log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY AUGUST 10, 2022 GOA 13 pages PRICE ` 8 Port connectivity project likely to be completed by March 2023 IN SHORT >> Governor prorogues State Assembly PANAJI: Governor of Goa P S Sreedharan Pillai in an order on Tuesday prorogued the State legislative Assembly which was adjourned sine die on July 22 after its second session of the eighth legislative Assembly. Waterfalls in Goa to get a facelift PANAJI: Forest Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday said waterfalls around the State will get a facelift with new facilities to be provided to tourists. Goa is bestowed with several waterfalls and most of them become active during monsoon. Spike in Covid cases, 174 test positive PANAJI: Covid cases in the State registered a marginal spike as 174 people tested positive for the virus from the 1632 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate hovered around 10.7 % while the active caseload stood at 957. Veteran Marathi actor Patwardhan no more MUMBAI: Veteran Marathi actor Pradeep Patwardhan, known for his performance in films such as Chashme Bahaddar, Ek Shodh and Mee Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy, died Tuesday morning following a heart attack, actor Vijay Patkar confirmed. Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 3 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 54 GOA Vailankanni feast: SWR to run three special trains from Vasco 5 Modi’s assets rise by `26 lakh to `2.23 cr >> See pg 8 WEATHER >> Max: 28 C Min: 24 C Humidity: 91% TIDES Low: High: 02.44 10.06 15.39 20.49 INFO Body scrub? Use sea salt and not sugar 9 SPORTS Sunil Chhetri named AIFF Footballer of Year 2021-22 13 VOTERS TO DECIDE FATE OF OVER 5,000 CANDIDATES POLL MACHINERY THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The fate of 5038 candidates will be decided as 186 panchayats in the State go to polls on Wednesday. The polling starts from 8 am and ends at 5 pm. Majority of the candidates contesting are from North Goa with 2667 in the fray in 97 panchayats while 2371 are in the fray in 89 panchayats of South Goa. Sixty-four candidates have already been declared elected unopposed with 41 getting elected from North Goa and 23 from South Goa. Bardez tops the list with 13 candidates getting elected unopposed with 11 each in Sattari and Salcete. As per the official data, there are 3,85,867 and 4,11,153 voters in North Goa and South Goa respectively. The administration has already imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Pink panchayat in Assolna? MARGAO: Women are all set to outnumber men in Assolna village during the five year term. In fact, it’s now a forgone conclusion that in the 7- member Panchayat body, five women will make it to the panchayat body in the ensuing polls. >> See pg 2 Detailed coverage on page 2 Polling officials fan out to their respective polling stations after collecting election-related material from Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium on Tuesday. Narayan Pissurlenkar Code (CrPC) across the State, while liquor ban has been imposed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Meanwhile, 12 polling stations in Tiswadi have been identified as critical with five in Chimbel, four in Santa Cruz, two in Corlim and one in Carambolim. In Salcete, there are four critical polling stations, all in Rumdamol-Davorlim. In Bardez, 12 polling stations have been identified as sensitive with five in Saligao, four in Sangolda and three in Reis-Magos. In Quepem, Am- Vote conscientiously, the time is now >> See Edit pg 4 baulim has two polling stations identified as sensitive. As for the vulnerable polling stations, Mormugao has a total of 12 such polling stations with Chicalim and Sancoale having six each. In Bardez, there are three vulnerable polling stations Nitish dumps BJP, to be sworn-in as CM of grand alliance today A THREAD OF LOVE! PTI MUMBAI: The much-awaited expansion of the Maharashtra cabinet took place on Tuesday with a total of 18 MLAs -- nine each from the Bharatiya Janata Party and from the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction sworn-in as ministers in a grand ceremony in Mumbai’s Raj Bhavan. WASHINGTON: The FBI raided Donald Trump’s Mara-Lago resort and residence in Florida and broke open his safe as part of a reported probe into whether he took classified documents from the White House, triggering an angry outburst from the former US president. RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 V-Day today; panchayats go to polls 18 MLAs sworn-in as ministers in Maha FBI raids Trump’s Florida residence Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday A girl selects a rakhi for her brother in Panaji ahead of the Raksha Bandhan festival. The festival celebrating the relationship between brothers and sisters will be held on August 11. Narayan Pissurlenkar RBI slaps `2.5 lakh fine on GSCB for non-compliance PTI MUMBAI The Reserve Bank of India said on Monday it had imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 2.51 lakh on the Goa State Co-operative Bank Ltd, Panaji, for non-compliance with certain provisions of the Banking Regulation Act. The RBI issued an order in this regard on August 1, 2022. The Cooperative Bank has been penalised for non-compliance with section 9 read with section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (the Act), the RBI said. “This action is based on deficiencies in regulatory compliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the bank with its customers,” the central bank said in a statement. A request made by the bank to RBI for granting an extension of time for disposing off non-banking asset and examination of all related correspondence revealed, inter alia, non-compliance by the bank with section 9 read with section 56 of the Act to the extent that the bank failed to dispose off the non-banking asset within the statutory timeline from the date of its acquisition. PATNA Nitish Kumar, once seen as a potential rival to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, broke ranks with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance coalition on Tuesday to stake claim as head of the rival ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) to be the chief minister of Bihar for the eighth time. Kumar, 71, who earlier in the day submitted his resignation as the chief minister heading the NDA coalition, said he had submitted a list of 164 MLAs to Governor Phagu Chauhan who invited him to be sworn-in on Wednesday at 2 pm. The effective strength of the state Assembly is 242 and the magic figure is 122. RJD’s leader Tejashwi Yadav will be the deputy chief minister and the new cabinet will have representatives from the RJD and Congress besides JD(U), according to sources. The Left parties are likely to give outside support to the new government “retaining their independent identity”. Kumar and Tejashwi will be sworn in as the Chief Minister and Deputy CM respectively at 2 pm on Wednesday. Besides upsetting political calculations, the move is seen as significant as it diminishes the clout of the BJP. with two in Penha-de-Franca and one in Candolim. In Salcete, fate of 863 candidates will be decided even as hundreds of polling staff fanned out to various polling booths. Dozens of sitting and former Sarpanchas, besides sitting and former Panchas and their challengers are in the fray. A total of 11 candidates have also been elected unopposed from Salcete taluka. Instances are galore of family members in the fray, including a host of husbands and wives, spouses of former MLAs, including Mickky Pacheco, Wilfred D’Sa and daughter of former PWD Minister Churchill Alemao. Mainstream politicos, including Navelim BJP MLA Ulhas Tuemkar have openly campaigned for the party-backed candidates in the Panchayat areas of Rumdamol, Davorlim and Aquem-Baixo in Navelim constituency. READY TO ROLL THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The stage was set for the panchayat elections with polling staff collecting their polling material from taluka centres and fanning out to their respective polling stations. The office of Returning Officers for north and south made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct polls. Hundreds of polling officials fanned out to their respective polling stations across the taluka on Tuesday after collecting the polling material. In Mormugao, various polling teams were dispatched to the respective polling booths after a meeting at Ravindra Bhavan in Baina, which is the distribution centre for Mormugao Taluka. Polling materials were dispatched under police protection from Ravindra Bhavan under the supervision of Ranjeet Salgaonkar, the Returning Officer for Panchayat elections for the taluka of Mormugao. Covid +ve persons can cast their vote from 4 to 5 pm PANAJI: Election authorities have made provision for Covid positive persons to cast their vote in the panchayat election. Such persons will be allowed to cast their vote during the last hour ie from 4 to 5 pm. Despite protests, Bainguinim garbage plant to take off GOT ALL LEGAL CLEARANCES, TENDER IN 2 MONTHS, SAYS BABUSH THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Stating that all legal clearances have been given, Waste Management Minister Babush Monserrate informed that he will go ahead with the Bainguinim waste treatment plant as it is the need of the hour. Speaking to reporters in Panaji, on Tuesday, Monserrate said that the opponents of the plant had gone to the court, to stall the process, but were not successful. “The opponents had gone to the courts as well as various authorities, to stall the process, but we got the all clear. The issue is now pending with the SC but no stay has been granted and we are going to go ahead with the plant,” he added. Monserrate further stated that earlier two tenders were floated but the bidders did not qualify. “Now a third tender would be floated within the next two months,” he said. When asked about the opposition of the local MLA Rajesh Faldessai, Monserrate said that he understands his sentiments as he is talking on behalf of his people. “I have already told the local MLA in the Assembly that ‘PLANT IS NEED OF THE HOUR’ Babush said government will go ahead with the waste treatment plant as it is the need of the hour Opponents had gone to courts, but we got the all clear Issue pending with SC but no stay has been granted and we are going to go ahead with it Earlier two tenders were floated but the bidders did not qualify I understand the sentiments of Faldessai… he has been a MLA now but the process had started long back the plant has to come as it is the need of the hour. He has been a MLA now but the process had started long back,” he added. Protests against the garbage treatment plant have been raging of late with people demanding shifting of the plant to some other site. The area has also witnessed vociferous protests from people living in residential apartments near the proposed plant saying they will be affected the most. There are more than a thousand apartments within a 200 metre radius of the garbage plant while the road leading to the plant also has apartments on either side. Locals also say that the garbage treatment plant is close to a temple, a major private hospital, a lake and most importantly the UNESCO-recognised Old Goa Church complex, which is a tourist hotspot. Residents and activists also claim the stench of the plant will deter tourists while the waste water from the plant will contaminate the groundwater in the area. Checks tightened at border CAG finds fault in approval of coastal projects to track PoP Ganesh idols Reconstitution of CZMA, DLCs delayed in Goa: CAG report S PTI THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The excise department has directed all its inspectors at the borders to take action to prevent the entry of vehicles carrying Plaster of Paris (PoP) Ganesh idols into the State. “...the taluka in-charge concerned is hereby directed to inform officials at the check-post to prevent entry of vehicles carrying PoP idols and divert the same back to the source, failing which to hand over the vehicle to police authorities at the nearest police check-post/police station,” stated an order issued by Commissioner of Excise Narayan Gad to excise inspectors of Pernem, Bicholim and Sattari talukas. The orders have been issued based on the correspondence from the office of the Department of Environment and Climate Change on July 19. The DoE&CC has requested excise department to check entry of vehicles entering the State carrying such idols during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The government has also banned immersion of PoP idols as these idols when immersed do not dissolve or disintegrate fast, thereby causing irreversible environmental effects on the riverine/coastal ecology or the ecosystem of any water body. Last year too, the government had banned the import of PoP idols and many such Ganesh idols were sent back. Ganesh idols from neighbouring areas such as Kolhapur, Sawantwadi, Pune, Belagavi and Karwar are normally imported during Ganesh Chaturthi. PoP idols are light in weight, have better colour finishing and have a better shine than the heavy traditional Goan idols made from clay. Given the huge demand for idols which cannot be supplied by Goan artisans, many PoP idols are brought in by some traders into Goa. NEW DELHI everal projects in coastal regulation zones were approved during 20152020 despite inadequacies in environmental impact assessment (EIA) reports, according to a new CAG report. Coastal land up to 500 metre from the High Tide Line (HTL) and a stage of 100m along banks of creeks, lagoons, estuaries, backwater and rivers subject to tidal fluctuations is called coastal regulation zone (CRZ). The CAG report on ‘’Conservation of Coastal Ecosystems’’ said instances were observed where Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Union Environment Ministry granted clearances to projects, though domain experts were not present during the deliberations. Also, cases were noted where the members of EAC were less than half of the total strength during the deliberations as there was no fixed quorum for EAC members, said the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India (CAG). “Projects were approved despite inadequacies in the EIA reports which included non-accreditation of the consultant involved with the NEW DELHI: Goa was one of the States where the reconstitution of Coastal Zone Management Authority was delayed, the audit report of Comptroller and Auditor-General of India said. It also said the SCZMAs held meetings without fulfilling the quorum requirements and lacked representation from relevant stakeholder bodies. The audit report said SCZMA was not reconstituted in Karnataka and there was delayed reconstitution in Goa, Odisha and West Bengal during 2015-2020. The report said the DLCs of Tamil Nadu lacked participation from local traditional communities while in Goa, DLCs were formed after a delay of six years. preparation of the EIA report, usage of outdated baseline data, non-evaluation of environmental impacts of the project, non-addressal of disasters which the project area was prone to,” the CAG said. Activities forming a part of the mitigation plans like mangrove conservation, replantation, biodiversity conservation plan, rain water harvesting plan were not included in the environment management plan as the same was left to the project proponent to be carried out, the report said. It said several project proponents failed to comply with conditions for environmental clearance and did not submit the mandatory half-yearly compliance reports to the regional offices of the ministry. “We observed projects where the ministry relied on the information submitted by the project proponent with respect to potential ecological risks due to the project activities without verification,” it said.
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