log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 GOA Online registration of deeds to help govt counter scams: Cabral Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 14 pages PRICE ` 8 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 93 GOA Farmers go on a sit-in agitation to oppose IIT project 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INDIA Tharoor set to run for Congress Prez, Sonia Gandhi ‘okays’ it Farmer activist moves SPCA for justice PANAJI: Farmer activist Hanumant Parab has lodged a complaint with the State Police Complaints Authority (SPCA) alleging brutality by Deputy Superintendent of Police Sagar Ekoskar and Police Inspector Prajyot Phadte during a peaceful protest in Pissurlem in March. >> See pg 3 OWNER APPLIES FOR ANTICIPATORY BAIL THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI: A FIR has been filed against an individual for destroying sand dunes and illegally cutting over 30 trees at Madlawada, Morjim. The TCP Dept has also been advised to stop the work and submit a report to for revocation of the licence. Gardener steals ` 12L from Assagao villa MAPUSA: A gardener employed at gated community villas was arrested for allegedly stealing cash of Rs 12 lakh from one of the villas in Assagao. The accused was arrested within 12 hours of registering the complaint and has been taken into custody. >> See pg 3 Court grants bail to land grab accused PANAJI: JMFC Mapusa has granted bail to Yogesh Vazarkar and Royson Rodrigues in the land grabbing case. SIT constituted to investigate the cases had arrested Vazarkar and Rodrigues last week. Kharewado beach may get new life VASCO: After proposing to make Baina one of the model beaches in the State, Vasco MLA Krishna Salkar has now requested the tourism department to clean up and revive Kharewado beach. A joint inspection was conducted at Kharewado and Baina beaches along with officials of Tourism Department. WEATHER >> Max: 31 C Min: 23 C Humidity: 91% TIDES Low: High: 14:07 ------08:03 17:59 The coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is carried out of the Westminster Abbey during the State funeral service followed by Britain's King Charles III, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Camilla in London on Monday. UK bids final farewell to Queen PTI LONDON Kings and queens, world leaders, tearful mourners lining the streets and gathered around screens bid a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, as Britain's longest-serving monarch was laid to rest in a historic funeral ceremony conducted to military precision at a scale never seen before. The UK observed a two-minute silence in a poign- THE FINAL MOMENTS The “instruments of state” -- the Imperial State Crown, orb and sceptre -- were removed from the coffin and placed on the high altar King Charles III placed The Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier of Guards on the coffin As the coffin was lowered, a lone piper played a haunting lament ant nationwide tribute at the conclusion of a majestic state funeral ceremony at Westminster Abbey here, attended by thousands and witnessed by millions on screens worldwide. The UK's National Anthem, Court seeks govt reply on health, PWD recruitment Sets October 19 deadline for response THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa has given the Goa government until October 19 to reply to a petition seeking the scrapping of posts and the controversial recruitment of posts to the Health Department while it permitted the government to file additional responses to the claims by those candidates who were selected to the PWD posts, that were scrapped and who had challenged the scrapping. Hearing a bunch of petitions filed by Shailendra Velingkar, who questioned the recruitment in the Health Department, Godwin Xavier Pereira who questioned the recruitment in the PWD department as well as the aggrieved selected candidates, the High Court has now posted the matter for October 19. 'God Save the King', rang out as the coffin was lifted out for the last leg of the journey to the late monarch's final resting place at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, where a Committal Service concluded the public-facing aspect of the funeral before a private burial ceremony on Monday evening. The Queen's final resting place will be by the side of her late husband of 73 years, >Continued on P5 Phogat case: 2 drug peddlers granted bail THE GOAN I NETWORK Several MLAs -- most prominently Atanasio Monserrate – had complained of large scale corruption in recruitment process A high level inquiry was conducted by Vigilance Department led by Chief Secretary Then PWD Minister Deepak Prabhu Pauskar was denied a BJP ticket in wake of the scam Pauskar was accused by his own party colleagues of selling jobs for up to Rs 35-lakh Sawant govt had told HC that it was scrapping the entire process in PWD “The respondents are directed to file their affidavits addressing the issues raised in this Petition (Health Department), within a maximum period of four weeks from today. Advance copies to be furnished to the learned Counsel for the Petitioner,” the High Court ruled. When it came to the PWD posts, the Advocate General, told the court that all the selections made to various posts in the Public Works Department, have been cancelled and therefore, submits that the grievance, insofar as they relate to the selections made to PWD posts, will not survive. Recruitment to the PWD Department that was being conducted prior to the Goa Assembly elections was hugely controversial and was the subject to a high level inquiry MAPUSA The two alleged drug peddlers who were arrested in connection of the BJP leader Sonali Phogat murder case were granted bail on Monday by an NDPS court. The alleged accused, Dattaprasad Goankar and Ramdas Mandrekar who were released on bail were arrested under the NDPS Act. They were presently in the judicial lockup at Colvale jail. While Mandrekar had allegedly supplied the drugs to Gaonkar, the latter allegedly supplied the drugs to Phogat’s associates Sudhir Sagwan and Sukhwinder Singh. Initially, the two were in the custody of police for five days but later a court had remanded both the accused to judicial custody. Curlies owner, Edwin Nunes who was also arrested under the NDPS Act along with the duo was released on conditional bail earlier. >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 THE CONTROVERSIAL RECRUITMENT PANAJI The noose around alleged drug peddlers is tightening with a team of Hyderabad police headed by its Superintendent landing in Goa on a two-day visit even as Edwin Nunes, believed to be the owner of the infamous Curlies shack on Anjuna beach, applied for anticipatory bail before the Hyderabad court. His plea will be taken up for hearing on Tuesday. Nunes is wanted in a drug-related offense that saw the arrest of Anjuna’ Pritesh Borkar last month and whose regular bail plea is slated for hearing on September 21. “He (Borkar) is the prime accused. After a month behind bars, he applied for regular bail before the Hyderabad court that adjourned the hearing. The Hyderabad police will oppose his bail,” a senior officer, who is monitoring the probe from Goa, said. Borkar was detained by Hyderabad Narcotic Enforcement Wing (H-NEW) and the Osmania University police from his coastal village in Anjuna on August 1. New presiding officer named, to decide on show of hands or secret ballot T backed councillors tabled a no confidence motion against the Margao civic chief. The DMA’s notice has convened a special meeting of the Council on September 23 at 11 am to discuss the notice of no confidence motion against Shirodkar. In a move intended to send a message loud and clear that the BJP councillors have buried their hatchet after the party’s shock defeat in the election for the post MARGAO: In an interesting development, the Director of Municipal Administration (DMA) Gurudas Pilarnekar has appointed a new officer as the Presiding Officer to conduct the special meeting conveyed on September 23 to discuss the no trust motion against the Margao Municipal Chairperson Ganashyam Shirodkar. In another development, the DMA has said that it is purely for the Presiding Officer to take a call how to go about discussing the no trust motion, whether by showing of hands or through the secret ballot. >> See pg 2 of MMC chairperson, the no confidence motion has been signed by all the 15 BJP-backed councillors in the 25-member civic body. A delegation of councillors led by MMC vice-Chairperson Deepali Sawal, Mahesh Amonkar, Camilo Barretto, Shweta Lotlikar, Shagun Naik and others descended in the office of the Director of Municipal Administration on Monday to submit the no trust motion to the Director, Gurudas Pilarnekar. The notice stated that the 15 Councilors have expressed their no confidence against the MMC Chairperson, Ganashyam Shirodkar and sought the DMA’s intervention under section 56 of the Goa Municipalities Act for removal of the Chairperson. The no trust motion from the BJP group was on expected lines after Ganashyam’s victory had left party leadership, including Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Cong-turnedBJP MLA Digambar Kamat red faced after the party suffered a shock defeat despite en- PANAJI: A team of Hyderabad police headed by its Superintendent launched an investigation in connection with an inter-State drug cartel run by the Goan gang. The sleuths -- on a two-day visit -- met Inspector General of Goa Police Omvir Singh on Monday to brief and submit him a preliminary report into a drug bust in Hyderabad. As many as 10 suspected drug smugglers from Goa are on their wanted list of whom, three including Pritesh Borkar, Narendra Farhan and Ahmed Ansari are currently in their custody. The arrest of Farhan had been a tedious task for the Hyderabad police, for, he allegedly operated the illegal trade from his house which is guarded by several dozen dogs. He was however officially arrested 16 days later. While the manner in which Goa Police’s counterparts moved with the investigation triggered initial differences between the two states, the Hyderabad police eventually sent an official communication to the Director General of Goa Police Jaspal Singh requesting cooperation. The Anjuna local had reportedly confessed eight names including Nunes who are actively a part of the inter-State drugs syndicate, to the Hyderabad police. Fearing arrest, Nunes moved the court for anticipatory bail. The team of Hyderabad police arrived in Goa on Monday to submit its preliminary report to Inspector General of Police Omvir Singh. The Hyderabad police will continue their probe on Tuesday in coordination with the Goa Police. The team will camp in Goa for an inter-State coordination meeting slated on September 22. Officers from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh will also attend the day-long meeting. ■ Outcome under wraps ■ Meet with PM cancelled ■ Lobo fails to attend THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and the group of recently admitted MLAs of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were given an audience late Monday night by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the party national president, J P Nadda. Shah and Nadda met Sawant and the seven former Congressmen jointly but what transpired in the meeting has been kept under wraps. The group also had a scheduled appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi but the meeting did not happen due to certain exigencies the PMO had to deal with, an official in Sawant’s office said. The chief minister and the MLAs will return to Goa by a late Monday night flight, the ■ MMC chief faces no confidence motion ■ DMA convenes meet on September 23 THE GOAN I NETWORK Investigation begins into inter-State drug cartel run by Goan gang Sawant, new entrants meet Amit Shah, Nadda in Delhi BJP pulls out all stops in bid to control Margao civic body MARGAO he battle lines are drawn again to wrest control over the Margao Municipal Council. The fate of the newly-elected Goa Forward-backed Margao Municipal Chairperson Ganashyam Shirodkar will be decided on September 23, exactly a week after he made it to the top civic post by defeating BJP-backed candidate Damu Shirodkar by a comfortable margin of 15-10 votes. Director of Municipal Administration Gurudas Pilarnekar on Monday convened a special meeting of the Council, moments after the 15-member group of BJP- 14 ■ HYDERABAD POLICE IN GOA ■ CURLIES FIR for destroying sand dunes filed MARGAO: Congress karyakartas gave vent to their sentiments over the defection of the eight-party MLAs and have vowed to build the party from scratch even as GPCC Chief Amit Patkar and others urged the workers to brace up to stage protests against the defectors. >> See pg 2 India take on Australia in first T20I tonight Noose around drug peddlers tightens IN SHORT >> Cong braces for stir against defectors 7 SPORTS joying a clear majority in the 25-member house. That the no trust motion against the Goa Forward-backed MMC Chairperson was imminent had become evident when all the BJP-backed councilors were ferried to the residence of the Chief Minister at Altinho immediately after the shock defeat. That the Cong-turnedBJP Margao MLA Digambar Kamat later accompanied all the party councilors to the Zambaulim temple to swear before Lord Dambab that they had voted for the party candidate, had given clear indications the BJP will immediately bring a no trust motion against the MMC Chairperson. The chief minister and MLAs will return to Goa by a late Monday night flight but what transpired in the meeting has been kept under wraps official added. Seven of the eight MLAs were part of the group that met Shah and Nadda -- Digambar Kamat, Aleixo Sequeira, Kedar Naik, Sankalp Amonkar, Rajesh Phaldesai, Rudolf Fernandes and Delilah Lobo. The eighth, Michael Lobo could not be part of the group as he is out of the country. BJP State president, Sadanand Tanavade and >Continued on P5
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