log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY JUNE 10, 2021 8 pages PRICE ` 6 How long can humans live? IN SHORT >> Dinesh Rao hints at State Cong revamp PANAJI: Keeping the 2022 polls in mind, Dinesh Gundu Rao, the All India Congress Committee in-charge of party affairs in Goa held a virtual meeting on Wednesday and told local leaders that an overhaul of the State unit is on the cards. >> See pg 3 Goa on orange alert from June 11 to 13 PANAJI: Very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is likely across Goa for about a week from June 11, informed IMD. It has also issued an orange alert for the State from June 11 to 13 and said the increased rainfall activity is likely to continue for about a week from June 11. Mumbai sees rain fury; put on alert MUMBAI: Several places in Mumbai received heavy rain on Wednesday as the Southwest Monsoon arrived two days ahead of its normal date. The city might witness ‘heavy’ to ‘very heavy’ rainfall for the next four days, said IMD and issued a yellow alert for the next four days. >> See pg 7 Encouraging news on Covid-19 front NEW DELHI: In what could prove to be a game-changer in Covid-19 treatment, a monoclonal antibody cocktail was successfully used in two patients with fast progression of symptoms within the first seven days in Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. The treatment worked and the patient showed improvement within 12 hours. Bharat Bio trashes Covishield study HYDERABAD: Days after an early study claimed that the Covishield vaccine produces more antibodies than Covaxin, Bharat Biotech on Wednesday said that the study has flaws and wasn’t peer-reviewed. It alleged the research was not scientifically designed and was conducted on an ad hoc basis. Clarification sought on vax without IDs MUMBAI: The Bombay HC asked the Maharashtra and Union government what steps they had taken to inform citizens about the Centre’s SOPs on Covid-19 vaccination for people who do not possess any ID. WEATHER >> Max: 32.5 C Min: 24.3 C Humidity: 92% TIDES Low: High: 4:30 11:41 17:06 22:28 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 351 GOA 6 The Goan (Playstore) Rubbles & craters: Questions over venue of coastal hearing in Margao 2 PANAJI A week after Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced the cancellation of Std XII exams, the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBS&HSE) has sought suggestions from the public for the evaluation criteria. TOUGH TEST On June 2, the Chief Minister had declared that the students will be assessed as per ‘well-defined criteria’, but gave no indication on the parameters to be used. The Goa Board has now asked stakeholders and the RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA Excise staff, vegetable vehicle driver clash at Keri check post 3 SPORTS French Open: Nadal overcomes Diego Schwartzman test to reach semifinals Govt tightens rules for pvt hospitals, nursing homes THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA The State government on Wednesday has given a goahead to the Goa Clinical Establishment Regulation Rule 2021, making it mandatory for all private hospitals, nursing homes and clinics to register with the Directorate of Health Services (DHS). The State cabinet has also granted approval to amend the Agricultural Tenancy Act, through which the government will bear 90 percent of the cost for the repair of the bundhs. “The State cabinet has passed the Goa Clinical Establishment Regulation Rule 2021, making it mandatory for all hospitals, nursing homes, etc to register with the Directorate of Health of Services,” said Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, while briefing the media after the cabinet meeting. He said all medical establishments have to follow certain norms and the Goa Clinical Establishment RELIEF FOR FARMERS The State cabinet has also granted approval to amend the Agricultural Tenancy Act, through which the government will bear 90 percent of the cost for the repair of the bundhs It introduced an ordinance to the amendment of the Goa Daman and Diu Agricultural Tenancy Act 1964 for building of bundhs giving relief to farmers THE GOAN I NETWORK Our views may differ, but no differences with Rane when it comes to State: CM MAPUSA: Trying to clear the air on his relationship with the Health Minister, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said there could be differences of opinion but he never had any issues with his senior cabinet colleague. “There are no differences between me and the health >Continued on P5 Regulation Rule 2021 was in line with the Government of India direction. It may be recalled, the Goa Clinical Establishments (registration and regulation) Act was passed in the State assembly in 2019. However, it could not be implemented because the government was yet to frame the rules under it. The government has also introduced an ordinance to >Continued on P5 Calangute VP dumps urban status move, locals relieved THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Coming under intense public pressure for almost a fortnight after the controversial decision to grant urban status to the coastal village, the Calangute panchayat on Wednesday in one voice said it was more than comfortable with the rural status and resolved to write to authorities concerned to de-notify the urban tag granted to the village. “Keeping in mind the voice of the people, we have resolved to write to the authorities concerned to de-notify the urban tag given to the village. We will see that the notification is withdrawn and Calangute remains a village,” said Shawn Martins, Sarpanch of Calangute. The resolution was proposed by former sarpanch and panch member Anthony Menezes at the fortnightly panchayat meeting and seconded by all other panch members. Goa needs political revolution: Lobo MAPUSA: Calling for a political revolution in the State, Ports Minister Michael Lobo on Wednesday appealed to voters to elect those who work for the people and advised political parties to issue party tickets only to those who have performed. “Doing work is important and only those who have performed will get re-elected. People will not vote just like that. Political revolution is required and only voters can bring about this revolution in the State,” Lobo said. >> See pg 3 The sarpanch informed that all 11 panchayat members got in touch with the locals in their respective wards to get feedback on the urban status. “There were several apprehensions in the minds of the people. Some were worried that the village would be converted into a municipality and the infra tax and fees would increase. Some others felt that the FAR will increase and the village will lose its look. Taking into consideration the concern of the villagers, we decided to request authorities to remove the urban tag,” he said. He also thanked Ports Minister and local MLA Michael Lobo who backed the panchayat’s decision. “We thank Lobo who asked us to respect the wishes of the people,” he said. Earlier participating in the discussion on the issue, former sarpanch and panch member Anthony Menezes put his foot down and opposed the move to grant Calangute urban status. He said the village was GU announces dates for college exams PANAJI: Meanwhile, the Goa University on Wednesday issued a circular revising its academic year schedule for 2020-2021 and announcing the examination dates. As per the new schedule exams of colleges under the Goa University will commence from July 9 and end on Aug 14. general public to provide suggestions for the preparation of objective criteria for the tabulation of the class 12 marks. The suggestions are to be sent on sec.gbshse.goa@ gmail.com latest by June 11. Goa Board has said that the results of class 12 students will be compiled as per well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner. The government is in a dilemma given the complexities of arriving at a fair and uniform assessment, given the background that several students had skipped internal exams, including practicals because of the grim Covid situation. The decision to cancel exams may have ended the ag- MAPUSA The State government has dropped the proposal of purchasing Ivermectin after the central government recently dropped the anti-parasitic drug from its Covid management protocol. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant informed that the government has decided to drop the proposal to purchase Ivermectin for prophylaxis after Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) decided to discontinue the drug for treatment. “Since ICMR has dropped Ivermectin for treatment of Covid-19, we have decided not to purchase the drug. We had bought Ivermectin to be included in the home isolation kit. The ICMR then had recommended the drug. That time, even Doxycycline and zinc 16 succumb to Covid-19 MAPUSA Stating that the Tika Utsav has enabled the government to reach out to people, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the State government was contemplating on launching Tika Utsav 3.0 to vaccinate maximum people in the age group of 18-44. Proposal to purchase Ivermectin dropped THE GOAN I NETWORK 8 Vax for 18-44 group at p’yat level: CM n APPROVES THE GOA CLINICAL ESTABLISHMENT REGULATION RULE 2021 n MAKES IT MANDATORY FOR THEM TO REGISTER WITH DIR OF HEALTH PANAJI: The State on Wednesday recorded 16 deaths due to Covid -- 12 at the GMC, two at South Goa District Hospital and one each at two private hospitals. Apart from these two more additional Covid deaths that occurred at the Mothercare Hospital in Margao between May 5-15 had been reported late to DHS, and were added to the cumulative death toll taking it to 2877. TIKA UTSAV 3.0 were recommended for use of treatment which has now been discontinued,” Sawant said while briefing the media after a cabinet meeting. The CM said the government had never purchased huge amount of Ivermectin, as claimed by the opposition Congress. “We never bought Ivermectin for prophylaxis treatment. The claim that Rs 22 crore was spent to purchase the drug is to mislead the people. People should not make baseless statements. They should first study the matter,” he said. It may be recalled in early May, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had said that all adults infected with Covid-19 would be treated with Ivermectin. He had said that the health department would be tasked >Continued on P5 “We are thinking of starting Tika Utsav 3.0 for the 18 to 44 age group in the State. We will take the vaccination programme to the gram panchayat level. If everyone cooperates, we will definitely be able to give vaccination to maximum people and achieve our target,” Sawant said. The government has already started vaccinating people in the age group of 1844 and has further prioritised among different sections of the people in the age group. The CM hit back at the opposition for trying to politicise the Tika Utsav programme instead of helping to achieve maximum vaccination. “Some people are upset about Tika Utsav, but I don’t want to delve much into that. I can assure you that because of Tika Utsav, we have been able to reach out to so many people and there is good response. Panch members, sarpanchas and some MLAs have also done good work,” he said. All Covid deaths recorded: CM Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said the State recorded 100 percent Covid-19 deaths and that Goa was much ahead compared to the other states in the country, in terms of recording data of patients who died of Coronavirus infection. “People who have died of Covid while undergoing home isolation have also been registered by the primary health centre concerned and brought >Continued on P5 WE STAND TOGETHER WITH THE GOVT. OF GOA IN COMBATTING COVID-19 Partnering with Goa Medical College for medical infrastructure capacity expansion We are happy to announce the handover ceremony of 100 bedded fully equipped medical infrastructure at Goa Medical College and Hospital on Thursday, 10th June, 2021 in the distinguished presence of >Continued on P5 Goa Board invites suggestions for Class 12 results evaluation criteria THE GOAN I NETWORK Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday ony of students, parents and teachers, but it opened a new challenge for the board to declare results. While internal assessment of SSC could be a cake-walk, finalising the criteria for announcing the HSSC results would be a nightmare given the intricacies involved, especially in view of the fact that the 12th Std is seen as a gateway for the careers of students. The board, however, have left a window open for students seeking to better their assessment scores as per the criteria to be finalised, giving them an option to appear for exams. The modalities of such exams are yet to be worked upon. Dr. Pramod Sawant Chief Minister of Goa Shri. Vishwajit Rane Health Minister, Govt. of Goa Fully equipped 100 beds covid ward infra, including full-fledged 20 beds capacity of critical ICU setup with 10 ventilators, jumbo O2 cylinders, monitors, X-ray machines, defibrillators and other medical equipments So far supplied free 100+ tons liquid oxygen from Amona/Navelim plant Free vaccination to around 7000 employees & business partners while securing their lives with covid term life insurance #DeshKiZarooratonKeLiye #AatmaNirbharBharatKeLiye GOA KE SAATH - GOA KE LIYE @SesaGoaIronOre Vedanta Sesa Goa Iron Ore vedanta_SesaGoaIronOre www.sesagoaironore.com
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