log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2022 GOA World Cup countdown enters final week as focus sharpens on Qatar IN SHORT >> Government invokes ESMA for 6 months PANAJI: The State government has invoked Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) for all transport services by land or water Goa for a period of 6 months. “In the interest of public, the government of Goa under Goa Essential Services Maintenance Act, 1988 has prohibited strike in any form in all transport services in the State of Goa with immediate effect. This order shall be valid for a period of six months from the date of issue,” states the order issued by the govt. Students’ progress to be monitored PANAJI: Learning outcomes in schools will henceforth be monitored on a weekly basis and the State Council for Education Research and Training has set up a centre -- Vidya Samiksha Kendra -- where progress of each child will be tracked digitally. >> See pg 3 Defector pleas to be heard by month-end The Goan (Playstore) 14 pages PRICE ` 8 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 148 GOA Anjuna Comunidade to levy Rs 75 L fees for use of land by Sunburn Do you know why honey and sesame seeds are healthy? PTI NEW DELHI Forced religious conversion may pose a danger to national security and impinge on religious freedom of citizens, the Supreme Court said on Monday, and asked the Centre to step in and make sincere efforts to tackle the “very serious” issue. The court warned a “very difficult situation” will emerge if proselytisation through deception, allurement and intimidation is not stopped. “The issue of conversion, if it is found to be correct and true, is a very serious issue which may ultimately affect the security of the nation as well as the freedom of religion and conscience of citizens. “Therefore, it is better that the Union government may make their stand clear and file counter on what steps can be KEY SUPREME COURT OBSERVATIONS A “very difficult situation” will emerge if proselytisation through deception, allurement and intimidation is not stopped The issue with respect to alleged conversion of religion, if it is found to be correct and true, is a very serious issue which may ultimately affect the security of the nation as well as the freedom of religion and conscience of the citizens It is better that the Union government may make their stand clear and file counter on what steps can be taken by Union and/or taken by Union and/or others to curb such forced conversion maybe by force, allurement or fraudulent means,” a bench of Justices M R Shah and Hima Kohli said. SC asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to enumerate measures to curb the practice. “This is a very serious matter. Sincere efforts are to be made by the Centre to stop forced conversions. Otherwise very difficult situation will come. Tell us what action do you propose....You have to step in,” the bench observed. Mehta submitted that the THE CASE: SC was hearing a plea filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking direction to the Centre and States to take stringent steps to control fraudulent religious conversion by ‘intimidation, threats, deceivingly luring through gifts and monetary benefits Max: Min: Humidity: TIDES 34 C 23C 92% Low: 09.29 20.39 High: 03.29 13.30 issue was debated even in the Constituent Assembly. “There were two Acts. One was by Odisha government and other one by Madhya Pradesh dealing with regulation of any forcible conversion by deceit, falsehood or fraud, money. These issues came be- Fr Romano who served during Velim church assault case breathes his last LITTLE STARS! THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO: The Konkan railway police have nabbed three persons in connection with the theft of gold ornaments of a passenger traveling by the Netravati Express. DySP Gurudas Kadam said the stolen property has been recovered and the accused have been remanded to five days police custody. WEATHER >> others to curb such forced conversion Sincere efforts are to be made by the Centre… Tell us what action do you propose....You have to step in Children await their turn to participate in a competition on the occasion of Children’s Day at Bal Bhavan on Monday. Various schools celebrated Children’s Day with visits to gardens and the Science Centre at Miramar. Narayan Pissurlenkar Forest minister wants 99 villages excluded from ESA notification THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The proposal of the Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to notify ecologically sensitive areas (ESAs) around the sanctuaries and protected forests along the Western Ghats encompassing 99 Goan villages is facing stiff opposition from an unlikely quarter -- Vishwajit Rane, Goa’s forest minister itself. On Monday, Rane said the Goa government will demand removal of the 99 villages from the Centre’s draft ESA notification. “We don’t want the notification. We should be excluded PANAJI Fr Romano Gonsalves from Bambolim passed away at the Goa Medical College hospital on Monday. He was 69. Ordained on May 10, 1983, late Fr Gonsalves had served in different capacities in the Archdiocese, including Asst Parish Priest at Loutolim, Raia, St Estevao and Agassaim, Chaplain in Corjuem-Aldona, the last Chaplain and first Parish Priest at Fatorda, Parish Priest at Velim and Verna. Fr Romano was determined to establish his innocence in Velim case: Adv >> See pg 2 from the notification,” Rane asserted. Rane, who ironically also holds the forest portfolio, claimed he had already spoken to Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav and the Director General of Forests and expressed the “His health had deteriorated after being upset when the politically motivated police raided his room while he was parish priest in Velim and police cases were registered against parishioners who came to support Fr Gonsalves. Some of these were seamen and they lost their jobs because of the cases,” said Fr Eremito Rebelo, parish priest at Rachol and a batchmate of >Continued on P5 14 SPORTS Ronaldo says he feels ‘betrayed’ by Manchester United WARNS OF ‘DIFFICULT SITUATION’, ASKS CENTRE TO STEP IN Three nabbed for theft on train PANAJI: Three fishing trawlers from Malpe, Karnataka have been seized by the Fisheries Department for allegedly fishing in the jurisdiction of State waters, Fisheries Minister Nilkath Halarnkar said adding the seized trawlers have been brought to Panaji for further action as per the law. RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO PANAJI: Goa Speaker, Ramesh Tawadkar confirmed having received two disqualification petitions against 8 legislators who claimed to have split from Congress and merged with BJP in mid-September and said he will issue notice and hear the parties within the next 15-20 days. Fisheries Dept seizes 3 Karnataka trawlers Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday 3 2 8 Forced conversions threat to national security: Apex court Saxtti farmers seek hike in support price for paddy (See page 13) Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday fore this court for consideration and the top court upheld the validity,” Mehta said. The solicitor general said forced religious conversions are rampant in tribal areas. Many a time the victims are not aware they are the subject matter of criminal offence and would say they are being helped, Mehta said. SC observed there may be freedom of religion but there cannot be freedom of religion by forced conversion. It granted time till November 22, 2022 to the Centre to file its response on the issue and posted the matter for hearing on November 28. SC was hearing a plea filed by Adv Ashwini Kumar seeking direction to the Centre and States to take stringent steps to control fraudulent religious conversion by “intimidation, threatening, luring through gifts and monetary benefits”. Chess player Bhakti Goa’s first woman to get Arjuna Award THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Goan chess player Bhakti Kulkarni will receive the Arjuna Award, the country’s second-highest sporting honour, from President Droupadi Murmu on November 30 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The International Master is the first woman from the State to receive the award. Only two Goans have been bestowed with the Arjuna Award earlier -- Padma Shri Brahmanand Shankhwalkar (1998) and Bruno Coutinho (2001), both footballers. Bhakti is among 25 athletes, including fellow chess player R Praggnanandhaa, shuttlers Lakshya Sen, HS Prannoy, woman boxer Nikhat Zareen, athletes Eldhose Paul, Avinash Sable, who have been nominated for the Arjuna Award this year. Table tennis legend Achanta Sharath Kamal will be conferred with the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, the country’s top sporting honour. The awardees will receive their awards from the President at a specially organised function at Rashtrapati Bhavan. For Bhakti, the award comes as due recognition for her performances as one of India’s top women chess stars. It also caps a memorable year for the 30-year-old after she helped India win a bronze medal at the 44th Chess Olympiad held in Chennai. The first Woman Grandmaster from Goa is a pioneer of the sport in the State having won multiple titles in her career, including the Asian Chess Women’s Championship. Illegal sand mining case: Govt files ‘part compliance’ report THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Goa government has filed a ‘part compliance’ report claiming to have recovered more than Rs 23-lakh worth of assets from the persons accused of illegally mining sand and pebbles from the bed of the Ragada river in Sanguem. When the matter came up for hearing, the affidavit on behalf of the specially constituted committee filed its status report before the Court. “The court also asked to explore the possibility of auctioning some of the machinery and assets that were found at the illegal quarry site in a bid to recover the money,” state Advocate General Devidas Pangam, said. The High Court has now asked that the committee submit a full compliance report at the next date of hearing. At the previous hearing the Bombay High Court at Goa has constituted a committee comprising of the Inspector General of Police, Superintendent of Police (South), Collector of South Goa, and Director of Mines to inquire into how minor minerals (sand, boulders, pebbles and gravel) worth an estimated 1.60 crore were extracted from the Ragada river at Sanguem within the protected forest area and how the amounts can be recovered from the accused. “We constitute a committee/team comprising of the Inspector General of Police, Superintendent of Police (South), Collector of South Goa, and Director of Mines to go into this issue and submit us a report within four weeks on the circumstances in which the theft of public property to such a large extent was possible; the extent of environmental damage on account of this illegal and unlawful extraction from Ragada river; the status about movable and immovable properties or other assets of Swapnil Malik and the steps taken for recovery of the amount of 1,60,52,916,” the High Court said. “The report should also explain, if possible, the current financial status of Swapnil Malik and how he was >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 DOWNLOAD PRUDENT PLUS IFFI Film Bazaar to have Cannes flavour this year AGENCIES NEW DELHI he Film Bazaar, which runs parallel to the International Film Festival of India in Goa every year, has undergone considerable changes this year. The I&B Ministry announced on Monday that the film market of IFFI, where the actual business takes place, has undergone an overhaul. I&B minister Anurag Thakur had visited the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, and it was said that lessons learnt from the film market there would be used to improve the 53rd International Film Festival of India. The organisers have put T Ten short films, one feature film to be part of Goan section of IFFI PANAJI: Ten short films and one feature film will be showcased in Goan section of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be held in Panaji from November 20 to 28. ESG has also organised special master classes for Goan film makers from November 23 to 26 on various aspects of film making. Earlier, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant reviewed the preparation of IFFI which will be held at 3 venues this year -- Maquinez Palace, Inox-Panaji and Inox-Porvorim. Film Bazar will be held at Marriott Hotel and Promenade near Youth Hostel. those lessons into practice. For the first time, the Film Bazaar will be divided into pavilions set up by the promenade along the sea. Entry to the Film Bazar and to these pavilions would be open at any time for IFFI del- egates. It would be open for the public from 3 pm to 6 pm on business days, the ministry said at the press conference on Monday. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of our independence, India was named the ‘Country of Honour’ at the Marche du Cinema of the Cannes Film Festival. High-level professionals and government delegations from India were present at the Festival, where Indian films were screened under the Special Screenings and the Cannes Classics categories. To reciprocate, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI Goa), which is one of the most important festivals in Asia, will feature France in the ‘Country Focus’ segment during this year’s edition. Meanwhile, 3 films of Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Asha Parekh will also be screened as a retrospective which will also felicitate Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura with lifetime achievement honour. ‘Teesri Manzil’, ‘Do Badan’ and ‘Kati Patang’ are the three favourite movies that Parekh herself suggested, said National Film Development Corporation of India managing director Ravinder Bhakar. Multiple award-winning Spanish director Suara will be honoured with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at the IFFI. Eight of his films, including “La Caza del Conejo” and “Ana Y Los Lobos”, will be screened as part of a retrospective. 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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