log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY AUGUST 26, 2022 GOA 14 pages PRICE ` 8 After a 2-year pause, Goans embark on pilgrimage to Vailankanni IN SHORT >> GU to start Konkani education centres in 4 states: Governor VASCO: Highlighting the importance of mother tongue, Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai on Thursday said he has given directions to Goa University to start Konkani education centres in four States. “A substantial population have their mother tongue as Konkani in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa. Considering this I have given directions to GU to start Konkani education centres in these four states”, he said. >> See pg 3 Investment summit in Goa on October 7 PANAJI: The government has planned an Investment Summit in the State on October 7, with the objective of attracting investment in various sectors. The State is aiming at 75 new investment projects to mark Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said. One more succumbs to Covid, 154 test +ve PANAJI: One more person succumbed to Covid in Goa on Thursday, taking cumulative death toll of the state to 3958. With 154 of the 1096 samples testing positive, the positivity rate of the State stands at 14%. With 180 recoveries the active caseload is 1013. Bilkis case: SC notice to Centre, Guj govt NEW DELHI: Was there application of mind while considering remission, the Supreme Court asked on Thursday and issued notice to the Centre and the Gujarat government on a plea challenging the release of 11 convicts in the 2002 case of Bilkis Bano’s gangrape and murder of her family members. Cong prez poll likely to be deferred NEW DELHI: The election for the Congress president is likely to be postponed for a few weeks and the final schedule will be decided in the CWC meeting scheduled on August 28. Ukraine: India votes against Russia NEW DELHI: India for the first time voted against Russia during a ‘procedural vote’ at the United Nations Security Council on Ukraine. WEATHER >> Max: 30 C Min: 24 C Humidity: 91% TIDES Low: High: 04:04 16:54 11:01 22:12 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 69 GOA CM lays thrust on setting up of green industries in State 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO Amazing benefits of adding mustard oil to your beauty regime 10 SPORTS Unvaccinated Djokovic out of US Open; can't travel to States 14 Multiple blunt injuries found on Phogat n AUTOPSY LASTED FOR NEARLY 4 HRS n INJURIES INFLICTED AROUND 6-12 HOURS PRIOR TO DEATH n VISCERA, MOUTH SWABS PRESERVED FOR FORENSIC TEST n SAMPLES TO BE SENT TO LAB OUTSIDE GOA THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Phogat family’s fear has come true as the post-mortem on Sonali Phogat’s body has revealed she had multiple blunt injuries. Highly placed sources told The Goan that these external injuries were inflicted on the body around 6-12 hours prior to her death, clearly indicating she was abused or assaulted. The forensic doctors have reserved opinion on the cause of death but the findings have startled Goa police, who claimed she died of a heart attack. “The cause of death, to the best of my knowledge and belief, is reserved for chemical analysis, histopathology and serological reports of the tissues preserved. However, there are multiple blunt force injuries over the body. In view of the above, the manner of death is for the Investigating Officer to ascertain,” reads the autopsy certificate signed by Associate Professor Dr Mandar Kantak and Lecturer Dr Sunil Chimbolkar. Sources further mentioned that her mouth swabs are also preserved for the crucial forensic examination. The samples are most likely to be sent to a central forensic lab outside Goa considering that the Phogat family had earlier raised apprehensions on the local investigators. Sonali’s brother Rinku has slammed the police for believing her death was due to a heart attack. “How can the (1) Sonali Phogat’s brother Rinku in talks with DySP Jivba Dalvi at GMC. (2) The coffin carrying Sonali’s mortal remains in the process of being flown to her native place (3) A facsimile of the autopsy report that was released on Thursday. Pics: Narayan Pissurlenkar police say she died of a heart attack before a post-mortem,” he questioned. After initial denial owing to police’s alleged in-cooperative behaviour, Sonali’s family gave their consent to conduct a post-mortem on the body on Wednesday morning. The autopsy lasted for close to four hours only after which the Anjuna police registered a case of murder. The local police however argued that the FIR was based on allegations made by the family. A 33-seconds video footage, which has gone viral on social media, shows Sonali was partying with her two staff. The video is supposedly of the night before her death even as the police are yet to comment. The family has also ruled out speculations surrounding Sonali’s links with narcotics. Rinku maintained that she >Continued on P5 Phogat’s PA, friend arrested for murder THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI After many twists and turns into the death of BJP leader Sonali Phogat, the Anjuna police arrested her personal assistant Sudhir Sangwan and her friend Sukhwinder Singh on charges of murder. Their arrest was highly expected after the police registered First Information Report (FIR) under sections 302 (murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code against the men on Thursday afternoon. The accused was later taken to the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) for examination, a mandatory protocol to be followed during Sawant: Merger on cards, but no move to shut any school Virtual meet with students, teachers on Sept 19 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said his government does not intend to close any schools and that consultations are on with parents and other stakeholders to explore the possibility of merging schools located in close proximity to each other. Sawant, who also holds the education portfolio, said any decision on merger of schools will only be taken after taking parents and teachers of those schools into confidence. He said, some of these government primary schools had enrollment of up to four and ‘Mulyavardhan 3.0’ -aimed at imparting valuebased education and life skills for traffic road safety, hygiene etc -- will be adopted for classes V to VIII in its new avatar — Pramod Sawant, CM five students impacting the quality of education imparted there. He also alleged that Bal Raths (school buses) meant for students to commute to schools in the vicinity of their villages were being misused to transport students to pri- an arrest. Their resort rooms were also checked to collect evidence pertaining to the case. While an official comment was awaited until late evening, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Anjuna) Jivba Dalvi earlier confirmed registering an offense against the duo based on allegations by Sonali’s family. The investigation team has already taken possession of the CCTV footage from two prime locations – Curlies beach shack restaurant, and the resort where she booked her stay for three days from Aug 22-24, 2022. “The family complained she was murdered. Therefore, >Continued on P5 3.40 lakh Goans to get welfare scheme money by Aug 29 THE GOAN I NETWORK vate or aided schools in cities affecting enrollment in government schools. The chief minister was speaking to the media at an event of the education department to announce the introduction of Mulyavardhan at the middle school level, aimed at imparting value-based education and life skills for traffic road safety, hygiene including personal hygiene and waste management. Mulyavardhan was being implemented by the Education Department with the assistance of Pune-based Shantilal Muttha Foundation in PANAJI In good news for Goans availing benefit under social welfare schemes of the government, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said the government will disburse Rs 141 crore to the beneficiaries as a Chaturthi gift by August 29. “Goa government will disburse stipend under social welfare schemes to the tune of Rs 141 crore by Monday as a Chaturthi gift to the people of the State”, Sawant said. The stipend and other benefits relate to various government schemes like Dayanand Niradhar Scheme, Griha Aadhar scheme, tribal, animal husbandry, agriculture >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 Curlies shack back in focus PANAJI: Curlies beach shack restaurant has come into the spotlight nearly 15 years after it ran into controversy during the rape and murder of British teenager Scarlett Keeling. The Sonali Phogat murder case has flashed back to the fateful date February 18, 2008, when Scarlet’s semiclad bruised body was found washed ashore on Anjuna beach. She too was last seen near Curlies shack. The ongoing controversy surrounding Phogat’s death also takes one back to August 12, 2021, when Goa’s daughter Siddhi Naik was found dead on Calangute beach. Open to CBI probe, forensic test again, says Haryana CM PTI CHANDIGARH Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the State is open to ordering a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the murder case of Sonali Phogat. “If that’s what the family wants, we will do it,” he told reporters in Chandigarh. He also said that as per the family’s wishes, a part of her viscera will be examined at a government lab in Chandigarh, besides Goa. “The most important thing is to heed by the family’s wishes.” He said he’d spoken to the Goa Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant, and the police there to look beyond the initial theory that she died of a heart attack. “The family suspected something else, so I told the authorities in Goa to look into it. I have not yet got the details of the post-mortem, so I would not like to comment on that specifically,” he said. Asked if there will now be a probe in Haryana into other allegations -- such as sexual assault and theft -- made by >Continued on P5 Good news for tiatr fans, show to go on at Ravindra Bhavan Member Secy agrees to withdraw notice THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Tiatr lovers have good news in store for them as the show will go on at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, two days after the cultural institution had suspended staging of tiatrs at the auditorium till further orders, citing non-functioning air conditioning system. A meeting between Ravindra Bhavan Member Secretary Agnelo Fernandes and a group of tiatr directors and producers on Thursday worked out an amicable solution, with the two sides resolving to keep the show going at the main auditorium. After agitated tiatr produc- ers and directors questioned the rationale behind suspending the shows at Ravindra Bhavan when tiatr has been staged at the main auditorium within one functioning air conditioner, Member Secretary Agnelo agreed to withdraw the notice to facilitate resumption of tiatr at the institution. After the meeting, Fernandes told media that the notice suspending the staging of events, including tiatr at the main auditorium was issued as a matter of abundant caution since two of the AC chillers had been non-functioning. He said since the tiatr >Continued on P5 Panel report finds no Farming with a difference! Agri Drone comes of age in Goa proof of Pegasus use A NEW START THE GOAN I NETWORK PTI NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Thursday said the technical panel appointed by it to probe the unauthorised use of Pegasus has found some malware in five mobile phones out of the 29 examined but it could not be concluded that it was due to the Israeli spyware. After perusing the report submitted by former apex court Justice R V Raveendran, Chief Justice N V Ramana also noted that the Central government did not cooperate with the Pegasus probe. The top court last year ordered a probe into the allegations of the use of Israeli spyware by government agencies for targeted surveillance of politicians, journalists, and activists and appointed technical and supervisory committees to look into the Pegasus row. The three-judge bench said the overseeing panel has submitted a “lengthy” report in three parts. One of the parts suggested amending the law to protect citizens’ right to privacy and ensure the nation’s cyber security. “They (Committees) have observed that the Government of India did not cooperate. Whatever stand you had taken here, you have taken the same stand before the committee also”, the bench, also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, said. MARGAO he Priest who took mechanized paddy farming to the nook and corner of South Goa is set to introduce another concept aimed at further revolutionizing agriculture in the State -- introducing Agri Drone in agricultural fields. Come Monday and a drone will hover over the lush green fields at Digaum bandh in Chinchinim village, thanks to an initiative of Don Bosco Aerial Service. Don Bosco and the Chinchinim Agricultural club will launch the Agri Drone and dedicate the same to the farmers of Goa. Fr George Quadros, Don Bosco, Loutolim has informed that the Agri Drone has got the license to operate in the State of Goa, adding that pilot license has also been obtained Don Bosco Aerial Service and Chinchinim Agricultural club will launch the Agri Drone and dedicate it to farmers in Goa The Drone will be launched in Goa, perhaps for the first time in agriculture It will help farmers spray fertilizers as well as pesticides to protect plants from diseases The Drone can carry a load of up to 10 kg and costs Rs 10 lakh T The Agri Drone in operation over an agricultural field. from the authorities. “The Agri Drone will be launched in the State of Goa, perhaps for the first time in agriculture. In the past, an attempt was made to intro- duce a prototype of a drone. But, a real Agri Drone will be in operation at Chinchinim on Monday”, he said. He added, “the drone will help the farmers spray ferti- lizers as well as pesticides to keep the plant from any plant disease. Since we are now moving towards use of solid to liquid fertilizers, the drones will come in handy for the farmers to carry out the aerial spraying of both fertilizers as well as pesticides to protect the plant”. Purchased from Haryana, a Made in India product, the Agri Drone which can carry a load of up to 10 kilograms, has cost the Priest around Rs 10-odd lakhs. “There’s a central government scheme wherein the government provides 40 per cent subsidy on Agri Drones. We will be levying a fee on the farmers using the drone technology for spraying of liquid fertilizers. We intend to tie-up with the agricultural department as well”, he said. Fr Quadros is credited with introducing mechanization in agriculture and giving a big boost to community farmers. He is credited with bringing thousands of hectares of fallow land under agricultural cultivation across the length and breadth of the State. Zonal Agricultural officer, Margao Sheriff Furtado told The Goan that the agricultural department has given the approval for subsidy for Don Bosco to procure the Agri Drone. “The Don Bosco Society has been the pioneers in mechanization of agricultural cultivation in the State. The Society and Fr Quadros has taken mechanization to the nook and corner of Goa. We are happy that the Society has decided to come up with Agri Drone, which will go a long way in giving a further boost to agriculture”, Sheriff added.
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