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The National Green Tribunal has asked all the states, including Goa, to furnish complete inventory of healthcare facilities, biomedical waste generation and proper action plans within two months, failing which a fine of Rs 1 crore will be imposed every month till the non-compliance continues.

The NGT has also ordered the states, which have not set up common treatment and disposal facility, to  do so within two months as per rules.

Goa has proposed to set up a common biomedical waste treatment facility at Kundai. Moreover the Goa Waste Management Corporation has prepared an agreement which has been okayed  by all the concerned departments.

The NGT directions came when the green watchdog  was hearing a plea moved by petitioner Shailesh Singh, who had sought directions for closure of all hospitals, medical facilities and waste disposal plants that  were not complying with the waste management rules.

“It is made clear that if even after two months the states and UTs are found to be non-compliant, the compensation will be liable to be recovered from the said states and UTs at the rate of (Rs) 1 crore per month till the non-compliance continues,” stated in the NGT order on July 15.

It has also ordered the states, including Goa, which have inadequate action plans and unsatisfactory action plans needing further actions, that they  must do the needful within two months.

The biomedical waste rules provide for furnishing of annual reports by the states to the CPCB and by the CPCB to the MoEF&CC. The reports  must be made available

on the website of the concerned state.

According to CPCB’s gap analysis of the compliance report submitted by different states in compliance to the NGT order, the Goa State Pollution Control Board did not submit annual report for the year 2017 within the given deadline of July 31, 2018.

The report says that in Goa many clinics operate without authorisation from the GSPCB, but there is no mention of exact number of such healthcare facilities operating in contravention of biomedical waste rules.

A four-member bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel has expressed disapproval of the inaction of states in furnishing the inventory studies.

It is regretful to note that 25 per cent of the identified healthcare facilities have not even taken authorisation from the concerned state pollution control boards, and  in the absence of which, the monitoring of waste management is not taking place, the bench has said. 

The NGT has fixed the matter for November 18 this year for consideration of progress report after coordination through the concerned authorities of the states including the state boards/ health departments.

The bench has said that a district environment plan needs to be in place, adding that the plan can be operated from August 1 by district committees chaired and monitored by the district magistrate.

The monthly report of monitoring by the district magistrate may be furnished to the Chief Secretary and may be placed on the website of the district and kept on such websites for a period of one year.

The NGT has also approved the CPCB’s key performance indicators for assessing treatment and disposal of biomedical waste, and effectiveness in implementation of BMWM Rules, 2016, which proposed that two to four times the environmental compensation should be charged from healthcare facilities if violations not rectified within 45 days of notice period.

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The beach cleaning work around Goa has come to a halt in the last   five days as the related contract between the department of tourism and M/s Drishti Lifesaving Pvt Ltd, given under the provision of GFR-184 for the beach cleaning work has ended on July 15, 2019, thus exposing the carelessness of the department.

Minister for Tourism Manohar ‘Babu’ Azgaonkar had recently informed the state legislative assembly that the department’s contract with M/s Drishti Lifesaving Pvt Ltd has ended on the particular date, after the same was renewed for a record nine times.

This decision had received severe criticism from the Opposition MLAs in the House, who had alleged irregularities and corruption.

Azgaonkar had also stated that M/s Karnataka Commercial and Industrial Pvt Ltd is the lowest bidder for the beach cleaning tender of the department, floated to appoint new beach cleaning agency. However, he had not given any particular date for awarding the work order to enable the new agency to start the beach cleaning work.

Incidentally, the tourism department has also failed to appoint a public relations agency, after its contract with the previous PR agency ended in September 2018.

The PR agency Adfactors was appointed by the department on April 1, 2013 on a three-year contract, and following another two-year renewal of this contract, it ended on March 31, 2018. Subsequently, yet another six-month extension was given to this PR agency, with the contract finally coming to an end on September 30, 2018.

The tourism department has been working without a PR agency since October 1, 2018. It is very important for a government authority

like tourism department to have an active PR mechanism in place all the time, especially since Goa is heavily banking on tourism for its revenue.

Incidentally, none of the officials of the department have any qualification in public relations, which is a specialised field.

Many of the event management agencies in the empanelled list of the department of tourism have raised objections against the working system of the department.

This empanelled list includes agencies under Category A and Category B. These agencies are expected to manage participation of the department in various events including trade fairs, travel marts and so on.

A few of these agencies have even gone on record that the administration of the department is not conducive for their functioning and they would like to expose the irregularities in the same.

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The High Court of Bombay at Goa,  which  convicted and sentenced Samson D’Souza to 10-year rigorous imprisonment in the British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling death case,  has said  that it  is  constrained to observe as to how the trial court erroneously and perversely made the  observations in the impugned judgment from which it appears that trial court’s approach in annalysing the evidence of the prosecution witnesses was “totally improper and uncalled for”.

The 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling was found dead at Anjuna beach on February 18, 2008.

Two locals – Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho – were accused of leaving her to die after drugging and sexually abusing her.

The Goa children’s court had in 2016 acquitted Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho.

The High Court’s  division bench, consisting of Justice Prithviraj Chavan and Justice R D Dhanuka, in its judgement has said, “The impugned judgment and order of acquittal rendered by the trial court is a result of improper appreciation of evidence and is capricious. The conclusions are contrary to the evidence on record. The judgment is based on surmises and conjectures. The trial court has ignored cogent, trustworthy and reliable evidence of the witnesses coupled with medical evidence which corroborates the fact that the victim was under the influence of narcotic drugs and alcohol. The trial court has also ignored the bruises noticed by the medical expert below the knees that is on the shin and other parts of the body. There is indeed a miscarriage of justice.”

The High Court has also said, “The view taken by the trial court is an impossible view in the given set of facts and circumstances. We have, therefore, re-appreciated and reviewed the entire evidence on record and constrained to take a different view. Decision of the trial court will have to be reversed to meet the ends of justice. We are conscious of the fact that there is

presumption of innocence in favour of the respondent. However, there is absolutely no scope of any doubt creeping in, in the light of the discussion made herein above.”

The High Court has pointed out that at the very beginning of the judgment in paragraphs 34 and 39 it was observed by the trial court that there was a fresh investigation conducted by the CBI right from registration of fresh FIR/crime which is a technical discrepancy at the very inception, and it weakens the case of the prosecution.

Without analysing the evidence of the prosecution witnesses in a serious case like this, the trial court jumped to a conclusion that the prosecution case is weak, the HC has said 

“In paragraph 39 of the impugned judgment she went on to observe that the testimonies of material witnesses of the prosecution namely PW10 Luis Coutinho, PW14 Murli Sagar and PW16 Chandru Chavan are not seen to be free from the shadow of doubts. Even before discussing and analysing the testimonies of these witnesses, how could the trial court make such observations before touching the evidence of these witnesses and the other material on record?,” the  HC has asked.

With regards to Section 304 (ii)of the IPC, the High Court has observed that “the case in hand squarely falls within the purview of second part of Section 304 of IPC. In view of the discussion herein above, respondent no.1-Samson not only made the victim consume the liquor but also allowed her to sniff cocaine line which had resulted in victim totally inebriated under the influence as is evident from the medical evidence. The respondent no.1-Samson thereafter took the victim to the seashore at the wee hours and thereafter abandoned her near the seashore after outraging her modesty. The victim was totally under his control and custody. Respondent no.1Samson had full and complete knowledge that if the victim is deserted in such a condition at the seashore it may likely to cause her death by drowning, though, he had no intention to cause her death. The offence, therefore, squarely falls within the ambit of second part of Section 304 of IPC”.

The High Court has also observed that there is no clear evidence in so far as respondent number two – Placido Carvalho alias Shana – is concerned as to whether he had any intention to cause hurt to the victim by allowing her to sniff cocaine lines spread in a plate. There is also no evidence in the sense that he wanted to take disadvantage of the victim or that he in any manner abetted the act of Samson. There is no evidence forthcoming as to any instigation or any conspiracy being hatched by Samson and Placido to seduce the victim.

The High Court has also said the evidence on record clearly indicate that there was absolutely no delay and it was quite justified in making over the investigation to the CBI in the light of the aforesaid facts. No mother would delay in reporting such matter or pursuing the case when there is question of investigating the cause of death of her daughter. Even otherwise, what is to be investigated is the crime and it is not the technical reason of so called delay.

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Minister for Waste Management MICHAEL LOBO says that Goa can be ‘clean and green state’ in next three years.  In an interview with SOIRU VELIP, he seeks people’s cooperation for launching ‘green Goa movement’

Q: You had raised your pitch against the garbage menace in the last few years. Your are now the Minister for Waste Management.  How will you put an end to the problem? 

Waste management is a big challenge. In the past, we saw people talking about tackling garbage issue; no politician took real interest in finding a solution to it. When I became an MLA I took up this issue with our former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who realised the seriousness of the menace. And we started working on a solution to solid waste. We identified communidade land at the Calangute-Saligao plateau for setting up a garbage treatment plant. Later, Parrikar sent a 38-member delegation to Austria, Italy and Germany to study waste treatment facilities there… we succeeded setting up the solid waste treatment facility at Saligao…

Q: What are your plans to tackle garbage or solid waste issue?

Garbage has been rising day by day in the state.  Several public interest litigations were filed before the High Court on the garbage issue. Foreign tourists coming to Goa have started complaining about the garbage menace. As of now, we are concentrating on tackling wet garbage and dry waste generated by households, commercial establishments like hotels, restaurant etc. It is also important to treat biomedical waste, e-waste, hazardous waste… the government has planned to tackle that waste in a phased manner.

Q: As the Minister for Waste Management, have you set any deadline  to put an end to the garbage issue? How long will it take to resolve the issue?

At present, we have the 125-tonne capacity solid waste treatment facility at Saligao. The work for setting up another plant at Cacora in Curchorem is in final stage, and the actual work should start in a month’s time. The process for setting up a plant at Baiguinim will take some five months. The government has plans to set up a waste management plant at Verna, a biomedical waste treatment plant at Kundai. We also want to set up a small plant at Sonsoddo in Margao. I feel that Goa can be ‘clean and green state’ in next three years… The government expects cooperation from the people of the state.

Q: There has been opposition from some people towards setting up of

garbage treatment plants. Residents of Old Goa have opposed the proposed plant at Baiguinim.

Initially, there was opposition to the solid waste treatment plant at Saligao, but we succeeded in convincing the people. The people who are opposed to everything must change their mindset… I want to ask the residents of Old Goa: why do they shut their eyes to the piling garbage in their surrounding areas? People throw garbage by the roadside, in the Mandovi and on hills. I think  that 30 per cent of the garbage generated in Goa is thrown in rivers. Is this right?… Everybody knows that garbage has become a big problem, and if we want to have a solution to it then we must come together to launch ‘green Goa movement’… we do not just treat garbage at the Saligao plant but generate green energy.

Similarly, we want to generate green energy or electricity out of waste at the proposed four plants… We seek cooperation from village panchayats, municipal bodies and the general public.

Q: You are seeking cooperation from village panchayats and urban bodies. But they come under separate departments. How will it work out ?

Village panchayats and municipal bodies should be monitoring agencies for this purpose. The fact is that they can only collect waste; they cannot set up treatment facilities on their own. Therefore, the department of waste management should be a facilitator for handling waste in the state. We have to adopt a particular model where the Goa Waste Management Corporation would  provide two different dustbins for wet and dry garbage and trucks with total covering so that vehicles will not give out stench while transporting garbage. We will work together with  panchayats and municipalities. Our engineers will guide municipal engineers.

Q: Plastic garbage is a  big concern that  needs to be tackled. Do you have any plan to deal with plastic garbage? 

We  spend  a lot of money to transport plastic waste to Karnataka. Hence we are planning to get insulators to treat plastic garbage. In Singapore, electricity is produced out of plastic garbage. So, I will go to Singapore to study their technology.

Q: You had spoken about imposing fine on the people dumping garbage at open places. Is there any mechanism in place to act upon  your suggestion?

Yes,  people who throw garbage at open places must be fined. We will have to create mechanism for that. Panchayat secretaries, police inspectors, joint mamlatdars and engineers from different  departments should be  powered  to impose fines on violators.

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The draft CZMP has triggered panic among coastal villagers as it contains inaccuracies. Beginning today ‘The Navhind Times’  will carry a series of reports highlighting people’s concerns over the draft plan

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Margao

The villagers living along the Zuari bank at Loutolim are a worried lot because their paddy fields, khazan lands and thousands of houses have not been shown in the draft CZMP. 

This reporter toured the village along with a couple of panchayat members meeting villagers to gauge their sentiments on the draft CZMP, which has been rejected by the government after hue and cry was raised by the people.

The villagers expressed their apprehensions over the CZMP map, which has not shown khazan lands and houses located along the Zuari riverbank. The anxious villagers do not know as what is in store for their houses and traditional fishing activities that have been carried out over generations.

“My house is located along the riverbank. I have lived here for the last 70 years. Our houses have not been shown on the CZMP. Tomorrow the government will say that the houses are illegal, and may demolish them,” Joaquim Fernandes of Rassaim said worryingly.

Hundreds of houses doting along the riverbank – from Rassaim to Vaxem – have not been shown in the CZMP. The arable land and under the plough land – eight to ten lakh sq mt of khazan lands – have been shown falling in the waters.

This is because the coastal regulation zone line has been shown beyond the paddy fields and houses; the high tide line has been wrongly depicted along the riverbank, pushing the CRZ line farther. 

The draft CZMP, which was prepared by the Chennai-based National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, raised many hackles in the state after it was notified by the government.

A public hearing had been scheduled on July 7 for the people of South Goa in Margao for raising objections. However, NGOs, social activists, environmentalists and politicians went hammer and tongs at the draft plan picking holes in it.

“I do not know the motive behind drawing up the faulty CZMP.  If this plan is accepted then thousands of Loutolim villagers will be displaced,” village development committee convenor Ramiro Mascarenhas reckoned.

He accused Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral of riding roughshod over people’s concerns.

Xavier Fernandes, a panch of the Rassaim panchayat, said that fishing activities are carried out along the riverbank, which has been shown as the “Mandavi river”. 

Fernandes said the government does not have proper and updated data on the locations.

“How can a plan be drafted based on the obsolete data,” he asked.

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The King’s School, Sao Jose de Areal, Rosary Higher Secondary School, Navelim and Perpetual Succour Convent, Navelim chalked out wins in their respective matches to move into the next round of Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football for girls Under-17, Salcete Zone, at Cuncolim grounds on Saturday.

In the first match, The King’s School defeated Auxilium HS, Benaulim 3-1.

Leandrra Pacheco, Lillian Fernandes and Kartika Rawat scored for The King’s School. Valanka Pinto pulled a goal back for Auxilium HS. In the other match, Rosary HSS, Navelim registered a solitary goal win against Fatima Convent HS, Margao.

The all important goal for Rosary HSS was scored by Razia Pereira. In the last match of the day, Perpetual Succour Convent, Navelim thrashed St Mary’s HS, Varca   3-0. Damica Noronha, Riya Colaco and Rhea Pires scored for Perpetual Succour Convent, Navelim.

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Rosary High School, Navelim and St Joseph Educational Institute, Chandor moved into the next round of the Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football Tournament for boys under-17 (Salcete Zone) defeating St Anthony HS, Navelim and St Jude HS, Betalbatim respectively, on artificial turf grounds, Fatorda on Saturday.

Rosary HS dominated proceedings in both the sessions to register a convincing 2-0 win against St Anthony’s HS, Majorda.

Resorting to attacking play right from the start, Rosary HS went into the lead in the very 3rd minute following a through pass from the middle which saw striker Noah Luis darting inside the rival box and finding the mark.

St Anthony’s HS retaliated, thereafter, with some quick forays, but only for a while.

But, Rosary HS did not relent and continued with their attack-minded game, moving deep inside the rival box for long spells.

It was only due to good defending by the Majorda school and some smart goalkeeping their custodian Eden that the Rosary lads found it difficult to get another goal, despite their efforts.

The citadel of Majorda school fell again after Rosary’s Eliseus Niasso, who had a good game for Navelim, dribbled past two rival defenders and moved on the left flank from where he crossed the ball to ideally placed Mehboob Hussein who slotted the ball in with ease in the
28th minute.

Occasionally, St Anthony’s HS, Majorda came up with some counter forays but once they took the ball on top of the rival box, they lost the plot and it helped the Rosary boys to breathe
easy.

Ammer Attar, Jaiubulla, Adarsh Raj and Richard Ullu gave a good account of themselves for Rosary HS team –managing well in the defence as well as in the midfield.

In the last few minutes, St Anthony’s HS tried to accelerate the pace of the match to add to their tally of goals. Their long shots, however, were wide off the mark and those targeted at the goal went to Rosary keeper Sidesh Chawanke who swallowed them with ease.

In the other match, St Joseph Educational Institute, Chandor registered a 4-2 win against St Jude’s HS, Betalbatim. The teams played a 1-1 draw during the regulation time.

St Joseph’s Educational Institute, Chandor surged ahead in the 11th minute when their playmaker Davis Fernandes bulged the nets with an angular effort.

St Jude’s HS levelled the score in the 22nd minute through Dilliram A K.

In the resulting tie-breaker, St Joseph’s Educational Institute proved to be better shooters.

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AUGUSTO RODRIGUES|NT

Panaji

Goalkeeper Albino Gomes of Delhi Dynamos has suffered an injury during a training session in Spain and will not be able to play for his club in Indian Super League (ISL) 6. This is his second injury with Delhi Dynamos – the first being in his first season that kept him out in ISL 4. Yet, the player from Goa has managed to earn around Rs 1.7 crore playing just around 13 matches .

Albino’s story highlights how players are well covered in ISL.

“Albino picked up an injury and will probably not be able to play with us during the coming season. This is his second injury. Albino was sent to special training to spain but unfortunately he sustained an injury and is expected to be out for the entire season,” a Delhi Dynamos source told The Navhind Times on condition of anonymity. Delhi Dynamos signed Minerva Punjab goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh,  it was announced on July 19.

Albino was goalkeeper of Aizawl FC when the club won its maiden I-League title in the 2016-17 season. He first played in ISL in 2015 and played two seasons on loan to Mumbai City FC before joining Delhi Dynamos FC in the 2017 season.

“The security provided to players due to the money clubs pay on insuring their players is one positive of ISL. Players in ISL are paid whatever they are contracted irrespective whether they play or not. It does not happen across the spectrum of the I-League. There are clubs in the I-League who follow a similar policy but not all,” stated a player agent based in Kolkata.

Ronaldo Oliveira who was the main strike force for Salgaocar FC in the Goa Professional League last season, is on trials with East Bengal in Kolkata – after terms could not be settled between  FC Pune City and Salgaocar FC – and according to the twitter handle of East Bengal Ronaldo Olivera  is being looked as a replacement to Jobby Justin who has signed from the club to ATK.

Ronaldo , according to his contract assessed by this paper, was drawing Rs 10,000 per month during his third season with Salgaocar FC  which was expected to be raised to Rs 12,000 for the forthcoming season. “ It is still not clear how much East Bengal will be paying Ronaldo if they sign him, but, it must be noted that his salary will factor the transfer fee his club will demand,” stated a players agent who deals with clubs in Kolkata.

It may be recalled that Liston Colaco signed for FC Goa from Salgaocar for around Rs 40,000 a month when he was 19 years old. Salgaocar FC, had during the transfer, claimed a fee of Rs 15 lakh for the transfer .

Jessel Carneiro who signed for Kerala Blasters from Dempo SC , on a free transfer, has signed a one year contract worth Rs 11 lakh . Jessel is 29 years old. Jessel started with FC Bardez in the Goa Professional League before switching to Dempo SC. The attacking left back captained Goa in the last Santosh Trophy where he was spotted by ISL scouts.

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A second-half strike from attacking medio Albino Pereira enabled Parish Youth, Nuvem register a solitary goal win against CDJ Ribandar and enter the finals of 48th Custodio Memorial Football Tournament played at panchayat grounds, Raia on Saturday.

Parish Youth, Nuvem will meet Ambelim SC in the finals scheduled on August 5.

Albino Pereira scored the all-important goal in the 58th minute as he — after receiving a defence-splitting pass from the left flank — unleashed a powerful shot that gave no chance at all to CDJ Ribandar goalkeeper Krishnanath Shirodkar, who otherwise had a very good day under the bar.

Both the teams had their chances in either session but good goalkeeping from either side coupled with some fine defending made it difficult for the strikers to find the mark.  

Playing with lot of intent and determination, PY Nuvem galvanised well in all the departments of the game and gave the rivals hardly any chance to maneuver inside their territory in the first session.

A fully charged CDJ Ribandar side however made it amply clear that they meant business as they resorted to quick passing, good positional play and a lot of zeal to find the mark. 

PY Nuvem had an easy chance as early as the 11th minute to go into the lead but the powerful shot taken by Niclau Borges was well collected by the rival keeper Krishnanath.

It was now the turn of CDJ Ribandar to do the attacking as their striker Deeshank Kankonkar raced into the box after hoodwinking two Nuvem defenders, but much to everyone’s dismay the ball brushed the post without entering the nylons.

The match then rose to some dizzy heights as the ball rolled from one end to the other with both the teams displaying a lot of urgency in finding a goal.

Both the teams fought each other tooth and nail and a goal looked imminent at any point of time  – given the fact that the teams displayed excellent fighting spirit and a will to get a goal. But try as they would, the goalkeepers at either end stood
firm.

As the match wore on, PY Nuvem got the match-winner in the 58th minute when Albino Pereira broke free from the shackles of rival defence and scored a gem of a goal that bore the stamp of a class as his strike lodged to the far end of the rival nets.

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Navelim Villagers Union registered a convincing 3-1 win against Maina SC to enter the semifinals of 30th Super Soccer, at St John, the Baptist grounds, Benaulim on Saturday.

Navelim Villagers, who dominated the proceedings, scored through Clinton Niasso (20’), Rovan Pereira (50’) and Danston Fernandes (61’) minutes of play.

Maina SC pulled a goal back through Milagres Fernandes in the 67th minute.

The midfield of Navelim Villagers Union worked like a well-oiled machine while their defence looked strong all through as they kept a tight vigil on the movements of Maina SC strikers who were left starving for most part of the play.

The defence of Maina SC looked shaky as it crashed under slightest of pressure, enabling the strikers of Navelim Villagers Union make most of the chances that came their way. The second session saw Maina SC improve their match by a few notches, particularly in the closing stages of the match, during which time the team was able to pull a goal back.

Navelim Villagers Union will now meet Sporting Club of Davorlim in the semifinals to be played on July 23.

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