log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday saturday april 10, 2021 IMD forecasts light rain for five days PANAJI: Several parts of Sattari and Dharbandora talukas experienced light rain and thundershowers on Friday evening with clouds moving towards the southwest direction thereafter. The IMD-Goa has forecast light rain and thundershowers across the State over the coming five days. It has been predicted that the light rain is likely to be accompanied with lightning and thunder and winds of speed 20 to 30 kmph. Govt toughens stand against taximen PANAJI: The government on Friday made it clear that there would be no compromise on the issue of meters for taxis and that taxi operators were using GoaMiles just as an excuse not to install digital meters. >> See pg 3 Restricted water to south on Apr 11, 12 PANAJI: South Goa will have restricted water supply on April 11 and 12 as there will be no supply from Salaulim water works to Sanguem, Quepem, Salcete and parts of Mormugao taluka due to planned annual maintenance shutdown on Sunday. Civic elections: Three nominations rejected PANAJI: With the rejection of 3 nominations after scrutiny, a total of 451 candidates now remain in fray for elections to the five municipal councils scheduled to be held on April 23. >> See pg 3 Waze sent to jail till April 23 MUMBAI: A Mumbai court sends suspended Mumbai Police Officer Sachin Waze to judicial custody till 23rd April. He was in NIA custody earlier. Waze is an accused in Mansukh Hiren death case. Waze’s lawyer requested for a safe cell in jail as he apprehends his safety and security. J&J in talks for single Covid shot NEW DELHI: Global healthcare major Johnson & Johnson is in discussions with the Indian government to begin a clinical trial of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in the country, the company said on Friday. weather >> Max: 34.9 C Min: 25.4 C Humidity: 83% Tides Low: 04.10 16.10 High: 10.23 22.26 The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages Price ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO Goa VOLume VI, No. 290 Pejechem Fest: Simple food linked to Siridao’s festival in short >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday goa 6 Finally, Margao fish traders, sopo contractor reach truce 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 goa All tourism stakeholders must get Covid vax: Lobo Panaji police get HC rap for arresting band members Says no justification to hurriedly register FIR against ‘Dastaan Live’ ARREST WAS THROUGH DECEIT: COURT the goan I network PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa on Friday quashed and set aside the FIR that was lodged against members of the band ‘Dastaan Live’ who were arrested by the Panaji Police for allegedly hurting religious sentiments for singing a song that according to a complaint filed amounted to hurting religious sentiments. The High Court came down heavily on the Panaji Police for not only registering the complaint literally the same minute that it was filed, but also for arresting the members of the band through deceit by calling them to the police station. “The police authorities cannot call citizens to the police station and demand apologies of this nature. As if that Members of ‘Dastaan Live’ performing. (file photo) was not sufficient, the police placed some of the petitioners under arrest in the late evening of 18.12.2019, thereby forcing them to seek bail. We think that there was no justification whatsoever for arresting the petitioners who were the members of this band and who have been making such presentations all over the Country, unhindered and unmolested. The Supreme Court has laid down guidelines, which, according to us, were completely ignored by the po- Police cannot call citizens to station and demand apologies SC has laid down guidelines which were completely ignored by police Police are expected to be sensitive, because what is at stake is freedom of speech & expression Based on a frivolous complaint, some of the petitioners were incar- cerated or forced to seek anticipatory bail FIR was registered literally the minute the same was lodged, perhaps, without even bothering to either read the complaint FLASHBACK: Nine members of the band ‘Dastaan Live’ all residents of Delhi, had performed at the Serendipity Festival for Arts held in December 2019. lice authorities. “There was no justification whatsoever for the Police Inspector to hurriedly register such an FIR, possibly without even going into the complaint or for that matter the provisions of Section 295-A of the IPC (hurting religious sentiments). The Police authorities are expected to be quite sensitive in such matters, because what is at stake is the freedom of speech and Covid: Exodus of DMA pulled up migrants begins for delaying from big cities tactics on meet SANQUELIM NO TRUST MOTION High Court sets April 16 deadline the goan I network PANAJI Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who has been trying to hold on to power at the Sanquelim Municipal Council, where the chairperson Yeshwant Madkar, who he is backing is facing a no confidence motion, received another setback after the Bombay High Court at Goa directed that the meeting of the Council to decide the no confidence motion should be held no later than April 16. A group of six councillors in the 13 member council who moved the no confidence motion approached the High Court alleging that the Director of Municipal Administration has been delaying in holding the meeting and finally after they filed the petition agreed to call the meeting but only on April 30 which is more than six weeks after they submitted the motion of no confidence. “We direct (Director of Municipal Administration) to take all steps to see that the meeting for consideration WHAT THE HC SAID Political repercussions cannot be concern of Director who is only expected to act following the law We fail to see as to how the Code of Conduct can even remotely affect the convening of such a meeting Removal of an elected office bearer on the loss of confidence is an essential feature of democracy Such feature cannot be defeated by Director by simply delaying the holding of a meeting of Motion of No Confidence against chairperson is positively held on 16.04.2021. If for this purpose the Director has to issue notices to the councillors, he should ensure >Continued on P5 AGENCIES NEW DELHI Amid a massive spike in Covid cases across the country, hundreds of migrant workers are fleeing key cities as new restrictions in some States to contain the pandemic have stoked fears that they will be left jobless again. Migrant workers in several States, including Maharashtra, were seen waiting to board buses and trains bound for their homes in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, as their source of income dried up because of Covid-related curbs. The Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Mumbai, from where trains to UP and Bihar depart, saw a surge in the number of passengers, as was the case in the automobile manufacturing hub of Pimpri-Chinchwad on the outskirts of Pune. The Central Railway on Tuesday announced special trains from Mumbai to Gorakhpur, Patna, Darbhanga and Pune to Danapur, indicating that there is a surge in demand. Automobile manufacturers and component suppliers around Pune are worried that fresh lockdowns in the state may prompt an exodus of workers. “As of now, the number of workers who have already left is not very high, but it has started. If this is not controlled now, then in the coming days, we will face a big problem,” said Sanjeev Vasdev, managing director, Flash Electronics, an automotive parts maker based in Pune. While the reverse migration from cities and industrial >Continued on P5 UK’s longest-serving royal Prince Philip no more AGENCIES LONDON rince Philip, the longest serving royal consort in British history and a constant presence at Queen Elizabeth II’s side for decades, died Friday aged 99, Buckingham Palace announced. The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is a profound loss for the 94-year-old monarch, who once described him as her “strength and stay all these years”. The outspoken former navy commander devoted much of his life as the queen’s husband to charity work -- but was notorious for numerous gaffes, many deemed downright offensive. He was admitted to hospital on February 16, and went 3 Funeral to be scaled back P An electronic billboard in Piccadilly Circus in London displays a tribute to Prince Philip on Friday. home after a month during which he was treated for a pre-existing heart condition and an infection. Announcing his passing, BBC television played the national anthem over a picture of Philip in his prime, dressed in military dress uniform. Flags were lowered to half- LONDON: The funeral date of Prince Philip is yet to be announced but it is expected to be scaled back in view of the pandemic. Under pre-pandemic plans, it had been due to take place within about 10 days of his death. It will not be a state funeral, in line with the duke’s wishes. The palace said further announcements would be made “in due course”. mast on royal and government buildings and a notice announcing his death pinned to the gates of Buckingham Palace. “We give thanks, as a nation and a kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said outside 10 Downing Street. Johnson said Philip had “earned the affection of generations” at home, in the Commonwealth and across the world after first serving in the Royal Navy and then over nearly eight decades beside the queen. Philip retired from public duties in 2017 at the age of 96. His death came just months before his 100th birthday in June -- an event typically marked in Britain with a congratulatory message from the queen, who is now Britain’s longest-serving monarch. >Continued on P5 Foreigner among 3 Covid deaths, 428 more infected the goan I network PANAJI Three Covid related deaths, including that of a US national, were recorded in the mortality bulletin of the Health Department on Friday even as 428 new cases of the infection were detected in the last 24 hours. While two of the deaths were recorded at Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim, one death occurred at Primary Health Centre in Sanguem. >> See pg 3 sports Harshal stars as RCB beat Mumbai Indians in IPL opener 8 Dept announces online exams for Std IX & XI the goan I network PANAJI With the upsurge in cases of Covid-19, education authorities have now decided to conduct online final examinations for students of class IX and XI in Goa’s schools and higher secondary schools. A circular issued by the Directorate of Education on Friday said, the examination of class IX and XI should be conducted by allowing students to answer from their residences, much in the same manner as schools conducted it for students in classes up to class VIII. On Thursday, Goa University too had announced that the semester end assessment for semesters other than the final year for all programmes would be held in the online mode.
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