Navhind Times | 1 year ago | 31-12-2021 | 02:44 am
Panaji: Goa recorded COVID-19 test positivity rate of 7.22 per cent on Thursday as the state saw a single-day surge of 261 new cases of the deadly virus.The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa currently stand at 1,80,660 of which 856 are active cases while 1,76,283 patients have defeated the deadly disease.According to the DHS, active positive cases in the jurisdictions of urban health centres stand as follows: Margao- 87 cases, Vasco – 26 cases, Panaji- 120 cases and Mapusa – 38 cases.While the active positive cases in the jurisdictions of community health centres are as follows: Sankhali – 11 cases, Bicholim – 24 cases, Pernem – 10 cases, Valpoi – 12 cases, Curchorem – 21 cases and Canacona – 14 cases.And, the active positive cases in the jurisdictions of primary health centres stand as follows: Aldona – 15 cases, Betki – 1 case, Candolim – 30 cases, Cansarvanem – 1 case, Colvale – 11 cases,Corlim – 15 cases, Chimbel – 40 cases, Siolim – 33 cases, Porvorim – 55 cases, Mayem – 2 cases, Balli – 12 cases, Cansaulim – 72 cases, Chinchinim – 21 cases, Cortalim – 56 cases, Curtorim – 15 cases, Loutolim – 39 cases, Marcaim – 0 case, Quepem – 11 cases, Sanguem – 9 cases, Shiroda – 6 cases, Dharbandora – 3 cases, Ponda – 27 cases and Navelim – 19 cases.
PANAJI: Old Goa police on Monday apprehended Eric Henry Vaz, 37, who allegedly cheated many persons of Rs 100 crore across the country, said North Goa SP Nidhin Valsan on Monday.Valsan said that Vaz is wanted in a cheating case registered at Golabari police station (Kolkata) and in other offences registered at Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, Uttar Pradesh and other places for alleged fraud of over Rs 100 crore.“In the present case at Golabari, the accused is the sole proprietor of a firm named Gold Hill and was trading of coal and forex. Vaz invited investments from the public and he was entrusted with their funds, misappropriated the money. He cheated investors of over Rs 7 crore at Howrah, Kolkata, alone,” Valsan said.
CALANGUTE: A restaurant constructed in the CRZ no-development zone at the Calangute beach entrance was demolished on Monday.The restaurant next to Souza Lobo restaurant was demolished by the North Goa district demolition squad following a complaint lodged by the Calangute panchayat with the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) and other authorities a few years ago.The restaurant was illegally constructed in the no-development zone by flouting CRZ rules, said Calangute sarpanch Joseph Sequeira. The demolition started around 10am on Monday in the presence of the block development officer, Mapusa, and other officials, including a large number of policemen. Most of the construction in the 134sqm property was demolished by afternoon.
VASCO/MARGAO: Citizens protested outside the Mormugao Port Authority (MPA) on Monday demanding that the MPA stop coal operations and immediately shift to green cargo and cruise tourism. They said that a large number of steel and power plants, which are water-guzzling industries, have been proposed near the Malaprabha river basin, and that coal handling in Goa and the diversion of the Mhadei are linked.The protesters said that the Mhadei is being diverted only to benefit these steel plants and not for the farmers or drinking water purposes for locals, as is being falsely portrayed. The coal used by these steel plants is being transported from MPA to Karnataka via the rail network, they alleged.“If coal handling is stopped in Goa, the water consumed by steel plants, which is much more than the diversion proposed, will be available for farmers in Karnataka. If coal handling is allowed in Goa, the diversion of the Mhadei at Kalsa and Bandura and, subsequently, the diversion of other rivers flowing across state borders is inevitable,” the protesters stated in a memorandum to the MPA chairperson. A large number of citizens held a peaceful rally under the banner of United Vascokars and Goans. “The coal transportation is purely for the steel plants and the profit of private corporations. There is no benefit for Goa,” the citizens stated in their memorandum to the MPA. “The Mhadei water crises will be resolved only when coal handling and transportation are stopped at MPA,” said green activist Abhijit Prabhudesai. The protesters condemned the state government for its failure to protect the state’s interests.
PANAJI: The preliminary meeting of the House committee to study issues related to the Mhadei water diversion is scheduled on February 8 at 3.30pm. The 12-member committee is headed by WRD minister Subhash Shirodkar.The other members of the committee include Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai, MLAs from BJP, Congress, MGP, AAP, RG and independent MLAs.Sardesai and Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco had written to Shirodkar to call an immediate meeting of the House committee following Union home minister Amit Shah’s statement that BJP has resolved a three-decade old issue by providing water to Karnataka with the help of Goa government.During the recently concluded winter session of the state legislative assembly, chief minister Pramod Sawant had announced a 12-member committee following demands by opposition MLAs.Former CM and ex-speaker Pratapsingh Rane had said, “The House committee must take a quick decision. We are waiting for a quick decision from the committee, else they will go ahead with the work.”
Panaji: The artefacts at Lokotsav 2023 have a bigger scope of getting sold as Goa is a tourist state, said chief minister Pramod Sawant at the inauguration of the national-level folk festival at Kala Academy.The annual festival, which is being held after a two-year break, gives a platform to traditional craftspersons and folk artistes from across the country to display and sell their art. Governor of Rajasthan Kalraj Mishra, who was present for the inauguration, said such a festival exhibits India’s diversity.Twelve states— Rajasthan, Assam, Manipur, Gujarat, Odisha, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana and Goa—are participants.Sawant reiterated the Prime Minister’s ‘Vocal for Local’ slogan and said that local products should also reach global markets. Through the soon to be held G-20 summit, the government of India will try to market locally made products globally, he added.