log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 GOA Man sentenced to 8 years in prison for human trafficking MARGAO: In a landmark judgement, Additional sessions judge Pooja Kavlekar on Wednesday sentenced Suraj Sharma alias Saramodh to 8 years imprisonment for offences under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act 1956. Co-accused Santosh Sonawane has also been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment. >> See pg 2 Non-performance rap for all govt servants PANAJI: The State government’s ‘perform or perish’ fatwa will extend to government employees across all departments in the State and not restricted only to the staff posted at the State Secretariat. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said, the government order invoking the fundamental Rule 56 (j) of the civil service rules seeking to permanently retire inefficient or disobedient employees is not restricted only to the Secretariat but across government departments. >> See pg 3 MSTC to assist in mining e-auctions The Goan (Playstore) 14 pages PRICE ` 8 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 95 Cong begins stir against defectors, protest near Nuvem MLA’s house IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 2 3 GOA Sonsodo legacy waste: Stop all excuses, shifting blame, thunders HC Max: Min: Humidity: TIDES Low: High: 29 C 24 C 75% 02:52 15:53 10:04 19.28 Effective yoga asanas diabetics should try 9 SPORTS Suryakumar leapfrogs Babar to 3rd spot in T20 rankings IS THERE A MOLE? PLANS OF RAIDS, DETENTION ORCHESTRATED BY COPS REACH ACCUSED BEFORE CRACKDOWN MEDICAL REASONS CITED TO EVADE ACTION THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Hyderabad City police are going through a tough time tracking down the main suppliers of drugs in Goa’s coastal belt, although the team managed to arrest John Stephen D’Souza aka Steve, the owner of Hill Top nightclub in Vagator. The Osmania University Police, assisted by the Anjuna police, arrested Steve from the police station where he was summoned to collect a pre-arrest notice on Wednesday morning. But the ongoing probe in Goa is not a cakewalk for the Hyderabad police. Information leak to the accused who are then quick enough to come up with excuses to evade arrest is proving to be Top cops of 5 states meet today: what’s on agenda PANAJI: The much-awaited inter-state coordination meeting of police officers from Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh will be held in Panaji on Thursday. The meeting is scheduled at a time when the State reported a rise in crime rate with drug-related incidents grabbing national headlines. Police sources said that the meeting will not only focus on strengthening ties between the states to clamp down on crimes, measures to curb the drug menace will also be chalked out besides sharing of intelligence on narcotics activities. a major hurdle for Hyderabad police. The team headed by its Superintendent has been camping in Goa since September 19 to investigate the “We are approaching the tourist season and there’s a huge possibility of an influx of drugs along with those visitors, who are actively a part of the drug cartel. We will ensure a coordinated effort to come down heavily on the nuisance in Goa as well as other states,” an officer with Goa Police said. A team of Hyderabad police, who are in Goa to probe an inter-state drug cartel run by the Goan gang, will also be a part of the crucial meeting. The coastal State recently witnessed a series of crackdowns on drugs and nearly a dozen arrests this month. inter-state drug cartel largely operated by notorious drug dealers in Goa. “All the assistance required to probe the case is provided to the Hyderabad police. However, our counterparts are in a tight spot as the word about an accused’s detention or arrest and raids quickly reach- Govt cannot stop sale of Zuari land as per legal advice, says Babush THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI: Notorious property broker Noor Ahmed, who conned several locals of crores of rupees with a promise to give them homes on a long lease, has been arrested in a joint operation by Goa Crime Branch, Nepal and Bihar police. The conman was nabbed from the India-Nepal border while he was trying to cross over in a bid to evade arrest. >> See pg 3 WEATHER >> INFO THE GOAN I NETWORK Conman held for cheating PANAJI: In an unfortunate incident, fireman Vasudev Haldankar died of a suspected heart attack while on duty on Wednesday. The 45-year-old was assisting a team of fire personnel to douse a flaming car near NIO Colony at Dona Paula in the afternoon. >> See pg 3 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Host city logo of Goa (inset) and mascot for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup 2022 unveiled at launch programme in the presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Sports Minister Govind Gaude at the Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Dona-Paula on Wednesday. Narayan Pissurlenkar HC quashes orders shifting NGT matter to ‘special bench’ in Delhi RECOMMENDS SETTING UP SPECIAL CIRCUIT BENCH IN GOA THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa has struck down the orders of the registrar of the National Green Tribunal which had taken away some matters listed before the Western Zone and listed them before a ‘spe- cial bench’ ruling that the registrar had no powers to do so. The High Court has also reiterated its “recommendation” that a special circuit bench of the NGT be set up in Goa to hear Goa related matters especially considering that “the environmental concerns of Goa have been pivotal in shaping the face of environmental law in this country.” The Goa Foundation had challenged five notices issued by the NGT’s registrar which in effect resulted in cases from Goa that were being heard by the Western Zonal >Continued on P5 PANAJI The legal opinion on land sale by Zuari Agro Chemicals at Zuarinagar is in, said Revenue Minister Atanasio alias Babush Monserrate. According to legal advice, the State government cannot interfere in the land sale by Zuari Agro Chemicals to a third party, disclosed Monserrate. “A senior lawyer well versed with Comunidade Code was consulted in the matter and he has advised the government that Zuari Agro Chemicals has legal ownership right of the concerned land and they are within their right to sell it to other parties,” Babush told the media. The Revenue Minister stated that the legal opinion will be tabled in the next assembly session for discussion. While reiterating that Zuari Agro has deviated from the agreement under which the land was handed over to them, he said instructions have already been issued to the district collector not to give any sanads to the sale of plots in that particular land. Earlier in July, Independent MLA Antonio Vas moved a private member’s resolution asking the government to take over the excess and unutilised Zuari land of around 17 lakh sqmts. es the other side,” a senior officer, overseeing the joint investigation, told The Goan. While Edwin Nunes of the infamous Curlies shack is “down with Covid-19” in what the Hyderabad police suspect is an excuse to escape arrest, Steve has shown complete reluctance to cooperate with the probe claiming he “recently underwent heart transplant” and other wanted accused are in hiding. In fact, Steve was reportedly suggested by his “well-wishers” to not visit the police station apprehending it was a trap to arrest the septuagenarian. Nunes, whose anticipatory bail plea is currently pending hearing before the Hyderabad Court, has refused to undergo the diagnostic test for >Continued on P5 PANAJI Amid a fresh probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of BJP loyalist Sonali Phogat, prime accused Sudhir Sangwan has purportedly passed the buck on Phogat claiming she had an ‘urge’ to take drugs before hitting the dance floor on the night of August 22. Sangwan, who along with co-accused Sukhwinder Singh are lodged in judicial lock-up, has told the investigators that Phogat ordered Methylenedioxymethamphetamine in the resort where they checked-in upon arrival from Gurugram. “When the trio landed in Goa, they had a desire to get high using MDMA drugs. Phogat had an urge to take drugs before going on the dance floor. Her health deteriorated after an overdose,” an official said, quoting the confession. The Goan, in its comprehensive coverage on the mysterious death, had earlier reported that the two accused purchased drugs from the resort’s room boy at a cost of Rs 12,000. After snorting drugs, the accused hid the remaining drugs in a packaged drinking water bottle. At Curlies, Phogat and her accused reserved a table near the dance floor and ordered a beer, orange juice, cocktail, THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Apparently peeved by antagonistic reactions from several quarters to multiple changes he has proposed to the law seen as favourable to the real estate industry, Town and Country Planning Minister Vishwajit Rane has adopted a conciliatory tone in multiple tweets in response. “The government is here to be open and accessible to the Goans and is willing to listen to new notions and requests from all,” Rane said in a tweet reacting to the objections to some 16 changes proposed in the law. “We are here to accept your constructive ideas and positive suggestions; as a Government, we are here to work towards the benefit of our people and the State. At the same time, it is also important that the Government favours reform and plays a big role in improving and progressing the society,” another tweet posted very late on Tuesday night by Rane said. In yet another tweet, the minister said, that all the decisions and amendments were put forth publicly and are open to objections and suggestions from stakeholders and the public. >Continued on P5 W Premanand Rekdo takes classes at the Government Primary School in Valkini-Wadem.The Government Primary School at Valkini-Uguem. question and there is where the situation becomes ever more peculiar. Believe it or not, a local youth from the village has become a de facto teacher and has begun taking classes at the school for the last three days and that too, for free. As fate would have it, Premanand Rekdo had completed his Diploma in Education but has been jobless after having obtained his diploma. Court ruling... Now that the monsoons have also substantially receded, there is no sufficient reason for not completing these works as expeditiously as possible and no later than four weeks from today. Accordingly, we direct the Respondent No.1 (Chief Secretary) to ensure that the works on the above stretches are completed as expeditiously as possible and, in any case, within four weeks from today the approach roads to existing Zuari Bridge, various roads around Panaji Bus Stand-below Atal Setu and Link Road from Panaji Bus Stand to the new Patto Bridge, portion of the National Highway from Mathany Saldanha Administrative Complex till the Old Market Circle, which was excavated at various locations, the road from Carraswado to >Continued on P5 MINISTER SAYS GOLF COURSE, FILM CITY INCLUDED IN REGIONAL PLAN-21, OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS THE GOAN I NETWORK SANGUEM hile the State government has been preoccupied with ensuring facilities to the IIT proposed at Cotarli-Sanguem, it appears to have forgotten about ensuring facilities to another educational institution in another part of Sanguem. How else does one explain the plight of the Government Primary School (GPS) at Valkini Colony No. 1 in UguemSanguem, which has been functioning without a teacher for over 12 days. Well, how can the school function if there is no teacher? This may seem a logical PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa directed the State government and the Public Works Department to complete the repair of all potholes especially along highways within four weeks from September 21. Hearing a suo motu petition -- that the High Court had initiated based on news reports of recurring potholes and unrepaired roads -- the High Court said that the persistence of potholes were inexcusable. “Now that the monsoons have also substantially receded, there is no sufficient reason for not completing these works as expeditiously as possible and no later than four weeks from today. Accordingly, we direct the Respondent No.1 (Chief Secretary) to ensure that the works on the above stretches are completed as expeditiously as possible and, in any case, within four weeks from today,” the High Court ruled. The amicus curiae told the court that there were unrepaired potholes at portions of Rane mellows down to pointed reactions on TCP law changes ‘Phogat had urge to take Class Act: Local teaches at Uguem school as drugs before dancing’ no replacement to lone teacher who retired THE GOAN I NETWORK 14 in four Info leak to suspected drug dealers Repair potholesgovt weeks, HC tells poses challenge for Hyderabad cops PANAJI: Chief Minsiter Pramod Sawant led State cabinet on Wednesday finalised public sector MSTC Limited, to execute the e-auction of iron ore mining leases. Sawant who spoke to the media after the cabinet meeting said, the mining leases will be e-auctioned through MSTC, which will work in coordination with SBI CAP. Fireman dies on duty at Dona Paula Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday Moved by the plight of 18odd students in the school, Rekdo readily accepted the request of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) and agreed >Continued on P5 Extra FAR for 3-starred hotels too PANAJI: The move to grant additional FAR to existing four and five starred hotels in the State will also be extended to smaller 3-star hotels, Town and Country Planning Minister Vishwajit Rane has said. Tourism is the main driving force of the State’s economy and as such, tourism projects must be encouraged and incentivised. As a result, we have decided that the facility of additional FAR, which is only available to 4 and 5-star hotels, will be extended to 3-star hotels/resorts, which are scattered throughout the State,” Rane said in a series of tweets he posted on the micro-blogging site late on Tuesday night. >Continued on P5 Another tweet from Rane elaborated on the government’s move to co-opt on the TCP Board domain experts. “As a minister I am not an expert in every area, hence to ensure a balanced development, a proper representation of professional bodies on the Board, which I felt necessary to have, to ensure transparency as we come out with the new policies in the interest of the State,” Rane said. He pointed out that he has appointed members of CREDAI and the Goa chapters of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Institution of Engineers (IIE), Institute of Town Planners and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Goa. Interestingly, it is these appointments on the TCP Board, which earned the minister criticism as these professionals are drivers of the real estate industry, the very sector >Continued on P5
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