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CM: solid waste management policy will be ready soon

Politics The Navhind Times

Panaji: The Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) has decided to come out with Goa Solid Waste Management Policy 2019 in order to take care of all kinds of waste such as medical, hazardous waste, e-waste and bio-medical waste. A meeting of the
'Panaji: The Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) hasdecided to come out with Goa Solid Waste Management Policy 2019 in order totake care of all kinds of waste such as medical, hazardous waste, e-waste andbio-medical waste. A meeting of the board of directors of the Corporationchaired by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was held on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the ChiefMinister said that the new Goa Solid Waste Management Policy 2019 will befinalised soon. “We already have solid waste treatment facility atSaligao. Likewise, the government will be setting up such plants at Cacora,Baiguinim and Verna,” Sawant said adding that Goa will be the first state inthe country to treat all kinds of waste in the near future. The Chief Minister also said that a discussion was heldat the meeting on resolving the Sonsoddo garbage dump issue. He said that themeet also decided to float a fresh tender for collection of plastic waste fromnational highways, state highways and other district roads. The Corporation has also agreed to put on hold theexpansion of the capacity of Saligao solid waste treatment facility to 250tonne per day until the work on the proposed garbage treatment plant atBaiguinim commences after completion of all the formalities includingenvironmental clearance (EC) from Union Ministry of Environment, Forests andClimate Change. Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, who attended the meeting,strongly objected to the expansion of the capacity of Saligao wastetreatment plant till such time as the Baiguinim treatment plant gets the EC anda related tender is issued. “CM has understood my plea,” Lobo toldreporters after the meeting of the Corporation. The MLA also said that he hassuggested that in future, GWMC should be made the sole agency for providingsolutions to garbage problems in village panchayats and municipal areas.“Currently, the directorate of panchayats floats tenders to procure dustbinsand other equipment to handle garbage for village panchayats and in the samemanner, Goa State Urban Development Agency is floating tenders for municipalcouncils. Now, we have decided to authorise GWMC as the government agency forthis purpose,” Lobo said. The decision of the government to amend the existing lawto curb the menace of scrapyards was also discussed in the meeting. It wasdecided to include paddy fields in the existing law for curbing illegalscrapyards in the state. The District Collectors will have the power todemolish such scrapyards that come up in coastal zone regulation areas,eco-sensitive zones and khazan lands without prior notice. Now, as per theproposed amendment, setting up of a scrapyard in paddy fields will be acognisable offence and Collector shall demolish such yards without any priornotice to the concerned. It has also been decided to hold a public hearing on July17 for the setting up of Baiguinim garbage treatment plant.  The Corporation has also given approvals for modifyingthe Goa Waste (Scrap) Recycling Units Scheme 2010, floating tender forremediation and disposal of separated fractions and providing monsoon cover forrefused derived fuel dumps and for utilising funds of GWMC forconstruction/installation of bio-digester based individual household latrineunder open defecation free scheme.'

New UK PM to be announced on July 23

Politics The Navhind Times

London: Britain’s new prime minister, either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, will be announced on July 23, the United Kingdom’s (UK) ruling Conservative Party said Tuesday. The party, in charge of the leadership contest to replace Theresa May as
'London: Britain’s new prime minister, either BorisJohnson or Jeremy Hunt, will be announced on July 23, the United Kingdom’s (UK)ruling Conservative Party said Tuesday. The party, in charge of the leadership contest to replaceTheresa May as Conservative Party leader and prime minister, did not indicatethe timeframe for when the new Tory leader would take charge at 10 DowningStreet after a formal handover of power. “The announcement of the next leader of the ConservativeParty will be made on Tuesday 23 July. This process has been agreed with bothcandidates,” the Conservative Party said in a brief statement. The two candidates were chosen from a field of ten by theConservative party’s 313 MPs. Postal ballots are set to be issued to an estimated166,000 Tory party members across the UK between July 6 and 8, with polls setto close by 5 pm on July 22 after which the counting process will begin for theresult to be declared the next day. A candidate achieving more than 50 per cent of the voteamong Party members will be declared Leader of the Party. According to reports, the new leader is unlikely to moveinto Downing Street right away, with a possible wait of a few days. The UK Parliament’s autumn recess is set to kick off fromJuly 25, which could mean that the new prime minister is unlikely to face MPsin the House of Commons until early September.'

World Bank approves $147 mn loan to Jharkhand

Personal Finance The Navhind Times

Ranchi: The World Bank on Tuesday approved a $147 million loan agreement to provide basic urban services to the people of Jharkhand and help improve the management capacity of the urban local bodies (ULBs) in the state. “The Jharkhand Municipal
'Ranchi: The World Bank on Tuesday approved a $147 millionloan agreement to provide basic urban services to the people of Jharkhand andhelp improve the management capacity of the urban local bodies (ULBs) in thestate. “The Jharkhand Municipal Reform Programme will focus onimproving the municipal sector’s capacity to provide basic urban services. Itwill invest in urban services such as water supply, sewerage, drainage, andurban roads; and strengthen the capacity of the Jharkhand Urban InfrastructureDevelopment Company (JUIDCO) as well as that of the ULBs to carry out reformsin the areas of urban finance and governance,” an official statement said here. This is in keeping with the needs of a rapidly urbanisingstate where about 31 million people reside in urban areas and urban populationgrowth in nine of the 24 districts in Jharkhand is above India’s overallurbanisation pace of 2.7 per cent. Speaking on the occasion, Sameer Kumar Khare, AdditionalSecretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, said: “Thegovernment of India recognises that urbanisation and economic growth areinterlinked and initiated a comprehensive road map for municipal reformsthrough the AMRUT scheme.” He added that the Jharkhand Municipal Reform Programmewill be a definite step forward to strengthen and improve urban services in afast urbanising state and will provide an impetus to economic growth. Most of these components will be open to all 43 ULBs inthe state who may wish to participate within an agreed framework under theproject. Over 350,000 urban residents of the participating ULBs are expected tobenefit, of which at least 45 per cent will be women. Interventions such as piped water supply, storm waterdrains, climate friendly road construction and energy efficient street lightingwill not only help improve urban services but also make it environmentallysustainable. Work on the Khunti water supply sub-project and theDhanbad roads sub-project is expected to commence shortly. The loan, from theInternational Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a seven-yeargrace period, and a final maturity of 22.5 years.'

2 Maharashtra MLAs robbed on trains

Law and Order The Navhind Times

Mumbai: Two Maharashtra MLAs from Buldhana district were robbed on two different Mumbai-bound trains, officials said here on Tuesday. The thefts in the reserved special coaches took place when the trains reached Thane’s Kalyan station on Monday
'Mumbai: Two Maharashtra MLAs from Buldhana district wererobbed on two different Mumbai-bound trains, officials said here on Tuesday. The thefts in the reserved special coaches took placewhen the trains reached Thane’s Kalyan station on Monday morning.  Sanjay Raimulkar, the ruling Shiv Sena MLA from Mehkarwho took the Devgiri Express from Jalna, found that Rs 10,000 in cash, hismobile phone and some documents were missing from his bag which wasslashed.  Congress MLA Rahul Bondre from Chikhali in Buldhana, whotook the Vidarbha Express from Malkapur, was relieved of his official fileswith important documents.  Rs 25,000 in cash was robbed from his wife Vrushali’spurse which had credit-debit cards and other important documents in it. On seeing one of the alleged culprits committing thetheft, Bondre chased him, but taking advantage of the crowd the thief managedto escape. Both the MLAs reached Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT),the Central Railway headquarters, a couple of hours later and lodged formalcomplaints.  A Government Railway Police official told IANS that thetwo complaints have been forwarded to the Thane GRP for further investigationas the offences took place within their jurisdiction.'

Don’t force anyone to say Jai Shri Ram: Naqvi

Event The Navhind Times

New Delhi: You can hug a person to make him say “Jai Shri Ram” but no force can be used, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here on Tuesday. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event, he said: “Jai Shri Ram gala daba
'New Delhi: You can hug a person to make him say “Jai ShriRam” but no force can be used, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar AbbasNaqvi said here on Tuesday. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event, hesaid: “Jai Shri Ram gala daba kar nahi bola jata, balki gale laga kar bola jatahai (You cannot force anyone to say Jai Shri Ram by strangling but by hugginghim).”  The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was referring tothe attack on a young Muslim man in Jharkhand who died after being beaten by amob which first accused him of theft and then forced him to say “Jai ShriRam”.  Terming the incident as “unfortunate”, Naqvi said therewas no justification for such incidents. “We are completely dedicated to our agenda of developmentand there is no place for any destructive agenda.”  The Minister accused “mischievous people” ofindulging in such violence only to tarnish the government’s image. They willface the law, he added.'

Banking business in Goa takes a hit

Trade and Industry The Navhind Times

Panaji: With the state economy slowing down, bank business in Goa appears to have taken a hit. On Monday, local banks disclosed 11 per cent and 7 per cent decrease in deposits and advances, respectively during the quarter ended March 31, 2019, a
'Panaji: With the state economy slowing down, bankbusiness in Goa appears to have taken a hit. On Monday, local banks disclosed 11 per cent and 7 percent decrease in deposits and advances, respectively during the quarter endedMarch 31, 2019, a period that is traditionally considered as ‘busy’ whenbusiness is generally considered good for all industries. The decrease in deposits occurred, as banks faced adearth of NRE deposits from non-resident Goans as well as lower domesticdeposits from local residents. The NRE deposits were Rs 8,967.5 crore as onMarch 31, 2019, compared to Rs 14,352 crore as on December 31, 2018. The domesticdeposits stood at Rs 63,880.5 crore as against Rs 67,565 crore as on December31, 2018. Banks said that the decline in deposits is a reflectionof sluggish economy and an indication of lower savings by households. Residentsare feeling the pinch of the mining industry closure and lack of opportunitiesin the state, said bankers. The decline in advances (loans) is being attributed topoor consumption and manufacturing with key sectors such as automobiles andreal estate in the grip of recession and a few new industrial units in thestate. Bankers said that the demand for finance is poor in Goa.   The information on poor bank deposits and advances wasdisclosed at the state-level bankers’ committee meeting conducted by lead bank,State Bank of India, in a city hotel on Monday morning. Along with slowing down of business, banks also disclosedno let-up in the non-performing assets (NPAs). Goa is considered a deposit-rich state, as banks receivebountiful deposits from residents, who believe in savings and maintain ahealthy bank balance. Further, the inflow of funds from non-residents is alsorobust, especially in the second half of the year. Bankers said that the drop in deposits in the lastquarter of 2018-19 is on the heels of a lacklustre year when overall depositgrowth was muted. The credit-deposit ratio for the year ended March 31, 2019was 30.5 per cent as against 31 per cent as on March 31, 2018. With the state caught in a financial crunch, ChiefMinister Pramod Sawant has sought a financial package from the Centre. Approximately three lakh Goans are directly andindirectly dependant on mining and closure of the industry has adverselyaffected incomes of the people. With residents facing a money crunch, there isno surplus left for savings, according to bankers.'

PWD Minister to hold review meet with DBL for smooth traffic diversion

Traffic The Navhind Times

Vasco: The Minister for Public Works Department (PWD) Deepak Pauskar has said that he will hold a review meeting with Dilip Buildcon Ltd (DBL) and other government agencies to ensure necessary precautions are taken by installing signboards and
'Vasco: The Minister for Public Works Department (PWD)Deepak Pauskar has said that he will hold a review meeting with Dilip BuildconLtd (DBL) and other government agencies to ensure necessary precautions aretaken by installing signboards and streetlights which are required for thesmooth implementation of traffic diversion. The closure of NH66 stretch fromSantrant slope to Cortalim junction came into force effective June 24 tillOctober 15 between 11 pm to 7 am. Pauskar was speaking to media on the sidelines of thecommissioning of construction works of drains at the internal roads in Mormugaomunicipal council’s ward-10 and 12 of Vasco constituency, which is estimated tocost Rs 87 lakh and Rs 35 lakh respectively on Monday in the presence of VascoMLA Carlos Almeida and others. Since traffic diversion was a major issue, the ministerwas questioned as to what steps have been initiated by the state government toensure smooth implementation of traffic along the diverted stretch. Pauskar disclosed that “A meeting was held some days agoin order to adopt necessary precautions at the time of diverting the traffic. Iwill hold a review meeting in order to ensure all precautions are taken up byDBL and other concerned authorities.” He maintained that signboards whereverrequired for the convenience of traffic besides fixtures which arenon-functioning along the diverted stretch will be replaced by the authorities. When asked whether there are any differences betweengovernment departments in coordinating necessary precautions along the divertedstretch, Pauskar ruled out any differences amongst government departments andrevealed that “Things will be placed in a right manner, ensuring smooth flow oftraffic along the diverted stretch from Verna to Cortalim junction via NH 17B-MES College Zuarinagar junction-Airport Junction, Dabolim-Chicalim junction (NH17A) for the next four months between 11 pm to 7 am.” The PWD Minister however ruled out the possibility ofproviding additional stretch which will be used as a ‘shortcut’ to reachCortalim junction from Santrant by acquiring land belonging to farmers alongthe Konkan railway track in order to avoid the 18 kilometer distance during thetraffic diversion.'

Celebrating Jack and Joao

Event The Navhind Times

Miguel Braganza Goa celebrates the arrival of the monsoons and the ripening of the jackfruits in one go: the Sao Joao festival. According to the Bible, Elizabeth was six months pregnant with a child who was to be named John, Johannus or Joao –
'Miguel Braganza Goa celebrates the arrival of the monsoons and theripening of the jackfruits in one go: the Sao Joao festival. According to theBible, Elizabeth was six months pregnant with a child who was to be named John,Johannus or Joao – depending on the language in which Zechariah carved it onthe ‘tablet’ then made of clay rather than a microchip. God saved the couplefrom the embarrassment of people doubting the pregnancy of an old woman bystriking her husband mute till the child was born and named. Today manyexpectant wives wish that their husbands were similarly blessed, while otherswish that their sons grow up to be teetotallers like St John the Baptist.Exactly the opposite is the case at the celebration that takes place six monthsbefore Christmas. A jackfruit, symbolising a multitude of children and a bottleof choice feni is offered to the revellers who jump in the well, with orwithout the new son-in-law of the house. Jackfruits come in all shapes and sizes, but mostlyextra-large. In Goa, a well-rounded personality is often referred to as aponnos, a comment that is sure to make everyone smile! This year, thealcohol-free ‘Ponnsachem Fest’ organised by the Socorro Socio-Art and CulturalAssociation (SSACA) was held on June 22 so that those who imbibe the spirit onJune 24 can also enjoy the free-alcohol festivities elsewhere and sing ‘SanJuanv, San Juanv, gunvta mure, vatt kaim disona” in a tune that would put CAlvares to shame. The jungle juice may give one a hangover that lasts a day butthe memories of the festival last a lifetime. And the high sugar levels in theripe jackfruit takes the combo pack of feni-ani-ponnos one level higher. TheBotanical Society of Goa gave the initial push to jackfruit processing bymaking it the ‘focal fruit’ of the Konkan Fruit Fest at BPS Club, Margao in May2013. Subject matter specialist in home science at KVK, North Goa, SunetraTalaulikar demonstrated the jackfruit chips making methodology to theparticipants at the venue. She conducted a demonstration at the onlyagriculture college in Goa.  This yearshe demonstrated more products made using ripe jackfruits at the ‘PonnsachemFest’ in Socorro to add to the jams and squash demonstrated by Sneha Govekar ofthe Directorate of Agriculture last year. Last year’s participants turneddemonstrators this year. Learning from beginners is easier because the possiblemistakes are fresh in their minds. It was a joy to seen ten and twelve-year-oldstudents of the local school take interest in the demonstrations. Perhaps, thetwenty-something fresh graduates and students doing the demonstrations wereless intimidating than seasoned professionals.   The jackfruit is the fruit of the future. It is seen in amultitude of products including vegan meat and gluten-free flour. Come, be apart of the movement.'

Viva Sao Joao!

Politics The Navhind Times

It might have been the first day of the week, but people were seen enjoying the annual Sao Joao festivities across the state. While pool and club parties began on Saturday, the traditional celebrations that took place on Monday brought out the true
'It might have been the first day of the week, but peoplewere seen enjoying the annual Sao Joao festivities across the state. While pooland club parties began on Saturday, the traditional celebrations that tookplace on Monday brought out the true essence of the fun-filled day. Fromwearing kopels, dancing to the Konkani traditional songs and moving about thevanity in floral attire and sharing along tropical fruits like mangoes,jackfruit, pineapple, etc, the young and old were seen having a gala time. Thelight showers also added to the fun, while it was sunny for most part of theday. In Siolim the Sao Joao boat festival was also held that attracted a lot ofpeople, including tourists.'

‘Filmmakers can’t be constantly bullied’

Movies The Navhind Times

In the weeks since the trailer of Article 15 — showcasing Ayushmann Khurrana as a cop investigating a murder case that has its roots in caste divide — was launched, director Anubhav Sinha has found himself courting controversy. After the fringe
'In the weeks since the trailer of Article 15 — showcasingAyushmann Khurrana as a cop investigating a murder case that has its roots incaste divide — was launched, director Anubhav Sinha has found himself courtingcontroversy. After the fringe outfit Parshuram Sena alleged that the film showsBrahmins in poor light, there have been reports of Sinha’s effigies being burntoutside theatres in a bid to dissuade them from releasing the movie. In thelatest development, Karni Sena too has threatened to stall the drama’s release. “Why would I make an anti-Brahmin film? People are smartenough to know that there were enough and more Brahmins associated with themaking of the film to know [that it doesn’t showcase them in bad light],” saysthe director, whose last release Mulk (2018) bravely shone a spotlight on thediscrimination against Muslims in the country. Sinha is appalled that the Karni Sena — that hadchallenged the release of Padmaavat last year — and the like have completedisregard for the Central Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC) decisions. “TheCBFC is an autonomous government body, which has cleared the film with a U/Acertificate. It’s time people respected such institutions.” The Board, hesuggests, can play a vital role in ensuring smooth release of films. “The CBFCshould report this to the Home Ministry to curb such protests. [People] candisagree, but such overt threats must stop, once and for all. Filmmakers can’tbe constantly bullied.” Despite the threats, Sinha doesn’t intend to seek policeintervention immediately. “The threats are in public domain. Whenever thepolice thinks it should intervene, it will.”'

Goa dances Viva Sao Joao!

Alpine Skiing The Navhind Times

“Sao Joao, Sao Joao ghunvtat mure, vaat dishti poddona, Osli feastam vorsak kiteak don pauvti yenna? Every Goan waits for this Fest. The real fun is when it’s raining. And you are jumping in the well, wearing Kopel on your head. And in many places,
'“Sao Joao, Sao Joao ghunvtat mure, vaat dishti poddona, Osli feastam vorsak kiteak don pauvti yenna? Every Goan waits for this Fest. The real fun is when it’s raining. And you are jumping in the well, wearing Kopel on your head. And in many places, it rained. And people enjoyed. Children, elders and even old people. We also wish you, Viva Sao Joao. Sao Joao is a celebration of the feast of St John the Baptist. The Saint is a cousin of Jesus Christ. When he was in his mother’s womb, Mother Mary visited his mother Elizabeth. Saint John is said to have leaped inside his mother’s womb with joy. The leaping into the water symbolizes Sao Joao’s joy. It’s just not drinking liquor and jumping in the wells. It has religious significance.'

Govt imposing faulty draft CZMP, claim Loutolim villagers

Politics The Navhind Times

Margao: Claiming that the central government and the state government are cheating them by ‘forcing’ on them a faulty draft coastal zone management plan (CZMP), the villagers of Loutolim Sunday, during a special gram sabha held at the panchayat
'Margao: Claiming that the central government and thestate government are cheating them by ‘forcing’ on them afaulty draft coastal zone management plan (CZMP), the villagersof Loutolim Sunday, during a special gram sabha held at the panchayathall, collectively resolved to demand scrapping of the public hearingscheduled to be held by the government on July 7 at the Ravindra Bhavan inMargao. The villagers resolved to begina signature campaign with the help of local panchas to demandscrapping of the public hearing. “The draft CZMP is a farce. It is surprising thatthis draft plan does not show the existing houses onthe banks of River Zuari at Loutolim.  It also shows that thereare no fishing activities in this area even though a lot of villagers areinvolved in fishing and dependant on it. The Chennai-based agency,which was involved in the preparation of the draft CZMP plan for Goamysteriously showed River Zuari as River Mandovi on thedraft plan. The authorities who were involved must besacked. The government has proposed jetties, double tracking of SouthWestern Railways, highway expansion, all this development isbeing taken up with the sole aim of promoting coal transportation,” thevillagers shouted after carefully listening to the presentation onSagarmala master plan presented by member of NGO ‘Rainbow Warriors’,Abijit Prabhudesai. It is understood that the NGO managed to obtain the detailsthrough RTI. The villagers also demanded that the government holdseparate public hearings in the villages, which have been affected due to thenew coastal regulatory zone (CRZ) notification. “Let us fight tooth and nail. The governments are out to help Adanis, Tatas,Ambani and Jindals. If this plan is passed, the villagers will lose allrights and they will be aliens on their own land. We are prepared to approachcourt and come onto the streets if the government forcefully goesahead with the clandestinely prepared CRZ notification,” said all thegathered villagers. Joaquim Gracias, Allan Faleiro, RamiroMascarenhas and several other villagers gave in writingto sarpanch Filipina Fernandes, who will write to theauthorities conveying the villagers’ sentiments and feelings. Formersarpanchas Inacinho Fernandes and Xavier Fernandes explained how thevillagers will suffer due to the new CRZ notification. “The government holds meeting on June 6, publishesadvertisement and prepares a notification on the same day. This showsthe central government is in a hurry to come up with new CRZrules. Now the same government has selected Ravindra Bhavanhall, which has a capacity of only 1,000, for public hearing for theentire South Goa people on the issue of suggestions and objections. Thenotification further says that the people of South Goa will have toregister themselves between 10 am and 11 am and that each person willget ten minutes to talk. All this shows and confirms a clevermove of the state and central governments to cheat the people ofGoa. There is a secret plan for transportation of 135 milliontonne of coal using Goa for the benefits of top corporates.Smart people of Goa must rise to protest this and save Goa,”said Prabhudesai. According to the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority(GCZMA), in a notice it issued, the plan was kept open for a month from June 6and will be taken up for a public hearing on July 7.'

Building Waterways

Politics The Navhind Times

State government must weigh economic benefits and grave ecological concerns THE state government has decided to construct nine new jetties under the central government’s Sagarmala project to facilitate passenger movement. The state has proposed to
'State government must weigh economic benefits and grave ecological concerns THE state government has decided to construct nine newjetties under the central government’s Sagarmala project to facilitatepassenger movement. The state has proposed to build new jetties by demolishingthe existing Portuguese era jetties, which are in a dilapidated condition andhave outlived their utility. These jetties are located on the banks of theMandovi and Zuari rivers. While according approval to construction of newjetties, the state government has made it amply clear that they will bepassenger-centric projects with no scope for movement and berthing of cargovessels. The state government wants that jetties should not be used for cargomovement in order to avoid opposition from any quarter and facilitate smootherexecution of projects. Construction of jetties and starting of watertransportation will go a long way in easing pressure on state roads andpreventing accidents. It will also reduce commuting time for people. Now thatthe decision has been taken to restart waterways the government should take itto a logical conclusion. Sagarmala is a flagship programme of the Union shippingministry to promote port-led development by exploiting the country’s 7,500kilometre long coastline and 14,500 kilometre potentially navigable waterwaysand its strategic location on key international maritime trade routes. Theprogramme is expected to give a great boost to the country’s emerging logisticssector. It aims at unlocking the potential of waterways and coastline tominimise infrastructural investments required to meet the targets. The stategovernment has, however, made it clear that waterways would be developed onlyfor passenger movement and there was no scope for cargo movement. The stategovernment’s decision to permit only passenger transportation was taken in viewof the grave ecological concerns that jetties were being constructed for cargomovement, such as transportation of coal and other commodities. According tothe schedule drawn up by the government, the work on construction of newjetties with modern facilities is likely to begin by the end of the currentyear and is proposed to be completed in about two years. In addition to approving the Sagarmala programme Goabecame the first among states to sign a tripartite memorandum of understanding(MoU) with the central government and the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) forimplementation of another central government plan on nationalisation of sixGoan rivers. The MoU was inked last year and the process has been set in motionfor implementation of the agreement by which the Mandovi, Zuari, Chapora,Mapusa and Cumbharjua rivers would be developed as inland waterways forshipping and navigation. According to the understanding arrived at between thestate and two central agencies, the National Inland Waterways Authority ofIndia will be tasked with the development and regulation of inland waterways.Given the opposition to the project by Goans, the state government has kept thepower of dredging of rivers with itself. When the proposal on nationalisationof the state’s six rivers was mooted, experts and citizen groups had cautionedthe state government about the eco-sensitive and fragile waterways which havelimited shipping, navigational and ecological carrying capacity. Despite theirwarning the government went ahead and signed the MoU. Though the two programmes are claimed to be differentthey appear to be similar and there is every possibility of them overlappingone another as both are for promoting river navigation and shipping. Only thefunding pattern is different. Under the Sagarmala programme the funding patternwould be 50:50 between the state and the Centre; in nationalisation of riversthe central government would totally fund the project. It remains to be seenhow two similar projects would be implemented differently and put to separateuses. Since the Sagarmala programme is to be implemented on a 50:50 costsharing basis the state would have a greater say to make it state-specific, butthe same would not hold good for the projects of nationalisation of rivers. Thecentral government could impose their writ on the state once the projects arecompleted. Any confrontation should best be avoided. The state governmentshould guarantee that the interests of the state and Goan population were notcompromised.'

India sighs relief

World News The Navhind Times

REUTERS Southampton India strike bowler Mohammed Shami claimed a sensational final-over hat-trick as Afghanistan just missed out on major World Cup upset on Saturday. A day after Sri Lanka stunned England in Leeds, a second upset looked on the cards
'REUTERS Southampton India strike bowler Mohammed Shami claimed a sensationalfinal-over hat-trick as Afghanistan just missed out on major World Cup upset onSaturday. A day after Sri Lanka stunned England in Leeds, a secondupset looked on the cards only for India to sneak home by 11 runs after Shami’slast-gasp heroics. Afghanistan made the most of a slow wicket to restrictIndia to 224-8, their lowest total of the tournament, but then struggledthemselves. Needing 16 to win off the last six balls, they were all out for213, slumping to their sixth successive defeat. Shami dismissed Mohammad Nabi, who top-scored for theAfghans with 52, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman to complete his hat-trick. Having bled 397 in their previous outing against England,the spin-heavy Afghan attack had earlier redeemed themselves against India’svaunted batting line-up. Off-spinner Mujeeb drew first blood in the fifth overwhen he bowled the in-form Rohit Sharma for one after India opted to bat. India, known for preserving wickets and acceleratinglater, managed only 41 runs in the first 10 overs. Virat Kohli batted with trademark fluency, though, makingup for a lack of boundaries with smart running between the wickets during hisbreezy 67. He forged two half-century partnerships, first with KLRahul and then Vijay Shankar, to steady the innings. Replacing the injured Shikhar Dhawan at the top of theorder, Rahul made 30 before attempting an unnecessary reverse sweep and giftinghis wicket. Shankar did not convert his start either and made 29 before fallingleg-before to Rahmat Shah. Nabi then struck the biggest blow in the 31st over whenhe had Kohli caught at point. India still had enough firepower in their batting line-upbut the unerring Afghan spinners straight-jacketed them. Mahendra Singh Dhonimade a laboured 28 and Hardik Pandya could not reproduce his trademarkpower-hitting. Kedar Jadhav (52) hit the only six in the India inningsbut the expected late burst did not materialise. Rashid Khan, whose figures of 9-0-110-0 against Englandwere the worst in World Cup history, bounced back with 1-38 in 10 tidy overs. Afghanistan wobbled early in their chase, losingHazratullah Zazai in the seventh over but they made slow, steady progress evenafter Gulbadin Naib fell for 27. Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Rahmat Shah (36) and HashmatullaShahidhi (21) during a two-wicket maiden to drag India back into the contest. Shami conceded a boundary off the first ball of the finalover but struck with his third, fourth and fifth deliveries to finish with4-40.'

Irani, Sawant in Amethi on two-day visit

Politics The Navhind Times

IANS  Amethi Union minister Smriti Irani, accompanied by Goa Chief Minister  Pramod Sawant, reached Amethi on a two-day visit on Saturday. This is Irani’s first visit to the constituency which she won after defeating Congress chief Rahul  Gandhi in
'IANS  Amethi Union minister Smriti Irani, accompanied by Goa ChiefMinister  Pramod Sawant, reached Amethion a two-day visit on Saturday. This is Irani’s first visit to the constituency which shewon after defeating Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in the recent Lok Sabha election. Irani went straight to the house of BJP worker SurendraSingh, who was shot dead immediately after the election in Amethi’s Barauliya village and met his family members. Sawant said that he had campaigned for 22 days as a partyworker for Irani in the 2014 general election and knew most of the workers here.  “I was pained tolearn of the death of Surendra Singh and told Smriti Irani that I wanted tovisit  his family,” he said. Incidentally, Barauliya village (along with Hariharpurvillage) had been adopted by the late Goa Chief Minister and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar, who hadbeen elected to the  Rajya Sabha fromUttar Pradesh.  Sawant said the Goa government would continue thedevelopment work initiated by Parrikar in Amethi’s villages. Irani, during her two-day visit, will lay the foundationstone for some development  projects inthe constituency that include rain-harvesting plants and will also meet partyleaders  and workers in Tiloi, Jagdishpurand Musafirkhana. On Sunday, she will hold meetings with officialsregarding development of the constituency. Irani is also accompanied by UP Deputy Chief MinisterKeshav Maurya.'

Congress going through tough times: Luizinho

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PTI Shillong Congress general secretary Luizinho Faleiro has accepted that his party was going through “difficult times” and said an introspection was underway to find out and work on the grand old party’s strength and weaknesses. Calling for
'PTI Shillong Congress general secretary Luizinho Faleiro has acceptedthat his party was going through “difficult times” and said an introspectionwas underway to find out and work on the grand old party’s strength andweaknesses. Calling for structural changes in the Congress, Faleiro,who is the in-charge of the North-East, said the party would come up with anaction plan for the restructuring programme in about 6,000 villages of Meghalayaover next 15 days or a month. “The Congress is goingthrough difficult times, we have to accept and appreciate it. We are doing ourintrospection to find out and work on our strengths and weaknesses,” Faleirosaid on Friday during a meeting with the Meghalaya Congress leaders, party MLAs andother functionaries here. “However, more than the Congress party, it is the nationwhich is going through disturbing times,” he said. The eight northeastern states have a total of 25 LokSabha seats. Congress drew blank in six of them. It has won only three of the14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam and one in Meghalaya. Faleiro maintained that the Bharatiya Janata Party-ledCentre was not sensitive to the needs of the indigenous communities in theNorth-East. He stressed that the North-East regional parties should realisethat National Democratic Alliance government was working against theirinterests. “The BJP-led NDA government has withdrawn specialcategory status to the North-East. It was now trying to implement thecitizenship (amendment) bill here,” the senior Congress leader said. “It isimportant to realise whether being a member of the NEDA would be beneficial forthe region in the long-run.”'

Govt pushes for amalgamation of its primary schools

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NT NETWORK Panaji The Office of the Chief Minister has directed the education department to take up amalgamation of government primary schools,  which have very limited number of students, with the nearby government primary schools. The department
'NT NETWORK Panaji The Office of the Chief Minister has directed theeducation department to take up amalgamation of government primaryschools,  which have very limited numberof students, with the nearby government primary schools. The department has also been asked to prepare a reportabout such schools. The CMO  told thisdaily that some government primary schools in the state were found to be havingpoor strength of students, and therefore the education department was directed to find the feasibility as regardsamalgamating such schools with the nearby government primary schools. “We have asked for a report about such schools from thedepartment,” the CMO maintained, pointing out that some of the governmentprimary schools in Goa have only 10 to 12 students admitted in them, with asingle teacher in charge. “This situation unfortunately acts as a deterrent forparents to admit their children in such schools, and they prefer aided schoolsfor their wards,” the CMO reckoned, adding that if such schools are amalgamatedwith the nearby government primary schools then the combined strength ofstudents would be more as also the number of teachers would increase, thusensuring quality education for children. Education director Nagaraj Honnekeri told ‘The NavhindTimes’ that it has been nearly two weeks since the state schools have reopened,and the education department will  nowhave exact information as to how many students have been admitted in thegovernment primary schools around the state. “The Chief Minister, who is also the Education Minister, has been visiting various places in the state andgetting feedback about the government primary schools,” he informed, pointingout, “In this context, the Chief Minister’s Office has asked the department ofeducation to find about government primary schools with poor strength.” “In fact, the department undertakes such exercise everyyear, and studies the viability of amalgamating government schools with poorstudent strength,” Honnekeri explained, maintaining that the process ofidentifying schools with less than 10 students admitted in them, is presentlyon, and the picture will be pretty clear by the end of the month. Honnekeri said that if some schools are needed to beamalgamated then it will be done so. “However, sometimes in remote areas government primaryschools with poor student strength are allowed to run since there are no nearbyschools for the purpose of amalgamation,” he observed, mentioning that sinceeducation is a high priority area for the government, special relaxation isgiven to government primary schools with poor student strength, which arelocated in remote places. The education director said that this year no permissionhas been given to any new school in the state by the department. “Now, we will receive applications for opening of newschools, next year,” he noted. The DoE had received 39 applications for starting newprimary schools, this year. In addition, there were 19 applications foropening  new secondary schools and 23 newhigher secondary schools. Furthermore, seven applications were submitted foropening English medium schools.'