Times of India | 11 months ago | 16-06-2022 | 02:40 am
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.
As 10-12 coaches of the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express and 3-4 coaches of another train from Yeswanthpur to Howrah derailed near Baleswar in Odisha late Friday night, a host of other trains were cancelled or diverted.At least 50 people are feared dead and more than 400 injured in the accident.“At around 7pm, 10-12 coaches of the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express derailed near Baleswar and fell on the opposite track. After some time, another train from Yeswanthpur to Howrah dashed into those derailed coaches resulting in the derailment of its 3-4 coaches,” Railway Spokesperson Amitabh Sharma said.12837 Howrah-Puri Superfast Express journey commencing on June 2, 202312863 Howrah-SMVB Superfast Express journey commencing on June 2, 202312838 Puri – Howrah Superfast Express journey commencing on June 2, 202312839 Howrah-Chennai Mail journey commencing on June 2, 202312895 Shalimar-Puri Superfast Express journey commencing on June 2, 202320831 Shalimar-Sambalpur Express journey commencing on June 2, 202302837 Santragachi-Puri Special Express journey commencing on June 2, 202322201 Sealdah-Puri Duronto Express journey commencing on June 2, 202318410 Sri Jagannath Express – Puri to Kolkata journey commencing on June 2, 202308012 Puri- Bhanjapur Special from Puri journey commencing on June 2, 202312801 Puri-New Delhi Purusottam Express from Puri on June 2 will run via Jakhapura & Jaroli route.18477 Puri-Rishikesh Kalinga Utkal Express from Puri on June 2 will run via Angul-Sambalpur City- Jharsuguda Road- Ib route.03229 Puri-Patna Special from Puri on June 2 will run via the Jakhapura-Jaroli route12840 Chennai-Howrah Mail from Chennai on June 1 will run via the Jakhapura-Jaroli route.18048 Vasco da Gama-Howrah Amaravati Express from Vasco on June 1 will run via Jakhapura-Jaroli route.22850 Secunderabad-Shalimar Express from Secunderabad on June 2 will run via Jakhapura and Jaroli.22804 Sambalpur-Shalimar Express from Sambalpur on June 2 will run via Sambalpur City- Jharsuguda Route.12509 Bangalore-Guwahati Express from Bangalore on June 1 will run via Vizianagaram- Titilagarh – Jharsuguda-Tata route.15929 Tambaram-New Tinsukia Express from Tambaram on June 1 will run via Ranital-Jaroli route.22807 Santragachi-Chennai Express journey commencing on June 2 will run via Tatanagar22873 Digha-Visakhapatnam Express journey commencing on June 2 will run via Tatanagar18409 Shalimar-Puri Sri Jagannath Express journey commencing on June 2 will run via Tatanagar22817 Howrah-Mysuru Express journey commencing on June 2 will run via Tatanagar
A day ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Goa, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday met SCO Secretary-General Zhang Ming and is set to hold bilateral meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang.Sharing a photo of his interaction with Ming, Jaishankar wrote on Twitter: “Started my meetings at SCO CFM (Council of Foreign Ministers) with a productive interaction with Secretary General Zhang Ming. Appreciate his support for India’s SCO Presidency. Indian presidency is driven by a commitment to SECURE SCO. Its key focus areas are startups, traditional medicine, youth empowerment, buddhist heritage and science & technology. Looking forward to a successful CFM in Goa.”Later in the day, Jaishankar will host a dinner for all the visiting ministers.The minister reached Goa Wednesday to take stock of the arrangements at the venue for the SCO meet – a luxury hotel in South Goa. Although there was no official word yet on the possible bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the SCO meet, sources said meetings with some of the dignitaries are likely as is the convention.However, they indicated that there was no plan yet for the much-anticipated bilateral with Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who is expected to reach Goa Thursday evening.Zardari will be the first Pakistan Foreign Minister to visit India since December 2016, when Sartaj Aziz came to Amritsar for the Heart of Asia summit.India and Pakistan are members of the SCO, which also includes China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Delhi wants to focus on the SCO grouping, which is going to take place in the backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine war and concerns over China’s expansionist behaviour.The situation in Afghanistan, terrorism and the regional security situation are some of the issues expected to come up for discussions. Ways to expand overall cooperation including in areas of trade, investment and connectivity will also be on the agenda.
The woman was rescued by Mumbai Police with the help of the Indian embassy. (Representational image)Mumbai: A 23-year-old woman from Goa who was duped by two agents and sent to Bahrain on the promise of a good job has been rescued by Mumbai Police with the help of the Indian embassy, an official said.The woman, resident of Tiswadi in North Goa district, landed in Delhi from Dubai on Tuesday, he said.She had left for the Gulf country on February 17.After reaching there, she was asked to work as a domestic help and when she refused, her employer registered a false case of theft against her and took away her mobile phone.Bahrain authorities informed the Indian embassy about her following the registration of a theft case, and the embassy contacted her family back in India.Her uncle approached the Mumbai crime branch on March 14, the official said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comOfficials of unit-10 of the crime branch then contacted her employment agents. They also contacted office-bearers of the Gulf-Maharashtra Business Forum and sought their help, he said.With the combined efforts of police, embassy officials and the forum, the woman was rescued and brought to India, he added.
A black panther rescued from a village in Goa has been temporarily shifted to a state-run zoo for observation, a forest department official said on Sunday.The forest department on Saturday rescued the animal from Balli village in South Goa district by laying a trap after it was seen venturing into a human settlement.The black panther was then taken to the Bondla Zoo in North Goa to keep it under observation.“The animal has minor injuries and is being treated. The feline will not be displayed to the public. When the animal is fit, it would be released into a deep forest in Goa,” the official said.The forest department is also investigating what made the panther leave its habitat and enter the human settlement.“We will be studying the animal’s food intake to understand why it came into the human settlement,” the official said.Earlier, Goa Forest Minister Vishwajit Rane had in a tweet said a trapping mechanism was set up at Balli village in Quepem (South Goa) and the animal was rescued in the early hours of Saturday.Once the necessary procedures are completed, the animal will be released in a wildlife sanctuary, he had said.
MARGAO: Health officer of urban health centre, Margao, has red-flagged a potential health hazard in the seepage of water through the subway at Comba, Margao.In a letter addressed to the deputy collector (DRO), South Goa, the health officer said that a site inspection of the Comba subway has revealed that the stagnation of water is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. “Water constantly seeps/leaks into the subway from both sides of the road and gets stagnated on the stretch ,” the letter read. Stating further that the source of seepage couldn’t be identified, the health officer requested the deputy collector to depute an expert technical team to troubleshoot the problem. Executive engineer, PWD (sewerage), Joaquim Fernandes, said that they have succeeded in tracing the source of the leakage to subsoil water drainage and that it has now been plugged. “There was a subsoil leakage in the subway (probably on account of the spring water finding its way through the subway). Last week we noticed traces of sewage seeping through the subway. The leakage has now been plugged. What remains now is the dried up stagnated water,” Fernandes told TOI.The waterlogged subway has turned out to be a nuisance for the road users, including the pedestrians, for the last several weeks, owing to the consistent flow of water emanating a foul smell. While water logging during monsoons was understandable, what caused to raise eyebrows among the public was the stagnation of water even during the dry season. What’s worse was that the problem lay unidentified for long .Margao MLA Digambar Kamat had inspected the subway last month and issued directions to the PWD to locate the source of seepage and plug it on an urgent basis.