KOZHIKODE z MONDAY z MAY 21, 2018 z `6.00 z PAGES 30 z CITY EDITION CHINA STARTS LARGE-SCALE MINING NEAR ARUNACHAL China has begun a massive mining project on its side of the border, where a huge trove of precious minerals has been found, a report said on Sunday HUGE TROVE OF GOLD AND SILVER ■ $60 bn SENSITIVE LOCATION TO BOTHER INDIA South China Morning Post reported that the mining project is being undertaken in Lhunze county, near the Indian border. A huge trove of gold, silver and other precious minerals has been found there, and the scale of mining activity in Lhunze had surpassed that of all other areas in Tibet, it added. P9 ■ “People familiar with the project say the mines are part of an ambitious plan by Beijing to reclaim South Tibet,” the report said. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet Power lines and communication networks have been set up, and work is on to build an airport for passenger jets ESTIMATED VALUE OF THE PRECIOUS MINERALS NEAR CHINA BORDER 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 ■ KALABURAGI IT’S NIPAH VIRUS. TOLL RISES TO 5, 9 CRITICAL Pune-based National Institute of Virology confirms the disease after testing body fluid samples taken from the deceased AMIT BANDRE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kozhikode PRECAUTIONS ■The disease has been spread among those who were in close contact with the patients The district administration has set up a 24-hour helpline: 0495 2376063 ■Fever, headache, drowsiness and abnormal behaviour are some of the symptoms ■Anyone showing such symptoms should be immediately hospitalised ■The disease spreads through the body fluids, so avoid making direct contact with the patient ■By-standers should use precautionary measures such as masks and wash hands cleanly using soap ■Do not eat any fruits which have been bitten or eaten by birds such as bats ■Mangoes and other fruits should only be eaten only after proper washing ■Avoid toddy collected from areas which have the presence of bats EXPRESS READ ICFFK: Express bags Best Reporting Award T’Puram: The New Indian Express has won the media award for Best Reporting at the International Children’s Film Festival of Kerala (ICFFK) 2018. The awards were given away by Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan at the valedictory of the film fest. The award carries a memento and a cash prize of K10,000.P5 Three Keralites die in bus accident Idukki: Three Keralites were killed and more than 15 injured in a road accident at Dindigul in Tamil Nadu on Sunday morning. The deceased have been identified as K K Rajan, 67, of Kalloorath House, Nariyampara near Kattappana, Jinu Mon Jose, 28, son of Sunny Joseph of Munnanappalliyil House, Parathanam near Mundakayam and Biju alias Shaji of Thekkethil house, Anchalummoodu in Kollam. P6 The Health Ministry and Department are taking all necessary precautions to control the spread of the virus. There’s no need to panic K K Shylaja, Health Minister Raghavan calls for joint initiatives Kozhikode: M K Raghavan MP has written to Union Health Minister J P Nadda and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan requesting Central and State governments to take joint initiatives to prevent the spread of the disease. “Also, the government should give compensation to the relatives of deceased people,” he wrote in the letter. THE Heath Department on Sunday confirmed the disease which claimed the lives of three persons from a single family at Perambra in Kozhikode was due to the infection of rare virus Nipah. The latest revelation has come after testing body fluid samples taken from the deceased at the National Institute of Virology, Pune. The lab report, which confirmed the presence of Nipah virus in blood and fluid collected from the victims’ brains, was received by health department on Sunday evening. The samples were taken from Muhammad Salih, 26, his brother Muhammad Sabith, 23, and his paternal aunt Mariyam, 50 --all from a single family in Perambra. Meanwhile, the death toll rose to five and condition of nine infected persons remains critical at various hospitals in the district. Of the nine people, seven were kept in an isolation ward at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital. Ismael, 49, of Karol House, Koottalida, Thiruvod and Velayudhan, 48, of Thazhathilthodi, House, Nanmanad --- both undergoing treatment for the past one week, died in the morning. Additional District Medical Officer (ADMO) Dr Asha Devi told Express that Ismael got in- Coimbatore: With students’ interest in engineering education waning, more technical institutions from Tamil Nadu have opted for reduction in intake and closure of institutions this year. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has permitted reduction of intake in 139 engineering institutions in Tamil Nadu, resulting in a drop of 15,981 seats compared to last year. P6 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) As per the World Health Organisation report, Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging zoonosis (a disease transmitted to humans from animals) that causes severe ailments in both animals and humans. The natural host of the virus are fruit bats of the Pteropodidae Family. fected after he came into contact with Sabith while Velayudhan had no contact with any infected persons. “Though he had shown similar symptoms as of the infected patients, he was a chronic kidney patient,” said Devi. Meanwhile, more health officers were deployed in Perambra region and blood samples were collected from people in the region. riod of three months or till the time the children are reunited with their families or moved to a secure facility, whichever is earlier. Revenue Department officials sent to take over the institution witnessed minor protests from Janaseva of fice-bearers when they tried to proceed with the transition. District Collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla said that the district administration will take care of the welfare of the E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi ACTING on the recommendation of the Child Welfare Commission (CWC), the state government on Sunday issued an order to take over the Janaseva Sisubhavan located in Aluva. The order issued under Section 41(7) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015, places the institution and housing of its inmates under the control of the District Collector for a pe- In the wake of reports, the health department’s special medical camps continued on Sunday in Perambra region. The camp was headed by virology expert Dr G Arun Kumar, who is the head of Virus Research Department at Manipal Hospital. District Medical Officer Dr V Jayasree said there was no ● More on P6 need to panic inmates and has already taken possession of the institution. “We have deployed Revenue and Child Welfare officers to look after the inmates at Janaseva Sisubhavan. The arrangements have been made to provide necessities like food, clothing, education and medicines,” he said. The CWC had identified violations under the Juvenile Justice Act in its functioning and issued orders for the rehabilitation of 102 kids from other states who were lodged at the ● More on P6 institution. Out-of-pocket healthcare expenses are pushing millions of Indians into extreme poverty, says a new study. Expensive treatment forces people to resort to distress financing like selling property or borrowing money, keeping them in perpetual indebtedness | P9 Avg cost of hospitalisation L 57,232 Source: International Institute of Population Sciences L 40,947 Heart diseases @ Bengaluru MINISTRY formation could turn out to be a ticklish challenge for the leadership of Congress and JD(S) with too many aspirants wanting to make the best of coalition compulsions. The H D Kumaraswamy government is likely to have two Deputy Chief Ministers and the Veerashaiva Mahasabha’s demand for a minimum of five berths for the community including a Dy CM post has added to the worries of Kumaraswamy who is set to finalise the composition of the ministry during his talks with Congress top brass Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday . Kumaraswamy held talks with JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Sunday morning in this regard even as AICC leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, K C Venugopal, former CM Siddaramaiah and KPCC president G Parameshwara had discussions among themselves at a hotel in No rotational chief ministership. Kumaraswamy to be CM for full term Ministry likely to have 2 Dy CMs. KPCC chief G Parameshwara, a dalit, and M B Patil, a prominent Lingayat face in Congress are frontrunners Congress to have a majority of berths in 34-member ministry Karnataka Chief Minister-elect H D Kumaraswamy coming out of the Ranganathar temple in Srirangam, Tiruchy | M K ASHOK KUMAR the city Congress is set to have a . majority share of 18- 20 in the 34-member ministry and JD(S) would have to settle for about 14 as the Congress is the bigger partner and the party has offered the CM post to JD(S). The compulsions of striking a caste and regional balance are likely to force the coalition partners to have two posts of Dy CM. 5 SUICIDES IN 5 MONTHS Pounds of flesh do not satisfy these Shylocks A S AT I S H @ Palakkad Rising med bills push India into poverty L 19,210 ALLIES GET CRACKING ON TEAM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Camp held Govt takes over Janaseva Sisubhavan For cancer Engg seats go down by 16,000 in TN Know Nipah virus Tightrope walk begins for Cong, JD(S) COSTLIEST DISEASES z Cancer z Heart disease z Gastro-intestinal disorders z Neurological and musco-skeleton conditions z Jaundice z Diabetes z Respiratory diseases z Tuberculosis PART 1 9 micro-finance units function within 1km near Alathur 10 women form groups to avail the loan Not all members need the money, but are made liable for the total amount availed Aboobacker Siddique, social activist IT was at the beginning of this year that Padmavathi, 33, of Vembaloor, Ariakode, jumped with her two children, aged 10 and 7, into a pond and committed suicide. Around the same time, Sarada, a homemaker from Nellikalkad in Alathur, took the extreme step. Chandran, also from Nellikalkad, decided to end his life by hanging himself at his house nearly a month ago. Then there were two more similar tragedies, all in the past five months, within 1km. The reason for their suicide was the same --- they wilted under pressure after availing loan from micro-finance companies, whose passbooks do not even carry the companies’ name or seal. Nine of them are functioning in this small area alone. According to social activist Aboobacker Siddique, they give a loan of `1 lakh for a group of 10 women. Each one will get `8,800, which will have to be paid in weekly instalments over a period of 52, 75 or 104 weeks. When the loan nears completion, the same group will be offered `2 lakh. “Not all members need the money, but are made liable for the total amount availed,” said Siddique. Padmavathi reportedly could not withstand the pressure from the members of her group and the company’s employees. The interest charged is 16 per cent flat which works out at 32 per cent at a diminishing rate. A processing fee of `2,700 is deducted for a `40,000 loan given to a 20-member group. Siddique said when restrictions were imposed by the RBI, capping the interest rate at 24.5 per cent, the processing ● More on P6 fee was hiked. SON ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS MOTHER TO DEATH Kozhikode: A woman was shot dead accidentally by her son at their house at Poozhithode in Chakkittapara panchayat on Saturday night. The deceased is Shaiji, 37, of Pallichamveetil House. The police said the incident occurred around 10 pm and the body was found dead inside the house. “It’s suspected the crime was accidental. Her 16-yearold son shot her while using a country-made gun. A detailed probe is required to find details on how the family got the gun and why the boy used it at night. The police was informed at 10.30pm on Saturday,” said the police. The body was shifted to Kozhikode medical college hospital mortuary for post-mortem examination. Congress wants Siddaramaiah to be in ministry, but he is not keen Kumaraswamy, brother Revanna from JD(S) and Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, K C Venugopal, D K Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah from Congress part of talks on ministry formation Kumaraswamy to meet Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on Monday to finalise details Kumaraswamy likely to keep Finance and Intelligence PETROL PRICES AS OF SUNDAY Delhi J76.24 T’Puram J80.35 Kochi J79.12 Kozhikode J79.29 Petrol, diesel prices scale new heights EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE GOVERNMENT-owned oil firms continued to jack up fuel prices for the seventh straight day on Sunday, pushing petrol and diesel prices to levels not seen before. In Delhi, petrol was sold at `76.24 a litre — an increase of 33 paise — the highest since the daily price revision came into force in mid-June 2017. Diesel price rose 26 paise to `67.57 a litre, according to price notification issued by oil firms. At `84.07, Mumbai is the worst-hit in terms of petrol prices owing to higher local taxes. Kolkata and Chennai are relatively better off as prices have not yet breached the `80-mark. Prices in these cities stand at `78.91 and `79.13 per litre, respectively . Goa capital Panjim is the cheapest city in India for fuel where petrol costs only `70.26. Port Blair is the cheapest place for diesel, at `63.35 a litre. Rates vary from state to state depending on local sales tax. Notably oil companies had re, frained from increasing fuel prices for as many as 19 days in the run-up to the Karnataka elections, absorbing the huge burden arising from increase in international crude prices. According to rough estimates, oil firms may have lost about `500 crore a day due to the spike in international rates as well as the fall in rupee against the dollar. However, oil firms started easing the pressure on them soon after the polls ended, resulting in a notable uptick in prices. TREACHEROUS TREK ‘We want to go to school, but we can’t walk 16 km every day’ G E O R G E P O I K AY I L @ Kanhangad ROBINS is 12 years old and should have been in Class VII from the next academic year. He dropped out of school two years ago. His elder brother Prince, 14, too rarely goes to school. Both cannot read and write. But the government does not count them as dropouts. They occasionally come to school, said a teacher. Their nearest school, Government Higher Secondary School at Maloth Kasaba in Balal gram panchayat, is located 8 km away . For Robins and Prince - both are from a Scheduled Tribe (ST) community - going to school means taking a steep treacherous trek. In a day, they will have to walk 16 km to study “We want to . study, but we cannot walk that long,” said Robins, as he aimless- ly catapulted stones into the air from a hilltop. The brothers live in Edakkanam colony, which borders the Karnataka forest. The colony has 13 children of school-going age. “But only three are regular at school,” said the teacher. There are around 50 children from ST communities who rarely For all practical reasons, they should be considered dropouts. The government should be doing more to ensure they come to school regularly — Maloth Kasaba, school teacher go to school. “For all practical reasons, they should be considered dropouts. The government should be doing more to ensure they come to school regularly,” said the teacher. Making them walk is a denial of human rights and a violation of the Right to Education Act, said another teacher. The students enrolled at the school are from inaccessible colonies at Thumbattattu near Konakkad and Mandila; and also from Pamathattu and Vazhathattu, which are 9 km away, said the t e a ch e r c i t e d i n t h e f i r s t instance. Parents would have to shell out Rs 600 per month only on transportation to get their child to school. “Imagine the financial burden if they have more than one child. Most of them are daily wage labourers,” he said. Students also come from Mudanthanpara, Pungamchal and Kodiyankundu from neighbouring West Eleri panchayat. ● More on P6 Robins and Prince
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