log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday MONDAY APRIL 19, 2021 GOA A rich harvest of fresh water fish at Curtorim IN SHORT >> Society interest main in drugs cases: SC NEW DELHI: A Supreme Court bench of D Y Chandrachud and MR Shah said while awarding the sentence or punishment in case of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the interest of the society as a whole is required to be taken into consideration. >> See pg 6 Enhance safety at ATMs, banks told NEW DELHI: In view of increasing incidents of Man in the Middle (MiTM) attacks on ATMs, the Centre has asked all banks to enhance their safety norms for ATMs through end-to-end encryption in the network, officials said. >> See pg 7 Israel revokes mask requirements fully JERUSALEM: Israel rescinded the mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors and fully reopened schools on Sunday in the latest return to relative normality, boosted by a mass-vaccination campaign against the Covid-19 pandemic. >> See pg 7 UK PM urged to cancel India tour LONDON: Britain’s Opposition Labour Party on Sunday joined calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to cancel his visit to India, starting next Sunday, amid growing concerns of a new variant of Covid-19 detected in the country. Mamata blames BJP leaders for Covid TEHATTA (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said BJP leaders “from Delhi” who are bringing “outsiders” for campaigning, without Covid-19 tests, are responsible for the spike in coronavirus cases in the state. >> See pg 6 Farmers show black flag to BJP MP KURUKSHETRA: Farmers staged a protest and showed black flags to BJP MP Nayab Singh Saini in Haryana’s Kurukshetra when he came to participate in an event on Sunday. The protesters raised slogans against the Haryana government and Mr Saini, and showed black flags to him on his arrival at the event. >> See pg 6 WEATHER >> Max: 35.9 C Min: 26.1 C Humidity: 81% TIDES Low: High: 8.42 21.40 1.48 16.16 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 299 2 GOA SMC politics: BJP-backed reps refute allegations against CM 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INDIA 3 killed, 8 hurt in fire at chemical firm at Ratnagiri 6 8 SPORTS IPL: De Villiers stars as RCB overpower KKR GOA BRACES UP TO FIGHT SECOND WAVE Gloom descends over State with 11 deaths, 951 cases Testing to be ramped up to 5k per day: CM THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant declared that his government will continue to focus on testing, tracking and treating. “Covid testing has been increased over the past days and it will be further increased to 5,000 tests per day by April 20. People should get hospitalised immediately in case of symptoms and we have added more Covid beds in the state for this. There is sufficient availability of medical oxygen and our infrastructure is equipped to handle the demands due to rising cases,” CM Sawant said. PANAJI Goa hit yet another gloomy milestone on Sunday with the Directorate of Health Services recording 11 deaths and 951 new Covid cases, a new high in single-day Covid count for Goa. The active Covid cases in the state have now touched 7,052 and the daily positivity rate has crossed 29 per cent yet again. In addition to the rising figures, the 11 Covid related deaths on Sunday raised the total victim count to 883. Govt says no shortage of Remdesivir in Goa >> See pg 3 Among the deceased persons are three from Mapusa, an 81-year-old woman, a 63-year-old woman and a 78-year-old man. The others include a 45-year-old man from Navelim, a 51-year-old man from Verna, a 62-yearold woman from Chicalim, a 53-year-old man from Mangor Hill, a 54-year-old man from Ambaji-Margao, a 78-year-old man from Porvorim, a 67-year- old lady from Taleigao and 50-year-old man from Sawantwadi. As per the mortality bulletin of DHS, six deaths occurred at Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim, four at South Goa District Hospital in Margao and one at Hospicio in Margao. In its release, the DHS disclosed that the patient, a 62-year-old woman from Chicalim who expired at SGDH within 10 hours, had symptoms of fever, cough, loose motions and breathlessness >Continued on P5 THE GOAN I NETWORK Chief Minister Pramod Sawant reviews the availability of oxygen supply to the South Goa district hospital on Sunday. Margao ESI hospital back as full-fledged Covid facility THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Four-months after the Covid operations were shut down in mid-December following improvement in the Covid situation, the ESI Hospital, Margao, on Sunday resumed its operations as a full-fledged 150-bedded hospital. However, day one of the resumption of operations saw the ESI hospital playing host to around 60 Covid patients, close to half the bedded capacity. The admission of the large number of patients is attributed to the fact that the hospital is being made into a step-down facility for the moment in the absence of ICU and ITU facilities. Patients from both the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim, besides the South Goa district hospital have been shifted to the ESI on Sunday. For the moment, the ESI doctors and staff are attending to the patients admitted to the hospital. In view of the emerging crisis type situation, a team from the Gao Medical College and hospital is expected to take charge of the hospital from Monday. Govt bans supply of oxygen for industrial use to meet demand ESI Medical Superintendent Dr Vishwajit Faldessai informed that the ESI hospital has returned to its normal Covid operations from Sunday. “Right now, the admission of patients in the ESI is pegged around 60. Since the ESI hospital is being made as a step-down facility, most of the patients admitted in the hospital were sent from the Goa Medical College and Panaji church not to hold religious activities AGENCIES NEW DELHI Amid growing demand for medical oxygen from states due to an unprecedented spike in daily coronavirus cases, the Centre has prohibited the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes except in nine specified industries. The decision will come into effect from April 22. On Sunday, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla wrote to chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories and directed them to take necessary measures to prohibit the supply of oxygen for industrial purpose, except in nine industries. “In view of the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases and resultant rapid demand for medical oxygen, particularly in high-burden states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, the central government-constituted Empowered Group-II has reviewed the supply of oxygen for industrial use in order to divert the same to meet the hospital, Bambolim and the South Goa district hospital”, he added. To a question, Dr Faldesai pointed out that the ESI hospital has no provision for ICU and ITU bedded facility, adding that the facility can restart once the health authorities set up the required infrastructure and make available the logistics, including oxygen. rising demand for medical oxygen in the country and save precious lives,” Ajay Bhalla said. “Accordingly, the EG-II has recommended prohibiting the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes by manufacturers and suppliers from April 22 till further orders, with exceptions to nine specified industries. The recommendation of the EG-II has been accepted by the government,” the home secretary said in his letter. “I, therefore, urge you to issue necessary instructions to all the authorities concerned in your State to ensure compliance to the decision of the EG-II and take necessary measures to prohibit supply of oxygen for industrial purposes, except those exempted nine industries. It will help in augmenting supply for medical oxygen in the country and in saving precious lives,” the letter added. At least five PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) oxygen plants are being installed in Madhya Pradesh as part of the central government’s efforts to ensure an uninterrupted supply of liquid medical oxygen. PANAJI Amid the rising graph of new Covid-19 cases each day over the last few days, authorities in the Panaji parish have decided to not hold any religious activity for physical congregations in the Immaculate Conception Church from Monday and until further notice. Announcement to this effect was made at masses held in the various chapels and at the Immaculate Conception Church on Sunday. Religious activity for physical congregations will also be halted at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine at the Don Bosco Panaji campus from Monday, the Salesians announced on Sunday. PANAJI: The Health Minister informed that the state is now equipped to continue the ongoing Covid vaccination drive at full pace armed with an additional reserve of 1.5 lakh doses of ‘Covishield’ vaccine. It was disclosed that the Government of India sanctioned 1.5 lakh doses of Covid vaccine for Goa despite the ongoing shortage. Confirming that the state is also equipped with sufficient stock of oxygen for now, Rane stated that Goa has >Continued on P5 Ban on social gatherings of more than 50 persons THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK Govt says State armed with a reserve of 1.5 lakh vaccine doses PANAJI The District Magistrates of both the districts in the State have ordered and directed that any gathering of more than 50 persons will not be allowed in their respective jurisdiction without the prior written permission of the Sub-District Magistrate concerned. Any gathering beyond the following limits is already prohibited in the terms of earlier orders issued. For halls of maximum capacity upto 100, gathering upto 50 per cent of the hall capacity or a maximum of 50 persons whichever is lower; for halls with capacity of more than 100, gathering will be permissible upto 50 per cent of its capacity or maximum of 100 persons, whichever is lower and for open premises and grounds, gathering upto 50 per cent of its capacity or maximum gathering of people upto 200 persons, whichever is lower. RULES AND RESTRICTIONS For halls of maximum capacity upto 100, gathering upto 50 per cent of the hall capacity or a maximum of 50 persons whichever is lower For halls with capacity of more than 100, gathering will be permissible upto 50 per cent of its capacity or maximum of 100 persons The organizer and the venue in charge should also ensure the wearing of mask, norms of social distancing and other Covid appropriate behaviour The order came into into force from 00.00 hrs of April 18, 2021. Any Central or State Government functions shall be exempted from the permission Other Statutory permissions have to be sought by the applicant in addition to this permission. The DMs have further clarified that the organizer, as well as the venue in-charge, will be held responsible for any violation of this order. The organizer and the venue in charge should also ensure the wearing of mask, norms of social distancing and other Covid appropriate behaviour. Any person contravening this order will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provision of section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. This order will come into force from 00.00 hrs of April 18, 2021. Any Central or State Government functions shall be exempted from the permission as above. Bardez taps run dry for fourth consecutive day Shel-Melauli locals back WORKERS OF MVR INFRA PROJECTS BLAMED FOR SHODDY WORK OF PIPELINE THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Although the two-day official shutdown of water supply ended on Friday, several parts of Bardez failed to get water for the fourth straight day. Some areas did receive supply late Sunday evening but with low pressure while in other areas people received muddy water. Several parts of Porvorim and Calangute did not receive water for the last four days while few areas of Mapusa received supply on Sunday. Similarly, parts of Aldona did not receive their quota of pipeline water till late Sunday evening. The PWD (water) had officially announced a two-day The joint of the PWD water pipeline fixed with a mixture of cement at the Carrasvaddo junction. The side of the already narrow service road which has been dug up to fix the pipeline could cave in putting the motorists at great risk. Agnelo Pereira water supply shutdown on April 15 and 16 to lay a new parallel pipeline from Colvale jail to Karasvaddo junction. The work to lay the new water pipeline was entrusted to M Venkat Rao Infra Projects Pvt Ltd responsible for the highway expansion work. A senior PWD engineer informed that at least thrice the joints at Colvale and Karasvaddo gave way due to unprofessional job done by the workers employed by MVR Infra Projects Pvt Ltd. Some parts of Calangute and Parra received water in a trickle on Sunday evening but people complained that it was not enough to fill up the sumps. “For the last four days, there was no water supply to Tivai-vaddo, Umta-vaddo, Khobra-vaddo and Saunta-vaddo in Calangute. We had made arrangements after the PWD announced a shutdown for two days. But today is the fourth day. How can we survive without a drop of drinking water?” said Premanand Diukar, a resident of Calangute. Many parts of Porvorim failed to get water on Sunday even as people were hoping the supply would be restored by Monday morning. “We were informed that Porvorim will get water by 7 in the evening. It is a bad job and coordination problem between two departments which shows an administrative >Continued on P5 agitating taxi operators TAXIMEN SAY THEY WILL RESORT TO JAIL BHARO ANDOLAN THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Shel-Melauli locals, who have successfully agitated and forced the government to roll back the IIT project in their village, on Sunday extended their support to the agitating taxi operators with a demand to scrap GoaMiles. “We just came in small number today to support the agitating taxi operators. If a call is given, all Sattari people will come in full numbers in support of the taxi operators,” said a youth leader from Shel-Melauli while addressing the media in the presence of the agitating taxi operators at Panaji. As the permission to hold agitation at Azad Maidan has been denied by the district collector, the taxi operators have continued their protest gathering in front of the Azad Maidan. Also, other taximen have started agitating in the local talukas gathering at their respective taxi stands. The protesting taxi operators have kept their taxis offroad continuously for the 13th consecutive day. “We request the govern- ment to solve the issue as early as possible. We will continue to agitate,” said Chetan Kamat, President of All Goa tourist taxi association. He said that the agitation will continue and threatened a a jail bharo agitation if the government uses police force to disperse them. He demanded that the government should take a decision before the agitation grows bigger with the support of the Goan people. Now, the Melauli people have supported us and soon the whole of Goa will also come in support, he added.
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