CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRU 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 KOCHI l THURSDAY l JUNE 7, 2018 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION OBAMA’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN CARD HELPED CONVINCE MODI Amid failing efforts, the former US Prez played his African-American card to win over PM Modi during climate talks in Paris in 2015, says a book ■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 ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS UNFAIRNESS HOW OBAMA’S SMOOTH TALKING WORKED “Modi kept underscoring that he had 300 million people with no electricity, and coal was the cheapest way to grow the Indian economy,” according to The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House. “(Obama) still hadn’t addressed a lingering sense of unfairness, that nations like the US had developed with coal’’ ■ ■Avoid toddy collected from areas which have the presence of bats “‘Look’, Obama finally said, ‘I get that it’s unfair. I’m AfricanAmerican’,” Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy NSA, wrote EXPRESS READ ICFFK: Express bags ■ “‘I know what it’s like to start behind and to be asked to do more, Best Reporting Award to act like the injustice didn’t happen. But I can’t let that shape my choices, and neither should you’,” Obama said. Modi yielded 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 award carries a memento and a cash prize of K10,000. The awards were given away by Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan at ■ the valedictory of the fest. P5 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- Know Nipah virus 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. Camp held 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. 20 minutes Govt takes over Janaseva Sisubhavan E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi 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 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. OBAMA SPENT TRYING TO CONVINCE INDIAN TEAM BEFORE MEETING MODI 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 Juve■ nile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015, places the institution and housing of its inmates under the control of the District Collector for a pe- 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 Pak Rangers violate ceasefire again EMIs to go north as RBI hikes rates after four years EXPRESS IMPACT Jammu: The Pakistan Rangers again started unprovoked firing and shelling along the International Border in Samba district of J&K on Sunday night, hours after “pleading” with the BSF to stop firing, after being pounded with heavy artillery that left a trooper dead across the border. Small-arms firing from the Pakistani side started around 10.30 pm at Narayanpur. Gotra Vahini to take pupils from ST colonies to school 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 rate curve @ Mumbai THE Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday delivered a one-two punch on borrowers. It raised key policy rates by 25 basis points, for the first time in four years, potentially increasing EMIs and dropping hints on higher price rises this financial year than previous projections. The benchmark repo and reverse repo were raised to 6.25 and 6 per cent, respectively driven by , rising inflation, higher oil prices and weakening currency The last . time rates were increased was in January 2014. Repo rate is the rate at which banks borrow money from RBI and reverse repo rate is the rate at which the banking regulator borrows money from commercial banks. Following Wednesday’s rate hike, markets gave a polite golf clap with bond yields correcting marginally to 7.89 per cent, while rupee traded 0.1 per cent higher. The rate-cut cycle that began in January 2015 saw repo rate sliced to the bone by 200 bps, yet credit growth remained muted. The upshot is Wednesday’s hike doesn’t yet mark a return to the bad old days when rates were in excess of 10 per cent. OCT 13 7.75% JAN 14 8% Will home loans cost more? EMIs could rise as banks are expected to raise interest rates on loans. Some have already announced rate hikes What about existing loans? EMIs may not go up but tenure may, resulting in higher interest payout Will car loans also go up? All kinds of loans — home loans, personal loans, car loans — are set to cost more now RBI raises affordable housing loan limit to K35 lakh in metros In what could give a big boost to the affordable housing segment, the Reserve Bank of India has raised loan limits under priority-sector lending (PSL). In a statement, the central bank said it has been decided to revise the housing loan limits for PSL eligibility from D28 lakh to D35 lakh in metropolitan centres and from D20 lakh to D25 lakh in other centres. Loans given under PSL are less expensive than those provide by the banks in their ordinary course. “Big boost to Housing for All. Increase in home loan limits under Priority sector lending to D35 lakh in cities & D25 lakh elsewhere to make such bank loans cheaper,” Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar tweeted. Meanwhile, RBI red-flagged small-ticket housing loans (up toD2 lakh) and hinted at policy response to check the rising NPAs in this segment. A15,484cr is the revenue deficit in 2016-17, an increase from D9,657 crore in 2015-16, according to the CAG A video grab shows people carrying Mani on their shoulders cross river Varagaar, en route to hospital. She gave birth to a girl later. Pregnant Adivasi woman reaches hosp tied to pole EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Palakkad ATTAPPADI, infamous for the tribals’ sufferings including infant deaths and underweight babies, witnessed another hear trending incident on Wednesday . Local people took a pregnant Adivasi woman to the Kottathara tribal speciality hospital for delivery by tying her to a pole using a saree and carrying it on their shoulders. The reason: There were no roads to the Edavanni ooru and the primary health centre at Pudur had informed the family members that no ambulance was available. Amit Shah’s one-on-one with Uddhav to resolve differences New Delhi: Hours after Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna threw a googly claiming the party would go it alone in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP chief Amit Shah called on Sena boss Uddhav Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai on Wednesday. That he spent over two hours came as a surprise, as most analysts expected it to be wrapped up within about half an hour.P7 FINANCE Minister Thomas Isaac’s dream of bringing down the revenue and fiscal deficits could be “overambitious” if the CAG figures for the first fiscal of his government are any indication. Fiscal position of the state deteriorated in 2016-17 with three key fiscal parameters — revenue, fiscal and primary deficits — showing downward trend, according to the CAG. Revenue deficit increased from `9,657 crore in 2015-16 to `15,484 crore in 2016-17 and fiscal deficit increased from `17,818 crore in 2015-16 to `26,448 crore in 2016-17. The Finance Minister had earlier stated he wanted the fiscal deficit below the three per cent mark and zero revenue deficit during his tenure. According to the CAG, fiscal deficit to GSDP ratio was four per cent as against the 14th Finance Commission recommendation to contain the ratio at three per cent. ● More on P6 Chidambaram grilled by CBI for five hours Kerala Cong(M) all set to return to UDF Express reveals: NSS anthem penned by V A K Namboothiri T’Puram: Kerala Congress (M) is all set to return to the UDF fold. A meeting between KC(M) vicechairman Jose K Mani and Congress leaders in Delhi on Wednesday discussed the conditions for the return. P5 tor has not been given the credit in any official records. ‘MANASSU NANNAVATTE, Now, when the NSS anthem is Matham Ethenkilum Aatte’ one of the front-runners to be (Whatever be the religion, made the state’s official let the minds be pure) — prayer song, the retired each time the widely-accollege teacher believes claimed anthem of the her father should be givNational Service Scheme en due recognition. (NSS) is sung on campus“It saddens me when I es, V A Indrani Devi’s V A Kesavan see news reports which heart swells with pride. Namboothiri say the author of the poem The verse was penned by is not known or it is attribher father, the late V A Kesavan uted to someone else,” Indira Namboothiri, in the 70s. But she Devi told Express at her home in is equally sad as the song’s creaKozhikode. ● More on P6 S O V I V I D YA D H A R A N @Kozhikode New Delhi: A day after facing the Enforcement Directorate, former finance minister P Chidambaram was on Wednesday questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation for almost five hours, in connection with the INX Media corruption case. He was not allowed to bring his car into the CBI premises, and the security personnel insisted that he walk. Post Nipah scare, black fever returns to Kollam after a two-year gap Kollam: Following the Nipah virus scare, the return of Kala Azar or black fever, a tropical disease neglected by the WHO, after a gap of two years has raised concerns in the district. P4 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS POLICE STORY With oars in hand, cops to fight it out in water B I J U E PA U L @Alappuzha AT a time when the police are at the receiving for all wrong reasons, here is something to cheer for. Kerala Police will venture into the regatta from the upcoming season. It will be for the first time in the history of boat races in the state that a professional team will be seen in action. The department has selected around 120 oarsmen from the force and the training has started in Alappuzha. “The government approved the suggestion put forwarded by DGP Loknath Behera,” said District Police Chief S Surendran. “The team will contest in Mahadevikad Kattilthekkethu chundan. The department has signed an ag reement with the boat owners.” Kerala Police have teams in volleyball, kabaddi and many other disciplines. But the huge number of oarsmen needed was a limitation to the formation of a team for the boat race. “Now the Home Ministry has approved the suggestion and we selected the team members. The training on the boat will begin by June 15,”Surendran said. ● More on P6 MEANWHILE... Abuse in theatre: Procedure illegal The Director-General of Prosecution has said the procedure initiated by Edappal police against the theatre owner was illegal. P6 TREACHE G E O R G E P O I K AY I L @ Kanhangad 34 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) + 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS EXPRESS READ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram L “EVEN if I have to wield a cane, I will ensure that boys are in school this year.” That was District Collector Jeevan Babu K reacting to an Express report on the plight of schoolchildren of Edakkanam colony in Balal panchayat, where they used to skip school because of the long arduous walk back and forth. Yes, the top administrative officer of Kasargod has kept his word; and no, he did not use the cane. The district panchayat will launch jeep services to 14 colonies to take children to school on Thursday; and several students, likely to skip schools, have been admitted to pre-matric hostels. YOUR LIFE COACH JUNE 18 6.25% State finances deteriorated in govt’s first year: CAG Out-o millio study distre mone ‘We want to go to school, but we can WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST When RBI effected a rate hike on Wednesday, it was the first increase in over four years Since 2014, RBI has either cut key lending rates or left them untouched Ri In 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-year-old 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,” said the police. The body was shifted to Kozhikode medical college hospital mortuary for post-mortem examination. G E O R G E P O I K AY I L @Kasargod Expect to pay more for home, car loans as lending rates go up EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SON ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS MOTHER TO DEATH Investigating officer transferred DySP Shaji Varghese who is investigating the Edappal theatre molestation case has been transferred from his post. P6 Case registered against four cops A case was registered against four police officers with Edathala police station for allegedly manhandling 39-year-old Usman.P6 KSWC seeks report from Dist Collector T’Puram: The State Women’s Commission has sought a report from District Collector on the incident. Commission chairperson M C Josephine said she had sought the report to know the facts. Mani, wife of Thanali of Kumba ooru, however, was happy at the end of the ordeal as she gave birth to a healthy girl child weighing 2.2 kilograms, 10 minutes after reaching the hos● More on P6 pital. 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 Express reported on the children’s plight on May 21 On May 21, Express had carried a report, “We want to go to school, but we can’t walk 16 km every day’, highlighting how schoolchildren stay away from Maloth Kasaba Government Higher Secondary School, because of the long trek. The report had particularly highlighted the story of Robins, 12, his elder brother Prince, 14, and Sudeesh, 18. ● More on P6 Human rights body seeks report on shutdown of orphanages Thrissur: The Kerala State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) took suo motu cognisance on the issue of shutdown of orphanages that sheltered school-going tribal girls of Athirappilly panchayat. KSHRC member K Mohankumar directed the Social Justice Officer and District Collector to inquire and submit the report before July 12. Various orphanages or girls’ homes were reportedly shut down due to the recent amendments in juvenile justice act, making it stringent to register such institutions. The commission also asked the officers to explain what measures were taken to protect the tribal girls and ensure their further education. P6
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