log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY AUGUST 4, 2022 GOA 14 pages PRICE ` 8 14 voters find names in electoral roll of neighbouring village IN SHORT >> HC dismisses plea against double tracking at Chandor PANAJI: The High Court of Bombay at Goa on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by residents of Guirdolim-Chandor against double tracking of railway line from Vasco to Kullem. The petitioners had pointed out that the double tracking work had no permission from panchayat, TCP and other State authorities and hence should be stopped. Goa government counsel argued that railway expansion work are exempted from taking permission from local authorities under Railways Act. The court found merit in government arguments and hence the petition was dismissed. 146 more Covid cases in State PANAJI: With 146 of the 1426 samples testing positive for Covid, Goa’s positivity rate stands at 10.23 percent. With 80 recoveries, active caseload has gone up to 808. Canacona schools act against HFM CANACONA: Some pre-primary schools have been temporarily closed after cases of Hand-Foot-Mouth (HFM) disease have been reported in some pre-primary and Anganwadis/Balwadis in parts of Canacona. >> See pg 5 ED seals Young Indian office NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday temporarily sealed the office of Young Indian (YI) company housed in the premises of Congress-owned newspaper National Herald here as part of an ongoing money laundering investigation, official sources said. >> See pg 7 UK PM election rules changed LONDON: Britain’s governing Conservative Party on Wednesday said it had modified the voting process for its members to elect a new party leader and Prime Minister, between former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, after an alert from the country’s spies warned that cyber hackers could change members’ ballots. >> See pg 8 China punishes Taiwan, blocks some imports >> See pg 8 WEATHER >> Max: 28C Min: 25C Humidity: 88% TIDES Low: High: 08:18 02:38 21:26 14:32 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 48 GOA Now, trawler owners need pass to venture out into sea 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO Effective home remedies to remove upper lip hair 9 SPORTS 14 Chess Olympiad: Humpy stars in India ‘A’ win over Georgian women Day 1: 31 cases booked for drunken driving VIOLATORS FACE LICENCE SUSPENSION, REPORTS SENT TO TRANSPORT DEPT RSS-linked NGO to monitor delivery of key govt schemes PLANNING DEPT, NFPRC SIGN MoU THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Goa government through its Planning and Statistics Department on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nation First Policy Research Centre (NFPRC) to monitor and analyse delivery of key government initiatives and schemes over the next 15 months. NFPRC is an initiative of RSS-affiliate Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini and has been working closely with several Central government departments and governments of States mostly ruled by the BJP. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, all his cabinet colleagues and top bureaucrats, including Chief Secretary Puneet Kumar Goel attended the MoU signing event which was held at the Goa legislative assembly complex. THE GOAN I NETWORK SPECIAL DRIVE... PANAJI Cracking down on drunken driving as part of a special drive, Goa Police on Tuesday registered 31 cases across the State. While the Traffic Police registered 28 cases, the police registered three cases. Of the 31 cases, 17 were registered in North Goa while 14 were registered in South Goa. Cases were registered by the Traffic Police at Panaji (8), Mapusa (4), Calangute (1), Anjuna (1), Ponda (5), Margao (3), Vasco (1), Colva (2), Canacona (2) and Quepem (1). Apart from these, 3 cases of drunken driving were registered by the Goa Police in North Goa. The cases were booked un- The Traffic Police registered 28 cases, while the police registered three cases Of the 31 cases, 17 were registered in North Goa while 14 were registered in South Goa The cases were booked under Sec 185 of Motor Vehicles Act 1988, which attracts imprisonment of six months or a fine of Rs 10,000 or both, for the first offence Further, the cases have been referred to the court of the judicial magistrate port Department for suspension of driving licence of the violators. Meanwhile, Goa Police has released a video adaptation of a poem in a bid to create awareness among the public on drunken driving and the importance of obeying traffic rules. The poem titled ‘Sonvoi dhi re soddun paddi, naka pivun cholounk ghadi’ is penned by poet Ramesh Sajhu Ghadi and rendered in the voice of artist Rajesh Pednekar who was felicitated by DGP Jaspal Singh for his efforts towards containing the menace of drunken driving. IMD forecasts heavy rains on Aug 5, 6 Under the arrangement, implementation of schemes and initiatives, including those promised in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) manifesto will be monitored by NFPRC, Sawant told the media. Meanwhile, the details and the fine-print of the MoU, as to the extent of functioning and interface between bureaucrats and the NFPRC team in day-to-day executive decision-making were not available. But the move to take the NGO on board was taken at the State cabinet meeting held on June 9. Its role is expected to be tracking of ongoing government projects for a term of 15 months and at a cost of Rs 29-lakh. Sawant said, a ‘chintan baitak’ for ministers, secretaries and other top bureaucrats is planned to be held next A SILVER LINING FOR INDIA A motorist is being tested for alcohol with an alcometer at the Merces junction as part of the special drive by Goa Police. Narayan Pissurlenkar der Section 185 of Motor Vehicles Act 1988, which attracts imprisonment of six months or a fine of Rs 10,000 or both, for the first offence. For a second or subsequent offence, there is imprisonment which may extend upto two years or a fine of Rs 15,000 or both. Further, to send a strong message of its resolve to put an end to the drunken driving menace the cases have been referred to the court of the judicial magistrate. In addition, a report has also been sent to the Trans- Seafarer pension issue echoes in Parliament MP SPEAKS... THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Absence of pensionary benefits for the seafaring community echoed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday after Trinamool Congress MP Luizinho Faleiro made a fervent plea to the Shipping Ministry to either enhance the monthly ex-gratia relief to the retired seamen and bring out an honourable pension scheme so that the seamen and their families can live a life with honour and dignity after having contributed so immensely for the country’s economy. Raising the issue in Parliament, MP Faleiro said it is a Raising the issue in Parliament, MP Luizinho Faleiro says seafarers who had played a great role in the history of the country are not having a pension scheme and are paid an ex-gratia relief of just Rs 200, which is also stopped today shame that the people, who had played a great role in the history of the country are not having a pension scheme and were paid an ex-gratia relief of just Rs 200, which is also stopped today. Faleiro informed that prior to Goa’s Liberation in 1961, Goa’s economy was a >Continued on P5 Will govt introduce permanent scheme? MARGAO: The Goa government has three more months to take a call on how to go about the pension scheme for the retired seafarers and widows. For, the Goa Welfare/Pension Scheme for Seafarers is set to lapse in November this year and it is still unclear whether the government will come out with a permanent pension scheme for the retired seafarers or will continue with the status quo of extending the scheme every year. The Goa Welfare/Pension Scheme for Seafarers was revived in June 2021 after the pension scheme, which was unveiled by the Manohar Parrikar regime, had lapsed in October 2019. Incumbent Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had revived the pension scheme after an outcry from organisations of seafarers, besides retired seafarers in June 2021 which remained in force for a period of six months. The scheme lapsed in November before the Goa government revived the scheme in January 2022 with effect from December 2021. Incidentally, the beneficiaries of the scheme received the pension only in June 2022 on the eve of International Day of Seafarers on June 25, indicating that the government is still undecided in making the pension scheme permanent. >Continued on P5 THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA The monsoon rains, which turned patchy in the last two weeks of July, is expected to gather pace in a week or two, even as the weather department has informed that Goa may see an increase in rainfall activity on Aug 5 and 6 with possibility of very heavy rainfall at isolated places. Due to the possibility of very heavy rainfall, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange colour warning for Friday and Saturday. The State has witnessed less rainfall activity from July 16 onwards, even as the daily average rainfall consistently reported below normal value. “Rainfall has been weak for the past two weeks. But we are expecting some changes in the weather from Wednesday (Aug 3) onwards. There is cyclonic circulation over the coast of South Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Also, a shear zone formation is reported at around 11 degree latitude. The indications are that in the coming days the shear zone movement will be towards north,” said senior IMD official, Rahul Mohan. He said due to the shear zone formation the rainfall activity is expected to increase over Goa on Aug 5 and 6. >Continued on P5 Indian judoka Tulika Maan wins silver medal in women’s +78 kg in Commonwealth Games after losing to Sarah Adlington of Scotland in final on Wednesday. Lovepreet Singh won a bronze in weightlifting men’s 109 kg while Saurav Ghosal won India’s first bronze in squash. Detailed report on Pg12 Nanda lake at Curchorem gets Ramsar recognition THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Nanda Lake in Curchorem is among the 10 more wetlands designated by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change as Ramsar sites, to help in conservation and management of wetlands and wise use of their resources. Besides the Nanda, the other nine new sites are in Tamil Nadu (6) and ene each in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. India is one of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. So far, 64 wetlands covering an area of 12,50,361 ha have been designated as Ramsar Sites of In- ternational Importance from India till date. The Nanda Lake, which covers an area of 42.01 ha, is considered to be critically significant for its ecosystem services and biodiversity values for the local communities and society at large. The majority of the area >Continued on P5 Elections: SC calls for expert After 2-year gap, Saptah begins on a grand scale ON PAGE 3 panel to regulate freebies THE GOAN I NETWORK AGENCIES NEW DELHI The Supreme Court stated on Wednesday that there needs to be a commission set up to look into the ‘severe economic issue’ of political parties proposing to hand out freebies during election campaigns. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the government and opposition parties, and other stakeholders should form an apex body to submit recommendations on how to regulate freebies given out by political parties, according to a bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justices Krishna Murari, and Hima Kohli. “All stakeholders who want the freebies and who are opposing it, including RBI, NITI Aayog, opposition parties have to be involved in this process of making some constructive suggestion,” the bench said. It requested proposals on the makeup of an expert panel that will look into how to control freebies and submit a report to it from the Centre, Election Commission, senior attorney and Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal, and the petitioners. The suggestions have to be submitted within seven days. Speaking on behalf of the Central government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta backed the suit opposing freebies promised by political parties and warned that if this trend continues, the economy will collapse. “These populist promises have an adverse effect on voters. This is how we head towards economic disasters,” Mehta said. >Continued on P5 VASCO he 124th Shree Damodar Bhajani Saptah, one of the biggest festivals in the port town, began on Wednesday afternoon, when Prashant Joshi installed the ‘Srifal’ (coconut) at the feet of Lord Damodar at Shree Damodar temple in Vasco. The celebration was carried out on a grand scale this year after a gap of two years on account of the Covid pandemic. As per traditional rituals and the installation of Shreefal by the Joshi Family, only a few people were allowed to enter the temple as the temple was closed between 11 am to 2 pm for visitors to carry out traditional rituals without hindrance. POLITICIANS PAY VISIT TO DAMODAR TEMPLE, OFFER PRAYERS 2,000 FACE MASKS, NON-WOVEN BAGS GIVEN TO DEVOTEES T Prashant Joshi of the Joshi family while placing the Shreefal at the feet of Lord Damodar to mark the commencement of the 124th Damodar Bhajani Saptah on Wednesday. Vikram Nayak Those inside the temple included committee members and family members of the Joshi Family. Among the few who were present in the temple were Mormugao MLA Sankalp Amonkar and Vasco MLA Krishna Salkar, industri- alist Narayan Bandekar, a representative of the Paar Groups and Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) Chairperson Leo Rodrigues. The visuals of the traditional rituals were also live-streamed by the temple committee. A huge number of devotees were seen standing outside the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Damodar on the occasion of Saptah. The first set of bhajans were performed after the Shreefal was placed at the feet of Lord Damodar to start the 24-hour non-stop bhajan in the temple during Saptah. This 24-hour Damodar Bhajani Saptah will conclude on Thursday when then holy Shreefal anointed the previous year at the Lord’s feet will be taken and dipped in the sea at Kharewaddo. “We initially decided to close the temple for visitors between 11 am and 2 pm to systematically carry out the rituals but with the huge rush of the people, we opened the temple for devotees immediately after the rituals were over,” said Joshi. “We have also shifted the flower vendors from the >Continued on P5
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