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
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.
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
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.
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
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 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.
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
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
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.
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
ROQUE DIAS |NT
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 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
“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,”
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
In the first match, The
King’s School defeated Auxilium HS, Benaulim 3-1.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
“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.
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
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
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.
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.