log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2022 GOA MUCB deadline to claim deposits goes abegging IN SHORT >> IPS officer Saxena shunted to J&K PANAJI: The Ministry of Home Affairs has transferred IPS officer Shobhit Saxena to Jammu & Kashmir. Currently posted as Superintendent of Police of North Goa, Saxena has served at Crime Branch, Anti Terrorist Squad and Anti Narcotics Cell besides holding the additional charge of PRO of Goa Police during his stint. Two Kerala youth held with narcotics PANAJI: Two youths from Kerala have been arrested by a team of the Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC), for allegedly possessing drugs in Anjuna. In a raid conducted near a football ground, the officials apprehended Ambady KP and Joseph AC, both aged 24 years while in possession of LSD papers, Ganja, and Charas. Name Mopa after Bandodkar: Khalap PANAJI: Former Union Law Minister Ramakant Khalap has suggested naming the Mopa airport after Goa's first chief minister Dayanand Bandokar and the existing one at Dabolim after Dr Jack de Sequeira, the first Leader of the Opposition. >> See pg 3 Chorla road to be widened BELAGAVI: After a long wait people of Belagavi and Goa have some good news as the widening, reconstruction and repairs of the Belagavi-Goa road via Chorla will commence soon with Karnataka directing to commence the construction work with immediate effect. >> See pg 3 Grievance cell got 300 plaints in 3 mths PANAJI: Nearly 306 public grievances have been received by the public grievance cell activated by the government 3 months back and 70% of these have been addressed, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant revealed on Monday. Pensioners to get DA arrears PANAJI: State Finance Department has issued a memorandum informing that the dearness relief will be paid at the revised rate of 38% to pensioners. Arrears from July to Oct will also be paid along with pension for the month of November. WEATHER >> Max: 34 C Min: 21 C Humidity: 91% TIDES Low: High: 09:14 03:55 21:14 14:12 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 14 pages PRICE ` 8 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 134 2 GOA Railways working well within their land: Mormugao Dy Collector 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO Natural and safe homemade weed killers 9 SPORTS Finch fifty revives Australia campaign as T20 World Cup hosts beat Ireland 14 Tourists creating nuisance Tragic Monday: Accidents continue to haunt Goans to pay the penalty now COOKING, CONSUMING LIQUOR IN OPEN PLACES, BEGGING, DRIVING ON BEACHES TO ATTRACT HEFTY FINES TOURISM DEPT’S ORDER THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Those involved in cooking in open spaces or consuming liquor in the open and driving on beaches will now be punished with a fine of Rs 5,000 which may extend upto Rs 50,000 and may even face action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. The Department of Tourism has issued an order declaring cooking in the open and several other activities in tourist places as “nuisance” and directed the Goa Police to crackdown on several such illegal activities in the State. Listing out several unwanted tourism-related activities, Director of Tourism, Nikhil Desai said: “Such activities have damaged and deteriorated or are likely to damage or deteriorate the tourism potentiality of the tourist places.” Prohibiting such activities, Desai has directed the concerned persons, companies, associations or firms not to undertake any of such activ- ities, process or operation in the tourist places with immediate effect. While the order states all such activities will be banned in “tourist places” there have been instances where domestic tourists have swarmed open fields indulging in cooking and other unsolicited activities. The department’s order bans the process of cooking of food in open spaces and littering of areas while also forbidding consumption of liquor in open and breaking of glass bottles etc in tourist places. Taking cognisance of the reports of domestic tourists who were found driving their four-wheelers on the beaches, the department has prohibited driving of unauthorised vehicles on beaches. The department has also disallowed activities of touting/selling of cruise boat tickets/any other tickets of tourist activities in the open from places other than from the authorised ticketing counters/ offices in all tourist places. Tourism Minister Rohan Khuante had recently stressed on the nuisance of touts and the importance of holding the water sports activity in a more organised manner. The Director of Tourism also banned begging in all Apex court bans 2-finger test on rape survivors Deprecates the practice as ‘regressive’ and an affront to the dignity of victims PTI NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Monday deprecated the “regressive” and “invasive” practice of the ''two-finger test'' on rape survivors and said it has no scientific basis and instead re-victimises women who may have been sexually assaulted, and is an affront to their dignity. The ''two-finger test'' is conducted on victims of sexual assault and rape to determine whether they are habituated to sexual intercourse. The top court said it is “patriarchal” and “sexist” to suggest that a woman cannot be believed when she states that she was raped, merely for the reason that she is sexually active. It said any person who conducts the two-finger test or per vaginum examination (while examining a person alleged to have been subjected to a sexual assault) in contravention KEY APEX COURT OBERVATIONS It is “patriarchal” and “sexist” to suggest that a woman cannot be believed when she states that she was raped, merely for the reason that she is sexually active Any person who conducts the two-finger test or per vaginum examination shall be guilty of misconduct This so-called test has no scientific basis and neither proves nor disproves allegations of rape It instead re-victimizes and re-traumatizes women who may have been sexually assaulted, and is an affront to their dignity The two-finger test or per vaginum test must not be conducted of the directions of this court shall be guilty of misconduct. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Hima Kohli made the remarks in a judgement on a plea of the Jharkhand government in which it challenged the acquittal of one Shailendra Kumar Rai alias Pandav Rai of rape and murder charges. The two-judge bench of the apex court noted that while examining the victim, the medical board of the Sadar hospital at Deoghar in Jharkhand conducted the two-finger test to determine whether she was habituated to sexual intercourse. No cooking of food in open spaces, littering of areas Consumption of liquor in open, breaking of glass bottles prohibited No driving unauthorised vehicles on beaches Touting/selling of cruise boat tickets/any other tickets of tourist activities in the open banned Begging in all tourist places banned Boating/water sports activities only within demarcated zones tourist places and activities related to selling of items/ goods from unauthorised handcarts/movable carts and unauthorised hawkers. >Continued on P5 Aeroflot to begin Moscow-Goa flights from Nov 2 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Russian flag carrier Aeroflot on Monday said it is set to launch its flight services to Goa from Moscow from November 2. The airline currently operates its air services on the Moscow-Delhi-Moscow route twice-a-week with an Airbus A330 aircraft. Aeroflot will fly its Airbus A330 aircraft every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from Moscow to Goa, offering 28 seats in the business class and 268 in the economy class, the statement said. Besides, the new services will also offer a weekly cargo capacity of 30 tons from India for Russia and the CIS countries, it added. Goa is a popular tourist destination among Russians. Tourists from Russia make up the majority of visitors to Goa. With tourist season just around the corner, India is looking forward to welcoming a high number of Russian tourists, it stated. “It's a good start and will boost the tourism industry 56-year-old man killed in head-on crash at Mapusa Miraculous escape for biker at Usgao MAPUSA: A 56-year-old Siolim man was killed and another seriously injured in the head-on collision between two-wheelers in Mapusa on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Darshan Semerpurushkar, a resident of Rai, Siolim. Justin James (23), a resident of Kerala has suffered serious injuries and has been admitted in Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim. James was reportedly on a study tour in the State. According to police, the accident occurred at around 1 pm when James was proceeding from Mapusa Court to Housing Board while the deceased was moving in the opposite direction. On reaching near the crematorium at Dattawadi, Mapusa, both met with a head-on collision and were flung off from their two-wheelers suffering serious injuries. The deceased Darshan Semerpurushkar was shifted to North Goa District Hospital, Mapusa where he died while James has been shifted to the GMC. PANAJI: A 39-year-old bike rider had a miraculous escape after his two-wheeler collided with a container vehicle at Tisk, Usgao early Monday. The injured has been identified as Ghanashyam Cuncolienkar from Taleigao. According to information the accident occurred at 7 am near the MRF factory after Cuncolienkar’s bike reportedly skidded and got trapped between the wheels of a container vehicle that was proceeding to Usgao. The accident was such that the bike was totally smashed. Of late, accidents have been the order of the day near the MRF factory and locals have been repeatedly demanding closure of the accident prone U-turn for quite some time now. Mishap snuffs out life of 35-yr-old at Quelossim VASCO: A 35-year-old man was killed in a road mishap after his bike rammed an oncoming bus at Krupawaddo, Quelossim on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Santosh Naik a resident of Datta Mandir, Adpai Ponda. According to police the accident took place at around 1.30 pm at Krupawaddo Quelossim, when Naik who was riding a Jupiter bike rammed into an oncoming bus that was moving towards Thana Cortalim. Naik who was grievously injured succumbed to his injuries as he was being shifted to Hospicio hospital. Sources said the deceased was working as an attendant at the Goa Medical College and hospital, Bambolim. Verna police Head Constable Babaji Matkar is carrying out further investigation under the supervision of Police Inspector Diago Gracias. CM: Land grab scam thrived as police neglected early plaints THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said the land-grabbing racket could possibly have been nipped in the bud if the police and senior officials had not neglected complaints made at some police stations as routinely happens. "People must have filed complaints with the police and the same might have been kept aside as routine complaints due to which the scam escalated to the extent that an SIT had to be set up," Sawant said. He dated the 'land-grab' racket back to some 15 to 20 years ago. Sawant was speaking at the launch of the 'Vigilance Week' programme at the State Secretariat in Porvorim. He said, nearly 110 properties whose owners are not known or who are staying abroad which have been 'grabbed' have come to light till date. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister said up to 8 to 9 government officials were suspended and major vigilance and corruption complaints filed against another 10 to 12 officials in his four year tenure thus far. "I feel bad sometimes to suspend officials but such stringent action is needed to instill discipline in others”, he said. Sawant said, procrastinating and keeping files lingering in any department increases the scope for corruption to breed. He advised officials to be vigilant in this regard adding that even if an officer is not corrupt but his not taking timely decisions and the resultant delay itself is loss for the State. "With 65,000 to 70,000 government employees in a State that has 15-odd lakh population, we can adopt the best practices in the world with the help of technology and also reduce manpower requirement," Sawant said. DOWNLOAD PRUDENT PLUS >Continued on P5 Goa’s ranking in international exports market drops FACTS AND FIGURES THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI he State’s performance across some vital sectors continues to disappoint. In one of the important areas wherein Goa has done incredibly well in the export of ‘drug (medicine) formulations and Biologicals,’ its overall ranking in the “international exports market” has been witnessing an embarrassing drop for consecutive five years. A report by The Federation of Indian Export Organisations revealed that exports from Goa to the top 10 destinations have dropped in view of which the State’s ranking also slipped to 19th rank in 2021-22 from 16th position in 2017-18. The top 10 export destinations comprised a share of 68.01 percent of Goa’s total Top 10 commodities constituted a share of 82.72% in State’s total exports in 2021-22 Drug Formulations, Biologicals constituted the maximum 46.72% Goa’s iron ore contribution to other countries last fiscal was 5.33% Share of Iron and Steel was 8.65% and marine T exports in 2021-22, and out of 169 principal commodities, Goa dealt in 112 commodities. The top 10 commodities constituted a share of 82.72 percent in the State’s total exports in 2021-22 wherein Drug Formulations, Biologicals constituted the maximum 46.72 percent. Once the largest exporter of Iron Ore, Goa’s contribution to other countries last financial year was 5.33 percent, whereas the share of Iron and Steel was 8.65 percent and marine products was 4.03 percent. Export of agrochemicals was recorded at 3.27 percent while telecom instruments were 5.33 percent. While Goa’s performance has weakened during the past five years, its adjoining states Karnataka and Maharashtra products 4.03% Export of agrochemicals was recorded at 3.27% while telecom instruments were 5.33% GOA’S RANKING 16th position in 2017-18 18th position from 201819 to 2020-21 19th rank in 2021-22 were still better. Maharashtra ranked 1st or 2nd during this period whereas Karnataka’s ranking varied between 4th and 6th. The southern state ranked 4th last fiscal year. Gujarat, yet >Continued on P5 AND READ ON YOUR MOBILE FREE To install the app, scan the above QR code or follow this the below link https://play.google.com/ store/apps/details?id=in. PrudentMedia
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