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Seamen Trophy: For first time in 49 years, teams give traditional opening date a miss
Times of India | 2 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 04:00 am
Times of India
2 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 04:00 am

Panaji: Somewhere in 1973 when two cruise ships docked at a port in UK at the same time, a group of Chandor locals stepped out and decided to watch a football match together.They enjoyed the game, then started discussing the beautiful game and their village. It was here that the idea of a tournament sponsored by the local seamen took shape. Soon enough, the Chandor Seamen Rolling Trophy was launched.Organised by Chandor Club, the Chandor Seamen Rolling Trophy was inaugurated on August 15, 1973. Since then, according to club records available on its website, “the tournament is inaugurated every year on India’s Independence Day.”In the past, one edition was delayed due to a dispute with the Church over ownership of the ground and the organisers were forced to kick off the tournament in November. This year, for the first time in almost 50 years, there will be a break in tradition as teams have ruled themselves out.“We tried our best, contacted all teams, but everyone said they cannot make it on August 15,” said club president Felix Furtado. “The players are engaged in church activities or other village tournaments.”The Seamen Trophy, now in its 47th edition, will commence on August 14.“This is for the first time that we cannot have the opening on the traditional day and will instead start a day earlier which happens to be a Sunday. We are all disappointed.,” said Furtado.The disappointment would be even bigger for the Chandor Seamen Association, also founded on August 15.The tournament is organised jointly by Chandor Club and the Chandor Seamen Association which sponsors the prize money.The first edition was held in 1973 when Social Welfare Association of India, Benaulim, defeated Nagmodem, Navelim, to emerge champions.“There was no housie, no prize money, only cups for the winners, runners-up and 11 gold-plated medals for the winners and 11 silver-plated medals for the runners-up. All the cups and medals were donated by Chandor Seamen,” the club noted in one of its report available on the website.Today, the tournament is Goa’s second oldest existing inter-village football tournament after the Custodio Memorial Trophy in Raia. It offers a cash prize of Rs 70,000 for the winners.Since inception 49 years ago, the tournament was not held only three times.The first was in 1980 due to a dispute between the parish priest and the club. A police case was also filed as the dispute threatened to cause “breach of peace.”The Covid-19 pandemic meant no inter-village tournaments could be played in 2020 and 2021. The Chandor Seamen Rolling Trophy now makes a return, but, unlike in the past, not on the traditional Independence Day.

Seamen Trophy: For first time in 49 years, teams give traditional opening date a miss
State to sign MoU with Tata hosp, Centre for cancer institute: Rane
Times of India | 4 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 01:44 am
Times of India
4 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 01:44 am

Panaji: Health minister Vishwajit Rane said on Wednesday that the state government would sign a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, and the Union government, to seek their guidance in setting up the proposed Cancer Institute of Goa.The Tata Memorial Hospital is one of the world's largest cancer care facilities, and is supported by the Union government's department of atomic energy. Rane’s announcement came after a meeting with Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan and state health secretary Y V V J Rajasekhar to discuss various issues pertaining to the health services in Goa.Rane said that Bhushan promised to support the upgrade of the tertiary cancer centre to a state cancer institute. “He has advised us to send a proposal, along with referrals,” said Rane.The foundation stone for the cancer centre was laid on August 1. The project itself was initiated a few years ago, and the state is being assisted financially by the Union government.Rane said that Bhushan appreciated the Goa government’s policy of approving HPV vaccination for girls of the 9-14 age group for the prevention of cervical cancer.Goa Medical College (GMC) has a unit for cancer patients and also a day centre for chemotherapy, led by Dr Anupama Borkar.Before that, most cancer patients needing treatment were referred to certain private hospitals or centres outside Goa.Rane said that at Wednesday’s meeting, they also discussed the digitisation of health records. “It will ensure that the records of all patients, but chiefly of far-flung primary health centres, are properly documented,” Rane said.Digital documentation, he said, will ensure that records are maintained in one place, which will help in the preventive care as well as treatment of patients.Rane said that the Union health ministry would soon send a team of officials to understand Goa’s special needs, including the upgradation of the South Goa district hospital, with a separate medical college as per the model advised by Niti Aayog.“The ministry will also depute officers from AIIMS for the upgradation of the STEMI programme in Goa,” Rane added.

State to sign MoU with Tata hosp, Centre for cancer institute: Rane
Ballot mismatch in Calangute: Voting halted, poll today
Times of India | 4 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 01:40 am
Times of India
4 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 01:40 am

Calangute: Voting at a polling booth at government primary school, Sauntavaddo, Calangute, for ward no. 9 in Calangute panchayat was stopped on Wednesday morning after it was found that there was a mismatch between the symbols and name of two candidates. The election for this ward has now been rescheduled for Thursday.Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said he was told about the mismatch following which he spoke to the state election commissioner W V Ramamurthy. “I spoke to the election commissioner and he immediately called the presiding officer and directed him to stop the voting immediately, Lobo said. “I told him the election has to be held tomorrow itself as all the other results will be declared on Friday. It should not happen that one side is falling short of one member to form the panchayat body and will have to wait for the outcome of voting in one ward. It's because of that I told the EC the election should be held tomorrow itself. The EC agreed and voting will take place on Thursday,” Lobo said. Former Calangute sarpanch Shawn Martins, a voter from Sauntavaddo who was present at the polling booth, said the mismatch came to light after 16 voters had already cast their vote. “There were a lot of voters here at the government primary school at Sauntavaddo where there are polling booths for three wards in Calangute. It was found at the booth for ward no. 9 there was a mismatch between the names and symbols of two candidates. By that time 16 voters had already cast their vote. When the 17th and 18th voters came they noticed the mismatch and immediately informed the presiding officer,” Martins said. “A lot of people had to go back without voting because of this. The election commission should take this incident seriously and should check the ballot papers thoroughly in future,” he said.

Ballot mismatch in Calangute: Voting halted, poll today
Poor accessibility at p’yat polls disappoints PwDs
Times of India | 4 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 01:23 am
Times of India
4 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 01:23 am

Panaji: The Disability Rights Association of Goa expressed disappointment at the lack of accessibility facilities for persons with disabilities (PwD) at the panchayat elections.“We were very disappointed to see videos of persons with disabilities struggling at polling booths to cast their votes,” president Avelino de Sa stated.“They had promised to provide ramps, but these were missing at many places. This is not only insensitivity, but violation of Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016, by the state election commission,” de Sa said.One video that went viral was that of minister Govind Gaude, who recently suffered an injury, struggling to climb multiple flights of stairs to reach his polling booth.The visually impaired were also disappointed at not having braille ballot papers and other facilities to allow them to cast their vote independently, with dignity.One such voter, Shankar Khauntankar told reporters that he asked for a braille ballot paper but was told that these were not available as there is no provision to have them in the Panchayat Raj Act.“I request for an amendment to the Act so that the visually impaired can vote independently. I was compelled to bring along a companion to vote. Where’s the secrecy in my vote? It’s a fundamental right and we should be able to cast our vote ourselves,” he said.Council member of the National Association for the Blind, Goa, Mahadev Sawant, who has low vision, said several facilities need to be put in place for those with low vision as well as with 100% visual impairment. “The symbols should be in large font so that we can clearly identify them. The provision of adequate lighting must also be looked into,” he said.Although persons with benchmark disabilities and seniors above 80 voted from home for the assembly elections recently, Sawant said it was not all hunky dory for those with 100% visual impairment. “Braille ballot guides were provided to be able to know the candidates contesting, but when it came to selecting the candidate there was no way for the 100% visually impaired person to know which candidate he was selecting on the voting slip. There’s no secrecy here,” he said.Responding to a request for facilities for PwDs to be able to vote from home just like they did in the assembly elections, the SEC had said that “the provision of braille ballot papers and postal ballot voting for elderly citizens above 80 years of age and bedridden is not mentioned in the Goa Panchayat Raj Act, 1994”.

Poor accessibility at p’yat polls disappoints PwDs
Govt, local institutions capable of running primary schools: CM
Times of India | 5 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 01:08 am
Times of India
5 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 01:08 am

Panaji: Hitting out at AAP, chief minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said that government and local institutions are capable of running the primary schools in the state. AAP should first see the condition of schools in the state where they have a government, he said. Sawant said he did not need political advice to run the schools.The chief minister, who also holds the education portfolio, said that the state government has started a survey to identify government primary schools for amalgamation and not a single school has been closed so far. He said that the government has started speaking to teachers. “The merger of schools is at the planning stage,” Sawant said.“If there are only four students and primary schools are in a 2km radius we want to merge them and provide four teachers and improve the infrastructure,” the chief minister said.He said that the state government is capable of running government primary schools and in the last 60 years it has done so. Sawant said that if the parents are ready to take responsibility to run the schools, then the government will help them with additional teachers. “There is no need for any political party to take over government primary schools to run and the government is committed to run the schools.” AAP on Tuesday requested director of education Shailesh Zingade to reverse the decision of merging government primary schools in the interest of public and students. In a memorandum, AAP offered to “adopt” these schools which are to be merged and “show how the enrolment in these schools can be increased by providing futuristic facilities in these schools”.The chief minister said that first they should see the bad condition of schools in the state which are run by their party. Sawant said that AAP only wants publicity and to print some news in Delhi. The chief minister said that out of 540 high schools, the state government runs only 10% of high schools. “Institutions and the government are capable of running the schools, there is no need for political parties to get involved. The government will not allow any political party to run the schools,” he said.

Govt, local institutions capable of running primary schools: CM
  • ‘Don’t merge govt primary schools, let us adopt them’
  • Times of India

    Panaji: AAP on Tuesday requested the director of education, Shailesh Zingade, to reverse the decision of merging government primary schools in the interest of public and students.In a memorandum submitted to Zingade, AAP also offered to “adopt” these schools which are to be merged and “show how the enrolment in these schools can be increased with providing futuristic facilities in these schools”.“AAP is willing to take over these schools if the government acknowledges that it has failed to provide Goan children with the educational facilities they need and deserve. We’ll demonstrate using our Delhi model how to boost enrolment and improve results in Goa as well,” AAP Goa unit president Amit Palekar stated. The party alleged that enrolment in these government primary schools has dropped as a result of the BJP government’s complete neglect of government primary schools in recent years.AAP further said that these schools cannot be merged as most of Goa resides in small villages and local children feel comfortable attending these primary schools as they find it convenient to walk to the school in their village.“By merging schools, a child will now have to attend a school almost 4-5 km away from their home. Many of the villages do not have transportation facilities and this will cause a lot of hardship to the child as he/she will have to walk to the school in the monsoon rains in winter cold and summer heat with a heavy bag,” the party submitted to the director of education.




Goa Tourism News

Forest minister Vishwajit Rane moots animal safaris in Goa, eyes central government tie-up
Times of India | 22 hours ago | 10-08-2022 | 07:53 am
Times of India
22 hours ago | 10-08-2022 | 07:53 am

PANAJI: Animal safaris will be provided in Goa on the lines of such safaris offered at Kevadia, Gujarat, forest minister Vishwajit Rane said on Tuesday. Rane said that he has already discussed the plan with the Union minister. The state is looking at working on the project in collaboration with the central government, he said. "Following in the footsteps of an animal safari developed in Kevadia, we sought advice from the Union minister to work closely with the ministry in the development of a state-of-the-art animal safari in Goa," Rane said. Rane met Union minister for environment, forest and climate change Bhupendra Yadav. During the meeting, a development plan for Bondla zoo was also discussed. The zoo will be upgraded to showcase fauna found in the Western Ghats, Rane said. "We also discussed the Bondla Zoological Park's integrated and holistic development to showcase the diverse fauna of the Western Ghats and other regions in a naturalistic setting. A master plan, including such proposals, has already been submitted to Central Zoo Authority," said Rane. The minister said that a proposal for maintenance of Goa's grasslands is also on the cards. "I discussed various proposals, viz, integrated development of wildlife habitat under which we have sought approval for maintenance of grasslands, enrichment plantation with fruit-bearing trees, creation and maintenance of forest roads, nature camping facility in protected areas, etc," the minister said. He said that the proposals discussed also included creation of artificial watering holes in protected areas of Goa using solar pumps and nature guide training programmes and capacity building of local youth for eco-tourism activities.

Forest minister Vishwajit Rane moots animal safaris in Goa, eyes central government tie-up
  • In 10-year roadmap, Rane plans safaris, wildlife camping in Goa
  • Times of India

    Panaji: The state forest department has embarked on an ambitious 10-year roadmap to turn Goa’s forests — part of the internationally-recognised Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot — into a safari destination.From luxury tents and wildlife trips to deep sea expeditions and turtle nesting tours, the forest department has come up with several strategies to unlock the state’s rich wildlife sanctuaries and biodiversity for locals and tourists. “I want to develop safaris,” said forest minister Vishwajit Rane. “You cannot have animals in a cage for this. You need to have an ecosystem, and this is not a one or two year work. It has to start now, and over the next ten years, you may start seeing some results.” Outlining his plan after chairing a meeting with the department, Rane said that priority areas have been identified where eco-tourism activities will be set up — Cotigao, Galgibaga, Netravali, Molcornem, Surla and Chorla.The state has three wildlife sanctuaries, but most of these remain inaccessible and out of bounds for wildlife lovers. The state also has four turtle conservation and nesting sites at Morjim and Mandrem in Pernem, and Agonda and Galgibaga in Canacona. Rane aims to increase these, while also introducing guided tours for students and tourists. Also being considered is a 120km walking trail linking the Cotigao wildlife sanctuary, the forests of Netravali, Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuary, and the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary upto Chorla ghat. Along with this, facilities for recreational vehicles or camper vans and luxury tent camping sites at Surla and Nanoda are also being discussed, said Rane, who is interested in wildlife photography.The state government has roped in former principal conservator of forests Vinay Luthra as advisor. Rane met Luthra, Goa’s principal chief conservator of forests Rajiv Kumar Gupta, and additional principal chief conservator of forests and chief wildlife warden Santosh Kumar, to prepare the roadmap. “We have taken Luthra on as an advisor to the minister for forests, and at the same time, he will have a role to play in the GFDC to see how we can increase activities in the wildlife sanctuaries. At the same time, in Goa, we will come up with a forest development and forest management plan,” said Rane.While the wildlife safaris are at least 10 years away, in the short term, the department intends to start camping sites, kayaking, cycling tracks and hiking trails, beginning with Cotigao. These plans coincide with the state government’s push towards hinterland tourism. The minister said that the department can develop two camping sites immediately by spending Rs 2-3 crore at the Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuary and at Cotigao, while a similar camping site at Nanoda will be set up through the PPP route. Aware that there will be resistance, Rane said that the department will involve the locals, particularly by training local youth as guides. Among other plans, the forest department hopes to upgrade the Bondla zoo, and create natural habitats for wild animals and bird watching sites.“There is no law that says that people cannot enter forests. We want to make it very friendly. We want to have a proactive approach so that Goans do not have to go far. They can go on a Saturday or Sunday to a wildlife park, or for a trek, or on a trail walk,” said Rane.

A seaside museum that’s brimming with tales of yore
Times of India | 4 days ago | 07-08-2022 | 04:28 am
Times of India
4 days ago | 07-08-2022 | 04:28 am

Sprawled across a hillock at Sinquerim and offering magnificent views of the Arabian Sea, the 17th century Fort Aguada has long been drawing hordes of tourists and locals to take in its architectural splendour. But it is the fort’s jail museum at the base of the hillock that has been attracting a steady flow of visitors of late, although activities planned for the historic site have yet to take off.Renovated and restored at a cost of Rs 26 crore, the structure had served as a full-fledged port during the Portuguese regime, complete with a jetty and a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Good Voyage where passengers would pray before setting out to sea. It was subsequently converted to a prison at which several freedom fighters had served time. The jail was operational post-Liberation too, until mid-2015, following which all its inmates were shifted to the central jail at Colvale.It lay largely neglected thereafter until the government decided to give it a new lease of life as a jail museum equipped with a host of modern technologies to help people understand and appreciate its hoary past.“As visitors walk through the passage next to the prison blocks, they will find information on the walls with 3D projection mapping, interactive screens, and audio and digital displays,” said Ravi Shankar, director of Waterfront Experiences Pvt Ltd which has been roped in by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation to maintain, manage and operate the historic structure.A senior tourism department official said all activities conceptualised for the jail museum will likely be launched by November 1 this year.Shankar said that once the project takes off in its entirety, it will generate over 350 direct and around 100 indirect job opportunities. “The prison bakery, for instance, which has been retained in its original form, will be made operational and will supply bread to cafes and restaurants housed in the complex by engaging a ‘poder’ (bread maker) from a nearby village,” he said.Guided walks throughout the museum will also be on offer, but visitors will be at liberty to explore the area on their own. Two light-and-sound shows will be held in the open area outside the prison cells before and after sunset, narrating the history of Goa till Liberation. While the theme will revolve around freedom, the curation will be refreshed every year.“The cultural centre will select one element from a broad theme each year and build around it. This way, there will be something new to learn, understand and experience each year,” Shankar said and added that a Christmas market at the premises is on the cards for this year.Another feature is the fair weather jetty — operational from October to April — which will allow visitors to take a ferry from Aguada to Old Goa, thereby connecting two major historical sites. A shuttle bus service from the Aguada helipad atop the hillock to the jail museum at its base is alsoexpected to begin shortly.The jail museum was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 19, 2021, during his visit to Goa to participate in celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the state’s Liberation.

A seaside museum that’s brimming with tales of yore
Goa sees drop in registered cases of female trafficking
Times of India | 4 days ago | 07-08-2022 | 04:15 am
Times of India
4 days ago | 07-08-2022 | 04:15 am

Panaji: Registration of female human trafficking cases in Goa is on the decline since 2020. Also, not even a single girl victim of trafficking has been rescued in Goa by the police during the last four months. In all, 171 cases of women trafficking were registered since 2017 till June 2022. Out of these, 70 were in North Goa, 43 in South Goa and 58 at the crime branch.After 2020, only 40 such cases have been registered.“Since April, not a single girl victim has been rescued by the police. This will send a wrong signal in society that police have stopped rescuing girls. The law-enforcing agencies must reply as to why they could not rescue even a single victim during the last four months,” said Arz director Arun Pandey. He also said that Covid is one of the reasons which has impacted the number of rescue operations in the state.“Globally, including in India, trafficking of girls in the age group of 18 to 25 years has increased considerably. Some of the victims are working in small towns and malls as they are the only breadwinners in their family,” Pandey said. “Due to Covid, many lost their jobs owing to companies shutting down. Many of those jobless had to take care of their families and look for financial security. The situation increased their vulnerability for sex trafficking.”He further said that if Goa police doesn’t send a strong message to traffickers by rescuing girls, the number of victims will increase during the ensuing tourist season. Pandey said traffickers have started targeting local girls and also those from the neighbouring states like Maharashtra and Karnataka. He also said that the downturn in tourism activities and police remaining engaged in Covid duties were some of the reasons behind the decline in registration of human trafficking cases.

Goa sees drop in registered cases of female trafficking
Govt, locals take up cleaning of Goa’s first Ramsar site
Times of India | 4 days ago | 07-08-2022 | 04:07 am
Times of India
4 days ago | 07-08-2022 | 04:07 am

Margao: Days after it gained the distinction of being the first Ramsar site in Goa, the water resources department (WRD) on Friday took up the cleaning of the Nanda lake at Xeldem, Curchorem, where the villagers assisted in the cleanup exercise.The lake, spread over an area of 42 hectares, is one of Goa’s largest wetlands. It is one of the 10 new wetlands in India to get Ramsar site status, conferred on wetlands of international importance. Being designated a Ramsar site means that the Nanda lake is now on the global map for its importance in providing ecological services.The wetlands — land areas covered by water, either seasonally or permanently — play a key role in flood control and as sources of water, food, fibre and raw materials. Besides, such land areas also support mangroves that protect coastlines and filter pollutants.Any kind of encroachment, setting up of industry, expansion of existing industries, solid waste dumping, discharge of untreated wastes and effluents, poaching and any construction of a permanent nature are among the activities which are prohibited within the wetlands.With Nanda lake getting the Ramsar status, the wetland site is likely to be turned into an ideal site for sustainable and community-oriented tourism. Consequently, locals are likely to benefit from the number of livelihood opportunities that will be generated by the move. Restrictions in development at the site will also mean better quality of water of the lake even as traditional livelihood activities will have to be in consonance with the sustainable character of the wetland, sources said.The location will be preserved and beautified by the government under the supervision of the local lake management committee.

Govt, locals take up cleaning of Goa’s first Ramsar site



Goa Political News

Govt, local institutions capable of running primary schools: CM
Times of India | 5 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 01:08 am
Times of India
5 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 01:08 am

Panaji: Hitting out at AAP, chief minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said that government and local institutions are capable of running the primary schools in the state. AAP should first see the condition of schools in the state where they have a government, he said. Sawant said he did not need political advice to run the schools.The chief minister, who also holds the education portfolio, said that the state government has started a survey to identify government primary schools for amalgamation and not a single school has been closed so far. He said that the government has started speaking to teachers. “The merger of schools is at the planning stage,” Sawant said.“If there are only four students and primary schools are in a 2km radius we want to merge them and provide four teachers and improve the infrastructure,” the chief minister said.He said that the state government is capable of running government primary schools and in the last 60 years it has done so. Sawant said that if the parents are ready to take responsibility to run the schools, then the government will help them with additional teachers. “There is no need for any political party to take over government primary schools to run and the government is committed to run the schools.” AAP on Tuesday requested director of education Shailesh Zingade to reverse the decision of merging government primary schools in the interest of public and students. In a memorandum, AAP offered to “adopt” these schools which are to be merged and “show how the enrolment in these schools can be increased by providing futuristic facilities in these schools”.The chief minister said that first they should see the bad condition of schools in the state which are run by their party. Sawant said that AAP only wants publicity and to print some news in Delhi. The chief minister said that out of 540 high schools, the state government runs only 10% of high schools. “Institutions and the government are capable of running the schools, there is no need for political parties to get involved. The government will not allow any political party to run the schools,” he said.

Govt, local institutions capable of running primary schools: CM
  • ‘Don’t merge govt primary schools, let us adopt them’
  • Times of India

    Panaji: AAP on Tuesday requested the director of education, Shailesh Zingade, to reverse the decision of merging government primary schools in the interest of public and students.In a memorandum submitted to Zingade, AAP also offered to “adopt” these schools which are to be merged and “show how the enrolment in these schools can be increased with providing futuristic facilities in these schools”.“AAP is willing to take over these schools if the government acknowledges that it has failed to provide Goan children with the educational facilities they need and deserve. We’ll demonstrate using our Delhi model how to boost enrolment and improve results in Goa as well,” AAP Goa unit president Amit Palekar stated. The party alleged that enrolment in these government primary schools has dropped as a result of the BJP government’s complete neglect of government primary schools in recent years.AAP further said that these schools cannot be merged as most of Goa resides in small villages and local children feel comfortable attending these primary schools as they find it convenient to walk to the school in their village.“By merging schools, a child will now have to attend a school almost 4-5 km away from their home. Many of the villages do not have transportation facilities and this will cause a lot of hardship to the child as he/she will have to walk to the school in the monsoon rains in winter cold and summer heat with a heavy bag,” the party submitted to the director of education.

All encroached govt land will be taken back: Sawant
Times of India | 5 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 01:06 am
Times of India
5 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 01:06 am

Panaji: All government land that has been encroached on will be reverted to its original position, chief minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday. “I will not allow anyone to grab government land,” Sawant said.A special investigation team (SIT) has registered a first information report against an unknown person for allegedly illegally selling 73 properties belonging to the state government in Sanguem taluka. The Goa legislative assembly passed the Registration (Goa Amendment) Bill, 2022, to empower the authorities investigating land grab cases to file a case before the appropriate court or tribunal to determine the veracity of documents.“The investigating authority shall file a case before such a court or tribunal only after ascertaining on exhaustive investigation that the document registered with the registering officer is fraudulent,” the bill states. “The court or tribunal may, upon such enquiry as it deems fit, order cancellation of a document which is found to be fraudulently registered, and it may also order restoration of property in the name of the original owner on cancellation of such document.”The officer must revert the land to its original owner within two days of the court order declaring a document forged, the Bill states. The chief minister had also said that not a single person has approached the SIT to claim ownership of the land being investigated by them. “Anonymous properties, whose owners are in foreign countries or whose owners do not exist, such properties have been sold or illegally grabbed. This will not be permitted. Such properties will belong to the state government,” the chief minister had said.Elaborating, the CM said that in case there are illegally grabbed properties of Goans who have surrendered Indian citizenship and moved abroad, then the government may also think of taking over these properties. Sawant said that the state government will sign a memorandum of understanding with Isha Outreach for the Save Soil Movement started by Sadguru. He said that under this program there will be exchange of expertise, training and empowerment of stakeholders and public awareness. “It will help us in achieving sustainable goals in Goa,” he said. Sawant said that Isha Outreach will share its soil policy with the state.

All encroached govt land will be taken back: Sawant
Goa: Court junks former Congress president’s plea for FIR against 10 ex-MLAs
Times of India | 23 hours ago | 10-08-2022 | 06:24 am
Times of India
23 hours ago | 10-08-2022 | 06:24 am

PANAJI: A Mapusa court has dismissed the application of former Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar who was seeking directions for an FIR to be registered for cheating and forgery against 10 of its former MLAs who merged with BJP in 2019. Chodankar had alleged that they forged documents for the purpose of producing it in a disqualification petition which was then pending before the speaker of the legislative assembly. The court relied on the order passed by the high court in a writ petition between the same parties in which the order of the speaker was maintained by the high court. “Thus, there is no element of forgery for which no direction can be given to the respondent to register the FIR,” stated Shilpa S Pandit, JMFC, A-Court, Mapusa. “Merely because the letter head and the seal of the said committee is used for preparing the resolution, it cannot be said that the persons named therein have committed any forgery in creating the said resolution. That being so, no cognisable offence is made out in the complaint of the applicant. Hence, no FIR can be registered for any such offence alleged in the application,” the court added. The court observed that on July 10, 2019, when the resolution was passed to merge with BJP, all the persons who allegedly committed forgery were members of the GPCC and that being so had access to the letter head and seal of the committee. Public prosecutor R Barreto contended that none of them have alleged that their signatures on the resolution are forged. “That being so, it is an admitted position that said letter is signed by them all. Hence, there is no question of any forgery for which the complaint can be registered,” the court held. Chodankar had lodged a police complaint on April 20 last year alleging that the 10 MLAs conspired and fraudulently created a false document claiming to be a resolution of the GPCC and purportedly passed in the meeting of the GPCC held on July 10, 2019 to merge GPCC with BJP. He alleged the resolution was falsely created using counterfeit letter head and counterfeit seal of GPCC. Despite Chodankar’s complaint no FIR was registered, his counsel S Vaingankar submitted to the court.

Goa: Court junks former Congress president’s plea for FIR against 10 ex-MLAs



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 | 5 months ago | 17-02-2022 | 07:07 am
Times of India
5 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 | 6 months ago | 30-01-2022 | 01:14 am
Navhind Times
6 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 | 8 months ago | 12-11-2021 | 12:07 am
Navhind Times
8 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

After Centre’s snub, MPT looks to get pvt player on board for mobile harbour crane
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 26-07-2022 | 04:13 am
Times of India
2 weeks 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 | 1 month ago | 30-06-2022 | 07:40 pm
The Indian Express
1 month 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 | 1 month ago | 16-06-2022 | 09:22 am
Times of India
1 month 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.