log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday saturday april 17, 2021 ICSE exams for Std 10, 12 deferred NEW DELHI: The ICSE board exams for Classes 10 and 12 have been deferred amid the surge in Covid-19 cases across the country. The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, which conducts the ICSE tests, in a statement said the new dates will be announced in the first week of June. Former CEC Arora tipped to be Goa gov PANAJI: Reports from Delhi are speculating that Sunil Arora, who laid down office as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) earlier this week will be appointed as Governor and fill up the vacancy at the Goa Raj Bhavan. >> See pg 3 K’taka CM positive for second time BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time in eight months, and was being shifted to a private hospital for treatment. The 78 year-old Yeddiyurappa was earlier hospitalised on August 2, 2020 after he tested positive for coronavirus. Strong dust storm, rain hit Delhi NEW DELHI: A strong dust storm hit Delhi followed by light rains in various parts of the city and neighbouring areas. It started around 4 pm and affected visibility, leading to traffic jams in some parts. The cloudy weather brought the mercury down slightly. Nirav’s extradition cleared by UK govt LONDON: Scam-accused billionaire Nirav Modi’s extradition to India has been cleared by the British government. The UK Home Secretary has signed the extradition order. Nirav Modi still has the option of legally challenging his extradition to India. 8 killed in mass shooting in US NEW YORK: Eight people were killed in a mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility on Thursday night (local-time). Police believe the shooter took his own life and there was “no active threat to the community’, spokeswoman Genae Cook said. weather >> Max: 34.2 C Min: 26.2 C Humidity: 85% Tides Low: 07.25 20.00 High: 24.38 14.24 The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages Price ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO Goa VOLume VI, No. 297 IS THERE A NEED FOR A THIRD DOSE IN 12 MONTHS? in short >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday goa 6 Tourists barred from visiting Old Goa churches, ASI closes monuments 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 goa Bardez to get enough water, work to fix pipeline in final stage: CM 3 sports Chahar sets up CSK’s easy win over Punjab Kings 8 A DAY OF PAIN AND GAIN FOR BJP Cong takes control as BJP-backed SMC BJP group wrests control in chairperson ousted in no-trust motion Curchorem, dethrones chief the goan I network BICHOLIM It was a day of intense political drama at Sankhali Municipal Council (SMC) as the BJPbacked panel failed in moves to prevent the Congress from taking control of the council and SMC Chairperson Yeshwant Madkar was ousted in a no-confidence motion by 7-0 votes on Friday. All six BJP-backed councillors, including Madkar, did not attend the meeting, after councillor Raya Parsekar from the Congress group was cleared to attend the no-confidence motion and the Congress-backed ‘Together for Sankhali’ panel had all its seven councillors in the 13-member council to participate in the meeting. The Congress-backed group present at the meeting were BJP, Cong wage ten-month battle for control of SMC BICHOLIM: The BJP and Congress have been engaged in a fierce battle since the past 10 months to take control of the 13-member Sankhali Municipal Council. The battle began on June 9, 2020 when Dharmesh Sagalani’s seven-year tenure as chairperson of SMC came to an end when he was ousted in a no-confidence motion by 7-5 votes. Later on June 17, Yeshwant Madkar from the BJP-backed group was elected as the new SMC chairperson after defeating Dharmesh Saglani by 7-5 votes. >> See pg 3 Dharmesh Saglani, Raya Parsekar, Rajesh Sawal, Rajendra Ameshkar, Jyoti Blagan, Kunda Madkar and Ansira Khan. Following a disqualification petition filed by Madkar, Parsekar had been directed to appear for a hearing before Urban Development Minister Milind Naik in Mormugao at 12.30 pm, while the no-confidence motion against SMC Chairperson Yashwant Madkar was to come up for discussion in Sankhali at 2.30 pm. The Saglani panel challenged the matter in the high Goa in Covid grip; six dead, 927 new cases court and the high court provided relief to Parsekar, enabling him to attend the no-confidence motion. Then, a complaint against Parsekar was also filed at the Bicholim police station in what was viewed as another attempt to prevent Parsekar from voting in the no-confidence motion. However, a lower court granted anticipatory bail to Parsekar and with the Saglani panel securing relief in both courts, the seven councillors were confident of ousting Madkar in the no-confidence motion. All six BJP councillors, Yeshwant Madkar, Anand Kanekar, Rashmi Desai, Shubhada Sawaikar, Brahmanand Desai and Dayanand Boryekar were absent at the meeting. >Continued on P5 the goan I network SANGUEM After a major embarrassment over their inability to elect their own candidate as chairperson, the BJP-backed councillors took back control on Friday when Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council (CCMC) Chairperson Balkrishna Hodarkar was ousted in a no-confidence motion by 9-6 votes, bringing his 15-day tenure to an end. At the special meeting presided over by Johnson Fernandes, the nine councillors who voted in favour of the motion were Jasmine Braganza, Pramod Naik, Vishwas Sawant, Yolanda Pereira, Carmelina Moraes, Rucha Vasta, Damodar Bhende, Tony Coutinho and Rima Alise. Those voted against the motion were Balkrishna THE DAY THAT WAS BJP-backed councillors take back control of CCMC Chairperson Hodarkar ousted in a no-confidence motion by 9-6 votes Nine councillors voted in favour of the motion Vishwas Sawant tipped to be next CCMC chairperson Post of chairperson & vice-chairperson to be decided on rotation among nine councillors FLASHBACK: BJP had been left red-faced, when their candidate Vishwas Sawant had lost to Hodarkar in a secret ballot by 8-7 votes on April 1 Hodarkar, Pradip Naik, Sushant Naik, Clementina Fernandes, Aparna Prabhudessai and Mangaldas Ghadi. After the meeting, Vishwas Sawant, who is tipped to be the next CCMC chairperson, said the post of chairperson and vice-chairperson will be decided on rotation among the nine councillors from his group. On the other hand, Hodarkar hinted on contesting the next assembly elections from Curchorem constituency with the support of his constituents and councillors. The BJP had been left redfaced, when the BJP-backed candidate Vishwas Sawant had lost to Hodarkar in a >Continued on P5 VOICES IN DISTRESS! Positivity rate touches another high the goan I network PANAJI Goa on Friday experienced the steepest single-day spike in Covid cases since the onset of the pandemic last year with a total of 927 new cases being detected from among the 3,189 samples tested. The daily positivity rate touched 29 per cent, yet another high. The total active Covid cases in Goa presently stand at 6,321. Since the start of April, a massive spike of 7,195 new Covid cases has been experienced in the State. So far, a total of 65,499 Covid cases have been confirmed in Goa since last year. Parallel to this, the death toll also rose to six on Friday taking the total Covid victim count of the State to 868. Out of the six deaths, five were recorded at GMC, Bambolim and one at South Goa District Hospital, Margao. As per the information released by the Directorate of Health Services, among the five deaths reported at GMC, two patients expired in less than six hours of being admitted at the hospital. The first deceased patient, a 44 year-old man from Moira, was admitted as a medico-le- CM ANNOUNCES MORE RESTRICTIONS Restrictions to be imposed on indoor, outdoor events including weddings & political progs Collectorate staff activated to issue spot permissions for functions Fines for those violating SOPs will start in a big way from (today) Saturday Locals must avoid mixing with tourists Venue organisers to receive notices from Collectors about restrictions GMC warns action against fake image ON PAGE 3 PANAJI: GMC sought to combat the viral image showing Covid patients on stretchers allegedly lined up for treatment in a parking lot at GMC. GMC denied allegations stating that the picture is “fake” and warned that legal action could be initiated. gal case and was found to be Covid positive after he was wheeled into a surgical unit. “The exact cause of death will be available only after the postmortem,” DHS stated. The second patient, a 51 year-old woman from Belgaum, was symptomatic with cough and fever for six days and had tested positive for CM puts foot down against lockdown; puts onus on people to check virus spread Tanavade calls for tougher curbs to pause surge in Covid cases Covid-19 six days ago. “She was being monitored under home isolation. However, the patient developed breathlessness and desaturation and expired within the two hours of arrival at GMC,” said the DHS release. The other three patients who passed away at GMCH are a 60 year-old man from Sindhudurg, a 48 year-old woman >Continued on P5 SSCE and HSSCE students protest at Margao municipal garden demanding the postponement of Board exams. Santosh Mirajkar Postpone SSC, HSSC exams, students plead the goan I network MARGAO A group of Goa Board SSC and HSSC students descended on the footpath of the Margao municipal garden on Friday to request the government headed by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to either postpone or cancel the Board examinations till the Covid situation improves. Saying that Covid-19 is spreading through the State of Goa like a raging fire, the students pointed out that it is indeed a major health risk as students from different parts of the State will be answering in areas listed as red zones. “This will increase the chances of mass transmission of the virus in a short duration of time”, they said. “The Board claims to be fully prepared to follow SOPs while forgetting that there is no given criteria that covers an infected student. Will the student be allowed to answer separately if he has symptoms or if his family member has tested positive? Will the centre be shut if a staff member or student test positive”, the students questioned, further demanding to know whether the government will take the responsibility of the student and his health”. Saying that majority of Goa’s population has still not been vaccinated, let alone getting the second dose, the students questioned “what if the student carries the virus home infecting his family and senior citizens”. Drawing attention of the government that a large number of students depend on the public transport to travel to the examination centre and back, the students sought an answer as to who is there to assure them that this is safe. “To carry on with the exams as per the earlier schedule amidst the rising pandem- ic is highly concerning as it is putting at risk the health and life of around 16,000 students, their families, teachers and support staff”, they said. The Students added: “Is it fair that only a certain number of students answer the Board exams and put their lives at risk when many State Boards and even CBSE have either cancelled or postponed the Board examination? They also reminded that the current 2020-21 batch hasn’t had regular classes and had to contend with poor internet connectivity and lack of smart phones and computers/ laptops. Strong evidence that Covid App-based taxis need of hour in Goa: GCCI, GTA spreads through air: Study C the goan I network AGENCIES COLORADO A new assessment in the medical journal Lancet has found “consistent, strong evidence” that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, is predominantly transmitted through the air. Therefore, public health measures that fail to treat the virus as predominantly airborne leave people unprotected and allow the virus to spread, according to six experts from the UK, USA and Canada, including Jose-Luis Jimenez, a chemist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental SOME MAJOR OBSERVATIONS Super-spreader events responsible for outbreaks Transmission rates much higher indoors than outdoors Transmission greatly reduced by indoor ventilation Silent (asymptomatic or presymptomatic) transmission accounts for least 40% of all transmissions Long-range transmission of the virus between people in adjacent rooms in hotels Sciences (CIRES) and the University of Colorado Boulder. “The evidence supporting airborne transmission is overwhelming, and evidence supporting large droplet transmission is almost non-existent,” Jimenez said. “It is urgent that the World Health Organization and other public health agencies adapt their description of transmission to the scientific evidence so that the focus of >Continued on P5 GOA INC DRIVES HOME ITS POINT PANAJI oming out in full support of the State government’s strong stand against the striking taxi operators, the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Goa Technology Association has said app-based taxi services are needed in the State. Welcoming the government’s stand, GCCI president Manoj Caculo said Goa is the only State in India where taxis are running without fare meters. This has, often, led to a large number of complaints by the tourists of overcharging and harassment meted out to them which bring a bad name to the State and its tourism industry. Successive governments in Goa only State where taxis are without fare meters Large number of complaints by tourists of overcharging and harassment Brings bad name to State and tourism industry App-based taxi services like Uber & Ola very efficient Commuting to airport and back is very cost-effective GoaMiles creating lot of job opportunities the State had been succumbing to the pressure tactics of the taxi operators and also to the pressure from some of its own MLAs. “Because of the government dragging its feet, GCCI and TTAG had in the past, approached the High Court which had given directions to the government to ensure that all taxi operators install fare meters. The clear stand taken by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and his ministerial colleagues is a welcome step, Caculo said. Insisting on the installation of the fare meters, the government has shown its willingness to resolve the issue in an amicable manner by offering to pay for the cost of the meters, Caculo said in a press release. “As business persons we often travel across the country and avail of the app-based taxi service like Uber and Ola which are very efficient and cost-effective. GoaMiles compares fairly well with the other app-based taxi services in the country and is gaining popularity in Goa,” GCCI president said. Caculo further said, “it is unfortunate that the taxi operators are using strong arm tactics and are taking law in their own hands to harm the GoaMiles taxi drivers, which is totally unacceptable.” Goa Technology Association President Mangirish Salelkar also echoed similar sentiments. Pointing out that Goa definitely needs a taxi app which can be very effective and user-friendly to our employees and IT professionals, he said that commuting to the airport will also become very convenient. When the State government wants to promote start-ups in Goa, a company like GoaMiles born in Goa needs to be supported, otherwise, many of the investors may lose interest in investing in Goan start-ups and the industries, Salelkar said. >Continued on P5
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