THIRUVANANTHAPURAM l WEDNESDAY l FEBRUARY 7, 2018 l `6.00 l PAGES 28 l LATE CITY EDITION SC TICKS OFF CENTRE, SAYS IT IS NOT A GARBAGE COLLECTOR ‘ARE YOU TRYING TO IMPRESS US?’ The court warned the govt for dumping “junk” before it in an 845 page affidavit with incomplete details on waste management ■ 3 weeks AFFIDAVIT WILL BE SOLID WASTE: SC “What are you trying to do? Are you trying to impress us? We are not impressed. You are trying to dump everything on us. We are not going to accept it,” the court told advocate Wasim A Qadri, appearing for the Centre, while hearing a matter related to implementation of Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 ■ The counsel was unable to answer the court’s questions on formation of State Level Advisory Bodies (SLABs) in states & UTs The bench then observed: “There is no point in filing affidavits if they contain nothing... This will go as solid waste. You have not seen it and you want us to see this affidavit” FOR GOVT TO FILE CHART ON WHETHER STATES & UTs FORMED SLABs CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ‘Kerala Govt’s claim on its tourism sector is inflated’ 10% of the state’s GDP is constituted by the tourism sector, claims the state government 23% R A J E S H A B R A H A M @ Kochi IN a big blow to Kerala’s tourism sector, a new research has found most claims by the state government that the sector constitutes 10 per cent of the state’s GDP and it contributes 23.5 per cent of the employment are inflated. The Kochi-based Centre for Public Policy Research’s (CPPR) study titled ‘Kerala Tourism – The Role of the Government and Economic Im- pacts’ by its research consultant Leskhmi R Nair and chairman D Dhanuraj also criticised the government for spending significant amount of money on tourism services run by it even though it was found to be “highly unsuccessful and ineffective”. The study further showed the government policies were investor-friendly on paper, but were actually harming the them rather than promoting them. “Kerala’s international tourism sustains on visitors from a few countries while domestic tourism is dependent on those from within the state despite the government’s huge spending on promotion. The claims of e c o n o m i c a dva n t a g e s are based on unreliable statistics, along with an all-inclusive definition of tourists, which don’t come under the realm of the state’s tourism The claims of economic advantages are based on unreliable statistics, along with an all-inclusive definition of tourists, which don’t come under the realm of the state’s tourism policy of the employment in the state are contributed by the sector, says the government Centre for Public Policy Research study policy said the study ,” . It said Kerala tourism won several national and international recognitions mainly due to the region’s scenic beauty and state’s responsible tourism projects. Based on the tourism policy documents of the Central and state governments, the Kerala tourism model is acclaimed as one of the most liberalised, with the private sector leading the development and the state acting as a facilitator rather than a regulator. “Kerala Government’s tourism expenditure is one among the highest in the country the study said. ,” However, the study findings have met with severe criticism from in● More on P6 dustry veterans. Indian, global markets sink in the ‘Red Sea’ Govt set to pump ADB-FUNDED PROJECT in water in 3 cities @ T’Puram THE state government plans to roll out an Asian Development Bank-funded project to ‘smarten’ up water supply in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. The project, submitted for the Centre’s consideration, is expected to cost `2,400 crore, Water Resources Minister Mathew T Thomas informed the Assembly on Tuesday . Through the largely IT-enabled project, the government aims at 24x7 water supply in the three cities. The main components include renovation packages at the Kerala Water Authority pumping and purification stations, streamlining water supply and metering, introduction of smart metres, pressure-control devices and flow meters and SuAt present, distribution losses stand at 40 per cent while the national average is only 15. Our plan is to bring down the losses to at least the national level Mathew T Thomas, Water Resources Minister 34,757 A2,400 cr @ Mumbai 33,913 is the project’s expected cost pervisory Control and Data Acquisition, plugging leakages and preparation of GIS-based map of the distribution network. The minister said the government intended to bring down distribution losses in water supply of the KWA. “At present, distribution losses stand at 40 per cent while the national average is only 15. Our plan is to bring down the losses to at least the national level,’’ said Mathew T Thomas. The state government has conveyed its reservations to the Centre regarding the new policies on extraction of groundwater, he said. The Centre wants district collectors to sanction the extraction of 50,000 litres in ‘safe’ areas and 20,000 litres in ‘over-exploited’ areas. ‘’The state government has demanded it be revised to 5,000 litres and 2,500 litres respectively ,’’ said the minister. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SCARY DAY 34,269 34,297 34,220 33,724 33,764 33,694 33,735 33,753 33,877 33,878 34,195 33,741 33,662 9.00 9.30 10.00 10.30 11.00 11.30 12.00 12.30 1.00 1.30 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30 DOWN, DOWN, DOWN Sensex ended at 34,195.94, down 561.22 points, or 1.61% Weakest Sensex closing since January 5 when the gauge settled at 34,153.85 INSIDE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Dow tumbles 1,100 points erasing all of its 2018 gains over fears of rising inflation and interest rates in the US; Sensex loses 1,275 points minutes after opening bell, but stabilises to close at 561 down; $4 trillion investor wealth wiped out The 50-share NSE Nifty too closed down 168.30 points, or 1.58 per cent, at 10,498.25 - a level last seen on January 3 when it closed at 10,443.20 In all, Sensex lost 1,769.08 points since the Budget on February 1, which imposed a long-term capital gains tax on equities and projected a wider fiscal deficit than earlier targeted Crude relief for India Retail investors wary Crude oil prices tank amid market plunge, US output spree, and strengthening dollar With the markets remaining highly volatile, retail investors are in a wait-and-watch mode GLOBAL stock markets went to hell in a handcart as equities across the Wall Street, Asia and Europe traded in a sea of red, wiping off a staggering $4 trillion investor wealth. Why? Because the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 1,100 points on Monday – erasing all of its 2018 gains – fearing rising inflation, interest rates, stiffening bond yields, lower tech earnings and elevated valuations. The decline translates to just 5 per cent, lower than 13 per cent seen in 1929 or in 1987 when it knocked out 20 per cent off the stocks’ value. But Monday’s drop – the biggest one-day fall in six years – was enough to freak out Asian and European bourses. Benchmark Sensex lost 1,275 Gold’s turn to go pricey The sharp fall in stock market indices boosts gold prices to a 14-month high Corrections are welcome Corrections part of bull run. If they don’t happen, they’ll push markets into bubble territory to $64 a barrel, and gold advanced 0.1 per cent as investors retreated to the yellow metal. Put another way, commodities (oil, gold and metals) may escape the worst market mayhem. While some call it a ‘flash crash’, others believe it’s taking the ‘irrational exuberance’ out of the way But all agree on one . thing: stocks are headed in a systemic direction ie., downward, but it’s more of a correction than a catastrophe. “Bond yields (US) have been rising due to falling unemployment and rising wages and the rebound in energy prices added fuel to the rising interest rates argument. But to argue that a secular bear market for bonds (and by extension, equities), is in place would be a bit of a stretch,” said Hou Wey Fook, Chief Investment Officer, DBS. Cryptocurrency too dives Along with global markets, bitcoin prices plunged below the $6,000 mark on Tuesday P13 DEWORMING Over 6.5L kids in state to be given tablets DISTURBED, SAYS INDIA AS MALDIVES CJ TOO HELD EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @T’Puram R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA @ New Delhi HOURS after declaring an Emergency in the Maldives on Monday a defiant President Abdulla Yameen ordered security forc, es to seal Parliament and the Supreme Court, and arrest the chief justice and another judge, as well as his half brother and former President Maumoon Abdul China too keeps Gayoom. This prompted Yameen’s predecesa close watch sor, former President Mohammed “China has been Nasheed, to put out a plaintive tweet closely following the seeking Indian military intervention. situation... We hope “On behalf of Maldivian people we various parties of the humbly request: India to send envoy, Maldives will backed by its military, to release judges properly resolve & pol. detainees... We request a physical differences,” the presence,” tweeted Nasheed, who lives Chinese foreign in exile in the UK and is currently in Sri ministry Lanka. In another tweet, he urged spokesperson said Washington to impose a financial embargo on Yameen’s government. Later in the day, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said: “We are disturbed by the declaration of a State of Emergency ... following the refusal of the Government to abide by the unanimous ruling of the full bench of the Supreme Court... and also by the suspension of Constitutional rights of the people of Maldives.” points within minutes after the opening bell on Tuesday, while the NSE Nifty crashed 390 points – both losing over 3 per cent each. Other Asian indices, too, witnessed the carnage with Japan’s Nikkei paring 4.73 per cent loss and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shedding 5.12 per cent. Joining the sorry parade were European shares with London’s FTSE hiting a one-year low in morning trade. US President Donald Trump, who banged the drum that markets were up 50 per cent under his watch, remained uncharacteristically quiet, while Vice President Mike Pence’s comment that the plunge was ‘simply the ebb and flow of the stock market,’ failed to do the trick with US stocks heading for its biggest three-day slide since 2015. West Texas crude dipped 2.2 per cent DEER FRIENDS A herd of wild deer stand in the receding waters of the lake at Thekkady to cool themselves | VINCENT PULICKAL Malayali to be Kerala High Court Chief Justice after 17 years Kochi: After a gap of 17 years, a Keralite judge is being elevated as the Kerala High Court Chief Justice. Justice Antony Dominic, currently the Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, has been appointed as the new Chief Justice. Justice KK Usha was the last Malayali to occupy the post. Dominic, the senior-most Judge of Kerala High Court, was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice with effect from November 6, 2017, following the retirement of then Chief Justice Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh. Dominic obtained law degree from SDM Law College, Mangalore. He started practice in Munsiff’s court and Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, Kanjirappally in 1981. He shifted practice to the Kerala High Court in 1986. THE Health Department is embarking on a mammoth task of administering deworming tablets to 6,65,865 children in the state. The massive health exercise is being organised by the government as part of the National Dewor ming Day on Thursday As part of the initia. tive, Albendazole tablets will be given to children in the age group of 1-19. The tablets will be administered under the supervision of doctors and health workers by teachers and Anganwadi workers. Those who could not take the medication on February 8 will be administered the tablets on February 15 on Mop Up Day . “The safest and cheapest way to secure the health of the chil- dren is by ensuring deworming twice a year,” said Health Minister K K Shylaja in a statement. She appealed to the public to partake in the initiative without fail and urged the parents and teachers ensure that deworming tablets are taken by children. The tablets will be given to students in the age group of 1-5 at anganwadis while it will be administered via schools and colleges for those in the 6-19 age group. Those who aren’t registered in schools and Angana Wadi Centres (AWC) will be administered the medicine with the involvement of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers. The exercise will be conducted with the involvement of the Education Department, local self-government departments, social justice department, elected representatives and NGOs. From the REGION 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF THIRUVANANTHAPURAM EXPRESS EXPRESS READ Hijacked tanker vessel released after five days Attack on Kureepuzha Sreekumar: 6 arrested Kasargod: After five agonising days, sailor Sree Unni of Udma, Kasargod, telephoned his family and informed he was safe. Sree was among the 22 Indians aboard the a tanker vessel which went ‘missing’ from the port of Cotonou in Benin on January 31. P5 Kollam: A day after poet Kureepuzha Sreekumar was allegedly attacked by a group of right-wing supporters at Kottukal, the Kadakkal Police arrested six men. The arrested are Manu, Syam, Kiran, Vishnu, Sujith and Deepu, all Kottukal residents.P6 Srinagar: Members of LeT on Tuesday attacked a Pakistani militant’s police escort at a hospital in Srinagar, freeing him and killing two policemen. The incident happened when six prisoners were taken from the Central Jail in Srinagar. Madavoor Vasudevan Nair no more LeT frees its Pak terrorist from hospital, kills 2 cops Madavoor Vasudevan Nair T’Puram: Kathakali exponent Madavoor Vasudevan Nair died on Tuesday while performing at a temple in Anchal, Kollam. He was 87. Nair is a recipient of Padma Bhushan. He was a disciple of Padmasree Guru Chengannur Raman Pillai. One of the leading practitioners of the south Kerala (Kaplingadan) style, Madavoor was hailed by enthusiasts for his discipline and plan, especially while performing kalasam. P3
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