log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday MONDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2023 GOA >> See pg 3 IN SHORT >> 2 canoes set afire at Benaulim beach MARGAO: Miscreants set on fire two fishing canoes along with fishing nes at the Vaddi beach, Benaulim in the wee hours of Sunday, destroying property worth lakhs of rupees. This is the second incident on the Benaulim beach belt. In the earlier incident two fishing canoes were set ablaze earlier this month. >> See pg 2 Divar locals demand bridge connectivity OLD GOA: A delegation of Divar locals led by Cumbarjua’s MGP president Narayan Verlekar met North Goa MP Shripad Naik to demand a bridge for the island. Verlekar informed that the Divar locals have been suffering for decades due to the absence of a bridge connecting the island to the mainland. >> See pg 5 Truck plunges into gorge at Karmalghat CANACONA: The saga of mishaps mostly catching inter-State vehicles off-guard has resumed as a cement powder loaded vehicle from Karnataka fell into the gorge at the accident-prone Karmalghat curve. The vehicle occupants including the driver, however, escaped with minor injuries. >> See pg 5 Fire destroys goods worth ` lakh 7 MAPUSA: A fire broke out at a flat-cum-cloth storeroom at Calangute on Sunday morning. The estimated loss is said to be approximately Rs 7 lakh. Most items in the flat were destroyed in the fire. Canca locals call for action on illegalities MAPUSA: The Verla-Canca gram sabha urged the panchayat to vigorously pursue the issue of illegal constructions and filling of paddy fields as land-filling activity continued unabated in the village. >> See pg 3 WEATHER >> Max: Min: Humidity: TIDES 35 C 22 C 72% Low: 10:00 22:00 High: 02:49 17:23 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 3 2 Chants of save Mhadei echo around Salcete GOA Candolim panchayat not to allow bar in Aguada museum INFO Overlooked habits that can make you gain weight GRAM SABHAS ADOPT RESOLUTIONS DEMANDING WITHDRAWAL OF CENTRAL NOD TO KARNATAKA DPRs THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Chants of Save Mhadei and Save Goa reverberated at the gram sabha meetings around Salcete countryside on Sunday, with members adopting unanimous resolutions demanding withdrawal of the DPR and to stop Karnataka from diverting Mhadei river waters. The issue took centre-stage at gram sabha meetings, right from Nuvem to Loutolim, Raia and Navelim as members redflagged the DPR and demanded protection of the river from diversion. The Loutolim gram sabha unanimously adopted a resolution tabled by Xavier Fernandes rejecting the proposed diversion of waters of the Mhadei River by Karnataka. The resolution demanded revocation of all permissions granted including the approval of the DPR and the Award given by the Tribunal in 2018. It was further resolved that the Panchayat shall endorse the resolution at the next meeting and forward this resolution to all relevant authorities of the Governments of Goa and India for immediate implementation. In yet another resolution, the gram sabha said the State Forest Department must prevent loss of wildlife and forests in Goa due to the proposed diversion of waters of Mhadei by upholding the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 to give directions that no waters of Mhadei River are diverted. The gram sabha further resolved that the ongoing coal handling at Mormugao Port and coal transportation from and within Goa must be stopped not just to protect Goa and Goans from the direct impact, but also to ensure that waters usurped by steel plants of corporates are returned to the people of Karnataka. The Navelim gram sabha chaired by Sarpanch Paul Pereria also adopted a resolution, demanding withdrawal of DPR and to stop water diversion by Karnataka. Activist Abhijit Prabhudesai and his team, who was invited by the panchayat, gave a detailed power point presentation to the gram sabha members explaining how the coal transportation from Goa and the diversion of Mhadei river waters by Karnataka are interlinked and aimed at benefiting the corporates. Abhijit explained that the diversion of Mhadei River waters to Malaprabha basin is >Continued on P5 9 SPORTS Australia women beat South Africa to clinch sixth T20 World Cup title Cardinal Ferrão appeals to faithful to have renewal in life THE GOAN I NETWORK SANCOALE Thousands of Catholics from across Goa led by Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrão participated in a Walking Pilgrimage to the Old Sancoale Church in the wee hours on Sunday. Five venues across Goa – Goa Velha, Mandur, Verna, Cansaulim and Vasco – were identified from where the faithful began the Walking Pilgrimage at 2 am. The walking pilgrims reached the destination at the old Sancoale Church before 4.30 am, covering 10 kms, to participate in the Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament and the Eucharistic Celebration. The Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament was conducted by Divine Mercy Movement led by Fr Freddy Lobo. Fr Mansueto Fernandes, Assistant to the Parish Priest of Assolna, led the liturgical singing. Fr Afonso Mendonca, Director of Diocesan Centre for Liturgy, animated the liturgy. The Walking Pilgrimage was organised by the Archdiocese of Goa Daman to un- Says he was instrumental in getting Central projects THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Union Minister of State of Tourism Shripad Naik on Sunday censured his own party’s Pramod Sawant government for repeatedly ignoring protocol requirement of inviting him to inaugural events of Central government-funded projects in his North Goa parliamentary constituency. “I don’t know if it is a mistake or is deliberately being done. The chief minister and the concerned minister should look into it. A mistake can happen once, twice. When it happens repeatedly, questions arise,” Naik said, a day after Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte inaugurated the refurbished Dona Paula jetty. The project was executed by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) but funded through the ‘Swadesh Darshan’ scheme of the Union Tourism Ministry in which Naik is a Minister of State, and had himself played a role in allocating the funds. Not just Naik, but State The refurbished Dona Paula jetty that was inaugurated on Saturday. Cabinet minister Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate and his MLA-wife Jennifer, who both represent the twin constituencies of Panaji and Taleigao were also missing from the jetty inaugural function on Saturday. The Monserrates’ son Rohit, who is the Mayor and heads the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) in whose jurisdiction the Dona Paula jetty falls, was also conspicuously absent at the event. Naik was responding to queries posed by the media over his absence at Saturday’s inaugural event where derstand the salvific value of suffering, to spread the joy of being Christian, to gain God’s grace in our difficulties and also an occasion for personal conversion. It is organised in Sancoale because of the son of the soil (Sancoale) St. Joseph Vaz, during his Spiritual journey in Sri Lanka, he walked sharing the message of Christ to the less fortunate. It was an opportunity given by Cardi- Kejriwal hits out, terms it as 'dirty politics' PTI T AAP: Black day for democracy NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday described the arrest of party leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia as the height of dictatorship and a “black day for democracy”. services, contributing to the party's popularity and continued electoral success. Bengali woman gang-raped at Baga THE GOAN I NETWORK A section of the crowd at the Eucharistic celebration at the Old Sancoale Church on Sunday. Joseph Fernandes Their absence in the government would leave Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal with no heavyweight lieutenant to implement his governance agenda in Delhi. Sisodia was arrested after nearly eight hours of questioning on various aspects of the excise policy for 2021-22, which the probe agency says suffered from irregularities both in its formulation and implementation, allegedly intended to benefit people with links to the AAP. Reacting to Sisodia's arrest, Kejriwal said the deputy chief minister was innocent and his arrest was “dirty politics”. “Manish is innocent. His arrest is dirty politics. His arrest has angered people quite a lot. People are watching everything,” Kejriwal said. nal Filipe Neri Ferrão, for the Church in Goa to walk with Christ, who first walked to the Calvary for us. Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrão later presided over the Eucharistic celebrations held at the Old Church Sancoale, where he appealed to around 18,000 faithful to have renewal in life, strengthen communion with each other and wholeheartedly participate in the mission of Jesus. Delivering a homily, Fr Henry Falcao said, “all followers of Christ need to have the mind and heart of Jesus. One cannot be a Christian, disciple of Christ with his own mind and heart”. Referring to the theme of the Pastoral year, ‘Follow Me’, Fr Falcao appealed the faithful to become fishers of men. “Every Christian through >Continued on P5 12 Jetty opening: Shripad slams State govt for sidelining him Thousands take part in Walking Pilgrimage Mentally unstable Liquor policy case: CBI arrests Delhi Dy CM after 8-hr grilling NEW DELHI he CBI on Sunday arrested Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in connection with alleged corruption in the now-scrapped excise policy relating to the sale of alcohol, in a move that could plunge the national capital into a governance crisis and further widen the political rift between the AAP and the BJP-led Central government. Sisodia's arrest, one of the highest-profile actions against an opposition leader, comes after that of Satyendar Jain, the then health minister, in June last year. Both ministers have led what the Aam Aadmi Party describes as the successful transformation of Delhi's education and health The Goan (Playstore) 12 pages PRICE ` 8 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 250 Financial crunch? MMC has task cut out to mop up funds to pay salaries Smart City in the making, but there’s a sinking feeling Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday PANAJI A mentally unstable woman from West Bengal was allegedly gang-raped by five men about a week ago in the coastal tourism hot-spot of Baga. The incident was discovered only on Sunday after the victim was taken to the Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour (IPHB) where she reportedly informed the doctor who was treating her. An FIR has been registered against "unknown persons" by the Calangute police but the case has now been transferred to the Women's police station in Panaji for investigation and further action. Police sources said, the shocking incident is suspected to have occurred between February 18 and 20 and based on whatever inputs could be picked from the victim's conversations related to the incident, CCTV footage of public The incident was discovered only on Sunday after the victim was taken to the Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour where she reportedly informed the doctor who was treating her spaces wherever available is being gathered. Another police source revealed that the victim was admitted to the IPHB following her erratic and violent behaviour at the Panaji bus stand. Her conversations with the IPHB doctors and other personnel have indicated that she had come to Goa along with a friend who is still to be identified and located. The condition of the victim is still not stable and no statement has been recorded. Police sub-inspector Kiran Naik, attached to the Women's Police Station is investigating. Khaunte threw open to the public the jetty which had been shut for nearly five years. The Central minister expressed displeasure at not being invited and said the chief minister and the tourism minister should inquire how this happened. He also said such a faux pas should never have occurred since the State and the Central government are of the BJP. “Both the governments are ours. This shouldn’t have happened. I am also the MP of North Goa where this project was inaugurated,” Naik added. Loutolim claims flaws in CZMPs MARGAO: Claiming serious flaws in the final CZMPs during the review, the Gram Sabha of Loutulim unanimously resolved that the Village Panchayat of Loutolim write to authorities to revoke the published CZMPs. >> See pg 2
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