log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY APRIL 9, 2021 8 pages PRICE ` 6 Self care among students vital during pandemic IN SHORT >> Nominations end, 532 file papers PANAJI: A total of 532 nominations were filed on the last day by candidates contesting the elections from 5 municipalities. Mormugao received the highest number of 157 nominations followed by Margao (131), Mapusa (122), Quepem (76) and Sanguem (46). The second phase of municipal election is scheduled for April 23. GU’s end semester exam in online mode PANAJI: Goa University on Thursday said the end semester assessment for semesters other than the final year for all programmes on University campuses will commence from May 3, 2021 in online mode. Also the theory classes for all programmes will be conducted only in online mode during the current month of April. CBSE students want exams cancelled NEW DELHI: Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, over one lakh students of classes 10 and 12 have signed petitions urging the government to either cancel board exams scheduled to be held in May or conduct them in online mode. The hashtag “cancelboardexams2021” has been trending on Twitter for the past two days. SC junks Deshmukh plea on CBI probe NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court refused to interfere with a Bombay High Court order directing a CBI investigation into charges levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh against former Maharashtra HM Anil Deshmukh, observing that the two persons involved were working closely until they fell apart. Soldier held hostage by Maoists freed BHOPAL: A commando kidnapped by Maoist rebels after a deadly encounter in Chhattisgarh, in which 22 soldiers were killed and 31 injured, has been released after more than 100 hours in captivity, the State government said on Thursday. New Zealand bans travellers from India NEW DELHI: New Zealand has for the first time imposed a temporary ban on travellers coming from India. WEATHER >> Max: 34 C Min: 26.9 C Humidity: 86% TIDES Low: High: 03:39 15:30 09:40 22:00 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 289 GOA 6 The Goan (Playstore) Margao wholesale fish market erupts over sale of retail fish 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEWS PM asks states to check Covid on ‘war-footing’ 7 SPORTS Holders Mumbai Indians take on RCB in IPL opener today 8 ‘Vaccinate all in tourism business’ JABS FOR WORKERS IN HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, CLUBS NEED OF HOUR THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI With the government skirting the decision to impose lockdowns or limited curfews in economy’s interest even as indications of a second wave of Covid-19 infections have seemingly set in, unrestricted vaccination of the workforce in Goa’s tourism industry is begging the State government’s attention. Several industry captains have voiced the ‘vaccine for all’ demand in the tourism sector’s workforce on Thursday. The ruling Bharaitya Janata Party’s state president Sadanand Tanavade also voiced the demand saying the Goa government should focus on vaccinating workers from the tourism industry on priority. What has made the situation alarming in Goa amid the spiking cases of Covid-19, particularly in Mumbai and neighbouring parts of Karna- 582 FRESH CASES COME TO LIGHT; LARGE GATHERINGS BANNED PANAJI: The spike in fresh cases of people testing positive for Covid-19 continued in the State on Thursday as officials reported two more deaths and 582 new cases even as an order was issued banning large gatherings including social, religious, sports, entertainment, educational and cultural. In Margao, the number of active cases neared the 350 mark. Porvorim has 326 and Panaji, Ponda and Candolim all have over 200 active cases. The North Goa Collector on Thursday evening issued an order banning large gatherings including social, religious, sports, entertainment, educational and cultural. The order of the collector said indoor venues with capacity of up to 100 can be used for events only to the extent of 50 per-cent capacity. For bigger venues, the maximum count of the congrega- tion can be up to 50 per-cent of capacity and in any case up to a maximum of 100 whatever the size of the hall, the Collector’s order said. For open air venues, again only 50 percent of the capacity can be filled and in no circumstances more than 200 will be permitted. The Collector’s order warned that contravention of the order will invite prosecution and attract section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). taka is that the State administration has consciously decided against imposing any restrictions on travel and has also kept the borders freely open in the interest of not disturbing the ongoing economic recovery in the tourism sector. Apart from the personnel working in hotels, restaurants and clubs others who come in direct contact with visitors including taxi operators, bus drivers and conductors among others are also vulnerable and deserve to be included in the prioritized target group for vaccination, feel industry insiders. Prominent Panaji hotelier, Gaurish Dhond, a former head of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) said it is not just the visiting tourist but many business travellers are also heading to Goa and a situation has arisen where the vulnerable work- Keep new road rules on hold, Goa to ask Centre ACT FAST & SMART, HOSPITALITY NEEDS A SHOT IN THE ARM >> See Edit pg 4 force in the industry deserves to be given priority in the vaccination programme. Dhond suggested that a dedicated vaccination arrangement for all workforce in the tourism sector could be set up. Current TTAG chief, Nilesh Shah echoed Dhond’s demand saying the government should take urgent steps to make arrangements for a vaccination programme dedicated to the hospitality workforce, irrespective of their age. According to Cruz Cardozo of Cavelossim who heads an organisation of beach shack operators, said the employees at shacks constantly come in close proximity to visitors and clientele and need to be urgently vaccinated. Goa hoteliers bat for urgent inoculation THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Considering the vulnerability of those who work in the hospitality sector, hoteliers in the State have urged the government step forward to vaccinate all workers on a priority basis. Serafin Cota, president of Small and Medium Hotel Owners’ Association and owner of Dona Sa Maria resort, Cavellossim says, “it would be a welcome step, if the hospitality sector gets a jab on a priority basis. It will prove to be a shot in the arm for this sector, which is suffering losses for over a year now”. Pointing out that most small and medium hotels in the South Goa are closed for almost a year now, Cota highlighted the importance Basically, everybody has to be very strict and disciplined. It is inevitable and an absolute need of the hour to exercise restraint and observe our duties and social responsibilities” – Ramnath (Babu) Quenim, Hotel Mandovi of vaccinating the employees in the hospitality industry, to safeguard their own lives and the lives of their families GOVT MUST TAKE URGENT STEPS: TTAG CHIEF Nilesh Shah, president, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), feels the government must look >Continued on P5 NO SMOOTH RIDE THIS! Mauvin says govt does not want to impose stiff fines on public during the pandemic THE GOAN I NETWORK VASCO Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho on Thursday said the new Motor Vehicle Act is likely to be kept in abeyance for a year, as the State government did not want to impose stiff fines on public during a pandemic and a representation has been made to the Centre in this regard. Speaking to reporters, Godinho said the BJP has been concerned about public sentiments during the pandemic. “The BJP requested me to keep in abeyance the implementation of the amended Motor Vehicle Act. We have already delayed the implementation of the new MV Act by over 18 months because we were not convinced over imposing such high fines to Goans.” “We kept speaking to the Centre, but they insisted that the law is passed by the parliament. But now, not only Goa but other States have also come forward to delay implementation of the new MV Act and when we spoke to other States, they said we could give a joint representation to #SaveLives #SaveEconomy #SaveGoa LUCKY SHACK Specialist in Indian & Goan Food Ozrant, Small Vegator, Goa 9767018868 STATE BJP BACKS GOVT DECISION PANAJI: Two days after the government notified stiff penalties under the new Motor Vehicle Act, the State BJP on Thursday made a case to keep the Act in abeyance. Stating that party is against enforcing the new Act, State BJP President Sadanand Shet Tanavade asked the government to delay the implementation owing to the pandemic. “New MV Act should be kept in abeyance. This is our party’s stand. It should not be implemented. Awareness should be done first,” Tanavade said. He also said that he had requested Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho to keep the amended law in abeyance. The Opposition, too, had also demanded the immediate withdrawal of the stiff penalty. the Centre.” “We made the representation immediately to the Centre and I also spoke to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant in this matter,” said Godinho. The minister said with steep fines during the pandemic and with rising Covid cases, Goans could be badly affected. “We don’t want Goans to be affected under such circumstances. The representation came from the BJP, which is mindful of public sentiments as people are worried about paying pay such huge fines.” “We will now move a note in the cabinet meeting and once it is passed, we will decide to keep in abeyance the implementation of this new MV Act by one year,” said Godinho. “Once the road-widening works, construction of new bridges, installation of signals, hot-mixing of roads, filling of potholes and improvement in traffic flow and other infrastructure is completed, the State government will think on implementation of the new MV Act in the State,” he said. Taximen demonstrate at Azad Maidan, Panaji demanding the withdrawal of GoaMiles App-based taxi service in the State. Narayan Pissurlenkar Tourists stranded as taxis go off road THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Several tourists and commuters in the State were stranded when taxi drivers on Thursday began their indefinite strike demanding withdrawal of the services of app-based taxis operating in the State. On Thursday large number of taxi operators gathered at Azad Maidan. The operators have resolved to continue their agitation till government pays heed to their demands. Setting a deadline to scrap the GoaMiles app-based taxi service within two days, Association leader Bappa Korgaonkar warned that the government will be held responsible for any law and order situation. “The agitation will be intensified in the coming days. The government will be to- tally responsible if any law and order situation arises as a result of our agitation”, Korgaonkar said. Warning the government that their agitation would be intensified if their demand is not met, he urged the authorities to immediately scrap cab aggregators like GoaMiles and Apna Bhada. “We had staged peaceful dharnas in the past to urge the government to withdraw these services. But that has not worked... we are now forced to go on strike from today (Thursday),” Korgaonkar said. Attacking Deputy Chief Minister Babu Ajgaonkar for his irresponsible comments on overcharging and looting tourists, other leaders said Ajgaonkar’s statement is totally wrong.
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