log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2022 (See page 13) Right backs, left backs are Brazil’s weak spots IN SHORT >> Section 144 imposed around IFFI venues PANAJI: The government has imposed Section 144 around all IFFI related venues from November 19 to Nov 28. District Magistrate, North Goa in his order has prohibited assembly and gathering of five or more persons and taking out processions, carrying of firearms or weapons etc. Bank strike on November 19 PANAJI: Bank employees have planned a one-day strike on November 19 to protest against the increasing attacks on employees in different banks. A demonstration will be held in front of the zonal office building Bank of India, Patto. MP man arrested with party drugs PANAJI: The Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) on Thursday arrested a man from Madhya Pradesh for allegedly peddling party drugs in the coastal belt of Arambol. DySP Nerlon Albuquerque informed that 27-year-old Kalpesh Dwivedi was caught red-handed in possession of Methamphetamine, Ecstasy powder, LSD liquid and also Charas valued at Rs 7.45 lakh. 1 held for stabbing at Candolim shack MAPUSA: A discussion over the closure of a shack took a violent turn at Candolim, when one person was attacked by a knife. Calangute police have arrested one person. The incident took place at about 10.30 pm when the owner told the accused that it was time to close the shack. 111 liquor bottles seized at border CANACONA: A Karnataka excise team at the Majali check post seized 111 Goan liquor bottles worth about Rs 1 lakh from a tanker which had arrived from Goa in the wee hours of Thursday. The driver of the tanker has been taken into custody and the tanker has been detained. WEATHER >> Max: 33 C Min: 20 C Humidity: 91% TIDES Low: High: 13.14 06.14 ---18.50 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 14 pages PRICE ` 8 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 151 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday India makes another ‘fresh’ start, faces NZ in first T20I PG14 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Grain scam: CM gives clean chit to Civil Supplies Dept SAYS NO LINK OF OFFICIALS; FAIR PRICE SHOP OWNERS INVOLVED THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday gave a clean chit to the Civil Supplies Department saying there was no link of any officials to the grain smuggling racket and that it was fair price shop owners who were involved. “The quota which was not picked up by beneficiaries is sold directly by certain Fair Price Shop owners. This was the stock raided by the Crime Branch,” Sawant said while speaking to the media about the case. Sawant said, officials or staff of the Civil Supplies department have not sold the stock directly to the open market. Nonetheless, whoever is responsible for the racket will be dealt with and arrested, Cops acting on political pressure, says accused PANAJI: Sachin Borkar, the absconding kingpin in the food grain smuggling case, has blamed Goa police for acting on political pressure. In his anticipatory bail filed before the District & Sessions Court, Borkar accused the investigating agency of making moves to arrest him on the diktats of their political bosses while seeking relief from police action. The Court is likely to hear the matter on Friday and the Crime Branch is set to oppose his plea. On the other hand, four of the five persons, arrested for theft and illegal transportation of rice and wheat were granted conditional bail on a personal bond of Rs 20,000 each. The accused had applied for bail after JMFC remanded the chief minister said. “I have also sought the details of Fair Price Shops. The them to one-day police custody. Meanwhile, the CB sleuths inspected the Bethora godown on Thursday to ascertain discrepancies in the stock and called for records from the Civil Supplies Department. “The accused confessed they stole the food grains from the government godowns. We are only verifying the facts…Prima facie investigation reveals that large quantities of wheat and rice bags are stolen to sell in the open market at a higher price. Our investigation will contain all angles,” a senior officer said, quickly adding, “If there’s no crime in the seizure of the grains, then why are Sachin Naik Borkar and Virendra Mardolkar absconding?” investigation is not over. It is going on,” Sawant said. The Goa Police’s Crime Branch had on Tuesday raided a private godown at Nagzar, Curti and arrested five persons. Several vehicles were seized with stocks of grain worth several lakhs of rupees being allegedly smuggled to the neighbouring state of Karnataka. The Crime Branch team was orking on a lead for over a week and had formed three teams – each headed by a police inspector - to raid the premises at Curti, Kundaim and Borim and another batch of officers was sent to Hubli to apprehend Prakash Korishettar. The Civil Supplies Department, meanwhile, has reported that there is no discrepancy in the stock of food grains in its 11 godowns across the State. The Crime Branch has also started inspection at the Civil Supplies godown at Bethora, Ponda as part of its investigation into the food grain scam. QR codes for LPG cylinders on cards to check pilferage PTI NEW DELHI Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders will soon come with QR codes that will help regulate the domestic cylinders, Union petroleum minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said. The code-based track and trace initiative will give a boost to resolve issues of pilferage and tracing and ensure better inventory management of the cylinders. “Fueling Traceability! A remarkable innovation -- this QR Code will be pasted on existing cylinders & welded on new ones -- when activated it has the potential to resolve several existing issues of pilferage, tracking & tracing & better inventory management of gas cylinders,” said the petroleum minister releasing a video on his Twitter profile. 20,000 of the first batch of LPG have been issued with the code while in the months ahead, all 14.2 kg domestic cylinders will be fitted with the code. The initiative is expected to combat issues of theft and provide security for cylinders, have information on their safety tests, and where it was bottled among other things in a bid to enhance customer service. At the event, Puri talked about affordable and clean energy and said encouraging innovations in the LPG energy mix, efficiency, conservation, Bio LPG, Synthetic LPG, etc would facilitate favourable growth and also help progress towards the climate change fight. The minister added that the availability of clean cooking fuel in the country was a major challenge for rural households prior the launch of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). With the help of these codes, the customers will be able to access all information about the cylinder -- from where it was bottled, who is the distributor, whether safety tests have been done, etc. THIRUVANANTHAPURAM round 13 percent of those involved in drug and substance abuse in India are below 20 years of age, which calls for stepping up community intervention and preventive mechanisms targeting adolescents, a UN official said on Thursday. Children face increased risk of drugs and alcohol abuse due to their poor mental and physical health resulting from violence, exploitation and sexual abuse against them, Billy Batware, Programme Officer of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said at the International Forum on ‘Children Matter-Right to a Drug-Free Childhood.’ A socio-economic hardship and the lack of opportunities Steep increase in use of drugs among children and a drastic increase in crime rates relating to drugs in Kerala He was speaking on “Drugs and Transnational Crime in a Child’s World and Role of Civil Society” at the three-day international meet, organised by Fourth Wave Foundation in partnership with UNODC and World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD). “Nine out of 10 people with NEW DELHI Facing criticism from the Congress, the government on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking a review of its order for premature release of six convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The Centre said the order granting remission to the convicts, who had assassinated the former prime minister, was passed without affording it adequate opportunity for hearing despite it being a necessary party to the case. The government highlighted the alleged procedural lapse, saying the convicts seeking remission did not formally implead the Centre as a party which resulted in its non-participation in the case. “Thus absence of any assistance by the Union of India, due to procedural lapse of convicts/petitioners, while the present matter was being finally heard and decided has prevented this Court from appreciating the crucial and im- THE GOAN I NETWORK WINDS OF CHANGE: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during the party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Akola district on Thursday. 21-year-old’s body found near canal with his head smashed THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Sao Jose de Areal residents woke to the shocking news of a semi-decomposed body of a youngster lying near the irrigation canal on Thursday. Police later identified the body as that of a 21-year old DRUG ABUSE: FOOD FOR THOUGHT Children face increased risk of drugs and alcohol abuse due to their poor mental and physical health This results from violence, exploitation and sexual abuse against them Nine out of 10 people with drug addiction begin using substances before they turn 18 Involvement of children in crime is mostly due to PTI The review plea says granting remission to terrorist of foreign nation, who had been duly convicted in accordance with the law for gruesome offence of assassinating the former Prime Minister of the country, is a matter which has international ramification portant evidence in the matter, which if presented, would have assisted this court to arrive at a just and correct judgment in the matter, it said. On November 11, the top court had ordered premature release of six convicts, including Nalini Sriharan, who had hosted the assassin, noting the Tamil Nadu government had recommended >Continued on P5 Govt eyes Dec 11 as Mopa airport date fish vendor, Akhtar Raza, a resident of Dicarpale, Navelim and a native of Karnataka. The Maina Curtorim police was quick to register a case of murder after the police found that the head of the youth was reportedly smashed with a stone. As news spread of the youth spread, the police rushed to the site to start the investigations. Sub-divisional Police Officer, DySP Shivendu Bhushan along with Maina Curtorim police inspector Mohan Gawde rushed to Areal village to take stock of the situation. >Continued on P5 13% of drug abuse victims in India are below 20 years: UN AGENCIES Centre seeks review of SC order freeing six Rajiv convicts Lack of trained public healthcare officials to work with children, child treatment and child care protocols is a grave issue Substance abuse affects children both as users and as victims Children who use drugs and live in less privileged situations face stigmatization, torture and sexual exploitation drug addiction begin using substances before they turn 18. In its 2021-25 strategy, UNODC has defined harnessing the transformative power of youth and children as one of its three cross-cutting commitments.” Child trafficking, child labour and exploitation by criminals often result in poor mental and physical health of children, leading to high risk of drugs and alcohol abuse. Involvement of children in crime is mostly due to socio-economic hardship and the lack of opportunities, he noted. CC Joseph, Director, Fourth Wave Foundation-India, said there is a steep increase in the use of drugs among children and a drastic increase in crime rates in Kerala. Lack of trained public healthcare officials to work with children, child treatment and child care protocols is a grave issue, he said. He said the “Project VEN- DA”, being carried out by FWF in Kerala, addresses at scale the need for capacity building to manage the cycle of care and treatment. This programme has been following a multi-pronged approach of prevention, treatment, recovery and drug demand reduction, besides health education at an early age through school-centric interventions. It is designed and executed with full community participation, he added. In a Panel discussion on “Global Drug Policy Advocacy Efforts Focused on Children,” Kavita Ratna, Director of Advocacy and Fundraising, The Concerned for Working Children-India, said substance abuse affects children. PANAJI The much anticipated inauguration of the Mopa International Airport could possibly take place on December 11. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said although no confirmation of a firm date has come yet from the Prime Minister’s Office the arrangements and logistics are being worked out and organised with December 11 in mind. “The formal date has not been conveyed by the PMO as on date,” Sawant said, adding however that the Goa government, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry, GMR (the conces- sionaire) and others have begun on the preparations. The greenfield airport is being built by GMR on a Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer PPP model. An A-320 aircraft of the commercial carrier IndiGo Airlines has test landed and taken off from the strip there and it has already been granted aerodrome licence besides all other statutory clearances by the Aviation regulator. The reports of operations at the Mopa Airport commencing soon meanwhile has rekindled a decades-old debate over the uncertain future for civil operations at the existing Dabolim airport.
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