log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 14 pages GOA Treating daily wet waste at Sonsodo still a far cry IN SHORT >> Timeline set for Panaji ODP PANAJI: The State government has asked the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA) to prepare the Outline Development Plan for Panaji within a period of 60 days. It said the process is to be completed in accordance with government guidelines and in consultation with consultants and experts. Land grab: Accused arrested for 3rd time PANAJI: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Crime Branch, probing the large scale land fraud in Goa, has arrested one of the masterminds Rajkumar Maithi for the third time in yet another property scam. He has been remanded to five days of police custody. One more succumbs to Covid in State PANAJI: One more person succumbed to Covid on Thursday taking death toll of the State to 3966. Goa’s positivity rate dropped to 4.6% with 41 of the 894 samples testing positive. With 72 recoveries, the active Covid caseload stands at 390. NIA raids PFI member in Baina VASCO: A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team from Mumbai on Thursday raided the residence of an active member of the Popular Front of India (PFI) organisation in Baina. The raid was carried out at the residential colony in Baina in the wee hours of Thursday. No heavy vehicles on Chorla road PANAJI: The State government on Thursday issued a public notice prohibiting entry and plying of heavy commercial vehicles from Dattawadi, Sankhali Junction, (PHC) Sankhali Junction and Honda Junction till end of Goa State border on Chorla Ghat upto March 19, 2023. Control room set up for ZP bye polls PANAJI: Office of the Collector and Zilla Panchayat, North Goa has set up round-theclock control room in the office of Collector and ZP Election Officer for monitoring complaints/grievances related to violations to the Model Code. WEATHER >> Max: 31 C Min: 23 C Humidity: 91% TIDES Low: High: 02:59 15:53 09:47 21:25 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday PRICE ` 8 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 96 GOA Govt has nothing to hide on jetty policy, says minister 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 8 NEWS 2 decades on, Cong sets ball rolling for party prez poll War on drugs: Focus now on wealth, assets of criminals TOP COPS FROM 7 STATES STRESS ON COORDINATION, INFO SHARING THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Goa Police have decided to go after criminals and their associates for unexplained wealth and assets accumulated through unlawful means. The department suspects several criminals, particularly those involved in narco-trade, could not have amassed wealth or acquired a large portion of their assets legally. “Proceeds of crime will be investigated to ensure that illegally acquired wealth and assets are not further used by any criminal to commit a crime,” Director General of Police Jaspal Singh. He was speaking to The Goan after attending a marathon inter-state coordination meeting with its counterparts from six other states, at po- DGP Jaspal Singh along with top police officers and officials from other States attend the interState coordination meeting at police headquarters in Panaji on Thursday. lice headquarters in Panaji on Thursday. “Properties derived from criminal activity will be seized (through legal methods),” he said. 2 decades on, Goa notifies 46 sq km as private forests THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Finally, the State government has notified a total of 46.11 square kilometers of privately held land as forest more than two decades after the process of demarcating private forests in the State first began. The notification issued by Nathine S Araujo, Under Secretary (Forests) notifies 41.20 square kilometers identified by the Forest Department and 4.9 square kilometers identified by a ‘review committee’ as private forests. Any new survey numbers formed due to partition of any of the above survey number after the date of identification/demarcation of Private Forests in the field shall be deemed to have notified as Private Forest, if the demarcated area comes within that part as per partition plan, the notification further adds. The notification has come as a sequel to the National Green Tribunal order directing the State government to notify the private forests and also make the necessary changes in the revenue records of the State. The issue of demarcating private forests in Goa had been playing out since 1996 The notification has come as a sequel to the National Green Tribunal order directing the State government to notify the private forests and also make the necessary changes in the revenue records of the State when the Supreme Court of India had issued the direction. Since then two committees were appointed by the Goa government to conduct the task -- Sawant Committee and Karapurkar Committee. Following the reports of these two committees, the Forest Department had reviewed these and finalised 41.20 square kilometers as private forest but subsequent litigation had necessitated another ‘review committee’ (Sharma Committee) which identified an additional 4.91 square kilometers. The notification also attaches a table of the survey numbers of land notified as private forest. organized crimes. Goa’s adjoining States cautioned about the smuggling of drugs from their end to this coastal State considering its popularity among domestic and international tourists. Goa has unfortunately turned out to be a destination for recreational drugs, with the latest incident being the death of BJP leader Sonali Phogat due to a suspected drug overdose. “Various forms of narcotics are smuggled into Goa from Karnataka, Odisha and adjoining districts from Maharashtra among other places. Goa is barely a fortnight away from its annual tourist season and there’s a huge possibility of smuggling recreational drugs. All the concerned agencies within and outside NEW DELHI pps like Whatsapp, Zoom, Skype and Google Duo which provide calling and messaging services may soon require licences to operate in the country, according to the draft telecommunication bill 2022. The draft bill has included OTT Apps as part of the telecommunication service. “For provision of Telecommunication Services and Telecommunication Networks, an entity shall have to obtain a licence,” the draft bill released on Wednesday said. The government in the bill has proposed a provision to waive fees and penalty of telecom and internet service providers. The ministry has also proposed a provision for the re- A fund of fees in case a telecom or internet provider surrenders his license. “Seeking your views on the draft Indian Telecom Bill 2022,” Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said in a post on a social media platform in which he also shared the link of the draft bill. The last date for public comment on the draft is October 20. According to the draft, the central government may, “waive in part or full any fee, including entry fees, license fees, registrations fees or any other fees or charges, interest, additional charges or penalty” for any licence holder or registered entity under the telecom rules. The bill proposes to exempt “press messages that are intended to be published in India” of correspondents ac- THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA It’s an all-out war on drugs or at least it seems so. After nabbing two men of Karnataka with 1 kilogram of Ganja, Goa Police are travelling to Maharashtra to trace the accused who allegedly supplied the drugs to them. COURT GRANTS 2-DAY TRANSIT REMAND TO HILLTOP OWNER >> See pg 3 Mapusa SDPO Jivba Dalvi informed that the two accused – Ratan Awale (20) and Abbas Kharushi (19) – who were arrested by Colvale Police have confessed that they procured the drugs from a specific place in Maharashtra. “A team of Colvale Police is leaving for Maharashtra on Friday to trace the suppliers. The accused duo revealed that since the tourist season Sawant to address parents, teachers virtually on Sat; classes cancelled MMC chairperson resigns ahead of no trust motion THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Classes for schools across the State have been cancelled on Saturday and instead Chief Minister Pramod Sawant will hold a virtual session with teachers, parents and management representatives of the institutions. Education department officials said, the chief minister will interact virtually with managements, teachers and parents of all government and aided primary schools on Saturday. The session will be held from 10 am to 12 noon and no classes will be held for students on that day, the official said. Sawant is expected to speak on the National Education Policy (NEP) and will also take queries related to reservations in various quarters over its introduction. Several recent interventions made in school education, including the recent changes in the mid-day meal scheme and the tweaking of the menu will also feature in the interaction. Sawant had recently expressed concern over holding ‘remedial classes’ and had warned institutions that refusal to do so could cost them in the form of a cut in financial grants. >Continued on P5 Slams Digambar, wants him to explain THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Ahead of the no trust motion scheduled on Friday, beleaguered Margao Municipal Chairperson Ganashyam Shirodkar tendered his resignation from the post on Thursday citing personal reasons. The special meeting convened by the Director of Municipal Administration to discuss the no trust motion on Friday, however will take place as schedule, with sources saying it will a mere formality before the motion is carried by the councillors, who have tabled the notice. The political development comes six days after the twotime former Margao Municipal Chairperson had assumed office as the Margao civic chief with the backing of Goa Forward Party, for the third time in his political career on Friday last. That the beleaguered chairperson was all set to quit office became evident on Wednesday when GFP chief Vijai Sardesai had dropped hints that Ganashyam will quit office before the meeting called to discuss the motion. Though Ganashyam had won the chairperson’s election with comfortable margin ON PAGE 2 Ganashyam plans to move court over discretionary powers to presiding officers BJP takes no chances, moves its 15 councillors to North Goa All eyes on BJP-backed councillors today of 15-10 vote in the 25-member civic body, which saw five BJP-backed Councilors cross-voting in favour the Goa Forward-backed candidate, sources in the know pointed out that efforts to persuade the rebel councillors to openly support the civic chief during the no trust motion came a cropper. While the five BJP-backed councillors had cross-vot- Proposes a provision to waive fees and penalty of telecom and internet service providers Provision for refund of fees in case a telecom or internet provider surrenders his licence Bill proposes to exempt “press messages that are intended to be published in India” of accredited correspondents Exemption will not be granted in case of any public emergency or in the interest of the public safety, sovereignty, integrity or security of India sovereignty, integrity or security of India, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, or to prevent incitement to an offence, according to the draft. In such cases “any message or class of messages, to or from any person or class of persons, or relating to any particular subject, brought for transmission by, or transmitted or received by any telecommunication services or telecommunication network, shall not be transmitted, or shall be intercepted or detained or disclosed” to the authorized officer, according to the draft bill. Last week, the department of telecommunications (DoT) sent a reference to TRAI seeking its recommendations on a framework for regulating Internet calls by such apps. The move basically means that there won’t be any fresh regulation for messaging, but these companies would need to take licence from the government to provide local or national long distance (NLD) call services. What needs to be worked out is how such a segregation between calling and messaging services would be done. If brought under a licensing framework, such firms would need to provide legal interception of calls, which currently applies to telecom operators, to security agencies. Sources said that the basis of sending a reference to TRAI on this matter is a 2015 DoT-appointed panel report, which had suggested regulation for internet calls via apps. The recommendation was in the context of net neutrality to bring about a level-playing field between the telecom operators and over-the-top (OTT) players. The telecom operators had then and even today strongly hold the view that OTTs should be brought under regulation. 14 Goa police to travel to Maharashtra to trace drug suppliers rat; Coast Guard, Narcotics Control Bureau, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, etc, was aimed at intelligence sharing on narcotics and WHAT THE DRAFT SAYS... credited to the central or state government from interception. However, the exemption will not be granted in case of any public emergency or in the interest of the public safety, Bumrah likely to return as India look to keep T20I series vs Australia alive The meeting, attended by a range of agencies – police officers from Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Odisha, Guja- Soon, WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype may need licence to operate AGENCIES SPORTS Two youngsters were arrested after they were caught with one kilogram of ganja and were looking prospective customers in the State. is going to begin soon, they had come to sell the drugs to prospective customers in the State,” Dalvi informed. The duo was arrested in a raid conducted at Housing Board, Colvale based on specific inputs, police said. Both the accused have been arrested under sections 20(b) (ii)(B) and 29 of NDPS Act and are presently cooling their heels behind bars. The raiding team consisted of PI Somnath Mahajik, PSI Sushant Sangodkar, LPSI Sonam Vernekar, Head Constable Sunil Mandrekar and Constables Suraj Kinlekar, Sandip Malik, Vinayak Palav and others. Sunburn begins sale of tickets, but venue yet to be confirmed THE GOAN I NETWORK ed in favour of Ganashyam via the secret ballot, they are believed to have politely declined to oppose the no trust motion since the motion is expected to be decided by show of hands. Sources said Sardesai and Ganashyam, though they tried their level best to save the situation, however, said they did not compel the rebel BJP councillors to bail out the beleaguered chairperson, more so after they were forced to take an oath before Lord Dambab at the Zambaulim Temple after the election fiasco Friday last. The resignation was forwarded to the office of the Director of Municipal Administration (DMA) on Thursday noon, after which Ganashyam briefed the media on the PANAJI There may as yet be no clarity over the venue for ‘Sunburn’ this year but the promoters of the famed Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival have already opened ticketing on major online booking sites including ‘BookMyShow’. The event, which in the past has been dogged by controversies including cases of unnatural deaths suspected to be caused by drug overdose, has already got the in-principle clearance from the State government. The exact venue of the event is still not finalised, according to CEO of Sunburn, Karan Singh who however claims it will make a comeback in Goa after two years of pandemic related interruption. Sunburn held its tenth edition in 2016, for the first time >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5
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