log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2022 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 16 pages PRICE ` 8 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 98 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 MOVIES »PAGE 16 GOOD LIFE »PAGE 12 WEEKEND READ »PAGE 15 SPORTS »PAGE 8 The Happy Demon Amp up your vacay list Celebrating Diversity Love Lessons : Pratik Gandhi plays the role of Srikant in Atithi Bhooto Bhava From superstitious to super conscious An ode to films on National Cinema Day Fairytale farewell: India whitewash England in Jhulan’s last waltz Mouni Roy is currently enjoying the attention which she has been getting for her role MAGAZINE MAGAZ Glimpses of different ways Navratri is celebrated across India A dive into Goa’s drug space GOVT TURNS NEW PAGE FOR SCHOOLS THE GOAN I NETWORK Undivided inheritance under Portuguese laws of Goa Eye makeup products every girl should have World Heart Day: Take your heart’s health into your own hands Film Review Urba & Once upon a time in Bhurgepon Car Review Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Hybrid: No Charge Anxiety! 11 IN SHORT >> Forest dwellers given sanads MARGAO: Smiles lit the faces of the tribal families inhabiting the forest areas in South Goa as they finally received the long-awaited sanads for their houses and fields located in the forest areas under the Forest Rights Act. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant complimented the 455 beneficiaries as he distributed the sanads on Saturday. >> See pg 2 MARGAO The State government will open adopting of government primary schools under the central government’s Vidyanjali initiative wherein NGOs, societies, retired teachers and religious organisations can pitch in to tone up the infrastructure and provide better amenities. The government has also assured 150 primary teachers will be appointed by November, to ensure there is no shortage of teachers. Speaking at the Shiksha Pe Charcha programme on Saturday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said interested organisations as well as individuals can register through the Vidyanjali Portal for adopting government primary schools. He, however, made it abundantly clear that the overall control of the primary schools will be in the hands of the government. Elaborating on the Vidyanjali scheme, the Chief Minister said the government will retain full control over the pri- Aided primary schools to get new scheme by December Chief Minister Pramod Sawant participating in the Shiksha Pe Charcha from the South Goa Collectorate on Saturday. Santosh Mirajkar mary schools, but the NGOs, professionals, retired teachers, government officers, besides the public and private sector can adopt the schools to tone up the infrastructure and provide better amenities. He added: “The online forms for registration under the Vidyanjali scheme will be available within the next few days. It has been decided to implement this scheme for upgradation of primary schools. On shortage of teachers, Sawant said 150 more teachers -- including teachers who will be imparted training in English -- will be appointed by November. After the new appointments, we will be able to give 2 teachers per school, he added. The government has also decided to name the government primary schools after prominent freedom fighters. The Chief Minister said these schools will be named after freedom fighters in recognition of their sacrifices OLD GOA: The Old Goa police arrested three persons on charges of kidnapping, threatening to kill and demanding ransom from a youth from Ribandar. The three accused – one from Porvorim and 2 from Taleigao – had allegedly abducted the victim at Banastarim on Friday night. >> See pg 3 Positivity rate dips below 4 per cent PANAJI: Covid positive cases continued to decline in the State with 34 persons testing positive from the 852 samples that were tested in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate stands at 3.99 %. With 80 recoveries, active caseload is at 309 cases. WEATHER >> Max: 31 C Min: 23 C Humidity: 91% TIDES 16.45 22.45 MARGAO: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday assured the management of aided primary schools that the government would unveil a new scheme for funding of these schools by December. He also assured the aided primary school managements that the government would clear the pending dues by December. “The aided primary schools were paid Rs 400 per student under a scheme which has been discontinued. Many questions were raised by these aided schools. Now, the government is coming with a scheme for providing direct grant to these aided primary schools. This scheme will be unveiled by December this year. The managements of these aided primary schools will also receive the pending arrears by December”, he assured. Saying the government is providing funds to run government primary schools, the chief minister underlined the need for parents and teachers to know about the funds and its utilization. made during the freedom struggle. “After names are suggested, members of PTA, School Management Committees, teachers and locals will take a call. Let people suggest the names to the school headmaster”, he said, adding the names of freedom fighters will installed at the schools before December 19. Govt school teachers will not be called for BLO work: Sawant THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said the practice of roping in government primary school teachers for BLO work will be discontinued within two months. He has further suggested to the PTAs of government primary schools to involve retired government servants, former Panch and ZP members during school activities. “Parents have been complaining that GPS teachers are not reporting for work since they are engaged for BLO training. I want to assure that GPS teachers will not be roped for BLO work after two months”, he added. Underlining the need to involve locals who have excelled in their respective fields, Sawant said students from Konkani and Marathi schools have made it to big positions, adding “We have to bring such personalities be- fore the students to give them the inspiration and create a new environment”, he said while asking the GPS management to accept donations in the form of water filters, black boards etc from locals, including ex-students. Saying that Goa has implemented the Vidhya Samiksha Kendra in the state, he said the director of education can monitor from the Directorate what’s going on in the schools every eight days. “We will keep a track whether the teachers as well as the students are regular or not in the schools”, he added. SEE PAGE 2>> ‘Shiksha Pe Charcha’ flops in remote part of Sanguem Merger of primary schools only after taking parents, teachers into confidence: Sawant A DAY AFTER COURT REJECTS ANTICIPATORY BAIL PLEA… Hyderabad police team leaves for Goa in pursuit of Curlies owner 3 held for kidnapping Ribandar youth Low: 04.13 High: 10.34 Wasteful India held to 1-1 draw by Singapore SOON, ‘BABYSITTERS’ FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS ADOPTION PROCESS OPENED UP, BUT GOVT TO HAVE FULL CONTROL 150 MORE PRIMARY TEACHERS TO BE APPOINTED BY NOV SCHOOLS TO BE NAMED AFTER FREEDOM FIGHTERS BY DEC 19 9 10 From sky dinning to homestays, these unique places are a must visit for every travel lover 14 DAYS JUDICIAL CUSTODY IN HYDERABAD FOR HILL TOP OWNER THE GOAN I NETWORK CAUSE & EFFECT! Chimbel villagers hold a candle light march on Saturday to protest against the death of a villager in an accident at the Chimbel junction. Locals have warned that they will be forced to block the bypass if work on the flyover does not start immediately. (Report on pg 3) Narayan Pissurlenkar CBI cracks down on child porn; raids in Goa too THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI A joint team of Delhi and Goa units of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) scanned through various locations in Goa as a part of searches in 20 states in connection with two cases of circulation of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) online as part of Operation ‘Meghachakra.’ The search was carried out across the coastal stretch suspected to be operating as facilities to circulate audio-visuals of illicit sexual activities with minors. Sources said the team will camp in Goa for the next couple of days to interact with the concerned officers and interrogate suspects. “Goa has reported cases of sexual abuse among minors in the past coupled with ar- rests. The leads provided by the intelligence squad indicate Goa could have been one of the hubs to exploit children including girls. Inquiries are on,” an official said. Raids were conducted at 56 locations across the country and a Union Territory in connection with the online circulation of child sexual abuse >Continued on P5 PANAJI Edwin Nunes, who has gone into hiding after the Nampally criminal court rejected his anticipatory bail plea, is likely to challenge the order before the High Court in the neighbouring State even as Hyderabad police sent its team headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police to Goa to track his whereabouts along with other absconded drug dealers. Nunes, believed to be the co-owner of the controversial Curlies shack, received a major jolt on Friday when the Nampally court dismissed his application for anticipatory bail in connection with the drug bust in the southern State last month. The accused, police said, were in touch with over 600 drug consumers and traffickers pan-India. Meanwhile, the Hyderabad police will soon move the court seeking custodial FIR against Nunes for faking Covid test to avoid arrest PANAJI: In a fresh bout of trouble for Edwin Nunes, the Anjuna police on Saturday registered an offence for allegedly faking Covid-19 test results to avoid arrest by Hyderabad police. A First Information Report (FIR) is registered under sections 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (fraudulently or dishonestly uses as genuine any document or electronic record which he knows or has reason to believe to be forged) of the Indian Penal Code against him. The Goan was the only Daily to report on September 22, that Nunes claimed he was down with Covid-19 while the Hyderabad police began a search for him in Goa pertaining to drugs investigation back in its State. Police sources told The Goan that Nunes produced a Covid-19 test report that states he interrogation of Hill Top Goa (Vagator) owner John Stephen D’Souza (Steve), who on Saturday, was remanded to 14 days of judicial custody. A top officer in Hyderabad FUN ON THE RUN: Edwin Nunes attends a family party earlier in the week even as police claim he is on the run. was “positive for the virus” but an independent inquiry exposed him. police told The Goan that its investigation team is soon to approach the court for the nightclub owner’s police custody. “He was just brought to Hy- >Continued on P5 derabad from Goa. We have lodged him in the judicial lock-up in compliance with the court order; however, we >Continued on P5 Goan-origin UK Home Secy Goa’s veg plans may not take root: Belagavi traders FOOD FOR THOUGHT Suella wins Queen’s award THE GOAN I NETWORK PTI LONDON Britain’s Indian-origin Home Secretary Suella Braverman has been named winner of the first-ever Queen Elizabeth II Woman of the Year award at a ceremony in London. The 42-year-old barrister, who was appointed to the Cabinet earlier this month by British PM Liz Truss, said it was the honour of her life to take on the new role at the Asian Achievers Awards (AAA) 2022 ceremony, dedicated to the memory of the late monarch who passed away recently. Braverman, the London-born daughter of Tamil mother Uma and Goan-origin father Christie Fernandes, sent a recorded message where her parents collected the award on her behalf. My mum and dad came to this country from Kenya and Mauritius in the 1960s, said Braverman in her message. They’ve been proud members of our Asian community and I was born in Wembley, the heart of the Asian community, and to be elected to serve in the UK Parliament and now to serve our phenomenal and amazing and welcoming country as Home Secretary is the honour of my life. I hope to do you proud, she said. The awards recognise the achievements of individuals from across UK’s South Asian community via public nominations. BELAGAVI hile Goa’s Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant is keen on making Goa self-reliant for home grown vegetables and has stated that Goa would soon stop vegetable supplies from Belagavi region, vegetable traders feel such a move is neither practical nor desirable. Sawant’s message has also not gone down well among the vegetable growing farmers and wholesale suppliers to Goa. “Though we welcome Goa’s initiative to be self-reliant for vegetables and other items, it may not be practically possible as similar attempts by Goans have met with little success,” W Vegetable supplies at New Wholesale vegetable market ready to be dispatched to Goa. Louis Rodrigues a leading trader said. “To make Goa self-reliant on vegetables, groceries and dairy items may be a distant dream.” Traders question if Goan farmers produce quality and quantity of vegetables to meet commercial & retail requirement Due to climatic conditions, it may not be possible for Goan farmers to produce most vegetables grown in Belagavi region Vegetables from Belagavi are in high demand due to the freshness and taste Truckloads of vegetables transported every day to Goa and demand for Belagavi vegetables is rising While addressing a recent function on natural farming, Sawant said the Goa government would like to stop procurement of vegetables from Belagavi and North Karnataka region, stressing the need for Goa to be self-reliant in vegetable farming. Based on the Goa CM’s directives, Goa State Horticulture Corporation (GSHC) is likely to stop purchasing vegetables from Belagavi to boost local production of vegetables in the coming days. Goan farmers are likely to benefit from it. However, questions are being asked whether Goan farmers could produce the quality and quantity of vegetables to meet the commercial and retail requirement. Since ages, Goans have been dependent on green vegetables grown in the naturally blessed farms of Belagavi’s hinterland. Truckloads of vegetables are transported every day to Goa >Continued on P5
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