log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday SUNDAY APRIL 18, 2021 12 pages 9 Get the vaccine jab… even if you’ve already had Covid The Goan (Playstore) PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 298 GOA Objections to construction of religious structure in Canacona 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA Students protest in Mapusa, plead with govt to postpone board exams CM firm on going ahead with civic polls on Apr 23 SAYS RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IMPOSED ON INDOOR, OUTDOOR MEETINGS THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday ruled out deferring the elections to five municipalities amid the surge in Covid-19 cases even as Goa like the rest of the country continued to reel under the weight of a ferocious second wave. Sawant said restrictions will be imposed on indoor and outdoor meetings and added that the elections need to be held. The Collectors (District Magistrates) will be issuing a fresh order outlining restrictions on meetings. Sawant paradoxically urged people to “avoid large gatherings” including politi- IN SHORT >> Centre reduces price of Remdesivir ORDER ON RESTRICTIONS SOON Sawant said restrictions will be imposed on indoor and outdoor meetings and added that the elections need to be held The Collectors (District Magistrates) will be issuing a fresh order outlining restrictions on meetings CM urged people to gatherings, including crowded places and weddings cal meetings, crowded places and weddings. When the pandemic first hit in March 2020, Sawant had similarly insisted on going ahead with the election process then at an advanced stage for electing 50 representatives to the two district panchayat bodies -- North and South Goa Zilla Panchayats. However, he was later forced to take a decision otherwise and postpone polling at the eleventh hour after Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a national “Janata Curfew” across the nation on RECALL When the pandemic first hit in March 2020, Sawant had similarly insisted on going ahead with the election process for the Zilla Panchayats He was later forced to postpone polling after Prime Minister imposed a national Janata Curfew March 22, 2020, the day polling was to be held for the ZP elections. Eventually, the polling was completed in December last year. Meanwhile, the District Magistrate (DM), North, issued prohibitory orders stating that restaurants, bars, tea shops, pan shops, eateries and other food shops / joints (dhabas, gaddas) etc, situated in jurisdiction of Mapusa Municipal Council areas of Bardez taluka and Ward No II of Karapur-Sarvan village of Bicholim taluka within 200 metres of the polling station from 6 am to 9 pm on the day of poll on April 23, 2021 and from 6 am till the end of counting of votes on April 26, 2021, at counting centers of respective talukas in North district, will remain closed, in view of Mapusa Municipal Council Election and by-election to Ward No II of Karapur-Sarvan village of Bicholim Taluka of North Goa District. Similarly, also there is a ban >Continued on P5 Bail for Lalu in case linked to fodder scam PATNA: Jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Yadav was granted bail in a case linked to the Bihar fodder scam by the Jharkhand High Court. The former Bihar CM was serving his sentence in what was known as the “Dumka Treasury Case. WEATHER >> Max: 35.1C Min: 26.7 C Humidity: 86% TIDES Low: High: 7:57 1:18 20:30 15:14 PANAJI Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Saturday announced a ban on the export of oxygen cylinders manufactured in Goa in view of the increased demand for oxygen due to the spike in Covid cases in the state. Taking to social media, Rane declared, “Export on oxygen cylinders outside the state has been banned with immediate effect. All industrial oxygen requirements will be diverted towards the health services, Goa Medical College and Hospital and Covid hospitals. Necessary directions have been issued to Secretary Health to coordinate with the respective Collectors to issue an order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 in public interest and to save people’s lives.” Private agencies have also been roped in once again for patient handling, facility management and to provide dietary and nutrition require- NEW DELHI Can an appeal against acquittal be treated as a pending criminal case and whether its non-disclosure while filing election nomination would amount to corrupt practice leading to the disqualification of an elected candidate? The Supreme Court has agreed to examine the legal question. QUESTION FOR SUPREME COURT FC Goa’s Glan Martins (R) vies for the ball with Al Wahda’s Mansoor Al Harbi during their AFC Champions League Group E match at Nehru, Stadium, Fatorda, on Saturday. The Gaurs notched up a second successive goalless draw to consolidate their position in the group with two points. >> Report on Pg 8 Admission woes for ICSE students THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Ambiguity with regard to exams, assessment and schedule for declaration of results for class X students of the Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) is giving rise to another dilemma for the students -- admission woes. Students, particularly those seeking to switch to Higher Secondary Schools (HSSs) affiliated to the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBSHSE), are faced with difficulties as their results, even if they choose to not answer an examination and opt for internal assessment, are unlikely to be declared before July-August. Some GBSHSE affiliated HSSs have already begun intake of the ICSE students in Class XI for the academic year 2021-22. However, the students find themselves unable to provide their class X scores as the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) had on Friday deferred exams and also announced students will have a choice to either be assessed on internal tests or to answer exams in the online mode. A final decision is expected in the first week of June by the CISCE after reviewing the Covid situation. Also if the students’ admission to class XI dilemma is to be overcome Goa’s Directorate of Education may have to tweak its recent notification finalising terms and vacations for the 2021-22 academic year which mandates the start on June 21 and end for April 30, 2022. Queen bids a final farewell to her beloved Prince AGENCIES WINDSOR ueen Elizabeth II on Saturday led Britain in a one-minute’s silence in memory of her late husband, Prince Philip, as she bid him a final farewell at a funeral restricted by coronavirus rules but reflecting his long life of military and public service. The 94-year-old monarch, dressed in mourning black and a black face mask, sat inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, as the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin arrived on a bespoke Land Rover which he designed himself. A military gun was fired to signal the start of the solemn tribute, which was observed in shops, railway stations and at sporting events across the country. The ceremony with just 30 THE GOAN I NETWORK PTI 6 kg gold worth ` 2.9 cr seized Q Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the St George’s Chapel for Britain Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, on Saturday and (Right) pallbearers carry the coffin of the prince. PTI mourners took place entirely behind the castle’s stately walls, with the public urged to stay away because of the pandemic. But small crowds still gathered in Windsor town centre, and on the sweeping Long Walk to the castle gates, behind barriers patrolled by uniformed police. Ieuan Jones, 37, travelled to the town from his home in the Welsh capital, Cardiff, and called Philip “a strong man, a true hero (who) did so much for this country and the royal family”. “It’s really a shame that because of the pandemic we can’t pay a wider tribute to the exceptional man he was,” he told AFP. At Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s central London home, Cardiff-born chef Santosh Singh laid purple tulips to mark the end of an era. “I love the royals. I think they’re amazing... It’s sad because in time, all this will change,” the 57-year-old said. Ceremonies were earlier held in Sweden and Denmark, while birds from the Royal Pigeon Racing Association were released from the National Memorial Arboretum in central England. The Duke of Edinburgh -- described by royals as “the grandfather of the nation” -- died on April 9, aged 99, just weeks after being released following a month-long stay in hospital for treatment of a heart condition and an infection. Britain’s longest-serving royal consort was an almost constant presence at the Queen’s side during her record-breaking reign that began in 1952 as Britain rebuilt from World War II and as its global empire began to unravel. His death, after 73 years of marriage, has left a “huge void” in her life, the couple’s second son, Prince Andrew, said last weekend. 8 Wrestler Ravi Dahiya retains title at Asian Championship Air of uncertainty: govt bans export of oxygen Can candidate’s acquittal be considered as criminal case? FC GOA HOLD FORT NEW DELHI: In a development which spells huge relief for lakhs of patients, the Centre on Saturday slashed prices of the anti-Covid-19 drug Remdesivir by nearly Rs 2,000 per injection. CHENNAI: Chennai Air Customs on Saturday seized six kg gold valued at Rs 2.90 crore on an Air India flight from Dubai. The flight was searched based on intelligence input. Six gold bars weighing one kg each valued at Rs 2.90 crore were recovered and seized as unclaimed under the Customs Act. 3 SPORTS The matter has been brought before the top court by BJP leader Nimaichand Luwang who has challenged the election of Congress candidate Thounaojam Shyamkumar from the Andro constituency in the 2017 Manipur assembly election. Luwang has challenged the decision of the Manipur High Court which held that appeal against acquittal shall not be treated as a pending criminal case and the same need not be disclosed by a candidate while filing nomination papers. He referred to the top court’s 2002 verdict wherein it has been held that the candidates have to declare in nomination papers about their conviction/acquittal/ discharge in any criminal offence in the past, if any. Four Covid care centres activated PANAJI: Health Minister Rane has announced that Primary Health Centre, Shiroda will continue to operate as a Covid care Center in addition to Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium at Bambolim, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda and one other location. On Saturday, North Goa Collector Ajit Roy issued a notification declaring Ocean Wellness, Sangolda in Mapusa as a paid Covid care centre for asymptomatic Covid patients. The rate has been set at Rs 2,500 per day with meals and a one-time payment of Rs 2,500 to be made at the time of admission for medical kit provided by Indian Medical Association-Goa. Specialists from the IMA-Goa will be available for free teleconsultation to patients admitted at Covid care centres. State sees 4 deaths, 762 new cases PANAJI: The Directorate of Health Services recorded 762 new Covid cases from among the 3,494 samples tested on Saturday. The daily positivity rate stood at 21.8 per cent while the recovery rate in the state has dropped to 88.65 per cent. The count of active cases touched 6,643 with the total active cases under Urban Health Centre Margao peaking at 757. >> See pg 3 ments at GMC, South Goa District Hospital, ESI Hospital and Sub-District Hospital, Ponda. The Health Minister further informed that the department has taken steps to increase the bed capacity to 50 beds at Asilo Hospital, 550 beds at SGDH and to activate ESI Hospital as >Continued on P5 Taximen’s protest scuttled, but they shift ground Policemen stand guard at the Azad Maidan in Panaji on Saturday after the North Collector revoked permission for the taxi operators’ agitation. Narayan Pissurlenkar THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The North District Collector revoked the permission of taxi operators to hold protest at Azad Maidan in Panaji citing the surge in Covid cases. Police were deployed at the maidan to restrain then from entering the maidan. After the police force restricted their entry inside the maidan, the agitating taxi operators, who came along with their family members in large numbers, decided to go back and continue with their protest at their respective taxi stands. They have also resolved to keep their vehicles off the road till their demand to scrap GoaMiles is fulfilled. The leaders of the taxi owners’ association have appealed to their members not to take the law in their hands and let the agitation go on peacefully. The taxi operators have criticised the government’s decision of denying them the right to protest and questioned it for selectively applying Covid restrictions on their gathering. “The social functions, birthdays, tourists parties are going in full swing and government is allowing entry of a large number of tourists to casinos,” said a taxi operator. The government has said that its willing to talk to the protesters if they withdraw their strike. However, the operators are admanat on their demand to scrap the GoaMiles cab aggregator. High-severity security warning for India WhatsApp users AGENCIES NEW DELHI India’s cybersecurity agency has warned WhatsApp users in the country about certain vulnerabilities detected in the messaging app. These vulnerabilities could lead to a breach of sensitive information of WhatsApp users. The CERT-In or the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team has issued a “high” severity rating advisory. The agency has stated that vulnerability has been discovered in software that has “WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business for Android prior to v18.104.22.168 and WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business for iOS prior to v2.21.32.” The CERT-In is the national Vulnerability has been discovered in software that has “WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business for Android prior to v22.214.171.124 and WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business for iOS prior to v2.21.32 technology arm that tackles cyber attacks and guards Indian cyberspace. The advisory reads, “Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in WhatsApp applications which could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code or access sensitive information on a targeted system”. Explaining the details of these vulnerabilities, the advisory notes that these “exist in WhatsApp applications due to a cache configuration issue and missing bounds check within the audio decoding pipeline.” “Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code or access sensitive information on a targeted system,” it added. CERT-In’s advisory had stated that WhatsApp users should update to the latest version of the app from the Google Play Store or iOS App Store in order to counter this vulnerability threat.
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