log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday TUESDAY JULY 7, 2020 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 8 pages The Goan (Playstore) PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 20 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 8 7 Goa records eighth Covid death; State to carry out antibody tests; Mangor first in line ex-minister Amonkar falls prey From Emirates to MSC, Goan duo’s masks strike a right cord 10 GOA NEWS Round 2 of testing begins at Moti Dongor, 700 swabs collected India overtakes Russia, becomes world’s 3rd worst-hit Covid nation SPORTS Federer missing Wimbledon, but aiming to be back next year THOSE TESTING -VE CAN MOVE OUT OF CONTAINMENT ZONE: CM THE GOAN I NETWORK 52 FRESH POSITIVE CASES COME TO LIGHT, 125 RECOVER THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Goa’s former Health Minister Dr Suresh Amonkar, who had been admitted to Covid Hospital from a private hospital on June 21 even as 52 new positive cases were reported on Monday. Amonkar had tested positive for Covid and passed away due to the disease on Monday at around 7.45 pm. He is Goa’s eighth Covid-related casualty. Dr Amonkar was 68 years old. He was suffering from a kidney-related ailment for a long time which eventually contributed to the seriousness of his condition after contracting coronavirus. He represented Pale constituency, presently Sakhali constituency, from 1999 till 2002. As a cabinet minister under former Chief Ministers Francisco Sardinha and Manohar Parrikar, Dr Amonkar handled Booze party: Sawant orders probe THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Close on the heels of Aldona MLA, Glenn Ticlo and BJP North Goa District Vice President Franky Carvalho were found taking part in what appeared to be a booze party, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has ordered probe into the incident. Asked to comment on the video that went viral on social media, Sawant said that the matter will be probed. The video shows several people including MLA Ticlo assembling in a resort without following social distancing or wearing masks and had evoked sharp response from public. >> See pg 3 IN SHORT >> 8 lakh Indians may have to leave Kuwait DUBAI: A total of 8 lakh Indians may be forced to leave Kuwait as its National Assembly committee has approved a draft expat quota bill seeking to reduce the number of foreign workers in the Gulf country. According to the bill, Indians should not exceed 15 per cent of the population. >> See pg 7 Aadhaar-PAN linking deadline extended NEW DELHI: The government on Monday extended the last date for linking Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number or PAN to March 31 next year. “Understanding and keeping in mind the times that we are in, we have extended deadlines”, the Income Tax department said. China withdraws troops from Galwan NEW DELHI: In the first sign of de-escalation of tension in eastern Ladakh, the Chinese army has removed tents and started to withdraw troops from Galwan as decided during talks between the two militaries. >> See pg 7 WEATHER >> Max: 21.0 C Min: 26.8C Humidity: 86% Rain Fall: 55.88 In TIDES Low: High: 05.49 18.44 12.59 23.55 More fresh cases reported crucial portfolios including health, labour, factories and boilers and social welfare. After losing elections in 2007, he contested yet again in 2017 as a candidate of Goa Suraksha Manch in Sankhali constituency. He was defeated yet again. This was the last time he contested the polls. Condoling Dr Amonkar’s demise, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the passing away of Dr Suresh Amonkar, former President of BJP Goa Pradesh and former cabinet PANAJI: Health Department on Monday recorded 52 new cases and 125 recoveries. The active cases have now reduced to 745 while the total number cases so far stands at 1,813. The number of recovered patients has crossed 1,000 in the state. The number of cases in Margao has now touched 22 and that in Dharbandora has suddenly shot up to 10. An isolated case has also been detected at Khorlim, Mapusa after the patient self-reported upon developing symptoms. In addition to the testing exercise underway in the densely packed locality, North Goa Collector has declared 13 houses in Indiranagar as micro containment zone and 32 houses as buffer zone to prevent spread in the adjoining areas. Around 28 cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the area so far. minister of Goa government. His contribution to the state of Goa is immense and will never be forgotten. I express my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.” Health Minister Vishwajit Rane also took to Twit- ter to condole the bereaved family. “Deeply saddened to hear about the sad demise of former Health Minister and President of BJP Goa, Suresh Amonkar ji due to Covid l-19. >Continued on P5 Twist in death of seaman; dad wants body exhumed 5 fire fighters test positive PANAJI: Five fire force personnel on Monday tested positive for the dreaded virus. While four of the five positive fire fighters were posted at Fire Services headquarter at St Inez, one was attached to Kundaim fire station. ON PAGE 3 Alina highlights lack of facilities at Zuarinagar containment zone Jose Philip decries poor food facilities at Covid care centres, hospital MMC councillor recovers from Covid, leaves MPT Covid care centre PANAJI Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant has stated that antibody tests will be carried out soon, starting with Mangor Hill containment zone in Vasco, which has been in force since 35 days. An antibody test will check if antigens have been developed in the body to resist infection from coronavirus. A rough estimate showed that around 8,000 people are presently contained at Mangor Hill while the Health Department has tested only 2,000 out of these. All those with comorbidities have been tested by now, CM Sawant disclosed. Speaking to the media after a high-level committee meeting convened at the Secretariat in Porvorim to discuss and decide further plan of action as regards to the containment zone at Mangor Hill in Vasco, CM said, “Once we start conducting antibody tests, we will commence with Mangor MANGOR ACTION PLAN Those who wish to return to work can get tested from Tuesday If they test negative, they can leave containment zone and make living arrangements outside at their own cost Shops, vendors selling essential items allowed to reopen within the containment zone using labour force from within the area Ration will continue to be distributed free of cost. Around 8,000 people are presently contained at Mangor Hill Hill so that the residents can secure relief from the containment zone. Those who wish to return to their work can get tested first. If they test negative, they can leave the containment zone and make living arrangements outside at their own cost. People within the zone can opt for such tests from Tuesday.” Shops and vendors selling essential items will be allowed to reopen within the containment zone using labour force from within the area. Ration will continue to be distributed among the people free of cost. The government cannot open the containment zone immediately as fresh cases of Covid-19 continue to be detected within the area even till date. If no fresh cases are recorded for a few days, the authorities are likely to rethink the matter, he stated while requesting the residents of Mangor Hill to be patient for 15 more days. The meeting was attended by Panchayat Panchayat Mauvin Godinho, MLAs Carlos Almeida and Alina Saldanha, >Continued on P5 MONSOON DELICACY! CLAIMS HE DID NOT IDENTIFY HIS SON’S BODY AS THE COFFIN WAS NOT OPENED BEFORE BURIAL THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO In an interesting development, the father of deceased seafarer Glen Pereira, a resident of Marlem-Borda, has knocked the doors of South Goa district Collector, seeking permission to exhume the body of his son for the purpose of identification. Glen’s mortal remains were laid to rest on July 3 after the body was flown to Goa from Delhi and immediately brought for burial to the Holy Spirit Church cemetery. In his petition addressed to the district Collector, Francisco Pereira said his son, who was working on the ship suddenly expired on April 8 in the UK and the family was informed by the shipping company that he died due to cardiac arrest and influenza. “However, after lot of delay, the body was flown to New Delhi on July 1 and was then brought to Goa on July 3. It was taken to our residence at Borda and then immediately brought for burial to the Holy Spirit Church cemetery”, he said. The Father pointed out that the coffin of his son was not opened and before the burial THE SEAMAN’S SAGA Glen was working on a ship, suddenly expired on April 8 in UK Family informed by shipping company Body flown to New Delhi on July 1, brought to Goa on July 3 Taken to residence at Borda & immediately brought for burial to Holy Spirit Church cemetery Father points out that coffin was not opened before burial Family could not identify the body IS HE, IS HE NOT! Medical reports from UK hospital state he died of cardiac arrest & influenza Reports from New Delhi say he died due to cardiac arrest and Covid-19 Coffin photograph sent by Shipping company was yellow The coffin that was buried was black the family could not identify whether the body was that of his son Glen. “After the burial, we had several apprehensions as to whether the body we laid to rest was really of my son Glen or someone else as it was not opened nor we had any person who could confirm the same”, he stated in his petition. What has raised doubts in the minds of Glen’s father and his family members is the events that have taken place after the body was flown to Delhi from UK. “When we first received the medical reports of Glen from UK hospital, it was stated that he died due to cardiac arrest and influenza. However, the reports from New Delhi said he died due to cardiac arrest and Covid-19 >Continued on P5 A lady arranges wild edible mushrooms (olami) for sale at Rs 600 a portion at Mapusa on Monday. These mushrooms are much sought after among Goans and are found in the forested hills of rural Goa only during mid-monsoons. Vincent Braganza Telaulim man arrested for killing snakes THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Beware! Killing rat snake (Divod) is an offense under the Wildlife Act and the killer can be arrested. This was realised by a resident of Telaulim Flaviano Diniz, who was arrested by the Forest department in connec- ISL set for November kick-off behind closed doors; Goa, Kerala likely hosts PTI NEW DELHI he seventh Indian Super League is set to be held behind closed doors from November to March and it is likely to be restricted to two States in view of the Covid-19 pandemic with Goa and Kerala emerging as frontrunners. This was discussed during a meeting between the ISL organsiers Football Sports Development Ltd. (FSDL) and club representatives on Monday. “The league will be held behind closed doors for sure and the dates are from November to March. Kerala, Goa, West Bengal and Northeast were discussed as the likely states ‘4 foreign players’ rule approved for ISL-8 T but Goa and Kerala can be said as the frontrunners at this point of time,” a source close to the ISL told PTI. “The plan is to host in one or two states across multiple venues.” Both Goa and Kerala are better placed than many other States at the moment as far as the Covid-19 situation is concerned, and that makes it >Continued on P5 NEW DELHI: ISL on Monday approved 3+1 foreign player regulation for matches, bringing it down from the existing five, to boost participation” of local players. The regulation will come into force from eighth season in 2021-22. As per the new rule, an ISL club could sign maximum of six foreigners including a compulsory Asian origin player, with four foreigners on the field. tion with the killing of two rat snakes while they were mating on Sunday. The Forest department’s action came after the video of the killing of the rat snakes went viral, triggering outrage on the social media, culminating in the arrest of the resident. Margao Range Forest Of- ficer, Prakash Naik informed that the accused who is a resident of Telaulim was arrested by the Forest department as the act of killing a rat snake is an offense under the Wildlife Act. “Section 9 of the Wildlife Act bars killing of a rat snake. A rat snake is a protective species”, he said. To a question, the RFO said the Forest officials have attached the bamboo stick used in the killing of the rat snakes. The scooter used to drag the two snakes was also attached. Naik said the accused will be produced before the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao. Virus can’t bottle up comedy, stand-up acts get into the act THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Even as reports of private parties attended by public figures violating Covid-19 related curbs on gatherings have begun to haunt the Goa administration, authorities here may have to brace up to more rounds of ‘chor-police’. Stand-up comedians seem determined to not let their art be bottled up by the virus or by governments anxious to beat the dreaded pandemic and a live act of at least one top Indian performer is being promoted online as being scheduled to be held on the upcoming Sunday (July 12) in Goa. Police and State administration officials may have to do Sherlock Holmes kind of work to guess the venue which is “Somewhere in Dona Paula, Goa” according to the digital flyer posted on the Facebook page of ‘Weirdass Comedy”. “After months under lockdown and performing online, comedian Vir Das decided it is time to restart his live comedy show ‘The Secret Set’, an open air stand-comedy show somewhere in Dona Paula, Goa, on July 12 from 2 pm onwards,” said the FB post. Vir Das is also an actor and has played roles in a few Bollywood flicks including Delhi Belly, Badmaash Company and Go Goa Gone. His event this upcoming Sunday “somewhere in Dona Paula” is ticketed but you have to be above 16 years old >Continued on P5
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