HOW ECONOMY FARED UNDER MODI Between FY15 and FY18, the Indian economy showcased a chequered path with GDP growth peaking to 9.3% and slipping to 5.7% (Numbers in %) 9.3 8.7 8.0 7.7 8.2 8.1 7.1 7.7 7.6 6.8 7.3 5.9 Q1 THIRUVANANTHAPURAM l FRIDAY l JUNE 1, 2018 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION GDP GROWS AT HIGHEST PACE SINCE DEMONETISATION 7.2 6.1 6.5 5.7 Q4 Q1 Q4 Q1 Q4 Q1 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 GROWTH TO ACCELERATE FURTHER India’s GDP growth rose to 7.7 per cent in the January-March 2018 quarter, data released by Central Statistics Office showed on Thursday Q4 A34.77 L Cr INDIA FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY The fourth quarter economic growth was the strongest quarterly expansion in the last financial year indicating a broader continuity in growth acceleration trends. The uptick in growth is on account of robust performance in manufacturing, construction and service sectors as well as good farm output. ■ India has retained its position as the world’s fastest growing major economy, well ahead of China ■ On a full-year basis, though, the economic growth slowed to 6.7 per cent in 2017-18 compared to 7.1 per cent in 2016-17 ■ The highest growth was recorded in Q4 of FY16 at 9.3 per cent REAL GDP OR GDP AT CONSTANT PRICE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER 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 LOK SABHA SEATS ANNOUNCEMENT Uttar Pradesh: RLD’s Tabassum Hasan wrests Kairana from BJP Margin: 44,618 To our readers, Compelling circumstances have forced us to increase the selling price of our newspaper. Recent increases in the cost of newsprint have been extraordinary, necessitating the revision of the cover price. We request our valuable readers to bear with us as we add a rupee to the price of The New Indian Express; the cover price will be D7 from now on. We shall try our best to further enhance the quality of our coverage of news and views to continue to deserve your trust. Thank you for your patronage. Nagaland: BJP ally NDPP’s Tokheho Yepthomi defeats Apok Jamir of NPP Margin: 1,73,746 Jharkhand Karnataka Bihar Uttar Pradesh RJD’s Shahnawaz Alam wrests Jokihat from JD(U) Margin: 41,000 NCP’s Madhukar Kukade wrests Bhandara-Gondia from BJP Margin: 48,097 CRUSHING the hopes of a Congress-led UDF revival, the LDF recorded an assertive victory in Kerala’s Chengannur bypoll. In a tight triangular contest, CPM candidate Saji Cheriyan won with a thumping majority leading by 20,956 votes over his nearest , rival D Vijayakumar of the Congress. Despite high-voltage campaigns, BJP candidate P S Sreedharan Pillai was pushed to the third slot. While Cheriyan polled 67,303, Vijayakumar got 46,347 and BJP’s P S Sreedharan Pillai was at a distant third with 35,270 votes. The Left victory has brought in much-needed relief and is a morale booster for the ruling front which was reeling under allegations of police lapses. The total vote had increased by 6,479 in the bypoll. In 2016, the LDF had polled 52,880 votes with a 7,983 margin; this election, the margin has almost tripled. In the last election, the UDF has 44,897 votes, so it gained 1,450 votes in the bypoll. The BJP took a beating from its last 2016 election count of 42,682 votes; the party has suffered a severe setback with a decrease of 7,412 votes. The total votes polled in the constituency was 1,51,997. In the 2016 election, the polled votes were 1,45,518. Cheriyan has overtaken the record margin of 15,701 held by Mammen Iype of KC (M) in the 1987 assembly poll. Cheriyan said the voting showed the growing support for the CPM-led LDF and it was a referendum on the two years of the Left Front rule in Kerala. “I have received votes from all sections of the peo● More on P6 ple,” he said. THE state Health Department may have earned applause for early identification of Nipah infection in the state, but the high mortality rate among patients is a cause for concern. Of the 18 persons tested positive, 16 have succumbed to the deadly virus so far. Compared to Nipah causalities elsewhere in the world, the death rate due to the virus has reached close to 90 per cent in north Kerala. Shockingly nine of the patients con, tracted the virus at the Medical College Hospital (MCH), exposing serious concerns about hospital acquired infection. According to the World Health Organisation data, the worldwide mortality rate of Nipah infection is 75 per cent. The rate at Nadia in West Bengal was very high, but casualties were just five. SP’s Naeemul Hasan wrests Noorpur defeating BJP Margin: 5,662 Cong’s N Munirathna retains RR Nagar defeating BJP Margin: 25,492 20,956 votes is the margin Votes polled: 67,303 Saji Cheriyan, CPM Votes polled: 46,347 D Vijayakumar, INC Left Democratic Front’s Saji Cheriyan acknowledges supporters’ cheers during his victory parade | EXPRESS Steady performance by the LDF It was a steady performance by the LDF in all the panchayats and the Chengannur Municipality. While Mulakkuzha gave Saji Cheriyan the biggest margin (3,875), Chengannur (621) offered the smallest. Asked during an exclusive interview with Express whether the Chengannur bypoll would be a referendum on the LDF Government’s performance, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said an assertive “Yes”. A grab of the article published on May 13. In a first, S&P and Fitch to rate state’s society, economy MCH the epicentre? 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF THIRUVANANTHAPURAM EXPRESS LDF’s Saji Cheriyan retains Chengannur Margin: 20,956 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chengannur K C A R U N @ Kozhikode Madrid: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Thursday he was leaving the Spanish giants, just days after winning the Champions League for the third year in a row. “I’ve taken the decision to not continue,” he said. P15 Cong’s Hardev Singh Ladi wrests Shahkot from SAD Margin: 38,802 Kerala Resounding win for Cheriyan in Chengannur Death rate in Malabar alarming Zidane says he is leaving Real Madrid Gavit wins Palghar, trouncing Shiv Sena Margin: 29,574 Meghalaya Cong’s Miani D Shira wins Ampati, defeating NPP margin: 3,191 West Bengal JMM retains Gomia with Babita Devi’s victory Margin: 1,344 Trinamool’s Dulal Das wins Maheshtala defeating BJP Margin: 62,831 JMM’s Seema Mahto defeats AJSU in Silli Margin: 13,508 BJP’s Munni Devi Shah retains Tharali, defeats Congress margin: 1,981 Uttarakhand Rude shock as NDA gets only three out of 14 Lok Sabha and Assembly by-elections; setback in UP a big blow to Yogi Adityanath’s image NIPAH VIRUS EXPRESS READ Punjab Maharashtra: BJP’s Rajendra Advantage Oppn as BJP loses plot on retaining its turf —Editor Though state health officers claim the virus had spread from the MCH before it was identified, a source told Express the hospital failed to contain it even afterwards. “Personal protection facilities were inadequate and of poor quality till May 22 -- two days after the virus was identified. Also, there was no proper isolation facility until May 23,” the source said. ● More on P5 ASSEMBLY SEATS R A J E S H A B R A H A M @ Kochi IN a move that will give an independent global view of Kerala’s state of finances and its economy for foreign funds, international rating agencies S&P Global Rating and Fitch Ratings will rate the state’s all major socioeconomic parameters including its economy, health sector, social security pension liabilities, etc. , Global rating agencies such as S&P Moody’s are known for giv, ing country or sovereign rating, which are crucial for those looking to invest in a country. However, this is the first time that a state in India is getting a global rating. The officers from the two global rating firms will be in Thiruvananthapuram, on June 7 and 8, where they will meet the Chief Minister, Finance Minister, Chief Secretary among others, to study the state , on various parameters. Senior Finance Department officers said the move to undertake a comprehensive 360-degree rating of Vital visit The international agencies will rate Kerala on all major parameters June 7 and 8 are the dates on which the agencies’ officers will be in T’Puram the state is to help governmentowned Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) to mobilise funds from t h e ove r s e a s m a rke t s through the masala bonds. “Initially the plan was to , get a rating done only for KIIFB and the specifically the masala bonds. However, S&P and Fitch Ratings insisted they wanted to do an overall rating of the state, which will help the foreign institutional investors (FIIs) to get a good idea about the state’s financial, infrastructure, health and other sectors, before investing in the bonds,” a senior officer in the Finance Department told Express. ● More on P5 Saji Cheriyan’s massive win points to the fact that the Kerala Congress factor did not help the United Democratic Front. In fact, local leaders say the party members did not work for the UDF candidate. BDJS proves a point The value of the SNDP and BDJS for the NDA is nothing to be sniffed at. With both of them staying aloof from the campaign, the BJP candidate’s vote share was significantly reduced. Call for overhaul growing within Congress party A R U N M & R A J E S H A B R A H A M @Kochi RESENTMENT is growing within the Congress state unit following the debacle in the Chengannur bypoll. More so with youth leaders gunning for a change in party leadership in Kerala, including the immediate removal of KPCC president M M Hassan. They also want the party High Command to entrust more responsibility with young leaders to guide the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha and the 2022 Assembly elections. With senior leader Oommen Chandy being made the AICC general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh, there also exists a sense of negativity towards Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala. The general feeling is that he failed to shift the voter-sentiment in favour of the Congress candidate by highlighting the LDF Government’s ‘failures’, be it the ‘police atrocities’ or the ‘law and order problems’. Chennithala also takes the blame for the booth● More on P5 level weakness. Fresh chapter opens for kids of Adivasis, migrant workers AS schools reopen on Friday, 100 children from a completely different background will join their counterparts from socially and financially sound families. These children, some first-time school goers and some school dropouts, were identified during a survey conducted by the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) in association with the Asha and Kudumbashree workers, juvenile police, Childline, CWC, NHM, DCPU and other authorities. According to Children of migrant workers in Aluva who will join school on Friday. Sajoy George, SSA, district project officer, during the survey 100 such children were identified. “The survey was conducted under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act that came into being on April 1, 2010. It is being conducted in two phases. In the first phase, which began on May 21 and ended on May 31, around 100 children were identified. These children, hailing from the migrant and the adivasi communities, have been admitted to schools and will begin their academic pursuit on June 1,” he said. P S Sreedharan Pillai, BJP Kerala Congress factor NEW ACADEMIC YEAR A N U K U R U V I L L A @ Kochi Votes polled: 35,270 “It is not an easy endeavour,” said Jyothish P, SSA district programme officer. “We are trying to assimilate data on people who never stay in one place for more than one or two months. Recently, a project officer, who happened to go to the Metro station at Aluva, came across a group of nomads from Bengaluru, who were selling balloons and bags on the road. When the officer approached them for enroling their kids in school, their response was not very ● More on P4 heartening,” he said. M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi THE BJP’s loss in nine out of 10 Lok Sabha by-elections ever since it came to power in 2014 appears to confirm the trend of its failing to defend its territories though making gains in states where its rivals face anti-incumbency. It also underscored the possibility of Opposition unity damaging its chances in the 2019 elections. The BJP’s stunning defeat in the prestigious Kairana Lok Sabha seat in UP to the RLD and in Maharashtra’s Bhandara-Gondia to the NCP became the day’s talking point, though it managed to retain Palghar. Of the 11 Assembly bypolls, the BJP managed a consolation win only in Tharali in Uttarakhand, that too with a wafer-thin margin. The ruling JD(U) couldn’t retain the Jokihat Assembly seat, with RJD’s Shahnawaz Alam, the youngest son of deceased Lok Sabha MP and former Union minister Mohd Taslimuddin, registering a huge win. Coming close on the heels of routs in two Lok Sabha by-elections in Rajasthan — Alwar and Ajmer — besides Gorakhpur and Phulpur in UP the BJP has much , to worry about ceding two more Parliamentary constituencies to the rivals. Some BJP leaders conceded that the party’s attempts to polarise Kairana by stoking a debate on the portrait of Muhammed Ali Jinnah in Aligarh RLD candidate Tabassum Hasan with her supporters outside a counting centre after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha byelections, in Kairana on Thursday | PTI Muslim University came to a naught. That Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a public rally at neighbouring Baghpat to inaugurate the eastern peripheral expressway was also seen as an attempt to retain Kairana. RLD president Jayant Choudhary sought to rub salt into the BJP’s wounds by stating “Jinnah hara, ganna jeeta (Jinnah portrait issue lost, sugarcane woes won). RLD’s Tabassum Hasan defeated BJP’s Mriganka Singh, daughter for deceased Hukum Singh, by an impressive margin. That apart, the BJP lost the Noorpur Assembly seat in UP to the Samajwadi Party. “Jats deserted the BJP in both Kairana and Noorpur,” rued a senior BJP functionary, while adding that “the agrarian distress brought socially rivals – Muslim and Jat – together against the BJP”.
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