log on to thegoan.net FRIDAY JUNE 11, 2021 @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 8 pages PRICE ` 6 Why do some people get side effects after Covid vaccines? PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 352 GOA 6 The Goan (Playstore) Will PDA parking lot finally be a fit spot for July 8 public hearing? 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA Agricultural land to be used to construct museum BJP eyes early poll, central leaders feel pulse in Goa HOLD ONE-ON-ONE MEET WITH MINISTERS, MLAS THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA With the State assembly elections just six-odd months away, BJP National General Secretary (organisation) B L Santosh on Thursday held one-on-one meetings with ministers, MLAs and party office-bearers in Panaji. Santosh’s two-day visit to the State also comes amid murmurs of the gap in handling of the Covid second surge and the cold war between the chief minister and the health minister. There were enough indications that the assembly elections could be held at least one or two month before the scheduled time. The State BJP is, however, with their tails up after put- IN SHORT >> 13 more succumb to Covid in State CM: 2022 ASSEMBLY POLLS WILL BE FOUGHT UNDER MY LEADERSHIP >> See pg 5 ting up a good show in the ZP and municipal council elections held recently. Sources informed that Santosh asked ministers for their feedback on the functioning of different departments, works undertaken during Covid, problematic situations and the strategy to be adopted for the assembly elections. Transport Minister Mauvin MAPUSA: Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude on Thursday said he has no qualms to contest under the BJP symbol if the party gives him the ticket. “If BJP offers me the ticket then I am ready to fight the next election on the BJP symbol,” Gaude told the media after meeting the BJP National General Secretary (organisation) B L Santosh. He said for the last four years, he was with the BJP and participated in the meetings with the BJP leadership. “I am with BJP till today and will be there in future also,” he said. Godinho told the media that there was no major discussion but definitely “important election-related” talk. “It is an exercise to strengthen the organisation as well as the government in order to be strong to face the next election,” Godinho said. According to Ports Minister Michael Lobo, the meeting was preparation for the 2022 assembly polls. “He (Santosh) inquired about the functioning of the government and the way >Continued on P5 PANAJI: The State of Goa recorded 13 more covid deaths in the last 24-hours. One more death which occurred on June 4 was reported on June 10 by a private physician from Curtorim. With this the death toll of the state now stands at 2,891. With 413 new Covid cases and 585 recoveries, active Covid count of Goa now stands at 5,605. With 413 of the 3,298 samples testing positive for Covid, the positivity rate of the State stands at 12.52 %. Tax on Covid relief: Meet on June 12 NEW DELHI: The all-powerful GST Council will meet on June 12 to decide on GST rate cut for Covid essentials. WEATHER >> Max: 27.5 C Min: 22.8 C Humidity: 98% TIDES Low: High: 05:01 17:50 12:10 22:39 Officials ready with all ground work, but new changes are yet to reflect on the portal MARGAO The South Goa district Collector, Ruchika Katyal, IAS has designated all the deputy Collectors and Sub-divisional Magistrates in South Goa as Competent Authority for according permission within their jurisdiction for administration of 2nd dose of Covishield as per the Standard Operating procedure (SOP). Officials, however, said the changes in the vaccination of the second dose for the intended beneficiaries have still not been included in the portal till Thursday evening. Sources said the seafarers and other categories of beneficiaries will have to wait to take the second anti-Covid doses till the changes figure in the portal. With the district Collector designating the deputy Col- THE GOAN I NETWORK There is also a proposal to take into account the students’ performance in class XI but it is still in the nascent stage and a specific formula is still to evolve. No official of the Board was willing to go on record about Thursday’s deliberations which are reportedly PANAJI The Goa government on Thursday told the Bombay High Court at Goa that “nothing survives” in the petitions related to the Covid management in the State as most of the issues related to the matter have been substantially redressed. The High Court at Goa had taken up a bunch of petitions concerning the Covid management in the State especially that of oxygen availability, the availability of beds, crucial drugs and other connected issues. “My submission is that nothing survives in these petitions,” Advocate General Devidas Pangam told the court. The High Court bench led by Justice M S Sonak nonetheless asked the petitioners and the State government to come together and submit a chart of the issues that remain pending before the court while posting the matter for hearing on Monday. The High Court has over the last few weeks issued a series of directions to the State government concerning Covid management in the State the most striking being the directives to ensure that no persons enter the State without a >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 8 kids among 11 dead in building collapse MUMBAI: Eleven people, including eight children, were killed and seven others injured after two floors of the three-storey building collapsed on a single-storey house in Malwani area. Anxiety grips seamen over 2nd dose of Covid vaccine List Covid-related issues that are pending, HC tells State & petitioners RAIN PAIN! Workers busy on a waterlogged road after heavy rainfall, near Charbagh railway station in Lucknow, on Thursday. Goa too has been put on an orange alert with the IMD forecasting heavy rainfall for the next three days. Evaluation focus on internals, prelims THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBS&HSE) got down to the first steps of formulating a module for evaluating class XII students with the public examination cancelled. On Thursday, members of its Academic Council brain- stormed on the conundrum of coming up with an objective criteria to assess the students and come up with a marks tabulation formula at a virtual meeting. CLASS XII By and large a consensus is seemingly emerging in the discussions that the module should give some weightage to marks obtained in internal exams -- Formative 1 and 2 conducted by Schools through the year -- and also the prelims. Projects and assignments done through the year should also get some weightage in the final module, according to the discussions on Thursday in the AC’s virtual meet. 8 Dhawan to lead second-string India on Sri Lanka tour THE GOAN I NETWORK Ready to contest on BJP ticket, asserts Gaude Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and BJP National General Secretary (organisation) B L Santosh at Circuit House, Altinho on Thursday (right) C T Ravi and Sadanand Tanavade. Pics: Narayan Pissurlenkar 3 SPORTS Government should use its good offices to ensure that the promises made in respect of the second dose for certain categories of individuals, including seafarers are implemented without any further delay – Frank Viegas lectors in the district as the competent authority, the government has set in motion the process wherein the beneficiaries including the seafarers intending to undertake international travel, education, employment in foreign country can take the second dose after producing the prescribed documents. The order designating the competent authority is mandated as per the requirement of sub clause (b) of clause 3 of SOP, wherein the State Government has been told to authorize District Collectors to designate required number of Officers as Competent Authority for according permission for such administration of 2nd dose of Covishield. The SOP on administration of 2nd dose of Covishield vaccine prior to prescribed time travel (after 28 days but before 84 days) has been issued for the beneficiaries, including persons intending to undertake international travel for education purpose, for joining employment in foreign countries and for India’s contingent to Tokyo Olympics. The Goan understands that the many an anxious seafarer, who has been waiting for the >Continued on P5 Babu bats for tourism, but for only those who are fully vaccinated THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Eager to prepare a roadmap for Goa’s tourism sector to limp back to normalcy and on track, Deputy Chief Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Thursday batted for “opening up” but restricting entry only to those visitors who have been administered both the vaccine jabs. Ajgaonkar holds the Tourism portfolio and had earned flak when he famously said the “show must go on” to back Goa liberally opening up to tourists post lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic’s first wave of infections last year. Currently, curfew restrictions imposed in the wake of the devastating second wave of infections, are still in force in Goa up until June 14. Ajgaonkar said: “My personal opinion is that once vaccination double dose is completed, we should start inviting tourists who have taken both vaccines. We should keep Goa as well as tourists safe.” Ajgaonkar, however, quickly added that whatever decision the government collectively takes with respect to resuming tourism related activity will be followed by his Tourism Ministry. Goa, unlike most oth- My personal opinion is that once vaccination double dose is completed, we should start inviting tourists who have taken both vaccines... We should keep Goa as well as tourists safe – Manohar Ajgaonkar er States, kept its borders open for unrestricted entry and exit in the western region. Most other States had Covid testing mandatory for inbound visitors. Presently, while the Goa government has allowed hotels to function, restaurants and other tourism-related activities have been shut due to the curfew, which has been in place in the State since May 9, when Covid-19 cases started peaking. Finally, Goa was forced to follow suit and make testing compulsory only after Bombay High Court at Goa passed orders recently directing the State to take the step in the face of the spike in Covid cases during the second wave. Centre imposes stiff fines, jail No Remdesivir, limit CT scan for kids: Centre on sale of non-ISI helmets Masks not recommended for AGENCIES AGENCIES NEW DELHI The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has prohibited the production, importation, sale and storing of non-ISI helmets. Those who violate these laws risk imprisonment and/ or penalties of up to Rs 5 lakh. The rules went into force on starting June 1. While this directive was issued in November 2018, detailed regulations for the same were laid out in 2019. All headgear sold in India now must fulfil the BIS quality guidelines -- they must have an ISI certification from the Bureau of Indian Standards. Offenders who violate these standards will face penalties TOUGH RIDE AHEAD Anyone caught wearing an ISI sticker on a helmet that is not ISI-approved faces a punishment of up to Rs 5 lakh Offenders caught producing, importing, selling, or storing non-ISI helmets will face a Rs 1 lakh fine as well as imprisonment for up to one year under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act to dissuade them from doing so in the future. Anyone caught wearing an ISI sticker on a helmet that is not ISI-approved faces a punishment of up to Rs 5 lakh. Offenders caught producing, importing, selling, or storing non-ISI helmets will face a Rs 1 lakh fine as well as imprisonment for up to one year. This law also includes imported helmets that meet or surpass ISI criteria and correspond to international norms. While international-spec helmets are often deemed to be superior owing to thorough testing, the Indian government is seeking to support local manufacturers, thereby boosting the Make-In-India strategy. More jobs will be created in our market as a result of this, and exports of Indian-made helmets may increase on a greater scale. Reducing road accident mortality is also >Continued on P5 NEW DELHI he Centre has released a list of guidelines to manage Covid-19 among children as anxiety over the third wave continues with the Directorate General of Health Services advising against use of anti-viral drug Remdesivir in children. The new rules have come even as top doctors in India, involved with the national coronavirus task force, have said that there is no data to suggest any such threat to children. AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria said that 60-70 percent of the children, who got infected and were hospitalised during the second wave, had either co-morbidities or low immunity, and healthy children recovered with mild T children below 5 yrs: DGHS NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) that comes under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said that wearing masks to prevent coronavirus disease is not recommended for children below five years of age. It further said that children aged between six to 11 years may wear a mask, but only the supervision of parents and the consulting doctor. The recent recommendations made by the DGHS deal with coronavirus disease management in children below 18 years of age. illness without need for being admitted. Dr V K Paul said that it is uncertain that a wave would affect children specifically. “Till now, children have displayed similar seroprevalence as adults, which means, they are as much affected as adults,” he added. Unveiling the new guidelines for the treatment of Covid in children the Centre said steroids are harmful in asymptomatic and mild cases of infection and antimicrobials are not recommended for therapy or prophylaxis. However, rational use of HRCT imaging has been recommended. For mild infection paracetamol 10-15mg/kg/dose can be given every 4 to 6 hours for fever and throat soothing agents. Warm saline gargles in older children and adolescents have been recommended for cough. In case of moderate infection, guidelines suggest initiating immediate oxygen therapy. Corticosteroids are not required in all children with moderate illness; they may be administered in rapidly progressive disease and anticoag- ulants may also be indicated. For severe cases among children, according to the guidelines if Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome develops, necessary management should be initiated. In case shock develops, necessary management should be initiated. Antimicrobials to be administered if there is evidence/strong suspicion of superadded bacterial infection. Child may need organ support in case of organ dysfunction. A six-minute walk test is recommended for children above 12 years under the supervision of parents/guardians to assess cardiopulmonary exercise tolerance and is used to unmask hypoxia. Place a pulse oximeter to kids finger and ask the child to walk in the confines of their room for six minutes continuously, the guidelines state.
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