowed to streamline the public works department to make it more public oriented. Cabral also assured that public money will not be wasted and contractors will be directed to rework on all potholes that have developed on roads. “Some MLAs have said sorry for the bad roads. I don’t know whether I have to be sorry…But if it requires I will say sorry not because of my fault but because of the fault of the contactor. We will streamline the department. I have taken over the department just twoand-half months ago. Give me some time. I know my capability,” Cabral said. The PWD Minister sympathized with his colleague, Rev- MINISTER SPEAK We will streamline the department… Give me some time, I know my capability I have already begun inquiry over eruption of potholes… we need to find the reason PWD, other departments responsible for digging roads and failing to restore them on time Will work out a mechanism so that public money is not wasted enue Minister Anatasio (Babush) Monserrate in asking for a vigilance inquiry on newly laid roads getting washed out in his constituency. “I have already begun inquiry over the eruption of potholes before Monserrate could demand. We need to find the reason for the potholes,” he said, assuring to streamline the public works department (PWD) and take necessary action. He also blamed various government departments in- cluding the PWD for digging the roads and failing to restore them on time. “As a government we will have to see all this and find a solution to this problem,” he said. He further said that not all roads were bad and it’s not as though all roads were full of potholes in the State. “We will work out a mechanism so that public money is not wasted because the >Continued on P5 Relatives living abroad can now send up to `10 lakh to you without any restrictions NEW DELHI he Union Home Ministry has amended certain rules related to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) allowing Indians to receive up to Rs 10 lakh in a year from relatives staying abroad without informing the authorities. The earlier limit was Rs 1 lakh. In a notification, the home ministry also said if the amount exceeds, the individuals will now have 90 days to inform the government instead of 30 days earlier. RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Voices of dissent against p’yat ward reservations MHA AMENDS FCRA REGULATIONS… PTI Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday NEW FCRA RULES: KEY CHANGES If amount exceeds Rs 10 lakh individuals will now have 90 days to inform the govt instead of 30 days earlier Individuals & NGOs get 45 days to inform home ministry about bank account (s) to be used for such funds instead of 30 days earlier Declaration by NGO or individual receiving foreign funds every quarter on govt’s official website has been done away with Govt can be informed of change of bank account, name, address etc within 45 day, instead of previous 15 days Public servants barred from receiving foreign funds; Aadhaar mandatory for every office-bearer of NGOs The new rules, Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Rules, 2022, were notified by the home ministry through a gazette notification on Friday night. “In the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules, 2011, in rule 6, for the words one lakh rupees, the words ten lakh rupees shall be substituted; and for the words thirty days, the words three months shall >Continued on P5 Hopeful SEC will issue fresh notification: OBC commission PANAJI: The OBC Commission is in the final stages of completing the data on OBC reservation for the Panchayat elections and the process is expected to complete in the next 8-10 days. “Once the process is completed, the State Election Commission (SEC) may issue a fresh amended notification about the reservation of wards, including reservation for OBCs,” said Goa OBC commission Chairman Manohar Adpaikar. “The OBC reservations will be done and the OBC commission is working on the recommendations.” Adpaikar said there have been earlier instances where the SEC had issued fresh updated notifications before the nominations were filed. “In 2012 and 2017, such amended notifications have been issued,” informed Adpaikar. The SEC’s move to exclude reservations for OBC came in for severe criticism. Some leaders from the OBC community were even planning to go to court to demand the implementation of reservation for OBC in panchayat elections. tentious issue of giving any quotas for OBCs in view of the recent Supreme Court judgement which mandated a new benchmark popularly referred to as “triple test”. The SEC notification meets the Constitutional quota of 33% for women whereas in the case of SCs and STs it has followed the quota-proportionate-to-population criteria. >Continued on P5 SPORTS Jasprit Bumrah breaks Brian Lara’s batting world record In Tests 8 Kavlem temple to go strict on dress code THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In a bid to enforce decorum in attire, the Kavlem Shantadurga temple committee has decided to strictly implement a dress code and has warned devotees and visitors that those with inappropriate attire will be made to wear shawls before being allowed entry into the temple. “In order to have decorum and to maintain the sanctity in the temple and surrounding, the Sausthan has decided to follow the dress code for Mahajans, devotees, tourists and the public at large visiting the temple. People wearing shorts, mini-skirts, sleeveless, tops, low waist jeans and short length t-shirts shall not be allowed to enter into the temple,” states the public notice displayed by the managing trustee of the Shantadurga Sausthan at the entrance of the temple. Justifying the decision on the dress code, Dr Manoj Hede, attorney of the Kavlem Shantadurga temple committee, said: “The temple committee had decided to implement the dress code in 2019 and subsequently, notices were displayed in the temple premises. It has now been People wearing shorts, mini-skirts, sleeveless, tops, low waist jeans and short length t-shirts will not be allowed to enter the temple highlighted again and the temple committee has decided to strictly follow this rule.” “Security guards at the temple have been instructed to request tourists with inappropriate attire to use shawls provided by the temple committee to maintain the decorum of the place. We don’t deny entry to anyone but we will request people to use a shawl provided by the temple committee, if they are found inappropriately attired,” Dr Hede added. The Shantadurga Temple at Kavlem is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the State, drawing hundreds of tourists every day. A few years ago, some temples and churches in the State had implemented a dress code for tourists and visitors.
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