log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY MAY 5, 2023 GOA Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 14 pages PRICE ` 8 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 317 With data in hand, what stops MMC from bringing illegal structures under tax net? 2 GOA Despite resource crunch, Mapusa council decides to hire 3 LDCs 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO Fertility checks essential for newly married couples Calm amid the storm: India, China discuss bilateral ties at Goa meet FOCUS ON RESOLVING ISSUES, ENSURING PEACE AND TRANQUILITY AT BORDERS; DISCUSSED SCO, G20 AND BRICS TOO, TWEETS JAISHANKAR THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The conclave of foreign ministers of Shangai Cooperation Organization (SCO), touted as a counter to NATO, being hosted in Goa took off with the official dinner on Thursday evening at a South Goa starred hotel. But more than the SCO conclave per-se, the event has gained media attention for the physical presence of Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and a round of bilateral talks on its sidelines between the foreign ministers of China and India – Quin Gang and S Jaishankar. Gang and Jaishankar, who are respectively the secretary general and president of SCO, are said to have had a fairly long one-on-one meeting. The tete-a-tete is said to have lasted for as long as an IN SHORT >> HSSC results on May 6 PANAJI: The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBSHSE) has announced that the results of the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) examination conducted in March this year will be declared on Saturday evening. The Board had conducted the examination in a two-term format – in November last year and the second term in March this year. The results will be available online on its official website https://results.gbshsegoa.net/#/ and www.gbshse.in Sanquelim, Ponda civic polls today PANAJI: Polls to Sanquelim and Ponda municipal councils in Goa will be held on Friday, while counting of votes will take place on Sunday, an official said. He said 10 booths have been made for the 10 wards in Sanquelim and 22 booths have been set up for 13 wards in Ponda. Anjuna cops arrest 2 in drug raid MAPUSA: Anjuna Police arrested two persons - Suraj Todi (29) of Karnataka and Kalidas Naik of Anjuna - in a drug raid and allegedly seized LSD papers worth Rs 1 lakh from the accused. >> See pg 3 Mopa taximen continue stir Media ‘attraction’ Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's physical participation in the conference has evoked immense interest in media and diplomatic circles particularly because in the Defence Ministers' SCO conclave held earlier, the Pakistani minister had only participated virtually Chinese foreign minister Quin Gang and India’s foreign minister S Jaishankar during discussion on bilateral ties in a starred hotel on Thursday, at Benaulim. hour and gains significance in the face of heightened tensions between the two neighbouring nations over recurring military stand-offs and skirmishes between the soldiers of the two countries at the LAC and at multiple geo- graphical locations in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh. There was however no official communication either from the Indian side or the Chinese side over the nature of the talks. The meeting was only summed up in a single tweet by Jaishankar thus: “A detailed discussion with State Councillor and FM Quin Gang of China on our bilateral relationship. Focus remains on resolving outstanding issues and ensuring peace and tranquility in the border areas.” Jaishankar also said on Twitter that SCO, G20 and BRICS issues were also discussed. Jaishankar, meanwhile, Beware! e-challans via SMS for traffic violations from May 22 13 major points will be electronically monitored THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Traffic violations along 13 major points in Panaji, Merces junction, Porvorim and Dona Paula will now be monitored electronically with the Directorate of Transport announcing the implementation of Electronic Enforcement under section 136-A of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988. This revolutionary system will leverage cutting-edge technology to detect and penalise traffic offences recorded on the Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS) starting from midnight on May 22, 2023. The system will generate an e-challan via SMS to the registered mobile number of the vehicle owner involved in the violation. Officials said that the Electronic Enforcement system is fitted with state-of-the-art cameras and sensors to identify any violations including overspeeding, red light jumping, lane-cutting, etc. The rising number of accidents on Goa's roads has been a cause for concern with many of them including fatalities being attributed to negligent driving, overspeeding, non-wearing of helmet and drunken driving. ‘SMART’ ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM The Electronic Enforcement system is fitted with stateof-the-art cameras and sensors to identify any violations including overspeeding, red light jumping, lane-cutting, etc The system will generate an e-challan via SMS to the registered mobile number of the vehicle owner involved in the violation 13 major points in Panaji, Merces junction, Porvorim and Dona Paula will now be monitored electronically “This new measure is a crucial step towards achieving the Goa Government's vision of creating a safe, secure, and sustainable transport system. We are optimistic that the use of technology will instill a greater sense of discipline and responsibility among riders and drivers,” the transport official said. The locations include Divja Circle, Custom House Junction, Ferry Wharf Junction, all in Panaji; Malim Junction, Hero Honda Junction, ACDIL School junction (on the road leading to Panaji), O’Coqueiro junction, all in Porvorim; Science Centre, St Michael >Continued on P5 also held similar bilateral talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov but again there was no communication on what was discussed. Russia is a major military supplier to India and the country has been facing concerns over transactions due to global sanctions imposed on Russia over its occupation and aggression in Ukraine. There was however no reference to the military supplies hiccup in Jaishankar’s tweet summarising his discussion with Lavrov. “Comprehensive review of our bilateral, global and multilateral cooperation with FM Sergey Lavrov of Russia. Appreciated Russia’s support for India’s SCO presidency. Also discussed issues pertaining to G20 and BRICS,” Jaishankar’s tweet said. >Continued on P5 Woman loses `2.30 L in fake Aadhaar-PAN linking process 9 SPORTS IPL: Chakravarthy defends eight off last over in KKR win 14 CAR ACCIDENT AT ZUARI THAT KILLED 4 Forensic report confirms driver consumed alcohol THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In one of the most heart-wrenching accidents to have ever hit Goa last year, claiming the lives of four members of a family now has a startling and unsettling truth. The forensic report has confirmed the presence of alcohol traces in the SUV car driver’s body. The incident occurred in the dead of night in July 2022, when the car skidded off the old Zuari Bridge and plunged into the river, killing all four occupants who were returning from a party in South Goa to attend another party in Anjuna. According to an eyewitness who provided testimony to the police, the speeding car had attempted to overtake another vehicle just moments before meeting its fatal fate. The impact of the crash File photo of the ill-fated vehicle being fished out of the Zuari river. was so severe that it caused the balustrade to give way, sending the car hurtling down into the murky depths below. Highly placed sources in the police headquarters have confirmed that the forensic toxicology report into the Zuari accident confirmed the presence of alcohol in the bloodstream of Anthony Henry Araujo, who was apparently the driver of the ill-fated vehicle. “The eyewitness stated that Anthony was behind the wheel,” the police revealed. Meanwhile, the forensic reports for Allwyn Harry Araujo and Austin Fernandes have both confirmed a negative result for alcohol, while the report for Priscilla ‘Pupul’ Cruz is still pending. “We have sent a reminder to the State FSL at Verna to expedite the report,” the officer added. For now, the three FSL reports have been sent to the police surgeon in Goa Medical College for a ‘final certificate’ that will further ascertain the forensic findings. With these last pieces of crucial information, the case is expected to be closed and a final investigation report will be submitted to the sub-divisional magistrate for appropriate order and action. This startling revelation has only added to the growing unease and anxiety surrounding the spate >Continued on P5 IT’S HOLIDAY TIME! THE GOAN I NETWORK VASCO A woman from Verna lost Rs 2.30 lakh after being duped by a person to link her Aadhaar card and PAN card. Sources at Verna police said that on March 11, an unknown person sent a WhatsApp message with a link on the woman’s mobile phone, inducing her to open the link and download the app to link her Aadhaar card with her PAN card and that, it was the last day to do so. "Believing it to be true, the woman opened the link of the bank and downloaded the same and further added details of her Aadhaar card, PAN card and the bank account number in the app. Soon, an amount of Rs 2.30 lakh was debited from her bank account,” said the source. Verma police have registered an offence against the unknown accused under Section 420 IPC and Section 66 D of the IT Act and Verna PI Diago Gracias is further investigating the case. Children make the best of their summer vacation and play in the water at Miramar beach, Panaji, on Thursday amid rising temperatures. Narayan Pissurlenkar Now, TCP corrigendum doubles built-up area for farmhouse TWEAKED PROVISION THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI A corrigendum issued by the Chief Town Planner (Administration) James Mathew tweaks a provision in last week’s draft notification of changes in the Goa (Regulation of Land Development and Building Construction) Act, 2008 permitting farmhouses in hitherto no development zones, doubling the built up area to 1,000 The maximum built up area permissible for a farmhouse irrespective of the area of plot will be 500m2” shall be read as “10% subject to a maximum built up area of 1,000m2 per holding square metres. In the Notification issued on April 27, the provision for building farmhouses had said that built up area would be restricted to 10% of the holding subject to a maximum built up area of 500 square metres. In the corrigendum issued by Mathew on Wednesday, >Continued on P5 PERNEM: Operators affiliated to the ‘Together for Mopa Airport’ taxi association continued their protest on the fourth day, demanding immediate notification of a yellow-black taxi counter at Mopa airport. >> See pg 3 ‘Shoot at sight’ orders issued Tourist hoodwinked on pretext of in violence-marred Manipur providing ‘girl’, later assaulted Co-accused in Phogat case granted bail PTI PANAJI: The Bombay High Court at Goa granted bail to Sukhvender Singh, co-accused in the murder of BJP leader and actress Sonali Phogat who died of suspected drug overdose at her hotel in Anjuna last year. >> See pg 5 WEATHER >> Max: Min: Humidity: TIDES 33 C 27 C 61% Low: 04:14 16:37 High: 11:03 22:12 Army deployed; Shah dials NE CMs to halt riots IMPHAL The Manipur government on Thursday issued 'shoot at sight' orders to contain spiralling violence in the state between tribals and the majority Meitei community which has displaced over 9,000 people from their villages. Fifty-five columns of the Army and Assam Rifles had to be deployed to contain widespread rioting. Urging people to maintain peace, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said, “Precious lives have been lost, besides Shimla youth narrates his ‘horror’ to Calangute police THE GOAN I NETWORK Vehicles in flames after violence broke out during the 'Tribal Solidarity March' called by All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM), in Imphal, on Thursday. PTI damage of properties, which is very unfortunate”, without giving any details of the number of dead or injured. Multiple sources said the fighting between communities had left more than a score of people dead and several >Continued on P5 PANAJI In the latest case of fraudulent activity occurring in the name of tourism along the coastal belt, a young tourist has alleged that he was hoodwinked into believing that he would be furnished with a female companion. The incident serves as a stark reminder that the purported practices of prostitution and trickery persist despite efforts to curb the menace. The Calangute police are investigating Pranav Sharma’s THE COMPLAINT The Shimla youth claimed that he paid Rs 3,500 to an unknown man who promised to provide him with “a girl” at a club past midnight on May 2 The youth subsequently realised he had fallen prey to a ploy after which he demanded a refund from the operator of a nightclub, where the alleged deal was struck The operator paid him Rs 2,000 but failed to refund the remaining cash Insisting he should be paid the entire amount back, the complainant was assaulted and threatened with dire consequences by the bouncers and other unknown persons complaint, who arrived from Shimla on May 1 to holiday in the coastal State. He claimed that he paid Rs 3,500 to an un- known man who promised to provide him with “a girl” at a club past midnight on May 2. The complainant subsequently realised he had fallen prey to a ploy after which he demanded a refund from the operator of a nightclub, where the alleged deal was struck. “The operator paid him Rs 2,000 but failed to refund the remaining cash. Insisting he should be paid the entire amount back, the complainant was assaulted and threatened with dire consequences >Continued on P5
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