log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY JULY 6, 2022 GOA 14 pages PRICE ` 6 Sewage plants run at full capacity amid rains IN SHORT >> Covid claims 2 more lives, 112 new cases PANAJI: Covid claimed 2 lives in Goa on Tuesday taking the cumulative Covid death toll of the State to 3841. The number of hospitalisations due to Covid has also shot up to 7 even as the State recorded 112 new Covid cases. Govt to tie-up with edu institutes: CM MAPUSA: After tasting success with the Swayampurna Goa project, Pramod Sawant has now decided that his government will partner with the State’s top educational institutes in bid to use their expertise in resolving various issues affecting the State. >> See pg 3 Police seal 3 illegal spas in Candolim MAPUSA: The Calangute Police sealed three illegally operated spas in the beach village of Candolim. The SDPO of Porvorim along with Calangute PI Laxi Amonkar had carried out an inspection of 45 spas. >> See pg 3 Vastu exponent murdered in hotel BENGALURU: A Vastu exponent from Karnataka who goes by the name Chandrashekhar Guruji was stabbed to death in full public view by two men at a private hotel in the Hubballi district. >> See pg 7 Ajmer cleric threatens to behead Nupur JAIPUR: Police are on the lookout for a cleric at the Ajmer Dargah after he allegedly offered on camera to gift his house to anyone who beheads now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her remark on Prophet Mohammad. >> See pg 7 Twitter goes to court, challenges govt order BENGALURU: Social media giant Twitter went to court today, challenging certain government orders to take down content. >> See pg 7 SpiceJet suffers two mid-air snags NEW DELHI: A SpiceJet flight from Kandla landed safely in Mumbai after outer pane of a windshield cracked mid-air. In another incident, another SpiceJet flight from Delhi to Dubai had to be diverted to Karachi. WEATHER >> Max: 26 C Min: 23C Humidity: 90% TIDES Low: High: 08:43 22:17 02:58 15:35 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 19 GOA Collector orders freezing of 93 properties under scrutiny 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO Ignoring early hair fall: A leading cause of mental illness 10 ‘EAGER’ TO HOLD POLLS WITH OBC QUOTA, GOVT TELLS COURT PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa has heard at length a bunch of petitions challenging the reservations notified by the State Election Commission and reserved for orders including a petition challenging the SEC’s decision to notify the reservations without any reservations for the Other Backward Classes. “In terms of OBC reservation we told the High Court that we didn’t get the data and that too the data in compliance with the triple test judgement of the Supreme Court. The triple test was referred to in 2010 and again in 2021 and now in the recent judgement passed by the Supreme Court,” Adv S N Joshi who GOVT’S SAY IN HIGH COURT In terms of OBC reservation we didn't get data and that too data in compliance with triple test judgement of SC Want to hold panchayat elections with OBC reservations Are prepared to knock on any door in order to be allowed to hold it with reservations We want these OBC reservations done and we are trying our best to have it completed and whatever steps are to be taken are being taken to get the reservation done We want the OBC reservation to be done for the coming elections represented the State Election Commission said. The State government told the court that they are ‘eager’ to hold the panchayat elections with OBC reservations and are prepared to knock on any door in order to be allowed to hold it with reservations. “We have taken a stand before the High Court that we want these OBC reservations done and that we are trying our best to have it completed and whatever steps are to be taken are being taken to get the reservation done. We 2 groups of students clash at Cujira school complex Footwear, belongings strewn on road THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Two groups of higher secondary school students were involved in a brawl at the Cujira school complex and a video of the fight went viral on social media. The incident took place after the school ended on Monday and students were waiting for their buses to go home. A fight broke out between two groups of HSS students and the fight was so fierce that footwear and other belongings were strewn on the road after the fight. A video of the fight went viral on social media, showing both groups punching each other. To make matters worse, old videos of fights with other students of the same school were also circulated along with the video, further sensationalising the issue. According to sources, this is the third incident of such a fight in the school complex in the last three years. Last year, a fight broke out near the football ground in the Cujira complex. Two years earlier, a fight broke out between students in a higher secondary school canteen. Videos of these two NO KIDS PLAY The incident took place after school ended on Monday and students were waiting for their buses to go home A fight broke out between two groups of HSS students Fight was so fierce that footwear and other belongings were strewn on the road after the fight A video of the fight went viral on social media, showing both groups punching each other. This is the third incident of such a fight in the school complex in the last three years POLICE PLAY SAFE Agassaim police said they have limited role when minors are involved in fight. “If we take any action, there is also a chance that students may be expelled from the higher secondary school,” said a policeman. fights were also shared on social media. Parents and teachers have raised serious concern over the fight in the Cujira school complex on Monday. “Students should act in a responsible manner. Some anti-social persons are also seen in the complex. The education department and the police should be vigilant so that such incidents do not occur in the complex,” said Vilas Satarkar, Headmaster of Hedgewar High School in the complex. “We have told parents and teachers to be vigilant on what is happening in the school complex. There should also be an inquiry, not to punish the students but to ascertain the cause of the fight and work out measures to avoid such incidents in future,” said Satarkar. When contacted, Agassaim police said they have limited role when minors are involved in fight. “If we take any action, there is also a chance that students may be expelled from the higher secondary school,” said a policeman. told the court we want the OBC reservation to be done for the coming elections,” Advocate General Devidas Pangam, said. “In the case of MP they went to the Supreme Court with an interim report on the reservation and the SC allowed them to have the polls with the OBC reservations. We are also exploring that possibility,” he added. Besides reservations for OBCs, several other petitions challenged the reservation of certain wards by the State Election Commission, which is doing the reservations for the first time “We pointed out to the HC that there is no pattern to reservation of wards as such. Secondly, earlier when the Directorate of Panchayats used 14 Root and Bairstow slam tons as England level India series in record chase Panchayat poll reservations: Now, all eyes on court order THE GOAN I NETWORK SPORTS to do reservation of seats, they used to reserve seats for women at the first instance and then the other reservations were done. The SEC is doing reservation for the first time and so we have given first preference to the constitution -- reservation for SC, ST and reservation for women. The reservation for OBCs will only come thereafter,” Joshi told reporters outside the High Court. Aside from the issue of OBC reservations, the Goa government has already filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court challenging the orders of the High Court which has directed that panchayat elections in Goa be held without any further delay and be completed within 45 days which ends of August 12. Big relief for Lobos, Court stays FDA order on restaurant THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In relief to Leader of Opposition Michael Lobo’s wife Delilah Lobo, the Bombay High Court at Goa has stayed an order of the Food Safety Officer of the Food and Drugs Administration who had, on June 27 suspended the licence of Pisco By The Beach, a restaurant owned and run by her. In the order issued on Tuesday, the High Court, however, asked Lobo to avail of appellate remedy under the Food Safety Standards Act 2006, and instead approach the Commissioner of Food Safety (Director of FDA) with the required appeal by July 11. The commissioner has been directed to decide the appeal within three weeks. In its order the High Court has observed that there were no sufficient grounds existing to invoke powers to forthwith suspend the petitioners licence without even affording HC ORDER No sufficient grounds existing to invoke powers to forthwith suspend the petitioners licence without even affording 14 days to rectify the deficiencies, as required under Section 32 of Food Safety and Standards Act Lobo asked to approach Director of FDA with the required appeal by July 11 Director directed to decide the appeal within three weeks her 14 days to rectify the deficiencies, as required under Section 32 of the Food Safety and Standards Act. Lobo had said he would approach the High Court to challenge the decision of the FDA to suspend the licence of his establishment, which he said was purely personal political vendetta. Huge blow for ROAD TO NOWHERE! Boris Johnson, Sunak resigns PTI LONDON UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid resigned on Tuesday, plunging Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government into crisis. Sunak, in his letter, said he was “sad to be leaving government”, but has come to the conclusion that “we cannot continue like this”. “The public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously. I recognise this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning,” Rishi Sunak said in his resignation letter. Javid said he had lost confidence in Johnson’s ability to govern in the national interest after a series of scandals, saying he could “no longer continue in good conscience”. He said that many lawmakers and the public had lost confidence in Johnson’s ability to govern in the national interest. “I regret to say, however, that it is clear to me that this situation will not change under your leadership - and you have therefore lost my confidence,” Javid said in his letter. The ministerial exits come as a big blow to Johnson’s leadership. Warning boards erected on both sides of the main Margao-Quepem road after it was submerged under water forcing authorities to divert traffic. ( Related reports on pg 3 ) Santosh Mirajkar IMD forecasts heavy rain, Goa on orange alert up to July 9 THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Brace up for heavy rains for the next four days as India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more rains across the State in coming days. The IMD has sounded an orange alert predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall in several parts of Goa from July 6 to 9. An orange alert is issued as a warning for extremely bad weather which may cause risk to people and property. According to the IMD, a combination of several factors is expected to enhance rainfall activity in the State. Weather systems like a low pressure area over central parts of Madhya Pradesh, a cyclonic circulation over Northwest Bay of Bengal and presence of an offshore trough at mean sea level is expect- ed to bring widespread rain along the west coast. Similarly, strengthening of pressure gradient across the west coast and strengthening of winds in the lower levels of atmosphere along the west coast is also expected to boost the rainfall activity. “Active monsoon conditions will continue to prevail along the west coast in >Continued on P5 Covid-related stigma keeping Toronto Sikhs lose jobs over clean shaven rule NOT A F(H)AIR DEAL! testing rate low, claims study AGENCIES AGENCIES CHENNAI Alongside the fear that India may not be conducting enough Covid-19 tests, the pandemic triggered stigma and discrimination against individuals infected with or vulnerable to SARS COV-2 virus, may be further slowing down voluntary testing. Top scientist from the ICRM-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT), in a study ‘Covid-19 stigma: Correlates and Mitigation Strategies’ found that 80.5% of the recovered participants — that was conducted in seven States across the country in 18 districts — reported to have experienced at least one form of stigma. Education and need for psychosocial intervention to deal with the negative impact of the stigma on individuals and families affected by Covid-19 is vital —NIRT Director Further 51.3% of the respondents from the community reported severe stigma attitude towards those diagnosed with Covid-19. “Education and need for psychosocial intervention to deal with the negative impact of the stigma on individuals and families affected by Covid-19 continues to be vital,’’ said Dr Padmapriyadarsini C, director NIRT. Testing for Covid-19 virus is very important for isolating individuals who test positive because that will help to reduce the spread of the virus in the community. It is also essential to alert the surveillance system of any mutation, clusters or rapid spread of the virus. The multi-centric mixed methods study was undertaken by the ICMR-National Institute of Medical Statistics (NIMS) in collaboration with six ICMR institutes and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, during August 2020-February 2021. TORONTO ore than 100 Sikh men have lost their jobs as private security guards for the City of Toronto because of a policy that requires them to be clean shaven so they can wear properly fitting N95 respirators while working. The World Sikh Organization of Canada has called the policy “absurd’ and said the guards are being punished for their faith, which requires them to grow their facial hair. ‘A manager at one Toronto security company told its team of security guards that security staff employed by the City of Toronto had performed compliance checks on contractors and noted which ones were not clean shaven.’ The manager said the city had deducted almost 200 bill- M The new policy requires Sikhs to be clean shaven so they can wear properly fitting N95 respirators while working In mid-June a company began enforcing the city’s ‘clean shave policy’, which had been introduced in January World Sikh Organization of Canada has called the policy “absurd’ and said the guards are being punished for their faith, which requires them to grow their facial hair Some of the Sikhs were offered new jobs but would have paid minimum wage – markedly less than they had been making able hours from his company for non-compliance, but city spokesperson Erin Whitton described the dispute as one between the security guards and their private employers, not the City of Toronto. “If you asked me to clean shave off my beard, it’s something like asking [another] person to peel off his skin,” said Birkawal Singh, who was laid off from his position as a security guard at one of the city’s 24-hour respite shelters last month. “It’s really humiliating and devastating for me.” Singh was employed for two months by ASP, a private security contractor used by the city. In the two years prior to that, he had worked at several other private security firms. At each of those jobs, his employer and the client were satisfied with him wearing blue surgical masks, he said. In mid-June, ASP started enforcing the city’s “clean shave policy,” which had been introduced in January. The company told Singh that if he wanted to continue working at the shelter he’d have to remove his beard. Singh said ASP offered to re- assign him to a site that would not have required him to wear a fit-tested N95. But the new position would have paid minimum wage – markedly less than he had been making. He declined the transfer. In internal correspondence that was shared with The Globe and Mail, a manager at one Toronto security company told its team that, if they showed up for work without being clean shaven, they would be sent home immediately without pay. According to Don Peat, a spokesperson for Toronto Mayor John Tory, Tory asked staff to investigate the policy after receiving a complaint from World Sikh Organization in mid-June. Peat said the mayor followed up with staff members this week with a request that they work with contractors to “immediately resolve this issue.”
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