log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5 , 2022 14 pages page 6 Counselling Goan families, couples in United Kingdom Goan bride designs, sews own gowns in Australia Trauma and uncertainty among Goans in Uganda IN SHORT >> Tweak in labour laws to provide job safety to contract workers PANAJI: The State government will make requisite changes in labour laws to ensure job security to people working on contract basis on the lines of Gujarat, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Friday. He lamented that of the Rs 480 crore fund collected under Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Funds only Rs 3 crore had been spent, that too during Covid times, due to hurdles posed by the members from the Industry who are on the Construction Workers Welfare Board. MMC averts polls for statutory panels MARGAO: The BJP-backed Margao Municipal Council averted a tedious and cumbersome election process for the municipality’s statutory panels by accommodating the interest of the Goa Forward-backed opposition on Friday. >> See pg 2 Sewage discharged into River Sal MARGAO: Raw sewage discharge into the river Sal due to alleged non-functioning of one of the two sewerage treatment plants (STP) at Margao brought back into sharp focus the handling of the sewage generated in the commercial capital. >> See pg 2 Renovated KA may be opened from Dec 8 PANAJI: Art & Culture Minister Govind Gaude has said that the renovated Kala Academy premises is likely to be thrown open for the public by December 8. WEATHER >> Max: 34C Min: 24C Humidity: 91% TIDES Low: 02.05 High: 08.27 14.56 21.25 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) PRICE ` 8 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 138 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday Turbulence at Mopa as CM inspects airport IRATE CROWD BLOCKS ENTRANCE, QUESTIONS HIM ON JOBS THE GOAN I NETWORK PERNEM Chief Minister Pramod Sawant faced an irate crowd at Mopa that blocked the main entrance during his visit to the under construction airport on Friday. Angry locals questioned him over the pending development work and for not inviting the local MLA, Sarpanch and panchas for the inspection of the airport. They also questioned him over how many unemployed youths from Pernem taluka would be given jobs at the new airport. Caught by surprise, the Chief Minister, after realising the gravity of the situation through social media, visited the local MLA Pravin Arlekar’s home and brought him to the site along with him. Sawant then requested the After the Sports City, Mopa is repeating history, claim locals >> See pg 3 Chief Minister Pramod Sawant pacifies the irate crowd at the main gate of Mopa airport during his visit on Friday. irked crowd to let him first visit the site of the Mopa airport and assured to come back and have an interaction with them. After the visit, Sawant met the protesters and interacted with the sarpanch and panch members. He invited them to discuss the issue with him in the hall. However, the hall was small and could not accommodate everyone. This infuriated them even more as the Sarpanch and Panch members had to make their own seating arrangement. The BJP head from the area Tulshidas Gawas and Mopa Sarpanch Subodh Mahale questioned the CM about the pending works and also sought to know why they had been sidelined during his visit for inspecting the airport. The airport that’s being constructed at Mopa has been standing on the land taken from five panchayats, which is more than 90 lakh sq mts. Before the project kick-started, locals were assured of getting jobs and opportunities to start small and big businesses. But these never materialized and locals claim that only 8 percent of them have got jobs till date, especially at a time when the airport is supposed to open next month. The sarpanch said no other unemployed local youth have been offered any jobs. Goan youth trafficked with lure of big pay abroad: CM Moira youth in police net for cultivating cannabis plants SAYS POLICE NEED TO SHUT ORGANISED JOB RACKETS THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK AMPLE OPPORTUNITIES IN GOA: SAWANT PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has sounded an alarm that job aspirants, lured by promises of high-salaried jobs abroad are sent to smaller or poorer countries where they become victims of human trafficking. With several illegal agents preying on the vulnerable young population, Sawant has urged Goans to choose opportunities in Goa while directing the police to “shut shops” of such recruitment agents. “All this while, we have encountered cases of human trafficking, particularly women from different states and countries being pushed into prostitution and begging in Goa. But we should also look at the instances wherein Goans are lured with the high-salaried jobs abroad and end up becoming victims of There are ample opportunities in all the sectors in Goa. One has to choose the job of his choice At least two lakh jobs will be created in the hospitality sector in the next five years From agriculture to hospitality sector, from an IIT student to IT student, Goan youth should be ready to grab these opportunities Goan youth should work within the State as job opportunities are being created human trafficking,” he said while speaking at a State-level conference on Anti-Human Trafficking in the capital on Friday. Sawant revealed a recent case wherein a job agent cheated six local boys of several lakh in the guise of offering them lucrative jobs abroad. “The boys came to me narrating their entire story. Each of them paid Rs 2.50 lakh to Rs 5 lakh to the agent. Ultimately neither their pass- port, visa arrived nor was any job offered to them. The agent had fled with their money,” he said adding that police were able to arrest the illegal agent and recover the money. “The agent had also taken a couple of boys abroad. When this group contacted those boys, one was sent to a poor country and another was arrested by the local police,” CM added. >Continued on P5 NEW ZEALAND FIRST TEAM TO REACH T20 WC SEMIS >P14 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 PANAJI The Crime Branch (CB) sleuths arrested a local youth for allegedly cultivating cannabis plants at his residence in Moira. Ravi Naik was also caught with suspected Charas from his possession. Superintendent of Police (SP) Nidhin Valsan informed that during the raid, the sleuths recovered ‘flowering and fruiting tops’ suspected to be drugs, Ganja and Charas, worth Rs 10.50 lakh. While the suspected Cannabis weighs over 5 kg, the weight of Charas and Ganja is about 1 kg and 5.042 kg respectively, the officer said. He has been arrested under the NDPS Act and remanded to police custody. The alleged drug dealer will be interrogated for the source of drugs and his clients besides other related details. It may be recalled some Russians had also been arrested for growing cannabis plants. Phase-I of Mopa airport to be opened by December ATC, TERMINAL BUILDINGS 95% COMPLETE, SAYS CM THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The air traffic control (ATC) tower and the terminal building of the greenfield Mopa international airport are 95% complete, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Friday, adding that the first phase of the new airport could be inaugurated anytime in December or later. Sawant visited the under construction airport on Friday evening and officials of the concessionaire guided him through the ATC tower, the runway and the Terminal building. A media party was also in tow as was Deputy Speaker Joshua D’Souza and Pernem MLA Praveen Arlekar. However, the media was not given access to the ATC tower or the terminal building and was only given a bus ride on the nearly 3-kilometer long runway. Sawant said the finalisation of the date for the inauguration will be done as soon as the Prime Minister’s Office 100 landing slot requests at Mopa PANAJI: Nearly 100 slots requests have come from domestic carriers to fly from the Mopa International Airport. In the initial phases domestic flight career operations will commence and international flight operations will start thereafter, informed GMR CEO R V Sheshan. 4 to 5 international careers have contacted for landing slots at Mopa, he added. Sheshan also informed that country’s largest temperature controlled cargo facility with a capacity of 25,000 tonnes will be fully operational at Mopa by February 2023. Belly cargo. i.e. transporting air freight on scheduled passenger flights will commence from day one, thereafter we will encourage freighters to come in, he added. The cargo facility will be used for transportation of Pharma , agriculture, floriculture and other industry products. World-class integrated air cargo terminal capable of handling wide body Boeing 747s, Boeing 777s and all of kinds of major bulk cargo is being set up at the greenfield airport. communicates the availability of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Mopa airport has already got an aerodrome licence from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and according to GMR some airlines have already shown keen interest to use it. In fact Oman Air has already communicated to its loyal clien- tele via e-mail that it will shift operations to Mopa from Dabolim in January. Meanwhile, the row over whether Dabolim will lose out to Mopa and eventually shut down has now erupted again and the State government is in a fire-fighting mode trying to assure that both the airports will stay operational simultaneously. Hours after bail in Goa, Hyderabad police arrest Edwin from Anjuna THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Hours after his bail in Goa, Curlies’ alleged owner Edwin Nunes was arrested by the Hyderabad (Telangana) Police from Anjuna on Friday. Sources said the Lalaguda police sleuths were camping in Goa after the Additional Sessions Court, Mapusa had earlier this week directed him to surrender before the Anjuna police for forging a Covid-19 certificate. He was arrested at Anjuna with the assistance of the local police, and subsequently taken to Hyderabad via road. Goa police have confirmed to The Goan that Nunes was handed over to its counterparts police team after his bail formalities were completed. “He walked out of the police custody after complying with the bail conditions imposed by the Court. The Hyderabad police were already at the police station waiting for him. They took his custody for inquiry in the cases registered in their state against Nunes,” a senior officer at Panaji said. Sources also said that Nunes’ family members have been in Hyderabad ever since he filed for anticipatory bail before various courts. Nunes is among dozens of drug dealers wanted by the Hyderabad police in a drug bust reported three months ago. While he made several attempts to evade arrest, the High Court of Telangana last week directed him to surrender before the Lalaguda police on November 7. Senior Counsel appearing for Nunes argued there is no offense against his client and that it was only based on a vague allegation made in the complaint stating that in March, 2022, Accused Shyam Thakur met Nunes. The Asst Public Prosecutor on the other hand submitted that Nunes is involved in several cases and he was a drug peddler operating from Goa. DOWNLOAD PRUDENT PLUS AS DELHI GASPS FOR BREATH… Govt orders 50 per cent WFH, primary schools shut PTI NEW DELHI elhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that primary schools will be closed from Saturday in view of spike in pollution levels in the national capital even as environment minister Gopal Rai ordered 50 per cent staff of the Delhi government to work from home and said an advisory will be issued to private offices to follow suit. Speaking at a press conference earlier, Chief Minister Kejriwal noted that deteriorating air quality and pollution levels were a problem of the entire north India and the Centre should take steps to address it. “This is not the time for Air quality still ‘severe’, smog blankets capital for 2nd day D NEW DELHI: A thick layer of smog blanketed Delhi on Friday as the city’s air quality remained in the “severe” zone for the second consecutive day, primarily due to unfavourable meteorological conditions and raging farm fires in Punjab. At 4 pm, Delhi’s 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 447. The concentration of lung-damaging fine particles, known as PM2.5, was above 470 micrograms per cubic metre, around eight times above the safe limit of 60 micrograms per cubic metre, in many areas. blame game and politics, but time to find a solution to the problem. Blaming Kejriwal or the Punjab government won’t help,” he asserted. The city continued to reel under the eye-stinging pollution with air quality recorded in the ‘severe’ category even on Friday. Kejriwal announced that from Saturday onwards, classes up to fifth standard will be closed and outdoor activities for classes above fifth standard will be suspended. “We are also mulling over implementing odd even scheme for plying of vehicles,” he said. The chief minister was joined by his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann. Kejriwal accepted that the stubble burning happening in Punjab was his party’s responsibility since its government is there. “Since our government is in Punjab, we are responsible >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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