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Explained: Bhang, ganja, and criminality in the NDPS Act
The Indian Express | 8 hours ago | 01-09-2022 | 05:40 am
The Indian Express
8 hours ago | 01-09-2022 | 05:40 am

While granting bail to a man arrested on June 1 for possessing 29 kg of bhang and 400 g of ganja, Karnataka High Court recently observed that nowhere in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act is bhang referred to as a prohibited drink or prohibited drug. Since the ganja recovered was below commercial quantity, the accused was given bail on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh.The single judge Bench relied on two earlier judgments, Madhukar vs the State of Maharashtra, 2002 and Arjun Singh vs State of Haryana, 2004, where the courts had ruled that bhang is not ganja, and is therefore not covered under the NDPS Act.Bhang is the edible preparation made from the leaves of the cannabis plant, often incorporated into drinks such as thandai and lassi, along with various foods. Bhang has been consumed in the Indian subcontinent for centuries, and is frequently consumed during the festivals of Holi and Mahashivratri. Its widespread use caught the attention of Europeans, with Garcia da Orta, a Portuguese physician who arrived in Goa in the 16th century, noting that, “[Bhang] is so generally used and by such a number of people that there is no mystery about it”.Enacted in 1985, the NDPS Act is the main legislation that deals with drugs and their trafficking. Various provisions of the Act punish production, manufacture, sale, possession, consumption, purchase, transport, and use of banned drugs, except for medical and scientific purposes.The NDPS Act defines cannabis (hemp) as a narcotic drug based on the parts of the plant that come under its purview. The Act lists these parts as:(a) Charas: “The separated resin, in whatever form, whether crude or purified, obtained from the cannabis plant and also includes concentrated preparation and resin known as hashish oil or liquid hashish.”(b) Ganja: “The flowering or fruiting tops of the cannabis plant (excluding the seeds and leaves when not accompanied by the tops), by whatever name they be known or designated.”(c) “Any mixture, with or without any neutral material, of any of the above forms of cannabis or any drink prepared therefrom.”The Act, in its definition, excludes seeds and leaves “when not accompanied by the tops”. Bhang, which is made with the leaves of the plant, is not mentioned in the NDPS Act.As a “special provision”, the Act states that the government “may allow cultivation of any cannabis plant for industrial purposes only of obtaining fibre or seed or for horticultural purposes”.Section 20 of the NDPS Act lays out the punishment for the production, manufacture, sale, purchase, import and inter-state export of cannabis, as defined in the Act. The prescribed punishment is based on the amount of drugs seized.Contravention that involves a small quantity (100 g of charas/hashish or 1 kg of ganja), will result in rigorous imprisonment for a term that may extend to one year and/or a fine which may extend to Rs 10,000.For a commercial quantity (1 kg charas/ hashish or 20 kg ganja), rigorous imprisonment ofnot less than 10 years, which may extend to 20 years, including a fine that is not less than Rs 1,00,000 but may extend to Rs 2,00,000.Where the contravention involves quantity less than commercial, but greater than small quantity, rigorous imprisonment up to 10 years is prescribed, along with a fine which may extend to Rs 1,00,000.

Explained: Bhang, ganja, and criminality in the NDPS Act
Only 16% of human trafficking cases in 2021 saw convictions: NCRB data
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | 01-09-2022 | 03:40 am
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | 01-09-2022 | 03:40 am

THE CONVICTION rate in human trafficking cases across the country continues to be low, according to the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). While police filed chargesheets in 84.7 per cent of the 2,189 cases registered under the Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) across the country in 2021, only 16 per cent of the cases saw convictions.While the data on convictions was not available for 11 states, as many as eight states and three Union territories saw no convictions at all. The top performer was Jharkhand, which saw convictions in 84.2 per cent of the 92 cases that were registered in 2021.In 2020, police filed chargesheets in 85.2 per cent of the 1,714 trafficking cases that were registered, but only 10.6 per cent of the total cases saw convictions. Seven states reported no convictions while two reported a conviction rate of less than 2 per cent.In 2019, a total of 2,260 human trafficking cases were registered, of which police filed chargesheets in 83.7 per cent, while there were convictions in 22 per cent. Four states reported no convictions at all.The states and Union territories which reported zero convictions in 2021 are: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Telangana, Delhi, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir. Of these, police had filed final chargesheets in over 90 per cent of the cases in Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana; and in over 80 per cent of the cases in Goa and Haryana.The highest number of trafficking cases was registered in Telangana (347 cases), Maharashtra (320 cases), and Assam (203 cases).Over the last three years, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have seen the highest number of human trafficking cases, followed by Assam, Jharkhand, Kerala, Odisha and Rajasthan. Barring Telangana, all states saw a dip in cases in 2020, the first year of the pandemic which saw lockdowns.

Only 16% of human trafficking cases in 2021 saw convictions: NCRB data
  • Crime against women rose by 15.3% in 2021: NCRB
  • The Indian Express

    CRIME AGAINST women rose by 15.3 per cent in 2021 from the previous year, according to latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), with 4,28,278 cases registered last year following 3,71,503 cases in 2020.The NCRB report also shows that the rate of crime against women (number of incidents per 1 lakh population) increased from 56.5 per cent in 2020 to 64.5 per cent in 2021. A majority of these cases (31.8 per cent) fall in the category of “Cruelty by husband or his relatives’’, followed by “Assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty” (20.8 per cent), kidnapping and abduction (17.6 per cent), and rape (7.4 per cent).According to the report, the highest rate of crime against women in 2021 was registered in Assam (168.3 per cent), despite a marginal dip over the last three years. The state recorded over 29,000 such cases last year.The other top states in this category include Odisha, Haryana, Telangana and Rajasthan. Rajasthan, like Assam, showed a marginal decrease in the actual number of cases while the three other states (Odisha, Haryana and Telangana) marked an increase.The report places UP on top (56,083) in terms of actual number of cases registered in 2021, although the rate is lesser at 50.5 per cent. The other states that recorded the highest number of crimes against women include Rajasthan, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Odisha.Nagaland stood out with the lowest number of crimes against women registered in the past three years — 43 in 2019, 39 in 2020 and 54 in 2021. It also had the lowest crime rate against women for 2021 at 5.5 per cent.Among Union Territories, Delhi had the highest rate of crime against women in 2021 at 147.6 per cent. It also topped in absolute numbers of cases registered, recording an increase over the past three years from 13,395 in 2019 to 14,277 in 2021.The NCRB also collates data for crime against women in 19 cities across the country with a population of over 2 million.Among these cities, the 2021 data shows that Jaipur had the highest rate at over 194 per cent, followed by Delhi, Indore and Lucknow. Chennai and Coimbatore — both in Tamil Nadu — had the lowest rate.In actual numbers among these cities, Delhi topped in 2021 (13,982) followed by Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Delhi also marked the highest number of actual cases in the past three years amongst these cities, with 12,902 in 2019 and 9,782 in 2020.Rajasthan had the highest rate of rape for 2021 at 16.4 per cent and topped in actual numbers with 6,337 cases registered last year. UP, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra followed with over 2,000 cases registered last year in these states. Rajasthan also had the highest number of minor girls raped in 2021 with 1,453 cases registered.Overall, there were 31,677 cases of rape registered in the country last year, marking a marginal decline over the past five years from 33,977 cases in 2018.Cases of “murder with gangrape/rape”, for which the NCRB has maintained records since 2017, have remained steady — 284 cases in 2021, the same as in 2019. In 2020, there were 218 such incidents. The highest number of cases under the category were registered in 2018 with 291.The highest number of such cases took place last year in UP with 48, followed closely by Assam with 46. Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Uttarakhand did not register any cases under this category last year.According to NCRB data, rape-murders make up less than 1 per cent of the total rapes in the country annually. In these cases, the NCRB data between 2017-2021 shows that UP, Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra had the highest number of cases in the country annually for rape-murders for the period of 2017-2020.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxOver 28,000 women were abducted last year to be “compelled into marriage’’, including 12,000 minors, with the highest number recorded in UP (8,599) followed by Bihar (6,589), the NCRB report shows.Only 507 cases were registered in the country under the Domestic Violence Act in 2021 — 0.1 per cent of the total cases of crime against women. The highest number of cases (270) were filed in Kerala. Meanwhile, 6,589 cases of dowry deaths were registered last year with the highest number of such deaths registered in UP and Bihar.

Goa Police inspects Phogat’s farmhouse; kin bat for CBI probe
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | 01-09-2022 | 03:40 am
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | 01-09-2022 | 03:40 am

A Goa Police team, in Haryana to investigate the alleged murder of BJP leader Sonali Phogat, on Wednesday inspected her farmhouse at Dhandhoor, about 10 km from Hisar. The team also spoke with Sonali Phogat’s teenage daughter.The team is also likely to visit a flat in Gurgaon where Phogat had stayed with her personal assistant Sudhir Sangwan before going to Goa. Phogat, 42, was brought dead to a hospital in North Goa on August 23, a day after she arrived in the coastal state with two other people. The Goa Police have said Phogat was administered methamphetamine drugs at a restaurant hours before her death. So far, they have arrested five people.Haryana police said full cooperation is being extended to Goa police in the case. “Goa Police officials are here to gather more clues in their ongoing investigation. We are cooperating with Goa Police. Sonali’s laptop and a mobile phone have been recovered. The DVR of the farmhouse CCTV cameras, which her family members were apprehending stolen, has also been recovered from the farmhouse,” a Haryana police spokesperson said.Meanwhile, members of the Dhaka Khap reached the farmhouse and raised slogans against the Goa Police and carried placards demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.“We are not satisfied with the investigations being conducted into the Sonali Phogat case. If the family’s demand for a CBI probe is not met, we will not hesitate to launch an agitation,” said a ‘khap” member. The Haryana government has already written to the Goa government to recommend a CBI probe in the case.Phogat’s nephew Maninder told reporters that the visiting Goa team has recorded the statements of the family members.Haryana BJP chief O P Dhankar also met the Phogat family and assured them that he will again ask the state government to urge Goa to recommend a CBI probe. Both states are BJP-run.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox“We reiterated our demand for a CBI probe,” Kuldeep Phogat, a relative, said after Dhankar met the family.“We demand a CBI inquiry for a fair probe. So many days have passed. The Goa police should have been able to establish the reason for her murder by now. Only a CBI probe can bring out the truth,” he said.The family members plan to meet Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday to demand a CBI probe. If the inquiry is not ordered, family members will go to Delhi and raise their demand with the Centre, a relative said.

Goa Police inspects Phogat’s farmhouse; kin bat for CBI probe
  • Goa Police inspects Phogat’s Hisar farmhouse; kin press for CBI probe
  • The Indian Express

    A Goa Police team, in Haryana to investigate the alleged murder of BJP leader Sonali Phogat, on Wednesday inspected her farmhouse at Dhandhoor, about 10 km from Hisar. The team also spoke with Sonali Phogat’s teenage daughter.The team is also likely to visit a flat in Gurgaon where Phogat had stayed with her personal assistant Sudhir Sangwan before going to Goa.Phogat, 42, was brought dead to a hospital in North Goa on August 23, a day after she arrived in the coastal state with two other people. The Goa Police have said Phogat was administered methamphetamine drugs at a restaurant hours before her death. So far, they have arrested five people.Haryana police said full cooperation is being extended to Goa police in the case. “Goa Police officials are here to gather more clues in their ongoing investigation. We are cooperating with Goa Police. Sonali’s laptop and a mobile phone have been recovered. The DVR of the farmhouse CCTV cameras, which her family members were apprehending stolen, has also been recovered from the farmhouse,” a Haryana police spokesperson said.Meanwhile, members of the Dhaka Khap reached the farmhouse and raised slogans against the Goa Police and carried placards demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.“We are not satisfied with the investigations being conducted into the Sonali Phogat case. If the family’s demand for a CBI probe is not met, we will not hesitate to launch an agitation,” said a ‘khap” member.The Haryana government has already written to the Goa government to recommend a CBI probe in the case.Phogat’s nephew Maninder told reporters that the visiting Goa team has recorded the statements of the family members.Haryana BJP chief O P Dhankar also met the Phogat family and assured them that he will again ask the state government to urge Goa to recommend a CBI probe. Both states are BJP-run.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox“We reiterated our demand for a CBI probe,” Kuldeep Phogat, a relative, said after Dhankar met the family.“We demand a CBI inquiry for a fair probe. So many days have passed. The Goa police should have been able to establish the reason for her murder by now. Only a CBI probe can bring out the truth,” he said.The family members plan to meet Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday to demand a CBI probe. If the inquiry is not ordered, family members will go to Delhi and raise their demand with the Centre, a relative said.

11.2-lakh cattle across 12 states, UTs in lumpy skin grip: Union minister Sanjeev Balyan
The Indian Express | 15 hours ago | 31-08-2022 | 10:40 pm
The Indian Express
15 hours ago | 31-08-2022 | 10:40 pm

The lumpy skin disease (LSD) has affected 11.2-lakh cattle, including 49,682 deaths, in 165 districts across a dozen states and Union Territories in the country till August 30 this year, Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Sanjeev Kumar Balyan said on Wednesday.The LSD cases this year were reported from Andaman & Nicobar islands, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Goa, Balyan told The Indian Express, adding Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana were the worst affected states.Sharing details of the steps taken to contain the spread of the disease, Balyan said goat pox vaccine is being administered to check the spread of the disease in several states, including Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.Balyan said that around 25-lakh doses of goat pox vaccine are available and the manufacturing companies have been asked to increase the production. As of now, about one crore doses of the goat pox vaccine are required, Balyan said, adding that the Central government has floated tender for procuring more vaccine doses.Balyan said that the Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL), a subsidiary of National Dairy Development Board, and a Gujarat-based private firm Hester are the two vaccine manufacturers and both have been asked to increase their production of the goat pox vaccine.Besides, a control room has been set up at the ministry to monitor the situation and the Centre is providing all possible help to the states, he said, adding that the disease will be controlled soon.Meanwhile, sources in the ministry said that a fresh case has been reported from Andhra Pradesh even as new cases are on a decline.Sources said that about 68-lakh goat pox vaccine doses have been administered till date across the country, 50.99 lakh in Gujarat, 5.94 lakh in Punjab, 4.74 lakh in Haryana, and about 3.91 lakh in Rajasthan.Earlier on August 10, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had launched the indigenous vaccine Lumpi-ProVacInd to “protect” livestock from lumpy skin disease. This vaccine has been developed by the National Equine Research Center, Hisar (Haryana), in collaboration with the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izzatnagar (Bareilly).

11.2-lakh cattle across 12 states, UTs in lumpy skin grip: Union minister Sanjeev Balyan
On Ganesh Chaturthi, Family Reunions An Annual Affair At This 288- Year-Old Goa Mansion
Ndtv | 18 hours ago | 31-08-2022 | 07:50 pm
Ndtv
18 hours ago | 31-08-2022 | 07:50 pm

Such family reunions are a striking feature of Ganesh Chaturthi in Goa. (File)Panaji: Bollywood film "Singham Returns" was shot at the 288-year-old Sanvordekar Wada, but it is 'Family Returns' that plays out here every Ganesh Chaturthi, as in many other households in Goa.The mansion at Sanvordem in South Goa district, built in 1734, is abuzz with activity as more than 250 members of the Sanvordekar family have returned to celebrate the Ganesh festival.Such family reunions are a striking feature of the festival in the coastal state."More than 250 members of the family have come together to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi," said Mandar Sanvordekar, a member.The Wada or mansion, spread over 4,000 square meters with 80-odd rooms, four courtyards and four wells, had featured in the 2014 Ajay Devgn-starrer "Singham Returns".Members of the extended Sanvordekar clan are now scattered all over India. One of them, Wing Commander Vishwanath Sanvordekar, served in the Indian Air Force and was a decorated war hero. He died in a plane crash some three decades ago.Sagar Sanvordekar, a retired professional who lives in Mumbai, said he and his family visit the mansion every Ganesh Chaturthi. Each family has its own room in the building.Pranav Sanvordekar said the youngest generation is the 11th one since the mansion was built. "Those who attend the festival are from the seventh to the eleventh generation," he said, claiming that this is one of the oldest joint families in the country.Family members ensure that they contribute to the upkeep of the huge structure. "For the last around 300 years, the family has been contributing for a maintenance fund," he said, adding that its heritage features have been preserved even though it is costly.Kuwelkar family at Raia in South Goa district too has all its members reuniting on Ganesh Chaturthi.Returning to the century-old house for the festival has been a tradition for them, said Dr Saidutt Kuwelkar."The tradition will continue forever. That's the spirit of Ganesh Chaturthi," he said.Some families have also defied tradition to break new ground.At the Samant family at Borim in South Goa, 19-year-old Kshitija Samant became the first daughter from the family to perform Ganesh puja.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"Family members decided that I should be performing puja this year. It is not written anywhere that a girl should not perform puja," she said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

On Ganesh Chaturthi, Family Reunions An Annual Affair At This 288- Year-Old Goa Mansion
  • Ganesh Chaturthi is time for family reunion in Goa
  • The Indian Express

    The ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival began in Goa on Wednesday with households installing Ganesh idols at home.The festival is also a time for family reunion for many who have migrated outside.Sanvordekar Wada, a 288-year-old mansion in South Goa’s Sanvordem village, has more than 250 members coming together this time.“The mansion was constructed in 1734 and since then in each generation all family members celebrate the festival under one roof,” said Mandar Sanvordekar, a member of the clan.The palatial house has 80-odd rooms and four courtyards. The members of the extended family are spread across India.The eleventh generation of the family will be celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in the mansion this time.​Buy Now | Our best subscription plan now has a special priceKuwelkar family at Raia in South Goa too has all its members reuniting on the occasion.Returning to the century-old house for Ganesh Chaturthi has been a tradition for them, said Dr Saidutt Kuwelkar.“The tradition will continue forever. That’s the spirit of Ganesh Chaturthi,” he said.Some families have also defied tradition to break new ground.At the Samant family at Borim in South Goa, 19-year-old Kshitija Samant became the first daughter from the family to perform Ganesh puja.“Family members decided that I should be performing puja this year. It is not written anywhere that a girl should not perform puja,” she said.​​📣 For more lifestyle news, follow us on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook and don’t miss out on the latest updates!

Ilaiyaraaja reveals what he was doing on the day son Yuvan Shankar Raja was born: ‘Was busy composing songs’
The Indian Express | 18 hours ago | 31-08-2022 | 07:40 pm
The Indian Express
18 hours ago | 31-08-2022 | 07:40 pm

Music composer Yuvan Shankar Raja is celebrating his 43rd birthday today, and his fans took to social media to wish him a happy birthday. But one message has grabbed the most attention. It is from Yuvan’s father, the iconic Tamil musician Ilaiyaraaja.In a brief video, Ilaiyaraaja shared how the day when Yuvan was born panned out. The veteran musician said, “At one point, I had the habit of composing songs in Aliyar dam (Pollachi). I used to stay in the guest house there to compose songs for two to three films in a stretch. Director Mahendran and KRG (producer KR Gangadharan) took me there for one such session. My troop and I were composing daily, and since KRG had a house in Coimbatore, he used to drive back and forth. One evening, he came back from home and told me, ‘Hey, your wife has delivered a boy.’ Look at me, even back then I was busy composing songs instead of being with my wife and taking care of her. She also didn’t mind it much. When I got the news, I was composing the song Senorita I Love You from Johnny… Rajini sir’s film. And the boy who was born 0n that day was Yuvan! Happy birthday, Yuvan (sic).”Senorita I Love You is one of the thousands of hits that Ilaiyaraaja has composed. It was sung by the late singer SP Balasubrahmanyam. The song was written by Ilaiyaraaja’s younger brother Gangai Amaran. Johnny (1989), directed by Mahendran, starred Rajinikanth, Sridevi, Deepa, Balaji, and Suruli Rajani in lead roles.Here’s the song:Happy Birthday, Yuvan @thisisysr @IMMOffl pic.twitter.com/DLQzMPwA9l— Ilaiyaraaja (@ilaiyaraaja) August 31, 2022Yuvan Shankar Raja made his debut as a composer at the age of 18 with the film Aravindha (1997). Over the years, Yuvan has become a cultural icon whose songs are fondly referred to as ‘drugs’ by his fans. He has composed hit albums such as Kattradhu Tamizh, Pudupettai, Paruthiveeran, Billa, Goa, and Mankatha. His last film was Karthi’s Viruman.

Ilaiyaraaja reveals what he was doing on the day son Yuvan Shankar Raja was born: ‘Was busy composing songs’
Kunal Kemmu announces directorial debut Madgaon Express
The Indian Express | 20 hours ago | 31-08-2022 | 05:40 pm
The Indian Express
20 hours ago | 31-08-2022 | 05:40 pm

Actor Kunal Kemmu on Wednesday announced his debut directorial feature Madgaon Express, to be produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment. Kemmu, who has also penned the script of the upcoming movie, shared the career update in a Twitter post on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.“Ganpati Bappa moriya! As all good things begin with his name I can’t think of a better day to share this with all of you. It started with a thought in my head which grew into a dream which flowed out through my fingers into words on my laptop and now it is becoming a reality on its way to the silver screen.“A big thank you to Ritesh, Farhan and Rucha at excel entertainment for believing in my script and my vision and partnering with me on this exciting journey in the world of cinema. With joined hands and a bowed head I seek all of your blessings and the blessings of ganpati Bappa,” the actor tweeted.Ganpati Bappa Moriya!As all good things begin with his name I can’t think of a better day to share this with all of you.It started with a thought in my head, which grew into a dream which flowed out through my fingers into words on my laptop, and now it is becoming a reality pic.twitter.com/j5eVXJOH7e— kunal kemmu (@kunalkemmu) August 31, 2022I seek all of your blessings and the blessings of Ganpati Bappa.Introducing “Madgaon Express” #MadgaonExpress— kunal kemmu (@kunalkemmu) August 31, 2022Kemmu started his journey in the movies as a child actor before making his debut as a lead with 2005’s Kalyug. He has since featured in films like the Golmaal series, Go Goa Gone and Kalank as well as web series Abhay.

Kunal Kemmu announces directorial debut Madgaon Express
Bank holidays in September 2022: Here is the list of holidays next month
The Indian Express | 23 hours ago | 31-08-2022 | 02:40 pm
The Indian Express
23 hours ago | 31-08-2022 | 02:40 pm

The banks are likely to remain shut for eight days next month, according to the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) holiday calendar. In September, festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Onam, Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi and Navratri will be celebrated.While there are some bank holidays that will be observed across the country, there are a few which are going to be state/region-specific.The RBI has given the dates on which banks will be shut in September 2022. The central bank categorises banking holidays in the following manner: On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi (2nd day) on September 1, the banks will remain closed in Goa. There will be a bank holiday in Ranchi (Jharkhand) on September 6 due to Karma Puja.Banks will remain closed on September 7-8 in Kerala for the Onam and Thiruvonam respectively. On September 9, there will be a bank holiday in Gangtok for the Indrajatra festival.On the occasion of Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi on September 10, there will be a bank holiday in Kerala. Banks will also remain closed in the state on September 21, owing to Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi.There will be a bank holiday on September 26, in Jaipur and Imphal for Navratri Sthapna and Mera Chaoren Houba of Lainingthou Sanamahi.Apart from these abovementioned holidays, banks will also be shut on second and fourth Saturdays and all Sundays. However, it must be noted that despite these bank holidays account holders can use net banking and mobile banking to do some of their bank work.

Bank holidays in September 2022: Here is the list of holidays next month



Goa Tourism News

While creating good memories in Goa, tourists must also act responsibly: Min
Times of India | 2 days ago | 30-08-2022 | 01:02 am
Times of India
2 days ago | 30-08-2022 | 01:02 am

Panaji: Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte said on Monday that tourists “are welcome to Goa but should act responsibly”. The minister was responding to questions in the aftermath of the murder of BJP functionary Sonali Phogat, who died last week. “Every individual who visits Goa should take responsibility for himself,” he said. “The tourism ministry is here to provide all possible avenues of enjoyment and the best infrastructure so that tourists can have good memories of their holiday in the state.”“Tourists should do things rightly and safely,” Khaunte said, adding that the tourism sector is the backbone of Goa’s economy, and there’s no need to bring tourism into every aspect, especially when “the state has taken measures”.Khaunte refused to comment on why so much time has been taken to transfer the case to the CBI even though BJP is in government both at the state and at the Centre. “The chief minister is the right person to comment on it,” he said. “Chief minister Pramod Sawant, as home minister, has already acted on the case.”Phogat and her aides had parties at Curlies, Anjuna, hours before her death. Since the registration of the case as murder, four persons, including two companions of Phogat have been arrested. Sawant had said that if needed, the investigation of the Phogat case will be handed over to the CBI.

While creating good memories in Goa, tourists must also act responsibly: Min
  • Tourists should act responsibly: Goa minister Rohan Khaunte
  • Times of India

    PANAJI: Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte on Monday said 'tourists are welcome to Goa but they should act responsibly' as he was questioned in view of murder of the BJP leader Sonali Phogat allegedly by her two associates last week. Phogat had partied at Curlies, Anjuna shack hours before her death. “Every individual who visits Goa should take responsibility for himself. Tourism ministry is here to provide all possible avenues of enjoyment and best infrastructure so that tourists can have good memories of their holiday in the state,” said Khaunte. The tourism sector, Khaunte said, is the backbone of Goa’s economy. There is no need to bring it in every aspect, especially when the state has taken measures. “Chief minister Pramod Sawant as home minister has already acted on the case,” he said. Since the registration of the case as murder, four persons, including two companions of Phogat have been arrested. Khaunte refused to comment why so much time has been taken to transfer the case to CBI even as both, at the Centre and the state, the BJP is in the ruling. “The CM is the right person to comment on it,” the tourism minister said. Sawant on Sunday had stated that if needed, the investigation of the Phogat case will be handed over to the CBI.

Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte pushes for completion of Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s pending tourism projects
Times of India | 6 days ago | 26-08-2022 | 11:35 am
Times of India
6 days ago | 26-08-2022 | 11:35 am

PANAJI: Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte on Thursday held a review meeting to take stock of a slew of projects under the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), some of which were initiated way back in 2017 but have been stuck due to pending departmental clearances, among other issues, causing considerable revenue loss to the government. The projects, Khaunte said, pertain to hotels as well as new tourism services such as a seaplane and ropeway. With phase I of the Mopa international airport set to be commissioned in a month, the tourism minister said the existing inventory of rooms would certainly fall short. “The GTDC had signed agreements for hotel projects, but if those parties are unwilling to honour their commitment, we have to cancel the agreements and start anew,” he said. “If the projects have been delayed for not having the required clearances, or if the parties concerned have been unable to obtain permissions for whatever reasons, the government will have to step in and help them... It can’t be that things are left to happen on their own.” Khaunte also pushed for a single-window clearance system to do away with the undue delays in obtaining mandatory permissions from different government departments, and said that with the help of chief secretary Puneet Goel, several issues were sorted out, roadmaps for each project were finalised, and instructions were issued to department heads at Wednesday’s meeting. GTDC chairman Ganesh Gaonkar was also in attendance.

Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte pushes for completion of Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s pending tourism projects
Self-attestation will reduce hassles for manufacturing sector, says GCCI
Times of India | 6 days ago | 26-08-2022 | 04:16 am
Times of India
6 days ago | 26-08-2022 | 04:16 am

Panaji: The Goa State Pollution Control Board’s (GSPCB) decision to do away with mandatory clearances and rely on self attestation is a boon for local industrial units as it will reduce hassles for the manufacturing sector, said Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on Thursday. GCCI has now requested other departments to take a cue from GSPCB and bring in similar changes in their compliance procedures. “The decision to do away with mandatory no-objection certificates and rely on self attestation by the respective industrial unit will go a long way in helping the Goan industry,” said GCCI president Ralph de Sousa. In order to improve the business climate, GSPCB eliminated the need to obtain 13 NOCs or clearances from local bodies for industrial units and business establishments. Furthermore, the board claims to have reduced the time taken for granting consent to establish and consent to operate for industrial units in Goa. “The processes of getting the NOC’s were cumbersome and time consuming,” said de Sousa. GCCI had submitted a representation to the state government asking them to do away with the complicated processes. De Sousa also said that the steps being taken to improve the ease of doing business in Goa will attract more industries to Goa. “I thank the government for introducing ease of doing business in its true sense. The new industrial policy has already removed many hurdles to ease the life of industrialists. The new policy on renewal of licences for the tourism industry is also a game changer,”the GCCI president said.

Self-attestation will reduce hassles for manufacturing sector, says GCCI
CM targets 75 projects for Invest Goa 2022 summit
Times of India | 6 days ago | 26-08-2022 | 02:40 am
Times of India
6 days ago | 26-08-2022 | 02:40 am

Panaji: The state will host an investment conclave on October 7 called Invest Goa 2022 where it hopes to attract at least 75 big-ticket industrial units that will in turn generate 10,000 jobs for locals and bring in as much as Rs 15,000 crore of investment. Making the announcement on Thursday, chief minister Pramod Sawant said that the target of 75 investment projects has been set keeping in mind that India is celebrating 75 years of Independence. “On the occasion of 75 years, let us think of 75 projects for the state of Goa in this coming year,” said Sawant. “The potential outcomes of Invest Goa 2022 are more than 10,000 employment generations. It is a more than Rs 15,000 crore of investment opportunities and other ancillary units.” The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) are organising Invest Goa 2022 with the support of the state government. Outlining the measures taken by the state to improve connectivity and ease of doing business, Sawant said that Goa has tremendous potential to compete with other states when it comes to logistics, IT and tourism.He said that Goa wants to attract “serious investors” who can set up clean industries that are not energy intensive and can generate jobs for local youth. “We will focus on IT, ITeS, logistics, startups, research and development, artificial intelligence, agro and food processing, tourism and allied industries, education and entertainment sectors.”He said that Goa is already working to improve the power distribution infrastructure. He said that Invest Goa 2022 will provide a strong push for potential investors to look at Goa as a lucrative investment destination. “This event aims to create a direct connect with the key stakeholders and reduce the procedural delay that hampers the sectoral growth. Invest Goa will also highlight the importance of the strategic location of the state in terms of becoming the prime logistic hub of India by exploiting the Sagarmala project, the Bharatmala project and Gati Shakti,” said Sawant.

CM targets 75 projects for Invest Goa 2022 summit



Goa Political News

Goa Police inspects Phogat’s farmhouse; kin bat for CBI probe
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | 01-09-2022 | 03:40 am
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | 01-09-2022 | 03:40 am

A Goa Police team, in Haryana to investigate the alleged murder of BJP leader Sonali Phogat, on Wednesday inspected her farmhouse at Dhandhoor, about 10 km from Hisar. The team also spoke with Sonali Phogat’s teenage daughter.The team is also likely to visit a flat in Gurgaon where Phogat had stayed with her personal assistant Sudhir Sangwan before going to Goa. Phogat, 42, was brought dead to a hospital in North Goa on August 23, a day after she arrived in the coastal state with two other people. The Goa Police have said Phogat was administered methamphetamine drugs at a restaurant hours before her death. So far, they have arrested five people.Haryana police said full cooperation is being extended to Goa police in the case. “Goa Police officials are here to gather more clues in their ongoing investigation. We are cooperating with Goa Police. Sonali’s laptop and a mobile phone have been recovered. The DVR of the farmhouse CCTV cameras, which her family members were apprehending stolen, has also been recovered from the farmhouse,” a Haryana police spokesperson said.Meanwhile, members of the Dhaka Khap reached the farmhouse and raised slogans against the Goa Police and carried placards demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.“We are not satisfied with the investigations being conducted into the Sonali Phogat case. If the family’s demand for a CBI probe is not met, we will not hesitate to launch an agitation,” said a ‘khap” member. The Haryana government has already written to the Goa government to recommend a CBI probe in the case.Phogat’s nephew Maninder told reporters that the visiting Goa team has recorded the statements of the family members.Haryana BJP chief O P Dhankar also met the Phogat family and assured them that he will again ask the state government to urge Goa to recommend a CBI probe. Both states are BJP-run.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox“We reiterated our demand for a CBI probe,” Kuldeep Phogat, a relative, said after Dhankar met the family.“We demand a CBI inquiry for a fair probe. So many days have passed. The Goa police should have been able to establish the reason for her murder by now. Only a CBI probe can bring out the truth,” he said.The family members plan to meet Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday to demand a CBI probe. If the inquiry is not ordered, family members will go to Delhi and raise their demand with the Centre, a relative said.

Goa Police inspects Phogat’s farmhouse; kin bat for CBI probe
  • Goa Police inspects Phogat’s Hisar farmhouse; kin press for CBI probe
  • The Indian Express

    A Goa Police team, in Haryana to investigate the alleged murder of BJP leader Sonali Phogat, on Wednesday inspected her farmhouse at Dhandhoor, about 10 km from Hisar. The team also spoke with Sonali Phogat’s teenage daughter.The team is also likely to visit a flat in Gurgaon where Phogat had stayed with her personal assistant Sudhir Sangwan before going to Goa.Phogat, 42, was brought dead to a hospital in North Goa on August 23, a day after she arrived in the coastal state with two other people. The Goa Police have said Phogat was administered methamphetamine drugs at a restaurant hours before her death. So far, they have arrested five people.Haryana police said full cooperation is being extended to Goa police in the case. “Goa Police officials are here to gather more clues in their ongoing investigation. We are cooperating with Goa Police. Sonali’s laptop and a mobile phone have been recovered. The DVR of the farmhouse CCTV cameras, which her family members were apprehending stolen, has also been recovered from the farmhouse,” a Haryana police spokesperson said.Meanwhile, members of the Dhaka Khap reached the farmhouse and raised slogans against the Goa Police and carried placards demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.“We are not satisfied with the investigations being conducted into the Sonali Phogat case. If the family’s demand for a CBI probe is not met, we will not hesitate to launch an agitation,” said a ‘khap” member.The Haryana government has already written to the Goa government to recommend a CBI probe in the case.Phogat’s nephew Maninder told reporters that the visiting Goa team has recorded the statements of the family members.Haryana BJP chief O P Dhankar also met the Phogat family and assured them that he will again ask the state government to urge Goa to recommend a CBI probe. Both states are BJP-run.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox“We reiterated our demand for a CBI probe,” Kuldeep Phogat, a relative, said after Dhankar met the family.“We demand a CBI inquiry for a fair probe. So many days have passed. The Goa police should have been able to establish the reason for her murder by now. Only a CBI probe can bring out the truth,” he said.The family members plan to meet Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday to demand a CBI probe. If the inquiry is not ordered, family members will go to Delhi and raise their demand with the Centre, a relative said.

Sonali Phogat death: Goa team in Haryana, CM Pramod Sawant indicates Goa police may probe case for now
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | 31-08-2022 | 11:40 am
The Indian Express
1 day ago | 31-08-2022 | 11:40 am

A day after he said that investigation into the murder of Haryana BJP leader and actor Sonali Phogat could be transferred to CBI if the Haryana government insists, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said the probe has been “upgraded” and that he has “full faith” in Goa Police.“A thorough probe is being carried out. Our (police) team left for Haryana today. Five people have been arrested so far and we will nab the very last person involved in the case,” Sawant said.Stating that a Deputy SP-level officer is leading the investigation, he said, “I have full faith in our police team; they will carry out a very good investigation.”Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had spoken with Sawant two days ago after Phogat’s family met him. On Tuesday, Sawant said that a confidential report of the investigation has been sent to Khattar and the Haryana DGP.Goa Police sources said a team of two inspectors and a constable left for Haryana on Tuesday morning.The police team was likely to reach Gurgaon, Haryana, late Tuesday evening and inspect the flat where Phogat and her personal assistant, Sudhir Sangwan, had allegedly stayed before leaving for Goa. Sangwan and his aide, Sukhwinder Singh, have been arrested in connection with Phogat’s murder. According to Goa Police, the two had partied with Phogat at the Curlies beach shack in Anjuna on August 22 night — she died the following day — and allegedly given her methamphetamine in a drink “forcefully”.Sangwan had purportedly told Goa Police that a Tata Safari vehicle was kept in the parking lot of the Gurgaon apartment complex and the flat’s keys were in the car.The Goa police team is also likely to visit Phogat’s farmhouse in Hisar, as also Rohtak (Haryana), Adampur (Punjab) and Chandigarh as part of their investigation.Phogat’s brother, Rinku, on Tuesday told the media that Goa Police should open her Gurgaon flat in the presence of her family members. “We fear several pieces of evidence have already been destroyed by the accused and if the flat is opened in our absence, more evidence could be destroyed,” .Rinku claimed.Besides Sangwan and Sukhwinder, three other people have been arrested by Goa Police in a separate offence under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act registered against them: Edwin Nunes, owner of Curlies, and alleged drug peddlers Dattaprasad Gaonkar and Rama Mandrekar.On Tuesday, the Goa CM said, “We have seized Curlies and will take further legal action against it.” If needed, he said, the shack will be shut down.Phogat’s family members have been demanding a CBI probe in this case. Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij has also said that a CBI investigation should be conducted in the case to unveil the truth and arrest all the culprits involved in the case.

Sonali Phogat death: Goa team in Haryana, CM Pramod Sawant indicates Goa police may probe case for now
  • Sonali Phogat murder case inquiry upgraded, full confidence in Goa cops: CM Pramod Sawant
  • Times of India

    PANAJI: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday yet again brushed aside questions about his previous statements where he had stated that investigations into the Sonali Phogat murder case would be handed over to CBI. He said that as of now, an officer of the level of deputy superintendent of police (dySP) from Goa police is overseeing the investigations. The investigations have been ‘upgraded’, he said, adding he has full confidence in Goa police. “I am being asked the same question over and over again. The investigation has been upgraded. Now a dySP is heading the investigations. The case is being thoroughly probed. Our team has already left for Haryana. We have arrested some persons in the case. We will get to the very last person involved in the case,” said Sawant, who two days earlier had stated that the case would be handed over to CBI. Already, whatever information has been gathered in the case, the details have been shared with the Haryana CM and DGP, he said. “I have full confidence in our police team that they will carry out a thorough investigation. At present, I will only say that our team is investigating the case well, and I am confident that whoever is involved in the case will not be able to get away,” said Sawant. Phogat, a Haryana BJP functionary and Tiktok star, came to Goa last week and died on Tuesday. After Phogat’s death, Goa police initially registered it as a case of unnatural death, but Phogat’s brother Rinku Dhaka demanded that a murder case be registered, and that the investigation be shifted to CBI. After the postmortem examination, police registered a murder case and later arrested Sudhir Sangvan and Sukhwinder Singh, who allegedly forcibly gave synthetic drugs to Phogat. Phogat, a Haryana BJP functionary and Tiktok star, came to Goa last week and died on Tuesday. After Phogat's death, Goa police initially registered it as a case of unnatural death, but Phogat's brother Rinku Dhaka demanded that a murder case be registered, and that the investigation be shifted to CBI. After the postmortem examination, police registered a murder case and later arrested Sudhir Sangvan and Sukhwinder Singh, who allegedly forcibly gave synthetic drugs to Phogat. In the narcotics case, Goa police has so far arrested three accused, all of whom have been remanded in five days police custody. Anjuna police said that Curlies owner Linet Nunes filed for anticipatory bail in connection with this narcotic case. The CM, who is also the home minister, has said that Goa police would not tolerate any drug-related cases in the state. Sawant said that the "anti-narcotics cell will be strengthened and it will directly report to the DGP, who will report to me".

  • Goa team in Haryana, CM indicates local police may probe case for now
  • The Indian Express

    A day after he said that investigation into the murder of Haryana BJP leader and actor Sonali Phogat could be transferred to CBI if the Haryana government insists, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said the probe has been “upgraded” and that he has “full faith” in Goa Police.“A thorough probe is being carried out. Our (police) team left for Haryana today. Five people have been arrested so far and we will nab the very last person involved in the case,” Sawant said.Stating that a Deputy SP-level officer is leading the investigation, he said, “I have full faith in our police team; they will carry out a very good investigation.”Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had spoken with Sawant two days ago after Phogat’s family met him. On Tuesday, Sawant said that a confidential report of the investigation has been sent to Khattar and the Haryana DGP.Goa Police sources said a team of two inspectors and a constable left for Haryana on Tuesday morning.The police team was likely to reach Gurgaon, Haryana, late Tuesday evening and inspect the flat where Phogat and her personal assistant, Sudhir Sangwan, had allegedly stayed before leaving for Goa. Sangwan and his aide, Sukhwinder Singh, have been arrested in connection with Phogat’s murder. According to Goa Police, the two had partied with Phogat at the Curlies beach shack in Anjuna on August 22 night — she died the following day — and allegedly given her methamphetamine in a drink “forcefully”.Sangwan had purportedly told Goa Police that a Tata Safari vehicle was kept in the parking lot of the Gurgaon apartment complex and the flat’s keys were in the car.The Goa police team is also likely to visit Phogat’s farmhouse in Hisar, as also Rohtak (Haryana), Adampur (Punjab) and Chandigarh as part of their investigation.Phogat’s brother, Rinku, on Tuesday told the media that Goa Police should open her Gurgaon flat in the presence of her family members. “We fear several pieces of evidence have already been destroyed by the accused and if the flat is opened in our absence, more evidence could be destroyed,” .Rinku claimed.Besides Sangwan and Sukhwinder, three other people have been arrested by Goa Police in a separate offence under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act registered against them: Edwin Nunes, owner of Curlies, and alleged drug peddlers Dattaprasad Gaonkar and Rama Mandrekar.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxOn Tuesday, the Goa CM said, “We have seized Curlies and will take further legal action against it.” If needed, he said, the shack will be shut down.Phogat’s family members have been demanding a CBI probe in this case. Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij has also said that a CBI investigation should be conducted in the case to unveil the truth and arrest all the culprits involved in the case.

G-23 acting on instructions of Modi & Shah, says Patole
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | 31-08-2022 | 03:40 am
The Indian Express
1 day ago | 31-08-2022 | 03:40 am

State Congress chief Nana Patole on Tuesday alleged that the “G-23” or the group of dissenters within the Congress is acting on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.Targetting Ghulam Nabi Azad, a member of the G-23 who had quit the Congress last Friday, Patole called him “a thankless person”. Speaking at a two-day training camp of the state Congress in Navi Mumbai, Patole said, “People who are not getting positions in the party are leaving the organisation for their own selfish interest… Leaders who got important positions due to the Gandhi family are making statements against them.”He added, “Ghulam Nabi Azad was given all important positions in the party in the last 50 years, but he and other members of the G-23 group are acting on the instructions of Modi and Shah.”“Azad does not hold any party post but continues to occupy his bungalow and takes all benefits… he is defaming the Congress on the directions of Modi and Shah.”He added that instead of taking BJP to task, members of the G-23 are defaming their own party. Azad on Tuesday met three leaders of the party who were part of the G-23 – Anand Sharma, Prithviraj Chavan and Bhupinder Hooda – in Delhi.Chavan said he would comment on Patole’s statement at an appropriate time. “We called on Azad on Tuesday. It is too late now to ask him to return. He is a close friend,” he added.Meanwhile, questioning the BJP, Patole said, “While the BJP is claiming that it has woven a big network of highways, the country will have to pay a monthly interest of Rs 44,000 crore on the loan it has raised. What kind of development is it talking about if people are to be burdened with such a huge debt?” “The Mumbai-Goa highway has been stuck for 12 years… potholes are not being filled despite orders… People are losing their lives due to accidents due to poor quality of roads,” he added.

G-23 acting on instructions of Modi & Shah, says Patole



Goa Election News

BJP will form next govt in Goa, says PM Modi after Pramod Sawant meet
Times of India | 5 months ago | 09-03-2022 | 10:48 am
Times of India
5 months ago | 09-03-2022 | 10:48 am

PANAJI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the BJP would form the next government in the state, chief minister Pramod Sawant said after briefing the PM over political developments in Goa. The assembly results are scheduled to be declared on Thursday. “Modi told me that BJP will form the government,” Sawant told TOI from Delhi. Modi held the meeting with Sawant to review the political situation in the state. During the discussion, Modi took constituency-wise details about the number of seats BJP will secure in Goa. Sawant provided details to Modi on what the results would be, and how BJP would form the government. “We will form the next government in the state and in case we are short of a majority, independent MLAs will support BJP,” Sawant said. He added that if required, BJP would seek support of MGP. The CM told Modi that BJP is getting around 20 seats, and with the help of independent MLAs, BJP will form the government. Modi also deliberated on the possibilities of forming a coalition government just in case there was a fractured mandate. The meeting also discussed seeking support from independent MLAs or regional parties. All the exit polls on Monday have predicted a hung assembly in Goa. The election is crucial for BJP as well as for Sawant as both are facing anti-incumbency. BJP has contested all 40 assemblies for the first time, and it’s also the party’s first state election in the absence of their strategist, former chief minister Manohar Parrikar. Modi addressed the people of the state during the election campaign and had said “Goa has decided that this wave of development and good governance should not slow down. Under the young leadership of chief minister Pramod Sawant, this journey will continue in the same manner”. Sawant, BJP state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade and BJP’s Goa election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis held a meeting in Mumbai to discuss the formation of the next government. Fadnavis already held a meeting with senior MGP functionary Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar over the post-poll alliance. Dhavalikar had told Fadnavis that the MGP-TMC alliance would take a decision after the results. BJP had started approaching independent candidates who are likely to get elected in the assembly election, already hitting the drawing board to strategise how to form the next government.

BJP will form next govt in Goa, says PM Modi after Pramod Sawant meet
  • BJP will form next govt in Goa, says PM Modi after Pramod Sawant meet
  • Times of India

    Panaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the BJP would form the next government in the state, chief minister Pramod Sawant said after briefing the PM over political developments in Goa. The assembly results are scheduled to be declared on Thursday. “Modi told me that BJP will form the government,” Sawant told TOI from Delhi. Modi held the meeting with Sawant to review the political situation in the state. During the discussion, Modi took constituency-wise details about the number of seats BJP will secure in Goa. Sawant provided details to Modi on what the results would be, and how BJP would form the government. “We will form the next government in the state and in case we are short of a majority, independent MLAs will support BJP,” Sawant said. He added that if required, BJP would seek support of MGP. The CM told Modi that BJP is getting around 20 seats, and with the help of independent MLAs, BJP will form the government. Modi also deliberated on the possibilities of forming a coalition government just in case there was a fractured mandate. The meeting also discussed seeking support from independent MLAs or regional parties. All the exit polls on Monday have predicted a hung assembly in Goa. The election is crucial for BJP as well as for Sawant as both are facing anti-incumbency. BJP has contested all 40 assemblies for the first time, and it’s also the party’s first state election in the absence of their strategist, former chief minister Manohar Parrikar. Modi addressed the people of the state during the election campaign and had said “Goa has decided that this wave of development and good governance should not slow down. Under the young leadership of chief minister Pramod Sawant, this journey will continue in the same manner”. Sawant, BJP state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade and BJP’s Goa election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis held a meeting in Mumbai to discuss the formation of the next government. Fadnavis already held a meeting with senior MGP functionary Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar over the post-poll alliance. Dhavalikar had told Fadnavis that the MGP-TMC alliance would take a decision after the results. BJP had started approaching independent candidates who are likely to get elected in the assembly election, already hitting the drawing board to strategise how to form the next government.

IRBs misplaced cartridges recovered from Davorlim
Times of India | 6 months ago | 17-02-2022 | 07:07 am
Times of India
6 months ago | 17-02-2022 | 07:07 am

MARGAO: A bag containing 40 cartridges belonging to the Indian Reserve Batallion (IRB) that proceeded to Uttar Pradesh from Goa for election duty that was found misplaced on Tuesday, was recovered by Margao police on Wednesday from the roadside at Davorlim. Police sources said that about 900 IRB personnel had departed by an UP-bound train from Margao railway station on Tuesday evening. They were ferried to the Margao railway station by buses. However, it was after the train departed from Margao railway station that the “missing” bag containing cartridges came to their notice. The Railway police were soon alerted, who in turn contacted the Margao town police who launched a search exercise on the routes taken by the buses to ferry the IRB personnel to the railway station. The bag was finally recovered from a roadside at Davorlim on Wednesday. Police surmise that the IRB personnel left the bag containing cartridges after alighting from the buses to proceed to the railway station.

IRBs misplaced cartridges recovered from Davorlim
  • Missing live cartridges traced
  • Navhind Times

    Margao: In a major relief, the 40 live cartridges that were in the possession of IRB personnel headed for poll duty in Uttar Pradesh and had gone missing late on Tuesday night, were found in a gutter near Davorlim circle hardly half km away from the Margao railway station platform on Wednesday morning.Ten companies of IRBpolice personnel left by a train for Delhi from where they will travel to Uttar Pradesh. Four boxeswith each containing 10cartridgeshad gone missing. IRBpersonnel Nansekerhad made an application to the Margao police on Tuesday late night in which he had mentioned thatthe live cartridges in his possession had gone missing.He had reported that the cartridges went missing along the ring road between fire station and Davorlim circle. A search operation was conducted by police.Police teamengaged in the search operationhad visited the Konkan railway station area, checked the CCTV footagebesides parkingareaswhere buseshad dropped the IRBstaff, however, the cartridges were not found.However on Wednesday at around 10 a.m.,the four missing boxeswerefound in a gutter by LIB team of policewhich was also pressed into a search operation. It is still a mystery howthe live cartridges reached the gutter. Investigation is in progress. Police havekept the cartridges in custody after conducting legal formalities.

Bardez does not need proxy leaders: Fadnavis
Navhind Times | 7 months ago | 30-01-2022 | 01:14 am
Navhind Times
7 months ago | 30-01-2022 | 01:14 am

Staff ReporterMapusa/CurchoremStating that Mapusa or other constituencies does not need proxy leaders, BJP Goa election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis said, “Some people in Bardez have amassed wealth and think they can buy people, capture and rule Bardez. People of Mapusa have to make a decision about the one who will be the real representative for Mapusa, Joshua or (Sudhir Kandolkar) whose remote control is in Calangute. People want local leaders and all qualities are in Joshua”.Fadnavis was speaking after inaugurating the election office of Mapusa BJP candidate Joshua de Sousa in the presence of state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade, former minister and Siolim candidate Dayanand Mandrekar, Aldona MLAGlenn Ticlo, chairperson Shubhangi Waingankar and othersin Mapusa on Saturday. Targeting Congress leader Michael Lobo without naming him, BJP Goa election in-charge Fadnavis said that some people want to rule Bardez. Basically, BJP does not need those who control people through remote control and we don’t have such people in our party.“People want to capture all constituencies in Bardez and therefore in every constituency, these leaders have got a proxy” said Fadnavis.He further said that a young leader like Joshua had a short span as MLA and would do more work in the future as MLA.Commenting on Utpal Parrikar and Laxmikant Parsekar, Fadnavis said that BJP had offered Utpal two constituencies to contest the elections for the upcoming Goa Assembly polls, wherein in one of the seat’s was a traditional BJP constituency however, he refused to accept the seats and decided to fight the election as an independent.State BJP president Sadanand Tanavade said that some people are spreading propaganda against the BJP and have entered Siolim for their own interest to establish their rule. These people should first try to manage their own constituency first.Meanwhile, while speaking in Curchorem Fadnavis said, that public memory is short and people forget the good work done but remember what is not done. So there is a need to remind people again and again what good work has been done for them. Candidate Nilesh Cabral said the two time victory as an MLA of Curchorem is the real victory of party workers. BJP is the only party in which the workers work for the party without any expectation, he said.

Bardez does not need proxy leaders: Fadnavis



Goa Education News

GVM inaugurates its first Dr Dada Vaidya Memorial Lecture
Navhind Times | 9 months ago | 12-11-2021 | 12:07 am
Navhind Times
9 months ago | 12-11-2021 | 12:07 am

In order to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dada Vaidya, the co-founder of Goa Vidyaprasarak Mandal, GVM’s Dr Dada Vaidya College of Education has initiated the Dr Dada Vaidya Memorial Lecture Series. The first lecture was titled National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and School Education in Goa. Resource person for the lecture was director of SCERT, Goa, Nagaraj G Honnekeri. In his address, Honnekeri elaborated on the major thrust areas of NEP 2020 with a special focus on the status of NEP’s implementation in the state of Goa. He pointed to the fact that Dada Vaidya’s vision to instil skill-based education along with formal education was completely in sync with the present NEP.Chairman, Goa Vidyaprasarak Mandal’s Working Committee, Bhaskar Khandeparkar said: “If ever a history of education in Goa is written, then the role of Dada Vaidya in bringing a renaissance in the field of education shall be correctly notified.” Declaring the lecture series open, Khandepakar said: “Goa Vidyaprasarak Mandal celebrates its 110th Founders Day on October 2, 2021, and it is the solemn duty of the College of Education to carry Dada Vaidya’s legacy ahead.”Principal of GVM’s Dr Dada Vaidya College of Education, Jojen Mathew presented a progress review report of the college. The college organised more than 20 national webinars/seminars and workshops in the fields of research education, and signed a few MOU’s with various national and international organisations.Former principal of the college, Allan Abreo highlighted the 95 distinctions secured in the last academic year and congratulated the meritorious students of the BEd, MEd and diploma in pre-primary education course offered by the college.The programme was attended by heads of departments, teachers of various sister concern institutes of GVM, teacher trainees of the college and members of GVM’s management.

GVM inaugurates its first Dr Dada Vaidya Memorial Lecture



Goa Covid News

Goa: As virus cases rise, health department urges people to wear masks in public places
Times of India | 1 week ago | 19-08-2022 | 07:35 am
Times of India
1 week ago | 19-08-2022 | 07:35 am

PANAJI: With Goa's daily average of Covid cases still hovering around 100 and above, the health services on Thursday appealed to people to wear masks in crowded places, especially during the festive period. For the past two days, the state has recorded 380 cases, with 180 detected on Thursday, taking the positivity rate to 14%. The active caseload increased to 941 and the mortality count rose to 3,957, with one fatality recorded over the past 24 hours. With 115 recoveries, the recovery rate stood at 98%. State epidemiologist Dr Prashant Suryawanshi said that people cannot be complacent and assume the pandemic has ended as the state has not recorded nil Covid cases. "If you take any public place, it appears that people have forgotten about Covid appropriate behaviour. Even in crowded places, people do not wear masks," he said. He said the state has reported around 100 cases on a daily basis, though on Wednesday, the count rose to 200 cases. "We want people to take precautions when they go to hospitals, pharmacies or crowded places. It is important to wear masks, especially with the ongoing festive season, and when crowding is inevitable," he said. He said that on an encouraging note, hospital admissions as well as fatalities are low. Goa recorded 14 deaths in July, and five this month till date. Not just in Goa, but even in other states, there has been a rise in infections, so much so that the Delhi government has mandated wearing of masks in public spaces, Suryawanshi said. "With cases still being reported, we cannot afford to relax completely," he said. He insisted that even people having mild symptoms should get themselves tested without delay. There has been an uptick in cases, while an outbreak has not been reported. State immunisation officer Dr Rajendra Borkar said that it appears as though the third wave of the pandemic has not ended, and ruled out the threat of a fourth wave. "When cases drop completely and remain stable on that level for a considerable period, then only we can say the wave has ended," he said. In February, health department officials had stated that Goa had crossed the peak of the third wave. The third wave in the state surged faster than the first two, and also reached its peak in the shortest duration, just 21 days.

Goa: As virus cases rise, health department urges people to wear masks in public places
After Centre’s snub, MPT looks to get pvt player on board for mobile harbour crane
Times of India | 1 month ago | 26-07-2022 | 04:13 am
Times of India
1 month ago | 26-07-2022 | 04:13 am

Panaji: The Centre has rejected Mormugao Port Authority’s (MPA) proposal for funding under the Sagarmala scheme to purchase a mobile harbour crane and has instead recommended that the port must go through the public-private partnership (PPP) route. MPA will now attempt to get a private player on board through a revenue sharing model for a period of 10 years, but this process could take at least six months, said MPA chairman Venkata Ramana Akkaraju. Akkaraju provided this information to a Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry delegation that went to discuss the infrastructure gaps at the port. “The chairman said that a tender will be floated at the end of July where a new crane will be mobilised for a period of 10 years on a revenue sharing model, but that the whole process might take up to six months to complete,” said a GCCI office bearer privy to the meeting. “He also informed that a proposal for funding a crane was put forth under the Sagarmala scheme, but it was not approved stating that the port should try sourcing the crane via the PPP model.” The GCCI delegation comprised Chandrakant Gawas, Dhirendra Thakker and Sanket Kaskar. The purpose of the meeting was to urge MPA to develop port infrastructure. Gawas informed the MPA chairman about the lack of regulatory authorities at the port to issue important clearances in the movement of cargo. “According to the export-import procedures, there should be six government partnered agencies which include drug controller, animal quarantine, plant quarantine and truck controller that should be present at the port to issue clearances, but currently, there are none who are authorised to sign the clearances,” said Gawas. Akkaraju said that due to the insignificant cargo movement, it is not feasible for regulatory authorities to be present at the port. Akkaraju said that increasing the cargo volume should be the first priority. GCCI pointed out that even though Goa has a significant number of pharmaceutical industries that source raw material and manufacture medicines and medical test kits, the companies are forced to ship the cargo through JNPT or Chennai port. Gawas informed Akkaraju that the GMR Group is willing to support MPA in any way required so that both the water and air modes of transport can be used for the logistics sector. A GCCI delegation, along with Akkaraju and deputy chairman MPA Guruprasad Rai, met with minister for state for tourism and ports Shripad Naik and also requested him to resolve the long-pending issues.

After Centre’s snub, MPT looks to get pvt player on board for mobile harbour crane
Daily Briefing: BJP-Eknath Shinde coalition wins trust vote in Maharashtra; scientists look at Omicron sub-variant amid spike in Covid cases
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | 05-07-2022 | 11:40 am
The Indian Express
1 month ago | 05-07-2022 | 11:40 am

Good morning,The BJP-Shinde Sena coalition won the trust vote with 164 votes, the same number it previously garnered in the Speaker’s election. The last day of the special assembly session was marked by an emotional speech from Shinde, who referred to the death of two of his children in a boat accident in June 2000. He also tried to reassure his political rivals saying: “We don’t subscribe to the politics of vendetta…”🔴 Having comfortably won the floor test, the coalition may not press for disqualification of the 15 MLAs left with Uddhav Thackeray. Highly placed sources in the BJP said the party wanted “truce”, even though Speaker Rahul Narwekar said he would seek their disqualification as they had ignored a whip issued by the Shinde side for the Speaker election.🔴 Meanwhile, the failure of 11 Congress MLAs, including former CM Ashok Chavan, to cast their vote in the floor test led to raised eyebrows within the party with senior leaders raising concern and questioning their “recklessness” and “casual behaviour”. Chavan said: “We were late by two or three minutes. They closed the gates. There is no foul play. We were stuck in traffic.”At least 26 recommendations for appointment of judges to the Bombay High Court, which is currently functioning at almost half its sanctioned strength, are pending with the government at different stages of consideration, The Indian Express has learnt. The Bombay High Court currently has 57 judges against a sanctioned strength of 96 judges. At least five more judges are expected to retire this year.Scientists in India probing the possible causes for the recent rise in Coronavirus cases said BA.2.75, one of the several sub-variants of the parent Omicron variant, was now one of the most commonly detected sub-variant in the country in recent results of genome sequencing. It has been found to have an 18 per cent growth advantage over the other currently circulating Omicron sub-variants. However, there is no evidence as of now to suggest that the BA.2.75 also causes a more severe form of infection.The government has barred hotels and restaurants from adding service charge “automatically or by default” in the food bill. It said that in case of violation, a consumer can ask the hotel/ restaurant to remove the service charge, or seek redressal by filing a complaint.As drama swirled around the Maharashtra government’s survival, one of the characters at the heart of it was a politician from Haryana, Sonia Doohan. The 30-year-old national president of the NCP students’ wing was held along with an aide for allegedly using fake identification documents to check into a hotel in Goa, where Sena rebels were staying. Doohan, who played an “important role in the fall of the three-day BJP government in 2019” according to NCP’s Dheeraj Sharma, has denied the allegations.A day after their capture of two heavily armed LeT militants, the residents of Tukson village in J&K remain firm: they will not give way to terrorists, at any cost. One of the residents involved in the capture, a BA student, told The Indian Express about how he had alerted his brother of two “unknown people posing as traders” at a dhok. This led to a gathering of seven residents, who formed a cordon, and eventually went on to overpower the duo.A year since the Covid-induced oxygen crisis, hospitals in Delhi are struggling to keep the pressure-swing adsorption (PSA) plants going. Most of them switch on the plant once a week or for a couple of hours every day to ensure that the machine remains functional. The reason for this are multiple: High operation and maintenance cost, lower quality of oxygen generated, and fear of antagonising the regular liquid medical oxygen suppliers.Mumbai’s chawl and low-income housing localities have always boasted of a community dance culture. B-Girl Bar-B, born Siddhi Tambe, took her first steps in Breaking at a similar community centre. The 18-year-old has now earned a ticket to New York after emerging India champ at the Red Bull BC One Cypher earlier this month. We take a look at her journey.Delhi Confidential: Union Minister Amit Shah annually visits his village on the occasion of Bhaidooj and the second day of Navratri and participates in the meeting of Primary Agricultural Credit Societies. Shah revealed this while responding to Cabinet colleague Parshottam Rupala, who took a jibe at cooperative leaders and asked them how they contribute to the sector, during an event to mark the 100th International Day of Cooperatives.In today’s episode of the ‘3 things’ podcast, we talk about Maharashtra’s new government clearing the floor test in the Assembly and the protests against its decision to build a metro shed in Aarey forest. We also discuss a fratricide case in BSF and the rising concern of mental health issues among police forces.Until tomorrow,Leela Prasad and Sonal Gupta

Daily Briefing: BJP-Eknath Shinde coalition wins trust vote in Maharashtra; scientists look at Omicron sub-variant amid spike in Covid cases
  • Maharashtra Floor Test Live Updates: BJP-Shinde camp govt crosses majority mark in trust vote; SC to hear plea challenging Shinde faction’s whip on July 11
  • The Indian Express

  • Maharashtra Assembly session from today; Shinde govt to face floor test on July 4
  • The Indian Express

    The four-day old Shiv Sena-BJP government will face the floor test on July 4 during the special two-day session of the Legislative Assembly beginning here Sunday.The election to the post of the Speaker of the House will be held Sunday after the House proceedings begin at 11 am, an official said.Sena MLA and Uddhav Thackeray loyalist Rajan Salvi is the candidate of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine for the Speaker’s election. He is pitted against first-time BJP legislator Rahul Narvekar.Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs who support Shinde returned to Mumbai from Goa on Saturday evening on the eve of the Assembly session, and were lodged in a luxury hotel in south Mumbai, where Vidhan Bhavan, venue of the floor test, is located.NCP chief Sharad Pawar claimed that Narhari Zirwal, the deputy Speaker, can perform officiating Speaker’s duties even though a no-confidence motion is pending against him. The post of Speaker is vacant since February last year after Nana Patole of Congress quit.As many as 50 MLAs who support Shinde, including 39 rebel legislators of the Shiv Sena, on Saturday evening flew to Mumbai from Goa by a chartered flight. Shinde, who had flown to Goa in the morning, accompanied them back.Shinde has the support of 10 legislators of smaller parties and independents and 106 MLAs of the BJP in the 288-member House.Following is the party position in the Assembly: Shiv Sena 55, NCP 53, Congress 44, BJP 106, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi 3, Samajwadi Party 2, AIMIM 2, Prahar Janshakti Party 2, MNS 1, CPI (M) 1, PWP 1, Swambhimani Paksha 1, Rashtriya Samaj Paksha 1, Jansurajya Shakti Party 1, Krantikari Shetkari Party 1, and Independents 13.There is a vacancy due to the death of Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke last month.Two NCP members – Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal – have tested COVID-19 positive, while two other party legislators – Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik – are currently in jail.

  • Maharashtra Speaker’s election today: Stage set for first test for new CM Shinde
  • The Indian Express

    WITH THE Speaker’s election slated for Sunday after Shiv Sena announced the candidature of its MLA Rajan Salvi for the post against BJP’s Rahul Narwekar, the stage is set for the first test for the newly sworn-in Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his group of Sena rebels, and for BJP and the Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis.Shinde and Fadnavis were sworn in on Thursday and the Governor has called for a special session of the assembly on Sunday and Monday for the Speaker’s election followed by a floor test. The election will mark the first battle in the House between Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena which has 16 MLAs, and Shnde-led rebel group with 39 MLAs.On Saturday, Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu issued a whip, asking all the MLAs to be present in the assembly and cast their votes in favour of Salvi.Replying to the whip issued by Prabhu, Chief Minister Shinde asserted that it does not apply to his group as they have more than two-thirds of the total 55 Sena MLAs. He said, “We will face the floor test and we will win”.Sources said a separate whip is likely to be issued by the Shinde faction for the election and the floor test.Ajay Chaudhari, Shiv Sena legislative party leader said, “We have a strategy in place but I can’t disclose it now.’’ Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said, “We will fight the Speaker’s election and we believe in the Constitution. I have heard that the Shinde faction spokesperson Deepak Kesarkar said that Uddhav Thackeray is their leader. These MLAs now must obey the whip and vote for Rajan Salvi.”Shiv Sena parliamentary party leader Vinayak Raut said, “We have issued a whip that the rebel MLAs should vote for Rajan Salvi. If they don’t, it will be an added material in our case in Supreme Court for disqualifying them.”A three-time MLA, Salvi was accompanied by Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant, Sena legislature party leader Ajay Chaudhari, state NCP chief Jayant Patil, and Congress legislative party leader Balasaheb Thorat while filing his nomination for the election.Meanwhile, late Friday night, Thackeray sacked Shinde from the post of Shiv Sena leader in party organisation for indulging in “anti party activities’ ‘.“Dear Shri Shinde, You have been indulging in anti-party activities and have also voluntarily given up your membership of Shiv Sena. Therefore, in exercise of the powers vested in me as the Shiv Sena Paksha Pramukha, I remove you from the post of Shiv Sena leader in the party organisation,” the letter issued by Thackeray read.The move came after Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis took oath as CM and deputy CM respectively on Thursday. Sources in Shinde camp said that they will challenge the letter legally.Ahead of the Speaker’s election, the rebel Sena MLAs and Independent MLAs returned to Mumbai on Saturday evening after spending almost 11 days out of the state — first in Gujarat, then in Assam, and then in Goa. They arrived in Mumbai on a special flight and will be camped at a south Mumbai five-star hotel along with BJP MLAs.Addressing them, CM Shinde asserted that the whip of state legislative leader Bharat Gogawale, who is a part of his group, will be applicable to them, and not that of Shiv Sena’s which has been reduced to a minority.Security was beefed up in Mumbai and police security was deployed along the route from Mumbai airport to South Mumbai hotel to avoid any untoward incident.As the floor test is also scheduled on Monday, Shiv Sena president and former CM Uddhav Thackeray held meetings with party leaders to carve out a strategy. Congress MLC Bhai Jagtap and Congress working president Charan Singh Sapra also met Thackeray at Matorshree Saturday afternoon and all MVA leaders held a meeting in the evening.The NCP legislature party will hold a meeting on Sunday morning to decide their strategy. State NCP president Jayant Patil said, “I feel elections should not be held. All three parties gave a letter… We have a deputy Speaker, Narhari Zirwal, and he has the right to run the House… When the government has changed, Koshyari has allowed elections for a Speaker and people are watching these developments.”Congress spokesperson Atul Londhe said, “Earlier, MVA demanded election of Speaker and it was denied by the Governor quoting law related to elections. Now, we can’t understand the reason to have elections. The Governor should not forget that he is a constitutional authority, and not a BJP worker.”

As active Covid-19 cases cross 1-lakh mark after 122 days, here’s what trend shows
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | 30-06-2022 | 07:40 pm
The Indian Express
2 months ago | 30-06-2022 | 07:40 pm

Covid-19 cases have been on the rise again in India, with the country recording over 18,000 cases after a gap of 130 days, taking the cumulative tally to 4,34,52,164, according to data put out by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. Cases have increased by 78 per cent from the average two weeks ago and deaths, too, have gone up by 119 per cent.Active cases in the country also crossed the one-lakh mark on Thursday after a gap of 122 days. A total of 18,819 new Covid cases were reported in a span of 24 hours while the death toll climbed to 5,25,116 with 39 new fatalities. The active cases, as such, went up to 1,04,555 comprising 0.24 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate stood at 98.55 per cent.An increase of 4,953 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 4.16 per cent and the weekly positivity rate at 3.72 per cent, according to the ministry.Where are Covid cases rising again?According to the data published by the Health Ministry, there are 43 districts around the country that are recording a weekly positivity rate of 10 per cent or more. Kerala tops this list with 11 districts, followed by Mizoram (6) and Maharashtra (5).Among the districts, Mizoram’s Kolasib tops the list, recording a positivity rate of 64.86 per cent. However, what is to be kept in mind is that the state does not perform too many Covid-19 tests when compared to others. The positivity rate is the proportion of samples tested that return positive.The other states that have been witnessing a noticeable rise include Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Manipur, Mizoram, Goa, Karnataka and Puducherry. While there are 42 districts in India that are recording a positivity rate between 5 and 10 per cent, the 627 others are still below the 5 per cent-mark.According to the trend this month, the country crossed the 4,000-mark on June 3, 7,000-mark on June 9, 8,000-mark on June 11, 12,000-mark on June 16, 13,000-mark on June 18, 17,000-mark on June 24 and 18,000-mark on June 30.India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. The country crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23 last year. It crossed 4 crore on January 25 this year.What about deaths?The 39 new fatalities recorded on Thursday include 17 from Kerala, 7 from Maharashtra, 4 from Uttar Pradesh, 3 from Punjab, 2 each from Haryana, Karnataka and West Bengal and 1 each from Delhi and Sikkim.Of the total deaths recorded to date, 1,47,922 are from Maharashtra, 69,993 from Kerala, 40,117 from Karnataka, 38,026 from Tamil Nadu, 26,261 from Delhi, 23,538 from Uttar Pradesh and 21,218 from West Bengal. To put it into perspective, at least 1 in 2,602 Indians have died from the novel coronavirus, taking the cumulative toll to 5,25,116.The Health Ministry, however, stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.What does the trend show?Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 31 residents have been infected with Covid-19 in India. An average of 15,315 cases per day were reported in India in the last week with new infections increasing by 78 per cent from the average two weeks ago and deaths by 119 per cent.

As active Covid-19 cases cross 1-lakh mark after 122 days, here’s what trend shows
‘Test even if you think you have the flu’
Times of India | 2 months ago | 16-06-2022 | 09:22 am
Times of India
2 months ago | 16-06-2022 | 09:22 am

PANAJI: As Covid cases continue to rise in the state, health officials have said that people must get tested for the disease even if they have flu-like symptoms. State epidemiologist Dr Utkarsh Betodkar said that people have no option but to take precautions. On Wednesday, the state recorded a total of 82 new cases.

‘Test even if you think you have the flu’
  • People urged to get tested even for flu-like symptoms
  • Times of India

    Panaji: Even as Covid-19 cases rise rapidly in the state, health authorities have said that people should get tested even if they have flu or flu-like symptoms. On Tuesday, Goa hit 100 daily cases after nearly four months, after several days of daily cases ranging from 60 to 70. State epidemiologist Dr Utkarsh Betokdar said that people have no alternative but to take precautions. “People should get tested even if they think they have the flu,” Betodkar said. However, health authorities are still not ready to term the present rise a new (or a fourth) wave. “Hospitalisations are still on the lower side, just one or two admissions a week,” he said. “Since the rise, a single fatality has been reported, adding that the patient who died after contracting the infection was a 95-year-old woman. Betodkar said that most patients reported mild symptoms, unlike in earlier phases of the pandemic. Since the rise in cases, the majority of patients have been treated in home isolation. The directorate of health services is still unclear as to how to define the ongoing increase, but one pattern that’s been emerging has been similar to earlier, which is that South Goa is reporting more cases than North Goa. “We haven’t seen any clusters so far, but more infections are being reported from South Goa,” he said. Betodkar said that it may be because of “the higher concentration of population” in certain talukas of South Goa. The first wave originated at Mangor Hill, Vasco, in the first week of June 2020, reaching other parts of the state by the month-en. While Vasco became the hotspot, Salcete also reported a huge number of cases. During the second wave, Margao remained at the top, whereas in North Goa, Calangute, Candolim, Panaji and Porvorim saw the disease spread like wildfire, but the tally of cases in South Goa was higher than that of North Goa. Even during the third wave which began from December 28, 2021, and started dipping by mid-February, South Goa was ahead in terms of numbers.

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