log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday TUESDAY JUNE 15, 2021 8 pages PRICE ` 6 At 253, Covid count lowest, 9 deaths PANAJI: The State on Monday recorded the 9 Covid deaths, a single-digit toll for the second time in the last four days. Also, with 253 new cases, the single-day Covid count of Goa was lowest on Monday compared to the past two-and-a-half months. Of the nine deaths, four were recorded at GMC, two at South Goa District Hospital and one each at Ponda, Redkar Hospital and SMRC. High Court rap for Verla-Canca VP PANAJI: The Bombay High Court at Goa lashed out at the village panchayat of Verla-Canca for unabashedly allowing illegal constructions, mainly shops to come up along the road leading to Mapusa and has asked the sarpanch and secretary to remain present at the next date. >> See pg 3 AAP to contest all seats in Gujarat AHMEDABAD: Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the party will contest on all 182 seats in the Gujarat Assembly elections next year. Kejriwal said BJP and Congress both are hand in gloves and therefore the people of Gujarat are seeking an option. The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 356 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 8 3 HC petitions seek judicial Finally, seafarers cleared for second dose of vax probe into Covid deaths DELTA PLUS: New, more virulent Covid variant on the rise IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday GOA 6 GOA Is externment process of history sheeters a farce? Mormugao to get 2 biodigester plants to tackle wet garbage ■ WANT RETIRED HC JUDGE TO HEAD PROBE INTO OXYGEN SHORTAGE ■ ALSO LOOK INTO SHORTCOMINGS AT THE HEIGHT OF VIRUS PEAK THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI A set of public interest litigants have urged the Bombay High Court at Goa to set up a Judicial Commission to probe all deaths when the Covid-19 second wave ravaged the State in April-May and the GMC and government Covid hospitals faced medical oxygen shortage or supply related technical glitches. The Bombay High Court was also informed that all of Goa’s nearly 3,000 Covid-19 deaths needed to be audited by the State much as many other States have already begun to do. A group of petitioners, who filed PILs pin-pointing the State’s Covid management shortcomings made these SEEKING ACCOUNTABILITY A group of petitioners made nearly a dozen demands in response to the High Court’s direction to list out issues that needed its intervention Want a retired judge of the High Court and have on it a magistrate, two doctors and a DySP rank police officer to probe deaths due to alleged oxygen shortage Also, trace victims and identify the quantum of compensation to be paid to them Identify government officials, if any, who acted negligently resulting in the alleged oxygen supply issues and nearly a dozen other demands in response to the High Court’s direction to all the petitioners to list out issues that needed its intervention. South Goa Advocates Association, which was one of the petitioners represented by its president Antonio Clovis Da Costa, said a panel of experts like doctors and statisticians needs to be appointed by the State government to conduct an audit of all Covid-19 deaths. “Underreporting of deaths during the pandemic has been a global phenomenon occurring due to human error under the enormous pressure exerted on the system by the pandemic,” it said. The Association said an audit will not only reveal the exact number of Covid-19 deaths but also serve to help the concerned authorities to save lives during the impending third wave of Covid-19. The Judicial Commission, the petitioner urged the Bombay High Court bench, should be headed by a retired judge of the High Court and have on it a magistrate, two doctors and a DySP rank police officer to probe deaths due to alleged oxygen shortage. “Persons admitted in the government hospitals have lost their lives only due to inadequate supply of oxygen. >Continued on P5 >> See pg 7 WEATHER >> Max: 28.9 C Min: 24.7 C Humidity: 94 % TIDES Low: High: 7:17 0:47 20:28 14:37 Dr Ira Almeida informed that a seafarer who had come with a letter from the sub-divisional Magistrate, Margao, was administered the second anti-Covid dose nally becoming a reality, several seafarers were believed to have visited the office of the Deputy Collector, Margao, Jyoti Kumari, who has been appointed as the competent authority to issue permissions for the second dose. South Goa District Collector, Ruchika Katyal, IAS, had appointed all the Deputy Collectors in the South Goa district as the competent authorities for according permission within their jurisdiction for administration of the second AUTHORITIES TOLD TO STAY READY FOR EMERGENCIES THE GOAN I NETWORK AIADMK expels 17 of its members MARGAO After much delay, vaccination for the second anti-Covid dose for the seafarers and other categories finally became a reality as the changes brought about by the Centre reflected on the portal on Sunday evening. Soon after, a couple of seafarers headed to the vaccination centres to take the second dose on Monday. Nodal officer for the vaccination at the TB hospital, Dr Ira Almeida informed that a seafarer who had come with a letter from the sub-divisional Magistrate, Margao, was administered the second anti-Covid dose. A couple of seafarers, who visited the TB hospital without the certificates from the office of Deputy Collector, were told to produce the same before being administered the second dose. Sources informed that with the vaccination for the seafarers and others working abroad, besides students, fi- dose of Covishield as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). It may be recalled that last week many seafarers had to return home disappointed from health centres as they failed to get the second dose. Health officials told them that the process had not started yet and that they could take the dose after the government announces the schedule. In fact, the seafarers, students and those heading abroad for employment were anxious and were hoping to get the much-needed second dose. A group of seafarers, who had approached the health centres for the second dose before 84 days, realized that the health officials had received no communique from the head office. The Goan Seamen Association of India had expressed his displeasure and said around 500 seafarers were anxiously waiting to avail the second dose and urged the government to hurry in the matter. Rain picks up momentum, red alert sounded again BACK IN BUSINESS NEW DELHI: AIIMS Delhi on Tuesday will begin screening children aged 6-12 years for clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin, informed Dr Sanjay K Rai, Professor at the Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS Delhi. The selection for clinical trials in the 12-18 age group is over and children within this age group have been administered with a single vaccine dose, he added. New IT e-filing portal still facing glitches Brazil cruise to Copa win over depleted Venezuela THE GOAN I NETWORK Kids to be chosen for vax trials today CHENNAI: AIADMK on Monday expelled 17 of its members, including party Spokesperson V Pugazhendhi for interacting with ousted leader VK Sasikala. The AIADMK also passed a resolution directing action against any member who speaks with her. SPORTS The Corporation of the City of Panaji market is back to life after a long hiatus as a limited number of people were seen shopping on Monday. The market will remain open everyday from 7 am to 3 pm. Narayan Pissurlenkar State tweaks law for liquor licences Beach shacks can now take these for five tourism seasons THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In a significant reform, the Goa government has tweaked the Goa Excise Duty Act, 1964 rules in early June and made liquor licences for private and tourism department allotted beach shacks of durations which could stretch for up to five tourism seasons. Under Secretary, Finance, Pranab G Bhat, issued the amendment which says seasonal liquor licences for retail sale as well as consumption on premises of the beach shacks may be granted by the Excise Inspector for up to five tourist seasons. Tourism seasons are between October and May of the following year and the shacks will need to have all the statutory permissions/approvals from the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA), the Tourism Department and the local self-government authority. The reform will now do away with the formality of applying and securing seasonal liquor licences every season for these shack owners. Meanwhile, another excise rule amendment restricts eligibility for licences for sale of wholesale or retail quantities of rectified spirit or absolute alcohol, used in industries, only to chemists and druggists or registered public undertakings. PANAJI Many parts in Goa were lashed by very heavy rain on Monday in tune with the red-colour warning issued by the Indian Meteorological Department. The IMD has further extended the same warning for Tuesday (June 15). It has warned of extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in the State for two more days. On Monday, many areas recorded heavy rainfall. Pernem recorded the highest, 32.6 mm, in three hours in the afternoon, followed by Mapusa with 24 mm and Panaji 22 mm. Canacona received 21.5 mm, Old Goa 8.5 mm, Mormugao 7 mm and Valpoi received the least rain of 4.5 mm. Rain is very likely to be accompanied by winds of speed of 30-40 kmph in both, North and South, districts. Isolated locations and ghats may receive prolonged spells of rain. On Monday, Panaji and Porvorim witnessed waterlogging. The Panaji-Mapusa highway was flooded in many places. Water entered some houses on both sides of the road. The rains picked up as the day progressed and picked up momentum in the evening. Several parts of the State received heavy rainfall on Monday. Narayan Pissurlenkar MONDAY’S TOTAL Bicholim Pernem Panaji Mapusa Canacona Valpoi Mormugao Old Goa 90 mm 77 mm 35 mm 32.5 mm 24 mm 21.0 mm 20 mm 13.5 mm Bicholim recorded 90 mm rainfall. Mayem, Chodan, Kudshire and Harvalem areas witnessed losses due to tree falls. Five houses were damaged. The total cost of the damage is around Rs 3.5 lakh. The Bicholim MLA Pravin Zhantye visited the home that was damaged at Mayem and assured the family of compensation. “We are all prepared for an emergency situation,” stated the Mamlatdar Pravinjay Pandit. The PWD engineer at the water supply department K P Naik informed that after cyclone Tauktae, there was a total of 730 mm of rainfall in the area. In what could be a message for the disaster management to be ready, the IMD has warned of short-term flooding and waterlogging of roads and settlements for the next >Continued on P5 State has total 332 foreign AAP starts free ration service across State students: Central report A TO THE DOORSTEPS OF PEOPLE THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI A total of 332 foreign national students are presently studying in Goa among which the males (261) outnumber the females (71), according to a study conducted by the central education ministry higher education cell. The education ministry recently published the report on the foreign students studying in the country. As per this report, there are 49,348 foreign students studying in the various educational institutes of the country. Most of the foreign students are studying in Maharastra, Karnataka, Delhi, Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. These stu- dents are enrolled in various courses, including graduation, post-graduation, M Phil, doctorate (Ph D) and certificate courses. Most of the students are enrolled for graduation courses, around 277 of them. Few students are studying M Phil and other post-graduate courses. There are only four foreign students who are doing PhD in Goa -- one female and three males. Thirty-seven students are doing post-graduation while one is doing M Phil. Out of those 37 students who are doing post-graduation, 24 are males and 13 girl students. There are five students who are doing various certificate courses. Meanwhile, as per the report, Goa is one of the states which has a good student-to-teacher ratio at the higher education level. In Goa, we have there is one teacher for every 15 students in higher education institutes. In the country, this ratio is one teacher per every 26 students. At the college level, we have one teacher for every 17 students while in the country at the college level there is one teacher for every 32 students. PANAJI am Aadmi Party on Monday launched a massive Covid relief campaign with a goal to distribute free ration packets to every house in Goa. Asserting that multiple crises such as Covid, lockdown and economic downturn had left Goan families in great distress, State Convenor Rahul Mhambre said that the party took this unprecedented step as CM Pramod Sawant did not heed any of the party’s multiple appeals for financial relief to the common man. “The one-point agenda of this unprecedented campaign is to ensure that no Goenkar remains hungry. We have witnessed first-hand the anguish of the common man during our covid relief work AAP leaders and volunteers at the launch of the ration service on Monday. for the past two months. Our Goan brothers and sisters need support, and it is the government’s responsibility to provide that support. We appealed to the BJP Govt many times to provide financial relief, but it has fallen on deaf ears. Goans cannot wait anymore for Sawant to understand their plight, so Aam Aadmi Party will do what the government is refusing to do.” Capt Venzy Viegas informed that the campaign is being undertaken on an unprecedented scale, with not just a helpline number -- 75 04 75 04 75 -- but also ground teams going door to door in every village to ensure no one is left out. “Because of the scale and complexity of the campaign, pilot projects were carried out in three constituencies to First 20 vehicles flagged off from Panaji on Monday The campaign is being undertaken on an unprecedented scale, with not just a helpline number -- 75 04 75 04 75 -but also ground teams going door to door in every village to ensure no one is left out The party said multiple crises such as Covid, lockdown and economic downturn had left Goan families in great distress and the party was helping out It said Goans cannot wait anymore for Sawant to understand their plight, so AAP has decided to do what the government failed to do streamline the process before launching it on Monday. A total of 40 vans have been put in service, and more than 1,000 volunteers will be coordinated by village pradhans who will personally deliver the ration packs. Each pack contains about 10 kgs of dry grocery essentials such as flour, pulses, sugar, salt, etc,” Capt Viegas said. Mhambre flagged-off the first 20 vehicles from the party office in Panaji on Monday in the presence of state leaders such as Adv Pratima Coutinho, Adv Surel Tilve, Capt Venzy Viegas, Shubham Shivolkar, Valmiki Naik, Manuel Cardozo, Sandesh Telekar, Shripad Pednekar and others.
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