log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday monday april 12, 2021 goa the goan I network PANAJI The daily positivity rate of Covid cases in the State touched 20 per cent once again on Sunday with 525 new cases being detected from among the 2,505 samples tested. The active Covid cases in the State now stand at 4,322. Two more Covid related deaths were also recorded in the mortality bulletin of the Health Department. The Covid victim count of the state now stands at 848. >> See pg 2 in short >> Two kids killed in Noida blaze NEW DELHI: A massive fire broke out near Noida’s sector 63 on Sunday killing two 3-year-old children, a police official said. Several huts caught fire due to “unknown reasons” in the Bahlolpur village area in Noida, the official Twitter account of Police Commissionerate Gautam Buddh Nagar posted. More forces rushed to West Bengal NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Saturday directed the Union Home Ministry to deploy 71 additional companies of Central Armed Police Forces in West Bengal for the conduct of the remaining four phases of polls, official sources said. Pawar to undergo surgery today NEW DELHI: NCP chief Sharad Pawar was on Sunday admitted to a hospital for the gall bladder surgery scheduled on Monday, party leader Nawab Malik said. Pawar had undergone an emergency endoscopy for the removal of a stone from his bile duct at the Breach Candy hospital on March 30. TN Cong candidate succumbs to Covid CHENNAI: A Congress candidate from Tamil Nadu has died of Covid-19, a few days after he contested from the Srivilliputhur constituency in the State assembly elections. Madhava Rao died of complications at a hospital. If he wins from his constituency, a by-election will be held. weather >> Max: 34.1 C Min: 27.2 C Humidity: 85% Tides Low: 05.06 17.18 High: 11.32 23.10 The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages Price ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO Goa VOLume VI, No. 292 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 8 2 3 7 Water Biz: 880 tankers tap, Centre bans Remdesivir supply groundwater in Goa export amid Covid surge Margao civic poll: Candidates having varied backgrounds in fray Covid positivity rate @ 20% with 525 new cases Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday goa Taximen make case for quick vaccination for safety in tourism industry business Govt may hike FDI limit in pension sector to 74 per cent sports IPL: Rana stars for KKR in 10-run win over SunRisers Hyderabad Demand mostly from commercial sector Officials asked to check stocks, malpractices PTI NEW DELHI India has banned export of the anti-viral drug Remdesivir amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country. In an order, the government said it has banned export of Remdesivir injection and Remdesivir active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) till the pandemic situation in the country stabilises. “India is witnessing a recent surge in Covid cases. As on April 11, there are 11.08 lakh active Covid cases and they are steadily increasing. This has led to a sudden spike in demand for injection Remdesivir used in treatment of Covid patients. There is a potential of further increase in this demand in the coming days,” the government said in a statement. Maharashtra in grip of virus with over 63,000 new infections MUMBAI: Maharashtra on Sunday reported over 63,000 new coronavirus cases in its highest ever single-day surge along with 349 deaths. At 63,294, Sunday’s infections were 14 per cent higher than a day ago and took the number of active cases in the state past 5.65 lakh. Worst-hit among all States in the country and accounting for roughly half of its caseload, Maharashtra is under a weekend lockdown till 7 am Monday and has announced curbs like a night curfew through the week. Seven Indian companies are producing Remdesivir under voluntary licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences, US. They have an installed capacity of about 38.80 lakh units per month. To ensure more people can get Remdesivir, the govern- ment said manufactures of Remdesivir have been asked to show on their website the details of their stockists and distributors. Drugs inspectors and other officers have been asked to verify stocks, check any malpractice and stop hoarding AAP can fulfil Parrikar’s vision for Goa: Sisodia 5 more vaccines by Oct: Govt NEW DELHI: The government on Sunday said that by end of the third quarter of this year, India will be getting vaccines from five additional manufacturers as several states announced shortage of vaccines. India currently manufactures Covishield and Covaxin. and black marketing. “The Department of Pharmaceuticals has been in contact with the domestic manufacturers to ramp up the production of Remdesivir,” the government said. >Continued on P5 the goan I network PANAJI The business of supplying ground water by tankers which in recent years has grown manifold has come into sharp focus even as glitches and shortfalls in regular piped water supply rise in summer months. Goa, according to official records, has some 880-odd tankers legally supplying water tapped from ground water sources including wells. The most, 205, are in Tiswadi taluka and Bardez with 167 tankers is next. Salcete has 112, Bicholim 89, Mormugao 78, Pernem 46 and Sattari 45 tankers running the private water supply business. The least number of tankers -- six- are in Canacona taluka. The business thrives on demand mostly from the commercial sector, generally industrial units which con- TANKER BUSINESS AN EASY AFFAIR To operate the tanker business, all one has to do is apply to the WRD Operators need indicate source from where ground water will be extracted for supply If groundwater source is not owned by applicant he requires NOC from the owner and it should be registered with WRD as a ‘commercial’ water source Annual registration fees for a 5000-litre tanker is Rs 5,000 while it is Rs 3,000 for smaller ones sume more water than they get through the regular PWD supplied sources and also at construction sites where temporary commercial connections are yet to be sanctioned and installed. To a lesser extent, these private tankers also service residential colonies developed in regions outlying existing habitations and where pipelines are yet to be laid. The Kadamba plateau is one such example. Interestingly, despite con- cerns raised by greens over the indiscriminate exploitation of ground water, the government has just five officers from the WRD designated as ‘ground water officers’ who monitor and regulate the extraction of ground water which is governed by the Goa Ground Water Regulation Act, 2002. Getting into the tanker business is also a facile affair. To operate the tanker >Continued on P5 FOOD OF FAITH! Says Goa model will be of sincere politics the goan I network PANAJI Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia on Sunday stressed the need to take forward late Manohar Parrikar’s vision for Goa saying the BJP had systematically buried his concept and sidelined those who aligned with it. Addressing party workers, Sisodia also discussed the roadmap for the ensuing Assembly elections in the State. “People say Parrikar bab was the founder of development in Goa. But after Parrikar’s death, BJP buried the vision of development for Goa and sidelined people who were aligned with it. I urge BJP volunteers in Goa to leave BJP, as it will never be able to bring Parrikar’s vision of development into life”, Sisodia said. Attacking the saffron party, Sisodia said, “BJP will never make an impact on Goa’s progress. Whoever has the vision to bring growth in Goa should join hands with AAP, we can together work towards Goa’s development. Join our fleet of 4000 volunteers who have the ability to take forward Parrikar’s vision for Goa.” The deputy CM also said, the model of BJP and the Congress is to buy MLAs and indulge in dirty politics to Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia addresses Aam Aadmi Party volunteers in Panaji on Sunday. We have developed strong base in Goa, says Sisodia >> See pg 3 win elections. “They don’t form a government based on people’s votes but based on which MLAs they bought. This money used to buy MLAs is of tax-payers that could be used to provide free electricity to the people in Goa”, he said. If BJP and Congress accumulated money for redevelopment of Goa instead of buying MLAs, incomplete projects would have been ready by now. He outlined Delhi’s example where a flyover was built in 12 months, with the least amount of money. Sisodia lauded AAP’s Goa team for growing in strength by the day. “Goa’s team has become bigger and bigger and this makes me and all members of AAP in Delhi immensely happy. It makes me proud that 4000 volunteers in 40 districts of Goa have been working towards our common goal of development”, he said. The people of Goa have made up their mind to support good politics. It is no small feat that a new party started 6 years back got a vote share of 15% in Goa. “Someone like Hanzel Fernandes, a 26-year old member of AAP who won a seat in Goa gives us hope >Continued on P5 A devotee is served ‘pez’ (kanji) on the occasion of the feast of Annunciation of Our Lady of Nazareth at Siridão on Sunday. Siridao village comes alive on the second Sunday of Easter where pilgrims from all over arrive to ask favours or to thank the Blessed Virgin Mary for favours granted and then have ‘pez’. Narayan Pissurlenkar Rains lash Bicholim, Sanquelim, Sanguem the goan I network BICHOLIM/SANGUEM Unseasonal heavy showers lashed parts of Bicholim, Sanquelim and Sanguem on Sunday evening bringing much-needed respite from the heat. The heavy spell that lasted for around half an hour, however, did not cause any damage to crops and houses in the area. Reports said that parts of Sattari, Curchorem, Honda and Quepem were also drenched in the wet spell. Bicholim and Sanquelim had been witnessing severe heat conditions for the last one month and the heavy rains were a welcome relief. Caught unawares by the sudden showers, the Bicholim Municipal Council has decided to take up pre-monsoons work on priority basis in order to avoid water logging in the city. “The rainfall is uncertain and we need to be prepared for monsoon”, Chairperson of BMC, Kundan Falari said. >Continued on P5 Land Rover designed by Prince Philip to carry coffin Alphonso overrated? Mango RESTRICTIONS ON GUESTS AGENCIES LONDON Land Rover that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, helped design over 15 years ago will be at the centre of his pandemic-induced scaled-back ceremonial funeral procession at Windsor Castle in south-east England coming Saturday, according to details released by Buckingham Palace. The vehicle is believed to be a modified Defender 130 Gun Bus, which was commissioned for use by the Queen’s late husband in 2005 -- three years before the British luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) were taken over by Tata Motors. “At Jaguar Land Rover, we are deeply saddened by the Under normal circumstances, around 800 guests would have gathered for the funeral But now with a 30-member limit, only Queen’s closest family will be in attendance A passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” a JLR statement read. “Our thoughts and condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this time. His Royal Highness devoted his life to public service and made a significant contribution to British manufacturing, engineering and design,” it said. The coffin of the senior royal will be loaded into the Land Rover for an eight-minute procession to the gates of St. George’s Chapel, where the funeral is to begin with a national minute’s silence at 1500 local time on April 17. “His Royal Highness’s coffin will be carried in a purpose-built Land Rover - which Prince Harry will fly down from US but Meghan has been advised by her doctors to not make the journey Prince Charles will be among the royals who will walk behind his father’s funeral procession The Duke was involved in the design of -- flanked by military Pall Bearers, in a small Ceremonial Procession from the State Entrance to St. George’s Chapel, for the Funeral Service. Members of the Royal Family and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Household will walk behind the coffin,” a Buckingham Palace statement said. “The plans for the funeral are in line with The Duke of Edinburgh’s own personal wishes, and the occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth,” it said. A senior royal aide said that Prince Philip would have been pleased with the relatively lowkey send-off. lovers at war on Twitter AGENCIES NEW DELHI The summer season is upon us. And while Indian summers are typically marked with an abundance of sweat and dehydration, the season brings another item in abundance that is loved more than the season itself – mangoes. Dubbed the ‘King of fruits’ in India, mangoes have an almost cult fan base in India. With its pulpy, juicy flesh wrapped around a delightfully hardcore, the fruit comes in many shapes, sizes, flavours and varieties across the States of India. On Twitter, however, a bat- tle war seems to have broken out which is now being hashtagged as #MangoWars. The dispute? Netizens are deciding which variant of the mango is better. A large variety of mangoes are grown across India. While Maharashtra is famous for Alphonso mangoes, Uttar Pradesh is known for Dusheri. West Bengal is popular for growing Himsagar mangoes while Andhra Pradesh is known for the lighter coloured Safeda mangoes. Other popular varieties of mangoes in India include Chausa, Lengra, Kesar, Totapuri, Neelam and much more. But it seems mango lovers on Twitter cannot decide which one is the best. It all started when a Twitter user claimed that “Alphonso is the most over rated stuff” ever and that only “brand conscious babalog” have a taste for it.
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