log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2022 GOA Benaulim farmers hold on to hope of stilts, cultivate fields IN SHORT >> Goa Varsity’s first VC Prof Ali no more PANAJI: Eminent historian Prof B Sheikh Ali who was Goa University’s first vice chancellor passed away at a private hospital in his native Mysuru on Thursday. He was 98. He was the first vice chancellor of Mangalore and Goa universities. Most of Prof Ali’s research work related to the period of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Among some of his top works as a historian includes “Goa Wins Freedom: Reflections and Reminiscences” while he was at the Goa University in 1986. New born baby girl found abandoned MARGAO: In a shocking incident, a new-born baby girl was found abandoned at Sirvodem-Margao on Thursday morning. While the condition of the new-born is stated to be normal, she is being monitored at the South Goa district hospital. >> See pg 2 New TCP rules get statutory leg-up PANAJI: TCP Minister Vishwajit Rane’s utopian planning ideas to permit farmhouses, film cities, golf courses and other such development in agricultural and non-settlement zones got a statutory leg-up with Chief Town Planner James Mathew issuing the draft notification. >> See pg 3 Goa gets `376 cr GST compensation PANAJI: The Goa government got a welcome financial cushion of Rs 376 crore as its GST compensation for the month of August. According to Finance department officials, the amount is nearly Rs 100 cr more than what the State got one year ago in August. Lightning strikes 2 houses at Marcel PANAJI: Lightning struck 2 houses at Marcel on Wednesday night damaging the walls as well as electronic equipment. While one house is at Betki the other is at Khandola. Low testing records just 42 Covid cases PANAJI: Goa recorded just 42 new Covid cases from 573 samples tested, registering a positivity rate of 7.3%. The low number of cases is attributed to less people going in for tests due to the festive season. WEATHER >> Max: 31 C Min: 24 C Humidity: 90% TIDES Low: High: 08.02 20.45 02.32 13.52 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 14 pages PRICE ` 8 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 75 2 GOA NCRB data reveals zero conviction in human trafficking cases 3 F INFO Seven ways to get more calcium in your diet 9 SPORTS Sri Lanka hold nerves, beat Bangladesh to enter Super 4 14 BAPPA MORYA! SOME GCZMA-SUGGESTED CHANGES ACCEPTED THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The National Coastal Zone Management Authority (NCZMA) has granted its final approval to the much-delayed Goa Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) accepting some -- not all -- of the changes that were sought by the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority, highly placed sources familiar with the decision, said. The decision was ratified in a meeting of the NCZMA held in Delhi on Thursday. However, details concerning the changes suggested by the Goa government in the plan will be clear after the minutes of the meeting are approved and circulated among the members. On August 18, the GCZMA received the final draft of the CZMP from the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) Chennai that has been drafted based on the CRZ 2011 notification that was placed before the GCZMA meeting held the following day on August 19, where it was approved and sent to the NCZMA for final approval. At the meeting held on August 19, several expert members made “observations” to the procedure that was followed in approving the final draft as well as to certain omissions even in the final draft of the plan. However, the authority decided to approve the final draft on August 19 as sent by the NCSCM and forward it to the NCZMA for approval. “With this it can finally be said that Goa has a coastal zone management plan as we were mandated to prepare under the 2011 CRZ notification and the issue of the plan not being prepared or finalised is 2 labourers shot at while extracting sand, 1 succumbs OTHER’S CONDITION CRITICAL POLICE ON LOOKOUT FOR ACCUSED THE GOAN I NETWORK SANGUEM Illegal sand mining activity took a gruesome turn when two labourers were shot by unidentified persons at Bansai-Curchorem, killing one and seriously injuring the other in the wee hours of Thursday. A third labourer who was also present in the canoe at the time of incident, however, escaped unhurt. Superintendent of Police (Coastal) Sammy Tavares informed reporters that police received a message at about 1.30 am from the Curchorem Health Centre stating that one person had been brought dead and another was seriously injured in an incident involving gun shots. Five arrested for sand extraction at Bansai SANGUEM: Hours after one labourer was shot dead and another was seriously injured during sand mining activity at Bansai-Curchorem, Curchorem police on Thursday arrested five persons on charges of sand extraction at the same site in Maad-Bansai. The arrested have been identified as Ramdas Naik, Yogesh Adel, Vijai Adel, Amey Adel and Vivek Naik. SP Tavares said the incident took place at Bansai- >Continued on P5 almost complete,” the source said. Goa’s coastal zone management plan has been prepared by the NCSCM, that had rejected the GCZMA’s suggestion to include an additional 46-square kilometres of sand dunes to the dunes already identified claiming that among other things, they were not obliged to depict any geographical formations beyond 500 metres of the high tide line and that the maps sent by the villagers were consulted and some of the changes included. “The NCSCM informed that these have been verified with aerial photos and other data as available in NCSCM Five houses in Khola get power 60 years after Liberation 1 It was, quite literally, a bright and sparkling Ganesh Chaturthi gift to residents of five houses at Khola village on Wednesday, as they received power supply for the first time since Liberation The electricity department laid over 41 poles and drawn over 1.8 kms of electricity alignments to extend power supply to the remote Nagurma locality in Kudoi ward of Khola village Nagurma is an isolated residential hamlet about 2 kms from the main residential locality of Kudoi Incidentally, the extension of power supply to Nagurma will also boost irrigation of cashew plantations >> See pg 3 2 3 4 Her aides also took party drugs, reveals confidential info PANAJI ledgling politician Sonali Phogat and her aides Sudhir Sangwan and Sukhwinder Singh allegedly took party drugs in the Anjuna resort, barely three and half hours after they checked in the now partially sealed venue on August 22. Confidential information with The Goan reveals the 42-year-old was allegedly given drugs by her personal assistant Sangwan, aged 39 years, and his friend Singh (33) around 7:30 pm which is when they also ordered snacks in the resort. Sources said that Phogat was in fact forced to take the party drugs thrice within 6-7 hours in what proved her fatal. RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Goa’s coastal plan approved in Delhi Inside story: Phogat was drugged thrice THE GOAN I NETWORK Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday “The trio checked in the resort at around 4 pm. Phogat was lodged in L17 while Sangwan and Singh were in L23 Deluxe Cottage. They freshened up in their respective cottages and around 6:30-7 pm, alleged drug peddler Rama Mandrekar handed over the banned substance to one Dattaprasad Gaonkar near the gate,” sources said. Gaonkar then sold the drugs to Sangwan and Singh for Rs 5000 and Rs 7000 respectively. The price varied either due to the quantum or the quality each had purchased. After spending some time in the pool, around 7.30 pm, the trio allegedly took drugs before leaving for Curlies. Sources said Sangwan smuggled the remaining contents in an empty bottle and his trousers. As the revelation has yet again taken a murky twist, The Goan tried to connect with Superintendent of Police (North Goa) Shobhit Saxena to corroborate the report. His reply was awaited till Thursday night. Singh, who was the first to reach Curlies around 10 pm, had booked the table. Related report on page 5 Phogat and her PA joined him around 11 pm. Over an hour later, Sangwan allegedly forced her to drink a chemical-laced substance after which they were on the dance floor. Both the accused, who are soon to complete their 10 days of custodial interrogation, had again forced her to drink the suspicious liquid that Phogat, also an actor-media content creator, was not quite comfortable with. Phogat then ordered continental food and drinks at midnight and returned to the crowded dance floor. It was around 2:30 am on August 23 that the repercussions of an alleged drug overdose were noticeable. Sangwan took her to the >Continued on P5 and that maps prepared by the village panchayats, shape file containing missing sand dunes provided by the United Goa Foundation, comments/ suggestions, received from Goa Foundation and various Taluka committees were also consulted while finalising sand dunes of Goa,” the GCZMA observed in its decision. Villagers and village groups had sought several changes including missing creeks, coastal features, mangroves, etc. The authority also rejected suggestions from its expert members that reserve forests be depicted along the coast, pointing out that it was only the forest department that had the powers to notify reserved forests as well as observations concerning the non-following of procedure was addressed with the GCZMA. It claimed that procedure and consultation was followed through the creation of taluka level committees who took on board many of the suggestions, held a ground truthing exercise and incorporated many of the changes in the final plan. A devotee immerses the idol of Lord Ganesha after the one-and-half-day celebration at Four Pillars, Santa Cruz on Thursday. (Report & pics on pg 5) Narayan Pissurlenkar Portugal health minister quits after Indian lady dies shuttling hospitals MINISTER HAD TEMPORARILY CLOSED EMERGENCY OBSTETRIC SERVICES PTI LISBON Portugal’s Health Minister Marta Temido resigned on Tuesday after the widespread criticism of her decision to temporarily close emergency obstetric services and the death of an Indian pregnant woman during transfer between hospitals. Ms Temido in a sentence said that she “no longer has the conditions” to exercise the position, which the prime minister accepted, Portugal’s National Public broadcaster, RTP News reported. Her resignation was announced five hours after the news of the death of a pregnant woman in Lisbon. In a note published on the official website of the Presidency of the >Continued on P5 India in touch with family of woman NEW DELHI: India described as “unfortunate” the death of an Indian pregnant woman in Portugal and said it was in touch with her family. “This is an unfortunate incident”, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.
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