log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY APRIL 16, 2021 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 8 pages PRICE ` 6 Personal growth: Hidden Covid side effect? PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 296 GOA 6 The Goan (Playstore) Should Margao Council go for more bio-methanation plants? 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA Target to complete major projects in State by Dec 19: CM Goa enters danger zone: 5 Covid deaths, 757 cases n TOLL CLIMBS TO 862 n OFFICIALS WARN HEALTH INFRA MAY CRUMBLE THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI A whopping 757 new infections were recorded in the 24-hours of Wednesday-Thursday ringing alarm bells among the medical fraternity and the State government’s Covid-19 response think-tank. Also, five more succumbed to the dreaded virus in the same 24-hour period including two under-45 patients -- a 37-year-old man from Nerul and a man from Ponda aged 42. With Thursday’s five dead, Goa’s official pandemic death toll hit the 862 mark. Health officials meanwhile are worried that the second wave which according to national trends could be even more severe and crumble the State’s health infrastructure. Interestingly, the premier IN SHORT >> Goa seeks another Mhadei inspection PANAJI: Goa government has sought one more inspection of Mhadei river in July 2021 to further corroborate its claims that the river water has been illegally diverted by Karnataka. Clear indications have been found water flow has been diverted, Goa government told the Supreme Court. Bring down BJP from 13 to 0, says BBSM MARGAO: Accusing the BJP government of betraying the mother tongue, Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) Convenor Subhash Velingkar on Thursday gave a call to the people of Goa to brace up and defeat and bring down the strength of the BJP in the Legislative Assembly from 13 to zero. >> See pg 2 US imposes economic sanctions on Russia WASHINGTON: US announced economic sanctions against Russia expelled 10 diplomats in retaliation to the Kremlin’s US election interference. WEATHER >> Max: 34.9 C Min: 25.7 C Humidity: 82% TIDES Low: High: 0:30 6:51 13:47 19:13 Toeing CM’s line, Board insists class 10 & 12 exams will go on as scheduled With the upsurge in Covid cases, people crowd the Panaji health centre to register for testing. Narayan Pissurlenkar SUFFICIENT STOCK, AROUND 65,000 VACCINES AVAILABLE: CM >> See pg 3 healthcare facility in the State -- the Goa Medical College and Hospital, (GMC&H) Bambolim -- is yet to be notified again as the epicentre of Covid-19 treatment after it had been de-notified a few months ago. The Covid-19 hospital (ESI Hospital) in Margao remains Goa’s core medical facility to tackle the clinical challenge of PANAJI: A day after Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said his government had no intentions to tweak the schedule of the SSC (class 10) and HSSC (Class 12) examinations, the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education on Thursday reiterated that the public examinations will be held in the physical mode as per the earlier announced schedule. Board Chairman Bhagirath Shetye said the examinations will be conducted with only 12 students per examination hall and all Covid-19 related SOPs and precautions will be strictly followed. Shetye said the Board has increased the examination subcenters to ensure 12 students per hall norm. The Board Chairman also said that ‘isolation centres’ will also be arranged to enable students who have tested positive to answer the examination. the pandemic. Wednesday-Thursday’s 757 new cases are Goa’s highest single-day spike and have Govt may lead delegation to PM on Major Ports Act THE GOAN I NETWORK VASCO Panchayats Minister Mauvin Godinho on Thursday said a delegation may have to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain Goa’s peculiar situation regarding the Major Port Authorities (MPA) Act. Godinho was speaking to reporters after launching the work to hot mix roads in Chicalim on Thursday in the presence of Chicalim Panchayat Sarpanch Seby Pereira, Dy Sarpanch Kamla Prasad Yadav and other panch members. When asked what steps had been taken by the State government on the MPA Act, which gives the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) extensive powers and jurisdiction, Godinho sought to point fingers at the Congress and said the BJP government has been trying to revoke the powers of the port and hand it back to the State government. “In fact, we may have to lead a delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain to him that Goa is a very small state where there will be no healthy functioning of democracy if we strip powers of small self-governing bodies like panchayats and municipalities,” said Godinho. Commenting on the We may have to lead a delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain to him that Goa is a very small state where there will be no healthy functioning of democracy if we strip powers of small self-governing bodies like panchayats and municipalities,” —Mauvin Godinho, Panchayat Minister hot-mixing of roads in Chicalim, Godinho said the project was being taken up at an estimate of Rs 2 crore. “We have to start roadworks only when the hot-mixing plant starts functioning and many roads are being taken up in Dabolim constituency, including New Vaddem. These works were approved before elections. Estimates are already prepared for many other roadworks and some of them are almost approved,” said Godinho. MANAGING GARBAGE: The Panchayat Minister also said efforts were underway to tackle waste in the State. “It was the government led by former chief minister late Manohar Parrikar who set up a huge waste management plant in Taleigao, where a good amount of garbage is being treated.” “Similarly, work is underway for a waste management plant at Cacora to benefit panchayats in South Goa. The garbage from some panchayats which do not have their own garbage management facilities or Material Recovery Facility (MRF) will be directed to this new plant.” Godinho said the government is also planning to sign an agreement with such panchayat bodies. “Some panchayats like Chicalim and Sancoale have taken their own initiatives to tackle garbage issues like starting door-to-door garbage collection and setting up their own garbage treatment plants, bio-digesters or MRF shed where dry waste will be tackled separately and wet waste will be treated to generate power and gas,” said Godinho. “This is important because till the time the new waste management plant is set up, there have to be arrangements for panchayats to tackle their own garbage,” said Godinho. raised the tally of Covid-19 cases to 64,572. >Continued on P5 NEW DELHI he Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday announced the decision to simplify the process for re-issue of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards. The Central government has so far issued at least 37.72 lakh OCI cards to foreigners of Indian origin, foreign spouses of Indian nationals, or foreign spouses of OCI cardholders. OCI card is popular among them as it helps in hassle-free entry and unlimited stay in India with a number of other major benefits attached to it that are not available to other foreigners. Currently, OCI cardholders are required to get it re-issued every time a new passport is issued for individuals up to the completion of 20 years of The Central government has so far issued at least 37.72 lakh OCI cards to foreigners of Indian origin, foreign spouses of Indian nationals, or foreign spouses of OCI cardholders T age and once on completing 50 years of age. Reissuance of OCI card is not required between 21-50 years of age. The requirement was in view of biological changes in the face of the applicant. In order to ease the process, the government has decided to dispense with these requirements. OCI cardholders will now have to get the card re-issued only once when a new passport is issued after reaching 20 years of age. “If a person has obtained registration as OCI cardholder after attaining the age of 20 years, there will be no requirement of re-issue of OCI card,” the ministry said in a statement. The OCI cardholders have to upload a copy of the new passport containing their photograph and the latest 8 India’s Covid count surges past 2 lakh, 1038 deaths AGENCIES NEW DELHI India recorded 2,00,739 new Covid-19 cases in the highest single-day spike ever since the pandemic began last year. With the fresh cases, the country’s positive cases tally has mounted to 1,40,74,564, according to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, a total of 1,038 people succumbed to the Covid-19 infection in the last 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 1,73,123. The active Covid-19 caseload in India stands at 14,71,877, while 1,24,29,564 people have been cured so far. India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. Kumbh Mela Covid figures worrying HARIDWAR: A total of 1,701 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Haridwar Kumbh Mela area from April 10 to 14 confirming fears that one of the world’s largest religious gatherings may contribute further to the rapid rise in coronavirus cases. According to the ICMR, 26,20,03,415 samples have been tested up to April 14 with 13,84,549 samples being tested on Wednesday. The union health ministry said that 10 states -- Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, and Delhi account for over 82 per cent of the fresh coronavirus infections in the country. Whereas sixteen states -Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, DELHI ANNOUNCES WEEKEND CURFEW >> See pg 7 Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Kerala, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, and West Bengal -- are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases, the health ministry highlighted. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 19,050; followed by Uttar Pradesh with 15,855; and Chhattisgarh reported 9,497 new cases in the span of 24 hours. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has written a letter to the Centre, saying the number of an active caseload in the state is expected to double in the next 15 days. He also said the medical oxygen requirement in the state is projected to reach 2,000 metric tonnes per day by April-end. A long queue of candidates seen at the Directorate of Health Services, Campal, Panaji, on Thursday, after the government opened interviews for posts of nurses to be appointed for the South district. Narayan Pissurlenkar Centre postpones NEET PG Exam 2021 AGENCIES NEW DELHI The National Eligibility cum Entrance test for post-graduate students, scheduled to be held on April 18, has been postponed for the time being, in view of the rising Covid-19 cases, Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday. NEW RULES AND RELIEF OCI cardholders will now have to get the card re-issued only once when a new passport is issued after reaching 20 years of age The OCI cardholders have to upload a copy of the new passport containing their photograph and the latest photo on the online OCI portal each time a new passport is issued prior to attaining the age of 20 years and once after completing 50 years of age photo on the online OCI portal each time a new passport is issued prior to attaining the age of 20 years and once after completing 50 years of age. They may upload the documents within three months of receipt of the new passport. However, those registered as OCI cardholder as foreign spouses of Indian nationals, or foreign spouses of OCI cardholders have to upload Kohli named Wisden Almanack’s ODI cricketer of the 2010s NURSING A HOPE India simplifies process for re-issue of OCI cards AGENCIES 3 SPORTS a copy of the new passport, the latest photograph along with a declaration that their marriage is still subsisting each time a new passport is issued. The details will be updated on the system and an auto acknowledgement through e-mail will be sent to the OCI cardholder informing that the updated details have been taken on record. “Decision has been taken keeping the well-being of our young medical students in mind,” the minister tweeted. The next date will be decided later, the minister added. NEET PG examination is for doctors seeking admission in MS, MD courses. The examination was earlier scheduled to be held in January but was postponed because of the pan- demic. A group of doctors of Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking the postponement of the examination, before the Centre announced its decision. In their plea, the doctors said that the candidates who would be appearing in the exam are doctors treating Covid-19 patients daily. the petition also mentioned that when the exam in January got cancelled, the pandemic situation of the country was not this perilous. At a time where there is a sudden surge of Covid cases and an acute shortage of doctors, the notification for the examination on April 18 was against public interest, the plea said referring to the deferment of CBSE class 12 exams. Foul play: Councillor served notice on eve of SMC no-trust THE GOAN I NETWORK BICHOLIM The political drama intensified at Sankhali Municipal Council (SMC) after a Congress-backed councillor was served a notice on Thursday evening, directing him to appear before the Urban Development Minister in Mormugao on Friday, which virtually coincides with the no-confidence motion against the BJPbacked SMC chairperson. While councillor Raya Parsekar has been directed to appear for a hearing before the minister at Mormugao at 12.30 pm, the no-confidence motion against SMC Chairperson Yashwant Madkar will come up for discussion in Sankhali at 2.30 pm. Raya Parsekar has been directed to appear before the urban development minister on April 16 at 12.30 pm at his official residence Attempts to disqualify Parsekar assume significance given the fact that the Congress-backed ‘Together for Sankhali’ panel has 7 councillors, while the BJP-backed panel has six in the 13-member SMC. In a notice served to Parsekar at his residence on Thursday evening, the office of the minister for urban development stated that the petitioner, Yeshwant Madkar, had filed a petition dated April 12 against the respondent, Raya Parsekar, under Section 44 of the Goa Municipalities Act. Stating that the competent authority has passed an order in the matter, the notice reads: “Heard the petitioner. Fix matter for hearing on April 16 at 12.30 pm at the official residence of the Minister of Urban Development Milind Naik at “E” Type Bungalow of electricity department, Bogda, opposite Institute of Shipbuilding Technology. Issue notice accordingly, to be served through the chief officer of SMC.” The notice further states that the parties are directed to remain present in person or through their duly authorised >Continued on P5
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