log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday monday April 5, 2021 goa The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages Price ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO Goa VOLume VI, No. 285 All options in play for Margao Council polls post SC verdict on ward quota in short >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 2 goa Political functions can be held by taking Covid precautions: Minister 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 india Farmers not leaving protest sites near Delhi: BKU’s Tikait 6 8 sports Shooter Manu Bhaker to represent India in 3 events in Tokyo Olympics INDIA FACES SEVERE COVID STORM Goa’s daily positivity Modi holds high-level meet, Maha announces rate rises to 13%; 265 directs special teams to States night curfew and new cases, one death weekend lockdown AGENCIES the goan I network Lt Governor of Puducherry Tamilisai Soundararaman holds a python during her visit to a zoo in Puducherry on Sunday. PTI RBI may maintain status quo on rates MUMBAI : A sudden surge in Covid-19 cases and the government’s recent mandate asking the central bank to keep retail inflation around 4 per cent are likely to prompt the Reserve Bank to maintain status quo on policy rates at its first bi-monthly monetary policy review for the current fiscal, according to experts. >> See pg 7 Indonesia landslides, floods kill 41 people JAKARTA: Landslides and flash floods from torrential rains in eastern Indonesia killed at least 41 people and displaced thousands, the country’s disaster relief agency said Sunday. More than two dozen others were still missing. >> See pg 7 PANAJI The daily Covid positivity rate spiked once again in the state with the Directorate of Health Services recording 265 new cases of Covid-19 from among the 2,057 samples tested on Sunday. The positivity rate rose to 12.88 per cent. The active Covid count of Goa breached the 2,000-mark and is currently at 2,077. The total confirmed Covid cases in the state now stand at 59,068. Primary Health Centre Porvorimnow tops the list of health centres with the highest active Covid cases under its jurisdiction. PHC Porvorim presently has 207 active cases while Urban Health Centre Margao has 206 active cases under it. UHC Panaji is monitoring 199 active cases while PHC Lukewarm weekend response for vax PANAJI: Total 1,219 persons were vaccinated in Goa on Sunday of which 1,129 received their first dose and 90 the second one. Although vaccination centers are operational even on weekends as well as public holidays, people’s response has been lukewarm. Hardly 44 people received vaccine jabs at the vaccination center at GMC Hospital although the center was open all through the day. Ponda with 185 active cases and PHC Candolim with 152 cases continue to be among the health centres monitoring >Continued on P5 NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on Sunday to review the Covid-19 situation and the vaccination programme amid a surge in coronavirus cases. Top officials including, principal secretary to PM, cabinet secretary, home secretary, chairperson (Empowered group on Vaccine Administration), secretary health, secretary pharmaceuticals, secretary biotechnology, secretary AYUSH, DG ICMR, principal scientific advisor and NITI Aayog members attended the meeting. The Prime Minister directed that central expert teams to be sent to Maharashtra in view of surge in cases and deaths. He also ordered the special teams to visit Punjab and Chhattisgarh due to the disproportionate number of deaths being AGENCIES Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a high-level meeting to review the Covid-related issues and vaccinations happening in the country, in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI reported. The Prime Minister said the five-fold strategy of Testing, Tracing, Treatment, Covid-appropriate behaviour and Vaccination would help curb the spread of the pandemic. During the meeting a special campaign was announced for Covid appropriate behaviour with emphasis on 100 percent mask usage, >Continued on P5 Actor Shashikala dies at 88 NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday addressed a farmers’ rally in Haryana and lambasted the BJP-led Centre for ‘taking away his power’ by passing the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (GNCTD Act). >> See pg 6 EC rejects Mamata’s Nandigram claim NEW DELHI: In a strongly worded rejoinder to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Election Commission has rejected her claim about the presence of outsiders at a polling booth in Nandigram as “factually incorrect” and “devoid of substance”. >> See pg 6 Pak court jails five Hafiz Saeed’s aides LAHORE: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has sentenced five leaders of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) to nine years of imprisonment each in a terror-financing case. >> See pg 7 weather >> Max: 34.6 C Min: 25 C Humidity: 74% Tides Low: 11.08 ---High: 3.53 18.56 without crowds but theatres will be closed. Everything except essential services will be closed on weekends. There will be no new restrictions on traffic but public transport will run at 50 per cent capacity. >Continued on P5 AGENCIES NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the BJP workers across the country on the party’s foundation day on April 6. The PM will address the party workers virtually, which will be streamed live on different digital platforms and social media pages of the BJP. Centre took away my power: Delhi CM NEW DELHI: India on Sunday recorded 93,249 new coronavirus infections, the highest single-day rise so far this year, which took the total Covid-19 cases to 1,24,85,509, according to Union health ministry data. This is the biggest daily rise in cases since Sept 19. People queue up as they wait for their turn to undergo a mandatory Covid-19 test before entering the Gateway of India in Mumbai on Sunday. PTI 22 jawans killed in fierce encounter with Naxals GOA MERI JAAN.... PM’s address to BJP workers on April 6 MUMBAI: Veteran actor Shashikala, best known for her supporting roles in 1960s-70s films like “Aarti”, “Gumrah” and “Chhote Sarkar”, passed away on Sunday at the age of 88. >> See pg 6 93,249 infections recorded MUMBAI The Maharashtra government on Sunday announced new restrictions including a night curfew in the state and a “strict lockdown” over the weekends from Friday 8 pm to Monday 7 am amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases. The rules, which come into effect tomorrow, include a curfew from 8 pm to 7 am; a ban on gatherings of five or more throughout the day; malls, restaurants, bars and places of worship will be closed; home delivery and essential services will be allowed. Industrial operations and construction activity will be allowed. Rules to control crowding in vegetable markets will be introduced. Film shoots will be allowed The steps of the 16th century Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception church have become a hotspot for tourists for selfies and photoshoots without following Covid norms. On Sunday, these young women, none of whom are wearing masks, were among the many tourists who chose to let their hair down at the historic steps. Narayan Pissurlenkar Wholesale fish market stalemate: Meet today the goan I network MARGAO All eyes are focused on the crucial meeting convened by the Sub-divisional Magistrate, Margao, on Monday noon, to resolve the stalemate between the Margao wholesale fish market traders and the sopo contractor which has resulted in fish scarcity in the markets for the last four days. The scarcity has been attributed to the decision by the wholesalers not to import fish from across the state till the authorities, including the SGPDA, ensure transparency in the sopo collection in the market. The SDM has issued letters to the parties to the dispute and has also requested the SGPDA officials to attend the meeting since the PDA is the owner of the wholesale fish market. The SDM had convened a meeting on Friday last, but it did not yield any result as the SGDPA and the sopo contractor were not represented during the discussion. >Continued on P5 RAIPUR As many as 22 jawans were killed and 31 sustained injuries in the encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. Security forces have launched an operation along the Sukma-Bijapur border, where an intense face-off resulted in the deaths of 22 jawans. One soldier is still believed to be missing. Sources said that Director-General, CRPF, Kuldiep Singh reached Chhattisgarh Sunday morning to take stock of the situation. CRPF ADG (HQ) Zulfiqar Hassan and IG (Operations) Nalin Prabhat are also on the ground in Chhattisgarh. Naxals seem to have decamped with the weapons, bullet-proof jackets, and even the shoes of dead soldiers, officials said. On Sunday morning, tribute was paid to the CRPF jawans killed in the line of action at the force’s camp in Jagdalpur. Chhattisgarh Director General of Police (DGP) DM Awasthi and CRPF DG Kuldiep Singh confirmed that the dead bodies of 22 jawans have been recovered. Union Home Minister Amit Shah condoled the deaths of security personnel in Chhattisgarh. “We will continue our fight against CRPF personnel carry the coffin of a paramilitary soldier who lost his life in an encounter with Maoists in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, on Sunday. PTI Home Minister reviews situation NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday held a high-level meeting to review the security situation in Chhattisgarh in the wake of the killing of 22 security personnel by Naxals in the state, officials said. Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla, Intelligence Bureau Director Arvind Kumar and senior officials of the home ministry and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) attended the meeting. these enemies of peace & progress,” Shah said referring to the Maoists who ambushed jawans in Tarrem. Amit Shah also spoke to Chattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel in this regard on Sunday. Speaking to the media in Guwahati, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel said, “Seven injured security personnel who were shifted to Raipur are out of danger. 21 personnel are missing and rescue teams are searching for them.” CM Bhupesh Baghel is slated to return to Chhattisgarh on Sunday evening. A total of 31 injured jawans were brought to a hospital in Bijapur. At least seven were later referred to a hospital in Raipur for treatment. After cashew feni, Govt targets GI-tag for palm feni, 2% jobs for freedom mancurad mango, bebinca and kunbi sari fighters’ children the goan I network PANAJI ore than a decade after cashew feni got it at least five other products including its twin ‘Palm Feni’ distilled from toddy, the mancurado mango and the 12-layered dessert ‘bebinca’ figure on the State government’s target list to earn a geographical indication registration in a bid to build brand Goa and cash in through tourism. The seven-ridged okra (saat shirecho bendo) and the kunbhi sari make up the list of five products which Chief Minister Pramod Sawant mentioned in his budget speech delivered M earlier last month in the Goa legislative assembly as products the government will explore earning a geographical indication registration. Tourism seems to be the one sector the State government is heavily banking on for a revival of sorts amidst the gloom of a Goan economy badgered by the onslaught of the pandemic, the universal travel restrictions and other measures that hamper the movement of people notwithstanding. Recent trends in the sector indicate that the State is attracting enough numbers but the class of visitors is an issue of worry for hospitality industry insiders. The GI-tag on more and more indigenous Goan products the government feels will add value and enrich brand Goa which as a spin-off will attract more and better quality tourists from across the globe. In his budget speech, Sawant had said: “The focus of Tourism stakeholders and citizens is to prioritize quality tourism over volume-based tourism by promoting the State’s niche culture, rich heritage, natural attractions.” He said a provision of Rs 2-crore has been made in the budget to ensure GI-tag to local indigenuous products to make them popular on the global map. “The items being considered for GI-tagging are Mankurad Mango, Bebinca, Coconut Feni, Kunbi Saree and Saat Shiro Bhendi,” he had said in his budget speech. Once a flourishing business, the making of the kunbi sari is now almost extinct. Goan fashion designer, the late Wendell Rodricks, had extensively researched the garment and is expected to occupy a pride of place in his in-the-making fashion museum ‘Moda Goa’. In contrast, the mancurado mango, prized for its unique sweet and juicy taste, is widely grown across Goa and harvested in the summer season. Bebinca is a commonly prepared dessert in Catholic Goan homes on almost every festive occasion and mostly at Christmas. The exotic dessert is also widely produced and sold commercially at many pastry shops and bakeries that dot the Goan landscape. the goan I network PANAJI The State Government has issued a notification declaring two percent reservation for children of freedom fighters for the posts recruited through the Goa Public Service Commission. Home Department Undersecretary Eshan Sawant has issued the notification in this regard. As per the notification, the reservation will be applicable for two years from March 1, 2021, to February 28, 2023. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had assured government jobs to the freedom fighters;children after they protested. He even made an announcement in the budget to this effect. As per the decision of the Government, the children of freedom fighters having low qualifications will be accommodated in the Human Resource Development Corporation. After the agitation of freedom fighters and their children around 23 children of freedom fighters are employed in government services. Meanwhile, the government has notified Chief Minister’s Apprenticeship Training Scheme 2021 which aims at providing job-oriented skill >Continued on P5
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