log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24, 2022 14 pages GOA Govt directs South Goa ZP to return unutilized funds of Rs 24 cr IN SHORT >> Restricted water to Bardez, Bicholim on August 24, 25 MAPUSA: The water supply department of public works has announced restricted water supply for the entire Bardez and part of Bicholim taluka for two days on August 24 and 25 after the main water pipeline supplying water from Assonora treatment plant was damaged at Karrasvaddo, Mapusa. >> See pg 3 BJP appoints new district Gen Secys PANAJI: BJP on Tuesday appointed former Panaji MLA Siddhart Kuncalienker, and Sarvanand Bhagat as the party’s General Secretaries for the North and South Districts respectively. The order was issued by BJP State President Sadanand Tanavade. Mickky Pacheco quits NCP again PANAJI: Claiming that the NCP and Congress have no political future, former minister Mickky Pacheco on Tuesday resigned from Nationalist Congress Party. This is the second time that Pacheco is quitting the NCP. >> See pg 3 Indigo jet develops snag at Dabolim PANAJI: An engine of an IndiGo aircraft scheduled to fly to Mumbai with 187 passengers on board developed a snag at Dabolim airport on Tuesday. All passengers were disembarked safely by the rescue teams of the Indian Navy, said airport director S V T Dhananjaya Rao. 177 more test +ve for Covid in State PANAJI: Goa recorded 177 more Covid cases from the 1457samples that were tested in the last 24 hours, registering positivity rate of 12.1%. With 102 recoveries, active Covid count of the State stands at 1081. 4 earthquakes jolt J&K in 6 hours JAMMU: Four earthquakes jolted Jammu and Kashmir in less than six hours on Tuesday, officials said. However, no loss of life or damage to property was reported. BrahMos misfire: 3 officers sacked NEW DELHI: Three officers of Indian Air Force were sacked for the March 9 accidental firing of a BrahMos missile that landed in Pakistan. WEATHER >> Max: 30 C Min: 25 C Humidity: 90% TIDES Low: 02.45 High: 10.08 15.52 20.40 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday PRICE ` 8 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 67 GOA St Cruz MLA’s man proves to be kingmaker in Merces panchayat 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO This night-time beauty ritual for your body will change your day! 9 SPORTS Sania Mirza pulls out of US Open due to injury 14 Goa begins new chapter to save soil SIGNS MOU WITH ISHA OUTREACH CM STRESSES NEED FOR NATURAL FARMING THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Goa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Isha Outreach to conserve soil in the State, becoming the ninth Indian State to officially join the global movement to save soil at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Bambolim on Tuesday. Stating that the signing of MoU is a historic moment, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant stressed on the need to return to natural farming to save the soil of Goa. Sadhguru Jagadish Vasudev on his part handed the Save Soil Policy Handbook to Sawant which offers practical, scientific solutions that governments can put into action based on the soil type, latitudinal positions, and agricultural traditions of a given nation. With this, Goa becomes the ninth State to have inked an agreement with Isha Outreach after Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Sadhguru Jagadish Vasudev exchange MoUs as Goa became the ninth State to join the Save Soil Movement on Tuesday. Narayan Pissurlenkar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The profound extravaganza of Goan culture was on full display followed by performances by Isha Samskriti students drawing relationships between humans and soil. Sadhguru during the event also launched a video AmchiMati sung by the students of Bal Bhavan, Goa. Speaking on the occasion, Sawant said, “this is a historic moment as the Save Soil movement is started with the blessing of Sadguru Ji. The MoU will benefit our local farmers, ecology, economy tremendously through exchange of ideas, techniques in conserving and preserving our soil,” Sawant said adding that the economy of the State A day after election, Mandrem sarpanch faces no-trust motion MOVE SEEN AS POWER PLAY BETWEEN AROLKAR AND SOPTE TO CONTROL PANCHAYAT THE GOAN I NETWORK PERNEM A sudden political turn of events over control of the key Mandrem panchayat led to Mahesh Konadkar being hit by a no-confidence motion barely 24 hours after getting elected as sarpanch. This development is seen as a battle between Mandrem MLA Jit Arolkar and former Mandrem MLA Dayanand Sopte to establish their control in the panchayat. As many as seven panchas – Prashant Naik, Tara Hadfadkar, Michelle Sharon Fernandes, Robert Fernandes, Kiran Sawant, Minguel Fernandes and Amit Sawant – moved the no-confidence motion against Konadkar before the Pernem BDO Manish Kedar. The Mandrem Panchayat consists of Amit Sawant, Prashant Naik, Mahesh Konadkar, Tara Hadfadkar, Rajesh Mandrekar, Michelle Sharon Fernandes, Kiran Sawant, Robert Fernandes, Chetna Pednekar, Minguel Fernandes and Sampada Asgavkar. The Pernem BDO has now convened a special panchayat meeting on August 29 at 11 am to discuss the no-confidence motion against the sarpanch. When contacted, Sarpanch Now, Saligao panchayat keeps away from political affiliation MAPUSA: Following the footsteps of the Anjuna panchayat, the sarpanch of Saligao panchayat, Lucas Remedios on Tuesday said that all the nine elected members have come together as an Independent group to work for the village and is not backed by any political party or politician. Remedios also said that all the nine panchayat members have got elected on their own merit and no politician has worked for them during the election. >> See pg 3 New panchayat bodies in place, but old issues continue to haunt newlyelected village heads >> See pg 2 Mahesh Konadkar refused to comment in the matter. Reacting to the developments, Mandrem MLA Jit Arolkar said he had never indulged in open panchayat politics. “When the Sarpanch was elected, the former MLA announced that panchayats were affiliated to him but the reality is visible only today,” said Arolkar. Meanwhile, the newly elected members of several panchayats took oath of office in their respective BDO offices. As many as 123 panchas from 17 panchayats in Bicholim taluka took the oath of panch membership at the Bicholim Block Development Office on Tuesday. In Canacona, all 59 newly elected panchas of seven panchayats took oath as members of panchayats. They were administered the oath in three different groups on linguistic basis. While some opted for Konkani, a few opted for English and most others opted for Marathi. Elections of Sarpanch and deputy Sarpanch for 186 panchayats were held on Monday. is dependent on soil as evident in agriculture, mining, and tourism sector. “The government will provide support to undertake 100% natural farming in the 16 aspirational villages which have been identified, and the farmers and farmers club adopting natural farming will be felicitated from next year,” he stated. He added that the govern- Three Indian students killed in Scotland road accident PTI LONDON The police in Scotland are appealing for information as they investigate the circumstances surrounding a road accident that resulted in the death of 3 Indians, while a fourth Indian remains in hospital in critical condition. Pavan Bashetty from Hyderabad and Girish Subramanyam from Bengaluru, both 23, were both Aeronautical Engineering students studying for a Master’s degree at the University of Leicester. A former university student and their friend, 30-year-old Sudhakar Modepalli from Nellore in AP, was also killed in the crash involving their car and a black heavy goods vehicle on the highway near Castle Stalker in Scotland. Sai Varma, 24, from Hyderabad who is studying for a Mechanical Engineering with Management degree at Leicester University remains in Hospital with “serious injuries”. “At this time, our thoughts are with the families and friends of the deceased men, said Sergeant Kevin Craig of Police Scotland. “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding this crash and would ask anyone with information to contact officers, he said. ment agricultural college will begin from this month itself at Old Goa and a foundation stone for a separate college building has been laid. Sawant further stated that under ‘Swayampurna Goem’, all farmers will be provided Kissan Credit Cards as well as Soil Health Cards. He further said that his government has undertaken massive efforts to improve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) from 7th to 4th. “We are the only State to achieve 100 score in two SDGs i.e. SDG4 with clean water and sanitation and SDG7 with affordable and clean energy. Goa will strive to improve ranking further in the upcoming assessment,” he added. Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral, WRD Minister Subhash Shirodkar, Agriculture Minister Ravi Naik, Fisheries Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar, Social Welfare Subhash Faldessai, government officials and others were present for the programme. World will produce 40% less food by 2050: Sadhguru THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Painting a grim picture of food production, Sadhguru Jagadish Vasudev said that by 2045-50, the world will be producing 40% less food thereby driving many nations towards famines. “By 2050, we will be producing 40% less food, which will drive the nations towards famines. This year alone, seven nations are going towards famines. About 39 million people are already facing famine situation. “The World Food Programme has said in next 3-4 months, at least 3.6 lakh children below 8 years will die starving as they do not have the money to provide them food,” he stated. “The problem with us is that we are not evil but we are unconscious. Ignorance and unconsciousness combined with compulsive behaviour is far worse than evil itself. This is what the world is witnessing right now. This is >Continued on P5 Actress Sonali Phogat dies of suspected heart attack in Goa WAS LAST SEEN DINING AT CURLIES SHACK BODY SHIFTED TO GMC FOR POST MORTEM THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI BJP leader from Haryana and actress Sonali Phogat died of a suspected heart attack en route to a private hospital in Anjuna on Tuesday. The 43-year-old was last seen dining at Curlies beach shack restaurant on Monday night hours after which she complained of uneasiness. She was rushed to a private hospital by her friends where she was declared dead on arrival. Confirming her death, Director General of Police Jaspal Singh told The Goan that an inquiry has commenced pending a post mortem report. He has also ruled out any foul play even as the family has alleged that Phogat’s food was spiked. “As of now, there is no foul play as there are no injury marks. We are nonetheless inquiring into the death,” Singh said. Her body was shifted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital for an autopsy to ascertain the cause of death. The news broke out on Sonali had called her mom, sensed something was not right: Sister HISAR: Shocked by the sudden death of their dear one, Phogat’s family has questioned the circumstances of her death even as Opposition parties in Haryana demanded a CBI probe. Her sister Raman told reporters in Hisar that Phogat had called up her mother and told her about not feeling well after she had her food. “She had said she was feeling uneasy. She sensed as if something was not right as if some conspiracy was being played against her. Later in the morning, we received the news that she was no more,” she said, adding that Phogat did not suffer from any previous illness. Haryana Congress president Udai Bhan demanded a CBI probe while AAP leader Anurag Dhanda asked for a judicial probe. Tuesday morning sending shockwaves across political circles and the entertainment industry as well. The actress-politician was staying at a resort in Anjuna and was expected to leave for her home state on Wednesday. Singh stated that she had arrived in Goa with her friends in her individual capacity. Deputy Superintendent of Police (Anjuna) Jivba Dalvi also stated that an inquiry is underway. “A panel of doctors is formed to conduct the post-mortem,” he told the waiting outside the GMCH. Phogat, born and brought up in a middle-class family in Bhuthan Kalan village in Haryana’s Fatehabad district had contested the 2019 assembly elections from the Adampur constituency on a BJP ticket against Kuldeep Bishnoi, who >Continued on P5 Gadkari fires new salvo, says Anjuna PI, panchayat secy come under HC lens Govt decisions not in time HIGH COURT ORDER: KEY OBSERVATIONS AS ENCROACHMENTS IN GTDC PROPERTY GO UNCHECKED THE GOAN I NETWORK AGENCIES NEW DELHI Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, whose chronic plain-speaking appears to have cost him his spot in the BJP’s top decision-making body, has fired a new zinger. The government is “not taking decisions in time” and that’s a problem, Gadkari said at an event. “You can make miracles... and the potential is there... My suggestion is the future of Indian infrastructure is very bright. We need to accept good technology, good innovation, good research and successful practices in the Time is the most important thing… it is the biggest capital. The biggest problem is the government is not taking decisions on time —Nitin Gadkari world and in the country. And time is the most important thing… it is the biggest capital. The biggest problem is the government is not taking decisions on time,” said the Union Minister. Time is “more important than technology or resourc- es”, he said. There is a mismatch between Gadkari’s words and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments just days ago, highlighting his government’s success in crossing big milestones in what he calls the “Amrit Kaal” - or golden era. BJP leaders, however, say Gadkari’s words were not for any specific government but governments in general. Last week, Gadkari was dropped from the powerful BJP parliamentary board committee in a shake-up focused on upcoming elections, including the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. PANAJI he Bombay High Court at Goa has asked North Goa Superintendent of Police to inquire into the conduct of the Anjuna police inspector after it was found that certain persons were repeatedly setting up structures within Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) property at Anjuna and no action was forthcoming despite complaints including complaints from the GTDC. Hearing a petition filed by one Francisco Drago, who has sought demolition of several structures for being built in government land and restoration of access to the beach, T It is surprising that authorities claim ignorance or choose to act only after events conclude Inquiries are necessary because such illegal activities are invariably undertaken, and no action is forthcoming despite complaints This has encouraged parties to breach legal provisions because such parties are confident that authorities will not act This is a brazen case where structures/constructions were repeatedly put up in an Eco-sensitive No Development Zone After structures were ordered to be demolished, the same spot was used again to put up structures and use the same for commercial activities It is necessary to find out whether inaction on part of authorities was culpable or not the High Court observed that despite the structures being demolished two times before they had come up again and there was either no action forthcoming or action was delayed in order that the occu- pants could benefit from long weekends. “We direct the Superintendent of Police, North, to inquire into the conduct of the Police Inspector at Anjuna Police Station in the context of inaction on the complaints filed by a Government Corporation like the GTDC reporting flagrant illegal activities and commercial use of Eco-sensitive areas within his jurisdiction. The Director of Panchayat also needs to make similar inquiries into the conduct of the Administrator of the said Village Panchayat and its Secretary. Both these authorities should also inquire into the events that took place at this spot in August and book the persons responsible,” the High Court bench of Justices M S Sonak and R N Laddha ordered. The High Court was informed that several people attend such shows that were conducted on the illegal premises, which require a power supply and lighting. “It is surprising that the authorities claim ignorance or choose to act only after the >Continued on P5
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