log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 14 pages pages 6 & 7 IN SHORT >> Police detain 11 sand laden trucks OLD GOA: The Old Goa police, on Friday morning, detained 11 sand laden trucks of which five were from Maharashtra. The trucks were intercepted near the Montfort Institute when they were proceeding towards Banastarim and were later brought to Old Goa. Further investigations are underway. Cong dissolves all block committees PANAJI: In its first response to the desertion by eight of its 11 MLAs, Congress announced that it has dissolved all its block committees. “GPCC has dissolved all Block Congress Committees with immediate effect,” a two-line press release issued by Sunil Kawthankar said. >> See pg 3 Air quality checks at 14 sites from Nov PANAJI: Fourteen locations in Goa have been identified to monitor ambient air quality for two years from November and GSPCB has initiated a tender process to pick qualified organisations to manage the stations. >> See pg 3 Gun in Curchorem shootout case seized SANGUEM: Curchorem Police recovered a single-bore gun allegedly used in the murder of a labourer at Bansai-Curchorem in the wee hours of September 1. The gun was recovered at the behest of accused who was arrested two days back. >> See pg 2 Sanquelim bank heist: One more arrested PANAJI: Police have managed to arrested another accused in the Sanquelim bank heist. The fourth accused -- identified as Kiran Ghorpade from Bijapur -- was apprehended from Pune. Police had apprehended three of the five accused on Thursday. 79 new Covid cases reported in State PANAJI: Goa recorded 79 new cases of Covid from the 836 samples that were tested in the last 24 hours. The health bulletin states that 92 persons also recovered from the virus while the positivity rate stood at 9.4 per cent. WEATHER >> Max: 30 C Min: 24 C Humidity: 91% TIDES Low: High: 06.59 01.16 19.27 12.57 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday PRICE ` 8 Asian Chaplaincy first to serve diaspora The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 90 Diaspora awaits Goan Konkani Musical Show in Melbourne Sanio, a singing icon for the global Goan Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO How to take care of your hair during the festive season 9 Mumbai Indians appoint Mark Boucher as head coach Blow for BJP, Kamat fails Margao test GANASHYAM WINS MMC CHIEF’S ELECTION SIX OF 16 BJP COUNCILLORS CROSS-VOTE ON PAGE 2 THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO In what is seen as a morale booster for the Opposition and a big blow for the ruling BJP, non-BJP forces in the Margao Civic body led by the Goa Forward successfully checkmated Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Cong-turned-BJP MLA Digambar Kamat in their bid to get the BJP to power in the civic body after a gap of 17 years when the ruling BJP candidate bit the dust in Friday’s election for the post of Margao Municipal Chairperson. Top BJP leadership has been left red-faced and embarrassed as six out of the 16 party-backed Councillors voted for the Goa Forward-backed Independent candidate Ganashyam Shirodkar. While BJP-Councillor Sunita Paradkar was seen openly aligning with the Goa Forward group of Councilors, as many as five other BJP-backed Councillors cross-voted in favour of Independent Ganashyam, dashing all hopes of the ruling party’s bid to return to the hot saddle. On paper, the BJP’s strength in the 25-member civic body had gone up to 16, after Margao MLA Digambar Kamat Vijai has the last laugh, says it’s a befitting response to BJP New chairperson to accord priority to Sonsodo, parking Cross-voting resulted in defeat of BJP-backed candidate: Kamat Goa Forward Chief Vijai Sardesai is all smiles with newly elected MMC chairperson Ganashyam Shirodkar on Friday. Santosh Mirajkar and his group embraced the BJP earlier this week. As it finally turned out, however, Goa Forward-backed Independent Ganashyam made it to the hot seat with ease, polling 15 votes as against 10 polled by Damu Shirodkar. The hotly contested election had assumed political significance for the seven-time Margao MLA as he faced the acid test to get his candidate Damu elected to the top post, more so after his exit from the Congress to embrace the BJP. That the BJP had lot of Meeting on loud music turns out to be a damp squib THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA In the backdrop of the BJP leader Sonali Phogat’s unfortunate death and the consequent police action against drugs, there was high expectation over the Friday’s meeting called by the deputy collector regarding violation of noise pollution and music along the coastal belt but unfortunately the meeting turned into a fiasco and proved to be an eye wash. People affected by loud music expected the deputy collector and the sub-divisional magistrate, Gurudas Desai to take some proactive action against noise pollution but had to return disappointed. According to a resident of Assagao, Desmond Alvares, the meeting focused more about copyright issues on music played by various nightclubs and shacks along the coast. He said people who are responsible to issue the public performance licence (PPL) were present for the meeting Officer shunted for acting tough MAPUSA: A former Dy collector showed that where there is a will, there is a way by taking proactive action against those playing loud music, but the government shunted him out. Around 18 months ago the then Dy collector Kapil Phadte had issued show cause notices to at least 25 nightclubs and hotels. He had also issued memorandum to three police stations in Bardez and written to GCZMA for decibel meters. But sadly, the government transferred him. and described to those present how the licences have to be obtained. “When people raised the issue of noise pollution the deputy collector just brushed it off. He said the Pollution >Continued on P5 stakes in the Civic poll became evident when Chief Minister Pramod Sawant descended in the city on the eve of the election on Thursday in a bid to bring together the original group of BJP Councillors and neo-BJP City Fathers and ensure they all vote for the party-backed candidate. The election result is a clear indication that the ruling party did not vote as a cohesive unit despite last minute efforts by the Chief Minister to ensure the original and neo-BJP Councillors gel well and unitedly vote for the party-backed candidate Damu. On the other hand, Ganashyam’s candidature received a big boost when the Sardesai openly backed him after Kamat embraced BJP, signaling the collapse of the Vijai-Digambar duo’s Margao Civic Alliance (MCA). The Vijai-Ganashyam duo is believed to have exploited the prevailing sentiments against the Digambar-backed candidate to the hilt, successfully managing to get six BJP City Fathers to cross-vote. After the election, Ganashyam along with Sardesai, Councillors and well-wishers headed to offer prayers to Lord Dambab at Pimpalkatta. Cross-voting leaves BJP stunned, embarrassed LEAVE PARTY IF NOT HAPPY, COUNCILLORS GET BLUNT MESSAGE AT CM’S RESIDENCE THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Baffled over the ghost of cross-voting by BJP-backed Councillors in the election for the Margao Municipal Chairperson, leaving the party leadership red-faced, all the 15-party backed councilors were on Friday evening summoned to the residence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for a review meeting. If sources are to be believed, the terse message conveyed to the 15 Councillors was simple – if they are not happy in the party, the doors are open for them to move out. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Cong-turned-BJP MLA Digambar Kamat and other BJP leaders, who went into a huddle with the 15 BJPbacked Councillors at the CM’s residence had one question to ask – how come the Party lost the MMC Chairperson’s post-election when the 15 Councillors had a meeting with the CM last night and are VASCO n a major boost to tourism activity in the State, the Mormugao Port Authority (MPA) will get as many as 56 international and domestic cruise ships in the upcoming tourist season between September to April 2023. MPA Chairman Venkata Ramana Akkaraju said that the MPA will get the first domestic cruise by September end, followed by international cruise ships in October. “We expect 21 international and 35 domestic cruise vessels in the fair season till April. The domestic cruise Angriya will also resume operations after two months I somewhere in NovemberDecember.” “We have started construction of the new cruise terminal of 55,000 sq mtrs area at a cost of Rs 74.11 crores and will be completed by September 2023. We will presently operating domestic and international cruise ships from the existing cruise terminal,” said Akkaraju. Akkaraju said the MPA had a series of meeting with stakeholders to ensure that international and domestic passengers get a comfortable and memorable experience, since the cruise business had resumed after a gap amid the pandemic. “The SOPs for the customs, immigration, port and opera- tors are already in place and respective organisations must follow these SOPs. The central government is stressing on ease of doing business and has digitised submission of documents, e-land passes and BJP ready to strike back, plans no-trust motion MARGAO: Embarrassed over the cross-voting by five-party backed Councillors resulting in the defeat of the party in the election for the post of MMC Chairperson, the ruling party is reported to have vowed to strike back by tabling a no confidence motion against newly-elected Chairperson Ganashyam Shirodkar. Sources in the know informed that at the meeting of the 15-party backed Councillors at the residence of the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, around 14 Councillors are believed to have put their signatures on the notice of no trust motion. The signature of the remaining one Councillor, who did not attend >Continued on P5 all present again at the CM’s residence. Sources in the know informed the BJP leadership is ready to strike back in the Margao Municipality on condition the 15 Councillors remain united. In this respect, the Councilors have been giv- en time to introspect and decide whether they want to stay put in the party or move out, before the party works out a strategy in the Civic body. Margao BJP Mandal Chief Rupesh Mahatme said the >Continued on P5 Mundkarial, tenancy cases ` 7 crore facelift for get 1 yr disposal deadline four Panaji parks GOVT ISSUES GUIDELINES TO SPEED UP PROCESS THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In a bid to do away with decades of bureaucratic redtape which impeded speedy disposal of mundkarial and agriculture tenancy cases, the State government on Friday issued an order articulating measures to speed up quasi-judicial proceedings. The order asks quasi-judicial officers -- mamlatdars and joint-mamlatdars -- to expedite the proceedings so as to dispose off matters within a year. “Every effort shall be made to dispose of the pending mundakar and tenancy cases within a period of one year,” states the order which also lists down many guidelines, the most salient of which restricts adjournments to a maximum of three in each case. Another guideline listed in the order mandates the quasi-judicial officers restrict themselves to fixing THE NEW GUIDELINES Quasi-judicial officers to expedite proceedings so as to dispose off matters within a year Adjournments restricted to a maximum of three in each case Quasi-judicial officers to restrict themselves to fixing next hearings to short dates -- not more than 10 days later Collectors ordered to designate mamlatdars under their charge exclusively to discharge quasi-judicial functions related to Mundkar, Tenancy laws These mamlatdars will also be liable to hold revenue court hearings on Saturdays and cases with more than threeyear pendency will have to be heard on a daily basis FACT FILE: According to records, nearly 5,000 cases filed under the Goa, Daman and Diu Agricultural Tenancy Act, 1964 and the Goa, Daman and Diu Mundkars (protection from eviction) Act, 1975 are pending for 15 years next hearings to short dates -- not more than 10 days later. “The next date of hearing fixed should not ordinarily be exceeding 10 days,” the guideline states. Several other measures included in the order include an instruction to the >Continued on P5 Cruise tourism is here; 56 ships to make a call at Mormugao THE GOAN I NETWORK 14 SPORTS automated e-visas.” “The first cruise ship will arrive by the 28-30 of September to mark the start of the cruise tourism season for MPA,” said Akkaraju. TOURISM REVENUE Akkaraju said cruise tourism would generate huge revenue volumes for the State. “Each cruise ship carries an average of around 3,000 passengers, mostly European and American people who are high net worth individuals and almost every passenger spends around 100 USD to 150 USD. When a huge ship comes to Goa, at least 2,000 people disembark, which means that each ship can generate upto 2,000 x 100 USD per ship on an average on the minimum side. We can calculate this with 56 vessels calling here back-to-back in a span of few months to see the amount of money that will flow in,” said Akkaraju. BENEFIT TO LOCALS The MPA chairman said local artisans, local village industries and local eateries will get maximum benefit from this cruise business. “We also want to create temporary places in the port where local artisans can display their goods and try to sell directly to the passengers. We will have a welcome to the first ship by local artistes reflecting the culture of Goa.” “We will also have hoardings reflecting the culture of Goa and India on our cruise terms for the passengers to see when they walk from one point to another,” said Akkaraju. >Continued on P5 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The capital city is set to get a minor facelift with the Goa State Urban Development Agency (GSUDA) proposing to spruce up four of its existing parks under the much-touted and long overrun Smart City Mission programme. The four gardens which are set to be taken up for improvement are the Francisco Luis Gomes garden at Campal, the Mermaid garden opposite the district court, the Menezes Braganza garden opposition the North Goa Collectorate and the Albamar garden. GSUDA has floated a tender, totally worth Rs 7.48 crore. It will encompass refurbishing the structures in these gardens, landscaping and also re-illumination. The GSUDA tender also talks of improving public spaces without however specifying which in the capital city. Also included in the tender is an item related to accessibility and mobility related services for children and seniors. Refurbishing gardens and parks in the past have stirred controversies with critics arguing these projects are unplanned and unnecessary, besides allegations of graft.
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