log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY AUGUST 25, 2022 GOA Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 14 pages PRICE ` 8 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 68 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 3 2 Phogat’s death gets murkier, family refuses autopsy in Goa Task at hand for Salcete p’yats to find land for garbage mgnt facility GOA Resolve key issues at Mapusa sub-registrar: Advocates forum Six types of cancer that affect women DEMAND MURDER CASE BE REGISTERED OR CBI INVESTIGATION SEEK POST MORTEM IN AIIMS, DELHI; HARYANA GOVT PITCHES IN THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Mystery shrouds the sudden death of the BJP leader and actress Sonali Phogat as her family refused consent for a post-mortem in Goa. Sonali succumbed en route to a private hospital in Anjuna on Tuesday morning, hours after she spoke to her mother over a phone call purportedly complaining about ‘feeling uneasy.’ The Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) formed a panel of two forensic doctors – Lecturer Dr Sunil Chimbolkar and Assistant Lecturer Dr Cheryl Soares - to conduct an autopsy on the deceased IN SHORT >> ‘Surveillance in place for tomato flu in State’ PANAJI: With the Centre advising States to take preventive measures over tomato flu, State Epidemiologist Prashant Suryawanshi said that the surveillance is already in place. >> See pg 3 New Zuari bridge one lane may open in Nov MAPUSA: With the final two concrete segments to be set in place on the new Zuari bridge by August end, one of the four-lane sections of the eight-lane cable-stayed bridge is expected to be thrown open for traffic as early as November. Work on the much-delayed bridge project got further impetus after the arrival of two Chinese officials two days ago, who have visited the site and took stock of the ongoing work on the bridge .>> See pg 3 159 test +ve for Covid in State PANAJI: Another 159 fresh Covid-19 infections were reported in Goa over the last 24 hours but the positivity rate declined to 12-odd percent. The daily health bulletin issued by the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) said, 200 patients had recovered in the same 24-hour reporting period of Tuesday-Wednesday. There were nil deaths and patients admitted to hospitals on account of the disease, DHS said in the bulletin which pegged the active caseload of the State at 1,040. Plan to charge `100 at waterfalls PANAJI: Visitors to waterfalls in wildlife sanctuaries are likely to be charged Rs 100 per head soon. Forest Minister Vishwajit Rane said that the charges of Rs 100 per head will be levied, not be for the sake of collecting money but to register the persons visiting the waterfalls. Acknowledging that the state of Bondla zoo is bad, Rane said he is not bringing the two tigers sanctioned by the center at the Zoo. WEATHER >> Max: 28 C Min: 24 C Humidity: 84% TIDES Low: 03:27 High: 10:36 16:25 21:29 NCW team in Goa to probe into death Phogat’s kin file plaint at Anjuna PS, say it’s murder, blame colleagues PANAJI: A two-member fact finding team of the National Commission for Women arrived in Goa on Wednesday to enquire into BJP leader Sonali Phogat’s death. The Commission is likely to probe drugs angle considering that the beach belt is notorious for this illegal activity. The Commission members visited the resort as well as Curlies to understand the sequence of events prior to her death. “This is a sensitive case. The fact finding team will conduct a parallel enquiry and submit its report to the Chairperson thereafter,” said an official, who has been accompanying the team in Goa. The woman members will also record statements of the staff at the resort and beach restaurant besides all those who came in contact with Phogat during her stay. on Wednesday. The deceased’s mother, sister and brother, who air dashed to Goa on Tuesday evening, refused to give their consent while demanding that Anjuna police register a case of murder against MAPUSA: Suspecting foul play in the death of BJP leader and actress Sonali Phogat, her brother Phogat Rinku Dhaka in a written complaint to the Anjuna Police alleged that his late sister’s personal assistant (PA) and another friend were responsible for her pre-planned murder and also demanded CBI inquiry into the sudden and mysterious death of his sister. However, till late in the evening, Anjuna Police had not registered any FIR on the complaint. Dhaka claimed his sister was allegedly poisoned to death by her PA and the other friend who accompanied her to Goa. In his complaint, he further alleged that both the PA and the other friend used to threaten, black mail and also take advantage of her in the past few years. He also informed that theft has been reported Sonali Phogat’s farmhouse in Hisar wherein a DVR, cameras, laptop two suspects identified in the complaint letter or that the Goa government hand over the matter to the Central Bureau of Investigation. They have sought for a post mortem 9 INFO >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 Now, green industries don’t need NOCs from local bodies Lobo, Gaude get clean chit in separate graft plaints THE GOAN I NETWORK applicant can submit affidavit stating that he/she will be responsible for waste generated either water, air or solid,” she stated. “However, we will be definitely monitoring as and when required,” said Monteiro, while informing that the PANAJI The Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) of Goa Police has given a clean chit to Congress MLA Michael Lobo into allegations of illegalities in the Outline Development Plan (ODP) giving him much-needed relief. The ACB has also given a clean chit to Art & Culture Minister Govind Gaude in the ‘no tender for Kala Academy’s renovation’ matter Activist Sudip Tamhankar had lodged a complaint with the ACB, based on a report tabled by Town & Country Planning Minister Vishwajit Rane in the last assembly session pointing at the vast conversion of tenanted land, cultivated land, no development slopes and mangroves into settlement land in five villages. The complaint filed on August 8, 2022, sought action. However, an inquiry that lasted for around a fortnight did not find any offence. In its letter to the complainant, Police Inspector (ACB/Vigilance) Ritesh Tari stated, “...petition submitted before this office in your name for conducting an enquiry into the said matter is closed as there is no material to substantiate the contents of the complaint as required under The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.” >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 BWF World C’ships: Prannoy stuns local favourite Momota 14 Cabinet approves extension of beach shack licences by a year THE GOAN I NETWORK OTHER APPROVALS PANAJI The Goa cabinet on Wednesday approved the extension of licences and the shack policy of the Tourism department for another year and tourism season 2022-23. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced the decision after a cabinet meeting he chaired at the Goa legislative assembly complex in Porvorim. “The cabinet has granted a one-year extension to the existing shack licences under the tourism shack policy till 2023,” Sawant who addressed a post-cabinet press conference said. The decision which was in-principle taken following a demand by the shack operators citing losses in the previous two years due to the pandemic, comes as a timely relief to the latter. The current beach shack policy had come into force in the 2019-20 season and had a three-year validity which ended in May this year which prompted the shack operators The appointment of 12 dependents of government servants who recently died in service under compassionate grounds in various government departments Appointments on contract basis in GMCH’s Urology department, Engineers eligible for CMRY aid PANAJI: The Goa cabinet on Wednesday approved an amendment of the rules of the Chief Minister’s Rojgar Yojna (CMRY) to provide for financial assistance to engineers seeking to take up government contracts under a recent scheme mooted by the government. >> See pg 3 to make their demand for an extension. Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte had recently an- assistant professor and lecturer in the department of occupational therapy and deemed regularisation of four posts in the department of general surgery The creation of posts in the Civil Aviation Authority at the Mopa airport nounced that the government had accepted the demand of the shack operators and the plans to come up with a new model shack policy will now take concrete shape for the next year. Meanwhile, in other decisions, the cabinet approved the appointment of 12 dependents of government servants who recently died in service under compassionate grounds in various government departments. These twelve include family members of three Electricity Department employees who >Continued on P5 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In a bid to simplify the procedure to grant consent for establishment to green industries, the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has done away with submission of most documents, including NOC from local bodies, while also considerably reducing the time to decide on the application. The GSPCB has also done away with the inspection for green industries with the consent given on the basis of a self-declaration. The same was announced by GSPCB Member Secretary Shamila Monteiro during the GSPCB’s initiatives on ease of doing business at Saligao on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Monteiro said under the new initiative for green category industries, it has been decided to seek a few documents which will help decide the grant of consent to establish, without inspection. “Among the mandatory documents are ownership or lease document, site plan, soakpit/septic/STP location plan,” Monteiro stated and added that the CA certificate to assess asset value is made optional with the applicant given a choice to submit self-declaration on the same. SPORTS Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral launches the revised charter of GSPCB along with Member Secretary Shamila Monteiro and others on Wednesday. Manuel Vaz EASE OF DOING BIZ Green category: The new initiative for green category industries, it has been decided to seek a few documents which will help decide the grant of consent to establish, without inspection. Among the mandatory documents are ownership or lease document, site plan, soakpit/ septic/STP location plan Orange category: No inspection shall be conduct- ‘ALL 11 RIVERS TO BE POLLUTION FREE BY MARCH 2023’ >> See pg 3 “Further, the need to submit 13 more documents, including NOC from local bodies, is not required and the ed for industrial establishment within the industrial estate and the application will be decided in 15 days of receipt of application and payment of fees Red category: The application will be decided within 60 days but it will go through a process of the Technical Advisory Committee based on the intensity of pollution and project size FINAL TOUCH An artisan gives finishing touches to an idol of Lord Ganesha ahead of the upcoming ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ festival, in Amritsar on Wednesday. PTI Gehlot for Congress president? RAJASTHAN CM PLAYS DOWN REPORTS, SAYS WILL PERSUADE RAHUL TILL THE LAST MOMENT PTI NEW DELHI Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday sought to play down reports about him being the front-runner to become Congress president and said efforts will be made till the last moment to persuade Rahul Gandhi to take over the reins of the party again. Gehlot’s remarks came a day after he met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi which triggered the buzz that the two may have discussed the possibility of him being the next party president. Speaking with reporters on the sidelines of the Rajasthan government’s ‘ I nve s to r Summit’ event here, the Congress leader said, “we will try to persuade Rahul Gandhi ji till the last moment to take over as Congress president. The Congress Working Committee meeting is being held on August 28. We would like him to be the president.” Gehlot said, “If Rahul Gandhi does not become the president, many people will be >Continued on P5 SC: Freebies issue serious, govt VP staff not to get salaries before Chaturthi should call for all-party meet TECHNICAL HURDLE? THE GOAN I NETWORK PTI NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Wednesday said there must be a “debate” on the “serious” issue relating to the practice of political parties promising freebies and asked why cannot the Centre call for an all-party meeting on it. The apex court said until and unless there is a unanimous decision among political parties that freebies are going to destroy the economy and have to be stopped, nothing can happen as it is only political parties that would make such promises and contest elections and not individuals. There must be a debate. The issue is serious, there is no doubt about it. The question is, why do not all political parties meet and the Government of India can call for a meeting,” — Supreme Court bench “Why do not the Government of India call for an all-party meeting?” the top court said. “There must be a debate. The issue is serious, there is no doubt about it. The question is, why do not all political parties meet and the Govern- ment of India can call for a meeting,” it observed. The observations by a bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices Hima Kohli and C T Ravikumar came while it was deliberating on a plea opposing promises of such handouts by the parties during polls. At the outset, senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for petitioner Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, suggested that a retired judge of the apex court like former CJI R M Lodha should be the chairman of the committee proposed to be constituted on this aspect. >Continued on P5 CANACONA hile newly elected sarpanchas, deputy sarpanchas and panchas are still in a celebratory mood after the recent elections, a technical hurdle is likely to cause resentment among staff in 186 panchayats across the State. The State government on Wednesday disbursed salaries in advance to its employees as preparations for Ganesh Chaturthi, but an unusual situation has arisen which could deprive hundreds of staff in 186 panchayats across the State from also getting salaries before the festival. “While the government has issued a circular that salary payments for August W The sources said this technical hurdle has arisen only because panchayats looked after by administrators before they stepped down on August 22 had not made any arrangements or provisions to disburse salaries of the panchayat staff, along the lines of the government circular to pay government staff salary on August 24 ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival will be disbursed to its staff on Wednesday to enable them make purchases for Ganesh Chaturthi, no orders or instructions have been issued to pay wages of panchayat staff before Chaturthi,” said a source at one panchayat in Canacona, while responding to a query on whether panchayat staff were also given their salaries on Wednesday. According to panchayat sources, the term of admin- istrators ended the moment sarpanchas and deputy sarpanchas were elected, but there were no instructions and no arrangements could be made to withdraw money from banks to make salary payments of the staff. Sources said the technical hitch to make salary payments before Chaturthi is a change of signatory at the bank – in this case, the Sarpanch – which can be take place only after the first meeting of the newly elected panchayat body, which can take place seven days after the election of the sarpanch and deputy sarpanch. Since the sarpanchas were elected on August 22, the first meeting can take place only on August 29. According to a panchayat secretary, even if the resolution of the panchayat body is submitted to the bank on the same day (August 29), the bank will take time to effect changes in the panchayat’s bank account signatories. “With just a day at the disposal of bank, it is very unlikely that panchayat staff will get their salaries before Ganesh Chaturthi. Local bodies do not >Continued on P5
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